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We lost many of the best musicians in the world through unfortunate tragedies. One of the inevitable aspects of being a being a successful musician is touring. That involves some kind of transporting from one gig to the next. It does not matter how big a band gets, tragic accidents and personal injury can happen to anyone. Even the biggest most well-equipped buses can be involved in horrible accidents. Some of the world’s biggest bands have been a victim to tour bus collisions.

In 1986, the heavy metal band Metallica was on tour in Europe in support of their album Master of Puppets. While traveling through Sweden the tour bus flipped and bassist Cliff Burton was thrown from his bunk. The tour bus landed on top of the guitarist killing him on sight. The rest of the band suffered minor injuries.

In 1990, Gloria Estefan was traveling via tour bus in Scranton. PA amidst a snowstorm.  The tour bus was rammed from the back by an 18 wheeler. The pop singer suffered a critical spine fracture. Titanium rods were placed in her back. The singer has since made a full recovery.

En route to Boston from Toronto in December 2009, Weezer’s bus, which contained lead singer Rivers Cuomo, his wife and baby daughter, struck some black ice, which sent the bus crashing into the median and over a guardrail and landing in a ditch. Cuomo suffered three cracked ribs and minor internal injuries. The band had to cancel their remaining dates for the year.

When Kings Of Leon were on tour during the spring of 2014, their tour bus swerved while narrowly avoiding a pedestrian in Boston who jumped in front of the bus. Drummer Nathan Followill was treated for broken ribs after being injured in the accident. The band had to cancel dates until Followill was well enough to perform again.

It Ain't Hemingway

It’s the most anticipated sports event of the year. Millions gather around the TV to see who will win the ultimate Bowl game of the year: The Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet on Sunday, Feb 1 at 3PM. The game comes complete with a pregame show you can find online at www.animalplanet.com.

Will it be team Ruff or team Fluff who brings home the Lombarki trophy? The show is filled with fun entertainment, such as the halftime show with Katty Furry. The Game announcers; Jack Russell, James Hound, and Rott Weiler will give you play-by-play action. The game could get ruff. You never know when pet care emergencies happen, so referees will be keeping an eye on any penalties or unnecessary barks. They will be at the ready equipped with flags, and maybe even a little carpet cleaner. Who do you think will be MVP of Puppy Bowl…

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It’s the most anticipated sports event of the year. Millions gather around the TV to see who will win the ultimate Bowl game of the year: The Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet on Sunday, Feb 1 at 3PM. The game comes complete with a pregame show you can find online at www.animalplanet.com.

Will it be team Ruff or team Fluff who brings home the Lombarki trophy? The show is filled with fun entertainment, such as the halftime show with Katty Furry. The Game announcers; Jack Russell, James Hound, and Rott Weiler will give you play-by-play action. You never know when pet care emergencies happen, so referees will be keeping an eye on any penalties or unnecessary “ruff-ness.” They will be at the ready equipped with flags, and maybe even a little carpet cleaner. Who do you think will be MVP of Puppy Bowl XI?

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Best Philadelphia festivals of 2014

Jessie Baylin Indulges Her Strange Desires on Bluesy New Track

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photo by matt wignall

The Whigs ‘Hit Me’ – Official Video – YouTube.

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Nice of John Oates to fill in for Tim on this video

envision fest

Calling all music lovers! Looking for a tropical adventure, that involves your passion for music? Envision Festival is an international three-day music festival in Uvita, Costa Rica. The festival runs from February 26 to March 1.

Flights to Costa Rica from the USA are plentiful and reasonable. Costs for the a three-day pass are $215.00 and camping is available. For more comfortable arrangements check out rentals in nearby neighborhoods.

Envision Festival  gathers people from around the world to help create a more sustainable community. The festival will offer yoga, spirituality, art, music, dance and more.

For more information on other Costa Rica adventures visit: lvcostarica.com

 

In music, you may want to copyright your work as opposed to getting patent. Copyrights are an expression of an idea, such as a the written word or something in the artistic realm. A patent would refer to an invention. Let’s say you were to invent a musical instrument, you would pursue a patent for the instrument and then copyright the name of the instrument that you created.

If you are looking to copyright your work, it needs to be registered with the United States Copyright offices. You must supply nonreturnable samples, which you can do electronically, in both audio and sheet music form.

A Patent protects your work from being copied or sold by a third party. Patents can be inventions, new processes, machines (instruments) or chemicals.

To register your invention, it must be an original idea, must be useful, and show ingenuity. Patents last for 20 years, after that they must be reregistered.

For help patenting your work visit 2inovative.net

 

The evolution of Caleb Followill.

You can see it in his look, hear it in his voice and his performance. We’ve all gotten to see him grow from a boy to a man while becoming one of the best musicians of his generation. Happy Birthday, Caleb.

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DJ Cool Out

Around 10 years ago, hiring a DJ for an event like your wedding, seemed to be looked down upon. A band gave off the impression that the couple were invested in entertaining their guests, whereas hiring a DJ was “calling it in” so to speak.

When hiring entertainment in present day, hiring of DJ’s is just as acceptable as hiring a live band no matter the cost. Since the celebrity DJ has become a hot ticket for big events, the price can run just as high as hiring a live band. Celebrity DJing isn’t limited to just the big cities either, every town has a local celeb who is available for DJing.

Hiring music entertainment could come down to space. Hiring a 6 piece band wouldn’t seem appropriate for a small backyard wedding but a DJ could be perfect. And hiring a DJ for a big country club wedding might not be the right fit either. Why pay for the space if you aren’t planning on some big entertainment?

The music can make or break an event. You want as much variety  as you can get to entertain all different tastes. Chances are you will have a wide range of ages at your event and you want everyone to be happy. Both a band and a DJ can deliver what you want. Both will expect playlists, but a DJ may have a bigger range since they will be playing original recordings. The beauty of a live band is the presence and energy they bring to an event, especially if they are good. Not to mention the band leader will act as the Master of Ceremonies for the evening.

So it comes down to money, energy, space and variety. Your best bet is to see both the live band and DJ in action at an event or ceremony. This way you will be able to see first hand how the guests react to their performance. This is probably the most effective way to decide.

Eagles – Funky New Year – YouTube.

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