Paloma Faith

English singer, songwriter and actress Paloma Faith was born 21 July 1981 in Hackney, As a child, she was encouraged to dance by her mother and took weekly ballet classes in Dalston. After completing her A-levels at City and Islington College she went on to study for a degree in contemporary dance at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds, working as a hip hop dancer at popular clubnight LoveDough. She then studied for an MA in theatre directing at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, funding herself by working in various part-time jobs, including sales assistant at Agent Provocateur, singer in a burlesque cabaret, a bartender, a life model and a magician’s assistant.

Faith’s first foray into music began when she mimicked famous soul and jazz singers including Etta James and Billie Holiday, whom she admired and cites as influences She met her managers Jamie Binns and Christian Wåhlberg of Lateral Management in 2007. Binns met up with Faith shortly afterwards and was “completely blown away”. During her time at college Faith worked in a pub where the manager Dr Vishaal Goel asked her to front his band, which they later called ‘Paloma and the Penetrators”. And was discovered by an A&R man from Epic Records, who invited her to sing for the manager of the label. Following this Epic A&R Joanna Charrington regularly checked Faith’s MySpace page “to see if she had something that had a special direction or sound. After several months her attention was eventually piqued by “Broken Doll”. which she thought was a well-crafted song with a “fantastic chorus and brilliant lyrics.” On Charrington’s advice Epic managing director Nick Raphael to give Paloma Faith a recording contract She was given an opportunity to join Amy Winehouse’s band, but began to write and perform her own songs instead. Her first recognised work was the song “It’s Christmas (And I Hate You)”, which she recorded as a duet with singer-songwriter Josh Weller in 2008. Faith’s music is influenced by soul and jazz and her singing style has been compared favourably to those of Amy Winehouse and Duffy.

In2009 Faith released the singles, “Stone Cold Sober” and, “New York”, Plus her debut album, Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful?, for which she wrote or co-wrote all of the songs which remained in the chart for sixteen weeks and becoming BBC Radio 2’s ‘Album of the Week’. In 2009 Faith appeared as a guest vocalist on Basement Jaxx’s Scars album and on American hip-hop artist MF Doom’s album, Born Like This She released her third single, the album’s title track, “Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful?” and In 2010 she released, “Upside Down”. She also performed a live set for the BBC’s Radio 2 Introduces… and gave an interview to the station’s host, Dermot O’Leary. She also appeared on current events programme This Week discussing her views on the British education system with Michael Portillo. And as a guest on Never Mind the Buzzcocks, she also performed the song “Upside Down” on The Hollyoaks Music Show and sang her single “New York” on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross. She also appeared on the BBC’s Later with Jools Holland, and his live Hootenanny. Faith also performed at numerous festivals throughout that summer, including T4 on the Beach. “Stone Cold Sober” was used as the backing track for a Rimmel commercial starring Lily Cole and the B-side, “I Just Wait”, was used in the NHS’ ‘Alcohol: Know Your Limits’ advert in 2008. her “Technicolour” song. Was used for another advert

She was involved in A competition with BBC Blast in November 2009, giving teenagers the chance to work alongside leading artists, photographers and music industry professionals to design new album artwork. Then In 2010 Faith, along with Adam Deacon and Bashy, recorded the song “Keep Moving”, for the film 4.3.2.1. She also performed at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival with the Guy Barker Orchestra which was broadcast on BBC Radio 2. Faith also re-release an updated version of “New York” featuring rapper Ghostface Killah. following an appearance at the 2010 iTunes Festival Faith released a live EP album together with her new single “Smoke & Mirrors” In 2011 Faith was nominated for “British Female Solo Artist” at the 2011 BRIT Awards where she performed “Forget You” alongside Cee Lo Green. She appeared on the charity single “Hard Times” alongside Plan B and Elton John and also recorded the song “Desire” with Graham Coxon and Bill Ryder-Jones for a Converse campaign. In 2012 Faith was named as Artist in Residence for the 2012 Cheltenham Jazz Festival.

