Eddie Van Halen Contemplates Fame, In Illustrated Form

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Van Halen fans are hoping for a follow-up from the band whose last record, A Different Kind of Truth, was released two years ago.

"I'm writing. I write lyrics routinely," David Lee Roth told Jim Florentine from "That Metal Show" in 2013. "And the band plays together routinely, at least three times a week. They're up at Ed's place, routinely. I was up at Edward's house, maybe three days ago--just before I came here to the city--and we're starting to put music together. Not to give away exactly what the package will be. It's gonna be about 18 months, I think."

Ex-bandmembers routinely dish out details about the band's turbulent past in the media. Mick Jones told ultimateclassicrock.com tensions were so high during the recording of 5150 that sound engineer Donn Landee "locked himself in the studio for a day and threatened to burn the tapes."

We imagine the drama within the group has subsided now that Eddie has both his brother, Alex, and son, Wolfgang, in the lineup. Hopefully Roth will stick around this time.

While fans eagerly await the band's (estimated 2015) return, they can rock out with the new EVH Stripe Series "Circles" guitar, made famous by Van Halen's 1981 "Unchained" music video. Here's what Eddie had to say about fame and his love for music.

Quotation above via esquire.com.

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Life According To Nicki Minaj, In Illustrated Form

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Nicki Minaj is throwing in the towel, errr, wig. She has decided the most shocking thing to do is: stop trying to be so shocking.

Minaj debuted the much-anticipated single "Anaconda" from her forthcoming album The Pink Print this week. One person who's not a fan: Lil Kim. The veteran rapper posted a photo on Instagram of her driver's license with Minaj's face superimposed over her own, with the words "Be careful what you wish for... #HardCoreMixtapeUpNext #TheQueenIsBack #QueenBee". Minaj's fans bombarded the photo's comment section with hateful jabs on par with words overheard during a prepubescent girl fight.

If you haven't already guessed, Minaj's "Anaconda" shamelessly samples the shit out of Sir Mix-A-Lot's "Baby Got Back." Minaj's verses allude to past sexual exploits and the outro hates on skinny chicks:

"Yeah! This one is for my bitches with a fat ass in the f---ing club
I said, where my fat ass big bitches in the club?
F--- the skinny bitches! F--- the skinny bitches in the club!
I wanna see all the big fat ass bitches in the muthaf---in' club
F--- you if you skinny bitches, what?! Kyuh."

Well, that's nice.

Here's what Minaj had to say about Rihanna, Madonna, and explanations of phrases she's coined. Quotation above via mypinkfriday.com.

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Perry Farrell Talks Shit About The Music Industry, In Illustrated Form

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We don't know a happier and more touchy-feely celebrity couple than Perry Farrell and his wife, Etty Lau.

Etty, a dancer, auditioned for Jane's Addiction in 1997.

"I fell in love with her at first sight." Farrell said in an interview with T Magazine. We've been traveling together in one capacity or another ever since."

Reflecting on their relationship, Perry tweeted: "I have always felt that Etty and I were the modern Lucy and Dezi. Lucy began her career as a dancer for Dezi's band."

(If you think that statement is adorable, you should see the plethora of happy, family photos Farrell shares with his twitter followers. You can follow him @PerryFarrell).

Farrell was recently criticized for his overuse of stage banter at Jane's Addiction's Brooklyn Bowl show in Las Vegas. By the end of the night, Farrell's own bandmate, drummer Stephen Perkins, was complaining about his chattiness. So, to make things fair, we decided to spotlight some of Farrell's complaints.

Quotation above via alternativenation.net.

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Die Antwoord Discusses Persona and Fans, In Illustrated Form

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Here's a fun 'trick' you can do on a blind date to gauge whether or not you'll be compatible with your match. (This experiment will only work if your date is not already familiar with Die Antwoord):

Step 1: Talk about music. Show your date 'I Fink U Freeky' by Die Antwoord.
Step 2: Observe his or her reaction to the video and song. Initial signs of squeamishness are normal. Give your date a few minutes to digest the song and, before you know it, he or she will be singing along to the chorus. This person passes the test. Go on a subsequent date. However, if he or she refuses to watch the entire music video once you begin playing it because he or she finds it disgusting or "too weird," reconsider your compatibility with this person. Who wants to date a wuss with bad taste in music?!
Step 3: If all goes well, invite your date to see Die Antwoord perform at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood on May 29.
Step 4: Get Freeky.
You're welcome.

Here's what the outspoken, badass duo from South Africa had to say about their persona and fans. Quotation in the illustration above via spin.com.

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Chris Martin Talks Image, In Illustrated Form

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Pre-Gwyneth, GOOP and 'Conscious Uncoupling', Coldplay frontman Chris Martin was widely publicized for being a straight-edge musician.

