MTV has finally done what most music fans have thought they should do
for years - removed the music television tagline from their MTV
logo. The VP of MTV finally admitted to the press that the network is
not just about music anymore (uh - how about at all), and that the
channel is going in a new direction - part of which is no longer
being interested in Generation Y - which, unfortunately, probably
means more episodes of Jersey Shore and other questionable reality
programming instead of music videos and coverage of actual musicians,
both something that the channel has been sorely lacking for a long
In festival news, it may be a little difficult to believe, but famed
rockers U2 are lined up to play their first festival appearance in 25
years; and theyre going to do so with a big splash as they headline
the Glastonbury Festivals 40th anniversary on June 25 of this year.
The band will play to a sold-out crowd of over 177,000 people on
Glastonburys Pyramid Stage, leaving their own extravagant stage
apparatus from the 2010 leg of their North American 360 Tour behind
for the overseas event. The band will return to the U.S. just in time
for their June 27 show in Minneapolis, at that citys TCF Bank
The second Jonathan Demme-directed film in Demmes planned trilogy
about legendary folk-rocker Neil Young is now set for release on DVD
and Blu-Ray later this year; dubbed Neil Young Trunk Show, the film
was shot on handheld HDCam, HDV, and Super 8mm cameras, encapsulating
footage from two 2007 shows that Young performed at the historic Tower
Theater near Philadelphia. Plenty of behind-the-scenes and offstage
footage is included in the movie, plus Youngs performance of songs
Mexico, After the Gold Rush, and Kansas, among others...
And the expanded 2CD reissue of Duran Durans classic Rio album was so
successful that Capitol/EMI is putting together another round of Duran
reissues; the next will be a March 30 expanded 2 CD/DVD limited
special editions of Duran Durans 1981 eponymous debut CD plus 1983s
landmark disc Seven and the Ragged Tiger. Both of the discs will be
remastered and presented in limited edition packaging, including
deluxe lift-lid boxes with replicated album art and additional
postcards. Both albums will also be issued on vinyl, complete with a
bonus 12-inch single...
MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Another free tune this week - if you dont want to wait until the new
Deftones album, Diamond Eyes, hits stores on May 18, well, you dont
have to - download their first single, Rocket Skates, for free at
MTVs 2010 MTV Movie Awards and MTV Video Music Awards will both take
place in Los Angeles this year, with the Movie Awards arriving on June
6, and the VMAs hitting L.A. on September 12...
MGMTs second album, Congratulations, will hit stores on April 13,
complete with tracks Its Working and Brian Eno...
Slash (yes, Guns n Roses Slash) is wrapping up work on his solo
album, and recently revealed the many musical collaborators that hes
been working with; among those making guest appearances on Slashs set
are Chris Cornell, Dave Grohl, Maroon 5s Adam Levine, Ian Astbury,
Ozzy Osbourne, and Fergie...
Peter Kember and Spectrum have kicked off a European tour, and also
have plans to release a new single, Words May Shatter, this April,
as well as a new album later this year...
Rockers Saving Abel have shipped out to the Persian Gulf to perform
concerts for servicefolk as part of an Armed Forces/USO Performance
And the 2010 London Music Show has been confirmed, and all of its new
music-gear reveals, rock star performances, and other events will take
place on October 8 through the 10th in - where else? - London...
ON CD: Edwin McCains The Best of Edwin McCain... Jonsis Go... FMs
Metropolis... and Seasick Steves Man From Another Time... ON DVD:
Small Faces All or Nothing, 1965-1968 and Dusty Springfields Once
Upon A Time ... and thats the buzz for this weeks Modern Rock.
Questions, comments, rants, raves, suggestions on this column or your
favorite musicians? Send em to Kristi at firstname.lastname@example.org
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