Quick Hits: Nirvana, Imagine Dragons, 2 Chainz, Muse, The Rolling Stones
April 15, 2014
Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic posted a blog about his band's induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, where the surviving members played a set with four different female singers. Novoselic said the live performance "conjured the spirit of the band" and that Joan Jett was his first choice to serve as frontwoman. "I spoke to Dave [Grohl] about it and he ran with the idea of having all women lead. We felt that would be a good tribute to Kurt [Cobain] and what Nirvana was about," he wrote. "It was a good balance of females as Joan Jett and Kim Gordon are matriarchs of Punk Rock, while St. Vincent and Lorde represent the powerful up-and-coming women in Rock. Every one of these performances nailed a Nirvana tune in their own way." Nirvana's induction will be broadcast as part of an edited version of the Hall of Fame ceremony that will air on HBO on May 31 at 9 p.m.
Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds will receive the Hal David Starlight Award at the upcoming Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala on June 12 in New York City. The award honors young songwriters who have made an impact in the music industry, and previous recipients include Rob Thomas, Alicia Keys, John Mayer, John Legend, Jason Mraz, Taylor Swift, and Drake.
2 Chainz is set to drop a new five-song EP called Freebase on May 5. "It has been a minute since the release of my album B.O.A.T.S II: Me Time and I wanted to give something special to my fans while I record my follow up album," the Rapper said of the new project, according to MTV News. "This is a taste of what is to come, and is most importantly, for them."
Muse is planning to begin work on their seventh album next month, which will be the follow up to 2012's The 2nd Law. "We're going to go back in May and start working on some new stuff, so I think we'll start recording it this year," drummer Dominic Howard told KROQ/Los Angeles over the weekend. "If we can get something out this year, that would be great, but definitely next year."
The Rolling Stones have rescheduled their tour of Australia and New Zealand and added two extra shows, for a total of nine. The Stones had planned to tour Down Under in March and April, but the dates were postponed following the death of Mick Jagger's girlfriend, L'Wren Scott. The British rockers will restart the trek in the fall with an October 25 concert at the Adelaide Oval, and they'll wrap things up on November 22 in Auckland, New Zealand.