It isn't every day that the leader of a Bible Belt community goes to bat for a shock-rock pioneer who came to fame singing songs about dead babies and the joys of necrophilia.
So it was a bit of a surprise to see a quote from Abbotsford mayor Bruce Banman included in the press release that went out today announcing the November 14 Alice Cooper concert at the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre.
"Alice Cooper will certainly bring a unique energy to the AESC," says Banman in the promo bumph. "Alice is renowned for his stage presence and theatrics and I have no doubt he will entertain those in attendance."
Last month, the day before Sharknado premiered on the Syfy Channel, I did a blog about the campy new horror flick—mainly as a way to get yet another jab in at Uwe Boll for his Tara Reid-starring travesty Alone in the Dark.
I just don't seem capable of forgiving him for that.
But little did I know that Sharknado would be such a huge success. Apparently it garnered a record amount of viewers for a made-for-cable movie about hungry sharks being blown onto innocent townsfolk by a tornado.
If you're a music fan you've probably already heard that legendary songwriter J.J. Cale died of a heart attack last Friday (July 26) at the age of 74. He's the guy whose deathless blues-roots songs have been interpreted by countless artists over the years.
He's been covered by everyone from Santana (“Sensitive Kind”) to Bryan Ferry (“Same Old Blues”), and from Lynyrd Skynyrd (“Call Me the Breeze”) to Beck (“Magnolia”). But he's best known for a couple of tracks that Eric Clapton had hits with in the '70s, “After Midnight” and “Cocaine”.
I've been lucky enough to have interviewed Cale a couple of times, the last time being back on March 31, 2009, a week or so before he played a sold-out show at North Van's Capilano Performing Arts Theatre.
Here's something to get Vancouver's rabid horror freaks really foaming at the mouth.
Now don't worry kids--it's not that lousy Thing from 2011. It's the awesome one from '82 with Kurt Russell, directed by the great John Carpenter of Halloween fame.
When some people think of Jason Newsted they probably go: "Hey, isn't he that crazy guy who quit Metallica?" Some folks can't seem to wrap their head around the idea that anyone would up and leave the world's most popular metal band.
And when some people think of Dave Mustaine they probably go: "Hey, isn't he that jerk who got kicked out of Metallica?". Some folks can't seem to wrap their head around the idea that anyone would be such a verified knob as Dave Mustaine.
If you're a fan of loud music who lives in Vancouver, you've no doubt heard that Black Sabbath is coming to town.
Everyone knows that Nickelback is the band people love to hate. But every now and then the multiplatinum guitar-rockers from Langley (via Alberta) earn praise from unlikely sources.
Heck, all you have to do is look at today's issue of the Georgia Straight, wherein music editor and diehard indie-music supporter Mike Usinger comes to the quartet's defense with only one hand tied behind his back.
"Go on and admit it," he writes, "you’ve sung along to 'How You Remind Me' on more than one occasion, and not just ironically at karaoke or while test-driving a Ford F-Series pickup truck."
Fans of sharks, tornadoes, and Tara Reid should be aware that a campy new horror flick called Sharknado premieres on the Syfy Channel tomorrow night (July 11).
According to the synopsis, "When a freak hurricane swamps Los Angeles, nature's deadliest killer rules sea, land, and air as thousands of sharks terrorize the waterlogged populace."
Here's my latest entry in the "coolest shit I've seen all day" department.
It's a clip of a young woman named Luna Lee performing Stevie Ray Vaughan's version of Jimi Hendrix's "Little Wing" on a traditional Korean instrument called the gayageum.
Stand on it, sista! Love the hat!