Metal bassist ruptures testicle on stage, keeps playing


Dutch band Delain

 December 2, 2014

There’s been many gruesome feats done by musicians on stage: Iggy Pop gouged his skin with broken glass, while Ozzy Osbourne bit the head off a bat. However, Dutch symphonic metal outfit Delain might have them all beat with their immense commitment to the trope “the show must go on.”It’s tradition for Delain to launch confetti cannons during their song “The Gathering”. Typically they’ve done this without any incident, but during a show in Birmingham, England last week, bassist Otto Schimmelpenninck found himself taking a shot straight to the groin. Despite the pain and bleeding, Schimmelpenninck finished out the show.In a subsequent Facebook status, Schimmelpenninck revealed that after the show his scrotum had ballooned up to the size of a grapefruit. He was quickly rushed to a hospital where they removed 500 ML of blood from his scrotum and had his ruptured testicle stitched up. He described the event as “one of the most unpleasant adventures I’ve ever had to endure.”You can see surprisingly not gruesome footage of the performance below.

True to the story,Schimmelpenninck seems initially unfazed by the incident.


Published on Nov 27, 2014

Dutch group Delain performing The Gathering at the O2 Academy in Birmingham on 26th November 2014.





Watch: Pearl Jam Cover the Dead Boys With Joey Ramone

Via Rolling Stone

Pearl Jam have toured with a lot of amazing opening acts over the years, sharing the stage with Iggy Pop, Sleater-Kinney, the Buzzcocks, Cheap Trick and many, many more. But nothing is likely to top four American shows in September 1995, when the Ramones were on the bill. The punk icons were on a farewell tour that year, playing a career high 73 gigs. Their last gig together was September 17th at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans.

During the encore, in a moment that Ramones super fan Eddie Vedder is likely to never forget, Joey Ramone came onstage and sang the Dead Boys classic “Sonic Reducer” with the band. This was obviously before the era of smartphones, but camcorders were rolling in the audience. Here’s the best available video, which was spliced together from two sources.

Despite pledging that they would break-up following their 1995 tour, the Ramones got a big money offer to headline Lollapalooza in the summer of 1996, so the tour kept going. They played their final show at the Palace in Hollywood, California. Eddie Vedder joined them for the final encore, a cover of “Anyway You Want It” by the Dave Clark Five.

Six years later, Eddie Vedder inducted the Ramones in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He spoke for 17 minutes. “They were armed with two-minute songs that they rattled off like machine gun fire,” he said. “It was enough to change the Earth’s revolution. Now it’s Disney kids singing songs written by old men and being marketed to six- and seven-year-olds, so some kind of change might have to happen again soon.”

Tragically, Joey Ramone wasn’t around to receive the honor. He passed away the previous April (Cancer claimed punk legend and Ramones founder). . Dee Dee Ramone died of a heroin overdose just three months later, and Jonny Ramone died of prostate cancer in 2004. Eddie Vedder spoke at his funeral.

With no support other than CBGB owner Hilly Kristal, the Ramones became the first of the New York punk rock and New Wave bands to land a major-label record deal. Their first four records, The Ramones, The Ramones Leave Home, and Road to Run are widely considered the blueprint for punk rock. The band’s legacy was further assured with its starring role in the Roger Corman cult-film, Rock and Roll High School in 1979. A year later the band wore their Sixties pop influences on their sleeves when they enlisted Phil Spector to produce their fifth studio album, End of the Century. The album featured a cover of the Ronettes’ “Baby I Love You,” their biggest hit in either the U.S. or the U.K.

R.I.P. Scott Asheton, drummer of The Stooges

The Stooges
The Stooges

The Stooges (L-R Dave Alexander, Iggy Pop in front, Scott Asheton in back and Ron Asheton) in the studio in 1970, during the making of their second album, Fun House.

Drummer Scott Asheton (August 16, 1949 – March 15, 2014) best known as the drummer for the rock band the Stooges and founding member of the pioneering punk band died on Saturday at the age of 64 following an unspecified illness.

Scott Asheton and his brother, guitarist Ron Asheton, were a couple of bad boys roaming around Southeastern Michigan in the late 1960s when they met the ultimate musical partner in crime, Iggy Pop. They began playing with bassist Dave Alexander as The Stooges – experimental sounds that broke down the rules of rock ‘n’ roll nearly a decade before punk bands like the Sex Pistols made punk a threat to good households everywhere.

GLOWERING LIKE A ROCK’N’ROLL golem behind Iggy Pop and brother Ron on the iconic cover of The Stooges’ eponymous 1969 debut album, Scott “Rock Action” Asheton (pictured above, right) was the real thing: a personification of defiant street attitude whose atavistic beat powered his band ever onward, in the teeth of audience hostility, critical ambivalence and other trifles.

