Tom Keifer is out on his solo tour. Halestorm is also (perpetually) on the road. The two acts both performed at the Taste of Minnesota last Saturday... and Tom joined Halestorm on stage for some tunes. I always enjoy seeing clips of Tom performing with other rockers. He's a musician's musician, if you know what I mean. Awesome stuff here.
Just by chance, I ended up watching an entire Orkin commercial while clicking around YouTube... and basically the commercial is awesome. Lots of metal references and science, too! Plus, a major advertising firm used the phrase "grindcore" and I love that! Pretty smart advertising if you ask me. Also, I love all the metal references!
Showbiz411.com has a shocking article on the state of the music industry these days. According to the post, album sales are down more than 14% for the first six months of 2014.
From the post:
"According to Nielsen, during the first six months of 2014, sales of all albums both physical and digital were down 14.9%. And sales just of digital downloads (from iTunes mostly) were down 11.6%."
But wait, there's more: the article goes on with this nugget of news:
"Sales of CDs were down 19.6%. What was up? Streaming jumped 50%. And sales of vinyl LPs were up 40%."
To recap, music sales suck, and only dinosaurs like you and me actually buy physical media anymore. I don't have a paid Pandora subscription or anything like that, but I do have Amazon Prime and Prime Music just rolled out last month and so far I like it, so I can definitely see the draw of using streaming music only. Still, there's something very special about owning physical copies of your favorite album -- typically in various formats! I can't help but think the kids of today are missing out on having a real relationship with their favorite bands. Come to think of it, kids today probably don't even have favorite bands, do they? I suspect they might have favorite songs... or YouTube channels... or "favorite musician on Instagram."
Sales data be damned, music is a business and artists must get paid for their work. So, like the article on Showbiz411 -- I certainly hope streaming companies figure out a way to compensate musicians fairly -- and fast. Because the future is here and sadly, the days of physical album sales seem long gone.
Motley Crue just started The Final Tour a few days ago. The band kicked off the tour in Grand Rapids and the reviews are horrid. Apparently the show was a train wreck. Anyway, a piece of news was that Motley performed their new song "All Bad Things Must End" during the show. It's hard to hear what Vince Neil is saying at the beginning of the song, but the audio clears up midway through (or else he just projects better). At any rate, the song just seems kind of mediocre at best. But we'll see - I'm sure I'll learn to love it.
Happy July 4th!
The other day we talked about the upcoming Motley Crue country tribute album. Now, there's a bluegrass cover of Dio's "Holy Diver." I'm actually a fan of bluegrass. Alison Krauss + Union Station is one of my favorite acts! But, this Dio cover is a little odd. The cover was done by Steve n' Seagulls.
And for fun, my favorite Alison Krauss + Union Station song, "Restless" from my top five favorite album of all time, Lonely Runs Both Ways.
The tour buses used by Styx and Foreigner caught fire yesterday. The buses were actually parked at the time of the fire.
Apparently the buses that were damaged were for the crew and not band members. The good news is that no one was hurt and no gear was destroyed. No word on the cause. Styx and Foreigner are on the road together, touring under the umbrella of "The Soundtrack of Summer."
The bands play tonight in New Jersey.
Here's an aerial picture of the fire, courtesy of Twitter and TMZ.com. I'm just glad no one was hurt!