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BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY: Rami Malek Shines In New Trailer For Queen Biopic!

BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY: Rami Malek Shines In New Trailer For Queen Biopic!

20th Century Fox has just released the new trailer and additional behind-the-scenes images for the upcoming film BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY. The film stars Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joseph Mazzello, Aidan Gillen, Tom Hollander, and Mike Myers.

Synopsis: Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury. Freddie defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound. They reach unparalleled success, but in an unexpected turn Freddie, surrounded by darker influences, shuns Queen in pursuit of his solo career. Having suffered greatly without the collaboration of Queen, Freddie manages to reunite with his bandmates just in time for Live Aid. While bravely facing a recent AIDS diagnosis, Freddie leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. Queen cements a legacy that continues to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day.

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BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY: Official Trailer For Queen Biopic Unveiled!

BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY: Official Trailer For Queen Biopic Unveiled!

Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? 20th Century Fox has just debuted the official teaser trailer for the upcoming film BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY. Starring Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joseph Mazzello, Aiden Gillen, Tom Hollander, and Mike Myers, BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY hits theaters everywhereon November 2, 2018!

Queen fans around the world can visit PutMeInBohemian.com on a mobile device and record their best rendition of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” for a chance to have their voice included in the movie.

Synopsis: Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury, who defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound, their near-implosion as Mercury’s lifestyle spirals out of control, and their triumphant reunion on the eve of Live Aid, where Mercury, facing a life-threatening illness, leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. In the process, cementing the legacy of a band that were always more like a family, and who continue to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day.

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Queen + Adam Lambert Announce 25-City Summer Tour For 2017

Queen + Adam Lambert Announce 25-City Summer Tour For 2017

Back by popular demand, Queen + Adam Lambert will rock North America this summer with a highly-anticipated 25-city arena tour kicking off June 23 in Phoenix, Arizona at Gila River Arena, followed shortly after with a special Los Angeles Hollywood Bowl performance, June 26.

After wildly successful and sold out tours throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, Latin and North America, Brian May, Roger Taylor + Adam Lambert will debut a brand new show specially designed and created for this outing, bringing fans all their favorite Queen hits, like “Another One Bites the Dust,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “We Will Rock You,” “We Are The Champions”. The high-energy concert will bring their history alive in all its passion and glory, with stops in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia and more, before wrapping on August 5 in Houston, TX at the Toyota Center. The tour is presented by Live Nation.

Tickets will go on sale beginning Friday, February 3 at 10AM local time through the Live Nation mobile app and at Livenation.com. Members of both Queen and Adam Lambert’s Fan Clubs will be able to purchase tickets before the general public beginning Tuesday, January 31 at 10AM, and American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Tuesday, January 31 at Noon and ending on Thursday, February 2 at 10PM. Exclusive VIP Package offers available at VIPNation.com

Since their first meeting on the final of American Idol in May 2009, Queen + Adam Lambert’s magical combination has been recognized worldwide with sold out shows in every part of the world.

June 23rd – Phoenix, AZ – Gila River Arena

June 24th – Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena

June 26th – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl

June 29th – San Jose, CA – SAP Center

July 1st – Seattle, WA – Key Arena

July 2nd – Vancouver, BC – Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena

July 4th – Edmonton, AB – Rogers Place

July 6th – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center Arena

July 8th – Omaha, NE – CenturyLink Arena

July 9th – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center

July 13th – Chicago, IL – United Center

July 14th – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center

July 17th – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre

July 18th – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre

July 20th – Detroit, MI – The Palace of Auburn Hills

July 21st – Cleveland, OH – Quicken Loans Arena

July 23rd – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena

July 25th – Boston, MA – TD Garden

July 26th – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center

July 28th – New York, NY – Barclays Center

July 30th – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center

July 31st – Washington D.C. – Verizon Center

August 2nd – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena

August 4th – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center

August 5th – Houston, TX – Toyota Center

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Arielle Premieres Official Music Video For “California”

Arielle Premieres Official Music Video For “California”

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Rising singer-songwriter-guitarist Arielle has announced the release of her debut music video “California.” The video features Arielle visiting some of the 31st state’s most beautiful scenery (including the light-laced City of Angels) while singing that she “can’t find the sunshine in California.” “I didn’t fit in,” says Arielle of the feeling she had growing up and later, trying to find her footing in music. Her self-titled EP (set for release on April 29th, 2014 on Open E Music) is the sound of claiming her place – creatively, emotionally, and existentially.

Yet the New Jersey native has lived in California for most of her life, singing since age five (with the prestigious San Francisco Bay Area Peninsula Girls Chorus) and then learning the piano, trumpet and at age 10, guitar. By 16, she’d become a rock-guitar virtuoso (even earning the attention of her childhood idol, Queen guitarist Brian May,) before being “discovered” by guitarist Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme, Rihanna.) Soonafter, Arielle landed in the studio of Red Decibel Music Group (Kelly Clarkson, Demi Lovato and Switchfoot) and met with producer/co-writers Adam Watts, Andy Dodd and Gannin Arnold. Their creative chemistry was so electric that the songs tumbled out on top of one another and the spark of “California” was struck.

