Daily Rock Dish - October 31st, 2012
10/31/2012 8:10:00 AM
--Eddie Vedder Kicks Off Rescheduled Solo Tour Tonight
Eddie Vedder is ready to get back on the road. The Pearl Jam frontman kicks off his latest solo tour tonight in Las Vegas, along with opening act Glen Hansard of Swell Season and the Frames. Vedder was originally scheduled to start the trek back in April, but was forced to postpone because of temporary nerve damage in his strumming arm caused by a back injury he suffered earlier this year. The rocker was able to reschedule all of the affected dates except for his planned stop at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival back in May.
Vedder's tour is set to bring him through the southern half of the U.S., as he spent the summer of 2011 touring the northern half behind his latest solo album, "Ukulele Songs." The current outing is scheduled to run through December.
--Guns N' Roses Launching Las Vegas Residency
Guns N' Roses is ready to begin their extended engagement in Las Vegas. The group will launch their "Appetite For Democracy" residency at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Wednesday night. The shows are part of Guns N' Roses' 25th anniversary celebration of their 1987 debut album, "Appetite For Destruction." But with the name of the run, "Appetite For Democracy," they're also giving a nod to their most recent studio effort, 2008's "Chinese Democracy." "Appetite For Democracy" will include a total of 12 shows over the next three-and-a-half-weeks, with sets including material spanning Guns N' Roses career. The "Las Vegas Informer" adds that the band is promising these shows are giving fans a one-time opportunity to see some special and unique performances from the group.
There's also been some fanfare surrounding Guns N' Roses Vegas run. The city's Paradise Road has undergone a temporary name change, and while the group is in town it will be known as "Paradise City Road." Vegas officials held a renaming ceremony on Monday, during which band members received one of the street signs.
--Nirvana's Smashed Bass Going Up For Auction
It turns out the bass guitar Kurt Cobain destroyed in Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" video isn't completely worthless. The "Independent" reports that what's left of the instrument is set to be auctioned off at Christie's in London next month, and the remains are estimated to bring in at least 15-thousand-pounds, or about 24-thousand-dollars. Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic reportedly bought the guitar at a pawn shop just before the 1991 shoot, knowing that it wouldn't survive the experience. But one of the teenage extras in the iconic video apparently saw something worth keeping in the instrument, and salvaged the body of the bass after they finished filming.
Other items hitting the auction block at the event include Bob Dylan's 1958 high school yearbook, as well as Indiana Jones' whip and the Holy Grail used in the film "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade." The auction is scheduled to take place on November 29th.
--Report: Rolling Stones' Ron Wood Engaged
In the midst of the Rolling Stones' 50th anniversary celebration preparations, Stones rocker Ron Wood is also reportedly celebrating an engagement. Citing a source, the British tabloid "The Sun" says the 65-year-old guitarist has popped the question to his 34-year-old girlfriend Sally Humphreys, who he has been dating for six months. The source says "They've been inseparable for months and he decided to tie the knot again." Wood has been married twice before. He was officially divorced from second wife Jo Wood last year after 26 years of marriage. Jo just sold off a treasure trove of Ron's personal items and memorabilia in an auction over the weekend, netting more than 644-thousand-dollars. Before Jo, Ron was married to Krissy Findlay for seven years from 1971 to 1978.
The Rolling Stones are staging four concerts in Newark, New Jersey and London this year to commemorate their 50th anniversary. They warmed up with a last-minute concert in Paris last Thursday, performing before a small crowd at La Trabendo. Tickets for the December 13th and December 15th concerts at the Prudential Center in Newark sold out in a matter of minutes after going on sale Friday.
--Lamb Of God Frontman Says He Got Nervous Before First Show
Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe says his first time getting onstage after spending five weeks in a Czech prison earlier this year was "really, really, really intense." The singer tells the "Los Angeles Times" he actually got nervous before the band's August gig at the Knotfest festival in Iowa, and says he's "never felt that way on stage before." But Blythe explains that a lot of that feeling had to do with the fact that he hadn't sang during his entire prison stint, and he and his bandmates didn't have any time to practice before their first show. That shouldn't be a problem with Lamb of God's current tour, which got under way Tuesday night with a show in Phoenix. The band's first proper trek behind their latest album "Resolution" continues tonight in Los Angeles, and is scheduled to keep the guys on the road through December.
Lamb of God Tour Dates:
11/10 -- St. Paul, MN -- Myth
U2 Drummer Larry Mullen is 51.
Motorhead drummer Mikkey Dee is 49.
Beastie Boy Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz is 46.
Bow Wow Wow singer Annabella Lwin is 46.
Fountains of Wayne bassist Adam Schlesinger is 45.
Blind Melon guitarist Rogers Stevens is 42.
My Chemical Romance guitarist Frank Iero is 31.
--Today In History
Iggy and the Stooges made its performance debut at a Halloween party in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Led Zeppelin launched its label "Swan Song."
Roger Waters went before a British high court in an effort to keep former band mates Dave Gilmour and Nick Mason from touring and recording under the name Pink Floyd.
Squeeze taped the first "MTV Unplugged."
As part of a Halloween celebration, Alice In Chains released a vinyl copy if its self-titled album.
Guitarist Slash announced that he was leaving Guns N' Roses.
Ozzy Osbourne released the album "The Ozzman Commeth."
Kiss kicked off the "Psycho Circus" tour in Los Angeles. Smashing Pumpkins served as the opening act.
Pantera cancelled its upcoming Real Steel Tour because frontman Phil Anselmo broke two ribs.
Godsmack's Sully Erna opened a new nightclub, Dorsia, in New York City. The opening didn't go well, as the club was two hours late in opening its doors, and then the promised free food and drinks weren't there.
Jane's Addiction played a surprise "flash mob" show outside the Brixton Academy in London following their Halloween concert at the venue.
No Doubt's Adrian Young captured fifth place on a "Golf Digest" ranking of the top 100 musician golfers. Other rockers making the cut included Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres, Motley Crue's Vince Neil and Tommy Lee, and Van Halen's Eddie Van Halen.