May 2012

May 2012 News The Bridge From “Under the Bridge” Has Been Located Mark Haskell Smith, writer for Vulture, has proven that the bridge from the Red Hot Chili Pepper’s hit “Under the Bridge” does in fact exist. Anthony Kiedis famously sings: “Under the bridge downtown is where I drew some blood. Under the bridge, I could not get enough. Under the bridge, forgot about my love. Under the bridge, I gave my life away.” In a 1992 interview with Rolling Stone, Kiedis said where the bridge was isn’t important and wouldn’t give the exact location. However, in his memoir he gave some clues. He mentions going to find drugs at Sixth and Union. After doing extensive research, Smith determined that the bridge is located in MacArthur Park in Los Angeles, California. To read more about how Smith tracked down the infamous bridge, click here. “Under the Bridge” Tim McGraw Giving Away 25 Mortgage-Free Homes to Veterans Country superstar Tim McGraw is giving back to veterans in a big way this Memorial Day. He has partnered with Operation Homefront and Chase to give away 25 mortgage- free homes to veterans. He is giving one home for each city on his tour with fellow country superstar Kenny Chesney. McGraw comes from a family of veterans and wanted to give back. He will be performing for military members on Memorial Day at Beacon Theatre in New York. The show will not only be streamed to military bases worldwide via the Pentagon Channel website, but can be viewed via live stream on YouTube. For more on Operation Homefront, go to http://www.operationhomefront.net/. Jay-Z Announces His Festival’s Lineup Yesterday, Jay-Z announced the lineup for his Budweiser Made in America festival. The man himself is headlining, as is Pearl Jam. Among those announced were Skrillex, Santigold, Calvin Harris and Janelle Monae. Other performers will be revealed soon. Tickets for the festival go on sale tomorrow at 10 AM through Live Nation and benefit various chapters of the United Way. The presale tickets have already sold out. According to their Facebook page, there are a limited number of $99 tickets available. The price increases to $135 tomorrow. The festival will be Labor Day weekend (September 1 & 2) in Philadelphia, PA. To see the other artists scheduled to perform, visit: Website: http://www.madeinamericafest.com/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MadeInAmericaFest Bee Gee Robin Gibb Dead at 62 This past Sunday, Bee Gee co-founder Robin Gibb died at age 62 after battling cancer and intestinal surgery. In March, it was reported that Gibb was in remission from cancer. Last month, he fell into a coma after contracting pneumonia and had a hard time after waking up from it. It was later announced that he had advanced colorectal cancer. Robin, along with twin brother Maurice and brother Barry founded the Bee Gees in the 1960s. The band’s music came to America in 1967 with the success of their second album, Horizontal. Originally known as a pop band, they became synonymous with disco in the 1970s with such hits as “Staying Alive” and “How Deep Is Your Love”. In the 1980s, both Robin and Barry released solo albums, but only achieved moderate success. Maurice died suddenly of a heart attack in 2003. The Bee Gees have won multiple awards, including nine Grammys. Among those Grammys are the Lifetime Achievement Award (2000), Legend Award (2003) and Hall of Fame Award for “Saturday Night Fever” (2004). In 1997, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2004, all three members of the Bee Gees were appointed Commanders in the Order of the British Empire. Robin and his son Robin-John worked on an orchestral piece to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s sinking. The Titanic Requiem featured the London Philharmonic Orchestra and debuted on April 10. Robin is survived by brother Barry, wife Dwina and sons Robin-John and Spencer and daughter Melissa. Watch “How Deep is Your Love” from a 1998 performance. Disco Queen Donna Summer Dead at 63 Donna Summer died this morning at age 63 after battling cancer. Though she had been ill for some time, she had been doing better in recent weeks. She was reportedly working on a new album. Summer was the first artist to have three albums reach #1 consecutively on Billboard. She was also a five time Grammy winner. After releasing “Love to Love You Baby” in 1976, Summer had a song in the Top 40 annually until 1984.  Her last album, Crayons, was released in 2008. Two years later, her song “To Paris With Love” went to #1 on Billboard’s Dance Chart. She was also the first African-American female to be nominated for a MTV Music Video award (“She Works Hard for the Money”). She is survived by her husband, singer and producer, Bruce Sudano, three children and four grandchildren. Watch Donna’s video for “Last Dance”. Kid Rock Raises $1 Million for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Most people wouldn’t pair Kid Rock with his hometown orchestra. Kid Rock performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra on May 12 to raise money for the struggling orchestra. Tickets ranged from $100-$1500. Kid Rock performed a set with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra while wearing a tuxedo and fedora. He later came out to perform in his normal duds. Watch Kid Rock & the Detroit Symphony Orchestra perform “Bawitdaba”. For more on the night, including the set list, click here. Gotye Breaks Record with “Somebody I Used To Know” Gotye and his ubiquitous song “Somebody I Used To Know” have hit #1 on the Hot 100, Alternative charts and Dance Club charts simultaneously.  This is the first time this feat has ever occurred. The song was remixed by DJ Tiesto to get it on the Dance Club charts. Here’s the dance remix version. Gotye’s SNL skit spoofing his music video.   Jay-Z’s Music Festival Will Benefit the United Way Another day, another music festival. Hip-hop mogul Jay-Z is throwing his hat into the music festival ring. He has announced the two day Budweiser Made in America festival that will take place in Philadelphia over Labor Day weekend. The man himself will be one of close to the 30 acts performing. Next Wednesday, May 23, Live Nation will have two days passes for $99. The proceeds will go to various chapters of the United Way. The festival’s lineup will be announced two days before the passes go on sale. When the lineup is announced, it will be on the festival’s website. Freddie Mercury to Appear as Optical Illusion Before the Tupac hologram stole the show at Coachella, Queen had been trying to find away to use an optical illusion of Freddie Mercury. According to Brian May, they had been entertaining the idea for a while and were trying to figure out how to make it work since “…eight shows a week is not really quite practical.” Optical Illusion Freddie will make an appearance during the “We Will Rock You” musical in London. It will be in conjunction with the musical’s 10 year anniversary. For more, read this.