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Led Zeppelin – Creators of Heavy Metal

The 70s and 80s was an era of and the introduction of Heavy Metal. One of the leading bands who helped introduce and make heavy metal popular was Led Zeppelin.

Led Zeppelin was an English rock band formed in 1968 by Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham. Prior to being labeled Led Zeppelin, the group came together as “The Yardbirds” a band that Eric Clapton once played lead guitar for. After Clapton left, the band later reformed under a new name, came to America and before long sold over 200 million albums worldwide including 111.5 million certified units in the United States. The band Led Zeppelin also ranked #1 on VH1′s 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.
Led Zeppelin released their first album in 1969 during their first U.S. tour. The album was considered a nice blend of blues, folk and eastern influences.

They were also described as the heaviest band of all time by Rolling Stone. Many even suggest that Led Zeppelin’s album “Led Zeppelin II” wrote the blueprint for heavy metal bands. The title and genre assigned to Led Zeppelin of heavy metal had Plant concerned who at the time was afraid it would typecast the group. Plant said it was unfair for Led Zeppelin to be labeled heavy metal as a third of their music was acoustic. Then, as now, the definition of heavy metal was music that has its roots in blues-rock and/or psychedelic rock. It is also characterized by amplified distortion, extended guitar solos and lyrics associated with masculinity and machismo.

While the label “Led Zeppelin II” gave the band its heavy metal genre, “Led Zeppelin IV” showed off the band’s unique talents. The album included songs such as “Black Dog, “Going to California”, and “Rock and Roll.” The album proved to be the band’s best selling history thanks mostly to the track “Stairway To Heaven”.

Stairway to Heaven, the most requested song by the band, was played at every tour from its release in 1971. The song was voted number three in 2000 by VH1 on its list of 100 Greatest Rock Songs.

The song was also considered controversial as some Christian evangelists suggested that it had hidden messages in the song that were masked. The technique, they said, was called backward masking and hid messages about Satanism. Some stated that in the section of the song where lyrics say “If there’s a bustle in your hedgegrow, don’t be alarmed now”, if played backward stated “Here’s to my sweet Satan” and “I sing because I live with Satan”. The band ignored such claims stating that their ‘turntables only play in one direction, forward, and that it would be a silly waste of time to record something like this.

What was Led Zeppelin’s biggest musical influence when first getting started that made them such a success? Certainly all the talent of Bonham, Jones, Page and Plant didn’t hurt. Some state that with Page’s layered guitar work, Plant’s upper-timber vocals, Jones’ melodic bass playing and keyboard work along with Bonham’s thunderous drumming created alchemy, how could they go wrong.

It was after the death of drummer John Bonham that the group disbanded in the early 1980s. Robert Plant went on to launch his solo career and Jimmy Page formed “The Firm with former Bad Company singer Paul Rodgers. John Paul Jones began producing, arranging and scoring music.

The group did rejoin in 2007 for a concert in London. Surviving members along with deceased drummer John Bonham’s son Jason performed. Whether the group performs again or not, it is hard to tell. But it certainly has already left a lifetime long legacy.

Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

Cover Bands and why We Love Them

A cover band is a music group that performs songs originally produced by other famous bands. Sometimes, they dress like the original band, take on their persona, and rock out like the classics. Some of them name their group as a spoof to the original and come up with creative names like Odyssey instead of Journey. Cover bands are different than a band covering a song from an original artist. Cover bands strictly perform the band they are trying to emulate. Some bands that are trying to make their way into the music industry will do a cover of a song from a more famous band, but rerecord it to make it sound like their own.

Some cover bands choose the tops songs from a certain decade to perform. Rotel and the Hot Tomatoes is a cover band the goes through three decades during their performance and have costume changes for each decade. They play the top hits from the 60s, 70s, and 80s. Another successful cover band that performs hits from a certain time era is the Three Dog Night band. They cover a variety of songs from the 60s and 70s. A fun place to go in Austin, TX is the Cedar Street courtyard where you can see the band called the Spazmatics perform 80s hits.

