Aerosmith - Aerosmith's New Album Almost Complete

Aerosmith will release their new single in ''three or four weeks''.

The veteran 'Walk This Way' rockers are putting the finishing touches to the follow up to 2004's 'Honkin' On Bobo' and excited the record - which they say will sound ''modern and hi-fi'' - is almost complete.

Guitarist Joe Perry told Rolling Stone magazine: ''It's really close. We've started to mix. We've mixed a couple of the songs already, but I guess this week we're really kind of rolling into mix mode. We have a couple of tracks left to finish up, just to put some overdubs on, but we're kind of going from the final, final recording tracks to mixing this week.

''The record's gonna sound modern and hi-fi. We're not sitting around going, ''We're gonna do 'Night in the Ruts' again or 'Rocks' again. We want to make a modern sounding record, but the main thing is the energy that the early records had.''

New track 'Legendary Child', which is likely to feature on the record, will also appear on the soundtrack to new film 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation'.

Singer Steven Tyler said the recording of the song was great, especially Joe's contribution on guitar.

He said: ''It's gonna be slammin'. Joe was on fire. Wait, you'll see.''


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Download Festival 2014 Review 4249873 Reviews

Download Festival 2014 was a tamer affair than in previous years, largely owing to the event's tightened alcohol and drugs searches, bands being instructed not to encourage the crowds to mosh, more mainstream main stage headliners, fewer boobs being shown on the live camera feed, and the sombre tone of the renamed 'Stephen Sutton Stage'. Instead of holding a silence for the cancer-struck teen, festival attendees took part in a minute of respectful applause, which was paralleled by comedy pop punk band Bowling For Soup's tribute to the late comic, Rik Mayall.

In memoriam sections aside, the festival managed to transform what could be perceived as a weaker line-up compared to its preceding year into a three-day celebration of a broad range of the rock spectrum, filled with bespoke performance gems and quality heavy metal memories. First night closers Avenged Sevenfold brought a larger stage to Donington than they'd ever taken out of the US and combined imposing crypt-inspired adornments with an explosive set that proved on a world stage that they are worthy successors to titans Metallica and Iron Maiden.

The beady-eyed punter will have had a ball spotting the odd and hilarious happenings across the weekend, including a "face-melting" washboard solo from Berlin faux cowboys The BossHoss, punk's immature popsters Bowling For Soup asking a knight to decapitate a giant inflatable sheep, full contact medieval fighting from Battle Heritage, and Killswitch Engage's Jesse Leach inviting the crowd to "dance responsibly" to a particularly heavy breakdown. Ribs were probably broken in the latter instance.

Linkin Park, the rap/rock filling to the Download sandwich, played a rare run-through of their seminal nu-metal debut, 'Hybrid Theory', in a faultless and life-affirming performance. Snipping away their lack-lustre music of recent years, the group ripped through 'Crawling', 'In The End', 'Papercuts' and the rest like it was 2001 with Chester Bennington's vein-popping yells melding seamlessly with Mike Shinoda's smooth and focussed rapping.

Instead of the festival closing with its usual mosh-inducing riff frenzy some fans would have liked to have seen again, classic rockers Aerosmith were given the duty of bringing the festival to a close with a bang. The US group's mainstays were present and correct along with surprises and rarities, including a cover of The Beatles' 'Come Together' and a spine-tinglingly atmospheric rendition of live favourite 'Dream On.' Supposedly to prove their devotion to the British event, the band performed in front of large backdrops reading "England" and images of London, but this gesture seemed tacky alongside the group's carefully-honed, all-American stadium rock.

Friday's daylight hours brought the dual delight of Skindred and Rob Zombie, as well as more unusual acts such as the Drenge, Turbowolf and the long-awaited returners, Within Temptation. Zombie's horror show set was dripping with tortured industrial rhythms, creepy lyrics and the most extravagant microphone change we've ever witnessed, whereas Skindred's fifth DL set was the usual fare from Wales' most famous reggae metal unit. Showman lead Benji Webbe in his Union Jack suit worked the crowd into a sweat, ordering them to participate in such hijinks as "the first metal Harlem Shuffle" whilst guitarist Mikey Demus' fingers effortlessly fluttered across his fretboard to produce the robotic riffing of hits 'Pressure' and 'Nobody' as well as new tracks from the group's upcoming album 'Kill The Power'.

Despite at least three major costume changes for lead singer Sharon del Adel, Within Temptation's first DL appearance in nearly a decade was a disappointment. Sounding more like the kind of cheesy and uber-dramatic pop countries like Estonia would bring to Eurovision, the melodic, goth-lite music of the Dutch group was uninspiring with even the glamorous del Adel looking a little disengaged as she moved wearily about the stage whilst digitally-generated flames surged behind her.

Former 'Gossip Girl' Taylor Momsen's The Pretty Reckless was always going to get stick from hardened rockers no matter what, but during their Sunday sub-headline set on the Zippo Encore stage it would have been hard to say the actress-turned-singer didn't encourage it. Appearing in a greater state of dress than usual, a possibly inebriated Taylor emerged to a lengthy soundclip of orgasmic gasps, which drew titters from the crowd, before dry humping most areas of the stage. The set was still solid with sing-a-long fan favourites 'Make Me Wanna Die' and the new 'Heaven Knows' giving an appropriately higher decibel reading than usual. Momsen's husky voice and star-power may be what gives the group its distinctive edge but it's Ben Phillips' authority over the guitar and timbre of the songs that really binds the music as bassist Mark Damon and drummer Jamie Perkins disinterestedly keep time.

If you'd heard a warm, southern and slightly growly voice coming from the Pepsi Max stage on Sunday afternoon, you'd probably be at the back of the colossal crowd that had gathered in time for Black Stone Cherry's secret performance. The lamentably short slot only left enough time for little more than a few of the Kentucky blues rockers' hits, but it was enough to get the group's sea of devotees swaying and singing to Chris Robertson and co.'s deafening drive confined to just seven songs, topped off with the crashing '30 Seconds of Death Metal.'

Whether or not comedy rock is your thing, Steel Panther were a sight to behold on the classic rock-focussed Sunday stage. Michael Starr and his spandex-clad quartet of parody hair metallers were on filthy form, using every opportunity to cajole the women in the crowd to show off some boob or make out with each other. Although their songwriting revels in its lasciviousness, the untameable LA-based band's redeeming feature has always been that they have an astounding instinct for a catchy hook with pitch-perfect hair metal nuances. They debuted material from their new album 'All You Can Eat', which is absolutely as rude as it sounds.

Fall Out Boy may have seemed slightly out of place on the DL billing, but the 'Dance Dance' hitmakers were met with clamorous excitement as they subheadlined on Saturday. Bringing their friendly brand of amped-up pop, Stump, Wentz, Trohman and Hurley delivered heavier renditions of their hits such as 'This Ain't A Scene' and 'Thnks fr th Mmrs.' However, that teenage label refused to be shaken off and those in the crowd less keen to relive the mid-noughties remain cross-armed and unimpressed.

Few main stage morning opening acts have been buzzed about as feverishly as Dying Fetus; the product of an online campaign for better representation of the heavier metal genres at Download as well as a backlash against the perceived softening of the main stage acts in recent years, the death metal unit were brisk yet brash in their eagerly-anticipated set. Blending the genre's characteristic ballistic drums and deep, staccato growling with blurry fretwork and gore-filled themes, the Maryland trio delivered a sincere and compelling performance that set the crowd's pulses racing. Drummer Trey Williams made a relentless pace look effortless as he bashed away at an enormous kit. "Together, we can put death metal on the map," roared lead John Gallagher. To us, looking out across a sea of windmilling metalheads, it seems like he just did.

Lauren James

Photo Credit: Andrew Whitton

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Our 10 Favourite Download Festival 2014 Moments 4247245 News

Download Festival 2014 has come and gone in a dizzying blast of metal riffage, moshpits frenzies and surprisingly kind weather. The weekend was packed with memorable moments and stand-out performances but we decided to pick our ten favourite moments that truly epitomised the spirit of rock 'n' roll and getting dirty in that legendary Donington field.

Download 2014 Atmosphere Crowd CR: Gobinder Jhitta
Download Festival 2014: Awash With Rock, Not Mud.

