mtv on stage & on the record

Schedules Jackson is going to miss:

03/13  The 1st Comeback Stage on V 
03/14  MTV The Show Recording 
03/15  I Can See Your Voice Recording 
03/16  Mcountdown 
03/16  KBS Cool Park Ji Yoon Gayo Plaza Radio 
03/17  SBS Choi Hwajung Power Time Radio 
03/18  Seoul Girls Collection Concert 

Bootlegs (UPDATED 9/16/2017)

I know that I’m not accepting requests currently, but I decided to put some new ones down anyway. Again, I AM NOT ACCEPTING REQUESTS CURRENTLY, but when I start accepting requests again, If you’d like any bootlegs from this list (THERE IS NO LIMIT! YOU CAN HAVE AS MANY AS YOU GUYS WANT!), message me here on Tumblr OR email me at coolbootlegguy@yahoo.com.

Now, START SCAVENGING! :D

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- 3 Musketeers (Aaron Tveit)


- 9 to 5 (FINAL BROADWAY PERFORMANCE)


- 13: The Musical:

* Broadway

* Goodspeed


- 21 Chump Street (Brooklyn Academy of Music (June 7th, 2014) - Original Cast)


- The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (OBC)


- 1776 (Professionally Filmed)


A:

- The Addams Family:

* Broadway and Chicago Mix 

* Chicago Preview


- Avenue Q (OBC)


- A Grand Night For Singing OBC (Video Freezes at 30.00)


- Annie Get Your Gun - May 5, 2006


- A Bed and a Chair (Bernadette Peters & Jeremy Jordan)


- The Apple Tree on Broadway with Kristen Chenoweth


- AHS Drama Department’s Is There Life After High School? (1996)


- Anastasia (Hartford)


- Aladdin:

* OBC 4/11/2014

* 2 Pre-Broadway bootlegs (Info N/A))


- An Evening with Sutton Foster (October 19th, 2013)


- A Bronx Tale (OBC)


- Amelie:

* LA with Phillipa Soo (December 4, 2016)

* First Broadway Preview (AUDIO)

* OBC

* Berkeley Rep with Samantha Barks


- Allegiance (OBC)


- Anything Goes (2011 Broadway Revival with OC)


- ANI (A Parody)


- A Chorus Line:

* 2006 Broadway Revival OPENING NIGHT

* OBC

* Original Run Closing Documentary April 1990


- American Psycho (Broadway Preview)


- An Act of God on Broadway with Jim Parsons


- A Very Potter Musical

- A Very Potter Sequel

- A Very Potter Senior Year


- American Idiot:

* Broadway (5/2/2010)

* Berkeley Rep with Matt Caplan

* Pace University 2015

* Los Angeles

* Pre-Broadway (10/9/2009)


- Assassins:

* Broadway (5/29/2004 with Neil Patrick Harris) 

* ORIGINAL OFF-BROADWAY CAST)


B:

- BroadwayCon Panels:

* History is Happening In Manhattan - The Hamilton Panel

* Even If You’re Little, You Can Do A Lot - Broadway Kids Panel

* Madame Secretary Panel (1-28-2017)

* Waving Through A Window - The Dear Evan Hansen Panel (1.29.2017)

* 10,514,880 Minutes: How Do You Measure 20 Years of RENT? - The Rent Reunion Panel

* In Trousers Reunion Panel

* Something Rotten! Panel (2016)


- Be More Chill (Play)


- Billy Elliot the Musical:

* London 2005 with Liam Mower

* Broadway 2008 with Trent Kowalik

* Chicago 2010 with Tommy Batchelor)


- The Bridges Of Madison County (Broadway 4/16/2014)


- Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (OBC)


- Bat Boy (OOBC)


- Bette Midler’s The Showgirl Must Go On


- The Book of Mormon:

* 2 OBCs with Subtitles (One has only English subtitles and the other has English & either Japanese or Chinese Subtitles. Both are different just so you know!)

* London

* Nic Rouleau & Ben Platt

* Presentation Performance (OBC) (Workshop some costumes, no set) (September 1, 2010)


- Big Fish (Pre-Broadway in Chicago)


- Bring It On Broadway (FULL with ad at beginning and & another in 5 parts)


- Bonnie & Clyde (Both have Jeremy Jordan & Laura Osnes; one is Broadway and the other has Unknown Info)


- Bright Star:

* Broadway (April 2016)

* Broadway (Second to last show (June 2016))

* Reunion Concert (12-12-2016)


C:

- Chess:

* Original Australian Cast, 1990

* Original Broadway Cast June 25, 1988 (CLOSING NIGHT - FINAL SHOW)

* 2008 with Femke Soetenga, Chris Murray & Christian Grygas

* Original London Production


- Cirque de Soleil Paramour (OBC)


- Camelot (Filmed Live on Broadway)


- Come From Away (OBC)


- Company:

* 2011 New York Philharmonic Production with Patti LuPone, Neil Patrick Harris, Jennifer Laura Thompson and Ariana DeBose

* Raul Esparza 

* 2006 Broadway Revival FINAL PERFORMANCE


- Cabaret with Emma Stone


- Curtains (OBC)


- Cry-Baby (OBC)


- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (London)


- Carrie:

* 2012 Off-Broadway Revival

* Stratford 1988 OPENING NIGHT with Betty Buckley

* Seattle 2013 with Alice Ripley as Margaret 

* FINAL PERFORMANCE (ACT 1 ONLY) with B-Roll Footage & Extras)


- Cats (2016 Broadway Revival (7/22/2016))


- Caroline, or Change (OBC)


- The Color Purple

* OBC 

* 2015 Broadway Revival, FULL

* 2015 Broadway Revival, ACT 2 ONLY


- ‘Cannibal! The Musical’ presented by Pineapple-Shaped Lamps


- Carousel (Lincoln Center with Jessie Mueller and Audra McDonald)


- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory:

* West End (1/22/2015)

* West End (7/24/2013)


- Carousel (1994 Broadway Revival)


- Catch Me If You Can Broadway 2011 with Aaron Tveit


- Chicago:

* US Tour

* 2007 Cast


- Crazy For You:

* In the Wings Productions

* Paper Mill Playhouse


D:

- Disaster! on Broadway


- Dogfight


- Daddy Long Legs (Full Live Performance, 2015)


- Dirty Dancing International Tour in Rome


- Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog


- Disney’s Frozen on Ice (2015)


- The Drowsy Chaperone (Nipomo Theatre Company & another with Unknown Info)


- Dreamgirls:

* In Concert (2001) with Audra McDonald, Lilias White, and Heather Headley

* OBC


- Dear Evan Hansen:

* OBC

* Arena Stage (July 26, 2015) [AUDIO]


E:

- Evita (2012 Revival with Elena Roger)


- Evil Dead The Musical (Madison, Wisconsin (National Non-Equity Tour) at Overture Center For The Arts, September 13, 2014)


- Eclipsed on Broadway with Lupita Nyong'o


F:

- Fiddler on the Roof:

*2016 Broadway Revival 

*Broadway 2004


- The First Wives Club - The Musical (Pre-Broadway Tryout) 


- Follies:

* 2011 Broadway Revival with OBC

* Berlin, 1991

* In Concert, 1985


- Fun Home on Broadway 2015 (OBC)


- Firebringer


- First Date with Zachary Levi on Broadway


- [UPCLOSE HD] Frozen Musical - Disney California Adventure - Opening Day


- Finding Neverland:

* Cambridge, MA / A.R.T. (September & August 2014)

* Broadway (Preview)

* Broadway (Kevin Kern as J.M. Barrie)

* Broadway (Tony Yazbeck as J.M. Barrie)

* Alfie Boe


- Falsettos:

* 2016 Broadway Revival (Orchestra view) 

* 2016 Broadway Revival (Mezzanine view)

* 2016 Broadway Revival (Filmed Cinema Version)

* LA, 1993


- Falsettoland (Original Off-Broadway Cast) (NO SOUND FROM 0:09 TO 10:15, SOUND STARTS AT END OF MIRACLE OF JUDAISM)


-Footloose:

* 1999 National Tour in Boston, MA with Matt Morrison as Ren

* Tour on 1-15-2000 with Joe Machota, Kudra Owens, Teresa Marie Sanchez


G:

- Grey Gardens (Broadway - 12-6-06)

- Gigi OBC (2015-03-28)


- Grease 2007 Broadway Cast (with Laura Osnes & Max Crumm)


- Gypsy (2003 Broadway Revival, Filmed April 4, 2003, with Bernadette Peters)


- The Great American Trailer Park Musical! Live Off-Broadway (Final Performance)


- Ghost on Broadway


- Gone With The Wind (April 5, 2008, FIRST PREVIEW, AUDIO ONLY)


- Gypsy:

* 1990 Broadway Revival with Tyne Daly

* 1993 TV Film with Bette Midler


H:

- Hamilton:

* Chicago

* Andrew Rannells as King George III (ACT 1 ONLY)

* Javier Munoz (19.6.2016)

* Broadway (Mezzanine view)

* Broadway (Close-up view)

* Javier Munoz & Lexi Lawson

* 3-23-17 San Francisco (AUDIO)

* Broadway 12-28-16 Evening (AUDIO)

* Edit (with clips from public performances, Chicago, Broadway, etc.))


- Hairspray

* US Tour 2005 (Aaron Tveit as Link)

* Hollywood Bowl with Nick Jonas, 2011 [WITH SPANISH SUBTITLES]


- Hello, Dolly! (2017 Broadway Revival)


- Hand to God (Broadway (April 2, 2015))


- Honeymoon in Vegas OBC


- Holler If Ya Hear Me - Broadway, June 14t


- The Hunchback of Notre Dame (La Jolla Playhouse & Paper Mill Playhouse)


- Heathers:

* Off-Broadway with Dan Domenech as J.D.

* Concert reading at Joe’s Pub (September 14, 2010)

* Original Off-Broadway Cast with Ryan McCartan, ACT 1 ONLY)


- How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying (1995 Broadway Revival)


- Hedwig and the Angry Inch:

* National Tour in Los Angeles, California at the Pantages Theatre (November 6, 2016) with Lena Hall & Shannon Conley

* Broadway with Darren Criss (5/07/15, July 2015 & another with an unknown date)

* Andrew Rannells (8/31/2014 & 8/20/2014)

* John Cameron Mitchell (1998 Off-Broadway & Crate (04/11/15 10PM, 3/27/15, 1/31/15)

* 2003 with Anthony Rapp

* Michael C. Hall (11/05/14)

* Neil Patrick Harris (5/04/14)


I:

- In the Heights

* OBC

* Broadway with Javier Munoz

* OBC Preview


- It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s Superman (1975 ABC TV Special)


- Into the Woods (Broadway (2002 Revival & OBC Pro-Shot)


- If/Then:

* Jackie Burns (2015-02-22)

* 5-25-2014

* August 30, 2014, with Jackie Burns

* Final Broadway Performance

* OBC Preview (2014-03-08)


J:

- Jekyll & Hyde (David Hasselhoff)


- Julie Andrews Concert (Recorded Live on 2.17.1995 - Woodstock 99 East Stage in Rome, NY)


- Jersey Boys on Broadway


- Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (TV Movie by Really Useful Films, 1999 with Donny Osmond, Maria Friedman, Richard Attenborough & Robert Torti)


K:

- The King & I (2015 Broadway Revival, 2015-03-15)


- Kinky Boots (OBC Preview (Full video & 3 Parts on Vimeo))


- Kiss Me, Kate at BBC Proms


L:

- Little Women (OBC)


- The Lyons on Broadway (May 17, 2012)


- Leap of Faith on Broadway (OBC)


- Legally Blonde:

* Broadway (MTV Filmed)

* Broadway (7/1/2007)

* Broadway (4/14/2007)

* San Francisco (2/7/2007)

* Korea (3/11/2010)


- The Light in the Piazza (Filmed Live on Broadway & another bootleg with Unknown Info)


- Les Miserables:

* 10th Anniversary Concert with English & Chinese Subtitles in HD

* 2014 Broadway Preview

* Hollywood Bowl

* Greg Stone as JVJ

* 2014 Broadway Revival (Info N/A)


- Lestat (OPENING NIGHT ON BROADWAY & San Francisco)


- Little Shop of Horrors (2003 Florida Broadway Tryout & 2006 UK Tour)


- Love Never Dies

* Reworked Australian Production

* London (4/29/2010 with pre-changes, missing 25 mins of act 1 & some washouts)

* Ben Lewis and Anna O'Byrne


M:

- Memphis on Broadway (Pro-Shot)


- Merrily We Roll Along:

* Original Australian Cast 1996

* OBC


- The Music Man (2003 TV Movie with Matthew Broderick, Kristen Chenoweth & Cameron Adams)


- The Mystery of Edwin Drood (National Tour US and Info N/A)


- Much Ado About Nothing (Unknown Info)


- Me and My Dick (Original Cast)


- Mamma Mia!:

* London (2/11/2014)

* Pre-Broadway National Tour


- Mary Poppins (Original London Cast, ACT 1 ONLY)


- My Favorite Broadway - The Leading Ladies (09.28.98 at Carnegie Hall)


- Matilda:

* Eliza Holland

* Tori Feinstein

* Oona Laurence (3/6/2013)

* Ripley Sobo (8/23/2014 Matinee)

* Sophia Gennusa


- Miss Saigon:

* Broadway (1/7/2001 with Lea Salonga & Will Chase)

* Manila


N:

- Newsies:

* OBC (March 17, 2012)

* Broadway with advertisements of the filmed version at the beginning of the bootleg

* The Ultimate Broadway Fan Film

* The Filmed Cinema Version)


- Next to Normal:

* LAST PERFORMANCE of Alice Ripley, Jennifer Damiano, and Brian d'Arcy James with speeches at the end

* Second Broadway preview with OC

* Broadway with Jessica Phillips and Kyle Dean Massey

* Off-Broadway (Early Version, Original Cast)

* U.S. Tour


- On the 20th Century (2015 Broadway Revival (3/3/2015 & 2/21/2015)


- Noises Off (2015 Broadway Revival)


- Nice Work If You Can Get It (OBC)


- Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812:

* OBC

* Scott Stangland u/s Pierre


O:

- Oklahoma! with Hugh Jackman


- The Other Palace (London) - Andrew Lloyd Webber and Lin-Manuel Miranda Live Stream 


- Oliver! (London, 2010)


- On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (2011 Broadway Revival with Jessie Mueller)


- Once on Broadway


- On Your Feet! (OBC Preview (October 17, 2015))


P:

- The Phantom of the Opera:

* Broadway (7/21/2016)

* Norm Lewis’ FIRST PERFORMANCE

* London (2/26/2005)


- Pacific Overtures - 1976 Original Broadway Cast


- Peter Pan Live with Cathy Rigby


- The Pirate Queen (Broadway, April 13, 2007)


- Pipe Dream (Encores!)


- Peter Pan Tour June 2012


- Pippin:

* 2014 Broadway Revival with Kyle Dean Massey & Ciara Renee, MISSING PART 3 OF ACT 1

* Rachel Bay Jones, Andrea Martin & Terrence Mann

* Live in Toronto, 1982 (I have two versions; one that’s full & uncut and another that’s also full & uncut but with no skipping))


- Pokemon Live!


- Promises, Promises (2010 Broadway Revival with Kristin Chenoweth & Sean Hayes)


R:

- Rent:

* Milwaukee (7/27/2010)

* 20th Anniversary UK Tour (AUDIO AND VIDEO AUDIO)

* 5th Anniversary Reunion Concert

* OPENING NIGHT with OBC

* FINAL PERFORMANCE, 2008

* 10th Anniversary Concert

* No Day But Today - The Story of Rent


- Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella:

* Keke Palmer

* Laura Osnes

* Carly Rae Jepsen and Fran Drescher

* 1965 Film


- Rock of Ages:

* July 2016 Egyptian Theatre in Park City

* Reunion Concert @ Highline Ballroom 1-25-16


S:

- The Secret Garden (OBC & US Tour)


- The Spongebob Musical (Chicago)


- Sunday in the Park (Bernadette Peters & Mandy Patinkin)


- Sunset Boulevard:

* Betty Buckley

* Germany, 1997

* 2017 Broadway Revival


- Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark 2.0 (OBC)


- Sister Act on Broadway


- Sweet Charity 1986 Broadway Revival (Replacement Cast)


- School of Rock on Broadway:

*12/30/2015

* November 2015

- She Loves Me:

* Reagle Music Theatre

* 1978 TV Movie

* 2016 Broadway Revival

NOTE: Yes, I DID have a BroadwayHD Live Stream version of the 2016 Broadway Revival. It somehow turned into an audio and I cannot find a way to turn it back to a video (If you want the audio, just ask). I am currently SEEKING A REPLACEMENT LINK! So, STAY TUNED! :D


- Side Show:

*OBC

* La Jolla Playhouse (November 2013)


- Shuffle Along, or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All that Followed on Broadway (2016)


- Something Rotten! on Broadway:

* Preview

* March 2015

* 6/20/2016 (Rob McClure as Nick)

* Replacement Cast

- Something Really Rotten! @ Feinstein’s 54 Below (4-25-2016)


- South Pacific starring Mary Martin - Original 1952 London Production


- Spring Awakening:

* OBC

* Broadway with Lea Michele and Jonathan Groff (AUGUST 18, 2007, 2PM MATINEE)

* Matt Doyle as Otto

* Off-Broadway with Portuguese Subtitles

* OBC, May 18, 2008

* HIGHLIGHTS (Last Broadway Performance of Jonathan Groff & Lea Michele) 

* First National Tour with Original Tour Cast (Christy Altomare, Kimiko Glenn, Anthony Lee Medina & Andy Mientus)

* Deaf West (Broadway & 2 different LA bootlegs)


- Sweeney Todd:

* JJ Pearce Theater

* Broadway with Len Cariou & Angela Lansbury

* Live from Lincoln Center 2014 (Bryn Terfel, Audra McDonald, Erin Mackey & Emma Thompson)

* University of California, San Diego’s Muir 2013 Production

* Live in Concert 2001 with the New York Philharmonic & 2005 Revival Broadway)


T:

- Tick, Tick… BOOM! (Info N/A and Original Off-Broadway Cast)


- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Coming Out of Their Shells Tour (1990 Broadway)


- Thoroughly Modern Millie OBC


- Tarzan on Broadway (July 30, 2006)


- Tarzan Rocks (Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World)


- Taboo (Broadway, Closing Night)


- The Trail to Oregon!


