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NBA star Richard Jefferson’s buddies showed up for his wedding last Saturday to former New Jersey Net dancer Kesha Ni’Cole Nichols. The problem was Jefferson decided not to make the nuptials. The New York Post reports that the $2 million bash at the Mandarin Oriental in New York City did not go off as planned. Jefferson, formerly of the Nets, was recently traded from Milwaukee to San Antonio and evidently also broke off his engagement at the same time. Nichols was able to find the time to tell her friends and relatives not to show up.Nichols, who a friend said was surprised but “not entirely caught off-guard” got an upgrade at the hotel to a suite. A friend of Jefferson told the Post that he was told by Jefferson about two hours before the ceremony. It wasn’t all bad for the Jefferson crew. He gave his friend his Black Amex credit card to use for the night.
Meteor on NBC is a two-part TV movie about a potential massive meteor strike that will be aired next Sunday, July 19. In NBC’s Meteor, Maria Sokoloff plays scientist Imogene O’Neil, who will pick up where her boss (Christopher Lloyd) left off in trying determine the GPS coordinates that could prevent the strike.
Sokoloff and Lloyd’s characters are in a mad rush to bring the information about the meteor to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to reveal it to the scientists in charge of managing the potential disaster.
In the first part of the movie they run into quite a bit of technical trouble on the way, which really helps build the suspense. We’re sure NBC will keep the suspense high and tease the second part of Meteor all through next week, too. Anyway, as the pieces of a Meteor named Kassandra are beginning to rain down onto the Earth, airplanes are knocked out of the sky, and hospitals are rendered inoperable. Scientists even begin to call it “an extinction event.” Christopher Lloyd plays a somewhat kooky mad-scientist type who was fired from his government job because they thought he was looney. Now they have to convince them that his character, Dr. Lehman, is not crazy, and in fact knows how to save humanity. We’ll have to wait until next week to see whether he can pull it off.
Check out the video of NBC’s Meteor TV movie below.
The stage was set Monday for Michael Jackson’s final act as the world capital of make-believe braced for what could be the biggest, most spectacular celebrity send-off of all time. Ecstatic fans who won the lottery for seats at Tuesday’s memorial received the tickets and spangly wristbands that will get them into the 20,000-seat Staples Center downtown. The family announced the participants will include Stevie Wonder, Mariah Carey, Usher, Lionel Richie, Kobe Bryant, Jennifer Hudson, John Mayer and Martin Luther King III. As night fell, activity was spotted at the Forest Lawn Cemetery involving the Jackson family. The cemetery is the location where relatives were expected to hold a private funeral. La Toya Jackson, wearing sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat, was seen leaving the cemetery. KCAL-TV showed helicopter footage of a hearse backing up to the Hall of Liberty — a circular building at the cemetery that contains a 1,200 seat auditorium — to deliver a casket. A few hours later, the casket was reloaded into the hearse and delivered to another nearby building, this time covered in a blue cloth. The legal maneuvering that marked Jackson’s extraordinary and troubled life also continued on Monday, with his mother losing a bid to control his enormous but tangled estate. And in one of the few reminders of Jackson’s darkest hours, a New York congressman branded Jackson a “pervert” undeserving of so much attention. More than 1.6 million people registered for free tickets to the 10 a.m. memorial, which will be broadcast live worldwide. A total of 8,750 people were chosen to receive two tickets each. The lucky ones picked up their passes Monday at Dodger Stadium amid heavy police presence. “I got the golden ticket!” one fan screamed out of his car window in a Willy Wonka moment as he drove out of the parking lot. “My mother loves Elvis. This is my Elvis,” said ticket winner Mynor Garcia, 29. Downtown hotels were quickly filling. Police, trying to avoid a mob scene, warned those without tickets to stay away because they would not be able to get close to the Staples Center. British Airways reported a surge of bookings as soon as the memorial arrangements were announced. Virgin’s trans-Atlantic flights to San Francisco, Las Vegas and Los Angeles were all packed with fans and VIPs, spokesman Paul Charles said. “I think this is America’s version of Princess Diana. People want to be in the vicinity. People from the UK and elsewhere want to share their emotions together,” Charles said. About 50 theaters across the country, from Los Angeles to Topeka, Kan., to Washington, D.C., were planning to broadcast the memorial