"We make it our mission to play all time favourites for all ages," say The Grey. "Our repertoire includes mashups of Bach and AC/DC, Vivaldi and Sia, Queen, tangos from Piazolla, love songs and famous film theme songs."
The trio are made up of violin players Donne de Kock and Ellani de Jager and pianist Eric Gerber, who adds, "My goal and mission for The Grey is to achieve a well-balanced group of musicians who love to play good music that suits all audiences. My vision for this group is to create everlasting beautiful music and that every single piece of work will last forever in our audience's hearts. Two violins and one piano can make a difference!" Check it outhere.
Kennedy can still remember the exact day he auditioned for Led Zeppelin. It was Friday, June 13, 2008, 24 hours before his band Alter Bridge were due to appear on the main stage at the Download festival.
Alter Bridge were riding high on the on the back of their second album, Blackbird, as close to a full-blown stadium rock record as the 21st century had thrown up so far, and Kennedy was a key part of their a success. An unashamed belter, his to-the-back-row-and-beyond holler was a throwback to the glory days of the 70s and 80s.
That's probably why Jimmy Page decided to get in touch with him. Zeppelin themselves were in a strange place. Their high-profile reunion show at the end of 2007 had sparked a huge appetite for a tour. The only problem was that Robert Plant point-blank refused to do it. Searching around for a potential surrogate, their eyes settled on Kennedy.
"It was Jason Bonham [son of late Zeppelin drummer John Bonham] who reached out," says Kennedy today. "I hadn't talked to him in years, since we did the Rock Star movie together. He called me when we were on tour and said, 'Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and I are in London jamming, and we were wondering if you'd be up for coming in?'"
Kennedy thought he was joking, but he wasn't. And so on that fateful Friday, he found himself walking into a London rehearsal studio to be greeted by Page, Bonham and John Paul Jones. "I was completely freaking out, as you would," says Kennedy.
Introductions were made, nerves were calmed, gear was plugged in and the quartet began to play. At first they jammed on a few old Zeppelin songs, including Kashmir, The Rain Song and No Quarter, but then they began to ease into material Kennedy had never heard before - nothing more than sketches with the singer scatting over the top, but new material nonetheless. When they finished, Kennedy announced he was going to get a cab to the station to get a train to Birmingham ahead of Download the following day.
"Then Jimmy said, 'John and I are going to drive you to the train station'," says Kennedy. "On the drive, Jimmy and John Paul told me what they were considering. It was a new project, it wasn't going to be Led Zeppelin, and would I be interested in perhaps singing with them? My answer - and this is the dumbest answer of all time - was, 'Well, yeah, you guys are pretty much the sh*t. [Embarrassed laugh] I cannot believe I said that."
There was a second, four-day rehearsal the following September, but Kennedy kept his expectations in check. He knew they were trying out other singers, among them Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, and that Page and Jones were the sort of people to keep their cards close to their chests anyway. Read morehere.
"Something I've never talked about in public before, but which I have come to terms with since leaving the band, is that I was suffering from an eating disorder," he writes. "It wasn't as though I had any concerns about my weight or anything like that."
"I'd just go for days - sometimes two or three days straight - without eating anything at all," he continues. "It got quite serious, although at the time I didn't recognize it for what it was."
The singer quit One Direction in March 2015, after missing a number of appearances with the rest of the band due to stress. Since then he has launched his own solo career and released his first album Mind of Mine last March and is currently dating model Gigi Hadid. Read morehere.
Hoppus spoke about how much the song meant to him, explaining, "[It was] one of the first songs that I ever learned on bass, and a song that has withstood the test of time more than 95% of the music that has been written."
Skiba has a bit of difficulty getting the opening lick, which makes Hoppus smile (it is early morning radio after all), but the two recover and perform their acoustic version with Hoppus on vocals. Check it outhere.
Shadows tells Loudwire: "I'm glad that we can add something new to the fold that Metallica's not going to bring to the table, and they're going to do what they do.
"Instead of last time where our record was a little too close to Metallica, I'm glad that people are going to have a huge spectrum of music to listen to, and all of it sounds completely different from each other." Read morehere.
Her 1989 World Tour brought in $200 million in North America; the country-turned-pop princess also earned plenty from endorsement deals with companies including Diet Coke, Keds and Apple.
The next closest act on the list was actually an entire boy band. One Direction, which has four members, brought in $110 million. Adele charted with $80.5 million, Rihanna with $75 million and Justin Bieber, the youngest person on the list, came in 6th with $56 million. Read morehere.
