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“Gorby” inspired song on Eric Burdon’s new disc

- February 7th, 2013

Musical inspiration comes from the most unusual places.
For example, Water, a song off Eric Burdon’s new album, ‘Til The River Runs Dry, was inspired by an impromptu meeting with former Soviet Union chief Mikhail Gorbachev when the two were both at a German TV station years ago.
“He asked if he could meet with us, and we said, ‘Yeaaaah, we’ll be down in five seconds,” the legendary inger of The Animals and War told QMI Agency before his sole Canadian date at Casino Rama on Feb. 8.
“And he was a very nice guy and I was sitting next to him I was understanding the impression that he had on (Ronald) Reagan. I was looking at his shirt and his tailored suit and his beautiful Swiss watch and I could see that that probably meant a lot to Regan and kind of warming to a Russian who he had painted as the devil at the time.
“And I asked him, ‘What’s the next big world problem?’ and he said, ‘Water.’ So I thought the best way is to say it with music.”

Eric Burdon says Neil Young one “of his favourite people”

- February 7th, 2013

Ask Rock and Roll Hall Of Famer Eric Burdon of The Animals and War fame who his favourite artists are and he doesn’t hesitate: Calexico – the Tex-Mex group from Tucson, Arizona, and Canada’s own Neil Young, the latter who is a long time musician pal.
“(Neil’s) one of my favourite people in the music world,” Burdon, 71, told QMI Agency in Toronto before his sole Canadian date at Casino Rama on Feb. 8.
“I used to hang at the same bar back in the ‘70s in L.A., haven’t seen him since then. I love his work. I love the fact that he’s been through hell physically (his 2005 brain aneurysm) and he’s still standing. “
Burdon also gives a shout out to Canada on Invitation to the White House, a song off his well received new solo album, ‘Til Your River Runs Dry, his first in six years.
Burdon sings: “We should make friends with Canadians, they’ve got more than snow, and there’s a labour force waiting in the land of Mexico, just waiting to go.”
“I’m amazed that America has two bookend neighbors and there doesn’t seem to be that much communication and play between the two,” explained Burdon.
“I mean we got a (drug) war going on with Mexico at the moment and Canada, you never hear anything…. You bring up the subject of U.S.-Canada relationship and it’s like a bell without a tone in it. I don’t know why. Why is it this way? It’s difficult for me to be critical because I am U.S. citizen so I’’m allowed to have free speech. That’s what they tell me. But still you got to watch what you say but I try and push it as much as I can in terms of things that I observe.”
But Burdon, born in Newcastle, England, but a longtime California resident, says his outspokenness has already gotten him in trouble in some parts of the U.S.
“Already, I”m getting feedback from Texas. ‘When you come back here we’re going to have to address this problem of the borders.’ And I’m like, ‘Wait a minute, I didn’t say open the borders and let drug dealers come flushing through, they’re already doing that.’ I’m talking about a plan to help Mexico become a better place by making more money.”

The most memorable Grammy performances

- February 7th, 2013

Rihanna. Frank Ocean. Taylor Swift. Alicia Keys. Jack White. These are just a few of stars that are set to potentially shine on stage for the 55th annual Grammy Awards Sunday night.

So what better way to prep for the biggest night in music than by running down some of the most notable performances ever on the big awards show.

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As you will see, not all of the infamous ones on this list were because the artist killed it. Some lip-synched. Some (soy) bombed. Some were jaw-droppers. And some just plain awesome.

Here’s ten that made the grade for differing reasons:

Madonna/Gorillaz/De La Soul, “Feel Good Inc.”/”Hung Up,” 1996

If anyone asks what the first ever hologram band was, you can tell them it was Gorillaz. The cartoon group teamed up with De La Soul (who aren’t even mentioned) and Madonna for a mish-mash of musical samplings which culminated in an unforgettable Grammy showing.

Radiohead, “15 Step,” 2009

Thom Yorke and co. pulled out all the stops by bringing along the USC Trojan Marching Band for the 2009 Grammy Awards. With all the people on stage, it could have been a disaster but turned out to be a match made in heaven.

Bob Dylan, “Love Sick,” 1998

Bob Dylan was in his glory after taking home the 1998 Grammy for Album of the Year for “Time Out of Mind,” but it was an attention seeker that will always be remembered during his performance. A shirtless man with the words “Soy Bomb” painted on his chest began gyrating around the stage in a bizarre dance, while an unfazed Dylan played on. The man, later known as Michael Portnoy, was escorted away by security after about a minute. It was later revealed that he was hired to dance behind Dylan during the performance, but changed the plan. So what does “Soy Bomb” mean? “Soy represents dense nutritional life,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “Bomb is, obviously, an explosive destructive force. So, soy bomb is what I think art should be: dense, transformational, explosive life.”

Alrighty then…

Marvin Gaye, “Sexual Healing,” 1983

It was the year and moment that soul legend Marvin Gaye’s comeback was complete. After being hitless for years, Gaye turned up the heat on this night, putting in a stellar performance of “Sexual Healing” (despite some feedback), and taking home two Grammys to boot. Sadly, a year later, he was shot and killed by his own father after an argument at the family home.

Milli Vanilli, “Girl You Know It’s True,” 1990

They’ll always have their night in the Grammy sun. They “sung” in front of millions and right after, took home the award for Best New Artist. You know the rest.

Trust me, watching the video is worth the effort once you see the priceless reaction on Ozzy Osbourne’s face after it’s over.

Michael Jackson, “Man in the Mirror,” 1988

Michael Jackson was known for his over-the-top performances, but on this night, it was a stripped down and moving rendition of his hit song had the audience on their feet.

Eminem/Elton John, “Stan,” 2001

This much-hyped (and gripping) duet had tongues wagging at the time. Slim Shady was being targeted by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation due to his homophobic lyrics, and had actually protested outside the Grammy Awards in 2001 because of his participation. What’s the best way of thumbing your nose at the protests? Get Elton John to help you out.

Tina Turner/Beyonce, “Proud Mary,” 2008

Tina Turner and Beyonce teamed up for a blistering rendition of the Creedance Clearwater Revival song, blending two different generations of soulfulness. No Ike needed.

Pink, “Glitter in the Air,” (2010)

Pink gets her Cirque on by getting wrapped up in a sheet, getting soaked in water, and getting high in the sky.

Kanye West/Jamie Foxx, “Gold Digger,” 2006

The twosome get the usually conservative star-studded audience out of their seats for this high-energy version of a tune that usually gets the party hoppin’.

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Elton John guests on Queens of the Stone Age record

- February 7th, 2013

Add Elton John to the list of stars that are lending their talents for the upcoming Queens of the Stone Age album.

Sir Elton let the news out during an interview with Dave Grohl, who is guest hosting on Chelsea Lately this week.

“I played on Queens of the Stone Age’s new album… I flew from Vegas to L.A. (to record a duet with Engelbert Humperdinck). He had wrote a great song and he’s 76 and has a great voice and I couldn’t say no… I sang the duet with him and I drove three blocks… and went from Engelbert to Queens of the Stone Age. Which was a bit of a mind f**k. I love that band so much.”

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The group has returned to the studio for the first time in six years, and they have been joined by part-time members Dave Grohl, Nick Oliveri and Mark Lanegan, as well as Nine Inch Nails rocker Trent Reznor and Scissor Sisters star Jake Shears.

The album is expected to be released this summer.

Watch the interview below:

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