live, said Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp. spokeswoman Suzanne Moore. Admission will be free — first-come, first-served. Jackson’s friend Elizabeth Taylor will be mourning in private. She said on her Twitter feed Monday that she would not attend the memorial. “I just don’t believe that Michael would want me to share my grief with millions of others,” she tweeted. “How I feel is between us. Not a public event.” In Los Angeles Superior Court, meanwhile, a judge appointed Jackson’s longtime attorney and a family friend as administrators of his estate over the objections of his mother, Katherine. Attorney John Branca and music executive John McClain had been designated in Jackson’s 2002 will as the people he wanted to oversee his empire. Mrs. Jackson’s attorneys expressed concerns about McClain and Branca’s financial leadership. “Frankly, Mrs. Jackson has concerns about handing over the keys to the kingdom,” said one of her attorneys, John E. Schreiber. Another one of her attorneys, Burt Levitch, told Judge Mitchell Beckloff that Branca had previously been removed from financial positions of authority by Jackson. Branca’s attorney said he was rehired by Jackson on June 17, days before Jackson’s death. Branca and McClain will have to post a $1 million bond on the estate, and their authority will expire Aug. 3, when another hearing will be held. “Mr. Branca and Mr. McClain for the next month are at the helm of the ship,” the judge said. Jackson died at age 50 with hundreds of millions in debts. But a court filing estimates his estate is worth more than 500 million. His assets are destined for a trust, with his three children, his mother and charities as beneficiaries. On eBay, bids for memorial tickets were reaching as high as $3,000, and prices on Craigslist were in the thousands, although both sites were removing postings attempting to sell memorial tickets. Debbie Rowe, Jackson’s ex-wife and the mother of Jackson’s two oldest children, had planned to attend the memorial but backed out Monday. “The onslaught of media attention has made it clear her attendance would be an unnecessary distraction to an event that should focus exclusively on Michael’s legacy,” her attorney Marta Almli said in a statement. “Debbie will continue to celebrate Michael’s memory privately.” In New York, Republican Rep. Peter King released a YouTube video calling Jackson, who was acquitted of child molestation charges, a “pervert” and a “low-life.” But the memories of Jackson’s problems were far from the minds of fans preparing to say goodbye. “It’s the passing of a great soul,” said Matt Tyson, 31, of Ojai, Calif. “He brought people together, helped express something that’s in us all.” In a symbolic convergence of events, however, the circus will be there. Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey starts a run at Staples Center on Wednesday. In the predawn hours before Jackson’s memorial, the elephants will walk from the train station to the arena.
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In many ways, the 1980s never really died. Many modern bands use a few power chords typical to ‘80s rock, while others play around with the styles and themes of progressive rock. It does come as a bit of a surprise, though, that Green Day would take up this trend in their newest album “21st Century Breakdown.” Perhaps this assertion is a tad unclear. It is not the case that “21st Century Breakdown” is itself some sort of compilation of ‘80s rock. The album does, however, use a great deal of musical tools reminiscent of the era. The prog stylings of an album with a story line makes some sense, what with Green Day’s previous album “American Idiot” doing the same. What makes much less sense, though, is the usage of riffs and styles commonly associated with ‘80s hair metal. Perhaps lead singer and band frontman Billy Joe Armstrong sat in a room listening to bands such as Winger, Poison and Twisted Sister before hitting the studio. Certainly one may ask if Armstrong has had a listen to Queensrÿche’s “Operation: Mindcrime,” as much of “21st Century Breakdown”’s story is delivered in a manner similar to Queensrÿche’s own concept album. Whatever the case, Green Day certainly does more than simply experiment with new styles. Now, this album is not nearly as silly as something by, say, Cinderella, but musically the guitar is both powerful and at times over-the-top. Songs like “21 Guns” and “Last Night on Earth” sound delightfully like power ballads relived, their musical style told anew by Green Day, and “Horseshoes and Handgrenades” embodies a kind of AC/DC rock swagger. It does stand that Green Day covered The Who’s “A Quick One While He’s Away,” which can be found on iTunes. Armstrong himself mentioned parts of the album were inspired by bands such as The Doors and Meatloaf. Musically, this sort of style blending could be disastrous. Such an attempt is a great leap for any band, but Green Day manages