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Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony share video tribute to Eddie Van Halen - NME
Van Halen bandmates Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony have shared a video tribute to their late friend and band member, Eddie Van Halen.
Former Van Halen bandmates Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony have shared a video tribute to their late friend and founding band member, Eddie Van Halen. The pair posted the clip to YouTube yesterday (October 8), following a rehearsal of Sammys Birthday Bash, a virtual concert set to be livestreamed on nugs.tv later this month. In the video, the singer and bassist opened up about rehearsing Van Halen songs for the first time since hearing the news of Van Halens death. “After the unfortunate thing that happened with Eddie Van Halen yesterday, which was, for Mike and I, just was like getting hit by a freaking Mack Truck, kinda took the wind out of the sails, Hagar said. “A Van Halen song never felt so hard to sing and play in my life.” “Its very surreal right now,” added Anthony. “It hasnt sunk in yet.” Watch the tribute video below: Van Halen passed away from throat cancer at the age of 65 earlier this week. His son, Wolfgang Van Halen, broke the news on social media, sharing a photo of his father along with a touching statement. I cant believe Im having to write this, but my father, Edward Lodewijk Van Halen, has lost his long and arduous battle with cancer this morning, he wrote. He was the best father I could ever ask for. Every moment Ive shared with him on and off stage was a gift. My heart is broken and I dont think Ill ever fully recover from this loss. I love you so much, Pop. pic.twitter.com/kQqDV7pulR — Wolf Van Halen (@WolfVanHalen) October 6, 2020 The announcement was met with an outpouring of tributes from the music community, with Ozzy Osbourne, Billy Idol, Metallica, Mötley Crües Nikki Sixx, Gene Simmons and Lenny Kravitz among those paying their respects. Van Halens widow, Jane Liszewski, also shared an emotional tribute to her late husband, sharing her sentiments on Instagram. Our journey together has not always been an easy one but in the end and always we have a connection and love that will always be, she wrote. Saying goodbye is the hardest thing I have ever had to do so instead I say so long, I will see you again soon in a place with no pain or sorrow.” Hagar, whose relationship with Van Halen had been rocky at the end of their 2004 reunion tour, told The Howard Stern Show in a statement that the pair had recently rekindled their friendship. “Eddie and I had been texting, and its been a love fest since we started communicating earlier this year,” Hagar revealed. “We both agreed not to tell anyone, because of all the rumors it would stir up about a reunion, et cetera, and we both knew that wasnt gonna happen.”
‘Black Panther’ producer shares emotional final text from Chadwick Boseman - NME
'Black Panther' producer Nate Moore has shared the touching final text sent to him by Chadwick Boseman, regarding their Make-A-Wish work
Black Panther producer Nate Moore has shared the final text sent to him by Chadwick Boseman. Speaking to People, who devoted their last issue to Boseman after the beloved actor died from colon cancer at the age of 43 last week, Moore said he and Boseman had been working together to send a young fan gifts through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a nonprofit organisation that supports critically ill children. “We worked together to get a young boy a voice note from [Bosemans Black Panther character] TChalla, as well as a package of toys no easy feat when we werent allowed to leave our homes or go to the office,” Moore said. “But Chad figured out how to make it work because he cared so intently, and in hindsight, so personally.” Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther. Credit: Disney According to Moore, Bosemans final text read: “It broke me, man. But we need to do that for them. People deserve abundant life, special moments. Theyve been through hell battling disease. “If we were able to ease their suffering and bring joy for a moment …then we made a difference in his life.” Boseman kept his diagnosis private from studio executives and even his fellow actors and collaborators as he intended on shooting a sequel to Marvel‘s Black Panther. On Friday (September 4) it was confirmed that the late actor is to be honoured with a statue in his hometown. In the days following his death, a petition was started calling for a Confederate monument to be replaced with a statue of Boseman.
Aaron Dessner says he kept Taylor Swift collaboration secret from 8 year-old daughter - NME
Taylor Swift's 'Folklore' collaborator Aaron Dessner has described keeping his collaboration with the star secret from his daughter.
