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.
Tomorrow night Brooklyn’s own Jay-Z wraps up his eight-show run that has opened the Barclays Center within his home borough. If you won’t be in attendance you can watch from the comfort of home starting at 9:30PM ET via Jay-Z’s Life & Times YouTube channel.
Following Jay-Z’s set, the channel will air a documentary dubbed The Road To Brooklyn about the Nets move from New Jersey to the Barclays Center.
The hip-hop and rock worlds collided head on last night in Philadelphia at the Made In America Festival, when festival curator Jay-Z sat in with legendary Seattle band Pearl Jam on the rapper’s 99 Problems. The guest spot was part of Pearl Jam’s encore at the end of their headlining set. That wasn’t the first time Hova delivered 99 Problems while fronting a rock band as he performed that trick in his home borough of Brooklyn with Phish on June 18, 2004. Take a look at last night’s take…
Last week the, two titans of the world of hip hop – Jay Z and Kanye West – dropped their long in the works debut album Watch The Throne. For their first single, the dynamic duo, who have dubbed themselves The Throne, choose to go with the statement track Otis, a wordy, boastful, hook-less tune, that samples that late great Otis Redding’s Try A Little Tenderness. Let’s check out the celebratory Spike Jonze-directed video…
While we certainly don’t pretend to be experts on the world of hip-hop around these part, we undoubtedly had to sit up and take notice when two of the biggest names in the genre decided to not only team up to put out an album, but to also hit the road together. On August 8, the dynamic duo of Jay-Z and Kanye West, will release their long in the works debut album Watch The Throne. The pair, who have dubbed themselves The Throne, have lined up a 24-date fall tour, that kicks off on September 22 at the Palace Of Auburn Hills and includes notable two-night stands at the Izod Center (East Rutherford, NJ), United Center (Chicago, IL) and the Staples Center (Los Angeles, CA).
If you’re not into a night with the two titans of hip-hop, then maybe you’ll be interested in hitting one of these recently announced tours…
If Howard Stern doesn’t re-sign with SiriusXM after his contract expires next month, at least he went out with a bang. This week, the shock jock completed fantastic interviews with two legendary artists – Jay-Z & Billy Joel.
The shock jock welcomed Billy Joel to his studio for the first time on Tuesday and had a grand piano set up for Billy to play. Howard conducted the interview more like a fan than like a journalist, which made for good listening. Stern called out requests & Joel obliged in most cases. As you can imagine, Howard also got some dirt out of Joel including an anecdote about Paul McCartney visiting Billy’s home. It’s a must-listen interview for Billy Joel fans. We’ve made a playlist of YouTube videos featuring the audio of the entire video, but we’re not sure how long it will be before Sirius has ‘em pulled.
On Monday, Jay-Z stopped by Stern’s studio to discuss his new book, Decoded. Over the course of the near hour-long interview, Hova talks about being a crack dealer, his family life, the music business and a bevy of other topics. We made a playlist of this interview as well, so check it out before the clips get pulled…
Bonnaroo can be such an exhausting adventure and Saturday was no exception. With a heat index nearly to 100, one had to do whatever could be done to avoid the heat. Sitting at the main stage waiting for the legendary Jimmy Cliff to perform I could feel the sweat just dripping of my face and for that matter, everywhere else on my body.
Nevertheless, it was an opportunity of a lifetime to get to see the reggae legend from Kingston, Jamaica perform only a few yards away. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame member got things kicked off with a great version of You Can Get It If You Really Want. His set also included a fantastic cover of Yusuf Islam’s (aka Cat Stevens) Wild World. The set was very politically infused, with Jimmy discussing the oil spill in the gulf and that led into a song about global warming. Cliff later changed the lyrics of his own song titled Vietnam to make it relevant about the war in Afghanistan.