Paloma Faith’s second album Fall to Grace was released in 2012 featuring the song “Picking Up the Pieces”. It was Inspired by Tom Waits, Rufus Wainwright and Ed Harcourt and was a personal record about a period of her life. Paloma Faith then joined The Voice UK as one of four guest mentors Working with Danny O’Donoghue. She also performed “Picking Up the Pieces” during the fourth results show and performed “Just Be”, on Later… with Jools Holland. In 2012 she recorded a video for the Out4Marriage campaign, which supports the legalisation of same-sex marriage in England and Wales. Faith released the song “30 Minute Love Affair” and recorded a version of INXS’s “Never Tear Us Apart” for a John Lewis advertisement. Fall to Grace was certified Platinum in the UK by the British Phonographic Industry. Faith then released “Just Be” And received two nominations at the 2013 BRIT Awards; for Best Female and for Best British Album for Fall to Grace.

In 2013 Paloma Faith headlined the Evolution Festival in Newcastle upon Tyne alongside The Vaccines, Jake Bugg, AlunaGeorge and Bastille. Paloma Faith’s third album A Perfect Contradiction was released in 2014. Containing the songs “Can’t Rely on You” produced by Pharrell Williams,”Only Love Can Hurt Like This”,”Trouble with My Baby”. The song “Changing”, by drum and bass duo “Sigma” features vocals from Faith. A repackaged version of the album entitled “A Perfect Contradiction Outsider’s Edition” was released 2014, featuring four new songs. “Ready for the Good Life” and “Take Me”. Faith also joined the charity group Band Aid 30 along with other British and Irish pop acts, recording the latest version of the track “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” At the 2015 Brit Awards on 25 February 2015, she won British Female Solo Artist, becoming her first win after being nominated for an Brit Award three times previously. In June 2015, she performed a cover of “Purple Haze” by Jimi Hendrix at the Glastonbury Festival. Faith also performed at the Gibraltar Music Festival in the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar. Faith was also selected as the recording artist for the 2015 Rugby World Cup anthem “World in Union”. In 2016 Paloma Faith announced she was pregnant and that Her fourth album “The Architect” will be released in 2017.

She has also worked on television. In 2007 Faith appeared in an episode of the BBC police drama HolbyBlue portraying a thief. She was also cast as Andrea in St Trinian’s in 2007. Faith was also cast in Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus as Sally, the girlfriend of the Devil (played by Tom Waits) in 2009.She also appeared in the horror film Dread as Clara Thornhill. She later starred in the Channel 4’s series Coming Up and the short film A Nice Touch. she also appeared as cabaret performer Georgia, in a television adaptation of P. G. Wodehouse’s Blandings (episode “The Crime Wave at Blandings”). In 2015 she appeared as herself in Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth.In 2015 Faith appeared as Tinker Bell in the TV movie “Peter & Wendy”, based on J.M. Barrie’s novel “Peter Pan”.

Michael Connelly

American author Michael Connelly was born 21 July 1956. He writes very exciting detective novels and other crime fiction, notably those featuring LAPD Detective Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch and criminal defense attorney Mickey Haller. After graduating from the University of Florida in 1980, Connelly got a job as a crime beat writer at the Daytona Beach News Journalwhere he worked for almost two years until he got a job at the Fort Lauderdale News and Sun-Sentinel in 1981. There, he covered the crime beat during the South Florida cocaine wars, an era that brought with it much violence and murder. He stayed with the paper for a few years and in 1986, he and two other reporters spent several months interviewing survivors of the 1985 Delta Flight 191 plane crash, a story which earned Connelly a place as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. the honor also brought Connelly a job as a crime reporter at the Los Angeles Times. He moved to California in 1987 with his wife Linda McCaleb, whom he met while in college and married in April 1984. After moving to Los Angeles, Connelly went to see the High Tower Apartments where Raymond Chandler’s famous character, Philip Marlowe, had lived (in The High Window), and Robert Altman had filmed. Connelly got the manager of the building to promise a phone call in case the apartment ever became available.