Arielle is also vamping up for a special performance at the 17th Annual Triple A Sunset Session in Solana Beach, CA at Belly Up on February 22nd (Sold Out) and recently performed at The Hotel Café and The House of Blues Foundation Room in Los Angeles, CA

Fans can download “California” free on her Official Website and stay up to date with all things Arielle by following her on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

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ON THE RISE: Guitarist Arielle On Her Blossoming Career, Songwriting And More!

ON THE RISE: Guitarist Arielle On Her Blossoming Career, Songwriting And More!

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Every so often an artist comes along who’s creative magic is so undeniable that it instantly captures your attention. Such is the case with the insanely talented guitarist Arielle. She is definitely not an overnight sensation, rather an accomplished artist who began honing her musical chops at an early age. She began singing since age five (with the prestigious San Francisco Bay Area Peninsula Girls Chorus), followed by playing the piano, trumpet and at 10, guitar. By 16 she’d become a rock-guitar virtuoso (soon thereafter even earning the imprimatur of her childhood idol, Queen guitarist Brian May.) Still, she hadn’t found her voice as an artist; she’d been shredding onstage in the bands of others,such as CeeLo Green, but hadn’t really been able to share her own songs. That began to change when she graduated early from high school and moved to Hollywood, where she enrolled in the guitar program at the Musicians Institute, situated smack-dab on the Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame.

Arielle was a 17-year-old student there when she met Brian May, at a book-signing for “BANG! – The Complete History of the Universe.” It was a meeting that would alter the course of her musical career. You see, Arielle had taken her guitar along and when May said essentially, “Show me what ya got,” Arielle complied by busting out a powerful solo from rock legend Randy Rhoads solo. That moment sparked a bond between the pair and began a conversation that’s continued ever since. That friendship inspired Arielle to move to London, where she attended the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance. But she had a nagging feeling that she wasn’t where she belonged: “I was a supporting player and just couldn’t see the path to becoming an artist in my own right. My intuition told me that if I kept playing in other people’s bands, I’d miss my opportunity. I was trading myself, like I say in ‘California,’ ‘Trading scars for a concrete star’; I was giving away the things that make me me in return for something that felt like it didn’t matter. I finally said, ‘Alright, this is ridiculous – I have to go do this for myself.’” She returned to Los Angeles and started recording her own material, singing lead as well as playing guitar and carving her own unique path in the music industry.

She returned to Los Angeles and started recording her own material, singing lead as well as playing guitar. “I hadn’t sung seriously for five years,” she says. “On some level I was hiding behind my guitar. By then I was 18, but I still sung like a a soprano. I didn’t know how to express myself with my voice.” At the same time, Arielle recalls, “Being in bands never worked – I could never find a singer. I was writing music knowing no one could sing it like me. I finally just did it. It started out as this really quiet sound; it took me a while to be, like, ‘OK, I’m not the greatest, but I AM truly expressing myself.’ Just like with the guitar players I love – you don’t necessarily have to be the most technically proficient to connect emotionally.” After working on various projects, Arielle was “discovered” by guitarist Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme, Rihanna,) who shopped her to managers and labels. Her other supporters include guitarists Steve Vai, Uli Jon Roth (Scorpions) and Michael Angelo Batio.

In 2013, Arielle landed in the studio of Red Decibel Music Group (Kelly Clarkson, Demi Lovato, Switchfoot), where she clicked with producer/co-writers Adam Watts, Andy Dodd and Gannin Arnold. Their creative chemistry was so electric, in fact, that the songs tumbled out on top of each other and the spark of “California” was struck! Arielle’s commitment to something she holds as dear as songwriting is The Dolphin Project, a cause she’s championed as long as she’s played guitar. Dolphin Project founder Ric O’Barry appears in Arielle’s video for “California” and his documentation of the yearly dolphin drive hunt at Taiji, Wakayama, Japan, forms the basis of the Oscar-winning 2009 documentary “The Cove.” On November 18, Arielle joined fellow Dolphin project advocate and drummer Matt Sorum’s band Kings of Chaos (featuring fellow former Guns N’ Roses members Slash and Duff McKagan) for a Hollywood concert benefitting Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project. Also on the bill: Hughes (Deep Purple), Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour) and Steve Stevens (Billy Idol). Earth Day 2014 (April 22) will find Arielle onstage at a Freedom for the Orcas benefit, where she’ll share the stage with Heart and Joan Jett, among others.

Today, Arielle finds herself poised for what is surely to be her biggest, most successful and most artistically satisfying year to date! Her self-titled EP, which is currently set for release in April, 2014 on Open E Music, is the sound of the singer-songwriter-guitarist claiming her place – creatively, emotionally, existentially. Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with this artist on the rise to discuss her musical roots, her unique creative process, the creation of her first album, her work with The Dolphin Project and much more!

Take us back to your earlier years. What are your first memories of music in your life?

Some of the very first memories I have regarding music was singing “This Land is Your Land,” and all sorts of songs like that I was singing at a little preschool I was at. I think the most prominent for me though, is an image I have of me writing out notes on the staff, making triads on a piece of paper and constantly singing and humming. I was in a choir at five, so I began then. I also remember in 1st grade, I did an air guitar piece for show and tell.

My very first memories of music involved singing. I began writing out notes on a music sheets and making triads on a piece of paper and walked around constantly humming and singing. I was in a choir at age 5 and did my first air guitar piece during show and tell in 1st grade.

