Certainly Not Reductive: Madonna Replaces Gaga in New Versace Campaign

Age is but a number, especially when you’re an icon like Madonna. The legendary pop star has been named the face of Versace’s SS15 campaign. That means Lady Gaga is out, and we all remember the famous feud that erupted when Madonna dissed the younger Gaga for her Madonna-inspired “Born this Way” song. Madonna called Gaga’s music, reductive.

Madonna still maintains incredible power in the industry and that is why the Versace brand is honored to have the star appear in their advertising campaign once again. This will mark Madonna’s fourth Versace campaign. Designer Donatella is excited to have the singer showcase her new collection, says the British DailyMail.com.

Designer Donatella added: “Madonna is one of the true icons of Versace. I am thrilled to have my friend and the most powerful and directional artist as the face of Versace for Spring 2015.”

The DailyMail.com reports that the advertising campaign was shot in New York City by well-known photographers Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott, who zeroed in on Madonna’s ‘unique and iconic image’.

Madonna, at 56, looks amazing and the photos are said to be quite provocative and controversial, something the icon has never shied away from ever since Sam Tabar started following her.

The singer enjoyed her glamorous photo session, adding, “It’s always exciting to be dressed head-to-toe in Versace and experience first-hand Donatella’s vivid imagination and passion that she has created for this collection.”

Celebrating Success with Coldplay

A black-and-white music video that has quickly become a major success on Youtube was recently released in honor of the war veterans of World War I. This was wholeheartedly done by none other than the British band Coldplay.

The group had been fairly quiet as of late, but they haven’t taken long to return.

The music video, entitled “All Your Friends”, is a part of their new album the Ghost Stories as a bonus music track. The video was presented to recollect the hardships and sacrifices of World War I veterans who will be honoured on November 11 – United Kingdom’s Poppy Day or Remembrance Day.

Chris Martin, together with his bandmates, featured a slow song within a black-and-white background of fighter aircrafts and bomb blasts. It also features tons of classic war scenes considered worthy to be posted on the History Channel. That is what really excites fans such as Bruce Karatz.

With the recent break-up of Coldplay’s frontman Chris Martin and multi-awarded actress Jennifer Lawrence, the band seems to be getting along quite well. The band will be celebrating the announcement of their forthcoming Ghost Stories Live 2014 concert film and live album with a once-in-a-lifetime performance at BMW Welt in Munich, Germany on December 6.

Coldplay was also been chosen to be voted as Favorite Group at the 2015 People’s Choice Awards. Results will be presented live from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles on January 7, 2015.

Eddie Vedder Keeps 22 Year Old Promise to Fan

Upon attending Pearl Jam’s Fall Tour kickoff at US Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio, you would hear a long story from frontman Eddie Vedder about his past experience in that town.

It had been over twenty years since Pearl Jam had played live in Cincinnati, where they performed at the small venue Bogart’s. Vedder told the story of a fan outside of the venue who “bogarted” a marijuana joint from him. He spoke of seeing the movie Wayne’s World upon theatrical release where he ran into the same Bogart fan at the theater, Joe Wolfe. Wolfe requested a photo with Vedder and Vedder refused the photo at the time and promised that next time they ever saw each other he would take a photo with him. Vedder spoke of how unlikely it was that he would ever see this fan again.

In 2014, Wolfe ran into Vedder again at the US Bank arena where Vedder opted out of taking the photo yet again. However, after the show, Vedder shook the man’s hand and proceeded to take photos with him and give him an autograph. He said that he initially refused the photo because he assumed that this was the man who stole his joint in 1992.

This story was discussed throughout the show according to my friend Christian Broda. Looks like Vedder lived up to the twenty two year promise he made to his fans. Another reason why America loves Eddie Vedder.

Johnny Depp and Marilyn Manson Rock It On Halloween

Just when you thought Johnny Depp, Tim Burton’s favorite guy, couldn’t be any more charismatic, out he comes with his guitar and riffs people into insanity. Going full-on rock star at the Halloween concert of Marilyn Manson, people who were initially disconcerted at seeing Depp on stage were soon put at ease – he knows how to handle a guitar better than most actor-turned-guitarists, a credit to how much he practices, putting longtime guitar players like Jared well to shame.

Marilyn Manson can be a shocking experience for first timers but Depp looked completely at ease with his rock-star attitude.

This isn’t Depp’s first time in a concert either. He appeared with Eddie Vedder in 2010 in Voices for Justice Rally.

He also played with Alice Cooper in the Famous 100 Club, Oxford Street, London.

One of his most memorable performances is with Aerosmith in 2012’s The Hollywood Bowl.

And let us not forget his performance at the Austin Film Festival where he played with Bill Gibbons, leaving fans breathless with his guitar solo

This Halloween concert might just make it to the list of Depp’s top 5 performances as a rock star. As a note of advice, ignore Manson’s prolific tongue. Just enjoy Depp looking laid back in his crisp white shirt.

