Archive for August 7th, 2009

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Rewind: The Week in Rock Daily

August 7th, 2009
Rock Daily will be in Chicago all weekend long for Lollapalooza, reporting back on Kings of Leon, Jane’s Addiction, Depeche Mode, the Killers, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and dozens more. We’ve already broken down who the day-by-day guide of the essentials acts to see, now check back all weekend for reports from Lolla. Paula Abdul announced via Twitter that she was departing American Idol, leaving host Ryan Seacrest “stunned” and millions of fans wondering why. While the ...
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Random Notes & The Week’s Best Live Shots: Rihanna, Tool, More

August 7th, 2009
Photo: Devaney/WireImage Rihanna took the express route from the Hamptons this week, ex Chris Brown hit the basketball court with an insane grin on his face and Jessica Simpson worked out her woes with her hairdresser pal. Plus a plethora of stars rocked New Jersey’s All Points West festival from Jay-Z to Tool, and Vampire Weekend, Incubus and U2 caused a stir onstage. Check all those snaps and more in our weekly roundups of the best live ...
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Lollapalooza: The Life, Death and Rebirth of the Storied Rock Fest

August 7th, 2009
Photo: Eichner/WireImage This weekend, Perry Farrell will return to the stage at the rock festival he helped begin — Lollapalooza — with the original lineup of Jane’s Addiction that rocked the inaugural event in 1991. “We were something brand new — we were called alternative rock,” Farrell remembers. “Jane’s Addiction by themselves probably couldn’t have brought in 20,000 kids, but we had strength in numbers. If we invited a bunch of our friends like Siouxsie ...
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Jason Mraz Wants to Share Stage With “Think You Can Dance” Duo

August 7th, 2009
One of the most memorable routines from Season Five of So You Think You Can Dance was the sensual, passionate contemporary routine set to Jason Mraz’s “If It Kills Me” (check out the clip above). The number was choreographed by former contestant Travis Wall and featured this season’s champ Jeanine Mason and Top Eight finisher Jason Glover. Mraz tells Rolling Stone he was “absolutely moved” by the clip, which his parents alerted him about after they ...
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Weekend Rock List: Goodbye Songs

August 7th, 2009
Photo: Winter/Getty This week marked Paula Abdul’s departure from American Idol and the passing of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off director John Hughes, so it seems only natural that we dedicate this week’s Rock List to Goodbye Songs. Any tracks that bid farewell in any way are acceptable responses. Leave your favorites in the comments section, and on Monday — after we return from Lollapalooza — we’ll count up the votes and reveal the Readers’ List. Before ...
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Supergroups: A Retrospective, From Cream to Crooked Vultures

August 7th, 2009
Photo: Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Around one week after we posted the Readers’ Rock List: Supergroups, a new uber-collaboration hit our radar: Them Crooked Vultures, the super side project of Dave Grohl, Josh Homme and John Paul Jones. The Vultures will make their live debut Sunday night after Lollapalooza. All this supertalk made us want to look at some photos of supergroups. So here it is: the supergallery — suggestions for more supergroups are welcome in the ...
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Flashback: A Look Back at the Great John Hughes

August 7th, 2009
In honor of cult ’80s director John Hughes, this week’s Flashback takes us back to 1966 by way of 1986, with that classic scene from Pretty in Pink where Otis Redding’s famed rendition of “Try A Little Tenderness” is lip-synched to dramatic effect by Duckie, played by Jon Cryer. Unlike films like The Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, both directed by Hughes, films like Pretty in Pink and National Lampoon’s Vacation were solely ...
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Chris Brown Officially Out as Wrigley Gum Pitchman

August 7th, 2009
Photo: DJANSEZIAN/AFP/GettyThe Wrigley Company has finally ended its commercial deal with Chris Brown, nearly six months after Brown’s altercation with Rihanna forced the gum makers to suspend Brown as a pitchmen, Reuters reports. As Rock Daily wrote in June 2008, Brown’s hit “Forever” doubled both as a hit single and the new theme jingle for Doublemint gum, with Brown admitting the song spawned out of a 30-minute writing session while crafting the gum’s jingle. Brown ...
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Adam Lambert on Paula Abdul’s “American Idol” Departure: “She Made Me Feel Safe”

August 7th, 2009
Paula Abdul’s departure from her American Idol judge’s chair has left producers with a hole to fill, but Adam Lambert says it will be difficult to replace the unique qualities Abdul brought to the show in her eight seasons: support, love and heart. Last season’s runner-up tells Rolling Stone, “I love Paula,” that he checked in with Abdul after her unexpected Twitter announcement, and is sure she’ll find success in her future endeavors. But there’s ...
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Microsoft Unveils New Zune HD

August 7th, 2009
Microsoft has released their new Zune HD, a 3.3-inch touch-screen display device that will be the company’s newest combatant in its war with the dominant iPod touch. CNet has photos of the Zune HD, and the device is pretty eye-catching, with its somehow-sleeker-than-an-iPod design, metallic casing and stunning display screen. As Rock Daily previously reported, the Zune HD is hi-def for two reasons: First, it allows for listeners to access hi-def radio stations and second, ...