Quick Hits: Dave Grohl, Prince, fun., Wale, The National
March 21, 2013
In a new interview with the NME, Dave Grohl reveals that while organizing his Sound City project, he reached out to PJ Harvey about covering Nirvana songs with the band's other founding members. "Someone came up with the idea of doing a Nirvana song with PJ Harvey," Grohl told the music magazine. "Kurt [Cobain] loved her and we love her and we thought, 'Yeah, what would we do?' I said: 'God, what if we were to do 'Milk It' from In Utero with Polly singing?' We all looked at each other like, 'Woah, that would be amazing . . .' and then she couldn't do it!" Grohl added that he has always been wary of performing Nirvana songs in concert. "The thing is, it's sacred ground," he told the NME. "If we were ever to do something like that it would have to be right because you want to pay tribute. There's a reason Foo Fighters don't do Nirvana songs, and it's a good reason."
Following his performance at SXSW over the weekend, Prince has announced a west coast tour of clubs, playing two shows a night in April and May. Starting April 15, Prince will hit Vancouver, Seattle, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Phoenix, San Diego and Anaheim, according to Consequence Of Sound.
fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff has written an album's worth of new material, but it's all for the PBS kids show Super WHY! Speaking to Billboard, Antonoff said he wrote at least 15 tunes for the live touring version of Super WHY!. "I grew up on Raffi," Antonoff says. "That was my first impression of what a rock star was."
Rapper Wale will release his third studio album, The Gifted, on June 25. Lead single "Bad," featuring Tiara Thomas, is already available digitally and the video for the track debuted today on BET's 106th & Park. Wale will perform the song on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon next Monday, March 25.
Moody indie rockers The National will release their new album, Trouble Will Find Me, on May 21 via 4AD. It is the follow-up to 2010's High Violet. The National had already announced their 2013 tour plans, which begin in Ithica, NY on May 16.