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TESLA to begin recording new album

(LR) Dave Rude, Brian Wheat, Jeff Keith, Troy Luccketta and Frank Hannon Click for more images

(LR) Dave Rude, Brian Wheat, Jeff Keith, Troy Luccketta and Frank Hannon

Jeff Keith (R) and Frank Hannon proudly display their song list

Jeff Keith (R) and Frank Hannon proudly display their song list

SACRAMENTO, CA – On Monday rock band TESLA will be entering the studio to begin recording a number of songs for their upcoming album.

As band members started working out the list of songs, they posted several pictures to their Facebook page, including a list of potential songs for the album.

TESLA’s latest song, “Taste My Pain,” which was released last summer on Amazon and iTunes will be featured on the new CD, complete with scorching guitars.

Read: Tesla 2012 concert review

Troy Luccketta electrifies! Click for more images

Troy Luccketta electrifies!
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The band includes original members Jeff Keith (vocals), Frank Hannon (guitar), Brian Wheat (bass) and Troy Luccketta (drums), along with newcomer Dave Rude (guitar).

Dave Rude, who replaced Tommy Skeoch, recently had his guitars stolen out of a TESLA gear truck. The thieves made off with two Epiphone Masterbilt acoustic guitars, including the single cutaway model that he used in the full page Epiphone ad that ran in guitar magazines in 2011 and 2012.

Read: Dave Rude has guitars stolen

TESLA gets the key to the City of Sacramento! Click for more images

TESLA gets the key to the City of Sacramento!
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2011 was a big year for TESLA. In July the band released their latest album, “Twisted Wires And The Acoustic Sessions.” The CD featured six songs that were recorded back in 2005 at bassist Brian Wheat’s J Street Recorders studio — which also served as the last recordings with original member Tommy Skeoch — and six newly recorded tracks, including acoustic remakes of songs from TESLA’s entire catalog and two brand new songs, “Second Street” and “Better Off Without You”.

Read: 12+7+2011=TESLA

Later that same year TESLA received the key to the city of Sacramento from Mayor Kevin Johnson, who also declared December 7 TESLA day.

 


Justin Bieber behind bars

Justin Bieber Courtesy Miami Beach PD

Justin Bieber
Courtesy Miami Beach PD

MIAMI BEACH, FL – Justin Bieber found himself behind bars early Thursday morning after drag racing and resisting arrest.

According to a police report, the Biebs was busted for a DUI after failing a sobriety test, drag racing, resisting arrest without violence and driving with an expired license.

The incident happened Thursday just after 4 a.m. on Pine Tree Drive and 26th Street. He was driving a yellow Lamborghini.

According to the police report, officers saw two cars racing at 4:09 a.m. Thursday, with two vehicles apparently being used to block the area off. The second car was a red Ferrari, and that driver was also arrested with both cars being towed.

Area of arrest Google Maps

Area of arrest
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The Miami Beach Police Department later tweeted that R&B singer Khalil Sharief was arrested along with Bieber.

The pop-singer was under the influence of drugs and alcohol and according to the report Bieber reeked of alcohol, had a “stupor” look on his face and had bloodshot eyes.

The report goes on to say Bieber was argumentative and started yelling at the officers, “Why the f##k are you doing this? What the f++k did I do. Why did you stop me?”

justin-bieber-believe-album-cover-1335594464When an officer attempted to pat Bieber down , he replied “I ain’t got no f++king weapons, why do you have to search me? What the f++k is this about?”

Bieber was charged with resisting arrest after refusing to take his hands out of his pockets when officers ordered him to do so.

Clear Channel unleashes new country station in Sacramento

B925_LogoSACRAMENTO, CA – Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Sacramento announced today the debut of The New B92.5, Today’s Country.

The New B92.5 will begin broadcasting today at 5 p.m. PST.

According to a statement released by Clear Channel, B92.5 will play “today’s hottest country hits,” and they will be kicking off with 10,000 songs in a row, commercial free.

