Rockers Interpol are no longer searching for a full-time bassist because frontman Paul Banks has taken on the role. Bassist and founding member Carlos Dengler left the group in 2010 shortly after they completed their fourth record and his replacement Dave Pajo quit after a year.
Brad Traux has been playing bass during live shows but the band is not looking for a permanent replacement because Banks has taken on the instrument for their upcoming fifth album.
Guitarist Daniel Kessler tells Britain's The Sun newspaper, "We didn't have a discussion about what we were going to do... Then after the second rehearsal Paul was like, 'Maybe I should pick up the bass', cos it helps to anchor the songs... I was like, 'cool', and that was the first time we spoke about what we were going to do about the bass parts.
"By the end of the second or third rehearsal we'd made an incredible start to a couple of new songs... Paul surprised me with how excellent he is on the bass... we just ran with it and didn't have any conversations about it... Once those foundations happened, we found our way and we thought, 'Why would we look to other possibilities when this is working so well?'"
Banks admits they no longer talk to Dengler, telling Britain's The Guardian newspaper, "Yeah I call him an a**hole but I call my friends a**holes. I love Carlos, we all love Carlos. But I don't think he wants to see me."
The band's fifth album, titled El Pintor, is scheduled for release on 9 September (14).
Def Leppard star Joe Elliott has abandoned plans to produce the new Black Star Riders album because he's too busy touring with KISS. Frontman Ricky Warwick has revealed the Pour Some Sugar on Me hitmaker is no longer attached to the project.
He tells Rock N' Load, "He's not doing it anymore. Joe's, unfortunately, had to pull out of doing the album, just due to the fact that Leppard have gone insane. They're out with KISS and there's loads of stuff going on, so he, unfortunately, had to pull out.
"Both of us are very sorry... It's a real shame, 'cos it would have been great with Joe, 'cos he's such a friend and such a champion of the band. But he's gotta look after his boys, and Def Leppard's obviously his priority. I would have done the same thing.
"We have somebody else lined up who we're gonna announce very soon."
American rapper Vic Mensa has told how he had a near-fatal accident attempting to sneak into the Lollapalooza music festival. Mensa performed at the event on Saturday (02Aug14) in the hip-hop star's hometown of Chicago, Illinois, but in the past he has been forced to find less glamorous ways to ensure he caught performances at the iconic festival.
Speaking with Billboard backstage at the 2014 event, Mensa recalled how he was electrocuted several years ago while trying to enter the festival without a ticket after finding the route he used the day before no longer available.
He says, "I was trying to get in and they had upped security from the day before - it was just impossible to get in like I got in the day before. I was trying to do something crazy, climbing down the train structure... over a bridge. And I touched a transformer on my arm... My arm just shot out in front of me and it was strange... it was really surreal. I was seeing myself from an overhead view, like, and I just saw my arm shoot out like Frankenstein and I fell like 30 feet. Then I got up, which was weird too, cos (sic) I definitely could have broken my neck."
Rapper Snoop Dogg risked arrest by smoking weed in a bathroom at the White House.
The hip-hop star has revealed he defied the security team at the U.S. president's official residence to light up a joint during a bathroom break.
During an installment of his YouTube.com web series Double G News Network featuring an appearance by Jimmy Kimmel, the late night talk show host asked the rapper, "Have you ever smoked (weed) in the White House?"
Snoop Dogg replied, "In the bathroom... not in the White House, but in the bathroom. Cos (sic) I said, 'May I use the bathroom for a second?' and they (the security team) said, 'What do you want to do a number one or number two?' And I said 'number two'... So I said when I do a number two I usually have a cigarette or I light something to get the aroma right and they said,'You know what, you can light a piece of napkin' and I said 'I'll do that' and the napkin was this (weed)."
Kaiser Chiefs rocker Ricky Wilson was baffled by rumours the band would end when drummer Nick Hodgson quit, insisting reports he penned all their hits are not true. Hodgson announced in December, 2012 that he was leaving the I Predict a Riot hitmakers to focus on other projects, and the news was followed with various reports crediting the percussionist with writing the band's songs.
However, frontman Wilson is still annoyed by the incident as he is adamant the whole group takes part in the songwriting process and they can easily cope without Hodgson.
