Kevin Mazur/WireImageA one-time music journalist has decided to release his self-proclaimed "Embarrassing Interview With Kurt Cobain." Former Canadian college DJ Roberto LoRusso interviewed the Nirvana frontman in 1991, and says Cobain was "remarkably patient and kind considering how not well prepared I was."
LoRusso has posted the interview in its entirety on the DeadCityBeat indie music site and goes to great length to warn listeners, "[this is] objectively terrible by all journalistic standards, [because] my questions were poorly crafted [and] my research was incomplete and inaccurate."
However, he explains that he's been browbeaten into releasing it by friends who assure him it's a piece of music history.
In the loose and rambling Q&A, Kurt talks about his love of hip hop, but notes, "I’m a fan of rap music, but most of it is so misogynist that I can’t even deal with it....I totally respect and love it because it’s one of the only original forms of music that’s been introduced, but the white man doing rap is just like watching a white man dance. We can’t dance, we can’t rap."
Beyond Cobain's thoughts on hip hop, the interview is fascinating if for no other reason than it captures the future icon's state of mind before his massive fame: It was recorded four days before the release of Nevermind.
ABC/Randy HolmesWant to see Weezer as a guest of the band? All you have to do is undergo brain surgery while singing one of their songs and have someone videotape the procedure.
That worked for Kira Iaconetti [yack-oh-NET-tee], a 19-year-old from Bellingham, Washington who's an aspiring musician. Iaconetti was diagnosed with a brain tumor after she started having a hard time singing along with music; her voice would lag behind or start slurring.
She told Seattle Children's Hospital, "It was like a light switch turned off in my brain. Suddenly, I was tone deaf, I couldn’t process the words in time with the music and I couldn’t sing."
She was quickly scheduled for something called an "awake craniotomy," where the operating doctor kept Kira conscious and touched various parts of her brain while she sang, so that the surgeon could tell which area was interfering with the teenager's musical abilities.
That's where Weezer comes in. Kira chose the band's hit "Island In The Sun" to sing during the operation, in part because it included the very appropriate line, "I can't control my brain."
The procedure was videotaped and quickly went viral. The band caught wind of it and tweeted to Kira, "Wishing you a speedy recovery....would love for you to join us at one of the shows this spring - shoot us a DM we’ll make it happen."
No word yet on which show she'll go to, but it's a pretty sure thing that the band will make that known.
Shinedown has regained its title as the band with the most top ten Billboard Rock Airplay songs -- thanks to the success of "Get Up."
The Rock Airplay category began nine years ago, and Shinedown had reigned supreme with ten top-10 singles until the Foo Fighters surpassed them by racking up four consecutive entries during 2015 and 2016. During that period, Shinedown had several songs that just missed the top 10.
The success of "Get Up" puts Shinedown back as defending champs, with eleven top-10 tracks. Foo Fighters have ten, Cage The Elephant and Muse each have nine, and Imagine Dragons have eight.
Lollapalooza has announced the lineups for its trio of South American festivals in Argentina, Brazil, and Chile.
Arctic Monkeys, Twenty One Pilots, and Lenny Kravitz will headline the set of three-day festivals, which each include more than three dozen performers. Among them: The 1975, Greta Van Fleet, Interpol, Snow Patrol, and St. Vincent.
The three South America Lollapaloozas take place over two back-to-back three-day weekends: The last weekend in March for Chile and Argentina, and the first weekend in April for Brazil.
Crush Music/Atlantic Recording CorporationIt's been a rumble for a long time now, but Weezer has finally announced the drop date for The Black Album: March 1. They'll be kicking off a tour with the Pixies a week later, and have just added the run's crown jewel: a show at the one-and-only Madison Square Garden.
Fans who sign up for Weezer's mailing list by 7p.m. ET on November 25 will receive a presale code good at 11a.m. ET the following day. General on-sale will be November 30 at noon Eastern.
The band says all of The Black Album was written by Rivers Cuomo on just a piano, "creating some of the most satisfyingly awesome songs in the entire hits-filled Weezer catalogue."
A follow-up preview track to "Can't Knock The Hustle" has been released, on video. It's called "Zombie Bastards" and is a typically upbeat, poppy Weezer tune. It's viewable on Weezer's official YouTube channel.
