ABC/Randy HolmesBilly Corgan isn't optimistic about The Smashing Pumpkins' chances of getting inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Responding to a question on his Instagram Story about who he'd want to induct the Pumpkins when they enter the Hall, Corgan writes, "I don't envision it happening, so..."
Artist are eligible for induction into the Rock Hall 25 years after releasing their first commercial recording. The Pumpkins released their first album, Gish, in 1991, so they've been eligible for induction since 2016. However, they've never even been nominated.
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, comedian John Mulaney suggested that the reason Corgan and company haven't been inducted yet is because the Rock Hall has an "anti-Chicago bias." When another fan brings up Mulaney's comments to Corgan, he responds, "It is anti-a-lot-of-things."
"Particularly metal," he adds, though the Pumpkins are more of an alt-rock band than a metal band.
The 2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees include Radiohead, Def Leppard, The Cure, Stevie Nicks, Janet Jackson, Roxy Music and The Zombies. The induction ceremony will be held March 29 in Brooklyn, New York.
Incidentally, Mulaney's claim of an "anti-Chicago bias" in the Rock Hall doesn't hold water. Among the Chicago-born or Chicago-based musicians who've been inducted: the band Chicago, Paul Butterfield, Bo Diddley, Howlin' Wolf, Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters and Warren Zevon.
ABC/Randy HolmesSongs by Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Blondie will be used in an upcoming musical called Punk Rock Girl.
According to Deadline and confirmed by production company Lively McCabe Entertainment, the musical follows a 16-year-old "perfectionist" named Angela Quivers, whose life changes when she meets a punk rocker named Proxi.
The musical's being developed by composer Joe Iconis, whose hit Off-Broadway musical Be More Chill will debut on Broadway in February.
Punk Rock Girl will also features songs by Pat Benatar, Bikini Kill, Echosmith, Avril Lavigne and Pink. The title is a reference to the 1988 Dead Milkmen song.
There's no word yet on when Punk Rock Girl will hit the stage, but production plans will be announced soon.
Will Heath/NBCA lot of people saw last weekend's Saturday Night Live sketch about Weezer, in which host Matt Damon and cast member Leslie Jones argue about whether the band is still good, but Rivers Cuomo was not one of them.
Even though Cuomo tweeted, in all caps, that he was "actually crying" about the sketch, the frontman tells Rolling Stonehe hasn't actually watched it.
"Everyone's been texting me and emailing me," Cuomo says. "My mom saw it."
In the sketch, Jones argues that Weezer's first two albums -- 1994's self-titled debut, aka The Blue Album, and its 1996 follow-up, the initial disappointment-turned-cult classic Pinkerton -- are the band's only good records, while Damon contends that their post-Pinkerton output, such as 2009's Ratitude and 2010's Hurley, are actually peak Weezer.
Speaking with Rolling Stone, Cuomo reacts to the interviewer describing moments in the sketch, such as when Damon declares that 2008's Red Album single "Pork in Beans" is "better" than Weezer's 1994 hit, "Buddy Holly."
"Everyone's entitled to their opinion," Cuomo replies.
When the interviewer brings up the part where Jones says Weezer "died" when original bassist Matt Sharp left and Damon fires back that Weezer "didn't start" until current bassist Scott Shriner joined, Cuomo apparently responds with "long laughter."
"It's so deep, man!" Cuomo says. "Who even knows what they're talking about? I'm totally honored, but I hope people weren't changing the channel."
While he hasn't seen the sketch, Cuomo is impressed that it exists at all.
"I still can't believe it," he says. "It can't be that big of an audience that would appreciate such a specific little niche as the Weezer fandom."
ABC/Fred LeeIf you want to show your ma that you made it, there's perhaps no better way than a Panic! at the Disco-inspired puppet of yourself.
Brendon Urie and company are launching a new contest based on their "Hey Look Ma, I Made It" video, which stars a puppet version of the frontman getting into all kinds of trouble. The winner of the contest will receive a puppet based on their likeness, as well as two tickets to a show on Panic's upcoming tour behind their new album, Pray for the Wicked.
