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Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean Tour

I was a bit surprised to learn that Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean are going on tour together in 2015 because their styles are drastically different. Chesney is classic country – his voice is soulful, his songs make you feel good. Chesney won Entertainer of the Year at the CMAs four out of five years from 2004-2008. Aldean, however, is new era – his style aligns more with rock and hip-hop, his songs are rougher. Aldean has only won two CMAs, one of which was for a duet with Kelly Clarkson where she clearly overshadowed him. Chesney and Aldean just don’t fit. I especially don’t think Aldean’s big new auto-tune song, “Burnin’ it Down,” for which his half of the tour is named, goes along with the Chesney vibe. It has even been labeled an R&B tune, nowhere close to songs such as Chesney’s “Beer in Mexico” or “Don’t Blink.”

Many Chesney fans, as noted on his Facebook page, were very bothered by the announcement of the joint tour. One expressed, “Can we just pay a Kenny price and come in after Bro Country gets off the stage?” (Bro Country being a derogatory term for new era, hip-hop-inspired country.) Another with the same sentiment commented, “You mean Jason ‘hip-hop’ Aldean? No thanks.” All comments earned more than 160 likes. Many other Chesney fans commented similarly – that they weren’t Aldean fans and would have to pass on the concert, or would simply come after Aldean had finished performing because he isn’t really country. Is their discontent justified? What does it mean to be “country”?

1.) The Evolution of Music

Firstly, music changes and genres evolve, and just because an artist isn’t exactly like an older member of the genre doesn’t mean they’re not a part of it too. Take the Rolling Stones, for example. They didn’t sound a thing like Buddy Holly, but they were still considered rock ‘n roll. A more relevant example could be Miranda Lambert. It’s obvious that she does not sound like country classic, Dolly Parton, or even Martina McBride, but she’s considered very country today. So sure, Jason Aldean doesn’t sound like Kenny Chesney or George Strait, but he’s still a part of the country music genre and community. Their sounds are similar enough to be labeled as the same kind of music.

2.) New Labels for Multi-Genre Work

However, since Aldean and others like Florida Georgia Line are producing a different type of music altogether, it can be argued that they, or the media, should call it something else. When new rock bands in the 70’s were creating harder, more rebellious songs, people started calling it punk rock. The distorted, thick songs of the era were called metal. When people combined funk and pop, it was called disco. Perhaps Aldean’s style of country that combines rock, hip-hop, and pop music should start to have its own category as well. Hip country, perhaps? Maybe bro country should be embraced? If critics want to be particular about the degree of country that’s being presented, they need to brand a new term.

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The 10 Best U2 Songs You've Never Heard

November 4, 2014

We all are familiar with at least some of U2's hits -- I mean, unless you've lived under a rock for the past 30 years, you've at least stumbled into "Beautiful Day," "With or Without You," "Mysterious Ways," or countless other hits.

Unless you're a hardcore U2 fan, you probably aren't familiar with some the band's better album tracks. With the Irish band set to tour in 2015, it's a good time to check U2 out to see if you're a fan -- they're one of the best live bands in the world, and if you're on the fence about seeing U2, these 10 underrated U2 songs may sway you to want to see them.

Here's a list of the 10 best U2 songs you've probably never heard of. The criteria is simple -- none of these songs were released as singles.

"Acrobat" -- Found on Achtung Baby, "Acrobat" has been overlooked by both U2 and the general public. U2 have never performed "Acrobat" live, nor was it released as a single -- but that doesn't stop it from being one of U2's very best songs. With menacing music (for U2's standards, at least), "Acrobat" tackles a familiar topic for everybody: how overwhelming and crushing life can leave us, but, in typical Bono fashion, we're left empowered by the end of the song.

Key lyric: "And you can stash, and you can seize, in dreams begin responsibilities / and I can love, and I can love/ And I know that the tide is turning 'round, so don't let the bastards grind you down"

"Bad" -- Most U2 fans have to be familiar with "Bad," since it's easily one of U2's best songs -- especially live. Non or casual fans probably aren't familiar with it, though. "Bad" was written about heroin addiction, but really, the song can be about any type of addiction -- drug, alcohol, gambling, or anything else. "Bad" is simply one of the best songs written by anybody, and it's worth seeing a U2 concert just for this one song. It's that good.

