Daily Rock Dish - October 10th, 2012
10/10/2012 8:10:00 AM
--Rage Against The Machine Releasing 20th Anniversary Edition Of Debut
Rage Against the Machine fans can cap off the 20th anniversary of the band's debut album this year with a soon-to-be-released deluxe edition of the self-titled set. Legacy Recordings plans to put out "Rage Against the Machine - XX" on November 27th. The reissue will include new liner notes penned by Public Enemy's Chuck D, and will give collectors a variety of format options. There's the remastered CD version with three bonus tracks; the double CD and bonus DVD package; or the deluxe box set edition. The latter comes with two CDs, two DVDs, a vinyl LP, a two-sided poster and a 40-page booklet. Some of the bonus material includes b-sides from the era, Rage Against the Machine's first demo, music videos, and plenty of live footage. Fans can get more information at RATM.com.
--GNR Guitarist Says Vegas Residency Could Lead To New Album
Guns N' Roses have plenty of live shows on the horizon, but guitarist DJ Ashba says all that onstage activity may also lead to more studio work. He tells "Rolling Stone" GNR frontman Axl Rose has "tons of stuff" already recorded for the follow-up to 2008's "Chinese Democracy," and now he's just waiting for Ashba and the others to add their input. DJ says they definitely "have a good jump on it," but he thinks the band's upcoming residency in Las Vegas could help speed things up. He notes that the string of shows will mark the first time in a while they've all been in the same place, so he expects to get a lot done. Ashba says it's "just a matter of sitting down and working together as a band" to come up with what they feel will be "the next best Guns N' Roses record."
Ashba, Rose and the rest of GNR are scheduled to kick off their 12-date residency at the Hard Rock Hotel's Joint club this Halloween. The Vegas shows -- which are part of a celebration for the 25th anniversary of the band's debut album, "Appetite for Destruction" -- are slated to last through November 24th.
--Led Zeppelin Lash Out Over Reunion Question
The members of Led Zeppelin seem to be getting irritated over continually fielding questions about another possible reunion. RollingStone.com says Robert Plant lashed out at journalists at a press conference in New York Tuesday, calling one reporter a "schmuck" when asked if the release of the concert film "Celebration Day" will lead to more from the group. In addition, band members Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, and Jason Bonham all appeared visibly uncomfortable with the question. When the subject came up again Plant softened a bit, explaining that performing a one-off show is different from "the responsibility of doing that four nights a week for the rest of time." But he added that reporters should think twice before asking "any inane questions," and consider "what it takes to answer a question like that in one second."
"Celebration Day" features Led Zeppelin's 2007 reunion performance in London at an Ahmet Ertegun tribute concert. The film will receive a big screen presentation at participating theaters on October 17th, and be released in a variety audio and video formats on November 19th.
--Rolling Stones To Release New Single On Thursday
The Rolling Stones are unveiling a new song this week. The band plans to debut the track "Gloom And Doom" Thursday morning on BBC Radio 2. The premiere broadcast is scheduled for 8:15 a.m. in London, which is 3:15 a.m. Eastern time. The single will also be released via iTunes on Thursday. "Gloom And Doom" is one of two new tracks from the Stones' upcoming retrospective collection, "GRRR!." The other new tune is called "One Last Shot." The band recorded the songs earlier this year in Paris with producer Don Was. They're the first fresh tracks from the Stones in seven years, following 2005's "A Bigger Bang." "GRRR!" will be in stores on November 13th.
--Ted Nugent Sharing Love Of Guns On New TV Special
Ted Nugent says his latest TV venture simply shows him as he is. The rocker is featured in the new Discovery Channel special, "Ted Nugent's Gun Country," which is debuting Wednesday night. Ted tells "Guitar World" that viewers will see a man who's "63 years clean and sober," adding that "if you're clean and sober this long, this is how you are -- very alive, very passionate and very uppity." He also says the show was the network's idea. Nugent explains that he never asks for anything, but is "bombarded like Hiroshima on a sunny afternoon with offers to do stuff." He says the Discover Channel thought he'd make for an entertaining subject, and wanted to capture his "fiery, flame-throwing passion for life" for a TV audience.
For the special Nugent takes viewers on a hunt at his Spirit Wild ranch near Waco, Texas. The audience will see Ted select and learn about his weapon of choice before he and son Rocco head out on the hunt. What they bring home becomes the main course for a barbecue Nugent hosts for a number of guests, including people from Wounded Warriors. "Ted Nugent's Gun Country" will air on Discovery tonight at 10:00 p.m. Eastern.
