KISS: It Really Is Bull
The marketing arm of KISS knows no bounds. Their latest venture is a partnership with the Professional Bull Riders association.
On Friday, at the Last Cowboy Standing event at the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas, the KISS Kam will debut. This expands upon the kiss cams found at many sports venues in which if you are caught by the camera, you have to kiss the person next to you and your image is shown on the big screen.
With the KISS Kam, you are timed and have to kiss for eight seconds -- the length of time required for the rider to stay on the bull. Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer cheer fans on and provide constructive criticism via video during the promotion. Videos from the eight-second kissing couples will be recorded and posted online at PBR.com/KISS where visitors can vote for the best (or worst) kiss and register to win prizes. KISS will not be in attendance at Friday's event.
COURTNEY LOVE: Look Out East CoastCourtney Love is getting back to what first brought her fame -- music.
The always interesting Love has announced a seven-date East Coast tour. It starts June 20th in Philadelphia and wraps up June 29th in Huntington, New York. Love is expected to play a mix of tracks from the Hole catalog and her long-in-the-works second solo album.
CHICKENFOOT: Heading Back to the Coop Next Year?Chickenfoot -- the group made up of Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony, Joe Satriani and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith -- are hoping to get back to work next year.
A post on Chickenfoot.com reads, "Although they haven't played together, the guys have been seeing each other here and there over recent months. Sammy stopped in at Skywalker Studios during Joe's recording of his new album... Chad and Mike also recently joined Sammy in the studio to play on some tracks for him on his upcoming solo album. And, of course, Mike was recently on stage with Sammy at his annual Cinco De Mayo show in Lake Tahoe. So, the guys are busy, but with Chad's time freeing up, odds are good that they'll be returning to playing music together in 2014 after Joe and Sammy's solo tours later this year."
The band toured together last year behind the release of their second album, 2011's Chickenfoot Three.
VAN HALEN: Jumps Back Onto the ChartsVan Halen's biggest selling album, 1984, is on the charts for the first time since July 13th, 1985. It's sitting at number-147 on Billboard thanks in large part to being on sale in the iTunes Store. It sold 3,000 copies last week, which is the most it has sold since December 2009.
And in other VH news, they have added another U.S. date this summer -- July 24th in Paso Robles, California at the California Mid-State Fair. This is their second U.S. date this year. The first is the Rock U.S.A. festival in Oshkosh, Wisconsin on July 20th. Next month the band does a three-city, four-show tour of Japan.
SEVENDUST: July Shows AnnouncedSevendust have announced a U.S. tour for July.
It kicks off July 9th in Lansing, Michigan and wraps up July 25th in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Sevendust continue their current tour Saturday in Kansas City, Missouri.
JANE'S ADDICTION: Concert Film on CD TooThe Jane's Addiction concert coming out on DVD and Blu-ray next month will also be available digitally and on CD.
Live in NYC, recorded in July 2011 at Terminal 5 in New York, will be released June 25th as a DVD/CD package, Blu-ray, DVD, CD and double-LP vinyl. The show was originally streamed online in 3-D and it can still be seen on YouTube.
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AS I LAY DYING: Release Statement on Singer's ArrestThe other members of As I Lay Dying have released a brief statement on the arrest of frontman Tim Lambesis, who's accused of trying to hire a hitman to kill his estranged wife.
The statement reads, ""As we post this, the legal process is taking its course and we have no more information than you do. There are many unanswered questions, and the situation will become clearer in the coming days and weeks. We'll keep you informed as best we can. Our thoughts right now are with Tim, his family and with everyone else affected by this terrible situation -- and with our fans, whom we love and draw strength from. Thank you for understanding, and as always, for your support of As I Lay Dying."
KISS: Singing the Brews
Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS were on hand Wednesday for the lunchtime opening at their newest Rock Brews restaurant in Torrance, California. In addition to many members of the media, the duo were joined for the ribbon-cutting ceremony by returning military veterans and representatives from Wounded Warriors, one of the band's pet charities.
It's been reported recently that Simmons and Stanley plan to open 100 Rock & Brews in America and an equal number in Japan, but Simmons appears to have substantially revised those figures.
RUSH: Cloudwork Rider
Rush's Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee don't really worry about drummerNeil Peartriding his motorcycle between tour stops.
Rush are down to the last two U.S. shows on this leg of their Clockwork Angels tour before heading over to Europe later in the month, and like he does on all their tours, Peart has been driving his bike to each venue. Last week, while traveling in the Southeast he ran into some fog in Shenandoah National Park in Virginia and posted a photo on Twitter with the caption, "This is how it feels to ride inside a cloud!"
But despite the ever-changing elements, Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson aren't concerned about him missing a show. Alex says, "He's very cautious," and Geddy adds, "He doesn't take unnecessary chances."
Peart is now making his way to Uncasville, Connecticut, where Rush perform on Thursday night.
