Monthly Archives: January 2009

Modest Mouse Announce Tour Dates

Mimicking Birds Will
Open Shows; No Johnny Marr w/MM

By Blurt Staff

Modest Mouse will hit the road for a brief run of dates beginning February 22
in Oakland, CA. The dates include a stop in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Palladium and a headlining
slot on the Langerado Festival in Miami,
FL on Mar. 8. Jim Fairchild of
Grandaddy will be playing guitar with Modest Mouse on this tour (he replaces
Johnny Marr, who’s busy with other duties, including work with The Cribs). Mimicking
Birds, the newest signing to Isaac Brock’s Glacial Pace label, will be the
opener on all dates.

Modest Mouse with Mimicking Birds Tour
Dates:

Feb 22 Oakland, CA Fox Theater
Feb 23 Visalia, CA
The Fox Theatre
Feb 24 Los Angeles, CA
Hollywood Palladium
Feb 25 Tempe, AZ
The Marquee
Feb 26 Albuquerque, NM
Albuquerque Convention Center
Feb 28 Boulder, CO
Balch Fieldhouse
Mar 2 Kansas City, MO
Uptown Theater
Mar 3 Oklahoma City, OK
Diamond Ballroom
Mar 4 Austin, TX
Stubb’s
Mar 5 Oxford, MS
The Lyric Oxford
Mar 7 Atlanta, GA
The Tabernacle
Mar 8 Miami, FL
Langerado Festival

All tickets go on sale January 29. Please visit www.modestmouse.com for
more details.

“Mystic” Times 8 in Venice Beach

Visceral multimedia
dance production has limited 8-show engagement.

B Jose Martinez

Looking for a heady night of art? Look no further than Venice Beach, California
this week as Mystic
Productions presents a limited engagement run of its flagship
multimedia dance production “Mystic.” It starts tonight, running Jan. 29-31 and Feb. 1.

Billed as a visceral theatrical experience exploring the
mystery of human origin, the evolution of consciousness, and galactic destiny
through provocative video art, cutting-edge modern dance, and live music
featuring The Earth Harp in complete narrative form, you really shouldn’t be
surprised this event is taking place in Venice.
Home to groovy new-agers, hippies, potheads, art lovers, and even
muscle-building freaks, where else but at the beach in sunny California would you expect to learn the
mystery of human origin?

“Mystic’s” cast includes performers from Rabbit in the Moon,
Cirque du Soleil,
Lucent
Dossier
, Firegroove, Mixology, and Mass Ensemble.
The costume designs are by Morgan Olson and Jesse
Clarkson
, best known for their work on theatrical projects such
as Cirque Berzerk and films such as Ironman.

“Mystic’s” story is told through elaborate costumed dancers
and aerialist characters supported by immersive 5-screen synchronized video projection screens and strategically played song
lyrics from artists such as Radiohead, Future Primitive, Adam Freeland,
and Depeche Mode.

Beginning tonight, Thursday, January 29 through Sunday,
February 1, the troupe will do two nightly performances at Electric Lodge in Venice. Tickets are $30
and $50 and there’s an art reception beforehand curated by The Hive Gallery &
Studio
and an
after-party by GreenSector at the same location.

A limited number of $50 VIP tickets will be available, which include free open
bar as well as access to the Mystic Lounge.

Electric Lodge is located at 1416 Electric Avenue, Venice, CA
90291.

For more information on the venue please call 310-306-1854 or visit www.electriclodge.org.
For more information or to purchase tickets online please visit www.mysticlive.org.
Tickets can also be purchased by calling 800-838-3006.

Bon Jovi Got Soul AND A Stinky Lawsuit

Wanted dead or alive…
by a summons server!

By Fred Mills

While the world’s economy continues to crumble, many individuals
are finding new methods of entrepreneurship. To wit: the designer lawsuit. In
this instance, former Philadelphia Soul arena football team sales manager
Joseph Krause is suing the co-owners of the business to the tune of $125,000.

This of course wouldn’t even warrant a news blip under most
circumstance: when was the last time you saw ANYTHING about arena football in
the news? No one gives a shit about arena football!

One of the
co-owners, however, is Jon Bon Jovi. Hence this and, as of this writing, 197
other news items that a Google search unearths. Krause is claiming he’s owed
commissions of around $83k for the 2008 season and $41k for the 2009 season
which, as we all know, was cancelled.

Wait, you didn’t know it was cancelled? We didn’t even know
one was scheduled!