--KISS' Paul Stanley Only Interested In Rock Hall Induction For The Fans
KISS frontman Paul Stanley says he doesn't really care if his band ever gets inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In an interview with RollingStone.com, the rocker calls the selection process "transparent" and run by what he calls the "East Coast music Mafia." But while Stanley doesn't voice much respect or admiration for those behind the Rock Hall, he says if KISS ever gets the nod he'd "be gracious" and accept the induction. He says that it "means nothing" to him, but he knows it matters to the band's fans.
Nominees for the Rock Hall's Class of 2013 were announced last week. Some longtime overlooked acts including Rush and Deep Purple are making their first appearance on the ballot. While KISS has been a nominee before, the group wasn't among the options this time around. KISS just released their 20th studio album, "Monster," this week.
--Ataris Frontman Explains Attack On Drummer
Ataris frontman Kris Roe is trying to set the record straight regarding his recent onstage assault on drummer Rob Felicetti. A fan at the band's show in Asbury Park, New Jersey, Sunday night captured footage of Roe stopping mid-song and throwing his guitar and pieces of the drum kit at Felicetti. Kris told the crowd Rob was "failing it tonight" and called his performance "embarrassing." But after the video started making the rounds on the internet, Roe felt it was time to offer a little more explanation. He and the rest of the band -- minus Felicetti -- released a video message of their own, claiming Felicetti had been drinking heavily before the gig. Roe says they were completely surprised when they found out Felicetti could barely keep a beat, adding that there's only so much a band can take. Still, he says he wishes he had handled the situation "in a more constructive way."
Meanwhile, Roe says he'll be playing the next few Ataris shows acoustically, and sources tell PunkNews.org that Felicetti has left the band.
--Soul Asylum Co-Founder Dan Murphy Leaves Band
Soul Asylum guitarist Dan Murphy is parting ways with the band he founded 31 years ago. The rocker explained his reasons for the exit in a post on the Soul Asylum website Tuesday. Murphy says he no longer has the "unhealthy and combustive internal combination" of naivety and swagger that one needs to survive in the "game of music," which he adds has become a world of "digital downloads, short attention spans, and tabloid-style press wrought with desperate headline-grabbing antics." Still, Murphy thanked everyone in the music business that worked to give Soul Asylum a "chance to be heard." He also expressed his gratitude to a few specific people, including Replacements and Guns N' Roses bassist Tommy Stinson. Stinson took over on bass when Soul Asylum co-founder Karl H. Mueller died in 2005.
Murphy also thanked his Soul Asylum bandmates, and says he's "looking forward to a quieter life with family and friends and [his] adorable chiweenie Lily Belle." Soul Asylum just released "Delayed Reaction," their first album in six years, this past summer. It's unclear how Murphy's departure will affect the band.
--Man Tries To Sell Ex-Girlfriend's Radiohead Tickets
A man in the U.K. is trying to get revenge on his cheating ex-girlfriend with a little help from some fellow Radiohead fans. The spurned lover -- who only identifies himself as Stu -- recently posted an ad on the website Gumtree.com offering to sell two tickets to one of the British rockers' London concerts, which he was supposed to attend with his ex and one of her friends. But Stu is looking for some very specific buyers. He says it's "necessary" that they be "attractive females" willing to pose in "flirty photos" with him as he tries to make his ex, quote, "inconceivably outraged." Stu -- who is selling the tickets for about 96-dollars -- adds that "the highest form of love for Radiohead is also mandatory."
Ultravox frontman James "Midge" Ure is 59.
David Lee Roth is 58.
Spandau Ballet's Martin Kemp is 51.
Goo Goo Dolls Mike Malinin is 45.
--Today in Rock History
To promote the release of Pink Floyd's album "Atom Heart Mother," the band's record label put up 30-foot-high billboards of the album's cover.
Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry were injured when a fan threw a cherry bomb on stage during a concert in Philadelphia.
Friends and family gathered to pay their final respects at the funeral for Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham.
The Police hit number one on the UK album chart with the album "Ghost in the Machine." It was the group's third chart topping LP.
Van Halen released the album "5150."
Whitesnake hit number one on the pop singles chart with "Here I Go Again."
Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash married model Renee Suran. They've since divorced, and Slash has remarried.
Styx's Dennis DeYoung sued the band for going on tour without him and for what he considered to be the misuse of the group's logo.
U2 hosted a live Webcast of its concert at Notre Dame University.
Word surfaced that The Darkness frontman Justin Hawkins had left the group.
Chris Cornell began a two-day video shoot in Los Angeles for the clip "You Know My Name," the theme to the James Bond film "Casino Royale."