Daily Digest: Muse in Outer Space?; Guns N' Roses Hint at New Song

Plus: Man turns himself in for Bob Dylan pizza prank

January 4, 2011 11:25 AM ET
Daily Digest: Muse in Outer Space?; Guns N' Roses Hint at New Song
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Muse Want to Rock in Outer Space
Muse are considering approaching Richard Branson about setting up a gig on one of his Virgin Galactic suborbital spaceships. While it is exciting to imagine the group’s usual spectacle taking place on a spacecraft, lead singer Matt Bellamy has acknowledged that it would probably be necessary to scale back their performance to make their dream even remotely practical. [Guardian UK]

Guns N’ Roses May Put New Music on Facebook
A very ambiguous tweet on the Guns N’ Roses official Twitter account seems to suggest that the band may soon “lay some tracks” on their Facebook page at some point in 2011. Given GNR’s history of lateness, you probably shouldn’t hold your breath waiting for something to turn up — but it couldn’t hurt to friend them on Facebook just in case. [Guns N' Roses Twitter]

Man Turns Himself In For Bob Dylan Pizza Prank
A prankster who had somehow acquired backstage credentials for a Bob Dylan show in Amherst, Massachusetts placed a $3900 order for 178 large gourmet pizzas, and never picked up the tab. The man, who has no affiliation whatsoever with Dylan, turned himself in and has made a settlement with pizzeria. [Stereogum]

Klaxons Win Album Art Prize For Kitty Cover
The Klaxons have won the Best Vinyl Art prize for their album Surfing the Void following a public vote, beating out 49 other shortlisted sleeve designs including records by Caribou, Arcade Fire, Goldfrapp and Sister Sisters. The cover depicts a cat wearing an astronaut uniform, so the win should not come as any kind of surprise. [BBC News]

Electronic Tribute to Captain Beefheart
Electronic musician Al Lover has produced a warped reworking of Captain Beefheart’s Safe as Milk as a tribute to the late rock iconoclast. Keeping in the spirit of Beefheart’s shabby style, Lover embraced physicality and human error in making the piece, swearing off all Pro-Tools plug-ins. [Impose]

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