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Two Contests to Enter! Hang with Linkin Park!

Linkin Park MusicCares Chester Bennington

Linkin Park rose to fame with its breakthrough album, Hybrid Theory, gaining an immense following. Today, after collaborating with artists such as Jay-Z, selling over 50 million albums worldwide and winning two Grammy Awards, the band members are making themselves available to fans on an intimate level. Omaze.com is offering anyone not just one but two chances to kick it with the guys from Linkin Park. Read on to find out more.

Omaze.com has partnered with Linkin Park and MusiCares to offer fans a chance to win 2 Front Row VIP balcony tickets to the MusiCares Benefit Concert on May 30th, 2013 in Los Angeles.

The concert honors Linkin Park’s vocalist Chester Bennington as well as skateboarder, surfer and musician Tony Alva. Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda and Red Hot Chili Pepper’s Anthony Kiedis will be presenting with special performances by Slash and more surprise guests! One lucky entrant and his or her guest will get to experience an historical event in person while helping people in need through the Linkin Park-founded organization, Music for Relief, for only  $10, or less!

Each entry to win Two VIP Tickets to the MusiCares Benefit Concert gives you a chance to:

  • Win 2 Front Row, VIP balcony tickets to the MusiCares Benefit Concert on May 30 in Los Angeles, CA
  • Airfare & Hotel are included!
  • Funds received from Every Entry help provide necessary services for children and their families recovering from Hurricane Sandy

You will get one entry for a donation of just $10, but you can also buy 5 chances to win for just $40 or 10 entries (regularly $100) for $70 total. Visit This Link for more information and to enter the contest for the Concert Ticket package! Enter By May 20th to be eligible to win!

Hang With Linkin Park Studio

But wait, there’s more: For a one-of-a-kind preview of Linkin Park’s next album, Omaze is offering anyone the chance to win VIP access to a live recording session and the chance to win a rare autographed poster or drum head. The winner and his or her guest will hear material that the band is working for their next album and hang out with the guys between sets.

Each entry for the Hang in the Studio with Linkin Park experience offers a chance to win the following:

  • You and a Guest will get VIP access to a live recording session and the chance to win a rare autographed poster or drum head
  • Airfare & Hotel are included!
  • Funds received from Every Entry help provide necessary services for children and their families recovering from Hurricane Sandy

Pricing on entries for this contest are the same as noted above. Enter to win the Recording Session Experience at This Link. Enter By May 31st to be eligible to win!

Must See Film: The Other F Word

The Other F Word Movie Poster

Three Words: Punk Rock Dads. Without going into any detail at all, just the idea that anyone would make a documentary film about Punk Rock Dads is so golden. I mean, seriously: taking the ultimate anti-authoritarian pop-culture figure and putting him in the position of being the iron-fisted authority in a child’s life is both wildly fascinating and unbelievably hilarious. So, convincing me to check out the new film, The Other F Word, (the “F” standing for Fatherhood) directed by Andrea Blaugrund Nevins was a total no-brainer. Because, Punk Rock Dads! The LA and Orange Country Punk Rock scene of the late 70s / early 80s was HUGE for me when I was a teenager and into my early 20s. Being aware that a number of the “kids” I grew up with in Southern California would be featured musicians in the film, I knew this would be an enjoyable viewing experience, but honestly, I had no idea what I was in for. As riveting as any scripted drama, unbelievably funny and deeply – often unexpectedly – emotionally gut wrenching, The Other F Word is one of the best movies of 2011 and is way up there on my top 10 list of best music documentaries I’ve seen. I just loved this movie so much and can’t recommend it highly enough.

Blaugrund Nevins interviewed about two dozen Punk Dads for the film, and she got a really good mix, but the ones that get the most screen time are Pennywise frontman Jim Lindberg (whom I’d call the “star” of the film), Art Alexakis (Everclear), Fat Mike (NOFX), Lars Frederiksen (Rancid), Mark Hoppus (Blink 182), Ron Reyes (Black Flag), Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Pro-Skating legend Tony Hawk, Drummer Josh Freese and Tony Brandenburg (The Adolescents). All of these guys are clearly just in love with being Dads and are entirely devoted to their children, who range in age from infants to grown teenagers. The guys come off as being really cool people in addition to being great Dads, and a lot of candid and funny moments got captured on film.

Lars Fredrickson and Son
Lars Fredriksen and his Son

I loved the part where Lars Fredriksen (who has a tattooed forehead and sports a cheetah print buzzcut) jokes in one scene that the quickest way to clear a playground of kids and their moms is to “have the punk rock dad show up with the camera crew.” There’s also a very “punk rock” scene in which Josh Freese and his son play catch with a dirty diaper, and any scene that Fat Mike is in steals the show! It is not surprising that many of the Dads reveal that they are determined to be “the dad [they] never had.”

Fat Mike and Daughter
Fat Mike and His Daughter

In addition to the many scenes of these guys interacting with their children and relating hilarious anecdotes about their personal experiences with parenthood, the film spends an entire section discussing what it’s like to be a working musician whose band’s financial success is the basis of how they put food on the table. With the possible exception of Flea, Josh Freese or Mark from Blink 182, who probably never have to work a day job again if they don’t want to, none of these guys are in millionaire Rock Star bands, but rather are working-class musicians who must tour up to 300 or more days per year to support their families. It’s surprising how many of the guys featured in the film admit that they never got into music to make money, but now, 20 years into it they’ve managed to earn a steady and viable income playing punk rock music. Like the story of the Golden Handcuffs, the downside to “realizing the dream” while making a living in a changing musical environment is that it requires them to be away from their kids for such a major part of the year that they miss out on first days of school, ball games and birthdays. Many wonder aloud in this film if it is worth it. One, ultimately, decides that it is not.

You may still be able to find The Other F Word showing at a theater near you (visit This Link for theater engagements), but if you’ve already missed out on seeing it on the big screen, the film will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray on January 31st, and is well worth owning. Executive Produced by Morgan Spurlock and Jeremy Chilnick, The Other F Word will appeal to music fans – and fans of these featured bands in particular – cool parents and anyone who loves a good documentary film.

The Worley Gig Gives The Other F Word Five Out of Five Stars!! Watch the Trailer Below!

Happy Birthday, Anthony Kiedis!


Anthony Kiedis Used to Look Like This

Red Hot Chili Peppers’ vocalist Anthony Kiedis was born on this day, November 1st in 1962! When I think of the RHCPs – which, trust me, is not often – I remember that one really great album they put out back in 1991, Blood Sugar Sex Magik (which is all about boning and taking drugs, so how could it not be awesome?), and how, when I saw them live on tour in support of that album, the support bands were… Pearl Jam and Nirvana. Ah, memories. Happy Birthday, Anthony!

Happy Birthday, Flea!

Flea

Flea (born Michael Balzary) bassist for The Red Hot Chili Peppers turns 47 today! Flea just wrote a very nice eulogy/tribute for the recently passed Brendan Mullen that ran in the LA Times on Wednesday, which you can read at this link . Happy Birthday, Flea!