ohGr still waiting for almost $100,000 in funds from PledgeMusic


A lot of artists have chosen to go the indie way, some leave their label and start things up themselves, distribution, production etc. others look for an extra buck by getting outside funding. All fine until your funding solution becomes a true nightmare. And that’s exactly what a lot of bands using PledgeMusic are facing including ohGr.



The electro-industrial band ohGr for instance launched a funding campagn via PledgeMusic in 2017 for its fifth full-length album, “TrickS”. Via the service Nivek Ogre wanted to cover recording costs and this by offering exclusive updates an direct pre-sales of the album. 8 months after ohGr’s campaign ended, the band is still waiting for PledgeMusic to pay almost $100,000 in funds. Funds it needs to pay for production of merchandise its fans have already purchased. As a result the only thing that has been available was a digital version of the album on July 18 2018, not really great when you also started a tour without being able to offer the actual album for sale.


ohGr is in the meantime also trying to explain the situation to its funders as you can see below.


As it seems many other bands also face a similar experience. Billboard contact the company who said this: “We accept responsibility for the fact that we have been late on payments over the past year. PledgeMusic is working tirelessly on this issue, and we are asking our community for their continued support and patience.” The problem with PledgeMusic is actually that it invested the funds gathered by band’s back into the company instead of using seperate funds for this. A clear breach of trust as PledgeMusic’s terms and conditions clearly stipulate that funds collected by PledgeMusic for a campaign “will be held on account for the Artist.”


PledgeMusic also released a full statement:


PledgeMusic has always been committed to serving artist and fan communities. It was established by artists and was born of a need to change the way in which the traditional music industry operated. It was designed to help artists and their teams at every level, and we believe that PledgeMusic has become an essential part of the evolving landscape of the music industry.


That said, we deeply regret that recently we have not lived up to the high standards to which PledgeMusic has always held itself. We acknowledge that many artists have and continue to experience payment delays. These delays to artists are unacceptable–not only to them, but to us.


Since its beginning, PledgeMusic has successfully serviced over 45K artists from emerging acts to some of the biggest names in the industry. We’ve supported 60 Grammy-nominated artists and helped springboard 100s of unsigned bands to successful careers. Our efforts have assisted over 375 artists with chart position on the Billboard Top 200. Our platform has provided close to $100m of revenue to its artist community.


Mid 2017, new investors came into PledgeMusic with the goal of strengthening the company and improving the value proposition for artists and fans. After substantial investments in the business over the past 18 months, we believe we have made good progress to that end, but it hasn’t been enough. That said, the company has cut its operating expenses nearly in half over the past year. We’ve overhauled key parts of our financial and operating systems, while adding talent to our roster and making enhancements to the platform like our Vinyl Store, D2C artist store-fronting and our data analytics.


While the company has made progress, we still haven’t reached our goals. PledgeMusic has been in discussions with several strategic players in the industry who have interest in the PledgeMusic platform. We are evaluating a number of transactions with those potential partners, and we plan to announce details of this in the next 60 days. It is our expectation that payments will be brought current within the next 90 days.


We accept responsibility for the fact that we have been late on payments over the past year. PledgeMusic is working tirelessly on this issue, and we are asking our community for their continued support and patience.


A story which is to be continued…



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Flashback: Sid Vicious Blows an Audience Away Singing ‘My Way’

The bassist, who died 40 years ago Saturday, dominated ‘The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle’ with his explosive Sinatra cover


SOURCE: Rolling Stone


The strings swirl, Sid Vicious descends a staircase and begins doing his best Chairman of the Board impression (even if it sounds a bit more like Dracula than Sinatra), and then everything implodes in his cover version of “My Way.” The bassist gave the song a punk-rock makeover for his star turn in The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle shortly before his death in 1979. When people finally saw it, upon the film’s release in May 1980, it became one of Vicious’ iconic moments — mostly because, as he sings, he did it his way.


