Quick Hits: Pink, Passion Pit, Train, Drowning Pool, O.A.R., Summer Music Festivals, Orleans
July 26, 2012
Pink will premiere the video for her new single, "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)," tonight across all MTV screens at 7:50 p.m. EST. The clip, directed by frequent collaborator Dave Meyers ("So What"), will debut simultaneously on MTV and MTV.com, then go into rotation on MTV Hits and mtvU starting at 8 p.m. "Blow Me" is the first single from Pink's upcoming album, The Truth About Love, which is due on September 18.
After canceling six shows earlier this month, Passion Pit have announced they are also canceling several dates in early August. The band was set to play Colorado's Red Rocks on August 7, Boulder on August 8 and Salt Lake City on August 9. However, they will still play the Lollapalooza, Osheaga and Outside Lands festivals. "Thanks to everyone for all of their love and support throughout these past couple weeks. While we're excited to see you over the next two weekends at Lollapalooza, Osheaga and Outside Lands, we're sorry to let you know that we need to postpone our upcoming weekday shows in Colorado and Salt Lake City in order for Michael to continue to improve his mental health and complete a procedure that week," the band wrote on their Facebook page. "We know that this is disappointing to fans who were planning on coming to these shows, and we want you to know we're doing everything we can to try and make it up to you." The band has rescheduled last week's canceled dates in Nashville, Knoxville and Charlotte for September 17, 18 and 19, respectively.
Train will do a Live On Letterman webcast concert from the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City on Monday, August 20 at 8 p.m. EST. Fans can watch Train’s webcast live or on-demand at www.cbs.com/late_night/liveonletterman/. Additionally, the show is available live and on-demand through CBS properties, broadcast on select CBS Radio stations, viewable live on CBS's JumboTron in Times Square, as well as via a live audio stream on Radio.com’s mobile applications. The webcasts are also offered on VEVO. Train's Live On Letterman webcast will follow the taping of their performance on the Late Show with David Letterman, which will be broadcast the same night.
Drowning Pool has confirmed that fellow Texan Jasen Moreno is their new lead singer. Moreno, who is currently on tour with the band, joined Drowning Pool early this spring, following the departure of their former lead singer. "I am extremely happy and very grateful to be a part of the Drowning Pool family," Moreno stated. "Everyone's been so welcoming, especially the fans. I can't praise them enough. They've made me feel right at home. This first run of live shows couldn't have gone any better!" Drowning Pool's fifth album and their first with Moreno is due out early 2013. The band teamed up with producer Kato Khandwalla at House of Loud Studios in New Jersey earlier this year, and will be finishing the album in Dallas.
O.A.R. is currently on its usual summer tour of North America, and the group just filmed its July 15 concert at Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheatre for a fourth-quarter DVD release. They are also starting to get to work on the follow-up to 2011's King album. "Everyone's got a bunch of ideas about it. We'll be working on it for the rest of this tour and then get into the fall and start recording in October-November," saxophonist Jerry DePizzo told Billboard.com. He added that O.A.R. has "talked about a couple different producers" but is also considering handling the album on its own. "I think we've had enough experience in this thing that we knew what we need to do," he said. "We know that trusting our own instincts has always yielded the best success. I think it'll be five guys in a room recording tunes; that's a pretty simple, broad way of putting it, but I think these days we're putting less emphasis on what we think other people expect. After 15 years we're pretty confident that if we just write honestly and from the heart, people will connect with it."
A number of summer festivals have already confirmed their return for 2013. Chicago's Lollapalooza will happen on August 2-4, 2013, and Dover, DE's Firefly Music Festival also will return to the First State. The exact date of 2013's Firefly was not announced, but it will be held during the summer months once again. Metallica's Lars Ulrich also said this week that the band's Orion Music + More festival will return to the east coast next year as well. In related news, Austin City Limits may follow in the footsteps of Coachella and expand to a two-weekend format in 2013. According to Statesman.com, ACL promoter C3 Presents is currently in talks with the City of Austin about adding a second three-day weekend to the festival in order to meet increased demand.
Orleans co-founder Larry Hoppen passed away in Florida on Tuesday at age 61. Hoppen formed Orleans in 1972 in Woodstock, NY with singer/songwriter John Hall, and he sang lead on the group's hits including "Still the One" and "Dance With Me." His cause of death has not been disclosed. "For his fans, I am deeply sorry for YOUR loss," his wife, Patricia Hoppen, wrote on Facebook. "I know he will be missed. I will that my family's privacy be respected during this horrible time."