Our favorites Grace Potter and the Nocturnals burned the midnight oil on the late night circuit last night, making promises to “Never Go Back” on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Potter has called this cut off their new record The Lion The Beast The Beat“one of those great rock and roll moments”, and on a stage set like a dark basement rock club — complete with red lights and But Light banners — that rock and roll cool rings extra loud. Riveting with her blonde hair whipping along with the come-hither guitar riffs, Potter did double duty on her Flying V guitar and vocals while the Nocturnals behind her kept energy high enough to keep us up all night.
And if that left you yearning for more, you are in luck! Hop on over to Jimmy Kimmel’s website to see their bonus performance of “Turntable.”
ADAM LAMBERT PLAYS FREDDIE MERCURY IN LONDON
Glambert dazzled the Hammersmith Apollo in London, where he filled in for the front man on Queen classics like “Another One Bites the Dust” and “We Will Rock You.” [RS]
Good news about Fleetwood Mac after the tragic suicide of former band member Bob Welch last month. During an appearance on CBS This Morning, Stevie Nicks said it’s in the plan for the group to reunite for an album and tour in 2013. Nothing is set in stone as of yet, but the possibility sounds promising. Last year Lindsey Buckingham did and interview with Rolling Stone and said, “Nothing is on the books right now. With Fleetwood Mac, there’s a lot of landmines out there politically and it’s hard to get everybody on the same page at the same time–but I think this might be one of those years where everyone will want to do the same thing.” Yesterday when Nicks was asked if everyone was on board she gave a definite, “Oh, yeah.” Read more…
Hard Rock called and we answered! The 7th annual Hard Rock Calling music festival is almost upon us, and VH1′s got your front row ticket and backstage pass. The big event will take place this Friday through Sunday in London’s Hyde Park, and we’ll be there rockin’ out with some of the biggest names in rock ‘n’ roll history! Hard Rock always treats us music fans right, but this year they’ve really spoiled us with some once-in-a-lifetime performances.
Grunge gods Soundgarden will be there playing cuts from their upcoming album, a first in 16 years!Paul Simon is going to celebrate the 25h anniversary of his landmark Graceland album by performing it start to finish, backed by the incredible Ladysmith Black Mambazo group who gave the original recording its timeless sound. Bruce Springsteen will no doubt turn rock ‘n’ roll into an athletic event during his marathon set with the E Street Band, and punk prince Iggy Pop will tear up the stage (and hopefully not himself). Lady Antebellum, Alison Krauss, John Fogerty and Robert Randolph…they’ll all be there to move it and groove it across the pond.
And get this, guys: That’s just the main stage. We’ve got three others to choose from, so get ready for more music than your ears can handle. We’re pleased to report some success stories, as one-time VH1 You Oughta Know artists Dawes and Christina Perri both take the stage. We’ll be sure to catch up with them and see how they like performing along side their idols. There will be tons of surprises along the way, so keep checking back for updates to see what went down in London Town! And also be sure to follow us on twitter (VH1Music) and instagram for up to the minute updates. See ya there!
It’s probably only natural that a song about stripping down be stripped down. This VH1 Unplugged cover of the As Cruel as School Children cut finds the Gym Class Heroes getting “Clothes Off!” and having as good a time as ever. Travis McCoy goes hard into Travie mode as he raps his verses over the dancing strings, and Patrick Stump’s wailing at the chorus has us up out of our seats. When we spoke to Patrick Stump ahead of the tapping, he told us that “Clothes Off” is his favorite Heroes song because “it just happened” and that “when art happens by accident and you were just along for the ride? It’s way more fun.” We couldn’t agree more.
You can watch VH1 Unplugged: Gym Class Heroes in full online here now! You’ll be able to catch it on VH1 tonight at 12 a.m. ET/PT.
Blink-182 was warmly welcomed with their comeback album Neighborhoods–their first one in eight years– that landed them the No. 2 spot on the Billboard charts. The trio is currently touring Europe, and are booked to travel Australia in 2013. There’s only one major hang up leaving the pop-punk group in a pickle. Drummer Travis Barker will not travel to Australia with his group due to his phobia of flying following a 2008 plane crash in which he and DJ AM were critically injured. According to NME, Barker says the thought of a 24 hour flight is too much for him right now, which is totally understandable considering the trauma of surviving a plane crash where his assistant, bodyguard, pilot and co-pilot died. But the show must go on. Read more…
Only a few more hours until VH1 Unplugged: Gym Class Heroes premieres exclusively on VH1.com. At 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT today, you’ll be able to have full access to their entire Unplugged set, which includes their biggest hits (“Stereo Hearts”, “Ass Back Home”), some deep cuts/fan faves (“Cupid’s Chokehold”, “Clothes Off!”), and even one of Travie‘s solo smashes (“Billionaire”). At the taping of this show a few weeks ago in Manhattan, VH1 Tuner sat down with Travie, Matt, Eric and Disashi (clockwise from lower-left) to talk about their own personal favorite moments in Unplugged history.
“Off the top, Jay-Z‘s Unplugged performance was phenomenal,” Travie told us. “The transitions, so crisp. In the same vein, Nirvana‘s was monumental. Seeing Dave Grohl kind of lay back and get in the pocket as opposed to [make's Dave Grohl/Animal drummer face], was really awesome.”
“I agree with Travis, the Jay-Z Unplugged session was incredible,” GCH co-founder and drummer Matt McGinley explained. “I always say that my favorite Roots album is Jay-Z Unplugged. They sound SO good, all the arrangements are incredible.” Read more…
Recently we picked Meek Mill’s “Amen” featuring Drake as one of the contenders for VH1′s Song of the Summer. Well not everyone is on the amen choir praising the organ laced track that shouts “amen,” “preach” and “church” to some questionable things that we’re not so sure is praise worthy in the traditional sense. All Hip Hop reports Philadelphia pastor Jomo K. Johnson (admittedly a hip-hop fan) got wind of “Amen” and called for a boycott of the song. Pastor Johnson called into Philly’s Hot 107.9 and said, “As a hip-hop fan I decided to check it out and listen to the lyrics. I was just completely shocked that Meek Mill, knowing that Philadelphia is a highly religious community, he would choose to make a song thanking the good Lord, for things that are completely contrary to the holiness of God.” We’re guessing a rendition of Meek’s infectious hit from his Dreamchasers 2 mixtape won’t be played at church this Sunday. Read more…
Life is good was the appropriate theme for last night’s ESPY Awards where accomplished athletes were recognized for their athletic successes. Gearing up for the release of his tenth studio album, Nas was the perfect person to invoke the feeling of living good with a medley of singles from his forthcoming Life Is Good. Like a true class act, dressed in a black tux he performed “Nasty,” “The Don” and was joined by Swizz Beatz for “Summer On Smash.” With DJ Lantern on the 1′s and 2′s accompanied by the live band, it felt like a classic hip-hop moment where the instruments were blaring and the lyrics meant something. Swizzy in a white tux elevated the energy on stage. Despite all of those things the ESPY Awards crowd seemed so…dry. We’ve seen grandmas less bored while watching The Price Is Right. Someone should have whispered to them, “Hey, you’re witnessing greatness.” Read more…
We love Beavis & Butthead creator Mike Judge’s animated video for “The Wind,” but it should be known that the Zac Brown Band jam hard with or without the fancy robo-treatment. Last night the Atlanta band dropped by The Late Show With David Letterman in flesh and blood to play the single off of their just released Uncaged. They dressed loosely but the performance was tight and polished, the bright fiddle being a particular highlight. And it left no doubt that, beer guzzling and duck hunting or just hanging out on late night, these guys have got what it takes to bring a place down.