Key lyric: "If I could, I would let it go: this desperation, dislocation, separation, condemnation, revelation, in temptation, isolation, desolation -- let it go"

"Running to Stand Still" -- Like "Bad," "Running to Stand Still" is one of U2's very best songs. It's simultaneously understated, dark, and uplifting. The song grapples with hopelessness and despair. The character in the song, however, deals with her depression the wrong way -- she tries to escape her problem, literally and figuratively, leaving where she's from, and turning to drugs to eventually escape.

Key lyric: "She is raging, and the storm blows up in her eyes / She will suffer the needle chill, she's running to stand still"

"Gone" -- Unfortunately, it seems like U2 want to forget that Pop exists, but "Gone" is one hell of a reason for the band to remember its 1997 album. "Gone" is a song about fame, and how much Bono had to change to achieve his stardom, and getting lost along the way. While (probably) nobody reading this is famous, we can all take to heart the song's meaning: don't lose yourself on your journey for acceptance or a career -- or anything.

Key lyric: "You're taking steps that make you feel dizzy, then you learn to like the way it feels / You hurt yourself, you hurt your lover, then you discover: what you thought was freedom is just greed"

"Mofo" -- "Mofo" is U2 pushing its sonic envelope as far as it can in the 1990s -- and it's just awesome. The death of Bono's mother when he was just 14 is what moved him to join a rock band, and "Mofo" speaks about Bono looking for meaning in anything following the death of his mother.

Key lyric: "Lookin' for a sound that's gonna drown out the world/ Lookin' for the father of my two little girls/ Got the swing, got the sway, got the straw in my lemonade / Still looking for the face I had before the world was made"

"A Sort of Homecoming" -- This song is the first track on The Unforgettable Fire, and one of U2's very best songs. The music paints a perfect sonic landscape to match the somewhat melancholy lyrics. "A Sort of Homecoming" can be interpreted a few different ways, but in the most literal sense, it's about leaving your native land and finally coming home, despite home being a changed place.

Key lyric: "And your heart beats so slow, through the rain and fallen snow / Across the fields of mourning, lights in the distance/ Oh don't sorry, no don't weep / For tonight, at last -- I am coming home"

"Zooropa" -- The title track off of 1993's Zooropa, "Zooropa" fits the theme of U2's ZooTV tour perfectly: it's musically as far out there as U2 gets, while the lyrics in the first verses, essentially marketing slogans, are meant to be ironic and a play against pop culture and commercialism. The song flips itself on its head two thirds of the way through, where the protagonist in the song decides to let himself be free of everything that weighs him down.

Key lyric: "No particular place names, no particular song / I've been hiding, what am I hiding from? / Don't worry baby, it's gonna be alright, uncertainty can be a guiding light"

"Ultra Violet (Light My Way)" -- Another hidden gem off of Achtung Baby, "Ultra Violet" is U2 at its very best. The band wisely decided to play it again on its 360° Tour, and it was one of the highlights. "Ultra Violet" is one of Bono's finest moments. The lyric is relatively straightforward: it's a plea to take comfort in a loved one, even when times are at their toughest. Ultra violet light, of course, can't actually be seen by the human eye -- so the protagonist's plea, "light my way," is referencing the feelings that are there, even if they can't be seen.

Key lyric: "There is a silence that comes to a house where no one can sleep / I guess that's the price of love; I know it's not cheap"

"Promenade" -- One of U2's shortest songs, "Promenade" features one of U2's most beautiful soundscapes. Fitting perfectly on The Unforgettable Fire, "Promenade" is a stark contrast to what the band had put out on its previous record, War -- it's understated, mellow and haunting at the same time.

