4-1-1 Music News Minute(s) w.Todd Michaels – Week of August 19th

Just a few months after Keith Flint’s death, The Prodigy are working on new music. “Back in the studio making noise,” wrote the band on Twitter. It’s the first sign of activity from the band since Keith Flint’s funeral back in March. The Prodigy singer was found dead at his home in Essex, England earlier that month, and though it was initially reported that he’d hanged himself, local coroners were unable to determine a cause of death, opting for an “open conclusion.” It’s unclear when the band plan to release new music, or when they plan to get back out on the road; they were set to tour throughout 2019, but canceled all dates in the wake of Flint’s death. Their final album with Flint was 2018’s No Tourists.

Riot Fest has replaced Die Antwoord with Wu-Tang Clan for their Saturday headlining spot. The replacement comes right after a video surfaced that showed Die Antwoord’s Ninja and Yolandi engaging in a homophobic attack. The group from South Africa have also been dropped from this year’s Louder Than Lifefestival since the video surfaced. The alleged incident seemingly took place in 2012 and the victim was Hercules and Love Affair’s Andy Butler. Yolandi was heard using a homophobic slur. He denied the accusations, saying it was just a “fight with someone who fucked with (them).” After the video surfaced, Riot Fest issued a tweet on Tuesday saying they dropped Die Antwoord form the festival and that they’d be making an announcement of the replacement. Also, Riot Fest recently added a Late Night show with blink-182 drummer Travis Barker. In addition to blink-182, Jawbreaker, Rancid, Manchester Orchestra, the Story So Far, PVRIS, Pennywise, the Starting Line, Neck Deep, Glassjaw, the Damned Things, grandson and many more are all joining the lineup. A recently reunited Bikini Kill will also be playing as well as Slayer performing at their final Chicago show. The Raconteurs will also be playing their first Chicago show in 11 years. Rise Against’s set also marks a special one as they make their Riot Fest return for the first time since 2012 when they played the first outdoor event.

Jack White is, among many things, a big fan of our national pastime. The former White Stripes frontman has become a regular at Detroit Tigers and Chicago Cubs games, creating his own custom baseball bats, limited-edition baseball cards, and 7″ records made exclusively available through his hometown team. White once again proved his commitment to the sport last night in Washington D.C., where he stopped by the Nationals-Brewers game before his Raconteurs show at The Anthem. Leaving the game after just three innings to play his set, the songwriter somehow returned to his seat once the show was over to catch the 14th-inning stretch, as Deadspin points out.

British goth icon Peter Murphy suffered a heart attack in New York City last week, according to a statement from his rep. The 62-year-old former Bauhaus frontman, who was in town for a residency of solo shows at Le Poisson Rouge, experienced shortness of breath in the evening and was rushed to Lenox Hill Hospital. His show was canceled. Murphy won’t be performing the remaining shows in his residency, but the venue hopes to reschedule the performances for a later time to be determined.

Third Eye Blind just wrapped up a lengthy stretch of summer tour dates with Jimmy Eat World, but it looks like the band is gearing up for more life on the road. The band will be supporting their new album Screamer, which arrives on October 18. For their sixth full-length release, they worked with artists like Billy Corgan  and Sleigh BellsAlexis Krauss, who performed on the album’s title track. The dates follow a recent dispute between Third Eye Blind frontman Stephan Jenkins and Jimmy Eat World drummer Zach Lind, who took to Twitter to call the vocalist a “fucking creepy douchebag” earlier this week. The band kick off their fall tour on October 6th at Austin City Limits, and wrap up November 30th in Reno, NV.

Metallica have been touring behind their latest album Hardwired … To Self-Destruct since October 2016, one month before the album’s release, when they launched their WorldWired Tour in San Juan, Puerto Rico. When the band’s 2019 run wraps in November in New Zealand, they will have toured, with just six stray months off, for over three consecutive years. And today they announced yet another WorldWired leg that returns to South America in April 2020. Metallica will be joined at these 2020 shows by Greta Van Fleet, the Led Zeppelin fans who won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Album this past February.

Björk’s ninth studio album Utopia dropped in November 2017, but the beloved Icelandic vocalist and producer has remained fairly busy in the interim. In 2018, she announced an upcoming series of performances called Cornucopia, which made its debut at the New York performance venue The Shed earlier this year. But now, she has announced a new deluxe edition of Utopia, which comes with 14 handmade birdcall flues selected by Björk herself. The box set arrives November 1 via One Little Indian, and is currently available for preorder.

Tom Morello will recount “the songs, the stories, the triumphs, [and] the tragedies” of his life story at a performance series at New York City’s Minetta Lane Theatre. The limited engagement is set to last just three nights (September 18th, 19th, and 20th), and will consist of narrative storytelling and “a lot of ripping guitar, too.” Tom Morello at the Minetta Lane is being executive produced by T Bone Burnett, and follows in the conceptual footsteps of Patti Smith: Words and Music, which also took place at the Minetta Late Theatre. Morello just released a new song with Prophets of Rage called “Made With Hate.” He also recently paid tribute to the late Chris Cornell on what would have been his 55th birthday.