Music News May 28th 2015
Neil Young Thought Florence and the Machine Was Led By a Man Named Florence with a High Voice
FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE performed at NEIL YOUNG’S Bridge School Benefit last year . . . and Neil may have been shocked when he saw FLORENCE WELCH for the first time . . . because she had BOOBS.
She tells “Rolling Stone”, quote, “He said that when he first heard my record, he thought that I was a man with a high voice. He was like, ‘I live in the mountains. I don’t know much media. I just thought you were a man called Florence.’
“And I was like, ‘Hey, that’s pretty punk.’ I was like, ‘Thanks, Neil. Thank you so much.’” (???)
New Found Glory Saved a Horse Named “New Found Glory”
NEW FOUND GLORY guitarist CHAD GILBERT says he was recently searching the band’s name on Twitter . . . looking for fan reactions to their tour.
And he came across an ad for an old horse randomly named “New Found Glory,” which was “hours away from being slaughtered.” He looked into it, and saw that it would only cost $350 to adopt the horse. So he did.
Chad says, quote, “Everyone in the band thought it would be great for the band.” They aren’t actually living with a horse now, though. They found a person in Texas who was willing to take “New Found Glory” in. (Here’s a photo.)
The Top 10 One-Hit Wonders of ’90s Alternative Rock
Uproxx.com has put together a fun list of “The Top 10 One-Hit Wonders of ’90s Alternative Rock.”
They considered any band a “one-hit wonder” if they only had one song crack the Billboard Hot 100. They did make a few exceptions for bands that never had a top-100 hit, and for bands that had another song barely crack the Hot 100.
Here’s the Top 10:
1. “No Rain”, Blind Melon, 1992
2. “Cannonball”, The Breeders, 1993
3. “The Impression That I Get”, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, 1997
4. “Sex and Candy”, Marcy Playground, 1997
5. “Flagpole Sitta”, Harvey Danger, 1998
6. “Closing Time”, Semisonic, 1998
7. “Pretend We’re Dead”, L7, 1992
8. “You Get What You Give”, New Radicals, 1998
9. “In the Meantime”, Spacehog, 1996
10. “Counting Blue Cars”, Dishwalla, 1996
Taylor Swift is Back on Top of the Hot 100 . . . and Twenty One Pilots Have Their First #1 Album
TWENTY ONE PILOTSearned their first #1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with 146,000 copies of “Blurryface”. There were two other debuts in the Top 10 this week: dance music star ZEDD sold 50,000 copies of “True Colors” in 4th place . . . and JAMIE FOXX moved 36,000 copies of “Hollywood: A Story of a Dozen Roses” at #9.
A couple artists also saw a bump in sales thanks to the “Billboard Music Awards”. Taylor Swift’s “1989″ was up 146% and jumped from #9 last week to #2 this week with 91,000 copies . . . Meghan Trainor’s “Title” jumped from #12 to #5 with a 45% gain . . . and Ed Sheeran’s “x” was up 18%, rising from #13 to #7.
Here are this week’s Top 10 albums . . .
1. NEW: “Blurryface”, Twenty One Pilots . . . 146,000 copies
2. “1989″, Taylor Swift . . . 91,000 copies
3. The “Pitch Perfect 2″ soundtrack . . . 74,000 copies
4. NEW: “True Colors”, Zedd . . . 50,000 copies
5. “Title”, Meghan Trainor . . . 47,000 copies
6. “Just As I Am”, Brantley Gilbert . . . 39,000 copies
7. “x”, Ed Sheeran . . . 38,000 copies
8. The “Furious 7″ soundtrack . . . 36,000 copies
9. NEW: “Hollywood: A Story of a Dozen Roses”, Jamie Foxx . . . 36,000 copies
10. The “Fifty Shades of Grey” soundtrack . . . 35,000 copies
Music News May 26th 2015
Art Garfunkel Says Paul Simon was a “Jerk” for going Solo.
It’s been 45 YEARS since SIMON & GARFUNKEL split . . . and since then, their relationship has been up and down. In a new interview with “The Telegraph”, ART GARFUNKEL says he still can’t understand how PAUL SIMON walked away at the height of their success.
He says, quote, “It was very strange. [It's] nothing I would’ve done . . . I don’t want to say any anti-Paul Simon things, but it seems very perverse to not enjoy the glory and walk away from it instead. Crazy.
