Will Ferrell has announced a killer lineup for his “Best Night of Your Life” charity fundraiser, which will take place at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on Oct. 6. The event will feature appearances from a dozen comedians. In addition to the “Best Night”, the event will also have a rocking all-star band led by Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith’s self-proclaimed Super Mega Funktastic Jam Rock All Stars. The group will feature vocalists Brad Paisley and Coldplay’s Chris Martin, guitarists Mike McCready of Pearl Jam and the Chili Peppers’ Josh Klinghoffer, as well as Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan and Dave Matthews Band’s Stefan Lessard. Tickets for the show are on sale now, with all proceeds benefiting Cancer for College, which provides college scholarships for cancer survivors.
The Beastie Boys are going back on the road for a book tour. The “Beastie Boys Book: Live & Direct” tour will be in support of their forthcoming 600-page memoir and will feature readings and a Q&A with surviving members Mike D and Ad-Rock . The various reading events will also feature a special guest moderator and a live score curated by Mix Master Mike. According to Pitchfork, there will also be a Beasties exhibit, as well as a mixtape-featured “sound experience,” both of which will be curated by Ad-Rock and Mike D. The book tour will take place in New York, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and London starting on October 29. Tickets for the event are currently on sale here.
Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy will be releasing a new solo album, WARM, this fall. Although Tweedy previously released, Together At Last, an album featuring stripped down versions of Wilco songs, WARM marks Tweedy’s first proper solo effort. WARM comes out on November 30 on Wilco’s dBpm label.
Frances Bean Cobain has unveiled another clip of an original song via Instagram video. It’s the third original song snippet we’ve heard from the first daughter of grunge, who previously shared a clip of a song on the anniversary of dad Kurt Cobain’s death and a snippet of another (since deleted), as well as a couple of cover song clips. Cobain hasn’t revealed titles for any of her original compositions.
As we all know, Jack White loves old things and preserving the past. And so, as The Portland Press Herald reports, he’s helping to restore a house featured in the 1983 film The Outsiders. Jack White’s management confirmed that he donated $30,000 to the effort to restore a house in Tulsa, Oklahoma that was featured in Francis Ford Coppola’s adaptation of S.E. Hinton’s 1967 classic young adult novel.
Cat Power’s new album Wanderer is out this October on Domino Records. Her first album since 2012’s Sun, the release marks songwriter Chan Marshall departure from Matador Records, who’ve released every studio album from the musician since What Would the Community Think in 1996. In a new interview with the New York Times, Marshall says that her new album was actually rejected by Matador, who said it was “not good enough, not strong enough to put out.” Marshall says that the label wanted her to leave behind the electronic sounds of Sun in an attempt to sound more like Adele. Matador appear understandably reluctant to discuss the end of their relationship with the songwriter. Read the New York Times’ full interview here.
The Chris Cornell Estate will be releasing a new career-spanning box set of the songwriter’s work. The estate will release a new 17-track self-titled album, as well as a 62-track limited edition box set including music from his days with Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog, and Audioslave. The box set also includes the single “When Bad Does Good,” which can now be heard on Alt360 Radio. The entire box set arrives November 16.
Two years ago, the Monkees earned their highest ranking on Billboard’s album chart since 1968 with their 50th anniversary album, Good Times!. On October 12th, they’ll return with their first holiday album, Christmas Party. The album is produced by Fountain Of Wayne’s Adam Schlesinger and features vocals from Monkees Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork, plus vintage samples of the late Davy Jones. The album will also include new songs written by Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo and XTC’s Andy Partridge.
Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross have signed on to compose music for HBO’s newest adaption of the DC comic Watchmen, which is set to come out next year. Nine Inch Nails, meanwhile, are currently on tour, where they recently played cult favorite “The Perfect Drug” for the first time ever.
Fleet Foxes are releasing a massive box set coming out later this fall. First Collection 2006 – 2009 features assorted B-sides and demos, along with the indie folk bands 2006 debut EP The Fleet Foxes, their 2008 followup EP Sun Giant, and a vinyl reissue of their eponymous 2008 debut LP. Also included is a booklet of lyrics, artwork, and flyers. The box set comes out on November 9th.
Rage Against the Machine have announced impending reissues of all their albums. The full list, for those of you who don’t know it off the top of your head, is 1992’s Rage Against the Machine, 1996’s Evil Empire, 1999’s The Battle of Los Angeles, 2000’s Renegades, and 2003’s Live at the Grand Olympic Auditorium. All of the albums will be fully remastered and available on vinyl. All of the reissues are available for preorder now on RATM’s website, including in various bundles with custom T-shirts. The LPs will be released on September 28.
Bloc Party released their seminal debut album, Silent Alarm, back in 2005 and their planning a tour around it. The intimate shows will be the first time that Silent Alarm has been performed with the band’s current lineup, which features members Justin Harris and Louise Bartle. The European tour begins on October 13 in Leeds and ends October 24 in London, while the live album is expected to be out on February 22.
Blink-182’s Travis Barker is reportedly suing over the circumstances that led to the band having to cancel their recent tour dates, according to reports from TMZ and Pitchfork. The drummer sustained injuries when a bus collided with his SUV in July, and he is suing the bus driver and the bus company over the incident. His complaint also targets a medical center in Santa Monica; Barker claims that he experienced a staph infection as a result of employees using a dirty needle while treating his injuries from the accident. Barker had been experiencing nerve damage and blood clots in the wake of the accident, which caused the band to cancel additional dates earlier this summer.
Good Charlotte have dropped Moose Blood as support for their upcoming tour after fans expressed concerns over allegations made against Moose Blood last fall. This week Good Charlotte announced Boston Manor and Moose Blood as support for their Generation Rx headlining dates in the U.K. and Europe. Following the announcement, a mixed set of emotion between fans surfaced. Earlier this year, Moose Blood released a statement regarding allegations against vocalist Eddy Brewerton that emerged last fall, claiming Brewerton stole nudes off a woman’s phone and sent them to the band’s WhatsApp group. Moose Blood said the allegations are “entirely false and we strongly refute it.” Last year, the band parted ways with their drummer, Glenn Harvey, following sexual harassment allegations that surfaced online.
Panic! at the Disco touring guitarist, Kenny Harris will no longer be performing with the band following misconduct allegations against him. The band announced today via Twitter Harris would no longer be touring in the band due to personal matters. This announcement comes after online allegations against the guitarist started coming out Friday.
Metallica are hitting the road next year for another round of their “WorldWired” tour, and this time, it’s hitting the U.K. and Europe. Announced today, the band will be bringing Ghost and Bokassa with them on a 25-date trek across 20 countries. The summer tour kicks off May 1 in Lisbon, Portugal and it wraps up a couple of months later on Aug. 25 in Mannheim, Germany.