Daily Rock Dish - 1/24/13
1/24/2013 8:10:00 AM
--Dave Grohl Says Foo Fighters Have "Big Plans" For Next Album
Dave Grohl says the Foo Fighters have a plan for their next album -- a "really awesome, big" plan. The frontman tells MTV News he already has the music for the follow-up to 2011's "Wasting Light," and he and his bandmates intend to start working on it once they, quote, "finish doing all this stuff." By stuff, Grohl means his new documentary "Sound City," which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival last Friday. He's also been busy with the Sound City Players, his supergroup made up of John Fogerty, Rick Springfield, Stevie Nicks, the rest of the Foo Fighters and more. They made their onstage debut the same night "Sound City" premiered in Park City, Utah, and are scheduled to take the stage again in Los Angeles when the film makes its theatrical debut on January 31st.
However, Grohl isn't offering any more details about the Foo Fighters' schedule after that. He refuses to put any kind of release date on the new album, joking that if he starts talking about a street date, he'll "actually have to make that deadline."
--Members Of Foo Fighters To Induct Rush Into Rock Hall
The Foo Fighters haven't been around long enough to earn a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but some of them will get to experience the induction process from the other side this year. Frontman Dave Grohl and drummer Taylor Hawkins have been chosen to induct Rush at the 28th annual Rock Hall ceremony later this year. Other presenters include John Mayer, who will induct late bluesman Albert King, and Don Henley, who will welcome Randy Newman. Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Hudson are on board to induct Donna Summer. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has yet to announce who will induct Public Enemy or Lifetime Achievement winners Lou Adler and Quincy Jones.
This year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony is scheduled to take place at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles on April 18th. It will be broadcast on HBO on May 18th.
--Pearl Jam To Rock Wrigley Field
Pearl Jam is ready to rock Wrigley. The band has announced plans to play Chicago's famed Wrigley Field in July. Pearl Jam announced the July 19th concert date on Twitter Wednesday morning, asking whether fans will "be there." Just ahead of Wrigley, the band will play London, Ontario's Budweiser Gardens on July 16th. Tickets for both shows will go on sale on February 9th. The Chicago show will be available on Tickets.com and the Ontario show will be available at Budweiser Garden's website. Pearl Jam also has dates set in South America for late March and early April.
--Black Keys File Another Lawsuit For Soundalike In TV Ad
The Black Keys are "howlin'" mad about another commercial featuring a soundalike version of one of their songs. According to "The Hollywood Reporter," the duo filed a lawsuit last week in New York federal court against casino operator Pinnacle Entertainment and Manhattan Production music, a company that creates music for commercial advertising. Keys members Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney claim the defendants used music that is "substantially similar" to their 2010 track "Howlin' for You" in a pair of casino ads. In response, Pinnacle Entertainment says they are not commenting on pending litigation. However, a rep for the company reportedly responded to a Black Keys fan on Twitter who pointed out the similarities, saying they "bought a licensed music interpretation of the song."
"The Hollywood Reporter" points out that so-called soundalikes are used to give advertisers a viable option to obtaining the rights to a song, but the Black Keys appear to be leading the charge against that option. In addition to the latest litigation, the band recently sued Pizza Hut and Home Depot for similar reasons. Those lawsuits were settled out of court. The terms of the settlements were never revealed, but the results were obviously favorable enough for the rockers to move forward with another suit.
--Rock On The Range Announces 2013 Lineup
Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Smashing Pumpkins and Korn are leading rock's latest assault on the range. They're all set to headline the 2013 edition of the Rock on the Range festival, which will take over Columbus, Ohio May 17th through the 19th. The hard rock lineup also includes Bush, Stone Sour, Three Days Grace, Papa Roach, Cheap Trick and more. Lamb of God is scheduled to take the stage as well, but it remains to be seen whether the band's frontman will be able to make the gig. Randy Blythe is set to return to the Czech Republic next month to stand trial on a manslaughter charge. But with or without Lamb of God, Rock on the Range 2013 will go on. Pre-sale weekend tickets will go on sale next Wednesday, January 30th, while general tickets will be available starting Friday, February 1st. More information is available at RockOnTheRange.com.
--Lollapalooza Cancels Planned Israel Event
It turns out Lollapalooza won't be visiting the Holy Land after all. A spokeswoman for the festival tells the "Los Angeles Times" that this year's planned trip to Tel Aviv, Israel has been cancelled. The inaugural Lollapalooza Israel was scheduled to take place August 20th through the 22nd. The spokeswoman didn't offer any explanation for nixing the event, but she is characterizing the change as just a postponement. Rumors about problems with Lollapalooza's latest international venture first surfaced last month. Israeli news organizations reported that organizers were having trouble booking top-billed artists, in addition to other financial and production issues.
Meanwhile, the original Lollapalooza is still on track to take place in Chicago August 2nd through the 4th. And before that, Lollapalooza Brazil is scheduled for March 29th through the 31st, followed by Lollapalooza Chile on April 6th and 7th.