Paul Anka wrote “My Way” in 1968 using the music to a French pop hit by Claude François, “Comme d’habitude,” and coming up with lyrics that he felt suited to its intended singer. “I said, ‘If Frank were writing this, what would he say?’” Anka recalled in a 2007 interview with England’s The Telegraph. “I used words I would never use: ‘I ate it up and spit it out,’ but that’s the way he talked. … I called Frank up in Nevada — he was at Caesar’s Palace — and said, ‘I’ve got something real special for you.’” The song made it to Number 27 on the Hot 100 in 1969 and became one of Sinatra’s signature songs.


Vicious made “My Way” his when he recorded it in England in 1978. In the same way that the original was tailor-made to fit Frank Sinatra, Vicious liberally rewrote the lyrics for himself using words like “cunt,” “queer” and references to his recreational activities like, “When there was doubt, I shot it up or kicked it out.” Around the time he recorded the song, he also shot his now-iconic scene in the movie, which ends with him blowing the audience away with (of course) a pistol.


“I really like the bit where Sid shoots the audience, especially singing ‘My Way,’” the film’s director, Julien Temple, said in a 1979 NME interview. “It’s a very good example of the Sex Pistols’ attitude. Especially given Sid’s character as a kind of social actor, or whatever he was, with the annihilation of that song. To me it is tremendous. All the egotism and the individualism and the hypocrisy involved in that song and the audience lapping it up and getting shot to pieces is just wonderful to me.”


Vicious moved to New York City with girlfriend Nancy Spungen that August. Spungen died in October 1978 of a stabbing, and Vicious was arrested as the prime suspect. He was released on bail and four months later he died of a heroin overdose on February 2nd.


When Rolling Stone reviewed the Swindle album in 1979, it described the song as “buffoonish but now gruesomely ironic,” given that Vicious was already dead. The single eventually made it up to Number Seven on the U.K. chart. In addition to becoming the most memorable part of the Swindle movie, Vicious’ recording later perfectly capped off Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas.


One person who was not amused by the cover, though, was Anka. He told the Telegraph, he was “somewhat destabilized by the Sex Pistols version. It was kind of curious, but I felt he was sincere about it.”

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Chicago’s Little Saigon’s 2019 Argyle Lunar New Year Celebration

Lunar New YEar

The annual Argyle Lunar New Year Parade is a decades-old Uptown tradition celebrating the start of the new Lunar Year. We hope you’ll join us as we kick off the Year of the Pig with music, colorful lion dances, entertainment, and more! Come along with a processional of local groups and floats starting near the Argyle “L” stop. Join Alderman Harry Osterman, Uptown United, and the Argyle business community for this special event!


Argyle Lunar New Year Celebration

Date: February 9, 2019
Parade: 1:00 PM (starts at Argyle & Winthrop)
Program: 1:45 PM (at Argyle & Winthrop)
Route: Parade will kick-off at Argyle & Winthrop promptly at 1:00 PM and will head east along Argyle St., south along Sheridan Rd., west along Ainslie St., and north along Broadway to Argyle St.




Latin School of Chicago
4956 N. Sheridan – corner of Sheridan and Argyle


The Latin School Community Space welcomes you to drop in for a fun-filled day of art workshops and family-friendly Lunar New Year fun.

Chicago Public Library – Bezazian Branch
1226 W Ainslie (near intersection of Broadway/Ainslie)

12:00 – 12:45pm

Year of the Pig story time and crafts!



Celebrate the 12th sign of the Chinese zodiac, the pig, with a $12 value coupon from ParqEx. $4 off your next three transactions. Check out the ParqEx spot listings at 5051 N Broadway for your Uptown parking needs! This coupon is only available a short time, so act quick by clicking the link: bit.ly/PigParkingUptown




Volunteers needed! The 48th Ward and Uptown United are looking for volunteer parade marshals for the parade. If you are interested in supporting this effort, please email PC Gooden-Smiley at pc@48thward.org.





A special thank you to the 20th Police District and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events!

