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Amy Winehouse illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Amy Winehouse at the BBC

“I remember the first time hearing her voice…I instantly knew she was destined to be one of the greatest.” – NAS

“Jools loved Amy straight away – her honesty as a vocalist, songwriter, and Londoner…Britain has produced a lot of brilliant female singer-songwriters and vocalists in the last decade or so, many from Beth Gibbons to Adele, rooted in older black American forms, soul and jazz, and blues. But there was only ever one Amy Winehouse. She was frank and fresh and haunted. And we miss her.” – Mark Cooper BBC

Amy Winehouse At The BBC, a 3LP/3CD collection chronicling the many remarkable performances by arguably the greatest and most genuine talent to emerge in British music in decades, will be released on May 7, 2021, through Island/UMe. For the very first time, this updated release offers audio-only versions of the songs featured on ‘A Tribute to Amy Winehouse by Jools Holland’ and the ‘BBC One Sessions Live at Porchester Hall,’ and so a high proportion of these tracks will be completely new to digital music services. “Stronger Than Me,” “Tears Dry on Their Own” and “You Know I’m No Good” will be available on March 24 on streaming services, and the video for “Stronger Than Me” will be available on YouTube. This comprehensive collection captures the strong and enduring relationship that Amy enjoyed with the BBC and is further proof of quite what an extraordinarily talented, completely original, and truly engaging performer Amy was.

Amy Winehouse At The BBC includes Amy’s earliest BBC Radio sessions, music from her first-ever TV performances, as well as unheard gems, rarities, unique covers, and live versions of classic songs from “Frank” and “Back to Black.” The set also includes a beautifully illustrated 20-page booklet featuring rare photographs.

Disc 1 is a selection of recordings chosen by Later presenter, songwriter, and much-loved musician Jools Holland. Disc 2 is a 14-song audio selection dating from 2004 to 2009, while Disc 3 features the performances from Amy’s memorable Porchester Hall sessions. Like Amy’s three previous albums, this collection will prove, once more, a fitting tribute to her peerless artistry, phenomenal talent, and extraordinary powers as a songwriter, a singer, and an interpreter of classics.

Amy Winehouse At the BBC is available to preorder now:

DISC/LP ONE – A Tribute to Amy Winehouse by Jools Holland

  1. STRONGER THAN ME
  2. TAKE THE BOX
  3. TEACH ME TONIGHT feat. Jools Holland
  4. REHAB
  5. TENDERLY feat. Jools Holland
  6. TEARS DRY ON THEIR OWN
  7. MONKEY MAN feat. Jools Holland
  8. I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE feat. Paul Weller and Jools Holland
  9. DON’T GO TO STRANGERS feat. Paul Weller and Jools Holland
  10. LOVE IS A LOSING GAME

DISC/LP TWO – The BBC Sessions

  1. KNOW YOU NOW (Leicester Summer Sundae 2004)
  2. FUCK ME PUMPS (T In the Park 2004)
  3. IN MY BED (T In the Park 2004)
  4. OCTOBER SONG (T In the Park 2004)
  5. REHAB (Pete Mitchell 2006)
  6. YOU KNOW I’M NO GOOD (Jo Whiley Live Lounge 2007)
  7. JUST FRIENDS (Big Band Special 2009)
  8. LOVE IS A LOSING GAME (Jools Holland 2009)
  9. TEARS DRY ON THEIR OWN (Jo Whiley Live Lounge 2007)
  10. BEST FRIENDS, RIGHT? (Leicester Summer Sundae 2004)
  11. I SHOULD CARE (The Stables 2004)
  12. LULLABY OF BIRDLAND (The Stables 2004)
  13. VALERIE (Jo Whiley Live Lounge 2007)
  14. TO KNOW HIM IS TO LOVE HIM (Pete Mitchell 2006)

