Daily Rock Dish - September 12th, 2012
9/12/2012 8:10:00 AM
--Report: Zeppelin Reunion Concert DVD To Be Released In November
There's more fuel to the rumors that Led Zeppelin will be releasing their 2007 reunion concert on DVD. An unnamed source tells the UK's "The Sun" that guitarist Jimmy Page has been "in the studio making sure everything is perfect." The source explains that it's important to the band that the project "remain true to their exceptionally high standards." This person adds that the group will offer a "simultaneous global release" of the DVD on November 22nd, which in the U.S. is Thanksgiving Day. That would have the disc arriving on store shelves just in time for the annual Black Friday holiday shopping spree.
Led Zeppelin is planning to make a special announcement this week, which media outlets have been speculating will be the official word on the DVD. The band launched a countdown on their Facebook page over the weekend, which will end on Thursday. Each day has been marked with a number and a short video of cheering crowds. Zeppelin played a special one-off tribute event honoring the late Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun at London's O2 Arena in December 2007. The highly-anticipated show drew millions of ticket requests, and received rave reviews.
--Judas Priest Considering Lawsuit Over Gap T-Shirt
Judas Priest is considering legal action over a t-shirt design. Frontman Rob Halford tells "The Quietus" that the band is investigating their options after learning that The Gap recently sold a shirt with an eagle design that looks very similar to the cover artwork to Priest's 1982 album "Screaming For Vengeance." He says the clothing retailer never sought permission from either the group or their label about using the image. However, Halford adds that he's proud that "30 odd years later" the image is "still striking enough to be a fashion moment." He also doesn't seem to mind that there are likely people wearing the Gap shirt who simply like the design, and have no knowledge of the Judas Priest connection. Rob says it's "great" that the "Screaming For Vengeance" cover image is still "making a visual, emotional connection with people."
Judas Priest just released the "Screaming For Vengeance - Special 30th Anniversary Edition" last week. The two-disc set features all the original album tracks remastered, along with several live bonus tracks and a DVD of the band's appearance at the US Festival in San Bernardino, California in May 1983.
--Lamb Of God Looking Forward To Tour Despite Uncertain Future
Lamb of God drummer Chris Adler says he and his bandmates are in high spirits as they prepare for their upcoming tour, even though the future of their lead singer is still in doubt. Frontman Randy Blythe is back in the U.S. on bail, but he's scheduled to return to the Czech Republic sometime in January to stand trial for a manslaughter charge. Nevertheless, Adler tells Billboard.com they're not discouraged. He explains that the band's first performance together following Blythe's prison stint was "very cathartic." They took the stage last month at Slipknot's inaugural Knotfest, and Adler says it was great to hear all their fans screaming their support.
Now, Lamb of God is gearing up for their first full-blown tour since Randy's return. The trek starts October 30th in Phoenix, and is currently scheduled to run through mid-December. Adler says an international tour will most likely follow the North American outing if Blythe is acquitted.
Lamb of God Tour Dates: 11/10 -- St. Paul, MN -- Myth
--Bono, Dave Matthews, Dave Grohl Among World's Richest Singers
Bono, Dave Matthews and Dave Grohl are sitting near the top of a recent list of the world's richest frontmen. CelebrityNetWorth.com has revealed "The 50 Richest Lead Singers in the World," and Bono comes in at number two. The U2 singer's 600-million-dollars trails only Paul McCartney's 800-million. The Dave Matthews Band's namesake ranks eighth with earnings of 250-million-dollars, while Foo Fighters leader Grohl rounds out the top ten with a 225-million-dollar pay day. Guns N' Roses' Axl Rose, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, Red Hot Chili Peppers' Anthony Kiedis, No Doubt's Gwen Stefani, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder and more rockers also made the top 50.
