Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Music News & Notes

Dave Grohl formed new band on 'blind date'

Dave Grohl formed his latest band through a musical 'blind date'.

The Foo Fighters singer got the other members of supergroup Them Crooked Vultures – Queens Of The Stone Age guitarist Josh Homme and Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones - to meet him at a medieval banquet to see if they could work together.

He said: 'It was weird, the blind date, but I was aware of Josh’s music obviously – I couldn’t imagine it not working.'

Former Nirvana drummer Dave organised the meet up at Medieval Times - a themed night in the US with lots of meat and a jousting show – for his birthday.

Josh added the setting was perfect, as it meant they could all relax.

He quipped: 'What was good about Medieval Times was that there was no risk of pretension. It broke the ice. With a lance.'

John recently admitted he was happy that plans for his former band to reunite permanently – without singer Robert Plant - fell through as it meant he could work with Them Crooked Vultures.

He said: "Jimmy Page and I rehearsed a bit with Jason Bonham and we couldn't really agree on singers and that fell by the wayside. Then this came along and to be honest, I'm really happy."


Ruthless Records to release Bone Thugs-N-Harmony's Greatest Hits on vinyl records

Tomica Wright’s Ruthless Records is preparing to release Bone Thugs-N-Harmony’s Greatest Hits double-disc album on vinyl records. These vinyl records are scheduled to come out separately on November 24, 2009.

Ruthless originally released Greatest Hits on November 16, 2004. Many fans were disappointed, and rightfully so, because the greatest hits did not feature some of Bone’s major hits. In November 2005, Ruthless released another version of the album titled Greatest Hits: Chopped & Screwed, which angered fans even more. These upcoming vinyl records continue the tale of Greatest Hits, featuring the same tracklist as disc 1 and 2.


Neil Young's MusiCare's Line-Up

Neil Young's MusiCare's Person of the Year Gala looks like it's going to have a pretty spectacular lineup. At the top of the list is the first public performance in a couple of years for the Red Hot Chili Peppers as they bring their hiatus to an end. Also performing are Crosby, Stills and Nash, Dave Matthews, John Mellencamp, Wilco, Jackson Browne, kd lang, Norah Jones, James Taylor, Sheryl Crow, Ozomatli, Josh Groban and Everest. The event is January 31 during the Grammy weekend.


STEVEN TYLER: 'There Is Absolutely No Validity To Rumor That AEROSMITH Is Breaking Up'

Tyler joined THE JOE PERRY PROJECT — the band led by Perry — on stage yesterday at the Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza in New York City to perform the AEROSMITH classic "Walk This Way". "I just want New York to know, I am not leaving AEROSMITH," Tyler said to a relieved crowd. "Joe Perry, you are a man of many colors. But I, motherfucker, am the rainbow!"


Bad Religion to start pre-production on next album

Faster Louder is reporting that Bad Religion is ready to begin pre-production on their next album. The magazine spoke to drummer Brooks Wackerman who explained:

Brett and Greg have already started work on some new material. I’m yet to hear any of their ideas but when we get back from Australia and New Zealand we’re going to start pre-production on the next record. It’s just a matter of getting the songs together and making the best record we can. But in 2010 we’re definitely releasing a new album.

The band last released New Maps of Hell [Deluxe Edition] [CD/DVD] in 2008.


Warhol Jackson Portrait Sold

A "Thriller"-era silk-screened portrait of Michael Jackson created by Andy Warhol has sold for $812,500 to an anonymous collector.

The artwork sold at Christie's in New York City Tuesday evening. Christie's estimated that the portrait would sell for $500,000.

The 1984 portrait depicts a smiling Jackson in a jacket with squiggles of red and yellow in his hair.

The auction house says the seller is an anonymous private collector based in New York who bought the image from the Andy Warhol Foundation in the 1990s. It did not say who bought the artwork

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