Masked heavy rockers Gwar have recruited Kung Fu Dykes star Kim Dylla to replace the late Dave Brockie in the monster act. Dylla will take on the persona of Vulvatron when she hits the stage with Gwar and takes over singing duties from Brockie, aka Oderus Urungus, who died of a heroin overdose in March (14).
The new member previously performed with the band at the group's annual Gwar-BQ event in 2013.
James Franco has reprised his clueless talk show host Dave Skylark from controversial new comedy The Interview to help MTV bosses promote the Video Music Awards. In a TV special featuring nominees Nicki Minaj, Iggy Azalea and Jason DeRulo, Franco, as Skylark, shows off his lack of research with a series of dumb questions - he asks Australian Azalea about life in Austria and states, "You're the one who wrote Superb A**" during a chat with Superbass hitmaker Minaj.
Skylark's Very Special VMA Special will air in the U.S. on 17 August (14), a week before the VMAs.
In the new Franco comedy, Skylark lands an interview with Kim Jong-un only to learn he and his sidekick, played by Seth Rogen, have to assassinate the North Korean leader.
Rapper Iggy Azalea has taken aim at Nirvana stars Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic's decision to hit the stage with Lorde at their Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction concert, insisting the Kurt Cobain tribute was inappropriate.
The Fancy hitmaker has no problems with Joan Jett and Kim Gordon appearing with the surviving Nirvana bandmates, but she has taken issue with Lorde and St. Vincent, who also performed at the New York gala in April (14).
The outspoken rapper tells Billboard magazine, "Nothing against her (Lorde), but I think when you're doing a tribute to someone that's dead, generally it should be the person's peer. Lorde is not Kurt Cobain's peer. No matter if she killed the performance or not, I just don't think it's appropriate."
Meanwhile, in a new Rolling Stone interview, Grohl admits he regrets not spending more time with Lorde at the Hall of Fame ceremony. He says, "I barely got to say two words to her. She flew from God knows where, and we rehearsed the song (All Apologies) once. Then we walked onstage and did it."
Rocker Courtney Love has confirmed her near-20 year war of words with Dave Grohl is over after meeting up with the former Nirvana star at the band's recent Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction. Love and her late husband Kurt Cobain's bandmate have battled publicly over the rights to Nirvana songs for years, but she reveals they got a chance to call a truce at the Hall of Fame gala last month (Apr14).
She tells Pitchfork.com, "On my way to the bathroom, I saw Grohl, and Grohl saw me, and he came up to me... I was like, 'Alright, no matter what happens, we're not going to be b**ches'. That was my attitude going in, and obviously his. Not much else needs to be said. We just both knew it was time to let it go, and we were ready to do it.
"It's been 20 years. We didn't even talk at the funeral. None of us. And so... 20 years of Dave bashing, and me bashing and making it worse, all that s**t. The legal stuff, the trial. We just buried it. It was really deep. "It brings tears to my eyes to even talk about it. There were certain lawyers who called me tearfully and said it was the most moving moment of the night. There were some hecklers who booed me, which was weird and off and scary. I ignored it. I just looked at who was on stage and was like, 'Ah, f**k it!'"
And she admits she even liked Grohl's idea of asking Lorde, Kim Gordon and St. Vincent to join the band onstage at the ceremony, even though she initially couldn't understand why the drummer had invited women to front Nirvana for the night. She adds, "Initially, I thought it was sexist, and a little bit ghettoizing. But then I was like, 'No, Kurt would have loved this'. And there's reality to it. Apparently, no high profile dudes wanted to do it. "The Kim Gordon moment was so punk. Kim gave the punkest performance, the one that Kurt would've approved of the most. It was the punkest thing the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has ever seen. I was really proud of that. It was truly a celebration of the spirit of what was subversive about In Utero (album) and (producer Steve) Albini, and what remains punk about Nirvana.
"Me and Kim, we're not BFFs (best friends forever), but I was getting my hair done recently, and my hairdresser said, 'Kim Gordon was asking how you were, she said to tell you hi'. I was like, 'Really? We don't really talk, but tell her hi'. So we've kind of made peace through our hairdresser."
Pj Harvey was Dave Grohl's first choice to front Nirvana at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony last week (ends13Apr14), but the British musician turned the opportunity down. The surviving members of the grunge group, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, were joined on stage at the show by an all-star line-up of singers filling in for late frontman Kurt Cobain, including Joan Jett, St. Vincent, Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon and Lorde.
