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Friday, May 15, 2015

U2's The Edge Falls Off ... An Edge

Posted By on Fri, May 15, 2015 at 10:08 AM

David Howell Evans, a grown man who makes people refer to him as "The Edge," fell off the literal edge of a stage while meandering through a guitar solo last night in Vancouver. Evans plays guitar in U2 (that band whose songs miraculously appeared on your iPhone a little while back). 

The best part of the video (embedded below) is the absolute confidence The Edge displays as he walks over the bright yellow strips clearly marking the edge of the stage. He must have been totally zoned out (or drunk) because the step before his fall his toes are already hanging off the stage and he doesn't even notice.

After The Edge takes a dive into the space between the stage and crowd with a thud (caused by his guitar and arm banging up against the edge of the stage), you can hear Bono in the background carrying along without The Edge. A+ video, 5/5 Bonos, would watch again.

The good news? Evans is reportedly alright and something interesting finally happened at a U2 concert. Maybe he'll take this as a wake up call to stop referring to himself like he's some rebellious character out of a poorly written novel?

(UPDATE: An earlier version of this story misidentified David Howell Evans. It has been corrected.)

U2's I&E tour comes to the SAP Center at San Jose May 18 and 19.
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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

CNN Accidentally Airs a Lil B Song During a News Report (But it Was Fake)

Posted By on Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 7:47 PM

"Ladies and gentlemen, we regret to inform you that we have just subjected you to the music of the Based God."
  • "Ladies and gentlemen, we regret to inform you that we have just subjected you to the music of the Based God."

Update: It was a fake!

Earlier tonight, we posted about what appeared to be a clip of CNN airing Berkeley rapper Lil B's "Wonton Soup" over a regular news segment of a 103-year-old female driver.

Turns out the clip wasn't real -- it appears to have been a marketing stunt.

The actual CNN clip (from 2010) is here, sans "Wonton Soup" -- although CNN's Kyra Phillips did apologize for the song played during the segment.

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Friday, August 19, 2011

Explosions in the Sky Advertises a Concert, Media Invents a Controversy

Posted By on Fri, Aug 19, 2011 at 4:25 PM

  • via NBC, if you couldn't already tell.

Of the 365 days in a year, maybe post-punks Explosions in the Sky shouldn't have picked the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks to play a concert.

Why? This marquee, spotted in Boise, Idaho, advertises said concert. The words "SEPT 11" next to "EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY" caught the attention of NBC New York, which noted (helpfully!) that the show has "the unfortunate timing of taking place on the 10th anniversary of the terror attacks that killed more than 2,700 people at the World Trade Center."

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Black Sabbath Is Maybe (Not!) Getting Back Together, Or Something

Posted By on Tue, Aug 16, 2011 at 4:04 PM


We're not really sure what's going on here, but something stinks.

Former Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi reportedly told the British Birmingham Mail that the original Black Sabbath lineup would be back for the first time since 1979 with a new album next year.

''It's all been very hush-hush," Iommi supposedly said. "Ozzy's been the worst at trying to hold it back. He's doing a lot of TV and he's being asked stuff about a reunion and he's going, 'Well, I never say never.'"

Big news, yes?

Well, maybe not.

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Friday, July 29, 2011

Morrissey Defends Oslo-KFC Comparison, World Gives Him the Finger

Posted By on Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 10:04 AM

List of things you don't want to say onstage: "Hello, New York!" when you're in Boston; "How about them Dodgers?" when you're in San Francisco; and "The tragedy is Norway was way less serious than the way fast food chains operate every day" when you're pretty much anywhere.

Alas, Morrissey seems to have forgotten the most important item on this list.

Before playing "Meat Is Murder" at a show in Warsaw on Sunday, he said, "We all live in a murderous world, as the events in Norway have shown, with 97 dead, though that is nothing compared to what happens in McDonald's and Kentucky Fried Shit every day," according to the U.K.'s Mirror.

As if his foot weren't far enough down his throat and out his ass already, he released a comment today through fan site

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Dead Kennedys: Not Drunk Enough to Promote Heineken

Posted By on Tue, Jul 26, 2011 at 12:40 PM

Of all the ways to promote beer, a song called "Too Drunk to Fuck" seems like a pretty dumb way to do it.

Earlier this month, complaints forced Heineken to drop a beer ad on Spotify that featured a lounge-ish cover of the Dead Kennedys' classic punk song by Nouvelle Vague, the U.K. Guardian reported. Now, the Dead Kennedys themselves are venting their (sometimes intimidating) anger at Heineken for using the cover for promotional purposes.

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Monday, July 11, 2011

Oops! Coheed and Cambria's Michael Todd Goes to Jail Instead of His Gig

Posted By on Mon, Jul 11, 2011 at 3:57 PM

Things not to do before your gig: cut off your fingers, get lost backstage, get arrested.

The list is short, but Coheed and Cambria bassist Michael Todd allegedly forgot to follow the rules before his band was scheduled to open for Soundgarden last night in Massachusetts. The 30-year-old rock star apparently has a soft spot for Oxycontin -- so much of one that he allegedly held up a Walgreens on his way to the show to get a fix.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Lesson of the Day: Don't Throw Away Your Mix CDs

Posted By on Wed, Jun 1, 2011 at 4:02 PM

SF Weekly's own Exhibitionist uncovered a "Secret Admirer" mix CD (double disc!) found in the used bin of a Valencia Street bookstore, complete with a (possibly unopened) note giving track-by-track commentary, and saddest of all, a date of creation: May 2011.


Highlights include:

  • An (ironic?) assessment of "Ingrown," by Smudge: "The singer of this band also played guitar for the Lemonheads, but I think Smudge is way better and it's kind of weird they were never as famous, but that probably makes them cooler."
  • A summation of Liz Phair's career in one sentence: "Too bad she only had one good album."
  • (Possibly) embarrassing admissions: "My best friend & I used to listen to this song and drive around the mall looking for cute punk boys. Sadly there were none anywhere ever." (On "P.R.D.C.T.," by Bratmobile)
  • The most accurate four words on Little Pete's favorite song: ("Summerbaby," by Polaris): "it's, like, so good."
  • The slow realization that the "secret admirer" recipient of the mix hocked it into the recycling bin less than a month after receiving it.

The whole thing is painstakingly documented at the Exhibitionist.

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Fruit Bats, J. Mascis, Sonny and the Sunsets Play at Huichica Festival in Sonoma Next Weekend

Posted By on Thu, May 26, 2011 at 5:00 PM


In this weeks issue of SF Weekly, we ran a story about music festivals in Northern California, but unfortunately, there was (hopefully no more than) one glaring omission: the second annual Huichica Music Festival, which takes place on Saturday, June 4th at Gundlach Bundschu Winery in Sonoma.

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