Tame Impala are earmarking some of the proceeds from their upcoming tour Down Under for a good cause.
The Australian psychedelic rock act has just announced their first tour of their home country and New Zealand in nearly four years, and while announcing the tour on Instagram, main man Kevin Parker said, "$300k from the tour going to bushfire relief."
Billboard quotes Parker as saying in a statement, "In the past few weeks I’ve been devastated to see what’s been happening with the fires at home and we want to do our bit to help, so we’re going to be donating $300,000 [Australian dollars, $206,000 U.S.] to bushfire relief charities.”
Parker also said of the tour itself, "if it isn’t the grandest TI concert you ever attended, i’ll give you your money back."
Since September, Australia has been ravaged by bushfires that have killed at least 30 people, destroyed more than 2,000 homes and an estimated one billion animals and insects, and burned an area nearly the size of England.
Tame Impala's new album The Slow Rush is out February 14. In addition to their Down Under dates in April, the band kicks off a North American tour March 9 in San Diego. Parker and crew will also play Bonnaroo, Governors Ball and other festivals.
After taking a year off in 2019, the British music publication NME has announced the nominations for its 2020 NME Awards, and the nominees include everyone from Lana Del Rey to Slipknot.
In the Best Album in the World category, the nominees include Billie Eilish's WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP WHERE DO WE GO?, Lana Del Rey's Norman F****** Rockwell, Slipknot's We Are Not Your Kind and Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost, Pt. 1 by Foals.
The Best Song in the World category includes Eilish's "bad guy" and The 1975's "People," which is also up for Best British Song. Yungblud is up for Best British Solo Act as well as Best Solo Act in the World; that category also includes Beck, Lana Del Rey and Billie Eilish. Yungblud also received nods for Best Collaboration and Best Video.
Bring Me the Horizon and The 1975 are up for Best British Band and Best Band in the World. That category also includes HAIM, Tame Impala and Slipknot, among others.
Foals and Iggy Pop are both up for Best Live Act, while Lana Del Rey, The Cure and The 1975 are up for Best Festival Headliner.
Fans can also vote for Villain of the Year, Hero of the Year and Musical Moment of the Year online.
Yungblud and The 1975 will both perform at the NME Awards ceremony, taking place February 12 in London.
Earlier this month, Dave Grohl promised fans an "INSANE year full of some seriously crazy s***." Now we know that that "crazy s***" will include a new Foo Fighters album -- the follow-up to 2017's Concrete and Gold.
In a Variety interview a few days ago, Grohl was described as being "thisclose" to finishing the band's next studio album. Speaking about the project, he told the publication, "It's the record that we've threatened to make for a long time. We're finally doing something that's surprising even us."
Grohl didn't go into detail about what the "surprising" aspect of the new music was.
Outside of the recording studio, Grohl's been pretty busy: Earlier this month he reunited with Nirvana band mates Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear during an Los Angeles charity gig, and last week, he was one of the many big names taking part in the Dimebash 2020 event, which honored late Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darroll Abbott. In addition to performing, he also prepared a barbecue for the rest of the musicians on the bill.
Grohl told Variety that he got into barbecuing after the Foos' 2015 tour -- the one during which he broke his leg -- wrapped up.
"All of a sudden the tour was over, I couldn't f***ing walk and I had nothing to do," he explained. "And our bass player Nate [Mendel] bought me a smoker. And so I thought, 'Okay, I'm just going to do this.' And in a way, sitting around and staring at temperature gauges for 14 hours kept me from losing my mind."
ABC/Fred LeePanic! at the Disco's Brendon Urie is giving some aspiring musicians high hopes for the future.
According to ABC-TV affiliate KTNV, the Las Vegas native, via his High Hopes Foundation, teamed up with State Farm Insurance to provide the funds to build a recording studio at the Boys and Girls Club in Henderson, NV. The studio was unveiled on Sunday, and will be up and running as soon as the Club hires teachers.
I can tell you right now, if I had these tools at your age, the band would have taken off when I was 12," Urie told the kids. "You’re probably going to get a sped-up version of what I got."
It's not clear how much Urie personally kicked in, but State Farm ponied up $500,000, while The Fender Play Foundation donated $10,000 worth of recording gear and instruments.
ABC/Image Group LA If 2019 was a big year for Billie Eilish, 2020 promises to be just as big: She's got six Grammy nominations, she's recording the new James Bond movie theme, she's working on a new album, and she's got a documentary in the works. But Billie says it's the latter project that's really causing her anxiety.
Over the weekend on the red carpet of a concert event, Billie said she thinks the Apple TV documentary will debut sometime this year, but adds, "I've seen no part of it. I'm terrified. I'm freaked out. They've been filming since July of 2018...Who has that much footage of them that they've never seen? I'm terrified."
Regarding the follow-up to her record-breaking debut albumWHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?, Billie revealed that we shouldn't expect it this year, though she'll be working on it this year.
"It's coming. When it's made. It's not made yet," she noted.
As for her debut Grammys performance this weekend, the chart-topping star downplayed the honor, saying, "Don't get your hopes up. I mean, it'll be me, but it's not that much. It's just me."
