Daily Rock Dish - 2/11/13
2/11/2013 8:10:00 AM
--Fun., Mumford and Sons, Black Keys, Gotye Among Big Grammy Winners
Fun.'s ubiquitous hit "We Are Young" helped the group snag a Grammy for Song of the Year at Sunday's ceremony on CBS. In addition to the songwriting award, fun. was also named this year's Best New Artist. The evening's biggest award, Album of the Year, went to Mumford and Sons' sophomore effort "Babel," while Record of the Year went to "Somebody that I Used to Know" by Gotye [[ go-TEE-ay ]]. The Australian singer-songwriter also won Best Pop Duo or Group Performance and Best Alternative Music Album for "Making Mirrors." And although the Black Keys didn't win any of the General Field awards, they did sweep the rock categories. "El Camino" won Best Rock Album, and their single "Lonely Boy" won Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song. Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach also picked up the Producer of the Year trophy, making him the night's biggest winner with a total of four victories. Other winners included Skrillex, Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Frank Ocean.
The 55th annual Grammy Awards also featured a slew of rockers doing what they do best onstage at Los Angeles' Staples Center. Fun. added a rainy finale to the performance of their latest single "Carry On," the Black Keys rocked out with Dr. John, Jack White impressed with a medley of "Love Interruption" and "Freedom at 21," and Mumford and Sons and Alabama Shakes singer Brittany Howard teamed up with Elton John, Mavis Staples and more for an all-star tribute to The Band's Levon Helm. Grammy host LL Cool J also included a tribute to late Beastie Boy Adam Yauch during his show-closing performance with Chuck D, Tom Morello and Travis Barker.
Here are some of the 2013 Grammy winners:
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Mumford and Sons, "Babel"
RECORD OF THE YEAR
Gotye feat. Kimbra, "Somebody That I Used to Know"
SONG OF THE YEAR
Fun., "We Are Young" (Jack Antonoff, Jeff Bhasker, Andrew Dost and Nate Ruess, songwriters)
BEST NEW ARTIST
BEST ALTERNATIVE MUSIC ALBUM
Gotye, "Making Mirrors"
BEST ROCK PERFORMANCE
The Black Keys, "Lonely Boy"
BEST HARD ROCK/METAL PERFORMANCE
Halestorm, "Love Bites (So Do I)"
BEST ROCK SONG
The Black Keys, "Lonely Boy" (Dan Auerbach, Brian Burton and Patrick Carney, songwriters)
BEST ROCK ALBUM
The Black Keys, "El Camino"
BEST DANCE RECORDING
Skrillex feat. Sirah, "Bangarang"
BEST DANCE/ELECTRONICA ALBUM
BEST AMERICANA ALBUM
Bonnie Raitt, "Slipstream"
BEST POP DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE
Gotye feat. Kimbra, "Somebody That I Used to Know"
BEST SCORE SOUNDTRACK FOR VISUAL MEDIA
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"
BEST SONG WRITTEN FOR VISUAL MEDIA
Taylor Swift featuring the Civil Wars, "Safe and Sound" (T Bone Burnett, Taylor Swift, John Paul White and Joy Williams, songwriters)
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR, NON-CLASSICAL
BEST RECORDING PACKAGE
BEST REMIXED RECORDING, NON-CLASSICAL
Skrillex and Nero, "Promises"
BEST MUSIC VIDEO
Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris, "We Found Love"
BEST LONG FORM MUSIC VIDEO
Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, and Old Crow Medicine Show, "Big Easy Express"
--Dave Grohl To Present At Film Independent Spirit Awards
Dave Grohl will be hitting the Film Independent Spirit Awards later this month. The Foo Fighters frontman has been booked to present a trophy at the ceremony, which is scheduled to take place February 23rd. Other presenters include "Silver Linings Playbook" actor Chris Tucker, "Portlandia" star Fred Armisen, and director Sofia Coppola, while former "Saturday Night Live" player Andy Samberg will serve as host. "Silver Linings Playbook" and "Moonrise Kingdom" are the top nominees going into this year's event, which will be broadcast on IFC.
--Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda To Be Grammy Mentor
Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda will soon be building up breaking artists with a little help from the Grammys. The rocker recently announced his new role as a mentor and curator for the new Centerstage Powered by Grammy Amplifier project. According to "Rolling Stone," Shinoda will be heavily involved in picking the project's three winning acts before eventually sitting down to record new music with them. Shinoda says he's looking forward to finding artists whose style might not have caught his ear without the Centerstage project. He adds that the new gig might even provide the opportunity to pick up a new Linkin Park opening act. But Shinoda says the band probably won't be doing any touring in the near future, explaining that they have a "handful of other things in the pipeline" at the moment.
--Bon Jovi Entertains Free During Nor'easter
Bon Jovi's "Because We Can" tour proved it could Saturday. At the height of a record setting blizzard that pounded Connecticut and several other states, the band tuned up for a free concert at a resort. A spokesperson at the Mohegan Sun says the band took the stage and put on a full show for about two-thousand people. Bon Jovi had been scheduled to perform but the official show was canceled because of the storm. The New Jersey group will return to play that show on a rescheduled date in October.
