The Dish - 09/25/13
9/25/2013 8:10:00 AM
--Dave Grohl Remembers Final Moments With Kurt Cobain
As Nirvana fans celebrate the 20th anniversary of the band's final studio album, Dave Grohl is looking back at his final days with frontman Kurt Cobain. In a new "Rolling Stone" interview, the drummer-turned-frontman of the Foo Fighters says one of his last conversations with the late rocker came after Cobain overdosed on pills and alcohol in Rome in March of 1994. Grohl says he called Cobain and told him that the incident "really scared everybody," and added that he didn't want him to die. The bandmates ran into each other again back in Seattle and Grohl promised to give him a call later. Soon after that, Cobain committed suicide.
But Grohl says he doesn't want fans to focus on Cobain's death while listening to the new anniversary reissue of "In Utero." He says the album should be listened to as it was the day it came out. Grohl explains that the original intention of the album comes through when you hear it without thinking of Kurt dying, but he admits that isn't easy to do. He says Cobain's death changed the album for him, and he doesn't like listening to it anymore.
--Korn, Rob Zombie Announce Co-Headlining Tour
Korn and Rob Zombie are joining forces on the road again. The two heavy metal acts have announced their co-headlining "Night of the Living Dreads" tour, which kicks off November 3rd in Reno, Nevada. The outing directly follows Zombie's Great American Nightmare concert series, which runs from October 10th to November 2nd in Pomona, California. Zombie says some of his best road memories have come while touring with Korn, and he's thrilled to be doing it again. Likewise, Korn frontman Jonathan Davis says it's been a while since they last teamed up with Zombie and they're all looking forward to their latest road trip.
Rob Zombie will be out promoting his new solo album "Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor," while Korn will be playing songs from their upcoming studio effort "The Paradigm Shift." The album is due out October 8th.
"Night of the Living Dreads" tour dates:
11/3 -- Reno, NV -- Grand Sierra Resort
11/5 -- Yakima, WA -- Yakima Valley Sundome
11/6 -- Butte, MT -- The Butte Civic Center
11/7 -- Salt Lake City, UT -- Maverik Center
11/9 -- Bismarck, ND -- Bismarck Civic Center
11/10 -- Rapid City, SD -- Rushmore Plaza Arena
11/12 -- Casper, WY -- Casper Events Center
11/13 -- Sioux City, IA -- Tyson Event Center
11/15 -- Oklahoma City, OK -- Chesapeake Energy Arena
11/16 -- Wichita Falls, TX -- Kay Yeager Coliseum
11/17 -- Corpus Christi TX -- Concrete Street Amphitheatre
11/19 -- Springfield, MO -- O'Reilly Family Center
11/20 -- Cedar Rapids, IA -- US Cellular Center
11/22 -- Grand Rapids, MI -- Deltaplex
11/23 -- Huntington, WV -- Big Sandy Superstore Arena
11/24 -- Nashville, TN -- Bridgestone Arena
11/26 -- Bethlehem, PA -- Bethlehem Events Center
--Creed's Scott Stapp Releasing Solo Album In November
Creed frontman Scott Stapp says he wants to "take a mess and turn it into a message" with his upcoming solo album, "Proof of Life." Stapp calls the record the most meaningful of his career. He says it chronicles his journey, struggles and all, and is the most honest record he's ever written. Stapp says his fans have often told him that his music has helped get them through the worst of times, but "Proof of Life" is the first time he's ever had a "cathartic experience" listening to his own work. The new album is due out November 5th, while the first single, "Slow Suicide," will be released on October 8th.
"Proof of Life" will be Stapp's second solo album after 2005's "The Great Divide." In the interim, he reunited with Creed and the band released "Full Circle" in 2009. Stapp also released his memoir, "Sinner's Creed," last year.
