Weekend Roundup: Will Ferrell’s Pissed Pants, GWAR Spares Grohl


The Weekend Roundup takes a look at some of the important, interesting, cool, or funny happenings that occurred, well, over the weekend. If you have any tips or suggestions, feel free to contact us at editor@riffyou.com.

Members of Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, and The Strokes team up

At the annual Pop vs. Jock charity basketball game in Montreal, organizers Win and Will Butler of Arcade Fire teamed with Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and The Strokes’ Nikolai Fraiture for one memorable, yet mini halftime show. Together, the collective ripped through covers of Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight” and The White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army.” You can watch the latter right here:

Not everyone hates U2

Even though many people remain pissed off with U2 for their Apple album release/marketing stunt, the band has left many close to the late Joey Ramone touched by Songs of Innocence’s lead single, “The Miracle (of Joey Ramone).” His brother, Mickey Leigh, is one of them: “I’ve been working on a letter to express… I’m not sure grateful is the right word, but awestruck is a better description,” he said in an interview with MTV News. “It’s so beautiful. I loved it. It’s Bono’s interpretation and his spirit, but it also captures Joey’s spirit. He described my brother’s spirit well. I think he got just what Joey would have wanted out of it.”

Karen O gets intimate

To help showcase her intimate first solo album, Crush Songs, Karen O of Yeah Yeah Yeahs has partnered with Sofar Sounds, an organization that specializes in arranging unique live performance experiences. In August, they brought O to a Tribeca loft in NYC to perform “Rapt” for roughly 100 people. Here’s how that looked:

I Pissed My Pants

On Friday night at Will Ferrell’s Cancer for College charity event in Seattle, the epic comedian brought in some musical friends, as well as one musical nemesis, to perform a cover of The Rolling Stones’ “Honkey Tonk Woman.” Included in the group – which went by the name I Pissed My Pants – was Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready, Guns N’ Roses’ Duff McKagan, Dave Matthews Band’s Stefan Lessard, vocalist Belinda Carlisle, and sworn enemy, Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers. Fortunately, there’s video of this magical occasion!

GWAR won’t murder Grohl

Last week, Foo Fighters played a special crowd-funded show in Richmond, VA, and took the time to pay tribute to fallen GWAR frontman, Dave Brockie (Oderus Urungus). By saying a few kind words, Dave Grohl perceivably saved his life: “One of the greatest compliments, or non-compliments, that I have ever gotten in my life, [was] seeing this interview with Dave Brockie where they asked Brockie about a Grammy nomination, and somehow he made his way to me, and he said ‘Dave Grohl, he’s actually had his teeth removed so he could fit more Grammy dicks in his fucking mouth.’ So, right now, I give it up to Brockie,” said Grohl. “He would fucking hate that I dedicated a fucking song to him.”

Here’s GWAR’s response, courtesy of Jizmak Da Gusha:

-Adam Grant

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