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After playing football for four years at the University of Miami, Dwayne Johnson was passed over by the NFL. While he played for the Canadian Football League for a short time, he was ultimately cut from his team, the Calgary Stampeders, and sent packing. At 23, Dwayne found himself living in his parents’ small apartment, battling depression. Heavy stuff for anyone, and we can all learn from his fight.

It’s the season of celebrate and H&M has a very big reason – they signed on a festive fairy named Katy Perry to casts her magic spell and takes shoppers on an action-packed, fun-filled parade.

Katy Perry has aligned herself with several products in the past, and she will forever get a lifetime pass from me when she worked with Staples, in a campaign called “Make Roar Happen.” The office-supplies giant connected with teachers working in schools unable to afford staple resources to reach out for local donations earmarked to provide kids with the materials they need to learn. The charity has already helped fund more than 450,000 classroom projects and impacted more than 11 million students.

So, watch the video, and know the holiday season starts here.

While reporting on last week’s horrific terror attacks in Paris, we realized with shock that the band playing at the Bataclan, the venue where 89 rock fans had their lives taken, was the Eagles of Death Metal.

You never expect the people you know to be caught up in such things, but the Eagles are a band we’ve interviewed many times before and Jesse Hughes, the lead singer, hosted a video series on VICE’s music channel, Noisey.

While Jesse and the band thankfully survived, some of the people closest to them did not. They include the band’s merchandise manager, Nick Alexander, as well as three colleagues from their record label, Thomas Ayad, Marie Mosser, and Manu Perez.

This week VICE founder Shane Smith sat down with Jesse and bandmate Joshua Homme to talk about those they lost, what happened that night, and to try to figure out what it is that they—and we—can do next.

Stephen Coates, a composer and music producer, presents an incredible story of bootleg technology, Cold War culture and human endeavour with images and sounds drawn from the X-Ray Audio project. He came across the subject of the X-Ray recordings when travelling to Russia to perform as The Real Tuesday Weld.

U2’s A Celebration was released as a non-album single in March 1982, between the records October (1981) and War (1983). U2 have re-released the track on two occasions; on the 2004 digital compilation album The Complete U2, and on the bonus disc of the remastered October in 2008. It’s the only U2 b-side to be played more than a hundred times on their tours.

The track was absent anything, really, even though the band did film and release a video for the song, most of which was shot in and around a prison in Dublin. The video was directed by Meiert Avis, who later wona Grammy Award for U2’s “Where The Streets Have No Name” and MTV Music Video Awards for U2’s “With or Without You” and Sakamoto and Iggy Pop’s “Risky”.

In a 1983 interview with KZEW Dallas, Bono indicated that the song was the source of controversy due to misinterpretation of the verse “I believe in a third World War / I believe in the atomic bomb / I believe in the powers that be / But they won’t overpower me” by fans who questioned his motives.

Interviewer: I wanna play the other side of that, which is ‘A Celebration’, since we have no hope in the world of hearing this tomorrow, since the band’s forgotten it we’re gonna play that. This is a terrific track, is it ever going to appear on an album?
Bono: No…(laughs) I don’t think so. It ah –
Interviewer: Do you not like it?!
Bono: No I do like it actually, I’m… sometimes I hate it, I mean it’s like with a lot of music, if I hear it in a club it really excites me, and I think it is a forerunner to War and a lot of the themes. It was great in Europe because… A song like ‘Seconds’ people thought was very serious – on the LP War ‘Seconds’ – it’s anti-nuclear, it’s a statement. They didn’t see the sense of humour to it, it’s sort of black humour, where we were using a lot of clichés; y’know It takes a second to say goodbye, blah blah, and some people took it very seriously. And it is black humour, and it is to be taken sort-of seriously, but this song had the lines in it, I believe in a third world war, I believe in the atomic bomb, I believe in the powers that be, but they won’t overpower me. And of course a lot of people they heard I believe in a third world war, I believe in the atomic bomb, and they thought it was some sort of, y’know, Hitler Part II. And Europeans especially were (puts on outraged French accent) Ah non! Vive le France! and it was all like, all sorts of chaos broke out, and they said, What do you mean, you believe in the atomic bomb? And I was trying to say in the song, I believe in the third world war, because people talk about the third world war but it’s already happened, I mean it’s happened in the third world, that’s obvious. But I was saying these are facts of life, I believe in them, I believe in the powers that be BUT, they won’t overpower me. And that’s the point, but a lot of people didn’t reach the fourth line.

As part of the promotion for her BBC live special, the singer participated in a stunt with Graham Norton in which she posed as an Adele impersonator named Jenny at a fake reality show audition. The real Adele misses her cue before she sings with superb, heart-tugging ability, affecting vocals, fooling all of them.