Quick Hits: Lady Gaga, Green Day, Kings of Leon, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Justin Timberlake, Bruce Springsteen
October 18, 2012
Lady Gaga and rising EDM star Zedd have been working on scores of tracks that may appear on her forthcoming 2013 album, ARTPOP. "Every time you work with another artist you learn new things," Zedd told MTV News. "You obviously learn about the person you're working with. And we'd just been touring for almost two months and we both love nothing more than making music, so it was just kind of natural for us to just work on music." He said some of the material could end up on Gaga's album, but some of it could work for his next album too. "I've made a lot of songs which I'm not even sure if we're going to use it for her or not," he added. "And at the same time it's totally possible that some things she wrote might end up being for me. We literally just made songs and songs and songs and you'll see what will happen with it."
Earlier this week, Green Day released a trailer for it's upcoming album, ˇDos!, which is due on November 13. But in the meantime, the trio is still dealing with Billie Joe Armstrong's ongoing stint in rehab. "Billie doesn't take things lightly and he wouldn't take rehab lightly, either. He's in the middle of some really big things, but we're going to pull through. It's killing everyone. Green Day has never been a band that sits still, but sometimes you have to step back and let life go on rather than try to control everything," bassist Mike Dirnt told Kerrang magazine. "I know that my friend's life is in danger and that's all I care about. We're brothers-in-arms waiting for Billie to return healthy, but we're not going to force anything. Tré and I will be standing here for Billie."
Kings Of Leon bassist Jared Followill released an EP with his side project, Smoke & Jackal, this week, but he says his main band is thinking about getting back into the studio. In an interview with BBC 6 Music, Followill said, "We are in the writing process right now and it's coming along pretty quickly. We'll definitely get into the studio but we have no plans of finishing it this year, but definitely early next year, so I think people should expect something from us sooner rather than later."
October 16 marked the 50th birthday of Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, and to celebrate, the band played an intimate set in his backyard as part of a fundraiser for the Silver Lake Conservatory, the Los Angeles music school that Flea founded 11 years ago. The Chilis played a nine-song set that opened with "Can't Stop" and also included "Snow (Hey Oh)," "Monarchy of Roses," "Soul to Squeeze" and "Give It Away." Before the Chili Peppers wrapped up with "By the Way," an emotional Flea thanked the crowd who had come out to support his cause as well as birthday. "It's been kind of an overwhelming experience for me," he said, according to Rolling Stone. "It feels really meaningful and poignant to have everybody come out and support." Rancid also performed at the benefit, and the night included an art auction and a sit-down dinner.
Justin Timberlake and fiancee Jessica Biel reportedly will tie the knot this week in southern Italy. "They are ready to get married," a source told Us Weekly. Details of the nuptials are largely under wraps, though Us reports that Biel was seen in a Paris bridal boutique earlier this month, and celebrations for the wedding already began on Tuesday. Timberlake and Biel have been engaged since December 2011.
Bruce Springsteen has posted a lengthy letter on his website outlining the reasons that he supports the re-election of President Obama in November. In his letter, Springsteen said the President's strengths have included "working to increase and expand employment for all, protecting our all important social safety net, passing guaranteed health care for most of our citizens, with important new protections for all of the insured, rescuing the auto industry and so many of the American jobs that go with it, protecting and enhancing the rights of women, and bringing us closer to full acceptance of our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters." The Boss also pointed to the "removal of troops from the misguided and deceptive war in Iraq" and "the killing of Osama bin Laden." He concluded by writing: "That’s why I plan to be in Ohio and Iowa supporting the re-election of President Obama to lead our country for the next four years." Springsteen also performed at an Obama rally today in Parma, OH, appearing alongside President Bill Clinton. Rolling Stone reports that the Boss played a seven-song, 35 minute acoustic set and spoke at length to the crowd, reiterating the themes of his blog post. Springsteen is scheduled to appear at a second Obama rally today in Ames, IA.