Christian Lantry/Courtesy of Adrenaline PRChevelle is already a family affair -- frontman Pete and drummer Sam Loeffler are brothers, and bassist Dean Bernardini is their brother-in-law -- so it's not like Thanksgiving is the only chance they get to see each other. They still often do spend time together for Turkey Day, while also spending time with their individual families.
"Our extended family has two real traditions, which is Thanksgiving and Christmas, so we get together with those," Sam tells ABC Radio. "But Pete and I and Dean, we all have our own families, we have kids and wives and stuff, so it's good to celebrate those things with them, as well."
"And dogs, too," Pete adds.
Pete's dog, a now 12-year-old Yorkie, used to travel with Chevelle on the band's tour bus in his younger days.
"He's been all over the country, into Canada," Pete says. "He hates the bus now. He used to love it. Run right up the steps, into the bunk."
In addition to spending time with family and petting what is surely an adorable dog, the Loeffler brothers will also be gearing up for a busy 2019. They hope to release a new Chevelle album, the follow-up to 2016's The North Corridor, "the early part of next year."
"We are done touring for the year, and we're just working on these songs," Pete says. "We've got a little bit of a collection of demos now, we just need to work those through as a full band."
This week's debate about the pronunciation of Blink-182's name continues to rage on, as a former band member is now weighing in.
On Sunday, the first shot was fired when writer and comedian Ian Karmel tweeted, "The British call Blink-182 'Blink One Eight Two' and I'm not saying that’s WHY they lost the Revolutionary War, but..."
The Late Late Show host James Corden then responded by admitting that his home country has indeed been pronouncing Blink's name incorrectly, but added that the American pronunciation, "Blink One Eighty-Two," is "also wrong" and the band "technically should be called Blink one hundred and eighty two."
Blink singer and Mark Hoppus jumped into the mix and gave his blessing to all pronunciations, but now ex-Blinker Tom DeLonge -- who left the band in 2015 -- is giving his opinion.
"It’s actually— Blink eighteen-two. People have all gotten this wrong for years," he wrote.
While that might be interpreted as a jab at his previous bandmates, DeLonge's second line -- "Sometimes this can happen with very complex, thoughtful and elevated art" -- makes it clear he was joking.
Blink-182 recently wrapped their Las Vegas residency. Their next scheduled show is a headlining set at Cincinatti's Bunbury festival in June.
Tom DeLonge's apparel company, ToTheStars, just posted a holiday sale.
Coldplay fans not satisfied with the band's A Head Full of Dreams documentary, live album and concert film can do one better.
On December 7, the same day that Coldplay's live album and concert film are released, Chris Martin and company are also dropping the deluxe Butterfly Package, featuring the documentary, the concert film Live in Sao Paolo and the album, Live in Buenos Aires.
The Butterfly bundle comes either as 2 CDs/2 DVDs, or in a triple vinyl/double DVD set. Both options are cloaked in some cool-looking gold packaging, though truthfully, vinyl come out ahead in the "slick" department.
Live in Buenos Aires, was recorded in the Argentine capital on November 15, 2017, the final date on Coldplay's extensive world tour behind their most recent studio effort, 2015's A Head Full of Dreams. Live in Sao Paulo, was shot a week earlier.
The Live in Buenos Aires recording of "Viva La Vida" is available now for digital download, while you can watch the Live in Sao Paulo performance of that 2008 hit now on YouTube.
Credit: Olivia BeeHark! The Smashing Pumpkins Sing could be the name of a new album by Billy Corgan and company. Although the singer doesn't mention that particular title, he does tell USA Today he's considering an album of Christmas songs, which he may start noodling with after the band wraps its current tour.
As to whether we'll hear any of that this year, Corgan is cagey, saying, "I might try to use the Christmas spirit to put the record together in concept, even if we’re not ready to record it."
So it's possible -- though far from definite -- that fans could get a taste of Pumpkins yule before 2019 rolls around.
What does seem definite, though, is there will be no screamin' guitar solos in the middle of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer." Billy says, "I...think it's a bit weird (to make) wild Christmas records....When I think Christmas music, I tend to think something you want to put on and sit around the tree with the kids and not rock out to. I don't see us doing a rocking-out Christmas album."
