Two members of the German rock band Rammstein kissed onstage in Russia’s capital city Moscow in defiance against Russia’s anti-LGBTQ stance. During a performance of ‘Aüslander’, guitarists Paul Landers and Richard Kruspe moved towards each other before kissing each other, to protest the country’s anti-LGBTQ attitudes and laws.
Liebe ist für alle da!
While homosexuality isn’t illegal in Russia, President Vladimir Putin’s ‘gay propaganda’ law has created a hostile environment for LGBTQ people. On 21 July, a prominent LGBT+ activist was found dead in St Petersburg, having been strangled and stabbed, after her name was listed on a vile ‘gay-hunting’ website.
Elsewhere, in self-governed Russian state Chechnya, gay people have been rounded up and held in modern-day concentration camps, with many of them tortured for information and some even beaten to death.
Rammstein shared a photo of the kiss, which took place during their song Aüslander, on their Instagram page alongside the caption: “Russia, we love you!”
It’s not the first time the band have shown support for LGBTQ rights on this tour – during a performance in Poland, where they crowdsurfed in a rubber dinghy waving a Pride flag, following the news that LGBT+ people had faced violence during a Pride march in the country.
The bold statement came after reports that members of Poland’s LGBTQ community hadfaced violence during a Pride march in the country, and most likely an answer to what happened in Białystok, as well as reports of ‘LGBT-free’ zones being promoted by bigots.
Here they come! Waving pride flags and openly supporting LGBTQ people.
Rammstein’s show of support for LGBTQ people has gone down very well with fans of the band. One referring to it as a ‘power-move’ while another said it was ‘heartwarming’ to see.
Rammstein released their latest, untitled album (referred to as Rammstein) in May, and are currently touring in support of the new music.
Have you seen J.Lo’s new single, El Anillo? Dressed in skin-tight bodycon, embellished with diamonds, she has exclusively worn Tiffany & Co’s jewellery for the whole music video. The main attention straight goes to the 15-carat emerald cut diamond ring. It is set in an engagement ring, with her gold embossed initial on the signature blue Tiffany’s box.
In the video, J.Lo also wears gold jewellery from Elsa Peretti Bone Cuffs and T-Collection ring which were stacked on both of her hands! Talking about ultra-glam…
The video has sparked a rumour that the singer has engaged with her boyfriend, Alex Rodriguez. When asked about a future marriage proposal to the actress and singer, “I will tell you this. She came out with a great, great song ‘Anillo’. I think it went up to one or two [in the charts]”, says Rodriguez, the retired Major League Baseball star, said during an interview with FOX Business’ Charlie Gasparino.
J.Lo has been actively promoting her new singles. Last Sunday night at the Billboard Music Awards 2018 in Las Vegas, J.Lo also wore her diamond rings and perform yet another Spanish-language single, Dinero.
Brian Justin Crum is a former America’s Got Talent contestant and broadway star known for his astounding cover of ‘Creep’ by Radiohead and ‘Somebody to Love’ by Queen as well as various Billboard artists, such as Sam Smith, Sia, and Adele. Brian is now making his way into the pop scene, celebrating the exploration sexuality and sensuality and showing more sides of himself through his music.
Former America’s Got Talent contestant Brian Justin Crum performing a beautiful acoustic cover of ‘Show Me Love’ by Robyn, and it is quite amazing!
To learn more about singing sensation Brian Justin Crum and his music, check out his official Facebook page.
……a merry Christmas!
Michael Buble & Barbra Streisand ‘It Had To Be You’
The legendary Johnny Mathis and Josh Groban surprise the audience with an enchanting Christmas duet at The Oprah Winfrey Show.
During the Third Reich, Munich was slated to get another opera house. With Clemens Krauss, who served in the joint capacity of general manager and general music director, Munich was able to develop even further despite oppression and war. Clemens Krauss supplied highlights both in his career and in the history of the National Theatre with the world premières of three works by his friend Richard Strauss, three fantastic anachronisms which nevertheless became artistic reality: Friedenstag in 1938, Verklungene Feste in 1941, and Capriccio in 1942. During an Allied bombardment in the night of October 3 / 4, the National Theatre was turned into an eerie ruin. Further damage and destruction as well as the proclamation of ‘total war’ silenced the State Opera for a while.
Her Highness Begum Om Habibeh Aga Khan at the Gala Premiere of the reconstructed München Opera House, Germany, with good friends Curd Jürgens and his wife Simone Bicheron, November 23, 1963. (pictures by C.P.H. van Heulen) (pictures from private collection).
The arduous tasks of restoring the theatre to life were assumed by General Manager Georg Hartmann and his General Music Director Georg Solti. After they had successfully introduced works by Paul Hindemith and Heinrich Sutermeister, and Werner Egk had established himself in 1948 with his Faust ballet Abraxas, Hartmann and Solti put on the first post-war Munich Opera Festival in 1950, creating on a firm foundation to pass on to their successors.
Her Highness Begum Om Habibeh Aga Khan
Rudolf Hartmann served as general manager for fifteen years from 1952 to 1967, working side-by-side with general music directors Rudolf Kempe, Ferenc Fricsay and Joseph Keilberth. Two significant events occurred during the Hartmann era: the return to the restored Cuvilliés Theatre with Le nozze di Figaro in 1958 and the reopening of the National Theatre on November 21, 1963. With the aid of the ‘Friends of the National Theatre’ it rose in old classicistic glory like a phoenix from the ashes in accordance the plans of Gerhard Graubner and Karl Fischer.
Her Highness Begum Om Habibeh Aga Khan and and Curd Jürgens
Her Highness Begum Om Habibeh Aga Khan and Curd Jürgens
Her Highness Begum Om Habibeh Aga Khan and Simone Bicheron wife of Curd Jürgens
America loves it’s holidays. There is literally something to celebrate every single day of the year. From National Pancake Day to National Punctuation Day, we do it all here in the US of A. This week, March 23 -30, we are in the trenches of the holiest time of the year (sorry Jesus), for Divas Week! Somehow, Chaka Khan (23rd), Aretha Franklin (25th), Diana Ross (26th), and Mariah Carey (27th) were all born within these five days!
To honor this week properly, let’s get into the best and deepest cuts of our divas’ catalogue.
Before making it on her own, Chaka Khan was the lead vocalist of one of the hardest bands of the 70s, Rufus. Decades later, there are few people that can stand next to Chaka.
Live at the Fillmore has to be one of the best live albums of all time. If we’re being honest, Aretha Franklin taught the world what real singing sounds like. She offered up those receipts by dropping an album of covers that make you never want to listen to the originals ever again. Sorry Adele!
Picture: Aretha Franklin performing at McGlohon Theater in Charlotte, NC on February 13, 2012. Franklin performed a tribute to her goddaughter, Whitney Houston, who had passed away two days before. Photo by Daniel Coston
Diana is the boss! What else needs to be said?
Her… She is Mariah. The elusive chanteuse and next star of a sure to be sold-out Vegas run.