Daily Rock Dish - 3/28/13
3/28/2013 8:10:00 AM
--Green Day Kick Off Arena Portion Of Tour
Green Day's return to the road kicks into full gear tonight. The punk rockers have been warming up with a handful of club gigs and a stop at South by Southwest, but now they're ready to bring their show to the bigger stages. The arena portion of their "¡Uno!" "¡Dos!" "¡Tré!" tour starts tonight in Chicago. The outing was originally scheduled for this past fall, but Green Day was forced to postpone it after frontman Billie Joe Armstrong checked himself into rehab to deal with his addiction to alcohol and prescription drugs. But Armstrong has proven that he's ready to rock again, and he and his bandmates are scheduled to make their way through the U.S. over the next three weeks or so before heading overseas for an extensive trek through Europe starting in May.
--Rolling Stones To Make Glastonbury Debut In June
The Rolling Stones apparently still have a few firsts to conquer after 50 years of rocking. The legendary British rock band is set to play England's Glastonbury music festival for the first time in their career in June. Organizers say the Stones will join Arctic Monkeys, Mumford & Sons as headliners at the three-day event. Elvis Costello, Primal Scream, Kenny Rogers and Billy Bragg are also among the artists expected to perform. The Stones have been saying for weeks that they would like to play Glastonbury for the first time in their careers. The band played a series of sold-out mini-concerts in London and the U.S. last November and December. Reports have suggested that there are also plans for them to play full world tour this year. The Glastonbury music festival will run from June 28th through June 30th. No word yet on the exact date the Stones will make their festival debut.
--Def Leppard's Rick Allen Displaying Visual Artwork At Vegas Gallery
"Viva Hysteria!" isn't the only Las Vegas engagement for Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen. The rocker also has a series of pictures on display. In a process combining photography, graphic design, light, and motion, Rick is capturing images on canvas of his "light stick" as he's playing drums. He tells the local Fox 5's "More Access" show that each of the ten pieces in "Electric Hand: Rhythm + Change" were created to Def Leppard songs. Allen says the artwork reveals a "hidden world," explaining that "we all know what music sounds like, but not too many of us know what it looks like." Allen's "Electric Hand" will be on display at the Martin Lawrence Galleries at the Forum in Las Vegas through April 10th.
Rick is slated to make a special appearance at the gallery tonight to discuss his work. He'll return for another Q-and-A session at the gallery on April 4th. Def Leppard's next "Viva Hysteria!" show is set for The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on Friday.
--Skid Row Signs International Label Deal
Skid Row has a new record deal. Blabbermouth.net says the band has signed on with German company UDR Music, which will handle the international releases of the group's upcoming material. Last month Skid Row inked an agreement with Megaforce Records to distribute their records in North America. The band is currently working on a series of EPs, which they plan to roll out over the course of the next year-and-a-half. Skid Row bassist says they've chosen to go this route because it's "something different," and "living in an age of information overload, it seemed like the perfect time to try something new." He adds that by putting out EPs instead of full albums, the band will be able to "have new music out there on a consistent basis." Skid Row's last album was 2006's "Revolutions Per Minute." The band's first EP, "United World Rebellion - Chapter 1," is due on April 16th.
--Ex-AC/DC Member Raises 44-Hundred For Sydney College Soccer Team
Former AC/DC bassist Mark Evans is showing support for ladies soccer. Australia's Noise11.com says the rocker brought in nearly 44-hundred-dollars with one of his gold records, which he donated to a fundraising auction for the Sydney Secondary College girls soccer team. He contributed the plaque he received for the band's first international release, 1976's "High Voltage." Evans gave up the gold record commemorating French sales of the album reaching the 100-thousand mark. But that's not all the winning bidder will receive. Mark intends to write a personal message on the back of the plaque. He's also tossing in a signed copy of his autobiography "Dirty Deeds: My Life Inside & Outside of AC/DC." The money will help fund the soccer team's trip to Hawaii, where the girls will compete in April.
--Fall Out Boy Add Second North American Leg To Tour
The guys in Fall Out Boy will continue to do their best to help "Save Rock & Roll" this fall. The rockers are set to bring their upcoming album, "Save Rock & Roll," on the road this spring and summer with a massive tour through North America and Europe. And now they're adding even more stops to keep them going through September. The new dates start September 5th in Uncasville, Connecticut, while the entire trek is scheduled to get under way May 14th in Milwaukee. Fall Out Boy's "Save Rock & Roll" -- their first record since 2008 -- is due out April 16th.
Mudhoney guitarist Steve Turner is 48.
Former EMF singer-guitarist James Atkin is 46.
The Killers guitarist David Keuning is 37.
--Today In Rock History
Van Morrison recorded the song "Brown Eyed Girl" at A&R Studios in New York.
Led Zeppelin released the album "Houses of the Holy."
Dick Clark was inducted into the Hollywood Rock Walk.
Eric Clapton had a funeral in England for his four-year-old son, Connor, who died when he fell from a 53rd floor apartment window in New York eight days earlier. George Harrison and Phil Collins were among the mourners.
U2's "One" broke into the Top 40 chart.
Phil Collins announced that he was leaving Genesis.
Red Hot Chili Peppers' album "Californication" was certified triple Platinum.
Kittie revealed that bassist Talena Atfield had left the group. Spine's Jennifer J. Arroyo was enlisted to replace her. The announcement came the day before the group was to start a tour of the Northeastern U.S.
Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher slammed Coldplay's anti-war sentiment, and called singer Chris Martin a, quote, "knobhead student."
New releases included Rob Zombie's CD "Educated Horses."
Poison drummer Rikki Rocket was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport and booked on a felony fugitive sexual assault warrant issued from Nebosha County, Mississippi. Rockett was accused of forcing himself on an unidentified woman in a hotel room at the Silver Star Casino seven months earlier. Rocker was later found to be innocent, and the assailant was a man who had claimed to be the rocker.
Aerosmith hosted a media event in Los Angeles to announce plans for their first studio album in eight years. After two postponed release dates, "Music From Another Dimension" arrived in stores that November.