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  • Rock-N-Roll Stage Names Origins Part III

    Posted by Jennifer Taylor

    Bob Dylan

    Unlike a lot of artists, who already have their stage names in place before their careers officially began, “Bob Dylan” actually came about after Robert Zimmerman had begun performing.

    After playing coffee houses in the Dinkytown folk music circuit in the late ’50s, the future legend began introducing himself as Bob Dylan.

    In his autobiography, the singer says it was the poetry of Dylan Thomas that inspired the name change. In a 2004 interview on ’60 Minutes,’ the singer would explain, “Some people — you’re born, you know, the wrong names, wrong parents. I mean, that happens. You call yourself what you want to call yourself. This is the land of the free.”

     

    Ringo Starr

    He was the drummer in the biggest band in the world, but there was Richard Starkey long before there was Ringo Starr.

    The Beatles skinbeater played in several different bands before eventually being the replacement for Pete Best. It was during this time that he started using the moniker Ringo Starr.

    The “Ringo” nickname came about because of the rings that he wore on his fingers. As for “Starr,” that came about as a shortened version of his last name. Also, Starr had begun billing his drum solos as “Starr Time,” and the name stuck. By the time the drummer crossed paths with the Beatles in 1960, he had officially adopted the “Ringo Starr” stage name.

     

    Bono

    Everybody knows Bono — the U2 singer is one of the most famous people in the world, let alone one of the most famous rock stars — but do you know his real name? No, he wasn’t born with a single moniker for a name (big shocker). Instead, Paul David Hewson is the name on his birth certificate. The nickname Bono supposedly came from a hearing aid shop called Bono Vox in the band’s hometown of Dublin — that’s Latin for “good voice.”

     

    Sting

    He was born Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, but you are better off just calling him Sting. The former bassist-singer of New Wave rockers the Police was given the nickname during his pre-fame days playing in a local jazz outfit called the Phoenix Jazzmen, when for one gig he wore a black and yellow sweater with hooped stripes — and the name stuck. ”My children call me Sting, my mother calls me Sting,” he once responded to a journalist who called him by his given name. “Who is this Gordon character?”

  • Rock-N-Roll Stage Names Origins Part II

    Posted by Jennifer Taylor

    Bon Scott

    For those about to rock, do you recognize the name Ronald Belford Scott? You probably know him better as Bon Scott, the late frontman for AC/DC. Scott’s unique nickname came about due to a childhood move to Australia and a crowded classroom.

    When his family moved from Scotland to the Australian community of Sunshine, the future singer found that there was already another student in his class named Ronald. Needing some clarification, teachers and students latched on to the fact that he moved from Bonnie, Scotland and began to refer to him as “Bonnie Scott.” From there, everyone just adopted the shortened name “Bon” when speaking to the future superstar.

     

    Meat Loaf

    There are varying stories about how the man born Marvin Lee Aday became Meat Loaf. But names aren’t that huge of a deal for the musician, who changed his real name to Michael Lee Aday back in 2010.

    While the singer has been reluctant to discuss the origins, the two most frequent stories are that his father called him ‘Meat’ as a young child because of his size, and then later, when he attended school and began to play football, his classmates and coaches added the “Loaf.” The singer credited his father with the moniker in his ‘To Hell and Back’ autobiography.

    From school he would go on to form his first band, Meat Loaf Soul, and by the time he moved on to other projects the stage name had stuck.

     

    Ozzy

    John Michael Osbourne, better known as “Ozzy” to you and I, first earned his nickname in primary school. The name was initially meant as a taunt by other students, but the future Black Sabbath vocalist embraced it rather than let it get to him.

    Though he eventually adopted the name for good, not everyone in his life embraced it. His first wife Thelma always referred to him as “John,” but Osbourne would later state in his ‘I Am Ozzy’ autobiography that it had been years since someone referred to him by any other name than ‘Ozzy.”

     

    Axl Rose

    There was a little bit of a path en route to becoming the man known as Axl Rose to many Guns N’ Roses fans. The vocalist was born William Bruce Rose, Jr. in 1962, but his father left when he was two-years-old and his mother remarried. Rose took the last name Bailey for the first man he knew as his father, and only learned about his biological father in his teens.

    Though he never met the man responsible for his birth, he later reclaimed the name. As for Axl, it actually came from one of his first bands. After moving to Los Angeles, he started a band called AXL, and a friend suggested he adopt the name for himself. He legally changed his name to W. Axl Rose just prior to Guns N’ Roses signing their recording contract in 1986.