1) Black Stone Cherry's Secret Set

If you had thought that the mysterious "???" slot on the Saturday afternoon was the name of an unknown, obscure and slightly pretentious new band, you would have been sadly mistaken and probably missed out on one of the most exciting, intimate and unmissable sets of the Download weekend. Thousands of fans spilled out of the far beyond capacity Pepsi Max tent to catch even a fleeting glimpse of the Kentucky southern rockers who rattled through a lamentably short set with gusto. Crossing heavy metal with blues, the band, which is fronted by the gravelly voiced Chris Robertson, gave a performance to remember with singalong hits old and new.

Dying Fetus Download 2014 CR: Gobinder Jhitta
The Fans Asked; Download Answered. Dying Fetus Tore Up Their Morning Slot.

2) #WhyNotDyingFetus?

Why not? Indeed: ask and you shall receive. The backlash against the perceived softening of Download's line-up as well as a lack of the heavier metal subcultures at the festival culminated in the half-joking hashtag "#WhyNotDyingFetus?" being created and used to badger the festival organisers every time a new act was announced. The DL team eventually caved, resulting in the Maryland death metallers being booked and appointed as the main stage openers at the very un-rock 'n' roll time of 11am on the Saturday. They came, they riffed, they growled, and they managed to summon the most sizeable crowd we've ever seen at the challenging morning slot. "Thanks for helping put death metal on the map," roared lead John Gallagher, who surely helped convert a few to the dark side with the brisk but brash half hour show.

Next Page: Steel Panther call for boobs, headliners A7X explode, and a washboard solo steals the show.

3) Steel Panther's Lady Parade

LA hair metal group Steel Panther were a major main stage draw on the Sunday afternoon, bringing their loud and lewd live show to the Donington grounds. The extravagantly dressed, '80s rock parody four-piece were on filthy form, persistently encouraging the girls in the crowd to get topless and even inviting 17 of them onstage during the ode to sexual stamina, '17 Girls In A Row.' Lead singer Michael Starr bumping and grinding with umpteen women all at once may not have been particularly PC but it definitely made for a scene to remember. Oh, and we were pretty tempted to give diva bassist Lexxi Foxx's many pouts and hair flicks a whole bullet point of their own.

Steel Panther Download 2014 CR: Danny North
Big Hair, Spandex & Lyrics That Would Make Your Gran Faint: It Can Only Be Steel Panther!

4) Fireworks For Avenged Sevenfold

Avenged Sevenfold had a tough challenge to accomplish, headlining the festival's opening night and convincing their many doubters that they deserve a place at the top of the most famous rock festival on Earth. The Californian heavy metal quintet had both rock charisma and performance bombast in spades, bringing an enormous and elaborate stage set and filling the whole park with their dramatic, ground-shaking and rather evil-sounding rock. Ear-crushing metal riffing was placed alongside mellower, lighters-out moments with a seemingly constant heavy artillery of fireworks and eyebrow-singeing pyrotechnics. Without a hint of exaggeration, the lengthy set saw A7X position themselves as the successors to the stadium rock power of the likes of Metallica or Iron Maiden.

Avenged Sevenfold Download 2014 CR: Gobinder Jhitta
Avenged Sevenfold Proved Themselves Worthy Of The Title "Rock Titans" At DL2014.

5) The BossHoss' Washboard Solo

If you had torn yourself away from the main stage on the Saturday afternoon, you may have caught The BossHoss on the Zippo Encore stage. Unconcerned with having played the exact same slot and stage in 2011, Germany's greatest country punk rock outfit were back to have a ball at DL2014. Assembling no less than ten musicians onstage, the Berlin kings of "country trash punk rock" invaded the airwaves with ferocious, fist-pumping country, and a foot-stomping cowboy party. The highlight of the show came when each of the musicians was given a chance to showcase their skills with a solo during 'Word Up,' leading to Hank Williamson showing off a mind-blowing washboard solo whilst lead Boss Burns poured beer down the rippled steel. The washboard: all the cool kids will be getting one for Christmas '14.

Next Page: Skindred get the crowd moving, Killswitch encourage safety, and Rob Zombie sings into a skull.

6) Skindred's "Newport Helicopter"

Despite Skindred having played Download five times and never having migrated to the festival's top billing, the Welsh reggae metal team were back for another bite of the apple. Debuting tracks from new album Kill The Power, Benji Webbe and co. gave another of their trademark energetic, involving and occasionally hilarious live shows. Looking dapper in a Union Jack suit, Webbe told the crowd to "F- off" when they didn't cheer loud enough, got everyone to crouch down on the floor à la Slipknot, and orchestrated a mass "Newport helicopter" session whereby the audience were ordered to take off their sodden shirts and whirl them round their heads in time to the music. Thousands of rock fans flicking their sweaty T shirts around in the air? Yeah, it was a pretty scene.

Skindred Download 2014 CR: Justine Trickett
Guitarist Mikey Demus' Angular Beard & Benji Webbe's Tomfoolery Made Skindred's A Performance To Cherish.

7) Killswitch Engage Act "Responsibly"

The Download festival organisers really pushed for crowd safety this year by upping checks for glass bottles, deploying hundreds of eagle-eyed stewards in their high viz tabards and warning punters not to engage in that most primal of pastimes, moshing. The fest's big-wigs had also apparently instructed bands to neither incite such violence nor whip their crowds into a foamy-mouthed frenzy. Some bands, Bring Me The Horizon for example, ignored this warning with frontman Oli Sykes at one point politely requesting something to the tune of "I wanna see all you f***ers in the pits losing your f***ing minds." Whereas Killswitch Engage decided to exert a little social responsibility (wink, wink) and asked their loyal fans to "dance responsibly" to appease the DL gods before one particularly heavy breakdown. "Dance as responsibly as you can," said bearded frontman Jesse Leach with a glint in his eye. Oh, they did.

Rob Zombie John 5 Download 2014 CR: Andrew Whitton
They Look Like They Smell Terrible But We Couldn't Tear Ourselves Away From Rob Zombie's Metal Horror Show.

8) Rob Zombie's Microphone Change

One of the best and most unsettling acts we saw on the Friday, Rob Zombie, gave the kind of performance that gets under your skin and takes hold. Assembling his scarecrow-like band of eerily painted musicians, Zombie drove a dark and demonic machine of industrial metal through the heart of the Download festivities. As well as an impressive combination of a creepy stage set and haunting costumes, Zombie brought along his famous and enormous Nosferatu microphone which was swapped for an even bigger, even more terrifying six-armed skeleton mic halfway throught the set. Rob shook the mic as he sang; the hellish incarnation swaying ominously above the sea of awed supporters below. Spooky stuff, but will it catch on?

Next Page: Linkin Park relive history, and Aerosmith make it a night to remember.

9) Linkin Park's Entire Performance

It would be hard to select just one aspect of Linkin Park's Saturday headline show that we loved above all others. We had treated the band's initial billing announcement with apprehension, even when it was announced that they'd be playing their seminal 2000 debut, Hybrid Theory, from start to finish. But after some of the mundane tosh they've come up with in recent years, was it really possible to revisit the glory days? The Californian nu-metal unit's set was a sleek beast, delivering Hybrid's crisp, electronically-tinged tracklist but bulking out the set to 25 songs with selected hits from their extensive discography as well as three new tracks from upcoming release The Hunting Party. Having explained in the preceding video "Road To Download" why they'd decided to honour the album, co-frontman Mike Shinoda said "This is a special night for us, we've never done this before" as the crowd bopped and headbanged like it was 2001.

Linkin Park Download 2014 CR: Andrew Whitton
Linkin Park's Saturday Set Was The Clear "I Was There" Moment Of Download 2014.

10) Lighters Up For Aerosmith

The good folks over at Zippo had been making sure that no one was short of a lighter at DL2014, as evidenced by the sea of windproofs that were lifted into the air when Sunday closers Aerosmith played the aching ballad, 'Dream On.' Couples were snuggling and the tiny flames were twinkling as Steven Tyler tickled the ivories of a giant, white grand piano with a massive backdrop sign saying "ENGLAND" behind him. As Joe Perry's guitar solo pierced through chords and Tyler's lovelorn crooning, a shiver skittered down our spines. It may not have been metal riff madness, but it was a perfect end to a stellar weekend.

