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Darling Parade Takes Home the ‘Make A Band Famous’Award at O Music Awards



New York, Los Angeles, Nashville, June 21, 2013 – MTV, VH1, CMT and LOGO’s O Music Awards ended Thursday with one final loud crashing beat of a drum. During the course of the 24-hour event hosted by Sklar Brothers, awards were dolled out in categories like “Best Artist Instagram,” “Best Music App,” and “Fan Army FTW,” Andrew W.K. landed a place in the history books after successfully drumming his way to a new world record, Darling Parade won a coveted slot to play VMA weekend, while more than 50 bands, 5 kittens and one goat took part in “Live Music Day Festival,” the world’s largest online/mobile only music festival.

More than 100 million votes were cast, a new O Music Awards record, and more than doubling the votes from O Music Awards 3. The event blazed an outpouring of conversation and fan action across Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Vine. O Music Awards content garnered 125 million fan impressions on Twitter, including 3 national trending topics. The event secured 60 million impressions on Facebook, and 5k likes on Vine. More than 500k livestreams were registered.

For the first time, the O Music Awards featured “Make a Band Famous” award and opportunity. Artists and bands first opted into the contest via Viacom Music Group’s Artist Platform (Artists.MTV, Artists.VH1, and Artists.CMT), with 10 semifinalists determined by internal committee and fan engagement. After nearly one million votes, the five top vote-getters (in alphabetical order) Chill Moody, Darling Parade, The So So Glos, Striking Matches and Syd Arthur won a shot to play during “Live Music Day Fesitval.” During the live show, fan votes determined that Darling Parade will get a once-in-a-lifetime shot to play the VMA weekend in August, as well as the distinction of becoming MTV’s Artist to Watch highlighted band.

“We’re so appreciative of our fans for bringing this award home for us, and we’re ecstatic to see where this opportunity takes us!,” said Kristin Kearns of Darling Parade.
Darling Parade Talk About Their Fans

Darling Parade Performs “Ghost”

Fans that missed any of the action, want to check out some cool emerging bands, or just want to see more of Pearl the Goat or Andrew WK drumming out with Marky Ramone, can go to on their phone, tablet or desktop.

In a nod to web culture and memes, categories included “Digital Genius Award,” “Most Inspiring Fan Outreach,” and “Friday Friday Award,” which celebrates the trends we would most like to go away. Presenters included a mix of comedians, television stars and even a few fabulous drag queens. The big winners of the night were Jack White for Analog Genius, Joe Jonas for Best Artist Instagram, Kitty for Best Web-Born Artist and CrowdSYNC for Best Music App. Full list of winners are below.

Joe Jonas had this to say about his win: “I don’t think anyone has ever won an award for being an on Instagram before, so it’s cool to be the first one. Thanks to all of the fans that voted.”

Spoofing previous O Music Award world records, Andrew W.K. bravely sought to set a new world record for himself for the LONGEST DRUM SESSION IN A RETAIL STORE. To aid in this rhythmic feat of endurance, he was joined by a who’s who of drummers including Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Marky Ramones (The Ramones), The Roots band leader and drummer ?uestlove, Zac Hanson (Hanson), Liberty DeVitto (former drummer for Billy Joel) and more. Even Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr. stopped by to play the cowbell. After 24-hour banging hours, Andrew W.K. had this to say about setting the new record and winning the award for “Must Follow-Artist” on Twitter:

“I’m humbled, my ears are ringing bad, I’m emotional and I’ve never felt so spent in my life. But I’m so thankful for everyone that contributed and supported me,” said Andrew W.K. immediately after setting the record.

This year’s O Music Awards was built around “Live Music Day Festival,” which included more than 50 bands performing in New York, Nashville, and Los Angeles. The show kicked off with Jonas Brothers performing medley of songs off their highly anticipated, upcoming fifth album, including their latest single, “First Time,” Additional performers included Gavin DeGraw, Hanson, Atlas Genius, Kate Nash, Grouplove, and Ashley Monroe. Full list of performers are below.

Sponsors for O Music Awards are Pepsi, Twix and Sony Pictures.

O Music Awards Executive Produced by Lee Rolontz, Dermot McCormack and Rick Krim for Viacom. Produced by Paul Flattery. Directed by Ivan Dudynsky

O Music Awards Winners:
Jack White ­Analog Genius
Joe Jonas ­Best Artist Instagram
Lost in the Echo by Linkin Park ­Best Interactive Video
CrowdSYNC ­Best Music App
The Bonhamizer ­Best Music Hack
Kitty ­Best Web-Born Artist
Yoko Ono ­Digital Genius Award
Tokio Hotel Aliens ­ Fan Army FTW
Avicii ­Most Inspiring Fan Outreach
Andrew W.K.­ Must-Follow Artist on Twitter
Seapunk ­Next Big Scene
Lil Bub ­Favorite Musical Cat
Lip Dubs ­Friday Friday Award
The Stars (Are Out Tonight) by David Bowie ­Too Much Ass for TV

Live Music Day Festival Performers

2AM Club K. Michelle
AndrewAndrew Marie Miller
Andrew W.K. Asher Monroe
Atlas Genius Moon Taxi
Rayland Baxter Ashley Monroe
Blackberry Smoke The Mowglis
The Cadillac Three Kate Nash
Caiyo Matt Nathanson
Chill Moody Oberhofer
Brandy Clark Vicci Martinez
Kat Dahlia Chrisette Michele
Dinner and a Suit Matthew Perryman Jones
Darling Parade NIGHT RIOTS
Electro Shine Parmalee
Gavin DeGraw Robert Schwartzman
A Great Big World Marc Scibilia
GROUPLOVE Scars on 45
The Features Travi$ Scott
Hanson SHEL
Luke James Langhorne Slim
Jonas Brothers Natalie Stovall
Kopecky Family Band The So So Glos
Josh Krajcik Striking Matches
Lord Huron Syd Arthur
Electro Shine Nikki Williams
Vicci Martinez X Ambassadors