- Tony Award Ceremonies (1960-2014 ONLY, 1962-1966 MISSING)


- Tony Awards 2017 Red Carpet LIVE with Madam Secretary’s Erich Bergen


- Tuck Everlasting:

* Broadway

* Atlanta


- Thoroughly Modern Millie (Info N/A but I think it’s the original Broadway production)


-  [title of show] OOBC


- Twisted (The Untold Story of a Royal Vizier)


U:

- Urinetown OBC 8-29-01


V:

- Violet (Sutton Foster)


- Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike on Broadway


W:

-Wonderland on Broadway (April 2, 2011)


- War Paint OBC


- Waitress:

* A.R.T.

* Broadway (7/20/2016, 6/14/2016 & 3/30/2016)

* What’s Inside: Songs from Waitress (Sara Bareilles concert)

* May 10, 2017 (AUDIO)

* Sara Bareilles as Jenna

* Betsy Wolfe as Jenna


- The Will Rogers Follies on Broadway


- Wicked:

* Broadway Preview (10/11/2003 with ORIGINAL CAST)

* Stephanie J. Block and Annaleigh Ashford

* Willemijn Verkaik and Katie Rose Clark

* London (4-12-2014) [Matinee[]

* Nicole Parker, Alli Mauzey, Aaron Tveit & Alex Brightman


- Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Original Broadway Cast)


- The Witches of Eastwick, Original Australian Cast 2003 (Cuts off at 2.07.51, audio restarts 2.07.56)


X:

- Xanadu (OBC)


Welp, you’ve reached the end! I will of course add more things to this list once I receive more things. And once again, I am not accepting requests currently, but if you’d like any of these bootlegs when I start accepting requests again, either message me here on Tumblr OR email me at coolbootlegguy@yahoo.com. :D

5

On this day in music history: August 5, 1989 - “Batdance” by Prince hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week, also topping the R&B singles chart for 1 week on August 12, 1989. Written and produced by Prince, it is the fourth #1 Pop and sixth R&B chart topper for the Minneapolis, MN born singer, songwriter and musician. Prince becomes involved in the “Batman” film project after being shown a rough cut of the film by director Tim Burton, who had been using “1999” and “Baby I’m A Star” as temporary music tracks while editing the film. Cancelling a scheduled vacation, Prince flies back home to Minneapolis and begins writing music for the film. Within a month, the artist composes eight new songs (only few make the final cut) for the film. The track “Batdance” is a song collage (featuring pieces of the songs “200 Balloons” (Batdance’s non-LP B-side), “The Future”, and “Electric Chair”) written and recorded overnight, using samples of dialogue from the film. Though it is not included in the film, the song is brilliantly utilized to market both the film and album. Released as a single on June 9, 1989, it is an immediate hit. Entering the Hot 100 at #53 on June 17, 1989, it rises to the top of the chart seven weeks later.  The song is accompanied by an elaborately staged music video directed by Albert Magnoli (“Purple Rain”) and choreographed by Barry Lather (Janet Jackson, Tiffany). The clip features Prince in dual roles as himself and as a character called “Gemini”, half representing The Joker and the other half representing Batman, with the name being a nod to Prince’s own astrological sign. The music video earns an MTV Video Music Award nomination for Best Video From A Film in 1990. The single is also released as a 12" with extended remixes by Mark Moore of S-Express (Batmix) and William Orbit (Vicki Vale Mix). That 12" is reissued on Record Store Day on April 22, 2017, replicating the original sleeve design. Due to Prince having to sign over his publishing rights to his “Batman” soundtrack music to DC Comics, the company that owns the Batman franchise, “Batdance” has not appeared on any other Prince albums or compilations since the release of the soundtrack album. After many years, clearances are finally obtained from DC, and the single edit of the song is included on the posthumous compilation “Prince 4Ever” in November of 2016. “Batdance” is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

From the Taylor Swift Spotify page.

Taylor Swift is that rarest of pop phenomena: a superstar who managed to completely cross over from country to the mainstream.

Other singers performed similar moves – notably, Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson both became enduring mainstream icons based on their ‘70s work – but Swift shed her country roots like they were a second skin; it was a necessary molting to reveal she was perhaps the sharpest, savviest populist singer/songwriter of her generation, one who could harness the Zeitgeist and turn it personal and, just as impressively, perform the reverse. These skills were evident on her earliest hits, especially the neo-tribute “Tim McGraw,” but her second album, 2008’s Fearless, showcased a songwriter discovering who she was and, in the process, finding a mass audience. Fearless wound up having considerable legs not only in the U.S., where it racked up six platinum singles on the strength of the Top Ten hits “Love Story” and “You Belong with Me,” but throughout the world, performing particularly well in the U.K., Canada, and Australia. Speak Now, delivered almost two years later in the autumn of 2010, consolidated that success and Swift moved into the stratosphere of superstardom, with her popularity only increasing on 2012’s Red and 2014’s 1989, a pair of records that found her moving assuredly from country into a pop realm where she already belonged.

This sense of confidence had been apparent in Taylor Swift since the beginning. The daughter of two bankers – her father, Scott Kingsley Swift, worked at Merrill Lynch; her mother Andrea spent time as a mutual fund marketing executive – Swift was born in Reading, Pennsylvania and raised in suburban Wyomissing. She began to show interest in music at the age of nine, and Shania Twainwound up as her biggest formative influence. Swift started to work regularly at local talent contests, eventually winning a chance to open for Charlie Daniels. Soon, she learned how to play guitar and began writing songs, signing a music management deal with Dan Dymtrow; her family relocated to Nashville with the intent of furthering her music career. She was just 14 years old but on the radar of the music industry, signing a development deal with RCA Records in 2004. Swift sharpened her skills with a variety of professional songwriters, forming the strongest connections with Liz Rose. Taylor’s original songs earned her a deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing, but not long after that 2004 deal she parted ways with Dymtrow and RCA, all with the intent of launching her recording career now, not later.

Things started moving swiftly once Swift came to the attention of Scott Borchetta, a former DreamWorks Records exec about to launchBig Machine Records. Borchetta saw Swift perform at a songwriters showcase at the Bluebird Cafe and he signed her to Big Machine in 2005; shortly afterward, she started work on her debut with producer Nathan Chapman, who’d previously helmed demos for Taylor. Boasting original song credits on every one of the record’s 11 songs (she penned three on her own), Taylor Swift appeared in October 2006 to strong reviews and Swift made sure to work the album hard, appearing at every radio or television event offered and marshaling a burgeoning fan base through use of MySpace. “Tim McGraw,” the first song from the album, did well but “Teardrops on My Guitar” and “Our Song” did better on both the pop and country charts, where she racked up five consecutive Top Ten singles. Other successes followed in the wake of the debut – a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist (she lost to Amy Winehouse), stopgap EPs of Christmas songs – but Swift concentrated on delivering her sophomore set, Fearless.

Appearing in November 2008, Fearless was certified gold by the RIAA in its first week of release, and the record gained momentum throughout 2009, earning several platinum certifications as “Love Story,” “White Horse,” “You Belong with Me,” “Fifteen,” and “Fearless” all scaled the upper reaches of the country charts while “You Belong with Me” nearly topped Billboard’s Top 100. Along with the success came some headlines, first in the form of an infamous appearance at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards where her acceptance speech was interrupted by Kanye West, who burst on-stage to declare that Swift’s rival Beyoncé deserved the award more, but her romances also started gaining attention, notably a liaison with Twilight star Taylor Lautner, who appeared with the singer in the 2009 film Valentine’s Day.

Her flirtation with the silver screen proved brief, as she then poured herself into her third album, Speak Now. Released in October 2010, Speak Now was another massive first-week smash that refused to lose momentum. Hit singles like “Mine” and “Mean,” which won two Grammys, played a big factor in its success not just on the country charts but on pop radio as well. Following a 2011 live album called World Tour Live: Speak Now, Swift turned toward following a pop path on her fourth album, hiring such mainstream musicians as Dan Wilson, Butch Walker, and Britney Spears producer Max Martin. This mainstream pulse was evident on “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” the first single from Red. Upon its October 2012 release, Red shattered expectations by selling over a million copies in its first week, a notable achievement that was doubly impressive in an era of declining sales. Once again, Swift’s album had legs: it was certified platinum four times in the U.S. and its international sales outstripped those of Speak Now. She supported Red with an international tour in 2013 and more hits came, including “I Knew You Were Trouble” and “22.”

As Swift geared up for the release of her fifth album in 2014, she made it clear that 1989 was designed as her first “documented, official” pop album and that there would be no country marketing push for the record. “Shake It Off,” an ebullient dance-pop throwback, hit number one upon its August 2014 release. When 1989 appeared in late October 2014, it once again shot to number one and became her third straight to sell one million copies in its first week (a new record for any artist).

Swift gathered many awards during the subsequent year, including Billboard’s Woman of the Year, the Award for Excellence at the American Music Awards, and a special 50th Anniversary Milestone Award from the CMAs. Her 1989 World Tour crossed Asia, North America, and Europe during the last half of 2015, and she won three Grammy Awards at the 2016 ceremonies, including Album of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Album, and Best Music Video for “Bad Blood.” At the end of 2016, she released “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever,” a duet with ZAYN from the soundtrack for Fifty Shades Darker. The single reached the Top Five across the world. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

Ryden Theory

Ryden.  Ryan Ross and Brendon Urie.  The two men who have royally fucked up my life.  I wanted to “decode”  their relationship.  Song lyrics, interview, lore.  Everything.  If anyone has read M Theory about Sherlock, that is the feel I’m going for.  I’m going to do this chronologically, but first a quick overview of Ryden and a little background.   Even If you don’t believe they were in love, the loss of friendship is just as sad.

DISCLAIMER

A lot of this is speculation.  I love Brendon, Ryan, Jon, Spencer, Dallon and Sarah.  

Overview

So, Ryan Ross and Brendon Urie are both known because of the band Panic!  At the Disco.  A band that has had no fewer than nine members.  The originals, Brendon Urie, Ryan Ross, Spencer Smith, and Brent Wilson.  Ryan and Spencer had been friends since they were five and had begun the band playing Blink-182 covers.  Many splits over twelve years, leaving lead singer, Brendon Urie, the only original member left.  

2005

Panic!  Was originally Ryan and Spencer Smith (original drummer’s)  band, joined by Brent Wilson (original bassist)  who was the one to bring in Brendon.  The thing is, Brendon was originally the backup guitarist with Ryan as lead vocals.  After hearing Brendon sing they made him lead singer and Ryan the lead guitarist.  Ryan was reluctant to let Brendon take over, these were HIS songs about HIS struggles.  Both Ryan and Brendon have talked about how hard it was for them to communicate on how to sing the songs.  You might know the next bit,  they sent some demos (Camisado, Time to Dance, Nails for Breakfast and Tacks for Snacks)  to Pete Wentz (Fall Out Boy bassist)  who flew to LA and watched them practice.  He ended up signing them to his label, decaydance.  Ryan wrote all of the songs from A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out, the album including hit, I Write Sins Not Tragedies.  Chances are, this is the first P!atd song you ever heard.  Ryan and Brendon were beginning to warm up to each other.

2006

Panic!  Really hit it big in 2006.  They sold 10, 000 albums in the first week.  Later on that year they won ‘MTV video of the Year’ for I Write Sins.  They began to tour. This is around the time they started the ‘stage-gay’.  You may have seen the ‘Perfect Passionate Kiss’ video  (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YK25McZVK0c) .  Later this year the first split occurred, bassist Brent Wilson was kicked out of the band.  It was revealed that he didn’t record any bass on the album.  Instead, Brendon had filled in and recorded all of the bass.  The Nothing Rhymes With Circus tour replaced Brent with Jon Walker.  The Circus tour’s most notable event was

Myrtle Beach.

Myrtle Beach

Panic! Had a dancer named Dream, who every night would go on stage and say that Brendon was a virgin.  In an interview, Dream said this was a lie.  Greta Salpeter from Hush Sound, who was touring with Panic!  Said that they went skinny dipping at Myrtle Beach around midnight.    This is normal.  Friends skinny dip together all the time.  What makes it part of Ryden Lore is good ol’ Ryro’s livejournal post later that night.

6-25-06 01:21:28 PDT - (No Subject)

The moon bred new Atlantic life tonight. the salt burned you right out of my eyes. and secrets we’re not proud of were taken with the tide. We were all newborns with blurred vision and no sense of direction.

Today I saw cancer, cigarettes and shortness of breath. this is why I walk to the ocean. swim with jellyfish. I may never get this chance again. this is why if you want to kiss you should kiss. If you want to cry you should cry, and if you want to live you should live. You don’t have to love me. You already did. At least enough to keep me smiling from South Carolina to Virginia. it’s for lovers (orjustfriends) This is why I do it.

THIS IS AFTER BEING NAKED WITH BRENDON.  UNDER THE MOONLIGHT.  JUST SAYING.

Also, I’m going to mention a few lyrics here.  I will go deeper into lyrics later on.

Northern Downpour

Hey moon, please forget to fall down.

I’m just going to say, it’s probable that Ryan and Brendon fucked that night.  I think this lyric is about not wanting that night to end.  Hey moon, don’t you go down.  Don’t go down because that means this night is over.  A night which was probably one of the best of their lives.

2007

2007 was pretty uneventful.  They started to work on Pretty. Odd, around the same time Ryan’s dad passed away.  They worked through it though.  The band.

2008

They released the first single Nine in the Afternoon, early in 2008.  What stands out about this song is really the video.  Despite having great lyrics, if you’re looking at this through the Ryden Conspiracy Theorist Lens™ like I am, the video really stands out.  The end especially shows how comfortable they were around each other.  It’s just really cute.  I don’t want to talk about Northern Downpour yet because it’s 1 AM and I don’t want to cry right now.  So we’re going to talk about  When The Day Met The Night.  This is the Sun and Moon theory.  Ryan is the sun, Brendon is the moon.  Some believe it’s the other way around.  Please check http://analyzingpanic.tumblr.com/post/65592663208/i-think-its-the-other-way-around-ryans-the-sun for why I think this.  I think that the song is a story.  A story about how they fell in love.

 When the moon (Brendon) found the sun (Ryan)  he looked like he was barely hanging on.  I think this is saying that  before Brendon, Ryan was close to giving up.  

  Her (Brendon) eyes saved his (Ryan) life.  Brendon’s love saved Ryan.  Like it or not, Brendon’s voice is what gave Panic! That little boost that it desperately needed to make it big.  Many other songs reference this particular piece of lore.  Anyway, I guess I have to do it now.  Northern Downpour.  THE Ryden song.  First, we have to talk about Ryan’s 21st birthday.  Pete threw Ryan a party in New York, which is on the EAST coast.  Ryan was the only one drinking age, so the rest flew to RAINY NORTHERN SEATTLE.  Around midnight Ryan left his party and his girlfriend, Keltie Colleen, and flew to Seattle without warning.  Maybe you’ve already figured it out.

 I missed your skin when you were east.  Ryan was on the east coast away from Brendon.  This ties in with- You clicked your heels and wished for me.  Ryan wished he was with Brendon.  

 I know the world’s a broken bone, but melt your headaches, call it home.  THIS LINE.  Ryan told Brendon to pay special attention to this line.  Also, this is the line when Brendon would start crying while performing it after the 2009 split.  The meaning though.  I think it’s about how yes, the world sucks, and hurts.  But if you ignore that, let the pain melt away, it’s home.  

You may be wondering how we know about Seattle.  The thing is, there’s photos of them there.  Eating at the Market.  Ryan in the same clothes as the night before.  Seattle itself is very important.  Ryan has said it’s his favourite place to perform.  Ry was driving to Seattle when he got the call that his father died.  Of course there’s also the “Maybe one day we’ll settle in Seattle” line.  Also Bren breaking down while performing   Casual Affair in Seattle.

Okay. I’m done with 2008.  Bring on 2009.

2009

If I didn’t want to talk about Northern Downpour, I definitely don’t want to talk about 2009.  But I gotta.  Fuck 2009.  2009 is the year of the split.  The cited reason of the split is ‘Musical Differences’  I think that this is partially true.  Ryan and Jon had begun to write music on their own.  They had also started to make fun of Brendon’s attempts at writing music.  The tension was building.  They did try to work things out by going to a cabin to write their next album,  Crickets and Clover.  Never heard of it?  That’s okay.  It was never released.  Now.  Now we talk about Cape Town.

Cape Town

This was it.  The End.  I can’t really talk about Cape Town.  No one knows what happened.

The Young Veins

Ryan and Jon left.  They formed their own semi-successful band.  There’s a few song we need to talk about.  Lie to the Truth is all about how Ryan tried to love Keltie, but couldn’t.  About how he wanted needed their relationship to stay private.  But I really need to talk about Cape Town. Yes, they wrote a song about.  BUT IT’S RYAN ROSS SO NO ONE FUCKING KNOWS WHAT HE’S TALKING ABOUT.  POETIC LITTLE SHIT. Specifically, the contrast between it and The Calendar.  I think that The Calendar is very important so I’ll talk about it separately later.

Cape Town vs.  The Calendar

The Calendar

And I meant everything that I said that night.   Brendon did mean everything he said.  Presumably they had a fight.

I will come back to life, but only for you.  THIS CHANGES THE LAST LINE.  Yes, Brendon meant what he said, he was mad. But he was still in love.  He can forgive him.  Only him.

Cape Town

Woke me in the morning, asked me if I meant it.  I’m assuming Ryan said some pretty shitty things to Brendon.  But he didn’t mean them.

I loved, I left you, in Cape Town.  Ryan did love Brendon, but they couldn’t stay together.

Vices & Virtues

I love this album.  So much.  I cried the first time I listened to it.  I swear this entire album is about Ryan Ross.  Every song has meaning so this’ll take a while.

The Ballad of the Mona Lisa

Say what you mean.  Ryan stop being so cryptic and just TELL BRENDON WHAT YOU MEAN.

Let the sun rain down on me.  Sun and Moon theory.

Give me a sign, I want to believe.  Brendon wants Ryan to show him he’s still in love with him, Brendon wants them to be together.

You’re guaranteed to run this town.  Good job, Ry!  You finally have control over you music.  Even later into 2009 Ryan and Brendon still struggled with how Brendon was singing Ryan’s lyrics.  This is Bren being petty.

I’d pay to see you frown.  Brendon wants Ryan to fail so he’ll finally realize that he needs Brendon.  

Pleased to please ya.  Brendon felt like Ryan thought that it was a privilege for Brendon to sleep with him.

Hurricane

You’re behind my eyelids when I’m all alone.   Brendon misses Ryan.  A lot.

I led the revolution, in my bedroom.  This is talking about the fact Ryden was a LGBTQ+  relationship.

They don’t look like me.  Brendon’s a cocky lil shit.  Brendon knows that Ryan isn’t going to be with anyone more attractive than him.

