Unplugging: Krist Novoselic is back for more Nevermind
Summer festival season is on its way out, and MXDWN is here to welcome in fall music fests. As bands gear up for upcoming festivals, fans are going mad trying to score tickets before they sell out.
This summer’s music festivals have had a rough succession of storms, so let’s hope the fall ushers in much better weather conditions for rocking out in.
Last Saturday night, the main stage of the Indiana State Fair collapsed as huge gusts of wind blew through as fans awaited the band Sugarland. According to The Indianapolis Star, fair officials planned to evacuate the crowd prior to the expected storm, but the deadly gusts preceded the actual storm.
As fans began to trickle out of the fairgrounds - foreseeing potential disaster - the stage collapsed, killing 5 people and injuring almost 50. Although attendants were able to unearth all the victims from the debris in only twenty minutes, there was no evacuation process underway until after the entire stage collapsed and took the lives of innocent fans. The fair was cancelled Sunday, but recommenced Monday with a memorial service for the victims.
Moving on to Hasselt, Belgium, the Pukkelpop Festival stage collapsed Thursday as the Chicago-based band Smith Westerns was on deck to perform. The gnarly storm that emerged blew several trees onto rhe Chateau stage, leaving it completely demolished. Recent reports confirm 2 deaths and at least 40 injuries.
The Indiana State Fair tragedy and the Pukkelpop Festival mishap are the latest incidents in a series of summer music festival stage collapses. As the summer festival season winds down, remember to be safe and if the weather looks bad, take cover immediately!
In fall tour news, Feist has returned after a 4-year hiatus following her breakthrough album, The Reminder.
Set to drop October 4th, Metals is Feist’s latest work, recorded in an isolated studio in Big Sur.
From Cherrytree/Interscope, the cover art and tracklist of Metals has been made public. The band has been adding more dates to their fall tour, so be sure to check out the tour schedule to see where they’ll be playing.
Serving as a benefit concert for Susie Tennant, a well-known figure of Seattle’s music scene recently diagnosed with cancer, Nirvana’s Nevermind will be performed live and in its entirety at the Experience Music Project’s Sky Church in Seattle this September.
The live performance of the album will feature Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic, along with members from the bands Vaporland, Campfire OK, and The Fastbacks. This is another recent Nevermind-related event that will have fans happy, as September will also welcome the deluxe reissue of the 1991 album.
David Lynch, director of creepy classics like Blue Velvet and Eraserhead, has announced the release of his debut solo album, Crazy Clown Time. The 14-track LP is described as "modern blues," and will feature guest vocals from the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s Karen O on the track, "Pinky’s Dream." Set to debut November 4th, Crazy Clown Time features Lynch mostly on guitar and vocals.
So, who cares if summer is coming to an end? The fall seems to offer great lineups at music fests, new releases and collaborations, and plenty of tours.
Unplugging in Brief:
Indiana State Fair Collapses, Killing Five - Minutes before Sugarland was set to take stage, huge winds blew through the fairgrounds, causing the main stage to collapse, killing 5 and wounding 50.
Pukkelpop Festival Stage Collapses in Belgium, at Least 2 Dead - 2 dead and 40 injured at Thursday’s Pukkelpop Festival, as storm winds blew trees onstage, causing yet another summer music festival stage collapse.
Feist Releases Album Cover, Tracklist, Tour Dates - 4 years after The Reminder, Leslie Feist has recorded Metals, available in October.
Nevermind to be Performed Live in Seattle Featuring Nirvana Bassist Krist Novoselic, Members of Campfire OK and Vaporland - For the benefit of a popular music personality, Nevermind is to be performed the same month that the deluxe reissue is to be released.
David Lynch Reveals Plans for His Debut Solo Album, Crazy Clown Time - David Lynch is taking a break from making creepy and awesome classics to take a stab at a solo music career.