Back in December, I first shared news of Elton John: The Cut, a contest in which filmmakers would compete via YouTube for a shot at directing official music videos for three iconic songs that had never had proper videos. In celebration of Elton John and Bernie Taupin’s 50th anniversary of their songwriting partnership, Elton John, supported by YouTube, launched their search for directors to helm “Rocket Man,” “Tiny Dancer,” and “Bennie and the Jets.” After receiving entries from more than 50 countries, the winners have been determined - winners that Bernie Taupin says “are all too talented to fail.” Check out the reveal of the three winners below...
Oddly mesmerizing, and strangely soothing... today popular metal YouTuber Rob Scallon has uploaded a cover of the METALLICA classic "For Whom the Bell Tolls," played in its entirety on bells... or bell-sounding instruments like a children's xylophone. It's a great video to start the week, month, or as Rob calls it - "MAY-TALLICA." Take a look:
It's that time of year again - the First Wave lineup announcement for my favorite music festival, Chicago's RIOT FEST! This morning, the crew behind the fest (taking place September 15-17 at Douglas Park) unveiled over 70 artists including Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, and the exclusive reunion of Jawbreaker. Additional highlights include New Order, Paramore, Prophets of Rage, M.I.A., Wu-Tang Clan, a DJ set from Beastie Boys’ Mike D, Bad Brains, Ministry and Vic Mensa. Check out the full First Wave lineup below, along with my personal "Rock Father Picks" for who I'm most looking forward to seeing, highlighted in bold.
I know I tend to always overthink
But tonight it’s as simple as this
All I need is a lovely little lonely kiss
I have a friend who’s always playing bands I’ve never heard of, Catfish and the Bottlemen, The 1975, Acceptance, Jimmy Eat World, Saves The Day, Bad Suns, and State Champs, to name a few. Ok, so I've heard of The 1975 and Jimmy Eat World but never listened to any of their music until she mentioned how much she loved them. I respect her opinion and want to understand the world through her lens.
While parenting is where THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine is rooted, there is a distinct connection between parenthood and nuptuals for my wife and I. As some of you may know, our first daughter, Adalyn was born on our 10th wedding anniversary. Aside from perhaps Luke Skywalker making the perfect shot at the end of Star Wars, I can't think of another example of more perfect timing. Exactly one decade prior to becoming "The Rock Father," I was having my first dance with my new bride. Funny enough, the wedding party entered the reception to John Williams' "Throne Room/End Titles" from Star Wars, but our first dance was to the Tony Bennett version of "The Way You Look Tonight" - a song I'd actually perform myself on 2004's Remakes & Sequels EP by Saturday Action Theatre (very "emo"). So what are newlyweds dancing to in 2017? To find out, here's a look at what was popular last year, as provided by the folks at The Knot, who gathered data while putting together their 10th Annual "Real Weddings" Study. Here's the list...
The title pretty much says it all: With the release of his new video for "Last Time For Everything," Brad Paisley just unleashed the music video that I've wanted to make for myself since 1985. Indeed, the nostalgia factor is high, from the title sequence and bikes inspired by the Netflix Original Series Stranger Things, to the inclusion of walkie talkies, a boys-only clubhouse, a DeLorean, the Ghostbusters' Ecto-1, a SONY Walkman commercial, UFOs, dinosaurs, and appearance by my idol, David Hasselhoff and K.I.T.T. from the greatest television series of all-time, Knight Rider. Best of all, the action is all captured in beautiful VHS quality, dated October 26, 1985. But I have to ask... Brad, what's with the life preserver?
Last month, the Netflix Original Series JULIE'S GREENROOM premiered to stellar reviews from kids, parents and critics alike. I even featured the series in my monthly column for the Netflix #StreamTeam, and now comes word that the music from the show will soon be available for families to enjoy anytime, anywhere. Varèse Sarabande will release the JULIE’S GREENROOM – Original Netflix Series Soundtrack digitally on April 14 and on CD May 5, 2017. The soundtrack features songs performed by Broadway and screen legend Julie Andrews as well as wonderful guest stars such as Alec Baldwin, Carol Burnett, Ellie Kemper and Tony and Emmy award winning performer Dave Hyde Pierce. Also included on the soundtrack is the original score composed by Ryan Shore (PRIME, The Girl Next Door)
They say that time can heal many wounds, and for DIRGE WITHIN the past five years have proven that true. People grow, and people change, and for this band of brothers from the American Midwest, a half-decade apart has come to an end with an unexpected reunion and the prospect of unfinished business ready to be addressed. DIRGE WITHIN is back!
Because March 31 was a Friday (new release day in the U.S.) and so many people were (foolishly) pushing their April Fool's jokes forward a day to take advantage of the working crowd, the news of "Metal Disney" was unfortunately timed. No, it is not a joke, and yes, it is very real. Released last Fall in Japan via Disney Music Group, Metal Disney is the first album by the D-Metal Stars, a group consisting of Obsession vocalist Mike Vescera and guitarist John Bruno, with former Ozzy Osbourne bassist Rudy Sarzo and drummer BJ Zampa (who also did a stint in Obsession). The 11-track compilation features symphonic power metal versions of iconic Disney themes, legitimized into the metal genre with an official stamp of approval from Mickey Mouse himself.
It's been one year since PRODUCT OF HATE (co-managed by The Rock Father™) released their Napalm Records debut album, Buried in Violence (iTunes | Amazon). In the time since, the band has seen their audience grow, and their extended family on Facebook is a big part of that. When they signed their deal, the band had just 2,000 likes on the service, a number that was at 5,000 the week of the album release. In the year since, PRODUCT OF HATE has seen that number swell, hitting 50,000 fans this week - a number that continues to grow. As a band in 2017, the best thing that can happen is that listeners tell their friends. It's old-school word-of-mouth in the digital age, and as a "thank you," PRODUCT OF HATE and The Rock Father™ are giving you a shot at winning a signed, "Tour Edition" White Vinyl LP copy of Buried in Violence.
Danny Wimmer Presents (DWP) is the outfit behind the biggest rock festivals in America. This spring and summer, you can see Korn performing at three of them -- May 6 at Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion, May 20 at Rock On The Range, and then on July 15 they'll play the summer's biggest rock festival, Chicago Open Air. As the band gears-up for the coming festival season, DWP asked the band "what drives them?" Here's what Korn frontman Jonathan Davis and guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer had to say. Check out Driven: Korn below
As some of you might know, I co-manage PRODUCT OF HATE (disclosure and all), and these past few months have been busy - but it's about to get busier. This week, we're finally able to drop the curtain on the details for the next big round of touring, and it happens in two legs this May-July. PRODUCT OF HATE will be out supporting their Napalm Records debut album, BURIED IN VIOLENCE, first on an East Coast run with SKINLAB (first tour in seven years!) and IKILLYA (new album, WAR FOR AN IDEA, out 6/2 on Urban Yeti Records). Then, the 2017 Summer Annihilation Tour finds PRODUCT OF HATE and IKILLYA making a trek across the U.S., with local support and special guests in each city. Confirmed dates below, with more to be added shortly...