viernes, 11 de marzo de 2016

Meat Loaf


Un día como hoy, BatOutOfHell‬ de Meat Loaf acampó en las listas de ventas de Reino Unido para quedarse ¡más de 400 semanas!
Michael Lee Aday, conocido artísticamente como Meat Loaf (nacido como Michael Lee Aday, Dallas, Texas, Estados Unidos, 27 de septiembre de 1947), es un cantante y actor estadounidense. También bajo el nombre de Meat Loaf se conoce a la banda que lidera y de la que es vocalista. Es conocido por su álbum Bat Out of Hell. Ha vendido 43 millones de discos.
                                         

Michael Lee Aday (born Marvin Lee Aday; September 27, 1947) is an American musician and actor better known by his stage name Meat Loaf. He is noted for the Bat Out of Hell trilogy of albums, consisting of Bat Out of Hell, Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell, and Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster is Loose. Bat Out of Hell has sold more than 43 million copies worldwide. Almost 40 years after its release, it still sells an estimated 200,000 copies annually, and stayed on the charts for over nine years, making it one of the best selling albums of all time. He is also known for his powerful wide-ranging operatic voice and theatrical live performances. After he enjoyed success with Bat Out of Hell and Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell and earned a Grammy Award for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance for the song "I'd Do Anything for Love", Meat Loaf experienced some initial difficulty establishing a steady career within the United States. However, he has retained iconic status and popularity in Europe, especially the United Kingdom where he received the 1994 Brit Award for Best selling album and single, appeared in the 1997 film Spice World, and ranks 23rd for the number of weeks spent on the UK charts as of 2006. He ranked 96th on VH1's "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock". He is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, with worldwide sales of more than 80 million records. He has also appeared in over 50 movies and television shows, sometimes as himself or as characters resembling his stage persona. His most notable roles include Eddie in the The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), Robert "Bob" Paulson in David Fincher's Fight Club (1999) and "The Lizzard" in The 51st State (2002). He also appeared in several television shows such as Monk, Glee, South Park, House, M.D. and Tales from the Crypt as a guest actor.

miércoles, 9 de marzo de 2016

John Cale cumple 74 años

John Davies Cale, OBE (9 de marzo de 1942) es un músico galés, compositor, multiinstrumentista y productor. Es muy conocido por haber integrado la mítica banda neoyorquina Velvet Underground en la segunda mitad de la década del '60, para más tarde abandonarla por discrepancias con Lou Reed.




 John Davies Cale, OBE (born 9 March 1942) is a Welsh musician, composer, singer-songwriter and record producer who was a founding member of the American experimental rock band the Velvet Underground. Though best known for his work in rock music, Cale has worked in various genres including drone and classical, and studied music at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Since leaving the Velvet Underground in 1968 he has released approximately 30 albums. Of his solo work, Cale is perhaps best known for his album Paris 1919, and his cover version of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah", plus his mid-1970s Island Records trilogy of albums: Fear, Slow Dazzle and Helen of Troy. Cale has produced or collaborated with Lou Reed, Nico, La Monte Young, John Cage, Terry Riley, Hector Zazou, Cranes, Nick Drake, Mike Heron, Kevin Ayers, Brian Eno, Patti Smith, the Stooges, Lio, the Modern Lovers, Art Bergmann, Manic Street Preachers and frontman James Dean Bradfield, Super Furry Animals, Marc Almond, Element of Crime, Squeeze, Happy Mondays, LCD Soundsystem, the Replacements, Siouxsie and the Banshees and Animal Collective. Cale was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Velvet Underground in 1996, and appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2010.

