First Notes

Monday, November 3, 2014

First notes (11/3/2014): Everyone's talking about Prince

Posted By on Mon, Nov 3, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Editor's Note: First Notes is a weekly update of recent happenings in the world of music.

* Instead of the usual two song format for musical guests, Saturday Night Live indulged Prince by allowing the musician to perform one eight-minute set featuring four songs — “Clouds,” “Plectrum Electrum,” “Marz” and “Another Love.”

* Roxy Music, which has been inactive for three-and-a-half years, is probably done, says guitarist Phil Manzanera. The influential British art-rock group, which formed in 1971, hasn't put out a new album since 1982, but has toured from time-to-time since 2001.

* Wayne Static, frontman for the electro-metal group Static-X, has died at age 48. Static was set to hit the road with his solo project over the next few months, including a stop at Amos' Southend on Nov. 20. The cause of death has not been released.

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Monday, October 27, 2014

First notes (10/27/2014): R.I.P. Jack Bruce

Posted By on Mon, Oct 27, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Editor's Note: First Notes is a weekly update of recent happenings in the world of music.

* Jack Bruce, co-founder and bassist of the group Cream, has died at age 71. Cream, which released four albums in the 1960s, also featured drummer Ginger Baker and some guitarist named Eric Clapton. Bruce was the writer behind two of the band's biggest hits, “I Feel Free” and “Sunshine of Your Love.”

* Aaron Lewis should stop throwing stones in glass houses. Back in February 2011, Lewis publicly chastised Christina Aguilera for botching the National Anthem at the Super Bowl. Well, last night Lewis sang the "Star Spangled Banner" at the World Series and made a mix-up of his own. He has since apologized — to the nation, not Aguilera.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

First notes (10/20/2014): A sports complex next to Bojangles Coliseum?

Posted By on Mon, Oct 20, 2014 at 10:39 AM

Editor's Note: First Notes is a weekly update of recent happenings in the world of music.

* Charlotte's City Council is looking at a proposal of an amateur sports complex next to Bojangles' Coliseum. Because the proposal would be a mixed-use development with a hotel and some retail included, we can only hope it will bring more concerts to the nearly 60-year-old facility. Community zoning meetings are planned for early December, with a final zoning plan planned for a vote on Jan. 20, 2015.

* It's beginning to look like 2014 might be the first year of the modern era to lack a platinum-selling artist. Sure, Beyonce, Lorde and the Frozen soundtrack have all topped the million album mark this year, but all three were released last year. It looks like 2014's final hopes ride on the new albums from Foo Fighters and Taylor Swift.

* Sleater-Kinney has announced its first album in 10 years, along with a 13-date reunion tour. Fans have shown more interest in a reunion since guitarist Carrie Brownstein's crossover success on the hit show Portlandia. The band has already released the first single from the album, due in January of 2015.

* Gwen Stefani released the first single from her third solo album. No release info has been shared.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

First notes (10/13/2014): Katy Perry to headline Super Bowl halftime

Posted By on Mon, Oct 13, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Editor's Note: First Notes is a weekly update of recent happenings in the world of music.

* Katy Perry will be the halftime headliner at Super Bowl XLIX on Feb. 1, 2015. Rumors had been circulating that the performer would be either Perry, Rihanna or Coldplay. In response to pay-to-play rumors that were also going around, Perry said, "I'm not the kind of girl who would pay to play the Super Bowl."

* The Who will hit the road for a 50th Anniversary tour next year as the "beginning of a long goodbye," guitarist Pete Townshend said. The band's only scheduled North Carolina show is at Raleigh's PNC Arena on April 21, 2015.

* Nine Inch Nails, Green Day and N.W.A. are among the 15 nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 2015 induction. In order to be eligible, a music act had to release its first recording in 1989 or earlier. Among the other nominees are Lou Reed, Sting, The Smiths, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Stevie Ray Vaughn and War.

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Monday, October 6, 2014

First Notes (10/6/2014): Anti-Nickelback campaign launched

Posted By on Mon, Oct 6, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Editor's Note: First Notes is a weekly update of recent happenings in the world of music.

* A man has launched a campaign which he hopes will prevent Nickelback from performing in native London again. Donations mostly result in the band being emailed and asked not to play there. All proceeds will go to charity.

* Paul Revere, frontman of the band Paul Revere and the Raiders, has died at age 76. Revere had been battling cancer for the last year, though no cause of death has yet been given. Paul Revere and the Raiders got their start in 1963 and had four top-10 singles, "Kicks," "Hungry," "Good Thing" and "Him or Me, What's it Gonna Be."

* Blues legend B.B. King, 88, was forced to cancel the final eight gigs of his current tour due to exhaustion and dehydration. No other information was offered.

* Capital Cities will headline Gravedigger's Ball in the Dixie's Tavern parking lot on Oct. 25. Tickets range from $15 to $750.

* Music Monsters & Mayhem will feature performances by Coolio and Tone Loc at the N.C. Music Factory on Oct. 31. Tickets are $15.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

First Notes (9/30/2014): Outkast returns to Atlanta, more

Posted By on Mon, Sep 29, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Editor's Note: First Notes is a weekly update of recent happenings in the world of music.

* Outkast performed three sold-out nights in Atlanta to close out the band's 20th anniversary tour. Featuring plenty of guest appearances — including B.o.B., 2 Chainz, Future and Bigg Gipp - an estimated 20,000 people crammed into Centennial Olympic Park to watch the hip-hop duo go out with a bang. As for what the future holds, no one really knows.

