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Wrap Up From The iHeart Radio Music Festival

By Cindy Robinson

Last weekend the iHeart Radio Music Festival once again took over the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Two nights & a day of live music.It was an amazing weekend filled with such a variety of music that there had to be something there for everyone! Young artists like Sam Smith and Demi Lovato took the stage inbetween veteran acts like Coldplay, the Killers and Duran Duran. Jason Derulo glistened under the spotlight after losing his shirt and revealing his six pack abs. Lil Wayne even had the grannies in the audience hopping around. Newer acts like James Bay, Shawn Mendes, George Ezra and Walk the Moon made it worth a day outside in the Las Vegas heat. There was a country crooner each night for those who like that sort of music (or might enjoy a bathroom or beverage break).

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iHeart Radio Festival 2015 Adds Jennifer Lopez

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This week after legendary rockers The Who cancelled their North American tour dates due to Roger Daltery falling ill, including their appearance at the 2015 iHeart Radio Festival in Las Vegas September 18th and 19th, 2015 organizers added Jennifer Lopez to the stellar lineup which already includes Sam Smith, Duran Duran, Coldplay, Nick Jonas, The Weeknd, Demi Lovato, hometown boys The Killers, Janet Jackson a nd many more. The Daytime Village includes appearances from Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato along with rising star Shawn Mendes, Walk The Moon, Tove Lo, George Ezra and Echo Smith.

Stop by Ticketmaster to see what tickets might be left for the Friday & Saturday concerts at the MGM Grand or the Daytime Village at the iHeart Radio Festival on Saturday afternoon. There are also chances to win everywhere! Do a quick online search or tune into any iHeart radio station across the United States to win your chance to attend this one of a kind music festival in Las Vegas!

Images courtesy of iHeart Media

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Heading Downtown With Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

Today, Vanity Fair unleashed an exclusive set of behind the scenes and candid images of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis filming their latest video, Downtown. The images were shot by longtime Macklemore and Ryan Lewis photographer, Zoe Rain.

The exclusive photos show a fantastic range of moments including Macklemore enjoying time in between takes with new wife Tricia Davis and baby daughter Sloane, Ryan Lewis giving directorial guidance to the film crew and great shots of the ensemble cast in action. Click on the link below to visit Vanity Fair’s website for the slideshow.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis by Zoe Rain for Vanity Fair

Downtown is the first new official single from the hip hop duo as a follow-up to their smash album The Heist. Downtown is available now on iTunes . The single is racing up the charts with appearances by old school rappers Eric Nally, Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee, Grandmaster Caz, & Big Daddy Kane. The video has had nearly 11 million views since it’s release at the end of August. The next album (title not yet revealed) is expected later this year. Life on the Scene is looking forward to some more fun, live shows from Macklemore & Ryan Lewis in 2016! You can check out the video below.

 

 

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Life Is Beautiful Coming to Las Vegas

z6WRCOAzThe larger than life festival is heading to downtown Las Vegas in just a few weeks, running from September 25th-27th. Have you grabbed your tickets?

The music lineup is vast & varied including: Stevie Wonder, Imagine Dragons, Kendrick Lamar, Duran Duran, Hozier, Snoop Dogg, Weezer, Major Lazer, Death Cab for Cutie, Chance the Rapper, Brandon Flowers, Kygo, Atmosphere, Twenty One Pilots, Knife Party, Porter Robinson, Thievery Corporation, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Metric, AWOLNATION, Walk The Moon, Carnage, Run The Jewels, Rebelution, Madeon, Future Islands, Robin Schulz, SOJA, GRiZ, Royal Blood, Glass Animals, Lindsey Stirling, Clean Bandit, Best Coast, BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah, Audien, The Green, TCHAMI, Ab-Soul, Against Me!, SZA, Dan Deacon, Meg Myers, Claude VonStroke, New Politics, Two Gallants, Halsey, Shamir, Cashmere Cat, Ryn Weaver, What So Not, Big Data, The Magician, JAUZ, Saint Motel and many more.

