The thing about having an edition of Music News Week in Review on the first day of the month is that all you have to draw from is last month’s news. Oh, well. Here are some of the more interesting music news items you might have missed during the past week.
MITT ROMNEY LIKES THE KILLERS, AND THE KILLERS ARE OKAY WITH THAT.
Finally—a rock band that isn’t going to blast the GOP candidates for liking their stuff. While acts like Silversun Pickups, Twisted Sister and Rage Against the Machine recently railed against the Romney/Ryan ticket for either using their songs on the campaign trail or simply mentioning an affinity for their music, The Killers have taken a different tack. When Mitt Romney recently mentioned that “The Killers are one group I enjoy,” bassist Mark Stoermer’s response (as reported by Rolling Stone) was, “Anyone’s allowed to like us. If it’s just about music, I guess it’s not a negative thing.” Whoa, there, Stoermer; next thing you know, you’ll be actually endorsing the GOP.
Jokes aside, despite all the media coverage of bands who do not like the GOP platform, a few prominent artists actually showed up to this week’s Republican National Convention to perform—including Kid Rock, Zac Brown Band, and 3 Doors Down.
EDDIE VAN HALEN UNDERGOES EMERGENCY SURGERY, OUT OF COMMISSION FOR UP TO 6 MONTHS.
This week, Van Halen lead guitarist Eddie Van Halen had emergency surgery for a severe case of diverticulitis, an inflammatory disease affecting the colon. According to a statement on the band’s website, Eddie is thankfully expected to recover fully, but he will be sidelined for 4-6 months. What this means is that after cancelling the remainder of their summer tour of the U.S. this summer, Van Halen is now postponing its Japan tour, which was scheduled to begin in November. Those shows are currently expected to be rescheduled in 2013. Get well, Eddie.
ROLLING STONES DOCUMENTARY SLATED FOR NOVEMBER RELEASE ON HBO.
Crossfire Hurricane, the new documentary film The Rolling Stones and their rise to international stardom, will premiere for U.S. audiences on HBO on November 15, according to the band’s website. Directed by Brett Morgen (The Kid Stays In the Picture), and produced in honor of the Stones’ 50th anniversary, Crossfire Hurricane will feature never-before-seen footage from the band’s vaults, and will reportedly take an unflinching look at the band’s turbulent journey, from the drugs to the riots. Says Morgen, “Crossfire Hurricane allows the viewer to experience the Stones’ journey from a unique vantage point. It’s an aural and visual roller coaster ride.” The film will also be premiered in select theaters in the UK in October before its release on HBO.
Crossfire Hurricane will actually be the second (and most accessible) of two documentaries about the Stones released this fall. A tour documentary called The Rolling Stones: Charlie Is My Darling – Ireland 1965 is scheduled to be premiered at the New York Film Festival at the end of this month.
That’s it for this week’s music news recap. Enjoy your weekend!