The Smashing Pumpkins wrap their U.S. tour on December 8 at The Forum in Los Angeles area.
ABC/Randy HolmesYour Thanksgiving will feature a side dish of Imagine Dragons if you see the new movie Ralph Breaks the Internet, the sequel to the 2012 animated Disney hit Wreck-It Ralph. Dan Reynolds and company wrote their new song "Zero" for the film, which opens in theaters this Wednesday.
Speaking with ABC Radio, Ralph Breaks the Internet executive music producer Tom MacDougall describes what made Imagine Dragons the right band for the movie.
"Whether it be the sort of fun nature of the band, but with an emotional core...I can't quite put my finger on it," MacDougall says. "But I think when audiences see this movie and how the end of the movie plays and then right into their song, it feels like Ralph Breaks the Internet to me."
"Zero" in particular, MacDougall says, reflects the themes of the film, which finds video game characters Ralph, voiced by John C. Reilly, and Sarah Silverman's Vanellope venturing outside their arcade home and into the online world.
"Dan's a very thoughtful guy, and the band are, too," MacDougall says of the "Thunder" rockers. " And they don't anything just on assignment, so everything they do has some personal connection."
He explains, "So with this movie, where Ralph is kinda doubting his whole existence and his relationship with Vanellope, I think Dan and the guys really mined those emotions and tried to figure out how they could sort of relate their life and their experiences to what Ralph was feeling."
That personal connection, MacDougall believes, is what makes "Zero" so special.
"If an artist can make a personal connection to a song like they did with 'Zero,' then that's where the real magic happens," he says.
Credit: Brantley GutierrezFoo Fighters will be heading overseas next year on a European tour. The international outing begins June 19 in Pula, Croatia, and will hit Denmark, Norway, the U.K. and Ireland.
ABC/Nicole WilderJack White has teamed up with Cards Against Humanity to create the poster for his show in Chicago Monday night.
The poster is modeled after a card from the popular party game, which asks players to complete a fill-in-the-blank statement with what's usually an offensive suggestion, in order to find the funniest combination. It reads, "When Jack White performed at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago on Nov. 19 2018, he surprised his fans with [blank]."
At the bottom of the poster are six cards with possible answers, such as "A quiet, poignant acoustic guitar ballad" or "Jack White’s testosterone-fueled dementia."
Following the Chicago show, White will play his adopted hometown of Nashville on Tuesday. That concert will be the final date of his worldwide tour in support of his new solo album, Boarding House Reach.
ABC/Paula LoboHave you been pronouncing Blink-182 wrong this whole time? Apparently, there's an international debate over the right way to say the "182" part.
It all started when writer and comedian Ian Karmel tweeted Sunday, "The British call Blink-182 'Blink One Eight Two' and I'm not saying that’s WHY they lost the Revolutionary War, but..."
The Late Late Show host and noted British person James Corden then responded by admitting that his home country has indeed been pronouncing Blink's name incorrectly, but added that the American pronunciation, "Blink One Eighty-Two," is "also wrong."
"They technically should be called Blink one hundred and eighty two," Corden wrote. "Don't take some moral high ground here."
Ever the peace-maker, Blink bassist and vocalist Mark Hoppus hopped in to approve all pronunciations.
"Thank you James," he wrote. "Some say one eighty two. Some say one eight two."
Blink-182 recently wrapped their Las Vegas residency. Their next scheduled show is a headlining set at Cincinatti's Bunbury festival in June.
ABC/Image Group LATwenty One Pilots has released the third video of their tour diary web series.
The new episode shows Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun gearing up for their recent show at New York City's Madison Square Garden. As the duo stands anxiously on the stage while surrounded by a curtain, you can hear the excited crowd around them shout their name.
Also in the clip, Dun gives you a behind-the-scenes look at the cardio routine that helps him maintain his high-energy drumming style. Should you be interested in forming a Twenty One Pilots cover band, Dun's routine features a lot of running and boxing.
Twenty One Pilots are currently on tour behind their new album, Trench. The trek continues Monday night in Denver.
