Daily Rock Dish - MOvember 5th, 2012
11/5/2012 8:10:00 AM
--Aerosmith Playing Special Hometown Concert To Support New Album, Voting
Aerosmith is honoring the past while encouraging fans to look toward the future. The group will be playing a special concert in their hometown of Boston Monday afternoon. Thousands of fans are expected to turn out for the show outside the building at 1325 Commonwealth venue, which is where band members lived in the early 1970s as they were launching the group. "The Boston Globe" says a plaque will be unveiled at the site just before Aerosmith begins their hour-long performance. After giving a nod to their origins the band will entertain the crowd and celebrate Tuesday's release of their new album "Music From Another Dimension."
But the guys are also asking fans to look ahead in another way. With their concert they're encouraging people to go to the polls and vote on Tuesday. Aerosmith's hometown street party will also be carried on TV. AXS will air the concert live starting at noon Eastern.
--Bruce Springsteen Helping President Obama Wrap Up Presidential Campaign
Bruce Springsteen will be busy logging miles with the president today. The Boss will be hitting three cities with President Obama on the final campaign day before Tuesday's general election. They'll begin with a free outdoor rally in Madison, Wisconsin Monday morning. Then Springsteen as well as Jay-Z will perform at another free event in the afternoon at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. From there Springsteen and the president will travel to Iowa, where the singer will entertain Obama supporters at a grassroots rally in Des Moines. First Lady Michelle Obama is also expected to appear at the Iowa event, which is also free and open to the public.
Monday's rallies will mark the second time in just over two weeks that Bruce has performed for the president in Iowa and Ohio. Last month Springsteen also demonstrated his support for Obama's re-election with a performance at a campaign stop in Charlottesville, Virginia.
--Courtney Love Says There Will Be No Kurt Cobain Musical
Courtney Love says the apparently in-the-works Broadway musical about her late husband Kurt Cobain will never happen. Rumors of the project began last month when Britney Spears' former manager Sam Lutfi revealed that he was co-managing Love and that they were working on the musical together. But now Love tells "The Observer" that "sometimes it's best just to leave things alone." She says she has no intention exploiting Cobain's legacy for commercial reasons, but she has been in discussions over a film that will focus on her life since he died.
Love also revealed that she let director Baz Luhrmann use eight seconds of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" in "Moulin Rouge," supposedly in return for giving her a part in the film. But she says she was so upset when she didn't get the part that she coined the term "to 'Baz' somebody."
--Hurricane Sandy Telethon Raises Nearly 23-Million
Jon Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen are among the stars inspiring people to give to help out those affected by last week's devastating superstorm. Friday's "Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together" telethon raised nearly 23-million-dollars for the American Red Cross. The hour-long, commercial free fundraiser also featured Billy Joel, Sting, and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, and Brad Whitford, as well as Christina Aguilera, Mary J. Blige, Jon Stewart, Jimmy Fallon, Tina Fey, Whoopi Goldberg, and others. Red Cross spokeswoman Peggy Dyer says the total is "an extraordinary example of how the American people pull together in times of disaster." The telethon aired on NBC Universal stations Friday night.
--No Doubt Remove, Apologize For Controversial Video
No Doubt is apologizing for the band's latest video, which made a brief appearance online this weekend. The group pulled their "Looking Hot" clip shortly after it debuted on Friday due to an almost immediate wave of criticism for its depiction of Native American culture. E! News says the video featured frontwoman Gwen Stefani and bassist Tony Kanal in Native American costumes trying to escape from their fellow bandmates Adrian Young and Tom Dumont, who were dressed as cowboys. No Doubt issued a statement on Saturday explaining that as a "multi-racial band," they never intended to "offend, hurt or trivialize Native American people, their culture or their history." They said they consulted with Native American friends and Native American studies experts during the making of the video, but realized after its release that some people were still offended.
The members of No Doubt go on to say that being hurtful to anyone is not who they are, adding that the music that inspired them and their community of friends, family and fans "was built upon respect, unity and inclusiveness." So far they haven't said whether they will be releasing a new video for "Looking Hot," which is the latest single from the band's new album, "Push and Shove."
--The Who Fix Technical Problems That Marred Tour Kick-Off
The Who's Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey are much happier with the way their Orlando show went Saturday night. Florida's WPTV says technical problems during their tour kick-off in Sunrise, Florida prompted Townshend to leave the stage during "You Better You Bet," the second-to-last song of the show, and he didn't return for the finale of "Baba O'Riley." But a post on The Who's website says all the issues were resolved in time for the Orlando concert over the weekend, which included a performance of "Quadrophenia" in its entirety along with another seven-song set. The group only played five additional songs in Sunrise. The Who will be performing in Duluth, Georgia on Monday.
--Jason Bonham "Honored" To Be Part Of Zeppelin's "Celebration Day"
Jason Bonham says the new Led Zeppelin concert film means a lot to him. He tells Billboard.com that "Celebration Day" marks the band's first release to feature him on drums, and he calls it "a huge honor" that they would release a product they recorded with him. Jason explains that when his dad, Zeppelin's original drummer John Bonham, died in 1980 he aspired to "carry on the tradition," and he believes one of the most definitive forms of proof that he's accomplished this goal is to have "ended up playing with your father's band some 30-something years later."
Jason adds that he's hoping "Celebration Day" will generate more interest in his Zeppelin tribute show. He says he's never tried to manipulate fans into seeing Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience by claiming it's "as close as you're gonna get to the real thing." But he thinks fans might be "more appreciative" of what the Zeppelin Experience has to offer once they've seen him "play with 'the real thing.'" Led Zeppelin's "Celebration Day" will arrive in a variety of audio and video formats on November 19th.
--Val Kilmer Takes The Stage With Black Lips At Fun Festival
The Black Lips continued to get help from Hollywood at their latest festival appearance this weekend. "Rolling Stone" says the Atlanta rockers were joined by Val Kilmer during their set at the Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, Texas. Kilmer reportedly ran around the stage Friday afternoon wielding a fake chainsaw and cutting off chunks of his own hair with a Bowie knife, while also repeatedly telling the Black Lips to stop playing their song and start playing his. The mayhem was all captured on film by Terrence Malick and his crew for the director's untitled new movie. Malick also shot footage of Kilmer's co-stars Ryan Gosling and Rooney Mara at the Black Lips' Austin City Limits set earlier this year.
Malick's top-secret project also stars Christian Bale, Michael Fassbender, Natalie Portman and Cate Blanchet. So far no release date has been set.
--Paramore Finish Recording New Album
Paramore is one big step closer to releasing their fourth album. Frontwoman Hayley Wiliams recently tweeted that she and her bandmates had finished recording the still-untitled set. She said the feeling as they left the studio was "surreal," adding that she's both "stoked and "exhausted." Paramore has been working on the follow-up to 2009's "Brand New Eyes" with producer Justin Meldal-Johnsen, who also manned the boards for M83's 2011 hit "Hurry Up, We're Dreaming" and spent nearly a decade playing bass for Beck. Paramore's new album is expected to hit stores sometime in 2013.
Bryan Adams is 53.
A Flock of Seagulls frontman Mike Score is 55.
Counting Crows guitarist David Bryson is 51.
Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood is 41.
Ryan Adams is 38.
--Today In Rock History
Beatles manager Brian Epstein flew to New York to meet with executives at Capitol Records to discuss distributing the band's material in the U.S.
Ozzy Osbourne quit Black Sabbath for the first time.
Clash drummer Topper Headon was arrested in London for walking his dog while drunk.
Guns N' Roses single "Welcome to the Jungle" broke into the Top 40 chart.
Garbage made its live debut, performing at the 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Queen released its first album without Freddie Mercury, "Made In Heaven." The album includes "Mother Love," Mercury's last vocal track.
Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler received the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award from the Musician's Assistance Program for his efforts to promote sobriety.
AC/DC's "Black Ice" began a second week at number one on the Billboard 200 album chart.
U2 performed a special concert at the Brandenberg Gate in Berlin to mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. But the performance, which was part of the MTV Europe Awards, sparked controversy when a wall was built around the area to prevent people who didn't have tickets from getting into the show.
A decayed tooth that the late Beatle John Lennon had pulled in the late 1960s sold at an auction in Stockport, England for more than 31-thousand-dollars.