It’s “week long residency month” as U2 book five nights of Fallon

U2 photographed by John Wright
Photo (C) John Wright

Hot on the heels of Foo Fighters playing a week of live slots on the Late Show With David Letterman, and Metallica announcing a week long residency on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, U2 are the latest band to announce a residency of their own.

The Irish rockers have revealed that they will be playing a five night stand on the NBC flagship chat show The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

U2’s stint will begin on the 17th of November, the same week as that of Metallica’s TV appearances. Anyone who happens to be a fan of both bands will be pleased to hear that the shows don’t overlap in the schedules however.

U2 previously appeared on the debut episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on the 17th of February, performing their charity single “Invisible.”

Back then Bono and Edge told Fallon that they were still working on their new album, with over 30 songs in the works. Who knew that just seven months later they would devalue music forever by forcing their recent album Songs Of Innocence on unwitting iTunes users the world over.*

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Listen! Weezer stream new song, ‘Back To The Shack’

Weezer Band Shot 2014

Weezer have revealed another new song from their forthcoming album, Everything Will Be Alright In The End.

“Back To The Shack” feels to us like a return to an earlier Weezer sound. Check out the song below and let us know what you think:

Everything Will Be Alright In The End is due for release on the 30th of September via Republic Records, and was produced by Ric Ocasek of The Cars fame. It is available for pre-order here.

The band are embarking on a North American tour this week, and will be stopping by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon for a performance this Wednesday, the 23rd of July.

Weezer will play:

July
24 – London, Ontario @ Rock The Park 2014
25 – Belleville, Ontario @ Empire Rockfest
26 – Rimouski, Quebec @ Les Grandes Fetes du St-Laurent

August
1 – Las Vegas, Calif. @ The Cosmopolitan
2 – Del Mar, Calif. @ Del Mar Thoroughbred Club Summer Concert Series
9 – Bethlehem, Pa. @ Musikfest PNC Plaza
13 – Southaven, Miss. @ Snowden Grove Amphitheater
14 – Lake Charles, La. @ L’Auberge Casino Resort
31 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Made In America

September
6 – Charlotte, N.C. @ 106.5 The End presents Weenie Roast ‘14
12 – Paso Robles, Calif. @ Vino Robles Amphitheatre
13 – Sacramento, Calif. @ Aftershock Festival
14 – Chicago, Ill. @ Riot Fest
19 – Denver, Colo. @ Riot Fest

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Lars Ulrich accepts Will Ferrell’s drum battle challenge

Lars Ulrich - London - 2008

At the more lighthearted end of the Metallica-verse, Lars Ulrich has accepted a new drum battle challenge from comedian Will Ferrell and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith.

Last month Ferrell and Smith participated in a “drum off” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The battle was sparked when the two made it known that they are constantly mistaken for one another. Ferrell was declared the winner of the contest when he brought out a cowbell and played along with Blue Oyster Cult’s “Don’t Fear The Reaper.” The gag was a reference to Ferrell’s “more cowbell” sketch from an episode of Saturday Night Live that aired in 2000.

In interview with Spin, Ferrell recently issued a new challenge to Ulrich: “I mean, we did talk about another drum-off. With a third person that looks eerily similar to Chad and I. A third drummer out there … Lars gets pissed because he gets mistaken for both me and Chad Smith. He can settle that score now, too.”

Ulrich has now responded in a statement issued to Spin: “”I’m sure that with a bit of practice, I could give Chad a run for his money. But Will? That’s a whole different story. He rules the “bad-ass drummer universe.” I mean, you’re talking about a guy who’s so next level, actually, so beyond next level, that he may just be completely unreachable! That said, I’m definitely up for the challenge…Bring it on!!!”

Watch this space for further news, and watch Ferrell and Smith’s original battle on The Tonight Show below!

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Soundgarden rock The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Soundgarden Jimmy Fallon Jun14

In case you missed it, Soundgarden took to the stage in Studio 6-B, 30 Rock this week for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

The grunge rock legends played stirring versions of two songs from their groundbreaking 1994 album, Superunknown, in both “Spoonman” and “My Wave”, both of which sounded fresh and vital.

The performance came as Superunknown was re-released this week for it’s 20th anniversary in various Super-Deluxe editions.

You can watch the performance of “Spoonman” here, and “My Wave” here.

Soundgarden will be travelling the US in a co-headline tour with Nine Inch Nails later in the year. It’s also the 20th anniversary of Nine Inch Nails industrial rock masterpiece, The Downward Spiral.

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Will Ferrell and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith face off in charity drum battle

Ferrell Smith Fallon

Well, it finally happened.

Actor and comedian Will Ferrell, and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, held their long awaited drum battle live on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night (22nd May.)

The uncanny likeness of the two men was first highlighted by Ferrell in a Reddit Ask Me Anything event, resulting in Smith issuing the drum battle challenge.

Ferrell accepted the challenge during another Reddit AMA, writing: “Hi, Chad. Will Ferrell here. I saw your video and I graciously accept your invitation to a drum battle. If we can raise $300,000 (£182,000) for Cancer For College I will face off with you in the greatest drum vs. cowbell showdown the world has ever seen. We can do it on stage at a Red Hot Chili Peppers concert or in front of a mutually convenient public library. Your call. Also, would you rather fight a hundred duck sized ducks or one horse sized horse?”. The money was raised via an online fundraiser.

The pair dressed identically in jeans and Kiss T-shirts for the occasion, highlighting how similar they look. After four rounds and a surprise appearance by Smith’s Red Hot Chili Peppers band mates, Ferrell was declared the winner after producing a cow bell and playing along to Blue Oyster Cult’s classic “Don’t Fear The Reaper.”

Speaking to Rolling Stone, Smith had previously commented: “I’m all for it. But unless Will’s been practicing or is secretly a crazy, wild drummer, I think it’ll be evident right off the bat who the real Chad Smith is. I’m ready to take him down.” Ferrell added: “I have not been practicing. There’s no amount of practice that would help me become a good drummer.”

Watch the epic battle below!

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