The Week In Music: No Such Tweets
There is no such thing as a verified John Mayer Twitter account following the GRAMMY winner's unceremonious exit from the social networking site on Sept. 13. What gives? According to a Rolling Stone report, Mayer ceased all Twitter activity due to a planned return to the studio. Maybe he found himself writing 140-character lyrics. Or perhaps Mayer's waiting on Twitter to change?
The judge panel for season 10 of "American Idol" is set to be announced next week. According to E! Online, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler are locked in to join remaining original judge Randy Jackson, with Lopez reportedly securing a cool one-year, $12 million deal. As for Tyler and what his participation would mean for Aerosmith, guitarist Joe Perry doesn't seem enthused. "It's one step above [Teenage Mutant] Ninja Turtles," Perry recently told the Calgary Herald. "It's his business, but I don't want Aerosmith's name involved with it. We have nothing to do with it."
Kanye West will be featured all over the October issue of XXL, available on newsstands Sept. 28. West is not only featured on the cover, but he also served as the issue's creative director and penned the cover story. In addressing the drama with Taylor Swift at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, West said, "I stress that the incident wasn't about Taylor personally.... Where I messed up is, at the end of the day, it's your show, Taylor. It's your show, MTV…. In a way, I had thrown a Molotov cocktail at my own career, and it gave me an opportunity, for the first time, to go away and find out who I was." West and Swift did coexist peacefully at last Sunday's 2010 MTV VMAs. Unfortunately, they couldn't share an actual cocktail after the show since Swift doesn't turn 21 until December.
Little monsters taking fashion cues from Lady Gaga will soon be able to smell like her too. Gaga has partnered with perfume company Coty and will release her own line of fragrances in spring 2012. As to what it will actually smell like, it's anyone's g-g-g-guess. We're just hoping it doesn't give off an aroma reminiscent of the beef-like ensemble she wore this past weekend.
Could the days of physical band rehearsals be numbered? Fender introduced eJamming this past week, a new tool designed to allow musicians to jam together online, across states, countries and even oceans. Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen auditioned the software recently and was impressed enough to decide to use it for shaping up intercontinental ideas for the next album for his trio side project, Man Raze. Note to the Gallagher brothers: eJamming could be the solution for a possible Oasis eReunion.
Classic rockers Buffalo Springfield will reunite for their first live concert in 42 years. Neil Young, Stephen Stills and Richie Furay will perform at Young's annual Bridge School Benefit Concert in Mountain View, Calif., in October, though without original bassist Bruce Palmer, who died in 2004, and first drummer, Dewey Martin, who died in 2009. The entire group did perform a private concert at Stills' home in 1986, and a subsequent tour was discussed, but Young ultimately declined. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997, though Young did not attend. Given this reunion performance is for a cause close to Young's heart, it likely bodes well for his attendance.
In more reunion news, Hootie's back. Well, sort of. Hootie & The Blowfish will be immortalized with a "large steel and black granite art piece" on Oct. 21 in their hometown of Columbia, S.C. Hootie will also be feted with a special press conference and the honorary naming of "Hootie Boulevard." The band has been on hiatus since 2005, but 2011 will mark the 25th anniversary since they formed. A reunion tour could be a monumental hoot.
Need a good music-related movie to curl up with this weekend? Gibson.com released a list of their top 10 rock and roll documentaries. Making the cut were Bob Dylan's Don't Look Back (1967), the Rolling Stones' Gimme Shelter (1970), the Beatles' Anthology (1995), and Classic Albums: The Making Of The Dark Side Of The Moon (2003). Those looking for something with a sense of adventure and a deeper plot might want to try The Decline Of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years (1988). Chronicling the '80s rock scene, the documentary features interviews with legends such as Alice Cooper, Motörhead's Lemmy Kilmister, a robe-wearing, breakfast-making Ozzy Osbourne, and Gene Simmons, who conducted his interview outside of a lingerie store. Rated R for rock.
Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream," holds the No. 1 spot on both the Billboard Hot 100 and iTunes singles chart.
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