Quick Hits: U2, Bruce Springsteen/Tom Morello, Phoenix, Carrie Underwood, Filter, The Strokes, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Bob Seger & Kid Rock
January 17, 2013

Bono (photo: Jim Rinaldi)
In a new interview with England's The Sun, Bono says U2 is working once again on their next studio album. Talking about his own band in the third person, Bono says, "U2 have been back and they're really in fine fettle. They're mad for it at the moment and they really want to make a new record. And they don't care if it takes 10 years -- they don't care if it never happens again, they just want to get it right." He also said the group has been calling the work in progress 10 Reasons To Exist, but adds that they have at least six other possible album titles in mind. The band members have said in the past they had a number of tracks leftover from their last record, No Line On The Horizon, which were at one point expected to be released together as an album, and since then the band has reportedly worked on and off in the studio on new material.

Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello will join Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band for their upcoming tour of Australia. Morello will fill in for Little Steven Van Zandt, who is unable to participate due to prior commitments with his TV series Lilyhammer. Morello will play nine Australian shows with the Boss in March, before Van Zandt returns for a European tour later this spring.

Phoenix have revealed that their new album will be called Bankrupt. The band posted an image on their Facebook page with their name and the title emblazoned over a hot pink background with a link to their re-launched website. The new site features the same image flashing wildly as an eerie synth track plays in the background. The new Phoenix album is expected to drop in April.

Carrie Underwood reportedly has been added to the lineup of Grammy performers, according to Entertainment Tonight. Underwood joins a lineup that already boasts fun., Mumford & Sons, The Black Keys, Rihanna and Taylor Swift. The 55th annual Grammy Awards will air February 10 on CBS.

Filter has signed with Wind-Up Records and the band is currently working on a new album with producer Bob Marlette. This will be the band's sixth studio album, and follows the 2010 offering The Trouble with Angels. The lead single will impact radio in March with the album following in May. Filter singer Richard Patrick stated: "We're excited to enter a new phase of our career with Wind-up. They're expecting great things from us and we plan to deliver." 

The Strokes will apparently reveal a brand new single called "All the Time" in the very near future. Modern Rock KNDD (The End)/Seattle posted on a note on its Facebook page saying that staff had heard the track. "Previewing brand new Strokes 'All the Time' thanks to RCA Records. We'll have to 'leak' this soon. You won't be disappointed," the radio station wrote. The song is expected to appear on the NYC band's fifth studio album, due out some time in 2013.

The full lineup has been announced for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, taking place over the weekends of April 26-28 and May 2-5. The roster is massive and it includes names like John Mayer, Dave Matthews Band, The Black Keys, Phoenix, Frank Ocean, Fleetwood Mac, Billy Joel, Patti Smith and about a thousand more. Check out the full list at http://www.nojazzfest.com.

Detroit natives Bob Seger and Kid Rock have talked about doing shows together for years, and finally, their spring tours will converge for two shows. The two special concerts featuring Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band and Kid Rock & The Twisted Brown Trucker Band will take place in Minneapolis on March 15 and Fargo, ND on March 16. Rock is touring in support of his latest album, Rebel Soul, while Seeger has been chipping away on a new LP as well.

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