Pennywise frontman Zoli Teglas is no stranger to pain. After all, he was jumped into the band via fistfight with behemoth guitarist Fletcher Dragge.
But during a performance in Germany last Friday, severe back pain was enough to bring him to his knees and send the singer straight to the hospital for emergency surgery.
The band quickly took to social media to update fans on Teglas’ condition. According to a post on Facebook, “Zoli was having back-pain throughout the tour, and at Full Force festival he collapsed on stage a few times during the set. He was taken to the emergency room where they said he needed an immediate operation, or risk the chance of paralysis.”
Immediately following Teglas’ surgery, the band updated the fans saying, “We would like to thank everyone who has expressed care and concern for Zoli after he collapsed on stage at the Full Force Festival due to lower back complications from a herniated disk. He had an emergency procedure done on his back on Saturday as a result of the severe back pain he had been experiencing throughout the tour. The surgery went as perfect as could be. He’s recovering very well and is already up and slowly moving around. Zoli is in good spirits and is recovering nicely. Unfortunately due to his recovery time, the last leg of the tour will be canceled.”
The band’s dates with fellow hard rockers, The Flatliners, in Hengelo and Schweinfurt are canceled.
James, a fan of the Pennywise on Facebook wrote, “God bless you, Zoli. Take your time and let it heal. It’s not just about touring; you want to be able to pick up your kids. Hell, you want to be able to MAKE those kids! LOL Hang in there, man.”
Pennywise is currently on tour promoting their latest album All Or Nothing, now available everywhere on Epitaph Records.
Blur just premiered two fresh tracks, breathing new life into fans’ hopes that the Britpop legends are on the road to more music. “Under the Westway” and “The Puritan” mark the band’s first new material since a one-off in 2010, with their last full-length album having hit stores over nine years ago in 2003.
The band took to an undisclosed London rooftop to debut the songs live via livestream earlier today. “Under the Westway” is a Bowie-esque ballad, front man Damon Albarn crooning, “The whole world gone/Fallen under the spell of the distance/between us when we communicate/still picking up short wave/Somewhere, they’re out in space.” “The Puritan” is sure to make fans jump like it’s the 90s again, mashing up synth-filled beats and swirly guitar riffs.
After each song, Blur participated in a Twitter interview with followers and fans. They waxed poetic on making art, talked pizza toppings, and everything in between.
The songs were written specially for the band’s upcoming sold-out show at London’s Hyde Park in August. However, both tracks had actually seen the stage prior to today’s official debut; “Under the Westway” at a Brit Awards War Child benefit show in London in February and “The Puritan” at London’s Poetry Olympics last month.
Blur had also teased the tracks to fans late last month with cryptic Twitter pictures featuring neon lettering, a photo of a freeway and lyric excerpts, along with the time and date of the debuts.
“Under the Westway” and “The Puritan” are available for digital download now via iTunes. A limited edition double sided 7-inch single will be available August 6.
Blur is also releasing a comprehensive box-set, including their seven studio albums, 65 unreleased songs, three DVDs, a collector’s book and more, out July 30.
Insiders who’ve heard The Killers report the new single as being in the vein of “When You Were Young,” regarding the song’s somewhat more rock-leaning instrumentation. “Runaways” is set to be the first single from The Killers’ long-awaited fourth full-length album, titled Battle Born, the name shared by their recording studio and home state of Nevada.
Rolling Stone, in a preview of their new album, report that “Runaways” dates back to at least 2009, when the band played it to a less-than-receptive audience in Santa Barbara, CA. The band were not daunted by initial reactions and chose to develop, and ultimately keep the track.
“It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done, no question,” says front man Brandon Flowers speaking about the album. “It’s the longest we’ve ever taken to make a record, and the longest I’ve ever spent on the lyrics. We thought we had enough songs, but then we realized that we didn’t, and so we had to pound away and grind it out until we were certain that we were ready.” Flowers continues, “I feel like there are a lot of live moments on this album, more than we’ve ever had before. I feel like people are going to be able to relate to and understand these songs.”
“Runaways” is scheduled to impact the planet on July 10th, months ahead of its album’s September release.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, front man Brandon Flowers gave some insight into the album’s title.
“In a sense, all Americans are battle born. Our ancestors came here for something better,” said Flowers. The title is also the name of the band’s studio and nickname for their home state of Nevada.
Confirmed song titles on the album include “Runaways,” “Carry Me Home,” “Flesh and Bone,” and “Heart Of A Girl.” Some producers that band have worked with are Steve Lillywhite and Brendan O’Brien.
Drummer Ronnie Vannucci said that Battle Born will be their “difficult fourth record” and that the music writing process is “living up” to its title.
Earlier this morning it was reported that Gotye had been pronounced dead by a CNN iReport.