Ten years later, the manager tracked Connelly down and he decided to rent the place. This apartment served as a place to write for several years, but it was more based on the nostalgia of the place than the comfort of it (for example, it didn’t have air conditioning).After three years at the Los Angeles Times, Connelly wrote his first published novel The Black Echo, after previously writing two unfinished novels that he had not attempted to get published. The novel was sold to Little, Brown to be published in 1992 and won theMystery Writers of America’s Edgar Award for best first novel.The book is partly based on a true crime and is the first one featuring Connelly’s primary recurring character, Los Angeles Police Department Detective Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch, a man who, according to Connelly, shares few similarities with the author himself. Connelly named Bosch after the Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch, known for his paintings full of sin and redemption, including a painting called “Hell”, a copy of which hangs on the office wall behind Connelly’s computer. Connelly describes his own work as a big canvas with all the characters of his books floating across it as currents on a painting. Sometime they are bound to collide creating cross currents. This is something that Connelly himself creates by bringing back characters from previous books and letting them play a part in books written five or six years after first being introduced.[3]Connelly went on to write three more novels about Detective Bosch — The Black Ice (1993), The Concrete Blonde (1994), and The Last Coyote (1995) — before quitting his job as a reporter to write full-time.

In 1996, Connelly wrote The Poet, his first book not to feature Bosch; the protagonist was reporter Jack McEvoy. The book was a success and earned Connelly comparisons to author Thomas Harris by reviewers. In 1997, Connelly returned to Bosch in Trunk Musicbefore writing another book, Blood Work (1998) about a different character, FBI agent Terry McCaleb. The book was made into a film in 2002, directed by Clint Eastwood, who also played McCaleb. The story features McCaleb, an agent with a transplanted heart, in pursuit of his donor’s murderer. The book came together after one of Connelly’s friends had a heart transplant and he saw what his friend was going through with survivor’s guilt after the surgery.When asked if he had anything against the changes made to fit the big screen, Connelly simply said; “If you take their money, it’s their turn to tell the story”.Connelly wrote another book featuring Bosch, Angels Flight (1999), before writing Void Moon (2000), a free-standing book about Cassie Black, a Las Vegas thief. In 2001, A Darkness More Than Night was released, in which Connelly united Bosch and McCaleb to solve a crime together, before releasing two books in 2002. The first, City of Bones, was the eighth Harry Bosch novel, and the other was Chasing the Dime, a non-series novel.

In 2001, Connelly left California for Tampa Bay, Florida together with his wife and daughter, so that both he and his wife could be closer to their families. But even though Connelly moved from one coast to the other, his novels still took place in Los Angeles; he feels no desire to write books set in Florida.[4]In 2003, another Bosch novel, Lost Light, was published. With this book, a CD was released, Dark Sacred Night, the Music of Harry Bosch, featuring some of the jazz music Bosch listens to.Connelly himself says he prefers listening to rock and roll, jazz and blues. While writing he listens exclusively to instrumental jazz, though, because it does not have intrusive vocals and because the improvisational playing inspires his writing. The Narrows was published in 2004. This book was a sequel to The Poet, but featured Bosch instead of McEvoy. Together with this book, a DVD was released called Blue Neon Light: Michael Connelly’s Los Angeles. In the film, Connelly presents some of the places in Los Angeles that are frequently featured in his books.[1]The Closers was published in May 2005 and was the eleventh Bosch novel. It was followed by The Lincoln Lawyer in October, Connelly’s first legal novel. It featured defense attorney Mickey Haller, Bosch’s half-brother. The book was made into a film in 2011, directed by Brad Furman; Matthew McConaughey played Mickey Haller.

After releasing Crime Beat in 2006, a non-fiction book about Connelly’s experiences as a crime-reporter, He wrote Echo Park, which begins in the High Tower Apartment that Connelly rented and wrote from. His next Bosch story, The Overlook, was originally published as a multipart series in the New York Times Magazine. After some editing, it was published as a novel in 2007. In October 2008, Connelly wrote The Brass Verdict, which brought together Bosch and Mickey Haller for the first time. He followed that in May 2009 with The Scarecrow, which brought back McEvoy as the lead character. 9 Dragons, a novel taking Bosch to Hong Kong, was released in October 2009. The Reversal, released in October 2010, reunites Bosch & Haller as they work together under the banner of the state on the retrial of a child murderer. The Mickey Haller novel The Fifth Witness was released in 2011.The Drop, which refers, in part, to the “Deferred Retirement Option Plan” that was described in the 2008 novel The Brass Verdict. was published on November 28, 2011. One of his most recent Bosch novel, published on November 26, 2012, is titled The Black Box.

