Fans of Primus and Puscifier were urged to take part in a global "drum circle" on Monday (21Jul14) to mark the moment rocker Tim Alexander's heart is stopped for surgery. The drummer, who has performed with both bands, recently suffered a heart attack and he was scheduled for surgery on Monday morning.
Members of his family asked fans to join them for a "global drum circle" at 7.30am local time in Los Angeles.
In a statement released on Sunday (20Jul14), Alexander's nearest and dearest wrote: "Sometime tomorrow, Tim's heart will be stopped for his open heart surgery. The heart is like a drum and we need to help keep it going, so during this time we ask you to help carry the beat.
"Whether it be drums, percussion or even in your head, we'd like to start a global drum circle to send positive, healing energy to Tim. Any and all prayers, healing words and thoughts would also be greatly appreciated."
Ringo Starr has teamed up with fashion designer John Varvatos to raise funds for director David Lynch's transcendental meditation foundation. The former Beatles star is the face of Varvatos' 2014 Peace Rocks autumn fashion collection, and the rocker announced the news during a rally in Los Angeles on Monday (07Jul14) to mark his 74th birthday.
In a black and white promotional picture for the drive, Starr wears sunglasses and a leather jacket and pulls his trademark 'peace' sign. Each campaign snap will be accompanied by the #PeaceRocks hashtag.
Fans are encouraged to post 'selfie' snaps of themselves making the peace finger gesture on Twitter.com and every time the hashtag is used, Varvatos' company will donate $1 (£1.70) to the Ringo Starr Peace & Love Fund, which supports Lynch's foundation.
The moviemaker's charity promotes the use of transcendental meditation in public schools and for members of the military.
Starr also appears in a short film for the campaign in which he sits behind a drum kit and talks about his musical aspirations as a youngster.
The musician tells WWD.com of his new project, "John Varvatos made me a male model finally. At home, I've always been a male model. And now I'm out on the streets with it."
It may be easy to hate on Kanye West the celebrity, but as an artist you really have to admire his work and the fascinating stuff he creates with the people around him. Even at this year's Tribeca Film Festival — where he didn't premiere any film projects, and he didn't have a role in any indie productions — he managed to make headlines for his involvement.
Kanye and the legendary Rick Rubin were supposed to accept a Disruptive Innovation Award on behalf of the Roland TR-808 drum machine. They couldn't make it to the venue, so director Mark Romanek compiled this very strange, but wonderfully interesting video of them giving thanks:
Pink Floyd's The Wall + Kanye West's I'm In It + Laurel and Hardy + other cool things we don't even know what to do with = easily the greatest award acceptance video "speech" of all time. While other celebrities may not be interested in turning this into a trend, it's certainly a creative endeavour that we'd love to see happen more often.
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Everyone enjoys a good love triangle, but lately in Hollywood they’re just about everywhere. Since Twilight and The Vampire Diaries first premiered, the love triangle has become standard operating practice on any teen drama series, or in any movie aimed at young adults. However, The CW’s teen drama, Reign, is beginning to break the mold.
The first 13 episodes of the show’s debut season heavily featured the romantic tug-of-war between Queen Mary (Adelaide Kane), Prince Francis (Toby Regbo), and Bash (Torrance Coombs). However after the first run of episodes — which was the original length of the show’s first season before it got a full order — ended with Francis and Mary’s wedding, the love triangle has almost ceased to exist and it has made the show even more exciting, enjoyable, and just overall better.
Sure, the Frary versus Mash debate was fun, but you know what’s even more fun? Watching an actual teen queen rule an actual country. There are many love triangles on television, but there are very few, if any, shows focusing on a queen struggling to to prioritize her country’s needs along with her duty to her husband. Game of Thrones slightly delves into these issues with Daenarys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), but Dany has yet to be both a wife and a queen — a Khaleesi, I should say — for an extended period of time.
In fact, if you think about all the movies and television shows that have built their success on love triangles — such as The Vampire Diaries and Twilight — or the feature film franchises that use a love triangle to drum up cheap publicity (looking at you, Catching Fire), Reign ditching its love triangle is rather subversive.
Instead of cashing in on the question of who will end up together and prolonging the show by not giving the audience an answer, Reign ended the debate with Mary and Francis’s wedding, and then moved on. The new storylines are bigger, better, and different than anything else on television, which truly separates Reign from the rest of the teen drama series pack in a fantastic way.
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While every Marvel film to date has culled inspiration from a handful of the same comic book series, the studio has done a great job with diversifying its offerings to suit every taste. From Iron Man's unwavering confidence to The Incredible Hulk's appetite for destruction, your favorite Marvel movie speaks volumes about what kind of person you are. Here's what your favorite Marvel movie says about you.
Iron Man Who are you: You're the trendsetter. You have a type-A personality that's full of swaggering confidence, and you're not afraid to plunge into the unknown. You're prone to start great things. You're also pretty funny and like to quip incessently about everything and anything. Bigger and better things will undoubtedly follow after you're gone, but people won't forget that you're the one that started it all.
