Fountains of Wayne
Fountains of Wayne was an American rock band that formed in New York City in 1995. The band consisted of Chris Collingwood, Adam Schlesinger, Jody Porter, Brian Young; the band was best known for its 2003 Grammy-nominated single "Stacy's Mom". After Montclair-based Adam Schlesinger and Sellersville-based Chris Collingwood first met as freshmen at Williams College, they played music in various bands and went their separate ways, with Collingwood forming the Mercy Buckets in Boston and Schlesinger forming Ivy in New York City. In the mid-1990s, they came together to form Fountains of Wayne, named after a lawn ornament store in Wayne, New Jersey, no longer in business. At first Collingwood hated the name, suggested by Schlesinger's mother, but warmed to it. Previous band names included Woolly Mammoth, Are You My Mother? and Three Men Who When Standing Side by Side Have a Wingspan of Over Twelve Feet. The band cut a demo and signed with Atlantic Records recruited guitarist Jody Porter and still-active Posies drummer Brian Young after recording their debut album.
Young got in touch with a friend who worked at Fountains of Wayne's label to see if there were any job openings, when he auditioned for the band, they asked him to play the beat of "Swingtown" by Steve Miller Band. Though Collingwood and Schlesinger share co-writer credit for all original Fountains of Wayne material, for most of their career together they have written their songs separately. In 2005 Collingwood said, "We decided early on, it’s better to not have arguments that some bands have where someone might say, ‘I wrote 15% of that song,’ and try to figure out those numbers, it just seems ridiculous.” Schlesinger added, "We just agreed many years ago that if we were to have a band we’d just split the songwriting to avoid having a conversation every time we tried to finish a song. But we haven’t collaborated as writers in years, and that’s kind of intentional too because we didn’t want it to turn into a thing where people would say,'Adam’s songs are like this…' We wanted the band to have an identity more than we wanted each of us to have an identity in the band."In 1996, the band released its self-titled debut, which spawned the singles "Radiation Vibe" and "Sink to the Bottom", the band toured the world extensively behind its debut album, playing alongside bands including The Smashing Pumpkins and The Lemonheads.
That same year, Schlesinger wrote the Academy Award-nominated, RIAA gold certified title song for the film That Thing You Do!. In 1999, the band released an album named after a road in Queens, New York; the album was a concept record. Utopia Parkway was received well by critics, garnering many favorable reviews, was album of the week in People magazine; the group once again toured extensively behind the album, but frustrations grew between the band and the label. The band was dropped by Atlantic in late 1999; the band was inactive for a period of time. Collingwood, in particular, had a difficult time coping with the band being dropped by their label. In 2004 he said, "When we got dropped from Atlantic, it’s my fault that it took so long, because I wasn’t sure I wanted to keep doing it. At the end of four years of the hardest work I’d done in my life, more traveling and being away from my wife the whole time, I had nothing to show for it. I got back home and I had nothing. I was broke, I was demoralized, I was exhausted.
I think I just needed a year to recharge my batteries."Schlesinger co-wrote many of the songs for the Josie and the Pussycats film and soundtrack, produced albums for Verve Pipe, David Mead, They Might Be Giants, released a third record with his other band, Ivy. Collingwood formed and fronted a Northampton, Massachusetts-based pop-country band, called Gay Potatoes, played a string of solo shows in the Boston and Los Angeles areas. Guitarist Jody Porter worked with his band, The Astrojet, alongside famed producer Gordon Raphael and keyboardist David Zhang in New York City. Percussionist Brian Young moved to Los Angeles and did session work for various artists such as producer Steve Fisk, Heather Duby, Greg Dulli; the band reunited recording a cover of The Kinks' "Better Things" for the tribute album, This Is Where I Belong: Songs of Ray Davies and the Kinks, in 2001. In 2003, the band released Welcome Interstate Managers, a successful album that spawned the Grammy-nominated RIAA gold-certified hit single, "Stacy's Mom", which Adam Schlesinger says was a tribute to the band, The Cars.
