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We already posted Tony Visconti, Iggy Pop, Florence + the Machine, The Mountain Goats, Questlove and Cyndi Lauper's tributes to the late, great David Bowie, and other artists have written tributes as well. Paul McCartney (pictured with Bowie above) writes:
Very sad news to wake up to on this raining morning. David was a great star and I treasure the moments we had together. His music played a very strong part in British musical history and I'm proud to think of the huge influence he has had on people all around the world.
"I send my deepest sympathies to his family and will always remember the great laughs we had through the years. His star will shine in the sky forever.
The Rolling Stones posted tweets reading: "The Rolling Stones are shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the death of our dear friend David Bowie. As well as being a wonderful and kind man, he was an extraordinary artist, and a true original." Mick Jagger added, "David was always an inspiration to me and a true original. He was wonderfully shameless in his work. We had so many good times together. He was my friend, I will never forget him," and posted the above pic.
Brian May of Queen wrote:
I woke up late, after a long night, to shocking news. David Bowie gone.Jarvis Cocker of Pulp, who were clearly heavily influenced by Bowie, talked to BBC 6Music:
I don't know if I can react immediately.
He was a fearsome talent, and the loss to Music and Culture from his passing is inestimable.
In and out of our lives, always challenging and innovative, and ... shocking.
But this news is hard to take in.
I had no idea he was close to death. Would like to have said something ...
Very sad. Sincere condolences to his family.
But what a life.
All hail, David Bowie, Star Man, Hero. RIP
He was like an umbrella for people who felt a bit different. Bowie was like a like a lighthouse that guided those people and made them feel it was alright to be different, to try things out and dye your hair and wear strange clothes. I think people feel it very personally because he was very important in how people grew up.
I do think it's quite amazing that he put this record out and managed to keep it secret that he was ill. People should watch that 'Blackstar' video and listen to that song. It's like he's saying goodbye to everybody, he's controlling it.
We can all talk about David Bowie. I think the best thing to do on this day would be to listen to him, and to watch films of him and just see what a fantastic artist he was and how many different guises he had, and the incredible amount of work that he did.
Obviously it's a sad day that he's died, but the fact that he managed to stay in control of that image and make another artistic statement when he was obviously ill and knew that he was dying, I think that's incredible and it makes me feel quite happy that he stayed creative right to the end of his life. I think that can only be inspirational."
Brian Eno (pictured with Bowie above) said in a statement via BBC:
David's death came as a complete surprise, as did nearly everything else about him. I feel a huge gap now.
We knew each other for over 40 years, in a friendship that was always tinged by echoes of Pete and Dud. Over the last few years - with him living in New York and me in London - our connection was by email. We signed off with invented names: some of his were mr showbiz, milton keynes, rhoda borrocks and the duke of ear.
About a year ago we started talking about Outside - the last album we worked on together. We both liked that album a lot and felt that it had fallen through the cracks. We talked about revisiting it, taking it somewhere new. I was looking forward to that.
I received an email from him seven days ago. It was as funny as always, and as surreal, looping through word games and allusions and all the usual stuff we did. It ended with this sentence: 'Thank you for our good times, brian. they will never rot'. And it was signed 'Dawn'.
I realise now he was saying goodbye.
Gerard Casale of Devo (pictured with Bowie at NYC's Max's Kansas City, from a 1970s issue of Rock Scene Magazine, above) wrote: "David Bowie was one of the greatest artists of all time. I feel privileged that I ever got to know him. He gave Devo his blessing. He remained true to his art until the end like I wanted so badly for us to do."
Nile Rodgers, who produced Bowie's hit 1983 album Let's Dance, paid tribute in The Guardian:
One day David said: "Nile, this is what I want my album to sound like," and he showed me a picture of Little Richard in a red suit getting into a red Cadillac convertible. How do you translate that?! But in actual fact I knew exactly what he meant, and that was the point I realised that David Bowie was the Picasso of rock'n'roll. He got uncomfortable with me calling him that but I did it anyway. Because I realised he saw the world in an abstract way, as well as in the way we all see it. And what that picture meant was not that he wanted a retro record, or something based on Little Richard's music, but that he wanted something that would always look modern. He showed me the future and the past and it was evergreen. The highly designed Cadillac and the red monochromatic suit - that picture was taken in the 1960s but it would still look modern to someone in the year 3000!Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth, writing for The Talkhouse, said:
When I went to see the David Bowie retrospective traveling the globe, which was then in Chicago, I discovered that he wanted to be a writer when he was a young, with no desire to be a performer. It made sense to me that he would approach performing and his persona from a conceptual practice, understanding the idea of projection, the back 'n' forth unspoken dialogue between performer and audience. There is no one who did it better than Bowie, breaking thru the glass ceiling of gender roles and expectations for what is sexy and charismatic as a rock 'n' roll icon, post John Wayne, bringing the idea of the "dandy" of eighteenth century France into contemporary life, bringing a focus on this new male identity set adrift with no apparent purpose since the demise of the silent cowboy type (who's going to protect and take care of us womenfolk?), except free to be whatever he could imagine he could be, and taking us, his audience, along with him. The world has lost its most glittery son but the music and the imprint of Bowie on the world is forever.Sonic Youth also posted a video of them performing with Bowie (below)
J Mascis wrote: "I'll miss David Bowie so much. He was the only 60's rocker who seemed to know and care what was going on out of his generation, and made younger bands feel understood and relevant." He posted it along with a stream of Dinosaur Jr's cover of Bowie's "Quicksand," which you can hear below.
Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin said, "Bowie was an innovator, a unique artist with a vision that changed the face of popular music. He is greatly missed."
The Who tweeted, "Rest in peace @DavidBowieReal 1947-2016. With love, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey."
Peter Gabriel writes:
I was shocked to learn of David Bowie's death this morning. He meant so much to me and to so many.Bernard Sumner of New Order writes: "Very shocked and saddened to watch the news this morning and hear about the death of David Bowie. I always looked up at him and thought yeah - he's the real deal, indisputably good, a figurehead for a whole host of musicians I'm sure. We've lost someone unique who can't be replaced."
He was a one-off, a brilliant outlier, always exploring, challenging and inspiring anyone who wanted to push the boundaries of music, art, fashion and society.
There are so few artists who can touch a generation as he did, we will miss him badly.
Long Live Lazarus.
Soft Cell's Marc Almond says, "It's not often I truly cry at the loss of an artist but I'm devastated. He meant so much. Goodbye David Bowie and our youth. We loved you. X"
Brian Wilson says, "I was shocked to hear today about David Bowie and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family. I was honored when David recorded "God Only Knows" - he was a great artist and will be missed.
- Love & Mercy, Brian"
Gary Numan tweeted, "A True Legend. David Bowie. RIP"
Yoko Ono posted the above photo and this message:
John and David respected each other. They were well matched in intellect and talent. As John and I had very few friends we felt David was as close as family.Sean adds, "Absolutely devastating news. I feel so lucky to have considered you a friend. R.I.P. Thank you for everything."
After John died, David was always there for Sean and me. When Sean was at boarding school in Switzerland, David would pick him up and take him on trips to museums and let Sean hang out at his recording studio in Geneva.
For Sean this is losing another father figure. It will be hard for him, I know. But we have some sweet memories which will stay with us forever.
Rough Trade shops have announced that they're donating all January profits from Bowie recordings to cancer research.
Lou Reed is unfortunately not around to tell us what he thinks today, but we're sure he's greeting the "master" in the sky.
Also head HERE to read tributes by Arcade Fire, Deerhunter, Debbie Harry, Madonna, Kim Gordon, Lee Ranaldo and more.
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Glastonbury 2015 (photo by @amandinechx)
The huge 2015 Glastonbury Festival went down over the weekend, and it was full of surprises. Bon Iver's Justin Vernon showed up twice, once during Kanye West's set and another time during The Staves. A guest came out during Patti Smith's set too, but not a musical one: it was the Dalai Lama. Though the Foo Fighters had to drop off due to Dave Grohl's broken leg, Florence and the Machine took over their headlining set and covered "Times Like These" as a tribute to them. (Much like The Killers did for Kings of Leon at Firefly the previous weekend, after lightning cancelled the latter's set.) The Libertines showed up to play a surprise set. And Lionel Richie played a hits-filled set to a huge crowd, stretching from Commodores faves like "Brick House" to "Dancing on the Ceiling" and "All Night Long."
