Daily Rock Dish - 5/7/13
5/7/2013 8:10:00 AM
--Ozzy Shedding New Light On Sabbath Drummer Bill Ward's Absence
Ozzy Osbourne says money isn't the only thing that kept drummer Bill Ward from taking part in the Black Sabbath reunion. The singer tells "Mojo" magazine that Bill wasn't up to the task. He explains that he suggested they run through their set with Ward, because Bill was "so out of condition" and they needed to know he could play for up to two hours straight. Ozzy says they discovered that Ward didn't remember the songs. He explains that Ward had yellow post-its with song notes stuck all over his drums. Osbourne says it "would have been cool" if Bill would have just "come clean" and admitted he couldn't "cut this gig," and they might have been able to work something out. But Ozzy adds that he understands Bill's efforts to save face, because his "pride was hurt." He also says Bill will "always be a dear dear friend and a brother" to him, and he's "not gonna give Bill a hatchet job." But he admits they don't have the "patience to deal with it."
The three-quarters Black Sabbath reunion, featuring Ozzy, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler with Ozzy's touring drummer Tommy Clufetos, is currently on the road. They'll be wrapping up their Australian tour with a show in Adelaide Tuesday. The band's new album "13," which they recorded with Rage Against the Machine drummer Brad Wilk, will hit stores next month.
--Slash To Help Honor Linkin Park Frontman At MusiCares Event
Slash is on board for the Recording Academy's MusiCares MAP Fund benefit. He's among the performers for the upcoming event. Linkin Park's Chester Bennington will be honored at the event with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award, in recognition of his support for the organization as well as his efforts to help recovering addicts with their sobriety. Bennington will also perform at the fundraiser, along with Ida Maria, the Chicken Noodle Project, and Early Morning Rebel. Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis is on board as a presenter. Skateboarding great Tony Alva will also be honored at the event. The MusiCares MAP Fund benefit will take place at Club Nokia in Los Angeles on May 30th.
--Bill Clinton Tried To Reunite Led Zeppelin For Sandy Benefit Concert
All the concert's forces and all the president's bend couldn't bring Led Zeppelin back together again. CBS' 60MinutesOvertime.com says concert organizers for last year's "12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief" enlisted the negotiating know-how of former President Bill Clinton to help reunite the British rockers for the fundraising event, to no avail. The director of the Robin Hood Foundation, David Saltzman, tells the webcast movie mogul Harvey Weinstein reached out to Clinton who reached out to the band, but they just wouldn't do it. The show went on without Led Zeppelin but with The Rolling Stones, The Who, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Kanye West and others. The concert raised 30 million dollars in relief money for victims of Superstorm Sandy, which wreaked havoc on the East Coast last fall.
--KISS Band Members To Open Torrance Restaurant
A rock 'n' roll-themed restaurant owned by two KISS band members will soon open in Torrance, California. Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley will open their third Rock & Brews restaurant located on Pacific Coast Highway Thursday to the public. The nearly 55-hundred square-foot venue features rock art, rock posters and dozens of craft beers in a backstage concert setting. The Rock & Brews flagship location opened in El Segundo in 2012.
--Queens Of The Stone Age Release New Song, Video
Queens of the Stone Age promised darker material on their upcoming album, and the band's latest sneak peek is living up to that promise. The rockers unveiled a preview video Monday for the second song released from the record, "I Appear Missing." The animated clip follows a bloody and bandaged man as he floats across a post-apocalyptic desert landscape toward a deserted city, where he meets a bloody ending. The grim video lasts three minutes, but the version of "I Appear Missing" that will appear on the new Queens record, "...Like Clockwork," will reportedly be twice as long. "...Like Clockwork" is scheduled to arrive in stores on June 4th.
--HIM Cancel Tour, Frontman Diagnosed With Pneumonia
Finnish rockers HIM are calling off their planned North American tour as frontman Ville Valo deals with pneumonia. The six-date trek was scheduled to start this past weekend in Los Angeles, following last week's release of the band's eighth album, "Tears on Tape." But a post on HIM's Facebook page explains that Valo has been diagnosed with "severe asthma with presumptive pneumonia." The band says they plan to be back in action later this summer for the upcoming Rock Allegiance Tour.
