Here's everything you need to know about your favorite End bands, including recording news, tour info, live reviews, off-stage antics, who's dissing who and more. Sarah brings you the latest, biggest music news stories every day on 107.7 The End, at 10:35 and 1:35 with DJ No Name, 6:35 with Harms, and 10:35 during Loveline.
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Modest Mouse Tour and the Weird Sioux Falls Incident
Johnny Marr may be soon wondering what he's gotten himself into. With their Lake Union concert kickoff for We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank behind them, the band is moving on to a full-scale U.S. spring tour, returning to the stage in Seattle to kick off the tour April 15th at the Paramount, and wrapping up a month later with a show in San Jose on May 16th, followed by dates in Europe. Weirdly, The End's Music News has learned Isaac Brock intentionally cut his chest on stage with a pocket knife during a show last weekend in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. As we understand it, a roadie wrestled with Brock for a moment, who then mellowed out and played the rest of the show without incident. Isaac made no mention of the blade while chatting with DJ No Name on Wednesday, but hey, if anyone is used to mercurial lead singers, it's Johnny Marr. The guy's a pro.
Virgin Festival vs. Lollapalooza
Why does mega-zillionaire (and occasional high-altitude balloonist) Richard Branson make things complicated? Branson, who's the head of Virgin Records, Virgin Airlines, Virgin Mobile USA, etc., announced plans for this year's two-day Virgin Festival to stop in Chicago August 4th and 5th. With the reformed Police, Chicago natives Smashing Pumpkins, and the Beastie Boys all chalked up as headliners on this year's Virgin Festival, it's almost a flashback to the 1994 Lollapalooza tour, when the Smashing Pumpkins and Beastie Boys headlined. Problem is, Richard Branson booked the August 4th and 5th dates for the Virgin Festival's Chicago stop the same weekend this year's single-city Lollapalooza show was planned, also in Chicago. Hmmm, wonder if that was on purpose. No word yet from Perry Farrell and the Lollapalooza camp, but clearly, with the Virgin Festival having the Police, Pumpkins, and Beasties on their roster, it waters down potential headliners for the one-off Lollapalooza show, potentially making the Windy City a battleground for alternative hearts and minds this summer. The North American leg of the Virgin Festival also has stops confirmed in Baltimore and Toronto, and will play Thunderbird Stadium in Vancouver May 20th and 21st if you want to make the trip north.
Chris Cornell Back On the Road
The former Soundgarden and Audioslave lead singer is getting ready to head back out on the road as a solo act, announcing the details of an 11-city tour. No Seattle dates have been announced just yet, but Chris is kicking off the tour in Las Vegas April 6th and wrapping things up in Los Angeles May 2nd, all in support of his forthcoming album Carry On, due out May 1st. Yes music fans, Chris will be performing songs from each phase of his career, including Audioslave and Temple of the Dog. Wonder if he'll do that cover of "Seven Nation Army" Audioslave was performing a few years ago.
New Bright Eyes Album Sends Band Back to Seattle
We've been touting the release of the new Bright Eyes album for months, so we're happy to finally have the first single from the Cassadaga album, "Four Winds," in our possession and on the air. The full Cassadaga set hits stores April 10th, but "Four Winds" has been released as a six-song EP previewing the album and is available now. Coming out once again on Omaha's indie-cred heavy Saddle Creek label, which has almost become synonymous with Bright Eyes, Cassadaga features guest contributions from M. Ward, Gillian Welch and Janet Weiss (Sleater-Kinney, Quasi), and Conor and the Bright Eyes gang are currently touring the U.S. in support of Cassadaga and will be back in town at the Paramount on May 1st. If you missed their recent show at the Showbox, here's a chance for you to make it right. In the meantime, enjoy the rootsy, folksy "Four Winds" on The End, and make time April 10th to check out Cassadaga.
R.E.M., Van Halen, and Patti Smith Enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
One of our favorite bands and a great, legendary End artist and prime mover in alternative rock, R.E.M., were dutifully inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year as part of the Class of 2007. Also, the band which some of us may have spent a little too much time listening to in the Circle K parking lot as kids, Van Halen, were also inducted, not to mention on the receiving end of a tongue lashing from fellow 2007 inductee and pioneering rock poet Patti Smith, who criticized Van Halen for their fractured acceptance, yielding only Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony to the stage after David Lee Roth and Alex Van Halen stayed home after the collpase of a projected reunion tour and Eddie Van Halen checked himself into rehab. We here at The End's Music News were sorry to see Van Halen blow an otherwise cool opportunity to bury the hatchet and do some "running with the devil" (told you we spent too much time with this band as kids).
White Stripes Set to Unveil Icky Thump
The White Stripes announced they have completed mixing their sixth studio album, entitled Icky Thump, and are preparing it for release. Recorded at Blackbird Studios in Nashville, Jack's new hometown of inspiration, Icky Thump marks the band's first recording as residents of their new Music City USA home base, though the duo previously recorded White Blood Cells in Nashville as well. The duo reveal on their website they're releasing the album "as soon as corporately possible," reflecting the White Stripes' forced migration to Warner Brothers after their previous label, V2 Records, abruptly quit releasing new music and showed their roster the door. The website adds "word around the sewing circle is that many of your favorite White Stripes type songs may not be your favorite White Stripe songs for long," which surely means good tunes aplenty on the way. Song titles include "Rag and Bone," "Monkeys Have It Easy," "Catch Hell Blues" and "Little Cream Soda."
