As reported by Noisecreep
, after two seasons on the hit television show, Steven Tyler
is quitting his judge gig
on "American Idol
"After some long......hard......thoughts...I've decided it's time for me to let go of my mistress American Idol before she boils my rabbit," said Tyler in a statement via his publicist.
"I strayed from my first love, Aerosmith
, and I'm back--but instead of begging on my hands and knees, I got two fists in the air and I'm kicking the door open with my band.
"The next few years are going to be dedicated to kicking some serious ass--the ultimate in auditory takeover... On Nov 6, we are unleashing our new album, Music from Another Dimension
on the Earth, Moon, Mars, and way beyond the stars...'Idol' was over the top fun, and I loved every minute of it. Now it's time to bring rock back."
American Idol 2012, Getty Images
As reported by Noisecreep
, on last night's (3/14) episode of 'American Idol,' finalist Colton Dixon performed a cover version of White Lion's 'Broken Heart.'
Originally released in 1985, and then re-recorded in 1991 for their 'Mane Attraction' album, the 20-year-old contestant chose the song as part of this week's "songs from the year you were born" theme
'American Idol' alumni Chris Daughtry had advised Dixon
to go with something the audience would know, but the young singer still chose the White Lion single, a song that never lit the charts on fire, but is still considered an anthem in hair metal circles.
"I'm an emotional guy when it comes to music and I really like expressing my feelings in song -- it's one reason why I chose 'Broken Heart,'
" Dixon told The Hollywood Reporter following Wednesday's show. "I had so much fun with it and loved the way it turned out."
Joseph Llanes for AOL
Late last month, Switchfoot
unveiled 'Vice Verses,' the San Diego group's eighth studio album. This time out the band enlisted the help of producers Neal Avron (Sara Bareilles
, Fall Out Boy
) and Mike Elizondo (Maroon 5
) and the results are stunning. Stuffed to the rafters with one melodic triumph after the other, the record could quite possibly be Switchfoot's finest work yet.
Switchfoot recently filmed a video for 'Restless,' one of the standout tracks from 'Vice Verses,' and we're thrilled to bring you its premiere. AOL Music also caught up with vocalist Jon Foreman and asked him for some background on the song and video. As a bonus, we had a photographer at Switchfoot's Oct. 11th show at The Wiltern in Los Angeles and we've included an exclusive photo gallery of the band on and backstage.
After working on a half an album's worth of material in Nashville last year, SafetySuit
realized that neither the songs nor the performances were up to their standards. "We'd been going nonstop for three years, and were burned out," says vocalist-guitarist Doug Brown. "We just had to get away from it for a little bit, live life and gain some perspective. So we actually threw away the hard drives containing the tracks we'd done and started all over again."
Brown eventually headed to New York to toss around ideas with the production team known as Espionage, who might be best known for co-writing and producing Train's ubiquitous hit, 'Hey Soul Sister.' The first song they worked on was the irresistible 'Get Around This.'