Born in Waco, Texas in 1884, Miss Guinan would move to New York in 1904. Her fine voice and witty Wild West patter make her a hit in Vaudeville. In 1917, she stars in a silent movie called “The Wildcat,” where she becomes American film’s first movie cowgirl. She’s known to the public as the “Queen of the West.”
Texas Guinan is also a smart businesswoman. Like many others, she sees prohibition as an opportunity, and opens a speakeasy called the 300 Club in 1920. The place quickly becomes a hangout for the rich and famous—Pola Negri, Al Jolson, Clara Bow, Irving Berlin, and Rudolph Valentino, to name a few. George Gershwin plays there regularly. Texas greets her guests with “Hello, suckers!” and ends the risque stage acts with “Give the little ladies a great big hand.” She’s credited — Read more
1963 The Beatles play the Royal Command Performance, also called the Royal Variety Performance; the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret are in attendance. The Beatles are 7th on the 19-act bill, but they’re arguably the most anticipated.
The Fab Four plays “From Me To You,” “She Loves You,” and “Till There Was You.” Then John Lennon makes a cheeky announcement that would be in the headlines the next day:
“For our last number I’d like to ask your help. The people in the cheaper seats clap your hands. And the rest of you, if you’d just rattle your jewelry. We’d like to sing a song called “Twist And — Read more
1985 The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) agrees to demands made by the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC), headed by Tipper Gore, Susan Baker, Pam Howar, and Sally Nevius (aka the Washington Wives).
As a result, the RIAA agrees to slap offending albums with the now-famous “Parental Advisory” labels. Some mainstream stores like Wal-Mart refuse to sell albums that carry the label, but overall, record sales remain the same.
Other PMRC actions include forcing record stores to stock albums with explicit covers under the counter, and pressuring TV stations not to broadcast explicit songs or videos.
The PMRC had brought their concerns before the senate in August, producing examples of explicit songs. Their — Read more
1974 Led Zeppelin throws a Halloween launch party for their new label, Swan Song Records, at Chislehurst Caves in Surrey, England. Legends of the wild party abound: drinks are served by topless nuns in suspenders, a naked woman lies in a coffin filled with jelly, naked male wrestlers grapple for the crowd, while fire-eaters and magicians do their thing. The invitation reads:
“Do what thou wilt…
But know by this summons
That on the night of the full moon
of 31st October, 1974
Led — Read more
“Beatles Rock Band” is the third major release in the Rock Band Series, but it’s a stand-alone game, not an expansion pack. The gameplay is a little different from other Rock Band titles, including the new element of 3-part vocal harmonies.
The idea for the movie came from a poem written by Burton in 1982, when he was an animator for Disney. Disney considered producing “Nightmare” in the early ’80′s, but ultimately decided it was “too weird.” Tim Burton left the studio in 1984 to pursue his weird dreams.
In 1990, after Burton had successfully produced “Beetlejuice” and — Read more
Band chooses consistent and superb performance for their tour — and their fans
10/29/2013 Seattle, WA — The BEHRINGER X32 was key to the success of American nu metal band Coal Chamber’s recent tour, proving the award-winning digital console is just as reliable and capable on the road as in fixed-install applications.
Coal Chamber sound engineer, Leonard Contreras, decided to take the X32 on the road after experiencing its benefits and features firsthand at LA’s famed Whisky a Go Go, where he is the club’s production — Read more
BEHRINGER provided its new ELX-42 Line Array loudspeakers and complete X32 mixing and monitoring solution for this year’s Rivalry Clash 5 and 10K races so it’s massive tailgate party had massive sound.
The tailgate party featured performances from Fox and the Law, Whiskey Syndicate, Panama Gold and NTNT on its main stage, which was completely decked out with state-of-the-art live sound reinforcement equipment.
Everyone knows that guitars and amps go together – just like rock & roll and loud! We’ve all seen musicians onstage, with their guitars plugged into amps or stacks of amps. But why did he/she choose that particular amp – and what does an amp do other than make your guitar sound louder?
A guitar amp has two main functions. First, it allows you to “shape” the signal going from your guitar into the amp. Second, it takes that custom-tailored signal and drives it through the power amp, which then boosts the signal level and sends it to the speaker, so you can get face-melting volume (or at least — Read more
2011 Metallica postpones their first-ever concert in India after a security barrier in front of the stage collapses. Angry fans subsequently tear up the stage and equipment, doing $200,000 in damage, and causing the show to be permanently canceled.
The band releases a statement saying “It is most regrettable that we were forced to take such measures. We were looking forward to meeting our fans and sharing our music live for the first time in India.” Read the full statement here.