Over the course of nearly five hours at the Forum in Los Angeles, I Am The Highway: A Tribute To Chris Cornell featured everything from Metallica to Miley, Melvins to Miguel. Indeed, the breadth and depth of performers speaks to Cornell’s long and varied career: the Soundgarden icon who went from subterranean Sub Popper to … More »
2019 is the year of Swedish House Mafia‘s return after a five-year hiatus. The trio has continuously made music industry headlines since announcing nine shows in the upcoming year after their momentous reunion at Ultra Music Festival in Miami. Sebastian Ingrosso and Steve Angello have announced residencies with Wynn Nightlife, and longtime manager Amy Thomson announced her departure as Swedish House Mafia’s manager with a touching post.
It has now been revealed that Ron Lafitte of Patriot Management will be taking Thomson’s reins in working with the trio moving forward. Lafitte started his career working in heavy metal with the likes of Metallica and Megadeth. He now oversees everyone from Pharrell Williams and OneRepublic, to the Backstreet Boys. The dance titans have not announced a label deal as of yet, but it has all but been confirmed that they are working on new music.
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Thanks for all the messages I got hit with about this. But I guess now is the time to say that in May this year I told the boys I would be leaving at the end of summer 2018. In this industry people expect you to stay in projects that make you powerful. Ego. Pride. Power. Money. All of that. But for me I have learned that life changes you and what you want to do with that gift is a gift in itself. It was a big decision after 14 years but one I made for myself. I wish them so much joy and happiness and success and I will be watching proudly but the era of me with the boys is at an end. And what an era it was. We changed the game so many times through everything from brave hearts to sheer blindness. What a ride. But for me life’s changed now. The future belongs to a new set of people around them and I wish them luck with all my heart. And I suppose telling people in this way is not very CEO of me. But that’s not who I am. My passion got me here not a boardroom. Thank you to everyone who helped us. Who put up with us. The fans who stayed with us. We made history. But most of all to my daughter who shared me with this crazy ride without ever complaining. We Came. We Raved. I Loved it. Thank you so much. Amy x
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Forty years ago this week, Queen released Jazz, an album that gave us “Don’t Stop Me Now,” “Fat Bottomed Girls,” and Dave Marsh’s notorious Rolling Stone decree that Queen were “the first truly fascist rock band.” History hasn’t been kind to that last assessment, but history’s always being rewritten with some inaccuracies tagging … More »
Last night in Minneapolis, Metallica’s Kirk Hammett and Rob Trujillo covered Prince’s “When Doves Cry” for an arena full of people and it sucked so bad. It was a sold-out show at the Target Center, which means that almost 20,000 people heard this crazy mess play out. More »
Winning the Polar Music Prize is a pretty big deal in the recording industry. Founded by ABBA’s manager Stig Anderson, the prize celebrates the “power and importance of music.” Last year, Sting and Wayne Shorter were the Laureates, and past honorees include Paul McCartney, Quincy Jones, Elton John, Joni Mitchell, Max Martin, BB King, … More »
Austin City Limits is one massive annual event that every devout festival goer ought to check off their festival bucket list at least once. The two weekend Texas throw-down wrangles a staggering herd of talent year after year that brings the best of electronic, pop/rock, and hip-hop to Zilker Park, ACL’s host venue on the banks of the Colorado River with scenic skyline views of downtown Austin. Sitting atop this year’s festival billing is the legendary Paul McCartney, Metallica, Childish Gambino, Arctic Monkeys, Travis Scott, ODESZA, and The National.
Running from October 5–7 and October 12–14, ACL’s expansive 2018 lineup features over 140 live acts, providing a truly cross-genre, mega-festival experience. From Khalid and Shawn Mendez, to Deftones and St. Vincent, and Lily Allen, Børns, and Sylvan Esso in between, the C3 Presents-produced event delivers the full sonic spectrum to satisfy a range of musical tastes. With live performances by Marian Hill, Sophie Tucker, and synth pop rockers CHVRCHES, along with key electronic acts in Justice, Illenium, Rezz, San Holo, and Gryffin, Austin City Limits continues to be at the pinnacle of festival curation.
Tickets are now on sale for both weekends here.
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A few days ago, St. Vincent quipped on Twitter about the fashion trend of wearing old metal t-shirts. “I want to be the kind of asshole who sees a fashion kid in a vintage Metallica tee shirt and insists they be able to sing at least one song from ‘Ride the Lightning,'” she … More »
It takes real talent to create a song based on the premise that Chris Brown is the man and end up with something likable. For three minutes and 36 seconds — or 5:21 if you’re watching the music video, as more than 57 million people have so far — that’s the illusion “Freaky Friday” successfully … More »
Word just got out that James Hetfield is making his feature film debut as Officer Bob Hayward in the Ted Bundy biopic Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, And Vile, but it’s also full speed ahead for Metallica’s WorldWired arena tour. The band will be hitting 34 stops missed during the first leg of their North … More »