Foo Fighters Play 'Last Show For A Long Time,' Closing Reading Festival 2012
Eighteen years ago in Seattle, Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl decided to form a new band after the death of singer Kurt Cobain. Today, the Foo Fighters are regarded as one of the greatest (and one of the most seismologically intense) rock bands of the new millennium.
But on Sunday, Grohl told the crowd at the 2012 Reading Festival that the performance marked the Foo Fighters' "last show for a long time."
"Well, well, well. The f--king Reading festival. You guys [realize] we've got a lot of songs to play. It's the last show of the tour and it's the last show for a long time," Grohl said, according to NME. SCROLL FOR VIDEO
He went on to dedicate "These Days" to former Nirvana bandmates, Cobain and Krist Novoselic, telling the audience, "I'd like to dedicate this song to a couple of people who couldn't be here tonight. This one's for Krist and this one's for Kurt.''
The Foo Fighters' frontman might have been in a particularly nostalgic mood, since Sunday marked the 20-year anniversary of Nirvana's headlining performance at the Reading Festival in 1992, according to LoudWire. It was the last show the band ever played in England.
Novoselic wrote a piece for Seattle Weekly back in 2009, before the release of "Nirvana: Live at Reading."
"I think the show was such a success because of the audience," Novoselic wrote about the 1992 performance. "They gave so much that it was easy to swat it back. The best moment is the crowd sing-a-long to 'Lithium.'"
Grohl channeled the crowd's energy on Sunday when he got the audience to sing "Happy Birthday" to his mother, according to NME. "In 1992 when Nirvana played here, the last show we ever played in England, you sang happy birthday to my mom. Here's your chance," he said. The crowd responded.
Despite Grohl saying that Reading marked the Foo Fighters' "last show," the band has some dates lined up next month, CBS News notes. They are set to appear at Rock the Vote in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 5, as well as at the Music Midtown Festival in Atlanta on Sept. 21 and the DeLuna Fest in Pensacola Beach, Fla, on Sept. 22. WATCH: Foo Fighters perform at the Reading Festival.
BARONESS CANCEL REMAINING 2012 TOUR DATES, OFFER UPDATE ON BAND MEMBER INJURIES
Earlier this month, the members of Baroness survived a horrific tour bus crash outside of Bath, England, as they were en route to Southampton for their next show. A majority of the group suffered serious injuries in the crash, which put all promotional activities on hold. Now comes word that the group is calling off the remainder of their touring for the rest of 2012.
The accident itself was pretty scary as the band’s vehicle plummeted 30 feet over a viaduct, with firefighters on the scene eventually having to rescue several of the passengers inside. Singer John Baizley broke his left arm and left leg in the incident, while drummer Allen Blickle and bassist Matt Maggioni each had fractured vertebrae resulting from the impact of the crash.
Pete Adams remained the one member who escaped relatively unscathed, as he was treated and released. Adams was allowed to return home ahead of the rest of the band. Just last week, the band tweeted a photofrom the hospital expressing their thanks for all the support they’ve received from fans.
Now there’s more from the band, who issued a statement on their Facebook page announcing the tour cancellation and updating the statuses of their members. It reads:
John Baizley has been released from hospital. Allen and Matt have arrived back in the United States.
All remaining 2012 tour dates are canceled.
Thank you for all of the continued support.
Our best wishes go out to Baroness through the recovery process and hopes remain for a healthy 2013 and return to music.
IN THIS MOMENT Singer Performs With SHINEDOWN In Holmdel
Maria Brink from IN THIS MOMENTperforming the song "Devour" with SHINEDOWN on August 24 at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey can be seen below.
SHINEDOWN and IN THIS MOMENT are taking part in this summer's edition of the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival. The third annual rock extravaganza — which boasts a main stage lineup that also includesGODSMACK, PAPA ROACH and STAIND — got underway on August 17 at the Cricket Wireless Amphitheater in Bonner Springs, Kansas, and continues through September.
SHINEDOWN's new album, "Amaryllis" debuted atop Billboard's "Rock Albums" chart and at #4 overall on The Billboard 200 — SHINEDOWN's biggest chart debut thus far — with over 105,000 units sold its first week out.
IN THIS MOMENT's new album, "Blood", was once again produced byKevin Churko, who has previously worked with OZZY OSBOURNE andFIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, among others.
NONPOINT: New Album Details Revealed
NONPOINT will release its new, self-titled album on October 9 via Razor & Tie. The CD was produced/mixed by Grammy-nominated producerJohnny K (DISTURBED, STAIND, MEGADETH) and features additional production and mixing from Brian Virtue (30 SECONDS TO MARS,CHEVELLE).
