Ian Anderson and "Progressive Rock" Defined

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Prog Rock progressive rock whatever you may call it- could never come back. These ‘epic’ albums just don’t fit in with our ADD gimme now world. Then again I cant help but think Jethro Tull wouldn’t make it in today’s world and that’s just sad to consider.

The Death of the Autograph per Taylor Swift

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Who cares if someone wrote on your paper? I suppose for those who use them as auction items its a good thing- there is a strong market for them, but I don’t really care about ink unless its needled into my arm. The prize for meeting your idol is a photograph, the infamous ‘selfie’.

Morrissey Speaks!, Not To Us… and not much.

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Twitter lit up like a nuclear reactor as people started scrambling to tabulate airfares and ticket costs and jump the line scenarios. See those crazy Brits haven’t had a dose of Mozza in years and well this is their big chance. Its an endearing thing to watch the excitement mount but didja notice there is no dates in England

$200 Interview Rights, Featuring Black Veil Brides

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Pay 200 clams and get press credentials to a show with photo pass! So THAT’S the going rate for it! You’ll get the opportunity to interview a member of the band with FIVE questions (that’s spelled out so don’t think of four or six), you’ll get to go in the photo pit for the first three songs (no flash!) just like the real photogs

TicketNetwork Makes Nice With The FTC

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In a nutshell, TN would make you redirect from a venue representing itself as the ‘official’ ticket seller for places like Radio City Music Hall. So the consumer felt they were buying direct but they were actually purchasing bumped up tickets from a reseller.

Morrissey's Bodyguard Is Suing Him

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Morrissey has a few camps of fans. The know it alls who can tell you the number of hairs on his ass cheeks and his pulse rate at each recording session, the ones who dig his music his politics, and think he’s a fox (that’s me!) and the Uber psychotics who live in worlds of fan fiction and verbal muscle tactics. Everyone wants a piece of the guy and someone’s gonna get one.

University of Connecticut CT Scans Instruments And Im Paying For It

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So we all love instruments right? I mean hell we love music so when we stumble across a French horn at a yard sale and its missing a valve or two.. there is hope. Well there is now- cuz the crazy kids and professors at UCONN have figured out how to use a CT scan to look inside instruments. Are ya stoked?!

Ted Nugent Concerts- Droppin' Like Flys

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An avid hunter, there is no way Nugent wouldn’t be on my most hated list. His twisted political views and obnoxious delivery just solidifies my hatred of the “Wango Tango” trash. It seems I am not alone in my lack of appreciation for the man.

Duran Duran Sues Fan Club

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The charge is inaccurate accounting and failure to pay its royalties. See what happens here is a band hires a company to collect memberships and sell its merch. In the case of DD they were to get 75% of the profit but the til was a bit light. $40,000.00 light to be exacted

Unlocking the Truth Teenage Wonder Kids

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But when they’re young we can exploit the hell out of them so kudos to Penguin Press for offering the boys a book deal…what? The book is to be a chronicle of their “path to success”. What the hell, are you kidding me?

Farm Aid 2014 Line UP

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The event has released its 2014 line up and surprise!! Jack White is on board. The ghastly man who is the color of milk fed veal will bring his sound to Raleigh North Carolina s Walnut Creek Amphitheater on September 13th.

Elton Johns Biopic, In The Works

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Lee Hall, whose previous work includes the mega hit Billy Elliot, is the writer of Rocketman and had tons to say to the BBC “I’ve been working on it with Elton for long time. It’s an absolutely huge, crazy technicolor affair,

Oliver Sykes of Bring Me The Horizon Addiction Admission

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Alternative Press Magazine Music Awards was the stage in which Sykes decided to let us in on his addiction. There is something about winning an award that makes people want to spill their beans. We could have done without this but hey it was all for good purpose I suppose

Steven Tyler, Sticking Up For the Farm Animals

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Massachusetts holds a very special place in my heart. That’s why I was thrilled to learn from my friends at The Humane Society Of The United States about a critical bill that would ban the extreme confinement of animals used for food”

Rob Zombie Cuts Set Short, Proceeds To Gross Us Out

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Thousands of people have paid to see you, made travel arrangements and plans (some more elaborate than others) just to stare at you for a few hours. If you don’t make it- that’s it- refunds are fine but honestly its the effort that it requires that makes it so awful.

Punk Rock Starter Kit, Availabe Via Etsy

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We all want to be punk rockers but where oh where do you start? There is so much to know and what exactly should you wear? Its tricky, you dont want to be mistaken for a biker or a goth, you want to be a legit punk rocker- and I know, youre worried someone will confuse you with bands, Avril? Joan?

How To Get Kicked of Warped Tour (For A Day)

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Word is out that Volumes, a band you’ve never heard of, were booted off the MI date by Kevin Lyman himself. The reasons are vague but it seems that the kids had a wild time at a Walmart. This includes trashing the store and reportedly pissing on it as well, there was also some speak of coke snorting but hey man.. whatevs.

MTV VMA Nominations… Same Ol' Thang

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We at rocknyc should really have our own awards show- we have a wider range and more snarky opinions and if it were my category, it’d be “The Artists Who Pissed Me off The Most”, let me tell ya kids, that’d be one long nomination list.

