Music News
WEEZER: Two New Songs, But No New Album
Weezer have unveiled two new songs in back-to-back weeks, but that doesn't mean a new album is on the way.
They released "Thank God for Girls" last week, and on Tuesday put out "Do You Wanna Get High?" But Rivers Cuomo says these new singles aren't leading to a new album just yet. He tells Beats One, "We don't have a record deal anymore, so we're kind of on the loose and experimenting, and nobody's in charge anymore. We're just doing what we want to do."
FOO FIGHTERS: Rock for "Learn to Fly" Town
Foo Fighters played Cesena, Italy Tuesday night, home of the "Rockin' 1000" campaign that had 1000 fans play "Learn to Fly" in hopes of getting Dave Grohl and company to perform in their city.
Grohl told the audience, "To see you people singing our song for the whole world, to me, it’s the greatest moment of my life. Of course we couldn’t say no, we had to come. You trapped us, we had to come here." The show opened with "Learn to Fly," and Grohl invited some of the campaign's organizers on stage to speak to the crowd. They also brought on the guy with a huge mohawk from the campaign's video to play drums on a cover of "Under Pressure."
HOZIER: Denounces Vatican and Russian Homophobia   
Hozier weighed in on homophobia in a Monday appearance on Larry King Now, blasting both the Catholic Church and Putin's Russia for their stands on it.
Speaking to guest host Kelly Osbourne about his hit "Take Me to Church," the Irish singer criticized Pope Francis for paying lip service to tolerance for gays without actually doing anything about it.
He blamed The Catholic Church for "institutionalized gender inequality," its "dangerous policy over contraception" and what he calls its "irrational aversion to homosexuality," which led him to write the song that became his first hit.
He also attacked anti-gay laws in Russia under Vladimir Putin, saying, “What is frightening about Russia is it is not that far from home, especially if you are in Europe, and cultures like that cross borders.
"They have in the past." he said, alluding to Nazi Germany, without specifically mentioning it. "This scapegoating of and 'other-ing' of one group in society, that has happened before in the past in Europe not that long ago.”
ADELE: New Album Is Kid Stuff
Adele admits that giving birth to her son Angelo contributed to the long break she took before making her new 25 album -- but she also says that he's the main reason it exists in the first place.
The superstar singer tells Rolling Stone, "It might've seemed like the most ridiculous time to have a baby, but I was starting to get a bit afraid of everything. When I had him, it made everything all right, and I trusted everything because the world had given me this miracle, you know, so I became a bit of a hippie, an Earth mother. I don't know if I would've come back had I not had my kid.
"I was like, 'I don't want to wait until my kid is 16 to show him who I am.' Because I'm very proud of what I achieved. And I wasn't, before I had Angelo. I didn't understand, actually, what I had achieved and how far I had come. Because everyone wants to do something with their life, and we don't all get the opportunity because [stuff] gets in the way."
25 is out on November 20th. She'll appear on Saturday Night Live the following night.
OASIS: New Doc in Production
Oasis are the subject of a new documentary that's expected out in 2016.
The producers behind the Amy Winehouse film Amy have set their sights on the Gallagher brothers, and NME reports that the filmmakers have received "unprecedented" access to the band members and unseen archive footage. The film will be officially announced at the American Film Market, which takes place Wednesday through November 11th in Santa Monica, California.
KURT COBAIN: Hair and Sweater Up for Auction
A lock of Kurt Cobain's hair is going up for auction on Saturday.
The item is part of Julien's new Icons and Idols auction. The lock of hair was originally given to doll maker Dame Darcy by Cobain’s widow Courtney Love, who wanted a doll for her daughter Frances. The strand up for bids was left over once the figure was made. It’s expected to fetch between $8000 and $10,000.
Also up for bids is the cardigan sweater Cobain wore for Nirvana's MTV Unplugged taping. It was obtained "from a close friend of the Cobain family" and is expected to go for between $40,000 and $60,000.
Jimmy Page was in the audience for U2's show Monday (Nov 2nd) at the O2 arena in London. Bono acknowledged him during "One."
When Van Morrison performed two outdoor shows on Cyprus Avenue in Belfast in August, he was presented with the original Hyndford Street sign to mark his 70th birthday. Morrison recorded the song "On Hyndford Street" for his 1991 album, Hymns to the Silence.
Jackson Browne will be honored tonight (Tuesday) by the Grammy Museum in L.A. with the Jane Ortner Artist Award. The award was created to recognize an artist’s dedication to education through the arts. Browne will perform at the ceremony.
Train took part in the Chef's Classic fund-raiser for the James Beard Foundation Sunday night (Nov 1st) in San Francisco and brought on Sammy Hagar to perform "Fall in Love Again," "Bad Motor Scooter" and "With a Little Help From My Friends" with them.
Rob Thomas is doing a Facebook question-and-answer session Wednesday Nov 4 from 3 to 4 p.m. ET.
O.A.R. has announced its first three 2016 dates. January 29th at the Beau Rivage Theater in Biloxi, Mississippi; January 30th at Gold Strike Casino in Tunica Resorts, Mississippi and February 13th at Tropicana Resort and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. They say more will be coming soon.