Billy Corgan seems to subscribe to the notion that if you don’t have anything nice to say, then … say it to the international press? The singer hasn’t held his ex-Smashing Pumpkins bandmates in the highest regard since the original lineup’s final split back in 2000, and he definitely throws another log on the fire of drama that is the band’s post-split relationship in a new interview with NME.
Maybe you remember back in the day when the Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. sported a very large afro? In one of the Twitter posts to make our list of the week’s best, he reveals he’s not going be bringing it back any time soon. Elsewhere, Best Coast seem to be getting sick of traveling so much — such is the dark side of being rock stars — and look for salvation in an airport bar.
Celebrate the birth of our nation come July 2012 with rock stars of all stripes, as a whole new army of music releases descend on the U.S. of A. New discs from Passion Pit, Dirty Projectors, Mum, Delicate Steve and an EP from the Antlers highlight the new releases, with a massive Blur box set celebrating the Britpop band’s 21 years together also arrives in July 2012. God Bless America — and England!
Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan performed a new tune titled ‘The Rite of Spring’ for the first time on Tuesday during a party celebrating the band’s forthcoming ‘Oceania’ album, whihcwas held on a yacht cruising around Lake Michigan. The boat bash gathered friends, family and acquaintances of Corgan and his bandmates for a sip of ‘Oceania,’ which is currently streaming on iTunes ahead of its Tuesday release.
Millions upon millions of fans have seen his penis — and there’s absolutely nothing he can do about it. Luckily, the now 20-something Spencer Elden, who was pictured as the nude baby on the cover of Nirvana‘s multi-platinum 1991 album, ‘Nevermind,’ seems pretty cool about his brush with infamy.
Dinosaur Jr. have announced a Sept. 18 release date for ‘I Bet on Sky,’ the veteran indie act’s tenth overall album together. The disc will be backed by a lengthy North American tour that kicks off Sept. 24-26 with a three-night stand in Toronto, Ontario.
With the flip of the calendar into June 2012 came the arrival of a bulk of the summer jams to get us through the hot summer months — and quite a few stellar ones at that. Let’s take a look at what we’ve been offered so far, shall we?
What’s cooler than throwing out the first pitch at a Major League Baseball game? Try taking batting practice with the home team before the game. That’s exactly what Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea did with the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday, one night before the Peppers rocked the nearby US Bank Arena as their summer tour continues to roll across North America.
Yoko Ono, marriage counselor? The widow of late Beatles icon John Lennon has brought Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon back together less than a year after the Sonic Youth principals shocked the indie nation by announcing their impending divorce.
The occasion? Ono, Gordon and Moore have come together to record ‘E
When it comes to big tips, there are big tips, and then there are big tips! Foo Fighters‘ Dave Grohl reportedly left one lucky bartender at the Smith and Wollensky restaurant in Philadelphia’s swanky Rittenhouse Square Hotel something that would definitely fall into the latter category recently when he reportedly laid down $1,000 after ordering a single drink. Yes, you read that correctly — that’s a one followed by three zeros for just one drink.
A former personal assistant for U2‘s Adam Clayton has plead not guilty to charges of embezzling more than $3.5 million from the bassist and will begin the trial in Ireland’s Dublin Circuit Criminal Court tomorrow. IrishTimes.com reports that 48-year-old Carol Hawkins is accused of 184 counts of theft from various bank accounts belonging to Clayton between the years 2004 to 2008, even allegedly making a single withdrawal of more than $375,000 in 2007.
Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki is a man of many talents, but who knew one of those was playing the mighty tambourine? Nowitzki has had a little extra free time on his giant hands this year after his defending NBA Champion Mavs got swept out of the playoffs in the first round by the Oklahoma City Thunder. What’s he been doing with his time off? Would you believe he’s been rocking out with the Avett Brothers?
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