U2 fans across the globe are uniting in an attempt to hear rare or never before performed music, when the Irish rock band embarks on their “iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE” tour next month. Beginning on Tuesday, April 14, U2 fans took to Twitter and Facebook to request songs they would like to hear in concert. While the movement isn’t being facilitated by, nor has any affiliation with, U2, the person or group behind the campaign is keeping things structured with specific guidelines to adhere to when requesting songs.
While fans are allowed to request as many songs as they want, they may only include one song per tweet. Also, all tweets must include the hashtag #U2Request and cannot include any additional text, unless it is another hashtag pertaining to U2, such as #U2 or #U2IETour. Folks are also encouraged to favorite and retweet other people’s song requests. According to the campaign's Facebook event page, voting will wrap up on May 14, the day of the first concert, and all of information collected will be published; presumably so fans (and hopefully U2) will see what the most popular requests were. To check out the full list of guidelines check out the turquoise image attached to the tweet below:
Fifty-three years is a long time to stick with anything - or anyone - and with the launch of their 2015 ZIP CODE Tour, The Rolling Stones show no signs of letting up. The tour, scheduled to support the remastered edition of 1971's killer Sticky Fingers, will see the band playing stadiums across the U.S. So in honor of Mick, Keith, Charlie, and Ronnie hitting the road again this summer and fall, we're looking back at the best Stones songs through the decades.
1960s - "Sympathy for the Devil" (1968) from the album Beggar's Banquet
Sure, they came on the scene with much more family-friendly fare in 1962, but the Rolling Stones quickly separated themselves from that other group from across the pond as the "bad boys" of British rock. "Sympathy for the Devil" perfectly captures just how much they embraced their reputation while staying true to their blues-inflected rock roots. Iconic not only for its musicality but its subject matter, the song had folks clutching their pearls across the globe. After already causing a stir with earlier sexually "explicit" (for the day) tunes like "Let's Spend the Night Together" and rumored Satanism in the group, "Sympathy for the Devil" was a bit of Mick thumbing his nose at critics. Allegedly, the tune was also inspired by the works of Baudelaire, which underscores just how bright the members of the Stones really are - Jagger was a student of business at the famed London School of Economics until that whole music thing really took off.
Written by Jordan Wells & Courtney King
Creepy Jeopardy! Moment
Recently the popular game show Jeopardy! featured a very awkward moment, thanks to one man’s creepy incorrect answer. The clue, which one can argue wasn’t worded very well was “In common law, the age of this, signaling adulthood, is presumed to be 14 in boys and 12 in girls," to which the contestant unfortunately answered “What is the age of consent?” If you were wondering, the answer host Alex Trebek was looking for was “puberty.” I’m going to give this guy the benefit of the doubt and just hope he wasn’t thinking clearly in the moments before disclosing his answer for all of America to hear.
From the dawn of time, humans have created music. And shortly thereafter (just after the birth of the critic, according to Mel Brooks), we started misunderstanding lyrics. From Bob Dylan to Nirvana and beyond, here is a quick timeline of ten of our favorite - and funniest - misheard lyrics from rock music.
Bob Dylan, "Blowin' in the Wind"
Actual lyrics are: "The answers, my friend, are blowin' in the wind."
Neil Diamond (written for The Monkees), "I'm a Believer"
Actual lyrics are: "Then I saw her face, now I'm a believer!" And Neil Diamond is on tour currently, so you can go and listen for yourself! [Author's Note: It's in the title of the song... how'd you mishear that?]
Pinned as America’s Pastime, baseball’s popularity has slowly been losing traction over the years in favor of other sports; mainly football and basketball. While the lack of offense in the MLB in recent seasons is a contributing factor, another reason is due to the average length of a game. In 1950, the average length of a professional baseball game was a very manageable 2 hours and 21 minutes; by 1990 it had increased to a long, but still somewhat manageable 2 hours and 51 minutes. Fast forward to last season, and the average time of a game had increased to an absurd 3 hours and 8 minutes. Why have games gotten so long as of late? It is large in part due to pitchers like David Price, who on average takes 27 seconds between throwing pitches, and hitters, such as David Ortiz who constantly steps out of the batter’s box and paces around over the course of an at-bat.
How is MLB Going to "Attempt" to Speed the Game Up?
To keep baseball television ratings from continuing their downward spiral, Major League Baseball has proposed, and in some cases implemented various rules to help speed up the game in 2015. New to this season is a timer that limits the amount of time between half-innings to two minutes and 25 seconds (2:45 for nationally televised games). Another rule being introduced requires hitters to keep one foot in the batter’s box for the duration of an at-bat, unless they swing or call a timeout. Players who fail to adhere to this rule will receive warnings, while habitual rule breakers will be subject to fines, according to MLB officials.