Robbie Robertson Talks The Band’s End in Clip from Once Were Brothers Documentary: Watch

Over four decades after The Last Waltz, Martin Scorsese is revisiting the story of The Band with a new documentary, Once Were Brothers. The acclaimed filmmaker serves as executive producer on the movie alongside Ron Howard and Brian Grazer. Ahead of its debut in select theaters tomorrow, February 21st, Magnolia Pictures and Magnet Releasing have today shared an exclusive preview.

The clip features guitarist/songwriter Robbie Robertson speaking about what happened to The Band after their final concert, the legendary November 25th, 1976 performance at San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom known as The Last Waltz. “We did The Last Waltz with the idea that we would put that away, take care of one another a bit, and really come back together again to make music like we had never made before,” says Robertson. “That was our dream… Everybody just forgot to come back.”

As Robertson’s “Once Were Brothers” plays, we see clips of The Band’s original members — Levon Helm, Richard Manuel, Rick Danko, and Garth Hudson — with their families. Then the voice of the late Helm comes through an archival recording to somewhat contradict Robertson’s take on the iconic rockers’ split. “By that time, I don’t think you could’ve kept The Band together,” he says. “Everybody had something they wanted to do, and after The Last Waltz, we started chasing those dreams.”

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Take a look at the full clip below, and find out where Once Were Brothers is playing near you via its official website. The documentary also features interviews with Bruce SpringsteenEric ClaptonTaj Mahal, and Scorsese himself, amongst others. The complete synopsis can be found below the video.

ONCE WERE BROTHERS: ROBBIE ROBERTSON AND THE BAND is a confessional, cautionary, and occasionally humorous tale of Robertson’s young life and the creation of one of the most enduring groups in the history of popular music, The Band. The film is a moving story of Robertson’s personal journey, overcoming adversity and finding camaraderie alongside the four other men who would become his brothers in music, together making their mark on music history. ONCE WERE BROTHERS blends rare archival footage, photography, iconic songs and interviews with Robertson’s friends and collaborators including Martin Scorsese, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, and more.

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Lana Del Rey has cancelled her European and UK tour ‘due to illness’

The ‘Lust for Life’ hitmaker has revealed she has “totally lost” her “singing voice” and has been advised to take four weeks off by doctors. Buy tickets below.

The EU leg of her tour was due to kick off on February 21 at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam, and end on March 3 at Lanxess Arena in Cologne.

Whilst the UK dates – in support of her latest LP ‘Norman F***ing Rockwell’ – would have seen the US singer/songwriter play The O2 in London on February 25, plus further dates in Manchester, Glasgow and Birmingham.

In a statement shared with The O2 arena, Lana, who is devastated to let her fans down, said:
“Sorry to let everyone down so last minute but this illness has taken me by surprise and have totally lost my singing voice. Dr has advised 4 weeks off for the moment. I hate to let everyone down but I need to get well. Love Lana.”
Those who had purchased tickets will be able to receive a refund a their point of purchase.

The tour cancellation comes after Lana was confirmed to play the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury.
The 34-year-old singer is due to play Worthy Farm this June.

The festival’s organiser, Emily Eavis shared: “I’m very pleased to tell you that we have the most incredible Lana Del Rey. I believe it’s her only UK festival, which is even better.

“She’s nearly played a few times actually, and for one reason or another it hasn’t happened, and she was one of our very first confirmations for this year.”

The much-anticipated festival – which is being staged between June 24 and June 28 – is also set to feature the likes of Sir Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift and Diana Ross.

Emily said she is delighted that Lana is set to star at the event, and hailed ‘Norman F***ing Rockwell!’ as “one of the best records” of 2019.

She said: “It’s amazing, one of the best records of last year and for me a real coup getting her. She’s playing the Pyramid on Friday, underneath our headliner.”

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Primus to Cover Rush on New North American Tour

Primus (photo by Johnny Perilla) and Neil Peart of Rush (photo via Wikipedia Commons)

Primus have announced a special North American tour that will see them cover Rush. Officially titled “A Tribute to Kings”, the trek will boast nightly full-album performances of Rush’s 1977 album A Farewell to Kings in addition to a proper Primus set.

The massive trek officially launches at the end of May and extends through early August. Primus are scheduled to visit Houston, Austin, New Orleans, Orlando, Charlotte, Baltimore, and New York. There are also concerts marked for Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Toronto, Chicago, Denver, Spokane, San Diego, Los Angeles, and Phoenix. Bands such as Wolfmother, The Sword, and Battles will join Primus on select dates.

