RNR News and Notes Archives for 2022-07

Green Day played played a heavy helping of rarities at intimate Lollapalooza aftershow in Chicago (pics, video, setlist)

Ahead of their headlining slot on Sunday - Green Day unleashed a heavy helping of rarities during their (semi)surprise Lollapalooza aftershow at Chicago’s Metro nightclub Friday night.  


The Chicago times reports: 

“Welcome to our little superspreader event,” the frontman joked, commenting on the wall-to-wall bodies that may have been the most packed Metro has ever been (even more so than Metallica’s rare appearance last fall). It should be said Metro abided by its vaccination requirement and encouraged masking for attendees.


Yet, the greatest-hits set did a great job of bringing people back to the good old days anyway — like grade school and high school old days. In the 90-minute performance, the band got through 25 of its best, with “Welcome to Paradise” and “Basket Case” eliciting full-on singalongs from more than a nostalgic few. Armstrong at one point even threw his mic in the crowd for a sweaty fan to take over. In the mix, there were also some “deep cuts,” including “Church on Sunday,” the happy reaction a testament to the fact that the room was filled with the diehards who were supposed to be there. [Chicago Sun Times]


American Idiot
Revolution Radio
Church on Sunday
Too Dumb to Die
Bang Bang
Disappearing Boy
Private Ale
Christie Road
One of My Lies
Oh Love
Murder City
Welcome to Paradise
Geek Stink Breath
Stuck With Me
Basket Case
Brain Stew
St. Jimmy
J.A.R. (Jason Andrew Relva)





#BowieCon 23 - David Bowie World Fan Conventionf is coming to New York City in 2023

After a successful stint in Liverpool last month, the David Bowie World Fan Convention has announced it will come stateside in 2023 - setting up shop at  the New York City venue Terminal 5 on June 17 and 18, 2023,

Details are still  TBA, but the Liverpool edition featured story telling with multiple Bowie collaborators, live Bowie tribute sets, the Bowie Ball, and more. 


The event's press release reads:

The next convention coincides with both the 40th Anniversary of the release of Bowie’s transformative album Let’s Dance and half-century since the release of the equally iconic, Aladdin Sane. Organizers are planning for both albums to get star treatment over the course of the weekend.

Hell’s Kitchen’s Terminal 5 venue has been confirmed as the setting for the next convention, utilising the innovative, multi-level and multi-environment venue for the convention’s range of talks, meet-and-greets, live performances and, of course, the showstopping Bowie Ball.

Limited VIP Tickets will afford fans the opportunity to visit key New York City locations linked to Bowie’s work and his life living there including Andy Warhol’s Factory, CBGB and Max’s Kansas City venues and Bowie’s apartment with more to be announced.

A specially-published #BowieCon23 map also puts attendees in charge of their own route around the city.

[...] Dave Pichilingi, Co-Founder of the David Bowie World Fan Convention, says: “Taking the David Bowie World Fan Convention to New York is to take the story to the heart of his story, with the recording of albums including those later-life classics, The Next Day and Blackstar, as well as Let’s Dance and Never Let Me Down all being rooted in the city. This year’s event proved the status of musicians, photographers, filmmakers, and other high-profile Bowie collaborators that this event can attract and New York will certainly be no different.”

A sell-out success in its first year, the convention, a collaboration between the Sound City music festival and the influential David Bowie Glamour fanzine, brought together an enviable list of participants, including (but not limited to) guitarist, Carlos Alomar and Young Americans vocalist, Robin Clark. Amongst their incredible stories, told to a packed room of hundreds, was the tale of their first meeting with Bowie in New York itself, the home-cooked dinner for the emaciated star that followed, and Bowie’s later return for the 'Fame' sessions with John Lennon in tow.

Celebrating the news that the convention is to visit his home city next time around, Alomar said: “The British are coming!!! The British are coming!!! Yes, indeed, they are. The David Bowie World Fan Convention 2023 is coming, and there’s no better way to celebrate the life and works of David Bowie than to get together in New York City, a place where David and I recorded so much great material and a place we both called home. This couldn’t be more appropriate or exciting. This thing just gets bigger …and better.”

