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Tuesday
Oct022012

Foo Fighters Go on Indefinite Hiatus

ABC/Travis Bell(NEW YORK) -- It’s official: The Foo Fighters are now on indefinite hiatus.

In a statement provided to ABC News, frontman Dave Grohl said the band will be taking a break now that they’ve finished supporting their Grammy-winning album, Wasting Light.

“I’m not sure when the Foo Fighters are going to play again,” Grohl said. “It feels strange to say that, but it’s a good thing for all of us to go away for a while. It’s one of the reasons we’re still here. Sometimes it’s good to just … put it back in the garage for a while.”

The singer went on to assure fans that they shouldn’t worry about the band calling it quits. “I can’t give up this band. And I never will. Because it’s not just a band to me. It’s my life. It’s my family. It’s my world. [So] no gold watches or vacations just yet.”

Grohl added that he’ll be keeping busy during the Foos’ hiatus by working on completing his new documentary about Sound City Studios.  That’s where he and Nirvana recorded the band’s iconic 1991 album, Nevermind, which Grohl called the “biggest, most important project” on which he’s ever worked.

The full letter is posted at FooFighters.com.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Sunday
Sep302012

Celebrities Team Up To Fight Poverty at NYC Music Festival

Istockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- What do you get when you put Selena Gomez, the Foo Fighters and 60,000 people together in New York’s Central Park? — The Global Citizen Festival.

Movie stars, rock stars and Victoria’s Secret models put their fame to good use Saturday night for the largest syndicated live stream in history intended to raise awareness for eradicating extreme poverty. Millions watched it live streamed on YouTube, VEVO and several other outlets.

Festival co-founder 29-year-old Hugh Evans said the concert was purposely scheduled at the same time as the UN General Assembly in New York, so that they could get their message out to world leaders.

ABC News’ Katie Couric, Olivia Wilde, Selena Gomez, Katherine McPhee came out to support various charities including UNICEF and Malaria No More and urge concertgoers to become “global citizens” by joining the movement. Beyonce and Hugh Jackman also joined in with video messages.

Neil Young with Crazy Horse, Foo Fighters and The Black Keys all volunteered their time to play at the concert which featured a surprise performance of John Lennon’s “Imagine” by John Legend.

Rapper K’Naan also performed for free at the event and shared his story of growing up poor in Harlem and Toronto.

Fans looking for free tickets to the festival had to take action to support the poor. In order to register for tickets, they had to watch videos or read material about malaria, polio, women’s rights and drinking water on globalcitizen.org.

“I’m so excited about this idea,” Evans told ABC News. “It turned the whole campaign around.”

Tens of thousands of fans logged onto globalcitizen.org in the first few weeks.

Celebs at the festival also urged concertgoers to Tweet at President Obama and Mitt Romney, asking them to explain their plan to end extreme poverty worldwide.

Evans hopes the effort to fight poverty won’t end just because the concert is over. He hopes to raise at least $500 million to help eradicate extreme poverty.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Saturday
Feb112012

Paul McCartney Honored at MusiCares Person of the Year Gala

MJ Kim/NastyLittleMan.com(LOS ANGELES) -- Some of the biggest names in music, movies, and entertainment showed up Friday night in downtown Los Angeles to honor Paul McCartney at the MusiCares Person of the Year, an annual pre-Grammy gala organized by the charitable arm of the Recording Academy.

The performers and guests included Yoko Ono, Coldplay, Tony Bennett, James Taylor, Neil Young, Alicia Keys, Foo Fighters, Christina Perri, Joe Walsh, Katy Perry, Smokey Robinson, Bonnie Raitt, Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson, Motown founder Berry Gordy, David Crosby and, of course, the guest of honor: Sir Paul, who was joined by his wife Nancy Shevell and son James. 

On the red carpet, Smokey Robinson said that as a musician, McCartney "has definitely made a contribution that will live on and on and on forever and ever,"  adding, "He's gonna live through his music, like Beethoven." 

Joe Walsh, meanwhile, said McCarntey's bass playing -- not something that most people think of when talking about his greatest achievements -- was truly revolutionary.  On the red carpet, he explained, "Paul made a melody out his bass part. You could kinda sing some of them...and that melodic approach to the bass was unheard-of in those days."

