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December 8, 4:21 PMBritish Pop Culture ExaminerDonna Peerce
Robert Pattinson and Marcus Foster
A while back, I posted an article that discussed why Rob Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and other celebrities need and deserve privacy. A good example of this was displayed on Saturday, Dec. 5th as the paparazzi got up front and personal with Robert Pattinson and musician friends, Marcus Foster and Bobby Long. Rob and Bobby went to the Hotel Café in LA on Saturday evening to enjoy the sold-out shows of fellow Brits, Marcus Foster and Blue Roses. When they were leaving, the paparazzi swarmed around them, flashing blinding lights in their faces, probing into the car that picked them up and followed them to their hotel. Rob, Marcus and Bobby seemed overwhelmed, embarrassed and flustered. And, Rob leaned up against a wall and hid his face on it. All these young British musicians wanted to do was have a moment to themselves and enjoy the camaraderie, music, and friendship of one another.
The fans fought back and launched a huge campaign called the Fans Fight Back Initiative against the paparazzi for taking intrusive pictures of Robert Pattinson, Marcus Foster and Bobby Long leaving the Hard Rock Café. Pattinson Online worked with Thinking of Rob and collected almost 1,000 photos from fans (with their hands over their faces) from almost 100 sites in support of their outrage against the paparazzi for their harassment of Rob and his friends.
Following is my article about The Golden Rule (which has been revised and updated) and how this Golden Rule should apply to paparazzi. In addition, I’ve included some suggestions on how Rob and other celebrities might be able to better manage the paparazzi in the future and turn it into a beneficial event instead of an intrusive one. First, though, consider the following:
Twilight stars Rob Pattinson, Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart are now enjoying having Twilight Saga: New Moon as the #1 movie in the world. The young stars are tracked by fans to their hotel and favorite restaurants and to any shows where Rob’s friends Marcus Foster, Sam Bradley or Bobby Long are playing.
Fans travel from all over the world to track their vampire heroes in the hopes of getting a picture or an autograph. Some have succeeded, many more have failed. It’s all scary, actually. Why have people crossed the line and feel it’s O.K. to barge in on people’s private lives?
Boyle later admitted she was just exhausted from all the media hype. She had become a huge celebrity overnight and wasn’t equipped to deal with the fans and frenzy that are part of the celebrity world today.
Rob, Kristen, Marcus, Bobby, Sam, and all celebrities have feelings and they can be as fragile as anybody else. Some deal with it by using drugs and/or alcohol. Others deal with it by hiding. Celebrities need privacy and alone time like everyone else. They need to be able to go to Starbuck’s and get a cup of coffee without the paparazzi swarming the doors. They need to be able to just “be.”
Sam Bradley Rushed For Twilight Fans
by Stephanie Joudrey (CHARTattack)
Sam Bradley may have gotten his name out to millions of screaming girls because of his connection to the Twilight soundtrack, but now he's ready to move forward with leagues of new fans and a brand new EP.
While he's grateful for the popularity his friendship with Twilight star Robert Pattinson (Edward Cullen in the series) has gained him, it's time Bradley — whose song "Too Far Gone" is a version of Pattinson's "Never Think" that appeared on last year's Twilight soundtrack — made a name for himself.
"I'm not sick of the hype that surrounds me because I want to live up to it," he says. "I want to be heard.
"Am I getting weary of the word 'Twilight'? Sure. Am I offended when somebody asks me about it? No. I was part of it in a small way. That is my step in on a global scale and now I flip it around."
Bradley's self-titled EP came out in August and made iTunes charts in Canada and the U.K. The six songs he delivers are raw, diverse and, he admits, a little rushed. The sudden fame that came his way courtesy of Twilight may have pushed him into the studio a little prematurely.
"Although I had an audience before, this was obviously a far greater one," he says. "I was going to make an album probably two or three months later. I was ready to be heard but I maybe wasn't ready to record."
This EP was recorded in his hometown of Vancouver and in Paris, France with his former stepfather. He recorded 16 songs, though listeners can only get their grubby hands on six for now. Bradley decided after putting his hard earned money into the sessions that the other 10 songs just weren't ready for others' ears yet.
"I believed in the songs so much and I didn't feel that all of them had reached their potential," he says. "I definitely felt the need to release something. I feel like once you release something you can't really release it again... I picked six songs that displayed some diversity and showed a little light and dark as far as the subject matter and vocal performance goes."
You can check out Sam Bradley now on tour with fellow Canadian singer songwriter Justin Nozuka here:
Nov. 6 Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
Nov. 7 Annapolis, MD @ Rams Head On Stage
Nov. 10 Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage
Nov. 11 Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge
Nov. 12 Chicago, IL @ Park West
Nov. 13 Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theatre
Nov. 14 Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
Nov. 17 Boulder, CO @ The Fox Theatre
Nov. 19 Austin, TX @ Antone's
Nov. 20 Houston, TX @ Meridian
Nov. 21 Dallas, TX @ The Loft
Nov. 24 La Jolla, CA @ Porter's Pub
Nov. 25 Hermosa Beach, CA @ Saint Rocke
Nov. 27 Pomona, CA @ The Glass House
Nov. 28 Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues
Nov. 29 San Fransico, CA @ Great American Music Hall
Dec. 1 Eugene, OR @ John Henry's
Dec. 2 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
Dec. 3 Seattle, WA @ Neumo's
- The Mercury Lounge
- Fri 12/18
- Doors 10:30 PM
- $10 adv / $12 dos
- Marcus Foster
- Marcus Foster is a London born musician and studies sculpture at the Royal College of Art. He grew up listening to Tom Waits, Bob Dylan and Sister Rosetta Tharp giving him a raw, honest and timeless sound. His songs are currently featured in two motion pictures; Twilight and Five Dollars a Day, and he’s about to embark on a tour of America in August.