At 4:32 AM EST, it was reported that Gotye had shot himself in the head with a 9mm handgun. “He was pronounced dead at 4.45AM, and the investigation concluded that the cause of death was suicide. It was confirmed shortly after by family and friends. He was quickly taken to the Central Montmorency Hospital, but died from his injuries shortly after. His family has stated that they plan a closed funeral.”
To which the dead man responded, “I’m not dead. #Pinkalbumtitles”
Not only is the “Somebody I Used To Know” songwriter not dead, but according to the Hollywood Reporter, the Aussie’s racked up a record-breaking number of tags on the music identification system known as Shazam. Just when you thought Gotye’s smash hit must have reached everyone on the planet, you’d have been wrong to the tune of 11.5 million clueless souls. The Shazam service matches a user-submitted snippet or “tag” to one stored in its database to identify the song and sell it’s user the full length track.
Nearly a year after its release, the Gotye Kimbra collaboration continues its domination of the charts, currently holding the #3 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100. The video alone has amassed a staggering 270 million views.
Butch Vig career as a producer dates back to 1982. Vig, currently known for his roll as co-foudner and drummer for Garbage, produced a laundry list of alternative rock’s best albums including Nirvana’s landmark album, Nevermind, Smashing Pumpkins’ seminal Gish and Siamese Dream. And now, through his new band, Emperors of Wyoming, Vig is set to release an eponymous country, yes country, album on September 17.
Emperors of Wyoming features Vig on drums, Pete and Frank Anderson, and Phil Davis. Formed in 2009, the band creates country and folk music using “cutting edge technology and ancient instruments.”
Despite Vig’s forays into other musical styles, Garbage continues to make music releasing Not Your Kind of People in May of this year—their first album since 2005′s Bleed Like Me—and launched a world tour in support of the new record. Will the same success follow with his country music efforts? Time will tell.
Sonny John Moore, better known by his stage name, Skrillex, has become a leading figure in electronic dance genre known as Dubstep. Like M83′s Anthony Gonzalez, Skrillex will also be taking his talents to the big screen. In a recent interview with Pitchfork, the film’s music supervisor, Randall Poster, revealed that Skrillex will indeed be scoring the upcoming feature film, Spring Breakers.
Surprisingly, Randall had actually never heard of Skrillex until recently. Spring Breakers director Harmony Korine (best known for Gummo and Kids), sent Randall links to Skrillex’s YouTube videos. The millions of views (“First of the Year(Equinox)” currently has over 60 million) initially caught Randall’s attention, but once he saw Skrillex perform live, he became a true fan, calling Skrillex “just brilliant.”
“I felt like I swallowed the music,” Randall continued. “It was like Alien, like it went into me.”
Since releasing his debut solo album, My Name Is Skrillex, in 2010, Skrillex has released three more solo EPs, has won three Grammy Awards, and has become one of the wealthiest DJs in the world.
Spring Breakers began production earlier this year and is scheduled to be released sometime next spring. It will star Selena Gomez, James Franco, and Ashley Benson.
It’s no secret that M83‘s Anthony Gonzalez is a science fiction junkie as confirmed by his music videos. The first of which, “We Own The Sky” features teens bearing witness to hundreds of ominous floating cubes, while “Midnight City” and “Reunion” follow a group of telekinetic children as they run from the government a la X-Men.
Now, the Hurry Up We’re Dreaming producer will get one step closer to his fantasy. Gonzalez recently announced he’s signed on to produce the soundtrack for the new Joseph Kosinski-directed thriller titled Oblivion. Kosinski is most recently known for his direction on Tron: Legacy.
“I’ve wanted to do soundtracks for so long, and starting with such an ambitious project, especially in the sci-fi category, means a lot to me,” says Gonzalez in an interview with independent film website Indiewire.com.” Gonzalez attributes his move to Los Angeles to his pursuit of film work.
One would think that working with such a high-profile director, actor and studio would frighten the first-time music producer. Such is not the case with Gonzalez who added, “I’m not afraid to do my first soundtrack on a big Hollywood movie, with a big budget and a lot of pressure…I like challenges and it excites me more than frightens me.”
Kosinski explains why Gonzalez is the perfect fit, “It can feel very intimate but it also can feel just huge when it has to. His music is able to capture all those different feelings and qualities simultaneously.” Kosinksi continues, “I knew just from his electronic music that he had the potential to create something epic.”
Tom Cruise stars in Oblivion, an original and groundbreaking cinematic event from the director of TRON: Legacy and the producer of Rise of the Planet of the Apes. On a spectacular future Earth that has evolved beyond recognition, one man’s confrontation with the past will lead him on a journey of redemption and discovery as he battles to save mankind.
Jack Harper (Cruise) is one of the last few drone repairmen stationed on Earth. Part of a massive operation to extract vital resources after decades of war with a terrifying threat known as the Scavs, Jack’s mission is nearly complete.
Living and patrolling the breathtaking skies from thousands of feet above, his soaring existence is brought crashing down when he rescues a beautiful stranger from a downed spacecraft. Her arrival triggers a chain of events that forces him to question everything he knows and puts the fate of humanity in his hands.
Oblivion is slated to hit theaters April 26th, 2013 via Universal Pictures.
Brenden Muller passed away in October of 2009, just days after his 60th birthday. Muller was the inspiration behind the saddest song on the Red Hot Chili Peppers‘ latest album I’m With You.
When the Chili Peppers were formed back in 1983, Brenden Mullen was busy booking bands at Hollywood’s most eclectic venues. In an LA Times article, Flea describes why Mullen and his clubs were so important at the time. “Brendan created a fertile, exciting, creative environment, the type of scene that inspired musicians to reach out, to try and find new sounds.”
It was in 1983 that the band walked in to Club Lingerie to see Mullen and put on the dog and pony show that they thought was necessary to get booked at the club. But, according to Flea, it wasn’t the presentation that Mullen interested in. It was the music. He listened intently, and convinced, he slotted them in to open for Bad Brains. Flea continues about Mullen, “I felt profoundly validated to be accepted and acknowledged by Brendan Mullen.” He refers to Mullen as having “mythological status” among the punk rock crowd.
Although more widely known for his contribution to punk, Mullen was also instrumental in the “first hip-hop scene that made its way to Hollywood.” According to the Flea, Mullen worked shows with Ice-T, Afrika Bambaataa and the Arabian Prince.
Most recently, the band collaborated with Mullen over a book about the Red Hot Chili Peppers, aptly titled An Oral/Visual History.
Red Hot Chili Peppers are in the midst of a world tour promoting I’m With You which is available in stores everywhere.
To celebrate their release of their latest album, Living Things, Linkin Park not only took over Jimmy’s outdoor stage but they packed in so many fans that they had to project the concert onto a nearby building so more people could see.
Not so well disguised behind the historic theater where Jimmy Kimmel Live! broadcasts, sits a rather large stage where nearly all of today’s important rock acts have played. Situated dead-center in the middle of Hollywood, there’s never a shortage of rabid fans wanting to attend a free show.
Linkin Park took the stage to a hand-clapping, ravenous crowd and performed two songs on camera; the first single from Living Things titled “Burn It down” and “Faint” from 2002′s Meteora.
“Burn It Down”
Linkin Park is preparing to hit the road with Incubus and Mutemath.
In an interview, Frontman Chester Bennington and Incubus’ Brandon Boyd discussed how the bands will come together for the first time this summer for the Honda Civic Tour.
Chester Bennington explains, “It’s about bringing two established acts who have been, up until this point, headlining our own tours, together under one roof, and to bring our full headlining sets and the full experience of each band to our fans.”
“We’ve run the gamut,” explains Brandon Boyd. “We’ve had our big giant, blown out production on our big U.S. tour all the way down to a stripped down ‘We can’t afford to bring any production cause it’s too far away from home’ tour… which were just as enjoyable, just in different ways.” Boyd continues, “We’ve been floating around in our own little bubbles floating around the rock and roll universe- It seems strange that our band haven’t toured together already. So it’s like, Eh, it’s time, let’s do this!”
Just ten years after Norris Cotton Cancer Center opened its doors, the first Prouty was held in 1982, when four nurses cycled 100 miles through the White Mountains of New Hampshire to honor the courage and strength of their patient Audrey Prouty in her nine-year fight against ovarian cancer. That first year, the ride raised $4,000 for cancer research (an astonishing amount) at Norris Cotton Cancer Center. Every year since then, more and more people have gathered in Hanover to celebrate and to honor the courage of cancer patients and survivors, and to remember the loved ones who have passed. In 2011, 4872 participants, 1150 volunteers and 164 businesses helped raise more than $2,524,000 for this nationally-recognized cancer center.
In the beginning there was only the hundred-mile route. Through the years, shorter cycling routes were added and five walking routes were developed. In 2008, we added the Prouty Ultimate, a two-day, 200-mile ride that starts in Manchester, N.H. on Day One, and cycles the Prouty Century route on Day Two. Finally, in 2011, The Prouty went off-road, with Row The Prouty for fixed and sliding shells on the Connecticut River. Now it seems that if someone has a passion for the outdoors and determination to fight cancer, The Prouty is the place to come.
In 2012, Norris Cotton Cancer Center celebrates 40 years of service to the people of northern New England, And we are proud that 30 of those years, The Prouty and this wonderful community has raised more than $14 million that funds research into ways to better diagnose, treat and prevent cancer. These dollars have also funded patient services that help ease the way for patients and families struggling with cancer. People who have donated to The Prouty should know that they have helped not only patients in northern New England, they have made a difference in the lives of patients all over the world.