PBS animated a 1996 Johnny Cash interview where he spoke candidly about rock musicians, God, drugs, dressing in black and Elvis Presley. It’s part of their Blank on Blank series.
When talking about his addiction to painkillers, Cash said: “It’s like an alcoholic. He can’t drink, and I can’t take painkillers. I’m not very brave. For five years I didn’t try to take them. I fought it. I have a total of 34 surgical procedures on my left jaw. Every doctor I’ve been to knows what to do next and to relieve me of pain. I don’t believe any of them. I’m handling it. It’s my pain. I’m not being brave either. I’m not brave at all. After what I’ve been through, I just know how to handle it.”
Bassist Duff McKagan played his first gig back with Guns N’ Roses and they covered tracks by The Misfits, Led Zeppelin and The Who.
McKagan signed up to cover full-time bassist Tommy Stinson for five gigs in South America. He made his return in Buenos Aires and joined frontman Axl Rose and his band for a set of material filled with old and new music.
Never before seen footage from 1970s Van Halen concerts has been released on the Internet.
A series of clips from the band’s 1978 and 1979 performances in Fresno, California appeared on YouTube. The footage was remastered frame-by-frame from the original Fuji single-8 films.
The footage shows the band just as they were starting to get big.
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We can’t wait for this! May 15th!
This week, Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show is celebrating the upcoming Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions with appearances from Kiss, Yusuf Islam (formerly known as Cat Stevens), Hall and Oates’ John Oates and Nirvana’s Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony takes place Thursday in New York.
The Tonight Show will kick off tonight with an appearance by John Oates sitting in with the Roots.
Tomorrow will feature a performance by Islam, while Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl will appear on Wednesday. No word on if the two Nirvana members will be performing together, since the night also includes Stevie Nicks as musical guest.
She’ll be performing at the induction ceremony in a tribute to honoree Linda Ronstadt, who is no longer able to sing.
The week will finish up on Friday with Kiss.
A Massachusetts dad used Vine to to showcase his 4-year-old daughter’s Saturday morning antics…. for three months.
Bottlerocket, whose real name is Tony, recently combined all of the Vines into one to make a video that has since gone viral – with over 540,000 views.
The videos show him staring into the camera as his youngest daughter jumps, leaps and boogies in the background- sometimes smacking him in the head with dolls or other toys.
Tony started making the videos when his young daughters started taking dance classes on Saturdays. It’s all in good fun and he said he’s not at all annoyed by his youngest daughter.
While most get the humor behind his videos, he has been hit with a few negative comments about his parenting with one comment telling him to “hang out with his kid” instead of staying on the computer.
We think we like this alternate scene better.
No big deal, just taking a walk.