Metallica Hits #1 with Self-titled Album

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Today marks the day when rock band Metallica placed #1 with their self-titled album for a four week run during 1991 according to thisdayinmusic.com. This album featured songs such as Enter Sandman, Sad But True, The Unforgiven and Nothing Else Matters.

 The song Enter Sandman was supposed to be about death, but the topic was changed to nightmares because Metallica’s producer at the time, Bob Rock, thought that “Death doesn’t sell” according to songfacts.com. The site also mentions that after the US invaded Iraq in 2003, this was one of the songs they played over and over is sessions designed to break the will of Saddam Hussein’s supporters.

 Sad But True is about blind faith in religion and the lengths people will go to practice their faiths states songfacts.com. It also mentions that James Hetfield got the idea for this song from the 1978 Anthony Hopkins film Magic, which is about a ventriloquist who is controlled by his evil puppet.

 The Unforgiven was written by James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, and Kirk Hammett, this song was a new style for Metallica states songfacts.com. There are also three parts to this song. The second one is on is on the Reloaded album that was recorded in 1997. The third part was recorded on The Death Magnetic album in 2008.

 In Nothing Else Matters the orchestration in the song was arranged by Michael Kamen, who also conducted the San Francisco Symphony orchestra states songfacts.com. The site also states this is one of the few Metallica songs where James Hetfield played the guitar solo rather than Kirk Hammett. Below is a YouTube video of  Enter Sandman.

 

 

 

 

 

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Nirvana Records The Music Video for Smells Like Teen Spirit

 

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The band Nirvana was known for their Grunge music. One of their most popular songs was “Smells like Teen Spirit.” Today marks the time when the group created the official music video for the song according to thisdayinmusic.com.

The song was recorded on the Nevermind album which was released in 1991. It placed on the 6th spot on the US chart. According to songfacts.com it came together in a jam session when he played it for the band. The site also mentions Kathleen Hanna, the lead singer of the group Bikini Kill, gave Cobain the idea for the title when she spray painted “Kurt Smells Like Teen Spirit” on his bedroom wall after a night of drinking and spraying graffiti around the Seattle area.

 The music video took place in Culver City California and cost less than $50,000 to produce states thisdayinmusic.com. For this music video Nirvana involved their fans as the audience. The kids were recruited at a show the band played two days earlier at The Roxy Theater in Los Angeles, where flyers were handed out saying, “Nirvana needs you to appear in their upcoming music video. According to songfacts.com Cobain said he wrote this song because he was feeling “disgusted with my generation’s apathy, and with my own apathy and spinelessness.” This feeling of detachment is what led to lyrics like “Oh well, whatever, nevermind.”

 The song and the music video did so well that the video won Nirvana the Best New Artist and Best Alternative Group awards at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards, and in 2000 the Guinness World Records named ‘Teen Spirit’ the Most Played Video on MTV Europe. This song had a big impact on the music world. The group may no longer be together after the death of Kurt Cobain, but their music will live on forever! Below is the video “Smells Like Teen Spirit.

 

 

The Who Are Recording A New Album And Touring

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The British rock The Who said farewell to their fans in 1982. The band got back together several times to do reunion concerts. The group is coming together once more to record a new album and to put together a 50th anniversary tour according to msn.com. The band will hit the road in North America sometime next year after touring around England.

The Who is also heading back to the recording studio to cut a brand new album since they release the last studio album Endless Wire that went on store shelves in 2006. Msn.com states that lead singer Pete Townshend reveals that the sound of the new album will be prog rock than pub rock. The band is known for songs such as Pinball Wizard, My Generation, and We’re Not Gonna Take It.

Pinball Wizard was recorded on the album Tommy which was released in 1969. This song ranked number 10 on US charts. According to songfacts.com Townshend wrote it when he found out influential UK rock critic Nik Cohn was coming to review the project. Townshend knew Cohn was a pinball fanatic, so he put this together to ensure a good review.