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AC/DC’s Legend Bon Scott’s Letter Fetches Big Dollars At Auction


A letter that was written by late AC/DC singer Bon Scott in 1978 sold for $9,831.25 by Nate D. Sanders Auctions on Thursday night, January 31st.


Bon wrote the letter to his younger sister/or girlfriend Valerie (the auction house says in the post-sale announcement that it was his girlfriend, but earlier in the week said it was to his younger sister) from a Hilton in Pittsburg in August of 1978 while the band was on their Powerage tour.


Here is what it said, ”Hi Valerie, Well as you can see Bon’s in Down Town Pitsburgh [sic] today. I’ve just come over from the west coast where I spent a couple of days in L.A. doing Midnight Special. I went to see Doug’s new band the other night playing a place called La Cantino El Paso which is down Long Beach & boy he had me in stitches. He’s playing really well & singing like a bird. Don’t know if he told you but I rang him a few weeks ago to see if he would fill in for Phillip for a while as Phil had a bit of a nervous breakdown & had to spend a lot of time with a shrink. It was really bad but luckily he got over it quickly enough not to upset the band. We had to treat him with kid gloves for a bit but he’s ok now. It’s a pity, but I won’t be down your way for at least two or three months. The rest of this stage of the tour is around Pensylvania [sic] & N.Y. state but being out of sight don’t mean out of mind. I know I’m pretty slack when it comes to letters & phone calls but I’m always travelling or drunk or hungover or…or…today I’m shaking so much I can hardly write but I have been meaning to write you for weeks so today I’m doing it. I had to stop making phone calls when I got too much in the red with the money situation. I’m already about $130 into this weeks wages but about two weeks ago I owed the band about $70 on pay day & that’s crazy. But being crazy is about the only way to keep my sanity if you know what I mean. We’ve worked so much since I saw you last that it’s all one hell of a blur. Must have been across the country & up & down it a million times & I’m beggining [sic] to feel & look just a little haggard. I’d love to check myself in to a sanitarium for a month but after this tour it’s straight to Europe & England for a month & then back here for the winter-end of the year so the next time you see me it might be in a geriatric ward. My hair looks like a busby but I’m just going to let it go on growing & be a hippy again for a while. I know I’m making it sound that life’s hard at the moment but I’m not complaining cause there’s always good times & we’re selling lots of records & making people happy so it can’t be all that bad. I’m going to go home to Mums at the end of the year & spend a month on the beach before tearing into it all again. Oh we finished our live album a few weeks ago in New York. I had to re-record about five concerts cause the vocals were not as good sound wise as the[y] had to be from all the michrophone [sic] spill from the guitars & things. I was allright (ahem) it sounds great & it’ll look good hanging on the Xmas trees. I don’t know when it’ll be out but I’ll try & get you a special copy. They might put some out in red vinyl although I prefer them in platinum myself. Gotta go baby. I just got the half hour call & I have to phone New York. I’d love to hear from you before I leave the States. Say hi to the family for me…& how was Mum…Tell her hello from The Bon. / Love you Valerie / Bon X.”

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JOHN 5 AND THE CREATURES Reveal New Music Video for Two-Part Track “Crank It – Living With Ghosts”

Upcoming North American Tour to Feature VERY SPECIAL GUESTS to Be Announced Soon!

New Full-Length Album, Invasion, Coming 2019

JOHN 5 and The Creatures – comprised of world-renowned guitarist JOHN 5, bassist Ian Ross and drummer Logan Miles Nix – have launched another music video from their forthcoming full-length album, Invasion, for a two-part track entitled “Crank It – Living With Ghosts”. The trippy video for this mind-boggling, hypnotic jam begins as a fluorescent, glow-in-the-dark extravaganza, transitioning with the music to something altogether more sinister.


The video for “Crank It – Living With Ghosts” is directed by Israel Perez and features costumes and masks made by Forgotten Saints LA and Scott Blake’s Yordreem Creations. The video was produced by Nicole Hatley, with art direction by Cody Varona.