Following your heart and realizing your dreams is an amazing thing. What made you take the plunge and pursue a career in the music industry?

I can honestly say I never thought much about doing music as a ‘job’ or career until I was of an age where I needed to support myself. At fifteen, I was obsessed with my guitar playing and singing, it became my addiction, Can’t say how healthy that was, either. I had a friend that recommended a movie “The Secret.” It’s about how your thoughts really direct the actions and circumstances in your life. It was that night I decided to move to Hollywood at 2am, the morning of my (age ? birthday).

For those who may not be familiar with your work quite yet, what can they expect sonically?

I would say you could expect a combo of soaring melodies, rock-based guitars and a story drenched and doused in a puddle of emotions & feelings of all sorts.

Brian May has been a mentor of yours. What can you tell us about discovering his music for the first time and the relationship you too would ultimately develop?

I was 6 when I first saw the Live at Wembley footage of Queen. I immediately gravitated towards Brian, his hair, the way he moved and played, and his overall vibe he carried. Most people look at the frontman, but it wasn’t that way for me. I knew from the moment I saw him that a friendship and meeting was imminent. I had never been so sure of anything in my life. The relationship we have is one that is unique and incredibly special. We have been each others muse, counselor, teacher, support, and everything in between. From the beginning he was there for me at a time when I had little else. I respect our friendship beyond words.

Aside from bands like Queen, who do you consider some of your biggest influences as a musician and performer?

Some of my biggest influences have been Dio, Boston, Dream Theater, Red Hot Chili Peppers, a whole lot of Doo Wop, Bryan Adams, Tom Petty, Triumph, Journey, Enya, Jeff Beck, Sting, Heaven and Hell, Choir music, oh the list goes on! As a performer? Anyone who can let themselves loose while singing, playing, performing is the person that influences me the most. If I am ‘performing’ yet not emoting what the song needs, I have missed the mark.

You have been working with Grammy-winning engineer and producer, Jack Joseph Puig (U2, No Doubt). What does he bring to the table and what have you learned about him along the way?

We have never officially worked together but he has been a huge supporter of mine. We have a very interesting and confusing story of how we met…but he likes the guitar, he likes that it’s real. He has given me a lot of advice, the most helpful piece I have carried with me throughout the years is, “Arielle, it’s not about the guitar. It’s about the song.” It resounded in me like a bell.

Guitarist Nuno Bettencourt had heard you through producer and musician Carl Restivo, and together, they took on the initiative to shop you to labels. Nuno is an amazing talent. What are your recollections of meeting him for the first time?

Carl and I were working on a song, I was jamming on guitar and he walked right through the door. We clicked right away, again like we had known each other forever. We stayed up until 5 am that morning talking, jamming, planning. It was incredible. Those 2 people were the two missing pieces that singlehandedly changed my life more than any one experience has. I will be forever grateful for that experience.

The interest people like Nuno Bettencourt, Paul Geary and producer & musician Carl Restivo showed in you lead to the formation of Open E, a partnership between you and automotive mogul and Berklee College of Music graduate Ernie Boch Jr. — What has been the best part of that partnership so far?

The best part has been the patience of the process, the understanding that things take time. The ability to make mistakes and not look back, and earn from those mistakes. It’s a family atmosphere, ever-expanding and growing and requires all of us to step into better versions of ourselves and allow the next part of the process to unfold. I suppose it’s never ending, but in this regard I guess the first milestone would be the music actually coming out! There’s so much in-between that most people don’t even know about.

You have been able to design and develop a prototype of your own signature line of guitar with friend Patrick Yates. How did you guys initially join forces?

Patrick Yates and I met at the Uli Jon Roth Sky Academy. He was in the Scorpions, and every year he puts on a special academy for people to learn very deep and profound principles about the guitar and about themselves, to become better players, artists and people. He had built his own guitars, and I approached him to see if he could work with me to make mine. He has since disappeared, and I haven’t been able to thank him for creating the most influential and important object I will ever know. I will find him one day and bring him into the project once more!

What can you tell us about that creative process and what challenges you may have faced along the way?

I could write a novel about this. The most intricate and beautiful piece of the whole story is that playing the guitar IS my passion and dream. It has allowed me daily to become better as a person which is something that is very important to me. Whether it was being nervous about playing in public, having confidence in myself, learning social skills or how I affect others in a setting, I realized that there are so many elements and moving pieces that are needed for music that can be applied in all of life.

Music has been the greatest teacher of my life. The biggest challenge I have faced was the near destruction of myself by turning inward anytime anything ever felt wrong. or denying who I am and how I feel. Wanting things done quickly nearly destroyed everything I had and not trusting people with my career and putting my life in other peoples hands are some of the elements have been very hard for me.

I believed I had to look, sound, dress and be somebody else in order to be loved, respected, and heard. I now know that it will never work and it will never be able to sustain itself. I hate to say it but nearly every time I have had to learn the hard way, but at least I learn! But it’s like working out. The weight that used to be so heavy for you becomes the one you never think about again. The platform to something greater.

Where do you find yourself looking for inspiration these days?

