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The band join Radiohead on this year’s bill at Worthy Farm.
The band will headline the festival’s Saturday night, with Radiohead already confirmed to top the bill on the Friday and the Sunday headliner yet to be revealed.
Continue reading: Foo Fighters Confirmed As Second Glastonbury Headliners
Spencer Elden was just four months old when he shot the iconic album cover.
The naked swimming baby from the cover of Nirvana’s classic Nevermind album has recreated the cover’s iconic image, all grown-up. Spencer Elden was just a few months old when he shot the photo for the album’s cover and now he’s celebrating 25 years since its release.
Continue reading: 'Nevermind' Baby Recreates Iconic Nirvana Cover 25 Years Later
The Foo Fighters frontman intervened at the behest of the fledgling band The Black Leaves of Envy, who have been banned from practising in their garage because of noise complaints.
Rock megastar Dave Grohl has involved himself in a council dispute in Cornwall after he leapt to the defence of a teenage heavy metal band, who have been banned from practising their music in a family garage after noise complaints from neighbours.
The Black Leaves of Envy, a four-piece band from Praa Sands consisting of Cerys Plenty, 17, Dylan Plenty, 15, Adam Jones, 17 and Lewis Cunningham, 15, reached out to the Foo Fighters frontman after a series of complaints were made about the noise levels emanating from their rehearsal space in a suburban residential area.
Dave Grohl with his wife Jordyn Blum at an Oscars afterparty
Foo Fighters are NOT splitting, by the way, but they might take a bit of a break.
Foo Fighters have finally addressed those persistent break-up rumours with a tongue-in-cheek ‘official announcement’ video. And no, it’s not true, the band is still together!
In a seven-minute clip posted via the group’s official YouTube page late on Wednesday (March 2nd), the band has compiled the recent events that have led to speculation of a split and made them into spinning newspaper headlines – including frontman Dave Grohl’s recent solo performance at the Oscars.
It also features Grohl and producer Butch Vig in a deliberately jokey skit, speaking about doing “my own thing”, with Grohl singing about “free to be me” and playing a keyboard, making some pretty alarming EDM sounds, just to troll their fans.
Continue reading: Foo Fighters Address Break-Up Rumours With Spoof Video
Swift took to the stage at Radio 1's Big Weekend in Norwich, just before headline act Foo Fighters - Grohl perhaps responded in this way out of guilt!
BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend witnessed an event that will probably never be seen again: Taylor Swift was not the headline act! The multi-million selling star took to the stage before Foo Fighters at Earlham Park in Norwich on Sunday evening.
Perhaps to mark this momentous event, the band’s lead singer Dave Grohl dedicated a number of songs during their set to her. Before ripping into ‘Congregation’, a track from their newest album Sonic Highways, Grohl revealed that the song was written in Nashville, which many will regard as Tay’s spiritual home despite her recent pop makeover.
Dave Grohl dedicated several Foo Fighters songs to Taylor Swift at Radio 1's Big Weekend
On Saturday, Macca gave Beatles fans a rare treat.
Saturday night saw the start of Paul McCartney’s European tour and the rocker gave fans a very special treat on the occasion. Beatles fans got a nod too, as McCartney was joined on stage by Foo Fighters frontman David Grohl to perform one of the band’s classics.
Watch out, Europe, Paul McCartney is coming to town.
They made a duet out of I Saw Her Standing There. The duet at London’s O2 Arena was not the first time they’ve collaborated together – they performed the same track at the Grammy Awards in 2009 with Grohl on drums. They also worked together on the track Cut Me Some Slack for Grohl’s documentary Sound City, which also picked up a Grammy.
Continue reading: Paul McCartney Kicks Off European Tour With Dave Grohl Duet
McCartney was also joined on stage by Foo Fighter Dave Grohl.
Paul McCartney performing at the 02 Arena in London.
The former Beatle played a career spanning three hour set for the enthusiastic crowd, opening with 1964’s ‘Eight Days A Week’. Macca then took the audience through his storied career playing classics from his Beatles’ days such as ‘Paperback Writer’, The Long and Winding Road, ‘Hey Jude’ and ‘Lady Madonna’.
Continue reading: Paul McCartney Plays Hit Packed Three Hour Set At London's O2 Arena
'Dumb And Dumber 2' star Jim Carrey is spotted rushing out of the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York, following the last ever episode of 'The Late Show With David Letterman', holding the hand of his young girlfriend Cathriona White. He hastily stows her away in an awaiting car before returning to pose for photos for the paparazzi.
The band also released LP Songs From the Laundry Room to coincide with the annual celebrations.
The Foo Fighters celebrated Record Store Day in style on Saturday, performing an intimate gig at a record store in Niles, Ohio. 150 lucky fans packed into Record Connection to see the band taking over the small, shopping mall store for the hour long gig.
The Foo Fighters performed in front of a lucky group of 150 fans.
"We're not far from my grandma's house," frontman Grohl, who grew up in Warren, told the audience, ”It's just up the road, actually.” Throughout the set Grohl entertained the audience with stories from his past, including a tale about an uncle who used to work at a shoe store in the same plaza.
