Red Hot Chili Peppers to cover Led Zeppelin at Super Bowl s

Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers

Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers

The band will play their version of ‘Dazed And Confused’ at the prestigious half time performance

Red Hot Chili Peppers will cover Led Zeppelin when they play the Super Bowl half-time show.

The rockers will play the prestigious half-time performance at the annual American Football event with Bruno Mars.

Speaking to Artisan News, the band’s drummer Chad Smith said the band were surprised to be asked by Mars to play the event with him, but said that his band were all “great people”. When asked what they would be playing, Smith replied: “We’re going to be playing Led Zeppelin’s live version of ‘Dazed And Confused’.”

Super Bowl XLVIII takes place at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on February 2. U2 will premiere their new song ‘Invisible’ during the event. The track will appear in an advert announcing a new partnership with Bono’s charity (RED) and Bank Of America.

Meanwhile, Foo Fighters, Imagine Dragons, The Roots and Fall Out Boy will perform at a series of pre-Superbowl events at New York’s Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum between January 30 and February 1.

Disney’s Maleficient: Anyone cares that Disney is still raping the library and not being original?

The new Disney film tells the classic fairy tale from the perspective of the villain and promises to be much creepier than the 1959 classic. Del Rey’s voice, with the help of a computer, matches the creepy look of the new movie.

Despite the glowing reviews of the Disney interns, this trailer is announcing a sequel to Snow White and The Huntsman – and a bad one. The only thing about this trailer that seems any better than the trailer for ‘Jack the Giant Slayer’ is the arrangement of the song. And a good song does not make a good movie. There’s nothing on screen to suggest this will actually be any better than Tomb Raider.

Disney scored during the Grammys 2014 boring show with a new trailer for Maleficent that featured a haunting cover of the Sleeping Beauty classic ditty “Once Upon A Dream,” sung by a sedated Lana Del Rey has the computer-made instrumental sounds; the primary melodies, and ear-friendly musical phrases that lock you into the song. This time, Miss Del Rey, more dramatic than ever, was re-born to sing this creepy version of “Once Upon a Dream” laying down in a forest.

Mainstream media is trying hard to promote the Disney film as one that “will take down sexism, racism, elitism and any other social problem that fairy tales perpetuate.” No kidding? Wake up people, this is Disney brainwashing.

The fairytale twister opens May 30 and stars Angelina Jolie as the eponymous evil sorceress who tangles with young Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning) in Disney’s live-action dark fantasy. An easy and downgraded role for Miss Jolie after so much bad acting and failed attempts to become a movie director nominated for an Oscar. It’s good to see Miss Jolie back in alignment with her witchy, sociopathic vibe after years of that Saint Angie bullshit. Now get her a Snickers or something for god’s sake.

Miss Jolie has always shown dodgy taste in her choice of blockbusters, going all the way back to things like Tomb Raider and Mr & Mrs Smith, movies that made money in spite of the shallow, superficial writing. But the idea here of doing live action event films based on Disney villains is especially desperate as a franchise launch attempt.

Pete Seeger: An American Icon and a Hero

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Pete Seeger Taught Me We Only Move Forward When We All Pull Together

Pete Seeger died Monday night after being hospitalized in New York for six days. He was 94.

Few are more iconic and deserving of a tribute than Pete Seeger. At 93, this man long known as “America’s tuning fork” seems more visible than ever, the object of veneration around the globe, and is featured on a bevy of new CDs and DVDs. Like the just released album A More Perfect Union, which features 14 co-written new songs and guest vocalists Bruce Springsteen, Steve Earle, Tom Morello, Emmylou Harris, and Dar Williams.

Given that this American hero was actively blacklisted for years, kept off of TV and radio, his albums sometimes never even shipped out of the factories to stores, it’s a profound and welcome shift for our culture. Because Pete Seeger, besides being a songwriter of several classic American songs, such as “If I Had A Hammer,” “Where Have All The Flowers Gone?” and “Turn, Turn, Turn” is also an authentic historic link to the tradition of American popular music of the 20th century as created and developed with cohorts Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly, Cisco Houston, Malvina Reynolds, Lee Hays and the rest.

