Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Colin Wilson from The Australian PInk Floyd Show

In an age of instant pictures and easy downloads. There still lives a sound that was once the biggest attraction on Billboards charts. Dark Side Of The Moon wasn't just an album. It became a way of life. Today the fans of Floyd are convinced their band will never play together again. But what the movement inspired was a revolution called The Australian Pink Floyd Show. On tour now. Coming to Charlotte August 21. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Colin Wilson. Having sold over four million tickets in concerts that have taken place in 35 countries, The Australian Pink Floyd Show is rightfully hailed as one of the most in demand touring entities currently operating; The Times described them as “The Gold Standard”. This act is so good they were even engaged by David Gilmour to perform at his 50th birthday celebration! The band has spent a long time getting to this level; the years have been invested in getting things right: the sound, the feel, the experience. Whilst the Daily Telegraph rightly described them as being at “the top of the tribute band tree”, the journey has been a long one and began in 1988 in Adelaide. Lee Smith, a local guitarist obsessed with Pink Floyd, and needing to augment his band [featuring drummer Grant Ross and bassist Trevor Turton] placed an ad in Allan’s Music store. It read: “Vocalist and Keyboardist required for band. Professional attitude expected. We only play Pink Floyd”. Steve Mac and Jason Sawford each saw the ad and soon the now five-piece band commenced regular weekly practice. Whilst learning and practicing the songs they constantly referred to Lee's extensive collection of Pink Floyd albums and bootleg recordings. They also started to create the sounds necessary to perform Pink Floyd correctly, and this became, and still is, one of the most important aspects of the band. The first live show was performed to a select group of family and friends – including Richard Guest and Greg 'Bear' Sutton, both of whom would serve time in the band’s road crew. Having settled on the name ‘Think Floyd’, the quintet soon secured their first paying gig at the Alma Hotel. More gigs followed with the band banking $600AU for a show at the Tivoli witnessed by Colin Wilson, who would later join them. Though the reaction was positive, it seemed hard to find a regular audience, and the line-up drifted apart, until 1992 saw a refocusing and a redoubling of efforts. Peter Whitely replaced Trevor Turton and the band aimed for bigger and better, often using a quadraphonic sound system that they ended up lugging to venues themselves. The band was back on track, and soon had their first big break. While on a trip to the UK to visit family, Steve Mac made contact with the publishers of 'Brain Damage' magazine, the biggest Pink Floyd fanzine at that time. Glenn Povey, the owner of the magazine, was planning a Pink Floyd fan convention at Wembley in August 1993, and decided that 'Think Floyd' should perform. In order to raise money for the trip, the band began gigging furiously in Australia, clocking up serious miles but honing what they did ever more. Colin Wilson was drafted in to replace Peter Whitely who could not make the trip to the UK. The five band members, plus long time 'roadies' Richard Guest and 'Bear' Sutton, boarded their BA flight to Heathrow on August 8, 1993. Upon arrival, British customs impounded all their equipment! Not a good start but everything was back on track for the warm up show on Friday 13th... The band by this time had changed their name to 'The Australian Pink Floyd Show'. At the convention TAPFS put on a three hour spectacular that is talked about to this day. Glenn Povey was so enthused that he started booking the band more shows, and would continue to do so for three years. 1993 had been an incredible year - but it ended with the departure of homesick founder Lee Smith, and also ‘Bear’ Sutton. During 1994 the band's audience continued to grow, not just in the UK but also in Europe. Then, in September of that year, came a show which changed everything. David Gilmour visited the band backstage after a show in Croydon, pointing out that he’d never had the chance to see Pink Floyd perform. He was very complimentary, posed for pictures and invited the band to perform at Pink Floyd’s party to mark the end of their “Division Bell” tour. Due to curfew restraints at the venue, this plan fell through but, when the phone rang not long after, the band found themselves asked to perform a handpicked set at an event marking Gilmour’s 50th birthday. The Australian Pink Floyd Show topped the bill at the evening’s festivities at the Fulham Town Hall, performing Pink Floyd to the members of Pink Floyd themselves, and other stars. Toward the end of the performance Pink Floyd bassist Guy Pratt joined the band on stage along with Rick Wright for a rendition of “Comfortably Numb”. This was followed by David Gilmour, Gary Wallis, Tim Renwick and Claudia Fontaine, along with Guy and Rick, performing a number of edited versions of Floyd songs including “Money” and “What Do You Want From Me”. It was an incredible ending to an unbelievable night. Following that was always going to be hard, but it gave the band impetus to push forward even harder and deliver amazing shows for their fans. In 1997, the band performed a show at Battersea Power Station - the iconic building known to all Pink Floyd fans as the “Animals” album cover, and the scene of the famous flying pig. The Australian Pink Floyd Show’s similar image of a flying kangaroo had been used to promote the band since the early days. 1998 saw the band perform at Glastonbury Festival. TAPFS were confident of drawing a good crowd but the fact that they had been added to the Acoustic stage – which had a roof – meant that there was standing room only, in a year famous for rain and, of course, mud. This was the year too when founder member Grant Ross decided to return to Australia, as did Richard Guest. Though the losses would be keenly felt, the band regrouped and Salford lad Paul Bonney and his two drum kits were welcomed into the show. The band’s touring schedule continued on an upward trajectory over the next four years, the band getting tighter and the venues getting bigger. In 2003, the band were faced with a choice: to keep doing the same as they had for the past 10 years, or to step up a gear. TAPFS made a big decision and embarked on their most ambitious period to date. 2003 was the 30th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s landmark album “The Dark Side Of The Moon”; there was no better time for TAPFS to perform this album in its entirety. Backing vocalists and saxophone were added to the line up and new , improved animations were produced for the tour. The band toured “TDSOTM” throughout 2003 and into 2004, taking the whole show to North America for their first full tour, and continuing in Europe. Everywhere the band played they received incredible reviews and it seemed the world had now fully embraced TAPFS. The tour continued well into the next year and a DVD of the show was recorded in Liverpool at the ‘Summer Pops' show. The 30th anniversary of the legendary “Wish You Were Here” album fell in 2005 and was marked by a slew of UK dates, a tour in South America and a show in Malta that drew 10,000 fans – including the Maltese Prime Minister – and was acclaimed as the nation’s largest ever paying concert crowd. The annual Liverpool ‘Summer Pops’ in July 2005 gave the opportunity for TAPFS to make another first. On July 15th the band performed and recorded “Wish You Were Here” and, on the following night, performed “Animals” in its entirety for the first time. The end of 2005 saw TAPFS back in North America for a 35 date tour. In 2008 the band celebrated its twentieth year as the shows kept rolling and the band kept on doing what they love. The tours continued to extend, the audiences increased and the venues became larger, with the band playing Wembley Arena for the first time in 2009, followed by London's O2 Arena in 2010. The 2011 dates saw the debut of some remarkable 3D projections, the first time this had been attempted extensively by any touring band. This Year also saw the band enlist the talents of David Domminney Fowler, Alex McNamara and the backing vocalists Emily Lynn, Lara Smile and Lorelei McBroom. Lorelei was also one of the backing vocalists who performed on Pink Floyd’s ‘Delicate Sound of Thunder Tour’ In the same year Guy Pratt made a guest appearance with the band at Hampton Court Palace. The following 3 years saw the band perform at major European rock festivals and go on to produce 3 DVDs of their shows. In 2013, the 40th anniversary of “The Dark Side Of The Moon” was celebrated with a brand new tribute to the classic album, performed to capacity audiences in Europe and at the band's first ever concerts in Russia. TAPFS have constantly striven to seek out new audiences and turn in jaw-dropping performances to reconnect people with the music that they love. Next year will bring more innovation, hard work, and great crowds, demonstrating that it is still all about the great music of Pink Floyd and delivering the absolute best performance each and every night.