Continue reading: Foo Fighters Celebrate Record Store Day With Intimate Ohio Mall Gig
In a new clip from the forthcoming official Kurt Cobain documentary, we discover the birth of grunge pioneers Nirvana; featuring a rare early performance clip, a set of black and white animated sketches seemingly entitled 'The Reaganites' and various notepad scribbles featuring words and phrases that were ultimately replaced by the band name 'Nirvana', including The Mandibles, Window Pain, Seringe, Godchild and Novacain. The film uses art and previously unseen footage and photos to document the rise to fame of Kurt Cobain, his struggles with addiction and his tragic suicide at the age of just 27.
Dave Grohl has hinted the series might return for a second season which could take the band across the pond.
Foo Fighters singer Dave Grohl has hinted the band might one day embark on a second season of ‘Sonic Highways’, which could feature iconic studios in the UK and Europe. Speaking to Billboard at the release party for the Sonic Highways DVD, Grohl said anything was possible for the series’ future.
The Foo Fighters visited studios across America last year on 'Sonic Highways'
"There might be a season two. There are a lot of studios,” Grohl told Billboard. But when asked about possible locations for a second season Grohl handed over to his bandmate Taylor Hawkins, who is the band’s expert on UK studios.
Continue reading: Could The UK Be The Next Destination For Foo Fighters' 'Sonic Highways'?
Kurt Cobain was trapped in a troubled homelife as a child with his parents having divorced, and it wasn't long before he embarked on a tragic path of self-destruction. Deliberately rebellious as a teenager with a lot of pent up anger and frustration, Cobain's creative talents were obvious to those who knew him as he'd constantly be working on songwriting or artwork. The fame of his grunge pioneer band Nirvana brought a lot of dangerous issues including drug use, and it took its toll on his relationship with Courtney Love, with whom he bore a child. It seemed he was happy to be building a family of his own, but his sudden suicide at the age of 27 was not unforeseen for a musician so determined to bring peace to his own mind.
Continue: Cobain: Montage Of Heck Trailer
Check out the haunting first image from Brett Morgen's upcoming film.
The first image from the forthcoming official Kurt Cobain documentary 'Cobain: Montage of Heck' has finally been released, giving us a glimpse into one of the most highly anticipated music documentaries of late.
First picture from 'Cobain: Montage of Heck'
The movie has been executively produced by the Nirvana frontman's 22-year-old daughter Frances Bean and marks the very first authorized documentary on the grunge legend, who tragically took his own life at the peak of Nirvana fame in 1994. The first image is a haunting painting of the singer walking away from a blue, wooden panelled house surrounded by trees, as the dull, dark grey sky bears down on him.
Corgan spoke to 'The Howard Stern Show' while plugging the release of the Pumpkins' new album 'Monuments to an Elegy'.
Talking during a radio interview on ‘The Howard Stern Show’, Corgan dismissed grunge titans Pearl Jam as “derivative”, claiming that it’s a “mystery” to him how they have managed to keep up their status as a huge arena-filling band “because I just don’t get it”.
Billy Corgan criticised his '90s contemporaries Pearl Jam and Foo Fighters in a radio interview
Continue reading: Billy Corgan Takes A Swipe At Dave Grohl And Pearl Jam
Following the success of HBO's series which ends this week, the Foos' frontman doesn't rule out another.
Foo Fighters’ frontman Dave Grohl has hinted that there might be a second season of ‘Sonic Highways’. Ahead of the release of their recent album of the same name, the group recorded an eight part series exploring the musical characteristics of US cities that have made a significant contribution to American rock and pop.
Dave Grohl dropped a hint to Jon Stewart on 'The Daily Show' that there might be a second 'Sonic Highways'
Speaking on ‘The Daily Show’ on Thursday night, Grohl said “there might be a season 2”, in response to Jon Stewart’s point that there were more than eight cities to visit. The HBO series was very well-received, not only reminding many of the rich musical history of America but putting some fresh perspective on the Foo Fighters themselves.
Continue reading: Dave Grohl Hints At Second Series Of 'Sonic Highways'
The band's latest concept album is intended as a trip down into rock history.
Yes, hello, the big musical news this weekend is that Foo Fighters are finally releasing the documentary Sonic Highways. The HBO docu-series debuted on October 17, matching the forthcoming release of their eponymous eighth studio album.
After heavy promotion via a full-scale HBO docuseries, the album will finally hit the shelves... err... playlists... today.
The album is as high-concept as it gets for Dave Grohl’s fivesome. Sonic Highways sees Dave Grohl’s band set up shop in eight different US cities in order to write a song in each, then film the results for an HBO series of the same name.
Continue reading: Foo Fighters Tour American Rock History In Latest Album "Sonic Highways"
The Foo Fighters frontman will never play the band's old records live, but also admits that he was tempted to re-record their debut.
Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl has slammed bands who play old albums live in their entirety. However, in the same interview, he also admitted that he had been tempted to revisit his band’s self-titled 1995 debut ahead of its twentieth anniversary next year.
Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl has spoken out against bands who play their old albums in full live
Speaking to the NME in an interview ahead of the release of the band’s new album Sonic Highways next week, Grohl said that he had thought about re-recording the first album as a band – in July 1995, Grohl recorded Foo Fighters almost entirely by himself – but bandmate Taylor Hawkins talked him out of it.
Continue reading: Dave Grohl Slams Bands Who Play Old Albums In Full
Fresh off the ‘Late Show With David Letterman’, Grohl and Hawkins headed downtown to join Perry Farrell and cover a Stones’ classic.
Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins provided a special treat for those in attendance at New York's McKittrick Hotel on Monday night (October 13th), joining Perry Farrell onstage to cover the Rolling Stones’ classic ‘Miss You’.
