Written by Jordan Wells & Courtney King
Jeremy Clarkson Sacked
Top Gear was launched in 1977 as a car program consisting of car reviews, information about insurance, speeding, and other dull topics you would expect from a 1970s British informational show. At the beginning of the new millennium, the show’s audience dropped to under three million and was consequently cancelled in 2001 only to be resurrected a year later in 2002.
Since its relaunch, the show has gone on to become a global hit, led by primary host, Jeremy Clarkson, and supported by former radio host, Richard Hammond, and science and technology journalist, James May. It is estimated that Top Gear has around 350 million viewers per week hailing from 170 different countries. While the show is informative, its quirkiness and sometimes controversial humor and antics (mostly from Clarkson) are what make it so popular.
Unfortunately, Clarkson’s antics ultimately led to his firing last week. After a long day of filming earlier this month, the star presenter did not receive the steak dinner he had requested, which led to an inebriated Clarkson verbally and physically attacking Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon. On March 25th the BBC released a statement confirming that Clarkson’s contract, which expires at the end of the month, will not be renewed. While the BBC says Top Gear will continue without Clarkson, (and quite possibly without Hammond and May) most can agree the show will never be the same.
What do David Bowie, Beyonce, and Garth Brooks have in common? They all stepped out of themselves to put on a new face and performance for the stage! While many performers have pulled similar stunts, here are our top five alter egos. Hold on to your butts, it's gonna be a weird ride.
5) Chris Gaines
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The late 1990s were an odd time. We were in the throes of a bull market, Britney Spears was a fresh-faced ingénue with all of her hair intact (and in pigtails), and country-pop was all the rage. We weren’t even at war with anyone. It was in this cultural climate of excess and sunny emotions that we were first introduced to the remarkable artiste Chris Gaines.
Heavy metal band Van Halen has just announced they will embark on a massive North American tour in 2015. The tour, which will take them to every corner of the country, will make stops in almost 40 cities, giving Van Halen fans far and wide a chance to see the band. It will kick off on July 5th in Seattle, WA and will finally wrap up on October 2nd in Los Angeles, CA. As with the band’s last two tours, original Van Halen front man, David Lee Roth will be taking on the role of lead vocalist.
Last time Van Halen went on tour was in 2012 on the “Viva La Van Halen Tour,” which was in support of the band’s twelfth studio album, A Different Kind of Truth. The first leg of the “Viva La Van Halen Tour” went on as planned, but the second North American leg of the tour was postponed and eventually cancelled. While it was rumored that the remainder of the tour was cancelled due to fighting between band members, David Lee Roth released a video denying those rumors, stating, “as usual, we bit off way more than we could chew when it came to scheduling.” The “Viva La Van Halen Tour” had over 90 shows scheduled across three continents, which is a heavy workload for any band, let alone a band whose members were close to 60 years old.
With less than half of the number of shows scheduled this time around, Van Halen fans have little to worry about in terms of dates getting cancelled. Their upcoming tour will follow the release of the album, Tokyo Dome Live in Concert, which will come out on March 31. They are also releasing remastered versions of Van Halen and 1984 on the same day. Later this spring, the band will be releasing new versions of Van Halen II, Women and Children First, Fair Warning and Diver Down. Van Halen, who currently consists of David Lee Roth, Eddie and Alex Van Halen, and Eddie’s son, Wolfgang, will be joined by the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, who will perform as their opening act.
Want to see Van Halen in concert? Find tickets right here and go see them take the stage in a city near you!
Written by Nicole Lajoie
There’s snow doubt about it, this winter was particularly rough for most us in the U.S. Between record breaking snow falls in the Northeast and below average temperatures across the South, I think we’re all ready for some spring sunshine. With outdoor concert season right around the corner, the festival lineup announcements continue to roll in. Music festivals continue to grow in popularity and with the opportunity to see several top artists in one place, for one price; we think this trend is here to stay. Whether you’re a festival frequenter or just looking to see a fantastic outdoor show, this festival season delivers.
Ultra Music Festival
When: March 27-29
Where: Bayfront Park, Miami, Florida
Can’t wait to get your outdoor concert season started? Consider heading to Ultra Music Festival at the Bayfront Park in Downtown Miami this weekend. Not only is it the most famous EDM festival in North America, it’s also held in Southern Florida, so if you live in a part of the country still anticipating a few straggling snow storms this could be exactly what you need to hold you over. Although Ultra has seen a huge spike in popularity over the past decade as the EDM genre has exploded, the festival has been around since 1999 and continues to bring together some of the best acts EDM has to offer. This year’s headliners include Tiesto, Avicii, David Guetta, and Skrillex!