Universal Spearheads Cobain Biopic; Cake Resurrect ‘Unlimited Sunshine’ Tour
Plus news on Swervedriver and the Wu-Tang Clan's RZA.
It’s official: the speculated film adaptation of Heavier than Heaven, Charles Cross’ biography on late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain,is now moving forward as Universal Pictures has acquired the film’swrites and hired writer to David Benioff to pen the yet-to-be screenplay based on the book, Variety.com reports. The forthcoming film follows in the footsteps of numerous works on the rock deity, including the recent release of About a Son, and is the only film to have the blessing of widow Courtney Love, who will act as an executive producer.
Cake Return with ‘Unlimited Sunshine’ Tour
Gathering momentum from the release of B-sides and Rarities, Cake has reignited the band’s ‘Unlimited Sunshine’ tour, tapping Brazilian Girls, Detroit Cobras, Oakley Hall, King City, and Agent Ribbonsfor the nationwide 14-date outing. Set to kick off Nov. 29 in SanDiego, the tour will then hit cities like Los Angeles and Las Vegasbefore capping the West Coast leg with a show in Portland, OR, followedby a cross-country leap to Portland, ME. From there the bands will hitcities like Boston, Washington, D.C. and New York City beforeconcluding Dec. 14 in Rochester, NY.
‘Unlimited Sunshine’ tour dates:
11/29, San Diego, CA (4th B)
11/30, Los Angeles, CA (Orpheum Theater)
12/1, Las Vegas, NV (Venue TBA)
12/2, Anaheim, CA (The Grove)
12/3, Portland, OR (Crystal Ballroom/KNRK Christmas Show)
12/5, Portland, ME (Merrill Auditorium)
12/6, Providence, RI (Lupo’s)
12/7, Boston, MA (Orpheum Theater)
12/8, Sewell, NJ (Commerce Bank Arts Centre)
12/9, Richmond, VA (Toad’s)
12/10, Washington, DC (Constitution Hall)
12/12, New York, NY (Terminal 5)
12/13, New York, NY (Terminal 5)
12/14, Rochester, NY (Armory)
Swervedriver Reunite, Tour
After ventures with the Toshack Highway highway moniker, as well as recent solo offering and project alongside Interpol drummer Sam Fogarino, Setting Suns, rocker Adam Franklin will reunite with London-based shoe-gaze outfit Swervedriver for the first time in ten years. Original members Jimmy Hartridge (guitar), Steve George (bass), and Jez(drums) will join with Franklin for a world tour in 2008, marking firsttime together since their 1999 dissolution. Dates for the forthcomingouting have yet-to-be announced, but are expected to be unveiled as thenew year approaches.
Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA Wins Hip-Hop Chess Tournament
Unleashing his refined, calculated samurai skills on a pool of fellow hip-hop rhyme sayers and chess fanatics, RZA has emerged from the inaugural Hip-Hop Chess Federation tournament victorious, leaving other Clan members GZA and Monk, as well as Casual from Hieroglyphics and Sunspot Jonz of Living Legends in his dust, hhnlive.comreports. The tournament, formed by the Hip-Hop Chess Federation topromote unity, strategy, and nonviolence and benefit schools inunderserved communities, took place last weekend in San Francisco. “Thechildren are the real winners today” said cofounder Adisa Banjoko. “Theundeniable success of the Chess Kings Invitational is a powerfultestament to a new era of philanthropy within Hip-Hop.” [Via thedailyswarm.com]