Tales of Rock: SPECIAL REPORT – Gary Corbett of Cinderella Dies the Same Day as Jeff LaBar

Gary Corbett of Cinderella Dies The Same Day As Band’s Guitarist Jeff LaBar

Gary Corbett Dies: 2nd Member of Cinderella to Pass on Same Day

 

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Tales of Rock – Wild Stories Of Rock Stars Taking Their Fame Way Too Far – Part 2

11. Van Morrison Recorded 30 Songs In One Day
If the rumors are true, that would have meant that Van Morrison recorded a more than one song every hour. Given that your average track is only 3-4 minutes long, it’s certainly not unfeasible. Especially not for Van Morrison who has always been somewhat of a prolific and brilliant singer and songwriter.
In 1967, we’re pretty sure he broke the record for the most songs recorded (to any discernable quality) in one sitting. The reason why he did it is even better! Morrison was tied into a pretty miserable record contract that wanted 36 tracks out of him before he could escape. In a genius move he smashed out 30 in a day, although not all of them were all that great, it’s still ridiculously impressive. Hell yeah!
12. Michael Jackson Wrote Music For Sonic The Hedgehog 3
Did the greatest Popstar of all time write the music for one of the most successful video game franchises of all time? It turns out that he did! Michael Jackson was the magnificent mind behind the music for the iconic 1993 console game Sonic the Hedgehog 3. Now that you consider Michael Jacksons’ quirky nature, it doesn’t seem all that out there to consider the fact he created one of the most infectiously catchy theme tunes of all time!
The rumor started when one MJ superfan found a strange similarity in sound between the game’s music and MJ’s famous style. The rumor floated around the internet for years before being confirmed in January 2016 by the composers of the soundtrack of the Sega game.
13. David Bowie Can’t Remember Recording One Of His Albums
At the point in time when David Bowie recorded Station to Station, it’s easy to see he was in a pretty dark place. The recording happened during all-night sessions in the studio when Bowie was living a somewhat vampiric existence and eating a ridiculously small amount of food daily.
Somehow, he made it through the hazy experience in 1976 in a Los Angeles studio with a rather blank recollection of the entire process. Looking back, it is easy to see that Bowie was suffering from pretty severe cocaine psychosis, making Station to Station potentially one of the darkest albums ever recorded. Bowie may not be able to remember, but we’ll never forget the iconic masterpiece that stemmed from his delirium. (God, we already miss him.)
14. Keith Richards Doesn’t Sleep
Surely this one can’t be true, can it? No, not quite, he is human after all – just about. Keith Richard’s sleeping patterns do almost defy human physiology, though. In an interview, Keith Richards told an interviewer that he basically runs off the fumes of adrenaline.
The longest that Keith Richards has gone without sleep is nine days, which we suppose is almost as impressive as not sleeping at all, considering the amount of awesome music he created in the times he was at his most sleep-deprived. If his 1978 track, Before they Make Me Run, from the album Some Girls sounds a little otherworldly, now you know why. He was also prone to collapsing at a moment’s notice against speakers. That’s not quite as Rock n Roll is it?
15. Gram Parsons’ Body Was Stolen
First things, first. Yes, it’s absolutely true. After the sad death of Graham Parson, his corpse was exhumed. After receiving high acclaim as the man that brought the Byrds into a brand-new arena of sound, he tragically died aged 26 on September 19th, 1973. What happened to him after death was almost as exciting as the raucous adventures he got up to when he was alive.
Gram had previously expressed his wishes to be cremated instead of buried, however, his father decided on funeral arrangements that weren’t in keeping with his son’s. Therefore, fellow road manager Phil Kaufman and his assistant took it upon themselves to steal the body and set alight to it in the desert. More surprisingly, there were no criminal charges and only a $300 fine.
