Daily Rock Dish - MOvember 26th, 2012
11/26/2012 8:10:00 AM
--Kid Rock To Re-Record Multi-Platinum Album "Devil Without A Cause"
Kid Rock is planning to take another look at the album that kicked his career into a higher gear. He tells Billboard.com he intends to celebrate next year's 15th anniversary of his breakthrough 1998 release "Devil Without a Cause" by re-recording it. Rock explains that this will give him ownership of the new master recordings of the songs, but he says that's not the only reason to take on the project. He expects "people will dig" the new versions of some of the songs he's adjusted after playing them live for the past 15 years. Rock admits that it will be "tough to top" the originals, but he still believes there's "something special" about the revamped versions.
So far, there's no release date set for take two of "Devil Without a Cause." The original album, meanwhile, has since been certified eleven-times platinum, thanks in part to hit singles like "Bawitdaba" and "Cowboy."
--Rolling Stones Delight Fans, Critics With First London Concert
Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards might be just a few weeks shy of his 69th birthday, but he and his bandmates are proving they can still rock like they did a half-century ago. The group played the first of their five "50 and Counting" shows at London's O2 Arena Sunday night, which was also the Stones' first performance in five years. They gave a nod to their history by launching the concert with the 1963 UK hit "I Wanna Be Your Man." The band also played such classics as "Wild Horses," "It's Only Rock and Roll," and "Start Me Up," as well as the new tunes "Doom and Gloom" and "One More Shot." They saved "You Can't Always Get What You Want" and "Jumpin' Jack Flash" for the encore.
A review in the UK's "Daily Telegraph" praised the Stones for reclaiming the title of the world's greatest rock 'n' roll band, and doing so with "some style and panache." They also did it with guests. The show, which ran more than two hours, featured Mary J. Blige and Jeff Beck as well as former band members Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor. Frontman Mick Jagger also expressed the band's appreciation for the fans, saying that while it's surprising the group is still around it's "even more amazing" that they still have an audience after all these years. The Stones will play one more concert in London Thursday night, then head across the Atlantic for three U.S. shows next month.
--Report: Film About INXS Singer Michael Hutchence In The Works
It looks like late INXS singer Michael Hutchence will soon be getting the big screen treatment. Australia's "702 ABC Sydney" says a biopic about the frontman is in the works with the title "Two Worlds Colliding," taken from the lyrics of the INXS song "Never Tear Us Apart." The film is being written by Bobby Galinksy, who says he's wanted to tell Hutchence's story for more than a decade. Galinksy adds that the film will be told "from the family's side," explaining that he's basing it on the book the singer's mother and sister wrote, "Just a Man - The Real Michael Hutchence." So far there's no word on who will play Hutchence or any of the other key roles, but casting for "Two Worlds Colliding" is reportedly due to begin in 2013.
Hutchence died in 1997, and INXS has continued with a number of other lead singers since then. However, the band announced earlier this month that they were bringing an end to their touring career.
--Andrew W.K. Named Cultural Ambassador Of Partying
Andrew W.K. is apparently bringing his "Party Hard" lifestyle to the Middle East. The rocker explains on his website that the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Embassy in Manama, Bahrain, have invited W.K. to Bahrain as a cultural ambassador. Andrew says he'll be making the trip early next month to promote "partying and world peace." He's set to visit elementary schools, the University of Bahrain, music venues, and other locations. Andrew calls it a "tremendous invitation." He says he feels "very privileged and humbled by the chance to represent the United States of America and show the good people of Bahrain the power of positive partying."
The post at AndrewWK.com says the rocker's new role is "in the tradition of the American Jazz Ambassadors," who traveled around the world in the mid 20th century "as examples of American culture and spirit."
--Music On TV
Soundgarden takes the stage tonight on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live."
Motion City Soundtrack bassist Matthew Taylor is 29.
Fleetwood Mac bassist John McVie is 67.
Tina Turner is 73.
Focus bassist Bert Ruiter is 66.
The Supremes Jean Terrell is 68.
--Today In Rock History
The Beatles hit the studio for the first time under the name "The Beatles." They recorded the song "Please Please Me."
John Lennon took part in his last studio session with The Beatles, mixing and editing the song "You Know My Name (Look Up the Number.)"
The New York Dolls performed its first concert. The band played at a restaurant in London.
The Sex Pistols released the single "Anarchy in the UK."
Quiet Riot hit number one on the album chart with "Metal Health.
Pink Floyd's album "Delicate Sound of Thunder" went into deep space on a Russian Soyuz rocket.
Ozzy Osbourne broke his foot at a concert in Chicago, forcing him to cancel the rest of his tour.
P.O.D. made an in-store appearance at Sam Goody Central in the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, in promotion of the album "Satellite."
The second season of MTV's "The Osbournes" made its debut. In addition, daughter Kelly released her debut album, "Shut Up."
Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward announced that he was not going to be participating in recording projects or tours with Heaven and Hell -- the name the band used for its reunion with frontman Ronnie James Dio.
The Foo Fighters were guest judges for a special holiday-themed episode of Bravo's "Top Chef."
AC/DC earned two trophies at the Australian ARIA Awards 2009. The band got the nod for Best Rock Album and Highest Selling Album with their CD "Black Ice." The ceremony, which took place in Sydney, is the Australian equivalent to the Grammys.