According to sources at the AP, Beyonce will host the Super Bowl halftime show. The official announcement is expected Wednesday. Super Bowl XLVII will be held on February 3 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.
The Single Ladies singer performed the National Anthem at the 2004 Super Bowl in her hometown Houston prior to the game between the Carolina Panthers and New England Patriots.
People love music festivals because they get the opportunity to see multiple bands in one location. Sometimes, they are lucky enough to see groups of musicians come together for unique collaborations. That happened last month when the Foo Fighters and The Black Keys joined Neil Young on stage.
At the Austin City Limits Music Festival, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith joined The Avett Brothers for a performance of Paul Newman Vs The Demons. The is featured on the band's new album The Carpenter. But, the collaboration makes sense. Smith was the drummer on the song on the album. He also contributed to Live and Die and Down With The Shine.
When it was announced that Green Day front-man Billie Joe Armstrong was headed to rehab following his rant at the iHeartRadio Music Festival, many people were cynical. Some viewed the whole move as a stunt. But, Warner Brothers Chairman Rob Cavallo, the producer of Green Day's Dookie and American Idiot albums, says Billie Joe's situation is serious:
"We're going to tour Australia in February with Blink... [so the] proper tour and the new album probably won't happen for about a year."
The shows in Australia are significant because of drummer Travis Barker's fear of flying. It was originally believed that Barker would not join the band for their Australia dates. But, a concert promoter confirmed that Barker would join the band in Australia. Barker has not riden in an airplane since he was involved in a plane crash back in 2008. He played European dates with the band after riding a boat across the Atlantic Ocean.
The Black Keys continue to share more information on their plan to record a new album. We knew the plan was for Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney to record sometime in early 2013 and now Auerbach has gotten specific:
"We have a couple of months blocked early next year, like February/March...We usually start around 11 and then work till 3 or 4 in the morning and that's everyday. Our favorite place to be is in the studio."
Auerbach added that the band could crank out an album in as little as two weeks. He says the records are snap shots in time. He says, "I listen to a record and I remember what I was listening to that week, where we were eating lunch and what kind of car we were driving and stuff like that."