I don’t really have to look, ever! There is a plentiful abundance in my life, it’s overwhelming. Just yesterday, someone was smoking a cigarette in front of me. Normally, I would have plugged my nose and been grossed out, but this time it reminded me of a special friend. Then an entire song came into my head and if I think about a topic, it will also come out. It depends. I tend to be a very feeling oriented person. It’s easy for me to go there and ‘digging’ through my emotions or anything for that matter. Some would consider it torture, I consider it part of my every day life.

What can you tell us about your typical songwriting process and how you bring a song to life?

It’s always different, depending on if it’s just me, or I am writing with a team. Sometimes songs just write themselves and I will hear the whole thing in my head when I am doing something completely separate from song writing. Those are my favorite moments, but they are certainly unplanned.
Then there are the most frequent occasions where I hone in on what I am feeling and begin to write melodies and chords that I choose depending on my mood. Then the lyrics come after the rhythm of the melody and the structure take place. Sometime’s lyrics come first, but more often than not they don’t. It’s all about the way I am feeling, I am an emotional chameleon shapeshifter.

Any plans to hit the studio in the near future for a full length release? If so, where are you in the process of creating new material?

There are plans! I am always writing and creating. Currently we are focusing on the live show, but after rehearsals I am in the studio writing and recording music so we have a whole catalogue of songs to choose from, and to keep that skill burning. Being in the studio and writing fluently is a skill I have to practice and refine!

We do not have all the songs we need, but I am excited to get to work with a different group of people and do it all over again. Being in the studio is magical. My favorite part is being done after a long day of work and having a piece of music you can throw into the stereo of your car, and be like, “Wow, this didn’t exist earlier and now it did.” Immediate results of work that represent how you feel. It’s wonderful.

What is the biggest thing you learned about yourself during this intense process of creating and preparing this new material?

I am strong and relentless. Even when I feel horrible about myself, about the world, about the circumstance, I keep going and find a way. I stay open and connected to who I am. In fact, throughout every challenging situation I get kinder and more understanding as a person and a friend. I am very loyal and also have a lot of incredible people around me that have made me fall in love with the world all over again. It’s because I know that people like that exist and they remind me of who I am, even when I forget that there is good out there.

You recently recorded an official video for the single, “California.” What can you tell us about the inspirations for this song and what it means to you personally?

I tell people California was an ‘accident.’ I don’t actually believe in accidents, but I do know that our focus was on another song, and the idea came out of nowhere. The kind of writing I like the best, when they expose themselves and you either take them in the moment, or potentially lose the idea and wait for the next one.

The song was originally called “Til I Get There” and was about how I could envision my life being different than the way it was at the time. I was definitely in a place of struggle, and I remember not liking the lyrics because it had the word hell and damn in it. I don’t like to swear in my music but I was experimenting.. We came back to it a few days later and changed it to California.

The song is about my journey here and what it means. California, the land of dreams. California is representative of what most people think of the United States to be, freedom, opportunities, following a dream. People come far and wide to be here and pursue the most competitive and largest of dreams. Some are eaten alive, some come out shining, but not without scars. The song mentions ‘trading scars for that concrete star, and I can’t find the sunshine in california.’ My intention was to be me and share that with people, and along the way I got very lost, confused and essentially sold myself because I thought it was the only way. And I was miserable.

What are your tour plans at the moment?

I think we are doing a radio promo tour which is going to be super fun. Going all over the country playing some acoustic guitar and singing. But my big goal for a tour is to be opening act for Adele when she begins playing out again. I think that’s soon!

What are your favorite songs to play live these days?

I really enjoy performing “Playing with Fire,” because it’s so fun and upbeat and I love the solo. I have also noticed that I love doing the covers too, it makes me feel reconnected to the old days of when I was first learning and embodies the core of what music means to me. It is like holding all of the people who have inspired me, and sharing it with the world and with them. It’s refreshing.

Is there something you hope people come away with after they catch one of your live performances?

After seeing me, I could only hope that people could grab whatever I was feeling. The ability to connect to very strong and powerful emotions.

There is a feeling that happens to be my favorite feeling in the world. Where you just know everything in your life, every move you make, right at that moment was meant to be because it’s falling into place. That just because they went and took part in that show, things begin to fall into place. That they feel less alone. That we can connect on a deep level of those emotions. That they can carry that feeling as an inspiration in their life. That they are understood.

Are there any additional video plans in the making?

Not at the moment…but usually things like that come as a surprise and kind of last minute. We have a lot of podcasts we are doing, and possibly a couple of PSA’s or things of that nature. I am hoping the next song we do a music video for is “This is the End.” I have all sorts of ideas. I find that simpler is better. Clear, beautiful camera views, great shots, but have the story be strong. We are also working on a bunch of live stuff too, but for now we just did the “Cali” video, so I think for now we are set.

What do you consider your biggest milestone so far?

Being okay with myself and opening up enough to meet incredible people who believe in me.

How do you feel you have evolved as a musician since first starting out?

Building “Two Tone,” my custom guitar actually created my style of playing. Before then, I sounded like other people. This guitar taught me how to play in a way that expressed me, because I had to be different in order to play it. I change so much with my playing and whatever I am working on, it’s hard to say. I think of it more as an artist, because my main focus always is to express myself best. If I learn a technique, it’s because I want it to be able to be used as a tool for me, not to show off.

