The Dish - 07/12/13
7/12/2013 8:10:00 AM
--Metallica's Lars Ulrich, Model Jessica Miller Engaged
Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich hasn't given up on marriage. The "Las Vegas Informer" says the rocker was seen out earlier this week celebrating his engagement to model Jessica Miller. The couple was reportedly joined by family members and close friends, including Lars' son and Jessica's dad, for a seafood dinner at N9NE Steakhouse at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. Ulrich and Miller haven't said when they plan to tie the knot. It will be the third marriage for Lars, whose last relationship with longtime girlfriend Connie Nielsen ended last year. Miller has never been married.
--Durex Denies Partnership With Daft Punk
Durex and Daft Punk may not be joining forces after all. Reports of a possible partnership to release a line of condoms promoting Daft Punk's single "Get Lucky" surfaced earlier this week after DJ Diplo posted a photo of packaging that featured the cover art for the duo's smash single. However, a rep from the condom company tells MTV News that rumors of a partnership are false. He says there's "no Durex promotion or partnership with Daft Punk" in any of their markets. The rep adds that Durex "is not posting free packs" to Daft Punk.
--Dropkick Murphys Donate Over 300-Thousand Dollars To Boston Bombing Victims
The Dropkick Murphys are doing their part to ease the pain of victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. This week the group announced that their charity, the Claddagh Fund, had donated over 300-thousand dollars to over 60 victims of the April 15th terrorist attack. The Celtic punk group raised the money by selling benefit t-shirts, hosting a concert in April and releasing an EP that featured three songs by the band. The foundation also hosted a number of fundraisers. After releasing the funds last week, the band was able to meet with many of the victims in person. Founding member Ken Casey says many of the victims "expressed a positive attitude" as they work to get their lives back to normal. Casey adds that the band was "humbled by the kindness" of friends and fans who supported the cause with "heart and passion."
The Claddagh Fund will continue to receive proceeds from iTunes sales of their charitable EP as well as through additional t-shirt sales.
--Mudhoney Plays Atop Seattle Space Needle
Seattle grunge group Mudhoney is taking their music to new heights. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of their record label Sub Pop, the band performed atop of Seattle's Space Needle Thursday. Presented by Seattle's KEXP radio, the "Silver Jubilee Broadcast" also featured interviews with Sup Pop's founder as well as Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil. Among the tracks Mudhoney performed during their towering performance were "Into the Drink" and "Suck You Dry," as well as the label's first Mudhoney single "Touch Me I'm Sick."
--Vans Warped Tour Heads To Australia
The Vans Warped Tour is taking a trip "down under" this fall. According to Billboard.com, the Warped Tour is heading to Australia for the first time in more than a decade. Among the artists set to take the stage during the six dates across Australia are the Offspring, the Used, Simple Plan, Parkway Drive and H20. The trek kicks off on November 29th in Brisbane. After stops in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne, the tour wraps up on December 8th in Adelaide. Tickets for the tour go on sale starting July 18th.
--Stones Tour Ending In London This Weekend
The Rolling Stones are wrapping up their "50 and Counting" tour this weekend. The group will bring the road trip to a close with the second of two shows at London's Hyde Park on Saturday. The trek, which marked the Stones' return to the road, was their first extended run of live dates since their "A Bigger Bang" tour came to an end in 2007. The road trip also commemorated the legendary British rock band's 50-year career. Today is the Stones' 51st anniversary. The band, featuring frontmen Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, played their first show in London on July 12th, 1962.
--Freddie Mercury Gorilla Statue Sparks Controversy In UK
Queen's Brian May is making an attempt to clarify what he's calling "the Great Freddie Gorillagate scandal" -- the controversy surrounding a gorilla statue of the band's late frontman Freddie Mercury. The rocker explains in "Bri's Soapbox" that the singer's estate has asked for the statue to be redone, not removed. Part of the Go Go Gorillas public art exhibit, the BBC reported this week that the Freddie "Radio Go Go" Gorilla was removed when the Freddie Mercury estate accused organizers of copyright infringement over the clothes the gorilla wears. The animal is depicted in Mercury's iconic "Wembley 1986" outfit. But May says the estate simply felt the Freddie gorilla -- which was made without permission -- was poorly done and potentially exploitative. He adds that part of the estate's mission is to "safeguard Freddie's reputation," which is exactly what they've done.
