Rock News of the Day
Former Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil has confirmed plans for a busy live schedule in 2016. Neil has yet to announce his full schedule; with no current website and nothing listed on his Facebook page.
There is one date confirmed and on sale via Ticketmaster – a July 29 show at the Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Lincoln, CA with Queensryche and Great White.
The singer’s live band includes Slaughter members Dana Strum on bass, guitarist Jeff Blando and drummer Zoltan Chaney – all three appeared on Neil’s latest album, 2010’s “Tattoos & Tequila.”
— Former Guns N’ Roses manager Alan Niven believes cash is the motivation behind the band’s partial reunion tour – and he says reuniting without Izzy Stradlin and Steven Adler means it will be more of a Velvet Roses show rather than a classic GNR show. As he says, “”How else to explain a ticket price of $1250 for row H.”
— KISS star Gene Simmons believes that rap music will die, reiterates his belief that rock is already dead and also makes a surprising suggestion of who can revive rock: Lady Gaga. Says Gene: “She can write songs, play instruments and can actually sing. I’d love to see her do Queen-style music.”
— Rush drummer Neil Peart has chronicled the band’s R40 Live tour in the upcoming book called “Far And Wide: Bring That Horizon To Me!” Due September 13, the project sees Peart capture his thoughts and share tales from what’s probably the band’s final tour.
Chuck’s Viral Video
Un-slicing a Tomato
Oddly enough, watching a tomato being sliced in reverse is remarkably relaxing!
On This Day in Rock
1972—Neil Young reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart for the first and only time with “Heart of Gold”, where it spent one week on top of the chart.
1978—Over 350,000 people attended California Jam II in Ontario, CA. The acts on the bill included Aerosmith, Ted Nugent, Santana, Heart, Foreigner & Dave Mason.
1983—Billy Squier kicked off his first arena headlining tour in support of Emotions in Motion at the Omni Arena in Atlanta. Def Leppard was the opening act & by the end of the tour, their merchandise was outselling Squier’s nightly.
2000—AC/DC made their first appearance on North American television since 1978 when they were the musical guest on Saturday Night Live where they performed “Stiff Upper Lip” and “You Shook Me All Night Long”.
2002—The Ramones, Talking Heads & Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were some of the acts inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam inducted the Ramones, Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers inducted the Talking Heads & Jakob Dylan inducted Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
2003—Former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted became Ozzy Osbourne’s bassist. Newsted would leave before the end of 2003 after fulfilling touring duties.
The Audio Vault
Guess My Gitch
Today we’re playing for a pair of tickets to ONE NIGHT OF QUEEN, Hamilton Place, March 31st, and a pair of tickets to the Spring Home & Garden Show at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum April 1st-3rd! I never wear the same colour two days in a row, so be sure to NOT guess red!
More Watercooler Chat
Baltimore Woman Sues Mayor for Violent Toilet Explosion
A Baltimore woman who says she was blown off of her toilet when it exploded in November 2014, causing her physical injuries and PTSD, as well as loads of physical damage to her home, is now suing the city’s mayor, City Council, as well as a couple of city contractors for $225,000.
Angela Wright says in her February court filing that she was using the facilities when the system got backed up and exploded, knocking her off the toilet seat “with great force and violence” and leaving her covered in excrement and seriously wounded. “I was literally covered in feces. … Who wants that?”