On February 12th - a concert documentary ‘The Doors: Break on Thru’ will be in theaters for one night only - honoring the life of late Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek, who died from cancer in 2013
In the film - Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins joins the surviving members of the Doors for a bluesy performance of “Love Me Two Times” ... the performance took place in 2016 at LA's Fonda Theatre also features Stone Temple Pilots bassist Robert DeLeoad and Foo Fighters keyboardist Rami Jaffee, taking on Manzarek’s iconic parts of the 1967 classic, howling “Love me two times, babe - ’Cause I’m goin’ away”
The film will be in theatres one night only - February 12 - which would have been Ray Manzarek 81st birthday. Find tickets for a screening near you here
Brandi Carlile wrapped up a six night residency at Nashville's famed Ryman Auditorium this week that featured a number of special guests, including Lucie Silvas, Natalie Hemby and Courtney Barnett and some amazing cover songs.
Thom Zimny, who is a long time film director and archivist for Bruce Springsteen said:
"I'm honored to celebrate my 20 year collaboration with Bruce and Jon (Landau) by sharing some of the treasures, both recent and past, from the Springsteen Archives with the fans,"
Eileen Chapman, Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music at Monmouth University said:
"We are grateful to have Thom Zimny return to present rare concert footage of Bruce Springsteen's live career on stage at this year's Asbury Park Music + Film Festival. Last year's event turned out to be one of the real highlights of the year in Asbury Park and we look forward to another memorable afternoon ..."
The screening will take place at the Paramount Theatre on Saturday, April 25 at 4:00 pm ET. Tickets are priced at $30.00 and $25.00 can be purchased HERE
Like last year - a panel discussion and Q&A will follow the screening moderated by Backstreets editor, Chris Phillips.
In its sixth year - the not-for-profit APMFF will benefit underserved children in Asbury Park and its surrounding areas by providing music education, instruments and social connection opportunities. It also features "An Evening With The Sopranos Creator David Chase", a performance by Melissa Etheridge and festival staple Dylan Archives V.
“The internet as a whole has never been a reliable resource for detailed or even accurate information re: Radiohead. Many sites that attempted to provide some measure of service have long since gone dark as well. The overall effect has been ‘Radiohead’ search results that yield random and/or abbreviated shards: songs and album titles unaccompanied by detailed artwork or any additional context, low quality videos preceded by advertisements and shuffled via algorithms, and so on… That ends with the unveiling of the Radiohead Public Library.”
The project is described as “an online resource containing videos, music, artwork, websites, merchandise, and assorted ephemera.” Fans can stream concert footage, TV appearances, B-sides, rarities, and music videos. There is also a display of artwork, out-of-print merchandise and members can even order some of the shirts. Did we mention you can create, download and print off your own library card? Seriously - every Radiohead fan should have this card on them at all times.
https://t.co/Gk4BUXwjsg has always been infuriatingly uninformative and unpredictable. We have now, predictably, made it incredibly informative.
The event - a benefit for Sean Penn's Haiti relief non profit - raised over 5 million dollars and feauted several magical moments on stage - but the one that stole the show was Beck and Jenny Lewis teaming up to sing the song "Love Hurts"
The song has been covered many times - but in a tweet Lewis said the two were aiming for aiming for a hybrid of Nazareth’s very popular version and Emmylou Harris and Gram Parsons’ lovely duet.
