Rock News of the Day
Cheap Trick’s Robin Zander has offered to fill in for AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson. AC/DC was recently forced to re-schedule ten shows of their U.S. tour after Johnson had “been advised by doctors to stop touring immediately or risk total hearing loss.” In the same statement, the band promised to make up the dates in April, likely with a guest vocalist.
“I’d love to do that,” said Robin, “but I’d want the blessing of Brian [Johnson]. I wouldn’t go there as a slap in the face to him. But if he said, ‘Go ahead,’ I would do it. And I’d donate the money to somebody.”
— Former Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum has said he wasn’t invited to take part in the band’s reunion shows. Recent GNR drummer Frank Ferrer remains behind the kit. Original drummer Steven Adler was expected to play a guest role before he hurt his back in rehearsals.
— The Hollywood Vampires have called in Stone Temple Pilots’ bassist Robert DeLeo for their upcoming North American tour. He’s been brought in by Alice Cooper, Aerosmith’s Joe Perry and Johnny Depp to replace Duff McKagan who has reunited with Axl Rose and Slash in Guns N’ Roses.
— Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry is streaming his new solo single, “I’ll Do Happiness”. British vocalist Terry Reid sings on it. Joe has been working on his latest solo album while Aerosmith is on hiatus as singer Steven Tyler works on his solo debut album.
Chuck’s Viral Video
Little sister is convinced of a Zombie Apocalypse
After their little sister had wisdom teeth surgery (and while she was still very high), they convinced her that a zombie outbreak had hit their city. Her reaction? Watch…
On This Day in Rock
1967—The Rolling Stones play their first-ever gig behind the “Iron Curtain” of Soviet countries with a performance in Warsaw, Poland. Police use tear gas to control a riot and disperse the crowd when the club where the band performs is overrun by kids without tickets.
1970—Led Zeppelin became the first band to sell out the Montreal Forum which drew an estimated 17,500 fans.
1973—The Who singer Roger Daltrey released his debut solo album Daltrey which went on to reach number forty-five on the Billboard 200 Album Chart & had most of its songs co-written by the then-unknown Leo Sayer.
1979—During a Van Halen concert in Spokane, WA, David Lee Roth collapsed onstage due to heat exhaustion.
1991—R.E.M. made their broadcast television debut as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live performing “Losing My Religion” & “Shiny Happy People”.
1993—The Governor or Massachusetts declared Aerosmith Day.
2012—Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers had five of their guitars stolen from the Soundstage in Culver City, CA where they were rehearsing for a tour.
The Audio Vault
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 orange!
More Watercooler Chat
Hand-Washing Takes More Effort Than You Think
You grab some soap, rub your hands together for a few seconds or so, then rinse. Guess what? You’ve been washing your hands all wrong.
Scientists in Scotland say the six-step hand-washing technique is most effective, reducing bacteria by 21%.
Lathering your hands with soap is actually just the first step. The six-step technique also involves rubbing the backs of hands, the backs of fingers, between fingers, then rotational rubbing of your thumbs, then fingers in your opposite palm, reports the Telegraph.
The six-step method means that it should take you an average of 42.5 seconds to wash your hands.