Black Keys, Band of Horses, John Legend to Play Super Bowl Week Shows + Auerbach’s Divorce

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The Black Keys, Band of Horses and John Legend are joining in on the Super Bowl action. AP recently reported that the three acts will perform at a series of special concerts for Citi cardholders in New York during the week leading up to the big game.

The musicians are joining a growing roster of acts performing in and around New York City as the region gears up for the Super Bowl at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on February 2nd. In addition to Bruno Mars’ halftime show at the game itself, the week will see performances by Foo Fighters, Imagine Dragons, the Roots, Fall Out Boy and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, among others.

The ex-wife of Black Key’s singer Dan Auerbach got an unusual divorce settlement

Divorce settlements are rarely pretty, but the one currently being negotiated between Black Keys front-man Dan Auerbach and his soon-to-be ex-wife, Stephanie Gonis, has gotten especially hairy. According to court documents allegedly leaked to TMZ, Gonis will receive more than $5 million in the settlement, along with a lock of Bob Dylan’s hair.

The report made no mention of exactly how Auerbach came into possession of the odd relic, but it was apparently referenced among the list of shared assets as “Bob Dylan Hair.” Gonis will also get to keep the couple’s Toyota Highlander and one of their shared homes.

Auerbach announced that he planned to divorce Gonis in February, but the divorce seemed to escalate in August when a series of shocking details were leaked to the press. According to TMZ, Auerbach claimed in court documents that Gonis had been suicidal and had attempted to kill herself twice in one day in front of the couple’s 5-year-old daughter, Sadie.

In the first attempt, Gonis allegedly cut gashes in her legs and ankles while their daughter was present; in the second, she set fire to their house. In response, Gonis’ lawyer produced legal documents claiming Auerbach had been abusive toward her and alleging that the act of self-harm had been the product of that abuse. Gonis also alleged that the fire had been an accident, and not a suicide attempt.

Gonis said she had received treatment at a residential facility. A judge temporarily granted Auerbach custody of Sadie, while Gonis is allowed supervised visits. The judge added that Gonis’ additional parental rights would be revisited when she is able to convince the court she is mentally stable and not a risk to her child.

The disturbing allegations echo another rock musician’s very public split. White Stripes’ guitarist Jack White, who famously slammed Auerbach in an e-mail his ex-wife Karen Elson made public, is also involved in a custody battle over his children. Elson recently obtained a restraining order against White after accusing him of harassment.

“Wife fears for her and the children’s safety as a result of this harassment,” the restraining order said. It claimed White had reached out to Elson’s paralegal “in an inappropriate and aggressive manner.”

In addition to alleging White has a violent temper, Elson also claimed White pressured her to switch their children out of a class they shared with Auerbach’s child. In the e-mail, White wrote, “My concern with Auerbach is because I don’t want the kids involved in any of that crap. That’s a possible 12 f—ing years I’m going to have to be sitting in kids chairs next to that a–hole with other people trying to lump us in together. He gets yet another free reign to follow me around and copy me and push himself into my world.”

Thousands rock to Black Keys, Neil Young, Foo Fighters at Global Citizen Festival in NYC

Guitarist Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys performs at the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park on Saturday Sept. 29, 2012 in New York

NEW YORK — Neil Young and Wild Horse, the Black Keys, Foo Fighters, Band of Horses and others wowed thousands who turned out Saturday night for a free concert in Central Park to call attention to poverty worldwide.

Dubbed the Global Citizen Festival, the concert also featured K’naan, John Legend and Wild Horse, with Young’s performance capping off the evening. Video of the event was streamed worldwide as about 60,000 music fans crowded the park’s Great Lawn, the midtown Manhattan skyline twinkling behind them.

Legend made a surprise appearance, playing one song “Imagine” at a piano on stage, a short walk from where the song’s author, John Lennon, once lived. The five-hour show was a mix of tight sets from the bands, roughly an hour each, mixed with videos and information from guest speakers about global poverty-related problems like infant mortality and polio.

“Feels good to be here,” Foo Fighters lead singer Dave Grohl told the crowd during a break between hits like “Learn to Fly,” ”Best of You” and “My Hero.” Grohl, members of the Black Keys and others joined Young on stage for the finale, his anthem “Rockin’ in the Free World.”

The concert was scheduled around the meeting of the United Nations General Assembly in New York this month and organizers used an innovative approach to ticket distribution so that many concert-goers were forced to learn about an array of global problems in order to get a ticket.

Anyone wanting free tickets had to register at, which then required users to watch videos or read information about poverty-related issues. Each time material was consumed, users could earn points toward a drawing for tickets. Points were also accumulated by sharing information by way of Twitter or Facebook.

