Quick Hits: Soundgarden, Aerosmith, Nicki Minaj, Queens Of The Stone Age, Paramore, Atoms For Peace, Coldplay, Passion Pit, Black Sabbath, Tegan & Sara, Roger Waters
November 6, 2012


Soundgarden

Soundgarden is currently streaming their comeback album, King Animal, in full on iTunes. The band's first album in over 15 years boasts 13 tracks, including the single "Been Away Too Long." King Animal officially drops on November 13, and fans can keep an ear out for FMQB's one-hour radio special, Inside Soundgarden: King Animal, airing on Rock stations nationwide from November 11 to 18. The special is hosted by Matt Pinfield as he sits down with Chris Cornell, Kim Thayil, Ben Shepherd and Matt Cameron to discuss the new album and the band's reunion, as well as premiere a slate of new songs.

Thousands of Aerosmith fans clogged a Boston street on Monday to hear the band perform a free concert in front of the apartment building where they lived, wrote songs and began their career four decades ago. The group played old hits including "Walk This Way," "Back In The Saddle" and "Sweet Emotion" as well as new songs from Music from Another Dimension, which drops today. Area residents hung out windows, sat on balconies and stood on rooftops to hear the noontime concert. "It feels like the world stood still for this. It feels like it was yesterday," lead singer Steven Tyler told Reuters in an interview after the concert. Aerosmith's five members also signed a plaque that Boston plans to mount outside the apartment building in the Allston neighborhood.

The first of three Nicki Minaj reality specials premiered November 4 on E!, with the next two episodes airing November 11 and 18. This begs the question of whether Minaj will consider doing a full-on reality series in the future. "I'll see how overwhelming it is," Minaj told Billboard.com. "If I feel like it's too personal, people discussing too much, I won't do it." Minaj, who is in the U.K. on her Roman Reloaded European tour, said the second episode is still being edited and the third is not finished, though she is certain that it will give a look into designing her tour, some footage with Lil Wayne, and performance scenes from the current tour. "I think overall, it's about overcoming everything when you're trying to get something done and how hard it is to balance everything," Minaj explained. "I was beginning American Idol, preparing the tour, doing video shoots. It should be called Multi-Tasking At Its Finest."

Dave Grohl is back behind the drum kit for the next Queens Of The Stone Age record. QOTSA main man Josh Homme announced on BBC Radio 1 today that the band's drummer Joey Castillo had left the group and Grohl has been recording with them. The official QOTSA Facebook page also posted a picture today of a mixing board with a label "DAVE DRUMS" on it. Grohl played on the band's most successful album, 2002's Songs For The Deaf.

Paramore has finished recording its fourth album along with producer Justin Meldal-Johnsen. Frontwoman Hayley Williams tweeted on November 1, "Getting ready to walk out these studio doors for the last time. #album4." Guitarist Taylor York tweeted soon after: "So we finished tracking our fourth album. This is surreal. Stoked. I am exhausted. I hope you love it." The fourth studio LP follows the contentious exit of two of the band's founding members, brothers Josh and Zac Farro, in 2010. It will be Paramore's first album since 2009's brand new eyes.

Contrary to earlier reports, the debut album from Thom Yorke's side project Atoms For Peace does not have a release date yet. The record is indeed called AMOK and will be out early in 2013. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Yorke says Atoms For Peace hope to tour once AMOK is out next year.

Coldplay drummer Will Champion will appear in the third season of HBO's Game Of Thrones. Entertainment Weekly reports that Champion will have a cameo playing a drummer, naturally, and that Snow Patrol singer Gary Lightbody is also filming a cameo in an upcoming episode as well. Game Of Thrones returns to HBO on March 31.

Passion Pit has announced an itinerary of 2013 headlining tour dates all across North America with openers Matt & Kim. The new 2013 tour starts on February 5 in Norfolk, VA and runs through March 2 in Salt Lake City. The band then heads south for Lollapalooza Brazil on March 31 and Lollapalooza Chile on April 6.

Black Sabbath are still toiling away on their new album with the help of producer Rick Rubin. "We've written the 15 songs and we've played them all, but now at the moment we're recording them," guitarist Tony Iommi told Blairing Out in an interview. "We're about six tracks in now at the moment." He added that drummer Bill Ward - who has been absent due to a contract dispute - probably won't be rejoining the group anytime soon. "We'll always have a heart for Bill, but I think it's gone past that now, because it's gone on so long, that I don't see that happening at the moment," Iommi added.

Tegan and Sara's new album, Heartthrob, now has a January 29 release date. Meanwhile, before their impending U.S. Tour with The Killers, Tegan and Sara also will be playing a special special gig at NYC's Bowery Ballroom on Monday, November 19. The following day (11/20), the girls are set to perform their new single, "Closer," on The Late Show with David Letterman.

Roger Waters tells Rolling Stone he is "absolutely determined" to record a new solo record, which he has tentatively titled Heartland. The former Pink Floyd member told the magazine he recently wrote a new song which "provides a cornerstone and a core idea for me to write a new album about. You know, it's just one of my obsessions, which is, I'm sort of obsessed with the idea that religious extremism is a maligned factor in most of our lives."




 
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