Another song off the album, "All Kinds of Time", was used for NFL commercial promotions during the 2005 season. In 2005, the band released Out-of-State Plates, a collection of B-sides and two new songs, supported by the single "Maureen" and a limited US tour that included some acoustic-only sets, a set on PBS Soundstage, American Songbook. Included on the album is a 1999 cover of the Britney Spears hit, "... Baby One More Time". In 2006, while on tour in Tokyo, Collingwood had a mental breakdown in which he hadn't slept for four days, experienced hallucinations for two days and didn't believe that he was in Tokyo to play in front of 25,000; the show was cancelled and Collingwood was taken to an emergency department, followed by recovery in a mental hospital after returning to the US. In 2007, the band released Traffic and Weather, an album which included the song "I-95", which Rolling Stone named #54 of the year's top 100 songs. Collingwood had less involvement during the making of the album due to his struggles with depression and alcoholism
Michael Steven Bublé is a Canadian singer, songwriter and record producer. His first album reached the top ten in Canada and the UK, he found a worldwide audience with his 2005 album It's Time as well as his 2007 album Call Me Irresponsible – which reached number one on the Canadian Albums Chart, the UK Albums Chart, the US Billboard 200, the Australian ARIA Albums Chart and several European charts. Bublé's 2009 album Crazy Love debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 after three days of sales, remained there for two weeks, it was his fourth number one album on Billboard's Top Jazz Albums chart. His 2011 holiday album, was in first place on the Billboard 200 for the final four weeks of 2011 and the first week of 2012, totalling five weeks atop the chart, it made the top 5 in the United Kingdom. With this, Christmas became his third-consecutive number-one album on the chart. To Be Loved was released in April 2013. Bublé has sold over 75 million records worldwide, he has won numerous awards, including multiple Juno Awards.
Michael Steven Bublé was born in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, on September 9, 1975, to Lewis Bublé, a salmon fisherman, Amber. He has two younger sisters, Brandee, a children's book author, Crystal, an actress; the siblings were raised in the Roman Catholic faith. He attended Cariboo Hill Secondary School. Bublé is a Croatian last name from the town of Trogir, his paternal grandfather Frank was a native of Croatia. Frank's paternal grandmother was a Radoslavić, his own mother a Galović. According to an Oprah Winfrey interview on October 9, 2009, Bublé dreamed of becoming a famous singer from the age of two; when he was a teenager, he prayed to become a singer. His interest in jazz began around age five when his family played Bing Crosby's White Christmas album; the first time his family noticed his singing talent was at Christmas time when Bublé was 13 years old, they heard him powerfully sing the phrase "May your days be merry and bright" when the family was singing to the song "White Christmas" on a car ride.
Bublé had a strong passion for ice hockey and wanted to become a professional hockey player for the Vancouver Canucks growing up, but he believed he was not good enough. "I wanted so bad to be a hockey player... If I was any good at hockey, I wouldn't be singing right now." He played hockey in his youth, watched Vancouver Canucks games with his father, said that he "went to every single home game as a kid... I remember I wanted to be Gary Lupul, I wanted to be Ivan Hlinka. I used to think that being named Michael Bublé was pretty cool because I was close to being called Jiri Bubla." Bublé shared his hockey interest with his grandfather. From the age of 14, Bublé spent six years working during the summer as a commercial fisherman with his father and crewmates, he called the experience "the most deadly physical work I'll know in my lifetime. We'd be gone for two, sometimes three months at a time and the experience of living and working among guys over twice my age taught me a lot about responsibility and what it means to be a man."His first singing engagements were in nightclubs at the age of 16 and were facilitated by his Italian grandfather, Demetrio Santagà, a plumber from Preganziol, Treviso who offered his plumbing services in exchange for stage time for his grandson.
