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It’s an Incredible Jamboree With Immortal Guitar Axes

4 Dec

Immortal Guitar Axes is a perfect and heavy coffee-table book that’s sure to be an eye pleaser.It not only puts a lot of these beauties in the forefront, but also each instrument has a story too! Lisa S. Johnson‘s love for the six-string is very clear in the prose, and I suspect she did a lot of fieldwork to find out where some of them have disappeared to. Some were lost to history for one reason or another, and others thought destroyed.

For example, just when Peter Frampton (who played with many talents, ranging from David Bowie to Ringo Starr) thought he lost his beloved after the cargo plane crashed over Venezuela, it survived! Although not every guitar has a story like this one, what’s recounted is a look back about where it was either bought or made. Many artists’ instruments are profiled here, and while we already know everything about some axes, namely Brian May’s Red Special, others aren’t as widely known. I really appreciate the chapter about Suzi Quatro since it’s her music which got me to love that classic rock n’ roll all over again ever since I saw her on Happy Days.

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A Fond Look Back at REVIVAL69: The Concert That Rocked the World

30 Nov

REVIVAL69

Opens in Select Cinemas across Canada beginning Dec 16, 2022
See Below for British Columbia Screenings
* Mild Spoiler Alert

‘Twas the summer of 69, and while many remember Woodstock as the event that transformed music, there were others, namely Toronto Rock and Roll Revival, where locals praised it as the “…the best show of my life.” The new documentary REVIVAL69: The Concert That Rocked the World by Director Ron Chapman looks at how the idea got started, and all the troubles that went with staging such a production.

I can’t help but wonder if a very young Bryan Adams was at this Canadian show to get inspired to play his six-string till his fingers bled. As for how this film can influence not only his destiny but also those who were there–including Geddy Lee, only time will tell. This frontman of RUSH was interviewed about how this concert changed him. Although some performers had trepidation about being here, they were ready and willing. Others who weren’t too sure took convincing. And as for John Lennon, this event showed to the world he’s “quit” The Beatles in a not so official way. But for him to offer a different style of performance theatre wasn’t without its hurdles either. The backstory is quite compelling, and I was glued to this subplot more than the other narratives.

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One Member of WARPs UP is now INTO1 SANTA with a New Single

26 Nov

into1santaFollowing Uno Santa (宇野賛多)’s soaring popularity on the mega-hit Chinese show ‘CHUANG2021’, where he formed the boyband INTO1, this Japanese artist has rebranded himself as with the anglicised INTO1 SANTA just in time for the upcoming holiday. He’s also  released new single ‘I’m from…’ on November 25.

This young man personally selected the concept for the song, which features autobiographical lyrics that tell a personal story where he tells how he managed to achieve his dreams. The video shows gratitude to the family, friends and fans who have supported him along the way. He said, “This song tells my story. As the title ‘I’m from…’ suggests, it is based on my past experiences. These experiences could only have been achieved with the support of my family, friends and all of you, and they have allowed me to become who I am today – and to love myself.

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You Heard it Right, The Last Rockstars is Japan’s Mega-Band Consisting of….

14 Nov

The Last RockstarsYoshiki, Hyde, Sugizo and Miyavi are joining forces to give fans worldwide a show that’s very likely to blow the roofs of concert halls away. Their new star-studded band The Last Rockstars is ready to perform, and to get Japanese music lovers a taste, they’ve released a teaser music video. Simply titled “The Last Rockstars” (lyrics by YOSHIKI, composed by YOSHIKI) and “PSYCHO LOVE” (lyrics by YOSHIKI / HYDE, composed by HYDE) are available to view, and the full tracks are coming very soon!

The band will also unleash their debut live performances on January 26 & 27 that Ariake Arena and January 29 & 30 at Tokyo Garden Theatre; fan club presale is available now. U.S. shows on February 4 at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York and February 10 at Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles are on sale now.

From the Press Release:

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Spooked in Seattle, MoPOP Halloween News for Oct 29, 2022!

21 Sep

MoPOP Halloween

The Museum of Pop Culture has announced that its epic MoPOP Halloween bash Fashionably Undead is returning after a multi-year hiatus!

On Saturday, October 29, don your scariest costume and make your way to the museum for the Halloween dance party of the season. And this event’s host has the following to say:

Dear friends — we, the sentient machines that have taken over your beloved MoPOP, humbly invite you to our Ha11oween bash. Please consider this as nothing more than a celebration. It is in no way a trap. Or a Red Wedding. Dance your flesh off to the hypnotic pulsing rhythms. Lose your cares and decision-making capabilities in a fruity glass of fermented liquids. Scream for your life in an escape room built solely for your amusement. And party like it’s your last night on earth. Because it won’t be. We promise.

This event is 21+ only.

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