16. Prince Went Door To Door As a Jehovah’s Witness In Minnesota
This one won’t be much of a surprise to hardcore Prince fans who knew at a time that his religion meant everything to him. Imagine opening your door and seeing Prince standing there, ready and willing to teach his faith.
Before his untimely death, Prince once went under the guise of ‘Brother Nelson’ and not so coincidentally ended up getting spotted by a fan. His church elder James Lundstrom recalled that Prince, we mean, “Brother Nelson” was a very shy man, but a member in good standing. Considering most of the reasons why rock stars are on this list, we’d say Prince’s are the most respectable, even if they are somewhat conflicting with his overtly sexual on-stage persona. He also cared a lot for ‘God’s Kingdom’.
17. Axl Rose Recorded Himself Having Sex For Rocket Queen
Yes, that’s right, the sex moans on his track Rocket Queen weren’t fake. Axl Rose enlisted the help of keen groupie Adriana Smith, who agreed to enter the studio with Axl and the other legendary musicians to create the track. She was certainly very brave!
Alongside Axl Rose’s steamy moans you will also be able to hear Adriana having quite a bit of fun with the vocalist. She has recently come out and admitted her role in the track after keeping pretty quiet about her involvement in the production. It sounds like Slash didn’t want to get left out after Adriana told the Mirror that a threesome also happened that evening. Axl and Adriana romantically met whilst she was working as a stripper in the LA club, Seventh Veil.
18. Rick James Was High As Hell On American Bandstand
Considering the X-rated nature of Rick James’s memoirs, this should really come as no surprise, and we’re not actually sure it’s the most ludicrous rumor in circulation about the legendary artist. The artist, who died in 2004 of a heart attack, posthumously released the accounts of his life, and it’s not for the faint-hearted.
James made his national TV debut on American Bandstand where he performed his most acclaimed singles, You and I and Mary Jane, along with an hour-long interview with Dick Clark, who he later referred to as “one of the nicest cats he’d ever met”. We suppose everyone seems pretty nice when you’re high, though, don’t they? James’s cocaine high didn’t go unnoticed by Dick Clark or the millions of viewers watching.
19. Rapper Danny Brown Received Oral Sex While Performing
Following on from the Wyman scandal, this one almost seems tame – well at least it’s almost legal. We’re guessing rapper Danny Brown didn’t get prosecuted for indecent exposure after his X-rated performance, which pushed the idea of embracing sexuality on stage just a little bit further.
Elvis may have once shocked the nation in the 50s with his gyrating hips, yet Danny Brown showed how far sexuality in musical culture has evolved when he allowed a female fan to give him a blowjob on stage back in 2013 when he was performing live in Minnesota. We’re just amazed that he could carry on hitting the notes during his performance. If there was ever a sign of a true rock star, we think this is it.
20. Ozzy Osborne Snorts Ants
Ozzy Osborne has gained his third entry on the ridiculous rumors list, making him the most prolifically anarchistic rock star in our minds. Sadly, it’s yet another incident that meant the death of innocent life. We can’t imagine any of these acts won him any favors with animal rights groups.
Whilst it’s not uncommon for rock stars to put things up their noses, this is an extreme by anyone’s standards. The incident happened when Ozzy found himself in the company of Nikki Sixx from Motley Crue on tour. When Ozzy heard they were all out of cocaine, he snorted what he believed to be the next best thing, making Motley Crue look rather tame in comparison to his little escapades. We can only imagine how much it stung the next day.

