Quick Hits: LMFAO, Led Zeppelin, Fiona Apple, Eddie Vedder, Yo Gabba Gabba!, Amy Winehouse, Gary Clark Jr., Kimbra, Motorhead
September 21, 2012
It seems that LMFAO is taking a bit of a hiatus as the uncle-and-nephew team explore other interests. "I feel like we've been doing this for so long, five or six years. And we're kind of like saying, well, let's just do what's natural and explore that, instead of forcing it all the time," Redfoo told the Huffington Post. One of his passions is tennis, and he's been spending time on the court as a coach for junior player Ayaka Okuno, practicing several hours a day with her in Las Vegas. He's also planning his own line of tennis clothing and sponsoring the United States Tennis Association's Party Rock Open in Las Vegas starting Sunday. As for his solo music, Redfoo said he won't stray far from the LMFAO sound. "All the music that I'm going to make is always going to be LMFAO-ish ... I love all the topics that we talk about," he said. "I was really passionate about bringing party music to the world, so I will always be making some kind of party music."
Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones made a rare public appearance in London today to launch their new Celebration Day concert film of their 2007 show at London's 02 Arena. After a screening of the film, the bandmates answered questions from the press. When questioned about the possibility of reuniting for more shows, the band was evasive, according to an NME report. Asked if the 02 show had excited them enough to regroup once more, Page answered, "Can I just ask you all if you enjoyed the film?" When the journalist retorted by asking if he could have his question answered, Plant replied, "That would be kiss and tell." Celebration Day will screen in over 1,500 theaters around the world on October 17. It will then be released in multiple video and audio formats on November 19.
Fiona Apple was arrested in West Texas on Wednesday night and charged with possession of hash and marijuana. Apple's tour bus was pulled over in Sierra Blanca, TX as a border checkpoint. According to reports, Apple "freely admitted" the drugs were hers. The singer spent the night in jail and was released on bail Thursday, but postponed her concert scheduled last night for Austin, TX.
Eddie Vedder performed solo at a fundraiser for President Obama last night in Tampa, FL, helping to raise $1.7 million for the Obama campaign. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Pearl Jam singer played a four song set on the mandolin for the President and 85 guests in attendance.
Dave Grohl and his daughter, Violet, have created a new t-shirt for the Nick Jr. show Yo Gabba Gabba! Rapper Biz Markie also designed his own top recently, which is part of a collaborative clothing line with Volcom. Yo Gabba Gabba! also released a promotional clip about the new clothes featuring Grohl, Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh, The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne, Jack Black and more, which can be seen at www.volcom.com.
Amy Winehouse At The BBC, a four-disc box set collection, will be released on November 12. Spread across three DVDs and one CD, the comprehensive collection captures the strong relationship that the singer enjoyed with the British broadcaster. The Special Edition box set includes Winehouse's earliest BBC Radio sessions, her first ever TV performances, candid interviews, rarely seen footage, unique covers and live versions of classic songs from Frank and Back To Black. The set also includes a booklet featuring rare photographs, a touching appreciation from her friend Nas, and the thoughts of BBC producer Mark Cooper, who worked closely with Winehouse on many of the highlights of the set.
There is a lot of hype surrounding the debut full length album from Gary Clark, Jr., dubbed Blak and Blu, which is due on October 22 via Warner Bros. But Clark says the album may not be exactly what people are expecting. "I've been associated with the blues guitar guy thing, and that is a major part of what I do," he told Billboard. "But I was influenced by and love all sorts of music. So for my first major label album, I wanted to just put all that out there and write and record that and experiment with all kinds of sounds rather than play straight-ahead blues or whatever single genre and then bring in the weird stuff later. I think I might as well introduce myself as a weirdo first and get it out of the way and see what happens. It doesn't sound like people expect, which I think is cool."
Kimbra has announced the October 2 release of a special, digital-only remix EP called Vows. The seven-song collection contains exclusive remixes from Damian Taylor (Bjork, The Killers), M-Phazes (Talib Kweli) and others. Meanwhile, the New Zealand native is kicking off her first-ever headlining tour of the U.S. and Canada on September 25 in Vancouver, BC. It runs through October 27 in Toronto.
On October 22, Motörhead will unleash The Wörld Is Ours - Vol 2 - Anyplace Crazy As Anywhere Else, the follow-up to 2011's The Wörld Is Ours - Vol 1 - Everywhere Further Than Everyplace Else. Like it's sibling, Anyplace Crazy… will come packed with material from The Wörld Is Yours tour, including the band's 2011 Wacken headline appearance as well as highlights from the Sonisphere and Rio shows. It will come in various formats, such as double CD, double vinyl, or a box set with a DVD.