Antony, Fennesz, Glass at Big Ears Fest

 

 

Amazing lineup
next weekend includes Antony,
Philip Glass, Michael Gira, Fennesz, Dan Deacon and Negativland.

 

By Fred Mills

 

 

Holy crap. While everybody’s busy pissing themselves
over the (admittedly stellar) lineup for this year’s Langerado Festival that
takes place in Florida March 6-8, clued-in hipsters know that the 2009 festival
season officially begins a month earlier in, of all places, Knoxville, TN.

 

That’s right: next week, Feb. 6-8, marks the inaugural
BIG EARS 2009 festival in Knoxville, and as the organizers put it, “The
festival will offer an exciting and dynamic platform of musical and artistic
discovery, presenting a variety of adventurous, exploratory concerts and
performances, installations, discussions, and interactive experiences by
artists possessed of singular and unique visions that stand apart from the
mainstream.”

 

Boy howdy to that – just glom onto this list of
artists set to appear:

Philip Glass w/ Wendy Sutter
Antony and the Johnsons
Jon Hassell + Maarifa Street
The Necks
Michael Gira
Negativland
Fennesz
Fennesz collaborating with Mark Linkous and Scott Minor (of Sparklehorse);
Matmos
Pauline Oliveros
Neil Hamburger
Dan Deacon + Baltimore Round Robin
Burning Star Core (C Spencer Yeh)
San Agustin
David Daniel
Luminescent Orchestrii
Sxip Shirey
Fence Kitchen
Nicolas Collins
Larkin Grimm
Ned Rothenberg
The Shaking Ray Levis

 

 

I mean, a festival with Antony,
Negativland, Dan Deacon, Christian Fennesz (making an incredibly rare U.S.
appearance), Philip Glass and The Shaking
Ray Levis
?!? WTF!! (While we’re on the subject, let us all congratulate the
Shaking Ray Levi society for over 20 years of service and dedication…)

 

Events will kick off Friday at 5 pm (Sat/Sun shows
begin at noon) at venues around Knoxville’s
downtown area, with the big shows taking place at the storied Bijou Theatre.
While festival passes are being sold (see below for details), individual
tickets for the Bijou concerts are also on sale at the box office
(865-684-1200) or the Big Ears website.

 

 

 

 Those shows
are:

 

 

Fennesz Friday, February 6, 2009 at 8pm

Jon Hassell + Maarifa Street
Friday, February 6, 2009 at 10:30pm

Philip Glass Saturday, February 7, 2009 at 3pm

Antony &
The Jonhsons Saturday, February 7, 2009 at 8pm

The Necks Saturday, February 7, 2009 at 11pm

Negativland Sunday, February 8, 2009 at 2:30pm

Festival Finale: Michael Gira & Fennesz/Linkous/Minor and Larkin Grimm Sunday,
February 8, 2009 at 7pm

There will also be various workshops taking place
throughout the weekend, including the “Mooglab” (hosted by the Bob Moog
Foundation), a lecture by Pauline Oliveros, the “Hardware Hacking” workshop
with Nicolas Collins and a drum workshop by the Levis. For all the details, schedules and
ticketing, go to the official website at www.bigearsfestival.com.

 

***

 

BIG EARS WEEKEND PASSES:
Two weekend festival passes are available:

The Inner Ear Pass:
A limited number of Inner Ear festival passes are available for $195. An
Inner Ear festival pass entitles you to admission to ALL festival events
during the Big Ears weekend. This includes first-tier reserved seats to all
theater performances, including Philip Glass w/ Wendy Sutter, Antony and the Johnsons, Fennesz (solo), Jon Hassell + Maarifa Street, The Necks, Negativland ³It¹s All In Your Head,² and others.

The Outer Ear Pass:
A limited number of Outer Ear festival passes will also be offered for $100. Outer Ear passes include admission to all Big Ears performances (excluding Philip Glass w/ Wendy Sutter, Antony
and the Johnsons, and Michael Gira & Fennesz/Linkous/Minor with Larkin Grimm).

 

Simmons Launches Label, Disses Idolator

 

KISS icon also tries
to pick a fight with Idolator (or vice versa, depending on how you look at it)…

 

By Fred Mills

 

 

Word arrives via the trusty RSS feed that KISS
bassist and media entrepreneur Gene Simmons is now donning a new hat: label
mogul.