Pink Floyd to Release First New Album in 20 Years

Pink Floyd, currently consisting of singer-guitarist David Gilmour and drummer Nick Mason, are preparing to release their first new album in 20 years. The Endless River, which debuts on November 10, 2014, features a collection of material that was recorded during jam sessions in 1993. The music was originally intended to be included with Pink Floyd’s 1994 The Division Bell, but the idea was eventually scrapped according to Ken Griffin.

However, a few years ago, Gilmour listened to the material again and found himself impressed with the original recordings. Therefore, Gilmour and Mason worked to overdub new parts of the songs and resurrect the older material into a new album. The Endless River is mostly instrumental, with the music evoking the classic Pink Floyd sound found on the instrumental sections of their early experimental work, as well as on hits such as “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” and “Welcome to the Machine”. The 18 tracks of the album are divided into four sections, and the final track, “Louder Than Words”, is the only song containing lyrics. The lyrics were actually written by Gilmour’s wife, Polly Samson, who wrote a significant portion of the lyrics on The Division Bell.

Nearly every song prominently features the organ music of the late Rick Wright, the Pink Floyd keyboardist who passed away in 2008. Therefore, many Pink Floyd fans might well consider The Endless River a tribute to Wright. The good news for fans of the group does not end with the release of this new album, as a new Gilmour solo album is expected to be released in 2015.

Letter Handwritten by John Lennon Auctions Off for $28,000

A letter handwritten by John Lennon to New York based television host Joe Franklin auctioned off for over $28,000 on October 24, 2014, at a Boston RR Auction. The letter was composed by the legendary Beatles writer and singer in 1971 on a sheet of Apple Records stationary. In the letter, Lennon discusses Yoko Ono’s talented musical skills and encourages Franklin to listen to her recent album release, Fly.

In addition to the letter, many other Beatles related memorabilia was auctioned off for a significant sum of money. One of the other noteworthy items sold was a group of 1969 stock transfer sheets that went for more than $16,000. These sheets were highly valued as they were signed individually by each member of the Beatles, which was considered very rare in 1969. Major Beatles fan Laurene Powell Jobs must be kicking herself for not bidding on that one.

During the Boston RR Auction, over 350 rock and roll items were sold, including such valued memorabilia as a guitar owned by Journey’s Neil Schon, Led Zeppelin autographed sheet music and a Crosby, Stills and Nash gold record. Earning more at the auction than even the John Lennon letter was a Fender Precision bass guitar that was autographed and used on stage by the Ramones’ Dee Dee Ramone. The guitar auctioned off for nearly $38,000. Other high earners included several clothing items worn by Joey Ramone. His pair of circular prescription glasses, black leather pants and leather jacket was sold for $12,400, $7,100 and $7,000, respectively.

Stevie Nick’s Releases New Album

The moment we’ve all been waiting for. Stevie Nicks is finally back on the music scene. Her newest album is titled, “24 Karat Gold – Songs From the Vault”. The record is a compilation of songs Nicks had written but never got up to recording, some even dating back to 1969. Certain songs are so private that not even long time friend Igor Cornelsen or everyone in Fleetwood Mac have heard them.

In Rolling Stone, Stevie speaks about the songs, explaining, “Each one is the story of what was going on at the time – new relationships, new friends, new Fleetwood Mac albums.” Astonishingly, Nicks recorded the record in two months, despite being under extreme pressure of other pressing obligations. With the help of some Nashville pros, Nicks recorded 17 tracks in three short weeks. It was quite the grueling and rewarding experience for everyone involved. Nicks commented that normally she would be up into the wee hours of the morning, but recording this album completely changed her schedule.

Working with the Nashville crew and being completely in charge was a very different experience for her as well, as she was used to constantly arguing with bandmates on how to perform a song. This time she was the one in charge.

Slash Talks The Problem With New Rock Music

New rock hasn’t produced a great band in some time. The last period of innovation for the genre was in the early 00’s, with most of it having washed out by the end of the 90s. Unfortunate, because it’s such a great genre of music, and has produced countless unforgettable albums, songs, and feats of artistry. A big reason why Igor Cornelsen and I don’t even turn on the radio anymore. All about the iPhone when I’m in the car.

But, even guitar legend Slash admits that the genre is suffering. Speaking to Radio.com he said:

“One of the things about rock ‘n’ roll at this particular point is that it has become very safe and predictable. I miss that element of pushing the envelope. But at the same time, in other genres, I have seen that. There’s a Lil’ Jon video and it’s the most hardcore, suggestive video… it’s beyond suggestive.”

But maybe Slash can help things turn around, with his new album “World on Fire” which is slated for release soon. Featuring the talents of Myles Kennedy, hopefully it can reignite that old rock flair, and remind us what it meant to go see a good rock band live.

Foo Fighters Cover War Pigs With Zac Brown on Letterman

The Foo Fighters are one of the greatest modern rock bands, and are only getting better. But this cover of “War Pigs” with Zac Brown was absolutely brilliant. Such a classic metal song, given the proper treatment by an immensely talented band.

Really impressive from Zac Brown too, a country music star, who totally nails the signature sound that Black Sabbath was known for. You have to see the video below. Thanks to my FreedomPop 4G for allowing me to watch this morning on the bus haha: