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Phish

As rumored, Phish will occupy Madison Square Garden in NYC on New Years Eve this year, and they'll be there on New Years Day next year too (their first-ever New Years Day concert). The jam band have actually announced five new shows, three of which are at the Manhattan venue (they're their December 30th too), and another two leading up to that, in Worcester...

An online ticket request period is currently underway at http://phish.portals.musictoday.com/ and will end on Saturday, October 2nd, at noon ET. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on October 9th. Included in the ticket price for each date is a free MP3 download of the entire show (a fully mixed soundboard recording). Redeemable at LivePhish.com, the downloads will be available often within an hour of the band stepping off stage. Phish will also be giving ticket buyers free MP3 show downloads of each stop on its fall 2010 tour.
All dates, including the now-sold-out Halloween shows in Atlantic City, are listed below...

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The Wall, Toronto - September 15th (arezoonia)
The Wall

"Roger Waters treated Toronto fans to his first performance of The Wall in more than 20 years on Wednesday, mixing bits of vintage stagecraft with all-new flourishes in front of a sold-out Air Canada Centre crowd.

The former Pink Floyd co-frontman was performing the landmark concept record for the first time since 1990, with the only other performances of the 1979 record coming in four cities (London, Uniondale, N.Y., Los Angeles and Dortmund, Germany) during a tour in 1980-81." [Canadian Press]

Tickets are now on AmEx presale for a November 6th Roger Waters "The Wall Live" show happening at Madison Square Garden in NYC. The new show is two days after the previously announced NJ shows, and a month after the other two shows Roger is playing at MSG.

Check out some videos from the Canadian shows below...

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Black Sabbath

Chris Weingarten: Do you remember hearing Black Sabbath for the first time?

Glenn Danzig: Yes. I didn't even hear them before I bought the record. I was flipping through new releases at Sam Goody's and all of a sudden I see this record with a girl in the satanic robe and this dead electric forest and this BLACK SABBATH at the top and I just pulled it out and I said, "This has to be good!" It just had to. No one knew who the fuck they were at the time; it had just come out here in the States and -- as you'd say now, "buzz" -- but there was no "buzz" or talk or anything about them at all, and I brought it home, took a chance, and it was just insane. I played it over and over and called up some friends and was like, "You gotta hear this fucking record." Within like, I think, a month, everyone in my town was listening to it.

Chris Weingarten: Wow, how old were you?

Glenn Danzig: I don't know; I was young. I think this was the first band I went and saw. I was a little kid. I remember that me and my friend were at this show and we were the littlest kids there. It was oversold and the crowd was rocking back and forth so we just started punching and kicking people -- that's the kind of kids we were [laughs].

That town Danzig refers to is of course Lodi, New Jersey which is 4-5 miles (according to Google Maps) from East Rutherford, NJ where the Izod Center is located. The Izod Center, originally called Brendan Byrne Arena and then Continental Airlines Arena, wasn't even built when "Black Sabbath" came out in 1970. It opened 11 years later (1981).

Ozzy Osbourne will play some Black Sabbath songs (I assume) at the Izod Center on December 3rd, 2010, and he'll headline Madison Square Garden in NYC two days earlier (December 1st). Both shows are part of a tour, that is not Ozzfest:

OZZY OSBOURNE will return to North America for a month-long arena tour launching November 12 in Victoria, B.C. and concluding December 12 in Minneapolis. These shows--in support of his album SCREAM (Epic Records) and latest single "Life Won't Wait"--are part the of the Rock Legend's in-progress 18-month world tour on which he's earning some of the best live reviews of his career (including raves for new guitarist, Gus G). HALFORD, featuring legendary Judas Priest front man, Rob Halford, will perform on all dates. The first leg of arena dates will mark OZZY's first headlining North American tour since 2007's trek for his Black Rain album. Tickets for the Live Nation-produced tour go on sale beginning Friday, September 17.
And by "tickets", they mean general admission (regular old tickets), and "The "Ozzy Osbourne Meet & Greet Package" ("Meet & Greet and personal photograph with OZZY"), and even an "Ozzy Osbourne Possessed Party Package" ("VIP access to the exclusive pre-concert party hosted by MC Big Dave"). MC Big Dave?