to retain its own style while forging a new sound. One of the most noticeable songs on the album is “East Jesus Nowhere” (and not entirely because of the title) for its successful blending of aggressive ‘80s style and the sweeping punk-like lyrics and chorus. Fans of more classic Green Day will be pleased with “The Static Age,” which sounds much like a flashback to some of its earlier albums. The aforementioned “21 Guns” may be the album’s best, with its stop-and-start guitar during the chorus and the spacey vocals Armstrong delivers. On the lyrical end, one could not ask for more. The lyrics can be at times somewhat intense, and as such, seekers of more easy listening may wish to find music elsewhere. The only major problem on the lyrical end is Armstrong’s own slurring voice. He is, as usual, difficult to understand in his pronunciation and level of clarity. Listeners would be well advised to read the lyrics along with the music on the first listen, as many of the more clever, thoughtful and emotive lines can be completely lost in translation. The album also loosely contains a story. The story in this album, though, is not nearly as thick as in some concept albums; at times the album seems more like a collection of songs with interrelated characters than a linear tale. This is, in its own way, somewhat refreshing — it certainly trumps being beaten over the head with the album’s “hidden meaning,” a tactic favored by bands like Styx. The songs stand on their own as well, so going out of order does not carry too great a penalty. It is certainly an experience in itself to piece together a story in an album, but it is not required. Some find Green Day a tad preachy, though this album does not seem to come across that way. It seems more like a social commentary, which one can use how he or she wishes. Ultimately, the album does a spectacular job for its genre — it is not the “next big thing,” but it is certainly delightful to hear a band trying new things musically
The Fast Track to FIB Heineken competition kicked off in spectacular style this month as over 1000 bands registered and uploaded their music in an attempt to win a slot at this year’s Benicássim festival in Spain. For the second year running, Vince Power has partnered up with rapidly emerging youth music brand Supajam, to find Europe’s newest super-group, and so far the response has been phenomenal! The contest allows bands to submit their music online and a careful selection process follows (see below) before the final 5 bands battle it out at a live showdown in Piccadilly’s The Pigalle Club. Voting doesn’t officially start until May 16th but with so much interest in the upload stage of the competition, Supajam are preparing themselves for the inevitable onslaught from bands’ fans. Having already confirmed a monumental line up including The Killers, Oasis, Kings of Leon, Franz Ferdinand, Paul Weller (see photo) , Lily Allen, Glasvegas, Maximo Park, The Horrors, 2 Many DJ’s and Elbow fans have come to expect bands of the very highest calibre, so its no wonder that competition for a slot on the Benicássim bill is fiercer than ever. Last year’s winner JKLMNO have taken massive steps forward since taking home the ‘Fast Track to FIB Heineken’ crown. Since winning the contest they have recorded a live studio session for the BBC and seen their music featured as the ‘Windows Media download of the week’. Set to record a single for physical release in August with Manic Street Preachers producer Greg Haver in the Manics’ own private studio, many are tipping them as one to watch for 2009. Other finalists from last year were Doll And the Kicks who have since supported Morrissey on his European tour and Irish rockers CODES, who shared the stage with Keane on their UK tour. If you want a chance to perform the gig of your lifetime visit supajam now!
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Lindsay Lohan’s home has been targeted by burglars. Police were called to the ‘Mean Girls’ actress’ Los Angeles property at about 3pm on Tuesday (12.05.09) after a security alarm at the property was set off. A police officer said: ‘It was an attempted burglary. No property was taken. There was evidence that someone tried to get in her house, but there’s no evidence that they actually got inside or removed any of her property.’ After being alerted there was a problem at the property by the alarm company, police went to investigate and evidence of an attempted break-in, including pry-marks on a door and damage to a window. Lindsay was not at home at the time of the incident. ‘E! News’ has reported a man who has allegedly been stalking the 22-year-old star and making threats against her is a ‘person of interest’ in the case. At first, police reportedly believed someone had gained entry to the property and ransacked it because it was so ‘messy’. Los Angeles police officer Karen Rayner queried: ‘Is it normally like this, or did the intruder do it?’
