Daily Rock Dish - October 16th, 2012
10/16/2012 8:10:00 AM
--Dave Navarro To Guest Star In "Sons Of Anarchy"
Dave Navarro will be showing off his wide range of talents on the new season of "Sons of Anarchy." According to "The Hollywood Reporter," the Jane's Addiction guitarist and his bandmates are set to record a cover version of the Rolling Stones' "Sympathy for the Devil" for the FX show's finale, but Navarro will also be making an on-screen appearance. During the final two episodes of the biker drama, he'll reportedly play a Biz Lats gang member connected to Jimmy Smits character, Nero Padilla. Navarro joins a growing list of guest stars in the fifth season of "Sons of Anarchy." Ashley Tisdale played a prostitute in a couple earlier episodes, and "Community's" Joel McHale is slated to play a con man in an upcoming arc. "Sons of Anarchy" airs Tuesdays at 10:00 p.m. Eastern on FX.
--Journey Rocker, WH Party Crasher Engaged
Journey guitarist Neal Schon [[shawn]] is taking his scandal-filled love affair with alleged White House party crasher Michaele Salahi [[Mi-kayl - Sa-lah-hee]] to the next level. While appearing at a benefit concert in Baltimore Sunday, the veteran rocker got down on one knee while onstage and proposed to the former "Real Housewives of DC" reality star. "The Baltimore Sun" says the couple cried and kissed when Michaele said yes. Schon and Salahi made headlines last year when it was revealed that Michaele had left her then-husband, and fellow White House party crasher, Tareq Salahi [[Ta-rek - Sa-lah-hee]] for the Journey rocker. The Salahis officially divorced back in August after eight years of marriage. The two gained national attention in 2009 after showing up, reportedly without an invitation, to a White House state dinner.
Salahi tells "The Sun" her relationship with Schon "is like a lifetime dream." She also said the 58-year-old rocker surprised her with a white Porsche Cayenne for her 47th birthday this month. Schon and his band were performing at a benefit for the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center in Baltimore when he popped the question Sunday.
--Rolling Stones Announce Upcoming Concerts
The Rolling Stones are finally confirming their upcoming shows. In a produced website video, band members Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, and Ron Wood are spliced together to announce that they really are planning to perform live this year. The Stones will perform at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on December 13th and 15th, with tickets going on sale on October 26th. The group will launch their run of shows in London with two nights at the O2 Arena on November 25th and 29th. The upcoming dates will be the Stones' first shows since their "A Bigger Bang" tour came to an end in 2007.
While these are the only confirmed shows for the Stones, band members have been hinting that more dates are on the horizon. This year the band marked their 50th anniversary. The group -- under the name the Rollin' Stones -- played their first official gig in London on July 12th, 1962.
--Tom Morello Goes After Paul Ryan, President Obama
Tom Morello isn't afraid to share his opinion, and it turns out it doesn't matter much what side of the political spectrum his subject is on. The Rage Against the Machine guitarist continued to slam Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan -- who claims to be a fan of his music -- in a recent interview with "The Hollywood Reporter." Morello explains that Rage attracts a wide range of people because of "the music, the aggression [and] the rockingness of" the band, but then exposes those fans to new ideas. As for Ryan, Morello says the Wisconsin congressman "was a jackass before he listened to" their music, and "came out a jackass at the end, so he missed a lot of it."
However, Morello wasn't all that easy on President Obama either, even though he strongly supported him in 2008. He says he "drank a little bit of the Kool-Aid initially," adding that Obama looked and sounded like no other president. Yet Morello says he's been disappointed to see him act "the same as all the other presidents," pointing specifically to so-called "war crimes" on Obama's record and his close relationship with corporations.
--Jerry Lee Lewis Bandmate B.B. Cunningham Shot To Death
Music veteran B.B. Cunningham, a member of the 1960s band The Hombres and a longtime member of Jerry Lee Lewis' band, is dead after a shootout in Memphis early Sunday. Police say Cunningham was working as a security guard at the Cherry Crest Apartments when he was killed. A 16-year-old boy was also found dead on the scene. Police are still searching for suspects. Cunningham's career as a musician, songwriter and producer spanned more than 50 years and included work with Ronnie and the Daytonas and his own band The Hombres, best known for their 1967 hit "Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out)." B.B. joined Jerry Lee Lewis' band as a keyboardist in 1997. He released a solo album "Hangin'" in 2003. B.B. Cunningham was 70 years old.
