Celtic punk rockers Dropkick Murphys are facing legal action from a fan who reportedly injured her foot after she was invited to join the band onstage in 2012. Courtney Wimer, 30, claims she was in the audience at the Rose Tattoo hitmakers' show at the Sokol Auditorium in Omaha, Nebraska on 1 November, 2012 when she was selected to take part in a traditional fan sing-a-long towards the end of the gig.
A security guard helped her down from the platform after the track, but her left foot got tangled in a stage barrier and allegedly resulted in her injuring her ankle.
She is now suing bassist/vocalist Ken Casey and his band for damages, citing negligence.
Bosses at security firm Barking Dog Ltd., concert promoters Mammoth Inc, and venue officials at Sokol Omaha have also been listed as defendants.
In her legal papers, filed in an Omaha court, her lawyer accuses the defendants of failing to make sure the premises were safe and warn of "hidden and hazardous conditions".
Metallica have scrapped their Orion Music + More festival in 2014 so they can concentrate on shows in Europe. Frontman James Hetfield recently told Billboard.com that the annual event had become "an expensive barbecue" adding that plans for 2014 were not set.
And now the group and their partners have announced the festival will take a break next year.
The first Orion event took place in New Jersey in 2012 and this year (Jun13) Detroit, Michigan was the host city for the two-day festival, which also featured performances by Red Hot Chili Peppers, Deftones, Rise Against and Dropkick Murphys.
Editors of Rolling Stone have defended their decision to feature the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings on the cover of the magazine. Many readers were outraged to see Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 17, on the front of the latest edition of the music Bible, along with the headline: "The Bomber: How a popular, promising student was failed by his family, fell into radical Islam and became a monster".
Stars including Kelly Osbourne, Brad Paisley, Nikki Sixx and the Dropkick Murphys were among those who voiced their disapproval, and Rolling Stone chiefs have now reacted to the criticism, insisting it was important to delve into Tsarnaev's story as he is of a similar age to much of the publication's target audience.
A statement posted on Rolling Stone's Facebook.com page reads, "Our hearts go out to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, and our thoughts are always with them and their families. The cover story we are publishing this week falls within the traditions of journalism and Rolling Stone's long-standing commitment to serious and thoughtful coverage of the most important political and cultural issues of our day.
"The fact that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is young, and in the same age group as many of our readers, makes it all the more important for us to examine the complexities of this issue and gain a more complete understanding of how a tragedy like this happens."
Three people were killed and another 264 were injured in the April (13) boming. Tsarnaev was arrested days after the blasts following a massive manhunt, which resulted in the death of his older brother Tamerlan, who was killed in a shootout with police.
Punk rockers the Dropkick Murphys and reality TV star Kelly Osbourne have taken aim at editors of Rolling Stone magazine for turning the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings into their new cover star. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 17, remains in custody, charged with 30 counts following his alleged involvement in planting two pressure cooker explosives near the finish line of the annual race in Massachusetts on 15 April (13).
The teen, who has pleaded not guilty to the crimes, has become the focus of the music bible's new cover story, which features the headline: "The Bomber: How a popular, promising student was failed by his family, fell into radical Islam and became a monster".
The image has sparked outrage online and the stars of the Dropkick Murphys, who have been raising money for victims of the blasts, were among those who expressed their disdain via Twitter.com.
A post on their social networking blog on Wednesday morning (17Jul13) reads: "Rolling Stone you should be ashamed. How about one of the courageous victims on your cover instead of this loser scum bag!"
Osbourne has also commented on the controversy, tweeting, "Shame on you @RollingStone for glorifying a monster! incase you failed to realize #TheBostonBomber is a murderer not a band & has no place being on the cover of @RollingStone", while pop star Pink made her feelings clear by sharing U.S. radio presenter Ted Stryker's message, which reads: "Horrible, classless, stupid choice Rolling Stone. It's not smart or edgy. Very disappointed."
Three people were killed and another 264 were injured in the April tragedy. Tsarnaev was arrested days after the blasts following a massive manhunt, which resulted in the death of his older brother Tamerlan, who was killed in a shoot-out with police.
