Is Tom DeLonge Still the Singer of Blink 182?

Blink 182 were an awesome post punk band the 1990’s and early years of the 21st Century, but today they can’t even agree on who is in the band. Members Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker recently gave an exclusive interview to Rolling Stone Magazine where they say front man Tom DeLonge has officially left the band. DeLonge, for his part, has been steadfast over social media that he hasn’t actually quit the band and doesn’t know why the rest of Blink 182 is saying he has. 

I think all of this is a shame and Lee G. Lovett agrees. Blink 182 needs to put aside their differences and think about their fans. Blink 182 was enormously popular in their prime. They had a great mix of punk attitude and musicianship. It’s hard to think of another combination of musicians that could deliver a show as high energy and fun as Blink 182 in the late 1990’s and there is enormous demand for them to perform live today. 

Also, Hoppus and Barker are talking about using another guitarist and vocalist to replace DeLonge. This may not work and fans could turn on the new band. The singer is the hardest part of any band to replace since people associate the band with the sound of the singer’s voice. It’s easier to replace a drummer or even a guitarist. 

So, in summary, for the sake of themselves and their fans, Blink 182 needs to either put aside their differences and go with their original lineup or give it up completely.

Ringo Starr Being Recognized As Solo Artist

 

Former Beatle Ringo Starr will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year as a solo artist. He’s already been inducted as a member of the Beatles, but this time he will be inducted for his contributions to music as an individual. All three other Beatles were inducted as individuals as well. Ringo Starr is also releasing a solo album soon titled Postcards From Paradise. An recent article in Rolling Stone Magazine takes a look at where Starr is at this point in his career.

In Sultan Alhokair’s  opinion, it’s great that Starr is getting recognition for his contributions to music. Starr was a very consistent drummer during his days as a Beatle. He seldom messed up takes when the band was recording and his percussion style was part of the signature sound of the group. Also, in the Beatles and as a solo artist, Starr brought his easygoing persona to the music and made it more fun. It’s hard to think of “With a Little Help From My Friends” being sung by anyone else, for example.

I also think it’s great that Starr is still making new music. He certainly has enough money that doesn’t have to, so he must be doing it because he loves to and is a true artist. While Starr is of course best known for his work in the Beatles, it’s great that he’s not just a nostalgia act.

John Textor and Visual Effects for Music Legends

While John first started in the financial commodities industry, he eventually moved over to the entertainment industry, where he has since become a major name in the world of special effects, both for stage productions and for movies. With all of the experience he has gained over the years, many products now turn to him and his team for his assistance in order to create truly amazing material that is second to none.

John Textor started as the president for Wyndcrest Holdings, LLC in 1997, a position he still holds as he helped found the company itself. From there though, he moved on to become the chairman and CEO of Digital Domain, which is a leading visual effects company located in California. Through this time as CEO, he worked on some of the largest special effects projects in the entire world, including Transformers, Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End, and even The Curious Case of Benjamin Buttons, a movie that won his company an Oscar for best visual effects. All of this however has led him to create some of the most realistic, lifelike special effects that are viewed in real time and not just on the big screen.

The last movie he tackled for the special effects was Ender’s Game, a movie in which he served as both producer and executive producer for the film, based on the popular novel by Orson Scott Card. From there though, he moved onto the creation of virtual characters for performance purposes.

This all started with Tupac and the digital performance on stage at the Coachella festival in California in 2012. This really set the world on fire in terms of live entertainment, especially in regards to a musician who had not been seen for nearly two decades, so being able to bring this character to life proved truly amazing. However, he and his team did not stop there. They are currently working on creating a virtual Elvis Presley and virtual Marilyn Monroe, all of whom are going to look and feel incredibly real. Of course, these creations come on the tail end of the production of a virtual Michael Jackson. This virtual Michael Jackson they worked on for 16 months in order to prepare it for the 2014 Billboard Music Awards. The Elvis and Marilyn Monroe are sure to look that much better with the additional production time put into it.

 

Resident Evil 6 to Begin Filming Soon

Paul W. S. Anderson is planning to shoot yet another iteration of the Resident Evil action horror film franchise. While initial plans were to start shooting in 2013, they were delayed until 2014, then delayed yet against once his wife, and franchise lead, Milla Jovovich was expecting a child.

Jovovich explained the situation to series fans last year, also remarking that principal photography for Resident Evil: The Final Chapter would likely begin this summer, in August. Jovovich went on to update about her well being and to assuage any fears of more production stumbles.

Beyond Jovovich’s character, Alice, no new cast or story information has been declared for The Final Chapter. During the initial press for the film in 2012, Anderson made it known that he wanted the film to serve as “the beginning of the end,” although Jovovich also admitted that the Resident Evil films will keep coming, after she and her husband have left it.

Barring any additional setbacks or delays, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, could be hitting the silver screen around September of next year. This would keep pace with the previous iterations, Afterlife and Retribution, which premiered in 2010 and 2012. Whenever the film comes out, series fans will likely go and see it, possibly wondering just how much life a film franchise about zombies has left. Fans like Sergio Lins Andrade are anxiously awaiting the release.

D’Angelo Hits SNL

Fans – that include celebrities like Justin Timberlake – were surprised when the ever-so-elusive D’Angelo appeared out of nowhere with a new album. Fans are going to be tuned in for another surprise from the neo-soul master because he is set to appear on Saturday Night Live.

