Looking At Some Of The Best Pranks Ever Pulled By Musicians

first_imgLettuce recently revealed plans for their first-ever festival event, Fool’s Paradise, to be held from April 1st and 2nd at the St. Augustine Amphitheater in St. Augustine, FL. There’s certainly a lot to love about the event, including a killer funky lineup with Lettuce, GRiZ, Vulfpeck, Chris Robinson’s Soul Revue and more. Between the main event and the late night parties, the artist-led excursions and more, this looks to be quite the celebration!Find all of the Fool’s Paradise info you need, right here.Of course, one of the main reasons for the festival’s name is April Fool’s Day. While pranks aren’t necessarily a part of the programming, the history of music and pranks is a rich one. Take a look through some of our favorite musical pranks throughout the years…PhishSince their inception, Phish has shown a propensity for humor, both between themselves and with their fans. In 2014, to celebrate the then upcoming album Fuego‘s release, Rolling Stone wanted to settle the question “What’s your favorite Phish song” once and for all, so they decided to take a poll.  What they weren’t bargaining for was the band’s “Phans” legendary love of taking any opportunity to mess with people. When the final results were tallied, the song “Lushington” stood alone as the people’s favorite.  There was just one thing about it that struck the editors strange…the song hadn’t been played for 27 years. While it was clearly a joke, Rolling Stone decided to honor the voting and declared “Lushington” the winner. While phans congratulated themselves for the prank, they didn’t know that Phish would end up having the last laugh…literally.Phish has made a fun habit out of writing set lists that spell out messages or themes for the opening night of their annual run at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Colorado. The tradition started in 2011 with the all “S” songs show, and continued with the legendary “FUCKYOURFACE” and MOST SHOWS SPELL SOMETHING performances. As the 2014 Dick’s run got closer, fans began speculating on what message the band would be sending them this year.The boys from Vermont opened with “Llama,” then rocked through “Undermind,” “Stash” and “Halfway To The Moon.” By this point, fans were anticipating the “Lushington” bust-out they’d secretly hoped for when they stuffed the ballot box at Rolling Stone. After a few more songs to keep with the spelling, the band finished the LUSHINGTON with a cover of Led Zeppelin’s “No Quarter.” Instead of the rarity, the group launched into “Ha Ha Ha,” pranking all of the phans who had pranked Rolling Stone earlier in the year. Anastasio remarked, “You asked, we delivered. Simple as that.”Watch it all go down below:moe. The band moe. has had an affinity for the irreverent throughout the course of their career.  Though their songs have become more serious over the years, when they first debuted, they would base songs around puns and strange situations. A couple years back, moe.’s bassist Rob Derhak showed off another facet to his comedic skills, acting. He and Umphrey’s McGee bass player Ryan Stasik were in the artists lounge at the Summer Camp Music Festival in 2014, when their years long friendship appeared to have hit rocky waters.Though cameras were abound, the argument and ensuing tussle caught those who were eating their lunch completely off guard. When the first bottle is broken over a head, the resulting spray of fragments startled the unsuspecting onlookers and led to a tense instant, before the ridiculousness caught on. Check out the video below:ColdplayEngland’s Coldplay may be more known for being the punchline of Super Bowl jokes than their music lately, but they have kept their sense of humor through the years. On April 1st in 2009, Coldplay announced they were taking their recording process where no man had gone before. The band issued a press release detailing their plan to record their next album in a modified Boeing 727 that could provide brief periods of zero gravity.They followed it up a year later with a tongue in cheek nod to their own music’s tone with their Calvin Klein inspired Angst cologne.  