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Tales of Rock – The Best Band You Never Heard – Full Devil Jacket

Musicians Josh Brown, Mike Reaves, Kevin Bebout, and Keith Foster all met at Josh Brown’s brother’s tattoo shop in Jackson, Tennessee and formed the band Voodoo Hippies. Jonathan Montoya was the last addition to the band as the second guitarist. While still playing gigs in Jackson, the band caught the eye of rock producer Malcolm Springer (Matchbox 20Collective Soul).

Before being signed to Island/Def Jam Records, the band changed its name to Full Devil Jacket. There are two stories on how the band chose this name. One is that the band was named after a song written by lead singer Josh Brown, called “Full Devil Jacket”. Another story is that the band simply pulled the name from a magazine article.

While signed to Def Jam Records, the band had a successful career. They first released an EP titled A Waxbox To Put Your Frankenstein Head In… in October 1999,[1] followed by an eponymous LP in March 2000[1] that was quickly certified gold.

The band toured with CreedNickelbackType O Negative, played at Woodstock 99, and was featured on the Tattoo the Earth tour with MudvayneSlipknotSepulturaSlayerDrain STH, and Coal Chamber with Metallica headlining one show. However, while on tour with Creed, Josh Brown suffered a drug overdose and subsequently quit the band.[2] An unfinished album from this time remains unreleased. Some of the songs the band was working on were “Shelter”, “All Apologies”, “Superdysfunctional Hero”, and “Bottle”.[citation needed]

After the departure of Brown, Michael Reaves also left the band. Full Devil Jacket recruited a new lead singer (Ben Hatch; then Jamie Martin) and a new second guitarist (Dave White) and recorded an unreleased EP under their new name of WaxBox before dissolving altogether. This incarnation of the band worked on some of the same songs that they started with Brown. The EP included “Shelter”, “All Apologies”, “Superdysfunctional Hero”, and “Sober”.

Reunion

Full Devil Jacket announced a one-time reunion concert on June 19, 2010, in Jackson, Tennessee, to benefit the James Michael Reaves Medical Expense Fund. This led to more live performances as well as recording new material.[citation needed] On July 27, 2011, James Michael Reaves died after battling cancer.[3] Every Mother’s Nightmare guitarist Jeff Caughron joined the band after Reaves’ death.

Brown and Montoya also formed a new band with Jason Null from Saving Abel named A New Rebel. FDJ members Keith Foster and Kevin Bebout were also involved.

In 2013, the band started a Kickstarter page to help fund and promote a new album. On January 14, 2015, it was announced that FDJ signed a worldwide deal with eOne Music. Their album Valley of Bones was released on March 31. It contains 10 new songs and feature cover art of a painting by singer Josh Brown.[4]

In September 2015, the band toured with American rock band Bridge to Grace from Atlanta, Georgia.[5]

The band’s current lineup consists of Josh Brown (vocals), Brian Kirk (guitar), Paul Varnick (guitar), Moose Douglass (bass) and Keith Foster (drums).

Band members

Josh Brown

In 2000, Brown nearly died of a heroin overdose. While recovering in rehab and working on their second album, he converted to Christianity and left the band, retreating to Jackson, Tennessee.

After several years, Josh Brown re-entered the music scene with his new project Day of Fire which was signed to Essential Records until 2007. Their self-titled debut won a Dove Award for Rock Album of the Year and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Gospel Album. Day of Fire released their second album titled Cut & Move on Sony‘s RED Distribution/Essential Records in 2006. Following two years of going unsigned, DoF signed with Razor and Tie Records, and released their third album titled Losing All in January 2010. In June 2010, the band announced they would be taking an indefinite hiatus.

Jonathan Montoya

After working with some local Jackson, Tennessee projects such as One Less Reason, Montoya formed his current[when?] project Supernova Syndicate. As history would repeat itself, the band recorded a debut CD that was never released. They are currently[when?] back in the studio and working on their debut album again.

Montoya also filled in as a guitar player for the band Saliva on their European tour. He was eventually invited to be a full-time member of the band. On August 30, 2010 he was released from Saliva. As of 2015, he is back with Saliva full-time.

Michael Reaves

After Full Devil Jacket, Reaves toured Europe with a band called Travisty and briefly worked with the pop singer Jasmine Cain. He also wrote and recorded with Randy Lovelace around Jackson, Tennessee. Reaves lived in Dyersburg, Tennessee and was with a band named 3 Legged Dog. He died from prostate cancer on July 25, 2011 at the age of 52.[6]

Keith Foster

After Full Devil Jacket and WaxBox, Keith Foster played drums for Danny Archer in the band Love Over Gravity around Jackson, TN and Nashville, TN. Along with guitarist Greg Scallions (brother of Fuel frontman Brett Scallions) and bass player Brad Singleton, they recorded eight songs with record producer Michael Wagener (Ozzy, Metallica, Skid Row, etc.). The songs were never officially released, but can be found online.

Kevin Bebout

Bebout is currently working for Epiphone as Kramer Project Manager. He is thanked by Jonathan Montoya in Saliva’s latest CD liner notes for endorsing the band with custom Kramer guitars. He also plays bass in the Nashville-based Humorcore band called Holy Crap!. In 2016, Kevin joined pop artist and former co-writing partner of Mike Reaves, Jasmine Cain as part of her touring band.

 

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Tales of Rock – 5 Rock Concerts That Turned Into Hilarious Disasters

The greatest philosophers of our generation (AC/DC) once opined, “It’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock ‘n’ roll.” Starting out in the music business means a lot of crashing on couches, dining and dashing, and playing for “exposure” to crowds of 20 (including bar staff). Do things get easier when you make it big? Oh hell yes. But the disasters get a lot bigger too …

Authorities Thought Joy Division Might Be Actual Serial Killers

Joy Division was one of the biggest rock bands of the 1970s and ’80s. Even if you don’t recognize the name, you probably recognize their most famous work: this T-shirt.

