Prayer zone for a better, empowering, inspiring, promoting, prospering, progressing and more successful life through Christ Jesus

Posts tagged ‘Led Zeppelin’

Toronto’s Scandal-plagued Mayor Rob Ford Defends Bieber.


Image: Toronto's Scandal-plagued Mayor Rob Ford Defends Bieber

Toronto’s bad boy mayor Rob Ford on Thursday defended troubled pop star Justin Bieber after police in Canada’s largest city charged the teenager with assault, his second arrest in a week.

“He’s a young guy, 19 years old. I wish I was as successful as he was,” Ford told a Washington radio show, urging listeners to “think back” to when they were teenagers.

Bieber was charged Wednesday with assaulting a limousine driver in Toronto last month.

Toronto police accused Bieber of hitting the driver “several times” over the back of the head. The car had picked him and five others up from a nightclub in the city in the early hours of December 30.

The misdemeanor charges in Canada follow his arrest in Miami Beach on January 23 for driving under the influence and resisting arrest during a street drag racing incident.

Through his lawyers, Bieber told AFP he is innocent of the Toronto charges, and he has pleaded not guilty to the charges filed in Miami Beach.

In recent weeks, Bieber’s Los Angeles mansion was searched over accusations he hurled eggs at a neighbor’s house, and illegal drugs were found at his home. One of his associates was arrested.

The singer has also gotten in trouble with the authorities in Australia for spraying graffiti. And in Brazil, Bieber was photographed emerging under a blanket from a notorious Rio brothel.

The White House has been asked to weigh in on Bieber’s bad behavior after it received a petition with more than 150,000 signatures calling for his deportation.

Ford himself has been mired in scandal for months, after admissions of crack smoking and binge drinking.

Though he defended his fellow Canadian, Ford said he is not a fan of Bieber’s music, preferring to listen to Led Zeppelin, the Eagles and the Rolling Stones.

 

 

© AFP 2014

Source: Newsmax.com

Bill Clinton Fails to Reunite Led Zeppelin.


By Bill Hoffmann

Bill Clinton made a dramatic behind-the-scenes bid to reunite Led Zeppelin last year, but the famed rock band turned him down, according to CBS News’ 60MinutesOvertime.com.

In a move that, if successful, would have earned him a spot in the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame, Clinton asked the rockers to appear at the “12-12-12” concert to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy.

The show, at Madison Square Garden, raised $50 million with performances from such artists as The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen, and Billy Joel.

“There were two bands that we were trying desperately to recruit, one was Rolling Stones, the other was Led Zeppelin,” David Saltzman, executive director of the charitable Robin Hood Foundation told the “60 Minutes” website.

Latest: Do You Support Giving Illegals Citizenship? Vote Here Now 

“[One of the concert producers] Harvey Weinstein had this great idea that we could enlist Bill Clinton to convince Led Zeppelin to reunite to perform.

“So, Harvey and I got on a plane to fly down to Washington to meet with President Clinton who was going to be seeing the members of Led Zeppelin, who were being honored at the Kennedy Center.”

Clinton, who plays saxophone and is a rock fan, was instantly intrigued by the idea.

“The president was terrific. He goes, ‘I really want to do this. This would be a fantastic thing. I love Led Zeppelin,”‘ Saltzman said.

“And Bill Clinton himself asked Led Zeppelin to reunite. And they wouldn’t do it.”

Saltzman added that organizers wanted one big seminal, sing-a-long number to end the show — and turned to Paul McCartney with an idea.

“McCartney was going to close the night. And one of us said ‘Hey, Jude. That’s a pretty good sing-along,'” he told 60MinutesOvertime.

“And Paul said, ‘No, no, no. That’s too, too predictable. But you know what we should do? We should ask Alicia Keys to close with my band, and sing Empire State.'”

And that’s what happened.

© 2013 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Buck the Culture By Reinventing Yourself.


