Life is what happens when you are making other plans~ John Lennon
An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind~Gandhi
The time is always right to do what is right~ Martin Luther King Jr.


Thursday, January 11, 2018

Farewell, "Fast" Eddie Clarke, Motorhead guitarist

As if the title wasn't painfully obvious, the legendary Motorhead guitarist, "Fast" Eddie Clarke is dead at 67 after losing a battle with pneumonia.
He joined Motorhead in 1976. Along with bassist/front man "Lemmy" Kilmister and drummer "Philthy" Phil Taylor, he played on the first five albums Motorhead released. He is just one of the three original members of Motorhead to die. Phil Taylor died in November 2015 and the following month, front man Lemmy died just days after hitting the big 7-0



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
According to a representative on Motorhead's official Facebook page "We are devastated to pass on the news we only just heard ourselves earlier tonight ... Edward Allan Clarke – or as we all know and love him Fast Eddie Clarke – passed away peacefully yesterday. Ted Carroll (who formed Chiswick Records) made the sad announcement via his FB page, having heard from Doug Smith that Fast Eddie passed peacefully in hospital where he was being treated for pneumonia."
Eddie was born on Oct. 5, 1950, in London. Two bands he was in prior to helping to form Motorhead were the Bitter End and Continuous Performance. He met drummer Phil Taylor while working on a houseboat and learned Taylor had just joined the fledgling band now known as Motorhead. Together with Lemmy's raspy vocals and incredible bass playing, the three of them formed a force in metal to be reckoned with. These three made some of the most legendary albums in metal, according to major fans of the band-1977 Motorhead, 1979 Overkill, 1979 Bomber, 1980 Ace of Spades, 1981 No Sleep 'Til Hammersmith. His last times with the band was during the Iron Fist era.







 
 
 
 
 
"I thought I'd probably die in Motorhead some time on stage in my life. That was sort of a band of brothers, really. Time kicks on and situations change, you know." He mentioned during a 2012 interview with Teeth of the Divine.
After leaving the band, Clarke formed Fastway with Pete Way, bassist for UFO. He was shocked when he heard that Brian Robertson, formerly of Thin Lizzy, had stepped in to be the new Motorhead axe slinger. "Phil wanted to get Brian Robertson in the band and I found out later. so I mean, all the cards were stacked against me, so it’s not really a regret. It’s an unfortunate thing that happens, but these things happen, you know, in rock. Of course, I never really got over it. The best years of my life were in Motorhead, and what we did together I think still stands the test of time. So yeah, obviously, some of that can’t go away. I can’t call it a regret because this stuff does get all f---ed up when you are on the road for six years. You are all partying and taking drugs and writing music. It can get quite serious and quite difficult." He said in a 2016 Anti-Hero interview.

Fastway then hit the bottom as Pete Way dropped out and things hit rock bottom. Eddie told Classic Rock Revisited in 2014 "The first album was great and exactly as I planned it. Then, the suits got involved and f---ed everything up and that was that. It recovered briefly with [1986's] Trick or Treat but [lead vocalist] Dave [King] had already decided to leave. He did not want to do heavy rock anymore. That’s the trouble with singers: They always think they are better than the rest. Bands are a team effort, in my opinion."

Clarke did appear on the 2003 Motorhead live album Live at Brixton Academy. When asked about his former bandmates during an interview with Eon Music in 2016, his tone of voice took on a kindly tone. "I did stop partying as heavy as they did. Phil carried on right until he had his aneurism in 2010, and Lemmy – he always paced himself ever since I’ve known him in 1975, but I’m sure he was doing the same thing, so that’s a long time to be partying heavily. But he was strong as an ox, old Lem. But me, I stopped drinking many years ago, so I had the advantage over everybody."

Like the phoenix, rising from the ashes, Fastway was able to rise from the ashes, playing at the 2007 Download Festival. In 2011, the band released their first album in 20 years, Eat Dog Eat. Phil Campbell, who has been the resident Motorhead axe slinger from 1984-2015, when Lemmy's passing ended the band, was more than gracious to pride Eddie in a released statement. "Just heard the sad news that Fast Eddie Clarke has passed away. Such a shock, he will be remembered for his iconic riffs and was always a true rock n roller. RIP Eddie."

Mikkey Dee, long time drummer for Motorhead but now drummer for The Scorpions, was incredibly shocked at the news. He posted this via Facebook. "Oh my f---ing god, this is terrible news. The last of the three amigos. I saw Eddie not too long ago and he was in great shape. So, this is a complete shock. Me and Eddie always hit it off great. I was looking forward to seeing him in the U.K. this summer when we come around with the [Scorpions]. Now Lem and Philthy can jam with Eddie again, and if you listen carefully I'm sure you'll hear them, so watch out!! My thoughts go out to Eddie's family and close ones."

