Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, Roxy Music guitarist Phil Manzanera and jam band Umphrey’s McGee have all contributed music to an app called WholeWorldBand , which allows users to create their own music by building around song stems uploaded by the artists. In Hawkins’ case, the drummer provided a video session that enables fans to write their own songs with the Foo Fighter on drums. “I was kinda imagining some sort of song in there, but I want you guys to be creative and think of your own thing,” Hawkins tells WholeWorldBand users. Sing Bono’s Band Aid 30 Lyrics to Help Fight Ebola Manzanera, who previously contributed a session to WholeWorldBand, is back for his second foray on the app
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A previously unreleased letter that George Harrison wrote to Atlanta DJ Paul Drew in May of 1966 reveals that the Beatles seriously contemplated recording at Stax in Memphis with producer Jim Stewart before the plan was derailed by financial issues. “We would all like it a lot,” Harrison wrote by hand, “but too many people get insane with money ideas at the mention of the word ‘Beatles,’ and so it fell through!” George Harrison’s 1963 Guitar Sells for $485,000 at Auction Word of the proposed Stax sessions has circulated before, but it was always said they pulled out due to security issues. It was also never known they contemplated working with Jim Stewart as opposed to George Martin, the only producer they’d ever worked with until the end of their career three years later. The letter was recently put on sale by Los Angeles-based rock collectibles dealer Jeff Gold, who acquired it from Drew’s widow shortly after he passed away in 2013. “When I read the Stax part I was like, ‘What the hell is this?'” says Gold.
Art Garfunkel lashed out at his former Simon & Garfunkel partner Paul Simon in a scathing new interview where the singer accuses Simon of suffering from a Napoleonic complex and suppressing Garfunkel’s creativity. Speaking to The Telegraph , Garfunkel also cites Simon as the reason why the duo aren’t embarking on a reunion tour and even takes a mild jab at Paul McCartney. 28 Rockers Going Strong After 70 “Will I do another tour with Paul?
Drake and Beyonce have teamed up once more on the leaked track “Can I.” The seductive, sparse song sees Drake taking the lead with Beyonce repeating “Can I?” and “baby” throughout. Listen to the track (via Okayplayer ) below. Drake Tells ‘My Side’ on New ‘If You’re Reading This’ Track OVO artist Sal Houdini handles the hook on the pair’s first collaboration since the romantic, introspective “Mine” off Beyonce’s self-titled. While “Mine” saw the singer and rapper share vocal responsibilities, Beyonce’s contributions here are minimal, functioning more as a sample in the background.
Roger Waters will make his first-ever Newport Folk Festival appearance when he headlines the long-running fest on July 24th. The former Pink Floyd bassist will craft a “very special” set list especially curated for the Rhode Island fest, a festival rep tells Rolling Stone . Waters joins a lineup that already features Sufjan Stevens, Courtney Barnett, the Decemberists, J Mascis, Iron & Wine with Ben Bridwell and many more artists who will head to Newport’s Fort Adams State Park from July 24th to 26th. How the Newport Folk Fest Got Its Groove Back July 25th will also mark the 50th anniversary of Bob Dylan “going electric” with a controversial and legendary set at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival. Jason Isbell, Brandi Carlile, Jose Gonzalez, Sturgill Simpson and Replacements bassist Tommy Stinson are among the musicians who will perform at the fest that day
The Rolling Stones previewed their upcoming Zip Code tour with a surprise concert Wednesday night at L.A.’s tiny Fonda Theatre, where they played their classic 1971 album Sticky Fingers in its entirety for the first time ever. The group is reissuing that record in a variety of formats, including rarities-packed deluxe box sets, next month. Wednesday’s gig marked the first time the band played deep cut “You Gotta Move” in close to four decades, along with other rarely performed Sticky Fingers tunes “Sister Morphine” and “I Got the Blues.” The group will kick off the tour officially on May 24th in San Diego. Readers’ Poll: The 10 Best Rolling Stones Deep Cuts Video from the concert shows the band playing the album’s “Brown Sugar” and “Moonlight Mile,” the latter of which features Mick Jagger on guitar, as well as some of the famous faces in the audience.
David Crosby has apologised to Neil Young and his partner Daryl Hannah after he called her a “poisonous predator.”
The Lonely Island are taking on the bloated music documentary format with a new big-screen spoof in the works with Universal. The comedy trio of Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer began shooting the film in Los Angeles this week, with Taccone and Schaffer co-directing and Judd Apatow producing. The Lonely Island: Inside Andy Samberg’s Mind Squad According to The Hollywood Reporter , the mockumentary will follow a rapper forced to reunite with his former boy band after his latest album flops, with nods to recent music docs like Justin Bieber’s Never Say Never and Katy Perry’s Part of Me . A poster for the movie displayed on the Lonely Island’s website shows the three members stretched out in a limo, dressed in gleaming white with drinks in hand. The poster refers to the project as The Lonely Island Presents: Top Secret Untitled Lonely Island Movie .
Drake will celebrate his self-proclaimed “second home,” Houston, Texas with his second Houston Appreciation Weekend, set to take place over Memorial Day weekend, Vibe reports. Drake: High Times at the YOLO Estate The weekend will reportedly feature several charity-driven events, though the centerpiece will be a celebrity softball game on Friday, May 22nd at the University of Houston’s Cougar Field. Drake will take the field alongside a number of athletes and entertainers, including local talent like former Astros stars Chris Sampson and Brandon Backe, the Houston Texans’ Duane Brown and Darryl Morris Jr.
Faith No More returned to television for the first time in 20 years Wednesday night, setting up shop at The Tonight Show for a performance of “Superhero” off their upcoming comeback record, Sol Invictus . Faith No More: Rock’s Most Contrarian Band Returns The beloved Nineties metal contrarians injected their performance with goofy new age spiritualism, donning all white outfits and arranging the stage with bouquets of flowers. But the performance of “Superhero” itself was thrillingly vicious and unrelenting, especially when singer Mike Patton and keyboardist Roddy Bottum traded vocals and the band delved into the song’s haunting final third. Faith No More also offered up a web exclusive performance of their cover of the Commodores classic, “Easy,” which they originally released as a single in 1992
Miley Cyrus and the Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne debuted a new track, “Tiger Dreams” — a potential cut from their upcoming collaborative album — during the Adult Swim upfronts at New York City’s Terminal 5 Wednesday night. Inside Miley and the Flaming Lips’ Unlikely Collaboration The spacey, slow-burning track boasted plenty of the Lips’ trademark pop-psychedelia, a mold Cyrus easily slid into and broke out of as she delivered the song’s somber, triumphant melody with a diva’s belt. Prior to the cut, Cyrus playfully chided Coyne a bit, noting the song was originally titled “Tiger,” and adding, “As you can imagine, Wayne doesn’t listen much to Katy Perry, and I had to tell him that she already has a song called ‘Tiger’ and that we can’t do that.
Paul McCartney urged Oasis ‘ perennially feuding brothers Noel and Liam Gallagher to stop looking back in anger and give music another shot: “My advice to them? Just get together and make some good music,” McCartney said during an online Q&A with Japanese fans . “But they have got to want to do it. I think a lot of people would like them to do that