Yesterday I shared video of Kanye West performing a cover of Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen during his headline performance at The Glastonbury Festival Saturday night. Today I’d like to share video of singer/songwriter Ryan Adams performing his song Stay With Me during his Glasto performance yesterday. Ryan Adams is absolutely one of my favorite musicians of all time and this performance of Stay With Me gives some insight as to why I love him so much. I got to hear Ryan perform this song off his newish self-titled album in concert when he toured through SoCal last year and I can assure you, the song sounds even better live in person. For those of you who weren’t too fond of the Kanye video I shared, I hope this video makes up for it. Please enjoy.
“It’s been a very long journey to this moment"
Last week we learned that pop icon Janet Jackson would be honored with a performance tribute and a special award during The BET Awards show that aired live on BET last night. Today we get to see video of the fun tribute performance that featured Tinashe, Jason Derulo and Ciara dancing up a storm to Janet‘s hit career-spanning songs Pleasure Principle, All For You, If and Rhythm Nation. Janet then made an appearance on stage to accept the Ultimate Icon: Music Dance Visual Award … her first public on stage appearance at an awards show in years. The tribute was great, Janet looked amazing and with the forthcoming release of her new album & launch of her Unbreakable World Tour, we are now one step closer to her full-fledged return to the music scene. Click below to see Janet‘s return to The BET Awards last night. More »
Yeezus declared himself "the greatest living Rock Star on the planet"
Kanye West was the headline performer at the Glastonbury Festival in the UK last night (after many weeks of controversy, including a petition that sought to bar him from performing at Glastonbury altogether) and as part of his set, he delivered his own version of the Queen classic song Bohemian Rhapsody. His performance of this song was, I think, a bit of a love letter to the Glastonbury audience as a way to show respect for England‘s storied musical history. But Kanye couldn’t help being Kanye throughout his show stopping set, where at one point he declared from the Glastonbury stage — for all the world to hear — that he is “the greatest living Rock Star on the planet“. Oh, Kanye. Click the embed above to hear Yeezy‘s rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody and then click below to learn more about his headline set at Glastonbury. More »
The best video you'll see all day
During a performance of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles last week, a magical and entirely wonderful thing occurred … the group busted out one of the most inventive live performances of Britney Spears‘s hit song Work Bitch EVER! It is being reported that our dear Britney Spears was in the audience at this June 20 performance by the GMCLA when they performed her song and as you can hear in the video embedded above, they only only thoroughly entertained the audience (Britney included, I’m sure) but they also delivered an excellent rendition of her song. I have a feeling that this video will be the best thing you’ll see all day, possibly all week. Please enjoy.
The TV Guide
Last night, for the first time ever, I got to see the legendary punk band The Misfits live in concert. For years, I’ve resisted the urge to see The Misfits live because frontman Glenn Danzig left the band way back in the ’80s and I was really worried that the band would suck without him. The Misfits have played many shows here in LA in recent years and I almost went to see them at the House of Blues but something else came up. When I heard that the band would be performing 3 albums in full over 3 nights of live concerts (Thursday – Static Age, Friday – Walk Among Us & Saturday – Earth A.D.) I knew the time to see the band live had come. I bought a ticket for last night’s show, to hear them perform Walk Among Us in full in concert and I can honestly say, it was one of the better decisions I’ve made all year long. More »
The TV Guide
Yesterday was a really great day for me. I got to spend time with dear friends who I hadn’t seen in far too long and then I got to attend a really fun concert of one of my fave singer/songwriters. Before yesterday, it had been almost a month since I saw Emma, Josh and baby Duke … which is just, unacceptable. Emma’s sister Chelsea has moved to LA and her boyfriend Michael was visiting from San Francisco so we had a nice family affair yesterday afternoon/evening. Last night, I made my way to the legendary Troubadour to see Lenka live in concert. I saw her last year in concert at the Hotel Cafe in Hollywood and, well, I simply must see her every time she comes to town. The show last night was so much fun … and getting to chat for a bit with Lenka afterward was just the icing on the cake. More »
In celebration of her new album release day
Hilary Duff‘s new album Breathe In. Breathe Out. is out TODAY and in honor of the occasion, Hilary made an appearance on Good Morning America earlier today to perform her current single Sparks. Sparks, as you may recall, was released in 2 music video forms … one that was a commercial for the dating app Tinder and a second video that was more like a proper music video. Sparks is still in heavy rotation on my playlist so I am still in love with the song. Check out Hilary‘s performance of Sparks above on GMA today (preceded by a short interview) and then you get your buns to a record store and pick up her new album … or, you know, just download it on iTunes, Amazon, etc. Hilary Duff is back! It’s a joyous day all around :D
"A Little Party Never Killed Nobody"
Way back in 2013, I was lucky enough to attend a performance of For The Record: Baz Luhrmann In Concert here in LA which is a live theatrical experience that marries the music from Baz Luhrmann‘s films with singing, dance and spectacle in a 360 degree theater. Today we learn that Baz is making the movie to Las Vegas where the show will be performed on a grander scale at Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino. The video embedded above gives you a sense of what the show will be like in Sin City and you can click below to learn more about For The Record: Baz in Las Vegas, which begins performances THIS MONTH! More »
Undercover in The A.V. Club
Actress and sometime pop star Leighton Meester paid a visit to The A.V. Club to perform live in their Undercover series where artists are asked to perform cover songs from a predetermined list. Leighton and her band decided to perform a cover of the 1996 song Lovefool by The Cardigans (made famous by its inclusion on the soundtrack for Romeo + Juliet, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes). Leighton released her debut album Heartstrings last year and enjoyed a pretty decent hit with Cobra Starship with their song Good Girls Gone Bad back in 2009 … so she’s been an elusive chanteuse for some time now. I love this song and I surprisingly enjoy Leighton‘s cover. I know some of you are fans of this song so I think you’ll enjoy this cover … and for those of you who aren’t familiar with Lovefool or The Cardigans, I urge you to check them out. Also, keep an eye out for Leighton‘s baby bump in this performance video. She should be birthing her baby with husband
Seth Cohen Adam Brody sometime this year. Enjoy!!
The BET Experience
This year already, we’ve seen two trailers (HERE and HERE) for the upcoming N.W.A. biopic movie Straight Outta Compton which opens in theaters on August 14. Today we learn the VERY HAPPY NEWS that Ice Cube will be reuniting with the surviving members of N.W.A. for a live concert performance at the Staples Center later this month as part of the annual BET Experience. The BET Experience is a multi-day festival that features some of the biggest acts in concert. This year, they managed to get N.W.A. — together again. Wow. More »