* Black Sabbath has announced that it will record one more album before heading out on a final tour. The band released 13 last year, but singer Ozzy Osbourne said he'll do one more before he's 70.

* AC/DC's Malcolm Young is leaving the band after a variety of reports state the guitarist is suffering from dementia. A source close to the family stated the 61-year-old musician has a "complete loss of short-term memory." The band is set to release a new album, Rock or Bust, on Dec. 2.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

First Notes (9/23/2014): Details on that Pink Floyd album, more

Posted By on Tue, Sep 23, 2014 at 12:01 PM

Editor's Note: First Notes is a weekly update of recent happenings in the world of music.

* Pink Floyd's new album, The Endless River, will be released on Nov. 10. The album, considered a tribute to late keyboardist Rick Wright, will feature 18 instrumental songs.

* Only a few months after buying Beats for $3 billion, Apple's plans for the streaming music service are unknown. An online report by TechCrunch claims the site will be shut down, though Apple denies it. Some industry experts believe the service will be incorporated into iTunes.

* Last week, J. Lo released a video for her song "Booty," featuring Iggy Azalea. Along with more than 31 million views, the video has also earned Lopez a business deal for a line of personal lubricants. No word yet if she's interested in the business venture.

* The Fillmore has announced a few new shows — Jeezy (Oct. 19), Hozier (March 12), Nightwish (May 13).

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Monday, September 15, 2014

First Notes (9/15/2014): Kanye West wants you to stand at his concerts

Posted By on Mon, Sep 15, 2014 at 10:36 AM

Editor's Note: First Notes is a weekly update of recent happenings in the world of music.

* Kanye West halted his concert in Australia and demanded that everyone in attendance stand up. When one fan wouldn't, he asked audience members if the person should stand up or be booed. Turns out, the "offender" was in a wheelchair.

* The Foo Fighters, in the UK for the Invictus Games, decided to play a few "secret" shows in their downtime. Performing under the name "The Holy Shits," the Foos played one gig in an abandoned tunnel. Six hundred fans got to watch the band tear through a 21-song set that included a lot of rarities.

* Widespread Panic will perform at Charlotte's Time Warner Cable Arena on New Year's Eve. They will also play a Tunes for Tots benefit concert on Dec. 30, 2014, at The Fillmore. Tickets go on sale on Sept. 26.

* Columbia, South Carolina's Music Farm is set to open this week. The new music club, which is an expansion of the Charleston venue, will hold roughly 1,100 patrons.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

First Notes (9/2/2014): Survivor singer dies at age 63

Posted By on Tue, Sep 2, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Editor's Note: First Notes is a weekly update of recent happenings in the world of music.

* Jimi Jamison, singer for the band Survivor, has died at age 63 from an apparent heart attack. Jamison became the singer for the band from 1984 until 1988, providing the vocals for The Karate Kid's "Is This Love" and Rocky IV's "Burning Heart." He also sang the theme to Baywatch, "I'm Always Here," as a solo artist. Jamison joined Survivor shortly after the band recorded its biggest hit, "Eye of the Tiger."

* Cee-Lo Green pleaded no contest to a felon drug charge — and then made some questionable comments. Green tweeted out, "People who have really been raped REMEMBER!!!" and “When someone brakes on a home there is broken glass where is your plausible proof that anyone was raped.”(sic) Green later deleted the tweets and apologized for his comments. Green will now serve three years of formal probation and complete 360 hours of community service.

* A man in Iowa City has been charged with assault after police say he threatened to kill his neighbor because of the music he was playing. Terrill Wiges, 63, allegedly held a knife to his neighbor's throat and asked if he was ready to die. It's unknown what music was playing.

* Randy Travis' name no longer appears in his hometown of Marshville, North Carolina. The old signs, which read, "Marshville Home of Randy Travis & Country Living," have been replaced by signs that simply say, "Welcome to Marshville North Carolina." Town manager Fern Shubert says the old signs were "too busy" for drivers to read.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

First Notes (08/25/2014): Suge Knight shot — no, this isn’t a headline from 1996

Posted By on Mon, Aug 25, 2014 at 2:14 PM

Editor's Note: First Notes is a weekly update of recent happenings in the world of music.

• One-time rap mogul Suge Knight was shot six times Saturday night at an MTV Video Music Awards pre-party on the Sunset Strip hosted by Chris Brown. As of Sunday night, Knight was still in the intensive care unit, but he’s expected to recover. It’s not the first time the former Death Row head honcho’s been shot at a VMA-related event: In 2005, he was shot in the leg at a party hosted by Kanye West. It’s also not the first L.A. rap-related shooting in which Knight’s been involved.

• On Thursday, Henry Rollins wrote a pretty scathing column for the LA Weekly titled "Fuck Suicide,", in which he criticized people who have committed suicide. On Saturday, he took it back. In other depression-related music news: Swans’ Thor Harris talked about his struggles with depression in a short film.

• Mark David Chapman, the man who shot John Lennon (and the subject of a pretty great ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead song, was denied parole on Friday. It’s the eighth time Chapman’s been denied parole since his 1981 sentencing; he’ll be eligible for parole again in two years.

• That ALS-donation ice bucket challenge that’s sweeping social media — and that, like, every celebrity musician is doing — right now? Yeah, Grimes hates it, too.

• Some dude convinced the Los Angeles Police Department, who’d arrested him after he attempted to rob a Rite-Aid, that he was Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland. Which raises two questions: First, why would anyone want to pretend to be Scott Weiland? Second, did he really think that would get him out of trouble?

• NPR wonders: Who the hell likes music festivals, anyway?

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