It’s an image of <A TARGET=_blank HREF=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unknown_Pleasures#Artwork_and_packaging>radio waves from a pulsar</A>. There, now you know more about this than 99 percent of people who own the shirt.It’s an image of radio waves from a pulsar. There, now you know more about this than 99 percent of people who own the shirt.

For a brief spell during 1979, the police were looking into members of the band for another crime wholly unrelated to fashion: the Yorkshire Ripper murders. Between 1975 and 1980, Peter Sutcliffe — an ex-gravedigger, which seems like a clue in hindsight — murdered 13 women in red-light districts across Northwest England. Police of the time tragically didn’t have access to Wikipedia, and thus did not know this information. In 1979, they turned their attention to a motley crew of musicians whose license plates were often recorded in those very same red-light districts.

As the band’s co-founder Peter Hook explained in an interview:

“What happened was that every club we played in was run by a dodgy promoter in some dodgy part of town. We managed to play in the red-light districts of Halifax, Huddersfield, Leeds, Manchester, and probably London as well. The police had asked the public to note down the license plate numbers of any strange cars in the area, so they could investigate them later. It was very frightening — they basically asked you straight out if you were the Ripper.”

Although Hook handled his interrogation fine, the band’s drummer, Stephen Morris, came off so suspicious that he was taken to the local police station for further questioning. It’s always the drummer, isn’t it?

 

Motley Crue’s Vince Neil Disabled Himself Over Mustard

Motley Crue is the biggest, baddest rock band to ever exist. They rubbed egg burritos on their junk to keep their girlfriends from finding out about the groupies they were banging! One of them had a lethal overdose in Slash’s shower … and started doing heroin the second he was revived! Another killed a dude while drunk driving- OK, there’s the line in the sand.

There’s one incident that they probably don’t like to talk about, however: that time they had to cancel a gig because their lead singer got BTFO’d by a jar of mustard. Prior to taking the stage at a show in Rochester, NY, the band was backstage fixing themselves some snacks when Vince Neil — famed hater of Grey Poupon — found a jar of the stuff on their catering table in lieu of his favorite brand. In a hangry rage, he threw it at the wall … at which point the jar exploded and shrapnel hit his hand, leaving him no choice but to run to the hospital before the hated Poupon could flavor his very bloodstream.

Can’t emit a sense of raw, sexy, no-rules rock 'n’ roll without the right brand of imported Dijon mustard.Elektra Records

Can’t emit a sense of raw, sexy, no-rules rock ‘n’ roll without the right brand of imported Dijon mustard.

In the end, his idiocy resulted in him severing a bunch of tendons, nerves, an artery, and almost an entire finger (he can’t stretch it out, even today). On the plus side, he never saw another jar of Grey Poupon backstage again, which seems like a minor win to us, but we’re no rock gods.

Pink Floyd Accidentally Toppled The Venetian Government

The Who was all about teenage angst. For Led Zeppelin, it was bizarre homages to Lord Of The Rings and pederasty. For Pink Floyd, it was rebellion and smashing the system — which the city of Venice learned all too well in 1989 after a gig by The Floyd caused the collapse of their government.

In 1989, Venice decided to expand its cultural horizons by inviting Pink Floyd to perform a free gig in the city’s historic St Mark’s Square. One problem: Historical preservationists argued that vibrations generated by the band could damage the city’s historic buildings. If only they had built that city on (something compatible with) rock ‘n’ roll.

As a compromise, the government moved the gig from the city center to a floating stage moored offshore. Why yes, it did look completely bonkers.

Sadly, no photos of the all-gondola mosh pit survived.

The gig, held on July 15, attracted over 200,000 fans to Venice (normal population: 60,000), and they did what rock fans tend to do and made a mess. Although the show didn’t knock any buildings down, the city was left with apocalyptic levels of garbage. Over 300 tons of the stuff, to be precise, along with 500 cubic meters of beer cans and bottles.

Once the city recovered, citizens demanded blood … or at least the resignation of the mayor, despite his protests that he was strong-armed into the deal by the local state-run television network. It was no good, however, and he was forced to resign — alongside the entire city council.

