World Pasta Day

World Pasta Day is celebrated annually on 25 October The aims of World Pasta Day are to maximize promotion of this, healthy, nutritious, accessible and sustainable food, a pillar of the Mediterranean Diet, recognized as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. During World Pasta Day many promotional initiatives and parallel events are held throughout the world. 2018 marks the 20th Anniversary of WORLD PASTA DAY. The event was founded in 1998 by the International Pasta Organisation.

Pasta is a staple food of traditional Italian cuisine, with the first reference dating to 1154 in Sicily. The word Pasta is Also commonly used to refer to the variety dishes made with it, pasta is typically made from an unleavened dough of a durum wheat flour mixed with water or eggs, and formed into sheets or various shapes, then cooked by boiling or baking. Some pastas can be made using rice flour in place of wheat flour to yield a different taste and texture, or for those who need to avoid products containing gluten.

Pastas may be divided into two broad categories: dried (pasta secca) and fresh (pasta fresca). Most dried pasta is produced commercially via an extrusion process, although it can be produced in the home. Fresh pasta is traditionally produced by hand, sometimes with the aid of simple machines. Fresh pastas available in grocery stores are produced commercially by large-scale machines.

Both dried and fresh pastas come in a number of shapes and varieties, with 310 specific forms known by over 1300 documented names. In Italy, the names of specific pasta shapes or types often vary by locale. For example, the pasta form cavatelli is known by 28 different names depending upon the town and region. Common forms of pasta include long and short shapes, tubes, flat shapes or sheets, miniature shapes for soup, those meant to be filled or stuffed, and specialty or decorative shapes.

As a category in Italian cuisine, both fresh and dried pastas are classically used in one of three kinds of prepared dishes: as pasta asciutta (or pastasciutta), cooked pasta is plated and served with a complementary side sauce or condiment; a second classification of pasta dishes is pasta in brodo, in which the pasta is part of a soup-type dish. A third category is pasta al forno, in which the pasta is incorporated into a dish that is subsequently baked in the oven. Pasta dishes are generally simple, but individual dishes vary in preparation. Some pasta dishes are served as a small first course or for light lunches, such as pasta salads. Other dishes may be portioned larger and used for dinner. Pasta sauces similarly may vary in taste, color and texture. In terms of nutrition, cooked plain pasta is 31% carbohydrates (mostly starch), 6% protein, and low in fat, with moderate amounts of manganese, but pasta generally has low micronutrient content. Pasta may be enriched or fortified, or made from whole grains.

The history pf pasta can be traced back to the 1st century AD writings of Horace, who described lagana (singular: laganum) as fine sheets of fried dough which were an everyday foodstuff.  Writing in the 2nd century Athenaeus of Naucratis provides a recipe for lagana which he attributes to the 1st century Chrysippus of Tyana: sheets of dough made of wheat flour and the juice of crushed lettuce, then flavoured with spices and deep-fried in oil. An early 5th century cookbook describes a dish called lagana that consisted of layers of dough with meat stuffing, an ancestor of modern-day lasagna. However, the method of cooking these sheets of dough does not correspond to our modern definition of either a fresh or dry pasta product, which only had similar basic ingredients and perhaps the shape. The first concrete information concerning pasta products in Italy dates from the 13th or 14th century. 2nd century AD Greek physician Galen mentions itrion, homogeneous compounds made of flour and water. The Jerusalem Talmud records that itrium, a kind of boiled dough, was common in Palestine from the 3rd to 5th centuries AD. A dictionary compiled by the 9th century Arab physician and lexicographer Isho bar Ali defines itriyya, the Arabic cognate, as string-like shapes made of semolina and dried before cooking. The geographical text of Muhammad al-Idrisi, compiled for the Norman King of Sicily Roger II in 1154 mentions itriyya manufactured and exported from Norman Sicily.

