I was driving this weekend top down in my convertible enjoying the beautiful weather we've had, and my favorite song came on my playlist, and I got to thinking about it...I could listen to Seven Mary Three - Cumbersome on repeat for the rest of my life and never get sick of it. What's a song that you could listen to over and over again and never get sick of?
This is something dear to my heart, actually. Eddie VanHalen talked to CNN the other day about his work with the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation. He said "Music is such a necessity. It touches people's souls," he told CNN. "Music is the universal language to me. It transcends everything. The foundation donates new and refurbished musical instruments to schools in an effort to give youngsters the many benefits of music education. I was in band pretty much my entire middle school and high school career, and it instilled a love of music in me that I'll never be able to explain. Actually, one of my band directors is a director in the Elkhart area! Mr Weirich! If you've never seen the movie this foundation is named after...you need to! Did you have a teacher in school that you'll never forget?
Music is often a life changer for a lot of people...whether you just enjoy it, or you're an artist, you often hear something that just influences you. Corey Taylor of Slipknot recalled what age and where he was the first time he heard Black Sabbath's Paranoid, and that was the turning point for him to realize he wanted to make music. Not only is he blown away at Ozzy's talent, but he also said "The first time Ozzy hugged me it was like being blessed. It doesn't get better than that." Do you have a fond memory of something you've heard that changed your life?
A Bolivian rocker couple have named their newborn son Iron Maiden in honor of the heavy metal legends. César Durán Alpiri, who is described as an "IRON MAIDEN superfan," said it was his idea to name his son after the band because he was inspired by MAIDEN's iconic mascot Eddie. César said "It has a lot to do with Eddie The Head of IRON MAIDEN. I want my son to have that strength, that energy. I want him to fight for what he wants, to have the attitude and, above all, to be mentally strong.". César and his wife have also shared Iron Maiden's birth certificate on social media, confirming that his full name is Iron Maiden Duran Ruiz. He was born on Feb. 1st. I'm just saying...that child is destined for greatness with a name like that! What odd names have you heard of?
The next week looks awesome weather wise! I know it's Indiana and that could change at any point, but, I have the winter blues SO bad that I drove my convertible to work with the top down this morning! In my defense, it was sunny, and a little warmer than normal. I'm already thinking of stuff to do to my car to get it ready for all the shows this summer! Have you ever been so desperate for summer weather that you rode your bike or drove with your top down in the middle of winter?
ROCK USA is happening in Wisconsin this summer! Up until the last few years, the only big rock festival that you could camp at and whatnot was Rock on the Range, but they're becoming more and more popular! And in my opinion giving Rock on the Range a run for it's money! VOLBEAT, STONE SOUR, MEGADETH, LAMB OF GOD, THE PRETTY RECKLESS and ANTHRAX will join the massive lineup in Oshkosh. Not to mention Ozzy and Avenged Sevenfold! Of all of these awesome rock fests...which one would you rather go to in 2017?
Metallica is going to be featured on Carpool karaoke! METALLICA's appearance on the series will see them driving around Hollywood with Billy Eichner and making a stop at a supermarket where the band ends up serenading the workers behind a deli meat counter. What's your favorite song to belt out in the car?!
1-800-FLOWERS.COM is offering the official GUNS N' ROSES "Not In This Lifetime" bouquet of 12 or 24 vibrant red roses for the special fan in your life this Valentine's Day. As a special added gift with purchase, you will receive a pair of tickets to see GUNS N' ROSES on their "Not In This Lifetime" U.S. and Canada tour this summer in a city near you! How cool is that?! I just went to the website, and it looks like you can get two dozen roses for 76.99 or 1 dozen for 56.99! Would you buy these for your significant other?
Pop superstar Lady Gaga will perform with METALLICA at this year's Grammy Awards. She just did the halftime show for the Super Bowl! No one knows what song they're going to perform yet, but the show is happening! Metallica is up for the Best Rock Song category for their newest track "hardwired". I'm a giant lady gaga fan...I can't wait to see what they come up with! If you could pick a pop star to duet with a legendary rock group, who would it be?
So back in March, an online poll happened over in England to name a ship that is going to set sail in 2019....with the name of BOATY McBOATFACE!. We all know how awesome the internet can be....There were other online polls to name things....like in Austin TX when it was voted to rename the city's wastewater plant "Fred Durst"...which I thought was absolutely hilarious! Do you name your boats or toys?
BLACK SABBATH ended its nearly five-decade touring career Saturday night (February 4) with a two-hour concert at the NEC Arena in the band's hometown of Birmingham, England. Tony Iommi said he wouldn't rule out doing one-off shows with Sabbath, but can't guarantee it will happen. SABBATH's "The End" tour was its last because Iommi, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2012 and is currently in remission, can no longer travel for extended amounts of time. I've put a link up on Rock 977's facebook page of the final song and bow! If you could've seen any legendary band's last performance...who would it have been?
Dave Mustaine, the frontman for Megadeth, recently went lingerie shopping with his wife, and recorded the entire experience on Periscope. Would you go lingerie shopping with your wife or girlfriend? Or would you go to a different store until she's done?
STYX's Todd Sucherman is being sued by a fan who claims to have suffered injuries in the face after the drummer allegedly "negligently threw a drumstick into the audience" during band's 2015 performance in Georgia. Sucherman failed to give a "timely and proper warning to allow [the fan] to fully protect herself from injury," the suit alleges. The fan is seeking to recover damages, including medical expenses and lost income. Now...if it were me, I would've been screaming louder and trying to hug the band afterwards! It would totally be a battle scar to be proud of! Have you ever been injured at a rock show?
The big game is this sunday! Lady Gaga is the halftime performer...and there's rumors that she's going to jump out of a helicopter at some point in her performance! Every year, I always say I'm going to go Skydiving, and I never do, but this year I really want to. I have a bucket list, and believe it or not...I've done most of the things on it! Do you have a bucket list? What's at the top?
A hologram of the late Ronnie James Dio will make its U.S. debut at the 28th annual Pollstar Awards on February 2, and it's actually going on tour! Dio's Disciples are a group of artists who have played with Dio in the past, and tour as a tribute to him. So, you have a hologram of Dio, and actual musicians playing his songs! Would you go to a show to see your favorite artist in hologram form?
Last week, SLIPKNOT drummer Jay Weinberg spoke about his audition for the band and the process of making the group's latest album, ".5: The Gray Chapter". He discovered Slipknot as a pre-teen and said He was hooked immediately and was a huge fan of SLIPKNOT by the time he was invited to Los Angeles to try out as replacement for Joey Jordison in 2013. He also added"[SLIPKNOT] was the first band that I really identified with as the shield that I would wear through my life.. The two records that they had put out at that time were really meaningful to me, [and] still are." Do you have a band that you would identify as a "sountrack to your life"?
This actually made me laugh pretty hard! Matthew McConaughey has a younger brother who apparently has a pretty awesome talent. He can pee long distances. And to prove it...his dad woke him up at 4 in the morning to drive an hour and a half. He made a bet with his friend...and I quote..."if my boy can pee over your head, we get the bike". Well...he did it! Have you ever made a bizzare bet like that?!
There's some stigma surrounding matching tattoos. In fact, I have a matching tattoo with my ex husband. It's a tiny black and red nautical star. Doesn't say anything, no dates, nothing. We split 3 years ago, and it's nothing I have to hide or anything. Just something that we both know the meaning to. Now, I do have ground rules. I'd never get someone's name on me unless it was a family member that passed or the name of one of my future children. Would you ever get a matching tattoo with someone?