Daily Rock Dish - MOvember 20th, 2012
11/20/2012 8:10:00 AM
-- AC/DC Is Now On iTunes
Longtime iTunes holdouts AC/DC are finally joining the digital age. The veteran Australian rockers have released their entire back catalog on the digital music service. The rollout began Monday morning and includes all of the band's studio albums, live albums, soundtracks and box sets. It also includes AC/DC's brand new release, "Live At River Plate," also released Monday. AC/DC joins a handful of major acts that have changed their tune about iTunes in recent years. The Beatles jumped on board in 2010 a few years after fellow holdouts Metallica and Led Zeppelin did the same. Kid Rock also recently joined the iTunes family. But country star Garth Brooks and rock band Tool remain on the other side of the fence for now.
--Kid Rock Talks "Rebel Soul's" Darker Songs
Kid Rock included a pair of darker songs on his new album, "Rebel Soul," but he says the tracks aren't really as dark as they might seem. Rock tells MTV News that one of the tunes in question, "Midnight Ferry," would be a great song to play at his funeral, but in a good way. He explains that it stays happy and celebratory, while also being reflective. Rock adds that he was thinking about a reflection when he wrote another seemingly somber song, "Mirror." He says he pictured having a conversation in the mirror as Bob Richie -- his real name -- talking to Kid Rock. But Rock says it's not supposed to be about him being lonely with all his success. Instead, it's about how fortunate he feels to still have the opportunity to make music.
Kid Rock released "Rebel Soul," which also features the singles "Let's Ride" and "Detroit, Michigan," on Monday. It's his first album to be sold via iTunes.
--Megadeth Drummer Says Mustaine Doesn't "Speak For Band"
Megadeth's Shawn Drover wants to make it clear that the band's outspoken frontman doesn't speak for all of them. The drummer tells "Atlantic City Insiders" that Megadeth founder Dave Mustaine's conservative and born-again Christian viewpoints "don't speak for the band." Drover uses the group's 1986 song "The Conjuring" as an example. He says Mustaine is no longer comfortable singing the dark lyrics about the occult, but Drover still calls it one of his favorite tracks and adds that "you have to respect" the differences within the band.
Mustaine recently brought a lot of non-musical attention to Megadeth when he said he believed President Obama had something to do with public shootings in Colorado and Wisconsin. He's also discussed his belief that the president wasn't born in the U.S., and publicly supported former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum. In an interview with "Rolling Stone" earlier this month, Mustaine lamented, quote, "you can't say what you want to say anymore without people punishing you."
--Scott Weiland Announces Engagement To Photographer Girlfriend
Scott Weiland is on track to tie the knot for a third time. The Stone Temple Pilots frontman tells "Rolling Stone" he recently got engaged to photographer Jamie Wachtel, whom he calls "the greatest thing that's happened to [him] in a long, long time." The couple started dating about a year ago after they met on the set of a music video for Weiland's Christmas album, "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year." The rocker says they're planning a spring wedding, but he has a little business to take care of on the road before that. Weiland is scheduled to kick off a brief solo tour on November 25th in Glenside, Pennsylvania. Along the way he'll play shows in New York City and Asbury Park, New Jersey, that will include coat drives to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy.
--ZZ Top Has Enough Material For Another Album
ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons says the band's latest release doesn't really reflect everything the band has done in recent years. The guitarist tells "Classic Rock" magazine the group actually had enough material to make "La Futura" a double album, but the label didn't want to issue something so ambitious. He says as a result, ZZ Top could "probably put out another new record inside nine minutes." Gibbons explains that the band still has ten tracks that "could have made the grade" when they were putting together "La Futura." However, the rocker also admits this doesn't mean a new ZZ Top album is on the horizon. Billy says he's hoping the group will release another disc next year, but admits "things in ZZ Top world don't always follow real-world rules."
"La Futura" arrived in stores back in September. The album was ZZ Top's first studio release since 2003's "Mescalero."
--Rush's RockWalk Induction Taking Place In Hollywood Today
Rush will be on hand for their RockWalk induction. The group will be added to the sidewalk gallery outside the Guitar Center on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood with a ceremony today. Frontman Geddy Lee says he and his bandmates are pleased to receive the recognition. He calls it "an honor" to have Rush "added to this illustrious list of great and highly talented musicians." The ceremony is coinciding with the dates on Rush's "Clockwork Angels" tour. The Canadian band performed in Los Angeles Monday night, and they'll be in San Diego on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the group is making it possible for all fans to check out their current show. Rush will be taping Sunday's performance in Phoenix and their November 28th concert in Dallas for a new DVD, which is expected to be released in 2013.
--Blink-182 Announce Release Details For New EP
The Blink-182 guys are staying true to their word. Earlier this month the trio promised fans a new EP by Christmas, and now they've announced that the record will be out a few days early on December 18th. Titled "Dogs Eating Dogs," the group's first release since parting ways with Interscope back in October will come in three different packages. The deluxe bundle, dubbed the Santa's Lap Package, comes with the digital EP, a limited edition Blink-182 poster, a holiday edition t-shirt, Blink-182 wrapping paper and a holiday card. Fans can also choose the Nice Package -- which comes with the EP, a hooded fleece, wrapping paper and the holiday card -- or the Naughty Package, which comes with the EP, a t-shirt and the holiday card. All three collections are available to pre-order now at Blink-182.com.
--Prodigy's "Fat Of The Land" To Be Reissued, New Remix Premieres In UK
One of the biggest albums of the '90s is returning next month to celebrate its 15th anniversary. XL Recordings is reissuing the Prodigy's double-platinum 1997 release "The Fat of the Land." The updated version of the U.K. electronica stars' breakthrough album will come with some so-called "added fat" in the form of six new remixes, including Major Lazer's take on the single "Smack My B**** Up." The new rendition of the controversial song premiered in the U.K. Monday on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show. Some of the other DJs remixing the album's hits include Alvin Risk, who takes on the track "Firestarter," and Zeds Dead, who updates the song "Breathe." The anniversary edition of "The Fat of the Land" will hit U.S. music stores on December 4th.
Joe Walsh is 65.
Beastie Boy Michael "Mike D" Diamond is 47.
AFI frontman Davey Havok is 37.
Kings of Leon bassist Jared Followill is 26.
--Today In History
The Rolling Stones kicked off a four night stand at New York's Madison Square Garden, which were recorded for the album "Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out."
The Who's Keith Moon collapsed on stage twice -- reportedly from jet lag. Pete Townshend then took an audience member to play drums and finish the set with the band.
The Rolling Stones signed a deal with Virgin Records worth 45-million-dollars, which at the time was the most lucrative contract offered by a record company.
New releases included Creed's album "Weathered," Hoobastank's self-titled effort, Kid Rock's CD "Cocky," and the Kiss five-disc collection "Kiss: The Box Set."
The late George Harrison, ZZ Top, Silver Bullet Band frontman Bob Seger, singer-songwriter Jackson Browne, and Traffic were among the inductees announced for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2004.
The Cars announced its plans for a reunion, calling the group The New Cars and tapping Todd Rundgren to be the band's frontman.
New releases included Nirvana's DVD "Unplugged In New York" and Wolfmother's DVD "Please Experience Wolfmother Live."
Guns N' Roses' long-awaited album "Chinese Democracy" was posted online at the band's MySpace page.