Daily Rock Dish - 1/15/13
1/15/2013 8:10:00 AM
--"West Of Memphis" Soundtrack Arrives In Stores Today
The soundtrack to the new documentary "West of Memphis: Voices for Justice" is landing in stores today with contributions from Eddie Vedder and a number of other musicians who continuously voiced their support for the recently freed West Memphis Three. But the Pearl Jam frontman recently told "Rolling Stone" that his participation in the fight to release the three men -- who had spent more than 18 years in prison for the murder of three young boys -- "wasn't anything spectacular." Vedder says he didn't think he'd be able to just sit back and do nothing, and he knew his unique position as a rock star would make it easier to help raise money for the trio's cause. And now that the West Memphis Three are free, Vedder says he's grateful that he lives in a country where there is at least some hope that justice will be served.
In addition to Vedder, the "West of Memphis" soundtrack also features songs from Henry Rollins, Marilyn Manson, Band of Horses, Patti Smith, Bob Dylan, Natalie Maines and more. The documentary itself was released last month. Amy J. Berg directed the film, while "The Hobbit" director Peter Jackson and West Memphis Three member Damien Echols served as executive producers.
--Limp Bizkit Hint At Live Dates Across U.S., Europe This Year
It looks like Limp Bizkit will be hitting the road this year -- or at least they want to. The group posted a message on Facebook Monday unveiling a slew of vague tour plans. They say an "exclusive USA run" is in the works for April and May, and gigs at the U.K.'s Sonisphere and Download festivals are supposedly on the books for the summer. But it appears nothing is set in stone just yet. The Limp Bizkit guys finish their their list of possible tour stops by urging fans to reach out to their promoters and insist that they bring the band to their city. In the meantime, Limp Bizkit is currently working on their seventh album, "Stampede of the Disco Elephants," which is due out sometime this year. The record will be the band's first since signing to Lil Wayne's Cash Money Records label.
--Twisted Sister's Early Days Reportedly Subject Of New Movie
A new movie is reportedly in the works about Twisted Sister's early days. A post on the Twisted Sister In The Clubs (Unauthorized) 1976-1983 Facebook page is attributed to filmmaker Andrew Horn, who says he's "in the last stages" of a movie that covers the band's club days. He writes that it begins with the start of Twisted Sister, "in their earliest incarnation as a glam cover band" in New Jersey, and ends with the group "signing their deal with Atlantic at the end of '82 after their legendary appearance on 'The Tube' in the UK." Horn adds that the film includes "many performances in the clubs from that time and a lot of their legendary schtick," while it also tells "a great story." However, he doesn't offer any timeline for the project. He also doesn't say if any of the members of Twisted Sister are involved.
--AC/DC, Elvis Included In New "Legends" Headphone Line
A new line of headphones has tapped AC/DC, Elvis Presley, and James Dean for design inspiration. MacObserver.com says the German company On.Earz is behind "The Legends" set, which was introduced in the U.S. at last week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The Presley and Dean estates as well as the Australian band have given the product their stamp of approval. The AC/DC cans have a black leather look, with studs bridging the top of the headband and the band's logo on the underside. The Elvis set has the look of brown leather over the earpieces and the top of the headband, while his signature is on the underside. The James Dean headphones have blue denim styling on the earpieces and top of the headband, with his signature on a red faux leather strip on the underside. The headphones also come with a cable with in-line microphone and other functions for smartphone use. On.Earz's "Legends" headphones are expected to arrive in U.S. stores within the next few months, retailing for 99-dollars.
"The Legends" weren't the only headphones introduced at last week's Vegas show. Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister was on hand at the event to launch his new Motörheadphones.
--Offspring Unveil Live Version Of "Gone Away" With Dead Sara
The Offspring and their opening act Dead Sara have become more than just tourmates. The SoCal punk vets recently recorded a new version of their track "Gone Away" with Dead Sara singer Emily Armstrong. Offspring frontman Dexter Holland tells "Rolling Stone" that his band and the up-and-coming rockers from Los Angeles clicked during their tour last fall, so he tried to find a way to work with Armstrong. He decided the stripped down version of "Gone Away" would "fit Emily's voice really well," and it turns out it did. Holland says the duet soon became "a special moment in the show each night."
The soundtrack to the sixth season of Showtime's "Californication" hits stores today. The compilation includes songs from Marilyn Manson -- who is also set to guest star in the show -- Ryan Adams, Steve Jones, Mark Lanegan and more.
The Motels singer Martha Davis is 62.
Yello's Boris Blank is 61.
The Undertones guitarist Damian O'Neill is 52.
Tool guitarist Adam Jones is 48.
Former From First to Last frontman Sonny Moore is 25.
Skrillex is 25.
--Today In Rock History
Vee Jay Records filed a lawsuit against Capitol and Swan Records over the manufacturing and distribution rights to The Beatles material.
The Rolling Stones appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show," performing the song "Let's Spend The Night Together." Censors wanted Mick Jagger to change the controversial lyrics to, quote, "Let's Spend Some Time Together," but Jagger instead mumbled the real words to the song. The band also performed the hit "Ruby Tuesday.
The Rolling Stones announced they would perform a benefit concert for the people of Managua, Nicaragua, which had been devastated by an earthquake a few weeks earlier. Jagger's then-wife Bianca is from Nicaragua.
Men At Work hit number one on the pop singles chart with "Down Under."
Slaughter released the album "Stick It To Ya."
Sean Lennon's remake of his father's "Give Peace A Chance" was released to coincide with the United Nation's midnight deadline for Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait. The lyrics were updated to reflect concerns of the 1990's.
Judy Collins' son was found dead of carbon monoxide poisoning in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Jimi Hendrix and the Yardbirds were among the artists inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Model Jerry Hall filed for divorce from husband Mick Jagger after a 21-year relationship, including eight years of marriage and four children together.
Lenny Kravitz was among those who participated in the NBC telethon "Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope."
Los Lonely Boys provided the halftime entertainment at the "High School Football All-Star Game: All-American Bowl" in San Antonio, Texas.