Sponge's debut album, Rotting Pinata, spawned three radio hits -- "Plowed," "Molly" and "Rainin'" -- in 1995. Frontman Vinnie Dombrowski is the only current member who was with them then. The band will be honored with the declaration of "Sponge Day" in their hometown Detroit on September 13th. They'll play a special all-ages show that evening at the Diesel Concert Lounge in Chesterfield Township, Michigan.
ZZ TOP: Fall Shows AnnouncedAfter spending much of August and September touring with Kid Rock, ZZ Top will be back to their own headline dates in the fall.
The fall jaunt kicks off October 4th in Fayetteville, Arkansas and hits 16 cities before it wraps up November 18th in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
ZZ Top join up with Kid Rock starting July 28th in Mountain View, California.
SLIPKNOT, STONE SOUR: Corey Got RobbedThe home of Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor was recently robbed by a "friend" while he and his wife were out of town.
The Taylors returned from a monthlong Europe tour on July 6th to find that $36,000 in musical equipment had been stolen from both their home and storage units. Included in the stolen gear were two bass guitars that originally belonged to late Slipknot bassist Paul Gray.
The Des Moines Register reports that several friends of the Taylors have made claims against the person believed to have committed the crime. One witness claims to have heard a conversation between the suspect and the local guitar store at which he or she tried to sell the stolen property.
QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE: Tap Armisen for New VideoQueens of the Stone Age have enlisted the help of ex-Saturday Night Live cast member Fred Armisen for a new video.
Armisen has signed on to plug the new 8-gig USB flash drive/bottle opener version of …Like Clockwork. He appears in the video as "Ricky Chism," the long-haired spokesman of the band's Do Stuff Corporation.
Check out the clip on YouTube.
SILVERTIDE: The ReturnSilvertide -- the Philly band that had hits with songs like "Ain't Comin' Home" and "Devil's Daughter" almost 10 years ago -- is reuniting.
The band's original lineup, including ex-Shinedown guitarist Nick Perri, will perform their first shows in seven years in Flint, Michigan on September 6th and 7th. The group is also working on a new album with Halestorm producer David Ivory.
TOM PETTY: Auction for Animal CharityTom Petty and the Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell is helping out a Los Angeles animal charity.
Campbell has gathered up setlists from the band's recent tour, autographed tour laminates and his own tour journal, and put them up for bids on eBay to benefit the Tazzy Animal Rescue Fund. All the auctions end on Friday.
KORN: Shift in OctoberKorn have titled their new album The Paradigm Shift.
The album, due out October 1st, was produced by Don Gilmore (Linkin Park) and features the return of guitarist Brian "Head" Welch after eight years. Welch tells Rolling Stone, "The [album] is a really good mix of old Korn mixed with some new elements. It's got a fresh new Korn 2013 sound. And the melodies, the lyrics and the choruses on these songs are at a new level. It's my favorite album by Korn."Headlines for Tuesday, July 9, 2013
THREE DAYS GRACE: More Summer ShowsThree Days Grace have added more shows to the their summer schedule.
The band -- still with My Darkest Days singer Matt Walst on vocals -- will start a U.S. tour on August 2nd in Sturgis, South Dakota. The trek will run through September 28th in Wallingford, Connecticut.
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH: Making HistoryFive Finger Death Punch guitarist Jason Hook will appear on History Channel's Counting Cars Tuesday.
Hook has been a car and motorcycle fan for many years, and is friends with the show's host, Danny Koker. Hook says, "I'm a great admirer of Danny's custom motorcycle work. We both live in Las Vegas, and I stop by the shop from time to time. It's crazy that he has his own hit show now; it's even crazier that I got to sit in on an episode!"
The episode airs at 9:00 p.m. ET.
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, BLUR: Flea, Damon Team for Charity SingleRed Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea and Blur frontman Damon Albarn have teamed up for a charity single.
The two hit the studio with Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos and Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Nick Zinner under the name Fresh Touch. The quartet's "Latest Style" will be on sale as part of the 13th annual Independent Label Market, a London event where Britain’s independent record labels put out exclusive singles from some of their biggest acts. The release will be limited to 50 hand-numbered seven-inch singles, and all proceeds will benefit Oxfam’s Syria Crisis Appeal, which provides shelter, food and water to people affected by the conflict in Syria.
IRON MAIDEN: Beer for PolitciansIron Maiden's beer has made it to England's Parliament.
