Blaze of Glory (Jon Bon Jovi album)
Blaze of Glory is Jon Bon Jovi's debut solo studio album, released in 1990. It includes songs from and inspired by the movie Young Guns II. Emilio Estevez asked for Bon Jovi's "Wanted Dead or Alive" as the theme song for his upcoming Billy the Kid sequel, but Jon Bon Jovi ended up composing an all-new theme song for the film's soundtrack instead; the album featured guests such as Elton John, Little Richard, Jeff Beck. Blaze of Glory was awarded a Golden Globe, it received Academy Award and Grammy nominations. The album focuses on the theme of redemption and whether an individual's past wrongs will catch up with them. Another theme on the album is about making yourself heard in the world. Jon Bon Jovi said on the 100,000,000 Bon Jovi Fans Can't Be Wrong DVD that he thought the album's aggression and themes dealt with Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett from Young Guns II but has come to realize that they reflect the bad place he was in at the time; the album more or less transitioned Jon's songwriting from girls and having a good time to other subject matters, which would lead into him and his band's further maturing in songwriting with 1992's Keep the Faith.
Emilio Estevez approached Bon Jovi to ask him for permission to include the song "Wanted Dead or Alive" on the soundtrack. Bon Jovi did not feel the songs, he wrote the song "Blaze of Glory", performed it on acoustic guitar in the New Mexico desert for Estevez and John Fusco. This was the first time. Fusco called his co-producers into the trailer to listen, it was named the theme song for Young Guns II on the spot. In an interview for UNCUT magazine, Kiefer Sutherland said, "When Jon joined the team for Young Guns 2, we were all eating hamburgers in a diner and Jon was scribbling on this napkin for, six minutes, he declared he'd written'Blaze of Glory', which of course went through the roof in the States. He gave Emilio Estevez the napkin. We were munching burgers while he wrote a No. 1 song... Made us feel stupid." Music videos were made for the singles "Blaze of Glory", "Miracle", "Dyin' Ain't Much of a Livin'" featuring Elton John. Bon Jovi's lyrics from the song "Santa Fe" are quoted in the 1998 book, About a Boy, although the author, Nick Hornby, would have been light-heartedly referring to John Donne's "No Man Is an Island".
The song is quoted in the film High Fidelity. The album peaked at No. 3 on No. 2 on the UK Albums Chart. The title track "Blaze of Glory" was released as the first single and hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and the Mainstream rock charts. "Miracle" was released as the second single and charted at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #20 on the Mainstream rock charts and the third single "Never Say Die" charted in Australia and Poland but not the US. "Dyin Ain't Much of a Livin'" featuring Elton John and "Santa Fe" were released as promo singles. In 1998, a country duet version of "Bang a Drum" was released with country singer Chris LeDoux, the track was released as a single with a music video and reached number 68 on the US Hot Country Songs chart. Young Guns II is a 1990 western film, the sequel to Young Guns, it stars Emilio Estevez, Kiefer Sutherland, Lou Diamond Phillips, Christian Slater, features William Petersen as Pat Garrett. It was directed by Geoff Murphy. Jon Bon Jovi made a cameo appearance in the film as one of the prisoners in the pit with Doc and Chavez.
