The Dish - 07/17/13
7/17/2013 8:10:00 AM
--Report: Korn Growing Corn In Recording Studio
It seems the guys in Korn are trying to stay healthy while recording their new album. TMZ says they've set up a micro-indoor farm in the studio to grow a variety of vegetables -- and yes, Korn's garden does include corn. The health conscious rockers are reportedly putting their green thumbs to work to avoid making trips to the store to get their veggies. Meanwhile, Korn has a handful of live dates scheduled as they gear up for the release of "The Paradigm Shift" on October 1st.
--Tool Drummer: New Album Will "Most Likely" Arrive In Early 2014
It appears Tool can finally see the finish line when it comes to their highly-anticipated fifth album. Drummer Danny Carey tells "Loud Wire" the follow-up to 2006's "Ten-Thousand Days" will "most likely" be out in early 2014. Carey explains that he, guitarist Adam Jones, and bassist Justin Chancellor are working on compositions every day. But frontman Maynard James Keenan has yet to join them, and they still haven't visited the studio to put anything down on tape. Nonetheless, Carey is hopeful that they'll be able to finish recording the new material by the end of the year. And while there had been talk of a 2013 release date, he says the logistics of putting the new disc in stores means there's almost no chance it will be out before Christmas.
As for the sound of Tool's upcoming album, Carey says they're trying to "push things in different ways." But he assures fans that "it always comes out sounding like Tool no matter what."
--Slipknot's Shawn "Clown" Crahan To Make Directorial Debut
Slipknot's Shawn "Clown" Crahan is making the move from music videos to feature films. The heavy metal band's co-founder will make his directorial debut with the big-screen adaptation of the graphic novel "Officer Downe." Created by Joe Casey and artist Chris Burnham, the comic tells the story of a Los Angeles police officer who is frequently killed in the line of duty, but is then telekinetically resurrected by his superiors and sent back to work. So far there's no word on when production will begin or when "Officer Downe" will arrive in theaters.
--Vivian Campbell Setting Record Straight On Dio Years
Def Leppard's Vivian Campbell says he "never wanted to leave Dio." The guitarist tells "Classic Rock" magazine he was "fired" from the group, and then "portrayed as turning his back" on the band. But he admits there was friction between him and frontman Ronnie James Dio. Campbell explains that he was "experiencing growth" at the time and "wanted to try different kinds of music," which "obviously rubbed Ronnie the wrong way." He adds that in hindsight, he sees how it might have given Dio the wrong impression that he wanted to leave the group.
But Campbell admits he wasn't also pleased with how he or the other members of the group were treated. He explains that they "weren't just salaried guitarists, bassists, drummers" but were part of the band -- and the creative process. But Vivian says they never received profits from records, touring or merchandise, and were "paid literally less than the crew." He adds that organizing the group's reunion is his way of "re-taking ownership" of his Dio work. Surviving Dio members are set to play a series of UK dates next month with singer Andy Freeman under the name Last In Line.
--Radiohead Manager Calls Spotify "Good Thing," Welcomes Dialogue
Radiohead's Thom Yorke and the band's manager apparently don't see eye to eye when it comes to Spotify. Following comments from Yorke and Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich that the online streaming service is "bad for new artists," Brian Message tells BBC Radio's Newshour that Spotify is a "good thing." He says he and "a whole range" of other managers believe new technology like Spotify will ultimately benefit the music business, adding that streaming services are a "new way for artists and fans to engage." But Message also says it's good that Yorke and Godrich are speaking up and joining the debate on the best way to make this technology work for everyone. He admits it's not easy, but it's "great to have a dialogue."
Earlier this week, Yorke and Godrich argued that Spotify and other services aren't paying up-and-coming artists enough. To help make their point, they had their joint Atoms for Peace album "Amok" removed, as well as York's solo album "The Eraser" and Godrich's record with Ultraista.
--International Cassette Store Day Set For September 7th
Music fans who enjoy getting their tunes on the formats of yesteryear have another day to celebrate. The inaugural International Cassette Store Day is set to take place this year on September 7th. Organizers are calling the event "a celebration of a physical product that is accessible, fun, cheap, and still going strong." And while CDs and MP3s are the most common ways to listen to music these days, the BBC recently reported that two-million cassettes were sold around the world last year. The Cassette Store Day team hopes to boost that number this year with exclusive original cassettes from Los Campesinos! and others, as well as reissued tapes from the Flaming Lips, At the Drive-In, Deerhunter, and more.
Cassette-lovers will also get to enjoy live performances and DJ sets at record stores in Los Angeles, New York, London, Tokyo, and elsewhere. More information is available at CassetteStoreDay.com.
Former Motels drummer Brian Glascock is 65.
Black Sabbath bassist Terry "Geezer" Butler is 64.
--Today In Rock History
The Beatles' animated film "Yellow Submarine" premiered at the London Pavilion. Band members John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison attend the screening. It opened in the U.S. several months later and became a big hit. The film is based on The Beatles song and characters.
A bomb placed under a ramp at the Montreal Forum blew out the cones of 30 speakers stored inside one of the Rolling Stones' equipment trucks. Montreal radio stations received at least 50 calls from would-be bombers. It was never determined who planted the dynamite and the show went on as planned.
John Lennon was ordered to leave the U.S. in 60 days in connection with his ongoing legal battle with immigration officials.
Midge Ure joined Thin Lizzy, replacing guitarist Gary Moore in the group.
Guns N' Roses, Metallica, and Faith No More kicked off a tour in Washington DC.
U2's album "Zooropa" hit number one on the UK albums chart.
Kiss' Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons made a surprise appearance at a Kiss convention in Pontiac, Michigan, and found some Kiss costumes that had been stolen from the band more than a decade earlier.
Smashing Pumpkins fired drummer Jimmy Chamberlain. He had been arrested a week earlier for drug possession.
Alice in Chains' "Unplugged" album was released.
Jet bassist Mark Wilson was attacked in Sydney, Australia, and suffered a black eye in the incident.
The Axis of Justice, established by Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello and System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian, staged a benefit concert in support of Los Angeles-area food banks and homeless shelters. Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, Tool frontman Mayard James Keenan, Audioslave's Brad Wilk, Jurassic 5, and Pete Yorn were among the performers.
Former Clash guitarist Mick Jones took part in a large karaoke sing of the band's 1982 hit "Rock the Casbah," which was performed in conjunction with a series of activities to honor the late Clash frontman Joe Strummer.
A memorial service was held for the late New York Dolls bassist Arthur "Killer" Kane in Westwood, California. He had died four days earlier of leukemia.
Dave Navarro and Carmen Electra announced that they had separated after nearly two-and-a-half years of marriage.
Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx held a press conference in Los Angeles to present a preview of his book "The Heroin Diaries" and it's accompanying soundtrack album. He also introduced his other band, Sixx: A.M., with whom he recorded the album.