Quick Hits: One Direction, U2, Christina Perri, St. Vincent, Pixies
December 9, 2013
One Direction made their second appearance as musical guests on Saturday Night Live over the weekend, where they sang two songs from Midnight Memories. For their first number, the boys traded off lead vocals on the single "Story of My Life." They also showed off their harmonies with the live debut of the acoustic-based song, "Through the Dark." The 1D boys also had a chance to try out their acting chops during Paul Rudd's opening monolog, when they appeared as part of "Nine Direction," singing an a cappella version of "Afternoon Delight" with the cast of Anchorman 2. They also did another sketch with Rudd where he played a middle-aged One Direction superfan. In related news, the boy band recently announced that their North American stadium tour will kick off on August 1, 2014 in Toronto and run until October 5 in Miami.
U2 has officially signed a new management contract with Live Nation and Guy Oseary, marking the end of an era with their longtime manager, Paul McGuinness. U2 posted a message on their website to thank McGuinness "for his extraordinary leadership, guidance and friendship over the last 35 years." The band explained that, "Sometime soon, U2 will begin a new adventure around the world and we totally understand and respect Paul's desire to not run away with the circus – AGAIN. Perhaps more than any music management operation in history, Paul, alongside Trevor, Keryn and the team at Principle Management has always fought for our rights, for our music, for our fans and for the principles that we and he believe in. His central lesson was that if you cared for your 'art,' you must also 'take care of business' as historically with rock and roll bands, the latter has undone the former. We are relieved he will remain on as the mentor-in-chief." According to reports last month, Live Nation is paying a reported $30 million for Principle Management, McGuinness' company, as well as Madonna manager Oseary's Maverick. U2 is expected to release a new album next year.
Christina Perri has announced the release date for her new album. Head Or Heart, which features the new single "Human," is slated for release on March 11. Perri will celebrate the album with a North American headline tour starting on April 4 in Denver and running through May 26 in Vancouver.
St. Vincent has announced the release of a new, self-titled studio album. The 11-track set will arrive on February 25 via Loma Vista/Republic Records. The album was recorded alongside Dap-Kings drummer Homer Steinweiss and frequent collaborator McKenzie Smith of Midlake, along with producer John Congleton.
Pixies have recruited Paz Lenchatin (A Perfect Circle, Zwan) as their new touring bassist. The band kicks off a 33-city headline tour on January 15 in Toronto, and they also just announced a series of South American and European festival performances for next spring and summer. The Pixies will play Lollapalooza Chile, Lollapalooza Argentina, and Lollapalooza Brazil, as well as Colombia's Festival Estereo Picnic, in the spring. They will then head to Europe for a series of major festivals that begin May 30 when they headline Primavera Sound in Barcelona, Spain.