Daily Rock Dish - 1/3/13
Posted 1/2/2013 8:10:00 AM

--Megadeth's Dave Mustaine Happy With Band's Work On Next Album

Dave Mustaine says Megadeth is making progress on their next album.  In a New Year's Eve tweet the rocker says that they "started song 5."  He adds that he's "so impressed" with drummer Shawn Drover, and that he's "NEVER heard Shawn play better."  Megadeth's upcoming effort will be their follow up to 2011's "Thirteen."  The band has been working on the project at Mustaine's studio in San Marcos, California with producer Johnny K, who's previous work includes tracks from Staind, Disturbed, and Sevendust.  Over the summer, after he'd started writing the material for the album, Dave told "NME" that the band didn't really have a direction in mind, but that some tracks were "a little darker" and some were "a little faster" than what they've done before.  The new Megadeth album is expected to hit stores sometime this year.


--Anthrax Guitarist Launching UK "Speaking Words" Tour In May

Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian is taking his career in a new direction.  He'll be heading to Britain in the spring for a spoken word tour.  The rocker tells "Decibel" magazine it's something he's "always wanted to do."  He explains that his upcoming 16-date trek stems from a one-off performance in London back in November.  Ian says that when he got the offer to do the show he was thrilled because he'd been "waiting for this to happen" but "didn't know how to kick-start it."  Scott also doesn't believe audience members have to like his music to enjoy his spoken word show.  He explains that his stories are "just so inherently ridiculous" that a person with "any sense of humor at all" should find them funny.  Ian says he's not delving into his childhood for material, but will tell tales from his 32 years of playing in metal bands.  Ian will launch his "Speaking Words" tour in Oxford, England on May 24th.


--Journey To Play First-Ever Show in Guam

Journey will be doing something in 2013 they've never done before.  The group is set to make their concert debut in Guam.  The band will take the stage at Yigo Park in Yigo, Guam on March 23rd to wrap up their Asian tour.  Journey will kick off their overseas work in late February with a co-headlining Australian-New Zealand tour with Deep Purple.  The band will then play five dates in Japan, starting with a show in Tokyo on March 11th.  The group will also perform in Singapore and frontman Arnel Pineda's homeland, the Philippines, before their Guam show.

Prior to their international dates, Journey will play a few more U.S. shows with Loverboy and Pat Benatar.  The three acts toured extensively together last year.  Their next concert will be in Sioux City, Iowa on February 5th.


--Runaways Reunion Stalls

Lita Ford says she's not sure if there'll be a Runaways reunion anytime soon.  The guitarist tells Bravewords.com she'd been working on getting back together with Joan Jett and Cherrie Currie for the past several months.  The once-estranged band members reconciled their differences last year, and had discussed working together once again.  But Lita admits she's "kind of thrown in the towel" on the effort because she "can't get a yes or no out of Joan."  She admits she'd "love it," but explains that "for some reason...Joan's camp" is reluctant to commit.


--GNR Guitarist Bumblefoot Offers Advice For Young Rockers

While Guns N' Roses doesn't exactly have a reputation for punctuality, that doesn't mean the concept is lost on the band members.  Guitarist Bumblefoot says timeliness is something up-and-coming rockers should strive for.  The rocker -- whose real name is Ron Thal -- tells "Ryze-Up" magazine that "be on time" is the first piece of advice he'd give any newbies asking him for tips.  And Thal clarifies that what he actually means by "on time" is "early."  He also says that being "overly prepared" is very important for young musicians, as is being "cool."  Thal says he's learned that "players can be replaced," so it's a good idea to try to be the "calm, relaxed, easy-going, soothing presence in the room" that other people want to be around.


--Today's Birthdays

Hoobastank singer Doug Robb is 36.
The Living End frontman Chris Cheney is 36.


--Today In Rock History

In 1973
Jimmy Page and Robert Plant had to hitch-hike to a show in Sheffield, England when Plant's car broke down on the way to the gig.

In 1975
A U.S. District Court Judge allowed John Lennon and his attorney to have access to the deportation process against him.

Pink Floyd began recording sessions for the album "Wish You Were Here" at Abbey Road Studios in London.

In 1979
The Sid Vicious murder trial began in New York.  Vicious was accused of the stabbing death of girlfriend Nancy Spungen.

In 2001
Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx and wife Donna celebrated the birth of their daughter, Frankie Jean.

In 2002
Nickelback's "How You Remind Me" was named the most played song on radio in 2001, with more than 421-thousand spins.  Puddle of Mudd's "Blurry" and Linkin Park's "In the End" were also among the songs receiving a lot of airplay.

In 2003
Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson was released from a Naples, Florida, jail after posting 14-thousand-500-dollars bail.  He'd been arrested two days earlier in conjunction with a brawl with police at a New Year's Eve celebration at a local hotel.

In 2005
Green Day's "American Idiot" became the first chart-topping album of the year in the UK.

In 2008
Hinder frontman Austin Winkler was in a Jonesboro, Arkansas court in connection with an arrest a few weeks earlier on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

New releases included the Smashing Pumpkins' digital EP "American Gothic."

In 2012
Aerosmith's Steven Tyler confirmed that he had proposed to girlfriend Erin Brady over the Christmas holiday.

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