4-1-1 Music News Minute(s) w/Todd Michaels – Week of August 13th

The Smashing Pumpkins have arrived in their hometown of Chicago while on the Shiny And Oh So Bright reunion tour. On Sunday, the band made a trip to Wrigley Field to throw out the first pitch before the Cubs faced off against the Nationals. The band made another appearance during the 7th inning stretch when Billy Corgan led the crowd in a spirited rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” In any case, the Pumpkins brought the Cubs some luck. They won 4 to 3 on a rare walk-off grand slam hit by rookie David Bote.







Four years ago, Billy Corgan graced the cover of the no-kill shelter PAWS Chicago’s magazine with his two little baby panthers Sammi and Mr. Thom. In a New York Times profile from March, the Smashing Pumpkins frontman promised a return to the PAWS Chicago cover. Now he has finally delivered on that promise, returning to the cover along with a first-time appearance from his partner, fashion designer Chloe Mendel, and their son Augustus Juppiter. The magazine also ran features discussing Corgan’s support and commitment to the shelters no-kill mission and Mendel’s faux fur line Maison Atia.









Radiohead’s Thom Yorke has announced an upcoming Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes U.S. tour with longtime producer Nigel Godrich and audiovisual collaborator Tarik Barri. The concert will be a “live electronic performance” featuring songs from Yorke’s two solo albums, Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes and The Eraser, as well as Atoms for Peace, his side project with Godrich. Starts on November 23rd Philadelphia, PA and wraps up December 22nd in Las Vegas, NV. Tickets go on sale this Friday, August 17.







Marilyn Manson will not be charged in a sexual assault case dating back to October 2011. As TMZ and The Hollywood Reporter report, a police report for the crime was filed against Manson this May for unspecified sexual assault allegations dating back to 2011. These allegations are now being made public for the first time. TMZ reports that the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office would not charge Manson because of an “absence of corroboration.” Manson also reportedly faced allegations of battery and assault with a deadly weapon, but those charges also won’t be filled because the state’s statute of limitations expired.





It’s official — Meadows Music and Arts Festival is not returning in 2018, capping off the months of speculation about the two-year event near Citi Field in Queens, New York. Created by Founders Entertainment in 2016, the same promoters who developed the successful Governor’s Ball festival, the multi-day event was headlined by J. Cole and Kanye West in 2016 and JAY-Z, Gorillaz, and Red Hot Chili Peppers in 2017. While the festival earned critical acclaim for its electric performances by headliners, its location in the parking lot of Citi Field did not make for the most dynamic live music experience. Long-term, Founders Entertainment’s Jordan Wolowitz and others wanted to stage the event in the nearby Flushing Meadows park but it’s currently not possible to get a permit for a multi-day event at the site and staging a one-day festival in Flushing Meadows simply isn’t financially viable.




Jeff Tweedy has written a memoir called  Let’s Go (So We Can Get Back): A Memoir of Recording and Discording With Wilco, Etc. It will be released by Penguin Random House in the U.S. on November 22 (Faber in the UK). According to a press release, the book is slated to cover the better part of Tweedy’s life, discussing his childhood in Illinois, his musical education and development, and the evolution of his best-known musical projects—Wilco and Uncle Tupelo, obviously—on the Chicago music scene. Tweedy is currently preparing to embark on the European leg of his 2018 solo tour; check out the upcoming dates here.









The final cross-country run of the Vans Warped Tour raised $25,773 for the Living the Dream Foundation. Founder Kevin Lyman shared the news on Twitter. He explained that Warped Tour raised the amount by giving 5 cents out of every ticket to the foundation. By giving 5 cents a ticket to @Livingthedream it added up to $25,773 this year and it will help to keep their mission going, of bringing people with health issues to concerts. On Aug. 5, the scene said goodbye to 24 years of Warped Tour in West Palm Beach, Florida.




Panic! At The Disco fans, have your DVR ready, the band will be performing at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards. Panic! At The Disco announced via Twitter that they will be performing “High Hopes” at the VMAs, which take place next Monday (Aug. 20) at 9 p.m.







The Front Bottoms and Manchester Orchestra are hitting the road later this year for a North American co-headlining run. Support for the 20-date treck has yet to be announced. The fall tour kicks off on Nov. 21 for the Stuffing and it wraps up on Dec. 18 in Lowell, Massachusetts. Tickets for the co-headlining run will go on sale this Friday, Aug. 17 at 10 am ET. You can get your tickets here.










Over 150 artists including members of Death Cab For Cutie and Pearl Jam have signed an open letter in an attempt to save Seattle’s icon music venue, The Showbox, from demolition. British Columbia based developers, The Omni Group, recently announced their plans to tear down the venue in exchange for a $100 million, 44-story luxury residential tower—a move that many artists simply won’t stand for. The letter, posted by The Seattle Times on Friday, features over 150 signatures from different bands and artists as well as comments from the group’s leaders, Mike McCready of Pearl Jam, Duff McKagan of Guns n’ Roses, Ben Gibbard of Death Cab For Cutie, and Macklemore.