Danzig meanwhile has also announced a tour, and this time it's not just him headlining shows that are being opened by his current and ex-bandmates' other projects. Instead it will be a new edition of his Ozzfest-like package tour called 'Blackest of the Black':

Glenn Danzig announced the highly anticipated return of his BLACKEST OF THE BLACK tour. In its latest reincarnation since 2008, the tour's lineup will feature Danzig, legendary Bay Area hell-thrashers Possessed and Swedish black metal pioneers Marduk, who are making a rare & long awaited U.S. touring appearance. Toxic Holocaust and Withered will be rounding out the five band bill. The 19-city tour kicks off on October 25th in Albuquerque, NM.

In addition to Glenn, Danzig's band for Blackest of the Black will consist of Tommy Victor (Prong, Ministry) on guitar, Steve Zing (Samhain) on bass and Bevan Davies (Danzig) on drums. Danzig is scheduled to perform at the free Red Bull Metallicross event at Pala Casino in Pala, CA on Oct. 23, on the eve of the Blackest of the Black kickoff.

"I'm excited about taking out both Possessed & Marduk as fans will get a chance to see these two bands who rarely tour the US," said Glenn. It should also be noted that Danzig hasn't played most of these markets in the past two years.

To quote BBG when he heard the lineup of openers, "that is a fucking amazing tour."

Unfortunately though, Danzig has played the NYC market more than once in the past year alone, so he will not return this time around, though there is a Buffalo show. Note also that Johnny Kelly of Type O Negative (Pete Steele RIP) is not playing drums on this tour (Bevan Davies is), and that tickets are on pre-sale NOW.

All dates for both tours below...

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photos by Ryan Barkan

Jones Beach, 8/18
Phish

One of the best things about Phish Tour is getting to see and enjoy shows with so many friends gathered in one place. It's social multi-tasking. It's a big fucking party! I met up with some of said friends and we pre-gamed appropriately for such an occasion: Phish's 2010 Summer Tour closing run at Jones Beach. Hershey Park was a lot of fun, but wasn't completely satisfying. This being the end of the tour, I hoped the boys would have their Tour Legs on and be ready to kick some major ass, as per the 2009 MSG run. -[Jambands.com]
Hackey sacks were brought, bowls were packed, nitrous tanks were confiscated, and tailgates were ajar on August 17th and 18th as Phish played Jones Beach. The 18th was the night of the unfortunate balcony jumping. Pictures in this post are from both shows - the inside shots are from the 17th, the outside shots are from the 18th.

Phish is back on the road this fall, tie-dying the rest of the East Coast and NYC does not get a look in this go around, but Atlantic City gets four shows including Halloween, and there are strong rumors of Madison Square Garden on New Years Eve (and speaking of hippies at MSG, Further is playing there twice in November). Tickets for the new Phish shows go on sale to the general public on Sept 10th and 11th, but a fan "ticket-requesting" system is up and running until then. For the upcoming fall trek, all concert-goers will receive copies of the show they attended (in MP3 form). The band also recently posted a free-for-download live sampler entitled Live Bait.

More pictures and the setlists from Jones Beach and the new tour dates, below...

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words by Andrew Frisicano, some photos by Jonathan Bayer & Yvonne Rodriguez

"Once you've reached Madison Square Garden, you've reached the peak. You're the success story of the day, so one relaxes. There's no where to go, there's no higher, there's only the abyss waiting. So live free, for one night only." -Terry Gilliam on the Unstaged Pre-show video q

a win Win situation (by Jonathan Bayer)
Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire looked perfectly at home on the stage of Madison Square Garden Thursday night, the second show in their two-night run. At this one, the audience exceeded the nearly-full stadium, with an at-home crowd watching a live stream directed by Terry Gilliam broadcast over YouTube (the live channel has something like 600,000 views currently, though not sure that number means anything).

