The Catholic League Attacked David Bowie’s clip “The Next Day”

David Bowie’s latest video “The Next Day” has certainly drawn much popularity from catholic league. Bowie was called “switch-hitting, bisexual, senior citizen from London” who is “nothing if not confused about religion” by the catholic league in a statement issued just after an hour of the video upload. “The Next Day” which is directed by Floria Sigusmundi and penned by Bowie, is the title track from his 24th studio effort.

David Bowie

The Next Day video shows that the homeless were punched by a priest (played by Gary Oldman). Bowie is singing from stage and is wearing clothes as Jesus along with a misty nightclub of priests and poorly dressed women with the female lead played by Marion Cotillard.

Catholic League president Bill Donohue criticized this effort of Bowie greatly and publicly told that he believes Bowie is confused about the religion. According to Billboard, YouTube had also removed this clip for allegedly violating terms of service but then had to return quickly after the site determined it had made an error.

This is not the first time that Bowie and catholic league have come face to face. In 1997 when Bowie depicted himself as Jesus for a promotional Ad in Pulse Magazine, he was called out by the League. Thus the encounter on Bowie by the league has a history as well.

Catholic league has attacked many other artists as well like Lady Gaga recently for using words which didn’t suit the Catholic League like “Judas”.

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Women Power in Rock & Roll

From the inception of rock and roll music, it was dominated by men. But since 1960 some changes started occurring gradually. These changes included introduction of female rock artists on the global platform of music. Few of the top woman rock n roll artists are Patti Smith also known as Godmother of punk, Janis Joplin, Stevie Nicks, Suzi Quatro.

Patti Smith

It was harder for women to enter this male centric music world and they also faced many problems like unfair pay, sexual aggression, exclusion, exploitation. But they managed quite well. They always had risen out to challenges like fight over audience, critics, bandmates. In 1977, Patti smith a rock singer explained it’s really hard to work in rock and roll. Here are few more stories of some well known women rock artists.

In the 1960’s, The queen of rock “Janis Joplin” started her career with never give up attitude. It is considered as the beginning of women rock artists but it was a tragic career in rock history too. She knew that she was stepping into boys playground, and to give men a strong competition she became the loudest ,toughest and boldest person. She even started drinking, smoking and consumed drugs too. Her stage performances were explosive. Unfortunately because of heroin overdose on 4th October, 1970 she died.

Stevie Nicks is another name in this list. She was one of the top rock artist of 1970s and she is also considered as the most selling rock artist in the history of rock for her group Fleetwood Mac. She transformed this normal group in to extraordinary one.

41 Greatest Classic Rock Bands

Rock music world has got numerous genres but still today the classical rock music has its own different place in the wide rock music world. Classical rock music has got its own different & diversified style, pattern, manner and technique that separate it from other rock music forms. Even today Classical rock era is considered the Golden era of the rock music world. But have you ever wondered about the greatest artists of classical rock that have contributed devotedly in making classical rock so special? This article is a tribute to all such classical rock bands that with their unique fashion, technique and a Midas touch of music has left the world mesmerized.

Classic Rock Bands List

Here we are portraying world’s 25 greatest classic rock artists classical rock world ever had.

  1. The Beatles
  2. The Rolling Stones
  3. The Who
  4. Led Zeppelin
  5. Jimi Hendrix
  6. Bob Dylan
  7. The Doors
  8. Pink Floyd
  9. Eric Clapton
  10. Elton John
  11. John Lennon
  12. Eric Clapton
  13. Queen
  14. Eagles
  15. Fleetwood Mac
  16. David Bowie
  17. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
  18. Creedence Clearwater Revival
  19. Paul McCartney
  20. Aerosmith
  21. Van Morrison
  22. Cream
  23. Grateful Dead
  24. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  25. The Byrds
  26. AC/DC
  27. The Kinks
  28. Black Sabbath
  29. Alice Cooper
  30. The Allman Brothers Band
  31. Billy Joel
  32. Rod Stewart
  33. Peter Gabriel
  34. The Band
  35. The Moody Blues
  36. Deep Purple
  37. Bob Seger
  38. Genesis
  39. Tommy James & The Shondells
  40. Electric Light Orchestra
  41. ZZ Top

7 Lesser Known Facts about the Beatles

The Beatles

Beatles is a name that needs no introduction in the field of music. If you are big fan of the Beatles you must know following unknown facts about the band:

  1. In the initial days of the Beatles formation, Lennon thought that George Harrison is too young to join as he was just fourteen at that time. But later Lennon was impressed with his determination for singing and he was selected as the main lead guitarist.
  2. Stuart Sutcliffe, the Lennon’s art school friend had sold one of his paintings to buy a guitar. He recommended the band’s name Buddy Holly and the Crickets.
  3. The band got the one month termination notice when Koschmider came to know that they had been performing at the rival Top Ten Club which was against their contract and revealed the underage of Harrison to the German authorities.
  4. The band’ first recording was done in EMI’s Abey road studio under the direction of Martin where Best was replaced with Ringo Starr.
  5. The major partnership of song writing of Lennon and McCartney lead the band’s success but they bound Harrison’s as a lead vocalist because of his unprofessional behaviour.
  6. In 1963, the Beatles recorded the album ‘please please me’ and they get the resounding success in this. The song reached the number one in ‘record retailer’ in London.
  7. The Beatles tenth capitol album ‘yesterday and today’ the initial album cover was banned and then modified it by using friendly pictures.

