The US band delighted fans with a 90-minute set on the main stage at Parc Jean-Drapeau on Île Sainte-Hélène in Montreal.
Kicking off with ‘Hash Pipe’, the energetic Weezer were in good form, particularly singer Rivers Cuomo, who played up to the crowd throughout the show.
During the second song, ‘Troublemaker’, the singer dry-humped a cameraman’s lens, before hitting toilet rolls into the crowd with the back of a guitar. Mid-way into ‘Surf Wax’ he fled the main stage only to appear on the adjacent second stage, which stage crews were busy deconstructing.
Addressing the Montreal crowd early on, Cuomo recalled the first time they had performed in the French-Canadian city.
“We’re Weezer. We remember playing here in 1995 at the Spectrum,” he said. “We didn’t play an encore - we had to high tail it out of town, but now we’re back and we’re going to play an encore tonight.”
After plunging further into their back catalogue with renditions of ‘Say It Ain’t So’ and ‘Buddy Holly’, Cuomo didn’t renege on his promise.
Weezer’s encore included reprises of Lady Gaga’s ‘Poker Face’ and ‘Kids’ by MGMT, which left the 25,000 strong crowd happy.
Earlier in the day, Snoop Dogg drew a huge crowd on the second stage, frequently asking festival-goers if they liked to smoke weed.
Dressed all in black, the rapper delivered a greatest hits set, which included ‘Gin & Juice’, ‘G Thang’ and ‘Drop It Like It Hot’.
Snoop also treated the crowd to his own rendition of The Beatles’ ‘Hey Jude’, which included the altered refrain, “Hey Snoop”.
Wu Tang Clan covered The Beatles classic ‘Come Together’ as they rounded off their UK tour in London last night (4 August).
Lead singer RZA rapped over the opener to the Fab Four’s 1969 album ‘Abbey Road’ at the end of their show at Brixton Academy for the band’s first show in three years.
The rap collective played a host of tracks from their back catalogue with much of their material leaning towards their 1993 debut album ‘Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)’.
Setting out their stall early on, RZA declared: “It is the year 2010 and Wu Tang Clan are on tour. Manchester was off the hook last night. This is the last night of our tour so we’re going to save the best for last.”
The tour was their first since 2007 and was meant to include the full line-up. However, Method Man was forced to pull out due to filming commitments for an episode of CSI.
RZA acknowledged his absence, apologizing to the crowd towards the end. “We’re sorry Method Man couldn’t make it,” he said. “He’s in Hollywood. We’re going to let him know how loud you were though.”
RZA also announced his own forthcoming movie project “The Man With The Iron Fist” to the crowd.
Earlier the band paid tribute to late member Ol’ Dirty Bastard, who died of an accidental drug overdose in 2004, by asking the audience to lift up lighters and mobile phones in his honour.
But the biggest cheer of the night was reserved for their only UK hit single ‘Gravel Pit.’
Wu Tang Clan played:
‘Protect Ya Neck’
‘Clan In Da Front’
‘Bring Da Ruckus’
‘One Blood Under W’
‘Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthing Ta Fuck Wit’
‘Da Mystery of Chessboxin’
‘Can It All Be So Simple’
The lead singer and pianist of the “punk-cabaret” duo Dresden Dolls, Amanda Palmer, has been making headlines with her recent YouTube rendition of the popular Radiohead song, ‘Creep,’ which she performs on the ukelele.
In one 3-minute period, the songstress had sold nearly $15,000 in online music and merchandise purchases, along with 4,000 digital EPs, vinyls, and just about everything else that was for sale on her website.
An interview was recently held with “the man behind the music,” Sean Francis, regarding Palmer’s new-found popularity and the way her fans helped get her cover over 140,000 views on YouTube. Listen to the ‘Creep’ cover, and read some extracts from the interview below!
Congratulations on the release! Is it true that you guys did it entirely independently?
