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Republican party to reportedly pay Journey $500K for concert at convention in Florida, other rockers converge on Tampa

by on Aug.28, 2012, under ROCK NEWS

Republican party to reportedly pay Journey $500K for concert at convention in Florida, other rockers converge on Tampa

Even though Dee Snider and Tom Morello won't be representing at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida this week, there will still be some rockin' going on. Lynyrd Skynyrd, Jack Blades of Night Ranger/Damn Yankees and 3 Doors Down are all part of the festivities but only one band will head to Florida to make some big, big bucks to take part in a private Mitt Romney fundraising event.

TMZ reports that the veteran rockers will receive an incredible $500K payout for appearing at the event this Thursday night (Aug. 30) in Tampa. The group will reportedly play a 90-minute set for those in attendance. The group don’t feel they are making a political statement either way by performing at the event, and plan on treating the show like it’s just another gig. Neal Schon‘s girlfriend, Michaele Salahi, who first came to fame for gatecrashing a White House shindig with her ex-husband, will also be in attendance.

Jack Blades, bassist, lead singer and front man of Night Ranger and Damn Yankees is also participating in the 2012 Republican National Convention, performing “Back in the Game,” the lead track from his latest solo effort, Rock ‘n Roll Ride, and make appearances in support of Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan and other GOP candidates today (Aug. 28).

"This country was built on the hard work of individual Americans who took a chance and pursued a dream," says Blades, who has sold more than 25 million albums throughout his remarkable career and performed in front of millions of fans worldwide. "Too often today I see that sort of initiative being discouraged and punished. We can do better. That's why I'm honored to have been asked to be involved in the convention."

Lynyrd Skynyrd is made their third appearance at a Republican Convention in their career with a performance at a private fundraiser on Sunday, followed by playing Monday as Ann Romney was introduced to convention attendees. The band members have some opinions on the state of the country with Gary Rossington telling BW&BK's “Everybody’s got a right to their own opinion, you know? I think the country is kind of on a back road now. I would like to see some changes about certain things, but you know, I don’t know what we can do. We’re a rock ‘n’ roll band. We’re more music and rock ‘n’ roll than politics.” Rossington says he considers himself more conservative than left wing, but he feels out of place talking about politics.

Instrumentalist Rickey Medlocke added, “I agree that America, first of all, is very deeply divided. One thing I don’t like is how everybody is making a racial thing out of this whole political arena that we are in. I’m Native American, so the racial thing kind of hits home with me. To be honest with you, man, I’m sick of politics here. I’ve been browbeaten by it until I’m sick of it. I’ve been slammed in my face about it, and honestly, I don’t perceive anything getting any better. I don’t know. I hope it does.”

Medlocke goes on to add, “I find that America is moving toward a certain type of government that everybody else is moving away from, and I find that very upsetting to me … I gotta tell you, Rickey Medlocke lived in some of the most magical years in this world’s history. I lived in the ’60s. I lived in the ’70s, right into the ’80s, and man it was bad to the bone.”

Medlocke says that politics is similar to rock in that everything has already been written and there’s nothing original anymore. He adds, “Politics are the same old thing. We elect people, we put them in office and guess what they do? They sell us out. They sell us down the river and we pay for it. So we try to tread lightly on the politics, although we can be very outspoken about it.”

3 Doors Down are in Tampa performing tonight at the convention. Here's a picture of voaclist Brad Arnold from the floor earlier today.

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Dee Snider tells VP candidate Paul Ryan to stop rocking Twisted Sister’s music

by on Aug.24, 2012, under ROCK NEWS

Dee Snider tells VP candidate Paul Ryan to stop rocking Twisted Sister’s music

It hasn't been a good week or two for rock music in Republican Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan's life. First, after calling himself a Rage Against The Machine fan, Rage band member Tom Morello writes a blistering op-ed piece denouncing him and his policies on Now, scratch Dee Snider of Twisted Sister off the list of fan's of Ryan's.

Ryan used what is one of Twisted Sister's most popular song's 'We’re Not Gonna Take It' as his intro at a political rally in Pennsylvania last Tueday, but he won't be using it anymore.

“I emphatically denounce Paul Ryan’s use of my band Twisted Sister’s song, ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It,’ in any capacity,” says Dee. “There is almost nothing he stands for that I agree with except the use of the [home exercise system] P90X.”

The Ryan team has heeded the message. The site quotes an email from a Ryan spokesperson that says, "We're Not Gonna play it anymore." Guess they'll have to start using music from Ted Nugent .

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Hard Rock Calling 2012 Festival to air on Palladia

by on Aug.15, 2012, under ROCK NEWS, TV ROCK NEWS

Hard Rock Calling 2012 Festival to air on Palladia

Last month's 2012 Hard Rock Calling Festival featuring the Bruce Springsteen performance that was cut short when organizers pulled the plug on the power during the encore with surprise special guest Paul McCartney is slated to air on the Palladia cable network will air on August 25th at 9 p.m. ET.

