Rock News of the Day
Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith admits the band got a scare when Anthony Kiedis was rushed to hospital just before a show last week to get treatment for a bout of intestinal flu.
Smith knows the recent spate of rock musicians’ deaths fuelled the concerns of colleagues, family and fans when the news came out.
Two concerts were called off as a result of Kiedis’ health problems – but the band are set to return to action in Ohio this weekend.
— Paul Stanley of KISS once again called out Nikki Sixx, accusing the former Motley Crue bass player of ‘harping” on comments made by Gene Simmons regarding the death of Prince, and calling Sixx’s public statements ‘ludicrous’ and ‘silly’. This following a Facebook response by Nikki that’s since been deleted.
— Blink-182 have made their track Built This Pool available as a free download. The 15-second song appears on upcoming album California, due for release on July 1. Blink-182 have also released a 10-hour loop of Built This Pool via YouTube.
— Axl Rose was back on his feet for part of his fifth show with AC/DC on the Rock Or Bust tour in Vienna, Austria yesterday. He continues to recover from a broken foot suffered during Guns N’ Roses’ April 1 club gig at The Troubadour in Los Angeles. AC/DC’s European tour wraps up June 12th.
Chuck’s Viral Video
How To Make A Cheese Ball Machine Gun
When we were kids, snowball fights were the norm. Now? Too dangerous; someone might lose an eye. And throwing lawn darts? Forget about it. So how about cheese balls for some innocent summer fun?
In today’s viral video, this guy demonstrates how to build a cheese ball machine gun using a leaf blower… and you learn some science in the process, too!
Make a Cheeseball Machine Gun
On This Day in Rock
1966—Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey of The Who grew tired of waiting for John Entwistle and Keith Moon to arrive for their gig at the Ricky Tick Club in Windsor, England so they took to the stage with the bass player and drummer of the local band that opened the show.
1969—Led Zeppelin started three days of recording and mixing sessions at A&R Studios in New York City, which included the recording of ‘Heartbreaker’ and various other parts for new tracks for the group’s forthcoming second album.
1997—U2 caused traffic chaos in Kansas City, Missouri after they paid for traffic control to close down five lanes so they could shoot the video for ‘Last Night On Earth’.
1997—Foo Fighters released their second album ‘The Colour And The Shape’, the album was a Grammy nominee for Best Rock Album in 1998.
1998—Tommy Lee from Motley Crue was sentenced to six months jail after being found guilty of spousal abuse.
1998—Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward was taken to hospital in London after suffering a heart attack during a band rehearsal.
2001—R.E.M. started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Reveal’.
2007—Linkin Park went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Minutes To Midnight’ the bands fifth Top 20 UK album. Also a US No.1.
2013—Ray Manzarek, keyboard player and founder member of the The Doors died aged 74. Manzarek, who had suffered from bile duct cancer for many years, died in a clinic in Rosenheim, Germany, with his wife and brothers at his bedside.
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 PINK!
More Watercooler Chat
Safety reminders issued for Victoria day long weekend
Just a reminder to stay safe this upcoming Victoria Day long weekend.
Hamilton police say you can can expect to see RIDE programs at various times throughout the city looking for impaired drivers, failure to use seat belts and aggressive or distracted driving. If your plans include spending time on the water, The Marine unit will also be on patrol.
And if you’re thinking of having your own fireworks display, Hamilton Fire is asking you to use extreme caution, especially if children are present.
Happy Victoria Day long weekend!