--Hoppus: Blink Writing New Album, 2012 "Devoid" Of Great New Music
Blink-182's Mark Hoppus says 2012 has been a little lacking in what he calls "great new music," but he and his bandmates plan to personally change that next year. The bassist tells "NME" they're starting to write the follow-up to 2011's "Neighborhoods," and hope to have the new album out in "about a year." But Hoppus isn't offering too many details, because the band is slated to spend much of the time between now and then on the road. But when the record does hit stores, Hoppus hopes it will make next year better than this year in terms of new releases. He says this past summer was "kind of devoid of a lot of great new music," but he does have a few favorites. Hoppus says he likes Mumford and Sons' "Babel," and he's excited about Brooklyn indie dance duo Matt and Kim's latest, "Lightning."
--Report: Gaslight Anthem To Release Special Vinyl On Black Friday
It looks like the Gaslight Anthem plans to get "skinny" the day after Thanksgiving. "NME" says the New Jersey rockers are set to record a cover version of Bon Iver's "Skinny Love," which will be included on a special ten-inch red vinyl release due out on November 23rd, or Black Friday. In addition, the record will also reportedly include new acoustic versions of "Hold You Up" and "Misery." The band has yet to confirm the release, although they did acknowledge the so-called "rumor" on Facebook. They also told fans to keep an eye on their page for more details.
The Gaslight Anthem is currently on the road in Europe. They're scheduled to make their way back to the U.S. in late November, early December for a series of shows in Boston, Philadelphia, New York and Washington, DC.
--Reznor Says Radiohead Sparked Return To Major Label
Trent Reznor says Radiohead unwittingly played a part in his return to a major label. After years of giving his music directly to fans on the internet, the Nine Inch Nails frontman is releasing the first EP from his side project How to Destroy Angels via Columbia Records. And, according to "NME," Reznor recently explained that he made that decision after playing a show in Prague. He says he saw flyers for a Radiohead show that wasn't set to take place for another six months, and then walked into a local record store and noticed that there wasn't a Nine Inch Nails section.
Reznor admits the incident made him realize the importance of a team of people who are better at marketing around the world than he is. He adds that it "felt like it was worth slicing the pie up monetarily," and says his time with Columbia so far has "been pleasantly pleasant." How to Destroy Angels' new EP, "An Omen," is due out November 13th.
New albums hitting stores today include Dethklok's "Dethalbum III," Trey Anastasio's "Traveler," and Chickenfoot's re-release of their self-titled debut, which comes with a bonus live disc this time around. The album was discontinued after their former label went under. Meanwhile, "A Very Special Christmas - 25 Years" is also out now. The holiday collection includes tracks from Train, Dave Matthews Band and more, with proceeds going to the Special Olympics.
Bob Mould is 52.
Red Hot Chili Peppers' bassist Flea is 50.
Mudvayne/Hellyeah frontman Chad Gray is 41.
--Today In Rock History
Led Zeppelin, under the name the New Yardbirds, played its first concert at a club in London.
Creedence Clearwater Revival announced the group was breaking up.
Sinead O'Connor was booed off the stage at a concert honoring Bob Dylan. Her sour reception stemmed from an earlier appearance on "Saturday Night Live" in which she tore up a picture of the Pope in protest.
Alice Cooper was recognized for his contribution to the world of fantasy and horror as the first recipient of the Eyegore Award from Universal Studios in Hollywood.
Santana hit number one on the pop singles chart with "Smooth."
Courtney Love appeared at a court hearing in an effort to regain custody of her daughter, Francis Bean Cobain. The girl had been placed with her grandmother -- Kurt Cobain's mom -- after Love was arrested for being under the influence of drugs.
Queen's Roger Taylor and Brian May performed at the MTV Russia Awards in Moscow with local singer Zemfira -- who's considered the Janis Joplin of Russia. They played the song "We Are The Champions."
Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel performed a collaborative concert at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom in support of Illinois Senator Barack Obama's presidential campaign.