They don’t sound like me.  No matter how hard Ryan and Jon try, none of those songs they write can sound like his.  They don’t have the vocal ability.

This one hurts too.  Memories

With an unrequited love.  Brendon felt that Ryan never really loved him back

She was the youngest of the family, and the last to be let go.  Brendon was the youngest of a large mormon family.

Then they decided that they would try to make it on their own.  The original four all risked everything for this chance that they would make it in the music world.

Oh memories, where’d you go?   You were all I’d ever known.  I actually think this is about Ryan and Spencer’s friendship.  One of the unanswered questions of the split is, why did Spencer side with Brendon even though Ryan had been his best friends since they were five?

How I miss yesterday.  Brendon and Spencer both just really want it to be 2009 again.

When July became December.  An overarching theme of this album is summer ending.  This is often related to the split.

But they couldn’t quite remember what inspired them to go.  After the underwhelming debut of The Young Veins, Ryan and Jon would have to watch Panic!  Make a comeback, without them.

They were fighting for their love, it was growing tired.  Brendon and Ryan tried to make it work.

When the money lost momentum.  Ryan and Jon were probably rolling in Panic!  Royalties after they left, but although they still gain a little money from their Panic! Days, it’s definitely slowed down.

They were young and independent, and they thought they had it planned. Should have known right from the start, you can’t predict the end.  At the beginning they were young, and desperate for separation from their parents.  They thought everything would be perfect.  You can’t predict how things will end.

Don’t let it fade away.  I think that this is a message to us, the fans.  Don’t let these first two albums be forgotten.

Trade Mistakes

I think this song is about Brendon’s mistakes as a lover and friend.   About how it bothers him that Ryan can seemingly just keep going without him.  Brendon knows he fucked up by letting Ryan leave, he wants to trade those mistakes for peace of mind

Ready to Go (Get Me Out Of My Mind)

You’ve got these little things, that you’ve been running from.  Ryan had a troubled childhood that still haunts him, it’s why he can’t stay with someone from his past.  These tiny things following him everywhere.

I’m ready to live.  Fuck Ryan Ross.  Brendon is learning how to be in Panic! Without Ryan.   Learning to live without Ryan.

Get me out of my mind.  Brendon wants to think about anything but Ryan.

Always  this song fucks me up too

When the world gets too heavy, put it on my back.  I think this is about how Ryan wrote songs about his struggles, then Brendon had to sing it.  Brendon would have to carry part of the burden.

You’re taking me apart.  Brendon is slowly being pulled apart, Ryan left him.  His band is split in two.

It was always you, falling for me.   Brendon now sees that Ryan did love him.  

I’m the light blinking at the end of the road, blink back to let me know.  Despite everything, Brendon is still waiting for Ryan.  He’s begging Ryan for a sign that there’s something worth waiting for.

I’m a fly that’s trapped, in a web, but I’m thinking that, my spider’s dead.  Brendon is still very in love with Ryan, but he’s beginning to believe that there’s no hope for them.

Lonely, lonely little life, I could kid myself, thinking that I’m fine.  Brendon feels alone without Ryan.  Yes, he has Spencer, but it’s not the same.  Even though he knows that Spencer can’t replace Ryan in anyway, he can make himself believe that.

The Calendar

If you don’t let it out, you’re gonna let it eat you away.  Ryan and Brendon were keeping their love a secret and it was slowly destroying them.

Pray I could replace her, forget the way her tears taste.  Brendon tried to replace Ryan and Jon with Dallon, but it wasn’t the same.

Put another X on the calendar, summer’s on its death bed.  Summer was when their love both blossomed and and died.

There’s simply nothing worse than knowing how it ends. Brendon had said in interviews that he’d hoped that they’d be together forever.  I bet if you’d told 17 year old Panic! That it would end with them all hating each other, not talking.  Toxic relationships.  They would have hesitated before signing to decaydance.

And I meant everything I said that night, I’ll come back to life, but only for you.  This is hinting at the resurgence of Panic!  Literally 90% of the songs on V&V were about Ryan.  Panic! Came back, but for Ryan.

Don’t want to call it a second chance, but when I came back, it was more of a relapse. Whenever Brendon gave Ryan a second chance it felt like he was doing drugs again, like he was high.  Like he had broken a promise to himself.

Sarah Smiles

THIS SONG IS ABOUT SARAH.  I CAN MAKE AN ARGUMENT FOR MOST OF THESE SONGS.  BUT. THIS. IS. ABOUT. SARAH.

Nearly Witches.

This song is special because it’s technically the last song written by Ryan Ross for Panic!  He didn’t write all of it though.  We need to start with the french.

Dès le premier jour, ton parfum enivra mon amour, et dans ces instants, j'aimerais être comme toi par moments, mais depuis ce jour, je n'ai qu'un seul et unique regret

From day one, my love your perfume intoxicated, and in these moments

I want to be like you at times, but since that day, I only have a single regret.  Most of this comes in again later.

Here I am, composing a burlesque.  What’s really important about this line is how Brendon performs it.  This is the last line Ryan ever wrote.  Brendon will often perform it mockingly, many people have interpreted it as Brendon being petty af and making fun of Ryan.

I only shoot up with your perfume.  Only Ryan can get him the high he craves.

I’ve got just one regret to live through, that one regret is you.  Brendon regrets Ryan, regrets their love.

I’ve got just one regret to live through, and I regret ever letting you go.  This changes the meaning of the original line.  Now, it’s about Brendon regretting letting what he and Ryan had die.  He thinks he should’ve held onto it as long as possible.

Mona Lisa, pleased to please ya.  This makes me think that the Mona Lisa is Ryan.  Even though Brendon regrets leaving Ryan, he knows he was never as much to Ryan as Ryan was to him.

The album as a whole

Brendon is a salty bitch.  

Not much happened between this and Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die.  Brendon cried while performing Northern Downpour.  Idk not much.   Oh yeah, Brendon and Sarah got married.

Too Rare to Live, Too Rare to Die

I think this album is a lot of Brendon accepting his sexuality, Ryan+Jon being gone, and the future.  A fair amount of this album was written by Dallon.  

This is Gospel

This song is about Spencer and his struggle with addiction.

Miss Jackson

When I saw Panic! In concert, Brendon said this was about a girl in Vegas.  I think that there’s some parts that apply to Ryan though.  I think when Brendon sings about no one knowing who was there, he’s talking about how they’d had to keep their love a secret.

Girl That You Love

This song was dedicated to Ryan Ross in the album notebook.

Drop every pretense.  Pretense literally means an attempt to make something that is not the case to appear true.  So basically Brendon is saying, ‘hey Ry, yeah remember how we pretended we weren’t in love.  Yeah stop that’

Nicotine

The song’s about how Brendon felt addicted to Ryan’s love, always saying that it would be the last time.  

Girls/Girls/Boys

I actually think this isn’t about Ryan, but instead Brendon realizing that it’s okay for him to have these feelings for another man.  

Casual Affair

This song is talking about how they’d both just said, ‘Oh it’s okay, we’re young, fooling around.’  If you want to cry watch this video of Brendon singing Casual Affair and breaking down.  In Seattle.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhXDQBZNdIE

End of All Things

I am always yours.  Yes, Brendon’s married and loves Sarah.  But this song is about the end of an era.  Ryan will  always have a hold over Brendon, but this song is Brendon trying to move on.

We are young again.  Brendon wants to go back to the beginning.  When they were young and happy and carefree.

In these coming years, many things will change, but the way I feel, will remain the same.  Brendon wants Ryan to know things will change, he’s married now. But a part of him will always care about Ryan, no matter what.

After Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die Spencer left.  He left to go get help for is drug abuse.  Brendon began to work on Death of a Bachelor.  Ryan….  Ryan kept being emo™.

Death of a Bachelor

Doab is about Brendon falling in love with Sarah, getting married, AGAIN trying to move on.

Hallelujah

My life started the day I got caught, under the covers.  Brendon didn’t know what life was truly like before Ryan.

Who was I trying to be?  Why were they trying to hide it?  Everyone guessed anyway.

Then the time for being sad is over, and you miss them like you miss no other, but being blue is better than being over it.   Brendon knows he should be over Ryan by now, but he still misses him.  And to Brendon, being sad about the split is better than forgetting about the love he shared with Ryan.

Death of a Bachelor

Do I look lonely?  Hey Ryan.   Ryan look. I’m married and still in the band.  I’m still friends with Spencer.  I’m not lonely.

And when you think of me, am I the best you ever had?  Does Ryan still miss Brendon like Brendon misses him.  Is Brendon still the best relationship he ever had?

Share one more drink with me, smile even though you’re sad.  Brendon is married.  Ryan can never be that person for him anymore, but Ryan has to pretend that he’s happy for Brendon.

Golden Days

Fuck this song.  If I went through every song that could possibly reference Ryden/Original band it would take pages.  So here’s some highlights.

We’ll stay drunk, we’ll stay tan, let the love remain.   The summer before the split, where they toured around the world.  That is summer that Brendon is talking about.  The summer when the band got along, where they ALL loved each other.

Golden days.  Brendon thinks these are the best days of his life.  He knows that when he’s older he’ll look back on his life and remember the summer spent with his three best friends is the of his life.

Time can never break your heart, but it can take the pain away.  Brendon knows that eventually thinking about the split will hurt less.

House of Memories

This song is a problem.  I hate it.  So much.  HOUSE OF PROBLEMS.  It has the same problem as the last one.  Highlights;

Memories turn into daydreams.  Brendon longs for days of Pretty. Odd   And the memories have slowly morphed into daydreams about what could’ve been.

Promise me a place, in your house of memories.  Ryan promise me that you won’t forget what we had.

I THINK OF YOU FROM TIME TO TIME, MORE THAN I THOUGHT I WOULD, YOU WERE JUST TOO KIND, AND I WAS TOO YOUNG TO KNOW.  Brendon knew he’d miss Ryan, but thought it would be rarer.  Now looking back, Brendon realizes that what they had was worth keeping.

These thoughts of past lovers, they’ll always haunt me.   This is a message  to Sarah saying I love you, but I can’t let go of him.

Bonus Lines

Memories tend to just pop up. Brendon doesn’t want to miss the old Panic!  But he can’t help is.  -Don’t Threaten Me With  Good Time

anonymous asked:

hello tkog, how's it going! recently when im rewatching the "everything in its right place" live of their 2006 gig, i noticed that even when thom left the stage, the band is still play. and i know that thom's vocal is controlled by jonny, but how about the keyboard part, ed maybe? meanwhile even after EVERYONE left the stage it's still making some changing beat and reverse sound, and thom's vocal is still looping. so how do u think they did that?

Hello there, it is going well!

For live performances of Everything In Its Right Place from 2000 to 2009, the band’s roles were as follows:

  • Thom sings, plays Rhodes piano.
  • Jonny samples and processes Thom’s vocals with his Korg Kaoss Pad KP1 and pedalboard. Starting in 2003, he also samples and processes Phil’s percussion after Thom stops singing.
  • Ed processes and samples Thom’s Rhodes piano with his pedalboard.
  • Colin plays bass.
  • Phil plays drums.

Ed’s Role

Jonny’s processing of Thom’s vocals is perhaps the most distinctive aspect of the Everything In Its Right Place live outro, but it is Ed’s looping of Thom’s keyboard playing that gives Jonny the room to mess around. When the whole band is playing, Ed runs loops of the Rhodes piano through his delays and other effects to build up interesting textures. He usually records a longer sample of Thom’s playing, and uses the DL4′s “play once” function to play back a shorter section of the loop. He’ll often layer a processed version of the same chord progression that Thom is playing, creating a much thicker texture than the Rhodes piano could provide on its own. However, once Thom leaves the stage, Ed at some point switches to “playing” the loopers (his Line 6 DL4 and Akai Headrush) themselves without using too many other effects.

Ed manipulating the volume knobs of his Akai Headrush E1 and Boss DD5 at the end of the 2001 Canal+ performance of Everything In Its Right Place (youtube).

The band’s 2001 Canal+ performance of EIIRP provides a good demonstration of how Radiohead often end the song. Near the five minute mark, we see Thom leaving the stage for the last time, while Phil and Colin following close behind. At this point, Ed, panned left, is turning a loop of the Rhodes into a spiraling pad by adjusting his Boss DD-5, while Jonny, panned right, is manipulating a loop of Thom vocals with his Kaoss Pad. By about 5:45, Ed has switched to an unmodified loop of the song’s primary chord progression. When Jonny leaves, the loop of the main chord progression is all that remains (plus one of Ed’s delays which is slowly beginning to self-oscillate).

Ed’s Line 6 DL4 during the 2001 Canal+ performance (youtube). The unit is set for looper mode, with all of the delay knobs set to zero to disable it. Ed is adjusting the mix knob, which controls the volume of the loop.

From the Radiohead’s 2003 Glastonbury performance of Everything In Its Right Place: Ed triggers the “play once” function of his Line 6 DL4 with his right hand while adjusting the delay time of his Boss DD5 with his left. He takes a potato chip, and eats it.

Jonny’s Percussion Sampling

On the Glastonbury 2003 performance. Jonny captures a clip of Phil’s drums four minutes into the song, then manipulates this new loop for the subsequent two minutes. This loop is the only percussion present for the thirty seconds after Phil stops playing. Jonny similarly records and manipulates a loop of Phil’s percussion at the 2003 MTV $2 Bill concert. It’s worth noting that like on Canal+, Ed’s looped Rhodes is all that remains at the end of Glastonbury performance.

Jonny with his Korg Kaoss Pad KP1 during the Glastonbury performance of Everything In Its Right Place, 2003.06.28.

Bonnaroo 2006

Clocking in at over eight minutes, Radiohead’s Bonnaroo 2006 performance of Everything In Its Right Place is a both a spectacular performance and a good demonstration of Ed and Jonny’s looping techniques at the time.

At the start of the Bonnaroo performance, Ed captures a loop of Thom’s short introduction. We hear a long clip of this introduction played back at the end of the song, which nicely bookends the performance. For most of the performance, however, Ed builds glitchy textures with other loops of Thom’s playing. He likely used his Akai Headrush to capture the initial loop, and his Line 6 DL4 to capture the loops which he manipulated more intensely. Additionally, during the section when Thom for the second time begins singing “in its right place”, Ed applies his Phase 90 and other effects to the directly output of the Rhodes piano, rather than to a loop (youtube). As with his loops, this modified version of the keyboard part is layered with the dry version of the Rhodes piano at the mixing desk.

Ed adjusting the volume of his Akai Headrush E1 while trigger the “play once” feature on his Line 6 DL4, MTV $2 Bill concert, 2003.06.05 (youtube).

For the first six minutes of the song, Jonny manipulates Thom’s vocals in his usual eclectic way. After Thom heads to the front of the stage, Jonny records a new loop from Thom’s mic. Since Thom is no longer singing, what he gets a mix of Phil’s percussion and noises from the crowd. The loop is initially run through Jonny’s Boss SD1, which had been used to distort Thom’s vocals, but Jonny soon turns off the overdrive and turns on his Boss RV3. You can hear a clearer example of Jonny sampling the crowd and Phil’s percussion simultaneously in this soundboard recording (panned to the right) from Radiohead’s 2006 performance at Rock Oz'Arènes.

One of Jonny’s pedalboards in 2006, showing his Akai Headrush E1, and settings for his BOSS SD1 and BOSS RV3. His RV3 is set for a plate reverb, with an equal mix, dark sound, and medium decay. His SD1 is set with full volume and gain, to really push his Vox AC30 into its natural overdrive. Settings are irrelevant for his Akai Headrush because he uses it exclusively as a looper.

What’s surprising about the Bonnaroo performance, distinguishing it from 2003 performances, is that we hear a modified loop of Thom’s voice superimposed with Jonny’s percussion/crowd sampling. This occurs around six minutes into the performance. Jonny’s Kaoss Pad KP1 cannot store loops, and the KP1 is playing back percussion sounds, so Jonny must have recording some of his earlier manipulations of Thom’s voice with his Akai Headrush E1, but chose not to play them back until this point.

Jonny seems to have used this technique elsewhere in 2006, and we can simultaneously hear both his live manipulations of drums sounds and his looped manipulations of Thoms vocals in the previously mentioned Rock Oz'Arènes performance. The band’s performance at Golden Gate Park in August, 2008, also features simultaneous drum and vocal loops. Even after Jonny leaves the stage during that performance, we can hear a clear loop of his vocal manipulations, playing from his Akai Headrush, as well as a reversed loop of Phil’s percussion playing from his Korg Kaoss Pad and running through his DOD440 and Roland Space Echo. Jonny must have the Kaoss Pad’s “hold” function turned on in order to keep it looping after he stopped touching it (the “hold” is what lets him get some particularly crazy effects in this performance by freeing up his hands to mess with his DOD440 and Whammy simultaneously).

Jonny manipulating his Korg Kaoss Pad and DOD440 at Glastonbury, 2003. Alongside his Digitech Whammy, the DOD envelope filter is a favorite of Jonny’s for processing his Kaoss Pad loops.

Conclusion

From the first performances in 2000, Ed has looped Thom’s keyboards and Jonny has looped Thom’s vocals. Starting in 2003, Jonny also began sampling Phil’s percussion after Thom had left the stage. By 2006, Jonny started using his Akai Headrush to record some of his Kaoss Pad manipulations, and would play them back later in the performance while he manipulated new loops of Phil’s percussion and the sounds of the crowd. Ed and Jonny always left their loopers going when the left the stage, resulting in keyboard, vocal, and percussion loops repeating after the stage had been abandoned by the band. Two of the band’s techs would run out after the band had finished, and turned off Ed and Jonny’s loops simultaneously to give the song a precise ending. This overall setup remained the case through 2009 (although in 2009 Jonny would often manipulate loops of Thom’s vocals for full performances).