DISC/LP THREE – Amy Winehouse- BBC One Sessions Live at Porchester Hall

  1. KNOW YOU NOW
  2. TEARS DRY ON THEIR OWN
  3. YOU KNOW I’M NO GOOD
  4. JUST FRIENDS
  5. HE CAN ONLY HOLD HER
  6. I HEARD LOVE IS BLIND
  7. REHAB
  8. TAKE THE BOX
  9. SOME UNHOLY WAR
  10. BACK TO BLACK
  11. VALERIE
  12. ADDICTED
  13. ME & MR JONES
  14. MONKEY MA
Prince Illustration Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Prince Memorabilia Up For Auction

A Prince screen-worn ruffled shirt from Purple Rain will be auctioned by Boston-based RR Auction. The custom-made white ruffled shirt worn by Prince in the iconic 1984 film Purple Rain, lavishly crafted from soft silk and featuring a gathered high-neck collar, three layers of ruffles down the front, gathered ‘puffy’ long sleeves, ruffled faux-French cuffs, faux pearl buttons down the front placket, and light shoulder pads. Sewn inside the neck is a purple-on-white “Prince” label.

Playing ‘The Kid’ in Purple Rain, Prince is seen wearing a white ruffled shirt at several key points in the movie—including his rendition of ‘Beautiful Ones,’ and then later in the finale when he sings ‘Purple Rain,’ ‘I Would Die 4 U,’ and ‘Baby I’m a Star.’ Accompanied by a letter of provenance from Juanita Escovedo, the mother of Prince protege Sheila E., stating that the shirt was made for Prince during the making of Purple Rain and was given by Prince to Sheila E. It was later sold as part of a fundraising effort.

Purple Rain grossed over $72 million worldwide (against its $7.2 million budget), won the Oscar for Best Original Score, and served as the launching pad for Prince’s superstardom. “As an iconic, screen-worn shirt from the classic movie, this is a remarkable museum-quality piece,” said Bobby Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction.

Among other Prince-related items from the sale is a remarkable handmade Lords jacket from Prince’s wardrobe worn in a photoshoot with Randee St. Nicholas. Prince’s handmade couture jacket worn in a photoshoot, crafted from cream-colored fabric with three pairs of ornate black corded rope clasps on the front and matching rope links on the cuffs. Concealed in the placket are three white buttons behind each set of clasps. The jacket has two jetted diagonal pockets, a handkerchief pocket on the left breast, and is lined in a fine paisley satin. When Prince posed in this jacket in a shoot with photographer/filmmaker Randee St. Nicholas, he wore a high-collared black shirt and adorned the breast pocket with a black handkerchief—making for an edgy yet sophisticated look. Any piece from Prince’s personal wardrobe is tremendously desirable, and that he chose to wear this jacket in a photoshoot makes it especially significant. From the collection of singer-songwriter Susannah Melvoin.

Prince’s personally worn long white cashmere trench coat by Ashton Michael, from a photoshoot for the June 2014 issue of Essence magazine. The fine white cashmere wool coat features a simple sewn-in chevron design, two slit pockets, a single vent on the back, and a golden zipper on the front; the arms are fine black leather with golden zippers on the wrists. The inside is lined in white satin and has the “Ashton Michael” tag inside the neck.

The sale also features a breathtaking bright yellow custom Cloud guitar created for, owned, and played by Prince. The guitar was custom-made by Minneapolis luthier Kurt Nelson in the early 1990s. The neck-through guitar features a bright yellow finish, golden hardware, and cloud-inspired design to body, horn, and headstock, with a unique series of 18 black Prince symbols to fretboard and top of the neck.

Among other fashion highlights from the sale is a stunning gold sequin dress worn by Lady Gaga during her 2017-2018 Joanne World Tour. This shimmering, form-fitting dress with long sleeves, high collar, and a back-lapped zipper was made by New York City fashion designer Cheng-Huai Chuang, whose tag is sewn into the inner back. A sleek and dazzling dress worn by the award-winning pop sensation during her five-month promotional tour of Joanne. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity.

The Fine Autograph and Artifacts sale featuring Music and Prince from RR Auction began on February 19 and will conclude on March 10. For more information, go to www.rrauction.com.

