News Roundup: Weezer, Paul McCartney, Pearl Jam


–Weezer has released an edited version of their live mash-up of MGMT’s “Kids” and Lady Gaga’s “Pokerface.” The video feels pretty raw, and Rivers offers plenty of Bono-like arm gestures while drummer Pat Wilson plays synth and sings backup. It’s better than about 93 percent of The Red Album. The footage was pulled from the band’s May 9 performance at the KROQ Weenie Roast.

–Paul McCartney has probably avoided this headline for so long due to the high expectations it induces, but he’s heading back to the Ed Sullivan Theater. The former Beatle will appear on The Late Show with David Letterman for the first time to promote his upcoming appearances at Citi Field July 17, 18, and 21. McCartney will be the only guest, and will be interviewed before he performs. The Beatles made their US TV debut on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964. With Letterman at the helm, it will likely be Sir Paul’s most honest interview since he reluctantly talked cocaine with Howard Stern in January.

–Pearl Jam’s new album has a release date. Backspacer will be released September 20, the bands first disc on the Universal/Island label, and, like most Pearl Jam discs, it was produced by Brendan O’Brien. We hope it sounds a little better than the muddy preview the band offered on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien last month. Pearl Jam has announced some tour dates to celebrate the album, and Cameron Crowe is apparently working on a film about the band, tentatively due in 2011.