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12 Greatest Opening Lines in Rock Music Ever!

March 27th, 2014 2:00pm EDT
12 Greatest Opening Lines in Rock Music Ever!
Even if you are not a big fan of rock and roll music, there are some opening lines to songs that grab your attention and keep it. Some of the greatest rock bands in the world have crafted masterpieces, but their opening lines leave a little something to be desired. The following list is purely subjective, but it bears the question, what do you think is the best opening line in rock and roll?

1. "It was 1989 my thoughts were short my hair was long, caught somewhere between a boy and man. She was seventeen but she was far from in-between, it was summertime iin Northern Michigan."

Kid Rock...
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Tom Petty to be honoured with ASCAP's Founders award

March 21st, 2014 4:10am EDT
Tom Petty
Veteran rocker Tom Petty will receive the prestigious Founders title at the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers' (ASCAP) Pop Music Awards next month (Apr14).

The legendary musician will be celebrated for his outstanding career success, which has spanned 45 years.

A statement issued by Paul Williams, ASCAP president and chairman, reads: "Tom is the very definition of an American music icon. Not only is he one of the most admired and beloved songwriters of our time, his music continues to be a major influence and inspiration to new generations of songwriters today.

"He ha...
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Neil Young calls on big name pals to help him launch Pono campaign

March 12th, 2014 4:10am EDT
Neil Young
Rock legend Neil Young has teamed up with Bruce Springsteen, Eddie Vedder and Tom Petty to launch a Kickstarter.com campaign to raise funds for his new digital music service and player Pono.

Springsteen, Vedder, Petty, David Crosby, James Taylor and Sting are among the stars who have provided testimonials to support Young's new invention, which recreates the purest sound of the music - as heard in the studio during the recording process.

Launching the new campaign with a video message to music fans, Young says, "It’s about the people who make the music and the way it sounds to us when we’...
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Tom Petty offers fans full refund for shortened show

June 12th, 2013 8:40pm EDT
Tom Petty
Tom Petty fans who attended a concert on Saturday (08Jun13) which was shut down by Los Angeles fire marshalls are to be given a full refund.

Safety chiefs declared the Fonda Theater show was over capacity and forced Petty and his group, the Heartbreakers, to cut short the gig after 90 minutes.

After meeting with venue bosses and promoters, the rocker has released a statement offering fans their money back for the incomplete concert.

It reads: "The satisfaction of fans is of paramount importance to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and the band shares the frustration of the fans in attendan...
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Must-See Summer Concert Tours - Timberlake, Beyonce, Springsteen & More

March 22nd, 2013 3:10pm EDT
Justin Timberlake
Summer concerts are just around the corner, and this year's line up has something for everyone - no matter what your musical taste is.

Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake are teaming up for a 12-date summer stadium tour to promote JT's new album, "The 20/20 Experience." Catch them in cities such as New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago.

Beyonce will not be home alone with baby Blue Ivy while her hubby Jay-Z traverses the country. The pop star is hitting the road in April for her "Mrs. Carter" tour that will take her all the way from Serbia to Brooklyn, New York.

British boyband One Direction will t...
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Guitars Stolen From Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers Found; Thief Arrested After Trying To Pawn One For $250

April 17th, 2012 7:59pm EDT
Tom Petty
The five guitars that were stolen from rockers Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Thursday night while the band was rehearsing for their upcoming tour have been found; and a security guard from the Culver City, Calfi. studios where the theft occurred has been taken into police custody.

"I am extremely grateful to the Culver City Police Department for a job well done and touched by the outpouring of good wishes and concern from our fans and friends," Petty said in a statement.

The Washington Post reports that Daryl Emmette Washington, 51, tried to pawn one of the guitars - together worth over...
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Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers Offering Reward For Return Of Stolen Guitars

April 16th, 2012 8:12pm EDT
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
Rockers Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are offering up a $7500 reward - with no questions asked - for the return of five guitars that were stolen from the band at a Culver City, Calif., soundstage.

The band was rehearsing for its upcoming world tour; which kicks off Wednesday in Colorado; when the instruments were swiped.

Petty, who's been tweeting and posting to the band's Facebook page about the stolen goods tweeted that "The show will go on" whether the guitars are returned or not.

The topic became a hot trend on Twitter as well, with fans and other celebs offering their support.

