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The Week In Music: RIP Internet
Prince at the BET Awards on June 27

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The Week In Music: RIP Internet

Prince's Tech De-Revolution

GRAMMYs/Dec 3, 2014 - 05:06 am

It may be time to cancel your Internet service, unload the laptop and MP3 player, and even do away with the number system entirely. According to Prince, technological Armageddon is upon us. "The Internet's completely over," his purple majesty said. "The Internet's like MTV. At one time MTV was hip and suddenly it became outdated. Anyway, all these computers and digital gadgets are no good. They just fill your head with numbers, and that can't be good for you." Kenny G responded to the artist formerly known as a symbol's declaration with a countering viewpoint, saying if the Internet is dead "then I must be dead, too, 'cause I use it all the time. Maybe I've got a sixth sense, and I only see dead people. I don't know." We think the jury's still out on this one.

In fact, maybe the Internet's really mostly alive. Trent Reznor revealed that he will be scoring director for David Fincher's Facebook-themed film The Social Network. Ironically, Reznor has more than 8,000 Facebook fans, though his band, or former band, Nine Inch Nails, has nearly 600,000 fans. With more than 98 percent of his fans recognizing him more under the NIN moniker, you could say Trent's Facebook presence is, well, a little Faceless, so maybe this score will score him more Facebook love.

Bieber Fever continues to reach astronomical proportions, but just how astronomical? "This s* is huge," wrote former Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan in his regular Seattle Weekly column. McKagan has taken note of Justin Bieber's meteoric rise through the lense of his 12-year-old daughter, Grace. Duff happens to be friends with Bieber's tour manager and will be taking his daughter to a concert in Everett, Wash., on July 13, and there may be a chance "the Bieber will go down on one knee that night and ask her to marry him." Could wedding bells be ringing for Justin and Grace? And will Axl Rose be invited to the wedding?

Two weeks ago, former Beatles Paul McCartney and John Lennon were fortunate enough to make our world-renowned column. This week, it's Ringo Starr, who turned 70 on Wednesday. As part of his celebration, the peace sign-flashing drummer (no, all those peace signs Justin Bieber throws down aren't new) asked everyone around the globe to say "peace and love" at noon on his birthday by any form of communication, a welcome thought for any day of the year. For those of you reticent to jump in, Ringo will go first.

The summer concert season casualty list continues to mount. This past week, the "American Idol" tour was cut short by two weeks, which follows a recent announcement regarding Lilith Fair cancelling 10 concerts. Other artists who have cut short their summer itineraries include Christina Aguilera, Country Throwdown, Eagles, the Go-Go's, Limp Bizkit, Rihanna, and U2. Even the JoBros had to drop 20 dates on their U.S. tour. "If we're missing your city, please know that we love you and we will be back soon," the band said in a statement on their website.

So you've had a bit of a problem settling back into the groove following the big Fourth of July weekend. Get back on track and further reinvigorate your patriotism with Billboard's list of the 10 Worst National Anthem Performances Ever. Remember, this is Billboard's list, so if you actually dug Rosanne Barr's 1990 version at a San Diego Padres game, feel free to comment below.

Katy Perry's "California Gurls," featuring Snoop Dogg, notches its fifth week at No. 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 this week, while Eminem's "Love The Way You Lie," featuring Rihanna, reclaims the top spot on the iTunes singles chart.

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8th Annual MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit

GRAMMYs/Dec 3, 2014 - 04:22 am

Welcome to The Set List. Here you'll find the latest concert recaps for many of your favorite, or maybe not so favorite, artists. Our bloggers will do their best to provide you with every detail of the show, from which songs were on the set list to what the artist was wearing to which out-of-control fan made a scene. Hey, it'll be like you were there. And if you like what you read, we'll even let you know where you can catch the artist on tour. Feel free to drop us a comment and let us know your concert experience. Oh, and rock on.

By Jamie Harvey
Los Angeles

I love a genre in which some of its most celebrated music was created in drug-addled states. How do we persevere in such a toxic environment? The answer for many is MusiCares [www.musicares.org]. On May 31 the 8th Annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert was held at Club Nokia in Los Angeles in an effort to raise money for a great cause: musicians helping musicians grasp a hold on sobriety, and save them from the dark depths of addiction.

The night's honorees — Alice In Chains vocalist/guitarist Jerry Cantrell and certified interventionist and Sony/ATV Music Publishing Senior Consultant Neil Lasher — were in the company of many saved musicians. On the red carpet prior to the event, I spoke with some of the attendees about their best piece of advice and music that comforts them.

Inside Club Nokia, the night began with Moby spinning beats as everyone settled in. Fittingly, the night also marked the launch of the DJ AM Memorial Fund in honor of the late Adam "DJ AM" Goldstein.

TV personality Steve-O of "Jackass" was the evening's host and, though now sober, he proved over and over again that he is still just as funny and crazy. "You know you have a problem when your interventionist is Johnny Knoxville," he said.

