UPDATED: The 1D Juggernaut: Even NASA Is In On It
So, that’s why we were there when Zayn Malik left the group, when Malik signed with a new label, and, when 1D recently broke a music streaming record. From our point of view you have to cover the group regardless of whether you like (or even know) their music; the band is simply a music phenomenon. Actually, to be more specific, they are a marketing phenomenon. However, we really cannot say with a straight face that this viewpoint is unique to us. Indeed, others share in our opinion. For example, just today the Rolling Stone did a great feature on why 1D is at the top of the stadium touring game. Similarly, our colleagues at DailyMail.com today also reported that even NASA is behind the band. The American space agency has apparently given 1D permission to shoot a video for their newest single (Drag Me Down) at NASA’s Houston Space Center.
One just has to wonder where all this will lead and how much more the group can accomplish. Like ‘em or hate ‘em, you have to marvel at the marketing and continued worldwide success of this group.
But there’s more. We want to see for our self what this phenomenon really is about so stay tuned. On September 1 we will be at Lincoln Financial Field to provide a complete concert review.
Vince Neil. . . .What’s Next?
As you know, epic metal/rock band Motley Crue is in the midst of their grand finale entitled The Final Tour.
There are still a number of dates left on the tour which is largely comprised of North American venues (the tour ends at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on New Year’s Eve). In light of that, Neil was asked what’s on tap after Crue is done? He said:
“We spent so much time with Motley Crue, it’s hard to focus on other stuff. I’ve had the same solo band for nine, ten years. When Motley doesn’t tour, we always play. I put out some new music with my solo band. I have that football team in Las Vegas [i.e., the L.V. Outlaws], Arena Football; that’s going to be a lot of fun in the future. Also a restaurant [Neil owns Tatuado Restaurant & Cantina in Las Vegas], so my plate is full.”
In speaking on Crue’s legacy, Neil had this to say:
“I think the legacy is actually seeing the show and thinking these guys have been doing this for 35 years and we’ve never really faltered in giving the fans a great stage show. We’ve always been about the entertainment factor, which a lot of bands have forgotten about.”
Editor’s Note: Crue took an interesting step by entering into a “cessation of touring” agreement that goes into effect at the end of 2015 and it essentially prohibits the members of the group from going on the road again as Motley Crue. In essence, the agreement ensures that there will be no reunions. It will be interesting to see if this agreement is real or just a publicity stunt.
UPDATED: The Dre Feedback?. . . .Fantastic
The other day we told you that Dr. Dre has a new record coming out. It is entitled Compton.
Well, it’s now out and based on what we have seen on Twitter, the reaction is overwhelmingly positive. Moreover, Rolling Stone loved it too. However, there is one other thing that we should mention about Dre’s new record: Dre announced that he will be donating all of his artist royalties earned from Compton to help fund a new performing arts and entertainment facility in Compton. Said Dre:
“I feel it’s the right thing to do and I hope everybody appreciates the work I put into this album. We’ve reached out to Aja Brown [Compton’s Mayor] quite a few times in the last month or two. I’ve been really trying to do something special for Compton and just couldn’t quite figure out what it was. She actually had this idea and she was already in the process of working on it. I said, ‘Boom, this is what we should do.'”
Good job Dr. Dre. Way to give back.
Mariah You Are Indeed A Real Star Now
We wanted to take a moment to applaud Mariah Carey, the Grammy Award-winning songstress, who yesterday received a star on the storied Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Carey’s star is the 2,556th of its kind and it lies at the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Argyle Avenue. At the ceremony Carey had this to say:
“Oh my God, this is so overwhelming and emotional. You’re making me cry. This is a huge honor and a dream come true.”
Congrats Mariah. A fitting honor for a pop diva who has accomplished so much.
Alex Lifeson. . . . Don’t “Rush” To Judgment On Our Future
Guitarist Alex Lifeson recently spoke on the fate of epic rock trio Rush where he addressed topics that are clearly on the mind of any Rush fanatic.
For example, Lifeson, who suffers from arthritis, had this to say about his affliction:
“You know, you have to careful what you say these days. I’ve had arthritis for about twelve years that I’ve been dealing with — psoriatic arthritis. For me, it’s primarily in my feel and a little bit in my hands. And I am a little stiffer at the end of a show, and I feel it the next day, but it’s nothing, really, that gets in the way of my playing. It doesn’t really hold me back. I’m just more aware of it. But I can’t say that it’s the reason I make mistakes.”
On speaking on the affects of touring, Lifeson had this to say:
“Well, I love what we’re doing. I think we’re playing really well. The show’s working great… all of that stuff. Clearly, Neil [Peart, drummer] has not enjoyed touring… the touring aspect for a long time. And he has a young family, and he has all his own reasons. It’s become difficult for him to play, and he has health issues as well. I think he mentioned in the Rolling Stone article that playing, for him, is like running a marathon while doing mathematical equations. So it’s very challenging, it’s very athletic, and at almost 63 years old, it’s a lot more difficult. It’s a three-hour show. We can’t get away from it. We were supposed to cut back on this tour. We can’t. Maybe in the future, there’s an opportunity to change things up a little bit, the way we do it. I think, in my gut, that this is probably the last major tour that we’ll do. I like to think that we’ll do specialty gigs — maybe a week in New York, or something like that — but we haven’t even discussed that. We just wanna get through this tour and see where we’re at. We wanna discuss whether we’re gonna make another record anytime soon… a lot of things. Whatever this tour is, it’s not the end of the band. It’s just… kind of, reviewing where we’re at in terms of major tours. And that’s kind of what it is.”
Rush has proven to be one of the most reliable and lasting bands over the last couple of decades. It will be interesting to see what the future holds for this fantastic trio. Stay tuned.