“Our social media campaign has been off the charts,” said Hugh Evans, CEO and co-founder of the Global Poverty Project. The approach demonstrates a new model for harnessing digital tools that might be repeated for other big events with political or social messages.

Neil YoungAssociated PressMusician Neil Young performs with his band Crazy Horse at the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park on Saturday Sept. 29, 2012 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Organizers said more than 71,000 people had signed up online, resulting in more than 3.5 million page views. On average, they spent just over six minutes consuming content or sharing information. Nearly 200,000 pieces of information were shared on Facebook, and just a bit more than that on Twitter. About 170,000 people signed petitions via the site, and there were 98,000 videos viewed to completion.

Evans said the project achieved its goals, set out last year, of getting more than 100,000 people to take action related to extreme poverty while telling a new story about the challenges. To that end, the site conveys information in detailed, documentary-like accounts and uses an array of video, graphics and stories that are friendly for mobile and digital consumption.

Financially, he said, the project also achieved its yearlong goal — working with an array of organizations like the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, the Earth Institute and Rotary International — of garnering $500 million in commitments to help fight poverty.

Singer and guitarist Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters performs at the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park on Saturday Sept. 29, 2012 in New York.

So now what?

Evans said that he’s hoping the audience, built online and at the concert, will continue efforts by tweeting President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney to halve extreme poverty by 2015, which is the key U.N. anti-poverty goal. And Evans is working on an announcement in October or November about “a major rock band” getting involved with the anti-poverty efforts.

Global Citizen Festival — LIVE! [This Live Broadcast is Completed]


The broadcast will air live on Palladia September 29 beginning at 4:30 p.m. ET as well as live stream on and For users who missed the live digital stream, it will then repeat at 12 a.m. and 8 a.m. ET.

YouTube REPLAY SEPT 30 AT 12:30 AM Eastern Time (ET)

About Global Poverty Project:

The Global Poverty Project is an educational and campaigning organisation that activates citizens to be a part of the global movement to end extreme poverty.

We know extreme poverty is a complex issue, and that it can’t be eradicated overnight, or by one person. That’s why we’re building a global movement for change: focused on making a difference now, and changing the systems and policies that keep people in poverty.

~ The Global Poverty Project.

Global Citizen Festival, Black Keys To Bring Largest Charity Concert To NYC’s Central Park Sept 29

Neil Young and the Wild Horses, Foo Fighters, Band of Horses and K’Naan also among acts hitting park September 29 for world’s largest syndicated music charity broadcast.

About the Festival – Together We Can Fight Poverty

Central Park, New York City, (Taken with Instagram at SummerStage – Mainstage in Central Park)

New York’s Central Park, the site of countless iconic concerts, will once again aim for the history books on September 29 when fans fill the lawn for the Global Citizen Festival. Headlined by the Black Keys, Foo Fighters, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Band of Horses and K’Naan, the show aims to be the biggest syndicated music charity webcast and broadcast ever.

All 60,000 tickets have been spoken for, but the Global Citizen Festival will be streamed live on Vevo, YouTube, AOL/Huffington Post, Yahoo,, and Additionally, Palladia and Fuse will carry it on U.S. television. Among the many partners planning to broadcast the show focused on spurring action to end extreme poverty are: Palladia (like MTV, a division of Viacom Inc.), as well as, and YouTube.

The first-of-its-kind collaboration between global online and broadcast outlets will include full performances and remarks from the speakers on tap to attend. “The Global Poverty Project is proud to have such partners to help carry the message of the Global Citizen Festival around the world,” said Hugh Evans, CEO and Co-Founder of GPP in a statement. “This is a chance to take action towards ending extreme poverty in our generation.”

The Festival, in partnership with ten nonprofit organizations, has been timed to celebrate achievements and create awareness around the UN General Assembly in New York, when world leaders will convene to debate the Millennium Development Goals and make commitments to end extreme poverty. The broadcast will air live on Palladia September 29 beginning at 4:30 p.m. ET as well as live stream on and For users who missed the live digital stream, it will then repeat at 12 a.m. and 8 a.m. ET.

Panoramic view of Central Park, New York City, from the Rockefeller Center.

Panoramic view of
Central Park, New York City

Central Park, which has been a National Historic Landmark since 1962, was designed by landscape designer and writer Frederick Law Olmsted and the English architect Calvert Vaux in 1858 after winning a design competition. They also designed Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. Central Park is bordered on the north by West 110th Street, on the south by West 59th Street, on the west by Eighth Avenue. Along the park’s borders, these streets are known as Central Park North, Central Park South, and Central Park West respectively. Only Fifth Avenue along the park’s eastern border retains its name.

