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Tours with some of Europe's best bands - Vixen
These four female rockers played live as a supporting act for (West) Germany's Scorpions and Sweden's Europe in 1989, and England's Deep Purple in 1991. Later, in 2005, they coheadlined with their fellow female quartet, Girlschool, also from England, for some performances there.
In early August 1988, the band were about to perform their biggest hit on live television (at the time, the BBC had a rule on Top of the Pops that all artists mimed), but a technical fault meant that although the song could be heard by the studio audience and the millions of viewers in their homes, the band's stage speakers were turned off meaning for the majority of the performance they were just sitting and smiling at the camera. The following week, the band were invited back and singer Julianne Regan chose to sing live; this was rare for an artist to do at the time.
Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones claimed a few years ago that he snorted up some cocaine with his father's ashes mixed with it! Of course he may have just been saying that, who knows? A movie that he played a cameo role in was about to be released. Anyway, Son Volt wrote the song 'Cocaine and Ashes' about this. It's on their 2009 CD 'American Central Dust'.
Def Leppard entered the Guinness Book of World Records by performing three concerts on three continents in one day (Tangiers, Morocco; London, England; and Vancouver, Canada) - October 23, 1995. Africa, Europe, North America. Is this what Prince had in mind when he wrote 'Around the World in One Day'?
Major Jet Lag City Boy
She is fighting Lyme disease, and that has caused a hiatus in her singing career.
In 1973, Dolly Parton wrote the song "I Will Always Love You," possibly made more famous later by Whitney Houston. Though many perceive it as a romantic love song, it was not written to be that. Parton and Wagoner were never romantically involved, but were at one time a singing duo. She wrote it as a farewell to him when she was leaving the duo to go solo with her singing.
D. Melody Dole, MD
musical genre-spanning genius - Prince
On Thursday April 21, 2016 Prince Rogers Nelson passed away. I heard this news on CD 102.5 which is an 'alternative rock' radio station in Columbus, Ohio. They've played his music before - esp. the experimental and 'left-of-center' stuff he's done. Soon enough, ALL the radio stations across the FM dial were playing Prince's music from his vast catalog exclusively for the rest of the week. That included 99.7 'The Blitz' which specializes in heavy metal + punk + grunge, 'Sunny 95' ('adult contemporary'), EVERYONE. Pundits categorize Prince as a 'funk' or 'R & B' superstar but his music spans in range from hard rock, jazz, folk, punk, heavy metal, orchestral, gospel, new wave, and more and everything he did has a very strong psychedelic edge to it. He is a musical icon of my generation of my generation and beyond and perhaps that's why the whole FM dial played this tribute.
RIP P.R.N. : ...(
The Communist government of Yugoslavia stepped out of power in January 1990 and the almost-constantly touring Ramones jumped on the opportunity and played some gigs in that country in 1990 and 1991, merely months before the violent breakup wars began.
I Saw the Ramones Live 4X!
When the Communist government of Yugoslavia stepped down from power in January 1990, this led provisions for free elections in all 6 constituent republics and oblasts. The band Carter the USM was touring Yugoslavia in the spring of 1991 and already they could sense the extreme ethnic tensions boiling in that country, even amongst their audiences. They would be one of the last bands to tour that region for several years.
1991 - The Year Yugoslavia Broke (Up)
The debut album from Def Leppard is the 'Def Leppard EP' released in 1979 and the album cover is a parody of the painting His Master's Voice (the logo used by RCA which depicts a dog named Nipper listening to a Victrola record player), with a leopard in place of the dog.
'Lovesexy' album cover - Prince
Oh my! Prince is NUDE, sitting on a flower! However he's got one leg propped up enough so you don't see his privates (whew! The morals of America are SAVED once again. LOL).
Astronaut of Love
Continuous Track Sequeing - Prince
The CD version of the 'Lovesexy' album, at least the original 1988 issue - has all the tracks sequenced into one long continuous 'mefley' track, sort of like the Stars On 45 albums of the early 80s were made.
Astronaut of Love
It's common for a band's singer to write the lyrics - it's that way for Bono of U2, for instance and for DD's Simon Le Bon it's the same way. Songs like ''Hold Back the Rain', Union Of the Snake', 'The Reflex', 'Save a Prayer', 'Notorious', 'Is There Something I Should Know?', 'The Chauffer' ('sing blue silver' -WHAT?!!), 'Serious', 'View to a Kill', 'Cracks In the Pavement' ('my head is so full of chopstick / I don't like it' ROTF, LMFAO) and more. These are very catchy songs - a delight even now but the lyrical content is so STRANGE to say the least. Even the other Durans have said that they no idea what goes on in Simon's head when he writes the lyrics! Oh well. Simon Le Bon is no Simple Simon. He's a terrific poetic writer. Still, he uses such funny flowery metaphors and overall in several Duran Duran songs the lyrics MAKE NO SENSE. Anyway, I love Duran Duran and I'll take their strange lyrics ANYDAY over the crap that passes for lyrics today ('My Humps', yeeeccchhh).
Rio Is My Girlfriend
On August 21, 1987 Metallica released an EP of covers of 70s and 80s glam, heavy metal and punk songs 'The $5.98 E.P. : Garage Days Revisited' on LP and cassette. The CD version was titled, 'The $9.98 CD: Garage Days Revisited'. All these versions had a sticker commanding, 'DO NOT PAY MORE!'. These same songs were released on the 1998 'Garage Inc.' compilation which had some really awful crap on it. The EP was re-released in 2018 by itself as 'The $5.99 E.P. : Garage Days Re-Revisited'.
Legally Changing Her Name - Lights
She was born as Valerie Anne Poxleitner and at age 18 she legally changed her name to 'Lights'. Yet there was already a signed band with that name, so having her name officially changed was a way to use it despite a possible copyright clash. Go figure. Anyway since she married Beau Bokan of the metalcore band Blessthefall and now she's Lights Bokan.
Turn Out the Lights, Lights!
On her CDs and on the album covers, there's a funny circular logo that Lights uses. It's on all her releases.
Turn Out the Lights, Lights!
Lights is a fan of the comic book genre. Her 2008 debut EP shows her hand-drawn comic style self-portrait on the cover, and her 2017 CD 'Skin and Earth' is a concept/story album with a comic book that she wrote and drew herself that ties in to it.
Turn Out the Lights, Lights!
Platinum Blonde is famous for having girls throw their bras on stage during their shows. One such incident took place in February 2014 when they did a show in Vancouver, BC, Canada when a huge bra came on stage.
Mark picked the bra up and said: "who owns this?"? A girl waved her hand and he said: "good lord! How are those even up?"?
Mark discovered that a really pretty girl had thrown the bra on stage with her mother sitting right behind her.
Frankie J Grande, who appeared on the CBS reality show Big Brother 16, revealed to his fellow houseguests that he's Ariana Grande's older brother. When Frankie won a letter from home he got a letter from his sister. Ariana said that she was super proud of him for doing what he was doing on Big Brother 16.
Being Compared To Talking Heads - Spoons
Critics in 1981 declared Spoons first album Stick Figure Neighbourhood to be "The best album that Talking Heads Never Wrote!" It does sound a bit like something Talking Heads would write. :)
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