Cheap Trick Hated Their #1 Hit Song “The Flame”
The 80’s were a tough time for rock band Cheap Trick. They lost their bassist Tom Petterson, their album sales dwindled, but by the end of the decade things seemed to turn around with 1988’s ‘Lap of Luxury’ featuring the single ‘The Flame.’ The song would be the band’s first number 1 hit song on the charts, but it was also loathed by some of the band members. Why? Check out the full story below!
Izzy Stradlin Documentary “Dust N’ Bones” Released
We had previously reported about a fan made Izzy Stradlin documentary that was supposed to be released on Friday. Well it was delayed by a day and is finally up on YouTube. The documentary clocks in at almost 2 hours in length and uses snippets of interviews with Izzy Stradlin to tell his story. Check it out below!
Rode Microphone Founder Pays $6M For Kurt Cobain’s Guitar
Rode Microphones founder Peter Freedman revealed that he has bought Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain’s MTV Unplugged guitar for a whopping $6 million. The guitar was purchased from Julien’s Auctions on Saturday for $6,010,000. Freedman put out a statement saying the following while also shedding some light on the help that the arts need and included a picture of himself with the guitar:
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“When I heard that this iconic guitar was up for auction,” I immediately knew it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to secure it and use it as a vehicle to spotlight the struggles that those in the performing arts are facing and have always faced.”
“The global arts industry has been shattered by the impact of COVID-19, with musicians and artists being amongst the most affected. The last few months were the straw that broke the camel’s back, and for many in the arts have brought forth the harsh reality that they work in an industry for which there is little support in times of need.”
“For most, access to financial and health services – particularly mental health services – is very limited. While many industries are gradually returning to normal, it’s going to take a long time before this industry can begin functioning as it was. The toll this has taken and will continue to take is enormous and requires more than just lip service. It requires action now, and I am a man of action.”
“The arts, and organisations that support the arts, are remarkably undervalued and underfunded by many governments around the world, considering their cultural and economic importance. I saw buying this guitar as an opportunity to not only share it with music fans, but to do so in a way that raises awareness for the struggles that musicians and artists face every day, and lobby governments for change.”