Bublé's grandfather paid for his singing lessons. Both his voice teacher, Sandi Siemens, his maternal grandfather never stopped believing that he would become a star. Bublé's maternal grandmother, was Italian, from Carrufo, L'Aquila; as a child entertainer he used the name "Mickey Bubbles". Bublé grew up listening to his grandfather's collection of jazz records and credits his grandfather in encouraging his love for jazz music. "My grandfather was my best friend growing up. He was the one who opened me up to a whole world of music that seemed to have been passed over by my generation. Although I like rock and roll and modern music, the first time my granddad played me the Mills Brothers, something magical happened; the lyrics were so romantic, so real. It was like seeing my future flash before me. I wanted to be a singer and I knew that this was the music that I wanted to sing."Bublé never stopped believing he would become a star but admitted he was the only one who believed in his dream, stating that his maternal grandfather thought Bublé was going to be "an opening act for somebody in Las Vegas".
He stated he never learned to read and write music, using only emotion to drive his songwriting ability. At the age of 18, Bublé entered a local talent contest and won, but he was disqualified by organizer Bev Delich for being underage. Delich entered him in the Canadian Youth Talent Search. After Bublé won that contest, he asked Delich to be his manager. Delich represented him for the next seven years, during which Bublé worked diligently at any job that came along: clubs, cruise ships, hotel lounges, shopping malls, talent shows. In 1996, Bublé appeared in TV's Death Game as a Drome Groupie. In 1996, he appeared in two episodes of The X-Files as a member of a submarine crew, his first national TV performance was on a 1997 award-winning Bravo! Documentary titled Big Band Boom!, directed by Mark Glover Masterson. Beginning in 1997, he became a frequent guest on Vicki Gabereau's national talk show on the CTV network. During its first season, the Vancouver-based program aired live, which worked in Bublé's favour.
When a scheduled guest was forced to cancel, the show's music producer asked Bublé to fill in at the last minu
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Red Hot Chili Peppers are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1983. The group's musical style consists of rock with an emphasis on funk, as well as elements from other genres such as punk rock and psychedelic rock; when played live, their music incorporates elements of jam band due to the improvised nature of many of their performances. The band consists of founding members vocalist Anthony Kiedis and bassist Flea, longtime drummer Chad Smith, former touring guitarist Josh Klinghoffer. Red Hot Chili Peppers are one of the best-selling bands of all time with over 80 million records sold worldwide, they have been nominated for 16 Grammy Awards, of which they have won six, are the most successful band in alternative rock radio history holding the records for most number-one singles, most cumulative weeks at number one and most top-ten songs on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart. In 2012, they were inducted into the Roll Hall of Fame; the band's original lineup named Tony Flow and the Miraculously Majestic Masters of Mayhem, featured guitarist Hillel Slovak and drummer Jack Irons, alongside Kiedis and Flea.
Because of commitments to other bands and Irons did not play on the band's self-titled debut album. Slovak performed on the second and third albums, Freaky Styley and The Uplift Mofo Party Plan, but he died from a heroin overdose in 1988; as a result of his friend's death, Irons chose to leave the group. After short-lived replacements on guitar and drums, John Frusciante and Chad Smith joined in 1988; the lineup of Flea, Kiedis and Smith was the longest-lasting and recorded five studio albums beginning with Mother's Milk. In 1990, the group signed with Warner Bros. Records and recorded the album Blood Sugar Sex Magik under producer Rick Rubin; this album became the band's first major commercial success, but Frusciante grew uncomfortable with the band's popularity and left abruptly in 1992 in the middle of the Blood Sugar Sex Magik Tour. After two temporary guitarists, Dave Navarro joined the group in 1993 and played on their subsequent album, One Hot Minute. Although commercially successful, the album failed to match the critical or popular acclaim of Blood Sugar Sex Magik, selling less than half as much as its predecessor.