  • Rock-N-Roll Stage Names Origins Part I

    Posted by Jennifer Taylor

    How did Vincent Damon Furnier become Alice Cooper? Partially because the other idea — “Husky Baby Sandwich” — didn’t thrill anyone at the band meeting.

    Back in 1968, the Alice Cooper Band were known as the Nazz, but Todd Rundgren was already using that name, so the singer suggested a name reminiscent of famous alleged axe murderer Lizzie Borden.

    As Cooper explains in his ‘Golf Monster‘ book, the new name “conjured up an image of a little girl with a lollipop in one hand, and a butcher knife in another.”

     

    Modelling his look on Bette Davis’ dark-eyed appearance in the film ‘Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?‘ and the Great Tyrant character from ‘Barbarella,’ Cooper went on to great fame with his new identity.

     

    Nikki Sixx is one helluva cool and evocative stage name, but the man behind many of Motley Crue‘s biggest hits had some pretty serious personal reasons behind adopting his new persona.

    As the bassist originally known as Frank Carlton Serafino Ferranno told AskMen, the change was symbolic of “a long road battling a guy who walked away from me, named Frank Serafino, who was my father, and me saying “F— you, I am gonna reinvent myself, you weren’t there for me, and I am gonna become a man, called Nikki, (and) create my own family.”

    Kiss

    Seeing as how they hid their faces from the public behind their trademark greasepaint, it makes a lot of sense that all four original members of Kiss also used stage names to hide their identities.

    Stanley Harvey Eisen moved his last name back a notch to become Paul Stanley, and Chaim Weitz introduced himself to the world as Gene Simmons. Paul Daniel Frehley made a slighter change, adopting his high school nickname “Ace,” while George Peter John Criscuola trimmed a bunch of syllables to become Peter Criss.  Future members such as Vinnie Vincent (Vincent John Cusano) and Eric Carr (Paul Charles Caravello) also changed their name before joining the Kiss family.

     

    Steven Tyler

    Steven Tyler may not have taken his family’s last name — Tallarico — with him onstage as he became one of rock’s biggest stars, but he certainly did carry on his father’s musical legacy.

    The Aerosmith frontman (and oddly enough, current ‘American Idol’ judge) is the son of Victor Tallarico, a classically trained piano player who made his living as a musician, performing at weddings and parties. The elder Tallarico, who passed away last year at the age of 95, reportedly entertained guests with his music well into his old age. His favorite Aerosmith song, according to a 2010 interview? ‘Dream On.’

    John Paul Jones

    His three Led Zeppelin bandmates — Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Bonham — all took the stage under their given names, but bassist John Paul Jones was actually born John Baldwin.

    While working as a studio session musician prior to joining Zeppelin, a friend suggested Baldwin adopted the new moniker, reportedly inspired by the 1959 movie of the same name about the revolutionary war hero, often credited as the father of our country’s navy.

    The new handle certainly brought luck to Jones and his bandmates, who defiantly adopted their own name after a friend suggested their music would go over in public about as well as a lead balloon. Good call, huh?

  • Metallica Perform Reverse "Ride The Lighting" Set At Orion Festival

    Posted by Jennifer Taylor

    James Hetfield Of Metallica
    Theo Wargo, Getty Images

    There may have been plenty of bands to see throughout the day, but Metallica was the main draw for the Orion Music + More festival Saturday in Atlantic City. The group took over Bader Field for their inaugural event and did not disappoint, performing the entire ‘Ride the Lightning’ album to finish out night one.
    Since ‘Ride the Lightning’ is not the longest of releases, the group peppered in some of their older favorites for good measure. The set opened with the band arriving to the sounds of Ennio Morricone’s ‘The Ecstasy of Gold’ before they settled into a hard rocking groove with ‘Hit the Lights.’ They followed with ‘Master of Puppets,’ ‘The Four Horsemen,’ ‘Sad But True,’ and ‘Hell and Back’ before finally dipping into the classic record that everyone was anticipating.

    Metallica took a different approach, performing the album track listing in reverse, starting with the album closer ‘The Call of Ktulu.’ That was followed by ‘Creeping Death,’ the live premiere of ‘Escape,’ and ‘Trapped Under Ice,’ before things really started to pick up.

    The first portion of the record has enjoyed the most success over time, which may be why they arranged the performance in reverse and the crowd went nuts over such favorites as ‘Fade to Black,’ ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls,’ ‘Ride the Lightning,’ and the album opener ‘Fight Fire With Fire.’

