Roxwel News

by Unknown // Tuesday, August 30, 2011 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments

After tons of fun at last year's Austin City Limits Music Festival, Roxwel brought the most popular/only music festival game show back to the artists at Lollapalooza 2011. This year, a whopping 19 artists-turned-contestants eagerly spun our handcrafted Roxwel Roxwheel and eloquently answered hard hitting questions, tackled arduous challenges and may or may not have walked away with a Roxwel low-budget parting gift.
Roxwel's own Bobby Nall was there to host as the contestants took their hand at spinning the wheel, where - in order to celebrate the festival's 20th anniverary -  they were asked to choose which artists from Lollapalooza's original 1991 lineup they would like to fight, kill and 'make whoopee' with. This was just a warm-up, however, as contestants were soon asked to show us their freakiest sideshow act and challenged to staring contests and truth-or-dare games.

Host Bobby "Barker" Nall kept it Lolla, though, as band members were asked to channel Perry Farrell and come up with their own wacky versions of fantasy music festivals. Other lucky spinners ponder out loud if their music would have been received well by the 1991 Lollapalooza audience and if Perry Farrell would have dug their sound enough to ask them to perform.

Needless to say, this isn't your grandma's interview. Through these mentally exhausting questions, silly challenges and hilarious outtakes, you'll get to know all of these super talented artists inside and out:

Grace Potter (of the Nocturnals)
White Lies
Ruby Jane
The Glitch Mob
Fitz & The Tantrums
Beats Antique
Friendly Fires
Boy & Bear
Flogging Molly
Electric Touch
Ana Tijoux
Rival Schools
Portugal. The Man
Super Mash Bros.
Maps & Atlases

Sit back, put your screen on full-view and learn more about these amazing bands and artists from Lollapalooza 2011. They made us laugh, they made us cringe, but most of all, they made the Roxwel Roxwheel magical (and they gave us a lot to work with for our outtakes segment!). Enjoy!

If you don't have time to watch the full-length version of the Roxwel Roxwheel game show, check out Roxwel's Lollapalooza 'Show' page to check out the fun in FIVE shorter installments!

Lollapalooza 2011 - Roxwel Roxwheel (Part 1)

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

by Unknown // Tuesday, August 30, 2011 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments

[sty]Red Hot Chili Peppers[/art]' Flea compares the band's songwriting to the work of Anton Chekhov.

The band approach writing with a view to creating "visual pictures" with each of their songs, with bassist Flea taking inspiration from the Russian literature heavyweight, and praising the lyrical ability of vocalist Anthony Kiedis.

He said: "I think we're painting visual pictures both sonically and in terms of feel. I love Anthony's lyrics a lot. I feel like his way of telling stories is not a traditional way of telling stories.

"There's a distinct narrative thread with a beginning, middle and an end. We're always thinking of a unique visual story and a song occupying its own space.

"If you read a book of one of the great short story writers like Anton Chekhov, each story is great, and you know it's all Chekhov. However, each one also occupies its own place and emotional landscape of life."

Flea recently admitted he nearly quit the band when guitarist John Frusciante left in 2008, but admits replacement Josh Klinghoffer has brought a "different" approach to the way the 'Californication' rockers play.

He added to website Artist Direct: "Josh has such a textural, ethereal way of playing guitar. He does a lot of different stuff. His way is to surround, color, and support in a subtle way. It fills a space that lets me and Chad really shine too.

"He doesn't infringe on our space. He really carries his own, and it's just different. I'm sure that he and I are getting better, but the way we occupy space with Josh on this record is great."

by Unknown // Friday, August 26, 2011 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments

Metallica were reduced to tears by Lou Reed during the recording of 'Lulu'.

The legendary New York musician teamed with the Californian heavy metal group for the collaborative album, and guitarist Kirk Hammett admitted he started crying during the recording of song 'Junior Dad.'

He said: "I had just lost my father literally three or four weeks previous. I had to run out of the control room, and I found myself standing in the kitchen, sobbing away."

Kirk was joined by lead singer and rhythm guitarist James Hetfield - whose dad left his family where he was 13 - who was in a similar state.

He added: "James came into the kitchen in the same condition - he was sobbing, too. It was insane.

"Lou managed to take out both guitar players in Metallica in one fell swoop, with his amazing poetic lyrics."

The lyrics to the song include the lines: "Say hello to junior dad/The greatest disappointment/Age withered and changed him."

'Lulu'- based on lyrics originally written by Lou for a theatrical production in Berlin - was recorded earlier this year and is set for release on October 31 in Europe and November 1 in the US.

by Unknown // Thursday, August 25, 2011 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments

Kings of Leon will return "better than ever."

Betty Ann Murphy - mother of band members Caleb, Jared and Nathan Followill and aunt of guitarist Mathew Followill - insists the group will not splitting up, despite recently pulling out of 29 scheduled US tour dates.

She said: "They'll be back better than ever. It's not the end of the band."

The 'Sex is on Fire' rockers cancelled their North American tour last month citing exhaustion and voice problems on the part of lead singer Caleb, but sources have now claimed it is because he has issues with alcohol and has been urged to go to rehab.

However, Betty insists this isn't true, saying: "Sometimes they all drink more than they should - they're young men and go on a binge. None of them need rehab."

The group recently reassured fans they are not breaking up after cancelling the tour, following Caleb walking off stage during a show in Dallas, Texas, saying he couldn't stand the heat and felt ill.

Drummer Nathan tweeted: "Bummed about the tour not happening. So sorry 4 all the fans. We just need some rest. Thanks 4 understanding. WE ARE NOT BREAKING UP (sic)!"

The band are set to restart their touring schedule in Canada on September 28.