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  1. Saturday would have been the 100th birthday of the great Peter Cushing! (he died though in 1994 aged 81) He played roles such as Van Helsing, Sherlock Holmes, Baron Frankenstein and Dr Who and even appeared in Star Wars! Happy Birthday Peter! And RIP! http://murderlegendre.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/the-bride-of-dracula-peter-cushing.jpghttp://www.starwarped.net/files/other-roles/Peter-Cushing-Grand-Moff-Tarkin/The-Brides-of-Dracula-Doctor-J-Van-Helsing-8.jpghttp://www.classichorrorcampaign.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/dracula-58-van-helsing-stakes-lucy.jpghttp://images1.fanpop.com/images/image_uploads/Curse-of-Frankenstein-w-paper-hammer-horror-films-813896_1024_768.jpghttp://threatqualitypress.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/cushingskull.jpghttp://images.art.com/images/products/large/10103000/10103307.jpghttp://3.bp.blogspot.com/-KQOJ1niGe4M/UBcb1fiUhNI/AAAAAAAAI3k/Vwws7OnKYTw/s1600/PETER+CUSHING+STAR+WARS+TARKIN+5756.jpg http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-GXWi6H3hf_U/T0fQwsH1EMI/AAAAAAAABco/NcYla1ay7Qk/s1600/9662_7f3b.jpeg :notworthy: :notworthy:
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  4. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31q9gzJRKPI :notworthy: :notworthy: :notworthy:
  5. I just can't keep up with all these events... So if I missed anyone... Happy day! :sundog: :sundog: :sundog: :sundog: :sundog: :sundog: :sundog: :sundog: :sundog: :sundog: :sundog: :sundog: :sundog: :sundog: :sundog: :sundog: :sundog: :sundog: :sundog: :sundog: :sundog:
  6. :joker: :joker: :joker: :joker: :joker: :joker: <<<<<<<< Jester's tears :nya nya: :nya nya: :nya nya: :nya nya: :nya nya: :nya nya: :nya nya: :nya nya: :nya nya: :nya nya: :nya nya: :nya nya: <<<<<<<< treeduck jeers :madra: where are you marillion fools??? come out and face me!
  7. Mysterious Swedish buzz band GHOST will play a special a concert this Saturday, December 15 in their hometown of Linköping at Cupolen. Limited tickets are still available here. Also this Saturday for those seeking redemption, GHOST cult leader Papa Emeritus (rumored to be REPUGNANT/SUBVISION's Tobias Forge, who takes the stage in the form of "a satanic pope") will bestow a special offering to those who sign up with their e-mail addresses beginning at 10 p.m. local time. GHOST is putting the finishing touches its next studio album, due out in 2013 on Loma Vista Recordings, the new record label founded by Tom Whalley in partnership with Republic Records, a division of Universal Music Group. Papa and his Nameless Ghouls have summoned Nashville-based Grammy Award-winning Nick Raskulinecz (DEATH ANGEL, DEFTONES, FOO FIGHTERS, RUSH) to produce this offering. GHOST's debut album, "Opus Eponymous", was released in late 2010 in Europe and in early 2011 in North America via Rise Above Records. In an early 2012 interview with Full Metal Jackie's nationally syndicated radio show, one of the "Nameless Ghouls" from GHOST was asked why he thinks his band has garnered support from such high-profile musicians as James Hetfield (METALLICA) and Phil Anselmo (DOWN, PANTERA). "We like to think [it's because of] our playfulness in terms of not — I almost said think[ing] too much — obviously, we think, but we feel a lot and we try not to limit ourselves to genre," he said. "Even though we're a hard-rocking band, we try to mix everything from death metal elements to new-wave choruses. And I think that sort of resonates to… I wouldn't say only an older generation [because] we have a lot of new, younger fans, but I think that anybody who is older than 35 might have a stroke of nostalgia or whatever." On the topic of whether he can foresee a day when the members of GHOST won't be anonymous anymore, he said, "I think there is a difference between being anonymous and unmasked. Where SLIPKNOT actually wear masks still, while KISS during their unmasked days didn't. Obviously, it's a thing of the times. What we're trying to do, it's very hard to maintain. If the actual goal was to not be known, we try to maintain that, but in the long run we can't really expect that to be something everlasting. Most of our fans are actually quite keen on not knowing, which works to our favor, but I think there is a difference between people knowing who is behind the mask or being unmasked. We can't really see ourselves going up on stage and afterwards just dropping the masks saying, 'Oh, it's me, it's me, actually. Can you see?' No, no, no… We don't want that. We don't want to spoil it. That's the whole reason why we are anonymous and we try not to show ourselves. We try to eliminate, not the human aspects, but the humane aspects, if you want. We want to put Papa Emeritus in the limelight. He's supposed to be the living character, even though rigor mortis has basically set in in his poor old body. But that's the face of the band. He's the person, everybody else are just puppets." Regarding GHOST's future plans, he said, "These 18 months since we released the album has been a lot of touring. We play a lot of concerts and our goal has always been to put on a show that was way more theatrical than we have had the opportunity to, sort of, perform or display in this type of touring. Even though this is a tour where we're actually allowed to flex our muscles a little bit, you can't expect to have a production. We have our windows, we have a few things, but I'd say that our short-term goal, for now, when we have a new album out, will be to start bringing forth a way more theatrical show that will be a lot more intriguing with a few magic tricks."