My voice has grown leaps and bounds as I have become more confident in myself not only as a musician but as a person.

What are some of your musical bucket list items?

I don’t have a bucket list, because the things I say I am going to do I do… and then I try to put a time limit on them to make sure I hold myself accountable.

Here are the things I told myself I would do within the next year to year and a half.

• Play and Sing “Somebody to Love” with Queen
• Write and Record a song with Brian May
• Write & Record a song with Sting
• Sing a duet live with Bryan Adams
• Sing a song with Dream Theater

Don’t ask me why, they aren’t things I thought up that would be cool. They are things that come into my head, and then I pursue them until they happen. It’s a gift of mine.

What bands or artists out there right now that have made your stand up and take notice?

Imagine Dragons and HAIM have really caught my attention right now.

In addition to all of your musical work, I saw you are working on a book as well. What can you tell us about that project?

This whole journey is so unique and changes so fast I think it’s so important to keep track of what’s going while it’s happening. It’s a heck of a lot easier than going back and trying to remember every detail. It’s the piece before that people never find out about, the journey of becoming a performing artist. How much goes into it, and what kind of dues you have to pay in order to get there. If I would have known, I don’t know if I would have done it!

What is the best piece of advice that you can pass along to someone who wants to pursue a career in music in the industry’s current climate?

It’s hard. I think the most important thing for me was go inward and think..why do I want this? Why am I pursuing this? It’s less about doing or knowing anything. I think it’s making sure that whatever you do, it’s because you want to for you, and for the betterment of something else. Not just because you want attention , or to prove someone wrong , or whatever. If a million people did the same thing you did, would it be okay? Once you’ve got that, you can’t lost because your instincts will guide you. The journey will strip you down of any ego you ever had, and desire for fame and success will not be able to withstand the lessons you will learn.

What projects are you most focused on in both the short and long term?

My number one project is making sure that my growth as a human being continues and get better every day. I always push myself to be nicer, kinder, more patient and more focused which helps me be better for everyone else.

Short term – To continue to refine and practice my song writing, to build my confidence, to get my song out on radio.

Long Term – I have tons of goals, months, years, etc. To go on tour and eventually have my own tour. I write them down, I keep them in my psyche, and then focus on right now. I get there every time. Less worried about that, because I know the natural progression of things. It can’t be a goal, but more of a eventual thing because you are on the path.

You are also involved with a lot of charity work. What can you tell us about this part of your life, and how can we help spread the word?

I always tell people the other half of my life is my hippie animal and environmental activist side. The truth is, the music and the industry can’t exist if that stuff is suffering . This is where we live. If our home is destroyed, how can we even think about doing anything else?

The activists are strong people who stand up for what they believe in, and make things happen that most people would deem the impossible. It’s not about shaming or putting people down, it’s about working together and raising awareness. I am not a person to tell people what to do because everyone is different. But when we are being careless, money driven and thinking in only the short term, things need to change.

My biggest focus right now is on the Dolphin Project. Raising awareness of cetaceans (dolphins and whales) in captivity. These animals are incredibly bright…they are the humans of the sea. We cannot compare them, or any animal for that matter to a human because we all have different purposes here. We can’t fly, it doesn’t mean we aren’t intelligent. Plus, no other species on this planet could destroy not only themselves, but the entire earth. They could if they wanted to. There is nothing to prove.

When you go to places like zoos or Seaworld, this is money, this is where animals are held beyond their will. Please watch the ‘Cove’ and ‘Blackfish’ and educate yourself before you make changes. We need to bring compassion back into our lives in order to grow as a species and as a world that we all share together.

Anything you want to tell your fans before I let you go?

Thank you for loving yourself enough to be able to connect with the feelings I feel that it is impossible to feel anything for anyone else that you have never felt yourself. Thank you for being fearless, and vulnerable.

To learn more about Arielle, visit her official website at www.officialarielle.com. Connect with her on social media at Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. Be sure to catch a unique glimpse inside her world via Instagram at www.instagram.com/officialarielle!

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QUEEN: Legendary Band Signs New Deal With Universal Music Group

QUEEN: Legendary Band Signs New Deal With Universal Music Group

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Queen and Universal Music Group have renewed their partnership with a new, long term deal that will herald a range of exciting projects from the band including a raft of rare and unreleased material and a film.

The agreement was announced at today’s launch of Queen: The Studio Experience, a major new Queen exhibition in Montreux, Switzerland. Brian May and Roger Taylor were in Montreux  to officiate the opening.

The exhibition provides a unique behind the scenes glimpse into the band’s recording life during the years spent working at the Swiss town’s Mountain Studios where, between 1979 and 1995, Queen created six albums, including Jazz and the seminal Made In Heaven. The exhibition will raise awareness and funds for the Mercury Phoenix Trust, the AIDS charity set up by Queen and their manager Jim Beach immediately after front man Freddie Mercury’s tragic death from AIDS in 1991.

The new Universal deal, which covers the world outside North America, comes three years after Queen first signed with Universal Music.  That move saw the band release music through Island Records for the first time in its history and signalled the start of a major re-mastering and repackaging programme, providing live tracks, alternative takes and other additional content for Queen’s 15 studio albums.