Key lyric: "Words that build or destroy / Dirt dry bone, sand and stone / Barbed-wire fence cut me down, I'd like to be around/ In a spiral staircase, to the higher ground"

"Until the End of the World" -- The song about ultimate betrayal, "Until the End of the World" tells the story of Jesus and Judas. Musically, it's U2 at its best 90s rock. There's a reason U2 have played it at nearly every concert since Achtung Baby came out -- it's that good. 

Key lyric: "In waves of regret, In waves of joy / I reached out for the one I tried to destroy / You, you said you'd wait until the end of the world"

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Gudy2Shoes Continues Fantasy Dominance

November 4, 2014

Another month, another big win for Gudy2Shoes. The fantasy guru accrued 477.18 points over the last four weeks, edging out The Dynasty (468.02) for the monthly top spot -- and another $100 discount code. Gudy2Shoes won the first $100 code a month ago -- and turned in a repeat performance. Though Gudy2Shoes finished in third for the week, the 120.06 points helped him hang onto first place for the last four weeks.

All is not lost for The Dynasty, however. The Dynasty (123.06) won this week despite a lackluster performance from Peyton Manning (16.56), winning his second-consecutive week -- good for $50 in discount codes.

Take It Sleazy finished second this week, with 120.86 points. Like The Dynasty, Manning let Take it Sleazy Down -- as did DeMarco Murray (9.0).

The bad news? The season is half over. The good news? We're starting another four-week contest, where the winner at the end of the four weeks takes home another $100 discount code -- as well as the $25 discount code winner weekly!

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Taylor Swift Tour

T. Swift’s relationship status is the subject of an obscene amount of media attention. With the recent announcement of her world tour and the release of her new album 1989, which sold over one million copies in just one week, journalists have been pouring over her lyrics trying to decipher who exactly she’s singing about. Whether it’s frenemy Katy Perry or ex-boyfriend Harry Styles, the press has consistent field days with Swift’s heartbreak. While I can’t say I’m a fan of the singer’s conversion to pure pop on 1989, Swift made a deliberate move to exclude mentions of her exes in an attempt to get away from the boy-crazy image that has come to define her music.

A month ago, Swift told Rolling Stone, “I feel like watching my dating life has become a bit of a national pastime. And I'm just not comfortable providing that kind of entertainment anymore. I don't like seeing slide shows of guys I've apparently dated…I don't like it when headlines read 'Careful, Bro, She'll Write a Song About You,' because it trivializes my work.”

The fact that there’s a Wiki listing dedicated solely to Swift’s boyfriends with a time table solidifies this fact. Articles are wondering who “Shake It Off” is really about. Who is she “shaking off”? But does it matter? Celebrity lives are always going to be scrutinized, and while no one seems to receive as much attention about their love interests these days as Swift, she wants it known that she doesn’t need a man to be her muse. We are a culture that thrives on break-up anthems and love songs, but 1989 is a return to the late-80s feminist power, inspired by artists like Madonna and Annie Lennox.

The tragedy here is that the media seems to think it a shame that she doesn’t have a boyfriend, which is why they’re so obsessed with reporting on it. It’s as if they’re saying a singer so kind and beautiful should have a deserving counterpart. But Swift maintains that she is happy being an independent woman and doesn’t need a boyfriend to fulfill her. “When you're not boyfriend-shopping, you're able to step back and see other girls who are killing it and think, 'God, I want to be around her,'" she told Rolling Stone.

Her newfound determinism to go it alone should be encouraged, not dissuaded. If anything it will give her more energy and time to devote to her upcoming 1989 World Tour. So if you want to shake it off with Taylor Swift tickets in 2015, check out the selection at Ticket Liquidator for a concert near you.

Vance Joy and Shawn Mendes are billed as the openers. The tour will kick off next May in Bossier City, LA.

Taylor Swift © 2014
Last Minute Halloween Costumes

1.) Kurt Cobain – All you need is a flannel shirt, blue jeans, a crazy girlfriend, and a guitar (if you’re one of those guys who feel the need to bring a musical instrument to every party you attend).

Alternative: Embody Nirvana’s most famous song by rubbing Teen Spirit deodorant on everyone you meet and then inform them that it smells like Teen Spirit.

2.) Maroon 5 – Assemble five friends and dress in maroon-colored sweaters.