Connelly was one of the creators and executive producers of Level 9, a science fiction action TV series that aired for 13 episodes in the 2000-2001 season on the UPN television network. His novel Blood Work was adapted into a film in 2002 with a screenplay by Brian Helgeland and direction by Clint Eastwood, who also played the lead role.Connelly was the subject of the 2004 video documentary Blue Neon Night: Michael Connelly’s Los Angeles. He occasionally makes guest appearances as himself in the ABC comedy/drama TV series Castle. Along with Stephen J. Cannell, James Patterson, andDennis Lehane, he is one of Castle’s poker buddies.Connelly’s novel The Lincoln Lawyer was made into a film in 2011, with Matthew McConaughey playing defense lawyer Michael “Mickey” Haller. Following the commercial success of the film, the ABC network had commissioned a pilot for a TV series featuring Haller from the production studios Lions Gate & Lakeshore. His books, have also been translated into 36 languages, and have garnered him many awards icluding the Edgar Award, Anthony Award, Macavity Award, Los Angeles Times Best Mystery/Thriller Award, Shamus Award, Dilys Award, Nero Award, Barry Award,Audie Award, Ridley Award, Maltese Falcon Award (Japan), .38 Caliber Award (France), Grand Prix Award (France) and Premio Bancarella Award (Italy) and he was also the President of theMystery Writers of America from 2003 to 2009

Jim Martin (Faith no More)

Jim Martin, the Splendidly hirsute guitarist with American rock band Faith No More was Born 21st July 1961. Faith No More hail from San Francisco, California, and were regarded as one of the most influential metal/rock bands of the late 80s and early 90s, and credited for inventing alternative metal and as an influence on nu metal.It was formed originally as Faith No Man in 1981 by bassist Billy Gould, keyboardist Wade Worthington, vocalist M Morris, and drummer Mike Bordin. A year later when Worthington was replaced by keyboardist Roddy Bottum, who along with Gould and Bordin, formed Faith No More. After going through a series of singers which included Courtney Love, the band was joined by Chuck Mosley in 1983. The same year, Jim Martin was recruited to replace guitarist Mark Bowen .Faith No More underwent several line-up changes before releasing their first album, We Care a Lot, in 1985. Within a year the band signed up with Slash Records, and in 1987 their second album Introduce Yourself was released. vocalist Mosley was replaced by Mike Patton in 1988. In 1989, the band released their highly successful album, The Real Thing, which featured the songsEpic, Falling To Pieces, From Out of Nowhere and Small Victory. Martin joined Faith No More in 1983, two years after the group’s formation. He played on their albums We Care a Lot, Introduce Yourself, their breakthrough album The Real Thing with new vocalist Mike Patton replacing Chuck Mosely, and Angel Dust.

Following the release of Angel Dust, Martin left the group in 1993 for personal reasons although he was a major influence on the track “Jizzlobber.” Stating that he was dissatisfied with the band’s new direction towards lyrics rather than guitars. Faith No More then recorded and released “Another Body Murdered” (with Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. for the Judgment Night soundtrack) without his participation. Similarly, Martin produced and recorded material for the film Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey movie without the participation of other members of the band. In 2009 Faith No More reunited for a string of European tour dates without Martin, Who was offered a chance to play with the band at one of their three San Francisco reunion tour dates in order to play the album Angel Dust in its entirety, but declined.

Martin embarked on a solo project originally called The Behemoth but changed after finding out about a Polish death metal band already named Behemoth. His first and only solo album to date is entitled Milk and Blood, on which he covers his former band’s song “Surprise! You’re Dead”, from The Real Thing. Jim toured as lead guitarist with punk band Fang between 1998 and 2000. In 2011, Jim joined Metallica on stage with Gary Rossington, Pepper Keenan, and Jerry Cantrell to play “Tuesday’s Gone” as part of Metallica’s 30th anniversary shows. In 2013, Jim Martin played guitar in the Infectious Grooves reunion at Orion Music + More festival at Belle Isle in Detroit, Michigan. In 2014, he once again joined Infectious Grooves on stage to celebrate the 50 year anniversary of the Whisky a Go Go. In 1991 he appeared in Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey as “Sir James Martin, head of the Faith No More Spiritual and Theological Center” in the future. Jim’s only lines in the film were “Station!” and “What a shithead.” He now lives in Castro Valley, California, with his wife, son, and daughter. He has gained fame in recent years for his non-musical endeavors in championship pumpkin growing.

