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David Lee Roth Breaks Up Fight At Van Halen Show

March 14th, 2012 8:49am EDT
David Lee Roth
David Lee Roth stopped Van Halen's show in New Hampshire on Tuesday night to break up a fight in the audience.

The newly-reunited band was playing at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester when violence broke out in the crowd, and after Roth saw the fans fighting, he halted the show.

The singer was in the middle of a cover version of Roy Orbison's Oh, Pretty Woman when he called out to his bandmates, "Wait a minute, stop, stop!" before turning to the audience and saying, "Knock off the f**king fighting. F**k you! What do you think this is, a f**king mosh pit?"

"You've got all the bes...

Taylor Swift Featured In 'Band Hero'; New Songs Announced

October 2nd, 2009 12:30pm EDT
Taylor Swift, Band Hero, Band Hero Song List
Video game players and music fans alike can now get closer to Band Hero's in-game playable character Taylor Swift than ever before, as they can perform as the music icon to her fan-favorite chart-topping hits "You Belong With Me," "Picture To Burn" and "Love Story" in the biggest music event to hit living rooms this holiday season - "Band Hero". Today, Activision puts fans front and center in the concert of a lifetime, as they debut Swift's never-before-seen in-game performances in "Band Hero", the perfect game for family and friends to jam out and sing along to their favorite tunes togethe...

Writer's Viewpoint: Disputing An Iconic Song List

January 30th, 2009 2:14pm EST
It takes a cataclysmic event to derail Overrated/Underrated from its usual Friday spot. Currently the Oscars have been serving as that disruptive force, but this week interruption comes from the most unlikely source: a sports columnist from the Kansas City Star.

This is because Joe Posnanski has suggested on his blog that we stop voting artists into the Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame and shift our focus to Hall-Worthy songs. Songs he deems "Iconic". His criterion for including a song on the ballot is that it be "A song that represents a set of beliefs or a way of life. So, I see these s...

Celebrate Christmas With The 'Man In Black' And Friends

November 24th, 2008 6:00pm EST
Johnny Cash
Shout! Factory is delighted to bring you holiday cheer with the October 7 release of the 4-DVD box set The Johnny Cash Christmas Specials 1976-1979, as well as single DVD releases of The Johnny Cash Christmas Special 1978 and 1979. The Christmas Specials of 1976 and 1977 were released in 2007. The footage on these DVDs has been unseen for 30 years, and is being made available through an exclusive agreement between Shout! Factory and the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum.

The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will unveil a special spotlight exhibit dedicated to Cash on Tuesday...

B.B. King To Release 'One Kind Favor' Aug. 26

July 23rd, 2008 7:00pm EDT
B.B. King
The King of the Blues is set to release a new album featuring covers of old blues songs from B.B. King's early influences. With production by T. Bone Burnett (Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Roy Orbison, Elvis Costello) the set revisits the music that influenced B.B. in the 1950s, the beginning of King's extraordinary professional journey that, literally, changed the texture of modern blues playing. One Kind Favor will be released on Geffen Records August 26th.

Recorded at The Village Recorder in Los Angeles, CA One Kind Favor is meant to sound like an album recorded in the 50s. To get ...

Nikki Sixx Finds Love With 'LA Ink' Tattooist Kat Von D

March 20th, 2008 8:48am EDT
Kat Von Drachenberg
Motley Crue rocker Nikki Sixx is dating America's most famous female tattoo artist, Kat Von Drachenberg. The bassist, who split from his wife Donna D'Errico in May 2006 after nearly 10 years of marriage, has been friends with divorcee Von Drachenberg since last summer.

Sixx admits he remained close to his new love, even after she became engaged to Roy Orbison's son, and Whitestarr drummer, Alex in January. Von Drachenberg, who fronts TV show L.A. Ink, and Orbison have since called off their engagement and the tattooist is now dating Sixx.

Sixx tells, "Yes, Kat a...