Green Day have shared the single and video for their new single titled Oh Yeah! upcoming studio album Father Of All…,
Now here's the interesting part ... the anthemic song is a nod to their long time hero and Baltimore native - Joan Jett ... The song's title and chorus come from her 1984 hit Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah). But that song was actually a cover of a song Gary Glitter co-wrote and released in 1973. (Glitter has been convicted many times of child sex offenses and who is currently in prison
Green Day, Weezer and Fall Out Boy: The Hella Mega Tour 2020
Jun 13: Paris La Defense Arena, France
Jun 14: Groningen Stadspark, Netherlands
Jun 17: Antwerp Sportspaleis, Belgium
Jun 21: Vienna Ernst Happel Stadium, Austria
Jun 24: Glasgow Bellahouston Park, UK
Jun 26: London Stadium, UK
Jun 27: Huddersfield The John Smith’s Stadium, UK
Jun 29: Dublin RDS Arena, Ireland
Jul 17: Seattle T-Mobile Park, WA
Jul 21: San Francisco Oracle Park, CA
Jul 24: San Diego Petco Park, CA
Jul 25: Los Angeles Dodger Stadium, CA
Jul 28: Commerce City DICK’s Sporting Goods Park, CO
Jul 31: Arlington Globe Life Field, TX
Aug 01: Houston Minute Maid Park, TX
Aug 05: Miami Hard Rock Stadium, FL
Aug 06: Jacksonville TIAA Bank Field, FL
Aug 08: Atlanta SunTrust Park, GA
Aug 11: Minneapolis Target Field, MN
Aug 13: Chicago Wrigley Field, IL
Aug 15: Pittsburgh PNC Park, PA
Aug 16: Hershey Hersheypark Stadium, PA
Aug 19: Detroit Comerica Park, MI Aug 21: Washington Nationals Park, DC
Aug 22: New York Citi Field, NY
Aug 24: TorontovRogers Centre, ON
Aug 27: Boston Fenway Park, MA
Aug 29: Philadelphia Citizens Bank Park, PA
Coldplay released Everyday Life, their first album since 2015’s A Head Full of Dreams, last November. And on a recent appearance on Ellen, the band performed the albums latest single - "Cry Cry Cry" (lead singer Chris Martin's favorite track from the record).
But instead of performing the song on stage - the band took their show to the audience - and performed amoung the viewers ... even having some of the attendees play on the song. Check out the performance below.
So far- the band has made no 2020 touring plans for Everyday Life- siting “We’re taking time over the next year or two to work out how our tour can not only be sustainable [but] how can it be actively beneficial”
People are talking about the Texas based Black Pumas .. and they are saying some pretty amazing things:
“The duo’s flair for drama is so stirring, they can seem acutely cinematic... Burton lends an elegant elasticity to Quesada’s tightly layered productions.” – PITCHFORK
“Sam Cooke meets Wu-Tang Clan in the Texas-based duo’s suprisingly fresh take on 70s soul... a debut so perfectly realised by the standards they’ve set themselves that you wonder what could possibly come next. ” – THE GUARDIAN “ONES TO WATCH”
“Tireless, charismatic energy... tapping the collective unease of the national moment.” – ROLLING STONE
“The world does indeed need Black Pumas and their message right now (4/5 Stars)” – Q MAGAZINE
“A soulful explosion... Quesada’s grooves are impeccably matched with Burton’s voice, which can go from buttery Al Green to Wilson Pickett bluster in no time flat.” – UNCUT
So it's no surprise that they are making th rounds on the TV circuit - check out their performance from Fallon below, their Austin City Limits performance HEREand look for them on Ellen on Monday ... oh - did we mention they are nominated for the “Best New Artist” Grammy award? And they will be hitting the road this spring for a world tour (including a stop at Baltimore Soundstage on 6/19 (scroll for full tour info)
After expressing doubt about the Rock Hall Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails said in a statement:
“A sincere THANK YOU goes out to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame voting body—it always feels great to be recognized for your artistic efforts and I am honored. Many congratulations to this year’s fellow inductees (DM finally!)—see you back in Cleveland where it all began for me!”
Nominees snubbed from this year's induction are Dave Matthews Band, MC5, Soundgarden, Motörhead, Kraftwerk, Thin Lizzy, Pat Benatar, Rufus with Chaka Khan, Todd Rundgren, and Judas Priest.
And on Wednesday, January 15th - CORE, Sean Penn's Haiti relief non profit will host their annual gala in LA. Keeping in tradition - the event will be star studded with Beck, Jenny Lewis, Dwight Yoakam and Henning May performing with Portugal. The Man serving as the house band.