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

January Birthdays

Since it's January, time to say Happy Birthday

Ian Hill
-Birth name: Ian Frank Hill
-DOB: 1/20/1952
-Where: West Bromwich, England
-Founding member/bassist for Judas Priest
Richie Faulkner
-Birth name: Richard Ian Faulkner
-DOB: 1/1/1980
-Where: London, England
-Played guitar for singer Lauren Harris before joining Judas Priest
Paul Stanley
-Birth name: Stanley Bert Eisen
-DOB: 1/20/1952
-Where: Queens, New York
-Was born with a rare birth defect called microtia. This condition affects development of the ears. In his case, he had severe microtia, leaving his with an undeveloped right ear and completely deaf on that side
Rod Stewart
-Birth name: Roderick David Stewart
-DOB: 1/10/1945
-Where: Highgate, London, England
-Was a short-term singer for The Kinks until he found that their music tastes didn't click and Ray Davies was brought in
Jimmy Page
-Birth name: James Patrick Page
-DOB: 1/9/1944
-Where: Heston, Middlesex, England
-Produced all of the Led Zeppelin albums
David Bowie
-Birth name: David Robert Haywood Jones
-DOB: 1/8/1947
-Where: Brixton, London, England
-DOD: 1/10/2016
-Where: Manhattan, New York (liver cancer)
-Known for his odd stage costumes
Kate Middleton
-Birth name: Catherine Elizabeth Middleton
-DOB: 1/9/1982
-Where: Reading, Berkshire, England
-Her father worked as a flight dispatcher and her mother worked as a flight attendant, both working for British Airways
Rowan Atkinson
-Birth name: Rowan Sebastian Atkinson
-DOB: 1/6/1955
-Where: Consett, County Durham, England
-Best known for his characters Mr. Bean and Blackadder
Phil Collins
-Birth name: Philip David Charles Collins
-DOB: 1/30/1951
-Where: Chiswick, London, England
-His mother was a theatrical agent and his father was an insurance agent
James May
-Birth name: James Daniel May
-DOB: 1/16/1963
-Where: Bristol, England
-Is often called "Captain Slow" on Top Gear
Georgia May Jagger
-Birth name: Georgia May Ayeesha Jagger
-DOB: 1/12/1992
-Where: London, England
-Is said to bear a resemblance to French actress Brigitte Bardot
Malcolm Young
-Birth name: Malcolm Mitchell Young
-DOB: 1/6/1953
-Where: Glasgow, Scotland
-DOD: 11/18/2017 (complications from dementia)
-He passed away four weeks after his older brother George Young
Janick Gers
-Birth name: Janick Robert Gers
-DOB: 1/27/1957
-Where: Hartlepool, England
-Despite being from Hartlepool, Janick is a fan of Newcastle United

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Titanic (1997)

This movie is about the famous Titanic, a British passenger ship that went down in the North Atlantic on April 14, 1912 on its maiden voyage from Southampton, England to New York.

Summary
-Rose Dewitt Bukater is a socialite boarding the RMS Titanic with her mother, Ruth and fiancée Caledon Hockley. American artist Jack Dawson and his Italian friend Fabrizio De Rossi win third-class tickets to the ship. As the ship makes its maiden voyage toward its then-unknown doom in the North Atlantic, Rose and Jack fall for each other aboard the ship.







Cast
-Leonardo DiCaprio: Jack Dawson
-Kate Winslet: Rose Dewitt Bukater
-Billy Zane: Caledon "Cal" Hockley
-Kathy Bates: Molly Brown
-Frances Fisher: Ruth Dewitt Bukater
-Gloria Stuart: Old Rose
-Bill Paxton: Brock Lovett
-Bernard Hill: Captain Smith
-David Warner: Spicer Lovejoy
-Victor Garber: Thomas Andrews
-Jonathan Hyde: Bruce Ismay
-Danny Nucci: Fabrizio
-Ioan Gruffudd: Fifth Officer Lowe