On Justin Vernon's appearance with Kanye, NME writes:
A pink flare lit up the sky above thousands of fans as acoustic guitars marked the introduction of 'FourFiveSeconds', and the lack of both Paul McCartney and Rihanna for that song suggested that there would be no guests during the set, but Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) was revealed to be providing backing vocals when smoke cleared during 'Lost In America' and 'Can't Hold My Liquor'. Vernon, dressed in black t-shirt and baseball cap with headphones on, was introduced by West as "one of the baddest white boys on the planet."'Ye also led the crowd in a singalong of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" and then called himself the "greatest living rock star" on the planet during his set, which The Who mocked during theirs. He also had some pretty hilarious subtitles of his lyrics on screen during BBC's broadcast of the festival:
As for Justin Vernon's appearance with UK folk pop band The Staves, he came out to sing "Make It Holy" off their 2014 album, If I Was, which he recorded and produced at his April Base Studios in Eau Claire. Watch a video of that, and a video of Kanye's full set (via Nah Right) below.
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Part of Patti Smith's reason for bringing out the Dalai Lama was his 80th birthday. NME writes:
"We are grateful to him for all his love of humanity and making people aware of the importance of saving the planet," she said, before reading a poem she had written for him. Glastonbury's Emily Eavis then bought The Dalai Lama onto the stage to huge cheers from the crowd. "I think it would be nice if Glastonbury wished The Dalai Lama a happy birthday," said Smith, before leading the audience in a rousing rendition of 'Happy Birthday'.Video of Patti and the Dalai Lama, plus videos of the Libertimes, Florence covering the Foos, setlists and more, below...
The Dalai Lama then blew out a single candle on a cake made of fruit, before cutting it. "Thank you, thank you," he said. "Dear brothers and sisters, I really appreciate so many people's expression of warm feeling." He then went on to joke about the age of Smith and her band. "These singers and musicians have white hair, but they look very youthful! That gives me encouragement, I should be more like you - more active!"
When M.I.A. and A$AP Ferg came to raise hell with their middle fingers raised at the new Knockdown Center in Queens, it was an exercise in liberation. And an exercise it certainly was.
The venue operators, possibly trying to prove their ability to control crowds to the State Liquor Authority that denied their liquor license a few days ago, had the venue littered with security guards that denied entrance to anyone with a backpack and performed pat downs that some concertgoers thought erred on the side of intrusive. Nonetheless, droves of fans squeaked through security and poured into the surprisingly massive venue, anxious to see how the night would go. The venue had a distinct smell that transcended the sweat that would be spilled to the gyrations of rebellious beats bumping out of the PA system. The layers of the weary, snow-laden winter were shed as clammy revelers grooved to a DJ set that sounded great in a space as big as the Knockdown Center. The amount of space does wonders for the acoustics, allowing all of the performances to sound as they were intended instead of washed out or bass heavy.
By the time A$AP Ferg took the stage, the crowd was well stretched and in good spirits, if not a little sweaty. Ferg, and his hype man and "newest A$AP Mob member Marty Baller", took no time to reach level 11, banging out one trap anthem after another. He commanded a strong stage presence, and had an unshakeable confidence evident in his early proclamation: "I'm famous now". When he wasn't beckoning the crowd to turn up, he was spraying them with bottles of water and pouring what appeared to be champagne in the mouths of a lucky few in the front row. Later on, Ferg brought a woman onto the stage to freestyle for a nonexistent chance to become a member of A$AP Mob. At one point, Ferg and Marty even tried to make a wall-of-death mosh with Marty in the middle. While the crowd wasn't exactly feeling the heavy metal ritual, Ferg certainly had their attention. The hit "Shabba" had the entire room bouncing, as the signature drum kick of the anthem pounded holes in their chests.