Celtic punk rockers the Dropkick Murphys have donated over $300,000 (£193,548) to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings after raking in the cash through multiple fundraising efforts. The Rose Tattoo hitmakers, founded by bassist/vocalist Ken Casey, were determined to do all they could to help those affected by the horrific April (13) attack in their native Massachusetts and immediately created a custom T-shirt to sell online to raise money for the cause.
They also recorded a special EP featuring a collaboration with Bruce Springsteen and hosted a series of benefit gigs, with all profits going to Casey's The Claddagh Fund, an organisation which serves the most "vulnerable".
The bandmates have since handed over the six-figure sum to aid more than 60 victims of the bombings, visiting many in person last week (ends05Jul13) to hand over the much-needed funds to assist with medical bills and related expenses.
Casey says, "Every single person we had the pleasure of meeting expressed a positive attitude and an incredible sense of perseverance as they work hard to return to the lives they enjoyed before the tragic day in April.
"We were humbled by the kindness of our friends and fans who got behind this cause with so much heart and passion, it was truly an honor to be able to represent them and contribute, even if in a small way, to help these inspirational individuals."
Three people were killed and another 264 were injured when brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev allegedly planted two pressure cooker bombs near the finish line of the annual race in Massachusetts on 15 April (13).
Tamerlan was killed in a shoot-out with police following a manhunt in the days after the bombing, while his 19-year-old brother Dzhokhar was captured and pleaded not guilty to 30 counts, including use of a weapon of mass destruction to kill, during his arraignment hearing in a Boston federal court on Wednesday (10Jul13).
The Dropkick Murphys' donation announcement comes just a day after Styx, Ted Nugent and REO Speedwagon were revealed to have helped raise $108,000 (£69,677) for the Boston One Fund, which was launched to provide financial aid to those affected by the attack.
It feels odd to think that the Boston Marathon bombings occurred less than three months back. Odd because while feeling vaguely distant — as an overwhelming tragedy the likes of which many of us, the fortune ones, still find difficult to conceive can happen in our hometowns — the event carries a vividly ever-present identity. It is, like each of the recent horror stories to befall our country in the past year, a consistent inhabitant of our conscious and unconscious thought. As such — so naturally, in fact, that it almost feels like we've heard this news already — we find ourselves facing a developing film, from The Fighter screenwriters Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy, bent on depicting the story that took Boston on April 15.
And while criticisms are wont to surface about the project being "too soon," about filmmakers and studios wanting to cash in on human grief, we point out that it would be dishonest to ignore the event altogether. Having penned a proverbial love letter to the Massachusetts capital with The Fighter, Johnson and Tamasy are likely to paint a second picture of a shining, powerful city in this new project, for which they have acquired the adaptation rights to the developing book Boston Strong, presently being written by journalists Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge.
Reservations about such delicate material, especially in the immediate wake of their occurrence, are understandable. Oftentimes, filmmakers do jump the gun in the attempt to bring certain real world tragedies to the screen. But we have reached an era where candid, biting film projects not only pay tribute to the events they capture, but also provoke conversations about them, their effects, and their causes. And while sensitivity is important, this sort of dialogue is the most necessary avenue to take following events like these.
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Limp Bizkit refused to let a deadly tornado halt their show in Oklahoma on Friday night (31May13) and they played through the raging storm for the handful of fans who made it to the venue. The rockers' show at the Diamond Ballroom in Oklahoma City was officially cancelled due to the monster twister which ripped through the area, killing 10 people and injuring many more.
The musicians were stranded at the venue so they decided to put on a show for around 20 gig-goers who were also taking shelter there.
In a post on Twitter.com, frontman Wes Borland writes, "We just survived our first tornado! Cancelled show but we played 8 songs for the 20 fans that rode out the storm in the venue with us!"
A message posted on the band's Facebook.com page, adds, "The venue we were in was hit by a tornado in OKC (Oklahoma City) last night, but we stayed inside and played for the small group of people who showed up. It was an intense evening to say the least. We ended up having a great time with the few people who stuck around and didn't leave the venue until almost 2am... I'm sorry the tornados decided to spoil the show for everyone else."