Primus and Rush were once tour mates, and the former had previously considered bringing the latter’s Hemispheres LP out on the road with them. However, it was A Farewell to Kings — the first-ever Rush record Primus leader Les Claypool had heard — that ultimately made the final cut. Claypool explained to Rolling Stone, saying:

“Well, like I said, originally we’d always kind of joked around about doing Hemispheres. That record has always had a very big place in my heart and head. But as we got to thinking about the record and how to tackle it — because it’s not going to be an easy feat, on many levels: A) I gotta try to sing Geddy Lee shit [laughs]. His older stuff is up in the stratosphere. I was texting with Geddy and saying, ‘Man, is any of this falsetto, or …?’ And he was like,’“Nope, that’s my full voice.’ So I might need some help from the audience on some of this stuff. I gotta play the keyboard parts. But we settled on Kings, because A) it was the first Rush record I ever heard and B) it contains ‘Cygnus X-1’, which has always been my favorite Rush tune. It seems to be a good one for us to tackle; 2112 seemed a little obvious.”

While Primus’ “A Tribute to Kings Tour” has been in the works for months, the trek takes on a new meaning in the wake of the recent passing of iconic Rush drummer Neil Peart. Still, Primus are being mindful about how they go about honoring their heroes Rush and Peart. “We’re trying to be very sensitive about doing the tour and not having it be, ‘Hey, all about Neil,’” Claypool remarked. “It’s about admiration for these amazing musicians and friends.”

Tickets for “A Tribute to Kings Tour” go on sale Friday, February 21st on Ticketmaster. Once they sell out there, fans can try their luck over here.

Primus 2020 Tour Dates:
05/26 – Irving, TX @ The Pavilion *^
05/27 – Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center *^
05/29 – Austin, TX @ ACL Live at the Moody Theater *^
05/30 – New Orleans, LA @ Saenger Theater *^
06/01 – Asheville, NC @ Arena *^
06/03 – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live *^
06/05 – Atlanta, GA @ Coca-Cola Roxy *^
06/06 – Charlotte, NC @ Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre *^
06/07 – Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheater *^
06/09 – Cincinnati, OH @ PNC Pavilion *^
06/10 – Columbus, OH @ Express Live! *^
06/12 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo
06/15 – Richmond, VA @ Virginia Credit Union LIVE! *^
06/16 – Baltimore, MD @ MECU Pavilion *^
06/17 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre *^
06/19 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Met *^
06/20 – Asbury Par, NJ @ The Stone Pony *^
06/21 – Essex Junction, VT @ Midway Lawn *^
06/23 – Boston, MA @ Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion *^
06/24 – Wallingford, CT @ Toyota Oakdale Theatre *^
06/26 – Sterlight Heights, MI @ Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre *^
06/27 – Cleveland, OH @ Jacobs Pavilion *^
06/28 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE *^
06/30 – Toronto, ON @ RBC Echo Beach *^
07/02 – Lafayette, NY @ Beak and Skiff *
07/03 – Westbrook, ME @ Main Savings Pavilion
07/06 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Amphitheater *+
07/07 – Milwaukee, WI @ BMO Harris Pavilion*+
07/08 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Armory*+
07/10 – Chicago, IL @ The Chicago Theatre*+
07/11 – St. Louis, MO @ Saint Louis Music Park*+
07/12 – Kansas City, MO @ Crossroads KC*+
07/14 – Denver, CO @ The Mission Ballroom*+
07/15 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex*+
07/17 – Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theater*+
07/18 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre*+
07/19 – Las Vegas, NV @ Pearl Concert Theater*+
07/21 – Boise, ID @ Outlaw Field*+
07/23 – Bonner, MT @ KettleHouse Amphitheater*+
07/24 – Redmond, WA @ Marymoor Park*+
07/25 – Troutdale, OR @ Edgefield*+
07/28 – Spokane, WA @ Riverfront Park Amphitheater*+
07/29 – Bend, OR @ Les Schwab Amphitheater*+
07/31 – Paso Robles, CA @ Vina Robles Amphitheatre*+
08/01 – San Diego, CA @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre*+
08/02 – Phoenix, AZ @ Arizona Federal Theatre *+

* = w/ Wolfmother
^ = w/ The Sword
+ = w/ Battles

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King Krule Shares New Song “Cellular”: Listen

King Krule is back with another song from his new album Man Alive!. The opening track “Cellular” is out now, along with an animated music video from Jamie Wolfe (who has worked on Rick & Morty). Watch it below.