XL RecordingsThom Yorke is one step closer to an Oscar nomination. The Radiohead frontman's song, "Suspirium," from his Suspiria soundtrack, has made the shortlist of contenders for the Best Original Song trophy at the upcoming 91st Academy Awards.
Originally, 90 tracks were deemed eligible for nomination for Best Original Song, but now members of the Academy's Music Branch have narrowed down the list to just 15, one of which is "Suspirium."
Other songs that made the shortlist include Kendrick Lamar and SZA's Black Panther collaboration "All the Stars," Jennifer Hudson's "I'll Fight" from the Ruth Bader Ginsburg doc RBG, and Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper's A Star Is Born hit, "Shallow," which is largely considered to be the frontrunner.
If "Suspirium" makes the cut and receives an Oscar nomination, Yorke will be the second Radiohead member to earn such an honor. Guitarist Jonny Greenwood's score of the 2017 film Phantom Thread earned a nod for Best Original Score at the 90th Academy Awards.
The nominations for the 91st Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, January 22. The ceremony airs Sunday, February 24 on ABC.
ABC/Nicole WilderPrepare for a double dose of The Raconteurs.
The Jack White-led band, which last played a show together in 2011, will drop two new songs -- "Now That You're Gone" and "Sunday Driver" -- this Wednesday, December 19. You can check out brief clips of both tracks now via The Raconteurs' Facebook.
Along with White, The Raconteurs features singer-songwriter Brendan Benson, as well as Jack Lawrence and Patrick Keeler of the band The Greenhornes. Lawrence also plays with White in The Dead Weather.
A new Raconteurs album, their first since 2008's Consolers of the Lonely, is due out in 2019.
Tim Mosenfelder/Getty ImagesThe Warped Tour made its final cross-country run over the summer, but the long-running festival will return in some capacity in 2019 to celebrate its 25th anniversary. While the details of the planned festivities have yet to be announced, Warped founder Kevin Lyman has revealed when they'll happen.
According to a tweet from Lyman, events will take place June 8 in Cleveland, June 29-30 on the East Coast and July 20-21 on the West Coast. Exact location details are forthcoming.
The Warped Tour was founded in 1995 and became the longest-running touring music festival in North America. It helped launch the careers of bands such as Blink-182, Fall Out Boy and My Chemical Romance.
Among the bands who played the final Warped Tour, which concluded in August, are Black Veil Brides, Asking Alexandria, All Time Low, Taking Back Sunday and Sum 41.
ABC/Randy HolmesThe Strokes haven't played a show since April 2017, but that'll change next year.
The New York City rockers will headline the 2019 Bilbao BBK Live festival in Spain which, according to a press release, will mark the launch of the band's "global comeback."
As for whether a "global comeback" entails new music, that remains to be seen. The band hasn't released an album since 2013's Comedown Machine, though they did come out with an EP, titled Future Present Past, in 2016.
Since then, the various Strokes members have been working on their own side projects, including frontman Julian Casablancas' band The Voidz and guitarist Albert Hammond Jr.'s solo career.
If you wish to witness The Strokes' global comeback in person, Bilbao BBK Live takes place July 11-13. Visit BilbaoBBKLive.com for more info.
Rob Ball/RedfernsThe 1975 just released their new album, A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships, in November, but frontman Matty Healy is already making plans for the end of its cycle.
On Twitter, Healy revealed his dream to do six nights at one venue, during which the British band would play their entire discography. On the first night, The 1975 would play their EPs in full, followed by their 2013 self-titled debut on night two. Night three would be 2016's I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it, followed by A Brief Inquiry on night four.
For the fifth night, The 1975 would play their upcoming album Notes on a Conditional Form, due out in 2019. They'd wrap things up on night six with a "greatest hits" set.
Apparently, a lot of fans approved of Healy's suggestion, so much so that he then tweeted that the residency would be "officially happening" due to the positive reaction to his first tweet.
As for when this will all go down, that's yet to be announced. The 1975 will launch a U.S. tour in support of A Brief Inquiry in April.
ABC/Fred LeeIn an interview with Rock Sound published earlier this month, Panic! at the Disco frontman Brendon Urie revealed that he wanted to do a "metal project," and he even recorded a metal version of the band's song, "The Calendar." Now, Urie has shared that fabled recording.