Sacramento’s new country station will broadcast The Bobby Bones Show weekday mornings from 5-9 a.m. PST. The morning show will feature on-air personalities Bobby Bones, Lunchbox and Amy, with special guest appearances. As with most morning shows, The Bobby Bones Show will entertain B92.5 listeners with a unique mix of pop-culture, news and crazy stunts.

“Country music is the most exciting format in America today. Stars like Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Jason Aldean, Taylor Swift and Florida Georgia Line make it a must have format for listeners and advertisers alike,” said Dave Milner, President and Market Manager, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Sacramento. “Pairing great music with the new Bobby Bones morning show and our exciting events like the iHeartRadio Country Festival, which we will be giving listeners exclusive opportunities to attend, allows us to bring a unique spin for Sacramento’s huge country fan base.”

Listeners will also have the opportunity to listen B92.5 via the station’s website, http://www.b925fm.com, as well as on iHeartRadio, Clear Channel’s all-in-one digital radio service.

Clear Channel Sacramento owns and operates NewsRadio KFBK, Talk 650 KSTE, V101 KHYL and 93.7 JACK-FM KQJK.

Coachella 2014 lineup announced

Coachella-Lineup

Coachella-Lineup

COACHELLA, CA – Headlining this year’s Coachella Music & Art’s Festival will be Outkast, Arcade Fire and Muse.

The lineup was announced on Wednesday and the festival is to take place the second and third weekend in April. This marks the second year the festival will span two weekends.

Outkast, the popular rap duo consisting of Andre Benjamin (Andre 3000) and Antwan “Big Boi” Patton, have not recorded or toured together in recent years. Both have been working on solo projects and Benjamin has been pursuing an acting career.

Arcade Fire will perform just a few months after releasing their latest album “Reflektor.”

Grammy -nominated Muse is currently touring in support of their latest album ‘The 2nd Law.’

Other acts scheduled to perform are Beck, new and emerging artists Lorde and Haim, and a number of rap and electronic acts including Nas, Kid Cudi, Alesso and Duck Sauce.

The lineup has more rock and alternative acts than past years and fewer high-profile DJ’s.

Tickets go on sale Jan. 10. See the full lineup here.

KC nominated to the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame

Harry Wayne (KC) Casey

Harry Wayne (KC) Casey

MIAMI, FL – KC of KC and the Sunshine Band has been nominated to the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

According to a press release, Harry Wayne Casey, better known as ‘KC’ of KC and the Sunshine Band has just received the nomination to the 2014 Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, to be awarded Thursday, June 12th, 2014 in New York, NY.

The band was founded in 1973 in Miami, Florida and charted globally with their funk, R&B, and disco songs. KC wrote some of the biggest and most enduring songs of the disco era including George McCrae’s 1974 No. 1 hit “Rock Your Baby.” He also penned songs for Betty Wright and Jimmy “Bo” Horne.  His hits for KC and the Sunshine Band include chart-toppers “Get Down Tonight” and “That’s The Way I Like It.” Key songs in their catalog include: “Boogie Shoes”, “Get Down Tonight”, “Rock Your Baby”, “Shake Your Booty” “I’m Your Boogie Man”, “Keep it Comin’ Love”, “Give it Up” and “Please Don’t Go.”

Performing songwriter nominees for the 2014 Songwriter’s Hall of Fame include Harry Wayne “KC” Casey, Ray Davies, Donovan, Vince Gill, Yusuf Islam p/k/a “Cat Stevens”, Cyndi Lauper, Madonna, John Mellencamp, Jimmy Page & Robert Plant, Nile Rodgers & Bernard Edwards, Sade, Ann Wilson & Nancy Wilson.

Non-performer nominees include Bill Anderson, Bobby Braddock, Luigi Creatore & Hugo Peretti, Graham Gouldman, Mark James, Sandy Linzer & Denny Randell, Tony Macaulay, Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham, Linda Perry, Don Robertson, William “Mickey” Stevenson, Jim Weatherly.

Voting members of the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame have until December 16 to turn in their ballots with choices of three non-performer nominees and two from the performer category.