On Sunday May 27, Nottingham plays host to the third – and biggest yet – Dot To Dot Festival. We say biggest with good reason: as well as there being over 80 artists confirmed to appear at this year’s event, there will also be a couple of new venues – Nottingham Trent University and Lee Rosy’s Tea Rooms – hosting performances alongside the more established venues such as Rock City, the Rescue Rooms, Stealth and the Social.
Additionally, this year the festival spreads its wings to accommodate a whole separate city: a day earlier (Saturday 26, then), Dot To Dot will be down the M5 in Bristol, where at least 40 artists are confirmed to play across three of the city’s main venues: the Thekla Social, Louisiana, Fiddler’s. For details on the Bristol line-up/s, click to here (and here for the Dot To Dot website).
DiS’s Nottingham contingent has been excited about the festival for many a month now, so without further ado, here’s Dom Gourlay’s guide on who he’s literally busting a gut to see…
Initially formed for a laugh by a bunch of media students at Nottingham University, their recent show with Hadouken! proved that their Beastie Boys via the Human League electro grime is here to shake things up. Anyone not taking them seriously does so at their own risk.
Yo! Chomsky play the Rescue Rooms at 2:30pm
Possibly the oldest band playing at this year’s festival, Blonde Redhead have been around for almost fifteen years now without ever really gaining the commercial recognition their complex and critically acclaimed noise-saturated arrangements merit. Thankfully, all that seems set to change if reviews of their most recent record 23 (See DiS’s review here) are anything to go by, and with their visits to the UK becoming more and more sporadic, don’t let this opportunity pass you by. They are one of the most genuinely intriguing bands in the world right now. Blonde Redhead play the main room of Nottingham Trent University at 10pm
We Are The Physics
Hailing from Glasgow and mixing Devo-style jerkiness with Albini-esque polemics, We Are The Physics are one of those bands who demand to be seen by as many people as possible, and to date, unless you hail from north of the border, chances are you won’t be one of the lucky few to have caught them thus far. Not to worry, as this is as good an opportunity as any…We Are The Physics play the upstairs room of Nottingham Trent University at 9:30pm
DiS has been raving about Chester-Le-Street-based five-piece Catweasels for a good few years now. Formerly prefixed by (The), Catweasels mix old and new wave sensibilities with a melee of sounds that occasionally winds up echoing the moan of Mansun being inappropriately manhandled by Interpol. Other times they just go for the jugular by composing grandiose pop a la XTC, the sort that you wouldn’t expect anyone with a DIY aesthetic to pull off. They manage it in pretty spectacular style. Again, this is their first show in this part of the world. Are we excited? You bet we are…
Catweasels play Lee Rosy’s Tea Rooms at 5:30pm
You Slut! might be the possessors of the best name at this year’s festival by a long shot, but that only tells half the story. One listen to their “Rifftastic-post-progressive-indie-power-rock-math-disco-pop warfare” – their words, not ours – should be enough to convince anyone that the East Midlands is alive and well and simply bursting with creativity, and is about to explode any time now. Go see, then tell all your friends how great You Slut! are. You Slut! play Lee Rosy’s Tea Rooms at 3:30pm
The full (provisional) timetable for Nottingham reads as follows:
Rock City Basement (14+ venue)
1:15-1:45 The Recovery
2:15-2:45 Furthest Drive Home
3:15-3:45 Sunset Cinema Club
6:15-6:45 The Scare
7:15-7:45 Drive By Argument
8:15-8:45 The Dykeenies
9:15-9:45 Lethal Bizzle
Rock City Main Hall (14+ venue)
2:15-2:45 I Was A Cub Scout
3:15-3:45 Help She Can’t Swim
4:15-4:45 Pull Tiger Tail
6:15-6:45 Kate Nash
7:15-7:45 New Young Pony Club
10:00-11:30 The Cribs
Nottingham Trent University Main Room (14+ venue)
2:45-3:15 Six By Seven
7:00-7:45 Architecture In Helsinki
8:30-9:15 Broken Family Band
10:00-11:00 Blonde Redhead
Nottingham Trent University Upstairs (14+ venue)
2:30-3:00 Love Ends Disaster!
4:30-5:00 Nova Saints
5:30-6:00 Olympus Mons
6:30-7:00 Candi Payne
9:30-10:00 We Are The Physics
10:30-11:00 The Thermals
Lee Rosy’s Tea Rooms (14+ venue)
3:30-4:00 You Slut!
