Gemini Syndrome: Aaron Nordstrom interview

img_8770(PCM) We caught up with Aaron Nordstrom, lead vocalist and songwriter for Gemini Syndrome, at the KISW Pain in the Grass festival in Seattle, Washington on August 21, 2016.

Melissa Sedlmeier (MS): Who inspires you?

Aaron Nordstrom (AN): Most of it, lyrically at least, comes from my experiences, my life, whatever weird trials and tribulations I experience. I am influenced for sure by philosophy and religion. I studied Chinese kung fu for 18 years, so those kind of philosophers and the Eastern way of thinking is a big part of it. My older brother Blake, he inspires me. You can take it from anywhere.

MS: I get that from your music, and I feel that. It’s awesome. Musically, who inspires you?

AN: I grew up playing classical jazz piano, so I was influenced by that stuff heavily when I was young. I was in choirs. Getting into my teens, I found rock n’ roll and grunge and metal. I listened to everything from trance music to black metal to folk music. It’s hard to pinpoint, I like literally everything.

MS: It’s all the bits and pieces that make it.

AN: The whole band is like that, I think that is what creates the sound that we have. Brian (Steele Medina) came up in drum corps, which is super strict and structured, rigid music. But then he also loves all kinds of other stuff and that blends together.

MS: We have had some greats pass away this year – Bowie, Prince, Lemmy, Glenn Frey. Are you inspired by any of those legends?

AN: On some level, all of them. My biggest ones were Peter Steele and Dimebag Darrell. That was the stuff that I really got into as a kid. What’s crazy is the guys I listened to growing up, now they’re all getting into their fifties and sixties. Life is short, that is the whole point of this record, realizing that at some point everyone is going to pass on. It’s kind of scary. The dude from 3 Doors Down just passed away the other day. He was 38, I’m 34. You never know what’s going to come. Some of my friends and my peers now, like David Draiman of Disturbed who has been great to me, he’s still very healthy, or LJ from Sevendust. But you just never know.

MS: With the albums, you have “Lux” and “Memento Mori”. Is another album coming as a trilogy?

AN: “Lux” was light and birth. “Memento Mori” means “Remember, we have to die” and is the coming to grips with the reality of mortality, and embracing the moment you have. The next album will be dealing with death and whatever comes after that, to whatever degree we can comprehend it without actually going there.


MS: What are you grateful for?

AN: I am grateful that I get to do this, that I get to travel. I’m grateful for my family, my wife, my dog, my house, that I can eat food every day. I have been playing music since I was 3, so the fact that I get to do it for a living. We are certainly not wealthy, but we are rich in spirit. This is my experience – I get to sit on the bus and talk to you guys. I get to be at this festival. It’s the little details.

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Concert Review: Halestorm At The House Of Blues San Diego, CA


Photos and review by: Johnnie Crow

(PCM) Halestorm rocked a sold out and passionate House of Blues in San Diego, CA on October 12, 2016. The band, started by siblings Arejay and Lzzy Hale more than a decade ago, continues to get better as they evolve. Lzzy has such a powerful voice, and she delivered from the first note to the last, singing a constant supply of crowd favorites from their entire catalogue.

Halestorm freaks got their money’s worth from one of the most entertaining live acts around. The night began with legendary rocker Lita Ford killing it as usual, as well as local girl Dorothy Martin bringing the blues with her band Dorothy.

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Exclusive Interview: Alice Cooper Wants To ‘Make America Sick Again’

alice-cooper1(PCM) The legendary Alice Cooper is without a doubt one of the hardest working men in music industry. He is constantly touring either with his solo band or with the Hollywood Vampires featuring Joe Perry and Johnny Depp and of course there is always new music brewing on the horizon.

I have no idea how this man even finds time to sleep these days between touring, writing, recording his radio show, and of course getting in some time to hit the golf course. I suppose the phrase no rest for the wicked could apply here, but not in this particular case because honestly there is not a wicked bone to be found within the “Godfather of Shock Rock”.

Seriously, one of the most honest and humble artists I have ever had the pleasure of speaking with which is why I’m thrilled to share our wonderful Q&A discussing everything from politics and satire to writing and recording the next Alice Cooper record, as well as, his upcoming performance at the Reading Eagle Theater at the Santander Arena in Reading, PA.

Q: The upcoming election is obviously at the forefront of everyone’s mind currently. Can you talk about how you are having a bit of fun with this while out on the road?

