Daily Rock Dish - 4/24/13
4/24/2013 8:10:00 AM
--Report: 3 Doors Down Bassist Released From Jail
Three Doors Down bassist Todd Harrell has reportedly been released from jail after posting a 100-thousand-dollar bond. E! News confirmed that the rocker was let go on Tuesday after he was charged with vehicular homicide this past weekend. Nashville Police say Harrell was driving under the influence along a Tennessee highway late Friday night when he clipped a pickup truck. The truck skidded off the road and the driver, Paul Howard Shoulders, died at a nearby hospital a short time after the accident. Harrell is reportedly due back in court on Thursday.
--Alice In Chains Praise Uproar Co-Headliners Jane's Addiction
Alice in Chains' Jerry Cantrell says he and his bandmates are big fans of their Uproar Festival co-headliners, Jane's Addiction. The guitarist says they've always admired Perry Farrell and company, adding that they were thoroughly impressed whenever the band would come through town in their early days. Cantrell says Jane's Addiction's first few albums are very important to him, while Alice in Chains drummer Sean Kinney notes that "there's nobody like them." The two rockers -- who are also gearing up for the release of Alice in Chains' new album "The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here" on May 28th -- say Jane's Addiction's participation in this year's traveling Uproar fest was a big reason they signed on. Cantrell says they "wanted to go out with another really great band."
The outing -- which will also include Coheed and Cambria, Circa Survive and others -- is scheduled to start August 9th in Scranton, Pennsylvania. The full lineup and other details are available at RockStarUproar.com.
Rock Star Energy Drink Uproar Festival tour dates closest to us: 8/22 -- Tinley Park, IL -- First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
--Sharon Osbourne Talks Ozzy, Marriage On "The Talk"
Sharon Osbourne is setting the record straight about her marriage to rocker Ozzy Osbourne. Addressing recent reports that said the couple had split, Sharon opened up on the situation with her co-hosts on Tuesday's edition of "The Talk" saying she and the Prince of Darkness are not gettng a divorce but she is not happy with the situation. Osbourne said the media had "distorted" the truth about the couple's status, adding that the only thing that is true was Ozzy's Facebook post in which he admitted to sliding back into old habits with alcohol and drugs over the past year and a half. Sharon said Ozzy is dealing with a disease that not only hurts him but his family. She said the family has dealt with worse and feels that "this too shall pass." In true Osbourne fashion, Sharon added that her husband would be taken to the hospital to get her foot removed from his behind if he doesn't turn things around.
--Jon Bon Jovi Says Sambora "Absolutely" Still Bon Jovi's Guitarist
Bon Jovi frontman Jon Bon Jovi still won't divulge exactly what's going on with guitarist Richie Sambora. But the singer tells "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" in definitive terms that there's been no falling out between them and he is still the band guitarist.
Sambora's status in the band has been the source of questions, rumors, and speculation since he abruptly left Bon Jovi's tour earlier this month. Neither Richie nor the band have offered any explanation, but have just said it's due to "personal issues." Bon Jovi has continued on with their tour, tapping guitarist Phil "Phil X" Xenidis to fill in for Sambora. Bon Jovi will wrap up the North American portion of their tour with a show in San Jose, California on Thursday, which will be streamed online via Evntlive.com.
--Lynyrd Skynyrd Creates New Theme Song For "Pawn Stars"
Lynyrd Skynyrd is adding a bit of Southern rock to "Pawn Stars." "Entertainment Weekly" has a preview of "Winning Isn't Everything," the band's new theme song for the History Channel show. Skynyrd will also be on hand to help launch the History Channel's new promotion for the show. The band will play a special concert at the "Party Like the Pawn Stars" event in Las Vegas this Friday. Skynyrd's set will include the premiere performance of "Winning Isn't Everything" as well as a selection of hits. New episodes of "Pawn Stars" will begin airing on the History Channel on May 30th.