7:30-8:00 Karima Francis
8:30-9:00 Tom Mansi
The Social (18+ venue)
1:15-1:45 Grave Architects
2:00-2:30 House Of Brothers
3:00-3:30 Blood Red Shoes
4:00-4:30 Bobby Cook
5:00-5:30 The Changes
6:00-6:30 Sky Larkin
6:45-7:15 Emmy The Great
7:45-8:15 Emma Pollock
8:45-9:45 Moon Music Orchestra / Findlay Brown
10:15-11:00 Scout Niblett
11:30-3am Grimewatch with Boy Better Know and more TBA
Rescue Rooms (18+ venue)
2:30-3:00 Yo! Chomsky
3:30-4:00 Ratty Rat Rat
4:30-5:00 Mighty Roars
5:30-6:00 These New Puritans
6:30-7:00 Pete And The Pirates
7:30-8:00 Fear Of Flying
8:30-9:00 Laura Marling
9:30-10:00 Kid Harpoon
10:30-11:00 Late Of The Pier
12:45-1:30am Hot Club De Paris
Stealth live room (downstairs) (18+ venue)
4:00-4:30 The Whip
5:00-5:30 Holy Hail
5:30-6:00 Metronomy (DJ set)
6:00-6:30 Thieves Like Us
6:30-7:00 Metronomy (DJ set)
7:00-7:30 La La Lepus
7:30-8:00 Mum (DJ set)
8:00-8:30 We Smoke Fags
8:30-9:00 Mum (DJ set)
9:00-9:30 Kap Bambino
9:30-10:00 Opticks (DJ set)
10:30-11:00 Opticks (DJ set)
11:00-11:30 Dolby Anol
11:30-00:15 TAPEDECK (DJ set)
00:15-1am Bonde Do Role
1-1:30am TAPEDECK (DJ set)
Stealth DJ room (upstairs) (18+ venue)
4:00-6:00 Paul Thomson (Franz Ferdinand)
8:00-10:00 Riotous Rockers
12-2am Para One
2-4am Erol Alkan
For more information on the festival, visit the Dot To Dot MySpace.
COCA-COLA SUPER-GROUP SET TO RELEASE “OPEN HAPPINESS” SINGLE IN GLOBAL MUSIC PARTNERSHIP . The Coca-Cola Company and Atlantic Records bring together some of the hottest names in music to record the soundtrack to “Happiness Factory 3″
ATLANTA, March 16, 2009 - The Coca-Cola Company and Warner Music Group’s Atlantic Records have come together to record and release a new song featuring some of the hottest acts from the worlds of rock, pop and hip hop.
Launching today, the track will accompany the third in the Coca-Cola “Happiness Factory” series of commercials, and uses the 5-note melody made famous by the ads. Titled “Open Happiness,” the single features the combined talents of Cee-Lo Green, Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump, Brendon Urie from Panic at the Disco, Travis McCoy from Gym Class Heroes and acclaimed, Grammy nominated songstress Janelle Monae. The song reflects the spirit of positivity, optimism and fun expressed in “Open Happiness,” the new global integrated marketing campaign for brand Coca-Cola.
Two superstar producers; Butch Walker (who co-wrote the track with Cee-Lo Green) and Polow Da Don produced the musical collaboration. These award-winning producers have set out to mix their worlds of rock and hip-hop and create a really cutting edge sound that brings the Open Happiness campaign to life.
The super producers have been responsible for some of the most popular music of recent years and between them have worked with acts such as Usher, Kelis, Pink, Fergie, Pussycat Dolls, Avril Lavigne and Katy Perry.
“Adding a musical element to our popular Happiness Factory franchise is a natural progression to really making it a trans-media property,” said Umut Ozaydinli, global music marketing manager, The Coca-Cola Company. “Working with established artists like Cee-Lo Green and Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy and up and coming artists like Janelle Monae really brings together a unique mix of genres of music. Our new campaign is all about inviting people to share a little happiness and enjoy life’s simple pleasures. We believe that, through the use of music, we are able to enhance this message and help people to connect and have fun with the campaign.”
