Foo Fighters: Fox Nixed ‘Sonic Highways’ Emmys Performance

21 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Dave Grohl says Foo Fighters were due to perform at Emmy Awards but ‘they kicked us off’.

Sunday night’s Primetime Emmys were one of those rare extravagant awards shows that actually ended on time, but being punctual appeared to come at the expense of a Foo Fighters performance. Dave Grohl has said the Foo Fighters were due to perform at the primetime Emmy Award ceremony last night (September 20), but organisers behind the award show “kicked” the band off.Drummer Taylor Hawkins brought Yes member Jon Davison, one of Hawkins’ best friends, on stage to play for their hometown. “He’s one of my best friends of all time,” Hawkins told the crowd. “I’ve known him since I was in second grade.” The original plan, Hawkins tells fans, was to play a Yes song. Sonic Highways was nominated for four Emmys in total, but lost Outstanding Informational Series or Special to Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown and Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming Emmy to the Scientology documentary Going Clear. 2015 may not bring everything that Back to the Future II promised it would: flying cars, self-lacing shoes, we don’t see ’em happening over the next 12 months. (Then again, don’t bet against Nike.) But this year will definitely pack plenty of punch when it comes to cultural happenings.

The band has covered the song at other stops on the tour too, and one performance went viral after they brought an audience member, Brian Roberts, to the stage to help out. Mad Max will roar back out of the apocalypse while Mad Men rides off into the sunset, rock’s Antichrist Superstar and hip-hop’s Yeezus will rise again.

Dave Grohl explained, “They’re too f—ing hard.” Grohl has been an especially vocal Rush fan throughout the years, so it’s no surprise he covered one of his favorites and with the added bonus of Davison’s voice. In May this year, the nearly unthinkable happened in the Pacific Northwest: The rainforest of the Olympic Peninsula, one of the wettest places on the continent, caught fire. He said: “The great thing about the idea, the concept of the project, is that it can be anywhere because every city has some sort of musical history, but I don’t know. A wind-whipped blaze near the mountain town of Twisp, Washington — a “hell storm,” to quote a local sheriff — claimed the lives of three Forest Service fire scouts.

Jay Inslee calling the blazes an “unprecedented cataclysm,” Washington even deputized citizen volunteers to fight the fires, where they joined professional crews from as far away as Australia and New Zealand. This is happening even in the soggy Pacific Northwest, which has been hard-hit by what’s been dubbed a “wet drought.” Despite near-normal precipitation, warm winter temperatures brought rain instead of snow to the region’s mountains. The national data is as clear as it is troubling: “Climate change has led to fire seasons that are now on average 78 days longer than in 1970,” according to a Forest Service report published in August. In the past three decades, the annual area claimed by fire has doubled, and the agency’s scientists predict that fires will likely “double again by midcentury.” The human imprint on the bone-dry conditions that lead to fire is real — and now measurable. Pervasive drought and record temperatures — July was the warmest month ever physically recorded on planet Earth — have turned forests from Fresno to Fairbanks into tinderboxes.

With months left in the fire season, the blazes of 2015 have already scorched more than 8 million acres, according to the National Interagency Fire Center — a record pace, likely to top the 9.8 million acres that burned in 2006. “Some of these fires that are in these forested areas could burn until it snows,” said NIFC spokeswoman Jessica Gardetto. With our nation’s firefighting resources tapped out by the fires of the present, America finds itself woefully unprepared for the blazes to come, much less the worst-case scenario: a Katrina by fire. For a glimpse of the future, look north, to Alaska and the Arctic — which President Obama, during a visit to Anchorage this summer, highlighted as “the leading edge of climate change.” Soaring temperatures and an early-melting snowpack have brought raging wildfires to landscapes that have not been kissed by flame for millennia. “Climate change is no longer some far-off problem,” Obama declared. “It is happening here.

