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July 7, 2017

Foo Fighters debut new track, Dirty Water, in Paris

Foo Fighters are certainly whetting fans’ appetite for their new album, Concrete And Gold, with the preview of a new song. ‘Dirty Water’ made its live debut at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris on Monday night (July 3).

Introducing the track, frontman Dave Grohl said to the crowd: “So this is where I stop looking at the setlist and we just start playing songs that we want to play.  This is a song that we’ve been waiting to play for everybody – nobody’s heard this song yet but we like it and every night before we come onstage, we sit backstage and we play it just because it’s kinda nice.”

It’s deceptive number, to be sure. It starts off as a jangly, almost jaunty, song with a chorus that’s vaguely redolent of Lee Ranaldo’s ‘Off The Wall’ before exploding into the huge wall of noise that seems to be characterising their forthcoming ninth album, which is set for release on September 15. Have a listen to it here:

It’s definitely fitting in with the way that Dave Grohl has been talking about the new album. Speaking of the new album last month, he said in a statement: “I wanted it to be the biggest sounding Foo Fighters record ever. To make a gigantic rock record but with [producer] Greg Kurstin’s sense of melody and arrangement… Motorhead’s version of Sgt. Pepper… or something like that.”

He added that Concrete And Gold will feature “some of the most insanely heavy Foo Fighters riffs ever with lush harmonic complexities.” Judging by this track, he’s not far off the mark.

As previously reported on Gigwise, Foo Fighters return to the UK to play the O2 Arena on September 19.

Arcade Fire debut new song, Chemistry, in London

Arcade Fire debuted a new song, ‘Chemistry’, at their sold-out, intimate show at London’s York Hall – while also finding the time to poke fun at Kylie and Kendall Jenner’s recent attempts at making controversial t-shirts.

Prince drummer John Blackwell Jr., dies aged 43

John Blackwell Jr, who drummed for the late Prince for 15 years, has died in Florida at the age of 43. He passed away on Tuesday (July 4) after a year long battle with a brain tumour.

The news was broken by Blackwell’s wife, Yaritza, who shared the news on the late drummer’s Instagram account.

She wrote: “My husband incredible drummer John Blackwell Jr. passed the way peacefully in my company today. Thanks God for his life and thanks everyone for their support.”


Blackwell took up the drums at an early age. His father, John Blackwell Sr., played with the likes of Mary Wells, King Curtis, Joe Simon, J.J. Jackson, The Drifters and The Spinners. Blackwell Jr., went on to drum with Patti LaBelle in the 90s before becoming Prince’s drummer in 2000. He stayed with him for 12 years. He also worked with Justin Timberlake in 2006 and in 2015 he became a member of D’Angelo’s band, The Vanguard.

Tributes have been quick to pour in. Prince’s estate, Paisley Park, tweeted: “Thank you for everything you shared with us John. Your beautiful spirit and incredible music will live on 4Ever!”


Thank you for everything you shared with us John. Your beautiful spirit and incredible music will live on 4Ever! #JohnBlackwell 💜 https://t.co/g0UTaM1aDX

— Paisley Park (@PaisleyPark) 4 July 2017

Dream Theater’s Mike Portnoy said: ““So sad to hear of the passing of John Blackwell…hung with him many times…great drummer and great guy…taken waaaay too soon : (“


So sad to hear of the passing of John Blackwell…hung with him many times…great drummer and great guy…taken waaaay too soon : ( pic.twitter.com/CzyBJNAqOH

— Mike Portnoy 🤘 (@MikePortnoy) 4 July 2017

Legendary bassist Bootsy Collins took to Facebook to write: “We lost our friend & amazing Drummer, Mr. John Blackwell. Send up yr prayer’s & love vibes for his family & friends. Man he was doing better just last week we thought. Leave yr thoughts & comments & I will forward to his Wife “Yaritza”. R.I.P. Good brother…”

