Music News: Watch Foo Fighters get festive on SNL

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A promotional still from the Foo Fighters' SNL appearance.
A promotional still from the Foo Fighters' 'Saturday Night Live' appearance. (NBC)

The Foo Fighters were musical guests on this weekend's episode of Saturday Night Live, and in addition to "The Sky is a Neighborhood," they played a festive medley of "Everlong," "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)," and "Linus and Lucy." (Pitchfork)

Remembering Ralph Carney

Saxophonist Ralph Carney has died "peacefully," of undisclosed causes, at age 61. He's played on albums by artists including Tom Waits and the B-52's, and he also co-wrote the theme song to the Netflix show Bojack Horseman with his nephew: Patrick Carney of the Black Keys. (Pitchfork)

Zappa '73 box set planned

A new seven-disc box set will comprehensively chronicle Frank Zappa’s famed two-night stand at the Roxy in L.A. in 1973. The Roxy Performances, out Feb. 2, will include "unreleased performances, soundcheck and rehearsal recordings and more," notes Rolling Stone.

"This box contains some of the best nights of music Los Angeles has ever seen with their ears at an historic venue," said Zappa's son Ahmet in a statement. "Hold on to your hotdogs people."

Gene Simmons hit with sexual misconduct lawsuit

A southern California radio personality has sued Gene Simmons, alleging that the KISS frontman made "several aggressive, unwanted sexual advances" during an interview, including physical contact that included the touching of the woman's buttocks. The woman's name has been obscured from public court documents to protect her privacy. In a statement, Simmons denied the charges, saying, "I did not assault the person making these accusations in the manner alleged in the complaint or harm her in any way." (Rolling Stone)

John Darnielle book could become movie

A screenplay adaptation of John Darnielle’s 2014 novel Wolf in White Van has been selected for this year's Screenwriters Lab at Sundance. As part of the lab, the screenplay will "be workshopped by established writers," notes Pitchfork. That bodes well for the prospective movie, which has music video director Andrew Bruntel (St. Vincent, Will Oldham) attached as director.

Missy joins Janet in Atlanta

Atlanta had some serious airport problems this weekend, but the power was fully on at Philips Arena as Missy Elliott joined Janet Jackson onstage for a live performance of their 2015 collaboration "BURNITUP!" (Pitchfork)


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