2010 – Quick Hits: Coldplay, U2, Rob Zombie/Alice Cooper, Justin Bieber, Billy Corgan, Deftones, STP
February 22, 2010
Chris Martin says Coldplay will release their next studio album by the end of 2010. In a video interview with Globo.com, Martin says he hopes the band’s next record will be out “hopefully this Christmas.” Coldplay is also being extra careful to prevent any material from leaking. “There’s only two people in the whole building who know how to open all the recording files,” Martin said. “Even we don’t know how to do it. We couldn’t even steal our own music at the moment. You would have to be a computer genius and a great burglar to get into the building, and download it, and mix it.” However, BBC 6 Music News reported today that EMI has said “reports the band are releasing their fifth studio album by the end of 2010 are not true.”
U2 has announced the opening acts for their upcoming North American U2 360 Tour dates. Lenny Kravitz will open in Salt Lake City, Anaheim and Denver, with The Fray opening in Oakland, Seattle and Edmonton. Interpol, who will release a new album later this year, will open for U2 in Minneapolis, East Lansing, Toronto, Chicago, Miami and Philadelphia. Openers for Montreal and New York City have yet to be announced.
Rob Zombie and Alice Cooper will team up for the brief Gruesome Twosome tour, a limited run of North American dates beginning April 26 in Winnipeg, MB. The trek runs through May 4 in Casper, WY. Zombie commented, “The dream or the nightmare comes true! Me and The Coop have been talking about touring together for the last 15 years and finally the moment is here. This will be without a doubt a Rock ‘N’ Roll Spooktacular for all the Cool Ghouls.” Cooper added, “I’m looking forward to these concerts with Rob. It’s sort of like Dracula Vs. Frankenstein. We’re like this generation’s classic monsters. When we’re not onstage frightening audiences, we’ll be backstage trying to scare each other.”
Teen sensation Justin Bieber will appear on Saturday Night Live as the show’s musical guest on April 10. Bieber has already stated that he would love to do one of the show’s digital shorts, a la Rihanna and Justin Timberlake. He wrote on Twitter, “Shoutout to @BieberOnSNL and all the other fans who support me. It’s happening! SNL in APRIL!! Digital Short Music Vid?” Bieber’s SNL appearance comes shortly after the March 23 release of My World 2.0, the follow-up to his 2009 album My World.
Billy Corgan has finally commented on rumors about his relationship with Jessica Simpson. The Smashing Pumpkins main man told the Chicago Tribune, “She asked me to help her out on the theme song for her new TV show [a VH1 reality series titled The Price Of Beauty].” He added, “(The show) has an interesting concept. She goes around the world to show how different people perceive beauty. I ended up writing part of (the theme song). It has a little bit of an alternative rock edge, but it’s still very poppy.” Corgan is still in the midst of writing and recording his 44-song Pumpkins project Teargarden By Kaleidyscope and says he just completed the sixth song in the series.
The Deftones will unleash their sixth album, Diamond Eyes, on May 18. The first track to be released is called “Rocket Skates,” and will be available for free download at deftones.com starting Tuesday, February 23. Diamond Eyes will be the first Deftones release to feature stand-in bass player Sergio Vega in place of Chi Cheng, who was severely injured in a car accident in 2008 and fell into a coma. The record was produced by Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Rush). So far Deftones have announced a handful of festival dates for the summer, including Columbus, OH’s Rock On The Range on May 22. The festival also boasts Godsmack, Rob Zombie, Three Days Grace, Limp Bizkit and many more.
Stone Temple Pilots have completed their comeback album, the Rockers’ first since 2001. Scott Weiland tells Spinner that STP just finished mastering the record and revealed “we’ll be playing SXSW in March, with a few more dates. And then we go to Europe to play all the big festivals in the early summer. [Then we’ll] come back with our own festival we’re putting together.”