3.) Britney Spears – Cut up your old school uniform until it no longer looks like anything a girl with a shred of self-respect would wear to school and sing “…Baby, One More Time” whenever you walk into a room.

4.) Ozzy Osbourne – Write OZZY on your knuckles with a black marker, get some purple Harry Potter-esque glasses, slice the neck of a fake bat so that you can pretend to bite its head off, and unintelligibly yell “Sharon!” whenever it gets quiet.

5.) Nickelback – Take an old t-shirt and Sharpie 5¢ on the back. Walk around alone with no friends and a sign that says, “Fans Wanted.”

6.) The Who – Tape giant question marks to your chest, and only respond with the phrase “Who are you?” to people you know very well all night.

7.) Ke$ha – Wear a blonde wig and carry a toothbrush and a bottle of Jack Daniels with which you occasionally use as a substitute for toothpaste.

8.) Jack White – Make your face as pale as possible, don’t brush your hair, and act like you’re better than everyone else.

Couples Alternative: Have your wife (or sister) be Meg White, following shyly in your shadows and banging unimpressive rhythms on a toy drum.

9.) Kraftwerk – Dress entirely in black. Don’t leave your house. Send a robot to trick-or-treat for you.

10.) Styx – Glue a bunch of tree branches to your outfit.

11.) Devo – Acquire some energy dome hats (or place a tiered red bowl upside down on your head), spray metallic silver fabric paint on an old suit, and make a fake whip so you can whip it, whip it good.

12.) Radiohead – Build a boom box out of cardboard with cut outs for your eyes, and place over face like a mask. Act forlorn and depressed.

13.) The Smashing Pumpkins – Destroy every Jack-o-lantern you see with all the rage of a rat in a cage.

14.) The Beach Boys – Go to a thrift store and buy five striped button downs or Hawaiian shirts. Carry a surf board. Smile vacantly. Have someone dressed as Charles Manson trail you, but pretend you’re not associated with him.

15.) Def Leppard – Draw whiskers on your cheeks, wear hearing aids and as much leopard print as you can find.

16.) Grateful Dead – Take last year’s zombie costume and be very appreciative while wearing it.

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On-Sales 10-30-14

Here's a list of the hottest events with dates going on sale this week. Our event of the week is Kenny Chesney & Jason Aldean. The two country stars just announced a 2015 tour with opener Brantley Gilbert that's sure to be hugely popular, so get your concert tickets as soon as possible! If you want to go tropical, Elton John tickets go on sale this week for his show in Hawaii, but if you can't make it to Honolulu, you can check out Billy Joel this December at Madison Square Garden or early 2015 in Pennsylvania! One Direction tickets are sure to go quickly when they go on sale Friday, so check out the One Direction 2015 tour schedule for a concert near you! Holiday tickets to Disney on Ice: Frozen are the perfect gift for the whole family. Country fans are still in luck as artists like Garth Brooks, Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Trace Adkins, Alan Jackson, and Florida Georgia Line continue to make concert announcements. And there's always the theatre if you need a little drama. Tickets to 50 Shades! The Musical go on sale tomorrow and The Book of Mormon in Chicago on Monday, so if you appreciate dark humor, these theater tickets are the way to go! For tickets to these events and more, head over to Ticket Liquidator.

