CHEAP TRICK’s Daxx Nielsen to join ‘Late Night’ band for one week, filling in for Fred Armisen




ROCKFORD — Between fatherhood, touring with Cheap Trick and collaborating on a new album, drummer Daxx Nielsen doesn’t have much time to watch TV.


But he did make room in his busy schedule for a unique opportunity to appear on a TV show and perform for a national audience.


From Monday, Oct. 1 through Thursday, Oct. 4, Nielsen will play drums on new episodes of “Late Night with Seth Meyers” as a guest member of the 8G Band, the show’s live music component.


“We’ll come up with riffs to play throughout the show,” he said. “I look forward to being creative with the band.”


Nielsen will fill in for Fred Armisen, the group’s drummer best known for his comedic roles on “Saturday Night Live” and “Portlandia.” Renowned percussionists routinely cover for Armisen on “Late Night” when his other projects take him away from the band.


Sean Kinney of Alice and Chains, Ariana Grande’s drummer Aaron Spears, Steve Smith of Journey and Jim Riley of Rascal Flatts are among those who have sat in for Armisen so far this year.


Nielsen, who lives in Rockford, connected with the show’s booking agent earlier this year while hanging out with Nicko McBrain, the drummer for Iron Maiden, at a music conference in Los Angeles.


“Late Night” tapes new episodes a couple of hours ahead of its nightly broadcast inside studio 8G at 30 Rock in New York City. The show hasn’t announced which celebrity guests it will feature the week that Nielsen is with the band.


Cheap Trick has released three albums in recent years, including a Christmas album that featured original music. The band is on tour and making another album, Nielsen said.


“We’re some of the busiest people working in the industry,” he said.


“Late Night” airs weekdays at 11:35 p.m. on Register Star media partner 13 WREX.

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First Look: Joaquin Phoenix in Full Joker Makeup

Warner Bros tweeted out our first look at Joaquin Phoenix in full Joker makeup for the upcoming film.


In the short video, we see Phoenix’s character, Arthur, standing emotionless and still as lights flicker over his face while Laughing by The Guess Who plays. Growing in frequency, the lights turn into a faint projected image of Arthur in Joker makeup before completely replacing him with our first full look at director Todd Phillip’s version of the iconic Batman villain.


Though the tease is incredibly short, if you look closely enough, it appears that Phoenix will be rocking the standard purple jacket with an orange and blue shirt underneath. The makeup itself appears to be based off of a much more traditional clown style than we have previously seen for the Joker. It definitely feels very reminiscent of the mask Heath Ledger wears in the opening moments of The Dark Knight.


It is also interesting to note that Phoenix’s hair length and style is almost identical to what we saw in Ledger’s Oscar winning take on the character. This could just be coincidence, but if not, and with a separate Joker standalone movie planned with Jared Leto, could this be an origin story focused around the Joker we see in The Dark Knight trilogy? This is pure speculation, but would make for an absolutely interesting tale and would give fans more of that fantastic interpretation.


This reveal comes shortly after multiple set videos were released from the Joker origin film as well as an official image of Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur. Under the direction of Todd Phillips (The Hangover franchise), the new film centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone story not seen before on the big screen. Phillips’ exploration of a man disregarded by society is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale.


Joker is set to release in October of 2019.

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Video For New DISTURBED Single ‘A Reason To Fight’

DISTURBED’s official music video for the song “A Reason To Fight” can be seen below. It is the second single from the band’s new album, “Evolution”, which will be released on October 19.


The “A Reason To Fight” clip was directed by Matt Mahurin (U2, METALLICA), who previously helmed the video for DISTURBED’s Grammy-nominated rendition of SIMON & GARFUNKEL’s “The Sound Of Silence”, which has amassed over 429 million YouTube views to date.


“The message behind ‘A Reason To Fight’ is a personal one,” says DISTURBED lead vocalist David Draiman. “We’ve all seen people that we care about fall victim to addiction. Dan [Donegan, DISTURBED’s guitarist] sent me a rough idea for the song and it hit home particularly hard.”


“I know people who’ve battled addiction and have seen it in their face — the shame they have — feeling they’ve let themselves and others down,” says Donegan. “We wanted to write a song with a positive message for people in that situation to stay hopeful and not give up the fight, as challenging as it may be. It’s an everyday struggle, but there can also be a light at the end of the tunnel.”


Adds Draiman: “The chorus goes, ‘When the demon that’s inside you is ready to begin and it feels like it’s a battle that you can never win, when you’re aching for the fire and begging for your sin. When there’s nothing left inside, there’s still a reason to fight.’ Hopefully it’s a message that resonates.”


Like 2015’s “Immortalized”, DISTURBED’s new album was recorded at The Hideout Recording Studio in Las Vegas, Nevada with producer Kevin Churko.


“Immortalized” ended a four-year hiatus for the quartet and was its fifth album to enter the Billboard 200 chart at No. 1.


DISTURBED will play a special intimate show at the 1,000-capacity Vic Theatre in Chicago, Illinois on October 10, presented by SiriusXM.


The group has only one other show on its schedule so far for the rest of 2018, at the Austin City Limits music festival on October 13 in Austin, Texas.


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NASHVILLE PUSSY: ‘She Keeps Me Coming And I Keep Going Back’ Video

“She Keeps Me Coming And I Keep Going Back”, the new video from NASHVILLE PUSSY, can be seen above. The song is taken from the band’s latest album, “Pleased To Eat You”, which was released today (Friday, September 21) via earMUSIC.


