Daily Rock Dish - October 1st, 2012
10/1/2012 8:10:00 AM
--Jack White Brings New York Show To Sudden End
Concertgoers at Jack White's first of two shows in New York City weren't feeling much love after the rocker abruptly ended the gig less than an hour after it began. "The New York Observer" says the former White Stripes frontman took the Radio City Music Hall stage on Saturday and ran through what turned out to be a 12-song set featuring new cuts from his recent solo album, "Blunderbuss," and hits from his other bands. But after about 50 minutes of music, White walked off stage. Most of the audience stuck around, assuming he'd be back out for at least an encore. However, when it became clear that he wasn't returning, they started booing and angrily chanting. The "Observer" also reports a crowd of about 100 fans gathered outside the venue afterward and continued to demand an explanation.
White hasn't offered any reason for the early exit, although some are pointing to things he said to the crowd in between songs. At one point he implied that it felt like he was at an "NPR convention," although he later asked the crowd to quiet down so he could hear himself think. Eventually a member of the Radio City security team said White "wasn't happy with the sound," adding that they expected the concert to last much longer.
--Townshend Shares Attraction To Jagger, "My Generation's" Inspiration In Autobiography
The Who's Pete Townshend gets very personal in his upcoming memoir. In an excerpt from "Who I Am" in the new issue of "Rolling Stone," the rocker says Mick Jagger is "the only man" he's "ever seriously" wanted to have sex with. Pete also confesses that he "felt a little jealous" after he began to suspect that his manager Kit Lambert had become intimately involved with the Rolling Stones frontman. Townshend explains that his attraction began after seeing Jagger "wearing loose pajama-style pants without underwear," which outlined Mick's "ample" private parts.
Other excerpts cover meeting The Who's late drummer Keith Moon, whom Pete describes as the band's "missing link," and a less-than-pleasant encounter with Jimi Hendrix following the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival. Townshend also sheds new light on The Who's signature hit "My Generation," which he says was inspired more by class issues than age. He explains that the "rich kids" he knew were "striving to be corporate executives of the future -- not rebelling against anything," and he "associated their values with stasis, and therefore with death." The "Rolling Stone" issue featuring the excerpts is on newsstands now. Townshend's "Who I Am" will hit stores on October 8th.
--Black Keys, Foo Fighters Perform At Global Citizen Festival
The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach said it felt great to take the stage in front of 60-thousand fans at the Global Citizen Festival on Saturday. The event took place at Central Park's Great Lawn in New York City, and also featured performances from Band of Horses, Foo Fighters and Neil Young and Crazy Horse. "Rolling Stone" says Foo frontman Dave Grohl also seemed thrilled to be at the gig, telling the crowd at one point that they had no idea how beautiful they looked from his vantage point. Grohl also said he and his bandmates planned to play as many songs as possible during their set, explaining, quote, "Honestly, I don't know when we're gonna do it again." The Foo Fighters wrapped a world tour earlier this year, and Grohl says they don't have any more shows scheduled at this point.
Despite Grohl's desire to stay onstage as long as possible, he joked at the end of their show that he'd rather see Neil Young. And he got to do more than just see the rock icon -- he and Auerbach joined forces with Young for a ten-minute version of "Rockin' in the Free World." In addition to the music, the Global Citizen Festival also incorporated videos and statistics about malaria, polio, and other deadly diseases. The event was organized by Global Poverty Project with the intention of raising awareness about extreme poverty.
--Bad Brains Include Adam Yauch Tribute On Upcoming Album
Bad Brains will be paying tribute to late Beastie Boy Adam Yauch on their first new album in five years. "Consequence of Sound" reports the hardcore punk band is set to release "Into the Future" on November 20th. The set will reportedly include a remix of their song "Peace Be Unto Thee" in honor of Yauch. The track was originally featured on Bad Brains' 2007 effort "Build a Nation," which Yauch produced. The rapper was also a big fan of the group, and once called their 1982 self-titled debut "the best punk/hardcore album of all time."
"Into the Future" marks Bad Brains' ninth full-length release, and will feature the classic line-up of H.R., Darryl Jennifer, Dr. Know and Earl Hudson. Jennifer says the new material "shines with a true sense of freedom and musical experimentation."
--Andrew W.K. Speaks At "My Little Pony" Convention In Ohio
Andrew W.K. says his time at this past weekend's "My Little Pony" convention was "the most intense experience" of his life. The "Party Hard" rocker was a guest speaker at the event in Strongsville, Ohio, on Friday. Dubbed Canterlot Gardens, "Rolling Stone" says the convention attracted mostly members of the subculture known as bronies, or male teens and adults who watch the animated show even though they may not fall into the targeted demographic. And W.K. congratulated his audience for being, quote, "individuals...and part of a herd." He added that the bronies are a group he can relate to because they're "like no one else." W.K. also called them a joyful group, and said they were "forward-thinking" and "ahead of the curve."
However, W.K. also addressed the controversial nature surrounding this particular type of "My Little Pony" fans, since the show is largely geared toward a young female audience. He explained that many adults "confuse growing up with a sense of seriousness," adding that it's important to become what he calls a "super child," or an adult who still takes the time to live like a younger version of themselves.
rcury Prize, which will be handed out November 1st. Meanwhile, the group is scheduled to continue their tour with a stop in San Francisco tonight.
Better Than Ezra's Kevin Griffin is 44.
--Today In History
The BBC launched Radio One, a rock and roll station.
Pink Floyd arrived in New York to kick off its first U.S. tour.
Jimi Hendrix was buried in Seattle. Eric Clapton's group Derek and the Dominos, The Animals' Eric Burdon, and Johnny Winter were among those who attended the funeral.
Kiss released the album "Hotter Than Hell."
The Pretenders had to cancel the last leg of its U.S. tour because drummer Martin Chambers put his hand through a window, cutting arteries and tendons.
The Stray Cats' "(She's) Sexy + 17" peaked at number five on the pop singles chart.
Bon Jovi's "Bad Medicine" broke into the Top 40.
New releases included the Nirvana live album "From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah."
INXS and Men at Work were among the artists who performed at the closing ceremonies for the Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.
Sonic Youth announced it was cancelling the All Tomorrow's Parties festival -- which was coming up a few weeks later in Los Angeles -- because of the geopolitical instabilities following the September 11th terrorist attacks.
Fall Out Boy donated 50-thousand-dollars to the fight against California's Proposition 8, which called for a ban on gay marriage.
Gene Simmons married Shannon Tweed, his partner of 28 years, in a lavish ceremony in Beverly Hills. Simmons bandmate Paul Stanley stood up for Simmons, while Gene and Shannon's 19-year-old daughter, Sophie, was her mom's maid of honor.