Marilyn Manson at OzzFest 2003 - more photos... photo by gary miller - contributing photographer
Cruising Pollstar today looking for new SXSW announcements I was surprised to see Marilyn Manson has scheduled a gig at the Austin Music Hall on March 1 and Joe Jackson has scheduled a show at The Paramount on April 28th. Also if you have a thing for U.K. music, a neat band called Beat Union all the way from Birmingham will be playing down at Emo's on Feb. 1 with Bedouin Soundclash. The songs I have heard sound a lot like The La's crossed with The Specials, and they are really neat. Can't wait for their new CD. If you don't want to do the Flogging Molly set at Stubb's on February 1. or can't get in, Beat Union would be a great alternative.
Speaking of SXSW, It wouldn't be an Austin music news post without putting out the latest rumored appearances. This time a NEW source has told me to keep an eye on the The Frantic, All Time Low, Thievery Corporation, Ani DiFranco, Minus The Bear, Umphrey's McGee, and here is an interesting one, John Waite, formerly of The Babies. Another odd one to watch, The Foo Fighters. I'd love to see Dave Grohl and his band perform. Another source has told me to watch for an R.E.M. surprise show in addition to their showcase, most likely at Roky Erickson's Ice Cream Social over at Threadgill's, but it could also be an instore at Waterloo Records. Last year's instore with Iggy Pop was insane. That would be incredibly awesome.
Also keep an eye on Robert Plant and Allison Krauss, rumored to have a spring tour in the works with a rumored stop at Bonaroo. Plant is a former SXSW keynote speaker so that would increase the odds.
Bands known to NOT be doing SXSW this year include Austin locals Grupo Fantasma, My Chemical Romance, The Whigs, Jimmy Eat World, Slayer, Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, and Liza Minelli. Finally, the Meat Puppets will not be at SXSW either, they will be embarking on a tour with Built To Spill that starts in L.A. on February 22nd, goes all the way to the east coast and then ends almost back where it started, in Solana Beach, Ca.