Rock News of the Day
As announced by the band via their social media platforms and website this morning, The Tragically Hip have shared the news of singer Gord Downie’s terminal braincancer and their plans to mount a tour this summer.
The statement on their website reads, in part, “A few months ago, in December, Gord Downie was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. Since then, obviously, he’s endured a lot of difficult times, and he has been fighting hard. In privacy along with his family, and through all of this, we’ve been standing by him.
So after 30-some years together as The Tragically Hip, thousands of shows, and hundreds of tours… we’ve decided to do another one.”
At 11:00am today, there will be a press conference at Vaughan Estate, where Sunnybrook’s Dr. James Perry, the neuro-oncologist treating Gord, will be available to discuss the condition and his care team’s approach to treating the illness.
You can watch the press conference live via webcast here.
— AC/DC have extended their European tour with a newly-announced show in Dusseldorf, Germany on June 15. That adds a 13th date to the spring run which features Axl Rose stepping in to handle vocals in the absence of longtime member Brian Johnson. They’ve been digging through their catalogue: at their last show they played a song that they’ve never done live: “Touch Too Much” from 1979’s “Highway To Hell.”
— The Rolling Stones are sharing details of their forthcoming live collection, “Totally Stripped.” Due June 3, the set expands on the 1995 unplugged album, “Stripped”, and sources three complete Stones concerts from 1995 along with an overhauled version of the documentary of the same name.
Chuck’s Viral Video
Donald Trump… Hillary Clinton… Bernie Sanders… who gets to run for the White House?
Primaries and caucuses are a surprisingly undemocratic part of the democratic process of deciding which candidates get to lead their parties in the general election. John Oliver discusses the United States’ convoluted system for choosing presidential nominees.
On This Day in Rock
1968—Mick Jagger & Marianne Faithfull were arrested on charges of marijuana possession, the same day the Rolling Stones release “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”.
1969—The Who peaked at number nineteen on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Pinball Wizard”, their fourth top forty single in the U.S.
1978—Van Halen’s self titled debut album was certified Gold by the RIAA. It later went on to sell ten million copies in the U.S.
1991—Guns N’ Roses kicked off their Use Your Illusion Tour at the Alpine Valley Music Theater in East Troy, WI. The tour lasted until July of 1993.
1994—Poison singer Bret Michaels lost control of his Ferrari & crashed into a telephone pole in Burbank, CA. Michaels broke his thumb, nose & collarbone, lost four teeth, cracked his sternum, & received a hairline fracture of his upper jawbone.
2005—Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne put the Beverly Hills house that was featured on the hit reality television show The Osbournes up for sale. Pop superstar Christina Aguilera eventually purchased the house.
Guess My Gitch
The world-famous Guess My Gitch returns from the long weekend with your chance to win tickets to see Mumford & Sons at Molson Canadian Amphitheatre June 13th!
Keep in mind that I never wear the same colour two days in a row, so today be sure to NOT guess GREEN.