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Former Peppers Guitarist Dead at 64
Jack Sherman, who was the second guitarist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, has died at the age of 64. The news was confirmed by the band through a post on their Instagram account.
Sherman played on the band’s self-titled debut album and was the replacement for original guitarist Hillel Slovak. His guitar playing contributions were limited to that album and the band’s first tour before being replaced by Slovak in 1985, though Sherman did pen some of the material that ended up on the Chili Peppers’ second album, Freaky Styley.
He, along with Dave Navarro, was controversially not included in the Chili Peppers’ 2012 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
No cause of death has been reported at this time.
Cornell Statue White-faced
The bronze Chris Cornell statue outside of the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) in Seattle has been vandalized.
Seattle station KIRO 7 News shared a photo of the statue of the Soundgarden singer, which was painted white, on Facebook last Friday.
On Friday evening, a tweet from Chris Cornell’s official account managed by his wife Vicky responded to the statue’s defacing by issuing a statement in which she expressed her and her children’s dismay over the vandalization. She also thanked longtime fans for showing Chris love and support throughout the years.
The statue was erected as a memorial to the late singer in 2018. On Friday, the statue was restored but blocked off from public access.
There's Nothing In The Way of A Sneak Peek of 'The Batman'
Warner Bros. hosted a panel at DC Fandome Saturday night to give fans a sneak peek into The Batman, including its first trailer, and they picked a fitting song to soundtrack the clip: Nirvana’s “Something in the Way.”
The iconic Nevermind closing cut is featured all throughout the trailer, tangling with Michael Giacchino’s movie score and dialogue from the film while emphasizing the dystopian vibes of Reeves’ Gotham City.
As stated in a Stereogum article, Nirvana syncs are not all that common nor easy to acquire. When “Something in the Way” was licensed for Jake Gyllenhaal’s 2005 war movie Jarhead, the studio struggled to obtain rights.
The Batman is scheduled to hit theaters in 2021 and stars Robert Pattinson as Batman, Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon, Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, Colin Farrell as The Penguin, and Paul Dano as The Riddler.
The Killers 'Implode' on TV With No 'Warning'
The Killers’ latest album, Imploding the Mirage finally dropped last Friday. To promote the release, the band debuted their new single, “Blowback” on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
While their previous quarantine performances didn’t have them all in one place, this one features the full band, still socially distancing, back together onstage. In recent months, The Killers have shared tracks "Caution," “Fire in Bone,” “Dying Breed” and “My Own Soul’s Warning”.
The band also seems to be in a generous mood, as they’ve filmed two separate visuals for “My Own Soul’s Warning” that they ended up making two. The band tweeted that they thought the song was so good, it deserved two separate videos.”
You can watch the new alternative video for “My Own Soul’s Warning”, available now.
M&M Ends With 'S&M'
All good things come to an end, including Metallica’s #MetallicaMondays livestreaming series. The band, which has streamed shows going as far back as 1983, will conclude by airing a performance from Foro Sol in Mexico City from March 3, 2017.
Shows that have been streamed include the performance of Master in Puppets in full from 6/6/06, their first show from Colombia and a 2008 show from Madrid. In recent weeks, Metallica streamed a rain-soaked show from Manchester’s Ethiad Stadium, another from Salt Lake City from the Load tour and a 2014 “by request” Peru show, where the group played everything and anything the audience wanted. Before that, they shared a Kill ‘Em All era show at Chicago’s Metro, a 20th anniversary Black Album show from Austria, and a 1991 show from Muskegon, Michigan.
Metallica’s S&M2 drops this Friday and the band will be performing a prerecorded show as part of the Encore Drive-In Series this weekend.
Bryne Goes To The Max this Fall
Earlier in the year before the Pandemic hit, David Byrne was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live for the first time in over 30 years and performed two critically-lauded songs from his American Utopia Broadway show. Spike Lee was enlisted to direct a version of the performance for HBO Max that will be released on Oct. 17, and the first trailer for it has been released.
As shown in the teaser, the film will feature Byrne and his ensemble cast of musicians and singers (11 of them in total) as they perform songs across the Talking Heads singer’s entire catalog.
The performance was filmed at New York City’s Hudson Theatre from October 2019 through February 2020.
JTE Dies at 38
Justin Townes Earle, the singer-songwriter renowned for his mix of old-timey roots music and modern-day Americana, has died at age 38. A rep for Earle’s label New West Records confirmed the musician’s death, though a cause of death has not been immediately revealed.
Born on Jan. 4, 1982, Earle was named after singer-songwriter Townes Van Zandt. He was the son of troubadour Steve Earle. In his career, Earle released nine studio albums, with the last being 2019’s The Saint of Lost Causes on New West. He produced Wanda Jackson’s album Unfinished Business in 2012.
Earle first came on the scene with the 2007 EP Yuma, and would release a string of albums on the Bloodshot Records label. The title track to his 2010 project for the label, Harlem River Blues, won Song of the Year at the 2011 Americana Honors.
Earle was touring in support of Saint of Lost Causes up until pandemic-induced quarantines began in March. A private service will be held for the musician next week, with a public memorial planned for 2021.
Go Goo Goo for Christmas
Goo Goo Dolls have announced their first-ever holiday album, It’s Christmas All Over, out October 30th via Warner Records.
Recorded and produced in quarantine, It’s Christmas All Over features covers of Christmas classics as well as two new original songs. The album was produced by frontman John Rzeznik, Brad Fernquist and Jimmy McGorman.
They released Miracle Pill, their 12th studio LP, last year.
Following a livestream set at the Chartway American Music Festival on September 5th, the band will embark on a 2021 tour scheduled to begin next summer.