“What I would’ve done is take a rest from Paul, because he was getting on my nerves. The jokes had run dry. But a rest of a year was all I needed.”
Then, as if addressing Paul, he adds, quote, “How can you walk away from this lucky place on top of the world, Paul? What’s going on with you, you idiot? How could you let that go, jerk?”
Those last lines came right after Art talked about how he’s felt stuck in the same place for decades, and how he’s basically just waiting around hoping that they will tour together again . . . so it seems more self-deprecating than anything.
B.B. King’s Daughters are Accusing King’s Closest Aid’s of Poisoning Him.
Two B.B. King heirs who’ve been most outspoken about the blues legend’s final days are accusing King’s two closest aides of poisoning him.
Daughters Karen Williams and Patty King allege in documents provided by their lawyer to The Associated Press that King’s business manager, LaVerne Toney, and his personal assistant, Myron Johnson, killed their father.
Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg (FYOU’-den-berg) said Monday that an autopsy was performed Sunday on King’s embalmed body, and test results will take up to eight weeks.
Las Vegas police Lt. Ray Steiber confirmed that homicide detectives are investigating.
Toney and Johnson each declined to comment.
The coroner says King’s body has been returned to a mortuary, and the investigation shouldn’t delay planned memorials this week in Memphis, Tennessee, and Indianola, Mississippi.
Dave Grohl joined Paul McCartney for “I Saw Her Standing There” over the Weekend in London.
You can watch that video right here.
Are These the Top 10 Alternative Albums of the ’90s?
Diffuser.fm put out a list of the “Top 100 Alternative Albums of the ’90s.” They admit that they were loose in their classification of “alternative,” since it has been used to describe anyone from Nirvana to Radiohead to No Doubt.
Here’s the Top 10:
1. “Nevermind”, Nirvana, 1991
2. “OK Computer”, Radiohead, 1997
3. “Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain”, Pavement, 1994
4. “Dookie”, Green Day, 1994
5. “The Downward Spiral”, Nine Inch Nails, 1994
6. “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea”, Neutral Milk Hotel, 1998
7. “Summerteeth”, Wilco, 1999
8. “Siamese Dream”, Smashing Pumpkins, 1993
9. “Odelay”, Beck, 1996
10. “Automatic for the People”, R.E.M., 1991
Music News May 22, 2015
Video of The Who Stopping a Show to Complain About Pot Smoking
THE WHO stopped a show in Long Island on Wednesday to complain about the excessive amount of marijuana smoke that was wafting up to the stage. ROGER DALTREY threatened to end the show early if they didn’t stop.
So, is this a case of some old fogies harshing the vibe? Well, not really.
In the past, Roger has said that while he used to smoke pot, he’s developed a severe allergy to cigarette and marijuana smoke, and it can completely shut down his voice. And now, the crowd is asked not to smoke at Who shows.
Music News May 21, 2015
The “Pitch Perfect 2″ Soundtrack Topped the Albums Chart
The “Pitch Perfect 2″ soundtrack topped the Billboard 200 this week with 107,000 copies. It’s the third soundtrack to hit #1 so far this year, following albums from Fox TV show “Empire” and the movie “Furious 7″.
The only other debut in the Top 10 was from INCUBUS . . . their new EP “Trust Fall (Side A)” sold 40,000 copies in 6th place.
Here are this week’s Top 10 albums . . .
1. NEW: The “Pitch Perfect 2″ soundtrack . . . 107,000 copies
2. “Wilder Mind”, Mumford & Sons . . . 58,000 copies
3. The “Fifty Shades of Grey” soundtrack . . . 48,000 copies
4. “Listen”, David Guetta . . . 43,000 copies
5. The “Furious 7″ soundtrack . . . 41,000 copies
6. NEW: “Trust Fall (Side A)”, Incubus . . . 40,000 copies
7. “Jekyll + Hyde”, Zac Brown Band . . . 39,000 copies
8. “Stages”, Josh Groban . . . 38,000 copies
9. “1989″, Taylor Swift . . . 37,000 copies
10. “In the Lonely Hour”, Sam Smith . . . 36,000 copies
Lynyrd Skynyrd Will Release an All-Star Concert Album with Gregg Allman, Cheap Trick, Peter Frampton, and More
LYNYRD SKYNYRD will release an all-star concert album and DVD on July 24th. It’s called “One More for the Fans”, and it was recorded this past November in Atlanta.