In 2014 KC and the Sunshine Band will take their dance grooves down-under as they head to Australia, visiting Sydney’s Enmore Theatre, The Palace in Melbourne, Brisbane’s Tivoli Theatre and the main stage at Bluesfest in Byron Bay.

Peter Noble, director of Bluesfest Touring said, “this is a band who came from the era where people bought records and KC and the Sunshine Band have over 100 million record sales to prove it.” He added, “This puts them at the same level of sales as Bob Dylan, Fleetwood Mac, The Who and Stevie Wonder and three times more than Pearl Jam.”

For Australia tickets and more information go to bluesfesttouring.com.au

 

 

 

Adam Ant – A reawakening

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Adam Ant
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SACRAMENTO, CA – Adam Ant is back and in top form as he entertained fans, young and old, at Ace of Spades Wednesday night.

Born Stuart Leslie Goddard, Adam Ant was an ‘80s sensation bringing fans hits like, “Stand and Deliver,” “Prince Charming” and “Goody Two Shoes.” Ant was also the first to make dressing like a pirate sexy, paving the way for the likes of Johnny Depp.

The women love him and in the 80’s, MTV viewers voted him the sexiest man alive and he was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1982. Live performances found women fawning over his every move onstage, and his hot-dogging behavior only provoked more screams and excitement from the ladies.

Adam Ant

Adam Ant

Now that he’s back after a long hiatus from the music world, how are women reacting? Still screaming!

As Ant took the stage he was sporting his traditional pirate garb including his signature eye liner, goatee, bandana, and some fairly strong eyeglasses. He went right to work, singing one of his new songs and then dishing out hit after hit, as the mostly older crowd reacted to every word. Most of the fans were singing along and raising their camera phones to snap a few pics of the born-again pop-star.

To all of those fans who like to raise their cameras over their head to get a better photo/video – there are people behind you!

Adam Ant

Adam Ant

The British born rocker kicked off his set with his new song “Marrying The Gunner’s Daughter,” from his latest album ‘Adam Ant is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner’s Daughter.’ The song title is a play on an old naval term for being bent over a cannon and flogged. According to Ant, this reminds him of his experiences with major record labels. His latest album is on his own record label, Blueblack Hussar Records.

The 58-year-old followed up with “Dog Eat Dog,” “Beat My Guest” and “Kick,” as he swung the microphone stand around and twirled as if he was back in the ‘80s. Women reacted to every movement and whenever he made eye contact with some unsuspecting woman, she’d scream in pure bliss.

As his performance continued, Ant started taking off his pirate vest and eventually his shirt, exposing his arms which were sporting a number of tattoos.

Adam Ant

Adam Ant

On his left arm he had a tattoo of Admiral Lord Nelson’s inspirational last prayer before the infamous battle of Trafalgar, and below that an image of his grandfather who served in the navy during World War One. Another tattoo on his right arm is an Oscar Wilde quote: “Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.”

While Ant played most his older songs, he did throw in a few new songs from his current album including “Cool Zombie,” a song about his time living in Tennessee and his neighbor Ronnie B. who introduced him to country music.

I thought Ant did a fantastic job and remained energetic throughout his performance. Everyone in attendance seemed to agree based on their reaction.

Adam Ant

Adam Ant

I do believe Ant made a mistake when he played “Goody Two Shoes” earlier in the set and performed “Red Scab” and “Physical” for his encore. “Goody Two Shoes” by far got the biggest reaction out of the crowd and would have been a much stronger ending to an already wonderful performance.

So where has Ant been all these years?

In 1995 Ant disappeared from the public eye after his tour in support of his new album at the time, ‘Wonderful.” He spent most of that time raising his daughter while being treated for bipolar disorder. Twelve years later he released his autobiography ‘Stand & Deliver,” documenting his childhood and his well-documented mental-health battles.

It wasn’t until 2010 that the public would get a glimpse of the pop-star after he formed a new band called Adam Ant & The Good, the Mad & the Lovely Posse and began touring around London.

