Daily Rock Dish - 5/14/13
5/14/2013 7:10:00 AM
--Five Finger Death Punch Release New Single With Rob Halford
Five Finger Death Punch are getting a little "Priestly" help on their latest single. The band teamed up with Judas Priest frontman Rob Halfard to record "Lift Me Up," which is available digitally today. Five Finger Death Punch first shared the new tune during their performance with Halford at the "Revolver" Golden Gods Awards earlier this month. Singer Ivan Moody says it was "absolutely surreal" working with Halford, whom he calls "THE Metal God." "Lift Me Up" is the first release from Five Finger Death Punch's upcoming album, "The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Volume 1." The record is due out July 23rd, while "Volume 2" is expected out this fall.
--Limp Bizkit Hoping To Have Album Out In September
The guys in Limp Bizkit are hoping to let loose their "Stampede of the Disco Elephants" sometime this fall. Guitarist Wes Borland tells "Billboard" they're trying to get the follow-up to 2011's "Gold Cobra" "hammered out" in August so they can have it in stores by September. He explains that "pretty much all the music" for the album is done, and frontman Fred Durst is currently working on the lyrics and vocals while the band is on tour. "Stampede of the Disco Elephants" will be Limp Bizkit's first studio effort since signing with Cash Money Records last year. They unveiled the set's first single -- "Ready to Go" featuring Lil Wayne -- back in March.
--My Bloody Valentine To Headline L.A.'s FYF Festival
My Bloody Valentine is finally making its way back to the States. The shoegaze icons are set to headline this summer's FYF Festival in Los Angeles, marking their first U.S. live performance since 2009. My Bloody Valentine reunited back in 2007, and released "MBV" -- their first album in more than two decades -- earlier this year. As for the rest of the FYF participants, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV on the Radio, and MGMT are slated to perform as well. The two-day event is scheduled to take place August 24th and 25th at the L.A. State Historic Park. Tickets go on sale this Thursday via FYFFest.com, where anyone interested can also check out the full 2013 lineup.
--Two Men Confess To Damaging Statue Of Thin Lizzy's Phil Lynott
The mom of late Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott says she's relieved the damage done to the statue of her son was unintentional. Philomena Lynott tells Ireland's "Hot Press" she's learned that the bronze was accidentally knocked over by "a bunch of high spirited boys who meant no harm," so she's "not annoyed with them" and is "only hoping that none of the lads got hurt." Two men reportedly turned themselves in last Friday in connection with the incident, which happened in Dublin Thursday night. Authorities still plan to file charges against the men. But police say the court might go easy on them, since they're taking responsibility for their actions. An unnamed source says it was a stupid accident, with "drink having been taken." The men have also reached out to Philomena, who is thanking the men for coming forward. Meanwhile, the statue is being repaired. It's expected to be returned to Harry Street by the end of the week.
--Daft Punk's New Album Streaming For Free On iTunes
Daft Punk's highly-anticipated new album has all but officially arrived. A low-quality version of the French DJ duo's "Random Access Memories" leaked online Monday afternoon, shortly before a legitimate version began streaming for free on iTunes. Meanwhile, the robots also posted a brief video on Monday that showcases the album art for the vinyl edition of the new record. Fans will be able to take a look themselves when "Random Access Memories" officially arrives in stores next Tuesday, May 21st.
--Grammy Dates Set For 2014, 2015
CBS and the Recording Academy are setting the stage for music's biggest night for the next two years. Dates have been announced for the 2014 and 2015 Grammy Awards. Next year's ceremony will be held on January 26th, 2014 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The 2015 follow up will be held on February 8th. Both shows will air live on CBS. According to Nielsen, more than 28 million people tuned in to this year's Grammy telecast. It was the second largest audience for the program since 1993. Last year's telecast drew almost 40 million people in the aftermath of Whitney Houston's sudden death just one day before the awards.
Former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne is 61.
Cult frontman Ian Astbury is 51.
Poison guitarist C.C. DeVille is 51.
Alice In Chains bassist Mike Inez is 47. He's also worked with Black Label Society, Ozzy, Slash, and Heart.
AFI bassist Hunter Burgan is 37.
Coldplay frontman Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow's daughter Apple Martin is nine.
--Today in Rock History
An optometrist gave Buddy Holly contact lenses but he couldn't adjust to them, so he kept his glasses, which became his trademark.
John Lennon and Paul McCartney announced the formation of the Beatles' company Apple Records.
Yardbirds frontman Keith Relf electrocuted by his guitar when he attempted to tune the instrument while in the bathtub. His body was found by his eight-year-old son. Relf was 33.
Black Sabbath released the album "Heaven And Hell."
Guitarist "Fast" Eddie Clark quit Motorhead in the middle of a North American tour. Thin Lizzy guitarist Brian Robertson came to the U.S. to finish the tour.
Def Leppard released the album "Slang."
Pantera's album "Official Live" was certified Gold.
The Black Crowes were inducted into the Hollywood Rock Walk.
Staind frontman Aaron Lewis played the first concert at the new Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida as part of his solo acoustic tour.
Phil Spector, already facing a trial in connection with the murder of actress Lana Clarkson, was arrested in Los Angeles in conjunction with a fight with his chauffeur. When police arrived on the scene, both the producer and the driver were trying to place each other under citizen's arrest for assault in the matter.
Motley Crue made an appearance on the Fox show "America's Most Wanted: America Fights Back" in an effort to help find a missing woman who disappeared while on her way to one of the band's concerts in Washington, DC.
Metallica performed at the Red Hot Chili Pepper bassist Flea's annual Hullabaloo benefit show in Los Angeles supporting his Silverlake Conservatory.
John Lennon's handwritten lyrics for The Beatles song "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" sold for 237-thousand-dollars at a two-day auction in Beverly Hills.
Bret Michaels' lawsuit against the Tony Awards was dismissed after both parties told the judge they had reached a settlement. The case stemmed from Michaels' appearance at the 2009 Tony Awards, in which he was injured when a piece of the scenery hit him in the head during a production number. Bret's immediate injuries included a broken nose and a cut lip, but the singer later alleged that the incident caused his near-fatal 2010 brain hemorrhage.