Former 4 Non Blond Linda Perry - who curated the event - explained to Billboard:
“Portugal. The Man is actually gonna be the house band. They’re gonna come out with this artist from Germany named Henning May; he is amazing. They’ll do a couple of their songs, then Jenny Lewis will join them, then Dwight Yoakam, and at the end it’ll be Beck, Dwight Yoakam, Jenny Lewis and Portugal. The Man closing out the evening.”
Flora Cash - one of our favorite bands of 2019 will release their debut album in 2020 embark on a headlining tour to support it.
Shpresa Lleshaj (from Sweden) and Cole Randall (from Minnesota) - who met online after discovering a mutual appreciation for each other's music - will release Baby It's OK on March 6th (you can preorder the album here)
The album will include the singles Missing Home and You're Somebody Else. They have released another song from the album - You Love Me - which you can hear below.
Well - on his 51st birthday - Dave Grohl is promising 2020 will be a big year for the band via an instagram post:
“Holy Shit!!! 25 years?! Thank You guys for being with us year after year…for singing along & making every show the best night of our lives....We’re JUST getting started, so Buckle Up, 2020… it’s going to be an INSANE year full of some seriously crazy shit…”
After sending out some cryptic teases in the form of a virtual reality scavenger hunt this past Friday - Pearl Jam have announced the details of their much-anticipated eleventh studio album, Gigaton - AND North American tour dates - including a March 28th show at Baltimore's Royal Farms Arena (full itinerary below) ...
Tickets for Pearl Jam’s North American concerts will be made available through a Ticketmaster Verified Fan registration and ticket presale, a Ten Club presale for eligible members and a general public ticket sale.
Tickets will be mobile only and strictly non-transferable (except in NY and CO where transferability is required by state law).
Pearl Jam Spring 2020 Tour Dates
March 18 - Toronto, ON - Scotiabank Arena
March 20 - Ottawa, ON - Canadian Tire Centre
March 22 - Quebec City, QC - Videotron Centre
March 24 - Hamilton, ON - FirstOntario Centre
March 28 - Baltimore, MD - Royal Farms Arena
March 30 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
April 2 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena
April 4 - St. Louis, MO - Enterprise Center
April 6 - Oklahoma City, OK - Chesapeake Energy Arena
April 9 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center
April 11 - Phoenix, AZ - Gila River Arena
April 13 - San Diego, CA - Viejas Arena
April 15 & 16 - Los Angeles, CA - The Forum
April 18 & 19 - Oakland, CA - Oakland Arena
Here's the onsale details:
1. Ticketmaster Verified Fan® Registration and Ticket Sale
General public tickets will be sold first through a presale powered by Ticketmaster Verified Fan. Registration is required and only fans that have been verified and invited to the presale will receive an access code allowing them to purchase tickets.
Ticketmaster Verified Fan registration begins Monday January 13th and closes on Wednesday, January 15 at 11:59pm PT.
The Verified Fan presale then begins on Thursday, January 23 at 10am venue local time.
2. Ten Club Ticket Presale
A special ticket presale for members of Pearl Jam’s Ten Club (current as of January 12, 2020) is being supported on the Ticketmaster Request platform. Full details at pearljam.com.
3. Public Ticket Sale
A remaining, limited number of tickets for each venue will be released through a traditional general sale on January 24, 2020 at 10am local time on Ticketmaster.com.
NOTE: $5 of each ticket is a charitable contribution to the Vitalogy Foundation, a United States-based public charity under I.R.C. section 501(c)(3) and 509(a)(1).
The band's much-anticipated eleventh studio album, Gigaton, on Monkeywrench Records/Republic Records on March 27, 2020
Gigaton Cover Artwork
Of the album - Mike McCready has said -
“Making this record was a long journey. It was emotionally dark and confusing at times, but also an exciting and experimental road map to musical redemption. Collaborating with my bandmates on Gigaton ultimately gave me greater love, awareness and knowledge of the need for human connection in these times."