Concerts

Event

Date

Cities

Aaron Lewis Friday, 10/31/14 Elizabeth, IN; Council Bluffs, IA; Hammond, IN; Bossier City, LA; Robinsonville, MS; Kansas City, MO
Alan Jackson Friday, 10/31/14 Augusta, GA; Laughlin, NV; Sioux City, IA
Alan Jackson Friday, 11/7/14 Independence, MO
Alan Jackson Friday, 11/1/14 Sioux City, IA; Salt Lake City, UT
Billy Joel Friday, 10/31/14 University Park, PA
Disney on Ice: Frozen Monday, 11/3/14 Birmingham, AL
Elton John Friday, 10/31/14 Honolulu, HI
Florida Georgia Line Friday, 10/31/14 Columbia, SC; New York, NY
Garth Brooks Friday, 11/7/14 North Little Rock, AR
Katt Williams Friday, 10/31/14 Brooklyn, NY
Kenny Chesney & Jason Aldean Friday, 11/7/14 Foxborough, MA; Santa Clara, CA
Luke Bryan Friday, 10/31/14 Orlando, FL
Miranda Lambert Thursday, 10/30/14 Wichita, KS
Miranda Lambert Friday, 10/31/14 Oklahoma City, OK
One Direction Friday, 11/1/14 Columbus, OH; Ottawa, ON; Detroit, MI; Pittsburgh, PA; Baltimore, MD; Orchard Park, NY; Foxborough, MA; Indianapolis, IN; Philadelphia, PA; Toronto, ON; Milwaukee, WI; Minneapolis, MN; Chicago, IL; Winnipeg, MB; Montreal, QC; Cleveland, OH; Edmonton, AB; East Rutherford, NJ; Seattle, WA; San Diego, CA; Vancouver, BC; Kansas City, MO
Stevie Wonder Saturday, 11/1/14 Inglewood, CA
Trace Adkins Friday, 10/31/14 Fayetteville, NC
ZZ Top Friday, 10/31/14 Westbury, NY
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Usher: Past to Present

October 29, 2014
Usher UR Experience Tour

We all know that the famous singer, songwriter, and dancer, Usher, is very talented and extremely successful. But did you know that he got his start at the young age of 11 in an R&B quintet called NuBeginnings? At 13 years old, he competed on Star Search and was signed by LaFace Records. He continued to perform throughout the 90s, the tail end of which gave us the record that launched him into fame, My Way. Since then he has had many Billboard hits and several platinum albums, the combination of which made him one of the best-selling artists of all time. Usher has been consistently popular both on the radio and in the club for several decades, and now he's back once again on his “UR Experience” Tour, which kicks off this November in Montreal. If you want to hear some throwbacks as well as new material, browse the Usher 2014 tour schedule for tickets to upcoming concerts in your area. Here’s a look back at some of his biggest songs.

“You Make Me Wanna…”

Usher’s first major song “You Make Me Wanna…” was the leading platinum single from 1997’s My Way. In this R&B/pop ballad, Usher sings about his relationship situation - he is with one person but wants to be with another. The chorus repeats: “You make me wanna leave the one I’m with, and start a new relationship with you.” Usher told Rolling Stone that the song was inspired by his own memories of “juggling three women.” The song received decent reviews from critics, including the New York Times. Journalist Ann Powers claimed that Usher “put the spice back in the word ‘relationship.'" The single also won a Billboard Music Award, a Soul Train Music Award, and was nominated for a Grammy. It topped the UK Singles Chart and the R&B Singles chart, and it made the top ten on the Hot 100.

“Yeah!”

2004’s “Yeah!” was Usher’s biggest song. Featuring Lil’ Jon and Ludacris, the tune was a combination of crunk and R&B (a combo aptly coined Crunk&B by Lil’ Jon). It was the lead single from his fourth album, Confessions, and topped the Hot 100 chart for 12 consecutive weeks as well as 14 charts worldwide. Critics loved it. Los Angeles Times described "Yeah!" as a “raucous tale of dance-floor seduction,” comparing it to the glory days of Michael Jackson. Entertainment Weekly gave Usher specifically praise, saying that it “reveals his newfound maturity.” The song was such a big hit that it ranked second on the Billboard Hot 100 Decade-end chart for the 2000s.

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The Dynasty Notches First Win Of Season

October 28, 2014

It's taken seven weeks, but The Dynasty finally won. Led by Arian Foster (35.3), Jeremy Maclin (30.7) and Jamaal Charles (23.7), The Dynasty scored an amazing 150.16 points, winning the week and a $25 discount code, all the while moving into third place for our monthly $100 discount code prize. The Dynasty was the only participant this week to select Golden Tate, who scored 21.1 points as well.

Wisco Jammerz made his debut this week, finishing second with 141.96 points. If not for The Dynasty's big week, Wisco Jammerz would have ended up winning a $25 discount code for himself.

