KISS’ Paul Stanley: Ace Frehley ‘Diluted and Diminished His Craft’

first_imgThe bitter feud between the founding members of the rock band KISS escalated yesterday, as Guitar World Magazine published an interview with guitarist Paul Stanley. The band was finally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, after years of eager fans petitioning and protesting the Cleveland institution, yet they also announced that they would not be performing at the induction ceremonies.In the interview, Stanley looks down at his former bandmate, Ace Frehley, saying the following about him: “What we had at the beginning was magical. Not because we were virtuosos. Magic in rock and roll isn’t dependent on virtuosity. Ace and I played great together. But in my mind it’s a crime what Ace did. He threw away incredible potential and talent. The Ace I played with when the band first started out was a comet. And not [Frehley’s late-Eighties band] Frehley’s Comet! But he was burning bright and really had the ability—and this would rub him the wrong way—to be a real contender. But he stopped practicing. He got involved with a whole lot of things that really diluted and diminished his craft. I saw that comet grow dim.”While it is disappointing that these former musical collaborators can’t even see eye to eye when they are awarded one of the highest accolades in rock music, it’s also not surprising. The band has undergone something like 10 lineup changes over the past 40 years, and, with Gene Simmons pursuing Hollywood recognition, KISS was left behind.Now, I only wonder what Ace has to say about Paul Stanley…-David Melamed (@DMelamz)last_img read more

Death Cab For Cutie Premiere New Single, Announce Tour Dates

first_imgDeath Cab for Cutie premiered a new song today, “Black Sun,” off their forthcoming album Kintsugi. The album is due out March 31st. The Seattle indie rockers have also announced a worldwide tour that begins with a North American leg. Watch the video for “Black Sun” here and check out when they’re coming to your city below.DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE 2015 TOUR DATES04/10 – Mesa, AZ @ Quail Run Park04/23 – Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland ^04/27 – Atlanta, GA @ Fox Theatre ^04/29 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium ^04/30 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre ^05/02 – Minneapolis, MN @ Northrop Auditorium ^05/04 – Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater05/07 – Toronto, ON @ Sony Centre for the Performing Arts ^05/08 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis Theatre ^05/09 – Portland, ME @ State Theatre ^05/12 – Louisville, KY @ Iroquois Amphitheater ^05/13 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant06/08 – London, UK @ O2 Shepherds Bush Empire06/09 – London, UK @ O2 Shepherds Bush Empire06/13 – Oslo, NO @ Rockefeller06/14 – Bergen, NO @ Bergenfest06/15 – Stockholm, SE @ Munchenbryggeriet06/23 – Zagreb, CH @ inMusic Festival06/27 – Dusseldorf, DE @ Open Source Festival07/12 – Hollywood, CA @ Hollywood Bowl *10/03 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre^ = w/ The Antlers* = w/ tUnE-yArDslast_img read more

Coachella Is The Most Expensive Festival Worldwide

first_imgAccording to a recent study compiled by travel money site No1Currency.com and organized by The Guardian, it seems that Coachella is the most expensive music festival worldwide. The study took into account a number of factors, including tickets, accommodations, concessions, and more to assess the full costs of each festival.The report shows that Coachella and Tomorrowland in Belgium are among the most expensive cumulatively, costing $276 and $275 per day, respectively. With just ticket prices, Coachella still ranks at the highest, with $371 dollars per ticket, while Glastonbury comes in at second with a $332 dollar/ticket surcharge.Meanwhile, Exit Festival in Serbia ranks among the cheapest of the festivals surveyed, only costing attendees $80 per day total. Of course, the survey originated in Europe, so many of the beloved smaller US festivals were not taken into account.You can see the data from the survey below. Note: All data is shown in British Pounds.last_img read more

