Rock News of the Day
Pearl Jam supports Flint, Michigan
Pearl Jam has stepped up to help people affected by the Flint water crisis and the grunge band is calling on fans and the rest of the music industry to do the same. The band has pledged $125,000 to the United Way’s Flint Water Fund and secured another $175,000 from partners including Ticketmaster and record label Republic Records, bringing the total to $300,000.
(via Detroit Free Press)
Guns N’ Roses Reunion Will Be ‘Healing’
Former Guns N’ Roses bassist Tommy Stinson says the band’s 2016 reunion will be “a healing thing” for the players involved. Stinson – in the lineup since 1998 – will see his role in the band reclaimed by Duff McKagan, who filled his spot on a series of South American dates last year while he juggled touring commitments with The Replacements, which became an ongoing scheduling challenge for him.
Iggy Pop and Josh Homme Perform New Single ‘Gardenia’ on TV
There’s still over a month to go before Iggy Pop and Josh Homme’s collaboration Post Pop Depression drops, but the pair appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last week night (Jan. 21) to premiere the first single from the album, “Gardenia.” Shortly after the telecast, they released the studio version.
Before they performed, Pop and Homme joined Colbert on the couch to talk about working together. They also joked about living together and bonding as roommates while they worked on the record. Pop even brought footie pajamas.
Steven Tyler Streams New Solo Single ‘Red, White & You’
Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler has released his new single, “Red, White & You.” The tune is the second preview of the singer’s debut solo album following the release of “Love Is Your Name” last spring.
The singer has yet to announce an official release date for the album, which is expected sometime this year.
In late March, he will play a pair of shows at Fallsview Casino in Niagara Falls.
Rockstar Flyaways Clues
Today I’ve got two chances for you to qualify for Rockstar Flyaways to see Monster Truck in Vancouver. Be caller 8 when you hear Monster Truck in the 11am hour (after Wolfmother) and in the 1pm hour (after Led Zeppelin).
Good luck, and happy qualifying!
Chuck’s Viral Video of the Day
Huge Dog Takes Veterinarian For A Ride
Vet rule #1: when you’re trying to hold down a large dog, bake sure that the technician trying to hold down the dog is larger than the dog. Or have a saddle handy.
On This Day In Rock
1975—Promoters for the Sunbury Rock Festival in Australia, facing large losses, only paid headliner Deep Purple. AC/DC were scheduled to play after Deep Purple but a fight started on stage between road crews after Purple’s set when they began packing up the lights and PA and denied AC/DC use of them, who then left the festival site without playing at all.
2006—Motley Crue received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for their achievements in music.
2007—Roger Waters kicked off the Australian leg of his 119-date The Dark Side of The Moon Live world tour at Acer Arena, Sydney.
2014—A US jury decided that a tweet posted by Courtney Love about a lawyer she hired was not defamatory. The case against Love claimed she had committed libel by falsely suggesting in a 2010 tweet that Rhonda Holmes had been “bought off”.
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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 Hammer Entertainments production of ‘The Heathers”, and a Fisherman’s Friend winter relief prize pack!
Keep in mind that I never wear the same colour two days in a row, so today be sure to NOT guess RED!
More Watercooler Chat
One Rout, One Nail-Biter: Super Bowl 50 Is Set
It will be Carolina vs. Denver in Super Bowl 50 two weeks from now, and the teams got there in very different ways. In the night game, Cam Newton and the Panthers routed the Arizona Cardinals, 49-15, to take the NFC championship. It will be the second for the Panthers (17-1), who lost to New England 12 years ago.
Denver, of course, has made a habit of going to Super Bowls, reaching it for a record-tying eighth time. They punched their tickets after New England blew a 2-point conversion.
Wife: Husband Secretly Divorced Me 20 Years Ago
New York wife Cristina Carta Villa, 59, claims that husband Gabriel Villa secretly divorced her right after they married 20 years ago in an effort to retain his assets. Now she’s suing the 90-year-old to nullify the divorce and hold onto their Manhattan condo.
She claims to have learned about the divorce in November after receiving a tax bill for their one-bedroom condo that didn’t include her name.
(via New York Post)
‘Farting Corpse’ Film Makes Noise at Festival
A new film starring Daniel Radcliffe as a farting corpse is dividing audiences at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. In “Swiss Army Man”, Radcliffe plays a dead body discovered by a suicidal man on a deserted island. The man rides Radcliffe across the ocean using the body’s fart power.
The film also shows Radcliffe being, uh, aroused by an issue of Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue. “Many people walked out during the farting montage,” says an eyewitness at the movie’s premiere on Friday. “At least 25% of the theater.”
(via US Weekly)