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Joining Rock Hall of Fame: Nirvana, Kiss, Peter Gabriel

Cat Stevens, Linda Ronstadt also enter

(Newser) - Nirvana was nominated to join the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the band's first year of eligibility—and now its place has been cemented. Nirvana, along with Kiss, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, Linda Ronstadt, and Cat Stevens will join the Hall of Fame on April 10... More »

Nostalgia Rules in Super Bowl Ads

From Betty White to Stevie Wonder, these ads bank on the familiar

(Newser) - Yes, there were still the requisite ads using slapstick violence to get a laugh, or objectifying women—but the reigning theme of this year's Super Bowl commercials was nostalgia. Thanks to the economy, many advertisers used familiar faces to pitch products, writes Stuart Elliott in the New York Times . A... More »

KISS Drummer Beats Breast Cancer

Peter Criss aims to raise awareness of male breast cancer

(Newser) - Peter Criss has been declared cancer-free and he feels like the luckiest Catman alive. Criss, a founding member of KISS, received treatment for a tumor in his breast before it could spread and got the all-clear with his latest mammogram. The 63-year-old survivor is now doing his best to raise... More »

New Kiss Disc to Land at Wal-Mart

Group becomes latest classic band to move merch through retailer

(Newser) - The deal was sealed with a Kiss: the heavy metal band is joining the ranks of classic bands releasing their music through Wal-Mart, the world’s biggest retailer, the AP reports. Their new collection, “Sonic Boom,” comes out Oct. 6 only at Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club; it... More »

The Worst Lyrics of All Time

'I feel real phoney when my name is Bill... or was that Phil' and more

(Newser) - Great music can inspire, but even the greats have thought up some atrocious lyrics. NME mines these gems:
  • "What else could I say? Everyone is gay." (Nirvana, All Apologies)
  • "I met a girl. She asked me my name. I told her what it was." 
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Tongues to Chest Hair, Stars Insure Prized Parts

Dolly Parton's chest worth $11K per inch

(Newser) - Celebrities are known for insuring their most famous body parts, but now other types are getting into the practice. This week, a coffee taster’s tongue was insured for $13.8 million, making it the most valuable in the world. To mark the occasion, the Mirror lists some of the... More »

Kiss Cuddles With Condoleezza

Secretary of state crossed paths with the band in Sweden

(Newser) - In a crossing of paths fit for Madame Tussauds, ‘70s icons Kiss were staying at the same Stockholm hotel as Condoleezza Rice yesterday. Not content to be strangers passing in the Swedish night, the rockers asked if the secretary of state could stop by after dining with the country’... More »

Metal Makes a Heavy Comeback

Hair we go again: '80s nostalgia brings monsters of rock back to life

(Newser) - Heavy metal is coming back with a vengeance this summer, the Guardian reports. Kiss, Def Leppard, Judas Priest, and plenty of other massive metal names from the '80s will dust off the spandex and play stadium shows for audiences of aging headbangers along with a new generation of fans weaned... More »

Rock N' Roll's Worst Lyricists

Heavy-handed metaphors, Hallmark sentimentality and pompous mysticism about in these 40 icons of rotten rhymes

(Newser) - Just because you can play a guitar doesn't mean you know how to string a sentence together. Blender looks back at rock's cringe-worthy lyricists:
  1. Sting
  2. Neal Peart, Rush
  3. Scott Stapp, Creed
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100 Years of Kisses

The iconic Hershey's Kiss hits the century mark today

(Newser) - Today the Hershey's Kiss will turn 100 and The Hershey Company is pulling out all the stops. What do you get the candy that has everything?  A U.S. postage stamp?  A 15,026 pound bigger-than-life-size version of itself? A party? Yes.  More »

Why a Kiss On the Lips (or Even the Hand) Can Still Stir Controversy

(Newser) - Richad Gere and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad are hardly soulmates, but both got into trouble last week for kissing (not each other) in public. The actor was hanged in effigy by an angry mob for kissing a female Bollywood star during a charity event in India; the Iranian president  reprimanded by religious... More »

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