The Foo Fighters frontman ‘ who has daughters Violet, four, and 22-month-old Harper with wife Jordyn ‘ revealed his spouse was understanding of his wish to record the group’s new album ‘Wasting Light’ in their home because his work is all he thinks about. He said: ‘My wife has been really cool about me recording the album here. There were 25 people at my house every day.
‘She understands that it’s my job. But more than that, it’s the one thing I do. I don’t do anything else. I don’t go hiking or have hobbies or sports or friends. I just do this.’
The ‘Rope’ singer believes working on the album in his house – with guitarists Chris Shiflett and Pat Smear, bassist Nate Mendel and drummer Taylor Hawkins – had an impact on how it sounds, and he will be reminded of the experience whenever he hears the record back.
He explained to UK Elle magazine: ‘Studio memories are really vivid and they last forever. So when I hear a song on the radio that we’ve made, I remember that day, I remember what I was wearing, what I ate.
‘Making the album here in this house, that was part of the concept. The experience dictates what the music sounds like, so rather than it being some cold mechanical process that ends up like a sheet of paper in a book, it’s more like a real experience that comes through in the way you play guitar or sing.
‘When I listen to any of the stuff here, I remember things like the day my daughter took the splicing tape and tied all the door knobs together.’
Foo Fighters will headline the NME Awards Big Gig 2011. Following the news that Dave Grohl has been awarded the prestigious NME Godlike Genius Award, NME is excited and proud to announce that Foo Fighters will headline the NME Awards Big Gig 2011 at Wembley Arena on Friday February 25th. Thousands of Foo fans will enjoy a triumphant set, in what will be their first arena gig of 2011. As well as the classics, fans will be treated to previously unheard material from the band’s hotly anticipated new studio album. Commenting on the Godlike Genius Award commemorated by the Foo Fighters’ headline slot on this amazing evening, Dave Grohl said: ‘ don’t think I’m godlike or a genius. It’s flattering. It’s a nice thing to be acknowledged for doing something you love to do… In truth I don’t consider it a body of work because I don’t consider it work.’ Joining Foo Fighters for this unique one-night-only event will be the greatest voice in American music today, Cee Lo Green. Having set the internet alight in 2010 with ‘F*** You’, one of the year’s most controversial and popular singles, and his critically lauded album ‘Lady Killer’, Cee Lo Green is sure to pull out all the stops for the NME Awards 2011 Big Gig. Cee Lo commented: ”m so excited man, any Cee Lo show is good, but Cee Lo and Foo Fighters, it’s going to be off the hook.’ Tickets for the NME Awards 2011 Big Gig go on sale exclusively from www.nme.com/tickets on Wednesday 19th January at 9am, before remaining tickets go on general sale on Friday 21st January at 9am. Ticket price is £40 (plus booking fee), which includes a free copy of a 100-page special NME Dave Grohl magazine worth £4.99.
New York Dolls to release ‘Dancing Backwards in High Heels’. Blast Records is proud to announce the signing of the legendary NEW YORK DOLLS and the release of their fifth full-length album, “Dancing Backward in High Heels”, released in the UK on Monday 14th March 2011, followed by a full pan-European release on Friday 18th March 2011. The follow-up to 2009′s “Cause I Sez So” was recorded in September 2010 at Blast Recording Studios in Newcastle, England with producer Jason Hill (Louis XIV/The Killers). The album features original NYD members, David Johansen (vocals) and Sylvain Sylvain (guitar) with Brian Delaney (drums), Jason Hill (bass) and original Blondie guitarist Frank Infante. The CD will be packaged with a bonus DVD filmed during the recording of the album, incorporating previously unseen footage and “live” audio tracks from the bands three sold-out performances at The Cluny venue in Newcastle, on September 4th, 5th and 6th 2010.
‘We are thrilled to be able to announce this second London show’ says Thin Lizzy Guitarist Scott Gorham, ‘the response to the new line Thin Lizzy lineup and demand for tickets has been amazing. To make the IndigO2 show special we will switch the set around and play stuff not in the regular tour set list…….together with all the classics that HAVE to be in every Lizzy show! We can’t wait to see you all in January’ In addition Thin Lizzy has added a special guest act (in addition to the already announced Supersuckers) to the following shows on their forthcoming 2011 tour.