In North Africa, a food similar to pasta, known as couscous, has been eaten for centuries. However, it lacks the distinguishing malleable nature of pasta, couscous being more akin to droplets of dough. At first, dry pasta was a luxury item in Italy because of high labor costs; durum wheat semolina had to be kneaded for a long time. There is a legend of Marco Polo importing pasta from China which originated with the Macaroni Journal, published by an association of food industries with the goal of promoting pasta in the United States. Rustichello da Pisa writes in his Travels that Marco Polo described a food similar to “lagana”. Jeffrey Steingarten asserts that Arabs introduced pasta in the Emirate of Sicily in the ninth century, mentioning also that traces of pasta have been found in ancient Greece and that Jane Grigson believed the Marco Polo story to have originated in the 1920s or 30s in an advertisement for a Canadian spaghetti company. In Greek mythology, it is believed that the god Hephaestus invented a device that made strings of dough. This was the earliest reference to a pasta maker. In the 14th and 15th centuries, dried pasta became popular for its easy storage. This allowed people to store pasta on ships when exploring the New World. A century later, pasta was present around the globe during the voyages of discovery. The invention of the first tomato sauces dates from the late 18th century: the first written record of pasta with tomato sauce can be found in the 1790 cookbook L’Apicio Moderno by Roman chef Francesco Leonardi. Before tomato sauce was introduced, pasta was eaten dry with the fingers; the liquid sauce demanded the use of a fork.

The first World Pasta Day was held in Naples in 1998. Since then, this event has been held every year, moving to Genoa (1999), Rome (2000, 2001 and 2002), Naples (2003), New York (2004), Barcelona (2005), Rome (2006), Mexico City (2007), Istanbul (2008), New York (2009), Rio de Janeiro (2010), Rome (2011), Mexico City (2012), Istanbul (2013), Buenos Aires (2014) and then again, this time to Milan (25-27 October 2015) at EXPO 2015. In 2016 it was held in Moscow and São Paulo hosted the event in 2017. The 20th World Pasta Day is organized by the International Past Organisation and AIDEPI (Italy) in Dubai, with the support of ITA (Italian Trade Agency).

During World Pasta Day The scientific, economic, technological, cultural and gastronomic aspects linked to pasta are discussed in front of an international audience made up of pasta makers and supply chain operators, representatives from the economic sector, academics, institutions and media, to reaffirm the truth about pasta starting from its roots and outlining its path between past, present and future.

International Artist Day

International Artist Day takes place annually on 25 October. International Artist Day was founded by Chris MacClure, a Canadian artist who specializes in the style known as ‘Romantic Realism’. His paintings were a way to bring out his own “Romantic Realist” views on life, and have served to make him one of Canada’s most important artists. He created this day to bring recognition to the world of art, and to celebrate all the ways that artists bring their own special view to life. Artists work with many different mediums. They include painters, photographers, sculptors, musicians, dancers, writers, actors, digital artists and For over a decade International Artist Day has honored the contribution artists have and are making to society.

An artist is a person engaged in an activity related to creating art, practicing the arts, or demonstrating an art. The common usage in both everyday speech and academic discourse is a practitioner in the visual arts only. The term is often used in the entertainment business, especially in a business context, for musicians and other performers (less often for actors). “Artiste” (the French for artist) is a variant used in English only in this context. Use of the term to describe writers, for example, is valid, but less common, and mostly restricted to contexts like criticism.

The term artist is derived from The Greek word “techně”, often translated as “art,” which implies mastery of any sort of craft. The adjectival Latin form of the word, “technicus”, became the source of the English words technique, technology, technical. In Greek culture each of the nine Muses oversaw a different field of human creation: Calliope (the ‘beautiful of speech’): was chief of the muses and muse of epic or heroic poetry, Clio (the ‘glorious one’): was muse of history. Erato (the ‘amorous one’): was muse of love or erotic poetry, lyrics, and marriage songs. Euterpe (the ‘well-pleasing’): was muse of music and lyric poetry. Melpomene (the ‘chanting one’): was muse of tragedy. Polyhymnia or Polymnia (the ‘[singer] of many hymns’): was muse of sacred song, oratory, lyric, singing, and rhetoric. Terpsichore (the ‘[one who] delights in dance’): was the muse of choral song and dance. Thalia (the ‘blossoming one’): was the muse of comedy and bucolic poetry and Urania (the ‘celestial one’): was the muse of astronomy

