Rock News of the Day
One day after revealing that singer Gord Downie has terminal brain cancer, the Tragically Hip have posted the dates for an upcoming summer tour, in support of the band’s 14th studio album Man Machine Poem.
The tour kicks off July 22 in Victoria and wraps up in the band’s hometown of Kingston, Ont., on Aug. 20.
Tickets are available Friday June 3 at 10 a.m.
Victoria, Jul 22. Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre.
Vancouver, Jul 24. Rogers Arena.
Edmonton, Jul 28. Rexall Place.
Calgary, Aug 1. Scotiabank Saddledome.
Winnipeg, Aug 5. MTS Centre.
London, Ont., Aug. 8. Budweiser Gardens.
Toronto, Aug 10 and Aug. 12. Air Canada Centre.
Hamilton , Aug. 16. Firstontario Centre… tickets $80 to $138
Ottawa, Aug. 18. Canadian Tire Centre.
Kingston, Aug. 20. Rogers K-Rock Centre.
Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea believes that rock music is “a dead form” and band’s now are viewed as a money making venture.
He says, “I’ve been a weird, neurotic, loner kid all my life… and punk rock gave me a home.”
“Nowadays, you decide you want to be in a rock band [and] it’s like, ‘Oh great, let’s get you an image consultant, and a lawyer, and a manager, and let’s see what we can do here.”
MORE ROCK NEWS
— Former Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee says ex-colleagues Nikki Sixx and Vince Neil haven’t made contact with him since their final show five months ago. And he reports that bassist Sixx unfollowed him on Twitter the next day. I guess they didn’t need that ‘cessation of touring’ contract after all.
— Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan will screen his documentary, “It’s So Easy And Other Lies: Live At The Moore”, in 50 US theaters starting tomorrow, ahead of the its general theatrical release on June 3.
— A tram in Birmingham, UK, is to be named after Ozzy Osbourne… it’s Ozzy’s hometown. He will meet the train Thursday morning (May 26). You just know that whatever they officially name it, locals are going to call it the Crazy Train.
Chuck’s Viral Video
Your best day in High School
Even if you thought that your time in high school was the worst, you’d have to admit that even you had one day where it all seemed to go right. What was your most memorable day in high school?
You just know that this guy is going to be living off of the memory of this talent show stunt at his 25th reunion:
On This Day in Rock
Klaus Meine—singer for The Scorpions born in 1948
Robby Steinhardt—violinist for Kansas born in 1950
1969—The Who & Led Zeppelin performed on the same bill for the only time at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland.
1978—The Who performed a secret concert for fan club members at London’s Shepperton Film Studios for their documentary The Kids Are Alright. This would be Keith Moon’s last performance with The Who.
1978—After seeing The Hype (soon to become U2) appearing at the Project Arts Centre, in Dublin, Paul McGuinness became their manager.
1983—Dio released their debut album Holy Diver which went on to peak at number fifty-six on the Billboard 200 Album Chart & sell one million copies in the U.S.
1990—Lou Gramm departed Foreigner. Guitarist Mick Jones said Gramm’s departure was due to Gramm’s solo work conflicting with Foreigner’s commitments. Gramm later re-joined Foreigner in 1992 before departing again in 2003.
2000—Eddie Van Halen is tested for cancer at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX. The hospital says that the tests are routine & that he’s not ill.
2001—Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher won a damages settlement from The Daily Mirror after they claimed he lied in court during divorce proceedings with Meg Matthews.
Guess My Gitch
We play the world-famous Guess My Gitch at 1:30pm, with your chance to win tickets to see Mumford & Sons at the Molson Amphitheatre June 13th! I never wear the same colour two days in a row, so today, DON’T GUESS GRAY!