Some people leave their jobs on good terms, keeping their friendships (and, of course, future references) intact, while others come up with clever ways to burn every possible bridge between themselves and their soon-to-be former employers. But Karen Cheng chose to combine the two, making a cute video of her rewrite of Don McLean‘s ‘American Pie’ to give her notice at Microsoft.
With all the bad news this week surrounding the deaths of Dick Clark and Levon Helm, we may have some good news. According to reports coming out of England, Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees, whose health had taken a turn for the worse in recent weeks, has come out of the coma he lapsed into last week.
The story of the Rolling Stones‘ 1972 double-album ‘Exile on Main Street’ is almost as well-known as the incredible music contained within its grooves. But for those who aren’t familiar with the details, Rolling Stone is reporting that Virgin Produced has purchased the film rights to ‘Exile on Main Street: A Season in Hell,’ Robert Greenfield’s book about the recording of the album.
It was only yesterday that Paul McCartney (see what we did there) released a trailer for the reissue of ‘Ram,’ which will be released on May 22. Today, Hear Music announced the complete tracklisting for all formats.
Following his recent controversial statements about President Barack Obama, Ted Nugent will be questioned by the Secret Service on Thursday. Nugent, who has in some circles become more famous for his politics in the last 20 years than his music, said at a National Rifle Association convention that, “If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year.”
Surely one of the great joys of being Paul McCartney is knowing that for any project you undertake, you can work with whoever you want. After all, who wouldn’t want to work with a member of rock royalty? Well, besides Johnny Rotten, of course, but we don’t assume he and McCartney are best mates, anyway.
Finally, some good news in the world of classic rock. Five guitars belonging to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were recovered Tuesday (April 17). The instruments had been reported missing since Friday, when they were taken from the Culver City, Calif. soundstage where the band was rehearsing for its upcoming tour, which begins Wednesday night in Broomfield, Colo.
You’d think being in a major rock band, especially one with Steven Tyler, means that you would never need a jolt of caffeine, but Joey Kramer believes otherwise. The Aerosmith drummer has launched Rockin’ & Roastin,’ which sounds like it could be a ‘Draw the Line’ outtake but is really Kramer’s new brand of coffee.
Legendary rocker Carlos Santana will be hitting the road this summer for seemingly the 236th time in his illustrious career. Last week, he announced the first series of dates in support of his upcoming album, ‘Shape Shifter,’ which will be released on May 15 on his own Starfaith label.
Five guitars belonging to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were stolen recently. The robbery took place on a soundstage in Culver City, where the band are rehearsing for their upcoming tour, Petty’s website reported Friday (April 13).
At Revolver Magazine’s Golden Gods Award ceremony Wednesday (April 11) night, Rush received the Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award. Previous winners of the award were Ozzy Osbourne, Lemmy Kilmister and Motley Crue.
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