You can see if that's true by tuning into the Grammy Awards Sunday night starting at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.
Jack White: John Shearer/Getty Images for Essential Broadcast Media, LLC; Kelly Clarkson: Adam Christopher/NBCUniversal/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty ImagesEven if you're not a fan of Kelly Clarkson's, you're probably aware that the Grammy-winning American Idol alumna is known for her powerful voice. Over the years, you may have even heard her singing a variety of pop, country, classic rock or soul songs. But we bet you've never heard her sing The White Stripes.
The singer opens each episode of her daily talk show The Kelly Clarkson Show by performing a cover version of a well-known tune, spanning many genres. On Monday's episode, she finally got around to "early millennium alternative rock," taking onThe White Stripes' 2003 classic "Seven Nation Army."
The audience lost their minds as Kelly tore through the song, which featured drums and horns provided by the world-famous USC Trojans marching band. In the past, the band has performed with everyone from Michael Jackson and Radiohead to Fleetwood Mac, The Offspring and Beyoncé.
Kelly easily handled both the super-high, wailing parts of the song, as well as the more hard-rocking parts. We imagine even Jack White would approve.
Mark Metcalfe/Getty ImagesAfter their triumphant December 20 reunion show in L.A., it looks like My Chemical Romance has something else in the works.
You can now watch a new video posted to MCR's YouTube account. Titled "An Offering...," the creepy clip, which runs just over two minutes, shows black-hooded, skull-faced figures walking through a forest. There's a pentagram inscribed on the forest floor, and what looks like an altar with an animal skull on it.
At one point, one of the figures looks up, and through the trees, we see a glimpse of London's Big Ben bell tower. At another point, one of the figures drives a dagger into the middle of the pentagram. The whole thing is set to a soundtrack of acoustic guitar, strings, and some kind of chanting. It's not clear if this is a taste of new music or just some random background music.
The video ends dramatically by revealing that the band will perform June 20 at Stadium MK in Milton Keynes, England.
The reunited MCR, whose December show marked their first live performance in seven years, will also play a variety of shows in March, including dates in Australia, New Zealand and Japan.
Michael Loccisano/Getty ImagesRay Burton, the father of late Metallica bass player Cliff Burton, passed away last week at age 94, and the band is paying tribute to him in a series of statements on their website.
"For 38 years, we were lucky enough to have the energy, wisdom and light of Ray in our lives," the band states. "His eternal youth with his drive, positivity and relentless smile were both incredibly powerful and stirringly honest."
"From coast to coast and overseas too, Ray’s beaming face would regularly greet us, offering warmth and anchor to our travels, and when it came to the entire Metallica family, band, crew and fans, he viewed us all as his own."
Each band member penned a separate tribute to Burton. James Hetfield wrote a poem that reads, in part, "To his last breath, I’ve not met a more positive man/And to his son there was not a more loyal fan/So he leaves the material world to be with his sons and wife/I feel so very blessed to have had him grace my life."
Lars Ulrich wrote, in part, "Thank you for giving the world the gift of Cliff and his unique talents. I’m honored and humbled to have played and stood beside him."
Robert Trujillo noted, "Ray is the father we all want, or need to have; his positive energy, and support for how and what we do is a powerful gift that he blessed us with." And Kirk Hammett wrote simply, "May you finally be with Cliff and Jan."
Burton died in 1986 in a bus crash at age 24. As Billboard notes, in 2017, Mr. Burton announced that he'd donated the royaltiesfrom Cliff's Metallica recordings to the music scholarship program at Cliff's alma mater, Castro Valley High School.
Pearl Jam has unveiled the track list for its new album, Gigaton, due out March 27.
The album includes 12 tracks and is now available for pre-order. The first single is called "Dance of the Clairvoyants," and it's available as a 7-inch vinyl single only during the pre-order period, while supplies last.
As previously reported, Gigaton, Pearl Jam's 11th studio album, is the follow-up to 2013's Lightning Bolt. In support of Gigaton, Pearl Jam will embark on a North American tour this spring.
The outing launches March 18 in Toronto, and will conclude with a two-night stand in Oakland April 18-19. For the full list of dates and all ticket info, visit PearlJam.com.
Here's the Gigaton track listing:
"Who Ever Said" "Superblood Wolfmoon" "Dance of the Clairvoyants" "Quick Escape" "Alright" "Seven O'Clock" "Never Destination" "Take the Long Way" "Buckle Up" "Come Then Goes" "Retrograde" "River Cross"
The RPL is a website that's a one-stop shop where you can listen to songs, watch live videos and buy Radiohead merch. There are also links to buy and stream the material.
In addition, you can currently enjoy a section of the library that's been curated by Radiohead's Colin Greenwood, featuring some of his favorite videos along with his personal comments. The rest of the band will take turns curating their own selections this week.
In order to access the treasure trove, you need only create a "library card" for free on the site and you can then spend the rest of the day plunging down a rabbit hole of artwork, photos, live shows, TV appearances, webcasts and more.
According to Billboard, among the goodies you'll find are Radiohead's 1992 debut EP Drill, the 1998 documentary Meeting People Is Easy, rehearsal footage, remix EPs, and the 1993 three-song single Anyone Can Play Guitar.
