Quick Hits: Green Day, P!nk, fun., Rolling Stones, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lil Wayne, Halestorm, Buckcherry, Paul McCartney, Hal David, Mark Abrahamian
September 4, 2012
Green Day was forced to cancel a concert in Bologna, Italy, on Sunday night after Billie Joe Armstrong was taken to the hospital with an unspecified illness. Bassist Mike Dirnt and drummer Tré Cool apologized to fans in a short video posted on the band's website. "Billie got rushed to the hospital last night due to illness," Dirnt says, "and, you know, the doctors don't think it's a good idea for him to play today." Cool adds: "We're beyond devastated, we're as sad as you guys are. Billie is extremely upset about it, and we'll see you very soon." Green Day will release a trio of albums – ˇUno! ˇDos! and ˇTré! – on September 25, November 23 and January 15, respectively.
Target will release an exclusive deluxe edition of P!nk's new album, The Truth About Love, on September 18. The Target version will feature four extra tracks called "My Signature Move," "Is This Thing On?," "Run," and "Good Old Days." "I'm really happy that these songs have a home as I would hate to see them not have a chance to be heard," says P!nk, who wrote and recorded over 35 tracks for the album with collaborators such as Max Martin, Shellback, Butch Walker and Greg Kurstin.
fun. has announced a major partnership with non-profit group, REVERB and Ben & Jerry's for the upcoming REVERB Campus Consciousness Tour. The tour will hit an array of colleges across the country this fall from October 31 in Portland, ME to November 18 in Elmhurst, IL. The Campus Consciousness Tour (CCT) is both a concert and social cause campaign, aimed at educating and mobilizing students to take positive action. This tour's social focus will be for LGBTQ equality. "Last year we had an amazing experience on the Campus Consciousness Tour with REVERB," said Nate Ruess, lead singer of fun. "Colleges are fertile ground for activism and change. It's exactly where we need to be as we launch our support for LGBTQ equality."
The Rolling Stones will offer a new greatest hits collection called Grrr! on November 12, marking five decades as a band. Available in various different formats – including a three-CD, 50-track version and a four-CD Super-Deluxe version with 80 tracks – the collection tells the ongoing story of the Rock legends, from their version of Chuck Berry's "Come On," their first single issued in June 1963, to the present day with the inclusion of "Gloom And Doom" and "One Last Shot," two new studio recordings recently completed by the group in Paris, France. These brand new songs constitute the first time Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood have all been together in the studio since completing the A Bigger Bang album in 2005. As previously reported, a new Rolling Stones documentary called Crossfire Hurricane will receive a theatrical release in the U.K. in October, and it will be premiered in the U.S. on HBO on November 15.
Red Hot Chili Peppers will play an intimate show in Las Vegas on New Year's Eve. The gig will take place at the Chelsea and it will kick off at 10 p.m., with the band taking the stage at 11 p.m., according to MTV News. The show also will be broadcast by the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas hotel on the resort's 65-foot outdoor digital marquee.
Lil Wayne has released his new, free mixtape, Dedication 4. The fourth installment of his Dedication series, hosted by DJ Drama, is packed with features including Birdman, Nicki Minaj, Jae Millz, J. Cole, Young Jeezy, Lil Mouse and Boo. "The reason why I'm recording mixtapes is because I've grown a whole fanbase that just loves Wayne mixtapes," the rapper told MTV's Mixtape Daily. "Me being the generous dude I am, I have to cater to those people, so that's why I do the mixtapes now."
Halestorm will hit the road for a headline tour presented by Jägermeister. The trek gets underway November 8 at Mobile, Alabama's Soul Kitchen and then continues through December 15 in Orlando. Tickets for the 2012 Jägermeister Presents Halestorm Tour, which also features special guests In This Moment and Eve To Adam, will go on sale this Friday, September 7.
Buckcherry rocking a crowd of over 15,000 at the Rock Allegiance Festival in Hershey, PA over the weekend.
French President Francois Hollande is scheduled to decorate Paul McCartney with a Legion of Honour award in a ceremony on September 8. McCartney will be made an officer of the Legion of Honour, France's highest public distinction which has been awarded to the likes of actor Clint Eastwood and singer Liza Minnelli, according to Reuters.
Hal David, the lyricist who teamed with Burt Bacharach for dozens of popular songs for movies, television and a variety of recording artists, has passed away at the age of 91. David died of complications from a stroke Saturday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to his wife, Eunice David. The prolific team of Bacharach and David were known for hits like "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head," ''Close to You" and "That's What Friends Are For," and their music was recorded by Dionne Warwick, The Beatles, Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin and many other artists.
Starship guitarist Mark Abrahamian died suddenly at the age of 46, the group said on Monday. The cause of death has not been revealed, but the band played a concert on Sunday in Norfolk, Nebraska. "We are shocked and saddened at the sudden loss of our guitar player Mark Abrahamian. We will miss you, brother. Rest in peace, Mark," Starship said in a Twitter message.