FM will guest at London Hammersmith HMV Apollo – January 22nd.
The Union will guest at
Glasgow Academy ‘ January 7th
Newcastle City Hall ‘ January 8th
Wolverhampton Civic Hall ‘ January 14th
Manchester Apollo ‘ January 15th
London IndigO2 ‘ January 23rd
Uriah Heep start work on 23rd album. Uriah Heep have gone into the studio to record their 23rd studio album and the first to contain all new material since 2008′s Wake the Sleeper. Recording is being done at Liscombe Park Studios in Buckinghamshire, England and the band is aiming to for a release sometime in 2011. The band’s output has been spotty over the last twelve years. In 1998, they released Sonic Origami with a lineup that included original members Bernie Shaw and Mick Box along with Phil Lanzon (joined in 1986), Trevor Boulder (1976 to 1981 and 1983 to present) and Lee Kerslake (1971 to 1979 and 1981 to 2007). Kerslake was replaced by Russell Gilbrook in 2007 and the group released their first studio album in ten years with Wake the Sleeper. They followed it in 2009 with Celebration which contained rerecorded versions of a number of their classics plus two new tracks. The group also recently released a new live album, Official Bootleg Volume II: Live in Budapest, Hungary 2010, recorded at their May 4, 2010 performance at Petofi Hall. The band said the following about the album: “There are going to be many more recordings from around the world, as this will be an ongoing series, giving fans the chance to hear the band in many different countries. “These recordings are true official bootlegs in every sense and they reflect that nights performance as it happened, totally untouched. You can almost feel that you are at the concert, so put the CD on, turn it up loud, close your eyes and enjoy a night in Budapest with Uriah Heep.”
Kropp Circle is a super-charged pop-rock band out of Las Vegas and possibly the best new youth band in America. Kropp Circle comprises three over-achieving musical brothers who write their own songs based on their life experiences—and although one could argue that they’ve lived a short slice of life—their songs prove they are paying attention. With their eyes wide open and their minds engaged, displaying skill and pathos beyond their years, Kropp Circle has a voice, has something to say, and says it with conviction. Join the circle and listen. Kropp circle is an American pop band, consisting of the three brothers Sebastian (17)-guitar, Remington-piano (16), and Emerson-drums (13). On November 16th, 2009 they released 3 songs on Amazon: “Feel”, “Who we really are” and “Fade Away”. Kropp Circle are featured on Radio Disney, a nominee for Disney N.B.T. (Next Big Thing) and also known in the UK for being “one of the top 5 Finalists in both the Rock and Pop categories of the prestigious Peoples Music Awards”. The three Brothers were influenced by artists like Stevens, INXS, Coldplay, Hanson, Rob Thomas and Jason Mraz. After attending a Hanson concert the three brothers decided to form a band.
