RED HOT CHILLI PEPPERS INVITING FANS TO CREATE VIDEO
The Red Hot Chili Peppers have invited fans to create a video for the band's next single, "Charlie." According to Undercover News, fans can enter the video contest at warnerbrothers.com/rhcp, with the winner receiving $5,000 in cash and a trip to Paris to see the band perform on July 6th. Singer Anthony Kiedis said in a statement, "Videos are harder than they look. It's very, very rare and beautiful and monumental when someone makes a truly good video...this is an opportunity to have that happen for this song."
Although there will be a video for "Charlie," the last "official" video from the Chili Peppers' Stadium Arcadium album is for the song "Hump De Bump." The clip features a cameo from comedian Chris Rock.
Stadium Arcadium, which came out last May, won four Grammy Awards last month, including Best Rock Album and Best Rock Song.
The Chili Peppers just wrapped up a North American tour and will next head to Japan, Australia and New Zealand. Its next U.S. show will be at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival on April 28th in Indio, California.
PETE TOWNSHEND SAYS THE WHO NOW REFLECT "EVERY SHADE" OF HIS SONGWRITING
Pete Townshend says that The Who are finally capable of encapsulating all the different types of music he's been writing. Townshend, who for years felt constrained by the stylistic boundaries of the Who, now feels liberated, explaining to Bend, Oregon's bendweekly.com that, "Our music is a real mixture of acoustic, light rock and heavy rock. That reflects better what I have always done in my own life and solo work. So at last Roger (Daltrey) and I feel we both can view the Who as a vehicle for every shade of my songwriting, not just the bravura and bombast."
Townshend touched upon the fact that in order to make room in the nightly set list for the band's new Endless Wire album, several fan favorites -- including songs from the band's 1973 Quadrophenia -- have been set aside for the moment: "Some fans may feel slighted, or cheated in some way, but the old music is there always, and it is a joy to play it live because of the way it triggers an audience to an unexpected level."
Townshend says that the Who were among the most versatile bands of their era: "The band the Who never gave me a clear brief. They never said to me, 'We wanna be a comedy act,'but if I gave them comedy songs they were brilliant at them. They never said to me, 'We wanna be a girl-friendly band,'but if I gave them a love song they would do it brilliantly. They never said 'We want to be a heavy metal group, if I gave them a heavy metal song,' they did it brilliantly. They could do anything -- but they never gave me a brief. Where did I get my brief? I got my brief from the audience."
PAUL McCARTNEY MAY BE PLANNING TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM IN SPRING
Paul McCartney is currently working on two new projects, including a new rock album that could be released as early as May. London's Sunday Express reported that a source close to McCartney's company MPL Communications said that, "The album is scheduled for seven or eight weeks time, it's imminent. It's a rock album. But he knows that just because he might win a (divorce) court case, it doesn't necessarily mean fans will buy his album... It's almost like starting out again for him. He lost touch with his core fans when he married Heather and he wants to reconnect."
Another McCartney aide went on record as saying that the rock project is one of two albums that McCartney has been readying for release: "We've been told to stand by for an album. He has been working on it for some time and it will be the first of two projects, the second being a guitar concerto."
The aide went on to say that McCartney may also be planning a series of impromptu club dates, which he has been known to do periodically since Wings'1972 debut tour.
The New York Post reported that the Starbucks coffee chain is starting up their own record label, and is hoping to make McCartney's new album among the company's first releases. However, McCartney is currently under a long-term contract with Capitol/EMI Records.