Scalping crisis so bad that artists are getting in on the action?
i read conspiracy theories about how this was some cash-grab i orchestrated. i read that there are 50,000 seats at msg (i think our show will have 13k). i read that people had already bought flights, hotels. wanted to bring their kids. waited in the cold. i read that some people thought this was one of the reasons we were calling it quits (check). i read that this was a media stunt we planned. i read veryfunny comments from my friend aziz, one of which was taken seriously (that msg had given me 30,000 tickets personally for guest list). i read that i was giving all the tickets to my “new celebrity friends” (aziz is about the closest thing i have to a “celebrity friend”, and we met at terminal 5 watching hot chip when we were, well, not very “celebrated”). i read that we should cancel the show and put the tickets up on sale in a better fashion. i read that we should not do that, for fuck’s sake. i read that we should go fuck ourselves.
i read a lot of stuff, waiting to hear if we could get another night at msg, which seemed like the only option. but it failed. then i kind of sat in my house, trying not to worry for 20 minutes, and made a very, very good coffee.
i don’t know what people think about us, really. i’d love to say i don’t care, but i do. these people in my band—they are my very good friends. i love them very much. i love this band very much. everything about it. i’m very proud of it—of us
LCD dealt with the situation honorably and imaginatively, but the whole affair led to very important questions being asked about how tickets are sold to concerts in this country, and how that affects audiences, artists, and everyone else who benefits from the business of live performance. An excellent article appeared on Slate today, reporting that artists are implicated in the side business of "re-selling"—more than you might imagine.
You should read the whole piece, but an excerpt follows after the jump:
New York Dolls join Poison and Motley Crue on summer tour
Bret Michaels has confirmed months of speculation about legendary 1980s hair-metal bands Poison and Motley Crue going on tour together.
Michaels announced plans for the massive U.S. trek in November, but Motley Crue's Tommy Lee denied that a tour was in the works.
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Now, the two bands have agreed to team up for a string of dates. And Michaels, who said iconic glam rockers the New York Dolls will support them on tour, is ecstatic about the collaborative gigs to mark their joint anniversaries.
He tells CNN talk-show host Piers Morgan, "Huge, it's coming, are you ready? All that stuff I talked about is coming. It will be the tour of the summer. That's what the promoters are calling it, that's what I'm calling it.
"It will be Poison's 25th anniversary tour along with Motley Crue's 30th anniversary tour and a very special guest will be coming with us on the road. Poison and Motley Crue have never toured together. It will be the rock tour of the summer. The New York Dolls (are the special guests). They're a great band and it will be their 40th anniversary."
"Little Miss Sunshine" Oscar nominees return with thrilling pop/rock
There's nothing like being at home for members of DeVotchKa. So it's a bit sobering to discover that success has kept the band, including frontman Nick Urata, far away from their Colorado homes.
An Oscar nomination for the score for "Little Miss Sunshine" in 2006 took DeVotchKa quite suddenly into the big leagues, with world tours, huge festival audiences and plenty of new film work awaiting in Los Angeles. Their follow-up 2008 album, "A Mad and Faithful Telling," more than delivered on the promise of their early work. The latest album, "100 Lovers," is in stores now. It's a taut piece, with 10 tight songs and two musical interludes. The semi-title cut, "One Hundred Other Lovers," is an infectious piece of pop that should be an instant radio hit.
Urata and bandmates Tom Hagerman, Shawn King and Jeanie Schroder were joined by members of Calexico and more as they recorded "100 Lovers" in Tucson, Arizona, just as that state was becoming ground zero for the immigration debate and violent political rhetoric.
Urata, back in Denver briefly for a hometown live show before the release of "100 Lovers," spoke about the band's ride and the work that went into the new disc.The band also found time to participate in "The Music of Neil Young" where they and bands like Dinosaur Jr. interpreted Young songs, from the classic to the obscure, at Carnegie Hall.
Kinks reunion without Dave Davies?
Ray Davies is considering re-forming the Kinks without his estranged brother, according to a new interview. Tired of waiting for Dave Davies to warm to a reunion tour, Ray suggested that he and some of the group's other alumni may go it alone. "We'll do it without him if we have to," Ray said. "The music is the issue."
It is almost 15 years since the Kinks disbanded – and the Davies brothers are still feuding. "I'm a little more based on planet Earth than certain other members of my family," Ray said in a new interview with Q. Dave, who founded the Kinks with Pete Quaife in 1963, has opposed a reunion: it would be like "a bad remake of Night of the Living Dead" he said in 2008.
