The sudden arrival of mysterious posters in cities around the world has prompted speculation that Radiohead is planning some sort of celebration for the 20th anniversary of its landmark 1997 album, OK Computer. According to Diffuser, the posters seem to reference lyrics from the album track "Fitter Happier," and bear a resemblance to the concept art the band was using at that time. The years 1997-2017 also appear on the posters.
- It’s unclear who is behind the posters, which have already been seen in London, Berlin, Amsterdam, Vancouver, Los Angeles and New York, with other places sure to be added but yet to be reported.
- Fans online are speculating whether the group may be planning a deluxe reissue of the album, bringing out previously unreleased tracks or giving full performances of the set in concert.
- OK Computer was released on May 21st, 1997 and remains Radiohead's most popular and acclaimed effort with both fans and critics. It included the hit "Karma Police."
- Regular Radiohead cover artist Stanley Donwood recently teased on Instagram an upcoming project with the band that he wrote was "soon to be real," but has since posted only images of scaffolding and no further details.
- Radiohead recently concluded a North American tour in support of its latest studio set, A Moon Shaped Pool.
Bring Me The Horizon is starting to turn its attention to a new album, but the band members admit that they don't have any idea yet what direction the music will take. According to The PRP, keyboardist Jordan Fish told the BBC about the sound of their next record, "I don’t think any of us know. There’s a few things I know it won’t be. It’s not going to be a pop record -- I don’t think we’d ever do a straight, boring pop record. It’s not going to be a super, super heavy record either . . . As long as it’s interesting and exciting, that’s all I really care about."
Fish added, "I understand there’s probably a load of people who want us to be super heavy, and a load of people who only like the last album, who don’t like the heavier stuff. We just want to write something good. Where it sits genre-wise is something someone else can worry about."
- Singer Oli Sykes told us a while back that the band's musical progression goes hand in hand with their personal growth: "It's got to be true to where we are at. I think some bands at this age, when you get into fifth album and stuff as well, are still trying to sing about the same things and stuff to make the kids happy that used to listen to them. But if it's not true to what you are, it's not where you're at in life, it's gonna look transparent. I think that's why we've managed to carry on as a band, because we've always evolved and we've always made music that we still really, really love. It's not music that we used to love."
- Bring Me The Horizon's latest album, 2015's That's The Spirit, reached Number Two on the Billboard 200 album chart and featured the hits "Happy Song" and "Throne."
- Last December, the British act released its Live At The Royal Albert Hall DVD, documenting an April 2016 concert at the legendary London venue with a full orchestra and choir. All proceeds from the show went to Teenage Cancer Trust.
AUDIO: BRING ME THE HORIZON'S OLI SYKES ON THE BAND EVOLVING
Foo Fighters main man Dave Grohl and his mother Virginia will appear as guests on Wednesday's (April 26th) edition of CBS-TV’s The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. The mother-and-son team are making the rounds promoting Virginia’s new book, From Cradle To Stage: Stories From the Mothers Who Rocked and Raised Rock Stars.
Dave is an old pro at talk show appearances and even guest hosted late night show Chelsea Lately for a week a few years ago. But he told us a while back that the job didn't hold any interest for him: "It's funny because a lot of people ask, like, 'Wow, you're kind of a natural at that, you should do that.' I'm like, 'Why? I can fill a stadium in Australia -- that's fun!'"
- Virginia's book features interviews with moms of musicians like Rush's Geddy Lee, Rage Against The Machine's Tom Morello, Mike D of Beastie Boys, Michael Stipe and others.
- The book also includes Virginia's personal memories and thoughts on her son's rise to fame – from his early years on the Washington D.C. punk scene to the massive success of Nirvana to Foo Fighters
- Dave has penned the foreword for his mom's book, which arrived on April 18th.
- Foo Fighters have announced a string of summer European dates, along with one U.S. festival gig in California at the end of next month, but have yet to announce a new album.
AUDIO: FOO FIGHTERS' DAVE GROHL ON DOING OTHER ENTERTAINMENT JOBS
In This Moment may be in the midst of a spring road trip but that's not stopping the Maria Brink-fronted band from booking a new run of summer tour dates, including two dates supporting Avenged Sevenfold and Papa Roach and others featuring Starset. The new leg of shows will start on June 19th in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, wrapping up six weeks later on August 5th in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Maria Brink told us a while back that putting on a show that fans can relate to is important to her: "This theatrical show that we put on, I really want people to feel things not only when they hear us, but when they see us now. When they see different performing arts things happening and expression onstage, I want them to feel it as well."
June 24 - Lubbock, TX - Lonestar Pavilion
June 25 - Abilene, TX - Abilene Civic Center
June 27 - Oklahoma City, OK - Diamond Ballroom
June 28 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant
July 1 - North Myrtle Beach, SC - House Of Blues
July 2 - Norfolk, VA - The Norva
July 3 - Lancaster, PA - Freedom Hall
July 5 - Portland, ME - State Theatre
July 7 - Asbury Park, NJ - Asbury Park Convention Hall
July 11 - Rockford, IL - Coronado Theatre
July 12 - Cedar Rapids, IA - McGrath Amphitheater
July 14 - Mansfield, OH - Ink in the Clink
July 15 - Inwood, WV - Shiley Acres Farm
July 19 - Little Rock, AR - Metroplex
July 21 - Corpus Christi, TX - Concrete Street Amphitheatre
July 22 - Dallas, TX - South Side Ballroom
July 23 - Midland, TX - La Hacienda Center
July 25 - Wichita, KS - The Cotillion
July 26 - Des Moines, IA - 7 Flags Event Center
July 28 - Madison, WI - Orpheum Theater
July 29 - Rochester, MN - Mayo Civic Auditorium
July 30 - Fargo, ND - Fargo Civic Auditorium
August 1 - Bismarck, ND - Bismarck Event Center
August 3 - Billings, MT - Shrine Auditorium
August 4 - Sturgis, SD - Ironhorse Saloon
August 5 - Lincoln, NE - Centennial Mall & M Street AUDIO: IN THIS MOMENT'S MARIA BRINK ON THEIR THEATRICAL STAGE SHOW
Art Of Anarchy and former Creed vocalist Scott Stapp told Alternative Nation in a new interview that he does not actually think that the ghost of the late Scott Weiland spoke to him while Stapp was traveling on the tour bus on which Weiland died of an overdose in December 2015.
In an interview with GQ, Stapp said, "All of a sudden, it was almost like Weiland speaking to me from the grave, man. It was a very weird feeling that I felt. I remember being in the bathroom, looking in the mirror, on the bus, and really feeling like I could hear or feel him saying, ‘Dude, this could have been you.’"
Asked by Alternative Nation if he meant that in a "metaphorical" sense, Stapp replied, "Yeah, absolutely. Scott Weiland didn’t literally speak to me. What I was referring to there was how being on this tour bus that he died in created an epiphany in me. The way I carried on my life at certain times could have put me in that same position. In no way, shape or form, as you interpreted, did Scott Weiland speak to me."
- Stapp blamed the GQ writer for making it seem as if Stapp thought he had conferred with Weiland's spirit, saying "The writer for that article was, in my opinion, way out of line, and wrote an article just to assassinate me personally. He took any window of opportunity to take anything I said out of context."
- Weiland sang on the first Art Of Anarchy album, but never performed live with the group and distanced himself from the project before his death.
- Stapp, sober after a well-publicized meltdown over two years ago that was partially the result of heavy drug use, was recruited last year to sing for the group.
- The band, which also features Disturbed bassist John Moyer, ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal and brothers Jon and Vince Votta on guitar and drums, issued its sophomore album, The Madness, on March 24th.