Archive for February 13th, 2011




Took my grandson to  see Justin Bieber’s Never Say Never 3d movie. I really enjoyed it.

Look the young man has a lot of talent. Just don’t like the way the songs are represented.

Too much programming. Don’t know?

One thing is for sure

Sounds cool when he or his friend are playing the acoustic guitar or Justin is sitting down at the piano. That’s when you realize Bieber is decent. But that don’t sell now does it?? 

On top of that the movie shows this young man is just one  good guy. He remembers his friends.

Remember NKOTB..they only had a small but cool window. Grab it when you can, I guess.

Look I’m not much on the Grammy Awards. Too much b.s to go through to watch a few inspiring performances. I simply can’t get through those 2 or 3 hours.

Another reason.

Bugs me  that Rush or Hendrix have never won a Grammy Heck, that is just WRONG 

Maybe I will watch it when Neverest makes it to the 2012 Grammys.  I consider them as talented as Bieber and by this time next year I would not bet against them.

Neverest are a solid pop act from Canada.  Hey it’s all part of our Canuck plan. That all started with Paul Anka, Neil Young and our friend Shania Twain. 

Look I will  watch Mick Jagger pay homage to Solomon Burke, and of course I have to watch Eminem. The guy is simply on fire. I’m outta here.

JOHN EMMS is a musician and veteran music journalist who writes for all major labels. Check out John’s radio show here


SHANIA TWAIN-WHY NOT on Oprah t.v.-YOU LOVE HER..BUT will you subscribe to the speciality channel-by john emms

All you Shania fans all over the world. Shania has did it all for you guys and girls. Whether she was inspiring you with her life story, posing in lingerie (for you guys) singing her songs all over the world, or getting over heartbreak and is happily married again (for you girls)  Look, on my end, folks  she is very likeable.  

But, are you going to pay a speciality channel price to see her show here in Canada or anywhere in the world?

And to be honest I  think the show is going to be super interesting on all levels. If the show was part of your regular cable or satellite package then that would be okay.

For example if it was broadcast  just on regular t.v. CTV, Global etc. or whatever no problem. But, extra bucks for the Oprah t.v., which I will not watch. Umm, don’t know. 

Look,  Shania  was about  a 2 minute walk from my home in Timmins  not long ago filming with the Oprah TV team. I saw the buses but it just looked like a stay away thing. In fact, I was walking to the corner store to buy a lottery ticket.

None of the media in our city were told about it. I knew it on the day, and made a brief post on facebook page. Then took it down. I did not want to be un-professional because I like Shania and the way she has inspired people

I liked her 30 years ago, when she was singing in the bars and our band was playing across the street.

I liked her when I got the first nod for questions in the media tent on her homecoming concert.  And yes I think UP is one of the best pop albums of the last 20 years.

But  again, will I or you pay extra bucks to view the Oprah Network?

 On the musical side of things, I believe Shania has been recording some stuff in the studio secretly.  I’m also thinking the producer on some songs COULD BE the hugely talented Kevin Churko (Ozzy’s latest)

If Shania is going to talk about initmate details on her new t.v. show and reveal them in her new book, then let’s hope she also writes a few songs in the same manner. I like the pop songs, but let’s hear some really heartfelt gut emotions in NEW songs.

Oprah t.v comes to Canada in about 2 weeks.

JOHN EMMS is a veteran music journalist who writes and reviews products for all major music labels.   John has his own roots radio show  John also writes columns for  and is a musician

February 2011