In the uncanny pop valley at the dawn of the ’80s—specifically, after disco and before MTV—the music industry bet big on new wave to be the future of rock. Punk had proven too (ob)noxious for mainstream tastes (and heavy metal was essentially taking care of itself), so the record biz turned to the safety-pin brigade’s arty, quirky, less abrasive offshoot “new wave.” Two forms were most prevalent: peppy power-pop as embodied by the Knack and synthesizer-driven dance weirdness on the order of Devo.
Many other new wave acts fell somewhere in between, with Elvis Costello, Blondie, Talking Heads, Billy Idol, and Duran Duran dominating dawn-of-the-’80s radio airwaves and LP sales. It all seemed to spell doom to a multitude of longhaired, bell-bottomed, meanderingly jamming ’70s rockers that had previously ruled radio and record stores. Some of the previous decade’s arena-packers stood their ground and waited for new wave to get old and dry up. Others, though, adjusted their looks and sounds in an attempt to evolve, embracing the notion of “pogo or perish”—at least for a while.
Neil Young‘s 26th annual Bridge School Benefit concert went down over the weekend, with Jack White, Eddie Vedder, k.d. lang, the Flaming Lips and Gary Clark Jr. and more all joining forces to rock and roll and raise funds for children with speech and physical impairments. One of the more remarkable moments of the evening came when the notoriously tardy Axl Rose did what many thought he couldn’t and showed up on time and ready to rock, and Guns N’ Roses took to the stage for an all-acoustic (per Bridge School Benefit concert dictates) GNR set. The unlikely set spanned GNR’s career, including material from their 1987 debut Appetite for Destruction and 2008′s Chinese Democracy and everything in between, and was strewn with F-bombs, Rolling Stone reports. Charged rock classics like “Welcome To The Jungle” aren’t exactly meant to be played unplugged like this, but the boys did a good job turning the song into a real guitar jam, Rose seemed to be having fun and — most importantly! — a good cause was served. Pretty cool, eh?
A music festival attendee’s worst nightmare is overcast in the sky that threatens to unleash a torrential downpour upon thousands of concertgoers. Unfortunately, we weren’t spared from the rain that descended upon Zilker Park on Saturday off and on for the entire day leading well into the night. But resilient music fans aren’t scared off easily, especially not by water falling from the clouds. The show must go on. And it did. Read more…
UPDATE (9/28/12): Head over to GlobalFest.MTV.com to watch the festivities, beginning on Saturday, September 29 at 4:30 p.m. ET!
VH1 is excited to announce that we’ll be livestreaming the Global Citizen Festival, a benefit concert to support the Global Poverty Project, right here on VH1.com on Saturday, September 29 from 4:30 to 9:00 p.m. ET. The festival, which will be held in New York City’s Central Park and feature performances from the likes of Neil Young, Foo Fighters, Black Keys, Band of Horses and VH1 You Oughta Know artist K’Naan. Our friends over at Palladia will also be broadcasting the concert in its entirety in glorious HD. We’ll have more details on this exciting project coming soon, but for now, here’s a press release about the event that just crossed the wires.
GLOBAL CITIZEN FESTIVAL IN CENTRAL PARK ON SEPTEMBER 29TH TO MAKE HISTORY AS THE LARGEST SYNDICATED MUSIC CHARITY WEBCAST AND BROADCAST
Performances By Neil Young with Crazy Horse, Foo Fighters, The Black Keys, Band of Horses and K’Naan; Hosted by Katie Couric, Jeffrey Sachs, Jack Dorsey, Olivia Wilde, Minka Kelly, Sophia Bush, Selena Gomez, Katharine McPhee
Historic Event & Ongoing Online Campaign Aims to End Extreme Poverty
New York City, NY, September 20, 2012 – The Global Poverty Project is proud to announce that their upcoming Global Citizen Festival, produced by AEG Network LIVE and delivered by AEG Digital Media, will be live streamed and broadcast by an impressive list of media partners. The simultaneous distribution of this historic event allows the world to “attend” the festival, which will bring together leading non-profit organizations, musicians and notables in Central Park on September 29, 2012 as part of a mass movement to end extreme poverty.
You know how much we love Jimmy Fallon’s musical impersonations — and our favorite is definitely his turn as Neil Young to sing Willow Smith‘s “Whip My Hair” with Bruce Springsteen. Obviously, Fallon read our thoughts and answered all our wishes by bringing the Neil Young impersonation back, again with the legendary Springsteen in tow. This time, the pair sang a folksy version of LMFAO‘s “Sexy And I Know It”, and it really gave us a case of the giggles, especially as a straight faced Bruce sang “wiggle, wiggle, wiggle” while very seriously and stiffly wiggling from side to side. We’re hoping that the faux-Neil Young pairing with the real Boss is becoming a “thing,” and that we’ll get to see the two parodying another pop song soon!
Jimmy Fallon is a vocal chameleon — and he’s got us hooked to his ever changing colors. From the pop-tastic Justin Beiber to the folksy Neil Young to his own incredible inventions like the “Tebowie” mashup, Fallon is a convincing parody artist. Pulling off an array of voices so accurate you’d think it was the real deal, Fallon never ceases to amaze with his daring and precision — like he did last night when he sang about New York Knicks star Jeremy Lin in the guise of Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder. Going where no other contemporary comedian so expertly goes, Fallon is who is isn’t, and gives some amazing performances in the meantime. Here are our top five Jimmy Fallon musical impersonations.
As Jay-Z and Kanye West‘s Watch The Throne tour kicks off this week, there’s really not all that much else to talk about. Between set lists, leather outfits, copious bling and “OMG WILL PREGONCÉ OR FRANK OCEAN OR BOTH MAKE AN APPEARANCE?”, it’s a truly immersive experience, permeating all facets of daily life and conversation. So while we wait very impatiently for our turn to Watch The Throne, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite collaboration albums of all-time.