Daily Rock Dish - 2/13/13
2/13/2013 8:10:00 AM
--Black Keys Remark Strikes Sour Note With Justin Bieber
Patrick Carney of The Black Keys says Justin Bieber doesn't deserve a Grammy. For that remark, Bieber says the drummer deserves a beat -- with an open hand. The pop star responded to Carney's recent post-Grammy comment via Twitter Tuesday, saying, "the black keys drummer should be slapped around haha." After the awards Sunday, Carney was caught on TMZ's cameras, mocking Bieber's Grammy snub. He told the website, "He's rich, right? Grammys are for music, not for money -- and he's making a lot of money."
Bieber's camp spoke out when the Grammy nominations were first announced in December and the pop star's name was not on the list. Manager Scooter Braun said then that Bieber deserved to recognized. The singer appeared on "Saturday Night Live" last weekend and on Sunday attempted to host a live streaming event at the same time as the Grammys. His plan was foiled, however, as the site malfunctioned due to heavy traffic. The Black Keys won three Grammy Awards on Sunday night. Bieber has yet to win a Grammy.
--Van Halen's David Lee Roth Opens Up About Band's Uncertain Future
Van Halen's David Lee Roth is opening up about the band's most recent work, as well as what he misses about the new incarnation of the group. The singer admits to "Rolling Stone" that Van Halen's 2012 release "A Different Kind Of Truth" didn't exactly contain new material. He says the tracks actually dated back to the 1970s, and were songs that were "written and demoed before the first album." Roth adds that he and Eddie Van Halen "haven't written a new song in 20 years." He also says he's not sure what's ahead for the group, explaining that he's "not sure what's in Ed's mind at this point." Diamond Dave explains that he believes Eddie plans "to write with his son," Wolfgang Van Halen -- the band's current bassist, and he's "not sure where that actually leads."
Roth also admitted that he really feels Michael Anthony's absence, and he particularly misses Anthony's vocals. He praises Anthony as "arguably one of the greatest high tenor voices ever," and says his voice is "as identifiable as the high voice" in Earth, Wind & Fire or the Beach Boys. Roth adds that he "would always look forward to that reunion." Van Halen is expected to tour this year, after cancelling a host of dates last summer and fall. But so far the band's schedule only includes their make-good dates in Japan in June.
--Dave Grohl's Sound City Players To Play London
Dave Grohl's Sound City Players will be hopping across the pond later this month. The supergroup has announced plans to play the Forum in London on Tuesday, February 19th. This will be the bands first gig outside the U.S. after making their debut at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, and then following that with a performance in Los Angeles. The London show will feature a slightly different lineup than the first two concerts. Grohl and his Foo Fighters bandmates will be there, as will Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic, Rick Springfield, Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen, Fear's Lee Ving, and more. Stevie Nicks and John Fogerty joined the fun at the previous shows, but it doesn't look like they'll be making the trip to the U.K.
--Ted Nugent Critical Of State Of The Union Address
Ted Nugent is criticizing President Obama's State of the Union address. The Motor City Madman was among those who attended the event in person. Following the speech, he tweeted, quote, "It deeply pains me to report that the prez is a master scam artist-didnt believe a word." In his address President Obama said the America is making a steady economic recovery, that the "rubble of crisis" has been cleared away, and the nation is stronger than it was four years ago. He cited the victims of numerous mass shootings and said they "deserve a vote" on new gun safety measures. He also said America doesn't need a "bigger government," but a "smarter government, and called for a renewed spirit of bipartisan cooperation to put the "nation's interests before party." Obama vowed to do what is necessary about the nuclear threats posed by Iran and North Korea, and said that more U.S. troops will be withdrawn from Afghanistan over the next year.
Nugent, whose outspoken opposition to President Obama resulted in a visit from the Secret Service last year, attended Obama's State of the Union address as the guest of Texas' Republican Representative Steve Stockman.
--Ratt Singer's Memoir Arriving In Stores This Spring
Ratt frontman Stephen Percy is finally getting his story in print. "Sex, Drugs, Ratt & Roll: My Life In Rock" is described as "a jaw-dropping tell-all" that reveals "just how much you can get away with when you're one of the biggest hair metal stars of all time." Publisher Simon & Schuster says Percy opens up about his childhood, including losing his father at the age of 12 to a heroin overdose, and how three years later he, too, was an addict. He recalls meeting Robbin Crosby, his "perfect partner in crime -- both in music and partying," and how Ratt rose to fame following the release of their 1984 debut single, "Round and Round." His book is said to detail "all the rock star excess," and give fans a glimpse into "this harrowing hair-metal lifestyle and what it's really like behind the scenes when you're a rock star." "Sex, Drugs, Ratt & Roll: My Life In Rock" is due in stores May 7th.