He tells Q magazine, "Nick left and that was the s**test thing ever. He wrote all the f**king songs. You kept reminding us that he wrote all the f**king songs cos (sic) every article that was written reminded us that Nick Hodgson was the songwriter. He was the songwriter. Song, song, song, writer, writer, writer, Nick, Nick, Nick! It's not true. Kaiser Chiefs wrote the songs."
Hodgson was replaced in the line-up by Vijay Mistry.
Susan Sarandon's pet dog left U.S. chat show host Chelsea Handler with a reminder of the actress' most recent visit by peeing on the host's studio rug. The Oscar winner decided to introduce little Penny to Handler during a recent taped appearance on her late-night show Chelsea Lately and kicked off the chat by ordering her pooch not to relieve herself during the programme.
But Penny picked up the scent of another dog and had to go.
As cameras caught the dog peeing, Sarandon said, "No, no, no..." but Handler laughed off the leak, joking, "That's OK, let her pee. We're leaving soon anyway."
Handler is departing her E! show to embark on a new web chat series.
Shocked Sarandon added, "This is the first show that she's urinated on, 'cos she just did Letterman... She obviously feels very much at home here."
Rock wildman Shane Macgowan once sold Paul Weller a tramp's old T-shirt for $850 (£500). The Pogues frontman was a familiar face on the U.K. punk scene in the 1970s before finding fame, and he was the proud owner of an authentic, vintage Union Jack printed top.
He knew clothes-obsessed The Jam frontman Weller would want the garment as soon as he saw it, so he wore it to several concerts - and Weller eventually paid him a huge sum for it.
MacGowan tells Uncut magazine, "Mine was a real Carnaby Street '67 job. I wore it to all The Jam gigs, 'cos I knew Paul Weller would crack sooner or later and give me a ridiculous amount of money for it. He offered me a Rickenbacker (guitar). I said, 'No, I couldn't part with it.'
"I'd got it from this old tramp. I was trying to get the most I could, and eventually he offered me £500. I said, 'You're done!' Half a grand for a f**king mod shirt!"
Pop star Lily Allen crowned her musical comeback with a bizarre performance at Britain's Glastonbury festival on Friday (27Jun14), singing while surrounded by giant baby bottles as her husband and children watched from the side of the stage. The Smile hitmaker stepped out of the spotlight in 2010 to concentrate on starting a family with her husband Sam Cooper, and she relaunched her career this year (2014).
She showed off her quirky side at Glastonbury by taking to a stage adorned with enormous baby milk bottles as a nod to her new role as a mum as daughters Ethel, two, and Marnie, 17 months, watched from the wings.
Allen's romance with Cooper began at the festival in 2009, and she paid tribute to her husband during her set, turning to face him and saying, "Last time I played here was five years ago and that was the night I got together with my husband. Five years later he's here with my two beautiful babies. I love y'all so much."
The singer's shortened Friday night set was delayed by 30 minutes while festival organisers waited for a lightning storm to pass.
Taking to the Pyramid Stage, she said, "Thank f**k for that, the rain stopped! Just in time. I've got to be quick 'cos our set time has been cut short."
Kasabian rocker Serge Pizzorno fears rioting will break out in his hometown when the British rockers perform a hotly-anticipated 10th anniversary show in the city next month (Jun14). The Fire hitmakers will celebrate their 10 years in music with the special gig at Victoria Park in Leicester, England on 21 June (14).
The concert will mark a decade since the band released its self-titled debut album in 2004, and guitarist Pizzorno fears fans will be whipped into such a frenzy by the occasion that they will need to let off steam afterwards with a destructive rampage.
He tells rock magazine Q, "God bless the council. I don't think they realise the city centre's gonna be a war zone. Cos we're gonna just rally this crowd into such a frenzy and then go, 'Right, that was it.' And everyone's gonna go, 'What next? Riot!' I hope it's a love-in. That's what I'm praying for."
"I don't think I've ever sold records based on my looks, which is positive, cos (sic) it means that even if I do become a fat slob when I'm older, it won't matter." British pop star Ed Sheeran is happy he's not a hunk.