[H/T CoS] Update 11:12 pm ET: The Foo Fighters are indeed going on a hiatus, but they are defintely not breaking up, and Grohl isn’t planning a solo project (despite the Page Six report that came out earlier). Watch the band’s official announcement below; it’s a hilarious short that shows Grohl failing at recording a solo album while the rest of the band members debate who to get to replace him, and land on an unlikely candidate…Yesterday’s Page Six article started the fire with a statement from drummer Taylor Hawkins, who confirmed tension between him and Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl. According to the New York Post’s source, “The band is billing it as a ‘break,’ but it’s totally Dave going solo, and Taylor is pissed about it.”Artisan News kept this news a secret, and today published an interview from January 16th, in which Hawkins goes in more detail about the hiatus, or as he describes it, the “ihateus.”“We’re on ihateus right now, we’re on an indefinite ihateus … [It’s] not because we don’t love each other, or don’t want to make music together … We did so much in the last five or six years — we as a band could go into the studio tomorrow and have just as much fun as we ever had, but I think the world needs a break from us for a little while,” he explains.You can watch the full segment below, though the breaking news starts at the 5:10 mark:The band has followed Hawkins’ tellings with a Facebook post, to which we all patiently await a continued response: Official band announcement tomorrow night. Stay tuned.Posted by Foo Fighters on Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Graham Nash, one third of the legendary Crosby, Stills and Nash, may just have finally had enough of their amazing harmonizing. After almost fifty years of working with Stephen Stills and David Crosby, the long English born Nash finds has finally reached a breaking point. In an interview with the Dutch magazine Lust For Life, Nash said, “You asked me if there’s more of CSN? My answer is ‘no,’ and that’s very sad, because we’re pretty good… But I am currently not so fond of David Crosby. He treated me horrible the past two years. Really, really awful… Forty-five years I’ve been there for him to save his ******* ass, but he treats me like I’m dirt.”Formed from the ashes of Buffalo Springfield, The Hollies and The Byrds, CSN was born by an impromptu sing-a-long at the home of Joni Mitchell. The trio of vocalists, as well as all in earshot, were amazed by the achingly beautiful blend of voices. Through their storied career, their lyrical topics ranged from the polarizing politics of the power of hope and love. Backstage, however, it was rarely a love fest. David Crosby had been fired from The Byrds in 1967 over personality conflicts, and his tenure in CSN has been marked with similar issues, particularly with one time member Neil Young. In 2014, Crosby made remarks about Young’s new wife, Daryl Hannah, calling her a “…purely poisonous predator.”At the beginning of that most recent spat between Crosby and Young, Nash was still hopeful of a CSNY reunion, saying, “You can never say never in this business.” But apparently, somewhere over the last two years, that attitude has changed. It’s ironic that three vocalists who can achieve such a perfect balance in song on stage can’t get along anywhere else.While we patiently hope time manages to heal these wounds, let’s remember why we love CSN so much with a couple of songs from their career making Woodstock appearance, Marrakesh Express and Blackbird.[H/T Ultimate Classic Rock, Photo by Eleanor Stills]
For all those fans who were upset about Dead & Company’s seeming avoidance of the West Coast, the band has made things right! The newest Grateful iteration has announced six new tour dates, spanning the West from Washington down to California.The original tour announcement focused heavily on the East Coast and Midwest, with a few Colorado dates in the mix. The new tour dates begin about a week after the first tour dates end, kicking off on July 22nd in Portland, OR. From there, the group will spend one night at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, WA, before heading South for four shows throughout California.You can see the band’s full schedule below, with ticket on-sale times in parentheses. All tickets go on sale at 10 AM local time, and more information can be found via the band’s website.Dead & Company Summer 2016 Tour6/10/16: Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion6/12/16: Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival6/16/16: Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center6/17/16: Indianapolis, IN – Klipsch Music Center 6/20/16: Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion6/21/16: Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center 6/23/16: Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live6/25/16: Flushing, NY – Citi Field6/26/16: Flushing, NY – Citi Field 6/28/16: Hartford, CT – Xfinity Theatre7/2/16: Boulder, CO – Folsom Field7/3/16: Boulder, CO – Folsom Field7/7/16: Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre7/9/16: Alpine Valley, WI – Alpine Valley Music Theatre7/10/16: Alpine Valley, WI – Alpine Valley Music Theatre7/13/16: Pittsburgh, PA – First Niagara Pavilion7/15/16: Boston, MA – Fenway Park7/16/16: Boston, MA – Fenway Park 7/22/16: Portland, OR – Moda Center (3/19)7/23/16: George, WA – Gorge Amphitheatre (3/19)7/26/16: Irvine, CA – Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre (3/26)7/27/16: Chula Vista, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheatre (3/19)7/29/16: Wheatland, CA – Toyota Amphitheatre (3/26)7/30/16: Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre (3/26)[Cover photo via Erik Kabik]
It takes a certain presence to nail the powerfully raw vocals of Jefferson Airplane’s hit song, “White Rabbit.” The Alice in Wonderland-themed classic was originally sung by Grace Slick, though many have covered it over the years. Last night, P!nk proved herself more than capable of the task, when she performed on last night’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live.Kimmel has been employing an outdoor stage setup for summer concert fun, and recently hosted Dead & Company on the performance space. The show featured P!nk playing two songs, her folky ballad “Just Like Fire” and the hit “White Rabbit.” Both of them will be featured in the new Disney movie, Alice Through The Looking Glass.Check out the potent Jefferson Airplane tribute from last night, below.