 

 

That’s right, he’s starting up Simmons Records via a
distribution deal with Universal, and there’s a twist: he’s going to be
concentrating on bands from Canada, additionally signing up to be the keynote
speaker a the Canadian Music Week music conference being held March 11-14.

 

Writes Simmons at his official website, “If
you’re reading this and you’re in a Canadian band (only!!!)…and you believe
you’re the next Elvis or Beatles (don’t we all…)…go to SIMMONSRECORDS.COM and
we will tell you how YOU can submit your electronic demo. This is serious. We
are signing 3 new acts the first year. We intend on launching them from Canada and then
worldwide. Hopeful artists must also include a video with their demo, as this
is the 21st century and that stuff is important.”

 

Hey, any way a band can get a leg up these days is okay with us. Interested
artists can go to the Simmons site for instructions on how to submit music,
videos, etc. for his consideration.

 

We might add, however that most credible indies these days are releasing way
more than a paltry three records a year. Simmons might want to consider casting
his net a tad wider. It’s not like the multi-millionaire will take much of a
hit if the label loses a bundle of money, eh?

 

Meanwhile, as word of the Simmons enterprise began spreading, our friends at
Idolator.com weighed in:

 

“Gene Simmons was scratching his head
over how to make money off recorded music in late 2007, but in 2009, he’s figured
out a plan: Embrace the idea of Canadian content wholeheartedly. No, really:
The Kiss bassist has launched Simmons Records, a label that will “make
sure that the next generation of world stars [emanates] from Canada.”
And nowhere else! (At least not yet.)

“It’s an intriguing proposition, for sure, as our neighbors to the north have
had many an artist who’s been crazy famous in his homeland but hasn’t quite
reached star status once it ventured beyond the Canadian borders. (For every
Barenaked Ladies, there are a dozen bands that play second fiddle to them on
their cruise.) How Simmons will turn bands from Canada into superstars who eclipse
the likes of Bryan Adams and Celine Dion is as yet unclear, but I’m going to
hazard a guess that lots and lots of merchandising will likely be involved.
(Hey, since clicking the “submit a demo” link at the top of the page
triggers an e-mail to one gene.simmons@umusic.com, maybe I should ask him?)”

 

To which Simmons himself posted a rebuttal to Idolator at his site’s blog:

 

Here’s an amateur who’s achieved
nothing in his life. Read it. You will see the built in bias…the arrogance of
US media.

What are YOU and I going to do about it? We’re going to shame this guy into
submission. We will send him and his ilk back to fish wrapping factory they
escaped from.

How are we going to do it? We’re going to find, develop, nurture and launch new
talent emanating from — CANADA!!!.
That’s right, Baby.

Why here? Because you actually DO have the talent. And now, you have a WAY.

ME. Send us you electronic demos.

Oh, and the asshole who posted the story? He gets no free tix, no backstage
passes, and therefore, he won’t have access to our parties and our girls. All
Naysayers can get in line. It forms over there…to my left.

Oh Ye of Little Faith.

 

To which Idolator replied at their blog:

 

Kiss bassist/serial entrepreneur Gene
Simmons got wind of yesterday’s
post about his all new Canadian-artists-only record label
, and he is not
pleased! He took to the blog of his recently relaunched Simmons Records and went off, calling
the person who penned it (a.k.a. me) “an amateur who’s achieved nothing in
his [
sic!] life” and saying that soon enough, I
and my ilk would soon be sent “back to [the] fish wrapping factory they
escaped from.” (NB: I
am writing this from
my parents’ house, so maybe he has a point.) But then, in a frenzy of whipping
up Canadian nationalism and
not linking to our
site (ahem), his threats got even worse! No access to his girls! As if I didn’t
need enough reasons to quit this business already.

 

Catfight!

 

Some of the replies posted at the Idolator blog are worth the price of
admission, by the way. Among the gems:

 

“Any time, from now on, when Gene
Simmons talks shit, just recall his sex tape, and how the hooker he was with in
it wouldn’t even kiss him…oh, and that he has sex with hookers while listening
to “I Want To Know What Love Is”.”

 

“I love how in his head Canada is just
hopeless until he got there. Somehow he’ll find a way to take credit for
inventing hockey and Molson, which will only add to his list of inventions
(rock music, comic books, merchandise, the Jon Bennet Ramsey murder, etc). He
can also add “not properly researching something before posting it to the
internet” to that list too.”

 

Meow, meow, meow, meow, meow.