Man Alive—the follow-up to 2017’s The OOZ—is out this Friday (February 21). It includes songs debuted in Krule’s Hey World! short film and the previously shared singles “(Don’t Let the Dragon) Draag On” and “Alone, Omen 3.”

Read the 2017 feature “King Krule: The Wizard of Ooz.”

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Louise Redknapp pays tribute to Caroline Flack in heartfelt post

Louise Redknapp has remembered her “kindest, brightest friend” Caroline Flack in an emotional Instagram post following her death on Saturday.

The former Eternal star took to her social media page to share a picture of herself and the Love Island presenter pouting for the cameras, and broke her tribute down into sections as she paid tribute to her close pal.

“Caroline when things were tough for me and you were going through equally such a tough time you reached out to me and it was so nice to have someone that had been there and been through the same emotions and feelings as me even though different circumstances,” she began. “I always think it takes a certain soul to be able to reach out to someone who they don’t really know that well and speak from the heart but you did that for me and from that moment a close friendship was founded. I feel so proud that I was someone that you felt you could trust and that you could speak to at any time about anything.”

Touching on the difficult time Caroline had prior to her death, including being arrested for allegedly assaulting her boyfriend Lewis Burton, Louise continued: “You didn’t deserve any of this what has happened. You were the kindest, brightest fun and sincere friend I’ve met in this industry. You turned up to every show I ever did coming back in to the industry you helped me believe I could go back and do something I never thought I could do again. Whether it was a little DJ set, a west-end show or a music gig you were there being the brightest loudest biggest loyalest supporter.”

Louise concluded her post by promising she will continue to “try and speak your messages, try and live by all the things that we spoke about and try to be your voice and be the best person I can be for you”.

Natalie Imbruglia also paid tribute to Caroline in a post of her own on Instagram over the weekend, sharing a snap of the 40-year-old presenter laughing while sitting in the front seat of a car, and writing: “I still can’t process what has happened. Caroline, such a shining light, always so friendly and kind. My thoughts and prayers go out to her friends and family and to everyone feeling this terrible loss. #bekind.”

Following Caroline’s suicide, Love Island bosses decided to cancel Sunday night’s episode of the show. The programme will be returning on Monday and will include a special tribute to the late star.

David Bradley to Voice Gepetto in Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio

David Bradley will lend his voice to the poor woodcarver Gepetto in Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming stop-motion musical, Pinocchio. Bradley is best known for playing the caretaker Filch in the Harry Potter films, and for his role as Walder Frey in Game of Thrones.

Bradley revealed this in an interview with the Polish website Na Ekranie (“On the Screen”). The news was subsequently picked up by Discussing Film and seems to have been confirmed by IMDB.

According to Bradley, the rest of the cast is full of familiar names, including Ron Perlman, Christoph Waltz, Tilda Swinton, and Ewan McGregor, although their roles are unknown at this time.

Del Toro’s dark take on the classic tale is set in Italy in the 1930’s, during a period synonymous with Mussolini and the global rise of fascism. Del Toro has been trying to tell this story for almost a decade, and back in 2012 Nick Cave was slated to compose the score. But by 2017 Del Toro sounded ready to give up, as it seemed increasingly unlikely that he would ever find the funding. However, after his movie The Shape of Water cleaned up at the 2018 Oscars, Netflix came to the rescuePinocchio is expected to premiere in 2021.

Before that, Del Toro fans can look forward to Nightmare Alleyan adaptation of the 1946 book starring Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, and Willem Defoe. It’s one of our 50 Most Anticipated Movies of 2020.

Del Toro’s take on Pinocchio is not to be confused with the live-action version currently in the works at Disney with Robert Zemeckis attached to direct.

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Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker says working with Lady Gaga taught him to be confident

The Tame Impala star – who is back with new album ‘The Slow Rush’ today (14.02.20) – has revealed he was inspired by just how “human” the ‘Born This Way’ hitmaker was when they were in the studio for her 2016 LP ‘Joanne’. Buy tickets below.

In an interview with The Sun newspaper, Kevin shared: “It was great being in the same room as her.

