Welcome to Red Bull’s bi-weekly rock music bulletin, where we will be recalling some of the biggest and most unforgettable moments in the culture, as well as dish out exclusive news bits.
Arcade Fire Rules the Grammys
The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards were held this past weekend and rock represented in full force. Despite losing in two other categories, Arcade Fire walked away with Album Of The Year for The Suburbs -- one of the three biggest Grammys up for grabs. Another big winner were The Black Keys, who nabbed the Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or A Group With Vocals for “Tighten Up,” as well as the Best Alternative Music Album for Brothers.
Other Grammy Award Winners
- Train was awarded Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or A Group With Vocals for “Hey, Soul Sister (Live).”
- Paul McCartney took home the Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance for “Helter Skelter.”
- Them Crooked Creatures received the Best Hard Rock Performance for “New Fangs.”
- Jeff Beck grabbed the Best Rock Instrumental Performance for “Hammerhead.”
- Muse claimed Best Rock Album for Resistance, and Neil Young won in the Best Rock Song category for “Angry World.”
- And finally Mick Jagger lit up the stage with a special performance. Overall, it was a good night for rock music.
D’Arcy Wretzky Smashed While Driving
D’Arcy Wretzky has been smashed by the law. Wretzky, the former bassist of alternative rock outfit The Smashing Pumpkins, was arrested on February 7 for first offense drunk driving. The 42-year-old received the misdemeanor when she crashed her 2002 Audi Sedan into a retaining wall in South Haven, Michigan.
She was also sentenced to six days in jail for failure to appear in court on charges stemming from an “Animals Running At Large” ticketed offense in 2009. Despite being ticketed, the 42-year-old never paid the fine and missed four consecutive court dates, thus earning a free trip to the slammer. Wretzky was released on February 14 and is due in court February 22 for arraignment on the drunk driving charges. Let’s hope she doesn’t become just a rat in a cage.
Bonnaroo Lineup Revealed
Bonnaroo will hold its annual Arts and Music Festival at the Great Stage Park in Manchester, Tennessee from June 9 to June 12. The event organizers officially released the lineup for the action-packed three-day concert and it will not disappoint any music fan.
Those slated to rock the stage include Arcade Fire, The Strokes, Eminem, The Black Keys, My Morning Jacket, Iron & Wine, The Decemberists, Mumford and Sons, Florence & The Machine and many more. For more information, hit up Bonnaroo.com.
Take Action Tour Makin’ the Rounds
Take Action Tour, a spring concert series where music and a meaningful charity collide, is once again set to make the rounds throughout the country. Presented by Hot Topic, the 10th annual Take Action Tour will be headlined by Silverstein and Bayside, and feature fellow rock groups Polar Bear Club, The Swellers and Texas In July.
SEX, ETC -- an organization dedicated to providing and promoting in-depth sex education to young people and the adults who teach them -- will be the charity beneficiary for the event. The Take Action Tour is set to begin April 22 at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston, Massachusetts and runs through the May 28 at the Best Buy Theatre in New York City. For more information, visit takeactiontour.com.
Queens of the Stone Age Tour Dates
Finally, Queens of the Stone Age announced their plans for a spring tour. Front man and guitarist Josh Homme announced on the group’s website, qotsa.com, that it will be a 20-date tour beginning on March 18 at One Eyed Jacks in New Orleans, Louisiana and will conclude April 12 at the Wiltern in Los Angeles, California.
The trek is in support of their re-issued self-titled debut album, which is set to drop on March 1. Queens of the Stone Age are slated to perform the entire first album, material from their early years and will feature “nightly surprises.” Tickets are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com.
Radiohead’s New Album
Many infectious rock albums are on the verge of dropping. Radiohead’s eighth studio album King Of Limbs will be available for download on Saturday. Unlike their previous release, In Rainbows, this one will have a set price. An MP3 download is $9, a WAV formatted download is $14 and a special “Newspaper” version -- which includes two vinyl records and deluxe packaging – is going for $50.
Due to the popularity of their single, “The Ballad Of Mona Lisa,” Panic! At The Disco has bumped up the release of their new studio album Vices & Virtues to March 22.
And finally, following up on last week’s Rock Report, The Foo Fighters have announced Wasting Light will be the title of their upcoming seventh studio album, due out April 12. “Rope” will serve as the leadoff single. The tracklisting has been released as well, and will include “Bridge Burning,” “Dear Rosemary,” “White Limo,” “Arlandria,” “These Days,” “Back Forth,” “A Matter Of time,” Miss The Misery,” “I Should Have Known” and “Walk.”
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