British rockers Arctic Monkeys have been slammed for their "synchronised" live performances by their U.S. tourmates The Orwells. The BRIT Award winners were joined by the U.S. band for a number of shows on their U.S. trek earlier this year (14) and the up-and-coming American group was given an insight into how the headliners put their concerts together.
Now guitarist Matt O'Keefe has accused Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner of planning his seemingly spontaneous comments to the crowd and performing the same routine each night.
O'Keefe tells Gigwise.com, "When you're playing arenas and everything, it's a huge production then the show has to become synchronised to work... So every night no matter how he was feeling he'd go into that opening riff. It was the exact same ad-libs he was putting between the songs. So we were with them for about 50 dates, you saw them once and you'd pretty much seen every date that they'd played."
Singer Mario Cuomo adds, "You can reach that level without turning into that. Like Nirvana played bigger s**t than that and I'm sure it wasn't like that and it's probably a different show every night. You don't have to take that route, you can get that level of success with those size venues, that sort of thing but still treat it as a spontaneous show at a small club. So it all just depends on the band, what they're going for and what they feel comfortable with. Like I would feel super uncomfortable if I knew what I was going to say in between songs."
Singer Courtney Love is courting controversy once again after suggesting Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band do not "belong" in rock and roll, days after they were inducted into the industry's Hall of Fame museum. The Boss paid tribute to his longtime backing band and performed with the musicians as they were honoured at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame gala in New York last week (10Apr14), but in a new YouTube.com video, Kurt Cobain's widow claims they do not fit into the genre.
Love also admits she isn't a big Springsteen fan and only liked the rocker's 1982 album Nebraska, a series of demo songs he recorded without the E Street Band. In the video, part of her Love on Love online segments in which she offers up her take on a variety of topics, she says, "I like Nebraska. And whenever I say that to a Springsteen person (fan), they look at me funny."
She continues, "With Springsteen, I just... I really like him. He's a nice guy. Cameron Crowe, an old, very dear friend of mine, took me to the Staples Center (in Los Angeles) for a three-night gig, and I could only last an hour and a half in a three-and-a-half hour show with the Boss." But Love's main problem with Springsteen's music appears to lie with the work of the E Street Band.
She adds, "My Springsteen problem is just that saxophones don't belong in rock 'n' roll. They just don't belong." The footage then cuts to a photo of Springsteen with late E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons, who died in 2011. Love was in attendance at the Hall of Fame event to mark the induction of Cobain and his Nirvana bandmates, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic. KISS, Peter Gabriel and Hall & Oates were also among the Class of 2014.
"I feel we conjured the spirit of the band, and we could not have done that alone. This, for me, is a bittersweet notion as we all miss Kurt so much. But considering we were inducted, the show had to go on." Rocker Krist Novoselic is proud of the performance he and his Nirvana bandmate Dave Grohl put on at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony last week (10Apr14). The pair was joined by Joan Jett, Lorde, St. Vincent and Kim Gordon to sing lead on hits like Smells Like Teen Spirit and Lithium in place of late frontman Kurt Cobain.
The surviving members of Nirvana played a surprise gig in New York City following their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction on Thursday night (10Apr14), with an all-star roster of rockers filling in for late frontman Kurt Cobain on lead vocals. The iconic grunge band was feted during a ceremony at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic were joined on stage by Joan Jett, St. Vincent, Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon and Lorde for their live performances.
After the show, the band headed to the nearby 350-capacity Saint Vitus venue to pay a surprise gig, performing a 19-song set of Nirvana classics until 4am.
Gordon, Jett and St. Vincent reprised their alternating roles as singer, with Dinosaur Jr. frontman J Mascis and Deer Tick rocker John McCauley also joining the band on stage to stand-in for Cobain, who died in 1994.
"So honoured and happy I got to help celebrate Nirvana's rock and roll hall of fame induction tonight. true f**king rock stars, all, forever." Pop star Lorde was delighted after performing with the surviving members of rock band Nirvana at their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Thursday (10Apr14).
