Bono Loses Voice in Berlin

U2 will be long gone before Deutschland’s next big to-do Oktoberfest (starting September 22nd), which isn’t a public holiday but should really be am I richtig? The band were in the German capital of Berlin on September 1st but unfortunately had to stop things after only a few songs following the usually reliable frontman losing his voice. Minutes latter the band were off stage and the gig was later abandoned. Here’s a video of Bono losing his voice during Red Flag Day, the fourth song in U2’s set in Berlin tonight. In case you’re wondering, Germany celebrated Labour Day on May 1st, not this weekend like in North America. Here’s hoping they do figure out what happened to Bono, preferably before the next show in Cologne on September 4th. U2 are in the throes of a European leg for the eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE tour; all the time they’ve been spending on the road between their still-new album and last year’s Joshua Tree anniversary can take its toll on anyone, even Bono. Ach nein, baby. (c) Warren Chrismas pic.twitter.com/EnoP3w9LT7
— Warren Chrism̶a̶s (@warrenchrismas) September 1, 2018

All of U2 seem baffled by the situation, as the other members released a statement saying they “don’t know what has happened”, but are “taking medical advice”. Twitterer @warrenchrismas took a pretty good video of the exact moment when this happens to Bono – He throws up his arms in throaty defeat as the backing track to “Red Flag Day” can clearly be heard.
Bono Loses Voice in Berlin

Bono? What happened in Berlin?

Bono stopped in mid-song, turning to the crowd saying “I think we can’t go on. We don’t know what has happened and we’re taking medical advice. We will update you very soon. Bono has had to stop in Berlin – lost his voice and visibly distressed. The first night, also in Berlin, went off without a hitch. I can’t think of a time in the band’s 42-year history–certainly not of an occasion in the last 20 years. It’s not right for you.”

U2 playing in Berlin, Bono has lost his voice after just a couple of songs – show paused, but likely to be cancelled pic.twitter.com/CdcJE9FIqg
— EFTM : 💻 + 🚘 + 🍷 (@EFTM) September 1, 2018

Well that’s a first. Bono was in great form and great voice prior to the show and we were all looking forward to the second night in Berlin, but after a few songs, he suffered a complete loss of voice. Adam, Larry and Edge
This was the second show on the Innocence + Experience Tour. Harder U2ophiles than me will know the answer to this: Has U2 ever stopped a show, unable to continue? pic.twitter.com/U889GIuYc7
— Fergal Quinn (@fergalpquinn) September 1, 2018

Well that’s a first. pic.twitter.com/U889GIuYc7
— Fergal Quinn (@fergalpquinn) September 1, 2018

Well that’s a first. Bono has had to stop in Berlin – lost his voice and visibly distressed. pic.twitter.com/U889GIuYc7
— Fergal Quinn (@fergalpquinn) September 1, 2018

The band later issued this statement:
We’re so sorry for tonight’s cancellation. As always, we appreciate our audience’s understanding and all our fans’ support in Berlin and those who travelled from afar. If the show doesn’t go on, it’s because Bono has had a near-fatal bike accident or near paralysis with a back problem. Bono has had to stop in Berlin – lost his voice and visibly distressed. But that’s just what happened in Berlin at the Mercedes-Benz Arena Saturday night during the song “Red Flag Day,” which appeared several songs into the set. If there’s one thing you can say about U2 is that unless it is absolutely, completely, and utterly unavoidable, they never cancel a gig.
Bono? What happened in Berlin?

Are Arkells Canada’s next premiere rock band?

Are Arkells Canada’s next premiere rock band?
It’s worth the read. The version he really meant, though, was later recorded by Ike & Tina Turner. Sixty-four kilometres and a dozen-odd years away from where they first formed in Hamilton, Arkells were trying to keep up with their own momentum. Something much bigger than before. The song started to build, and he jumped from his chair, shifting to air-drums as the chorus hit. Arkells were the subject of a long and thoughtful piece in Saturday’s Globe and Mail. That song starts slow; it sounds familiar. But it becomes something entirely new, unexpected and fun. Before his bandmates could speak, Ratz, the Juno-winning engineer and producer of some of this century’s biggest Canadian rock ’n’ roll records, said two words: “stadium rock.”