The band’s next album, 1992′s Angel Dust, was also highly successful and spawned the hit Midlife Crisis, , which became their sole #1 hit on the Modern Rock Tracks chart in their career. Angel Dust is widely considered to be one of the most influential albums of the 90′s. Faith No More however declined in popularity in the subsequent years. Longtime guitarist Jim Martin left the group in 1994 and was replaced by Mr. Bungle guitarist Trey Spruance. After the release of their next album, 1995′s King for a Day… Fool for a Lifetime, Spruance was replaced briefly by Dean Menta, who would eventually be replaced by their current guitarist Jon Hudson. After releasing one more album, Album of the Year, in 1997, Faith No More broke up in April 1998, and all members began work on side projects. On February 24, 2009, Faith No More announced that they would be reforming for a European tour with the same lineup at the time of their breakup. In June 2009, they performed together for the first time in eleven years at the Brixton Academy in London, United Kingdom, as part of their The Second Coming Tour. Throughout 2010, the band continued to perform at multiple live venues. In September 2010, the band announced that the reunion tour would come to an end in December and plans for a new album had been scrapped, although bassist Billy Gould has said recently that the band might continue. Faith No More returned again in November 14th 2011 at the SWU Music and Arts Festival, in the Brazilian city of Paulínia, as well on three other dates. Trey Spruance joined the band onstage for the very first time to perform the King for a Day, Fool for a Lifetime album in its entirety in Santiago, Chile in November 2011. Faith no More’s latest album is Sol Invictus featuring Trey Spruance.

Ernest Hemingway

American author and journalist Ernest Hemingway was Born July 21, 1899. His economical and understated style had a strong influence on 20th-century fiction, while his life of adventure and his public image also influenced later generations. However, long before Ernest Hemingway wrote his first story, his mother was busy writing about him, in a series of scrapbooks documenting the future author’s childhood. the contents of five Hemingway scrapbooks are available online, giving fans and scholars the chance to follow the life of one of te 20th century’s literary greats from diapers to high school degree.Grace Hall Hemingway began the series of scrapbooks by describing how the sun shone and robins sang on the day in July 1899 when Hemingway was born.The scrapbooks also contain childhood paintings and tell of Hemingway playing the cello, suiting up for a ‘lightweight’ football squad and taking up boxing. During his junior year of high school, he was on his school’s prom committee and, according to a report card note from his Latin teacher, showed ‘improvement both in attitude and work.’

As Hemingway matured, the scrapbooks showcased his earliest attempts at the craft that would come to define his professional life. Among them were a short story from his high school’s literary magazine, clippings from some of his first assignments as a high school newspaper reporter and a sonnet in which 16-year-old Hemingway seemed to poke fun at himself.’Nobody likes Ernest, that, is straight stuff,’ he said, ‘and when he writes stories – we all cry “Enough.” By the time Hemingway was five, his mother noted that he was collecting war cartoons and had an appreciation for characters with courage.’He loves stories about Great Americans,’ she wrote.The scrapbooks have a plethora of family photos from the Hemingway family’s home in Oak Park, Illinois, and their vacation cottage on a lake in Northern Michigan, including shots of a bare-bottomed baby Hemingway playing in the water by a canoe.They include letters to Hemingway and others he wrote as a child, including a note of contrition in which he confessed to bad behavior in church.’My conduct tomorrow will be good,’ 13-year-old Hemingway promised.

