The Dish - 09/13/13
9/13/2013 8:10:00 AM
--Linkin Park Release New Single Through Facebook Game
Linkin Park has a semi-new album in the works. The rockers will return next month with "Recharged," which will feature new interpretations of songs from last year's "Living Things" album. The collection won't be out until October 29th, but fans can get the first single now by playing the free 3D Facebook game "LP Recharge." The action strategy game unlocks Linkin Park's collaboration with Steve Aoki titled "A Light That Never Comes." Once the track is unlocked, fans can listen to it for free on Xbox Music. Singer-guitarist Mike Shinoda says the new song and the way they're releasing it is indicative of Linkin Park's "commitment to experimentation and pushing boundaries."
--Bon Jovi Drummer Undergoes Emergency Appendectomy
Bon Jovi's "Because We Can" tour "couldn't" Wednesday night. Instead of performing, drummer Tico Torres had emergency surgery to remove his appendix. Frontman Jon Bon Jovi says in a website post Thursday that the operation was "a success and Tico is now recovering the care of his doctors." He adds that Tico didn't want to miss the show. Jon says Tico tried to get his doctors to allow him to perform, promising that he'd return to the hospital for the surgery after the concert, but "the doctors prevailed." Bon Jovi thanks the medical staff who "helped our friend through this difficult time," and apologizes to the fans for any inconvenience the last-minute postponement has caused.
Torres' health has forced Bon Jovi to make some adjustments to their tour schedule. Jon says the band will remain in Mexico City with Tico until he's released from the hospital. The group will resume their tour with their appearance at Rock In Rio in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on September 20th. Bon Jovi has rescheduled their Mexico City show for September 29th. The full updated itinerary is posted at BonJovi.com.
--Iron Maiden Frontman Denies Involvement With U.S. Military Drones
Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson is taking exception to being called a "warmonger." The rocker is denying allegations from the "Dorset Eye" blog, which claims the singer is investing in a British company that has a 500-million-dollar contract to produce drones for the U.S. military. In a statement to "NME," Iron Maiden's rep calls the article "spurious," "totally inaccurate," and a "malicious piece of writing." The rep confirms that both Bruce and Iron Maiden manager Rod Smallwood "were early investors in and remain great supporters" of Hybrid Air Vehicles, whose product has "nothing whatsoever to do with drones" but has "massive positive implications in many areas of life." The rep admits there could be future military use for HAVs, but says the vehicles are designed for applications would save lives.
The "Dorset Eye" is citing an announcement on the South African "Conference Speakers International" website, which has since been removed. The Iron Maiden rep says the "Dorset Eye" article "seems to have stemmed from an unfortunate mistake in terminology" on the South African website, which the writer "used as a starting point and catalyst to go off on a flight of sheer fantasy."
--Mumford & Sons Kicked Out Of Atlanta Strip Club
An Atlanta-area strip club is pulling the welcome mat from Grammy winners Mumford & Sons. The British folk rockers were reportedly bounced from the Clermont Lounge on Tuesday night for allegedly violating the club's "no camera" rules. TMZ.com cites sources who say band members repeatedly ignored staffers' requests to put their camera phones away and then got into a shouting match with the DJ and other staff members.
Mumford & Sons had performed at Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park earlier in the evening. Band member Ben Lovett even took the stage at the Clermont Lounge, before they were booted, to belt out a few tunes for the club's karaoke night.
--Audio Pioneer Ray Dolby Dies At 80
The inventor of the Dolby sound system has died. Dolby Laboratories announced Thursday that their founder, Ray Dolby, passed away in San Francisco. He'd been suffering from Alzheimer's disease and acute leukemia. Dolby was 80. The Portland, Oregon-born inventor and businessman was well educated, earning a degree from Stanford University and a PhD in physics from Cambridge University. He worked for several years at Ampex before heading out on his own. His Dolby sound system dates back to 1965. Dolby earned the first of 50 patents in audio technology four years later. He remained active with Dolby Laboratories for decades, retiring from the Board of Directors just two years ago.