That bodes well for the band, who are still waiting on the first-week sales numbers for their possible #1, The Suburbs, which came out on Tuesday (and has been on sale digitally for $3.99 at Amazon). At the show, the new record's songs weren't totally unfamiliar. One, "The Sprawl II," even made the encore, and spurred a roar of recognition from the girls in front of me, who informed our cozy section of the song's title (with a peace sign for the two) and described its arc (slow at first, but then really awesome) as it started up. A faulty drum machine forced the band to restart the tune a minute in, allowing a reflective pause for the victory lap in progress.

The band was clearly reveling in the moments of the show. Win Butler sailed into the crowd multiple times, occasionally with his guitar still attached. In one impressive maneuver, the frontman walked along the seated section's railing like a balance beam, before jumping into the general admission pit, tangles of mic cord trailing behind him (a play from the Matt Berninger handbook). The band frequently rotated instruments, with pianos, keys, two drums kits, violins and an array of percussion all playing a part.

The second night's songs were close but not identical to night one's (and both differed from their Boston show a few nights ago). As before, their debut LP, Funeral, provided ripe stadium-level material for the set, filling a little less than half of it. The order changed, but only one new song was swapped outright: "Empty Room" replacing "Half Light II."

For me, the stadium aspect of MSG was kind of a strange novelty. From the distant seats, the experience of watching a band while reclining, huge soda and personal pizza/popcorn/whatever in hand, is in some ways closer to a YouTube stream than a crowded, sweaty live concert. Still, the in-person event had its rewards for those that weren't up front - the band's backdrop for the evening depicted an abandoned bridge overpass, with an rectangular block of lights similar to a football stadium. In front of that was a video screen, mostly likely meant to be a billboard, which projected forms and images for each song. Antiquated ghosts lit up "No Cars Go" and what I can only hope is the video for "The Suburbs" depicted a gang of kids riding bikes in Reservoir Dogs-style slo-mo through an eerie neighborhood development.

And the people: a view-obstructing beer vendor trolling the aisles, a group of teens trying to find someone to buy them beer, an energetic (chemically-enhanced?) man pirouetting around the stadium's perimeter, and thousands of fists raised in unison for the group rite of "Wake Up" (the latter being inspiring or frightening, depending).

and there was confetti...
Arcade Fire

Owen Pallett started out the night to a minimally filled stadium. "I'm so happy to be playing here for the 200 of you," he joked. Then responding to a heckler, "No, I'm not taking it off, I just got this. Sorry." The empty hall added a nice element of reverb for the people who were there, amplifying the work of Owen's orchestra-in-a-box loop pedal.

Similarly, Spoon sounded great, with help from a horn section and drums borrowed from Phil Collins (both on only a few songs). The band jammed through a taut set with favorites like "Jonathan Fisk" and "I Summon You" taking their place along the new Transference batch. For "No One Gets Me But You," the Roots' Owen Biddle joined to make a two-piece bass section (as he did on Fallon).

Some videos from the show's "Unstaged" live stream are already online. Fan videos too (including a nice close-up of Win in the crowd). The set list, some more picturs from night two (night one are HERE), and those videos are below...

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Imaginarium

NY TIMES: Are you a big indie-rock guy?

TERRY: No! I mean, most of it's [bad]. I just happen to like Arcade Fire. The world of indie is such a funny thing now. I think everybody's in it. Otherwise you're just the dependent rock world. I think half the indie bands are owned by some big company. So it's a complete lie. I don't know why Canada produces some rather interesting work. Arcade Fire, Sunset Rubdown, Wolf Parade -- these are my favorites....

...NY TIMES: How do you film something like [an Arcade Fire show at Madison Square Garden], that's so elaborate, and has all these potential interpretations?

TERRY: These shows, there's a machine, in a sense, that runs them. I've never done multicamera work, so I'm just advising people: Look at the video work they've got up on the screen; it's raw and it's overexposed, and almost the antithesis of what I do when I make a film. So let's use that, and basically throw away the slick stuff that's normally done at, say, a Britney Spears concert. Let's just be true to what the band wants to do.

Stream tonight's show at YouTube ("Global live streaming on YouTube/VEVO of Arcade Fire's Madison Square Garden show in New York - Aug 5th, 2010 @ 10PM ET / 7PM PT").

