Daily Rock Dish - December 13th, 2012
12/13/2012 8:10:00 AM
--Eddie Vedder, Chris Martin, Michael Stipe, More Play "12.12.12" Benefit
Eddie Vedder, Dave Grohl and Chris Martin were all on hand for the "12.12.12" Hurricane Sandy benefit concert in New York's Madison Square Garden Wednesday night. Vedder took the stage minus his usual Pearl Jam bandmates, instead helping Roger Waters with the Pink Floyd classic "Comfortably Numb."
Grohl and his former Nirvana bandmates Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear -- performing together for the first time in almost two decades -- also teamed up with a rock icon. They played a brand new song with Paul McCartney, which the former Beatle said they came up with during a last minute jam session. Coldplay's Chris Martin also welcomed a last minute adjustment as Michael Stipe joined him for a duet version of R.E.M.'s "Losing My Religion." Newsman Brian Williams later explained that not even the event's organizers knew Stipe would be making an appearance.
The "12.12.12" concert also featured performances from the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Kanye West and many more. A host of celebrities stopped by as well to help the cause, including Billy Crystal, Jon Stewart, Adam Sandler, Jimmy Fallon, and others. All proceeds from the event are going to the Robin Hood Relief Fund.
--Report: Courtney Love "Not Amused" By McCartney-Nirvana Performance
It turns out Courtney Love isn't a fan of the Nirvana-Beatles hybrid put together for the "12.12.12" benefit concert Wednesday. She tells TMZ she was "not amused" when she heard Paul McCartney would be teaming up with her late husband Kurt Cobain's bandmates Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic at the Madison Square Garden gig. But it seems it might just be this particular rock icon Love has a problem with. She admits it "would be cool" to have a Beatle filling in for Cobain if John Lennon were still alive. However, Love isn't limiting her anger to McCartney. She says she's also upset that Grohl and Novoselic are calling the performance a Nirvana reunion because in her mind, Cobain was the heart and soul of the band.
--Rolling Stones To Continue Anniversary Shows In New Jersey Tonight
Mick Taylor is teaming up with the Rolling Stones again in New Jersey tonight. The guitarist joined his former bandmates for both of their "50 and Counting" anniversary shows in London last month, and now he's set to do it again during tonight's concert at the Prudential Center in Newark. Taylor is on board for the Stones second and final Newark show on Saturday as well. That gig will also feature Bruce Springsteen, the Black Keys and Lady Gaga, and will be televised as a pay-per-view special dubbed "One More Shot."
Tonight's Newark concert is the Stones fourth of five 50th anniversary shows. They played London's O2 Arena twice last month, and took the stage at Brooklyn's new Barclays Center last Saturday. They also took part in the "12.12.12" Hurricane Sandy benefit concert at New York's Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night.
--Robert Plant Plans To "Chill" In 2013
There are more signs that that much hoped-for Led Zeppelin reunion tour is still a long way off from happening. Robert Plant says he's ready to put it in park. When asked about his plans for 2013, the Led Zeppelin rocker told CBS Local he might just chill for a while. That's a completely different plan of action than the solo tour plan announced by Plant's Led Zeppelin band member Jimmy Page. The guitarist recently told "Guitar World" he's anxious to get back on the road and only put off his plans for a solo trek to help promote the Led Zeppelin concert movie "Celebration Day." Plant, meantime, says he's enjoying life and spending more time in America, adding that he's becoming way more aware, opinionated and stimulated by his adventures in the U.S.
The British singer has been spending more time stateside mostly due to his relationship with singer-songwriter Patty Griffin who toured with him on his Band Of Joy tour. Griffin also accompanied Plant to the Kennedy Center Honors gala, which honored Led Zeppelin, Buddy Guy, David Letterman, Dustin Hoffman and ballerina Natalia Makarova. Highlights from the ceremony will air on December 26th on CBS.
--Jack Black Talks Tenacious D's Grammy Nomination
Jack Black says Tenacious D's first Grammy nomination came just in time. In a recent interview with "Billboard," the comedy rocker jokes that he's pretty sure "the Tenacious D nation would've staged some kind of protest" if they didn't get the nod. But now that "Rize of the Fenix," his latest album with D partner Kyle Glass, is in the running for Best Comedy Album, Black says he's "just happy that there won't be a riot." But he adds that he and Gass "don't care about prizes," even though he says, tongue in cheek, that there's been "a tremendous amount of buzz" about just how many awards "Rize of the Fenix" would win. The record is Tenacious D's third, and first in nearly six years. They released "The Pick of Destiny" back in 2006.
As for this year's Best Comedy Album Grammy, the D will face off against Jimmy Fallon, Margaret Cho, Lewis Black, Kathy Griffin and Jim Gaffigan for the honor. The winner will be announced during the 55th annual Grammy Awards ceremony on February 10th.
Ted Nugent is 64.
Television frontman Tom Verlaine is 63.
Franz Ferdinand guitarist Nicholas McCarthy is 38.
Blink-182's Tom DeLonge is 37. He also performs with Angels and Airwaves.
Evanescence frontwoman Amy Lee is 31.
--Today In Rock History
The Beatles formally signed an agreement with Brian Epstein for him to be their manager. A number of sources say, however, that Epstein himself never signed the agreement.
George Harrison became the first rock star to visit the White House. He visited on the invitation of President Ford's son Jack.
Phil Collins appeared in an episode of "Miami Vice," playing the part of a drug dealing TV game show host.
Bruce Springsteen and Julianne Phillips divorce was finalized.
Bon Jovi and Blues Traveler's John Popper were among the artists who played at a private party for Vice President Al Gore. Gore's party came after he gave his speech conceding the 2000 Presidential election to George W. Bush.
ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons received the Heart of Texas Hall of Fame Award from The Cancer League, Inc., a Houston-based group that honored the guitarist for his efforts in the fight against the disease.
The White Stripes Jack White and the Von Bondies' Jason Stollsteimer got into a brawl at the Magic Stick in Detroit. White was accused of spitting in Stollsteimer's face and repeatedly hitting him in the head.
The All-American rejects touring keyboardist Tim Jordan took his own life in his hometown of Camden, Arkansas. He was 24.
Korn drummer David Silveria announced plans to take a temporary hiatus from the group.
Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland was arraigned in connection with his DUI arrested in Los Angeles a few weeks earlier. The arrest stemmed from a traffic accident in which the singer was said to be at fault, and police investigating the incident said he seemed to be impaired.
Eddie Vedder earned a Golden Globe nomination for his musical contribution to "Into the Wild."
Alice Cooper hosted his annual Christmas Pudding charity concert in Phoenix, Arizona. Bob Welch and The Doors' Robby Krieger were among the performers who took part in the show.
Paul McCartney was in New York City, making his performance debut at the famed Apollo Theater in Harlem.