Rock Of Ages
This week on the Billboard 200 album chart, a No. 1 alludes Rush once more, as the Canadian prog-rockers come in at No. 2 right behind pop/R&B star Usher. They lead the charge on classic rock’s chart resurgence, which music fans may have noticed last week when the Beach Boys came in at No. 3.
Rock fans may have approached Rock Of Ages with some cynicism this weekend, due to the casting of Tom Cruise in the lead role of fictional rock legend Stacee Jaxx. (And perhaps many fans didn’t approach the film – it opened in third place with just above a $15 million gross.)
This weekend, the long-anticipated film version of Rock Of Ages hit theaters. The movie celebrates some of rock music’s biggest hits of the ’80s, with classics from Foreigner, Night Ranger and Twisted Sister’s songs making the film. So, some may have been surprised when R&B superstar Mary J. Blige was cast as Justice Charlier, the owner of The Venus Club.
Kevin Cronin, Neal Doughty and the guys from REO Speedwagon rocked Citi Field to kick off the 2012 Mets Concert Series June 15th 2012!
Rock Of Ages opens today, featuring songs by a number of ‘80s stars including Pat Benatar, Foreigner and Twisted Sister. Unlike the Broadway show of the same name (which the movie is based on), the film includes Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar On Me” and “Rock Of Ages.”
When Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider was performing as club owner Dennis Dupree in Broadway’s Rock of Ages, word came through that the hit musical would soon be developed into a blockbuster movie. Snider’s manager was giddy over the prospect of Dee’s big screen casting – a role that eventually went to Alec Baldwin – but Dee had no expectations, thinking instead that the film would cast big names. And he was exactly right.
Following what was easily the best week all year for new classic rock releases, it’s no surprise that a slew of legacy artists are making high debuts on the Billboard 200 album chart this week. Albums from the reunited Beach Boys, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, and Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh all hit the top 15 on the chart, with the Beach Boys’ That’s Why God Made The Radio coming in at No. 3 behind Adele and Alan Jackson.
Def Leppard celebrate their 25th anniversary this year, and the band has a lot going on to mark the occasion, including re-recorded versions of two of their classics, a tour with Poison, and a high-profile gig tonight.
It was a rocking night on Dancing with The Stars as the show nears the end of it’s current season. Mary J. Blige, Alanis Morissette and Carrie Underwood all graced the stage to perform last night.
By the time Snider released his album of showtunes last week, his confidence was high and Broadway was old hat, thanks to newfound friends Patti LuPone and Bebe Neuwirth.
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