The Dish - 11/04/13
11/4/2013 3:00:00 PM
Pearl Jam Headline Voodoo Fest With Steve Gleason
Pearl Jam got an assist from their unofficial sixth band member at the Voodoo Music and Arts Experience. Before Eddie Vedder and company took the stage to headline the New Orleans event Friday night, they were introduced by former Saints star, fellow Seattle native, and longtime friend Steve Gleason. According to NOLA.com, Gleason -- whose battle with ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease has taken his ability to speak or walk -- used eye-tracking technology to welcome his "hometown band." Vedder says Gleason even put together their hit-heavy set list, which includes cuts from their new album "Lightning Bolt" as well as early hits like "Jeremy" and "Alive." Some of the band members also sported Team Gleason apparel during the gig, continuing their support for the organization created to help people afflicted with ALS.
Meanwhile, opening day of the 2013 Voodoo Fest also featured performances from Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Calvin Harris, and more. Nine Inch Nails topped the bill on Saturday after sets from Paramore, the Gaslight Anthem, Cults, Delta Rae, and others. Sunday's lineup included Kid Rock, Bassnectar, Dr. John, and Matt and Kim, while the Cure took the stage that night to bring the long weekend to a close.
Officials Say Pussy Riot Member Transfered To New Prison
Imprisoned Russian punk rocker Nadya Tolokonnikova [[ nadia to-lo-kon-ya-kova ]] has reportedly been transfered to a new prison. According to "The Guardian," the Russian prison service made the announcement on Saturday after the Pussy Riot member's family claimed she had disappeared. Nadia's husband and father told Buzzfeed Friday that they believed authorities were trying to "cut her off from the outside world." The Federal Penitentiary Service, however, said that Nadia was being sent to a new prison and her family would be informed within ten days of her arrival, in accordance with regulations.
Tolokonnikova requested the move back in September, going on hunger strike to protest the working conditions at the prison. She and a fellow member of the Russian punk group are serving a two year sentence scheduled to end this coming March.
Foo Fighters Make Mexico Ad With Erik Estrada
It turns out Erik Estrada had something to do with getting the Foo Fighters together for their upcoming concerts in Mexico City. In a new promotional clip from the band, the former "CHiPs" star rides around on his motorcycle telling each member about the Foo Fighters' return to the stage. They're responses are, rather appropriately, overdubbed in Spanish.
Frontman Dave Grohl promises to make a "delicious chicken," while some of his bandmates talk about how clean and hot Mexico will be. The Foo Fighters are scheduled to head south of the border for a pair of shows at Mexico City's Foro Sol on December 11th and 13th. The gigs will be their first ever in Mexico, and their first anywhere in more than a year.
Beck Enlists Famous Guests, Dad For L.A. Show
Beck's upcoming gig at the Walt Disney Concert Hall will apparently be heavy on the singer-songwriter's friends and family. Not only will the Los Angeles show feature the L.A. Philharmonic under the conduction of Beck's dad David Campbell, but attendees will also get to see special guests like Jack Black, Jon Brion, Jarvis Cocker, Childish Gambino, Jenny Lewis, John C. Reilly, and more. And Beck promises to add even more artists to the lineup before taking the stage on November 24th. He's set to play songs from last year's sheet-music-only release "Song Reader." It will be his third "Song Reader" show following events in San Francisco and London this summer.
In the meantime, Beck is scheduled to release a new, more conventional album next year. He recently announced that "Morning Phase" -- his first studio album since 2008 -- will be out in February 2014.
Slayer Still Needs To Figure Out Post-Hanneman Band
Slayer's Tom Araya says he's not really sure just who the band is without their co-founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman. The singer-bassist tells Billboard.com he and guitarist Kerry King are "obviously going to have to do a lot of communication and figure out" where they "want to go" as a group. He explains that they haven't really had the chance to do so yet, even though Hanneman died in May, because they've been busy fulfilling commitments made before Jeff's death. But Araya says Hanneman was "a big part of the band," so he and King "have a lot of thinking" and "talking to do" on the subject. Issues include what to do with the contributions Jeff made to Slayer's next album.
Araya says he believes he and King will finally get the chance to address the matter next month, once the group finishes their North American tour. The trek will wrap up with a show in Boston on November 30th.
Music On TV
Jane's Addiction take the stage on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live."
Dismemberment plan performs on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" on NBC.
King Krule is the musical guest on tonight's episode of "Conan" on TBS.
Squeeze's Chris Difford is 59.
Today In History
Aerosmith released the album "Done with Mirrors."
Metallica's album "Master of Puppets" was certified Gold.
Patti Smith's husband, the MC5's guitarist Fred "Sonic" Smith, died of a heart attack in Detroit. He was 45.
Soundgarden released the album "A-Sides."
Van Halen singer Gary Cherone left the group.
System of a Down played its "Souls: A Benefit for Recognition of the Armenian Genocide to Stop Crimes Against Humanity" concert in Los Angeles. The concert raised more than 20-thousand-dollars.
Sharon Osbourne said in an interview with Barbara Walters that the second season of "The Osbournes" would be its last. It wasn't.
Kid Rock launched a winter tour in Detroit. The show was taped for a VH1 special.
Dave Mustaine announced that after a year-long supporting tour behind the album "The System Has Failed" Megadeth would break up. He later changed his mind.
Slipknot resumed its tour with a concert in Montreal. The band began an unplanned break from the trek a week earlier because Shawn "Clown" Crahan's father had died.
Aerosmith's Joe Perry was momentarily knocked unconscious when a camera boom hit him in the head while playing the song "Back In The Saddle" during a concert in Las Vegas. The performance was being filmed as part of a promotion for the upcoming NASCAR season.
Staind frontman Aaron Lewis returned to his hometown of Longmeadow, Massachusetts for a solo concert to raise money for the Longmeadow High School creative arts department.
Deftones bassist Chi Cheng was involved in a car accident in Santa Clara, California. He was seriously injured, and slipped into a coma. He died of cardiac arrest on April 13th, 2013.
New releases included Hinder's album "Take It To The Limit" and Boys Like Girls' DVD "read between the lines."
U2 was the big winner at the 2010 Billboard Touring Awards, getting nods for Top Tour and Top Draw, while Metallica received the Eventful Fans' Choice Award.
Metallica performed at the "Call Of Duty: Black Ops" launch party at Hangar 8 at the Santa Monica Airport in Santa Monica, California.