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Super Bowl Halftime Shows’ Top Rock Moments

By now, everyone knows the deal with the Super Bowl halftime show and what to expect. There hasn’t been a ton of Rock performances showcased over the years and those that were obviously have to comprise their routine to fit the format. As the golden anniversary of the big game approaches, with Coldplay getting the gig this year, Alternative Nation takes a crack at highlighting some of the top ‘Rock Moments’ of Super Bowl halftime performances:


U2 (XXXVI, New Orleans, 2002) – perhaps the most meaningful and moving performance of them all due to the “Where the Streets Have No Name” finale. During a fragile time in U.S. history, U2 beautifully captures the healing power of music as they run a backdrop highlighting the names of all the 9/11 victims.

Prince (XLI, Miami, 2007) – before closing his set with a riveting version of “Purple Rain,” Prince unexpectedly blasts into the Foo Fighters “Best of You.” Grohl, who was on vacation with his family at the time, had no idea Price would be playing his song. “Having been a massive Prince fan my whole life, I was flattered beyond words. What an honor to be covered by one of your heroes,” Grohl said afterwards via Songfacts.

Bruce Springsteen (XLIII, Tampa, 2009)Working on Dream was released earlier in the week. A fitting “Glory Days” preps us for a thrilling second half with a last minute finish. The Boss’ slide across stage(3.52) at 59 years old is the highlight of this performance. The guitar flips at the end are pretty cool too.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (XLII, Glendale, 2008) – Sounding right off the record as usual. Some simple and great visual effects/crowd participation holding up the hearts. “Runnin’ Down a Dream,” is a very appropriate Super Bowl song – and that’s exactly what the Giants did.


Bruno Mars/featuring the Red Hot Chili Peppers (XLVIII, East Rutherford, 2014) – bear with me here. The Peppers had nothing to really promote here, but jumped on stage for a unique rendition of “Give it Away” (7.21). The highlight of this performance however is Mars’ drum solo (0.51) to kick it off. Say what you will, the guy is a talented musician (good taste in music/Super Bowl collaborators too.

Paul McCartney (XXXIX, Jacksonville, 2005) – Classic McCartney. Some flash but mostly instruments. The epic “Hey Jude” outro was made for that Super Bowl moment. Worth noting – Fox/Ameriquest delivered a perfect McCartney intro “…building bridges across time and around the world.”
Honorable Mention:
• The Rolling Stones (XL, Detroit, 2006)
• The Who (XLIV, Miami, 2010)


Filter Praise U2, Urge United States To Take In Syrian Refugees

Filter took to Facebook last night to pen an open letter. First, to praise U2, for allowing Eagles of Death Metal to share the stage with them during a recent show in Paris as well as encouraging all Filter fans to contact each United States governor that oppose letting in Syrian Refugees and urge them to “reconsider” their position.

You can view the full letter below:
Bono and Jessie,

I’m so proud of you and the guys. Bono and U2 are such a healthy healing band for good.
They are activists who use their strength and power to make huge symbolic statements that let us all rejoice in love and forgiveness.. I just watched the HBO special and I am so proud of how Bono and Jessie handled this horrible act and strike against western civilization in Paris with the power of music. Giving the stage to the Eagles Of Death Metal was a huge nod to how we should all behave in a time of crisis. Great job.

On a final note, all FILTER fans and people who care about humanity should call each governor in their states that wrote letters to President Obama trying to push the refugees back to Syria and ask them to reconsider their fear-based reaction.

Governors who oppose Syrian refugees coming in:
Governor Robert Bentley Alabama
Governor Doug Ducey Arizona
Governor Asa Hutchinson Arkansas
Governor Rick Scott Florida
Governor Nathan Deal Georgia
Governor C. L. “Butch” Otter Idaho
Governor Bruce Rauner Illinois
Governor Mike Pence Indiana
Governor Terry Branstad Iowa
Governor Sam Brownback Kansas
Governor Bobby Jindal Louisiana
Paul LePage, Maine’s Governor
Governor Larry Hogan Maryland
Governor Charlie Baker Massachusetts
Governor Rick Snyder Michigan
Governor Phil Bryant Mississippi
Governor Pete Ricketts Nebraska
Governor Brian Sandoval Nevada
Governor Maggie Hassan New Hampshire
Governor Chris Christie New Jersey
Governor Susana Martinez New Mexico
Governor Pat McCrory North Carolina
ND Gov Dalrymple North Dakota
Governor John Kasich Ohio
Governor Mary Fallin Oklahoma
Governor Nikki Haley South Carolina
Governor Dennis Daugaard South Dakota
Governor Bill Haslam Tennessee
Governor Greg Abbott Texas
Governor Scott Walker Wisconsin
Governor Matt Mead Wyoming

