The Dish - 07/15/13
7/15/2013 8:10:00 AM
--Tom Morello Responds To George Zimmerman Verdict
Tom Morello is one of many celebrities sharing their thoughts after a Florida jury found George Zimmerman not guilty in the death of Trayvon Martin. The Rage Against the Machine guitarist took to Twitter on Saturday and grouped the verdict with other problems he sees around the country, such as the repeal of the Voting Rights Act, the NSA "spying on everybody," global warming denial, attacks on women's rights, Congress and Walmart. Morello concluded his tweet with the hashtag "Let's Start Over."
--Smashing Pumpkins To Release Live Package In September
Any Smashing Pumpkins fans who couldn't make it to the band's show at Brooklyn's Barclays Center last year will soon have a number of ways to catch all the action they missed. Billy Corgan and company have announced plans to release a new live package dubbed "Oceania: Live in NYC" on September 3rd. The performance will be available on DVD, Blu-Ray, 3D Blu-Ray, and in a deluxe two-CD-one-DVD combo. Fans will also have the option to purchase it as a digital download. The DVD and Blu-Ray versions will feature five-point-one stereo audio plus a photo gallery and interviews with lighting director and stage producer Sean Evans. Fans can pre-order all formats of "Oceania: Live in NYC" now at SmashingPumpkins.com.
--Pearl Jam To Release New Album In October
Pearl Jam have already worked their way into the top ten despite the fact that their new album won't actually be out for another three months. Over the weekend, the grunge vets' forthcoming "Lightning Bolt" cracked the upper tier of the iTunes album chart based on pre-orders alone. The band just announced the release of their tenth studio effort on Thursday, shortly after last week's other big announcement that they'd be kicking off a North American tour on October 11th. "Lightning Bolt" -- which features the now-streaming lead single "Mind Your Manners" -- is scheduled to hit stores on October 15th.
--Nazareth Frontman Collapses On Stage, Band Cancels Tour
Nazareth is bringing their Canadian tour to an unexpected, abrupt end because frontman Dan McCafferty is sick. The "Cranbrook Daily Townsman" says problems started with the group's show in Cranbrook last Tuesday, when McCafferty collapsed on stage moments after Nazareth kicked off the concert. Local promoter Isaac Hockley told the newspaper that McCafferty was having breathing problems, which led to his collapse. The group's subsequent shows have been cancelled. While Nazareth hasn't made an official announcement about the tour or McCafferty's condition, posts on the venue websites for upcoming dates all indicate Nazareth won't be appearing as scheduled.
--Bon Jovi Leads Pollstar's 2013 Mid-Year Worldwide Top Tours List
Even without guitarist Richie Sambora, Bon Jovi is raking in the crowds. The New Jersey band is leading "Pollstar's" mid-year list of the top worldwide tours of 2013. In the first six months of the year the group has raked in over 142-million dollars playing 60 shows in 58 cities across the globe. Bon Jovi launched their "Because We Can" trek with an unplanned free concert in Connecticut back in February, when a record-setting blizzard prompted the band to postpone their official tour kick-off in Uncasville. The group then lost a guitarist when Sambora dropped out of the trek unexpectedly before a show in Calgary in April. Richie has yet to return to the tour; guitarist Phil "Phil X" Xenidis has been filling in.
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band has the number two spot on the list, followed by The Rolling Stones. Cirque du Soleil's "Michael Jackson: The Immortal" ranks fourth, and Justin Bieber rounds out the top five. Depeche Mode and Fleetwood Mac are in the top ten.
--Jason Bonham Enjoying Heart Tour, Developing Hologram Performance With Dad
Jason Bonham says he looks forward to each show his group is playing with Heart. The son of Led Zeppelin's John Bonham tells LegendaryRockInterviews.com that he's glad he and Heart have been able to build upon last winter's Kennedy Center Honors tribute to Zeppelin, and says they're closing shows on Heart's tour with "a nice 40 or 50 minutes at the end of the set." But Jason adds that there's "so much more" he'd like to do with his Led Zeppelin Experience shows -- including a virtual performance with his late father. He says he's "talking to people about holograms," and that his "dream is to do the hologram drum solo with dad" next to him. Jason explains that he's limited by both the amount and the quality of film footage he has of his father, but he's trying to create something "that works and is purposeful." Heart and Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience tour continues with a show in Detroit on Friday.
--Alice Cooper Pleased With Recent Tour With Marilyn Manson
Alice Cooper says his June tour with fellow shock rocker Marilyn Manson went "great." Alice tells Billboard.com he'd "heard nothing but horror stories" about working with Manson, and "didn't know what to expect." But he says Marilyn was "nothing but respectful, a total pro," and calls their co-headlining "Masters of Madness" trek "a real flawless tour." Cooper adds that actor Johnny Depp might deserve some of the credit, He explains that Depp and Manson are good friends, and he believes Johnny "talked to him and kind of backed him off a little bit."
Cooper also says both he and Manson benefited from the trek. He explains that his band "made converts" out of Marilyn's fans, and "there was an older audience that came that was suspect" of Manson "but liked him." He adds that he's "sure" he and Marilyn will tour together again.
--Thom Yorke Tells Daniel Craig There's No Radiohead Album Plan
It seems not even James Bond can get Thom Yorke to spill the beans on Radiohead's next album. In a chat with "Skyfall" star Daniel Craig for "Interview Magazine," the frontman joked that he really wishes there was a plan for the next record, but there just isn't. In fact, Yorke says the only plan he and his bandmates have come up with lately is to take a year off. During the interim, Yorke explains that they're all busy with "bits and bobs." Guitarist Jonny Greenwood is happily doing his "film stuff," drummer Phil Selway has an album in the works, and Yorke is staying busy with Atoms for Peace. But unfortunately for Radiohead fans, none of those "bits and bobs" involved the follow-up to the band's last album, 2011's "The King of Limbs."
Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Artimus Pyle is 65.
The Buggles' Trevor Horn is 64.
Guitarist Joe Satriani is 57.
Former Ramones drummer Marky Ramone is 57.
Former My Chemical Romance guitarist Ray Toro is 36.
--Today in Rock History
John Lennon's mother, Julia, was struck by a car and killed in Liverpool, England.
U2's album "War" was certified Gold.
Motley Crue's album "Girls, Girls, Girls" was certified Gold and Platinum.
Pink Floyd performed a free concert in Venice, Italy. Residents complained about the noise, littering, and drug use at the show.
The Black Crowes' album "Southern Harmony and Musical Companion" was certified Gold and Platinum.
Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer suffered second-degree burns on his hands, arms, and legs at a gas station fire in a suburb of Boston. Because of his injuries, the band had to postpone the first 13 dates of its North American tour.
The Deftones had to cancel a concert in Sacramento, California because singer Chino Moreno was suffering from vocal strain. The band ended up cancelling four concerts during the week because of Moreno's condition.
Ozzfest, featuring Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden as co-main stage headliners, began with a show in Boston.
Primal Scream frontman Bobby Gillespie was left with two black eyes and a broken nose after an altercation in a bar in Madrid. The incident was described as "an unprovoked attack."
Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry was hospitalized after being hit by a car while riding a motorcycle in Middleboro, Massachusetts. He only suffered minor injuries and was treated and released within a few hours.
Blink-182 released "Up All Night." The lead single from their "Neighborhoods" album marked the trio's first new music since going on hiatus four years earlier.