Priceless Stage Outfits

The music festivals’ season is approaching, and pictures of the audience’s outfits are starting to circulate on social media.

Here are some great outfits from the stage instead!

5. Pete Doherty 

Even if Doherty’s performance was considered disastrous, Pete rocked those glitters at Live 8 in 2005.

4. Luke Pritchard

The Kook’s lead singer performed in a black and white costume at Glastonbury 2014.

3. Keith Moon

The eccentric Keith moon knew how to capture the attention on stage, something usually difficult for drummers, confined at the bottom of the stage. Here’s him wearing a starry boxer’s robe at the Who’s concert in Kilburn, 1977.

2. MGMT

MGMT performed as the Scooby-Doo characters at the Voodoo Fest Experience Music Festival in New Orleans, October 2010.

1. Arctic Monkeys

Here’s a performance of the Artic Monkeys at Friday Night With Johnathon Ross dressed up as clowns in 2007, when they were still self-mocking and unpretentious.

A tribute to the gentle giant: Joey Ramone

16 years ago, today, the Rock World lost a major Star 🌟, Jeffrey Ross Hyman, aka Joey Ramone, lead singer of The Ramones, who died of lymphoma in New York on April 15, 2001, a month before his 50th birthday.

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“For me, punk is about real feelings. It’s not about ‘Yeah, I’m a punk and I’m angry.’ That’s a lot of crap. It’s about loving the things that really matter: passion, heart and soul.”

In this occasion, I would definitely recommend the documentary End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones, which includes interviews with former and later members, people close to the band (Dee Dee Ramone, Johnny Ramone, Joey Ramone, Marky Ramone, C.J. Ramone, Tommy Ramone, Riche Ramone, Elvis Ramone) and fellow musicians like Debbie Harry and Joe Strummer.

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The interviews reveal details about the relationship between the band members and aspects of their personalities that show what a kind person Joey was.

The Ramones, formed in 1974, pioneers of the punk rock, were a source of inspiration for a lot of  great musicians: this article – and many other-  appeared on the Miami New Times reckons bands like Green Day, Metallica,The strokes, Nirvana wouldn’t exist without the Forest Hill’s band.

Here’s a cover of The Ramones’ song Life is a Gas by The Strokes

NYC vibes

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Looking forward to this event! Perfect location and perfect music 👍

22 April, 20.00 – 1.00

MOTH CLUB, Vallette Street, E9 6, Hackney, London

 

Meanwhile…

We know how great the quintessential NYC bands are (Blondie, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Ramones, The Velvet Underground, Interpol…) But why don’t you also check out these new bands from the Big Apple:

The Britanys

Unsigned Rock&Roll band from NYC, founded in 2014

They’ve got a similar charm to that found in Pete and Carl’s early ramshackle stuff according to the NME Magazine, and like the early The Strokes according to DIY Magazine.

 

QTY

A New York duo that sounds like the Velvet Underground, Public Access TV and Interpol, says NME, and I would add Adam Green.

A Gorillaz TV series is coming on, is coming on, is coming on, is coming on!

 

Rumours have started to circulate about a 10-episode TV series dedicated to the Gorillaz characters, which cartoonist Jamie Hewlett has confirmed in an interview on Q Magazine. 😊

In the meantime, Gorillaz have released a new song, Andromeda, which, as Damon Albarn revealed today, was dedicated to his late mother-in-law and Bobby Womack, and inspired by Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean and Hall & Oates  I Can’t Go for That.

The new album Humanz will be released on the 28th of April.

Jamie Hewlett’s work is mostly involved with the music scene, yet back in 2012 the artist also collaborated with Absolut, designing limited edition vodka bottles that featured seven London’s fashion pioneers.

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I’ve been waiting patiently

Mando Diao are back!!!

The first single from their new album Good Times was released yesterday. It’s been three years since their seventh album, Ælita.

Shake is very catchy, and the official video is pretty funny too, with quite unusual cheerleaders.

It’s a bit sad not to see Gustaf Norén, though, who left the band in 2015. ☹

It’s a pity that the release day of the new single for the Swedish band coincided with a very bad news for their Country, where at least three people died and several were left injured after a truck rammed into a crowd on a main shopping street in central Stockholm.

The band has paid a tribute to the victims on the Facebook page.

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When the cover version is ALMOST better than the original song

10. The Beatles – You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me

Cover of a song by Smokey Robinsosn & The Miracles

9. Julian Casablancas – White Light White Heat

Velvet Underground song.  Julian covering one of his idols. This version was recorded for one of the TV series I enjoyed the most: Vynil,  created by Mick Jagger, Martin Scorsese, Rich Cohen and Terence Winter. Unfortunately, it was not renewed after the first season ☹, but it is worth watching it!

8. Babyshambles – Janie Jones

A cover of the 1977 original Clash’s song from the band’s eponymous debut album.

7. Arctic Monkeys – Love Machine

In this case, I didn’t know the original version by Girls Aloud, I only knew it was not an Arctic Monkeys song. Even now that I heard the original song, I still much prefer the cover!

6. Oasis – I Am The Walrus

Oasis released a live version of this Beatles song as a B-side to their single Cigarettes&Alcohol. This single peaked at number 7 in the UK charts.

5. Sid vicious – My Way

A classic. Not a very bright singer or bass player, but Sid certainly had stage presence. This video is brilliant.

4. Blossoms – Manic Monday

I Fell in love with this video recently. Original song from The Bangles, included in the 1986 album Different Light.

3. Nirvana – The Man Who Sold The World

A cover of a David Bowie song from the same named album, which had a bigger commercial and critical success in the US than in the UK when it was first released. The song was performed during the MTV Nirvana Unplugged in New York.

2. The Runaways – Rock and Roll (Live in Japan 1977)

Another Velvet Underground cover, from their 1970 album Loaded. The song was written by Lou Reed, who subsequently continued to perform the song as a solo artist.

1. Howie Back – Reptilia

Cover of The Strokes’ song from the album Room on Fire (2003).

JUST AMAZING.

 

Thanks for the effort, Dylan

Such an amazing historic period to live in.

A great couple of years in particular.

Countries leave unions, more and more businessmen become presidents and people snub awards.

I discovered that Robert Zimmerman was probably not the friendliest musician the first time when I watched the documentary Bob Dylan: Don’t look back; then I had a further confirmation the time I went to see him live in Padua (Italy) in November 2013, when he came on stage and left without saying anything to his audience apart from introducing the band.  An audience that, among other things, paid not- at-all cheap tickets (no standing ticket option, obviously) to assist to his totally unfriendly performance.

And now, once again, he shows such a lack of gratitude and, I believe, respect, by collecting the Nobel Price half year after he won it and after sending Patty Smith at the ceremony on his behalf.

Moreover, he showed up in a hoodie and no media were present.

People should be HONORED to receive such a privilege.

We create petitions for everything; If there was a petition to nullify the award, I would sign it right away.

And I would send Paul Simon to recuperate the prize. Wearing a hoodie.