While some cover bands focus on a particular decade or decades, other bands that do covers focus on a single group. They are often called tribute cover bands. A popular tribute band that covers all the greatest hits from the original band called ABBA is called Gabba. A tribute band that performs only Beatle’s hits is called the Egg Men, and they got their name from one of the Beatle’s songs. Tribute bands are so fun for people who had loved the original band back when they were in their prime. Some bands don’t tour anymore, so fans will watch tribute bands to hear their favorite music live.

Besides covering bands from a certain decade or specific band, some groups will perform a cover and change the genre of the original song. For example, Trans Siberian Orchestra performs traditional classical style Christmas songs and turns them into rock songs. Some jazz artists will take a famous rock song and play it on an instrument like a saxophone or a piano to change the genre of it.

On a different scale, there are also a lot of impersonators that act exactly like an iconic star. You have probably seen these folks in Las Vegas or Hollywood. Perhaps the most famous person to be impersonated is Elvis Presley. Other iconic stars are also impersonated like Cher or Madonna. Some impersonators just walk around the street acting like the original star, and others perform shows and concerts.

About the Author: Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

Olympic Performance

The opening ceremonies for the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, Canada took place on Friday evening. The performances by the dancers, musicians, athletes, and laser light shows were stunning. The opening ceremony paid tribute to not only the athletes, but to Canada and its rich aboriginal tradition. We learned about Canadian culture and were mesmerized by the performances. Famous Canadian singers performed during the show and included the talents of Sarah McLachlan, Nikki Yanofsky, Bryan Adams, and Nelly Furtado.

Nikki Yanofsky blew everyone by her young age and amazing voice. She is only sixteen years old and belted out the Canadian national anthem, O Canada. She is a Canadian pop singer from Montreal who also incorporates jazz sounds into her music. She is working on releasing her first studio album.

Another great performance that was filled with energy and talent was by Nelly Furtado and Bryan Adams who sang Bang the Drum. Bryan Adams has been releasing albums that have been popular in both the United States and Canada since 1980. He is a Canadian rock singer who also writes songs and plays musical instruments such as the piano, guitar, bass guitar, harmonica, and the keyboards. He and Nelly Furtado sounded great during their performance of Bang the Drum which was an Olympic tribute song.

Nelly Furtado is also a Canadian singer who grew up in Victoria, Canada. Her music has topped the American music charts and Internet Radio stations as well as traditional American radio programs. She has worldwide fame and sings folk, pop, R&B, and Latin rock music. She also plays an array of instruments such as the ukulele, guitar, trombone, and keyboards. She has been nominated for American, Latin, and European awards.

Sarah McLachlan has such a beautiful voice to accompany her outstanding piano playing. She performed a song while the Alberta Ballet dance company interpretive danced during her song. She sang one of her own songs, Ordinary Miracle, while she played the piano. Sarah is from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and has also been a success in the United States. She sings emotional ballad pop songs and plays the harp, piano, and guitar.

In addition to great music being performed, the opening ceremony had dancing, cultural storytelling, and hundreds of fiddlers playing music. The ceremony included tap dancing, interpretive ballet dancing, and aboriginal dancing. The LED light show was mesmerizing and the poem read by Shane Koyczan was captivating. There were Olympic performances that will be remembered forever.

About the Author: Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

Music Sensations Combining Success As Couples

While history still holds Sonny and Cher, Captain and Tinnille, and Tina and Ike Turner as musical successes, its seems only obvious when one takes one music sensation and tosses in another that you will have a hit. Today, couples that have the ears of the world are still finding that by joining efforts, they can give their fans twice the satisfaction. Who are today’s famous musical couples?

1. Jay-Z & Beyoncé – Jay-Z and Beyoncé were married in 2008 and collaborated on the song “Bonnie and Clyde”. Jay-Z also has appeared on Beyoncé hit single “Crazy In Love” as well as “That’s How You Like It” and her album B’Day. As a couple, the two have earned a combined $162 million. Before Jay-Z and Beyoncé met, each were their own success. Jay-Z is one of the most notorious hip-hop artists holding a record for the most number one albums by a solo artist on the Billboard 200. Beyoncé Knowles is an American R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, actress and model. Beyoncé fame rose as lead singer of Destiny’s Child. In 2003 she released her first solo album. On January 31, 2010 Beyoncé won six Grammy Awards, breaking the record for most Grammy awards won by a female artist in one night.

