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On this week’s Rock Report, Red Hot Chili Peppers announce their North American tour, Elbow makes a theme song for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games and rock music gets some Grammy love. Also, an exclusive on Dead Letter Circus, as well as new videos from Sister Sin and VersaEmerge. This, and much more, in the Rock Report.
Rock Music at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards
The 54th Annual Grammy Awards will air live on February 12th at 8PM Eastern Time on CBS and the list of nominations were revealed on Wednesday Night from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, California with rock artists earning some nods in major categories. Bon Iver’s single “Holoscene” and Mumford & Sons’ smash “The Cave” are both up for Record and Song Of The Year. Bon Iver is also up for Best New Artist and Foo Fighters seventh studio offering “Wasting Light” is up for Album Of The Year.
The Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song categories have the same exact list of nominees, which are Coldplay’s “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall,” The Decemberists’ “Down By The Water,” Foo Fighters’ “Walk,” Mumford & Sons’ “The Cave” and Radiohead’s “Lotus Flower.”
Up for Best Rock Album is Jeff Beck’s “Rock ‘N’ Roll Party Honoring Les Paul,” Foo Fighters’ “Wasting Light,” Kings Of Leon’s “Come Around Sundown,” Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “I’m With You” and Wilco’s “The Whole Love.” Lastly, up for the Best Alternative Music Album is Bon Iver’s self-titled effort, Death Cab For Cutie’s “Codes And Keys,” Foster The People’s “Torches,” My Morning Jacket’s “Circuital,” and Radiohead’s “The King Of Limbs.” Leave us a comment and let us know who you think will win!
RHCP to Tour North America
Red Hot Chili Peppers are ready to kick off 2012 in style. Coming off the news of a Grammy nomination for their tenth studio album “I’m With You,” the California quartet has announced their plans to launch their first full-scale North American tour in over three years. It officially begins January 25th at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina. Five additional dates have been announced -- as far ahead as February 3rd at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee. Stay tuned to Red Bull for more dates.
Sister Sin and Doro Pesch Collaborate
Evidently, Sister Sin loves rock ‘n roll. The Swedish glam band recently collaborated with Doro Pesch of German metal collective Warlock for an exclusive cover of Motorhead’s 1987 record “Rock ‘N Roll.” The catchy track features Sister Sin performing on stage, recording in the studio and lead singer Liv Jagrell dancing on a couch. Also, there is an appearance from Pesch herself. Check it out below.
Australia's Dead Letter Circus Kicks-Off North American Tour
This past Thursday, Australian rock collective Dead Letter Circus kicked off their second North American tour with Fair To Midland at The Underground in Mesa, Arizona. While the Aussies had an incredible experience earlier this summer, it might be a more painful ‘go around’ for vocalist Kim Benzie this time around.
In an exclusive interview with us, we have learned that the singer recently cracked his ribs during Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training sessions. Although most artists tend to drop off tours because of a measly little cough, Benzie decided to tough it out.
“[There’s] no surgery required, but it's definitely slowed me down,” he admits. “We haven't had a big enough gap in our schedule to let them heal yet, which is annoying. I can still sing. It hurts and I can't really jump around much, but it's more of a frustration thing on stage now. Ultimately, it's just a test for me. I'll take some time after the US tour and heal up and bounce back!”
While Dead Letter Circus is currently promoting their smash effort “This Is The Warning,” the Australian’s are currently working on new material for their sophomore set. The records will follow similar themes as their previous album, but will be more aggressive from a musical standpoint.
“Sonically, it's going to be a lot heavier,” Benzie explains. “The last two years have been very intense for us as a band and really, us as a species. People are waking up everywhere and wondering, ‘What the fuck happened? How did we get to this point?’ It's an amazing moment in time to live through. As a result, the music is coming through very dark and emotional, but full of hope for the change that is happening.”
Elbow and the 2012 Olympics
The 2012 London Olympics are nearly eight months away and that means BBC America viewers will get the opportunity to listen to Elbow just a little bit more. The English dream-rock collective have been tagged by BBC to write and record an exclusive composition to be used in the network’s coverage during and leading to the prestigious summer games. BBC couldn’t have selected a better homegrown band. After all, their countrymen have released one of the best albums of 2011.
Music for the Holidays
VersaEmerge are certainly in the holiday spirit! The alternative rock collective, fronted by Sierra Kusterbeck, just unveiled their rendition of a Christmas favorite “Santa Baby.” Originally composed by Eartha Kitt and Henri Rene’s orchestra in 1953, and later covered by a variety of artists including country-pop starlet Taylor Swift, pop singer Kylie Minogue and pop troupe Pussycat Dolls, VersaEmerge’s version is comes across as majestic yet dark. “Santa Baby” will be available for download on December 20th. View the track below.
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