Accompanied by a letter of provenance from Susannah Melvoin, describing how she acquired the jacket: “My sister wore this jacket many times, which is how I ended up with it. Long story. Prince wanted her to wear it for a show at Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angles in July 2007. He had two shows a night: one in the big entryway of the hotel and the other in a small club room. So, Prince had Wendy wear it for those. Then a week later, on July 7, Prince played three shows in Minneapolis in one day—at Macy’s, the Target Center, and First Ave—and Wendy performed with him there as well. We had flown to Minnesota, where Wendy wore the jacket again. After the show, we were all together and went to give the jacket back. Prince said it looks clean on Wendy and that she should have more made in lots of colors. I’ve had the jacket since.”

Melvoin was the joint lead vocalist to the Prince produced band The Family, singer on numerous historical Prince albums, and extended member of the Revolution during the Parade era, who shared a long-term working musical relationship with and was engaged to Prince during the 80s. Her twin sister, Wendy, was a member of Prince’s band, The Revolution.

RR Auction is a globally recognized and trusted auction house specializing in historical autographs and artifacts. Join us as we make history selling history in March 2021.

Vaughn Lowery illustration by Allison Christensen for his book Move Like Water x Be Fluid produced by 360 MAGAZINE

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Move Like Water × Be Fluid

By Katrina Tiktinsky

Vaughn Lowery, founder and publisher of 360 MAGAZINE, is set to release his first book this month. Move Like Water × Be Fluid is a stunning memoir documenting the author’s journey from a childhood in the Detroit projects to a successful career in fashion and media. The arc of this remarkable passage twists and turns in surprising ways, ensuring readers will believe in the concept that this life truly is what you make it. The text will debut as an exclusive multi-volume installation within 360 MAGAZINE and marks the inception of the brand’s foray into publishing.

This provocative coming-of-age story explores the power of branding strategy, a technique the writer developed at an early age and carried with him throughout his lifetime. Lowery, from the time he was a young child, is able to comprehend that one’s innate, individual self is their greatest commodity in life. Through the highs and lows that inform his experience, he stays true to that ideal. Lowery puts forward a raw and compelling narrative of a child, and later a man, who repeatedly picks himself up, reimagines his life, and finds innovative ways to move forward. The self-empowerment so emblematic in Lowery’s character and story promotes readers to adopt the author’s tactics in their own lives.

The influence of prominent civil rights leader Joseph Lowery, the writer’s grandfather, is prevalent in this work. A beacon for both hope and progress during the Civil Rights Movement, the legacy of Joseph Lowery weighs heavily on the narrator. This, along with his upbringing and existence as a black man in America, make Lowery both introspective and contextually aware when it comes to race. Moreover, draws parallels between the movement his grandfather championed and led, and the Black Lives Matter movement of today, exposing the failures of our system and calling for meaningful, systemic change. Both Joseph and Vaughn Lowery are members of the first intercollegiate historically African American organization Alpha Phi Alpha. Lowery simultaneously considers the work he can do, as a singular human being, to forward social justice causes in his day-to-day life and interactions with others. 

In 1920, his grandmother, Agnes Christine Moore Lowery (the little girl in the blue dress, also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha), came with her grandmother to become the first black to vote in Tennessee. The kids’ book, The Big Day, depicts their journey the day she voted, now available on Amazon here.

Photo of LaJUNE by Armon Hayes for 360 Magazine

Photo: Armon Hayes, Talent: LaJUNE

360 Magazine is also now selling one of a kind home goods via Chairish, a curated marketplace for the best in vintage and contemporary furniture, decor and art. Check out this piece designed by 360’s founder Vaughn Lowery.

In the year 2020, which has been afflicted with an overwhelming amount of change, there has never been a timelier moment for insight from a man like Lowery. As mentioned, Lowery’s deep ties and connections to racial justice in America feels incredibly relevant, as do his thoughts on digital media, something Lowery pioneered years before COVID-19 forced the world hurriedly online. Constantly at the forefront of social change, Move Like Water × Be Fluid offers an understanding of the current moment, yet looks forward to the possibility of an evolved, cosmopolitan world. One that Lowery aspires to through all his works, including this installation and 360 MAGAZINE.

