with Wesley Woodson
Jimi's Strings Aren't Playing Around
Jimi Hendrix’s Japanese sunburst guitar sold for $216,000 at Auction on Saturday, selling for more than four times its pre-auction estimate of $50,000. As GWS Auctions noted, this was the ax Hendrix played shortly after being discharged from the U.S. Army in 1962.
The guitar was used when Hendrix spent some time on the Chitlin’ Circuit playing with the likes of Wilson Pickett, Slim Harpo, Sam Cooke, Ike and Tina Turner and Jackie Wilson before moving to Harlem, New York in early 1964.
Before moving to London in 1966 to start his solo career and ascend into rock stardom, Hendrix left the guitar at a friend’s New York apartment.
Hendrix’s sunburst isn’t the only guitar to exceed auction expectations. In June, Kurt Cobain’s famous MTV Unplugged acoustic guitar sold for a record-breaking $6 million.
You Belong to Tom
Tom Morello released the folky “You Belong to Me,” a previously unissued song from his solo project The Nightwatchman. The track, structured around Morello’s fingerpicked nylon-string guitar and ruminating vocals, name-drops Nat Turner, who spear-headed an 1831 slave rebellion in Virginia.
In a statement played on SeriusXM in June, Morello said the song and video was meant to express the ideas that “the present is tethered to the past,” and that “sometimes, enough is enough.”
Morello has recorded four LPs as The Nightwatchman, including his most recent, 2011’s World Wide Rebel Songs. Since then, the guitarist has toured and recorded with supergroup Prophets of Rage and released his 2018 solo LP, The Atlas Underground.
He recently announced a photographic memoir, Whatever It Takes, and released a single for charity titled “Stand Up.”
Being A Ticket Holder Means You're A Believer
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s been mostly bad news for the live music industry. However, Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino sees the tides changing for the better soon enough.
Despite a catastrophic drop in revenue by an unfathomable 98%, Rapino is optimistic that live music will return to a healthy state as early as next summer.
In a memo shared with Live Nation investors ahead of the company’s second-quarter earnings call, Rapino outlined that he’s optimistic because fans are still holding onto tickets despite having the option to receive a refund. He went on to explain that two-thirds of fans have kept the tickets for canceled festivals so they can attend next year’s show.
Some in the industry aren’t too optimistic about next year, as Lollapalooza co-founder Marc Geiger said he believed that large-scale music events wouldn’t return until 2022.
Foo's Join The Cancellation Band Wagon
In the latest installment of “unsurprising concert cancellation news,” Foo Fighters have canceled their Van Tour that was supposed to see Dave Grohl and company embark on the same route as their first tour from 1995. And yes, it’s not happening due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Foo Fighters were scheduled to begin the tour in April in Phoenix and continue across the country. That tour was originally delayed to October after the pandemic shut things down in March, but Friday’s decision seems inevitable at a time when cases continue to rise.
The band will likely put their energy towards their new project, something that Grohl himself said was almost finished in an interview earlier this year, and he compared it to David Bowie’s Let’s Dance. On July 4, Foo Fighters commemorated the 25th anniversary of the release of their self-titled debut.
Having Sex in Cars with Birds and the Bees
Inara George of the Bird and the Bee has collaborated with Dave Grohl for a new duet version of her track, “Sex in Cars.”
Originally debuting in George’s newest solo three-song project, The Youth of Angst, “Sex in Cars” is part of a series of releases for her “Road Angel Project, which is raising money for the Sweet Relief’s COVID-19 fund dedicated to helping musicians and music industry professionals who have been financially impacted by the global pandemic.
The Foo Fighters singer was not only more than happy to work with George but also to be part of this new project. Grohl stated that he’s been a “massive fan of Inara’s for years,” and that working with her on the duet version of her song had been “a dream come true.”
The duet isn’t the first time George and Grohl have linked up. The Foo Fighters frontman manned the drums when the Bird and the Bee performed at The Late Late Show with James Corden last year.
I Don't Know If I'm Pleased To Meet You
The Replacements have an extensive box set recounting the Pleased to Meet Me era that arrives in October. Before it’s arrival, fans can listen to a newly shared demo of “I Don’t Know.”
The box set will include 29 previously unreleased songs, including 15 demos recorded at Minneapolis’ Blackberry Way Studios in 1986. Seven of those songs would ultimately end up being Bob Stinson’s final recordings with the band. Of those unreleased tracks, there are also 13 rough mixes, a Jimmy Iovine remix of “Can’t Hardly Wait,” B-sides, outtakes and alternate versions.
The Pleased to Meet Me box is out Oct. 9 via Rhino Records.
Smash Your Mouth With A Mask
At this point, going into public places without a mask is probably not the brightest idea. If you tried telling that to the attendees at Sunday’s Smash mouth show, they’d probably tell you that’s the last thing they’re worried about.
Around 250,000 bikers attended this weekend’s 80th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, which featured performances from the “All Star” rockers, Trapt, Buckcherry, Quiet Riot and others. And while organizers for the South Dakota event said they’d encourage attendees to follow CDC COVID-19 recommendations, it appears not many listened. Many were stuffed in for Smash Mouth and few, if any, were sporting masks.
At one point, Smash Mouth lead singer Steve Harwell said, “We’re all here together tonight. Eff that COVID ish!”
For other, less popular sets, some in the audience seemed to be maintaining distance, For the most part, masks were nowhere to be found.
Only time will tell the outcome for the massless bikers in attendance.
Metallica Ready For A One-Night Stand
On Monday Metallica announced their first show of 2020.
The heavy metal legends have announced a one-night-only concert that will premiere at drive-in theaters throughout North America on Aug. 29
As part of the ‘Encore Drive-In Nights’ concert series, Metallica will be filming the show at an undisclosed location near their Northern California headquarters.
Aside from the live set, the show will also showcase footage from the band’s decades’ long career. And Three Days Grace will serve as their “opening act.”
General ticket sales will start on Friday (Aug. 14). Each $115 ticket will not only include admission for up to six people in every vehicle but also four downloads of the S&M2 LP.