The reality show actress originally sued for $10 million, accusing the artist of assaulting her while taping scenes for the show in 2015. An Illinois judge has ruled in favor of Rainey in the case.
The final judgment totaled $7.13 million, reports Billboard. The Game was also ordered to pay his former nanny $200,000 last year after being sued for libel. Read morehere.
Earlier this year, the pop star suspended meet-and-greets because they were "draining," and has lamented unwanted physical contact in that setting -- his security team deemed them too risky. Over the summer, Bieber disabled his Instagram account to stop the influx of hateful, toxic fan messages and this fall, he scolded Beliebers for screaming over him at a concert. Read morehere.
The group has made a name for themselves by presenting their down home styled versions of classic hard rock songs and their take on the GNR ballad comes from their sophomore album "Brothers in Farms".
The promo blurb for the new video states: "After witnessing this wistful saga of moonshine-marinated melancholy and boozed-up, barmy bayou bromance, you will no longer be able to watch the original video - let alone enjoy Slash's iconic guitar solo - the same way again." Check it outhere.
And she wrapped up by talking about the weight of our words, the songwriter quoted Maya Angelou, who said "Words are things. You must be careful, careful about calling people out of their names, using racial pejoratives and sexual pejoratives and all that ignorance. Don't do that.
"Someday we'll be able to measure the power of words. I think they are things. They get on the walls. They get in your wallpaper. They get in your rugs, in your upholstery, and your clothes, and finally in to you." Read morehere.
The Bon Jovi frontman spoke with Billboard about the band's new album "This House is Not for Sale" and he emphasized how the entire band played a greater role in shaping the music than in the past.
"This was more of a band record than I have made over the last three or four [records]," he explained. "What I mean by that was the guys were in the room the whole time. Some songs, from the notebook to the studio floor, took on a different life because of the band, where on the previous three records that would not have been the case. The record-making process changed with this album."
Regarding Sambora's role on past albums, Bon Jovi revealed, "Richie did participate in the record-making [in the past], but it was always me and [guitarist John] Shanks at the hip, and then Richie second to that, and then [keyboardist] David [Bryan] and [drummer] Tico [Torres]. David really filled that void left by Richie and took on a whole different leadership role in the studio, and it was a welcome addition." Read morehere.
"The drinks kept coming and we sat talking for hours," he recalled, reports the Guardian. 'We chatted, as we always did, about the records we loved, and eventually we moved on to 'that subject.' There had been rumors for years that the Smiths were about to re-form, and they were always untrue. I had never pursued any offer."
"Suddenly we were talking about the possibility of the band re-forming, and in that moment it seemed that with the right intention it could actually be done and might even be great."
However, Marr remembers, longstanding friction and hard feelings prevented that conversation from going any further. Read morehere.
But Martin wouldn't take no for an answer. He asked Mars to visit him at a Malibu studio where the two could talk face-to-face. Martin was hooked on the idea of Mars and Beyonce collaborating on a live version of "Uptown Funk," but Mars wanted to know what Beyonce thought about the idea? Martin took a quick video with Mars, texted Beyonce and got her response: She was in.
"She's not f-ing joking around," Mars said about working with Beyonce. "She's going to get onstage and show everybody why she's the best every single time. She's got that monster in her."
He shared a story about the day before their performance. Read about thathere.
"All of my relationships are more important to me than any tour I'll ever do," she said. "If my relationship with Simon [Konecki] or my relationship with Angelo started to flounder a bit now, I would pull out of my tour.
Adele says her reluctance to confirm future tours is a matter of keeping her priorities straight. "My life is more important to me than anything I'm doing because how the f*** am I supposed to write a record if I don't have a life?" she wondered. "If I don't have a real life, then it's game over anyway." Read morehere.
West's fans had already enjoyed 45 minutes of the Saint Pablo Tour and Yeezy decided his performance wasn't giving them what they paid for. West insisted that full refunds would be given to ticket holders and that he'd "do better next time."
Fans left the arena with an abbreviated Kanye concert experience, a full refund, the promise of a replacement date and a great story to tell their friends. Read more and see links to fan filmed video footagehere.
Things can get a little hectic on Black Friday, especially for those in charge of distributing caffeine, which is why Millie's musical Starbucks drive-thru order probably came at the perfect time.
The 12-year-old's Adele-inspired performance couldn't have been more opposite of her nearly-mute character, Eleven. Watch as Millie says 'hello from the upside down," and belts out her venti latte and caramel frappuccino order to the tune of 'Hello." See the cliphere.
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