The Dish - 07/03/13
7/3/2013 8:10:00 AM
--Aerosmith's Steven Tyler Getting Knee Replacement This Fall
Aerosmith's Steven Tyler calls it "a miracle" that he's still standing. The rocker admits "the years have taken their toll" on him, telling RollingStone.com he's had several surgeries on his knees and feet. And he'll be going under the knife again this fall. He explains that one of his knees is "giving out," so he'll be having knee replacement surgery in November. Tyler says he'll likely need three to four months of recovery time. But he adds that it's great when he can do one of his signature spins and not fall.
Tyler also says that despite the wear and tear of a rock star's life, retirement is out of the question -- for both him and his bandmates. He explains that they "just love to play, and "when they colonize the moon," Aerosmith will "be up there as a lounge act." The band's new concert DVD, "Rock For The Rising Sun," will be released on July 23rd.
--Motorhead Reassuring Fans Lemmy Is OK, Band Will Return
Motorhead is officially cancelling their remaining European festival dates. The band started spot-canceling shows last month, after frontman Lemmy Kilmister reportedly suffered a debilitating hip injury. But the band doesn't give any specifics on Lemmy's condition in their statement. They explain that in the spring the 67-year-old singer underwent "some medical maintenance for the long-term good." They say at that time he was "advised to rest," but once he was feeling better "he of course resumed his life a usual." The group adds that Lemmy has now been "advised that he should immediately take some more time to rest," and he's following that recommendation.
Lemmy admits that the tour cancellation was "a tough decision" for him because he doesn't like disappointing his fans -- "especially in times where economy is bad" and people have spent their money to see Motorhead. But he concedes that "sometimes you can't do anything else" but follow doctor's orders. He also extends his thanks for all the well-wishes he's been receiving. The band adds that fans "can now stop worrying," and "redirect those cards, flowers and chocolates to a loved one (who will appreciate them far more)." They also say Motorhead expects to "be back in full force this fall."
--Avril Lavigne, Chad Kroeger Married
Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger are officially married. The Canadian couple has confirmed that they tied the knot over a three-day wedding in the South of France this weekend. The pop rock singer spoke to "Hello" magazine about the details of the Monday night ceremony, which took place at a medieval castle called Chateau de la Napoule near Cannes. Avril walked down the aisle in a black tulle Monique Lhuillier gown, in front of 110 friends and family members. She says her wedding to the Nickelback frontman had a "French decor" and "goth" theme, and that the couple wanted it to be "over the top." Avril and Chad met last March while recording her latest album "All Over The Place," and announced their engagement in August.
--Beck Releases New Single Online
Beck continues to hand out new music this summer. Fans can listen to his latest single, "I Won't Be Long," online now, free of charge. The track comes about a month after Beck shared it's predecessor, "Defriended." And like "Defriended," "I Won't Be Long" is also available as a special 12-inch vinyl single via Beck.com. But it looks like that's the only physical release either single will get. Beck says the tracks won't end up on any of his albums, even though he's reportedly working on two full-length efforts.
--Styx Enjoys Sharing Name With Pluto Moon
The guys in Styx aren't claiming one of Pluto's moons has been named after the group, but they're enjoying the fact that they now share a moniker with a celestial body. The International Astronomical Union announced Tuesday that P5 -- one of the two recently discovered moons orbiting Pluto -- would now be know as Styx. Band members joke that with the naming the IAU has really expanded their performing options. Frontman Tommy Shaw tells UltimateClassicRock.com that Styx is "proud to accept this new heavenly chart position" as they include "orbiting Pluto" on their "ever expanding touring map." Keyboardist Lawrence Gowan adds that the band's manager is now booking the group for a residency on Styx, and "tickets are almost completely sold out in advance!"
Pluto's other new moon, previously known as P4, has been named Kerberos. Styx actually came in third behind Kerberos and Vulcan -- the overwhelming favorite -- when the SETI Institute put possible names up for a public vote. But scientists opted for Styx over Vulcan because Vulcan has been used before in astronomy, and they felt the name Styx has a stronger link to the Greek god Pluto. IAU rules require that Pluto's moons have names associated with the underworld in Greek and Roman mythology.
--Bon Jovi, Paul McCartney Included In Billboard Mid-Year Poll
Bon Jovi is cropping up in two categories on Billboard.com's "2013 Mid-Year Music Awards" poll. The New Jersey rockers' latest release, "What About Now?," captured eleven-percent of the vote to take the number three spot behind Taylor Swift's "Red" and Justin Bieber's "Believe: Acoustic" for Favorite Billboard 200 Number One Album. And even without guitarist Richie Sambora, the band's "Because We Can" is landing in the Best Tour list. Bon Jovi drew support from 16-percent to take third place behind Swift's "Red" tour and Rihanna's "Diamonds" trek. Paul McCartney is also getting a nod for his live work. His Bonnaroo set earned votes from 19-percent for Best Festival Performance, and has second place behind Swedish House Mafia's farewell at the Ultra Music Festival. The late Michael Jackson's daughter, Paris, appears in the poll as well. Her apparent suicide attempt ranks second for Most Shocking Moment. Beyonce's lip synced Inauguration performance leads that category.
Taylor Swift has top honors as First-Half MVP. The country-pop superstar appears in six categories, and has the number one spot in three. Justin Bieber, Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars, and Miley Cyrus are some of the other stars featured prominently in the poll.
Little Feat's Paul Barrere is 65.
--Today In Rock History
Former Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones was found dead in his swimming pool. While rumors of murder and suicide followed the death, the coroner's office ruled it a, quote, "misadventure," citing the high levels of drugs and alcohol in Jones' system.
Doors frontman Jim Morrison was found dead of a heart attack in his bathtub in Paris.
Surviving Doors members Ray Manzarek, Robbie Kreiger, and John Densmore offered a gravesite tribute to Jim Morrison on the tenth anniversary of his death.
A Grateful Dead concert in suburban Indianapolis was cancelled because of a riot at the Dead's show in Nobelsville, Indiana, the night earlier.
Hundreds of Doors fans gathered at the Paris gravesite of Jim Morrison to mark the 25th anniversary of his death.
Sharon Osbourne had surgery for colon cancer. Her condition prompted Ozzy Osbourne to postpone the start of the Ozzfest tour by five days. Her surgery took place the day before the Osbourne's 20th wedding anniversary.
Alice Cooper's former guitarist Dick Wagner was hospitalized after suffering a massive heart attack. The 64-year-old rocker, who was in Cooper's band in the 1970s and '80s, spent several months recovering from the near-fatal attack.
Kiss released the single "Hell or Hallelujah."