Daily Rock Dish - October 19th, 2012
10/19/2012 8:10:00 AM
--Green Day's Dirnt Talks Armstrong's Rehab, Band Releases Live Footage
Green Day's Mike Dirnt says the punk trio isn't usually a band that likes to "sit still," but he admits things have changed now that frontman Billie Joe Armstrong is in the midst of a stint in rehab. The bassist tells "Kerrang" it's "killing everyone" to be on the sidelines, but they all understand, quote, "sometimes you have to step back and let life go on rather than try to control everything." Dirnt says he knows his friend's life is in danger, and that's the only thing he cares about at the moment. He adds that they aren't going to "force anything," and will be waiting for their "brother-in-arms" to return healthy. Dirnt also says Armstrong isn't the type of guy that takes things lightly, so he doesn't expect him to take rehab lightly either. The singer entered the facility last month shortly after going on an expletive-filled rant at the iHeartRadio festival in Las Vegas.
Although fans won't have a chance to see Green Day live in the near future, they can relive one of their recent shows online. On Thursday, the band released a 24-minute video shot during their performance at New York City's Irving Plaza last month. The video is available on YouTube or at GreenDay.com. Also some of Green Day's latest tunes will be making an appearance on "CSI: NY" tonight. "Kill the DJ," "Night Life," "Amy," and other tracks from the band's partially released "¡Uno!" "¡Dos!" "¡Tré!" trilogy are set to "narrate" a dialogue-free action sequence on the CBS crime drama, which airs at 8:00 p.m.
--Ozzy, Geezer Finishing Up New Black Sabbath Album
Black Sabbath is making progress on their new album. MetalInjection.com says they're done recording the guitar and drum tracks, and Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler are now finishing up the songs. Butler is penning the lyrics, and Ozzy has been recording the material with producer Rick Rubin at a Malibu, California studio. The band is writing and recording 15 songs for the project. The album is expected to have 12 tracks, and the three other tunes will be used as bonus material on special editions of the disc. In addition, Butler and Osbourne are discussing the album with SiriusXM DJ Jose Mangin. Portions of the interview are expected to air on SiriusXM's Ozzy's Boneyard channel next week.
The upcoming album will be the first Black Sabbath in more than three decades to feature the band's founding frontman. The band's last album with Ozzy was 1978's "Never Say Die!"
--Jack White, Guns N' Roses Among Bridge School Concert Performers
Jack White, the Flaming Lips and Guns N' Roses will be joining Neil Young for the rock icon's annual Bridge School Benefit Concerts this weekend. The rockers are part of a lineup that also includes Foster the People, Ray LaMontagne, Sarah McLachlan, Lucinda Williams and more, not to mention Young himself, who will be performing with Crazy Horse. The 26th edition of the two-day acoustic event is scheduled to take place Saturday and Sunday at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California. Day one's performances will be streamed live starting at 7:00 p.m. Eastern on BridgeSchoolBenefit.org. Viewers can gain access to the webcast by donating ten-dollars. All proceeds from the concert and webcast will go to the Bridge School, a special educational facility that helps children with severe speech and learning disabilities.
--Stones Rehearsing For Upcoming Concerts, Promising To "Deliver" At Shows
The Rolling Stones will have plenty of songs to choose from as they make their set lists for their upcoming London and Newark concerts. Mick Jagger says rehearsals for the shows are "going very well." He adds that they've worked through "about 70 different songs," even though they'll only play about 30 songs at each show. Keith Richards adds that the fans aren't the only ones looking forward to the highly-anticipated shows. He says he expects to have "a great time," explaining that it's "a two-way thing" between the group and their followers. The guitarist is also promising that when the Stones hit the stage, they'll "deliver." The Stones will play two shows at London's O2 Arena on November 25th and 29th, then travel to these shores for concerts at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on December 13th and 15th. These are the band's first concerts in five years.
The Stones spoke with the media at a red carpet event for their new documentary, "Crossfire Hurricane." The film had its world premiere screening at the London Film Festival Thursday night. The movie commemorates the group's 50th anniversary. "Crossfire Hurricane" will have its U.S. premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York on November 13th, then air on HBO on November 15th.
--Garbage Twitter Account Hacked, Band Apologizes
Members of Garbage are apologizing to fans now that they've "regained control" of their Twitter account. Spin.com says an apparently drunk Shirley Manson impersonator hacked into their account Wednesday morning and proceeded to send hundreds of inappropriate tweets to the band's followers. The posts in question have since been deleted, and the band explained that they didn't catch the imposter sooner because they're currently in South America and were asleep when the Twitter hacking went down. Garbage is on tour supporting their latest album, "Not Your Kind of People." They're slated to take the stage next in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Saturday.
--Blur To Release Olympic Concert, More Shows On CD, DVD
Blur is set to give their recent Olympic performance the deluxe treatment. The British rockers took the stage back in August for a Hyde Park concert that coincided with the London Games' closing ceremony, and now they're set to release the gig as part of a five-disc CD/DVD collection dubbed "Parklive." The audio from the event -- which is already available digitally -- will come on two CDs, while the footage taken from 12 different cameras at the show will be included on the DVD. The other two CDs will feature other live performances Blur put on over the summer, including the rooftop debuts of their two newest tracks, "Under the Westway" and "The Puritan." The package will also come with a 60-page book filled with exclusive photos from the various summer shows. "Parklive" is slated to hit stores in the U.S. on December 4th.
Doobie Brothers guitarist Patrick Simmons is 64.
Big Head Todd and the Monsters singer Todd Park Mohr is 47.
--Today In Rock History
The New Yardbirds changed its name to Led Zeppelin.
The Police played its first gig in the U.S. The show was at CBGB's in New York.
Nirvana played its first European gig at a club in Newcastle, England.
Pearl Jam released the album "Vs."
Surviving Nirvana members Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl made their first public appearance together in a decade at a rally for Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry in Las Vegas.
U2 frontman Bono met with President Bush for a follow up discussion relating to the previous summer's Group of Eight summit in Scotland regarding economic and humanitarian assistance to African nations.
Alice Cooper, Keith Richards, and Rob Zombie were among the winners at the Scream 2007 awards. Cooper and Zombie also performed, while Ozzy Osbourne, Slash, and Avenged Sevenfold also took part in the event.