Navarro was fired from the band in 1998. Frusciante, fresh out of drug rehabilitation, rejoined the band that same year at Flea's request; the reunited quartet returned to the studio to record Californication, which became the band's biggest commercial success with 16 million copies sold worldwide. That album was followed three years by By the Way, four years by the double album Stadium Arcadium, their first number-one album in America. After a world tour, the group went on an extended hiatus. Frusciante announced. Klinghoffer, who had worked both as a sideman for the band on their Stadium Arcadium tour and on Frusciante's solo projects, replaced him; the band's tenth studio album, I'm with You, was released in 2011 and topped the charts in 18 different countries. The band released their eleventh studio album, The Getaway, in 2016; the album was produced by Danger Mouse, marking the first time since Mother's Milk that the Red Hot Chili Peppers had not worked with Rubin, topped the charts in ten different countries.
As of November 2018, the band is in the process of working on their twelfth studio album which they expect to release in 2019. Red Hot Chili Peppers were formed in Los Angeles by singer Anthony Kiedis, guitarist Hillel Slovak, bassist Flea, drummer Jack Irons, all of whom were classmates from Fairfax High School. Going under the band name of Tony Flow and the Miraculously Majestic Masters of Mayhem, their first performance was at the Rhythm Lounge club to a crowd of 30 people, opening for Gary and Neighbor's Voices. Inspired by punk funk acts like The Contortions and Defunkt, they "wrote" for the occasion, which involved the band improvising music while Kiedis rapped a poem he had written called "Out in L. A.". At the time and Irons were committed to another group, What Is This? however, the performance was so lively, that the band was asked to return the following week. Due to this unexpected success, the band changed its name to Red Hot Chili Peppers, playing several more shows at various LA clubs and musical venues.
Six songs from these initial shows were on the band's first demo tape. In November 1983, manager Lindy Goetz struck a seven-album deal with EMI Enigma Records. Two weeks earlier however, What Is This? had obtained a record deal with MCA. Slovak and Irons still considered the Red Hot Chili Peppers as only a side project and so in December 1983 they quit to focus on What Is This?. Instead of dissolving the band and Flea recruited new members. Cliff Martinez, a friend of Flea's and member from the punk band, The Weirdos, was the new replacement for Irons; the band held auditions for a new guitarist but decided after a few practices that Weirdos guitarist Dix Denney did not fit. Kiedis described the two final candidates, Mark Nine and Jack Sherman as a "hip avant-garde art school refugee" and a nerd looking guy with a combed-back Jewfro with an unknown background. Musically Sherman was hired as Slovak's replacement; the band released their eponymous debut album, The Red Hot Chili Peppers in August 1984.
Though the album did not set sales records, airplay on college radio and MTV helped to build a fan base, the album sold 300,000 copies. Gang of Four guitarist Andy Gill, who produced the album "didn't embrace
3 Doors Down
3 Doors Down is an American rock band from Escatawpa, that formed in 1996. The band consisted of Brad Arnold, Todd Harrell, Matt Roberts, Chris Henderson; the band rose to international fame with their first single, "Kryptonite", which placed in the top three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The band signed with Republic Records and released their debut album, The Better Life, in 2000; the album was the 11th-best-selling album of the year and was certified 6x platinum in the United States. The group was joined by drummer Richard Liles, who played during the tour for their first album; the band's second album, Away from the Sun, continued the band's success. S. like its predecessor, spawned the hits "When I'm Gone" and "Here Without You". The band toured extensively for two years. Daniel Adair played drums on tour from 2002 to 2006; this configuration played nearly 1,000 shows across the world following the release of Away from the Sun. In 2005, Greg Upchurch joined to play drums to replace Adair. 3 Doors Down released their third album, Seventeen Days in 2005.
