Friday, September 23, 2011

Rock News

--Wednesday, pioneering alt-rock band R.E.M. announced they were officially breaking-up after 31 years. The band released an announcement on their website stating “As lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band."  They went on to say “There's no disharmony here, no falling-outs, no lawyers squaring-off. We've made this decision together, amicably and with each other's best interests at heart. The time just feels right." However some, including the owner of the R.E.M. fan community site Murmurs Ethan Kaplan, blame pressures from record label Warner Brothers. Kaplan said  “[Warner Brothers]...demands on [the] band now to get a record out were more than they might have wanted to commit [to].”

--According to US Weekly Twilight actor Robert Pattinson is preparing to record an album of original “raw blues” that he described as “[a] stripped-down Ray LaMontagne meets Van Morrison." Pattinson has previously recorded two songs "Let Me Sign" and "Never Think" for the Twilight soundtracks.

--Reports have surfaced that Van Halen are close to signing a record deal with Colombia Records, to record their first album with original lead singer David Lee Roth in 27 years. The band has not recorded an album of new material since 1998's Van Halen III the first, and only, album to feature vocalist Gary Cherone.

--The London Transit Authority have banned billboards for the upcoming album Lulu by Lou Reed and Metallica in all London Undergrounds. The ad, a reproduction of the album's cover, features an armless mannequin torso and the word “Lulu” written in what appears to be red paint or blood.  The ad was banned because authorities thought it looked too much like graffiti. The album will hit stores Halloween day, October 31st.

--Dave Grohl and The Foo Fighters turned the tables on protesters from the Westboro Baptist Church this past week. Protesters from the ultra-conservative church were picketing a Foo Fighters concert in Kansas City, Missouri claiming "The entertainment industry is a microcosm of the people of this doomed nation: hard-hearted, Hell-bound, and hedonistic to the max.”   The band, dressed in hillbilly costumes, serenaded the protesters with a version of the song “Hot Buns” from the back of a flatbed truck. A representative for the Foo Fighters told CNN, "The band is leaving that video/performance as their only comment on the matter." Check out the video Foo Fighters

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