Hard Rock Calling 2012 took place at London's Hyde Park on July 13, 14 and 15 and featured sets by Paul Simon, John Fogerty, Iggy & the Stooges, Tom Morello, Soundgarden and more.

Bruce Springsteen and his E Street Band closed out the second day of the festival. At the tail end of McCartney's surprise appearance during the show's finale, organizers pulled the power because The Boss had gone well over curfew. Bruce and the band were also joined at that epic show by Fogerty and Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello.

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Bruce Springsteen News: The Boss & McCartney have plugged pulled at Hard Rock Calling, Jam with The Roots, Dancing In the Dark with daughter Jessica (video)

by on Jul.15, 2012, under ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES, VIDEO

Bruce Springsteen News: The Boss & McCartney have plugged pulled at Hard Rock Calling, Jam with The Roots, Dancing In the Dark with daughter Jessica (video)

Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney had the plug pulled on them after running long at the Hard Rock Calling concert in London's Hyde Park. Springsteen and The E Street Band welcomed Sir Paul on stage for renditions of the Beatles' 'I Saw Her Standing There' and 'Twist and Shout,' but their microphones were turned off before they could thank the crowds.

Springsteen had already played over three hours at the point when McCartney joined him for the encore, but toward the end of the second song, the microphones faded and comments by Springsteen to the crowd went unheard.

"It made for a slightly bizarre, anti-climactic end to what had been a fantastic show," said Stephen Robb, a BBC reporter who was at the event. "The band obviously couldn't tell from on stage that the sound had been shut off. It just looked a bit like everyone was milling about on stage having forgotten how the show should end."

E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt, was angered at first by being cut off, saying on Twitter: "English cops may be the only individuals left on earth that wouldn't want to hear one more from Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney! The cops got nothing better to do? How about they go catch some criminals instead of f—ing with 80,000 people having a good time. English cops are the only individuals left on earth that wouldn’t want to hear one more from Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney. I’m sorry, but I have to be honest, I’m pissed! Like I said, it didn’t ruin the great night, but when I’m jamming with Paul McCartney, don’t bug me."

Hours later, after settling down a bit, Van Zandt returned to Twitter explaining, “Very proud of our association with Hard Rock Calling and Hard Rock in general and what they’re doing for rock music. Hard Rock would have let us play all night. There’s no grudges to be held. Just feel bad for our great fans. Hard Rock is cool. Live Nation is cool. It’s some City Council stupid rule.”

According to Westminster Council, the decision to end the concert was made by its organisers and not local authorities.
"Concert organisers, not the council, ended last night's concert in Hyde Park to comply with their licence," said Leith Penny, Westminster Council's strategic director for city management. "Licences are granted until certain times" - in this case 22:30 BST - "to protect residents in the area from noise late at night."

Rage Against The Machine's Tom Morello and John Fogerty also joined the band during the 29-song set, with Morello on ‘Death to My Hometown,’ ‘Jack of All Trades,’ and ‘The Ghost of Tom Joad,’ while John Fogerty joined in for ‘The Promised Land.’

Reports that Springsteen also bowed to the wishes of one lucky fan in the in audience, who had been holding up a banner asking for ‘Take ‘Em As They Come’ and listing the concerts around the world where he had requested it.

After noticing the banner, Springsteen grabbed it and told the audience member, “Tonight, my friend, this is your lucky night. You’re going to hear this damn thing. It’s a completely obscure track I wrote for ‘The River’ when I needed some rock songs.” Springsteen has reportedly only played the song nine times prior with the last performance coming in Copenhagen in 2003.

Soundgarden were the headliner on Friday's Hard Rock Calling concerts, while Paul Simon will take to the stage today.

Bruce Springsteen's Hard Rock Calling Set List
1. Thunder Road
2. Badlands
3. We Take Care of Our Own
4. Wrecking Ball
5. Death to My Hometown (with Tom Morello)
6. My City of Ruins
7. Spirit In The Night
8. The Promised Land (with John Forgerty)
9. Take 'Em As They Come
10. Jack of All Trades (with Tom Morello)
11. Empty Sky (solo acoustic)
12. Because the Night
13. Johnny 99
14. Darlington County
15. Workin' on the Highway
16. Shackled & Drawn
17. Waitin' on a Sunny Day
18. Raise Your Hand
19. The River
20. The Ghost of Tom Joad (with Tom Morello)
21. The Rising
22. Land of Hope & Dreams
23. We Are Alive
24. Born in the USA
25. Born To Run
26. Glory Days
27. Dancing in the Dark
28. I Saw Her Standing There (with Paul McCartney)
29. Twist and Shout (with Paul McCartney)

On July 7th, after opening the show for him, the Roots joined Bruce and The E Street Band at the Roskilde Festival in Denmark for 'The E Street Shuffle.' Nearly 100,000 people witnessed the performance. Bruce has a past with the Roots, due to his awesome guest spots on 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,' where the Roots are the house band. This is awesome!

Bruce brought his daughter 20 year old daughter Jessica to the stage last Thursday in Paris during 'Dancing In the Dark,' seemingly filling the role that Courtney Cox had in the video of the song almost 30 years ago. The dance that ended with him lifting her off the ground and showing his pride and joy to the audience.

