Steven Tyler Is The New Paula Abdul On ‘American Idol’

Steven Tyler

Craig Berman of shared his thoughts on Steven Tyler’s judging role on ‘American Idol’, comparing the Aerosmith frontman to Paula Abdul thanks to his nearly always positive responses to the ‘Idol’ performers. Berman writes:

The problem is that Tyler really isn’t saying anything at all when he judges. He’s just sitting there playing the role of the Rock Star Emeritus with tenure presiding over a class of graduate students, spicing up his comments with a joke or a risqué phrase to stay relevant to the younger generation. While Jackson is at least occasionally making an attempt to be critical and J.Lo seems to see herself as their coach, Tyler talks like his central aim in the show is to be everyone’s friend.

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Ted Nugent: Obama To Blame For America’s Anemic Economy

Ted Nugent is slamming President Obama in an editorial for the Washington Times as America continues to face economic struggles. The veteran rocker writes:

Mr. Obama can squawk all he wants and blame everyone from President George W. Bush to Tea Partiers to Fox News, but our anemic economy is the result of his willingness to allow Fedzilla to gorge mindlessly on more and more grotesque spending and borrowing and to sign more blubber-infested bills that no one has read or knows how to implement or what the impact will be on the economy.

The evidence is glaring. The business community does not trust Mr. Obama. It doesn’t trust his socialist economy-killing policies, his Wall Street reform sham that no one understands, his takeover of the health care system.

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Bono Reacts To David Cameron’s Bloody Sunday Apology

U2 singer Bono shared his thoughts on British Prime Minister David Cameron apologizing for the “unjustified and unjustifiable” killing of 14 civil rights marchers by British soldiers in Derry 38 years ago, in what has since been dubbed ‘Bloody Sunday’ and was what spurred the Irish rock band to write ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’ for their 1983 album ‘War’. Bono writes:

It was inconceivable to many that a Tory prime minister could manage to get these words out of his mouth. It was also inconceivable — before he uttered the carefully minted phrasing — that he would be listened to by a hushed crowd gathered in Guildhall Square in Derry, a place not famous for its love of British leaders of any stripe, and that he would be cheered while speaking on specially erected screens that earlier had been used to relay images from the World Cup.

Thirty-eight years did not disappear in an 11-minute speech — how could they, no matter how eloquent or heartfelt the words? But they changed and morphed, as did David Cameron, who suddenly looked like the leader he believed he would be. From prime minister to statesman.

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Pete Wentz: Obama’s No Longer The Underdog

Pete Wentz shared his thoughts on the challenges Barack Obama faces as U.S. President now that he’s no longer perceived as an underdog, a challenge Pete says he has experienced. The Fall Out Boy bassist writes:

As he begins to translate campaign promises into actual leadership and the business of governing, Obama now has an interesting challenge. Much like an indie filmmaker or an underground rock band, he was an underdog and he had the people’s support because of it. Everyone was rooting for him as they would David in his battle against Goliath. America loves an underdog. The Cubs are living proof of that.

But a funny thing happens when the underdog wins (trust me on this one, I have scratched and won one of the biggest lottery tickets that a goofy little Midwestern guy like me can get away with). The elation is high, but so are the expectations. Now there is a rapt audience. There is a microphone hissing, and feedback. When that happened before it was quaint and authentic. Now it’s annoying and unprofessional. Now the challenges that our nation faced in November have been compounded. There is a recession, there is war, there is a mounting unemployment rate. And there is history to be made. Now he’s no longer the underdog. He’s the leader of the free world with big ideas and big responsibilities. Now everyone expects results.

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MTV’s Tim Kash Reflects On Travis Barker & DJ AM

Tim Kash of MTV News shared his thoughts on +44 drummer Travis Barker and DJ AM following news of their horrific plane crash on Friday night which have left both critically injured with burns, killing the Learjet’s other four occupants. “I’ve known Travis for a few years now. Most of the time we meet through work at shoots or events,” Kash writes, “but every now and then over the past few years we have had the chance to kick it in cities from London to Vegas. All I’ll say is this, and it’s something I’ve said many times before: Travis really is one of the nicest people I’ve had the pleasure to meet. I have the utmost respect for this man, and I promise that I am not just saying this for effect or because of what has happened. I really mean it.” Read more. Watch Tim’s interview with Travis backstage at the 2008 MTV VMAs below.

