Music News: Here's Paul McCartney in 'Pirates of the Caribbean'


Paul McCartney on a promotional 'Pirates of the Caribbean' poster
Paul McCartney on a promotional poster for 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales' (courtesy the artist)

Whether or not this means the Beatles/Stones rivalry is still a thing, Sir Paul McCartney has followed in the footsteps of Keith Richards and filmed a cameo for a Pirates of the Caribbean movie. McCartney just shared a promotional image that shows him in swashbuckling character for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. According to a cast list, McCartney plays a jail guard. The fifth installment in Disney's wildly popular pirate saga will hit theaters on May 26. (Rolling Stone)

PWR BTTM suspend musical activity in wake of sexual misconduct allegations

Just as they're releasing a highly-anticipated new album, the queercore duo PWR BTTM have effectively halted all musical activity in the wake of abuse allegations against band member Ben Hopkins.

Since the allegations of sexual misconduct against multiple individuals were circulated online last week, the band have been dropped by their current record label, a former record label, and their management company, and an album release show was canceled. The band's entire upcoming tour — which was to include a Minneapolis show at the Triple Rock Social Club on June 1 — has been called off as well.

"There is absolutely no place in the world for hate, violence, abuse, discrimination or predatory behavior of any kind," said record label Polyvinyl in a statement announcing that it would no longer sell or distribute PWR BTTM's new album Pageant. "Our hearts go out to all victims of discrimination and all survivors of sexual violence." (New York Times, Pitchfork)

U2 debut new song, play Joshua Tree track live for first time

30 years after releasing their classic album The Joshua Tree, U2 played album track "Red Hill Mining Town" live for the first time ever when their Joshua Tree 2017 Tour kicked off Friday night in Vancouver. Shows on the tour will feature performances of The Joshua Tree in its entirety, as well as other songs — which, on Friday, included the brand-new song "The Little Things That Give You Away." (Rolling Stone)

KRS-One apologizes for eulogizing the wrong Beastie Boy

Rap legend KRS-One has apologized for eulogizing the wrong Beastie Boy in his new song "Hip Hop Speaks From Heaven." The song, a litany of hip-hop greats who have died, referenced "King Ad-Rock," when Ad-Rock is actually alive. His bandmate Adam "MCA" Yauch died in 2012. KRS-One says he's re-recording the song to mention the correct name. (Rolling Stone)

Axl and Billy cover AC/DC

On Saturday night in Los Angeles, Axl Rose and Billy Joel covered AC/DC. Yes, that's weird — but not quite as weird as it sounds. Joel has frequently covered "Highway to Hell" before, so it made sense that Rose — who filled in for AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson last year after Johnson had to stop touring to preserve his hearing — would jump up to sing the song with the Piano Man. Maybe it's even stranger that Rose stuck around for a take on Joel's "Big Shot." (Pitchfork)

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