"I guess you wouldn't want to get into a fight with Phil Spector, he'd have a gun in every pocket and he'd be itching to use them." Pixies rocker Black Francis would be wary of tussling with the notorious music producer, who is serving 19 years-to-life in prison for shooting actress Lana Clarkson in 2003.
Scottish rockers Twin Atlantic were so desperate to achieve their dream of performing at Britain's iconic Glastonbury Festival that they ditched their holiday plans to play a last-minute set. The band was drafted in as an emergency replacement when Canadian DJ duo Chromeo pulled out of a planned appearance at the event last weekend (27-29Jun14).
Twin Atlantic took Chromeo's place on the John Peel Stage as support for main headliners MGMT on Saturday (28Jun14), and they have now revealed they took a drastic step to fulfil their Glastonbury dream.
Singer Sam McTrusty tells Scotland's Daily Record newspaper, "(Bassist) Ross (McNae) had arranged to go to a couple of Hebridean islands with his wife and get some time away.
"(Drummer) Craig (Kneale) had this whole big trip planned to go to Oslo to see Pearl Jam play with a couple of friends and a girlfriend. He has a Pearl Jam tattoo and is in the fan club so it is a big deal that he dropped that and we got to go and play Glastonbury."
However, the band's performance was bittersweet for McTrusty as he missed out on seeing some of his favourite acts at the event.
He adds, "The only negative was that we were on at the same time as the Pixies, who are one of our favourite bands, and we clashed with 30 minutes of Metallica and Jack White."
Rockers Arcade Fire brought the curtain down on the opening day of the 2014 Glastonbury festival with a spectacular ticker tape parade and fireworks display as frontman Win Butler declared the gig the "highlight" of the band's career. The Canadian rockers took to the main stage of the event in England on Friday night (27Jun14) after a day in which a huge thunderstorm caused an hour-long power outage and several acts, including singer Lily Allen, had to shorten their planned sets.
The headliners performed for almost two hours, opening their show with a fireworks display and treating the crowd to a ticker tape carnival during their encore of Here Comes the Night Time.
Before closing their set with Wake Up, Butler told the crowd the band had experienced "amazing things" in its career, adding, "This has got to be the highlight."
Speaking after their performance, he says, "I feel like we went back to medieval England and surveyed and saw all of humanity at the same time... We've never been in front of a crowd like that... Yeah, it's definitely a powerful experience."
Saturday (28Jun14) is set to feature performances by rockers Robert Plant, Pixies, and Jack White, and singer Lana Del Rey before a headline set from Metallica.
Not only was Pitch Perfect epically funny it also had an amazing soundtrack. It was the perfect blend of nostalgic pop hits, current Top 40s, and innovative musical mash-ups. But can the upcoming sequel, with Elizabeth Banks now serving as director, top the 2012 movie?
They have all the tools: Anna Kendrick proved she was a viable recording artist after “Cups” went from a cute song to a viral hit. Fans may not realize that Ester Dean, who plays Cynthia Rose, is behind some of the most memorable pop hits. She produced the infectious Selena Gomez hit “Come & Get It” and the David Guetta/Nicki Minaj collaboration “Turn Me On.” We may not know any of the songs that will be in the movie but here are a few songs we’re dying to hear get an aca-adjustment.
The Audition Song
In the first film, all the freshman had to perform Kelly Clarkson’s “Since You’ve Been Gone.” Rebel Wilson kills it and Skylar Astin belts out a high note. For the sequel, we think Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” is the perfect song. The Bellas could very well choose the song since they sang “Party in the USA” in the last film. Plus, the song is catchy, and by now, who doesn’t know the lyrics?
The riff-off was one of the best moments of the movie. All the competing a capella groups meet up in an empty pool to sing fully arranged a capella songs with no prior rehearsal. However, through Hollywood magic they end up being fully in-synch. In the first film, songs like “Like a Virgin” by Madonna, “S&M” by Rihanna (written by Dean), and “No Diggity” by Blackstreet made the cut. This is a great opportunity for “Come & Get It” to make an appearance since the producers have an in with Dean. Also, “Somebody that I Used to Know” got some amazing a capella treatment by Pentatronix. There’s also a chance for Kendrick to rap and perhaps sing Iggy Azaelea’s “Fancy” or dare we say it, Kreayshawn’s viral video hit “Gucci, Gucci.”
The Barden Bellas
Now that Becca (Kendrick) has revealed her magical DJ powers and ability to write mash-ups, it stands to reason the ladies will be singing one or two of them, adhering to songs by female artists. “Let It Go” is inescapable. Here’s an awesome mashup by DJ Axcess that mixes it with Madonna’s “Frozen.” To add a little more pep to the somber hit why not add Britney Spears’ “Hot as Ice”? Another great mash-up (see below) features “Drop Dead Beautiful” by Spears and written by Dean. It also speeds up Kerry Hilson’s “Pretty Girl Rock.” However, they should replace the Chris Brown sample for obvous reasons with TLC’s “Unpretty.”
