Imagine Dragons honor cancer-stricken kids at Utah concert

3. August 2015 10:20 by Julie Merar in Music   //  Tags:   //   Comments ()

It's been quite a ride in the past five years for the Las Vegas-based quartet of Imagine Dragons. But after millions of album sales, countless award recognitions and sold-out shows across the world, the band still puts a big emphasis on helping others who need it the most. In 2013, Imagine Dragons helped launch The Tyler Robinson Foundation, a charity organization that provides help and services for young people battling cancer. And at a recent show on their current tour, the band honored three kids from Utah who are battling cancer but still providing inspiration to everyone they meet.

 

Concert for the ages
Imagine Dragons helped launch The Tyler Robinson Foundation after learning about and meeting a boy of the same name who, after battling a severe staph infection when he was 11 years old, was ultimately diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma, one of the rarer forms of cancer. Tyler was a big fan of Imagine Dragons, and when the group learned of his story, they sought him out and ultimately got to spend some time with him before he eventually passed away a year after his diagnosis.

The Tyler Robinson Foundation in collaboration with Imagine Dragons has gone onto make it their mission to provide families with children suffering from cancer with both emotional and financial relief as they try to make it through tough times. Three such children who the organization have been working with were honored at a Imagine Dragons concert in Salt Lake City that took place on July 28, 2015. Stacia Hernandez, an 11-year-old who has been diagnosed with a synovial sarcoma, was one of the children recognized. Her mother, Rebecca Hernandez, hopes the experience will provide Stacia with the confidence she needs before taking on more treatment.

"I'm hoping it's going to just be uplifting for her and get her through the next surgery that she's going through," Hernandez told KSL Broadcasting in Salt Lake City. "That she'll be able to look back and remember about how many people care about her and are thinking about her so that she'll be able to work through this."  

Upcoming tour dates
After enjoying the magical evening in Salt Lake City, Imagine Dragons will carry on with its current world tour that is currently slated to continue until February of 2016. The band was also recently announced as one of the headlining acts at the 30th rendition of Farm Aid, which will take place later this summer in Chicago.

Lollapalooza 2015 set to rock Chicago once again

30. July 2015 09:18 by Julie Merar in Music   //  Tags:   //   Comments ()

 

Another summer is settling in Chicago and that can only mean one thing to music lovers: Another rambunctious weekend of Lollapalooza. Every first weekend of August brings hundreds of thousands of people to Grant Park, where attendees are treated to one of the most eclectic lineups of any festival operating today. This year is no exception, as Lollapalooza 2015 will feature everyone from some of the most legendary names in rock and roll to the latest up-and-comers in pop, hip-hop and EDM.

Icons set to take the stage
The first two nights of the weekend will be closed out by two acts that are both in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for revolutionizing their respected genres. It's not too often that festival attendees are treated to seeing an original Beatles member, but those in the crowd on Friday night will be serenaded by none other than Sir Paul McCartney. McCartney is not known to make too many festival appearances, but he'll be sure to make the most of this performance by rocking through one timeless tune after another.

While McCartney is making his Lollapalooza debut, it's been nearly 20 years since metal pioneers Metallica last headlined the festival. They will be thrashing the main stage on Saturday night, in what's sure to be the most rocking, and probably loudest, set of the entire festival.

Newcomers aplenty
The legends may be taking most of the spotlight this year, but it's the incredibly talented undercard of this year's Lollapalooza lineup that makes it one of the most memorable renditions in recent years. Many attendees will have to make tough decisions on who to see, as there are plenty of schedule conflicts. The Weeknd, one of the latest artists to take over today's R&B landscape, has been paired against McCartney on Friday night while recent Grammy winner Sam Smith will have to perform the same time as Metallica on Saturday night. Other notable acts that have garnered much acclaim and buzz in recent years include Tame Impala, alt-J, Alabama Shakes, Florence and the Machine, Father John Misty and much more. While three-day passes for the weekend have sold out, there are still plenty of one-day Lollapalooza tickets available for those eager to witness what will surely be one of the most eventful festivals of 2015.

Eddie Van Halen tells all in exclusive interview

15. July 2015 07:53 by Julie Merar in Music   //  Tags:   //   Comments ()

As the legendary rock band Van Halen is currently in the midst of a massive U.S. tour featuring dozens of shows all across the country, much of the focus remains on how the band will handle being together after decades of turmoil. Specifically, the strain in the band has long been thought to be between original frontman David Lee Roth and lead guitarist Eddie Van Halen. While initial reports of Van Halen's 2015 concerts have detailed that the rockers are back in natural form live, an exclusive interview with Van Halen sheds some light on his relationship with current and previous members as well as a little insight into one of the minds of one of rock 'n roll's icons.

David and Eddie still at odds
Eddie Van Halen sat down with journalist Chuck Klosterman in a recent interview with Billboard to discuss a wide variety of topics that pertained to his illustrious career as well as some of his shortcomings as a person and artist. Of course, one of the main topics that's always on everyone's mind when it comes to Van Halen is what the current state of the relationship between the notorious confrontational singer Roth and the guitarist is. When speaking to Klosterman, Van Halen spoke bluntly about who Roth currently is as a person.

"He does not want to be my friend," Van Halen said in his interview with Billboard. "How can I put this: Roth's perception of himself is different than who he is in reality. We're not in our 20s anymore. We're in our 60s. Act like you're 60. I stopped coloring my hair, because I know I'm not going to be young again."

While it certainly seems they won't be friends anytime soon, Van Halen was still quick to acknowledge that there's no denying Roth's presence and legacy as the frontman of the band, adding that, "I think it's now built into people's DNA, that it just won't be Van Halen if it's not Roth's voice."

Current tour
Eddie and David may never turn out to actively get along, but that certainly doesn't mean they're not capable of electrifying the same stage together. The current Van Halen tour will stop at cities all over the U.S. as well as a few select shows in Canada, and is scheduled to wrap up in early October. 

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