As we follow the author through grade school, high school and on through Cornell University, we collect advice from a myriad of powerful secondary characters. From all walks of life, these secondary support systems offer Lowery the push he needs to continue on striving towards something better. We watch Lowery model the work ethic of his admired older sister, gain confidence from an encouraging teacher, change the trajectory of his life due to a neighborhood mentor, and learn from the critique of a Residential Advisor. This self-help-book stands apart for never failing to appreciate the importance of an individual’s support system. Fittingly, while the book catalogues Lowery’s journey to success, it inspires and encourages readers in the same way Lowery’s community uplifted him – to take action towards a meaningful life.

Comparable titles to Move Like Water × Be Fluid include other stories of individuals who later turned to publishing their experiences in self-help books. Numerous celebrity examples include Becoming by Michelle Obama, Shoe Dog by Phil Knight, or The Path Made Clear by Oprah Winfrey. These titles, as well as Lowery’s first book, all feature introspection and explanations regarding the course of the authors’ lives. 

The following descriptions outlines the chapter-by-chapter journey within Move Like Water × Be Fluid.

Chapter 1: The beginning of Lowery’s journey is marked by his complicated childhood in Detroit, distinctly connected to his sense of place and community. Financial struggles and surroundings reminiscent of the song “Gangsta’s Paradise,” as well as the author’s early experience with assault contextualize the course of Lowery’s life.

Chapter 2: A childhood mood, coupled with the realization of his intelligence, swiftly changed the direction of Lowery’s life. Following a move to New Jersey to live with his older sister, Lowery’s early experiences of racism shine a light on his passion for racial justice today. The opportunity to participate in an honored education program again changes the trajectory Lowery follows.

Chapter 3: This chapter offers insight into the ups and downs of high school, a narrative many are familiar with. Yet, Lowery’s poised observations throughout the chapter reflect his early understanding of the world.

Chapter 4: After a remarkable yet complex journey through high school, Lowery achieves the first of many dreams by gaining the chance to attend Cornell University in New York. At Cornell, he is able to expand his understanding of self and what he hopes to accomplish.

Chapter 5: Saks Fifth Avenue recruits Lowery to work in their corporate office, marking Lowery’s first foray into the world of economics and fashion. The advice he gains from mentors in the field prompts him to shift towards a career in acting and modeling, supplemented by working in the Medicare Department of U.S. Healthcare.

Chapter 6: New York, in all its hectic nature, pointed Lowery west towards California where he could further capitalize on his talents in the entertainment industry.

Chapter 7: This chapter details one of the events in Lowery’s life for which he is best known: his commercials as “Joe Boxer Guy” that overwhelmed the nation. Following ups and downs in Los Angeles, this success cemented Lowery’s understanding of his own talents as well as his ties to L.A.

Chapter 8: Following an offensive home invasion, Lowery pivots to continue embracing what life throws at him with appearances on NBC’s “Scrubs” and “America’s Next Top Model.”

Chapter 9: With plenty of capital and the space to complement his next steps, Lowery founded 360 MAGAZINE in 2008, powering through the tidal wave that was the recession all due to his own brains and the belief in his product and brand.

Chapter 10: After another painful reminder of the inadequacies of the justice system in America due to an unjust prison stay, Lowery’s comprehension of what is truly important is once again realigned. Despite his negative experiences, his magazine is able to be on the cutting edge of the Los Angeles scene.

Chapter 11: The number 360 is ubiquitous to Lowery – one embodies the other. His appreciation for both his own capabilities and expertise, as well as the ones of others, assures his magazine and brand are constantly evolving. 

Chapter 12: Thinking on the future following the tragic death of a friend, Lowery is nowhere near finished and is more than ready to continue is many metamorphoses. He now exists in a space where he strives to empower others, all around the world. 360.

