Mike Mazzarone

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Bio: Mike Mazarone graduated from the Connecticut School of Broadcasting in 2011 with a degree in communications, basically relegating him to better then you status (Except for boss Brett Buchanan). Before joining the AlternativeNation staff he was a contributor and producer to Brett Buchanan’s pro wrestling/MMA/comedy radio show – Barbaric Wrestling Radio, from 2006 to 2009. Mazzarone’s job there was to be a contributor and book interviews. After the show ended Buchanan hired Mazzarone right away to be AlternativeNation's head reporter. Contact: MJMazarrone (at) yahoo.com or; mike (at) alternativenation.net

The Foo Fighters have announced that they will be playing a surprise show later this week in Washington D.C. The band announced on Tuesday that they will perform this Friday at The Black Cat in D.C. and that the show will also include a screening of Sonic Highways. Tickets are 20 dollars with an additional 3 dollar service charge and it appears that the group may be doing shows in the city of that particular week’s edition of Sonic Highways. Remaining shows include Seattle, Los Angeles, New York, New Orleans, Austin and Nashville.

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Here is the official post from Foo Fighters’ Facebook:

Foo Fighters Black Cat DC
Friday, Oct. 24th
Tix on sale TONIGHT October 21 at 6:00pm at the Black Cat – 1811 14th Street, NW – Washington, DC.

$20 per ticket – $3 service charge – Cash only. Maximum of 2 tickets per person. You must bring your ID. If you are buying a 2nd ticket you must provide the person’s name as it is stated on their ID. Tickets are 100% non-transferable and non-refundable.

Info
http://bit.ly/FFBLACKCAT

Dave Grohl discussed the series recently with The Pulse of Radio, “This has been two years of my life — and I’m still not done, man. On the break between the last interview and this one, I had to go in there and approve edits on the next episode that we’re working on. My life has been consumed by this thing — which is amazing, and I’m so psyched — but, when it’s done… I’ll probably miss it. But, good God, I can’t wait to get this thing (done).”

Sonic Highways Tracklisting:
01. Something From Nothing
02. The Feast and The Famine
03. Congregation
04. What Did I Do?/God As My Witness
05. Outside
06. In The Clear
07. Subterranean
08. I Am A River

 

Interview conducted by Brett Buchanan and Mike Mazzarone

Kane is most known for being one of WWE’s longest tenured superstars, working for the company for nearly 20 years, and being one of the last active WWE wrestlers from the Attitude Era.  His legendary career has been a diverse one, doing everything from wrestling The Undertaker at WrestleMania, to tombstoning Pete Rose and being one half of ‘Team Hell No’ with Daniel Bryan.  Kane starred in his first film, See No Evil, in 2006, and now 8 years later he is back to reprise his role as Jacob Goodnight in See No Evil 2, set for release on VOD tomorrow, and Blu ray/DVD on Tuesday.

In this interview, Kane discusses his favorite horror characters, the possibility of a Kane origins film, his thoughts on Triple H’s leadership abilities, Daniel Bryan’s injury, a potential match with Sting, and his long list of travel partners over the years.

Who are some of your favorite horror characters and horror films in general, and how have they influenced how you portray Jacob Goodnight?

My favorite movie of all time is Silence of the Lambs. Of course Hannibal Lector I think is the greatest movie monster ever, whereas the other serial killers are just running around killing people, Hannibal is smarter than the rest of us, and that’s what makes him particularly terrifying. Also the first Halloween I thought was really well done, John Carpenter is a brilliant director. I really enjoyed the Nightmare on Elm Street series, because Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger was different, because you have the wisecracking monster.

I don’t know if any of them influenced my character Jacob Goodnight, because Jacob’s a little bit different, he’s like a hybrid. On the one hand he’s the large imposing Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers, type of guy, but on the other hand he’s driven by different motivations than they are. He’s more of a real human being that has emotions, and has internal conflicts, and that sort of stuff. He is a little bit of the Michael Myers and Jason Voorhees physically, but when it comes to the other stuff, I just had to rely on my own.

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How much influence has Vince McMahon had on the See No Evil films, and have you ever discussed movies with Vince, and his vision for WWE films?

