Inception star sings Nirvana in Seattle
"Bad As Me" released today online, album coming Oct. 25
Waits made a hilarious video to preview snippets of the songs, which sound like some of his most accessible, fan-friendly music since the brilliant "Mule Variations" album.
Full track listing:
02. Raised Right Men
03. Talking At The Same Time
04. Get Lost
05. Face To The Highway
06. Pay Me
07. Back In The Crowd
08. Bad As Me
09. Kiss Me
11. Last Leaf
12. Hell Broke Luce
13. New Year's Eve
Tragedy strikes Pukkelpop Festival in Hasselt, Belgium
On Thursday (August 18) at approximately 6:30 p.m., the festival and campground in Kiewit, Belgium, near the town of Hasselt roughly 50 miles east of Brussels, was hit with a massive rain and hailstorm that damaged three stages (The Chateau Tent, Boiler Room and Wablieft Tent) and the festival's infrastructure as trees fell and debris swirled about.
Ambulances and cranes were called to the scene for help. The injured were brought to the Hasselt hospital, others to the Kiewit Sports complex for treatment. One festivalgoer said the cell phone network was completely jammed adding to the confusion.
The A.P. reported that officials said at a joint press conference on Friday with Hilde Claes, the mayor Hasselt and festival organizer Chokri Mahassin that meteorologists did not predict a storm of that intensity. "I have seen many tropical storms, Mahassine said, "but this was unprecedented."
Belgian Prime Minister Yves Leterme offered condolences to the families of the victims and said authorities would continue to provide assistance in caring for the injured.
The city of Hasselt has issued an emergency information number 011-32-11-23 97 11.This year's Pukkelpop was scheduled to run Aug 18-20. It is Belgium's largest alternative music festival with over 220 acts playing on eight stages with an attendance of 60,000. The Foo Fighters, Eminem and the Offpsring were set to headline on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, respectively; acts confirmed for Thursday included Thirty Seconds to Mars, James Blake, Explosions in the Sky and Panic! at the Disco. This year's festival was sold out.
The Pukkelpop stage collapse is the latest of at least three other similar accidents to occur this summer at outdoor concerts. In July, the stage at the Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest fell while the band Cheap Trick was on stage; on August 8 a lighting rig fell before a Flaming Lips gig in Tulsa, Oklahoma; and this past Sunday, five were killed at the Indiana State Fair when wind brought down the stage before the band Sugarland was set to perform. The rash of stage collapses this summer has led to many in the industry to call for greater regulation.
Pukkelpop is in deep mourning. We truly sympathise with the families and friends of the victims.
Words are not enough. We have struggled with the decision to continue the festival. Therefore we have decided to cancel Pukkelpop 2011.
What has happened is very exceptional and could not have been predicted. We are deeply moved by all the spontaneous support the festival goers and the organisation have received.
We call on all Pukkelpoppers to return home calmly. Extra buses and trains have been organised to bring everybody home.
Undoubtedly many of you have many practical questions. That is why we ask you to direct them to email@example.com.
We ask everyone to understand that this decision was extremely difficult to make.
'80s pop metal dudes have their day in the sun
The city of West Hollywood has declared today Motley Crue Day in Weho. The heavy metal band that "helped re-establish the Sunset Strip as one of the top music destinations in the world," says SSMF Executive Director Todd Steadman, will receive the 2011 Elmer Valentine Award at a ceremony this evening at the House of Blues. The invitation-only event kicks off the fourth annual Sunset Strip Music Festival, a three-day celebration of music held along the iconic 1.6 mile stretch of Sunset Boulevard.
What might have been the band's final album kicks off a new era
Pat Monahan and his band mates in Train were ready to hang it up. After a string of hit albums and songs like “Drops of Jupiter” and “Meet Virginia,” they weren’t sure if they worked as a band anymore. They put the band on hold while Monahan made a 2007 solo album, then reconvened to figure out if Train meant anything to them 15 years after they formed.
