Architects Cancel Tour With We Came As Romans and Like Moths To Flames


Keavin Wiggins | 08-08-2022

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Architects have announced that they have been forced to cancel their upcoming North American tour with We Came As Romans and Like Moths To Flames due to “logistical issues”.

They shared the following via social media, “It pains us to announce that despite the best efforts of everyone in our band, our crew and the rest of the team, a number of logistical issues have forced us to cancel our upcoming North America tour.

“We had been looking forward to playing so many new songs for you, but everything from transportation to visa approval timelines and other hurdles have made the trip impossible at this stage.

“We recognize the last few years have been a challenging time for everyone and we were really excited to perform for you and share moments together that only live music can facilitate.

“We will announce new plans to return as soon as we can. The last thing we want to do is announce new dates that we will be unable to uphold.

“Thank you for your understanding. We will be back. In the meantime, refunds for tickets & VIP will be made automatically to the method of payment used to purchase.”

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Presenter breaks down in tears following announcement of Olivia Newton-John’s death

Australian radio presenter Jackie ‘O’ Henderson broke down in tears on The Kyle and Jackie O Show while discussing the death of Olivia Newton-John.

The iconic singer and Grease star died peacefully at the age of 73 at her ranch in Southern California on Monday (August 8), as confirmed by her husband John Easterling.

Henderson was highly emotional as she reacted to the sad news, telling co-host Kyle Sandilands: “She literally was my idol growing up.

“Every single day I would be in my bedroom and I’d dress up as her and I’d pretend I was her, and I lived for her.”

She continued: “I was watching a video of her – it was only two days ago – and I thought, ‘Jeez it’ll be a sad day when Olivia Newton-John dies’. And here we are. It’s so upsetting.”

Newsreader Brooklyn Ross admitted that he almost teared up while reading the headlines about Newton-John’s passing, as Henderson added:”She’s so beautiful, inside and out. She’s always been a wonderful ambassador for Australia and she does a lot for charity.”

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Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta in ‘Grease’ CREDIT: Allstar Picture Library

Australian TV presenter Richard “Dickie” Wilkins, who was a long-time friend of Newton-John, also shared an emotional response to news.

After watching a past interview between himself and the late star, a tearful Wilkins had to be comforted by co-host Karl Stefanovic.

‘Dickie, I’m so sorry for your loss,’ said Stefanovic, to which Wilkins replied: “It’s our loss. The world has lost a beautiful human being today.”

Newton-John was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992 before going into remission. However, in 2017, she announced that her cancer had returned ahead of a concert tour.

Over the course of her music career, she won four Grammys, including Best Female Country Vocal Performance for single ‘Let Me Be There’ and Record Of The Year for ‘I Honestly Love You’ in 1974.

Some of her other notable tracks include ‘Physical’, ‘Let Me Be There’, ‘If You Love Me’ and her cover of Bob Dylan’s ‘If Not For You’.

However, she was perhaps best-known for her role as Sandy Olsson in 1978 musical Grease, starring opposite John Travolta.

Travolta, who played Danny Zuko in the musical, paid tribute to the star on Instagram, writing: “My dearest Olivia, you made all of our lives so much better. Your impact was incredible. I love you so much.

“We will see you down the road and we will all be together again. Yours from the first moment I saw you and forever! Your Danny, your John!”

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Taylor Swift submits statement to court in ongoing Shake It Off song-theft legal battle

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By | Published on Tuesday 9 August 2022

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Taylor Swift yesterday submitted a statement to a US court as part of the long-running song-theft legal battle over her 2014 hit ‘Shake It Off’, which songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler reckon rips off their 2001 song ‘Playas Gon Play’. Swift’s statement explains how she came up with the lyrics for her track, while also insisting there was no way she could have been exposed to ‘Playas Gon Play’ before creating ‘Shake It Off’.

Hall and Butler first sued Swift in 2017. Their song, recorded by 3LW, included the lyric “the playas gon play/them haters gonna hate”, while ‘Shake It Off’ famously includes the line “the players gonna play, play, play, play, play/and the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate”.

The legal action has been rumbling on ever since. In 2018, judge Michael Fitzgerald actually dismissed the duo’s lawsuit on the basis that the handful of lyrics the two songs have in common are not protected by copyright in isolation.

However, Hall and Butler successfully over-turned that ruling in the Ninth Circuit appeals court, where the appeal judges said that Fitzgerald had been too hasty to conclude that the lines about players playing and haters hating were not protected by copyright.

As a result, the whole matter was sent back to the lower court. Ever since, the Swift side has been trying to get the case dismissed for a second time, mainly on the basis that, well, the handful of lyrics the two songs have in common are not protected by copyright in isolation.

But Fitzgerald has so far declined to dismiss the case again, generally concluding that the Swift’s sides arguments haven’t really changed, so if he was to grant the more recent motions for dismissal, the Ninth Circuit would likely again conclude that he was being too hasty.

According to Pitchfork, in the new court documents, Swift states: “The lyrics to ‘Shake It Off’ were written entirely by me. Until learning about plaintiffs’ claim in 2017, I had never heard the song ‘Playas Gon Play’ and had never heard of that song or the group 3LW”.