Hemingway produced most of his work between the mid-1920s and the mid-1950s, and won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. He published seven novels, six short story collections and two non-fiction works. Three novels, four collections of short stories and three non-fiction works were published posthumously. Many of these are considered classics of American literature.emingway was raised in Oak Park, Illinois. After high school he reported for a few months for The Kansas City Star, before leaving for the Italian front to enlist with the World War I ambulance drivers. However In 1918, he was seriously wounded and returned home. His wartime experiences formed the basis for his novel A Farewell to Arms. In 1922, he married Hadley Richardson, the first of his four wives. The couple moved to Paris, where he worked as a foreign correspondent, and fell under the influence of the modernist writers and artists of the 1920s “Lost Generation” expatriate community. The Sun Also Rises, Hemingway’s first novel, was published in 1926.

After his 1927 divorce from Hadley Richardson, Hemingway married Pauline Pfeiffer. They divorced after he returned from the Spanish Civil War where he had acted as a journalist, and after which he wrote For Whom the Bell Tolls. Martha Gellhorn became his third wife in 1940. They separated when he met Mary Welsh in London during World War II; during which he was present at the Normandy Landings and liberation of Paris. Shortly after the publication of The Old Man and the Sea in 1952, Hemingway went on safari to Africa, where he was almost killed in two successive plane crashes that left him in pain or ill-health for much of the rest of his life. Hemingway had permanent residences in Key West, Florida, and Cuba during the 1930s and 1940s, but in 1959 he moved from Cuba to Ketchum, Idaho, where sadly he committed suicide on July 2, 1961. However A farewell to Arms remains a popular novel and ‘The scrapbooks his Mother created are part of the collection that Hemingway’s widow, Mary, gifted to the JFK Library and Museum after the author’s 1961 suicide.

Chester Bennington (Linkin Park, Stone Temple Pilots)

Best known as the frontman for the rock band Linkin Park. The American musician, singer, songwriter and actor Chester Bennington tragically committed suicide on the July 20, 2017 at his home in Los Angeles, California. Born March 20, 1976 He was also a member of the groups Dead by Sunrise, Bucket of Weenies, Sean Dowdell And His Friends? and Grey Daze. He first began singing with a band called Sean Dowdell and His Friends?. They released an eponymous three-track cassette in 1993. Later, Sean Dowdell and Bennington moved on to form a new band, Grey Daze, a post-grunge band from Phoenix, Arizona. The band recorded three albums; Demo in 1993, Wake/ Me in 1994, and …no sun today in 1997.

Bennington left Grey Daze in 1998, and struggled to find another band becoming increasingly disenchanted until he was almost ready to quit his musical career altogether. However Jeff Blue, the vice president of A&R at Zomba Music in Los Angeles, offered him an audition with the future members of Linkin Park. Bennington quit his day job at a digital services firm and took his family to California, where he had a successful audition with Linkin Park, who were then called Xero. Bennington and Mike Shinoda, the band’s other vocalist, made significant progress together, but failed to find a record deal. After facing numerous rejections, Jeff Blue, now a vice president of A&R at Warner Bros., intervened again to help the band sign with Warner Bros. Records.

In 2000, Linkin Park released their debut album, Hybrid Theory. Bennington and Shinoda wrote the lyrics to Hybrid Theory based on some early material. Hybrid Theory, became a massive commercial success and was certified Diamond by the RIAA in 2005, making it the best-selling debut album of the decade. Shinoda characterized the lyrics as interpretations of universal feelings, emotions, and experiences, and as “everyday emotions you talk about and think about. Bennington later described the songwriting experience “It’s easy to fall into that thing – ‘poor, poor me’, that’s where songs like ‘Crawling’ come from: I can’t take myself. But that song is about taking responsibility for your actions. I don’t say ‘you’ at any point. It’s about how I’m the reason that I feel this way. There’s something inside me that pulls me down.” Although Bennington served as Linkin Park’s lead vocalist, he occasionally shared the role with Shinoda. Bennington’s “higher-pitched” and “emotional”, vocals contrasted with Shinoda’s hip-hop-style delivery. Both members also wrote lyrics for the band’s songs. Linkin Park’s following studio albums, Meteora (2003), Minutes to Midnight (2007), A Thousand Suns (2010), Living Things (2012), and The Hunting Party (2014), continued the band’s success. Linkin Park’s sound varied from grunge to psychedelic rock, bossa nova and classic rock. The band’s evolution throughout the 1990s and early 2000s involved several tumultuous periods of commercial highs and lows.

In 2005 Bennington formed his own band, Dead by Sunrise, as a side project. The band’s debut album, Out of Ashes, was released on October 13, 2009. Dead by Sunrise performed four songs (“Walking in Circles”, “Let Down”, “Morning After”, and “My Suffering”) at the 13th anniversary party for Club Tattoo in Tempe, Arizona. The song titled “Morning After” was written by Chester Bennington and originally performed on September 12, 2001 at the Live in Berlin concert. Bennington also performed Morning After with his cover band entitled Bucket of Weenies in many shows throughout 2005 and 2006. This was the first time that Bennington had “officially” performed the song under a new name—Dead by Sunrise. In addition, this band has recently started touring with Linkin Park in Europe. Videos have been filmed for “Crawl Back In” (September 8, 2009) and “Let Down” with the songs serving as the album’s first two singles. “Crawl Back In” has reached the 11th spot on the Mainstream Rock chart. In 2009 Dead by Sunrise released the album Out of Ashes”

Stone Temple Pilots were formed in 1986 originally consisting of Scott Weiland (lead vocals), brothers Dean (guitar) and Robert DeLeo (bass, backing vocals), and Eric Kretz (drums). Stone Temple Pilots debut album, Core (1992), was a commercial success, and they went on to become one of the most commercially successful bands of the 1990s. The band released four more studio albums: Purple (1994), Tiny Music… Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop (1996), No. 4 (1999) and Shangri-La Dee Da (2001), before separating in 2002, after which the band members partook in various projects (most notably Velvet Revolver and Army of Anyone). The band eventually reconvened in 2008 for a reunion tour, released a new self-titled album in 2010.

Weiland was fired in 2013 and was replaced by Chester Bennington who first took the stage at KROQ’s Weenie Roast with the band. The setlist included original Stone Temple Pilots songs, as well as their first single with Bennington on vocals called “Out of Time”. Chester officially became the new frontman of Stone Temple Pilots and discussed the possibility of a new album and tour. In 2013, the band released a free download of their first single, “Out of Time” that features Bennington via their official website. The song “Out of Time” is featured on their EP High Rise. Stone Temple Pilots actively toured until Chester Bennington’s departure in 2015. The band’s only material with Bennington was the EP High Rise in 2013 and In 2015 Weiland was found dead on his tour bus before a performance with his band The Wildabouts. In 2016, the band launched an online audition for a new lead vocalist. Bennington stated that while Stone Temple Pilots has this sexier, more classic rock feel to it. Linkin Park is a very modern, very tech-heavy type of band. In 2015 He left Stone Temple Pilots on good terms due to his commitments with Linkin Park in 2015

Bennington has struggled with ill health In 2001 suffered a severe bite from a recluse spider while touring with the OzzFest and was also plagued with poor health during the making of Meteora, struggling to attend some recording sessions. In 2003, he began to suffer from extreme abdominal pain and gastrointestinal issues while filming the music video for “Numb” in Prague. He was forced to return to the United States for surgery, and filmed the remainder of the music video in Los Angeles. He also broke his wrist in 2007 while attempting to jump off a platform during a show in Melbourne at the Rod Laver Arena. Bennington also injured his shoulder during the band’s tour in Asia and was advised by doctors to have immediate surgery, cancelling their final show at Pensacola Beach, Florida. Bennington also injured his ankle in January 2015 during a basketball game. Despite these setbacks Bennington was ranked No. 46 in the Top 100 Heavy Metal Vocalists by Hit Parader.

Kong:Skull Island

The film Kong – Skull Island is out on DVD Soon. It stars Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Brie Larson, Jing Tian, Toby Kebbell, John Ortiz, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Shea Whigham, Thomas Mann, Terry Notary, and John C. Reilly.

The film follows a team of scientists and Vietnam War soldiers during 1973, including former British Special Air Service Captain James Conrad (Tom Hiddleston) who is hired by government agent Bill Randa (John Goodman) to guide an expedition to map out the uncharted “Skull Island” somewhere in the Pacific. Randa also recruits the Sky Devils, a helicopter squadron led by Lieutenant Colonel Preston Packard (Samuel L. Jackson) his right-hand, Major Jack Chapman (Toby Kebbell) and Captain Earl Cole (Shea Whigham) to escort them to the island. The group is also joined by pacifist photojournalist Mason Weaver (Brie Larson), who suspects that it is actually a corrupt military operation fronted by Monarch industries.

