Daily Rock Dish - 1/29/13
1/29/2013 8:10:00 AM
--Korn Set To Reunite With Founding Guitarist This Year
Korn will finally get its "head" back this year. Founding guitarist Brian "Head" Welch tells "Rolling Stone" he's teaming up with the band again after making his exit back in 2005 to deal with a drug addiction. Welch explains that the reunion started last May when he sat in with the band for one song during their gig at the Carolina Rebellion Festival in North Carolina. A month after that, Welch says Korn guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer called and told him that the door is always open if he ever wants to come back for good. Now, Welch and the rest of Korn are scheduled to play their first full set together since 2004 at Columbus, Ohio's Rock on the Range Festival on May 17th. They'll also spend most of June on the road overseas. Welch adds that more U.S. shows are a possibility, but they're taking things slow for now.
--Green Day, Filmmakers Talk "¡Cuatro!" At X Games
Fans shouldn't expect a typical rock documentary with Green Day's new film "¡Cuatro!" Producer Tim Lynch says he and director Tim Wheeler used their background in surf movies to bring something new to the project. Lynch, Wheeler and Green Day members Mike Dirnt and Tré Cool sat down for a Q-and-A session after "¡Cuatro!" premiered at the X Games in Aspen, Colorado this weekend. Lynch went on to say that he was impressed by just how hard Green Day works every day, but Cool notes that the filmmakers did add a little extra work to their plates. The drummer says it took a while to forget about the cameras keeping track of them in the studio, but he admits Lynch, Wheeler and the rest of the team made it as easy as possible.
--Dave Grohl Praises Meg White, Other Non-Traditional Drummers
Former White Stripe Meg White isn't often praised as one of rock's greatest drummers, but Dave Grohl is doing just that. The Foo Fighters frontman and former Nirvana drummer recently told "Rolling Stone" that White is one of his "all time" favorites. He says it's nice to hear someone like her on a record, because no one plays drums quite like she does. And Grohl says that's exactly what he's looking for in his favorites -- a list that also includes icons like John Bonham and Keith Moon, as well as relative newcomers Patrick Carney of the Black Keys and Chris Tomson from Vampire Weekend. He adds that even though most of those people probably wouldn't be accepted to the Berklee School of Music, they've still "totally changed the world."
--Eric Clapton Releasing New Album Through Own Label
Eric Clapton will have new music to play on his upcoming tour. And the guitarist will release his 21st studio album, "Old Sock," on his own label. He's inked a deal with Surfdog to distribute the disc, which he's issuing through his own Bushbranch Records. Clapton is the latest high-profile artist to sign with Surfdog, which also works with Brian Setzer, Glen Campbell, and Dave Stewart. UltimateClassicRock.com says "Old Sock" will be released on CD and as a two-disc vinyl set. "Old Sock" is expected to be released on March 12th, two days before Eric launches his tour. He's set to kick off the trek in Phoenix, Arizona on March 14th.
--Deep Purple Launch Twitter Page, Reissue Campaign
Deep Purple is now on Twitter. The group made their debut on the social networking site on Friday. They note on the page that all tweets will come "direct from the Band and/or Management." But that's just one new arrival from the band. Deep Purple is also kicking off their reissue project with today's arrival of the remixed and remastered "Live In Paris 1975." The concert was taped at the Palais des Sports in Paris on April 17th, 1975, and marked guitarist Ritchie Blackmore's final show prior to his first departure from the group. The album's lineup also includes singer David Coverdale, keyboardist Jon Lord, bassist Glenn Hughes, and drummer Ian Paice. The disc features live versions of such classics as "Smoke on the Water," "Space Truckin'," "Stormbringer," and "Burn." "Live In Paris 1975" is the first of ten Deep Purple reissues expected to hit stores this year.
--Matchbox Twenty To Play Super Bowl Pre-Game, Start Tour Tonight
The guys in Matchbox Twenty have added a new southern date to their "North" tour, which kicks off tonight in Tulsa, Oklahoma. "USA Today" reports Rob Thomas and company are on board to play the Super Bowl 47 pre-game show in New Orleans this Sunday, February 3rd. The concert will also feature OneRepublic, and is set to be broadcast on "The Super Bowl Today," which starts at 2:00 p.m. Eastern on CBS.
As for the rest of Matchbox Twenty's tour, the group will be supporting "North," their first new album in almost a decade, through the end of March. After that, they head overseas for a trek through Ireland and the U.K.
--Black Flag "Putting Finishing Touches" On New Album
It looks like there will soon be a new Black Flag album in stores. The recently reunited version of the punk band featuring founder Gregg Ginn and one-time vocalist Ron Reyes is reportedly "putting the finishing touches" on the project. The news comes after the group's initial announcement last week that they were getting back together to play the U.K.'s Heavy Fest this summer, followed by a U.S. tour in the fall. Meanwhile, another incarnation of Black Flag will also be hitting the road this year. Former vocalist Keith Morris, bassist Chuck Dukowski, and drummer Bill are teaming up with Descendents guitarist Stephen Egerton under the name FLAG. They're set to hit a number of festivals and tour the U.S. playing songs from across Black Flag's discography.
--Music On TV
Halestorm is the musical guest on tonight's episode of "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on ABC.
Former Ramones drummer Tommy Ramone is 61.
Los Lobos drummer Louie Perez is 60.
The Dictators frontman "Handsome" Dick Manitoba is 59.
Queensryche bassist Eddie Jackson is 52.
James drummer Dave Baynton-Power is 52.
Aztec Camera singer-guitarist Roddy Frame is 49.
--Today In Rock History
The Who and Jimi Hendrix shared the bill at a concert at the Saville Theater in London.
Aerosmith's single "Walk This Way" peaked at number ten on the pop singles chart.
Men At Work's "Down Under" hit number one on the UK pop singles chart, while the band's album "Men At Work" was number one on both the U.S. and UK album charts.
Paul McCartney debunked the myth that The Beatles were anti-materialistic, telling "Newsweek," quote, "John and I literally used to sit down and say, 'Now let's write a swimming pool.'"
MTV banned Paul McCartney's video "Bad Boys Bickering" because it contained the "f" word seven times. The song is a protest against world governments that were failing to curb pollution.
While Limp Bizkit was conducting its "Put Your Guitar Where Your Mouth Is" tour, frontman Fred Durst told MTV that the band was going to take its time looking for a replacement for guitarist Wes Borland, who had left the group a few months earlier.
The Darkness frontman Justin Hawkins joined hip-hop group Black Eyed Peas on stage at the Australian Big Day Out tour.
A plane carrying the group Live had to make an emergency landing in Chicago after smoke was detected in the cabin. Band members were traveling from Winnipeg, Manitoba back home to Pennsylvania following a Canadian tour.
Nickelback announced that all the proceeds from digital sales of the single and video "If Everyone Cared" would be donated to the charities Amnesty International and the Canadian chapter of International Children's Awareness.
Papa Roach frontman Jacoby Shaddix announced that the band's founding drummer, Dave Buckner, was no longer in the group.
Scott Stapp returned to Fort Lauderdale, Florida following his first earthquake relief trip to Haiti with the "Plane To Haiti" program. Creed, Alter Bridge, Godsmack, and Tom Morello were among the musicians behind the effort to bring doctors and medical supplies to Haiti in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake earlier in the month.