Quick Hits: Kanye West, Lady Gaga, Young The Giant, Lou Reed, Beck
November 1, 2013
More troubles for Kanye West's Yeezus tour, as three more shows have been postponed after some of the equipment used onstage was damaged. According to an announcement from Island Def Jam, a truck accident damaged a video truss as well as a 60 foot circular LED screen. The three shows set to be rescheduled were last night's gig in Vancouver, tonight's in Denver and a November 5 concert in Minneapolis. Meanwhile, West and Kim Kardashian have reportedly sued one of the co-founders of YouTube, claiming he violated a confidentiality agreement by releasing video of West's marriage proposal online. The suit says that Chad Hurley released a brief video to his new website MixBit, which took place October 21 at the San Francisco Giants' AT&T Park, after signing an agreement he would not do so.
Lady Gaga will serve double-duty at Saturday Night Live this fall, hosting and performing as the musical guest on November 16. It will be Gaga's third appearance on SNL, and the Pop star has participated in skits in the past on the show. Haim will serve as the musical guest the following weekend, when Josh Hutcherson of The Hunger Games hosts on November 23. In other Gaga news, she announced yesterday that "Dope" will be the fourth and final track she will release before ARTPOP arrives. "Dope" will land at iTunes on Monday.
Alt-rockers Young The Giant will release their sophomore effort, Mind Over Matter, in January and the band spoke to MTV News about their brand-new single "It's About Time." Singer Sameer Gadhia says, "'It's About Time' is probably the most aggressive track on the record, but in terms of the lyrics and thematically, I think it makes a lot of sense for the record. Sonically, we wanted to take a really contemporary spin on maybe an older rock song. ... We just wanted to change things up a little bit and do something a little bit different." "That song, in particular, I think is really a symbolic idea of how people use power," guitarist Eric Cannata added. "The album touches on a lot of these different themes about times when you can't block out this pressure that you're feeling inside and the times that you kind of break free from that pressure and are able to do limitless things and express yourself in limitless ways."
Lou Reed's wife, artist/musician Laurie Anderson, has written an obituary for the late musician, who passed away over the weekend. Anderson's obituary was published in The East Hampton Star, a small newspaper in East Hampton, NY, where the couple often spent time. Anderson wrote, "Lou was a tai chi master and spent his last days here being happy and dazzled by the beauty and power and softness of nature. He died on Sunday morning looking at the trees and doing the famous 21 form of tai chi with just his musician hands moving through the air."
Beck has announced another all-star peformance of his Song Reader project. Song Reader was released late last year as sheet music only, with the singer encouraging fans to perform the songs themselves. Beck will play the Song Reader tunes live on November 24 in Los Angeles, something he has only done twice so far. The all-star show will feature such special guests as Jack Black, Jarvis Cocker, Van Dyke Parks, Jenny Lewis, Childish Gambino and John C. Reilly, according to Rolling Stone. Beck just announced he will release a new album, Morning Phase, in February.