Daily Rock Dish - October 2nd, 2012
10/2/2012 8:10:00 AM
--Axl Rose To Appear On "Jimmy Kimmel Live"
Axl Rose is set to make a rare TV appearance on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live." Guns N' Roses' official website announced Monday that the notoriously reclusive rocker would drop in on Kimmel's set on October 24th. It will mark Axl's first live TV broadcast interview in more than 20 years. Rose and the current incarnation of Guns N' Roses will begin a residency at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, beginning October 31st and running through November 24th.
Axl stirred controversy earlier this year when he refused induction into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame with members of the band he helped create in 1985. He called the decision a personal one that he arrived at after a great deal of "soul searching."
--Metallica Guitarist Releases Horror Memorabilia Book
Metallica's Kirk Hammett was a horror movie fan long before he became a heavy metal icon, and now the guitarist is sharing his love of a good scare with his fans. "Rolling Stone" reports Hammett has put his horror memorabilia collection -- which he started at the age of six -- in a new coffee-table book called "Too Much Horror Business: The Kirk Hammett Collection." He explains that the 224-page project is his "gift to all the other monster kids and all the horror nerds out there" who love ghoulish collectibles as much as he does. But Hammett says the book is more than just pictures of his stuff. He says there are also interviews with him discussing his collection, as well as pictures of his horror persona, "Kirk Von Hammett." "Too Much Horror Business: The Kirk Hammett Collection" is in stores now.
Meanwhile, Hammett and his Metallica bandmates have another new non-music venture. They've added a third design to their forthcoming line of Vans sneakers honoring the 30th anniversary of their debut album, "Kill 'Em All," next year. The latest entry will hit stores in October, while the first two designs will be released in March.
--Chickenfoot Reissuing Debut Album
Chickenfoot is once again making their self-titled debut album available to fans. An expanded reissue features a number of bonus tracks, including a live rendition of "Lighten Up." Frontman Sammy Hagar explains that the album was discontinued after the band's former label went under, so the group reclaimed ownership of the masters to re-release the project. The new "Chickenfoot" features all the tracks from the original album along with a second bonus disc. Extras includes the song "Bitten by the Wolf," which was previously only available on import copies of the album, and five live songs recorded during Chickenfoot's spring tour. The album "Chickenfoot" will return to stores on October 16th.
--Pearl Jam, Black Keys Among South American Lollapalooza Headliners
Pearl Jam and the Black Keys are a couple of the acts who have booked trips south of the border next year for Lollapalooza's two South American festivals. They're scheduled to play both Lollapalooza Brazil and Lollapalooza Chile in the spring, along with Queens of the Stone Age, Deadmau5 [[ dead mouse ]] and more. Up first is the second edition of the three-day Brazil event, which starts March 29th and will also feature performances from the Killers, Cake, the Flaming Lips and others. Lollapalooza Chile will take place over April 6th and 7th with Keane, Bad Brains and many more all set to take the stage. A Perfect Circle, Nas, the Hives, Two Door Cinema Club, Franz Ferdinand and others have also been booked for both festivals. The full lineups are available now at LollapaloozaBR.com and LollapaloozaCL.com.
Lollapalooza will return to the U.S. next year on August 2nd, and is scheduled to go to Israel for the first time on August 20th.
--Ted Nugent Sharing Love Of Guns On New TV Special
Ted Nugent is taking his passion for firearms to TV. The Motor City Madman is featured in the new Discovery Channel special, "Ted Nugent's Gun Country." For the special Nugent takes viewers on a hunt at his Spirit Wild ranch near Waco, Texas. He needs to reduce the population of his herd of scimitar-horned oryx, which has grown beyond numbers the land can sustain. Nugent's audience sees the rocker select and learn about his weapon of choice before he and son Rocco head out on their mission. They then bring home the animals they get in the hunt and host a barbecue. Ted's guests at the party include people from Wounded Warriors. "Ted Nugent's Gun Country" will debut on Discovery on October 10th at 10:00 p.m. Eastern.