Angst sported a Brian Eno designed bottle and promised fair trade sourced ingredients such as sangre, sudor and lágrimas. While the band went on to acknowledge that their were superior scents already on the market, they did this mostly for themselves. “If anyone else likes it,” frontman Chris Martin explained, “then that’s a bonus.”John MayerLong before he was selling out shows with Dead & Company, guitarist John Mayer was selling out shows of his own and earning a reputation as a jokester. With media appearances that usually goofed on his “Aw Shucks” good nature, such as his appearance on Chapelle Show, his deftness on camera attracted the attention of Viacom. The media group offered to shoot a off the wall tour video with Mayer, with the potential for spinning it out into a full series. The production was kept small and intimate to best utilize Mayer’s affability by keeping the crew unobtrusive. Shot as he went around the nation on tour, John Mayer Has A TV Show was twenty plus minutes of Mayer improvising interactions with rapper Trick Daddy, a member of his crew, and a bunch of his fans pre-gaming in the parking lot. Not one to miss the chance to poke fun at himself, Mayer donned his favorite bear costume…what, you don’t have a closet full of bear costumes?  Seriously? Mayer even wore his onstage with Sheryl Crow!Anyway, Mayer thought it would be fun to not only disguise himself, but to take the opportunity to take his image down a peg or two by taking a few shots at himself.  Check out the grizzly results below:ToolThe band Tool has made an annual tradition out of pranking their fans on “April Tool’s Day” which have ranged from silly to horrific. The practice of playing these jokes is a direct reflection of the band’s core message of not taking themselves too seriously. For example, last year Tool issued an angry statement threatening legal action against those responsible for unfinished tracks from their upcoming album being stolen, released on the internet and even re-recorded by other bands. They even offered a link so fans could hear their stolen material performed by others, which you can check out below:Anyone who clicked the link heard the Hechizeros Band‘s dollar keyboard Spanish language insanity called “El Sonidito.” Obviously Tool was having yet another little joke with their fans.  No harm, no foul…it’s not like any one got hurt…this time.  They weren’t always so cautious, however.In 1997 the internet was rapidly becoming a part of our daily lives, and music fans were enjoying the ability to visit the official band sites and keep closer watch on their favorite artists. Tool fans found a shocking message on the band’s site on the morning of April 1st:[4/1/97] – Urgent: Information is still sketchy at best regarding the auto accident in Australia; the label won’t release any information about any of the band members’ conditions, except to say that at least three of them are currently listed in critical condition, and that tour dates for the next few months have been indefinitely postponed. Needless to say, this might end up being overwhelmingly disastrous. OK, Just in from BMG – they realized that a lot of you (hell, and me too) were going to be concerned about this, and would likely check this page for news, so they’ve set up an email address / listserv thing (I don’t know what it is yet) which they plan to use to keep us updated. Do Not Mail ME about it, I do NOT know anything that you don’t. I will post more about this as soon as possible. To get in touch with the BMG list thing, simply send mail to aprilfools@accident-austraila.com. “Obviously, anyone who read to the end saw the joke clearly lamp shaded by the fake email address. That didn’t stop thousands of people worldwide from bombarding news and media outlets for any updates or information about the “injured” band members. The hoax spread so quickly widely that radio stations and MTV felt the need to address the issue, and the band and their website administrator released a statement the following day apologizing.“To all those who took this too seriously, I apologize. Some have suggested that this post was in poor taste, and given that it was written past midnight, I won’t necessarily argue it wasn’t. To those who spent any time or money on web-searching or phone-calling to verify this information, again, sorry you didn’t see it for what it was. The subject is not one which calls for levity, and I stress that no offense was meant to anyone.I apologize for having potentially taken advantage of the trust many of you have come to place in this site by posting this. Fear not, this site will not indulge itself in such outlandish pranks in the future. You can continue to expect rumor-free news and facts from The Tool Page as you have been able to since early 1995.”Luckily, as proved by last year’s prank, they didn’t follow through on their promise to behave.The Merry Pranksters The originals. Ken Kesey and his cadre of social engineers/psychedelic enthusiasts took it upon themselves to help America “Wake Up.” After the horrors of the second world war ended, American soldiers had come home and spawned what would be known as the baby boom.  