4-1-1 Music News Minute w/Todd Michaels – Week of July 31st

Another day, another strongly worded statement from Kid Rock about the run for the U.S. Senate he’s supposedly making next year. The latest was published on his website last night, takes the media to task for speculating that his campaign is “a ploy to sell shirts or promote something” and asserts that the Democrats are  “‘shattin’ in their pantaloons’ right now.” The two takeaways from this statement that we didn’t get from the last one are that Ritchie plans to start a nonprofit to encourage voter registration (not very Republican of him), and that he plans to hold a press conference in about six weeks.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Dave Grohl revealed some bits of information about the Foo Fighters upcoming album Concrete and Gold. The new album features appearances by the Bird and the Bee’s Inara George, the KillsAllison Mosshart, and members of Boyz II Men. He also talked out the title track “Concrete and Gold,” by building a choir out of 30 vocal tracks. Concrete and Gold is the Foos’ ninth album, and it will be released on September 15th, 2017.

Each year, The Mercury Prize is awarded to the best British album of the year. This year’s shortlist includes previous Mercury Prize winners in The xx and Alt-J. Ed Sheeran is also up for a Prize. Winners from past years include PJ Harvey, Arctic Monkeys, and Portishead. Mercury Prize Award Ceremony will be on September 14th

There’s a new channel on the web-site for Queens of the Stone Age They are continuing to tease their upcoming album Villains. Their latest minute-and-a-half-long trailer is soundtracked by vocal chants and horror-movie shudders that cut out before they reveal much of anything. At the end, a drawing of a cloaked figure bears the legend “The Ringing in My Ears is From Another Life.”

Villains comes out August 25; first single “The Way You Used to Do” is out now and heard here on alt360.

A cast of musicians, actors, writers, models, and more appeared in a new video supporting Planned Plarenthood, directed by photographer and artist Harley Weir. The video was produced by womenswear company Prouenza Schouler, and features appearances and brief testimonials from (momentarily) Grimes, Girls Jemima Kirke, Jojo, and many, many more.

It looks like Morrissey is gearing up to announce a U.S. tour. As Moz fan forum Morrissey-Solo points out, a number of unannounced tour dates have appeared in the official Spotify app for October and November. The last time Morrissey performed in the States was earlier this year on a string of dates that were makeups for shows cancelled in 2016; some of those new shows were cancelled, as well. The cities included on the leaked dates include San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Seattle, and Columbus.

October 3 — Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre

October 9 — Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore

October 17 — Columbus, OH @ Palace Theatre

November 1 — Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre

November 3 — San Francisco, CA @ The Masonic

November 4 — San Francisco, CA @ The Masonic

These tour dates are unconfirmed so far and it’s possible more cities will be included in the official tour announcement. There’s also rumors of a Hollywood Bowl show in Los Angeles. And it’s very likely that, even if these shows do happen, they’ll be cancelled at some point.

Circle up, Stone Temple Pilots superfans: The band has announced a set of deluxe editions of 1992 debut album Core, which celebrates 25 years this coming September 29. The first 1,000 people to preorder the Super Deluxe Edition get a reproduction version of a U.K.-only 7″ release of “Plush.”

Since May, Tears for Fears have been co-headlining a 1980s-pop-royalty duo tour with Hall & Oates across North America. However, the “Everybody Wants to Rule The World” and “Head Over Heels” hitmakers have announced the postponement of their final tour dates, due to “a family emergency,” via social media. The band’s last remaining tour stops were all scheduled in California, with the last two being a two-night stint at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

French indie stars Phoenix released their charming album Ti Amo back in June, and now they’ve announced six new performances in the U.S. this fall, along with two festival dates in Mexico.

10/10/17       Columbus, OH – Express Live!

10/11/17       Detroit, MI – Fillmore Detroit

10/13/17       Montreal, QC – Metropolis

10/15/17       New Haven, CT – College Street Music Hall

10/16/17       Washington, DC – Anthem

10/18/17       Providence, RI – Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel

10/20/17       Guadalajara, MX – Coordenada Festival

10/21/17       Monterrey, MX – Live Out Festival


Other Music–one of New York City’s most beloved record stores for fans of independent, rare, and experimental music–closed last summer. Yo La Tengo, Frankie Cosmos, Yoko Ono, Sharon von Etten, and more performed at a farewell concert honoring the East-Village-area shop last June. This summer, Production Company Productions have been crowdfunding a documentary about the influential store through Kickstarter, which is set to include appearances by The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Interpol, Vampire Weekend, and more. No date is set on the release.

In a new interview with The Killers’ drummer, Ronnie Vannucci, Jr., he betrayed one of his band’s best-kept secrets. Probed about their friendship with Prince Harry, who was spotted at their show at the British Summer Time festival recently, Vannucci admitted that they had known the 32-year-old British royal for around 10 years, and even that they had jammed with him…”in a way.”

The Killers released their new song “Run for Cover.” Now, they’ve also announced a North American tour. Additionally, they’ve revealed the release date for their new album Wonderful Wonderful: September 22. 

08/04 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
10/08 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Music Festival
10/15 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Music Festival
10/20-22 – Phoenix, AZ @ Lost Lake Festival
10/27-29 – New Orleans, LA @ Voodoo Music Experience
11/06 – Birmingham, UK @ Genting Arena
11/07 – Birmingham, UK @ Genting Arena
11/10 – Newcastle, UK @ Metro Radio Arena
11/13 – Manchester, UK @ Arena
11/14 – Manchester, UK @ Arena
11/16 – Dublin, IE @ 3Arena
11/17 – Belfast, IE @ SSE Arena
11/19 – Leeds, UK @ First Direct Arena
11/20 – Glasgow, UK @ SSE Hydro
11/21 – Aberdeen, UK @ GE Arena
11/23 – Nottingham, UK @ Motorpoint Arena Nottingham
11/25 – Sheffield, UK @ Arena
11/27 – London, UK @ O2 Arena
11/28 – London, UK @ O2 Arena
01/05 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
01/06 – Laval, QC @ Place Bell
01/07 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
01/09 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
01/10 – Washington, DC @ The Anthem
01/12 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
01/13 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
01/15 – Detroit, MI @ Masonic Temple Theatre
01/16 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
01/17 – Saint Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
01/21 – Duluth, GA @ Infinite Energy Center
01/23 – Miami, FL @ AmericanAirlines Arena
01/24 – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
01/30 – San Diego, CA @ Valley View Casino Center
02/01 – Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
02/03 – Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena
02/05 – Broomfield, CO @ 1st Bank Center
02/06 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Vivint Smart Home Arena

Rock stars are just like normal people. They go to the grocery store like we do, they deal with idiots cutting you off in traffic like we do and as it turns out, they have issues with pets just like we do.

You can see Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Jason Hook’s appearance on the latest episode of My Cat From Hell – check your local listings