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Things the Best Musicians Refuse to Do

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

When most of us think about stardom, it’s not diva behavior we’re dreaming of. Not a lot of us want to get arrested for a DUI in Canada, leave fans waiting because we’re too hung over to make it to our own shows on time, or smash up some photojournalist’s camera. We want to be pros. We’d...

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Sing Night After Night Without Straining Your Voice

Monday, June 27th, 2016

As a gigging vocalist, you’ve got a different box of tools you need to care for than the rest of the players in your act. When your schedule has you playing a couple of shows a month, your voice may easily recover in time for shows and rehearsals with no problem  even if you’re yelling for...

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Steven Tyler Says Aerosmith’s ‘Farewell’ Tour Will Launch In 2017

Sunday, June 26th, 2016

Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler revealed that the band will embark on a farewell tour in 2017. Tyler, who will release his first-ever solo album, “We’re All Somebody From Somewhere”, on July 15, said: “I love this band. I really do. I want to squash every thought that anybody...

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TIM ‘RIPPER’ OWENS Denied Entry To U.K.; WILDFIRE Festival Appearance Canceled

Saturday, June 25th, 2016

Former Judas Priest and Iced Earth frontman Tim “Ripper” Owens was forced to cancel his scheduled appearance at Scotland’s only rock and metal festival after being denied entry to the United Kingdom (Thursday, June 23).

Owens’s June 24 appearance at Wildfire was being...

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Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant testifies as defence rests in Stairway trial

Friday, June 24th, 2016

Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant has told a court hearing the Stairway to Heaven copyright dispute that he has a dim memory of the time it was written. He said he could not remember meeting the band Spirit, who claim the band stole their guitar riff for Stairway to Heaven in the 1970s. “I...

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Meat Loaf ‘stable’ after stage collapse

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

US rock star Meat Loaf is “stable and in good condition” after collapsing on stage during a concert in Canada. A post on his Facebook page said he collapsed due to severe dehydration. He was admitted to hospital for routine tests, and additional tests are being performed but he is described...

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Gwen Stefani on No Doubt’s Future, Working With Prince

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

“Being on ‘The Voice’ helped open my mind to all kinds of music,” says Gwen Stefani, revealing her first concert was Emmylou Harris. Gwen Stefani wasn’t kidding when she called her new solo album This Is What the Truth Feels Like. It manages to combine upbeat pop with...

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Paul McCartney ‘What’s That You’re Doing?’

Sunday, June 19th, 2016

It’s been a fun and busy month here at Paul’s ‘One On One’ tour has taken him to North America, taking in Little Rock  meeting two of the ‘Little Rock Nine’ ...

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Paul McCartney discusses Lennon, songwriting and the need to keep working

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

Paul McCartney has discussed his creative process in depth in a new interview, where he’s also revealed just much he misses working with John Lennon. The legendary songwriter opened up about his past and present methods of writing music, as well as the varying levels of confidence he has in...

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Disturbed singer David Draiman at this year’s Rock Am Ring Festival

Monday, June 13th, 2016

How does having a very young son affect touring life now that the band is on the road in support of its latest album, last year’s “Immortalized”, Draiman said: “I do think about and do occasionally take my wife and son out with me on tour. It’s difficult. My son’s...

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Things You Can’t Ignore if You Want to Record a High-Quality Demo

Friday, June 10th, 2016

A demo is the musical equivalent of the sketch a painter makes before he or she lays paint to canvas. It’s meant to be fast, lightweight, and easy to pull off – a way to quickly and cheaply capture your sound and represent as well as you can to your fans, labels, distributors, or basically...

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Prince death: Singer ‘died of opioid overdose’

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

A law enforcement official, who is close to the investigation, told AP this was established by tests after the singer’s death in April in Minneapolis.  Detectives have already questioned a doctor who saw the 57-year-old twice in the weeks before he died.  Prescription painkillers were in the...

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Score an Opening Act or Support Slot

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

One way to expand your audience is to serve as a support or opening act for a better-known artist on multiple tour dates or one local show. These are choice slots, and many acts are vying for them, but sometimes you can get lucky and be in the right place at the right time. If you’re more interested...

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Book Career-Building Shows

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

One of the most important things to learn as an independent artist is the difference between opportunities and good opportunities. When you’re an independent, you can’t really afford to waste time playing shows that aren’t doing something for you, and this boils down to focusing on one thing:...

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