Bonus: The Beatles: 1962 – Love Me Do – BBC Documentary

5 Cool Tie-Dye Folding Techniques

Tie-dye is a bright and colorful pattern made famous during the 1960s. Still popular today, you can tie-dye your own clothes to save money and make unique designs by using any one of the standard tie-dying techniques.

A significant part of tie-dying is the folding. How you fold your garment determines what type of color pattern you`ll get when you`re done. Try out different folding styles to create unique patterns for your tie-dyed clothes.

Knot

Knoting

For knot tying, which is the basic form, you`ll need to hold the material at both ends and twist it into a rope. The rope is then tied into a knot that you should tighten, but be careful that you don`t damage the material. Make as many knots as you want for your pattern. You can use string or rubber bands to hold the knots in place and add thin lines to your finished patterns.

Spirals

Spirals

Spirals give a swirled look to your clothing. Start by laying the fabric on a flat surface and put your thumb and two fingers on the spot for the design`s center. Use the weight from your hand to hold the material steady as you twist. You`ll need to flatten the material with your free hand each time you twist so you don`t have folds popping up. Keep twisting until you almost have a “fat pancake” look to your fabric.

Use as many rubber bands as you can to keep the pancake together, intersecting the bands at the center without disturbing the fabric`s shape. If you`re going to immerse the fabric into the dye, just set the pancake into the bath and don`t stir.

Bunching

Bunching

Electric bunching is simple and will give you a wild pattern, but it works best on thinner fabrics. Simply gather the fabric into little bunches until it`s ball-shaped. Leave as much of the cloth`s surface exposed as you can and use rubber bands or strings to keep it together. When you put the ball into the dye bath, don`t stir. Turn it over occasionally instead.

Rosette

Rosettes

Rosette is a circular pattern in which you`ll have small circles overlapping or touching in your finished product. Use a pencil to make little dots on the cloth in whatever pattern you choose. The dots will be the centers of your circles.

Using your thumb and forefinger, pick up each dot and move it to your other hand. Use rubber bands or strings tightly around the base of the circles and wrap to the tip and back. Your ties must be tight to get the correct pattern.

Stripes

Stripes

Roll your fabric into a loose tube, from bottom to top. Tie into spots you want stripes to run down. You`ll need to loop rubber bands around the tube or use string and knot before immersing in dye or squirting your color on.

Use your imagination to create different styles using folding techniques and different color dyes available on the market today. Informational providers, accessed when you these guys, have dye hints and other useful advice available.

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Interesting Facts about Motley Crue

Motley Crue, an American heavy metal band that rose to fame in the 1980s, formed in Los Angeles in 1981. Lead singer Vince Neil, drummer Tommy Lee, bassist Nikki Sixx and lead guitarist Mick Mars took the music scene by storm, with number one hit albums such as “Dr. Feelgood” and “Girls, Girls, Girls.” The band was almost as famous for the hard partying lifestyles of the members as it was for the music, making for some interesting facts.

Motley Crue

The First Singer

The first singer of Motley Crue was a man known as O`Dean. Nikki, Mick and Tommy, while the band was still nameless, decided they didn`t care for his vocal pitch or his refusal to work well with the other band members. When they fired him, Mick recommended the lead singer of Rockandi, Vince Neil.

Mottley Cru

Mick`s first band name suggestion was “Mottley Cru,” something he`d seen and jotted down. Nikki Sixx liked the name but not the spelling, changing it to “Motley Crue.”

June 6, 1981

The sixth of June in 1981 was the band`s first official gig together, at the Troubadour. They set a record for attendance and Vince Neil learned a few things from David Lee Roth of Van Halen, who liked the band and took the time to offer some industry insight.

Coffman`s Fines

Determined to make the band a professional hit, manager Allan Coffman imposed a fine system in July of 1981. Any unprofessional behavior merited a fine, such as $20 if a member showed up to a rehearsal with a hangover.

Stephen Pearcy

Stephen Pearcy, singer of another popular 1980s band, Ratt, was offered the job as lead singer by Nikki Sixx in late 1981. Sixx was frustrated with Vince Neil, especially after Neil refused to wear a Santa suit he had made for a Christmas show at the Country Club.

Tattoos

While many people associated the Crue members with tattoos, singer Vince Neil didn`t get one until 1982. His first of many designs is a snake with a music note.