Eagles of Death Metal And The Recovery From Tragedy

Featured image credits to Charles Platiau/Reuters

In the wake of Scott Weiland’s death, which has been a huge ordeal and sorrow for many of our readers as well as contributors, some news developments have not been reported on the Eagles of Death Metal and their relationship with the tragic Paris Attacks last month, of which 89 people were killed by ISIL/Daesh operatives in the Bataclan where the play was playing a sold out show. For those who have missed these developments, they will be consolidated in one larger article.

After the attacks struck Paris, the Deftones and U2, the two largest acts that were currently scheduled for tour dates in Paris, cancelled them. Bono of U2, in the philanthropic way only Bono can provide, decided to begin the engagement of a triumphant return of rock music to Paris despite the scars of the recent tragedies in the City of Lights.

U2 returned to Paris for concert dates on December 6th and 7th at the AccorHotels Arena, replacing the older scheduled shows for November 14th and 15th. These dates are also regarded as the last tour dates for their 2015 “Innocence + Experience” Tour, their first tour in four years. It is also worth noting the two previous nights, Pathway to Peace hosted a two night concert in Paris starring the likes of Patti Smith, Flea, Thom Yorke (who debuted new material), Warren Ellis and others.

Triumphantly, on the second night of U2’s residency, they were joined on stage by Eagles of Death Metal, with Jesse Hughes in a stunning white disco-looking suit, rocking it as hard as the band did the stage and audience with their cover of “People Have the Power” by Patti Smith. After the cover, U2 left the stage as Eagles of Death Metal had a chance to perform their song from Zipper Down, “I Love You All the Time,” which is currently the subject of a campaign in which the band encourages other musicians and acts to cover the song, and royalty proceeds will go to charity. The song, ironically, also features French lyrics. Current cover versions so far include Savages, Matt Cameron & Alain Johannes, the Dean Ween Group and others.

The band also returned to the Bataclan, to physically pay their respects to the victims of the ISIS attack there, in which they narrowly escaped. They put flowers out and stood for a couple of minutes, reading tributes and, in one way to put it, mourning.

When my friend Justin and I got to meet Eagles of Death Metal just weeks before Paris, they put on a rambunctious, floor stomping show. Much like Queens of the Stone Age, Josh Homme’s other band, Eagles of Death Metal are part of a larger royal house, that of rock n’roll. From B.B. King down to Elvis to the Beatles to Led Zeppelin, they are contenders to the throne of rock n’roll, a prestigious princedom with groves of growls, rhythms and grooves protected by hordes of guitar-welding knights.  For me, it is incredibly frustrating, on top of sad and tragic, that a band like this has been subject to such a tragedy which left 89 fans and crew members dead. I had talked to the whole band and no matter what kind of front some of them might have put up, I could see their bonds radiating off the stage and it is always nice to see bands with great chemistry and harmony that rules them. Never in a million years would I have guessed this would have happened them, but thankfully they are going about this the best they can. They are not giving up, which is what their fans that have passed on would have wanted.

Currently, there are many factions of American and international society who are spitting out hate against certain groups of people, like Muslims, over the incidents in Paris, Beirut and San Bernardino. There factions are too obvious to bring to name or too subtle to mention, but you know who are. I have seen none of that from the artists directly affected by these incidents and it is incredibly inspiring. I salute you, Eagles of Death Metal. Heal on, rock on.

Rock and roll never fucking dies.


Eagles of Death Metal Will Reportedly Perform With U2 In Paris

Sources tell Billboard that Eagles of Death Metal will join U2 at the band’s rescheduled Paris concert this Saturday night at the AccorHotels Arena for the show’s final performance. Reports suggest that Josh Homme will join Eagles of Death Metal at the performance (he wasn’t present at the Bataclan attacks) as well. Representatives of the band had no comment for Billboard about the reports.

Eagles of Death Metal released a statement at the time of Paris Attacks on their Facebook page, that they were caught in the middle of:

“While the band is now home safe, we are horrified and still trying to come to terms with what happened in France. Our thoughts and hearts are first and foremost with our brother Nick Alexander, our record company comrades Thomas Ayad, Marie Mosser, and Manu Perez, and all the friends and fans whose lives were taken in Paris, as well as their friends, families, and loved ones.

Although bonded in grief with the victims, the fans, the families, the citizens of Paris, and all those affected by terrorism, we are proud to stand together, with our new family, now united by a common goal of love and compassion.

We would like to thank the French police, the FBI, the U.S. and French State Departments, and especially all those at ground zero with us who helped each other as best they could during this unimaginable ordeal, proving once again that love overshadows evil.

All EODM shows are on hold until further notice.

Foo Fighters, U2 & Deftones Cancel European Concerts After Paris Attacks

Foo Fighters, U2, and Deftones have been forced to cancel dates in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris, France.  Foo Fighters were scheduled to perform Monday, November 16th in Paris and have additionally cancelled the remainder of their European tour, Deftones were scheduled to perform November 14th, 15th, and 16th, and U2 were scheduled to perform November 14th and 15th.

Foo Fighters released the following statement on their Facebook page:

“It is with profound sadness and heartfelt concern for everyone in Paris that we have been forced to announce the cancellation of the rest of our tour. In light of this senseless violence, the closing of borders, and international mourning, we can’t continue right now. There is no other way to say it. This is crazy and it sucks. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who was hurt or who lost a loved one.”

The Deftones were scheduled to play The Bataclan Concert Hall, the venue where one of the attacks took place, on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, and reportedly escaped the venue 15 min before the attack.  They have released the following statement on their Facebook page:

“Thank for all your inquiries on our well being. Band/Crew all safe and accounted for at this time. Prayers for those affected in these tragic events.”

U2 also canceled a pair of dates that was scheduled to be broadcast on HBO and released the following statement:

“We watched in disbelief and shock at the unfolding events in Paris and our hearts go out to all the victims and their families across the city tonight.  We are devastated at the loss of life at the Eagles of Death Metal concert and our thoughts and prayers are with the band and their fans. And we hope and pray that all of our fans in Paris are safe.”

127 were confirmed (though the number has varied) executed by ISIS terrorists at attacks on an Eagles Of Death Metal concert at The Bataclan Concert Hall and other locations in Paris, France.  French President Francois Hollande said “faced with war the country must take appropriate action” and has declared three days of mourning in the country.

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Pearl Jam & Stephen Colbert Talk Beyonce & U2 Influences, Ticketmaster Feud

Pearl Jam were interviewed shortly before their performance (which you can watch here) on The Last Show with Stephen Colbert last night, and Alternative Nation recapped the interview. Colbert joked with the band about Beyonce potentially influencing Stone Gossard, and the band discussed how U2 influenced their charity work. Pearl Jam showed up in promotion for the upcoming environment friendly, Global Citizens Festival that takes place this weekend. Eddie Vedder said that it was the first time they’ve done the Global Citizens Fest but have been supportive of the festival since its inception.

Stephen then asked why activism is so important to them, especially since they peaked during a decade when the economy was good and the world wasn’t at war for nine years. Eddie said that it goes back to them as children and punk rock teaching them about certain issues. Eddie mentioned that he learned of Amnesty International from Sting, U2 and Peter Gabriel and that you end up in a situation where you can use your music to bring change. Including tangible changes such as making touring carbon neutral, building skate parks, free innocent people from prisons, among other things.

Colbert also brought up the Ticketmaster fiasco and then said: “In order to get tickets to the festival, you have to do good deeds to help reduce global poverty, would that be something you would fight Ticketmaster over?”

The band just laughed.

Finally Colbert said “You are known for your stripped down. no frills look and attitude, but Beyonce, who brings more glitz and glamour will be there. Will any of you pull a Sasha Fierce? Because Stone Gossard sounds like a made up name already.”

The band once again was ripping with laughter, same with the audience.