Trooper Ale, which features a picture of the band's mascot, Eddie, on the label, will be served at the Strangers' Bar. It was introduced through the House of Commons' guest ale program, which allows ministers to introduce a beer to fellow members of Parliament.
Mike Weatherly, who says he's a big fan of the band, says, "The guest ales program is an excellent way of drawing attention to small and independent beers from around the U.K., and I would encourage any local brewers who would like opportunity to have their product showcased in Parliament to get in touch."
FREDDIE MERCURY: Gorilla Statue in Legal TroubleA pop-art gorilla statue honoring Freddie Mercury came out at the losing end of a lawsuit.
The estate of the late Queen frontman has prevailed in the British courts -- forcing the statue's temporary removal so its outfit can be repainted. It's one of more than 50 sculptures in a Norwich, England outdoor display. But the hulking "Radio Go Go" piece created by Mik Richardson had a shirt with a logo too closely resembling the band's copyrighted design.
The BBC spoke to Richardson, who was paid $1200 to design and paint the gorilla. He calls the court order "absolutely shocking... It's dreadful. It's petty, really. The night I was told I couldn't sleep." The Mercury estate refused any comment.
The hulking faux gorilla should be back on the street within 10 days.
They've announced that after their appearance to promote Metallica: Through the Never on July 19th, they'll be playing a show at a "super-secret spot." The gig will be open only to Comic-Con attendees who attend the Metallica panel and Met Club members.
PEARL JAM: Hitting the Road This FallAs anticipated, Pearl Jam will be hitting the road this fall.
They've lined up two legs. Leg one runs from October 11th in Pittsburgh through their appearance at the Voodoo Music Experience in New Orleans the weekend of November 1st. The second leg starts November 15th in Dallas and wraps up December 6th in their hometown of Seattle.
Tickets go on sale July 27th.
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METALLICA: On to Comic-ConMetallica will be on a panel about their upcoming 3D movie at Comic-Con in San Diego July 19th.
The band will discuss their film. Metallica Through the Never, at a panel billed as At the Drive-in With Metallica. In addition to Kirk Hammett, James Hetfield, Robert Trujillo and Lars Ulrich, writer-director Nimród Antal and producer Charlotte Huggins will also take part.
The Comic-Con website promises the "world premiere of the theatrical trailer, poster, and an exclusive preview of footage, followed by a discussion on the making of this groundbreaking 3D motion picture." The panel is scheduled to take place from 6:30 to 7:00 pm [PT] at Hall H in the San Diego Civic Center.
Metallica Through the Never will open at more than 300 IMAX 3D theaters on September 27th and expand to additional venues on October 4th.
FARM AID 2013: Sells OutThe Farm Aid 2013 benefit concert is officially sold-out! No tickets remain for the day-long festival September 21st in Saratoga Springs, New York. Proceeds will benefit programs that support family farms.
The lineup includes Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews. In addition, Kacey Musgraves, Carlene Carter, Jack Johnson, Amos Lee, Toad the Wet Sprocket and others will also perform.
BLACK KEYS: Little Black and Orange UniformsThe Black Keys have sponsored a Little League team in West Akron, Ohio -- the same league drummer Patrick Carney played in as a kid. He and bandmate Dan Auerbach ponied up $300 for team uniforms. In addition to being sponsored by a Grammy-winning band from their home town, the kids will have their black and orange jerseys autographed by Carney and Auerbach at the end of the season.
ROLLING STONES: Return to Hyde ParkThe Rolling Stones returned to London's Hyde Park Saturday and played their first show there in 44 years.
The circumstances were very different on July 5th, 1969, when the group introduced the late Brian Jones' replacement, guitarist Mick Taylor. This time, Taylor, who is touring with his former bandmates as a special guest, joined them for an extended "Midnight Rambler," as he's been doing since they began touring in May.
Mick Jagger referred to Taylor and the venue from the stage Saturday, asking how many in the crowd had been there in 1969, and saying that it was nice to see them again. Introducing Taylor, Jagger noted that "His very first gig was Hyde Park. We just found him in the pub and put him on stage in front of 200,000 people. But it's alright -- he s done it a few times since then." Saturday's paying audience was only 65,000, while the massive '69 concert was free.
Otherwise, the Stones turned in a typical 50 and Counting Tour set, with one guest other than Taylor: American blues guitarist Gary Clark Junior, who also joined them at shows in Brooklyn and Boston, came on for "Bitch."
