Pukkelpop's Festival Disaster, Black Sabbath's Reunion Fake-Out and Game's Twitter Prank Gone Bad Lead Our News Roundup
Published Aug 20, 2011With another week down, there's a mighty hefty pile of news to recap. So if you're looking to make sense of it all, here are just some of the highlights that graced our pages.
First off, following a freak string of stage collapses in recent weeks, the music world was met with the horrific news that six people were killed when another stage collapsed at the Indiana State Fair. Making matters even more tragic, five more festivalgoers were killed at the Pukkelpop fest in Belgium when a similar incident occurred due to extreme weather. Smith Westerns were caught up in the storm, which also left at least 75 people injured. That's a photo of some of the wreckage above.
In other news, a whole lot of classic metal fans were met with disappointment this week when a report surfaced claiming the original Black Sabbath lineup was reuniting. Like several times in the past, the rumours were quickly quashed when guitarist Tony Iommi issued a statement declaring the report bogus.
Also this week, we had the Game facing charges for Twitter prank gone bad. But luckily for the rapper, he was let off the hook. However, former Queens of the Stone Age bassist Nick Oliveri may not be so lucky following the news that he's facing a 15-year prison sentence after a recent standoff with police.
Also, it was a big week for rumoured collaborations. First, we found out the Flaming Lips and Death Cab for Cutie may be working on something and then James Blake hinted at some joint project with Bon Iver. All we can say at this point is, hmm...
Then we had Justice speaking to Exclaim! about their upcoming sophomore effort, while Rick Froberg gave up the scoop on Hot Snakes' reunion.
And last but not least, if you've ever wanted to play basketball against Arcade Fire's Win Butler, you may want to click here. But warning: rumour has it dude is a bit of a ball hog.