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This week Tony gives us a brief refresher history course of our great Nation’s Freedom and how it came to be! A great message along with a great selection of our Nation’s inspired anthems! Enjoy the fourth, and enjoy the message Tony has for us all this week.!
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FROM TMZ: Journey Drummer Deen Castronovo — Charged with Raping Wife | B#ixzz3eYanXoaB
Deen Castronovo‘s recent arrest for domestic violence is much worse than we thought … he’s now been charged with rape … TMZ has learned.
The Journey drummer had been arrested earlier this month for domestic violence related charges involving his wife, but now the D.A. has added new charges — rape, sexual abuse, coercion and unlawful use of a weapon.
Castronovo is being held without bail in Marion County, Oregon.
Journey booted Castronovo from its tour following his initial arrest.
Castronovo is due in court Tuesday.
Due to his recent second arrest for domestic abuse charges. From The GatorRocks:Journey Drummer Deen Castronovo Kicked Out Of Band | 98.7 The Gater
The band issued a statement saying, “Journey has made the decision to have Omar Hakim play drums for the band’s upcoming U.S. concerts (Hollywood Bowl on Saturday, June 20, and the Stadium of Fire in Provo, Utah on Saturday, July 4), as well as the band’s Canadian tour (July 6 – August 3), due to Deen Castronovo’s pending issues.”
Castronovo, who will enter his plea on June 30, has not commented on the band’s decision to show him the door.
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Not sure how tough it would be to grow up being the son of a famous and very wealthy Dad. It had to have more perks than downfalls. I can only imagine that every once in a while you would grow tired of spending money or riding in Limo’s all your life. But, in the natural world with out all the glitter and glamour, Nick had a Dad, “Gene”. Gene had a son. It’s the “changing of the guard” story. The Student becomes the Master. Here is Nick’s story! An excerpt:
Welcome to Kick Acts. Tell us a little about yourself and were you can be found online.
We are an LA based Indie Alternative Pop band new to the scene this year. You can find our music and photos and shows and life-long secrets, etc. on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Reverbnation, Bandcamp, Soundcloud and ghostlitkingdom.com.
Who are your musical heroes and influences? Why?
Gotta go with bands/artists like Daughter, Ben Howard, Bon Iver, Matt Corby, etc. for the courage to do something outside of the box but still within the realm of soulful, humble, emotional artistic expression. Such talented players as well. If we can reach that threshold, the combination of respectable talent and music itself, we will be very grateful indeed.
Do you have any advice for someone just getting started in the music business?
Do not underestimate the amount of effort it will take just to get off the ground. Things like professionalism, passion, dedication, financial commitment, self awareness, patience, etc. are of the utmost importance. Do not be afraid of failure. There will be many of them along the way.
What piece of advice did you ignore that you wish you hadn’t?
Be wary of the Hollywood scams. We lost almost $1,000 once to a bogus PR scheme back when we were just starting in the LA scene. Things like that make it hard not to label Hollywood as the cesspool of all human waste.
Do you have a greatest gig story or worst gig horror story you’d like to share?
We played an acoustic show in Santa Barbara a while back and as Taylor went to take a breath right before the huge vocal outro of one of the songs he breathed in, mouth against the microphone, and inhaled a small mouthful of some mysterious fluid through the screen of the mic that had, apparently, accumulated in the microphone body over the course of time. Needless to say, he nearly puked on stage and we learned then what it truly means to fear the house equipment.
Do you have any other hobbies other than playing music? Collect stamps? Collect hats from off the side of the road? Draw pictures of peckers or boobs? Make sock puppets? Sit in the dark and eat Cheetos?
We thoroughly enjoy playing a select group of sports. Not that we are terribly good at them but it’s just fun to throw the football or play 21 (Andrew and Jason love a good basketball run around) before a show or on an off day on tour. Ela is pretty impressive on skates too, as are Michael and Taylor who grew up playing hockey.
What do you think about the current music scene or lack of? Care to address that?
It’s cool how little indie scenes are popping up here and there in LA and its surrounding areas now that the strip and it’s kitsch are starting to kind of fade out. On a grander scale, it seems like we are coming into a scene where the musicianship and songwriting is coming back into appreciation a little more than in recent years. Of course, with the technology age in full swing and the record companies trying to crank out pop hits left and right we are still bound to be fed the trash every once in awhile but things like Arcade Fire and Bon Iver winning Grammys certainly instill a sense of hope for the future of indie music itself.
Do you think reality shows like American Idol, X Factor and The Voice have helped or hurt the music industry as a whole?
It’s kind of a David Bowie thing in that it goes both ways. There are some seriously ridiculous things about them like the way it is all so governed by viewers so it’s often not even really about the art but there are some very real upsides as well. The music and artists that come out of it is the obvious point to make but there are subtleties as well. For instance, Andrew (our bass player) used to work on some of the reality shows when he was growing up in Melbourne and he always says one of the coolest things about it was that when he was working So You Think You Can Dance he was able to expose the viewers to some really good music that they may never have heard elsewhere by working the songs into the show and dances themselves. So these shows definitely have the capability to do wonderful things for music. It’s just a matter of whether they decide to do so.
What is your opinion of unauthorized music downloads?
In a perfect world it would not even be an issue but the parasitic nature of the human race is unavoidable. Overall, however, it’s pretty unfortunate that it happens. The internet gives people that little buffer of pseudo safety between themselves and the people that it affects. It is far less likely that thousands of people would steal from a mom and pop store that makes their living off the merchandise in the store but that’s basically the same idea with illegally downloading music, especially from up and coming bands.
Tell us something about you/each of your band members that we wouldn’t expect to hear.