He appeared indestructible, but after a medical emergency on a plane in 2011, Asheton had to wind down touring commitments with the reformed Stooges, though his contributions to their most recent album, 2013’s Ready To Die, were familiarly boisterous. Whenever behind the drums there was a part of him that looked and sounded like it was beating a 50 gallon oil barrel with mallets – just as Asheton did for real at the earliest Stooges shows in 1968.

“Scott was a great artist,” Iggy Pop said in a statement on his Facebook page. “I have never heard anyone play the drums with more meaning than Scott Asheton. He was like my brother. He and Ron have left a huge legacy to the world. The Ashetons have always been and continue to be a second family to me. My thoughts are with his sister Kathy, his wife Liz and his daughter Leanna, who was the light of his life.”

For an instant understanding of what made Asheton great, listen to the tribalistic boogie of 1969, the relentless zombie march of I Wanna Be Your Dog, the trashy Elvin Jones clatter of Real Cool Time or the chest-wound snare blam of Down On The Street. Appreciate the telepathic meld of Scott’s drums with the saw-blade riffing of brother Ron. There have been fewer sonic experiences more thrilling in the entire pantheon of music made with guitars.

And when the Stooges reformed in 2003, it was Scott’s beat that underlined the authenticity of the experience. Anyone who witnessed the Iggy, Ron, Scott, and Mike Watt line-up rolling back the years in their soap-opera version of The Unforgiven – say, at Glastonbury in June 2007 – will attest to their scabrous glory.

Sadly, the death of Ron from a heart attack in 2009 drew a line under that version of the group, though Iggy and Scott ploughed on, with guitarist James Williamson helping revive the Raw Power era of the band.

In a statement he released, Iggy Pop wrote:

“Scott was a great artist, I have never heard anyone play the drums with more meaning than Scott Asheton. He was like my brother. He and Ron have left a huge legacy to the world. The Ashetons have always been and continue to be a second family to me.

My thoughts are with his sister Kathy, his wife Liz and his daughter Leanna, who was the light of his life.”

Best wishes go out to the Asheton family, and anyone touched by the music of The Stooges.

Watch select highlights from Asheton and The Stooges’ career below.

24th annual Tibet House Benefit to feature The National, Iggy Pop, New Order, and more

Matt Berninger of The National - Photo by Ben Kaye

Matt Berninger of The National – Photo by Ben Kaye

The National’s Matt Berninger, Aaron Dessner, and Bryce Dessner will join Iggy Pop, New Order, and Patti Smith, among others at this year’s Tibet House US Benefit Concert in New York City.

Also performing are Joe Walsh, Robert Randolph, Nico Muhly, Philip Glass, and Tibetan singer-songwriter Techung. Chuck Close and actors Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard will act as Honorary Chairpersons for the evening.

The annual event, now in its 24th year, will take place on March 11th at Carnegie Hall. Proceeds from the concert benefit the Tibet House US, a nonprofit educational institution whose mission is to help preserve and restore Tibetan civilization and culture. Currently located in New York City, it was founded in 1987 at the request of the Dalai Lama.

For more information on the event, visit the organization’s official website.

Ke$ha: I had sex with a ghost + Die Young (Official Lyric Video)

Ke$ha has announced that she has had illicit relations with a ghost. Just like on TV! (See: American Horror Story, Grey’s Anatomy, et al.)

In an interview with Ryan Seacrest on KIIS FM, the singer revealed that her song “Supernatural” is “about experiences with the supernatural, but in a sexy way. I had a couple of experiences with the supernatural.”

Ke$ha enjoying a well deserved day at the beach.

So, did Ke$ha make a man out of Casper? She’ll never tell! Because, well, she can’t. “I don’t know his name,” she admits. “He was a ghost! I’m very open to it.”

“There are so many weird topics on this record, from having sexy time with a ghost to getting hypnotized and going into past lives,” she said of her upcoming album Warrior, which comes out Dec. 4 and will include appearances from Iggy Pop, Wayne Coyne, and Patrick Carney. “I just really wanted the theme of this record to be the magic of life.”

Other real things this real person really said: “I went on a spirit journey by myself. No security guard. No managers. I just went around the world and lived on a boat.”

Also: “I was in Africa rehabilitating baby lions. I went diving with great white sharks, and just went on this crazy spirit quest. I got hypnotized, and I just really wanted this record to be really positive, really raw, really vulnerable and about the magic of life.”

This album is going to be nuts, you guys.

Ke$ha – Die Young (Official Lyric Video)

Published on Sep 25, 2012 by keshaVEVO


Produced by: The Uprising Creative (
Directed by: Darren Craig
Motion graphics / edit by: Ryan Paterson

Official Lyric Video for Ke$ha’s “Die Young.” (C) 2012 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment