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10 rare videos of artists before they were famous

- August 14th, 2013

One of the great things about YouTube is, it offers up historical footage that you would normally never, ever see.

This also includes video from back in the day of some heavyweight musical acts playing in front of, well, hardly anyone.

Hey, you gotta start somewhere.

It’s also clearly evident as to why they got to the heights they did after seeing and hearing some of these clips from years ago.

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Here are 10 rare videos floating out there on the video-sharing site. There’s such an abundance of unique stuff that we’ll add some more in the weeks and months to come. (Please, feel free to add your own favourite rarities in the comments section at the bottom of this page):

Madonna, 1982

Here’s an early look at the talents of Madonna as she struts her stuff at her first-ever live performance at old New York club Danceteria in 1982, playing Everybody. She had confidence, even back then:

Rihanna, 2003

We get an early glimpse of Rihanna’s vocal chops as she belts out a version of Hero at 15 years old:

Nirvana, 1988

Prior to Nirvana were selling out arenas in the ’90s behind their hugely popular albums Nevermind and In Utero, they played a Radio Shack in Aberdeen, Wa., in 1988 in front of a few staff members. They performed Paper Cuts:

Eminem, 1991

Before Marshall Mathers became Eminem/Slim Shady, he was playing in high school talent shows. Here’s a clip from a show in 1991 (he’s in the black shirt):

Guns N’ Roses, 1986

Before Guns N’ Roses signed to Geffen Records and a year prior to their breakthrough debut album Appetite For Destruction being released in 1987, the fivesome were staples on the Hollywood club scene. Here’s their full set from the Roxy in Los Angeles on January 18, 1986:

U2, 1977

Here’s U2′s first ever appearance on Irish TV in March of 1978 performing Street Mission. Bono was 18 years old at the time, and when they filmed the spot on the show Youngline, they were actually called The Hype:

The Smiths, 1983

The Smiths hadn’t released their debut album yet, nor any singles. Here’s the iconic band playing their third gig ever, and supporting a funk band called 52nd Street at the Hacienda club in Manchester on February 4, 1983.

Destiny’s Child, 1992

Here we see a young Destiny’s Child practicing their song-and-dance moves in a backyard in 1992. Beyonce was 11 years old at the time:



LL Cool J, 1985

Young rapper LL Cool J (with DJ “Cut Creator”) is seen playing to a half-empty gym of mostly mullet-wearing, disinterested white kids at Colby College in Maine in 1985. He was 17 at the time:

The Who, 1964

The Who, then known as the High Numbers, play a hotel bar in London in 1964, prior to the release of their breakthough song, My Generation (which would be released the following year).

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5 bands that should and should not reunite

- March 5th, 2013

Bands get back together for a myriad of reasons, with the main one being the lure of the almighty dollar.

Some reunions have been hits. Soundgarden reformed and released a well-received album and their accompanying tour was a hot seller, Alice in Chains soldiered on valiantly without late-frontman Layne Staley, and Van Halen’s recent North American jaunt with David Lee Roth back in the fold proved to be a commercial success (even though the album tanked).

With the news of Zeppelin possibly getting the Led out once again in 2014, here’s a short rundown of some the groups we think should get back together and the ones that should keep their gear packed away in storage.

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Get back together now:

Rage Against the Machine

This is one of the greatest examples of a band who gave it all up at the height of their popularity. Why these guys aren’t back together is a head-scratcher. No one seems to know. Frontman Zach de la Rocha isn’t exactly busy these days and the rest of the band members are all for a reunion.

Reunion probability: 7/10

The Smiths

They’ve been offered millions to play various festivals, but for guitarist Johnny Marr and frontman Morrissey, it’s all about keeping the cult favourites’ legacy in tact. Oh, and the nasty lawsuits brought on by the other two guys. “I would rather eat my own testicles than reform The Smiths, and that’s saying something for a vegetarian,” Morrissey once said.

Moving on….

Reunion probability: 0/10

Oasis

They haven’t had a great album in over a decade, but the high entertainment value of brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher battling it out while on tour is immeasurable. Mom almost had them back together last Christmas, so we think the odds are high that we’ll see them back again, most likely with a hockey referee.