In related news, Spike Jonze's Arcade Fire Collaboration is a Sci-Fi B-Movie Short Film.

photos by Bao Nguyen

"The Arcade Fire was majestic." - Tumbleweed

"that arcade fire show was unreal." - Anonymous

"I never thought in a million years I would say this.....but Arcade Fire at MSG was one of the best things I've seen in years. I am still reeling and still thinking about how fucking amazing it was." - Anonymous

arcade fire at msg

Arcade Fire's "The Suburbs" is making a run for No. 1 on next week's Billboard 200 albums chart. Industry sources suggest the new set could sell maybe between 120,000 to 140,000 by week's end (Aug. 8).

It's understood that "The Suburbs" is greatly benefiting from its promotion in Amazon's MP3 store, where it's been sale priced for $3.99 since Monday. (The store began selling the album one day earlier than its official street date.)

There's a chance that Eminem's "Recovery" may possibly retake the No. 1 slot. The album slipped to No. 2 this past week, selling 159,000 (down just 15%).

Arcade Fire's last release in 2007, "Neon Bible," started at No. 2 with 92,000. It was blocked from the top spot by the No. [Billboard]

Arcade Fire, Spoon, and Owen Pallett played their first of two NYC shows at MSG on Wednesday night. The second show, which will also be streaming online, happens tonight, Thursday, August 5th. Tickets are still on sale.

More pictures and the setlist from Wednesday (8/4), and a video of "Wake Up" with the entire very large venue singing along, below...

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gorillagorilla

Tickets for the Gorillaz show at Madison Square Garden are now on Sub Division (fan club) presale. They go on more public presales Thursday (8/5) from 10 AM until 5PM. Passwords include "HEBEACH" and "flute". Public sale begins Friday at 10am. The best seats cost $125 each!

Speaking of MSG, tickets for Arcade Fire/Spoon/Owen Pallett TONIGHT (8/4) are back on sale and tickets for Thursday (8/5) are still available.

Arcade Fire covered Jay Reatard Monday night at the Mann Center in Philly. Video below...

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OOPS!
Arcade Fire

Anyone else notice the above poster that is plastered all over NYC? If so, don't be fooled... The Arcade Fire shows at MSG are happening August 4th and 5th (not the 5th and 6th!) (thx for the pic Nick).

PREVIOUSLY: Arcade Fire's new album streaming @ NPR, MSG shows this week - win tickets or watch the Terry Gilliam-directed stream

one of eight covers...
Arcade Fire

"Last year's war of words between the Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne and Arcade Fire front man Win Butler was, at the time, an enjoyable diversion. Although Coyne's comments (about what he perceived as arrogance in Butler's crew) seemed somewhat impolite and petty, the flare-up between the two acts injected some energy and fun into a modern rock scene that is too often stuffy and image-conscious. Butler responded, Coyne apologized then retracted his apology, and finally the whole affair died down. Both bands continued to sell records and make money.

Recently, I received Arcade Fire's latest album The Suburbs and listened closely and repeatedly to its hour of malaise. Suddenly, the conflict between Coyne and Butler didn't seem so inconsequential, but rather relevant and perfectly understandable. Coyne is an eternally youthful figure fronting a band that, decades into its career, all but demands participation, energy and joy from listeners and fans. Butler is an intense, brooding 30-year-old who received unparalleled acclaim right out of the gate, but for some reason seems increasingly remote and filled with angst. If Coyne experienced first-hand even a small dose of the dissatisfaction that permeates The Suburbs, then it stands to reason that he found the attitude off-putting. The two worldviews have very little in common." [PopMatters]

NPR is streaming "The Suburbs" in full.

Arcade Fire's current tour had them at the Osheaga Festival in Montreal on Saturday and at Bank of America Pavillion in Boston last night. Tonight (8/2) they play the Mann Center in Philly. Then August 4th and 5th are the two giant shows at Madison Square Garden, both with Owen Pallett and Spoon, the second of which will be streamed on YouTube...

Terry Gilliam will direct the live webcast of Arcade Fire's concert at New York City's Madison Square Garden.

The Arcade Fire show kicks off Unstaged, a new online concert series being launched by American Express and streamed on YouTube. The Montreal-based band will live stream their Aug. 5 concert at 10 p.m. ET, the second of two shows at MSG.