ALICE COOPER: If there ever was an election to have satire on it’s this one and it sure has comedians coming out of retirement. Both of them must keep shooting themselves in the foot. But, it’s funny because I’m not political at all, I am the least political guy ever on the planet and when I did the song “Elected” back in 1972 and every four years now it show back up and really connects with what’s going on.  This year it was so easy to satirize this one and when you come and see the show you’ll see Hillary and Trump on stage.  They’ll both be up there.

Q: Can you talk about the ways in which as song like “Elected” has come full circle?

AC: The song when we did it was almost a tribute to The Who, with power chords and all. We already had “School’s Out” and a bunch of big hits so we felt that this song really kind of lends itself to being a tribute Pete Townsend with the big, big power chords and all that and we never really expected it to do what it did like being the #2 song in England and such a big hit all over. So, it actually accidentally became a hit and now every four years it raises it’s head up because everybody connected up with the election. I’m really surprised that nobody’s ever really used it as an election or campaign song. They keep using things from Fleetwood Mac and bands like that, you would like somebody would rock n’ roll with a song like “Elected”.

Q: You would definitely think that. How would you feel?

AC: I wouldn’t mind that. I’m trying to take the high road on this one. Everyone is so worried that Trump is going to be President and then everybody’s so worried that Hillary’s going to be President, but I’m going to go with a different thing. I’m going to say whoever is the President may be the greatest President we ever had, that’s how I’m going to look at it and then let them prove me wrong.  If they’re going to blow it than let them blow it, but right now I’m going to take the positive route and say they may be the best President ever.

Q: I like that. I know that you have said in previous interviews that rock n’ roll and politics don’t always mix and I always think that music can be used as an escape for a lot of that, what are your thoughts? Can you agree with that?

AC: Really, what I don’t like personally is that it is kind of unfair to treat your fan base like cattle or sheep. Like for example, if you don’t vote for who I’m voting for you’re not my fan. First of all, why would you ever go to a rock star for advice on politics? Seriously, I would go to anybody but a rock star for political advice! I’d go to my dentist, my doctor, the guy that shines my shoes , the guy at the car wash, probably knows more than we do and most rock stars spend all their time writing music or partying or whatever, so why would you ever consider that person to be a political genius.

Q: That is definitely an excellent point.

AC: A rock star writes lyrics and immediately people think well, he knows more than I do. No, no he doesn’t!

Q: You have always been looked at as the ‘Godfather of Shock Rock’, however do you find that anything is rock is truly shocking anymore? Is there anything that stands out to you these days?

AC: I think it’s shocking how boring rock is right now! Rock n’ roll used to be outlaws, if you were a rock star, you were an outlaw and you were not part of the establishment. Now these young rock bands haven’t connected up with that and I would say 90% of the rock bands just want to fit in and I’m going ‘Why?’. The golden age of rock n’ roll you had Bowie, Alice, The Rolling Stones and people like that and the last thing we wanted to do was fit in. We wanted to be the outsiders, but now I look at young bands and I go ‘why do you all want to look alike?’ and it seems like any band can look like any kid, like any kid in the mall could be in a band.

Believe me, when the Alice Cooper Band walked into a room, you knew it was Alice Cooper Band.

Q: Definitely. There is certainly a generation appeal to your music because what certainly used to anger parents has flipped and parents are now introducing their kids to the music and you have fans of various ages coming out to shows.

AC: Oh, of course, our fan base is aged 14 to 70 and we still have a big fan base of kids aged 15 to 25 and are usually the first 50 rows and then the older generation are there because of not just nostalgia, but they love those songs and grew up with those songs and we were their band. It’s the first generation where a guy can take his son and his father to the show and they are all Alice Cooper fans. Classic rock appeals now I think to the 15 year old kid. Could you imagine to be a 15 year old kid and just discovering The Doors or just discovering Jeff Beck or Led Zeppelin or Jimi Hendrix, I think I would be like ‘Are you kidding …who are these guys?’ so, really the music that happened in the 60’s, 70’s or 80’s is very timeless.

Q: Absolutely! That’s why I think it is so amazing what you did with both Joe Perry and Johnny Depp with the Hollywood Vampires as a tribute to that era of music.

AC: Bringing it to a young public and they are sitting there going ‘Wow, did you guys write these songs?’ and it’s like ‘No, Jimi Hendrix wrote this, The Doors wrote this, T. Rex wrote this’ and if any of these songs came out today they would be just as powerful. Now, I look at music from the 90’s and 2000’s on up as almost being disposable. It’s almost too much techno … too much manufactured music.

