3/12/14 – Music News: Foo Fighters, Deftones, The Killers And More
The Killers – March Madness
The Killers are among many other artists who have been selected as headliners for the March Madness Music Festival, the free three-day music fest that will be held from April 4-6 in Dallas. The event takes place in conjunction with the 2014 NCAA Men’s Final Four tournament. The music festival will kick off Friday, April 4 with Jason Aldean at the AT&T Block Party; followed by Tim McGraw and The Killers performing at the Coke Zero Countdown Concert on Saturday, April 5. Closing on Sunday, April 6 are Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band along with fun. at the Capital One JamFest.
All concerts will take place in Dallas’ Reunion Park, and additional performances for each day’s lineup will be announced soon. The tickets are free but are open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. To access the latest concert announcements and specific times for all of the musical acts, fans can visit www.ncaa.com/musicfest.
Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins has started a new side project called The Birds of Satan. The group will release an eponymous, seven-song album on April 15, which is already up for pre-order on iTunes. Fellow Foo Fighters Dave Grohl and Pat Smear will both make guest appearances on the album.
The Deftones have started work on their eighth album. Speaking at Melbourne’s Soundwave Festival, frontman Chino Moreno told Rolling Stone that while he hasn’t begun work on the album personally, “the other guys started last week – I’m excited to hear what they’ve done so far.” As for the group’s songwriting process, he explained: “We don’t plan on what kind of record we’re going to make. We react to each other – one guy starts playing something then the other guy reacts to it, and the other guys react to that. Next thing we know, we have a song. I think that’s the best, organic way to write music. It’s worked for us over the years.”
Chevelle will release a new album, La Gárgola on April 1 on Epic Records. Following up their Billboard Top 10 album Hats Off To The Bull, La Gárgola — Spanish for “The Gargoyle,” is a sonic reinvention for the Chicago alternative rock trio. Says band front man Pete Loeffler, “I don’t want Chevelle to sound like every rock band out there, I wanted to create something fun in a dark way.”
Top Billing Artists/Acts Of 2013
Billboard has released its annual Money Makers list, ranking the highest-paid musicians of the past 12 months. Taylor Swift tops the list by raking in $39.7 million, based on touring, physical and digital music sales. She is followed by Kenny Chesney at #2 ($33 million); Justin Timberlake at #3 ($31.4 million); Bon Jovi at #4 ($29.4 million); and The Rolling Stones at #5 ($26.2 million). The artists on the list are ranked by U.S. earnings, calculated from touring, recorded-music sales, publishing royalties and revenue from digital music and video streaming.