Gilliam, whose films include Brazil and 12 Monkeys, last released The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus in December.

The concert will stream on the Google Inc.-owned YouTube via Vevo, the music video site owned by Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and Abu Dhabi Media Co.

It's the first in a planned series of five live streamed concerts, with John Legend and the Roots to follow. Others will be announced later. [USA Today]

American Express also sponsored the National show that was streamed online and directed by D. A. Pennebaker. AmEx also sponsored the 5-SPIN25 shows that were streamed online too.

The Arcade Fire stream happens HERE. But why watch the stream when you can experience it live for free? I have two pairs of tickets to giveaway to that 8/5 show (you can also still buy them). Contest details, with the stream trailer, below...

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Gorillaz @ Coachella (more by Rachel Carr)
Gorillaz

"With blown minds still reeling from a record-breaking one-off headline appearance at this year's Coachella festival, Gorillaz have confirmed that their worldwide "Escape To Plastic Beach" tour will begin in North America with a 20 date stretch commencing October 3 at Montreal's Bell Centre and including the band's first ever performance at Madison Square Garden on October 8."
Press release continued, with tour trailer video, below...

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Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire's second show at Madison Square Garden, set for August 5th, will be streaming live on YouTube. The teaser video that says as much (that they put on Vimeo), with a clip of new song "Rococo," is posted below.

Tickets to their August 4th MSG show are currently unavailable. You can still get a ticket for August 5th, however.

Both shows will be opened by Spoon and Owen Pallett.

The Suburbs, in all eight covers, comes out August 3rd on Merge. AF tour dates are here. Video below...

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photos by Justina Villanueva

MSG

"Last night at MSG -- in between hopping around the stage like an eager So You Think You Can Dance contestant and sharing the spotlight with a ten-foot, ax-shredding demon creature -- Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson demonstrated that not even front men for legendary British metal bands were able to avoid The Decision. During a bit of stage banter, Dickinson mentioned the band had just played New Jersey and promptly received a hearty impromptu round of boos. "It's real easy to wind you up, isn't it?" Dickinson responded. "How would you feel if I mentioned LeBron James?" More boos! (By the way, you haven't heard anyone say "LeBron James" until you've heard them say "LeBron James" in a theatrical British accent from the stage at MSG). Dickinson moved on, touching on the band's recent Canadian trek ... and got even more boos! "Wow!" a genuinely surprised Dickinson shot back. "You hate Canada even more than you hate LeBron James!"" [NY Magazine]
Dream Theater opened for Iron Maiden last night, July 12th, at Madison Square Garden (the very venue Wavves will open for Phoenix at in October). The two bands are on tour together, and as NY Mag pointed out, their show one night earlier was in NJ (at PNC Bank Arts Center). More pictures and the setlist from both shows (well, they were the same), below...

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WAVVES @ the Meatlocker (more by Brian Kip)
Wavves

Wavves has been added as opener of the Dirty Projectors / Phoenix show at Madison Square Garden. ha. Tickets go on general sale Saturday, July 17 at 10am.

The Smith Westerns and Total Slacker are opening for Wavves at Bowery Ballroom.

Owen Pallett is opening for Arcade Fire & Spoon at Madison Square Garden and Dirty Projectors at Terminal 5.

Total Slacker are also playing one of those just-announced free Jelly parties.

Owen Pallett @ Webster Hall in April (more by Sarahana)
Owen Pallett

Arcade Fire collaborator and 2010 Polaris Prize nominee Owen Pallett (ex-Final Fantasy) has been added as the opener to both the August 4th and August 5th Spoon & Arcade Fire shows at Madison Square Garden (tickets). Those dates are in addition to his upcoming tours with both Dirty Projectors (he opens Terminal 5) and the National (he opens Wellmont Theatre).

Owen is giving away a free EP via Domino for one week only. The tracklist for that EP (Dan Deacon remix included) and all dates below...