With yet another big week (132.66), Gudy2Shoes has taken the lead for the monthly contest, passing Luckness Monster, who scored 115.7 points this week. Gudy2Shoes now has 357.12 points over the last three weeks, while Luckness Monster (346.64), The Dynasty (344.96), Eli's Sad Face (326.26) and Rally Monkey (299.46) round out the top 5.

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Dave Grohl Foo Fighters

The Foo Fighters just announced their first concert date for their 2015 tour! In support of their upcoming album, Sonic Highways, Dave Grohl and the gang will be heading to Chicago’s Wrigley Field next August 29th. Sonic Highways contains the same authentic sound that’s come to be expected by the Foo Fighters, who recorded their last album, Wasting Light, in Grohl’s garage to prove that they didn’t need fancy recording equipment to produce quality songs. Sonic Highways has a similar uniqueness in that the Foo Fighters traveled to eight different cities with rich musical histories to record each track: Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. The band has experienced incredible success, but it helps to have a lead singer as singularly awesome as Dave Grohl.

1.) Music God – From Nirvana to the Foo Fighters, Dave Grohl has been one of the most successful musicians of the past three decades. Side projects have included supergroup Them Crooked Vultures and heavy metal act Probot, and he’s performed with such bands as Queens of the Stone Age, Nine Inch Nails, Paul McCartney, Iggy Pop, Tom Petty, Tenacious D, Slash, and David Bowie. He is the third wealthiest drummer next to Ringo Starr and Phil Collins despite still not knowing how to read sheet music, learning everything by ear.

2.) LGBT Rights Activist – Grohl was one of the first celebrities to start wearing a white ribbon to support same-sex marriage. On the red carpet for a MusiCares benefit concert he said, “I believe in love and I believe in equality and I believe in marriage equality.” His activism began in the early 90’s with Nirvana when they raised money to fight Oregon Ballot Measure 9, which tried to illegalize gay rights. The ballot was rejected in 1992, and Grohl has been a supporter for the LGBT community ever since.

3.) Concerned World Citizen – When the Australian miners were trapped in the Beaconsfield mine collapse in 2006, Grohl sent a letter saying, “Though I'm halfway around the world right now, my heart is with you both, and I want you to know that when you come home, there's two tickets to any Foo’s show, anywhere, and two cold beers waiting for you. Deal? Looking forward to sharing them with you. Come home safe, and we'll see you soon. Dave Grohl.” One of the miners then requested an iPod full of Foo Fighters music, and when he was finally rescued, he joined the Foo Fighters at an acoustic performance at the Sydney Opera House.

4.) Anti-drugs – We all know Grohl’s close friend Kurt Cobain died too young. When you’re in the music industry, it’s especially hard to resist peer pressure. However, Grohl has been very vocal about his stance against substance abuse. In a 2008 interview and a subsequent BBC anti-drug video, he said, “I have never done cocaine, ever in my life. I have never done heroin, I have never done speed…I've seen people die. It ain't easy being young, but that stuff doesn't make it any easier.”

5.) Documentary Director – In 2013, Grohl produced a rock documentary titled Sound City about the Los Angeles recording studio of the same name. The studio has historical significance in the history of music – it was the location of Nirvana’s recording of Nevermind along as the studio of choice by many other famous musicians like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Fleetwood Mac. The film features interviews with many artists such as Tom Petty, Neil Young, John Fogerty, Frank Black, Trent Reznor, Lars Ulrich, and Stevie Nicks, all of whom have ties to Sound City. Dave Grohl is also releasing an upcoming HBO series about other recording studios across the country, which he describes as a “love letter to the history of American music.”

6.) Anti-violence – During the iTunes Festival, Dave Grohl noticed that a man in the crowd was acting violently towards other fans. Stopping mid-song, Grohl yelled, “Who’s that there? Let me see him. Who’s fighting? Let me see him. Hey you in the striped shirt, look at me, look at me… Get the f*** outta my show right now. Get the f*** out.” The man was promptly ejected. Grohl wants dancers at his shows, not fighters.