The Stones will play a second Hyde Park show this coming Saturday (July 13th).
Stones Hyde Park setlist:
- “Start Me up”
- “It’s Only Rock 'n' Roll (But I Like It)”
- “Tumbling Dice”
- “All Down the Line”
- “Beast of Burden”
- “Doom and Gloom”
- “Paint It Black”
- “Honky Tonk Women”
- “You Got the Silver”
- “Before They Make Me Run”
- “Miss You”
- “Midnight Rambler”
- “Gimme Shelter”
- “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”
- “Sympathy for the Devil”
- “Brown Sugar”
- "You Can't Always Get What You Want”
- “(I Can”t Get No) Satisfaction”
RAINBOW: No Longer Just a BootlegRainbow will release a live CD next month.
Captured in Düsseldorf, Germany on October 9th, 1995, this show has been widely bootlegged. It was the only performance of the last incarnation of Rainbow -- which featured lead singer Doogie White -- to be recorded on video professionally, as it was done for the German TV show Rockpalast. In addition to playing many Rainbow staples, Ritchie Blackmore tossed in a few cuts from his Deep Purple days, including "Smoke on the Water" and "Perfect Strangers."
It will be out on CD and DVD as well as digitally on August 27th.
PAGE, BOWIE, JAGGER: Guitar, Lyrics and Hair Sell at AuctionInstruments, lyrics and hair once belonging to some of rock’s royalty sold at auction Wednesday in London.
- Jimmy Page’s custom-made Martin guitar sold for just under $40,000. It is inlaid with zodiac symbols and his name, and he played it at Roy Harper’s 70th birthday concert at the Royal Albert Hall in 2007.
- David Bowie’s 1972 lyrics to “The Jean Genie” sold for $28,000
- A lock of Mick Jagger’s hair, snipped before he was famous, went for six grand.
Proceeds went to the Action for Brazil’s Children Trust, which was founded by Page’s wife, Jimena. Page and Brian May are among the charity’s patrons.
SAMMY HAGAR: A Hometown Documentary
On June 1st, Sammy Hagar was the Honorary Grand Marshal of the 100th Fontana Days Parade in Fontana, California, where he grew up and where his son Aaron was born. He was part of the parade and then had a street named in his honor. He also went on a tour of the city, going back to his school, church and the spot where he would hang with his friends and ride motorcycles. Fontana has taken the highlights of that day and put together a short documentary.
Hagar plans to go back to Fontana when they dedicate Hagar Way.
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AC/DC: Money Talks
AC/DC bassist Cliff Williams unloaded his New York City apartment at a tidy profit recently. He purchased the Greenwich Village condo at 63 Downing Street for $1.25 million in 2004 and sold it for $2.3 million. The second-floor apartment has one bedroom, two bathrooms and two private terraces.
Williams’s primary residence is a seven-bedroom estate in Ft. Myers, Florida, but he also owns a home in North Carolina.
TED NUGENT: His Latest AssignmentTed Nugent has a new job -- he's a writer for Survival Quarterly Magazine. He'll be sharing with you, should you care to read it, his knowledge of survival and preparedness.
A Smith & Wesson AR-15 rifle signed by Nugent was recently raffled off for $10,000 to go toward the Forest, Virginia fire department's new firehouse.
GENE SIMMONS: Takes a Shot at the Rock HallGene Simmons has taken a shot at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame co-founder Jann Wenner on Twitter. He writes, "Rush learned the effort they'd need to be successful while opening for KISS. Why is KISS not with them in Hall of Fame? Wenner sucks."
Simmons says his melodic bass style is inspired by Paul McCartney and Ron Wood, when the Rolling Stones guitarist was the bassist in The Jeff Beck Group. And he says the Fender Bassman amplifier that he owned in the early '70s also has some big names attached to it. It was once owned by Jack Bruce, and Simmons eventually sold it to Stephen Stills. (See the amp on the right.)
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BECK: Another One-Off Single
When Beck issued "Defriended" -- a one-off single that won't be on either of his two upcoming albums -- early last month, we were told to expect a similar stand-alone release later in the summer. We've now got a title and date for that -- "I Won't Be Long" will be available for purchase and streaming through the usual digital outlets on July 8th.