This entire generation would be the first to experience true modern mass media, and more and more they were coming to question the accepted ways of the world. Kesey graduated with a degree in Speech and Communication, and his writing skills attracted prizes and scholarships.  The attention was well founded, as Kesey turned out what would be considered a classic of modern literature, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. In early 1964 Kesey, Neal Cassady and a group of friends were living communally on properties owned by Kesey, purchased with the profits from his book sales, and experimenting heavily with LSD. In a moment of inspiration that has reverberated to this day, the group decided to take their weird show on the road.Inspired by beat poet Jack Kerouac‘s beat novel classic On The Road, Kesey organized a cross country road trip to see the open the lines of communication between people, make art out of the mundane and, ostensibly, to go th the fair. The journey entered into legend and gave us the book The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test and the phrase “On The Bus.” After that historic journey the Pranksters began throwing Acid Test parties regularly on the west coast, attended by literary notables  Allen Ginsberg and Hells Angels members alike. The Merry Pranksters even picked up a official/unofficial house band, The Warlocks, who you might recognize better from the name they soon adopted, The Grateful Dead.The Dead did their best to spread the Prankster spirit with their music and their actions. Sometimes they even got to combine the two, such as their appearance on the Hugh Hefner hosted Playboy After Dark television series. The story goes that the band’s sound engineer and chief chemist Owsley Stanley, decided to spike the coffee for the crew during the taping.  No one’s sure if Hef took a sip, but it’s a safe bet that more than a few of his staff’s minds were expanded up that night. Here’s Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann telling the tale on Conan last year:Rolling Stone and The Masked MaraudersSome April’s Fools pranks are more cruel than others. In their October 18, 1969 issue Rolling Stone Magazine editor Griel Marcus, under the pseudonym T.M.Christian, along with record reviewer Bruce Miroff wrote a breathless review of a secret new super group comprised of the greatest talents in the modern rock scene including Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger.  The writers intent was to parody the then growing trend of so called “Super groups” like Blind Faith and Crosby, Stills and Nash. The review of the imaginary double album touted an epic 18 minute Dylan-led cover of Donovan‘s Season Of The Witch, McCartney doing a likely very racist Eddie Fisher styled version of Mammy and production from “Al Kooper.“The response from fans and shop owners was quick and impressive and funny to Marcus and Miroff, but most comical to them were the inquiries from the agents and representatives from the artists they’d parodied.  The decision was made to take this whole thing one step farther, and actually produce an album. Griel and fellow editor Langdon Winner convinced Berkeley area group Cleanliness and Godliness Skiffle Band to take on the role.  The group recorded original versions of joke titled tunes “Cow Pie, I Can’t Get No Nookie” as Jagger and “Duke Of Earl” while aping Dylan.  The tracks were then given to radio station and, amazingly, a bidding war broke out, resulting in Warner Brothers signing the act for 15,000 dollars. The record spent weeks on the Billboard charts, reaching #114 until word of the joke and closer inspection of the lyrics, liner notes and packaging tipped off the gullible record buyers and sent the album to the pages of history.  In today’s world of smart phones and search engines, the Masked Marauders wouldn’t have lasted a minute before being exposed, but in the mad cap sixties anything was possible.  The saddest part of this whole story is that we’d love to hear what music that version of the Fab Four might have created. Check out what a crazy idea, a band up for some fun, and a record label with mischief on its mind can do below:That’s just a small sampling of the silliness that’s gone on in years past.  It’s hard to say what will happen on April 1st, but the odds are good that whatever it is, it’ll be hard to believe.  Speaking of hard to believe, there are still a few tickets left for Fool’s Paradise, held from April 1st and 2nd in St. Augustine, FL.  With a stellar mix of funk, electronica, rock and soul as well as sunny skies, after parties and late night shows, Fool’s Paradise looks to be the perfect way to escape your “Funny” friends attempts at prankery.  Tickets and Information available HERE.last_img read more

