Quick Hits: Adele, Ellie Goulding, Flyleaf, Bruce Springsteen, Bridge School Benefit, The Rolling Stones, Depeche Mode, Morrissey
October 22, 2012
According to multiple reports, Adele gave birth to a baby boy on Friday. The singer and her boyfriend Simon Konecki announced her pregnancy in a blog post back in June. Adele is expected to skip the London premiere of the new James Bond film Skyfall, to which she contributed the theme song. The movie's premiere is slated for tomorrow night.
Ellie Goulding has announced a North American tour for early next year, in support of her new album Halcyon. The Halcyon Days Tour kicks off in Miami on January 16 and runs up to February 12 in Los Angeles. "I'm so excited to start touring my new album Halcyon properly," said Goulding. "I'm incredibly proud of this record and the reaction has been over-whelming. Touring and playing shows is my favorite part of what I do, and I really can't wait to get on the road."
Rockers Flyleaf have announced a split with singer Lacey Sturm. Their new album New Horizons, out next Tuesday (10/30), will be Sturm's final record with the band. Flyleaf also announced that Kristen May, formerly of the band Vedera, will be stepping in as the bandís lead singer for future tour dates in support of New Horizons. Sturm said in a statement, "I have been beyond blessed to be in Flyleaf for the past ten years, touring with 4 amazing men and the Flyleaf crew, whom I love like my flesh and blood family. They have all given so much. It took everyone on our team to make the beauty in Flyleaf possible. I am honored to have met so many wonderful people who love Flyleaf music all over the world. Your incredible stories continue to inspire me. I am very thankful to have recently become a mom to one of the greatest blessings of my life, my son Jack. You may have also heard that we recently lost our brilliant sound engineer, Rich Caldwell, in a devastating car accident. Now, more than ever, I understand the phrase Memento Mori. I understand that, for me, living life to the fullest in this season means to step down as the lead singer for Flyleaf. I wish the best to Jared, Pat, Sameer and James and I know that as I continue to pursue the highest heights of what I am created for, it will free them all to pursue that for themselves too."
Bruce Springsteen has announced his third appearance on the campaign trail in support of President Barack Obama. Springsteen will play a free concert at an Obama rally tomorrow, October 23, in Charlottesville, VA. The event is free but tickets have been issued to the public for entrance. The Boss and his E Street Band perform in Charlottesville tomorrow night as well.
Eddie Vedder made a surprise appearance at Neil Young's Bridge School Benefit concert over the weekend. Rolling Stone reports that Vedder played a very short acoustic set before the unlikely Bridge School performance from Guns 'N Roses. Not particularly known for their acoustic side, GNR played a seven song set, including stripped-down versions of "Welcome To The Jungle," "Sweet Child O' Mine" and "Paradise City." The annual benefit concert also included sets from Jack White, Foster The People, The Flaming Lips and of course a closing set from Young himself.
The Rolling Stones' anniversary concerts in London sold out in seven minutes. According to reports, the shows at the O2 Arena on November 25 and 29 sold out in mere minutes, crashing Ticketmaster's website. A general on-sale for the Stones' two shows in Newark, NJ will take place this Friday, October 26.
Depeche Mode has announced a world tour for 2013, that will kick off with a run of arena and stadium dates primarily in Europe. The band will also release a new album in the springtime. The tour begins in Tel Aviv, Israel on May 7 with dates announced up to July 29 in Minsk, Belarus. A North American tour is slated for later in 2013.
Morrissey has postponed his next four American tour dates to return home to England to be with his mother, who has been hospitalized with an illness. The shows in Pittsburgh; Columbus, OH; Flint, MI and Chicago are expected to be rescheduled, reports Pitchfork, and the tour is slated to resume on October 29 in Minneapolis.