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UPCOMING RELEASES:

11/04/14 – WINGS: At the Speed of Sound (Concord)
11/04/14 – WINGS: Venus and Mars (Concord)
11/10/14 – FOO FIGHTERS: Sonic Highways (Roswell/RCA)
11/18/14 – THE KINKS: Anthology 1964-1971 (BMG/InGrooves)

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SPOON MAKES DEBUT APPEARANCE ON THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART 

Performances of “Inside Out,” “Do You” & Web Exclusive “Rent I Pay” Live Now

Spoon © Tom Hines (LOW RES)

Spoon © Tom Hines (LOW RES)

Last night Spoon made a triumphant debut appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart as one of the select few musical guests featured on the program. The band’s performance was part of the week-longDaily Show special “Democalypse 2014: South By South Mess.”

The Austin band welcomed the show to their city with stellar performances of “Inside Out” and “Do You” from the critically acclaimed eighth album They Want My Soul (Loma Vista/Concord) that recently entered the U.S. chart at #4 and was hailed by Rolling Stone as “an immediate grabber on par with the group’s best work to date.”

The band left behind an additional treat behind in the form of a web exclusive performance of “Rent I Pay“.

Catch the band after their European tour as they return Stateside for a run of winter time dates. Full list of forthcoming tour dates below.

SPOON
2014 TOUR

11/01/14 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
11/02/14 – Hamburg, Germany – Uebel & Gefarlich
11/03/14 – Basel, Switzerland – Kaserne Reithalle
11/04/14 – Cologne, Germany – Luxor
11/05/14 – Ghent, Belgium – Vooruit
11/06/14 – Paris, France – Trabendo
11/07/14 – London, UK – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
12/05/14 – Austin, TX – Moody Theater
12/07/14 – Boulder, CO – Fox Theater
12/08/14 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
12/09/14 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
12/10/14 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
12/12/14 – San Diego, CA – Valley View Casino Center
12/15/14 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
12/16/14 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theatre
12/17/14 – El Paso, TX – Tricky Falls
12/30/14 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
12/31/14 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
02/10/15 – Brisbane, Australia – Hi-Fi
02/11/15 – Melbourne, Australia – The Forum
02/14/15 – Sydney, Australia – Metro Theatre

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PAUL McCARTNEY CHATS WITH U.S. POET LAUREATE BILLY COLLINS AT ROLLINS COLLEGE

Paul McCartney with Billy Collins

Paul McCartney with Billy Collins

“Doing this for the students was such a special buzz for me. I hope it was for them too.” — Paul McCartney

At the behest of two-term U.S. poet laureate and senior distinguished fellow at the Winter Park Institute Billy Collins, Paul McCartney spoke Thursday night to a few hundred students at Knowles Memorial Chapel on the campus of Rollins College in Winter Park, FL.

Kept secret until the morning of the event, McCartney’s visit prompted so much interest that students had to win tickets in a lottery system.

“I’d say, ‘It’s getting better all the time,’ and he’d say, ‘It can’t get much worse,” McCartney told the students of his creative chemistry with John Lennon. “I would have never thought of that.”

When asked whether lyrics or music come first, he replied, “I tell students all the time, ‘Look, I don’t know how to do this.’ Every time I approach a song, there’s no rules. Sometimes the music comes first, sometimes the words – and if you’re lucky, it all comes together.”

McCartney described how his inspiration for “Yesterday” came in a dream. Certain an old melody was stuck in his head, he went around humming the tune, asking if anyone knew it. “After two weeks,” he said, “I claimed it.”

Collins brought up how McCartney’s songs have been covered by countless bands, prompting Paul’s gratitude. “If someone on the street corner is reading one of your poems,” he asked Collins, “is it going to bother you?”

Asked about the Beatles’ musical evolution in the late 1960s, McCartney drew applause and laughter recalling “a natural growing up we developed – and drugs.”

“At the beginning of the Beatles,” he said, “you’ve got to remember, we were a boy band… It was all really fan-oriented. It’s not a bad thing, but after a while you felt like you wanted to move on.”

McCartney and Collins found common ground at the intersection of lyrics and poetry. Sharing how he once read his own poems to a group of scholars in New York City, McCartney admitted “it was pretty nerve-wracking” and quite different than playing to record-breaking concert crowds. “I had to respect the silence as a great thing,” he said.

McCartney closed the night with a performance of “Blackbird.”

“This was a wonderful event provided through the generosity of Sir Paul McCartney,” said Rollins Acting President Craig M. McAllaster. “He wanted it to be intimate and mostly for students. That’s why they filled most of the seats. It’s a wonderful thing to have someone of his stature and significance give us his time and talent to Rollins College.”

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FOO FIGHTERS CONFIRM ALL-CHICAGO ALL-STAR WRIGLEY FIELD LINE-UP

CHEAP TRICK, NAKED RAYGUN & URGE OVERKILL TO SUPPORT ON SATURDAY AUGUST 29

TICKETS ON SALE 10am CT MONDAY, OCTOBER 27

Foofighters.com Pre-Sales Begin 10am CT October 24

Sonic Highways Out November 10 on Roswell/RCA

Foo Fighters Wrigley Field Lineup

Foo Fighters Wrigley Field Lineup

Foo Fighters Wrigley

Foo Fighters Wrigley

Fresh off the critically lauded, ratings smash Chicago-centric debut of their HBO series Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways and a packed to the gills premiere shindig at Wrigleyville’s Cubby Bear, Foo Fighters have confirmed the Windy City as the site of the band’s first ever U.S. stadium headline show: On August 29, 2015, Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett and Pat Smear will return to the same neighborhood where Grohl saw his first ever live show, this time to play the storied Wrigley Field.

And now it has been confirmed that Foo Fighters’ Wrigley extravaganza will feature a day-long multigenerational celebration of Chicago’s musical heritage: Kings of the Chicago underground Urge Overkill will open the festivities, followed by Naked Raygun a/k/a the band that played that same Cubby Bear gig that was teenage Dave Grohl’s first live show. In the penultimate spot will be the local and international multi-platinum legends Cheap Trick, whose Rick Nielsen both appears in the Sonic Highways series and contributes his unmistakable guitar tones to the album’s lead track and current Rolling Stone Playlist #1 “Something From Nothing.”

Tickets for Foo Fighters’ historic Wrigley Field stand will be on sale to the public Monday, October 27 at 10am CT at cubs.com/foo, with fan club pre-sales beginning 10am CT Friday, October 24 and running through 5pm CT Sunday, October 26. A 4 ticket limit for the general admission floor, and 6 ticket limit for the reserved sections will be strictly enforced.

For further information stay tuned to foofighters.com

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SPOON TO APPEAR ON THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART OCTOBER 30

ADDITIONAL TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED

THEY WANT MY SOUL AVAILABLE NOW ON ITUNES & RECORD STORES EVERYWHERE

We are excited to confirm Spoon’s debut appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on October 30. The band will perform songs from their new album They Want My Soul (Loma Vista) which has had critics reaffirming Spoon’s status as one of the most phenomenal bands in modern music. Spoon’s Daily Showappearance is especially significant given how rarely The Daily Show features musical guests. So tune inThursday, October 30 at 11pm EST on Comedy Central.

For those who would like to be a part of the magical Spoon live experience that has ROLLING STONE raving, “you’d be a fool to miss Spoon in concert if you get the chance,” the band has just announced a new leg of tour dates happening in December. A listing of shows can be found below. All new dates are on sale Friday, October 24 at 10am local time. Visit http://www.spoontheband.com/shows/ for further details.

If the sonic goodness that is They Want My Soul has eluded you, pick up a copy on iTunes and at record stores everywhere.