With Coldplay's highly anticipated sixth studio album, Ghost Stories, about to be released, we're certain Martin will be placed back in the spotlight again, this time for the right reasons. The album currently has an expected release date of May 19 via Parlophone Records.

During Coldplay's promotional tour this Spring, the band will perform on Saturday Night Live on May 3; this will mark the band's fifth appearance on the show.

Here's what Martin had to say about his image and love of catchy pop songs...

Illustrated quotation above via digitalspy.com.

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Jared Leto's Thoughts on Life, In Illustrated Form

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It's no secret: we have a major crush on Jared Leto. (Who doesn't). How can you hate on someone who uses the pseudonym 'Bartholomew Cubbins,' after his favorite Dr. Seuss character?! He's as talented and creative as he is handsome.

Currently, Leto is abroad, touring with 30 Seconds To Mars and Linkin Park and will be returning to the U.S. to rock your face off in July. You can check out 30STM's tour dates here.

And as if Leto weren't dreamy enough, he has to go say things (ie: his acceptance speech at the Oscars) that make us believe he's even cooler than we suspected. Here are a few more gems Leto has said...

Quotation above via bigissue.com.

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Kurt Cobain's Thoughts on Life, In Illustrated Form

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Kurt Cobain's life and death is unarguably the most discussed, dissected and speculated benchmark in the music industry. Now, 20 years after his death, we're still enamored with the man who sparked the grunge period and shaped the music of the 90s.

Despite the end of Cobain's life and career, headlines constantly emerge: "20 Years After Kurt's Death: What Changed and What Didn't..."; "New Death Scene Photos Released..."; "Intimate Photographs of Troubled Rock Star..."; "Here's What Kurt Cobain Would Look Like At Age 46." We just can't seem to get enough of the notorious Nirvana frontman.

It's no surprise that Nirvana is played on the radio as often as contemporary songs. Still, 20 years later, Cobain's music is reaching a new, core audience, many of whom weren't even born before Cobain died.

Here's what Cobain had to say about his life under the media's microscope.

Illustrated quotation above via Rolling Stone.

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Boy George Transforms... Again, In Illustrated Form

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Boy George recently released his first album in 18 years, titled This Is What I Do. The album contains catchy reggae-based tracks and slow melodic gems infused with country sounds.

Boy George explained the seemingly odd genre juxtaposition to The Quietus:
"...'Karma Chameleon' is a bit country! Country and reggae are quite closely linked. If you go to Jamaica, they listen to a lot of country, and they love Charley Pride. So there is a relationship there. I've never been scared of country, but I prefer the early, proper country to pop-country."

One notable difference in the overall sound of the album is Boy George's voice. His current, more raspy intonation seamlessly augments the pensive feel of songs like 'King Of Everything':

Boy George isn't afraid to talk about the dark times in his past, but would rather focus on the future. Here's what else he had to say about transformations throughout his life:

Illustrated quotation above via thequietus.com.

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The Vandals Talk Punk and Give Career Advice, In Illustrated Form

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Everyone's favorite local punk band, The Vandals, will be co-headlining the MusInk Tattoo Convention and Music Festival with the Descendents this weekend at the Orange County Fair & Exposition Center in Costa Mesa. Tickets are available online.

Over 300 of the world's finest tattoo artists will be present; which means you can get that sweet Vandals tattoo you've always wanted! You know, the one of guitarist Warren Fitzgerald buck naked, grabbing his junk onstage.

In the meantime, please enjoy some punk quotations and career advice from Fitzgerald and founding member/entertainment lawyer/musician/director/producer/record label owner/radio talk show host/amateur torero Joe Escalante.

Illustrated quotation above via guitarcenter.com.

See also: Descendents guitarist was a fan of the band before he joined. These are his favorite songs.

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Hayley Williams On Being a Rockstar, In Illustrated Form

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Paramore is back, and busier than ever. The band just completed their first destination cruise with fans (cleverly dubbed Parahoy!), which included four days and nights aboard the Norwegian Pearl, sailing from Miami to Great Stirrup Cay.

Fans enjoyed two outdoor shows by Paramore, a Q&A on the cruise ship's deck, and a myriad of onboard activities while sailing to the Bahamas. Other acts included Tegan and Sara and New Found Glory.

Next, Paramore will prepare for a joint summer tour with Fall Out Boy, which kicks off June 19. Paramore will also be co-headlining the Reading and Leeds Festival with Queens Of The Stone Age in August.

It's hard to believe Paramore was founded ten years ago, when lead singer Hayley Williams was just 15 years old. Here's what the orange-haired rocker had to say about her fans and being a woman in the music industry.

Illustrated quotation above via nashvillescene.com.

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