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AUGUST

  • {MUSIC} 22 - SBS MTV The Show debut stage [ MH ] 
  • {MUSIC} 23 - MBC Show Champion [ MH ]
  • {TV} 04 - JTBC Knowing Brothers filming [ JR ]
  • {MUSIC} 24 - Mnet M!Countdown [ MH ]
  • {MUSIC} 25 - KBS Music Bank [ MH ]
  • {CF/FANSIGN} 25 - Labiotte L.O.Λ.E Day [ JR/Ren ]
  • {CF} 26 - Wanna One x IVY Club coffee event [ MH ]
  • {TV} 26 - KBS Immortal Song to air [ MH ]
  • {TV} 27 - KBS Hello Counselor recording [ MH ]
  • {FANMEET} 26 -  NU'EST W L.O.Λ.E & DREAM [ NU’EST W ]
  • {TV} 27 - JTBC Night Goblin EP5 [ JR ]
  • {FANMEET} 27 -  NU'EST W L.O.Λ.E & DREAM [ NU’EST W ]
  • {FANSIGN} 28 - Wanna One @ Mnet Meet & Greet [ MH ]
  • {TV} tba - TvN TAXI filming [ MH ]  
  • {TV} tba - MBC Oppa Thinking filming [ MH ] *tentative
  • {CF} tba - Innisfree CF to air [ MH ]

SEPTEMBER

  • {TV} 01 - tvN Shadow Singer EP 8 [ JR ] *new fixed panel cast
  • {TV} 03 - JTBC Night Goblin EP6 [ JR ]
  • {CON} 03 - 2017 Incheon Sky Festival [ MH ] *to be confirmed
  • {SPECIAL} 04 - NU’EST 2000 Day Anniversary!!
  • {TV} 04 - KBS Hello Counselor to air [ MH ]
  • {TV} 08 - tvN Shadow Singer EP 9 [ JR ]
  • {TV} 09 - JTBC Knowing Brothers to air [ JR ]
  • {CON} 09 - 2017 INK: Incheon K-pop Concert [ MH ]
  • {MOVIE} 14 - ‘Their Distance’ to air in CGV across Korea [ NU’EST ]
  • {FANMEET} 16 - Wanna One Fanmeeting ‘WANNA BE LOVED’ in Thailand [ MH ]
  • {AWARDS} 20 - 2017 1st SORIBADA BEST K-MUSIC AWARDS [ MH ]
  • {FANMEET} 22 - Wanna One Fanmeeting ‘WANNA BE LOVED’ in Singapore [ MH ]
  • {CON} 23 - KCON in Sydney [ MH ]
  • {CON} 23 - MBC Korean Music Wave [ NU’EST W ]
  • {TV} tba - JTBC Inviting Trouble (tentative title) to air [ Ren ]  

OCTOBER

  • {FANMEET} 03 - Wanna One Fanmeeting ‘WANNA BE LOVED’ in Hong Kong [ MH ]
  • {FANMEET} 07 - Wanna One Fanmeeting ‘WANNA BE LOVED’ in Taiwan [ MH ]
  • {FANMEET} 13 - Wanna One Fanmeeting ‘WANNA BE LOVED’ in Philippines [ MH ]
  • {FANMEET} tba - NU’EST W Fanmeeting in Taiwan [ NU’EST W ] *pending

NOVEMBER

  • {FANMEET} 18 - NU’EST W Fanmeeting in Hong Kong [ NU’EST W ] *pending
All Apologies
Nirvana
All Apologies

NIRVANA WEEK: All Apologies by Nirvana - Thought I would end the week with one of my favorite Nirvana performances.  I liked the song as recorded on In Utero album, but there was something about this particular performance on MTV Unplugged.  It would only be six months shy before Kurt’s suicide, and listening to the lyrics is something of a haunted experience.

Even the entire show had this heavy layer of foreboding.  I recently read this passage about the MTV Unplugged:

Cobain suggested that the stage be decorated with stargazer lilies, black candles, and a crystal chandelier. Cobain’s request prompted the show’s producer to ask him, “You mean like a funeral?”, to which the singer replied, “Exactly. Like a funeral.”

In any event it is a beautiful song, one that Kurt dedicated to Courtney and Francis Bean.  So enjoy and enjoy the Spring weekend.

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On this day in music history: September 8, 1982 - “Security (aka Peter Gabriel 4)”, the fourth solo album by Peter Gabriel is released. Produced by David Lord and Peter Gabriel, it is recorded at Ashcombe House in Bath, Somerset, UK from Mid 1981 - Mid 1982. Gabriel’s first release for new label Geffen Records, he records the album in his home studio in Bath, and is his first to be recorded and mixed on digital recording equipment (using a Sony mobile recording truck). Gabriel makes extensive use the Fairlight CMI sampling keyboard and Linn LM-1 drum machine on the project. As with his previous work, the songs cover a wide variety of subjects, including personal issues and public concerns dealing with trust, jealousy, fear and human rights. Gabriel also records his vocals for all of the songs in German for release (titled “Deutsches Album”) in those countries. The German language version also features a different track sequence from the English version. It spins off two singles including his first US top 40 single “Shock The Monkey” (#1 Mainstream Rock, #29 Pop, #64 R&B). To promote the album in the UK, Gabriel appears on “The South Bank Show” with footage detailing the recording sessions. The visually striking music video for “Monkey” directed by Brian Grant (Olivia Newton-John, Tina Turner, Donna Summer) also becomes a favorite on MTV and goes into heavy rotation. The success of the album broadens Gabriel’s fan base beyond his loyal cult following in the US, setting the stage for his next album “So”, which makes him a worldwide pop star. Geffen Records, Gabriel’s American label, gives the album the title “Security” since like his other three solo releases are technically untitled. The lack of an official title was done intentionally by Peter Gabriel, preferring his albums to be like “volumes of a magazine”. Originally released on CD in 1983, it is remastered and reissued in 2002 and limited edition vinyl LP’s, pressed at 140 and 200 gram weight pressings. In 2010, Classic Records reissues the album in a limited four LP vinyl pressing, mastered at 45 RPM. In 2015, the English and German editions are again reissued on vinyl as double LP sets mastered at 45 RPM. “Security (aka Peter Gabriel 4)” peaks at number twenty eight on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

Schedule

2014

JANUARY

1 Jan : Kiss The Radio [Rap Monster]

6-7 Jan : BTS Showcase Japan -Next Stage-

13 Jan : MBC Idol Sport Championship (Recording)

16 Jan : JTBC 28th Golden Disk Awards

17 Jan : JanSamsung Dream Class

23 Jan : KBS Joy 23rd Seoul Music Awards

30-31 Jan : MBC Idol Sport Championship (Broadcast)

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FEBRUARY

08 Feb : WAPOP Show

11 Feb : Showcase 2nd Mini Album Skool Luv Affair

12 Feb : Realesed 2nd Mini Album Skool Luv Affair

              KBS Drama the 3rd Gaon Chart Kpop Awards (Broadcast)

13 Feb : Comeback Stage M Countdown (Broadcast)

14 Feb : Comeback Stage KBS Music Bank (Broadcast)

16 Feb : Comeback Stage SBS Inkigayo (Broadcast)

17 Feb : Recording Arirang Simply Kpop (MC Rap Monster)

18 Feb  : J-Hope Birthday,Park Seo Hyun “Love game” Radio (RAP monster,Jimin,Jungkook)  & MTV The Show live+Pre Recording

19 Feb : Recording The Beatles code 3D  (BTS )

20 Feb : JungYungJu Rooftop Radio & Mnet Countdown (Broadcast)

21 Feb  : KBS Music Bank (Broadcast)

22 Feb : MBC Music Core & WAPOP Show

23 Feb  : SBS Inkigayo & Mini Fan Signing 2nd Mini Album Skool Luv Affair @ Yongsan & Park Seo Hyun “Love game” Radio (RAP monster, Jimin, JungKook) Broadcast

24 Feb  : Mini Fan Signing 2nd Mini Album Skool Luv Affair @ Gangnam

25 Feb  : Arirang Simply Kpop & MTV The Show , Mini Fan Signing 2nd Mini Album Skool Luv Affair @ cheongryangri & SBS Power FM Cultwo Show Broadcast (Rap Monster)

26 Feb  : Arirang After School Club  , Mini Fan Signing 2nd Mini Album Skool Luv Affair @Geondae, KBS 2FM 89.1MHz Super Junior’s Kiss The Radio (Recording)

27 Feb : MWave Meet & Greet & MBC ShimShimTapa Radio & Arirang Radio K Sound & Mnet Countdown (Broadcast)

28 Feb : KBS Music Bank KBS2FM Jo Jeong chi & harim 2PM (Broadcast)

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MARCH

1 March : Mini Fan Signing 2nd Mini Album Skool Luv Affair @illsan & KBS 2FM 89.1MHz Super Junior’s Kiss The Radio (Broadcast) & MBC Music Core (Broadcast)

2 March : Mini Fan Signing 2nd Mini Album Skool Luv Affair @Guro & SBS Inkigayo

3 March : Arirang Simply Kpop (Recording)

4 March  : MTV The Show (Broadcast)

5 March : MBC Music Champion (Broadcast)

6 March : Mnet Countdown (Broadcast)

7 March : Mini Fan Signing 2nd Mini Album Skool Luv Affair @Yeouido TCC Center B1 art Hall & Arirang Simply Kpop (Rap Monster MC) (Broadcast)

8 March : WAPOP Show

9 March : Suga Birthday &  Mini Fan Signing 2nd Mini Album Skool Luv Affair @Shinchon &SBS Inkigayo

& Inkigayo Mini Fan Meeting

11 March : MTV The Show (Broadcast)

13 March : Mnet Mcountdown (Broadcast)

14 March : Arirang Simply Kpop & KBS Music Bank (Broadcast)

15 March : WAPOP Show

16 March : Mini Fan Signing 2nd Mini Album Skool Luv Affair @Jongro

18 March : MTV The Show (Broadcast)

19 March : MBC Show Champion 100th Special (Broadcast)

20 March : Mnet Mcountcown (Broadcast)

21 March : Arirang Simply Kpop & KBS Music Bank(Broadcast)

22 March : Cherry Blossom Festival WAPOP K-Dream Concert – Daegu

26 March : MBC Show Champion the Behind-The-Scene footages “100th Episode Special” (Broadcast)

29 March : BTS Global Official Fanclub A.R.M.Y 1st FanMeeting MUSTER

30 March : Mini Fan Signing 2nd Mini Album Skool Luv Affair @Daegu & Mini Fan Signing 2nd Mini Album Skool Luv Affair@Busan

31 March : KKN Jinhae Public Broadcast

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APRIL

1 April : The Beatles code 3D  (Broadcast) & MBC SimSimTapa (Rap Monster & Jimin) (Broadcast)

2 April  : Arirang After School Club After Show ( Rap Monster & Jimin) (Broadcast) & Mini Fan Signing 2nd Mini Album Skool Luv Affair @Pyeongchon

3 April : KBS2FM SUper Junior Kiss The Radio (Jin,J-Hope) (Broadcast)

8 April : MBC Weekly Idol (Recording)

9 April :  MBC Show Champion (Broadcast)

10 April : Mnet Mcountdown  (Broadcast)

11 April : Fan Signing 2nd Mini Album Skool Luv Affair @Yeuido & KBS Music Bank (Broadcast) &KBS2FM Super Junior Kiss The Radio (Recording)

12 April : WAPOP SHOW & MTV The Show (Recording)

13 April : Fan Signing 2nd Mini Album Skool Luv Affair @Gimpo

14 April : KBS2FM Super Junior Kiss The Radio (Broadcast)

15 April : YINYUETAI The 2nd  V chart Awards in Beijing China & MTV The Show (Broadcast)

16 April : Fansigning  2nd Mini Album Skool Luv Affair  @Beijing-China & MBC Show Champion (Broadcast)

18 April : KWave Concert at Lotte Duty Free Family Concert 17th

22 April : SBS Power FM K.will Young Street (Recording)

30 April : MBC Weekly Idol (Broadcast)

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MAY

5 May : Arirang Radio K-poppin (Broadcast) & Arirang After School Club [Rap Monster](Recording)

6 May : Arirang After School Club [Rap Monster](Broadcast) & SBS MTV The Show (Broadcast)

7 May : Arirang After School Club [Rap Monster](Broadcast) & SBS Power FM K.Will Young Street (Broadcast)

12 May : KBS2FM Super Junior Kiss The Radio [Jungkook] (Broadcast)

13 May : Mnet 4가지쇼(4 Thing Show)[Rap Monster](Broadcast)

15 May : BTS – Skool Luv Affair (Special Addition) (Released)

17 May : Fan Signing 2nd Mini Album Skool Luv Affair @Gwangju &  Fan Signing 2nd Mini Album Skool Luv Affair  @Daejeon

18 May : BTS China Jobs Ep. 01 @ Yinyuetai-China [Broadcast]

21 May : Arirang After School Club After Show [Rap Monster,Jimin & Jungkook](Broadcast)

25 May : BTS China Jobs Ep. 02 @ Yinyuetai-China [Broadcast]

28 May : Arirang After School Club After Show [Rap Monster,Jimin & Jungkook](Broadcast)

29 May :  Ameba Studio-Japan (Broadcast) & Premium Live Program-Japan (Broadcast)

30 May : Kstar Wonderland Meets BTS

31 May : BTS Japan Official Fan Meeting Vol 1. @Dome City Hall

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JUNE

1 June : BTS China Jobs Ep. 03 @ Yinyuetai-China [Broadcast]

3 June : BTS Special at Space Shower-TV Plus [Broadcast] & BTS Festa BTS Photo Album 2013 (FB) & Special Magazine (Fancafe)

4 June : Debut Japan & No More Dream (Japan Ver.) Released & BTS Festa BTS Photo Album Growth (FB) & Prologue 365 Days (Fancafe)

5 June : Music On! TV (Kang On! Fighting! ) – Japan (Broadcast) , BTS Festa BTS Special Choreography Adult Child (YT) & 1st BTS Lounge (Fancafe) & Miss Seoul Contest

6 June : Nico Nico X Oricon Style (Broadcast) &BTS Festa BTS Special Choreography Beautiful (YT)

7 June : Released & High Touch Event @Tokyo & BTS Festa 2nd Keyword Talk (Fancafe)  & FM NORTHWAVE「Beats-Of-Korea」

8 June :Released & High Touch Event @Osaka & BTS Festa 지.못.미 (S.N.P) BTS (Fancafe)

9 June : FM COCOLO「COCOLO Earth Colors -KOREAN-」- Japan (Broadcast) & BTS Festa i’m writing a profile (BTS Ver.) (FB)

10 June : BTS Special at Space Shower TV [Re-Run] & BTS Festa & BTS Festa Radio Teaser #Hookgayo & 3rd 1st Year a go today (Fancafe)

11 June : BTS Festa 1st anniversary Commerative Photo (FB)

12 June : BTS Festa Jin Chef’s first B’day (Twitter)

13 June : 1st Anniversary BTS & BTS Festa BHC Radio (YT) & Last to ARMY (Fancafe) & Tokyo FM JFNStation38

14 June : 2014 Festival-Bridge to Korea in Moscow-Russia & MBC C-Radio  Idol True Colors (Broadcast)

15 June : 2014 Festival-Bridge to Korea in Moscow-Russia

16 June : Fm yokohama「K-Pop!Now」

21 June : AEON Dream Gate Fes. 2014 – Japan & BTS Special at Space Shower TV [Re-Run]

23 June : Fm yokohama「K-Pop!Now」 & Mwave Meet N Greet

27 June :  KBS Music Bank MID YEAR SPECIAL (BROADCAST) & 2014 KPOP Healing Concert by Seoul of Performing Art School (SOPA)

28 June : SEAGAIA MUSIC RESORT 2014 – Japan & MUSIC ON! TV 「Entertaiment Time CDET!」-Japan

30 June : E-Tele (Hangul Course On TV) – Japan & Fm yokohama「K-Pop!Now」

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JULY

1 July MBC Music Idol True Colors (Broadcast)

3 July MJTV Kpop Next -Japan

6 July BS SPTV 「Korean Hour」-Japan

13 July Kstar Wonderland meets BTS at Mnet Japan (Broadcast) &  BS SPTV 「Korean Hour」-Japan

14 July Kstar Wonderland meets BTS at Mnet Japan (Rerun) & <SHOW & PROVE Concert> @<Troubadour> 9081 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069 (LA TIME)

16 July BTS 2nd Mini Album Boy In Luv released at Japan &  BS SPTV 「Korean Hour」-Japan

19 July Released & Hand Shake Event @Tokyo , Kstar Wonderland meets BTS at Mnet Japan (Rerun)

20 July Released & Hand Shake Event @Osaka

24 July BTS America Hustle life @ Mnet (Broadcast)

26 July BTS – Japan Special Interview Recording at Space Shower TV Plus (Broadcast)

27 July 1st Fan Meeting ARE WE LATE? (RWL8?) Berlin,Germany@Huxleys Neue Welt &  BS SPTV 「Korean Hour」-Japan

29 July  1st Fan Meeting ARE WE LATE? (RWL8?) Stockholm,Sweden @fryshuset

31 July  BTS – Japan Special Interview Recording at Space Shower TV Plus (Rerun) & BTS American Hustle Life @ Mnet (Broadcast)

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AUGUST

1 August 1st Fan Meeting ARE WE LATE? (RWL8?) San Paulo Brazil @ Via Marquês

7 August BTS America Hustle life @ Mnet (Broadcast)

10 August MCountdown 2NIGHTS in LA/KCON 2014 at Downtown LA

11 August BTS – Japan Special Interview Recording at Space Shower TV Plus (Rerun), BJ11 – Han Love _japan

14 August MnetMcountdown 2Night in LA (Broadcast) & BTS American Hustle Life @ Mnet (Broadcast)

19 August BTS “Dark &Wild” 1st full length album Showcase @Blue Square Samsung Card Hall,Seoul-Korea

20 August BTS comeback full length album (Dark & Wild)

21 August BTS American Hustle Life @ Mnet (Broadcast),Comeback stage@sbs inkigayo (Pre-recording),BTS “Dark &Wild” 1st full length album Showcase (Re-Run)@1theKyoutube,Comeback@MnetMcountdown(Broadcast)

22 August Comeback @KBS Music Bank

23 August  2014 Kia Experience Sharing Concert @Seoul Sangam World Cup Stadium & Comeback @MBC Show! Music Core  (Broadcast)

24 August Comeback @SBS Inkigayo & Mini Fanmeeting after inkigayo

26 August Arirang After School Club (Broadcast) &  SBS MTV Hope TV 2014 Sharing Concert Broadcast ( the show) ,MBC Music Show Champion (Cheongju Musim Cheon sport park)

27 August MBC Music Show Champion (Broadcast)

28 August BTS American Hustle Life @ Mnet (Broadcast),Mnet Mcountdown (Broadcast)

29 August KBS2 Music Bank (Broadcast)

30 August We Love Gangwon Kpop Concert & Super Junior Kiss The Radio (SUKIRA),Show!Music Core (Broadcast)

31 August 18th FAMILY CONCERT (Lotte Duty Free) K-Pop Concert ,SBS Inkigayo

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SEPTEMBER

1 Sept Jungkook Birthday , Arirang Simply Kpop (Recording).Naver Starcast (Broadcast).KBS2FM Super Junior Kiss The Radio (Jimin) (Broadcast)

