In a statement on the bands website, Refused said: "It's been a motley 14 years since our band came apart. We've all kept busy in our respective endeavors but we've all remained friends and kept in touch. There have been offers, and lots of jokes about these offers. We've sort of looked down from our high horses and made fun of people who've just wanted to share the psychopathic intensity that we would deliver on a nightly basis in our post-pubescent prime. A reunion has just seemed irrelevant to us. Too much other shit to do."
The band went onto say: "Coachella got in touch. There were a couple of phone-calls, lots of skepticism, some hesitant enthusiasm before one of us basically said: "– This is ridiculous. There are friends of ours who would murder close relatives just to go see bands there. Let's just do it, one last time." And with that, socialist fag-loving pc scumbags were on the road again. We never did "The shape of punk to come" justice back when it came out, too tangled up in petty internal bickering to really focus on the job. And suddenly there's this possibility to do it like it was intended. We wanna do it over, do it right. For the people who've kept the music alive through the years, but also for our own sakes. We feel that you deserve it and we hope the feeling is mutual."
Also playing Coachella and making a rare US appearance, Pulp! The Britrock band who reunited last year will play the festival and rumor has it they will be playing other US cities around the festival.
With all of the good music news that happened over the last two days, some sad news has struck the music world as Black Sabbath guitarist, the legendary Tony Iommi has been diagnosed with Lymphoma. In a statement on the bands website, the band said: "With the news that Black Sabbath´s Tony Iommi has been diagnosed with the early stages of lymphoma, his bandmates would like everyone to send positive vibes to the guitarist at this time. Iommi is currently working with his doctors to establish the best treatment plan--the “IRON MAN” of Rock & Roll remains upbeat and determined to make a full and successful recovery." As of now, the band still plan to go full speed ahead with their reunion, pending Iommi's sickness.
One of our "15 Artists to Watch in 2012," Lana Del Rey has revealed the tracklisting for her debut album, Born to Die, which arrives later this month. Take a look:
1. Born To Die2. Off To The Races
3. Blue Jeans
4. Video Games
5. Diest Mountain Dew
6. National Anthem
7. Dark Paradise
10. Million Dollar Man
11. Summertime Sadness
12. This Is What Makes Us Girls