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Robert Fripp and Toyah Perform The Prodigy’s “Firestarter” and It “Cannot Be Unseen”: Watch

<span class="localtime" data-ltformat="F j, Y | g:ia" data-lttime="2021-05-09T14:31:29+00:00“>May 9, 2021 | 10:31am ET Even Toyah Willcox and Robert Fripp warn you that that their latest “Sunday Lunch” performance “cannot be unseen,” as everyone’s favorite rock couple take on The Prodigy’s hit “Firestarter”. And they’re not kidding around — this one will be burned in your memory for a while. This video starts out with a warning: “You are about to see our favorite kitchen trio as you have never seen them before and it cannot be unseen.” Once again joined by mystery guitarist “Sidney Jake”, Toyah and Robert pay homage not only to the electro-rock anthem but also to The Prodigy’s look, particularly that of the band’s late singer Keith Flint (a sign wi...

Elon Musk’s SNL Debut Was Smug, Off-Putting, but Mostly Just Boring

<span class="localtime" data-ltformat="F j, Y | g:ia" data-lttime="2021-05-09T15:06:31+00:00“>May 9, 2021 | 11:06am ET After a relatively quiet post-election season that saw Saturday Night Live relax and refocus on the funnier, weirder whims of its talented and oversized cast, the show grabbed more headlines over the past month by booking billionaire troublemaker and rocket enthusiast Elon Musk to host. This wasn’t an unprecedented move; depending on one’s opinion of Musk, it lands somewhere between the affable-if-suspect dorkiness of booking rich guy Steve Forbes, who hosted after the end of his presidential campaign in 1996, and the beyond-suspect awfulness of booking rich guy Donald Trump, who has hosted twice, once during his own presidential campai...

Radio Promo Powerhouse SKATEBOARD MARKETING LTD. Celebrates 30th Anniversary

New York-based radio promotion powerhouse Skateboard Marketing Ltd., headed by music industry veteran Munsey Ricci, is celebrating its 30th anniversary of taking heavy metal and hard rock music to the airwaves. “It’s been 30 years already,” Ricci says. “Time seems to fly when you’re having fun. I’ve been blessed and graced to have the opportunity to work with the artist roster we have. Every morning I get up and still live to walk into the office and do this gig. I just don’t get tired of it and need more!” Founded in 1991 by the former PolyGram Records executive, Skateboard Marketing Ltd. quickly established itself as the leader in radio and artist development with a focus on all formats of aggressive music. Love of music, longstanding relat...

TESSERACT And Ex-ETHS Members Join Forces In CAGE FIGHT

Hardcore/thrash crossover band CAGE FIGHT, featuring TESSERACT guitarist James Monteith and former ETHS vocalist Rachel Aspe, has unveiled its debut song “Hope Castrated”. Formed early 2021, the CAGE FIGHT lineup is completed by bassist Jon Reid of hip-hop/punk crossover band and London hardcore scene staples BROKEN CHAKRA, and drummer Nick Plews of London death metal bands CORPSING and AGHAST. The four members combine a wide range of heavy influences to make their unique style of crossover, resulting in a furious barrage of pure aggression. Monteith comments: “I’m really excited to announce CAGE FIGHT and release our first track, ‘Hope Castrated’. We’re making raw heavy music with no frills or pretensions; just pure aggression and energy. It’...

SCOTT ROCKENFIELD Launches ‘QUEENSRŸCHE 2021’ Web Site, Says He is ‘Ready To Rock’

Scott Rockenfield has launched a cryptic new QUEENSRŸCHE-centric web site that implies he is plotting his return to the music scene. The drummer, who hasn’t performed with QUEENSRŸCHE in more than four years, took to his Facebook page earlier today to write: “R ya READY TO F***in’ ROCK !!!?? ….I AM !!!!!!! — bruhahahha… www.queensryche2021.com *Welcome to the New World * Join the Legion”. Rockenfield‘s latest social media activity comes four months after he shot down suggestions that he quit QUEENSRŸCHE or retired from playing music. In January, the drummer shared an update on Facebook in which he said that fans “have not been given the facts by any means” and implied that he would offer more details at a later date. Scott‘s...

ANTHRAX’s SCOTT IAN: ‘It’s Unprecedented What We’ve All Lived Through For The Past Year’

ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian was asked in a new interview with The Sessions what keeps him motivated to play music 40 years after the band’s formation. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “Well, paying the bills is one thing. But I’m a blue-collar guy. I’m in a blue-collar band. We’re not in that rare heir of huge, huge bands. But we’re a band that has been able to make a living, and make our livings doing what we do the way we wanna do it, because nobody’s sticking their fingers into our business in any way, shape or form, especially creatively. It’s all about us. “That’s all I ever wanted to do with my life, was to have a job that I enjoyed that I would love to do,” he continued. “I never wanted to be stuck ...