Tom Hanks, meanwhile, believes that McCartney and the Beatles not only made timeless music, but they actually changed the world.  Recalling on the red carpet what it was like for him to hear the Beatles for the first time in early 1964, Hanks said, "My world was so palpably sad because of the assassination of John F. Kennedy and it was less than three months prior, so it was wintertime, it was bleak, it seemed to be raining all the time, it was cold and windy.  And then these guys came on, and everybody talked about it, and honestly, the world was different, as of then."

At the event, stars paid tribute to Sir Paul by performing songs from his catalog, including Beatles classics, solo hits and Wings songs.   McCartney told the crowd, "For me, obviously it's just fantastic to hear these fantastic artists singing my songs and making 'em sound so beautiful...putting the nuances on the songs that I didn't know were there, so it's just a fantastic evening for me."

McCartney himself kicked off the night by performing "Magical Mystery Tour" and "Junior's Farm," and later returned to the stage to play some tracks from his new album Kisses on the Bottom, as well as "Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five" from Band on the Run.  He closed out the night with the Beatles' Abbey Road classic "Golden Slumbers."

Recording Academy President Neil Portnow said that Friday night's crowd was bigger than last year’s attendance of 2,500, who showed up to honor Barbra Streisand, and so the final total raised for charity would likely eclipse last year’s record sum of $4.75 million.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Dec012011

2012 Grammy Nominees: Kanye West Leads with Seven Nods

George Napolitano/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Kanye West has a chance to expand his already large collection of 14 Grammys: he's the top nominee for the 54th Annual Grammy Awards.  West picked up a leading seven nominations, while Adele, Bruno Mars and Foo Fighters are tied with six each.

Strangely, West is only nominated in one of Grammys' four main categories: Song of the Year, for "All of the Lights."  Conversely, Adele, Bruno and Foo Fighters appear in three of the Grammy's biggest categories: Album, Record and Song of the Year.

Adele has landed nominations for Record and Song of the Year for "Rolling in the Deep" and Album of the Year for 21.  Bruno Mars got nods for Record and Song of the Year for "Grenade," and Album of the Year for Doo-Wops and Hooligans, while Foo Fighters got an Album of the Year nod for Wasting Light.

Meanwhile, Lil Wayne and electronic musician Skrillex each are up for five awards -- Skrillex, whose birth name is Sonny Moore, got a surprise nomination for Best New Artist.  Also up for Best New Artist: The Band Perry, Nicki Minaj, singer/songwriter Justin Vernon, who records under the name Bon Iver, and R&B star J. Cole.

In addition, Rihanna, Radiohead, Bon Iver, Drake and Mumford & Sons each received four nods.

Here are the nominees in the main fields:

Record of the Year
"Rolling in the Deep," Adele
"Holocene," Bon Iver
"Grenade," Bruno Mars
"The Cave," Mumford & Sons
"Firework," Katy Perry
 
Song of the Year [award to songwriter(s)]
"All of the Lights," Kanye West
"Rolling in the Deep," Adele
"Holocene," Bon Iver
"Grenade," Bruno Mars
"The Cave," Mumford & Sons

Album of the Year
Doo-Wops and Hooligans, Bruno Mars
Wasting Light, Foo Fighers
Born this Way, Lady Gaga
Loud, Rihanna
21, Adele

Best New Artist
The Band Perry
Bon Iver
J. Cole
Nicki Minaj
Skrillex

Best Pop Solo Performance
"Someone Like You," Adele
"You and I," Lady Gaga
"Grenade," Bruno Mars
"Firework," Katy Perry
"F***in' Perfect, Pink

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
"Body and Soul," Tony Bennett & Amy Winehouse
"Dearest," The Black Keys
"Paradise," Coldplay
"Pumped Up Kicks," "Foster the People
"Moves Like Jagger," Maroon 5 & Christina Aguilera

Best Pop Vocal Album
21, Adele
The Lady Killer, Cee Lo Green
Born This Way, Lady Gaga
Doo-Wops & Hooligans, Bruno Mars
Loud, Rihanna

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Duets II, Tony Bennett & Various Artists
The Gift, Susan Boyle
In Concert on Broadway, Harry Connick Jr
Music Is Better Than Words, Seth McFarlane
What Matters Most: Barbra Streisand Sings The Lyrics Of Alan And Marilyn Bergman, Barbra Streisand