Pe...
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Q&A: Paulina Rubio And Tom Drummond Are Excited For The 2012 New Orleans JazzFest

April 9th, 2012 6:30pm EDT
jf
A few things come to mind when we think about New Orleans- food, booze, Mardi Gras and great music. When we think of great music, we think of the seven day festival that we are so excited to be covering this year- the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. As with every year of the celebrity packed event, this year’s lineup is epic. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, The Eagles, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Foo Fighters, Zac Brown Band, My Morning Jacket, Ne-Yo, Al Green, Paulina Rubio, Bonnie Raitt, The Beach Boys, Florence + The Machine, Better than Ezra, Cee Lo Green, The Nevi...
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Pearl Jam To Join Tom Petty & Bruce Springsteen At Isle Of Wight Festival

December 8th, 2011 11:44pm EST
Pearl Jam
Pearl Jam have completed the 2012 Isle of Wight Festival headliner line-up by confirming they'll close the Saturday night of the event in June.

The appearance will be the second of eight shows the rockers will perform in Europe next summer.

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers will headline the first night of the festival on June 22 and Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band will close the three-day affair on June 24.

The Vaccines, Noel Gallagher, Noah and the Whale and Elbow have also been added to the bill.
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Madonna Confirmed As Super Bowl Halftime Act

December 5th, 2011 8:15am EST
Madonna
Madonna will team up with Cirque Du Soleil for her performance at the prestigious 2012 Super Bowl Halftime Show.

The pop icon will follow in the footsteps of stars including Tom Petty, Paul McCartney, The Who and Bruce Springsteen to headline the big game's mid-point spectacular.

The Material Girl's representatives have confirmed the news after months of speculation and revealed Madonna will be working with a creative team from circus group Cirque du Soleil for the performance.

A statement reads, "We are happy to confirm that Madonna will perform in the Bridgestone Super Bowl XLVI Hal...
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Michele Bachmann Warned After Using 'Walking On Sunshine'

June 30th, 2011 12:57pm EDT
Michele Bachmann
Classic '80s band Katrina And The Waves have threatened legal action against presidential candidate Michele Bachmann for playing their music on her campaign trail.

The Minnesota congresswoman has upset the pop stars after using their 1985 hit Walking on Sunshine as her anthem at a rally in South Carolina on Tuesday.

A statement on the group's official website reads: "Katrina & The Waves would like it to be known that they do not endorse the use of Walking On Sunshine by Michele Bachmann and have instructed their lawyers accordingly."

Frontwoman Katrina Leskanich admits she wants to ba...
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Michele Bachmann Ignores Tom Petty's 'American Girl' Request

June 29th, 2011 2:25pm EDT
Michele Bachmann
Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann is ignoring rocker Tom Petty's plea for her to drop his American Girl hit as her rally anthem.

The singer/songwriter's management team sent Bachmann's campaign bosses a cease and desist letter earlier this week after the congresswoman played the track at a rally in Iowa, where she officially announced her plans to run against President Barack Obama in 2012.

However, it appears Bachmann is defying Petty's request; American Girl was played at a campaign stop in South Carolina on Tuesday - but just 30 seconds of the song.

The music was t...
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Tom Petty Receives Golden Heart Award

May 10th, 2011 12:29pm EDT
Tom Petty
Rocker Tom Petty was honored with an award at a star-studded gala in California on Monday in recognition of his charity work for the homeless.

The Free Fallin' hit-maker and his wife Dana were handed the Golden Heart Award for their commitment to The Midnight Mission, an organization which provides counseling, education, food and shelter for the disadvantaged in Los Angeles.

Tom and Dana are generous supporters of The Midnight Mission and in 2008, the rocker held a concert to benefit the charity.

Debi Mazar, Larry Miller and Ed Begley, Jr. were among the stars in the audience at the c...
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Jon Bon Jovi's Fears For Reality TV Show Contestants

December 10th, 2010 4:15pm EST
Jon Bon Jovi
Jon Bon Jovi fears youngsters competing on reality TV talent contests such as American Idol will struggle to become enduring stars because they aren't given enough time to perfect their craft.

The Bon Jovi rocker has appeared on the show twice as a mentor to contestants, and although he appreciates the entertainment value of such competitions, he worries that many aspiring artists will crumble after experiencing instant fame.

He tells Larry King, "Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, I can go (through) the list of guys that would have all been thrown off... What artists have establi...
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Tom Petty Pays Tribute To Late Bandmate

June 23rd, 2010 8:42pm EDT
Tom Petty
Rocker Tom Petty wrote new song "Running Man's Bible" during a flood of emotions about former bandmate Howie Epstein's death.

The Heartbreakers leader has often struggled with Epstein's 2003 drug-related death, admitting the bass player's narcotics use had turned him into an unpredictable bandmate - but he was still devastated after hearing of his passing.