With the lights back on, attention was drawn upstairs where police officers had made a guest appearance, while security in the front shined flashlights into the crowd. It was never made apparent what they were searching for, but the irony fell somewhere between eerie and hilarious when the lights went down again and the intro to M.I.A's set included the sounds and search lights of police helicopters. When M.I.A. took the stage, the crowd erupted and a push to the front sent some of the people still reeling from Ferg's set seeking cover in the back. It was hard to pin down the demographic there to see Maya; the crowd was extremely diverse, a good sign at a new venue in the most diverse borough, or place in the world for that matter. For the first few minutes of her set, M.I.A. was almost completely unintelligible, seemingly whispering into her mic. Once she removed her sunglasses to a hearty cheer from the crowd, however, M.I.A. owned the stage. Songs from her latest album "Matangi" sounded the best over the PA, and went over the best with the dance-philic crowd. Where she might have lacked in strength of vocal delivery, M.I.A. was aided by a well mixed set that included instrumental interludes that kept the crowd dancing, tireless dancers that livened the atmosphere, as well as the myriad of middle fingers she tossed, saving none after her incident at the Super Bowl led to her being sued by the NFL for $16 million. The versatile stage design that she has been using on the tour adds depth to the overall experience with a dazzling display of lights and an ornate centerpiece donned with symbols. The highlight of her set came when she invited all women onto the stage to dance with her to frenetic "Y.A.L.A." and again for "Bad Girls" keeping with the carefree, party atmosphere that the crowd seemed to appreciate. High fives were abound as the crowd cleared out, and still others sought to keep the party rocking with a DJ spinning towards the exits.
Two M.I.A. shows were originally scheduled to take place at the Knockdown Center, but Thursday's was cancelled. M.I.A. does play another NYC show tonight with Solange at Webster Hall though. More pictures from Friday night's show (5/9), M.I.A.'s setlist included, below...
I think the thing that's really special is that this is the real deal. This is live. In today's music world, you go to a concert and you're getting a lot of playbacks. There's click tracks. It is what it is. I'm not hating on it. But this is the real deal. This is pure. We're not playing to a click. We're not playing to tracks. This is all live instruments. I'm singing all the vocals with these guys on vocals. It's purely organic. I think in today's day and age, it's very exciting for an audience to see something that has that much heart. [Adam Lambert to Rolling Stone]Back in 2011, we asked What's the worst example of a band replacing their singer? around the time INXS, Journey, and "Sublime With Rome" were all touring. Giving all three of those a run for their money, American Idol season 8 runner up Adam Lambert will tour as the lead singer of Queen this year, in place of the late Freddie Mercury. He's performed with the band before but this will be their first full tour together. Can't wait.
The tour, which features original members Brian May and Roger Taylor (but not John Deacon), comes to NYC for a show on July 17 at Madison Square Garden. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 14.
All dates are listed below...
Queen and David Bowie producer David Richards passed away on Friday (December 20) after suffering a long, undisclosed illness.The NME article also points out that The Cribs have posted a tribute to him on their Facebook that reads:
Richards began working at London's Chappell Studios in 1973 before moving to Montreux, Switzerland where he found work at the then just-opened Mountain Studios. By the time he turned 21, he had already risen to chief engineer at the studio that he would later come to own.
He co-produced Queen's final four albums, 'A Kind Of Magic', 'The Miracle', 'Innuendo', 'Made In Heaven', along with Iggy Pop's 'Blah Blah Blah' and David Bowie's 'Never Let Me Down', 'The Buddha Of Suburbia' and 'Outside'. The producer also won a Juno award in 1978 for Best Jazz Recording and being one of Billboard Magazine's Producers Of The Month in 1994. [NME]
We are very sad to have today received the news that our friend David Richards has passed away in Montreux.Rest in peace, David.
David was a producer that The Cribs always had a deep admiration for, having produced many of our favourite Queen records back in the 1980's/90's. We had the honour of recording with him back in the late summer of 2012, while working on preliminary sessions for 'In The Belly of The Brazen Bull'.
You can stream some songs he produced below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
"Twin Shadow killing it to an absurd extent. @ Music Hall of Williamsburg" Joe Peltier
"Twin Shadow just brought the house down at Music Hall of Williamsburg!" - @marcellobutron
Twin Shadow @ MHOW
Twin Shadow and Niki and the Dove ended their tour in NYC with two shows last week, including Webster Hall on Thursday (9/27) and then the more intimate Music Hall of Williamsburg the next night (9/28). Both shows were sold out and last night was especially packed with the whole crowd going nuts for Twin Shadow. He split his set pretty evenly between his two full lengths (2010's Forget and this year's Confess) and ended with straightforward but awesomely done cover of Queen & David Bowie's "Under Pressure." A video of that cover is below. After the show, Twin Shadow headed a few streets over to DJ the afterparty at Brooklyn Bowl.
