Wu-Tang Clan spent nine years making a super secret 31-track album, entitled “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin”, for which only a single copy would be pressed and sold.
A few months ago, a “private American collector” bought the album for untold millions of dollars. Wu-Tang threw in some free $55,000 speakers, too.
“The Wu-Tang Clan have always been driven by innovation, and this marks another moment in musical history,” said Wu-Tang cofounder RZA, adding that the group would donate a significant portion of the proceeds to charity. “From the beginning, we hoped that this concept would inspire debate and new ways of seeing creativity. Both of those goals have been achieved, and the ideas continue to evolve.”
According to the legal documents involved in the sale, the material is prohibited from public release for a period of 88 years.
So why 88 years? An obscure Dueling Pianos reference??
The time frame is, naturally, derived from Wu-Tang’s love of numbers. There were eight original members of the group, for instance, and the auctioneer, Paddle8, has the number in its name. Eight turned sideways is also the infinity symbol.
“For us it also addresses the issue of music’s longevity in a time of mass production and short attention spans,” RZA said on the site. “Nothing about this record revolves around short-term gains, but rather around the legacy of the music and the statement we’re making.”
Shake Rattle & Roll Dueling Pianos Video of the Week! From our Saturday Night show Nov. 14th at The Cellar @ 22 Warren St., NYC, our resident Brit, James Barr, got the whole room singin’ along with BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY!
One day after the carnage in Paris, German pianist Davide Martello wheeled his grand piano up to the Bataclan, the site of the largest attack, and performed John Lennon’s IMAGINE. Illustrating so powerfully what the truest power of music can be – to unite, heal, educate and minister.
Surrounded by photographers and onlookers, Martello performed the poignant song. He has a history of appearing at socially significant events, playing a set at the protests in Istanbul’s Gezi Park in 2013.
Well, that’s one way to increase the value of your organ.
This past Saturday, at the LGBT Center auction in LA, Miley lent her most vocal support to the sale of Linda Perry’s autographed white piano…by licking it.
There to receive the Vanguard Award for the work done with her own Happy Hippie Foundation for LGBT youth, Miley whetted the appetites of the bidders when she put her organ on the piano (sorry…)
The instrument would up selling for $50,000.
“I want all of you to know that I feel beyond grateful to be in a room full of so many…people who care so much about others because unfortunately that is way too rare in the world that we live in today,” Cyrus told the audience after accepting her award. “I’m thinking of tonight not as celebrating what we’ve already done but what we’re doing and what we’re going to do in the future.”
From our very special benefit show Nov. 7th at The Hard Rock Cafe NYC, this was a private event for Paul Newman’s Hole In The Wall Campers and their families, and one very special camper, Jeremy, came up onstage to perform this un-rehearsed rendition of SEASONS OF LOVE from Rent. These are the moments we live for.
Way to go Jeremy!!!
This seems to be quite the busy week for our family of performers and big announcements.
Pianist extraordinaire Paul Leschen (Paulie Fingers) has built himself quite a resume’ in the NYC theater scene, from playing and music directing some of downtown’s hottest cabaret performers, to composing music for the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway musical “BEDBUGS!”
Now, Paul is back with his BEDBUGS! writing partner, Fred Sauter, and their new show, THE ASTRONAUT LOVE SHOW. It’s running this month in NYC, and if you use the promo code BUGLOVE, you can get 10% off your tickets.