Daily Rock Dish - 2/19/13
2/19/2013 8:10:00 AM
--Robert Plant Denies Being Zeppelin Spoiler; Suggests 2014 Reunion
Robert Plant says he's not playing spoiler to another Led Zeppelin reunion. The rocker tells Australia's "60 Minutes" that surviving bandmates Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones are "both Capricorns" and they "don't say a word," but they are "quite contained in their own worlds" while he's left looking like the hold-out. But Plant insists he's "not the bad guy," and implies that he'd be up for reviving Led Zeppelin -- next year. Regarding a reunion, Plant says "you need to speak to the Capricorns," because he's "got nothing to do in 2014."
The reunion question has continued to crop up since 2007, when the band got back together for an Ahmet Ertegun tribute concert in London. Over the years Page and Jones have said they intended to keep the reunion going following the one-off event, but Plant wasn't interested. Last fall, as they were promoting the new concert DVD "Celebration Day," Plant, Page, and Jones were asked numerous times about getting back together, and at every turn said it wasn't going to happen.
--Blink-182's Travis Barker Unable To Fly, Will Miss Australian Tour
Blink-182's Travis Barker won't be behind the kit on the band's upcoming trip Down Under. The drummer announced on Facebook this weekend that he isn't able to fly to Australia for the trek because he still hasn't gotten over the "horrific events" that took place the last time he was on a plane. Back in 2008, Barker's plane crashed in South Carolina, leaving him and pal DJ AM badly injured, and four others dead. Blink-182 explained that they planned the tour last summer, knowing full well that Barker may not be able to overcome his fear of flying. They said they tried to get him to Australia by other means, but they weren't able to work anything out in time. So with Barker's blessing, Mark Hoppus and Tom DeLonge will be starting the tour as planned on Wednesday, February 20th, in Sydney. Tenacious D and Bad Religion drummer Brooks Wackerman will be filling in during the two-week-long outing.
--Disturbed's David Draiman Talks Guest Appearances On New Device Album
Disturbed frontman David Draiman says he "took a page from the hip-hop guys" for his new album with his side-project Device. In an interview with the U.K.'s "Metal Hammer," the rocker jokes that rappers often have "everybody and his mother" on their records, and he wanted to do the same. So he says he "roped in" the likes of Serj Tankian and Tom Morello for the self-titled debut album from the new industrial metal band. Draiman says he was "honored and humbled beyond words" that his "ridiculously talented and accomplished" colleagues got on board. He says it's not something that often happens in the metal genre, but he thinks it should become common practice. Draiman's "Device" album is expected to hit stores later this year.
The Black Keys drummer is back to being Patrick Carney. Carney had temporarily changed his Twitter name to Patrick Bieb Carney over the weekend, following an ongoing online feud with Justin Bieber's fans. But Carney has since removed the "Bieb" from his name and updated his Twitter profile to read, "Official Twitter for the actual verified Patrick Carney (formerly Justin Bieber)."
Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi is 65
--Today In Rock History
Elvis Presley recorded the song "Kentucky Rain" at American Recording Studios in Memphis.
Led Zeppelin's "Black Dog" peaked at number 15 on the pop singles chart.
Dick Clark presented the first "American Music Awards," with Smokey Robinson and Helen Reddy among the hosts.
AC/DC singer Bon Scott died while on tour in London. He choked on his own vomit after a night of heavy drinking. He was 33.
The video "Legend" from Bob Marley & the Wailers was released.
Nirvana's album "Incesticide" was certified Gold.
Mick Jagger released his first solo album, "She's the Boss." Pete Townshend and Jeff Beck were among the artists making guest appearances on the album.
The Stray Cats reunited for a one off show at the House of Blues in Los Angeles. The performance was a benefit concert for the Carl Perkins Foundation.
P.O.D. frontman Sonny Sandoval announced in an e-mail that Marcos Curiel had left the band. However, Curiel claimed he was fired for working on outside projects and for carrying different religious philosophies.
U2's Bono was on the short-list of candidates in the running for the Nobel Peace Prize.
The soundtrack to "Queen of the Damned" was released. The album features material written by Korn's Jonathan Davis, and performances from Disturbed's David Draiman, Marilyn Manson, Static-X's Wayne Static, and Linkin Park's Chester Bennington.
Singer Chris Cornell announced he was not looking to revive his former band Soundgarden after the breakup of Audioslave.
The Foo Fighters made their debut at New York's Madison Square Garden.
"The Celebrity Apprentice," featuring Twisted Sister's Dee Snider among the competitors, began on NBC.