Rock News of the Day
Keith Richards revealed that the Rolling Stones’ new album has been completed and the band also plans to play some more live shows later this year.
“We did sessions in London in December which suddenly gave us a whole load of stuff. In fact, the Stones have never cut so many tracks in such a short time. Now that’s not necessarily a guarantee of a good record but there is something in the works and I’d just like to leave it up there in mystery land.”
About future tours: “Yeah, yeah, yeah! We’re planning some gigs later on this year.
— Guns N’ Roses played a surprise 16-song set at a Los Angeles club Friday night to kick off their reunion tour – but an expected guest appearance from drummer Steven Adler didn’t take place. Singer Axl Rose, guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan were joined by guitarist Richard Fortus, keyboardist Dizzy Reed and sticksman Frank Ferrer at the Troubadour, where the fledgling outfit played in the early 1980s.
— The AC/DC classic Thunderstruck is being used by scientists to improve the effect of a cancer-fighting drug. They’re playing the song at high-volume to force medicine particles to bounce, so they can be coated with a plasma shell that helps them last longer in the human system, and therefore do more good.
— Led Zeppelin will face a May 10 start to a trial in the copyright-infringement lawsuit against the band over “Stairway To Heaven”. The suit claims the acoustic introduction to 1971’s “Stairway” was lifted from Spitit’s 1968 instrumental, “Taurus.”
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A Chihuahua Police Chase
Somehow, a Chihuahua got loose on the San Francisco Bay Bridge, and the California Highway Patrol we called in for one of their more interesting police chases.
Police had to stop traffic, and the two officers finally teamed up to safely corral and capture the pooch. “We’ve had dogs on the bridge, all sorts of animals: seals, turtles, you name it,” says one of them. “We never had one that took off and took so long to get.”
The dog has no ID tags, and police are still trying to find the owner. For now, cops have dubbed him “Ponch,” after the CHiPs character.
On This Day in Rock
1968—Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Joni Mitchell, Al Kooper and Ted Nugent met up for an all-night tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. at the New Generation Club in New York City after receiving news of King’s assassination.
1982—‘Layla’ was on the UK singles chart. The re-released track originally featured on the Derek and the Dominos, album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs (November 1970).
1987—U2 entered the Billboard 200 Album Chart at number seven with The Joshua Tree, which was the highest chart debut in the U.S. in seven years.
1992—Beastie Boys make their first concert appearance playing instruments at a show at The Palladium in Los Angeles.
1998—Van Halen debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with Van Halen III, which was their last album until 2012’s A Different Kind of Truth.
2003—The Rolling Stones performed their first concert in India at the Palace Grounds in Bangalore.
2007—A Swedish couple ran into trouble with authorities after trying to name their baby daughter Metallica due to tax officials deeming their daughter’s name inappropriate since under Swedish law, authorities have to approve both first names and last names.
2007—An article is published in New Musical Express quoting Keith Richards as saying: “I snorted my father.” Richards later claimed it was an April Fool’s joke.
2008—The Rolling Stones release their Martin Scorsese-directed concert documentary, Shine A Light.
2009—Cleveland’s Public Hall, site of historic concerts by The Beatles (1964) and The Doors (1968), is center stage again as the site of the 24th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. The class of 2009 includes performer inductees Jeff Beck, Little Anthony & The Imperials, Metallica, Run-DMC and Bobby Womack.
2015—Marilyn Manson is sucker punched by a fellow patron at a Denny’s in Alberta. Marilyn had stopped by the restaurant for a late-night meal after a show promoting his Pale Emperor album, and denied claims that he insulted the assailant’s girlfriend and spurred the incident.
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Guess My Gitch
Today we’re playing for a pair of tickets to Ragtime the Musical and a 4-pack of passes to the Kitchener RV Show! I never wear the same colour two days in a row, so be sure to NOT guess black!