In their first onstage reunion in seven years, all three members of Sleater-Kinney joined Pearl Jam in Portland, Oregon last Friday for a rendition of Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World.” Since the band split in 2006, musicians Carrie Brownstein, Corin Tucker and Janet Weiss have all been busy with various projects. Check out video of the reunion here!
Lita Ford and Cherie Currie are nest known as two members of the ’70s all-female rock group The Runaways. They have reunited for a Christmas single and the two say they’ve got more in the works.
Ford and Currie recorded “Rock This Christmas Down.” It’s the first time the two have recorded together since Currie left The Runaways in 1977. The track is available for digital download today.
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Currie was the lead singer and Ford the lead guitarist for The Runaways, which recorded four albums between 1976 and 1978. The group’s best-known songs included “Cherry Bomb” and “Queens of Noise.” The band’s story was also the subject of a film starring Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning.
Ford admitted that she and Currie weren’t close during the Runaways years.
She said: “I was close with the other girls in the band, and Cherie was close with Joan Jett. We never really bonded. Now we’re both moms. We’ve both gone through years of trials and tribulations of rock ‘n’ roll. We’ve been married and divorced. We have a lot in common.”
The two have continued working together since recording the Christmas single. They’d even like their collaborations to lead to a reunion of The Runaways. That decision is really in Joan Jett’s hands and she has said she’s not interested. Regardless, Ford and Currie plan to continue working together.
Ford said: “There’s an energy that I got from being back with Cherie, being next to her. It feels good, it feels right, and it’s definitely hot.”
A new batch of Freddie Mercury’s lost songs could soon be released and one track includes a duet with Michael Jackson!
Brian May and Roger Taylor confirmed that undiscovered tracks recorded by the Mercury, include 1983 collaborations with MJ and are being finished by the band.
May said: “There’s more in there than we thought, in the Queen source archive. I’m a little nervous of saying there’s an album there, but there’s certainly a few tracks. We’ve found some Freddie vocals, some demos.”
“We thought we’d exhausted everything that was around and could be worked on. But since then a number of things have come to light from various sources that we’d just plain forgotten about, including the stuff with Freddie and Michael Jackson.”
Roger Taylor said: “They’ve been hanging around for years and years and Michael’s estate haven’t really been able to make their mind up about what to do with them. So we suggested we finish them and see. They’re pretty good, one of them is great.”
Mercury and MJ worked together 30 years ago but never released anything after they couldn’t find the time to record.
More details will be announced soon.
Zac Brown bumped into Dave Grohl while picking up some altered clothes for the Grammy Awards and they instantly bonded over their love of analog recording gear. The new led to Zac Brown Band’s newest release: “The Grohl Sessions Vol. 1.”
The four-song EP drops December 10th on iTunes. It’s the first of two planned releases produced by Grohl. The second volume will come next year, along with physical releases, including vinyl and a documentary.
Grohl traveled to Nashville this month after a begging session from Brown. They recorded four songs together in a week at the band’s analog studio. They performed one of those cuts, “Day for the Dead,” on the Country Music Association Awards. The EP will include two other original songs and a cover of The Wood Brothers’ “The Muse.”
Brown said Grohl wasn’t familiar with the band when they met.
He said: “I don’t know how I tricked him into working with us, but it’s really cool. Listeners just know we’ve had some songs on country radio. And while we’ve got a great foothold in country music, that doesn’t encompass everything we do. Dave Grohl’s street credit and the energy that was brought into these recording sessions, it’s a big deal for us. I feel like it’s kind of the tipping point.”
This might be the coolest thing you’ll see today.
It’s a mash-up with Slayer’s “South of Heaven” and Marvin Gaye’s “Heard It Through The Grapevine”.
The dudes from Wax Audio know how to do it up! Watch:
Dave Grohl shared some details on the new Fighters record.
He said: “It’s badass. We’re doing something that nobody knows about, it’s rad. We begin recording soon, but we’re doing it in a way that no one’s done before and we’re writing the album in a way that I don’t think has been done before.”
More details will be announced later.
Louise Harrison is the sister of late-Beatle George Harrison. She’s living in a modest home in Missouri alone. The 82-year-old lives alone and has been cut-off from Harrison’s will. She still has to work as a manager of a Beatles tribute band.