The song My Generation was on the song titled album and it was released in 1965. Songfacts.com states this featured one of the first bass solos in Rock history. John Entwistle used a new-on-the-market Danelectro bass to play it, but he kept breaking strings trying to record it. A bit of a bummer that replacement strings weren’t available, as he had to go out and buy an entire new bass.

We’re Not Gonna Take It is another song off of the Tommy album. According to songfacts.com the song is about Tommy’s followers revolting against him, because they feel they are jealous of Tommy and they feel they are being exploited by Tommy’s family. The site also states the message of this song is “we’re not gonna take fascism”

Below is the YouTube video of My Generation

 

Former Beatle Paul McCartney Plans Tour

Paul McCartney may be at the wise age of 72, but he shows no signs of stopping his music career anytime soon. According to msn.com the former member of the Fab Five is in good health and rescheduled US tour dates that were canceled. Some of the songs he is known for in his solo career include: Maybe I’m Amazed, Queenie Eye, and My Valentine.

According to songfacts.com the song Maybe I’m Amazed was written for Paul’s wife Linda who died from cancer in 1998. The site also mentions that this song was a standout track on Paul McCartney’s first solo album which was released in 1970 and placed number 10 on the US chart. Other bands such The Faces, Petula Clark, Elkie Brooks, Black Oak Arkansas, Jem, Joe Cocker, and Gov’t Mule has covered this song states songfacts.com.

The next song Queenie Eye is from the album New which was released in last year. According to songfacts.com McCartney performed this song at the Grammy Awards in 2014, backed by Ringo Starr on drums. Paul McCartney explains the meaning behind Queenie Eye. It was a game he played on the street as a kid:

“What used to happen is one person would turn away from us and throw a ball over his head which one of us would catch,” he goes on. “And then we would say, ‘Queenie Eye, Queenie Eye, who’s got the ball? I haven’t got it. It isn’t in my pocket. O-U-T spells out.’ And when we said, ‘Out,’ he could turn around … or she could turn around and look at us and try to work out which one of us had caught the ball, which, of course, we all pretended to have behind our backs. Anyway, so that was … I just liked the rhythm.

The song My Valentine was on the album Kisses On The Bottom. It was released in 2011. According to songfacts.com this ballad features some guitar work from Eric Clapton. These two also worked together on the Beatles song “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” The site also states The “Kisses On The Bottom” title is taken from a lyric on the album’s opening track, a cover of Fats Waller’s 1935 hit “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter.”

Below is the YouTube video of Maybe I’m Amazed.

The Byrds Hit #1 on US Singles Chart with Mr. Tambourine Man

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The Byrds remade Bob Dylan’s song Mr. Tambourine Man. Today in 1965 the group reach number one on the U.S singles chart with the song according to thisdayinmusic.com. Dylan wrote this song on his fifth album Bringing It All Back Home.

 

According to songfacts.com the band was just starting out, and was not very good musicians yet. The site also mentions that the song was inspired by Folk guitarist Bruce Langhorne. Here is what Dylan said:

 

“Bruce playing with me on a bunch of early records. On one session, [producer] Tom Wilson had asked him to play tambourine. And he had this tambourine. It was, like, really big. It was as big as a wagon wheel. He was playing and this vision of him playing just stuck in my mind.”

 

The song was also featured in a film called Dangerous Mind starring Michelle Pfeiffer. The film is about a woman who was a marine and is now a teacher trying to change the lives of the students in her classroom.

 

This is not the only Bob Dylan song The Byrds remade. According to songfacts.com other songs included “You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere,” “The Times They Are a-Changin’,” “It’s All Over Now Baby Blue,” and “Chimes of Freedom.” Below is the YouTube video of Mr. Tambourine Man

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Beatles Record The Song “She Said She Said”

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When it comes to Rock music, The Beatles are one of the British bands that are most remembered in music history. Today marks the day when the band recorded John Lennon’s song “She Said She Said” in 1966 according to thisdayinmusic.com. This song is on the band’s Revolver album which was released in 1966. The site mentions that this song is based on a conversation John Lennon and George Harrison had with actor Peter Fonda. Together both entertainers were on LSD.