Top 10 Live Music Acts at CounterPoint Music Festival

first_imgLoad remaining images 4. GalacticCounterPoint got down to some funky tunes, courtesy of the ever-popular Galactic.  3. LettuceThe NOLA funk was matched with the Brooklyn funk from one of our favorite bands, Lettuce. Coming in hot, Lettuce is gearing up for just about everything in 2015… festivals, new music… you name it. They laid it down at CounterPoint, delivering like none other. Be sure to catch these guys when they team up with Umphrey’s McGee for shows in Asbury Park, Philly & more!  5. Widespread PanicPanic wrapped up an extremely successful spring tour run with a stop at CounterPoint last weekend, taking the time to debut a Grateful Dead cover that was cut from the “Dear Jerry” festivities a couple of weeks ago. The set also featured an appearance from Jimmy Herring’s son Carter as well! 8. TAUKExploding in the live music scene, NY natives TAUK delivered a memorable daytime performance at CounterPoint this year. The band is touring in support of their recent release, Collisions (2014), and their commitment to the road is second to none. Sharing the stage with Umphrey’s McGee, moe., The Disco Biscuits and more is no easy feat, but TAUK has proven up to the challenge, time and time again! 9. Soul RebelsThis NOLA brass band ALWAYS gets the crowd fired up! Between their brass arrangements of popular tunes and their downright funky originals, any Soul Rebels performance is an absolute party.center_img Photos by: Benjamin Adams Photography Held over Memorial Day Weekend at the Kingston Downs in Rome, GA, CounterPoint Music Festival delivered as promised with an impressive blend of live music acts. Each band brought their unique flavor of musical language to the festival grounds, keeping sets fresh and memorable.Here are some of the top live music acts from the weekend:10. EarphunkThe New Orleans prog-jazz ensemble delivered in a big way at CounterPoint, bringing an energetic set that included a live version of their new track, “Omega.” Listen to the debut here exclusively on L4LM! 7. PapadosioPurveyors of thought-conscious jamtronica, Papadosio came out in full force at the CounterPoint Music Festival. Returning for the second straight year, the band brought the grooves for some late night fun.6. Joe Russo’s Almost DeadThe newest Grateful Dead tribute band to sprout is Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, who breath fire into every song they touch. With Tom Hamilton and Scott Metzger on guitars, Dave Dreiwitz on bass, Marco Benevento on keys and Joe Russo behind the kit, it’s no wonder that the Dead’s bassist himself, Phil Lesh, chose to jam with these guys on New Years Eve.  2. The RootsNo one is making music like The Roots. No one. These guys are some of the hardest working musicians in the business. Not only do they have a nightly gig on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, but Questlove DJs every week at Brooklyn Bowl. Last weekend alone they performed at the California Roots Festival AND at CounterPoint in Georgia. They’re magical, and we love every minute of it. 1. Umphrey’s McGeeSomehow, after performing extensively at Summer Camp, Umphrey’s McGee traveled down to Georgia and closed out CounterPoint with a righteous show. Playing a mixture of songs old and new, Umphrey’s has been on a roll ever since our partnership with them last Winter. Between an album recorded at Abbey Road studios and an impressive UMBowl performance, 2015 is only getting bigger and better for Umphrey’s. The fans at CounterPoint surely seemed to enjoy themselves.  last_img read more

Harvard avenges — just barely — last year’s heartbreaking loss

first_imgThe Harvard football team knows drama. They’ve lived it all season. Counting Saturday’s (Oct. 18) win against the Lehigh Mountain Hawks, three of Harvard’s first five games this season have been decided by three points or less. And up 24-10 at the half, the game looked to be headed toward an easy victory — one that would avenge last year’s 13-20 loss. But that wouldn’t be dramatic enough.Led by senior quarterback Chris Pizzotti’s 181 passing yards and two touchdown passes, Harvard went into the half with 230 total yards of offense, and seemed to be in control. But in the second half, big defensive stops by the Lehigh defense destroyed the Crimson’s momentum, holding them to a single field goal.Fighting all the way back from the two-touchdown deficit to within three points, Lehigh sacked Pizzotti on consecutive downs, forcing the Crimson to punt the ball with just over 3:08 remaining. With Crimson punter Thomas Hull ’10 sending his kick a disappointing 26 yards, the Mountain Hawks started their final possession at their own 38-yard line.Driving down the field to the 33 yardline, Lehigh converted on fourth-and-1, putting the Mountain Hawks in range of a game-tying field goal. Then, coming out of a timeout with just over a minute to go, Lehigh took their shot at the end zone. Mountain Hawk quarterback J.B. Clark almost connected with wide receiver Sekou Yansane in the back of the endzone for what looked to be the game winner, but Harvard All-American cornerback Andrew Berry ’09 made a spectacular last second strip, causing the ball to fall incomplete. Two plays later, Crimson defensive end Peter Ajayi ’09 hunted Clark down and made a play on the ball, which popped out and landed in the hands of Harvard linebacker Glenn Dorris ????09, sealing the dramatic win for the Crimson.“We preach to our kids to expect adversity. It’s going to come,” said Thomas Stevenson Family Head Coach for Harvard Football Tim Murphy. “You just don’t know when it’s going to come, and what form it’s going to come in, but we have to embrace that challenge. And that’s when you find out what your true character is. I think it was evident today that that’s the way our kids are. They never give up.”“Lehigh did a great job,” said Ajayi, whose fumble forcing sack saved the day. “We respect them throughout, but at the same time we believe that if we execute, we have the ability to make a big play at any time, and turn things around.”Last year’s loss against Lehigh came on a Harvard fumble — with 30 seconds left in the game — that was returned for a touchdown. It was Harvard’s second heartbreaking loss of that season, and dropped them to a 1-2 record.Murphy admitted that the bitter taste from last year’s loss gave his team extra fire. “I think it gave us a significant amount of motivation. … It was a really devastating loss in terms of how it happened. Last year we didn’t allow an offensive touchdown, and [still] didn’t get out of there with a victory. So from our standpoint, we really wanted to set things right. Our kids play for pride no matter what, but there’s no question that we felt we needed to win this game for a lot of reasons.”Pizzotti — who completed 62.5 percent of his passes for 302 yards and two touchdowns — was named the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this year, and moved up to third place all-time in career passing yards (4,689), fourth in pass completions (345), and fourth in passing touchdowns (29).Pizzotti will continue his assault on the Harvard record books when he leads the Crimson to Princeton (2-3; 1-1) Saturday (Oct. 25) to face the Tigers.last_img read more

