This Week in Rock Music News

Written by: Teodor Nihtianov

Last week was a fiery one in terms of news, Neil Young’s collaboration with Jack White along with his innovative music player promotion made us hopeful for the future. Beck’s North American tour made us as eager as kids sprinting down the hallway to intercept their Christmas presents. And finally Led Zeppelin floored us with the announcement that they will be releasing never-before heard material.

Yes it is a hard act to follow but This Week in Rock News more than makes up for its predecessor’s pizzazz. From The Black Keys’ new album, to an officially confirmed Soundgarden & NIN tour, to how important pain is towards creating a hit song, this week certainly did not disappoint – though there was also some very sad news. Here is the lowdown.

Mick Jagger’s Girlfriend, L’Wren Scott, Found Dead. The Stones Cancel Australian and New Zealand Leg of Tour

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L’Wren Scott, a noted fashion designer who has been Mick Jagger’s companion for more than a decade, was found dead in her New York apartment Monday of an apparent suicide. She was 49.

A spokesman for Mick Jagger said that the singer was completely shocked and devastated by the news. Scott had been dating Jagger, 70, since at least 2003. The former model created many of Jagger’s looks for the Rolling Stones’ 50th anniversary tour, which began in 2012 and is currently in Australia.

The band called off Wednesday night’s show in Perth, and announced the postponement of their 14 ON FIRE tour of Australia and New Zealand. The Rolling Stones do plan on rescheduling these postponed shows at a later date.

The Black Keys to Release New Single “Fever” from Upcoming Album Titled ‘Turn Blue’

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The Black Keys will release their new single “Fever” on March 24th from their forthcoming album titled Turn Blue, with a scheduled release date of May 13th.  This is incredible news for Black Keys fans, and strangely enough the news came from Mike Tyson via Twitter!

It has been three years since El Camino came out and it is safe to say that this band’s presence has been missed. While we wait, check out the weird teaser video below that Mike Tyson sent out to fans:

Surprise! Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden Announce Co-Headlining Summer Tour

Our theory from two weeks ago holds steady as Soundgarden and NIN finally confirm their summer tour. Rumor has it Chris Cornell is open to joining Trent Reznor on stage even after Reznor (rightly) dismantled Cornell’s Timbaland produced Scream album. An epic announcement if you ask me. Check here for tour dates.

Eagles Add Dates to “History of the Eagles” 2014 Tour

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The Eagles have revealed that they will be launching another North American leg of their “History of the Eagles” 2014 tour in late summer with dates stretching into the fall.

The first leg of the ‘History of the Eagles’ began on July 6th of last year when the band hit the road in support of their acclaimed documentary of the same name. If you show up, they will come. Long live the Eagles – go see them while you can!  You can find tour dates here.

Police: No New Findings in Re-Examination of Cobain Death

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Police decided to re-examine the 20 year old files containing the details surrounding the tragic death of Kurt Cobain. There are plenty of conspiracy theories floating around the Nirvana crooner’s death; however, the re-examination did not uncover anything new. The question here is really, why? R.I.P. Kurt. 

Full Record Store Day 2014 List Released

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Record Store Day 2014 has unleashed their massive list of items that will be available on sale starting April 19th.  With gems like Nirvana’s single “Pennyroyal Tea” finally being released from their cage, I think it is time to cash in some favors, or at the very least start saving up now and get some records. Here is the full list on their site – Record Store Day.

Weezer Working on a New Album?

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Weezer posted a rather cryptic 20 second clip on YouTube (below) the contents of which are unsurprisingly hard to decipher. One can only assume it is new music which is obviously tremendous news for any Weezer fan. It gets even better as the band is also reportedly working with Ric Ocasek (The Cars) who produced their Blue Album and Green Album. Will they be going for a new sound or relying on their trustworthy buzzing guitar pop?  We will keep you posted. 

Newsflash: Pain Leads to Hit Songs

There is an interesting study published by the Journal of Advertising Research that narrows down which lyrical themes are most likely to propel a song towards the coveted #01 spot on the Billboard Hot 100.

As it turns out, if your song’s premise is loss, desire, breakups, pain, aspiration, inspiration, and nostalgia you are statistically more likely to reach the Billboard Hot 100 peak. They concluded that “the presence of these themes in a song’s lyrics could predict whether the song would be a hit … with 73.4% accuracy.” 

The Stooges Drummer Scott Asheton Dead at 64

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On a more somber note, The Stooges drummer Scott Asheton died of an unspecified illness at the age of 64. He was the rhythm backbone of the group for nearly 50 years and left behind a beautifully diverse legacy that will surely stand the test of time. The news has hit Iggy Pop hard, who responded by admitting he now has “no plans to be a touring musician for the next couple of years.”

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