    The group finished the body of their set with the ‘Black Album’ favorites ‘Nothing Else Matters’ and ‘Enter Sandman’ before taking their break. The encore was a three-song finale with ‘Battery,’ ‘One,’ and ‘Seek and Destroy’ sending the crowd home happy.

    Metallica return tonight for their second headlining spot on their Orion Music + More festival. This time out, the ‘Black Album’ will get the spotlight. And remember, if you can’t make it to Atlantic City, you can catch the streaming webcast at 8:00PM ET this evening right here.

    Watch Metallica’s Opening Night Orion Festival Set

    Metallica’s Night One Orion Set List
    1. ‘The Ecstasy of Gold’
    2. ‘Hit the Lights’
    3. ‘Master of Puppets’
    4. ‘The Four Horsement’
    5. ‘Sad But True’
    6. ‘Hell and Back’
    7. ‘The Call of Ktulu’
    8. ‘Creeping Death’
    9. ‘Escape’
    10. ‘Trapped Under Ice’
    11. ‘Fade to Black’
    12. ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls’
    13. ‘Ride the Lightning’
    14. ‘Fight Fire With Fire’
    15. ‘Nothing Else Matters’
    16. ‘Enter Sandman’
    17. ‘Battery’
    18. ‘One’
    19. ‘Seek and Destroy’

    by: Chad Childers

  • Cherry Bomb Reunited

    Posted by Jennifer Taylor

    LITA FORD RECONCILES WITH FORMER RUNAWAYS JOAN JETT AND CHERIE CURRIE

    With a new album, ‘Living Like a Runaway‘, that was released today (June 19), Lita Ford is thinking of the future. However, there is one aspect of her past that she recently confronted. She ended her long-running feud with Joan Jett and Cherie Currie, with whom she was in the Runaways from 1975-1979.

    Ford and Jett hadn’t spoken since the breakup of the Runaways, but, as she told Rolling Stone, “I asked my manager Bobby [Collin] if he’d put in a call to Kenny [Laguna], Joan’s manager, and try to arrange a dinner for us…We had a nice dinner – it was real friendly, like seeing your sister. We talked about old times and Joan gave me Cherie Currie’s contact information. When I was on the West Coast, I had dinner with Cherie.”

    So what does this mean about the possibility of a reunion for the Runaways? “I talked to [Cherie] about a reunion, and I talked to Joan about a reunion,” she continued. “I couldn’t really get a solid answer from [Joan]. But I just wanted her to know that I’m here for her, and if she decides she wants to put together the Runaways again, I would be in 100 percent.”

    Beginning tomorrow (June 20), Ford will take to the road for a month as she opens up for Def Leppard and Poison.

    by: Dave Lifton

  • 10th Annual Layne Staley Tribute Set For August

    Posted by Jennifer Taylor

    The 10th annual tribute to the late, great Alice in Chains vocalist Layne Staley, who passed away in April 2002 at the tender age of 34 after years of addiction struggles, is set for this August in the Seattle/Tacoma area. It’s a massive celebration, as five days of events and performances have been planned to remember the singer whose definitive voice marked the grunge era of rock ‘n’ roll.

    A week’s worth of celebration is certainly warranted, especially since most rockers will remember the fact that Staley’s death was a footnote during media reports, while the tragic death of TLC’s Left Eye a few weeks later received hours upon hours of nonstop coverage.

    At the August tribute, Staley’s work in Alice in Chains and Mad Season will be honored, as will the entire grunge genre.

    The schedule of events for the tribute week is set to unfold as follows:

    A memorial gathering will be held a the Seattle Center International Fountain by the historic Space Needle on Wednesday, Aug. 22, which would have been the singer’s 45th birthday. A candlelight vigil and quiet time will be held for fans who want to reflect and share memories of Staley. Acoustic performances are welcome. An acoustic jam session at Floyd’s Place in Queen Anne will take place after.

    A weekend warm-up show will be held on Thursday, Aug. 23 at Pioneer Square’s historic Central Saloon in downtown Seattle. Local musician Johnny Smokes will perform with his one-man band, offering tracks by fellow local artists ranging from Nirvana to Deathcab for Cutie.

    On Friday, Aug. 24, the Backstage Bar & Grill will feature Alice in Chains/Mad Season and Soundgarden/Temple of the Dog cover bands, dubbed Jar of Flies and Outshined, respectively.

    More tribute acts will perform at the Crocodile on Aug. 25, such as Pearl Jam cover band Vitalogy, along with Outshined and Jar of Flies performing again.

    The tribute festivities will close on Sunday, Aug. 26 at the Hard Rock Café in downtown Seattle. All three tribute acts will perform acoustically.

