4-1-1 Music News Minute(s) w/Todd Michaels – Week of December 3rd

Queens of the Stone Age may be whiskey-soaked, leather-clad avatars of rock’n’roll sleaze, but they evidently have a soft spot for Christmas tunes. As Pitchfork notes, Josh Homme’s long-running band just announced a new limited-edition holiday 7-inch single. The A-side will feature Homme singing “Silent Night” with blues guitarist C.W. Stoneking and Den Fertita of QOTSA on keys, and the B is a reading of “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” by Homme and Brody Dalle of the Distillers (his wife) accompanied by “Their Three Little Elves” (their children). The new single will be released December 14th and is available to pre-order via the Queens of the Stone Age website now.

 

Fans who didn’t get to see Neko Case perform songs off of her fabulous 2018 album Hell-On will get another chance as the singer-songwriter is set to hit the road again in 2019. Case was initially set to wrap the winter leg of her tour in Phoenix on Valentine’s Day 2019, but Case has announced plans to take a victory lap through Australia in March before heading back to North America in April.

 

 

Jenny Lewis has hung up the rainbow suit and unveiled plans for her fourth solo album, titled On the Line and set to arrive sometime in spring 2019. She’s also announced a coinciding slate of 2019 U.S. tour dates. The follow-up to 2014’s The Voyager promises 11 original songs and a personnel lineup including Beck, Ryan Adams, and Ringo Starr.

 

Former Ghost members are appealing the decision that dismissed their lawsuit against frontman Tobias Forge. Back in April 2017, four previous Ghost members filed a lawsuit against Forge for “missing wages and allowances for several years.” Simon Soderberg, Mauro Rubinho, Henrik Palm and Martin Hjertstedt sued Forge for 200,000 Swedish Krona, which is roughly equivalent to $22,200, for unpaid compensation. In October, a Swedish court dismissed the lawsuit. Plus, the musicians were ordered to pay the legal fees Forge acquired from the case. As reported by Blabbermouth, Forge received  $146,000 in legal fees from them. Now, Loudwire is reporting the former Ghost members are seeking a new trial. According to a report from Swedish outlet NT.se, the musicians believe the judge had a conflict of interest.

 

 

Alt-rock trio Doves announced a reunion show via Facebook, their first show after going on an indefinite hiatus in 2010. Although the British trio is returning to the stage in their native England, there hopes to be “more announcements to follow” include some dates across the pond. Doves hit pause after releasing four studio albums, but the members have continued to work as musicians, with Jimi Goodwin putting out a solo album Odludek in 2014. Brothers Andy and Jez Williams formed the band Black Rivers. In 2012, EMI International put out a compilation titled 5 Album Set.

 

 

2019 is going to be filled with some pretty amazing festivals you’ll want to add to any upcoming road trips, and the latest one to join that list is the Welcome to Rockville festival, held in Jacksonville, Florida. Rob Zombie, Korn, Tool, Bring Me The Horizon and more were announced for the annual festival. Welcome to Rockville will span over the course of three days, May 3 to May 5, 2019, and it is slated to be held at Metropolitan Park in s, Jacksonville, Florida.

 

 

 

 

 

Kid Rock’s profane comments on live TV have gotten him booted from leading the Nashville Christmas Parade. Kid Rock used an expletive to describe Joy Behar during an interview Friday on Fox & Friends. He did the interview from his bar in Nashville, where he swigged bourbon while tending bar on camera and said he had been drinking coffee and Irish cream liqueur. Multiple Fox & Friends personalities apologized on air afterward. Kid Rock apologized for the language, but “not the sentiment.”

 

The Bonnaroo Music And Arts Festival is encouraging fans to take care of themselves with some help from Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams. Bonnaroo attendees will see a communal plaza transformed into a “Sanctuary Of Self-Love,” which Williams will curate. Communal plazas include shade, free public Wi-Fi, showers, fun activities and charging stations so fans can relax and recharge. Plazas also include medical, safety stations and restrooms. The “Sanctuary of Self-Love” plaza will feature activities curated by the Paramore frontwoman herself. Details on what to expect from the plaza will come at a later date.

 

 

Texas Senator Ted Cruz has tweeted a rebuttal to Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor’s claims that the failed presidential candidate asked for a guest list spot for a recent show and once drank all of the band’s beer backstage. “To all the gullible reporters who are ‘reporting’ that I asked to be on the guest list at a Nine Inch Nails concert: uh, no, NIN is not my music taste. He was clearly joking,” Cruz tweeted. “And for the record, I also didn’t “drink all his beer” the last time…but I would have! #FakeNews” As for Cruz’s “music taste,” he did excitedly tweet from a u2 concert last year.

 

 

Good news Shinedown fans, the band will be bringing a special series of intimate shows following their upcoming Attention Attention North American tour. The band will be coming to nine additional cities for the special tour. The upcoming set of shows will be titled An Evening with Shinedown, and it will offer fans an “exclusive, up-close-and-personal live experience” with the band, per a press release. An Evening with Shinedown will kick off on May 6 in New Orleans, Louisiana and it will wrap up a couple of weeks later on May 22 in Kansas City, Missouri. Tickets are on sale now. you can go here!