Archive for September 28th, 2009

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Tour Tracker: Morrissey, X and Snoop Dogg

September 28th, 2009
Photo: Winter/Getty Morrissey embarks on a West Coast tour in support of his upcoming B sides collection Swords, Los Angeles punk rockers X plan out four California holiday time shows as Exene Cervanka continues to play through her MS diagnosis and Snoop Dogg spreads Malice in Wonderland with a brief trek this autumn. Full dates for all three artists, after the jump. Morrissey Nov. 29 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Nov. 30 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theatre Dec. 2 ...
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Britney Spears Reveals Art for New Single “3,” Hitting Radio Tomorrow

September 28th, 2009
Britney Spears is giving fans an early look at the artwork for her new single, “3,” on her official Website. The tune — which was produced by hitmaker Max Martin — premieres tomorrow morning on New York’s Z100. The cover is pretty simple — and nothing like the covers RS contributors dreamed up when the singer put out Blackout a few years ago. Check out those options here. Britney’s wild ride: her ups and downs ...
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“Lucy” Who Inspired Beatles’ “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” Dies

September 28th, 2009
Photo: Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Lucy Vodden, the subject of a Julian Lennon drawing that inspired his father, John, to write the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s classic “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds,” passed away last week after a long battle with lupus. Vodden, formerly Lucy O’ Donnell, was 46. In a statement, Julian and his mother Cynthia Lennon said they were “shocked and saddened” by Vodden’s death, the Associated Press reports. As the story goes, in 1966, Julian ...
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Read Rolling Stone’s Review of Monsters of Folk’s Debut

September 28th, 2009
By now, we’re hoping you’ve heard the debut album from the supergroup Monsters of Folk, because the LP, which earned a four-star review in the upcoming issue of Rolling Stone, has been in nonstop rotation in our office. The band — which features My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis and M. Ward — spent the last two years working on the album after first jamming during a joint tour ...
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Guess the Next Cover of Rolling Stone: The First Hint

September 28th, 2009
The clenched fist above belongs to the star — or one of the stars — on the next cover of Rolling Stone. We’ll hit you with another clue tomorrow, then reveal our new issue on Wednesday. Leave your best guesses in the comments!
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Paramore Strip Down “Brand New Eyes” For “MTV Unplugged”

September 28th, 2009
Paramore’s new album Brand New Eyes isn’t out until tomorrow, but thanks to the resurrected MTV Unplugged Web series, you can hear intimate, acoustic renditions of a pair of songs from their latest LP, plus a trio of their biggest hits, right now. Hayley Williams and the rest of Paramore tackle Brand New Eyes‘ first single “Ignorance” and “Brick By Boring Brick,” along with a sing-along version of Riot!’s “That’s What You Get,” which you ...
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Readers’ Rock List: Who Should Be Nominated For the Hall of Fame?

September 28th, 2009
Photo: McConnell/Getty Last week, after revealing that Kiss had finally been nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, we asked our readers what other acts have been overlooked by Rock Immortality. We expected Rush to dominate this poll, but it was the fans of “Weird Al” Yankovic who came rushing to Rolling Stone, demanding that the king of musical satire get a HOF nod. Frustrated fans of the Smiths, Tom Waits and Television also ...
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Fricke’s Picks: The Original Ziggy

September 28th, 2009
The British singer Vince Taylor (1939-1991) was, for a spell, the most dangerous man in early rock & roll: a maniacal union of Elvis Presley and Jim Morrison in head-to-toe black leather with a shocking-for-its-time animal sexuality. A sensation in France, Taylor came closest to true immortality in 1972, when David Bowie used Taylor’s transgressive electricity and flamboyant public meltdown (he went weird at a Paris club show in 1965, declaring himself the new Jesus) ...
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U2 Bring 360 Show to “Saturday Night Live” Premiere

September 28th, 2009
Two days after U2 broke the attendance record at New Jersey’s Giants Stadium, Bono and Co. performed to an television audience of millions as they served as the musical guest on the season premiere of Saturday Night Live. The band performed three songs, a rarity for the live comedy sketch show, plus a fourth track for the studio audience after the end credits rolled. The episode was also noteworthy for its host — Rolling Stone ...
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Guns N’ Roses, Jane’s Addiction, Weezer Members Perform Benefit Concert for Twilight Singers Bassist

September 28th, 2009
Photo: Kravitz/FilmMagic Members of Guns n’ Roses, Weezer, Jane’s Addiction and MC5 performed at a benefit concert this weekend at Los Angeles’ Roxy to help raise money for Scott Ford, the Twilight Singers bassist and a founding member of the all-star band Camp Freddy. Ford recently underwent surgery to have his teeth pulled out due to a periodontal condition that was poisoning his system and could have resulted in a heart attack. The procedure cost $50,000, ...