Tana French The Secret Place

There are books of mystery, Then there are books that shape the mysterious life. In an age when photographs seem pointless. One turns up at a boarding school. Ir's caption is captivating readers worldwide. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with author Tana French. Detective Stephen Moran has been waiting for his chance to join Dublin’s Murder Squad when sixteen-year-old Holly Mackey arrives in his office with a photo of a popular boy whose body was found at a girls’ boarding school a year earlier. The photo had been posted at “The Secret Place,” the school’s anonymous gossip board, and the caption says “I KNOW WHO KILLED HIM.” Stephen joins with Detective Antoinette Conway to reopen the case—beneath the watchful eye of Holly’s father, fellow detective Frank Mackey. With the clues leading back to Holly’s close-knit group of friends, to their rival clique, and to the tangle of relationships that bound them all to the murdered boy, the private underworld of teenage girls turns out to be more mysterious and more dangerous than the detectives imagined. www.tanafrench.com Follow Tana French on Facebook: www.facebook.com/TanaFrench ABOUT THE AUTHOR Tana French grew up in Ireland, Italy, the United States, and Malawi. She trained as an actor at Trinity College Dublin. Her last novel, Broken Harbor, won the 2012 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Best Mystery/Thriller and the Irish Book Award for Crime Fiction. French’s first novel, In the Woods, won the Edgar, IVCA Clarion, Macavity, Anthony, and Barry awards, and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Best Mystery/Thriller. Tana French lives in Dublin with her husband and two children.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Joel Edgerton from The Gift

