Daily Rock Dish - 5/6/13
5/6/2013 8:10:00 AM
--Aerosmith Cancel Concert In Indonesia Over "Safety Concerns"
Aerosmith is canceling a trip to Indonesia over "safety concerns." The rockers have canceled their May 11th concert in Jakarta, issuing an apology through promoter Ismaya Live and telling everyone who bought tickets that they'll try to "make it up to them." Steven Tyler and the gang have yet to offer any specific reasons for their "safety concerns." However, some are pointing to the fact that Indonesian police arrested two men late last week who were suspected of planning to bomb Myanmar's embassy in Jakarta.
Meanwhile, Aerosmith is scheduled to take the stage in the Philippines on Wednesday. The band is also gearing up for the recently announced Boston benefit concert set to take place on May 30th.
--Fan Knocks Down Mötley Crüe Guitarist During Concert
Mötley Crüe guitarist Mick Mars got an unwanted birthday present from a fan this weekend. According to TMZ.com, Mars was knocked to the ground by an overzealous concertgoer during the band's show in Canada Saturday night, which was also his 62nd birthday. The man ran across the stage in between songs, knocking over Mars and then making his way to frontman Vince Neil. But security got ahold of him before that and took him away. Mötley Crüe left the stage for a bit to make sure Mars wasn't hurt. Once they determined he was, they returned to the stage and went on with the show. They're set to continue the tour Monday night with a show in Brandon, Manitoba.
--Robert Plant Gets Restraining Order Against Threatening Fan
Robert Plant is taking action in the wake of threats from a delusional fan. TMZ.com says the Led Zeppelin frontman has received a temporary restraining order against Alysson Billings, a woman the rocker says has been pursuing him for the past three years. Plant says he's never met Billings, but she believes they're a couple. He explains that she continually leaves him gifts, flowers, messages, and hotel room keys, and shows up at concerts all throughout the world. Plant says he's just now asked for the order of protection because Billings' notes have turned threatening since he's begun a relationship with Patty Griffin.
The messages Billings allegedly sent use vile language to reference Griffin, claim Patty is "ruining" Robert, and call Plant's relationship with Griffin a "betrayal." Billings' notes also say she "cannot, will not, shall not live this way anymore." Plant has also hired a security assessment team to help him with the situation, and they believe Billings poses a danger to Robert and Patty.
--Metallica Honored At San Francisco Giants Game
Metallica members say they're proud to be recognized by their hometown baseball team. The group was celebrated with Metallica Night at the San Francisco Giants' game at AT&T Park Friday night. MLB.com says Metallica guitarists James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett teamed up on an instrumental version of "The Star-Spangled Banner," at the start of the game, while drummer Lars Ulrich tossed out the ceremonial first pitch. Band members appeared in Giants jerseys, each wearing number 81 in a nod to 1981 -- the year Metallica was formed. In addition, Metallica music was played over the ballpark's PA system between innings.
The occasion also helped raise money for charity. The guitars Hetfield and Hammett used to play the anthem were auctioned later in the evening, going for more than 15-thousand dollars. The Giants Community Fund and the Bill Graham Memorial Foundation will split the proceeds.
--No Doubt's Gwen Stefani Plays With Rolling Stones
Gwen Stefani helped the Rolling Stones get things started in Los Angeles this weekend. The iconic rockers kicked off their "50 and Counting" trek Friday night, and RollingStone.com says the No Doubt frontwoman joined them for a duet version of "Wild Horses." But Stefani -- who came dressed for the part in a shirt featuring a giant sparkly version of the Stones' tongue logo -- wasn't the only special guest. Country star Keith Urban also took the stage with Mick Jagger and company, as did former Stones guitarist Mick Taylor. The Rolling Stones are scheduled to continue their outing with a stop in San Jose, California on Wednesday, while Stefani and the rest of No Doubt are still in the studio working on the follow-up to last year's comeback album, "Push and Shove."
