Rock News of the Day
Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler says he wants to write an autobiography before he dies. When asked what’s left on his non-musical bucket list, the bassist says he wants to leave a memoir for his grandchildren to read when they grow up.
Last month Butler said the music industry has changed so much over the years that nowadays it’s almost impossible for bands to carve out a lifelong career.
(via Team Rock Radio)
— Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry is assessing the band’s options following comments from singer Steven Tyler that the group will “probably” do a farewell tour next year… something that the band has considered over the past 5 years, but on which they’ve yet to agree. Some more recording may be in their future.
— Meanwhile, Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford and longtime Ted Nugent vocalist Derek St. Holmes will release a new album, “Reunion”, on June 3rd… three decades after they issued their self-titled album in 1981.
— Following his scathing comments about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame after his induction, Steve Miller is getting pushback from the Black Keys, who inducted Miller. They called Steve’s comments “disappointing”, and that ‘the most unpleasant part of the whole thing was being around him.”
Chuck’s Viral Video
Impatient Dog Hanks Car Horn
When we’re left in the car to wait for someone else we can’t help to honk a couple times. Apparently, this dog learned that trick. According to the owner, the dog loves going for a car ride, but obviously doesn’t like to be kept waiting.
On This Day in Rock
1963—The Beatles meet The Rolling Stones for the first time after one of the Stones’ concerts in Richmond, England.
1974–The Who’s guitarist Pete Townshend made his solo live debut at London’s Roundhouse being back by his own prerecorded tapes.
1975—Former Faces guitarist Ronnie Wood is announced as the replacement for Rolling Stones Mick Taylor.
1980—A New Jersey State assemblyman introduces a resolution to make Bruce Springsteen’s Born To Run the official state song of New Jersey.
1982—Van Halen released their fifth album Diver Down which went on to reach number three on the Billboard 200 Album Chart and sell four million copies in the U.S.
1983—The Pretenders’ bassist Pete Farndon was found dead in a bathtub at his home after a heroin overdose. He was 30 years old.
1989—Tom Petty releases Full Moon Fever, which is credited just to him, although members of The Heartbreakers play on it.
1994—Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain was cremated at the Bleitz Funeral Home in Seattle. One third of Cobain’s ashes were later scattered in the Wishkah River in Washington, one third were scattered in a Buddhist temple in New York & the rest are with Courtney Love.
2008—Queen guitarist Brian May was inducted into Liverpool John Moores University as the university’s fourth Chancellor.
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 red!
More Watercooler Chat
Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea plays Star Spangled Banner
Last night before the L.A. Lakers game (the final one for Kobe Bryant) Flea, bassist extraordinaire, turned the U.S. national anthem into one long bass solo. What do you think of it?