Daily Rock Dish - June 26th, 2012
6/26/2012 8:10:00 AM
--Alice Cooper Helps Raise Money For Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation
Alice Cooper is using his vocal and golfing talents to help others. The rocker took part in the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation's two-day fundraiser. He was among the 144 participants in the organization's charity golf tournament, which took place Monday at the Oak Tree Country Club in Edmond. In addition, Cooper made a surprise appearance at the OMRF's wine tasting event in Oklahoma City on Sunday. He joined headliner Shooter Jennings to perform his classic hit "School's Out" and a cover of Chuck Berry's "Nadine." Cooper also contributed to the event's auction. He offered up an opportunity to perform with him at an upcoming stop on his Madhouse Rock 2012 tour. The "On Stage With Alice" package went for 45-thousand-dollars.
In total, the fundraiser raked in more than 675-thousand-dollars for the OMRF. The money will go toward research into a new brain cancer drug.
--Geoff Tate Launching Solo Career After Leaving Queensryche
Former Queensryche frontman Geoff Tate isn't wasting time getting his solo career started. Billboard.com says the rocker has signed a new recording deal with InsideOut Music. The singer says he's "very excited" to be working with the company, explaining that InsideOut is "very committed to progressive music and care deeply for their artists." The first release in Tate's multi-album deal is expected to arrive in the fall.
Tate and Queensryche officially and formally parted ways last week. Band members say they had "hoped to find a common resolution" to their "growing creative differences," and determined that the only way "for everyone to move forward in a positive direction" would be for Tate to leave the band. Queensryche has tapped singer Todd La Torre as the Queensryche's new frontman.
--Keith Richards OK With Releasing Jack White Session
A new Rolling Stones album isn't the only possible release on the horizon for Keith Richards. The guitarist tells "Rolling Stone" that recordings he made a few years ago with Jack White might see the light of day. Richards says he's not sure if White thought of their session together as "master cuts," but adds that if Jack ever wanted to release the material, he'd "probably say yeah." Keith explains that he knows White "pretty well," and calls him "a lovely player."
Meanwhile, the Stones are expected to meet in London next month to talk about their upcoming plans. Richards has said they'll discuss the possibilities of recording a new album as well as going on tour. A new disc from the group, which is marking their 50th anniversary this year, would be their first since 2005's "A Bigger Bang." A tour would mark a return to the road for the Stones following a five-year absence. Their last trek was a two-year run in support of "A Bigger Bang" that wrapped up in August 2007.
--Green Day Announces First Single From Album Trilogy
Green Day fans can start the countdown to their first taste of the band's upcoming trilogy of albums. The rockers have announced that the first single from their "¡Uno!" "¡Dos!" ¡Tré!" project will be called "Oh Love," and will be released digitally on July 16th. Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong recently told "Rolling Stone" that they've made some changes to their guitar sound, landing "somewhere between AC/DC and the early Beatles." He says the music feels grand, but still feels like a garage band. The first album, "¡Uno!," is due out September 25th, followed by "¡Dos!" on November 13th and ¡Tré!" on January 15th, 2013.
--No Covers Album Coming From Anthrax
Anthrax isn't working on a covers album. Guitarist Scott Ian tells VH1 Radio Network that the band intends to put out an EP of cover tunes, but it's not something the group is focused on making. He explains that the band plays other people's songs all the time, both in the studio and during soundchecks at concerts, because they "get bored" jamming on their own material. Scott says they occasionally record those covers, which usually end up getting released in some manner. Ian adds that Anthrax is working on a new set of original material, and has a few songs they're developing. But he says they aren't trying to force their creativity. Scott explains that sometimes they can "get into a mode" and "move stuff forward" but other times there's "no spark."
Anthrax is returning to the road later this month. The band is a headliner on this summer's Mayhem Festival tour, which begins in San Bernardino, California on June 30th. Slayer, Motorhead, and Slipknot are some of the other acts on the trek.
--Linkin Park Release "Living Things" Today
Linkin Park is back in stores today with their fifth album "Living Things." The record was produced by the band's Mike Shinoda and Rick Rubin, the duo that also helmed the rocker's previous two efforts, 2007's "Minutes to Midnight" and 2010's "A Thousand Suns." Linkin Park is expected to bring "Living Things'" lead single "Burn It Down" and other new songs to the stage this summer when they co-headline the 2012 Honda Civic Tour with Incubus. They kick off the trek August 11th with a show in Bristow, Virginia.
