The Week In Music: Come On, Get Reunited
The Beatles never reunited after their 1970 breakup. A rumored Led Zeppelin reunion tour fizzled in recent years. But there's one bright spot for fans of seminal '60s and '70s music. Original "The Partridge Family" cast members David Cassidy and Danny Bonaduce teamed for an April 9 Atlantic City, N.J., show to perform one of the group's big hits, "Doesn't Somebody Want To Be Wanted," with Bonaduce learning and playing the tune's bass part for the performance. Bonaduce, now a radio DJ in Philadelphia, had pantomimed his bass playing during the sitcom's TV run in the early '70s. For Cassidy's part, he told fans, "I'm no different from anybody else, I've been touring around the world for 40 years…been on television shows, on Broadway, and recently got arrested for a DUI…." Quick, someone call Reuben Kincaid.
In semi-related sort of reunion news, the Beastie Boys have directed a bevy of today's stars in a short film celebrating their seminal white-rap hit "Fight For Your Right." Playing two generations of Beastie Boys are Danny McBride, Seth Rogen and Elijah Wood, and Jack Black, Will Farrell and John C. Reilly. Also starring in Fight For Your Right Revisited, which appears to honor the original song's celebration of all things sophomoric, are Steve Buscemi, Ted Danson, Laura Dern, Kirsten Dunst, Rashida Jones, Amy Poehler, Jason Schwartzman, Chloe Sevigny, Alicia Silverstone, and Rainn Wilson, among others. The film will be released in conjunction with the Boys' saucy new album, Hot Sauce Committee Part 2, on May 3.
Sir Paul McCartney is calling on a little help from his friends to record an album of cover songs that will span the former Beatles' solo career and songs he recorded while with Wings. Artists expected to contribute to the covers album include the Cure, Kiss, Billy Joel, and McCartney's son James. While an official track listing and release date have yet to be revealed, we're hoping for a Kiss rendition of "Band On The Run" and a sweet piano melody on "Live And Let Die" from Joel.
Sometimes an album comes along that has a limited chart shelf life but is so artistically rich that it begs to be revisited later. Released in November 2008 with epic fanfare, Guns 'N Roses' Chinese Democracy debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200, but just five months later the album dropped off the chart. Longtime GNR fans may have been miffed by the absence of Slash or Duff McKagan and not sure what to make of tracks such as "Shackler's Revenge," "Madagascar" or "Riad N' The Bedouins." But now, more than two years later, the album sold more than 3,000 copies to reenter the Billboard 200 at No. 198. Are listeners rediscovering the opus that took GNR frontman Axl Rose nearly 15 years to finish? Possibly. Either that, or Best Buy's special sale price of $1.99 was just too good to pass up. Welcome to the bargain jungle.
The Prince has landed in Los Angeles and he's there to stay…at least for 21 straight nights. As part of his Welcome 2 America tour, Prince kicked off an impressive 21-date stand in L.A. on April 14 at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. "I will be starting a 21-night stand text Thursday the 14th at the L.A. Forum with the New Power Generation and a whole gang of special guests," said Prince during an announcement made via phone call on the "Lopez Tonight" show. "I'm gonna blast the roof off that place, I promise!" Sounds like Prince and the gang are ready to go crazy.
Have you ever wondered what your favorite artists do backstage while waiting to perform for thousands of screaming fans? Well, if you're a Liam Gallagher fan, rest assured he's not tiring himself out by doing repeats of push-ups, squats or arm curls to warm up. No, he's listening to Rod Stewart's equally sweat-inducing "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" Gallagher spoke with BBC Radio 1 prior to a gig in the UK with his new project Beady Eye, revealing to radio personality Zane Lowe that the 1979 hit gets him "pumped up" to hit the stage. When Lowe asked about a member of the Beady Eye crew who reportedly asked that Gallagher choose something else, the former Oasis member replied, "Someone in our camp needs to get a sense of humor." You're right, Liam, funny is the new sexy.
In scientific research news, UK website Tastebuds.fm announced the results of a music dating "survey" that found fans of Coldplay were least likely to go "all the way" on a first date. On the other side of the spectrum, Nirvana fans were most likely to make whoopee on a first date, followed by fans of Metallica and Linkin Park. (Oddly enough, fans of the Sex Pistols, Wham! or Porno For Pyros did not make the grade.) Whether this survey will cause a surge in catalog album sales for Nirvana remains to be seen. However, it would seem that the question, "Which is your favorite grunge band led by Kurt Cobain?" is a strong candidate to leapfrog "What kind of car do you drive?" and "How much money do you make?" on the essential first-date question list.
It's hard to tell if this story is a comment on the state of music, the economy or just one very stressed-out and musically out-of-touch man. According to the Smoking Gun, a California man shot his son's stereo speaker with a 16-gauge shotgun after the latter didn't turn down his "disco" music to a level meeting the father's approval. Turns out the son, Anthony Jarmolowicz, is an unemployed 24-year-old aspiring DJ living at home and obviously working his dad's last nerve while practicing. Father Stanislaw Jarmolowicz appears to be a fed-up father living in 1977. Meanwhile, the speaker seems to be innocent and caught in the crossfire. Stanislaw was arrested by Yuba County cops, and though no criminal charges were filed, authorities may want to offer anger management and musical styles of the 21st century counseling.
Katy Perry's "E.T." featuring Kanye West is No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and LMFAO's "Party Rock Anthem" featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock is tops on the iTunes singles chart.
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