It’s been an eventful year! While we saw significantly less celebrity deaths than 2016 brought us, 2017 has still had it’s fair share of ‘notable’ moments. So let’s take a look back at all the craziness that was this year and use it as rocket fuel to propel us into the next. Here are the biggest celebrity moments in music for the year:
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What started as a social media hashtag, the #MeToo movement swelled into a worldwide phenomenon that encouraged women to speak out about past sexual assault. Numerous high-profile men in the film industry, media, business, and sports began to fall as women went public with their histories of harassment and abuse.
Among them brought some shocking revelations about men in the music industry, including stories of sexual assault from Brand New’s Jesse Lacey and Pinegrove frontman Evan Stephens Hall. Accusations against U.K. rock group Nothing But Thieves even forced July Talk to cancel their supporting tour dates overseas mid tour
dates cancelled: pic.twitter.com/hZlZSuatny
— July Talk (@julytalk) November 15, 2017
Gord Downie Passes Away
On October 18th, beloved singer, songwriter, poet and activist Gord Downie passed away after a year-and-a-half battle with brain cancer. In the year prior to his passing, Canada celebrated his life around the country as The Tragically Hip took their Man Machine Poem tour from coast-to-coast, which concluded in a live broadcast of their final show in Kingston Ontario. Downie was loved not only for his commanding presence on stage as a singer, but his charitable work behind the scenes and activism.
Eminem Trump freestyle
Since the 2017 Presidential Election, more and more artists have become vocal about their opinions on politics, and namely that of President Donald Trump. In a pre-recorded segment for the BET Awards, Eminem filmed a no holds barred freestyle rap about Trump as his ineffectiveness as a leader, his misogyny, sexual assault allegations and poor handling of the U.S. North Korea crisis among other things.
Ryan Adams vs. The Strokes
Things got heated between Ryan Adams and The Strokes over Twitter this summer, when the “Prisoner” singer took time to insult members of the band calling Albert Hammond Jr a “horrible songwriter” and asking Strokes singer Julian Casablancas why he got “strung out on lasagna.” The heated exchange took place after Lizzy Goodman’s book Meet Me In The Bathroom was released, a book that details the relationships between the bands in their early days.
In the book, Hammond claimed that Adams was a bad influence on them for supplying their group with heroin. Though Adams denied ever doing so, and felt angry he had been scapegoated for Hammond Jr’s problems with addiction. Adams later tweeted ““I should’ve forced them to get addicted to writing better songs. Too bad @thekillers did it for them.”
Joshe Homme Kicks Photographer
In a bizzare turn of events at a Queens of the Stone Age show in December, Josh Homme brutally kicked a photographer in the face while she was taking photos. Homme had been erratic that night, slicing open his head with glass, calling members of the audience “retards” and cursing out the headliners screaming “F__k Muse!”. He apologized the next day saying “I did not mean for that to happen. I am very sorry.”, and later calling it a “a total dick move.” Photograper Chelsea Lauren had to be treated at the ER at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where she was “simply trying to do my job.”
The National land first No. 1 song
It may come as a surprise, but Brooklyn now favoured alternative rock group The National never held a No. 1 spot in the U.K. until 2017. The group climbed higher and higher on the charts this year with their fantastic new album Sleep Well Beast. The closest they’ve ever come to that position was from their previous effort, Trouble Will Find Me back in 2013 which found the Number 3 spot.
Broken Social Scene play Manchester
Toronto’s Broken Social Scene were forced to make a tough call this spring when the group were scheduled to perform in Manchester one day after the deadly bombing at an Ariana Grande concert. After deliberating all day, unsure if the wounds were too fresh, they decided to continue with the show. Along with Manchester native Johnny Marr of the Smiths, the group thought it would be an appropriate way to set the tone of the show with “Anthems for a Seventeen Year-Old Girl” from 2002’s You Forgot It In People.
Ryan Adams vs. Father John Misty
Ryan Adams had another heated exchange over Twitter, this time getting into it with Father John Misty. For no apparent reason, Adams called FJM “the most self-important assshole on Earth” in a strange Twitter rampage. “He sounds like shit Elton John but if he was just sitting in a corner staring at his hands on LSD”, he continued. He later apologized for his outburst saying “I’m human & I have bad days. It happens. I apologize.”
The Gallagher Brothers
You would be forgiven if you didn’t realize both Liam and Noel Gallagher released decent records in 2017. Perhaps the arrival of new music from the ex-Oasis brothers was lost in the fact that they spent most of the year taking shots at each other.
Their rivalry reached legendary status in 2017 as they fired barbs back and forth. There were shots fired over their records coming out just a few weeks apart, as well as Liam saying Rowan Atkinson, aka Mr. Bean should play his brother in a film. While we’re all holding out hope for an Oasis reunion, the theatre of this sibling rivalry provides quite the entertainment value.
— George Godfrey (@georgegodfrey) November 7, 2017
Noel enlisted a scissors players to join him on stage during a performance on Jools Holland this year. Never one to pass an opportunity to mock his brother, Liam Gallagher hit Twitter in search of a potato peeler to join him on stage, which may have been a reference to a series of May 2016 tweets in which he referred to Noel as a “potato.”
You couldn’t make this stuff up.
The fiasco that was Fyre Fest was undoubtedly the biggest blunder of 2017. Billy McFarland a 25-year-old entrepreneur and his co-founder Ja-Rule had promised festival-goers a luxurious weekend of music in the Bahamas complete with big name rock bands, celebrity chefs, private villas. The event was promoted by a gaggle of Instagram famous/international supermodels, with tickets ranging anywhere between $1,000 and $12,000.
But what people showed up to was nowhere near pictued. An unorganized mess on a flooded island, with little food, improper shelter or even stages for the promised artists to perform. Attendees were left to figure out their own way home once the festival was cancelled the following morning, many of which spent their day inside a cramped airport with no food or water.
McFarland was hit by a flurry of lawsuits, and arrested shortly after the fiasco on charges on the count of wire fraud, that carries a maximum 20-year sentence. The complaint comes as McFarland allegedly inflated his financial worth in order to secure a $1.2-million (USD) investment into his company Fyre Media. He also lied to investors about the company’s worth, claiming to have made millions in revenue over 2016 and 2017, when the company’s worth was under $60,000.
— Marissa Deslatte (@MarissaDeslatte) December 9, 2017
Stay tuned to Indie88.com over the coming weeks for our entire Best of 2017 series.
Up next: Best Covers of 2017 (Thursday, December 14th)