Did You Know?
-During the scene where the ship is sinking and its passengers are being shown either leaving or resigning to their fate, the older couple seen hugging each other while laying in the bed despite the rising flood waters were Ida and Isidor Straus, both of whom died on the Titanic and both of whom were the owners of Macy's department store.
-When Kate Winslet discovered she had to be naked in front of Leonardo DiCaprio in one scene, she decided to get herself prepared for the scene, so she flashed him
-Unintentionally, the scenes set in 1912, except for the modern-day scenes, opening/closing credits, lasted a total of two hours and forty minutes, the exact amount of time it took for the Titanic to sink to the bottom of the North Atlantic. In the movie, the scene where the Titanic collides with the iceberg took only 37 seconds, the same amount of time that the real Titanic took to collide with the iceberg
-When Leonardo DiCaprio is seen sketching Rose, the hands seen are not his, but director James Cameron. James Cameron is left handed and used mirror-imaging on the sketching shots to appear right-handed, like DiCaprio
-When Cal and Rose are having morning coffee and Cal flips the table from a tantrum, Billy Zane ad-libbed that and Kate Winslet's reactions were genuine.
-Gloria Stuart, who played Rose later in life, was nominated for Best Supporting Actress at 87
-Gloria Stuart was aged by makeup to give the impression she was 100 years old. She didn't like this. Gloria died in 2010 at the age of 100
-Millvina Dean, an actual survivor of the Titanic, was asked to come to the premier. But found that watching  the 1958 film A Night to Remember was hard enough
-To create the eerie post-sinking effects of frostbitten victims, the scenes were shot in a 350,000 gallon tank and the people playing the victims had a special powder applied to their faces that crystallized when exposed to water to make them look frostbitten. Wax was applied to their clothes and hair to give the impression of being in the water.
-In Nova Scotia, on the final night of shooting, a bunch of pranksters had slipped angel dust into the clam chowder served to the cast and crew. 80 people fell ill, more than 50 were taken to the hospital. When James Cameron realized what was happening, he forced himself to vomit before the drug took effect. The people responsible were never caught
-When Rose goes down into the passageways looking for Jack, the water filling the halls was from the Pacific Ocean, at the Baja California, Mexico set. The water was really frigid and when Kate steps into it, her reaction to the cold water and gasping at it was real
-Harland and Wolff, the shipyard in Belfast, Ireland, who built the Titanic, opened up their archives to be used in production
-The ocean into which passengers were jumping from the sinking ship was only 3 feet deep
-Kate Winslet has no problem with nudity so she didn't need a body double
-After spending hours in cold water, many cast members came down with colds, flu, or kidney infections, including Kate Winslet
-The décor on the ship was reconstructed by or under supervision by researchers of the White Star Line, the company who owned and designed the Titanic
-Shay Duffin, who played the English barkeep in the movie, is related to one of the Irish workers who helped to build the Titanic
-Some of the actresses who auditioned for the role of Rose include: Christina Applegate, Jennifer Aniston, Angelina Jolie, Geena Davis, Penelope Ann Miller, Reese Witherspoon, Milla Jovovich, Emily Mortimer, Thandie Newton, Christina Ricci, Joely Richardson, Gweneth Paltrow, Sharon Stone, Charlize Theron, Rachel Weisz
-The band playing at the party in the 3rd class deck is Gaelic Storm
-Tom Wilkinson was the original choice to play Spicer Lovejoy, but instead the role went to David Warner. Later on, Tom Wilkinson would go on to star in The Full Monty, one of the main rivals for Titanic at the Oscars that year
-When Jack meets Rose on the Grand Staircase, the clock behind them reads 2:20, the time the ship sank in real life

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

December birthdays

Since it's December, time to say Happy Birthday

Ozzy Osbourne
-Birth name: John Michael Osbourne
-DOB: 12/3/1948
-Where: Aston, Birmingham, England
-The first band he joined was Rare Breed, where he first met Geezer Butler, who had originally played guitar before switching to bass
Phil Collen
-Birth name: Phillip Kenneth Collen
-DOB: 12/8/1957
-Where: London, England
-The only member of Def Leppard besides guitarist Vivian Campbell who doesn't hail from Sheffield
Simon Helberg
-Birth name: Simon Maxwell Helberg
-DOB: 12/9/1980
-Where: Los Angeles, California
-His paternal grandparents were Polish Jews who survived the Holocaust
Cliff Williams
-Birth name: Clifford Williams
-DOB: 12/14/1949
-Where: Romford, Essex, England
-In 1977, he replaced original AC/DC bassist Mark Evans
Stevie Young
-Birth name: Stephen Crawford Young
-DOB: 12/11/1956
-Where: Glasgow, Scotland
-He replaced his uncle, Malcolm Young, in September 2014 due to his dementia diagnosis
Rick Savage
-Birth name: Richard Savage
-DOB: 12/2/1960
-Where: Sheffield, England
-In January 1994, he suffered from a short bout of Bell's Palsy. He was able to regain most of the feeling in the right side of his face later on. So if you notice in interviews why it seems he is talking out of the left side of his mouth, that's why!
Richard Hammond
-Birth name: Richard Mark Hammond
-DOB: 12/19/1969
-Where: Solihull, West Midlands, England
-On one episode of Top Gear, James May and Jeremy Clarkson kept saying Richard was American because they said he owns a Ford Mustang, a Dodge Charger, he likes to put cheese on everything
Dave Murray
-Birth name: David Michael Murray
-DOB: 12/23/1956
-Where: Edmunton, London, England
-Other than Steve Harris, Dave Murray has been in the band the longest
Lemmy Kilmister
-Birth name: Ian Fraser Kilmister
-DOB: 12/24/1945
-Where: Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England
-DOD: 12/28/2015
-Where: Los Angeles, California (prostate cancer, cardiac arrhythmia, congestive heart failure)
-He was known for his habit of wearing mostly or all black clothes, his gravelly voice, his handlebar mustache/muttonchops and his lyrics, which were usually critical of religion
Lucy Liu
-Birth name: Lucy Alexis Liu
-DOB: 12/2/1968
-Where: Queens, New York
-Her mother, Cecilia, is a biochemist from Beijing while her father Tom, is a civil engineer from Shanghai

