Things are looking pretty bleak for fans of Singapore's Formula One party season, which is on from Sept 23 to 25.
Besides the disappearance of pre-event concert F1 Rocks (which has been missing in action since its debut here in 2009), the line-up of artists for this year's SingTel Singapore Grand Prix, with an entertainment budget of $5 million, is a far cry from last year's.
Yesterday, organisers Singapore GP announced that four other international acts will join American rock band Linkin Park – who will rock out on race day, Sept 25 – on the F1 line-up this year.
Dance fans can expect to groove to British duo Massive Attack's dance-music numbers, as main men Robert "3D" Del Naja and Grant "Daddy G" Marshall take to the stage at the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre on Sept 23.
But the Bristol pair won't be playing a live set, complete with guest singers and a backup band – fans will have to be content with them Djing.
And, if you're into raves of the retro kind, you're in for a treat: 1980s icon Rick Astley will be belting out his classics at the theatre on Sept 24, and on the Village Stage on Sept 25.
Never mind that the Never Gonna Give You Up singer has been to Singapore before, making appearances last year at Retrolicious. He was also part of the inaugural SingFest in 2008.
Also making an appearance on the F1 stage is Philippine starlet Charice Pempengco. The singer, who hit big time when she was featured on popular American show Glee, will be performing two shows.
Jamaican reggae hit Shaggy will also play two gigs. Shaggy last played in Singapore at the Reggae Festival in 2009.
F1 fans who expect higher- calibre acts from Singapore GP (last year's F1 line-up saw Missy Elliott, Mariah Carey and Adam Lambert headlining, after all), take heart.
The line-up is not complete yet, said Ms Sarah Martin, director of operations at Singapore GP. Several acts are still pending confirmation, and will be unveiled in coming weeks.
Ms Martin believes the line-up will be comparable to last year's.The SingTel Singapore Grand Prix is on from Sept 23 to 25. For ticketing information, visitwww.singaporegp.sg
This letter is probably not directed to any of my friends on facebook, the very kind people on my facebook fanpage and anyone who has ever (legally) downloaded or supported my music or of any other local artist.
But this is a letter, a letter from a very heartbroken Singaporean artist to the general mass of people who just don’t care or are just too close-minded to see the big picture. Yes, you.
Its sad, because i don’t think i could have tried any harder with you, Singapore. When it comes to you, it has always been an uphill battle, where i’m swimming against the currents. Time to time, i’d always catch you make comments like, “i don’t like this band, they don’t play any songs i know” or “oh, this band is good, they don’t sound local”.
Why? why are we possibly the only country where “local” has so much negative connotations tagged with it. why are we the only country where you’re only considered a GOOD, COMPETENT musician when you can play covers. why are we the only bloody country where the press and media will have to INTENTIONALLY highlight that a local musician plays an “original compostition”.
Why am i not accepted in your working society? On a day to day basis i have to deal with a hefty amount of people judging me; assuming i’ve made some majorly bad decisions in my life to wind up a musician. Why can’t i be musician? i don’t need your definition of success to be placed upon me. i don’t need your approval to do what i know i should be doing. i don’t need you to tell me that there is no future in Singapore Music, i don’t need you to tell me that what i’m doing is a lost cause.
Why?! Why do i have to try so hard to prove my worth about my contributions to society? why is it that our independent music community has minimal government support? why don’t i have someone to count on?
So on this note, i’d like to annouce that i’ve decided to move to another country to pursue my career. i’m not giving up on you Singapore, but rather its due to the fact that its the only choice i have, thanks to your pathetic need of validation from elsewhere before you see things clearly for yourself.
i’m hurt and you know why. i’m angry because i’ve been hurt
for a long time now.
But no matter how heartbroken i am, i’m now more ready than ever to get out of the boat and walk on water.
Yours Truly,A 100% A HOME-GROWN SINGAPOREAN ARTIST & PROUD OF IT.
New Delhi: One of the greatest mysteries in rock 'n' roll history came into the spotlight once again on Saturday, July 23, when the iconic, yet troubled singer Amy Winehouse died at the age of 27. She joins the league of Janis Joplin, Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain and Jim Morrison, all music legends who died at the age of 27, giving rise to the myth of 'Club 27' or 'Forever 27' in the minds of fans who coined the term after noticing a trend among the deaths of these legendary rockers.
