Nobody expected the Decemberists, the theatrically-minded indie-folk band from Portland, Oregon, to ever hit Number One on the Billboard album chart. So what did they do after their sixth LP, 2011’s The King Is Dead , made it all the way to the top? They took four years to release its follow-up, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World (due January 20th). Not that they sat around drinking artisanal lattes: Although lead singer Colin Meloy has yet to get his stage musical off the ground, he did publish a trilogy of YA fantasy novels: Wildwood (which hit the New York Times bestseller lists), Under Wildwood and Wildwood Imperium , all illustrated by his wife, Carson Ellis. “There are a lot of people who know me just for the books, which is strange to me, and then discover the band later,” Meloy told us on the phone from his home in Oregon.
Posts Tagged ‘relationships’
From the first time the Charlie Daniels staged his Volunteer Jam concert event in Nashville in October 1974, the caliber of talent and number of surprise performers kept fans returning year after year. Billy Ray Cyrus Explains ‘Achy Breaky 2′ To commemorate the legendary concert’s 40th anniversary, the star-studded event returns to Music City on August 12, 2015, at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, with special appearances from Billy Ray Cyrus, Kentucky Headhunters, Montgomery Gentry, the Outlaws, Lee Roy Parnell and Travis Tritt. More guest artists are expected to be revealed soon. Tickets, including special VIP packages, will go on sale Friday, January 30th at the Bridgestone Arena box office and all Ticketmaster locations. Past performers at Volunteer Jam events through the years have included James Brown, Billy Joel, Willie Nelson, Garth Brooks, Emmylou Harris, Little Richard, Don Henley and Lynyrd Skynyrd
SiriusXM has announced a stacked New Year’s lineup with live concerts by Elton John, Willie Nelson, Skrillex, Diplo and others to air throughout the night and into the following day on multiple channels. 50 Best Songs of 2014 Nelson’s headlining set at the Moody Theater in Austin, as part of Austin City Limits Live, will air on the country legend’s own Willie’s Roadhouse, channel 59, while Diplo and Skrillex’s co-headlining gig at Madison Square Garden will play on BPM, channel 51. On New Year’s Day, the Bridge, channel 32, will broadcast Elton John’s performance from the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, and the Pulse, channel 15, will feature sets from a number of performers – including Meghan Trainor, Train and Matt Nathanson – playing the “Live in the Vineyard Concert.” Other live New Year’s Eve highlights include Phil Lesh at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York (Grateful Dead, channel 23), Southside Johnny at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, New Jersey (E Street Radio, channel 20), Erasure at Terminal 5 in New York (First Wave, channel 33) and Widespread Panic at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina (Jam_ON, channel 29). Martin Garrix and Armin van Buuren will spin back-to-back sets on Electric Area, channel 52, with the former broadcasting first from Pier 36 in New York, and the latter following live from White Wonderland in Anaheim, California. Along with these live sets, SiriusXM will also replay a number of concerts that aired throughout 2014, including the Black Keys’ private concert for SiriusXM listeners at Nashville’s Mercy Lounge (The Spectrum, channel 28); the Allman Brothers’ last concert at the Beacon Theatre (Classic Vinyl, channel 26); the Foo Fighters’ recent gig at Irving Plaza in New York (Alt Nation, channel 36); and Young Jeezy at the Echostage in Washington, D.C.
The Sunday “teatime” slot at the Glastonbury Festival is usually reserved for music royalty, as legends like Leonard Cohen, Brian Wilson, James Brown and Paul Simon have all performed in the long-running fest’s closing afternoon set. The first major artist to be announced for next year’s Glastonbury, and the performer selected for that distinguished Sunday afternoon slot in June 2015, is Lionel Richie, the Guardian revealed. Lionel Richie Reveals ‘All Night Long’ Gibberish “I’m really excited to play Glastonbury next year as it’s one of the most iconic festivals in the world,” Richie said in a statement. “It has a phenomenal history and the alumni of artists who have previously played is incredible so I’m honored to be joining that club
A distraught Scott Stapp posted a video on Facebook November 26th claiming that he was now penniless and homeless. While Stapp assured fans he was clean and sober in the rambling 15-minute video, divorce papers filed by his wife Jaclyn Stapp suggest otherwise. Now, more details about the Creed singer’s decent have emerged, including a report that Stapp was placed on a temporary involuntary psychiatric hold earlier this month. Readers’ Poll: The Ten Worst Bands of the Nineties According to TMZ, after Scott Stapp posted his video online Wednesday, his wife Jaclyn Stapp filed legal documents to have her husband committed for 60 days so he can receive the help he requires. This comes after Jaclyn Stapp stated in a divorce petition that the Creed singer had been “doing so much amphetamines, crystal meth and steroids that he has become a paranoid shell who has threatened to kill himself and harm his family.” TMZ adds more details to those allegations, writing that Scott Stapp called up the dean of his son’s school on November 10th to alert them that ISIS was targeting the school