Phil-Cooke-Reinvent-smallPhil Cooke (Facebook)

Remember some of the great bands of the 60’s and 70’s?  Three Dog Night, Led Zepplin, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Rare Earth, and even the Monkees? What songs do you remember? Probably, songs they recorded during that specific period.

Then think about the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Elton John, or Dylan, and what do you remember? Chances are, you remember something much more recent. That’s because most of the great bands of the 60’s and 70’s got stuck. They couldn’t break out of the era of their initial success. Sure they continue to play, but while they used to pack any arena in America, today you’ll probably find them performing at State Fairs or Indian Casinos.

On the other hand, in spite of their age, the Stones, McCartney, Elton John, and a handful of others are still booking world tours in massive arenas, and have a new generation of fans. Why?

Some bands manage to reinvent themselves. They keep from getting stale, or locked into the period when they experienced their initial or biggest success. It’s no different for any creative artist, leader, writer, filmmaker – even pastor.  The truth is, the world changes, culture changes, tastes change, and people change. As I said in my book “Jolt!”“Change is coming whether you like it or not, and whether you’re ready or not.”

Contrary to what some people think, reinvention doesn’t mean compromise, or shifting from who you really are.  So if you have a message and want to keep that message relevant, and continue finding an audience, here’s 5 things to consider:

1) Be willing to take a risk.  Success is comfortable, but to transition to a new generation, you need to be willing to try something new – and potentially fail in the process. Most of the major bands that continue to be relevant released a few dud albums over the years, but that didn’t stop them from innovating. Keep exploring and trying something new.

2) You can’t fake long term success.  Sure, “The Last Train to Clarksville” was a huge hit, but years later, The Monkees couldn’t replicate that success. Real talent carries you for the long haul.

3) Get out of the bubble.  You may be the King of the Polka right now, but you need to know more about music than that.  If you don’t, a hotter polka artist will eat your lunch. In other areas, I know preachers who were successful in the 80’s, who today couldn’t draw a crowd if they set themselves on fire. Just because it worked 10 or 20 years ago, doesn’t mean it will work today.

4) Plan for the future.  My friend, Ralph Winter, who produced the blockbuster films “X-Men” and “Wolverine” says being successful in Hollywood isn’t about knowing what’s popular now. By the time you find the right story, develop pre-production, then film it, then do post production and distribution, a major film takes five or more years to bring to the market. Do you know what will be popular in your business five years from now? Start thinking ahead.

5) Finally, you may not like where the culture is going, but get used to it.  Far too many talented people quit because they don’t agree with what’s popular, what’s selling, or what works. See above: Change is coming whether you like it or not, and whether you’re ready or not.

Remember – don’t sell out. Don’t compromise. But don’t be arrogant either. After all, no matter how great your film idea, book, sermon, business – whatever – if nobody’s listening, you’ve failed.

Written by Phil Cooke

Phil Cooke is a media consultant focused mainly on the Christian market, as well as a vocal critic of contemporary American and American-influenced Christian culture. Click here to visit his website.

Letterman, Hoffman, Zeppelin honored by Obama.


RELATED CONTENT

WASHINGTON (AP) — David Letterman‘s “stupid human tricks” and Top 10 lists vaulted into the ranks of cultural acclaim Sunday night as the late-night comedian received this year’s Kennedy Center Honors with rock band Led Zeppelin, an actor, a ballerina and a bluesman.

Stars from New York, Hollywood and the music world joinedPresident Barack Obama at the White House on Sunday night to salute the honorees, whose ranks also include actor Dustin Hoffman, Chicago bluesman Buddy Guy and ballerina Natalia Makarova.

The honors are the nation’s highest award for those who influenced American culture through the arts. The recipients were later saluted by fellow performers at the Kennedy Center Opera House in a show to be broadcast Dec. 26 on CBS.

Obama drew laughs from his guests when he described the honorees as “some extraordinary people who have no business being on the same stage together.”