The conversation between the two took place in The Playboy Mansion according to songfacts.com. This is where Hugh Hefner lives with his girlfriends and the play mates of his magazine. Peter Fonda knew what it felt like to be dead because at the 10 Fonda accidently shot himself and almost died states songfacts.com.

While The Beatles were in the studio recording this song, it took 9 hours to record the song and they rehearsed the song more than 25 times and recorded three takes of the rhythm track according to thebeatlesbible.com. John Lennon’s lead vocals, and backing vocals from both John and George were added at the last states the site. Here is Lennon’s recollection of the song from thebeatlesbible.com:

“It’s an interesting track. The guitars are great on it. That was written after an acid trip in LA during a break in The Beatles’ tour where we were having fun with The Byrds and lots of girls.”

This British Rock band made a big impact in the music world and they still get acknowledged for it today. Last Saturday The Beatles were honored at the 2014 Recording Academy Special Merit Awards held at the historic Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles. Olivia was there to accept the honor on behalf of George, alongside Ringo Starr and Yoko Ono. Below is the YouTube video of “She Said She Said”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Offspring Live In Concert

 

 

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On August 15, 2014 The Offspring will perform in concert at Cruzan Amphitheater in West Palm Beach Florida. This California alternative rock band that formed in 1984 has eight albums under their belts. The members of The Offspring consist of Dexter Holland (vocals, guitar), Noodles (guitar), Greg K (bass) and Pete Parada (drums). Some of their hit songs include Pretty Fly (For a White Guy), Original Prankster, and Come Out And Play

 

Pretty Fly (For a White Guy) is on the America album which was released in 1998. According to songfacts.com The “Uno dos tres cuatro cinqo cinqo seis” line was sung by Higgins XX-13, the cousin of a member of the band’s internet mailing list. The site also mentions that Weird Al Yankovic did a parody of this entitled “Pretty Fly (For A Rabbi)” for his album Running with Scissors. If Pete Parada does a parody of a group or artist, that is one sign that the song is popular.

 

Come Out And Play was recorded on the album Smash and released in 1994. This song is about gang and gun violence in schools, and was the breakthrough hit for The Offspring according to songfacts.com. This site also mentions that in the 2006 Adam Sandler movie Click, this song can be heard being played by the marching band in the background during the swimming meet scene in the beginning.

 

This band has been around for many years. They show no signs of stopping anytime soon fans have enjoyed seeing them perform live. Here are some reviews from ticketmaster.com:

 

“The Offspring played another great show! I am always excited to see them when they come to town” said MCKlv

 

“The band was amazing, and still sound like their old selves. They played so many of their very best songs, and a few new ones as well” said Geerm

 

“This band has been killing it since the early 90s when I first seen them. They never disappoint playing all the songs you know and love and get the crowd going” said DFL92

 

Below is the music video Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Linkin Park Live in Concert

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On August 8th Linkin Park will perform at the Cruzan Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach Florida. Before the band hits the stage, 30 Seconds to Mars and AFI will entertain the crowd as the opening acts.

Linkin Park is known for songs such as Breaking the Habit, Crawling, and What I’ve Done. The song breaking the Habit is on the Meteora album which was release in 2003. According to songfacts.com this is about someone who has the tendency to do things to hurt himself physically and mentally. Breaking the Habit is a song for the fans. Songfacts.com states multitudes of fans who have expressed to the band how their music has helped them with depression, drugs, low self-esteem, traumas… or anything really.

Crawling is a song from Hybrid Theory this album was released in 2000. According to songfacts.com a lot of what Chester is singing about side effects of taking methamphetamines a drug he used throughout his teens. The music video did get noticed for music awards. Songfaect.com states the video was nominated for Best Rock video on MTV’s Video Music Awards and won a Grammy for Best Rock Performance.

What I’ve done was recorded on Minutes to Midnight. The record hit store shelves in 2007. This song premiered at #1 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart states songfacts.com. The album was also a big success. It was #1 in 28 countries according to songfacts.com.