Louise Harrison also claims she’s not bitter that she was cut off from a $2,000 monthly pension after Harrison died from cancer in 2001.
Harrison was worth more than $300 million when he died, but his sister is struggling to get by. Her brother lived in a 120-room Victorian mansion outside London, which he left to his wife Olivia and son Dhani.
She had been given a $2,000 a month pension by her brother for tax reasons in 1980 to help her get by, but she found herself cut off by her brother’s estate almost a year to the day he died. She wasn’t given a reason why, but Louise knows that if her brother was still alive she would be getting the money.
She says she doesn’t have any blame for anyone and was brought up as a Harrison and to be self-reliant.
Louise moved to Illinois with her Scottish mining engineer husband and had two children in the late 50s. At the same time, George met Paul McCartney and they joined a band named The Quarrymen, which was one of the first names The Beatles tried out. Louise took it upon herself to visit every small-town DJ she could and asked them to play her “kid brother’s band’s” songs. “From Me To You” got played on a local Illinois radio station in 1963 and it’s the first known example of The Beatles getting airplay in the United States. She still has letters from Beatles manager Brian Epstein, who expressed gratitude for how she helped them break into America.
The brother and sister spent the 60s and the 70s very close, but George distanced himself from her in the mid-90s because he disapproved of the conversion of her old home into a “Beatles bed-and-breakfast” that she called “A Hard Day’s Night.”
When George was dying in a hospital in New York, they reunited. They parted with what she calls a “Harrison hug.”
When Trent Reznor heard that a Nine Inch Nails fan was unable to attend NIN’s show in Las Vegas on November 16 because he is battling stage four colon cancer, Reznor picked up his phone and FaceTimed the fan live on stage. He even got the crowd to chant his name and dedicating a song to him.
The US Festival (US is an acronym for “Unite Us In Song”) held on Memorial Day of 1983 was a massive three-day celebration of music and culture sponsored by Steve Wozniak, formerly of Apple Computer. Wozniak financed the entire thing himself (approx. 10 million dollars), and his motivation quoted as “to throw a big party in the middle of nowhere” is quite an understatement. This festival was a follow up to 1982 Labor Day inaugural Us Festival events. The festivals were intended to be the celebration of evolving technologies; a marriage of music, computers, television and people.”
US Festival 1983: Days 1 – 3 On iTunes Now, DVD Coming December 3rd just in time for a stocking stuffer hook up!
US Festival 1983 is directed by award winning filmmaker and music biographer Glenn Aveni and includes insight from Mark Goodman, one of the original VJ’s that covered the Us Festival in 1983 for the newly launched MTV Channel.
US Festival 1983 Days 1 – 3 are available on iTunes for $9.99 each.
INXS – ‘The One Thing’
DIVINYLS – ‘Boys in Town’
ENGLISH BEAT – ‘Jeanette’
STRAY CATS – ‘Rock This Town’
Stray Cats – ‘Please Make Up Your Mind’
MEN AT WORK – ‘It’s A Mistake’
Men At Work – ‘Who Can It Be Now’
THE CLASH – ‘Should I Stay or Should I Go’
JUDAS PRIEST – ‘Breaking The Law’
Judas Priest – ‘You’ve Got Another Thing Comin”
TRIUMPH – ‘Magic Power’
Triumph – ‘Fight The Good Fight’
Triumph – ‘Lay It On The Line’
Triumph – ‘A World Of Fantasy’
SCORPIONS – ‘The Zoo’
Scorpions – ‘Can’t Get Enough’
BERLIN – ‘Sex’
QUARTERFLASH – ‘Find Another Fool’
U2 – ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’
U2 – ‘The Electric Co.’
MISSING PERSONS – ‘Words’
STEVIE NICKS – ‘Stand Back’
Stevie Nicks – ‘Outside The Rain’
Bob Dylan’s 1965 classic “Like a Rolling Stone,” was named the greatest song of all time by Rolling Stone and it finally has an official video. The clip is interactive and lets viewers flip through 16 television channels as a variety of television personalities lip-sync the lyrics.
The stations you can flip through include a cooking show, The Price Is Right, Pawn Stars, local news, a tennis match, a children’s cartoon, BBC News and a live video of Dylan and the Hawks playing “Like a Rolling Stone” in 1966.