This Week in Rock Music News

Written by: Teodor Nihtianov

So after having two shiny red race cars show up in my driveway, I now only hold the key for a minivan with fire stickers on the side. My prediction came true and the inevitable slump in glamour has happened, as this week barely offered a drop of the previous weeks’ worth of drama and excitement. It is not a boring one mind you, hence the fire stickers on the side, so let’s just call it a slow burner. 

AC/DC’s Malcolm Young Ill, “Taking a Break” From Band

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Before this article came out there were swirling rumors that AC/DC were going to disband. But you can rest easy knowing that the mind-bendingly popular band will remain intact. However, the worrisome news is the fact that co-founding member Malcolm Young is “not just unwell,” but it’s “quite serious” according to a fellow musician, Mark Gable. It is extremely difficult to process something of this nature but here’s hoping that Mr. Young gets well soon. Regardless of what is happening in his life he has been an active rock legend for 40+ years and at the very least deserves some cool down time. 

Beck May Release Another Album This Year

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It took him six years to release the calming sea breeze that is Morning Phase and now it seems that Beck has found his songwriting mojo with the possibility of two new LPs coming out later this year. Beck played a set for a Santa Monica radio station KCRW where he disclosed the fact that he might release another album by the end of the year. “I’ve been working on and off on a different set of songs that are more boisterous [than Morning Phase],” he said.

I for one cannot complain, but whoever is controlling the strings in Beck’s brain should have thought of this a long time ago. Imagine three Beck albums every year! Oh the joy they would bring to the world. Anyway don’t hold your breath because he will most likely release the new material after the completion of his Morning Phase supporting tour. 

Mars Volta Flea Supergroup Antemasque Set Album Release

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Thematically it is unsurprising that this pretty much just formed group is releasing their first album come July. “If the whole thing looked unplanned, that’s because it was,” the band collectively revealed in a statement about the record’s rollout over the past week. Spontaneous, unpredictable and fast-paced seems to be the mantra for Antemasque, and honestly if you have heard their machine gun barrage music you will also be unmoved by how fast they have created an album. Evidently Flea and the Mars Volta boys are clicking and it shows based on the music I am hearing. My expectations have rocket boosters attached to them. Fingers crossed this supergroup delivers the goods.

Krist Novoselic Bought a Nirvana Tabs Book to Learn Rock Hall Songs

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Imagine the 18 wheeler sized nostalgia Novoselic felt when he fell into the groove that encompassed him 20 years ago. “I picked up a Nirvana tab book a week before to relearn my parts,” said Novoselic, “but we weren’t up to speed at first. But then it started to flow and it got better and better. Then it hit me and I got kind of somber. I was like, ‘Oh my God. I’m playing these songs again.'” It must be almost enlightening to re-enter such a crucial part of what seems like a past life. It probably also made them feel old as Dave Grohl surely felt his bones creak like a rusty door hinge. “I haven’t played those drum parts since I was 25. I’m 45 now. We played for 10 fucking hours each day. After the first night of rehearsals, I limped home, had two glasses of wine, three Advil, took a hot shower and slept for 10 fucking hours. That’s a coma for me, because I never sleep.”

The Who Planning 50th Anniversary Tour

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The legendary band will mark their 50th anniversary with a global tour that will commence in the UK around Christmas. Pete Townshend confirmed this and hinted at a new a new album in the making assuming he can gather some golden eggs from his extensive demo collection. The man is almost 70 years old and he’s still got enough juice to do a world tour. It would be unbelievable but then again he is English and a rock-star which is basically guarantees immortality.

Prince Plans ‘Purple Rain’ Reissue and New Studio Album

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It has been three decades since Prince’s sex drenched Purple Rain came out and it is within the realms of logic to expect something to happen to commemorate this grand occasion. So Prince will release a digitally remastered, deluxe reissue of the record and to sweeten the deal a new studio LP with 3rdEyedGirl called Plectrumelectrum. According to a press release, the Purple One has a stone-carved deal with Warner Bros. to release long-awaited, previously unheard material along with some brand new music. There is no date as of yet, but I’ll keep you posted on all things Prince. For now, here is a video teaser of one of the new tracks from the forthcoming album called “Pretzelbodylogic.”

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