Weight Loss

By 1983, Motley Crue had new management. Doug Thaler, part of the new team, visited the members weeks prior to their tour as an opening act for Kiss. Thaler recommended they lose about 20 pounds each to be in better shape for the tour. Each member lost at least 10 pounds when Thaler returned a couple of weeks later.

Kiss Tour

Motley Crue only opened for Kiss for five shows before they were kicked off the tour by Gene Simmons of Kiss. Reportedly, Simmons was unhappy with the band`s behavior, but Doug Thaler believed it was because the band was outshining Kiss.

1984

In 1984, Motley Crue toured with legend, Ozzy Osbourne, who took an instant liking to the band and was often seen partying with them.

Shout at the Devil

The 1984 album, Shout at the Devil became the band`s first platinum album, with over a million copies sold.

Motley Crue was also known for their wild looks, which often involved mixing biker style clothes, such as Hurley Clothes and more glam rock elements. As the music scene changed, the glam elements, such as makeup, were dropped.

Bonus: Motley Crue – Live at Glen Helen Regional Park, USA 1983 [Full Concert]

Facts About Punk Music

Punk rock is a renowned term with which most of the rock fans are aware. Punk music is a division of rock genre that emerged during the mid 1970s. Regions like United States, United Kingdom and Australia saw the origination of punk music in the initial stages.
The musical effect composed by punk bands were composed with petite songs with the background of hard-edged and fast music, however, its roots can be traced to garage rock and protopunk music genre. Apart from the musical impact made by Punk music genre, the same stayed a powerful factor in influencing younger generation in their fashion, outlooks and culture by their different performance styles. Since, the punk music paved way for several talented and popular artists. These artists singed off from this band and formed individual styles of sub genres.

Punk
Chronological observation reveals the detail that media approach in New York gave a break for the publicity of the term PUNK globally. Some of the controversial slogans like “Please kill me” encrypted over artists costumes, a soviet hammer and sickle motive selected for their stage show, are remarkable influences of Punk band. The lifestyle that was adopted by people after seeing the punk followers’ inspiration on punk fashion stayed another factor that motivated people to consider certain convictions for granted. Social issues like drugs, racism, change in morals, etc. Moreover, punk genre stayed a prominent influencing factor for people to consider its music as a form of artists own perspective.

Janis Joplin vs Amy Lee – Who Is More Popular?

Most of the times, when we think about rock music, we only associate male rock artists with it.

Here are two famous female rock artists:

Janis Joplin

Janis JoplinJanis Joplin was an amazing female rock star of 1960. She was the great singer who performed in many pop and folk music albums. She looked marvellous in her exclusive outfits and unique style. Joplin unlocked the door for the generation of female rock artists with his style of singing. She always delivered awesome live performances where she performed with grace and elegance. Janis Joplin tried to express her feelings with help of music. She finally got a perfect musical match for her singing style in her last album “Pearl” which she considered the best and successful, performed with her band Full Tilt Boogie. Unfortunately, the album was released when she passed away because of the overdose of alcohol in 1970.

Amy Lee

Amy LeeAmy Lee is the one of the best female rock artist. She has the unique style of singing as she can bring so much of variation in notes. She is the lead singer in the rock band “Evanescence” which was founded by her. She has worked in some other musical projects with other rock singers. She got a style to engage her audience and always performed in dazzling way. Apart from this, she is a great person with great heart and always ready to cooperate with other rock band star. In musical industry, her voice is considered to be best amongst the other rock artist.

3 Toughest Music Instruments to Learn

There are numerous musical instruments that are used for variety of musical purposes. However, the three most toughest music instruments to learn are:

Violin:

violinIn advance stages of learning, violin player find it quite interesting and pleasing instrument. But with the passage of time, they start believing that learning path of violin is not easy but a long learning process. Violin players should always be prepared to practice difficult techniques every day. The toughest factors for violin are its bow technique, unusual positioning and correct finger placing on the note. The violin practice is critical but if you focus, you can really improve. You need to have patience to learn violin, the toughest music instrument.

Shenandoah Violin Solo – Mairead Nesbitt

 

Flute:

FluteFlute is the interesting music instrument to learn and play. Playing flute is not easy as it requires the proper combination of breathing and your hands. It would be better if you join learning session for flute. Lot of practice and your hard work will definitely help you to gain the perfection in this. The material of the flute and its quality significantly affect the flute playing. It is advisable that before buying the flute, you should always ask professionals.

Rhonda Larson performs her flute solo, “Be Still My Soul”

Tabla:

TablaThe playing technique for tabla is quite difficult as it involves the extensive use of the fingers and palms to produce different sounds. Learning tabla requires a lot of concentration and attentiveness. The modulating effect of the drum makes it unique amongst the other music instrument.

Tabla Solo By PT. Yogesh Samsiji Part 3