Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top Working on Latin Side Project

Rolling Stone Magazine has an article on their website about ZZ Top guitar player Billy Gibbons working on a side project playing Latin music. Gibbons will be travelling to Cuba soon to participate in a music festival for Latin music, and he is currently in the studio working with a small band on some Latin compositions he wrote himself.

Playing Latin music might seem like a departure for Gibbons since he is best known for the blistering rock and blues riffs he plays with ZZ Top. In fact, the WallStreetJournal reported that Gibbons himself was mystified as to why he was invited to this particular music festival which actually features jazz music. Ray Lane says however, it turns out that Gibbons studied Latin percussion as a teenager with the legendary salsa master Tito Puente in New York City. Also, Gibbons – who lived in Mexico for several years – is a fan of all things Latin.

I think that it is great that Gibbons is going down this Latin music road. He’s a fabulous musician, but he’s been doing basically the same thing with ZZ Top for 45 years now. Doing something different musically can only bring some freshness to the classic ZZ Top sound and also help him develop as a musician. Furthermore, by travelling to Cuba, Gibbons will be helping break down walls between Cuba and the United States… something that definitely needs to be done.

Grateful Dead’s Tribute to Garcia

Around the beginning of January the Grateful Dead made plans to get together for a reunion concert for a 50th Birthday and the 20th Anniversary dedication of their founding guitarist Jerry Garcia. They all thought it was the right thing to do, for themselves and their fans. The concert is to be played at the Soldiers Field in Chicago on July 3rd, 4th, and 5th.

Garcia died of a heart attack, at the age 53, on August 9th. The last fabulous concert that Garcia played in with the Grateful dead was at 61,500 seat stadium, in Chicago, on July 9th, 1995.

In the early 2014, the road to “Fare Thee Well” started when Shapiro suggested to Weir, Lesh, Hart and Kreutzmann about doing a concert, where Garcia last played. Once the show was made public, it only took two weeks for 400,000 tickets to be sold, well past the capacity of seating for the stadium. They are planning on accommodating by opening seats behind the stage and placing seating on the field itself.

This will surpass any of their other concerts every done. Ricardo Tosto reported they also were asked by the Live Nation and the producers of the Coachella and Bonnaroo festivals for 50th-birthday performances.

John Textor: Bringing Media to Life

What can anyone look down on you for once you’ve been the man who brought Tupac Shakur back to life? How can anyone even think to criticize a man who basically mad 3D hologram technology available to the public. Nobody should and we aren’t sure why anyone would. Instead, we are sure that we’d be interested in delving into one of the most important men in the world of digital technology. Digital technology is the way of the future. Heck, it is the way of the present as well and it isn’t going anywhere any time soon. The man leading the charge goes by the name John Textor and you are familiar with his work, even if you aren’t familiar with his name.

John Textor grew up in a relatively small town before he busted out into the big time. He went to school at Wesleyan University where he quickly got a hold of his Bachelor of Arts in Economics. He used that education and the associated clout to quickly integrate himself where it was important: in the world of industry. He would go on to co found Wyndcrest Holdings and it was through his work there that Wyndcrest would explode in success. With Wyndcrest making him some very serious cash, as a private equity firm, he would go on to dabble in a few other companies on the internet. While Textor was succesful at these stops of his career, they weren’t meant to define him. That is what Hollywood was for.

Now if you’ve spent any number of time around movie theaters in the last decade or two then you’ve noticed how quickly and importantly it has become to have top notch digital effects in your productions. The films with spectacular digital effects always seem bankable, even if they aren’t critically acclaimed, while those without the effects tend to flounder. John Textor noticed, even if many people didn’t.

In order to succeed in this field, Textor needed a way into it that would lend his projects some credence. So he found a corporation that had a great history but was struggling in the present. Digital Domain. This production house started in 1993 and it was the driving force behind some of the most beloved films of all time. In short, it was perfect. Textor got involved with the company and before long he was leading it. With 25 major productions under his belt and more than a couple of Academy Awards, Textor’s work will live on forever.

Suge Knight Charged with Hit-and-Run

Crime is no stranger to Death Row Records co-founder, Suge Knight. Many still remember the infamous deaths of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls more than 15 years ago. Knight is thought to have co-conspired in the death of Smalls. He served time in prison for aggravated assault. He went back to prison for assault, and as fans like Fersen Lambranho know, he was shot six times at a later date. A few months ago, Knight was involved with an aggravated assault with comedian Katt Williams. And now trouble has once more found Knight, as the Los Angeles Sherriff’s Department has charged Knight with a fatal hit and run accident.

Knight, according to reports, was involved with an altercation with several other men while on the set of the movie biography for rap group N.W.A. A short 20 minutes later, the men were run over in the Tam’s Burgers parking lot in Compton, CA. Reports state that Knight drove his vehicle backwards and hit the victims. He then drove the vehicle forward and back to hit the men again.

Knight defends himself saying that he was attacked by two individuals and ran over a man (who later died) trying to flee. Knight is in jail being held on a bail of $2 million. The second man, aged 51, is still in the hospital. His current condition is unknown.

Kanye And North Star In Only One

 

Kanye West recently appeared on the Ellen show to talk about his new music video, his mother, and how his family has changed him. The new release is called, Only One, and it will air on Ellen, Thursday, January 29, 2015.

Kanye’s new music video is tender and looks more like a home video then a music video stated Lee Slaughter. This is not a side of Kanye the public is use to seeing. The video was directed by Spike Jonze and shows Kanye with his daughter North. It depicts the two walking hand in hand and interacting with each other. The song is written as if Donda, Kanye’s deceased mother, is singing to him.

Kanye confirmed that him and his wife, Kim Kardashian, are currently trying to add more children to their family. Kanye said he really believes Kim and his daughter North have made him a better person.