2 Sept MBC Sunny FM Date , SBS The Show ( Recording,Broadcast)

3 Sept GO! BTS @Mnet America (US Time) , Fansigning 1st Album Dark & Wild @Illsan,Show!Champion(Broadcast),SBS Power FM Choi hwa Jung Power Time (Broadcast)

4 Sept MCoutdown (Broadcast),BTS American Hustle Life @ Mnet (Broadcast)

5 Sept Fansigning 1st Album Dark & Wild @Yeuido ,Arirang Simply Kpop (Broadcast)

6 Sept Fansigning 1st Album Dark & Wild @YEONGDEUNGPO,Show! Music Core (Broadcast)

7 Sept  Fansigning 1st Album Dark & Wild @Jongro,Inkigayo (Broadcast)

10 Sept Arirang TV Pops in Seoul ( Broadcast),MBC Music Show! Champion (Broadcast)

11 Sept Fansigning 1st Album Dark & Wild @Sinchon,BTS American Hustle Life @ Mnet (Broadcast),Mnet Mcountdown (Broadcast)

12 Sept Rap Monster Birthday,KBS Music Bank (Broadcast),KBS Cool FM Yoo in na Volume Up,Simply Kpop (Broadcast)

13 Sept 2014 BRAVE CONCERT,MBC Music Core (Broadcast),CJB Cheongju public broadcast ( Cheongju Musimcheon outdoor stage)

14 Sept Fansigning 1st Album Dark & Wild @Bundang

15 Sept Simply Kpop (Recording)

16 Sept SBS MTV The Show (broadcast)

17 Sept Incheon Kpop Concert. MBC Music Show Champion (Broadcast)

18 Sept Fansigning 1st Album Dark &amp; Wild @Mok-dong &lt;Mnet Mcountdown (Broadcast),MBC 2014 Incheon Kpop Concert

19 Sept Arirang Simply KPop (Broadcast)

20 Sept.MBS Show! Music Core (Broadcast)

21 Sept 2014 Yangju Contton Festival, SBS Power FM K-will Young Street (Broadcast),MBC Music Show Champion (Kpop Expo in Asia) (Recording),SBS Inkigayo (Broadcast)

22 Sept Fansigning 1st Album Dark &amp; Wild @Yongsan

23 Sept SBS MTV The Show (Broadcast)

25 Sept Cheongju MBC Public Broadcast 2014 Cheongwon Organic life festival ,Mnet Mcountdown (Broadcast)

26 Sept Arirang Simply KPop (Broadcast) ,KBS Music Bank (Broadcast),Youngdong University Festival

27 Sept  2014 Sky Festival (Super Kpop Show! Music Core) (Recording),MBC Food Bank Sharing Concert (Recording)

28 Sept Uiwang Baegun Art Festival

29 Sept Fansigning 1st Album Dark &amp; Wild @Daegu,Fansigning 1st Album Dark &amp; Wild @Daejeon

30 Sept BTS 1st Single NO MORE DREAM – Japanese Ver. Released in Korea (Domestic)

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OCTOBER

1 Oct Kpop Expo in Asia (Special Idol) (Broadcast),Suwon Women’s College Festival

3 Oct KBS Music Bank – Osong International Bio Industry Expo Special,CJB Saenggeo Jincheon Culture Festival

4 Oct Official China fanclub inauguration ‘MUSTER’ in China,MBC Show! Music Core (Broadcast)

5 Oct Fansign in China

7 Oct  BTS 2nd Single BOY IN LUV – Japanese Ver. Released in Korea (Domestic)

10 Oct Cheolwon Taebong Festival

13 Oct Jimin Birthday

15 OCT Goham Concert @Chonbuk National University Cultural Center,

17 Oct BTS 1st Asia Tour : BTS 2014 LIVE TRILOGY EPISODE II. THE RED BULLET @AX-Korea

18 Oct BTS 1st Asia Tour : BTS 2014 LIVE TRILOGY EPISODE II. THE RED BULLET @AX-Korea,KBS2 A Song For You (Broadcast)

19 Oct BTS 1st Asia Tour : BTS 2014 LIVE TRILOGY EPISODE II. THE RED BULLET@AX-Korea

23 Oct MNET MCOUNTDOWN (Broadcast),Mcountdown Begins,BTS 1st Album Dark And Wild Mwave “MEET&GREET” (Live Streaming)

24 Oct KBS Music Bank (Broadcast)

25 Oct  BTS 500 Days Since Debut,Show! Music Core (Broadcast),Gyeosangnam-do youth unison Festival

26 Oct KBS World Radio Vietnam Culture (xinchao!Good Korea) (Broadcast),SBS Inkigayo (Broadcast)

30 Oct KBS Music Bank in Mexico

31 Oct KBS Music Bank (Broadcast)


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NOVEMBER

2 Nov SBS Inkigayo

3 Nov Arirang Simply Kpop (Recording), Fansigning 1st Album Dark & Wild @Gimpo

4 Nov SBS MTV The Show (Recording & Broadcast)

6 Nov Fansigning 1st Album Dark & Wild @CHEONGYANGNI,Mnet Mcountdown  (Broadcast) , Mcountdown Mini Fanmeeting

7 Nov Arirang Simply Kpop (Broadcast), KBS Music Bank (Broadcast)

8 Nov Show! Music Core (V Special MC) (Broadcast)

9 Nov SBS Inkigayo (Pre recording &amp;Broadcast),Inkigayo Mini Fanmeeting

10 Nov Fansigning 1st Album Dark & Wild @Guro

12 Nov Music Bank in Mexico (Broadcast)

13 Nov BTS 1st Asia Tour : BTS 2014 LIVE TRILOGY EPISODE II. THE RED BULLET @Kobe  Kokusai kaikan kokusai hall – Japan

14 Nov BTS 1st Asia Tour : BTS 2014 LIVE TRILOGY EPISODE II. THE RED BULLET @Kobe  Kokusai kaikan kokusai hall-Japan

16 Nov BTS 1st Asia Tour : BTS 2014 LIVE TRILOGY EPISODE II. THE RED BULLET @Tokyo Kokusai Forum Hall A-Japan

19 November 3rd Mini Album Danger (Japanese Ver.) Released,Fansigning 1st Album Dark & Wild @Lotte World Shopping Mall -Jamsil

22 November Handsake event  3rd Mini Album Danger (Japanese Ver.) @ Tokyo-Japan,Nico Nico Live (Broadcast)

23 November Handsake event  3rd Mini Album Danger (Japanese Ver.) @Osaka-Japan

25 Nov Fansigning 1st Album Dark & Wild @Myeongdong

26 Nov The 16th Korea – China Song Festival at Yeouido KBS Hall (Recording),Together with Pop in Seoul on Kpop Party @ Live space V-Hall

27 Nov Fansigning 1st Album Dark &amp; Wild @Gangnam


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DECEMBER

3 December  2014 MAMA  (Broadcast)

4 December  Jin Birthday

5 December T-Money Fansigning @CGV Daeyeon Busan

7 December BTS 1st Asia Tour : BTS 2014 LIVE TRILOGY EPISODE II. THE RED BULLET @MOA ARENA,PHILIPPINES

13 December BTS 1st Asia Tour : BTS 2014 LIVE TRILOGY EPISODE II. THE RED BULLET @Star Theatre,Singapore

14 December The 16th Korea – China Song Festival at Yeouido KBS Hall (Broadcast 1TV KBS)

20 December BTS 1st Asia Tour : BTS 2014 LIVE TRILOGY EPISODE II. THE RED BULLET @Chaengwattana

Hall,Thailand

21 December SBS MUSIC AWARDS

22 December MBCevery1 100 Choice,Best Ramyun ( J-Hope) (Broadcast)

24 December BTS 1st Full album Japan (Released)

30 December : V Birthday

31 December : Countdown Seoul 2015 @ Times Square – Seoul

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Happy Birthday, Vicente García!

Vicente García (born March 30, 1983 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) is a Dominican soul singer. Garcia is known for being the lead singer of the alternative rock group Calor Urbano band who left in 2010 to start a solo career. He has collaborated in concerts of renowned singers like Juan Luis Guerra, Alejandro Sanz, Maroon 5, Cultura Profética, Juanes, and Mana.

Garcia began his career in 2002 as a member of the Dominican band, Calor Urbano, which which he was a vocalist and composer. The group recorded an album, which was rewarded with several awards , including the Casandra. For reasons of personal achievement, García announced he was leaving the group on August 10, 2010 to pursue a solo career .

In August 2010 , Garcia decided to leave Calor Urbano with hopes of starting his own solo career. On August 9, García moved to Hollywood, California with the label Capitol Latin, with which he launched hiss first production titled Melodramatica. Later on that month, his first single “Como Has Logrado” was released, and in September, the video was officially released on MTV Tr3s. The album was released on October 26th. García debuted as a soloist in front of over 14 thousand people in the KQ Live Concert event in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where he shared the stage Juan Luis Guerra, Wisin y Yandel, Gilberto Santa Rosa and Kany García between others.

On March 22, 2011, García performed with Dominican-American singer Prince Royce at the XXVII Casandra Awards.

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On this day in music history: October 8, 1982 - “Spring Session M”, the debut album by Missing Persons is released. Produced by Ken Scott, it is recorded at The Utility Muffin Research Kitchen in Los Angeles, CA and Chateau Recorders in North Hollywood, CA from Late 1980 - Mid 1982. The band have their genesis in 1979 when drummer Terry Bozzio and singer and former Playboy Bunny Dale Consalvi meet while both are members of Frank Zappa’s band. The couple marry the same year, and make plans to form their own band. Also in Zappa’s band are guitarist Warren Cuccurullo and bassist and keyboardist Patrick O'Hearn. Joining with the Bozzios, they form Missing Persons in 1980, also adding keyboardist Chuck Wild. With financial assistance from Cuccurullo’s father, they record four songs with producer and engineer Ken Scott (David Bowie, The Beatles, Supertramp) at Zappa’s newly built recording studio The Utility Muffin Research Kitchen, located in the basement of his Laurel Canyon home. The band release their self financed recordings as a four track eponymously titled 7" EP in 1980. Featuring the songs “I Like Boys”, “Mental Hopscotch”, “Destination Unknown” and a cover of The Doors’ “Hello I Love You”, the band begin the task of promoting it. Quickly turning into a top flight live act, they’re noted for their excellent musicianship, buoyed by Dale Bozzio’s distinctive vocals accented with yelps and squeaks. Missing Persons also gain notoriety for Bozzio’s striking appearance and stage presence, often wearing her bleached blond hair accented with streaks of pink and aqua blue, wearing barely there stage outfits. When influential new wave rock station KROQ begins giving their EP heavy airplay, it sells more than 7,000 copies with the track “Mental Hopscotch” topping the stations’ airplay chart. The buzz soon attracts major label attention, with the band signing with Capitol Records in early 1982. Capitol re-releases their self-titled EP (as a 12" vinyl mini-LP and cassette), replacing The Doors cover with the newly recorded track “Words” (#42 Pop). Also making a video to accompany the song, it quickly becomes a staple on MTV. “Words” helps propel the EP (#46 Pop) up the charts, selling more than 250,000 copies, and stoking demand for a full album, The title “Spring Session M” is an anagram of the band’s name, quickly becoming a major hit. It spins off three more singles including the previously recorded “Destination Unknown” (#42 Pop), “Windows” (#63 Pop) and “Walking In L.A.” (#70 Pop). Acknowledged as a definitive new wave album, it becomes Missing Persons’ biggest success. Originally released on CD in 1990, it is remastered and reissued by One Way Records in 1995, adding three bonus tracks including the two tracks from the EP and “No Way Out” (the non LP B-side of “Destination”). “Spring Session M” peaks at number seventeen on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

GONE GIRL and EYES WIDE SHUT:        

A Study of Psychopathy in the Heteronormative Patriarchal Occult

 

I

 

It all started with an Aerosmith video.

It was Midlothian, Virginia—sometime in October, 1990. I remember sitting on the couch after soccer practice. This had become a routine. MTV was constantly playing in our living room and this was when music videos had begun to achieve substantial budgets and truly lush visuals. A new medium had been born in the preceding decade and it was now hitting some aggressive stage of puberty. 

Janet Jackson had blown the doors off the network with her silky black and white Rhythm Nation: 1814 epic narrative compilation. It was an event: My first sort-of girlfriend Ashley and the other ninth grade “cool girls” were mimicking Janet’s military-industrial-female-empowerment-complex choreography with an obsessive degree of worship.

I loved the Janet stuff, but it was the Aerosmith video for “Janie’s Got a Gun” that I just couldn’t stop watching. I kept waiting for MTV to replay it because our VCR didn’t yet have a record function.

The chiaroscuro, rain-drenched images felt like clips from some kind of detective crime noir movie that I had somehow missed. I thought that Aerosmith had done the theme song.  I desperately wanted to see this movie in its entirety. It appeared to star Lesley Ann Warren as the mother of a sad teenage girl who had shot and killed her abusive father and gone on the run.

And then it happened: MTV finally started to caption the director’s name in the lower left corner of the screen along with the artist, song title, album and label.

That’s when I learned who David Fincher was.

I soon put the whole puzzle together: Fincher had done all of the amazing Madonna videos and the George Michael “Freedom ‘90” video with all of the gorgeous supermodels and exploding guitars.

To some degree the videos were all about sexual politics, empowerment and liberation. They had a cohesive vision and they almost entirely focused on women. They were visionary standouts from the pack with the imprint of an auteur—a word that I didn’t even know existed.

Soon after I bought a copy of the now defunct Premiere magazine at Sam Goody records and read an in-depth article about Fincher directing the troubled third chapter in the Alien franchise—the sequel to two science-fiction films that had absolutely floored me.

It all started to make sense.

 

It was Cancun, Mexico—some cheesy resort hotel in March, 1999. I was sitting by the pool with some USC friends. College had officially ended the year before and yet here I was, still clinging to some spring break fantasy.

Maybe not as much clinging… but hiding. I had written the script for Donnie Darko the previous summer and by December I had somehow hit the jackpot: Creative Artists Agency was representing me… and I was still a fetus.

I had been meeting all sorts of fancy industry people. They were reading my script—mostly telling me they thought it was a terrific and very ambitious writing sample—but most likely un-producible. They certainly didn’t believe that I was capable of directing it. The consensus was that it would never get made unless someone more experienced was behind the camera. 

Feeling defeated, I was brainstorming some new, more “producible” script ideas—something about a genetically engineered talking cow and this big, sprawling Los Angeles crime satire. It was there by the pool in Cancun that I started reading Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said by Philip K. Dick—a novel that would heavily influence my script for Southland Tales

Feeling hung-over and exhausted from the omnipresent techno music at the pool, I grabbed my Dick novel and beach towel and went back up to the room to get some rest before another obligatory night of crusty Jell-O shots at Senor Frogs.

It was then that I first stumbled upon a USA Today paper that had been left outside the hotel room door—and the headline made things devastatingly clear: 

Stanley Kubrick had died in his sleep at his London estate.

One of the world’s greatest living artists was gone and I was still lingering in some Spring Break episode of MTV’s The Grind—a dance show that had long since been cancelled.

I immediately felt sick to my stomach. I wanted to go home and get back to work.

Eyes Wide Shut was released on July 16, 1999 with much fanfare, mixed-praise and an overall sense of confused dismissal from audiences. Digitally composed figures had been unceremoniously added to the orgy sequence (after Kubrick’s death) to obscure pelvic thrusting at the request of the MPAA.

Those sick nerds had just shot up Columbine and those pelvic thrusts might have been especially dangerous. This sad act of censorship seemed to mirror the response to the film itself: truth had been obscured.

Perhaps it was there all along, but a blindfold had been placed over our eyes, just like they did to the hapless piano player, Nick Nightingale. And the wizard behind that mysterious orgy was no longer alive to enlighten us.

 

It is now Los Feliz, California—October 4, 2014 and I am sitting in a crowded coffee shop surrounded by hipsters. MTV is no longer playing music videos with the art form dying somewhere in the sprawling YouTube wasteland. Janet Jackson and Aerosmith have essentially retired from making new music and Nicki Minaj has the zeitgeist clenched squarely between her considerable butt cheeks with a hit song called “Anaconda”. 

I hear Nicki and her Sir Mix-A-Lot samples throbbing from a passing Escalade on Hillhurst Avenue. The young blonde behind the wheel looks like a USC sorority “cool girl”. She is texting on her phone. Not one of the jaded hipsters in the coffee shop seems to care. 

Things could be better in the overall cultural conversation—but, Goddamnit! There is a cause for celebration. David Fincher (famed director of Se7en, Zodiac and The Social Network) has just released a new film—and that film is called Gone Girl

There are very few true wizards of cinema and Fincher clearly belongs on that list along with Stanley Kubrick. The release of Gone Girl feels like a welcome relief. An event long overdue—worthy of an epic three-part spoiler-filled 4741 word essay for Talkhouse Film—(God bless you if you’re still reading this). 

Fincher’s 10th feature film is riveting, exquisitely crafted and spectacularly entertaining. It walks a tightrope above the trappings of various genres, rising above them all to become the most unique of cinematic experiences. It is the movie we have been waiting for—and the movie we sorely deserve.

Having read Gillian Flynn’s novel before seeing the film it became clear to me that the filmed version of Gone Girl would become—in Fincher’s deft hands—some kind of kindred spirit to the misunderstood Kubrick sexual odyssey released fifteen years ago. The blindfold is now off and the ugliness is there in plain sight. 

Both Gone Girl and Eyes Wide Shut are deeply twisted, satirical and borderline maniacal erotic thrillers that seem to be made my a snickering auteur—well aware that the institution of marriage itself is being bathed in a hot dose of Tyler Durden’s corrosive lye soap from Fight Club.

Both films show broken marriages that can only be repaired by ritualistic, meticulously calculated blood sacrifices. 

Both films deconstruct the patriarchal, heteronormative surface world with the introduction of a dangerous psychopath intent on preserving it.

Psychopaths—and the lesser sociopaths that fit within this diagnostic criteria—are everywhere in this world. If you don’t believe in silly things like Satan and the Occult—read up on the behavioral science of psychopathology and you will be presented with a very troubling biological manifestation of evil. 

If Satan doesn’t exist—well, it really doesn’t matter because the earth has essentially been filled with his foot soldiers for thousands of years and they are more prevalent than ever. Especially in Los Angeles. These people lack empathy—as familiar media personality Ellen Abbott (Missi Pyle) reminds us—in a pointed scene from Gone Girl.

They want a piece of the action, at any cost. They desperately want to be part of the 1% and they will lie, cheat, manipulate and steal their way into that exclusive mansion to which so few people have the password to gain admittance.