Thanks, and that’s correct – no label, and no manager for the most part. This project has been handled by four people: Amanda, myself, Beth [Hommel], and Hayley [Rosenblum] – interfacing with various artists and professionals (like the producer) when and where necessary.
Are you happy with the way the release has gone thus far?
We couldn’t be happier. We hoped for far less than what’s happened, braced for the worst, and were floored by how wonderful it’s turned out. We’ve said that this is an experiment from day one, but to see such positive response from the fans, and to have so many people tell us that we’re doing things right? It’s hard for gross earnings to trump knowing we made the fans happy, but being able to see both of those elements walking happily hand-in-hand is GREAT.
So you think you’ll do better by selling this release directly to your fans first, as opposed to selling through iTunes or Amazon from the very start?
It’s nice to see a check roll in from those places, but in-between shuffling off a (large) percentage of revenue just for being on there, and the fact it would’ve been weeks (if not months) ’til we would’ve seen a dime…I don’t think we’ll make more money this way, I know we will, and I know we did. In six hours.
You decided to let your fans name their price on the digital EP, with the minimum set to 84 cents (representing the amount owed to Radiohead for playing their music, plus payment processing fees). How’d that work out? Are fans paying more than the minimum?
Part of the reasoning behind doing the release that way was that we wanted to lend some transparency to the system by which an artist (in this case Radiohead) receives a royalty check. We were urged by numerous parties to set our minimum donation to a higher price point – and I don’t think anyone would’ve been turned off had we set it to $3 or $5 – but we saw that people were more than happy to not only pay for the music, but pay extra for it: downloads are averaging around $5, and one generous comedian even paid $100.84.
What’s next for Amanda?
What’s literally next for Amanda is preparation for Cabaret – she won’t be doing any real touring on this EP, but will be performing with some longtime collaborators (virtuoso pianist Lance Horne, her high school drama teacher Steven Bogart, and Danger Ensemble impresario Steven Mitchell Wright) at the A.R.T. through September and October in Cambridge, Mass. After that? Well, we’ve told the fans to keep Halloween clear. Amanda may or may not have some obligations somewhere on the east coast to conjure up some friendly ghosts from the past and do a really special show. Maybe.
Read the rest of the interview here, and let us know what you think about Amanda’s cover!
Gotta “like” anyone who can play the ukelele, right?
Vampire Weekend are being sued for $2 million (£1.3 million) by the cover star of their album ‘Contra.’
Released earlier this year, the artwork for the New York group’s second LP features a photo of Kirsten Kennis taken in 1983 by photographer Tod Brody.
Also used to pave the way for a marketing campaign to promote the album, the photo caused much online speculation as to her identity after the image appeared as an advert on music-based websites, as well as on fly posters around the UK.
Now as TMZ reports, Kennis filed a lawsuit on Wednesday (14 July) with the Los Angeles County Superior Court, claiming that the signature on the release form, which would allow the band to use the image, was forged.
Going on to explain she had no idea the photograph was being used on the album cover, she added that she blamed the band for not verifying the legitimacy of her signature on the release.
The band or photographer have yet to comment on the lawsuit.
Vampire Weekend are set to headline this weekend’s Latitude Festival on Sunday (July 18). Check back on FanShake for up-to-the-minute details on the festy, and become a fan of Vampire Weekend before the event takes place!
Covers give an artist the opportunity to put their own unique spin on an already well-known song. In today’s ‘Age of Technology,’ just because you’re not famous doesn’t mean that the whole world can’t hear or see you perform. With the numerous video-sharing websites that exist today, most successful of which being YouTube, anyone with an internet connection and a video camera can record themselves singing original material, or a cover of their favourite song(s), and upload the video for the world to hear.
Is imitation the best form of flattery? Team FanShake have scanned YouTube and have come across, what we think, are the Top 10 cover videos available on the internet. Songs being covered range from the über-popular to the virtually unknown, and are all sung by amateur performers. Congratulations to our top ten, and we hope to see more cover videos from the REST OF YOU (hint, hint…) soon!