U2 fronter Bono had a bicycle accident earlier in the week necessitating surgery. According to ABC, the Irish rocker was under the knife for five hours, having his elbow washed out and an arm bone repaired with three metal plates and 18 screws. The following day he had surgery the next day on his left hand.
KISS have shot a commercial promoting Google's Android operating system. The band are rendered in animation, playing their hit "Rock and Roll All Nite." In the clip a pedestrian drops his phone in the road and it's smashed by passing cars. When KISS arrive on the scene in a limo, Gene Simmons gets out and steps on it with his platform boots.
Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones says that James Brown was an early inspiration, albeit one whom he didn't emulate very well. Speaking with The Sun, he said that he couldn't pull off the Godfather of Soul's moves. "I tried some of his moves," he began. "I did very bad imitations but they were fun."
Mary McCartney, the daughter of Paul McCartney, has released a book of photographs called Monochrome & Colour. The pair were seen in London on Thursday celebrating the book's launch at a private party. The book shows off snazzy pics from the personal collection of Mary. Celeb guests at the soirée included Paul's son James, model Kate Moss and Tom Ford.
Patti Smith and David Lynch sat down with the BBC for a wide ranging interview that, among other topics, covered the Russian punk rock group Pussy Riot, who were jailed after protesting against the country's president Vladimir Putin. "This kind of oppression and misunderstanding goes back to biblical times . . ."
Bob Seger launched his North American Ride Out tour on Wednesday in Saginaw, Michigan. Video from the event found its way onto the web, and sees the legendary rocker opening with 1983's "Roll Me Away." Bob and the Silver Bullet Band go on to play a 23 song set lasting over two hours, including two encores.
The Beatles and the Who are among the artists who have vinyl releases scheduled for Universal's "12 Days of Christmas" promotion. The promo sees 12 artists dripping exclusive records at indie retailers in the U.K. The Fab Four will release a seven-inch version of "Long Tall Sally," while the Who will release a "Be Lucky" seven-inch.
Paul McCartney has shared 3D footage of his historic concert at San Fran's Candlestick Park, which took place over the summer. Jaunt VR has developed an app that will put viewers in the audience of the August show. The footage sees Macca and his band playing the classic hit "Live and Let Die," and was filmed with 360-degree, stereoscopic 3-D cameras and 3-D sound-field microphone.
The Library of Congress has honored Billy Joel with the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song lifetime achievement honor. The LoC celebrated with a Washington, DC concert attended by Democratic and Republican lawmakers. Performances came from Tony Bennett, Gavin DeGraw, LeAnn Rimes, John Mellencamp, Natalie Maines, Boyz II Men and more.
U2 have announced that they'll release Films of Innocence, featuring 11 music videos to go along with the 11 songs featured on their latest album, Songs of Innocence. "Taking the political murals of Northern Ireland as a reference point, U2 pioneered the project to celebrate the unique democratic power of urban art.
EMI Australia, the record label of Bob Seger down under, will not release his latest album, Ride Out, according to reports. According to Noise 11, Seger has "seven Top 30 albums in Australia," which include The Bob Seger Collection, Against the Wind, Night Moves, Stranger in Town, Nine Tonight, The Distance and Like a Rock.
Stevie Wonder was among the artists honored by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers [ASCAP] with the Centennial Award for "incomparable accomplishments." The honors gala went down Monday in NYC and marked the 100th anny of the organization. Others to get the award were Garth Brooks, Billy Joel, Joan Baez and Stephen Sondheim.
AC/DC treated fans in New York to a preview of their new release Rock or Bust earlier in the week. The event was hosted by Brian Johnson and Angus Young, along with famed producer Brendan O'Brien, who worked on the record.
Bruce Springsteen has launched a new vertical on his website dedicated to selling official recordings of his live shows. Brad Serling, CEO of nugs.net, says that, after some convincing, the Boss bought his pitch for the project. "It was Bruce looking at YouTube and seeing fan-generated content from his recent shows, as well as archival stuff," he told Backstreets.
Billy Joel says that he thinks Taylor Swift's appointment as official ambassador to NYC is a smart move on behalf of the city. "I see the New York press going, 'Taylor Swift is going to be the new New York representative?'" the Long Island native told USA Today. "You snoots. Let her in. That's what New York is all about. I say, 'Welcome.'"