--Blur Supposedly Using Free Time To Make New Record
Damon Albarn is getting Blur fans' hopes up again. According to a Blur fansite, the frontman revealed this weekend that some unexpected time off for the band should provide some "good time to try to record another record." Albarn shared the news during Blur's performance at the Asia World-Expo in Hong Kong Sunday night. He explained that unforeseen circumstances have forced them to cancel a trip to Japan later this month, so they'll be spending an extra week in Hong Kong. The Brit rockers will apparently be using that week to work on their follow-up to last year's single "Under the Westway," and possibly their first full-length album since 2003's "Think Tank."
--Imagine Dragons Kick Off Another Tour Leg Tonight
Imagine Dragons are heading back out on the road. The rock newcomers are set to start another outing tonight behind their hit debut "Night Visions," not long after wrapping up an earlier leg of the trek back in March. The latest trip starts in Charlotte, North Carolina, and is scheduled to end June 3rd in Phoenix. Along the way they'll stop at a few famous venues, including the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado and Los Angeles' Hollywood Palladium. Fans can also catch Imagine Dragons in their new "Demons" music video, which is scheduled to premiere today at ImagineDragonsMusic.com.
--Goo Goo Dolls To Be Inducted Into RockWalk
A popular '90s band will soon be inducted into the Guitar Center's historic RockWalk in Hollywood. The Guitar Center says the Goo Goo Dolls will be honored for their contribution to the music industry. The handprints of the GRAMMY-nominated group will be cemented alongside such artists as Eric Clapton and Stevie Wonder on Sunset Boulevard. The band climbed the charts with such hits as "Iris," "Here Is Gone," and "Slide." The ceremony is set to start at noon Tuesday.
A graphic short film from Nine Inch Nails' early days has surfaced on the band's Tumblr page. "Broken," a 20-minute feature compiling music videos from the band's 1992 EP of the same name, was originally made in 1993. However, it was never officially released due to its violent content.
Gwen Stefani made the cut on "Working Mother's" list of the 50 Most Powerful Moms of 2013. In addition to the No Doubt frontwoman, the publication also praises stars like Mariah Carey, Beyoncé, Tina Fey, Gwyneth Paltrow, and others for their mothering skills.
--Music On TV
Goo Goo Dolls perform on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," while the Breeders take the stage on NBC's "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon." Also, Iron & Wine is the musical guest on tonight's episode of "Conan" on TBS.
Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann is 67.
Motorhead guitarist Phil "Zoom" Campbell is 52.
The Tubes drummer Prairie Prince is 63.
Former Art of Noise keyboardist Anne Dudley is 57.
The Church guitarist Marty Wilson-Piper is 55.
Eagle-Eye Cherry is 44.
--Today In Rock History
Black Sabbath's album "Paranoid" was certified Gold.
The Rolling Stones released the double album "Exile on Main Street."
Aerosmith's "Back In The Saddle" peaked at number 38 on the pop singles chart.
A Macon, Georgia, judge threw out a wrongful death suit against Ozzy Osbourne. He was being sued by the parents of a boy who had committed suicide and claimed the boy was inspired to do so by Ozzy's music.
Singer Steve Perry left Journey.
Van Halen's Eddie Van Halen announced on a post on the group's website that he had received, quote, "a one hundred percent clean bill of health -- from head to toe." The guitarist had been battling cancer.
Jon Bon Jovi's family grew as his wife gave birth to Jacob Hurley Bon Jovi. Jacob is the third child and second son for the couple.
The first season of "The Osbournes" wrapped up on MTV.
The Rolling Stones landed a blimp in a park in the Bronx, New York, to announce plans for the "Licks" tour, which began in September.
Deftones frontman Chico Moreno came out in support of Jack Osbourne following criticism the reality-TV star received from former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole. Moreno said that the then-17-year-old must be under a lot of pressure because his life was "weird," literally being broadcast on TV.
Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards headaches prompted his readmission into an Auckland, New Zealand hospital. The rocker had been recovering from a head injury suffered nearly two weeks earlier in Fiji.
Sammy Hagar sold an 80-percent stake in his Cabo Wabo Tequila company to Gruppo Campari. He said he made the sale in order to get help with international distribution of his tequila.
The FBI raided businesses in the Cincinnati, Ohio area, and seized copies of the DVD "a/k/a Tommy Chong," which explores the actor-comedian-musician's arrest and conviction for selling bongs and other drug paraphernalia over the Internet. Chong said he thought the agency's goal was to get his movie, which is highly critical of the federal government, off store shelves.