--The Offspring Releases New Album Today
After four years away, the Offspring are back with their new album "Days Go By." The record arrives in stores today, and marks the band's first release since 2008's "Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace." The rockers are also set to bring the new album to the stage this summer when their North American tour kicks off next month. The trek starts July 14th at the International Summer Festival of Québec in Canada.
--Lawyers Show No Love For Courtney Love
Courtney Love is being sued by her former lawyers. TMZ reports that Keith A. Fink & Associates have filed a lawsuit against the rock star. The suit claims that Love never paid for the legal services she received between January and October 2009 that totaled to a little more than 500-thousand dollars. Within the ten-months of service, she reportedly brought the firm 14 legal matters. Her ex-lawyer says she procrastinated in paying her bill by sending them gifts and promising payment after collecting money from the estate of her late husband, Nirvana rocker Kurt Cobain. Fink & Associates say the checks they did receive usually bounced.
The company goes on to criticize Love's spending habits, calling her irresponsible for giving money to assistants who do simple tasks and errands for her. A representative for Love says she has not been served with any court documents at this time.
--Marilyn Manson To Play Himself In New Season Of "Californication"
Marilyn Manson will soon be showing off his acting skills. Showtime recently announced that the shock rocker has been cast in the upcoming sixth season of "Californication," although the role shouldn't prove too challenging. Manson will reportedly be playing himself alongside the series' star, David Duchovny. Filming for the new season of "Californication" is supposedly under way now, with the premiere expected to hit the small screen early next year.
Manson has already made a bit of a name for himself in the acting world. He's made appearances in films like David Lynch's "Lost Highway," "Party Monster" and "The Heart Is Deceitful About All Things." He also starred in the short film acco
--Inmates Taunt Sandusky With Pink Floyd Lyrics
Jerry Sandusky may be in for another lesson on Pink Floyd while he awaits sentencing behind bars. An inmate at the jail where the former Penn State Assistant football coach is back in lockup tells "The Daily" he and fellow inmates "serenaded" Sandusky for hours during his first visit to the Centre County Correctional Facility last December. The 22-year-old inmate, identified as "Josh," says he and others taunted Sandusky with the famous line from Pink Floyd's classic "The Wall," saying over and over again, "Hey, teacher, leave those kids alone."
Sandusky was first taken to the jail last December after a grand jury voted to tack on additional charges to the explosive child sex abuse allegations that were first filed against him in November. He returned to the same facility last Friday after his conviction on multiple charges. Sandusky is expected to remain there until he is formally sentenced. The discgraced former coach is reportedly under suicide watch.
The Clash guitarist Mick Jones is 57. He also fronted the group Big Audio Dynamite.
Scandal singer Patty Smyth is 55.
Berlin frontwoman Terri Nunn is 51.
Georgie Fame is 69.
--Today In Rock History
Marsha Hunt named Mick Jagger in a paternity suit in London. Hunt claimed the Rolling Stone was the father of her then-two-year-old daughter. A blood test proved otherwise and the lawsuit against Jagger was dismissed.
Sonny and Cher's divorce became final. They had been married for eleven years.
Roxy Music announced the band was breaking up.
Elvis Presley made his last concert appearance, at the Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana. His last song was "Can't Help Falling In Love."
Gene Simmons appeared on the Fox News Channel's "On the Record," where he discussed marriage, fidelity, and the Pledge of Allegiance controversy.
A marker, which also serves as a time capsule, was dedicated in Indianapolis, Indiana, at the former site of the Market Square Arena, where 25 years earlier Elvis Presley played his last concert ever.
Deep Purple fans flooded the group with e-mails complaining that the band had chosen to name its next album "Bananas."
Velvet Revolver's Duff McKagan appeared on the TV show "America's Most Wanted" in connection with the unsolved murder of the woman who ran the website for his band Loaded. The woman was killed in her Los Angeles apartment in November 2002.
Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose went on a drunken rampage in Stockholm, Sweden, damaging a hotel room, attacking a security guard, and threatening a police officer. He was arrested and kept in jail until he sobered up and was able to address the charges.
Surviving Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr and Beatle widows Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison were in Las Vegas to mark the first anniversary of the Beatles-inspired Cirque du Soleil show "LOVE."
The red and black leather jacket Michael Jackson wore the "Thriller" video sold at an auction for one-point-eight-million-dollars -- significantly more than its estimated value of 200-thousand.