Iron Man 2Who are you: You know that first guy that liked Iron Man so much? Yeah, you're that guy's shadow. You try to ape what was so great about him. You wear the same kinds of clothes, and try to act that same way, but you don't need to be as smart as Tony Stark to know that you're trying too hard to be something you're not. You're a pale and disappointing imitation of something greater. You'd be better served to try out your own thing, than trying to imitate others.
Iron Man 3Who are you: You're unique. You march by the beat of your own drum and subvert expectations. You like changes to the status quo, and just because a movie might throw you for a couple curveballs and do some things that aren't totally by the book, you value daring. You know that an original movie trumps a faithful one every time.
ThorWho are you: You're a jack of all trades. While just looking at you might give off the impression that you're a small-minded gym rat, your heart truly belongs to the theater. You're a student of Shakespeare and love a good melodrama about tragic kingdoms, betrayal, patricide. Because really, Thor is basically a cosmic version of something like Hamlet or Macbeth... except, you know, with frost giants and Kat Dennings. Hidden depths.
Thor: The Dark WorldWho are you: You just want to have a good time. You're not an especially deep or nuanced person, but you know how to get down when it's time to party. You let other people worry about being deep and complicated. For you, it's all about instant gratification. A movie doesn't have to be complicated to be good. All you need is a couple of hours of wiz-bang action, and you're satisfied.
Captain America: The First AvengerWho are you: You’ve got an old soul. New and flashy things are fine and all, but you truly enjoy the joints with a vintage style. History books line your shelves, and those old school Spielberg flicks get your nostalgia engine firing on all cylinders.
The Incredible HulkWho are you: You're destructive. Breaking things into a million little pieces fires all the right synapses in your brain, and likewise, seeing a giant rage monster crumbling entire city blocks into dust is your idea of a great night at the movies. Your temper has gotten you into trouble in the past and you've been told countless times about the virtues of keeping your anger in check, but who needs peace and calm when blind rage is so liberating.
The AvengersWho are you: You're a team player, and you love taking charge over a team of knuckle heads and accomplishing a goal. You get a contact high from seeing people strive towards something greater than what they could have accomplished alone. Beyond your love of team building, you’re a crowd pleaser. You’re dripping with charisma and you can entertain for hours on end.
As he was participating in a Q&A after winning an award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Jared Leto was confronted by an angry woman. She wanted to know how he, as a non-transgender person, deserved to play the role of the transgender, HIV-positive Rayon in Dallas Buyers Club that earned Leto an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Instead of going on the offense, Leto engaged her in a thought-provoking conversation about acting and, when there wasn't enough time, invited the woman backstage to continue the dialogue. There's one word for that: cool.
Leto, who rose to prominence initially as a brooding teen idol on My So Called Life, has long marched to the beat of his own drum and in the process has become one of the coolest people in Hollywood. So dedicated was the actor to playing the transgender role in Dallas Buyers Club that he showed up the first day already dressed as a woman.
Instead of playing on his good looks, Leto seems only to take roles that interest him. When he's needed to, he's dropped to skin and bones to play Rayon or a heroin addict in Darren Aronofsky's Requiem for a Dream, and has put on weight to play John Lennon's killer Mark David Chapman in Chapter 27. Tired of the physical toll that the extremes of changing his body to fit a role have taken, Leto has decided to stop doing it. When you're cool, you don't let the past control the future.
Besides his acting prowess, Leto has managed to put together a critically acclaimed music career with his band Thirty Seconds to Mars, which also features his brother Shannon Leto. The band has sold millions of albums and toured around the world. When acting offers conflict with his music, Leto usually picks music... because he can.
Leto doesn't just restrict his efforts to acting and music, but spreads himself around by lending his time and talents to numerous charitable organizations. The actor has been an outspoken advocate for everything from gay marriage to stopping animal cruelty. Instead of just lending his name, he frequently shows up at events and participates. Because when you're cool, you don't fake involvement, you actually become involved.
There's a good chance that Leto will be taking home an Oscar at this year's awards ceremony after already scoring wins at the Golden Globes and SAG Awards. It's also a pretty safe bet that his acceptance speech will be heartfelt and honest... and there's nothing cooler than that.
Red Hot Chili Peppers star Chad Smith is swapping his drum sticks for a guitar pick to take part in a charity jam session. The rocker will join more than 150 artists, including Paul Simon bandmember Mark Stewart, former Hall & Oates musician G.E. Smith and Israeli singer/songwriter David Broza, for the Guitar Mash Benefit Concert and Jam at New York's City Winery on 17 November (13) to raise funds for music education programmes.
The event will also feature an auction of signed memorabilia from stars such as Ben Harper, Steve Earle and Stephen Stills.