Pssst… the password is: Fidelio Rainbow. Come inside if you dare to explore two of the most thought provoking films about marriage ever made.  

 

II

 

A general Internet search for Eyes Wide Shut will lead you to a vast array of zany interpretations and conspiracy theories that are worthy of their own Room 237 documentary film. There is a lot of speculation about the Illuminati and secret societies—and diving down the world-wide-rabbit hole of this film is admittedly quite fun.  

A conspiratorial analysis of the Kubrick swan song will lead you to believe that perhaps the wealthy and powerful Victor Ziegler (Sydney Pollack) is the true psychopath whose machinations set the entire dream-like narrative into motion.

Ziegler welcomes beautiful Manhattan yuppies Bill Harford (Tom Cruise) and Alice Harford (Nicole Kidman) to his lavish Christmas party—which they seem to enjoy despite not knowing any of the people there or why they are repeatedly invited.

A bit of Internet trivia tells us that Kubrick told his co-screenwriter Frederic Raphael that he wanted Bill to be a “Harrison Ford-type” noble doctor—thus the surname Harford.

Perhaps the clueless Bill and Alice have been strategically lured to the party so that they can be manipulated into participating in a macabre sexual ritual that will unfold in the subsequent 48 hours.

While dancing in a glowing ballroom adorned—like most of this film, with a veritable rainbow of Christmas lights—Bill and Alice are immediately separated by the appearance of an old medical school colleague-turned piano player named Nick Nightingale (Todd Field). Nightingale appears to make strategic eye contact with Bill from up on stage. He looks prepared.

After a brief discussion where Nick invites Bill to a future jazz show at the Sonata Café, one of Ziegler’s foot soldiers immediately ushers the piano man away like a pawn on a chessboard.

In the next room, Alice swallows an entire glass of champagne that appears to put her into some kind of trance-like state. An older Hungarian lothario named Sandor  Szavost (Sky Du Mont) suspiciously drinks from another one of Alice’s champagne glasses—without her permission—as a way of engaging her into conversation and a seductive dance.

Internet Eyes Wide Shut conspiracy theorists will tell you that the name Sandor Szavost is a reference to Anton Szandor LaVey—the notorious founder of the Church of Satan in 1966 San Francisco. Google image search this guy and you will discover he looks almost exactly like Ming the Merciless—the villain from Flash Gordon.  

Meanwhile, Bill has been targeted by a pair of high fashion models who seem to be drugged-out on the same champagne high that Alice is experiencing. Their flirtatious conversation ends with them yanking him in opposing directions with a cryptic invitation for Bill to venture… “Where the rainbow ends.”

Their flirtation is immediately interrupted by yet another one of Ziegler’s henchman, and Kubrick leaves us with a lingering moment of sinister eye contact between the two fashion models. A seed has been planted.

Bill is ushered into the royal Ziegler bathroom to administer life-support to an unconscious woman named Amanda Curran (Julienne Davis). Ziegler claims that she has ingested a speedball cocktail of heroin and cocaine but there doesn’t appear to be any drug paraphernalia lying around and Kubrick presents no visual evidence that this is what actually led to her condition. Maybe it was too much champagne.

The woman is roused awake by Bill’s nurturing “good doctor” voice, and thus some sort of spiritual bond is made between him and the mysterious former beauty queen whose fate will become pivotal to his survival.

On the subsequent night, a restless Alice gazes at her reflection in the mirror and decides to roll a joint—which Kubrick photographs in a rare close-up shot—perhaps to accentuate its importance. Is what follows just a stoner’s dream? Personally, I think Kubrick had much more up his sleeve than that.

Alice begins to become combative with Bill, who immediately accuses her of having a “bad reaction” to the marijuana, although there appears to be something much more sinister and troubling beneath the surface as she relapses into that familiar champagne trance we saw at the party.  

Alice begins to recount—in an almost deliberately methodical and hurtful way—a story about a chance vacation encounter with a military officer that seems to implant itself inside Bill’s subconscious like a seed of sexual jealousy.

Like clockwork, the telephone rings and Doctor Bill is sent off on his nocturnal odyssey to the end of the rainbow.

He arrives at the home of a wealthy, elderly white patient who has quietly and abruptly died in his sleep. His daughter, Marion Nathanson (Marie Richardson) makes a bizarre pass at Bill in the midst of a tearful meltdown.

Jennifer Jason Leigh was originally set to play this role but she didn’t have months to spend waiting around Pinewood studios while Kubrick meticulously re-calibrated his vision. Richardson gives a wonderful, haunted performance as a woman who seems almost possessed with the conflicting emotions of despair and sexual longing—and in this scene we get the film’s first big comedic release.

While walking down Kubrick’s dream-like Manhattan streets—re-constructed by the meticulous wizard in his adopted London—Bill is bizarrely confronted by a group of homophobic fraternity guys who nearly knock him to the ground. 

Moments later, a rattled Bill is sexually targeted yet again by a woman named Domino (Vinessa Shaw), who lures him back to her apartment.

An intimate encounter with Domino is interrupted by a cell phone call from a concerned Alice. (Only later do we realize that Alice saved her husband from potentially contracting the HIV virus from the young woman, who had yet to discover her diagnosis.)   

Bill then stumbles upon the Sonata Café where Nightingale gives him the password “Fidelio”—ironically the title of Beethoven’s only opera—that will successfully gain him admittance to a mysterious orgy. Conspiracy theorists will remind you that Beethoven was an instrument of mind control in A Clockwork Orange. They will also say the same about The Wizard of Oz with regard to rumors of various brainwashing techniques.

With a cape and mask costume rented to him by Mr. Milich (Rade Serbedzija), mysterious new proprietor of Rainbow Fashions—and secret promoter of child prostitution—Bill arrives at the mansion (delivered in a bright red Jeep Cherokee) where a ritualistic event is already underway.

Apparently in an early draft of the script for Eyes Wide Shut, the password was actually “Fidelio Rainbow”.

Soon after entering the mansion—curiously devoid of any Christmas lights—Bill makes eye contact with one of the dozens of Pagan-masked attendees. A close analysis concludes that it is a masked Ziegler who nods deliberately at Bill.

The orgy ceremony itself shows naked women in a ritualistic magic circle being indoctrinated by a man in a Red Cloak with an imposing staff and some kind of chained metal incense ball that emanates smoke.

A blindfolded Nightingale plays piano chords as we hear a Romanian Orthodox Divine Liturgy played backwards—courtesy of composer Jocelyn Pook.

Bill is repeatedly warned of imminent danger by a masked Amanda Curran—but has no idea that she is the woman he helped treat in Ziegler’s bathroom the previous night. Repeat viewings indicate that Amanda knows that her number has somehow been chosen and her sacrifice is imminent. 

The sex that Bill witnesses is very orchestrated and choreographed like an Italian Renaissance oil painting. There are also healthy doses of homosexual behavior on display.

After his voyeuristic escapade, Bill is apprehended and then led back to Red Cloak (wonderfully played by Leon Vitali, who was Lord Bullington in Barry Lyndon and then went on to become Kubrick’s longtime assistant). His demonically masked minions are elegantly assembled in the same circular formation that indicates all attendees were expecting Doctor Bill all along. It is almost as though they needed an interloper to complete their ritual—or, perhaps, this is Bill Harford’s initiation into the secret society.

This is his test. A test to see if he can keep his Eyes Wide… well, you get it.

What follows is the pivotal event of the film, when the masked Amanda Curran offers herself up to be sacrificed in exchange for Bill’s life. She is ready to “redeem him”.  The question remains—would Bill Harford have been bludgeoned to death by a mob of masked men had Amanda Curran not bravely stepped forward? Was the decision hers… and hers alone?

The scene is truly chilling—especially when Red Cloak demands that Doctor Bill remove his clothes. But then a woman bravely gives her life to redeem the man who unknowingly helped save her own life the night before.

There is an incredibly powerful scene—later in the film—when Doctor Bill goes into the morgue to stare at Amanda Curran’s dead body. He leans down—in a long, deeply uncomfortable moment as her voice echoes in his head—wanting to kiss this woman who might have performed the most altruistic act imaginable.

Why any of this is necessary—beyond Kubrick’s longtime obsession with filming Arthur Schnitzler’s 1926 novella Traumnovelle (Dream Story)—remains the subject of intense debate.

Was this all a dream? Perhaps. But it is much more fun to think of Alice with her dream and Bill with his reality.

Stanley Kubrick has a long history of satirizing the patriarchal power elite with dubious portrayals of government agencies bent on achieving good old-fashioned imperialism (Paths of Glory), Armageddon (Dr. Strangelove), interstellar imperialism (2001: A Space Odyssey), psychological conditioning (A Clockwork Orange), and finally: catastrophically botched imperialism (Full Metal Jacket).

Kubrick gave us a satirical portrait of sexual obsession in Lolita, wherein two men (James Mason and Peter Sellers) corrupt and destroy the lives of two women (Shelley Winters and Sue Lyons).

With Barry Lyndon, he gave us one of the all-time great portrayals of a sociopath (played by Ryan O’Neal) who destroys everyone and everything around him in his quest to be part of the 1%.

In one of the penultimate scenes of Eyes Wide Shut, Ziegler convinces Bill—while knocking balls around an almost demonically red felt billiard table—that the whole ritualistic sacrifice was just a charade. Amanda Curran was, after all, just another doomed hooker.

Sociopaths can be very, very convincing.

Bill, the good doctor, remains unconvinced; but he is grateful and so very, very lucky—as the brazen New York Post headline tells him—to be alive.

Who knows if any of this is what Kubrick intended to say with his final film. But all of these years later, the picture seems so much clearer—like a sick joke that finally makes sense.  A mission accomplished.

Perhaps the Wall Street patriarchy must make some kind of annual Christmas blood sacrifice to maintain their cult-like hegemony over women. They need an easily manipulated doctor to attend to their beta kitten sex slaves and keep them in line.

But the grand irony is that Kubrick’s final film is really the only one with a truly hopeful ending. Bill and Alice end up Christmas shopping in a fancy toy store, professing renewed love for one another and a commitment to the holy—if only fleeting—institute of marriage.

And yet—in the background of the scene—there is one last sick joke.

As Bill and Alice settle in for their final confession in an aisle filled with stuffed animals—their young daughter is seen grabbing a Barbie doll dressed in a fairy tale gown. Alice barely registers her with a detached smile, and the young girl disappears around the corner where some old, white men are lurking.

A large number of plush, stuffed lion dolls are on prominent display behind Alice.

If you re-watch Eyes Wide Shut, pause on the scene where Bill is about to pay for sex with Domino the prostitute. There, sitting on her bed, is the exact same stuffed lion doll bought from the exact same toy store. 

 

III

 

“He who dies with the most toys, wins.”

Whomever coined this term and began printing it on t-shirts back in the Me Decade was (perhaps unknowingly) promoting—or at least endorsing—psychopathic tendencies. It is a truly Western philosophy. Some might say this is one of the primary reasons why the East hates the West. That We, as Americans, are a fundamentally materialistic culture.

Marriages are often fueled by conspicuous consumption. Gone Girl chronicles the implosion of the marriage of Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) and Amy Dunne (Rosamund Pike).  They are both smug Manhattan magazine writers—Gillian Flynn made a name for herself working at Entertainment Weekly so she knows this territory—and Amy has some particularly obnoxious parents (David Clennon and Lisa Banes) who have made a small fortune on a series of children’s books about a character named Amazing Amy.

The real Amy can never live up to her fictional counterpart. And when the recession leads to her family’s mounting debt and both spouses lose their cushy magazine jobs—followed by Nick’s mother being diagnosed with cancer—a move back to Carthage, Missouri is the only card left in the deck.

Amy immediately feels like an outcast in Missouri. Their McMansion is a prison. In the opening title sequence Fincher treats us to a quick montage of the (literally) deteriorating Middle Class—shot on location in—wait for it… actual Missouri. Homeless people roam the streets filled with foreclosed homes and sleep in an abandoned shopping mall.

Fincher has long been the master of film noir. And with Gone Girl he has made perhaps the very first Missouri Noir.

Amazing Amy is anything but “middle class” and when she discovers Nick kissing a nubile young woman named Andie (Emily Ratajkowski) outside of The Bar—a meta-named-dive pub which he owns and operates alongside his stalwart twin sister Margo (Carrie Coon)—a trigger is switched inside her psychopathic mind.

Psychopaths don’t like to be ignored. Even worse… they don’t like to be discarded.  

The story—told in a structurally innovative way that gives way to delicious reveal after reveal—becomes one in which Amy’s act of revenge disappearance is slowly digested by Nick, Margo and two detectives (Kim Dickens and Patrick Fugit) through a series of clues left behind on their fifth wedding anniversary.

Nick, of course, becomes the prime suspect.  

The town, of course, sees the missing Amy as some kind of saint—and the arrival of the media galvanizes the community in a way that is all too real.

There is an incredibly revelatory sequence in Gone Girl where the entire town has gathered at a hotel ballroom that has been transformed into an Amazing Amy search command center. Even the mayor is there—wearing an orange vest—no doubt looking for a chance to be on camera.  

A group of single and divorced-looking women—several of whom look like they might have prison pen pal boyfriends—are eyeing Nick from across the room while his mother-in-law looks on in dismay. 

These women want his newfound fame. They see a mark with the potential to earn lots of money from the media exposure he is receiving. They see a fresh meal ticket.

As Nick follows a lurking Desi Collings (Neil Patrick Harris)—childhood friend and alleged stalker of Amy—out into the hallway, one of the Real Housewife Groupies approaches Nick and quickly manages to get herself a selfie photo with him.

The scene is stomach churning in the way Nick immediately realizes that this selfie-from-Hell was a very bad idea and asks her to delete it. She of course refuses, and the encounter immediately grows tense and hostile. She got him. The next evening the selfie is being analyzed by the sneering Ellen Abbott in front of a nationwide audience that has already begun to convict Nick based on his smiling demeanor and body language.

A large display of mancave toys are found in Margo’s shed. Golf clubs. A flatscreen television. Some ridiculous robotic dog toy that becomes a running gag. The items were purchased by Amy (under Nick’s name) in an act of brazen identity theft to further incriminate her husband and even poor Margo. Yet the irony is that Amy wants the toys back in her life more than anything. She wants to reclaim the life they had in New York.

Her exit strategy—detailed in notebooks, post-it-notes and a calendar as she remains holed up in an Ozark trailer park motel—is divided into two options.

Option #1: Kill herself and let her submerged body be the final stroke that leads to Nick’s incarceration.

Option #2: Frame Desi Collings for her kidnapping, and murder him in a staged act of “selfie” defense.

I don’t think that Option #1 was ever in the Amazing Amy playbook. And a pair of white trash grifters accelerate her decision-making process when they run off with all of her money—leaving Amy with mere pocket change for one last desperate payphone call to her old pal Desi.

This plot twist thrusts Amy into true survival mode. If she were to merely go home and confess—her reputation and life would be ruined and she would probably face some serious criminal charges for her actions—an insanity plea the only option.  

Nick would divorce her and survive. This girl is done for—unless blood is spilled.

Desi Collings—like Amanda Curran in Eyes Wide Shut—is the blood sacrifice necessary to restore order after these transgressions and deliver Amy to the promise land. The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow is there waiting.

When Amy emerges from Desi’s car—covered in at least a gallon of his blood—only to fall into Nick’s arms in front of a throng of reporters, the film has become the most wicked of Paul Verhoeven-esque satires.

Basic Instinct is a film that comes to mind. That film was also a relentlessly trashy, borderline satirical thrill ride with an exceptionally well-structured script by Joe Esterhaz and a lush Jerry Goldsmith score.

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross very much set the mesmerizing, genre-defiant tone for Gone Girl with their score—which is like a trip to the Burke Williams spa that devolves into a scary sonic acid trip with a scalpel-wielding masseuse.

Some have accused Gillian Flynn of being misogynist. This is unfair. With Amy Dunne she has created a complex, brilliant female character that just so happens to be a dangerous psychopath. To suggest that women don’t have the capacity for such degrees of psychological darkness is absurd.

Margo Dunne is the moral compass of the entire film—and in this character I think we see a portrait of Flynn herself—someone who is sickened by the evil in the world and unflinching in portraying it within her own gender.

Amazing Amy is the product—some might argue victim—of a heteronormative patriarchy. The final card in her deck is her own fertile womb: artificially inseminated with Nick’s frozen sperm. She knows that her husband is too much of a narcissist dolt to tarnish his unborn child’s life by exposing his mother’s sins.

More importantly, there is a lot of money to be made—and in the end it’s better for Nick to keep those Eyes Wide… well, you know.

The grand, hilariously sickening irony of Gone Girl is that this entire ordeal results in wealth and fame for Nick and Amy beyond their wildest dreams. Ellen Abbott and the media taketh away… and then giveth back tenfold.

In the end—Gone Girl isn’t an evisceration of marriage—it’s an evisceration of greed and narcissism as the driving motivation of psychopathy within a horrid, unholy marriage.

Welcome to the 1%, Nick and Amy. I think you’ll find yourself in some familiar company. I hear Bill and Alice Harford have finally called it quits and their Manhattan apartment is for sale.   

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jonghyun was adorable. fans could tell that he was happy to be back on stage.

when jonghyun arrived on stage for the rhearsal he had to wait so all the dancers went to the side, and jonghyun stayed in the middle all shy. fans kept on waving at him and cheering and he laughed at them and (jokingly) told them to stop. when he came on stage for the recording, he went: “vocal, fighting!” and made the fighting sign. staff told the fans it was finish when jonghyun was monitoring backstage so he ran on stage to tell the fans goodbye. he told them “bye~” with a high voice.

shawols went in for luna’s recording before jonghyun and she told them that she likes jonghyun’s song and was envious because they were a lot. (ie: there were a lot of fans there for jonghyun.) when jonghyun arrived on stage, he told the fans that luna’s stage was “really cool” and he even danced a little to her song!

AMY WINEHOUSE

               Amy Jade Winehouse (14 September 1983 – 23 July 2011) was an English singer-songwriter known for her deep contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres, including R&B, soul, jazz and reggae.  

                A young Winehouse was first introduced to jazz by way of Frank Sinatra—she named her debut album after him

                Amy Winehouse was born in Chase Farm Hospital in north London, to Jewish parents.   Her father, Mitchell “Mitch” Winehouse, was a window panel installer then a taxi driver; her mother, Janis Winehouse (née Seaton), a pharmacist.  Amy had an older brother, Alex (born 1979), and the family lived in London’s Southgate area.

