Archive for August 24th, 2009

Tour Tracker: AFI, Butthole Surfers and Dead Man’s Bones

August 24th, 2009
Photo: Shearer/WireImage AFI embark on a jaunt in support of their September 29th new album Crash Love, the original lineup of the Butthole Surfers reunite for a trek featuring shows with the Melvins, Built to Spill and Peaches, and Dead Man’s Bones, the duo featuring actor Ryan Gosling, prep for their first headlining journey. Full dates for all three tours, after the jump. AFI Oct. 2 - Minneapolis, MN @ Epic Center Oct. 4 - Columbus, OH @ Newport ...

Warrant Reveals Jackson Likely Died After Dose of Propofol; Coroner Declares Death Homicide

August 24th, 2009
Photo: AFP/Getty Though Michael Jackson’s toxicology report remains sealed, an unsealed search warrant from the raid of Jackson’s personal physician Dr. Conrad Murray’s Houston offices reveals how investigators believe Jackson died on June 25th. According to the Los Angeles Times, a fatal dosage of the powerful sedative Propofol, along with two other sedatives, likely caused Jackson to suffer sudden cardiac arrest, ultimately causing the King of Pop’s death at the age of 50. According to the ...

“Grace” Remembered: 15 Years Since Jeff Buckley’s Masterpiece

August 24th, 2009
Yesterday, August 23rd, marked the 15th anniversary of Jeff Buckley’s classic debut — which is also sadly his last album. Grace, named by Rolling Stone as one of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, remains a beacon of its era thanks in large part to the hit “Last Goodbye” and Buckley’s cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” which posthumously topped the singles chart and was named by RS as one of the 500 Greatest Songs ...

Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash and Miles Davis: Photos by Don Hunstein

August 24th, 2009
Photograph by Don Hunstein courtesy of the RockArchive.com As the photographer for Columbia Records, Don Hunstein had a front-row seat for some of rock’s most iconic moments — in fact, he shot them. As an exhibit of his legendary photos begins in London (at Islington’s Rockarchive Gallery), Rolling Stone looks back at memorable image of Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash and Miles Davis, complete with commentary from Hunstein. Check it out here: • Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash ...

Readers’ Rock List: The Beatles

August 24th, 2009
Photo: © Apple Corps Ltd 2009 To celebrate the upcoming Fab Four remasters and The Beatles: Rock Band, as well as the Beatles’ record 33rd time on the cover of Rolling Stone, we asked our readers to tell us their favorite songs by the band we called “The Greatest Artist of All Time.” After tallying the votes, our readers declared that the band’s epic Sgt. Pepper’s closer “A Day in the Life” is superior to other ...

Kiss Announce “Alive 35 ” Tour, Promise “Master’s Class In Rock”

August 24th, 2009
Photo: Morgan/WireImage Kiss will hit up Detroit Rock City to kick off their 35th anniversary tour, dubbed “Kiss Alive 35.” The Gods of Thunder will play two concerts at Motor City’s Cobo Arena, the venue where the band recorded their classic Alive! live album in 1975. To mark the occasion, Kiss will perform Alive! in its entirety at the Cobo shows, as well as their greatest hits and songs off their upcoming album Sonic Boom, out ...

Cameron Crowe’s Video for Pearl Jam’s “The Fixer” Premieres

August 24th, 2009
In May, Pearl Jam played a secret show at Seattle’s Showbox in anticipation of their new album Backspacer. Now, the result of that surreptitious concert has been revealed in the Cameron Crowe-directed video for the new LP’s first single “The Fixer.” Making use of large video screens simultaneously projecting the band performing and the audience, “The Fixer” is reminiscent of other old-school in-concert Pearl Jam videos like “Alive” and “Evenflow,” with Crowe’s free-wheeling cameras adding ...

Jay-Z and Drake Take MCs to Task Over Timbaland’s “Off That” Beat

August 24th, 2009
Photo: Milgrim/FilmMagic “Off That,” a track from Jay-Z’s upcoming The Blueprint 3, leaked this weekend, per Nah Right. Featuring up-and-comer Drake on the chorus and boosted by a Cybotron-flavored electro beat courtesy of Timbaland, “Off That” finds Jigga rapping about being hip-hop’s main innovator, and by the time the rest of the rap game catches up to what he’s doing, he’s already “off that.” “This is the blueprint, follow this,” Jay-Z tells other rappers. Among the ...

Nine Inch Nails Perform Full “Downward Spiral” as Wave Goodbye Tour Gets Underway

August 24th, 2009
Photograph by Matthew Drazin Nine Inch Nails began their Wave Goodbye tour with a pair of small venue concerts in New York City this weekend, performing Saturday at the Bowery Ballroom and last night at Webster Hall. Yesterday’s performance was especially noteworthy as Trent Reznor and Co. played their entire 1994 classic The Downward Spiral from start to finish, plus nearly a dozen more of NIN’s greatest hits. As Rock Daily previously reported, these 11 shows ...

Amy Winehouse Returns to the Stage With the Specials at V Fest

August 24th, 2009
Photo: Ryan/AP Photo Amy Winehouse made a surprise appearance at this weekend’s V Festival in the U.K., taking the stage with ska legends the Specials during their set to perform a medley of the band’s hits. Winehouse’s performance at V marked the first time the troubled “Rehab” singer has appeared onstage in the U.K. since last year’s V Festival, where the crowd booed Winehouse after a poor, problem-plagued performance. Winehouse had much better results this weekend, ...