No Maynard Fix for Seattle
Tool has announced some "adjusted" spring tour dates. Their tour was intially postponed after drummer Danny Carey tore his bicep and required surgery, but the band moved some dates around in their collective Blackberry and finally rescheduled the bulk of their tour, now set to begin April 30th in Reno. The band remains slated to appear at this year's Bonnaroo Music Festival in mid-June in Tennessee, and the tour is currently scheduled to wrap up with a May 24th show in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Additional dates are pending, but no Seattle dates have been announced yet, so if we get any information about Maynard and Co. coming to town we'll pass it along. In the meantime, Maynard has been working on music for his new side project, called Puscifer, with help from A Perfect Circle's Tim Alexander and Rage Against the Machine's Brad Wilk and Tim Commerford.
30 Seconds Over El Paso
Give Jared Leto some showmanship points. While singing "The Kill" at the El Paso, Texas stop of the Taste of Chaos tour, the 30 Seconds to Mars singer leaped into the crowd, only to get his nose broken after thousands of excited fans overpowered security and rushed Leto while he was still on the floor. In addition to receiving a broken nose Leto also injured his foot and, according to MTV News, received "superficial injuries" to his face and body. Despite getting banged up Leto finished the concert like a pro and later declared it to be one of the band's best shows, while heading to the hospital to make sure everything was in one piece. Meanwhile, 30 Seconds to Mars bassist Matt Wachter has called it a day with the band, saying he wants to spend more time with his family.
Linkin Park - Isn't That A Neighborhood In Chicago?
A long time ago in 2003, a band called Linkin Park was riding high on the charts with their second album, and then, without warning, like the dinosaurs of millions of years ago, they disappeared without a trace. It turns out the band hasn't been stuck in a Turkish prison or encased in a glacier or enduring four years' worth of group therapy, but instead has been holed away with producer Rick Rubin working on their third album. Entitled Minutes to Midnight, the band spent over 14 months in the studio working with Rick Rubin on over 100 songs, incorporating instruments not typically associated with their sound, like mellotrons and old-school drum machines. Referring to the Doomsday Clock measuring the amount of perceived time before a nuclear holocaust, Minutes to Midnight is set to be released May 15th. The first single, "What I've Done," is due the first week of April.
R.E.M. Set to Record New Album
Fresh from being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, R.E.M. announced plans to record a new studio album with producer Jacknife Lee, best known for his behind-the-board skills on Snow Patrol's Eyes Open and U2's How to Dismantle An Atomic Bomb. In preparing to record R.E.M.'s first new album since Around the Sun, Lee says R.E.M.'s new songs "are some of their most exciting and visceral yet. They're a beacon for any band wishing to remain honest and challenging." Bassist Mike Mills adds "we are psyched to be working with Jacknife Lee. We've got a great batch of songs and can't wait to put them down." R.E.M.'s cover of John Lennon's "#9 Dream" is also the leadoff single from the new Amnesty International benefit/tribue album Instant Karma and features original R.E.M. drummer Bill Berry back on the skins, as well as contributions from U2, Green Day, and Snow Patrol.
Queens of the Stone Age - Era Vulgaris On the Way
According to the Queens of the Stone Age website, a June release date is planned for the the band's new album, titled Era Vulgaris. The band recently posted a "teaser" video on You Tube showing the band at work in frontman Josh Homme's studio, and a recent FMQB piece names Trent Reznor, the Strokes' Julian Casablancas, former group member and Screaming Trees vocalist Mark Lanegan, and ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons as guests on the new album. Billy Gibbons made an appearance on Queens of the Stone Age's Lullabies to Paralyze album two years ago, lending some tasty lead guitar to "Burn the Witch." The Queens of the Stone Age website also lists several possible Era Vulgaris tracks which cryptically "could be song titles, or could not," including "Into the Hollow," "Sick Sick Sick," "Misfit Love" and "Battery Acid."
More Rage Against the Machine Dates - There Is A God
The reunited Rage Against the Machine has announced THREE more shows this summer, playing New York City July 28th, followed by two stops alongside Wu-Tang Clan on the Rock the Bells hip-hop festival in San Bernardino August 11th and San Francisco August 18th. No additional Rage Against the Machine dates have been announced, but as Sarah says, if a once-in-a-lifetime reunion can happen three more times, there's a good chance there will be more Rage in our future.