The result was 2009’s “Save Me San Francisco,” with the catchy “Hey, Soul Sister,” which quickly became the band’s most popular song (and made history in Australia by being the most-played song in radio history there). The album has now been re-released with yet another hit song, “Marry Me,” added to it.
Monahan, born in Erie, PA, moved to San Francisco in the ‘90s when the band formed and most recently relocated to Seattle. San Francisco and New York City remain his musical touchstones, however. He’s seeing both this year as a co-headlining tour with Maroon 5 sells out amphitheatres across the nation.
An early date at Red Rocks in Denver found Monahan in a reflective mood, sharing a dressing room with band mates Scott Underwood and Jimmy Stafford. He’d spent the afternoon in athletic gear, running up and down the stairs of the amphitheatre – no easy feat at 6,400 feet above sea level.
MSN: You’re still having the career other bands can’t seem to get anymore – you’re on the radio, selling CDs, and selling out concerts, things that acts were once able to take for granted.
Monahan: “When you said it’s what we all took for granted, having that traditional career, that was exactly why we needed to take a hiatus. We really were taking things for granted, including each other in the band. I don’t think we were being led by the right team, the right chemistry…we had people who were great but not great for us. … me writing and recording a solo album, even though success as far as units sold didn’t come to the solo project, was definitely the best thing to happen to the band. We really woke up. We needed to look at the value of Train and what’s great about each other as opposed to what’s wrong with each other."
"Miracle Worker" video out today
Former lead singer of Warrant found dead in suburban motel
The singer had a history of alcohol-related arrests. He was taken into custody in June 2009 for reporting crashing into a parked car. He pleaded no contest to misdemeanor DUI and was put on probation for three years.
A year later, he was arrested for a similar incident that landed him in jail for 120 days.
Lane (born John Kennedy Oswald) also served as the lyricist and main songwriter for Warrant. He joined the band in 1986, two years after its formation by guitarist Erik Turner.
The band is probably best known for their single “Cherry Pie,” which Lane wrote. The song, a top 10 hit in 1990, featured a guitar solo by C.C. Devilleof Poison, Jani’s longtime friend and bandmate of Bret Michaels, who tweeted his condolences to Lane's family after the news broke.
Lane also wrote several other hits for the group, including “Heaven,” “Down Boys” and “Sometimes She Cries” from their debut album, Dirty Rotten Filty Stinking Rich, and “I Saw Red” and “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” from the group’s second album, Cherry Pie.
He left Warrant three times over the years, including the most recent, in 2008.
He was featured on VH1’s Celebrity Fit Club 2 in 2005 and last year toured with Great White, filling in for singer Jack Russell, who was recovering from surgery.
Hundreds of independent labels, bands affected
Now a campaign has been launched to help labels affected, with theLabelLove website set up to allows music fans to donate money to the cause. People can also email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out about other ways to help out. Dan Salter, one of the campaign organisers, said: "We've been amazingly inundated with offers of help and support on this idea, and we are going to concentrate on trying to organise a series of live events to help this cause. Based on the offers we've had already, this is looking likely."
The Twitter account @_label_love_ has been set up to keep followers updated with the latest news while the hashtag #labellove is being used by music fans to voice support. Musician Dan Le Sac used it to tweet: "I'd sell a kidney for independent music, without passionate people doing it for love, I would still be behind the counter of HMV. #labellove"
Sean Adams, who founded the website Drowned in Sound, has compiled a spreadsheet of the artists distributed by Pias. He aims to open this up to hackers in the hope they can build tools using the data to encourage fans to buy music on the labels affected. Adams said: "I imagine there are some life-changing labels, who've bravely put out records that have shaped our music scene, who may struggle over the coming weeks and months. The idea [to compile the spreadsheet] came because I couldn't find one place with links to all the labels' websites and I thought it'd be cool to look at all those amazing labels' catalogues, and perhaps link it with Last.fm to see which acts it recommends or to create a video jukebox or do something amazing with SoundCloud players."
The full list of labels distributed by Pias after the jump:
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