Daily Rock Dish - September 14th, 2012
9/14/2012 8:10:00 AM
--Led Zeppelin Planning Major Events For "Celebration Day" Release
In what was perhaps one of the worst kept secrets, Led Zeppelin is now officially announcing the upcoming arrival of their 2007 reunion concert on CD and DVD. But the band is planning to roll out the project, called "Celebration Day," in a big way. Fifteen-hundred theaters across the globe are expected to take part in the October 17th big-screen presentation. Prior to the theatrical screening premiere events will be staged in a number of major cities including New York, Los Angeles, and London, which could feature appearances from surviving Led Zeppelin members Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, and John Paul Jones. "Celebration Day" will then be released in a variety of audio and video formats on November 19th. Ticket information and other details on the "Celebration Day" screening are available at LedZeppelin.com.
"Celebration Day" features 16 songs from Led Zeppelin's critically acclaimed headlining performance at London's O2 Arena in December 2007. The show was a tribute event honoring the late Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun. Zeppelin wowed the crowd with such classics as "Good Times Bad Times," "Dazed and Confused," "Kashmir," "Whole Lotta Love," and "Stairway to Heaven." The band has posted a trailer for "Celebration Day" on their website and Facebook page.
Led Zeppelin's "Celebration Day" Track List
1. Good Times Bad Times
2. Ramble On
3. Black Dog
4. In My Time Of Dying
5. For Your Life
6. Trampled Under Foot
7. Nobody's Fault But Mine
8. No Quarter
9. Since I've Been Loving You
10. Dazed And Confused
11. Stairway To Heaven
12. The Song Remains The Same
13. Misty Mountain Hop
15. Whole Lotta Love
16. Rock And Roll
--Carlos Santana Writing Memoir To Arrive In 2014
Carlos Santana will be telling his life story in his own unique way. "The Los Angeles Times" says the guitarist has inked a deal with Little, Brown to publish his memoir. Santana's storied life includes moving to the U.S. as a child, making his way into the music scene in San Francisco in the 1960s, and becoming one of rock's most successful artists. He performed at Woodstock, has numerous awards and honors to his credit, and is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Santana is expected to reflect on his life and work, and include stories and memories about famous musical friends such as Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck, as well as Cesar Chavez, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and others who have influenced him.
But with the book Santana is also hoping to enrich his audience. According to the publisher, the project is "a testament to triumph, victory, and success," and "Carlos' highest wish is to help readers discover the sanctity, grace, and divinity in themselves" with his book. Santana's still-untitled memoir is slated to be issued in both English and Spanish in 2014.
--Mickey Hart Accused Of Assault, Drummer Denies Allegations
Mickey Hart is a wanted man. TMZ.com says the former Grateful Dead drummer has been accused of assault. The alleged incident happened earlier this month after a Mickey Hart Band concert in Harrodsburg, Kentucky. Hart's accuser has contacted the police and is pressing charges, but details on the reported attack haven't been made public. An arrest warrant for Hart has been issued, and the rocker's reps say they're investigating the matter.
Hart, meanwhile, is denying any wrongdoing. He says in a statement to "Rolling Stone" that he's "totally baffled" by what he's calling "a bizarre claim of assault." Mickey adds, quote, "Any accusation or claim of assault against me is completely false and without any basis whatsoever." He also references a Grateful Dead song in saying he "played drums on 'Shakedown Street,'" but "never expected to be 'The Victim or the Crime.'"
--Springsteen Song Played After President's DNC Speech Sees Sales Surge
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are getting a little help from President Obama. Billboard.com says the rockers' single "We Take Care Of Our Own" enjoyed a hefty sales surge prompted by its use at the Democratic National Convention. The song immediately followed Obama's speech on September 6th, which capped off the three-day event in Charlotte, North Carolina earlier this month. Two-thousand downloads of "We Take Care Of Our Own" were sold during the week that ended September 9th, marking a 409-percent increase in sales. Springsteen's album "Wrecking Ball," which features "We Take Care Of Our Own," also received a sales bump. Three-thousand copies of the disc were sold, which is up 37-percent from the previous week.
Bon Jovi might have millions of fans all over the world, but there's one person the group hasn't won over yet. Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong recently told "Kerrang!" magazine the New Jersey rockers are the worst band he and his bandmates have ever shared the stage with, and touring together wasn't much fun.
Dave Grohl is making progress on his documentary about Sound City Studios. A number of iconic albums were recorded at the facility, including Nirvana's "Nevermind," Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours," Neil Young's "After the Gold Rush," and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' "Damn the Torpedoes." The Foo Fighters frontman is teasing the project with a new series of clips. He adds that while he still has a lot of work to do on the movie, he's hoping to have it finished this fall.
Former Lynyrd Skynyrd and Strawberry Alarm Clock guitarist Ed King is 63.
Nazareth bassist Pete Agnew is 66.
Sha-Na-Na's Jon "Bowzer" Bauman is 65.
Los Lobos Sax player Steve Berlin is 57.
Former A-Ha singer Morten Harket is 53.
Former Everclear bassist Craig Montoya is 42.
Trivium bassist Paolo Gregoletto is 27.
--Today In Rock History
The Beatles' "She Loves You" hit number one on the UK singles chart. The song held the record as the best-selling single in England until 1977, when Paul McCartney's "Mull of Kintyre" surpassed it.
In an interview with "Rolling Stone," Pete Townshend first announced the idea for "Tommy."
Eric Clapton hit number one on the pop singles chart with his remake of the Bob Marley tune "I Shot the Sheriff."
The Grateful Dead performed at the foot of the Great Pyramid in Egypt.
Production began on the Pink Floyd movie "The Wall."
Judas Priest released the album "Pain Killer."
Paul McCartney's handwritten lyrics to "Getting Better" sold for 249-thousand-dollars at an auction through Sotheby's.
Joe Satriani's plagiarism lawsuit against Coldplay was tossed out of court. Satriani took legal action against the British band over the group's 2008 hit "Viva La Vida," claiming it sounded too similar to his 2004 song "If I Could Fly."
Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, and Anthrax played a "Big Four" show at New York's Yankee Stadium. It was the second of just two U.S. "Big Four" shows, following a concert in California five months earlier.
With more than 537-million dollars from 110 concerts, U2's 360 Degree trek was added to the "Guinness World Records" as the Highest Grossing Music Tour ever. The Rolling Stones had the previous record with their 2006 A Bigger Bang Tour, which brought in just over 356-million dollars.
Former "Real Housewives of DC" star Michaele Salahi revealed that she was in Tennessee with Journey's Neal Schon, ending the mystery of her whereabouts. Her estranged husband, Tareq, told authorities he was afraid she had been abducted when he hadn't heard from her in more than 24 hours.