Grimes Plays Princess Peach to Elon Musk’s Wario on Super Mario Themed SNL Skit

Last night, Elon Musk hosted Saturday Night Live to the chagrin of many and for a variety of reasons. While the episode was mostly boring and at times, pretty flat, one somewhat good moment came when Musk’s partner, Grimes, appeared on a Super Mario Bros. courtroom sketch where Wario is on trial for taking out Mario, while Luigi is on the stand. In it, Musk played Super Mario Bros. villain Wario while Grimes popped up as Princess Peach. She had a few lines and was called out for sending an… interesting text message as well. You can check out the skit below. [embedded content] Earlier in the week, Grimes teased and subsequently promised she’d pop on SNL alongside Musk, with whom she shares a child, X Æ A-Xii. Last year, Grimes released her new album,&...

Miley Cyrus Plays ‘WITHOUT YOU’ and ‘Plastic Hearts’ on SNL

Last night, Miley Cyrus made her sixth appearance as Saturday Night Live’s musical guest. As promised, she performed her new collaboration with The Kid LAROI, “WITHOUT YOU,” as well as “Plastic Hearts.” Unfortunately, she didn’t pull double-duty this time around, leaving the hosting to Elon Musk. However, she did perform Dolly Parton’s “Light of a Clear Blue Morning” during the show’s cold open, which was an ode to the cast members’ mothers. Cyrus’ own mother, Trish Cyrus, appeared as well. [embedded content] [embedded content] [embedded content] Cyrus has been showing her gratitude for frontline workers with some special performances this year. During the Super Bowl pregame festivities, she brought out Billy Idol and Joan Jett and covered the likes of Nine In...

Bite This: Our 1989 Feature on Sampling

This article originally appeared in the November 1989 issue of SPIN. On De La Soul’s million-selling debut Three Feet High And Rising is one minute and 11 seconds of bugging out entitled “Transmitting Live From Mars.” Album filler (the Long Island hip hop trio doesn’t even rap on the cut), the song is basically nothing more than a sample of a French lesson floated over a tape loop of the first four bars of the Turtles’ 1969 pop hit “You Showed Me” with some drum beats added underneath. “Transmitting Live From Mars” is a goof, but former Turtles Flo and Eddie are not amused. They’ve filed suit against De La Soul and Tommy Boy—their record company—for $1.7 million in punitive damages. “This isn’t just a financial objection,” says Flo and Eddie’s lawyer Evan Cohen. “Flo and Eddie are genuinel...

Tawny Kitaen, ’80s Music Video Vixen & ‘Bachelor Party’ Star, Dies at 59

Born in San Diego, Kitaen began her journey as an ’80s music video heartthrob by appearing on several albums for the heavy metal band RATT, as well as their “Back for More” video. She later appeared in a video for Whitesnake’s 1987 smash hit “Here I Go Again,” along with “Still of the Night,” “Is This Love” and “The Deeper the Love.” Kitaen was briefly married to Whitesnake lead singer David Coverdale from 1989-1991. Notable film and television roles include for Kitaen include Witchboard, White Hot, Dead Tides, Santa Barbara, Seinfeld and most recently Moms Anonymous. She also recently appeared in several reality shows, including The Surreal Life, Botched and Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. Kitaen was also married to baseball player Chuck Finley from 1997 to 2002. They had two daughte...

Whitesnake’s David Coverdale Sends Condolences to Tawny Kitaen’s Family Following Her Death

Julie E. “Tawny” Kitaen, the actress who appeared in several Whitesnake music videos and starred as Tom Hanks’ fiancée in Bachelor Party, was remembered by musicians, fellow actors and entertainment figures following her death on Friday morning (May 7). Kitaen appeared on several RATT albums and in their “Back for More” video before co-starring in Whitesnake’s “Here I Go Again,” video, as well as “Still of the Night,” “Is This Love” and “The Deeper the Love.” “Just woke up to some very sad, unexpected news…Waiting on confirmation…but, if it is true, my sincere condolences to her children, her family, friends & fans,” Whitesnake’s David Coverdale, whom Kitaen was briefly married to from 1989-1991, wrote on Twitter a...

ALEX VAN HALEN Celebrates First Birthday Without His Brother: ‘The View From My Drum Set Will Never Be The Same’

VAN HALEN drummer Alex Van Halen turned 68 on Saturday, May 8. It was his first birthday since the death of his brother, iconic VAN HALEN guitarist Eddie Van Halen. Alex commemorated the occasion by sharing the following statement: “First birthday without you, Ed. The view from my drum set will never be the same. VH forever!” Eddie passed away last October at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, California. Alex was by his side, as were Eddie‘s wife, Janie, and son, Wolfgang. The axeman died from complications due to cancer, his son confirmed. Eddie‘s final Instagram post was a tribute to Alex. On May 8, 2020, the guitarist shared a black-and-white photo of him and his brother to his followers to wish the drummer a happy birthday. He captioned the picture: ...