The Dish - 04/01/14
Posted 4/1/2014 3:00:00 PM

--Ex-Chili Pepper John Frusciante Launches New Album Into Space

The latest solo album from former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante really is out of this world.  The rocker launched "Enclosure" into space Monday in an experimental Cube Satellite known as Sat-JF14 aboard an Interorbital Systems' NEPTUNE Modular Rocket.  Fans can download the free Sat-JF14 app on any iOS or Android mobile device to track the satellite's movement.  And once it passes over the user's geographic region, it unlocks the new album.  They can listen to "Enclosure" for free and share their thoughts with other listeners on an integrated social chat platform.  The app will be available until Monday, April 7th at midnight when Sat-JF14 ends its transmission.  "Enclosure" will then get a more conventional release on Tuesday, April 8th.

A video of the rocket's launch from the remote California desert is available at JohnFrusciante.com along with other details about "Enclosure" and the new app.


--Avenged Sevenfold Headlining Rockstar Mayhem Festival

Avenged Sevenfold will be leading the way at this year's Mayhem Festival.  They're set to headline the traveling hard rock and metal concert event, which gets under way July 5th in San Bernardino, California.  Korn will also be taking the fest's main stage along with Asking Alexandria and Trivium.  Some of the other scheduled performers include Cannibal Corpse, Miss May I, and rapper Ice-T's metal band Body Count.  Suicide Silence will also be joining the festivities, marking their first tour since the death of frontman Mitch Lucker in a motorcycle accident.  Tickets go on sale this Friday, April 4th, at RockStarMayhemFest.com.

Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Fest tour date closest to us:

7/18 - Milwaukee - Eagles Ballroom (Taste of Mayhem)


--Black Keys Find Chart Success With "Fever"

The Black Keys are already heating up the charts with their new single "Fever."  The first taste of the duo's upcoming album "Turn Blue" was just released to radio last week, but "Billboard" says it's already hit number two on the Rock Airplay chart and number six on the Alternative Songs tally.  It's also number nine on Adult Alternative Songs and number 28 on Mainstream Rock Songs.  The Black Keys' "Turn Blue" marks their eighth studio release and is due out May 13th.


--Brooklyn Pizzeria Honors Late Gwar Frontman With Unique Slices

Everyone from Lamb of God's Randy Blythe to "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart has been paying tribute to Gwar frontman Dave Brockie since his death last week, but no one is doing it quite like Vinnie's Pizzeria in Brooklyn.  They temporarily altered their menu to include a trio of Gwar-inspired slices like the potato pierogi-covered Gwarogi.  Fans can also try the mushroom-heavy Oderus Urfungus, named after Dave's stage persona Oderus Urungus.  And for the broccoli lovers, there's the Dave Brockie-li.

Meanwhile, police are still waiting on the toxicology report to determine the cause of Brockie's death.  The 50-year-old was found dead in his Richmond, Virginia apartment on March 23rd.


--Music On TV

Beck performs on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."


--Today's Birthdays

Reggae singer Jimmy Cliff is 66.


--Today In Rock History

In 1977
Black Sabbath was among the bands who performed at the Mar y Sol festival in Puerto Rico.

In 1978
Kiss released the album "Double Platinum.

In 1985
David Lee Roth left Van Halen to pursue a solo career.

In 1990
Guns N' Roses' bassist Duff McKagan divorced wife Mandy Brix.

In 1992
Billy Idol was fined two-thousand-dollars after he pled no contest to charges that he hit a woman in the face as they left a restaurant together six months earlier.

Metallica's albums "And Justice For All" and "Ride the Lightning" were certified multi-Platinum, while Nirvana's single "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and Red Hot Chili Peppers' album "Blood Sugar Sex Magik" were certified Platinum.

In 2003
Fans walked out on a Pearl Jam concert in Denver after frontman Eddie Vedder launched an onstage tirade against President Bush.

Rob Zombie teamed up with Lionel Richie to perform their remake of the Commodores hit "Brick House" on NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."

In 2004
Courtney Love appeared on ABC's "The View" and said her arrests on drug charges had left daughter Francis Bean, her child with the late Kurt Cobain, quote, "stigmatized."  Love claimed her legal problems were behind her child getting denied entry into a private school.

In 2005
Kiss and Godsmack were among the performers at the "Rockin' The Corps" concert, a fundraiser to support members of the military who are stationed overseas and their families back home.

In 2006
Green Day was among the winners at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards in Los Angeles.

Buckcherry and the Spin Doctors teamed up for a concert in Indianapolis, Indiana in conjunction with the NCAA Final Four college basketball championship.

In 2007
Marilyn Manson's expressionistic watercolors went on display at the Space 39 art gallery in downtown Fort Myers, Florida.

In 2008
Velvet Revolver announced that frontman Scott Weiland was no longer in the group.

Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger was convicted on drunk driving in a British Columbia court.  His case stemmed from an arrest in June 2006, when he reportedly had almost twice the legal limit of alcohol in his system when he was stopped for speeding.

In 2011
Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider received a certificate in a ceremony in New York officially naming him the Worldwide Ambassador to the musical "Rock of Ages."

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