After selling 75 million albums with Eurythmics, Dave Stewart may not be used to playing to small crowds. About a couple hundred people gathered for his set on the Le Carnival stage. Living in Southern California seems to have rubbed off on him. He covered a Tom Petty song and then sang a tribute to Stevie Nicks. Stewart drew on Eurythmics hits for the final two songs, when he invited (as announced) the Soul Rebels on stage. The two bands had not performed together before, and barely did for the first song, a faithful rendition of "Would I Lie to You." The Soul Rebels were relegated to the back left corner of the stage and chimed in quietly. When Stewart started "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)," the Rebels were still at the back of the stage. Stewart went almost entirely through the song before stepping aside and letting the Soul Rebels come to the front and do their version, and finally both bands played it together, which worked rather well.
(Update: Stewart played "Don't Come Around Here No More," which in fact he cowrote with Tom Petty. I should have given him full credit for playing his own music.)
Another good set from a Southern California band came from Chicano Batman. Dressed in matching blue tux shirts, the group played Latin grooving rock, sometimes lounge-y, sometimes flirting with psychedelia. The lower-fi it went the better. The band is in town for several more shows before heading back west.
Austin, Texas rapper Zeale promised to freestyle rap with three words the audience provided. He got "cornucopia," "rigamaroo" and either "beast" or "peace," I wasn't sure, but he used both. As for rigamaroo, he said he had no idea what it meant but rhymed it anyway and moved on.
The Silversun Pickups sounded good if not monotone. Friday night, the band members went through the House of Shock, which apparently isn't just for metal bands.
Many braved a chilly day and waited out Metallica, which was sharp and extremely loud on well known material like "Master of Puppets." It had younger and older fans pumping their fists and barking the chorus, showing New Orleans has plenty of metal fans.
"Ever felt the urge to ‘Whac-A-Hipster?’" asks multi-billion dollar international car company Toyota, which invites music fans at Voodoo to "live our their hipster-whacking fantasies" at the Prius Family Playground.
I don't know about you, but when I've rounded up the wife and kids and need a quick break from the daily grind, nothing cools me down like a refreshing round of bloody-knuckled fisticuffs with a fashionable teen.
Me and my fellow meat-headed family men slap on our sleeveless tees, yellow sunglasses and get to work on burying our hands into the faces of quirky kids in cardigan sweaters. Thanks, Toyota, for sharing the family-style approach to beating the shit out of people I don't like.
Now that you've got my attention, what else can we check out at this year's Toyota Prius Family Playground?
Many New Orleanians have heard the Soul Rebels cover the Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams (are made of this)," but have you heard them cover Metallica's hit "Enter Sandman"? The clip above from one of Metallica's 30th anniversary concerts in San Francisco shows the Rebels can do a pretty good job with it. The Rebels will join Eurhythmics' guitarist Dave Stewart at Voodoo for a cover of "Sweet Dreams." Should we expect a cameo with Metallica as well?
UPDATE: I spoke with Soul Rebels snare drummer Lumar Leblanc Tuesday afternoon, and he says the band would be interested in playing with Metallica, but the two bands haven't discussed it.
The video below doesn't show the bands really meshing, but they performed together at the anniversary party.
Video of the Soul Rebels covering "For Whom the Bell Tolls" and Lars Ulrich on trombone after the jump.
Lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong checked into a substance abuse facility last month after a profanity-laced diva meltdown in front of a Las Vegas audience. The band subsequently issued a statement saying, "We regretfully must postpone some of our upcoming promotional appearances," but the Voodoo appearance, it was hoped, would be a comeback of sorts for the band.
Green Day's next album, ¡Dos!, is scheduled to be released next month.
Neil Young & Crazy Horse, The Avett Brothers and Gary Clark Jr. hold down the main stage Friday, Oct. 26.
Green Day, Justice and Silversun Pickups headline the schedule on Saturday, Oct. 27.
Jack White, Skrillex, Nas and Coheed & Cambria close out the weekend's schedule on Sunday, Oct. 28.
Rap legend Nas and Coheed are some new additions to the lineup — the latter appeared at the 2007 Voodoo. Voodoo also added a big crop of local artists — Feufollet, Casa Samba, Katey Red, Cheeky Black, New Leviathan Oriental Fox-Trot Orchestra, New Rebel Family, Coyotes and others join the bill.
