Welcome to a new feature I like to call “Pop Culture Tidbits.” Here is where I will report on things that are currently happening in pop culture or discoveries that I have made in terms of pop culture.
- “Heroes” to Return to NBC: It was announced yesterday that the hit TV show “Heroes” will returning next year as a 13-episode miniseries called “Heroes Reborn”. While no storyline or characters have been announced, I am hoping that Zachary Quinto, Hayden Panettiere and Milo Ventimiglia will return to reprise their roles. For more information, check out this article on TV.com and here is the teaser video that NBC released:
- KISS Decline to Perform at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction: On their website today, KISS announced that no incarnation of the soon-to-be-inducted band would be performing at the April 10th induction ceremony in New York City. The band claimed it was “an emotional situation where there is no way to please everyone.” At first, I was going to say that this was another incident similar to the whole Axl Rose with his Rock Hall induction but upon reading that quote, it was the diplomatic thing to do. More on this story at the link below.
- New Music Discovery: Last night while watching the Canadian sci-fi show, “Continuum”, I heard a song that I fell in love with. The song is called “Everyone is Everyone (and Everything is Everything)” by Au4. Here is the song:
For more information about Au4, go to their website.
- “Dallas” Season 3 starts tomorrow night: Nothing more needs to said about this. Here is the teaser:
Youngblood Hawke performed at the 2013 Mix 94.1 Petapalooza in Las Vegas, Nevada on April 13, 2013. I was there to take pictures and two videos.
During my last few months in Vegas, I attended a Chicago Cubs exhibition game. Here are some previously unpublished pictures from that game.
Ben Vendetta explains the summary of his book, “Wivenhoe Park” at Last Exit Books in Kent, Ohio on November 8, 2013. Mr. Vendetta also reads an excerpt from “Wivenhoe Park.”
On Friday, Ben Vendetta, journalist and co-founder of Elephant Stone Records, appeared at Last Exit Books in Kent, Ohio to promote his debut novel, “Wivenhoe Park.” While the book itself is fiction, Vendetta explained the book is semi-autobiographical. On his biography page on Elephant Stone Records, Vendetta describes his book ,”Young American Anglophile runs away to England — will he find peace, love and understanding or will it all burn down like cigarettes?”
After reading an excerpt from his book, Vendetta answered questions about “Wivenhoe Park” and his own experiences in England as well as his encounters with Bono. The review for “Wivenhoe Park” will be up as soon as possible. “Wivenhoe Park” is available on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle versions.
On October 22, 2012, I spent my whole day on the Las Vegas Strip in front of the Bellagio as an extra for the film, “Last Vegas”, which all of you know was released on Friday. The experience in itself was great. It reminded me so much of my time in high school drama. The production assistants told us what we would be doing as the cameras rolled. This was followed by a “rehearsal” of the direction before filming began and then numerous takes of doing the same thing. There were many people who had done work as an extra for the film Michael Douglas had filmed in Vegas months earlier, “Behind the Candelabra” and many of them knew each other from that. Filming for that day on “Last Vegas” was for just one scene. Now from what I knew previously about what goes into filming a movie, I figured that more than likely the scene they were filming that day would not be a long scene. After filming wrapped for the day, I was excited to know that possibly I would see some screen time on this movie even if it were just a second.
Fast forward to yesterday when I go to see “Last Vegas” and it comes to the scene that I was in. The scene itself is at the middle of the film and is about one or two minutes and I did not see myself at all. It goes without saying that I was slightly disappointed, but I do not dwell on the fact that I did not have any type of big screen one-second debut. The experience itself was worth it. Maybe I don’t have a promising future in movies but for a day, it was fun participating in the filming of a major film with an actor like Michael Douglas and seeing him just a few feet away.
“The man that hath no music in himself,
Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds,
Is fit for treasons, stratagems and spoils;
The motions of his spirit are dull as night
And his affections dark as Erebus:
Let no such man be trusted. Mark the music.”- William Shakespeare, “The Merchant of Venice,” Act 5, Scene 1
Music is a part of the human experience. For many, music is a part of one’s existence. From an early age, that has been the case for me. The albums that I deem to be great are my opinion.
We start off in the 1960s. During this decade, many of the great musicians emerged and flourished. One of the events that happened in music during the 60′s was the British Invasion. It was this phenomenon that brought us bands like The Rolling Stones, The Who and The Beatles.
- The Beatles- Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band: From the opening notes of the title track to the last part of “A Day in the Life”, the Fab Four took listeners on a journey through a vast plethora of music. The beauty of Sgt. Pepper is not only in the music but also the words that accompany it. A fine example of this can be found in “A Day in the Life.” Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, the song told distinct and illustrative stories to the beat of a 40-piece orchestra.
- The Beatles- Abbey Road: While there are many great albums from the 1960s, for me, this album and Sgt. Pepper are the albums that defined this era of music. Abbey Road has dubbed by many music critics as the best Beatles album and for good reason. This album produced the first number single of the Beatles that was not written by the legendary Lennon and McCartney team, “Something.” Written by lead guitarist, George Harrison, “Something” is a beautiful song that expresses what makes a man love a woman. Abbey Road also consists of the most-widely known Beatles single written by Harrison, “Here Comes the Sun.” While this album is best known for its opening track, “Come Together,” the medley at the end of Abbey Road has always been my favorite part of the album.
Ever since late 2005 when their freshman album, A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out, came out, I have been a devoted fan of Panic! At The Disco. The evolution of the band from their debut album to their upcoming fourth studio album, Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die, which is to be released on October 8, is evident in the P!ATD’s first two singles off of their forthcoming album.
The first single off of P!ATD’s new album is “Miss Jackson.” The video was shot in Barstow, California. The song itself is a masterpiece but the video adds to the song.
“This is Gospel” is the second single off of Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die and it is amazing!! Brendon Urie, lead singer of Panic! At The Disco, is sensational in this video. Urie is quite a showman as evidenced from his performances of the song “Nearly Witches” during the Vices and Virtues tour.