Quick Hits: Fall Out Boy, Eminem, The Raconteurs, Bono, Modest Mouse, Interpol, Keith Richards
April 24, 2007
Fall Out Boy
Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz has announced his intentions to open a bar in New York City. Wentz, along with members of Gym Class Heroes and The Academy Is..., will open the club next Monday, April 30. Called Angels & Kings, Wentz told New York Magazine he plans to make it a more relaxed atmosphere at his bar. "Everyone I roll with is into Goonies," he said, "I want it to be like Shredder's hangout in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2." No word on if Wentz plans to train ninjas at the bar as well.
Also getting into the club business is Eminem. The Detroit News reports that Em wants to buy the venue St. Andrew's Hall, which was featured in his film 8 Mile, from Live Nation. The rapper and his manager are negotiating to purchase the venue for an undisclosed amount, but will let the current management still run the day-to-day aspects of the club.
With The White Stripes on the cusp of releasing their new album Icky Thump, Jack White has regrouped The Raconteurs to record some new material before he hits the road with Meg. White told Billboard the Raconteurs have spent the past week-and-a-half in Nashville in the studio, aiming to complete as much of their sophomore effort as possible before he begins touring and promoting behind Icky Thump. "We don't know if we're going to finish but we wanted to get everything down before we got busy," White says. "We have a lot bigger ideas about certain things, so we will see how far we get." The Raconteurs are currently without a label in the U.S., after V2 Records closed up earlier this year.
Bono will appear on American Idol tomorrow night to promote awareness of the ONE campaign against poverty and AIDS. The show's contestants will perform "American Prayer," a song co-written by the U2 singer and Dave Stewart. Other singers slated to appear on the special charity-themed episode of the TV show include Gwen Stefani and Kelly Clarkson.
Recently, Modest Mouse singer Isaac Brock said that he hoped to release leftovers from the band's new album as an EP. Bassist Eric Judy has seconded those thoughts, saying there are songs from both We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank and 2004's Good News For People Who Love Bad News which he would like to see released. Judy told Billboard he hoped the band's next release could be comprised of the as-yet-unreleased tracks.
Interpol have set a July 10 release date for their still-untitled new album, their first for Capitol Records. The lead single, "Heinrich Maneuver," impacts at radio the week of May 7.
Keith Richards' mother, Doris, passed away on Saturday at the age of 91. The Rolling Stones guitarist skipped a New York memorial event for Ahmet Ertegun late last week to remain at his mother's bedside.