The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart and was certified platinum within one month of release. Their fourth album, 3 Doors Down debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. The band's fifth studio album, Time of My Life debuted at No. 3 on the charts. Original guitarist Matt Roberts departed in 2012, he was replaced by Chet Roberts, Henderson's guitar tech. Harrell was fired from the band in 2013 after being charged with vehicular homicide, was replaced by bassist Justin Biltonen. Worldwide, 3 Doors Down has sold more than 30 million albums; the band consisted of Brad Arnold, Todd Harrell, Matt Roberts. The band began to tour outside Escatawpa, it was during a trip to Foley, Alabama that they came up with their official name; when the three men were walking through the town, they saw a building where some letters had fallen off its sign, it read "Doors Down". Since at the time they consisted of three people, they added the "3" to create "3 Doors Down"; the cover of their 2011 album Time of My Life hints at the original number of band members and current band members.
A couple of years after performing together, Todd Harrell asked rhythm guitarist Chris Henderson to join the band. They recorded a demo CD of their original songs at Lincoln Recording in Mississippi; when the band gave the CD to local radio station WCPR-FM they started playing the EP version of "Kryptonite", it became the No. 1 requested song on the station for over 15 weeks. The station's program director sent the song to manager Phin Daly who in turn showed it to Bill McGathy, his employer at In De Goot Entertainment, they decided to fly the band into New York to perform a showcase at the CBGB music club. Daly told HitQuarters: "Once they got on stage and started playing it was apparent the magic was in the music. So we moved to sign them." 3 Doors Down's first studio album, The Better Life, was released on February 8, 2000 and went on to become the 11th best-selling album of the year, selling over three million copies. It has since been certified 6x platinum, thanks in large part to the international hit singles, "Kryptonite", "Loser", "Duck and Run".
A fourth single, "Be Like That" was re-recorded for the 2001 film American Pie 2, with alternate lyrics for the first 3 lines. This version is known as "The American Pie 2 Edit". Whilst recording the album, Brad Arnold recorded both the vocal and drum parts. However, the band hired drummer Richard Liles for the tour in support of The Better Life so that Arnold could perform at the front of the stage. Liles left in late 2001; the band's second studio album, Away from the Sun, was released on November 12, 2002 and went platinum within two months of release. The album produced two hit singles, "When I'm Gone" and "Here Without You"; the album has sold four million copies worldwide, including well over three million in the U. S. Session drummer Josh Freese was hired to record drums for the album. Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson produced and performed on three tracks for the record, "Dangerous Game", "Dead Love", "Wasted Me", but only "Dangerous Game" would appear on the finished product; the band hired Canadian Daniel Adair to play drums for the Away From the Sun tour.
He would go on to record the drums for the band's next studio release, was with the band aboard the USS George Washington to film the music video "When I'm Gone". In 2003, 3 Doors Down released a live EP entitled Another 700 Miles consisting of recordings from a live performance by the band in Chicago, Illinois. Another 700 Miles has since been certified Gold in the United States. In addition to featuring some of 3 Doors Down's hit singles from their previous two albums, the EP contains a version of the popular 1977 Lynyrd Skynyrd song "That Smell"; the group toured with Nickelback in 2004. In 2003, the band began hosting the annual "3 Doors Down and Friends" benefit concert, through the band's own charity The Better Life Foundation. In 2006, this event was held at the Mobile Convention Center, with proceeds benefiting Hurricane Katrina survivors; as residents of Escatawpa, the members of the band saw the effects of Katrina's devastation. By 2005, the band had sold 12 million albums; the band's third studio album, 2005's Seventeen Days, has been certified platinum.
Of the singles from it, "Let Me Go" and "Behind Those Eyes" charted with the most success. "Live for Today", "Landing in London" (on which Bob Seger sang the second verse
Metallica is an American heavy metal band. The band was formed in 1981 in Los Angeles, California by drummer Lars Ulrich and vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield, has been based in San Francisco, California for most of its career; the group's fast tempos and aggressive musicianship made them one of the founding "big four" bands of thrash metal, alongside Megadeth and Slayer. Metallica's current lineup comprises founding members Hetfield and Ulrich, longtime lead guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo. Guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassists Ron McGovney, Cliff Burton and Jason Newsted are former members of the band. Metallica earned a growing fan base in the underground music community and won critical acclaim with its first five albums; the band's third album, Master of Puppets, was described as one of the heaviest and most influential thrash metal albums. After experimenting with different genres and directions in subsequent releases, the band returned to its thrash metal roots with the release of its ninth album, Death Magnetic, which drew similar praise to that of the band's earlier albums.
