by / May 20th, 2009 /

News roundup – Green Day secret show, Eminem hometown concert, Spinal Tap

  • Green Day played a second secret show at New York’s Webster Hall on Tuesday evening (May 19). The two hour gig included songs from their new album 21st Century Breakdown, while the balance of the set was chock full of Green Day classics and lesser-known tracks, ranging from “Basket Case,” to “American Idiot” to “At The Library.” A couple of covers – Cheap Trick’s “Surrender” and The Replacements’ “Bastard of Young” – were also unearthed. Green Day will play Central Park’s Rumsey Playfield this Friday, May 22nd for ABC television’s “Good Morning America.”
  • Eminem returned with a free concert in his hometown of Detroit on Tuesday (May 19) night, marking the release of his new album Relapse. While the set at the Sound Board Theater was brief – a mere 35 minutes – Eminem charged through seven tracks from Relapse, including “Crack a Bottle” and “We Made You.” His encore was a relative oldie; 2002’s “Lose Yourself,” in which the rapper brought members of his D12 posse onstage. The performance was filmed and will be broadcast on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” this Friday, May 22nd, Eminem’s third stint on that late night chat show.
  • They’re back from the DEAD! Spinal Tap, the original Anvil (wait.. that’s not right) are reborn on June 12th with Back from the Dead to mark the 25th anniversary of the movie and their exclusive special show at London’s Wembley Arena with very special guests The Folksmen. As Nigel Tufnel remarked – “If we’re going to do a World tour on only one night, at least it’s this world” before David St. Hubbins added “This show will be dedicated to all of our drummers who have passed on, either to their reward or to middle management at Sainbury’s.” Back from the Dead features all the songs you know from the film (‘Hell Hole,’ ‘Tonight I’m Gonna Rock You Tonight,’ ‘Heavy Duty,’ ‘(Listen to the) Flower People’ ‘America,’ ‘Cups and Cakes,’ ‘Big Bottom’) and six other new ones along with an exclusive hour long accompanying DVD featuring a track-by-track video commentary by the band.

    Back From The Dead is a deluxe CD/DVD package aggressively priced and containing 19 original Spinal Tap songs, a one-hour DVD and unique pop-up diorama package that unveils three 12-inch action figures (courtesy of Sideshow Collectibles) of the band along with a proportionally sized Stonehenge. Back From The Dead is destined to be a collector’s item, “especially among collectors” – it was added.