Foo Fighter's frontman Dave Grohl
At the event which was to celebrate the release of Still Moving, a new book from renowned rock photographer Danny Clinch, Grohl, Hawkins and Farrell joined Clinch’s Tangiers Blues Band onstage for the impromptu performance.
Blum and her husband Dave Grohl have recently had their third child together, but what do we know about his wife?
As the animalistic drummer in Nirvana and the guitar-thrashing frontman in Foo Fighters, Dave Grohl is one of the most well-known and prolific rockstars on the planet. Having survived the grunge era with one of the defining bands on the nineties and achieved equal commercial success in the Foos, Grohl has successfully secured a place in the pantheon of rock. He is, by all means, a true rock God with his screaming vocals and continual head banging. But it is easy to forget, that the man who used to destroy drum kits on a nightly basis, a chap who barely bats an eyelid at the prospect of playing to tens of thousands of people, is also a father and a husband. But who is the woman who managed to tame this punk-addled wild man?
Despite touring and recording commitments, Grohl is a devoted husband to Jordyn and father to three daughters.
Continue reading: Who Is Jordyn Blum? Wife Of Foo Fighter's Frontman Dave Grohl
From intimate shows to unusual duets, Contact Music looks at Dave Grohl and co’s most unexpected live performances
Last week, legendary rockers the Foo Fighters were announced as headliners for the Invictus Games Closing Party in London’s Olympic Park. The September concert - which will celebrate Prince Harry’s four-day sporting event for injured servicemen and women - will be the Foos’ first UK show of 2014 and will see the band appear alongside the likes of Ellie Goulding, Kaiser Chiefs, Ryan Adams and more.
Having earned a reputation for being one the most exciting live bands on the planet - and with news of a new album on the way - Contact Music looks back through the band’s career to find some of their most surprising and unexpected live moments.
Continue reading: Foo Fighters - The Five Most Unexpected Live Moments
The rock band's upcoming album will feature music from their HBO documentary 'Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways,' which was recorded in 8 cities across the US.
Foo Fighters have unveiled the month in which their hotly anticipated 8th studio album will be released.
According to a press release, fans can expect to buy the new album, recorded with Roswell/RCA, this coming November.
The still-untitled record will be the follow up to 2011's 'Wasting Lights,' which earned an Album of the Year nomination at the Grammy Awards.
Continue reading: Foo Fighters 8th Studio Album To Be Released In November
The rockers' impromptu gig on Saturday night (May 17th) forced an entire city block to shut down.
Foo Fighters surprised fans in New Orleans on Saturday night (May 17th), by performing at the Preservation Hall, which caused an entire city block to shut down.
The rock band spent the last several days recording at the legendary venue for their new album, which will be produced at various well-known music studios across the US.
Foo Fighters are currently recording their 8th album
Continue reading: Foo Fighters Play Surprise Show At New Orleans' Preservation Hall
It's nearly time to usher in a new generation of rock legends.
Today's the day! A new year's worth of rock royalty will tonight be ushered into the coveted Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. Nirvana, Kiss, Peter Gabriel, Cat Stevens, Linda Ronstadt, Hall And Oates, the E Street Band, Andrew Loog Oldham and Brian Epstein are hours away from becoming the newest members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Former Nirvana Rockers Dave Grohl & Krist Novoselic Will Be Performing At Tonight's Ceremony.
Stevens, now called Yusuf Islam, is going to perform alongside the E Street Band, who are being inducted b Bruce Springsteen, as well as Gabriel. Emmylou Harris, Carrie Underwood, Stevie Nicks and Bonnie Raitt will reportedly be singing a tribute to Ronstadt. SPIN is reporting that Joan Jett will sing the Nirvana tunes, which has ignited rock fan's imagination more than any other rumour.
Richard Lee believes that the Nirvana rocker's death was not a suicide.
The police department of Seattle is facing a lawsuit after releasing previously unseen photos from the scene of Kurt Cobain's suicide. The 18 photos largely show the late Nirvana rocker's belongings that surrounded him as he was found dead but more recent images have shown parts of Cobain's actual body. Self-styles investigative journalist Richard Lee is suing the police for not having released the previously undeveloped photos sooner.
A Man, Who Believes Kurt Cobain Was Murdered, Is Suing The Seattle Police Department.
Lee, who has run for Seattle mayor several times, has resolutely stood by his belief that Cobain's death was not a suicide and once hosted a public access television show called Kurt Cobain Was Murdered. Lee will be representing himself in the suit and is suing Seattle police for not releasing the Cobain death scene photos shortly after the Nirvana frontman's actual death, on April 5, 1994, according to the Seattle Pi.
The Nirvana frontman's daughter and widow have big plans for the band's legacy.
There could be a Kurt Cobain musical in the works. Well, that's if you believe what the late Nirvana frontman's widow Courtney Love is currently suggesting. Having dismissed the prospect of such a project for years, the Hole singer has now said that it is "very likely" that Nirvana's songs will be heard on Broadway.
Courtney Love Has Said That A Kurt Cobain Musical Is "Very Likely" To Happen.
In a recent interview with NME, Love said that she and daughter Frances Bean Cobaindecided to move ahead with a stage musical so long as they can "reach up to the highest shelf and select a team of the greatest and most respected writers, producers and directors." They apparently changed their mind after "tons of Nirvana fanmail" and persuasive support for the idea on social media.