Check out the Life Is Beautiful festival site for each day’s lineup. You can buy three-day festival passes or grab single day tickets if you can’t stay for the entire weekend. The full scoop on the types & prices for tickets can be found here.

The festival also has a massive line up of culinary delights with a variety of food trucks, food vendors and celebrity chefs offering their mouth-watering treats throughout the weekend.

There will be art for your viewing pleasure in between musical sets and guest speakers promoting a force for good including Bill Nye (the Science Guy!).

Which day(s) are you attending? Who are you most stoked to see? Leave us some comments below on who you are excited to see perform live! Come back and share some photos and reviews of the best aspects of the weekend.

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HIM to Release Lashes To Ashes, Lust To Dust’ in November

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Finnish platinum selling band HIM (vocalist Ville Valo, guitarist Mikko “Linde” Lindström, Mikko “Migé” Paananen, Janne “Burton” Puurtinen on keyboards and Mika “Gas” Karppinen on drums) have been a cultural phenomenon in the alternative rock world for over two decades, now they are excited to announce the upcoming release of an exclusive limited edition boxset ‘Lashes To Ashes, Lust To Dust’: A Vinyl Retrospective ’96-’03 on November 25th via The End Records. The boxset includes the rare debut 1996 EP ‘666 Ways To Love: Prologue” on 180 gram heavy weight vinyl for the first time ever, along with an exclusive Heartagram logo slipmat and a USB drive with 37 bonus tracks, 80 tracks all together, all re-mastered. Also to be released on November 25th, four of their iconic albums, ‘Greatest Love Songs Vol. 666’, ‘Razorblade Romance’, ‘Deep Shadows And Brilliant Highlights’, and ‘Love Metal’ will be released in multiple configurations, all re-mastered with bonus tracks, exclusive liner notes, and special packaging.

A must for any diehard HIM fan, these deluxe vinyl (in crushed velvet cases and colored vinyl to match each album’s art work) and boxset releases can be ordered in time for Christmas here and dont’ forget to check your local independent music store like Hollywood’s Amoeba Records to grab your copy.

HIM have also scheduled a couple of weeks of global concert appearances for the end of the year to promote ‘Lashes To Ashes, Lust To Dust’: A Vinyl Retrospective ’96-’03 which will culminate at home in Finland as they perform at their annual Helldone New Year’s Eve concert. Finnish ticket agency Tiketti is giving away a pair of tickets to the always instantly sold out New Year’s Eve bash on their Facebook page but sadly it doesn’t include the airfare to Finland! Click on the “see translation” button if you don’t read Finnish. Good luck to those who enter! This California girl has long-held onto the dream of going to Finland for Helldone on New Year’s Eve.

Other concert dates leading up to Helldone are listed below. Tickets are on sale now (and are sure to sell out so grab ’em quickly) and would make a great early Christmas present!

Dec 05                     O2 Shepherds Bush Empire                                        London, United Kingdom

Dec 06                     O2 Shepherds Bush Empire                                       London, United Kingdom

Dec 09                     Webster Hall                                                                  New York, NY

Dec 10                     House of Blues Boston                                                 Boston, MA

Dec 11                     Starland Ballroom                                                          Sayreville, NJ

Dec 12                     The Fillmore Silver Spring                                           Silver Spring, MD

Dec 16                     The Wiltern                                                                     Los Angeles, CA

Dec 17                     Marquee Theatre                                                            Tempe, AZ

Dec 18                     House of Blues San Diego                                            San Diego, CA

Dec 19                    House of Blues Las Vegas                                             Las Vegas, NV

Which HIM album is your favorite? If you are lucky enough to attend one of these concerts, which city will you be seeing HIM in? Leave a comment for Life on the Scene readers below. Check back with us in December as we plan to bring coverage of the concerts to our readers.