  8. Is our universe merely one of billions? Evidence of the existence of 'multiverse' revealed for the first time by cosmic map Scientists studied radiation data gathered by Planck telescope Claim anomalies show gravitational pull from other universes Could be the first real evidence to support controversial theory The first 'hard evidence' that other universes exist has been found by scientists. Cosmologists studying a map of the universe from data gathered by the Planck spacecraft have concluded that it shows anomalies that can only have been caused by the gravitational pull of other universes. The map shows radiation from the Big Bang 13.8billion years ago that is still detectable in the universe - known as cosmic microwave radiation. http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2013/05/19/article-2326869-19DE24B5000005DC-734_634x370.jpg Scientists had predicted that it should be evenly distributed, but the map shows a stronger concentration in the south half of the sky and a 'cold spot' that cannot be explained by current understanding of physics. Laura Mersini-Houghton, theoretical physicist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Richard Holman, professor at Carnegie Mellon University, predicted that anomalies in radiation existed and were caused by the pull from other universes in 2005. Now that she has studied the Planck data, Dr Mersini-Houghton believes her hypothesis has been proven. Her findings imply there could be an infinite number of universes outside of our own. She said: 'These anomalies were caused by other universes pulling on our universe as it formed during the Big Bang. 'They are the first hard evidence for the existence of other universes that we have seen.' http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2013/05/19/article-2326869-19DE51A9000005DC-136_634x318.jpg Detailed: Planck data has been used to create a map of light from when the universe was just 380,000 years old http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2013/05/19/article-2326869-19DE5199000005DC-93_634x667.jpg Although some scientists remain sceptical about the theory of other universes, these findings may be a step towards changing views on physics. The European Space Agency, which runs the £515million Planck telescope, said: 'Because precision of Planck’s map is so high, it made it possible to reveal some peculiar unexplained features that may well require new physics to be understood.' Cambridge professor of theoretical physics Malcolm Perry told the Sunday Times that the findings could be real evidence of the existence of other universes. While George Efstathiou, professor of astrophysics at the university, told the newspaper: 'Such ideas may sound wacky now, just like the Big Bang theory did three generations ago. But then we got evidence and now it has changed the whole way we think about the universe.' http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2326869/Is-universe-merely-billions-Evidence-existence-multiverse-revealed-time-cosmic-map.html
  9. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTOTn_nYoDM
  10. I was just listening to the new Bowie single and I really like it, it's good. It's got a really cool vibe and sounds like the Bowie of the late 70s and 1980, to me at any rate. I was just reading that this new single is the most understated and mellow song on the album and they chose it because they wanted to ease Bowie back into the public consciousness after his 10 year hiatus. They didn't want to shock him back into our systems. Apparently this new album rocks too with plenty of high octane stuff! :haz: I'll be getting the deluxe edition which includes three all new bonus tracks! Which makes the total album length just over 60 minutes. Who else is grabbing the new Bowie? :hi: :guitar:
  11. Ray Harryhausen, the visual-effects legend famed for his stop-motion work on such films as Mighty Joe Young, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad and Jason and the Argonauts, passed away this morning in London. He was 92. The announcement on the Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation Facebook page didn’t include a cause of death. Born in Los Angeles in 1920, Harryhausen became fascinated by animated models in 1933, when he first saw King Kong — and the creations of stop-motion animation pioneer Willis O’Brien with his childhood friend Ray Bradbury. Within two years, Harryhausen was producing his own home movies using model animation. His first professional film work came in 1947 as an assistant animator to O’Brien on Mighty Joe Young, produced by the same team that made King Kong more than a decade earlier. With the re-release of King Kong in 1952, Hollywood experience a giant-monster revival, leading Warner Bros. to purchase the film rights to Bradbury’s short story “The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms,” providing Harryhausen with his first solo visual-effects feature. It was a box-office hit. Harryhausen went on to work on such fantasy and sci-fi classics as It Came From Beneath the Sea, Earth vs. the Flying Saucers, 20 Million Miles to Earth and, of course, the aforementioned 7th Voyage of Sinbad and Jason and the Argonauts. Although his work dwindled in the 1970s, Harryhausen returned in a big way with 1981′s Clash of the Titans, his last feature as a visual-effects producer. His influence on generations of filmmakers cannot be overstated, as directors ranging from George Lucas and Steven Spielberg to Peter Jackson and James Cameron point to him as inspiration.