- Blue Roses
- Official Website
- Yorkshire is full of towns where nothing much happens, or so they’d have you believe. Laura Groves either didn’t hear, didn’t believe or simply knew better and on the edge of seventeen began writing songs.
With an old family piano and a borrowed guitar, thinking of the records she loved, lyrics that broke her heart, phrasing that made it race, composers cradling her aspirations. Influences spanning genres and generations; from Bartók to Bush, Tiersen to Tears For Fears, Debussy to Du Maurier. She dreamt of writing, arranging, performing and producing an album that would be as treasured by someone else, and hopefully inspire them in the same way.
The journey from then until now has not only given her more years, but more confidence, more experience of life, the courage to let the music express when words seem too restrictive. The name Blue Roses is encompassing; it is more than just one person and their sole aspirations, it is what happened in making the album- this process gave the need for another, more representative name. Blue Roses is the story, with Laura Groves as the protagonist. Included is a cast of family members to play instruments and a choir of firm friends, acquaintances and perfect strangers gathered together in a café to help. A small amount of money and a little faith was stretched with the benevolence and enthusiasm of those who stood at each door. From recording in living rooms, bedrooms and bathrooms in various houses, to recording a Steinway in a local piano shop (a millionaire, who despite having paid a five-figure sum for the concert grand piano, was enchanted enough by the story and the music to allow Laura to record with it before it was moved to entertain guests his Lake District hotel). The equipment graciously bought and generously lent, (most of which was older than Laura herself, some of which was of pensionable age) put her on a sonic par with her idols and instilled in her a romance which translated through the Neumann, the Gibson and Wurlitzer, the Neve. The valves, the plates, the springs, the tape, transformers and circuitry are as musical as the instruments and voices passing through them, and are part of the story, the colour between the lines.
Instant praise is neither expected nor sought; Blue Roses is not the stuff of lists, tip offs or hollow press recommendations; this is not recollection, it is realisation. It is not music to be forced onto the public for social measurements, or on the merit of affiliation. Blue Roses is to be found, kept and cherished; it is to be absent as the dust begins to settle, and longed for as ambience resumes. Blue Roses is the serendipity that can only happen when you thought you’d stopped looking; as you realise how life sounds without it, you begin again.
British stars, Rob Pattinson, Bobby Long, Sam Bradley and others bring WOW factor to dressing up
When an actor or musician becomes famous, people take notice. They notice their music, their roles in movies, their relationships, their personalities, and their individual styles. It’s part of the fun and the price of becoming famous. The British lads – Robert Pattinson and his friends are quickly setting trends and the world is following. Many articles have been written about the hobo-homeless-grunge look of Rob Pattinson and his musician friends, Bobby Long, Marcus Foster, Tom Sturridge and others. They are 23 year olds who don’t seem to mind what the world thinks of their style and they seem to enjoy wearing any kind of clothes they want, be it grunge, “homeless/hobo” chic or tuxedos. This is a credit to them since many young celebrities are completely absorbed with their looks and have to wear designer clothes even to the gym. Instead, Rob and his friends are humble and down-to-earth. They are brilliant and talented, knowing that clothes do not make the artist. And while many articles have been written about their grunge look, it is fair to note that these British BFFs also know how to dress up and bring the wow factor to the fashion world when it suits them.
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Source: Examiner.com - Donna Peerce
Bobby Long and Marcus Foster: Power of the FansBy Liz Ohanesian in Synthful
Bobby Long and Marcus Foster live
Last May, when Sam Bradley played to sold out crowds at LA's Hotel Cafe, the British/Canadian singer-songwriter was treated to screams from fans who traveled from across the country, a lengthy meet-and-greet session and a sneak attack from the paparazzi. All this for a singer who doesn't even have a Wikipedia entry.
Expect Bradley's chums Bobby Long and Marcus Foster to follow suit, when the similarly young, but obviously talented, troubadours take over Hotel Cafe for the rest of the week. Like Bradley, Long and Foster are best known for their co-writing credits on the soundtrack for Twilight, where they collaborated with mutual friend Robert Pattinson.The three friends all have the basics down pat. They write catchy songs with intelligent, witty lyrics. They put together simply, yet captivating performances. They have a certain appeal to people who grew up listening to Jeff Buckley. But, all you have to do is listen to KCRW for a few hours or stop by Hotel Cafe on any given night to know that there are a lot of up-and-coming musicians who fall into this category. What makes these artists ones to watch, though, are their fans.
Using the name Land of Dreamers, followers of the three are not just a devoted bunch, but a savvy one. They've essentially formed a street team, making their own flyers to pass out at shows and taking an evangelical approach to social networking, particularly on Twitter. Their organizational skills are top-notch as well. After a few weeks of heavy promotion at the hands of LOD, Foster's EP topped iTunes singer-songwriter chart in the first day of its release. What makes this even more interesting is the organic nature of the campaign. LOD isn't connected to any of the artists' management. They're simply fans, very active ones who have a good sense of how to create a marketing campaign and have been able to accomplish what labels often can't, even with ample budgets. Simply put, if Foster, Long and Bradley break in the US, it won't be because of Twilight so much as it will be because of Land of Dreamers.Bobby Long plays Hotel Cafe tonight and Thursday, with two performances at the latter event. Marcus Foster will hit up the same venue on August 7 and 8.
Source: LA Weekly