--Mick Jagger Reportedly Upset Over New Stones Book
Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger isn't happy about an upcoming book about the group. Prince Rupert Loewenstein, who served as the Stones financial advisor from 1968 until 2007 is opening up about his experiences with the group in "A Prince Among Stones: That Business with The Rolling Stones and Other Adventures," But Jagger tells the UK's "The Mail on Sunday" that it's not right for Loewenstein to put his stories about the band in print. He admits his attitude might be "old fashioned," but explains that he doesn't think "your ex-bank manager should be discussing your financial dealings and personal information in public." He adds that it "just goes to show that well brought-up people don't always display good manners." The Stones were apparently in a dire financial situation when Loewenstein came on board in the late '60s, and with his assistance band members ended up becoming multi-millionaires. "A Prince Among Stones" is due in stores next month.
--Dixie Chick Natalie Maines Releasing Rock Solo Debut
While a number of rockers have gone country, one country singer is now going rock. The Dixie Chicks' Natalie Maines is prepping for the release of her debut solo album, "Mother," which will arrive in stores on May 7th. The title track is a cover of the Pink Floyd song, and "USA Today" says the project was "influenced by a more rock-based, edgy sound." Maines' version of "Mother" is also featured on the soundtrack to the documentary "West of Memphis," about the wrongful murder convictions of three Arkansas teens known as the West Memphis Three. Maines discussed her reasons for shifting genres on the red carpet at last week's MusiCares event honoring Bruce Springsteen. When CMT's Katie Cook told her she still had lots of fans in the country community, Maines said that "lots of people don't love" her as well. She added that it's "kind of like going back to your abusive husband," and she's "just not feeling it."
Maines became an outsider ten years ago after speaking critically of President Bush at a Dixie Chicks show in London at the start of the war in Iraq. Maines received support from a number of rockers -- including Springsteen -- for her stance. But he group faced a severe backlash from the country community that included death threats during their subsequent North American tour.
--Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath Talks '90s Nostalgia
Sugar Ray frontman Mark McGrath says he has no problem being a '90s nostalgia act. The rocker has been hitting the road lately with other acts whose hits came mostly in that decade, and he tells "Rolling Stone" he wouldn't mind doing that for the rest of his life. McGrath says he doesn't think he'll ever get tired of playing Sugar Ray fan-favorites like "Fly" and "Every Morning," adding that it still feels like the first time when those songs come on the radio. And while Sugar Ray might make more music in the future, McGrath says he's not worried about making hits anymore. He says they're not one of those bands who have a hard time realizing they "aren't a relevant recording act anymore."
Sugar Ray is set to team up with other '90s hitmakers who feel the same way -- like Smash Mouth, Fastball, Gin Blossoms, and more -- for the Mark McGrath and Friends cruise this summer. The oceanic outing is scheduled to set sail on October 18th. More information is available at MarkMcGrathAndFriendsCruse.com.
--Music On TV
Fall Out Boy is the musical guest on tonight's episode of ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live." Also, Dave Grohl is a guest on Comedy Central's "Colbert Report."
Peter Gabriel is 63.
Former Monkee Peter Tork is 71.
Former Foreigner bassist Ed Gagliardi is 61.
Former New Order bassist Peter Hook is 57.
Former Big Country bassist Tony Butler is 56.
Henry Rollins is 52.
3 Doors Down bassist Todd Harrell is 41.
Feist is 37.
--Today In Rock History
The Rolling Stones performed on "The Ed Sullivan Show." It was the group's first U.S. TV appearance.
Led Zeppelin had to cancel a show in Singapore because officials wouldn't let band members off the airplane because their hair was too long.
British police raided the home of Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon. The only illegal thing the officers found was a canister of tear gas, which Lydon said was for self defense.
Pink Floyd's album "Dark Side Of The Moon" became the longest charted rock album in history, staying on the Billboard chart for 402 weeks.
Lynyrd Skynyrd singer Ronnie Van Zant's 300-pound marble grave marker was stolen.
Def Leppard's "Hysteria" broke into the Top 40 chart.
Motley Crue announced that singer Vince Neil was leaving the group.
Ozzy Osbourne won the Prestigious Hero of the Year award and his MTV reality series "The Osbournes" took Best TV Show honors at the 2003 New Musical Express Awards in London. Coldplay, The Clash, and The Hives were also among the winners.
The University of New Hampshire banned Ram Jam's "Black Betty" because school officials considered the song, quote, "theoretically racist." The school had been using the 1977 hit as a rally song during hockey games.
The Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan topped the online "Blogcritics" list of the "Ugliest Musicians Ever," while Motorhead singer Lemmy and Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke were other the rockers included on the tally.
Paul McCartney added a bouquet of yellow roses to a growing memorial outside the Beverly Hills hotel where Whitney Houston died two days earlier.