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Public Image Ltd. Return to the U.S. Stage With a Sneer in L.A.

April 14th, 2010
Photo: Tullberg/Getty“Proper fucking noise!” John Lydon declared with a crooked grin on Tuesday, facing a crowd at Club Nokia in Los Angeles for the opening night of Public Image Ltd.’s first U.S. tour in 18 years. “If you want to be mellow, that’s fine by me. If you want to squeal like a pig, that’s fucking fine by me.” For nearly two hours, Lydon and the reformed PiL reignited loud and brooding songs from across the ...

Muse Pack Arena-Size Anthems Into Surprise SXSW Show

March 20th, 2010
Photo: Webber/Getty Muse are a band that like things on a massive scale, igniting big sounds on the biggest stages, with the kind of big visual effects known only to the likes of Pink Floyd and Daft Punk. That’s the Muse comfort zone, but the British trio’s special appearance Friday on a much smaller stage at a MySpace Music-presented South By Southwest show traded grand gestures for relative intimacy, without deflating the band’s soaring post-punk ...

Stone Temple Pilots Debut Songs, Rock With Robby Krieger at SXSW

March 19th, 2010
Stone Temple Pilots are not a band many could have expected to survive two full decades. Even acts without the internal wounds of serious addiction and ongoing conflict rarely make it this long, but when STP emerged onstage at the Austin Music Hall for a special performance at South By Southwest on Thursday, they delivered like journeyman rock stars with their shit together — tight and focused, and unburdened with the bitterness or bad memories ...

Pixies Celebrate 20 Years of “Doolittle” at L.A. Tour Launch

November 5th, 2009
Photo: Webber/WireImage There are drawbacks to performing an entire album live in concert — even for the Pixies, who unfurled 1989’s groundbreaking Doolittle on Wednesday in the first of three sold-out nights at the Hollywood Palladium. “You can’t skip it if you don’t like any of the songs,” bassist-singer-chatterbox Kim Deal noted onstage with a blissful grin. “You have to listen to all of them.” The reunited Pixies began a nine-city U.S. Doolittle Tour this week in ...

Weezer Riff Like Metal Gods, Party With a Hip-Hop Star at Tour Launch

October 26th, 2009
Photo: Flanigan/FilmMagicRivers Cuomo loves his job. It wasn’t always so for the Weezer frontman, who was visibly wary of the spotlight in his earliest days on the Los Angeles music scene, even after he became a consistent craftsman of modern rock. But just weeks ahead of their newest album, Raditude, Weezer delivered a high-energy concert of flash and warmth at the Hollywood Palladium Saturday night, emerging onstage in resplendent white, hooded track suits, equal parts ...

Ozzy Osbourne Digs Out Sabbath, Solo Tracks at Sunset Strip Fest

September 14th, 2009
Photo: Redmond/WireImage Ozzy Osbourne was back in the old neighborhood on Saturday, howling and drenching fans with a fire hose at the second annual Sunset Strip Music Fest. For years, he lived just blocks away in a house made famous during four seasons of The Osbournes, reinventing the Prince of Darkness as a befuddled, foul-mouthed family man. But with his annual Ozzfest tour on hiatus, the heavy metal frontman used the weekend’s outdoor setting to reignite ...

Nine Inch Nails Wrap Final Tour With Epic Los Angeles Show

September 11th, 2009
Photo: Debbie VanStory/ RockinExposures for RollingStone Trent Reznor came to Los Angeles to end it all. Two decades after releasing his first Nine Inch Nails album, Reznor brought the band’s life as a touring act to a close Thursday with a sweeping three-hour concert at the Wiltern Theater, erupting with sounds intense and emotional from throughout his career for a full house of more than 2,200 fans. He ended NIN at full power, not nostalgic but ...

Kiss “Born Again” With Walmart’s “Sonic Boom”: Band Talks New LP

August 17th, 2009
Photo: Granitz/WireImage.com “Is there any way to play it back on a man’s level?” says Gene Simmons, requesting more volume and rolling his eyes at Conway Studios in Los Angeles. Kiss are finishing up Sonic Boom, the band’s first new studio album in 11 years, and the God of Thunder wants to hear the songs played back at maximum loudness. The band announced today that the 11-song Sonic Boom will be released October 6th in the U.S. ...

“The Beatles: Rock Band” Boasts Unheard Lennon, McCartney Audio

August 14th, 2009
“Hello, this is John speaking with his voice. We’re all very happy to be able to talk to you like this …” The voice is John Lennon’s, cheerfully greeting fans from a 1963 Beatles Christmas disc recorded for members of their fan club, and it’s just one of many gems hidden within the upcoming The Beatles: Rock Band game. New details of the title were released today from MTV Games/Harmonix, which is releasing The Beatles: Rock ...

“The Beatles: Rock Band” Announces 15 New Tracks

July 21st, 2009
Photo: ReverbThe debut of The Beatles: Rock Band is still well over a month away, but early glimpses of the video game suggest another wave of Fab Four hysteria can’t be far off. On his current tour (and at Coachella), Paul McCartney has already revealed some charming animated footage from the game. And at a recent preview session at MTV in Santa Monica, California, Rolling Stone got an up-close look at the most exciting version ...