Pearl Jam Play Entire ‘No Code,’ Debut New Song at Moline Concert




Pearl Jam had a pair of major surprises in store for fans at their Friday night concert at Moline, Illinois’ iWireless Center. Not only did Eddie Vedder debut a new song dedicated to the Quad Cities town, Pearl Jam performed their 1996 album No Code straight through in its entirety, from “Sometimes” to closer “Around the Bend,” Jambase reports. “No Code. Front to back. #PJMoline #PJFall2014,” the band tweeted before sharing a photo of the Moline setlist, which confirmed that the new song Vedder debuted onstage was also called “Moline.”

According to WQAD, Vedder told the crowd that the new song was written especially for Moline and the Quad Cities area. “Moline, it seems, this is for me. You can call me Nancy and I live in Moline,” Vedder sings on the track that’s about a woman who leaves Detroit for the Illinois city. Vedder also revealed that he’d written the song just minutes before the band took the stage, and that the cut was related to Vitalogy‘s “Better Man.”

It’s unclear why Pearl Jam opted to make Moline, Illinois the setting for the No Code performance other than the fact that the 1996 album was partially recorded nearly two decades ago at the not-so-nearby Chicago Recording Company studio. Vedder joked following the performance of No Code‘s “Off He Goes,” “Alright, end of side one.” The singer told the crowd that the No Code performance marked only the second time the band had performed a studio album of theirs in its entirety; as the band’s official message board points out, Pearl Jam played their whole 2006 self-titled record, out of sequence, at a Torino, Italy concert in September of that year.

In a wild coincidence, on the same night that the Foo Fighters were rocking out with Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen at Chicago’s the Cubby Bear and on a previously recorded Late Show With David Letterman performance, Mike McCready also paid tribute to the guitarist by busting out a checkerboard guitar Nielsen had given him while Jeff Ament brought out a bass with a similar pattern.

Foo Fighters leave David Letterman in tears with emotional performance of “Miracle” — watch


Wednesday night’s episode of the Late Show with David Letterman featured a full gamut of emotions, from funny to exciting to bittersweet.

Marking the third night of Foo Fighters’ week-long residency on the late-night show, Letterman first employed his musical guests for a quirky faux commercial for the law firm of Grohl, Hawkins, Mendel, Shiflett, Smear, & Associates.

Later, the band hit the stage for their latest all-star performance. This time, they were joined by swamp rock legend Tony Joe White for a stomping rendition of “Polk Salad Annie”. Letterman seemed especially tickled by the performance, remarking of White, “If I were this guy, you could kiss my ass.”

At the request of Letterman, Foo’s also performed one of their own songs for a special web exclusive video. Letterman introduced the band by discussing their relationship, “These gentlemen, we’ve known each other for a long long time now. They have crossed my path in ways unexpected and expected. And, as a result, each and every year they grow to mean more to me as human beings and talents musical artists.” He then relayed a story about taking his four-year-old son skiing, which the ski instructor caught on video and soundtracked with Foo Fighters’ song “Miracle”. “It’s the second song of theirs that will always have great great meaning to me for the rest of my life,” he explained. Following the performance, a teary eyed Letterman proclaimed, “You see what I mean? That’s pretty good!”

Earlier in the week, Foo Fighters teamed with Heart for a performance of “Kick It Out” and Zac Brown to cover Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs”. It all comes in support of the band’s new album, Sonic Highways, due November 10th via Roswell Records.

Morrissey [The Smiths] – Action Is My Middle Name – David Letterman Jan 8, 2013

Morrissey visited the Late Show With David Letterman last night to set the record straight, performing “Action Is My Middle Name” with characteristic theatricality. It was a prelude of sorts to the dapper singer resuming a U.S. tour that he cut short last fall, though one song wasn’t quite enough time for Morrissey to unbutton his jacket, never mind rip open his shirt or crack wise to the audience. Come to think of it, “Action” is a fitting middle name for Steven Patrick Morrissey.

Morrissey will be performing at the Gilman Opera House of the Brooklyn Academic of Music (BAM) on January 11. Check our upcoming concerts 2013=NYC post for tickets availability. This guy is a great singer/songwriter and performer. Welcome back to NYC, Morrissey!

US President Barack Obama praises Led Zeppelin @ Kennedy Ctr Honors


While President Obama doesn’t strike me as much of a Led Zeppelin fanatic himself, he nevertheless paid the surviving members of one of rock’s greatest bands a warm, endearing tribute at last night’s Kennedy Center Honors ceremony, celebrating the annual awards bestowed for “exemplary lifetime achievement in the performing arts.”

Obama—who also paid tribute to David Letterman, Dustin Hoffman, Buddy Guy and ballerina Natalia Makarova—praised the band’s then-and-still revolutionary sound, massive and ongoing popularity and, of course, their penchants for partying. “There were some hotel rooms trashed and mayhem all around,” he noted amusing, “So it’s fitting that we’re doing this in a room with windows that are about three inches thick and Secret Service all around.”

Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones—scheduled to appear but not, alas, perform on Letterman tonight—respectfully behaved themselves… though, in my mind’s eye, I can totally imagine a scenario circa ’79 when Zeppelin and Barack would’ve thrown one hell of a party together.

Congratulations to Led Zep! The greatest rock ‘n’ roll band ever!

Check out the president’s Led Zeppelin tribute below.

President Obama’s tribute to Led Zeppelin

[HD] Kiss – Hell Or Hallelujah – David Letterman NYC OCT-10-2012

Kiss were the musical guest last night on the Late Show, transforming the Ed Sullivan Theatre into Madison Square Garden for five minutes with a performance of their Sonic Boom single “Modern Day Delilah.”

“Our next guests are here to blow the roof off the dump, ladies and gentlemen,” Letterman told the Late Show audience while introducing Kiss, whose Sonic Boom hit Walmarts across the country yesterday. The potential Rock and Roll Hall of Famers seemingly packed their entire stage show — including the pyrotechnics behind drummer Eric Singer — onto Letterman’s tiny set, resulting in one of the most exciting Late Show performances in recent memory. And then came the lick: Simmons’ massive tongue surprised Letterman as the host went to greet the band following their performance.

Oh well, that’s a Kiss!

Published on Oct 10, 2012
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“Man on Fire” – Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros

31 May 2012

“Man on Fire”, from the new album ‘Here’, available on iTunes now:

Hippie collective Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros let loose their “short and sweet” sophomore set Here earlier this week, and have now unveiled the heartwarming new video for first single “Man on Fire.”

While we recently saw the group tackle the tune on Late Show with David Letterman, a bevy of dancers capture the camera’s gaze in the video.

Scored by the soft and supple acoustic shuffle, the clip finds jump-rope specialists, gymnasts, cheerleading squads and more moving to the music. The New York City Ballet steals the show, meanwhile, with a carefree choreographed routine performed in casual wear at a fenced-off dirt lot.