Reunion probability: 7/10

Guns ‘N Roses (original lineup)

We don’t think there’s a rock fan in the world that wouldn’t want to see Axl Rose, Slash, Duff McKagan, Izzy Stradlin and Matt Sorum back in the studio and back on stage together. But if the fightin’ fivesome couldn’t make an appearance for their Rock Hall induction, the chances of anything else happening is remote. Jack Daniels could possibly help.

Reunion probability: 1/10

Talking Heads

The band reunited on stage for the first time in 18 years for a one-off, three-song gig at the 2002 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, and they sounded as tight as ever. There’s no reason why the quartet wouldn’t translate into the studio as well, if they would ever kiss and make up.

Reunion probability: 3/10

Please stay away:

The Police

Ex Sex Pistols leader John Lydon’s infamous “Do you ever feel like you’ve been cheated?” line resonated with us while they belted out a lacklustre set at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto back in 2007. They were listless, uninspiring and devoid of any passion. The kicker was Sting having his handler serve him hot tea during the show. How rock n’ roll.

Reunion probability: 5/10

Spice Girls

The fascination over the British girl group still confounds us. Rumours of their inevitable reunion spring up on a weekly basis, with the main holdout being Victoria Beckham due to her popular fashion line. Let’s hope that particular endeavour continues to be a success.

Reunion probability: 8/10

INXS

Talk about feasting off of the dead. The Aussie group, who were at one time one of the biggest bands in the world, tried to re-attain that status in the tackiest of ways by doing a reality show called “Rock Star: INXS” in a feeble attempt to replace their deceased frontman Michael Hutchence. What they ended up with was Canuck singer J.D. Fortune, who has been a sideshow himself. At least Michael isn’t around to witness their legacy slowly implode.

Reunion probability: 9/10

The Rolling Stones

They’ve never officially broken up, so this technically shouldn’t count, but having to endure Mick Jagger pounce around the stage like a geriatric buffoon leaves us with the willies. Yes, they make a lot of money on tours that fans inexplicably pay top dollar for, but that’s no reason to continuously embarrass themselves every five years.

Reunion probability: 10/10

The Eagles

No one deserves this. Especially your pocketbook.

Reunion probability: 7/10

What are some acts that you’d like to either see get back at it, or leave it well enough alone? Leave a comment below!

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Guns N’ Roses to release Las Vegas 3D concert movie

- January 22nd, 2013

Guns N’ Roses fans, get your 3D glasses ready.

According to SPIN, Axl Rose and the gang are getting set to release a 3D concert film, titled “Appetite For Democracy,” of one of their shows in Las Vegas last year.

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The November 12 gig, which was part of their 12-show run at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, is expected to hit theatres, TV as well as DVD later this year. Watch a 8-minute teaser of “Paradise City,” taken from the film, below.

GN’R's setlist from that evening: (via Blabbermouth)

1. “Chinese Democracy”
2. “Welcome to the Jungle”
3. “It’s So Easy”
4. “Mr. Brownstone”
5. “Estranged”
6. “Rocket Queen”
7. Richard Fortus guitar solo (“Blacklight Jesus of Transylvania”)
8. “Live and Let Die” (Wings cover) (With “Happy Thanksgiving”)
9. “This I Love”
10. “Better”
11. “Motivation” (Tommy Stinson on lead vocals, with band introductions)
12. Dizzy Reed piano solo (“No Quarter” by Led Zeppelin)
13. “Catcher in the Rye”
14. “Street of Dreams”
15. “You Could Be Mine”
16. DJ Ashba guitar solo (“Ballad of Death”)
17. “Sweet Child O’Mine”
18. “Another Brick in the Wall Part 2″ (Pink Floyd cover, with Axl on piano)
19. “November Rain”
20. “Objectify” (Bumblefoot on lead vocals)
21. “Don’t Cry”
22. “Civil War”
23. Jam
24. “The Seeker” (The Who cover)
25. “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” (Bob Dylan cover)
26. Jam
27. “Nightrain”

Encore:
28. “Don’t Let It Bring You Down” (Neil Young cover)
29. “Used to Love Her”
30. Jam
31. “Patience”
32. Jam
33. “Paradise City”

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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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