All songs composed by Jon Bon Jovi, except where noted. Billy Get Your Guns – 4:49 Miracle – 5:20 Blaze of Glory – 5:35 Blood Money – 2:34 Santa Fe – 5:42 Justice in the Barrel – 6:48 Never Say Die – 4:54 You Really Got Me Now – 2:24 Bang a Drum – 4:44 Dyin' Ain't Much of a Livin' – 4:46 Guano City – 1:16Note: The only tracks heard in the movie are "Billy Get Your Guns", "Blaze of Glory", the Silvestri score cue. Kenny Aronoff – drums, percussion Jeff Beck – electric guitar, slide guitar Jon Bon Jovi – vocals, backing vocals, piano, producer Robbin Crosby – guitar Bob Glaub – bass Randy Jackson – bass Ron Jacobs – engineer Elton John – piano, backing vocals Danny Kortchmar – guitar, producer Dale Lavi – hand claps Myrna Matthews – backing vocals Camilla Lento - backing vocals Aldo Nova – guitars, piano, tambourine Phil Parlapiano – accordion Lou Diamond Phillips – vocals The Runners – hand claps Little Richard – piano, vocals Brian Scheuble – engineer Alan Silvestri – arranger Benmont Tench – Hammond organ, piano Waddy Wachtel – guitar, slide guitar Jon Bon Jovi, Danny Kortchmar: Producers Brian Scheuble, Rob Jacobs: Engineering JD Dworkow: Production Coordinator
Mark Pellington is an American film director and producer. Pellington was born in Maryland, he graduated from the University of Virginia in 1984. He worked at MTV from 1984–1990 winning awards as promo producer and created the landmark TV show Buzz, he became a freelance director in 1990 doing videos for U2, Crystal Waters, De la Soul and Pearl Jam. His video for Pearl Jam's "Jeremy" won many MTV awards in 1993. In 1994, his Music Video for Whale's song "Hobo Humpin' Slobo Babe" won the inaugural MTV Europe Music Award for Best Video, he directed “Going All the Way”, with Ben Affleck and Rachel Weisz, Arlington Road in 1999 starring Tim Robbins and Jeff Bridges, as well as The Mothman Prophecies in 2002, starring Richard Gere dealing with mysterious deaths foretold by a strange red-eyed flying creature, Mothman. Pellington's father, Bill was an All-Pro linebacker football player with the Baltimore Colts for 12 seasons. Pellington has worked with such musical artists as Alice In Chains, Pearl Jam, Demi Lovato, Imagine Dragons, Foo Fighters, Nine Inch Nails, Cage the Elephant, Linkin Park, The Fray, Dave Matthews, U2, Michael Jackson, Public Enemy, Flaming Lips, Damian Marley, Chelsea Wolfe and Bruce Springsteen.
He has made cameo appearances in The Mothman Prophecies, Almost Famous, Jerry Maguire. He directed the landmark mini-series The United States of Poetry for PBS in 1995, which won the INPUT Award, created the look of pilots for hit network TV shows including Blindspot, Red Widow and Cold Case, as well as numerous commercials and personal documentary, art projects and personal short films. Feature film wise, he co-directed U2 3D, Henry Poole Is Here, I Melt with You, The Last Word with Shirley MacLaine and Amanda Seyfried and Nostalgia, with Jon Hamm, Ellen Burstyn, Catherine Keener and Bruce Dern. Mark Pellington on IMDb Mark Pellington Official Website Mark Pellington's Guest DJ Set on KCRW KCRW Guest DJ Project
"Levon" is a song written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin and recorded by Elton John. John recorded it on February 27, 1971 and released it on his fourth album, Madman Across the Water. Backing vocals are provided by Tony Burrows; the song reached number 24 on the U. S. Billboard Hot 100, peaked at number six on the Canadian RPM singles chart. According to Gus Dudgeon, Bernie Taupin was inspired by The Band's co-founder and singer Levon Helm to name the song after him; the Band was John and Taupin's favourite group at the time. In 2013, Taupin said that the song is unrelated to Levon Helm; the "Alvin Tostig" mentioned in the song is, according to Taupin fictional. "Levon" has been covered by several artists, Myles Kennedy, Jon Bon Jovi and Canadian rock singer-songwriter Billy Klippert. Mary McCreary recorded a version of "Levon" on her regarded LP "Jezebel", Shelter Records SR-2110. Phil Lesh and Friends started playing the song in April 2012, shortly after Levon Helm's death. Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics Myles Kennedy SiriusXM Octane performance
Kevin Norwood Bacon is an American actor and musician. His films include musical-drama film Footloose, the controversial historical conspiracy legal thriller JFK, the legal drama A Few Good Men, the historical docudrama Apollo 13, the mystery drama Mystic River. Bacon is known for taking on darker roles such as that of a sadistic guard in Sleepers and troubled former child abuser in a critically acclaimed performance in The Woodsman, he is prolific on television, having starred in the Fox drama series The Following. For the HBO original film Taking Chance, Bacon won a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award receiving a Primetime Emmy Award nomination; the Guardian named him one of the best actors never to have received an Academy Award nomination. In 2003, Bacon received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contributions to the motion pictures industry. Bacon has become associated with the concept of interconnectedness, having been popularized by the game "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon".
