Tag: Tom Petty
Foo Fighters to perform live on 54th Annual Grammy Awards, Grohl talks music industry problems and Sound City Studios Documentary (video)
Your buddies and mine, the Foo Fighters will be rocking The 54th Annual Grammy Awards. On February 12th, the Foo Fighters will bring what promises to be a special performance to cap off a fantastic 2011. It's almost a lock that the Foo Fighters could win multiple Grammys, as they are up for Album of the Year, Best Rock Album, Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song for ‘Walk,’ Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance for ‘White Limo’ and more.
Awarded by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Foo Fighters have won six Grammys throughout their career, most recently capturing Best Rock Album and Best Hard Rock Performance wins in 2008. The Foos won their first Grammy Award in 2001, earning a Best Rock Album statue for ‘There Is Nothing Left to Lose.’
Among the other nominations for this year’s Grammy for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance are Dream Theater for ‘On the Backs of Angels,’ Mastodon for ‘Curl of the Burl,’ Megadeth for ‘Public Enemy No. 1′ and a surprising contender in Sum 41 for their track ‘Blood in My Eyes.’
Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson, Bruno Mars, Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift are the other performers announced so far. The 54th Annual Grammy Awards, also known as ‘Music’s Biggest Night,’ will air live on CBS on Feb. 12 at 8pm ET.
Recently Grohl spoke with Billboard and was asked about the problems plaguing the industry, to which he responded:
“Someone asked me recently, ‘What do you think the problem with the music industry is?’ I said, ‘take the Adele record, for example. It’s an amazing record and everybody’s so shocked that it’s such a phenomenon. I’m not. You know why that record’s huge? Because it’s f—ing good and it’s real. Now imagine if all records were that good. Do you think only one of them would sell? F— no! All of them would. If all records were that good the music business would be on fire, but they’re not.’”
Grohl was also quick to dismiss the journalistic cliche that his beloved rock & roll is dead:
“There’s always gonna be rock’n'roll bands, there’s always gonna be kids that love rock’n'roll records, and there will always be rock’n'roll. I travel all over the world and play music, and it’s easy to think rock’n'roll has gone away when you’re in a country like America. We just got back from a trip Down Under, we did a tour of Australia and New Zealand where we were pulling 40,000-50,000 people a night, selling out stadiums. To me, that means rock’n'roll is alive and well. The thing that will never go away is that connection you make with a band or a song where you’re moved by the fact that it’s real people making music. You make that human connection with a song like “Let It Be” or “Long and Winding Road” or a song like “Bohemian Rhapsody” or “Roxanne,” any of those songs. They sound like people making music. In America, rock’n'roll isn’t in the forefront of the mainstream as it is the rest of the world…I don’t know what it is, but it’s one of the few countries in the world where rock’n'roll is not huge.”
More details are out on a documentary Dave Grohl was putting together on the studio where he recorded ‘Nevermind’ with Nirvana — Sound City Studios. According to what Grohl said recently, we can expect some “epic” performances in addition to the rockumentary.
The now closed Sound City Studios was the grounds where many incredible rock album were recorded, just a few of the artists who’ve recorded there include Metallica, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Nine Inch Nails, Willie Nelson, and Eric Clapton. We initially learned of Grohl’s documentary secondhand from REO Speedwagon frontman Kevin Cronin, who briefly teased the project before realizing he should probably let Dave deliver the news. The topic came up in a Q&A featured in the latest issue of Rolling Stone and Grohl talked about what inspired him to helm the project:
“When Sound City closed last year it was a very sad day. That place was like a church. The list people that recorded there is like a virtual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. We recorded ‘Nevermind’ there back in 1991. That funky old place had the best drum room in the world. The drum sound at the beginning of ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit?’ That’s Sound City. I decided to make a film about that feeling when you put five guys in a room, hit “record” and the hair on the back of your neck stands up. Expect some epic jam sessions.”
I'm thinking the “epic jam sessions” Grohl is talking about explain the reported collaboration with Stephen Pearcy and Warren DeMartini of Ratt. Ratt have recorded albums at Sound City Studios as well.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have announced a string of North American concerts this spring before going out on their first European tour in 20 years. Petty and the Heatbreakers will play nine U.S. dates, running from April 19 in Broomfield, CO, through May 5 in Austin, TX. They currently have booked one Canadian date as well, at the Mile One Centre in St. John's.
Today (Dec. 15) at 5:30 p.m. ET, you can go to Tom Petty's Twitter page, @TomPetty, for an hour long Q&A.