The track is already streaming exclusively on YouTube. A limited-edition 12-inch vinyl version is available for pre-order at BeckIWontBeLong.com. It features an extended mix of the original track that clocks in at 14:49 and it, too, will become available on Monday the 8th.
AVENGED SEVENFOLD: Give the Drummer Some
Avenged Sevenfold's upcoming album, Hail to the King, is the band's first with new drummer Arin Ilejay -- and they seem to be more than happy with him. Ilejoy is stepping in to the large shoes of the late James Sullivan -- better known as "The Rev" -- who was also a key songwriter.
Guitarist Synyster Gates tells Revolver that Ilejay "came in [effin'] hot and tore us a new [one]." Gates says he's always known Ilejay -- who was previously with Confide -- for his "impeccable groove," but never realized how "tasteful" he is. He recalls that Ilejay was overplaying the first day in the studio, but after they spoke to him about it, "He came in the next day and just blew everyone's mind. Everybody had goose bumps and we were just looking at each other like, 'Holy [crap], this kid's a monster.'"
Gates now has a partnership with Guitar Center and Schechter Guitar Research they're calling "Master Class with Synyster Gates." In a nutshell, it's a contest where 10 winners will each receive a private lesson with Gates in L.A.. To enter, fans need to record their own solos over backing tracks of seven Avenged Sevenfold songs. For complete info, go to http://A7X.yoov.io.
LAMB OF GOD: Blythe Writing Memoir
Lamb of God singer Randy Blythe has signed a deal to put out a memoir next spring -- with particular emphasis on the turbulent past year of his life.
Blythe's world was turned upside down in 2012 when he was arrested and held on manslaughter charges in the Czech Republic. Two years earlier, he'd thrown a stage-jumping fan, and the fan suffered injuries that led to his death. Blythe eventually was allowed to leave the country after promising to return for his trial this February. He did, and was acquitted of the charges of criminal liability, but according to the judge, not of the moral responsibility, since it was concluded that he had caused the fan's injuries.
Blythe has written the as-yet-untitled book himself without a ghost writer or co-author. He says he's "dreamed of being a published author almost since I began to read." But he never thought his "first book would center around such a sad topic. Sometimes though, life unexpectedly provides you a story that needs to be told.”
ROBERT PLANT: A Rock and Role Model
Apparently Mick Jagger, Gene Simmons, Jimmy Buffett and Sammy Hagar aren’t the only musicians with a keen business sense. Forbes says leaders and managers can learn a great deal from Robert Plant.
The financial magazine says Plant “embodies the right way to do it” when it comes to knowing when to “let go and when to let others take a turn at the top… Plant is touring, quietly and with little fanfare, at the same time that The Rolling Stones continue to plunder consumers by attempting to charge over $600 for a premium ticket.”
Plant, on the other hand, bucks the trend of just trying to make a quick buck by reuniting with Led Zeppelin. “The once-proudly strutting Plant conducts himself now with a dignity, a self-effacing sense of humor and a humility that is instructive, even enlightening, in our narcissistic, celebrity-driven, winner-takes-all culture… In that way, he is a meaningful model for leaders and public figures everywhere.”
MOTORHEAD: Lemmy Is Still Ailing
Lemmy is still battling health issues, and Motorhead have pulled the plug on the rest of their European summer tour.
The singer and bassist suffered a hematoma last month, and doctors have suggested he remain in bed. Mikkey Dee, the band’s drummer, says, “It all started when he received a nasty blow to the hip. Then in the Royal Kensington Hotel in London, a fire alarm went off and he had to go down eight floors at night. It was hopeless.”
Since then, it has been one thing after another. Dee says, “He needs to drain fluid from the body, and it can’t be done too quickly. While you’re lying down and can’t move, you can easily get pneumonia. He’s so sad –- it has a greater effect on him than it would have on someone else. It’s like chopping the hands off a pianist.”
This all comes after Lemmy was fitted with a cardioverter-defribullator when doctors discovered an irregular heartbeat.
SLASH: First Film in October
Nothing to Fear, the first horror flick from Slash's production company, Slasher Films, will open in select theaters on October 4th.
Production started in May of last year with director Anthony Leonardi the Third, a creature and storyboard artist who worked on Rango and 47 Ronin. This new film is based on an actual town in Kansas, which according to legend, is one of the seven gateways to Hell.
Slash started his company in 2011 and plans to release more horror films, with three in development -- including Wake the Dead, based on the graphic novels by Steven Niles.