Grohl has now revealed he initially asked PJ Harvey to take over vocals, but she said no due to scheduling problems.
The Foo Fighters star tells Rolling Stone, "Kurt loved PJ Harvey. We had always imagined playing our song Milk It from In Utero with her. It's a twisted song, almost like something that could have been on her record Rid of Me, which was also produced by (In Utero producer) Steve Albini. It just seemed to pair up so well. Unfortunately, she couldn't make it."
The rocker goes on to admit he came up with the idea of an all-female line-up of singers after Harvey turned the offer down, adding, "We thought, 'Wait, it has to be all women' Don't even ask anyone else. If we can fill the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame performance with these incredible women singing Nirvana songs, then we'll have achieved our own revolution.' It also added a whole other dimension to the show. It added substance and depth, so it didn't turn into a eulogy. It was more about the future."
Grohl also admits the process was an emotional one for him: "The first time we played together, it was like seeing a ghost. The second time, it was a little more reserved. And the last time we played it was like that f**king Demi Moore/Patrick Swayze pottery wheel scene from Ghost... I hadn't played in that band in 20 years... I'd almost forgotten what it was like to be in a room full of Nirvana."
"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.
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.
For the bulk of every Rocky and Bullwinkle episode, moose and squirrel would engage in high concept escapades that satirized geopolitics, contemporary cinema, and the very fabrics of the human condition. With all of that to work with, there's no excuse for why the pair and their Soviet nemeses haven't gotten a decent movie adaptation. But the ingenious Mr. Peabody and his faithful boy Sherman are another story, intercut between Rocky and Bullwinkle segments to teach kids brief history lessons and toss in a nearly lethal dose of puns. Their stories and relationship were much simpler, which means that bringing their shtick to the big screen would entail a lot more invention — always risky when you're dealing with precious material.
For the most part, Mr. Peabody & Sherman handles the regeneration of its heroes aptly, allowing for emotionally substance in their unique father-son relationship and all the difficulties inherent therein. The story is no subtle metaphor for the difficulties surrounding gay adoption, with society decreeing that a dog, no matter how hyper-intelligent, cannot be a suitable father. The central plot has Peabody hosting a party for a disapproving child services agent and the parents of a young girl with whom 7-year-old Sherman had a schoolyard spat, all in order to prove himself a suitable dad. Of course, the WABAC comes into play when the tots take it for a spin, forcing Peabody to rush to their rescue.
Getting down to personals, we also see the left brain-heavy Peabody struggle with being father Sherman deserves. The bulk of the emotional marks are hit as we learn just how much Peabody cares for Sherman, and just how hard it has been to accept that his only family is growing up and changing.
But more successful than the new is the film's handling of the old — the material that Peabody and Sherman purists will adore. They travel back in time via the WABAC Machine to Ancient Egypt, the Renaissance, and the Trojan War, and 18th Century France, explaining the cultural backdrop and historical significance of the settings and characters they happen upon, all with that irreverent (but no longer racist) flare that the old cartoons enjoyed. And oh... the puns.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a f**king treasure trove of some of the most amazingly bad puns in recent cinema. This effort alone will leave you in awe.
The film does unravel in its final act, bringing the science-fiction of time travel a little too close to the forefront and dropping the ball on a good deal of its emotional groundwork. What seemed to be substantial building blocks do not pay off in the way we might, as scholars of animated family cinema, have anticipated, leaving the movie with an unfinished feeling.
But all in all, it's a bright, compassionate, reasonably educational, and occasionally funny if not altogether worthy tribute to an old favorite. And since we don't have our own WABAC machine to return to a time of regularly scheduled Peabody and Sherman cartoons, this will do okay for now.
If nothing else, it's worth your time for the puns.
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Rockers Pixies have appointed Argentine/American musician Paz Lenchatin to replace bassist Kim Shattuck, who left less than six months after joining the band. Shattuck joined the group in July (13) following the departure of Kim Deal, but she confirmed her exit last month (Nov13) stating she wanted to focus her attention on her original group The Muffs.
The band has now announced Lenchatin will replace Shattuck and will play with the Pixies on their U.S. tour as well as their European festival dates, including Primavera in Spain and Lollapalooza in South America, next year (14).
Drummer Dave Lovering tells NME.com, "We are really looking forward to playing with her on these dates. Working with different bass players is very new for the band, but we're having a great time doing it."