Rock News of the Day
Metallica’s long awaited tenth studio album is ‘almost done’ says drummer Lars Ulrich. The band have been juggling the recording of their follow-up to 2008’s ‘Death Magentic’ with a host of other bookings and appearances in between tours.
But now the wait could be over as he tells Rolling Stone: “The record is well on its way. It may come out any century now, actually.”
Gene Simmons Vs. N.W.A. Over Rock Hall Induction
KISS bassist and singer Gene Simmons has voiced his disapproval at the induction of rap group N.W.A into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
He tweeted: “”Respectfully– let me know when @JimiHendrix gets into the hip hop hall of fame. Then youll have a point. @icecube”
During N.W.A’s induction, Ice Cube spoke out from the stage declaring rock n’ roll was a lifestyle and a spirit more than a genre of music. He said: “The question is, ‘Are we rock ‘n’ roll?’ And I say – you goddamn right we rock ‘n’ roll.
More Rock News
— Former Motley Crue singer Vince Neil has been charged with misdemeanor battery following an alleged incident involving actor Nicolas Cage in Las Vegas, NV on April 7. Vince allegedly got behind the woman, grabbed her by the hair and pulled her to the ground. He was cited for misdemeanor battery in the incident and is scheduled to appear in court on June 17.
— Guns N’ Roses officially opened their 2016 reunion tour in Las Vegas on Friday, and despite Axl Rose’s broken foot, the show went on… with the help of a friend. Dave Grohl loaned him the throne that he used after he fell off the stage and broke his leg.
— Queen guitarist Brian May says that actor Sacha Baron Cohen “became an arse” when they were working on a film based on the life of Freddie Mercury, saying, “We decided he wasn’t right for the role for very good reasons, which will become apparent if you watch what he’s done recently.”
Chuck’s Viral Video
Conan O’Brien in North Korea
“Given the chance, what ‘off limits’ place would you like to visit?”
In this video, Conan O’Brien visited one of the most tense areas in the world, The DMZ, or Demilitarized Zone, which separates and connects North Korea with South Korea. Conan couldn’t waste the chance to host the first ever late night show in North Korea while visiting the famous location.
On This Day in Rock
1976—Alice Cooper was placed under house arrest in Australia. A promoter in Sydney claimed he was owed over $59,000 for a 1975 Australian tour that Cooper agreed on but never showed up for. An agreement was reached after it was revealed the promoter failed to live up to his end of the agreement.
1981—Eddie Van Halen married actress Valerie Bertinelli in a gathering of 450 friends and family members. They later divorced in 2005.
1981—The Police peaked at number ten on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Don’t Stand So Close to Me” which was their second top ten single in the U.S.
1983—Metallica fired original guitarist Dave Mustaine due to Mustaine’s alcoholism, drug abuse & personality clashes with the rest of the band. Mustaine later went on to form Megadeth.
1992—Pearl Jam made their debut on North American television as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live where they performed “Alive” & “Porch”.
2008—Rush kicked off the third and final leg of their Snakes and Arrows Tour in support of their eighteenth studio album of the same name in San Juan, PR at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico. It was the first time Rush had ever played Puerto Rico.
Guess My Gitch
Today we’re playing for a pair of tickets to Ragtime the Musical and a pair of tickets to see Rodney Carrington at Hamilton Place April 14th! I never wear the same colour two days in a row, so be sure to NOT guess purple!