Talking about the original See No Evil, because of course that was WWE Studios’ first movie, we talked about that one more than we did this one. Vince has hired Michael Luici, Michael is a veteran in the film industry, and Michael I think has a really great vision for WWE Studios. Basically we do 15 day shoots, and concentrate on the genres that we know we’re going to be successful in, Vince of course is part of that as well. I would say that’s sort of the overall vision of WWE Studios moving forward. We’ve had some really great hits with The Call, the first See No Evil of course was commercially successful, and I’m looking forward to seeing what they’re going to do in the future as well.

What would you envision happening in a Kane origins movie? What backstories that we’ve seen discussed on TV over the years do you think would be shown in a film like that?

That actually would be quite interesting, wouldn’t it? Because the thing that made Kane so unique, and such a great character in WWE, is that he does have a backstory that’s unique to him. He’s a character within sort of the WWE Universe, and he’s a clearly defined character. So yeah, that would be really cool, because you could get into the whole history of what happened with Kane and The Undertaker as kids, so that would be interesting.

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You’ve talked quite a bit about your Libertarian views, endorsing Ron Paul in the last two elections. It was reported a few months ago that you were pursued to run in the Republican Senate primary in Tennessee, do you think you will ever run for office like fellow wrestling personalities Linda McMahon and Jesse Ventura have before you?

I don’t know (laughs). Politics is a very dirty, and rough business, and I don’t know if I’m cut out for it, so I really don’t know. That whole deal was more other people trying to talk me into it, than me wanting to pursue it on my own. But nevertheless, I don’t know in the future what’s going to happen.

Who have you enjoyed working with the most backstage when it comes to developing your character over the years, especially when it’s come to major character changes like the introduction of Kane, to going half masked, going unmasked, Corporate Kane, and so on.

There’s been a lot of people, and that’s one of the great things about WWE, everything’s a collaboration, and everyone has really good ideas, I don’t know if I can pinpoint one person. I think one of the big breaks of course from where I’d been before, was doing the Team Hell No stuff with Daniel Bryan. I really enjoyed that, and really liked working with him for that reason. Then of course The Undertaker has been extremely influential on my career, and helped me out a lot. He’s given me a lot of advice, a lot of the things you see on screen are actually his influences. But really it all boiled down to Vince, Vince is the guy that has the ideas, and puts them into motion, and we’re tasked with carrying it out. But overall I’d have to say that it really is a team effort, everything is.

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As Triple H has taken more of a leadership role in WWE, what have you thought of some of his initiatives like NXT, and did you ever think when you met him nearly 20 years ago that he would someday lead WWE?

He’s done a tremendous job with the Performance Center in Orlando, and with NXT. They have a great product, the guys that are coming out of there are really great. I was just thinking about that the other day, you could always tell there was something special about him. Certainly he knows the wrestling business like no one else, he’s got a fabulous mind. When you’re talking about people I’ve worked with who have influenced me as far as character development, he’s one of them. I don’t know which is more surprising, the fact that he’s in the role that he’s in, or that I’m still here in WWE 20 years later.

What was your and Undertaker’s process when it came to putting your matches together? Kurt Angle recently told us that when he worked with some of his key rivals half of the match would be structured, with the other half being improvised. What are your memories of working with Undertaker?

A lot of it is improvised, because you’ve got two guys who go out there and do it like that. I think that’s the best match actually, because you can gauge the audience, understand what they want, and go forward from there. A lot of it depends on what the venue is, because if it’s TV product, it’s a little different. I’d say that the chemistry between Undertaker and I, we gelled really well, I’d say that’s the most important thing, the fact that we were on the same wavelength regardless of how we were doing a match together.

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Many fans have speculated about a possible Sting/Undertaker match, but how would you feel about having a match and feud with Sting?

(Laughs) That would be a dream come true, because Sting is one of the guy who I looked up to when I was a youngster. The dude was the face of WCW, and before that the NWA, one of the most popular wrestlers in history. That would be pretty awesome, and I think that a Sting vs. Undertaker story would be awesome as well, because you would see the faces of two different companies from the same generation collide.

You’ve been in the WWE for 19 years, can you recall who you have traveled with over the years, and who some of your favorites were?