In 2011 the band and label also celebrated Queen’s 40th anniversary with a major marketing campaign and a series of high profile events, including the Stormtroopers in Stilettos exhibition staged in London in February 2011 and a major BBC TV documentary on the band.

Max Hole, Chairman and Chief Executive of Universal Music Group International said: “We have loved working with Queen over last three years. Queen remains one of the biggest, boldest and most influential bands in the world.  The band and Universal Music have lots of ambitious plans for the future”.

Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor said: ”We have also enjoyed working with Universal. In spite of being the biggest music company in the world they succeed in retaining a very hands-on personal relationship with their artists, something we much appreciate”.

Supporting the Mercury Phoenix Trust, fighting AIDS worldwide, and sponsored by the Fondation Barrière, Queen: The Studio Experience features memorabilia from the recording studio and the band’s personal archives, including original handwritten song lyrics, costumes and instruments, together with a small cinema.  The centre-piece of the exhibition is the studio control room, still in its original state, where visitors will be able to create their own mixes of selected Queen tracks including Freddie Mercury’s last recorded vocal, Mother Love.

For more information on the Queen Studio Experience and the Mercury Phoenix Trust:

www.mercuryphonixtrust.com

www.queenonline.com

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‘Hungarian Rhapsody: Queen Live In Budapest’ To Receive DVD, Blu-Ray & Deluxe Edition Release!

‘Hungarian Rhapsody: Queen Live In Budapest’ To Receive DVD, Blu-Ray & Deluxe Edition Release!

A concert event of a lifetime!

A concert event of a lifetime!

Hungarian Rhapsody: Queen Live In Budapest is a must–see concert experience by legends of rock, Queen is released on DVD, Blu-Ray, 2CD+DVD Deluxe Edition and a 2CD+Blu-ray Deluxe Edition.

Originally filmed in 1986, this momentous concert movie has been re-mastered in high definition and superb 5.1 surround sound. An amazing performance is now available to be seen in crystal clear HD clarity.

Also included on the DVD and Blu-ray is a new 25 minute documentary feature entitled “A Magic Year”. This follows Queen from just after their historic show–stealing performance at Live Aid, London, on July 13, 1985, through the year leading up to the epic concert in Budapest. Using archive footage from rehearsals, interviews with the band in the studio and on the road during the Magic Tour – some of which has never been seen before – this fascinating feature has been specially created for this new release.

As part of the hugely successful 1986 Magic Tour that, poignantly, was the last to be played by the band with Freddie Mercury, Queen were for the first time able to include Hungary on the tour schedule. With three years to go before the fall of the Berlin Wall, this was the largest concert ever staged at the Népstadion, Budapest, and the first Western Rock Concert staged in a stadium behind the then Iron Curtain. It was of such significance to the Hungarian authorities and film industry that a group of the country’s top film cameramen and technicians were brought together to film it for posterity.

Staged for 80,000 ecstatic fans, the concert set includes favorite hits like “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” “I Want To Break Free,” and “We Are The Champions.”

“We’re delighted that Queen fans across the world will finally have the chance to relive this amazing moment for the band. We knew a stadium concert in Budapest was ground–breaking, but hadn’t quite anticipated what a historic night it would turn out to be. The concert looks fantastic on the screen in all its digitally re-mastered glory and the documentary does a great job of setting the scene – it really was an extraordinary time in the band’s history.” Brian May and Roger Taylor

Eagle Rock Entertainment is the largest producer and distributor of music programming for DVD, Blu-Ray, TV, Audio and Digital Media in the world. Eagle works directly alongside talent to produce top quality, High Definition and 3D programs, both concerts and documentaries, including The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen, The Doors, Jeff Beck, U2, Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney and Ozzy Osbourne. Eagle is a Grammy Award winning company and has received over 30 multi-platinum, over 50 platinum and over 90 gold discs, worldwide. Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices in London, New York, Toronto, Paris and Hamburg.

DVD and Blu Ray Tracklisting:
• One Vision • Tie Your Mother Down • In The Lap Of The Gods • Seven Seas Of Rhye • Tear It Up • A Kind Of Magic • Under Pressure • Who Wants To Live Forever • I Want To Break Free • Guitar Solo • Now I’m Here • Love Of My Life • Tavaszi Szél Vizet Áraszt • Is This The World We Created…? • Tutti Frutti • Bohemian Rhapsody • Hammer To Fall • Crazy Little Thing Called Love • Radio Ga Ga • We Will Rock You • Friends Will Be Friends • We Are The Champions

Extras: ‘A Magic Year’ documentary Deluxe Package CD CD Tracklisting: 1
• One Vision • Tie Your Mother Down • In The Lap Of The Gods… Revisited • Seven Seas Of Rhye • Tear It Up • A Kind Of Magic • Under Pressure • Another One Bites The Dust • Who Wants To Live Forever • I Want To Break Free • Looks Like It’s Gonna Be A Good Night – Improv • Guitar Solo • Now I’m Here

CD Tracklisting: 2
• Love Of My Life • Tavaszi Szel Vizet Araszt • Is This The World We Created…? • (You’re So Square) Baby I Don’t Care • Hello Mary Lou (Goodbye Heart) • Tutti Frutti • Bohemian Rhapsody • Hammer To Fall • Crazy Little Thing Called Love • Radio Ga Ga • We Will Rock You • Friends Will Be Friends • We Are The Champions • God Save The Queen