Keep reading. Then, “whoa-ohs” filling the room, he threw his arms high in the air. “I wanted that to sound like Rolling on the River,” he said, referencing Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Proud Mary. The track came to a close and Kerman hunted around the room for opinions. As the producer Eric Ratz blasted a rough mix of the song Hand Me Downs into a studio control room in Toronto’s Parkdale in June, the rock band’s front man, Max Kerman, lifted his hands and began air-keyboarding.

Foo Fighters Cover Nirvana…Sort Of.

Foo Fighters Cover Nirvana…Sort Of.
Unless of course you count “Marigold”, a B-side to “Heart-Shaped Box” which the FOOs released a live version of as part of 2006’s Skin and Bones. During Foo Fighters’ band member introductions where multiple covers are typically jammed out, Novoselic came out to hug Grohl as well as longtime friend Pat Smear, and proceeded to join in on live Nirvana fave “Molly’s Lips”. The three later posed for a backstage photo that was tweeted out by the official @Nirvana account, with Novoselic holding up a photography book featuring a pic of Cobain. They’re now off to Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver prior to Cal Jam ’18; in addition to Giants in the Trees, Garbage will be there – I hear their drummer Butch Vig may have a connection to Nirvana too, so who knows what “Holy Shit” surprises are in store for October 6th? The Concrete and Gold tour is in the process of winding down, concluding at Cal Jam ’18 next month with 20 or so other artists supporting the FOO, including former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic’s new music project Giants in the Trees. In the 23 years since they became a band in the wake of Kurt Cobain’s suicide, Dave Grohl has never, ever played a Nirvana song while with Foo Fighters. Lawn-only tickets for the Glen Helen Amphitheater in San Bernardino, by the way, are still available. Grohl wrote and recorded that song independent of Cobain, but I digress. They were also the openers September 1st at Safeco Field in grunge’s birthplace of Seattle. Foo Fighters have done it one other time in their history, a couple of years ago while visiting Edinburgh (sans Novoselic). “Molly’s Lips” is originally by Scottish band The Vaselines, which Cobain greatly admired.

Interested in some long-lost Tragically Hip demos? Listen here.

These recordings were made with Red Rider guitarist Ken Greer and were done about a year before the Hip landed their major label deal with MCA. Fascinating, really. A fan points us to a long-lost demo recorded by the Tragically Hip from 1986. Listen before someone complains and takes them down. The Internet is a repository of fascinating artefacts.
Listen here. Interested in some long-lost Tragically Hip demos?

Random music news for Monday, September 3, 2018

Did Drake sleep with Kim Kardashian? (Via Andrew)
What does Elon Musk and Tesla have in common with Spinal Tap? I plan to do no labour at all today–except maybe a little reporting on the music news for September 3, 2018. All this appreciated, but you should go outside and play.)
If you’ve got a kid and really, really want to go to a concert, don’t do this. How about 70,000 Tons of Metal? Abbey Road has undergone an upgrade to be more accessible and user-friendly. Why would anyone labour in radio? Here are some interesting stats about things like radio listening and podcasting. Tom took that advice and is now enjoying his Labour Day.)
A German train network had this idea about music, but it’s given up. Even though he’s dead, the new AC/DC album will feature guitar parts from Malcolm Young. Again, apparently. So Gwyneth Paltrow is really still Gwyneth Martin? (Still more Tom)
Can you imagine having a lifelong earworm? Let’s count the reasons. Even though she died without a will, it looks like Aretha Franklin’s estate will go to her four sons. I love this ex-punk rocker who’s running for the US Senate in Texas against Ted Cruz. That’s the thread of a weird Twitter theory. (And even more Tom)
Even Buckingham Palace played Aretha Franklin on the day of her funeral. (Tom? This. (Via Fred)
Looking for a cruise this winter? (Tom again)
A San Jose Sharks defensemen has gone all orchestral. (Via Moe. Apparently. Labour Day. Smash Mouth’s “All-Star” was written about climate change and anti-intellectualism? Nice of Vladimir Putin to show up to this singer’s funeral. Could it be a microwave weapon behind the Cuban sonic attacks? The Village Voice, New York’s 63-year-old alternative newspaper, is shutting down completely. Here’s one of his songs. (Via Tom)
If you were ever a fan of the band Streetheart (I’m from Winnipeg, so it was required), this will warm your heart.
Random music news for Monday, September 3, 2018