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Duran Duran’s Influence in the Ordinary World

Duran Duran 2014, image courtesy of https://www.facebook.com/duranduran

Duran Duran 2014, image courtesy of https://www.facebook.com/duranduran

by Cindy Robinson

Honestly, I don’t completely read most articles on Duran Duran these days (even though I’m a lifelong fan) because I already know most of the information being shared, it’s someone being slanderous toward the band or a fan complaining about the injustice of their Duranie fan life. I skim the articles. Yes, I’m a skimmer unless it really grabs my attention and today this article on Duran Duran by Ariane Sherine grabbed me. I read the entire thing!

I’ve read many thoughts over the years since the song “Ordinary World” was released at the end of 1992 about how it has saved people from their dismal existence and given them hope for a better life to come but Ariane’s story was a little different. In fact, she was downright bullied by her peers and sought refuge in a band that was beyond her generation’s interest. As fate would have it, she fell into friendship with Duran Duran over time and judging by her article, they gave her inspiration and encouragement to pursue her dreams.

Her story was engaging because it wasn’t filled with the sensational details, merely a story of some nice guys she met who mentored her, offered friendship and also happen to be musicians in one of the world’s biggest bands of the 80’s. It offered a human perspective on the tribulations of being a teenager and the softer side of musicians as mere humans. While her big break to appear on their Pop Trash album never happened, and she felt slighted (which is a common entertainment industry happening – promises of things which never come to fruition, or powers that be axe an idea or song) she found her footing in writing instead and succeeded.

Parts of it felt a little familiar to me as my dream has always been to become a major photographer but as life often does, it throws you curveballs and things don’t go the way you dreamt they would. Having children and no longer being married dictated the need for a regular, constant paycheck in my world so photography went on the back burner, a passion to be enjoyed and pursued when time allowed.

Image courtesy of Duran Duran store http://www.duranduranstore.com/

Image courtesy of Duran Duran store http://www.duranduranstore.com/

While Ariane never got her album credit, I do have mine. I was fortunate to have one of my live photos of John Taylor included in the CD artwork for his 2002 solo CD Metafour, my image is the 4th from the left in the photo to the left of this text. As I write this, I don’t have all of my resources in front of me to grab the image with the photo credit but it’s there (and if I have time to update later, I will add it).

And conversely, I can also relate to feeling a little slighted. In 2011, I attended a Duran Duran concert in Los Angeles that was being taped for future use and was also broadcast live to millions of viewers around the globe on YouTube. By the time the concert ended, my phone was buzzing like a bomb about to explode as messages came in from friends around the world that had seen me in the front row during the broadcast of the David Lynch directed extravaganza that became Duran Duran UNSTAGED. In November of 2013, Duran Duran UNSTAGED was screened at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. The band presented it to an ecstatic audience. Wait, I was part of an art exhibition and didn’t receive my red carpet invitation? Well, it isn’t like I performed on stage with them like special guests Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance, Mark Ronson, Kelis and Beth Ditto of Gossip did but I am seen a handful of times throughout the art film along with a plethora of people I know! The movie has gone on to be screened in many European cities, across the United States and I believe there is even a screening coming up in Russia soon! Also, beginning on October 14, 2014 you can watch Duran Duran’s UNSTAGED from your own home as it will be available On Demand nationwide in the U.S. and Canada so I’m (OK, we!) are coming to a TV near you in the next couple of weeks! While I’ve traveled the globe with them in their movie over the last year and will be popping up on TV screens everywhere in the coming weeks, I, and many others didn’t get any credit in the film but it sure was fun being there!

Duran Duran are also finishing up their latest studio album, due out in 2015 so be sure to check in on Duran Duran at their Facebook page to find out when it will be available on iTunes and when the band will hit the road to tour in support of it!