"Nonpoint" features 12 of the most raw and real songs of their 15-year career with unique, uncompromising, and undeniable hard rock on their self-titled ninth studio album and first for Razor & Tie. Weathering lineup changes, label shifts, and other trials and tribulations, founding membersElias Soriano (vocals) and Robb Rivera (drums) regrouped with fresh blood — Dave Lizzio (guitar), Adam Wolosyzn (bass), and Rasheed Thomas (guitar) — and captured pure fire this time around.
"Nonpoint" pre-order bundles are also available now at Nonpoint.com. The bundles include a variety of t-shirts and jersey designs as well as the full album and digital download.
NONPOINT is currently on the road for a headline tour that will run through November. The band recently wrapped a summer run with CALL ME NO ONE.
Soriano explains the new album, "We wanted this record to be a punch in the face. There was a lot of stuff I wanted to artistically vent about. It's a fresh start for us. We felt like having a self-titled record says it all. We hit the reset button, and there's life again. You can hear it musically. We're not going anywhere."
"This album is the beginning of a brand new chapter in the world ofNONPOINT... rejuvenated and full of positivity," adds Rivera. "Elias has written his most personal lyrics yet that shows the signs of endurance this band has had in our 15-year career."
The band opened up the floodgates to the new album by unleashing one of its heaviest tracks, "I Said It", as a free download on their web site this summer and the fans responded with overwhelming enthusiasm, welcoming the onslaught. The first official single, "Left For You", is for sale now oniTunes and is closing in on the top 25 already at active rock radio.
"Nonpoint" track listing:
01. Lights, Camera, Action
02. The Way I See Things
03. I Said It
04. Left For You
05. International Crisis
06. Another Mistake
07. That Day
08. Pandora's Box
09. Go Time
10. Independence Day
Green Day Premieres “Stay the Night” During “Secret Show” at Reading Festival
Fans who attended the U.K.’s Reading Festival on Saturday got their first listen to another new track from Green Day’s upcoming album trilogy, ¡Uno!, ¡Dos! and ¡Tré!
For weeks before the event, NME reported that rumors were swirling that the band would show up at the festival unannounced and perform their entire 1994 album, Dookie. Less than an hour before the band hit the stage at the event, frontman Billie Joe Armstrong took to his Twitter account to reveal that they would indeed be playing a “secret show” in a tent on the festival grounds. He tweeted, “Green day - READING FESTIVAL CONFIRMED!! On stage in 45 minutes! In the NME / RADIO 1 tent. 11am!! Be there!”
During their set, the band played “Stay the Night,” which will be featured on ¡Uno!Footage of the performance can be seen on YouTube. ¡Uno! is set to arrive in stores on September 25, while ¡Dos! and ¡Tré! are slated for release on November 13, 2012 and January 15, 2013, respectively.
Slash Recalls Finding Mom Naked with David Bowie
Bad enough to walk in on your naked mom when you're a kid, but Slash reveals that when he was eight years old, he discovered his mother naked with David Bowie.
In an interview with Australian radio station Triple M in Adelaide, the former Guns N’ Roses guitarist says his mother, Ola Hudson, was a costume designer who worked with Bowie in the mid-70s during the singer’s Thin White Duke period and on the film The Man Who Fell to Earth.
Slash recalls, Bowie “was always over -– they were always together. I caught them naked once. They had a lot of stuff going on, but my perspective was limited. Looking back on it, I know exactly what was going on. When I look back on that whole combination of people, I can only imagine how freaky it was.”
Ola Hudson passed away in 2009.
SLASH: 'An Intimate Portrait' Book Due In October
Coming this October is "Slash: An Intimate Portrait", a new 144-page hardcover book by Richard Bienstock, with photography by Robert Knight.
GUNS N' ROSES' 1987 debut, "Appetite For Destruction", is eighteen times platinum, has sold over twenty-eight million copies, and launched the career of modern guitar god Slash. Over the past twenty-five years,Slash's cool stage presence, gloriously unkempt hair, iconic top hat, and soulful guitar virtuosity has been the epitome of contemporary hard rock."Slash: An Intimate Portrait" takes you beyond the glitz and mystique, to reveal the warmth, charm, and humility of one of popular music's most revered rockers.