                Part of her mother’s family originated in Russia, and many of her uncles on that side of the family were professional jazz musicians.  Amy’s paternal grandmother, Cynthia, was a singer and dated English jazz legend Ronnie Scott.  She and Amy’s parents influenced Amy’s interest in jazz.  Her father Mitch often sang Frank Sinatra songs to her, and she herself took to a constant habit of singing to the point that teachers found it difficult keeping her quiet in class.  Winehouse’s parents separated when she was nine, and she lived with her mother and stayed with her father and his girlfriend in Hatfield Heath, Essex on weekends.

                That same year, her grandmother Cynthia suggested she attend the Susi Earnshaw Theatre School, where she went on Saturdays to further her vocal education and to learn to tap dance.  She attended the school for four years and founded a short-lived rap group called Sweet ‘n’ Sour with Juliette Ashby, her childhood friend before seeking full-time training at Sylvia Young Theatre School. Winehouse was allegedly expelled at 14 for “not applying herself” and also for piercing her nose. (Sylvia Young has denied this—"She changed schools at 15—I’ve heard it said she was expelled; she wasn’t. I’d never have expelled Amy" —as has Mitch Winehouse.) She also appeared in an episode of The Fast Show, 1997, with other children from the Sylvia Young School and later attended The Mount School, Mill Hill, the BRIT School in Selhurst, Croydon, Southgate School and then Ashmole School.

                After toying around with her brother Alex’s guitar, Winehouse received her first guitar when she was 13 and began writing music a year later. Soon after, she began working for a living, including, at one time, as an entertainment journalist for the World Entertainment News Network, in addition to singing with local group the Bolsha Band.  In 2000 she became the featured female vocalist with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra.  Amy’s best friend, soul singer Tyler James, sent her demo tape to an A&R person.  Winehouse signed to Simon Fuller’s 19 Management in 2002 and was paid £250 a week against future earnings. While being developed by the management company, she was kept as a recording industry secret although she was a regular jazz standards singer at the Cobden Club.  Her future A&R representative at Island (Universal), Darcus Beese, heard of her by accident when the manager of The Lewinson Brothers showed him some productions of his clients, which featured Winehouse as key vocalist. When he asked who the singer was, the manager told him he was not allowed to say. Having decided that he wanted to sign her, it took several months of asking around for Beese to eventually discover who the singer was. However, Winehouse had already recorded a number of songs and signed a publishing deal with EMI by this time. Incidentally, she formed a working relationship with producer Salaam Remi through these record publishers.

                Beese introduced Winehouse to his boss, Nick Gatfield, and the Island head shared his enthusiasm in signing the young artist. Winehouse was signed to Island, as rival interest in Winehouse had started to build to include representatives of EMI and Virgin starting to make moves. Beese told HitQuarters that he felt the reason behind the excitement, over an artist who was an atypical pop star for the time, was due to a backlash against reality TV music shows, which included audiences starved for fresh, genuine young talent.

                Winehouse’s debut album, Frank, was released in 2003. Produced mainly by Salaam Remi, many songs were influenced by jazz and, apart from two covers, Winehouse co-wrote every song. The album received positive reviews with compliments over the “cool, critical gaze” in its lyrics and brought comparisons of her voice to Sarah Vaughan, Macy Gray and others.

 

                In contrast to her jazz-influenced former album, Winehouse’s focus shifted to the girl groups of the 1950s and 1960s. Winehouse hired New York singer Sharon Jones’s longtime band, the Dap-Kings to back her up in the studio and on tour.  Mitch Winehouse relates in Amy, My Daughter how fascinating watching her process was: her perfectionism in the studio and how she would put what she had sung on a CD and play it in his taxi outside to know how most people would hear her music.  In 2006 Winehouse’s demo tracks such as “You Know I’m No Good” and “Rehab” appeared on Mark Ronson’s New York radio show on East Village Radio. These were some of the first new songs played on the radio after the release of “Pumps” and both were slated to appear on her second album. Ronson said in a 2010 interview that he liked working with Winehouse because she was blunt when she did not like his work.  She in turn thought that when they first met, he was a sound engineer and that he was expecting an older man with a beard.  Promotion of Back to Black soon began and, in 2006 Winehouse’s official website was relaunched with a new layout and clips of previously unreleased songs.  Back to Black was released in the UK in 2006.

                The album spawned a number of hit singles. The first single released from the album was the Ronson-produced “Rehab”. Time magazine named “Rehab” the Best Song of 2007. The album’s second single and lead single in the US, “You Know I’m No Good”.  "Tears Dry on Their Own", “Love Is a Losing Game” and “Just Friends” were also released as singles, but failed to achieve the same level of success.A deluxe edition of Back to Black was also released in 2007 in the UK.  In addition to her own album she collaborated with other artists on singles. Winehouse was a vocalist on the song “Valerie” on Ronson’s solo album Version.

Winehouse toured in conjunction with the Back to Black album’s release, performing headliners in September and November 2006, including a Little Noise Sessions charity concert at the Union Chapel in Islington. She performed at various festivals, including UK’s Glastonbury Festival, Lollapalooza festival in Chicago, Belgium’s Rock Werchter and Virgin Music Festival in Baltimore.  The rest of her tour, however, did not go as well. In November 2007 the opening night of a 17-date tour was marred by booing and walkouts at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham. A critic for the Birmingham Mail said it was “one of the saddest nights of my life…I saw a supremely talented artist reduced to tears, stumbling around the stage and, unforgivably, swearing at the audience.” Other concerts ended similarly, with, for example, fans at her Hammersmith Apollo performance saying that she “looked highly intoxicated throughout”, until she announced on 27 November 2007, that her performances and public appearances were cancelled for the remainder of the year, citing her doctor’s advice to take a complete rest. A statement issued by concert promoter Live Nation blamed “the rigours involved in touring and the intense emotional strain that Amy has been under in recent weeks” for the decision.  Mitch Winehouse wrote about her nervousness before public performances in his 2012 book, Amy, My Daughter.

                Winehouse and Ronson contributed a cover of Lesley Gore’s “It’s My Party” to the Quincy Jones tribute album Q Soul Bossa Nostra 2010.  In late October Winehouse’s spokesman was quoted as saying that Winehouse had not been given a deadline to complete her third album, for which she was learning to play drums.

 

               In May 2009 Winehouse returned to performing at a jazz festival in Saint Lucia amid torrential downpours and technical difficulties. During her set it was reported she was unsteady on her feet and had trouble remembering lyrics. She apologised to the crowd for being “bored” and ended the set in the middle of a song.    Winehouse’s last public appearance took place at Camden’s Roundhouse, London on 20 July 2011, when she made a surprise appearance on stage to support her goddaughter, Dionne Bromfield, who was singing “Mama Said” with The Wanted.

                Winehouse’s last recording was a duet with American singer Tony Bennett for his latest album, Duets II, released on 20 September 2011. Their single from the album, “Body and Soul,” was released on 14 September 2011 on MTV and VH1 to commemorate what would have been her 28th birthday. Her father, Mitch Winehouse, launched the Amy Winehouse Foundation with the goal of raising awareness and support for organisations that help vulnerable, young adults with problems such as addiction. Proceeds from “Body and Soul” benefit the Amy Winehouse Foundation.  Winehouse’s father, Mitch Winehouse, picked up the award at the awards ceremony with his wife Janis, saying, “We shouldn’t be here. Our darling daughter should be here. These are the cards that we’re dealt.”

               When interviewed by Jon Stewart on The Daily Show on 29 September 2011, Bennett stated that in hindsight, he believed Amy:

was in trouble at that time because she had a couple of engagements that she didn’t keep up. But what people didn’t realize at that time, that she really knew, and in fact I didn’t even know it when we were making the record, and now looking at the whole thing; she knew that she was in a lot of trouble; that she wasn’t going to live. And it wasn’t drugs. It was alcohol toward the end… . It was such a sad thing because … she was the only singer that really sang what I call the 'right way’ because she was a great jazz-pop singer… . She was really a great jazz singer. A true jazz singer. And I regret that because that’s the 'right way’ to sing.

                An album of previously unreleased material, titled Lioness: Hidden Treasures, was released on 6 December 2011.   It debuted at the top of the UK Albums Chart with the biggest first-week sales of Winehouse’s career.   

                Winehouse’s greatest love was 1960s girl groups.  Her stylist, Alex Foden, borrowed her “instantly recognisable” beehive hairdo (a weave) and she borrowed her Cleopatra makeup from The Ronettes.  Her imitation was so successful, as the Village Voice reports: “Ronnie Spector—who, it could be argued, all but invented Winehouse’s style in the first place when she took the stage at the Brooklyn Fox Theater with her fellow Ronettes more than 40 years ago—was so taken aback at a picture of Winehouse in the New York Post that she exclaimed, "I don’t know her, I never met her, and when I saw that pic, I thought, 'That’s me!’ But then I found out, no, it’s Amy! I didn’t have on my glasses."   Mitch Winehouse later revealed that the influence for the bold red lipstick, thick eyebrows and heavy eyeliner came from Latinas she saw in Miami, on her trip there to work with Salaam Remi on Back to Black.   

                Winehouse joined a campaign to stop a block of flats being built beside the George Tavern, a famous London East End music venue. Campaign supporters feared the residential development would end the spot’s lucrative sideline as a film and photo location, on which it relies to survive.  As part of a breast cancer awareness campaign, Winehouse appeared in a revealing photograph for the April 2008 issue of Easy Living magazine. Winehouse had an estimated £10m fortune, tying her for tenth place in the 2008 The Sunday Times listing of the wealth of musicians under age 30.  The following year her fortune had dropped to an estimated £5m.   Her finances are run by Mitch and Janis Winehouse.  It was reported she earned about £1m singing at two private parties during Paris Fashion Week. as well as another £1m to perform at a Moscow Art Gallery for Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich. 

                Winehouse and her family are the subject of a 2009 documentary shot by Daphne Barak titled Saving Amy.  Winehouse entered into a joint venture in 2009 with EMI to launch a range of wrapping paper and gift cards containing song lyrics from her album Back to Black.  On 8 January 2010, a television documentary, My Daughter Amy, aired on Channel 4.   Saving Amy was released as a paperback book in January 2010.

                Winehouse collaborated on a 17 piece fashion collection with the Fred Perry label. It was released for sale in October 2010. According to Fred Perry’s marketing director "We had three major design meetings where she was closely involved in product style selection and the application of fabric, colour and styling details,” and gave “crucial input on proportion, colour and fit”. The collection consists of “vintage-inspired looks including Capri pants, a bowling dress, a trench coat, pencil skirts, a longline argyle sweater and a pink-and-black checkerboard-printed collared shirt”.   At the behest of her family, three forthcoming collections up to and including autumn/winter 2012 that she had designed prior to her death will be released.

                By 2008, her continued drug problems threatened her career. Even as Nick Gatfield, the president of Island Records, toyed with the idea of releasing Winehouse “to deal with her problems”, he remarked on her talent, saying, “It’s a reflection of her status [in the U.S.] that when you flick through the TV coverage [of the Grammys] it’s her image they use."   Post-Grammys, some questioned whether Winehouse should have been honoured with the awards given her recent personal and drug problems,  including Natalie Cole, who introduced Winehouse at the ceremony and who herself battled substance-abuse problems while winning a Grammy for Best New Artist in 1975.  (Winehouse was prevented from traveling to and performing at the Grammy Awards ceremony in the US due failing a drug test.) In a newspaper commentary, the executive director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, said that the alleged drug habits of Winehouse and other celebrities send a bad message "to others who are vulnerable to addiction” and undermine the efforts of other celebrities trying to raise awareness of problems in Africa, now that more cocaine used in Europe passes through that continent.   Winehouse’s spokesperson noted that “Amy has never given a quote about drugs or flaunted it in any way. She’s had some problems and is trying to get better. The U.N. should get its own house in order.”

               Throughout her life Winehouse donated her money, music and time to many charities, particularly those concerned with children. She was once named “the most charitable act” by Pop World. While this side of her personality was never well known to the general public, throughout both the arts community and the charity community she was known for her generosity and was even known as a “soft touch”. “Ask Amy and she’ll do it” was a common phrase among the charity community in regards to Winehouse. Among the charities she generously supported are Adopt-A-Minefield, Anti-Slavery International, Breast Cancer Campaign, CARE (relief agency), Children of the Andes, Children’s Medical Research Institute, Christian Children’s Fund, City at Peace, Comic Relief, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Greenpeace, Healthlink Worldwide, Hear the World, Heifer International, Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen, the Red Cross, LIFEbeat, Lifeline and Rape Crisis PMB, Opportunity International, Oxfam, Rights and Humanity, Save the Children, Save the Music Foundation, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Teenage Cancer Trust, Christina Noble Children’s Foundation, Little Dreams Foundation, Lotus Outreach, Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, UNHCR, UNICEF, V-Day, WaterAid, and World Neighbors.

                British singer Adele has credited Winehouse’s success in making her and fellow British singer Duffy’s journey to the United States “a bit smoother”.  Lady Gaga credited Winehouse with paving the way for her rise to the top of the charts, explaining that Winehouse made it easier for unconventional women to have mainstream pop success.  Raphael Saadiq, Anthony Hamilton, and John Legend said “Amy Winehouse was produced by people who wanted to create a marketing coup. The positive side is that it reacquainted an audience with this music and played an introductory role for others. This reinvigorated the genre by overcoming the vintage aspect”.

Other artists that have credited Winehouse as a major influence as well for paving the way for them include Emeli Sandé, Misha B,  Jessie J,  Paloma Faith, Lana Del Rey,and Florence Welch.

                Winehouse dated chef-musician Alex Clare (sometimes referred to as Alex Claire) in 2006, while on a break with her on-off boyfriend and future husband, Blake Fielder-Civil. They lived together briefly,  and in a pattern that Fielder-Civil would only repeat, Clare famously sold his story to the News of the World, which published it under the headline “Bondage Crazed Amy Just Can’t Beehive in Bed”.

                She married Fielder-Civil (born August 1978), a former video production assistant,  on 18 May 2007, in Miami Beach, Florida. Fielder-Civil had dropped out of Bourne Grammar School and moved to London at age 16 from his native Lincolnshire.  In a June 2007 interview, Winehouse admitted she could sometimes be violent toward him after she had been drinking, saying “if he says one thing I don’t like then I’ll chin him”.  In August 2007, they were photographed, bloodied and bruised, in the streets of London after an alleged fight, although she contended her injuries were self-inflicted.

                Winehouse’s parents and in-laws publicly reported their numerous concerns, the latter citing fears that the two might commit suicide. Fielder-Civil’s father encouraging fans to boycott her music, with Mitch Winehouse saying this would not help. Fielder-Civil was quoted in a British tabloid as saying he introduced her to crack cocaine and heroin.  During a visit with Mitch Winehouse at the prison in July 2008, Fielder-Civil reportedly said that they would cut themselves to ease the pain of withdrawal.

                From 21 July 2008 to 25 February 2009, Fielder-Civil was imprisoned following his guilty plea on charges of trying to pervert the course of justice and of grievous bodily harm with intent.  The incident, in July 2007, involved an assault on a pub landlord that resulted in a broken cheek.   According to the prosecution the landlord accepted £200,000 as part of a deal to “effectively throw the [court] case and not turn up,” testifying that the money belonged to Winehouse,  but that she pulled out of a meeting with the men involved in the plot, to attend an awards ceremony.  Mitch Winehouse, as manager of her money, has denied the money coming from his daughter.

                Winehouse was spotted with aspiring actor Josh Bowman on holiday in Saint Lucia in early January 2009, saying she was “in love again, and I don’t need drugs.”  She commented that the “whole marriage was based on doing drugs” and that “for the time being I’ve just forgotten I’m even married.”  On 12 January, Winehouse’s spokesman confirmed that “papers have been received” for what Fielder-Civil’s solicitor has said are divorce proceedings based on a claim of adultery.  In March, Winehouse was quoted in a magazine as saying, “I still love Blake and I want him to move into my new house with me—that was my plan all along … I won’t let him divorce me. He’s the male version of me and we’re perfect for each other."  Uncontested,  the divorce was granted on 16 July 2009 and became final on 28 August 2009.  Fielder-Civil received no money in the settlement.

                Winehouse’s battles with substance abuse were the subject of much media attention. In 2005, she went through a period of drinking, heavy drug use, and weight loss.  People who saw her during the end of that year and early 2006 reported a rebound that coincided with the writing of Back to Black.  Her family believes that the mid-2006 death of her grandmother, who was a stabilising influence, set her off into addiction.  In August 2007, Winehouse cancelled a number of shows in the UK and Europe, citing exhaustion and ill health. She was hospitalised during this period for what was reported as an overdose of heroin, ecstasy, cocaine, ketamine and alcohol.  In various interviews, she admitted to having such problems with self-harm, depression, and eating disorders.

                Winehouse told a magazine that the drugs were to blame for her hospitalisation and that "I really thought that it was over for me then.” Soon afterward, Winehouse’s father commented that when he had made public statements regarding her problems he was using the media because it seemed the only way to get through to her.  In an interview with The Album Chart Show on British television, Winehouse said she was manic depressive and not alcoholic, adding that that sounded like “an alcoholic in denial”.  A U.S. reporter writes that Winehouse was a “victim of mental illness in a society that doesn’t understand or respond to mental illness with great effectiveness”.

                In December 2007, Winehouse’s spokesman reported that the singer was in a physician-supervised programme and was channelling her difficulties by writing a lot of music. The British tabloid The Sun posted a video of a woman, alleged to be Winehouse, apparently smoking crack cocaine and speaking of having taken ecstasy and valium. Winehouse’s father moved in with her,  and Island Records, her record label, announced the abandonment of plans for an American promotion campaign on her behalf.   In late January 2008, Winehouse reportedly entered a rehabilitation facility for a two-week treatment program.

                On 23 January 2008, the video was passed on to the Metropolitan Police, who questioned her on 5 February.   No charges were brought. On 26 March 2008, Winehouse’s spokesman said she was “doing well.”  Her record company reportedly believed that her recovery remained fragile.   By late April 2008, her erratic behaviour, including an allegation of assault, caused fear that her drug rehabilitation efforts had been unsuccessful,  leading to efforts by Winehouse’s father and manager to seek assistance in having her involuntarily committed.   Her dishevelled appearance during and after a scheduled club night in September sparked new rumours of a relapse. Photographers were quoted as saying she appeared to have cuts on her legs and arms.

                According to Winehouse’s physician, Winehouse quit illegal substances in 2008.   In an October 2010 interview, speaking of her decision to quit drugs, Winehouse said, “I literally woke up one day and was like, 'I don’t want to do this any more’”.  Drinking alcohol emerged as a problem with Winehouse abstaining for a few weeks then lapsing.  The physician said that Winehouse was treated with Librium for alcohol withdrawal and anxiety, and underwent psychological and psychiatric evaluations in 2010, but refused psychological therapy.