--Rolling Stones Describe Their Tour Prep; Finally Confirm Trek's Launch Date
Mick Jagger is already well into his tour prep routine. The Rolling Stones frontman tells CBS New York he starts getting ready two months in advance, explaining that he has to "up" his fitness level and "start singing every day, doing practices and a bit of dancing." He also admits that he'll "practice in front of mirrors" in a dance studio when he can. Drummer Charlie Watts adds that the band will rehearse for six weeks before hitting the road. He explains that they have to be ready with "twice as many numbers" than they'd need to fill their show, and "to be twice as fit as you need to be." Guitarist Ron Wood admits there's "so much to get ready" if they want their trek "to go with as least hitches as possible."
The Rolling Stones will kick off the 2013 edition of their "50 and Counting" trek next month, and they've finally confirmed just when they'll start the tour. After announcing a tentative launch date of May 2nd, the band is now saying they'll play their first show at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on May 3rd. Tickets for the May 2nd show will be honored at the door. Uncertainties with the NBA playoff schedule forced the band to be flexible with the date.
--Steven Tyler Featured In Upcoming Animated Film "Epic"
Aerosmith's Steven Tyler is using his voice for something a little different. The rocker is part of the cast of the upcoming animated feature "Epic." Tyler has the part of the caterpillar Nim Galuu. His character is described on the film's website as "the consummate party animal" whose "wisdom and practical know-how make him a key behind-the-scenes player in the epic battle to save the forest." The three-D "Epic" tells the story of a teenage girl who is "magically transported" into a "fantastical world unlike any other," where a battle is waging between "the forces of good" and "the forces of evil." Beyonce Knowles and Colin Farrell star in "Epic," which will open in theaters on May 30th.
--Music On TV
Depeche Mode is the musical guest on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," while Black Rebel Motorcycle Club performs on NBC's "Tonight Show with Jay Leno."
Singer Jack Blades is 58. He's fronted several bands, including Night Ranger and Damn Yankees.
The Damned guitarist Captain Sensible is 59.
Former drummer for the Cure Boris Williams is 56.
Former Bauhaus bassist David J. is 56.
Faith No More bassist Billy Gould is 50.
Spin Doctors drummer Aaron Comess is 45.
The All-American Rejects frontman Tyson Ritter is 29.
--Today In Rock History
Jefferson Airplane singer Grace Slick went to the White House for a party for which she'd received an invitation from First Daughter Tricia Nixon. But she brought as her date Abbie Hoffman, who was at the time on trial for his part in the 1968 Chicago Democratic Convention riots. White House security wouldn't let him in, so neither went to the party.
Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" peaked at number nine on the pop singles chart.
A judge ruled that Courtney Love wouldn't have to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. Surviving Nirvana members Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl had made the request as the two parties battled over control of Nirvana's catalog.
Creed was sued by four fans who claimed frontman Scott Stapp was so, quote, "intoxicated and/or medicated" that he couldn't properly sing a single song at the band's 2002 show in Chicago.
Hoobastank's "The Reason" took the top spot on the Fox special "American Top 40 Live," which showcased the most popular songs and artists of the past year.
During the controversial pay-per-view special "The Spirit of John Lennon," psychics supposedly made contact with the late Beatle, who gave them the message, quote, "Peace -- The Message is Peace." Lennon's widow Yoko Ono had previously blasted the program as "tasteless, tacky and exploitive."
The indie rock cook book "I Like Food, Food Tastes Good," including contributions from members of The Decemberists, Franz Ferdinan, The Violent Femmes, and Death Cab For Cutie, arrived in stores.
The documentary "God Bless Ozzy Osbourne" had its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.
Jack White released his first solo album, "Blunderbuss."
Ozzy Osbourne became a grandfather for a sixth time when his son Jack became a dad. But baby Pearl is Sharon Osbourne's first biological grandchild. Ozzy's other grandchildren were born daughter Jessica and son Louis, children from his first marriage.