In a past interview, Petty said, "He was just degenerating on us to the point where we thought keeping Howie in the band was actually doing him more harm than getting rid of him. His personal problems were vast and serious.

"We tried e...
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Summer 2010 Concert Preview

May 22nd, 2010 2:00pm EDT
Xtina
Break out your beer coozies, lighters, coolers, Aviator glasses and Rock and Roll t-shirts, summer concert season is about to begin. Whether you are into pop music , country, metal or just looking to mingle and listen to some good tunes- we have everything you need to know in our summer concert preview.

Christina Aguilera kicks off her summer tour with Leona Lewis in July at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut and will be touring through August. It has been too long since fans have seen Christina on tour but she's finally back with her latest album, Bionic, which includes the catchy summ...
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Tom Petty Considers Doing Rock Band

April 24th, 2010 7:07pm EDT
Tom Petty
Rocker Tom Petty is considering adding his name to a new Rock Band video game, but he'll never allow his music to be used in commercials.

The "I Won't Back Down" hitmaker admits he's on board for fronting a new Rock Band, which enables gamers to play along with his hits.

He says, "If we want this music to be accepted by coming generations, it might be a necessity."

But Petty tells Parade magazine that doesn't mean he's about to relax his rules on using his tunes in commercials: "A lot of younger groups want to be on commercials, but I don't."
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Throw An Anti-Valentine's Day Party!

February 13th, 2010 8:47am EST
Anti-Valentine
Whether you're brokenhearted and bitter, single and spectacular, or just plain sick of the over-hyped Hallmark holiday that falls on February 14, don't let Valentine's Day get the best of you. Turn it into a cynical celebration!

If you're a singleton staying in to avoid all the schmoopy-schmoopy hand-holding, there's still no reason you should have to spend V-Day all alone. Ladies, invite your gal pals over and get loaded on champagne while playing silly games like "Truth or Dare" or "I Never." And guys, you can get all the dudes together to do all the things your girlfriends complain ab...
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Tom Petty: 'My Dad Thought I Was Gay'

November 30th, 2009 9:18am EST
Tom Petty Dad Thought I Was Gay
Tom Petty still has nightmares about his violent upbringing and thinks his father thought the rocker was gay.

The Free Fallin' singer's dad could never understand his son's love of the arts - and dearly wanted him to be more of a sportsman - but Petty had no interest in playing football or baseball, and hated joining his dad on hunting trips.

He tells Rolling Stone magazine, "(My father) was scary and violent. He beat the living hell out of me, and there was constant verbal abuse. Looking back on it, he probably was disappointed that I was so drawn to the arts. He probably thought I...
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Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers Launch 'Virtual' Tour

November 19th, 2009 10:00am EST
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers have launched The Superhighway Tour, a first of its kind online-only music experience that delivers 24 of the 48 tracks from the forthcoming "Live Anthology" as high-quality digital downloads and on-demand streams in advance of the Live Anthology's release. "Ticketholders" will receive an insider's view of those 24 tracks, through archived memorabilia reproduced on the site, new band commentary, classic reviews, and curated content from the Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers vaults. Fans will also be able to share their photos and stories from their favorite Tom...
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John Mayer Returns With New Album, 'Battle Studies', Nov. 17

October 13th, 2009 10:40am EDT
John Mayer pictures
John Mayer's "Battle Studies" will be released on November 17 on Columbia Records. The seven-time Grammy Award winner's fourth studio album was co-produced by John Mayer and Steve Jordan and debuts three years after his critically acclaimed 2006 album, "Continuum". Incorporating the warmth, melodies and simplicity of 70's and 80's California rock/pop, Battle Studies is a confessional, relaxed and liberated album recorded in a private home in California where Mayer lived and worked over the course of six months before wrapping at the famed Capitol Studios in Los Angeles.

The album's first...
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Billy Bob Thornton Can't Believe His Radio Rant Was Headline News

April 22nd, 2009 8:43pm EDT
Billy Bob Thornton
Billy Bob Thornton is amazed his recent radio outburst in North America became a major news item - because he always attacks interviewers who ask questions they've agreed not to ask.

The Oscar winner claims CBC Radio host Jian Ghomeshi had promised not to ask Thornton about his movie career during a live chat about his music and group The Boxmasters.