ABC/Randy HolmesIf your holiday dream is to play guitar like James Hetfield, sadly, the probably won't come true. But if you just need to look like you can play like the Metallica frontman, that's a much more realistic goal, thanks to ESP guitar company.
Hetfield has teamed up with ESP to launch the LTD Snakebyte SE Baritone. The guitar, which comes in a "see thru purple sunburst" finish, is a replica of the model Hetfield has been playing during Metallica's worldwide Hardwired...to Self-Destruct tour.
Only 500 pieces will be made, and getting your hands on one will set you back $1,399. Should you decide to purchase the guitar, you'll also get a hardshell ESP case and a certificate of authenticity. Visit ESPGuitars.com for more info.
Metallica's tour continues November 26 in Las Vegas.
ABC/Image Group LAShould you ever have the need to call the Alaska state government, you may hear a familiar sound on the other end. According to Alaska's Juneau Empire, the state phone lines will be using Portugal. the Man's "Feel It Still" as hold music.
The Juneau Empire reports that Portugal. the Man donated "Feel It Still" to be used as hold music, though the state still needed to properly license the inescapable 2017 hit through the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, or ASCAP.
"Even though Portugal. the Man donated it, we had to make sure we had the proper licensing, and we do," says Department of Administration Commissioner Leslie Ridle.
Frontman John Gourley and guitarist Zach Carothers formed Portugal. the Man in Wasilla, Alaska. They later relocated to Portland, Oregon, where the band currently resides.
ABC/Randy HolmesImagine Dragons' new album Origins debuts at number two on this week's Billboard 200.
The record, which features the singles "Natural" and "Zero," lands at the runner-up spot with a total of 91,000 equivalent album units, 61,000 of which were traditional album sales.
Counting Origins, the so-called "sister album" to the 2017 smash hit, Evolve, each of Imagine Dragons' four studio albums have now earned top-two Billboard 200 debuts. Evolve and 2012's Night Visions also bowed at number two. The band's 2015 sophomore effort, Smoke Mirrors, is their lone number-one album.
Imagine Dragons will close out their eventful 2018 with a New Year's Eve show in their hometown of Las Vegas.
ABC/Craig SjodinFleetwood Mac's tour made a stop in Tacoma, Washington over the weekend, where new members Mike Campbell and Neil Finn ran into one Eddie Vedder.
The Pearl Jam frontman jammed with Campbell and Finn inside a backstage bathroom before the show. You can watch footage of the impromptu collaboration now via Campbell's Instagram.
Campbell and Finn, best know for their work in Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Crowded House, respectively, joined the Mac earlier this year following the firing of guitarist Lindsey Buckingham. Vedder has previously jammed with Campbell when he's performed with Petty, and the grunge icon also worked with Finn on his 7 Worlds Collide project.
If you're looking for more backstage shenanigans on Fleetwood Mac's tour, check out Campbell's Instagram: He's been posting videos filmed in bathrooms at each venue on the trek.
A star-studded tribute concert to the late Chris Cornell will take place January 16 at The Forum in the Los Angeles suburb of Inglewood, California. It will feature performances from Metallica, Foo Fighters and Ryan Adams, as well as members of Cornell's bands Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog and Audioslave. Speaking to Forbes, Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil describes how he feels about the show, and how it came together.
"I suppose it will be somewhat anxious," Thayil says.
"Soundgarden didn't initially corral this lineup for a project," he adds. "It was driven by booking agents and Chris' wife, Vicky, who really wanted to organize this, and our management. I'm sure it will be just fine and we'll be able to deal with it just fine."
While they didn't organize the lineup, the three surviving members of Soundgarden -- Thayil, drummer Matt Cameron and bassist Ben Shepherd -- personally approved of each artist on the bill.
"The lineup was put together by Vicky, management and the booking agents all with our approval," Thayil says. "The only people on the bill are people that Soundgarden members approved of."
The artists on the lineup, Thayil says, are "people the band had a history with, Chris had a history with and people who were supportive of us over our careers and fans of ours who could do some of this material justice."
Thayil also helped put together the new Chris Cornell retrospective box set, which features the previously unreleased solo single "When Bad Does Good." The collection is out now.