Daily Rock Dish - July 30th, 2012
7/30/2012 8:10:00 AM
--Report: Tenacious D Concert Cut Short By Stabbing
Tenacious D's tour stop in Sin City this weekend was cut short after the event turned violent. The "Las Vegas Review-Journal" reports at least one man was stabbed during the show at Las Vegas' House of Blues Saturday night when an altercation broke out between two concertgoers. An eyewitness says the incident took place about halfway through the show, leading organizers to pull the plug a half hour earlier than planned. Few other details about the stabbing have been released, other than witnesses reporting a large pool of blood near the stage. So far, Las Vegas police and security officials at the venue inside Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino have yet to issue any comment.
--Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong Joins "The Voice"
Billie Joe Armstrong is the latest addition to "The Voice." The NBC show's staff announced via Twitter last week that the Green Day frontman will be joining Christina Aguilera's team as a mentor during the upcoming season. Aguilera says she's excited about her new partner, tweeting that Armstrong "has so much to offer" the team and has kept them laughing the entire time. He joins a growing list of new season-three mentors, including Rob Thomas for Cee Lo Green's team, Mary J. Blige for Adam Levine's team, and Michael Bublé for Blake Shelton's team. "The Voice" is scheduled to return on September 10th, while Armstrong and the rest of Green Day are set to put out "¡Uno!," the first of three new albums, on September 25th.
--Ministry Frontman Hospitalized After Collapsing On Stage In Paris
Ministry plans to continue their European tour, even though frontman Al Jourgensen was hospitalized over the weekend. The band explains in a Facebook post that Al was rushed by ambulance to the hospital after he collapsed on stage during their concert in Paris Friday night. They say he was examined by "numerous physicians," who told him he'd had "a full-system collapse due to extreme dehydration and heat exhaustion" that was "intensified" by the poor ventilation in the venue. Group members add that blood tests confirm neither alcohol nor narcotics played a role in the singer's condition.
Ministry cancelled their festival appearance Sunday in Etaples, France to give Al a few days to recover. But band members say they're still heading to Switzerland, where Ministry is scheduled to perform on Tuesday. They add that once in Switzerland Al will receive additional medical attention. Ministry is touring behind their most recent album, "Relapse," which was released earlier this year.
--Passion Pit, Gaslight Anthem To Make Top Ten Debuts
Passion Pit's recent lack of touring doesn't appear to have hurt their record sales much. The group was forced to postpone a series of shows over the past few weeks as frontman Michael Angelakos deals with what he's calling mental health issues but Billboard.com says their new album "Gassamer" will likely give them their first top ten on the Billboard 200. Industry insiders predict the set sold between 25 and 30-thousand copies last week. That would almost triple the number of copies their debut "Manners" sold in its first week out in 2009. Meanwhile, the Gaslight Anthem is also expected to have a big debut with their latest effort, "Handwritten." The New Jersey rockers' first major label release likely sold around 35-thousand copies, which would best 2010's "American Slang." That album debuted with 27-thousand copies and and topped out at number 16. The new Billboard 200 will be revealed Wednesday, August 1st.
--Eric Burdon Cancels Appearances, Postpones Releases For Back Surgery
Eric Burdon is recovering from back surgery. The former Animals singer underwent the procedure at a hospital in Los Angeles on Friday. A post on Burdon's website describes the operation as "routine," but says it will likely keep Eric out of action for the next three-to-six-months. As a result all of the singer's scheduled appearances have been cancelled, and his upcoming releases have been delayed. An EP featuring Burdon with The Greenhornes is now scheduled to arrive on November 30th, and his next solo album, "'Til Your River Runs Dry" will be held until after the first of the year.
Burdon mentioned the operation via Twitter, tweeting Friday that he was watching the Olympics Opening Ceremony from his hospital room. He added that while the surgery was a success, he anticipated that a "painful recovery" was ahead for him.
Former Dammed drummer Rat Scabies is 57.
Kate Bush is 54.
Manic Street Preachers drummer Sean Moore is 44.
Jethro Tull bassist Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond is 66.
Blues great Buddy Guy is 76.
--Today In Rock History
Elvis Presley joined the Memphis Federation of Musicians, Local 71. He also made his professional concert debut, opening for Slim Whitman at Overton Park in Memphis.
The Troggs' "Wild Thing" hit number one on the pop singles chart.
The Beatles' Apple Boutique closed.
Led Zeppelin filmed its concert for the movie "The Song Remains the Same."
Def Leppard released the album "Hysteria."
Surviving members of Lynyrd Skynyrd said they would continue as a band despite the death of bassist Leon Wilkeson.
New releases included Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's "The Rising," which was their first album together in 18 years.
The Rolling Stones headlined a benefit concert for Toronto, Canada, to help the city recover in the wake of the SARS outbreak. AC/DC, Rush, and Justin Timberlake were also among the performers.
An arrest warrant was issued for former Motley Crue singer Vince Neil because he allegedly attacked a prostitute at the Moonlite Bunny Ranch in Nevada.
Sebastian Bach stepped in to finish a Guns N' Roses concert in London when band frontman Axl Rose became too ill to complete the show. Bach had played his own set earlier, opening for GNR.
Cheech & Chong announced plans for their "Light Up America..." tour with a press conference in West Hollywood. The trek marked a reunion for the comedy duo, who hadn't hit the road together in more than 25 years.
Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine began a two-day medical procedure to repair damaged vertebrae at the base of his neck and between his shoulders.