    Proceeds from the event will benefit the Therapeutic Health Services of Washington.

    by: Amy Sciarretto

  • Black Sabbath, The Beatles Cited On Worst Album Covers List

    Posted by Jennifer Taylor

    Beatles & Black Sabbath
    Capitol / Warner Brothers

    You can’t judge a book by its cover, an old saying goes. The same is true for albums. The FW has recently created a list of the 50 Worst Album Covers, and we here at Ultimate Classic Rock were shocked to discover three of our favorite artists had made the final cut.

    The Beatles show up at No. 47 with the infamous “butcher cover” of ‘their 1966 Capitol LP, ‘Yesterday and Today.’ In fairness to the Beatles, ‘Yesterday and Today’ was not a “proper” Beatles album. It was compiled out of tracks from the U.K. releases of ‘Help,’ ‘Rubber Soul’ and ‘Revolver’ due to the differing approaches between Capitol and the band’s U.K. label, Parlophone. Still, the Beatles happily participated in the photo shoot by Robert Whitaker, so they must accept some of the blame.

    Black Sabbath‘s 1975 album, ‘Sabotage‘ clocks in at No. 28. Citing its “cross-dressing sci-fi” vibe and “bulbous camel toe-inducing crotch shots,” they heap particular scorn on Ozzy Osbourne, whom they claim is wearing “a cross between a kimono and a bathrobe with construction boots.”

    Breaking into the Top Ten at No. 9 is Jeff Beck‘s 2010 album, ‘Emotion and Commotion,’ which features a bald eagle carrying a Fender Stratocaster in its talons as sunlight streams on it. To them, it suggests that “God blessed America with rock n’ roll,” and while that may actually be a noble concept, it does seem a bit strange strange coming from Beck, who is British.

     

    by: Dave Lifton

  • Nudist Colony Plays At Kiss Monster Mini Golf Course

    Posted by Jennifer Taylor

    Kiss Nude
    kissonline.com

    It’s become a cliche for Kiss fans to take pictures of themselves dressed and made up as their heroes. But one organization has gone in the opposite direction. On Sunday (June 3) a online community of nudists held a private function at the band’s Monster Mini Golf course in Las Vegas, which opened in March.

    The event was thrown by Nudist Clubhouse, who were holding their annual Expo (we don’t need to elaborate on what was being exposed, even though that picture says enough) in Sin City last weekend. And as the old saying goes, what happens in Vegas, winds up on Kiss’ website. For a morning, the players gripped their shafts and swung hard as they tried to get their balls in the holes in as few strokes as possible. But we’re not going to speculate on what could have happened on the hole that features Gene Simmons‘ tongue.

    According to the band’s website, Nudist Clubhouse had so much fun that they’re already planning next year’s event. Maybe they can bring along noted golfer Alice Cooper. Still, we’re not so sure if this wasn’t an attempt by Gene to start a new photo collection after having been forced to burn his famous portfolios recently.

    by: Dave Lifton

  • Shannon Tweed Burns Gene Simmons' Nudie Pictures on "Family Jewels" Season Premiere

    Posted by Jennifer Taylor

    FAMILY JEWELS
    A&E

    The eighth season of ‘Gene Simmons Family Jewels’ kicked off with flames tonight (May 28) on the A&E Network, as the Demon’s new wife, Shannon Tweed, set his prized photo collection of previous sexual conquests on fire.

    The episode centered on Simmons and Tweed adjusting to their new life as a married couple. In the opening scene, the couple are in one-on-one sessions with their therapist, Dr. Ann Wexler. Simmons tells her that married life is “wonderful.” Tweed says that Simmons is acting differently, but still has a lot to learn. She still doesn’t trust her new husband, even though he is making strides, which Gene admits is a struggle. “There are cloudy days and there are sunshine days, but every day is a good day,” he says.

    Following the session, the Simmons family, including their children, Nick and Sophie, discuss the changes in their relationship, with Nick and Sophie describing their parents’ sex life in awkward detail. Still, their public displays of affection surprises Nick, who makes several smart-aleck remarks about how they’re behaving in the reverse of other couples, who begin hating each other after the marriage.

    Simmons brings in a giant blow-up of the photo of the family at their wedding, much to the surprise of the other three. Although they are happy that Gene is showing a commitment to the family like never before, the size of the photo is embarrassing to them and Shannon says that it will not be displayed in the house.