--Cheap Trick Drummer "Shocked" Band Recording Without Him
Cheap Trick's Bun E. Carlos admits it was "a real shock" to learn that his bandmates had recorded a song for the new "A Very Special Christmas" album without him. The drummer tells Billboard.com he's still "a full member of Cheap Trick in all respects," even though he hasn't toured with the group for the past couple of years. He says his touring hiatus was something he agreed to "reluctantly" and "solely as an accommodation to some of the band members," and other group members haven't ever "seriously talked" with him about making his departure permanent. Carlos adds that he doesn't want Cheap Trick to "lose an opportunity to support this great cause," but insists that frontman Robin Zander, bassist Tom Petersson, and guitarist Rick Nielsen can't record without him and "call it Cheap Trick." While Carlos doesn't say whether he plans to launch a lawsuit to block the release of the song, the rocker's rep says legal action in the matter is "possible."
"A Very Special Christmas 25th Anniversary" is slated for release on October 16th. The holiday compilation album is also expected to feature Train, Dave Matthews, Vince Gill, Christina Aguilera, and others. The annual project raises money for Special Olympics.
--Sex Pistols Unveil Rare Demo From Upcoming Box Set
A new version of the Sex Pistols' controversial track "Belsen Was A Gas" is among the rarities that will be featured on an upcoming box set from the band. While the official studio version is sung by Ronnie Biggs, this demo features Sex Pistols frontman Johnny Rotten on vocals. Soundman John 'Boogie' Tiberi still remembers the session. He tells "Classic Rock" magazine it was "very clumsy, no monitors, and sound insulation was non-existent." He adds that the producer "couldn't understand the reverb vocal," but says it was "the way John wanted it." The "Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols" 35th anniversary box set will be released on September 25th.
--Ronnie James Dio's Widow Remarries
Ronnie James Dio's widow is once again a married woman. Wendy Dio tied the knot with Omar Gimenez in a private ceremony in Montecito, California on Sunday. Étoile Weddings handled the arrangements, and announced the event with a congratulations tweet and photo. Blabbermouth.net describes Omar as Wendy's "boyfriend of the past two decades." While Wendy and Ronnie were still legally married until the rocker's death, they'd stopped living as a couple several years earlier. Dio died of stomach cancer in May 2010.
Wendy addressed her and Ronnie's estranged status in a May 2011 interview with the Brazilian "Roadie Crew" magazine, saying, quote, "In any relationships there are ups and downs. You part, and you go back...Ronnie and I married in 1974. It's a long time to be together with somebody who is a musician." She also said her tenuous marriage to Ronnie likely sparked some of the backlash over her decision to offer Dio releases posthumously. But she explained that she "wouldn't do anything to hurt Ronnie's reputation," and her only goal was to continue helping charities Ronnie supported.
Rush drummer Neil Peart is 60.
Foghat bassist Tony Stevens is 63.
America guitarist Gerry Beckley is 60.
XTC keyboardist Barry Andrews is 56.
Ben Folds is 46.
Primus guitarist Larry LaLonde is 44.
--Today In RockHistory
Journey had the top selling album with "Escape," including the songs "Don't Stop Believin'" and "Who's Crying Now."
Morrissey left The Smiths to pursue a solo career.
Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie announced that they would no longer perform with Fleetwood Mac.
INXS lead singer Michael Hutchence pled guilty in a London court to punching a photographer. The incident occurred outside a hotel after he'd spent the night with the estranged wife of Boomtown Rats singer Bob Geldof.
The BMI Awards in London were cancelled, quote, "out of respect for the events in the United States." Pete Townshend was to have been honored at the ceremony, receiving the President's Award.
Warren Zevon announced that he'd been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer.
The Beatles sued Apple computers over the technology company's iTunes store, claiming it infringed on the copyrights of group's logo of their Apple Corps label.
Country legend Johnny Cash died in Nashville. He was 71.
The Who launched its first North American tour in four years -- and the band's first trek in support of a new album since the early 1980s -- with a show in Philadelphia.
Led Zeppelin announced plans to play a reunion concert in London as part of a tribute show honoring the late Atlantic Records executive Ahmet Ertegun, marking the band's first full concert since drummer John Bonham's death in 1980. The group featured frontman Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page, and bassist-keyboardist John Paul Jones with Jason Bonham -- the son of the group's late drummer -- filling in for his dad.
Metallica released the album "Death Magnetic."