Listen To Gov’t Mule’s Entire Set With Traffic Covers On Mule-O-Ween

first_imgGov’t Mule celebrated their annual Mule-O-Ween at the Palace Theatre in Albany, NY with a tribute to Traffic. The cover set wasn’t entirely unexpected, as the band teased the theme for their upcoming Halloween performance with just a simple artwork just a few weeks prior. The tribute was a hit, with multi-instrumentalist Steve Elson and percussionist Bobby Allende contributing throughout.Mule-O-Ween got started on the right foot, opening a set of mostly original music with “World Boss” into “Mother Earth.” The set featured jams like “Larger Than Life” and “Temporary Saint,” closing out with “Time To Confess.”After the short break, the band got down to business on a great set of Traffic music. They opened with “Pearly Queen” before driving into “Stranger To Himself,” decorating the set with classics from the Traffic catalog. Most of the songs during the set were debuts for Mule, with the exceptions of the opener “Pearly Queen,” the rockin’ instrumental “Glad,” the ballad “Empty Pages,” and the hit song “Low Spark Of High-Heeled Boys.” With those songs in the mix, and others like “Light Up Or Leave Me Alone,” “Rock & Roll Stew,” “Medicated Goo” and more, this was an incredible night for Warren Haynes and company.The band closed out the night with two more classics in the encore, “(Sometimes I Feel So) Uninspired” and the fan-favorite “Dear Mr. Fantasy.” Fortunately, thanks to Sean Roche, we can watch the majority of Mule’s tribute to Traffic.Thanks to Chris From JamBuzz, we can listen to the full show below:Setlist: Gov’t Mule at the Palace Theatre, Albany, NY – 10/29/16Set 1:World Boss >Mother EarthLarger Than LifeTrane > with 3rd Stone From The Sun teaseEternity’s Breath >St. Stephen JamTemporary SaintTime To ConfessSet 2:Pearly Queen > with Steve Elson & Bobby AllendeStranger To Himself with Steve Elson & Bobby Allende, First Time PlayedRock & Roll Stew with Steve Elson & Bobby Allende, First Time PlayedForty Thousand Headmen with Steve Elson & Bobby Allende, First Time PlayedGlad > with Steve Elson & Bobby AllendeFreedom Rider with Steve Elson & Bobby Allende, First Time PlayedEmpty Pages with Steve Elson & Bobby Allende(Sometimes I Feel So) Uninspired with Bobby Allende, First Time PlayedMedicated Goo with Steve Elson & Bobby Allende, First Time PlayedShouldn’t Have Took More Than You Gave with Steve Elson & Bobby Allende, First Time PlayedLow Spark Of High-Heeled Boys with Steve Elson & Bobby AllendeLight Up Or Leave Me Alone with Steve Elson & Bobby Allende, First Time PlayedEncore:(Sometimes I Feel So) Uninspired (Take 2) with Bobby AllendeDear Mr. Fantasy with Steve Elson & Bobby Allende[Photo via Heath Robson]last_img read more

Q&A: Stanley Tucci on grief, food and ‘Supernova’

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — Stanley Tucci’s pandemic experiences have run the gamut. He has home-schooled little kids. He has, rather famously, mixed cocktails. He has had the virus. He has worked on film and TV sets with new safety protocols. He has written a memoir — the first draft in London’s first lockdown, the second draft in its second. And he is starring in a newly released film in which he gives one of the finest performances of his career. In “Supernova,” Tucci plays Tusker, a novelist on the edge of dementia. The film, currently playing in theaters, will be available to rent digitally Feb. 16.last_img read more

Costa Rica: 1.5 tons of cocaine seized

first_img SAN JOSÉ, Costa Rica – The Costa Rican Coast Guard seized 1.5 tons of cocaine after four crew members fled a boat to avoid arrest on March 13, Mauricio Boraschi, Costa Rica’s national anti-drug commissioner, said. The boat was found on the Caribbean beach of Manzanillo in the province of Limón. Drug Control Police (PCD) agents discovered the cocaine divided into 50 packs along with 30 barrels of fuel to power the four-engine vessel. The crew members escaped into the jungle, Boraschi said. Costa Rican officials have seized five tons of cocaine, eradicated 51,494 marijuana plants and broken up four narco-trafficking gangs so far this year, according to the Ministry of Security. Nearly 90% of the cocaine that reaches the United States comes through Mexico and Central America, according to the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board. Costa Rica is among 14 nations involved in Operation Martillo, a coordinated effort to stem drug trafficking along the Central American isthmus by working with governments in the region and Europe. [Tico Times (Costa Rica), 13/03/2013; UPI (Costa Rica), 13 /03/2013; El Siglo de Durango (México), 12/03/2013] By Dialogo March 15, 2013last_img read more