From a spark to a revolution, Greenthief is a 3-piece alternative rock band that has crashed the indie scenester party with a unique blend of psychedelic rock. Spreading their word with recent frequent trips up and down the East coast of Australia, the band has broken sound barriers and state lines while enchanting audiences with a sound akin to a lovechild of Jeff Buckley and Trent Reznor. Officially formed as a three-piece in late 2008, Greenthief personnel are not as fresh faced as they appear, having formed or played in many well-established groups on the Brisbane scene including Sunflower, Pink Bullet, New Manic Spree, Rachel Brady, 1989, as well as The Queensland Orchestra. The collective experience channeled into Greenthief is evident both musically as well as in the explosive live performances the band is becoming notorious for, which have so far claimed 7 innocent lives. Not just a display of pure physicality, Greenthief live is a fusion of raw musical talent working towards creating the richly textured song arrangements the band is known for. Greenthief is currently promoting their debut EP, Anicca- A diverse collection of 6 songs that will take you sailing into an uncharted land. If their music were a date movie it would be Iron Man in that there is the boom and explosion to satisfy the chest beating alpha male and the smooth timely one liners from Robert Downey to satisfy the ladies. Greenthief are a band that are still early in their career but have the work ethic and care to fill the alternative rock void that exists in mainstream music. – Sharon Friel (Faster and Louder)
Julian Schweitzer (vox, guitar)
Gwen Warnick (bass, bk vox)
Steve Tyssen (drums)
Elton John and Leon Russell collaboration first listen. Songs from the upcoming Leon Russell and Elton John collaboration `The Union` have started hitting the web. Two tracks, ‘I Should Have Sent Roses’ and and the first single ‘If It Wasn’t For The Bad’ have been released online via the Elton John Corporation. ‘The Union’ was recorded live in the studio and covers multiple music genres like gospel, soul, country, pop and rock. It was produced by T-Bone Burnett. The album marks a unique collabo ation with the two musicians who met when Leon attended Elton’s show at the Troubadour in Los Angeles in 1970. “In the late ’60s and early ’70s, the one piano player and vocalist who influenced me more than anybody else was Leon Russell,” Elton said in a statement. “He was my idol.” The pair toured together soon after but then lost touch for decades. “Elton called to ask if I would do a duet album with him,” Russell said. “I’m very happy that he chose me to do this.” The duelling piano players will perform together on November 3, 2010 at the Hollywood Palladium. ‘The Union’ album will be released on October 19.
Jeremy William Smith wasn’t one of those kids who sang into a hairbrush in front of the mirror dreaming of being a famous pop star. “I never planned on being a singer,” he says. “My mom made me take piano lessons when I was in first grade and at first I hated it. But then I just fell in love with it and it’s been a constant thing in my life ever since.” Thank goodness for persistent parents. Jeremy is now the frontman and chief songwriting force behind Days Difference, a young quartet from Virginia Beach, VA, who are gearing up to release their self-titled debut album — a breezy collection of pop gems that showcases the melody-minded songwriting, expressive vocals, and dynamic piano sound of 21-year-old Jeremy. Jeremy formed Days Difference in May 2004 with his 23-year-old brother Jonathan on drums and another set of brothers, 22-year-old Micah and 23-year-old Jeremiah Ricks, who play bass and guitar, respectively. The siblings met when Jeremy and Jonathan filled in for a no-show pianist and drummer at a high school concert that Micah and Jeremiah were performing. “We jammed it out onstage and the chemistry and connection we had together was incredible,” Jeremy recalls. “We knew it was special and that we had to do something together.” Fully committed to giving the band a shot by May of 2006, Days Difference spent several years honing their propulsive pop sound by opening for artists such as Paramore, Lifehouse, Third Eye Blind, Jack’s Mannequin, and Yellowcard when those artists came through Virginia Beach. In 2007, they released an independent album, Numbers, then embarked on a nationwide tour, in which everything