Rock News Of The Day
What killed Scott Weiland?
Since the passing of the ex-frontman of Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver fans have been speculating about the cause of his death, especially given his history with drugs and alcohol abuse. The Medical Examiner in Minneapolis has ruled a death of accidental overdose.
More on the story here.
Vince Neil Being Sued By Investor In Failed Arena Football Team
Motley Crue singer Vince Neil is being sued over his involvement in the failed Las Vegas Outlaws Arena Football League (AFL) franchise.
An investor is suing RockStar Sports Group – of which Neil was president and CEO – for defrauding him of $500,000 when he invested in the now defunct team.
The Outlaws played only one season in the Arena Football League before being wound up in August of this year.
According to documents, the investor paid $500,000 for 150 shares in the team in August 2014, but two weeks later the AFL told him the franchise hadn’t fully paid its membership fees, had not posted required letters of credit and that its first payment to the league bounced.
(via Classic Rock)
Deep Purple Unsure If Ritchie Blackmore Will Attend Rock Hall Induction
Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice is thrilled with the band’s induction into the 2016 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame but says that he doesn’t know either way if Ritchie Blackmore will attend the event or if the inducted members will perform together at the event.
Deep Purple members set to be inducted include most of the Mk 1, II and III lineups: Ritchie Blackmore, Jon Lord, Ian Paice, Rod Evans, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes.
Deep Purple have been eligible for entry since 1993 while 2016 marks their third nomination in the past three years. To be eligible for nomination, an individual artist or band must have released its first single or album at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination.
Noel Gallagher: ‘I back Elton on ticket prices’
Rock star Noel Gallagher has called on the government to “sort out” the secondary ticketing market.
He was speaking after Sir Elton John said he would “rather have empty seats” at a venue then see fans pay “extortionate” prices on sites that promise access to sold out shows.
“I’m with Elton,” Gallagher told BBC Radio 5 live. “People shouldn’t really pay over the odds, but they do.”
The former Oasis star said that, as long as the re-sale of concert tickets was legal, “it’s going to carry on… you need the government to sort it out.”
Last month, the British government welcomed comments on secondary ticketing. Among the artists to get involved were Coldplay, Radiohead and Blur.
Chuck’s Viral Video of the Day
British Weather Report With Star Wars Puns
Everyone is having a good time celebrating The Force Awakens. Even the news. British news channel 5 News got in on the Star Wars action by having their weather woman give the weather for the UK with a slew of Star Wars puns.
On This Day in Rock
1966—Pink Floyd made their debut at London’s Blarney Club. Five days later, the club changed their name to the UFO Club & they became the house band.
1978—Led Zeppelin completed recording of their final studio album In Through the Out Door in Stockholm, Sweden.
1983—Keith Richards married model & actress Patti Hansen in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Mick Jagger was Richards’ best man.
1981—On his 38th birthday, Keith Richards is playing with The Rolling Stones at a show in Hampton, Virginia when a fan rushes the stage. Keith sees him coming and hits him with his guitar. As security intervenes, Richards straps his guitar back on and continues playing.
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Chuck’s Dumbass of the Day
Sheriff shoots his own hand, rushed to ER
BURLINGTON, Iowa —Officials say surgery is expected for a southeastern Iowa sheriff who accidentally shot himself in the left hand while cleaning a gun.
A news release from the Des Moines County Sheriff’s Office says Sheriff Mike Johnstone was cleaning his personally-owned handgun at his home when it fired around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Johnstone was taken to the Great River Medical Center’s emergency room for treatment. His injury is not considered to be life-threatening.
Guess My Gitch
Today on Guess My Gitch at 1:20pm we’ll be playing for tickets to the new OHL Hamilton Bulldogs January 3rd vs. the Erie Otters! Keep in mind that I never wear the same colour two days in a row, so be sure to not guess purple!
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Star Wars–“The Force Awakens” Has Already Broken Box-Office Records
The most anticipated film in the galaxy opened globally Thursday, setting international and presale box-office records and delighting moviegoers who’ve had opening-night tickets in hand for months.
Star Wars enthusiasts toted lightsabers and wore character costumes to packed opening-night showings of The Force Awakens, which has received overwhelmingly positive reviews from critics and fans internationally.
While domestic box-office returns won’t be available until later Friday, the Walt Disney Co. said Thursday the film debuted with $14.1 million from its first screenings in 12 international markets. More than $100 million in tickets have been presold in North America.
Startup Bets Up to $10K Your Marriage Will Tank
Looking for someone to pay for your wedding? If you’re certain your marriage will last for eternity (or at least until that death clause kicks in), a Seattle startup has some cash for you.
SwanLuv will be open for business by February, and it will give eligible couples up to $10K for their wedding day—but if the marriage goes down the tubes, that money has to be paid back, with interest.
SwanLuv will come up with an interest rate based on an undisclosed set of compatibility criteria, and adds that only one party will have to pay if a marriage ends due to abuse.
(via Washington Post)