Prima Donna's lead singer Kevin Preston

Prima Donna’s lead singer Kevin Preston

In 2013, after selling out USA and UK tours in 2012, Ant went on to release a new album, ‘Adam Ant is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner’s Daughter.’  The album, a musical autobiography with 17 musical stories about Adam’s life and things that interest him, debuted at #8 on The Official Chart in the UK and climbed to #3 on the UK Indie Albums Chart.

Ant has been touring in the US since July 17 and has visited over 40 cities. He will be concluding his current tour in Anaheim on September 21.

Opening the show was Prima Donna a Southern California band that has put together a successful mix of glam, punk and rock all into one. They put on quite a performance with lead singer Kevin Preston rocking out on his guitar and jumping into the air and landing on his knees.

Photo credit: Randy Miramontez

Rocker Lita Ford set to release new album

litafordbitchcdLita Ford is back . . . or should we say “The Bitch is Back . . . Live.”

The hard rock queen of the ’80s is back with a vengeance, as she announced the release of a new live album appropriately named, “The Bitch is Back…Live.

The album is due out on October 22 in North America, on October 25 in Germany and on October 28 in the rest of Europe through SPV/Steamhammer.

The CD features recordings of Lita’s October 2012 performance at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, Calif. and will be released as a digipak with a special booklet including fan photos and download.

Lita opens the show with her rendition of the classic Elton John track “The Bitch is Back”, which was previously released as a bonus track on “Living Like A Runaway”.

“Well, I heard [the original version of the song] on the radio and I just thought it worked for Elton John, and it works for Lita Ford,” Lita explained to Metal-Rules.com when asked how she came to cover the track. “It kind of makes a statement, saying, ‘She’s back,’ and this is me saying this, not anybody else, you know?! It came from me, and I spoke to Elton John backstage before we released the album and I wanted his blessing. I didn’t want to just take his song and do it because I’ve done my own version of it. It’s more guitar-orientated instead of piano. So I said to him we’re doing ‘The Bitch Is Back’ and we gave him a copy of it, and his tour manager wrote back and said, ‘It’s one rocking version.’ But I went backstage because he came through town and I went backstage and said, ‘Hello!’ and he said, ‘That’s my song,’ you know, ‘That’s my song,’ and I said, ‘Yes, it is your song,’ and I said, ‘Thank you for letting me do it,’ and he said, ‘Thank you for doing my song.’ So I thought, ‘Right on, I got his blessing.’”

“The Bitch is Back…Live” track listing:

01. The Bitch Is Back
02. Hungry
03. Relentless
04. Living Like A Runaway
05. Devil In My Head
06. Back To The Cave
07. Can’t Catch Me
08. Out For Blood
09. Dancing On The Edge
10. Hate
11. Close My Eyes Forever
12. Kiss Me Deadly

Lita’s current touring lineup includes Mitch Perry (guitar), Bobby Rock (drums), and Marty O’Brien (bass).

Ford’s latest album, “Living Like A Runaway“, was released on June 19, 2012 in North America. The effort was made available in four configurations: a double LP, limited-edition CD, standard CD and digital download. The artwork for the album was created by famed rock photographer Mark Weiss.

The British born rocker started out in 1975 at the age of 16 with the all-girl band The Runaways, which included band member Joan Jett. However, Ford’s real success came after going solo in the early ‘80s when she released ‘Out for Blood’ and ‘Dancing on the Edge.’  “Fire in My Heart” and “Gotta Let Go” off of her ‘Dancing on the Edge’ album brought Ford front and center in the hard rock world.

It was disappointing to see that “Gotta Let Go” didn’t make it on her upcoming live album.

Big Sean drops a bomb with ‘Control’

Work-picRapper and self-proclaimed ‘King of New York,’ Kendrick Lamar is in Big Sean’s latest single “Control,” which Big Sean let loose on Twitter today to his 4 million plus Twitter followers.

The 25-year-old rapper stirs up some controversy with his buddy 26-year-old rapper Kendrick Lamar. The epic song, lasting over seven minutes, never made it to his upcoming album ‘Hall of Fame,’ due to mixing issues.

