Daily Rock Dish - 2/21/13
2/21/2013 8:10:00 AM
--Pearl Jam's "Ten" Becomes 22nd Album To Sell 10M Copies
Pearl Jam's landmark debut "Ten" can now change its name to ten-million. According to Billboard.com, the grunge classic is now the newest member of the ten-million-sellers club. It's the 22nd record to pass the mark since Nielsen Soundscan began tracking sales in 1991, the same year "Ten" was released. Last week, the album sold another four-thousand copies, which brings it's grand total to about one-thousand copies over ten-million -- and counting. But "Ten" still has a long way to go before it catches up with the best-selling SoundScan era release. Metallica's self-titled smash -- also released in 1991 -- tops the list with sales of more than 15-million.
--Billy Corgan Combines Wrestling, Furniture In New Local Ad
Billy Corgan is stepping into the ring to promote his wrestling company Resistance Pro and Chicago-area furniture company Walter E. Smithe Furniture. In the new local ad, the Smashing Pumpkins leader and some of the Smithe brothers are playing an in-ring game of musical chairs. When things start to get heated, Corgan calls in some of his Resistance Pro wrestlers to do the fighting for him. But when one of them tries to use the classic chair-smashing move with a Walter E Smithe chair, Corgan brings the bout to a halt so the precious piece of furniture doesn't end up in splinters.
--Rush Announces More U.S. Dates
Rush's upcoming "Clockwork Angels" tour is growing. The Canadian band has announced 15 new stops across North America. The run of summer shows ill begin in Hershey, Pennsylvania on June 21st. The trek includes dates in Chicago, Cincinnati, Portland, Salt Lake City, and Denver, as well as a July 4th appearance at Milwaukee, Wisconsin's Summerfest. Rush will also visit Grand Rapids, Michigan on June 30th and Halifax, Nova Scotia on July 12th, marking the group's first shows in those cities in more than a decade. The group will still launch the road trip with nine U.S. shows this spring, starting in Austin, Texas on April 23rd. Rush will then head overseas, kicking off their European trek in Manchester, England on May 22nd. The group is on the road in support of their most recent album, "Clockwork Angels."
Rush North American Tour Dates -- July 4 - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, at Summerfest
--Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen Fall Short At Brits
The Rolling Stones still have yet to win a Brit Award. The band was among the nominees at the event, which is the UK's equivalent to the Grammys. They were among those vying for the British Live Act award, but the nod went to Coldplay. Rumors that the group was going to perform at the event also turned out not to be true. Over the course of their 50-year career the Stones have never won a Brit. This year marked just their fourth time being nominated for the prestigious prize, and was their first nomination in 17 years. But the Stones did have one special distinction. The group is the only nominated act this year that had also been a nominee at the very first Brit Awards back in 1977.
Meanwhile, Bruce Springsteen isn't feeling the love from the Brits, either. While he has a better track record than the Stones at the event, with ten career nominations and one win, he didn't add to his collection this year. The Boss was in the running for International Male Solo Artist, which went to R&B/hip-hop star Frank Ocean. The 2013 Brit Awards were presented in a ceremony in London on Wednesday.
--Journey's Neal Schon, Carlos Santana Discussing A Collaboration
Journey's Neal Schon says he just might be teaming up on a project with the man who helped launch his career. The guitarist tells Australia's Noise11.com that he's "reconnected with Carlos Santana," and they've been "talking about doing something together again." Neal explains that he "hooked up with him before Christmas," and they've exchanged a number of phone calls in recent weeks. Schon admits he and Carlos have no concrete plans, but adds that "you never know what's going to happen. Life is full of surprises." Schon was a member of Santana back in the early '70s, joining the group when he was just 15 years old. He's featured on the Santana's 1971 album "Santana III" and 1972's "Caravanserai."
Former Talking Heads guitarist-keyboardist Jerry Harrison is 64.
The Stranglers' Jean-Jacques Burnel is 61.
Stiff Little Fingers frontman Jake Burns is 55.
Manic Street Preachers frontman James Dean Bradfield is 44.
Sublime With Rome's Eric Wilson is 43.
--Today In Rock History
More Beatles merchandise made its way to the U.S., as 24 thousand rolls of Beatles wallpaper was shipped from the UK. Days earlier, a hefty shipment of Beatles wigs made their way overseas.
John Lennon released the album "Rock and Roll." It was his last studio effort before his five-year self-imposed hiatus, during which he devoted himself to raising his son, Sean.
AC/DC's "Back In Black" peaked at number 37 on the pop singles chart.
Legendary rock disc jockey Murray "The K" Kauffman died of cancer in Los Angeles. He was a key figure in The Beatles' arrival in America, and had been dubbed "The Fifth Beatle." Kauffman was 60.
Nine Inch Nails released the album "The Downward Spiral."
U2, Lenny Kravitz, Metallica, Creed, Foo Fighters, Rage Against the Machine, Radiohead, and Dave Alvin were among the winners at the 43rd Annual Grammy Awards.
Kid Rock received a temporary injunction blocking a video company from selling a video that allegedly showed him and former Creed frontman Scott Stapp engaging in explicit sex acts with four women.
An access road behind the Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield, California was named Korn Row in honor of the group.
Sales of Led Zeppelin's album "Led Zeppelin 4" reached the 23-million mark in the U.S., making the disc tied with Pink Floyd's "The Wall" as the third-best selling album of all time behind "The Eagles: Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975" and Michael Jackson's "Thriller."
Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher punched a photographer in the face after the shutterbug snapped a photo of him and his family dining at a London cafe. He drew criticism from the media for reacting violently, and doing so in front of his five-year-old son.
Devo performed at a medal presentation event in Whistler for the 2010 Winter Olympics, which were taking place in Vancouver, British Columbia.