(Laughs) Yeah I’ve traveled with a lot of different guys. When I first started, I traveled with Barry Horowitz, many folks may not know who Barry is, but at the time they were doing a storyline where Barry finally won a match after not winning one in years. Then I traveled with Zeb Colter for a long time, I owe a lot of my career to him. He got me a break in Puerto Rico when he was booking, and when he came to WWE as Uncle Zeb, we traveled together. Traveled with Al Snow for awhile, from our days in Smoky Mountain Wrestling together as tag team partners. Then for awhile we had this crew, it was myself, D’lo Brown, Mark Henry, and The Rock, in a minivan, or some variation of those 4 guys. I traveled with Mick Foley for awhile, and I’ve also traveled a lot with Goldust.

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You’ve had some unforgettable character moments in WWE history like setting JR on fire, tombstoning Pete Rose, the wedding with Lita and the miscarriage with Snitsky, the Dr. Shelby segment, and many more. Out of your more comedic moments, which ones have been your favorites, and been the most fun?

The anger management stuff with Daniel Bryan, and also the wedding with Lita, although it wasn’t necessarily comedic, it sort of was, I think it was one of those immortal moments.

What were some of your favorite memories from working with Daniel Bryan, and did you know he was having injury issues when you wrestled him at Extreme Rules?

As a tag team, what was great about Daniel was the fact that we had such a contrast, we could do the Yes and No stuff, we could always do different stuff, and it worked. It was just so unique because you had two guys that were polar opposites and we would win matches by actually stepping on each other and doing that sort of stuff. It was really awesome, just some of the non-televised events, we would just go out there and have fun, and it was great.

I didn’t know the extent of his injury going into Extreme Rules, because he had sort of being dealing with that for awhile. He had some less invasive procedures to try to deal with it. It was just unfortunate, because that was the worst possible time that it could have happened for him, and I can’t wait for him to get back and be at full strength again.

Check out our recent interviews with Kurt Angle, Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, Jeff Hardy, Randy Couture, Eric Bischoff, and Hornswoggle in our Sports section.

Also check out our interviews with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Brett Dalton, The Flash’s Rick Cosnett, Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Jonathan Frakes, and Arrow’s John Barrowman in our Film & TV section.

Derek Roy, one of the newest additions to the Nashville Predators roster this season, brings years of experience to the overall younger Nashville roster. Roy is also a very talented musician, and in this exclusive interview with AlternativeNation.net, Roy discusses playing in a band former teammate Ryan Miller, what the Predators have to do to make the playoffs, the rising cost of hockey equipment, and more.  Also check out our recent interviews with Zach Parise, Ryan Miller, Brandon Dubinsky and Drew Stafford.

First, I wanted to get into some music discussion. Back when you were a member of the Buffalo Sabres, you would take part in Ryan Miller’s musically oriented “Catwalk for Charity”. I believe there is a cover of you and Miller performing Pearl Jam’s “Better Man”. Are there any memories from those events that really stand out?

The event was always great, particularly so for Ryan and the organization he had for his cousin (The Steadman Foundation), who had cancer. We all rallied around that as a team and worked as hard as we could to raise money for it. We actually did a little fashion show with music playing during it. Guys were playing instruments, singing, and it was a great moment for those who attended and for us to bond as a team.

We actually used to partake in a band and it would be myself, Ryan, Steve Lindgren, and Tom Askey. We would practice every week, do some gigs around the city, and play quite a bit of Pearl Jam and a wide variety of other musicians. It was always fun to get together as a band, and the rest of the team would come out to watch us play. It was great to do little things like that to bond as a team.

So you would jam with Miller outside of those charity events?

Well, besides the Rochester days, Ryan and I would play together, but not so much when we got to the NHL. I think it’s a lot easier when you’re in the AHL because you play mostly on weekends and we would pick a day a week to play, mostly on Tuesdays. We would put a setlist together and practice in the basement. It was fun for what it was.

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Derek Roy and former teammate Ryan Miller as members of the Buffalo Sabres

A lot of people either are indifferent towards or complain about the current state of rock music. In fact, KISS frontman, Gene Simmons, even recently went so far as to declare rock music “dead”. Are there any new rock acts that you like right now?

I’m a big a fan of Kings of Leon. I also enjoy a lot of classic rock, just a lot of Fleetwood Mac and things like that. I actually try to listen to everything when it comes to music. I’m not into one particular band or genre.

What kind of music do the Predators listen to the locker room and do any share your taste in music?

