Tuesday, March 29, 2011

cafe idly @ bangalore: Elizabeth Taylor & Michael Jackson's Lasting Frien...

cafe idly @ bangalore: Elizabeth Taylor & Michael Jackson's Lasting Frien...: "Im sure that most you are aware that Hollywood legend Elizabeth Taylor, whose career spanned seven decades, died on March 23rd this year of..."

Elizabeth Taylor & Michael Jackson's Lasting Friendship,through Life & Beyond

Im sure that most you are aware that Hollywood legend Elizabeth Taylor, whose career spanned seven decades, died on March 23rd this year of congestive heart failure at age 79.

Most of us know Elizabeth Taylor for her legacy as an Oscar-winning actress, captivating celebrity and philanthropist, but not many know her for her long-lasting friendship with Michael Jackson, another child star who achieved incredible feats under intense public scrutiny.

Jackson and Taylor became friends in the 1980s, and as the actress told Oprah Winfrey in an interview, their chemistry was immediate. "Our childhoods are very similiar, and we had that from the very beginning
 in common," she said. "I was a child star at nine, had an abusive father, and that kind of brought us ­together."

After the King of Pop's untimely death on June 25, 2009, Taylor issued a deeply emotional statement.
 "My heart…my mind… are broken," she said. "I loved Michael with all my soul and I can't imagine life without him. We had so much in common and we had such loving fun together."

"I keep looking at the photo he gave me of himself, which says, 'To my true love Elizabeth,
I love you forever,' " Taylor added. " 'And, I will love HIM forever." Taylor attended the funeral service for Jackson on July 7, 2009.

Here is a link to the song Micheal sang for Elizabeth Taylor in 1997..Elizabeth i love you.

They both had their childhoods robbed from them, which I imagine was one of their common bonds. Hard to believe they are both gone now, the world has lost two awesome talents and just plain good people. They will remain alive forever in our hearts and memories, and are reunited again.

source:youtube and www.billboard.com

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

cafe idly @ bangalore: Mark Clarke's first Solo Album - Moving To The Moo...

cafe idly @ bangalore: Mark Clarke's first Solo Album - Moving To The Moo...: "Mark Clarke - Moving To The Moon Moving to the Moon is the first album from the veteran bass player from Colosseum, Uriah Heep and Natural..."

Mark Clarke's first Solo Album - Moving To The Moon

Mark Clarke - Moving To The Moon

Moving to the Moon is the first album from the veteran bass player from Colosseum, Uriah Heep and Natural Gas (with Joey Molland of Badfinger and Jerry Shirley of Humble Pie) has been a long time coming. After 40 years of his friends and fans asking for a solo album - here it is. And it's a masterful collection of extremely well recorded and performed tracks that rival any from the bands he's played in.

For over four decades, Mark Clarke has been involved with some of the most respected bands in Rock history including Colosseum, Uriah Heep, Tempest, Billy Squier, Mountain, Ian Hunter and Natural Gas to name but a few. He’s even toured with The Monkees, jammed with The Rolling Stones and performed with The Who’s Roger Daltrey! But while he’s known for his exceptional bass playing and harmony vocals, Mark’s talents as a songwriter and lead vocalist have seldom received the attention they deserve.

The album comprises of 12 songs,blending modern production with his Classic Rock background, the album is a timeless mix of heart, soul and Rock ‘n’ Roll. Some may classify the album as AOR or Melodic Rock, which is certainly a fair of assessment, but the album’s influences take in everything from The Who (“One Of These Days”) and Paul McCartney (dig the vocal hook in “A Cowboy’s Song”) to Progressive Rock so it’s a hard one to pigeon-hole. Whatever you prefer to label it as, Moving To The Moon is nothing less than wonderful.

I personally listened to few of the tracks from this album and it brings back the memories of the good old rock era and it keeps getting stronger with each listen.I strongly recommend this album to all rock fans.

Play : Samples of the entire album


Sunday, March 13, 2011

Clapton guitar auction exceeds expectations

Even without his nimble fingers touching their strings, Eric Clapton's guitars rocked New York City on Wednesday,9th March 2011 as an auction of them brought in millions of dollars.

An auction of more than 70 of Eric Clapton's prized guitars has raised $2.15m (£1.34m) for charity.Several of the musician's signature instruments fared better than expected during Bonhams New York's public sale on Wednesday, 9th march 2011.

Among the items sold was a 1948 Gibson L-5P guitar, which far surpassed the $20,000 pre-auction estimate by fetching $83,000 (£52,000).Additionally, a customized 'Eric Clapton' signature Fender Stratocaster brought in $51,000 (£32,000).

Proceeds from the sales are to be donated to Antigua's Crossroads Centre, which Clapton founded in 1998 to aid those struggling with drug and alcohol dependency.

Clapton, 65, is widely regarded as one of the best guitarists of all time. In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine named him fourth on their list of the 100 best guitarists in music history.
The rocker has received numerous accolades over the course of his lengthy career, including three separate Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions and a Grammy 'Lifetime Achievement Award'.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The song that changed a band's destiny forever

John Rzeznik was approached to write a song for the City of Angels soundtrack, and the end product was "Iris". This song propelled the band Goo Goo Dolls to stardom, as it stayed on top of Billboard Hot 100 Airplay charts for a record-breaking 18 weeks, and was nominated for three Grammys that year. According to several interviews with Rzeznik, he was experiencing serious bouts of writer's block when he was approached, and was on the verge of quitting the band days before he wrote the song that would launch the band to worldwide fame.

The Goo Goo Dolls is an American alternative rock band formed in 1986 in Buffalo, New York, by vocalist and guitarist John Rzeznik and vocalist and bass guitarist Robby Takac

"Iris" was included on the triple-platinum Dizzy Up the Girl, and was among Top-Ten hits "Slide", "Black Balloon", "Broadway", and "Dizzy" from the same album. The new, polished sound garnered legions of new fans, many of whom had not followed the band before their mainstream success. Most of the Goo Goo Dolls concerts feature few, if any, songs the band wrote before 1995, reflecting the band’s more mainstream sound. In 2001, the Goos released their first ever compilation CD, What I Learned About Ego, Opinion, Art & Commerce. Next, Gutter flower (2002) — the last longplay in spirit of America, with dark lyrical undertones from Rzeznik's divorce—achieved gold certification, producing the hits "Here Is Gone", "Sympathy", and "Big Machine".

Current members
  • John Rzeznik – lead vocals, lead guitar, backing vocals (1986–present)
  • Robby Takac – backing vocals, bass guitar, lead vocals (1986–present)
  • Mike Malinin – drums, percussion (1995–present)