Q: Are there any plans for the future with Hollywood Vampires

AC: Yeah. I think the Vampires have proved that you can do every song from the 60’s and 70’s and make an entire show of it and make it really exciting. First off, the band never went up there with any sort of indulgence or pride. The band went up there to rock that audience and we went up there to give em’ hell.

Q: My favorite scene in the film “Wayne’s World” is the backstage history lesson with you. I don’t know why I picture a backstage conversation with you and the rest of the band being very similar to that.

AC: It is kind of funny with the juxtaposition of everybody in this band with the long hair and the tattoos, running around backstage and then they are like Jeopardy and are really smart. The funny thing is, that the guys in my band actually are like that!  They look really, really tough, but they could sit there an play Trivial Pursuit with these guys and they are just educated about everything.

Q: Can you tease us with any news about work on a new album and the direction that may be headed?

AC: It’s in the writing stage and right now you never know what an album is going to be until it takes it’s own shape. You start out with an idea and I told them I wanted something that would be like “Killer” part two and I brought that up to the original guys in the original band and I brought it up with my band and other writers that I write with and we have a ton of music coming in. It’s really going to be the best 12 or 13 songs that are going to make the album. We pick the best songs regardless of who wrote them and that’s the way Ezrin and I have always worked. We don’t do filler. So, if the original band wrote three great songs, well, they will be on the album.

Q: We have seen so many changes within the music industry over the years. Which has had the biggest effect on the way you approach writing and recording, as well as promotion for an album.

AC: It’s a different world now only because in our day it was all about the Hollywood publicity stunt. You had album art, where you could actually see album artwork and Warner Bros just gave us the right to do whatever we wanted to do as far as the art went. We designed “School’s Out”, we designed “Billion Dollar Babies”, every single album they said you know this stuff better than we do, so it was really nice to have control over all of that and at the same time have control over the music, the image, everything. I think that is kind of what is missing now and there is not enough bands out there that are really concerned about the whole package. You know, you gotta have the whole package. You can’t just have one thing.

If you’ve got somebody writing your songs all the time, there’s something that’s not right about that. Bands should be writing their own songs.

Q: Absolutely! I think even when you mention things like the album artwork, I am one that truly misses the visual side of things so much because I think we get trapped in a singles market where everyone is just picking one and done. No one is paying attention to things like liner notes and album cover art where so much meaning used to be hidden waiting to reveal itself to the listener.

AC: You know the crazy thing is and this is really interesting. In the last year vinyl sales have jumped 85% and the reason is, at least I think, is the next generation is tired of buying air. You get on the internet and buy a single and you don’t get anything, whereas the younger kids now are buying record players and their buying records. They then sit there and look at the records and they own the record and they can read through who wrote what on the record, meaning who wrote what songs. I sign more records now than CD’s or anything else.  It’s amazing and it’s definitely really cool that the record world is making a comeback.

Q: I love the perfectly imperfect sound of vinyl and I just don’t think it can be matched any other way.

AC: Yeah, it’s great. There is just something organic about vinylwith buying a record, putting it on the turntable and putting the needle down and listening to it, whereas, there is something, I don’t know, almost clinical about putting music on your computer or hitting a button on your phone and hearing a record … it just doesn’t sound good.

Q: Can you talk about your upcoming touring plans. I know we have the show coming up this week at the Santander Arena in Reading, PA to look forward to!

AC: For me, I’ve been on this tour and I’ve been out with the Hollywood Vampires and at the same time writing for multiple bands, doing the radio show and it’s funny because I think I’m busier now, at 68 than I was at 28! But it’s great!  I’m probably healthier now. When I was 28, I was a mess downing a bottle of whiskey a day. Now at 68, I could run a race around Alice Cooper when I was 28.

Q: Alice, thank you so much for speaking with me today! We are very much looking forward to checking out the upcoming live show!

AC: I think you’re going to love the show! The show is really fun and I think that everybody that walks out of that show goes ‘Wow! I wasn’t expecting that!’

Alice Cooper will perform at the Reading Eagle Theater at the Santander Arena in Reading, PA on Thursday, September 29 at 8:00pm.

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PCM Joins Chubby Checker and MFAC For The #TwistChallenge

chubbylifestyle(PCM) Pop Culture Madness is happy to join in the “Twist Away Childhood Cancer Challenge with Chubby Checker and Jurdy” – benefiting the non­profit organization, Mascots for a Cure. #TwistChallenge is a viral, online campaign challenging kids and adults to do The Twist with a friend, classmates, family members, co­workers or a mascot!