“All songwriters are links in a chain,” Pete said many times. It’s a foundational quote used a multitude of times since by those who understood him, and is the core to the book Songwriters On Songwriting: that despite genre, generation, style or format, and despite the music industry’s need to segregate songwriters and musicians into separate bins for maximum marketing potential, all songwriters are connected. And all songwriters build on that which came before, so that Woody’s stream of brilliance triggered Pete’s tuneful poetry, which in turn greatly influenced Bob Dylan, whose work impacted Lennon and the Beatles, and so on. It is all connected, and it’s a connection that continues forever, and remarkably not without the presence of Pete Seeger still living in our world.

The man never sold out. It’s true that he lived in a handmade house in upstate Beacon, New York, with his wife of many decades, Toshi, where he chopped wood throughout the winter to warm his home. Last time I saw him – he was 90 – he carried both his banjo and his 12-string on his back and strode tall and long as Lincoln through bustling, brisk Manhattan. Although he hero-ized his old pal Woody Guthrie for years in his books and columns he’s written, Pete’s lived the more saintly life by far. While Woody walked out on more than one family more than once, Pete never abandoned his wife or kids, even when the blacklist made it hard to get good work. “I always made a living,” he said, but his sorrow at being so castigated seems never far, considering his magnitude of love for America and his traditions. He’s always been more than a popular entertainer. Like his dad, Charles Seeger, he’s a musicologist, in love with the music and traditions of this and all countries, and quite adept at expounding in great depth about the specificities of indigenous music throughout the globe, and the folk-process that allowed it to brew and expand here and abroad.

He’s also a man of some myth, still infamously blamed for threatening to axe Bob Dylan’s electric cords at Newport to keep the folk legend from “going electric.” It’s wildly untrue: Pete was simply disturbed that the mix – which was awful – made it so nobody could hear the brilliance of Dylan’s words. Pete was a champion of Bob’s songwriting from the start, elevating him to legendary status by performing and recording countless Dylan classics like “A Hard Rain

’s A-Gonna Fall.” When Bob was interviewed, as soon as Pete’s name was breathed, Dylan said, “He’s a great man, Pete Seeger,” and has referred to him as a “living saint.” It stems from Dylan’s recognition that to Pete – as it was to Woody – these songs mean a whole lot more than a way to make a buck. They were truly folk songs – songs of the people – songs of hope and compassion, songs of trials, tribulations but also triumphs. Songs of the unions, of the working men. Songs of change. Bob, like Pete and Woody, recognized a solemn obligation to the world as a songwriter that was about the truth more than it was about popular entertainment. “See, to Pete and Woody,” Dylan said, “the airwaves were sacred. And if they’d hear something false, it was on the airwaves that were sacred. Their songs weren’t false.”

Pete’s never lived a false moment, even when the world tried to sway him. When his group The Weavers had pop success with chart-topping versions of Pete and Leadbelly’s “Kisses Sweeter Than Wine,” for example, he’d refuse to stay at the fancy hotels with his bandmates, preferring to sleep on a friend’s couch. Even now into his 10th decade, he still protests the wars and other evils in the winter winds on New York thoroughfares.

So this era of people like Bruce Springsteen celebrating both the reality and the legend that is Pete Seeger is a beautiful if unexpected development in American culture. But it all makes sense. He’s the guy who did, after all, adapt the verses from Ecclesiastes (in his song “Turn,Turn, Turn”) that instructs with timeless wisdom, “To everything there is a purpose, and a time, under heaven.”

Songwriters On Songwriting by writer Paul Zollo features 62 interviews with legendary songwriters. The first interview with Pete Seeger is the very first chapter of the book.

Published on Sep 21, 2013
Pete Seeger performs “This Land is Your Land” with Farm Aid board artists John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews and Neil Young live at the Farm Aid concert in Saratoga Springs, NY on September 21, 2013. Farm Aid was started by Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp in 1985 to keep family farmers on the land and has worked since then to make sure everyone has access to good food from family farmers. Dave Matthews joined Farm Aid’s board of directors in 2001.
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