As revolutions go, it’s hard to top this one.

Alice Cooper is famed for his wild stage shows, featuring snakes, pyrotechnics, elaborate costumes, electric chairs, and the like. It is objectively and provably pretty bitchin‘. This kind of showmanship does have its drawbacks, however. When things go wrong, they go wrong in a fairly significant way. Case in point, that time he almost hanged himself during a gig.

We’re guessing this is a bit without a lot of room for mistakes.

While rehearsing for a concert at London’s Wembley Stadium in 1988, Cooper and his band were practicing that ol’ staple the fake hanging. After Cooper put his head into the noose and started play-acting strangulation, the piano wire that was holding him up broke, leaving him with the minor problem of actually being hanged … at least until a roadie realized he wasn’t just putting his all into the routine and cut him down.

As he admitted in an interview, the wire snapped because he never bothered to check or replace it between shows. “Everything has its stress limit and after doing so many shows, I never thought about changing the wire. You know, I figured it’ll last forever.”

Alice Cooper: Not the bastion of workplace safety we’d always assumed.

In June of last year, thousands of fans filed into Swansea, Wales’ Liberty Stadium and prepared for a mass Mr. Brightside singalong by drinking and drinking and drinking and then having a little drink to wash down all those drinks. Then it came time to use the bathroom, and it’s a soccer stadium, so that was no problem, right? Turns out concert organizers had taken it upon themselves to implement some kind of bizarre toilet-based class war, and the bathrooms were only available for fans sitting in the higher levels. If the lower levels wanted to relieve themselves, they had to leave the stadium and queue at a porta-potty in the parking lot.

Lines for those potties lasted upwards of 45 minutes to an hour. As you’d expect, fans started pulling a Pink Floyd and relieved themselves all over the stadium’s fences. The Killers finished their set and left the stage to discover the massive social media mess that their production staff had created, with some demanding full refunds on account of missing so much of the show.

 

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Tales of Rock – Rock Out To Disneyland (Short-Lived) Sexy Prog-Rock Band

The year was 1981. Bette Davis Eyes was topping the charts, and poppy synths dominated every retro jukebox in the nation. Like sand trickling down a Buick’s grease stain, time had run out for the dirty delight that was ’70s rock and roll. But there was one place left in America where guitar riffs could blow your mind and melt your face, a place where real rock music still lived, and it was just past the Magic Tea Cup Ride.

For one glorious summer, Disneyland California tried something different with its musical performances. It’s the hallowed, puke-filled halls host to the greatest band to have ever gotten high on an It’s Small World dingy 5 minutes prior. Fabricated by Walt Disney Records, Halyx (pronounced Hah-licks because this is sexy Vernor Vinge territory) was to combine the hip-thrusting glam rock of KISS with the proggy sci-fi aesthetic of … not Star Wars, that would be too high a praise, but more like an early attempt at Starcrash cosplay.

And the Mickey Mouse love machines of Halyx went all out.

Disney
It’d be a while before Disney outright owned the cantina genre.

Keyboardist Tom Miller flew around in a golf cart tricked out like a spaceship powered by keyboards. Tall bassist Roger Freeman was dressed like the unholy offspring of Chewbacca and a panda. Tony Caputo, percussionist-cum-acrobat (emphasis on all those words), swung around on a rope dressed as a space-goblin. All while Bruce Gowdy and Lora Mumford, in full Xanadu regalia, pierced the veil of prog-rock with their alien shredding and angelic screeches, respectively.

But how do you Disneyfy a sexy glam rock troupe? You don’t. Halyx wasn’t exactly PG-rated, captivating/stranger endangering their tween crowds with songs like Jailbait: “Baby I want you, want you / But you’re jailbait / Baby I want you, want you/ But you have to wait / Little boy” (Little boy? Who wrote this, Gary Glitter?)

Sadly, Halyx’s not-so-wholesome glory ended after only a few weeks in Disneyland, and after a small L.A. tour, the talented musicians went their separate ways. But their tongue-in-cheek (s) Star Wars magic has finally been pulled from its carbonite storage, relived in the excellent full-length documentary from YouTubers Defunctland. So take a seat, and whatever substance you couldn’t smuggle into Disneyland, and enjoy the trippy tale of Halyx.

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