It’s amazing Dave (Lee Roth) and Ed (Van Halen) have been able to work together. He’s been back now for seven years and it hasn’t fallen apart yet, at least not publicly.
Oh, I don’t think they’re working.
Well, they get through the tours at least.
I made it through a reunion tour that was just about the most dysfunctional thing I’ve ever done in my adult life, times 10. But I made it through. There’s something funny about a concert. They can work for dysfunctional bands. You can get into a fistfight backstage. You can get into a fistfight the night before. You can be trashed, lying on the ground, feeling like you’re dying. But when you drag your ass on the stage and 15,000 people are screaming with their hands in the air, you get revitalized. Then you look at the guy next to you, the guy whose neck you want to break, and you think, “This is good. I can tolerate this.” When the show is over, you go back to fighting. And then there’s the money. But, look, a lot of bands are in that situation.
Via Rolling Stone
Musician Paul Barton took his piano to the mountains of Kanchanaburi, Thailand to play for some very old, injured and handicapped elephants, especially a blind elephant named Plara (immediately behind the piano). The elephants will (wait for it) never forget this day.
Grammy-winning producer and artist Daniel Lanois hits the TIFF Bell Lightbox stage on November 5 to consider his career spent collaborating with some of the top acts in music — U2, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Brian Eno, Peter Gabriel — and crafting soundtracks for such film and television projects as Sling Blade, Trainspotting and Friday Night Lights. As part of this intimate onstage conversation with Jesse Wente, TIFF’s Director or Film Programmes, Lanois will introduce his upcoming new album Flesh and Machine, for which he has commissioned short films directed by Atom Egoyan (Devil’s Knot, Chloe), Mary Harron (American Psycho), Kevin Drew of Broken Social Scene, and Jim McKay (Breaking Bad).
Lanois will sign copies of his album following the event.
In the lead up to the event, TIFF proudly presents the video premiere for the seductive and entrancing new song Sioux Lookout ─ a film by Adam CK Vollick and Lanois with Carolina Cerisola. Check it out below.
Whether you’re into sixties funk, seventies disco or eighties dance music you’re bound to enjoy a night that blends all three – courtesy of The B52’s lead singer Fred Schneider, who is coming up from New York City to act as DJ! It happens Saturday, November 15 at Toronto’s Phoenix Concert Theatre. Doors open at 8:00pm, $20 advance tickets are available at www.Ticketweb.com. It’ll be $30 at the door, all in support of the Unison Benevolent Fund.
Fred offered to come up to Toronto for a party to help raise money for Unison Benevolent Fund at the request of broadcaster and entertainer Jaymz Bee. When Bee explained to Mr. Schneider that Unison is a charity for Canadian Musicians (and others who work full-time in the music biz) Fred said: “I love Canadian musicians – from Joni Mitchell and Gino Vanelli to Bonzai Suzuki and Shadowy Men From A Shadowy Planet – I’m happy to help out this charity!”
“Unison Fund is particularly important to indie artists who work full time in the industry but have no health plans or RSP’s,” Bee adds, “and what better way to make money to help those who make music by playing music and dancing?”
Fred promises to take some time away from the DJ booth to pose for photos with fans and sign autographs. He will be bringing up his favourite sixties and seventies recordings as well as 80’s dance hits.
The silent auction will offer tickets to concerts, new and retro merchandise (box sets of CD’s), a crate of vinyl and other music-related items.
Retro Make-Overs are available (for a small donation to Unison) by Robin Barker, Friskey’s Fritty Brigade and Anthony Pasero Salon.
AllMusic: Early in your comedy career did you get to meet any of your musical heroes and have a moment?
MM: When I was the doorman at the Comedy Store in the late ’80s, people would come in. I made a fool out of myself in front of Eric Clapton. Eric Clapton and Phil Collins came in, and I was cocky and high, so I don’t really know how that went, and neither one of them are really heroes of mine, so the respect factor wasn’t really there. There’s a story I wrote in my book about going to get my record signed by Lou Reed, and that was sort of a big deal, but the exchange was very minimal. I didn’t really know what to say, so I just asked him what gauge pick he used, and he said, “Medium,” and that was pretty profound to me. But not until I started doing the podcast was I able to spend time with these musicians in a real way. It’s always very intimidating, and I’m always very in awe of musicians. I’m usually not really disappointed, I’m always pretty amazed. With people like Iggy Pop, who turned out to be completely different than I would have anticipated, and spending time with Aimee Mann or Nick Lowe or Thom Yorke or Jack White, it’s never been disappointing, it really hasn’t. All my music interviews have been really the opposite of that. J. Mascis was incredibly difficult, because he doesn’t really talk much, and I didn’t know that going in, I knew he wanted to do the show, so I just kind of persisted, and eventually we found a way to communicate, and it worked out great. Maynard from Tool was great.
