Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong is urging his fans to sign an online petition against a war in Iraq. “For those of you who are opposed to the war on Iraq, I want to start a petition on Greenday.net to send to George W. Bush strongly urging him to rethink his plans for military invasion,” Armstrong said on his official website. “This petition isn’t only for people who live in America, but people all over the world.”
The petition at petitiononline.com has since been removed as the web site shut down.
Jim Derogatis of the Chicago Sun-Times gave his thoughts on how the remnants of Nirvana are suddenly providing a significant presence on the rock scene once again. In addition to the ‘Nirvana’ greatest hits album due October 29th, the group’s drummer Dave Grohl releases ‘One by One’ with Foo Fighters on Tuesday (October 22). This is on top of Grohl’s drumming stint on Queens of the Stone Age. Meanwhile, Krist Novoselic is currently on tour with Eyes Adrift, while Courntey Love plans to release a new single before the end of the year on Poptones. Read more.
Edna Gundersen of USA Today profiled the big albums expected out this fall, including albums from Pearl Jam and Santana. On the Pearl Jam disc, Gundersen commented, “Pearl Jam’s live strengths are legendary, so the record should get a strong boost during a 2003 world tour. But the band will need radio and media support to reconnect with lapsed fans and seduce new ones.” Read more.
Molloy Woodcraft of The Observer writes, “Eighteen months ago, I thought The Strokes were it. I was wrong. ‘Last Nite’ may have been one of the most exciting, freshest tracks I’d heard in ages but later in the year, as the grooves on my copy of their album wore out on the third listen, so did their veneer of New York cool. And they were just the thin end of the wedge.” Read more.
Matt Ashare of the Boston Phoenix weighed in on the role that heroin has had on alternative rock and how it will play a major role in how the genre will be remembered in the future. “Unfortunately, it’s becoming clear that when people look back on the alterna-rock years two or three decades from now, heroin is going to play a big role in the story,” Ashare said. “It had a hand in robbing grunge/alterna-rock of its most promising artist, Kurt Cobain. But it’s also ravaged and torn apart dozens of other ’90s bands, from Stone Temple Pilots to Alice in Chains to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who lost not one but two guitarists to heroin addiction, and whose singer, Anthony Kiedis, has acknowledged both in interviews and in his song lyrics that he too had a major problem with the drug.” The full story at BostonPhoenix.com has since been removed.
John Bringardner of the Daily Texan gave his thoughts on Andrew WK, who has drawn rave reviews from the British press before launching his ‘I Get Wet’ album in the U.S. Bringardner said of his 80’s style rock, “It’s as if Andrew was frozen in a hidden vestigial glacier somewhere north of Detroit in 1987, only to be thawed out feeling like he has to rock that much harder to make up for lost time. A second album like this would be overkill. But for now, it seems W.K. has served up just the right schtick at just the right time.” Uwiretoday.com has since removed the article.
Chris Willman of Entertainment Weekly gave his thoughts and asked readers for thoughts on U2’s appearance during halftime of Sunday’s Super Bowl and whether the band had/should sell themselves out to corporate sponsorship. Willman said, “I get nervous seeing a band that wants to change the world – and has the power to reach hearts – relegating themselves to a subsidiary position to the spectacle of brawn. No matter what the viewing audience and impact, a group that plays a halftime show is essentially an opening act to the Patriots and Rams. Intermission music.” Read more.
Las Vegas Weekly writer Molly Brown gave her thoughts on the year in music and blasted Bush, The Strokes, and Dave Matthews for changing songs and albums following the events of September 11. Brown said, “Changing artistic material so as not to rock the boat–a.k.a. get angry hate mail from insane people–is ridiculous. I would’ve had more respect for them if they wouldn’t have censored themselves and instead let the New York-related material stand as it was–their impressions of a magnificent city that still can be not-so-magnificent at times. It would have been more honest.” Lasvegasweekly.com has since removed the article.
Entertainment Weekly profiled the Real World episode where the gang from the show had to convince K-Rock in New York to play the new ADEMA track, and concluded that the decision was already made based on the fact that the band would have sued Arista for putting a bunch of amateurs in charge of PR on their debut track… Well no doubt it was fixed, it’s MTV! Besides, Davis is a clone of his older brother in Korn, so the formula made sense. The full story at ew.com has since been removed.
Dave Ferman of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram profiled the troubles British acts have making it in the United States where the top reasons for the failure are Nirvana and Metallica. Ferman says, “In the late ’80s, numerous Brit bands were still doing well in America. But between 1990 and 1991 Nirvana released ‘Nevermind’ and Metallica released its multiple-hits-spawning eponymous ‘black’ CD. These two CDs almost alone ushered in a new era of American hard-rock/grunge popularity, effectively blowing many English bands back whence they came.” The full story at jsonline.com has since been removed.