Further, prestigious guests included bass player, Gail Ann Dorsey, Blackstar collaborator Donny McCaslin and the last surviving member of the Spiders from Mars, Woody Woodmansey. They joined fans, panel moderator and author, Nicholas Pegg, as well influential photographers, video makers and artists known-by and inspired-by Bowie in Liverpool for the three-day celebration of the legendary musician’s life and work.

The scenes witnessed in Liverpool did justice to the memory of the man everyone had gathered to celebrate, with bands including Rebel Heroes and The London Boys lining up for faithful live recreations of his most famous recorded work, while a carefully curated selection of performance artists made wild and wonderful interpretations come to life at the dress-up-and-dance Bowie Ball. Taking place at the ornate St George’s Hall in the center of Liverpool, the ball – which will return to the NYC event in 2023 – saw face-painted Aladdin Sanes, hair-streaked Let’s Dance-era Bowies, and more than one Ziggy Stardust in attendance.

Bruce Springsteen Joined Bleachers to perform 'Chinatown' in New York: Watch

In the middle of Bleachers’ headlining set at Radio City Music Hall, Bruce Springsteen took to the stage to duet with Jack Antonoff on “Chinatown,” the collaborative single from Bleachers' 2021 album Take the Sadness out of Saturday Night.   Check out footage below: 



Watch Joni Mitchell's Rare Surprise Performance With Brandi Carlile at Newport Folk Festival: Watch

Paul Simon wasn't the only '60s-era legend to make a surprise appearance at this year's Newport Folk Festival


Joni Mitchell, who hasn’t performed live since 2013, made a surprise appearance at the 2022 Newport Folk Festival.  


Mitchell, who was also at the 1967 Newport Folk Festival, made a surprise appearance during Brandi Carlile's set and played multiple classic songs including "A Case of You", "Big Yellow Taxi",  "The Circle Game", "Clouds" and "Summertime." Watch videos and see some pics below.







Watch Paul Simon's surprise Newport Folk set with Nathaniel Rateliff, Lucius & more (video)

The Newport Folk Festival has become known for its surprise collaborations and special sets.  Friday night in 2022 alone saw Adia Victoria join The National...



... and Dinosaur Jr brought out Courtney Barnett 



But it was Saturday's closing set that was truly epic this year ... with Paul Simon taking the stage during Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats' "American Tune Review" tribute to  ... Paul Simon.  


After a set that included guest spots from Marcus Mumford, Lucius, Natalie Merchant and more ... Nathaniel welcomed Paul to the stage to perform GracelandAmerican Tune and a big group singalong of The Boxer.   Simon closed the set with a solo acoustic rendition of "Sounds of Silence"  Watch video from the set below.








Johnny Marr joined Pearl Jam for covers of The Who and Neil Young at London's Hyde Park - Watch

Pearl Jam played two shows in London over the weekend and brought out some special guests each night.  The first night - Simon Townshend (Pete's brother and touring member of The Who) performed his song "I'm the Answer" with Eddie and Co.


 The second night (7/9), opening act - former Smiths guitarist/current Modest Mouse member  Johnny Marr , for a couple songs - including Neil Young's “Throw Your Hatred Down"  (from the 1995 Young/PJ collaborative album Mirror Ball) and again for the encore, guesting on their cover of The Who's classic "Baba O'Riley" - check out video from each performance below 




Taylor Hawkins' Son Honors Late Father by Performing Foo Fighters' 'My Hero' : Watch

Shane Hawkins - son of  the late Foo Fighter Taylor Hawkins, honored his father over the Fourth of July weekend by joining LA bad The Alive on drums for a cover of  Foo Fighters’ “My Hero”. 


Video from the  Laguna Beach (where Taylor gre up) block party has surfaced with captions like - “When Taylor Hawkins’ son gets on the drums and dedicates the song ‘My Hero’ to his dad",  “The hawk would’ve been proud” and  “not a dry eye in the house”.


@lagtownsfinest The hawk would've been proud ???? #taylorhawkins #foofighters #fyp ? original sound - Lagtownsfinest



@lagtownsfinest Replying to @evanamaral320 ? original sound - Lagtownsfinest



@lagtownsfinest Replying to @heathgregory0 ? original sound - Lagtownsfinest




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