The music began with Duff McKagan, who served as musical director for the evening, and his band Loaded.  They kicked off their set by playing the music to Alice In Chains' "Heaven Beside You" while McKagan read a poem. So heartfelt that it gave us chills, it set a somber tone, but soon was followed by the celebration of the Johnny Thunders cover "You Can't Put Your Arms Around A Memory," which bled into a portion of Guns N' Roses' "Patience." 

When Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson joined Loaded onstage, I watched as Cantrell sat at the edge of his chair, bobbing his head in rapt attention as they performed. "Dead Flowers" by the Rolling Stones and "Curtains" by Elton John.

During Lasher's acceptance speech after being presented with MusiCares' From the Heart Award, he finished with this offer: "If you're ever in the New York area … I'll even bring a [12-step] meeting to a soundcheck if you need me to."

Billy Idol performed next — a set I was really looking forward to since it had been a long time since I'd last seen the British pop/punk icon and his band. They brought some upbeat rockers to the night with "Dancing With Myself," "White Wedding" and the anthemic "Rebel Yell." I could hardly stay in my seat.

Singer/songwriter Mark Lanegan (Queens Of The Stone Age, Screaming Trees) performed a short but powerful two-song set and pierced the crowd with his gravely baritone voice as "Carry Home" and "Creeping Coastline Of Lights" reached deep into our souls.

After a video tribute to Cantrell from Metallica's James Hetfield, Alice In Chains drummer Sean Kinney presented Cantrell with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award (or, as Alice In Chains bassist Mike Inez jokingly referred to it, the "Junkie of the Year Award"). Kinney could have a second career in stand-up comedy — every time I hear him speak he's absolutely hilarious. Accepting his award, Cantrell spoke of being sober for nine years. "I try to do what I can to not get high today," he said.  "We really miss [deceased Alice In Chains members] Layne [Staley] and Mike [Starr]." 

As I listened to Cantrell's speech and the Alice In Chains set that followed, I found it surreal to be present at such an important and intimate event with so many of my generation's musicians. Alice In Chains are a huge part of my life's soundtrack. Their songs have been there through extreme highs and lows for me, and I've watched the band nearly die, only to be resurrected. 

The Alice In Chains acoustic living room set featured career-spanning favorites, including "Nutshell," "Your Decision," a surprise drum and bass interlude featuring the Commodores' "Brick House," and "Got Me Wrong" followed by "Would?" I've lost many of my favorite rock stars to drugs, but here were some of the survivors. And that's more rock and roll than anything. 

Set List

Duff McKagan's Loaded
"Heaven Beside You" (Alice In Chains cover)
"You Can't Put Your Arms Around A Memory" (Johnny Thunders cover)
"Patience" (Guns N' Roses cover)

Duff McKagan's Loaded with Heart
"Dead Flowers" (the Rolling Stones cover)
"Curtains" (Elton John cover)

Billy Idol
"Dancing With Myself"
"White Wedding"
"Rebel Yell"

Mark Lanegan with Loaded
"Carry Home"
"Creeping Coastline Of Light"

Alice In Chains
"Nutshell"
"Your Decision"
"No Excuses"
"Got Me Wrong"
"Would?"

(Jamie Harvey splits her time between California and Texas, and is the rock community blogger for GRAMMY.com. She has been to more than 500 shows since 2007. You can follow her musical adventures and concert recaps at www.hardrockchick.com.)

Meet Justin Bieber With GRAMMY Charity Online Auctions
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Meet Justin Bieber With GRAMMY Charity Online Auctions

Bid on an exclusive VIP concert experience to meet Justin Bieber

GRAMMYs/Dec 3, 2014 - 05:06 am

GRAMMY Charity Online Auctions has launched a new auction offering bidders the opportunity to bid on an exclusive VIP concert experience with Justin Bieber. Open now through Oct. 25, the auction package features two tickets and meet-and-greet passes to an upcoming Bieber concert.

To place your bid on this exclusive experience, visit www.charitybuzz.com. All proceeds will benefit the GRAMMY Foundation.

Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross Wrote Original Score For New Doc
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

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Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross Wrote Original Score For New Doc

The GRAMMY-winning duo have written 17 original tracks for Ken Burns' latest documentary on the Vietnam War

GRAMMYs/Aug 21, 2017 - 11:46 pm

Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns has a new project forthcoming, and he has reportedly tapped the GAMMY-winning duo of Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross to provide the score.

Burns' latest documentary, The Vietnam War, will be broadcast on PBS as a 10-part television event beginning on Sept. 17, and Reznor and Ross' 17-track soundtrack will be released as a two-disc CD and three-LP vinyl package on Sept. 15.

The pair have had much success in film music over the past years, winning an Oscar and a Golden Globe for the soundtrack for The Social Network, nabbing a GRAMMY nomination for their work on the Gone Girl soundtrack, and winning for Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo at the 55th GRAMMY Awards. Their previous documentary soundtrack projects include the Leonardo DiCaprio-narrated Before The Flood, as well as director Peter Berg's acclaimed retelling of the Boston Marathon bombing, Patriot's Day.

