Daily Rock Dish - December 4th, 2012
12/4/2012 8:10:00 AM
--Lamb Of God Frontman Indicted For Manslaughter
Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe has been indicted on manslaughter charges in the Czech Republic. The charges stem from the death of a fan at a 2010 concert in Prague. Blythe is accused of shoving a fan from the concert stage causing injury that resulted in the man's death. He was arrested at the Prague airport last summer and spent more than a month in jail while prosecutors debated his bail amount. No trial date has been set as yet, but upon his release from the Czech jail the rocker said he would be willing to return to the country to clear his name. Blythe faces five to ten years in prison if found guilty of the charge of "manslaughter with intent to cause bodily harm."
The rocker's camp is vowing to fight the charge, saying in a statement, "The price of a ticket to a show does not entitle audience members access to a band's stage." Blythe's manager says all they can do at this point is try to convince the panel of judges that Randy's name and reputation need to be cleared "and that he be permitted to carry on with his life and career always mindful that a fan passed away after a Lamb of God performance."
--Dave Grohl's Documentary To Premiere At Sundance Film Festival
Dave Grohl's "Sound City" documentary finally has a premiere date. The Foo Fighters frontman's first outing as a director will make its debut at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival next month. Grohl, who plans to make the trip to Park City, Utah, for the premiere, said in a statement that he's "over the moon." He says he's honored to be included in the group of artists premiering films at the festival, and humbled to be able to share his "passion for songwriting and storytelling." "Sound City" looks at the history of the legendary studio in Van Nuys, California, which Grohl calls "America's greatest unsung recording studio." The film doesn't have a specific premiere date yet, but the Sundance Film Festival is scheduled to run from January 17th to the 27th.
--Axl Rose Excited About Guns N' Roses' Indian Concert Debut
Axl Rose says he's looking forward to Guns N' Roses concert debut in India. The singer tells the "Times of India" that in addition to the show, he's excited about the possibility of exploring other parts of the country. But Rose admits he might not be able to stray far, because during tours he's usually too focused on the performance. However, he's keeping the door open to some musical exploration while in India. Axl says he might get the chance to team up with some local artists, explaining that "there's always the possibility of collaborations anywhere with nearly anyone." Guns N' Roses will play their first Indian concert in Delhi on December 12th.
--Led Zeppelin Talks Kennedy Center Honors On "Late Show"
Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant explained on Monday's "Late Show with David Letterman" that it wasn't all that difficult to be recognized at Sunday's Kennedy Center Honors gala. Plant -- who appeared on the CBS late night show with bandmates Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones -- says he and Page have already received similar honors in their native England. But Jones quickly chimed in and joked that not everyone has a ceremony to compare the Washington, DC event to. The bassist is the only one of the three men not to be awarded an Order of the British Empire honor in the U.K. Of course, Plant stepped in and said Jones is still a great bass player. He added that it was "handy" having John Paul in the seat closest to Letterman, because he had never heard him talk so much in his life.
Led Zeppelin was part of a group of artists recognized at the Kennedy Center Honors event, which took place over the weekend. President Obama also toasted the achievements of Letterman himself, as well as actor Dustin Hoffman, blues musician Buddy Guy and more.
--Ted Nugent Blasts Bob Costas Over Anti-Gun Halftime Remarks
Ted Nugent is lashing out at Bob Costas. During halftime of "Sunday Night Football" game, the NBC sportscaster read a portion of a column that blamed guns for the murder-suicide of Kansas City Chiefs' Jovan Belcher and the linebacker's girlfriend. The rocker blasted Costas via Twitter, saying in a series of tweets that he thought Bob "was smarter than that. Only fools blame tools instead of human failings. Shame Bob." Nugent added that "blaming guns for crime is like blaming helmuts for headbutts," and that "we all kno that obesity is a direct result of the proliferation of spoons & forks Get a clue." Ted ends by claiming that Costas "has clearly lost his mind. Inanimate objects are the problems not murderers. Brilliant."
But Nugent isn't the only person to speak out against Costas' commentary. Bob's remarks caused a swift reaction on social media, with some people criticizing him for using an entertainment platform and one of the highest-rated TV shows in the country to promote a personal, political agenda.
--Eddie Vedder To Host Sirius XM Radio Show
Eddie Vedder's voice has gotten plenty of play on the radio throughout his career, but now fans will get to hear the Pearl Jam frontman in a new way. Sirius XM announced Monday that the rocker is set to host "The Eddie Vedder Radio Show," which will premiere this Wednesday on the satellite radio company's Pearl Jam Radio channel. According to a press release, the show will feature Vedder's "all-time favorite songs," as well as Eddie discussing his musical influences and "contemporaries who inspire him," plus other personal stories from his two decades in the music business. "The Eddie Vedder Radio Show" is scheduled to start at 5:00 p.m. Eastern on channel 22.
Vedder's new radio gig gets under way just as he finishes a solo tour of the southern U.S. He'll wrap things up Tuesday with a show in Clearwater, Florida, but is scheduled to return to the stage next Wednesday as part of the "12.12.12" concert for Hurricane Sandy relief in New York City.
The Pogues' Terry Woods is 65.
Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington is 61.
Former BoDeans bassist Bob Griffin is 53.
Sponge's Vinnie Dombroski is 50.
Former Elastica drummer Justin Welsh is 40.
--Today In Rock History
While many radio stations had reportedly banned Elvis Presley's Christmas album because they didn't find it appropriate for Elvis to be singing religious music, a disc jockey in Kingston, Ontario played his album and invited listeners to comment. Only 56 of 800 callers didn't approve.
Keith Richards was knocked unconscious during a concert In Sacramento, California, when he touched an ungrounded mic with his electric guitar. After a brief interruption, Richards returned to finish the show.
A member of Deep Purple's security team died in Jakarta, Indonesia. The bodyguard was rumored to have gotten into a fight with a local promoter, during which he was pushed into an elevator shaft and fell six floors. He supposedly survived the fall, and even hailed a taxi to take him to a hospital. While he's said to have died in the cab, his body was never recovered.
Kiss' "Beth" peaked at number seven on the pop singles chart.
The surviving members of Led Zeppelin announced that the group would not continue after the death of drummer John Bonham.
Van Halen performed a free concert in Dallas to make up for a concert the group had to cancel three years earlier.
Black Sabbath reunited for a couple of shows in the group's hometown of Birmingham, England.
James Hetfield announced that he was out of rehab, after spending nearly six months in recovery.
U2's Bono was in Chicago during his tour through America's heartland in an effort to drum up grassroots support for the fight against the AIDS crisis in Africa.
Joe Satriani filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Coldplay, claiming the British band plagiarized his song "If I Could Fly" with their hit "Viva La Vida."
Sammy Hagar hosted an opening party for a new Cabo Wabo Cantina at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.