lunes, 7 de marzo de 2016

David Gilmour cumplió 70 años

David Gilmour, CBE ( Reino Unido, 6 de marzo de 1946) es un músico británico conocido por ser el vocalista, guitarrista, multi-instrumentalista y compositor principal junto a Roger Waters de la banda británica de rock progresivo Pink Floyd tras el abandono de Syd Barrett. Junto con su trabajo en esta banda, Gilmour ha colaborado en otras publicaciones como productor y ha estado envuelto activamente en ONG a lo largo de su carrera. En el año 2003 fue nombrado comendador de la Orden del Imperio Británico. En el último listado de los 100 mejores guitarristas, por la revista Rolling Stone, está posicionado en el decimocuarto lugar (entre Albert King y Freddy King). Gilmour entró en Pink Floyd en enero de 1968, convirtiendo a la banda en un quinteto durante un corto período. En esos momentos, su trabajo consistía en sustituir a Syd Barrett cuando éste no podía continuar con los conciertos. Cuando Barrett dejó el grupo, Gilmour se convirtió en el guitarrista y en uno de los vocalistas (junto con Roger Waters y Richard Wright) del grupo. Después de la publicación de The Dark Side of the Moon y Wish You Were Here, Waters se hizo con el control de la banda, componiendo la mayoría de las canciones de Animals y The Wall. Wright fue despedido durante la grabación de The Wall, y las relaciones entre Waters y Gilmour se deterioraron durante las sesiones de The Final Cut y el rodaje de la película The Wall. About Face Live tour, Bruselas 1984 En 1985, Roger Waters anuncia a través de un comunicado, que abandonaba la banda, y manifestaba que Pink Floyd dejó de ser una fuerza creativa viable, y de esta manera asumiendo que la banda (sin él) había llegado a su fin. No obstante Gilmour y Nick Mason publicaron un comunicado en el cual anunciaban la salida oficial de Waters y que los dos músicos pensaban continuar sin él. A partir de este anuncio, comenzó una gran batalla legal en torno al uso del nombre de la banda. Gilmour y Mason pensaron en sumar a Wright al regreso de Pink Floyd, lo cual ayudaría en la puja por el uso del nombre. La condición sería que Wright contribuiría en los shows en vivo tocando teclados, pero recibiría la paga de un músico de sesión y su nombre aparecería en los créditos del disco de retorno (A Momentary Lapse of Reason). De esta forma, el trío logra ganar la batalla legal y quedarse con el uso exclusivo del nombre, pero Waters recibiría un canon fijo por show de Pink Floyd en los cuales se hiciera alusión a ideas de Waters, como los cerdos inflables, el helicóptero, el avión incendiado, etc. Gilmour, de este modo, asumió el control casi total de la banda, y compuso A Momentary Lapse of Reason con algunas contribuciones de Mason y escasas de Wright. De hecho, en los primeros shows de presentación del disco, ni Mason ni Wright tocaron, ya que no se encontraban en condiciones de tocar en vivo por el largo tiempo sin tocar que llevaban. Respecto de esto, Gilmour dijo que la gira de A Momentary Lapse of Reason realmente trajo a sus amigos "de vuelta a la vida" (nótese lo similar de la expresión al tema "Coming back to life" del posterior disco The Division Bell). "Tenía numerosos problemas con la dirección de la banda en el pasado reciente, antes de que Roger se fuese. Yo pensaba que las canciones tenían muchas palabras, porque su significado específico era muy importante, y la música se convertía en un mero vehículo para las letras, no inspiraba. Dark Side of the Moon y Wish You Were Here fueron muy exitosos no sólo por las contribuciones de Roger, sino también porque había un mejor equilibrio entre la música y las letras como lo hay en los álbumes más recientes. Eso es lo que estoy intentando hacer con A Momentary Lapse of Reason, más enfoque en las letras, restaurando el equilibrio". En 1994, y luego de una de las giras más exitosas comercialmente en la historia de la música, el trío de vuelve a reunir en los estudios para componer y publicar The Division Bell, en el cual tanto Mason como Wright y obviamente el mismo David, tocarían todas sus partes, y Wright colaboraría con el aporte de un tema. La respectiva gira fue capturada en CD y DVD bajo el nombre P•U•L•S•E, en la cual repasarían gran parte del repertorio de Floyd. En 1986, Gilmour adquirió la casa flotante Astoria, en el río Támesis y la transformó en un estudio de grabación. La mayor parte de los últimos álbumes de Pink Floyd, así como el disco en solitario de Gilmour, On An Island, fueron grabados allí. El 2 de julio de 2005, Gilmour tocó con Pink Floyd (incluyendo a Waters) en el Live 8. La actuación incrementó temporalmente en un 1.343% las ventas del disco Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd.1 Como resultado, Gilmour donó todos sus beneficios del concierto a organizaciones de caridad y organizaciones no gubernamentales. Live 8 en Londres, julio de 2005 El 3 de febrero de 2006, en una entrevista al diario italiano La Repubblica, anunció que era muy improbable que Pink Floyd se reuniesen para hacer giras y escribir material nuevo. "Creo que lo suficiente es lo suficiente. Tengo 60 años. No tengo la oportunidad de trabajar mucho más. Pink Floyd fue una parte importante de mi vida, me lo pasé maravillosamente, pero se acabó. Para mí es mucho menos complicado trabajar solo". On an Island Tour 2006 En diciembre de 2006, Gilmour publicó un tributo a Syd Barrett, que había muerto en julio de aquel año, que consistía en su propia versión del primer single de Pink Floyd, "Arnold Layne". Fue grabado en directo en el Royal Albert Hall de Londres, y contiene además las versiones de algunas de las canciones de Pink Floyd interpretadas por el teclista de la banda, Richard Wright, y por el invitado especial David Bowie. El single entró en el puesto 19 de la lista UK Top 75, y se mantuvo ahí durante tres semanas