Noting that Guy made his first guitar strings using the wire from a window screen, he quipped, “That worked until his parents started wondering how all the mosquitoes were getting in.”

The president thanked the members of Led Zeppelin for behaving themselves at the White Housegiven their history of “hotel rooms trashed and mayhem all around.”

Obama noted Letterman’s humble beginnings as an Indianapolis weatherman who once reported the city was being pelted by hail ‘the size of canned hams.'”

“It’s one of the highlights of his career,” he said.

All kidding aside, Obama described all of the honorees as artists who “inspired us to see things in a new way, to hear things differently, to discover something within us or to appreciate how much beauty there is in the world.”

“It’s that unique power that makes the arts so important,” he added.

Later on the red carpet, Letterman said he was thrilled by the recognition and to visit Obama at the White House.

“It supersedes everything, honestly,” he said. “I haven’t won that many awards.”

During the show, comedian Tina Fey said she grew up watching her mom laugh at Letterman as he brought on “an endless parade of weirdos.”

“Who was this Dave Letterman guy?” Fey said. “Was he a brilliant, subtle passive-aggressive parody of a talk show host? Or just some Midwestern goon who was a little bit off? Time has proven that there’s just really no way of knowing.”

Alec Baldwin offered a Top 10 reasons Letterman was winning the award, including the fact that he didn’t leave late night for a six-month stint in primetime — a not-so-subtle dig at rival Jay Leno.

Jimmy Kimmel, who will soon compete head-to-head with Letterman on ABC, said he fell in love with Letterman early in life and even had a “Late Night” cake on his 16th birthday.

“To me it wasn’t just a TV show,” Kimmel said. “It was the reason I would fail to make love to a live woman for many, many years.”

For Buddy Guy, singers Bonnie Raitt, Tracy Chapman and others got most of the crowd on its feet singing Guy’s signature “Sweet Home Chicago.”

Morgan Freeman hailed Guy as a pioneer who helped bridge soul and rock and roll.

“When you hear the blues, you really don’t think of it as black or white or yellow or purple or blue,” Freeman said. “Buddy Guy, your blue brought us together.”

Robert De Niro saluted Hoffman, saying he had changed acting, never took any shortcuts and was brave enough to be a perfectionist.

“Before Dustin burst on the scene, it was pretty much OK for movie stars to show up, read their lines and, if the director insisted, act a little,” De Niro said. “But then Dustin came along — and he just had to get everything right.”

By the end of the night, the Foo Fighters, Kid Rock and Lenny Kravitz got the crowd moving to some of Zeppelin’s hits at the Kennedy Center.

Jack Black declared Zeppelin the “greatest rock and roll band of all time.”

“That’s right. Better than the Beatles. Better than the Stones. Even better than Tenacious D,” he said. “And that’s not opinion — that’s fact.”

For the finale, Heart’s Ann Wilson and Nancy Wilson sang “Stairway to Heaven,” accompanied by a full choir and Jason Bonham, son of the late Zeppelin drummer John Bonham.

Zeppelin front man Robert Plant and his bandmates John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page seemed moved by the show.

Meryl Streep first introduced the honorees Saturday as they received the award medallions during a formal dinner at the U.S. State Department hosted by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Clinton said ballerina Makarova “risked everything to have the freedom to dance the way she wanted to dance” when she defected from the Soviet Union in 1970.

Makarova made her debut with the American Ballet Theatre and later was the first exiled artist to return to the Soviet Union before its fall to dance with the Kirov Ballet.

Clinton also took special note of Letterman, saying he must be wondering what he’s doing in a crowd of talented artists and musicians.

“Dave and I have a history,” she said. “I have been a guest on his show several times, and if you include references to my pant suits, I’m on at least once a week.”

___

Follow Brett Zongker on Twitter at https://twitter.com/DCArtBeat

Source: YAHOO NEWS.

By BRETT ZONGKER | Associated Press

Tag Cloud