Tickets for 12-12-12 – The Concert For Sandy Relief went on sale earlier today and sold out with a quickness. Thankfully, as we reported earlier, the concert will be broadcast live on a number of cable networks and websites. Following the on-sale, 12-12-12 organizers have announced that guitar legend Eric Clapton and Coldplay front man Chris Martin have been added to the bill.
12-12-12 – The Concert For Sandy Relief will take place on December 12th at Madison Square Garden boasting a lineup that includes Dave Grohl, Eddie Vedder, Roger Waters, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Alicia Keys, The Who, Bon Jovi and Paul McCartney.
Apparently eight shows earlier this fall weren’t enough for Jay-Z to play the brand-new Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn. The hometown product will team up with Coldplay for a special New Year’s Eve performance at the venue following Coldplay’s own headlining gig on the 30th.
This isn’t the only time the two global acts have paired up for a New Year’s show, as Coldplay and Jay-Z teamed up for a more intimate affair in Las Vegas on December 31, 2010. In addition to the two Brooklyn shows, Coldplay will also play Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. on the 29th.
According to Consequence of Sound, who had the scoop on this, tickets for the Brooklyn shows go on sale Saturday, Nov. 17th; while Uncasville ducats go on sale Friday, Nov. 16th.
One of radio host Howard Stern’s best qualities is his ability to get the best out of the celebrities he interviews. This was the case yesterday when much maligned Coldplay front man Chris Martin stopped by the Sirius/XM studios for a chat with Howie. Whether you like Coldplay or not, you’ve got to appreciate some of the anecdotes Martin tells and some of the songs he played for the radio audience. Chris explains how we came up with Clocks and Yellow, talks about inter-band dynamics and sang a brief cover of Billie Jean.
In the end one thing about Chris Martin stands out, he’s one of the most normal, down-to-earth rock stars in the biz. Here’s a playlist of the complete one-hour interview broken into six parts…
In a totally objective and almost too close to call race, Phish fans placed second in Spike TV’s assessment of the worst fans in all of music just behind fans of Screwdriver, a white supremacy themed punk band from the U.K. in the ’70s. Normally, I would probably take offense to such ridiculous claims (while quietly wondering if we wholeheartedly agree), but I’m pretty sure this guy’s balls are hanging out of his gym shorts and he is holding a ventriloquist doll, so i’ll just shake it off and just piggy back off his idea.
So, instead of letting loose with a defensive Phish tirade, let’s take a look at more crappy fanbases in music. To up the stakes a bit (and refrain from a pointless list about Clay Aiken), i’ll stick to music I actually quite like, but do not always share the same affection for the other concert goers.
Dave Matthews Band – Let’s just get this one out in the open real quick and move on. Dave Matthews’ fans suck the joy out of otherwise good music like a pack of Dementers. And no, Harry Potter references do not detract from our credibility in evaluating the tolerability of music fans. Drunk meatheads, incessant clapping, high school girls and loud yapping are simply not my idea of a good time.
String Cheese Incident – Here’s another one that pains me a bit to throw under the bus, but ever since I met this feller in Denver who told me verbatim, “You don’t know the first thing about the space funk. Why don’t you go back to Michigan you cow f*cker? String Cheese rules the space funk,” I’ve been a little salty on the fan base. Plus, I do not like screaming, be it group or otherwise.
READ ON for more of Ryan’s least favorite fanbases including REM…
We’ve got our first “You Be The Judge” situation of 2008. Andrew Hoepfner of little-known indie band Creaky Boards accuses Coldplay’s Chris Martin of stealing the melody of Viva La Vida in a viral video that’s tearing up the interwebs. Check out the video and let us know what you think. You Be The Judge!!!
I think the melodies sound similar, but aren’t exactly the same. It doesn’t matter though, the 370,000+ people who saw this video now know exactly who Creaky Boards are. Everyone’s a winner thanks to YouTube!
Finally, Live Nation’s Mike Luba got himself in a bit of trouble when he told a group of Fort Lauderdale City Commissioners that his firm wanted to do away with Jazz during a meeting over a proposed festival that Live Nation wants to bring to the city. Luba told the Sun-Sentinel that he spoke “totally in the moment, to break the tension,” and that “it was 100 percent a joke.” What a funny guy!
Since getting back together with the E Street Band in the late ’90s The Boss has kept busy with his backing band churning out some great albums and epic concerts. While NJ’s favorite sons are about announce the final leg of their Magic tour, which is rumored to include a five night stand at Madison Square Garden, many are speculating this could be the last run for the band.
If seeing a rousing three-hour plus Springsteen show isn’t for you, then maybe one of these recently announced tours will be…
How about a fest that comes to your city? The Fuck Yeah Tour will feature the likes of Matt & Kim, Dan Deacon, Circle Jerks and more (begins: 06/17)
Finally. the festival announcements have come to a considerable halt over the last few weeks; but the initial line up for the inaugural Jackson Hole Music Festival caught our attention when it was revealed the other day. Among the handful of bands that were announced to appear alongside the Black Crowes, Medeski, Martin & Wood and Kaki King are old Uncle Tupelo band mates Jeff Tweedy and Jay Farrar with their current bands.
It’s no surprise the two acts will appear on different nights, since there is no love lost between those two. I’m sure there are people out there who are crossing their fingers that the two might kiss and make up and play some tunes together, but I wouldn’t hold your breath on that one. Good looking festival, though.
Over the past few years we’ve seen an explosion in the number of music festivals across the nation. While the bands that play these festies have made out like gangbusters, what about the local promoters that keep the calendar full of live music during the rest of the year?
The Chicago Tribune takes an in depth look at the impact of Lollapalooza, and the festival’s radius clauses, on the local scene. We don’t blame Jerry Mickelson, founder and partner of Jam Productions, for feeling squeezed out.
Let’s get over the hump by squeezing out some links:
Tom Morello joins Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band in Anaheim
MMJ’s Jim James breaks down five tracks on the new album
Why don’t we end the column with something that you probably knew already. A recent study found that a dose of Coldplay’s music helped a number of Britons fall asleep at the speed of sound. Gwyneth Paltrow must sleep well.
It was Friday afternoon, and all of the sudden the impact of a long work week had me doubting my decision to spend my weekend seeing multiple concerts. The moment I entered the Gramercy Theater that night, though, I realized why I made those plans to see music in the first place.
After two great shows from Gene Ween and Tea Leaf Green, I’m feeling refreshed and ready for another week. Sometimes seeing music is just what you need, even when you least expect it. With that said, check out some great links from around the Interwebs and let the music start off your week: