A Walk-Off for Elton at Nats Park Opener; Gahan Goes Down, Again; Game On, Jay-Z
Headlines: It's hard to envision Nationals Park being filled with people wanting to watch baseball too often over the next few years, so may as well get them in for some music. Even if it is for a concert that could have been held at RFK Stadium in the early '80s. Piano men Elton John and Billy Joel kicked off the latest stretch of their Face2Face tour at Nats Park on Saturday night and in true Nats fashion, Sir Elton's piano broke during the third song, prompting a mini-tirade and bringing the concert to a brief halt. Things eventually got back on track, at least as much as they could. Chris Klimek was there with the full report, and you'll want to spend some time with the comments on the article because those are always entertaining. No word on the next show at the stadium; maybe it will be announced at 2 a.m. on a Sunday night.
In weekend festival news, Spoon held its innaugural Spoon x3 festival in Austin at Stubb's and it sounds like the three-day run of headlining shows by Britt Daniel and Co. wasn't exactly a rousing success. Between oppressive heat (15 people were treated for heatstroke) and some technical difficulties, there wasn't the perfect precision people have come to expect. But it was still Spoon, and they played some new songs so how bad could it really be? I'll file a report on the band's set from MergeXX next week. Whartscape, Baltimore's annual celebration of its weirdo underground spazz-rock scene, was this weekend. I went the last two years but bowed out this time. I felt like I was getting too old for it last year. Anyone go? In sort of "Huh?" festival news, James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem will curate a stage at Camp Bisco, the annual festival put together by jam band Disco Biscuits. Everything that your mother ever feared happened at a rock show probably happens at that place. As for the Rock the Bells tour that took over Merriweather Post Pavilion yesterday with the likes of Nas, Common, the Roots and K'Naan -- lots of words and pictures on this very blog this afternoon.
I had a brief chat with Andy Fletcher of Depeche Mode on Friday and he told me that Dave Gahan is temporarily back on the disabled list. Fletcher said he tore a calf muscle; that article says it's a sprained ankle. In any case, it's been a tough go of it for Gahan this summer. The band had to cancel some dates due to the singer's bout with gastroenteritis a few months ago. All systems should be go for the band's July 28 show at Nissan Pavilion; maybe expect a few less twirls. The Game is staying off the shelf but staying on the attack. Of Jay-Z, that is. He's not being too subtle about it, either. "[Expletive] Jay-Z," he chanted during a recent European show. He also dissed Beyonce. And recorded a 30-minute vlog in which he did the same. OK, then. In other dissing news, Post Rock fave Jay Reatard took to Twitter to pan sorta Post Rock faves The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. "The pains of being boring at heart," he Tweeted. Clever. And in some final dissing news, Ozzy Osbourne has maybe ditched guitarist Zakk Wylde without even letting him know. Ozzy says he's searching for a new axe man but Wylde updated his Twitter with "this is news to me. I haven't heard anything about this. Until I talk to the Boss I don't know." All these musicians with their tweeting.
See you at Verizon Center for the Jonas Brothers tonight!
Video of the Day, I: "Summertime Clothes" - Animal Collective
The entirety of Animal Collective's triumphant set at last year's Pitchfork Festival is up on ... well, you know. Here's what looks to be one of the highlights, the then-unreleased "Summertime Clothes," complete with lots of flashing lights and bouncing-in-unison indie kids. Anyone going up to Chicago this weekend for this year's festival? I'll be in New York getting my Kurt Vile/Future of the Left fix.
Video of the Day, II: The Dead Weather - "Treat Me Like Your Mother"
Jack White's latest supergroup is in town tonight and tomorrow for a pair of shows at 9:30 club. We'll have a review right here tomorrow afternoon but for now enjoy the band's new video, sponsored by your local NRA chapter. Apparently White and singer Alison Mosshart treat their mothers in the same fashion that the Menedez Brothers treated theirs.
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