  12. :dweez: :dweez: :dweez: :dweez: :dweez:
  13. I just started another one! :doh: :doh: :doh: :doh: :doh: :doh: :doh: :doh:
  14. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6-SMMEU4xE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxO9-yG17uw :haz:
  15. Another article on the RRHOF from the Village Voice. Didn't they employ that clown Christgau for a while? http://blogs.villagevoice.com/music/2013/04/rush_rock_and_roll_hall_of_fame.php?page=2
  16. Possible spoilers about what they'll play at the induction ceremony. http://www.thespec.c...aciously-bitter Rush was just starting to hit its stride on the world scene when the critics turned on progressive rock. The year was 1977 and Rush, a band that started out playing blues-rock in bars around southern Ontario, had been increasingly influenced by British prog rockers like King Crimson, Yes, Genesis and Emerson, Lake & Palmer. You can hear it in the band’s 1976 breakthrough album, 2112 and, even more in the followups: A Farewell To Kings (1977), Hemispheres (1978), Permanent Waves (1980) and Moving Pictures (1981). But, in 1977, the critics, especially those from influential Rolling Stone magazine, turned their attention elsewhere. Suddenly, The Sex Pistols, Ramones and The Clash were the bands that mattered. Punk was good. Prog was bad. Rush, personified by Geddy Lee’s high-pitched shriek, Alex Lifeson’s multilayered guitars and Neil Peart’s sci-fi lyrics, was an easy target. Rush fans — millions of them — were stigmatized as pretentious mullet-heads who would eventually grow out of their adolescent love for Rush and discover the true meaning of rock ’n’ roll. Interestingly enough, the fans stuck by the Canadian trio. Those fans grew up into business executives, lawyers and surgeons who still cherish their Rush records. During the past few years, critical opinions have changed. Lifeson and Lee are hailed as virtuosos. Peart is revered as rock’s greatest living drummer. Their influence on modern prog-metal bands like Tool and System Of A Down has been enormous. The Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame induction committee, led by longtime Rolling Stone publisher Jan Wenner, was slow to react to this changing tide. It took 15 years of Rush eligibility and more than 40,000 signatures on an online petition before they finally came to their senses and put the band on the nomination list. On Thursday, long-suffering Rush fans will receive their pound of flesh when the Canadian rock trio is inducted into the Hall of Fame during a gala concert/ceremony at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles (broadcast on HBO on Saturday, May 18 at 9 p.m.). The band members say they will accept the honour “graciously.” Still, some bitterness lingers. “We were eligible for 15 years and it really didn’t matter to us,” Lifeson told The Spectator in a phone interview from his Toronto home. “We joked about it. In fact we kind of wore it as a badge of honour that there was a core inside the committee that did not want us in there. Some said, ‘Over my dead body,’ literally, ‘before Rush gets in here.’ Which is fine, they can do whatever they want. It’s their museum. “So at the end of the day, it didn’t really matter to us at all. It was kind of nice to have that controversy go away, to a point. But our fans were very insulted by it and burned by it. Now they feel vindicated by it. Certainly not all of them do. There’s certainly a lot of Rush fans who think we should ignore it. “But the proper, courteous thing to do is to go and accept it graciously, try to make everybody happy, move on and never have to deal with it again.” Lifeson is well aware of the history and believes there are many other bands still suffering from that ’70s prog-rock backlash. “There seems to be a sense of unfairness, not just about us, but the whole genre of progressive rock music,” Lifeson, 59, says. “You can argue that a lot of bands should be in there even before us. Deep Purple has had an incredible impact on rock music and so many bands, as has Yes and King Crimson. There’s a long list. The Moody Blues should have been in there. They were incredibly inspiring to a lot of young musicians.” Still, there’s little doubt that Rush has benefitted from the controversy. It’s been a rallying point for diehard fans and forced outsiders to have a second look. Rush seem to be more popular now than ever before. Tours are guaranteed sellouts — there are still some