Daily Rock Dish - December 5th, 2012
12/5/2012 8:10:00 AM
--More Join "12.12.12" Lineup
Another rock frontman has been added to the bill for the "12.12.12 Concert for Sandy Relief." Coldplay's Chris Martin is now on board for the charity show, along with fellow newcomer Eric Clapton. They'll join a packed lineup that already includes Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Paul McCartney, the Who, Kanye West, Bon Jovi, Roger Waters, Billy Joel and Alicia Keys. The event is scheduled to take place December 12th at New York's Madison Square Garden, and all money raised through the concert will go to the Robin Hood Relief Fund.
Meanwhile, anyone who can't show up to the "12.12.12" concert in person can catch all the action online or on TV. The show will be broadcast globally, with 34 channels picking it up in the U.S., including CBS, AMC, VH1 Classic, HBO and more. In addition, YouTube, Hulu, AOL and Yahoo are among the 14 websites set to stream the show online. The "12.12.12 Concert for Sandy Relief" is scheduled to get under way at 7:30 p.m. Eastern. More information can be found at 121212concert.org.
--Fans Outraged Over "12.12.12" Ticket Scalping
Next week's all-star Hurricane Sandy benefit is sold out. Tickets for the event were gone within minutes of going on sale Monday. But the "The Wall Street Journal" says disappointment turned to outrage when fans who couldn't get tickets through Ticketmaster later found them with inflated prices on StubHub. Tuesday morning, "12.12.12" tickets on StubHub ranged from 515-dollars to more than nine-thousand-dollars, leading to complaints that scalpers are trying to make a profit off a charity event. StubHub has announced that any money the company makes from sales of "12.12.12" tickets will be donated to the Robin Hood Relief Fund -- the charity the event is supporting. StubHub has also created a way for sellers to give their portion of the ticket sales to one of a number of charities involved in Sandy relief efforts.
--The Who To Perform On Tonight's "Grammy Nominations Concert"
The Who is among the stars taking part in tonight's Grammy nominations concert special. The classic rockers are part of a lineup that also features the bands Maroon 5 and fun., R&B star Ne-Yo, and country singers Luke Bryan and Hunter Hayes. The event, which for the first time is taking place in Nashville, will also feature a tribute to the late Johnny Cash. Meanwhile, Sheryl Crow, the country group Little Big Town, and rapper Nas are among the stars who'll help reveal the nominees in select categories for the 2013 Grammy Awards. Taylor Swift and LL Cool J will host "The Grammy Nominations Concert Live - Countdown To Music's Biggest Night," airing live on CBS at 10:00 p.m. Eastern. The 55th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, and will air live on CBS on February 10th.
--Gary Clark Jr. To Join Rolling Stones On Stage In Brooklyn
Up and coming rocker Gary Clark Jr. has a pretty big gig to look forward to this weekend. The Rolling Stones announced Tuesday via their new official app that the guitarist will be one of their special guests when the rock icons take the stage at Brooklyn's Barclays Center this Saturday. The first U.S. concert in the Stones' string of "50 and Counting" shows will also feature a guest appearance from Mary J. Blige. Blige sang with Mick Jagger and the guys last week at their first 50th anniversary show at London's O2 Arena, while Florence Welch was one of the guests for the band's second U.K. show.
After the Brooklyn set, the Stones have two more shows scheduled at Newark, New Jersey's Prudential Center. So far, there's no word on whether Clark Jr. or any of the other past guests will be hitting the stage for those gigs. But in the meantime, Gary's major label debut album, "Blak and Blu," is in stores now.
--Report: Mastadon Working On Song For "Monsters Inc." Prequel
It seems Mastodon will be teaming up with a few monsters for their next release. According to "Metal Injection," the Atlanta metal band revealed on their Facebook page this week that they're writing and recording a song for the prequel to the 2001 Disney/Pixar film "Monsters Inc." The new movie is called "Monsters University," and will also reportedly feature soundtrack contributions from Randy Newman. Newman won both an Oscar and a Grammy for his song "If I Didn't Have You" from the original movie. "Monsters University" is scheduled to hit theaters on June 21st.
Meanwhile, Mastodon just finished a tour of South America, and is reportedly looking to return to the studio early next year. The band released its last album, "The Hunter," in September 2011.
Great White frontman Jack Russell is 52.
Goo Goo Dolls frontman Johnny Rzeznick is 47.
--Today In Rock History
The Beatles clothing boutique "Apple" opened in London.
The Rolling Stones hosted a "beggars" banquet to celebrate the release of the album "Beggar's Banquet."
Led Zeppelin refused to let Atlantic Records release "Whole Lotta Love" as a single in the UK, because the company wanted to edit the song.
John Lennon gave his last interview, to "Rolling Stone."
The Police peaked at number three on the pop singles chart with "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic."
The Gin Blossoms songwriter Douglas Hopkins killed himself. Authorities in Arizona discovered his body 13 days later. He was 32.
The Rolling Stones released the video "Voodoo Lounge."
PJ Harvey topped "Q" magazine's list of the Top Ten Greatest Female Rock and Pop Artists of All Time. Kate Bush, Tori Amos, Bjork, Debbie Harry, and Siouxsie Sioux also made the list.
Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell and his wife celebrated the birth of their son, Christopher Nicholas. He's the singer's third child, but his first son.
Sammy Hagar was honored by officials of the Municipality of Los Cabos, Mexico for his efforts in promoting business and tourism in Cabo San Lucas and the Mexican state of Baja California Sur.
Journey announced that singer Arnel Pineda was the band's new frontman. Guitarist Neal Schon found the Philippine-born vocalist online while checking out videos on YouTube.
Metallica launched their 30th anniversary concert series in San Francisco. The first of four shows ran six hours, and included an appearance from the late Cliff Burton's father, Ray, former bassist Jason Newsted, and others.