BLACK KEYS, KINGS OF LEON: Headline New Rock FestThe Black Keys and Kings of Leon are headlining a new entry into the world of festivals this weekend -- the Bottle Rock Festival.
The Napa, California event kicks off Thursday with performances by The Black Crowes, The Avett Brothers, Primus, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Violent Femmes and Delta Spirit.
Friday features The Black Keys, The Shins, Alabama Shakes, Matt Nathanson and Tristan Prettyman.
Saturday's lineup includes Kings of Leon, Jane's Addiction, Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Jackson Browne and Donavon Frankenreiter.
The fest concludes Sunday with Train, Michael Franti and Spearhead, The Wallflowers, Grouplove, Rodrigo y Gabriela and Brandi Carlile.
KID ROCK: Be His BartenderKid Rock is looking for a fan to be his personal bartender at three stops on his summer tour.
Rock has teamed up with Jim Beam for the contest -- only fans 21 and over, sorry -- that will give the winner $10,000, training in being a bartender and transportation to shows in Irvine, California July 26th; Detroit August 10th and Chicago August 30th. For more details on how to enter, head to JimBeam.com/Music/Kid-Rock.
JACK WHITE, GOTYE: Get Platinum and Gold Vinyl GatsbyJack White's Third Man Records is doing a very special vinyl edition of The Great Gatsby soundtrack. The double-vinyl set includes "blindingly reflective metalized discs," one of which is platinum and the other gold. Third Man claims, "These are the first-ever commercially available records made using these precious metals via this process." The handmade set will be available through the Third Man website starting Friday at 10 am ET as well as at the Third Man store in Nashville. A standard vinyl edition of the soundtrack -- which features Jack White, Gotye, Florence and the Machine and more -- is due June 11th.
METALLICA: Signed Bass Gets Politican in TroubleA bass that Metallica's Robert Trujillo signed has gotten the governor of Jakarta, Indonesia into trouble.
The Corruption Eradication Commission asked Joko Widodo to surrender the bass after he was photographed with it. All public officials must report any gifts they've received to the anti-graft commission within 30 days. Widodo, a big metal fan, told reporters last week that he planned to ask Metallica to play in the country and was thrilled to have gotten the bass. The commission will decide within a month if it should be returned to Widodo.
Source: Jakarta Globe
DIO, DEF LEPPARD: Campbell Takes Tribute on RoadDef Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell is taking his Ronnie James Dio tribute on the road this summer.
Last in Line features Campbell, who was a member of Dio from 1982 to 1986, joining up with fellow original Dio members Vinny Appice on drums, Jimmy Bain on bass and Claude Schnell on keyboards, along with ex-Lynch Mob singer Andrew Freeman. The group, which will play material from the first three Dio albums, has announced five European dates so far, starting August 2nd in Wacken, Germany.
AEROSMITH: Headline New Foodie FestAerosmith will headline the first Backyard Festival on Randall’s Island in New York City on July 13th.
The festival, which also includes Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, is billed as "every foodie's dream" and include booths run by New York restaurant mogul Danny Meyer. There will also be a craft beer and wine tasting area with more than 150 selections from the world’s leading brewers and wineries.
PUDDLE OF MUDD: Wes Arrested AgainPuddle of Mudd frontman Wes Scantlin was arrested Tuesday night in Hollywood.
Scantlin was stopped by police for speeding, and TMZ reports that when cops ran his info, they discovered two warrants out for his arrest. He was taken to a nearby police station and released a few hours later on $11,176 bail.
The warrants stemmed from two separate cases -- one for driving on a suspended license and one for his recent cocaine bust. They were likely triggered by his having missed court dates in both cases.
ROLLING STONES: Rock Hall Exhibit DetailsThe Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum has revealed the details of its Rolling Stones: 50 Years of Satisfaction exhibit. Opening on May 24th and spread over more than two floors, it includes:
• Mick Jagger’s Steel Wheels green leather jacket, circa 1989
• Mick’s grammar school class photograph
• Keith Richards’s Rosewood Fender Telecaster
• Charlie Watts’s mariachi shirt, circa 1975
• Ronnie Wood’s Zemaitis guitar circa 1978
• Brian Jones’s custom Vox teardrop guitar
The companion exhibit at the Museum’s Library and Archives will focus on the Stones’ tour production from 1975 to 1981. Highlights include a set list, photographs, stage drawings, fabric samples, lighting cues and more. Also featured are handwritten notes by Rolling Stones Records executive Art Collins, who toured with the band between 1977-1982. The notes were used to help determine which of their 1981 performances would be included in the live concert film Let’s Spend the Night Together.
The Museum will also launch a fan-generated interactive exhibition on Monday, in which you can share your photos of memorabilia, artwork, Stones concerts and more. Upload your original images to Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #rockhallsatisfaction to contribute to the submission feed. Images uploaded will be available to be viewed in the exhibit as well as online through the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's Facebook page throughout the duration of the exhibit.
The exhibit will close in March 2014.
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