A lot of guys on the team listen to the music I like. However, at the same time, a lot of them also listen to house music as well. Eric Nystrom, for example, gets on his DJ app and puts together a nice mix for us every game, and it’s always fun with the different genres of music that the guys like. I’m personally not against anything musically and if I hear something, I’ll listen to it.

You have been on four NHL teams in your career, and have played alongside great locker room guys and leaders. Has there been a particular teammate or teammates that have helped shape you as a player and helped take you under their wing?

I learned a lot from Chris Taylor and Chris Drury. I played in the minors with Chris Taylor for the first twenty-something games during my first year, and then the whole lockout season. Chris would help me learn a lot: the powerplay, penalty kill, and all the things you need to learn to be successful. Chris Drury did a lot as well and was a great leader and mentor who taught me a lot, and helped me with faceoffs. Those were two guys that I really looked up to.

Following up on that, the Nashville Predators are a team that is filled with not only youth but with a nice veteran presence that could mentor the likes of a Seth Jones or Fliip Forsberg. Have any of the younger players come to you for any advice or tips?

Yeah, little tips, or if I see something that needs a little bit of tweaking or improvement in their game I’ll go up to them and let them know that if they do such and such a little differently, then their lives will be a whole lot easier, and our team better. We are trying to get better every day, so if I can give my advice to the young guys and help them out, then all the better.Dallas Stars v Nashville Predators

What has the transition been like for you, and how does Peter Laviolette’s style of coaching differ from your precious coaches?

A lot of movement in the offensive zone; a lot of plays where the defense are moving in and we are still trying to get the hang of it. We’re working hard in practice and we like to utilize everybody, the whole space of the ice, and keep it wide and enter with speed. Every day we are learning and trying to get better at little things.

You used to sponsor a minor league hockey team in Clarence Creek, Ontario known as the “Clarence Castors” and would supply the players with sticks.

Yeah, I’m from this little town outside of Ottawa, and we moved there when I was seven years old. I played on the novice team and played pee-wee there. It’s just a small little town with one red light, one flashing red light… it’s not even fully working! It’s fun to give back and go back to your hometown.

Well, I talked to Zach Parise the other day. We were talking about how expensive it’s getting to play hockey and he mentioned that you can’t play hockey, no matter what age, without seemingly spending over a grand on gear. Do you think the rising cost of hockey equipment is a problem?

Well, I know that my parents didn’t make a lot of money, and it was even tough for them to buy equipment when it was wooden sticks… now it’s two hundred dollar ones! So, yeah, it’s a little different now and things are definitely getting more expensive. Skates are around a grand alone, and these hockey parents have to sacrifice all they have to have their kid play hockey, to have them enjoy it and have fun. To me, that’s why hockey parents are the best parents in the world. I appreciate everything that those parents do. When you can make the NHL, then you can give back to communities like that, and it’s a great feeling.

What do you personally see for the Predators this season? While the season has just started, what do you think the Predators have to do to make it back into the playoffs this year?

We need more consistency. I don’t know what exactly happened here in the past, but moving forward, we need to be more consistent, and that means game in and game out and have that chance to win. We need to go into each game knowing that we are going to win, have that confidence and always bring our ‘A’ game. If we do that, then good things will happen.

The Minnesota Wild begin their 2015 season tonight and at the helm of it all is alternative captain, Zach Parise. In this exclusive interview with AlternativeNation.net, Parise discusses the possibly of former teammate Martin Brodeur joining the Wild, Minnesota potentially getting an outdoor game, and what can be done to grow the game of hockey, among other topics. Also check out our recent interviews with Ryan Miller, Brandon Dubinsky and Drew Stafford.

What do you normally listen to while getting ready for a game?

It varies depending on how I’m playing or what kind of mood I’m in. Usually I’ll have a few country songs and a few hard rock songs; nothing too crazy. Sometimes I’ll listen to rap, but it all depends on how the season is going, really.

Who on the Wild has the most questionable taste in music?

Marco Scandella listens to some weird stuff, I’m not even sure what you can even call it, but it’s just weird. You also have Kyle Brodziak, who is completely stuck in the 80’s and listens to a lot of 80’s rock. It’s pretty painful.

Do you have any favorite concert memories?

Oh, a couple. George Strait is one. I saw Kayne West and Jay-Z a couple years ago when I was in New Jersey. It was during the “Watch the Throne” tour and that was unbelievable. I bounce around when it comes to music. I would also love to go and see Garth Brooks.

