by: Doc Jeffurious Higgason
This March, the world lost another in a continuing series of musical legends when Chuck Berry passed away at age 90 near his hometown of St Louis, Missouri.
He was a man who contributed much to the music style that was once known simply as ‘rock and roll’. A genre which since it’s conception in the early 1950’s has grown into a multi-headed beast of sorts and still continues to perpetuate (kind of) to this day.
Berry was known for his flashy showmanship on stage with his quirky behavior and his trademark “duck walk.” Berry also had a very distinct guitar style. His style has been copied and used in many other arenas of music throughout the years. He locked it in at ‘4/4’ and taught the world about ‘backbeat’ syncopation adding elements of rhythm and blues, boogie-woogie and country-western.
You can hear echoes of Chuck Berry in music ranging from ‘Lynyrd Skynyrd’ to the ‘Sex Pistols’. It is fair to say that the rock music we know today owes a great deal to those earlier rock pioneers like Chuck Berry.
His rise to stardom was a magnificent long and bumpy one. Continue reading
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Chuck Berry, legendary singer/songwriter who defined what rock-n-roll was going to be with many hits like “Roll Over Beethoven,” “Maybellene,” “Sweet Little Sixteen,” and of course the iconic “Johnny B. Goode” died Saturday March 18 at 90.
Even though Berry had stopped singing telling Rolling Stone that
“My singing days have passed. My voice is gone. My throat is worn. And my lungs are going fast. I think that explains it.”
We have put together a few choice videos down here for you to listen to and reminisce about while listening to one of the true pioneers of Rock music.
This isn’t a good-bye to Chuck Berry. He will live forever through his musical triumphs that he has left the world.
We will be doing a much bigger piece about this, not only legendary musician, but legendary life. Watch for the next publishing cycle.
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Rick Ross has released his highly anticipated album Rather You Than Me. The newest album from the Hip-Hop virtuoso features a star studded cast of guests that includes, Nas, Jeezy, Gucci Mane, Young Thug, Dej Loaf, Anthony Hamilton, and even King of comedy Chris Rock appears on the album on the track “Idols Become Rivals.”
The track “Idols Become Rivals” featuring Chris Rock is actually a dis track on Birdman. The track isn’t actually a personal feud with Birdman, it is actually a track that is sticking up for his friend Lil Wayne who was originally disrespected by Birdman.
This is the first new album from Ross since his release of Black Market back in 2015.
by: Kidman J. Williams
Here it is people! The tour to end all tours. Rancid and Dropkick Murphys are joining their unique brands of punk rock pounding into one big North American tour this summer. The From Boston to Berkeley Tour kicks off in Bangor, Maine on July 27.
The tour will not just be a couple quick sets either. It is reported that both Rancid and Dropkick Murphys will be doing full sets. Yes, full sets for the tour.
Not only will they be hitting it hard for the fans, but both bands will get together after every show to do a joint encore as well.
The Bouncing Souls and Jake Burns of Stiff Little Fingers will be opening the show from July 27 through Aug. 9. Where one ends another begins. The Selecter and Kevin Seconds from 7 Seconds will take over the spot from Aug. 11 on through the end of the tour.
Tickets are set to go on sale March 10 at 10 am.
For more details you can go to Dropkick Murphys’ website.
by Kyle K. Mann
I’m sitting here at the Aroma Cafe in NoHo (all right, North Hollywood) on Oscar Night 2017.
Feeling both stunned and pissed off.
About a week ago I had an idea for a wacky dance tune. I wanted a crazed voice yelling, and the the first voice I thought of was Paxton’s in the classic James Cameron movie, “Aliens.”
I looked up the “Game over, man” bit on YouTube and found a nice clip of the scene, rerecorded the audio, and was set. I mused, as I worked, on how perfect he was for the part, how ideal the casting was, and how lucky we all were that he had been a key component in the great Sigourney Weaver-led ensemble.
Today, driving down to L.A. from Northern California, I called a pal, and mentioned Paxton’s part in my work.
“He just died.”
I thought my ol’ bud was kidding. “Paxton?”
“Yeah, heart operation went wrong. Complications.”
I spluttered indignantly, and felt like a bucket of cold water was poured down my back.
We have lost a lot of greats in the last 14 months. Musicians seem to be leading the way. Natalie Cole, Bowie, Prince… damn. Clyde Stubblefield recently hit me hard, he was James Brown’s drummer in the mid and late 60’s.
Actors? Alan Rickman also hit me hard. Gene Wilder. And Carrie Fisher… really? Too young, too young.
And Paxton, like Fisher, was in his very early 60’s, and was someone with a lot to live for.
Not everyone has seen Aliens, of course. But nearly everyone has seen Titanic. Think of the miniature arc his character has, as a treasure hunter, skeptical of the nice old ladies story. Think of the look of fascination he evolves into as she tells her tale. That look is acting prowess, delivered without a word. It’s a key moment: it sells the bigger story. Fabulous work.
Ok, back to Aliens. James Cameron turned a thankless task, following a classic movie, into gold via the first Alien, and managed to make a movie as good or even better. As I say Paxton is a huge part of that.
If you are familiar with the directors cut of Aliens, you remember the added scene where his character Hudson reassures Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) that the Colonial Marines can handle anything, even the type of alien that wiped out her entire spaceship crew in the first movie. It’s a hilarious scene, and well worth watching again. Remember, Hudson is best known for going berserk in the previously mentioned “Game over” scene, where he is at the opposite of swaggering bravado. So here again, the transition the actor has to sell is colossal.
Which is why he was the first one I thought of to dub in some histrionics. And that means that as an actor, he absolutely rocked.
He had other great roles of course, like in Twister. Here he was a tornado chaser, and I see that meteorologists have launched tributes to Paxton, because of his role in that movie. Again, a potent fact… people were influenced by this guy.
So, on we go. The price we pay for surviving into the future is that dear ones and admired ones depart before us, and it hurts. I didn’t know Paxton, despite my modest film biz career as a crew member, but I do get a sense of the man reading his obits. Sounds like quite a dude.
Rest In Peace and thanks for being a part of so many good things, Bill Paxton.
by Kyle K. Mann