David Jon Gilmour, CBE (born 6 March 1946), is an English musician, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. In a career spanning more than 50 years, he is best known for his work as the guitarist and co-lead vocalist of the progressive rock band Pink Floyd. It was estimated that by 2012 the group had sold over 250 million records worldwide, including 75 million units sold in the United States. In addition to his work with Pink Floyd, Gilmour has produced a variety of artists, for example the Dream Academy, and has had a solo career. In 2005, Gilmour was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his services to music. He was awarded with the Outstanding Contribution title at the 2008 Q Awards. In 2011, Rolling Stone magazine ranked him number 14 in their list of the greatest guitarists of all time. Additionally, Gilmour was voted number 36 in the greatest voices in rock by Planet Rock listeners in 2009. In late December 1967, drummer Nick Mason approached Gilmour and asked him if he would be interested in joining Pink Floyd. He accepted and soon afterward became their fifth member; they initially intended to continue with Barrett as a nonperforming songwriter. One of the group's business partners, Peter Jenner, commented: "The idea was that Dave would ... cover for Barrett's eccentricities and when that got to be not workable, Syd was just going to write. Just to try to keep him involved". By March 1968, working with Barrett had become too difficult, so Pink Floyd met with business partners Jenner and Andrew King to discuss the situation. During the meeting, Barrett agreed to leave the band and the others committed to moving on without him. Waters later admitted: "He was our friend, but most of the time we now wanted to strangle him". Jenner and King, who believed Barrett to be the creative genius of the band, decided to represent him and end their relationship with Pink Floyd. After Barrett's departure, Gilmour sang much of Pink Floyd's lead vocals; Waters and keyboard player Rick Wright also occasionally sang lead. After the successes of The Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You Were Here, Waters took greater control of the band, writing and singing lead on most of Animals and The Wall. Wright was fired during the sessions for The Wall, and the relationship between Gilmour and Waters would further deteriorate during the making of the eponymous film, and later during recording sessions for The Final Cut. The last band performance of The Wall took place on 16 June 1981, at Earls Court, London; it was Pink Floyd's last appearance with Waters until the band's reunion on 2 July 2005, at the Live 8 concert in London's Hyde Park, 24 years later. Gilmour performing with Pink Floyd in the mid-1970s By the late 1970s, Gilmour began to think that his musical talents were being underused by Pink Floyd, so in 1978 he channelled his ideas into the eponymous solo album, David Gilmour, which showcased his guitar playing and songwriting skills. Music written during the finishing stages of the album, but too late to be used, were incorporated into song by Waters, which became "Comfortably Numb", which was included on The Wall. The negative atmosphere surrounding the creation of The Wall album and subsequent film, compounded by The Final Cut's virtually being a Roger Waters solo album, led Gilmour to produce his second solo album, About Face, in 1984. He used it to express his feelings about a range of topics, from the murder of John Lennon to his relationship with Waters. He has since admitted that he also used the album to distance himself from Pink Floyd. He toured Europe and the US along with support act the Television Personalities, who were promptly dropped from the line-up after Dan Treacy unwisely revealed Syd Barrett's address on stage. Mason also made a guest appearance on the UK leg of the tour, which despite some cancellations eventually turned a profit. When he returned from touring, Gilmour played guitar with a range of artists, and also produced the Dream Academy, who had a top ten hit with "Life in a Northern Town". In 1985, Waters declared that Pink Floyd were "a spent force creatively". Gilmour and Mason responded with a press release