In my opinion, you can make a comparison with hockey games and rock shows. The intensity, the high energy, the interaction with the crowd. With all of that said, what “barns” (arenas) in the NHL would you say puts on the best presentation and the best tunes?

I always feel like Montreal is up to date on everything they put on and are always good. I was impressed by Colorado last year and think they did a great job during the playoffs with their pre and in-game presentation.

The Minnesota Wild went through a number of changes throughout the offseason, including the big free agent signing of Thomas Vanek. Which of the new additions are you more excited to play with this season?

Vanek is going to be an important part of the Wild powerplay and our top two lines. Thomas is a proven goal scorer, a good playmaker, and I think he will help us out a lot. I actually think Ryan Carter is going to be a huge pick up for us. Very underrated guy. I played with him for a couple of years in New Jersey and he’s the type of guy that you need on your roster. A penalty killer, a hard worker and competitive. I think he’s going to fit in really well on our team.

Which rookies that you have played with, or have seen play during training camp and the preseason have impressed you the most?

To me, it’s no question that it would be [Christian] Folin and [Matt] Dumba. I think everyone is excited to see those guys. We got to see a little bit of Dumba last year, but I think a year of development and seeing what it’s like to be in the league has done wonders for him. You can tell he has more confidence, especially with the way he played in the pre-season. I think everyone is excited to see both of those guys develop.

The Wild are in one of the toughest divisions within the NHL. This is a team that many pundits, fans and others feel can make a legitimate run towards the Stanley Cup this season. How are you going to approach this season, and when you assess this Wild team as a whole, do you think the potential is there to make a lengthy run and bring Minnesota its first Stanley Cup?

I mean, internally we do and I would hope that every team feels that at this time at year that they do. That being said, it’s easy to make predictions here on paper and we know that it won’t be easy. It’s tough. You can’t take a game off in our division with how tough the Western Conference is and you can lose to anybody. We are going to have to be sharp this year.

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Speaking of Stanley Cups, you have prior experience, captaining the New Jersey Devils to their fifth Stanley Cup Final in 2012. Do you feel that experience has changed you as a player and in what way?

I believe that whole playoff run, not necessarily the finals but to go through all of those rounds that year was pretty incredible. We played against our bitter rival in the conference final and beat them in overtime to make it to the Stanley Cup Finals, but to be a part of one of the last two teams remaining was surreal. Once it’s over, you pray and hope that you get back to that stage again and get another chance. It goes by quick and you never know if you’ll ever get there again.

There are a lot of rumors churning about Marty Brodeur being a fit in Minnesota. What would it be like to play in front of your former teammate again, and could you see him potentially fitting on the Wild?

It would certainly be cool for everyone around here to see the best goaltender that ever played join your team and have what I would imagine be his final season. However, it’s going to be hard to shake the image of Brodeur being a New Jersey Devil, and it will be hard to see him on any other team. That being said, I hope our goaltenders stay healthy and we don’t have to cross that bridge.

Minnesota is one of the few hot-bed hockey markets to not get an NHL outdoor game. Do you think the Wild will be playing in a Stadium Series or Winter Classic game in the near future? If so, who would you like to play?

Honestly, to me, outside of Canada, what better spot could there be to have an outdoor game then in Minnesota? I’m shocked that we haven’t had one as of now. As far as the opponent, even though I’m sure it wouldn’t pull the best ratings, I would like to see us against Winnipeg. I think Chicago and Dallas make a lot of sense as well. I just hope we get the chance to have one.

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In a recent interview you criticized the “dump and chase” style of hockey. However, when you were in New Jersey, that was the main style of hockey that Coach Peter DeBoer taught, and still does. Were you, at any time, uncomfortable playing that style of hockey given your recent comments on it?

You’re never uncomfortable, it isn’t ideal and I will always stand by that it is so hard to get the puck. However, there is a time and place for everything. When you have a good gap out there, then you have to dump and chase. You do what you can to get the puck in behind the other team’s defense and ideally you are carrying it in. Sometimes though, you have to dump and chase and you don’t have a choice. The alternative is turning the puck over, and you never want to get into a turnover contest. You get more opportunities carrying the puck in and off of clean entries.

