It’s time for the year end accolades. Check out EW’s awards for the best in music below!
Best Son of Mumford (American Idol Edition)
Phillip Phillips, “Home”
As we noted in our on-the-scene report, there was a lot to be unamused by at the 12-12-12 concert in Madison Square Garden last night. Courtney Love thought so too — even before the show began.
According to a TMZ report, Love was “not amused” by the thought of Paul McCartney sitting in with her late husband’s band, Nirvana. And while her concerns regarding “Beatlevana” — Macca playing with Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear — were shared by many, her solution was a little less solid.
TMZ noted that Love was “upset at Krist and Dave for calling tonight’s show a Nirvana reunion because she says Kurt was the heart and soul of the legendary band,” which we totally get. But she also told them, “Look, if John were alive it would be cool,” referring of course to the late Lennon. Which, like, yeah — if we’re playing that game, it would also be cool if Kurt Cobain were alive.
Tonight’s 12-12-12 benefit for Hurricane Sandy victims has turned into a musical juggernaut, with everyone from the Rolling Stones to Kanye West signing on for the Madison Square Garden-hosted event.
And just when you thought that they’d run out of names to add to the lineup, this happens: Nirvana survivors Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear will be playing together as a band again — with Paul McCartney.
But don’t worry, Macca won’t be doing any Kurt Cobain impressions. According to reports, this new venture will resist the urge to play any actual Nirvana songs. Instead, Sir Paul will be debuting a new song that he and Grohl have been secretly working on in the studio. As McCartney told the British Sun, it all started when he decided to ring Grohl up one day and got invited to “jam with some mates.”
And it just so happened that those mates used to play together as Nirvana twenty years ago. “I didn’t really know who they were,” the Beatle said. “They are saying how good it is to be back together. I said ‘Whoa? You guys haven’t played together for all that time?’ And somebody whispered to me, ‘That’s Nirvana. You’re Kurt.’ I couldn’t believe it.”
Unless McCartney was just having a very vivid dream, the world will get to see what he and the guys came up with when the 12-12-12 concert goes down tonight. (Also, he’ll be playing Saturday Night Live this weekend, so keep an eye on that too.)
If you can’t be at the show in New York, come back here to the Music Mix at 7 p.m. ET, where we’ll be streaming the entire concert live (and providing a full recap tomorrow as well).
To help you get excited, here’s a reminder of what the show’s lineup looks like as of now:
It’s official: the 12-12-12 concert at Madison Square Garden is the most rockin’ relief effort since Live Aid.
The Rolling Stones announced on Twitter that they’ll be performing at the event on Dec. 12, adding their names to an already-stacked lineup that includes Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Bruce Springsteen, Eddie Vedder, and Roger Waters. And The Who. And Paul McCartney. And Kanye.
The list of performers donating their time and effort to the 12-12-12 benefit concert for Hurricane Sandy keeps getting bigger.
The high-profile event, organized by Clear Channel and set for Dec. 12 at Madison Square Garden, already boasted the likes of Paul McCartney and Kanye West. Now they’ve officially confirmed the addition of Eddie Vedder, Dave Grohl, and the full Bon Jovi roster. (Jon Bon Jovi himself had already been slated, but now the New Jersey native will have his band with him.) READ FULL STORY
Sometimes, even rockstars have curfews.
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band were cut short during a joint performance with Paul McCartney in London’s Hyde Park last night. According to The Guardian, promoters shutdown the event after the three-hour concert pushed past its 10:30 p.m. curfew time.
E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt took to Twitter following the performance to vent his frustrations. “One of the great gigs ever in my opinion. But seriously, when did England become a police state?” he said, shortly afterward adding, “We break curfews in every country but only English cops needs to “punish us” by not letting us leave until the entire crowd goes.”
McCartney had joined Springsteen and his band on stage to perform a couple of Beatles classics, but their mics were turned off right as they were about to head into a new number. The fans—there were apparently 76,000 people in attendance—reportedly began booing when they realized the sound was off, but they weren’t the only one disappointed with the decision. Even London’s mayor, Boris Johnson, criticized the promoter’s call to abide so strictly to the curfew—which was pre-determined by the Westminister’s Council—during a London radio interview on Sunday. “It sounds to me like an excessively efficacious decision. You won’t get that during the Olympics,” he reportedly said. “If they’d have called me, my answer would have been for them to jam in the name of the Lord.”
Jimmy Fallon’s new album Blow Your Pants Off — a collection of weirdo experiments and famous-people duets from Fallon’s late-night talk show — drops today, and all the big hits are there, including “A History of Rap,” “Slow Jam the News,” and “Friday feat. Stephen Colbert.” (Sadly, his cover of Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” came too late to land on this album — thanks for filling in the blanks, Internet!)
EW got Fallon on the phone to talk about conjuring Tebowie, the debt he owes to Dr. Demento, and what it took to convince a Beatle to sing “Scrambled Eggs.”
Entertainment Weekly: First thing’s first: At what point did you realize you had a pretty good Neil Young impression?
Jimmy Fallon: I think I’ve done Neil Young since high school. My parents were into Neil Young, and I’d imitate him because he had such a distinct voice. But I never thought I could do anything funny with it. That’s where the writers come in. A writer said, “I know you do Neil Young, so what if you did Neil Young singing Fresh Prince of Bel-Air?” And I was like, “I don’t know.” So we just started goofing around with a guitar, and it just makes every song sound so beautiful. It’s kind of sad but poignant, and also kind of rock and roll at the same time. We did it to Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, we did it to Willow Smith’s “Whip My Hair.” We even made “Pants on the Ground” sound like a beautiful dirge — a mournful ballad. READ FULL STORY
Paul McCartney has confirmed an Olympic-sized rumor, saying he’ll be the closing act at the London 2012 opening ceremony.
Earlier this year the former Beatle disclosed that he was in talks to play a role in the celebrations.
On Monday, he confirmed: “I’ve been booked.”
He told BBC radio station 5 Live that he would be “closing the opening” of the games.
The lineup for the ceremony, overseen by Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle and themed “Isles of Wonder,” is a closely guarded secret, but many had suspected McCartney would be involved.
The Olympic Games take place July 27 to Aug. 12.