During a recent live stream on Twitch, Urie played a clip of the metal "Calendar," which consists, of heavy, chunky guitar riffs and a whole lot of screaming and growling. The clip was captured by a fan and posted to YouTube.
On the stream, Urie said that the metal demo was recorded in 2010. The official "The Calendar" recording was released in 2011 on Vices & Virtues, Panic's third studio album.
Urie and the rest of Panic! will launch a U.S. tour behind their new album, Pray for the Wicked, January 10 in Buffalo, New York.
ABC/Alycia MonacoKorn has been working on a new album, the follow-up to 2016's The Serenity of Suffering. According to guitarist Brian "Head" Welch, the nu-metallers got an assist from Blink-182's Travis Barker during the recording process.
Speaking with Revolver, Welch reveals that Korn had written some songs for the album with producer John Feldmann, who's frequently worked with Blink.
"Travis Barker laid the temporary drums for some [demos], and that was cool," Welch says.
As for when you'll get to hear the finished album, Head estimates a fall 2019 release.
"We have to get it out, because we want to get back to the fans next year and do our thing," he says. "We're working hard. We've been through a lot. Now it's time to get all those emotions and turn them into a positive with music."
Will Heath/NBCIf you're someone who has intense opinions about Weezer's post-Pinkerton output, then Saturday Night Live has the sketch for you.
On this past weekend's episode of the long-running comedy program, host Matt Damon and cast member Leslie Jones starred in a sketch that began as an innocent dinner party, but quickly devolved into chaos when the two learn they're on opposite ends of the Weezer fan spectrum.
Jones argues that Weezer's only good albums are their 1994 self-titled debut, aka The Blue Album, and its follow-up, the 1996 cult classic, Pinkerton. Damon, meanwhile rides for the band's latter-day material, like 2009's Ratitude and 2010's Hurley.
As Jones and Damon continue fight over the relative merits of "Pork and Beans," the rest of the dinner party looks on in bewilderment. When Damon declares he's "ride or die," another guest, played by Cecily Strong, replies in confusion, "For Weezer?"
At one point, Jones argues that "Weezer died when Matt Sharp left," referring to the band's much-beloved original bassist, who parted ways with the group in 1998, Damon retorts, "Weezer didn't start until [current bassist] Scott Shriner got there." "Oh, you trying to die," Jones responds before attempting to fight Damon.
For their part, Weezer themselves seemed pretty charmed by the whole thing. "They had a whole a** skit about Weezer and me on Saturday Night Live and I'm actually crying," frontman Rivers Cuomotweeted in all caps.
"Can we all just agree that Weezer is the best band of all time?" Weezer's account added. They're even now offering a t-shirt that says "Ride or Die" along with a pre-order for their upcoming Black Album, due out March 1.
ABC/Randy HolmesChester Bennington will posthumously guest on a new album from Lamb of God guitarist Mark Morton titled Anesthetic. The late Linkin Park frontman appears on a track called "Cross Off," which opens the record. Speaking with Kerrang!, Morton describes the vibe of the collaborative tune.
"There's a couple of party tracks on this album, this is definitely one of them," Morton says of "Cross Off."
Bennington's contribution, Morton explains, came in the lyrics and overall attitude of the song.
"I was heavily involved with the lyrics, it was when I was coming out of a pretty heavy time in my life," Morton remembers. "I was thinking about rebirth and a fresh start."
"So the lyric references all of that with a bit of 'F*** you!' in there too, which mainly came from Chester!" he adds.
Morton first teased his collaboration with Bennington in April 2017, writing that what they were working on sounded "killer." Bennington died three months later.
Anesthetic also features Papa Roach's Jacoby Shaddix, Alter Bridge's Myles Kennedy, Mark Lanegan, and Morton's Lamb of God band mate Randy Blythe. The album arrives on March 1.
Credit: Jon HoegIf you ever wished that lovelytheband's "broken" had a drop, you're in luck. The group has released a new remix of their breakthrough hit, recorded by EDM trio Cash Cash. You can download it now via digital platforms.