that could have gone wrong did: a tire on their trailer fell off, a show was canceled when the promoter got hit by a car, Jonathan got a concussion playing soccer, Micah broke his collarbone playing football, and they received a $500 parking ticket to top it all off. “I never really believed the whole ‘earn your keep’ thing, but we’ve really paid our dues,” Jeremy says. The tour may have been grueling, but “it taught us a lot,” Jeremy says. “We really grew as a band and as friends. We had some tough times, but we never doubted ourselves.” You can hear that confidence and camaraderie in the songs on their debut album, an all-killer, no filler set that brims with fresh-faced enthusiasm and the wide-ranging talent of this young group of musicians. To help bring out their best, the band’s team enlisted several veteran co-writers and producers, including Wayne Wilkins (Beyoncé, Natasha Bedingfield), Andrew Frampton (Natasha Bedingfield, Kylie Minogue), Stefanie Ridel Fair (Fergie, Pussycat Dolls), Michael Smidi Smith (Pussycat Dolls, Tupac), and Tim Myers, former bassist for OneRepublic. Myers and Jeremy co-wrote four key tracks “Radio Song,” the touching ballad “Imperfections,” and the radio-ready “Falling Into You” and “Magnetized.” The first single “Are You Happy?” produced and co-written by Jimmy Harry and Jeremy Smith hits radio in early September. “From the second we worked together, Tim and I saw eye to eye on everything, including the way the melodies and lyrics were supposed to sound,” Jeremy says. “It’s almost as if he were my musical twin, but better. As far as co-writing, I just wanted to create the best songs possible. Great songs make great bands, and if you don’t have great songs, then there’s really no point in releasing an album. We wanted to make an album of hit singles — with great lyrics, great melodies, and great hooks. If you strike that chord with every song, people will connect with you better.” Certainly the folks at Universal Motown saw the potential in Days Difference and their ability to connect with a wide audience. The band signed to the label a mere 24 hours after playing a well-attended industry showcase in June 2008. Disney has also climbed aboard, casting Jeremy, Jonathan, Micah, and Jeremiah as members of Miley Cyrus’s backing band in the big-screen version of Hannah Montana: The Movie, which hits theaters in April. Jeremy, for one, can’t wait to get things going. “I’m excited to go around the country and meet people and play for them,” he says. “I love music and I figure that when you love something and you’re able to share it with others, it’s inspiring. As a band, we want to have a positive effect on people and influence them in a good way. What better way than to pursue your dreams and do what you really love?” In 2009, Days Difference spent the summer touring with the Plain White T’s, All Time low, We the Kings, and Cartel. They ended the year playing with Owl City. “We really had a blast sharing the stage with such great acts and honestly, touring is our passion. We want to be in front of as many people as we can for as many nights as possible,” says drummer Jonathan Smith. The beginning of 2010 has already included several shows with Selena Gomez and a sold out Popcon show with Justin Bieber. This spring they are touring with Jordin Sparks and Kate Voegele. Their first single “Sunrise” is at radio now.
Days Difference was released Fall 2009 on Universal Motown Records.
You can see them at:
25.May.2010 13:00 Private Event TBA, VA
03.Jun.2010 20:00 Starland Ballroom w/ Jordin Sparks & Kate Voegele Sayreville, NJ
04.Jun.2010 20:00 Northern Lights w/ Jordin Sparks & Kate Voegele Clifton Park, NY
08.Jun.2010 20:00 Palace Theater w/ Jordin Sparks & Kate Voegele Greensburg, PA
10.Jun.2010 20:00 Nokia Theatre w/ Jordin Sparks & Kate Voegele New York, NY
11.Jun.2010 20:00 Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom w/ Jordin Sparks & Kate Voegele Hampton, NH
12.Jun.2010 19:00 Webster Hall w/ Jordin Sparks & Kate Voegele Hartford, Connecticu, US
13.Jun.2010 20:00 House of Blues Boston w/ Jordin Sparks & Kate Voegele Boston, MA
15.Jun.2010 20:00 20th Century w/ Jordin Sparks Cincinnati, OH
16.Jun.2010 20:00 Royal Oak Music Hall w/ Jordin Sparks Detroit, MI
17.Jun.2010 20:00 House of Blues w/ Jordin Sparks Cleveland, OH
19.Jun.2010 20:00 The Norva w/ Jordin Sparks Norfolk, VA
20.Jun.2010 20:00 The Filmore w/ Jordin Sparks Charlotte, NC
