Daily Rock Dish - June 22nd, 2012
6/22/2012 8:10:00 AM
--Ozzy Osbourne Reportedly OK Despite Last-Minute Cancellation In Germany
Ozzy Osbourne is fine. The rocker sparked concerns for his health after his last-minute cancellation of a show in Germany on Wednesday, but his reps tell TMZ.com that the he was just having a problem with his voice. Osbourne backed out of the Mannheim concert due to "vocal concerns." Fans reportedly learned that Ozzy wouldn't be appearing at showtime, when instead of seeing Ozzy hit the stage another man stepped up to the microphone and made the announcement. According to Osbourne's website, he's still scheduled to appear in Dessel, Belgium on Friday.
This week the Osbournes went public with another family member's health issues. Ozzy's son Jack announced that he has multiple sclerosis. Jack and his mom Sharon Osbourne first revealed his diagnosis in an interview with "People," which will be featured in the new edition of the magazine arriving on newsstands Friday.
--Metallica Hosting Music Festival This Weekend
Metallica is hosting their festival this weekend. More than 20 bands are joining the group for the Orion Music + More Festival, taking place at Bader Field in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Saturday and Sunday. Metallica's sets will feature performances of the "Black Album" and "Ride the Lightning," with one night devoted to each disc. Some of the other acts slated for the two-day, multi-stage festival include Suicidal Tendencies, Arctic Monkeys, Avenged Sevenfold, Modest Mouse, the Gaslight Anthem, and Cage the Elephant.
--Joe Walsh's All-Star Edition Of "CMT Crossroads" Debuts Saturday
Joe Walsh's episode of "CMT Crossroads" has its premiere this weekend. The rocker is performing his hits with a variety of country stars for the CMT show. "CMT Crossroads" typically pairs a country artist with a performer from another genre to play each other's songs and discuss their influences to see where their musical roads cross. But Joe shares the stage with Kenny Chesney, Sara Evans, Luke Bryan and Hunter Hayes as well as Paisley for "CMT Crossroads: Joe Walsh and Friends." ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons is also featured. Other songs in their set include Walsh's solo classic "Life's Been Good" and the Eagles hit "Life in the Fast Lane." "CMT Crossroads: Joe Walsh and Friends" will debut on CMT on Saturday at 11:00 p.m. Eastern.
--Elvis' Crypt Among Items In "Music Icons" Auction This Weekend
Elvis Presley's initial resting place following his death 35 years ago is going up for bid this weekend. The rock legend's crypt at Forest Hill Cemetery in Memphis, where Presley's remains were housed until his father could bury him at Graceland, is among the items included in this weekend's "Music Icons and Sports Legends" auction. The event has a host of memorabilia up for grabs. Keith Richards' "Hell" t-shirt, which he wore during the Rolling Stones' 1981 North American tour, is expected to go for one-to-two-thousand-dollars, while bidding on a David Bowie guitar could reach 20-thousand-dollars. But the starting price for Elvis' crypt is set at 100-thousand-dollars.
More Elvis memorabilia, as well as items from The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Meat Loaf, Amy Winehouse, Lady Gaga, and others, are also part of the sale. The "Music Icons and Sports Legends" auction will take place at Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills, California on Saturday and Sunday.
--Puddle Of Mudd Headlines Rockapalooza This Weekend
Puddle of Mudd is headed to Jackson, Michigan, this weekend. The band is booked to headline the 5th annual Rockapalooza Festival there on Sunday, June 23rd. The 2012 edition of the concert event will also feature Saliva, Rehab, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and Emphatic opening on the Monster Energy Stage, while Wayne Static, Woe Is Me, Riven, Rotation, Sore Eyes and Ghosts of August will perform on the second stage. Fans can get the full lineup, schedule and more information at Rockapalooza.net.
--Styx, REO Headlining Saturday's Fort Knox Summer Concert
Styx and REO Speedwagon will be entertaining the troops this weekend. The rockers are set to headline the annual summer concert at Fort Knox in Kentucky on Saturday. Blue Oyster Cult is also on the bill. The event was originally slated to feature Ted Nugent as well, and was a stop on the rockers' "Midwest Rock 'n Roll Express Tour." However, the Motor City Madman was bumped from the lineup back in April amid the controversy surrounding his remarks at the National Rifle Association convention. He received a visit from the Secret Service for saying he would be either dead or in jail by this time next year if President Obama is re-elected in November. While the matter was quickly resolved, Nugent was never reinstated on the Fort Knox show's lineup.
Journey's Neal Schon is delving into his girlfriend's world this weekend. The guitarist will be joining Michaele Salahi as a panelist in the day-long event "How To Be A Reality TV Star," taking place in El Paso, Texas on Saturday.
The Turtles' Howard Kaylan is 65.
Todd Rundgren is 64.
INXS bassist Garry Beers is 55.
Cyndi Lauper is 59.
Kris Kristofferson is 76.
Cowboy Junkies bassist Alan Anton is 53.
Former Bronski Beat singer Jimmy Somerville is 51.
Primal Scream frontman and former Jesus and Mary Chain drummer Bobby Gillespie is 50.
Mighty Mighty Bosstones singer Dickey Barrett is 48.
Jesus Jones singer-guitarist Mike Edwards is 48.
Former Barenaked Ladies frontman Steven Page is 42.
--Today in Rock History
The drug possession trial of Rolling Stone members Mick Jagger and Keith Richards began in London.
The Jeff Beck Group played its first U.S. gig at the Fillmore East in New York.
Eric Clapton joined the Rolling Stones on stage during a show in Madison Square Garden. They performed the song "Sympathy for the Devil."
Mark David Chapman pled guilty to first-degree murder charges for the killing of John Lennon.
Billy Joel became the first rock artist to perform in New York's Yankee Stadium.
The handwritten lyrics to Jimi Hendrix's song "Room Full of Mirrors" sold for more than 35-thousand-dollars at an auction in New York.
Ozzy Osbourne announced that he was planning a new album and a Black Sabbath reunion.
The Bon Jovi episode of "Unplugged" made its debut on MTV, relaunching the series.
Styx made a surprise appearance at the White House Briefing Room, stepping up to the podium after the daily briefing from the White House Press Secretary. When asked his opinion on how President Obama is handling things, drummer Todd Sucherman gave a thumbs up.
Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax gave a "Big Four" concert at the Sonisphere in Sofia, Bulgaria, which was shown via satellite in theaters around the world.
New releases included Ozzy Osbourne's album "Scream."