Up next was one of my favorite and most anticipated performances of the weekend – Mumford and Sons. I was extremely surprised and impressed by how many people were in attendance at this show, particularly because the Avett Brothers had an almost identical time slot. You could feel that the crowd was hungry for the performance, as they sang along to every single song. The band opened with Sigh No More and immediately went into The Cave. The vocals on Awake My Soul were particularly poignant. The surprise of the show was the appearances of Dave Rawlings, Gillian Welch and members of Old Crow Medicine Show to perform the band’s own Roll Away Your Stone and then a rip-roaring version of OCMS’s Wagon Wheel.
READ ON for more from Jennifer on Saturday at Bonnaroo…
Long before it played host to Phish’s Festival 8 last October, the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA has been home base to the indie-centric Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. Now in its eleventh year, festival organizers Goldenvoice Presents revealed the initial line up for the 2010 version early this morning which will be headlined by the diverse trifecta of Jay-Z, Muse and Gorillaz. Let’s take a look at the full lineup in graphic form…
Other notable names appearing over the course of the three-day fest are the return of the original rap-rockers Faith No More and the recently reunited Pavement, a solo set from Radiohead front man Thom Yorke and an ultra-rare “scheduled appearance” by 1960s funk legends Sly & The Family Stone. HT faves Vampire Weekend, Deer Tick, The Avett Brothers, Frightened Rabbit and She & Him will also be logging time in the desert.
Tickets for Coachella go on sale Friday, January 22 at 10:00 AM at all Ticketmaster locations & coachella.com. Three-day weekend passes are $269.00, plus surcharges. Is this lineup good enough to get you to Indio?
The producers of a number of this summer’s major festivals have had to scramble to replace the Beastie Boys after the band canceled all of their festival appearances due to Adam Yauch’s battle with a “very treatable” cancerous tumor. Yesterday, we learned that the Yeah Yeah Yeahs have been added to Lollapalooza and that the producers of the long-running festie would not be offering refunds to Beastie fans who felt slighted.
This morning comes news that the producers of the All Points West festival have scored a major coup by landing Jay-Z’s first North American festival performance. APW organizers will only offer refunds for those who purchased single day tickets for Friday, not for those who purchased a three-day pass. We’ve got to imagine Goldenvoice paid Jigga a small fortune but it seems like a good move that should help drive ticket sales.
We’re still awaiting word from the Osheaga Festival, Outside Lands and the Austin City Limits festival about who will replace the Beasties on those bills.
For the first time in 37 years there won’t be a big-time jazz festival in New York City this summer. Principal sponsor JVC has stopped sponsoring jazz festivals due to the economy and Festival Network – who produced last summer’s JVC Jazz Festival – is currently struggling to survive. Ben Sisario of the New York Times explains exactly what happened to Festival Network for a fascinating article in yesterday’s paper. Let’s hope for a happy ending.
As always, we’ve got six links to help you get over the mid-week hump…
Finally, we wanted to congratulate our friend Melissa Baswell for being selected as a finalist in Intuit’s Small Businesses United Grant Competition and ask for your help in getting her into the top five. Melissa started her eco-clothing company Mountains of the Moon armed with a second-hand sewing machine and now her designs are carried by boutiques worldwide and have been featured in fashion and environmental magazines.
For the final round, Melissa put together a four minute video – featuring music by Jake Cinninger of Umphrey’s McGee – and you can help her win by spending about 45 seconds following a few simple instructions as detailed on Umphrey’s blog – The Floor. Good luck Mel and Mountains of the Moon!
A few months back Oasis frontman Noel Gallagher singled out Jay Z as the reason that this weekend’s Glastonbury festival didn’t sell out – claiming there was no place for hip hop at the historically rock heavy festie. While the rap impresario did issue a response, he saved his real retribution for his performance last night.
To open his headlining set Mr. Carter strolled onto the stage with an electric guitar strapped on as the strains Wonderwall played behind him and with a sly smile led the crowd in a sing along of Oasis’ ubiquitous hit. Check it out…
Noel clearly needs to learn a couple of things: first, never get involved in a land war in Asia, and a close second is to never get into a feud with one S. Carter.