Arriving on Skull Island, Packard’s men begin dropping explosives despite Conrad’s objections. Predictably The helicopters are suddenly attacked and many are destroyed. The survivors are then faced with the task of staying alive in a dangerous primordial World full of giant killer creatures. Their only hope for rescue is a resupply team that will meet them at the island’s northern end in three days time. Meanwhile Conrad, Weaver, Brooks, biologist San Lin (Jing Tian), soldier Reg Slivko (Thomas Mann) and Landsat employee Victor Nieves (John Orti), among others, encounter local Iwi natives and meet Hank Marlow (John C. Reilly), a missing pilot who crash-landed on the island in 1944 with a Japanese pilot.

Marlow explains that Kong is the island’s guardian and is worshipped as a god by the natives for protecting them from the Skullcrawlers, underground reptilian monsters who have slaughtered Kong’s ancestors, leaving him as the last of his kind. Conrad and Weaver later learn from Monarch Industries that Kong is not the only monster and that many other monsters such as Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra, and King Ghidorah may also exist.

Conrad’s group sets off down the river in a boat recovered by Marlow, where they are attacked by flying reptiles. Marlow reluctantly leads both Conrad and Packard’s team to the Forbidden Zone, a forgotten battleground between Kong’s ancestors and Skullcrawlers where they are attacked by Skullcrawlers. Conrad decides to lead the non-military personnel back to the boat so they can rendezvous with the resupply team.  Conrad Marlow and Weaver then decide to save Kong. However Packard disagrees and tries to clobber kong. Conrad and Weaver convince the other soldiers to spare Kong, but Packard refuses. The group plus King Kong are then suddenly attacked by a really big monster called “Ramarak” in an explosive and exciting showdown.

The Snowman

A film adaptation based on the exciting Jo Nesbø crime thriller The Snowman is due for release in October. Originally due to be directed by Martin Scorsese, it’s Directed by Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) it stars Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, JK Simmons, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Toby Jones, with a score composed by Jonny Greenwood.

It features Norwegian detective, Harry Hole who is investigating a number of recent murders of women around Oslo. His experience of an earlier training course with the FBI leads him to search for links between the cases, and he finds two – each victim is a married mother and after each murder a snowman appears at the murder scene. Then more women disappear and are believed to have been abducted or murdered in a similar way. Almost all of the victims vanished after the first snowfall of winter and a snowman is found near the scene, this fact having been ignored by the original investigators.

Further digging leads Harry and his team – including newcomer Katrine Bratt, recently transferred to Oslo from the Police Department in Bergen – to suspect that paternity issues with the children of the victims may be a motive for the murders. They discover that all of the victims’ children have different fathers to the men they believe to be their father. Following DNA testing, results lead the investigation down a few wrong alleys and several murder suspects are eliminated from the enquiry.

Within a short time, Harry Hole and Katrine are drawn together – personally as well as professionally. In the past he has avoided having affairs with female colleagues, but he is now tempted. During a departmental party, Katrine tries to seduce Harry and though he rejects her, Harry has fantasies about her and realises that she is a kindred spirit – a brilliant detective able to notice the smallest of details and understand the connections between them. Moreover, she has the same kind of obsessive dedication to the job which he himself has – an obsessiveness which had earlier caused his girlfriend, Rakel, to break off their relationship. To complicate matters further, during the investigation, Harry continues to meet with Rakel clandestinely, despite the fact that she is in a new relationship.

Then Katrine Bratt attempts to frame one of the major suspects, however this backfires spectacularly when she herself becomes a suspect. Harry chases her across Norway and finally catches up with her at a previously discovered murder site. She is apprehended and committed to a psychiatric unit. At the same time, Hole’s superior officers decide that the scandal of allowing a serial killer to work on the murder case will be damaging and determine that they require a scapegoat to appease the press. Due to his previous issues with alcoholism, and poor reputation within the police department, Harry Hole is put forward in absentia. However another victim is discovered, and Hole realises that the murderer is still at large…