Download Festival 2014 has come and gone in a dizzying blast of metal riffage, moshpits frenzies and surprisingly kind weather. The weekend was packed with memorable moments and stand-out performances but we decided to pick our ten favourite moments that truly epitomised the spirit of rock 'n' roll and getting dirty in that legendary Donington field.

Download 2014 Atmosphere Crowd CR: Gobinder Jhitta
Download Festival 2014: Awash With Rock, Not Mud.

1) Black Stone Cherry's Secret Set

If you had thought that the mysterious "???" slot on the Saturday afternoon was the name of an unknown, obscure and slightly pretentious new band, you would have been sadly mistaken and probably missed out on one of the most exciting, intimate and unmissable sets of the Download weekend. Thousands of fans spilled out of the far beyond capacity Pepsi Max tent to catch even a fleeting glimpse of the Kentucky southern rockers who rattled through a lamentably short set with gusto. Crossing heavy metal with blues, the band, which is fronted by the gravelly voiced Chris Robertson, gave a performance to remember with singalong hits old and new.

Dying Fetus Download 2014 CR: Gobinder Jhitta
The Fans Asked; Download Answered. Dying Fetus Tore Up Their Morning Slot.

2) #WhyNotDyingFetus?

Why not? Indeed: ask and you shall receive. The backlash against the perceived softening of Download's line-up as well as a lack of the heavier metal subcultures at the festival culminated in the half-joking hashtag "#WhyNotDyingFetus?" being created and used to badger the festival organisers every time a new act was announced. The DL team eventually caved, resulting in the Maryland death metallers being booked and appointed as the main stage openers at the very un-rock 'n' roll time of 11am on the Saturday. They came, they riffed, they growled, and they managed to summon the most sizeable crowd we've ever seen at the challenging morning slot. "Thanks for helping put death metal on the map," roared lead John Gallagher, who surely helped convert a few to the dark side with the brisk but brash half hour show.

Next Page: Steel Panther call for boobs, headliners A7X explode, and a washboard solo steals the show.

3) Steel Panther's Lady Parade

LA hair metal group Steel Panther were a major main stage draw on the Sunday afternoon, bringing their loud and lewd live show to the Donington grounds. The extravagantly dressed, '80s rock parody four-piece were on filthy form, persistently encouraging the girls in the crowd to get topless and even inviting 17 of them onstage during the ode to sexual stamina, '17 Girls In A Row.' Lead singer Michael Starr bumping and grinding with umpteen women all at once may not have been particularly PC but it definitely made for a scene to remember. Oh, and we were pretty tempted to give diva bassist Lexxi Foxx's many pouts and hair flicks a whole bullet point of their own.

Steel Panther Download 2014 CR: Danny North
Big Hair, Spandex & Lyrics That Would Make Your Gran Faint: It Can Only Be Steel Panther!

4) Fireworks For Avenged Sevenfold

Avenged Sevenfold had a tough challenge to accomplish, headlining the festival's opening night and convincing their many doubters that they deserve a place at the top of the most famous rock festival on Earth. The Californian heavy metal quintet had both rock charisma and performance bombast in spades, bringing an enormous and elaborate stage set and filling the whole park with their dramatic, ground-shaking and rather evil-sounding rock. Ear-crushing metal riffing was placed alongside mellower, lighters-out moments with a seemingly constant heavy artillery of fireworks and eyebrow-singeing pyrotechnics. Without a hint of exaggeration, the lengthy set saw A7X position themselves as the successors to the stadium rock power of the likes of Metallica or Iron Maiden.

Avenged Sevenfold Download 2014 CR: Gobinder Jhitta
Avenged Sevenfold Proved Themselves Worthy Of The Title "Rock Titans" At DL2014.

5) The BossHoss' Washboard Solo

If you had torn yourself away from the main stage on the Saturday afternoon, you may have caught The BossHoss on the Zippo Encore stage. Unconcerned with having played the exact same slot and stage in 2011, Germany's greatest country punk rock outfit were back to have a ball at DL2014. Assembling no less than ten musicians onstage, the Berlin kings of "country trash punk rock" invaded the airwaves with ferocious, fist-pumping country, and a foot-stomping cowboy party. The highlight of the show came when each of the musicians was given a chance to showcase their skills with a solo during 'Word Up,' leading to Hank Williamson showing off a mind-blowing washboard solo whilst lead Boss Burns poured beer down the rippled steel. The washboard: all the cool kids will be getting one for Christmas '14.

Next Page: Skindred get the crowd moving, Killswitch encourage safety, and Rob Zombie sings into a skull.

6) Skindred's "Newport Helicopter"

Despite Skindred having played Download five times and never having migrated to the festival's top billing, the Welsh reggae metal team were back for another bite of the apple. Debuting tracks from new album Kill The Power, Benji Webbe and co. gave another of their trademark energetic, involving and occasionally hilarious live shows. Looking dapper in a Union Jack suit, Webbe told the crowd to "F- off" when they didn't cheer loud enough, got everyone to crouch down on the floor à la Slipknot, and orchestrated a mass "Newport helicopter" session whereby the audience were ordered to take off their sodden shirts and whirl them round their heads in time to the music. Thousands of rock fans flicking their sweaty T shirts around in the air? Yeah, it was a pretty scene.

Skindred Download 2014 CR: Justine Trickett
Guitarist Mikey Demus' Angular Beard & Benji Webbe's Tomfoolery Made Skindred's A Performance To Cherish.

7) Killswitch Engage Act "Responsibly"

The Download festival organisers really pushed for crowd safety this year by upping checks for glass bottles, deploying hundreds of eagle-eyed stewards in their high viz tabards and warning punters not to engage in that most primal of pastimes, moshing. The fest's big-wigs had also apparently instructed bands to neither incite such violence nor whip their crowds into a foamy-mouthed frenzy. Some bands, Bring Me The Horizon for example, ignored this warning with frontman Oli Sykes at one point politely requesting something to the tune of "I wanna see all you f***ers in the pits losing your f***ing minds." Whereas Killswitch Engage decided to exert a little social responsibility (wink, wink) and asked their loyal fans to "dance responsibly" to appease the DL gods before one particularly heavy breakdown. "Dance as responsibly as you can," said bearded frontman Jesse Leach with a glint in his eye. Oh, they did.

Rob Zombie John 5 Download 2014 CR: Andrew Whitton
They Look Like They Smell Terrible But We Couldn't Tear Ourselves Away From Rob Zombie's Metal Horror Show.

8) Rob Zombie's Microphone Change

One of the best and most unsettling acts we saw on the Friday, Rob Zombie, gave the kind of performance that gets under your skin and takes hold. Assembling his scarecrow-like band of eerily painted musicians, Zombie drove a dark and demonic machine of industrial metal through the heart of the Download festivities. As well as an impressive combination of a creepy stage set and haunting costumes, Zombie brought along his famous and enormous Nosferatu microphone which was swapped for an even bigger, even more terrifying six-armed skeleton mic halfway throught the set. Rob shook the mic as he sang; the hellish incarnation swaying ominously above the sea of awed supporters below. Spooky stuff, but will it catch on?

Next Page: Linkin Park relive history, and Aerosmith make it a night to remember.

9) Linkin Park's Entire Performance

It would be hard to select just one aspect of Linkin Park's Saturday headline show that we loved above all others. We had treated the band's initial billing announcement with apprehension, even when it was announced that they'd be playing their seminal 2000 debut, Hybrid Theory, from start to finish. But after some of the mundane tosh they've come up with in recent years, was it really possible to revisit the glory days? The Californian nu-metal unit's set was a sleek beast, delivering Hybrid's crisp, electronically-tinged tracklist but bulking out the set to 25 songs with selected hits from their extensive discography as well as three new tracks from upcoming release The Hunting Party. Having explained in the preceding video "Road To Download" why they'd decided to honour the album, co-frontman Mike Shinoda said "This is a special night for us, we've never done this before" as the crowd bopped and headbanged like it was 2001.

Linkin Park Download 2014 CR: Andrew Whitton
Linkin Park's Saturday Set Was The Clear "I Was There" Moment Of Download 2014.

