One of the most famous one hit wonders of the ‘90s showed up multiple times in support of the 99 per cent at Occupy Oakland last week. MC Hammer was also joined by fellow rappers Raymond “Boots” Riley and local artist Mistah F.A.B, who have already appeared in solidarity with the movement, at the Oakland protests and bore witness to the clashes between protesters and police. “It’s tense down here .. I’m lost for words … I’m (at)occupyoakland,” tweeted Hammer. “The people are peaceful .. I’m in the camp and now in the streets.” Maybe his former fame has resulted in some brain damage, because many noted that Oakland Occupiers broke glass, spray-painted graffiti, and set fires in their clashes with law enforcement.
They just wanted an excuse to get hammered
It seems indie rock band The Rifles was so fed up with the lack of good lagers on tour that they’ve decided to just brew their own. With help from master brewers at Signature Brew, the band crafted a drink to call their own, and are pleased with the result. “The band got really involved in the process which is represented in the quality of the beer and the brilliant label artwork they produced,” said Signature Brew director Sam McGregor. The band will be selling The General, a mix of Maris Otter Pale malt and fine wheat malt, through their webstore, with further outlets to be announced. Bottoms up!
We call that ‘Pulling an Axl’
Heavy metal man Glenn Danzig of the Misfits, Samhain, and Danzig, angered both fans and festival promoters last week after he played only two songs at a Texas show. Scheduled to play Austin’s Fun Fun Fun Fest at 8:15 p.m., the rocker complained, “I got a deathbug. If I go on stage and get sick, I’ll die. I’m not getting sicker for this show.” He refused to go on stage until 9 p.m. at which point he began ranting and blaming the show’s organizers for the mishap. “Hands down the biggest rock star moment we’ve ever dealt with,” said Fun Fun Fun Fest promoter Graham Williams, adding, “We’re bummed too. We wanted to hear ‘Skulls,’” leaving fans to wonder if he’ll make a similar scene later this month on VH1’s That Metal Show on November 20.
You can keep the damn nickel
A Detroit Lions’ fan’s petition to keep Nickelback out of his team’s Thanksgiving halftime show has proven to be quite popular, having garnered over 50,000 signatures in only a few days. The incredible popularity of Dennis Guttman’s petition has led to media coverage from ESPN and the CBC, as well as several Detroit TV and other news stations. “I’m shocked. I wasn’t expecting to make news with it,” said Guttman. “I figured it would get a bunch of signatures, but I had no idea it would be this many this fast and have so much news coverage.” Despite his obvious disdain for the band’s music, Guttman says he’ll be there on game day regardless of who plays. “I definitely love my Detroit Lions more than I don’t like Nickelback.”