THE DOORS: The Fat Parade
Photos of Jim Morrison taken just before his death in 1971 showed that he had put on a few pounds, and now, 42 years later, we find out that that was OK with him.
In a recently unearthed 1969 interview, he says he liked when he was heavy. "I felt like a large mammal. A big beast. When I'd move through the corridors [at college] or across the lawn, I just felt like I could knock anybody out of my way, you know. I was solid, man. It's terrible to be thin and wispy because, you know, you could get knocked over by a strong wind or something. Fat is beautiful."
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ROLLING STONES: Another Big U.K. ShowOne of the venues The Rolling Stones will play on their 50 and Counting tour is London's Hyde Park, on July 6th -- 44 years and a day since their last performance there on July 5th, 1969.
That show, in front of 25,000 people, was the first for their new guitarist Mick Taylor -- who's their special guest on this tour. But it ended up being a tribute to their former guitarist, Brian Jones, who'd died two days earlier.
This will be their second big outdoor U.K. show on this tour following Glastonbury in June. Mick Jagger says he may call Bono to get advice on playing Glastonbury. Jagger says, "'Don't do it!' might be his advice, but it's a bit late for that. It is quite a difficult gig. U2 had terrible weather and that didn't help. You have to learn from their experiences."
The Stones will start the tour in early May in Los Angeles.
KORN: U.S. Shows With "Head" AnnouncedKorn fans in the U.S. will get to see the band tour with guitarist Brian "Head" Welch next month.
The band had previously announced that Welch, who left the band in 2004, would be playing Rock on the Range and Rocklahoma with them in addition to the European summer festivals announced at the beginning of the year. Now Welch will be with the band for a brief run of headline dates that start May 15th in Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania and wrap up May 25th in St. Louis.
Welch will also be with the band at Rock Fest July 19th in Cadott, Wisconsin. Fans have speculated that the reunion might become permanent with more dates being announced, but neither the band nor Welch have said if that's in the works.
BOB SEGER: Against the End?Bob Seger is still going strong with his current tour and a new album that he hopes to release in August, but he does have retirement in his cross-hairs.
He says, "I wouldn’t say I’m in the planning stages of retiring, but I’m wide open to it now, and I don’t know how much more there is to prove. I wouldn’t mind putting out one more record, one last swan song. That’s all I’m concerned with right now is trying to make that as good as it can be, and then we’ll look at everything else and play it by ear... I don’t want to overstay my welcome.”
Next up for Seger is St. Louis on Thursday night.
LIMP BIZKIT: First U.S. Headline Tour in a DecadeLook out America -- Fred Durst is coming to your town.
After being revealed as part of the lineups for Welcome to Rockville and Carolina Rebellion in the past two months, Limp Bizkit have finally announced their full headline tour. It's the first time the band -- which has been working on a new album for the past year -- has done a full tour of the U.S. since 2003. It kicks off in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on April 25th and hits 25 cities before wrapping up June 2nd in Lawrence, Kansas.
SOUNDGARDEN: Cornell's New GuitarsSoundgarden frontman Chris Cornell has teamed up with Gibson for two new signature guitars.
Both are ES 335 models, one in green and one in flat black. The guitars will be sold in a Gibson Hardcase signed by Cornell and only 250 of each model were manufactured. The guitars go on sale this month. Cornell will be playing one of each model during Soundgarden's May tour.
RUSH: Geddy Delivers a StrikeIn case you missed it Tuesday night, Geddy Lee tossed out the first pitch at the Toronto Blue Jays' home opener. Lee, a Blue Jays season-ticket holder, was escorted to the mound by the Jays' mascot, and he delivered a strike.
Geddy not only loves to watch baseball, he's a big collector of memorabilia. He says, "I really find it fascinating how baseballs are signed. It's not an easy item to autograph, but I love the sphere and have gotten hundreds signed in person... I've recently started collecting balls from no-hitter games, and I have about 15 different ones. I have four or five of them from Nolan Ryan no-nos. I've gotten to know Randy Johnson, as he is a fan of the band, so I have a ball from his no-hitter and one from his 19-strikeout game."
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ROLLING STONES: On the Road Again
The Rolling Stones have announced the first dates for their 50 and Counting tour. The first show will be in Los Angeles in early May, but has not been exactly scheduled because of NBA and NHL playoff games. Guitarist Mick Taylor, Ronnie Wood's predecessor in the group, will be a special guest on the entire tour.
- TBA - Los Angeles Staples Center - ticket sales TBA
- May 5 - Oakland Oracle Arena - On sale April 8 @ 10AM PST
- May 8 - San Jose HP Pavilion - On sale April 8 @ 10AM PST
- May 11 - Las Vegas MGM Grand Garden Arena - TBA
- May 15 - Anaheim Honda Center - TBA
- May 25 - Toronto Air Canada Centre - On sale April 8 @ 10AM EST
- May 28 - Chicago United Center - On sale April 8 @ 10AM CST
- June 12 - Boston TD Garden - TBA
- June 18 - Philadelphia Wells Fargo Center - TBA
The band will also play the Glastonbury festival in England on June 29th and London’s Hyde Park on July 6th.