“Coca-Cola is such an iconic brand around the world with a rich history of quality and integrity,” stated Camille Hackney, SVP, Brand Partnership and Commercial Licensing, Atlantic Records. “At Atlantic we strive to create career artists who make music with worldwide resonance. The pairing of the artists on this song with the Coke brand is a perfect match and we anticipate it being a huge global success.”
Music will be embedded into the Open Happiness campaign. The track will appear as the soundtrack to the new Happiness Factory TVC and be utilized as a vehicle outside of traditional advertising. In addition, a percentage of the single sales will be donated to charitable causes through the Company’s ‘Live Positively’ platform.
Commented Travis McCoy of Gym Class Heroes, “I think Coke reaching out to up-and-coming and established artists is a really good move — everyone comes out a winner. We as artists get to collaborate with people we look up to and Coca-Cola gets a fresh new song that I think people are going to be really receptive to.”
Added Cee-Lo Green, “I guess what was interesting about the idea at first was Coca-Cola’s interest in me – that was appealing. Music’s marketplace can be very fickle and unforgiving and if you want longevity and you want legend, who better to ask advice from than Coca-Cola?”
The single release will be supported by a huge global push, including:
A global MySpace premiere of the track will allow consumers all over the world to access this unique collaboration for the first time beginning March 16th at www.myspace.com/openhappiness.
The track will be released for sale on iTunes, with an exclusive bundle featuring a “making of” video.
200 million Coca-Cola packs in Great Britain and France alone will include mention of the Open Happiness single.
A music video of the track, featuring the artists and directed by award winning director Alan Ferguson, will premiere globally in May. The track will be integrated into Coca-Cola brand marketing efforts on radio and online, including with the 3.2 million fans of Coke on Facebook. World famous Coca-Cola signs in London’s Piccadilly Circus and New York’s Time Square will be utilized to promote the Open Happiness single. Open Happiness builds on the award-winning Coke Side of Life campaign and will serve as the platform for all integrated marketing for brand Coca-Cola globally. The campaign launched first, in the US in January, with print, outdoor and TV. The fully integrated campaign — including new point of sale, promotions, outdoor and print advertising, digital and music components and more — will roll out throughout the first half of 2009 in markets around the world.
About The Coca-Cola Company
The Coca-Cola Company is the world’s largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with nearly 500 sparkling and still brands. Along with Coca-Cola®, recognized as the world’s most valuable brand, the Company’s portfolio includes 12 other billion dollar brands, including Diet Coke®, Fanta®, Sprite®, Coca-Cola Zero®, vitaminwater, POWERADE®, Minute Maid® and Georgia® Coffee. Globally, we are the No. 1 provider of sparkling beverages, juices and juice drinks and ready-to-drink teas and coffees. Through the world’s largest beverage distribution system, consumers in more than 200 countries enjoy the Company’s beverages at a rate of nearly 1.6 billion servings a day. With an enduring commitment to building sustainable communities, our Company is focused on initiatives that protect the environment, conserve resources and enhance the economic development of the communities where we operate. For more information about our Company, please visit our website at www.thecoca-colacompany.com.
About Atlantic Records:
Atlantic Records, which celebrated its 60th Anniversary in 2008, currently ranks as the #1 label in the music industry. Founded in New York City, the label grew from literally a one-room operation into one of the world’s preeminent music companies. Atlantic has released a string of recordings that have had a profound impact on the course of modern music, its rich history including such musical icons as Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, John Coltrane, and Led Zeppelin. The Atlantic roster today includes many of the world’s most popular recording artists, among them James Blunt, Tracy Chapman, Phil Collins, Death Cab for Cutie, Missy Elliott, Flo Rida, Lupe Fiasco, Gnarls Barkley, Kid Rock, Matchbox Twenty, Jason Mraz, O.A.R., Plies, Sean Paul, Rush, Shinedown, Staind, Rob Thomas, T.I., and many more.
Winter 2009 heralds the return of Dutch heavy rock collective Autumn to the forefront with a new intense and diverse album: Altitude. In many ways a logical progression from 2007’s highly acclaimed album My New Time, it does present us with one surprising change: one of voice, introducing rising star Marjan Welman, taking over vocal duties from Nienke de Jong.
