Rock News of the Day
Music Legend David Bowie Dead At 69
Legendary music star David Bowie has died at the age of 69 after an 18-month battle with cancer.
Bowie released his latest album Blackstar just a few days ago on January 8, which was also his birthday. The man who shot to international superstardom with The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars in 1972 and frequently changed with the times had kept his illness a secret to everyone other than his family.
He also acted in a number of major movies, and was financial wizard, too. In the 1990s, he pioneered an entirely new investment vehicle when he created Bowie Bonds, asset-backed securities of current and future revenues of his catalogue of more than 300 songs and 27 albums.
(via Classic Rock)
By the way, has there been a cooler cover of a David Bowie song than this?
Lemmy’s Memorial Included Metallica’s Lars Ulrich, Slash, And More
Family, friends and fellow rockers paid tribute to Motorhead legend Lemmy Kilmister during an emotional memorial service in Hollywood on Saturday. The bassist passed away from cancer at his Los Angeles home on December 28, just four days after his 70th birthday.
The memorial service at Forest Lawn Memorial Cemetery was streamed live to more than 250,000 viewers worldwide via the band’s YouTube channel. It featured a backdrop of Lemmy’s Marshall amplifiers alongside images the band through the years on a table where his ashes and famous top hat and boots were displayed.
A lengthy list of musicians spoke, including Dave Grohl, Slash, Judas Priest’s Rob Halford, Lars Ulrich and Robert Trujillo of Metallica, Matt Sorum, Bob Kulick, and Mike Inez of Alice In Chains.
The service closed with a wave of amplifier distortion from a strummed bass guitar next to Lemmy’s casket, the same way the rocker ended all his shows.
Billy Corgan Won’t Reunite With Original Smashing Pumpkins Lineup
Billy Corgan says it would be an “inorganic” move to reunite with the original members of the Smashing Pumpkins. The Pumpkins’ current lineup put out Monuments To An Elegy in December 2014, with Day For Night slated for release this year.
But the 48-year-old says he wouldn’t reunite with bassist D’arcy Wretzky, drummer Jimmy Chamberlin and guitarist James Iha again, having previously described the trio as “two drug addicts and one major pain in the ass.”
Corgan says: “If they were lying on the side of the road, I would stop my car and bring them to the hospital, but we don’t send Christmas cards to each other.
(via Classic Rock)
KISS To Revisit Creatures Of The Night On KISS Kruise VI
Kiss have announced the initial details for the 2016 edition of their annual Kiss Kruise. While 2015’s event saw the band perform 1975’s Alive! in its entirety, this year the group will pay tribute to the 1982 tour in support of their 10th album Creatures Of The Night.
The Kiss Kruise VI will travel between Miami and Grand Cayman from November 4-9.
Chuck’s Viral Video of the Day
British comedian and actor Ricky Gervais hosted this year’s Golden Globes Awards. As expected, he didn’t hold anything back during his opening monologue.
On This Day In Rock
1967—The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded “Purple Haze” at Olympic Studios in London.
1973—It was confirmed that the forthcoming Rolling Stones tour of Japan had been cancelled, despite record breaking ticket sales. Mick Jagger had earlier been informed that he was banned from entering the country because of a drugs conviction.
1975—Led Zeppelin performed “Kashmir” live for the first time during a concert at the Ahoy in Rotterdam, Holland.
1985—The first Rock in Rio festival kicked off in Rio de Janeiro. The ten day festival featured AC/DC, Queen, Rod Stewart, Yes, Iron Maiden, Ozzy Osbourne, The Scorpions and Whitesnake.
2003—Pete Townshend issued a public statement denying being a paedophile after his name was linked with a police Internet porn inquiry. But The Who guitarist did admit studying child pornography for research into a campaign against it.
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Helpful Hints From Hell -- Tidy Garbage Can
This Day In The 90's -- January 11
Chuck’s Dumbass of the Day
Trucks Can’t Stop Crashing Into This Bridge
Even though there are signs and warning lights flashing, box trucks, campers, and other tall vehicles keep taking on the notoriously low railroad bridge at Peabody and Gregson streets in Durham, NC. And they keep losing.
The bridge has shaved the tops off of more than 100 vehicles since 2008, and a guy has captured it all on video; he works in a building near the bridge. He aimed a security camera at the bridge. Then added a second camera on a building across the street, along with an infrared camera to capture nighttime wrecks. Check out all of the dumbasses running into the bridge at 11foot8.com
Guess My Gitch
This afternoon at 1:20 we’ll play today’s round of the world-famous Guess my Gitch! Today we’re playing for tickets to see the Hamilton Bulldogs take on North Bay January 22nd at First Ontario Centre! Keep in mind that I never wear the same colour two days in a row, so today be sure to NOT guess purple!
More Watercooler Chat
Golden Globes Awards
Sunday night marked Ricky Gervais’ fourth time hosting the Golden Globes—more times than anyone else, even Tina Fey and Amy Poehler—and he’s also been the most controversial. Some of his best lines:
— He confessed he wanted to go into hiding after doing the monologue and that “not even Sean Penn will find me. Snitch.”
— Before calling Matt Damon to the stage, he said, “He’s been the only person Ben Affleck hasn’t been unfaithful to.”
— About women not getting paid as much as men in Hollywood: “I’m being paid exactly the same as [what Tina Fey and Amy Poehler received] last year. No, I know there were two of them, but it’s not my fault if they want to share the money, is it? That’s their stupid fault.”
The full list of 2016 Golden Globe winners is here: http://www.newser.com/story/218770/here-are-your-golden-globes-winners.html
18M People Actually Did Win Powerball
So nobody won the record $949.8 million Powerball jackpot on Saturday. The good news is that 18 million people actually won a prize, anywhere from $4 to $2 million. Meanwhile, the jackpot has crept up to a stunning $1.3 billion, with the next draw on Wednesday. In Canadian funds, that’s roughly $1.8 billion.
For Sale: Playboy Mansion?
In the market for a Los Angeles mansion that’s likely been the scene of more debauchery than any one residence ever should? Have we got the place for you: None other than the Playboy Mansion is going on sale at the end of the month.
The mansion, built on six acres in Holmby Hills in 1927, is owned by Playboy Enterprises, and it’s looking to get $200 million out of the sale.
That’s highly unlikely, say insiders who call the mansion a “tear-down” (much has been made of its reported state of disrepair), and say that $80 million or $90 million is much more likely given that the property’s value lies in the land. Key highlight of the sale: Hugh Hefner is to be granted a life estate, meaning the buyer gets a pajama-clad elderly roommate until Hef should kick it.