Status Quo rockers Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt have become the latest celebrity beer makers following the launch of their new brew, Piledriver. The Rockin' All Over The World hitmakers have teamed up with experts at the Wychwood Brewery in Oxfordshire, England to create the alcoholic beverage, named after their classic 1972 album, and Parfitt reveals he learned a lot about the brewing process during the development of Piledriver.
He tells MorningAdvertiser.co.uk, "The whole process of making beer is quite amazing. I don't think many people realise what goes into making that lovely beer with a nice head on it."
Rossi admits the ale has "a bit of a kick to it", and warns fans not to be misled by the beer's relatively low 4.3 per cent alcohol content, because it's a heavy hitter.
He says, "Interestingly enough, while sipping it, suddenly my knees went. It knocked my knees out, I tell you."
The pair officially launched Piledriver in the U.K. and Ireland on Friday (07Feb14).
The music veterans follow in the footsteps of Motorhead, Iron Maiden, Maximo Park and Mastodon, who have all entered the booze business with their own lines of ales and lagers.
Welsh rockers Super Furry Animals are following in Iron Maiden, Motorhead and Maximo Park's boozy footsteps by becoming the latest rockers to launch their own beer. British stars Maximo Park announced last week (ends17Jan14) that they had teamed up with brewers at Newcastle's Mordue Brewery in England to release Maximo No.5, in celebration of their fifth album, Too Much Information, next month (Feb14), and now the Northern Lights hitmakers are entering the alcohol industry too.
Fuzzy, named after the band's 1996 debut album Fuzzy Logic, has been created with tastemakers at the Celt Experience Brewery and has an alcohol content level of 8.5 per cent.
The drink will be unveiled at Wales' Fire Festival on 1 February (14).
Iron Maiden, Motorhead and Mastodon all boast their own ales and lagers too.
Maximo Park have become the latest rockers to launch their own beer. Maximo No. 5 is a joint effort between the band and brewers at Newcastle's Mordue Brewery in England to mark the release of the group's fifth album, Too Much Information, next month (Feb14).
The beer will be available at select pubs near to venues on the band's upcoming March (14) tour in the U.K.
Maximo Park aren't the first rockers to taste success with their own beer - Iron Maiden, Motorhead and Mastodon have also released their own ales and lagers.
Heavy metal stars Mastodon have become the latest rockers to create their own line of beer. The musicians, who hail from Atlanta, Georgia, have teamed up with craft beer specialists at the U.K.'s Signature Brew company to come up with Black Tongue ale, which is named after the opening track on their 2011 album The Hunter.
The beverage, which features an 8.3 per cent alcohol content, is described by the brewery officials as having "rumbling smoky notes... offset by the elixir of misbehaving punchy hops".
A press release reads, "The band wanted to create a 'pallet crusher' and that's certainly what has been delivered. A beer for enjoying slowly, letting the bombardment of flavour and intensity hit your tongue and explode with every sip."
Mastodon follow in the footsteps of their rock peers Motorhead and Iron Maiden, who have both scored success with their Bastards Lager and Trooper Ale, respectively.
Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn celebrated his 46th birthday by dressing up as a prom queen for a night out in New Jersey. The rocker turned 46 on Friday (19Jul13) so a prom-themed party was held in his honour on the New Jersey leg of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, which featured his band on the bill along with Rob Zombie, Mastodon and Five Finger Death Punch.
Flynn got into the party spirit by donning drag for the birthday bash, turning up in a pink ball gown complete with a fake pearl necklace and crown, as well as heavy blue eye make-up.
He documented the festivities by posting pictures on his Instagram.com page, writing, "My goal was the 70-year-old hooker from the movie Barfly. Success!!!"
The first thing you notice about Jonah Hex is the fact that you can make a drinking game out of people saying the words "Jonah Hex." It happens so often I began to believe that this was simply how people used to greet one another in the Old West. You walk into a room: “Jonah Hex!” “Well Jonah Hex to you too buddy!” Take a bottle of whiskey with you into the movie* and take a shot every time someone says his name and you will have an incredible 74 minutes. You might also be dead at the end.
Why does it feel like I’m dedicating half the review to the use of the words "Jonah Hex?" Because half the movie is dedicated to uttering the words "Jonah Hex." Learn to love the sound of it. Josh Brolin sure did.
When our ‘hero’ (and I use that word in the loosest of possible terms) isn’t busy having people remind him of his name he is riding around killing people or being made fun of for his horribly scarred face. But when a villain from his past – and when I say "past " I mean from 10 minutes earlier in the film – turns out not to be as dead as we were led to believe in the opening monologue Hex sets out to get the revenge he really wish he could have gotten 15 minutes earlier. And that’s when the movie beings its plunge into logical implausibility. If you can find a single reason to give a rat's *** about anyone in this movie grip onto it with both hands brother and hold on tight – it’s the only way you’re going to care at all about this film.
It’s not the horse with side-mounted Gatling guns that got me or the silliness of dynamite crossbows; it was just how unlikable everyone was and how it leaned heavily upon cliché to tell a story without understanding how a story like this is supposed to be told. Revenge films are like romantic comedies: They rely entirely on a weak coincidence and delivering a series of emotional money shots that pay off for the audience in a big way. More importantly these money shots must be delivered in a very specific structure that allows people to forgive any thin or contrived story elements. Where a romantic comedy is "Boy Meets Girl Boy Loses Girl Boy gets Girl Back " revenge films are mostly comprised of "Guy Finds Simple Bliss Bad Guy Ruins Simple Bliss in a Cruel Manner Guy Left for Dead Guy Gets Revenge for All He’s Lost." Very simple stuff. Whether it’s Maximus in Gladitor or Eric Draven in The Crow or Charles Rane in Rolling Thunder the structure is the same. The key to a good revenge movie is a likable good guy a reason to care about his life truly despicable bad guys and a perfectly crafted ending for our hero in particular – often involving his death.
Right from the start Jonah Hex drops the ball. We open with him tied up and getting wailed on watching his family get murdered just out of frame and then get left for dead. But we haven’t found anything to care for yet and more importantly he immediately admits to having done everything he’s been accused of. This is revenge to begin with. Sure the movie eventually gets around to trying to explain why he didn’t really deserve it but only after 45 minutes of us pretty much disliking the guy. He’s mean unlikable murderous and his only friend in the world is a prostitute who tells us that she “Don’t play house ” just before begging Jonah to settle down with her. He’s got a great horse and a dog but doesn’t like them enough to have ever given them a name and every time someone finally gets around to killing him magical Native Americans show up to save his bacon AGAIN for no apparent reason other than his wife was Native American.
The only reason to root for Jonah at all is because he’s the protagonist and his antagonist (played comically by John Malkovich) is on a mission to I kid you not destroy America with a semi-magical nation-destroying weapon. Oh yes and we’re told the Mexicans call him “Terrorista.” A Terrorist hellbent on destroying America? In the Old West? You’d be hard pressed to find anyone you wouldn’t root for fighting that guy. This had all the hallmarks of being a WWE movie without the cool logo. If you’re 13 years old and you still believe wrestling is real this might be the movie for you. Otherwise it is an exercise in silliness designed to rob you of $10.
*Hollywood.com accepts no responsibility to cirrhosis of the liver or any sudden death caused by ingestion of alcohol occurring during the course of this game.