April 15th, 2012

Radiohead Brighten Coachella's Second Day

Radiohead Brighten Coachella’s Second Day

Posted on 15 Apr 2012 at 3:04pm

Career-spanning set features icons’ newest tracks and older fan favorites.
By Mary J. DiMeglio

Radiohead’s Thom Yorke performs during day two of the Coachella music festival

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INDIO, CaliforniaRadiohead brought their huge sound and eye-candy backdrop to the Coachella festival’s polo fields Saturday night in a fairly mellow set, heavy with cuts from their latest offering, The King of Limbs.

Amidst their newest tracks — including “Morning Mr Magpie,” “Lotus Flower” and “Give Up the Ghost” — the British rock icons sprinkled tunes spanning much of their catalog, from Kid A rave-up “Idioteque” to In Rainbows’ “Bodysnatchers” and “15 Step.”

Of “Karma Police,” their first classic selection of the night, singer Thom Yorke said, “You know those people who are only talking to you because they want something from you? You need to take a cold shower afterwards.”

Radiohead, who last graced the polo fields in 2004, are also headlining Bonnaroo in June.

The fivesome answered calls for an encore with longtime fan favorite “Lucky,” “Reckoner” and the alternately soaring and intense “Paranoid Android.”

Coachella’s second day also featured Bon Iver, David Guetta, the Shins and A$AP Rocky.

In response to last year’s event selling out — a week after the 2011 lineup was announced — the festival is experimenting with hosting the same artists for two consecutive three-day weekends: April 13-15 and April 20-22.

The Black Keys, Swedish House Mafia and Pulp rocked Friday’s chilly opening day. Today’s (April 15) third and final day brings Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg (rumored to contain an appearance by the late Nate Dogg as a hologram), Florence and the Machine, Justice, Calvin Harris and the reunited At the Drive-In.

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Is Bruce Banner Headed To 'Iron Man 3?'

Is Bruce Banner Headed To ‘Iron Man 3?’

Posted on 15 Apr 2012 at 7:57am

‘Avengers’ stars discuss the possibility with MTV News.
By Kara Warner

Mark Ruffalo

Photo: MTV News

With anticipation for upcoming blockbuster “Marvel’s The Avengers” hitting a fever pitch after last week’s world premiere and the first round of very positive reactions from tastemakers, we might as well start looking ahead toward the future and the next wave of Marvel films like “Captain America 2,” “Thor 2″ and “Iron Man 3.”

“Iron Man 3″ is first up in production, with Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle and recently announced villain Ben Kingsley. Now given the fact that the film will take place after the action in “The Avengers,” we can’t help but assume and hope that a few of Tony Stark’s new friends from “Avengers” make appearances in Downey Jr’s third Iron Man outing, particularly since Stark and Bruce Banner seem to form a very close friendship in Whedon’s “Avengers.”

When MTV News caught up with the man should be making that appearance, Mark Ruffalo, we asked him how Bruce Banner might end up in “Iron Man 3″.

“On a horse,” Ruffalo joked about how he should make a cameo. “What if Hulk had a whale that he road?”

“Are you in Iron Man 3?” Johansson asked.

“No, not that I know of,” Ruffalo said. “That’s a great idea.”

“You never know until the last minute,” Johansson pointed out. “They could just call you up.”

“I’m sure there’s a way for me to find my way into that,” Ruffalo said.

“You should,” Johansson said.

“We work well together,” Ruffalo said of his rapport with Downey Jr.

“I think you guys are fabulous together,” Johansson said. “And your scenes are some of my faves.

“I’m a good foil for him,” Ruffalo added.

“Certainly,” Johansson agreed. “And you share something.”

“Will you talk to Kevin?” Ruffalo asked Johansson, requesting her to put some pressure on Marvel chief Kevin Feige.

“I will,” she promised.

“I hope I can join you guys,” Ruffalo said. “I think Bruce Banner would be a nice .

“Well now that it’s been revealed to us that Bruce is a possibility, why wouldn’t we call him for every job, is what I’m wondering,” Johansson said.

“Right,” said Ruffalo. “He’s easygoing until…”

“Until you really need him,” Johansson offered.

Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Welcomes Guns N' Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers

Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Welcomes Guns N’ Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers

Posted on 15 Apr 2012 at 7:38am

Beastie Boys were also inducted on a night when Guns singer Axl Rose refused to attend.
By Gil Kaufman

Former Guns N’ Roses members Matt Sorum, Duff McKagan, Slash and Steven Adler attend the 2012 Rock And Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony

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If it’s the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, then drama is as much a prerequisite as loud guitars, receding hairlines and a night-ending all-star jam on a golden oldie.

Saturday night’s 27th edition was no exception according to reports, with as much intrigue as a telenovela, as well as some genuinely peaceful Southern California bro-downage, irreverent induction speeches and fresh spots in the Hall for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys, The Faces, Freddie King, Laura Nyro and Guns N’ Roses.

The spotlight, of course, was on the famously fractured band of battling former brothers in GNR. Lead singer and sole remaining original member Axl Rose loudly decried the institution in a scathing letter
 earlier in the week, saying he would not attend and intimating that anyone who did was a fraud.

That was just fine for former guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan, who made the most of the honor, while, ahem, never once mentioning Rose. “I don’t know that it matters who’s here tonight, because it’s about the music that these bands played,” said McKagan, who jammed a short time later on three songs with a pseudo-GNR made up of Slash, former Guns guitarist Gilby Clarke and drummers Steven Adler and Matt Sorum and Alter Bridge singer Myles Kennedy. It was the first time in nearly 20 years that Slash, McKagan and Adler had performed together and according to reports there were little signs of rust on the classics “Sweet Child O’ Mine” and “Paradise City.”

In his induction speech at the Cleveland ceremony, Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong dubbed Guns’ 1987 album, Appetite for Destruction, “the best debut album in the history of rock and roll … every song hits hard. It takes you ion a trip to the seedy world of Los Angeles. The thing that set them apart from everyone else was guts.” And after ticking off the strengths of all the members of the group, he cheekily added, “Let’s see, who am I missing?” The latter set off yet another chorus of four-letter catcalls from the 7,400 in attendance, which inspired Armstrong to add, “Shut up. He was the greatest frontman to ever step in front of a microphone.”

Rose wasn’t the only star missing. Rod Stewart was not on hand to celebrate with the Faces/Small Faces because he was reportedly sick with the flu and Beastie Boys member Adam Yauch was absent because of ongoing recovery from cancer treatment.

B Boys member Mike D made up for it, giving a shout-out to the trio’s hometown for inspiration. “Thank you, New York City, for basically raising us and giving us all the music we love and grew up on,” said D, who was on hand along with bandmate Ad-Rock to celebrate becoming only the third hip-hop act in the Hall. During a later performance, Kid Rock, Travie McCoy and the Roots’ Black Thought joined the duo for a medley of their classics, including “Sabotage.”

Also inducted were Donovan, blues guitarist Freddie King, Laura Nyro, music exec Don Kirshner and a number of sidemen and backup musicians.

Accepting their award from comedian Chris Rock, Red Hot Chili Peppers singer Anthony Kiedis said it felt a bit weird to join such a hallowed hall when his band is still out on the road promoting new music. “We’re going somewhere,” he said. “How can we stop and take an award when really we’re just halfway there?” The Peppers later performed with a triple-drummer line-up that included two former skins pounders, Jack Irons and Cliff Martinez.

The five-plus hour ceremony will be boiled down to a two-and-a-half hour special for a May 5 HBO broadcast.

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