Music News Roundup
We've got a bunch of music news stories to cover today, so hold on to your hats! This news drop features the Pixies, Pearl Jam, Kaiser Chiefs, Nine Inch Nails, and Junior Murvin.
The Pixies have fired their new bassist, after she worked only six months with the band. Kim Shattuck has been released from service after she was brought on to replace founding member Kim Deal, who quit the band in June. Deal had been the Pixies bassist for 25 years before she left the band this summer. Shattuck announced her departure from the Pixies on twitter, saying that she was "disappointed to learn [her] time with the Pixies had ended" and that she is focusing her attention on the next album of her other band, The Muffs.
At a Pearl Jam concert this weekend, a fan went to great lengths to hear his favorite Pearl Jam song. To get the band to play "Brain of J", a fan told the band that he would shave his head for their show in Spokane, Washington. After letting the fan headbang one last time with his dreadful locks, Eddie Vedder personally cut the fan's hair, to much applause from the crowd.
Two weeks ago, Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails used Facetime on his phone to communicate with a hospitalized fan. The fan was Andrew Youssef, a devoted concert photographer and journalist, and his health took a turn for the worse since the concert, and he passed away of colon cancer on November 30th. Youssef was only 38 years old. Before he passed, he wrote, “Saying goodbye to everyone was definitely the most difficult part. I felt as though I was now a part of the Nine Inch Nails family. One of the crew members even suggested I should just jump on tour with them, which was beyond flattering. As I left, the band showered me with guitar picks and drumsticks and signed the Dave Smith Prophet 12 keyboard I recently purchased as a treat for myself. I would like to thank Trent, Mariqueen, Alessandro, Nine Inch Nails, Eric, Jim, Courtney, Rob and the entire crew for such a life-changing experience. Those were honestly were the best days of my life.” Youssef said his experiences helped him identify with Nine Inch Nails' song "In This Twilight".
Another death, this time of a musician, has fans in mourning. Reggae singer Junior Murvin passed away recently in Jamaica. He was admitted to Port Antonio last week for complications from diabetes and hypertension. The singer, most known for his song Police and Thieves, had been making music for more than 30 years and was thought to be between 64 and 67 years old.
Lastly, Kaiser Chiefs have released details about their next album. The new album is called Education, Education, Education, and War, and is the first album released by the Leeds band since their principle songwriter Nick Hodgson quit last year. The album was produced by Ben H Allen III (Gnarls Barkley, Animal Collective, Deerhunter) and has a release date of March 31. A few of the tracks were debuted at Lollapalooza and other festivals this past summer.