Lemmy personally blessed NASHVILLE PUSSY calling them “America’s last great rock ‘n’ roll band” — and Lemmy should know.


Formed in 1997, NASHVILLE PUSSY preached its sleazy gospel over the past couple of decades alongside MOTÖRHEAD in every rock outpost from Asia to Europe and back again.


Raised on a diet of Marshall stacks, Gibson guitars, Jack Daniels, and weed, NASHVILLE PUSSY are the bastard offspring of foul-mouthed, demented hillbilly ice-cream man Blaine Cartwright and tractor-driving, nude art school model, and guitar prodigy Ruyter Suys. NASHVILLE PUSSY quickly gained a reputation for being like “AC/DC with a female Angus” in Ruyter’s blues-meets-punk frenzied guitar solos and Blaine’s hilarious “jailhouse nursery rhyme” lyrics.


The band’s bass player — Bonnie “Bon” Buitrago — began as a teenage fan of the band sneaking into shows, determined to make the leap from audience member to member of the band by mastering her craft on bass. Atlanta native and ex-landscaper Ben Thomas on drums has quickly become known for his showmanship, precision, and all-around sensuality behind the kit.


“We are rock ‘n’ rolls’ dirty little secret — blissfully outliving musical trends we never knew existed,” says Suys. “More than ever, everyone needs to escape to a place where they can pretend they don’t give a shit, let their hair down and get loud, sweaty and dirty. NASHVILLE PUSSY provides that unpretentious refuge. Everyone is welcome — just don’t dress up ’cause it’s gonna get messy.”


The Gods of Rock smiled upon on NASHVILLE PUSSY in creating the band’s brand new studio album, “Pleased To Eat You”. Combining the talents of producer Daniel Rey (RAMONES, WHITE ZOMBIE, Ronnie Spector and RAGING SLAB) and studio engineer David Barrick (BLACK STONE CHERRY, THE KENTUCKY HEADHUNTERS, MARSHALL TUCKER BAND), the band was fresh off an international tour and hungry for new songs to sink their teeth.


“Pleased To Eat You” is their seventh studio album and certainly another milestone recording by the band you’ll need to share with your mom: Bourbon, BBQ, horse farms, good people, and a great fucking record. Seriously, you’ll hardly find a band that manages to act so easy, so fast and yet so impulsive as NASHVILLE PUSSY — a band that is not shy about expressing opinions loud and clear.


“Pleased To Eat You” track listing:

01. She Keeps Me Coming And I Keep Going Back
02. We Want A War
03. Just Another White Boy
04. Go Home And Die
05. Low Down Dirty Pig
06. Testify
07. One Bad Mother
08. Woke Up This Morning
09. Drinking My Life Away
10. Endless Ride
11. Hang Tight
13. Trying To Pretend That I Give A Shit

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Ramones Reveal Rare ‘She’s the One’ Video

Performance clip promotes punk icons’ new 40th anniversary edition of ‘Road to Ruin’


Ramones unearthed a previously unseen video for their surging love song “She’s the One.”


The punk icons presumably filmed the bare-bones clip during the same 1978 session that yielded their visual for “Don’t Come Close.” Throughout the video, the quartet perform with their trademark manic energy, singer Joey Ramone tilting the microphone forward and guitarist Johnny Ramone thrashing his axe as his bangs flail wildly.


The clip promotes the Ramones’ newly issued 40th anniversary edition of their fourth LP, Road to Ruin, available as a remastered single album and a deluxe three-CD/one-LP box set. The latter package include two different mixes of the record, with unheard rough mixes for every track and a 1979 New York concert recording, housed in a hardcover book featuring rare photos and artwork.


The band have also released expansive 40th anniversary editions of their seminal, 1976 self-titled debut and 1977’s Leave Home and Rocket to Russia.

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Marvel’s Daredevil Season 3 Premiere Date Revealed

Netflix has revealed a new teaser for the highly-anticipated third season of Marvel’s Daredevil revealing the premiere date for the new episodes! Look for the Man without Fear to return on October 19 and check out the new teaser in the player above.


The third season of Marvel’s Daredevil sees the return of Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock/Daredevil. Also returning for the series are Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page, with Elden Henson as Foggy Nelson and Vincent D’Onofrio back as Wilson Fisk, a.k.a. The Kingpin. Newcomers to the series include Wilson Bethel (Hart of Dixie) as an FBI agent and Joanne Whalley (The Borgias, Gossip Girl, Wolf Hall) as Sister Maggie, a.k.a. Daredevil’s mother.


The 30-second teaser released earlier this month highlights the emotional darkness that Murdock is going through following the events of The Defenders, in which he was presumed dead following the implosion of the building sitting on top of the dragon skeleton, while he was actually recovering in an unknown location with a nun watching over him. Whatever has happened to the former lawyer in the time between has clearly taken a toll, as he’s now prepared to remain in the suit forever instead of returning to his old life.


Erik Oleson will be the new showrunner for the series, replacing Douglas Petrie and Marco Ramirez, who were co-showrunners on the second season of the series. Steven DeKnight was the showrunner in the inaugural season.


Marvel’s Daredevil Season 3 will premiere on Netflix in 2018. The third season of Marvel’s Daredevil is Executive Produced by series Oleson and Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods), along with Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory. Marvel’s Daredevil is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios for Netflix.


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