The Week In Music: Kibbles 'N Metallica
For hardcore metal fans, passion can run deep. These days some metal fans won't hesitate to shell out hundreds of dollars for tickets to see their favorite band live, but some are willing to put their money where their mouth is, literally. A radio station in Sydney held a contest giving five fans a chance to win tickets to see GRAMMY-winning metal masters Metallica during their Australian tour. Metallica fan Marcello, donning a sleeveless Slipknot T-shirt, drew the "disgusting" contest challenge, which entailed eating a spoonful of gourmet dog food for two tickets. Proving that "Nothing Else Matters" but Metallica tickets, Marcello scarfed down the chow in a manner that would have made Lemmy Kilmister proud. While we give Marcello a 9.0 on the devil horn metal scale for this particular feat, we can only wonder what he would do for Slipknot tickets….
Is this the real life? Or is this just fantasy? No, it's true. Queen is gearing up to release 15 remastered studio albums in 2011 as part of their newly signed record deal with Universal Music Group, signaling the end of their tenure with EMI Music Group. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the band's storied career, their first five albums — Queen, Queen II, Sheer Attack, A Night At The Opera, and A Day At The Races — will be released in March. "We are very excited, after all this time, to be embarking on a new phase of our career, with a new record company, with new ideas, and new dreams," said guitarist Brian May. We can safely guarantee that these remastered albums will…rock you. Rock you.
In related record label news, self-proclaimed "Antichrist Superstar" Marilyn Manson has ended his contract with Interscope Records and signed a deal with UK-based indie label Cooking Vinyl. The new deal will see Manson team with the company to form Hell, etc., a new label under which he will release a new album in 2011. "We will always be our worst audience, until we stop being an audience and start being an artist," said Manson. "Any art is flesh and blood, no matter how you perform, decorate or display it. But we all want the passionate horror of that blood. And blood is what I am here to bring." For sanitary reasons, we hope the new album is blood-free.
Eight w-w-w-wax versions of pop songstress Lady Gaga will be unveiled at Madame Tussauds locations worldwide on Dec. 9, with each figure sporting one of the artist's famed outfits, including the lace body outfit she wore at the Brit Awards. The project, which reportedly cost approximately $2.4 million, will showcase wax Gagas in London, Amsterdam, Berlin, New York, Hollywood, Calif., Las Vegas, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. Thankfully, the wax job is monster-sanctioned, as Gaga's band of little monsters was consulted on the figures' fashions.
It's his life, but it's been a bit of a whirlwind lately. Jon Bon Jovi and his bandmates were honored with the first-ever Global Icon Award at the MTV European Music Awards last Sunday, and also performed "Livin' On A Prayer" with Rihanna. On Tuesday Bon Jovi Greatest Hits was released in two formats, including an ultimate edition featuring BJ chestnuts spanning 1984's "Runaway" to 2009's "We Weren't Born To Follow" and four new songs. That same evening, Bon Jovi played a special concert at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York. The band followed up the next day with a YouTube-broadcasted concert from Times Square, playing a set list voted by fans. Bon Jovi is scheduled to wind up their 2010 tour with dates in Japan and Australia in December, and the band also recently announced new tour dates for 2011. What's on the schedule for JBJ after that? "I'm going to sit on a beach for August, which is usually what I do, and come September figure out what's next," Bon Jovi recently told Billboard.
With GRAMMY season just around the corner, we can't help but think about all the special GRAMMY collaborations in recent years — Beyoncé and Tina Turner at the 50th Annual GRAMMY Awards, Jonas Brothers and Stevie Wonder at the 51st GRAMMYs, and the pairing of the legendary Stevie Nicks and young singer/songwriter Taylor Swift at the 52nd GRAMMYs. Taking a page from the GRAMMY playbook, on Monday night's premiere of Conan O'Brien's "Conan" on TBS, the TV personality took part in a special duet with guitarist Jack White for a rendition of Eddie Cochran's "Twenty Flight Rock."
In more duet news, on Nov. 5 Stephen Colbert (who graced the GRAMMY stage earlier this year) hosted special guest Elvis Costello on "The Colbert Report" and the duo teamed for the Everly Brothers' "All I Have To Do Is Dream," featuring a surprisingly serious attempt on Colbert's part. Could this be part of a new late-night television duo trend? If so, we have a couple of suggestions for future collaborations: "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" by Jay Leno and Ke$ha, and "Baby" by David Letterman and Justin Bieber.
Ke$ha's "We R Who We Are" is No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, while the Glee Cast's version of "Teenage Dream" is No. 1 on the iTunes singles chart.
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