Paramore's performing skills were tested at the Reading Festival in England on Friday night (22Aug14) when their set was wrecked by a power failure. The speakers blew in the middle of a speech by singer Hayley Williams, and the American act had to improvise while engineers spent 15 minutes resolving the sound problem.
Williams and her bandmates sat down at the front of the stage and she told fans at the front, "The system is down but they're working on it. We're just going to pretend this never happened."
The power was finally restored to a single microphone, prompting the band to play an acoustic version of their ballad Only Exception.
Williams refused to let the sound issues ruin her night, telling fans, "I'm never going to forget this. Alright Reading that was unbelievable."
Full power was restored a few minutes later, allowing the band to wrap up their set with a medley of hits like Misery Business and Proof.
After the show, Williams wrote in post on Twitter.com, "The power outage in the middle of the set tonight was possibly the best thing that could've happened during our 1st headliner @ Reading (sic)... To be able to have a 100 per cent candid & vulnerable moment w/ (with) that many people & at such a high pressure show was so satisfying."
Queens Of The Stone Age headlined the first day of the weekend event, while former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way helped open proceedings with his first-ever solo festival show.
Punk trio Blink-182 headlined Reading's sister festival in Leeds, England.
The arty and bizarre Duran Duran concert movie David Lynch directed for a live streaming event in 2011 is to be released to cinemas for one night only. The film, shot at Los Angeles' Mayan Theatre and featuring guest appearances by former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way and Kelis, among others, will hit the big screen at 300 theatres across the U.S. on 10 September (14).
Lynch has re-edited the film while the band has remixed the audio for the upcoming release.
The original film was shot as part of the American Express Unstaged series that pairs musicians with filmmakers.
Meanwhile, Duran Duran have recently started work on the follow-up to All You Need is Now with producers Nile Rodgers and Mark Ronson.
Punk icon Tommy Ramone has died at the age of 62. Ramone, real name Thomas Erdelyi, had been undergoing treatment for bile duct cancer at a hospice when he passed away on Friday (11Jul14). He was the last surviving member of the Ramones.
A post on the group's official Facebook page late on Friday confirmed the news, stating, "We are saddened to announce the passing of Tommy Ramone (nee Erdelyi), the original drummer for the Ramones, earlier today, 11 July 2014."
The legendary punk outfit was formed by Joey, Jonny and Dee Dee Ramone in the early 1970s, and Erdelyi was originally to be the band's manager but instead took the position of drummer. The band went on to record classic tracks including Blitzkrieg Bop, I Wanna Be Sedated and Judi Is A Punk.
Paying tribute to the rocker, former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way writes on Twitter.com, "R.I.P. Tommy Ramone" while TV star Johnny Knoxville shares a picture of Ramone.
Lead vocalist Joey Ramone died in 2001 of lymphoma, guitarist Johnny Ramone passed away from prostate cancer in 2004, and bassist Dee Dee Ramone died in 2002 after a heroin overdose.
Rocker Gerard Way was plunged into the worst depression of his life after his band My Chemical Romance split. The Welcome to the Black Parade hitmakers broke up in March, 2013 after 12 years together, and frontman Way later wrote a blog post to fans explaining the rockers wanted to bow out while still at the top of their game.
However, the decision had a devastating effect on Way and he spent months struggling to overcome his despair.
He tells Q magazine, "Doing the right thing is usually the hardest thing. I was the most depressed I've been in my whole life... Towards the end (of the band's career), I wasn't being true to myself. It was when I decided to be honest with myself that I started to get better."
Way is now pursuing a solo career and he credits music with lifting him out of his gloom, adding, "At a certain point after the band had broken up, I realised this was the therapy that helped get me through it."
Former My Chemical Romance star Frank Iero, Bowling For Soup and You & Me At Six have revamped Green Day's classic album American Idiot for a new Kerrang! compilation. Kerrang! Does Green Day's American Idiot also features 5 Seconds of Summer's cover of the album's title track and Neck Deep's version of Boulevard of Broken Dreams.
Iero tackles Extraordinary Girl, Bowling For Soup cover St. Jimmy and You & Me at Six take on Are We the Waiting.
