Nic was supposed to go in for spinal surgery this morning. We found out less than a half hour before his prep appointment that it’d been postponed indefinitely. We’ve been waiting on this for six months. His health has been steadily declining, and this surgery was meant to help ease the pain he just can’t seem to escape. I just hope we don’t have to wait much longer….
The Vocalist Replacement Dilemma
Stone Temple Pilots have adopted Chester Bennington to replace Scott Weiland. He looks and sounds very similar to Scott, early in his STP career. It’s almost as if they miss who he used to be and are desperately clinging to their past. Despite Scott’s drug issues, he still made a better STP frontman than Chester ever will. I felt the same of INXS after Michael Hutchence died; it’s familiar, yet distant, and it makes me uncomfortable. Mimickry never sits well with me when the vocalist is replaced. It’s strange enough to listen to the change in bands I didn’t get into until after the switch (most notably Van Halen and AC/DC) but to have actually experienced it is disturbing. I remain a fan, and I want to give Chester a chance, but it feels wrong to even refer to them as the same band.
I only wish my cat were this hilarious around my beardie.
With deference to the genius of David Bowie, here’s Space Oddity, recorded on Station. A last glimpse of the World.
Huge thanks in the making of the video to the talented trio of Emm Gryner, Joe Corcoran and Andrew Tidby, plus Evan Hadfield and all at the CSA.
I’m grateful to live in an era in which things like this are possible. I wonder if Bowie would have made a video for his version space if he could have at the time. Maybe he should now :)
Shoppers turn blind eye to Bangladesh tragedies as cheap clothes win
In the wake of disasters in Bangladesh garment factories that have claimed hundreds of lives in recent months, shoppers in the West have shown growing concern about worker safety in developing countries. As long as it doesn’t mean an end to bargains.
“It bothers me, but a lot of retailers are getting their clothes from these places and I can’t see how I can change anything,” 21-year-old university student Elizabeth McNail said, clutching a brown paper bag from clothier Primark the day after a building collapse in Savar, Bangladesh, killed at least 381 people. “They definitely need to improve, but I’ll still shop here. It’s so cheap.” (Munir Uz Zaman/AFP/Getty Images)
What she should have said was, “They definitely need to improve, but I’ll still shop here. I can’t resist a bargain, even if hundreds of people have died for the sake of me saving a few bucks.”
This blatant superficial compassion is so common it’s disturbing. There’s a big difference between choosing to buy cheap, and needing to buy cheap. Don’t sacrifice lives simply because you can.