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Michael Jackson’s Pepsi Commercial Nightmare

On this day in 1984, Michael Jackson received scalp surgery three months after his hair had caught fire during a Pepsi Cola commercial.

It was the accident that shocked the world: here was the world’s biggest superstar, fresh off the success of the Thriller album, being rushed to hospital with severe injuries.

Here’s what happened:

Jackson and other members of his family were hard at work, filming a pseudo-performance at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium in front of 3,000 fans for the TV spot. They were paid $5 million for their involvement, an unprecedented celebrity endorsement at the time.

A pyrotechnic explosion went off a bit early and accidentally set Michael’s hair on fire while he was performing a dance routine. It took him a second to even realize something was wrong: the filming of the sixth take continued, and Jackson danced onward for ten more seconds, until he realized what had happened. He spun around, tried to take off his jacket, and a crew of people rushed towards him.


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25 Years Ago: Pearl Jam Appears On Saturday Night Live

Pearl Jam‘s first of three Saturday Night Live appearances happened 25 years ago today!

The episode was hosted by Sharon Stone, still riding high on the success of Basic Instinct.

The band was to run through two of its songs from debut album Ten, which was still a month away from cracking the top ten after being released in August 1991. First single “Alive” and “Porch” was the introduction to Pearl Jam for many television-watching Americans that fateful night.

Rehearsal footage from the run through of “Alive” shows the band in fine form:

The final live performance proves to amp up the energy, delivering a blistering rendition of the now iconic ’90s song:


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Wait… How Old? 25 Classic Albums By Young Artists

When it comes to young artists releasing incredibly successful albums, the King of Rock ‘N Roll was just finishing his teen years.

It was July 1954; Elvis Presley was at Sun Studios in Memphis recording a five year old country hit. He was nineteen years old.

The song was included on Elvis’s debut album that came out on 23 March 1956. Elvis, like practically every other popular music artists of the rock and roll era, probably gave little thought to his longterm career. In fact, he would have maybe been a little surprised if he could have known that he would still be playing concerts two decades later.

Tragically Elvis was to die in 1977, even on the day of his passing he was due to fly out of Memphis for a gig; Elvis Presley was 42 years old.

Today we accept it as common place that stars from the last 50 or so years are still touring and still making records. The late, great, B.B. King only stopped touring shortly before he passed away at 89 years old and the list of septuagenarian rock stars is led by the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Bob Dylan, Roger Daltrey, The Beach Boys and soon Pete Townshend, Eric Clapton and a string of other artists will join this elite band of brothers. Like Elvis few would have thought they would still be doing what they do best all those years later.

Many of these singers and bands are still performing tracks from albums they recorded 40 or 50 years ago and we thought it would be interesting to cast your minds back, with a little help from us, as to just how young many of them were when they made career defining records, classic albums and some of the greatest music of the modern era.

These are the ages that the young artists were when they began recording the album. What classic albums do you really like in which the protagonists are young?

Pete Townshend 23, Roger Daltrey 24 Keith Moon 22 and John Entwistle 23 Tommy Axel Rose 24, Slash 21, Izzy Stradlin 24, Duff McKagan 23, and Steven Adler 22 Appetite-For-Destruction (more…)

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Remembering Kurt Cobain: 10 Nirvana Facts

Kurt Cobain of Nirvana passed away 23 years ago today.

Cobain, alongside bandmates Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, took the music world by storm as Nirvana. The group’s three studio albums, live releases and more have sold over 75 million copies worldwide, with 25 million of those in the United States alone.

Kurt’s body wasn’t found until April 8 when an electrician came to the house to install a security system and spotted the body. There was a gunshot to the head that was ruled a suicide.

To honour the late rock star, we’ve compiled ten facts about Nirvana you might not have know about the band:

10. The baby on the cover of Nevermind was almost a girl

The band’s record label insisted on a certain, um… appendage making the artwork.

9. Kiss appears on the back cover of Nevermind

…In doll form. Kurt was a big fan of the band growing up.


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What Happened To…? One-Hit Wonder Norman Greenbaum

Remember Norman Greenbaum?

The now 74-year-old singer is responsible for the 1969 hit “Spirit In The Sky.”

Greenbaum got his start playing in high school bands and studying music at Boston University. He dropped out, and moved to Los Angeles in 1965.

It was when he released “Spirit in the Sky” four years later that Norman Greenbaum caught a break: the instantly recognizable electric guitar, coupled with the hand claps and uplifting lyrics, make this an anthemic song as the ’60s turned into the ’70s. It eventually sold 2 million copies and received a gold disc from the RIAA.

Although his name is almost always associated with this single, he landed another hit under the name Dr. West’s Medicine Show and Junk Band–remember the novelty hit “The Eggplant That Ate Chicago”?


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