In 2007, he created a charitable foundation. Bacon, the youngest of six children, was raised in a close-knit family in Philadelphia, his mother, Ruth Hilda, taught at an elementary school and was a liberal activist, while his father, Edmund Norwood Bacon, was a well-respected architect and a prominent Philadelphian, Executive Director of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission for many years. At age 16, in 1975, Bacon won a full scholarship to and attended the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts at Bucknell University, a state-funded five-week arts program at which he studied theater under Dr. Glory Van Scott; the experience solidified Bacon's passion for the arts. Bacon left home at age 17 to pursue a theater career in New York City, where he appeared in a production at the Circle in the Square Theater School. "I wanted life, the real thing", he recalled to Nancy Mills of Cosmopolitan. "The message I got was'The arts are it. Business is the devil's work. Art and creative expression are next to godliness.'
Combine that with an immense ego and you wind up with an actor." Bacon's debut in the fraternity comedy National Lampoon's Animal House did not lead to the fame he had sought, Bacon returned to waiting tables and auditioning for small roles in theater. He worked on the television soap operas Search for Tomorrow and Guiding Light in New York. In 1980, he had a prominent role in the slasher film Friday the 13th; some of his early stage work included Getting Out, performed at New York's Phoenix Theater, Flux, at Second Stage Theatre during their 1981–1982 season. In 1982, he won an Obie Award for his role in Forty Deuce, soon afterward he made his Broadway debut in Slab Boys, with then-unknowns Sean Penn and Val Kilmer. However, it was not until he portrayed Timothy Fenwick that same year in Barry Levinson's film Diner – costarring Steve Guttenberg, Daniel Stern, Mickey Rourke, Tim Daly, Ellen Barkin – that he made an indelible impression on film critics and moviegoers alike. Bolstered by the attention garnered by his performance in Diner, Bacon starred in the box-office smash Footloose.
Richard Corliss of TIME likened Footloose to the James Dean classic Rebel Without a Cause and the old Mickey Rooney/Judy Garland musicals, commenting that the film includes "motifs on book burning, mid-life crisis, AWOL parents, fatal car crashes, drug enforcement, Bible Belt vigilantism." To prepare for the role, Bacon enrolled at a high school as a transfer student named "Ren McCormick" and studied teenagers before leaving in the middle of the day. Bacon earned strong reviews for Footloose, he appeared on the cover of People magazine soon after its release. Bacon's critical and box office success led to a period of typecasting in roles similar to the two he portrayed in Diner and Footloose, he had difficulty shaking this on-screen image. For the next several years he chose films that cast him against either type and experienced, by his own estimation, a career slump. In 1988, he starred in John Hughes' comedy She's Having a Baby, the following year he was in another comedy called The Big Picture.
In 1990, Bacon had two successful roles. He played a character who saved his town from under-the-earth "graboid" monsters in the comedy/horror film Tremors, he portrayed an earnest medical student experimenting with death in Joel Schumacher's Flatliners. In Bacon's next project he starred opposite Elizabeth Perkins in He Said, She Said. Despite lukewarm reviews and low audience turnout, He Said, She Said. Required to play a character with sexist attitudes, he admitted that the role was not that large a stretch for him. By 1991, Bacon began to give up the idea of playing leading men in big-budget films and to remake himself as a character actor. "The only way I was going to be able to work on'A' projects with really'A' directors was if I wasn't the guy, starring", he confided to The New York Times writer Trip Gabriel. "You can't afford to set up a $40 million movie if you don't have your star." He performed that year as gay prostitute Willie O'Keefe in Oliver Stone's JFK and went on to play a prosecuting attorney in the military courtroom drama A Few Good Men.