About Darling Parade:
Darling Parade’s music has been featured extensively on ABC Family’s “The Lying Game,” The CW’s “Flygirls,” Syfy’s “Stargate Universe,” and Showtime’s “Shameless.” They’ve shared the stage with Cassadee Pope, Chevelle, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Stephen Jerzak, Plumb, The Ataris and more. Their music has been reviewed and featured by AOL, MSN, Billboard, Pollstar, Last.FM,, RDIO, Spotify and more. The band is the reigning 2012-2013 Channel One “Artist Of The Year” and their music is currently being played on AOL Radio,, Slacker Radio and more. Darling Parade was chosen to star in Supercuts’ national “Rock the Cut” campaign that will begin airing July 1, 2013.

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When U2 made their stop in Kansas City to play at the Kansas City Chiefs Stadium, May 19th, 1997, on the Pop Mart Tour, back in the days of  huge MTV video era budgets, they got this wild idea for the making of their “Last Night On Earth” video.

U2 decided to take over the entire business district mid-week, shutting down areas at random and shooting a “Mad Max style apocalyptic vision of a post-boom Gotham City in the middle of a war zone” video.

I was working downtown at the time. They handed out flyers to all the people working the day before to let us know not to go near the set and that there would be limited access while U2 was shooting their video. They must have got permission from City Hall. It was a strange thing to be working thirteen floors up and see one of the biggest rock bands in the world randomly closing down entire blocks to shoot  shots of U2 driving in an old 72 Mercury Marquis, “big iron”, screeching around corners.

They had sandbags on the bridge going down to the farmers market with military tanks sitting there. U2 was using all of downtown, shooting random picked out scenes. Kansas City looks like a worn out Gotham City straight out of the Batman movies. At least it did then. They are getting some new things now. Kansas City has huge empty skyscrapers from the forties and fifties looking for a buyer. At the same time, it is the business district, with the hustle and bustle of the 9-5 workers creating the same atmosphere that has gone on since the industrial revolution.

It was almost impossible to actually see the band, as the Kansas City Police would seal off a four block square while the band would be shooting until moving onto a different location. After a couple of hours, I asked my Boss if I could go take a look at what was going on. He was okay with it. I thought the band was already done. I walked for about ten minutes and then there were Cops everywhere.

They would stop anybody getting anywhere near the area from every direction.  It was impossible to see the band or know exactly where they were.

Now, I like U2, maybe not with the same reverence as a lot of their fans. I had got into them early because I liked the stripped down “Two Hearts Beat As One.” It was clean edgy punk pop that you could almost draw a line between Big Star and The Ramones.

U2 started eating up American music from a different vantage point instead of the Chuck Berry – Everly Brothers inspired Beatles and Rolling Stones. They wanted to be The Ramones. At least until Brian Eno shook things up with his Roxy Music-Music for Airports paradigm. They had a little of The Clash political overtones as well, from an Irish perspective. The Edge really stands out now, but, back then there was the first Cult album as well as Echo & The Bunnymen, The Smiths’ Johnny Marr, even Flock of Seagulls’ Paul Reynolds, coming from similar approaches.

It was the songs “Angel of Harlem” and the Bo Diddley flavored “Desire” that made me a little covetous. It was where U2 showed they could do just about anything. They weren’t going to just be a certain era flavor; they were going to go the distance. Like The Rolling Stones sang “Time Is On My Side,” time would be on their side.

Anyway, I knew I wasn’t going to be able to just walk on the set. In fact, I wasn’t even going to able to watch from fifty feet away. I decided before giving up on the whole idea, I’d walk a couple of back alleys and see if I could get a closer look.

I did. In fact, I came out of one of the alleys and ended up standing next to Bono and the director who were talking about the next shot. Bono smiled at me with his orange wrap around shades. He must have thought I was an undercover cop with my white shirt and tie.

It was just me, Bono, the Director and drummer Larry Mullen Jr. standing with the film crew a few feet away aimed at an old glass store front. While Bono and the Director, Richie Smyth, talked, Larry looked at me waiting for me to say something, so I did and we talked for ten minutes about filming in Kansas City.  It would have been cool to talk to Bono, but, he was busy trading ideas and figuring out the shot with the Director. I wasn’t there to bug anybody I just wanted to watch some filming and was closer than I bargained for.  I only talked to Larry because he wanted to.

If you see the video, they were shooting the scene where they crash the car out of a glass store front. I think they were stealing the car. Anyway, I knew nobody was going to believe this one. I told Larry that one of my best friends, who played drums, was a huge fan and asked if he could sign the log in my checkbook. He did.

I headed back to work after hanging with U2 for about fifteen minutes. I was actually gone over an hour from work. I showed my Boss and a couple of co-workers the autograph and told them about being on the set with Bono and Larry. It’s one of those gape open mouths “no way” kind of scenes.

I ripped out the autograph and sent it to my friend, Lynn. He is the biggest U2 fan I have ever known. He even had interviews of the band on vinyl that he had me sit and listen to back in the day. I knew it would mean more to him than me.  The memory of being there on the video set is priceless.

I noticed the link to the video was taken down at you tube so here is a making of the video video on oyu tube link:

– Brad Hardisty, Nashville, TN