The late Nirvana rocker's hometown mark the occasion.
The first annual Kurt Cobain Day has been celebrated by residents of the Washington town, Aberdeen, where the late Nirvana frontman was born and lived for much of his life. It has been nearly 20 years since the singer and guitarist took his own life due to heroin addiction and depression but residents of the town now feel that the time is right to mark Cobain's birthday every year.
Kurt Cobain Day Will Become An Annual Event To Mark The Birthday Of The Nirvana Frontman.
"Aberdeen residents may justifiably take pride in the role our community played in the life of Kurt Cobain," said mayor Bill Simpson recently, as he officially confirmed the celebration, adding, "the international recognition our community has gained from its connections with Kurt Cobain and his artistic achievements," via The Independent.
The Nine Inch Nails frontman was disappointed after the Grammys cut off his performance.
Trent Reznor has voiced his extreme disappointment after his performance with Nine Inch Nails at last night's Grammy Awards was cut short by the ceremony's organisers. The NIN frontman had been playing live with his band, Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl, Queens Of The Stone Age and Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham when the closing credits began to roll on the televised coverage, effectively cutting of the unique performance from millions of fans.
Trent Reznor Unleashed His Fury On The Grammys Organisers After His Performance Was Cut.
"Music's biggest night... to be disrespected. A heartfelt F**K YOU guys," a disgruntled Reznor tweeted after learning of the Grammys producers' decision to curtail the live coverage. Rock fans watching the show were similarly outraged and sent a barrage of tweets directed at the Grammys organisers. The supergroup had already instilled awe with a rendition of NIN's 'Copy of A' when the rock legends' performance was cut short mid-way through the recent QOTSA hit 'My God Is The Sun.'
The former Beatles reunited to perform together at this year's Grammy Awards.
Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr reunited at last night's Grammy Awards in LA with their first joint public performance in over three years. The former Beatles and only surviving members of the sixties pop sensations joined forces once again for a rendition of McCartney's new single, 'Queenie Eye' and a long-awaited reunion.
Paul McCartney Enjoyed A Triumphant Run At Last Night's Grammy Awards.
Beatles fans may have preferred McCartney and Starr to perform one of their former band's classic hits but few were disappointed when Paul took his seat behind a psychedelically-decorated piano and Ringo got comfy behind his drumkit to play the track from Paul's new album, New. The duo's performance marked the 50th anniversary of the TV appearance that secured them fame in the US with The Beatles.
The acts have been announced for a rock-tastic Grammys finale.
Nine Inch Nails, Queens Of The Stone Age, Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl and Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham have all been announced to play at the finale of the upcoming 56th annual Grammy Awards, which will take place on Sunday.
Nine Inch Nails Have Been Confirmed To Play At The Grammys This Year.
Such a gathering of alt-rock icons will represent a Grammys first for QOTSA and Nine Inch Nails, true rock 'n' roll leviathans. "We're incredibly excited about this number," Grammy executive producer Ken Ehrlich said in a statement, via SPIN. "There's nothing better than when the Grammys can rock out, and to have these artists all together on one stage, doing a number that, when they presented it to us, knocked us out, is going to turn out to be one of those Grammy moments that people talk about for a long time. Long live Trent, Josh, Dave and Lindsey and these great bands!" Ehrlich added.
The surviving Beatles will perform at the ceremony and fans are hoping the two will join each other on stage for a reunion performance
Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are set to perform at this years 56th Grammy Awards, with their inclusion to the Grammys set list being announced this week by the music awards showcase. Although the organisers for the event have revealed that the pair will perform, they have yet to specify whether the two will appear on stage together at all, a prospect that most are hoping for.
Paul and Ringo will hopefully be performing together
The pair were announced as two of the latest confirmed acts to appear at the awards show, with fellow performers John Legend, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kacey Musgraves, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Sara Bareilles and Carole King also added to the bill.
The grunge band make 2014's 16-act shortlist.
90s rock band Nirvana are one of 16 acts nominated for entry into the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Owing to the rule that only acts who released their debut album of single 25 years ago are eligible for the honour, this will be the first time that Nirvana have been considered.
Dave Grohl & Krist Novoselic May Soon Be Honoured With A Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Entry.
More than 600 industry personnel will vote to select next year's inductees, who will be announced in December. Also nominated are prog rockers Yes, disco pop band Chic, glam rock band Kiss, classic rockers Deep Purple, rap artists N.W.A and LL Cool J, and folk legend Cat Stevens, AKA Yusuf Islam.
Continue reading: Nirvana Finally Eligible For Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Honour
In a recent NPR interview, Dave Grohl described the different methods used to record 'Nevermind' and 'In Utero'. Butch Vig had laboured over multiple takes for the former to produce an album that would define a generation. On the latter, Steve Albini had encouraged Cobain, Grohl and Novoselic to record songs in one take if possible, and to avoid overdubs. The result was a more abrasive set of recordings and a more accurate reflection of Nirvana's power on stage. The 20th anniversary edition of 'In Utero' attempts to restore that vision, by providing an alternative view of what turned out to be Cobain's final studio statement. While not quite as exhaustive as the anniversary edition of 'Nevermind', in many ways 'In Utero' gains more from this treatment than its predecessor did.
