The Dish - 09/26/13
9/26/2013 8:10:00 AM
--Kurt Cobain Childhood Home Up For Sale
Kurt Cobain's childhood home is on the market. The late rocker's family has reportedly listed the Washington state property for half-a-million-dollars, despite an assessment value of just 67-thousand-dollars. According to E! News, the mattress that Cobain slept on as a child, along with a few photos of the young rocker-in-the-making will also be included in the sale. Cobain's family says there are some mixed emotions about selling the home since it carries so many great memories but the family has moved on from Washington and feel it's time to let go of the home.
The property is located in the town of Aberdeen and is close to a park that was dedicated in Cobain's memory. The listing comes as fans commemorate the 20th anniversary of Nirvana's final studio album, "In Utero," this week. Kurt Cobain died in 1994, the result of a suicide. He was 27 years old.
--GWAR Frontman Endorses Petition For Super Bowl Gig
GWAR leader Oderus Urungus is officially endorsing the push to turn the Super Bowl into the GWAR Bowl. A fan of the satirical metal band recently started a Change.org petition urging the NFL to pick GWAR to perform during the 2015 Super Bowl halftime show. And now Oderus says he and his bandmates are throwing their "entire cosmic weight" behind the cause. According to "Loudwire," he admits that he can't think of a better form of torture than forcing people to watch someone like upcoming Super Bowl performer Bruno Mars. And since GWAR's goal has always been to "submit the human race to any number of hideous tortures," he's tempted to ignore the petition. But Oderus says he can't turn down a chance to force his band on millions of people who have never experienced GWAR before, so he's "all over" the halftime gig.
Oderus is encouraging all of GWAR's followers, their family members, and "anybody who has ever existed" to go to Change.org/GWARBOWL and sign the petition. So far, the cause has already attracted more than 39-thousand signatures.
--Slash Teams With Umami Burger For Charity
Slash's latest collaboration is now available. But this partnership is of the culinary variety. Zagat.com says rocker has teamed up with Umami Burger to create his own signature sandwich. The Slash Burger comes with braised shiitake mushrooms, caramelized onions, and American cheese, and is dressed with an avocado spread and wasabi aioli. It's topped with a Parmesan crisp. The flavor combination pays tribute to Slash's own palate, which includes a passion for spicy and savory foods. The Slash Burger is priced at 15 dollars, with one dollar going to the Los Angeles Youth Network. It'll be available through November 27th.
--Korn Kick Off Tour With Club Shows
The guys in Korn are starting out small when it comes to the fall leg of the tour behind their upcoming album "The Paradigm Shift." The trek starts tonight in Philadelphia with the first in a series of intimate club shows. They'll also visit smaller venues in New York City, Detroit, Chicago, and more. But Korn will also be playing plenty of arenas as they make their way across the country over the next few months. The outing is scheduled to last through the end of November, while "The Paradigm Shift" is due out October 8th.
Korn's North American tour date nearest us: 10/3 -- St. Paul, MN, The Myth
--Slayer To Launch North American Tour Next Month
Slayer is mapping out a fall North American tour. The band's booking agent Scott Sokol tells Billboard.biz that after nearly a decade of festival tours and co-headlining runs the band is back to staging their own road trip. He adds that since Slayer is in control on this tour, they'll be "doing whatever they've been wanting to do for the past seven or eight years," and giving audiences "the full-on, 90-minute-plus Slayer extravaganza." Sokol explains that fans will "see a lot of material played that you probably haven't heard in a long time, along with a couple of surprises." He also says Slayer will likely dedicate a portion of their show to their late guitarist Jeff Hanneman, but has no specific details on the tribute.
Slayer will launch their tour in Anchorage, Alaska on October 22nd. The 26-date trek includes a two-night stand at the Hollywood Palladium, which Sokol says will be "very special" for the group. He explains that Slayer was banned from the venue after a show 25 years ago, when the crowd "got so out of control that a riot ensuded." He says the band is "thrilled" to making their return to the Palladium on this tour.
Slayer Tour Date nearest us: November 8 - Saint Paul, Minnesota, at the Myth
--Motorhead Previews "Aftershock" Song Online
Motorhead fans are getting a preview of the band's upcoming album. The group is debuting "Crying Shame" on RollingStone.com.
"Crying Shame" is one of the 14 tracks on Motorhead's 21st album, "Aftershock." It's the band's follow up to 2010's "The World Is Yours," and comes after several months of health issues for frontman Lemmy Kilmister. The group had to cancel a number of European festival dates over the summer because Lemmy was recovering from a severe hip injury. In addition, the 67-year-old singer reportedly had a defibrillator implanted in his chest to address heart problems. Motorhead's "Aftershock" is due in stores October 22nd.
--White Flag Founder Found Dead In Moreno Valley
The founder of the Southern California punk rock band White Flag has died. William Bartell, better known as Pat Fear, was found dead in his Moreno Valley home this week, with the coroner's office saying the death was due to natural causes. He was 52 years old. Bartell founded White Flag in the early 80s, and the band became one of the more well-known and popular groups in the Los Angeles punk scene during that time.
--Music on TV
Kings of Leon perform on the "Late Show with David Letterman," while U2 frontman Bono is also a guest on the CBS show.
Slash makes an appearance on tonight's episode of "Conan" on TBS.
Roxy Music singer Bryan Ferry is 68.
Los Lobos' Cesar Rosas is 59.
--Today in Rock History
"The Rocky Horror Picture Show" opened in theaters.
The Clash released the song "I Fought The Law." The cover of the Bobby Fuller Four tune was the band's first single in the U.S.
Singer Bruce Dickinson joined Iron Maiden.
Billy Idol's rendition of the Tommy James and the Shondels' hit "Mony Mony" broke into the pop singles chart.
Judas Priest's album "Defenders of the Faith" was certified Platinum.
Faith No More's album "The Real Thing was certified Platinum, while Cheap Trick's video "Every Trick In The Book," Dio's video "Special From The Spectrum," and Nelson's album "After the Rain" were certified Gold.
Creed launched the With Arms Wide Open Foundation.
Metallica's James Hetfield sold his 1967 Chevy Camero on eBay.
Robert Palmer died of a heart attack in Paris. He was 54.
Aerosmith's Tom Hamilton joined the band at its hometown show in Boston, performing "Sweet Emotion" with the group. The bassist wasn't touring with Aerosmith because he was still recovering from treatments he had over the summer for throat cancer.
A mistrial was declared in Phil Spector's murder case, after jurors revealed that for a second time they were unable to come to a unanimous decision. But it was a much closer vote this time. Initially the jury was deadlocked with a seven-five split, this time they were divided ten-to-two, with the majority for a conviction. Immediately after the mistrial was declared, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office announced that prosecutors planned to reinstate the charge against Spector, and were already prepping for a new trial.
The Rolling Stones earned a spot in the Guinness World Records book for the most successful music tour with the group's "A Bigger Bang" trek.