Single-day tickets also are available, at $90, and weekend passes start at $175, available here.
The inaugural camping experience will offer festival goers the chance to sleep under the stars amidst two hundred year old oak trees, picturesque lagoons and waterways of New Orleans’ historic City Park and located just steps away from the Voodoo entrance. Camping options range from general tent camping with basic amenities to a luxurious all-encompassing camping experience, where concertgoers can arrive to move-in-ready 10×13 safari style tents complete with cots, bedding and pillows along with exclusive Artist Access throughout the Voodoo site.
Prices are all over the place, and do not include Voodoo admission (you'll need to purchase a three-day pass in addition to camping fees). A basic campsite for two people is $150 and gets you a 12'x12' square of ground; you pretty much do the rest, though "showers, food and beverage vendors, special activities, 24 hour security and medical services will be available."
Guests at the LOA Grand will sleep in comfort and enjoy unparalleled backstage access throughout the weekend with 2 Artists Passes. Upon arrival you will receive a ready to go fully pitched 10 x 13 safari style tent with 2 cots and bedding just steps away from and overlooking the Voodoo site. You’ll enjoy a water view plus complimentary breakfast, late night snacks, a reserved parking space conveniently located near the LOA Grand site, 24 hour security & medical services, upgraded restrooms, showers, concierge services and more. All campers must be 18+.
Plus there will be electrical outlets in every LOA tent, so let that iPhone run down without worries. Or have your concierge recharge it.
Festival organizers announced the 2012 Voodoo Experience preliminary lineup today. Heading the bill is Neil Young & Crazy Horse and Green Day. Other additions include Skrillex, Justice, Tomahawk, Say Anything, Bootsy Collins, Gary Clark Jr., Awolnation and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
Neil Young last appeared in New Orleans at the 2009 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, with a showstopping performance that ended with The Beatles' "A Day in the Life" and a deluge of rain. Young will perform with Crazy Horse, and the band is releasing Americana on June 5, their first album together in nine years, which revisits classic American folk music. Preview the album here.
Green Day last performed in New Orleans in 2009 during its 21st Century Breakdown tour and was also at the 2004 Voodoo, which featured a killer lineup of Beastie Boys, The Pixies and Sonic Youth.
Voodoo also announced on-site camping at City Park for the fest, a la Bonnaroo. A press release says "the inaugural camping experience will offer festival goers the chance to sleep under the stars amidst two hundred year old oak trees, picturesque lagoons and waterways of New Orleans’ historic City Park and located just steps away from the entrance to the annual Halloween weekend music celebration."
Campers can use general camping amenities or upgrade to a "luxurious, all-encompassing camping experience" with safari tents, cots, pillows, bedding and VIP access.
Voodoo is Oct. 26-28 at City Park. Tickets to the festival are available online; a three-day general admission pass is $175 and the Loa VIP pass is $500.
First: the schedule for the 2012 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival goes online at midnight (we'll have it here on Blog of New Orleans). The dates of this year's Jazz Fest are Apr. 27-May 6, 2012. So check back here at midnight CST for the scoop.
Second: If you know you want to go to the 2012 Voodoo Experience, now's the time to ask Santa to get your present early. Tickets to the three-day weekend in City Park go onsale tomorrow for what they're calling the "10 Days of Voodoo" — buy now through Dec. 23 and get a 3-day pass for $77. That's a bargain, considering that 3-day passes purchased the week of Voodoo will set you back $175. Plus, if you buy before Dec. 23, you'll be eligible to win prizes:
We’re giving away a Voodoo gear shopping spree, LOA Lounge//VIP upgrades, stage passes, a music shopping spree from Basin Street Records (home of the Grammy-nominated Rebirth Brass Band, Kermit Ruffins, Irvin Mayfield and many more) and dinner certificates to some of New Orleans best restaurants including Dickie Brennans Steakhouse, Ste. Marie, Sylvain and more.
So: the lineup for one festival (with no presale yet) and a presale for the other (with no lineup yet). Obviously it's time to get right with Santa, and pronto.
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