10) Lighters Up For Aerosmith

The good folks over at Zippo had been making sure that no one was short of a lighter at DL2014, as evidenced by the sea of windproofs that were lifted into the air when Sunday closers Aerosmith played the aching ballad, 'Dream On.' Couples were snuggling and the tiny flames were twinkling as Steven Tyler tickled the ivories of a giant, white grand piano with a massive backdrop sign saying "ENGLAND" behind him. As Joe Perry's guitar solo pierced through chords and Tyler's lovelorn crooning, a shiver skittered down our spines. It may not have been metal riff madness, but it was a perfect end to a stellar weekend.

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Win Tickets For Download Festival 2014 With Contactmusic And Zippo! 4217881 News

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Download Festival at Donington Park is one of the UK's most eagerly anticipated rock events so if you want to win a pair of tickets for this year, look no further!

We've partnered with one of the most recognisable brands in the world, Zippo, in a new competition where winners can bag two weekend guests tickets for the 2014 event which this year sees Aerosmith and Linkin Park among headliners. Winners can enjoy a weekend of guest camping and exclusive access to the guest area.

If you already have tickets to Download, there's plenty of other stuff that Zippo have organised to up the fun at this year's event. They've also set up competitions to win side-of-stage access, limited edition Download Windproof Lighters and even to have your own design feature on a Zippo lighter. We have to stress that these extras are not part of our guest ticket package, but they're definitely worth keeping an eye out for nonetheless.

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Zippo have become celebrated for their windproof lighters which have had a significant role in music. Waving lighter flames in the air became an encore request originally, and now they are popularly lit up during particularly moving performances. Even if you miss the chance to bag one of these limited edition Zippos, anyone will be able to get the virtual version for free with the Virtual Zippo Lighter app available on Android and iOS devices

Also, make sure you check out the Zippo Encore stage at the festival, which this year features some pretty seminal bands such as The Offspring, Status Quo, Trivium, Twister Sister, The Pretty Reckless and Bad Religion. Certainly not worth missing!

Follow Zippo on Facebook and Twitter.

Download Festival Logo

Download Festival at Donington Park is one of the UK's most eagerly anticipated rock events so if you want to win a pair of tickets for this year, look no further!

We've partnered with one of the most recognisable brands in the world, Zippo, in a new competition where winners can bag two weekend guests tickets for the 2014 event which this year sees Aerosmith and Linkin Park among headliners. Winners can enjoy a weekend of guest camping and exclusive access to the guest area.

If you already have tickets to Download, there's plenty of other stuff that Zippo have organised to up the fun at this year's event. They've also set up competitions to win side-of-stage access, limited edition Download Windproof Lighters and even to have your own design feature on a Zippo lighter. We have to stress that these extras are not part of our guest ticket package, but they're definitely worth keeping an eye out for nonetheless.

<a id="rc-3eb1a92" class="rafl" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/3eb1a92/" rel="nofollow">Win a pair of Guest weekend tickets to Download Festival!</a><script src="//widget.rafflecopter.com/load.js"></script>

Zippo have become celebrated for their windproof lighters which have had a significant role in music. Waving lighter flames in the air became an encore request originally, and now they are popularly lit up during particularly moving performances. Even if you miss the chance to bag one of these limited edition Zippos, anyone will be able to get the virtual version for free with the Virtual Zippo Lighter app available on Android and iOS devices

Also, make sure you check out the Zippo Encore stage at the festival, which this year features some pretty seminal bands such as The Offspring, Status Quo, Trivium, Twister Sister, The Pretty Reckless and Bad Religion. Certainly not worth missing!

Follow Zippo on Facebook and Twitter.

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Stevie Wonder, Aerosmith To Top London's Calling Festival Bill This June 4144522 News

Stevie Wonder has become the second headliner to be announced for this year's London's Calling Festival, which will take place on London's Clapham Common in June. Wonder, who has hinted that he'll be releasing two new albums this year, will join previously announced headliners Aerosmith at the British park bash.

Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder Is To Headline London's Calling Festival In Clapham This Summer.

The festival, a new version of Hard Rock Calling, will take place over Saturday 28th June and Sunday 29th June. Aerosmith will headline the first evening whilst Wonder will close the festival on the Sunday night.

Live Nation's Vice President of Promotions, Toby Leighton-Pope said of the festival's latest confirmed act: "We're thrilled to welcome Stevie Wonder to Calling Festival. His music is timeless and this show will be one of the highlights of the summer! Richie Sambora joins the Saturday bill which is looking fantastic, it's going to be an unforgettable event."

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The 'Superstition' Singer Has New Music & Festival Appearance Planned For 2014.

Thunder, Walking Papers and Joe Bonamassa have also been confirmed to appear and 20 more acts will be announced in coming months. Aerosmith's live performance will be the first time they've played in London for four years. They'll also be headlining Download Festival a fortnight prior to their capitol concert.

Aerosmith
Aerosmith Will Be Joining Stevie Wonder At London's Calling Festival This Year.

Guitarist Joe Perry spoke with enthusiasm for the show in a statement: "Speaking for myself I've been so involved writing my autobiography I did not realise how long it had been since we have played across the big pond. Its been far too long since we have performed in the UK. We can¹t wait to bring back some of the classics as well as some of the new songs from 'Music from Another Dimension'. We miss our UK fans. See you soon," via NME.

More: Stevie Wonder hints he will release two albums in 2014 - get more info.

More: Stevie Wonder to finally headline the Montreux Jazz Festival - find out more.

Watch Stevie Wonder's 'I Just Called To Say I Love You':
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Stevie Wonder has become the second headliner to be announced for this year's London's Calling Festival, which will take place on London's Clapham Common in June. Wonder, who has hinted that he'll be releasing two new albums this year, will join previously announced headliners Aerosmith at the British park bash.

Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder Is To Headline London's Calling Festival In Clapham This Summer.

The festival, a new version of Hard Rock Calling, will take place over Saturday 28th June and Sunday 29th June. Aerosmith will headline the first evening whilst Wonder will close the festival on the Sunday night.

Live Nation's Vice President of Promotions, Toby Leighton-Pope said of the festival's latest confirmed act: "We're thrilled to welcome Stevie Wonder to Calling Festival. His music is timeless and this show will be one of the highlights of the summer! Richie Sambora joins the Saturday bill which is looking fantastic, it's going to be an unforgettable event."

Stevie Wonder Holiday Tree Lighting
The 'Superstition' Singer Has New Music & Festival Appearance Planned For 2014.

Thunder, Walking Papers and Joe Bonamassa have also been confirmed to appear and 20 more acts will be announced in coming months. Aerosmith's live performance will be the first time they've played in London for four years. They'll also be headlining Download Festival a fortnight prior to their capitol concert.

Aerosmith
Aerosmith Will Be Joining Stevie Wonder At London's Calling Festival This Year.

Guitarist Joe Perry spoke with enthusiasm for the show in a statement: "Speaking for myself I've been so involved writing my autobiography I did not realise how long it had been since we have played across the big pond. Its been far too long since we have performed in the UK. We can¹t wait to bring back some of the classics as well as some of the new songs from 'Music from Another Dimension'. We miss our UK fans. See you soon," via NME.

More: Stevie Wonder hints he will release two albums in 2014 - get more info.

More: Stevie Wonder to finally headline the Montreux Jazz Festival - find out more.

Watch Stevie Wonder's 'I Just Called To Say I Love You':
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8th April 2014 4081332
Keep Calm And Party On! London's Ten Most Exciting Festivals For 2014 4137912 News

If you want a unique festival experience this year, London could be the place for you. Featuring a diverse range of events from the independent ethics of Jabberwocky to the mainstream attitude of Wireless, 2014 is not all about the States.

The UK is home to some incredible, highly respected music festivals such as Isle of Wight Festival, Leeds and Reading Festival and, of course, Glastonbury - but just what do we have in store from the nation's capital? London is unquestionably the UK's most vibrant city and, when it comes to music, there's really no denying that. The rest of the world may have SXSW, Coachella, Ultra and Exit (to name but a very small few), but London has a plethora of unique local events with line-ups and atmospheres that really prove their worth - and we're here to share them with you.

Jabberwocky 2014 logoJabberwocky (August 15th-16th)
All Tomorrow's Parties present this brand new festival for 2014, co-hosted by Pitchfork and Primavera Sound and set to take place at The Excel Centre this August. For its inaugural event, Jabberwocky will see headline acts from Neutral Milk Hotel, James Blake, Darkside and Caribou, not to mention support from Kurt Vile & The Violators, Hookworms and Electric Wizard. Like many of the best festivals, it's not all about the music as Jabberwocky will be hosting some film events and, as the name suggests, there'll be plenty of art to enjoy too. Tickets are priced at £38.50 per day.