And when the DJ questioned Thornton about how he finds time for music in between his acting jobs, the actor snapped, "Would you say that to Tom Petty?" and went on to blast his host for broaching subject matter the star had allegedly ...
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Win Single File's Full-Length Debut Album, 'Common Struggles'

April 14th, 2009 6:00pm EDT
Single File
Denver-based rock trio Single File released Common Struggles, their full length debut, on April 7th. "The title Common Struggles says it all - I'm not pretending that any of what I've dealt with is new, it's just the human condition," says lead vocalist/guitarist/bassist Sloan Anderson, explaining the choice of title for Single File's album, which was produced by Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, The All-American Rejects, Less Than Jake).

The album features the quirky pop-rock track "Mannequin Loveseat" as well as the just released album single "Girlfriends." The new single is sure ...
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Writer's Viewpoint: Disputing An Iconic Song List

January 30th, 2009 2:14pm EST
Beatles
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...
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Steve Winwood Celebrates The New Year With String Of East Coast Concerts

December 3rd, 2008 6:00pm EST
Steve Winwood
Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Steve Winwood, recently named one of Rolling Stone magazine's "100 Greatest Singers of All Time," will ring in the New Year with a series of East Coast concert performances in January. Winwood's upcoming East Coast concert dates mark the first U.S. headline tour since 2007 for the legendary rock superstar, who last toured the states with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers in the summer of 2008.

Winwood is currently enjoying the success of his most recent album, Nine Lives, which entered the Billboard 200 at #12 last May, bringing the artist his highest chart debut...
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Jonas Brothers Thank Fans With Star-Studded Last-Minute Gig

November 26th, 2008 6:30pm EST
Jonas Brother
The Jonas Brothers treated fans to a last-minute post-American Music Awards concert in Hollywood on Sunday night, which they booked just the day before.

Just hours after the trio claimed the AMA's favorite Breakthrough Artist award in Los Angeles, the Jonases took to the stage at the House of Blues on Sunset Strip to perform a free three-hour show, packed with guests and celebrities.

According to Eonline.com, the Jonas Brothers only promoted the concert on their MySpace.com page and in pre-AMA radio interviews on Saturday, but the fans heard all about it and started lining up outs...
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Reel Busy 2009 In Store For Reel Big Fish, New Album Of Covers Due Jan. 20

October 21st, 2008 7:00pm EDT
Reel Big Fish
OC'S original skanking pranksters Reel Big Fish have finished mixing and mastering the tracks that will make up their new album, a 10 song serving of high-energy covers which they've dubbed, Fame, Fortune and Fornication.

The release is set to include the band's signature ska take on such classics as Poison's "Talk Dirty To Me", Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down", John Mellencamp's "Authority Song", and The Eagles "The Long Run." For good measure, Reel Big Fish pay tribute to their early ska/reggae forefather's with versions of Desmond Dekker's "Keep A Cool Head" and Toots and The Maytals...
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Celebrity Birthdays, October 20

October 20th, 2008 3:00am EDT
Viggo Mortensen
Happy Birthday to rapper Snoop Dogg (1971), pop singer and supermodel Dannii Minogue (1971), Cleveland Indians outfielder Juan Gonzalez (1969), Lord of the Rings actor Viggo Mortensen (1958), singer/songwriter Tom Petty (1950), Law & Order's detective Lenny Brisco, Jerry Orbach (1935), New York Yankees hall-of-famer Mickey Mantle (1931), and Hungarian actor best known for his role as Dracula, Bela Lugosi (1882; d. 1956).

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Overrated & Underrated Pop Duets

October 3rd, 2008 10:11am EDT
Paul McCartney/Stevie Wonder
Sometimes one just ain't enough.

That's a line, okay an amended line, from the rarest of rock treats - the duet. Everyone loves when two pop icons team up for a single. It's just like those rare occasions when two solo wrestlers join forces for a super tag-team.

Just like its brethren in the WWE the results for pop duets are often much less than the sum of their parts. Still, each duet holds a special spot, or two, in the minds of music fans.

So it's easy to say that all duets are overrated isn't it? Well, that would be the case if it weren't for the fact that so many gr...
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Tom Petty Has Top Tour

September 23rd, 2008 10:55am EDT
Tom Petty
Rising gas prices and recession fears didn't upset Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' tour-- the veteran rockers beat The Police and Dave Matthews Band to top the touring charts in North America this summer.

The "Last Dance With Mary Jane" hitmakers raked in over $32 million and became the only touring supergroup to make more than $30 million on the road this summer, according to new Pollstar tour tracking estimates.

The Dave Matthews Band came in second with $29.5 million and The Police's final reunion tour shows brought in $28.3 million, putting them third.

Neil Diamond and Col...
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