Move Like Water x Be Fluid, by Vaughn Lowery, is available this month exclusively on the 360 MAGAZINE’s website. 360 MAGAZINE has received numerous accolades, and has recently been featured on Dancing with the Stars. Stay in touch by following both Lowery (@vaughnlowery) and 360 (@360magazine)

Additionally Vaughn has an audio book titled, “Say Uncle: The Story of Vaughn Lowery” which loosely based on his childhood. It is available for here on Amazon Music. For additional info on Vaughn Lowery visit Wikipedia and IMDb.

Bella Thorne Illustration By Kaelen Felix for 360 Magazine

Bella Thorne – Girl

By Hannah DiPilato
Last week, Girl starring Bella Thorne was released to select theaters and VOD platforms. The psycho-thriller movie has gained mixed reviews so far with a 4.8 out of 10 on IMDb and a 63% on Rotten Tomatoes.
The film was directed and written by Chad Faust and stars Faust along with Thorne and Mickey Rourke. Thorne stars the main character known as Girl, who returns to her hometown for the first time since she was kicked out of her house by her father at age six. She comes ready with a plan to get revenge on her abusive father. Upon arrival, she discovers that someone has reached him first and finds him dead.
Determined to find out what happened to her father and fueled by rage, Girl ignores the advice of her mother to get out of the small town and makes it her responsibility to find out who was responsible for the murder of her dad. Armed with her father’s old hatchet throughout the movie, Girl sets out for revenge and answers and it seems nothing will stop her from getting them.
She comes in contact with a lot of interesting characters along her journey through the small, rural town. She meets a friendly bartender, played by Glen Gould, a kind prostitute, played by Lanette Ware and Faust’s character, a mysterious charmer. Rourke plays the local sheriff, who seems suspicious from the start.
As the story progresses, we learn the sheriff and the charmer are working together to find a large sum of money that Girl’s father supposedly hid. With the suspension that Girl now possess the money, it’s clear why she becomes the target. The storyline goes into a whirlwind of family secrets and drama that Girl discovers throughout her investigative journey. The movie plays on themes of poverty, abuse and trauma.
The movie is reminiscent of the 2005 film House of Wax and also has similarities to the Texas Chainsaw Massacre horror series. Thorne does an impeccable job portraying the character of Girl and used a realistic southern accent to add to Girl’s persona. Thorne isn’t one to shy away from big roles and Girl is the actress’s fourth appearance in a feature film for 2020.
The film is available on Apple TV, YouTube, Google Play and Amazon Prime Video for $6.99. The thriller is an hour and thirty-two minutes of plot twists that will keep you on the edge of your seat the entire time.
Thorne is continuously making a name for herself in Hollywood. Her first Hollywood appearances took place on ABC’s Dirty Sexy Money and NBC’s My Own Worst Enemy. She then took on a lead role in 2010 as Cece in the Disney Channel show Shake It Up. Thorne is continuing her career and has been featured in many new TV shows and movies after her success as Cece. In 2018 she starred alongside Patrick Schwarzenegger in Midnight Sun, a moving teen romance movie. She has also taken on roles in The Babysitter, Blended and The Duff.

WE SUMMON THE DARKNESS

“We Summon The Darkness” Indie Horror Feature Hit VOD, Amazon and iTunes April 10th, featuring actor Tanner Beard.
 
The film debuted for digital streaming on Amazon and iTunes, along with VOD after the theatrical run was abandoned due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Like many other films, they adjusted their roll out to digital. It released across digital and VOD platforms on April 10th, starring Alexandra Daddario, Maddie Hasson, and Johnny Knoxville, and with Tanner Beard as the sheriff.
 
Tanner has acted in a slew of notable projects, such as Robert Rodriguez’ From Dusk Till Dawn The Series (action horror), Barracuda (thriller), Deported, Hidden In The Woods (horror), Thunder Broke the Heavens, Legend of Hell’s Gate, 6 Bullets To Hell (retro grindhouse western) and many more. He is also founder and president of Mammoth Film Festival.

In We Summon The Darkness, the heavy-metal horror thriller which premiered earlier this year at Screamfest Horror Film Festival in Hollywood, Tanner Beard plays the sheriff, a memorable role for Beard. 