Camden Crawl 2014 logoCamden Crawl (June 20th-21st)
This year will also see the return of Camden Crawl, which last summer took place in Dublin with a subsequent London stint in the winter. This festival sees a wide range of bands and DJs spread their music all over North London at a variety of unique venues such as KOKO, Roundhouse, Lock Tavern, Electric Ballroom, Monarch, St. Michael's Church, Jazz Cafe and Purple Turtle. This year will see sets from Atari Teenage Riot, Dirty Beaches, Ghetts, Gnarwolves and Will Varley among many, many others - a pretty eclectic line-up for an extremely eclectic city.

Lovebox Festival 2014 logoLovebox Festival (July 18th-19th)
A fairly well-established weekend event, Lovebox is now in its ninth year and still truly embodies the heart and soul of pop music. Taking place at Victoria Park in Hackney, Lovebox is a family friendly event that's always full of surprises. This year, festival organisers have teamed up with event producers Secret Productions so, as well as experiencing some fantastic music from the likes of Chase & Status, M.I.A. and Nas, you can also expect to be distracted by incredible art installations and a few circus-style performers. It takes place in July with tickets currently priced at £45 for the Friday and £55 for the Saturday plus fees.

Wireless Festival 2014 logoWireless Festival (July 4th-6th)
Wireless is by far London's biggest festival and, looking at this year's line-up, you can totally see the reason. Headliners include Kanye West, Drake and Bruno Mars, with special guest appearances from Pharrell Williams, Rudimental and Outkast. The festival has become so well-established, that 2014 sees organisers play host to a Birmingham crowd in addition to their Finsbury Park, London event, so now even more people can enjoy it. Despite the name, we are extremely wired indeed to witness this festival, which returns to the capital in July.

Field Day 2014 logoField Day (June 7th-8th)
Originally a single day festival, this event has expanded to fill the weekend with loads more amazing bands and artists. This year's headliners are Pixies and Metronomy, who are supporting the likes of Warpaint, Temples, The Horrors, Sky Ferreira and SBTRKT. To prepare you for all this, festival organiser Tom Baker (not 'Doctor Who' - at least, we don't think) broadcasts Field Day Radio every two weeks showcasing exclusive interviews, live plays and all the best music from this year's line-up, ahead of the actual event on in June at Victoria Park. As well as great music, you'll get fed well too with their popular Street Feast and Venn Street Market. Couldn't get much better really!

Camden Rocks 2014 logoCamden Rocks (May 31st)
Camden is, of course, at the heart of rock music in London so naturally we return to the borough for yet another festival. Camden Rocks is a single day of epic guitar bands, this year headlined by The Subways and Reverend & the Makers. Taking place at many of the same venues of Camden Crawl, you'll pay only £25 per ticket for this outstanding rock event which will showcase, as per usual, a multitude of emerging artists such as Hacktivist and The Graveltones. Plus, it doesn't matter how like a guitar being played; if you're a fretboard fan, you'll find everything from blues to metal here.

iTunes Festival 2014 logoiTunes Festival (September-October) + Summer Series at Somerset House (July 10th-20th)
Less of a traditional festival and more a series of gigs, iTunes Festival takes place at The Roundhouse over a period of one month in September featuring a massive range of artists from chart sensations and legends to independent and newly emerging bands. Details for 2014 are yet to be announced, but they did have their own mini festival at the Moody Theater in Austin, Texas during SXSW last month which featured shows from Coldplay, Kendrick Lamar and Pitbull. In a similar vein, Somerset House holds their Summer Series musical event between July 10th and 20th. Artists confirmed for this year are Daughter, Kodaline, Bastille, Sam Smith and Chvrches.

Visions Festival 2014 logoVisions Festival (August 2nd)
On the other side of the festival spectrum, we have Visions Festival featuring a small but excellent range of international artists. There are first-rate emerging bands such as Eagulls, Young Fathers and Josef Salvat - all of whom have released, or will release, a debut album this year - and the more recognised Polica, Baths and Andrew W.K with his 'very special solo show'. A visionary line-up for Visions. Expect also a visually pleasing atmosphere with art from comic printers Breakdown Press, musical imagery from the Skull Paradise exhibition and Liam Sparkes Tattoo Art exhibition; and all that's not forgetting the amazing food stalls and other goods on sale throughout the day. At only £25 a ticket, you really can't go wrong!

Calling Festival 2014 logoCalling Festival (June 28th-29th)
Originally called Hard Rock Calling, this festival takes place at Clapham Common in June. So far, rock legends Aerosmith have been announced as the main headliner, alongside Joe Bonamassa, Thunder and Walking Papers, with a great many more to be announced later. Tickets are £69.50 for the Saturday - which is reasonable considering the price of going to see just one big band these days. We're pretty glad Calling Festival will be returning to London this summer, especially after rumours about its cancellation last year. Three names and as many venues later, it's still going strong whatever we're 'calling' it.

British Summer Time 2014 logoBritish Summer Time (July 4th, 6th, 12th)
Hosted by Barclaycard, 2014's British Summer Time festival at Hyde Park is definitely one of the most eagerly awaited festivals of the year in the UK and truly feels like it's going to be one of the most memorable. As we've known for a few months, it will see everyone's new favourite supergroup McBusted headline July 6th in what they described as the biggest show of their lives. Making things even more exciting, shock rocker Ozzy Osbourne brings his band Black Sabbath to BST for the final show of their extensive Reunion Tour on Friday 4th, whereby the festival will be re-christened Black Sabbath Time for the day. Another blast from the past is Saturday 12th headliners Neil Young & Crazy Horse, and not to mention July 6th's special guests Backstreet Boys. Soundgarden will also make an appearance, having only got back together a couple of years ago, while Faith No More is set to play their first show in two years!

Of course, that's not where it ends for London festivals this year. Elsewhere Festival launches this year on May 2nd and 3rd - a sister event of Nottingham's Everywhere festival taking place in Hackney with various DJs and dance artists - while LeeFest have broken their ticket sales record for 2014, and no wonder with the likes of Frightened Rabbit and Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip on the bill. This is a festival purely about fun with poetry, comedy, film and various other stuff going on over the July 11th-13th weekend. August's Bank Holiday Weekend brings us SW4 with Above & Beyond and deadmau5 headlining and we'll see a fantastic range of Nordic musicianship for November's Ja Ja Ja festival which made its debut at The Roundhouse last year.

Moving further South, not straying too far from the capital, is Brighton's answer to America's SXSW. The Great Escape prides itself on being 'Europe's leading festival for new music', each year featuring only the best of the world's innovative new musicians. This May, we'll see talent from the likes of Ella Eyre, Show N Prove, Asgeir, Amber Run, Chloe Howl and many more.

If you want a unique festival experience this year, London could be the place for you. Featuring a diverse range of events from the independent ethics of Jabberwocky to the mainstream attitude of Wireless, 2014 is not all about the States.

The UK is home to some incredible, highly respected music festivals such as Isle of Wight Festival, Leeds and Reading Festival and, of course, Glastonbury - but just what do we have in store from the nation's capital? London is unquestionably the UK's most vibrant city and, when it comes to music, there's really no denying that. The rest of the world may have SXSW, Coachella, Ultra and Exit (to name but a very small few), but London has a plethora of unique local events with line-ups and atmospheres that really prove their worth - and we're here to share them with you.

Jabberwocky 2014 logoJabberwocky (August 15th-16th)
All Tomorrow's Parties present this brand new festival for 2014, co-hosted by Pitchfork and Primavera Sound and set to take place at The Excel Centre this August. For its inaugural event, Jabberwocky will see headline acts from Neutral Milk Hotel, James Blake, Darkside and Caribou, not to mention support from Kurt Vile & The Violators, Hookworms and Electric Wizard. Like many of the best festivals, it's not all about the music as Jabberwocky will be hosting some film events and, as the name suggests, there'll be plenty of art to enjoy too. Tickets are priced at £38.50 per day.

