While You Were Away: Remembering Sinead O’Connor, The Cure’s ‘Show’ Reissue, New Music From Silent Planet, And More

This week we’re talking about new music from Silent Planet, remembering Sinead O’Connor, The Cure’s vinyl reissue, and more on While You Were Away.

Sinead O’Connor, ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ singer, dies at 56

Sinead O'Connor: "No nací para ser una estrella pop porque para eso hay que  ser buena chica" | Vanity Fair

Irish singer Sinead O’Connor, best known for her breakout hit “Nothing Compares 2 U,” has died at 56 years old.

The Irish Times first broke the news of her death. Her family confirmed her passing in a statement to RTE saying “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Sinéad. Her family and friends are devastated and have requested privacy at this very difficult time.”

O’Connor was found dead at her London apartment on Wednesday, July 26th and her death is not being treated as suspicious, according to a statement by Metropolitan Police. So far, the cause of death has not been revealed.

During the course of her career, she released 10 albums, but it was her cover of  “Nothing Compares 2 U,” written by Prince, that would break her into the mainstream. The singer also gained notoriety during her 1992 appearance on Saturday Night Live where she tore up a photograph of Pope John Paul II in protest against child sex abuse in the Catholic Church.

Last year, O’Connor tragically lost her son, Shane, who was found dead in Ireland. He was only 17 years old. Days following his passing, the singer was hospitalized after a series of concerning tweets. Earlier this month, O’Connor shared on Facebook that she moved back to London and was working on a new album.

Our thoughts go out to O’Connor’s family and friends during this difficult time.

Silent Planet share powerful new single ‘Antimatter’

Silent Planet have shared a personal and powerful new single, Antimatter

Silent Planet have shared their new single “Antimatter,” following last year’s standalone track “Signal.”

The song gets personal as it deals with the horrifying van crash the band experience last year.

“At approximately 5am on November 3, we were westbound on the I-80 through Wyoming when our driver hit a patch of black ice, causing him to lose control of our vehicle,” explains singer Garrett Russell. “Asleep in our bunks, we woke to the sound of our friend screaming as we felt the van start to tilt. We braced together as we spun off the road, van falling on its side, then sliding down a nearby embankment until we eventually flipped onto the roof. I was thrown across the vehicle and briefly knocked out, and remember waking to find my bandmates all miraculously safe inside their bunks.

“This song is an extension of this experience we shared while huddled in the wreckage together, my friends helping me to stem the bleeding of my head wound,” he continues. “Temporarily under the effects of a concussion, strange visual distortions began to form, inspiring many of the themes in this song: The fragility of life, the way we make sense of it all, and wondering what awaits us on the other side.

“While this track is part of a larger story of our upcoming concept album, this one was specifically inspired by this moment… and the moments inside of that moment when I entered that timeless space. This song is our response to the greater Silent Planet community, who donated to help us stay on the road and continues to believe in this project.”

Listen to the song below.

The Cure announce vinyl reissue of 1993 live album ‘Show’

Show (2LP)

The Cure‘s 1993 double live album Show is being reissued on vinyl for the first time in 30 years. The album was initially made available as a limited-edition picture disc for Record Store Day 2023 but will receive a wide release on 2xLP black vinyl on September 8th.

The repressing was remastered by Cure mastermind Robert Smith and Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios. The 18-track live album was recorded at The Palace in Auburn Hills, Michigan in July 1992 during the band’s “Wish Tour.”

Pre-orders can be found here.

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross unveil ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem’ soundtrack

Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross: 'Bones and All' Score Isn't About Horror -  Variety

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross have release the soundtrack to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem ahead of the film’s August 2nd release.

The score follows their recent soundtracks Bones and All, Soul, and Mank. The duo will stay busy with their next project, writing music for David Fincher’s upcoming movie The Killer. Meanwhile, Reznor gave an update on the possibility of new Nine Inch Nails music and it doesn’t look too hopeful. He said he doesn’t think the time is right for the band’s return.

Stream Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem soundtrack below.

Tours on sale this week

Rob Zombie, Alice Cooper Set 2023 'Freaks on Parade' Joint Tour – Billboard

Lacuna Coil and Fear Factory are teaming up for the “October Dawn” US tour. The tour kicks off October 13th in Atlanta, Georgia, and wraps up with a show in St Petersburg, Florida on October 29th. Get all the details here.

Pierce the Veil will head out on “The Jaws of Life Tour” this fall with support from supergroup L.S. Dunes. The tour starts November 4th in Sacramento, California, and runs through December 12th in San Diego, California. Tickets are on sale now.

Industrial icons Skinny Puppy have expanded their North American farewell tour with a fall leg. The new shows start November 8th in Dallas, Texas, and concludes with a two-night stint in Los Angeles, California on December 4th and 5th. Find dates and tickets here.

Shock rock masters Rob Zombie and Alice Cooper are teaming up for a North American tour with Ministry and Filter. The tour kicks off on August 24 in Dallas, Texas, and runs through September 24th in Phoenix, Arizona. Tickets are on sale now.

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Ashley Perez Hollingsworth

Ashley Perez is a freelance music journalist based in Chicago. Her work has appeared on AXS, Chicago Innerview, New City, The Millions, and Illinois Entertainer. She also runs her own music blog at Radio Not Found. Some of her favorite bands include Nirvana, The Cure, Muse, Creeper, and Green Day.

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