JOHN 5 says about the video: “This video begins with total acid-trip rave party for “Crank It”, and the second portion of the song, “Living With Ghosts”, is the come down. This video depicts all of the things you secretly want when you go to a party – craziness, indulgence. It’s full of everything you could want – guitars, tits and monsters!”

The launch of “Crank It – Living With Ghosts” closely follows the release of the first single cut from Invasion, entitled “Zoinks!” The full video – featuring an innovative blend of classic 2D hand drawn animation, 3D computer generated imagery and a live action performance – can be viewed here above.


Just like 2017’s Season of the Witch, Invasion – produced and mixed by Barry Pointer and scheduled for release during the summer of 2019 – will be entirely released via a series of music videos. With “Zoinks!” and “Crank It – Living With Ghosts” now out in the wild, JOHN 5 plans to reveal his next music video for “I Am John 5” (an official sequel to “Zoinks!”) on March 1. Details on further music videos are coming soon.


JOHN 5 and The Creatures will kick off their North American Invasion Tour on February 26 in Mesa, AZ. Select dates of the tour – specifically the shows in Mesa, AZ, Hollywood, CA, Anaheim, CA and Sacramento, CA – will feature very special, high-caliber mystery guests to be announced very soon!


The tour will feature support from blues-rock guitarist Jared James Nichols. Tickets and VIP packages are available now via www.john-5.com/store.


JOHN 5 and The Creatures Invasion tour dates:

2/26 – Mesa, AZ @ Club Red
2/28 – Albuquerque, MN @ Launch Pad
3/1 – Lubbock, TX @ Jake’s
3/2 – San Antonio, TX @ Rock Box
3/3 – Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
3/5 – Austin, TX @ Come and Take It Live
3/6 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
3/7 – Oklahoma City, OK @ 89th Street
3/9 – Indianapolis, IN @ HiFi
3/10 – Akron, OH @ Empire Concert Club
3/12 – Sellersville, PA @ Sellersville Theater
3/13 – New York, NY @ Iridium
3/14 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Loft at The Chance
3/15 – Teaneck, NJ @ Debonair Music Hall
3/16 – Hampton Beach, NH @ Wally’s
3/17 – Lebanon, NH @ Lebanon Opera House
3/18 – New Bedford, MA @ Vault at Greasy Luck
3/20 – Quebec City, QC @ L’Anti Bar & Spectacles
3/21 – Montreal, QC @ Piranha Bar
3/22 – Ottawa, ON @ The Brass Monkey
3/23 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace
3/24 – London, ON @ Rum Runners
3/26 – Thunder Bay, ON @ Crocks
3/27 – Winnipeg, MB @ Pyramid Cabaret
3/28 – Regina, SK @ The Exchange
3/29 – Calgary, AB @ Dickens Pub
3/30 – Edmonton, AB @ The Starlite Room
3/31 – Vancouver, BC @The Rickshaw Theatre
4/2 – Seattle, WA @ Crocodile Cafe
4/3 – Portland, OR @ Star Theater
4/4 – Redding, CA @ The Dip
4/5 – Sacramento, CA @ Holy Diver
4/6 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Whisky
4/7 – Anaheim, CA @ The Parish @ Huose of Blues
4/11 – Las Vegas, NV @ Count’s Vamp’d
4/14 – San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick

About JOHN 5:
JOHN 5 has worked with a varied range of artists, performing as guitarist for some of the biggest headlining rock bands in the world such as Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson, as well as playing session with Paul Stanley, Rod Stewart, Lynyrd Skynyrd and more. Slash has called JOHN 5, “one of the most mind-blowing guitarists around” and Rob Zombie has dubbed him “a fucking shredder”. JOHN 5 has released seven solo albums to date, as well as a remix album, and has written music for the likes of Avril Lavigne, Garbage, Ricky Martin and others.


JOHN 5 and The Creatures is:

JOHN 5 – guitars
Ian Ross – bass
Logan Miles Nix – drums

JOHN 5 online:


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