WELCOME TO THE WEEKEND! …Sorry, perhaps I should have said that a bit more quietly on a Saturday morning. While you’re waiting for that morning coffee to kick in, here are some music news headlines from the past week that you might have missed, and which may or may not have any real relevance to your life, but which we think are interesting, just the same.
Ready? Here goes…
PAUL MCCARTNEY TO COMPOSE MUSIC FOR DEVELOPERS OF “HALO”?
When a musician has been part of one of the hottest bands in history, composed a classical oratorio, and had an extremely successful solo career, what does he do next? It appears the answer is: write music for video games. This week, Paul McCartney tweeted:
“I’m really excited to be working on writing music with Bungie, the studio that made Halo.”
The actual video game McCartney is writing for has yet to be revealed (it’s probably not a Halo game), but no doubt the developers will use McCartney’s music as a selling point for it.
FLORENCE WELCH’S VOICE “SNAPS,” ARTIST CANCELS SHOWS
Florence Welch, lead singer of Florence + the Machine, has had to cancel appearances at two music festivals in Europe due to a vocal injury. “I felt something snap,” she said on her Twitter feed. “It was very frightening.” Reportedly, Welch has been instructed not to sing for a week, so hopefully the injury is not serious. Welch is not the only high-profile UK artist to deal with vocal issues in recent memory; while better, Adele is still officially in recovery from vocal surgery last fall.
EXPECT LOTS OF NEW STUFF FROM GREEN DAY
Canadian punk band Green Day has apparently been quite busy. Fans already know about their upcoming 3-album trilogy ¡Uno! ¡Dos! ¡Tré!, to be released in sequence on September 24, November 12 and January 14, respectively. This week, the band announced that they will also be releasing not one, but two documentaries this fall in conjunction with the release of the album trilogy. One of the documentaries will reportedly cover the early days of Green Day, while the other is reportedly a “making of” video for the trilogy series. All three albums in the set can currently be pre-ordered at the band’s website.
SLASH GETS HOLLYWOOD STAR
Rock guitarist extraordinaire Slash (formerly of Guns N’ Roses) was honored this week with his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His friend Charlie Sheen, who gave a speech during the ceremony, couldn’t resist taking a stab at Slash’s nemesis in his opening remarks: “It’s quite fitting I think that Slash is getting a star on the very street that Axl Rose will one day be sleeping on.” Ooo—kay….
Is the coffee kicking in yet? Good—have a great weekend!
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