Recorded in two weeks at Pachyderm Studios in Minnesota during February of 1993, 'In Utero' was a reaction to the overwhelming popularity of 'Nevermind'. Producer Steve Albini set the band a simple challenge: "bang a record out in a couple of days, with high quality, but 'minimal' production and no interference from the front office bulletheads." Indeed, Albini's full letter to the band can be found in the liner notes for this re-issue; as a blueprint for the record, it makes fascinating reading. The anticipation of record company pressure and an unspoken obligation to Nirvana's burgeoning audience led to some changes from that original vision, though. Scott Litt who'd been working with R.E.M. was called in to overhaul the likes of 'Pennyroyal Tea', 'Heart Shaped Box' and 'All Apologies'. The album that eventually emerged was therefore 90% of the Albini mixes with additions like double tracked vocals thrown in for good measure. For the first time, then, this anniversary edition presents all the options that were considered, allowing the full set of Albini tracks to see the light of day.
They are admittedly more visceral and arresting, but that's not why this edition of 'In Utero' is indispensable to anyone that's ever engaged with the record. Albini, Grohl and Novoselic have re-entered the studio and remixed the album from scratch using the original tape sources. It may sound like overkill, but it really makes a difference. The 2013 version of 'In Utero' utilises unheard guitar tracks ('Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle' springs to mind), alternate vocal takes and eliminates some of the studio polish that cluttered up the original mix. 'Dumb', for example, sounds even more stripped back and heartfelt, and while there's still cello to be found, it's far less obtrusive. While it obviously doesn't have the input of Cobain, for all intents and purposes, this is the definitive mix of 'In Utero'. It's in no way superfluous and doesn't cause you to play a never-ending game of spot the difference. Instead, it presents a record that sounds substantially different, and all the better for it.
Continue reading: Nirvana - In Utero: 20th Anniversary Edition Album Review
Plans to release Nirvana's third and final studio album will include a complete 1993 live set.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of 1993 album, In Utero, Nirvana will release their original album remastered featuring more than 70 remixed, rare, live and unreleased recorded tracks, reports Spin. The so-called "Super-Deluxe Edition" will be available on a number of different formats, including digital download, single remastered CD, triple-vinyl LP set, and a four disc version that comprises of three CDs and one DVD.
Former Nirvana Bandmates Dave Grohl & Krist Novoselic.
The DVD will show live footage form Nirvana's 13th December 1993 Seattle "Live and Loud" show and will be available to purchase on its own from 24th September. Although track listings for each format have yet to be confirmed, but Nirvana fans will be excited to finally see long-awaited footage of the band's pivotal show.
Dave Grohl's 'fun time' band cover a classic in the shape of 'Under Pressure' by Queen and David Bowie
It’s not often Dave Grohl plays with Chevy Metal, but when he does, it’s a special affair. The Foo Fighters star – joined by fellow Foos Taylor Hawkins and Chris Shiflett – gave the loving audience a rendition of Queen’s hit, 'Under Pressure' at a recent gig.
Dave Grohl and his classic clenched teeth smile
"I don't get to play with Chevy Metal all the time," Grohl declared while strumming an extended intro to the song. "It's the one band in the world I wish I could be in, but the f**king drummer's the boss.”
Continue reading: Dave Grohl And Chevy Metal Cover 'Under Pressure' And The Crowd Love It
Rockers Rush draw the biggest applause of a star-studded night
Rush were the undoubted highlight of last night’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction at the Nokia theatre. Having been waiting for this moment since 1998, the band was finally invited in to the prestigious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by way of people power. For the first time, USA Today reports, fans were invited to cast their vote on who should be inducted and Rush won, hands down.
The band was introduced by an incredibly enthusiastic Dave Grohl – frontman of Foo Fighters and former drummer for Nirvana. “From day one, the band built its following the right way,” said Grohl. “No hype, no (baloney), they did it from the ground up without any help from the mainstream press…Their influence is undeniable and their devoted fan base is only rivaled by the Grateful Dead. Look at you people, all of you people, right here! And their legacy is that of a band that stayed true to themselves no matter how uncool they may have seemed to anyone.” The band’s singer and bass player Geddy Lee thanked their fans for getting them into the Hal of Fame, saying “the most passionate, incredible fan base around the globe …for not only supporting and encouraging our musical progress over the years, but for the insistence of their voices, which has most certainly led us to this evening."
Other highlights from the evening include a performance of I Love LA from Randy Newman and a riotous medley of Bring The Noise, 911 Is A Joke and Fight the Power.
Continue reading: Dave Grohl Introduces Rush To 'Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame'
British pop star also-ran and rock royalty collide
Of all the people who you’d think would be able to get under the skin of Rock’s official nice guy Dave Grohl, you’d have Blue singer Lee Ryan pretty far down the list. In fact, you’d have Blue singer Lee Ryan pretty far down the list of people who’d even be within 100 feet of the former Nirvana drummer and Foo Fighters front man. However, after Grohl brought his Sound City Players to London last month, to play a show at the O2 Arena, it was Ryan who somehow managed to crash the after party and turn the usually smiling rocker’s night sour.
Apparently Ryan turned up to the after party steaming drunk and proceeded to make nuisance of himself. “There was this English singer who was with us who was completely wasted” Grohl revealed to The Sun newspaper, “We almost had to throw him out” he added, before asking the interview, “Have you heard of this band, Blue?” As the penny dropped, Grohl continued “The guy kept telling us how many million records he’s sold. I was like, ‘Really? You?’” Don’t worry, Dave, it’s something we’ve all wondered.