Continue reading "Owen Pallett adds more tour dates, opening for Arcade Fire & Spoon @ MSG, giving away free EP"

"the blueprint for greatness" (Marianne O'Leary)
Blueprint of Greatness

"Shares of Madison Square Garden Inc, which owns the New York Knicks, dropped nearly 4 percent early on Friday, the day after superstar LeBron James spurned the basketball team to sign with the Miami Heat.

James announced on Thursday evening that he would join the Heat in his quest to win a National Basketball Association title, leaving his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers. However, the Knicks had cleared salary-cap space on its roster in the hopes of attracting James, who has twice won the most valuable player award." [Reuters]

Phoenix and Dirty Projectors play the less-valuable Madison Square Garden on October 20th. Tickets go on AmEx presale July 12th at 10am and general sale Saturday, July 17 at 10am. (Lady Gaga plays there again tonight).

and yeah, Jay-Z didn't get Lebron either.

Phoenix @ Hammerstein Ballroom in December (more by Tim Griffin)
Phoenix

The 'indie rock' takeover of MSG continues. Arcade Fire and Spoon play there two nights in August. And on October 20th, Phoenix will headline Madison Square Garden with support coming from... Dirty Projectors (weird?). Tickets go on general sale Saturday, July 17 at 10am.

It's not a big surprise that Phoenix are going for it. This past Coachella everyone was talking about how, unlike Pavement, Phoenix may have had the biggest crowd at the festival, they're considered a headliner at Lollapalooza, they won a Grammy, and their last quickly-selling-out NYC shows have been multiple nights in places like Hammerstein Ballroom, Summerstage, and Terminal 5. They were on SNL over a year ago (the Arizona city is still crushing them in Google results though) (there's a boycott joke in here somewhere).

Who's next? Passion Pit? MGMT? Band of Horses? The Black Keys? (opening doesn't count) Empire of the Sun? (kidding)

In related news, congratulations to Sofia Coppola and Thomas Mars on the birth of their second child. Cosmina will be less than 6 months old when her daddy plays the big show.

Dirty Projectors also have a now-cozy-looking show at Terminal 5 in September.

A Phoenix video with all tour dates below..

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Arcade Fire @ Danforth Music Hall, Toronto ON - 6/12/10 (the2scoops)
Arcade Fire

"ARCADE FIRE has added a second date at New York's Madison Square Garden. The new show has been confirmed for August 5.

Pre-sales for the new date will begin Wednesday, June 23.Tickets will go on sale to the public 9 a.m. EST Saturday, June 26. Check www.arcadefire.com for further details.

SPOON is confirmed as special guest on both the August 4 and 5 New York shows, as well as the Philadelphia, DC and Atlanta dates, which bookend the ARCADE FIRE's previously announced August 8 Lollapalooza appearance and the release of the band's third full-length studio album, The Suburbs, out August 3rd on Merge."

Updated tour dates below...

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Arcade Fire @ Bowery Ballroom in 2004 (more)
Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire's new album, The Suburbs is due on August 3rd. The band will headline Madison Square Garden in NYC on August 4th. The opening act? Spoon (!) (who headlinedRadio City in March). The MSG show may be is part of a larger TBA tour. Other Arcade Fire tour dates announced so far include Osheaga and Lollapalooza.

Tickets for the NYC show go on AmEx presale June 9th, Fanclub presale June 10th and general sale on June 12th.

Updated tour dates along with Arcade Fire's "Funniest Moments" (via Youtube) and more videos are posted below...

Continue reading "Arcade Fire headlining Madison Square Garden, Spoon open"

Eddie Vedder w/ Ben Bridwell - May 21st @ MSG (via Karen Loria/Pearl Jam official)
Eddie vedder and Ben Bridwell

Tour closers always have a lot of hype and [Pearl Jam's May 21st MSG show] has already lived up to it. As "Band of Horses" is milling about sidestage, you assume you'll get "All Along the Watchtower" and that'll be it. Ben Bridwell is introduced on stage, gives humble hugs and handshakes to all members sans Ed and here we go.

