Friday, January 27, 2012

Rock News

--Love them or hate them, Nickelback are one of the most publicly maligned bands working today; from a petition to stop them from performing a halftime show for the Detroit/Green Bay thanksgiving day football match up, to their deriding by Black Keys drummer Pat Carney in Rolling Stone magazine, few bands working today have created such backlash. However the band has now chosen to fight back via Twitter. The band, or a representative writing their tweets, has started publicly addressing negative references to the band on the popular social media site. However Nickelback may have bitten off more than they can chew, as their Twitter account is now filled with responses to their public insults, overshadowing their replies to fans, and upcoming concert information.

--Country singer Garth Brooks has been awarded one million dollars in a lawsuit against an Oklahoma hospital. In 2005 Brooks had donated $500,000 to Integris Health – Oklahoma's largest health care system – with the agreement that the hospitals new woman's care building would be named for the singer's mother. According to an Oklahoma jury the hospital took money under false pretenses since they never intended to name the building for Brook's mother, awarding Brooks his original $500,000 donation, with an additional $500,000 for trouble and expenses.

 --The queen of soul, Aretha Franklin, has decided to “postpone” her marriage to “long time friend” William "Willie" Wilkerson, saying that she felt they were moving “too fast.” Only three weeks after announcing her engagement to the former firefighter, and close friend of 27 years, Franklin decided there were “a number of things that had not been thought through thoroughly," adding "There will be no wedding at this time."

--The US postal service has announced they will be releasing a line of stamps in 2012 honoring jazz legend Mile Davis. The Kind of Blue trumpeter will be immortalized in collection of “musically themed” stamps set to be released later this year. The post office will also be offering stamps commemorating French cabaret singer Edith Piaf, in partnership with the French postal service, La Poste.

--Iggy Pop has been named the 2012 Record Store Day ambassador. Record Store Day, set to take place on April 21st of this year, is an annual celebration of independent record stores and their place in their community. Past Record Store day ambassadors have included Jesse Hughes (Eagles of Death Metal,) Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age,) and last year’s ambassador Ozzy Osborne. Pop said of the honor “As Record Store Day Ambassador for 2012, I feel like a representative from some exotic jungle full of life and death and sex and anger, called upon to wear a leopard skin and translate joy to the world of the dead."  For more information on Record Store Day, visit

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