Earlier this week, Jane's Addiction were confirmed as one of the nominees for next year's event, along with artists including Yes, Pearl Jam and Bad Brains. And Farrell reports that Grohl tipped him off about the news before it became public knowledge - and that the Foos' man had a helping hand in their inclusion.
Farrell tells Eddie Trunk: "I'm very excited about it. When I heard about it, I was on the phone texting, but my feet were clapping. Just recently, Dave Grohl had a fundraiser for his children's school and he invited me to participate. When I was there, he took me in the corner, and said, 'Hey, man, I just want to let you know something. I've been working with the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame - and I got you on the ballot. I hope it all goes well.'" Read morehere.
Bands with three-plus decades of history are lucky if they can play three or four new songs in a set: but a full album of fifteen songs that most people hadn't heard yet? That's a tough one.
But from the opening notes of the first song, "This House is Not For Sale," it was clear that he hasn't lost his knack for writing huge anthems. The song sounded like it could find a home on country radio; with a little luck, it could be a pop hit. At the same time, it sounded quintessentially Bon Jovi.
"Albums meant something to me growing up," Bon Jovi told the crowd, noting that he knew it was asking a lot for the fans to listen to fifteen new songs. But he seemed intensely committed to the album, and with good reason. Most of the songs were catchy and sounded like potential hits. But he seemed to be going for a bit more than ear candy: the album, he said, is "The story of the people who have been on this journey with us for thirty-three years." He explained that after he releases the songs, the characters become his audience. "Tommy and Gina [from 'Livin' on a Prayer'] became you guys. Frankie [from 'It's My Life'] became you guys!" Read morehere.
John Awesome and Nydia Hernandez wanted to mark getting engaged by taking some pictures in the woods in Holy Jim Canyon, California. They hired photographer Janet Wheeland to take some romantic shots, but John noticed some eye-catching characters lurking among the trees.
Metal band Coldvoid were also in the woods shooting promo shots, using the full moon as a backdrop. John Awesome, 34, tells ABC: "During the last part of the session, we noticed a few guys with some corpse paint makeup on sitting at a nearby bench blaring out some black metal music.
"We just randomly thought it would be a funny idea if we could get them to be a part of our engagement shoot. So we approached them and asked and they were more than happy to accept. Super nice people. I seriously can't make this stuff up."
Photographer Wheeland approached the band to ask if they'd pose with the couple. She says: "They gave us a copy of their new demo and it was the perfect eerie soundtrack for the drive out of the woods.
"It was a perfect, spontaneous finale to our photo shoot. We couldn't have planned it better." See the photohere.
Taylor says: "There was a huge war going on in my head, and that kind of fed the booze. That fed a lot of my issues with drinking and sh*t because I had given up drugs when I was a teenager so that wasn't an issue for me - but the booze was really the anchor that I still had.
"I had bullsh*tted myself into thinking that I couldn't go on stage without it like, 'It's good luck.' Such addict bullsh*t." Taylor points to his work with Stone Sour, particularly the track Bother from their self-titled 2002 album, as a moment in his career that fed his ego and turned him into a "douchebag." Read morehere.
But the crowd went crazy, when, with no introduction, surprise performers the Backstreet Boys took the stage after Grande's set. With no warning, they appeared onstage, performing "Backstreet's Back," followed by "Incomplete." During the later song, the monitors showed a male fan near the stage, crying with joy.
Singer Howie Dorough told the crowd that the boy band were very proud to be there, before informing the audience that they were about to hit memory lane, going into "As Long As You Love Me," and flawlessly busting out the old-school dance moves. Read morehere.
However, one guy who thinks that his induction would be premature is Chuck D of Public Enemy. He tweeted, "Got forever love for PAC BUT there AINT a solo rap act that should get in the RRHOF before @llcoolj I Dont care about what naysayers think."
He was right to predict naysayers; reaction to that tweet was less than favorable, so Chuck elaborated. "When @llcoolj entered the rap game there was NOTHING close to the blizzard he came in the game with.1 dude rearranged records & performance." Read morehere.
He finds instead, though, that everyone is too engrossed with their smartphones to notice one another, let alone lead any kind of real life beyond their digital existence. As a result, his arrows don't have the same effect they normally would because everyone is too distracted by their screens.
Fitzpatrick gets the idea to start taking people's phones away from them, which results in a frenzied chase. He first attempts his plan with a wolfman and later with a Viking woman, each one growing angry that he's interfered with their form of pleasure. With each new scene, the animated characters find that if they put down their phones and pay attention to the world around them they have a better shot at finding love than they would on a Tinder-like app. Check it outhere.
He shared the video--which was also shot entirely on iPhone--via Twitter and encouraged fans to view with the screen lock firmly in place. His gambit appears to have paid off--as of Friday morning, the video had been retweeted more than 30,000 times.
A few cameo appearances by Francis & the Lights, Jay Electronica, a gospel choir, and his cousin Nicole don't hurt. Watch the inventive video for "How Great"here.
Some background: Last August, Little Mix star Perrie Edwards and Zayn Malik (then of One Direction) called off their engagement after three years of dating.
Since then, Zayn has struck up a high-profile romance with it-girl model Gigi Hadid. Is the song about him? Well, it's not not about him. Watch the videohere.
The clip is pretty dark so it's hard to tell if it's Olivia Benson or Meredith Grey who is the culprit. "Got a bad cold and an overly emotional cat," she wrote. "No sleep til Austin," she said.
The latter was a reference to her gig at the big Formula 1 race in Texas this past weekend. "Ps the door isn't even closed, she's so irrational," she continued. Check it outhere.
Songwriters are eligible for induction after writing hit songs for at least 20 years. Jay Z, who released his debut album, Reasonable Doubt, in 1996, has written multiple hits in the last two decades, from "Big Pimpin'," to "Empire State of Mind."
The list of nominees, which was announced last Thursday (Oct. 20), also includes: George Michael, Madonna, Bryan Adams, Vince Gill, Babyface, Max Martin, Kool & the Gang, Cat Stevens, Sly Stone, Chicago, Gloria Estefan, Jeff Lynne and David Gates. Read morehere.
The "purity rings" they wore seem at odds with the sexual, mature persona each has carved out as an adult -- Joe's music with DNCE, Nick's solo career.
"We had to be careful with the certain things we wrote and said," Joe explained in a recent interview. 'We couldn't be too sexual or romantic in certain ways.
"And that's tough because at the same time you're growing up and you want to write about these experiences you're having as a young adult." Read morehere.
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