Colombia Honors Ecuadorean Soldier Killed in FARC Attack Posthumously

first_img Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón gave the Ecuadorean Ambassador in Colombia, Raúl Vallejo, Maldonado’s posthumous award during the Ministry of Defense’s anniversary celebration, an official from the Ministry reported. On August 14, the Colombian Ministry of Defense honored Ecuadorean Soldier Diego Maldonado with a posthumous military award. Maldonado died last week during an attack by the Colombian FARC guerrillas on the border with Ecuador. By Dialogo August 16, 2013 The Colombian government blamed the FARC for the attack, in which five guerrillas were also killed, and another Ecuadorean soldier was wounded. Maldonado’s award was the Ministry of Defense’s Military Medal for Distinguished Service. Furthermore, Pinzón sent his condolences to the deceased officer’s family. The minister also praised the “good will” of the Ecuadorean and Colombian governments for working jointly on border security. Maldonado, a 28-year-old lieutenant, died on August 8 during the attack by an illegal group against the Ecuadorean Army on the border with Colombia. last_img read more

Berger, others call for Durbin amendment repeal

first_imgNAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger called for the repeal of the Durbin amendment on debit interchange, in an editorial in The Hill Thursday which he co-authored with the heads of CUNA, the Consumer Bankers Association and the Independent Community Bankers Association.Berger and the others urged support of legislation from Rep. Randy Neugebauer, R-Texas, that would repeal the amendment, and they recognized House Financial Services Subcommittee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, for his Dodd-Frank alternative plan that would also repeal the price controls.“A recent study by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond surveyed a diverse set of merchants and found that more than three-fourths in the sample did not change their prices after the Durbin Amendment was implemented,” Berger and the others wrote. “And, surprisingly, the study also found that one in four merchants actually increased prices since the Durbin Amendment took effect.“Other studies confirm customers are being short-changed at the register,” they continued. “The fourth annual survey of nearly 2,000 consumers by consumer research firm Phoenix Marketing International found the vast majority of shoppers have not experienced a price drop at the point of sale. In fact, in each of the 15 categories measured, at least 92 percent of shoppers reported that prices rose or stayed the same over the previous year.” continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Film spotlights life of Amsterdam doc

first_imgLocal residents have a rare opportunity to see a documentary about the extraordinary life of Amsterdam native Dr. Tom Catena this weekend. The film, “The Heart of Nuba,” is produced by his Brown University classmate Ken Carlson and executive-produced by Maria Shriver. It’s currently showing in large metropolitan areas, but we have a special opportunity to view it here.It profiles his life as the only doctor serving 1 million patients in the war-torn Nuba Mountains of Sudan. The film will be shown at Emerald Cinemas on Route 30 in Amsterdam on April 27, 28 and 29 at 1, 4, 7 and 9 p.m. each day. The matinées are $12.50 and the evening shows are $15. All proceeds will benefit the African Mission Healthcare Foundation, which supports the Mother of Mercy Hospital where Dr. Catena works. Funds go directly to train more doctors and nurses.To view a trailer or learn more about this documentary, visit www.theheartofnuba.com Don’t miss this opportunity to view a life-changing film about a life of service and genuine humanity.Lisa McCoyJohnstownMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationBroadalbin-Perth’s Tomlinson seizing the day by competing in cross country and golf this fallEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