2. Tim McGraw and Faith Hill – This country and western duo were successes before marrying in 1996. Samuel Timothy “Tim” McGraw has had numerous albums and singles that have topped the country music charts giving in album sales of more than 40 million units. Audrey Faith Perry has sold more than 40 million records and has had eight number-one singles and three number-one albums. Hill was won awards from the Country Music Association, Academy of Country Music, Grammy Awards, American Music Awards and People’s Choice Awards. Hill was featured on husband McGraw’s 2007 album Let It Go and sings two duets with him, “I Need You” and “Shotgun Rider”. “I Need You” was nominated twice at the 2008 Grammy Awards for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals and Best Country Song. Hill and McGraw toured together for the Soul2Soul 2007 as well.

3. Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez- Who doesn’t know of this duo? This couple married in 2004. Anthony, born Marco Antonio Muñiz, is an American & Latin Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter, actor and producer. Anthony is a five-time Grammy winner and has sold more than 10 million albums worldwide. He is best known for his Latin salsa numbers and ballads. Jennifer Lynn Lopez, nicknamed J.Lo, is an American actress, singer, record producer, dancer, fashion designer and television producer. She is considered the most influential Hispanic entertainer in the U.S. as well as one of the wealthiest. Lopez recently released her first full Spanish-language album Como Ama una Mujer. Anthony produced the album. It peaked at number ten on Billboard 200.

While there are other famous musical couples, each successes on their own, such as Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale, the above are the ones making headline news due to their performances together and ensuing success.

Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

The Who Performs at Super Bowl

The National Football League (NFL) hosts the championship game between the two best football teams in the nation at a game called the super Bowl. Fans start rivalries, teams practice for weeks perfecting their plays, companies make the best commercials they can, and one outstanding band rehearses to perform during half time. The Super Bowl half time show gets almost as much hype as the game itself. Before the game gained a lot of viewership and popularity, the halftime show consisted of marching bands like you would see at high school or college games. Once they saw the potential for exposure, they introduced famous bands or singers to perform.

This year, The Who, was the headline performer at the Super Bowl and performed in the half time show. Queen Latifah sang our national anthem, and Carrie Underwood performed the Star Spangled Banner. The Who performed as a solo act and didn’t use other bands, musicians, or dancers during the show. They had an incredible stage set up in the center of the field with a lot of lights that made a lightshow during their songs. They performed four of their most popular songs which were Who Are You, Pinball Wizard, Won’t Get Fooled Again, and Baba O’Riley. As their performance was broadcasted on television, you could hear the crowd in the stadium singing along and really enjoying the show.

The Who consists of current members Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey. Pete played awesome guitar during the show. Former members Keith Moon, John Entwistle, and Kenney Jones no longer tour with the band. They have touring members that played with Pete and Roger at the half time show, and the touring members are John Bundrick, Pino Palladino, Zak Starkey, and Simon Townshend.

The band has been performing since 1965 and has released numerous hit albums. They are an English band that plays rock, art rock, pop rock, and hard rock music. They are best known for their live performances and instrument destruction while on stage. We didn’t see any of the destruction during the half time show, so perhaps they have calmed their performances down. A lot of heavy metal rock bands imitated their style of performance using instrument destruction. The Who have released 17 albums during their career and are still performing.

Their unique sound and live performances have won them both national and universal recognition. They have been inducted into the American Hall of Fame and the UK Music Hall of Fame. They have also won Grammy awards and lifetime achievement awards.

About the Author: Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

Best New Artist 2010

The Grammy’s are a music award program that recognizes accomplishment in the music industry. It is a star studded event with glamour musicians, a night of awards, speeches, and performances by some of our favorite artists. You can win awards for song of the year, album of the year, record of the year, and best new artist. These awards are given out as overall ratings, and then a musician can also a win a more genre specific award such as best rock and roll album. The most coveted award by new bands and solo acts is best new artist. It establishes their place in the music industry and proves they can make it amongst legendary bands or soloists.

