Over the weekend, the Colombian rock star took his Grammy-winning Live album, "Juanes: MTV Unplugged," to New York City’s historic Radio City Music Hall. During a media event before the concert, the singer spoke with HuffPost and other outlets about the pleasant surprises of this U.S. tour and his plans for after his final performance in Tampa, Fla. on June 30.
“The tour has been great, we’ve been to 20 cities, and personally I feel like I’m in the best moment of my life on stage,” Juanes told HuffPost after finishing his soundcheck and a "Meet and Greet" with dozens of fans. “Singing and playing guitar and just being on stage is something I treasure very much, a lot more than before.”
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"It seemed like the right thing to do," he said in a recent interview. "I wanted to be better, get better and it's just helped me. ... (My voice teacher) knows what my ambitions are and he knows there's a certain style and something I've already got going on. We're just trying to fine-tune a few things."
The 31-year-old added that he's "not trying to be an opera singer or anything."
Dressed in a leather motorcycle jacket, with close-cropped hair, the rock singer embodies the stage presence of an old-time crooner along the lines of Frank Sinatra or Tony Bennett. And while Flowers lists both icons as major influences, glam rocker David Bowie sits at the top of the heap.
The Dmb member is now bringing that same passion to his first big screen project, "Faces in the Mirror," an emotional movie set to music recorded before any film was shot that tells the story of a man returning home to attend his negligent father's funeral. Tinsley conceived the film, which premieres live on Aug. 30 at SnagFilms.com, and served as music producer, executive producer and performer, and he even makes a cameo appearance.
Tinsley somehow found time between his many roles with the film and touring with Dmb this summer to tell us about the making of his unconventional first film, seeing "magic" happen in the recording studio and Dmb's influences on his creative process.
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The Killers revealed the trailer for their fall 2012 release Battle Born on their Vevo page today (June 7) and the sound is, well, very much like most other Killers albums. Things kick off with some ambient sounds that evolve into a heavy synth line, which itself builds to a crescendo before introducing some drums. Sounds about right.
Visually, the clip opens on a sunset before seguing to a campfire intercut with a montage of shots of the band and flashes to the album title being spelled out letter by letter.
NME reports that track titles confirmed for Battle Born include "Heart Of A Girl," "Flesh And Bone," "Carry Me Home" and "Runaways." The band is again working with producer Stuart Price, who previously worked with the band on their last effort, 2008's Day & Age, and
Captain Kirk Douglas of The Roots accompanied Matthews during the performance. "Mercy" is the first track confirmed to be on the new Dave Matthews Band album due out later this year.
Producer Steve Lillywhite tweeted after the performance, saying it's "not just acoustic on the album" and "it is not quiet on the album!"
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30 Seconds to Mars
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Last we heard from 30 Seconds to Mars, the band was battling rumors about a potential break while celebrating a record-setting December live show in New York.
But after a few months of radio silence, not only are 30Stm not taking time off, they're forging ahead with their fourth album. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, singer Jared Leto said the group's "excitedly working in the studio."
In fact, Leto said he's been quietly toiling away writing and recording "constantly" as he crafts the band's future. He's clearly been busy, as the singer revealed that he's written 50 songs and is finalizing a list of producers for the as-yet-untitled effort, including M83's Morgan Kibby.
"She came by and was playing some synths and doing some programming,
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