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Who is Mase??? That's a very complex question with very simple answers. I was born in Greensboro, NC, but spent my "formative years" misplaced in a little nowhere town in Georgia called Perry. After graduating from high school (in a class of 42 people) I went to college at Ga. Southern in the other armpit of Georgia...Statesboro.
My first radio experience was on our campus station, WVGS (10,000 watts). My roomate/future bandmate and I had a show together where we could do (and did) pretty much anything we wanted. Anything from playing 3 hours of nothing but Johnny Cash, The Minutemen and KISS.Our facilty advisor said our show was "sophomoric", which we thought was great since we were freshmen.
After deciding to move to Atlanta, go to Ga. State Univ., and start a band, I got out of radio...thinking "it would be way cooler to play in a band than to just play bands on the radio". I spent 12 years in Midtown Atlanta, playing drums in a few "regional" bands, sharing the stage with bands like The Ramones, The Offspring and The Foo Fighters. After releasing 3 albums with my own bands, playing on a handful of albums for others, and being involved in a lawsuit against a certain major record label, I lost the dream and decided to get out of Atlanta and move to the ocean with my best friend and the smartest person I know...My wife Joy...so here I am.
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It's barely been a month since Coachella 2013 and they have already announced the dates for next years show...and get this...the pre-sale for tix is this coming Friday. No...no they don't have a line up yet. Click here for all the details...at least the details that are available. Oh yeah...by the way, tix start at $349.
So now Dave Grohl can mark another legendary band that he has played with off the list. This time...The Rolling Stones. Of course the Stones haven't been really good live in decades. They should really stop...but if people are willing to pay that kind of $$ to see old men on stage...Dave Grohol might as well play with them.
Dave joined the aging Brits on stage last night in Anaheim, Cali for a version of "Bitch". At least it's a great song. You can hear the crowd start screaming when Dave walks out. Check it out here.
You may or may not know that I am a HUGE PRINCE fan. He's actually in my Top 5 Artists, along with Johnny Cash, David Bowie, The Clash and Pixies. If you are thinking "Prince??? Really? "Little Red Corvette Guy?" Trust me...you have to see him live to get it. I've been lucky enough to see him over 10 times (not sure exactly how many). I've seen arena show, theater shows and even 2 after concert club shows and spent a lot of $$$ doing it. And every time he has delivered and never once made me think "I spent too much $$$ on these tix".
So last night PRINCE won the Icon Award on the Billboard Music Awards AND played. With his all female band and awesome afro, PRINCE played and bluesy version of "Let's Go Crazy" and a new one "FixUrLifeUP". If you are still in doubt...watch the video below and pay attention to how this guy plays guitar.
Former R.E.M. guitarist Pete Buck is not only repressing his 2012 solo album, he is also putting out a "monkey inspired" single. You can read all about it here at Slicing Up Eyeballs.com He will also be doing some touring with his band and Robyn Hitchcock this year. If you weren't lucky enough to grab one of the 2000 vinyl copies of his album, you can listen to it here.
OK, OK...I know I have been posting a lot of stuff about Queens Of The Stone Age and their up coming album "Like Clockwork" that will be out on June 4th. But it's not just me. NME has gotten on the bandwagon too. That is where I found out that Mr. Homme turns 40 today. NME didn't just tell me that, they also put together his "10 Finest Moments". There's his duet of "Jackson" with Florence & The Machine, performing with Arctic Monkeys, hanging out with Anthony Bourdain, of cousrse some QOTSA and Them Crooked Vultures and even doing a commercial for the latest Scissor Sisters album. Check out all that stuff and more right here at NME.com
Queens Of The Stone Age are EVERYWHERE!!! They were on Later With Jools Holland, they were all over Adult Swim and now they are all over my blog. Want another taste of "Like Clockwork" that will be released on June 4? Put on a hat, because this is going to blow your mind!