"Broken," which appears on lovelytheband's debut album finding it hard to smile, reached number one on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart earlier this year in April. It's endured throughout the year, too -- it currently sits in the top 10 on the tally.
Lovelytheband will conclude their eventful 2018 with a performance in New York City during the Times Square New Year's Eve webcast, which you can watch online starting at 6 p.m. ET on December 31 at TimesSquareNYC.org.
ABC/Adam TaylorFoo Fighters, Metallica and Guns N' Roses might be joining Van Halen for a giant show at New York City's Yankee Stadium next summer, if David Lee Roth is to be believed.
In an interview with Vulture, the effervescent Van Halen frontman said that the band "will be playing the same place that the Yankees play." When asked to confirm that Van Halen would be playing Yankee Stadium, Roth replied, "Yeah, but I can't … If I say something on tape here and everybody goes, 'Oh, this leaked…' But, the band will be -- I can't say."
After the interviewer pushed him to elaborate, Roth then said that he "contacted colleagues about being part of the show," including the Foos, Metallica and Guns N' Roses.
As for whether any of this is actually happening, that remains unclear. Schedule-wise, it's certainly conceivable -- Guns don't have any dates on the books yet for 2019, while Foo Fighters and Metallica will be in Europe during the summer, though they do have gaps in their itineraries.
Both Foo Fighters and Metallica will also be playing the upcoming Chris Cornell tribute concert, held January 16 in Los Angeles.
ABC/Lorenzo BevilaquaJudah & the Lion has released a new song called "Quarter-Life Crisis." The track, a plea for help from family and friends, is available now for digital download.
"Quarter-Life Crisis" is accompanied by a two-minute "instrumental/chant" called "Pep Talk," should you need one of those.
Judah & the Lion broke out in 2016 with their single "Take It All Back," which reached number one on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart. The band also scored hits on the ranking with "Suit and Jacket" and "Going to Mars."
Credit: Darren CraigPapa Roach has dropped a new song called "Elevate," a track from the band's forthcoming album, Who Do You Trust? You can download the uplifting track now via digital outlets.
"Elevate" is the fourth song to be released from Who Do You Trust?, following "Renegade Music," "Not the Only One," and the title track. The whole album arrives January 18.
Papa Roach will celebrate the release of Who Do You Trust? with five shows in their home state of California, starting January 18 in Sacramento. They'll launch a tour with Shinedown in February, followed by a run with Asking Alexandria and Bad Wolves in the summer.
ABC/Randy HolmesThree months before Chester Bennington died in July 2017, Lamb of God guitarist Mark Mortontweeted a photo of him alongside the Linkin Park frontman, and hinted that the two were working on a new project together. Now, we know the details of that collaboration.
Bennington will posthumously guest on Morton's upcoming album Anesthetic, due out on March 1. He appears on the record's lead-off track, "Cross Off."
In addition to Bennington, Anesthetic boasts a stacked list of guests, including Papa Roach's Jacoby Shaddix, Alter Bridge frontman and Slash collaborator Myles Kennedy, Mark Lanegan, and Morton's Lamb of God band mate, Randy Blythe. Morton's band on the album includes Megadeth's David Ellefson, Alice in Chains' Mike Inez, Korn's Ray Luzier and Stone Sour's Roy Mayorga, among others.
"This album wasn't a concerted effort to start something outside Lamb of God," Morton says. "Music is always in my head, and until I write and record it, it's stuck there. But once I record it, it's out. It's a catharsis, more for my own sanity."
You can download the song "The Truth Is Dead," which features Blythe and Alissa White-Gluz of Arch Enemy, now via digital outlets.
Here's the Anesthetic track list:
"Cross Off" feat. Chester Bennington "Sworn Apart" feat. Jacoby Shaddix "Axis" feat. Mark Lanegan "The Never" feat. Chuck Billy and Jake Oni "Save Defiance" feat. Myles Kennedy "Blur" feat. Mark Morales "Back from the Dead" feat. Josh Todd "Reveal" feat. Naeemah Maddox "Imaginary Days" "The Truth Is Dead" feat. Randy Blythe and Alissa White-Gluz