Friday, December 1, 2017

Top 50 Hard Rock/Metal Frontwomen

It's high time that rock and metal gets a little estrogen boost. Here's how we can get that. Here are the Top 50 Hard Rock/Metal Frontwomen.

BTW, I'm not sure who compiled this list at Loudwire, but some of the women on this list do not belong. Whoever compiled this list needs a serious education in what is actually hard rock and heavy metal. Courtney Love, Shirley Manson and Gwen Stefani DO NOT BELONG on this list because they are neither hard rock or heavy metal. I'm sure a lot of these ladies would agree

50
-Jill Janus (Huntress)
49
-Mlny Parsons (Royal Thunder)
48
-Onielar (Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult)
-Onielar's real name is Yvonne Wilczynska
47
-Taylor Momsen (The Pretty Reckless)
46
-Anette Olzon (Nightwish)
45
-Morgan Lander (Kittie)
44
-Kat Katz (Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Salome)
43
-Simone Simons (Epica)
42
-Emily Armstrong (Dead Sara)
41
-Lacey Sturm (Flyleaf)
40
-Janet Gardner (Vixen)
39
-Brody Dalle (Sourpuss, The Distillers)
38
-Sabina Classen (Holy Moses)
37
-Runhild Gammelsaeter (Thor's Hammer, Khlyst)
36
-Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy, The Agonist)
35
-Karyn Crisis (Crisis, Gospel of the Witches)
34
-Skin (Skunk Anansie)
33
-Floor Jansen (After Forever, ReVamp, Nightwish)
32
-Otep Shamaya (Otep)
31
-Wendy O. Williams
30
-Kim McAuliffe (Girlschool)
29
-Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Hill)
28
-Jarboe (Swans)
27
-Donita Sparks (L7)
26
-Julie Christmas (Made Out of Babies, Battle of Mice)
25
-Sharon den Adel (Within Temptation)
24
-Shirley Manson (Garbage)

23
-Anneke van Giersbergen (The Gathering, Agua de Annique)
22
-Nina Hagen
21
-Exene Cervenka (X)
20
-Maria Brink (In This Moment)
19
-Gwen Stefani (No Doubt)
18
-Doro Pesch (Warlock)
I just had to add this image. Lemmy is in it, for those awesome Motorhead fans!!
17
-Angela Gossow (Arch Enemy)
16
-Tarja Turunen (Nightwish)
-Nightwish must have had a lot of vocalists
15
-Cristina Scabbia (Lacuna Coil)
14
-Pat Benatar
13
-Siouxsie Sioux (The Banshees)
12
-Courtney Love (Hole)
11
-Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders)
-I truly do not like her. She basically says that any woman who is raped that it's basically her fault! And this woman can't sing, just my opinion
Yikes! Time is most definitely NOT on her side!! But then again, has it ever been?
10
-Lzzy Hale (Halestorm)
9
-Grace Slick (Jefferson Airplane)
-Right, the girl who wanted to name her kid God!
8
-Amy Lee (Evanescence)
7
-Lita Ford (The Runaways, solo)
6
-Patti Smith
5
-Ann Wilson (Heart)
4
-Joan Jett (The Runaways, solo)
3
-Debbie Harry (Blondie)
2
-Stevie Nicks (Fleetwood Mac)
1
-Janis Joplin
BTW, I'm adding one I think should definitely be on here.

Lauren Harris
-It's certainly not easy growing up with Iron Maiden bassist/founding member Steve Harris as your dad, especially if you plan on trying to make it in the music business on your own terms. But this awesome lady of rock or metal, depending on what you consider her music to be, can prove that she doesn't ride on her dad's coattails or even last name to fame