Camden Crawl 2014 logoCamden Crawl (June 20th-21st)
This year will also see the return of Camden Crawl, which last summer took place in Dublin with a subsequent London stint in the winter. This festival sees a wide range of bands and DJs spread their music all over North London at a variety of unique venues such as KOKO, Roundhouse, Lock Tavern, Electric Ballroom, Monarch, St. Michael's Church, Jazz Cafe and Purple Turtle. This year will see sets from Atari Teenage Riot, Dirty Beaches, Ghetts, Gnarwolves and Will Varley among many, many others - a pretty eclectic line-up for an extremely eclectic city.

Lovebox Festival 2014 logoLovebox Festival (July 18th-19th)
A fairly well-established weekend event, Lovebox is now in its ninth year and still truly embodies the heart and soul of pop music. Taking place at Victoria Park in Hackney, Lovebox is a family friendly event that's always full of surprises. This year, festival organisers have teamed up with event producers Secret Productions so, as well as experiencing some fantastic music from the likes of Chase & Status, M.I.A. and Nas, you can also expect to be distracted by incredible art installations and a few circus-style performers. It takes place in July with tickets currently priced at £45 for the Friday and £55 for the Saturday plus fees.

Wireless Festival 2014 logoWireless Festival (July 4th-6th)
Wireless is by far London's biggest festival and, looking at this year's line-up, you can totally see the reason. Headliners include Kanye West, Drake and Bruno Mars, with special guest appearances from Pharrell Williams, Rudimental and Outkast. The festival has become so well-established, that 2014 sees organisers play host to a Birmingham crowd in addition to their Finsbury Park, London event, so now even more people can enjoy it. Despite the name, we are extremely wired indeed to witness this festival, which returns to the capital in July.

Field Day 2014 logoField Day (June 7th-8th)
Originally a single day festival, this event has expanded to fill the weekend with loads more amazing bands and artists. This year's headliners are Pixies and Metronomy, who are supporting the likes of Warpaint, Temples, The Horrors, Sky Ferreira and SBTRKT. To prepare you for all this, festival organiser Tom Baker (not 'Doctor Who' - at least, we don't think) broadcasts Field Day Radio every two weeks showcasing exclusive interviews, live plays and all the best music from this year's line-up, ahead of the actual event on in June at Victoria Park. As well as great music, you'll get fed well too with their popular Street Feast and Venn Street Market. Couldn't get much better really!

Camden Rocks 2014 logoCamden Rocks (May 31st)
Camden is, of course, at the heart of rock music in London so naturally we return to the borough for yet another festival. Camden Rocks is a single day of epic guitar bands, this year headlined by The Subways and Reverend & the Makers. Taking place at many of the same venues of Camden Crawl, you'll pay only £25 per ticket for this outstanding rock event which will showcase, as per usual, a multitude of emerging artists such as Hacktivist and The Graveltones. Plus, it doesn't matter how like a guitar being played; if you're a fretboard fan, you'll find everything from blues to metal here.

iTunes Festival 2014 logoiTunes Festival (September-October) + Summer Series at Somerset House (July 10th-20th)
Less of a traditional festival and more a series of gigs, iTunes Festival takes place at The Roundhouse over a period of one month in September featuring a massive range of artists from chart sensations and legends to independent and newly emerging bands. Details for 2014 are yet to be announced, but they did have their own mini festival at the Moody Theater in Austin, Texas during SXSW last month which featured shows from Coldplay, Kendrick Lamar and Pitbull. In a similar vein, Somerset House holds their Summer Series musical event between July 10th and 20th. Artists confirmed for this year are Daughter, Kodaline, Bastille, Sam Smith and Chvrches.

Visions Festival 2014 logoVisions Festival (August 2nd)
On the other side of the festival spectrum, we have Visions Festival featuring a small but excellent range of international artists. There are first-rate emerging bands such as Eagulls, Young Fathers and Josef Salvat - all of whom have released, or will release, a debut album this year - and the more recognised Polica, Baths and Andrew W.K with his 'very special solo show'. A visionary line-up for Visions. Expect also a visually pleasing atmosphere with art from comic printers Breakdown Press, musical imagery from the Skull Paradise exhibition and Liam Sparkes Tattoo Art exhibition; and all that's not forgetting the amazing food stalls and other goods on sale throughout the day. At only £25 a ticket, you really can't go wrong!

Calling Festival 2014 logoCalling Festival (June 28th-29th)
Originally called Hard Rock Calling, this festival takes place at Clapham Common in June. So far, rock legends Aerosmith have been announced as the main headliner, alongside Joe Bonamassa, Thunder and Walking Papers, with a great many more to be announced later. Tickets are £69.50 for the Saturday - which is reasonable considering the price of going to see just one big band these days. We're pretty glad Calling Festival will be returning to London this summer, especially after rumours about its cancellation last year. Three names and as many venues later, it's still going strong whatever we're 'calling' it.

British Summer Time 2014 logoBritish Summer Time (July 4th, 6th, 12th)
Hosted by Barclaycard, 2014's British Summer Time festival at Hyde Park is definitely one of the most eagerly awaited festivals of the year in the UK and truly feels like it's going to be one of the most memorable. As we've known for a few months, it will see everyone's new favourite supergroup McBusted headline July 6th in what they described as the biggest show of their lives. Making things even more exciting, shock rocker Ozzy Osbourne brings his band Black Sabbath to BST for the final show of their extensive Reunion Tour on Friday 4th, whereby the festival will be re-christened Black Sabbath Time for the day. Another blast from the past is Saturday 12th headliners Neil Young & Crazy Horse, and not to mention July 6th's special guests Backstreet Boys. Soundgarden will also make an appearance, having only got back together a couple of years ago, while Faith No More is set to play their first show in two years!

Of course, that's not where it ends for London festivals this year. Elsewhere Festival launches this year on May 2nd and 3rd - a sister event of Nottingham's Everywhere festival taking place in Hackney with various DJs and dance artists - while LeeFest have broken their ticket sales record for 2014, and no wonder with the likes of Frightened Rabbit and Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip on the bill. This is a festival purely about fun with poetry, comedy, film and various other stuff going on over the July 11th-13th weekend. August's Bank Holiday Weekend brings us SW4 with Above & Beyond and deadmau5 headlining and we'll see a fantastic range of Nordic musicianship for November's Ja Ja Ja festival which made its debut at The Roundhouse last year.

Moving further South, not straying too far from the capital, is Brighton's answer to America's SXSW. The Great Escape prides itself on being 'Europe's leading festival for new music', each year featuring only the best of the world's innovative new musicians. This May, we'll see talent from the likes of Ella Eyre, Show N Prove, Asgeir, Amber Run, Chloe Howl and many more.

3rd April 2014 1504962
Angelina Jolie And Meatloaf? Celebrity Music Video Cameos 4124971 News

We all know that Lady Gaga loves to shock, so no one was actually that surprised to see the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills make a cameo appearance in her new ‘ARTPOP’ music video for ‘G.U.Y.’ Gaga isn’t the only musician to make use of celebrities in her music videos, although she is certainly the first to dress up reality TV stars as an ancient Greek chorus. The video for ‘G.U.Y.’ sees Lisa Vanderpump playing the tambourine, while Kim and Kyle Richards play guitars, Carlton Gebbia strums the harp with Yolanda Foster on the cello.  No one can call Gaga unoriginal!

lady gaga guy cameo Lady Gaga is known for releasing outrageous music videos

Who remembers Courteney Cox’s cameo appearance in Bruce Springsteen’s 1984 video for “Dancing in the Dark”? We don't blame you if you can't, it was quite a long time ago and the Friends star herself was only 20 years old. The video sees The Boss pluck Cox from the crowd to bring her up on stage to dance with him.

Liv Tyler puts in a pretty raunchy performance in Aerosmith’s video for “Crazy”. Alongside Clueless star Alicia Silverstone, Liv hijacks a tractor, as well as stripping off and driving recklessly. Oh, by the way, Liv’s dad is Steven Tyler, frontman for Aerosmith. A little creepy that his daughter has a sexy cameo in his music video? Just a bit.

Alicia Silverstone took centre stage in another Aerosmith video, also released in 1993. Appearing in the video for “Cryin’”, Alicia has her handbag stolen by Josh Holloway, who would later go on to star in television series Lost.

alicia silverstone aerosmith Alicia Silverstone starred in a number of Aerosmith videos in the 90s

Christopher Walken’s cameo in Fatboy Slim’s “Weapon of Choice” music video is not only the best cameo, but potentially the best music video of all time. Walken’s jaw-dropping dance routine has you totally transfixed throughout the entire video. A work of genius from Norman Cook and co.