The present day concept of an artist Is applied to a person who engages in an activity deemed to be an art. An artist also may be defined unofficially as “a person who expresses him- or herself through a medium”. The word is also used in a qualitative sense of, a person creative in, innovative in, or adept at, an artistic practice. The term describes those who create within a context of the fine arts or ‘high culture’, activities such as drawing, painting, sculpture, acting, dancing, writing, filmmaking, new media, photography, and music—people who use imagination, talent, or skill to create works that may be judged to have an aesthetic value. Art historians and critics define artists as those who produce art within a recognized or recognizable discipline. Contrasting terms for highly skilled workers in media in the applied arts or decorative arts include artisan, craftsman, and specialized terms such as potter, goldsmith or glassblower. Fine arts artists such as painters succeeded in the Renaissance in raising their status, formerly similar to these workers, to a decisively higher level.

The term may also be used loosely or metaphorically to denote highly skilled people in any non-“art” activities, as well such as law, medicine, mechanics, or mathematics. Often, discussions on the subject focus on the differences among “artist” and “technician”, “entertainer” and “artisan”, “fine art” and “applied art”, or what constitutes art and what does not. The French word artiste (which in French, simply means “artist”) has been imported into the English language where it means a performer (frequently in Music Hall or Vaudeville). Use of the word “artiste” can also be a pejorative term.

Greasy Food Day

Greasy food Day takes place annually on 25 October. Greasy Food Day is an opportunity to take a day off from dieting and remember the good things in life. There are many delicious foods, unfortunately the vast majority of them are rich in fats and grease. Many are on a crusade for better health often tell us to avoid these amazing foods in favor of a thinner waistline. Greasy Food often gets alot of hate from health fanatics, those delicious meals that make our mouths and our souls sing. Whether we’re talking about the rich stretchy cheese that graces the tops of our favorite pizza dishes, hamburgers Hot Dogs or delicious sub sandwiches.

Naturally Greasy food should be consumed in moderation to prevent health problems, however sometimes moderation is a thing for other days. Greasy Food Day encourages you to indulge in your favorite gresy foods Such as Juicy hamburgers, Hot dogs, Sausage Rolls or bacon.

Cartoonists against Crime Day

Cartoonist Against Crime Day Occurs annually on 25 October. The purpose of Cartoonist Against Crime day is to honour those cartoonist  who have been brave enough to take a stand against crime with their characters and the illustrations and promoted the cause of crime prevention. Probably the best known is McGruff the Crime Dog who wants to “take a bite out of crime”. We weren’t able to find any other characters dedicated to the crime prevention cause, though, there are many individual comic strips and illustrations that have periodically chipped in to take up the cause.

Honorable mention also goes out to Woodsy Owl, Smokey the Bear and Mr. Yuk, who while not explicitly focused on crime prevention, were very memorable public service cartoon characters that made a difference for the better.

Fats Domino

American pianist and singer-songwriter Antoine “Fats” Domino Jr. Sadly died October 24, 2017 at his home in Harvey, Louisiana aged 89, following a long illness. He was born February 26, 1928 and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Domino family was of French Creole background. Louisiana Creole French was his first language. Antoine was born at home with the assistance of his grandmother, a midwife. Domino learned to play the piano from his brother-in-law, the jazz guitarist Harrison Verrett while studying shipping management at his local community college.Even after his success, he continued to live in his old neighborhood. His large home was roomy enough for his 13 children, but he still preferred to sleep in a hammock outside. In 1947, Billy Diamond, a New Orleans bandleader, accepted an invitation to hear the young pianist perform at a backyard barbecue. Domino played well enough that Diamond asked him to join his band, the Solid Senders, at the Hideaway Club, in New Orleans. Diamond nicknamed him “Fats”, because Domino reminded him of the renowned pianists Fats Waller and Fats Pichon.

