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Imagine Dragons makes history on Billboard Hot 100 todd | Program Director
02/12/2014 | Filed In: Imagine Dragons | Radioactive | Billboard | Hot 100 | Night Visions | X96 | Big Ass Show

Imagine Dragons makes history on Billboard Hot 100

They started out as a humble band playing in little venues in Provo, and now Imagine Dragons have reached super-star status. That's not an easy thing to accomplish in the world of entertainment, and it rarely happens to a band on their debut album. They've been selling out concerts all over the world, and their album Night Visions is about to go double-platinum.

Imagine Dragons are currently tied for having the longest run on the Billboard Hot 100 with their song "Radioactive." It's been on the chart for 76 weeks and will likely surpass the song it is tied with next week. (That song is "I'm Yours" by Jason Mraz, in case you are curious.) Two years ago, most of us didn't know anything about Imagine Dragons, but they've worked hard and have pretty much taken over the world.

And it couldn't happen to a nicer band. We appreciate everything they've done for us and our listeners and we are excited to see their continued success.

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A MESSAGE FROM FLEA! jon | Mid Day
02/04/2014 | Filed In: rhcp | red hot chili peppers | flea | awesome ms paint drawings | jon smith | kxrk | x96 | super bowl half time | apologies | i should have been a professional drawer |

A MESSAGE FROM FLEA!

Considering everything we saw during this years Super Bowl, (I'm allowed to say that right?) questioning the performance of Bruno mars and The Red hot Chili Peppers should be damn near the BOTTOM of the list.  I mean sure, the game sucked, and the commercials have gotton worse every year.  But talking about The Chili's NOT bringing their A game?  COME ON!

have you not SEEN the crappy performances the last few years?  MADONNA last year?  Really?

There are VERY few bands that can still command an audience after THIRTY years like RHCP can.  The fact that they kept their pants on during the set is worthy of a golf clap all by itself.  But, here we are talking about the fact that their instruments were not plugged in.  Lucky for us, Uncle FLEA has issued a statement about the whole thing to ease our troubled hearts.

I've taken the liberty of using my mad skillz with MS Paint to illustrate the event, as i don't want to get sued for using a pic.

So here's what Flea had to say about it.

Enjoy!

:

The Red Hot Chili Peppers stance on any sort of miming has been that we will absolutely not do it. The last time we did it (or tried to) was in the late 80's, we were thrown off of 'The Top Of the Pops' television program in the U.K. during rehearsals because we refused to mime properly, I played bass with my shoe, John played guitar atop Anthony's shoulders, and we basically had a wrestling match onstage, making a mockery of the idea that it was a real live performance. We mimed on one or two weird MTV shows before that and it always was a drag. We take our music playing seriously, it is a sacred thing for us, and anyone who has ever seen us in concert (like the night before the Super Bowl at the Barclays Center), knows that we play from our heart, we improvise spontaneously, take musical risks, and sweat blood at every show. We have been on the road for 31 years doing it. So, when this Super Bowl gig concept came up, there was a lot of confusion amongst us as whether or not we should do it, but we eventually decided, it was a surreal-like, once in a life time crazy thing to do and we would just have fun and do it. We had given this a lot of thought before agreeing to do it, and besides many a long conversation amongst ourselves, I spoke with many musician friends for whom I have the utmost respect, and they all said they would do it if asked, that it was a wild trippy thing to do, what the hell. Plus, we the RHCP all love football too and that played a big part in our decision. We decided that, with Anthony singing live, that we could still bring the spirit and freedom of what we do into the performance, and of course we played every note in the recording specially for the gig. I met and spoke with Bruno, who was a beautiful dude, a real talented musician, and we worked out something that seemed like it would be fun. We recorded a track for the day, just banged one out from our hearts that was very like in spirit to the versions we have been playing live the last few years with our beloved Josh on guitar. For the actual performance, Josh, Chad, and I were playing along with the pre recorded track so there was no need to plug in our guitars, so we did not. Could we have plugged them in and avoided bumming people out who have expressed disappointment that the instrumental track was pre recorded? Of course easily we could have and this would be a non-issue. We thought it better to not pretend. It seemed like the realest thing to do in the circumstance. It was like making a music video in front of a gazillion people, except with live vocals, and only one chance to rock it. Our only thought was to bring the spirit of who we are to the people. I am grateful to the NFL for having us. And I am grateful to Bruno, who is a super talented young man for inviting us to be a part of his gig. I would do it all the same way again. We, as a band, aspire to grow as musicians and songwriters, and to continue to play our guts out live onstage for anyone who wants to get their brains blown out. Sincerely, Flea

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The Grammys give Trent Reznor an apology jon | Mid Day
01/29/2014 | Filed In: nin | trent reznor | grammys | nine inch nails | omg sorry | jon smith | x96 | kxrk

The Grammys give Trent Reznor an apology

 Ok before I get to the story, I have to point out that i'm not allowed to use pictures on  my blog because of stupid copyright laws.  So I made my own.  That's right, in addition to being a DJ, I'm a world class artist with MS Paint.

Alright so even though the final performance of the Grammys gets cut off EVERY YEAR..  Grammy Executive Producer Keith Ehrlich gave a big fat "I'm sorry" to Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor.  Trent had a saggy diaper that leaked overthe way this year's broadcast ended. Trent sent out a profanity-laced tweet letting everyone know he felt disrespected after his closing performance with Queens of the Stone Age, Dave Grohl, and Lindsey Buckingham was cut short at the end of Sunday's ceremony. Now Ehrlich -- who says he was thrilled to finally get Reznor to perform at the Grammys -- is telling "The Hollywood Reporter" his side of the story. He says they let the rockers know they'd keep the performance on air as long as possible, and he thinks they got pretty close before the credits started rolling.  You'd think Dave Grohl would have warned him. he's been int he final super group performance for the last three years.    Ehrlich says the all-star jam lasted about five or six minutes, and they got within about a minute-and-a-half of the end.

 

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New Neon Trees video todd | Program Director
01/29/2014 | Filed In: neon trees | X96 | sleeping with a friend | pop psychology

New Neon Trees video

The new video from Neon Trees is awesome! It's like a trip to the 1980's :)

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Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament broke a dude's nose! jon | Mid Day
01/21/2014 | Filed In: pearl jam | alternative | jeff ament | grunge | x96 | jon smith | alternative

Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament broke a dude's nose!

A Pearl Jam fan had his nose broken by PJ's bass man Jeff Ament last week.  It was not some on stage scuffle, or even a back stage rock and roll incident though.. It was actually a what the fan describes as a rough game of basketball.   Well that's..  Still..  Kind of exciting.  Right?

Sherif Hassan tells Australia's Triple J that Ament actually broke his nose during the pick-up game in New Zealand, which also included Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler.  Hassan says Ament made up for the broken nose by giving him and some friends tickets to the event and backstage passes. He says the injury didn't bother him as much after he spent some time hanging out with New Zealand singer Lorde between shows and got a shout out from Eddie Vedder during Pearl Jam's performance. 

Kids down unda are tough!

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