Daily Rock Dish - MOvember 6th, 2012
11/6/2012 8:10:00 AM
--Kid Rock Premieres New Song Online, Temporarily Removes It
Kid Rock debuted another new song from his upcoming album this week, but all didn't go quite according to plan. The Michigan-native streamed his Motor City tribute "Detroit, Michigan" on the tourist site Michigan.org on Monday. However, MLive.com reports the track was taken down by reps for the rocker around noon so they could resolve "some contract and legal issues." The song was up and running again a few hours later, although it's still unclear what legal issues had to be solved. "Detroit, Michigan" is the second release from Rock's "Rebel Soul" album. He unveiled the lead single "Let's Ride" last month, and is slated to release the album itself on November 19th.
Meanwhile, Kid Rock was in Manchester, New Hampshire Monday night as the special guest at Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's "Final Victory Rally."
--Hard Rock To Change Guns N' Roses Show Ads
Guns N' Roses kicked off their Las Vegas residency last week and have been promoting the string of shows for months. But their hosts at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino are just now addressing a controversial aspect of the concerts. The promotional artwork Axl Rose and company were using features the original cartoon cover art for their 1987 debut "Appetite for Destruction," which depicts a robot which has apparently sexually assaulted a woman. GNR eventually gave in and put the image on the inside of the album when some retailers refused to stock it. And the image received another wave of criticism when it showed up again all over Las Vegas earlier this year. Yet the Hard Rock just released a statement to the "Las Vegas Review-Journal" on Friday, explaining that they regret that the advertising has "offended any member of the community." The resort now plans to "modify the art and began the process of changing the materials."
So far, no one from the Guns N' Roses camp has commented on the controversy. The band is scheduled to play the fourth show in their "Appetite for Democracy" residency. They'll wrap things up with their 12th concert on November 24th.
--Tony Iommi Prases Efforts Of Dio Cancer Organization
Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi says he appreciates the efforts of The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund. The rocker, who this year went through a cancer battle of his own, tells "Blairing Out" he thinks "it's great that there's somebody doing something about it and trying to get rid of this awful disease." He adds that there simply isn't enough praise for those who are making an effort to raise awareness of the importance of early detection. Iommi was among the guests of honor at the organization's 2nd Annual Awards Gala, which took place in Hollywood last week. The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund was created in honor of the late Ronnie James Dio, who died of stomach cancer in 2010.
--Sharon Osbourne Reveals Double Mastectomy
Sharon Osbourne is taking a preemptive strike against breast cancer. "The Talk" co-host and wife of rock legend Ozzy Osbourne tells the U.K.'s "Hello!" magazine she underwent a double mastectomy over the summer. Sharon, who fought colon cancer ten years ago, said it was a "no-brainer" to undergo the procedure when she learned that she also carries the gene that increases her risk of developing breast cancer. She says as soon as she found out she thought, "The odds are not in my favor," adding "I decided to just take everything off." Osbourne says it wasn't a big decision for her. She just turned 60 and says she wants to be around a long time and be a grandmother to Pearl, the six-month old daughter of her son Jack.
--Dave Mustaine Reflects On Political Controversy, Public Image
Megadeth's Dave Mustaine says he "learned a valuable lesson" from the response to his political comments over the summer. The rocker sparked controversy at a concert in Singapore in August when he accused President Obama of having "staged" the mass shootings at a Colorado movie theater and at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin. Mustaine now admits he "probably should've said things differently" or "probably should've skipped that altogether." He adds that he was just echoing comments already made by pro-gun activist Larry Pratt, who saw no backlash, but "everyone went crazy" on him. Mustaine also says his favorable comments about Rick Santorum earlier this year were misconstrued, and that he never "endorsed" the politician.
Mustaine laments that "you can't joke around very much anymore without people misinterpreting what you're saying." He explains that he's always voiced political views, both in comments and in his music, but now "all of a sudden" people are taking exception to his remarks. But Mustaine also takes some responsibility for his words. He says the Singapore incident caused him to reflect on some of his stage banter, and he realizes that some of it is "a little vulgar." He explains that as a public figure he can be "a really good example for people," which is what he wants to do.
