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Published: Friday, April 21, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
— As a producer and director, former Daytonian Eric Mahoney has worked on narrative films and documentaries. For his latest project, the Brooklyn-based filmmaker is revisiting the short but powerful career of Brainiac.
The beloved Dayton band was on the verge of signing a major label deal when frontman Tim Taylor died in a car accident in May 1997.
To help cover some of the expenses, Mahoney has mounted a Kickstarter campaign for the documentary. At press time, he was halfway to his goal of $40,000. The deadline to contribute is 11:45 p.m. Thursday, May 4.
Mahoney recently discussed the movie.
“I’ve always had a fascination with Dayton. I’ve always been really proud to be from a town known for such a copious amount of invention, like the cash register and flight, and it’s the same for Dayton’s artistic and musical output. That has always been a source of pride and fascination for me. Frankly, I don’t know of any other towns that size where this amount of creative genius has sprung from it. That has always resonated with me.”
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“I’ve shopped the film to distribution companies and they all gave me the same feedback. They thought it was a great project and it had great people attached to it but it’s a little niche. Because I’m not a famous director, they aren’t able to write me a huge check to do it at this point. If I can deliver on the interviews, they said they would take a very serious look at the project. I have to do some of the heavy lifting up front but it’s something they’ll definitely look at. I decided to keep plugging along and the further I got into it the more emotionally attached I got to the story.”
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“Right now, from a financial standpoint this had been a one-man operation. That’s why I decided to launch the Kickstarter to try to finance all of these interviews. I’ll be moving at that speed until we get fully funded and I can bring some more hands on deck so we can really get rolling on this thing.”
“This is a dream project. I feel really fortunate they’re trusting me with their story. I feel a great sense of responsibility to handle this in an artful and appropriate way. I want to get it right and have all the central people be proud of the documentary. I feel that weight a little but I couldn’t be working on anything I feel more passionately about.”
Published: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 @ 5:21 AM
NEW YORK — Rapper Craig Mack is dead at 46, the New York Daily News is reporting.
Published: Thursday, February 15, 2018 @ 1:12 PM
— The Smashing Pumpkins will return to the stage this summer with their first tour in nearly 20 years to feature founding members Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin and James Iha.
The “Shiny and Oh So Bright” tour coincides with the 30th anniversary of the Pumpkins’ formation and will highlight music from the group’s inception through 2000, with material from “Gish,” “Siamese Dream,” “Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness,” “Adore” and “Machina.”
Longtime Smashing Pumpkins guitarist Jeff Schroeder will also participate in the live shows, as the band will present a three-guitar lineup to “better emulate the signature tones and textures of their albums.”
Earlier this week, the band hinted at the upcoming tour with a statement regarding original bassist D’arcy Wretzky:
“In reuniting The Smashing Pumpkins, the band’s dedication remains to its fans and its music. To that, James Iha, Jimmy Chamberlin, and William Corgan haven’t played a show with D’arcy Wretzky for over 18 years. But it’s not for a lack of trying. For despite reports, Ms. Wretzky has repeatedly been invited out to play with the group, participate in demo sessions, or at the very least, meet face-to-face, and in each and every instance she always deferred. We wish her all the best, and look forward to reconnecting with you all very soon.”
Smashing Pumpkins 2018 North American Tour Dates
July 12, 2018 Glendale, Ariz., Gila River Arena
July 14, 2018 Oklahoma City, Chesapeake Energy Arena
July 16, 2018 Austin, Texas, Frank Erwin Center
July 17, 2018 Houston, Toyota Center
July 18, 2018 Dallas, American Airlines Center
July 20, 2018 Nashville, Tenn., Bridgestone Arena
July 21, 2018 Louisville, Ky., KFC Yum! Center
July 22, 2018 Atlanta, Infinite Energy Arena
July 24, 2018 Miami, AmericanAirlines Arena
July 25, 2018 Tampa, Fla., Amalie Arena
July 27, 2018 Baltimore, Royal Farms Arena
July 28, 2018 Philadelphia, Wells Fargo Center
July 29, 2018 Uncasville, Conn., Mohegan Sun Arena
July 31, 2018 Boston, TD Garden
August 01, 2018 New York City, Madison Square Garden
August 04, 2018 Pittsburgh, PPG Paints Arena
August 05, 2018 Detroit, Little Caesars Arena
August 07, 2018 Montreal, Centre Bell
August 08, 2018 Toronto, Air Canada Centre
August 11, 2018 Columbus, Ohio, Schottenstein Center
August 13, 2018 Chicago, United Center
August 16, 2018 Kansas City, Mo., Sprint Center
August 17, 2018 Indianapolis, Bankers Life Fieldhouse
August 19, 2018 St. Paul, Minn., Xcel Energy Center
August 20, 2018 Omaha, Neb., CenturyLink Center
August 21, 2018 Sioux Falls, S.D., Denny Sanford Premier Center
August 24, 2018 Seattle, KeyArena
August 25, 2018 Portland, Ore., Moda Center
August 27, 2018 Oakland, Calif., Oracle Arena
August 28, 2018 Sacramento, Calif., Golden 1 Center
August 30, 2018 Los Angeles, The Forum
September 01, 2018 San Diego, Viejas Arena
September 02, 2018 Las Vegas, T-Mobile Arena
September 04, 2018 Salt Lake City, Vivint Smart Home Arena
September 05, 2018 Denver, Pepsi Center
Published: Monday, February 05, 2018 @ 11:07 AM
— Legendary musician Paul Simon announced Monday that he plans to retire from touring over the summer.
