Daily Rock Dish - 5/23/13
5/23/2013 8:10:00 AM
--Metallica Have Material, But No Time For New Album
Metallica's James Hetfield says they have enough material for a new album, but that doesn't mean fans will be able to get their hands on it any time soon. He tells "Billboard" he and his bandmates have done a little jamming, but they've just been too busy to start "whittling" out new songs for what would be their first full-length album since 2008's "Death Magnetic." Metallica have been busy with live performances around the world lately, and Hetfield says they're currently focused on their upcoming 3D concert film and their second Orion Music + More festival. "Metallica Through the Never" is scheduled to hit IMAX theaters on September 27th, while the Orion fest kicks off June 8th in Detroit.
--Slayer Hosting Memorial For Jeff Hanneman Today In L.A.
Slayer and their fans are celebrating the life of Jeff Hannemann today. The band is hosting a memorial for the late guitarist at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles. The event is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m. Pacific, and will be free and open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis. However, Slayer says there is one group who won't be welcome at the Palladium. The controversial Westboro Baptist Church has announced plans to picket the event, but the band isn't worried. They told fans in a message on their official Facebook page that the best way to counteract the protesters is to completely ignore them. They urge fans to pretend the Westboro Baptist Church doesn't exist and just "come inside and celebrate Jeff's life." Hanneman died of liver failure on May 2nd. He was 49.
--Bennington To Front Stone Temple Pilots At MusiCares Benefit
It looks like Linkin Park's Chester Bennington still has time to play the role of the new Stone Temple Pilots frontman. He's set to take the mic with them at next week's MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert at Los Angeles' Club Nokia. The May 30th event will also feature appearances from Duff McKagan and Slash. Bennington first filled in for STP's terminated frontman Scott Weiland at this past weekend's KROQ Weenie Roast. The new-look quartet also released their first song together, "Out of Time," which is the first new song from the Stone Temple Pilots since 2010.
--Richie Sambora Unhappy With Jon Bon Jovi's Comments About His Absence
Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora isn't pleased with how frontman Jon Bon Jovi is handling his absence in the media. The guitarist tells the UK's "Daily Mail" he doesn't have "any major problems in life right now," and he's not battling with substance abuse issues. While he also won't disclose exactly what's going on, he implies that the problems are between him and Jon. Sambora says he's "fine" and "working very hard" on his fashion company Nikki Rich. And he speculates that Jon "wants to see if he can pull off stadiums by himself," because the singer is "making it very difficult" for him to return to the band.
Jon has been fielding the Sambora question since early April, when the guitarist suddenly left Bon Jovi's spring tour without explanation. Earlier this week Jon told London's "Evening Standard" it was "getting more and more difficult every day to not just sit here and say something" about Sambora, but explained that his bandmate's absence was "for personal reasons." He also seemed to imply that Sambora was dealing with an addiction issue, saying Sambora has "been through it before." Jon added that they were fortunate that "the same guy who filled in last time was available this time." Guitarist Phil "Phil X" Xenidis, who subbed for Sambora during Richie's 2011 stint in rehab, is once again filling in for Sambora.
--Jailed Pussy Riot Member Declares Hunger Strike
One of the imprisoned members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot has gone on a hunger strike. According to "The Hollywood Reporter," Maria Alekhina started the protest after she was denied permission to attend her parole hearing in person on Wednesday. She also ordered her defense attorney not to take part in the hearing, which has since been postponed until Thursday. Court officials say Alekhina's presence is not required, and they note that she was able to consult with her lawyer via video. But Alekhina felt the hearing should have been held in the regional court closer to the penal colony where she is serving a two-year prison term.
Alekhina and two of her bandmates were convicted of hooliganism last year for an anti-Putin performance at Russia's main Orthodox cathedral. One of the women was released on probation in October. Pussy Riot received support from a number of celebrities during their trial, and on Wednesday, Paul McCartney released an open letter supporting Alekhina's hunger strike and urging authorities to grant her request.
Concrete Blonde guitarist James Mankey is 61.
Radiohead drummer Phil Selway is 46.
Maroon 5 drummer Matt Flynn is 43.
--Today in Rock History
Iron Butterfly broke up. The group's biggest hit was "In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida," a song that hit number 30 on the pop singles chart in 1968.
The Who documentary "The Kids Are Alright" premiered in New York City.
Seventeen-thousand-dollars in box office receipts were stolen from the Clash at a show at Michigan State University. The band was on stage at the time of the incident.
New album releases included Poison's "Look What The Cat Dragged In" and AC/DC's "Who Made Who."
The Beastie Boys released "Ill Communication."
Felony drug charges were filed against Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland. He had been arrested a few days earlier for allegedly buying crack cocaine from a street dealer.
Bon Jovi frontman Jon Bon Jovi made a guest appearance on the season finale of the NBC drama "Las Vegas," while guitarist Richie Sambora appeared in the season-ending episode of CBS' "Still Standing."
Courtney Love spoke out against Dr. Martens after learning the shoe company had launched an ad campaign featuring dead rockers including her late husband, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. The images of the Sex Pistols' Sid Vicious, The Ramones' Joey Ramone, and The Clash's Joe Strummer were also used in the ads.
Bret Michaels was the winner on NBC's "The Celebrity Apprentice." While the challenge had been taped several months earlier, the final boardroom meeting in which the winner was announced aired live. Michaels was on hand for the event, even despite a series of medical drama -- including a hospitalization for a "warning stroke" just three days earlier. As the "Celebrity Apprentice" winner, Michaels earned 250-thousand-dollars for the American Diabetes Association.