Rock News Of The Day
Metallica’s Very Expensive Lesson
Metallica’s James Hetfield has admitted that he wanted to blame everyone but the band when their movie Through The Never flopped in cinemas. He remains optimistic that something good could still come from the experience.
They spent over $30m of their own money on the 2012 production, including $5m on a specially-constructed stage – but the film made just $3.4m in four weeks of general release.
Thom Yorke Compares YouTube To Nazis
Radiohead leader Thom Yorke isn’t a fan of sites that stream either music or video content. He’s gone on record countless times slamming Spotify and similar services. Yorke took aim at YouTube, voicing his disdain for the site in a rather unusual way: he compared it to Nazi Germany, in that they steal art.
“All I know is that they make money off the work of many artists who do not derive any benefit. Service providers make money: Google, YouTube. A lot of money.”
Nikki Sixx Update on New Sixx: A.M. Albums
Nikki Sixx says he’s completed bass recording duties for both upcoming Sixx: A.M. albums. He believes the band have outdone themselves with the material.
Sixx says: “Tour dates and releases being planned as we speak. DJ Ashba has just a few more solos and guitar tracks to go as James Michael is finalizing his lead vocals and then starting the mixing process.”
He’s insistent that the band will no longer be a side-project after Motley Crue play their final show later this month.
Hendrix Zippos go with cannabis strain
Jimi Hendrix’s brother Leon has announced a deal to release an official range of Hendrix-themed Zippo lighters, which tie in with a licensed cannabis strain.
Purple Haze pre-rolled cigarettes will be sold in the US by California Finest, who say they’re made from “one of the original cannabis genetics used by baby-boomers of the 60s.”
Collectors will be able to purchase four Zippos with the iconic guitarist’s name and likeness on the side. Both products will go on sale in early 2016.
On This Day — December 1
1973: “Dream On” by Aerosmith initially peaked at number 59 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. When it was reissued as a single two and a half years later, it would peak at number six.
1983: Geffen Records sued Neil Young for $3 million because the label said Young’s new music was “not commercial in nature and musically uncharacteristic of his previous albums”. The lawsuit would later be settled out of court.
1984: Billy Squier made his first and only appearance as a musical guest on Saturday Night Live.
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This Day In The 90's -- December 1
Hamilton GO riders could see fare changes
Hamilton GO transit riders could see changes in fare costs, starting Feb. 1, 2016.
The Metrolinx board will vote on a 5% increase on “longer-distance” rides, while some shorter rides could see a reduction in price.
More on the story here.
One of Our Favorite Fruits Looks Doomed
If you like bananas, it’s time to start savoring them while you still can.
A deadly fungus that’s been killing the plant since the 1960s has jumped continents, moving from where it ravaged crops for decades in Southeast Asia to parts of South Asia, Australia, the Middle East, and Africa.
One of the world’s most popular bananas, the Cavendish, is particularly susceptible to this strain. The soil-borne fungus travels up the plant’s roots, ultimately killing the plant and infesting entire banana plots, which are then contaminated for years.
Now what are we going to use to show scale in internet photos?
More on the story here.
Guy Insults Stripper, Bad Things Happen
Insulting a stripper about her weight may not be the world’s best idea—as a young man discovered early Sunday morning in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
A 23-year-old apparently told a dancer at Derriere’s Gentlemen’s Club to “go to the gym and lose weight” and she responded by striking him four times in the face.
The man claims bouncers then dragged him outside in a needlessly rough manner.
His night took another turn when police showed up and asked him to rate his level of intoxication during the altercation. “Eleven out of ten,” he told them.
Guess My Gitch
We play the world-famous gitch-guessing game at 1:20pmET, and I never wear the same colour two days in a row. When you play today, don’t guess purple!