Rock News of the Day
Guns N’ Roses Confirm 21-City U.S. Tour
Guns N’ Roses will play an expanded 21-city tour along with the previously announced set of six reunion shows, their publicist confirms.
Shows will take place in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis, Toronto and Washington, D.C. We’re still waiting on a finalized list of venues and dates.
Hopefully this puts to bed the rumours that Axl Rose is in the running to replace Brian Johnson after AC/DC’s singer has apparently been sidelined with a hearing issue.
— David Gilmour will perform on ABC-TV’s late night series Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight, March 28. The Pink Floyd guitarist will appear in support of his latest album, “Rattle That Lock.” He launched a series of spring North American dates this past weekend with three shows at the Hollywood Bowl; he’ll play a pair of concerts in Toronto later this week before performing multiple dates Chicago and New York next month.
— The Rolling Stones performed their first-ever concert in Cuba on Friday. The “Concert For Amity” saw the group play an 18-song set before an estimated crowd of 1.3 million fans on the Caribbean island.
— Before he fronted Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Petty led a Florida band called Mudcrutch. They only recorded a few songs before splitting, but decades later in 2008, they released a self-titled album that served both as their reunion album and their debut. And today, they announced the follow-up. The new record, 2, will be out May 20.
— Stone Temple Pilots reunited with singer Chester Bennington of Linkin Park on Saturday for a one-off performance at From Classic To Rock, a charity concert to benefit public schools in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. A charity auction at the event included signed items from Slash, KISS, Def Leppard, Peter Frampton, Foo Fighters, The Doors and Joe Walsh, among others.
Chuck’s Viral Video
Heckler gets Destroyed by Comedian
Stand up comic Steve Hofstetter has made a name for himself online for not only being a funny man, but for being especially hilarious when dealing with hecklers. In this particular case, he absolutely crushed an annoying heckler to the cheers of the crowd. You’ve been warned: the video contains strong language.
On This Day in Rock
1977—KISS played the first of five sold-out nights on their Alive II world Tour at the Budokan in Tokyo, Japan.
1978—Alice Cooper appears on The Muppet Show, where he performs “Welcome to My Nightmare” and “School’s Out.” He also offers to give the Muppets fame and riches if they’ll sign their souls over to him. Kermit is horrified. Gonzo spends the entire episode looking for a pen.
1979—The day after they are married, Eric Clapton sings Wonderful Tonight to his new wife Pattie at his concert in Tucson. He wrote the song about her while waiting for her to get ready to go out.
1981—Rush peaked at number three on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with their eighth studio album Moving Pictures which spent three consecutive weeks at number three. The album became their most commercially successful album in the U.S. where it sold four million copies.
2000—Jimmy Page accepted substantial undisclosed libel damages from a magazine which claimed he had caused or contributed to the death of his Led Zeppelin bandmate John Bonham. A year earlier the magazine claimed Page was more concerned with keeping vomit off his bed than saving his friend’s life.
2005—Queen kicked off their first tour with Paul Rodgers of Bad Company and Free replacing Freddie Mercury on vocals at London’s Brixton Academy.
2005—U2 kicked off their Vertigo tour at the iPay One Center in San Diego, California. By the time it finished, the Vertigo Tour had sold 4,619,021 tickets, grossing $389 million; the second-highest figure ever for a world tour.
2010—Rush were inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame at the Toronto Centre for the Arts. They were recognized for the songs “Closer to the Heart”, “The Spirit of Radio”, “Tom Sawyer”, “Limelight” & “Subdivisions”.
The Audio Vault
Guess My Gitch
Unlike all of us here at Y108, Guess My Gitch is enjoying it’s Easter Monday at home, no doubt with an expanded elastic waistband after gorging on all of those chocolate treats!
More Watercooler Chat
Pushy Parents Turn Egg Hunt Into Melee
An Easter egg hunt organizer said the alleged adults in the crowd acted “kind of like locusts” and turned the hunt into a shoving match at the Pez candy company. Saturday’s event drew hundreds of people, some of whom couldn’t quite abide by the rules or the starting time, and that people “rushed the field and took everything.”
Event organizers placed more than 9,000 eggs on three fields with the intention of having staggered start times for each age group. Luckily no injuries were reported.