Archive for February 19th, 2010

Rewind: The Week in Rock Daily

February 19th, 2010
Photo: Mazur/WireImage Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton launched their co-headlining tour after landing on the cover of our new issue. The pair talked old rivalries with David Fricke and Clapton discussed the art of rock singing. Guns n’ Roses rocked a second secretgig in New York, then Axl Rose spoke his mind in a message board post and lengthy tweet that addressed, among other rumors, that he banned Slash-wear from Gn’R gigs. Slash’s response? Axl shirts ...

Weekend Rock List: AC/DC Songs

February 19th, 2010
Photo: Michael Ochs Archive/GettyToday marks the 30th anniversary of the death of AC/DC singer Bon Scott, who passed away in 1980 following a night of hard, hard drinking. To pay tribute to the Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap singer’s legacy — and all the music history his resilient Rock and Roll Hall of Fame bandmates achieved following his death — this weekend’s Rock List is dedicated to AC/DC songs. Tell us your favorite songs by ...

Flashback: Is Rihanna a Good Fit for “The Last Dragon” Remake?

February 19th, 2010
Entertainment Weekly reports that Rihanna is being considered to play the Vanity role in the remake of Berry Gordy’s 1985 kung-fu musical The Last Dragon. We’re usually skeptical when our cult faves are subject to reboots, but after rewatching Vanity’s performance of “7th Heaven” from the film in the clip up top, we actually can picture RiRi assuming the role of the VJ-in-distress. That said, we can also envision Chris Brown starring as the film’s ...

Hear Broken Social Scene’s New Seven-Minute Track “World Sick”

February 19th, 2010
Photo: Legato/WireImageBroken Social Scene’s five-year hiatus came to a grand end today as the Canadian indie-rock collective unleashed their new seven-minute song “World Sick,” which you can hear below and download for the low price of your e-mail address at Pitchfork. The multi-suite “World Sick” is a refresher of everything we’ve come to miss from Kevin Drew, Brendan Canning and the rest of BSS, who last released their self-titled album back in 2005. Since then, ...

Slash on Recording With Ozzy and Lemmy, Plans for Summer Tour

February 19th, 2010
Photo: Hogan/GettySlash spent more time navigating red tape than laying down guitar lines for his self-titled solo disc, due in stores this April. “It took four months to make the record,” he says. “I had to write all the material then I had to make demos to send to all the singers. And then the thing that made it take the longest was getting releases from all the different artists’ record companies.” But the paperwork ...

Vampire Weekend Hit the Court With RZA, Jonas and Gyllenhaal for “Giving Up the Gun”

February 19th, 2010
“We Are the World 25″ may have set a record for most celebrities in a single music video, but Vampire Weekend still give it the ol’ Ivy League try with their new clip for Contra’s “Giving Up the Gun.” Wu-Tang’s RZA, Jake Gyllenhaal, Lil Jon and Jonas Brother Joe all make cameos in the “Gun” video, which premiered today on Spinner. Directed by the Malloys, “Giving Up the Gun” finds Vampire Weekend soundtracking a tennis ...

Alice Cooper on Loving Lady Gaga and His Broadway “Nightmare”

February 19th, 2010
Secret girl-pop fan alert: Alice Cooper is down with Ke$ha, Lady Gaga, Pink and Katy Perry. “I think sometimes rock bands forget to have fun,” he said at a pre-launch party in New York Thursday night for free music site Guvera. “They get so involved in everything else, and I think all the girls are stealing the show at this point! We need more guys to get back into the show biz part of it, ...

LMFAO’s Sky Blu and Mitt Romney Scuffle on Flight to L.A.

February 19th, 2010
Photo: Kravitz/FilmMagic Earlier this week, Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney was involved in a confrontation on a flight from Vancouver to Los Angeles. His alleged assailant? Sky Blu of the electro-rap duo LMFAO, the pourers of “Shots.” According to new reports, Sky Blu had the audacity to lower his seat back prior to the flight’s takeoff, which caused Romney, who was sitting behind the rapper, to loudly request that he straighten his first class seat. From ...

Beck and Clapton Trade Epic Licks as Co-Headlining Tour Launches

February 19th, 2010
Photo: Mazur/WireImage As the final notes of “Cocaine” rang through Madison Square Garden last night, Jeff Beck quietly walked onto the stage next to Eric Clapton, sarcastically saluted his fellow guitar legend and launched into a jaw-dropping cover of Elmore James’ “Shake Your Money Maker.” For the next 40 minutes the former Yardbirds guitarists traded licks on songs by everyone from Willie Dixon to Sly Stone to Henry Mancini as the sold-out crowd reached a state ...

Kurt Cobain Biopic Moves Along as Fans Mark Nirvana Icon’s Birthday

February 19th, 2010
Universal Pictures will finally move forward with their long-in-the-works Kurt Cobain biopic, which is partly based on the book Heavier than Heaven by veteran music journalist Charles R. Cross. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the studio is in negotiations with Oren Moverman — the Oscar-nominated director of The Messenger — to direct and work on the project’s screenplay, replacing original screenwriter David Benioff, whose previous credits include X-Men Origins: Wolverine and The Kite Runner. Cast the ...