    Over lunch with a friend, Shannon talks about the possibility of adoption, which is the main plot of this episode and an arc for the season. Shannon then tells Wexler that she has always wanted to adopt, even after the births of Nick and Sophie. She’s worried about the changes that it will bring to the family dynamic, but she feels that, with Nick and Sophie grown, she still needs an outlet for her maternal instincts.

    After having difficulty finding the right time to bring up the subject, Shannon finally confronts Gene about her desire. “Two is not enough?” Gene asks. As it turns out, a woman from an adoption agency, Robyn Harrod, is waiting downstairs to speak with the couple about it. Harrod also brings up the idea of being a foster parent, and tells them about the differences between adoption and raising children of your own. Without explicitly saying he’s against it, Gene’s lack of enthusiasm for the idea tips Shannon off.

    The third act found Gene in Wexler’s office discussing Shannon’s wishes, admits that it’s all happened so fast that he hasn’t had time to think about it. But you can still sense that he doesn’t think it’s a good idea. Later, the couple discuss it in their bedroom, where Shannon says that Gene’s life as a rock star is still moving forward, but hers, as a mother, has stagnated. Gene, clad in Kiss pajamas, says he’s willing to financially support 100 children, but isn’t sure if he wants the emotional commitment at this stage in his life.

    Later, while moving boxes of keepsakes in their garage, Shannon finds a mysterious set of keys. Unable to find the proper lock, she asks a friend how she should confront Gene. After a session with Wexler, she confronts him in his office about the keys. He admits that it’s the key to a safe-deposit box containing his famous collection of photos of the many women that he has been with. Although the photos are no secret, Shannon basically tells him that they have no place in their marriage, and that if she will destroy the photos if he won’t.

    Gene tells Wexler the origin of the photos, that they started as a result of his newfound fame since he didn’t drink or do drugs. “They then became trophies,” he says, saying that they were no different than new pieces of Kiss merchandise.

    Late in the show, a third plot develops over Sophie’s new boyfriend, with Shannon trying to give her daughter the benefit of her experience. Talking to Wexler, Shannon says how proud she is of her daughter. She also expresses dismay that Gene’s past keeps coming into their marriage, and they is worried that these revelations are affecting her desire to adopt. This is reinforced when Harrod calls the house to tell Shannon that an orientation for adoption is coming soon, but Shannon says she’ll have to miss this one.

    Gene feels “embarrassed and ashamed” for getting caught. She wonders why he kept them, through all the years of the relationship and the births of their children. He knows he’s in the wrong and tells her that, whenever she gives the word, they will go to the safe-deposit box and dispose of the photos forever.

    In a couples session with Wexler, Gene and Shannon discuss the photos. He admits that there was never any emotional connection to the women, and that he would feel emasculated if Shannon brought pictures of her ex-boyfriends into the home. As the session goes on, we see them going to the bank to pick up the portfolios. The show ends with Shannon lighting them on fire as Gene watches.

    Next week’s episode will center on Shannon asking Nick and Sophie for their thoughts about the adoption.

    by: Dave Lifton

  • Black Sabbath Officially Tap DrummerTommy Clufetos To Replace Bill Ward

    Posted by Jennifer Taylor

    Tommy Clufetos
    Ethan Miller, Getty Images

    Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler has written an open letter to fans regarding the status of the band, and in the process he has confirmed who will be taking over the drum kit now that Bill Ward is officially out of the legendary metal group.

    Butler made it known that Tommy Clufetos, currently of Black Sabbath singer Ozzy Osbourne‘s solo band and a one-time member of Rob Zombie‘s touring outfit, has stepped in for Ward as Sabbath prepares to perform three shows this year, including tonight’s (May 19) hometown gig in Birmingham, England.

    It was only a few days ago that Ward officially declared himself out of the band after months of contract negotiations that eventually didn’t work out. In Butler’s letter, the bassist also expresses remorse over Ward not being part of the Sabbath reunion. Read the entire letter, as posted on Butler’s official website, below:

