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Modern Band-Ridicule Protocol

Plus, an elderly contestant on U.K.'s 'The Voice' has CD with Death Metal titles and Dweezil Zappa changes tribute project name after family threats

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 4, 2016
The Limp Bizkit gas-station concert hoax is spawning imitators, with the latest prank centered on a fake Smash Mouth gig; an 80-year-old contestant on the British version of The Voice made a CD of standards, but the printer accidentally put Death Metal song titles on the back cover in place of the real ones; and Dweezil Zappa is being forced to change the name of his long-running project tributing father Frank due to alleged violation of the "Zappa" trademark.
  

R.I.P. Prince

Plus, a Limp Bizkit concert hoax in Dayton garners global attention and Joe Walsh says he was deceived in an effort to get him to perform at this summer's Repulican National Convention

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 27, 2016
With the recent death of Prince, we lost one of the greatest musical artists of the past century, but a prank involving a non-existent concert at a Dayton, Ohio gas station by Limp Bizkit and Joe Walsh's diatribe again this year's GOP presidential-nominee campaigns (which came after Walsh was almost tricked into performing at a fund-raising opening of this summer's Republican National Convention) provided some comic relief.
  

Bono Wants to Kill Comedians?

Plus, musicians respond to North Carolina law in different ways and man wants to sue Tidal over 'Pablo' exclusivity

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Bono suggests fighting terrorism with comedians; Cyndi Lauper, Against Me! and others fight North Carolina law without boycotting; and a man wants to sue Tidal and others because Kanye West said his new album wouldn't be available on other platforms.
  

Bigots Begat Boycotts

Plus, the 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony was kind of a mess and Axl takes his throne

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 13, 2016
In response to new blatantly anti-LGBT laws in certain states, artists have begun cancelling concerts; this year's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony was a hot mess; and Axl Rose thrills fans on opening Guns N' Roses "reunion" dates … by sitting down the entire show.
  

Rules of will.i.am Engagement

Plus, a viola player sues the Royal Opera House after hearing damage and The Rolling Stones are still getting banned

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 6, 2016
A reporter reveals the crazy list of demands journalists must allegedly follow when interviewing "Hip Hop artist" will.i.am; after having his hearing blasted by the brass section during rehearsals for Die Walküre, a viola player is suing the Royal Opera House for the loss of his career; and The Rolling Stones are still getting "banned" after all these years.
  

R.I.P. Phife Dawg

Plus, Dave Grohl continues

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 29, 2016
A Tribe Called Quest rapper Phife Dawg's death brought tributes from a variety of mourners, showing his (and the group's) far-reaching influence on culture; Dave Grohl stands up for teenage Metal band barred from rehearsing, offers sound-proofing tips; a Beatles fan (or perhaps real estate opportunist) adds "Ringo Starr" to her collection of Beatles' childhood homes.
  

Snoop’s Accidental Tourism Ad

Plus, Malcolm McLaren's son to burn millions of dollars' worth of Punk memorabilia and Gwen Stefani gets LinkedIn

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Snoop Dogg accidentally lends his substantial branding power to a tiny village in Romania; Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood's son to burn multimillion dollar Punk collection to protest the establishment's embracing of the art form; and Gwen Stefani is now unstoppable (and highly employable) after launching a LinkedIn account.
  

God Save the Queen Movie

Plus, Prince's wedding stuff goes up for auction and you can own Frank Zappa's house

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Sacha Baron Cohen, who was once to play Freddie Mercury in a biopic, says Mercury's bandmates wanted half the movie to be about Queen's life after its frontman's death; you can now use authentic props for your make-believe Prince wedding, as numerous personal Prince items go up for auction; and a crowd-funding campaign for a Frank Zappa documentary offers Zappa's house as the ultimate perk (for $9 million).
  

Kanye Mocks Deadmau5

Plus, a petition is created to have Fetty Wap play Nancy Reagan's funeral and Nina Simone's family is apparenlty not happy about the forthcoming biopic about the singer

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Kanye West asks Deadmau5 if he can appear at daughter's birthday party as Minnie Mouse; someone started a petition to have Fetty Wap perform "Trap Queen" at Nancy Reagan's funeral; and Nina Simone's family and others are reportedly unhappy with Zoe Saldana's casting in the forthcoming biopic about the family.
  

Iggy Strips Down for Art

Plus, questionable lawsuit accuses Tidal of screwing independent artists and, besides winning an Oscar, Sam Smith had a rough Academy Awards experience

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Iggy Pop poses nude for an art class, with the resultant work set to be shown at an exhibit; Tidal is sued over allegations of underpaying independent artists and not procuring proper licensing; and, despite a big win, Sam Smith's Oscar night was a nightmare after he claimed to be the first openly gay man to win an Academy Award.
  

Moon Music?

Plus, bassist to be reunited with denim vest and Grammys get knocked for lack of Natalie Cole tribute

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Recordings of "outer-space type music" heard by astronauts orbiting the moon in 1969 released; a young Metal bassist is to be reunited with his patch-covered denim vest after it's discovered hundred of miles away in a Macy's display case; and so many influential musicians died in the past year, the Grammys couldn't fit tributes to all of them into the ceremony.
  

Old Feuds Die Hard

Plus, "Happy Birthday" song finally ruled part of the public domain and you can now buy a lifelike Gene Simmons mask for about 1K

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Deeply rooted band squabbles result in Peter Cetera pulling out of Chicago's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction and no invitation to participate in Glenn Frey tribute for Don Felder; the copyright for "Happy Birthday to You" has been deemed invalid and the song now enters the public domain; and you can now purchase a creepy, lifelike Gene Simmons mask to scare the crap out of people.
  

Star Wars Goes Electro

Plus, priceless guitar gets smashed in Tarantino film and Trump keeps using Adele's music

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 10, 2016
The new Star Wars EDM album will sound silly in 40 years; the Martin guitar company vows to never again lend instruments for use in film after a priceless one is smashed in The Hateful Eight; and, though he's stopped using male musicians' music at rallies when asked, Trump ignores Adele's similar request.
  

Stumping and Singing

Plus, Pantera singer Phil Anselmo is down with white (wine) power and everyone is repsonsible for the Guns N' Roses tour

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 3, 2016
The Guardian gives a rundown of which presidential candidates receive music-star support (sorry, Ted Cruz); Phil Anselmo apologizes for "white power" outburst, using the old "I was talking about the wine!" excuse; and Guns N' Roses thanks us (and Steven Tyler) for helping to get Axl and Slash back together.
  

Galapagos Island in the Sun

Rivers Cuomo locked in for weird trip, Neil deGrasse Tyson takes on B.o.B. flat-earth theory and Donald Trump mistakenly asserts white people don't get BET Awards

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Weezer offers pre-order perk that includes a Greyhound bus trip to the Galapagos Islands to go bird watching with singer Rivers Cuomo — and someone bought it; rapper B.o.B. insists the earth is flat, but Neil deGrasse Tyson schools him on reality; and Donald Trump defends lack of Oscar diversity by pointing out that "whites" don't get nominated for BET Awards, which — surprise! — is empirically false.