Petty and the Heartbreakers' European tour starts June 7 in Dublin, wrapping up on June 30 in Mannheim, Germany. The outing includes his recently reported June 22 headlining set at England's Isle of Wight Festival.
Here are all of Petty and the Heartbreakers' confirmed North American tour dates:
Apr. 19 - Broomfield, CO - 1st Bank Center
Apr. 21 - Little Rock, AR - Verizon Arena
Apr. 24 - Albuquerque, NM - Tingley Coliseum
Apr. 26 - Wichita, KS - INTRUST Bank Arena
Apr. 28 - New Orleans, LA - New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
Apr. 29 - Alpharetta, GA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater at Encore Park
May 1 - Estero, FL - Germain Arena
May 3 - Orlando, FL - Amway Center
May 5 - Austin, TX - Frank Irwin Center
Jun. 3 - St. John's, Canada - Mile One Centre
Photo: David Cowles
Foo Fighters kicked off their Australin tour in Perth on Monday (Nov. 28) and rocked covers of Pink Floyd‘s 'In the Flesh,' Queen‘s 'Tie Your Mother Down,' and Tom Petty‘s 'Breakdown.' Feel the love at the "rock show" as the Foos are joined onstage by opening act Jack Black and Kyle Gass of Tenacious D and the other opening act called Fucked Up for a performance of ‘Breakdown.’ Check it out along with more footage from the show below:
Nirvana stuff: “Nevermind” 20th Anniversary re-issue out today, Watch “Live At The Paramount Theatre” full concert here, Dave Grohl to make documentary on studio “Nevermind” was recorded in
The "Nevermind" 20th Anniversary deluxe and super deluxe editions are out today, marking a musical moment in time that will live forever. The Foo Fighters frontman and former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl is working on a documentary about where they recorded Nevermind--Sound City Studios in Van Nuys, California. Besides his past band Nirvana, REO Speedwagon, Tom Petty and Eric Clapton will be featured in the documentary. Check out this Artisan News Report breaking it down:
The Deluxe edition will contain a remastered version of the original album, with B-sides and a second disc featuring the Smart Studios demo sessions, BBC sessions and boombox rehearsals.The Super Deluxe edition contains even more, with the addition of Butch Vig’s original album mixes and the full DVD and CD of the band performing live at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle in 1991. Watch it in it's entirety here.
Here's a Classic Albums documentary about the production of the album featuring Butch Vig, Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl talking candidly about their past, the recording of Nevermind and about Kurt Cobain and the legacy that he has left behind. Also featured are exclusive interviews with the likes of Garry Gersh(A&R DGC Records), Jonathan Ponneman and Nils Bernstein(Sub Pop Records), Thurston Moore(Sonic Youth) and Jack Endino.
Neil Young has just signed a book deal and will finally tell his life story. He will no doubt join the ever growing list of best selling autobiographies. But will his be as good as Keith Richards, Sammy Hagar and Steven Tyler's?
The book is tentatively titled ‘Waging Heavy Peace’ and is scheduled for release this fall through Blue Rider Press, an imprint of Penguin Group USA. Young’s book will cover everything; growing up, music and his life. President (publisher) David Rosenthal told the New York Times, “I am astounded at his memory for detail.”
There has been an unauthorized biography on Young, however. ‘Shakey,’ the 786 page biography that came out in 2003, was ten years in the making and found author Jimmy McDonough on the road to publishing an authorized story about Young. After the author thoroughly researched the archives and chasing the singer-songwriter around for years, in 1998 Young put the kibosh on the project and cut off McDonough’s access.
McDonough, not easily deterred, moved forward and completed the bio two years later. Young tried to stop the book from being published but McDonough sued and after some legal actions from both parties, Young let it go and ‘Shakey’ saw publication. Now, years later a definitive autobiography will finally be released in Neil's own words.
‘The Bridge School Concerts — 25th Anniversary Edition‘ CD and DVD releases, will be released Oct. 24. Neil Young has been hosting the Bridge School benefits gigs since 1986, and a who's who of rock royalty have performed at the shows: Paul McCartney, Elton John, Metallica, Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews, David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen. the Who, the Pretenders, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Pearl Jam, R.E.M. and Billy Idol, just to name a few. The ’25th Anniversary’ collection features these special guests and many of the other acts that have played over the years.
The Bridge School in Hillsborough, California helps severely disabled children, especially those with severe speech and physical impairments, enabling them to creatively communicate with others. All the profits from this two-CD/three-DVD release go directly to the Bridge School, clearly benefiting kids with desperate needs.
Check out the video trailer below for a sneak peek at the performances as well as the spirit of the people behind the scenes at Bridge School, their intent and their hands-on approach with the children.