--Steven Tyler, Mick Fleetwood Testify In Support Of Hawaii Privacy Bill
Steven Tyler is actively backing legislation that bears his name in Hawaii. The "Hawaiian Reporter" says Tyler as well as Fleetwood Mac's Mick Fleetwood were on hand to testify in favor of the "Steven Tyler Act" last Friday. The new privacy legislation was introduced by Maui Senator Kalani English at the rocker's request. The bill would make it illegal for someone to photograph or tape people when they are "engaging in a personal or familial activity with a reasonable expectation of privacy." In his testimony Tyler admitted that being a celebrity means living in the public eye. But he explained that "it hurts" when he sees someone snapping a photo of him when he's showering, dressing, or celebrating a special occasion with his family, and that picture ends up in a magazine. He added that the invasion of privacy has made his kids reluctant to do things with him, and this past Christmas was "one of the first times" that he was able to celebrate the holiday as a family.
Mick Fleetwood, who made Maui his home ten years ago, admitted that after being in Hawaii for so long he's "immune to it to some extent." But he said he agreed with Tyler, and is supporting the Aerosmith frontman because "enough is enough." Tyler's attorney Dina LaPolt helped draft the legislation, because technology has enabled the paparazzi to become much more invasive from a much further distance. She also testified, saying her goal was to give celebrities "peace of mind." Numerous other stars, including Motley Crue's Tommy Lee, Guns N' Roses' Dizzy Reid, Quiet Riot's Franike Banali, and Ozzy, Sharon, Kelly, and Jack Osbourne, have also submitted testimony in favor of the bill. Those who oppose the measure say it violates freedom of speech rights.
--OFF! Cancel Tour Due To Frontman's Illness
Punk rockers OFF! won't be hitting the road this month. The group called off last Thursday's tour-opening gig in San Diego, and then announced early Friday morning that they were "sadly" cancelling the rest of the West Coast trek due to illness. "Rolling Stone" says frontman Keith Morris is still recovering from a diabetic coma he slipped into last month. OFF!'s outing was originally scheduled to start February 7th and last until February 17th. The band hasn't revealed any make-up plans yet, only saying that they "look forward" to performing at the skipped stops in the "near future."
--Coldplay Calls Of South American Tour
It turns out Coldplay won't be heading to South America this year after all. The British rockers postponed their trek south of the equator last year, but now they've announced that the tour has been called off altogether. Chris Martin and company didn't offer an explanation for the cancelation, saying only that it was due to "circumstances beyond [their] control." Coldplay was scheduled to kick things off February 12th in Chile. In a message posted on their website, they apologized to all their fans who were hoping to see them live, adding that they'll "definitely have [that] corner of the world at the front of [their] minds when the time comes to do it all again."
--Best Guitarist Debate Results In Two Arrests
While rock fans can be passionate about their favorite artists, an Ohio couple recently took their love of Slash and Eddie Van Halen to extremes. Cleveland, Ohio's "Sun News" says a man and woman staying at a Motel 6 got into a heated debate over which guitarist was better. Their argument escalated to the point where the staff at the Brook Park facility ended up calling the police. Responding officers were able to calm the couple down and restore order to the area. But upon running their names through a database police discovered that there were warrants out in other states on both the man and woman. As a result, they were both taken into custody.
Slipknot's #5 Craig "133" Jones is 40.
Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda is 36.
From First to Last frontman Matt Good is 29.
Former frontman for The Academy Is... William Beckett turns 28 today.
--Today In Rock History
The Beatles performed their first concert in the U.S., at the Washington Coliseum in Washington, DC. The Chiffons, Tommy Roe, and The Carvelles were also on the bill. After the concert the group attended a masked ball as the guests of the British ambassador to the U.S.
The Monkees' album "More of the Monkees" made a record-setting jump on the Billboard 200 albums chart, moving up from number 122 to number one in a week. Band members also announced that they'd be playing their own instruments on future recordings.
David Bowie performed his first show as Ziggy Stardust in Tollworth, England.
Jerry Lee Lewis was indicted by a federal grand jury in Memphis on tax evasion charges. He was later acquitted.
Megadeth guitarist Dave Mustaine's wife Pam gave birth to the couple's son, Justis David.
Guns N' Roses announced plans for a summer European tour. The road trip was subsequently cancelled.
Godsmack was the frontrunner going into the Boston Music Awards with seven nominations.
The Foo Fighters performed as part of the Hallmark Olympic Celebration Series of concerts during the Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Limp Bizkit brought its "Put Your Guitar Where Your Mouth Is" tour, in search for a replacement for guitarist Wes Borland, in Los Angeles.
U2's Elevation 2001 tour was named the Major Tour of the Year and received an award for the Most Creative Stage Production at the Pollstar Concert Industry Awards.
Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst told "Access Hollywood" he broke off his alleged relationship with Britney Spears because, quote, "she has a life like Michael Jackson" and she, quote, "almost can't see what's real and what's not."
Courtney Love skipped a court appearance in Los Angeles on felony drug charges, prompting the judge to issue a bench warrant for her. Her lawyer said the singer missed the date because of, quote, "security reasons."
Queens of the Stone Age announced that bassist Nick Olivieri had left the group.
Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" took third place on a list of the top rock anthems compiled from a British survey conducted in conjunction with the release of the movie "School of Rock." Queen held the first two spots, with "We Will Rock You" coming in at first place, followed by "Bohemian Rhapsody."
Aerosmith's Steven Tyler signed on to take part in the film "Be Cool," a sequel to the movie "Get Shorty."
The Police gave their first official reunion performance, opening the Grammy Awards ceremony.
Olivia Newton-John's "Physical" topped "Billboard's" list of the "Top 50 Sexiest Songs Of All Time."
Whitney Houston was found dead in the bathroom of her hotel room in Beverly Hills California, on the night before the Grammy Awards. Authorites eventually determined that the six-time Grammy winner and actress accidentally drowned in the bathtub due to the effects of chronic cocaine use and heart disease. She was 48.