Daily Rock Dish - October 8th, 2012
10/8/2012 8:10:00 AM
--Jack White To Release Live Album As Part Of "Vault" Package
Third Man Records is finally releasing a live album from the founder himself. Jack White's label has announced that their next "Vault" subscription package will include the former White Stripe's "Live at Third Man Records." The double album, which was recorded earlier this year during Third Man's three-year anniversary party, will be released on black and blue vinyl. It will also come with a seven-inch record featuring demos White recorded before he made his first solo album, "Blunderbuss." In addition, the "Vault" package will include a photo book by the Kills singer Alison Mosshart, who also collaborated with White as part of their band the Dead Weather. The book, titled "Shark Infested Soda Fountain," was first put together in 2010 and originally only given to members of the Dead Weather.
--Blur Says There Will Be More Live Shows In 2013
It seems Blur isn't quite ready to call it a day just yet. The Britpop icons have been reluctant to say just how long their reunion will last or what it might bring, but they announced on Friday that there will be at least a few more shows in 2013. So far the only confirmed gig is a headlining spot at the Rock Werchter festival in Belgium, which takes place July 4th through the 7th. Blur explained in a Facebook post that they, quote, "hope to travel in 2013 to play to more of our lovely fans who we haven't seen for a while." They don't add any specific destinations, but promise to "tell as soon as" they know where they're headed.
Blur played a handful of live shows in the U.K. earlier this year, including a Hyde Park concert that celebrated the closing of the London Olympic Games. They've been performing sporadically since reuniting in 2009. Blur released their last album together, "Think Tank," in 2003.
--Ozzy, KISS Appearing On TV This Week
Ozzy Osbourne and KISS have some special TV appearances coming up this week. Ozzy will be on hand to help wife Sharon celebrate her 60th birthday on an episode of CBS' "The Talk." Tuesday's program will be dedicated to the occasion, and will also feature appearances from daughter Kelly Osbourne as well as Sharon's former "America's Got Talent" colleague Nick Cannon.
KISS, meanwhile, will be featured on CBS' "The Late Show with David Letterman" on Wednesday. In addition to appearing on the program, the group will also play a "Live On Letterman" web concert. The Internet performance will be streamed live from the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York on VEVO and CBS.com starting at 8:00 p.m. Eastern. KISS' "Letterman" appearances come the day after the band's new album, "Monster," arrives in stores.
--Alice Cooper Hosts Grand Opening For Phoenix Teen Center
Alice Cooper's youth facility is now officially open. The rock legend hosted a Grand Opening Block Party for "The Rock Teen Center" in Phoenix, Arizona on Saturday. Alice tells "The Arizona Republic" it feels great to finally have the center up and running, after working towards this goal for more than a decade. He says it was "like being pregnant for 12 years," and with the opening he's "finally giving birth to this place." "The Rock" provides a place for teens to go after school. The center is equipped with musical instruments, video games, ping-pong tables, and a dance area as well as quiet spaces for kids to do homework. Alice explains that it's an opportunity for teens to tap into their creativity and get off the streets. He adds that his emphasis on music isn't just because he's a rock star -- he says it's a common denominator. Cooper explains that when kids from the wealthiest and the poorest neighborhoods come together, "what they're gonna talk about is music."
--Pete Townshend's Autobiography Released Monday
The Who's Pete Townshend says he actually feels "sick" about having his long awaited autobiography, "Who I Am," finally arriving in stores. The rock legend tells the UK's "The Sun" that instead of having a sense of accomplishment, he feels "depleted and concerned" about publishing the book. Townshend explains that he doesn't want "somebody to be hurt" by the things he's written but he needed it "to be true," so he's "waiting for responses." "Who I Am" is said to pull no punches, and publisher Harper Collins book description says Townshend tells his tale "with his trademark eloquence, fierce intelligence, and brutal honesty." He covers his difficult childhood, life as a member of The Who -- along with all the creativity and decadence of the rock scene and his associations with other rock greats. Pete also addresses his child pornography arrest -- which he's said stemmed from research for this book. Townshend's "Who I Am" will be in stores on Monday.
Townshend also has a number of appearances set in conjunction with the book's arrival. He'll launch his book tour Monday at the New York Public Library. Other stops include the Free Library of Philadelphia and a few in-store appearances. In addition, Pete will be featured this morning on NBC's "Today," and be a guest tonight on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart."
Cherry Poppin' Daddies' frontman Steve Perry is 49.
Former Ramones bassist C.J. Ramone is 47.
Leeroy Thornhill, former keyboardist for the Prodigy, is 44.
The Bloodhound Gang's DJ Q-Ball is 38.
--Today In Rock History
Jerry Lee Lewis recorded the hit "Great Balls of Fire."
The Beatles were in the studio working on the song "The Continuing Story of Bungalo Bill." Yoko Ono provided what became the first female "lead vocal" on a Beatles song.
The Sex Pistols signed a 60-thousand-dollar deal with EMI Records.
Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page denied rumors that the group was breaking up, and lashed out at the press for reporting that he was dabbling in black magic.
Bob Marley collapsed on stage during a concert in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The reggae star was suffering with brain and lung cancer. The show marked his last live performance.
Def Leppard's "Love Bites" was number one on the U.S. pop singles chart.
Pink Floyd's album "Dark Side Of The Moon" fell off the Billboard 200 album chart. It had been on the chart for nearly 15 years
U2, Iggy Pop, and Melissa Etheridge were among those participating in the pay-per-view special "A Tribute To Elvis."
Sammy Hagar postponed his annual birthday bash at his club in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, because of the destruction left behind following Hurricane Juliette. The event was to have taken place on October 12th and 13th.
The Smiths' Andy Rourke auctioned off the bass he played on all the band's albums.
The Strokes, Blondie, Sonic Youth, Andrew W.K., and Sean Lennon were among participants in the "Be Well: Ramones Beat on Cancer" benefit concert honoring The Ramones. The show supported the Cedars Sinai Cancer Research Center and the Lymphoma Cancer Research Foundation. Both Johnny and Joey Ramone have died from different forms of the disease.