Daily Rock Dish - June 25th, 2012
6/25/2012 8:10:00 AM
--Heart Putting Together New Album, Memoir
Heart has a new album and a book on the way. Ann and Nancy Wilson are tapping into their life experiences for the material on the upcoming disc "Fanatic." The song "Dear Old America" was inspired by memories of dad, who was an officer in the Marines. "Rock Deep (Vancouver)" honors the Canadian city where the sisters recorded their debut album, "Dreamboat Annie." "Walkin' Good" is about finding new love. Nancy just tied the knot with her new husband this spring. Meanwhile, Ann and Nancy are each telling their life story in the upcoming memoir "Kicking and Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul and Rock and Roll." The book is scheduled to arrive in stores on September 18th. Heart's "Fanatic" will be released on October 2nd.
--Elvis' Crypt Pulled From Auction
No one else will be buried in Elvis Presley's crypt -- at least not any time soon. Julien's Auctions' Darren Julien says the crypt was dropped from the "Music Icons and Sports Legends" auction, which is taking place this weekend in Beverly Hills. The Memphis "Commercial Appeal" explains that officials with Forest Hill Funeral Home and Cemetery pulled the piece of rock memorabilia from the auction following objections from Elvis fans, who want the crypt to be preserved as a shrine. Julien says he's disappointed that he wasn't able to put the crypt up for bid. He adds that there was quite a bit of interest in the crypt, and he expected it would have gone for at least 500-thousand-dollars. The crypt had a minimum starting bid set at 100-thousand.
Presley's remains were housed at the crypt at the Memphis funeral home immediately following his death in August 1977. They remained at Forest Hill until Elvis' father received permission to bury his son at his Graceland mansion.
--Janis Joplin Among New Hollywood Walk Of Fame Recipients
Reps for the late Janis Joplin are pleased that the rock legend is getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. A post on the Twitter page for the Joplin estate says they're "so happy & proud" that the singer has been tapped for the honor. Janis is among the recipients for 2013 in the Recording category. Other music honorees include the late Luther Vandross, Jane's Addiction, and Jennifer Hudson, as well as Usher, New Kids on the Block, the Backstreet Boys, and Thalia. More than 20 celebrities are being honored with stars. Ron Howard, Helen Mirren, Ellen DeGeneres, Penn & Teller, and former "Friends" star Matthew Perry are some of the other star recipients for 2013.
Dates for the unveiling ceremonies for the 2013 stars haven't been announced yet, and might not happen next year. Honorees have five years to schedule their star ceremony, and when possible are expected to attend the event.
--Swedish House Mafia To Quit Touring
Swedish House Mafia is bringing an end to its road show. The popular DJ trio announced on their website Saturday that their current tour will be their last. Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso and Steve Angello said they wanted to thank "every single one" of their fans who came out to their shows, adding, quote, "We came, we raved, we loved." Swedish House Mafia headlined the first night of Coachella back in April, but their manager recently told "Billboard" that the group was never meant to release albums and tour together. Instead, she says the members are focused first on supporting their solo careers. Swedish House Mafia has three more stops this year in England, Ibiza and Sweden, but they say the "final leg of this journey" will be revealed in August.
Carly Simon is 67.
Blue Oyster Cult guitarist Allen Lanier is 66.
Toto singer and keyboardist David Paich is 58.
George Michael is 59.
Nickelback bassist Mike Kroeger is 40.
Former Wallflowers drummer Mario Calire is 38.
--Today In Rock History
A New York radio station played The Beatles' "A Hard Day's Night" ten days before it was scheduled to be released. That prompted the band to issue the single the next day.
The Beatles recorded "All You Need Is Love" live on the "Our World" program. Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, and The Who's Keith Moon were among the members of the chorus for the song.
Mick Taylor made his first concert appearance with The Rolling Stones.
Pink Floyd's "Animals" concert in Cleveland set an international attendance record for tickets sold for one act.
The Rolling Stones performed the first of two shows at London's Wembley Stadium. The concert marked the first time the band had played in Britain in six years.
Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Hillel Slovak died of a heroin overdose. He was 26.
Pearl Jam canceled their tour because of an ongoing feud with Ticketmaster. The group believed the national ticket giant held a monopoly and charged fans too big a surcharge on concert tickets.
Boston's City Council approved plans for a Bruce Springsteen concert at Fenway Park, marking the first time the baseball stadium would be used for a rock show.
Michael Jackson suffered cardiac arrest at his home in Los Angeles, and was pronounced dead at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center after efforts to revive him were unsuccessful. He was 50.
Rush received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.