But Ray has pushed forward with numerous Kinks schemes, re-recording hits as duets and with a choir. After the death of Quaife last year, he tried to reconcile with Dave for a memorial performance. "Even the mafia get together and make up when someone dies," Ray told Uncut at the time. Dave has called such projects "karaoke Kinks". "I can understand what [Dave's] trying to say," Ray conceded this week. "I think it's a reference to comebacks in general."
At the moment, Ray is more concerned with a bullet-wound he suffered in 2004 while chasing a bag-snatcher in New Orleans. "To put it politely, I don't think [the wound] was handled very well at the time," he told Q (via Contact Music). "Partly because the hospital was busy, and partly due to the nature of the wound." In November, Ray was forced to cancel four gigs due to complications from the injury. "It's been pretty bad, actually," he said. "I got quite sick before Christmas from residue that is still in the leg and which formed a clot. It made me quite ill and I was hospitalised for a bit."
Ray Davies curates this year's Meltdown festival at the Southbank Centre in London in June.
A: They both won Oscars last night!
Everyone's talking about how boring and bad the Oscar ceremony was last night, and who are we to disagree? Two highlights, however, came when two pop musicians, Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails and Randy Newman of Randy Newman walked home with golden statues—Reznor (and Atticus Finch) for their score to The Social Network, Newman for his song "We Belong Together' from Toy Story 3.
Randy Newman picked up the award for Best Original Song at the 2011 Academy Award ceremony for his composition of We Belong Together which featured in Toy Story 3. The songwriter was in a self-deprecating mood as he collected his 2nd award in 20 nominations; highlighting the inconsistency in category nominations as he did.
“Cinematography has five. What? They couldn’t find a fifth song?” he asked with tongue firmly planted in cheek. A grateful Newman delivered the punch line added that if there had been a fifth contender they’d most certainly have beaten him.
Whilst reporters frantically huddled around a composed Newman after the awards were over he told them that he thought the song was “not the most consequential” piece he’d ever written and that he felt that his music for previous films such as A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2 andAwakenings had much more impact on the movie’s atmosphere.
“Last year I knew I wouldn’t win,” Newman offered as he rightly predicted a win for T Bone Burnett and Ryan Bingham. “This time I thought I might have a chance. I still didn’t prepare!”
Toy Story 3 picked up the award for Best Animated Feature Oscar along with Newman’s Best Song award.
Elsewhere in music Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross collected the Best Original Score award for their collaboration on the soundtrack to The Social Network. Reznor was more hmble in his acceptance speech than Newman however.
“Wow. Is this really happening?” Quizzed an astounded Reznor.
“When we finished work on ‘The Social Network,’ we were very proud of our work and happy to just be involved in this film, and to be standing up here in this company is humbling and flattering beyond words.”
Later during post award interviews Reznor was quick to praise David Fincher’s vision in defining how he wanted the score to sound, citing Vangelis’ atmospheric and iconic sounding Blade Runner soundtrack as a point of influence.
“A side of my music with Nine Inch Nails was going instrumental so it was not a huge leap or stretch to try this,” said Reznor on his first foray into the world of movie scores. “The biggest challenge was working with a picture. David Fincher knew exactly what he wanted. It was one of the best experiences of my life from start to finish.”
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75% of the Monkees Reunite Again
Their fans may have thought reunions were only true in fairytales, meant for someone else, but not for them. But those who have kept the faith will be delighted to hear that 1960s pop group the Monkees, spawned from the television programme of the same name, are back.
The band, originally created for the hit show the Monkees, which charted the experiences of four young men in their quest to become rock'n'roll stars, are reforming to celebrate their 45th anniversary.
For the first time in 12 years the TV band – whose hits include Daydream Believer, I'm a Believer and Last Train to Clarksville – will perform 10 gigs in Britain, kicking off on 12 May at the Liverpool Echo Arena and including a performance at the Royal Albert Hall, in London.
Three of the original Monkees, Americans Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork and Briton Davy Jones, will brave aching knees and dodgy backs for the performances, but Michael Nesmith – who went on to create his own business and became a producer and novelist – will not take part in the tour.
After originally being created in 1966 by writer and producer Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider for the television series, which aired from 1966 to 1968 before re-running extensively in the 1980s, the Monkees gained credibility by taking supervisory control over all their collective musical work.
The show won two Emmy awards in 1967 and propelled its four stars to pop stardom. John Lennon called them "the Marx brothers of rock", but in 1967, The Monkees outsold both the Beatles and the Rolling Stones combined, and went on to sell 50m records.
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