The Dish - 06/27/13
6/27/2013 8:10:00 AM
--Accused Rocker Sets Next Court Date For September
As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis was in court Wednesday for another hearing in his ongoing murder-for-hire case. The "San Diego Reader" says the rocker -- who is accused of hiring a hit man to kill his estranged wife -- is scheduled to make his next court appearance on September 16th. It's unclear whether Lambesis was offered the chance to take a plea bargain during Wednesday's hearing in Vista, California, but he maintained his original plea of "not guilty." Lambesis was arrested back on May 7th and released later that month after posting a two-million-dollar bond. If convicted, he faces a maximum of nine years in prison.
--Pearl Jam's Stone Gossard Not Touring Behind New Solo Album
Pearl Jam's Stone Gossard says he probably won't be launching a "Moonlander" tour anytime soon. The guitarist unveiled his second solo effort earlier this week, but he tells "Rolling Stone" he has no plans to bring it out on the road. Gossard explains that the main purpose behind "Moonlander" -- which was drawn from 12 years' worth of demos and song fragments -- was "just finishing something." He wanted to let fans know that he likes to write songs and "screw around" in the studio, and these are his favorites from the past decade or so. "Moonlander" is available now via PearlJam.com or iTunes.
--Sammy Hagar Unveils Details About New Album
Sammy Hagar is shedding a little more light on his upcoming album. "Sammy Hagar and Friends" features a mix of new collaborations and covers. Journey's Neal Schon, Heart's Nancy Wilson, and Kid Rock are among the "friends" who join the Red Rocker on the project, while other tracks feature his Chickenfoot bandmates Michael Anthony, Joe Satriani, and Chad Smith; country star Ronnie Dunn; and Sammy's Montrose buddies Bill Church and Denny Carmassi.
In addition, Sammy is putting his own spin on such hits as Bob Seger's "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man" and Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus" for the ten-track disc. "Sammy Hagar and Friends" is the singer's first solo effort since 2008's "Cosmic Universal Fashion." The new album is due in stores on September 24th.
--KISS Unveil New Single With Lyric Video
KISS is introducing their new single with a video. The band premiered their clip for "Right Here Right Now" Wednesday on VEVO.com. The lyric video displays the words to the song amid a backdrop of KISS in concert, including the energy, enthusiasm, and pyrotechnics the band and their fans bring to a show. "Right Here Right Now" is a bonus track from the iTunes release of the group's 2012 album "Monster." It's the third single from the disc, following "Long Way Down" and "Hell Or Hallelujah." Fans will likely get the chance to hear the song live this summer, as KISS continues their 2013 Monster Tour.
The band's upcoming North American trek is concentrated in Canada, beginning in Victoria, British Columbia on July 5th. Arena Football fans will also become very familiar with the song. KISS has licensed "Right Here Right Now" to the league, which will play the track at every game this season.
--Black Keys' Patrick Carney Mourns Devo Drummer
Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney is among the many people mourning the loss of original Devo drummer Alan Myers. Carney tweeted that Myers -- who died Monday after battling cancer -- was "one of the most creative and influential drummers of the last 40 years." The news of Myers' passing was announced on Facebook by jazz musician Ralph Carney, a friend from Devo's hometown of Akron, Ohio who also happens to be Patrick Carney's uncle. Ralph called Alan "Devo's best drummer," while one of the men who sat behind Devo's kit after Myers, Josh Freese, said it was an honor to play the parts of such an underrated and brilliant drummer.
--Janis Joplin Show Coming To Broadway
A new show is bringing Janis Joplin to Broadway. "The New York Times" says "A Night With Janis Joplin" showcases the music and influences of the iconic ''60s rocker in a concert-style setting. Mary Bridget Davies has the title role, and will be making her Broadway debut with the production. The show also includes actors portraying such artists as Bessie Smith, Aretha Franklin, and others from whom Joplin drew inspiration. "A Night With Janis Joplin" features performances of the singer's biggest hits, including "Piece of My Heart," "Ball and Chain," and "Me and Bobby McGee." The show has been touring the country for the past two years, receiving favorable reviews. "A Night With Janis Joplin" will begin its run at the Lyceum Theater on September 20th, with the official opening night scheduled for October 10th.
"A Night With Janis Joplin" isn't the first time Davies has portrayed Joplin on the stage. She had the lead role in the 2005 off-Broadway production of "Love, Janis." Mary also brings some authenticity to her performance. In 2006 Joplin's former band, Big Brother and the Holding Company, tapped Davies to perform with them, and over the years she's gone on tours with the group.
--Dismemberment Plan To Release First Album In 12 Years
The Dismemberment Plan is finally putting itself back together for the group's first new album in 12 years. The alt-rockers have announced plans to drop "Uncanny Valley" on October 15th, marking their first release since 2001's "Change." Frontman Travis Morrison says the band's "musical heat is stronger than ever," joking that it's hard to believe the new record was made by "a bunch of 40-year-olds." Morrison and his bandmates are set to build excitement for "Uncanny Valley" with a series of shows in September, including gigs at both the Chicago and Denver versions of Riot Fest.
Former Squeeze drummer Gilson Lavis is 62.
Cowboy Junkies singer Margo Timmins is 52.
Relient K bassist John Warne is 34.
--Today in Rock History
Elvis Presley began taping his NBC special "Elvis," which became known as the "Comeback Special."
John Lennon received his Green Card from the U.S. government.
Ratt's album "Out of the Cellar" was certified Gold.
Guns N' Roses' single "Sweet Child o' Mine" was certified Gold.
Guns N' Roses "November Rain" broke into the Top 40.
New album releases included Bon Jovi's "These Days" and Neil Young's "Mirror Ball," which features members of Pearl Jam.
Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar left the band due to "creative differences." Meanwhile, the group's former singer David Lee Roth began working with Van Halen again, on some tracks for the band's upcoming greatest hits collection.
The Beastie Boys and Rage Against the Machine announced plans for a joint tour, Rhyme & Reason 2000. Due to various setbacks, including Beastie Boy Mike D injuring his shoulder, the tour never happened.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers bassist Howie Epstein was arrested in New Mexico when police found him and girlfriend Carlene Carter driving a car that had been reported stolen from a Santa Fe dealership. Police also found drugs in the vehicle.
Joe Perry was a guest on the Food Network's "Emeril Live," where he promoted his Boneyard Brew line of hot sauce.
Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose was released from a Stockholm jail after pleading guilty to misdemeanor charges of violent conduct and criminal damage, as well as agreeing to pay nearly seven-thousand-dollars in restitution. The charges stemmed from an incident at a hotel a day earlier.
Kiss' Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons were on hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the first Kiss Coffeehouse, in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina's Celebrity Square.
311's Nick Hexum hosted an online chat to discuss global warming.
Bon Jovi's "Lost Highway" debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 album chart, followed by The White Stripes' "Icky Thump."
Aerosmith took part in a special unveiling event at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York for the release of the game "Guitar Hero: Aerosmith"