Quick Hits: Foo Fighters, Dave Matthews Band, Axl Rose, Metallica, MTV EMAs, Entertainment's Highest-Paid Women, Marilyn Manson & Rob Zombie
October 2, 2012
After Dave Grohl made some innocent comments over the weekend about Foo Fighters taking a little break, some fans and the media went wild with speculation that the band was breaking up. However, Grohl has made it clear that the rumors are not true. In a new post on Facebook, he explained, "Never in my wildest dreams did I think Foo Fighters would make it this far. I never thought we COULD make it this far, to be honest. There were times when I didn't think the band would survive. There were times when I wanted to give up. But... I can't give up this band. And I never will. Because it's not just a band to me. It's my life. It's my family. It's my world." He added, "I'm not sure when the Foo Fighters are going to play again. It feels strange to say that, but it's a good thing for all of us to go away for a while. It's one of the reasons we're still here. Make sense? I never want to NOT be in this band. So, sometimes it's good to just put it back in the garage for a while." Grohl also wrote that he'll be focusing on finishing his documentary film about Sound City Studios for worldwide release "in the very near future."
Dave Matthews Band will support its new album, Away From The World, with a month-long east coast outing that launches on November 30 with two shows at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, NJ. The run will include a two-night stand at John Paul Jones Arena in the band's hometown of Charlottesville, VA and its first show at the newly opened Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. The tour is set to wrap on December 22 in Philadelphia.
Axl Rose has agreed to a very rare television interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live to promote Guns N' Roses' upcoming residency at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The Appetite for Democracy shows begin on October 31 and run for 12 dates through November 24, and Axl will appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Wednesday, October 24. On October 20 and 21, Guns N' Roses also will perform rare acoustic sets at Neil Young's annual Bridge School Benefit concerts.
Kirk Hammett has released a new coffee table book called Too Much Horror Business: The Kirk Hammett Collection, featuring over 300 images of his prized collection of horror memorabilia. Hammett speaks with writer Steffan Chirazi throughout the book, explaining how he built an extensive collection that includes Frankenstein masks, Rodan and Ghidorah models and vintage film posters. He also told Rolling Stone in a new interview that Metallica will be focusing on its new album soon. "Right now, we're kind of preoccupied with dealing with this 3D movie that we shot up in Canada last month," Hammett said of his band's current activity. "So that's kind of taking our time right now – that's the priority, to deal with that. But once we're done with that, we're going to start hunkering down and putting riffs together. That's all going to happen soon."
MTV announced the first batch of performers for the 2012 MTV EMAs, which will take place on November 11 in Frankfurt, Germany. Taylor Swift will perform at her first ever MTV EMA show, and she'll be joined by Muse and No Doubt. Hosted by supermodel and hometown girl Heidi Klum, the 19th annual awards show will broadcast on MTV channels around the world.
While Oprah Winfrey tops this year list from Forbes of Entertainment's Highest-Paid Women, a number of pop superstars are not far behind her. Britney Spears made the list at #2 with an income of $58 million. Spears makes a reported $15 million salary from her judging spot on The X Factor, but Forbes notes that most of what she made came from album and Femme Fatale tour sales. Taylor Swift follows close behind at #3 with $57 million in revenue, thanks to her successful Speak Now tour and several hit singles. The #4 spot is occupied by Rihanna and Ellen DeGeneres, who both earned $53 million, and Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez are tied for #5 with $52 million. Katy Perry also made Forbes' list with $45 million in revenue.
As he hits the road with Rob Zombie for the Twins Of Evil tour, Marilyn Manson is preparing to release a special edition of his latest album, Born Villain, featuring two or three extra songs. Manson says fans can expect to see it shortly before the holiday season. "They're not just acoustic versions or demos or stuff like that," Manson told Billboard.com. "They're really good songs that were going to go on the album but I didn't want the album to be too long. I knew there would be the opportunity to use them for something." The deluxe edition will also include additional artwork and "have a lot of things in it. There's gonna be a book and stuff like that." As for his tourmate Rob Zombie, he released a remix album, Mondo Sex Head, in August and he is working on a new album as well. Zombie also wrapped filming on his latest horror film, Lords of Salem, and after the tour he will start work on a documentary about the Philadelphia Flyers "Broad Street Bullies" hockey teams of the 1970s.