Especially a Mascot! Get your school or organization involved!

Participants are asked to twist for 36 seconds or less, as sadly, 36 children are diagnosed with cancer everyday in the U.S. This exciting campaign launches September 21st, on “National Twist Day” and will continue through 2016 and beyond. September also happens to be “National Childhood Cancer Awareness” month. Chubby is launching the campaign in videos with Jurdy the “Hero of Happy-­ness”.

Participating is as easy as 1-2­-3 (+4*)!

  1. Do The Twist and film it by yourself or with a group and post to your social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube)
  2. Go to our website, to pledge a donation
  3. Call out others to take the #TwistChallenge too! Challenge a rival mascot or team, another school or store location, a coach or player from your team, a CEO or managers of your organization, a rival company or organization or anyone else that you might have a great connection with and think would accept your Twist Challenge. That includes your friends, family and co­workers!
  4. *TELL THE WORLD!* on Facebook and other social sites, and include our hashtags: #TwistChallenge, #TwistAwayChildhoodCancer, #MFAC, #ChubbyChecker, #Jurdy, #NationalTwistDay

You can Twist alone, or with friends. If your friends don’t show up, challenge them!

We’ll help – we’ll be looking for the #TwistChallenge and our other hashtags, and we will be sharing them too!

Chubby’s  Facebook page

jurdyMascots helping us with the Twist Challenge include Jurdy, The Philly Phanatic, Chuck E Cheese, A&W Root Beer mascot Rootie, Wally from the Boston Red Sox, Clark from the Chicago Cubs, the Oriole Bird, Screech from the Nationals, Bernie Brewer, Pittsburgh’s Jolly Rodger, Poe from the Baltimore Ravens, Thunderbug from Tampa Bay, Hugo the Hornet, YoUDee, Rocky Bluewinkle, Reggy the Party Dude, 76ers Franklin and MFAC’s own Sir Roland BraveHeart.

Jurdy is the hero of “happy-ness” at work, play and in schools & communities. Spreading happy-ness is just part of what Jurdy does, Jurdy is there to be a friend for anyone, especially children, having a hard time in life situations, feeling alone or offer some hope and positivity. Jurdy promotes smart choices, helping others, anti bullying, anti-drugs, anti-violence and making this world a better, safer kinder place.

Chubby Checker, the man who brought us The Twist, took some time to tell us about why he was so eager to join the #TwistChallenge…

chubbycheckertwistjpg“Years ago, back in 1965, Danny Thomas had St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. I did a charity tour for him and I was concerned and said, ‘Danny, why are you doing this?’ and he said, ‘Chubby, we have to leave something when we die and children being sick, especially with cancer, it disturbs me.’ He said ‘when I go on stage or go on TV and do whatever I do, all I can think about is these children, these young children that have cancer. So, I’ve lent my life to that, so when I leave here, it will be for them’.”

“After all those years it comes back up again. Here I am, many years later, and the #TwistChallenge comes up, and what is it? Childhood cancer. Who would not be sympathetic to such a cause, because children are the future? In 20 years, those 5 year olds and 7 year olds will be between 25 and 30, and I don’t know if we are going to find the cure for cancer, but we can fight it as much as we can, and if we can lend our time, and especially my fame, to such a thing, it’s the least that I can do. We are lending all of this to childhood cancer and on the 21st of September it’s going to be #TwistChallenge Day and it’s so easy for people to get on the dance floor as it represents good health!”

“We would like everyone to give some money on #TwistChallenge Day and don’t stop giving it, give it all the time, and help cancer leave this planet and children, the young children that suffer with cancer. My mother died from cancer, and my uncle died from cancer, and it’s a terrible thing that happens and there’s nothing you can do.”

Read our interview with The Legend

Read about The Twist

Schools we expect to hear from include: St. Joseph’s University, Duke, North Carolina, University of Delaware, Tulane, St. John’s, UMass, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Western Kentucky, Syracuse, James Madison, Tennessee, Auburn, Xavier, Wake Forest, Wilmington University, Georgian Court University, Drexel University, Rosemont, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, Washington State.

If you school isn’t on this list, JOIN IN!

