Vader Manages Rock Band

October 9, 2007

While the Sex Pistols had Malcolm McLaren to keep Johnny Rotten and Sid Vicious in line, looks like Welsh rock band Losing Sun has Darth Vader to contend with on the tour bus.

Actor David Prowse (who played Darth Vader in the Original Trilogy), has agreed to manage the band.

“If my friends had said to me years ago that Darth Vader is going to manage our band I would have never believed it,” laughed drummer Jayce Lewis. “He’s brought stacks of experience and enthusiasm to the band and is so driven,” he added.

Read the full article here:
Star Wars actor backs Welsh rock band


Stormtroopers Invade Weird Al Concert

September 24, 2007


(photo by Bob DeSimone)

A recent concert review in New York Magazine reveals that our favorite comedian/singer/curly-haired god — Weird Al — invited the Empire City Garrison of the 501st Legion which included a Darth Vader, two sandtroopers and 10 stormtroopers to come up on stage with him — impressing fans including this music critic!

The evening’s undeniable highlight was the half-hour mash-up of Al’s best-loved song parodies — yep, he played “Eat It.” “Amish Paradise” too — culminating in “The Saga Continues,” his Star Wars–themed version of Don McLean’s “American Pie,” for which he was flanked by Darth Vader and eight dancing Stormtroopers. Even some girls enjoyed it!

Read the full review here:
‘Weird Al’: Still Great! (via New York Magazine)

Be sure to check out our own interview with Weird Al about his love for Star Wars here on starwars.com:
“Weird Al” — Nerdy Something


Dark Side Box Music

September 6, 2007

Blogged from The Burnkit 2600 — Circuit Bent Instrument Gallery — is this awesome hack of a retro Star Wars toy with such modifications as input and output jacks, mic/input selector, pitch and distortion controls.

This Darth Vader pitch-shifting device makes your voice sound like a Sith Lord’s. The Dark Side Box creates great, growling, pitch shifted sounds of whatever source you input. It has three Darth Vader samples, tiny mic, speaker and volume control.

The Dark Side Box was used to process the analog sounds of an old Univox drum machine. The result was really distorted; I especially like the pneumatic piston-type sounds that were added in the second half of the sample.

Check out the MP3 sample here:
Dark Side Box


New Record Brings Balance to the Wu-Tang Clan

July 25, 2007

It’s been six long years since the Wu-Tang Clan has released an album, but frontman RZA says even though the crew may have been scattered around thanks to solo projects — RZA scored the Kill Bill movies, Ghostface Killah released a solo CD, Method Man joined the cast of “The Wire” and starred in Garden State and Soul Plane — as well as the unfortunate passing of founding member Dirty Ol’ Bastard — they are back with a new release The 8 Diagrams — due to hit shelves this fall.

In an interview in Entertainment Weekly magazine (July 27, 2007), RZA says:

“It was difficult getting everybody together!” RZA says. “[We recorded] rough beats and cuts that’ll make you want to jump around. Brothers put in a really good energy this time. It’s like the old Luke Skywalker story. We [just] needed to bring balance to the Force.”

Check out RZA on Myspace here. And read news about the new record here at the official Wu-Tang Clan site.


Celebration Europe: Battle of the Bands

July 15, 2007

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It’s not every day fans get to see an Elvis impersonator take on a death metal band as they sing songs about the Empire. Darth Elvis and Anchorhead hit the stage to compete for the coveted Bith trophy in the Battle of the Bands at Celebration Europe. While both rocked the stage and entertained the audience with their own renditions of Star Wars tunes, only one would be chosen as the fan favorite.

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The Replacements in Synch with Star Wars

June 20, 2007

Synching up Pink Floyd’s album The Dark Side of the Moon while watching the film The Wizard of Oz to see if certain film scenes and song lyrics make sense is an old pastime for those us searching for hidden messages in the yellow brick road, but what secrets lurk in the trenches of the Death Star?

Florida fan James Greene, Jr. has been watching the saga  simultaneously with albums from the Beastie Boys, Green Day, Blondie, Bad Religion, Meat Loaf, The Damned, Dr. Dre, Aerosmith, Nirvana, Public Enemy, and of course, Pink Floyd. After each test, he details exactly where the albums synch up with various Star Wars film scenes, and explains why certain albums seem to work better than others, on his blog — The Great Star Wars Synchronicity Project.

One album that seems to have some of the most in-synch moments just so happens to be The Replacements’ alt-rock/country classic Hootenanny — in no less than 17 spots!

Here are a few moments that matched up the best with the A New Hope:

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The SPACEYS Awards Highlights

June 18, 2007

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The SPACEYS turn five! Presented by the Canadian cable network SPACE: The Imagination Station, the awards are broken down in the areas of sci-fi, fantasy and horror films, television series and video games. Instead of some boring old awards show, SPACE gives the awards to the winners visiting them on the set of their latest production and encourage the winners to have fun as they accept the award or announce other winners.

Among the video highlights:
+ Ironically, Kevin Spacey wins a SPACEY!
+ The original Star Trek’s George Takei beams in a viewer’s choice award.
+ David Hewlett (“Stargate Atlantis”) freaks out!
+ Plus our own Star Wars Rocks interviewees Masi Oka, Simon Pegg, Michael Rosenbaum make an appearance!

WATCH THE VIDEO HIGHTLIGHTS HERE.


Fall Out Boy’s Wentz Celebrates Birthday with Star Wars

June 7, 2007

What do you give a rock star for his birthday? Festive cupcakes — check. A killer party — check. A cool Star Wars collectible — double check. That’s exactly what happened to Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz on his 28th birthday.

In a recent interview with People magazine, Wentz revealed that his singer girlfriend Ashlee Simpson understood all too well his love for a galaxy far, far away and got him the ultimate gift.

“Ashlee got me a Revenge of the Jedi poster. I’m kinky and it’s like, in Star Wars originally Return of the Jedi was called Revenge of the Jedi, and then George Lucas decided that [revenge] was not a Jedi-like trait,” he explained. “So she bought it for me. I think it’s sweet. It’s awesome.”

Not sure why digging a cool Star Wars poster makes him “kinky” but we love that Wentz proudly shows off his fanboy side. A few months back the entire band made sure to pay proper tribute to the Force when they posed with lightsabers for a feature interview in Rolling Stone magazine.

VIDEO CLIP: Click here to watch as Fall Out Boy take time out from their Rolling Stone cover shoot to throw down in a lightsaber battle!

In 2005, I chatted with Fall Out Boy guitarist Joe Trohman for starwars.com about who in the band would fit right in as a character in the Star Wars galaxy. “I mostly play Joe in my band and I’m pretty good at that,” Trohman jokes. “Our merch guy thinks I should be Darth Joe, but I told him that doesn’t exist. So I suppose I’d probably just be Greedo in the films. After all, I’ve already been voted most likely to be killed at the beginning of a movie by my whole band.”

Like his bandmate Wentz, Trohman also prides himself on rare items in his Star Wars collection. “I still collect tons of action figures,” Trohman says. “My closet in my apartment is full — 95% of Star Wars toys. I’m pretty happy about my Target-exclusive Vader. I also really like Darth Tater. He’s fun. Someone got me that for my birthday. My Celebration III Vader is also the jam. I have some lightsaber replicas, and I’m also looking to get my hands on some A material original action figures from the ’70s with the card and all.”

Be sure to read the entire interview with Trohman here on starwars.com:
The Rise of Fall Out Boy

Stay tuned for more interviews with your favorite bands and celebrities who love Star Wars as much as you do, in our exclusive series Star Wars Rocks, only on starwars.com.