In 1949 Domino attracted national attention with his first recording, “The Fat Man” an early rock-and-roll record featuring a rolling piano and Domino vocalizing “wah-wah” over a strong backbeat which sold one million copies by 1953 and is widely considered the first rock-and-roll record to achieve this feat. Domino released a series of hit songs with the producer Dave Bartholomew, the saxophonists Herbert Hardesty and Alvin “Red” Tyler, the bassist Frank Fields, and the drummers Earl Palmer and Smokey Johnson. The saxophonists Reggie Houston, Lee Allen, and Fred Kemp, Domino’s trusted bandleader also contributed Domino crossed into the pop mainstream in 1955 with “Ain’t That a Shame”. Domino’s debut album, Carry On Rockin, was also released containing several of his hits and was reissued as Rock and Rollin’ with Fats Domino in 1956. His 1956 recording of “Blueberry Hill”, becane his biggest hit Having previously been recorded by Gene Autry, Louis Armstrong and others), reaching number 2 in the Top 40 and number 1 on the R&B chart for 11 weeks.

Domino had further hit singles between 1956 and 1959, including “When My Dreamboat Comes Home”, “I’m Walkin’”Valley of Tears”, “It’s You I Love”, “Whole Lotta Loving”, “I Want to Walk You Home” and “Be My Guest” Domino also appeared in two films released in 1956: Shake, Rattle & Rock! and The Girl Can’t Help It. In 1957, his hit recording of “The Big Beat” was featured on Dick Clark’s television program, American Bandstand. In 1956, a riot broke out at Domino’s show in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The police resorted to using tear gas to break up the unruly crowd. Domino jumped out a window to avoid the melee; he and two members of his band were slightly injured. During 1962. Domino had a steady series of hits including “Walking’ to New Orleans” co-written by Bobby Charles, and “My Girl Josephine”. Producer Felton Jarvis changed the Domino sound somewhat, notably by adding the backing of a countrypolitan-style vocal chorus to most of his new recordings. Domino released the song “Red Sails in the Sunset”in 1963. However In 1964 the British Invasion had changed the tastes of the record-buying public, and Domino’s chart run was over. Despite this Domino continued to record steadily until about 1970, releasing a live album and two singles plus acover of the Beatles’ “Lady Madonna”.Domino appeared in the Monkees’ television special 33⅓ Revolutions per Monkee in 1969. He continued to be popular as a performer for several decades. He made a cameo appearance in the movie Any Which Way You Can, filmed in 1979 and released in 1980, resulting in a Country chart hit, “Whiskey Heaven”.

In 1986 he was one of the first musicians to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.In the 1980s, Domino decided he would no longer leave New Orleans, having a comfortable income from royalties and a dislike of touring and claiming he could not get any food that he liked anywhere else. He turned down An invitation to perform at the White House. Domino lived in a mansion in a predominantly working-class neighborhood in the Lower Ninth Ward, where he was a familiar sight in his bright pink Cadillac. He made yearly appearances at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and other local events. He was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987. His last tour was in Europe in 1995. In 1998, President Bill Clinton awarded him the National Medal of Arts. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked him number 25 on its list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”. Domino’s large persona, dancehall piano playing, and tales of love and home made him Elvis Presley’s top rival. By the end of his career, Domino was credited with selling more records than any other 1950s musician except Presley.

As Hurricane Katrina approached New Orleans in August 2005, Domino chose to stay at home with his family, partly because his wife, Rosemary, was in poor health. His house was in an area that was heavily flooded. Consequently Someone thought Domino was dead and spray-painted a message on his home, “RIP Fats. You will be missed”, then the talent agent Al Embry announced that he had not heard from Domino since before the hurricane struck. Later that day, CNN reported that Domino had been rescued by a Coast Guard helicopter. Until then, even family members had not heard from him since before the storm. Embry confirmed that Domino and his family had been rescued. The family was then taken to a shelter in Baton Rouge, after which they were picked up by JaMarcus Russell, the starting quarterback of the Louisiana State University football team, and the boyfriend of Domino’s granddaughter. By January 2006, work to repair Domino’s home and office had begun In the meantime, the Domino family resided in Harvey, Louisiana.President George W. Bush made a personal visit and replaced the National Medal of Arts that President Bill Clinton had previously awarded Domino. The gold records were replaced by the RIAA and Capitol Records, which owned the Imperial Records catalogue. Domino was due to perform at the 2006 Jazz & Heritage Festival. However, he was too ill to perform when scheduled and was only able to offer the audience an on-stage greeting. He released an album, Alive and Kickin’, in early 2006 to benefit Tipitina’s Foundation, which supports local musicians.