New Music from the Inbox for August 27, 2018: Slot, Cillie Barnes, MAWD, & More!

New Music from the Inbox for August 27, 2018: Slot, Cillie Barnes, MAWD, & More!
Her latest single, “Zuzu’s Petals” is about the feeling of self-assurance, inspired by an upswing after going through a break-up. Listen: Watch:

Artist: Exit Group
Song: “Plastic Coffin”
Album: Single

Planning to release their debut full-length next month, Exit Group creates aggressive futuristic post-punk that features antisocial lyrics and tight rhythms. The band is also getting ready to go on tour next month. This latest single features gritty guitars, catchy melodies, and has a Janis Joplin-esque vibe. Artist: Slot
Song: “Ha Mapc!”
Album: Single

Founded in Moscow in 2002, Russian alt rock band Slot has gained an impressive following. Listen:

Artist: MAWD
Song: “Wandering Eye”
Album: Single

California’s MAWD creates fun, upbeat music that’s full of soul and character. Watch:

Artist: Grizzly Coast
Song: “Zuzu’s Petals”
Album: Single

Grizzly Coast’s background as a poet leads her to write deep and meaningful lyrics. Last year they celebrated their 15th anniversary and after a celebratory tour, they decided to release an album featuring unreleased tracks and rare versions of their well-known material. The LA five-piece is also playing every Monday evening in their home city to promote their album. This first single gives listeners an idea what to expect from the album. Listen:

Artist: Dead Soft
Song: “Down”
Album: Single

Gearing up for a new EP set for release early next month, Dead Soft released this video for the second single from the album. Watch:

Artist: Cillie Barnes
Song: “Mudslides”
Album: Single

From their upcoming debut full-length album, Cillie Barnes’ “Mudslides” is an upbeat song with warm female vocals.

Ever wondered how records are made? Watch this.

Ever wondered how records are made? Watch this.
Reverb.com has this short film on the subject. With vinyl still on the upswing, there’s renewed interested in the process by which records are made.

How have things changed for music in the last 20 years? Let’s count the ways.

For close to a century, billions and billions were made selling pieces of plastic embedded with music to consumers. Nothing has been the same since. There was an additional expense, of course. With that in mind, here’s a look back at how things used to be and how they are today. [This was my Sunday column for GlobalNews.ca – AC]
We can blame Bill Gates for destroying the traditional music industry. With Windows 95, the operating system had grown too large to be installed on 1.44 MB floppy discs. It could be done, of course — some version of the OS shipped with three dozen installation discs — but a more efficient format was a new thing called a CD-ROM. Record labels, record stores, radio stations, music magazines, and later, video channels, acted as cultural gatekeepers, only letting through a carefully vetted trickle of product. With nearly 700 MB of storage, Windows installs were a one-disc snap. And when the original Napster was released into the wild on June 1, 1999, it was the beginning of the end as the universe moved from physical music product to the virtual realm. 24, 1995, this entire international infrastructure began to crumble. As we were upgrading our computers with this new hardware, the internet hit. No one realized it at the time, but when Windows 95 was released on Aug. Keep reading. Computers now needed a CD-ROM drive, which was essentially a CD player. It wasn’t long before people began transferring their CD collection to their computer hard drives using new ripping software like WinAmp. Those ripped tracks sitting on hard drives with ever-increasing storage capacity (and now able to hold many thousands of music files in a new format called an “MP3”) were suddenly free to roam the planet.
How have things changed for music in the last 20 years? Let’s count the ways.