The Dish - 09/10/13
9/10/2013 8:10:00 AM
--A Perfect Circle To Release Box Set In November
A Perfect Circle fans have an early Christmas present to look forward to this fall. The band has announced plans to release a limited-edition, career-spanning box set on November 26th. Dubbed "A Perfect Circle: Featuring Stone and Echo," the collection includes the band's full discography as well as plenty of bonus tracks and rare live performances. Fans will also get a few other trinkets like signed lithographs and a custom sculpted resin frame designed by the band members themselves. Pre-order information for "A Perfect Circle: Featuring Stone and Echo" is available now at APerfectCircle.com.
--Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon To Pen Memoir
Kim Gordon will be looking back on her time with Sonic Youth in a new memoir dubbed "Girl in a Band." The book's editor, Carrie Thornton, tells the "Los Angeles Times" it will chronicle Gordon's move from L.A. to the early '80s post-punk scene in New York City, where she eventually formed Sonic Youth. Thornton says the book will cover Gordon's time in the band, while also serving as a "portrait of Kim as a multi-faceted artist." It's expected to include some sort of visual element as well, and Thornton says there's a possibility the eBook version will come with music. "Girl in a Band' is slated to hit shelves in late 2014 or early 2015.
--Neil Young Appears At National Farmers Union Rally
Neil Young continues to actively show his support for family farmers and their goods. The rocker spoke at Monday's National Farmers Union rally in Washington, DC. "The Washington Post" says Young gave a ten-minute speech -- without relying on notes -- in which he addressed a number of related topics including the family farmer and biofuel. Neil drove to the rally in the LincVolt -- his 1959 Lincoln Continental which has been modified into a hybrid that's fueled by electricity and ethanol. He also referenced the ethanol debate, calling reports that vehicles don't run properly on ethanol "disinformation." Young even dressed for the occasion, wearing a green t-shirt that read "Go Family Farms."
Later this month Young will be performing in support of the family farmer. He'll be co-hosting the 2013 Farm Aid Concert, which will take place in Saratoga Springs, New York on September 21st.
--Bruce Springsteen, Roger Waters Set For "Stand Up For Heroes"
Bruce Springsteen and Roger Waters will once again "stand up for heroes." The rockers are on board for the 7th annual Stand Up For Heroes benefit concert, taking place in New York City this fall. The Bob Woodruff Foundation stages the special show in conjunction with the New York Comedy Festival to raise money for injured military members and their families. Jon Stewart and Jerry Seinfeld are also slated to appear, along with "other surprise guests." The 7th annual Stand Up For Heroes concert will take place at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York on November 6th.
Both Springsteen and Waters took part in last year's show. For the 2012 benefit Waters performed with wounded troops at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
--Fewer Elvis Clones Sought In Vegas
It's not hard to find an Elvis impersonator in Las Vegas, but getting a gig is another matter. The "Review-Journal" says demand for Elvis Presley tribute artists fell more than 20-percent last year, compared with 2011. A marketing manager for website GigMasters.com says veteran Elvi can still line up work, but newer impersonators are having a hard time as the singer's core fans get older. GigMasters says wedding events make up half of its Elvis requests, followed by corporate shows and adult birthday parties.
Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry is 63.
Cracker singer-guitarist David Lowery is 53.
Descendents and former Black Flag drummer Bill Stevenson is 50.
Bush drummer Robin Goodridge is 47.
Fastball frontman Miles Zuniga is 47.
Former My Chemical Romance bassist Mikey Way is 33.
--Today In Rock History
The BBC banned the Rolling Stones' single "Star Star" because of its objectionable lyrics
The New York Dolls broke up.
Kiss released the album "Kiss Alive."
AC/DC's "A Flick of the Switch" broke into the albums chart.
Guns N' Roses' "Sweet Child O' Mine" hit number one on the pop singles chart.
The first Elvis Presley credit card was issued.
The Hard Rock Cafe opened in Las Vegas.
Guns N' Roses released the single "Don't Cry."
The Beastie Boys received the Video Vanguard award at the MTV Video Music Awards.
Kiss announced yet another extension to its farewell tour, with plans to tour in Japan and Australia.
MTV, MTV2, VH1, VH1 Classic, and CMT offered a simultaneous presentation of the Hurricane Katrina fundraiser "ReAct Now: Music & Relief." A wide variety of rock, pop, rap, and country stars -- including 3 Doors Down, Staind, Green Day, and the Dave Matthews Band -- took part in the telecast. Money raised went to several charities, including the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, and America's Second Harvest.
Ozzy Osbourne was honored with a special tribute during the first day of the three-day Sunset Strip Music Festival in Los Angeles.
The Sex Pistols' perfume arrived in stores in the U.S. The fragrance is described as a mix of lemon, black pepper, ambrette seed, aldehydes, leather, and heliotrope with a "patchouli note."
The documentary "Pearl Jam Twenty" had its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival.