The election is over but music and politics met again this week. George W. Bush Jr. appointed country singer Lee Greenwood chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA.) This is as apt a decision as appointing Charleton Heston as head of the Pentagon. Lee Greenwood's main claim to fame is writing the popular but schlocky "God Bless the U.S.A." Greenwood is scheduled to be sworn in Nov. 17.
Jack Bruce of Cream got wasted and unleashed some feisty words from the podium. The occasion was the Marshall Classic Rock & Roll Of Honor and Bruce was to accept the award for Classic Album for Cream’s Disraeli Gears. After “thank you,” Jack added “Fuck off, Zeppelin, you’re crap. You’ve always been crap and you’ll never be anything else. Cream is 10 times the band that Led Zeppelin is.” …But José likes to sit back when geezers talk smack.
Before Halloween Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz and Patrick Stump planned to set a Guinness World Record for record for most Interviews on radio in a 24 Hour Period. José can’t say if that’s a legitimate category or not. But they started at 3 a.m. PST on Halloween and continued until for 24 hours. The previous record was 57 stations in 24 hours. FOB complete 72 interviews. FOB has submitted documentation to Guinness and await formal certification that they are losers.
Chino Moreno recently confirmed that Deftones bassist Chi Cheng has been hospitalized following a serious car accident. Warner Bros. also confirmed his condition in a statement that said Cheng was in "serious but stable condition" Details are limited.
Jack White has had to cancel a few appointments due to injury. On tour with The Raconteurs vigorous head-banging inflamed a disc in his neck. Among the canceled events is his scheduled appearance at the MTV Europe Music Awards. José says rock more, dance less.
Rivers Cuomo is set to release another set of home demos this month. Alone II: The Home Recordings Of Rivers Cuomo is slated for release on November 25th. The Weezer-front man is rumored to have cut one song "Can't Stop Partying" with R&B producer Jermaine Dupri. José is entertaining the possibility this will be worse than the Red Album.
None other than Jermaine Jackson has announced a Jackson 5 reunion. At a TV industry function in Sydney, he told attending members of the press that “Janet, Michael, Marlon, Tito, Randy and the whole Jackson family is getting back together. He confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that the fam is already in the studio in preparation for a 2009 tour.
After a year of touring on a 7-inch, Narrows has finished recording their debut LP. The album yet untitled, was mastered by Matt Bayles. It’s due for an early 2009 release on Deathwish. The bands line up sports Ryan Frederiksen from These Arms Are Snakes, and Dave Verellen of Botch. José is pretty peeved that some n00b deleted their Wikipedia page.