Geezer Butler, bassist of Black Sabbath, said that he wrote a song about Tony Iommi and his battle about cancer. The title of the song “Hanging By A Thread” talked much about dying and “passing one’s spirit” over to the other side. According to Butler, he was very concerned about how his bandmate would survive his ordeal. The track was never included in Black Sabbath’s new album named “13”.
Butler said that after losing enigmatic former Black Sabbath frontman and solo rock star Ronnie James Dio to cancer in 2010, he felt that Tony Iommi could be in for the worst. He said that it might not be possible for Tony to recover from his cancer. He was still reliving the memories of Dio’s quick passing after his diagnosis, from which Dio died shortly after the Diagnosis.
However, he is relieved to see Tony recovering from his cancer following his treatments. Tony Iommi was also recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Arts by Coventry University following his strong recovery. The award was for his great contribution to popular music and being one of the founding fathers of heavy metal.
Black Sabbath’s new album, 13, had won Album of the Year and given the Living Legend Status by the Classic Rock “Roll of Honour” Awards for 2013.
Payment protection insurance is a policy designed to repay your loans and other financing in case you get sick or have an accident. But if you do not need it, you need to make a claim to get back all your refunds. However, banks can continue to pester you by delaying the refunds due to you. If this is the case, you will need to work with a PPI claims expert.
1. Ministry of Justice
Every claims management company has a Claims Regulation Number that indicates the MOJ regulates their activities. A claims management company under regulation is trustworthy to be given all necessary information including confidential ones that will benefit your PPI claim.
2. Working Distance
It is always possible to email, call or text your claims manager but you will need to discuss certain details personally. Working with a mis sold PPI claims expert that is more than an hour away from your home or workplace is never a good option, even if their deal with you is good.
Always remember that even if your claims expert is experienced in getting back and following-up on your claim, they will need some time before they get you the results you want. Practicing patience is key to building a better working relationship with any professional and this could not be better true with claims managers.
In all my years of listening and writing about music and the inspiration that drew people to it, I could not help but wonder why so many independent artists are not famous yet. The Internet is an avenue for information and accessing media that conventional sources would not provide you. In short, if you couldn’t find the artist in a record label, you could find them easy in the Internet.
Piracy lost artists and the music industry billions of dollars in album record sales, but nobody is complaining. Piracy inspired a new generation of would-be musicians that you would find in the local neighbourhood jamming in the garage, initially making noise until they forge their talent in the next few months. However, no centralized business-oriented company will understand that.
Music publishing decentralization could actually have positive and negative effects.
Positively, it promotes equal opportunities for people to choose the kind of music they want to listen to and which ones they would like to see improve. They could offer contributions to the musician or band by choice to produce better results. Musicians could charge a smaller fee for their album production and guarantee good quality without the interference of record labels who want to guarantee a sale.
Negatively, this means that most songs you will hear are from your local heroes. It would be quite difficult to know new music from other countries as it would be very impossible to reach global heights with a decentralized music system. What’s worse, if no new artist that is as good as the independent enters the record label fray, the current artists of today will be the only news left for the mainstream’s future.
Famous artist and writer Neil Gaiman talks about how Lou Reed’s music inspired him to create his famous works and expressed his sadness for the musician’s passing.
According to Gaiman, Reed told him in the past that some songs are just written for fun but without proper words, the lyrics cannot survive without the music. According to him, the idea behind the music was to put a novelist’s eye that puts the person to engage on such a level of intellect and enjoy the pop splendour of rock.
Gaiman said that Reed was one of the biggest influences in his works. While a songwriter might be farfetched for a graphic artist and writer, Gaiman said that the songs of Reed sang songs of alienation and despair that held no hope for the one who was singing. He also sang songs of the perfect days and nights that were few, which gave him a good sense of purpose in his works.
Gaiman expressed that Reed’s songs were stories complete with a narrative voice that was detached and not judgmental to its characters in the story.
Singer-songwriter Lou Reed died of liver disease last week in his home in New York. He was at the age of 71. He was the lead singer of the famous band Velvet Underground and was scheduled to play in the Coachella Music and Arts Festival in California this year.
PPI or payment protection insurance is a policy designed to repay your loans, mortgages or credit cards in the event you get sick or have an accident. However, many UK banks sold these to customers already excluded from the insurance’s terms and conditions. If you are a consumer mis sold PPI, you could get your refunds completely with a PPI calculator’s help.
1. Identity Confirmation
Almost everyone in the UK receives a cold call or a text message from a PPI claims company, which makes it difficult to identify who could be trusted to guarantee results. If you want to verify the identity of a PPI calculator company, check with the Ministry of Justice for their claims regulation number.
Allow your calculator to update you on the progress of your insurance claim on a regular basis. If you prefer personal updates, it is highly important that your PPI calculator company or calculator is near your home or your workplace.
Your PPI calculator is not a miracle worker; it is important that you provide the necessary general information to your claims expert to ensure the success of your claim. Provide them all your billing statements and other payments you have made because of the insurance policy.
U2 frontman and Make Poverty History campaign leader Bono said that anarchists and anti-capitalists who had a slogan “Make Bono History” chased him down in Germany. Bono’s afterthought after running from his attackers was that the slogan was pretty good.
