Crossfire Hurricane Director Talks New Cobain Documentary

Make sure to catch The Simpsons this Sunday for a 
chance to see Tom Waits in all his animated glory. 

Good morning, music fans! Let’s check out some news this Friday morning.  According to a new interview with UK music site/mag NME, director Brett Morgen said that he hopes the Kurt Cobain film he’s been currently working on for about four years “will be this generation’s The Wall.”

Morgen – who is the man behind the recent and successful Rolling Stones documentary Crossfire Hurricane – was tapped by Courtney Love and the Cobain estate to make a film examining the life of the Nirvana frontman. The project has finally started to come together after about five years of planning, revealed Morgen.  

"If you think about Kurt, he's a contradiction,” said Morgan. “He could be sincere and sentimental, and also ironic and sarcastic. He was sweet and sour. He was incredibly funny, too, and the film has to reflect his spirit."

Though most people remember Cobain’s legacy through his music, Morgen stated that he hopes to shed some light on the rocker’s other artistic pursuits.

"The thing about him people might not know too is that he was an incredible visual artist and left behind a treasure chest of comic books, paintings, Super 8 films, all sorts," said Morgen, calling the film "a mix of animation and live action that'll allow the audience to experience Kurt in a way they never have before." Morgen hopes to release the film in 2014.

Moving on, for those of you who still have a regularly scheduled place in your heart for America’s longest running animated series as well as an appreciation for one of America’s “strangest” – and I do mean that as a compliment – musicians, then you’ll definitely want to watch The Simpsons this Sunday, January 6th when the one and only Tom Waits will make a special guest appearance.

Waits will reportedly play himself as someone who helps introduce Homer to a community of survivalists, according to executive producer Al Jean.

“We did a lot of research into the ‘prepper’ phenomenon, where people are convinced that some horrible catastrophe – like an electromagnetic pulse – is going to occur, and that people will have to survive without the grid,” said Jean. “Homer becomes a prepper.”

Waits will appear – but won’t sing - in the episode entitled “Homer Goes to Prep School.”

Tom recently snagged a Grammy nomination for “Bad As Me” in the Alternative Album of the Year category. The record features special contributions from Flea, Les Claypool, and Keith Richards (who performs on five tracks including the single “Satisfied”). Waits also appears in the new film, Seven Psychopaths.

And finally, if there is one thing you can say about 2012 when it comes to music it’s that it was dominated by the rock tour.

Pollster has released their annual list of the world’s top grossing tours and although Madonna came in at the number one spot with $296.1 million in ticket sales over 67 of 88 shows reported, rockers accounted for about 20% of the top 50.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band led the rock pack with the number two spot ($210.2 million over 66 shows) with  Roger Waters  close behind at number three ($186.4 million over 48 dates) and Metallica at number eight ($86.1 million over 21 concerts).

The Top 50 Worldwide Tours did a combined gross of $3 billion, which although is nothing to scoff at, was down about 2 percent from $3.07 billion in 2011.

In general, things were down across the board. Total tickets sold were 34.9 million, which continued the decline from 35.48 million the previous year, and is well off the pace from 2009 when the Top 50 sold 45.3 million. The average global ticket price was $85.93, which was down 60 cents from last year but still well above the $73.83 charged in the more robust year of 2009.

Hopefully, 2013 will buck the trend but in order for that to happen – we need some of rock’s heavy players to hit the road!

Here are the rockers who made the top 50:

02 – Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band

03 – Roger Waters

08 – Metallica

10 – Red Hot Chili Peppers

15 – Van Halen

18 – Nickelback

27 – The Black Keys

33 – The Rolling Stones

38 – The Scorpions

44 – Aerosmith


You can always check out Pollstar’s complete list of 2012’s top grossing tours right here.

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