--Aerosmith Honor Past, Celebrate Future With Boston Street Party
Aerosmith plans to be around for a long time. At the band's free Boston street party event Monday, frontman Steven Tyler told the crowd the group wasn't ever going away. Aerosmith's concert commemorated their origins. The special show was staged outside the apartment building at 1325 Commonwealth Avenue in Boston's Allston neighborhood where band members called home in the early 1970s. The building now has a plaque recognizing its famous former residents. Band members also left handprints in cement squares which will eventually be placed in the sidewalk outside the building. Aerosmith's 45-minute show was also heavy on the history, featuring such classics as "Back in the Saddle," "Sweet Emotion," "Walk This Way." But the day wasn't only about the past. Aerosmith also used the occasion to celebrate Tuesday's release of their new album, "Music From Another Dimension," and they played a couple of songs from the disc.
"Music From Another Dimension" is the first collection of new Aerosmith music since 2004's "Honkin' on Bobo." The album features the singles "Legendary Child," "Lover Alot," and "What Could Have Been Love." The band has been supporting the project with their "Global Warming Tour." Aerosmith will launch the second leg of the trek with a show in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on Thursday.
--Queens Of The Stone Age, More Added To Download Festival
Another type of Queen will be taking the stage at England's Download Festival next year. Organizers announced this week that Queens of the Stone Age will be making their Download debut in 2013, performing alongside previously announced headliners Slipknot, Iron Maiden and Rammstein. The Queens of been laying low lately, but are reportedly in the midst of recording their long-awaited follow-up to 2007's "Era Vulgaris." Meanwhile, 30 Seconds to Mars, Motörhead, the Gaslight Anthem, Alice in Chains, HIM and A Day to Remember were also added to the Download lineup. Even more participating acts are expected to be announced in the coming months, with the festival slated to take place June 14th through the 16th in England's Donington Park.
The Eagles' Glenn Frey is 64.
Living Colour's Corey Glover is 48.
Bad Religion frontman Greg Graffin is 48.
MxPx frontman Mike Herrera is 36.
--Today in Rock History
The Sex Pistols played its first gig. The show, at St. Martin's School of Art in London, only lasted ten-minutes before organizers turned off the electricity.
Steve Miller Band hit number one on the pop singles chart with "Rock'n Me."
Ringo Starr and wife Barbara Bach entered an alcohol rehab center.
Rage Against the Machine released its self-titled album.
Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee and wife Pamela Anderson Lee were unsuccessful in having a court block Internet Entertainment Group from offering free viewings of their X-rated home video.
Jon Bon Jovi traveled to Wisconsin with democratic presidential candidate Al Gore to help him campaign.
Bon Jovi's Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora took part in the 40th annual Country Music Association Awards. The group was also a nominee, with "Who Says You Can't Go Home," the duet with Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles a nominee for Musical Event of the Year.
Guns N' Roses cancelled its concert in Portland, Maine. City officials said the issue was band members' on-stage drinking, which was illegal because the show included pyrotechnics. Band members claimed the fire marshals were imposing rules that weren't applied to previous concerts by other artists, and it kept them from putting on a quality show.
Iron Maiden, the New York Dolls, and Ronnie James Dio were among those recognized at the Classic Rock Roll of Honour ceremony, presented in London by the UK magazine "Classic Rock."
Linkin Park's single "Leave Out All the Rest" was featured multiple times in an episode of the CBS crime drama, "CSI." The song was taken from the band's "Minutes to Midnight" album.
Aerosmith's Joe Perry announced that frontman Steven Tyler was no longer in the group, telling "The Las Vegas Sun," quote, "Steven has quit as far as I can tell." Tyler was thought to have left the band after a concert in Dubai five days earlier. While talk of Aerosmith finding a new frontman followed, Tyler eventually returned to the fold.
Queen received the Global Icon Award at the MTV European Awards in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Surviving Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor also performed with singer Adam Lambert at the event.