Explaining the reasoning behind the RPL, the band said in a statement, "The internet as a whole has never been a reliable resource for detailed or even accurate information re: Radiohead. Many sites that attempted to provide some measure of service have long since gone dark as well."
ABC AudioNirvana bassist Krist Novoselic will join the surviving members of The Doors -- guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore -- for a rare performance.
The show, dubbed the Homeward Bound Concert, is a charity gig benefiting the organization PATH, a Los Angeles-based non-profit dedicated to ending homelessness. It takes place January 23 at the Wiltern in L.A.
According to Rolling Stone, Novoselic will play bass alongside Krieger and Densmore for a 30-minute "semi-acoustic" set, featuring a variety of guest vocalists.
Other Homeward Bound performers include Fitz and the Tantrums, morgxn, Jason Mraz, Ingrid Michaelson, and Dave Stewart of Eurythmics.
Novoselic, meanwhile, just reunited with his Nirvana band mates Dave Grohl and Pat Smear during an L.A. charity gig earlier this month. The trio played a five-song set with guest vocals from Beck, St. Vincent and Grohl's daughter, Violet.
Tim Mosenfelder/Getty ImagesNew Year's Day, Incubusannounced that they'd be releasing a new single called "Our Love" on January 17. Well, January 17 is here but we don't have any new Incubus tunes. That's because the track's release has been pushed back by two weeks.
According to a new Instagram post from the "Drive" rockers, "Our Love" will now arrive on January 31. It's accompanying video will drop that same day, too.
"Our Love" follows the single "Into the Summer," which dropped last August. Incubus' most recent album is 2017's 8.
Last year, Incubus toured in celebration of their 1999 hit album Make Yourself's 20th anniversary.
Credit: Koury AngeloK.Flay is hitting the road this spring with DJ duo Louis the Child.
The "Blood in the Cut" singer will be a special guest for five dates on Louis the Child's upcoming Here for Now headlining tour. She'll be playing April 10 in Berkeley, California; Chandler, Arizona; Austin and Dallas, Texas; and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Credit: Herring & HerringMetallica helped an NHL player celebrate his milestone game with a special gift.
During a pre-game ceremony Thursday, Boston Bruins goalie -- and Metallica fanatic -- Tuukka Rask was honored for playing his 500th career NHL game, as well as becoming the winningest goalie in the franchise's history.
Along with receiving gifts from teammates and team executives, Rask was also surprised with a replica of Lars Ulrich's drum set.
In a video message to Rask, posted to NHL.com, Ulrich congratulated the goalie on his "crazy cool" and "incredible" accomplishment.
"Thank you for being a Metallica fan," Ulrich continued. "On behalf of Kirk [Hammett], James [Hetfield] and Rob [Trujillo], and myself, congratulations on 500 NHL games, and we'll see you out there somewhere soon."
Metallica has previously played the national anthem during the Stanley Cup finals in honor of the band's hometown hockey team, the San Jose Sharks.
Capitol RecordsChad Smith is everywhere these days. In addition to playing on the upcoming Ozzy Osbourne album Ordinary Man, the Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer is also featured on the brand-new Halsey record, Manic.
Halsey herself revealed Smith's contribution in a tweet responding to a fan, who wrote that the drums on the Manic song "3am" sounded "amazing."
"They are Chad Smith from Red Hot Chili Peppers!" the pop star replied.
Manic, which also features "3 Nights" artist Dominic Fike, Alanis Morissette and K-pop superstars BTS, is out today.
If you're looking for more Halsey collaborations with rock artists, she's featured on a song included on Bring Me the Horizon's new Music to listen to... EP.
As for Smith, you can hear his work on the new Ozzy songs "Under the Graveyard," "Straight to Hell" and "Ordinary Man," as well as the full Ordinary Man album when it's released February 21. Additionally, new Chili Peppers music is in the works, featuring the return of guitarist John Frusciante.
Ethan Miller/Getty ImagesWhen Dave Grohlteased that 2020 would be an "insane" year filled with "seriously crazy s***," perhaps this was what he was talking about.
The Foo Fighters frontman is guesting on the debut album from famed tattoo artist Kat Von D, due out later this year.
The record, which a press release promises is full of "haunting ballads and musings of love," was produced by TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek and written alongside former 4 Non Blondes singer Linda Perry. It also features former Nine Inch Nails member Danny Lohner, Peter Murphy of English goth icons Bauhaus, and even Spanish actress/singer Charo.
Grohl and Von D are actually longtime friends, and she's even responsible for some of his ink. In fact, it appears that their musical collaboration has been in the works for some time -- Von D shared an Instagram photo of her working on a song with Grohl and Lohner way back in 2013.
Von D has tattooed a number of other big-name rockers, including the late Motörhead icon Lemmy and members of Green Day. She also teamed up with Billie Joe Armstrong to create a line of eyeliner.
Meanwhile, Grohl is preparing for a big 2020 with his day job leading the Foos. The group celebrates their 25th anniversary this year, and they've been teasing new music as well.