Rock News of the Day
Pearl Jam Help Raise $300K For Flint Water Crisis
Pearl Jam have helped raise $300,000 to help the victims of the Flint water crisis in Michigan. The band donated $125,000 of their own money to the United Way of Genesee county’s Flint Water Fund.
Live Nation, the group’s record label Republic Records, Universal Music Publishing Group, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, Glaser Progress Foundation, Brandi Carlile’s Looking Out Foundation and Ticketmaster threw in an additional $175,000 to the pot, bringing the total donation to $300,000.
The Seattle band also kickstarted a crowdfunding campaign on Crowdrise to help Flint residents purchase water filters, bottled water, emergency support services and prevention efforts.
Flint Mayor Karen Weaver declared a state of emergency in December last year after it was revealed that a dangerous amount of lead was contaminating the water flowing into residents’ homes.
Alice Cooper’s guillotine up for auction
Original Alice Cooper band drummer Neil Smith is auctioning off memorabilia including a stunt guillotine used by the shock rocker on stage. Also up for grabs is the mirrored 18-piece Premier drum kit Smith played on the Billion Dollar Babies tour.
Neil was a member of the band from 1969 until 1974 and is a Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inductee.
Smith is teaming up with Heritage Auctions for the event next month. See his website for more details.
Chuck’s Viral Video of the Day
Bellevue, Nebraska has been smothered with snow. Not as bad as some cities on the easy coast, but enough to cause a pain for the people in town trying to live their lives.
But WOWT 6 News reports that the snow removal for one neighborhood isn’t that bad thanks to a veteran who uses his modified offroad wheelchair to clear the sidewalks.
On This Day In Rock
1968—Pink Floyd played their first gig without Syd Barrett at Southampton University. They were supported by Tyrannosaurus Rex, (later to be renamed T Rex).
1970—John Lennon, wrote, recorded and mixed “Instant Karma!” which was produced by Phil Spector and released 11 days later.
1986—Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Allen Collins was involved in a car accident where his car ran off the road, crashed into a culvert, his girlfriend Debra Jean Watts was killed & Collins was paralyzed from the waist down.
2004—Sex Pistols singer John Lydon appeared on the U.K. reality show I’m a Celebrity…Get Me out Of Here set in the Australian outback. Lydon left after four days earning $42,500 to appear on the program.
The Audio Vault
Helpful Hints From Hell -- Perfect Hangover Breakfast
Chuck’s Dumbass(es) of the Day
Smugglers call 911 on themselves
It was an unusual 911 call that tipped off police in Rexburg, Idaho, that Leland Ayala-Doliente and Holland Sward had entered the state with 20 pounds of marijuana—because they’re the ones who placed it.
They were hauling pot from Las Vegas to Montana when at some point they broke the cardinal rule of dope dealing: Don’t get high off your own supply. They came to believe, incorrectly, that undercover cops were following them. Have a listen to the dumb-and-dumber call:
(via East Idaho News)
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 BROWN!
More Watercooler Chat
Dog Enters Half Marathon, Comes in 7th
A half marathon in Alabama might have escaped media attention if not for its unlikely finisher: a hound dog named Ludivine. Owner April Hamlin says she let Ludivine out Saturday morning and only learned later that her 2 1/2-year-old dog had run the full 13.1-mile race in Elkmont, Alabama.
Runners say Ludivine did well, keeping up with the leaders when she wasn’t romping around fields populated by mules and cows. Her unofficial 1:32:56 finish (right behind the sixth-place finisher) left runners so impressed they gave her a medal and snapped photos.
(via Runner’s World)