Movies were made to step inside your imagination and gift you with a moment you can relate with. Whether its a chapter from your life or living vicariously through the thoughts of a passerby this man is on a path that's making movie making historic in our time. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with actor and now director Joel Edgerton. The Gift opens this Friday. STX Entertainment and Blumhouse Productions’ The Gift is a heart-stopping, thought-provoking psychological thriller from producers Jason Blum and Rebecca Yeldham and actor, writer, producer and first-time director Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby, Zero Dark Thirty, Warrior), that asks the question: What if someone you wronged long ago reemerged in your life through a chance encounter? Simon (Jason Bateman) and Robyn (Rebecca Hall) are a young married couple whose life is going just as planned until a chance encounter with an acquaintance from Simon’s high school sends their world into a harrowing tailspin. Simon doesn’t recognize Gordo (Joel Edgerton) at first, but after a series of uninvited encounters and mysterious gifts prove troubling, a horrifying secret from the past is uncovered after more than 20 years. As Robyn learns the unsettling truth about what happened between Simon and Gordo, she starts to question: how well do we really know the people closest to us, and are past bygones ever really bygones? Along with Edgerton, producers Rebecca Yeldham (Kite Runner, The Motorcycle Diaries, On the Road) and Jason Blum (Insidious, Paranormal Activity, Whiplash), lead a creative team of incredible collaborators: cinematographer, Eduard Grau (A Single Man, Buried, The Awakening), production designer, Richard Sherman (Beautiful Creatures, Kinsey, Things We Lost in the Fire) and editor, Luke Doolan (Animal Kingdom) all working create a stylish, nail-biting thriller that is both artful and commercial. THE GIFT trailer 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjF5wdY8zE0 THE GIFT trailer 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5syic-DKYZc

Friday, July 31, 2015

Dr Dale Archer

It came from out of nowhere. Suddenly every child was linked to ADHD. But did you know adults have it too? You can't suddenly drop it off at the pool. But it's proving to be a positive. ADHD is a good thing to have and is bringing businesses success. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Dr. Dale Archer But what if impulsiveness, distractibility, impatience, and the other ADHD symptoms we’re dead-set on overcoming are actually disguised talents like curiosity, adventurousness, and resilience? Might that explain why ADHD-diagnosed people are noticeably overrepresented in prestigious demographics like entrepreneurs and professional baseball players? That is the contention of Dr. Dale Archer in THE ADHD ADVANTAGE. Dr. Archer, a board-certified psychiatrist, is the New York Times-bestselling author of Better Than Normal: How What Makes You Different Can Make You Exceptional and a popular source of expert psychological advice on major national news programs. Dr. Archer’s unique expertise on this topic is also rooted in the fact that he personally has lived (and flourished) with ADHD over the course of his life and career without relying on drugs. THE ADHD ADVANTAGE goes far beyond previous challenges to conventional ADHD wisdom, shifting the paradigm of how parents, students, athletes, and professionals should view this pervasive set of human behaviors. Rather than a disorder that we need to medicate away, ADHD is better thought of as a diagnosis of boredom. In THE ADHD ADVANTAGE, Dr. Archer describes: •What parents need to know about ADHD before starting their child on a medication program that may end up doing more harm than good. •The reasons ADHD traits are hidden assets in virtually any business setting, and how professionals can tap into their potential. •Why the conventional wisdom that multitasking is always bad needs to be reconsidered. •The groundbreaking Massachusetts school that refuses to regard ADHD as a learning disability – and the astonishing results their students achieve. •A step-by-step method for refocusing ADHD “Bingo Brain”, where ideas bounce around at random like balls in a bingo caller’s drum, into a deep source of creative (and profitable) ideas. •How to turn ADHD’s impulsiveness into expertise at taking “smart risks” that lead to creative breakthroughs. •Why the “Explorer Gene” likely shared by Da Vinci, Meriwether Lewis, Benjamin Franklin, and other world-changers now leads to ADHD diagnoses (where it can be stifled by drugs). •Relatable case studies of celebrities and regular people who found success not be suppressing their ADHD traits, but embracing and redirecting them. By delving into the genetics behind the traits that lead to pessimistic ADHD diagnoses, and the proven and potential dangers of quick-fix medication programs, the book makes clear to ADHDers and their loved ones that a new approach is long overdue.