There are even musicians who I don’t even know their stuff that well, but if you get them talking and you have the right amount of patience and respect, a lot of them have a lot to say, especially guys who have been around forever. I interviewed Booker T. and John Cale and Benmont Tench from the Heartbreakers, there’s some real history here, and how do you move through that and still honor it? You can’t go record for record. I did have Billy Gibbons in the garage, which was spectacular for me, I was a huge ZZ Top fan as a kid, and he was great, I just had to figure out how to guide him. I’ve never been anything but impressed or excited to engage about music. Nick Cave was a little difficult, because he’s a bit standoffish. I think that was the hardest time I had with a musical guest.
“Learning how to die is therefore learning how to live”
– Philip Seymour Hoffman
Here in the latest Blank on Blank, the late actor talks about happiness during an interview at the Rubin Museum of Art.
Canadian Music Week is pleased to announce John Cassaday as the 2015 inductee to the Canadian Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame. Cassaday will be honoured at the Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards gala on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at the Sheraton Centre Hotel in Toronto.
John Cassaday has enjoyed a decorated career in the broadcast industry for 25 years. As the founding President and Chief Executive Officer of Corus Entertainment Inc., he has piloted the company to a leadership position in radio, specialty television and content creation in Canada. Corus’ diverse portfolio of assets encompass more than 20 television properties including YTV, TELETOON, W Network, CMT and HBO Canada; Nelvana, one of the world’s leading producers of animated programming and related products; Kids Can Press, Canada’s largest children’s publisher; ToonBoom, an Emmy® award-winning animation software company; and 39 radio stations in eight out of the top 10 Canadian markets.
“John Cassaday is a true trailblazer in the broadcast industry,” said Neill Dixon, President of Canadian Music Week. “From television to radio, he has influenced several generations of industry professionals and advanced Canada’s media landscape. He is fully deserving of his place in the Canadian Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame.”
Cassaday’s foresight and strategic agility have driven exceptional growth and success. Under his leadership, Corus has vitalized Canada’s media and entertainment industry, through the acquisition, development and delivery of great Canadian content, as well as the investment of millions of dollars in original Canadian productions. Through Corus’ talent initiatives, it has encouraged and recognized some of Canada’s best emerging artists. Embracing the digital sphere, Corus was the first Canadian broadcaster to feature an iPhone streaming application and the first to offer Apple iTunes integration through its radio station websites. The company’s headquarters, Corus Quay, has gained recognition as one of the most technologically advanced media and broadcast centres in the world.
Before the launch of Corus, Cassaday was President of CTV Television Network. Under his leadership, CTV invested heavily in news with new talent, the opening of additional news bureaus and an innovative new set design. This resulted in strong ratings increases driven by audience growth in news and special event programming, which included the successful carriage of two Olympic Games. Cassaday also held senior management positions at Campbell Soup Company in Canada and the U.K. where he became well known for his marketing acumen.
John Cassaday is a Member of the Order of Canada and a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. His commitment to Canadian broadcasting has been recognized with the Gold Ribbon Award for Broadcast Excellence, a top honour by the Canadian Association of Broadcasters. He was inducted into the Marketing Hall of Legends in 2006 and received the Gold Medal from the Association of Canadian Advertisers in 2004. During his tenure, Corus has been honoured for its excellence in investor relations, its corporate culture and its commitment to diversity. Notable recognition includes Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures, Canada’s Best Diversity Employers, Greater Toronto’s Top Employers, Canada’s Top Employers for Young People, as well as one of Canada’s Top 100 Canadian Brands.
Under Cassaday’s leadership, Corus has also supported educational institutions across Canada including establishing the Chair in Women in Management at Ivey School of Business, Western University, and the Chair in Communications Strategy at Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.
A strong believer in giving back to the community, Cassaday has been instrumental in raising awareness and funds for numerous charitable causes, through corporate fundraising initiatives as well as his own personal commitments. In addition to championing Corus’ corporate giving strategy, Corus Feeds Kids, he served as Chair of the United Way campaign for Metro Toronto in 1995, and has also co-chaired successful fundraising campaigns for St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation and Rotman School of Management.
Cassaday sits on the Board of Directors of Manulife Financial, Sysco Corporation and Irving Oil Limited. He is a member and Director of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives. He has also served on the Board of Directors of Masonite International Corporation, J. M. Schneider Corporation, Canadian Airlines and Loblaw Companies Limited and on the Advisory Boards of Nestle Canada and IBM Canada. John was the Chair of the Dean’s Advisory Board of the Rotman School of Management and Chair of the Board of St. Michaels Hospital from 2004 to 2006.
John holds an M.B.A. (Dean’s List) from the Rotman School of Management, and was honoured in 1998 as their most Distinguished Alumni. He has a Bachelors Degree from the University of Western Ontario.
From the vaults of WNEW-FM 102.7, this interview with George Harrison has been animinated by Radio.com. George recalls playing music with Paul McCartney before they were in the Beatles – back when Paul’s aspiration was to play trumpet. Until he realized that it was difficult to play a horn and be the singer.