Brian Jones (February 28, 1942 - July 3, 1969)
Founder of the Rolling stones and a guitarist Brian Jones
was known for his strange outfits and non-stop drug abuse, apart
from being outstandingly proficient in music. Jones was the one
who came up with the name the Rolling stones for his band with
Keith Richards and Mick Jagger and is also said to be the moving
force behind the rock band.
He was found lying motionless at the bottom of his pool. His then girlfriend Anna insisted that when he was pulled out, he still had a pulse, but by the time doctors arrived Jones was declared dead. Despite the drug abuse, the coroner's report stated that he died because of 'misadventure'.
Jimi Hendrix (November 27, 1942 - September 18, 1970)
American guitarist and singer-songwriter Jimi Hendrix is widely considered to be the greatest electric guitarist in musical history and one of the most influential musicians of his era across a range of genres. He headlined the iconic 1969 Woodstock Festival and the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival. It is said that he was influenced by blues artists such as BB King, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Albert King and Elmore James.
Hendrix died on September 18, 1970, which was first reported as a suicide. Later foul play was considered the cause of his death. And then the autopsy showed he asphyxiated on vomit after combining sleeping pills with wine. Till today the real reason behind Hendrix' death is a mystery.
Janis Joplin (January 19, 1943 - October 4, 1970)
Known as The Queen of Rock and Roll, Janis Joplin was an American singer, songwriter, painter, dancer and music arranger. She rose to prominence in the late 1960s as the lead singer of Big Brother and the Holding Company. She was ranked number 46 in the Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time in 2004.
She rose to fame, but she didn't get to ride it too long, as her drug abuse took the better of her. Joplin was found dead in the Landmark Motor Hotel and the autopsy reports claimed she died because of heroin overdose.
Jim Morrison (December 8, 1943 - July 3, 1971)
The lead singer for the Doors Jim Morrison's behavior had always seemed erratic, but fame gave him an even more bizarre edge. Widely considered to be one of the most charismatic frontmen in rock music history, Morrison was also the author of several books of poetry, and the director of a documentary and short film. He was ranked number 47 on the Rolling Stones '100 greatest singers of all time'.
How Morrison died is still not known - since no autopsy report was conducted and there was no evidence of foul play. The mystery surrounding his sudden death left many questions unanswered, many tears unwiped, many hearts broken.
Kurt Cobain (February 20, 1967 - April 5, 1994)
American singer-songwriter, musician and artist, Kurt Cobain is best known as the lead singer and guitarist of the grunge band Nirvana. The band gained widespread success with their 1991 album 'Nevermind' and the single 'Smells Like Teen Spirit'. Cobain was often hailed as 'the spokesman of Generation X'.
Cobain struggled with heroin addiction, illness and depression, his fame and public image, as well as the professional and lifelong personal pressures surrounding himself and his wife, musician Courtney Love. He was found dead at his home in Seattle, the victim of what was officially ruled a suicide by a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head.
Amy Winehouse (September 14, 1983 - July 23, 2011)
The British singer-songwriter gained widespread popularity with her hit single 'Rehab' and the album 'Back in Black', which won her five Grammy awards. She was known for her soul music, her whacky outfits, bizarre hairdo and outrageous make-up, which often left her ridiculed by the media.
Winehouse was addicted to heroin, ecstasy, cocaine, ketamine and alcohol and was even hospitalised in 2007 for a drug overdose. She was found dead in her London home and the investigation to determine the cause of death is still open.Whether it's the number that's jinxed or the lifestyle, turning 27-years-old just doesn't seem too promising for rock legends. As it is said 'to die will be an awfully big adventure', it is for certain that wherever the members of Club 27 are right now they are surely creating quite the jam session!
Snow Patrol have unveiled their brand new single 'Called Out in the Dark'.
The track will be the first single taken from their upcoming sixth studio album, which will be the follow-up to 2008's A Hundred Million Suns.
The single got its first play by BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe tonight. It will be released as both a single track and as part of an EP on September 4.
