Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Hard Rock Calling 2010 Lineup

I've been going crazy over the past few weeks, impatiently waiting for them to announce the full line-up to this year's Hard Rock Calling Festival at Hyde Park. Most of the major festivals around that time have already confirmed headliners. But so far, the line-up for Friday is pretty kick-ass: second timers Ben Harper & Relentless7 and The Gaslight Anthem opening for Pearl Jam, together with Australian hard rock band, Wolfmother.

As for the rumors, Paul McCartney is slated to headline one of the nights. Social Distortion is also rumored to play HRC. So far so good. The Hold Steady is in London that week, so I won't be surprised if they're booked to play Hyde Park too. Also, John Fogerty is touring Europe, but no UK dates have been announced so far. I'm quite sure HRC will want him. But the big one is still Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers....

EDIT: Paul McCartney is slated to headline on Sunday. Still, my chances of going are getting more slimmer each day. Have to wait and see Saturday's headliner and the rest of the supporting line-up first.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Major Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Announcement Coming Soon!!!!

The waiting is the hardest part. But what could it be? New album probably. But even better, new tour??? They MUST do Europe this time!!! If they do Hard Rock Calling or anywhere in London this summer, I'm so fucking there :)

EDIT: So it's gonna be another North American summer tour for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. Their new album, Mojo, will be released this spring. First album in 8 years!! One of their songs, Good Enough, is already up on the site. It's just badass. It's the Heartbreakers doing the blues. From the sound of it, this is definitely going to be a very different kind of record for the band. More about the album will be announced in the coming weeks.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Super Bowl XLIV Halftime Show

First things first, I'm glad that the New Orleans Saints beat the Indianapolis Colts. I'm a fan of neither team, but I can't even begin to imagine what this means for the people of New Orleans and Louisiana; with their team making the Super Bowl and clinching it for the first time ever.

Over the past few years, we've seen some of the biggest artists in the world play the halftime show. Paul McCartney, Prince, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band. This time, it was The Who's turn to take the stage. So what's the verdict? Are they still the world's greatest rock band? Ok not quite, but still pretty close. At least they did the gig for free.

There were plenty of mixed reviews about their performance, with many saying it was downright awful. It sounded like Roger Daltrey had lost his singing edge slightly, but the band still put on a kick-ass medley of 12 mins. Lotta fireworks and pyrotechnics were used, and used pretty effectively too. And the stage looked friggin' cool. Pete Townshend was his usual self, on fire and doing his famous windmills at all the right moments. Damn, now I really gotta see The Who live!

1. Pinball Wizard
2. Baba O'Riley
3. Who Are You
4. See Me Feel Me
5. Won't Get Fooled Again