Daily Rock Dish - October 17th, 2012
10/17/2012 8:10:00 AM
--Sebastian Bach Hints At Possible Skid Row Return
Sebastian Bach is hinting that a reunion with Skid Row could be in the making. The singer posted a picture on Facebook of him with guitarist Dave "Snake" Sabo, noting in the caption that it's the first time the two of them had been photographed together since he left the group in 1996. Bach adds that he and Snake "got to hang out together for the first time in .... well, a long time," and that they "talked, laughed, & in the end, even hugged." Regarding their conversation, Sebastian adds that it was "great to talk with Dave about the past.....and the future," and ends with a smiley-face emoticon.
Bach has previously discussed the possibility of getting back together with his former group. Over the summer he told "Cleveland Scene" that Skid Row had been "offered two big reunion shows in Europe," but one guy wasn't interested. While Bach didn't name names, Snake was reportedly that hold out. Sabo, guitarist Scotti Hill, and bassist Rachel Bolan have kept Skid Row going since Bach's departure 12 years ago. The group's current lineup also features drummer Rob Hammersmith and singer Johnny Solinger.
--Kid Rock's Son To Open For Yelawolf
Kid Rock's son, Robert James Ritchie Jr., will have a chance to show off his rhyming skills later this month. The younger Ritchie will be opening for Yelawolf on October 27th at Ypsilanti's Eastern Michigan Pease Auditorium under the rap moniker "Bandit." In a statement to Detroit's MLive.com, Ritchie Jr. confirmed the spot and thanked his long time supporters. The 19-year-old also pointed out that the gig is proof that his hard work is "slowly paying off." Although Robert James has played a number of smaller shows during his burgeoning career, opening for Yelawolf will be his biggest audience to date. Tickets for the October 27th show are available on Etix.com.
Kid Rock has his own history with Yelawolf. He recently collaborated with the Alabama-born rapper on the hit single "Let's Roll" featured on Yelawolf's 2011 album "Radioactive."
--Keith Richards Doesn't Want Stones Tickets Costing "Over The Bloody Top"
Keith Richards says he's not sure just how much money the Rolling Stones stand to earn with their upcoming concerts. While the band is rumored to be making just under 26-million-dollars from their London and Newark dates, the guitarist tells England's BBC6 Music that "numbers can get greatly exaggerated." Keith also admits he's "a bit out of touch with the mechanics of showbiz and stuff." He says he just wants to "do some shows," and adds that he doesn't "want to charge over the bloody top" for them. According to Ticketmaster.com, fans going to the Newark shows will find tickets ranging in price from 114-dollars-and-80-cents to 813-dollars.
Richards also says he "wouldn't be surprised" if more shows are booked. He explains that the band hasn't really addressed the idea of more dates, but he doesn't think they're "going to wind up all of this" just for four shows. Keith says he thinks there might be something brewing "for the end of the year," and "next year probably looks like its on." The Stones' London concerts are set for November 25th and 29th. The band will be in Newark, New Jersey on December 13th and 15th.
Rolling Stones fans who won't be able to catch one of the group's upcoming concerts in person will still get a chance to see a show. HollywoodReporter.com says the band has inked a deal with World Wrestling Entertainment to air their December 15th concert in Newark, New Jersey -- the last of their four scheduled shows -- as the live pay-per-view special "One More Shot." The broadcast is scheduled to begin at 9:00 p.m. Eastern. In addition, perhaps the biggest indicator that the Stones will be hitting the road next year is word that the band's promoter Danity Group and the TV production company Endemol have also worked out an agreement regarding a Stones 50th anniversary tour. The partnership reportedly clarifies digital rights to the tour, while they say they're also "collaborating on plans that will allow fans unprecedented interaction with the '50 and Counting" tour experience."
The Rolling Stones haven't officially announced any plans to go on a tour next year. However, band members have been indicating that a trek will likely be scheduled for 2013 -- which is the year they feel actually marks their 50th anniversary. For now only four shows have been confirmed. The Stones will be performing in London on November 25th and 29th and in Newark on December 13th and 15th.
--Vines Frontman Accused Of Assaulting Parents, Police Officer
The Vines singer Craig Nicholls is facing assault charges after allegedly attacking his parents and injuring a police officer this past weekend. According to "The Sydney Morning Herald," the violent outburst occurred Saturday afternoon at the frontman's home in a suburb of Sydney, Australia. Police say Nicholls -- who suffers from Asperger's syndrome -- punched his mother twice in the head and had to be subdued with pepper spray after he resisted arrest. One of the officers involved had to be treated at a local hospital for "grazes, cuts and bruises." Nicholls is now looking at charges of domestic assault, stalking or intimidation, resisting arrest and assault occasioning actual bodily harm. His parents have also taken out a restraining order. Nicholls is expected to appear in court today.