The group recorded the song in Topanga Canyon, Los Angeles with long-time collaborator Jacknife Lee.
Snow Patrol's currently-untitled sixth album will also be released later this year.
Lead singer Gary Lightbody recently revealed that R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe helped him overcome writer's block while working on the new album.
Listen to Snow Patrol's 'Called Out in the Dark' below:
Once again, Lady Gaga has declared her love for heavy metal.
Speaking to SiriusXM, Gaga talked at length about bands includingBlack Sabbath and Iron Maiden, which you can see in the player below:
"I just saw Iron Maiden on their 'Frontier' tour and it
totally changed my life. It was my first Maiden experience and I
just realized in that moment in the show that that was the kind
of artist I wanted to be.
"I didn't want people… 30 years from now coming to see my show to see if I've still got it. But rather I wanted them to be fully unified, fists in the air, wanna hear every song. Iron Maiden's a lifestyle and those fans… live and die by Maiden."
We last reported on Gaga attending an Iron Maiden gig, where we shared a photo of the pop star posing with drummer Nicko McBrain, but now a new backstage image of Gaga with Bruce Dickinson has surfaced which you can see below.The feeling between metal and pop seems to be mutual here. Ozzy Osbourne was quoted as saying "She's very clever, very interesting. She's wacky and I like the zaniness of that woman."
GROWING up, Neon Trees frontman Tyler Glenn had what you might call a "Billy Elliot complex".
Glenn, 28, loved performing as a child, and began taking dance lessons at the age of four.
But, like the fictional Elliot, his hobby made him the subject of bullying in school. It got so bad that he abandoned his passion at age 12.
On the line with my paper from California, where the alternative- rock band were playing shows, Glenn revealed: "I ended up feeling like I wasn't allowed (to love dance)...so I left it behind."
That's why the guy - who was also part of the choir in high school - was stoked that Neon Trees' biggest hit to date, Animal, was featured on musical- comedy series Glee.
"I get a lot of the inside jokes and the vibe and the geekiness of it," he said. "I appreciate that (the arts) have been embraced in that very comedic, fantastical way...to show (those kinds of) kids that they belong."
Neon Trees - comprising Glenn, guitarist Chris Allen, drummer Elaine Bradley and bassist Branden Campbell - will play their first Singapore date on Tuesday at Fort Canning Park.
Since being handpicked by The Killers' drummer Ronnie Vannucci to open for the Las Vegas rockers on a slew of tour dates in 2008, the Utah-based outfit have gone from strength to strength.
Their debut album, Habits, was well-received, and Animal hit No. 1 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart. Neon Trees - which formed in 2005 - have since toured with bands like My Chemical Romance and 30 Seconds To Mars.
Despite attaining fame and success, Glenn has his head screwed on straight.
"As much as I enjoy feeling that I can create this (rock-star) persona, I don't want to be looked at as someone to be idolised," he said.
But that doesn't mean he doesn't go all out to engage his audience, especially during live shows (he's known to incorporate his "unorthodox, flailing dancing" into the band's shows, as this reporter witnessed at a recent London gig).Asked what people can expect at their show here, Glenn said: "I encourage people to really let their hair down... It'll be very energetic and entertaining, I promise you that."
SINGAPORE: American Alternative rock band, Neon Trees, known for hits like "Animal" and "1983" is finally coming to town, to kick-start their first ever Asian tour.
Set to perform at Fort Canning Park on 26 July, the four-member band says fans should pack loads of energy for their show.
"You can expect a lot of energy. We think it's really important to put on a good live show. We don't wanna be a band that just gets up and plays the album like it is, you know you could've just listened to the CD than come to see us" said drummer Elaine Bradley in a phone interview.
"We wanna make the live shows something really exciting, so I think you can expect energy, we like to kinda have a shared energy with the crowds. We demand a lot on the crowd, you know, to dance and sing with us and basically just have a good time with us."
The four-member band from Utah which includes lead singer Tyler Green, base guitarist Branden Campbell, and guitarist Chris Allen are excited to be headed to Asia.
"We're just excited to be in the country, because none of us have ever been [to Singapore before].
