The Dish - 09/05/13
9/5/2013 8:10:00 AM
--Avenged Sevenfold Debut At Number One On Billboard 200
The guys in Avenged Sevenfold are donning their crowns again when it comes to the Billboard 200 this week. The band's latest release, "Hail to the King," debuted at number one on the album chart after selling 159-thousand copies in its opening frame. The feat marks the second best bow for the heavy metal group after their previous effort, "Nightmare," topped the chart with 163-thousand copies in 2010. Meanwhile, "Hail to the King" has brought hard rock to heights it hasn't seen in more than a year. The record gave the genre its best debut since Linkin Park's "Living Things" opened at number one with 223-thousand copies sold back in July 2012.
As for the rest of this week's Billboard 200, country star Luke Bryan's "Crash My Party" drops from the top spot to number two. And John Mayer's "Paradise Valley" -- last week's runner-up -- slides all the way to number seven.
--Lamb Of God Reportedly Get Death Threats, Malaysian Concert Canceled
Lamb of God's upcoming show in Malaysia has been canceled after the band reportedly received death threats. The status of the metal act's September 28th gig at a festival in Kuala Lumpur was first called into question when Malaysia's Department of Islamic Development accused the band of having blasphemous elements. And now "The Star Online" says the Communications and Multimedia Ministry has denied the band the necessary permit to stage the concert. Likewise, promoters Livescape also decided to call off the performance after they say "certain irresponsible individuals" made threats against the band member's lives. Lamb of God, meanwhile, released a statement expressing their frustration with the fact that those who have taken the most offense to their music and lyrics have only made a "passing glance" at the content and meaning of the songs in question.
The band encourages anyone offended by their work to engage in a discussion about the true motivations behind it. But they also realize that the environment surrounding their Malaysia show was becoming too volatile to stay on the schedule. They add that considering frontman Randy Blythe's recent manslaughter trial stemming from a fan incident, they had no choice but to avoid anything that would jeopardize the safety of their crew, their fans, or themselves.
--Attorney: Kid Rock Break-In Suspect Doesn't Remember It
He was so drunk he doesn't remember trying to break into Kid Rock's home in Independence Township in July. That's the contention of defense attorney Douglas Oliver regarding 43-year-old Brian Keith. He pled no contest to three felony charges Wednesday for the attempted break-in at the rock star's home. Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Wendy Potts is considering a sentence of ten to 46 months in prison due to the plea.
--Jack White Named Honorary Dean At Mexico City Music Academy
Jack White has another title to put in front of his name. The singer, songwriter, guitarist, producer, philanthropist, and record label founder was recently named Honorary Dean at Mexico City's Fermatta Music Academy. "Rolling Stone" says White received the honor back on August 22nd when he made a surprise appearance to celebrate the academy's 20th anniversary. White -- who was also given a Lifetime Achievement Award at the event -- is the first musician to be named Honorary Dean at the Fermatta Music Academy.
--U2's Adam Clayton Marries Brazilian Model In Dublin
U2's Adam Clayton is a married man. The BBC says the rocker tied the knot with Brazilian model Mariana Teixeira in a civil ceremony at the registry office in Dublin, Ireland. Clayton and Teixeira have been an item for four years. The bassist popped the question earlier this year in Brazil during Carnival. Adam's U2 bandmate The Edge and his wife Morleigh Steinberg were among those on hand for the wedding. Clayton and his new bride plan to celebrate their union with a three-day reception in France. More than 150 people are expected to turn out for the event, which begins on Friday.
--Rolling Stones Releasing Hyde Park Concert On DVD
The Rolling Stones "50 and Counting" tour finale is being released on DVD. The group wrapped up their 50th anniversary trek back in July with a pair of concerts at London's Hyde Park -- where they last played in 1969. Guitarist Keith Richards says the shows were "like a full circle being drawn," and the band was "in top form." "The Rolling Stones Sweet Summer Sun - Hyde Park Live" features the group's two-hour concert along with backstage footage. The band's set featured such classics as "Start Me Up," "Jumpin' Jack Flash," "It's Only Rock 'n' Roll," "Gimme Shelter," and "Sympathy for the Devil." The show also features a guest appearance from former Stones guitarist Mick Taylor, and other surprises.
