Daily Rock Dish - July 16th, 2012
7/16/2012 8:10:00 AM
--Green Day To Release New Single Online Today
Green Day is offering fans their first taste of the band's upcoming trilogy of albums today. "Oh Love," the lead single from the first piece of the set -- appropriately titled "¡Uno!" -- will be available at GreenDay.com this morning starting at nine o'clock Eastern. All three records will also be available for pre-order at that time. "¡Uno!" is scheduled to drop on September 25th, followed by "¡Dos!" on November 13th and "¡Tré!" on January 15th, 2013.
--Hard Rock Calling Organizers Pull Plug On Springsteen, McCartney Set
The E Street Band's Steve Van Zandt and London's mayor are among those voicing their objections over the Hard Rock Calling organizer's move to pull the plug on Bruce Springsteen's collaboration with Paul McCartney. The UK's "Guardian" says the former Beatle made a guest appearance during The Boss' set at the Hyde Park event Saturday night. A record 76-thousand people were in attendance. McCartney joined Springsteen in a performance of "I Saw Her Standing There" and "Twist and Shout," but the stage went silent just as the rockers were about to launch into a third song. London's Mayor Boris Johnson called it "an excessively efficacious decision" to so strictly adhere to the show's curfew, and adds that he would have let the show continue on.
Van Zandt expressed his outrage at the disruption via Twitter. While he said it was still a "great gig," he questioned when England suddenly became "a police state," and wondered who they would be disturbing before 11:00 p.m. on a Saturday night. He claimed the British police "may be the only individuals left on earth that wouldn't want to hear one more from Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney!," and added that when he's "jamming with McCartney don't bug me!" A Westminster council member says the 10:30 p.m. curfew is in place so events like Hard Rock Calling don't bother area residents.
--Roger Waters, "Michael Jackson: The Immortal" Top Mid-Year Tour Lists
Worldwide, Roger Waters' "The Wall" leads Pollstar's mid-year list as the highest-grossing tour for the first half of 2012. With 158-point-one-million-dollars, Waters easily takes the number one spot on "Pollstar's" list of the "Top 50 Worldwide Tours." Between January 1st and June 30th of this year, the former Pink Floyd rocker played 63 shows in 40 cities. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band is second on the list with road earnings of 79-point-nine-million-dollars. Springsteen just edges out Cirque du Soleil's "Michael Jackson: The Immortal." The tribute show, which so far has only been staged throughout the U.S. and Canada, has earned 78-point-five-million dollars to take the number three spot on the "Worldwide Tours" list. It does, however, top "Pollstar's" mid-year list of the "Top 100 North American Tours." Waters is number two on the "North American" list, while Van Halen ranks third.
Coldplay and Lady Gaga round out the top five on the "Worldwide Tours" list, while Kenny Chesney and Lady Antebellum complete the "North American" top five. Van Halen's tour ranks sixth "Worldwide," and Springsteen has the number seven spot on the "North American" roundup.
--Aerosmith Seeing Benefits Of Recent Rough Years
Aerosmith's Steven Tyler says he now understands why his decision to be an "American Idol" judge bothered his bandmates. The singer tells "The Boston Globe" that after nearly 40 years of working together as a group, suddenly he was "off making a ton of money and being on TV" and he "wasn't with the band." He admits he "didn't quite get it" back in 2009 when he signed on for the show. Tyler officially left "Idol" last week. Meanwhile, guitarist Joe Perry says they're all recognizing how Tyler's time on the Fox reality show is benefiting the band. With Steven's return to the band on a full-time basis, and a new album on the way, Aerosmith is setting the stage for a high profile comeback.
Band members say other factors have also contributed toward resolidifying Aerosmith. They teamed up with producer Jack Douglas, who was at the helm for early Aerosmith albums including "Rocks" and "Toys in the Attic," and bassist Tom Hamilton says their history together really helped the process. He adds that their internal conflicts are "all part of the mix," and help drive the band to excellence. Aerosmith is currently on their "Global Warming" tour, and will play the first of two shows in their hometown of Boston on Tuesday. The band's new album, "Music From Another Dimension" -- their first studio effort in eight years -- will be released November 6th.
--Slash Surprised By Bond He's Formed With His Backing Band
Slash admits he's surprised by the relationship he's developed with Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators. The guitarist calls the way things have evolved with them a "kind of a Cinderella story." He tells "Rolling Stone" he initially thought of the group as simply "a pickup band," but as they've worked together they've begun to feel "more like a group." Slash recorded his second solo album, "Apocalyptic Love," with Kennedy and The Conspirators, and he's currently on the road with them supporting the project. But Slash adds that they've already started working on their next album. Slash says he's really enjoying what he's doing these days -- and the people he's working with. The rocker admits he hasn't "had that feeling" since the early days of Guns N' Roses.
Former Live frontman Ed Kowalcyzk is 41.
Former Police drummer Stewart Copeland is 60.
--Today In Rock History
Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, and Ginger Baker formed Cream.
Loggins and Messina broke up.
Singer-songwriter Harry Chapin was killed in a traffic accident in New York. He was 38.
Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts' other group, the Charlie Watts Quintet, walked off the set of "Late Night with David Letterman" because of, quote, "artistic differences" between the band and Letterman's producer.
A drug possession case against Guns N' Roses was tossed out in a Buenos Aires, Argentina, court when it was determined that the drugs were actually vitamins.
Sinead O'Connor dropped out of the Lollapalooza festival because she was pregnant.
Styx drummer John Panozzo died of a gastrointestinal hemorrhage at his home in Chicago. He was 47.
Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan accepted an unspecified settlement from a London newspaper that reported she went on stage without wearing any underwear.
Gibson Guitar announced that the company was making a Custom Les Paul inspired by the late John Lennon.
Rush appeared on Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report," marking the first time the Canadian trio had appeared on U.S. TV since 1975.
Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood entered rehab, ending an extended drinking binge of nearly two weeks. During his drunken excursion the 61-year-old rocker had reportedly locked himself away at his home in Ireland with a 19-year-old waitress from Kazakhstan.
Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen married girlfriend Helen Simmons in a poolside ceremony in Florida. Def Leppard's Rick Savage and Vivian Campbell were among those who attended the wedding.