22.Jun.2010 20:00 Revoluion w/ Jordin Sparks Fort Lauderdale, FL
23.Jun.2010 20:00 House of Blues w/ Jordin Sparks Orlando, FL
28.Jun.2010 20:00 House of Blues w/ Jordin Sparks Houston, TX
29.Jun.2010 20:00 House of Blues w/ Jordin Sparks Dallas, TX
01.Jul.2010 20:00 Marquee w/ Jordin Sparks Tempe, AZ
02.Jul.2010 20:00 The Grove of Anaheim w/ Jordin Sparks Anaheim, CA
03.Jul.2010 20:00 Knitting Factory w/ Jordin Sparks Reno, NV
05.Jul.2010 20:00 The Showbox at the Market w/ Jordin Sparks Seattle, WA
06.Jul.2010 20:00 Roseland Theater w/ Jordin Sparks Portland, OR
08.Jul.2010 20:00 House of Blues w/ Jordin Sparks San Diego, CA
09.Jul.2010 20:00 Club Nokia w/ Jordin Sparks Los Angeles, CA
10.Jul.2010 20:00 The Regency Ballroom w/ Jordin Sparks San Francisco, CA
12.Jul.2010 20:00 Ogden Theater w/ Jordin Sparks Denver, CO
14.Jul.2010 20:00 Beaumont Club w/ Jordin Sparks Kansas City, MO
16.Jul.2010 20:00 First Avenue w/ Jordin Sparks Minneapolis, MN
17.Jul.2010 20:00 House of Blues w/ Jordin Sparks Chicago, IL
18.Jul.2010 20:00 TLA (Theatre of the Living Arts) w/ Jordin Sparks Philadelphia, PA
The Slits announce European dates. The Slits known for their infusion of punk and reggae sounds are one of the most significant female punk-rock bands in history. Both legendary and somewhat notorious there is a satiric, tongue-in-cheek quality to their songs instead of a strident peachiness. The Slits are loud, brash, bold and unrepentant. They never compromised their image or stance and their very presence threatened those that considered rock to be a male-only pursuit. In the late 1970’s an early 1980’s the band toured with legendary punks such as The Clash, The Buzzcocks and The Sex Pistols. They went on to influence many generations of bands including The Gossip and Sonic Youth whom they played with in 2007. The Slits continue to expand the boundaries of punk, combining it with various ethnic and experimental sounds and plan to continue doing so for years to come. Their latest album Trapped Animal was released October 2009. The current lineup features original members Ari Up and Tessa Pollitt along with Hollie Cook (daughter of Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook), Anna Schulte and Adele Wilson.
European Tour dates May, 2010:
6/5 Dublin Crawdaddy Ireland
7/5 Manchester Moho Live UK
8/5 Newcastle The Cluny UK
9/5 Glasgow ABC2 UK
10/5 Liverpool The Loft UK
11/5 London Islington Academy UK
12/5 Oxford Academy 2 UK
13/5 Brighton The Great Escape UK
14/5 Utrecht Ekko Holland
15/5 Groningen Vera Holland
16/5 Copenhagen Loppen Denmark
18/5 Stockholm Strand Sweeden
20/5 Berlin White Trash Germany
21/5 Koln MTC Germany
22/5 Turin Spazio Italy
23/5 Rome Roads to Ruins Festival Italy
25/5 Athens Venue TBC Greece
27/5 Paris Café Le Dance France
28/5 Barcelona Primavera Spain
New rock music channel LAVA launches 29 March 2010 on SKY 378, providing a platform for young rock and indie musicians. This is the latest venture from Mushroom TV, the production company behind Channel AKA (formerly Channel U), who are aiming to repeat the success of AKA within a new genre. LAVA will cover all rock sub-genres from Heavy Metal & Punk Rock to Grunge, Indie Rock and & Nu Metal and features unsigned acts from around the UK such as Deaf Havana, You Me At Six and Enter Shikari alongside classic and brand new Rock music. The motivation behind the launch is to uncover unsigned talent from the rock scene, before anyone else. Channel AKA helped to launch the careers of triple award winners and platinum selling Grime artists N-Dubz; Number 1 artist Tinchy Stryder; MOBO winner Chipmunk, and Mercury prize winner and Number 1 artist Dizzee Rascal to name but a few. AKA has been the first and only station to broadcast many up & coming Grime artists on music television, offering an opportunity to build a UK-wide fan base and to help bring them to the attention of record labels and artist management. AKA has also given many presenters a starting point for their future success, before he joined MTV to host the British version of Pimp My Ride, Tim Westwood had a show on Channel AKA, Radio 1 D.J’s Ace & Vis begun their media journey by hosting The Illout Show and MTV’s Scottie B had his TV debut with The Channel U Christmas Special. The Channel AKA and Lava formats allow the viewer to be in full control of the play list via a voting system, meaning that you only have to see the videos that you want to see.