But the unmistakable deep-toned beginning of "Hunger Strike" starts and the crowd issues an enormous gasp in unison. Holy Crapola! Then it hits you - the perfect "cover". Can you think of a song that the entire band can play flawlessly, but without the key ingredient - Cornell's high-frequency singing - the song just can't be done alone? Bridwell's selection - like Sleater-Kinney's Corin Tucker in 2003 and Wolfmother's Andrew Stockdale in 2006 - is ideal. Cornell''s ... er ... Ben's vocal is first, and early, and he steps right out with a nervous smile but joy bursting from his eyes. He's a nervous, pacing lead man on stage and the thrill of the moment can't keep him from standing still. The rest of the band - once pensive on stage - are now side stage and all wide-eyed and smiling at their mates' effort. [Two Feet Thick]

One night after playing Madison Square Garden with a four-piece version of the Black Keys opening, Pearl Jam played the venue with Band of Horses in the opening slot. They invited BoH's Ben Bridwell to the stage during their second encore to sing on "Hunger Strike," a Temple of the Dog song and duet between Eddie Vedder and Chris Cornell. Video of that performance, and setlists, below...

Continue reading "Band of Horses played MSG w/ Pearl Jam - both setlists, video of Ben Bridwell singing 'Hunger Strike' w/ Eddie Vedder"

The Black Keys doubled in size @ MSG (pic by rossmckillop)
Black Keys

"Auerbach and Carney, who used to tour as a duo, will be joined by some extra players for the first time.

"We might bring out a couple of people to play a few of songs with us," he said. "The majority of the set will still be two-piece, but [we'll] have a couple of guys come out because we really like a lot of the arrangements on the record and it would be fun to be able to do those live instead of having to strip down. We've got two guys who helped us with the live Blakroc stuff, and we became friends with. Leon Michels, a keyboardist and Nick Movshon on bass -- they're pretty tight." [express night out] (via)

Was Eddie Vedder @ PiL one night earlier in Brooklyn? (pic by Jonathan Bayer)
Eddie Vedder

The Black Keys (with four members) opened for Pearl Jam (with Eddie Vedder in a Public Image Ltd t-shirt) at MSG last night (5/20). It was Pearl Jam's 1st of 2 shows in a row at the NYC venue. The next is tonight, Friday, 5/21, but with Band of Horses opening instead (maybe The Black Keys will go check out Macgruber). The Black Keys, who also played a Microsoft Kin show in NYC the other day, played a benefit at Housing Works bookstore one night before MSG. Videos and setlists from both shows (for both bands) below...

Continue reading "Pearl Jam played MSG w/ The Black Keys (who played as a four-piece & in a bookstore one day earlier) - setlists & video"

Tickets are on sale for all Roger Waters dates including two shows at MSG, two shows at Nassau Coliseum, and two shows at the Izod Center (it was one at each of them).

photos by Greg Cristman, words by BBG

Jerry Cantrell of Alice in Chains at Terminal 5
Alice in Chains

They're calling it Blackdiamondskye. Alice in Chains (new album Black Gives Way To Blue), Deftones (forthcoming album Diamond Eyes), and Mastodon (last album Crack The Skye) will team up for a string of dates this fall including MSG in NYC on Friday, September 24th. Tickets for all dates go on sale May 22nd.

Mastodon is currently on the road with Baroness, Between The Buried and Me and Valient Thorr, and played Starland Ballroom last week. Their setlist from that show is below.

Deftones are welcoming Diamond Eyes, their new album due on May 4th. Check out a pair of videos from this forthcoming LP below, both of which feature new bassist Sergio Vega, best known for his stint with Quicksand. Preorder the record from the band directly to get three remixes including an M83 remix of "Rocket Skates".

Billboard: DO YOU HAVE AN UPDATE ON CHENG'S CONDITION?

Chino Moreno: He's doing a little better and looks healthier. He has a brain injury, and with that you don't really know until he fully wakes up. Right now he's in a semiconscious state. So he wakes up and he sleeps, but he hasn't communicated yet. His eyes are open and he's looking at you. For me, looking into his eyes and standing there talking to him, I feel like he's in there and recovering. He's got to get his motor skills back and be able to communicate. He's got really good doctors working with him right now, trying some experimental therapy to get him to react. It seems to be working, so we're very hopeful that's the case.

The Deftones has been playing with a new bassist in Cheng's absence.