    I feel sad to see the Sabbath reunion becoming a bit of a soap opera on the internet. It has been a very tough year for us as a band, having announced our reunion plans, only for Tony to be diagnosed with lymphoma, leaving us no choice but to postpone the proposed Sabbath tour, and then for Bill to go public on his site about an un-signable contract. None of us knew how Tony was going to respond to his intensive chemo therapy, and radiotherapy. Ozzy and myself flew to England to be with Tony, and on his “good” days, we’d meet at his home studio and put ideas together for the upcoming album, all sitting down together, no drummer involved, just 3 of us quietly putting together ideas. We thought that when we had enough songs together for a full band rehearsal, we’d move back to L.A and put the whole thing together with Bill. Unfortunately, to our surprise, Bill issued a statement on his site saying he’d been offered an un-signable contract. He hadn’t told any one of us he was having contractual problems, and frankly those things are worked out between our representatives, and never between the four of us let alone in public. We had the idea of keeping just one show in this year, hoping that Tony would be well enough for that show, and that things with Bill would be sorted. As you may expect, a one off show at Donnington Festival (Download) costs an absolute fortune to stage, involving over 50 people, transport, air fares, hotels, meals, agents, promotors, accountants, lawyers etc, so none of us, expected to make much money from it- it was a one off Sabbath show for the fans, before we go into recording the new album. Apparently, this wasn’t acceptable to Bill’s representatives, they wanted an amount that was so unrealistic that it seemed to have been a joke. So we resigned ourselves to doing Download without Bill, hoping he’d change his mind and at least make a guest appearance. We started rehearsals a few weeks ago with Tommy Clufetos, the drummer who will be on the Ozzy and Friends Tour. Brilliant drummer and good bloke. It was decided we’d better do a warm up show, to break the ice since we haven’t played together live. The O2 Academy was available in Birmingham, where we were rehearsing, so we decided on that, and to make a donation to Help For Heroes Charity, since we’d be ironing out any glitches we may have. Then Bill put out a further statement saying he’d been ready to play the Birmingham show , but he was expected to have to do it “for free”- well, I think that’s basically how you raise money from gigs for charity – you play them “for free”.

    All I am saying is that there are two sides to everything. I do hope to play with Bill again some day. For whatever reason; it wasn’t meant to be this time. Bill’s made his decision, and I have to respect that. Hopefully this painful year will be worth the wait for the new Sabbath album and end in joy and happiness for all.

    Stay frosty,
    Geezer

     

    by: Spencer Kaufman

  • Common Ground Announces More Acts For The 2012 Festival

    Posted by Jennifer Taylor

    Common Ground Music Festival, presented by Miller Lite, heats up the Midwest once again as it tacks another nine artists to its July lineup. Contemporary, rock, classics and country are represented as officials announce: Morris Day & the Time (Tuesday, July 10); American Idol Casey James, Sister Hazel (Wednesday, July 11); The Wallflowers, Soul Asylum; Walk Off The Earth; Lights (Friday, July 13); and Saving Abel (Saturday, July 14).

    TUESDAY, JULY 10 — (previously announced: Joe Walsh) Tickets on sale NOW

    Morris Day & The Time —Pearl Vision Pavilion Stage — With his dynamic dancing and smooth yet gutsy, vocals, Morris Day played an essential role in the development of the Twin City dance/club sound of the 1980s. Releasing his debut solo album, Color of Success, in 1985, Day reached his apex with his second solo album, “Daydreaming,” two years later. Produced by ex-Time members Terry Lewis and Jimmy Jam, the album included the chart-topping R&B tune "Fishnet.”  Day has appeared in such films as Prince's 1984 autobiographical-pic, “Purple Rain,” which included hits “The Bird,” “Jungle Love.” The 1990’s “New Attitude” also fanned Day’s fame.

    WEDNESDAY, JULY 11—(previously announced: Kevin Costner & Modern West and High Valley) Tickets on sale NOW

    Casey James —Auto Value Main Stage —Casey James first emerged on the national scene with his third-place run on Season 9 of American Idol. Following his success on Idol, Casey set his sights on Nashville, touring with Sugarland in early 2011 and playing his own shows while working on his upcoming debut album, set for release in 2012. Casey is currently giving fans a taste of what to expect on the album with the bluesy, goodtime feel of the first single, “Let’s Don’t Call It a Night,” co-written with Terry McBride and Brice Long.

    Sister Hazel —Pearl Vision Pavilion Stage — "All for You" and “Happy” topped the adult alternative charts during the summer of 1997, and the success propelled the album to platinum status. Sister Hazel’s creative train just keeps rolling. Last year’s well-received “Release,” reached the band’s highest ever spot on the Billboard Album Charts, topping even their platinum disc “Somewhere More Familiar,” and they are keeping the momentum going with “Heartland Highway,” (Oct. 12, 2010, Rock Ridge Music), marking the band’s quickest album-to-album turnaround in their 15-plus-year career.