This year, the best new artist Grammy award was given to the Zac Brown Band. They were up against nominations MGMT, The Ting Tangs, Keri Hilson, and the Silversun Pickups. To be nominated for this award, you had to have made a public interest for the first time with your music. The band or artist doesn’t have to be newly formed. For example, they may have started their career in music years before but hadn’t gained a lot of popularity or public attention.

The Zac Brown Band gained a lot of public attention and had songs that were played on the radio, had songs requested, and made the Billboard music charts with singles from their album. In 2009, they had three number one singles make the Billboard chart which solidified their nomination to win best new artist in 2010. The singles are called: Toes, Whatever it is, and Highway 20 Ride. Only five country music singers or bands have won this award.

They are a country music band that formed in 2000 in Atlanta, Georgia. They record under the labels Live Nation, Home Grown Music, and Atlantic. The band is made up of members: Zac Brown, John Driskell Hopkins, Coy Bowels, Clay Cook, Chris Fryar, and Jimmy De Martini. Each member plays a musical instrument and sings. You will hear sounds coming from guitars, an organ, a fiddle, bass guitar, steel guitar, drums, and a mandolin.

It may have taken them nine years to gain a lot of public attention and national fame, but they have been nominated and won many awards. Their music can be heard on many different country Internet Radio and traditional radio stations. They have a unique sound that makes them stand out in the country music genre.

About the Author: Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

The Eagles Hotel California and Its Mystery

Those who grew up listening to the Eagles may recall when the song Hotel California came out. It wasn’t long that rumors began circulating about the song’s mystical meaning. Before long, religious zealots determined it was written about Satanism, or the church of Satan. The song then became tied in with many other songs considered to be evil, such as Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven, and kids were either forced to stop listening or had to listen to it in secrecy.

So what does the song Hotel California really represent or what is it about, you may ask? Besides the speculation of it being about Satanism there has been guesses at the theme representing insanity, drug addiction, temptation, and shallow relationships. Members of the band won’t break the song out line by line to explain its meaning but overall say it is about the hedonism of the United States and the destruction of the Southern California music industry. Don Henley, band member who wrote most of the song adds, “it’s basically a song about the dark underbelly of the American dream and about excess in America, which is something we knew a lot about.”

In an interview with ZigZag magazine before the album’s release, Henley added “This is a concept album, there’s not way to hide it, but it’s not set in the old West, the cowboy thing, you know. It’s more urban this time…it’s our bicentennial year, you know, the country is 200 years old, so we figured since we are the Eagles and the Eagle is our national symbol, that we were obliged to make some kind of little bicentennial statement using California as a microcosm of the whole United States or the whole world, if you will, and try to wake people up and say, “we’ve been okay so far, for 200 years, but we’re gonna have to change if we’re gonna continue to be around.”

Despite the explanation there are some who have tried to capitalize on the song’s success. Owner of the hotel in Mexico, Todos Santos, say his hotel was home to the Eagles who wrote Hotel California from its rooms. Rumor turned into legend. According to Snopes.com, none of the Eagles band members ever stayed in the hotel.

Others say Hotel California was the nickname of the Camarillo State psychiatric hospital near Los Angeles. But there have been no facts to verify that either. Other odd rumors about the album include: it’s a place ran by cannibals who only take guests that they serve up for dinner – this is based on the lyrics “You can check in any time you like, but you can never leave.”

Or the song is about drug addiction due to the lyrics, “Warm smell of colitis rising through the air”, which does refer to the scent of burning marijuana, and that Hotel California is a code name for cocaine use and the journey into addiction.

Then there is the belief that the Hotel California represent satanic master Aleister Crowley’s mansion near Loch Ness, where weird happenings occurred. Crowley’s nickname was “The Beast”.

Despite the rumors, the song was a success, and the album Hotel California ranked among the 20 best-selling albums in the United States. And there certainly is no mystery in the fact the album sold over 16 million copies in the U.S. alone and was #1 for eight weeks in early 1977.

Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

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