Daily Rock Dish - 4/23/13
4/23/2013 8:10:00 AM
--3 Doors Down Cancel Tour Dates After Bassist's Arrest
Three Doors Down have canceled a handful of tour dates in the wake of bassist Todd Harrell's arrest on a vehicular manslaughter charge last week. The band announced Monday that they were calling off their next four shows in the U.S. -- including stops in Louisiana and Tennessee -- "out of respect" to the victim, Paul Howard Shoulders Jr., and his family. Police say Harrell was driving drunk along an interstate in Tennessee late Friday night when he clipped Shoulders' pickup truck, sending it off the road and down an embankment. Shoulders died later at a hospital in Nashville. Three Doors Down have also posted their condolences on their website, saying that they are "deeply saddened" by Shoulders' death. They added that their "hearts and prayers go out to his family and friends at this difficult time."
Three Doors Down are scheduled to resume touring with the start of their European tour on May 31st in Moscow. They'll return to the U.S. July 5th to kick off a co-headlining trek with Daughtry in Solomons, Maryland. In the meantime, Harrell is due back in court this Thursday.
--Styx, REO, Nugent Tour Raising Money For Boston Marathon Victims
Styx, REO Speedwagon, and Ted Nugent are helping out in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing. The rockers, who are on the road together on their "Midwest Rock 'n' Roll Express" tour, are raising money for the victims via Styx's "Rock to the Rescue" charity. At upcoming tour stops Styx's organization will give away hold fundraising raffles featuring a guitar autographed by all the bands. Three-quarters of the proceeds from the raffle will go to a Boston-area charity supporting victims of the blast, while the other 25-percent will go to organizations in the communities hosting the shows. Styx, REO, and Nugent will be perfoming at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Massachusetts Tuesday night. "The Republican" newspaper says the venue has made a limited number of tickets available through Ticketmaster.com that are supporting The One Fund Boston.
--Rush Launching 2013 Tour
Rush is back on the road. Following their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction and a win at Canada's Juno Awards, the trio is launching their 2013 "Clockwork Angels" trek. The Canadian band is getting the tour started with a short U.S. run, starting tonight in Austin, Texas. They'll play nine shows before heading overseas. Rush will kick off their European trek in Manchester, England on May 22nd. The group will then return to these shores for another 17 dates, which begin in Hershey, Pennsylvania on June 21st. The stops include a July 4th appearance at Milwaukee, Wisconsin's Summerfest. Rush will also visit Grand Rapids, Michigan on June 30th and Halifax, Nova Scotia on July 12th, marking their first shows in those cities in more than a decade.
Rush North American Tour Dates near us: July 4 - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, at Summerfest
--Robert Plant Announces Tour Dates With Sensational Space Shifters
Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters are hitting the road. The Led Zeppelin frontman is taking his new band on tour in the U.S., starting June 20th in Dallas. Plant's Sensational Space Shifters performed their first show together last May in England and recently visited Australia and New Zealand for a string of shows Down Under. Grace Potter and the Nocturnals are expected to pop up on Plant's tour stops in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Berkeley.
--Woodstock Folk Legend Richie Havens Dead At 72
Folk legend Richie Havens has died. A rep for Havens says the singer-songwriter passed away Monday. He was 72. The Brooklyn-born musician is remembered for opening the 1969 Woodstock Festival with a nearly three-hour performance that included his improvisation of the spiritual "Motherless Child," which became the song "Freedom." Havens dabbled in acting in the 1970s, appearing in the stage presentation of The Who's "Tommy" and as Othello in the 1974 film "Catch My Soul." "Greased Lightning," with Richard Pryor and "Hearts of Fire" with fellow folk legend Bob Dylan are also among this credits. Havens also recorded slogans for CBS and ABC and commercials for Amtrak and Maxwell House Coffee. "The Fabric of Our Lives" theme for the cotton industry is among his most recognizable commercial recordings.
Havens performed at the inauguration for President Bill Clinton in 1993 and has received numerous honors over the years, including an induction into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame. The singer and guitarist announced last year that he would stop touring after 45 years due to health setbacks brought on from complications related to kidney surgery.
--Kim Gordon Reveals Thurston Moore's Marriage-Ending Affair
Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon is opening up about the affair that ended her marriage and the battle with cancer that followed. In a new interview with "Elle" magazine, Gordon revealed that her 27-year-marriage to bandmate Thurston Moore crumbled because Moore was carrying on a "whole double life" with another woman. She says the other woman was someone who had been around the band for a while, and adds that Moore is a "really lost soul." Making matters even worse, Gordon says she was diagnosed with noninvasive breast cancer not long after the split. But Gordon assures fans it is "literally the best [kind of cancer] you can have," and says she's since recovered after being treated with a lumpectomy.
Now, Gordon has a number of projects she's a part of, including her new outfit with Bill Nace called Body/Head. They're set to play Yoko Ono's Meltdown Festival in London this June.
--Cure Play Four-Hour Set On Robert Smith's Birthday
Cure frontman Robert Smith decided to go big for his birthday this past weekend. SlicingUpEyeballs.com says Smith celebrated turning 54 on Sunday with a supersized concert in Mexico City that lasted four-hours-and-16-minutes. The Cure reportedly played a standard 25-song set to get things started. But they doubled their song count with four encores, including a 12-song finale. The last portion also featured a few solo performances from Smith, which the singer rarely does. Sunday's show was the last stop on the Cure's latest Latin America trek. Up next the band is set to play a number of festivals, including Chicago's Lollapalooza in August.
Jethro Tull bassist Glenn Cornick is 66.
King Crimson violinist David Cross is 64.
Former Jesus Jones drummer Simon "Gen" Matthews is 49.
Former Interpol bassist Carlos "D" Dengler is 39.
The Rasmus frontman Lauri Ylönen is 34.
--Today In rock History
The Rolling Stones released the album "Sticky Fingers," the first on Rolling Stones Records. Pop artist Andy Warhol designed the cover.
Peter Ham, guitarist and songwriter for Badfinger, hung himself in his London garage. He was reported to be deeply depressed by his recent departure from the group. He was 27.
Sid Vicious filmed his rendition of Frank Sinatra's "My Way" to be included in the Sex Pistols' movie "The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle."
Poison's album "Look What The Cat Dragged In" was certified Platinum.
Iron Maiden's "Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son" hit number one on the UK albums chart.
New York Dolls founder Johnny Thunders died.
The Offspring album "Ixnay On The Hombre" certified Gold and Platinum.
A Marilyn Manson concert in Denver was cancelled because it was to take place near the anniversary of the shootings at nearby Columbine High School.
Jack Osbourne checked himself into a rehab facility in Los Angeles.
Jane's Addiction reunited for a performance at the first ever US NME Awards in Los Angeles. The Killers, Foo Fighters, My Chemical Romance, Vampire Weekend, and Arcade Fire were among the winners at the event.
The Smashing Pumpkins were inducted into the Hollywood Rock Walk.
Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax played a Big Four show at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. It was the first of just two Big Four shows staged in the U.S.