Flu continues, shots do too

first_imgWith influenza activity in the Boston area continuing to increase, the Harvard community is reminded that free flu vaccines are still available to all Harvard faculty and staff through Harvard University Health Services (HUHS). The flu shots will be given on the third floor of HUHS in Holyoke Center during regular weekly office hours. Similarly, faculty and staff may also receive flu shots at satellite HUHS offices at the Longwood Medical Area, Harvard Law School, and Harvard Business School during regular office hours.last_img

Toyota drivers sweep Stages 1, 2, 3 in Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte

first_imgRELATED: FAQ for race format | Updated stage pointsSTAGE 3: Denny Hamlin continued the Toyota trend of the evening with the manufacturer sweeping the Coca-Cola 600 stages Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.The Joe Gibbs Racing driver led Stage 3 after a wild restart with just three laps to go. The restart shuffled back the dominant car of Martin Truex Jr., who had won Stage 2 and appeared set to land another stage victory before a late-stage caution. It’s Hamlin’s second stage win of the season.Behind Hamlin was a duo of JGR drivers in Stage 1 winner Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth, followed by Furniture Row Racing teammates Truex and Erik Jones to round out the top five.Kyle Larson, who picked up race points in both of the first two stages, hit the wall with eight laps remaining to bring out a caution and send his No. 42 Chevrolet to pit road for repairs.RELATED: See sparks fly in Larson’s wreckSTAGE 2: Defending race-winner Martin Truex Jr. had to withstand nearly a two-hour weather delay but emerged victorious in Stage 2 of Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway for his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series-leading sixth stage win of the season.Behind Truex were Jimmie Johnson in the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, Matt Kenseth in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 Toyota, Stage 1 winner Kyle Busch in the No. 18 JGR Toyota and Kurt Busch in the No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford.Truex was second in Stage 1 and has led 108 laps through the first 200.Ryan Blaney, seventh in Stage 1, was forced to the garage in Stage 2 with a broken axle. He returned to the race later in the stage.STAGE 1:Kyle Busch led 34 of the first 100 laps of Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, giving his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing the Stage 1 win. This marks Busch’s third stage win of the season.Defending winner Martin Truex Jr. and pole-winner Kevin Harvick hit the start/finish line behind Busch in their No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota and No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford, respectively.Four-time winner Jimmie Johnson’s No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet and Matt Kenseth’s No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota rounded out the top five.The top 10 finishers in both Stage 1, Stage 2 and — for the four-stage Coca-Cola 600 only — Stage 3 receive race points. The race winner will receive 40 points and five playoff points at the conclusion of the Final Stage.Stage 1 results 4. Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing7 FinishDriverTeamRace points 5. Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing6  1. Kyle Busch  Joe Gibbs Racing 10 5. Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing6 6. Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing5 FinishDriverTeamRace points  1. Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing 10 7. Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing4 9. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports2 9. Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing2 10. Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing1 8. Erik Jones Furniture Row Racing3  1. Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing 10 Stage 3 results 2. Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing9 5. Erik Jones Furniture Row Racing6 4. Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports7center_img 3. Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing8 6. Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing5 8. Daniel Suarez Joe Gibbs Racing3 Stage 2 results FinishDriverTeamRace points 7. Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing4 3. Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing8 4. Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing7 9. Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing2 2. Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing9 7. Ryan Blaney Wood Brothers Racing4 10. Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing1 6. Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing5 8. Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing3 3. Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing8 2. Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports9 10. Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing1last_img read more