tickets available for Rush’s July 6 date at Copps Coliseum — and the Rush fans can now wear their T-shirts with pride. “It’s really changed,” Lifeson says. “When you go back to the ’70s, we had lots of very negative press. It was water off the back after a while. “Now it seems we can’t get bad press. I miss it,” he laughs. “It’s just so odd that here we are, 40 years later, and now we’re respectable. Everyone wants a piece of us. It’s very fascinating, interesting.” One of the things that are making the Hall of Fame ceremony more palatable is the fact that Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins will be at the podium introducing Lifeson, Lee and Peart. The two Foo Fighters were selected by the Hall of Fame to do the induction with the approval of Rush. “They are keen Rush fans and they understand where we come from,” Lifeson says. “In a lot of ways the Foo Fighters are similar. They stick to their guns and do things in their own way. Certainly Dave (Grohl) has come up for the last 25 years with that same sense of integrity and work ethic. They are terrific guys, the perfect choice.” Rush has been asked to perform some of the better known songs at the induction ceremony. “Tom Sawyer, Spirit of Radio and maybe YYZ,” Lifeson says. “They’ve asked us to do classic, kind of iconic songs and those three are the ones.” Will Grohl and Hawkins join Rush? Perhaps drumming with Peart? “There’s always a chance,” Lifeson says cryptically. “We’re working on some things.”
  17. http://www.cleveland.com/rockhall/index.ssf/2013/04/rush_canadian_prog-rock_band_r.html Rush fans had one word when they found out their heroes were to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Finally! And, it’s possible those fans can take some comfort in the knowledge that their fervent support may have had something to do with ensuring that bassist and vocalist Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson and drummer Neil Peart will stand on the Nokia Theatre stage in Los Angeles on Thursday night. For the first time in the short history of the Rock Hall, an online fan vote equaled a single vote on the voting committee. Though the Rock Hall won’t reveal total numbers, at least a quarter of those who voted checked the box next to Rush on their online ballots. "I think the outcry or the outpouring of support of our fans was noted by the voting committee," said Lee, in a call from Beverly Hills earlier this week. The band has been eligible since 1998. "I don’t think it was enough to turn the tide, but the noise and support from our fan base made the people on the committee take notice." Ed Stenger, founder of the Shaker Heights-based fan site rushisaband.com, is convinced that the site he founded in 2005 "played a small role in their induction." Stenger, a website developer for the Marcus Thomas marketing agency, has more than 10,000 subscribers to his site. It’s a pretty safe bet that they voted. Rush fans are nothing if not loyal. "I think it’s a hard thing to explain," said Lee, when asked about the passion fans have for Rush. "A lot of it has to do with how they came to our music. "In some ways, people come to our music at a time when they feel they need something our music has in terms of comfort or inspiration," he said. "It’s kind of a life experience for them. It gives them solace when they need solace, and that forms an emotional bond with the music." Then there’s the rebellious aspect. "There’s also something of a guilty pleasure, with Rush not being a mainstream band overtly," Lee said. "I think within our fan base, it’s something of human nature to champion something not everybody has heard of." That’s the sort of intellectual analysis you might expect from a man who is one-third of what arguably is the most famous of prog-rock bands. Rush’s sound — a union of Lee’s melodies and Peart’s lyrics, aided and abetted by Lifeson’s multiple-personalities guitar — is hardly the one-three-five of a blues band [although they did start out playing blues, and have dabbled in it over the course of their career], nor is it the typical and constant four-four time signature of most pop and rock bands. Rush segues from time signature to time signature, from effect to effect in songs that force the mind to work almost as much as they do the heart. Tunes like "Subdivisions," "Tom Sawyer," "Superconductor," "The Spirit of Radio" and "Caravan" are almost musical lassos, encircling and ensnaring any who