4-1-1 Music News Minute(s) w/Todd Michaels – Week of November 6th

  • There have been Kurt Cobain toys before, but never ones as adorable as the new figurines of the Nirvana frontman. Funko, the company behind those ubiquitous sci-fi bobbleheads, has announced their latest collection of pop/rock figures, which will include three unique collectible Kurts: Cobain in a striped green shirt with electric guitar, Cobain in an unbuttoned grey shirt with acoustic guitar, and Cobain in a white shirt with black jacket and electric guitar. Each has an enormous head and teeny tiny little body. The toys will be available in January.

  • At this week’s tribute concert to Leonard Cohen, which took place at the Bell Centre in Montreal, was a star-studded event. According to reports, there were, among so much else, multiple turns from Sting and Elvis Costello, Courtney Love sang “Everybody Knows,” and Peter Gabriel, Chris Martin and Cohen himself, in the virtual form made an appearance. One of the evening’s more curious pairings, though, was Cohen’s son Adam — a musician in his own right — and Lana Del Rey, who performed Cohen’s classic “Chelsea Hotel #2″.

  • St. Vincent has announced 12 additional dates on her ongoing Fear the Future tour, supporting her new album MASSEDUCTION. The trek now runs into the first week of March 2018, with added shows throughout the South and in Texas, plus one in Cincinnati. The tour, St. Vincent’s first in about two years, kicked off last month in London. Tickets are on sale now.

  • Stop us if you’ve heard this one before, but Morrissey canceled a show this week. Cold weather and a broken heater are reported to blame for the cancellation at the outdoor Vina Robles Amphitheatre in Paso Robles, California. Paso Robles reported lows in the 40s that night. One attendee on the fan forum Morrissey-Solo reported that the temperature was around 48 degrees at the time of the announcement. Morrissey’s North America tour presumably continues Friday and Saturday at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. Better bring a sweater.

  • At an A Perfect Circle show over the weekend, more than 60 fans were removed from the show after violating their “no photos” policy. ThePRP reports that Maynard James Keenan responded to a fan’s complaint about the strict no-photos policy, saying: “No. Recording. Of. Any. Kind. For. 25. Years. Guided experience. Unplug and enjoy the ride.”

  • Nickelback has announced that they’ll be heading to Vegas for a five-show residency next year…saying Monster Truck will be joining them for the “epic five show run” at The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Shows will run on Feb. 23, Feb. 24, Feb. 27, March 2 and March 3. If you’re interested, tickets go on sale this Friday.

  • Las Vegas’ entertainment industry is uniting acts across the spectrum for a Vegas Strong Benefit Concert, featuring performances from the likes of the Killers, Imagine Dragons and more. The concert is set to take place on Friday, Dec. 1 at T-Mobile Arena and will feature performances from Boyz II Men, Cirque du Soleil, David Copperfield, Imagine Dragons, Penn & Teller, The Killers—and others soon to be announced. Tickets are on sale and you can go to our music news and blog section to buy them here. Plus, if you want to donate directly to the relief of those affected by the Las Vegas shooting, you can text VEGAS to 20222 to give $10 to the National Compassion Fund.

  • Marilyn Manson wasted no time getting back to his signature shock-rock ways at this weekend’s Ozzfest Meets Knotfest, the singer rolled out with what appeared to be a rifle-shaped microphone attachment—all while performing in a wheelchair—at the two-day festival in San Bernardino, California. Manson’s headlining appearance marked the musician’s first live show since both breaking his leg in an onstage accident and firing band member Jeordie “Twiggy Ramirez” White after the bassist was accused of rape. Marilyn Manson has issued a statement regarding his use of a prop gun during his band’s performance. Ever the pop-culture commentator, Manson contends his onstage use of the imitation rifle was meant as a criticism on the availability of semi-automatic weapons. 

  • Last week, former Crystal Castles singer Alice Glass shared an emotional statement detailing years of alleged abuse from the band’s co-founder Ethan Kath. Now, TMZ is reporting that Kath has filed a defamation lawsuit against Glass over her accusations. According to TMZ, Kath says the band lost $300k in profits following her allegations and cancellation of their tour, claiming she’s “just trying to get attention to jumpstart her new musical venture.” You can read Glass’ statement in full here.

  • Back in May, Linkin Park talked more about their non-profit, Music For Relief, in an effort to inspire others to make a positive difference in their community. This week, they shared the heartfelt footage and gave a behind-the-scenes look at what the charity is going to support. For more information on the One More Light Fund in memory of Chester Bennington, or to donate, check out their site in our music news and blog section here.

  • Panic! At The Disco, Fall Out Boy, Night Riots, New Politics and more are teaming up with Andrew McMahon’s Dear Jack Foundation to “raise their voice” against adolescent and adult cancer. The bands are all contributing special, one-of-a-kind products, including an autographed Panic! At The Disco tour poster and special fan experiences with Fall Out Boy, Night Riots, Train and more, to raise money for the foundation. Plus, you can even bid on Andrew McMahon’s Scotch and Soda Denim Jacket that he wore throughout the Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness 2017 Zombies in America tour.

  • Arcade Fire’s new album Everything Now didn’t get the warmest critical reception, and it seems that their tour in support of it isn’t getting the biggest fan turnout.  The Globe And Mail report that that the band is struggling to fill arenas on its current North American tour, with the entire upper deck closed off at some shows. Only 4000-6000 fans showed up at their dates in Quebec City, Tampa, and Austin recently; each venue has a capacity to seat roughly 10,000-20,000. The tour is being promoted by Live Nation.

  • Kid Rock is not actually running for Senate, as he announced casually on an episode of The Howard Stern Show two weeks ago. He’d been running a stunt campaign for the preceding three months, that had tricked fans and political insiders alike into believing he was serious. That campaign included the sale of “Kid Rock for Senate” merchandise, the proceeds from which would be donated to a new nonprofit organization to encourage voter registration, according to a disclaimer that was recently removed from the rap-rockers website. BuzzFeed has been attempting to find out more about this apparent fundraising effort–how much money was raised, what is the nonprofit called, does it exist at all–and Rock’s camp isn’t talking.

  • Weezer and Pixies have announced an extensive, summer-long 2018 co-headlining tour that will take them from the East Coast to the Pacific. English indie rock band the Wombats will open the first third of dates, through July 15. Tickets are on sale this weekend. See the full tour schedule in our music news and blog section.

  • British singer Lily Allen will reflect on her music, career and turbulent life in a new memoir due out in the fall of 2018.The as-yet-untitled book, Allen’s debut as an author, will cover the singer’s childhood, love life, motherhood and “the highs and lows of fame,” including her battles with eating disorders and drug and alcohol dependency. The singer’s tragic 2010 miscarriage will also be covered in Allen‘s own words. Allen last released her Sheezus in 2014. Earlier this year, she covered Rufus Wainwright‘s “Going to a Town” at a London women’s march.