Rock News of the Day
Guns N’ Roses have announced the first pair of opening acts that will join them on their summer stadium tour of North America. Alice In Chains will open the first five dates of the Not In This Lifetime tour, which starts June 23 in Detroit, MI.
Lenny Kravitz will step in for two pairs of shows in Foxborough, MA and East Rutherford, NJ in mid-July, with artists for the remaining concerts to be announced, including their show in Toronto at Rogers Centre July 16th.
AC/DC drummer Chris Slade has taken to his Facebook page to address rumours about the future of the band following singer Brian Johnson’s inability to play shows following concern over his hearing.
Chris says that guitarist and final founding member Angus Young has NO plans to retire the band… and that “the majority opinion now is that the band were right to finish the Rock Or Bust tour with him.”
We’re still waiting on the rescheduling of 10 shows in the United States, including one in Buffalo, that were pulled from the schedule following Brian Johnson’s announcement.
— Robert Plant and Jimmy Page will attend the upcoming trial to defend a copyright infringement lawsuit over the band’s song, “Stairway To Heaven”, when it starts on June 14. They’re being sued by Randy California’s estate and members of the band Spirit; they claim that the acoustic introduction to 1971’s “Stairway” was lifted from their 1968 instrumental “Taurus.”
— It appears that members of Buckcherry—frontman Josh Todd and guitarist Stevie D.—started a rap-rock side-project titled Spraygun War. Their debut EP, Into The Blackness, will be released June 10.
— Black Sabbath bass player Geezer Butler says he used to self-harm when he was younger and that he’d have killed himself if the band hadn’t made it. Sabbath’s 1970 single Paranoid was written about the bass player’s mental state at the time, as he battled with depression.
On This Day in Rock
Pete Townshend—guitarist for The Who born in 1945
Dusty Hill—bassist for ZZ Top born in 1949
Joey Ramone—singer for The Ramones born in 1951
Phil Rudd—drummer for AC/DC born in 1954
1976—After falling asleep at the wheel, Keith Richards crashed his Bentley in Buckinghamshire, England. Police discovered cocaine & LSD in the car.
1978—Dire Straits released their debut major label single “Sultans of Swing”.
1979—George Harrison, Paul McCartney, & Ringo Starr performed together for the first time since the breakup of The Beatles at the wedding reception of Eric Clapton & Patti Boyd. Joining them for a jam session included Clapton, Ginger Baker & Mick Jagger.
1990—Heart peaked at number three on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with Brigade which went on to sell two million copies in the U.S.
1992—Aerosmith donated $10,000 to MIT in Boston to fund an explicit exhibition of photographs & sculptures after the National Endowment for the Arts pulled support.
1996—Peter Frampton, The Smashing Pumpkins and Sonic Youth made guest appearances on The Simpsons where they were on tour as part of a music festival that Homer Simpson joined as a carnival freak.
2000—The Allman Brothers Band announced that longtime guitarist Dickey Betts had left the band due to “personal and professional reasons”.
Guess My Gitch
Today we’re playing for a pair of tickets to check out the Blue Jays’ farm team, the Buffalo Bisons! (the home game of your choice)
I never wear the same colour two days in a row… be sure to NOT guess PURPLE!