Ted Nugent: Call Him Chickenhawk

Dennis Jensen of the Rutland Herald is blasting Ted Nugent for the rocker’s outspoken support of President Bush and the war in Iraq. “The Nuge is also a big fan of the current war in Iraq,” Jensen writes. “In fact, the 57-year-old rocker also ‘told it like it is’ during the Vietnam War. Here’s Ted on what he would have done if he went to Vietnam: ‘… if I would have gone over there, I’d have been killed, or I’d have killed, or I’d kill all the hippies in the foxholes … I would have killed everybody,’ he told the Detroit Free Press in an interview published July 15, 1990. Fortunately, for our hero, Ted didn’t go to Vietnam. And how Ted managed to avoid the draft makes President Bush look like a war hero. In that 1990 interview with the Free Press and from information collected from the Chickenhawk Web site, Nugent told about how he avoided the draft: ‘He claims that 30 days before his Draft Board Physical, he stopped all forms of personal hygiene. The last 10 days he ingested nothing but junk food and Pepsi, and a week before his physical, he stopped using the bathroom altogether, virtually living inside his pants caked with excrement and urine. That spectacle won Nugent a deferment.’ It says volumes about the character of a man who calls himself the Motor City Madman. The Detroit native went out of his way to avoid the defining experience of his generation, then has the gall to talk about how eagerly he would have killed, ‘if’ he had served.”

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Does Fred Durst Warrant A News Embargo From The Blogging Community?

In wake of Fred Durst’s $80 million lawsuit against several small rock news websites and blogs, many who were simply linking to his stolen porn tape, should the web retaliate against the Limp Bizkit frontman? Remember, this is the same man who championed file-sharing through Napster in the face of Metallica’s battle against P2P, who is now suing for copyright infringement? It was about five years ago that Durst said that Napster is “an amazing way to market and promote music” to a mass audience. “The Internet is here, and anybody trying to fight that, which would be people who are living by certain standards and practices of the record industry, those are the only people who are scared and threatened.” Well guess what, the internet’s most popular medium to market is porn, as Fred has recently discovered.

The Killers Go Where No (Vegas) Band Has Gone Before

Pj Perez of the Las Vegas Weekly shared his thoughts on transplaneted local band gone big The Killers, a couple years after covering the band. Perez writes, “Now, the little, local new-wave band is competing for Best Rock Song, Best Rock Album and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group against U2, Elvis Costello and Franz Ferdinand. It’s surreal. It’s exciting. And it’s somewhat sad and hopeful, because though the Killers started here, the band could not have attained such achievements had they stayed. If nothing else, perhaps the Killers’ story can serve as a wake-up call for local bands making the rounds in our tattered and barren music scene: Get a distinctive sound, write some decent songs, get a good entertainment lawyer, and most of all, get out of town.” Read more.

Listen, All You Metalheads: It Was Just A Joke!

Eric Heyl of The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review wrote a follow-up to an earlier piece linking Californian Adam Gadahn’s evolution into suspected terrorist to his youthful love of heavy metal music. Gadahn. Heyl writes, “Unfortunately, the vast majority of metalheads failed to get the joke. They were convinced I had attacked their favorite form of music. The column thus far has inspired nearly 700 vitriolic e-mails. This is by far the largest response to anything I’ve ever written — and I’ve been doing this since the fellows in Korn were still on the cob.”

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Did Heavy Metal Turn California Kid Into Terrorist?

Eric Heyl of Pittsburgh Tribune-Review commented on former heavy metal enthusiast turned al-Qaida terrorist suspect Adam Gadahn. Heyl writes, “Gadahn began listening to heavy metal. Soon thereafter, he wasn’t bathing regularly, keeping his room tidy or being nice to his parents. See how these things can snowball? Start down such a precarious path and before you know it, you’re a religious zealot renouncing your country and listening to Pantera reverb off the walls of bin Laden’s latest cave.”

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