Vol. 2

Keef quits. Time has always been shockingly kind on legendary Rolling Stones guitarist and likely cyborg Keith Richards’ side, but even more so now that the 76-year-old announced that he has officially quit smoking cigarettes — and hasn’t had a puff since last October. Phillip Morris stock plummeted 35% upon the news. The Stones, whose members’ combined age is 302 years old (in human, not dog years), revealed their 2020 No Filter tour itinerary, which includes 15 cities across North America. (Consequence of Sound)

Stroke it to the East, Stroke it to the West. The Strokes feel the Bern — get these fellas a shot of penicillin. Hot off a raucous New Hampshire concert in support of Bernie Sanders — where the band premiered some new songs, covered Talking Heads’ “Burning Down the House,” and performed “New York City Cops” while taunting actual cops (soooo rock ‘n’ roll, boys) — the band announced a new record. The New Abnormal, the bands’ sixth album and first since in seven years, is due in April. (Pitchfork)

My Chemical Romance sold out its entire North American reunion tour, its first in nine years, in just six hours. Yeah, we don’t care either. (Consequence of Sound)

Burning down the house. A fire completely destroyed Apollo Masters, the California manufacturing plant that supplies the lacquer used to make the master discs for vinyl records. While no employees were hurt, Third Man Records wiz Ben Blackwell thinks the blaze could impact the vinyl supply across the world, citing problems with supply and demand before the incident. (Pitchfork)
 
Bad vibrations. Beach Boys co-founders Brian Wilson and Al Jardine called on fans to boycott the Mike Love-led version of the band due to its decision to perform at a convention in Nevada this month for the trophy hunting organization Safari Club International. (Rolling Stone)

Donny, you’re out of your element. Michael Stipe told Stephen Colbert that he once told Donald J. Trump to STFU at a Patti Smith gig in New York City in the ’90s because he was talking to his date too loudly. Prolly thought “Free Money” was about him. (SPIN)
 
Speaking of Trump, Green Day says that its new record, Father of All Motherfuckers, is not about the president. “American Idiot still says everything that needs to be said today,” said bassist Mike Dirnt, while Billie Joe Armstrong said the record, which clocks in at just 26 minutes, was more inspired by the band’s early influences, like Little Richard, Martha and the Vandellas, T. Rex, and Mott the Hoople. (SPIN)

Water under the bridge? Looks that way for guitarist John Frusciante and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Frusciante, who parted ways with RHCP in 2009, reunited with Anthony Kiedis and Flea for a special memorial performance for producer Andrew Burkle. Joined by drummer Stephen Perkins of Jane’s Addiction, RHCP performed a short set that included “Give It Away,” as well as Iggy Pop’s “I Wanna Be Your Dog“ and “Not Great Men” by Gang of Four in honor of that band’s founding member Andy Gill, who died earlier this month at age 64 of pneumonia. (Rolling Stone)

Put an extra safety pin in those Depends, Mates. Punk isn’t dead, it’s just getting old, mmmkay? English street punk outfit GBH announced a 40th anniversary tour. Formed in 1978, the Colin Abrahall-led outfit, last released Momentum on L.A. indie label Hellcat Records in 2017, the band’s first record in eight years. For its European and North American outing, GBH has recruited fellow aging punks MDC for support. (Brooklyn Vegan)

Hannah Montana’s got the blues. In an unlikely May-December relationship, Disney star-turned-tongue-wagging rock ’n’ roll wrecking ball Miley Cyrus, 27, joined Doors guitarist Robby Krieger, 74, for a performance of “Roadhouse Blues” to celebrate 50 years of Morrison Hotel held at West Hollywood’s Sunset Marquis. Also invited to perform alongside Krieger and the Tangiers Blues Band were Michael Bolton (What?), actor Dennis Quaid (Huh?), Phantom Planet frontman Alexander Greenwald (Okay…), and recent Grammy winner, Gary Clark Jr. (Oh, thank god!) (Rolling Stone)
 
Wax on, wax off. Katie Crutchfield of indie rock outfit Waxahatchee enlisted Detroit’s Bonny Doon to serve as the backing band for her new record Saint Cloud, out March 27, after embarking on a tour with the group in 2019. You can hear the band’s shimmery, cosmic cowboy touch on new track “Fire.” (Pitchfork)
 
Everything's groovier in Texas. After touring together in 2018, Fort Worth, Texas-based soul crooner Leon Bridges teamed up with Houston experimental trio Khruangbin to release the Texas Sun EP earlier this month. The groovy tracks mix country, R&B, and psychedelic influences, and make a perfect soundtrack for a road trip — or just good old-fashioned trippin’. (Pitchfork)

I'll be taking these Huggies and whatever cash you got. A movie about notorious over-actor Nicolas Cage starring notorious on-screen freak out master Nicolas Cage as Nicolas Cage, the guy who notoriously once ate a live cockroach on screen and who mistakenly bought — and returned — a stolen Mongolian dinosaur skull he purchased at an auction? The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent is all of those things and will be released March 19, 2021 after a bidding war ensued in November over the script. The film has been described as a “love letter” to the 56-year-old actor who last year performed a viral post-divorce rendition of Prince’s “Purple Rain” at karaoke. Cannot. Fucking. Wait. (Deadline)

Studio 8H must be the place. David Byrne will return to Saturday Night Live as the show’s musical guest 31 years after last taking the SNL stage with the Talking Heads. Comedian John Mulaney will host the Feb. 29 show, which coincides with the end of Byrne’s five-month Broadway residency for his celebrated American Utopia show. (NME)
 
From “Crocodile Rock” to “Rock the Casbah”? Dexter Fletcher, director of last year’s Elton John biopic, Rocketman, alluded to a possible future project — a movie about the Clash. While Fletcher says he’s not looking to jump on another biopic just yet, he suggested that he will “maybe in 10 years time.” Why rush it, Dex? (NME)
 
Boy Howdy goes Hollywood. That’s right, after 3.5 years, numerous film festival premieres, and glowing reviews, the CREEM documentary finally has a distribution deal with the fine folks o’er at Greenwich Entertainment (Free Solo, Echo in the Canyon, Linda Ronstadt: The Sound Of My Voice). The doc, retitled CREEM: America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, is set for a theatrical release later this year. No paparazzi, please. (Deadline)

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