Notes & Quotes

February 21st, 2008 7:00pm EST
Kat Von D
Roy Orbison's son Alex is to wed tattoo artist Kat Von D. Heavily tattooed Kat, who fronts TV show L.A. Ink, accepted the Whitestarr drummer's proposal last month, and the couple made it official at Warner Music's post-Grammy Awards party on February 10.

"I haven't taken a vacation in 10 years. You've gotta work while it's hot." Outkast star Andre 3000 doesn't take time off.

"I wanna shock the world. People can say whatever they want about me as an actor, but I want them to see the growth." Sean 'Diddy' Combs is determined to continuously improve as an actor as he prepares for cri...

Concert Review - Van Halen: The Reunion That No One Bet On

February 19th, 2008 11:44am EST
Van Halen
2/10/08 at Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA

They say all good things must pass. David Lee Roth was out. Sammy Hagar took over. Then it was Gary Cherone for an eye blink. In 2008, that guy that Eddie Van Halen couldn't stand is now back in front. DLR in all his three-ring circus glory is back. Is this a good thing? Will it last? Will they avoid killing each other? Whatever your opinion, this was the near-original Van Halen lineup. The one asterisk would be the absence of bassist Michael Anthony. Recently fired, Anthony's bass was picked up by 16-year old Wolfgang Van Halen, son of ...

'Girl In A Coma' Currently On Tour In Europe With 'Morrissey' Takes Time To Talk

February 18th, 2008 9:59am EST
Girl in a Coma
Starpulse recently caught up with the up-and-coming band Girl in a Coma as they opened for Morrissey in Europe. Hailing from San Antonio, GIAC is Nina Diaz on vocals and guitar, sister Phanie Diaz on drums, and Jenn Alva on bass guitar. These girls in a coma took over as the opening act for the remainder of Morrissey's U.S. tour last fall and the entire European leg after that. This coveted gig is only a dream for most bands.

The Girls describe their sound as "melodic punk." That just about nails it. With the opening track "Clumsy Sky" - a song that starts off hushed, then builds ...

Morcheeba Invite You To 'Dive Deep'; Announce North American Tour Dates

February 5th, 2008 8:06pm EST
Having sold 6 million albums, toured the world over and produced some of the most moving and instantly recognizable tunes throughout the nineties and noughties Morcheeba are about to make a massive return with their new album Dive Deep, that is considered by the founding members as an emotional blueprint which has restored their faith in music.

Dive Deep features guest vocalists ranging from established names such as acclaimed singer-songwriter Judie Tzuke, to relative newcomers Thomas Dybdahl from Norway, rapper Cool Calm Pete, and Manda, a French singer who contacted Morcheeba's Pau...

Thievery Corporation Producer Rob Garza Releases 'Dust Galaxy'

November 11th, 2007 10:00am EST
Dust Galaxy
Having spent over the past ten years creating, producing, remixing and touring, Rob Garza has been influenced by an endless list of diverse artists. Some surprising, some not. In fact, for Dust Galaxy, he was more influenced by non-musicians… like Fernando Pessoa, Jose Orozco, Diego Rivera, Heinrich Zimmer, and Stanislav Grof.

"People often think that I spend all my time submerged in electronic music," but in reality, people are very surprised to find him at home in dive bars more often listening to rock, soul and psychedelic music. "What I love about some of my favorite records like...

Celebrate Christmas With The 'Man In Black' On Two Special DVDs

November 1st, 2007 8:00pm EDT
On November 13 Shout! Factory will release two special DVDs just in time for the holiday season. The Johnny Cash Christmas Special 1976 and The Johnny Cash Christmas Special 1977 are the first releases to come out of the exclusive agreement between Shout! Factory and the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, which allows Shout! Factory to release DVDs taken from television shows archived in the Museum and representing many of country music's all-time top artists. These DVDs will mark the first time in 30 years that these Christmas specials have been seen.

Johnny and June Carter Cash ...

