What's Your "Chinese Democracy"?
Think you've been waiting forever for "Chinese Democracy"? Guns N' Roses, with its much-teased fourteen year gap between studio albums, isn't the only band major artist who has kept fans waiting for a seemingly endless stretch between records. Eagles anyone? Check out our quick look at Four Other Bands With More Than A Decade Between Albums.
4. Jane's Addiction
Previous Album: Ritual De Lo Habitual, 1990
Billboard 200 Peak: No. 19
New Album: Strays, 2003
Billboard 200 Peak: No. 4
Wait: 12 years, 11 months, 9 days
3. The B-52's
Previous Album: Good Stuff, 1992
Billboard 200 Peak: No. 16
New Album: Funplex, 2008
Billboard 200 Peak: No. 11
Wait: 15 years, 9 months, 2 days
2. Donna Summer
Previous Album: Mistaken Identity, 1991
Billboard 200 Peak: none
New Album: Crayons, 2008
Billboard 200 Peak: No. 17
Wait: 16 years, 8 months, 27 days
1. Artist: The Eagles
Previous Album: The Long Run, 1979
Billboard 200 Peak: No. 1
New Album: Long Road Out Of Eden, 2007
Billboard 200 Peak: No. 1
Wait: 28 years, 1 month, 6 days
"Long" is clearly a theme here. Some might argue that the Band's "Hell Freezes Over" in 1994 should be considered, but it only had a few originals, so J.I. is not counting that.
The Best Press Release Headline Of All Time
We here at Jaded Insider get a lot of press releases, but we're pretty sure the one that arrived this afternoon titled "New Menudo to Perform, Meet Fans at Balloon Festival" is the best we've ever read. Now mind you, we're not out to bash Menudo. They seem like nice enough kids. But we can't imagine this is really the kind of booking they're after. Plus, it conjures all sorts of weird visions of them performing inside of a hot air balloon, decorated to match their outfits ...
For Immediate Release
MENUDO TO PERFORM AND MEET FANS AT BALLOON FESTIVAL
NEW VERSION OF FIRST “BOY BAND” IN CONCERT JULY 27
READINGTON, NJ --- Coming out of Puerto Rico in the 1970s, Menudo was the first wave of talented singing and dancing groups that revolutionized the music world. A new version of the group is ready to prove they can do it again when they perform at the Quick Chek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning at Solberg Airport in Readington on Sunday, July 27 at 1:00 p.m. The group will also meet fans following their performance.
The legendary group sold over 40 million records worldwide and launched the career of international superstar Ricky Martin. So, what better setting than the balloon festival for the new Menudo to take off?
“To keep the Festival fresh and exciting for our ever-growing legion of young balloonatics, we’ve once again added live concerts geared especially for our teenage audience,” said Festival Executive Producer Howard Freeman. “Last year thousands come out to see and meet the Jonas Brothers – yes, the Jonas Brothers – who, as every girl in America knows, are now the hottest musical act on the planet. This is a great opportunity to see this exciting new version of Menudo that America recently discovered on MTV.”
Bonnarooing: Jam On It
Pearl Jam is on stage at Bonnaroo, and not only did they open for the first time ever with the rarity "Hard To Imagine," the proceeded to play the even more rare outtake "All Night," its maiden live appearance. How's that for a quick start? Also early in the set: "Corduroy," "Why Go," a mass sing-a-long to "Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town" ("Since basically I'm looking out at a small town right now," frontman Eddie Vedder said) and "Who You Are," which hadn't been played in 10 years prior to the start of this mini-tour.
Bonnarooing: Masto Blastos
We don't think Bonnaroo is turning into a hard rock festival anytime soon, but by golly if they didn't wind up booking both the most influential and still most popular metal band in the world (Metallica) and also the most promising relatively new act in the genre this weekend.
The latter would be, of course, Mastodon, who were absolutely jaw-dropping during their Saturday set. Moshing isn't usually part of the deal at Bonnaroo, but it was in full force during crushing rockers like "Crystal Skull" and "Crimson Rider," which used Metallica's harmonized guitar leads as a jumping-off point for exceedingly adventurous twists on the metal template.
There's just something about the riffs and stop-on-a-dime time changes these guys pull off that puts an enormous smile on our faces. We think they may have played at least one new song from the album they're making in Atlanta right now with producer Brendan O'Brien, but don't quote us on that.
Bonnarooing: My Morning Jacket ... Um, Wow
Yeah, this happened during My Morning Jacket's three-hour marathon last night, mostly during a torrential downpour, at Bonnaroo (thank you, message board on MyMorningJacket.com for helping us with all the little details). Name us one other band that covers Funkadelic, Erykah Badu and Motley Crue in the same set, and finagles a guest appearance from frickin' Metallica's Kirk Hammett for good measure?
"Off the Record"
"Hot Fun" (Sly & the Family Stone) *
"What a Wonderful Man"
"Thank You Too"
"Touch Me I'm Going To Scream Pt. 1"
"Hit It and Quit It" (Funkadelic)
"Tyrone" (Erykah Badu)
"Steam Engine"/drum solo
"Easy Morning Rebel" *
"One Big Holiday" (with Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett)
"Cold Sweat" (James Brown) *
"Get Down On It" (Kool & the Gang) *
"Across 110th Street" (Bobby Womack) *
"Phone Went West"
"Oh Sweet Nuthin" (The Velvet Underground)
"Bermuda Highway" (Jim James solo)
"Smokin From Shootin"
"Touch Me I'm Going To Scream Pt. 2"
"Home Sweet Home" (Motley Crue, featuring Zach Galifianakis in character as Little Orphan Annie)
* = with Jeff Coffin on saxophone and the Nashville/Louisville Horns
For additional Bonnaroo coverage all weekend, visit Billboard.com.