In 2007, Domino was honored with OffBeat magazine’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual Best of the Beat Awards, held at the House of Blues in New Orleans. New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin declared the day “Fats Domino Day in New Orleans”. An all-star musical tribute followed with an introduction by the legendary producer Cosimo Matassa. The Lil’ Band o’ Gold rhythm section, Warren Storm, Kenny Bill Stinson, David Egan and C. C. Adcock, anchored the band, and each contributed lead vocals, swamp pop legend Warren Storm leading off with “Let the Four Winds Blow” and “The Prisoner Song”, which he proudly introduced by saying, “Fats Domino recorded this in 1958 … and so did I.” The horn section included Lil’ Band o’ Gold’s Dickie Landry, the Iguanas’ Derek Huston, and long-time Domino horn men Roger Lewis, Elliot “Stackman” Callier and Herb Hardesty. They were joined by Jon Cleary (who also played guitar in the rhythm section), Al “Carnival Time” Johnson, Irma Thomas, George Porter Jr. (who provided a funky arrangement for “You Keep on Knocking”), Art Neville, Dr. John and Allen Toussaint, who wrote and debuted a song in tribute of Domino for the occasion.

Domino returned to stage on May 19, 2007, at Tipitina’s at New Orleans and Domino was also inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. He has also been inducted into the Delta Music Museum Hall of Fame in Ferriday. In 2009, Domino made an unexpected appearance in the audience for the Domino Effect, a concert featuring Little Richard and other artists, aimed at raising funds to help rebuild schools and playgrounds damaged by Hurricane Katrina. In October 2012, Domino was featured in season three of the television series Treme, playing himself. In 2016, Domino was inducted into the Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame. The ceremony was held in Detroit, Michigan; others that were inducted along with Domino were Dionne Warwick, Cathy Hughes, Smokey Robinson, Prince, and the Supremes.

Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers)

Chad Smith, the drummer with Red Hot Chili Peppers was born October 25 1961. Formed in Los Angeles in 1983. The Peppers’ musical style is a mix of funk, alternative rock, hard rock and punk rock. The band’s influences include Defunkt, Parliament-Funkadelic, Jimi Hendrix, James Brown, Gang of Four, Bob Marley, Big Boys, Sly and the Family Stone, Ohio Players, Queen, Stevie Wonder, Elvis Presley, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Black Flag, Ornette Coleman, Led Zeppelin, Bad Brains, Fugazi, Fishbone, Marvin Gaye, Billie Holiday, Santana, Elvis Costello, The Stooges, The Clash, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Devo, and Miles Davis. Live, they incorporate many aspects of jam rock due to the improvised nature of much of their performances. Currently, the band consists of founding members Anthony Kiedis (vocals) and Michael “Flea” Balzary (bass), longtime drummer Chad Smith, and guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, who joined in late 2009, following the departure of John Frusciante. The Red Hot Chili Peppers have won seven Grammy Awards and sold over 80 million albums worldwide. In 2012 they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.The band’s original line-up featured guitarist Hillel Slovak and drummer Jack Irons, alongside Kiedis and Flea. Because of commitments to other bands, the two did not play on the debut album, The Red Hot Chili Peppers (1984).

