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  • That's a good thing
    Queen + Adam Lambert are back on the road starting tonight with their first North American tour since 2014. They are in Arizona tonight. They are the band that would not go away. Every time you thought they were done…they were not. Brian May spoke on that subject and Adam Lambert:
  • I can picture it
  • Nickelback loses
    Nickelback started out as a hugely popular band, with good rock songs. Maybe it was the ballads, maybe it was when Chad Kroeger cut his hair but the public turned on them.  They became a joke punchline.  Someone on Facebook started a page where you could vote for who was more popular Nickelback or a pickle.  Pickle won. Chad Kroeger then reportedly sent a terse notice to the pickle-backers.  Kroeger wrote: "Your page will be closing in two weeks." The response? "I still whooped your ass, Chad! :)"
  • Spiderman of course

    The story just gets better and better. Gene Simmons caused an uproar over his application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to trademark the devil horn gesture he alleges to flash in concert and when posing for photos, now he fully admits he did not invent it. He says; "it came from Spider-Man doing his hand signal, as a homage to him. If you see me in photos, I’m sticking out my thumb. That’s the sign in sign language which means ‘I love you.’" (That would be gene backtracking now, as if he knew he was doing it wrong all along)

    Simmons also recalls the late Ronnie James Dio telling him that he started it. "I mean him no ill will, but I think he’s wrong... We laid down the templates. When you see bands rocking out in sync, that’s us. When you see bands putting up that two-fingered devil horn salute, that started with KISS.” Let me translate KISS invented EVERYTHING!

    Meanwhile, not only are Ronnie's widow Wendy Dio and Nikki Sixx questioning Simmons's motives, but now the band Coven -- known for the 1971 hit "One Tin Soldier" featured in the film Billy Jack -- is also claiming ownership of the sign.

    Singer Esther "Jinx" Dawson says, "I did the Sign of the Horns when Coven started in late 1967. Again this sign was pictured on our first album released in 1969, and on our 1971, 1974 and 2013 albums. This information is in more than 25 books... I never trademarked MY sign because it was meant for all to do, though it is legally ‘grandfathered in’ to me for use in music by all the history. Gene does not even DO the sign properly. He is doing the deaf sign for ‘love’. I think Gene and The Hollywood Reporter should get their story straight… Write the Reporter and tell them what YOU think. If he dares to go through with his application, I shall sue on behalf of us all… Horns Up and Many Hails to you all…"

    I’m sure we haven’t heard the last of this…Gene likes to keep his name in the news.

  • Gene Simmons
    Yesterday we spoke of Gene Simmons of KISS attempting to trademark the devil horns that metal bands put up at concerts on stage.  He claims he was the first but clearly he was not.  The band Coven could claim it, and even John Lennon could (although he was trying to do the sign for I love You in sign language)(which ironically is what Gene is mistakenly trying to trademark, because he’s doing it wrong.)