    FRIDAY, JULY 13 —Tickets on sale Friday, May 18th at 8 a.m. *Special Pricing Promotion below *

    The Wallflowers —Auto Value Main Stage — With a new album in the work The Wallflowers are back out on the road giving fans a taste of the new songs as well as the old favorites. The Wallflowers rose to fame with their 4x platinum album “Bringing Down The Horse,” which featured four top charting singles including “6th Avenue Heartache,” “One Headlight,” “The Difference,” and “Three Marlenas.” The two-time Grammy award winners went on to sell 7 million records worldwide.

    Soul Asylum —Auto Value Main Stage — Soul Asylum are the quintessential little band that could; it only took ten years to turn them from a teenage garage band into multi-platinum-selling rock stars. Known for top ten albums such as 1992’s “Grave Dancers Union,”  which earned them a multi-platinum record. Number one single, "Runaway Train," propelled by a public service announcement-style video for missing children, helped turn the band into a household name. “Let Your Dim Light Shine,” in 1995 brought us single, "Misery," that hit the Top 20.


    Lights —Pearl Vision Pavilion Stage — When Canadian electro-rock sensation Lights first hit the music scene in 2008, she was just a songwriter with a synth and a dream. Several singles found a warm reception on Canadian radio outlets, while Lights' vibrant attire and good looks made her an endearing presence on MuchMusic's TV countdown. Early the following year, Lights won a Juno Award for New Artist of the Year and landed a spot on that summer's Warped Tour, all the while preparing her debut album, 2009’s “The Listening.” In 2011, Lights returned with the more mature, sonically sophisticated album, “Siberia.”


    Walk Off The Earth —Pearl Vision Pavilion Stage —Indie band Walk Off The Earth, whose current YouTube video, a five-person, one-guitar cover of "Somebody That I Used to Know," has racked up 112 million views on YouTube to date.  The powerful fan response to the video has turned the five-year-old Canadian group into a media phenomenon and propelled them onto American network television, where a posted video of their appearance on “The Ellen Degeneres Show” received a half-million views in less than a week.

    SATURDAY, JULY 14 — (previously announced: Three Days Grace & Like A Storm) Tickets on sale NOW

    Saving Abel —Auto Value Main Stage — Backyard barbecues, front porch jams, old-fashioned family values and hard-partying rock n' roll is the name of the game for Saving Abel. The no-frills, no pretension and down home charm driven compositions from these Southern boys have burned up the radio charts with soaring melodies and crunching hooks, caused guys and gals alike to shake what their momma gave 'em while pumping a fist in the air and served as feel good anthems for American troops on military bases abroad. You’ll be pounding your fists to hits like “Addicted,” “18 Days,” “Stupid Girl (Only In Hollywood),” “New Tattoo,” “Drowning (Face Down),” and “The Sex Is Good.”

    SPECIAL PRICING PROMOTION – A limited quantity of $15.00 (+fee) tickets will be available beginning Friday, May 18 for The Wallflowers, Soul Asylum, Lights & Walk Off The Earth (Friday, July 13). The $15 pricing promotion runs 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday, May 18 ONLY while supplies last. Ticket orders limited to eight per festival day, per person.

    Wallflowers, Soul Asylum, Lights & Walk Off The Earth

    Friday, July 13, 2012

    Limited quantity at $15.00 (+ fee) for 13-Hour Sale; $25.00 (+ fee) after

    SINGLE-DAY TICKETS ALREADY ON SALE:

    Bush, Pop Evil, IAMDYNAMITE, Candlebox

    Monday, July 9, 2012

    $25 (+fee)

    Joe Walsh, Morris Day & The Time

    Tuesday, July 10, 2012

    $25 (+fee)

    Kevin Costner & Modern West, High Valley, Casey James, Sister Hazel

    Wednesday, July 11, 2012

    $20 (+fee)

    Eric Church, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Gunnar & the Grizzly Boys, Delta Rae

    Thursday, July 12, 2012

    $34.50 (+fee)

    The Wallflowers, Soul Asylum, Lights & Walk Off The Earth

    Friday, July 13, 2012

    $25 (+ fee)

    Three Days Grace, Like A Storm, Saving Abel

    Saturday, July 14, 2012

    $25 (+fee)

     

    UPGRADE SEATING TICKETS:

    Bush, Pop Evil, IAMDYNAMITE, Candlebox

    Monday, July 9, 2012

    $10 (+fee)

    Joe Walsh, Morris Day & The Time

    Tuesday, July 10, 2012

    $15 (+fee)

    Kevin Costner & Modern West, High Valley, Casey James, Sister Hazel

    Wednesday, July 11, 2012

    $15 (+fee)

    Eric Church, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Gunnar & the Grizzly Boys, Delta Rae

    Thursday, July 12, 2012

    $15 (+fee)

