Daily Rock Dish - August 20th, 2012
8/20/2012 8:10:00 AM
--Dave Mustain Clarifies Anti-Obama Comments From Singapore Concert
Megadeth's Dave Mustaine admits his stage comments at a recent show in Singapore weren't "as eloquent" as he would have liked for them to be. But he tells InfoWars.com that he still stands behind the sentiment. At the concert earlier this month the rocker accused President Obama of having "staged" the recent mass shootings at a Colorado movie theater and at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin. Mustaine says he didn't mean to imply the president himself was behind these acts, but that it's possible people within the Obama administration could be to blame. He explains that he loves America, and believes it's part of "the democratic process" to "investigate this" and "have the Attorney General release the documents and find out who's responsible."
Mustaine adds that he's basing his suspicions of the Obama administration on the covert "Fast And Furious" operation uncovered by CBS News. He also cites comments from Gun Owners of America's Larry Pratt. Mustaine says Pratt has expressed concerns about a possible government-orchestrated erosion of support for the Second Amendment, and he's really just trying to spread Pratt's message.
--Motley Crue Bassist Lashes Out At Mustaine Over Shooting Remarks
Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx is expressing his opposition to Dave Mustaine's recent comments about President Obama and the recent mass shootings in the U.S. In a Facebook post he uses obscenities to call Dave a jerk, and says he "can't even imagine how deep this cuts the victims families of these shootings." Nikki adds that he believes Mustaine "owes every family an apology as well as our great country." He also says if Dave really thinks the U.S. has become "Nazi America" he should just leave.
--Nickelback's New Video Features Stars From "Seinfeld," "Baywatch"
The guys in Nickelback are getting a little help from a couple of '90s TV stars for their latest music video. The clip for "Trying Not to Love You" features "Seinfeld's" Jason Alexander as a coffee house barista trying to impress a customer played by "Baywatch's" Brooke Burns. Alexander becomes increasingly clumsy after he sees Burns, but things seem to be going fine until a new guy -- also played by Alexander -- shows up and challenges his dominance behind the counter. And while the crowd loves the newcomer, the first Jason still gets the girl in the end. "Trying Not to Love You" is the latest single from Nickelback's seventh album, "Here and Now," which came out last November. The band is currently gearing up for a European tour behind the record starting September 6th in Belgium.
--Kid Rock Helps Deliver New Home To Veteran
Detroit rocker Kid Rock presented a new home to a Michigan war veteran and his wife over the weekend. The house, which will be constructed next year for Army Sergeant Davin Dumar, is being built by Operation Finally Home, a non-profit organization that has constructed nearly 50 homes around the country for soldiers wounded in war over the past seven years. Dumar lost a leg and injured an arm while serving in Afghanistan last year.
--John Lennon's Killer Up For Parole Again
Yoko Ono continues to oppose the release of the man who killed John Lennon. The late Beatle's widow is among the people who have sent letters to the New York Department of Correction parole board, which will decide this week whether to allow Mark David Chapman to go free. Chapman has been serving a sentence of 20 years to life since pleading guilty to fatally shooting Lennon outside of the singer's New York City home in December 1980. In her appeal to keep Chapman behind bars, Ono told the parole board she believes her husband's killer still poses a threat to her; Lennon's sons Julian and Sean; and also to himself. Department of Corrections spokeswoman Linda Foglia says the parole board is expected to announce its decision on Chapman by the end of the week.
This is Chapman's seventh's opportunity to apply for parole since he first became eligible in 2000. He had spent the past 31 years at New York's Attica Correctional Facility before he was transferred to the maximum-security Wende Correctional Facility in Alden, New York a few months ago. The reason for the transfer was not made public.
--Madonna, Black Keys Among Stars Protesting Russian Punk Band Sentence
Madonna is calling the conviction and two-year jail sentence handed down to the Russian punk band Pussy Riot "too harsh" and "inhumane." In her website post she also calls upon "all those who love freedom to condemn this unjust punishment" and "protest against this travesty," and for "ALL of Russia to let Pussy Riot go free." The pop superstar is just one of many celebrities who are expressing their outrage over the group's treatment. E! Online says many stars are turning to Twitter to share their thoughts. The Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney says his group will never perform in Russia "as long as they imprison innocent musicians for speaking their minds peacefully." Scissor Sisters' Ana Matronic says people need to "keep the women of #PussyRiot in your hearts & (punk) prayers."
Duran Duran's Simon LeBon tweets his belief that Friday's verdict isn't "the last we'll hear of this story." Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos says the sentencing "places Russia's corruption & repression on a spot-lit global stage," and adds that as a result the group has actually "won." And it's not just musicians showing their support. Actor DJ Qualls tweets that the band's sentence "reminds us how precious freedom of expression is," while former "House" star Jesse Spencer predicts that two years in a Russian jail will give the women plenty material for future songs. Mischa Barton, Adrien Grenier, and Mia Farrow are some of the other actors also addressing the subject.
--John Lennon's Tooth Used In Fundraising Sculpture
A small portion of the late John Lennon's decayed tooth is becoming a piece of art to raise money for charity. Canada's "Edmonton Sun" says Alberta dentist Dr. Michael Zuk paid more than 32-thousand dollars for the rocker's rotten molar, which was sold at an auction last fall. His sister, Edmonton artist Kirsten Zuk, says he then approached her about taking a small piece of the tooth and incorporating it into a sculpture. Kirsten says she liked the idea, explaining that she's been "a huge fan" of Lennon's her entire life. She adds that the sculpture is "like a time capsule," because it contains his DNA. The special piece of art is on display at Edmonton's Fringe Festival, which runs through August 26th. The sculpture is being used to generate donations for Smile Train, a charity that provides cleft palate surgery to impoverished children throughout the world.
The independent existence of the tooth dates back to the late 1960s, when Lennon had it pulled in the kitchen of his Kentwood, England mansion. He gave it to his housekeeper, and told her she could toss it or give it to her daughter as a souvenir.
Former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant is 64.
Singer-songwriter John Hiatt is 60.
Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst is 42.
The Living End drummer Andy Strachan is 38.
--Today In Rock History
Cynthia Lennon sued husband John for divorce on the grounds of adultery after she learned that while she was on vacation, Yoko Ono was living at their home.
John Lennon began sessions for what would be his last album, "Double Fantasy."
Rush released their self-titled album.
Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose told the crowd at the Donington rock festival in England to, quote, "try not to kill yourself." However, two audience members died in a crowd surge while the band performed.
Santana received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Iron Maiden played its last set on the Ozzfest tour. The controversial performance was riddled with technical problems and during one song the band was pelted with eggs and other debris from a section of the audience. Ozzy Osbourne's wife and manager, Sharon, later admitted to sabotaging the show. She said she did it because Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson had been mean and disrespectful to Ozzy, the other Ozzfest bands, and the crowds throughout the tour. Iron Maiden denied the allegations.
A statue of the late Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott was unveiled in Dublin on what would have been the classic rocker's 56th birthday.
Elvis Presley's Smith and Wesson handgun, which disappeared from Graceland during the 30th anniversary Elvis Week festivities, was turned in to police. In addition, the two-disc Elvis Presley collection "The King" debuted at number one on the British chart.
Whitesnake named Michael Devin as the band's new bassist. He replaced Uriah Duffy, who left the group two months earlier.