Daily Rock Dish - October 29th, 2012
10/29/2012 8:10:00 AM
--Metallica Pays Tribute To Green Day During Voodoo Set
Metallica paid tribute to the act they were replacing at this weekend's Voodoo Music Experience in New Orleans. The metal vets were filling in for Green Day, who were forced to pull out of the event because of frontman Billie Joe Armstrong's recent trip to rehab. But Metallica's James Hetfield told the crowd that Green Day is "sorting it out," adding that he hopes they "get it fixed because the world needs them." He dedicated their song "Battery" to Armstrong, but also found time to crack a few jokes about the replacement gig. Hetfield introduced the band as a slightly taller version of Green Day, and teased fans by playing the opening riff to Green Day's "American Idiot" before cutting it short and telling them they "can't play that song."
Meanwhile, Jack White and Neil Young and Crazy Horse served as the other Voodoo headliners this weekend. The three-day event also featured performances from the Avett Brothers, Silversun Pickups, Coheed and Cambria, Skrillex and more.
--Las Vegas To Change Road Name To Honor Guns N' Roses.
A Las Vegas road is transforming into the place where the "grass is green and the girls are pretty" today. The city will temporarily rename Paradise Road to "Paradise City Road" in honor of Guns N' Roses late-80s hit "Paradise City." The tribute to the band and the song will remain for the entire run of G-N-R's month-long "Appetite For Democracy" residency at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. The shows will run from October 31st to November 24th and include hits spanning G-N-R's 25-year career.
Band members will be on hand Monday afternoon to celebrate the name change during a special event in the hotel's parking lot. Clark County Commissioner Mary Beth Scow will present each member with an official street sign. The group is expected to address a crowd as well as pose for photos with fans.
--Ronnie Wood's Ex-Wife Auctions Off Personal Belongings
Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood lost more than 644-thousand-dollars worth of stuff this weekend. According to "The Telegraph," the rocker's ex-wife Jo sold many of the items from the home they used to own in England during an auction in Los Angeles on Saturday. Some of the items that found new owners included a group of vintage Middle Eastern swords, a pair of Wood's trademark black leather pants, a piano played by Mick Jagger, and many more personal items from the former couple. But Wood wanted to make it clear that he had no part in this sale. Prior to the auction, a spokesman for the guitarist explained that Wood was "shocked" that it was being billed as a joint sale. He added that Wood was "staggered" that Jo was selling "his personal belongings," which he claims never passed to her as part of the divorce proceedings.
--Apple Inc. Owns Beatles' Apple Corps Logo
Apple Inc. is now the rightful owner of the Beatles' Apple Corps logo. According to Patently Apple, the technology company was granted ownership of the famed Grannysmith apple logo after years of litigation. The Beatles' music company reached a deal with Apple Inc. in 2007 that stated Apple would buy out the the trademarks for a reported 500-million-dollars. The computer company would then license them back to Apple Corps. But that deal was temporarily halted after Apple Box Productions Sub Inc. filed a complaint opposing the the settlement. The complaint proved unsuccessful in the end and Apple Inc. was given ownership rights to the trademark.
Prior to his death last year, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs commented on the deal, saying "we love the Beatles" adding that the proceedings had "been painful."
--Foster The People Singer Kicked Out Of Prince Show
Foster the People's Mark Foster had some explaining to do at Prince's surprise Hollywood show last week. TMZ.com reports the frontman was kicked out of the Sayers Club Thursday night for breaking out his iPhone during the concert -- something the Purple One strictly forbids at any of his performances. The gossip site captured footage of Foster pleading his case with a variety of tricks including the fact that he hadn't closed his tab at the bar and mentioning that he completely understands the no camera rule because he's also a musician. The guard didn't seem too impressed, but eventually let Foster back in after he handed over his phone. The pop-rocker later explained that the misunderstanding started when he tried to answer a text message from a friend, but says he completely understands why security did what they did.
--Gary Glitter Arrested In British Presenter Investigation
Former glam rocker Gary Glitter is in a less-than glamorous position once again. British police have arrested the 68-year-old singer in connection to the investigation of child sex abuse allegations involving late BBC presenter Jimmy Savile. Glitter, who has served jail time in both Britain and Vietnam for child pornography and obscene acts with a minor, was released on bail Sunday after ten hours in custody. Police would not elaborate on their questioning of Glitter but Britain's ITV reported claims from one woman who said she had seen the rocker having sex with an underage girl in Savile's BBC dressing room years ago while Savile abused another girl. Glitter has reportedly denied the claim. Born Paul Gadd, Glitter is best known for his early 1970s hit "Rock and Roll, Parts One and Two."
British police are following up on claims by 300 people who say they were abused by Jimmy Savile over the decades. Savile died last year at the age of 84 and was lauded at his funeral as a "national treasure" who raised millions for charity. One year later police described him as "undoubtedly" one of Britain's most prolific sex offenders.
Cure keyboardist Roger O'Donnell is 57.
Cowboy Junkies drummer Peter Timmins is 47.
311's Doug "SA" Martinez is 42.
--Today in Rock History
The Allman Brothers Band guitarist Duane Allman was killed in a motorcycle accident near his home of Macon, Georgia. He was 24.
Elvis Presley recorded his last hit, "Way Down," in his studio at Graceland.
The Belgian travel service issued a summons against the Sex Pistols over the song "Holidays in the Sun." The company said the sleeve to the single infringed on the copyright of one of its brochures.
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble released the album "The Sky Is Crying."
Former Dead Kennedys members East Bay Ray, Klaus Flouride, and D.H. Peligro sued frontman Jello Biafra, claiming he kept money owed to the band for his own use.
Pink Floyd manager Steve O'Rourke died from a stroke in England. He'd been associated with the group since 1966. Following the break up he continued to work as the manager to guitarist David Gilmour, drummer Nick Mason, and keyboardist Rick Wright. O'Rourke was 63.
Joan Jett appeared on the TV show "Crossing Over with John Edward," to serve as a conduit for friends trying to connect with their daughter, who had recently passed away.
Metallica frontman James Hetfield and Kid Rock participated in the country music-related "CMT Outlaws" concert, which made its debut on CMT.
The Voodoo Music Experience took place in New Orleans, becoming the first major event in the city since Hurricane Katrina two months earlier. Nine Inch Nails, The New York Dolls, Queens of the Stone Age, and The Bravery were among the performers.
Sammy Hagar took part in celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse's inaugural Carnivale Du Vin benefit at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans.
The Rolling Stones performed a special club show at the Beacon Theater in New York in honor of former President Bill Clinton's 60th birthday. Backstage, Atlantic Records executive Ahmet Ertegun suffered a head injury in a fall. He later slipped into a coma, and died several weeks later.
Radiohead ended their "you name it" pricing offer for a digital download of the group's new album "In Rainbows." Over the course of the 29-day distribution experiment, 62-percent of downloaders worldwide chose to pay nothing for the music while 38-percent purchased the songs at an average price of four-dollars-and-64-cents. Among customers in the U.S., 40-percent chose to buy, paying an average of eight-dollars-and-five-cents. However, while the majority took "In Rainbows" for free, over the same time period sales of the band's other releases rose by nearly 36-percent.