Tom Petty, one of the greatest musicians of rock music, passed away on Monday, since he suffered from a cardiac arrest, was hospitalized and finally was taken off life support. Petty went into full cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu Sunday night. He was found unconscious and not breathing, he had a pulse but when he arrived at hospital, he had no brain activity. The doctors decided to pull off life support. Another iconic rock star is dead. Our thoughts go to his family and friends.
Tom Petty, who left our world at the age of 66, became famous in the '70s with his band, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers. His solo albums in the '80s and '90s were a huge success. He was also a member of the supergroup The Traveling Wilburys.
Born on October 20, 1950, in Florida, Petty was a true rock legend (he was inducted into "The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame" in 2002. His passionate singing and warm guitar playing, albums like "Full Moon Fever" and "Into the Great Wide Open" will never be forgotten.
The moment that all the Helloween maniacs were waiting for years has come! The new song of the reunited Helloween, entitled "Pumpkins United", has been released as a lyric video in YouTube and can be downloaded for free from the band's official site. The new line-up features all Helloween singers until now, namely Kai Hansen, Michael Kiske and Andi Deris. The band will embark on a worldwide tour in 2017/2018, which kicks off on October 19th 2017 in Monterrey, Mexico. The tour schedule is as follows:
October 19 - Escena - Monterrey, Mexico 21 - Arena Ciudad De Mexico - Mexico City, Mexico 23 - Bn Arena - San Jose, Costa Rica 25 - Gran Carpa de las Américas - Bogota, Colombia 28 - Espaço das Américas - São Paulo, Brazil (Sold Out) 29 - Espaço das Américas - São Paulo, Brazil 31 - Pepsi On Stage - Porto Alegre, Brazil
November 2 - Estadio Luna Park - Buenos Aires City, Argentina 3 - Teatro Caupolican - Santiago, Chile (Sold Out) 5 - Teatro Caupolican - Santiago, Chile (Sold Out) 10 - Samsung Hall - Zurich, Switzerland 11 - Porsche-Arena - Stuttgart, Germany (Sold Out) 12 - Zenith - München, Germany 14 - O2 Academy Brixton - London, United Kingdom 15 - Zénith Paris La Villette - Paris, France 18 - Medionlanum Forum - Milan, Italy 20 - 013 - Tilburg, Netherlands 24 - Ruhr Congress - Bochum, Germany 25 - Tipsport Aréna - Prague, Czech Republic 26 - Aegon-arena - Bratislava, Slovakia 28 - Hala Koło - Warsaw, Poland 30 - Black Box - Helsinki, Finland (Sold Out)
December 2 - Partille Arena - Partille, Sweden 4 - Tempodrom - Berlin, Germany 9 - Wiznik Center - Madrid, Spain 14 - Arena Armeec Sofia - Sofia, Bulgaria 15 - Romexpo - Bucharest, Romania
March 18 - Zepp - Sapporo, Japan 21 - Zepp Bayside - Osaka, Japan 23 - Zepp - Tokyo, Japan 24 - Zepp - Tokyo, Japan 25 - Zepp - Nagoya, Japan
But which is our opinion about the new song?
Well, "Pumpkins United" rocks big time. It is a hell of a power metal song, with all the trademarks of the teutonic metal legends. It is fast, melodic, with a very interesting structure and great performances from every member. It is amazing to listen again to Helloween with Hansen and Kiske, so inspired and fresh! It's a song that will make you smile, especially if you take into account that after so many years, the members worked peacefully together, as a strong team. Hell Yeah!
Some things are common and belong to everyone. So, we have to respect them. But Gene Simmons seems to have a different opinion. On June 2017 the legendary KISS bassist tried to trademark the "devil's horns" hand gesture and made an application to the federal copyright office. The reaction of the music fans was critical about Simmons' application, so he finally decided to withdraw it. Asked by Canada's Toronto Sun about this negative feedback, Simmons said; "People got very upset — unqualified, no experience, no resume — those are the people in the peanut gallery. And so people get upset about something when they don't know the facts. Actually, you can trademark anything. And if nobody objects, I can own every breath of air you take".
It is interesting to see what was written in his original request. Simmons described the sign as consisting "of a hand gesture with the index and small fingers extended upward and the thumb extended perpendicular", and his goal was to use the "devil's horns" hand gesture for entertainment purposes (live performances and personal appearances, "no other person, firm, corporation or association has the right to use said mark in commerce, either in the identical form or in such near resemblance"). According to the original request, Simmons first used the certain hand gesture on November 14, 1974, during KISS' s "Hotter than Hell" tour.
It is very interesting to examine the reaction of Wendy Dio, Ronnie James Dio's widow, since the "devil's horns" hand gesture is connected to R. J. Dio. Wendy said; "To try to make money off of something like this is disgusting. It belongs to everyone — it doesn't belong to anyone. It's a public domain, it shouldn't be trademarked".
After all these, we expect that Gene Simmons will trademark every possible hand gesture, our every step, our breath ...