Daily Rock Dish - 5/8/13
5/8/2013 8:10:00 AM
--As I Lay Dying Frontman Arrested In Murder-For-Hire Plot
As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis is in police custody for allegedly plotting to have his estranged wife killed. The San Diego County Sheriff's Department says Lambesis was arrested in Oceanside, California Tuesday after supposedly seeking out the help of someone who turned out to be an undercover detective in the murder-for-hire plot. Police say they learned late last week that Lambesis was looking for someone to commit the murder, and acted quickly in hopes that they could avert a "great tragedy." Lambesis is expected to be back in court either Wednesday or Thursday.
As I Lay Dying just wrapped a tour through Asia on Monday and were scheduled to start a U.S. trek later this month. So far, no one from the band or their label has commented on Lambesis' arrest.
--Guns N' Roses May Have New Album Out In 2014
It looks like the countdown to the next Guns N' Roses album has begun. Guitarist Richard Fortus tells Australia's Noise11.com that the follow-up to 2008's "Chinese Democracy" is mostly complete and on track to possibly arrive in stores sometime in 2014. But Fortus isn't offering too many details, explaining only that the band has been spending a lot of time working on the new record and many of the songs are ready to go. Some fans, however, may be leery to mark their calendars just yet considering the extended gestation period for "Chinese Democracy." That album was released 15 years after its predecessor, 1993's "The Spaghetti Incident."
--Former GNR Drummer Steven Adler Explains Rehab Decision
Steven Adler is opening up about his latest stint in rehab. The former Guns N' Roses drummer says in a statement that he's opted to seek treatment to nip a potential problem in the bud. The rocker, who has a history of substance abuse battles, says he's "picked up a bottle and drank." He explains that he's done so "a few times," which is "a few times too many," and he "knew that this had to permanently stop." Adler says he "picked up the phone, before it got out of hand, to get help." He acknowledges that several years ago he "kicked hard drugs," and says it's now time for him to "get rid of the urges of drinking alcohol." Steven adds that he's "at a great facility," and he'll stay there until he's "comfortable to be home to work the program" on his own. He also expresses his confidence that he'll "beat this," along with his gratitude to the fans for their understanding, patience, and support.
Adler's rehab stint has forced him to cancel his upcoming tour dates. He had been on the road with his new band, Adler, featuring singer Jacob Bunton, guitarist Lonny Paul, and bassist Johnny Martin.
--Brian "Head" Welch Says Return To Korn Was "Meant To Be"
Even after eight years apart, Korn guitarist Brian "Head" Welch says his return to the band felt like it was destined to happen. Welch took the stage with band for an impromptu one-song performance during a festival appearance earlier this year, and eventually joined them in the studio as a full- fledged member to work on the follow-up to 2011's "The Path of Totality." Welch says he and his bandmates were all going through a lot of struggles when he left the group and they all said "stupid stuff." But now he says all has been forgiven, and Korn is "back and better than ever." The rockers' new album is expected to hit stores later this year.
--KISS Names Bulls, Creates KISS Kam For PBR
KISS' latest venture really is full of bull. The band has forged a new partnership with Professional Bull Riders. Their collaboration includes a new spin on the typical sporting event's fan cam with the new "8-Second KISS Kam," which really puts couples on the spot. Those captured on the PBR's KISS Kam will be clocked, and have to hold a lip-lock for eight-seconds -- the duration of a successful bull ride. Along with being displayed on the big screens at the PBR events, videos of "8-Second KISS Kam" participants will be posted online at www.pbr.com/KISS for people to vote on their favorite clips. KISS has also named six bulls that will be featured at PBR events. KISS Monster, KISS Destroyer, KISS Animalize, KISS Revenge, KISS Love Gun, and KISS Psycho Circus will be among the animals trying to keep the world's best bull riders from reaching their eight-second mark.
Both the KISS Kam and the KISS bulls will make their debut at the PBR Last Cowboy Standing in Las Vegas. The three-day event launches on Friday. CBS will provide coverage of the activity on Saturday and Sunday starting at 4:00 p.m. Eastern each day.