--Def Leppard To Work On New Album During Vegas Run
Def Leppard's upcoming Las Vegas residency will likely yield a new album as well. Frontman Joe Elliott tells Billboard.com that working on new music isn't as easy for the group as people might think, because they "don't all live on the same continent." He explains that it's difficult for them to "just do what people expect a band to do -- wander into a dusty old rehearsal room and go, 'What you got?,' and for Def Leppard "getting together to write an album is an event." Elliott says that their Vegas dates will also mark the first time in a decade that the full group is "actually in one room banging out songs from scratch." The new album will be Def Leppard's follow up to 2008's "Songs from the Sparkle Lounge."
Def Leppard will launch their nine-show "Viva Hysteria!" run at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on March 22nd. The concert series will feature songs from the band's multiplatinum 1987 album "Hysteria" and other material spanning the group's 35-year career.
--Dee Snider Surprised By Conservative Rockers, Nugent's Relationship With Republicans
Dee Snider says it's "mind-numbing" to realize how many conservative rock artists there are today. The Twisted Sister frontman tells Noisecreep.com he also finds the change in political attitude "so convenient when you have a lot of money," explaining that "when they were broke, struggling musicians, they were liberal and all for sharing the wealth." Snider acknowledges that one rocker who never ventured into the left side of the political spectrum was Ted Nugent, saying the Motor City Madman has "always been a gun-toting conservative." But he adds that Nugent hasn't always stood up for his country, and during the Vietnam War "he was actually a draft dodger." Snider says he thinks it's "crazy" that Ted has "become one of the voices of Conservative America" given his past.
Back in 1977 Nugent detailed to "High Times" magazine how in the '60s, after receiving his draft notice, he abused himself for a few weeks to make sure he wouldn't be able to pass his enlistment physical. Nugent later told a British newspaper that he made up the whole story, and actually had a student deferment. But according to Snopes.com, Nugent's military record shows his student deferment expired in 1969, and he then received a medical exemption after failing his physical.
Meanwhile, Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian and Lita Ford are among those who'll be dishing it out, while Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider is "gonna take it" as the subject of the second annual "Rock and Roll Roast." Last year's inaugural roastee Zakk Wylde is getting the chance to be a roaster this time around, while wrestler Mick Foley, "That Metal Show" host Jim Florentine, and comedian Jim Norton are also on board for the benefit event. Penn and Teller's Penn Jillette will host the fundraiser, which is once again set for the Grove in Anaheim, California, and will air live on AXS TV on Thursday. "Revolver" and "Guitar World" magazines are behind the 2013 "Rock & Roll Roast" of Dee Snider, which benefits the Recording Academy charity MusiCares.
--Justin Vernon To Appear On Arcade Fire Touring Member's Album
Bon Iver's Justin Vernon is ready to get a little jazzy. The singer-songwriter is set to appear on the upcoming solo album from Colin Stetson, Arcade Fire's touring bass saxophonist. Stetson also tours with Bon Iver, and he tells "Spin" magazine that he started writing "New History Warfare Vol. 3" while on the road with Vernon and his crew. And now, Stetson says Vernon will appear on four new tracks, acting as a "vocal presence" that loosely narrates and "punctuates" the album. As the title suggests, "New History Warfare Vol. 3" is the final piece in a jazz trilogy. Stetson released "Vol. 1" in 2008, and "Vol. 2" in 2011. "Vol. 3" is scheduled to hit stores this spring.
Former Squeeze keyboardist Jools Holland is 55.
Neil Diamond is 72.
Ray Stevens is 74.
--Today In RockHistory
Jethro Tull opened for Led Zeppelin at a show in New York City. It was Tull's first U.S. concert.
Sid Vicious was taken off a plane unconscious at New York's Kennedy Airport. He was on his way back to England after the Sex Pistol's U.S. tour was cut short with the band's break up. On the flight he overdosed on drugs and alcohol.
The Clash released the single "I Fought The Law" in the U.S. It was the group's first Stateside release.
A billboard ad for Pink Floyd's "The Wall" went up in Los Angeles. Every day a brick was added to the billboard until the entire space was covered.
Ozzy Osbourne released the album "The Ultimate Sin."
The Beastie Boys' "You Gotta Fight For Your Right To Party" broke into the Top 40 chart.
The Offspring hit number one on the UK pop singles chart with "Pretty Fly, For A White Guy."
AC/DC had to postpone a show in Adelaide, Australia, because drummer Phil Rudd was diagnosed with a minor kidney infection.
Incubus was a guest on MTV's "TRL." On the show, frontman Brandon Boyd explained that the group's single "Nice To Know You" wasn't a breakup song, but a track in which he's opening up to spiritual awakening and saying goodbye to being asleep.
Slayer kicked off a tour supporting the album "God Hates Us All" with a show in New Haven, Connecticut.
Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow appeared on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" to perform their collaborative hit, "Picture."
U2 announced the initial plans for the first North American leg of the band's Vertigo//2005 world tour.
The Scorpions announced that the band would be breaking up after a final tour in the spring to bring the 45-year-old band to an end.
The biopic "The Runaways" had its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.
Bret Michaels had surgery at a Phoenix, Arizona hospital to repair a hole in his heart. The condition was discovered as the Poison frontman was being treated for a near-fatal brain hemorrhage several months earlier.
Johnny Cash was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. With his induction, he joined Elvis Presley as the only stars to be inducted into the Country Music, Rock and Roll, and Gospel Music Halls of Fame.