    The Wallflowers, Soul Asylum, Lights & Walk Off The Earth

    Friday, July 13, 2012

    $10 (+fee)

    Three Days Grace, Like A Storm, Saving Abel

    Saturday, July 14, 2012

    $10 (+fee)

    SINGLE-DAY VIP PASS:
    Fans seeking a VIP experience including access to the VIP pit and UnCommon Club.  Quantities are extremely limited.
    Full VIP Ticket details available at CommonGroundFest.com

    Bush, Pop Evil, IAMDYNAMITE, Candlebox

    Monday, July 9, 2012

    $89 (+fee)

    Joe Walsh, Morris Day & The Time

    Tuesday, July 10, 2012

    $99 (+fee)

    Kevin Costner & Modern West, High Valley, Casey James, Sister Hazel

    Wednesday, July 11, 2012

    $99 (+fee)

    Eric Church, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Gunnar & the Grizzly Boys, Delta Rae

    Thursday, July 12, 2012

    $99 (+fee)

    Wallflowers, Soul Asylum, Lights & Walk Off The Earth

    Friday, July 13, 2012

    $79 (+fee)

    Three Days Grace , Like A Storm, Saving Abel

    Saturday, July 14, 2012

    $89 (+fee)

    FAST PASS: This pass will allow you to enter the venue between 5:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Quantities are limited. The 7-Day Pass is $50.00 (+ fee) and the Single-Day Fast Pass is $10.00 (+ fee).

    SEVEN-DAY GENERAL ADMISSION PASS: Seven-Day festival passes are limited and first-come, first-served. Week-long passes are the week’s best value at $89 (+ fee).

    SEVEN-DAY VIP PASS: Seven-Day VIP Pass. Quantities are extremely limited and include week-long access to the VIP pit and UnCommon Club. Full UnCommon Club details are available at CommonGroundFest.com. Tickets are only $299 (+ fee).

    All tickets have a $3.00 fee per ticket when purchased online, by phone and at the Common Ground Festival office.

     PURCHASE TICKETS:

    All Common Ground Music Festival tickets may be purchased —

    • In Person: Common Ground Music Festival Office located at 901 N. Washington Ave. in Lansing.
      (NW corner of N. Washington Ave. and Oakland Ave.) Free parking is available on N. Washington Ave.
    • Online: www.commongroundfest.com
    • By phone: 877-569-7767
      • Office hours are 11:00 AM- 6:00 PM, Monday-Friday.
      • Print tickets at home or —NEW!—send them to your smart phone.

     For more detailed information about the 2012 Common Ground Music Festival, log on to the official website at www.commongroundfest.com or call the festival office at (517) 267-1502.

     

  • For My Fellow Rock Chicks!

    Posted by Jennifer Taylor

    DEF LEPPARD GUITARIST ‘BATTLE OF THE BICEPS’ – READERS POLL

    Def Leppard
    Noel Vasquez - Getty Images, Helen Collen

    Pow! Pow! Welcome to the Def Leppard gun show! The physically fit guitar duo of Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell only seem to get better with age. Looking like poster boys for ‘Muscle and Fitness’ magazine, their two chiseled chests will likely go down in the annals of rock for their contributions to the genre in both machismo and masculinity. That raises the all-important question (okay, we admit it, maybe it’s not that important, but it sure is fun) – which strummer would win in the battle of the Def Leppard biceps? We let you decide.

    With a strict ‘shirts optional’ approach to their live show, both seem to share the same dislike for pesky clothing, often opting to play in the buff, at least from the waist up. One thing they obviously do enjoy though is hitting the gym. Collen’s been showing off his six pack and chiseled abs for ages, but who knew Vivian Campbell was sporting such a set of pecs under that guitar.

    And if that weren’t enough, Collen’s six-pack is now giving back to the community. If you, like many of us, are struggling to support a measly two-pack under your own favorite Def Leppard ‘Hysteria’ t-shirt, no worries. Collen’s personal fitness regimen will soon be shared with the public in his upcoming fitness DVD ‘Physical Mechanics.’The workout has been perfected over the last seven years by Collen with a little help from muay Thai martial arts champion Jean Carrillo. Might we suggest a workout playlist that includes ‘Pour Some Sugar on Me’ followed by a little ‘Foolin’’ to get the blood going?

    So without further adieu, we leave you with this one pressing question, which shirtless Def Leppard guitarist reigns supreme?

    Which Def Leppard Guitarist is Most Buff?
    Phil Collen
    Vivian Campbell

    by: Mary Ouellette