In 2000, Metallica led the case against the peer-to-peer file sharing service Napster, in which the band and several other artists filed lawsuits against the service for sharing their copyright-protected material without consent. Metallica was the subject of the acclaimed 2004 documentary film Some Kind of Monster, which documented the troubled production of the band's eighth album, St. Anger, the internal struggles within the band at the time. In 2009, Metallica was inducted into the Roll Hall of Fame; the band wrote the screenplay for and starred in the 2013 IMAX concert film Metallica: Through the Never, in which the band performed live against a fictional thriller storyline. Metallica has released ten studio albums, four live albums, a cover album, five extended plays, 37 singles and 39 music videos; the band has won nine Grammy Awards from 23 nominations, its last six studio albums have consecutively debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. Metallica ranks as one of the most commercially successful bands of all time, having sold over 125 million albums worldwide as of 2018.
Metallica has been listed as one of the greatest artists of all time by magazines such as Rolling Stone, which ranked them at no. 61 on its 100 Greatest Artists of All Time list. As of 2017, Metallica is the third best-selling music artist since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991, selling a total of 58 million albums in the United States. Metallica was formed in Los Angeles, California, in late 1981 when Danish-born drummer Lars Ulrich placed an advertisement in a Los Angeles newspaper, The Recycler, which read, "Drummer looking for other metal musicians to jam with Tygers of Pan Tang, Diamond Head and Iron Maiden." Guitarists James Hetfield and Hugh Tanner of Leather Charm answered the advertisement. Although he had not formed a band, Ulrich asked Metal Blade Records founder Brian Slagel if he could record a song for the label's upcoming compilation album, Metal Massacre. Slagel accepted, Ulrich recruited Hetfield to sing and play rhythm guitar; the band was formed on October 28, 1981, five months after Ulrich and Hetfield first met.
The bandname came from Ulrich's friend Ron Quintana, brainstorming names for a fanzine and was considering MetalMania or Metallica. Dave Mustaine replied to an advert for a lead guitarist. In early 1982, Metallica recorded its first original song, "Hit the Lights", for the Metal Massacre I compilation. Hetfield played bass,rhythm guitar and sang while Lloyd Grant was credited with a guitar solo and Lars Ulrich played drums. Metal Massacre I was released on June 14, 1982; the song generated word of mouth and the band played its first live performance on March 14, 1982, at Radio City in Anaheim, with newly recruited bassist Ron McGovney. Their first live success came early; this was Metallica's second gig. Metallica recorded its first demo, Power Metal, whose name was inspired by Quintana's early business cards in early 1982; the term "thrash metal" was coined in February 1984 by Kerrang! journalist Malcolm Dome in reference to Anthrax's song "Metal Thrashing Mad". Prior to this, Hetfield referred to Metallica's sound as "power metal".
In late 1982, Ulrich and Hetfield attended a show at the West Hollywood nightclub Whisky a Go Go, which featured bassist Cliff Burton in the band Trauma. The two were "asked him to join Metallica. Hetfield and Mustaine wanted McGovney to leave because they thought he "didn't contribute anything, he just followed". Although Burton declined the offer, by the end of the year, he had accepted on the condition the band move to El Cerrito in the San Francisco Bay Area. Metallica's first live performance with Burton was at the nightclub The Stone in March 1983, the first recording to feature Burton was the Megaforce demo. Metallica was ready to record their debut album, but when Metal Blade was unable to cover the cost, they began looking for other options. Concert promoter Johny "Z" Zazula, who had heard the