Music news in brief: Sonic Youth split, Stone Roses reunite, and LMFAO get sexy
First off, it’s official. The ‘90s are truly over.
After 27 years of marriage, Northampton natives Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore the first couple of alternative rock icons Sonic Youth have decided to go their separate ways.
According to a report by Rolling Stone magazine, the couple released a statement on October 14 that said in part, “Musicians Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore, married in 1984, are announcing they have separated. Sonic Youth, with both Kim and Thurston involved, will proceed with its South American tour dates in November. Plans beyond that tour are uncertain.”
While the ongoing commitment to already scheduled tour dates is an encouraging sign, many fans can’t help but feel saddened by the potential loss of what has become an underground music institution.
In fact, the band’s most recent studio album The Eternal was released in 2009. And the career-spanning retrospective Hits Are for Squares landed in shops in 2008.
Seminal British rocker the Stone Rosesannounced their unexpected reunion Wednesday almost 15 years after the band’s initial disintegration.
Though few would have ever predicted the split between Moore and Gordon above, even fewer could have predicted perhaps this most unlikely of all rock ‘n’ roll reunions.
Famously having called it quits in 1996 after a series of poor showings at festival dates and the departure of members John Squire and Alan “Reni” Wren, the group frequently popped up in the press over the years to alternately encourage and dismiss all talk about possibly reforming.
However after the New Musical Express reported on the “emotional reunion” between Squire and singer Ian Brown during the funeral for bassist Gary “Mani” Mounfield’s mother in April, some cracks began to show in the band’s stubborn stance against a formal reunion.
A press conference officially announcing the decision was held on October 18. And upon going on sale, all 150 thousand tickets for the list of forthcoming reunion gigs reportedly sold out in just 14 minutes.