Other groups and people who have signed on include: Alex’s Lemonade, St. Lucie Mets, Chattanooga Lookouts, Wilmington Blue Rocks, Carolina Mudcats, Charleston RiverDogs, Greenville Drive, Tampa Yankees, Columbia Fireflies, Portland Trailblazer Damien Lillard, Olympic Gold Medalist Ashton Eaton and Bronze Medalist Brianne Theisen-Eaton

Official Site


About Mascots For A Cure
MFAC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children and their families battling cancer. Through its passion, relentless pursuit of its goals, and the power of mascots, it fosters hope, laughter, joy, positive memories and love to support children and their families affected worldwide. Sir Roland Braveheart is MFAC’s official mascot. For more information, visit

About Chubby Checker
Born in rural Spring Gully, S.C., and raised in Philadelphia, Pa., Chubby Checker rose to national prominence in 1959 with his debut record, “The Class,” which hit No. 34 on the Billboard pop chart when Checker was just 17. By the time he was 18 years old, his second hit single, “The Twist,” had skyrocketed to # 1. Nearly five decades later, in 2008, Billboard magazine would name “The Twist” the No. 1 song of the Billboard Hot 100’s first 50 years.
Chubby Checker’s  Facebook page.

About Jurdy®
Jurdy®, the “Hero of Happy-ness,” is an animated and mascot character created by Jenifer Jurden, CEO of SHOUT b cause, LLC (SBC). SBC helps companies and organizations raise awareness and effectively drive home positive messaging to their target audiences. Leading the charge through rallies and marketing communications is Jurdy®, a powerful tool in teaching children from all backgrounds how to make good choices in life. For more information, visit

About Pop Culture Madness
The Pop Culture Madness network of websites have been gathering and sharing news and trivial information about Popular Culture and Pop Music since 1999.

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Everyone Is Talking About Corey Feldman’s Bizarre ‘Today Show’ Performance


(PCM) It appears that actor Corey Feldman fancies himself a musician these days. Actually, he has been trying to break into the mainstream music realm for quite a few years with limited success. He managed to release a few albums over the years and play a one-off gig here and there, but that was about it, that is until now!

The internet is buzzing about Feldman’s recent appearance on “The Today Show” as his performance was just about as bizarre as you would expect it to be, so much so, that we doubt NBC will even be releasing any additional video clips. Feldman claims that he is currently collaborating with Snoop Dogg on a new track called “Go 4 It”, which is perhaps why he was asked to appear on “The Today Show” in the first place.

Feldman, looking like a mix between Lord Voldemort and Michael Jackson, choppily danced robotically around the stage flanked by his band of women dressed as angels whom he referenced as “Corey’s Angels” (clever … really!).  Judging by the reactions people are having via social media, it appears that Feldman many have to hit the drawing board once again in an attempt to launch his music career.

He appeared to be taking this dead seriously, while those that were able to catch the performance thought the entire thing was utterly hilarious!  Check out the YouTube clips that surfaced below:

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Eddie Vedder Joins The Concert Across America To End Gun Violence Show In NYC!


(PCM) Organizers of the Concert Across America to End Gun Violence today announced that Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam has joined the lineup for the nationwide concert’s headliner event at New York’s Beacon Theatre on September 25 – the Congressionally-designated date to remember murder victims. Vedder will take the stage with previously­ announced artists Jackson Browne, Rosanne Cash, Marc Cohn and Vy Higginsen’s Gospel Choir of Harlem.

Tickets are on sale at and all Ticketmaster locations.

The Beacon Theatre is among 250 venues nationwide where more than 1,000 artists will lend their voices and mobilize to make the country’s epidemic of gun violence a voting issue in the November elections. Spearheaded by Massachusetts­-based Stop Handgun Violence (SHV) partnering with Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence and dozens of other organizations, the Concert Across America to End Gun Violence will feature performances at a diverse array of venues ranging from churches and school gymnasiums to honky­tonks, theatres and hotel rooftops.

From The Rooftop at The Standard, Downtown LA in Los Angeles, and Lola’s Trailer Park in Fort Worth, TX, to the Brighton Music Hall in Boston and the Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara, CA, artists will give voice to the more than five hundred thousand Americans murdered by a firearm since the mass shooting at the University of Texas on Aug. 1, 1966.
“Every day in America over 90 people die and 200 are injured from largely preventable gun violence. It’s time we all take a stand against the epidemic of gun violence and hold our elected officials accountable. This coast-to-coast concert and mobilizing effort will ensure that gun violence prevention is front and center in the November elections and beyond,” SHV Founder John Rosenthal said.

Visit for more information. #ConcertAcrossAmerica to #EndGunViolence.

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