KISS Las Vegas Residency

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So how perfect is it that these cats are going to be parking their codpieces at that early bird buffet in Las Vegas? Yup, get the O2 tank and Metamucil cuz The Hard Rock Cafe music hall The Joint is keeping the guys for a 9 show residency. Is it a residency if its that limited?

Rock Hall of Fame Stoops to New Lows

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Having been surrounded by memorabilia (and the household goods!) of King Elvis Presley I can tell you that looking at a jumpsuit is really worthless unless the artist is in it. I suppose from a stalker vantage rock swag is interesting but I could really couldn’t care less about Beyonce’s shoes

Television Lite: July 21st- July 25th, 2014

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Bam, we are nearly in the middle of summer and what have you done to celebrate it? Well do something! These are the days you wish for all year of fun sun and kool aid so why the hell are you watching television? No one worth mentioning but in keeping with tradition I wont scrap the whole post this week. LL Cool J.. there ya go.. that’s all.

Blondie Calling it Quits?

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‘By the time we get to beautiful Vancouver, B.C., we will have toured Europe, played Glastonbury and done a number of big festivals in North America. for the rumours of the last tour, we’ve decided we’ll live forever. But Debbie, is older than me and has hinted it could be time. Obviously without her, there is no Blondie.

Randy Blythe of Lamb of God Gives Props To Tommy Ramone

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Yeah its just how we are us crazy humans, once you dead you’re a legend, something to look forward to for all of us I suppose. Randy Blythe took to Instagram to genuflect to the drummer and as much as I dig Blythe, his intellectual blather is starting to irk me

When All Else Fails KISS To The Rescue!

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As for Gene…, “I certainly see him as a brother, although we don’t always agree on how to treat your brother. At the end of the day, I know he will be there for me and me for him.” However, Stanley also had some issues with Simmons at points in KISS’ career

Morrissey's Big 10 Inch

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I woke to find numerous fans selling copies of the disc for upward of $50.00. WHAT?! The fucking thing cost $1.99! And that’s when it hit me, people are the same everywhere. Supply and demand right? Profit from your own good fortune right? To me its no different than fucking your brother- just a sleaze bag primal instinct without any moral compass.

Television Lite; July 14th – July 18th, 2014

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Lil Jon! That’s about it my dears. A guy whose voice sounds so pissed off its terrifying is sitting down on the interview couch this week to intimidate Wendy Williams (who is pretty beast come to think of it). There is also Phish, who should give Fallon a contact high (and maybe you at home as well) with their jam band nonsense

Priscilla Presley Tells Fans To "Calm Down"

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But the king liked the young ones so she scored the gig and despite dumping him she still has control over the dead legends estate and gets that monthly check. To me it should 100% belong to Lisa Marie but hey I’m not a Presley so what should I care.

The Crips, The Bloods and The Juggalos

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Granted the Juggerz wear face paint and adorn themselves in jewelry with a man with a hatchet as its emblem but the majority of them can only heft themselves out of their pickup trucks, to grab another beer. A gang? I Gang of sad if you ask me.

Bret Gurewitz Animal Rights Activist

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“I don’t feel that animals should be kept in zoos. I don’t feel that animals should be kept in inhumane conditions. I feel that every sentient creature has a right to not suffer unnecessarily.”

Jimmy Page Wants To Be Led Zeppelin

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Honest to god why these old timers want to ruin their cool images but hitting the stage again is beyond me. You cannot be the band you were at 20 when you’re 60 but this Peter Pan ideal is hanging tough. Just like ‘super’ models rock bands have a shelf life. I don’t know about you but i don’t want a “Whole Lot of Love” from those guys

Shakira Will Close The World Cup

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The Latin artist will be the last hurrah of the World Cup Soccer Tournament in Brazil on July 13th. The disappointments have been huge this year with both England and America bombing out too early. Shit happens, life goes on but for a few weeks seemed that this was the number one topic at the water cooler.

Lostprophets No More, Introducing No Devotion

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Since the band was done and Watkins ended up in the clink there the question remained… now what? Well it didn’t take long to find out what. Wisely rising up from the diaper mess is a new band called No Devotion. A fresh start so to speak and a band who would be getting zero attention if not for their uncomfortable past.

Chicago's Riot Fest Creates Citizen Unrest

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One resident said the music at last year’s Riot Fest was so loud he had to close his windows. “I don’t want the traffic and the noise and the nasty things that are sold there,” Avery said. “Hold your riot someplace else, and let us Byers residents live in peace and quiet.”

Ian Anderson Speaks, But Not To Us

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If you’re going to do stuff that is sometimes quite heavy and has serious imagery attached to it and conceptually is a bit out of the comfort zone for a lot of people, whether it’s in Latin or in English … you have to make it entertaining.

Holy Ship! On The Water Rave 2015

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The Holy Ship! Cruise is a great opportunity to party it up on the wide open sea this go round there are two tours of duty January 3rd – 5th with a stop at Half Moon Cay, Bahamas, and from February 18th – 21st with excursions at Nassau, Bahamas and Coco Cay, Bahamas