"The Rolling Stones Sweet Summer Sun - Hyde Park Live" will be released in a variety of formats, including DVD and Blu-ray as well as a two-CD plus DVD and 3 LP plus DVD sets. A deluxe edition will also feature a 60 page book. The release is slated to hit stores in November.
--Report: Gwen Stefani Expecting Third Child
Gwen Stefani is reportedly expecting her third child. The news was first reported by "InTouch Weekly." An insider is telling the magazine that the "No Doubt" singer is pregnant again, but is focusing on resting and making sure the baby is healthy before making an announcement. She is 43 years old. A source also confirmed the news to "Us Weekly," who says she "just found out." Gwen is married to musician Gavin Rossdale. The couple already has two sons, seven-year-old Kingston and five-year-old Zuma. Last October, during an interview with "Marie Claire," Gwen shared that she was hoping to have a third child "about two years ago," but that "it didn't really work out."
--Roger Daltrey To Headline Queen Aids Benefit
Roger Daltrey is showing his support for Queen in the band's ongoing fight against AIDS. The Who frontman is among the performers for the Queen AIDS Benefit, taking place tonight in London. He's part of a lineup that also features Spice Girl Melanie C., tenor Alfie Boe, and comedian Al Murray. The event will also include an auction, with items such as an Alice Cooper autographed drawing of the late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, a signed photo of Katy Perry in her "Freddie For A Day" outfit, and a framed sheet of Freddie Mercury stamps. The Queen AIDS Benefit is being staged on what would have been Freddie's 67th birthday. Money raised is going to The Mercury Phoenix Trust, the charity Queen launched in 1992 in honor of Freddie several months after his death.
--Bon Iver's Label Says The Band Isn't Over
Bon Iver's label Jagjaguwar has stepped in to make it clear that Justin Vernon's Grammy-winning band "is not over by any means." Rumors to the contrary started buzzing after Vernon told an Australian radio station that he has to be in a "specific headspace" to even come up with an idea for another Bon Iver album, and he's "just not there." He also said he's in no hurry to try to get back in that headspace. But Jagjaguwar tells "Consequence of Sound" that just because Vernon isn't writing any Bon Iver songs now doesn't mean he won't write them in the future. For now, however, he's concentrating on one of his other groups, Volcano Choir. They just released their second album, "Repave," earlier this week, and are set to kick off a supporting tour this Friday in Chicago.
Rage Against the Machine drummer Brad Wilk is 45. Currently drumming for Black Sabbath
Guitarist Dweezil Zappa is 44. He's the son of Frank Zappa.
--Today in Rock History
The Rolling Stones flew to Los Angeles for recording sessions. "Get Off My Cloud" was among the tracks the group worked on.
The Stooges played their first gig in New York, opening for the MC5 at The Pavilion.
Guitarist Dave Navarro joined Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Fifteen fans were injured when the crowd rushed the stage at a Neil Young/Pearl Jam concert in George, Washington.
Def Leppard received induction into Hollywood's Rockwalk.
Courtney Love was among those who testified at a California state senate labor law hearing that focused on the "Seven Year Statute," limiting personal service contracts to seven years.
Bon Jovi took part in the "NFL Kickoff Live from Times Square" TV special ushering in the 2002-2003 football season.
Kid Rock, Chris Cornell, and OneRepublic were among the performers at the Fashion Rocks concert in conjunction with New York's Fashion Week.
The guitar documentary "It Might Get Loud," featuring Jimmy Page, U2's The Edge, and Jack White, had its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.
Vince Neil was questioned after a woman accused him of pushing her in an elevator at The Las Vegas Hilton.