Best Rock Performance
"Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall," Coldplay
"Down By The Water," The Decembrists
"Walk," Foo Fighters
"The Cave," Mumford & Sons
"Lotus Flower," Radiohead

Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance
"On The Backs Of Angels," Dream Theater
"White Limo," Foo Fighters
"Curl Of The Burl," Mastodon
"Public Enemy No. 1," Megadeth
"Blood In My Eyes," Sum 41

Best Rock Song
"Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall," Coldplay
"Down By The Water," The Decembrists
"Walk," Foo Fighters
"The Cave," Mumford & Sons
"Lotus Flower," Radiohead

Best Rock Album
Rock 'N' Roll Party Honoring Les Paul, Jeff Beck
Wasting Light, Foo Fighters
Come Around Sundown, Kings Of Leon
I'm With You, Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Whole Love, Wilco

Best Alternative Music Album
Bon Iver, Bon Iver
Codes And Keys, Death Cab For Cutie
Torches, Foster The People
Circuital, My Morning Jacket
The King Of Limbs, Radiohead

Best R&B Performance
"Far Away," Marsha Ambrosius
"Pieces Of Me," Ledisi
"Not My Daddy," Kelly Price & Stokley
"Is This Love," Corinne Bailey Rae
"You Are," Charlie Wilson

Best Traditional R&B Performance
"Sometimes I Cry," Eric Benét
"Fool For You," Cee Lo Green & Melanie Fiona
"Radio Message," R. Kelly
"Good Man," Raphael Saadiq
"Surrender," Betty Wright & The Roots

Best R&B Song
"Far Away," Marsha Ambrosius
"Fool For You," Cee Lo Green & Melanie Fiona
"Not My Daddy," Kelly Price & Stokley
"You Are," Charlie Wilson
"Pieces Of Me," Ledisi

Best R&B Album
F.A.M.E., Chris Brown
Second Chance, El DeBarge
Love Letter, R. Kelly
Pieces Of Me, Ledisi
Kelly, Kelly Price

Best Rap Performance
"Look At Me Now," Chris Brown, Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes
"Otis," Jay-Z & Kanye West
"The Show Goes On," Lupe Fiasco
"Moment 4 Life," Nicki Minaj & Drake
"Black And Yellow," Wiz Khalifa

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
"Party," Beyoncé & André 3000
"I'm On One," DJ Khaled, Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne
"I Need A Doctor," Dr. Dre, Eminem & Skylar Grey
"What's My Name?," Rihanna & Drake
"Motivation," Kelly Rowland & Lil Wayne
"All Of The Lights," Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi & Fergie

Best Rap Song
"All of the Lights," Kanye West
"I Need a Doctor," Dr. Dre, Eminem & Skyler Grey
"Look at Me Now," Chris Brown, Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes
"The Show Goes On, Lupe Fiasco
"Otis," Jay-Z and Kanye West

Best Rap Album
Watch the Throne, Jay-Z and Kanye West
Tha Carter IV, Lil Waye
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Kanye West
Pink Friday, Nicki Minaj
Lasers, Lupe Fiasco

Best Country Song
"Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not," Thompson Square
"God Gave Me You," Blake Shelton
"Just Fishin'," Trace Adkins
"Mean," Taylor Swift
"Threaten Me with Heaven," Vince Gill
"You and Tequila," Kenny Chesney featuring Grace Potter

Best Country Solo Performance
"Dirt Road Anthem," Jason Aldean
"I'm Gonna Love You Through It," Martina McBride
"Honey Bee," Blake Shelton
"Mean," Taylor Swift
"Mama's Song," Carrie Underwood

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
"Don't You Wanna Stay," Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson
"You and Tequila," Kenny Chesney featuring Grace Potter
"Barton Hollow," The Civil Wars
"Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not," Thompson Square

Best Country Album
My Kinda Party, Jason Aldean
Chief, Eric Church
Own the Night, Lady Antebellum
Red River Blue, Blake Shelton
Here for a Good Time, George Strait
Speak Now, Taylor Swift

The 2012 Grammy Awards will be held on Feb. 12 in Los Angeles.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Monday
May232011

Foo Fighters Performing at MTV Movie Awards

RCA Records(LOS ANGELES) -- The Foo Fighters will perform their new song, "Walk" at the MTV Movie Awards on June 5.