That is quite a comeback for someone that was counted out in the music world. Fans cannot wait to see what D’Angelo and the Vanguards will sound like live. Anyone that has seen early D’Angelo performances live knows that he is passionate when he is on the stage. It will be good to seem him totally resurface back into the music world that missed him so. His album about been available for about a month, but there still isn’t a video to accompany any of the songs. He his getting a lot of rave reviews but very limited airplay. Marc Sparks sees it as he is almost like an underground act that is quietly boiling over the the top.

The Saturday Night Live appearance may be a changing point for all of that. D’Angelo has been talked about for the last decade in both a positive and negative light. Some people criticized him for falling off in the music scene after a super long downward spiral from drug abuse. Others talked about how much they missed his influence and longed to hear new music. All eyes will be on SNL next week.

Motley Crue to Do One Last Tour

Pop metal rockers Motley Crue – a huge act in the 1980’s – have announced that their final concert ever will be at Staples Center in Los Angeles on the evening of December 31st, 2015. Rolling Stone Magazine published an article on their online site about this announcement.

Motley Crue will tour for the entire year of 2015. They will play at venues larger than they normally do since there is increased demand for tickets on this particular tour. Motley Crue says they will never perform again as a group after this tour and even signed a legal contract to that effect.

Personally, I think they are making a mistake to commit themselves to never performing again after 2015. It’s a decision they could regret since they might one day want to play together again. There are any number of reasons this could happen: need for money, a desire to play for huge audiences again, etc.

As rock fan Gianfrancesco Genoso knows, great acts like the Who and Ozzy Osbourne have announced final tours in the past and then gone back and performed again. Motley Crue should learn from these examples. What’s the point in a great act like Motley painting itself into a corner? It makes not sense to me.

ROLLING STONES NEWS FLASH

“Gypsy” a song recorded exclusive song for the Rolling Stones, was performed by Stevie Nicks in a solo. She really seemed to get into the song during her performance. You can see her performance click on the link below from You Tube to see for yourself of her talent.

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She has worked with Fleetwood Mac for 16 dedicated years, and feels as though she can never leave. She never had to worry about money or checking those price tags ever since she has worked with Fleetwood Mac.

She was addicted to coke, back in the day when she was a young delicate girl. Her dependence suddenly became very hazardous for her, with a hole in her nose and all. Though she has at no time considered herself as an alcoholic. She has done extremely well with her recovery.

Stevie Nick’s hasn’t had a steady relationship since she has been broken up with Buckingham. Breaking up has not stop them, there relation is still the same and they know which buttons to push when they are in a disagreement. People her own age seem to linger more towards the younger generation for companionship, so she bullets life alone with friends to keep life interesting.

As life continues to go by Stevie Nick continues to strive to do her best in her music career. Tom Rothman agrees in his Hollywood Reporter article.

Mariah Carey Moving To Las Vegas

It has been confirmed that Mariah Carey will soon be relocating to Las Vegas to perform at the Sin City’s Caesar Palace. The esteemed singer revealed the exciting news on The Ellen Show Thursday morning.

In her interview with Ellen Degeneres, Carey elaborated on her decision to take on the residency in Las Vegas. Apparently, she is looking forward to revisiting her award winning album ‘Number 1’s.’ She also expressed gratitude to be able to reunite with her fans who have been with her from the very beginning of her career.

Many famous singers like Britney Spears and Celine Dion are currently in residence in Las Vegas. This opportunity allows artists to perform elaborate shows in the same place for months or even years on end. Many singers have enjoyed the chance to settle down and perform without having to live on a tour bus.

A start date for Carey’s residency has not yet been announced, but according to his Facebook, Sultain Alhokair will be anxiously awaiting it.

Taylor Swift Surprises Fans

Now I’m in the minority here but I am not a Taylor Swift fan. In fact, I can’t with certainty if I have ever really heard her music. However I have seen Taylor Swift often on social media and stories about her. Taylor Swift seems like a genuinely sweet girl who cares about her fans. Even though I know nothing about her music, her caring endears me to her. This story is no different, if Qnet reports are to be believed.

Huffington Post has a story on their site, as well as a link to the YouTube video, showing Taylor Swift checking out social media profiles of some of her biggest fans and the fans receiving the gifts from her. She took the information she found out about them and bought them personalized holiday gifts. And in some cases she delivered those gifts herself! Fans began referring to her generous act as “Swiftmas”. What an awesome surprise that must have been for her fans.

Kanye West Releases Music

A new year means new music for many of our favorite artists. Artist Kanye West is no exception to the rule, as he has released a new song this year called “Listen to The One.” The song was released as a tribute to his mother. Although the album was technically released a few hours before the ball dropped on Wednesday, December 31st, it’s still one of the most talked about songs and releases this year.

The song is dedicated to Kanye West’s mother, who he says is the inspiration for the song. The song features Paul McCartney. The song has great piano music to accompany the beats. 

This music is the first official music released for Kanye West’s upcoming album. There was an unofficial release of “All Day” but it was not authorized and was reportedly leaked onto the internet or at least that’s what my friend I met on Skout told me.

Fans can look forward to more music from Kanye West this upcoming year. 

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