Nine Inch Nails Scavenger Hunt
Trent Reznor has cooked up a creative way to promote the forthcoming Nine Inch Nails set Year Zero. According to Trent's vision of Year Zero, it is no longer 2007, but rather 15 B.C. The year 2022 is the new "Year Zero" and the year we are "born again," and to commemorate the Year Zero timeline, Trent has sent his fans on a worldwide scavenger hunt looking for everything from Nine Inch Nails concert t-shirts to imaginary religions. You can play along at echoingthesound.org. Meanwhile, in a recent press release, Trent says he recorded all sixteen tracks of Year Zero himself "on a laptop in a bus on tour somehwere," adding "This record is much more of a 'sound collage' than recent efforts from me. A lot of it was improvised. It will sound different after a few listens. You can think about it and it will reveal more than you were expecting." Year Zero will be in stores April 17th, and a live Nine Inch Nails DVD called Beside You In Time is available now.
Audioslave Kaput - New Cornell Solo Set
The guys in Audioslave always seemed to treat their partnership as a kind of business arrangement rather than a creative force, and with the upcoming Rage Against the Machine reunion shows this summer, Chris Cornell seems to have seen the writing on the wall and has drawn Audioslave to a close. After months of speculation, Chris Cornell announced in a statement he's quitting Audioslave to resume his solo career, saying "due to irresolvable personality conflicts as well as musical differences, I am permanently leaving the band." Look for Chris Cornell's new solo album, entitled Carry On, to be released June 5th, featuring the recent James Bond Casino Royale theme "You Know My Name."
Beastie Boy MCA Tackles Bad Brains
The legendary and innovative Washington D.C. punk mainstay Bad Brains are wrapping up work on a new album in New York, with MCA from the Beastie Boys handling production chores. A release is eyed for sometime this spring. MCA says, "the Brains are one of most powerful and unique bands in the world. They have been a huge influence on me, and it was an honor to work with them on this record." Well said Adam, well said. Bad Brains hit the road this spring for some dates in advance of the yet-to-be-titled album, including an appearance at Sasquatch Memorial Day Weekend at the Gorge.
Sasquatch Returns - Still No Santa Claus
The Sasquatch Music Festival returns Memorial Day Weekend at the Gorge, Saturday May 26th and Sunday May 27th, with over 50 acts appearing on three stages for what is easily the biggest show of the spring in the Pacific Northwest. High on the bill are Bjork and the Arcade Fire on Saturday the 26th, and the Beastie Boys and Interpol on Sunday the 27th. Other acts include the great Michael Franti and Spearhead, Bad Brains, Neko Case, the Hold Steady, Ozomatli, Aqueduct, Spoon, the Dandy Warhols, M.I.A., the Thermals, Viva Voce, Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter, Smoosh, Common Market, Helio Sequence, Minus the Bear, with plenty more artists on the two-day bill and more to be announced. On-site camping is available Friday the 25th through Sunday the 27th, and tickets are on sale now. Go to www.sasquatchfestival.com for more information, or click over to The End's Concert Calendar.
Sasquatch Carbon Neutral (what?)
This year the Sasquatch Festival is teaming up with Esurance and Sustainable Energy Partners to make the festival a "certified carbon neutral event." Quick science content: carbon dioxide is one of the major causes of climate change and global warming. When CO2 is released into the atmosphere, carbon offset programs like the one adopted by Sasquatch make it so an equal amount of carbon is reduced somewhere else. Therefore, the amount of CO2 the Sasquatch Festival may put into the environment will be cancelled out by an offset through the purchase of "carbon credits" through Sustainable Energy Partners. For every ton of carbon credits purchased, one ton of CO2 is reduced through reforestation, sequestration, and different types of energy efficient projects. The end result is this year's Sasquatch Music Festival will have a net carbon output of ZERO. While this is good news, it also begs the question, wouldn't it just be easier NOT TO POLLUTE in the first place?
British Bands Against Nukes
Harking back to the European anti-nuke activism of the early 1980's, Thom Yorke and Snow Patrol are two artists currently taking part in a British anti-nuclear weapons campaign called "No Trident Replacement," named for the recently announced initiative in Britian to build a new generation of submarines to carry existing Trident ballistic missile technology. More than 50 British musicians and bands have signed a statement released by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, one of Europe's largest peace movements, pointing out "these are weapons of mass destruction which can kill hundreds of millions of people. They cannot protect us from today's security threats such as terrorism and climate change." The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, or C.N.D., already has the support of Franz Ferdinand, Kaiser Chiefs, Bloc Party, the Chemical Brothers, Massive Attack, Lostprophets, Primal Scream, and the Archie Bronson Outfit. For more info, check out www.cnduk.com.
Al Gore's "Live Earth" Saves the World
Former Vice President Al Gore, whose recent film An Inconvenient Truth opened many eyes to the reality of global warming, recently announced a 24-hour global concert to fund the fight against global warming called Live Earth. The concert is scheduled for July 7th (to coincide with the 7/7/07 date on the calendar...get it?) on all seven continents, with confirmed stages in China, Australia, South Africa, and Great Britain, as well as several cities to be named in the United States, Brazil, Japan, and even Antarctica. Proceeds are earmarked for a multi-year global effort to combat the global warming crisis by the Alliance for Climate Protection. More than 100 artists are slated to perform, including the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters, AFI, Damien Rice, Keane, Bloc Party and Snoop Dog. The global concert will also feature a film about the coming climate crisis and how to best protect the environment, and will be broadcast in over 120 countries.
Written and compiled by Tommy Hough and Sarah Bradley