Daily Rock Dish - 2/12/13
2/12/2013 8:10:00 AM
--Ted Nugent To Attend State Of The Union
Ted Nugent will be front and center for President Obama's State Of Union speech tonight. The rocker, who got acquainted with the Secret Service after making caustic comments about the President last year, will be attending the address as the guest of Texas GOP Representative Steve Stockman. Nugent will reportedly be making statements to reporters after the President's remarks. In a statement, Stockman called Nugent a "patriot" adding that he was excited to have the rocker join him in the House chamber to hear from President Obama.
Stockman and Nugent have a common bond in their support of the Second Amendment. Last month Stockman suggested impeaching the President over gun control. Nugent made headlines last year when he said he would either be dead or in jail this year if President Obama was re-elected to the White House.
--Nugent, Styx, REO Announce Spring Tour
Ted Nugent, Styx, and REO Speedwagon are once again teaming up for a tour. The rockers, who also hit the road together last summer, have announced plans for the 2013 edition of their "Midwest Rock 'n Roll Express Tour." The 19-date spring trek is scheduled to begin in Grand Forks, North Dakota on April 18th and hit cities throughout the Eastern half of the country, wrapping up in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania on May 19th. Nugent says he expects the trek to be a lot of fun, explaining, "When you live the ultimate American guitar player's dream, with the ultimate grinding band, performing the most intense fun songs in the world to the most enthusiastic audiences alive, every tour and every concert is an indescribable celebration." He adds that Styx and REO "deserve" him. Styx's Tommy Shaw adds that his group and REO intend to deliver, cautioning concertgoers that they "might need to take the next day off after riding this glorious train!" Tickets for select shows will be on sale later this week. Details are available on Nugent's website.
Ted Nugent, Styx, REO Speedwagon "Midwest Rock 'n Roll Express Tour" Dates
April 19 - Minneapolis, Minnesota, at the Target Center
--Jon Bon Jovi Shares Concerns For Young Music Fans
Bon Jovi's Jon Bon Jovi says he's concerned for young music fans. The singer tells the UK's "Star" magazine that "this generation isn't paying that much attention to music." He admits that "the young boy band thing has its place." But Jon says "you can't compare One Direction to the likes of Adele or Mumford And Sons," adding that "their talent is invigorating." Given his attitude, Bon Jovi was likely satisfied with the results at last weekend's Grammy Awards. Adele and Mumford And Sons were among the winners at the event, while One Direction wasn't even a nominee.
--Guns N' Roses Guitarist Hoping For No New Album
Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal says he's hoping the band doesn't try to record another album. The rocker tells "Classic Rock" magazine that there's "talk all the time" among band members about making a new disc, but admits that "life always gets in the way." He explains that it's "hard to have the momentum and the focus and everything that you need" because it's "hard to put everything aside and do a whole album." Bumblefoot says he'd much rather see the group turn its attention to recording individual tracks instead. He explains that "when there's so much touring" and "other stuff going on" he doesn't think it's wise to "try and take on 14 songs," and feels instead Guns N' Roses should just "do a song, then another song, then another song and then figure it out from there."
Guns N' Roses doesn't exactly have a reputation for doing quick studio work. A new album would be the band's follow up to 2008's "Chinese Democracy," which arrived 15 years after its predecessor, 1993's "The Spaghetti Incident?"
--Christine McVie Not Reuniting With Fleetwood Mac
Former Fleetwood Mac singer-keyboardist Christine McVie isn't rejoining the fold. And she's no longer being pressured to do so, either. Earlier this month Mick Fleetwood told the UK's "The Sun" that Christine would be spending a few weeks with him in Hawaii, and during that time he vowed to work on "persuading her to return." But he's now telling Britain's "Telegraph" that he's "had to agree to stop asking her." In his earlier interview he said the group would "make her very welcome" if she chose to return, but acknowledged that "it'd be her decision." McVie made her decision 15 years ago, and apparently hasn't changed her mind. She left Fleetwood Mac in 1998 and has been maintaining a relatively low profile in Britain ever since. Christine recently gave a rare interview to "Mojo" magazine to help promote the 35th anniversary release of "Rumours," and said she still has no interest in reviving her music career and reuniting with Fleetwood Mac.
Fleetwood Mac, featuring Fleetwood with Lindsey Buckingham, John McVie, and Stevie Nicks, will hit the road this spring. The group will launch a North American trek in Columbus, Ohio on April 4th.
--CBS Says Jack White Didn't Sing The F-Word At Grammys
CBS says they didn't fail to protect viewers from a Jack White f-bomb during Sunday night's Grammy telecast. According to "The Hollywood Reporter," many viewers hit the web after the show to talk about White's apparent use of the four-letter word during his performance of his single "Love Interruption." But CBS claims he was actually singing the word "fight." Executive VP Martin Franks tells "The Hollywood Reporter" that the network's editors have listened to the performance multiple times and found nothing that needed to be bleeped. Those editors, however, did have to go to work during Mumford and Sons' Album of the Year acceptance speech. Frontman Marcus Mumford joked that they didn't win any Grammys last year because the award's presenter, Adele, was nominated for "f***ing everything" at the 2012 ceremony. But thanks to the ten-second delay, Grammy editors were able to remove the profanity in time.
