The Foo Fighters treated about 1,000 lucky fans attending a Rock the Vote concert at the Fillmore in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday (Sept. 5) to what Billboard reports is believed to be the band’s longest concert ever — a three-and-a-half hour, 35-song, career-spanning set. ”Tonight we play as long as we want and as much as we want,” frontman Dave Grohl told the intimate crowd — and apparently, they wanted lots of both.
The bodies of two women slain in Russia have been found underneath a note calling for the release of the jailed members of Pussy Riot, according to authorities. Although investigators into the double homicide caution that the killer may have been just trying to distract police by bringing up the name of the jailed punk band, other Russian media have played up the possible connection between Pussy Riot supporters and the crime.
– Kasabian are eyeing Jack White for what would be their first-ever collaborative recording with a fellow rocker. “I respect Jack, and in some way, shape or form we’d love to kick around in the studio with him,” guitarist Serge Pizzorno says of the potential pairing, which we already can’t wait to hear.
– The vintage tour van once driven by sludge metal legends the Melvins (which features artwork on the side that was hand-drawn by late Nirvana star Kurt Cobain) was finally sold at auction for just over $24,000. What a steal!
– NME.com users have voted Muse “the most exciting live act of all time” in a new poll that received half a million votes in the last month. Muse beat out, well, every other band that has ever performed live.
Big news, Smashing Pumpkins fans: the band has announced plans to mount a major fall 2012 North American arena tour. The trek will kick off Oct. 10 in Seattle, Wash., and is scheduled to touch down in a total of 14 U.S. cities, although specific venues in each city and the remaining dates following the tour kick-off have yet to be revealed.
Who said pigs can’t fly? It certainly wasn’t Green Day, as the Californian punk trio has teamed up with video game developer Rovio to create a new musical episode for the ubiquitous ‘Angry Birds Friends’ mobile game franchise. The ‘Angry Birds: Green Day Edition’ includes 10 never-before-seen themed levels and new “bad pig” characters inspired by frontman Billie Joe Armstrong and his bandmates Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool.
That didn’t take long. Yesterday (Aug. 9), late Beastie Boys rapper Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch‘s last will and testiment was publicly revealed to contain a clause banning his music being used in any advertisements, and now E! reports that Mike D, Ad-Rock and the estate of the late Yauch sued Monster Energy Corp. on Tuesday for copyright infringement.
Fans eagerly awaiting a new album from Beck, your time has come — only with one little catch: You have to play the tunes yourself. The alt-rock icon has announced plans to release something called ‘The Beck Hansen Song Reader,’ featuring 20 previously unheard songs existing only in the form of sheet music. You do know what sheet music is, don’t you?
Pearl Jam should be finishing up work on a new album by the end of the year, if comments Matt Cameron made during a recent interview with Rhythm magazine are to be taken at face value. The drummer, who these days also sits behind the drum kit for Soundgarden, spoke of a busy rest of the year that involves plans with both — recording an album with one band, and touring behind a new album with the other.
Four albums in to their lengthy career, and it’s safe to say that Cake were pretty comfortable when making ‘Comfort Eagle.’ The disc, which dropped 11 years ago today (July 24, 2001), marked their major label debut on Columbia Records after a series of releases on defunct indie Capricorn — and continued the eccentric band’s string of quirky-but-cool discs.
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