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In 2008 and at the age of 45, Flea, bass player of the multiplatinum rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers, enrolled as a freshman at University of Southern California’s music program to learn the academic side of music.

Flea Goes Back To School As a member of the multiplatinum rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers, Flea wouldn’t seem to need higher education to further his career. But the bassist has just enrolled as a freshman at the University of Southern California’s music program. For Flea, it’s an opportunity to learn the academic side …

In 2008 and at the age of 45, Flea, bass player of the multiplatinum rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers, enrolled as a freshman at University of Southern California’s music program to learn the academic side of music. Read More »

Tori Amos taught herself to play piano at the age of 2, and started composing at the age of 3. She was admitted into the Peabody Conservatory at the age of 5, but lost the scholarship six years later, reportedly due to her dislike for using sheet music and interest in rock and pop music.

Tori Amos Amos is the third child of Mary Ellen (Copeland) and Edison McKinley Amos. She was born at the Old Catawba Hospital in Newton, North Carolina during a trip from their Georgetown home in Washington, D.C. Amos has said that her maternal grandparents each had an Eastern Cherokee grandparent of their own. Of particular …

Tori Amos taught herself to play piano at the age of 2, and started composing at the age of 3. She was admitted into the Peabody Conservatory at the age of 5, but lost the scholarship six years later, reportedly due to her dislike for using sheet music and interest in rock and pop music. Read More »

At the time of his graduation in 1969, Robin Williams was voted “Most Likely Not to Succeed” and “Funniest” by his classmates.

For other uses, see Robin Williams (disambiguation). Robin McLaurin Williams (July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014) was an American actor and comedian. Born in Chicago, Williams began performing stand-up comedy in San Francisco and Los Angeles in the mid-1970s, and is credited with leading San Francisco’s comedy renaissance.[1] After rising to fame playing the …

At the time of his graduation in 1969, Robin Williams was voted “Most Likely Not to Succeed” and “Funniest” by his classmates. Read More »

When Bruce Springsteen was 19, he dodged his army draft by behaving “crazily” during the induction and not writing anything in tests. He later went on to write the song “Born in the USA” which was the singer’s reflection on the plight of American veterans returning home from Vietnam.

Bruce Springsteen 1964–1972: Early years This was different, shifted the lay of the land. Four guys, playing and singing, writing their own material … Rock ‘n’ roll came to my house where there seemed to be no way out … and opened up a whole world of possibilities. —Bruce Springsteen, on the impact of The …

When Bruce Springsteen was 19, he dodged his army draft by behaving “crazily” during the induction and not writing anything in tests. He later went on to write the song “Born in the USA” which was the singer’s reflection on the plight of American veterans returning home from Vietnam. Read More »

Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead loved to play a particular arcade game at his local bar. When he found out he was terminally ill, the bar owner brought the game machine to Lemmy’s apartment so he could keep playing it at home.

Lemmy’s Last Days: How Metal Legend Celebrated 70th, Stared Down Cancer Lemmy concluded the final Motörhead tour on December 11th; two days later, he celebrated his coming 70th birthday with friends and admirers at L.A.’s Whisky a Go Go. Getty Images Two weekends before his death, Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead was celebrating an unlikely milestone …

Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead loved to play a particular arcade game at his local bar. When he found out he was terminally ill, the bar owner brought the game machine to Lemmy’s apartment so he could keep playing it at home. Read More »

Following Kobain’s death, Dave Grohl started Foo Fighters as a small side project. When asked later about the name, he responded “Had I actually considered this to be a career, I probably would have called it something else, because it’s the stupidest fucking band name in the world.”

Prior to the release of Foo Fighters’ 1995 debut album Foo Fighters, which featured Grohl as the only official member, Grohl recruited bassist Nate Mendel and drummer William Goldsmith, both formerly of Sunny Day Real Estate, as well as Nirvana touring guitarist Pat Smear to complete the lineup. Foo Fighters released its sixth album, Echoes, …

Following Kobain’s death, Dave Grohl started Foo Fighters as a small side project. When asked later about the name, he responded “Had I actually considered this to be a career, I probably would have called it something else, because it’s the stupidest fucking band name in the world.” Read More »

When Michael Jackson granted Weird Al Yankovic permission to do “Fat” (a parody of “Bad”), Jackson allowed him to use the same set built for his own “Badder” video from the Moonwalker film. Yankovic said that Jackson’s support helped to gain approval from other artists he wanted to parody.

Alfred Matthew “Weird Al” Yankovic (/ˈjæŋkəvɪk/ YANG-kə-vik;[1] born October 23, 1959)[2] is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, satirist, film producer, and author. Since his first-aired comedy song in 1976, he has sold more than 12 million albums (as of 2007),[3] recorded more than 150 parody and original songs,[4][5][6] and performed more than 1,000 live shows.[7] …

When Michael Jackson granted Weird Al Yankovic permission to do “Fat” (a parody of “Bad”), Jackson allowed him to use the same set built for his own “Badder” video from the Moonwalker film. Yankovic said that Jackson’s support helped to gain approval from other artists he wanted to parody. Read More »

Van Halen stipulated in their performance contracts that a bowl of M&M’s, with all of the brown M&M’s removed, was to be placed in their dressing room. They didn’t do this to be jerks, but as a simple test to see if more important safety and quality specifications were attended to as well.

From 1974 until 1985, the band consisted of guitarist Eddie Van Halen, vocalist David Lee Roth, drummer Alex Van Halen, and bassist Michael Anthony.[7] Former Extreme frontman Gary Cherone was quickly recruited as lead singer to replace Hagar, and Van Halen III was released in 1998. Van Halen went on hiatus until 2003 when they …

Van Halen stipulated in their performance contracts that a bowl of M&M’s, with all of the brown M&M’s removed, was to be placed in their dressing room. They didn’t do this to be jerks, but as a simple test to see if more important safety and quality specifications were attended to as well. Read More »

A section of the budget of the movie “Blues Brothers” was set aside for purchases of cocaine during night shooting.

The Blues Brothers is a 1980 American musical comedy film directed by John Landis.[4] It stars John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd as “Joliet” Jake and Elwood Blues, characters developed from “The Blues Brothers” recurring musical sketch on the NBC variety series Saturday Night Live. It features musical numbers by rhythm and blues (R&B), soul, and …

A section of the budget of the movie “Blues Brothers” was set aside for purchases of cocaine during night shooting. Read More »