Cliff Martinez was the drummer for the first two records (Irons played on the third), and guitarist Jack Sherman played on the first. Slovak performed on two albums with the band (the second and third), Freaky Styley (1985) and The Uplift Mofo Party Plan (1987); he died of a heroin overdose in 1988, resulting in drummer Irons’ departure. Parliament-Funkadelic guitarist DeWayne McKnight was brought in to replace Slovak though his tenure was short and he was replaced by John Frusciante in 1988. Former Dead Kennedys drummer D.H. Peligro was brought in to replace Irons though after a short tenure with the band he was out and replaced by Chad Smith that same year. The line-up of Flea, Kiedis, Frusciante and Smith was the longest-lasting, and recorded five studio albums starting with 1989′s Mother’s Milk.In 1990, the group signed with Warner Bros. Records and recorded under producer Rick Rubin the album Blood Sugar Sex Magik (1991), which became the band’s first commercial success. Frusciante grew uncomfortable with the success of the band and left abruptly in 1992, in the middle of the album tour. His use of heroin increased.

After recruiting guitarist Arik Marshall to complete the tour, Kiedis, Flea, and Smith employed Jesse Tobias though after a few weeks he was replaced by Dave Navarro of Jane’s Addiction for their subsequent album, One Hot Minute (1995). Although commercially successful, the album failed to match the critical or popular acclaim of Blood Sugar Sex Magik, selling less than half as much as its predecessor. Navarro left the band in 1998. Frusciante, fresh out of drug rehabilitation, rejoined the band that same year at Flea’s request. The reunited quartet returned to the studio to record Californication(1999), which became the band’s biggest commercial success with 15 million copies worldwide. That album was followed three years later by By the Way(2002), and then four years later by the double album Stadium Arcadium (2006), their first number one album in America. After a world tour, the group went on an extended hiatus. Frusciante announced he was amicably leaving the band to focus on his solo career. Josh Klinghoffer, who had worked both as a sideman for the band on their Stadium Arcadium tour and on Frusciante’s solo projects, joined as lead guitarist in 2009. Red Hot Chili Peppers released their tenth studio album, I’m with You, in 2011 and their eleventh album The Getaway in 2016.

Matthias Jabs (Scorpions)

Matthias Jabs, the lead guitarist with German Rock Band “ Scorpions” was born 25th October 1956. The Scorpions were Formed in 1965 , Guitarist, and founder member Rudolf Schenker did the vocals then Schenker’s younger brother Michael and vocalist Klaus Meine joined the band. In 1972, & the group released their debut album Lonesome Crow. After which Michael Schenker left the band, which led to their breakup In 1973, however In 1974 a new line-up of Scorpions released Fly to the Rainbow. which was more successful than Lonesome Crow. In 1975 the band released In Trance, which established their heavy metal formula and contained songs like “Dark Lady”, “Robot Man”. In 1976, Scorpions released Virgin Killer, which featured rather controversial artwork, that brought the band considerable media exposure but resulted in the album being “pulled” in some countries. however critics and fan base alike liked he music itself. The follow-up album was Taken by Force, They also recorded material during the band’s Japanese tour, and the resultant double live album was called Tokyo Tapes.In 1979 The Scorpions released the album “Love Drive” Containing such fan favourites as “Loving You Sunday Morning”, “Always Somewhere”, “Holiday” and the instrumental “Coast to Coast”. The album’s provocative artwork was also named “Best album sleeve of 1979″ by Playboy magazine but was changed for American release.

In 1980 the band released Animal Magnetism, containing the songs “The Zoo” and “Make It Real”. In 1982 The Scorpions released their next album, Blackout, which became the band’s best selling album to date eventually going platinum. Blackout spawned three singles “Dynamite”, “Blackout”, and “No One Like You”, but It was not until 1984 and the release of Love at First Sting that the band finally cemented their status as metal musicians. Propelled by the single Rock You Like a Hurricane, Love at First Sting went double platinum in the USA. The band recorded a very successful second live album, World Wide Live in 1985. The bands next album Savage Amusement was released in 1988 containing the songs Don’t Stop at the Top and Rhythm of Love and during the Savage Amusement tour, Scorpions became only the second Western group (not American) to play in the Soviet Union and developed an extended Russian fan base and still return to perform. In 1990the Scoropions released the album Crazy World which contains the awesome ballad Wind of Change which muses on the socio-political changes that were occurring in Eastern Europe and in other parts of the world at the end of the Cold War. On July 21, 1990 they joined many other guests for Roger Waters’ massive performance of The Wall in Berlin. Scorpions performed both versions of “In the Flesh” from The Wall