American Idiot, which was released in 2004, topped the charts in 19 countries and has sold 15 million copies to date. It inspired a Broadway musical, which has featured Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong.
My Chemical Romance star Gerard Way will perform his first solo shows at the Reading and Leeds Festivals in the U.K. this summer (14). The frontman has been added to the line-up for the two-site weekend event in August (14).
Way has signed a solo deal Warner Bros. Records and he is currently completing work on his own album.
The headliners for the Leeds and Reading festivals are Blink-182, Paramore, Arctic Monkeys and Queens of the Stone Age.
Former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way is preparing to branch out on his own after signing a solo record deal. The rocker made the announcement on Monday (05May14) via his new website, which also features his art and comic strips.
He writes in a blog post, "I am beyond thrilled to finally have a place to share everything I make. I imagine you’ll see/hear everything from blog posts to images, art, drawings, music, big projects and small projects.
"I am continuing full-steam into comics, art, and more importantly to some of you - music. I am pleased to let you know I am now signed as a solo artist Warner Bros. Records. My album is near completion, and you should expect to hear things in the near future, even today actually - with a brief snippet of what is to come. I am excited. It’s starting again."
The Welcome to the Black Parade hitmakers disbanded in 2013 after 12 years together.
Former My Chemical Romance bassist Mikey Way has compared the band's 2013 break-up to the death of a family member, insisting it took him a while to get over the split. A year after the rockers announced they were parting ways, frontman Gerard Way's bandmate brother reveals time has been a great healer and it's only now that he's been able to appreciate just how successful the Welcome to the Black Parade hitmakers had been.
He tells Kerrang magazine, "I was going through it. It (the band's split) was sad, like the passing of a family member. But over time I got great joy and pleasure from reflecting.
"I was able to truly put on some songs and be like, 'Wow, we really did something. We cracked the heavens.' With MCR, we were so busy. I was never able to stop and smell the roses, or evaluate myself completely. That's what the past year was all about. I was able to dig deep inside myself and become the man I always wanted to be."
Way has since started a new group, called Electric Century.
Rockers My Chemical Romance are releasing a greatest hits collection called May Death Never Stop You on 24 March (14). The album will include hits from their extensive catalogue, including Helena, Welcome To The Black Parade and SING. The group, led by Gerard Way, disbanded last March (13) after 12 years together.
Splash NewsCo-written with Walter Afanasieff, Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You" not only went onto become the diva's biggest-selling single but was arguably the last time that the public embraced a new yuletide song.Taken from her 1994 holiday album Merry Christmas, the joyous Motown pastiche has now sold over 12 million copies worldwide, re-enters charts across the globe every year -- it has just reached a new peak (No. 26) on the US Hot 100 after originally being ineligible due to a lack of a commercial release -- and has since been covered by everyone from Michael Buble to My Chemical Romance.Its place in the canon of Christmas standards is therefore undoubtedly assured. But anyone who believed that its success would open the floodgates for a new generation of seasonal favorites would have been very much mistaken as no other artist has come close to replicating its cultural impact.It's not for the want of trying either. A whole host of musical giants have made a bit for that annual royalty cheque but very few have captured the imagination long enough to become a staple of the holiday season.The Killers have released a new Christmas song every year for the past eight years but none of them have really struck a chord with anyone outside of their fan base. Arguably the biggest band of the 21st Century, Coldplay, also struggled to set the world alight with their melancholic 2010 offering, "Christmas Lights." While even Lady Gaga's army of Little Monsters couldn't push 2008's "Christmas Tree" any further up than No. 23 on the <i>Billboard</i> Holiday Songs chart.Add in the fact that Leona Lewis' "One More Sleep" and Kelly Clarkson's "Underneath The Tree" -- both of which are obvious attempts to echo Carey's nostalgic formula -- haven't managed to enter the public's consciousness this year either and it's hard to see where the next big Christmas standard is going to come from.Of course, it's always a joy to hear those opening chiming bells on "All I Want For Christmas Is You" in the run-up to the big day. But it still seems a shame that both radio and record buyers still don't seem willing to accept anything more contemporary nearly 20 years on.