"It's a really big deal. We don't know what to expect but [we're] really excited to come. Hopefully we'll have a day off and have fun exploring.
"We are the type of people that really enjoy finding good food, so we hope that someone from Singapore will tell us where the best local food is."
Food seems important for this young band, since as Bradley revealed, "we're the band that is named after a fast food restaurant!"
"Tyler and his friends used to hang out at 'In and Out' restaurant in California" said Bradley of the early high school days of her band-mates, adding that "in that particular restaurant's interior, they have these glass neon palm tree lights and he and his friends used to joke about being in the band called 'Neon Palm Trees'.
"Later when he and Chris got together and played music, the name Neon Trees kinda sticks, so they kept the name."
There's definitely no lack of imagination for this group who are working on their upcoming album.
"[We are in] the process of doing some demos, and we're gonna get together after this Asian run and start writing some more new stuff.
"I think we really want the second album to be high energy and fun. We definitely don't wanna come out with a second album that's nothing like the first one."
After their first performance in Singapore, the band will be heading to Indonesia, Australia, South Korean, Japan and even China before going back to work on their second album.
What inspires you on a day to day
Financial need [laughs]. Basically writing songs that will be fun to play live. We’re pretty sensitive to not appearing like assholes on stage so much so that if a song feels wrong or it’s not clicking well when we’re performing we’ll actually drop it altogether.
If you had to choose your favorite record of all
time what would it be?
The new Wild Beasts record Smother is what I’m listening to most right now but Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours and David Bowie’s Low would also definitely make it onto my list
How was it recording your fourth studio
album Barbara with a new
Our new drummer Andy Burrows (of Razorlight fame) was in London, me and Keith were in New York and our producer was in LA so it was a pain in the ass to arrange everyone’s schedule. But it ran much more smoothly and amicably than previous records. Andy came in as a very like-minded songwriter and respected what the band had done previously whilst being excited to add to it.
What can fans expect from your gig
I think we’re in the height of the process of becoming a really great live band. It definitely helps to have Andy along full-time for the tour because it feels like we have a huge artillery van behind us, driving us on.
Is there anything you’re most looking forward to
whilst in Singapore?
My parents travel a lot and Singapore is the one city in Asia that they would consider moving to. The island is definitely a mystery that I’m really excited to explore.
Here’s one of the more unique applications that I’ve come across in a while, courtesy of Tim Hornyak over on CNet. Tiny Riot is a headbanging app for iPhone, which aims to serve as a form of catharsis for people inJapan. Here’s an excerpt from the developer:
After a traumatic experience our lives tend to go back to normal. Well, they’re not. Release… . We made this app as a release for our frustration with the uncertainty of post 3.11 Japan. We hope it can help you too. Headphones recommended.
The app simply requires you to shake the &%$# out of your iPhone and rock out Beavis and Butthead style until all your frustration has melted away.
Tiny Riot records a video of your metal moment as well, and then plots it along side others on this world map. As you can see, the app is winning over a number of fans beyond Japan’s borders already.
If you’d like to give Tiny Riot a try, it’s
available over on
the app store for 99 cents. In the meantime, check out
the demo video below.
Red Hot Chili Peppers have posted a stream of their first single "The Adverntures Of Raindance Maggie"
The pop-driven and accessible single - the first from their forthcoming album "I'm With You" - and its artwork are available in the player below.
It is the first time fans will hear John Frusciante's replacement on guitar, Josh Klinghoffer.
Speaking to Stereogum, bassist Fleadescribed what their former guitarist brought to the table and why Josh seemed a good replacement.
"[Frusciante] was a huge part of our creative process for a long time. I'm so grateful for him... He just gave us so much as a songwriter, as a player, as a human being, and just his relationship to music, which is such a beautiful and pure and powerful one... I didn't think I'd want to continue the band without him. But once he left, I realized that dealing with this different situation... I just wanted to keep doing it and once we made that decision I decided to get Josh."
"We still sound like the Red Hot Chili Peppers, but it's really a lot different", Flea said. "Josh is a very textural, poetic, and sublime musician, and just comes at it from a different angle than anything that we've had before."Do you agree with Flea? Have a listen: Red Hot Chilli Peppers The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie by 981freefm