“Not just to witness the conviction she has for what she’s doing but also to see how human she is.

“It was inspiring because I realised you don’t need a superhuman level of confidence to still be confident in what you’re doing.”

He added: “I decided to be confident because I was wasting my time not being confident.

“I’ve seen people around me that have conviction and I realised conviction is so important in moving forward with music or art.

“Although it’s a strong word, I’m kind of repulsed by lack of conviction.”

The ‘Let It Happen’ musician also admitted that he’s always been scared of getting up on stage and performing in front of thousands of people, but having music he released with the pop superstar heard by millions of people is not terrifying at all.

He explained: “The idea of me making anything that’s experienced 400million times would be terrifying if it wasn’t music.

“I can’t imagine anything worse than getting up on stage in front of however many thousand people and just talking.”
Meanwhile, Kevin recently revealed that Travis Scott and getting stoned inspired ‘The Slow Rush’.

The 34-year-old star admitted he’s willing to try “anything” that will get his creative juices flowing, and so he purposely made himself “uncomfortable” by being stoned in public.

He said: “I’ll do anything that gets me inspired, anything that kind of gives me, that causes those lightning bolts.

“Even with this album, I was doing things that made me uncomfortable just for the purpose of being creative because I’m the most creative when I’m uncomfortable.

“I hate being stoned in public, so I’ll like get stoned and go to the shops [so] the start of one of the songs was from that.”

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ShipRocked 2020: A Daily Diary and Photo Gallery of Rock’s High Seas Adventure

Kid Fan / Lzzy Hale / Beach Wars Participant at ShipRocked 2020, photos by Amy Harris

The 2019 ShipRocked Cruise set sail on February 1st New Orleans, making stops at Key West and Cozumel, Mexico, along the way, and returning to New Orleans on February 6th. The boat trip featured performances from Halestorm, Alter Bridge, Asking Alexandria, Living Colour, Beartooth, Hellyeah, Of Mice & Men, and many more. Our writer Liz Ramanand and photographer Amy Harris documented the 11th edition of the cruise, as seen in the diary and gallery below.

Pre-Party Gras Parade

What’s New Orleans without parades, especially during Mardi Gras month? ShipRocked 2020 had a parade around the French Quarter that took place the Friday evening (January 31st) before the cruise, complete with floats and bead throwing festivities. As the parade came to an end on Decatur Street, Hyro the Hero and other musicians delivered a performance of Anthrax and Public Enemy’s “Bring the Noise”.

Day 1

Fans gathered aboard the Carnival Valor for a vacation that would rock hard as we sailed away from Port of New Orleans. But first you have to get past the loathed (but necessary) muster drill. Unfortunately, our beloved cruise director Cookie (who is sassy and wonderful and makes the best announcements on the loud speaker) was not on the ship with us this year.

According to ShipRocked founder Alan Koenig, this year’s cruise was the largest with 3,300 people on board. As we sailed away from Port of New Orleans, the first set was delivered by Halestorm, who performed to a packed deck outside. The band showcased their 2018 album Vicious songs like “Do Not Disturb”, “Uncomfortable”, and the title track.

Like her chunky leather boots, Lzzy Hale’s voice could be smooth and sleek or tough and solid. She calmed souls with “White Dress”, “Dear Daughter”, and a powerful rendition of “I Will Always Love You”. Hale also spat venom during performances of “Love Bites”, “Freak Like Me”, and the set-ending “I Miss the Misery.” Her steadfast guitar playing matched that of fellow guitarist Joe Hottinger, while Arejay Hale looked like The Muppets‘ Animal behind the kit.

DED performed on the deck later in the evening with a high energy, fast-paced set. They unleashed tracks from their debut album Mis•an•thrope, including “FMFY”, “Anti-Everything”, and the angst-driven anthem “Hate Me”.

Over in The Theater, Sevendust guitarist Clint Lowery performed a set in support of his new solo album. While fans missed the entirety of ShipRocked staples Sevendust ion the boat this year,  Lowery and guitarist John Connolly gave us a solid Sevendust fix. One of the most heartwarming tracks Lowery performed was “She’s Free”, a song filled with admiration dedicated to his daughter. He also performed a version of Sevendust’s “Xmas Day.”