And the state’s average fire season has increased by more than a month — 35 days — since the 1950s. “We can detect the climate-change influence on fire,” says Glenn Juday, a forest ecologist at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, who points to three indicators all on the upswing: “the area burned, the severity of the burning and then the frequency.” The tragedy of climate-driven megafire is that the fires themselves worsen global warming by pumping megatons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. The fire burned more than 400 square miles, not only charring a pristine landscape, but setting off a greenhouse bomb, igniting organic matter in the soil that had lain dormant for centuries. It’s astounding.” What’s worse: Tundra fire also thins the soil layer that insulates permafrost, further destabilizing this terrifying reserve of greenhouse gases.

This summer, Alaska was set to burn due to an unusually warm winter combined with a pitiful snowfall. (Anchorage recorded barely two feet of snow — shattering a record that had held up for 60 years.) With spring came soaring temperatures: more than seven degrees above average statewide. The city of Eagle, Alaska, 200 miles east of Fairbanks, hit 91 degrees in May — a higher temperature than had been recorded to that date in either Houston or Dallas. When lightning struck, Alaska blazed. “At one point this summer,” Obama noted, “more than 300 wildfires were burning at once.” Blazing largely out of control, the fires consumed 5.1 million acres — the second-worst fire season on record. But what is less intuitive is how a dangerous drought and fire season have gripped the Pacific Northwest — despite annual precipitation levels that were close to normal. Under typical conditions, deep mountain snowpacks and late spring stream runoff give protection from wildfire by keeping trees and vegetation moist far into summers that can run hot and dry — particularly east of the Cascade Mountains.

This winter, temperatures soared 5.6 degrees above normal in the region, leading to record-low snowpack, and to stream runoff that peaked, in many places, in the dead of February. By June, the snowpack was just . . . gone. “This drought is unlike any we’ve ever experienced,” Maia Bellon, the director of Washington state’s Department of Ecology, said in May.

Man-made higher temperatures increase the atmosphere’s appetite for moisture; Williams, the Columbia climate scientist, jokes that the effect is like a Mafia shakedown, with the air constantly demanding more water from the land. This year’s combination of warm winter, low snowpack, early runoff, hot summer and fire is straight from the textbook — “a good preview,” he says, of what climate models tell us will soon be commonplace. “These are the conditions we’re likely to be facing several decades from now and going forward.” According to current EPA projections, April snowpack in the Cascades will shrink by as much as 40 percent by 2040. “Higher summer temperatures, earlier spring snow melt and potential reductions in summer soil moisture would contribute to wildfire risk,” the agency concludes. If fire is inevitable, there’s a glint of good news: America can get much smarter about how it fights wildfire, by making simple changes to the funding of the Forest Service. “We all agree that the way wildfire management has been funded is broken,” Alaska Sen. But the agency has been saddled with ever-increasing, and increasingly costly, megafire. “The six worst fire seasons since 1960,” the agency reported in August, “have all occurred since 2000.” With the Northwest ablaze, Congress is responding.

America has seen previews of this catastrophe: In 1991, a wildfire swept into the hills and canyons above Oakland, overwhelming firefighters, claiming 25 lives, injuring 150 other people and causing more than $1.5 billion in property damage. But the fires’ secondary effects on these cities shouldn’t be discounted: In late August, shifting winds funneled dangerous smoke from multiple fires down through the Columbia Gorge, temporarily turning Portland into a smoke box. But in the big picture, America was lucky that wildfire hadn’t struck the parched hills of Silicon Valley, or swept down through Colorado’s Front Range into the suburbs west of Denver. Jerry Brown has recently been calling out the Republican presidential candidates who refuse to even acknowledge that climate change exists. “Longer fire seasons, extreme weather and severe droughts aren’t on the horizon,” he wrote in an open letter to GOP candidates. “They’re all here — and here to stay.” With a lightning strike or an arsonist’s match, the fire next time could threaten San Jose, San Diego or the L.A.

At its most dangerous, warming-driven wildfire poses an existential threat. “The climate is unstable,” Brown told reporters in August. “If the drought was to continue for a year or several years, California could literally burn up.”

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