7.) Good father – There are countless clips of Grohl with his children, whom he obviously loves very much. When interviewed about what keeps him grounded, he responded, “Having children who don’t f***ing care that you’re a rock star. My kids don’t give a s*** if I’m in the Foo Fighters. They’re like, ‘Daddy, I need a smoothie. Now.’ And, I’m like ‘Okay.’” The fact that he can balance being a rock god and having a functional family is proof enough that he’s a real man. His song “Walk,” which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Rock Songs Chart and won two Grammys, is about his daughter first learning to walk. Grohl showed the world that you don’t have to write about sex and drugs to make an award-winning, chart-topping hit single.

8.) Statue-Worthy – Grohl’s hometown of Warren Ohio absolutely adores him. There’s a whole alley dedicated to him with mural art that has been deemed “Dave Grohl Alley.” In 2012, the city built a humongous drumsticks statue weighing over 900 lbs. in his honor, which broke the Guinness Book of World Records. As Hollywood Reporter notes, Grohl tweeted, “To the wonderful city of Warren, from the bottom of my heart I'd like to thank you all so much... For the childhood memories. For my family. For my very own alley. For the world's largest drumsticks! And for all of your support... But most of all for being such a great community. One that makes me proud to say... I am from Warren, Ohio!”

9.) Knows What’s Up – When the Foo Fighters won their Grammy for Best Rock Performance at the 54th Grammy Awards, Grohl gave an important speech about musicianship: “To me this award means a lot because it shows that the human element of music is what’s important. Singing into a microphone and learning to play an instrument and learning to do your craft, that’s the most important thing for people to do… It’s not about being perfect, it’s not about sounding absolutely correct, it’s not about what goes on in a computer. It’s about what goes on in here [your heart] and what goes on in here [your head].”

10.) Feminist – Nirvana was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year, and Grohl decided to bring three women on stage to sing in place of Kurt Cobain – St. Vincent, Joan Jett, and Lorde. In an interview, Grohl said, “We thought, ‘Wait, it has to be all women. Don't even ask anyone else. If we can fill the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame performance with these incredible women singing Nirvana songs, then we'll have achieved our own revolution.’ It also added a whole other dimension to the show. It added substance and depth, so it didn't turn into a eulogy. It was more about the future.” Although Lorde appeals more to pop music fans than rock fans, Grohl saw huge potential in her. He told Rolling Stone that he was so relieved the first time he heard “Royals” because she provided hope for his kids to grow up in an environment that wasn’t completely superficial. Grohl recognized Joan Jett as a game-changer for women in rock n’ roll and Annie Clark’s undeniable talent, which led him to simultaneously honor both Cobain and women at their acceptance ceremony.

Also, that hair. <3

Foo Fighters © 2014

"Something from Nothing" is the first single off of the Foo Fighters' upcoming album, Sonic Highways. If you want to see it live at the Foo Fighters' Chicago concert, tickets are on sale at Ticket Liquidator.

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Halloween Playlist

Your average Halloween playlist will include classics like "Thriller" and "Monster Mash," and though they're timeless, you want your party to be better than average. Right? Liven things up with some face-melting horror punk and guitar-shredding metal.

1.) "Runnin' With the Devil" – Van Halen

2.) "Dragula" – Rob Zombie

3.) “Halloween” – Dead Kennedys

4.) “Ghouls Night Out” – Misfits

5.) “The Skull Beneath The Skin” – Megadeth

6.) “Pet Sematary” – The Ramones

7.) “Psycho Killer” – The Talking Heads

8.) “I Was A Teenage Werewolf” – The Cramps

9.) “Boris The Spider” – The Who

10.) “Welcome to My Nightmare” – Alice Cooper

11.) “Highway To Hell” – AC/DC

12.) “Mr. Crowley” – Ozzy Osbourne

13.) “The Number of the Beast” – Iron Maiden

14.) “Children of The Grave” – Black Sabbath

15.) “Transylvania Boogie” – Frank Zappa

16.) “Voodoo Child” – Jimi Hendrix

Ozzy Osbourne © 2002.

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