Blog Posts by Wendy Geller

  • Brad Paisley Flat-Out Supports Our Troops

    Looking for a heartwarming story to usher in the weekend? It's hard to top this one, which involves a celebrity using social media for a good cause, rather than self-promotion.

    Earlier this week at a Maine-area show, Brad Paisley noticed a pair of women in the crowd, both holding up cardboard cutouts of human figures. As it turned out, the cutouts were "Flat Daddies" — life-size photos of deployed service members who are currently serving overseas.

    These giant photos are often used to ease separation anxiety in children whose military parents are gone for extended periods of time — but in this case, they were offering comfort to a wife and girlfriend, respectively, who miss the men in their lives.

    Paisley spotted the cutouts, pulled them up on stage, signed them, and handed them back to the delighted fans. However, he didn't get the names of either the women or their deployed soldiers.

    After the show, however, he had an idea. Why not use Twitter to track down the soldiers?

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  • Watch Imagine Dragons Rock the 'Transformers' World Premiere Now!

    Grammy-winning, multi-platinum outfit Imagine Dragons were part of one of this summer's biggest blockbusters, the Michael Bay-directed Transformers: Age of Extinction, by contributing to the film's soundtrack. Now the Las Vegas-based band has traveled all the way to Hong Kong for the world premiere, offering up a live concert event following red-carpet walks from the movie's stars.

    You can join the excitement at home: Watch now on Yahoo Movies starting at 6:30 a.m. PT/9:30 a.m. ET. Imagine Dragons will rock out immediately following the red carpet festivities.

    Imagine Dragons wrote their new song “Battle Cry” especially for the film, and they perform on the score by composer Steve Jablonsky. Michael Bay told the press he was a big fan of the band, saying “I remember being drawn to the emotion of ’Demons’ and ’Radioactive’ the first time I heard those songs, and I knew I wanted that same energy and heart for this movie.”

    Transformers: Age of Extinction opens everywhere on June 27.

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  • Road Trip: It's Going Down, They're Yelling Timber!


    Nowadays, athletic buffs can test their mettle with everything from bootcamp military workouts to on-the-verge-of-passing-out crossfit sessions in gyms across America. But here's a challenge that's been touted as the "original extreme sport" that we bet most gym rats haven't tried yet: Timbersports!

    The challenge seems simple but is physically and mentally grueling: Athletes are judged by how well they handle an axe or a chainsaw. Road Trip host Marc Istook recently headed to North Carolina State University to get an up-close view of some of the country's best budding lumberjacks.

    NC State's collegiate team includes champion axeman Griffith Wilson, who is currently training for the 2014 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Championship. This modern-day young Paul Bunyan showed Istook the skills and safety measures used with crosscut saws, chainsaws, and more; explaining that concentration and focus is just as important as strength.

    "It’s a mental game, because if you’re not focused on

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  • Hear It First: Bon Jovi's Unreleased Track From 'New Jersey' Recording Sessions

    It may be hard to believe, but lauded rockers Bon Jovi are celebrating their 30th anniversary as a band this year, marking the occasion with the re-release of 1988's New Jersey in remastered and expanded deluxe 2CD and super deluxe 2CD/DVD editions.

    The package, of course, includes some amazing archival material that is sure to delight fans, including a disc featuring the 13 Sons Of Beaches demos, which comprise more than an hour of previously unreleased demos from the New Jersey recording sessions.

    All of this will officially be out on July 1, but for those who can't wait, Yahoo Music is thrilled to premiere one of these rare tracks, "Now And Forever." Enjoy!

    Bon Jovi's New Jersey spent four straight weeks at No. 1 in the U.S. and spawned five Top 10 singles (“Bad Medicine;” “Born To Be My Baby;” “I’ll Be There For You;” “Living In Sin;” and “Lay Your Hands On Me”).

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  • See It First! Matisyahu Premieres 'Surrender,' First Video From New Album

    Reggae-rapper Matisyahu released his fifth studio album, Akeda, on June 3 — the record's title is Hebrew for "binding," and it's yet another chapter in the Jewish singer-songwriter's storied career that has entranced fans for a decade now.

    Yahoo Music is excited to premiere the first video from the project, for the song "Surrender." If you're curious about the backstory to the song: "Surrender" was born from an experience Matisyahu had in Tel Aviv in September 2013. He was in his hotel room overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, and found himself reflecting on how much time in the past 10 years have been spent looking from behind glass — airplane windows, tour bus windows, train windows, hotel windows. 

    The singer felt an incredible desire to get outside and take part in the world, but had an odd and powerful fear come over him that was not letting him leave the room. However, he then saw a sailboat in the ocean with a white sail, and something about that broke through: There was somebody

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  • So You Think You Love Country? This Fan Has a 'Leg' Up on You!