--Deftones' Chino Moreno, Isis Members To Release Debut As Palm
Deftones frontman Chino Moreno is quickly returning to music stores this year with a new band. Deftones just released their latest album "Koi No Yokan" in November, and now Moreno has announced plans to release the debut album from his other band, Palms, this summer. The group also features former Isis members Aaron Harris, Clifford Meyer and Jaff Caxide. Harris explains that he started Palms with Meyer and Caxide a little more than a year ago as a way to keep making music together after Isis ended, and eventually Moreno joined in. Harris adds that they've worked really hard on their self-titled debut and are excited for people to hear it. "Palms" is scheduled to hit stores on June 25th.
--Bullet For My Valentine Release New Album Today
The guys in Bullet for My Valentine are getting angry in music stores across the country today. The Welsh metal band's fourth studio effort, "Temper Temper," is available now, and the rockers plan to celebrate with a short trek through the U.S. Following today's autograph signing stop in New York City, the band will head to Lake Buena Vista, Florida on Thursday, February 14th for the first of four Stateside shows. They'll also visit Las Vegas; Anaheim, California; and San Diego. After that, they're scheduled to hit the road in Australia and Europe.
--Sinéad O'Connor Calls Pope's Resignation His "Greatest Achievement"
Sinéad O'Connor is "congratulating" Pope Benedict the 16th on his choice to step down. The controversial Irish singer posted a message on her website Monday saying that the pontiff has made a "wise decision to retire before the very worst of what has been going on is discovered." O'Connor also commends the pope for "alluding to some of it in his statement," although she doesn't clarifying exactly what he is alluding to. Pope Benedict made his announcement on Monday, explaining that his "advanced age" makes him "no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry." He also asked his "Brothers" to pardon him "for all [his] defects." The 85-year-old intends to officially resign on February 28th.
This isn't O'Connor's first statement about the papacy. In 1992, she infamously tore up a picture of Benedict's predecessor, Pope John Paul the Second, after a performance on "Saturday Night Live," saying, quote, "Fight the real enemy." Now, she writes that "the church has been brought into dreadful disrepute by lies and blasphemies against The Holy Spirit." She adds that Benedict's "greatest achievement is this act of retiring."
--Paramore Unveil Video For "Now"
The members of Paramore are claiming victory in the new video for their latest single, "Now." The clip, which was directed by Daniel Cloud Campos, debuted Monday on MTV. It features a militaristic theme, with the trio making their way across a battlefield filled with soldiers wielding a variety of weapons. They're finally ably to get through unscathed thanks to frontwoman Hayley Williams' last-minute embrace of an angry-looking general. "Now" is the first single from Paramore's self-titled fourth album. The set is due out April 9th, and the band is scheduled to start a U.S. tour on April 25th in Houston.
The Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek is 74.
Former Doobie Brothers singer-keyboardist Michael McDonald is 61.
Former Motörhead guitarist Brian Robertson is 57.
Barenaked Ladies bassist Jim Creeggan is 43.
--Today In Rock History
Police raided Keith Richards' Sussex, England home. The officers found, quote, "suspicious" substances.
Jimi Hendrix, who had dropped out of school at age 14, received an honorary high school diploma from Seattle's Garfield High School and the key to the city of Seattle.
The Police recorded the group's first single, "Fall Out."
Blondie singer Deborah Harry announced that she would be recording a solo album.
Robert Plant released the album "Now and Zen."
Iron Butterfly's Phil Kramer disappeared and likely died. The body of the then-42-year-old bassist was found four years later.
David Bowie received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
U2 announced plans for the group's two-year long "Pop" tour.
A three judge appeals panel in San Francisco ruled that Napster could be held liable for copyright infringement under certain circumstances. However, the court refused to grant the record industry's request that Napster be immediately prohibited from trading copyrighted songs until a trial is held on the issue.
Former Eagles member Don Felder sued band mates Glenn Frey and Don Henley because they fired him from the group and were trying to buy him out of his share of the trio's company, Eagles Ltd.
Courtney Love explained why she missed a recent court date, telling Howard Stern that she didn't have a professional bodyguard.
Weezer's Rivers Cuomo and Matt Sharp resolved their differences as Cuomo joined Sharp at Sharp's solo show at California State Fullerton. The two had been on the outs since Sharp left Weezer in 1998.
3 Doors Down began a tour with a show at the Daytona International Speedway in Florida following a NASCAR race. The band also performed one song before the race, which was part of the televised coverage of the NASCAR event.
The Police formally announced their reunion tour, a day after performing at the Grammy Awards ceremony.
Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst and guitarist Wes Borland announced that the band was getting back together.
The all-star remake of the charity single "We Are The World," renamed "We Are The World 25 for Haiti," was unveiled during the opening ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canada. Quincy Jones, Lionel Richie, and Wyclef Jean were behind the fundraiser for earthquake relief efforts in Haiti. Carlos Santana, Maroon 5's Adam Levine, Good Charlotte's Joel and Benji Madden, and Heart's Ann Wilson are among the 85 stars featured on the song.