--Stones, Promoter Address High Ticket Prices, Discounting Rumors
The Rolling Stones say they aren't trying to gouge their fans with their "50 and Counting" shows. While tickets are going for up to 600 dollars, guitarist Keith Richards says the group could have charged even more. He tells "Rolling Stone" the band "actually did push down the prices a little bit," explaining that when they received proposals from the various promoters, they "took the lower offer." However, the rocker also admits he doesn't have much to do with the financial aspects of touring. But he says he'd like for fans to "be able to afford to get in without sort of starving their babies and all." So far the Stones have played two shows -- in Los Angeles and Oakland, California -- and they've both been sell-outs. The Stones will be in San Jose, California tonight.
And the promoter is denying that they're having to discount tickets in order to fill the venues. Concerts West's John Meglen tells Billboard.biz they've used "flex pricing," and have made adjustments when sales have slowed. But he says the strategy is effective against scalpers and ticket brokers. He explains that the pricing structure has enabled them to take "the lion's share of the money" out of the pockets of the ticket resellers and give it to the band.
--New Doors App Offers A-To-Z Of Band History
A new iPad app is opening more windows to The Doors. Due out Wednesday, the app provides users access to hundreds of photos, cartoons, concert footage, FBI documents and essays from surviving members of the Los Angeles-origins band, Patti Smith, Hunter S. Thompson, among others. The app sells for $4.99. Some early reviews say it offers "great depth and sensitivity" to the true history of The Doors and their music. It was created with the blessing and help of Elektra Records founder Jac Holzman who signed the Doors in 1966.
--Primus Re-Releasing 5.1 Mix Of "Sailing The Seas Of Cheese"
Primus' classic 1991 album "Sailing the Seas of Cheese" will be sailing those seas once again later this month. The band is set to release a deluxe edition of their major label debut on May 21st in a new five-point-one surround sound mix on Blu-Ray. Frontman Les Claypool tells "Rolling Stone" that the new version has "a lot more fireworks" than typical five-point-one mixes, including a visual component that has different variations every time you watch it. Claypool and bandmate Larry LaLonde celebrated the re-release Monday afternoon at TRI Studios in San Rafael, California with a live webcast Q&A session and a reception sponsored by Universal Music and Dolby Laboratories. Claypool seemed to be excited about the attention "Sailing the Seas of Cheese" is getting after more than two decades, joking that he thought they were just going to go to a bar to sit around and drink beers while they listened to the mix.
Van Halen drummer Alex Van Halen is 60.
Cinderella bassist Eric Brittingham is 53.
Blur drummer David Rowntree is 49.
--Today in Rock History
The Rolling Stones' album "Sticky Fingers" hit number one on the UK album chart.
Record executive Neil Bogart died of cancer at the age of 39. During his time with Casablanca Records, he was instrumental in getting the career of Kiss off the ground.
Aerosmith's "Get a Grip" entered The Billboard 200 top pop album chart at number one, making it the group's highest-debuting album and highest-charting album ever.
Former Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee lost his lawsuit to keep "Penthouse" magazine from publishing stills from an X-rated home video of him and then-wife Pamela Anderson Lee. The video had been stolen from their home.
Two guitars, named "Tiger" and "Wolf," that had been owned by the late Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia, set new sales records for guitars at an auction. The two instruments, which went to separate owners, brought in a combined total of more than one-point-seven-million-dollars at an auction in New York.
Queen received an award honoring the song "Bohemian Rhapsody," which had been named the most liked British single of all time.
Alice Cooper received an honorary degree from Grand Canyon University, a Christian school in Phoenix, Arizona.
The first part of the two-part TV miniseries "Elvis" aired on CBS. The movie had been developed with the blessing and cooperation of the late rock legend's estate, and was the first Presley biographical film project that received permission to use master recordings of his music.
Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards underwent surgery at an Auckland, New Zealand hospital, nearly two weeks after he suffered a head injury, because the rocker began having headaches. Richards' operation forced the Stones to postpone the start of the group's summer European tour.
The sentencing hearing for Great White manager Dan Biechele [[BEEK-lee]] began, following his guilty plea to 100 counts of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the deadly 2003 nightclub fire in West Warwick, Rhode Island.
A London judge ruled that Apple computer wasn't violating a trademark agreement with The Beatles in applying the Apple name and logo to its music service iTunes.
ZZ Top's "I Gotsta Get Paid" -- the first new song from the group in nine years -- surfaced online as the soundtrack to a Jeremiah Weed malt beverage ad.
New releases included Dee Snider's "Dee Does Broadway."