Guest stars include Gregg Allman, Cheap Trick, Peter Frampton, Gov’t Mule, Charlie Daniels, and Alabama, to name a few.
Singer Johnny Van Zant also does a duet on “Travelin’ Man” with the original singer, his late brother Ronnie, thanks to archival video. Their brother Donnie Van Zant from .38 Special is also on the album.
Willie Nelson is Narrating a Documentary About His 90-Year-Old Roadie
WILLIE NELSON has a 90-year-old roadie named Ben Dorcy . . . and the guy’s had an incredible life.
He’s toured with Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline, Kinky Friedman, Jack Ingram, and Jamey Johnson, and he was once a gardener and chauffeur to John Wayne. He was also the first inductee into the Roadie Hall of Fame in 2009.
The two met in the ’60s while on the road with RAY PRICE. Willie was the bass player and Ben was, of course, a roadie.
Willie brought him along when he went solo . . . and Ben was lucky enough to be on the bus during one of the marijuana arrests. Willie told “Rolling Stone”, quote, “He was over there asleep and I think I told them he was dead.”
Willie’s narrating a documentary about him called “King of the Roadies”. Willie’s youngest daughter and his grandnephew are directing it, and there’s a Kickstarter.com campaign hoping to get it finished.
Nickelback is Wanted in Australia for “Crimes Against Music”
NICKELBACK was scheduled to play in Brisbane, Australia last night. But before they could even plug in their amps, a local police department declared them WANTED MEN . . . for “crimes against music.”
Seriously . . . the Queensland Police Service apparently had nothing better to do but Tweet a “Be on the lookout” alert, complete with a comically bad drawing of the band.
They also put it on Facebook, saying, quote, “Police are on the lookout for these men who are believed to be impersonating musicians . . . this evening. Avoid the area. It may be hazardous to your hearing and street cred.”
Music News May 20, 2015
Billy Corgan and Marilyn Manson Talked About Forming a Band with Flavor Flav and Jenna Jameson
MARILYN MANSON and SMASHING PUMPKINS are going on tour this summer, and Marilyn and BILLY CORGAN did a press conference this week to hype it. That’s where we learned that they almost formed a band together in 1997.
It was going to be called FRUITY, after the feeling they got when they took muscle relaxers. And Billy said, quote, “I think there was a fantasy of what it would mean to have a band together, and then everyone we would meet would be in the band.
“Like Flavor Flav was in the band, [porn star] Jenna Jameson was in the band, but then it never happened.”
Yes Bassist Chris Squire Has Leukemia
Longtime YES bassist CHRIS SQUIRE will sit out some upcoming tour dates, because he’s battling leukemia. He’ll be replaced by BILLY SHERWOOD, who’s played with the band before.
Squire says, quote, “This will be the first time since the band formed in 1968 that Yes will have performed live without me. But . . . the show as a whole will deliver the same Yes experience that our fans have come to expect over the years.”
Music News May 19, 2015
B.B. King Public Viewing in Las Vegas Friday
Blues legend B.B. King will be buried in Mississippi, but a public viewing and a private service for family members will be held in Las Vegas before his body is sent home.
King died Thursday at home in Las Vegas at age 89.
His business agent, LaVerne Toney, says the viewing will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday at Palm Mortuary West.
Mortuary manager Matthew Phillips says there won’t be a memorial service during viewing, but people will be able see King’s open casket.
Toney and Phillips say a private family funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at a larger Palm Mortuary chapel in downtown Las Vegas.
Toney says she’s still making arrangements for a funeral and burial next week in Indianola, Mississippi.
Courtney Love releases New Track ‘Miss Narcissist’
Singing in operas, appearing on Empire and touring with Lana Del Rey aren’t the only things Courtney Love has been working on lately. Wavves’ Ghost Ramp label has dropped a new track by the Hole singer called “Miss Narcissist.” Though not much is known about the raucous track, Ghost Ramp will release the new Love song as a seven-inch single backed with unreleased track titled “Radio Killer” in the near future. “Miss Narcissist” is available now as a digital download through the Ghost Ramp store, Stereogum reports.
“Miss Narcissist, come on / Magnificent and obvious / Bless us with your presence / And your paranoia,” Love snarls on the biting, grungy rocker. “Miss Narcissist, she’s a thief / sucks out all the energy.” The single’s artwork, hand-drawn by Love herself, plays on the song’s theme as a nude woman (resembling Love) is shown embracing her own reflection in a cracked mirror.