Some of the more potent lyrics has Kendrick rapping:

“I’m usually homeboys with the same n—-s I’m rhymin with but this is hip-hop and them n—-s should know what time it is, and that goes for Jermaine Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Wale, Pusha T, Meek Mill, A$AP Rocky, Drake, Big Sean, Jay Electron‘, Tyler, Mac Miller. I got love for you all but I’m try ta murder you n—-s. Try ta make sure your core fans never heard of you n—-s.”

Big Sean informed fans that his ‘Hall of Fame’ album is expected to drop on August 27 and explained to his Twitter followers:

“Since my new album #HallOfFame is avail for preorder in a couple hours Can I drop something that didn’t make the album?! straight rap sh**… This one that didn’t make the album cuz of the sample BUT IT IS NOT no radio sh–.. Straight rap… I’m talking 7min sh** … Grimey sh**”

Big Sean is somebody to be reckoned with as he recently released a new video for “Fire” featuring Miley Cyrus. He is currently working with girlfriend Naya Rivera from the hit TV show ‘Glee’ on a new song.

So far, no rappers have responded to the lyrics, but you can be sure some of them will respond in kind.

Lady Gaga battles Katy Perry

"Applause" Facebook

“Applause”
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On Monday Lady Gaga unexpectedly dropped her new single “Applause,” hours after Katy Perry dropped her new single “Roar”

Posting on her Facebook page she said, in all caps, “A POP MUSIC EMERGENCY IS UNDERWAY 911 – 911 SUMMON THE MONSTER TROUPES.” Continuing she explained, “DUE TO HACKERS AN ABUNDANCE OF LOW/HIGH QUALITY LEAKS…WE ISSUE THIS POP MUSIC EMERGENCY…MONSTERS SPREAD THE WORD”

Some critics question Gaga’s motive and point out that rival Katy Perry released her new single “Roar” at the stroke of midnight on Monday and 13 hours later Gaga released “Applause.”

This is Gaga’s first single to be released from her upcoming album ‘ARTPOP.’ While Katy Perry’s latest single “Roar” is off her upcoming album “Prism.”

"Roar" Facebook

“Roar”
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Gaga’s Little Monsters have said the song is destined to be No. 1, while Perry’s KityCats are saying “Roar” is shooting to No. 1.

#LetTheGamesBegin

“Applause” takes you back to Gaga’s clubbing days with its head-banging beats and electronic bursts. Some critics believe it may be a too heavy for the coveted No. 1 spot.

“Roar” on the other hand is a cute and catchy tune, which you will never hear in a club, unless remixed with something along the lines of “Applause.”

#MashUp

Katy Perry is already getting Sara Bareilles’ fans crying foul, claiming the pop-star robbed Sara’s song “Brave.”

The battle will be close as Gaga has over 57 millions Facebook fans versus Perry’s 55 million fans.

You be the judge…

 

Chris Brown collapses at recording studio

RCA Records - Promo

RCA Records – Promo

LOS ANGELES, CA – Chris Brown suffered a seizure early Friday morning and was rushed to the hospital.

According to a statement released Friday night, the singer collapsed at the Record Plant recording studio in Hollywood in the early morning hours of Friday.

“Chris suffered a non-epileptic seizure (NES). … His doctor tended to him this afternoon and attributes the NES to intense fatigue and extreme emotional stress, both due to the continued onslaught of unfounded legal matters and the nonstop negativity.”

Read: Chris Brown may have falsified documents

We’re thinking the doctor is not qualified to determine whether or not Browns legal matters are “unfounded,” but be that as it may, obviously Brown is a pressure cooker waiting to explode.

It’s not like brown isn’t known for his anger management issues – more so than his music.

Record Plant Studio Google Map

Record Plant Studio
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Read: Chris Brown Frank Ocean feud continues

The troubled 24-year-old became a trending topic on Twitter under the hashtag PrayForChrisBrown after the statement was released.

Read: Chris Brown goes on rant about women

Brown has had nothing but bad press for years and continues to created legal problems for himself. Just last week Brown found himself in front of yet another judge on a hit-and-run-charge. He pleaded not guilty.

For all you Chris Brown fans – don’t hate on the CelebrityExaminer – We couldn’t possibly make this stuff up.

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