Ah, Prince. Whether he’s changing his name to a symbol, scrawling slogans on his face, threatening to sue his fans, or publicly daydreaming about a world in which no one is allowed to cover his songs, he’s always good for a provocative quote or two.
His latest interview, with the UK’s Guardian, didn’t disappoint.
Even if he were simply one of the most critically revered songwriters of the rock era, Brian Wilson’s life story would be ripe for the film treatment. Toss in decades of eccentric behavior and lawsuits, and you’ve got yourself one heck of a biopic.
At least, that seems to be the thinking over at River Road Entertainment, the production company behind Terrence Malick’s ‘The Tree of Life,’ where Oren Moverman — the writer and director behind the Oscar-nominated ‘The Messenger’ — has been hired to write the screenplay.
You’ll have to wait until September to hear Wilco’s new album, ‘The Whole Love,’ but you can get a taste right now because the band released its new single, ‘I Might,’ over the weekend.
Timed to coincide with the return of the Solid Sound Fest — the Wilco-curated festival that takes place in Massachussetts — ‘I Might’ went on sale at the show, which featured a lineup that included Levon Helm, The Autumn Defense, The Handsome Family…and, of course, Wilco.
They burst out of the gate with a multiplatinum debut and a pair of top 40 singles, but then a not-so-funny thing happened to the Spin Doctors on the way to rock ‘n’ roll fame.
Actually, a series of unfortunate events befell the band, which enjoyed two of the most successful singles of the early ’90s in ‘Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong’ and ‘Two Princes’ — they ended the decade not only without a record deal, but without lead singer Chris Barron, who was diagnosed with a rare form of vocal paralysis that left him unable to sing or speak.
Since starting out four decades ago, the Eagles have notched six number one albums, six Grammys, five number one singles, and sold more than 120 million albums. How do you celebrate your 40th anniversary after enjoying so much success?
The upcoming, as-yet untitled set, which will be the band’s 15th studio album in 42 years, is currently being recorded with executive producer Rick Rubin, who’s also serving as a band advisor in his capacity as president of their label, American Recordings.
Why EA, you ask? The partnership came about because another track from the album – which will be made available for free download on July 25 – is being featured on EA Sports’ ‘NHL 12.’ An unusual tie-in, perhaps, but when your band has been away for the better part of a decade, you’ve got to try and make a splash.
Speaking during a recent interview with Wave 100, Priest vocalist Rob Halford and guitarists Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner talked about the current state of the band – specifically, the injection of fresh energy they’re feeling now that Faulkner has replaced departing founding member K.K. Downing.
For the first time since being rushed to a Mississippi hospital for the emergency surgery that resulted in the partial amputation of one of his legs, guitarist Leslie West has spoken publicly about his ordeal — and fittingly enough, he did it on Howard Stern’s show.
Stern has never been shy about proclaiming West his favorite rock guitarist, and their friendship has produced countless hours of entertaining radio banter over the years, but this week’s appearance was something different. Although Stern’s show is only available to SiriusXM subscribers, you can listen to a clip from his appearance below.
The band isn’t stopping its vault-purging there, either – Rolling Stone reports that there are also plans for a deluxe edition of U2′s ‘Achtung’ follow-up, ‘Zooropa,’ all part of a wider campaign that will see the songs repackaged in a number of formats.
The group, christened SuperHeavy, is planning a September release for their debut album. No specific date has been set, and they haven’t announced a title, but they have plenty of material to choose from; during their first week together, they wrote more than 20 songs, and they’re filming a video for the lead-off single, titled ‘Miracle Worker.’
In fact, it looks like the upcoming deluxe reissue — consisting of four CDs and a DVD — will include everything but a scrap of flannel from Kurt Cobain’s wardrobe. Though the set’s final track listing is as yet unknown — and, given the fact that there’s already an entire box of Nirvana rarities on the market, it seems likely that those extra discs will include some previously released material — at least one report indicates that the DVD will boast a concert making its first appearance from the vaults.
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