That said, he does make good copy on Twitter. Ryan hasn’t reacted to the story, but his latest tweet did offer some profundities, as he wrote “I look but there's no chance.. I peer into the light hoping to find somewhere to lay my head in the dark. You won't see me.. You never did x”
Continue reading: Mis-matched Beef! Dave Grohl Vs. Blue's Lee Ryan
Prince will perform for just 250 competition winners in an intimate show sponsored by Samsung at SXSW.
250 lucky competition winners will get the chance to see Prince perform with a 21-piece band at the SXSW closing party this week. The legendary singer has been confirmed as a performer for one of the Texas' festival's closing shows, before an intimate crowd of contest winners, reports The Guardian.
Electronics giant Samsung will fund Prince's SXSW debut show, in the same way it bankrolled Kanye West's gig at a launch event in 2012. To be eligible for a ticket for the concert on Saturday (March 16, 2013), fans must be either SXSW badge-holders or owners of a Samsung Galaxy phone. The room at La Zona Rosa will be strictly limited to just 250 people, where Prince will perform a career-spanning set with his band. "Prince is a legend and true creative and musical genius who has been pushing the boundaries of music for more than 35 years," Todd Pendleton, Samsung's chief marketing officer, told Mashable. "Having Prince in Austin at his first SXSW show will truly be a one-night-only experience that our Samsung Galaxy owners and friends will remember for years to come."
It's certainly SXSW's biggest draw of the week, though the festival in Austin, Texas, is also scheduled to include performances from the likes of Green Day, Depeche Mode, Justin Timberlake and Dave Grohl's all-star group the Sound City Players.
Continue reading: Want To See Prince Perform With 21-Piece Band At SXSW?
Albums of Note... Dave Grohl managed to rally a group of rock’s big players together to record an album designed to accompany his Sound City documentary – about the legendary LA recording studio of the same name. Amongst the stars making an appearance on Sound City: Real to Reel are Sir Paul McCartney, Josh Homme and Stevie Nicks; the latter of whom provides one of the album’s highlights:
“[The] tracks that do command attention… are worth wading through the mire for. One can only assume, for instance, that Lindsay Buckingham and the rest of Fleetwood Mac will be kicking themselves upon hearing 'You Can't Fix This,' because this is simply the greatest Fleetwood Mac song that never was.”
As Dave Grohl touts his Sound City documentary about the legendary Los Angeles recording studio, his Sound City Players have also been performing songs from the movie's soundtrack, released here under the title Sound City: Real to Reel. Grohl features heavily on the tracks but also draws on the talent of a number of Sound City punters from over the years; most notably Fleetwood Mac's Steve Nicks, Paul McCartney, Josh Homme and his former Nirvana band mates, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear.
Hopes are never high for a project such as this. A range of musicians with relatively diverse musical palettes (though there's a lot of common ground in some instances), combining forces for a singular goal: to provide a rock soundtrack for a rock-related documentary. There's always a fear that the end game will obscure or dampen the creative process; that the players in question won't have the time or creative freedom to explore the possibilities that they may otherwise have done. These fears are allayed to a small extent; there are some stand-out tunes on Real to Reel and, as a soundtrack to rock history, they will make for an excellent accompaniment to Grohl's moving images.
As a stand-alone listening experience though, the ever-revolving cast of players limits any sense of identity that the album could have forged. What results is a long-player of rock standards, with few tunes poking their heads above the parapet of drive-time sludge. Those tracks that do command attention, however, are worth wading through the mire for. One can only assume, for instance, that Lindsay Buckingham and the rest of Fleetwood Mac will be kicking themselves upon hearing 'You Can't Fix This,' because this is simply the greatest Fleetwood Mac song that never was. The Sound City Players have managed to recreate that perfect 'Rumours' era sound. With hints of 'Gold Dust Woman,' Nicks opens the track with the lines "they don't talk much about it / it goes back so many years / all the times we almost didn't make it / we stand clear / dancing with the devil / call it respect, call it fear / but we never allowed the devil to come to the party."
Given the demons that we all know Nicks and co. have faced in their time (very public relationship breakdowns, rumours of drug abuse and inter-band bitterness), it's a bold move for sure and one that pays off. If only the same could be said for the rest of Real to Reel. 'Time Slowing Down', featuring one of modern rock's most prolific contributors, Chris Goss, is another highlight; a breezy, melodic number with serious weight behind it. Equally, 'The Man That Never Was' (basically Foo Fighters featuring Rick Springfield) winds up, perhaps unsurprisingly, sounding like Foo Fighters at their heavy best; at their least quirky, at their most bolshy.
Straight-up rock is the order of the day here and that's what's delivered. For the most part, though, the tracks fade into insignificance. Even the presence of Joshua Homme does not save 'Centipede' from being anything other than just another slow-burning radio friendly rock song. As an accompaniment to the Sound City documentary, Grohl should be high-fived for going to the efforts that he has to create something unique and, indeed, for touring the album's material, giving fans the chance to catch some of their rock idols on one stage that they would undoubtedly never catch the opportunity to otherwise. As a commercial release, Real to Reel is a collection of average compositions, propped up by a few exceptional tracks.
