James Franco's new band Daddy used Franco's co-stars of "Spring Breakers" (which includes Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens) as cover art for its debut EP "Motorcity". The cover art features the girls posing in bikinis with fake Daddy tattoos.
Dan is a unique kind of drummer. Not only does he sing with Mark and Sergio but he's also left-handed. So anytime a stage crew sets up his drums he has to supervise them so they don't set his drums up for a right-handed drummer.
When Chris Steffler was afflicted with tinnitus in December 2012 the recruited a number of drummers that included Dan Todd. On a recommendation from bassist Rob Laidlaw Dan was recruited to take over Chris's spot while he was healing his ears.
in the mid 80s there was a rumor that these 2 guys were gay lovers, perhaps even legally married in California (!). A 1985 Rolling Stone issue featuring an interview with them debunked this rumor skillfully once and for all.
In a 2006 Much More Music interview Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters openly admitted to always wanting to work. He appeared on several musician's albums including David Bowie, the Queens of the Stone Age, and Mike Watt.
Dropping an F-Bomb at a Fighting Fan. - Dave Grohl
Dave Grohl stopped mid performance of Skin And Bones when he saw a man in a striped shirt fighting at his show. The incident caused Dave to drop the mother of all F-Bombs. I wonder if the Foo Fighters will ever be invited to the I-Tunes Festival after this incident?
Advocating Fan Safety At Concerts - Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters)
Dave Grohl has been a staunch advocate for fan safety at concerts and will stop a show just to talk about fan safety.
Earlier this year singer and Partridge Family alumni David Cassidy revealed to the world that he had inherited dementia from his mother, actress Evelyn Ward. She wasn't the only one who suffered from mental illness. David's father Jack Cassidy had bipolar disorder and died in an apartment fire in 1976 when he lit a cigarette, fell asleep, and lit up his couch. Jack's body was found near the front door of his apartment and had to be identified through dental records.
Bassist Dee Dee quit the band in 1989 to pursue a solo career. He did continue to write and provide songs for the Ramones band. His first album was a rap/rock collection released under the moniker "Dee Dee King". It had the Cold War/wrestling parody "The Crusher". That tune also appeared on the last Ramones studio album "Adios, Amigos!" re-recorded with lead vocals by Dee Dee's replacement C.J. (sometimes "C. Jay") Ramone. Dee Dee guested on the Ramones' final show, along with members of Rancid, Motorhead and more. He released a few more solo albums and he married a German girl MUCH younger than he was. However, he kept battling addiction to Chinese Rock heroin and he lost his fight with it in 2002. He was 50.
Twisted Sister's "We're Not Gonna Take It" was written in response to the PMRC music trials in the 1980's. More recently, Dee Snider has fought back against fellow musician Gene Simmons' "rock is dead" comments.
At the outro of "Gods Of War" ,a song which is about nuclear war, there is TV / radio broadcast coverage featuring sound bites from Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher and bomb and missile attacks from the 1986 U.S. war with Libya the year before.
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.
This is a bonafide fact. Michael Jackson's biggest hit was "Billie Jean", the 2nd single from the classic groundbreaking "Thriller" album. That song occupied the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for seven consecutive weeks. It was bumped off to the #2 position by "Come On, Eileen (Too-Ra-Ay)" by Dexy's Midnight Runners. That delightful Celtic folk flavored number had already hit the top in the UK, Australia, Ireland, Canada, and now the US. The next week that song was knocked down to #2 by another Michael Jackson hit, "Beat It".
Having a lot of their songs covered by Metallica - Diamond Head
Metallica have covered at least five Diamond Head tracks, with a rumored six more covers in existence.
they call themselves "Dick Heads". Honest! At his shows vendors sell T-shirts and some of them sport the phrase "I'm a Dick Head". They're the ones saying it, not me although his shows are electrifying and he's a real cool pleasant dude. Check him out.