SPOON
2014 TOUR
New dates in BOLD

11/01/14 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
11/02/14 – Hamburg, Germany – Uebel & Gefarlich
11/03/14 – Basel, Switzerland – Kaserne Reithalle
11/04/14 – Cologne, Germany – Luxor
11/05/14 – Ghent, Belgium – Vooruit
11/06/14 – Paris, France – Trabendo
11/07/14 – London, UK – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
12/07/14 – Boulder, CO – Fox Theatre
12/08/14 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
12/09/14 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory Concert House
12/10/14 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
12/12/14 – San Diego, CA – San Diego Sports Arena
12/15/14 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
12/16/14 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
12/17/14 – El Paso, TX – Tricky Falls
12/30/14 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
12/31/14 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
02/10/15 – Brisbane, Australia – Hi-Fi
02/11/15 – Melbourne, Australia – The Forum
02/14/15 – Sydney, Australia – Metro Theatre

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FOO FIGHTERS

SONIC HIGHWAYS DC SCREENING & SHOW CONFIRMED

FRIDAY OCTOBER 24 AT THE BLACK CAT

Tickets On Sale 6 pm ET Exclusively at the Venue

Sonic Highways Out November 10 on Roswell/RCA

Wrigley Field Headline Confirmed for August 29, 2015

Foo Fighters Black Cat

Foo Fighters Black Cat

Foo Fighters Wrigley

Foo Fighters Wrigley

Foo Fighters have confirmed a second Sonic Highways premiere screening and club gig, this time in the setting and inspiration for episode #2 of the HBO series, Dave Grohl’s formative hometown of Washington DC.

The all-ages screening and show will take place Friday, October 24 at the Black Cat. Doors will open at 9 pm, followed by a 10 pm Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways screening followed immediately by an 11 pm Foo Fighters live show. Tickets are on sale today from 6pm, available only in person at the Black Cat box office at 1811 14th Street NW for $20 per ticket plus $3 service charge. Cash only. Maximum of 2 tickets per person. ID required and those buying a 2nd ticket must provide that person’s name as stated on their ID. Tickets are 100% non-transferable and non-refundable.

Yesterday, fresh off the Chicago-centric debut of Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways and a packed to the gills shindig at Wrigleyville’s Cubby Bear, Foo Fighters confirmed the Windy City as the sight of the band’s first ever U.S. stadium headline show: On August 29, 2015, Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett and Pat Smear will return to the same neighborhood where Grohl saw his first ever live show, this time to play the storied Wrigley Field.

Tickets for Foo Fighters’ historic Wrigley Field stand will be on sale to the public Monday, October 27 at 10 am CT at cubs.com/foo, with fan club pre-sales beginning 10 am CT Friday, October 24 and running through 5 pm CT Sunday, October 26 (Fans can sign up to receive a pre-sale code at http://www.foofighters.com/#email). A 4 ticket limit for the general admission floor, and 6 ticket limit for the reserved sections will be strictly enforced.

The August 29 Wrigley date is the first North American show to be announced in a sure to be extensive 2015 global stadium/arena/festival tour de force supporting the forthcoming eighth FF LP Sonic Highways(Roswell/RCA), which will be released worldwide on November 10. The album’s release has been heralded by the reveal of first single “Something For Nothing” in the first episode of the HBO series. “Something For Nothing” which is now available as a download and can be seen and ahead at http://youtu.be/V_YlZ1JdcVk has earned instant acclaim as the band’s “fiery new song” (Rolling Stone), “a ferocious, at times even hypnotic, rocker with hints of funk, psychedelia, and Dave Grohl’s signature monster growl” (Consequence of Sound), and has moved Billboard to rave “Twenty years into their career and the Foo Fighters are as hard as ever.”

For further information stay tuned to foofighters.com

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A STATEMENT REGARDING IKEY OWENS

Ikey Owens

Ikey Owens

The coroner has determined that Ikey Owens died from a heart attack the morning of October 14 at approximately 4 am. The only drugs found in his room were a small amount of marijuana.

Ikey, born Isaiah Randolph Owens, was a GRAMMY award-winning artist best known for his work with Jack White, the Mars Volta, De Facto and Free Moral Agents, among others. He was a beloved member of the music community as well as his hometown of Long Beach, CA.

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WE LOVE YOU, IKEY

Ikey Owens

Ikey Owens

It is with great sadness that we tell the world of the passing of the incredible musician Isaiah “Ikey” Owens. He will be missed and loved forever by his family, friends, bandmates and fans.

Ikey Owens was an astounding keyboard player in Jack White’s backing band. He also played with Mars Volta, Free Moral Agents, and many other projects.

Out of respect for Ikey, the remaining shows of the Jack White Tour in Mexico have been cancelled.

We will all miss you Ikey. You were and are an incredible artist.

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