Teenage pop star Lorde was an odd choice to join Nirvana onstage for a performance of All Apologies at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Thursday (10Apr14) - the Royals hitmaker, 17, wasn't even born when frontman Kurt Cobain died in 1994.
Joan Jett, Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon and Lorde channelled the spirit of the late Kurt Cobain on Thursday (10Apr14) as they performed with the surviving members of Nirvana at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Michael Stipe from R.E.M. paid tribute to the grunge stars as drummer Dave Grohl and bassist Krist Novoselic were joined on the podium at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York by Cobain's mother and sister and his widow, Courtney Love.
The Hole frontwoman proved that any bad blood between her and the existing Nirvana duo was in the past by calling Grohl and Novoselic her "family" and hugging them both, before saying, "I just wish that Kurt was here to hear this and feel this and be this.
"Twenty years ago, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame maybe wasn't (something he'd appreciate), but today he would have appreciated it. He would have appreciated Krist and Dave... his mother and his sister being here..." She went on to dedicate Cobain's posthumous honour to their daughter, Francis Bean Cobain, who missed the ceremony due to illness.
Grohl and Novoselic then welcomed their female collaborators to rock out with them, with Jett taking charge of vocals on Smells Like Teen Spirit, Gordon joining the pair for Aneurysm, and St. Vincent singing Lithium. Royals hitmaker Lorde helped the band close out the Nirvana reunion with All Apologies, which served as the explosive finale of the near six-hour induction ceremony.
Earlier in the night, Bruce Springsteen saluted his longtime backing musicians the E Street Band, and took the time to remember each and every person who had ever been a part of the group, including late saxophonist Clarence Clemons and his sidekick and "consigliere", guitarist Steven Van Zandt. Soul icons Hall & Oates were inducted by The Roots drummer Questlove, but the singers' performance had to be briefly halted midway through a rendition of their 1976 classic She's Gone after experiencing technical problems.
There was no drama from KISS, who were introduced by Tom Morello, as the original line-up of Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss reunited to join the Class of 2014, although they stuck to their vow not to perform after learning that Hall of Fame bosses would not be honouring current bandmates Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer.
Meanwhile, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow, Carrie Underwood and Stevie Nicks joined forces to honour Linda Ronstadt, who was unable to attend the ceremony due to illness, and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin was on hand to praise former Genesis singer Peter Gabriel as a solo artist. Art Garfunkel celebrated the career of Yusuf Islam, aka Cat Stevens, and British producer Peter Asher helped to induct the Rolling Stones' former manager Andrew Loog Oldham and Beatles svengali Brian Epstein.
Joan Jett is reportedly set to jam onstage with the surviving members of Nirvana on Thursday night (10Apr14) as the grunge rockers are inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame. Kurt Cobain's band will be part of the Class of 2014 inducted into the Ohio music museum during a ceremony in New York, and remaining rockers Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic are expected to reunite for a special performance after the bassist dropped a big hint about rehearsing for the gig on Twitter.com last week (ends04Apr14).
Now rumours suggest Jett will be joining them onstage at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn after a photo of instruments belonging to Grohl, Novoselic and Nirvana musician Pat Smear was posted on Instagram.com alongside what appeared to be Jett's distinctive Gibson Melody Maker guitar.
The group will be inducted by former R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe, and other reports indicate he could also be standing in for late frontman Cobain alongside Jett.
The stars have not commented on the claims, but Jett and Grohl are no strangers - the Foo Fighters star previously teamed up with the I Love Rock 'n' Roll hitmaker for a U.S. TV performance on the Late Show with David Letterman.
Nirvana will join KISS, Peter Gabriel, Linda Ronstadt and Hall & Oates among this year's inductees.
"It's bittersweet because our friend Kurt has been gone 20 years. So it's a good way to remember him. He should be here." Nirvana star Krist Novoselic is upset his late bandmate Kurt Cobain will not be present on Thursday (10Apr14) when they are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
"Nirvana is a no-brainer for the first year and I'm glad that Kiss is getting the long-overdue recognition that they deserved for everything that they pioneered, and then I got two words: 'Deep Purple!'" Metallica star Lars Ulrich is surprised Deep Purple are yet to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.