Steve Byrne

Performing this week at Charlotte's Comedy Zone!!! Being part of the TBS family was just the first step of what's cruising toward a very successful career as an actor and on stage. Steve is brilliantly honest. He voice commands you in the way of being the Korean James Earl Jones or Morgan Freeman. He's upfront but not dangerous. He's out loud funny but gives you enough time to zip off to the bathroom so you don't do it in the chair. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Steve Byrne

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Adam Resnick

An Emmy Award winning writer that decided one day to set aside everything he's done on the television and write a book. But not just any book. This book is authentic. Those days when you just want to stay away from family. Who needs coworkers and other walls? From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Adam Resnick. Emmy Award–winning writer Adam Resnick began his career at Late Night with David Letterman. He went on to co-create Fox’s Get a Life, starring Chris Elliott, and has written several screenplays, including cult favorites Cabin Boy and Death to Smoochy. Resnick has written for Saturday Night Live, was a co-executive producer and writer for HBO’s The Larry Sanders Show. While courageously admitting to being “euphorically antisocial,” Resnick plunges readers deep into his troubled psyche in his uproarious memoir-in-essays, WILL NOT ATTEND: Lively Stories of Detachment and Isolation. Resnick is cut from the same strange cloth as Louis C.K., and WILL NOT ATTEND showcases his writing at its brazenly hilarious best. Please let me know if you would like an interview with Adam Resnick.

Jay Pharoah

Saturday night the laughter is about to explode on Showtime. Plus you can latch onto it if you have Roku. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Jay Pharoah. Then catch him live next weekend at Charlotte's Comedy Zone. SHOWTIME will debut JAY PHAROAH: CAN I BE ME? from standup comedian and master impressionist Jay Pharoah on Saturday, August 1st at 10 p.m. ET/PT. JAY PHAROAH: CAN I BE ME? is the first hour-long comedy special from renowned stand-up comedian and veteran Saturday Night Live cast member, Jay Pharoah. No topic is off limits as Pharoah delivers an unfiltered powerhouse performance live from The Cutting Room in New York City. Weaving in his most popular celebrity impressions, Pharoah offers his comedic insight on relationships, family, music and pop culture leaving his audience roaring with laughter. From Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video Entertainment and Comedy Dynamics, Pharoah serves as executive producer. Comedy Dynamics will also release an album of the special on August 7, 2015. “Jay Pharoah is a rising star and Lorne Michaels has set the gold standard for comedy for decades,” said Kent Sevener and Gary Garfinkel, Co-Heads of Content Acquisition for Showtime Networks. “We are excited to bring this hilarious stand-up special to our SHOWTIME subscribers.” Pharoah recently completed his fifth season on Saturday Night Live. He is best known for his wide array of uncanny celebrity impressions, including President Barack Obama, Will Smith, Denzel Washington, Chris Rock, Stephen A. Smith, Kanye West and Chris Tucker. Pharoah developed his comedy skills at a young age, training in local comedy clubs. He went on to tour in the U.K., U.S. and Montreal. Pharoah released a series of music videos through Above Average including a Kanye West parody, "I Am a Dog," which became an instant viral video with over a million views within the first week of release. His feature film credits include Ride Along with Kevin Hart and Ice Cube, Get a Job with Bryan Cranston and Anna Kendrick, Top Five and Balls Out. SHOWTIME is currently available to subscribers via cable, DBS or telco providers. Starting in early July consumers will also have the option to subscribe to SHOWTIME through its stand-alone streaming service on Roku® and Apple® devices, or through Sony PlayStation® Vue. Consumers will have access to the live broadcast of the network’s east and west coast feeds, as well as unlimited on demand access to every season of award-winning SHOWTIME original series, and hundreds of hours of movies, documentary, sports programming and specials like JAY PHAROAH: CAN I BE ME? Here’s the trailer: http://www.sho.com/sho/video/titles/37217/jay-pharaoh-can-i-be-me-trailer