The Who makes the most of 12 minutes on the TV event of the year
At first Roger Daltrey didn’t want to play the Super Bowl at all. And Pete Townshend considered pulling out after they’d signed on.
But The Who took the stage in Miami after all, with Townshend dressed as a subway busker and Daltrey an English dandy, both singing live and loud. Not the best Who concert ever, but they certainly didn’t sink to the level of Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons of KISS hawking cherry Dr. Pepper in a Super Bowl commercial.
But The Who acquitted themselves in a fun performance
Steven Tyler's Led Zeppelin Audition
According to guitarist Joe Perry, Tyler was called in for the aborted Led Zep reunion attempted by Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham in 2008. Though Robert Plant refused to be involved, the remaining band-members spent several months under the illusion that they could replace him. Their talks with singer Myles Kennedy are well documented, but Perry claims Tyler also staggered into the Zeppelin practice room. "It's something I've never talked about before," Perry told The Pulse of Radio. "It's a kind of window into how hard it's been to keep the [Aerosmith] partnership together."
"Steven disappeared and I called around. Somebody said he was in London trying out for Led Zeppelin." The rehearsals, Perry said, were "shambolic" – and Tyler didn't even seem familiar with the Led Zeppelin catalogue. The ill-fated New Led Zep decided to pass. "Page felt really awkward about the audition, but ultimately it was a group decision."
With Tyler in rehab for an addiction to painkillers, Aerosmith may also pass on their long-time singer. Tyler has threatened to sue, but Perry maintains that Aersomith are considering replacements. "You've gotta think outside the box," he said. The band's new singer could even be a woman. "[There were female singers in] a lot of the bands I was in before [Aerosmith] ... It was really good – a lot of great songs. So that's definitely a possibility."
Pete Wentz Leaves Fall Out Boy?
every day for the past 7 years of my life i woke up with a purpose. i felt driven. my eyelids forced awake. this was all that kept me going. when i lost that. i lost part of me. i went off the deep end a bit. i guess maybe i was the biggest fan and just felt despair. i was self destructive. i was mean to the people around me. i was confused. i felt lost. i isolated myself. i gave up. i cant believe the universe isnt working because this is exactly when i was delivered the most important drive of my life bronx. i know that i am supposed to be doing what i am because he came at the exact time to pull me out of that. every day i work to be a better person. more patient. listen more, talk less. let go of feuds. let go of resentment. not to say hes not with me and were working harder on clandestine and decaydance than ever before. were about to launch two new angels and kings. writing some songs with my buddy mark hoppus. thats not to say count me out. im gonna jump back in. i just know that i have to be patient and wait for the right idea. i cant just jump the gun and do whatever. letting go of this giant part of my life has been hard. but i am convinced i will find something new that sparks me in a similar way. this is not a vacation. but i want to be back on tour having my son watch me from the side of stage and that will happen- when i find the right magnet.
acta est fabula
i dont know the future of fall out boy. its embarrassing to say one thing and then have the future dictate another. as far as i know fall out boy is on break. (no one wants to say the “h” word). as much as i dont have a solo project, i also cant predict that id ever play in fall out boy again. not due to personal relationships as much as a band we grew apart. in this statement id like to include there is the possibility that fob will play again with out me or i will be a part of it when everyone is on the same page. it is no ones fault and there is no animosity about the decision. i felt as fans you deserve to know. there is no singular reason for this. the side projects or bands are supported by all members of the band. i am the single biggest fan of fob and if this is our legacy than so be it. i am proud of it.
AC/DC v U2
AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson has lashed out at charity work done by Bono and Bob Geldof, saying they should do it in private. DO YOU AGREE?
In his only Australian interview, the outspoken singer said he and his Grammy-winning band prefer to help in private with no press conferences.
"I do it myself, I don't tell everybody I'm doing it," Johnson said.
"I don't tell everybody they should give money - they can't afford it.
"When I was a working man I didn't want to go to a concert for some bastard to talk down to me that I should be thinking of some kid in Africa.
"I'm sorry mate, do it yourself, spend some of your own money and get it done. It just makes me angry. I become all tyrannical."
Johnson said AC/DC's aversion to playing at charity events goes back to turning down a slot at 1985's Live Aid.
"Bob Geldof is a canny lad. He did what he thought was right at the time but it didn't work," he said. "The money didn't go to poor people. It makes me mad when people try to use politics or charity for publicity.
"Do a charity gig, fair enough, but not on worldwide television."
With the band's Australian tour - their first since 2001 - starting in Melbourne next week, Johnson also shot down reports that he was contemplating retirement.
"Of course I don't want to retire," he said. "But I'm telling you if the body or the voice packs in there's nothing I can do. Pride is what it is. You don't want to let yourself, the band or the fans down. I'll go on as long as I can.
"Thankfully the old tubes have held up. They've got a little bluesier, that just happens with life. I'm 62 now and I know it. And I've got another birthday coming, which is a bit of a bugger but what better way to get old?"
Buddy Holly, Morrissey and the sound of silence
Buddy Holly's plane went down 51 years ago today, and
sadly, the song that's a tribute to that day gets far more airplay than Holly's
own brilliant music. But in case you missed it, the Des Moines Register
did an amazing package a
year ago for the 50th anniversary. Check it out.
The last known photo of Buddy Holly, taken Feb. 1, 1959
A book publisher has posted an open letter, pleading with Morrissey to write his memoirs.
Fans have launched an online petition to persuade Neil Young to release his lost classic album, "Time Fades Away." Right now it's available only on ancient vinyl, unless you know the right places to download the remastered-yet-unreleased CD version from the '90s.
The sound of silence: Nearly every songwriter I've interviewed, including Don Henley, Lyle Lovett and Steve Earle, cited the need for silence to hone their craft and get in touch with their art. Here's an interesting article on why we all need some silence in our everyday lives.
Finally, can you have too much Avett Brothers? I don't think so.
T Bone Burnett gets a nod, as does a Wes Anderson movie
In the wake of the unsettling new practice of 10 nominees for best picture, Oscar fans might have missed a couple of great music picks in the Academy Award nominees.
T Bone Burnett and Ryan Bingham got a nomination for "The Weary Kind," a key song in the Jeff Bridges movie "Crazy Heart." Randy Newman is competing against himself, with his songs "Almost There and "Down in New Orleans" also nominated for best original songs (from "The Princess and the Frog").
Under original score, "Fantastic Mr. Fox" got a nomination. In December director Wes Anderson talked to us about how he chooses music for his films.
Best of luck to all the nominees.
Pete Townshend's child pornography charges come back to haunt him
Avril Lavigne and Jimi Hendrix spring new songs on the world
Avril Lavigne is making the most of her American Idol appearance this week, springing a new song on Ryan Seacrest's radio show the next day. Jimi Hendrix's people have also previewed the title cut from the new album "Valley of Neptune." One doubts many people will be buying both of these new songs at the same time.
The Avril song is called "Alice" and you'll likely be hearing a lot of it, as it's tied in to the Tim Burton/Johnny Depp version of "Alice in Wonderland" that's coming out in March.
March is when the new Hendrix album comes out as well, and fans will be pleased. As we previously noted, the cover art draws from one of Hendrix's own paintings from high school. What we didn't know at the time is that the photo used on the cover was shot by Linda McCartney.
Experience Hendrix's John McDermott gave some insight: