News in Review: The Who, Beach Boys, U2, The Cars, Red Hot Chili Peppers

First Appeared in The Music Box, December 2010, Volume 17, #12

Written by John Metzger

Fri December 2, 2010, 06:30 AM CST

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The Who - Endless Wire

The Who Prepares for a 2011 Tour

For some time now, Pete Townshend has been busy working on his new rock opera FLOSS. Like most of his efforts of late, no end is in sight. Nevertheless, there is some hope for fans of The Who. Regardless of whether Townshend completes the project, The Who might return to the road in 2011, at least according to Roger Daltrey. In comments made during a video that was posted on The Who’s website, Daltrey acknowledged that he and Townshend were still trying to determine the format for the tour. If Daltrey gets his way, however, The Who will assemble a series of multi-night engagements, devoting individual shows in each city to performances of Quadrophenia, a greatest-hits set, and perhaps, Tommy.

Beach Boys - The Warmth of the Sun

John Stamos Leads the Charge for Musical Based on Beach Boys’ Music

A group led by actor John Stamos has secured a contract with Twentieth Century Fox to produce a movie based upon The Beach Boys’ music. Much like the Abba-inspired project Mamma Mia!, the script will weave together a number of The Beach Boys’ songs in order to create a fictional tale. Filming is scheduled to begin in April, and Stamos is hoping to rush the project to completion in order to take advantage the band’s 50th anniversary, which occurs next year. Stamos also was behind The Beach Boys: An American Family, a television miniseries that aired in 2000.

U2 - No Line on the Horizon

U2, The Cars, Red Hot Chili Peppers Prep New Albums for 2011

As 2010 draws to a close, the music industry is in the midst of unloading its usual year-end barrage of concert recordings, expansive boxed sets, and DVDs. The outlook for 2011, however, already is quite promising. In addition to previously mentioned albums by The Who and R.E.M., here are a few of the upcoming highlights:

U2 is in the midst of completing its follow-up to last year’s No Line on the Horizon. The group has been writing and recording new songs with producer Danger Mouse. The results of this collaboration are expected to be released in the first half of 2011. In fact, the effort could be the first of three outings that U2 will issue next year. With help from Will.i.am and David Guetta, the group is in the midst of concocting a dance-oriented record. In addition, U2 is still planning to assemble a second set of material culled from the sessions that spawned No Line on the Horizon.

Five years ago, Greg Hawkes and Elliot Easton were determined to reformulate The Cars, even though Benjamin Orr had died of pancreatic cancer in 2000, and Ric Ocasek refused to participate in the project. Not to be thwarted in their efforts, Hawkes and Easton teamed with Todd Rundgren on a new album (It’s Alive) and a subsequent tour under the moniker The New Cars. This past July, however, a photo was posted on The Cars’ Facebook page that showed Ocasek, Easton, Hawkes, and David Robinson working in a recording studio. In October, the group revealed a snippet from a new song Blue Tip. Produced by Ocasek and Jacknife Lee, The Cars’ first album in 23 years will be issued in early 2011.

When guitarist John Frusciante returned to the Red Hot Chili Peppers in 1999, he sparked a creative resurgence that produced a trio of terrific outings: Californication, By the Way, and Stadium Arcadium. In the wake of the release of the latter effort, however, the turbulence that typically has surrounded the Red Hot Chili Peppers continued. Last December, Frusciante confirmed the rumors that he had left the band in 2008. At least, this time, there are no bitter feelings. With Josh Klinghoffer taking Frusciante’s place, the Red Hot Chili Peppers has spent the past year working on a new album, which it hopes to release in Spring. In an interesting twist, the group’s longtime drummer Chad Smith revealed to Spin Magazine that several of the tracks were constructed around Afro-pop grooves.

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