Saturday Night Live's Jason Sudekis is slated to host the ceremony, which will air at 9 p.m. EST from the Gibson Amphitheater in Universal City, California.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
May172011

Foo Fighters Announce More Tour Dates

Digital Vision/Photodisc(MINNEAPOLIS) -- Foo Fighters have announced a slew of tour dates for September.  The shows kick off on Sept. 14 in St. Paul, Minn., and will end Sept. 26 in East Rutherford, N.J.  Rise Against and Mariachi El Bronx will open for the Foos at every show.  Tickets go on sale starting May 20, except for shows in St. Paul and Columbus, Ohio, which go on sale June 4.  The band kicks off a short North American tour with Motorhead starting Tuesday in Tulsa, Okla.

Here are the new Foo Fighters tour dates:

  • 9/14 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Center
  • 9/16 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
  • 9/17 -- St Louis, MO, Scottrade Center
  • 9/19 -- Detroit, MI, Palace of Auburn Hills
  • 9/20 -- Cleveland, OH, Quicken Loans Arena
  • 9/22 -- Columbus OH, Nationwide Arena
  • 9/23 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Consol Energy Center
  • 9/25 -- Buffalo, NY, HSBC Center
  • 9/26 -- East Rutherford, NJ, Izod Center


Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Apr262011

Lollapalooza: Eminem, Foo Fighters, Coldplay, Muse to Headline

Michael Caulfield/WireImage(CHICAGO) -- The lineup for Lollapalooza 2011 was posted online Monday night at Lollapalooza.com. 

Heading the bill for the 20th anniversary of the landmark festival are Eminem, Foo Fighters, Coldplay, Muse, My Morning Jacket, Deadmau5, A Perfect Circle and Cee Lo Green.

Also on the bill are two recently re-formed 1980s rock mainstays, The Cars and Big Audio Dynamite.

Other notables on the bill include Bright Eyes, Cage the Elephant, OK Go, Deftones, Arctic Monkeys, Ween and Bright Eyes.

The 20th anniversary Lollapalooza festival takes place in Chicago's Grant Park August 5-7.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Feb222011

Foo Fighters Premiering New Single Wednesday

Photo Courtesy - RCA Records(NEW YORK) -- The Foo Fighters will premiere their brand-new single, "Rope," at their official website at 7 a.m. EST on Wednesday. It's the first single from their forthcoming album, Wasting Light, which is in stores on April 12.

Even though "Rope" is the first official single, the Foos have already released a video for another song from the album called "White Limo."  The video, guest starring Lemmy of the metal rock band Motorhead, can be seen on the band's website.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Feb152011

Foo Fighters Reveal New Album Title, Tracklisting

Photo Courtesy - RCA/Facebook(LOS ANGELES) -- Foo Fighters have finally come up with a name for their new album: Wasting Light.

The album will be in stores April 12, and the first single, "Rope," will be released on March 1.

The band recently released a video for one of the new songs from Wasting Light called "White Limo."  The video also features Lemmy from metal rock band Motorhead as a crazed, drunken limo driver.

Here's the tracklisting for Wasting Light:

"Bridge Burning"
"Rope"
"Dear Rosemary"
"White Limo"
"Arlandria"
"These Days"
"Back & Forth"
"A Matter Of Time"
"Miss The Misery"
"I Should Have Known"
"Walk"

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Sunday
Feb132011

Julie Andrews, The Ramones Win Lifetime Grammy Awards

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images (LOS ANGELES) -- An award bestowed upon some of the music industry's finest was given out Saturday night, and recipients included famed actress Julie Andrews and punk group The Ramones, among many others.

The Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, given to "performers who, during their lifetimes, have made creative contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording," was also given to Roy Haynes, the Juilliard String Quartet, the Kingston Trio, Dolly Parton, and George Beverly Shea.

Andrews rose to prominence through films such as Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music, after emigrating from England. In more recent years, he has appeared in The Princess Diaries and lent her voice to the animated series Shrek.

The Ramones, a Queens, N.Y.-based rock group, is credited for beginning the emergence of the punk rock genre. Some of their singles such as "Blitzkrieg Bop" and "Sheena is a Punk Rocker" are known worldwide. Current groups such as the Foo Fighters and The Strokes credit The Ramones as an inspiration.

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