Daily Rock Dish - 3/25/13
3/25/2013 7:10:00 AM
--Def Leppard Gets Their "Day," Launches "Viva Hysteria!" In Vegas
Def Leppard has their own day in Las Vegas. To celebrate the group's launch of their "Viva Hysteria!" engagement, Mayor Carolyn Goodman proclaimed March 22nd, 2013 "Def Leppard Day" in the Nevada city. The band shared the experience with the fans, posting a photograph on Facebook of them holding the proclamation. Loudwire.com adds that the band didn't let fans down on "Viva Hysteria's" opening night. The British band launched the night with early gems including "Good Morning Freedom," "Wasted," and "Mirror Mirror (Look Into My Eyes)." The ten-song set also featured such hits as "Foolin'" and "Bringing On The Heartbreak." After a break Def Leppard returned to the stage to present "Hysteria" in its entirety. They closed the show with a two-song encore of "Rock of Ages" and "Photograph."
Def Leppard will play a total of eleven "Viva Hysteria!" shows at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Their next performance is set for Wednesday night.
--King Crimson, Aerosmith, Hendrix Offering Special Record Store Day Discs
Special releases from King Crimson, Aerosmith, and Jimi Hendrix will be among the offerings at next month's Record Store Day. UltimateClassicRock says "Going Schizoid with King Crimson" will feature ten live tracks, with material dating back to the late 1960s. The oldest cut is a performance of "I Talk To The Wind" from 1969, and three songs are from 1972 performances. The album leads off with "21st Century Schizoid Man," which was recorded in New York's Central Park in 1974. The most recent cut is "Seizure," from a San Francisco date in 1998. "Going Schizoid" will be packaged with a graphic novel based on "The Vicar Chronicles" along with a t-shirt, poster, and stickers featuring artwork from "In the Court of the Crimson King."
Aerosmith is putting out remastered editions of their first three albums on 12-inch, 180-gram vinyl for the occasion. A vinyl Hendrix disc is also on the way. The mono mix of "Hey Joe" backed with "Stone Free" will be available as a seven-inch, 45-rpm disc. The single was originally released as the Jimi Hendrix Experience's first UK single back in 1966. Record Store Day, which celebrates the independent record retailer, is coming up on April 20th.
--My Chemical Romance Call It Quits
My Chemical Romance will be singing no more. The group announced Friday that they were calling it a day after more than 12 years together. In the post at MyChemicalRomance.com, the rockers say their time together has been "a true blessing" that has allowed them to "see and experience things [they] never imagined possible." MCR members Gerard Way, Ray Toro, Mikey Way and Frank Iero don't offer any specific reason for the breakup, but only say that, "like all great things, it has come time for it to end." They close their note by thanking the fans for all their support "and for being part of the adventure."
My Chemical Romance was founded in 2001 by Gerard Way and his high school friend Matt Pelissier. They released their breakthrough second album, "Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge," in 2004. After that, they toured with Green Day, co-headlined the 2005 Warped Tour, and put out two more albums -- 2006's "The Black Parade," and 2010's "Danger Days: The True Lives of Fabulous Killjoys."
--Queens Of The Stone Age To Release New Album In June
Queens of the Stone Age finally have a name for their highly -anticipated, guest star-laden album. The band has announced that the record will be called "...Like Clockwork," and is scheduled to drop sometime this June. But fans who can't wait that long can visit QOTSA.com to hear snippets of some of the new songs. As previously announced, the material will feature contributions from Dave Grohl, Trent Reznor, Elton John, Scissor Sisters frontman Jake Shears, and the band's bassist Nick Oliveri. "...Like Clockwork" will be Queens of the Stone Age's first release since 2007's "Era Vulgaris."
--Jeff Tweedy Writes Op-Ed Supporting Marriage Equality In Illinois
Jeff Tweedy is stepping up his support for marriage equality. The Wilco frontman penned an open letter to his hometown newspaper the "Belville News-Democrat" urging the Illinois state House of Representatives to approve same-sex marriage legislation. Tweedy says that by excluding same-sex couples from marriage, Illinois "saddles them, their children and itself with second-class status." He adds that "it's time" for the state to join the nine others that have already "extended the freedom to marry to gay and lesbian couples." The Illinois marriage equality bill has been approved by the state Senate and is now awaiting the final approval from the full House. Action is expected to be taken sometime next month.
Aretha Franklin is 71.
Elton John is 66.
Spandau Ballet's Steve Norman is 53.
Former Carcass and Blackstar Rising bassist Jeff Walker is 44.
--Today In History
Elvis Presley made his last concert appearance for eight years with a show on the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. The show was a benefit concert, which raised 62-thousand-dollars for the USS Arizona memorial fund.
Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee was arrested for allegedly exposing his behind during a concert in Augusta, Georgia.
Guns N' Roses' album "Appetite For Destruction" was certified multi-Platinum.
Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder was rescued after a riptide carried him 250-feet offshore along the coast of New Zealand.
U2's Bono took the stand in defense of R.E.M.'s Peter Buck at the guitarist's trial in London on charges relating to an alleged air rage incident in April 2001. The singer described Buck as a peaceful, gentle man.
Singer Chris Cornell walked out of a rehearsal with former members of Rage Against the Machine as the musicians were trying to hammer out a new band. Cornell eventually returned, and Audioslave was born.
Stone Sour announced that drummer Joel Ekman was no longer in the group. He had not been working with the band on its second album because his son was terminally ill. Ex-Soulfly drummer Roy Mayorga had been filling in, and two months later Stone Sour named him Ekman's permanent replacement.
The wife of Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland was arrested at the couple's Toluca Lake, California home after allegedly setting fire to the rocker's wardrobe, valued at ten-thousand-dollars.
Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora was arrested in Laguna Beach, California, after police allegedly observed him driving his black Hummer erratically. He was reportedly detained after failing numerous field sobriety tests.