Aaron Dessner has described having to keep his collaboration with Taylor Swift on new album ‘Folklore’ secret from his eight-year-old daughter. The National guitarist co-wrote and produced 11 of the 16 songs on Swift’s surprise new album, which dropped on Friday (July 24). After previously saying that he’s “rarely been so inspired by someone” as Swift, Dessner expanded on the process of working on ‘Folklore’ in a new interview with Zane Lowe on Apple Music. “I was so glad that we kept it [a secret] because I didnt want to be the one that spilled the beans,” Dessner said of the secrecy surrounding the album. “I have a eight-year-old daughter, and one day she asked me. She’s just like, ‘Daddy, do you know Taylor Swift?’ It was the morning after we’d written one of these songs. “And every time we would write a song, it was like a weird lightning bolt, getting this struck by lightning or something, just exhilarated with electricity. I just looked her straight in the eye and said, ‘No’. I honoured my confidentiality.” Dessner has also recently said that his creative relationship with Swift “feels like an ongoing collaboration,” hinting that more music may arrive in the future. Giving ‘Folklore’ a four-star album review, NME wrote: “‘Folklore’ feels fresh, forward-thinking and, most of all, honest. The glossy production shes lent on for the past half-decade is cast aside for simpler, softer melodies and wistful instrumentation. “It’s the sound of an artist whos bored of calculated releases and wanted to try something different.”
Dave Grohl reflects on making Foo Fighters' debut album 25 years on - NME
Dave Grohl has reflected on making Foo Fighters’ self-titled debut album, 25 years after its release, in a new interview to mark the anniversary.
Dave Grohl has reflected on making Foo Fighters self-titled debut album, 25 years after its release. The bands frontman recorded an initial tape version of the album almost entirely by himself for fun before record labels expressed interest in releasing it. Speaking to Matt Wilkinson on Apple Musics Beats 1, Grohl recalled the process of making the album. I actually recorded the whole thing in sequence, he said. I was really, really excited to do this. I mean, it was almost like a school project. I was preparing, I had charts. He continued to reveal his favourite song from the album during those sessions, saying it was Exhausted. I really loved the song Exhausted, he explained. That one came later than a lot of the other ones. The guitar sound, which is so crazy and blown out, it was done with this amp that Barrett [Jones, co-producer] had bought in London that was a petrol can. It was this red plastic petrol can the kind that you would use if your car ran out of gas with this little speaker. It was maybe an eight-inch speaker in it and theres battery power. You put batteries in it. And if the batteries were just dead enough, the thing just sounded like this apocalyptic distortion that was so cool, and thats the sound on the song and the record. Grohl initially only made 100 cassette copies of the album and said he would give them out to friends when he ran into them. There was a guy who lived in town that had a radio show, but he also, I think, worked for a record label, he said. And he called and left a message on my answering machine and he said, Hey, I played this for the record company and I think they want to put it out. And I thought, Well shit, its just a demo, Grohl said. But thats when the alarms went off where Im like, Oh man, maybe it should be a record. Maybe I should release it. So I sent one to my manager, John. Im like, Yeah, a record company wants to put out this tape I made. He goes, Send it to me. So I sent it to him and he goes, What do you want to do? And I said, I dont know, I mean it could be fun to make a record. Elsewhere, Grohl revealed who he would dedicate Foo Fighters debut album to if he were re-writing its liner notes today. It should be a lot of people, but I would dedicate it to Krist [Novoselic, Nirvana bassist] and Kurt [Cobain], he said. I have children [so] I cant say its the most important event in my entire life, but its safe to say that we wouldnt be here right now talking about this if it werent for my time in Nirvana. I learned so many lessons from Kurt, I learned so many lessons from Krist. It was such an honour to be in that band and it was so devastating when it ended. But we have that catalogue of music that we made together and that experience changed not only us, but a lot of the world that we lived in. So I think that that was probably my life’s most formative period. Meanwhile, Grohl has also reflected on how writing some of Foo Fighters earliest songs like their debut single This Is A Call acted as an exorcism of the grief he felt when Cobain died.