15 Memorable Music Scenes On Film

October 16th, 2007 10:08am EDT
William Shakespeare
As a film junkie and music geek I always look forward to seeing what songs directors will put in certain scenes to create the right mood. Finding the perfect song isn't always easy. The song has to fit that key moment or it could ruin the movie.

Following is a list of songs that have really made a movie scene stand out. I'm sure you will notice two things about me: I love chick flicks and 80's movies. This wasn't an easy task. I found over 50 songs and cut the list down to 15 with a few honorable mentions.

15) "Kissing You" by Des'Ree from the movie "Romeo + Juliet" (1996)


'Runnin' Down A Dream' Chronicles The Early Years Of Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers

October 11th, 2007 8:04pm EDT
The remarkable early years of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers and all that would follow are at the center of a new documentary by legendary director Peter Boganovich (The Last Picture Show) entitled Runnin' Down A Dream.

The film focuses not only on the Heartbreakers' inspiring ride to the top but the story of what they did when they got there, as artists, as a band and as people. Bogdanovich's film explores many of the underlying reasons for the band's unmatched capacity not only to endure but to thrive. Gritty, exuberant, infectious: Runnin' Down A Dream tells the Heartbreakers' stor...

Traveling Wilburys Return To The Charts

June 18th, 2007 9:39am EDT
The Traveling Wilburys
Rock supergroup The Traveling Wilburys have returned to the U.K. album charts after a 17-year absence. The group, which comprised of Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty and the late Roy Orbison and George Harrison, has gone straight to number one in the albums charts with their greatest hits disc, entitled "Collection."

The Traveling Wilburys beat competition by other new entries from Bon Jovi and Police, whose albums Lost Highway and "The Police" entered at two and three respectively.

Sunday's charts were dominated by veteran rockers, with new albums by Paul McCartney (Memory Almo...

Queens Of The Stone Age Are Bonding With White Stripes

June 14th, 2007 1:19pm EDT
Queens Of The Stone Age
The Queens Of The Stone Age are looking forward to sharing the stage with The White Stripes at the O2 Wireless Festival in London tonight after bonding over a karaoke machine. QOTSA front man Josh Homme has spent the evening singing karaoke with The White Stripes drummer Meg White in preparation for the festival.

Homme says, "I've met Jack a few times, but I think I've spent more time doing drunk karaoke with Meg. She lives in L.A. too. We haven't done a duet yet, but I sing Roy Orbison's In Dreams and a lot of Britney Spears."

The White Stripes front man Jack White's side proje...

Traveling Wilburys Music Available For The First Time In A Decade

May 29th, 2007 4:10pm EDT
The Traveling Wilburys
LOS ANGELES -- Nearly twenty years after the creation of the band, and over a decade since the music was last available to fans, the music of The Traveling Wilburys will be reissued on June 12, 2007, in the U.S. and June 11, 2007, worldwide. Rhino Entertainment announced the project today and will distribute the package from the Wilbury Records label.

The previously released albums Traveling Wilburys Volume 1 and Traveling Wilburys Volume 3 feature inarguably some of music's greatest singer-songwriters -- George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty and Bob Dylan -- as the icon...

George Harrison 'Begged' Roy Orbison To Join Traveling Wilburys

May 23rd, 2007 10:59am EDT
The Traveling Wilburys
Late Beatle George Harrison got down on his knees and begged Roy Orbison to join The Traveling Wilburys. Harrison and Jeff Lynne started the supergroup in the late 1980s and ended up inviting Orbison, Bob Dylan and Tom Petty to join.

Orbison's widow Barbara recalls the moment Harrison offered Roy the chance to join the group after a concert.

She says, "When Roy came off-stage, George got on his knees. He was really funny.

"He then said, 'We want to have a band and we want to have you in it. Will you do it?' And Roy said yes."