SOUNDGARDEN: Cornell Auctioning Items for Charity
Chris Cornell is auctioning many personal and Soundgarden-related items to raise money for neglected kids.
He's doing it in conjunction with the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation, which he and his wife started last year, through the website LuminaryLane.com. Cornell's possessions on the block range from a one-of-a-kind custom Harley Davidson motorcycle with a $35,000 minimum bid to a signed guitar pick that opens at $35. Some of the items in between include:
- A Gibson guitar signed by all the members of Soundgarden (minimum bid: $3,000)
- An international tour meet-and-greet (minimum bid: $850)
- A signed poster from Cornell's last solo tour (minimum bid: $200)
- A signed set list from the King Animal tour (minimum bid: $125)
If you'd like to show your support for the Cornell Foundation but don't have the bucks to bid, you can buy a personalized fan badge for just a dollar.
METALLICA: Ulrich in Film That Examines Napster Controversy
Metallica's Lars Ulrich is among the musicians in Downloaded, a film that examines the controversy over peer-to-peer file-sharing. The documentary looks at both sides of an issue that divided the music community at the turn of the century and left a stain on Metallica's reputation with some music fans.
Included is film of Ulrich testifying during a 2000 Senate hearing on the file-sharing service Napster, in which he states that the band -- and not "a company which has never invested a penny in our music or anything to do with its creation" -- should decide what happens to its music. Also shown is the testimony of Roger McGuinn, frontman of the classic rock group The Byrds, who sees the issue in a different light. He talks about making more money from MP3 sales then he ever did when his band was making hits.
Dowloaded became available on video-on-demand outlets, including iTunes, on Monday and will have a limited theatrical run in some areas.
MICK JAGGER: Will There Be a Third Time?
Will Mick Jagger say "I do" for the third time?
According to reports out of the U.K., his girlfriend for the last 10 years, 46-year-old, six-foot-three model L’Wren Scott, is putting the pressure on. A source says, “She’s been on Mick’s case non-stop. What he liked about her at first -- apart from the obvious -- was she absolutely didn’t try to tie him down. She’s a stylist, designer and has a jewelery and perfume range. Mick loved the fact she was totally independent.”
Jagger's first two marriages were to Bianca De Macias in 1971 and Jerry Hall in 1990.
CHAD & AVRIL: Wed on Canada Day -- In France
Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger and Avril Lavigne got married on Monday, the day that is celebrated as Canada Day in their native country. But the wedding took place at Chateau La Napoule in Mandelieu, France, just outside Cannes [pr: can].
The nuptials took place a year to the day since the two became a couple. Us magazine quoted a guest who called it a "wild, all-night party with drinking, dancing, incredible food and lots of laughter and tears of happiness." The festivities reported included a fireworks display over the Mediterranean.
Chad is 38, Avril is 28.
The shows -- on September 11th, 12th and 14th -- are billed as MTV Unplugged - Scorpions Live in Athens, and will be the first MTV Unplugged episode taped in Greece and the first taped outdoors. The band says, "MTV Unplugged was already top on our wish list, and therefore we have gladly accepted the offer to stage these concerts as part of our farewell tour. We are [happy to be working] together with MTV on this very special event in Athens."
MTV Unplugged - Scorpions Live in Athens will be released at the end of the year on CD, DVD and Blu-ray.
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ROLLING STONES: Post Lyrics to New One-Off Song
The Rolling Stones have posted on their website the lyrics to "Glastonbury Girl" as sung to their 1968 song, "Factory Girl." The band performed the song Saturday night at the Glastonbury festival.
WAITING FOR A GIRL SHE WAS WEARING CUT-OFF JEANS
WAITING FOR A GIRL AND HER WELLIES WERE BRIGHT GREEN
I MET HER PEE-ING IN THE STREAM
WAITING FOR MY GLASTONBURY GIRL
GAVE HER ALL MY WET WIPES WASHED OFF ALL HER DIRT
LIT HER UP A CIGARETTE I GAVE HER MY CLEAN SHIRT
OFFERED HER MY LUXURY YURT
WAITING FOR A GLASTONBURY GIRL
WAITING ON THE HILL SUCKING A BALLOON
WAITING FOR A GIRL GONNA SING A HIGH-PITCHED TUNE
I AINT SLEPT SINCE WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON