My Chemical Romance fronter Gerard Way has revealed the cover art for his upcoming solo debut Hesitant Alien. The art of the LP - which drops September 30 - features Way, hair dyed red and wearing a blue suit and red tie. Way is set to make his solo debut at Reading and Leeds festivals in August. He recently made a surprise appearance the Warner Bros Summer Sessions.
The Killers covered the Iggy Azalea cut "Fancy" during their headlining set at the V Festival in Staffordshire, England on Saturday, August 16. "We've sort of been working on something and we wanted to show you a little bit of it, if you don't mind hearing it," said frontman Brandon Flowers before launching into the cut, which came complete with choreography.
Arcade Fire multi instrumentalist Will Butler played his first-ever solo show at the Rock 'n' Roll Hotel in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, August 16. Butler played a set of original material which was described on ArcadeFireTube as "Violent Femmes meets Pixies." "Will Butler solo show was great! All original stuff from what I could tell . . ."
Courtney Love has thrown her support behind Lindsay Lohan and Miley Cyrus, saying that she sympathizes with those whom the press goes after. Speaking with Australian TV, the Hole fronter expressed admiration for Linds, calling her "a gifted actress" and adding that "it would be nice if she pulled out of whatever she's in. I hope that she gets out of it."
Morrissey's label, Harvest Records, has shot down reports that the singer has been dropped; in fact, says an insider, Moz is still under contract on a two album deal. The anonymous source, speaking with Billboard, denied that the report was true, and that the former Smiths fronter owes Harvest another record in keeping with the aforementioned agreement.
Alt-J have released "Every Other Freckle," a cut from their upcoming LP, This Is All Yours, due September 23. The cut is available now on the band's SoundCloud page. According to Radio.com, the cut "pulls from the rockers' usual electronic and computer-programmed influences, all the while throwing some other instrumentation into the mix."
Queens of the Stone Age fronter Josh Homme feted a wheelchair bound crowdsurfer at the band's performance at Hungary's Sziget Festival. "That's the baddest mother****r out there," said Homme upon seeing the man being tossed on the waves of the audience. QOTSA will wrap their current tour with a Halloween gig featuring support from former band member Nick Oliveri's band.
Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) says he'd love to play legendary punk star Iggy Pop on screen. Speaking with radio host Eric J. Lawrence, he said that, "We've got a similar, gnarly sort of, slightly strange skinny bodies." In the recent film CBGB, the punk icon was played by Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins.
Evanescence fronter Amy Lee has no plans to release any music with her band in the "foreseeable future." Speaking with Rolling Stone, the singer added that she's "opened minded" about listening to offers. "I don't like to make predictions about the future, because I'm honestly open-minded, and I would never want to say I'm done with any of it . . ."
Foo Fighters fronter Dave Grohl is featured in the music video for "All Right," a cut from the Zac Brown Band EP - The Grohl Sessions Vol. 1 - that he produced. Dave makes just three brief appearances in the vid, two times behind the board in the studio and once more standing next to Zac Brown. "We didn't really know what to expect," Clay Cook said.
Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs has announced that she'll promote her new album Crush Songs by playing listening parties in the living rooms of fans. The parties begin August 27, and fans can win a chance to watch at her official site. In addition to the living room shows, Karen will play intimate gigs in NYC, LA, London and Berlin.
Chris Walla, co-founding member of Death Cab for Cutie, has left the band after 17 years. He'll depart after the band's current run of festival dates, which ends with a headline performance at Rifflandia in Victoria, British Columbia. "I will miss being a quarter of this band and will support whatever course Death Cab for Cutie chooses from here," Walla said in a statement.
Alt-J have announced details of a one-off gig at London's O2 Arena on January 24, 2015. Pre-sale tickets are available beginning Monday, August 18 at 9 AM GMT. According to Clash Music, the gig will be the "biggest" of Alt-J's career "by some distance." Leading up to the gig the band will play a seven-date tour, beginning at Glasgow O2 Academy (September 18).
Supermodel Lara Stone stars in the music video for "Weight of Love," the video/short film for the Black Keys latest single from Turn Blue. Stone stars as the head of a cult of women who live in a lighthouse. Their ecstasies are made to change course with the Keys' blues rock riffing. The vid, directed by Theo Wenner, is a sequel of sorts to the Keys' previous single.
Tool drummer Danny Carey is scheduled to sit in with Primus on three September touring dates. The band's original drummer, Tim "Herb" Alexander, is currently recouping from open heart surgery following a heart attack last month. "The mighty Tim 'Herb' Alexander is a polyrhythmic Viking of extreme and unique talent . . ."