It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas — and a Pink Christmas at that! Holiday lights displays set to rock 'n' roll music are all the rage these days — check out our feature on awesome AC/DC light shows if you don't believe us — and Pink Floyd's spacey, psychedelic jams are the perfect sonic companion to a well-orchestrated show of brightly-colored, pretty flickering lights. With that in mind, we searched high and low for the best Pink Floyd Christmas lights displays we could find, some of which we think are flat-out stunning:
ou’ve probably heard the joke over the years that all live albums of the ’70s were actually born in the studio and in some cases, there’s a lot of truth to that statement. But if you’re talking about ‘Frampton Comes Alive!,’ Peter Frampton would like you to know that nearly every minute of one of the biggest selling albums of the ’70s is indeed completely “live” as advertised on the cover.
St. Louis alternative weekly ‘The Riverfront Times’ recently published a list of ‘Five Other Albums That Should Be Taken On Tour’ to coincide with the announcement of Frampton’s area show scheduled for next March where he will perform ‘Frampton Comes Alive!’ in its entirety, something that he has been doing nationwide this year to celebrate the album’s 35th anniversary.
ZZ Top have released a hefty update on the progress of their long-awaited new album courtesy of an in-person interview that Billy Gibbons gave recently to David Fricke from Rolling Stone.
Gibbons says that “presently, it would be safe to say that spring of the year 2012” looks like a probable moment when we’ll finally be able to get our hands on the new album. Producer Rick Rubin has brought what Gibbons describes as “latitude” to the sessions that made the pacing neither “hurried” or “rushed.”
The relaxed approach has given the Texas trio a chance to really consider the work they’re putting down in the studio. “We consider it a big bonus, the luxury of extra time. [You] go back and check it out and sure enough…you turn that sudden right corner that was unexpected and you say ‘wait a minute, let’s keep this extra piece.”
NEW YORK — Welcome to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Guns N' Roses.
The seminal rock band of the late 1980s and early '90s, best known for hits like "Welcome to the Jungle," "Sweet Child O' Mine" and "November Rain," leads the 2012 class of inductees announced on Wednesday. Also making the cut is the hip-hop trio Beastie Boys; rockers the Red Hot Chili Peppers; the late singer/songwriter Laura Nyro; Donovan; and influential British rock group The Small Faces/The Faces, which included Rod Stewart and Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood.
Without a doubt the weirdest record Kiss ever made, the critically trashed and commercially stillborn 1981 concept album ‘Music from the Elder,’ turns thirty years old this week.
The album was recorded at an extremely troubled time in the band’s career. Their ’70s reign as kings of sold-out arena shows had suddenly dried up, partially because two pop- and disco- influenced records (1979′s ‘Dynasty’ and 1980′s ‘Unmasked) alienated their original fans and failed to connect with the mainstream.
In addition, founding drummer Peter Criss had recently publicly departed the group, and lead guitarist Ace Frehley was threatening to do the same.
ethro Tull’s Ian Anderson is ready to stage live ‘Thick as a Brick‘ performances beginning next April in Europe before it moves to the U.S. in August, but it won’t include performances by the members of Tull.
Apparently, so many fans have thought that Anderson’s upcoming ‘Thick as a Brick’ tour, the first to feature the No. 1 album performed in its entirety since 1972, would include the rest of the band that long-time lead guitarist Martin Barre posted a clarification on his personal website.
After all this drama, we can report that we have something to look forward to. We’re hearing that as of two to three weeks ago, Van Halen decided on late January as the time when they will finally officially announce their 2012 album and tour. We will likely not hear any major VH news until then.
ames Hetfield certainly knows how to put on a fierce face when he’s rocking out onstage with Metallica. See how intense and ferocious he looks? The Cowardly Lion from ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ on the other hand, only can barely manage a meek, half-hearted growl.
And yet, from the right angle, these two radically different icons are total look-a-likes!
Now that Guns N’ Roses are set to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the question on everyone’s mind is: Will Axl Rose perform on-stage with Slash and the rest of the group’s former members at the event?
Since 1997, Rose has been the only founding member to remain with the band, and in 2009 he told seemed to rule out any possibility of working with Slash again in an interview with Billboard: “What’s clear is that one of the two of us will die before a reunion and however sad, ugly or unfortunate anyone views it, it is how it is.”
Late Queen singer Freddie Mercury was known for his flamboyant onstage persona, which included some pretty wild outfits. Actor Sacha Baron Cohen’s character Borat is known for, well … all kinds of wild ridiculousness. Put them together and what do you get? Well, a movie about Freddie Mercury starring Sacha Baron Cohen, for one.
Last year it was announced that Cohen had signed on to portray Mercury in a dramatic feature film focusing on the singer’s years in the spotlight as the frontman of Queen. Producer Graham King has already secured the rights to such Queen classics as ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ ‘We Will Rock You’ and ‘We Are the Champions’ for the flick, which is slated to hit theaters next year.
The release of three Rush box sets is more than enough for fans to celebrate, but you might want to hold the confetti for a moment! It turns out that there is a problem with discs in both the Sector 1 and Sector 2 boxes.
A statement issued on the band’s website states : “We are aware of some slight technical issues surrounding the CD of ‘Fly By Night’ inside the Sector 1 box set release and the DVD for ‘A Farewell To Kings’ inside the Sector 2 box set that some fans are experiencing. It stems from a production flaw and it is currently being addressed. As soon as production is completed a formal announcement of how to replace the discs will follow shortly. Please be aware that there may be a time delay in shipping and receiving the disc and we sincerely apologize for this inconvenience – Geddy, Alex & Neil”
Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth recommends the new album of lullaby versions of the band’s songs to sooth your kid. It probably didn’t hurt that his sister Lisa is responsible for the ‘Rockabye Baby’ series, including the new ‘Renditions of Van Halen’ album.
Paul McCartney Joined by Ron Wood at Three-Hour London Concert
by: Jeff Giles 33 minutes ago
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Paul McCartney played his only London gig of 2011 last night (Dec. 5) — and he made it count, delivering a hits-packed, three-hour set to his O2 Arena fans, including several songs he’d never played in the UK before.
But that wasn’t all McCartney had in store for fans: as the evening drew to a close, he told the crowd he had a “surprise” for them before bringing out Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood, who joined McCartney for an energetic performance of ‘Get Back.’
Outdoor Christmas lights displays synchronized to rock 'n' roll have been popular since an enterprising electrical engineer in Mason, Ohio, hooked up thousands of lights outside his house and set them to the tune 'Wizards in Winter' by the...
Bob Seger has announced plans to release a new studio album, and to support that record with a tour. “I will write from January 1 through March 31. I will finish the next record and right now, yes, I will tour with the next record,” Seger tells Ultimate Classic Rock.
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