“50 and Counting has been pretty amazing so far,” said Mick Jagger in a press release. “We did a few shows in London and New York last year and had such a good time that we thought let’s do some more. It’s a good show. Lots of the classic stuff everyone wants to hear with a few little gems tucked in here and there. The stage is shaped like lips and goes off into the venue so I get to run around in the crowd. It’s great fun to be able to get that close to the audience."
He also said, "From day one at rehearsals it sounded so fresh. You could tell that everybody was dying to get their teeth into it. It was like…open the gates…let us out!” said Richards. “Cause man, it is the life and blood of us to play in front of people.”
Tour details and ticket information are available at www.rollingstones.com
Headlines for Wednesday, April 3, 2013
ZZ TOP: Every Girl's Crazy About a...Smart Drummer
Drummers are the butt of many jokes including, "What do you call a drummer with half a brain? Gifted." Well, ZZ Top drummer Frank Beard put half of his brain to good use when ZZ recently toured Down Under on a bill with the always tardy Guns n' Roses. ZZ singer-guitarist Billy Gibbons tells us, "Initially it was ZZ Top scheduled to close the evening...but Frank said, 'Gee, if they're scheduled to go on at eight and don't show up until midnight, that means we don't go on until four in the morning,' so we did some shuffling [and opened for them]."
But all in all, Gibbons says the tour went extremely well.
ROLLING STONES: Tour Announcement Wednesday MorningThe Rolling Stones will announce their tour Wednesday morning, reportedly in the 9-o'clock hour eastern time. This will follow the band's five shows last fall in celebration of their 50th anniversary. There have been reports that they will announce upwards of 20 North American dates.
The only show announced so far is June 29th at England's Glastonbury festival and that could signal another reunion with their former and original bassist Bill Wyman, who is scheduled to perform at the festival the night before with his band, the Rhythm Kings.
JUDAS PRIEST: Live AgainJudas Priest will release another live set, this one celebrating their 40th anniversary. Epitaph -- recorded on the last night of their 50-week Epitaph World Tour at London’s HMV Hammersmith Apollo on May 26th, 2012 -- will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on May 28th. This collection contains 23 songs, with at least one from every one of their 14 studio albums. Priest is currently working on a new studio album.
BOSTON: More Than a HeadacheTom Scholz has had his 2010 defamation lawsuit against the Boston Herald thrown out by a Massachusetts judge.
The Boston guitarist claimed that two of the paper's columnists, Gayle Fee and Laura Raposa, implied that he had something to do with Boston singer Brad Delp’s 2007 suicide in a series of articles published after the tragedy. The judge dismissed the case on the grounds that the columns are covered by the First Amendment. A lawyer for Scholz disagrees and may file an appeal.
And in a bit of good news, Gibson will produce a Tom Scholz limited-edition Gibson Les Paul Gold Top. It will be based on his 1968 Les Paul. Scholz requested that the reproduction be based on how he had it set up for Boston's first album, following the addition of the Humbucking pickup in the bridge position and the removal of the original gold finish. And he is pleased, saying, "The precision with which Gibson has replicated the physical properties of my original Les Paul is astounding. This guitar feels and plays exactly like my guitar, and the resemblance to the original is uncanny. But most impressive is that it actually sounds like my guitar!" Only 300 have been made.
FITZ & THE TANTRUMS, EDDIE VAN HALEN: Collaborate on LL Cool J AlbumA neo-soul band, a rock guitar great and a pioneering rapper -- together on one track?
Fitz and the Tantrums have teamed up with Eddie Van Halen on a song called "Not Leaving You Tonight" for LL Cool J's upcoming album, Authentic. It's one of two guest shots by Van Halen on the album. He also joins Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker on "We're The Greatest."
Van Halen says that when LL first approached him with the idea of playing his guitar to hip-hop, he thought it was "definitely left of center," but was "intrigued." He became "inspired" after hearing the songs and by LL's "enthusiasm, down-to-earth personality and the freedom he gave me to co-create. It was like a breath of fresh air that I needed as an artist and an individual."
Authentic hits stores on April 30th, a week before Fitz and the Tantrums' second album, More Than Just a Dream.
LINKIN PARK: Musicares Honors ChesterLinkin Park singer Chester Bennington will be honored by MusiCares on May 30th in Los Angeles.
Bennington will receive the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award at the ninth annual Musicares MAP Fund Benefit. He's being honored for "his dedication and support of the fund and for his commitment to helping other addicts with the addiction recovery process."
Performers and presenters for the event will be announced soon.