Your contributions to USA hockey are unmatched. What can you recommend to grow the sport further?

Hockey equipment should be cheaper. I think that’s the biggest thing. It’s too expensive to buy gear and play. The biggest fear, in my opinion, is people not being able to play or continuing playing. I get it, you have kids that see the pros play with certain types of sticks and other equipment, and that’s what they want. I was the same way when I was growing up, but the difference is that when I was growing up, those sticks were around $30 and now they’re around $250. You can’t play hockey without seemingly spending over a grand on gear, and it’s terrible.

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Zach Parise as a member of the United States Olympic team.

Seattle is a Mecca for many music fans – however Seattle’s name has been mentioned time and time again regarding the NHL potentially bringing a team there. The same goes with other cities, such as Quebec City and Las Vegas. What are your thoughts on potential expansion in the NHL?

I don’t like the idea of expansion and I think it waters down the league. I don’t like the idea at all. If it were to happen, I think most players wouldn’t mind those spots.

It’s been proposed, and recently rejected by the NHL, that jerseys should contain corporate logos. League officials estimated that this action would have brought in about 120 million dollars in league revenue. What are your thoughts on corporate logos on jerseys?

To me, as long as it isn’t overly “busy” and it doesn’t take attention from the logo on the front, then I’m all for it. Throw a small one on your shoulders and it would be totally fine. However, as a player, this doesn’t really affect me one way or the other!

According to Billboard, British progressive-rock band Muse are back in the studio and have already shared a clip and some photos of the early sessions for their seventh studio album, which you can view below:

While there is no timetable for the release of the album, frontman Matthew Bellamy hopes for it to be due out “Hopefully next Summer”

Tom Morello tweeted about the following about performing with his former Audioslave bandmate Chris Cornell the other night in Seattle:

Barring an All Star Rock and Roll Hall of Fame performance last year, Cornell and Morello had not performed together since Audioslave’s final show in 2006.

The Doctor has had many companions throughout his twelve regenerations. This is my GIF review of each modern companion from series 1 onward of New Who.

NINTH DOCTOR:

Rose Tyler:

Mickey Smith:

Captain Jack Harkness:

Adam Mitchell:

TENTH DOCTOR:

Donna Noble:

Martha Jones:

ELEVENTH DOCTOR:

Amelia Pond and Rory Williams:

River Song/Melony Pond:

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Krist Novoselic and Nirvana’s first drummer, Aaron Burckhard met up in Aberdeen, Washington over the weekend for the unveiling of a new mural in the city, paying tribute to Nirvana. Burckhard was the very first drummer for Nirvana before he got booted for attitude problems and a “sub-par work ethic”, according to SPIN. You can view the photo of the two Nirvana members below:

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Billboard is reporting that Red Frog Events, the founders of the Firefly Music Festival along Goldenvoice, the founders of Coachella are teaming up for a joint partnership. Speaking in an exclusive interview with Billboard, Paul Tollett, the CEO of Goldenvoice along with Red Frog Events founder Joe Reynolds and Greg Bostrom, director of Firefly, spoke of the venture:

“Red Frog will still operate Firefly, because that’s what they’re best at,” Tollett said, “We will assist in any way we can, such as helping access talent, sponsorships, and any tricks that we’ve learned along the way to help a festival get to the next level.”

While details of this new deal are limited, everyone involved believes this partnership will be nothing but positive for all involved parties. Goldenvoice will most likely be investing in Firefly and the festival’s core infrastructure. The Firefly Festival’s lease with Dover International Speedway lasts through 2032 and Paul Tollett made comment on Firefly’s relationship with the speedway grounds saying the following:

“It makes a festival better when you can put some things in that you don’t have to tear up each year. When you’re on a year-to-year basis, you can’t really do anything too excellent on the site, because you never know if you’re coming back.”

The newest season (or series for our British counterparts) of the BBC hit show Doctor Who is in full swing. The franchise is stronger and more popular than ever with Peter Capaldi taking the reigns from Matt Smith as the newest incarnation of the Doctor. However, while all eyes are on the 12th Doctor, it is not Capaldi, Smith or even David Tennant’s version of everyone’s favorite time and space traveling timelord that I will be analyzing. Today I would like to discuss the work of not only my favorite doctor, but the one I feel to be the most underrated in show history. Of course I am talking about the 9th doctor, played by the fantastic character actor Christopher Eccleston. Here are 9 reasons why I think the 9th Doctor is the greatest Doctor of the show’s run.