Former Prince drummer Sheila E added to the tributes: “My beautiful friend John Blackwell passed away 2day Plz keep his family in prayer. He was amazing manLuv u my brother”


My beautiful friend John Blackwell passed away 2day Plz keep his family in prayer. He was amazing manLuv u my brother pic.twitter.com/X08DYf7MJO

— SheilaEdrummer (@SheilaEdrummer) 4 July 2017


Green Day serenaded by Glaswegian fans

Green Day have always had the high levels of support from their fans that lesser bands have always craved – a fact not lost on the band’s singer-guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong when the band were serenaded at their hotel by fans following the last minute cancellation of their Glasgow gig last night (July 4).

Videos have appeared on social media showing a crowd gathering in the street outside where the band was staying and singing some of Green Day’s most popular songs to them.

As previously reported on Gigwise, Green Day were forced to cancel their hugely anticipated outdoor gig at Bellahouston Park in Glasgow gig yesterday over safety concerns caused by adverse weather conditions.

A statement said: “…the local safety council, production crew, and concert organizers have deemed the stage unsafe.”

Fan Samantha Garvan tweeted clips of fans gathering in the street outside Green Day’s hotel and singing their songs to their heroes to show there were no hard feelings.


Greenday fans sit outside the hotel singing to @GreenDay #Greenday #Glasgow pic.twitter.com/gdV9wk2KgJ

— SamanthaGirvan (@SamanthaGirvan) 4 July 2017


Serenading @GreenDay on #Glasgow after gig cancelled. #Greenday. pic.twitter.com/jD9dbcB3Aw

— SamanthaGirvan (@SamanthaGirvan) 4 July 2017

Their efforts were acknowledged by Billie Joe Armstrong. Taking to Instagram, he said: “Hello Glasgow kids, Scotland. This is a bummer, we really wanted to play and I guess it was unsafe for everybody in the crowd and the crew and the band. “Right now, I can actually hear people gathering out front of our hotel singing ‘Still Breathing’, which was beautiful. What a bummer.”


Kele Okereke announces new album, Fatherland

Kele Okereke has announced details of a new solo album, Fatherland. Set for release on October 6, the album is the follow-up to 2014’s Trick and boasts a number of guest performers.


Recorded in Portland, Oregon, with Bloc Party bassist Justin Harris taking on production duties, Fatherland features appearances from Years & Years’ Olly Alexander on ‘Grounds For Resentment’ and Corrine Bailey Rae on ‘Versions Of Us’.

Ahead of all of that, Kele has also shared the video for new track ‘Streets Been Talkin’’. A gentle, acoustic track, it’s some distance removed form the music that’s come to be associated with either Kele Okereke the solo artist or the material he makes with Bloc Party. It’s certainly perfect for this time of year but looking at the video, one can’t help but feel in impending sense of dread that Prime Minister Theresa May might came running through in a misplaced act of self-professed “naughtiness”.

Speaking of the track, Kele said: “‘Streets Been Talkin’ was one of the first tracks I wrote for the album. It’s a bittersweet ode to romance and the passing of time.”

Reflecting on the album, Kele said: “I was listening a lot to Elliott Smith’s ‘Either/Or’, ‘Pink Moon’ by Nick Drake, ‘Blue’ by Joni Mitchell, and the Al Green album, ‘Still In Love With You’.

“Writing these songs and expressing these words and feelings, it’s something that’s vital for me. I’m recognising I’m entering into a different part of my life.”

Fatherland’s tracklisting is:

1. Overture
2. Streets Been Talking
3. You Keep On Whispering His Name
4. Capers
5. Grounds For Resentment (feat. Olly Alexander)
6. Yemaya
7. Do U Right
8. Versions Of Us (feat. Corinne Bailey Rae)
9. Portrait
10. Road To Ibadan
11. Savannah
12. The New Year Party
13. Royal Reign

Blink 182 share new video for Home Is Such A Lonely Place

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