Besides these songs Linkin Park will perform songs from the new album entitled the Hunting Party which will be released on June 17. This is a show now rock fan wants to miss. Here are some reviews on ticketmaster.com from fans that went to Linkin Park in concert and below is the video What I’ve Done:

“The show that I saw was so full of energy and enthusiasm and melody that even if I hated LP I would have enjoyed it” said LPrunner.

“The best group ever seen. They are amazing!!! Love them!!!”said MichaelPark

Linkin Park is one band you must see live you’ll love the music and the passion each and every band member puts into their performances” said oldfan11

 

 

The Fray Reached #1 on US Album Chart with Second Album

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 The Fray is an American rock band that became famous with the songs How to Save a Life and Over My Head (Cable Car). On February 21, 2009 the band was at #1 on the US Album Chart with their self-titled second album according to thisdayinmusic.com.  Some of the hit songs from the album included Never Say Never, Enough for Now, and You Found Me.

Never Say Never is a direct love song between two people who are “pulling apart and coming together again and again according to songfacts.com. It also mentions that in a review for Billboard magazine, Michael Menachem commented that “the standout moment is the climactic key change, conveying intense emotion during the bridge where the melody shifts from major to a higher minor, in a similar spirit to what Boyz II Men achieved on ‘It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday.'” This song is included on the soundtrack for the 2009 film Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.

The song Enough for Now is about how lead singer Isaac Slade handled the death of his grandfather states songfacts.com:

“I felt lost, all these emotions and those songs came out. But then, 12 months ago, I was talking to a friend of mine who gave me some perspective on it and some books to read. I realized I was seeing only the pure realism side of it all and there is good in life still, even though people die or have miscarriages, whatever. And I began to have hope again.”

Joe King and Isaac Slade write most of the songs for the group but sometimes the other members of the band help with songs according to songfacts.com:

“That’s how ‘You Found Me’ happened, actually. We were sitting around as songwriters, and Ben came in said, ‘I like that old piece about being lost or insecure or something. We should check that out.’ And I didn’t think it would work ’cause it felt non-engaging and vulnerable, and I wanted a big, epic chorus. But it ended up being perfect for it, this very inclusive concept of ‘we’re all in this together.'”

The Fray is a rock band with catchy lyrics making whoever listens to their music want to sing along. This a band that will be around for a long time. Below is the music video Never Say Never.

Rock Band Motley Crue Face Retirement

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The rock band Motley Crue has to together since 1981 and now the group is calling it quits according msn entertainment. The band is going on tour starting next month in Canada.

“We just want to go out on top. Leave a legacy behind. We won’t be doing any more concerts after this. This is the final tour.” said Vince Neil the front man of the band.

“This is a huge celebration for us. It’s going to be a really fantastic tour.” said Bassist Nikki Sixx.

The group is known for songs such as Girls, Girls, Girls, Shout At The Devil and Home Sweet Home. According to songfacts.com Girls, Girls, Girls is a tribute to strip clubs. Many are mentioned by name in the song. The listening party for the album was held at a strip club in Hollywood. Shout At The Devil wasn’t released as a single, but it quickly became one of Motley Crue’s more popular songs and a live favorite states songfacts.com. On the site

Motley Crue singer Vince Neil recalled writing the Home Sweet Home: “I remember like it was yesterday,” he said, “sitting in the recording studio when Tommy [Lee, drummer] came up with the piano chords and I almost immediately started humming.”

According to Mtv.com the band was originally formed by Nikki Sixx, Greg Leon, and Tommy Lee. The site states Leon who was the vocalist left the band, and Vince Neil took his place after the band Rock Candy decided to transform into a new wave group. They were soon under the management of Allan Coffman and they released their debut album Too Fast For Love which sold $20,000 copies according to Mtv.com.

This Hard Rock Band has been around for so long that they made a permanent mark on the music world. Motley Crue will not only be remembered for their music, but also for their persona of a band with big teased hair and make-up. They will never be forgotten. Below is the music video for Home Sweet Home.