We may temporarily break YouTube by reminding everyone of this, but The White Stripes’ video for “I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself” is nearly 3 minutes of Kate Moss pole dancing in black underwear. Directed by Sofia Coppola, the band don’t even make an appearance in the music video. We’re not complaining.

You wouldn’t believe it now, but back in the 90s Angelina Jolie was as rock chick as they come. In 1993 Jolie cemented her goth status, appearing in the video for “Rock’N’Roll Dreams Come Through”.

Which celebrity would you like to see make a cameo in a music video?  Perhaps Michael Gove will appear in Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer's next video?  Or at least provide some backing vocals.

MORE: Lady Gaga's boyfriend is in charge of their relationship

MORE: We try to figure out what the hell is going on in Lady Gaga's 'G.U.Y.' video

Watch Lady Gaga's GUY video:
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We all know that Lady Gaga loves to shock, so no one was actually that surprised to see the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills make a cameo appearance in her new ‘ARTPOP’ music video for ‘G.U.Y.’ Gaga isn’t the only musician to make use of celebrities in her music videos, although she is certainly the first to dress up reality TV stars as an ancient Greek chorus. The video for ‘G.U.Y.’ sees Lisa Vanderpump playing the tambourine, while Kim and Kyle Richards play guitars, Carlton Gebbia strums the harp with Yolanda Foster on the cello.  No one can call Gaga unoriginal!

lady gaga guy cameo Lady Gaga is known for releasing outrageous music videos

Who remembers Courteney Cox’s cameo appearance in Bruce Springsteen’s 1984 video for “Dancing in the Dark”? We don't blame you if you can't, it was quite a long time ago and the Friends star herself was only 20 years old. The video sees The Boss pluck Cox from the crowd to bring her up on stage to dance with him.

Liv Tyler puts in a pretty raunchy performance in Aerosmith’s video for “Crazy”. Alongside Clueless star Alicia Silverstone, Liv hijacks a tractor, as well as stripping off and driving recklessly. Oh, by the way, Liv’s dad is Steven Tyler, frontman for Aerosmith. A little creepy that his daughter has a sexy cameo in his music video? Just a bit.

Alicia Silverstone took centre stage in another Aerosmith video, also released in 1993. Appearing in the video for “Cryin’”, Alicia has her handbag stolen by Josh Holloway, who would later go on to star in television series Lost.

alicia silverstone aerosmith Alicia Silverstone starred in a number of Aerosmith videos in the 90s

Christopher Walken’s cameo in Fatboy Slim’s “Weapon of Choice” music video is not only the best cameo, but potentially the best music video of all time. Walken’s jaw-dropping dance routine has you totally transfixed throughout the entire video. A work of genius from Norman Cook and co.

We may temporarily break YouTube by reminding everyone of this, but The White Stripes’ video for “I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself” is nearly 3 minutes of Kate Moss pole dancing in black underwear. Directed by Sofia Coppola, the band don’t even make an appearance in the music video. We’re not complaining.

You wouldn’t believe it now, but back in the 90s Angelina Jolie was as rock chick as they come. In 1993 Jolie cemented her goth status, appearing in the video for “Rock’N’Roll Dreams Come Through”.

Which celebrity would you like to see make a cameo in a music video?  Perhaps Michael Gove will appear in Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer's next video?  Or at least provide some backing vocals.

MORE: Lady Gaga's boyfriend is in charge of their relationship

MORE: We try to figure out what the hell is going on in Lady Gaga's 'G.U.Y.' video

Watch Lady Gaga's GUY video:
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25th March 2014 4095005
Aerosmith To Headline Calling Festival On 28th June 2014 4106271 Press Releases

Live Nation announces Aerosmith as the first headliner for the new Calling Festival, to be held in Clapham Common on Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 June 2014. Thunder, Walking Papers and Joe Bonamassa are also confirmed.

Aerosmith, one of America's greatest rock bands, will return to London for the first time in four years to bring mind-blowing power riffs mixed with glam-rock flair to Calling Festival. Blasting through an incredible catalogue, the US rockers will treat fans to an electrifying set including 'Cryin'', 'Crazy', 'I Don't Want To Miss A Thing', 'Dream On', 'Love In An Elevator', and 'Walk This Way', live in one of London's great parks on Saturday 28 June 2014.  

Joe Perry commented: "Speaking for myself I've been so involved writing my autobiography I did not realize how long it had been since we have played across the big pond. It¹s been far too long since we have performed in the UK. We can¹t wait to bring back some of the classics as well as some of the new songs from Music from Another Dimension. We miss our UK fans. See you soon."

Brit rockers Thunder, Seattle hard rockers Walking Papers and guitar mastermind Joe Bonamassa are also confirmed for Calling Festival, taking to the stage on Saturday 28 June 2014.

Calling Festival has taken the established Hard Rock Calling festival and given it a fresh new twist at a brand new home. The festival, held at London's Clapham Common, will feature multiple stages with 20 of the hottest acts in rock and pop performing each day, some exciting surprises and amazing on site facilities including an array of food stalls, funfair and much more.

Live Nation's Vice President of Promotions, Toby Leighton-Pope, commented: "This year is one of the most exciting on record for the Calling Festival. We're looking forward to bringing the new look event to Clapham Common, one of London's premiere outdoor locations. And we're bringing one of America's most iconic bands to headline Saturday 28 June. There's still lots of announcements to come, including a big Sunday night headliner, and we're excited at what's in store."

Previous 'Calling' headliners have included Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Paul Simon, Pearl Jam, Paul McCartney, The Who, Rod Stewart and Stevie Wonder.

Further artist announcements for Calling Festival to follow soon, approximately 20 acts across multiple stages.

Ticketing information:
Tickets are priced at £62.50 plus booking fee.
Price subject to per-ticket charge plus order processing fee
Calling Festival 2014 is Subject to Licence and Planning

Live Nation announces Aerosmith as the first headliner for the new Calling Festival, to be held in Clapham Common on Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 June 2014. Thunder, Walking Papers and Joe Bonamassa are also confirmed.

Aerosmith, one of America's greatest rock bands, will return to London for the first time in four years to bring mind-blowing power riffs mixed with glam-rock flair to Calling Festival. Blasting through an incredible catalogue, the US rockers will treat fans to an electrifying set including 'Cryin'', 'Crazy', 'I Don't Want To Miss A Thing', 'Dream On', 'Love In An Elevator', and 'Walk This Way', live in one of London's great parks on Saturday 28 June 2014.  

Joe Perry commented: "Speaking for myself I've been so involved writing my autobiography I did not realize how long it had been since we have played across the big pond. It¹s been far too long since we have performed in the UK. We can¹t wait to bring back some of the classics as well as some of the new songs from Music from Another Dimension. We miss our UK fans. See you soon."

Brit rockers Thunder, Seattle hard rockers Walking Papers and guitar mastermind Joe Bonamassa are also confirmed for Calling Festival, taking to the stage on Saturday 28 June 2014.

Calling Festival has taken the established Hard Rock Calling festival and given it a fresh new twist at a brand new home. The festival, held at London's Clapham Common, will feature multiple stages with 20 of the hottest acts in rock and pop performing each day, some exciting surprises and amazing on site facilities including an array of food stalls, funfair and much more.

Live Nation's Vice President of Promotions, Toby Leighton-Pope, commented: "This year is one of the most exciting on record for the Calling Festival. We're looking forward to bringing the new look event to Clapham Common, one of London's premiere outdoor locations. And we're bringing one of America's most iconic bands to headline Saturday 28 June. There's still lots of announcements to come, including a big Sunday night headliner, and we're excited at what's in store."

Previous 'Calling' headliners have included Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Paul Simon, Pearl Jam, Paul McCartney, The Who, Rod Stewart and Stevie Wonder.

Further artist announcements for Calling Festival to follow soon, approximately 20 acts across multiple stages.

Ticketing information:
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Calling Festival 2014 is Subject to Licence and Planning

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Musicians, Comedians and Boston Natives Rocked TD Garden During Boston Strong Benefit 3696457 News

Despite being put together in mere weeks, the Boston Strong concert, which took place last night at Boston’s TD Garden, was a complete success. Headlined by acts like Aerosmith (who flew in from Singapore for the occasion,) J. Geils and James Taylor, the gig had enough energy and momentum to ring as a celebration of Boston’s spirit, not a lament of the bombing, which rocked the city in April. Rolling Stone recapped the gig.