--KISS Unveiling New Slot Machine At Global Gaming Expo
KISS' Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley are expected to be in Las Vegas this week for the Global Gaming Expo. The "Las Vegas Review Journal" says the rockers are slated to be on hand for the unveiling of the band's signature slot machine. KISS teamed up with WMS Gaming on the project. Simmons and Stanley are scheduled to be at the company's booth this morning to help promote the game. Players at the KISS slot machine will sit in a pulsating chair as the game cranks out the band's music, and can win bonus spins to unlock additional video footage. But the KISS machine is just one of several celebrity-driven games being introduced. New Dolly Parton, Judge Judy, and Spider-Man games are some of the other new arrivals being unveiled. The Global Gaming Expo begins today in Las Vegas and continues through Thursday.
In other KISS nesws, frontman Paul Stanley has lost his mother, Eva Eisen. The rocker says in a website post that his mom "found so much pleasure and fulfillment in all the various types of music that she so loved," and through her he "found that same passion" for music. Eva passed away on Saturday at the age of 88.
--Heart Releasing New Album, Launching Tour
Heart's new album is now in stores. "Fanatic" is the follow up to the group's 2010 effort, "Red Velvet Car." The new disc features a number of personal tracks. Ann and Nancy Wilson have said that "Dear Old America" was inspired by memories of their dad, who was an officer in the Marines, while "Rock Deep (Vancouver)" honors the Canadian city where Heart recorded their debut album, "Dreamboat Annie," and "Walkin' Good" is about finding new love. "Fanatic" is the third project to come from the Wilson sisters this year, following the June retrospective box set "Strange Euphoria" and the memoir "Kicking and Dreaming," which hit stores a couple of weeks ago.
Heart is also hitting the road behind "Fanatic." The group will launch the 18-date trek in New York on Wednesday. Alejandro Escovedo and the Sensitive Boys will be opening shows for the first half of the trek, and Shawn Colvin will be featured at select stops during the last nine dates.
--Pussy Riot Appeal Hearing Adjourned Until Oct. 10
It looks like Russian punk rockers Pussy Riot will have to wait a little longer to appeal their case. On Monday, a Moscow court adjourned an appeal hearing for the three imprisoned members of the band until October 10th. The delay was necessary after one of the three band members, Yekaterina Samutsevich, dismissed her lawyers. She explained that "her position on the criminal case does not match their position." The Pussy Riot women are trying to get their two-year jail stay reduced. The sentence was handed down back in August when the trio was found guilty of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred after performing a "punk prayer" in a Russian church that included asking the Virgin Mary to get rid of President Vladimir Putin.
Former Police frontman Sting is 61.
Sublime with Rome drummer Bud Graugh is 45.
Slipknot and Stone Sour guitarist Jim Root is 41.
The Sounds singer Maja Ivarsson is 33.
--Today In Rock History
Elvis Presley made his debut at the Grand Ole Opry. It was his only appearance at the famed venue.
The Grateful Dead were arrested at their house in San Francisco on marijuana charges.
The Clash song "Rock The Casbah" debuted in the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart at number 90. The song eventually climbed into the Top 10.
John Mellencamp revealed that he had recently had a mild heart attack. At the time he was 42, smoking four packs of cigarettes a day, and had a cholesterol level of 300.
Journey announced the group was planning a to get back together to record an album and possibly launch a reunion tour.
Cheap Trick was inducted into Hollywood's Rockwalk.
Stone Temple Pilots, Moby, Alanis Morissette, Dave Matthews, and Lou Reed were among those who participated in the tribute concert "Come Together: A Night for John Lennon's Words & Music, Dedicated to New York City & Its People" at New York's Radio City Music Hall.
Alice Cooper opened his haunted house Halloween attraction in Phoenix, Arizona.
Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx sued the shoe maker Vans, claiming the company used his image in an ad without permission.
The bands on Megadeth's Gigantour challenged their road crews in a charity softball game in Norfolk, Virginia. The match was open to the public and is free to anyone who brought a food donation, which went to the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia.
Iggy Pop and Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell were among the perfomers at the second of two We Are Plastic Ono Band concerts in Los Angeles. The shows were part of a tribute for the late John Lennon to commemorate what would have been his 70th birthday.