Greetings! Top of the Morning is your daily AM news round-up. We paid attention overnight and gathered relevant tidbits to share over that first cup of coffee.
Radiohead is officially back in the studio. Yesterday afternoon, their producer Nigel Godrich posted a photo of Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood, hard at work, to his Twitter account. No other details were forthcoming, but this does confirm Greenwood’s earlier comments that the band had started the process of recording a new album.
— nigel godrich (@nigelgod) December 3, 2014
Yesterday, during an interview with Howard Stern, Dave Grohl confirmed that he and Courtney Love had settled their disagreements. And although the Foo Fighters frontman considers Love a friend once again, he denied Love’s claim that they spent $10,000 one night at Scores, and have an additional $10,000 bet about who can attract the most strippers. Perhaps this is why Love is now gathering photographic evidence when she puts her old feuds to bed. Early this morning, she posted the following picture to her Instagram account:
Doesn’t Billy Corgan look even less thrilled than he usually does?
In an interview with musician Nicholas Jaar for FADER, André 3000 explained the motivation behind i feel ya: SCAD + André 3000 Benjamin; the exhibit of jumpsuits that he wore during Outkast’s reunion tour that’s currently on display at Art Basel in Miami. He also revealed to Jaar that he did not want to go on the Outkast Reunion tour and the decision was primarily financial. He said:
I felt weird about going out on stage and doing it again. I felt like people would be like, “Y’all are doing all these festivals, y’all are just doing it for money.” And I felt like a sell-out, honestly. So I was like, if I’m in on the joke, I’ll feel cool about it. It was a decision. I’m 39, I got a 17-year-old kid, and I gotta support certain things. And my partner Big Boi is like, “This is a great thing for all of us.” So I felt like there was a certain sell-out in a way, because I didn’t wanna do it—I knew I was doing it for a reason. So maybe if I’m telling people, “I am selling out,” then it’s not as bad as pretending. It’s being honest about it like, “Shit, I did these songs when I was 17 and I’m out here pedaling them now.” But it’s the honest thing, that’s what it is.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, rumors started to circulate about the supposed death of Guns N’ Roses’ Axel Rose. But before you get upset, don’t worry. The singer is alive and well and still tweeting. Yesterday he sent the following messages out to his fans to dispel any false information about the status of his pulse.
If I'm dead do I still have to pay taxes?
— Axl Rose (@axlrose) December 4, 2014
— Axl Rose (@axlrose) December 4, 2014
Although U2 had Bruce Springsteen and Chris Martin stand in for Bono at their surprise charity concert in Times Square this week, don’t expect “U2 Minus One” to take the stage again. In an interview with L.A.’s KROQ, The Edge said, “It was an amazing experience, but it feels a little bit like we were cheating on Bono. It never happens, and it’s not an experience I want to repeat again. We can’t have somebody fronting U2 for a whole show. That would be ridiculous.” He also gave a detailed description of the injuries that Bono sustained in his recent bicycle accident:
There were a lot of people in the park and he just wasn’t paying enough attention. He was going fast down a bit of a hill and somebody come out onto the cycle way. He swerved to avoid them and just went straight over the handlebars… The poor guy. Basically his left elbow was shattered, so a lot of the work was reconstructing the joint and putting in wires and plates. He showed us an X-ray a couple of days later and it looked like a miniature of the Eiffel Tower was in his elbow. Then the same had to happen with the fracture of his pinkie. The joint there was totally messed up. That needed a bone graft. Then the most vulnerable was his upper back and scapula. They couldn’t put any plates in there. They decided to not do surgery. So, basically he’s got to be very still and not move around until that’s healed.
Now let’s all watch comedian Billy Eichner sing the song he wrote for Taylor Swift. Happy Thursday.