Posted: February 20, 2014
Arctic Monkeys opened the 2014 BRIT Awards in London on Wednesday night with an incendiary performance of “R U Mine?”. The band also took home top honors at the show, winning both Best British Group and British Album of the Year with 2013′s AM.
“That rock and roll, eh?” said frontman Alex Turner in his acceptance speech for the latter. “That rock and roll, it just won’t go away. It might hibernate from time to time and sink back into the swamp. I think the cyclical nature of the universe in which it exists demands it adheres to some of its rules. But it’s always waiting there just around the corner, ready to make its way back through the sludge and smash through the glass ceiling, looking better than ever. Yeah, that rock and roll, it seems like it’s fading away sometimes, but it will never die. And there’s nothing you can do about it. Thank you very much for this. I do truly appreciate it. Don’t take that the wrong way, and invoice me for the microphone if you need to.”
The win for Brit Album of the Year marked the third time the band has won the award.
Posted: February 18, 2014
Jimmy Fallon debuted his new Tonight Show on Monday night in New York, and it was a star-studded affair with high-profile guests like Will Smith, celebrity cameos from the likes of Tina Fey, Lady Gaga, Stephen Colbert, Robert De Niro and an epic Rockefeller Center rooftop performance by U2.
Earlier in the show, Fallon interviewed U2 about their Oscar-nominated song “Ordinary Love,” and encouraged the band to perform the song acoustically. Bono and team complied, with the singer also presenting Fallon with a new red Gretsch guitar in honor of the band’s charity efforts with the (RED) campaign.
The legendary rock band later closed out the episode from 70 stories above NYC with a performance of new single “Invisible.”
Posted: February 13, 2014
Award-winning Malian singer/songwriter Rokia Traore released her fifth studio album Beautiful Africa in April of last year, and as she traveled to promote it, she stopped into the studios of KCRW in Los Angeles for a live performance.
Now, video of Traore playing one song from that appearance on Morning Becomes Eclectic has surfaced online.
Posted: February 12, 2014
After originally premiering a sixty second clip of their song “Invisible” during the Super Bowl, U2 has now unveiled the full video.
Directed by Mark Romanek, the black and white clip was shot over a three day period in January at an airport hangar in Santa Monica, Calif.
U2 launched a partnership with (RED) and Bank of America during Super Bowl Sunday by offering “Invisible” as a free download for 36 hours. Bank of America donated $1 for each download, raising $3 million to support The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. All proceeds from the song on iTunes continue to go to (RED) for the Global Fund.
Produced by Danger Mouse, “Invisible” is due on U2′s forthcoming 13th studio album.
Posted: February 10, 2014
Hard Working Americans is a new supergroup that includes Neal Casal (above) of the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, singer/songwriter Todd Snider, Dave Schools from Widespread Panic and Duane Trucks.
Earlier this year, the band released a self-titled debut album covering 11 tracks by a wide range of well-known artists. As such, the Hard Working Americans recently stopped by the set of Conan to perform a rocking version of “Stomp and Holler,” which was written by country luminary Hayes Carll.
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