MOTLEY CRUE: Heading Back to VegasMotley Crue have announced plans for a second Las Vegas residency.
The band -- which played there in 2012 -- will return to the The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel for 12 shows between September 18th through October 6th. Tickets go on sale Friday.
Headlines for Tuesday, April 2, 2013
RUSH: Strikes & Balls
Geddy Lee will throw out the first pitch at the Toronto Blue Jays home opener Tuesday night against the Cleveland Indians. The Rush singer-bassist is a Toronto native and our baseball analyst. He's excited about the Jays' season given all their off-season acquisitions, which include all-star shortstop Jose Reyes from the Miami Marlins and last year's National League Cy Young Award-winning pitcher, former New York Met R.A. Dickey. Geddy says, "This is the most excited I've been about a Blue Jays season since 1993, '94 -- their last appearance in the playoffs."
Geddy is a season-ticket holder and despite having to tour this year, he plans to be in the Rogers Centre as they make a run for the playoffs.
MARILYN MANSON: A Face for Fashion?Marilyn Manson is starting a modeling career.
Manson is the face of Saint Laurent's spring campaign, which will hit print ads later this month. Manson follows in the footsteps of Beck, who appeared in Saint Laurent's ads last fashion season.
Source: New York
ZZ TOP: Gibbons Moves His Way Through New YorkBilly Gibbons and his pre-ZZ Top band, Moving Sidewalks, did their first show in 44 years Saturday night in New York. They turned in an 80-minute set that featured tracks off their only album, Flash, their 1968 EP, a few singles and covers including Jimi Hendrix's "Foxey Lady." Hendrix was one of the acts they opened for before splitting up. Their next show is set for April 28th in Austin, Texas.
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FREDDIE MERCURY: His Royal SecretIt has been revealed that Freddie Mercury took a great story to his grave.
According to U.K.comedienne Cleo Roccos, she, Mercury and U.K. comic Kenny Everett had Princess Diana dress as a man and accompany them to a gay bar in London in 1988 after she broke up with Prince Charles. Wearing a camouflage Army jacket, black leather cap and aviator sunglasses, Lady Di bought a wine and a beer and Cleo says, “She sort of disappeared. She loved it.”
The princess was at Everett’s apartment and he was scheduled to go to dinner with Mercury. He invited Mercury over and before they went out they spent the afternoon drinking champagne and watching The Golden Girls with the sound turned down so they could improvise the characters’ voices -- “but with a much naughtier storyline,” says Cleo.
Mercury died of AIDS in 1991. Everett from an AIDS-related illness in 1995 and Princess Diana was killed in an auto accident in Paris in 1997.
ROLLING STONES: Wyman Says Media Treated Him "Like Crap"Bill Wyman says thanks to his marrying a woman more than 30 years his junior, the media "treated me like crap." The former Rolling Stones bass player defends his relationship with his second ex-wife Mandy Smith, in the upcoming issue of Britain's Seven Magazine. The relationship raised eyebrows, as Wyman began dating her when she was 13 -- and he was 44.
He says, “It was very emotional and special at the time... It wasn’t how it was reported to be and it was the only time it ever happened in my life. A lot of people understood, but a lot didn't, and the media certainly didn't. They treated me like crap.”
Wyman admits he spoke to British authorities about the relationship -- but they didn't want to talk to him. He feels being open kept him from legal problems -- especially in light of recent revelations of pedophilia involving the late British TV personality Jimmy Saville.
Bill and Mandy divorced in 1993 -- and no longer communicate with each other. Wyman has since remarried and has three teenage children with his current wife Suzanne.
In the same article, Wyman calls his guest spot with the Stones last fall in London, a "bit disappointing... they only let me do two songs" -- and he wasn't invited to do any of their American shows.
Source: London Telegraph
SUGAR RAY, GIN BLOSSOMS: Another 90s TourSugar Ray, Gin Blossoms and Smash Mouth are teaming up for another '90s tour.
The Under the Sun 2013 tour also includes Fastball and Vertical Horizon. The groups will hit 36 cities, starting July 4th in Socorro, Texas. Only a third of the dates have been announced so far, with more to be added in the next few weeks.
ROGER WATERS: Goes to the Scene of the CrimeRoger Waters recently visited the World War 2 battlefield in Italy where his father was killed. Eric Fletcher Waters was serving as a second lieutenant in the U.K. military when he was killed in Cassino, Italy in 1944. He was 31 and Roger was just five months old. His dad is listed on a memorial at the Italian cemetery, but his remains were never found. Roger's grandfather was killed in Italy in 1916 during World War One.
Waters wrote about his father in the song "When the Tigers Broke Free," and Pink Floyd's The Wall is about a rock star named Pink who is left psychologically scarred by the loss of his father in the war.