Albums Of Note... Get Up! pairs modern blues idol and expert slide guitarist Ben Harper with harmonica legend Charlie Musselwhite. Aiming for blues authenticity, that’s exactly what Ben and Charlie achieve here. The pair of talented blues musicians fly in the face of modernity and instead strive to recreate the dusky glamour of a Chicago blues club.
“In general, Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite have delivered a strong, yet candid and fun blues album. This album really does not care that it is 2013, and why should it? Each of the ten songs contains something of merit. Both musicians involved are fairly prolific but this collection will doubtlessly shoot to the high end of the fans favourites in no time at all.”
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Dave Grohl, he of Nirvana and Foo Fighters fame, has made a film. It centers around a recording studio and a particular piece of equipment from the 70s, according to the Associated Press, and despite the sound of that premise, Sound City is actually, apparently, a solid film about the human element in making music. The flick premiered at the Sundance Film Festival – that means it’s got to be good, right? - and centers around the Sound City recording studio in Van Nuys, California, where Grohl recorded the legendary Nevermind with Nirvana in 1991.
The band were sent to the nondescript studio by their record company, which wanted the musicians close by, so that they could be kept an eye on. Apparently, the band were unimpressed by the small studio in a slummy neighborhood, before noticing all the gold records lining the walls by bands and artists such as Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Van Halen, REO Speedwagon, Guns 'n Roses, Neil Young, Cheap Trick, Slayer, Rick Springfield and more. From then on, the band fell in love with the studio’s crisp, clear sound of the place.
"You might have never heard of Nirvana if we had recorded in Hollywood with a fancy producer who made us sound like Def Leppard," he said. "The fact that that (sound) board made us sound like us is what people appreciated. To be reunited with it, honestly, it was like meeting your real parents for the first time." And now, two decades later, Grohl has finally managed to pay homage to that studio. Sound City hits theatres this Friday.
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Dave Grohl has entered middle age, and as such it is time for the Foo Fighters frontman to branch out away from music as is the norm for the rock elite. With Sound City, Grohl has don't exactly this with his insightful look into one of Los Angeles' hidden relics, Sound City Recording Studio.
Attached as director, it is hard to think that anyone would be too enthused about going to see the film were anyone other than Dave Grohl signed up for the documentary, but this is far more than just a vehicle for Grohl to further demonstrate how cool he is. Lovingly referred to as a "sh*thole" throughout, the documentary is like an encyclopaedia of the indie world, with some big names such as Paul McCartney, James Brown and Mick Fleetwood appear alongside such underground heroes as Frank Black, Rivers Cuomo and Trent Reznor.
Grohl has recently been doing the rounds promoting the film and in a recent interview for 'The Nerdist' podcast, the former Nirvana drummer also opened up on the traumatic split of the trio. He tells the podcast, "It was heartbreaking. We were fucked up by what happened. So it was just, 'I gotta keep playing music, I gotta keep playing music.'"
Though The Hurricane Sandy Benefit concert raised money for those affected by the super storm that ripped into east coast America as well as aiding the relief effort, the feeling of good will surrounding the momentous event wasn’t shared by everybody. No, you might’ve guessed it, Courtney Love wasn’t impressed by the ‘Nirvana reunion’.
It wasn’t really a reunion as such; sure, the surviving members of the seminal grunge members were all on stage together (that’s Dave Grohl, Kris Novoselic and Pat Smear), but they were joined by ageing Beatle Sir Paul McCartney and didn’t even play a Nirvana song, opting instead for a Grohl/McCartney-written track ‘Cut Me Some Slack’. And it sounded alright. No, really it did. However, what with Love’s bitterness at Grohl and her gradual loss of control over much of the Nirvana rights, she was never going to be the easiest to please – and true to form she wasn’t.
Love spent the time leading up to the show making jibes on Facebook, at one point writing “Paul better get earmuffs for the bassplaying is all. [It's] not exactly known for its brilliance." And when the performance itself came she commented briefly, "There it was. Uh it was bad." However, Love’s grumpiness aside, people were trumping the concert as a success, with a line-up including The Who, Roger Waters and Eric Clapton being hailed as “one of the greatest line-ups ever” by the Daily Mirror. Other stars performing included Mick Jagger, Chris Martin and REM’s Michael Stipe.
Courtney Love, Kurt Kobain's widow and mother of his only child, has expressed her distaste at the appointment of Paul McCartney to be the front man of a Nirvana reunion at the 12-12-12 charity gig in New York, on Wednesday.
The show was all for charity, to support the victims of Hurricane Sandy, for Courtney Love, it's just not cool that McCartney has taken Kurt's place, reports TMZ. "Look, if John were alive it would be cool." She said. She also objects to the reference to the gig as a 'Nirvana reunion' because she says, without Kurt, it's not Nirvana. We can certainly see where she's coming from, but for a band as well loved as Nirvana, a 'reunion' regardless of its authenticity never stops being a tribute to Kurt and will always provide an arena for fans to remember him and the band.
McCartney, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic have been 'jamming' together for a while in secret and have even written some songs together. Speaking to the audience at the 12-12-12 concert McCartney said: "Recently, some guys asked me to go jam with them... So I showed up, like you do, ready to jam. And in the middle of it, these guys kept going, 'We haven't played together for years.' So the penny finally dropped, I finally understood I was in the middle of a Nirvana reunion." Reports the LA Times.
