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Rock Report-Pearl Jam new tunes/Petty’s Publisher sues Spotify/Slash doesn’t mind phones

PETTY, YOUNG, WEEZER: Publisher Sues Spotify

The publisher of songs by Tom PettyNeil YoungWeezerThe Black Keys and more has filed a massive copyright lawsuit against Spotify.

Wixen Publishing claims the streaming giant is using songs found in the company’s administrative catalog without the necessary licenses or compensation and that more the 20 percent of the company’s streaming catalog is without a license. Wixen is seeking at least $1.6 billion and an injunction that would legally require Spotify to “develop and implement procedures for identifying and properly licensing songs.”

The Hollywood Reporter says lawyers for Spotify argue that the contracts Wixen holds with songwriters do not give them permission to pursue litigation on their behalf.

  • Maybe streaming isn’t here to make money for artists.
  • That kind of suit could cripple Spotify.
  • I wonder if the artists knew their publisher was going to sue?


It looks like we’re getting closer to new Pearl Jam album in 2018.

The band has worked on some material the past couple of years, but bassist Jeff Ament just revealed that they’ve been getting together recently to wrap up the songs for a new album. He told The Powell Movement podcast, “We’ve sort of been in writing mode here in Seattle the last couple of months. A typical day is getting together with anywhere from one to four of the guys and making music.”

Pearl Jam’s last album was 2013’s Lightning Bolt. This is the longest gap in between studio albums in the band’s career.

Talk About It:

  • Maybe they’ll have it done before they tour Europe this summer.
  • I wonder if any songs will be about Chris Cornell.
  • I’d take a U.S. tour even without any new songs.


Count both Slash and Nikki Sixx among the musicians who don’t care that fans film shows on their cell phones.

Sixx and Slash spoke about the topic, inspired by A Perfect Circle having fans tossed out for filming shows last year, on the last episode of Sixx Sense. Slash said, “I’ve gotten past the point of caring. People just do what they do, and the fact that they can’t concentrate on the music because they have to memorialize this. After a while, you don’t want to make a huge effort to try and fight it, because it’s just going against what is the trend at this point.”

Sixx added, “I realized if I was a fan, and I was going to see Aerosmith, and Joe Perry tweeted out, ‘I hate all you people with cellphones,’ I’d be like, ‘I worked for three months to afford a ticket and only buy a T-shirt, I never met my hero, and now he’s putting me down. But I’ve got this video!’ I’d be really happy to have that video.”

  • It looks like A Perfect Circle are in the minority here.
  • It’s not like Nikki is going to do any tours anytime soon.
  • Maybe Slash would care if GNR did a concert film.


Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day blasted a fan commenting on an Instagram post he did Tuesday night.

Armstrong posted a image of Donald Trump‘s tweet about having a “bigger” nuclear button that works with the caption, “This isn’t funny. This is our President acting like a madman drunk on power THREATENING to kill innocent starving people by way of nuclear war. The 25th amendment needs to be enforced. This man is sick and unfit for office. I don’t care if you’re liberal or conservative — this has to stop. Please share #impeachtrump.”

A fan wrote in the comments, “I hate to sound like a [jerk] Billie but you are liberal and people have the right to support Trump, and whatever you say won’t change anything to Trump supporters.” Armstrong responded, “Well then go [screw] yourself you stupid piece of [crap]. If that’s the way you feel about mass destruction and murder, then [screw] off. Stay the [heck] off my Instagram and don’t come back. Don’t listen to my records. I have no problem telling ignorant [idiots] like you to go to hell. That goes for any other stupid [idiots] that think this behavior should normalized. Get the [heck] out!”

Talk About It:

  • Wow, Billie Joe really didn’t like that comment.
  • Maybe he should use this advice: Don’t read the comments!
  • He probably lost a couple of fans.