NEWS: Weekly Recap – Nirvana and co, Coachella, and “Geronimo”

Rock And Rock Hall of Fame 2014

Nirvana celebrated their induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame last Thursday, succeeding in their first year of eligibility. They were inducted alongside fellow musicians KISS, The E Street Band, Yusef Islam (Cat Stevens), Linda Ronstadt, Peter Gabriel and Hall and Oates. Brian Epstein and Andrew Loog Oldham, who managed The Beatles and The Rolling Stones respectively, also became part of the institution.

Cat Stevens

As well as some stirring performances from the inductees (minus KISS and Linda Ronstadt), there were speeches that tried to drive the audience to sleep (I’m looking at you E Street Band – an hour and a half?!), and speeches acknowledging the deceased band members who were not around to join in the achievement.

Bruce Springsteen paid tribute to former band-mate Clarence Clemons, whilst Michael Stipe of R.E.M had some heartfelt words for Nirvana and Kurt Cobain. Nirvana dominated the night of course, with performances fronted by four talented singers: Joan Jett, Kim Gordon, St Vincent and Lorde. The latter closed the set with her much talked about rendition of “All Apologies.”


Sheppard and Ball Park Music still have it

Back in depths of 2013, we interviewed Brisbane band Sheppard, just as the nation’s broadcasters started spinning the band’s hit “Let Me Down Easy.” That song reached #18 on the ARIA charts – little did we know the band would top the Singles Chart less than a year later with “Geronimo.”

Brisbane very nearly had two of its band’s in the top spots. On the album side of things, Ball Park Music didn’t quite manage to dislodge INXS from #1 with their new album Puddinghead. But it was damn close – according to the band, only 22 copies separated the two bands in slaes this week.


R.I.P Peaches Geldof

Each weekly recap lately seems to feature an unexpected death in the music world. The news of Peaches Geldof‘s passing this week is the most tragic, as she leaves behind her two children, the eldest of which has not even reached two years of age. The 25 year old was allegedly found with her youngest son by her side.

It was also only 14 years ago that Peaches’ own mother Paula Yates died – when Peaches herself was only 11. Respects have flooded in from singers and celebrities to the Geldof family, whilst police are not treating the death as suspicious.


Coachella 2014 is better than your life

The Colorado Desert is the hippest place to be right now. I won’t even attempt to list the enormous number of popular artists and bands who are performing at this world renowned festival. I’ll just leave this lineup poster here and you can join me in wishful thinking.


Highlights already include Leonardo DiCaprio‘s shit dancing, an excellent cameo from Beyonce during her sister Solange‘s set, and the re-amalgamation of Andrew 3000 and Big Boi as Outkast (despite technical difficulties and an abrupt end). The duo were also joined onstage at one point by Janelle Monae – and speaking of…


Janelle Monae and Kimbra team up

American soul singer Janelle Monae and New Zealand’s other super female Kimbra have announced “The Golden Electric Tour”. with shows on the following dates:

Friday May 16: Challenge Stadium, Perth
Monday May 19: Hordern Pavilion, Sydney
Wednesday May 21: Brisbane Convention Centre
Monday May 26: The Plenary, Melbourne Convntion and Exhibition Centre

Tickets are on sale Thursday April 17 at 10am through Live Nation.


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