In the first film, Astin, Adam DeVine, and Ben Platt sang amazing pop songs as part of the all-male group on campus. The sequel should do a gender-swap of Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe.” There were a ton of viral videos of men singing the song. An all chorally-arranged version of The Pixies classic “Where Is My Mind” would be an awesome moment in the movie. Plus, it’s been a great time for guys in music with “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons or anything by Sam Smith who killed it at Coachella. Or what about this Bastille slowjam cover of “No Scrubs” by TLC.
What songs do you want to see in the sequel?
Rocker Kim Deal held a "last supper" for her Pixies bandmates before quitting the group, according to guitarist Joey Santiago. The bassist stunned her bandmates and fans when she announced last year (13) that she had left the Here Comes Your Man hitmakers after 27 years.
Frontman Black Francis later revealed that Deal had told them of her decision to quit during a meeting at a cafe, and Santiago has now recalled how she treated the band to an Indian feast the night before.
He tells Mojo magazine, "It was very much a surprise. I'm just sorry I never gave her a proper goodbye. But we all went out for an Indian meal the night before, and she had the waiter take pictures of us all. And she paid for the meal, and that never happens. It was the last supper."
"I'm an overweight man and that inhibits a lot... I've tried to put on shades and be cool or whatever, but it always feels like too much of an affectation. It's easier for me to go, 'Look I am who I am, f**k it'. I maybe felt more comfortable in my skin when I was younger. Fat people, you know, they put on weight because it's a barrier, it's a way to keep life away." Pixies rocker Black Francis has no hang-ups about his size.
Pixies rocker Black Francis had a bizarre reaction to bassist Kim Deal's shock resignation last year (13) - he shaved off his pubic hair. Fans of the Velouria hitmakers were stunned when it was announced Deal had walked out on the band after 27 years and it later emerged she had told her shocked bandmates during a meeting in a cafe.
Now Francis, also known as Frank Black, has revealed the news came as such a surprise he decided to shave his body hair to signify his need to move on.
He tells Mojo magazine, "(It was) to mark a new start... I think I may even have used some of the hair in a painting I was working on at the time... I'd done this kind of nude. The hair was an outline on the painting."
Francis also recalled it was not the first time Pixies had come close to losing Deal, as he had planned to fire her in the 1990s.
He adds, "I tried to kick Kim out of the band a couple of times, in the early '90s. I managed to find some reason. A meeting was called in our lawyer's office (but) the lawyer, along with the group, petitioned me to keep the boat afloat.
"Whatever my reason was at the time, I'm not saying I would consider it valid now. She hadn't showed up for a gig or something, or she was late and we had to go and find her, passed out somewhere. Nowadays I look back and think, 'Rock 'n' roll, what the hell'. I was in my twenties, smoking a lot of pot, a bit cranky."
Hip-hop veteran Master P is preparing to stage a surprise performance at California's Coachella music festival this weekend (11-13Apr14). The Make 'Em Say Uhh! hitmaker's son, rapper/actor Romeo, let slip the news to a TMZ.com cameraman on Thursday (10Apr14), revealing they will be joining forces with artists from his dad's No Limit Records label for a previously unannounced appearance.
He said, "We gon' be out there (at Coachella), have a surprise performance... We not suppose to say nothing (sic)... but we may have a little something... It's a No Limit... '90s surprise."
Editors at Complex.com have since confirmed with Master P's representatives that the performance will take place on Sunday (13Apr14).
Headliners for the three-day festival, which takes place over two weekends, include newly-reunited rap duo Outkast, English rockers Muse, and Canadian band Arcade Fire.
Master P and his crew aren't the only last-minute additions to the Coachella line-up - cult rockers the Pixies and The Strokes star Julian Casablancas are set to take to the stage on Saturday (12Apr14).
Cult rockers the Pixies and The Strokes star Julian Casablancas have been added to the line-up of the Coachella Music Festival, which kicks off on Friday (11Apr14). The annual two-weekend event attracts the biggest names in music to the desert of California, and just days before the 2014 festival begins, organisers have added the Pixies and Casablancas to the list.
The Pixies' upcoming gig at Coachella marks the 10 year anniversary of when the Velouria hitmakers delighted fans with their on-stage reunion in 2004.
Last month (Mar14), the band announced they are planning to release their first full-length studio album in 23 years in late April (14).
Casablancas is no stranger to the festival either - The Strokes played at Coachella in 2011.
While the Pixies and Casablancas are set to take to the stage on Saturday (12Apr14), newly reunited rap duo Outkast, English rockers Muse, and Canadian band Arcade Fire are all set to headline the festival, which runs 11-13 April (14) and 18-20 April (14).
Terminally ill rocker Wilko Johnson is to defy doctors by playing a high profile set at Britain's iconic Glastonbury Festival. The former Dr. Feelgood star was told he had just months to live after being diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer in January, 2013.
Johnson turned down the chance to undergo chemotherapy treatment and opted to head out on the road instead, and he has now landed a slot at the U.K.'s most famous music festival in June (14).
He joins the bill along with other acts including Kasabian, who will be headlining the event for the first time, Arcade Fire, Pixies, Lily Allen and Robert Plant.
However, Johnson was left baffled when the official line-up announcement was made on Friday (04Apr14), as organisers had spelled his name wrong on the advertising poster.
He posted a link to the image on his Twitter.com page, adding, "So who's Wilco Johnson?"
The festival in Somerset, England runs from 25-29 June (14).