Arch MUSIC NEWS for 2/13/13
Arch MUSIC NEWS is compiled by Jay Philpott -
Bruno Mars has announced his second world tour which will be named “The Moonshine Jungle Tour.” Dates have not been announced yet, but he did reveal the cities to hold fans over and St. Louis is one of them!!
Patrick Carney of The Black Keys says Justin Bieber doesn’t deserve a Grammy. For that remark, Bieber says the drummer deserves a beat – with an open hand. The pop star responded to Carney’s recent post-Grammy comment via Twitter Tuesday, saying, “the black keys drummer should be slapped around haha.” After the awards Sunday, Carney was caught on TMZ’s cameras, mocking Bieber’s Grammy snub. He told the website, “He’s rich, right? Grammys are for music, not for money – and he’s making a lot of money.”
Fresh off their Grammy night performance, there are reports that Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z are suiting up for a road trip this summer. Sources tell “Rolling Stone,” the “Suit & Tie” collaborators are in negotiations to launch a stadium tour, which could include eleven to 13 stadium dates. Timberlake’s next album “The 20/20 Experience” is due out on March 19th.
Kesha has been tapped to headline the Sprint Pregame Concert, joining a star-studded lineup of artists performing during the NBA All-Star weekend festivities in Houston. She’ll pump up the crowd before the All-Star Game kicks off on Sunday at 5 p.m. STL time. Alicia Keys will be headlining this year’s halftime show and John Legend will be singing the National Anthem.
Ukrainian TV reporter Vitalli Sediuk is revealing how he managed to pull off crashing the Grammy stage Sunday night. Sediuk tells “The Hollywood Reporter” that his channel wasn’t even credentialed for the award show and he attended with friends who had tickets. He says he found his way to the media line and interviewed some celebrities before stealthily following some people through the gates. Apparently security checked his pockets, but no one asked him for a ticket. The prankster reporter insists that he had no plans to take the stage and intercept Adele’s win as he did. When he heard her name being called, the idea came to him and he went for it. He says when he met the singer onstage, he said to her “Thank you Adele. You’re my inspiration” – pretending the award was actually for him. Sediuk recalls that security wasn’t very pleased with him once he walked backstage. He says they took him into another room and questioned him about how he got inside before being sent to spend a night in jail, charged with trespassing. He adds that his “purpose is to entertain” and to “show a different emotion of celebrities.” He says, “I’m not a crazy guy. I just think differently.”
Kelly Clarkson has picked out what could be the most important dress of her life. The singer told “People” that she killed two birds with one stone earlier this month while visiting the Vera Wang boutique in West Hollywood. She went there with the intention of choosing a gown to wear to the Grammys, and ended up finding the wedding dress of her dreams. The 30-year-old says the gown she picked up for her big day is perfectly suited to her personality. She described it as “a little rock and roll” and “nothing like a princess thing.” Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys and Victoria Beckham are among a long list of celebrities who have walked down the aisle in a Vera Wang.
Ted Nugent is criticizing President Obama’s State of the Union address. The Motor City Madman was among those who attended the event in person. Following the speech, he tweeted, quote, “It deeply pains me to report that the prez is a master scam artist-didnt believe a word.” In his address President Obama said the America is making a steady economic recovery, that the “rubble of crisis” has been cleared away, and the nation is stronger than it was four years ago. He cited the victims of numerous mass shootings and said they “deserve a vote” on new gun safety measures. He also said America doesn’t need a “bigger government,” but a “smarter government, and called for a renewed spirit of bipartisan cooperation to put the “nation’s interests before party.” Obama vowed to do what is necessary about the nuclear threats posed by Iran and North Korea, and said that more U.S. troops will be withdrawn from Afghanistan over the next year. Nugent, whose outspoken opposition to President Obama resulted in a visit from the Secret Service last year, attended Obama’s State of the Union address as the guest of Texas’ Republican Representative Steve Stockman.
Van Halen’s David Lee Roth is opening up about the band’s most recent work, as well as what he misses about the new incarnation of the group. The singer admits to “Rolling Stone” that Van Halen’s 2012 release “A Different Kind Of Truth” didn’t exactly contain new material. He says the tracks actually dated back to the 1970s, and were songs that were “written and demoed before the first album.” Roth adds that he and Eddie Van Halen “haven’t written a new song in 20 years.” He also says he’s not sure what’s ahead for the group, explaining that he’s “not sure what’s in Ed’s mind at this point.” Diamond Dave explains that he believes Eddie plans “to write with his son,” Wolfgang Van Halen — the band’s current bassist, and he’s “not sure where that actually leads.” Roth also admitted that he really feels Michael Anthony’s absence, and he particularly misses Anthony’s vocals. He praises Anthony as “arguably one of the greatest high tenor voices ever,” and says his voice is “as identifiable as the high voice” in Earth, Wind & Fire or the Beach Boys. Roth adds that he “would always look forward to that reunion.” Van Halen is expected to tour this year, after cancelling a host of dates last summer and fall. But so far the band’s schedule only includes their make-good dates in Japan in June.
Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger isn’t happy about an upcoming book about the group. Prince Rupert Loewenstein, who served as the Stones financial advisor from 1968 until 2007 is opening up about his experiences with the group in “A Prince Among Stones: That Business with The Rolling Stones and Other Adventures,” But Jagger tells the UK’s “The Mail on Sunday” that it’s not right for Loewenstein to put his stories about the band in print. He admits his attitude might be “old fashioned,” but explains that he doesn’t think “your ex-bank manager should be discussing your financial dealings and personal information in public.” He adds that it “just goes to show that well brought-up people don’t always display good manners.” The Stones were apparently in a dire financial situation when Loewenstein came on board in the late ’60s, and with his assistance band members ended up becoming multi-millionaires. “A Prince Among Stones” is due in stores next month.
Sugar Ray frontman Mark McGrath says he has no problem being a ’90s nostalgia act. The rocker has been hitting the road lately with other acts whose hits came mostly in that decade, and he tells “Rolling Stone” he wouldn’t mind doing that for the rest of his life. McGrath says he doesn’t think he’ll ever get tired of playing Sugar Ray fan-favorites like “Fly” and “Every Morning,” adding that it still feels like the first time when those songs come on the radio. And while Sugar Ray might make more music in the future, McGrath says he’s not worried about making hits anymore. He says they’re not one of those bands who have a hard time realizing they “aren’t a relevant recording act anymore.” Sugar Ray is set to team up with other ’90s hitmakers who feel the same way — like Smash Mouth, Fastball, Gin Blossoms, and more — for the Mark McGrath and Friends cruise this summer. The oceanic outing is scheduled to set sail on October 18th. More information is available at MarkMcGrathAndFriendsCruise.com.
While a number of rockers have gone country, one country singer is now going rock. The Dixie Chicks’ Natalie Maines is prepping for the release of her debut solo album, “Mother,” which will arrive in stores on May 7th. The title track is a cover of the Pink Floyd song, and “USA Today” says the project was “influenced by a more rock-based, edgy sound.” Maines’ version of “Mother” is also featured on the soundtrack to the documentary “West of Memphis,” about the wrongful murder convictions of three Arkansas teens known as the West Memphis Three. Maines discussed her reasons for shifting genres on the red carpet at last week’s MusiCares event honoring Bruce Springsteen. When CMT’s Katie Cook told her she still had lots of fans in the country community, Maines said that “lots of people don’t love” her as well. She added that it’s “kind of like going back to your abusive husband,” and she’s “just not feeling it.”