Keselowski has hopes for contract extension with Team Penske

first_imgRELATED: Keselowski’s Darlington throwback | Full schedule for Michigan, GatewayWith the 2012 championship and 22 of his 23 race trophies coming as a Team Penske driver, Brad Keselowski confirmed Tuesday that his hope and intention is to re-up with Roger Penske and extend his contract with the team.Asked in a Tuesday teleconference why a new agreement to drive the famous No. 2 Miller Lite Ford hasn’t been signed yet, the soon-to-be free agent Keselowski chuckled a bit before assuring that he feels a contract extension with his team is imminent.“Well, that’s a great question, one that I hope to have answered very, very soon,” Keselowski allowed. “And I can tell you that I’ve gone a long ways in my life and career with the help of Roger and all Team Penske and I hope to continue to do so. So I think that’s all I can say really at the moment.”Since taking a job at Penske, Keselowski, 33, has provided plenty of reasons for the team to re-sign him to a contract. In addition to the wins and championship, Keselowski has 126 top-10 finishes in 283 starts – 44 percent of his race starts – and he has won Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at 15 of the circuit’s 23 tracks.The series visits one track still to be checked off the win list for the former champ, Keselowski’s home-state Michigan International Speedway – site of Sunday’s FireKeepers Casino 400 (3 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM).Keselowski conceded that earlier in his eight-year full-time Cup career, he felt a lot of pressure – from himself and others – to score a win at Michigan. Now, the years and the accomplishments have helped form perspective, and the Rochester Hills native says he is in a great place headed to the track this week.“You know, earlier in my career it used to feel like a ton of pressure,” Keselowski said. “But as of late, I don’t seem to feel quite as pressured by it. I think maybe that’s just changes in my life or changes in the status of my career as I’ve become more established.“But now I just look at it and I think of how amazing it is to run well there, and I don’t seem to get stressed about if I don’t run well there. And that’s been good. But I would say it certainly affects people in different ways. And in my case it’s affected me differently as I’ve grown older.”Keselowski already has two wins this season and snapped a two-race DNF streak with a fifth-place showing at Pocono Raceway on Sunday. In addition to his two wins, Keselowski has three runner-up finishes in 2017 and is fifth in the season points standings.He’s finished no worse than ninth in his last six starts at the 2-mile Michigan track – with top-five showings in his last two. He was fourth in this race in 2016 and third in the second Michigan race.And the summer beyond looks encouraging: He is the defending winner of the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway and has three wins at Kentucky, two venues that start the series’ July swing.“There’s some great charts that show that a driver’s best years are right around age 39,” Keselowski said. “… so I still have six of the best years of my career left. And I want to see those to fruition. I’m driven to win multiple championships, and I have that opportunity.“And it’s more of a waste for me to not see that opportunity and make the most of it or at least take it than it would be to even have an injury in that time span.“So I’m going to make the most of it and I’m looking forward to it.”last_img read more

Brad Paisley honors Dale Jr.’s last ride with JR Nation Appreci88ion Tour concert

first_imgCONCORD, N.C. — Before drivers battle in the afternoon sun during the Oct. 8 Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, stars will shine the night before at zMAX Dragway when award-winning country music singer, songwriter, guitarist and entertainer Brad Paisley lights up zMAX Dragway with a spectacular pre-race concert.Paisley revs up his involvement in America’s most high-octane sport with a rocking salute to race fans with hometown hero Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s JR Nation Appreci88ion Tour.While Paisley and Earnhardt are prominent models of success in their chosen fields, fans who attend this year’s Bank of America 500 will win big as well.Paisley’s concert is open exclusively to Bank of America 500 ticketholders. As an added incentive, fans who buy two adult tickets to this year’s Bank of America 500 — Earnhardt’s final Charlotte Motor Speedway start as a full-time driver — will receive concert admission and a commemorative Earnhardt bobblehead while supplies last. Tickets are available as a two-pack for $88.TICKETS:Kids 13 and under can get into the Bank of America 500 for just $10. As a salute to Earnhardt’s final race, adult tickets are available as a two-pack for $88. For tickets, camping and upgrades, fans can call the ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or shop online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.last_img read more

At the shop with Joe Gibbs Racing

first_imgNASCAR.com spent Tuesday at Joe Gibbs Racing in Huntersville, North Carolina. During the visit, our team got to know theirs a little better, sitting down with drivers Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth and Daniel Suarez as well as team owner Joe Gibbs and their four Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series crew chiefs.Stay tuned this week as NASCAR.com features unique, all-access content.VIDEO: Joe Gibbs Racing drivers offer takes on their teammates personalities JGR’s push for excellence extends to pit crew training Suarez earns praise from veteran teammates VIDEO: Denny Hamlin, Mike Wheeler talk penaltiesHamlin relying on JGR’s deep bench to duplicate Chicago success of ’15 center_img VIDEO: Joe Gibbs Racing crew chiefs talk team turnaroundlast_img