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Tom Morello and Ben Harper in Chinatown call for an end to the “Walmartization” of Los Angeles (video)

by on Jul.02, 2012, under ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Tom Morello and Ben Harper in Chinatown call for an end to the “Walmartization” of Los Angeles (video)

In the largest-ever protest against Walmart, thousands of Southland residents marched through L.A.'s Chinatown on Saturday (June 30) to call for an end to the "Walmartization" of L.A.

Chinatown residents, community organizations, faith and labor leaders, musicians Tom Morello and Ben Harper, civil rights leader Dolores Huerta, U.S. congresswoman Judy Chu, L.A. labor leader Maria Elena Durazo and union workers stood with Walmart associates and warehouse workers to call on the retailer to change the way it treats workers and communities.

"Our demands are clear. Walmart must provide a living wage, quality health care, demonstrate respect for local communities, and uphold workers' rights here and around the world," said Joe Hansen, president of the United Food And Commercial Workers international union.

Marchers passed through the streets of Chinatown as they made their way from Los Angeles State Historic Park (the Cornfield) to the intersection of Broadway and Cesar Chavez Blvd. — the proposed site of a controversial new Walmart store. Speakers called on Walmart to stop its cycle of impoverishing communities and on city officials to reject Walmart's proposal for a store in Chinatown.

"We don't want Walmart to destroy Chinatown and unique neighborhoods across L.A. and the United States just to make a few executives in the Walton family richer," said Tom Morello, guitarist with RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE. Morello, performing under his folk rock moniker THE NIGHTWATCHMAN, sang his popular "Union Song" and what he called the "uncensored version" of Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land".

Fellow Grammy winner and singer-songwriter Ben Harper showed up between touring gigs to play "We Can't End this Way". Harper, a downtown Los Angeles resident, spoke powerfully about how Walmart would negatively affect his community.

In the run-up to the massive rally, local and national momentum continued to build as thousands united to call on Walmart to improve its treatment of workers and communities. Grammy winner Steve Earle released a song urging Angelenos to come to today's rally and all three major Los Angeles mayoral candidates — City Controller Wendy Greuel, City Councilmember Eric Garcetti and City Councilmember Jan Perry — pledged their support for the rally and promised not to take money from Walmart.

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"For far too long corporations like Walmart have been getting special treatment, while middle-class families have been struggling in this tough economy and bearing the brunt of the tax burden. Let's send a message that our city needs responsible development that builds our middle class and encourages the growth of a thriving small business sector," said Greuel.

New energy has been building for months as Walmart associates, warehouse workers and community supporters have denounced the retailer's alleged Mexican bribery scandal and cover-up, labor violations at warehouses that move Walmart goods in Southern California and the company's aggressive efforts to open a Chinatown store against the wishes of local residents.

Controversy continues to swirl in Los Angeles around the proposed Chinatown Walmart and questions are growing about how the company may have manipulated the building approval process. Permits were approved with little oversight and public input in the dead of night — before the L.A. City Council could vote on an ordinance that would have potentially impacted the chain's ability to build a store in Chinatown.

Chinatown residents decried Walmart's attempts to locate a store there. "We don't want to see a Walmart in our historic community," said King Cheung, a Chinatown resident and member of the Chinatown Community For Equitable Development. "When Walmart comes to town, mom-and-pops are forced to close, people lose their jobs and livelihoods, and the jobs Walmart creates keep people in poverty and force them to rely on public assistance for basic needs like health care. Chinatown is not the first community to fight to keep Walmart out — and unless the company changes, we won't be the last."

"Walmart's chief product is poverty. Walmart gets rich by keeping its employees poor; however, Walmart workers are organizing for decent wages and affordable benefits. They have the right to dignity and respect and Walmart can afford to do better. Until Walmart stops selling poverty, we don't want it in Los Angeles," said Maria Elena Durazo, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the L.A. County Federation of Labor. This march marked the largest mobilization of rank-and-file union members in support of Walmart associates and warehouse workers, who are organizing to improve conditions.

The demonstrators announced specific demands, which they said Walmart must meet in order to restore trust among workers, communities and customers. "I work hard at Walmart's Crenshaw store, but even with a promotion, I still have to rely on public health care for my kids," said Girshriela Green, a Walmart associate and member of OUR Walmart, a growing organization of Walmart associates nationwide. "Working hard should mean getting ahead — but it doesn't at Walmart. If we don't put an end to the Walmart model of making a few people rich and keeping the rest of us struggling, we are going to live in a country with no middle class at all. For my kids and for my community, I'm speaking out for change at Walmart."

Walmart has had a recent string of setbacks in its efforts to build new stores in urban areas as communities push back against the company. Walmart recently abandoned plans to develop two stores in the Boston metro area after local residents voiced strong opposition to the planned stores. The company's New York efforts have been stalled as the New York City Comptroller filed a lawsuit in connection with the recent bribery scandal.

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