--Brooklyn Celebrates Beastie Boy Adam Yauch On MCA Day
Beastie Boys fans of all ages gathered in Brooklyn, New York on Saturday to celebrate the many aspects of Adam "MCA" Yauch on the first anniversary of the rapper's death, otherwise known as MCA Day. "Rolling Stone" says a "constant procession of fans" streamed through the industrial Littlefield art space in Yauch's native Brooklyn Heights. Some of the tributes included early photos of Yauch and his bandmates, rare concert footage, plenty of Beastie Boys music, fan-made art, and prayer flags in cherry blossom trees to honor Yauch's commitment to Tibetan Freedom. Younger Beastie fans took part in the celebration as well, painting "intergalactic"-style robots and creating their own Play-Doh art and other MCA pictures.
There were also a handful of guest speakers at the event. Longtime Beastie Boys confidant DJ Hurricane told the crowd that "MCA Day is official," and said it only looks like it will continue to grow each year. House of Pain's Danny Boy also paid his respects, while MCA Day organizer Michael Kearney thanked everyone for showing up and keeping the celebration going. New York State Senator Daniel Squadron stopped by as well, and said that despite his tie, he's a longtime fan of the Beastie Boys, whom he considers an important part of Brooklyn. The city, meanwhile, honored Yauch on Friday by changing the name of the park where the rapper played as a kid to Adam Yauch Park.
--Rob Zombie Says Rock Radio Seems To Be "Frozen"
Rob Zombie says he got the idea for his latest single, "Dead City Radio," after noticing a surprising lack of life in the music playing on the radio.
Rob admits he loves classic rock and music from that era, but he says it's odd that rock radio stations are playing more old bands than new ones. He says it feels like rock radio has become "frozen," joking that all of his local stations play Pink Floyd nonstop as if the now-defunct rock group was just getting started. Rob Zombie recently picked up the Golden God honor at last week's Revolver Golden Gods Awards. "Dead City Radio and the New Gods of Supertown" is featured on the metal star's latest album, "Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor," which was just released last month.
Tickets for the Boston benefit concert go on sale today. Aerosmith, the J. Geils Band, Jimmy Buffett, Carole King, and James Taylor are among the many artists slated to take part in the fundraising event, which will support victims of last month's Boston Marathon bombing. "Boston Strong: An Evening of Support and Celebration" will also feature Extreme, New Kids On The Block, Jason Aldean, and others. The show will take place at the TD Garden in Boston on May 30th.
Bob Seger is 68.
They Might Be Giants' John Flansburgh is 53.
Foo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett is 42.
--Today In Rock History
Keith Richards crafted the main riff to the song "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" in a hotel room in Florida. He has said he has no memory of writing the tune, but that he fell asleep and when he woke up the material was on his tape recorder.
Spinal Tap was formed.
Pearl Jam filed a complaint with the U.S. Justice Department against Ticketmaster, claiming the ticket agent had a monopoly on selling concert tickets.
Metallica began work on the video for the song "Until It Sleeps."
Metallica's Lars Ulrich became the father to a son, Layne.
The "mtvICON" tribute to Metallica, which featured members of Korn, Aerosmith, Staind, Limp Bizkit and Sum 41, had its debut airing on MTV.
Kelly Osbourne stood up for brother Jack, who had recently entered rehab, following criticism he'd received from former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole. Kelly used a few choice four-letter words and criticized Dole for using Jack as a scapegoat. She added, quote, "It's ridiculous that they should frame Jack as a national issue."
Audioslave played a free outdoor concert in Havana, Cuba. The event, which was part of a three-day cultural exchange trip, marked the first time an American band gave a free show in the communist country.
Evanescence singer Amy Lee married therapist Josh Hartzler in a ceremony at her family's home in Little Rock, Arkansas. After spending their wedding night in Little Rock, the couple left for a honeymoon in the Bahamas.
Slash, who was the "Rock Week" mentor on "American Idol," performed on the show, along with Daughtry and No Doubt.