Daily Rock Dish - MOvember 19th, 2012
11/19/2012 8:10:00 AM
--Kid Rock Releases New Album Ahead Of Thanksgiving Halftime Concert
Kid Rock is kicking off a busy week with a new album. The rocker's latest effort, "Rebel Soul," hits music stores today, just a few days before he's scheduled to take the stage in his native Michigan during halftime at the Detroit Lions' Thanksgiving Day football game. "Rebel Soul" is the follow-up to Rock's 2010 country-tinged album, "Born Free." It also marks the first time he's made an album available on iTunes. Kid Rock previously only allowed digital versions of his albums to be sold as a whole, but he changed his mind with his ninth release. Sources tell Billboard.biz Rock felt he could "no longer ignore how much money he was leaving on the table" by staying away from Apple's digital music store.
--Def Leppard Guitarist Files For Divorce
Def Leppard's Vivian Campbell and his wife are calling it quits. TMZ.com says the guitarist has filed for divorce from wife Julie Campbell, putting an end to their 25-year marriage. In documents filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, Vivian is asking the judge to grant him and his ex joint custody of their kids. He's also looking to block Julie from receiving any spousal support. The couple first said their "I dos" back in February 1987. Their daughters are eleven and 13 years old.
--Linkin Park, Maroon 5 Among Winners At American Music Awards
Linkin Park is among the winners from Sunday's American Music Awards. The group picked up the Favorite Alternative Rock Artist honor, and performed their hit "Burn It Down" as well. No Doubt also performed their latest single, "Looking Hot," but the 40th anniversary version of the AMAs mostly featured the pop stars dominating the rockers. Maroon 5 was nominated for three awards, but walked away with only one. They lost the Artist of the Year trophy to Justin Bieber, and their album "Overexposed" was beat by Bieber's "Believe" in the Favorite Pop/Rock Album category. But Adam Levine and company did win the Favorite Pop/Rock Band award over One Direction, the Wanted and fun. The 40th annual American Music Awards ceremony was broadcast live from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles on ABC.
--Jimmy Page Recalls Zeppelin Reunion; Doubts Band Will Perform Again
Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page says the band's new concert film "Celebration Day" documents something very special. The guitarist tells the BBC's "Later with Jools Holland" that it was "very powerful on stage," and there were "some serious moments" during the concert. Page admits the group didn't really know what to expect with the show. He explains that since they didn't play any warm-up gigs before the event, they had no way to gauge what it was going to be like to perform in front of an audience again. He adds that he doubts there will ever be another Led Zeppelin reunion concert. Jimmy says that for a couple of years following the December 2007 show he thought he, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and Jason Bonham -- the son of Zeppelin's drummer John Bonham -- might perform together again. But he admits that nearly five years have now passed with no hint of another possible show, so it "doesn't look very likely" that more is to come from the group.
Led Zeppelin reunited for the London show to honor the late Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun, who helped launch the band by signing Zeppelin to his label back in 1968. "Celebration Day" arrives in stores Monday in a variety of audio and video packages and formats, including CD, vinyl, digital, DVD, and Blu-Ray. Details are available at LedZeppelin.com. Two songs from "Celebration Day" will be featured in Monday's episode of NBC's "Revolution" to mark the release.
--Mick Jagger Says One Direction Reminds Him Of Early Rolling Stones Days
It's not just the Rolling Stones' 50th anniversary that has Mick Jagger feeling a little nostalgic. The Rolling Stones frontman tells CNN he was reminded of his band's' early days after seeing the British boy band One Direction perform on television. He said he thought the group's members looked "really distinctly uncomfortable" with the attention they were getting. Jagger says he remembers "feeling that same uncomfortable feeling of being pushed around in this very weird place about 50 years ago." Meanwhile, Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood tells CNN he considers the young group "pals" and that he was rooting for them from the beginning before they made it big. He adds that they want him to "come and jam with them" and says he told them he would take them up on their invitation "anytime."
--The Who's Pete Townshend Visiting "Letterman" Tonight
The Who's Pete Townshend is hitting the small screen today. The rocker is slated to be a guest on CBS' "The Late Show with David Letterman." It's been a busy time for the guitarist. In addition to recently publishing his autobiography, "Who I Am," he's also been on tour this fall with The Who, performing "Quadrophenia" in its entirety. He and Roger Daltrey also just launched Teen Cancer America, a U.S. branch of their longrunning UK charity that supports teens and young adults battling cancer. Meanwhile, The Who is among the performers on board for upcoming Hurricane Sandy benefit concert "12-12-12." The show will take place at New York's Madison Square Garden on December 12th.
--Alabama Shakes Frontwoman Turned Down "X Factor"
Alabama Shakes frontwoman Brittany Howard says it wasn't hard to turn down a shot at finding fame through "The X Factor." The soulful rocker tells the U.K.'s "Independent" that a talent searcher for Simon Cowell's show called and asked if she'd like to try out, and Howard says the woman was shocked when she said no. Howard explained that she had something going on at the time that she believed in and wanted to stick to. But she also says there probably isn't anything anyone could say to make her take part in a show like "The X Factor." Howard argues that the singing competition isn't fair, adding, quote, "You go out there, people gawk at you, they love you or hate you and it doesn't mean anything to them but it means the world to you."
Even without a push from "The X Factor," Brittany Howard and the rest of the Alabama Shakes appear to be doing fine on their own. They released their debut album "Boys & Girls" earlier this year, and the record reached the top ten on both the Billboard 200 and the U.K. album chart.
Some of this week's new releases include "Greatest Hits" from 3 Doors Down and O.A.R.'s concert album "Live on Red Rocks." A collection of Elvis Costello songs used in the movies, titled "In Motion Pictures," is also hitting music stores today.
Velvet Revolver drummer Matt Sorum is 52. He also performed with Guns N' Roses.
Former Better Than Ezra drummer Travis McNabb is 43.
Tool bassist Justin Chancellor is 41.
--Today In History
Rumors of a Who break up spread because singer Roger Daltrey stormed off the stage during a concert at the Glad Rags Ball in London. He left because he was angry about persistent PA problems.
J. Geils Band played a concert in Detroit which would become part of the group's live album "Blow Your Face Out."
Ramones frontman Joey Ramone was burned backstage before a concert in New Jersey. It was said to have happened when a teapot exploded.
Quiet Riot's "Cum On Feel The Noise" peaked at number five on the pop singles chart.
Bon Jovi hit number one on the pop singles chart with "Bad Medicine."
New releases included U2's album "Achtung Baby" and Nirvana's single "Smells Like Teen Spirit."
Nirvana taped its "MTV Unplugged" concert.
INXS frontman Michael Hutchence arrived in Sydney, Australia to begin rehearsals with the band for its 20th anniversary tour. However, he was discovered dead in his hotel room three days later.
311 released the album "Sound System."
Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland and wife Mary became parents with the birth of their son, Noah Mercer.
The Stone Temple Pilots announced that the group was breaking up.
The Beatles placed four albums in the top ten of "Rolling Stone" magazine's poll of the 500 Greatest Albums. "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" took the top spot, while "Revolver" came in at number three, "Rubber Soul" placed at number five, and the band's self-titled "White Album" rounded out the top ten. Albums from the Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, Marvin Gaye, and the Rolling Stones also made the top ten.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers sued Showtime over the use of the word "Californication." That's the name of the band's 1999 album, and the title the cable network gave to its show that had its premiere three months earlier.