Twin Shadow main man George Lewis Jr. joined Niki and the Dove on stage during their opening set for a song too. Niki and the Dove will take a short break now that the tour is over, after which they'll head out again supporting Miike Snow. That tour hits the NYC area for shows at United Palace (10/19) and Wellmont Theatre (10/23).
More pictures, video, and the setlist from last night's show are below.
"Queen star Brian May has launched a new campaign against cattle farmers in a bid to save badgers from an "indefensible" cull.Go Brian! Save the badgers!
Government officials are allowing farmers in West Gloucestershire to shoot badgers in a bid to slow the spread of bovine tuberculosis, which can kill off herds of cows.
Rocker-turned-animal rights activist May has teamed up with bosses at animal welfare charity RSPCA for the Save the Badger drive, in the hope of stopping the mass slaughter.
The guitarist claims the cull will make bovine TB rates worse as sick badgers will travel to other areas, thereby spreading infection even further.
He is urging fans to sign a petition and boycott dairy products made in the areas where badgers are being killed, insisting, "I would certainly not drink milk that comes at a price of badgers being slaughtered."
May adds, "This is a horrific proposal, truly horrific. Badgers have just as much right to live in this country as we do. They mind their own business. They do nobody any harm."" [WENN]
by Bill Pearis
George Michael at the London Olympics Closing Ceremony
While Kate Bush didn't perform in the London Olympics Closing Ceremonies segment that "Running Up That Hill" was used in (that was cut from the U.S. telecast), NBC did cut a few actual live performances from it, including The Who closing out the whole thing with "Baba O'Riley," "See Me, Feel Me/Listening To You" and "My Generation." (Yet they left in Kaiser Chiefs doing "Pinball Wizard"!). The Who was not deemed as important as letting the world see the first episode of some new sitcom. NBC also cut Ray Davies doing Kinks classic "Waterloo Sunset" and Muse who wrote "Survival," the official song for the London Olympics.
What we did get: a Spice Girls reuinon where Posh, Sporty and the rest of them mostly rode around the track in separate Bentleys; Beady Eye doing "Wonderwall" (Noel must've loved that); Annie Lennox doing "Little Bird"; Eric Idle singing Life of Brian's "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life"; Russell Brand singing "Pure Imagination from Willy Wonka and "I Am the Walrus"; current popstars One Direction and Jessie J, the latter of whom also sang "We Will Rock You" with Queen; Fatboy Slim in a giant inflatable octopus; Pet Shop Boys doing "West End Girls," Madness hoarsely performing "Our House"; and Ed Sheeran with Pink Floyd's Nick Mason and Genesis' Mike Rutherford for "Wish You Were Here."
The highlight, at least with the crowd I watched it with, was George Michael in his first live performance after a life-threatening bout with pneumonia last year. He still had the moves on "Freedom 90," though it seemed a missed opportunity by the ceremonies producers not to have the iconic video's co-stars Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell come out for it, as they were paraded around in a segment set to Bowie's "Fashion" early in the program. NBC cut (maybe not so unkind) the performance of Michael's new single "White Light" which you can watch the video for below that does feature Moss.
After the Closing Ceremonies, Blur performed in Hyde Park with New Order, The Specials and Bombay Bicycle Club and we'll have pictures from that show soon.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Eleanor Friedberger & band @ Europa
After checking out Guided By Voices earlier in the day, Fiery Furnaces' Eleanor Friedberger played Europa instead of St. Cecilia's Church on Saturday (6/18) as part of the Northside Festival. The show was opened by Ida, Rebecca Gates, and Spectre Folk. To make that lineup even more exciting, Ted Leo showed up as a secret guest to perform a set right before Eleanor (the second time Ted played Europa in less than a month). Bradford Cox was among the Northside attendees at the Brooklyn show which is pictured in this post.
Ted Leo @ Europa
If you missed Ted at Europa, catch him as a special guest again on Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen at Littlefield this Monday (6/27). He also plays a free 4Knots Fest kickoff show at Seaport on July 9. He won't be at the actual 4Knots Fest, but Eleanor will (and, as announced today, so will Mr. Dream, the band featuring ex-Village Voice writer Nick Sylvester).
Back in February Eleanor took part in a Loser's Lounge tribute to Queen show at Joe's Pub. Backed by an 8+ member ensemble, she got her Freddie Mercury on to "You're My Best Friend". Check out the video, and more pictures from the Northside show below...
an Ahmet Ertegun Tribute....