Rock News of the Day
As he gears up for the release of his debut solo country album and tour, Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler says Aerosmith are considering plans for a farewell tour in 2017.
“I’m doing 30 [solo] shows from May until August,” says Tyler. “And then in 2017 we go out with Aerosmith. Whether we do a farewell tour or go into the studio and do another record, I’m just excited about it.”
Says guitarist Brad Whitford, “It’s just inevitable that somebody’s not gonna be able to do it anymore. So it would be very nice to take a nice long bow and say thank you and … put it to bed kind of gracefully.”
— Gene Simmons of KISS continues to defend the band’s reuse of original makeup by non-original members Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer. Thayer dresses in lead guitarist Ace Frehley’s makeup and stage outfits while Singer does the same with drummer Peter Criss’ gear. Gene’s simple reasoning? Simmons and co-founder Paul Stanley took ownership of the designs and passed them on for use by Thayer and Singer.
— The Cult recently delivered a sweaty live set before 100 fans in a downtown Toronto home as they tour in support of their latest album, “Hidden City.” The 5-song set included classics like “Wild Flower”, “Horse Nation” and “She Sells Sanctuary”, and a pair of new tracks “Deeply Ordered Chaos” and “G.O.A.T.”
— The Rolling Stones will release a new live collection, “Totally Stripped”, on June 3rd. The set expands on the 1995 unplugged album, “Stripped”, with more songs from the 1995 acoustic shows and behind-the-scenes footage.
Chuck’s Viral Video
Woman Mistakes Kevin Hart For Chris Rock
Some celebrities just look and sound the same. Although I don’t see the resemblance, apparently Kevin Hart gets mistaken as Chris Rock all the time. This short SnapChat taken by Kevin of a girl thrilled to meet Chris Rock proves the point.
On This Day in Rock
1979—Aerosmith, Van Halen, Cheap Trick, The Boomtown Rats and Ted Nugent all appeared at the California Music Festival.
1981—Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band kicked off their first full-scale tour in Hamburg, Germany. This was Springsteen’s first tour outside North America, which would take in 10 countries.
1988—During a European tour, Alice Cooper accidentally hung himself in a rehearsal when a safety rope snapped; he dangled for several seconds before a roadie saved him.
1990—Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee was injured when performing a stunt during a concert, falling 20 feet from a lighting rig.
1994—Courtney Love was arrested on drugs and theft charges after a reported overdose. At this time, Love was unaware that her husband Kurt Cobain was dead at their home, (his body wasn’t discovered until April 8, by an electrician who had arrived to install a security system at their house).
1997—Oasis singer Liam Gallagher married actress Patsy Kensit at Marylebone Registry office, London. They divorced three years later.
2003—Avril Lavigne dominated Canada’s national music awards the Junos, winning four prizes including best single, album and new artist. Shania Twain who hosted the show won three awards. Best group went to Sum 41.
2013—Andy Johns, the veteran producer and engineer who worked on classic albums by Led Zeppelin, (Led Zeppelin II and all albums through to Physical Graffiti), the Rolling Stones, Sticky Fingers, Exile On Main Street, Jimi Hendrix, Van Halen and many others, died at the age of 61.
The Audio Vault
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 red!
More Watercooler Chat
Is this Gap advert ‘racist’?
When you look at this advert, do you see just a group of kids hanging out, some of them doing gymnastics? Or do you also see ‘passive racism’ in the way those children are posed, the only black girl used as an armrest by a taller white girl on her left?
Gap has apologized for using this photo and has removed it after a storm of criticism on social media.
Adding fuel to the debate, the girl’s parents have spoken out to say that both the black girl and the white girl are adopted sisters Lucy and Fanny, aged 8 and 12.