WATCH Trailer HERE.

Film Synopsis: 

On the way to a heavy metal concert, Alexis (Alexandra Daddario) and two girlfriends hear a news report of a local murder believed to be tied to a series of satanic killings. After the show, the girls invite three guys to join them at the estate owned by Alexis’s father, a fire-and-brimstone preacher (Johnny Knoxville). What starts as a party suddenly turns dark and deadly in this devilishly entertaining thriller.

Working in the industry as an actor, writer, director and producer, Tanner Beard created Silver Sail Entertainment, an all media based production company during the industry strike in 2008 as a source to create professional media content. Tanner has since produced projects including: a travel show, award winning short films, award winning documentaries, commercials, music videos, two seasons of a web-based television series and feature films such as the critically acclaimed ‘HELLION’ starring Aaron Paul and Juliette Lewis, ‘THE LEGEND OF HELL’S GATE’, starring Eric Balfour, Henry Thomas, Jenna Dewan Tatum, Summer Glau, Kevin Alejandro and Lou Taylor Pucci and others.

Tanner himself has recently completed Executive Producing four films under icon Terrance Malick and producer Sarah Green, starring talent such as Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Cate Blanchett, Michael Fassbender and Natalie Portman. One of which is a documentary, ‘VOYAGE OF TIME’, produced alongside Brad Pitt, who also narrates the film. It recently premiered at the Venice Film Festival and it’s North American Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, to much acclaim.

As a producer, he has had films and documentaries in competition at top festivals around the world including Sundance, Berlin, Cannes, Venice, SXSW and Toronto, as well as his own Mammoth Film Festival.

Along with RIPTIDE, Tanner’s other upcoming projects are an animated feature entitled ‘FRIDGEPORT’ he co-created with Paul Khoury and produced alongside Liam Hemsworth and Ashley Greene, and his latest passion project; a new Christmas comedy ‘JUST BE CLAUS’, which Beard co-wrote with director Tim Skousen and is producing with Jeff Kalligheri and Jared Hess of “Napoleon Dynamite”.

Follow @TannerBeard @SilverSailEntertainment and @MammothFilmFestival on Instagram.

(Photo Courtesy of Mammoth Film Festival)

MOUNTAIN with Willem Dafoe on Blu-ray 9/25

Ravishing and thrilling views from the top of the world fill MOUNTAIN, a stirring visual and musical feast documenting the daring people who ascend and traverse – by whatever means possible – the globe’s highest peaks. Narrated by Willem Dafoe and called “a ravishing feat of vertiginous filmmaking” by The Hollywood Reporter, it arrives on Blu-ray and DVD from Greenwich Entertainment on September 25, 2018.

Only three centuries ago, setting out to climb a mountain would have been considered close to lunacy. Mountains were places of peril, not beauty, an upper world to be shunned, not sought out. Why do mountains now hold us spellbound, drawing us into their dominion, often at the cost of our lives?

From Tibet to Australia, Alaska to Norway, armed with drones, GoPros and helicopters, director Jennifer Peedom (Sherpa) has fashioned an astonishing symphony of mountaineers, ice climbers, free soloists, heliskiers, snowboarders, wingsuiters and parachuting mountain bikers.

Willem Dafoe provides a narration sampled from British mountaineer Robert Macfarlane’s acclaimed memoir Mountains of the Mind, and a classical score from the Australian Chamber Orchestra accompanies this majestic cinematic experience.

MOUNTAIN has received universal praise from critics and audiences alike. Michael Rechtshaffen of the Los Angeles Times called it “a unique portrait of mankind’s enduring fascination with the world’s most formidable summits.” Peter Rainer of The Christian Science Monitor said, “For those of us who would never in our wildest imaginings ride a bike off a sky-high mountain peak and then parachute to earth, I can heartily recommend the documentary, where such feats are standard.” The Wall Street Journal’s Joe Morgenstern said the film “reminds us that mountains restore our wonder; more than ever we need their wildness.” Matthew Roe of Under the Radar called it “a uniquely stunning document, defined by its sublime beauty, cautious reverence, and musical resplendence.”

