Quick Hits: The Killers, Foo Fighters, Taylor Swift, Christina Aguilera, Chris Cornell, Owl City, Saturday Night Live, David Guetta, Duran Duran, Go Radio
August 29, 2012
The Killers are teaming up with director Werner Herzog for a live concert webcast in September. The concert will be the 11th installment of the American Express Unstaged series, which streams live on VEVO and YouTube. The Killers concert will take place at the Paradise Theater in the Bronx on September 18 at 7 p.m., the same day the band releases its new album, Battle Born. Speaking about the show, bassist Mark Stoermer told Rolling Stone, "[Herzog] has ideas for someone crowd-surfing with a camera on. He's gonna put cameras on Ronnie [Vannucci, Jr.] while he's playing drums." Stoermer added that there will be other surprises as well. "I think there's gonna be an animal involved," he said. "I'm sure it will be all done the right way."
Foo Fighters have joined the bill for the Rock the Vote event on September 5 at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. The fundraiser also will include sets from Jack Johnson, Motion City Soundtrack and Asher Roth. The Foos also plan to rock Atlanta's Midtown Music Festival on September 21, the DeLuna Fest in Pensacola Beach, FL, on September 22, and the Global Festival in New York's Central Park on September 29. A note on the band's website also reads: "We are coming for you, too. More shows being added here soon."
After writing the 2010 album Speak Now by herself, Taylor Swift veered in a different direction for Red, co-writing with Pop hitmakers such as Max Martin and Adele collaborator Dan Wilson. She wound up with nearly 40 potential songs for the new album, resulting in her most eclectic work yet. "I felt like an apprentice," Swift told Rolling Stone about working with the different songwriters. "They taught me so much about melodic sense, and they let me do what I love, which is the lyrics." As expected, Swift wrote about her usual themes of romance and heartbreak. "I know general things about love," she added. "How to treat people well, what you deserve and when to walk away. Other than that, love is a complete mystery – and that's why I like to write about it." Swift's new single, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," is #1 for the second week in a row on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Christina Aguilera's next album is still without a release date or announced title, but fans already know the first single is called "Your Body," and it was produced by Max Martin. The new album also will feature a guest spot from Cee Lo Green, her co-worker on The Voice. "I've been through a lot since the release of my last album, being on (The Voice), having had a divorce," Aguilera said, according to Billboard.com. "This is all sort of a free rebirth for me. I'm embracing many different things, but it's all feel-good." She added that some tracks are "super expressive" and fun, with moments that are "super vulnerable." Aguilera will perform "Your Body" on The Voice on September 17.
Chris Cornell has dropped off the bill of this weekend's Made In America festival in Philadelphia. An announcement on Cornell's website says he will be unable to perform due to "scheduling conflicts." Philly.com reports Cornell is slated to be in Des Moines, IA on Saturday as part of a rally for President Barack Obama. He had been slated to play Made In America on Sunday, and was expected to perform alongside Pearl Jam later in the night, reuniting Temple Of The Dog. Cornell wrote on Facebook today that he actually pulled out of the Made In America lineup two weeks ago but it was apparently not announced until last night.
Owl City will kick off a fall tour on September 5 in Nashville, and main man Adam Young says that fans should expect to hear "new songs, old songs, mixture of both." Young told MTV News: "There's something I don't really do on the record that I try to do live, cause how can you really do a big rock show and not have a lot of guitars? I try to have like big loud guitars up front and center to make it have that arena rock feel. [It's] different for some songs, just different flavors, different renditions, medleys, interludes. It's this big arc of music. There's never really silence."
Saturday Night Live has rolled out the first slate of musical guests for its upcoming 38th season. Kicking off the new season on September 15 will be Frank Ocean, followed on September 22 by Mumford & Sons, who will be making their SNL debut. On October 6, Muse will be rocking the SNL stage.
DJ and producer David Guetta he will re-release his 2011 album Nothing But The Beat re-packaged with new music digitally on September 10. The new version, Nothing But The Beat 2.0 features all the hits from the original album plus eight new songs.
With just one week to go before the final dates of their two-year All You Need Is Now world tour, Duran Duran have been forced to cancel the remaining shows on the North American leg because keyboardist Nick Rhodes is too ill to perform. A note on the band's website explains: "The band are devastated that what has been a triumphant tour for them, with many highlights, has ended this way – and know that the fans will be as disappointed as they are. Nick held out all week, hoping that he would be well enough to perform again for these final few shows, but unfortunately the medical advice he has been given today requires him to continue to rest."
Up-and-coming rockers Go Radio will release their album Close The Distance on September 18 via Fearless Records. The video for the lead single, "Go To Hell," has debuted online and you can see it here via EW. Go Radio will be on tour this fall opening for SafetySuit, starting September 7 in Philadelphia.