“It’s presumptuous. It’s lazy,” says Dave Grohl about bands who perform classic albums front-to-back on tour. “I f—ing hate that,” Grohl told NME. He also revealed that he considered re-recording the entire Foo Fighters debut album for its 20th anniversary, until drummer Taylor Hawkins told him that would be the “worst idea ever.”
Instead, Foo Fighters will celebrate their 20th anniversary with a giant show at Washington D.C.’s RFK Stadium—featuring Buddy Guy, Gary Clark Jr., Heart, Joan Jett, L.L. Cool J, Trouble Funk, and Trombone Shorty. (Pitchfork)
Also speaking candidly, Trent Reznor tells the Hollywood Reporter that “it’s hard to feel good about the integrity” of having won Grammy Awards for what he calls “stupid s–t”: Best Metal Performance. Reznor feels differently about his Oscar for co-composing the Social Network soundtrack, though. “I can’t tell if that’s because I’m older or it felt like it’s coming from a more sincere pedigree.”
AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has been arrested in New Zealand and charged with attempting to procure a murder—as well as with possession of meth and marijuana. Details regarding Rudd’s allegedly criminal activity, and how it will affect the band’s upcoming record release (Rock or Bust, set for release Dec. 2) and world tour, have yet to emerge. (Rolling Stone)
There will be a new Electric Light Orchestra album, says Jeff Lynne. He’s working on new music now and expects to tour as ELO, including U.S. dates, next year. (Billboard)
The results are in: Taylor Swift‘s album 1989 sold 1.29 million copies in its first week of release. That’s a staggering number, making Swift the first (and possibly only) artist to sell over a million albums in 2014—but it falls just short of the 1.32 million copies of Oops!…I Did it Again Britney Spears sold in 2000 to set the record for best-ever single-week sales by a female artist. (Rolling Stone)
Democrat Clay Aiken has lost a race against Republican Renee Elmers to represent North Carolina’s 2nd Congressional district in Washington. (Billboard)
According to Page Six, Stevie Wonder and his girlfriend are expecting triplets. The children would be the 9th, 10th, and 11th for the pop legend, 64, who will be at Madison Square Garden tonight to play his classic 1976 album Songs in the Key of Life from beginning to end. Sorry, Dave Grohl.
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