- Watch The Traveling Wilburys Videos


Celebrity Birthdays, April 23

April 23rd, 2007 3:00am EDT
John Cena
Happy Birthday to Slovakian tennis player Daniela Hantuchova (1983), "Sin City" actress Jamie King (1979), WWE champ John Cena (197), Mexican singer Patricia Manterola (1972), "CSI NY" actress Melina Kanakaredes (1967), sitcom actor George Lopez (1961), Def Leppard guitarist Steve Clark (1960; d. 1991), "One Day At A Time" actress Valerie Bertinelli (1960), filmmaker Michael Moore (1954), "Three's Company" star Joyce DeWitt (1949), actress Sandra Dee (1942; d. 2005), "The Six Million Dollar Man" star Lee Majors (1939), singer/songwriter Roy Orbison (1936; d. 1988), American singer Ray Peter...

Widow Not Keen on Roy Orbison Biopic

October 16th, 2006 9:56am EDT
Roy Orbison
The widow of the late Roy Orbison has been rejecting numerous film offers from producers keen to make a biopic of the rocker's life because she doesn't want to share the late singer with the public. Barbara Orbison, who was married to the star for 20 years, finds it hard to believe anyone could capture her husband's spirit - and even the singer's pal Sean Penn didn't make the grade.

She says, "I get two offers a month for films. We had contracts with studios but they've all expired. I'm not sure a writer could capture Roy. I used to think that Sean Penn could play him when he was youn...

Pete Yorn Headlines The South In Support Of Latest Album, "Nightcrawler"

October 6th, 2006 10:41am EDT
Pete Yorn
For Nightcrawler, his first new studio album in three years, rocker Pete Yorn explores, and brings full circle, the day-for-life metaphor (morning-day-night) which began with his RIAA gold-certified debut album, musicforthemorningafter, in 2001 and continued through 2003's Day I Forgot. "This new record is not so much for the night," says Pete, "but for a later period in my life. The perspective I have comes from having lived more and experienced more."

Nightcrawler, which premieres a dozen brand-new songs, is perhaps the most musically complex and fully realized album of Pete's caree...

T-Bone Burnett Releases First New Album In 14 Years Along With Retrospective

April 27th, 2006 10:00pm EDT
T Bone Burnett
T-Bone Burnett is an American original. A songwriter and performer steeped in our nation's deep musical heritage, T Bone has emerged from a self-imposed 14 year hiatus as a recording artist to release two highly-anticipated collections of music simultaneously: The True False Identity, his first album of new original songs since 1992, and 20/20: The Essential T Bone Burnett, a 40-song retrospective spanning Burnett's entire career of music-making. T Bone says of his extended break, "After the last record (1992's The Criminal Under My Own Hat), I felt I could write some new songs and go ar...

Celebrity Birthdays, April 23

April 23rd, 2006 3:00am EDT
John Cena
Happy Birthday to Slovakian tennis player Daniela Hantuchova (1983), "Sin City" actress Jamie King (1979), WWE champ John Cena (197), Mexican singer Patricia Manterola (1972), "CSI NY" actress Melina Kanakaredes (1967), sitcom actor George Lopez (1961), Def Leppard guitarist Steve Clark (1960; d. 1991), "One Day At A Time" actress Valerie Bertinelli (1960), filmmaker Michael Moore (1954), "Three's Company" star Joyce DeWitt (1949), actress Sandra Dee (1942; d. 2005), "The Six Million Dollar Man" star Lee Majors (1939), singer/songwriter Roy Orbison (1936; d. 1988), American singer Ray Peter...

Singer Gene Pitney Dies Suddenly in Britain

April 5th, 2006 11:51am EDT
Gene Pitney
Singer Gene Pitney has been found dead in a hotel room in Wales. He was 65. His tour manager, and friend of 30 years, discovered him in his bed at the Hilton hotel in Cardiff this morning. Friends and family are baffled by his sudden death - he was midway through a tour of the U.K. and showed no signs of ill health.

Mark Howes, from his management company, says, "He did a good show last night at St. David's Hall and it was wonderful. I've seen him quite a few times on this tour and he was fit and well. He said it was the best tour he had done for quite a few years."

Pitney is mo...

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