“I guess I was listening to a lot of ’70s Herbie [Hancock] and WAR at the time and wondering how much funk was inside me, too. I sent it to Beck and he dug it, but he said, ‘It should be 3 bpm faster.’ And what do you know? HE WAS SO RIGHT. It made all the difference in the groove.”
The band has resurfaced with an interesting landing page on their website. If you head to PearlJam.com and you’ll see an interactive map with pins in North America, South America, Australia and Europe ... (NYC being the only east coast location)
There's instructions to find the locations and open a special Facebook or Instagram lens to reveal the message.
A massive Prince tribute concert will take place in LA on January 28th - two days following Grammys.
“Let’s Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute to Prince” has a star studded lineup - including performances by Beck, Foo Fighters, St. Vincent, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Earth Wind & Fire, Mavis Staples, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Usher, and Juanes - plus former Prince collaborators like Morris Day and the Time, Susanna Hoffs, and Prince’s old band the Revolution will also participate.
It's no surprise the Beck tops the list of the performers - giving his recent release of his Prince medley recorded at Paisley Park:
And who could forget the amazing cover of Darling Nikki by the Foos:
The musical line up for this past Saturday's Art of Elysium’s Heaven Is Rock and Roll (January 4) gala in Los Angeles was billed as Marilyn Manson, L7,Cheap Trick, and something labeled Dave Grohl and friends.
As we reported - the friends Dave was bring along we surviving Nirvana members Krist Novoselic & Pat Smear and they planned on performing some classic Nirvana tunes with help from Beck, St. Vincent, and Violet Grohl (Dave’s daughter)
Family ties: Dave Grohl’s 13-year-old daughter Violet joins surviving members of #Nirvana to sing “Heart-Shaped Box” at @TheArtofElysium gala in Los Angeles (also in the backing band: Nirvana fans Beck and St Vincent... NBD) pic.twitter.com/TICogKODG7
And that they did. The crew gave a five-song set (with Dave on drums, Krist on bass and Pat on guitar) that included “Lithium” (with St. Vincent), Beck lending a hand for “In Bloom”, a collaborative reaching back into the archives for the Bleach track “Been a Son,” and Violet Grohl sitting in for “Heart-Shaped Box.” The group finished the set with a cover (of a cover) - David Bowie’s “The Man Who Sold the World,” with Beck on vocals, and St. Vincent on the guitar.
Check out the full set below:
@beck introduced this cover by recalling "the most insane mosh pit" of his life. How insane was it? He crowd surfed for nearly the entire show and when Beck finally got back on his feet, his hands were bleeding. Where was it? The Hollywood Palladium. What band was it? #Nirvana. pic.twitter.com/yno679yw8l
"Our family's support, thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by the fires all over Australia. We are donating $500,000 to the Rural Fire Services who are all doing and giving so much right now."
"I am totally devastated watching what is happening in Australia right now with the horrific bushfires. I am pledging a donation of $500,000 directly to the local fire services that are battling so hard on the frontlines. My heart goes out to our friends and family in Oz"
Spike Jonze's relationship with the Beastie Boys started in 1993 when they met in LA on the set for the Sabotage music video. The Jonze directed video is a classic (to say the least) and spawned into collaborations on multiple future videos, album covers, a memoir, and even a stage show.
And now Jonze will release his first-ever book featuring some of his personal photos shot during the time he spent with the Beastie Boys.
Michael Stipe is celebrating the new decade - and his 60th birthday - with the release of his second solo single - “Drive To The Ocean” - which you can hear below -
You can also purchase a download of the track at MichaelStipe.com - with Stipe donating all of his earnings for the next 365 days to Pathway to Paris - an organization commited to halting climate change. The cost of the track is $0.77 but you have the option to pay more. The download includes “exclusive wallpapers, the (Stipe-directed) video, a lyric video, a high-resolution audio version of the song as well as Stipe’s original lyric document”
Stipe says of the track:
Says Stipe of this, his second solo release, "I am so happy to collaborate with Pathway To Paris for this year 2020. The work that they are doing is vital and foundational— it is essential for a future that we can and will claim as our own.”