--Roger Waters To Be Featured Guest At Billboard Touring Conference
Once Roger Waters finishes his "The Wall" trek, he'll talk about touring. The former Pink Floyd frontman has been tapped for the Keynote Q-and-A session at the upcoming Billboard Touring Conference. "Billboard's" Ray Waddell calls Waters "one of the most compelling subjects" he's ever interviewed, and says he expects Roger will provide "a fascinating session." He explains that Waters' "impact on music and the live experience is undeniable, but his interests and opinions transcend the music industry." The 10th annual Billboard Touring Conference will take place at New York's Roosevelt Hotel on November 13th and 14th.
--Stryper Planning Fan Weekend For October
Stryper is making plans for a special small fan gathering next month. The three-day Stryper Fan Weekend will feature a meet-and-greet with the group, the premiere of the band's latest music video, a screening of the concert DVD "Stryper Live in Indonesia." The band will give attendees an exclusive "first listen" to their upcoming Stryper album "No More Hell To Pay," and take part in an interactive Q-and-A session. The weekend will also feature two Stryper performances. The band will play an intimate acoustic show on the first night of the weekend. Fan Weekend attendees will also get the chance to sit in on the band's soundcheck for Stryper's concert the following night, and they'll be the first through the door for the show. The weekend will wrap up with a worship service with Stryper frontman Michael Sweet. The Stryper Fan Weekend is limited to just 100 people. The event will take place in Nashville from October 11th through the 13th.
Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine is 52.
Drummer Zak Starkey is 48. He's the son of former Beatles drummer Ringo Star and has played with The Who and Oasis.
Jane's Addiction drummer Steve Perkins is 46. He was also a member of Porno for Pyros and the Panic Channel.
Fiona Apple is 36.
--Today In Rock History
Lynyrd Skynyrd released the album "One More (for) From The Road."
Ozzy Osbourne released the album "No More Tears."
Alice Cooper went to New York's Times Square and sold his new album "Hey Stoopid" for 99 cents.
PJ Harvey resumed her tour in support of the album "Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea" with a show in Chicago -- just two days after terrorist attacks hit the Pentagon, toppled the World Trade Center in New York, and forced the downing of a commercial flight in a field in Pennsylvania. Harvey explained that she wanted to perform so she could, quote, "bring some relief" to her fans through her music.
The European "Tattoo the Planet" tour, which was supposed to start on this day, was postponed because Pantera, Slayer, and Static-X weren't able to participate in the trek's opener in Dublin, Ireland. A day earlier Pantera officially dropped out of the tour in the wake of the September 11th terrorist attacks. While Slayer and Static-X were technically still on board for the trek, the groups couldn't get overseas because of the ban on air travel in the U.S. in the days following the attacks.
Former E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg made his debut leading the Max Weinberg 7, the house band for the TV show "Late Night With Conan O'Brien."
Sonic Youth's 1990 CD "Goo" was reissued.
Rock Star: Supernova -- featuring Tommy Lee, Gilby Clarke, and Jason Newsted -- picked singer Lukas Rossi to be the group's frontman in the season finale of the reality TV show "Rock Star: Supernova."
Former Hatebreed guitarist Lou "Boulder" Richards died. He was 35.
Tommy Lee issued a statement denying reports claiming he'd left Motley Crue. But the drummer admitted the band was having "legal issues" that were "separating us and causing more dysfunction" between group members.
An estimated 20-million people tried to register for tickets to the Led Zeppelin reunion concert within the first 24-hours after the show was announced. More than one-million people were successful in registering for the ticket ballot. Only 20-thousand tickets were available for the performance.
Led Zeppelin announced plans to release "Celebration Day," a DVD of the band's 2007 London reunion concert. The set arrived in stores two months later.