Brian also says the entire incident could have been avoided if the artist had contacted the estate for approval of the design. He adds that the gorilla is being repainted, and is expected to go back on display next week.
--Rush Apologizes For Weather-Shortened Performance
Rush is expressing their regrets for the abrupt ending to their Wednesday night concert. The weather prevented the group from performing their full show at the Quebec City Summer Festival, and frontman Geddy Lee says he and his bandmates are "extremely disappointed and apologetic over the sudden and unexpected ending" of their performance. But he says an approaching lightning storm "made it extremely dangerous" for the band to continue, explaining that it would have put them as well as the stage crew and audience at risk. Lee adds that the group wants to thank their "amazing fans for braving the weather" in an effort to see Rush perform, and they're hoping to make it back to Quebec soon.
Rush is on their "Clockwork Angels 2013 Tour." The group's next performance is set for Halifax, Nova Scotia on Friday, which will be their first show in the city in more than ten years.
--Bon Iver's Justin Vernon Produces Gospel Album
Bon Iver's Justin Vernon is lending a hand to the upcoming album by the gospel group the Blind Boys of Alabama. Due October 1st, "I'll Find A Way" is produced by the Bon Iver frontman. According to RollingStone.com, Vernon invited the veteran gospel group to his April Base studio in rural Wisconsin, where they recorded "I'll Find A Way." Vernon even jumped into the studio alongside group member Jimmy Carter to record a cover of Bob Dylan's song "Every Grain of Sand." Carter says the group hopes to touch people's hearts with their latest album, adding that if people have any feelings in them, they "will feel the Blind Boys.
After winning five Grammy awards, the group was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009.
Soul Asylum guitarist Dan Murphy is 51.
Former Rancid drummer Brett Reed is 41.
Fleetwood Mac's Christine McVie is 70.
--Today in Rock History
Chicago radio personalities Steve Dahl and Gerry Meier led "Disco Demolition Night" at Comiskey Park. The event, which was supposed to involve blowing up disco records between baseball games at a White Sox double header, ended in a near riot. The resulting chaos and destruction forced the Chicago team to cancel the second game and forfeit the win to the Detroit Tigers.
Guns N' Roses album "Appetite for Destruction" was certified double Platinum.
Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose was arrested in New York's Kennedy Airport on charges relating to a 1991 riot at a GNR concert in St. Louis, Missouri.
Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlain was arrested for drug possession.
Blink 182's album "Enema of the State" and Def Leppard's album "Euphoria" were certified Gold.
Metallica dropped its copyright infringement lawsuit against Napster.
The TV series "Night Visions," hosted by Henry Rollins, made its debut on Fox.
Rob Halford announced that he was rejoining Judas Priest for a new album and a tour, which marked the first time he'd worked with the group in 13 years.
Courtney Love was released from Bellevue Hospital in New York after a three-day stay, and checked herself into a private facility. While the troubled singer's attorney wouldn't offer details about her condition, he called the new medical center an "institution" and admitted Love had a legal guardian appointed for her.
AC/DC's album "Back in Black" received a second Diamond certification, indicating sales topping the 20-million mark.
Boston Red Sox pitcher Bronson Arroyo released his debut album, "Covering the Bases." Alice in Chains bassist Mike Inez was among the musicians in Arroyo's backing band for the project.
Ozzfest began in Seattle, Washington, with Ozzy Osbourne returning as the main stage headliner after scaling back his participation on the previous year's tour.
Bon Jovi played a free concert in New York's Central Park in conjunction with Major League Baseball's All-Star game.
Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Incubus, The Flaming Lips, and Tenacious D were among the stars who took part in the "VH1 Rock Honors" tribute concert to The Who, which was taped in Los Angeles and aired five days later.