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Billy Idol Can’t Break Me Down

cant_break_me_downSinger Billy Idol has already had a busy 2014 as he finished up his first album in nearly a decade, “Kings and Queens of the Underground” and prepared his autobiography, “Dancing With Myself” for print. His book is scheduled for release from Touchstone books on October 7th, with the album to follow on his own BFI Records label on October 21st.

The first single, “Can’t Break me Down” is available now for your listening pleasure on Billy Idol’s website. You can also pre-order the album (or grab any IDOL tracks you may be missing) on iTunes and receive an instant download of the new single “Can’t Break Me Down”. What do you think of the new single? Share your thoughts in the comments below. I really like the sound of it and think it’s a modern twist on Billy Idol – a great way to keep moving his career forward.

“Dancing With Myself” can be pre-ordered now via Amazon in Kindle, Hard Cover and Audio CD (no word if it’s actually IDOL reading his book to us!)

IDOL is expected to launch a full world tour to extend well into 2015 in support of the new album and autobiography. Have you already purchased tickets to one of the European dates? Let us know in the comments below. Life on the Scene may be interested in posting a reader’s review and/or photos of an upcoming show! An initial stream of European concert dates are already on sale and include stops in:

NOVEMBER 5 (WED), BIRMINGHAM, UK, O2 ACADEMY

NOVEMBER 9 (SUN), LONDON, UK,  EVENTIM APOLLO HAMMERSMITH

NOVEMBER 10 (MON), MANCHESTER, UK, O2 APOLLO

NOVEMBER 12 (WED), STUTTGART, DE, PORSCHE ARENA

NOVEMBER 13 (THU), FRANKFURT, DE, JAHRHUNDERTHALLE

NOVEMBER 16 (SUN), AMSTERDAM, NL, HEINEKEN MUSIC HALL

NOVEMBER 18 (TUE), DUSSELDORF, DE, MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC HALLE

NOVEMBER 19 (WED), BRUSSELS, BE, ROYAL CIRCUS

NOVEMBER 21 (FRI), NUREMBERG, DE, ARENA

NOVEMBER 22 (SAT), LUCERN, CH, MESSE LUCERNE

NOVEMBER 23 (SUN), MILAN, IT, FABRIQUE

Life on the Scene noted today that Billy Idol is mentioned in the lineup for the CBGB Music & Film Festival that takes place in New York, October 8-12, 2014. Billy will be the keynote speaker on Thursday, October 9th, discussing his autobiography, “Dancing With Myself” and later performing with longtime guitarist and musical collaborator, Steve Stevens. Look for US tour dates to come from Billy Idol soon! Also check with your local bookseller to see if he will be doing a book signing in your area later this year. Other artists in the lineup include Jane’s Addiction and Duff McKagan, Tickets are separate for each artist performing throughout the weekend and will go on sale soon.

 

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INXS Drummer Jon Farriss Embarks on Solo Endeavors

Jon Farriss at work in Los Angeles

Jon Farriss at work in Los Angeles

Life On The Scene has long been a supporter of the iconic Australian band INXS, so today we were happy to hear from drummer Jon Farriss and learn that he’s currently in Los Angeles working on “solo creative endeavors- producing, songwriting, and collaborating”.

INXS announced an end to their touring days on stage in Perth, Western Australia in November of 2012 after more than 35 years of performing together. Not much has been heard from the band members since that time aside from an occasional appearance at social events around Australia.

Earlier in 2014, Jon Farriss launched his own website and has been making conscious effort to be more present on social media. You can connect with Jon on Twitter here and there’s also a place to sign up on his website to receive email updates from him. I’m looking forward to seeing where this next chapter in his musical career takes him!

In the meantime, tune in to some of your favorite INXS tracks from their vast catalog on iTunes. What’s your favorite INXS song? Tell us in the comments below!

Check back with us too, as we’ll be sure to let you know when more information is available about Jon’s upcoming solo work.