Alice In Chains, who also have May shows coming up in PA, NJ, and Glen Falls, played Terminal 5 on March 8th with Middle Class Rut as part of a two night sold out stint at the 3500-or-so capacity venue (so I guess even with a new singer, and with strong openers, they can headline Madison Square Garden?). Photogrpaher Greg Cristman wrote about that show...

Alice in Chains sounded amazing; every song was delivered with absolute perfection. They came on stage hidden behind a white curtain projecting the pumping heart that appears on the cover of their new album, Black Turns Into Blue. Jerry Cantrell's silhouette soon flashed onto the screen to a great uproar from the crowd and the other members followed. Flashing, shifting and pulsing the shadowplay created an excellent build up and when the curtain suddenly fell to the floor a minute later, revealing the band and the spectacular lighting, the crowd went wild. New singer, William DuVall, held sway over the crowd and there was never any doubt that he belonged and that he wasn't living in the shadow of the late, great Layne Staley. The band was clearly having a fantastic time and it seems they've finally found the stability that was long needed in their group and they looked very comfortable in their new skin. The crowd was one of the best NY crowds I've seen in a long time and they were seriously up for the show prompting Jerry to emphatically tell them they were the best audience they'd seen in days.
Pictures from that show adorn this post. The rest of them, with AIC's set list, the above-mentioned videos and all tour dates, below...

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Roger Waters

I recently came across this quote of mine from 22 years ago:

"What it comes down to for me is this: Will the technologies of communication in our culture, serve to enlighten us and help us to understand one another better, or will they deceive us and keep us apart?"

I believe this is still a supremely relevant question and the jury is out. There is a lot of commercial clutter on the net, and a lot of propaganda, but I have a sense that just beneath the surface understanding is gaining ground. We just have to keep blogging, keep twittering, keep communicating, keep sharing ideas.

30 Years ago when I wrote The Wall I was a frightened young man. Well not that young, I was 36 years old.

It took me a long time to get over my fears. Anyway, in the intervening years it has occurred to me that maybe the story of my fear and loss with it's concomitant inevitable residue of ridicule, shame and punishment, provides an allegory for broader concerns.: Nationalism, racism, sexism, religion, Whatever! All these issues and 'isms are driven by the same fears that drove my young life.

This new production of The Wall is an attempt to draw some comparisons, to illuminate our current predicament, and is dedicated to all the innocent lost in the intervening years.

In some quarters, among the chattering classes, there exists a cynical view that human beings as a collective are incapable of developing more 'humane' ie, kinder, more generous, more cooperative, more empathetic relationships with one another.

I disagree.

In my view it is too early in our story to leap to such a conclusion, we are after all a very young species.

I believe we have at least a chance to aspire to something better than the dog eat dog ritual slaughter that is our current response to our institutionalized fear of each other.

I feel it is my responsibility as an artist to express my, albeit guarded, optimism, and encourage others to do the same. To quote the great man, " You may say that I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one."

- Roger Waters, 2010

As promised, tour dates below...

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Band of Horses @ Outside Lands 2009 (more by Chris Graham)
Band of Horses

Band of Horses will be down at SXSW this year. The folk-rockers are set to play two official showcases - one on Thursday, March 18th at Stubb's, and the other on March 19th at Central Presbyterian Church.

They're gearing up for the release of their third record, Infinite Arms, will be released on May 18th. It'll be their first on Brown Records/Fat Possum/Columbia - the band's first two were on Sub Pop. Cover art for that record is below.

Band of Horses have tour dates scheduled through the spring. On those, they'll share bills with the not-too-shabby likes of She & Him, Snow Patrol and Widespread Panic. In addition, Band of Horses will be opening all but one of the shows on Pearl Jam's US tour this May. The bands play Madison Square Garden on May 21st. The Black Keys (who play Central Park SummerStage this July) open Pearl Jam's show the day prior (5/20) also at MSG. Tickets go on Pearl Jam fan club presale March 16th at 3pm and 6pm for the MSG shows (others start March 15 at noon). General sale starts March 20th.

Pearl Jam performed on SNL on Saturday night (March 13th) - video from that and all tour dates are below...

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