The show began, appropriately, with guitarist Tom Scholtz’s rendition of the Star Spangled Banner and continued with acts like Aerosmith, New Kids on the Block, blue-collar rockers J. Geils Band ripping through enthusiastic, high energy sets, interrupted by the occasional teary-eyed moment, where appropriate. Naturally, powerhouse rockers Boston made an appearance, in keeping with the night’s theme of Bostonians helping out and performing for other Bostonians.

It was definitely a celebration of Boston’s spirit and culture, with comedian as comedian Steve Sweeney, a local legend, said before introducing the Geils Band, when people ask, "How you doin'?," locals are liable to reply, "Mind your own goddamn business, you nosy bastard!"

Even self-aware humor had a place at the benefit. But at the end, Aerosmith brought it back to the spirit of togetherness, when they prompted an all-inclusive singalong to their version of "Come Together." It was a night of unity and one to be remembered for sure and the best part – the performers offered their services for free, as did Ticketmaster and TD Garden, meaning that most of the proceeds will go to the One Fund and from there, to victims of the bombing and their families.

Aerosmith, iHeart Radio
Aerosmith brought the house down - or up on its feet - with their final number.

James Taylor, Organizing for America
James Taylor was one of the stars who donated their time for the event.

Despite being put together in mere weeks, the Boston Strong concert, which took place last night at Boston’s TD Garden, was a complete success. Headlined by acts like Aerosmith (who flew in from Singapore for the occasion,) J. Geils and James Taylor, the gig had enough energy and momentum to ring as a celebration of Boston’s spirit, not a lament of the bombing, which rocked the city in April. Rolling Stone recapped the gig.

The show began, appropriately, with guitarist Tom Scholtz’s rendition of the Star Spangled Banner and continued with acts like Aerosmith, New Kids on the Block, blue-collar rockers J. Geils Band ripping through enthusiastic, high energy sets, interrupted by the occasional teary-eyed moment, where appropriate. Naturally, powerhouse rockers Boston made an appearance, in keeping with the night’s theme of Bostonians helping out and performing for other Bostonians.

It was definitely a celebration of Boston’s spirit and culture, with comedian as comedian Steve Sweeney, a local legend, said before introducing the Geils Band, when people ask, "How you doin'?," locals are liable to reply, "Mind your own goddamn business, you nosy bastard!"

Even self-aware humor had a place at the benefit. But at the end, Aerosmith brought it back to the spirit of togetherness, when they prompted an all-inclusive singalong to their version of "Come Together." It was a night of unity and one to be remembered for sure and the best part – the performers offered their services for free, as did Ticketmaster and TD Garden, meaning that most of the proceeds will go to the One Fund and from there, to victims of the bombing and their families.

Aerosmith, iHeart Radio
Aerosmith brought the house down - or up on its feet - with their final number.

James Taylor, Organizing for America
James Taylor was one of the stars who donated their time for the event.

31st May 2013 3358009
Aerosmith, New Kids On The Block Rock TD Garden For Boston Benefit 3695655 News

The Boston Strong benefit for the victims of the marathon bombings last month has only been in the works for a few weeks. In that time, the event team managed to pull together a star-studded lineup, from Aerosmith to New Kids on the Block, all performing for free. The venue – TD Garden - and even Ticketmaster.com also waived all fees in the spirit of charity. Somehow, Boston Strong worked and it worked well, with barely any time to organize. Acts included some proud Bostonians, as well as acts, who just performed out of solidarity for the city’s people. Acts like Jason Aldean, Dane Cook, James Taylor and Aerosmith, who flew in from Singapore, the latest stop in their tour, just to participate, reports Reuters.

“To say everyone is checking their ego at the door is a cliche, but it’s true,” said New Kid Donnie Wahlberg for Boston.com. “To walk down the hallway and bump into Carole King and have her say ‘Thank you. Your city is so great. . . . There’s no place for rock star attitudes tonight.”

The sole reason behind the concert was helping Boston and its citizens move on, and it looks like the event has been a huge success. At prices between $35 and $285, tickets had been sold out for weeks for the 17,500-seat venue, with net proceeds to be donated to The One Fund and, through it, victims of the bombing.

Steven Tyler, Today Show
Steven Tyler and Co. flew in from Singapore to perform.

New Kids On The Block
NKOTB even helped organize the gig.

The Boston Strong benefit for the victims of the marathon bombings last month has only been in the works for a few weeks. In that time, the event team managed to pull together a star-studded lineup, from Aerosmith to New Kids on the Block, all performing for free. The venue – TD Garden - and even Ticketmaster.com also waived all fees in the spirit of charity. Somehow, Boston Strong worked and it worked well, with barely any time to organize. Acts included some proud Bostonians, as well as acts, who just performed out of solidarity for the city’s people. Acts like Jason Aldean, Dane Cook, James Taylor and Aerosmith, who flew in from Singapore, the latest stop in their tour, just to participate, reports Reuters.

“To say everyone is checking their ego at the door is a cliche, but it’s true,” said New Kid Donnie Wahlberg for Boston.com. “To walk down the hallway and bump into Carole King and have her say ‘Thank you. Your city is so great. . . . There’s no place for rock star attitudes tonight.”

The sole reason behind the concert was helping Boston and its citizens move on, and it looks like the event has been a huge success. At prices between $35 and $285, tickets had been sold out for weeks for the 17,500-seat venue, with net proceeds to be donated to The One Fund and, through it, victims of the bombing.

Steven Tyler, Today Show
Steven Tyler and Co. flew in from Singapore to perform.

New Kids On The Block
NKOTB even helped organize the gig.

31st May 2013 3358009
Benefit For Boston Victims Will Include Aerosmith And New Kids On The Block 3642876 News

A number of musicians and comedians – the list so far includes Aerosmith, New Kids On The Block, James Taylor, Dane Cook and a number of others - have signed on to perform in the upcoming benefit for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. The tragedy, which took place on April 15, claimed the lives of three people and left many more injured. However, in the aftermath of the blast, the world saw unprecedented acts of kindness and compassion from Bostonians and visitors. Now, the entertainers, some of them Boston natives themselves, hope to do their part as well.

Boston's own NKOTB member Donnie Wahlberg revealed to MTV, "Like so many other proud Bostonians who have been extremely generous, we are honored to step up and do our part to help the victims and their families. Hopefully this event will not only raise money, but spirits as well."

Boston Strong: An Evening of Support and Celebration will take place on May 30 at TD Garden and ticket sales will benefit charity organisation The One Fund and through that – the victims and those affected by the explosions. Some other confirmed performers so far include J. Geils Band, Godsmack, Extreme, Steven Wright, Jason Aldean, Jimmy Buffett, and Carole King, but the list is sure to expand as the night of the benefit approaches.

NKOTB, J&R Meet and Greet
NKOTB are just one of the acts, set to grace the stage on May 30. 

 

A number of musicians and comedians – the list so far includes Aerosmith, New Kids On The Block, James Taylor, Dane Cook and a number of others - have signed on to perform in the upcoming benefit for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. The tragedy, which took place on April 15, claimed the lives of three people and left many more injured. However, in the aftermath of the blast, the world saw unprecedented acts of kindness and compassion from Bostonians and visitors. Now, the entertainers, some of them Boston natives themselves, hope to do their part as well.

Boston's own NKOTB member Donnie Wahlberg revealed to MTV, "Like so many other proud Bostonians who have been extremely generous, we are honored to step up and do our part to help the victims and their families. Hopefully this event will not only raise money, but spirits as well."

Boston Strong: An Evening of Support and Celebration will take place on May 30 at TD Garden and ticket sales will benefit charity organisation The One Fund and through that – the victims and those affected by the explosions. Some other confirmed performers so far include J. Geils Band, Godsmack, Extreme, Steven Wright, Jason Aldean, Jimmy Buffett, and Carole King, but the list is sure to expand as the night of the benefit approaches.

NKOTB, J&R Meet and Greet
NKOTB are just one of the acts, set to grace the stage on May 30. 

 

5th May 2013 3358009
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