A popular selection at film festivals worldwide, MOUNTAIN was released by Greenwich Entertainment in top theatrical markets in 2018.

Bonus features on both the Blu-ray and DVD include a look behind the scenes and interviews with director Jennifer Peedom and Robert Macfarlane, author of Mountains of the Mind.

The Aquabats Launch Kickstarter Campaign

TV’s punk rock superheroes The Aquabats announce the launch of a Kickstarter campaign featuring Jack Black, Weird Al Yankovic and others in a new video entitled “I Am The Aquabats!” The Emmy-winning collective is gathering a Legion of Righteous Comrades (fans new and old) to rally in support of new music and new episodes of The Aquabats! Super Show! The band has heeded the longtime call of its loyal following – and are working with them to bring it all back! Click here to join the Legion.

The Aquabats’ leader, The MC Bat Commander, explains: “We’re gathering a Legion of Righteous Comrades that believes in the importance of sharing music, adventures and pizza. Only with the help of our homies from around the world can we bring back The Aquabats! Super Show! and make awesome new music and TV for the next generation.”

The Kickstarter campaign runs for one month, from July 31 at 10am PST through September 1 at 8pm PST, featuring a new episodic adventure as The MC Bat Commander leads fans on a quest to re-assemble The Aquabats while fending off some of their oldest foes – all while releasing new rewards and special surprises! The campaign will culminate in a live, climactic concert/telethon/finale hosted by The Aquabats at The El Rey Theatre featuring special guests, last-minute surprises, and a livestream countdown for those who can’t attend in person.

The campaign has two goals: To fund the full-time return of The Aquabats, leading to the first new episodes of The Aquabats! Super Show! since 2014, and the first new studio album since 2011; and to create a groundswell of support that tells the world: in an era of over-serious superheroes and hip cynicism, it’s time for a change. It’s time for the return of The Aquabats!

Jack Black and Electric Dynamite have also signed on to the new season in an Executive Producer capacity, should the campaign be successful and the show moves into production.

The Aquabats’ comrade, Jack Black, explains: “Ever since I met the MC Bat Commander on the set of Yo Gabba Gabba, I knew we were destined to become allies. Today, I’m excited to officially join forces with The Aquabats and our Righteous Comrades around the world. Together, we can save rock and roll for the kids… and us all. This is an extremely important mission, and I hope you’ll join us.”

The team spearheading the campaign comes from notable crowdfunding campaigns like Veronica Mars, Reading Rainbow, Super Troopers 2, and Mystery Science Theater 3000.

To thank backers for their support, the campaign will offer a wide variety of exclusive rewards and once-in-a-lifetime experiences, for pledges ranging from $10 to $10,000,000. The more notable rewards include original accessories designed by long-time band collaborator and noted designer Paul Frank, on-set and on-screen experiences during the filming of Super Show’s next season, and even the creation of a private album recorded for, and owned entirely by, the backer. At the highest tier of support, The Aquabats will buy a private island, legally rename it Aquabania, and appoint the supporter to a three-year term as the island’s first “Prime Minister.”

Additionally, the Legion can support The Aquabats by completing both solo and community missions that boost The Aquabats’ signal, recruit more members to the Legion and unlock more awesome rewards and upgrades for all backers.

For more campaign information, to donate, and sign up for secret missions, visit www.wearetheaquabats.com and follow @TheAquabats on Twitter and Instagram.

