RADIOHEAD BACK PIRACY LAWS

Fans of Radiohead who are looking forward for their next show might find it interesting to know that the English rock band has expressed opposition to the proposed laws regarding piracy in the US Senate.

The two bills, namely, the SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and the PIPA (Protect Intellectual Property Act) were recently put forward in the US Senate by Rep. Lamar Smith and Senator Patrick Leahy respectively.
The bills aim to curb online piracy of copyrighted intellectual property. However, these bills were met with widespread criticism worldwide from proponents who believe that these bills could ultimately lead to internet censorship.

Although these bills are trying to keep in mind the interest of the entertainers, many musicians have stepped forward and openly demonstrated their stance against these proposals. Radiohead has even gone forward and created a "Stop PIPA" link at their website that will allow their fans voice disapproval against the aforementioned bill.

Remembered: Led Zeppelin

The 70s and 80s was an era of and the introduction of Heavy Metal. One of the leading bands who helped introduce and make heavy metal popular was Led Zeppelin.

Led Zeppelin was an English rock band formed in 1968 by Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham. Prior to being labeled Led Zeppelin, the group came together as “The Yardbirds” a band that Eric Clapton once played lead guitar for. After Clapton left, the band later reformed under a new name, came to America and before long sold over 200 million albums worldwide including 111.5 million certified units in the United States. The band Led Zeppelin also ranked #1 on VH1′s 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.
Led Zeppelin released their first album in 1969 during their first U.S. tour. The album was considered a nice blend of blues, folk and eastern influences.

Buy: Whitesnake Live at Donnington 1990

Hot on the heels of the excellent Forevermore is the release of live album that was recorded at the 1990 Monsters of Rock at Castle Donington (a show that included Aerosmith, Poison, the Quireboys and Thunder). At that time, Whitesnake was still touring in promotion of Slip of the Tongue. There are no less than six tracks from that album played here and while that album is generally regarded as a misstep in the band’s catalog (though I think opinions have begun to mellow), the material seems to go over fairly well with this crowd.

Review: This is Gonna Hurt

Nikki’s side-project is at it again and, no surprise, he’s doing the dual promotion thing by releasing a collection of photos and personal stories called “This Is Gonna Hurt: Music, Photography And Life Through The Distorted Lens of Nikki Sixx” at the same time. I haven’t picked the book up yet but I’m hearing good things about it so I plan on doing it soon. The difference this time is that The Heroin Diaries served as a soundtrack to the book of the same name where as there is only a loose theme connecting the album and book. Basically, the theme is that beauty can be found in anything and anyone and not necessarily in what society deems to be “beautiful”. “Lies Of The Beautiful People” and “Skin” deal with this idea explicitly.

Review: Judas Priest

Judas Priest are clearly one of heavy metal's most notable bands if only because in true metal spirit they never die. But the most enjoyable aspect of heavy metal isn't the power or the loudness, it's the endless, fruitless discussion over what actually constitutes "heavy metal."

First, there was the dubious distinction between "hard rock" and "heavy metal," then, of course, "punk" vs. "metal," then we had "crossover" bands who polluted the waters still. Now, with grindcore, screamo and other sub-varieties that make you wonder where are the "Log Cabin Metallists," it's to the point where you could argue that Cher and Ween should qualify somehow.