Jason was in the Air Force for six years! Ela grew up in Turkey and, thus, speaks fluent Turkish. Andrew grew up in Australia and, thus, speaks fluent Australian. Mike studied classical acoustic guitar in college and performed in a touring quartet. Taylor went to Arizona State University out of high school on scholarship to study Kinesiology… and hated it.
Hypothetical situation. You’re on Gilligan’s Island and you get to hook up with only one of the survivors… Which one and why?
Mary Ann and Ginger would be the obvious top candidates but they both seem like they’d be expecting and, thus, unappreciative. Gilligan would stumble through the whole experience so he is out. Mr. Howell… multi millionaire(former billionaire…what a tragedy) and Republican. Pass. There are probably few things that could produce more self worth dilemmas than a casual sexual experience with a PHD while marooned on an island so Hinkley is out as well. Captain would playfully refer to your genitals as “Little Buddy” so that leaves Mrs. Howell as the most suitable choice. Probably in need of a good kiss anyway. (Editor’s note: someone did their homework on this one! BRAVO! :)
Do you know what a vinyl album is and have your ever purchased one? If so, what was it?
Ela and her family collect them! The last one she bought was Daughter Live at Air Studios. Such an incredible record.
You’re marooned on an island with Justin Bieber. Do you choke him out the first night in his sleep or what?
No. Would be such a waste. He gets to live if he promises us a home cooked dinner party with Usher.
What is your opinion of Miley Cyrus?
She’s growing on us as the years go on. She’s no longer the encapsulating body for the metaphoric death to all things music but there is still a good distance yet to go. Wrecking Ball is definitely a guilty pleasure for Taylor, though. If every GLK chorus hit as hard as that one he would be satisfied.
Which would you rather hear in concert? Lip-synching or real vocals?
Real vocals every day of the week. Unless it’s John Krasinski on Jimmy Fallon’s lip sync battle. Flawless performance.
Who, or what, is the next big thing?
Still holding out for Tupac to come back for real. That hologram was way too life-like for it to just be “made in his likeness.” It was foreshadowing for sure.
One artist you can’t get enough of and can’t live without is… Why?
Captain Geech and the Shrimp Shack Shooters. They are a musical revelation that will live through the ages.
Confession time. Share a secret about yourself.
None of us can read or write.
Favorite movie of all time and why?
Dünyayi Kurtaran Adam (1982). Turkish dollar store Star Wars illegally using unlicensed scores and scenes from other movies. An instant classic.
Our last question is called “Shout It Out Loud”. It’s where you get to talk about whatever you want to talk about. So go ahead and “SHOUT IT OUT LOUD”!
Since we are a young band, that most people are yet to be acquainted with, it seems prudent to talk about what music means to us. Without getting to soapy on the subject, we just want to express our appreciation for its existence as a whole. We are trying to write songs that can reach an emotional recognition with the people who listen to them and then perform them in such a way that reflects that sentiment. Music has done wonderful things for the preservation of our sanity through that type of connection that we have experienced with artists and songs that are dear to us and we would be eternally fulfilled if we were able to give that back so thank you for letting us share Ghost Lit Kingdom with you guys. You have no idea what it means to us.
Aerosmith rolled into Evansville Indiana last night and what a freaking awesome sold out show! I saw people from all walks of life attending it. From little kids to folks that were probably great grand parents!
The opening act was the band “Living Colour”! Everyone should be familiar with their hit “Cult of Personality” from 1988. Not to bore the average reader about the musicianship in the band but look them up here. This band is an ensemble of talent!
What I liked most about the show was the fact they were having fun at it. Corey, the lead singer got down into the audience and was high-fiving as many people as he could and taking photographs with them while handling the vocals! It’s been a long time since I have seen this happen. He even ran up into the seats in the first level! A topnotch band that was well received!
Aerosmith! So much to say and man what a great band! Joe Perry and Steven Tyler rose up out of the stage in a hail of smoke and fog as the band kicked into “Draw the Line” and it was one classic new and old Aerosmith song after another! Steven Tyler always the entertainer! He was gyrating all over the stage like an expensive Bourbon street hooker! Aerosmith rolled thru hit and hit. “Love in an Elevator”, Back in the Saddle”, “Cryin”, “Toys in the Attic”, “Dude looks like a Lady” just to name a few! It was drummer Joey Kramer’s birthday so Steven brought out a cake and the sold out audience sang Happy Birthday to him!
Truly one of the last all American kick ass rock bands! They played their instruments. I didn’t hear anything “flown in”. A real deal of a show!
For the encores, Steven came up out of the floor in a fog of smoke playing a grand piano. He broke out into “Dream on” and Joe Perry stood on top of the piano during the guitar solo! “Sweet Emotion” was the last song of the night! Aerosmith didn’t disappoint. With a catalog of great music spanning 40 years it has to be hard to pick out what to play and what to leave out. I would have loved to have heard “Kings and Queens” but by no means was I not satisfied.
Joe Perry did have several guitar issues throughout the show. It kept his guitar tech busy to say the least. After several false starts on a song Steven Tyler said “”It sounds fine play that SHIT” as Joe was tweeking his sound on his guitar.
Great time was had by all. I had won my tickets so we only spent $ 13.50 on two beers so it was a “cheap date” night for my wife and me.
Only drawback I can think of is this. The Ford Center has a great staff. Always polite. Always helpful. The small stadium seats blow. They are too small. I am not tall at all but my knees where almost touching the people in front of me. When someone had to leave their seat the entire row in the direction they are heading has to stand up in order for them to pass. For a tall or big person, the seats have to be a problem. Zero leg room.Zero walking room. Horrible. Other than that. I am glad they hosted this ROCK SHOW!
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