ROCK NEWS 8.22.17


Weezer debuted a new track “Mexican Fender,” this morning (August 17).The new cut is the latest from the band’s forthcoming album, Pacific Daydream, which will be released October 27.The new album will also feature the band’s recent seasonal anthem “Feels Like Summer.”Following the release of Weezer (The White Album) earlier this year, the band began working on what they called “The Black Album,” but as they worked, they found the songs they were writing felt more like reveries from a beach at the end of the world. Instead of forcing a different direction, they began an entirely new album; Pacific Daydream was born. Frontman Rivers Cuomo brings this decision back to a Chinese proverb he says inspired the design behind the entire record:

Once upon a time, I, Chuang Chou, dreamt I was a butterfly, fluttering hither and thither, to all intents and purposes a butterfly. I was conscious only of my happiness as a butterfly, unaware that I was Chou. Soon I awaked, and there I was, veritably myself again. Now I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly, dreaming I am a man.


(hennemusic) The Foo Fighters "rickrolled"  the audience during their August 20th set at Tokyo's Summer Sonic  festival when they were joined by Rick Astley for a grungy version of  his 80s hit, "Never Gonna Give You Up", and video of the performance is  streaming online.

"We just  learned this today," Dave Grohl told the crowd. "This is crazy. I just  met [Astley] two minutes ago." According to Rolling Stone, after  introducing the pop star singer behind the 1987 hit - which became the  punchline in the viral prank "rickrolling" in the internet age - Foo  Fighters launched into what sounded like the intro to Nirvana's "Smells  Like Teen Spirit."

However, it  soon became evident that the band were performing the pop smash in the  style of the "Nevermind" classic. Astley - who was also appearing at the  Summer Sonic event - scored a worldwide number-one hit with the song,  which topped the charts in 25 countries and was the best-selling single  of 1987.

The Tokyo stop is  part of a series of shows in Asia this month for the Foo Fighters, ahead  of the September 15 release of their ninth album, "Concrete And Gold."  


The late Chester Bennington’s widow, Talinda, has shared music by the couple’s son Jaime.“Our son Jaime is as talented as his dad,” she tweeted, then asked people to tweet her son back if they hear something they like.The piano-driven tracks on Reveries Op. 1 No. 4 range from hopeful and enchanting to melancholy and tragic sounding. The scope and vibe of the piece is akin to a dramatic movie score.Jaime addressed the project on his own website. “Fueled by my love for the incredible Dimitri Shostakovich, of which I have cultivated over the last six months through the systematic consumption of every symphony, brooding string quartet, and whimsical piano solo, I decided to sit down with my piano and have a conversation about what we wanted out of music.”“That conversation ended with the subsequent decision to write music that simply SOUNDED good,” he continued.  “I purposely forced myself to stray away from any of the hard-wired academic prejudices that I had the tendency to fall back on.”The son of Linkin Park’s late vocalist added, “These pieces took me far away from any notion of form, harmony, or time that I had so desperately wanted to control. Likewise, what came out of this experiment is something I feel is wholly different from anything I have written before! I would also like to mention that I took a large amount of time to properly record and perform these pieces (to the best of my ability considering the only microphone I own is on my phone). Which makes these compositions the first pieces of music I have devoted myself to interpreting since mid-May.”Listen to Bennington’s composition below and feel free to send him a tweet @fargodidit. CLICK HERE to check out Jaime's pieces.