Morrissey and Johnny Marr confirmed what we all pretty much figured - the Smiths reunion rumors were (yet again) not true. Morrissey's publicist told HitFix "the Smiths will NEVER get back together" and similarly, Marr's manager told NME, "it isn't happening. We are fully focused on preparing Johnny's new album for release and booking shows for 2013." See you in six months.
Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl dealt with rumors of a different kind - after Saturday's onstage "this is it" comments, the internet got all wound up thinking the Foo Fighters had disbanded. Grohl posted a statement revealing the band has not broken up, but instead they're going to "put it back in the garage for awhile." While the Foo Fighters are on hiatus Grohl will be focusing on the release of the Sound City documentary and album, which he says "could be the biggest most important project I've ever worked on."
Muse's new album The 2nd Law was released in North America today. Spin didn't seem to like it too much - they put the album in the "worst new music" category, calling the band "Brit-rock cupcakes utterly overwhelmed by their obsession with Radiohead."
Last year Smashing Pumpkins announced their plans to reissue their entire back catalog. So far they've reissued Gish, Siamese Dream, and Pisces Iscariot. Today the band announced the next reissue will be the re-release of 1995's double album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. The reissue will be available on a variety of formats - digital album, vinyl, 2 CD set and as a 5 CD/DVD deluxe box set. The Mellon Collie reissue drops on December 3rd worldwide and December 4th in North America. Read the press release here and pre-order here.
TMZ ran a story today claiming actor Eric Dane is suing Billy Corgan over some trees that allegedly almost killed Dane's wife. Read more about that here.
Josh Freese announced he's decided to leave A Perfect Circle permanently.
John Cale was a special guest DJ on NPR's All Songs Considered today. Stream the session here.
The Quietus continues to celebrate awesome albums - today they celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Pixies' Come On Pilgrim. Read the feature here.
Peter Buck is preparing to release a solo album this Friday. The record is untitled and will initially be available on vinyl only. Read about it over at the Guardian or head over to R.E.M.'s official site.
The Pogues announced a live one-off show in London on December 20th. The band recently played a pair of gigs in Paris to celebrate their 30th anniversary. Watch video from the Paris shows here.
Ben Folds Five appeared on the Colbert Report last night for a short interview and live performance. Watch the replay here.
As if Australia wasn't already lucky enough to have My Bloody Valentine headline All Tomorrow's Parties in February 2013, Australians now have three more MBV gigs to go to. Roadtrip anyone?