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Rock Legend Meat Loaf Discusses ‘Hang Cool Teddy Bear’

Rock Legend Meat Loaf Discusses ‘Hang Cool Teddy Bear’

Meat Loaf is a man who needs little introduction. With more than three decades in the limelight, no one embodies the spirit of rock n’ roll quite like him. This jack-of-all-trades has run the gamut from iconic rocker, to Hollywood actor, to television gameshow host and back again. He exploded onto the music scene 1977 with his legendary album Bat out of Hell, an epic album that captured the hearts a generation and went on to sell more than 40 million copies. Outlasting most of his peers and continuing to expand his musical legacy, Meat Loaf shows no signs of slowing down. Paired with producer Rob Cavallo, who has produced artists such as Green Day, Goo Goo Dolls and My Chemical Romance, this rock legend has just unleashed a powerful new album and stands ready to take the world by storm. At it’s core, Hang Cool Teddy Bear (a title taken from a line in Russ Meyer’s cult classic Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls) is a concept album that brings all the elements of the classic Meat Loaf sound that we know and love into the 21st century. The album features cameos from House star Hugh Laurie, Queen guitarist Brian May, actor/singer Jack Black and American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi. Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Meat Loaf to discuss his longevity, how he almost walked away from his music career after ‘Bat Out of Hell III, what made him change his mind and the process of creating his personal masterpiece!

You have been in the music game for well over three decades now. You have made some incredible albums and impacted so many people along the way. To what do you attribute your longevity?

I didn’t want to do anything else! [laughs] It really doesn’t seem like it has been that long. I just keep doing different things. I think truly it is the fact that I started out as an actor, way back, in high school. I decided that I wanted to go into acting class when I was in high school. Because I played football and I was in Texas, I was put down. I was teased and you can imagine in 1965 in Texas and being a football player in acting class, I don’t even need to tell you what they said! [laughs] And being in the musicals! Oh boy, oh boy! That was even worse! Then I went to college and started doing radio and was a DJ in college radio for a while. It was all about doing different things and wanting to vary. I definitely didn’t want to be just one thing. I love experimenting! For example, I hosted those Direct 101 game shows or I went on WWE recently. I absolutely love the experimentation. I don’t want to say that anything is ever to weird! [laughs] I just go! I don’t think of myself as a celebrity, so I don’t play that game. I think that is the other thing that has kept me around. I don’t play the game, it doesn’t interest me.

After you released ‘Bat Out of Hell III’ you almost walked away from music. Can you tell us a little bit about that and what changed your mind.

I am a fighter. ‘Bat Out of Hell III’, when I was promoting it, was something that I had to go out and talk about in a positive way but it was really difficult to talk about that record in a positive way. I will give you a good example and I guarantee you it happens all the time. You go out and start trying to promote a record and talk about it in a positive way, but in the back of your mind you sit here and you are saying “Ok, I have to forget about that song or this song and just deal with this particular group of songs…” and people can tell that your heart isn’t in it. That was a tough sell. It was even tougher on the road. The band wanted to play a particular song and I hated it! I eventually had to take it out of the show. I didn’t want it on the record and I didn’t want any part of it. They just pushed me to far and I eventually got a cyst on my vocal chords. The whole thing was negative and I was ready to call it a day but I couldn’t go out on that record. If I have to go out and I go out with the new album, ‘Hang Cool Teddy Bear’, then so be it. This record is phenomenal! If you were going to call something ‘Bat Out of Hell IV’, this would be it. I wouldn’t do it but if this was “it”, this would be it. There is not a single moment on this record that I don’t cherish.

For those who may not yet be familiar with ‘Hang Cool Teddy Bear’, what can you tell us about the concept of the record?

The concept came from a screenplay from Killian Kerwin. It was originally about a guy who was dying and his life was flashing forward. It was that simple. It’s not that far removed from the TV show ‘Fringe’, ya know, what this guys life could be. So, we adapted it to be a solider in a non-specific war because of the time structure element. He is 24 years old in the short story and we know that nine years before that he had left home to see Elvis, so obviously you do the math and realize that there wasn’t a whole lot going on then, so it is a non-specific war. He sees the same girl everywhere he goes but she is really ten different women with the same face. Really, it is what keeps him alive. Every song is sung from that characters perspective, Patrick, who is 24. That was a really different exercise in character development than I would say most actors have ever had to go through. When you play younger, it is more difficult than playing your same age or even older. I was playing younger and I didn’t want to give it away that anything involved me, because I just don’t do that.

Meat Loaf

So, was that the biggest challenge in making this record?

Yes. That was definitely the biggest challenge. Finding that character who is 24 and not knowing anything that I know. I had to go back to that place where I was that age and didn’t know anything else. The other challenge was projecting him into those scenarios and situations. His character is a bit of a scoundrel. Not nesscarily a “Natural Born Killer”, like the Woody Harrelson film, but they will steal Twinkies from the 7-Eleven! [laughs] And he will do it with his pretty girlfriend! That type of scoundrel! They would steal more than Twinkies but he isn’t a bank robber or a killer. They are outlaws or gypsies, more or less. That is where he came from. Now, the next hardest thing was creating this story without telling anyone what the story was about. That is exactly what we did. Everyone that we got together was part of the “Rob Cavallo/Meatloaf Camp’. It was our equivalent of summer camp! There was basketball and food. In fact, the only thing that we didn’t do was roast marshmallows! [laughs]

Where is the “Hang Cool Teddy Bear” title come from?

