Cult rockers Diiv have pulled out of their weekend appearances at the Leeds and Reading festivals in Britain after frontman Zachary Cole Smith fell ill. The group was billed to perform at Reading on Saturday (24Aug13) and Leeds on Sunday (25Aug13), but both shows have been scrapped.
DIIV have also cancelled a performance at French festival Rock en Seine on Friday night (23Aug13).
Smith announced the news on Twitter.com with the post, "hey, this sucks but i'm too sick to play Reading and Leeds this weekend. we just called and cancelled. i'm so f**king sorry. back soon."
Meanwhile, singer/songwriter Frank Turner hit the headlines on the opening day of the Reading festival on Friday (23Aug13) by re-enacting Kurt Cobain’s entrance in 1992.
The Nirvana star poked fun at stories about his drug abuse and rehab stints when he took the stage at Reading in a wheelchair, dressed in a hospital gown.
"My daughter had to tell me there's an In Utero anniversary (album) coming out. I don't pay attention to that s**t... I'm interested in the future. I respect the past, but not to the point that I want to sit and dwell on it." Courtney Love has no interest in her late husband Kurt Cobain's Nirvana anniversaries.
Dave Grohl broke down in tears surrounded by 30,000 rock fans at a music festival when they joined in a rendition of Nirvana's All Apologies as a tribute to tragic frontman Kurt Cobain. The drummer headed to the Lollapalooza travelling rock festival just months after Cobain's death in 1994 as he struggled to come to terms with the loss of his close friend and bandmate.
Grohl was left in floods of tears as his emotions came tumbling out when the crowd broke into a spontaneous rendition of the classic Nirvana track.
He tells Mojo magazine, "After Kurt died, that summer I went to Lollapalooza in Detroit. Nobody ever recognised me back then, and I was sitting in this massive amphitheatre waiting for the next band, in the middle of 30,000 people, and All Apologies came over the PA. The entire audience started singing along, and I started crying. Because it wasn't that long ago that we had lost Kurt and that album had such an emotional impact on me. It's still hard to listen to it."
A remastered version of Nirvana's final studio album, In Utero, is to be released later this year (13) to mark the record's 20th anniversary. The special edition will also contain demo tracks and live recordings. It is scheduled for release in September (13), 20 years to the month since the original first hit stores.
Former Nirvana bandmates Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic returned to the stage in Seattle, Washington on Friday night (19Jul13) to perform with Sir Paul McCartney. The Safeco Field appearance marked only the second time the drummer and Novoselic had performed together in Nirvana's hometown since Kurt Cobain's death in 1994.
McCartney tells Rolling Stone magazine, "We hatched that plan a couple of weeks ago. Dave was going to come up to Seattle with his family, and I said to him, 'Do you think there's any chance the guys would fancy (a reunion)?' He said, 'Well, let me ask.' And they fancied it. So we thought, 'Let's go and flip 'em out'."
Grohl and Novoselic stepped up onstage to back McCartney on Cut Me Some Slack - the original song he and the Foo Fighters star recorded for Grohl's Sound City documentary last year (12).
The Nirvana bandmates also joined McCartney and his band on Beatles classics Get Back and Helter Skelter and Little Richard's Long Tall Sally.
McCartney admits the big surprise was completely drama free: "When you're playing with guys like that, you realise that they've been to the heights of fame, so they're used to it. They're not gonna freak. And they're hell of musicians, so we learned everything really quickly. That's what's great about playing with guys like that."
"They're powerful. It's a great power to have them on stage with you. I mean, my band's great, but when you augment it with Nirvana, that's greater."
Foo Fighters star Dave Grohl joined veteran rockers Sha Na Na behind the drumkit for the band's 35th annual Grease Sing-A-Long event at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles at the weekend (13Jul13). The former Nirvana drummer donned a sparkly jacket for the group's cover of Little Richard's Lucille.
Grunge rock godfathers Mudhoney are to perform atop Seattle, Washington's Space Needle to mark their record label's 25th birthday. Reports suggest the band will be tethered to the landmark as part of Sub Pop's anniversary celebrations next week (beg08Jul13).
Label bosses are also planning to stage a free festival in the city on 13 July (13), which will feature performances from J. Mascis and Built To Spill.
As well as the above-named acts, Sub Pop's roster has included Nirvana, Fugazi and Afghan Whigs.
Former Husker Du rocker Grant Hart has ruled out reuniting the grunge pioneers, insisting he and bandmate Bob Mould have "nothing to prove". The group split in 1987 after eight years together but was later cited as a major influence on early-1990s grunge acts including Kurt Cobain's Nirvana.
Fans have speculated recent lucrative reunions of bands such as the Stone Roses have opened the door for a Husker Du comeback, but drummer/vocalist Hart is adamant he and Mould will not be tempted to put the trio back together.
He tells Mojo magazine, "Everybody with a midlife crisis either wants a Husker Du reunion or is reuniting with their own band. I can't turn the clock back for people.
"I have certain ideas worth pursuing if Bob and I were to make music again. But even though the amount of money would be irresistible, both of us have resisted making a lot of money before... Bob and I are smart enough to know we've got nothing to prove."
Jay-Z's new album Magna Carta Holy Grail will feature lyrics written by the late Kurt Cobain, according to the rocker's widow Courtney Love. The former Hole singer has revealed she gave the rapper permission to use lyrics from Nirvana hit Smells Like Teen Spirit, and admits she's concerned her estranged daughter Frances Bean will "freak" when she finds out.
Explaining her decision, Love, who owns the rights to her late husband's music, tells The Huffington Post, "Jay-Z's huge and we're friends."
The new album is set to become an instant hit when it is released next month (Jul13) thanks to a deal Jay-Z has done with bosses at Samsung - one million copies of Magna Carta Holy Grail will be given away for free to Samsung Galaxy smartphone users 72 hours ahead of its official release on 4 July (13).
Samsung executives reportedly paid $5 (GBP3.20) for each copy of the album, which will become available via an application that can be downloaded at the end of June (13).
New Jersey's fabled rock venue Maxwell's is to close at the end of July (13). The Hoboken rock club, where acts like Husker Du, Sonic Youth, Nirvana, Soundgarden and Smashing Pumpkins staged landmark gigs, featured in the video for Bruce Springsteen's Glory Days.
Co-owner Todd Abramson tells The Star-Ledger of Newark that rent changes have made it difficult to run the venue and so he and his fellow owners are to shut up shop on 31 July, when their current lease on the place runs out.
Maxwell's was recently voted the third best rock club in America by editors at Rolling Stone magazine.