Tag: Josh Freese

Oingo Boingo’s Danny Elfman gets ‘Happy’ with first new solo music in 33 years

Oingo Boingo’s Danny Elfman gets ‘Happy’ with first new solo music in 33 years

Former Oingo Boingo frontman and famed film composer Danny Elfman today debuted his first solo music in 36 years — and first rock music since his band’s 1994 swan song — in the form of “Happy,” a characteristically twisted song he’d meant to debut at his planned performance at this year’s Coachella festival.

The Alarm, members of The Damned, Blondie, Sex Pistols set for new David Bowie tribute LP

The Alarm, members of The Damned, Blondie, Sex Pistols set for new David Bowie tribute LP

Main Man Records this spring will release Hero: A Tribute to David Bowie, an ultra-limited white-vinyl LP — the label says just 300 copies are being pressed — that features The Alarm and members of Blondie, Sex Pistols, The Damned, Heaven 17 and more honoring the Thin White Duke. Full details right here.

The Replacements announce 13-date U.S. tour: ‘Back by unpopular demand’

The Replacements announce 13-date U.S. tour: ‘Back by unpopular demand’

Finally, a real tour: The Replacements — having performed festival dates and a handful of one-offs since reuniting in 2013 — today announced a 13-date U.S. tour this spring that will find the band performing at theater-sized venues across the country. The U.S. dates will precede the band’s trip to Europe.

Watch: The Replacements finally dust off ‘Unsatisfied’ to cap first hometown gig in 23 years

Watch: The Replacements finally dust off ‘Unsatisfied’ to cap first hometown gig in 23 years

Perhaps fittingly, The Replacements capped off last night’s triumphant hometown gig — their first in 23 years, and the band’s first non-festival date since reuniting last summer — with a performance of fan favorite “Unsatisfied,” the first time the Let It Be classic has been dusted off since the ‘Mats got back together.

The Replacements’ 3rd (and final?) reunion show stumbles to a close with fitting mess of an encore

The Replacements’ 3rd (and final?) reunion show stumbles to a close with fitting mess of an encore

The Replacements staged their third of three announced reunion shows last night in a dusty farm field about 45 minutes east of Denver, the site of the third installment of this summer Riot Fest and what may or may not have been the final appearance by the 2013 incarnation of the ‘Mats, performing for the first time in 22 years.

The Replacements mix it up (just a bit) with second reunion gig at Chicago’s Riot Fest

The Replacements mix it up (just a bit) with second reunion gig at Chicago’s Riot Fest

The Replacements took the stage tonight at Riot Fest in Chicago for the second of at least three planned reunion gigs (“We haven’t played in 3 weeks, but fuck it,” Paul Westerberg told the crowd before launching into “Takin’ a Ride”), and managed to play mostly the same set as their big comeback gig.

The Replacements at Riot Fest: Photos, video, setlist from first ’Mats show in 22 years

The Replacements at Riot Fest: Photos, video, setlist from first ’Mats show in 22 years

A little after 8:45 p.m. EDT tonight, the long-sought, little-believed reunion of The Replacements — in this case, Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson, plus Josh Freese and David Minehan — took the stage at Riot Fest in Toronto, delivering career-spanning in the band’s first performance in 22 years.

Watch 11 seconds of The Replacements rehearsing ‘Takin’ a Ride’ at unnamed club

Watch 11 seconds of The Replacements rehearsing ‘Takin’ a Ride’ at unnamed club

We’re now just days away from The Replacements’ first live performance in 22 years, and the band — Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson plus, drummer Josh Freese and guitarist David Minehan — have teased fans with a third very brief live clip. This time we get 11 seconds of ‘Mats tearing through “Takin’ a Ride.”

Paul Westerberg ropes in early ’90s sidemen for Replacements’ reunion shows

Paul Westerberg ropes in early ’90s sidemen for Replacements’ reunion shows

With the long-awaited reunion of The Replacements now less than 10 days away, we’ve now finally got official word of who’ll be joining Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson on stage at Riot Fest in Toronto: drummer Josh Freese and guitarist David Minehan, both of whom played with Westerberg on his early ’90s solo tours.

Drummer Alan Myers, Devo’s ‘human metronome’ from 1976 to 1986, loses cancer battle

Drummer Alan Myers, Devo’s ‘human metronome’ from 1976 to 1986, loses cancer battle

Alan Myers, the third and most well-known of Devo’s drummers, who played on the classic albums Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!, Duty Now for the Future, Freedom of Choice and beyond, died this week, according to Ralph Carney, a jazz musician and friend of Myers’, and current Devo drummer Josh Freese.

This week’s new CDs: Crowded House, Devo, Suzanne Vega; Dream Syndicate reissue

This week’s new CDs: Crowded House, Devo, Suzanne Vega; Dream Syndicate reissue

This week’s new releases include the U.K. edition of ‘Intriguer,’ Crowded House’s second post-reunion album; ‘Something for Everybody,’ Devo’s first new album in 20 years; ‘Close-Up Vol. 1: Love Songs,’ a disc of Suzanne Vega re-recordings; and the reissue of The Dream Syndicate’s ‘Medicine Show.’

Devo announces tracklist for ‘Something for Everybody,’ first new album in 20 years

Devo announces tracklist for ‘Something for Everybody,’ first new album in 20 years

Archetypal New Wave nerds Devo this week finally unveiled the tracklist for this summer’s ‘Something for Everybody’ — the band’s first new album in 20 years — after doing alleged audience research through its ‘Song Study’ website.

Devo reissuing 2 classic albums, performing them live on 7-city North American tour

Devo reissuing 2 classic albums, performing them live on 7-city North American tour

Legendary new-wave nerds Devo will release expanded editions of their classic albums Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo and Freedom of Choice […]