Last night, ABC aired the American Music Awards live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. The best part of the show might be that there were performances shown than awards presented. If you don’t like pop music, you probably hated the show and didn’t watch. Regardless, check out videos of every performance below.
Somewhere between Philadelphia and New York on the New Jersey Turnpike you will find the home of Dive, Philadelphia’s newest alternative rock outfit. Dive is no stranger to the Southern Jersey/Philadelphia music scene and has played just about every venue in the area since forming in 2004. In 2007 Dive self-released The Truth About Us which was produced by David Bendeth (Paramore, Breaking Benjamin). On May 11th Picture Perfect was released by Phase One/MadRock which features the single “Last Call Romance.”
Since releasing their debut Dive has had a steady stream of success. In 2009 Dive went to legendary 4th St. Recording Studios in Santa Monica, CA to record Picture Perfect with help from the infamous producer Jim Wirt (Incubus, No Doubt, Jack’s Mannequin). Dive’s sound is driven alternative Rock ‘n Roll that hits you with a fury of tight rhythms and distorted guitars from beginning to end that is similar to Three Days Grace, Hoobastank, & Fuel.
Dive consists of Jonny Sitar (Vocals), Evan Canova and Jeff Moczydlowski (Guitars), Mike Morgan (Bass), and Zhach Kelsch (Drums). Dive has such a loyal fan base that Philadelphia’s 93.3 WMMR booked them to play with Stone Temple Pilots, Alice In Chains, Three Days Grace, Fuel, and Skillet for their annual WMMR*B*Q. WMMR has supported the band since releasing The Truth About Us in 2007, and even premiered “Last Call Romance” in April. Dive recently won their idol Bon Jovi’s Wanted: A SuperBAND Tonight! Competition on Ourstage and opened up for Bon Jovi at the highly anticipated show at the new Meadowland Stadium. If Dive can continue to impress their loyal fans, and continue to gain more fans Bon Jovi better watch out!
With your help, Sugar Red Drive could open for Bon JoviÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s The Circle Tour later this spring! If Sugar Red Drive wins, they will earn a 20 minute opening slot for Bon Jovi on one of his upcoming tour stops. Fans can join www.ourstage.com and vote for Sugar Red Drive until April 30th.
Pick up your copy of Sugar Red DriveÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Self-titled album in stores & on iTunes now, and head to their MySpace for any additional info.
Missed The Grammys last night? It’s ok. It was pretty lame, we made some funny comments about it on our Twitter @theaudioperv and we have videos of all the performances. If you liked them, download the original songs on iTunes or Amazon MP3 by clicking on the right. Enjoy the videos.
Lady Gaga opened the Grammys performing “Poker Face” and “Speechless” with Elton John. Check it out below:
Green Day with the American Idiot Musical cast performed “21 Guns”
Beyonce performed “If I Were A Boy” and covered Alanis Morissette’s “You Oughta Know”
Lady Antebellum performed “Need You Now”
Black Eyed Peas performed “Imma Be” and “I Gotta Feeling”
Zac Brown Band w/Leon Russell performed “America The Beautiful” and “Chicken Fried”
Jamie Foxx, T-Pain, Slash, Doug E. Fresh performed “Blame It (On The Alcohol)”
Maxwell with Roberta Flack performed “Pretty Wings” and “Where Is Love”
Taylor Swift performed “Today Was A Fairytale”, “You Belong With Me” and “Rhiannon” (w/Stevie Nicks)
Michael Jackson Tribute with Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson, Smokey Robinson, Carrie Underwood, Usher and Michael Jackson’s children.
Bon Jovi performed “We Weren’t Born To Follow”, “Who Says You Can’t Go Home”(w/Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles) and “Livin On A Prayer”
Jeff Beck w/Imelda May pay tribute to Les Paul
Andrea Bocelli with Mary J. Blige performed “Bridge Over Troubled Water”
Dave Matthews Band performed “You and Me”
Drake, Lil Wayne, Eminem and Blink 182′s Travis Barker on drums performed a medley of “Forever” and “Drop The World”
It’s been over a week since we wrote about Slash. Not because there hasn’t been Slash news. In fact, The Perv is a little sick of Slash. That’s why we didn’t talk about him at Sam Ash this week. So McFarlane Toys has made an action figure of Slash that looks like him in Guitar Hero 3. It comes out in February and has 15 movable parts. This makes me long for the days of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.. sigh.
In other Slash news, he talked to Rolling Stone about finding a replacement for Scott Weiland in Velvet Revolver. Slash mentions how the initial concept for the band was to be heavy but they ended up going on a different turn (umm because it sold more records, duh) and that they wouldn’t make the same mistake this time. Slash also said that his infamous Les Paul that he used on several Guns N Roses videos/tours was stolen in 1998 and Gibson made him a brand new one, exact to the specs of his previous one.
Old Fries is a new weekly feature that we’ll be running here at The Audio Perv where we’ll list news with a note or two that we were too lazy/disinterested to cover during the week. There will be some cool finds here so make sure to stop by.