Aside from Germany, Bono was also booed by entrepreneurs in Tanzania, who did not want the world to think that Africa was a place that needs charity and great economy, as implied by the charity work of many institutions, aside from the Make Poverty History campaigns.
However, Bono said that the actual truth of Africa’s situation could not be further off from the statement. Bono said that his organisations and endeavours were doing something right should people be hating against their campaigns for Africa.
According to Bono, they thought U2’s image would be altered by his involvement with charity groups and “rubbing elbows” with politicians and corporations worldwide in raising people’s awareness to Africa’s situation.
Bono congratulated the United Kingdom’s endeavour by donating billions of pounds to The Global Fund for Fighting Aids, Malaria and Tubercolosis. He said that it made him believe that the world could finally see the extinction of the deadly diseases worldwide.
The memory-robbing disease could not stop the great country legend Glen Campbell from reviving the songs he made a few decades ago. Glen Campbell may forget he has Alzheimer’s, which is an obvious attack on the disease, but he never forgets his old songs and he still knows how to play them. His album out on Thursday, called “See You There”, shows his new take on his old songs.
Known for his singles such as “Gentle on My Mind”, “Rhinestone Cowboy” and “True Grit”, which was nominated for an Oscar, Glen Campbell said that all his songs were blessings and other songs he co-composed with other artists were just as “magical”.
The remake album, which was not intended for release and was only for the personal compilation of the country legend, was shared to the public after Surfdog Records founder Dave Kaplan encouraged Glen and his wife to share the songs with fans. Kaplan admitted that he never heard of Glen Campbell years ago, but now that he knows, the legend of Campbell is comparable to many other country legends.
Co-producer Dave Darling replaced some of the country band accompaniment in the earlier records of Campbell’s songs with more intimate and softer versions. According to Kaplan, the entire album concentrates on how it is the most personal album Glen had ever made.
Glen Campbell began as a session musician in Los Angeles. Then he had played accompaniment on guitar for Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and The Monkees. He had made 21 Top 40 hits, 81 Billboard Chart Hitters and sales of 45 million records.
Smartphones make many things convenient for music lovers but some applications just don’t cut the slack enough for you. Here is a compilation of applications available for the iOS and some for Android.
Bloom.fm might be a new music discovery app for the iPhone, but it allows you to stream full tracks and playlists. It even has an option that allows you to save tracks to your iPhone. It is an offline service that allows you to “rent” the songs with limited playback. You could then swap the songs back to go for different songs. You only pay $1.49 every month for your subscription.
Groove has reached 85,000 downloads in a day for its record. Groove functions like Apple’s “Genius”, but offers more by allowing users to tap in their iTunes collection quickly, can create smart playlists and instant mixes without problems. However, unlike iTunes, it is 100% useable offline.
While it seems expensive at $9.99 monthly for its Premium package services, Spotify allows you to sync songs, albums and playlists for offline playback. Spotify retains its powerful music discovery feature and syncs your playlists when you’re on the go. Spotify is available for both Android and iOS systems.
Tunigo may not have good playlist generating capabilities, but it allows you to have a pre-made playlist discovery on your iPhone. You just sync your playlists and you could use it offline. Tunigo allows you to find, play and sync your playlists from within the app itself.
Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.i.am is suing Pharell Williams for “diluting” will.i.am’s “I AM” brand. Pharell’s “i am OTHER” brand. Will.iam accusses Pharell of having his trademark a “confusingly similar” resemblance to the former’s trademark goods. Will.i.am said that either way, the new brand will dilute his “I AM” and the “WILL.I.AM mark”.
Rapper and record producer Pharell Williams was disappointed with the lawsuit because he finds will.i.am’s arguments ridiculous. He said that he was willing to talk things out, but he was surprised at how will.i.am and his company is taking the situation. Williams hopes that the trademark dilution claims will be found “meritless and ridiculous”.
Both from the R&B, soul and hip-hop arena, the two musicians are well-renowned musicians and producers. The Black Eyed Peas frontman recently moved from their power group setup into a solo project. Both have trademarked goods in their merchandise, which cost more than two million dollars in worth.
Will.i.am’s concern, according to observers, was that he recently launched a camera called the “I AM+” last year and the new brand Pharell is endorsing could effectively hamper sales due to the “dilution”.
Stone Temple Pilots surprised their fans and the music world this week by announcing that Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington is now the frontman of the band. Along with the surprise announcement, a track including the vocals of Chester was attached with most press releases. However, the new release actually divided fans.
Fans from different forums and social media accounts expressed their own opinions. One fan actually said that Chester Bennington’s voice “did not belong in the band because of its classic grunge approach.” The fan explained that Chester Bennington’s voice also did not fit Nirvana if he had the chance to replace Kurt Cobain in the band.
Other fans found the single to be quite amusing, saying that his one-of-a-kind voice actually delivers great energy while having a great appeal to high-pitched, scratchy voices. STP guitarist Dean DeLeo actually commended that Chester has a unique voice and they’re thinking of expanding his capabilities.
However, Chester made it clear that he is only a “singer for hire” in STP and the band knows that Linkin Park is the priority of Chester. They just thought that it would be cool to actually work on an album that featured Chester Bennington.
Scott Weiland, the former Stone Temple Pilots vocalist and frontman, ousted himself from the band to work on a solo project. The band split apart in 1997 and returned in 2002. They released a new album with Weiland in 2012 and are looking to release a new one with Chester in the near future.