While Fare Thee Well was the most recent reunion of the Core Four surviving members of the Grateful Dead, by no means has it been the only one. Members Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart have united on several occasions, including an exciting tour in 2003 as The Dead. With members Jimmy Herring, Rob Barraco, Jeff Chimenti and Joan Osborne, the band performed a one-off February show at The Warfield in San Francisco, and launched a major summer tour thereafter.After hitting Bonnaroo in its second year ever, the band worked their way up the coast to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. On this day thirteen years ago – June 20, 2003 – the band featured opening act Steve Winwood to get things going. Winwood not only opened, but joined in for a little fun on the classic Traffic tune “Dear Mr. Fantasy.” One of the bigger surprises of the show came after a rockin’ “Drums/Space” segment, when the band was joined by Phish bassist Mike Gordon for a bass-fueled jam session. The magic between Gordon and Lesh was unstoppable, and carried all the way through a supreme “Eyes Of The World.” It was truly a show for the ages.Thanks to the work of Ken Doughty and Matt Cole, we have full audio to share from this performance. Tune in and listen to the magic below.
The Disco Biscuits have been on fire of late, and continued their smoldering City Bisco run with the second straight night at Irving Plaza in New York, NY. The band weaved through a number of original compositions throughout the entire show, opening with a “Grass is Green” that would take them through “Spacebirdmatingcall,” “The Bridge” and “And the Ladies Were the Rest of the Night” before concluding the song. Finally, it was “Kitchen Mitts” that closed out the first set.The biggest surprise came during the second set, when the band debuted a new song called “The Champions.” Sandwiched in the middle of a “Munchkin Invasion” and coming after “Orch Theme,” the new song was a raging treat from the Biscuits. Hopefully this means more new material is on the way!After closing out the set with “Floes,” the band returned for one more song, “The City.” Fortunately, thanks to their Uphoric TV stream, there’s a full video of last night’s performance for all to enjoy. They’re also live streaming from Coney Island Amphitheatre tonight, so don’t miss out.Watch last night’s Disco Biscuits show below.Setlist: The Disco Biscuits at Irving Plaza, New York, NY – 8/19/16I: Grass is Green-> Spacebirdmatingcall, The Bridge, And the Ladies Were the Rest of the Night-> Grass is Green, Kitchen MittsII: 7-11-> Munchkin Invasion-> Orch Theme-> The Champions (1st time played, new original song)-> Munchkin Invasion, FloesE: The City
Beloved Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir has been making the rounds in support of his new “Cowboy album” Blue Mountain, and this week he’ll stop at the Americana Music Festival and Conference in Nashville, TN. Taking place on Thursday, September 22nd, Weir will appear at the Country Music Hall of Fame for an acoustic performance with Blue Mountain‘s producer Josh Kaufman, as well as a question and answer session with Buddy Miller.This is sure to be an interesting interview, as Blue Mountain is a very personal album to Weir, made up of songs from his childhood and stories from his time as a fifteen-year-old runaway living as a cowboy on a ranch. For those who can’t make it to Nashville, the concert and Q&A will be live streamed for free.The stream can be accessed in the player below! Enjoy, and be sure to check out the full Live For Live Music channel on LiveList for an updated listing of all official live streams, great YouTube content and more.
Warren Haynes’ Christmas Jam is always one of the best events of the holiday season. The event is now in its 28th year, and fans can always count on top-notch talent to make the trek to the Asheville, NC. This year is no different, with Bob Weir, Michael McDonald, Alison Krauss, George Porter Jr., John Medeski, Marcus King and more all slated to appear.Now, Christmas Jam has announced another round of artists additions that’s sure to up the ante. Eric Krasno, Duane Trucks, Paul Riddle of the Marshall Tucker Band, and Mark Mullins & Levee Horns have all joined the lineup for this can’t miss event. Also, piano wizard Holly Bowling has been tapped to will bring her talents to Asheville to perform during set breaks and band changeovers.The event has also announced their annual Christmas Jam by Day concert, which will take place at the Asheville Music Hall, The One Stop at Asheville Music Hall, and Jack of the Wood). The lineup includes a number of talented up-and-comers, with Tom Hamilton’s American Babies and The Marcus King Band topping the bill. See below for the full lineup for Christmas Jam by Day. You can buy tickets Monday, November 28th at this link.
