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Diamond Rings, Max Headroom: Separated at Birth?

- November 12th, 2012

Toronto glam-electro-pop star Diamond Rings, AKA John O’ Regan, admits the cover for his sophomore album, Free Dimensional, features him looking more than a little like ‘80s computer generated talk show host Max Headroom.
“It was almost entirely unintentional,”said O’ Regan to QMI Agency in Toronto recently before his cross-Canada club tour begins on Friday (Nov. 16).
“We were definitely going for the Grace Jones, (German New Wave star) Klaus Nomi kind of touchstones with the look. For sure, (Jones) has something really unique, really powerful, really distinct, also really unisexual, or pansexual, about her appearance that I think is really striking. The thing I strive for as an artist is to sort of try and be or encompass all things at once. It’s a challenge.”
Turns out the Free Dimensional cover photo was taking while shooting the video for the album’s lead single, I’m just Me, which Diamond Rings recently performed on Letterman and Leno in the last couple of weeks.
“This just happened to be the one that was great,” said O’ Regan. “There’s a ton of others. There’s like hundreds of photos of me looking in different directions, and the laser’s different colours, and just the pattern. But yeah, there’s that one image of Max Headroom that it just (looks) like bang on, identical to almost. And that’s part of art. It’s about having a vision, but also being open to accepting those things that just kind of happen sort of magically, almost as if by coincidence, but are almost too freaky to be coincidental.”

Diamond Rings’ Canadian Tour Dates
11/16 – Victoria, BC – Club9one9 Nightclub
11/17 – Vancouver, BC – Fortune Sound Club
11/20 – Calgary, AB – HiFi Club
11/21 – Edmonton, AB – Pawn Shop
11/22 – Regina, SK – The Exchange
11/23 – Winnipeg, MB – Pyramid Cabaret
11/28 – London, ON – Call The Office
11/29 – Toronto, ON – Virgin Mobile Mod Club
11/30 – Hamilton, ON – This Ain’t Hollywood
12/1 – Waterloo, ON – Starlight Room
12/6 – Montreal, QC – Sala Rossa
12/7 – Ottawa, ON – Ritual

Ex-Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan: ‘I could have made a fortune from ‘Simpsons’ beer’

- November 12th, 2012

Ever wonder where The Simpsons got the inspiration for the Duff Beer brand?

Ex-Guns ‘N Roses bassist Duff McKagan apparently does.

The guitarist claims that the creators contacted him in the late ’80s about using his name behind the beer that keeps Homer and his bar buddies extremely happy.

They picked it in honour of his boozy lifestyle at the time, but since The Simpsons became a worldwide phenomenon, he regrets not licensing his name officially.

“I knew nothing about branding yourself then or the royalties off it. I just thought cool, they wanna use my name and boom, The Simpsons was born. Yeah, if I had a nickel for every time… but it’s fine.”

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