Daily Rock Dish - 5/9/13
5/9/2013 8:10:00 AM
--As I Lay Dying Bandmates Respond To Frontman's Arrest
Members of metalcore band As I Lay Dying are sending a message to their fans in the wake of frontman Tim Lambesis' arrest for allegedly plotting to have his wife killed. Lambesis' bandmates explain in Wednesday's post on AsILayDying.com that there are "many unanswered questions" and they have no more information than the fans. But they promise to keep everyone as informed as possible and hope that the situation will "become clearer in the coming days and weeks." But for now, they say their thoughts are with Lambesis, his family, and everyone else affected by this, quote, "terrible situation." The band has yet to address their planned U.S. tour, which is scheduled to start later this month.
Lambesis was arrested Tuesday in Oceanside, California, after allegedly soliciting an undercover detective posing as someone who would murder the rocker's estranged wife. Lambesis is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday.
--"Bumblefoot" Talks Next Guns N' Roses Album
Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal has a plan to get the band's next album in stores sooner rather than later. He tells "Rolling Stone" that when it comes to his solo work, he's been trying to complete one song every month. Thal explains that the method helps keep things at a "constant simmer" rather than building up to a big boil and then shutting the flame off to go on the road. GNR have been doing just that a lot recently, but Thal says the band's touring schedule should be clearing up soon. He hopes they'll spend that free time working on new music, but admits he's not sure the rest of the band will want to follow his song-a-month plan. Still, he says Guns N' Roses is a great band that needs to make new music, and he's optimistic that will soon become the group's first priority.
Meanwhile, Thal's GNR bandmate Richard Fortus recently told Australia's Noise11.com that the rockers' follow-up to 2008's "Chinese Democracy" is well on its way to being complete. He even suggested that the album could be in stores sometime in 2014
--Green Day's Billie Joe Featured On New Lonely Island Album
Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong is part of a star-studded group of musicians helping to make the Lonely Island's new album a little less lonely. Andy Samberg and his fellow comedy rappers have announced the guest list for "The Wack Album," which will also feature Maroon 5's Adam Levine, Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Pharrell Williams, Kendrick Lamar, and more. The third Lonely Island collection -- which they say gets its name from a combination of the Beatles' "White Album" and Jay-Z's "Black Album" -- is scheduled to hit stores on June 11th. In the weeks leading up to that day, the trio plans to put out a new video or song every Wednesday. For this week's inaugural "Wack Wednesday," they unveiled the video for "Spring Break Anthem," which co-stars James Franco, Zack Galifianakis, and Edward Norton.
--Jack White's Third Man Records Releasing Gold, Platinum "Gatsby" Soundtracks
The folks at Jack White's Third Man Records are literally covering the new "Great Gatsby" soundtrack in the same glitz and glamour Baz Luhrmann brings to his film adaptation of the classic novel. The label is handling the vinyl release of the album, and on Wednesday they announced plans to put out a limited edition version of the set with "blindingly reflective" metallized discs made of platinum and gold. A statement from Third Man Records says this will be the first time the precious metal format has been used on commercially available records. Any fans willing to be a part of the historical release can fork over 250-dollars and pre-order the LP starting this Friday, which is the same day "The Great Gatsby" arrives in theaters.
Third Man Records is set to release "The Great Gatsby" soundtrack -- which features White's cover of U2's "Love Is Blindness" -- on standard vinyl June 11th. The album came out digitally and on CD earlier this week.
--The Doors' John Densmore Open To Reunion With Krieger, Manzarek
The Doors' John Densmore says he wouldn't rule out reteaming with his old bandmates. The drummer tells "Rolling Stone" the issues that kept them estranged for much of the past decade are now behind them, and he's rekindled a relationship with both Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek. He adds that he'd even be willing to "get together for a one-off if there's a good reason." But John isn't interested in simply cashing in, saying it would "have to be for charity, not money." Densmore explains that their disputes in recent years, which were eventually resolved in court, were simply his efforts to maintain The Doors' integrity and authenticity. He says he has no problem with Ray and Robby -- or anyone else -- performing Doors music as long as they aren't claiming to be The Doors and they aren't using the songs for advertising purposes.
--Imagine Dragons Remember Playing For Drunk Gamblers In Las Vegas
Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds says his head is spinning with all the band's success this year, which includes a top ten smash single in "Radioactive" and a sold-out world tour that's still going strong. But things weren't always quite so glamorous for the Las Vegas rockers. Reynolds tells "Rolling Stone" that only two years ago, they were hopping from one casino to the next playing "six-hour shows without any bathroom breaks" just to pay rent in their shared apartment. The only upside to the grueling routine was the fact that they were able to pick their own songs. Reynolds says it was a great opportunity to learns music by the bands that influenced them, including everyone from U2 to Arcade Fire. And he notes that all the drunk people playing the slot machines particularly liked "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" by the Proclaimers. He says they'd usually get on their tables or jump onstage and dance along with the band whenever they played that one.
--Music on TV
Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament's other band, RNDM, is the musical guest on tonight's episode of "Conan" on TBS.
Billy Joel is 64.
Cheap Trick bassist Tom Petersson is 63.
Depeche Mode singer David Gahan is 51.
Andrew W.K. is 34.
--Today in Rock History
George Martin signed the Beatles to the group's first recording contract, with EMI Records.
Judas Priest released the album "British Steel."
Def Leppard's album "Hysteria" was certified multi-Platinum.
Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" reentered the chart and peaked at number two on the pop singles chart.
Kiss' album "Creatures Of The Night" was certified Gold.
Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen faced a second round with authorities on an old spousal battery charge after he failed to finish a substance abuse program.
Metallica released the album "Load."
Jimmy Page joined rapper Sean "Puffy" Combs for a "Saturday Night Live" performance of the song "Come With Me" from the "Godzilla" soundtrack. Combs' song samples a riff from Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir."
Marilyn Manson and Nine Inch Nails performed together at New York's Madison Square Garden, putting an end to a lengthy feud between the acts.
Lou Reed was denying rumors that he was dead. A bogus story had surfaced saying the former Velvet Underground frontman had overdosed on pain killers. A rep for the performer explained that Reed was fine, and working on a new album in Amsterdam.
Ozzy Osbourne announced that he was leaving Sony Music after working with the company for 23 years.
A pastor in Calgary, Alberta, Canada used clips from Metallica's DVD "The Unforgiven" to highlight his sermon on anger and forgiveness.
The Rolling Stones were denying stories that Keith Richards had brain damage, saying he suffered no complications from his surgery and that his recovery was progressing as expected.
The Rolling Stones agreed to move their concert from Belgrade, Serbia's Hippodrome racetrack to another venue after a local animal rights group expressed concerns that the show could be upsetting to horses being housed at stables near the track.
Chevelle was forced to postpone a week of tour dates after a trailer full of the band's gear was stolen from a hotel in Dallas, Texas.
Alice Cooper and Slash were the honorees at the fourth annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit show. They were both recognized for their dedication to the organization, while Cooper was also awarded for his work in assisting addicts through the recovery process. They also joined Blind Melon and Camp Freddy in performing at the event, which took place in Hollywood.
Warrant's Jani Lane was arrested in Woodland Hills, California on suspicion of DUI. It was his second DUI arrest in the span of a year.