​Langensjö says Swedish pension debate brought up ‘really good’ ideas

first_img“One way to maximise the benefit for the default fund is to access private markets”Mats Langensjö“One way to maximise the benefit for the default fund is to access private markets, if the board or management of the default fund thinks it can add value to the portfolio,” he said adding that this was nevertheless something that needed to be implemented over time and with care.Langensjö is a veteran of Swedish pension system reform, before this latest commission having led one public inquiry and the three annual reviews leading to the new AP-fund law in 1999.IPE asked him whether he found there were always some interests that resisted reform.He said: “My experience is that the government are quite good at seeing past the responses that are more to protect current positions, market structure or keep the status quo, and on to what are honest and relevant contributions to improve the default fund.”Langensjö said his job was to suggest a way forward that was good for the members, the pension system and one could actually be implemented – rather than being a theoretical or fragmented idea.“I had to be holistic and consider the broader context,” he said.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here. Pension system troubleshooter Mats Langensjö says the consultation on his plan to overhaul the default option in Sweden’s premium pension system has produced some great suggestions – among those simply driving particular agendas.The current framework for AP7 – the SEK670bn (€63.4bn) national pension fund which runs the choice-free alternative in the first-pillar defined contribution (DC) system – is long outdated and hails from when its position was totally different, according to the independent consultant.Responding to questions, Langensjö told IPE: “This change is long overdue and I believe my proposal will give the default fund a more relevant structure and still have a framework that has the flexibility to accommodate future changes or economic scenarios.”The consultation ended on Monday, having been launched on 17 February, and resulted in 28 published responses after 37 stakeholders had been invited to comment. While many of the respondents praised the proposal or large parts of it, others, such as some academics and the Swedish Investment Fund Association, had criticisms.Asked what he thought of the responses as a whole, Langensjö said: “I believe overall it is a typical and expected range of responses in this kind of public consultation process – some really good suggestions on details that can improve the implementation and also the future process.”At hand was a complicated and important matter, he said, which affected millions of pension scheme members and a large, complex portfolio, so there were many benefits to be had from the consultation process.“As always, and as you can expect, there are those respondees who take a narrower approach or drive a certain agenda. That is understandable and expected,” he said.Langensjö said he expected several details, technical suggestions and proposals for the implementation process itself contained in responses to be taken into consideration by legislators.State pension buffer fund AP6, which specialises in private equity investment, said in its response that there was a need for further investigation of some aspects of the plan in relation to AP7’s proposed future as a major private equity investor.However, Langensjö said this had been addressed in his report, with much of the work having already been done in the form of extensive analysis carried out by the Ministry of Finance over the recent broadening of investment rules for the four main state pension funds, AP1-4.“Most responders did not have the time and ability to take the same holistic approach as I did in my work, considering many different perspectives and in the end proposing relevant legislation,” he said.“One of my key points is that a default fund in a compulsory state DC-plan has to be given all the means, ability and flexibility to adjust the portfolio over time and in different economic environments,” he said.The default fund was for premium pension scheme members who really needed professional portfolio management, whereas people who had the skill or need for an individual risk profile or asset allocation could use the range of funds on the funds platform, he said.last_img read more

Höegh Autoliners Faces Price Fixing Charges

first_imgThe Norwegian car shipping company Höegh Autoliners has been referred to the Competition Tribunal of South Africa for prosecution on seven charges relating to collusive tendering, price fixing and market division.The charges come on the back of a probe into widespread anti-competitive conduct in the market for the provision of transportation of motor vehicles, equipment and machinery by sea to and from South Africa, according to the country’s Competition Commission.Höegh Autoliners was accused of colluding with Japan’s Mitsui O.S.K Lines Ltd (MOL) from around 2009, when the two companies allegedly engaged in prohibited practices in that they agreed and/or engaged in concerted practices as competitors to fix prices, divide markets and tender collusively.The Commission said that the charges entail a number of collusive activities from 1997 to 2010 to ship motor vehicles from Thailand, Japan and India to South Africa, from South Africa to Europe, North Africa and North America, as well as to Europe.MOL previously approached the Commission in terms of its Corporate Leniency Policy and was subsequently granted leniency for its involvement in the cartel conduct in exchange for information and full cooperation in the matter.In referring the matter against Höegh to the Tribunal for adjudication, the Commission is seeking an order declaring that the company is liable for the payment of an administrative penalty equal to 10% of its annual turnover on each of the charges.last_img read more

Bingawan’s No. 2 most wanted person nabbed

first_imgThe suspect was detained in the lockup cell of the Bingawan police station. ILOILO City – He was listed as the No. 2 most wanted person in the municipal police station of Bingawan, Iloilo. Sierra’s apprehension was staged on the strength of an arrest warrant for the crime of rape, the report added. The 33-year-old Reymund Sierra was caught in Barangay Progreso, Ajuy, Iloilo around 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, a police report showed.  No bail bond was recommended for his temporary liberty./PNlast_img read more