My New Time was a bold statement: “Through all adversity, here we are and we’re here to stay.” Let us not forget Autumn had already faced more setbacks than most bands would have been able to endure. It had not strayed them from course. However, fate had one more trick up its sleeve. Early 2008, vocalist and front woman extraordinaire Nienke decided to part ways with Autumn, leaving the band faced with their most difficult decision yet. Against all odds, the five remaining band members decided that this could not possibly spell the end of their musical endeavor and since the main body of composers and lyricists remained, the search was on for a new vocalist. Guitarist Jens: “It was clear that we wouldn’t set out to find a second Nienke. There would be no one worthy of taking her place if that were our aim. Instead, we looked for someone whose voice, as well as personality, would gel perfectly with the Autumn that had risen with My New Time.”
As soon as she entered the spotlight, Marjan Welman turned out to be that ideal vocalist. Marjan, making quite the name for herself in Holland and abroad with her enchanting appearance on Ayreon’s 01011001 album, was more than happy to audition and the chemistry between the six musicians was instant and undeniable. With the writing process for the new album well underway by the time she joined, Marjan immediately started playing an active role in pre-productions, rapidly taking to the material and bringing her unique warm voice to the songs, giving Autumn’s sound a slightly different twist, while preserving its identity. Creating the new record proved very exciting and surprising, as each step of the way uncovered just how well Marjan’s voice and emotional translation of the lyrics fit the songs. Jens: “Astonishing, how certain songs that hadn’t really got that certain spark to them in the past, all of a sudden just burst into life when Marjan recorded some vocals for a quick demo! We feel this incarnation of Autumn has all the potential to realize all we want to encompass as a band. Altitude is testament to this and with the solid team we have built up around us, we feel we’ve got the means to back it up!”
Working together with the exact same team that was responsible for My New Time allowed the musicians to focus their energy solely on the creative process of composing Altitude. Guitarist Mats comments: “The certainty that we would end up with an extremely powerful sound meant that we could focus entirely on writing an album worthy of such a production.” This also led to a deeper involvement in the production process. Pre-productions as well as a large chunk of the final recordings for Altitude were recorded at the band’s home studios. In this way, individual band members were very much instrumental in molding, shaping and reshaping Altitude up to the very last stage. Fine tuning was once again in the skilled hands of Arno Krabman at Graveland studios. Jochem Jacobs added the finishing touches at Split Second Sound, taking care of the mix and mastering.
As for the result: From heavy grooving opening track Paradise Nox (with a remarkably sparkling vocal performance by Marjan) through to the last dying note of title track and rollercoaster ride Altitude, this monumental album offers as diverse array of music that transcends the boundaries of many heavy rock related genres. Short, compact, straightforward songs coexist with intricate, multi-layered songs that take their time to draw to a close. It makes for an album that is not so much a series of individual songs, but much more a kind of organic entity: music and lyrics challenging six gifted song writers in coming up with material to bring out the best in each other, whichever shape or form it might take. Jens: “We set out to write music that captures our hearts or imagination, not necessarily songs that fit a typical format. We pretty much work as a democracy, so from the 40 odd tracks we started out with, the selection that made the cut is as thoroughbred an Autumn album as can be.”
The deliberate approach Autumn take to writing music and lyrics has a deeper motivation. Mats: “We’re pretty much an album band, having grown up in times when buying an album meant embarking on a musical journey, a thrilling adventure. Nowadays, you often end up with a collection of songs, some killers, some fillers. For us, every note on this album has a purpose. Every second counts, so to speak.” The band describe it as a yearning to return to past eras of epic albums, albums with a capital A. Autumn’s Altitude may prove to fit neatly into that category. And this collective has only just begun its musical journeys…
Riot police had to fire tear gas canisters into the crowd who threw rocks during clashes with officers hours before the gig started in a park in the capital.
One police officer was reportedly injured in the fighting, and had to undergo facial surgery as fans without tickets tried to get into the Simon Bolivar Park on Saturday.
The official police report said about 25,000 people attended the concert but the disturbance was due to “embarrassing acts perpetrated by a group of malcontents who wanted to enter without tickets”.
It added that 40 of the 111 people arrested remained in custody and would have to pay for damage to traffic lights and signs.
Authorities are now debating whether Bogota should host any more heavy metal concerts in future.
Iron Maiden have yet to comment on the rioting which police had under control by the time they came on stage.
The band resume their South American tour on Tuesday with a date in the Ecuadorian capital of Quito.