Quick Hits: Ashlee Simpson, Radiohead, Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, Farm Aid, Tom Petty, Coldplay, Justin Timberlake, John Fogerty, Puddle of Mudd, REO Speedwagon
September 10, 2007

Ashlee Simpson previewed her upcoming new album this weekend while in Las Vegas for the MTV Movie Awards. Simpson revealed she has created a bad-girl alter-ego for the as-yet-untitled record: "Vicky Valentine." Some of the new songs, according to MTV, include "Murder," "Follow You Wherever You Go," "Rulebreaker" and "Ragdoll." "There is definitely a different element on the record," Simpson told MTV. "I have a pretty low voice, so I got to touch in with that, [and I've been inspired by] doing Chicago. I think there's a part of every girl and guy who wants to get out and get away with things."


Radiohead

Radiohead have finished recording their eagerly anticipated new record, according to guitarist Jonny Greenwood, who told Paste magazine last week, "We just had a meeting about that today. We’re very relieved to have finished recording, now we have to decide what we should do with it." Radiohead is currently unsigned and are not expected to release the album until 2008.

Last week's Led Zeppelin reunion rumors may have some validity to them after all. A Zeppelin tour date was briefly posted on a U.K. ticket site and Robert Plant reportedly was quoted as confirming some sort of reunion was in the works. Now the band's official Web site has the date 11/13/07 appearing on it, which is the release date of the new Zep best-of collection. However, a press conference is scheduled for this Wednesday in London, which could confirm rumors that the band will do a one-off performance in London.

Neil Young will tour behind his new album, Chrome Dreams II, due October 16. The trek kicks off two days later in Boise, ID. The tour includes two night stands in Chicago, Toronto, Boston and New York City, where the trek wraps up on December 12 and 13. Young's wife Pegi will open all dates. As previously reported, Young's annual Bridge School Benefit concerts in California will take place October 27 and 28.

Speaking of Young, Farm Aid 2007 made its New York debut on Sunday, September 9, with the concert's usual lineup of Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Young and Dave Matthews on board. The event featured acoustic sets from most of its acts, and also included appearances by Guster, Counting Crows, the Allman Brothers Band, Matisyahu and many more.


Tom Petty (photo: Jim Rinaldi)

The long-awaited Tom Petty documentary from filmmaker Peter Bogdonovich has a title and premiere date. Runnin' Down A Dream: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will debut on October 14 at the 2007 New York Film Festival. The film will begin screening nationwide at selected theaters the following day. To coincide with the movie, a 250-page coffee table book of the same name will also be released in mid-October.

Coldplay have revealed the names of eight of their new songs in consideration for the band's fourth studio record. According to their official Web site, the new songs are currently titled "Lost," "Cemeteries of London," "Violet Hill," "Poppy Fields," "42," "Yes!," "Leftrightleftrightleft" and "Rainy Day." They add that "we're still a few months from finishing but already the arguments about track listing have begun."

While Justin Timberlake was cleaning up at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night, he also won an Emmy award on Saturday. Timberlake and Saturday Night Live's Andy Samberg won for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for their now-infamous collaboration, "D**k In A Box."

John Fogerty has announced a month-long fall tour in support of his upcoming album Revival, due October 2 on Fantasy Records. The tour begins at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City on November 2, with dates announced up to December 5 in Nashville.

Puddle Of Mudd will hit the road for two months this fall in support of their upcoming album, Famous. The tour begins in South Bend, IN on September 21, with dates announced up to November 21 in Santa Ana, CA. Saliva will be on board for a number of the shows as well.

REO Speedwagon will perform live on the Chicago River this Wednesday morning, as part of a promotion for WLUP (The Loop)/Chicago morning man Jonathon Brandmeier. The band will float down the river on a boat, until they reach The Loop's HQ at the Merchandise Mart building, while Johnny B broadcasts live from the event.




 
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