Daily Rock Dish - 1/7/13
1/7/2013 8:10:00 AM
--Rolling Stones Planning 2013 Tour -- But Not Playing Coachella
The Rolling Stones are denying rumors that they'll be performing at Coachella this spring. The April festival in Indio, California recently appeared as a date on the Stones' iPhone app. It's since been removed, and frontman Mick Jagger says he doesn't know how it ended up getting posted on the band's official device. He tells "Rolling Stone" that the group hasn't even been asked to consider appearing at the multi-day event. However, Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards are now confirming that the Stones are making plans for a 2013 tour. Mick says the group has received "quite a few offers." He explains that he's been looking through "what's on the table" and discussing their options with the rest of the band. Richards adds that fans just need to "wait for an announcement." He admits that the Stones' recent five-date "50 and Counting" trek "wasn't enough." Keith adds that it would "be dopey to bring things up to this level and say, 'Well, that's that, 50 years, bye-bye.'"
The Rolling Stones marked their 50th anniversary in 2012 with a series of five concerts -- two in London and three in the U.S. The high-profile performances included appearances from former band members Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor as well as a host of special guests. The final show, which took place in Newark, New Jersey on December 15th, also aired as a pay-per-view TV special.
--Slash Denies Velvet Revolver Reunion Rumors
Slash says he's not interested in working with Scott Weiland again. The guitarist is shooting down the singer's reported plans to get Velvet Revolver back together. Slash claims that Weiland has been kicked out of his other group, Stone Temple Pilots, so he's now "trying to pull off that trick of trying to get something else going on." But he tells "Classic Rock" magazine that the rest of Velvet Revolver isn't "buying it," adding that "the door's shut on this side" and Scott is "on his own." Slash explains that the only band member who has possibly talked with Weiland about a Velvet Revolver reunion is guitarist Dave Kushner. Slash says neither he, Duff McKagan or Matt Sorum have spoken with Weiland, and admits that they "don't have a good professional relationship with Scott."
Meanwhile, Slash says he's been very happy with his solo career. Last year he released his second solo album, "Apocalyptic Love," which he recorded with Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators.
--Anthrax Guitarist Rob Caggiano Leaves Band
Anthrax is looking for a new lead guitarist following Rob Caggiano's departure from the iconic metal group last Friday. Caggiano explains in a statement that the decision to leave was an "extremely difficult and emotional" one, but he says his "heart is just steering" him in a different direction right now. The split appears to be amicable, and Caggiano says his former Anthrax bandmates will always be a part of his family. He adds that it's an understatement to say he is "extremely proud" of his time with the band, which ran from 2001 to 2005, and then again from 2007 to now. Fellow guitarist Scott Ian and the rest of the band say Caggiano has been an "integral part" of Anthrax both as a musician and as a friend. And while they say it will be sad to see him leave, they wish him "nothing but great success going forward."
Anthrax, meanwhile, is currently preparing for the Metal Alliance Tour, which kicks off March 23rd in Las Vegas. They say they've been considering several lead guitarist options and hope to announce a new bandmate shortly.
--Megadeth's Dave Mustaine Shares Beef With Men's Warehouse On Facebook
Megadeth's Dave Mustaine isn't happy with one men's clothier. In a recent Facebook post the rocker shares his dissatisfaction with the Men's Warehouse. He explains that more than a week after buying a gift certificate for his manager with a guaranteed two-day delivery, it still hadn't arrived. Dave adds that he received no satisfaction when he followed up on the matter. He writes that the salespeople had "no explanation whatsoever" and "didn't care." Mustaine says they "made no effort whatsoever" to do anything to remedy the situation but just said they'd sent out another one -- giving him the same two-day delivery promise they failed to honor before. Dave explains that his frustrations led him to voice grievance on Facebook, in part because the company's use of the word "guarantee" in their advertising. But he says they've lost his business, adding that he'll never again "set foot in a Men's Warehouse, even for shelter from a blizzard."
CNN says Men's Warehouse has responded to Mustaine's Facebook post with a social media message of their own. The company thanks Dave for "reaching out" to them and offers an apology, agreeing that "the delay is unacceptable." The rep also promises that they will make it up to him.
--Julian Lennon Says Bono's Eyesight Deteriorating
It doesn't look like Bono will be dropping his trademark sunglasses anytime soon. In a recent interview with the "Irish Daily Star," friend of the U2 frontman Julian Lennon says Bono wears them for a reason, and his condition is getting worse. But Lennon notes that some might call the Irish rocker "lucky" to have a medical condition that has become "part of his image." He says that despite the obvious drawbacks to having overly sensitive eyes, the glasses may be "part of his process now." Lennon adds that maybe "without that image," Bono can't be Bono.
Back in 2005, Bono explained to "Rolling Stone" that he wears the sunglasses because his eyes are so sensitive to light that a single photograph would leave him seeing the flash for the rest of the day. However, he did add that the reasoning behind the shades was also "part vanity" and "part privacy."
--Flaming Lips Get Stolen Laser Hands Back
The Flaming Lips spent part of their weekend looking for an extra pair of hands -- or more specifically, an extra pair of laser hands. The group took to Twitter on Friday to ask fans for help after they discovered frontman Wayne Coyne's giant stage props had been stolen following their gig at the Southbound Festival in Australia. Organizers behind the event even lent a hand by offering four VIP tickets to the 2014 edition of the fest to the person who returned the laser hands. And on Saturday, Coyne tweeted that the hands had been recovered. Southbound organizers tell Australia's MusicFeeds.com that "a few lovely punters" will be getting the free tickets for providing information, but other than that, the story behind the Lips' laser hands disappearance remains a mystery.
Kenny Loggins is 65.
Rock journalist and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame curator Ben Fong-Torres is 67.
"Rolling Stone" magazine publisher Jann Wenner is 66.
Go-Go's bassist Kathy Valentine is 53.
Black Veil Brides guitarist Jinxx is 32.
--Today In Rock History
The "Flying V" guitar design was patented by Gibson.
Former record company executive Kenneth Moss was sentenced to 120 days in jail and four years probation in connection with the 1974 drug induced death of Average White Band drummer Robbie McIntosh.
A "Time" magazine article reviewing the music of the '70s called The Who's "Who's Next," the Rolling Stones' "Sticky Fingers," and Bruce Springsteen's "Born To Run" among the best albums of the decade.
Eric Clapton released the single "Tears In Heaven."
Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis' public service announcement promoting condom usage was pulled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention after officials from the organization learned that the singer had been convicted of sexual battery and indecent exposure in 1989.
Rod Stewart and wife Rachel Hunter announce they were separating after eight years of marriage.
Former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash said he wasn't trying to cause any problems when he attempted to get into a GNR concert nine days earlier in Las Vegas. He explained that he was curious about the new incarnation of the band and wanted to be supportive. However, frontman Axl Rose had ordered security to not let any of his former band mates into the show.
Former Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson and wife Kate Hudson became parents with the birth of their son, Ryder Russell, in Los Angeles.
Ozzy Osbourne formally cancelled his European tour, which was to have begun in a week, because he was still recovering from injuries he suffered in an all-terrain vehicle accident a month earlier.
Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder's video for "Guaranteed," from the movie to "Into The Wild," had its debut on VH1 and VH1.com.
Kid Rock's "All Summer Long" won the award for Favorite Rock Song at the 35th annual People's Choice Awards.
Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page was on hand for the UK release of the Royal Mail's "iconic album cover" postage stamp series. Pink Floyd's "The Division Bell," the Rolling Stones' "Let It Bleed," and "Led Zeppelin IV" were among the classic rock albums included in the rock-themed stamp series.