stating that Waters had quit the band and they intended to continue without him. Gilmour assumed full control of the group and produced A Momentary Lapse of Reason in 1987 with some contributions from Mason and Richard Wright. Wright officially rejoined the band after the release of the album for a lengthy world tour and helped create 1994's The Division Bell. Gilmour explained: "I had a number of problems with the direction of the band in our recent past, before Roger left. I thought the songs were very wordy and that, because the specific meanings of those words were so important, the music became a mere vehicle for lyrics, and not a very inspiring one. Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You Were Here were so successful not just because of Roger's contributions, but also because there was a better balance between the music and the lyrics than there has been in more recent albums. That's what I'm trying to do with A Momentary Lapse of Reason; more focus on the music, restore the balance." In 1986, Gilmour purchased the houseboat Astoria, moored it on the River Thames near Hampton Court and transformed it into a recording studio. The majority of the two Pink Floyd albums released about this time, as well as Gilmour's 2006 solo release On an Island, were recorded there. On 2 July 2005, Gilmour played with Pink Floyd—including Roger Waters—at Live 8. The performance caused a temporary sales increase of Pink Floyd's album Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd. Gilmour donated all of his resulting profits to charities that reflect the goals of Live 8 saying: "Though the main objective has been to raise consciousness and put pressure on the G8 leaders, I will not profit from the concert. This is money that should be used to save lives." Shortly after, he called upon all artists experiencing a surge in sales from Live 8 performances to donate the extra revenue to Live 8 fund-raising. After the Live 8 concert, Pink Floyd were offered £150 million to tour the United States, but the band turned down the offer. On 3 February 2006, he announced in an interview with the Italian newspaper La Repubblica that Pink Floyd would most likely never tour or write material together again. He said: "I think enough is enough. I am 60 years old. I don't have the will to work as much any more. Pink Floyd was an important part in my life, I have had a wonderful time, but it's over. For me it's much less complicated to work alone." Regarding agreeing to play at Live 8, he said: "There was more than one reason, firstly to support the cause. The second one is the energy-consuming and uncomfortable relationship between Roger and me that I was carrying along in my heart. That is why we wanted to perform and to leave the trash behind. Thirdly, I might have regretted it if I declined." On 20 February 2006, Gilmour commented again on Pink Floyd's future when he was interviewed by Billboard.com, stating, "Who knows? I have no plans at all to do that. My plans are to do my concerts and put my solo record out." In December 2006, Gilmour released a tribute to Syd Barrett, who had died on 7 July of that year, in the form of his own version of Pink Floyd's first single "Arnold Layne".[38] Recorded live at London's Royal Albert Hall, the single featured versions of the song performed by Richard Wright and special guest artist David Bowie. The single peaked on the UK Top 75 singles chart at number nineteen. Since their Live 8 appearance in 2005, Gilmour has repeatedly said that there will be no Pink Floyd reunion. With the death of Pink Floyd keyboardist Richard Wright in September 2008, another reunion of the core group members became impossible. After his death, his surviving former bandmates praised him for his influence on the sound of Pink Floyd. Gilmour said of Wright: "In the welter of arguments about who or what was Pink Floyd, Rick's enormous input was frequently forgotten. He was gentle, unassuming and private but his soulful voice and playing were vital, magical components of our most recognised Pink Floyd sound. Like Rick, I don't find it easy to express my feelings in words, but I loved him and will miss him enormously. I have never played with anyone quite like him."