Quick Hits: Billie Joe Armstrong, Lady Gaga, iHeartRadio Festival, Music Midtown Festival, Pearl Jam, Roger Waters
September 19, 2013
Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong is taking to the big screen for his first starring role. Armstrong will be starring alongside Gossip Girl's Leighton Meester in the indie film, Like Sunday, Like Rain. He will be playing the boyfriend of Meester's character, who plays a struggling musician who becomes the guardian of a 12-year-old musical prodigy. Production of the film is already currently taking place in New York. Armstrong has made numerous cameos in movies like Riding in Cars With Boys, This Is 40, and the upcoming Anchorman: The Legend Continues. He will also appear in two documentaries about Green Day, entitled ¡Cuatro! and Broadway Idiot. Like Sunday, Like Rain is being directed by actor/director Frank Whaley (Pulp Fiction, Ray Donovan).
Lady Gaga talked to CHR KIIS/Los Angeles about her upcoming album ARTPOP. During her in-studio appearance, Gaga said, "It's my intention for you to have a really good time. I designed it for it to be fun from start to finish, like a night at the club in terms of the DJing aspect of it. When you listen to it, it really flows nicely. It's really fun to pop in with your friends. I really wrote it for me and my friends to pop in from start to finish." She also revealed that the single "Applause" closes out the record. "We put that out first so you have lots of time to learn the lyrics so when you're completely inebriated by the end of the album, the first time you listen to it, you, at least, know how to sing the last song," Gaga said.
fun. frontman Nate Ruess will perform with the surviving members of Queen at this weekend's iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas. Sources confirmed the collaboration to Billboard. Adam Lambert is slated to sing with Queen at the all-star Clear Channel event, which will take place Friday and Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Like a zombie arising out of its grave – with guitar in hand – the Music Midtown festival in Atlanta is ready to blow people away with some incredible headliners. The festival had originally been put to rest in 2006 after it became too expensive to run, however, back in 2011 it was resurrected and has been exciting the massive numbers of audience members since. Headlining performances include Red Hot Chili Peppers, Phoenix, Kendrick Lamar, Journey, 2 Chainz, and Weezer, alongside 22 other acts spread across two days. When the festival was originally brought to life in 1994, it pulled in some 300,000 people over a span of three days and three stages. Last year's festival brought in more than 90,000 audience members.
Pearl Jam has released a second single from their upcoming tenth album, Lightning Bolt. The track, entitled "Sirens," is the fourth track on the album, which is slated for release October 15 on Monkeywrench/Republic Records. Check out the music video for "Sirens" below.
In a new interview with the BBC, Roger Waters says he plans to make a new solo album. Waters said, "I am going to make another record. I’ve had a very very strong idea, and I shall pursue it, and I will make at least one more record and I am really looking forward to getting my teeth stuck into it." His last proper solo release came in 1992. Waters also notably said he was "wrong" to sue his ex-Pink Floyd bandmates from using the group's name after he left in the mid-80s.