Simon, 76, said he will kick off his “Homeward Bound – The Farewell Tour” on May 16 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The tour will wind through the U.S. and Europe before coming to an end July 15 in London.
“I’ve often wondered what it would feel like to reach the point where I’d consider bringing my performing career to a natural end,” Simon wrote in a statement posted Monday on Twitter. “Now I know: it feels a little unsettling, a touch exhilarating and something of a relief.”
He said the decision came after the death of his friend and lead guitarist Vincent N’guini, who died in December.
“His loss is not the only reason I’ve decided to stop touring, but it is a contributing factor,” Simon said. “Mostly, though, I feel the travel and time away from my wife and family takes a toll that detracts from the joy of playing.”
Simon said that despite his retirement from touring, he’ll likely continue to perform occasionally “in a (hopefully) acoustically pristine hall … to donate those earnings to various philanthropic organizations, particularly those whose objective is to save the planet, ecologically.”
The following tour dates were announced Monday:
|May 16||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada||Rogers Arena|
|May 18||Seattle||Key Arena|
|May 19||Portland, Oregon||MODA Center|
|May 22||Los Angeles||Hollywood Bowl|
|May 23||Los Angeles||Hollywood Bowl|
|May 25||Oakland, California||Oracle Arena|
|May 27||Las Vegas||MGM Grand Garden Arena|
|May 30||Denver||Fiddler’s Green|
|June 1||Dallas||American Airlines Arena|
|June 2||Houston||Toyota Center|
|June 4||Austin, Texas||Frank Erwin Center|
|June 6||Chicago||United Center|
|June 8||St. Paul, Minnesota||Xcel Energy Center|
|June 10||Detroit||DTE Energy Center|
|June 12||Toronto, Ontario, Canada||Air Canada Centre|
|June 13||Montreal, Quebec, Caada||Bell Centre|
|June 15||Boston||TD Garden|
|June 16||Philadelphia||Wells Fargo Center|
|June 19||Greensboro, North Carolina||Greensboro Coliseum|
|June 20||Nashville, Tennessee||Bridgestone Arena|
|June 30||Stockholm||Ericsson Globe|
|July 1||Oslo, Norway||Spektrum|
|July 3||Copenhagen, Denmark||Royal Arena|
|July 5||Antwerp, Belgium||Sportpaleis|
|July 7||Amsterdam, Holland||Ziggo Dome|
|July 10||Manchester, United Kingdom||Manchester Arena|
|July 11||Glasgow, United Kingdom||SSE Hydro|
|July 13||Dublin||RDS Arena|
|July 15||London||Hyde Park, BST Festival|
Simon has earned 16 Grammy Awards over a career that has spanned more than six decades. In 2003, he and Art Garfunkel were awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for their work as the folk rock duo “Simon & Garfunkel.”
Simon has sold more than 100 million records across the globe. He is a member of the Songwriters and the Rock ‘n’ Roll halls of fame.
Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 1:01 PM
— Musician Ed Sheeran is engaged to childhood friend Cherry Seaborn.
Sheeran announced the news of his engagement Saturday on Instagram. The engagement took place just before the new year. The couple have lived together for over a year, The Telegraph reported.
The pair have been longtime friends and attended school together, but were not childhood sweethearts.