1. He Re-Introduced The World To Doctor Who

Eccleston played a big role in helping re-introduce millions to the Doctor Who franchise. The show had been off air for a staggering sixteen years, sans a failed revival attempt with a TV movie featuring Paul McGann as the 8th Doctor. When Doctor Who was brought back I was engrossed with not only the direction of the show, but Eccleston as an actor. I personally feel nine doesn’t get as much credit as he should. Perhaps it’s because Christopher decided to leave after one season (series) or because most fan girls didn’t find him as attractive as the likes of David Tennant or Matt Smith, but the fact of the matter is he paved the way for future doctors to come. Without the success of Christopher Eccleston there would be no David Tennant, Matt Smith and especially no Peter Capaldi.

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2. His Depth

9 was unlike any Doctor we have seen before. He was darker, edgier than the Doctors of old. He was a Doctor born out of war. For those unaware with the Doctor Who saga, Eccleston’s Doctor was created out the “Last Great Time War” where the timelords and long-time enemy, the Daleks destroyed one another. Born out of that was a tortured, angry, dark yet witty Doctor that brought more depth to the character then any of the previous incarnations.

3. He Was A Badass

One of my favorite badass nine moments came in the episode Dalek when nine tortures the last Dalek in existence after the Time War out of pure, unfiltered anger. Yes he had his eccentric side but it was subtle and not as blatantly obvious as say, Matt Smith. In the end, nine was a total badass and it showed from his attitude down to the leather jacket he wore.

Speaking of…

4. The Outfit

I mean look at this. Which would you be more afraid of if you were one of the many Cybermen or Daleks.

This…

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Or This…

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Enough said.

5. Rose Tyler

Yes, David Tennant’s doctor was associated with Rose as well but nine was associated with her first and to me the on-screen chemistry between Eccleston and Billie Piper equated to some of the best television I’ve ever seen. She stuck with the Doctor through and through. She humanized and gave warmth to the Doctor. This wonderful, selfless and heroic companion, the first one of the rebooted Who just tells the Doctor the pretty much save the world and she does so along with him without a second thought. The on screen romance between Rose Tyler and the Doctor has often been criticized by Who purists but there is a reason why ratings were always a major success with her around. It made for wonderful television and Billie Piper and Christopher Eccleston just played off each other so fantastically. Both Nine and Ten had the pleasure of being side by side one of the best companions in Who history but it’s Eccleston’s doctor that introduced us to not only Rose Tyler but that on-screen romance. The way he takes Rose’s hand throughout his series was simply fantastic stuff.

6. The Show’s Tone

Perhaps this is more of a nod to former showrunner Russell T Davies but when you compare the episodes (or serials) for the ninth doctor in comparison to a incarnation like, eleven, it’s truly night and day. Ironically I would say the episodes for nine were more light-hearted than the dark, complicated plot of the Matt Smith era which were written by new show front runner Steven Moffat (and still are with new Doctor Peter Capaldi). However that’s what makes the ninth doctor’s run so great, the lighter stories combined with a darker doctor made for an excellent contrast. I mean, the very first episode of new Who had to do with the Autons – which were killer mannequins of all things!  In comparison the darker plots with Matt Smith’s doctor, especially the “God Complex” storyline just came off as silly given how childlike the eleventh Doctor was.


7. The Villains

It also goes back to the first point that he introduced us all to the classic villains such as the Daleks and Autons. Nine’s interaction with the Daleks are also much more darker and convincing:

8. The “Everybody Lives, Just This Once” Speech

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9. He Was Genuine

Even with newer villains created for the reboot like the Slitheen, the ninth Doctor just shines. Especially when not being a dark brooding timelord and instead showing off his more funny side. In fact, I feel like there were more genuine moments with nine then with any other Doctor, with exception to David Tennant. Again, that just goes back to the writing of Davies. He wrote real, emotional characters. Something that current showrunner Steven Moffat doesn’t really do. Moffat isn’t as interested in the backstory of the companions or even really in continuity as his predecessor which in my opinion downgrades the show. The Ninth Doctor was one of the most emotional, brooding, dark, witty and fun to watch incarnations in the show’s history and hands down my favorite within the history of the show. Although Mr. Eccleston was only around for thirteen episodes, there is no denying how fantastic he truly was and the impact he had on the Doctor Who franchise.