Rock veterans Living Colour shined later that night in the theater. With the 30-year anniversary of Time’s Up, the band performed an energetic set that included “Elvis Is Dead” along with a little bit of “Hound Dog” by Elvis Presley. A groovy reggae rendition of “Police & Thieves” by The Clash was also performed. The screams and falsettos by Corey Glover; spiraling guitar solos by Vernon Reid; other-worldly bass lines from Doug Wimbish; and a variety of drum patterns by Will Calhoun made for an unforgettable set. Anthems such as “Middle Man”, “Desperate People”, and “Cult of Personality” were also performed.

One moving moment in Living Colour’s set was watching all of the band members onstage chanting, “The walls between us all must fall”, while performing the song “Walls”. The legacy of Living Colour was celebrated by younger up-and-coming musicians such as Hyro the Hero and members of Ra in the crowd, as well as old and new-school ShipRocked fans on the boat.

ShipRockers partied late in the night but were ready for jam-packed day at sea.

Day 2

After everyone gobbled up a delicious brunch in the fancy dining room, meet and greets with Living Colour, Ice Nine Kills, and Beartooth took place in the morning as super long lines for merch began to form Another round of meet in greets also took place in the afternoon and included Halestorm, Badflower, and Black Stone Cherry.

The music got going with Dead Posey, Aussie band Hands Like Houses, and Hyro the Hero, who all slayed the Deck Stage in the afternoon.

Also on the Deck (and all over the ship) was a Super Bowl watch party. And for fans who wanted an alternative to the Shakira-Jennifer Lopez halftime show, Ra rocked the Ivanhoe Theater during that time.

After the Super Bowl, Hellyeah made their triumphant return to ShipRocked and honored their late drummer Vinnie Paul with a heavy and intense performance. Even the workers who served guests at the Guy’s Burger Joint station were headbanging and moshing behind the counter.

Late-night revelers gathered in The Theater for Maria Brink’s Midnight Mass. The ambiance of red light, a starry background and stage filled with candles emitted spiritual and ethereal vibes. The In This Moment singer performed covers of Radiohead’s “Creep” and Chris Isaac’s “Wicked Game” during the performance of stripped-down piano-driven songs. She ended the set with the In This Moment hit “Whore.”

Despite burning the midnight oil, ShipRockers were excited to catch some sun in the next morning in Key West Florida.

Victor Olaiya, Highlife Icon, Dead at 89

Nigerian highlife musician Victor Olaiya has died, the Nigerian newspaper Punch reports. He passed on February 12 in Lagos, Nigeria. He was 89.

Olaiya, aka Dr. Victor Abimbola Olaiya OON, was a trumpeter known as “The Evil Genius of Highlife,” a Ghanian genre that fuses traditional Akan melodies with Western instruments. He first broke out on his own after leaving the Bobby Benson Jam Session Orchestra to start his own band the Cool Cats in 1954.

Olaiya performed at state balls in Lagos for Queen Elizabeth II and with Louis Armstrong. He was a former president of the Nigerian Union of Musicians. Olaiya was most prolific in the 1960s, releasing numerous singles which were reissued many times over the years. In 2012, Nigeria celebrated his more than 60 years on stage at Lagos City Hall.

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Parasite to receive expanded US theatrical release

After a historic night at the 2020 Oscars, Parasite will receive an expanded theatrical release starting this weekend.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Parasite is set to hit “as many as 2,000 or more locations” in the US. That’s more than double the amount of theaters Bong Joon-ho’s acclaimed comedy thriller has reached thus far (1,060).

While Parasite is already a box office smash in the States — it’s one of the country’s top-grossing foreign-language films — it’s predicted to increase its tickets sales from $35.5 million to $50 million following its impressive showing at the Academy Awards. A ticket sales surge like that would likely place Parasite within an elite top five foreign-language film group led by Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon ($128 million).

And it could very well happen, considering the feat that Parasite has accomplished. Last Sunday, Bong’s widely lauded masterpiece beat out the likes of 1917 and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood to become the first non-English language movie to win an Oscar for Best Picture. The film also landed Bong an Oscar for Best Director and Best Screenplay (with Jin Won Han), as well as nabbed an Oscar for Best International Feature.

All the Parasite rage won’t stop at the theaters, though. Back in January, news broke that Bong and Adam McKay were teaming up to create an HBO limited series based on the filmAs the Oscar winner explained, the idea would be to “expand this film and explore all the ideas that I’ve had from the script writing stage from what could happen in between the scenes through the TV series.”

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