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First impressions are everything, and while some artists aren’t successful until their second or third albums, other artists are lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time. Fame isn’t the same thing as influence, though – the chances of Honey Boo Boo actually serving as a role model for anyone are slim to none (hopefully). Influence is usually only seen and appreciated in hindsight, but when it’s finally noticed, its effects are everlasting.
Here’s a look at some of the most influential first impressions of the '80s.
Joan Jett: Bad Reputation (1981) What would rock music be without Joan Jett? Jett had already been establishing herself with the Runaways, but her debut solo album had her kicking serious ass. Jett helped alter the perceptions of women in rock, proving that hot chicks could rock out without having to prance around half-naked. From Courtney Love to Gwen Stefani, Jett is responsible for an innumerable amount of girls picking up a guitar or microphone and rocking the f**k out.
R.E.M.: Murmur (1983) Before they were losing their religion, R.E.M. were making history. Murmur had the band not only ushering a totally new genre, but also helping commercialize it. The band was part of the vibrant college rock scene – most of the bands’ support came from American college radio stations, and after slowly winning over the underground, R.E.M. helped take the genre into the mainstream and college rock turned into “alternative rock.”
Run-D.M.C.: Run-D.M.C. (1984) Run D.M.C.’s ground-breaking self-titled album is known for completely changing the face of hip hop. The group stood out for their sharp raps and sparse production, which was unusual in a time when funk and disco beats dominated the scene. Led by their trademark basic drum-machine, Run D.M.C. pounded out a new, more aggressive form of hip hop that helped commercialize the genre and paved the way for all other rappers to come.
Beastie Boys: Licensed to Ill (1986) The influence of rock and hardcore had slowly been seeping its way into the hip hop scene with Run D.M.C., but it wasn’t until Beastie Boys released Licensed to Ill that rap and rock officially fell in love and got married. Known as the first rap album to ever reach number 1 in Billboard, the superb Licensed to Ill is the sad reason why you can go ahead and blame the Beastie Boys for Fred Durst.
Guns N’ Roses: Appetite for Destruction (1987) Amidst the burgeoning hip hop scene in the 80s was a rather unfortunate music scene of sugarcoated pop that was tinged with remnants of disco – in other words, a whole lotta of crap. That’s why the debut album of Guns N’ Roses was such a massive breath of fresh air, ultimately ending up being the best-selling debut album in America of all time. At their peak, the band had everything – glam looks, aggro music, punk attitudes, and talented musicians, and it’s that combination that helped bring back hard rock to the mainstream. Just like every other good group of drunken mavericks, the band eventually self-imploded, but their influence is still present even today.
Nirvana: Bleach (1989) Before Nevermind, there was the masterpiece that is Bleach. Nirvana’s debut was jam-packed with potential, with each song signaling something huge brewing under the surface. The band’s punk influence is blatant on Bleach, and it stands as the band’s hardest album. Although Nirvana’s contemporaries were already playing what would come to be called “grunge,” Bleach was literally the sonic declaration of a turning point in music, a warning, almost, of something new to come.
The Stone Roses: The Stone Roses (1989) Meanwhile, across the Atlantic, the Stone Roses were getting ready to kick some historical ass. Widely regarded as one of the greatest albums of all time, the Stone Roses’ eponymous debut did for Britain what Bleach did for America – herald the beginning of a new era. Stone Roses still stands as the definition of the Madchester scene and helped create a new genre of music that itself influenced a massive wave of artists: Britpop.
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Rocker Andrew W.K. brought MTV's O Music Awards to a close with a bang on Thursday (20Jun13) when he set a new world record by drumming for 24 hours straight. The She Is Beautiful hitmaker set up his kit in the Oakley store in New York City's Times Square on Wednesday (19Jun13) with the aim to smash the current record for Longest Drum Session in a Retail Store.
During his exhausting stint the rocker was joined by guest drummers including Questlove, Chad Smith and Zac Hanson.
The challenge coincided with the O Music Awards, which celebrates the best in digital music, and the determined drummer finally reached the 24-hour mark on Thursday evening.
Andrew W.K. also won the Must-Follow Artist prize after smashing the record, alongside Joe Jonas, who picked up Best Artist Instagram, Jack White, who went home with the Analog Genius trophy, and Yoko Ono, who is now the proud owner of the Digital Genius Award.
Other recipients of O Music Awards included Linkin Park (Best Interactive Video for Lost in the Echo) and Avicii (Most Inspiring Fan Outreach).
Of Mice & Men frontman Austin Carlile has been fined $335 (£209) following his conviction for misdemeanour assault. The 25 year old was detained by police in Bowling Green, Ohio in the early hours of the morning on 30 March (13) after he and the band's drum technician, Lionel Robinson II, were involved in a fight with another party.
Carlile was arraigned on a felony assault charge and released on $25,000 (£15,625) bail, but, on Monday (29Apr13), the count was reduced to a lesser offence by U.S. Judge Mark B. Reddin, who handed down the rocker's punishment.