Rock News of the Day
Apparently Guns N’ Roses have a number of further surprises up their collective sleeves in regards to their reunion tour. The writer mentioned in the GNR song ‘Get In The Ring’ says he won’t reveal them as he has ‘never been into spoilers.’
One thing we have found out is that drummer Steven Adler WAS supposed to have made a guest appearance behind the kit before a last minute injury forced him to sit it out. He hurt his back during rehearsals, and has been reported to have had surgery. So will he take part in the reunion at some point? We’ll see.
— Rolling Stones have been banned from performing outside their exhibition opening at a gallery in London on April 5 (today). They are launching ‘Exhibitionism’, a collection of unseen memorabilia spanning their 50-year career. The Stones planned to play 4 or 5 songs on the lawn outside the venue, but Keith Richards says locals in the affluent area overruled their proposal… I guess that they didn’t want the riff raff bending their blades.
— Geezer Butler, Corey Taylor, former Guns N’ Roses members Matt Sorum and Gilby Clarke, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith, The Cult’s Billy Duffy, Sex Pistols’ Steve Jones, Hole’s Courtney Love and many other acts will perform at a benefit concert May 12th in Hollywood to celebrate Deep Purple and Cheap Trick’s enrolment into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
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Whale Watching Boat Crashes Into Dock
Physics says that you can’t stop a large boat quickly. Unless, that is, you put something big in its way. That’s exactly what happened in San Diego last week when a large whale watching boat was heading straight for the dock.
The captain of the aptly-named ‘Adventure Hornblower’ blew the horn but could do little else as his ship rammed into the dock. Thankfully, it appears no one was seriously injured. That’ll buff right out.
On This Day in Rock
1980—R.E.M. performed live for the first time at a friend’s birthday party held in a converted Episcopal church in Athens, GA.
1986—Ozzy Osbourne peaked at number six on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with The Ultimate Sin which was Osbourne’s first top ten album as a solo artist in the U.S.
1992—Kansas recorded their second live album at the Whisky A-Go-Go in Los Angeles, which was released the following July as Live at the Whisky.
1994—Kurt Cobain committed suicide by shooting himself in the head at his home in Seattle. Cobain’s body wasn’t discovered until April 8, by an electrician who had arrived to install a security system,
1997—Aerosmith debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with Nine Lives… it went on to sell two million copies.
1997—Kiss performed without Peter Criss in Columbus, GA due to severe pains in his arms. Peter’s drum tech Eddie Kanon performed in the Criss cat makeup, “Beth” was removed from the set list and Paul Stanley sang lead on “Black Diamond”.
1998—Cozy Powell, drummer for Jeff Beck, Rainbow, Whitesnake and Black Sabbath died in a car accident in Bristol, U.K. He was 50 years old.
2002—R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck was found not guilty of attacking British Airways staff in an alleged air rage incident which took place on a flight from Seattle to London in April of 2001. U2 frontman Bono was among those who testified in Buck’s defense.
2007—Former Kiss guitarist Mark St. John died of a cerebral hemorrhage. He was 51 years old.
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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 yellow!
More Watercooler Chat
Vanilla Ice Cream Getting Way More Expensive
North America’s favorite ice-cream flavor is getting a lot pricier. We’re talking about vanilla, which became 150% more expensive last year after Madagascar suffered a poor harvest. Cakes, soft drinks, and perfumes could all be affected, but ice cream manufacturers will really feel it the most.
Read more here.