Nicholls first revealed his struggle with Asperger's in 2004, while he was in court on charges stemming from another assault. He was diagnosed with the syndrome shortly after that incident, and the charges were dropped on the condition that he seek treatment. Meanwhile, the Vines have continued to release new music, including last year's "Future Primitive."
--Billy Corgan Reveals Suicidal Thoughts On "Last Call"
Billy Corgan says he's considered committing suicide multiple times throughout his career. The Smashing Pumpkins frontman recently told Carson Daly on NBC's late night show "Last Call" that he thought about killing himself at least three or four times before his faith in God ultimately saved him. Corgan said that once he realized God was with him all along, he "no longer felt like a victim." The rocker's current life, however, appears to be much more positive, as he and his bandmates are riding high on the success of their most recent album, "Oceania." The Pumpkins are currently on the road supporting that record, and are scheduled to take the stage next in St. Louis on Thursday.
--Director Lee Daniels In Talks With Janis Joplin Biopic
An upcoming Janis Joplin biopic just might add an Oscar-nominated director to the credits. "The Hollywood Reporter" says director Lee Daniels may be getting involved with "Janis Joplin: Get It While You Can," which has been in the works for several years. Amy Adams was confirmed to star as the iconic '60s rock singer in the film over two years ago. The movie will reportedly focus on one day in the life of Joplin, who died of a heroin overdose in 1970. Daniels was also behind films like 2009's "Precious," 2001's "Monster's Ball" and "The Paperboy," which is in theaters now. The Joplin project is currently being independently financed, though there have been preliminary talks with Focus Features. The film is expected to start production in early 2013.
--Bon Iver Releases New Video For "Beth/Rest"
Bon Iver's Grammy-winning sophomore album "Bon Iver, Bon Iver" is more than a year old, but that hasn't stopped the indie rockers from putting out new videos. On Tuesday, they released a clip for the disc's closing track "Beth/Rest," which frontman Justin Vernon co-directed with Dan Huiting. Huiting also worked on the short film accompanying Bon Iver's song "Calgary," and is currently at work on a documentary about the band. Their latest clip features two luminescent lovers floating around in a hot air balloon collecting egg-like objects to bring back to their tree house. Vernon makes a brief appearance toward the end, sporting the same glowing suits and playing his guitar while his bandmates play their own plastic instruments.
Vernon explained in a press release that the "Beth/Rest" video is "kind of about two people who are truly meant for each other and what happens in their essence." Meanwhile, the "Beth/Rest" 12-inch single is available now on vinyl or digitally. It includes a live version of the song recorded last year in Brooklyn.
Spinal Tap's fictional lead singer David Saint Hubbins is 65.
Reggae artist Ziggy Marley is 44.
--Today In Rock History
The Beatles' "Yesterday" was number one on the pop singles chart.
The Rolling Stones released the album "Out Of Our Heads."
A memorial service for the Beatles' late manager Brian Epstein took place at the New London Synagogue.
The Kinks were allowed to tour the U.S. for the first time in four years. The band previously had difficulty receiving permits from the American Federation of Musicians.
Keith Richards and girlfriend Anita Pallenberg received suspended sentences and one-thousand-dollar fines each in connection with a 1971 drug bust in Ville-France-Sur-Mer, France. In addition, Richards was banned from entering France for two years.
The biographical film "Sid and Nancy," about Sid Vicious and girlfriend Nancy Spungen opened nationwide.
Kiss released the album "Hot In The Shade."
More than two-thousand people attended the funeral service for John Denver in Aurora, Colorado. He had died in a plane crash five days earlier.
Jet was the big winner at the ARIA Awards ceremony -- Australia's equivalent to the Grammys. Veteran Aussi group Midnight Oil also earned a trophy at the event, which took place in Sydney.
U2 frontman Bono took the stand in the Irish High Court to testify against former stylists Lola Cashman, who had been accused of stealing items from the group's 1987 "Joshua Tree" world tour. While a judge had previously ruled in the band's favor, Cashman was appealing the decision.
Drummer Travis Barker was released from the Grossman Burn Center in Los Angeles. He had been receiving treatment at the West Coast facility after leaving the Atlanta burn center where he received his initial care after escaping from a plane crash near Columbia, South Carolina a month earlier.
Most of the members of New Order reunited for the first of two shows in Brussels to raise money for the group's friend and film producer Michael Shamberg, who was struggling with a debilitating disease. Original bassist Peter Hook did not participate in the reunion.