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The Rolling Stones Unleash Crossfire Hurricane

 As part of the ongoing celebration marking the Rolling Stones 50th anniversary, the stadium rockers will release Crossfire Hurricane next week in the USA which documents the key periods of the Rolling Stones’ career and their incredible journey.

As quoted from the Rolling Stones press release, “Directed by Brett Morgen, Crossfire Hurricane provides a visually stunning and an amazing  perspective on the Stones’ unparalleled journey from blues-obsessed teenagers in the early 60’s to rock royalty. It’s all here in panoramic candor, from the Marquee Club to Hyde Park, from Altamont to Exile, from club gigs to stadium extravaganzas.

With never-before-seen footage and fresh insights from the band themselves, the film will delight longtime devotees, as well as a new generation of fans, with its uniquely immersive style and tone. Crossfire Hurricane places the viewer right on the frontline of the band’s most legendary escapades.

As befits the first rock band to reach the 50-year milestone with their global stature now greater than ever, the film combines extensive historical footage, much of it widely unseen, with contemporary commentaries by Mick JaggerKeith RichardsCharlie WattsRonnie Wood and former Stones Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor. Period interviews, extensive live performance material and news archives give the production a truly kinetic aura and no-holds-barred approach.

Bonus features on the DVD and Blu-Ray include previously unreleased concert footage –  “Live in Germany ‘65”, NME Poll Winners concert footage from 1964 and 1965, a new interview with director Brett Morgen, “The Sound and Music of Crossfire Hurricane”, footage from The Arthur Haynes Show (1964), and the theatrical trailer.

Crossfire Hurricane received its worldwide premiere at the London Film Festival in October, where Mick JaggerKeith RichardsCharlie Watts and Ronnie Wood all hit the red carpet.”

Crossfire Hurricane is now available to order in the USA digitally on iTunes, Blu-ray and DVD.

The Rolling Stones are currently in the midst of their 50 & Counting North American Tour which hits Anaheim, CA on May 15th. So far stops around the country have included guests like No Doubt’s Gwen Stefani, Katy Perry and Tom Waits along with the live debut of Emotional Rescue. There are scattered seats left for some of these shows. Don’t miss your chance to witness rock royalty live! Stop by Ticketmaster today and see if you can grab a pair of tickets before they disappear.

 

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Rolling Stones to Offer a Few More $85 Seats

rolling-stones-announce-north-american-tour-datesAfter whipping Los Angeles into a frenzy over the weekend by playing a “surprise” club show at the Echoplex on Saturday, today the Rolling Stones announced that a small number of the hard to come by $85 tickets may become available for some venues after production sets up the show. If you are interested in trying to obtain these tickets, which are only available in pairs and must be picked up in person with a valid I.D., register here to be notified if any become available.

For those of us who couldn’t get into Saturday’s show, take a look at Getty Images Photographer Kevin Mazur’s coverage of the rare club gig here. Celebrity guests in attendance included Johnny Depp, No Doubt’s Gwen Stefani, Bruce Willis, Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen and star of the CBS hit show, NCIS, actor Mark Harmon.

The Stones kick off their 50 & Counting Tour this Friday, May 3rd at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Saturday night’s setlist included the following songs. I’m sure fans of the band can expect to hear these along with many other great songs rotated into the set as the tour gets under way. The only special guest the band have confirmed to date is guitarist Mick Taylor.

You Got Me Rocking
Respectable
She’s So Cold
Live With Me
Street Fighting Man
That’s How Strong My Love Is
Little Queenie
Just My Imagination
Miss You
Love In Vain (with Mick Taylor)
Midnight Rambler (with Mick Taylor)
Start Me Up

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Brown Sugar
Jumpin’ Jack Flash

Grrr! is available now via the Rolling Stones store in a variety of formats including the standard, deluxe and super deluxe editions, t-shirts and digitally via iTunes for those who need immediate “Satisfaction”. Check for concert tickets for your city here

 

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