Dell Furano: The Guy Who Made Concert Tees Cool Looks Back

“Go talk to Dell.” Those four words, uttered by legendary promoter Bill Graham, changed the course of Epic Rights founder and ­merchandising pioneer Dell Furano’s career. It was the early 1970s, and Furano was taking a year off to learn the concert business before heading to law school. He was employed at Graham’s renowned 5,500-seat Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco, where he had worked part time during his ­undergrad years at Stanford University. The then-wife of Grateful Dead drummer Bill […]

Watch: Celine Dion’s Heart-Wrenching Performance at 2017 Billboard Music Awards

Celine Dion marked the 20th anniversary of her heart-wrenching love song, “My Heart Will Go On,” by performing from inside a mile-high chandelier that hung from the venue’s ceiling at Sunday night’s (May 21) 2017 Billboard Music Awards. As it elevated, so did Dion’s vocals. While she sang the emotive lyrics, scenes from Titanic — including the iconic kiss shared between Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet on the bow of the doomed ship — played on the screen behind her. As the song reached its emotional climax, shimmering lights […]

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Available Now: Aerosmith-Themed Online Slot Game From ZYNGA

According to Licensing.biz, Zynga has released an Aerosmith-themed slot game as part of its “Hit It Rich!” series. The free-to-play game, which is available on the app store for iPhone and iPad and on Google Play for Android devices, combines casino-style graphics and sounds with some of Aerosmith’s best-known classics. “Zynga has taken the personality and attitude of Aerosmith and translated it into a mobile game experience,”Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry said in a press release. “The social aspect is very cool. I […]

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Chris Stapleton & Kevin Bacon Rewrite ZZ Top’s “Legs” On The Tonight Show

Late-night TV performances by Chris Stapleton are becoming a can’t-miss event, especially as he unveils live versions of the songs on his new album From A Room: Volume 1. The songwriter appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday night to sing the smoldering “I Was Wrong.” (Watch the video below.) But he also gamely joined the host and guest star Kevin Bacon in a ZZ Top-themed skit – donning an even-longer-than-usual beard. In the latest installment of […]

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Chris Rock talks His New Tour and Starting Over

After a bitter divorce, and frustrated with Hollywood, Chris Rock wondered if he could still kill – so he’s spending a year on the road finding out. Last October, Chris Rock drove from his New Jersey home to Greenwich Village’s Comedy Cellar and slipped inside undetected. The Comedy Cellar charges patrons $24 to see anonymous comics, with the unspoken tease that you might see Louis C.K. or Amy Schumer working on new material. Tonight was no different. The patrons sipped […]

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Looking Back: The Illustrious Career of Celine Dion

Near, far, wherever you are, you know the voice of Celine Dion. The Canadian superstar has sold nearly 250 million albums in a career spanning more than 35 years. Dion moved a boatload of those albums—roughly 50 million—in 1997 and ‘98, when her song “My Heart Will Go On” had fans of the blockbuster film Titanic leaving theaters singing, “Near, far, wherever you are…” in between sobs. The chart-topping mega-ballad appeared on the Titanic soundtrack and Dion’s own Let’s Talk […]

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Def Leppard, Poison & Tesla Kick Off Tour

    Def Leppard, Poison and Tesla have started their 2017 summer tour, which marked its first date April 8 at the SNHU Arena in Manchester, N.H. This year’s trek is scheduled to continue through late June, with Def Leppard appearing at all 38 tour stops, including four festival shows and four solo dates. Poison is set to join them at the other 30 dates, marking the first time the band’s four original members have played onstage together in over […]

Aerosmith Headlines NCAA Music Festival

Epic Rights client Aerosmith is set to headline the 2017 NCAA March Madness Music Festival in conjunction with the 2017 NCAA Men’s Final Four.   NCAA and Turner Live Events, alongside official NCAA corporate champions Coca-Cola and Capital One recently announced a selection of A-list acts performing at the 2017 NCAA March Madness Music Festival.  The three-day, free music festival, annually produced by Turner Live Events, will make its way to Margaret T. Hance Park in Phoenix this year as part […]

KISS: Bicycle Now Available

Those masters of merchandising have done it again! Whenever you’re “hotter than hell,” you can now cool off by going for a spin on an officially licensed KISS bicycle. The band has teamed up with Sciacallo Bikes to provide those interested with options for customizing their own KISS bicycle. The black-and-white frame features the iconic KISS logo, while the back rim has the four make-up schemes and lightning bolts. The carbon-fiber KISS road bike allows the purchaser to have a […]

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Celine Dion Launches New Handbag Line

Céline Dion joked and occasionally broke into song as she fielded questions from reporters during a press conference in Las Vegas for the launch of her new accessories line. La prévente exclusive de la collection Céline Dion commence maintenant! 4 modèles sont disponibles. Quel est votre préféré? Cliquez sur le lien dans la bio de Céline. // The exclusive presale of Céline’s collection starts right now! 4 styles are available. Which one is your favorite? Click on the link below […]

Paul Stanley on KISS’ Merch Milestone

A half billion dollars in sales and 125 global licensing deals can’t be wrong.  An interview with Paul Stanley, KISS’ hirsute party-starting frontman, doesn’t go in any way, shape or form as a longtime fan might expect. This is, after all, Starchild, who back in the day in his rocktastic onstage falsetto-tinged banter would ask such trenchant questions as, “How many of you girls like to get licked?” or more famously on 1975’s Alive! “How many people here like to […]

MadeWorn Launches Online Store

MadeWorn recently launched their new online store featuring apparel from AC/DC, KISS, Billy Joel, ZZ Top, Def Leppard, Woodstock, and many more. MadeWorn is a luxury lifestyle brand founded in 2013 by artist, craftsman, fashion designer, and entrepreneur Blaine Halvorson. The brand’s romance is with history and in rediscovering the ‘story’ behind products made to endure. Halvorson creates fine art, collectible fashion and heirloom products—apparel, footwear, accessories, and beauty products—distinguished by excellence in design, rarity, and craftsmanship. The MadeWorn lifestyle is […]

Aerosmith Pinball Machine

Epic Rights and Stern Pinball, Inc., the world’s oldest and largest producer of arcade-quality pinball machines, are excited to announce the availability of a new line of pinball machines that honor the classic and iconic rock band Aerosmith. “The Aerosmith pinball machines are an ideal way to expand the band’s global brand because they provide a unique and fun experience for fans and consumers of all ages,” says Lisa Streff, Epic Rights executive vice president, global licensing. The Aerosmith pinball machines reflect […]

Miley Cyrus & Billy Idol Perform @ iHeart

Miley Cyrus made a surprise appearance during the first night of the iHeartRadio music festival at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena, joining Billy Idol for the rocker’s performance of “Rebel Yell.” Decked out in all-Idol wear – sunglasses and pants emblazoned by the singer’s name as well as a cutoff black tee and leather jacket with Idol’s face – Cyrus sauntered out from the side of the stage midway through the set to “sing with Billy fucking Idol. Let’s do it!” […]

Lisa Streff talks Trademark Infringements

Epic Rights executive vice president of global licensing, Lisa Streff, weighs in on artist trademark infringements in the fashion industry: “Unlicensed merchandise is a ‘growing problem’ for the company, says Streff. This isn’t particularly surprising when you consider their roster, which includes juggernauts like Celine Dion, Journey and arguably the most commercialized band on earth, Kiss. ‘Multiple times during the week we are being notified that one of the artists we represent – their trademarks are being infringed upon,’ she […]