Yesterday’s Concert For Sandy Relief (December 12, 2012) turned into a year’s worth of rock and pop headlines, all rolled into one. Not only were some of the coolest kids on the block performing (Alicia Keys, we’re looking at you), but they were doing it in tabloid-seeking style (Kanye West in a skirt, anyone?). However, it was the older statesmen of rock and roll that really grabbed the nations’ attention last night.
First up, Sir Paul McCartney, formerly of The Beatles and now, apparently… of Nirvana? Well, maybe not quite. But Sir Paul did perform with the surviving members of Nirvana – Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear, playing a new song that they had composed together, entitled ‘Cut Me Some Slack.’ It was part of a wider set performed by McCartney and allayed the fears of devout Nirvana fans, concerned that they would be performing a set of Nirvana covers, with McCartney taking the place of the late Kurt Cobain.
The Rolling Stones made an impressive, if brief, performance, playing ‘You Got Me Rocking’ and ‘Jumping Jack Flash’ before leaving the Madison Square Garden gathered crowd wanting more. Mick Jagger’s seemingly unending reserves of energy put many of the other performers to shame, even if he didn’t have to exert quite the same degree of stamina that he has had to at the band’s recent 2 hour 50th anniversary shows. “Homestate hero” Bruce Springsteen was described by New York Times as “the master of the socially conscious message that’s also a full-tilt rock concert” and last night, he didn’t disappoint. The evening ended on a rousing note, with Alicia Keys joined by a stage full of firefighters to sing ‘Empire State Of Mind Part II,’ with its appropriate chorus of “This is New York… concrete jungle where dreams are made of.”
At Saturday's concert Dave Grohl said that he wanted to make the most of their performance as he was unsure when they would be performing together again. In his letter on Facebook he said “Yes... I was serious. I'm not sure when the Foo Fighters are going to play again”. But, do not despair! He followed this up by saying “I never want to NOT be in this band. So, sometimes it's good to just... put it back in the garage for a while...” He also referred to the band as his 'family', his 'life' and his 'world'.
Grohl also encouraged fans that they would all see more of his work very soon, as the hiatus allows him to work on his latest project, a documentary called 'Sound City' which he referred to as the “most important project [he's] ever worked on.”
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Mid-set, alongside Crazy Horse, Neil Young announced that “We’re joining forces up here,” just as Foo Fighter's Dave Grohl and Dan Auerbach graced the stage to collaborate with Young on an adrenaline and feedback fuelled rendition of "Rockin’ in the Free World."
Neil Young, Dave Grohl and the rest of the Foo Fighters joined Band Of Horses and The Black Keys among others to perform on the Grand Lawn at Central Park in New York City. This was all in aid of the Global Citizen Festival which supports a plethora of charities including World Vision and World Food Program USA.
As well as bands and solo artists, the event held brief speeches between sets from outspoken celebrities such as Selena Gomez and Olivia Wilde of House and TRON:Legacy fame. Dave Grohl seemed to love every second of their performance, lamenting however, that it may be a while before they take to the stage again, saying “We don't have any shows after this. This is where we play as many songs as we can in a short period of time, because, honestly, I don't know when we're gonna do it again”, as reported by Rolling Stone.
Central Park in New York set the stage for a rock triple threat in the shape of Neil Young, The Foo Fighters and The Black Keys, all of whom banded together for a benefit mini-fest, Great Lawn Saturday night, in aid of putting an end to global poverty.
An audience of over 60,000 squeezed into the massive green space in the middle of the Big Apple on Saturday (29th September) night for a five-hour concert, all for free! Well, there was one catch, but it only involved attendees having to register at the website 'The Global Poverty Project,' which looks to find a way to bring an end to extreme financial inequality across the globe. And if inviting 60,000 lucky guests along to the event wasn't enough, the concert was also streamed live online via a number of differing websites.
As well as the big three, which also involved an impromptu stage invasion by Dave Grohl during Neil Young and Crazy Horse's set, the line-up for the day also featured Band Of Horses and 'Wavin' Flag' singer/rapper K'naan. The night didn't lose track of what it stood for though, with celebrities including Selena Gomez and Katie Couric going up on stage between performances to discuss the ongoing financial struggle that is felt the world over.
There's also a distinct possibility that Live At The Paramount could become the definitive live Nirvana release. Whereas for example the equally brilliant MTV Unplugged and Live At Reading have garnered much praise, some of their appeal comes from the sense of occasion (one night only stripped back acoustic and barnstorming festival set respectively). Although the Paramount show is a Halloween event it doesn't rely upon that, as it's selling point. Instead it's Cobain, Novoselic, and Grohl at the top of their game, firing on all cylinders with raw intensity keeping you glued to the screen.
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Despite making some of the most uncompromising music of the last 30 years, Motorhead for some strange reason, cross all boundaries. This is undoubtedly down to the enduring appeal of Lemmy - a man who's stuck to his guns and done things on his own terms to the point where he has just ended up being accepted.
Which gives credence to the fact that If you spend long enough doing something and which such conviction, people will eventually come round to your way of thinking. As a rock 'n' roll icon his influence has touched almost everyone who is anyone and the most surprising thing of all about this documentary is the sheer breadth of people who have fallen under his influence. The usual rock crowd is to be expected. Alice Cooper, Ozzy Osbourne, Dee Snider (Twisted Sister), Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana), Metallica etc but its appearances of others such as Jarvis Cocker, Peter Hook (Joy Division), Mick Jones (The Clash), Marky Ramone (The Ramones) and Billy Bob Thornton that most surprise.
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