ROLLING STONES: Tour Countdown Continues
The Rolling Stones continue to count down to Wednesday's tour announcement by posting different videos each day on their website.
Friday's initial announcement contained a live clip for one of their new songs, "Doom and Gloom." Saturday's was titled "Start Me Up Wednesday" and had a live clip of "Jumpin' Jack Flash" from one of their two Paris warm-up shows last October. Sunday it was "Sympathy for the Devil," and today (Monday) it's "Gimme Shelter."
The Stones are also taking to social media to publicize the announcement, and they're getting their message out on electronic billboards, such as those found in New York City subway stations.
QUEENSRYCHE: So Much For That RemixerQueensryche -- the Geoff Tate version -- will have to find a new remixer for their album.
After complaints from fans about the sound of Frequency Unknown via samples on iTunes, the band drafted ex-Yes member and producer Billy Sherwood to remix the album. But now Sherwood has posted a note on his Facebook page saying, "I'm in the middle of many projects, both studio productions and live stuff. While I was excited about taking the Queensryche gig, reality is there is not enough time in my schedule at present, and so I wish them luck on the project!"
There's no word yet if Tate and company will hire another remixer. The idea was for the original mix to come out as scheduled on April 23rd, with the remix to follow.
GENE SIMMONS: Advice From the TongueGene Simmons made an appearance Saturday at the Sioux Falls, South Dakota benefit for Sioux Falls Boys and Girls Clubs members.
Simmons encouraged kids to give music a try. He said, "It doesn't matter if you become a star. If you don't believe in yourself and get up on stage, everybody is watching. You can feel the power, and it helps you get through life, especially when you're impressionable." He also said getting involved in music helps improve your social skills.
Also taking part in the multi-day event were KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer, Alice Cooper, Vince Neil and Doors guitarist Robby Krieger.
Source: Associated Press
METALLICA: Ride(r) The LightningThe Smoking Gun has dug out a copy of Metallica's 1983 tour rider.
The one-page document stipulates that the band should be provided with a case of beer, and that a deli tray, a case of soda and other beverages had to be split with their tourmates Raven. The rider also says that when possible, each band should get its own dressing room. If not, "one capable of accommodating 15 people will be provided."
The Smoking Gun also obtained a contract for a 1983 concert that calls for Metallica to be paid $625 up front and the same amount on the day of the show.
DISTURBED, MEGADETH: David Helps DaveOne Dave has helped another Dave on his new album.
Disturbed frontman David Draiman has provided "vocal/singing help" on two tracks on Megadeth's upcoming album, Super Collider. Frontman Dave Mustaine writes on Facebook, "Draiman delivered on 'Forget to Remember' and 'Dance in the Rain.' The songs are way better too!"
Super Collider is due out June 4th.
LOLLAPALOOZA: Leaked Lineup Same as Official LineupLollapalooza organizers have released the official lineup for this year's festival -- and it's the same as the leaked lineup you saw last week.
The headliners are The Cure, Mumford and Sons, The Killers, Nine Inch Nails, Phoenix, Vampire Weekend and The Postal Service. Other bands on the bill include New Order, Queens of the Stone Age, The Lumineers, Band of Horses, Imagine Dragons, Ben Howard, Atlas Genius, Family of the Year and The Mowglis.
Single-day tickets go on sale Wednesday. Lollapalooza runs from August 2nd through 4th in Chicago.
Headlines for Monday, April 1, 2013
IN STORES THIS WEEK
Drowning Pool's Resilience features the group's fourth lead singer, Jasen Moreno.
The Seattle supergroup Mad Season -- featuring members of Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains and Screaming Trees -- reissues its only album, Above, in a package with two CDs and a DVD.
The tribute album John Denver: The Music Is You includes a contribution from Dave Matthews.
Also in stores are Alkaline Trio's My Shame Is True, Authority Zero's Tipping Point and Cold War Kids' Dear Miss Lonelyhearts.
ROLLING STONES: Tour Announcement WednesdayThe Rolling Stones will announce their tour on Wednesday.
A post on their website says, "Five days and counting," and we have confirmed that it will be the long-awaited tour announcement. But unlike their past announcements, which have featured lavish press conferences, there will be no spectacle.
The post on their website also includes a video of them performing "Doom and Gloom" last fall during one of their five shows in London; Newark, New Jersey; and Brooklyn, New York. "Doom and Gloom" is one of the two new songs on their recent hits collection, GRRR!
The only Stones show announced so far is England's Glastonbury festival on June 29th, and that show's promoter, Michael Eavis, says they're not being paid an exorbitant amount to appear. He explains, “There’s a...standard price for the headliner. We get headliners for a tenth of the normal price. They’re not being paid very much. Headliners are always good to us because they want to do it. They get TV and huge record sales straight after the show.”
QUEEN: These Are the Real Champions
Queen guitarist Brian May had a moving experience recently in Norway.