Well, the title came to me in an interesting way. Each day in the studio, they put movies on as wallpaper and the closed captioning is on. Jamie Muhoberac [Keyboardist] has the most unique movie collection, to say the least. One day he had Russ Meyers’ Beyond the Valley of the Dolls’ playing, which I’ve never seen in my life. Actually, I still don’t know what it’s about! At one point, I looked up and there’s a party scene. All of a sudden the girl gets mad and starts to leave the room. A guy grabs her, starts to spin her around and says, “Just hang cool teddy bear.” Immediately I said, “That’s it! That’s the name of the record!”

You worked with producer Rob Cavallo on the album. What sets him apart from the big name producers that you worked with in the past?

The other producers all want to put their ego in! I am not talking about Jim Steinman. Steinman and I, that was a collaboration. If we every work together again, that is what it would be. There is give and take, it is a relationship. The great thing about when I work with Steinman is that we basically agree, I would say, 90 percent of the time artistically. It is that 10 percent, where someone has to give and take. So, I am not referring to him because that is the dynamic of that relationship. Every other producer always says “My name is on this record too.” To me, Rob Cavallo is the best because he says “I’m not making a Rob Cavallo record. I’m making a Meat Loaf record!” I have heard from all kinds of people that Dave Matthews and the guys from Green Day have said the same thing about Rob. The artists that he has worked with all say the same thing. He makes the record for that artist. There is a Rob Cavallo trademark to it. He is a rock n’ roll producer but that is it. It’s not like Phil Spector, who had that Spector sound where it was interjecting his ego. The only other producer that I have worked with that I didn’t see interject his ego was George Martin, who worked with the Beatles. For me, George Martin and Rob Cavallo are the two best producers that ever lived.

In addition to the great production. The album features some stellar guest appearances such as Brian May and Steve Vai…

Yeah, but they are my friends! [laughs] Brian May called up one day and wanted to see what we were doing and he wanted to bring his daughter out. It is that simple. We don’t call up people’s agents and say “We want to know if so and so can do this.” These people are friends. We send them emails and say “Jack (Black), I’ve got this song that I think you and I will sound great on. I’ll send it to you and you can tell me what you think.” I will get an email back that says “Yeah! I am doing a movie right now but we can do it when I get back.” And then you wait. It is all emails between acquaintances and friends. It’s that easy! It goes back to what I said earlier. Celebrity, I don’t play that game. It’s not about a celebrity. If you know me and review my history, you will see that on “Anything For Love”, we used a complete unknown out of New Castle, England of all places, when the record company was screaming at us “We have this person to do it. We have this person lined up. We need these names on here!” Meanwhile, I am going “No! No, no, no, no no! This girl is the definitive one! This is who we are going to use, so everyone just back off!” So again, I don’t play that game.

You have referred to this album as “your most important”. Can you tell us about that and what does this album mean to you?

Why I say that is because like Rob Cavallo said “I am making a Meat Loaf record.” No one has ever said that before. What you see is how I think. Anyone that might write that the songs aren’t there — they haven’t listened to the album and they know nothing about character development. If you went to real writers and said to Bruce Springsteen, Sting or Don Henley “break these songs down”. They are going to comeback and say “Yeah, we get it! These are very well crafted pieces.” I am emotionally tied to this record, more than any other record. That is what makes it the most important to me.

It is exciting to see that your fire and passion for music has been renewed.

Thank you! First of all, I think that it is an important record for the time period. It is a real album, it had a lot of thought go into it, it is well crafted, it is well played, it is unbelievably produced and it is unbelievably mixed by Chris Lord-Alge. Every word on this album was scrutinized as far as “Is it the right way to make the character talk or speak?” The lines of the songs are so precise. Ya know what? If some of these “critic darling” bands had done this record, it would have been the second coming!

What do you have in store for your fans when you hit the road on the upcoming tour?

You’re not going to ask me that! [laughs] What, I ‘m going to tell ya that we live camels and I’m going to do a disappearing act and I will be eaten by a lion?! [laughs] Anybody that knows the Meat Loaf knows that you are going to get an energetic, fast-paced, high energy performance by some of the best musicians ever to walk on the stage! I am not kidding! We put in a twenty six year old piano player named Justin Avery and have never seen anything like him. He has left musicians of incredible caliber with their mouths hanging open. He is going to leave people in awe of what he does. So you can expect a full show and we won’t be coming out doing a mellow ballad acoustic set, I can tell ya that! [laughs]

It seems safe to say that you won’t be going anywhere, anytime soon and we can even expect more music from you in the future. Anything that you would like to tell your fans before we let you go?

Yes. There isn’t a single thing that I would change on ‘Hang Cool Teddy Bear’. If you are a rock n’ roll fan, you owe yourself a listen to this record!

Thanks for your time. We love the album and will be spreading the word!

Thank You!

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For all the latest news and tour dates for Meat Loaf, be sure to swing by his official website located at www.meatloaf.net.

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