About The Aquabats

TV’s punk rock superheroes The Aquabats formed in 1994 in Orange County as a way to have some harmless fun in a music scene that took itself too seriously. Their Paul Frank designed “power belts,” trademark blue rash guards, black eye masks, “anti-negativity” helmets and onstage antics quickly caught on, earning the group a fiercely loyal following that spans generations. Their line-up and music is continuously evolving, including Blink 182’s Travis Barker as former drummer “Baron Von Tito.” To date, The Aquabats’ music library includes The Return of the Aquabats (1996), The Fury of the Aquabats! (1997), The Aquabats vs. The Floating Eye of Death(1999), Myths, Legends and Other Amazing Adventures, Vol. 2 (2000), Yo! Check Out This Ride! (EP, 2004) Charge!! (2005), Radio Down! (EP, 2010), Hi-Five Soup! (2011). Current Aquabats are Christian Jacobs, “The MC Bat Commander” (lead singer), Chad Larson, “Crash McLarson” (bass, vocals), Ian Fowles, “EagleBones FalconHawk” (guitar), Richard Falomir, “Ricky Fitness” (drums), and James Briggs, “Jimmy the Robot” (keyboards, woodwinds, vocals).

About The Aquabats! Super Show!

In 2012, the band debuted The Aquabats! Super Show!, a live-action musical action comedy television series which aired on the Hub Network. The show received eight Daytime EMMY nominations and one win. Super Show!’s run was cut short when The Hub closed in 2014, leaving fans demanding a return ever since.

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CAST OF WALKING DEAD, RICKY WHITTLE, DARRYL “DMC” MCDANIELS AND MORE AT IMDb LIVE FROM NEW YORK COMIC CON

On Saturday, IMDb, the world’s most popular and authoritative source for movie, TV, and celebrity content, hosted IMDb LIVE at New York Comic Con. The live-streaming show, featured Ricky Whittle, Jackie Earle Haley, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Tom Payne, Katelyn Nacon, Austin Amelio, Charlie Brooker, and more who sat down for intimate interviews with host Kevin Smith.

Darryl McDaniels had fun rapping freestyle with Kevin Smith and revealed how he owes his career to comic books. Walking Dead’s Austin Amelio joked that Tom Payne should be a hair model in between filming, while Katelyn Nacon shared how she always fears for her character’s life on Walking Dead. Charlie Brooker shared that Jodi Foster is directing an upcoming episode of Black Mirror

Darryl ‘DMC’ McDaniels on comic books shaping career

Darryl: Yes, before Hip-Hop came over the bridge from the Bronx in the late 70’s to totally change my life. Before 1970’s rock radio, I mean the 70’s rock is amazing – it’s all I listen to. But before music came into my life, I was a little kid living in Hollis Green, NY and went to Catholic school, I wore glasses – I was a straight A’s student, though. Always on the honor roll, 5 and 6 stars on the forehead, but I read comic books. So I was this nerdy little kid that just read, collected and drew all day – that’s all that I did. So I never wanted to be in show business at all. But it was comic books, the foundation that prepared me to do what I did when I got on the microphone.
Darryl: My whole persona, my whole presentation – the way I look, the way I sound – was all because of comic books. And the inspiration, the creativity and the education that I got out of reading comic books allowed me to be a good student in school, and it allowed me to be prepared when it was time for me to get on the microphone. So I owe my life to Marvel Comic Books. 

Katelyn Nacon on staying alive for so long on Walking Dead 

Katelyn: Oh every second. Every second of my day. Whenever it’s a call from Scott I think everyone is just always like *gasp* “oh, no.” It’s a little, mini heart attack.

Tom: You’re the longest out of all three of us, right?

Katelyn: Yeah, I don’t know how I made it. I survived through everything that Alexandria was put through. I mean all the kids in Alexandria are dead except for me. I was like the only one that made it out alive. So I’m, Eden’s a really strong character, though, and I think that’s kinda why she is able to survive. I mean she has to survive somehow, J.S.S., like she lives by that motto.

Ricky Whittle on getting political during his panel 

Ricky Whittle: I’m a very honest person – I don’t believe in shying away. I believe silence sides on that, of the oppressor. As long as we’re silent, oppressive people are able to kind of keep everyone down and so I think we should always be able to speak our minds. That’s the great thing about America – and about lots of free countries – where it’s your opinion and you should be allowed to express your opinion no matter what. No one’s got any right to keep you down – to tell you who you should be, what you should be – and I just mentioned that a little bit at my panel.

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