               In 2006, Winehouse admitted punching a female fan in the face for criticising her having taken Blake Fielder-Civil as a husband. She then attacked her own spouse as he attempted to calm her down.  In October 2007, Winehouse and Fielder-Civil were arrested in Bergen, Norway, for possession of seven grams of marijuana. The couple were later released and fined 3850 kroner (around £350).  Winehouse first appealed the fines, but later dropped the appeal.

                On 26 April 2008, Winehouse was cautioned after she admitted to police she slapped a 38-year-old man in the face, a “common assault” offence, her first of two. She voluntarily turned herself in and was held overnight. Police said, at her arrival she was “in no fit state” to be interviewed.  Ten days later, Winehouse was arrested on suspicion of possessing drugs after a video of her apparently smoking crack cocaine was passed to the police in January, but was released on bail a few hours later because they could not confirm, from the video, what she was smoking.  The Crown Prosecution Service considered charging her, but cleared her when it could not establish that the substance in the video was a controlled drug.  Some members of Parliament reacted negatively.  Two London residents were subsequently charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine and ecstasy to Winehouse.  One of the pair was sentenced to two years in prison on 13 December 2008, while the other received a two-year community order.

               On 5 March 2009, Winehouse was arrested and charged with common assault following a claim by Sharene Flash that Winehouse hit her in the eye at the September 2008 Prince’s Trust charity ball.  Winehouse’s spokesperson announced the cancellation of the singer’s US Coachella Festival appearance in light of the new legal issue,  and Winehouse appeared in court on 17 March to enter her plea of not guilty.  On 23 July, her trial began with prosecutor Lyall Thompson charging that Winehouse acted with “deliberate and unjustifiable violence” while appearing to be under the influence of alcohol or another substance. She testified that she did not punch Flash, but tried to push her away because she was scared of her; she cited her worry that Flash would sell her story to a tabloid, Flash’s height advantage, and Flash’s “rude” behaviour.  On 24 July, District Judge Timothy Workman ruled that Winehouse was not guilty, citing the facts that all but two of the witnesses were intoxicated at the time of the incident and that medical evidence did not show “the sort of injury that often occurs when there is a forceful punch to the eye”.

                On 19 December 2009, Winehouse was arrested for a third time on charges of common assault, plus another charge of public order offence after assaulting the front-of-house manager of the Milton Keynes Theatre after he asked her to move from her seat.

               With the paparazzi taking photographs of her wherever they could, Winehouse obtained an injunction against a leading paparazzi agency, Big Pictures, under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997; the resultant court order banned them from following her.   Photographers were also banned from following her within 100 metres of her home and photographing Winehouse in her home or the homes of her friends and relatives. According to a newspaper report, sources close to the singer said legal action was taken out of concern for the safety of Winehouse and those close to her.

                On 23 June 2008, Winehouse’s publicist corrected earlier misstatements by Mitch Winehouse that his daughter had early stage emphysema, instead claiming she had signs of what could lead to early-stage emphysema.  Mitch Winehouse had also stated that his daughter’s lungs were operating at 70 percent capacity and that she had an irregular heartbeat. He said that these problems had been caused by her chain smoking crack cocaine. The singer’s father also reported that doctors had warned Winehouse that, if she continued smoking crack cocaine, she would have to wear an oxygen mask and would eventually die.   In a radio interview, Mitch Winehouse said the singer was responding “fabulously” to treatment, which included being covered with nicotine patches.  British Lung Foundation spokesman Keith Prowse noted this type of condition could be managed with treatment. Prowse also said the condition was not normal for a person her age but “heavy smoking and inhaling other substances like drugs can age the lungs prematurely”.  Norman H. Edelman of the American Lung Association explained that if she stopped smoking, her lung functions would decline at the rate of a normal person, but continued smoking would lead to a more rapid decline in lung function.

                Winehouse was released from the London Clinic 24 hours after returning from a temporary leave to perform at Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday and at a concert in Glastonbury, and continued receiving treatment as an outpatient.  In July 2008, Winehouse stated that she had been diagnosed with “some areas of emphysema” and said she is getting herself together by “eating loads of healthy food, sleeping loads, playing my guitar, making music and writing letters to my husband every day”.   She also kept a vertical tanning bed in her apartment.  Winehouse began precautionary testing on her lungs and chest on 25 October 2008 at the London Clinic for what was reported as a chest infection. Winehouse was in and out of the facility and was granted permission to set her own schedule regarding home leave. She returned to the hospital on 23 November 2008 for a reported reaction to her medication.

In a late June 2013 interview, Alex Winehouse revealed his belief that his sister’s eating disorder, and the consequent physical weakness, was the primary cause of her death:

She suffered from bulimia very badly. That’s not, like, a revelation – you knew just by looking at her… She would have died eventually, the way she was going, but what really killed her was the bulimia … I think that it left her weaker and more susceptible. Had she not had an eating disorder, she would have been physically stronger.

                Winehouse began binge drinking alcohol in 2008 after ceasing her dependence on illicit drugs. By summer 2011, she had fallen into a pattern of abstaining from alcohol for a few weeks, and then relapsing. One such relapse led to her death by alcohol intoxication in the morning hours of 23 July 2011.

                Winehouse’s bodyguard said that he arrived at her residence three days before her death and felt she was somewhat intoxicated. He observed moderate drinking over the next few days. He observed her “laughing, listening to music and watching TV at 2 am the day of her death”. According to the bodyguard, at 10 am he observed her lying on her bed and tried unsuccessfully to rouse her. This did not raise much suspicion because she usually slept late after a night out. According to the bodyguard, shortly after 3 pm, he checked on her again and observed her lying in the same position as before, leading to a further check, in which he concluded that she was not breathing and had no pulse. He said he subsequently called emergency services.

                At 3:54 pm BST on 23 July 2011, two ambulances were called to Winehouse’s home in Camden, London.  Winehouse was pronounced dead at the scene. Shortly afterwards, the Metropolitan Police confirmed that she had died.   After her death was announced, media and camera crews appeared, as crowds gathered near Winehouse’s residence to pay their respects. Forensic investigators entered the flat as police cordoned off the street outside; they recovered one small and two large bottles of vodka from her room.  After that day, the singer broke her second Guinness World Record: for the most number of simultaneous hit songs to enter the UK singles chart by a woman.

                 A coroner’s inquest reached a verdict of misadventure. The report released on 26 October 2011 explained that Winehouse’s blood alcohol content was 416 mg per 100ml (0.416%) at the time of her death, more than five times the legal drink-drive limit. According to the coroner, “The unintended consequences of such potentially fatal levels was her sudden death.”

               Winehouse’s record label, Universal Republic, released a statement that read in part: “We are deeply saddened at the sudden loss of such a gifted musician, artist and performer."    Many musical artists have since paid tribute to Winehouse including U2, M.I.A., Lady Gaga, Mutya Buena, Marianne Faithfull, Bruno Mars, Nicki Minaj, Keisha Buchanan, Rihanna, George Michael, Adele, Kelly Clarkson, Courtney Love, and the American punk rock band Green Day, who wrote a song in her tribute titled "Amy.”

                Family and friends attended Winehouse’s funeral on 26 July 2011 at Edgwarebury Lane cemetery in north London. Her mother and father, Janis and Mitch Winehouse, close friend Kelly Osbourne, producer Mark Ronson and her boyfriend Reg Traviss were among those in attendance at the private service led by Rabbi Frank Hellner.  Her father delivered the eulogy, saying “Goodnight, my angel, sleep tight. Mummy and Daddy love you ever so much."    Carole King’s "So Far Away” closed the service with mourners singing along. She was later cremated at Golders Green Crematorium.  The family planned to sit a two-day shiva.  Winehouse’s parents set up The Amy Winehouse Foundation to prevent harm from drug misuse among young people and Amy Winehouse’s brother Alex is an employee. Winehouse did not leave a will; her estate is inherited by her parents.

                On 17 December 2012, British authorities reopened the probe of Winehouse’s death. On 8 January 2013, a second inquest confirmed that Winehouse died of accidental alcohol poisoning.

                Her father published a biography, entitled Amy: My Daughter, in 2012 and all proceeds are donated to the Amy Winehouse Foundation. In the book’s introduction, he explained: “Apart from being her father, I was also her friend, confidant and adviser—not that she always took my advice, but she always heard me out.”

                A report in April 2013 announced that Winehouse will be the subject of a documentary to be directed by Asif Kapadia and produced by James Gay-Rees, Kapadia and Universal Music.  Kapadia and Gay-Rees introduced the project at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

               An exhibit of Winehouse’s personal items, entitled Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait, was on display at the London Jewish Museum until 15 September 2013. Display items, such as books and music, were featured together with captions that were written by Winehouse’s brother.

               There was talk in late 2011 of Amy’s former boyfriend, Reg Traviss, developing a film about the late singer, but Amy’s father Mitch Winehouse, who owns the copyright to Amy’s music, said he would keep the songs from being included.

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1. During standby of the last recording, Baekhyun was hitting the back of Xiumin’s hand for no reason. After that, Baekhyun kicked lightly with his foot. (source: shocola818)

2. Baekhyun said Xiumin drank alcohol yesterday and Xiumin is a hyung who keeps drinking alcohol. Baekhyun said he can’t drink. (source: lowellbaek)

3. Baekhyun hit Xiumin’s tummy. He doesn’t know how to stop his hand. (source: DOKAI9394)

4. While waiting below the stage, Xiumin kept greeting fans. He also played around with Baekhyun and pretended to kick Baekhyun’s knee. (source: Green_DO112)

5. Xiumin kicked Baekhyun’s butt. (source: 47_506)

6. Baekhyun said “let’s do the monkey greeting” and Xiumin went along with it. (source: XIUxiuo0o)
*Baekhyun doing the monkey greeting:


7. While doing the last greeting, Xiumin removed his inner ear/mic tape and stuck it on Baekhyun’s leg. (source: XIUxiuo0o)

(SCHED) NCT Upcoming September Events!

9/02 

[NCT DREAM] [Broadcast] NCT Dream ‘Chewing Gum’ @ KBS Music Bank (5PM KST) 

[Doyoung] [Recording] SBS Chuseok Special ‘Tomorrow’s Pitch King’ (5:30PM KST)

9/03 

[NCT DREAM] [Recording] NCT Dream ‘Chewing Gum’ @ MBC Show! Music Core SKY FESTIVAL: K-POP Concert (7PM KST)

9/07 

[NCT 127] [Recording] NCT 127 - 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics Concert ‘Energetic Shouts’ @ Seoul Gocheok Sky Dome (7PM KST)

— 9/08  

[NCT DREAM] [LIVE] NCT Dream ‘Chewing Gum’ @ MNET M!Countdown (6PM KST)

[Doyoung & Jeno] [LIVE] 'Intern MC’ @ MNET M!Countdown (6PM KST)

— 9/09

[NCT Dream] [LIVE] NCT Dream ‘Chewing Gum’ @ KBS Musc Bank (5PM KST) 

9/10

[NCT DREAM] [Broadcast] NCT Dream ‘Chewing Gum’ @ MBC Show! Music Core SKY FESTIVAL: K-POP Concert (3:45PM KST)

9/11

[NCT DREAM] [LIVE] NCT Dream ‘Chewing Gum’ @ SBS Inkigayo (3:40PM KST)

[TEN] [Recording] Hit The Stage ‘Last Episode’

9/13

[NCT DREAM] [LIVE] NCT Dream ‘Chewing Gum’ @ MTV The Show (8PM KST)

9/14

[NCT 127] [Broadcast] Taeil, Taeyong, Yuta, Jaehyun & Mark’ @ MBC Chuseok Special ‘Idol Cooking King’ (6:05PM KST)

9/17

[NCT DREAM] [LIVE] NCT Dream ‘Chewing Gum’ @ MBC Show! Music Core (3:45PM KST)

9/18

[TEN] [Recording] Hit The Stage ‘Last Episode’

9/21

[TEN] [Broadcast] Hit The Stage ‘Last Episode’ (11PM KST)

9/23

[NCT DREAM] [LIVE] NCT Dream ‘Çhewing Gum’ @ KBS Music Bank (5PM KST)

9/24

[NCT127] [Performance] NCT 127 - 10th Green Ribbon Marathon ‘Hope Concert’  @ Seoul Yeouido (6PM KST)

[NCT DREAM] [Recording] NCT Dream @ KBS Open Concert 

9/25

[NCT DREAM] [LIVE] NCT Dream ‘Chewing Gum’ @ SBS Inkigayo (3:40PM KST)

9/27

[NCT 127] [Broadcast] NCT 127 - 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics Concert ‘Energetic Shouts’ @ Seoul Gocheok Sky Dome (7PM KST)

9/28

[TEN] [Broadcast] Hit The Stage ‘Last Episode‘  (11PM KST)

anonymous asked:

what are the moments that got you to ship baekyeol? :)

!!!! oh my gosh okay, 

well there are an infinite amount of moments of theirs that i absolutely love. but specifically the moments that first got me to ship them are right from the beginning of debut:

***Note: i’m only doing from debut until Baek’s birthday otherwise this would be endless

1. EXO-K High-Cut Magazine March 2012 Interview [full trans]:

You must know each other’s sleeping habits, whether it being someone making noise from their noses.
Baekhyun: Chanyeol’s breathing is really loud. Before he goes to bed, he always sniffles and it’s so loud that I can’t sleep.
Chanyeol: (Countering that) Baekhyun always whimpers about 40 times during his sleep like a puppy.

Are the other rooms as problematic?
(The rest of the members shake their hands in the air) No, we all sleep happily.
Baekhyun: (Looking at Chanyeol) Maybe we shouldn’t have said it.
Chanyeol: But we love each other (laughs).

2. Predebut: MV recording/Photoshoot(?) (I believe this is the first chanbaek photo to ever be released)

3. 120401 First appearance at the airport (Incheon to Beijing) for their China showcase

4. 120417 Show Champion Selca

5. 120417 M!Countdown Backstage

6. 120420 MTV The Show

7. 120424 Show Champion Selca / Interview [x] / Ending Stage [x

(we all know Baek’s neck is super sensitive, so yes Chanyeol blow right on it)

(these two decided to show their aegyo since they’re the moodmakers)

(what is there even to say about these gifs i mean i have no idea what was going through Chanyeol’s mind when he did either of those actions lmao)

8. 120427 / 120504 on their way to Music Bank (Chanyeol always loved to hold onto Baek as if he was protecting him, especially at the airports during MAMA era)

9. 120506 Baekhyun’s Birthday Party / Star Call (this day just slayed me tbh)

Birthday Party Fanccount:

At the start Chanyeol said he was Baekhyun’s room mate and they were in love with each other. Baekhyun was waving his hands madly and at the end they held hands and said “let’s love each other” and hugged. Everyone went crazy and all the members said ” I love you” while Chanyeol said “Let’s love each other.” [x][x]

Star Call video [x] (Baekhyun was recording a video on his birthday greeting/thanking the fans but then Chanyeol chimed in, congratulating him on his birthday and look at Baek just light up)

10. 120507 Sukira [x] (FIRST radio show they appeared on. They sat together and were basically in their own world the entire time. Any time there was a question about Baekhyun, Chanyeol answered it: his sleeping habits, why he’s the most different on/off stage, his nickname being “Byun Baek”, etc.)

(Chanyeol rapping and Baek encourages him by putting his hand on him, and continued to do so throughout the show)

(This is just one of countless times in which they finish each other’s sentence or help each other out with what they’re trying to say. Not only are they always in sync physically, but mentally as well. Sometimes it’s kinda creepy tbh. That’s why Chanyeol always says he and Baekhyun are very similar ^^ )

These are just a few of the FIRST moments of theirs that totally had me sold. Also, the fact they basically know everything about each other. If you want, check this tag of mine for the gifsets I made of how they know each other really well. And this tag has a lot of my compilations of their moments since debut. I could write a novel on these two together since March/April of 2012 until now tbh lol.

Bonus: 

Naver Starcast - EXO’s Life Quest [x] (Actual words from Chanyeol’s mouth):

How could you not ship these two ;___; 

And thanks for the question!♥ 

Fall Out Boy live sets

Late and incomplete but this took a couple hours and I’m tired. Not all of this is pro-quality, especially the older stuff (obviously). I’ll add to it when I come across stuff. If anyone has a link to any of the unlinked shows below, please let me know!

La Grange show (2 songs) - recorded November 16, 2002
At the Metro - recorded February 9, 2003
Showplace Theatre show - recorded February 20, 2003
Cruise Inn show - recorded May 24, 2003
Halloween show @ Knights of Columbus – recorded October 31, 2003
Tower Records show – recorded August 28, 2004
AOL Sessions - released January 6, 2007
AOL Music Live From the Roxy - recorded February 10, 2007
VH1 Unplugged - aired July 3, 2007 (?)
Live Earth – recorded July 7, 2007
Young Wild Things Tour (Live From UCF Arena) - recorded November 1, 2007*
Fuse Presents: Fall Out Boy (Live at Chicago Theater) – recorded December 2, 2008
Fall Out Boy: Live From the Nokia Theater – recorded December 16, 2008
Believers Never Die Part Deux – April 10, 2009*
PBS Soundstage - aired July 23, 2009*
Fall Out Boy Live Sets on Yahoo! Music - 2009
Soul Punk Tour – recorded September 1, 2011*
2013 Reading Festival - recorded August 25, 2013
Live at MTV World Stage - recorded October 3, 2013
2013 Radio 1 Teen Choice Awards - recorded November 3, 2013
VEVO Presents: Live in London – recorded November 5, 2013*

* playlist courtesy of brue

2

1988. Operation: Mindcrime

 is the third album by band Queensrÿche, released on May 3, 1988.  It is a concept album and a rock opera, its story following a recovering drug addict who becomes disillusioned with the society of his time and reluctantly becomes involved with a revolutionary group as an assassin of political leaders.

In January 1989, it ranked at No. 34 on Kerrang! magazine’s “100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums of All Time”  In the United States, the album was certified gold a year after its release, and was certified platinum in 1991.

The song “I Don’t Believe in Love” was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1990 in the category “Best Metal Performance”. 

During the tour promoting the 1990 album Empire, Operation: Mindcrime was performed in its entirety. The stage show featured video, animation and guest singer Pamela Moore as Sister Mary. A recording was released as Operation: Livecrime. The story was initially explored in a series of video clips for MTV in the 1989 VHS video, Video: Mindcrime.

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