 

 

 

David Bowie: No, No, No. (“Poppycock!”)

 

Music legend not
appearing in long-rumored Jim Carrey “answer film” either.

 

By Fred Mills

 

 

With media reports recently bearing down on David Bowie
about the erstwhile glam rocker prepping a revival of his Ziggy Stardust
persona and album for this year’s Coachella as well as doing some recording in
Berlin for his long-overdue followup to 2003’s Reality – the latter info surfaced via Twitter, of all places –
Bowie has gotten his spokespersons fired up to refute any and all Bowie-related
rumors.

 

This morning’s NME.com has Bowie categorically denying it all, citing a
message at the diva’s official website, DavidBowie.com:

 

 

“The story goes
that David Bowie was in talks to perform his Ziggy Stardust album at the
festival this year, the rumour really took hold and the ‘news’ was reported
online around the globe and in the English press.

“You may have already seen the denial over at NME.COM, but I’m sure the
majority of you saw this tale for what it was anyway: poppycock!

“However, we feel duty-bound to deny this particular story here too, lest
members be fleeced of their hard-earned.

“While we’re about it, David Bowie does not have a Twitter account.”

 

 

Well, all right then! Let’s hear it for all the sensible
folks of the world who have better things to do than screwing around on
Twitter.

 

 

Isbell-Earle Tour Summit Shock Horror!

 

Two men, two bands – let’s do this.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

 

It’s the tour of the century –
or the spring, at least. BLURT heroes Jason Isbell are teaming up for monthlong
road trek that kicks off March 24 in Memphis and
concludes April 17 in Chicago.
Allow us to specify:

 

 

Tue Mar 24
       Memphis,
TN                
The Hi-Tone 

Wed Mar 25
     Little Rock,
AR             
Sticky Fingerz  

Thu Mar 26
       Oklahoma
City, OK       
Wormy Dog Saloon  

Sat Mar 28
       Telluride, CO
               
Sheridan Opera
House

Mon Mar
30       Flagstaff,
AZ                 
Green Room 

Tue Mar 31
       Tucson,
AZ                  
Club Congress  

Thu Apr 2
         Los Angeles, CA           
Spaceland 

Fri Apr 3           
San Francisco, CA       
The Independent  

Sat Apr 4
         Sacramento, CA
           Blue Lamp 

Sun Apr 5
         Portland,
OR                
Doug Fir  

Mon Apr 6
        Seattle, WA
                
Tractor Tavern

Wed Apr
8         Salt Lake City, UT         
The State Room

Thu  Apr 9
        Aspen, CO
                  
Belly Up  

Fri Apr
10          Vail,
CO                       
The Sand Bar

Sat Apr
11         Denver, CO                   
The Bluebird

Sun Apr
12        Kansas City, MO          
Knuckleheads

Tue Apr
14        Lincoln, NE                  
Knickerbockers

Wed Apr
15       St
Paul, MN                 
The Turf Club

Thu Apr
16        Madison, WI                 
High Noon Saloon

Fri Apr
17          Chicago, IL
                 
Double Door

 

 

This comes on the heels of
individual tours from each artist; see those itineraries following this
obligatory narrative break…

 

***

 

Jason Isbell & the 400
Unit’s new self-titled album will be released on February 17th on
Lightning Rod Records. Waterloo Records is offering a pre-order for autographed
CDs and double vinyl with CD insert:

 

CD:
 http://www.buymusichere.net/rel/v2_viewupc.php?storenr=13&upc=61689299682

Double-Vinyl w/ CD insert:
 http://www.buymusichere.net/rel/v2_viewupc.php?storenr=13&upc=61689299681

 

 

 

The label is also offering a
free download of the single “Seven-Mile
Island”: http://www.lightningrodrecords.com/sevenmileisland.php

 

 

Meanwhile, Bloodshot Records
announces the release of Earle’s Midnight at the Movies, in stores March 3rd. Within the first song on his second album you just know you’re hearing something special, that you are party to the unknown and
exhilarating paths being charted by an artist on the creative ascendancy. If
you didn’t look at the songwriting credits, you’d swear the songs were penned
on the stoop of a one-pump filling station in Dust Bowl-era Oklahoma,
the smoke-filled song and dream factories of Tin Pan Alley, or at the back door
of Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge in Nashville. 
Justin effortlessly taps the romanticism imbued in the beaten-soled travelogues
and mythos of Woody Guthrie, the lounging around a campfire at a work camp and
the edgy angst of a wintry Minneapolis (yeah, just try to get that
mandolin line from the cover of the “Mats ” Can’t Hardly Wait”
out of your head).

 

 

Midnight at the Movies is held firm by Justin’s astonishing vision, yet
roams o’er the vast landscape of American music without so much as a
stumble.  From the deft ear for orchestration and ambient arrangements
reminiscent of Randy Newman through, somehow, the countrypolitan cool of
Lambchop and hipster retro vibes of Palace Brothers/Silver Jews and Magnetic
Fields (simply look to the title track for proof), to the amber-smooth swing of
the Ray Price school of country (“What I Mean To You”, “Poor Fool”), to the
immediacy and disarming simplicity of country blues (“They Killed John Henry”),
Earle pulls it all off with a confidence and candor that tells the listener
that the daring exhibited on his debut album, The Good Life was not a
one shot deal and only hinted at the growth to come.

 

 

Jason Isbell Tour Dates:

 

 

Thu-Feb-12 Birmingham, AL Workplay
Sat-Feb-14 Florence,
AL
Shoals Theater
Tue-Feb-17  Athens, GA Georgia Theatre
 Wed-Feb-18 Atlanta, GA The Earl
Fri-Feb-20 Raleigh,
NC
Lincoln Theatre
 Sat-Feb-21 Richmond, VA  The National
 Sun-Feb-22 Harrisonburg, VA The Pub
 Tue-Feb-24 Boston, MA TT the Bears
 Thu-Feb-26 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
 Fri-Feb-27 Philadelphia, PA    World Café Live
 Sat-Feb-28  Pittsburgh, PA Club Cafe
 Sun-Mar-01 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
 Mon-Mar-02 Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom
 Wed-Mar-04 Toronto, ONT  Horseshoe Tavern
 Thu-Mar-05 Buffalo, NY Mohawk Place
 Fri-Mar-06 Columbus, OH The Rumba Café
 Sat-Mar-07 Cincinnati, OH Southgate House
 Sun-Mar-08 Asheville, NC Orange Peel
 Fri-Mar-13 Louisville, KY Headliner’s
 Sat-Mar-14 Nashville, TN The Mercy Lounge
Mar 18 – 22 Austin,
TX
SXSW

 

Sons of Roswell support 2/12 and 2/14
Benji Hughes
supports 2/17 – 2/ 22 and 3/8
Deer Tick
supports 2/24, 2/27 – 3/14

 

 

Justin Earle Tour Dates:

 

 

Sat   Feb
21      Indianapolis,
IN             
Spencer’s Stadium Tavern 

Fri    Feb 27
     Murray,
KY                   
Lovett Auditorium 

Sat   Feb 28
     Columbus,
OH              
The Rumba Café 

Tue  Mar   3
      New
York, NY              
Mercury Lounge 

Wed Mar 4
       Alexandria,
VA              The
Birchmere  

Thu  Mar 5
        Whitesburg,
KY
            Summit City  

Fri   Mar 6
        Louisville,
KY
               
St. Francis of Assisi 

Sat  Mar
7         Knoxville, TN                
Barley’s 

Sun Mar 8
        Chattanooga,
TN            JJ’s Bohemia 

Tue Mar 10
       Atlanta,
GA
                 
Eddie’s  Attic  

Wed Mar 11
     Nashville,
TN                 
The Basement 

Thu Mar 12
       Nashville,
TN
               
The Basement 

Fri Mar 13
        Nashville, TN
               
The Basement 

Sat Mar 14
       Springfield,
IL                
Hoogland Center for the Arts  

Sun Mar 15
      Dekalb,
IL
                    
Rose Bowl Tavern

Fri Mar
20         Austin,
TX                    
Yard Dog Gallery

Sat Mar
20        Austin,  TX                   
Red Eyed Fly

 

Blurt's "Exclusive" Kelly Clarkson Pics!

 

 

Nobody in our office
wrote that headline, honest.

 

By Fred Mills

 

 

With the entire friggin’ planet reeling from the news that the
video for Kelly Clarkson’s hit song “My Life Would Suck With You” had been
taken down at YouTube – it was posted to the video sharing site last night but
quickly removed per the request of her record label, since plans are for it to
officially debut tonight during American
Idol
– BLURT staffers gathered ‘round the boardroom table and anxiously
debated whether this type of juicy controversy would be sufficient to write up
a, you know, snarky news item.

 

A few hours later we sobered up, rubbed our eyes and said,
collectively, “Naaaah….

 

But we do have a coupla stills from the shoot that the label
leaked to the press prior to the brou-ha-ha….

 

 

 

Don’t you feel better now? Somebody buy us a drink, please.

 

20th Annual GLAAD Noms Announced

 

Musicians in the
running include Sam Sparro, Magnetic Fields, Jay Brannan, k.d. lang, Hercules
and Love Affair.

 

By Fred Mills

 

“How our lives are portrayed in the media doesn’t make a bit
of difference, it makes all the difference.”

 

So says Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) president
Neil G. Giuliano, and in this post-Bush milieu, his words couldn’t be any
truer. It’s no coincidence that one of the finest – if not THE finest – current
films is Milk, the Harvey Milk biopic
starring Sean Penn in the title role, and since there has to be a yin for every
yang we’ve got the horrendous passing of Proposition 8 in California. Which
taken into the context of Giuliano’s comment, of course, means that we as a
nation espousing tolerance and equality still have a helluva long way to go.

 

This week the annual GLAAD Media Awards Nominees were
announced – “Fair. Accurate. Inclusive. And Impossibly Glam.” goes their
tagline – and just a glance at the entire list of nominees, from Outstanding
Film (Milk is there, of course, but
were you expecting Nick and Norah’s
Infinite Playlist
?) to Outstanding Drama Series (likewise, there’s The L Word, but you gotta admit
including True Blood is awfully cool,
too) to the scores of other categories in the entertainment business and
electronic/print media, is akin to viewing a microcosm of who we, as Americans,
are culturally.

 

The Awards ceremony will be held March 28 in New York – this will be
the 20th year GLAAD has presented its awards, and the categories
continue to expand as the organization recognizes those people and institutions
that are going above and beyond.

 

Big props, incidentally, to Billy Elliot: The Musical book and lyrics by Lee Hall, music by Elton John (Outstanding New York Theater:
Broadway & Off Broadway category); “Gay in Wasilla” by Julie
Bolcer, Advocate.com (Outstanding Digital Journalism Award – take THAT, Sarah
Palin); “I Don’t Judge” IKEA (Outstanding Advertising – Electronic);
and “Will You Marry Me?” Absolut Vodka (Outstanding Advertising –
Print).

 

 

Oh, and also to:

 

OUTSTANDING MUSIC ARTIST

Jay Brannan, goddamned
Hercules & Love Affair, Hercules & Love Affair
k.d. lang, Watershed
The Magnetic Fields, Distortion
Sam Sparro, Sam Sparro

 

 

Check
‘em out at their MySpace pages and hear some tunes; they’re all amazing
musicians, and we salute ‘em. This has been a public service announcement –
with rainbow-hued guitars – from BLURT.

 

Jay
Brannan: www.myspace.com/jaybrannan

Hercules
and Love Affair: www.myspace.com/herculesandloveaffair

k.d.
lang: www.myspace.com/kdlangmusic

Magnetic
Fields: www.myspace.com/themagneticfields

Sam
Sparro: www.myspace.com/samsparro

 

 

Check out the Hercules and Love Affair vid for “You Belong”:

 

 

 

 

David Bowie: No, No, No. (“Poppycock!")

 

Music legend not
appearing in long-rumored Jim Carrey “answer film” either.

 

By Fred Mills

 

 

With media reports recently bearing down on David Bowie
about the erstwhile glam rocker prepping a revival of his Ziggy Stardust
persona and album for this year’s Coachella as well as doing some recording in
Berlin for his long-overdue followup to 2003’s Reality – the latter info surfaced via Twitter, of all places –
Bowie has gotten his spokespersons fired up to refute any and all Bowie-related
rumors.

 

This morning’s NME.com has Bowie categorically denying it all, citing a
message at the diva’s official website, DavidBowie.com:

 

 

“The story goes
that David Bowie was in talks to perform his Ziggy Stardust album at the
festival this year, the rumour really took hold and the ‘news’ was reported
online around the globe and in the English press.

“You may have already seen the denial over at NME.COM, but I’m sure the
majority of you saw this tale for what it was anyway: poppycock!

“However, we feel duty-bound to deny this particular story here too, lest
members be fleeced of their hard-earned.

“While we’re about it, David Bowie does not have a Twitter account.”

 

 

Well, all right then! Let’s hear it for all the sensible
folks of the world who have better things to do than screwing around on
Twitter.