Band of Horses “Knock Knock” 09/25/12 – CONAN on TBS

Published on Sep 26, 2012 by teamcoco
Performing a track from their new album Mirage Rock.

Band of Horses stopped by Conan last night to play “Knock Knock,” the first single off their new album Mirage Rock. The indie-rockers sound grand and celebratory on the track, the charged, steady downstrokes amassing tension before it all breaks in the chorus, resolving into walls of guitar melodies with the entire band singing in unison.

Related post: Band of Horses Preview Another Track from ‘Mirage Rock’ Album

Band Of Horses preview another track from ‘Mirage Rock’ album

Band Of Horses have made a third track set to feature on their new album ‘Mirage Rock‘ available to preview online.

‘Slow Cruel Hands Of Time‘ is streaming via Soundcloud below, and follows the previous releases of ‘Dumpster World‘ and ‘Knock Knock‘. ‘Mirage Rock‘, is due for release on September 17th through Brown/Columbia Records, after being recorded with veteran producer Glyn Johns at Sunset Sound studios in Los Angeles. The LP follows 2010′s superb ‘Infinite Arms‘ record, and will be supported with four UK shows in November.

As previously reported on Live4ever, Band Of Horses frontman Ben Bridwell has been revealed to be a guest vocalist on Biffy Clyro‘s own new double album ‘Opposites‘.

“I got an email from our manager via their A&R rep asking if I’d be interested in singing on a couple of songs,” he told NME. “I’m a huge fan of those guys, especially of their last record, so I just freaked out. I couldn’t believe it.”

About the band

Band of Horses, originally known for a brief period as Horses, is an American indie rock band formed in 2004 in Seattle, United States (US), by Ben Bridwell. The band has released four studio albums, the most successful of which is 2010’s Grammy-nominated Infinite Arms. The band’s lineup, which included Mat Brooke for the debut album, has undergone several changes; although, the current members, Bridwell, Ryan Monroe, Tyler Ramsey, Bill Reynolds, and Creighton Barrett, have all been with the band for several years. Band of Horses’ fourth studio album, Mirage Rock, was released in September 2012.

Band of Horses toured Europe and North America in 2007, prior to the release of their second album. Joe Arnone was no longer part of the band, which now toured as a six-piece band following the addition of Matt Gentling (Archers of Loaf – bass), Robin Peringer (Modest Mouse, Carissa’s Wierd – guitar) and Ryan Monroe (keyboards) to the line up. The album, Cease to Begin, was recorded in North Carolina and produced by Phil Ek. It was released by Sub Pop Records on October 9, 2007. The album features the core trio of Ben Bridwell, Creighton Barrett and Rob Hampton, with keyboards played by Ryan Monroe. Cease to Begin gave Band of Horses their first hit in the U.S. by reaching number 35 on the Billboard 200 and was also a hit in Norway, Denmark, France and Sweden. It was voted ninth best album of 2007 by Paste magazine and 47th best by Rolling Stone. The single “Is There a Ghost” gave Band of Horses their first European hit single, reaching number 30 in Denmark.

Following the release of Cease to Begin, Monroe became a permanent member of the band, along with new recruits Tyler Ramsey (guitar and vocals) and Bill Reynolds (bass). This once again made Band of Horses a six-piece band. In addition to his role in the band, Ramsey often performs solo as the opening act before the band play live.

In 2008, Band of Horses played at the Glastonbury Festival, T in the Park, the Bridge School Benefit concert, and the Roskilde Festival.

Ben Bridwell’s vocals have been likened to Jim James of My Morning Jacket, early Neil Young and Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips.

Upcoming Concert: Neil Young, Foo Fighters, Black Keys To Play A Big Charity Show In Central Park

Neil Young

The Global Festival 2012, a concert on Central Park’s Great Lawn sponsored by an outfit called the Global Poverty Project, will take place on September 29; Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Foo Fighters, and the Black Keys will headline, with Band of Horses and K’Naan serving as support acts. As is customary with shows on the Great Lawn, he show is free as far as monetary cost, but you’ll have to give up some of your time if you want to get in—to enter the lottery for tickets, you’ll need to point your web browser to, which is chock-full of ” a wide cross-section of content and actions about international health and development issues, ranging from videos to in-depth white papers,” and peruse some of the content within to accrue points. Three points enters you into the lottery for tickets. But if you don’t want to click around with the hoi polloi, there are, of course, VIP options available. Private bathroom access: Worth your $189.50? It’s your call!

Foo Fighters, “Everlong”

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