As the year winds to a close, there seems to be a consensus that The Claypool Lennon Delirium is one of the best new projects to come out of 2016. Consisting of Les Claypool, the legendary madman bassist of Primus, and Sean Lennon, infamous guitarist of The Ghost of A Saber Tooth Tiger, the two have been blowing minds across the US with their dark and twisted psychedelic rock. To acquaint new listeners to the project, Front Row Boston, a project produced by WGBH Music and Crossroads Presents in association with NPR Music, was there to capture the Claypool Lennon Delirium’s show in August at the House of Blues in Boston. The resulting footage is a aesthetically beautiful and sonically expansive introduction to the Claypool Lennon Delirium, which also features keyboardist Pete Drungle and drummer Paolo Baldi of Cake.Those with patience can catch the set on television this Saturday, December 17, at 11:30 PM on WGBH 2. Kindly, the folks over at WGBH Music have made the video along with a setlist available now online, both of which can be found below.Setlist:01:08 Cricket and the Genie (Movement I, The Delirium)06:03 Cricket and the Genie (Movement II, Oratorio Di Cricket)09:36 Breath of a Salesman18:00 The Monolith of PhobosThela Hun GinJeet (King Crimson cover)23:24 Boomerang Baby31:49 Mr. WrightIn the Court of the Crimson King (King Crimson)38:46 Bubbles Burst45:27 OhmericaAstronomy Domine (Pink Floyd cover)52:40 Captain LariatTomorrow Never Knows (The Beatles cover)(encore)1:01:32 Too Many Puppies (Primus cover)1:05:33 Southbound Pachyderm (Primus cover)The video that will be airing slices out the non-Primus covers performed during the night. Luckily, many of those performances have also been made available online. Front Row Boston’s website also contains covers of The Beatles’ “Tomorrow Never Knows” and King Crimson’s “The Court of the Crimson King.” You can also watch The Claypool Lennon Delirium cover King Crimson’s “Thela Hun Ginjeet” below.[H/T JamBase]
While shopping malls often have music playing, very rarely is that music as intimate as what you’re about to see. The Brothers Comatose have a new album called The Covers EP: Volume 2 out now (order it here), and did some direct marketing at the Westfield Mall in San Francisco, CA. There, the five piece string outfit set up shop inside the elevator, and let hilarity ensue as they performed covers for unsuspecting crowds inside the elevator!Now dubbed “The Elevator Sessions,” these videos capture the band in their element, interacting with fans and playing the music they love. “It’s been super fun seeing people’s reactions to the moment the elevator doors open and there’s a full band playing inside,” says Ben Morrison. “It brings lots of smiles and laughter, which is really what we’re all about.”The first video from the series sees The Brothers Comatose perform a cover of CAKE’s “Stickshifts and Safetybelts.” No strangers to unique covers, the brothers actually started their band by playing back wall covers, and ultimately grew into writing their own music. This cover really takes the CAKE!Check out the first Elevator Sessions video below, filmed by Jacob Skaggs, featuring The Brothers Comatose’s performance of “Stickshifts and Safetybelts” at the Westfield Mall in San Francisco.Ben Morrison tells us more about how the video came to be. “Jacob Skaggs (our video maker) actually brought the idea of playing and filming in an elevator. We brainstormed ways to make the most of it and figured doing it in downtown San Francisco during the holidays would make for the craziest and most memorable moments. We figured it would be chaotic with everyone shopping for the holidays and it definitely turned out that way. All 5 of the band members, plus Jacob and a sound guy, packed into the large elevator in Macy’s in downtown SF and we just started playing. We would go from floor to floor and 90% of the time, the doors would open and people would get excited and hop on with us to hear us play a song. Ultimately, we got the opportunity to make people smile for that short ride to their next floor and hopefully the craziness of it sticks with them and makes their day a little better.”Right on! We can’t wait for more Elevator Sessions videos to emerge from this awesome concept.Don’t miss The Brothers Comatose on the road. Find their tour schedule below, and head to their website for more details.Brothers Comatose Tour Dates2/23 — State Room — Salt Lake City, UT2/24 — Winter Wondergrass Festival — Steamboat, CO2/25 — Winter Wondergrass Festival — Steamboat, CO2/26 — Winter Wondergrass Festival — Steamboat, CO2/27 — Center For The Arts — Crested Butte, CO^3/1 — Olympic — Boise, ID^3/2 — Knotty Pine — Victor, ID^3/3 — Filling Station — Bozeman, MT^3/4 — Top Hat — Missoula, MT^3/5 — The Bartlett — Spokane, WA^3/7 — Brewminatti — Prosser, WA^3/8 — Green Frog — Bellingham, WA^3/9 — Tractor Tavern — Seattle, WA**3/10 — Tractor Tavern — Seattle, WA**3/11 — Revolution Hall — Portland, OR**^ w/ Rainbow Girls** w/ Hillstomp and Rainbow Girls