That year he returned to the theater to play in Spike Heels, directed by Michael Greif. In 1994, Bacon earned a Golden Globe nomination for his role in The River Wild, opposite Meryl Streep, he described the film to Chase in Cosmopolitan as a "grueling shoot", in which "every one of us fell out of the boat at one point or another and had to be saved". His next film, Murder in the First, earned him the Broadc
Annabella Gloria Philomena Sciorra is an American actress. Her film roles include True Love, Cadillac Man, Jungle Fever, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, The Addiction, Cop Land, What Dreams May Come, she was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for playing Gloria Trillo on The Sopranos. Sciorra was born in New York, to a fashion stylist mother and a veterinarian father, her parents are Italian. Sciorra studied dance as a child, took drama lessons at the Herbert Berghof Studio and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Sciorra made her feature film debut with a starring role in the 1989 comedy, True Love, she was praised by critics, with Janet Maslin of The New York Times commenting: "Ms. Sciorra, with her gentle beauty and her hard-as-nails negotiating style captures the mood of the film, makes Donna and touchingly drawn"; the performance earned her a nomination for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead. Various film roles came next, including the Richard Gere thriller Internal Affairs, the Robin Williams comedy Cadillac Man, the acclaimed drama Reversal of Fortune.
The latter received three Academy Award nominations. She earned widespread attention in 1991 for her co-lead role in Spike Lee's film, Jungle Fever, opposite Wesley Snipes. In his review for the Los Angeles Times, Kenneth Turan wrote that Sciorra was "possessed of considerable presence and vulnerability", she starred alongside Rebecca De Mornay in Curtis Hanson's 1992 thriller, The Hand That Rocks The Cradle, which held the #1 position at the North American box office for four consecutive weeks. Sciorra continued to work throughout the 1990s. Film parts included The Night. In 2001, she received a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her portrayal of Gloria Trillo on the HBO series The Sopranos. Entertainment Weekly called it "a career changing performance". In 2006, Sciorra co-starred with Vin Diesel in Find Me Guilty, directed by Sidney Lumet; the film, based on the true story of the longest Mafia trial in American history, was described as "gripping" by Stephen Holden of The New York Times, who called Sciorra's performance "excellent".
Subsequent credits include the CBS series Queens Supreme. Carolyn Barek on Law & Order: Criminal Intent. In 2018, she starred as Rosalie Carbone on the second season of Luke Cage. Of Sciorra's casting, executive producer Cheo Hodari Coker said: "I've been a huge fan of hers since Jungle Fever, no joke as Rosalie Carbone. You haven't seen her this gangster since The Sopranos. I'm thrilled her introduction to the Marvel Universe will be on Marvel's Luke Cage"; that year, she reprised the role of Carbone on the third season of Daredevil. Sciorra was married to actor Joe Petruzzi from 1989 to 1993. In 2004, she began a relationship with Bobby Cannavale, she has never had children. In October 2017, Sciorra levied allegations of sexual assault against the film producer Harvey Weinstein. In an article published by The New Yorker, Sciorra alleged Weinstein raped her after he forced his way into her apartment in the 1990s. Annabella Sciorra on IMDb Annabella Sciorra at the Internet Broadway Database Annabella Sciorra at the Internet Off-Broadway Database Annabella Sciorra on Twitter
Please Come Home for Christmas
"Please Come Home for Christmas" is a Christmas song, released in 1960, by the American blues singer and pianist Charles Brown. Hitting the Billboard Hot 100 chart in December 1961, the tune Brown co-wrote with Gene Redd peaked at position #76, it appeared on the Christmas Singles chart for nine seasons, hitting #1 in 1972. It includes a number of characteristics of Christmas music, such as multiple references in the lyrics to the Christmas season and Christmas traditions, the use of a Church bell type sound, created using tubular bells, at the start of the song, it is sometimes referred to by its incipit, "Bells Will Be Ringing". Charles Brown – vocals, piano In 1978, the rock band Eagles covered and released the song as a holiday single, their version peaked at #18 on the U. S. Billboard Hot 100, the first Christmas song to reach the Top 20 on that chart since Roy Orbison's "Pretty Paper" in 1963; this was the first Eagles song to feature Timothy B. Schmit on bass; the lineup features Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh and Don Felder.
Released as a vinyl 7" single, it was re-released as a CD single in 1995, reaching #15 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. This version includes the lyrics "bells will be ringing the sad, sad news" as opposed to Brown's original version which references the "glad, glad news". Jon Bon Jovi covered the song on the 1992 holiday album, A Very Special Christmas 2. A promo music video that featured supermodel. In 1994 the same recording was released as a charity single in Europe, but this time instead of being credited as a solo recording by Jon Bon Jovi it was released under the band name Bon Jovi; the 1994 single release made the top ten in both the Ireland. Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics