Was he ever this young? The Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards looks pretty different in this amazing figure from Medicom. Featuring his classic guitar and some truly incredible sculpting for this likeness, this “Ultra Detail Figure” is a surefire catch for anybody who wants to relive the golden years of one of the world’s greatest bands. Keef stands about 6 inches tall and would make a pretty solid addition to the line-up you know you should be building.
Adam Yauch, the gravelly voiced Beastie Boys rapper and the most conscientious member of the seminal hip-hop group, has died at 47 from cancer.
Yauch, who’s also known as MCA, was diagnosed with a cancerous parotid gland in 2009. He had undergone surgery and radiation.
He hadn’t performed in public since 2009 and was absent when the Beastie Boys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April.
The Brooklyn-born Yauch created the Beastie Boys with high school friend Michael “Mike D” Diamond. Originally conceived as a hardcore punk group, it soon became a hip-hop trio after Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz joined. They released their chart-topping debut Licensed to Ill in 1986, a raucous album led by the anthem (You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!).
But in the seven studio albums that followed, the Beastie Boys expanded considerably and grew more musically ambitious. Their follow-up, 1989′s Paul’s Boutique, ended any suggestion of the group as a one-hit wonder. Extensive in its sampling and sonically layered, the album was ranked the 156th greatest album ever by Rolling Stone magazine in 2003.
The Beastie Boys would later take up their own instruments — a rarity in hip-hop — on the album Check Your Head and subsequent releases.
The Beastie Boys — a trio of white Jewish kids — established themselves as one of the most respected groups in hip-hop at a time when white rappers were few.
Introducing the group at the Rock Hall, Public Enemy rapper Chuck D said the Beastie Boys “broke the mold.”
“The Beastie Boys are indeed three bad brothers who made history,” said Chuck D. “They brought a whole new look to rap and hip-hop. They proved that rap could come from any street — not just a few.”
Yauch also went under the pseudonym Nathanial Hornblower when working as a filmmaker. He directed numerous videos for the group, as well as the 2006 concert film Awesome: I F—– Shot That! He also co-founded the film distribution company Osciolloscope Laboratories, named after his New York studio.
Yauch was also a passionate Buddhist and a defender of Tibetan rights. He is survived by his wife, Dechen Wangdu, and his daughter, Tenzin Losel Yauch.
By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles – Guns N’ Roses co-founder Axl Rose, through his publicist, announced Wednesday morning he will not attend the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Saturday in Cleveland, according to a letter received by the Los Angeles Times. Written under the greeting, “To The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Guns N’ Roses Fans and Whom It May Concern,” Rose explained specifically why he was declining his induction into the Cleveland music institution.
The band, born in Los Angeles in 1985, was announced as an inductee in February alongside the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys and Donovan, among others, leading to instant speculation whether the five core members of Guns N’ Roses circa Appetite for Destruction would appear together for the first time since 1993. Guitarist Slash officially departed the band in 1996, followed soon thereafter by Duff McKagen and Matt Sorum (original drummer Steven Adler had left a few years earlier, as had Izzy Strandlin).
Rose retained the rights to the band’s name, and over the next decade devoted his time to creating the album Chinese Democracy, touring with a revived Guns N’ Roses, and defiantly dismissing any suggestion of a reunion with the original members of the band.
Since February, Rose has remained mum on his plans, even as guitarist Slash has spoken out in favour of a Rock Hall reunion — and acknowledging Rose’s antipathy. “He hates my guts,” Slash told Rolling Stone in early April. “It’s over a lot of different stuff; I don’t even know. There’s just no communication between us. I talk to Duff and Steven, but when it comes to old Guns N’ Roses, there really isn’t anybody that makes decisions.”
In the letter, Rose specifically criticizes comments by Adler, who speculated to Billboard magazine in 2007 that the band might reunite. Those comments were given by Adler while promoting his own Adler’s Appetite tour, which was timed to support his book, “My Appetite for Destruction.” “I want to finish what we started,” Adler told Billboard then, “and . . . with the love and support I got from those guys, I think we can (reunite). I’m gonna leave it up to Axl. That’s gonna be Axl’s call, and I love Axl and I know he’ll make the right call.” Rose, in the letter, calls Adler’s comments “reunion lies.” Continuing attempts to reach Adler have not been successful.
During a December 2011 sit-down interview with Rose after a Guns N’ Roses concert in Seattle, the singer had yet to decide his plans, but was uninterested in making a scene at the induction ceremony if he did decide to attend. “I think about it in terms of Marlon Brando getting up at the Academy Awards and talking about Indians . . . or when Michael Moore got up at the Academy Awards and said whatever about George Bush. People don’t want that associated with their awards shows, even if you have a big audience. In one way it might be right, but it usually backfires on whoever does it. So I really don’t want to spoil it for everybody else — and take the beating.”
Notably, Rose then laughed and cursed Jann Wenner, the founder, publisher and executive editor of Rolling Stone magazine — who also co-founded the Hall of Fame in 1983.
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I heard Everlast was the guest on Joe Rogan’s podcast and it has been a while since I heard anything about Everlast (I have the song “What’s it like” on my iPod touch and it is on my playlist when I workout at the gym). While listening to the podcast, they played a clip off his new CD and it sounds awesome (I get by)….check out the Youtube video below:
I purchased it off Amazon.com and I highly recommend this album. Everlast is someone who constantly breaks barriers and crosses lines most urban music artists are intimidated to walk through, and he does so without compromising his art. He might receive less radio play because of it, but damn this is a very good album. Here is the Amazon link:
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Neca has just released its latest rendition of Iron Maiden mascot, Eddie. In his latest incarnation, he takes on a look reminiscent of PREDATOR as EDDIE of the FINAL FRONTIER.
Eddie stands about 7 inches tall and he’s from NECA, so you can expect a pretty impressive level of detail in the sculpting and the paint-work. If you’re a fan of Iron Maiden, then you’ll definitely want to grab this awesome tribute to a great band.
“The Godfather of Punk” Iggy Pop arrives as a 6-inch figure from the brilliant designers at NECA. It’s a figure the likes of which you can only expect from one of the higher-end specialty companies (NECA, McFarlane, Sideshow) and boasts some truly dazzling sculpting and detail. Seriously–from the wrinkles on his torso to the messiness of his hair to the unshaven face, it doesn’t get any more real than this at such a small scale. Really impressive and definitely something any Iggy Pop fan should get their hands on. He comes with a great display stand and mic so that he can properly rock the other figures off your display shelf.