So, her ‘Shake It Off’ lyrics could not have been influenced by the earlier song. Instead, she adds, those lyrics “drew partly on experiences in my life and, in particular, unrelenting public scrutiny of my personal life, ‘clickbait’ reporting, public manipulation, and other forms of negative personal criticism which I learned I just needed to shake off and focus on my music”.

“With ‘Shake It Off’”, she goes on, “I wanted to provide a comedic, empowering approach to helping people feel better about negative criticism through music, dance, and the personal independence enabling one to just shake off the negative criticism”.

And, as for the two key phrases shared by ‘Shake It Off’ and ‘Playas Gon Play’, well, as her lawyers have repeatedly argued, they are pretty common phrases. And, Swift writes in the new court filing, she had previously heard both those phrases in multiple different places.

“Prior to writing ‘Shake It Off’, I had heard the phrases ‘players gonna play’ and ‘haters gonna hate’ uttered countless times to express the idea that one can or should shrug off negativity”, she writes. “I recall hearing phrases about players play and haters hate stated together by other children while attending school in Wyomissing Hills, and in high school in Hendersonville”.

“These phrases were akin to other commonly used sayings”, she reckons, “like ‘don’t hate the playa, hate the game’, ‘take a chill pill’, and ‘say it, don’t spray it’. I drew on those commonly used player and hater phrases in creating the lyrics ‘Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play / And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate’”.

Returning to the argument that she had never heard ‘Playas Gon Play’ until 2017, she adds that her parents controlled what media she consumed until her early teens, meaning she didn’t watch things like MTV’s ‘TRL’ show until “I was about thirteen years old”, ie after the release of the 3LW track.

“None of the CDs I listened to as a child, or after that, were by 3LW”, she goes on. “I have never heard the song ‘Playas Gon Play’ on the radio, on television, or in any film”. And if you think that maybe she was exposed to 3LW generally or ‘Playas Gon Play’ specifically because they appeared on the US versions of the Now! albums in the early 2000s, well, “I do not own and have never listened to the albums ‘Now That’s What I Call Music! 6’ or ‘Now That’s What I Call Call Music! 7’”.

So there you go! The case, as they say, continues.



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When We Were Young Festival Announce Series Of Special Side Shows

When We Were Young gets even bigger.

Remember at the start of 2022 when When We Were Young Festival absolutely decimated the Internet with the announcement of their line-up?

Well, the event is fast approaching, and they have revealed a few more special events taking place over the two weekends that the main events will be happening.

SO, here we go.

On October 21, the day before the first festival, three different shows will be happening.

First up is A Day To Remember with support from The Used, Movements and Magnolia Park at the Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort.

Then at Brooklyn Bowl, Story Of The Year, Sleeping With Sirens and The Summer Set will be playing alongside Strange 90’s. And Strange 90’s are a special supergroup made up of revolving members of Goldfinger, Bowling For Soup, Anberlin, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, The Early November and more who will be covering 90’s classics.
 

And then at the House of Blues, there’s going to be an Indie Rock Dance Party courtesy of Electric Feels.

Then on October 22, there’s going to be an after-show party at Brooklyn Bowl thanks to Emo Night Brooklyn with Bayside’s Anthony Raneri and Silverstein’s Shane Told making appearances.

October 23, The Maine and Mayday Parade will be joining forces for a late after-show at the House of Blues
 

And October 28, Emo Night Brooklyn will be back again at Brooklyn Bowl with Senses Fail’s Buddy Nielsen.

Phew.

Tickets for all the shows will be going on sale August 12 at 10am PT from right HERE

And if you just need a reminder of the absolutely incredible line-up of the main festival, which will be taking place on October 22, 23 and 29, here it is.

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Pantera Honored By Drowning Pool With New Song ‘Mind Right’


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Drowning Pool have paid tribute to Pantera with their brand new single, “Mind Right”. The song is the first track from the group’s forthcoming album, “Strike A Nerve”.

Guitarist CJ Pierce had this to say about the song, “‘Mind Right’ started with the core Drowning Pool sound, then really dug into our southern metal roots.

“This song was written not long after Vinnie Paul died, as a tribute of sorts to him and Dime and a way for us to to honor the impact Pantera had on our local Dallas scene.

“It’s probably the heaviest song we’ve recorded, but it’s the perfect way to close Strike A Nerve; like the title of the song says, we all need to get our minds right. We need to see what’s going on around us, stand up for what we believe in, and always focus on the bigger picture. We can’t wait to play this one live!”

Frontman Jasen Moreno said of the album, “This record is so badass, it’s perfect. It’s the four of us doing what we do to the best of our abilities. The band is tight in every way. We’re firing off on all cylinders. We’re at the top of our game.

“There are all different ways of saying it, but it all amounts to the same thing – the results are just magic. From the way the record sounds, to the writing of it, to the production, to the look of it – it’s just a perfect Drowning Pool record. None of us could ask for anything more…”

Pierce added, “Strike a Nerve is the most exciting and intense music from Drowning Pool to date. We’ve stayed true to the core sound people know from us, but we’ve taken everything we do to another level. We’ve been writing music together for over twenty years – half of that with Jasen – and this album is more refined and more true to who we are than anything we’ve done before. Sometimes it’s heavier than we’ve ever been, sometimes it’s lighter, and sometimes we go in a direction that surprises even us – but it’s always just brutally honest, and that comes through in every track.”

The album will be released in various formats including CD, 180-gram vinyl and digitally on September 30th. Stream the new song below:

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