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Is It On Between David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar?
SAMMY HAGAR has taken some shots at DAVID LEE ROTH and VAN HALEN recently, so it isn’t surprising that Dave would jab back at Sammy when he was asked if he’d sing any of Sammy’s songs on the Van Halen tour.
He said, quote, “Well, there’s a credibility issue there. Good, bad, or in the middle, you know Roth means it, the other guy doesn’t. And that’s why it sold half as well . . . never did better than half. And why would you bring that into the proceedings?
“This hamburger don’t need no helper . . . ain’t no rehearsin’ pants in my closet.”
Music News May 12th 2015
Sia has Released her Version of ‘California Dreamin’’
From reggae-tinged torch songs to Broadway classics, Sia‘s emotive vocals can really handle any kind of music. We were floored to hear the singer would take on the classic 1965 single “California Dreamin’” by folk-rock pioneers The Mamas & the Papas for the upcoming blockbuster flick San Andreas.
Sia’s “California Dreamin’” has a hauntingly gorgeous orchestral opening for the first verse, complete with a choir and everything. It’s all extremely epic and sounds nearly Oscar worthy…until we hit the second verse and a very flat-sounding drum machine and hard-hitting beat are added to the mix, with all those gorgeous orchestral elements getting watered down.
The cover redeems itself a little for the final chorus when the beats are dialed down a bit and Sia begins incorporating the same vocal layering from the original, which makes it such a gripping tune even today.
Paul McCartney Played with the Band at His Stepson’s Graduation Party
PAUL MCCARTNEY played a surprise gig in Winter Park, Florida on Saturday. Sort of. He was at his wife’s son’s graduation party, and decided to sit in for a few songs with the band she’d hired.
One of the band members said, quote, “He had us play a blues progression and he improvised a song about his stepson’s graduation . . . We went through basically the whole catalog of Beatles songs we knew and he really wanted to do ‘I Saw Her Standing There’, but we had never played it.
“Our piano player pulled up a chart off the internet and we just totally winged it. It turned out great.” He added, quote, “[Paul was a] super nice guy . . . He seemed to want to hang out more with us, but his wife wouldn’t have it.
Why is Thom Yorke on the Cover of an Iranian Book About Sexual and Marital Problems?
THOM YORKE from RADIOHEAD showed up in an interesting place: On the cover of an Iranian book called “Marital and Sexual Problems in Men”. (???)
There’s no word how Thom ended up on the cover. It’s probably just a coincidence . . . some book company just saw the image somewhere and thought it fit.
Music News May 11th 2015
Marcus Mumford Thinks It’s Funny When People Tell Him He Sucks
MARCUS MUMFORD has had a lot of people tell him that MUMFORD & SONS is terrible . . . and he thinks that’s hilarious. (???)
He tells Britain’s “Sun” tabloid, quote, “One weird kid came up to me in a guitar shop in New York. He was very strange and knocking stuff over. He stood in the doorway and shouted, ‘Mumford and Sons [effing] suck.’
“Then he turned away and ran. Weird.
“Another time, I was at a gig when a guy came up to me and said: ‘I just want you to know that I [effing] hate your music. It’s repulsive.’ So I said, ‘OK cool, thank you for your opinion.’ He then added, ‘You seem like a nice guy, but your music, it just disgusts me.’
“I don’t think people are brave enough to say it to our faces most of the time . . . when people do, I find it very funny.”
The Darkness Landed on a New Drummer, Roger Taylor’s son Rufus.
Rufus Taylor, the son of legendary QUEEN drummer Roger Taylor, has been named new drummer of British rockers THE DARKNESS.
Taylor‘s hiring comes just days after THE DARKNESS announced the departure of drummer Emily Davies in a Facebook post.
Rufus made his debut with THE DARKNESS at the Gibson release party for the band’s upcoming album, “Last Of Our Kind”, in London on April 24.
THE DARKNESS guitarist Dan Hawkins confirmed the replacement in an interview with Real Radio XS on April 25. He said (hear audio below): “We already have someone, and we actually played our first show with him last night. The ‘drummist’ will be known as Rufus Taylor, son of Roger Taylor.”
THE DARKNESS‘s fourth album, “Last Of Our Kind”, will be released on June 1 in partnership with Kobalt Label Services. The CD was penned in Ireland and was produced by Dan Hawkins.