Quick Takes On Lou Reed, Stevie Nicks, U2, Aerosmith, And Robert Plant
A public memorial for Lou Reed is set for today (Thursday, November 14th) in New York City from one to four p.m. at the Paul Milstein Pool and Terrace at Lincoln Center. Reed's Facebook page described the event as "a gathering open to the public -- no speeches. no live performances, just Lou's voice, guitar music & songs -- playing the recordings selected by his family and friends." (Rolling Stone)
Lou Reed died on October 27th in Southampton, New York, at age 71, following complications from a liver transplant earlier this year.
Stevie Nicks will make a cameo appearance on FX's American Horror Story: Coven. The series, which has referenced Nicks and utilized backing tracks of her music, has confirmed that she will appear. Nicks is reportedly a fan of the show and renowned for her romanticizing witches in such Fleetwood Mac classics as "Rhiannon" and "Sara," among others. There's still no word as to what Nicks' role will be or when she'll begin shooting her scenes. (Time)
U2 may release its yet-to-be-titled new album in April, according to multiple reports, with the band hatching a tentative plan to announce the record with a commercial during the Super Bowl. The disc will be the quartet's first since 2009's No Line On The Horizon. Meanwhile, longtime U2 manager Paul McGuinness is selling his company, Principle Management, to Live Nation and plans to take a lesser role in the group's career going forward. (Billboard)
Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford echoed a lot of fans feelings regarding the band's 2012 album, Music From Another Dimension, telling VH1, "We have a lot of issues with the last record now. We felt like . . . I don't know, we feel like we missed the mark a little bit, and I’m not quite sure what we would’ve done different, but we feel like we should've done something a little different -- but I don’t think we know what it was. . .We had a good time making it, but I don't know if the material that we did really translated. Maybe we're a little bit stuck in the way we do things. I don't know. We kind of did it old school and thought we were going in the right direction, but. . . I don’t know. I don’t know.
Whitford went on to talk about tentative plans for the band's next album: "Maybe we’ll experiment a bit more in maybe the writing process and stuff. Maybe we need to go back and do some more. . . maybe bring in some more contemporary people to work with, and maybe take a few twists and turns. I don’t know." (Ultimate Classic Rock)
Music From Another Dimension, was released on November 6th, 2012, and debuted at Number Five on the Billboard 200 album chart, selling 63,000 copies in its first week of release.
The group's last collection of new songs, 2001's Just Push Play, entered the chart at Number Two with sales of 240,000 copies.
Robert Plant's eight-part web series featuring his documentary chronicling his 2003 festival appearance in Mali is now running on YouTube. The film, called, Zirka, showcases Plant's experience both on and off the stage, taking in the local flavors and intermingling with the locals. Plant told Rolling Stone, "It was a journey of revelation -- one of the most illuminating and humbling experiences of my life. (The trip) took us from the scurry and bustle of our world into the homeland of the Tuareg, the Sahel of Mali, Timbuctoo, and north to Essakane. A journey that could only reinforce the power and the great gift of music across and between cultures. . . sharing outside of language."
New episodes of Zirka will be uploaded on Plant's YouTube channel every Monday for the next eight weeks. (Ultimate Classic Rock)
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