Daily Rock Dish - September 6th, 2012
9/6/2012 8:10:00 AM
--Pyro Truck Accident Forces KISS, Motley Crue To Postpone Show
KISS and Motley Crue are promising to thoroughly rock the Motor City on Thursday. The bands had to postpone their Wednesday night concert in Detroit after a truck carrying their pyrotechnics equipment was involved in a rollover accident on the highway. The two groups issued a joint statement explaining their decision to push back the date. They say they want to put on the show their fans "expect and deserve," so they needed to "give our crews the 24 hours necessary to piece everything together to make it possible."
Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx has posted photos of the accident on his Twitter page, and adds, "Thank god our driver is ok." He also says tickets for Wednesday night's show will be honored on Thursday, and "Both KISS-CRÜE will have 100% of our shows." KISS and Motley Crue have been on the road together this summer on "The Tour." The groups will follow their Detroit show with a concert Friday in Chicago and Saturday in East Troy, Wisconsin. The trek will wrap up in Hartford, Connecticut on September 23rd.
--Def Leppard Guitar Posted On eBay
Def Leppard's Phil Collen is parting ways with one of his guitars. Blabbermouth.net says Collen is contributing to the fight against cancer by auctioning off the instrument on eBay. He received the guitar earlier this year from music store owner Jake Willoughby, who appealed to him to raise money for the cause. Artist Mike Learn put a custom paint job on the guitar, which they dubbed "Wings" to reflect the spirit of hope. Phil has been playing the guitar this summer during Def Leppard's "Rock of Ages" tour. Bidding started Wednesday morning at one-thousand-dollars, and in a matter of hours surpassed the six-thousand mark. The auction closes on September 15th. Money raised will go to The Gerson Institute, which promotes holistic treatments for cancer.
--Guns N' Roses Tour Crew Put Gear Up For Auction
Guns N' Roses' touring crew is doing some housecleaning. They explain on their eBay page that they're selling off "a bunch of gear, equipment and props the band no longer needs." They're promising that in the coming weeks a variety of instruments, audio gear, and stage equipment will go up for bid. However, they admit that they can't get anything autographed, give details regarding which tour the material is from, or provide certificates of authenticity. Guns N' Roses' official website is promoting the auction as legitimate. The first thing they've put up for bid isn't exactly a glamorous item -- it's a Kenmore clothes dryer. But it comes in a Guns N' Roses road case. After three days of bidding, the price rose from 99-dollars to 110-dollars. The dryer auction closes on Sunday.
--Rockers Making In-Store Appearance On Eve Of "Metal Masters 4"
Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian, bassist Frank Bello, and drummer Charlie Benante are among the stars taking part in this week's "Metal Masters 4." They're slated to be at the Guitar Center in New York City's Union Square Thursday for a special in-store meet-and-greet in conjunction with the event. Other "Metal Masters" participants, including Slayer's Kerry King and Dave Lombardo and Mr. Big's Billy Sheehan, are also expected to be on hand to sign autographs and talk with fans. "Metal Masters 4" will take place at the Gramercy Theater in New York on Friday. The clinic will feature the stars demonstrating their skills and sharing their techniques.
--Man Admits Robbing Bon Jovi's Home; Strikes Deal With Prosecutors
The man who broke into Jon Bon Jovi's home will be going to prison. The "Red Bank-Shrewsbury Patch" says prosecutors have reached a plea deal with Nicholas Tracy, who has pled guilty to three counts of second-degree theft and one count of third-degree burglary. As part of the agreement, Tracy is expected to be sentenced to five years in the New Jersey State Prison. Authorities say the break-ins took place in the spring of 2011. Tracy has admitted to stealing tens of thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from the Bon Jovi frontman's home, which was just one of several homes that the burglar hit. In total, Tracy took more than 300-thousand-dollars worth of jewelry and other personal items from his victims. His sentencing hearing is set for October 12th.
The Foo Fighters are scheduled to take the stage at the Democratic National Convention today in Charlotte, North Carolina. But it looks like they'll be performing in front of a smaller crowd. The final day of the political event has been moved from the Bank of America Stadium to the Time Warner Cable Arena due to the threat of bad weather.
--Music On TV
Everclear performs on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," while the Heavy is the musical guest on "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" on CBS. Also, Milo Greene takes the stage on "Conan" on TBS.
Former Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters is 69.
Former Molly Hatchet bassist Banner Thomas is 58.
Judas Priest drummer Scott Travis is 51.
The Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan is 41.
The Cardigans' singer Nina Persson is 38.
--Today in Rock History
Bob Dylan played his first gig at the Gaslight Cafe in New York's Greenwich Village.
Jimi Hendrix released the album "Electric Ladyland."
Eric Clapton joined the Beatles in the studio. He added a solo to the song "While My Guitar Gently Weeps."
George Harrison launched his Dark Horse Records.
The Rolling Stones bumped the Pittsburgh Steelers from practicing in the team's stadium because the group was rehearsing for an upcoming concert there.
Creedence Clearwater Revival guitarist Tom Fogerty died of respiratory failure. Fogerty had been suffering from tuberculosis. He was 48.
AC/DC released the album "The Razor's Edge."
Keyboardist Nicky Hopkins died. He worked with numerous stars of the '60s and '70s, including the Rolling Stones, The Who, Jeff Beck, and the Kinks.
The syndicated show "The Guitar Show with Kevin Bacon" debuted. Guitarists Eddie Van Halen, Brian May, and Joe Perry were Bacon's guests.
Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland was sentenced to a year in jail for a probation violation.
The Gospel Music Association announced plans to induct Elvis Presley into its Hall of Fame on November 27th during ceremonies at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. With the honor, Elvis became the first Hall of Famer in three genres -- country, rock, and gospel.
The Rolling Stones released the album "A Bigger Bang."
Roger Waters launched his first North American tour in four years in Holmdel, New Jersey. His show included a performance of the classic Pink Floyd album "Dark Side of the Moon" in its entirety.
Jane's Addiction announced that bassist Duff McKagan was no longer in the group.