A picture posted online shows a handful of fans at the front of the stage watching the band play to an almost empty auditorium.
Fellow rockers Dropkick Murphys were forced to cancel a show at the same venue on Saturday night (01Jun13) after their flights into the area were cancelled due to the tornado disaster.
Bruce Springsteen and punk group the Dropkick Murphys have joined forces to raise funds to benefit the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. The Boss joined the Boston, Massachusetts band in the studio to re-record their song Rose Tattoo and the track has been released on iTunes as a charity EP.
Dropkick Murphys guitarist James Lynch says, "Bruce actually called us up the day of the bombing and asked what he could do to help.
"As soon as we figured out what we were going to do, Bruce went into the studio, recorded his parts and nailed them right away."
Proceeds from the sales of the download will be handed to The Claddagh Fund, an organisation run by the band's bassist/vocalist Ken Casey, that serves the most "vulnerable".
Veteran crooner Neil Diamond has been moved to write a new song inspired by the horrific Boston Marathon bombings last week (15Apr13). The singer has long felt a special affinity to the city of Boston, Massachusetts after his classic hit Sweet Caroline was adopted as an anthem for the local baseball team, the Boston Red Sox, and played at every game at their Fenway Park stadium since 2002.
He thrilled sports fans at the venue on Saturday (20Apr13) by making a surprise appearance at the stadium to perform the song in person at the Red Sox's first home game since the attacks last Monday (15Apr13), and drew huge cheers as he stepped up to the plate to belt out the iconic 1969 tune.
Now Diamond, who hails from New York, admits he's been inspired by the atrocity to put pen to paper to convey his emotions in song and he headed into the studio to lay down vocals for the track before jetting from Los Angeles to Boston in time for the weekend game.
He tells RollingStone.com, "I'm writing now and obviously affected by this situation in Boston, so I'm writing about it just to express myself."
Diamond is unsure about whether he will share the composition with fans, but he reveals it covers more than just the explosions near the finish line at the Boston Marathon, which killed three people and left more than 170 injured.
He says, "I'm writing about the general situation, not just about this bombing in Boston, but what we're going through with all of these tragedies - shootings and so on and so forth."
The Boston bombings took place just months after a gunman opened fire in Newtown, Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School last year (12), killing 26 children and six adults. It was the latest bloody massacre to rock America within months, following another massacre at a movie theatre in Aurora, Colorado in July (12).
Diamond isn't the only musician channelling his emotions into song after the Boston atrocity - Massachusetts-based punk rockers the Dropkick Murphys have also recorded a private tune about the tragic incident.
Dropkick Murphys rocker Ken Casey has channeled his emotions following the Boston Marathon bombings into a new song to help him deal with the tragedy in his native Massachusetts. The Celtic punk stars, who hail from the nearby city of Quincy, were in California after performing during the first weekend of the Coachella music festival when they heard about last week's (15Apr13) atrocity and they even considered scrapping their repeat appearance during Coachella's second round of gigs this weekend (19-21Apr13) to return home.
They decided the show must go on and pressed ahead with Saturday's (20Apr13) concert, during which they paid tribute to the people of Boston.
However, Casey reveals the bombings, which killed three people and wounded more than 170, continue to weigh heavily on his mind and he headed into the studio with his bandmates on Thursday (18Apr13) to record a personal song inspired by the horrific turn of events.
He tells the Los Angeles Times, "It's a daunting time. If you're going to write a song that's about something that is out of the realm of any our possibility of understanding, it's scary."
Casey insists he has no intention of releasing the track, but the Dropkick Murphys will be unveiling three acoustic tunes to boost funds for the ongoing recovery effort for those affected in the attack.
The band has already started raising money for the cause - they unveiled plans to sell custom-made T-shirts online last Wednesday (17Apr13) and pre-sales have already raised more than $100,000 (£62,500) for charity ahead of its 30 April (13) retail date.