--Guns N' Roses' DJ Ashba Weds
Guns N' Roses guitarist DJ Ashba is a married man. The "Las Vegas Review-Journal" says the rocker tied the knot with Colombian model Nathalia Henao at the Little Church of the West in Las Vegas on Monday. The 21-year-old bride wore a white chiffon dress for the ceremony, while her 40-year-old groom was decked out in a black suit and tie. The two have known each other for three years, and wed after a month-long engagement. Ashba popped the question in August with an elaborate and controversial helicopter tour of Las Vegas -- courtesy of the local police department. When Ashba shared the details his "magical" moment on Instagram, he prompted an internal investigation into the alleged misuse of police department resources.
--Metallica Reflects On Censored Sets In China
The guys in Metallica say they accepted the fact that their sets would be restricted at their Shanghai concerts. Frontman James Hetfield tells "The Howard Stern Show" the "key" was simply to get their "foot in the door" and be "able to go and play in China." Drummer Lars Ulrich adds that the group got to perform for 40-thousand fans during their two-night stand, and the audience was "really responding" to what they played. He adds that there was no secrecy involved as the lists of songs Metallica could and couldn't play were posted in advance for everyone to see on a government website.
Guitarist Kirk Hammett admits he found it "kind of scary" that the lyrics to a song like "Master Of Puppets" were deemed "so subversive" that Metallica couldn't play the song. He adds that he didn't follow the rules completely. Kirk says during the show he plays "an open guitar solo thing," and he included "the riff for 'Master Of Puppets' and a couple of other songs" that weren't on the Chinese government's approved list. Metallica made their concert debut in China last month.
--Rush Planning Nothing For 2014
Next year will mark 40 years for the Rush lineup of frontman Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson, and drummer Neil Peart. But Lee says fans shouldn't expect the group to head out on a massive 40th anniversary tour in 2014. The singer tells "Rolling Stone" their manager is lobbying for the trek, but "that's not going to happen." He explains that while he'd like to mark the band's milestone, they "need a break more" than they "need a 40th anniversary celebration." He adds that there's "nothing wrong with celebrating 42 years."
Lee says their manager "is talking all the time about the future" and right now they're "choosing to ignore him." The rocker admits there's "been talk" of making an anniversary trek "the next thing" the band does, but they haven't decided "if or when" they'll do it. He adds that for Rush, "the plan now is to have no plans."
--Mastodon "Jamming" Every Day For Next Album
The guys in Mastodon are hard at work on the follow-up to their acclaimed 2011 album "The Hunter." The metal stars posted a message on their Facebook page Tuesday letting fans know they've been spending their days jamming, writing, and arranging their next album. They say they already have "quite a few" songs and ideas that their working hard to nail down. That means the band won't be doing any touring for a while, but they hope to make their way into the studio this November and have the album finished by the end of the year.
Former Siouxsie and the Banshees bassist Steve Severin is 58.
Former Ween guitarist Dean Ween is 43.
--Today In Rock History
Black Sabbath released "Black Sabbath - Volume 4."
Black Sabbath released the album "Technical Ecstasy."
Led Zeppelin's John "Bonzo" Bonham was found dead. The 32-year-old drummer had suffocated on his own vomit after a drinking binge on the eve of Zeppelin's upcoming U.S. tour
Drummer Dave Grohl joined Nirvana.
New album releases included Alice In Chains' "Dirt" and The Offspring's "Ignition."
Nirvana hit number one on the UK album chart with "In Utero."
The FBI released the files it had on John Lennon. The agency wouldn't release the material for years, citing national security. The material revealed that Lennon had anti-war friends and opposed the election of Richard Nixon.
Queensryche sponsored a blood drive in Seattle in conjunction with the release of the album "Live Evolution." At the drive the group also accepted donations from fans wanting to contribute to relief efforts following the terrorists attacks earlier in the month.
U2, Green Day, and the Goo Goo Dolls were among the performers taking part in the New Orleans Saints first home football game since Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana. U2 and Green Day performed during halftime, while the Goo Goo Dolls gave an hour-long concert outside the stadium.
New releases included Pearl Jam's DVD "Immagine In Cornice."