During their headline set at Chicago’s Riot Fest on 14 September, Weezer covered Blink 182’s ‘All The Small Things”. The band stepped into headline after Blink 182 cancelled their fall tour due to the drummer, Travis Barker’s health issues. The band also performed their hit version of Toto’s Africa. The band finally covered the song earlier this year after fans begged them to do so. It was such a surprise hit that a vinyl is to be released in the near future. Weezer has recently been on the road with Pixies and The Wombats and has been recreating their classic ‘Buddy Holly’ video on stage.
Amongst The Myriad
Today, 12 years ago, Bob Dylan’s ‘Modern Times’ was at #1 on the US album chart. This was Dylan’s first album to reach this position since 1976’s Desire, 30 years prior. The artist became the oldest living musician to top the Billboard albums chart at age 65. Tony Bennett broke this record in 2011 at age 85 with his duets album. This record reached number one in other countries, including, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway and Switzerland.
Today in 1965, The Rolling Stones were at No.1 with ‘Satisfaction’ resulting in the band’s 4th UK No.1 single. Keith Richards ran through a rough version of the riff he recorded in Florida, before falling asleep. When he listened to it again in the morning, the artist said, there was about two minutes of acoustic guitar before hearing him drop the pick and “then me snoring for the next forty minutes”. The song was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards and produced by Andrew Loog Oldam.
David Grohl recently announced his new solo project ‘Play’, a 23-minute song and mini-documentary in which the Foo Fighters frontman plays seven different instruments. The artist is known for never lacking big, high concept ideas and on this one, Grohl pays tribute to the romantic and obsessive relationship musicians to have with their instruments. As a musician, “you’re always chasing the next challenge,” the rocker says. The project consists of Grohl playing everything from drums, bass and guitar. With uninterrupted takes, ‘Play’ moves fluidly from heavy-headed grooves to jazzy interludes. Grohl’s passion for musical instruments is further evident when he was recently quoted saying: “Watching my kids start to play music and learn to sing or play the drums, it brings me back to the time when I was their age listening to albums, learning from listening… and when I take my kids to the place where they take their lessons, I see these rooms full of children that are really pushing themselves to figure this out.”
Fall Out Boy released their latest album, ‘MANIA’, earlier this year. Since the emo band’s Warped Tour days in the mid-’00s, the musical landscape has changed, and so have they. Pete Wentz recently spoke with Rock Sound where he stated that there was one thing he would change about this album’s campaign. He was quoted saying: “The thing that I think was a big learning experience for us [was] there was a massive shift from terrestrial radio, and radio getting to decide ‘this is the single, and this is how it’s going to be worked’ into kids curating, and getting to decide the single themselves.“Because when we went in to this, we were like ‘I’m not really sure what the single is…’ and these radio programmers kept saying ‘Hold Me Tight [Or Don’t]’, but the kids were telling us ”Last Of The Real Ones’- this is the song we like. This is the song we love.” He emphasised that the band would “listen to the kids” in the future as “they just drive that anyway”. Wentz mentioned the fact that the release of this single was a big learning experience for the band and that it led to a successful transition. He also stated that the band is super interested in collaborating with hip-hop artists, Migos, in the future.