Reznor's and Ross' 17 original tracks will stand a long side a curated compilation of contemporary music from the Vietnam War era, selected by Burns and his co-director Lynn Novick. This companion package will be released as a two-disc package entitled The Vietnam War: The Soundtrack, and will include selections by Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Otis Redding, and Marvin Gaye.

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The Week In Music: Elton Rocks Rush
Elton John performs at the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards

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The Week In Music: Elton Rocks Rush

The Rocket Man performs at talk show host Rush Limbaugh's fourth wedding

GRAMMYs/Dec 3, 2014 - 05:06 am

We're guessing he didn't play anything from his album A Single Man. According to a People.com report, flamboyant rocker Elton John was the musical guest (for a cool fee of $1 million) at conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh's fourth wedding, this one to 33-year-old Kathryn Rogers, who is reportedly a direct descendant of President John Adams. Regarding the couple's age difference, Rogers said, "I'm sometimes not able to relate to the average person my age." It would seem the 59-year-old Limbaugh is neither her age nor the average person.

Here's a concert that went to the dogs. Performance artist Laurie Anderson staged a show outside the Sydney Opera House for an audience of canine music lovers on June 5. The show took place as part of the city's Vivid Live festival, which is being co-curated by Anderson and her husband, Lou Reed, and featured music for mutts including high-pitch squeals and even sounds only dogs could hear. Anderson called the show, which was born from a conversation with cello master Yo-Yo Ma, "a highlight of my life." For man's best friend, it may have been the best dedicated music since the Singing Dogs' version of "Jingle Bells."

If you think Richard Wagner's "Ring" cycle — the four-part opera based on Teutonic and Norse mythology that can run as long as 15 hours over four nights for the full cycle — carries some pretty heavy artistic heft, you'd be right…and literally right. For a new Metropolitan Opera staging over the next two years, the Met had to install 65-foot steel girders to support the 45-ton set. This might make Wagner the biggest current heavy metal act in music. The opera is set to open Sept. 27.

Coldplay's own artistic heft just got heavier...and freakier. In 2002 guitarist Jonny Buckland and frontman Chris Martin starred as a murder-solving duo in Irish rock band Ash's self-made slasher flick, appropriately titled Slashed. Unfortunately, the project was shelved, but footage has made its way into the band's new video for "Binary." Meanwhile, Coldplay bassist Guy Berryman is steering clear of axe-wielding killer ghosts to restore Scandinavian furniture with his brother Mark. Berryman's Antiques specializes in tables, seating, cabinetry, and even a Swedish bridal chest. Customers who find their purchased antiques haunted should contact Buckland and Martin immediately.

Now you can love him tender, love him mashed, or even love him au gratin. The Elvis Presley estate has teamed with Hasbro and PPW Toys to launch an Elvis version of the classic Mr. Potato Head toy. The first release will be a Las Vegas jumpsuited Elvis, scheduled to debut during Elvis Week in Memphis, Tenn., in August, and will be followed by a leather-clad Elvis spud. The Elvis potato follows a Kiss version released last year.

Bon Jovi launched an impressive 12-night, sold-out residency at London's O2 Arena on June 7, marking a return to the venue they officially launched three years ago. The GRAMMY-winning New Jersey natives also recently christened their new hometown digs, New Meadowlands Stadium, with three concerts in late May. AEG Live is predicting tickets sales for the band's current tour will eclipse their 2007–2008 Lost Highway trek, which was Billboard's highest-grossing tour in 2008. Not bad for a band Rolling Stone magazine once described as a "bad fourth-generation metal, smudgy Xerox of Quiet Riot." Jon Bon Jovi's take? He recently smirked, "Like it or not, we're one of the biggest bands in the world." No word on a JBJ Mr. Potato Head, however.

Looks like international singing sensation Susan Boyle will be making a holy trip later this year. The Roman Catholic Church says Boyle will likely perform for Pope Benedict XVI at an open-air papal Mass in Glasgow's Bellahouston Park on Sept. 16. An unidentified spokesman said negotiations are still taking place. "Likely" and "negotiations still taking place"? Could be a tour rider issue brewing…

Have the the Melvins gone commercial? The band's latest album, The Bride Screamed Murder, sold 2,809 units this past week, good enough for the bottom spot on the Billboard 200 and marking the first time the Seattle indie rock legends have placed on the album chart in their 25-plus-year career. With another 2,000 units, they would have reached the chart's upper echelon and passed the likes of Beyoncé, Eminem, Michael Jackson, Nickelback, Pink Floyd, and Timbaland. Asked for his comment on the milestone, singer/guitarist Roger "Buzz" Osborne said, "Top 200 what?"

Katy Perry's "California Gurls," featuring Snoop Dogg, reclaimed the No. 1 position on the Billboard Hot 100 this week, as well as the top spot on the iTunes singles chart.

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