In addition to his cherished work with GN'R, Slash's journey spans working with Michael Jackson, Fergie, Iggy Pop, Lenny Kravitz, the supergroupVELVET REVOLVER, and releasing two critically acclaimed solo albums.Robert Knight's photographs in "Slash: An Intimate Portrait" trace significant milestones over twenty years in Slash's career, showing him onstage, in the studio, and at home. Knight's talent for capturing the true essence of his subject is on full display: candid, dramatic, and often funny. These photos take us beyond the big hair, the big hat, and the huge guitar riffs to underscore the larger-than-life personality and genuine enthusiasm that have made Slash one of rock's most recognizable figures for more than three decades. With over one hundred arresting and never-before-published color and black-and-white photos, and warmly candid insights from Slash himself, this fascinating book frames a real and complete perspective of today's most iconic guitarist.
"Slash: An Intimate Portrait" features an entertaining and insightful foreword by close friend and legend in his own right, THE ROLLING STONES guitarist Ronnie Wood, and a witty and thoughtful preface from AEROSMITH's Joe Perry. The book also has revelatory text by noted rock scribe Richard Bienstock.
"Slash: An Intimate Portrait" is a treat for guitar heads, rock buffs, and pop music fans. Plus, it will be released just in time to visually complement an upcoming special edition of Slash's highly regarded sophomore solo record, "Apocalyptic Love".
The Smashing Pumpkins Reveal North American Tour Dates
The Smashing Pumpkins have announced the dates of their upcoming North American tour to further promote their latest album, Oceania. The U.S. trek will begin on October 10 at the Comcast Arena in Seattle and will make stops in Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston and Brooklyn, among other cities.
As previously reported, the tour will feature the band performing Oceania in its entirety, along with classics and deep cuts from their catalog. The outing will also include some unique visual effects created by Sean Evans, who worked with ex-Pink Floydbassist/singer Roger Waters on his recent tour of The Wall.
A limited amount of VIP packages are now available which include a Q&A session and three-song backstage performance with the band, an autographed limited edition tour poster, and exclusive merchandise. Head over to SmashingPumpkins.com for more information.
Here are the tour dates:
10/10 -- Seattle, WA, Comcast Arena
10/12 -- San Francisco, CA, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
10/13 -- San Diego, CA, Viejas Arena
10/14 -- Los Angeles, CA, Gibson Ampitheatre
10/18 -- St. Louis, MO, Chaifetz Arena
10/19 -- Chicago, IL, Allstate Arena
10/20 -- Minneapolis, MN, Roy Wilkens Auditorium
10/23 -- Detroit, MI, Palace of Auburn Hills
10/25 -- Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre
10/27 -- Boston, MA, Agganis Arena
10/28 -- Montreal, QC, Bell Centre
10/31 -- Brooklyn, NY, Barclays Arena
11/2 -- Camden, NJ, Susquehanna Bank Center
11/3 -- Fairfax, VA, Patriot Center
11/4 -- Hartford, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
Former Smashing Pumpkins Guitarist Iha Announces North American Tour Dates
James Iha is ready to hit the road to promote his first solo album in 14 years, Look to the Sky. The former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist has just announced a handful of tour dates, which kick off on October 4 in Boston and make stops in New York, Hoboken, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.
After giving fans a taste of Look to the Sky by unveiling the video for “To Who Knows Where” last month, Iha has now posted a stream of another single, “Speed of Love,” at PasteMagazine.com.
“When I first started writing, I felt like a lot of the songs were similar to my previous solo album, and I really wanted the new one to be different and more reflective of my musical tastes,” Iha tells the magazine. “I wanted it to be more electric so I changed the sonic palette.”
Here are the tour dates:
October 4 -- Boston, MA, The Church of Boston
October 5 -- New York, NY, Mercury Lounge
October 6 -- Hoboken, NJ, Maxwell's
October 7 -- Philadelphia, PA, World Café Live
October 8 -- Washington, D.C., U Street
Korn's Munky Shaffer Says Mudvayne’s Martinie “Doing a Great Job” Filling In for Fieldy on Bass
It appears that Korn is enjoying working with Ryan Martinie. For the last few weeks of their European tour, the Mudvayne bassist has been filling in for the band’s founding member and bassist Reginald Arvizu, a.k.a. Fieldy, who is expecting the birth of his second child this month.
“It’s really hard to replace anybody in this band,” guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer tellsTravel in Rock Music. “It was a short list of people that…could do it. There was about four of five people and Ryan was one of them. He’s doing a great job and being a pro and it turned out to be a good situation for everybody.”
Once Korn completes their final European leg, they'll get a break before hitting the high seas with Godsmack, Five Finger Death Punch, P.O.D. and Sevendust on the ShipRocked 2012 cruise, which takes place from November 27-December 1.