In 1993, Scorpions released the albums Face the Heat followed by Pure Instinct in 1996 , containing “Wild Child” and the soothing ballad “You and I”. 1999 saw the release of Eye II Eye which was a significant change in the band’s style, mixing in elements of pop and techno. In the year 2000, Scorpions collaborated with the Berlin Philharmonic on the album Moment of Glory and in 2001, Scorpions released Acoustica, which featured acoustic reworkings of the band’s biggest hits, plus new tracks. In 2004, the band released Unbreakable, containing tracks such as “New Generation”, “Love ‘em or Leave ‘em” and “Deep and Dark”. In 2010 Scorpions released their 17th studio album, Sting in the Tail, and announced that it would be their last album and that the tour supporting it will be their final tour.On 6 April 2010, Scorpions were enshrined in Hollywood’s Rock Walk in a handprint ceremony, with the band members placing their hands in a long slab of wet cement, which was placed on the Rock Walk. The Scorpions also recently re-record versions of their older material for an album entitled Comeblack which was released on 7 November 2011, and they also headlined the Wacken Open Air Festival on 4 August 2012 Alongside Saxon, Sepultura, Napalm Death and Dio Disciples. The Scorpions latest album “Born To Touch Your Feelings – Best of Ballads” is out 24 Nov 2017.

Jon Anderson (Yes)

Jon Anderson the singer with Progressive Rock Bands Yes was born october 25 1944. The band achieved worldwide success with their progressive music, mystical lyrics, elaborate album art, live stage sets and symphonic style of rock music. They are regarded as one of the pioneers of the progressive genre. They were Formed in 1968 by Jon Anderson and Bill Bruford and released two albums together but began to enjoy success after the release of The Yes Album and Fragile,which featured new arrivals Steve Howe and Rick Wakeman. They achieved further success with the albums Close to the Edge and Tales from Topographic Oceans.

In the early 1970’s Keyboard Player Rick Wakeman left Yes and was replaced by Patrick Moraz, who played on Relayer (1974) however Wakeman returned on Going for the One (1977) and Tormato (1978). Anderson and Wakeman left the group due to musical differences amongst the band in 1980, and both went on to pursue solo careers. Their replacements, Trevor Horn and Downes, featured on Drama (1980) and its supporting tour before disbanding in 1981.

Howe and Downes went to form Asia.Yes reformed in 1982 after Squire and White were joined by the returning Anderson and Kaye, with the addition of guitarist Trevor Rabin. They adopted a pop rock sound and released the number one single “Owner of a Lonely Heart” and 90125 (1983), their best-selling album to date, followed by Big Generator (1987). Anderson left and co-formed the side project Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe with the named members in 1989.

Following a legal battle amongst both Yes groups, they formed an eight-man band to perform on Union (1991) and its supporting tour. Rabin and Kaye featured on Talk (1994) before leaving, while Wakeman and Howe returned with Keys to Ascension (1996) and Keys to Ascension 2 (1997). Wakeman was replaced by Igor Khoroshev, who was featured on Open Your Eyes (1997) and The Ladder (1999) along with guitarist Billy Sherwood. The release of Magnification (2001) marked the first album since 1970 to feature an orchestra.In 2002, Wakeman returned for the band’s 35th anniversary tour. The band ceased to tour in 2004, partly due to health concerns regarding Anderson and Wakeman. Following a hiatus, Yes restarted in 2008 with keyboardist Oliver Wakeman and singer Benoît David. After the release of Fly from Here (2011), which saw Downes returning on keyboards, David was replaced by Jon Davison, lead singer of progressive rock band Glass Hammer, on vocals. The band’s current line-up consists of singer Jon Davison, bassist Chris Squire,guitarist Steve Howe, drummer Alan White, and keyboardist Geoff Downes, and they continue to perform to this day, more than 40 years since their formation.