Dimebag Darrell (real name Darrell Lance Abbott) was performing with his band Damageplan in Columbus, Ohio on when 25-year old ex-Marine Nathan Gale opened fire and shot Darrell three times, along with 3 other people. The audience thought initially that the shooting was part of an act. Although Gale was killed by a police officer, Darrell was pronounced dead on the scene. His dispute with ex-Pantera bandmate Phil Anselmo was thought to be a catalyst for the shooting before investigators ruled that out.
Or rather it was Natalie Maines's political views that caused a lot of contreversy. At a concert in France Natalie Maines blurted out to a crowd at a concert in France that she was "embarrassed that President Bush is from the state of Texas" which prompted protests, public steam rollings of their CDs, death threats, and Radio station bans of the Dixie Chicks's music.
The jazz great's cheeks puffed up when he played, giving him more air for performing. His trumpet was accidentally bent in the early 50's, and he liked the sound of the damaged instrument so much that he had future horns bent in a similar fashion.
Keanu Reeves is still one of the most recognizable celebrities in Hollywood. Ironically, there was another band called Klaatu (Reeves' character on "Day The Earth Stood Still"), which recorded a song called "Dog Star".
Dolly Parton is Miley Cyrus' godmother according to her website. To honor her, Cyrus has posted a new video on her YouTube account that presents an excellent rendition of Dolly Parton's early-'70's country classic "Jolene."
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Unorthodox Time Signatures - Don Ellis
The jazz trumpeter and arranger used unusual time signatures (9/2, 7/4, 17/8) in his charts. It was joked that the only chart that Ellis wrote in 4/4 was "Take Five" (which was written in 5/4 time)
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Crude remarks about Glenn Frey and vomit - Don Henley
Before The Eagles reunited in 1994, Henley was asked during a news conference if he would ever work with Frey again. His response was: "I'd rather eat my own vomit."
Throwing her used tampon into a crowd at a concert - Donita Sparks
During the 1992 Reading Festival, the then-L7 singer/guitarist was angry that mud was being thrown at her by the crowd. In protest, Sparks took her tampon from her pants and threw it back at them, yelling "Eat my used tampon, M***********s!" (Sparks has also exposed her privates during a late-night British entertainment show.)
The punk band the Ramones used stage names with "Ramone" as the surname. The punk rock girl band the Donnas do something similar, except their stage names consist of "Donna" followed by a letter. Guitarist Alison Robertson goes by the moniker "Donna R". Terry Castellana the drummer = "Donna C". Singer Brett Anderson = "Donna A" and Maya Ford = "Donna F" the bassist. All band members were born in 1979 and they got together in the 8th grade. This band continued on during high school when they known as the "Electrocutes".
In the early 70s Donnie was in the band the Jaggerz, which scored a #2 hit called "The Rapper". A few years later he spent about a year in the group Wild Cherry, known for the classic "Play That Funky Music". After that band imploded Donnie Iris struck out on his own and scored some solo hits in the hard rock and new wave styles.
You thought the FCC was strict now, back then they told Jim Morrison not to say 'higher' on "The Ed Sullivan Show" since the FCC thought it was a Drug Reference. But still...The Doors sang "Light my Fire" without any alterations...and never played on Ed Sullivan again, even Sullivan was upset as well since he refused to shake their hands after their first and last performance on "The Ed Sullivan Show"!
Having the most difficult "Guitar Hero" song ever. - Dragonforce
Dragonforce's song "Through The Fire And Flames" is widely acknowledged as the hardest song to play in the entire "Guitar Hero" video game series.
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).
When MTV came on the air in 1981 Duran Duran had the dubious distinction of having their video "Girls On Film" banned by the sprouting young TV network.
At the time even talking about sex was a taboo subject. Having a racy video such as this made it that much more a taboo subject. Thankfully Duran Duran were never subjected to the PMRC's "Explicit Lyrics" sticker guidelines. This song would have almost certainly made the group's Filthy Fifteen.
All three of the Taylors left Duran Duran at certain stages of the band's success. Roger first because he was a newlywed and wanted to start a family, then Andy to persue a solo career, and then John was the last original member of the band to leave. This left just Simon and Nick to pick up the pieces.