Note: Due to a extremely strict no camera/photo policy there are no photos.

I had the great pleasure to attend last night’s Eagles show (September 10th, 2014) at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. First off, fuck the Prudential Center. I have covered shows for a couple years now for AlternativeNation and I haven’t dealt with more mismanagement in all my life. I thought Firefly was bad but this took the cake. The moment we got there it was clear everyone from the security to the ushers were vastly unprepared. Allow me to bullet point the total ineptness of the staff for tonight’s show:

– I was told when I first got there to make my way all the way to the back of the building to the VIP doorway of the Prudential Center by several guards. Following this, I was told “oh no, that isn’t right” and then brought back to the main doorway.

– They told me originally I had photo pit and then I find out moments later that it was soundstage which did me no good because I didn’t bring my extended zoom lens. I didnt think I’d need it

– I had to miss songs by bringing my camera to the car because of a “no camera policy” and couldn’t bring my camera back to my seat

– The main usher had no idea what he was doing decided to eat a pretzel and just told me “straight and right” with no further direction.

Completely unprofessional on the venue’s part and it will be a long time before I visit the Prudential center for anything outside New Jersey Devils games.

What I can say though that the show was absolutely fantastic. The show which was billed as “The History Of The Eagles Tour” was exactly that. A history lesson. I enjoyed watching Don Henley and company give the stories behind the band and behind certain songs throughout the night. It felt as if you were actually learning more and more about the band throughout the night and their set. Like the Crosby, Stills and Nash show I attended this past Summer and unlike the Soundgarden show I recently attended the Eagles actually played more than just their classic hits. The great thing about this show was that they opened up with two lesser known tracks in Saturday Night and a Dillard and Clark cover of Train Leaves Here This Morning. Albeit most songs were of the greatest hits variety it was wonderful to hear obscure tracks.

The Best of My Love was my favorite track of the night. Such a beautiful song and filled with passion. Passion, however, could be used as the word of the night for this performance as each song was intense and energic. Even the slower tracks like “Tequila Sunrise” were sung with such passion and feeling. Even the greatest hits sounded completely fresh with the band putting new spins on classics such as Heartache Tonight”.

We were then treated to a few Joe Walsh solo songs. Joe Walsh is outstanding. The energy he has at sixty-six years of age is out of this world. He has the stage presence of a twenty-something year old. The banter between him and other band members seemed (and probably was) completely genuine, just as genuine as the banter between him and the crowd. He really played up to the crowd tonight and especially being from New Jersey. Several “cheap pops”. The best non-singing moments actually I would say came from Mr. Walsh. Walsh came out wearing a camera on his head like a coal miner and playing around with the crowd while the other memorable moment came in the form of a guitar duel with Glenn Frey.

The band closed out with a beautiful rendition of Desperado. The Eagles are, of course, one of those “bucket lists” acts that everyone who is a fan of rock music should see once. You need to see Desperado and Hotel California performed at least once in your life to really get the feeling on how ageless the Eagles truly are. My sixty-something year old father who went with me to the show said that he wanted to see the Eagles since 1975 and all these years later they put on a show like you would of expected from the 70s. I honestly have to agree. It’s a wonderful thing to see ageless acts like these perform their craft. These are legends we need to not take for granted. To say the people in attendance experienced a true treat tonight would be a complete understatement.

It is being reported that U2 are going to be apart of the launch for the iPhone 6 next week. Noise11 is reporting that it is suspected that the new U2 album will be preloaded onto the new smartphone. It should also be noted that Ebay employee, Stephen Browne, who was near the shoot snapped the following picture and uploaded to his Twitter account.

 

The iPhone 6 is set to be released on September 9th while a new single by U2 is set to debut also on September 9th.

We reached out to Barbra Streisand for a comment regarding the passing of Joan Rivers. Rivers passed today at the age of 81. Here is the comment:

“I first met Joan Molinsky, that was her real  name, when I was 17 years old and we were both in a  off off Broadway show called ‘Driftwood.’  She was a real character then and now.. I am so upset by her passing.  She was too young and had too much to do still.”  – Barbra Streisand