Another week in the helter skelter world of rock ‘n’ roll gone, and what have we learned? Quite a bit actually. How’s this for starters: Miley Cyrus is an Arctic Monkeys fan, covering their ‘Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High’ for a MTV Unplugged session. See? Miley’s WELL into indie. Next up, a Slint covers album. Get excited.
Red Hot Chilli Peppers made a cameo in Bruno Mars’ half-time show at the Superbowl on Sunday, angering internet commentators by miming at the event. The nerve on them, making a MOCKERY of an event in the music calendar as hallowed as the Superbowl – a big brand cola-sponsored event full of burly beefcakes chasing a mishapen football around a grass! Who do they think they are?
Axl Rose was quick to pop up with his own theory on the Chili Peppers’ Superbowl apparent miming, explaining that Flea had “microchip technology in his ass” allowing him to play without his bass guitar plugged in. Yes, Axl.
Following arrests for drink-driving and assaulting a limo driver, Justin Bieber reportedly had his private jet stormed and searched for drugs by police in New Jersey this week. Never a quiet moment, eh?
Blondie were confirmed as recipients of this year’s Godlike Genius prize at this year’s NME Awards with Austin, Texas. Chris Stein had this to say: “It feels madness and Godlike and thunderbolts and throwing things down on the masses and obliterating whole sections of humanity with my guitar.” So there you have it.
Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kopranos accused Pharrell Williams of pinching the riff from their song ‘Take Me Out’ for new Palmo Faith single ‘Can’t Rely on You’, written by the NERD man. Rock, paper, scissors for it maybe, lads?
Prince played a series of “open soundcheck” shows at London’s Electric Ballroom this week, despite a tube strike bring travel chaos to London. NME CONSPIRACY CORNER: maybe the Purple One was taking back handers from taxi firm Addison Lee to put on the gigs? We’re kidding obviously.
Arctic Monkeys’ Matt Helders claims “something big is happening” at their Reading and Leeds Festival headline performances this summer. Could that mean new songs? Special collaborations? Or is Alex Turner going to be debuting an even bigger quiff than his current one? We’re on tenterhooks here.
U2 frontman Bono told BBC Radio One’s Zane Lowe that the band are on the verge of irrelevence and need to pull something special out of the bag on their upcoming album. He also said they’re working in a dark, dank recording studio at the moment that’s populated by rats. Bet no matter how dark it is in there he still keeps his trademark shades on.
Rapper DMX was announced as scheduled to fight Trayvon Martin killer George Zimmerman in a “celebrity” boxing match this week. The rapper’s management have since backtracked, claiming nothing is confirmed. DMX seems pretty set on the idea though, telling reporters he plans to “whip out my dick and piss on him” after knocking him out.
Julian Casablancas unveiled a new song entitled ‘Human Sadness’, set to feature in upcoming US indie film She’s Lost Control (which is apparently nothing to do with the Joy Division song of the same name, sadly). The Strokes frontman has promised to provide the music for the film once the funding had been secured. Moving into film soundtracks? Stroke of genius, we reckon, Julian.
Pharrell Williams wants to reunite the estranged Gallagher brothers, we also learnt this week. “Who wouldn’t want to work with the Gallaghers? Yeah, both of them.” No doubt Noel would have something to say about the hat-cum-potato sack worn by the ‘Happy’ singer to last month’s Grammys.
Metallica might have a world tour booked for 2014 but not so fast with those rock horns – it seems the metal crew have yet to start working on a new album, with guitarist Kirk confessing that they’ve “not really” begun their follow-up to 2011’s ‘Lulu’ Lou Reed collaboration. Get crackin’, gents.
And the award for ‘Selfie of the Week’ goes to Chance The Rapper and James Blake, posing in their new LA crib, which has a fire pit. Hope they have an extinguisher on hand. Safety first, guys.
Finally, we learned this week that Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ is 100% officially the greatest song ever written, after the latest issue of NME said so. That hasn’t stopped the debate though over on our Facebook page though. Go on, get involved…