listen. Even drum solos — a staple of 1970s arena rock bands — take on a thinking-man’s perspective when Peart does them, employing everything from roto-toms to a glockenspiel to electronic drums. They’re not so much driving, chest-thumping exercises as they are hypnotic rhythms that morph into melodies. A long career with ups and downs Mainstream or not, since forming in 1968 and releasing its first, self-titled, album in 1974, when Peart joined, Rush has produced 24 gold records and 14 platinum albums — and three of those platinum albums have gone DOUBLE platinum, meaning sales of 2 million or more. "Our career has been up and down," Lee said. "We’ve been around for 40 years. Not every one of our records has been happily received, but we set a goal in music not to have a couple of hit records and retire. Sometimes, you take one step forward and two steps backwards." Part of that is the band’s willingness to adapt — in some ways — to the music of the day, and yet maintain its own signature sound. "You have to be willing to absorb the new music going on around you," Lee said. "That’s part of being a contemporary musician. You can’t stay trapped in the ’70s. We’re very much like sponges. You’ve got to pay attention to what’s going on around you." To that end, over the course of the years, Rush has dabbled in everything from the blues to new wave, and put its own spin on all. Lee, Lifeson and Peart probably could cover "Mustang Sally" and it would come out prog. And don’t put that past them. "We do all kinds of things when we jam," said Lee, laughing at the prospect of taking prog-rock fans on a ride, Sally, ride. "Sometimes, Alex takes the mike and gets really stupid." That’s one reason Rush has been able to stick around so long. "We’re lucky because we LIKE each other," Lee said. "We’ve stayed sharp in terms of our playing ability. The fact is we still write music the way we want to write music, and we still enjoy the creative process. It keeps us interested in it, and we try to make sure there’s a heavy quotient of creativity and fun in it." For Rush fans, the word fun may be a bit of an anomaly, given the band’s predilection for somber, complex music. But the guys do like to have fun, and not just onstage. Lee recently threw out the first pitch in the Indians season-opening win against Lee’s hometown team, Toronto. "It was a bit of a breaking ball, a fake curve," he said, laughing again. "But it WAS a strike." It’s not the first time Lee and the Indians have come together. Bart Swain, director of baseball information for the Tribe, is a huge fan. "When Mark Langston was with us back in 1999," Swain said, "he surprised me one night. He knew I was a big fan. I met him in the lobby [of the Tribe’s Toronto hotel] that night and Geddy Lee picked us up and we all went out." They headed for a place called the Orbit Room .¤.¤. which just happens to be owned by Lifeson. "I was there with Geddy and Mark and all of a sudden, Alex shows up, so it’s the four of us," said Swain, whose first Rush album was the seminal "2112," purchased when he was 17 in 1987, 11 years after its initial release. "It was the greatest night of my life." Lifeson picking up the tab was just a small part of the reason. "There was a house band called the Dexters," Swain said, "and Geddy and Alex disappear. Ten minutes later, they’re onstage, with Alex on guitar and Geddy singing and doing ‘In the Mood’ and ‘Working Man.’ It was beyond unbelievable." A ‘very odd’ omission Like a lot of fans, Swain wondered why the band wasn’t in the Rock Hall already. "It just seemed very odd, given some of the credentials of the bands that were getting in there," he said. "There are a lot of conspiracy theories," said rushisaband.com founder Stenger. "There was a certain camp in the Rock Hall nominating committee that just didn’t like Rush, and they’ve prevented them from getting in all these years." As for Lee, he couldn’t care less. Though glad finally to be in, he has his own way of looking at things. Perhaps it’s that the Rock Hall may be mainly for artists who’ve coiled their guitar cords and traded their drumsticks for knitting needles. "We’re still functioning — touring and writing," Lee said. "We’re still young." With no rush to quit.
  18. Original UK albums + MMT and the Past Masters albums... My fave is definitely Revolver (at the moment and most of the time).
  19. http://youtu.be/lj-x9ygQEGA
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