    The 2014 CMA Fest, which just wrapped up this week, is known for hosting country music fans from all over the nation...and while plenty of them are heart-and-soul enthusiasts of the genre, few are as dedicated as one fan, who has a literal leg up on the competition!

    Robin Patrylo is a promoter and country music enthusiast -- she and her business partner Loretta Huff run RCP Promotions, a Nashville-based promotional management company that works with singers and songwriters -- and she's become known around Nashville for her legs, which have been inked with the autographs of several of her favorite artists: Lady Antebellum, Jake Owen, and Thompson Square, to name just a few.

    She told Ram Country that it all began back in 2010, when a friend dared Patrylo to get an autograph from Lady Antebellum at one of their fan club parties. The group wasn't signing anything at that particular gathering, so they figured it would take something big to score a signature.

    Patrylo took the dare, went up

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  • Watch iHeartRadio Livestream Party With Arctic Monkeys on Yahoo Screen Tonight

    Grammy-nominated British indie rockers Arctic Monkeys released their fifth album, the critically acclaimed AM, last fall to much fanfare (and global chart success). The album's hit single "Do I Wanna Know," was nominated for Best Alt Rock Song of the Year at the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Awards.

    With all this under their belts, the lads from Sheffield are ready to throw a party to celebrate the success of their latest endeavor, namely in the form of a blowout concert at the iHeartRadio Theater LA tonight, June 11, hosted by Trey Morgan. The band will be playing music from the new record, and will also sit for a Q&A session to discuss the album and what they've been up to lately.

    Can't make it to Los Angeles? Fans can still join in the fun at home! iHeartRadio Live with Arctic Monkeys will be livestreamed tonight on Yahoo Screen, beginning at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. You can also join in via mobile on the Yahoo Screen App.

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  • Traveler Stuck Overnight in Vegas Airport Creates Hysterical Viral Video


    What do you do when you're stuck at the Las Vegas airport overnight?

    Most of us would probably settle down at one of McCarran's terminal-area slot machines and try our luck until our small change ran out. However, if you happen to be super-creative like one Richard Dunn — who faced that actual situation recently — you use the unique opportunity to create a clever video on your iPhone. 

    Dunn put together a clip of himself lip-synching to Celine Dion's '90s cover of Eric Carmen's dramatic ballad "All By Myself," using the near-empty airport's various features (people movers, animal statues, shoeshine chairs, escalators) as props...all to hilarious effect.

    The video is full of delightfully cheesy touches, including Dunn singing passionately to a glassed-in advertisement, attempting to "hold" the hand of the female symbol on the women's bathroom wall, emoting behind a Delta gate counter, caressing the McCarran slot machines...and, in a grand finale, pouring a bottle of water all over

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  • See It First! Stars in Stereo Debut Video for 'Echo'

    Stars in Stereo is a band that's made a huge splash on the rock scene since releasing an acclaimed self-titled debut in 2013. In addition to winning fans over with their sound alone, they gained an enormous following from touring, sharing the stage with a variety of rock luminiaries including Halestorm, Bullet For My Valentine, the Used, and Anberlin.

    Now, SinS is poised to release their eagerly anticipated sophomore release, Leave Your Mark, June 17. The group self-produced the album in their own Los Angeles-based studio, and Yahoo Music is pleased to debut the video for single "Echo" for rock lovers everywhere.

    As for the album's title, guitarist Jordan McGraw notes, "We want to instill this idea in our fans and new fans to come and just say 'No matter what it is when you leave this world you want to have something of yourself that remains, something that you’re proud of and that is important.' That’s what we’re trying to do."

    Stars in Stereo are currently on a "virtual tour"

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  • Idina Menzel's First Video Since 'Frozen': See It Now!

    When you happen to be an actress who brought to life the lead role in the highest-grossing animated film of all time, as well as voiced that film's extraordinarily viral hit anthem, it can be forgiven — a bit! — that the masses might forget about your storied theater career, if only for a minute.

    However, fans of Idina Menzel will certainly snap out of Elsa mode (no matter how many repeat plays of "Let It Go" by entranced children they've been hearing at their houses) upon seeing the stage superstar's turn in the new musical If/Then, a production detailing a 40-year-old divorcee's decision to move to New York City for a second start at life.

    Menzel's appearance in If/Then marks her return to Broadway after several years keeping busy (to say the least) with other projects, and will mark an addition to a Tony Award-winning resume that already includes starring roles in Rent, Aida, and Wicked.

    Menzel's first video from If/Then, "You Learn to Live Without," was shot in the recording

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