Rock News of the Day
The Red Hot Chili Peppers have recalled being rejected by David Bowie when they asked him to produce two of their albums. The band wanted Bowie to produce 2002’s By The Way and again asked him for 2006’s Stadium Arcadium, but both times he turned them down.
Singer Anthony Kiedis: “He wrote us extremely thoughtful, kind letters explaining why he couldn’t – whether he was busy or just into something else at the moment. But a true gentleman, not a guy who just blows you off without an explanation.”
(via Classic Rock)
— AC/DC have topped Forbes’ magazine’s annual earning list for rock acts, after making an estimated $67.5 million between June 2015 and June 2016. That total is greater than the individual incomes of the the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, U2, and the Foo Fighters.
— Triumph will reunite on record for the first time in three decades on guitarist Rik Emmett new solo album. Emmett, bassist Mike Levine and drummer Gil Moore last worked together in the studio on 1987’s “Surveillance” before Rik left the band in 1988.
— The Hollywood Vampires resumed their summer tour last night without guitarist Joe Perry, who remains hospitalized after collapsing during a show in Coney Island, NY on Sunday.
— Guns N’ Roses fan Caroline Campos claims security ripped up her ‘Where’s Izzy’ sign at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium even though it made singer Axl Rose laugh and respond with “that’s a good question”. Guitarist Izzy Stradlin hasn’t been a part of the GN’R reunion tour.
Chuck’s Viral Video
They don’t build them like they used to
A woman in Queens, NY was stunned to see a big crack open up in her apartment ceiling. She grabbed her phone to take some video of it… right before her ceiling became her floor!
WARNING: Her reaction, while understandable, is exceptionally NSFW. You might want to play this one with your volume down.
On This Day in Rock
1897—A U.S. patent is granted to inventor Guglielmo Marconi for the radio.
1968—Black Sabbath performed their first concert at a blues club in Birmingham, U.K. At the time of this performance they were known as Earth.
1984—During The Jacksons’ concert at Texas Stadium in Dallas, Eddie Van Halen came onstage to perform “Beat It” with the group. This would be the only time Eddie performed the song in concert with Michael Jackson (he performed the solo on the album version of the song).
1985—Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant peaked at number twenty on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with his solo album, “Shaken ‘n’ Stirred”.
1985—Live Aid, spearheaded by Bob Geldof to raise funds for famine relief in Ethiopia was held in London’s Wembley Stadium and Philadelphia’s JFK Stadium. Performers included Sting, U2, Dire Straits, Queen, David Bowie, The Who, Elton John, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Bryan Adams, Neil Young and Led Zeppelin.
1993—Rush singer & bassist Geddy Lee sang “O Canada” at the 64th Major League Baseball All Star Game in Baltimore, MD.
1994—KISS performed with Garth Brooks on The Tonight Show for a rendition of “Hard Luck Woman”.
2008—Joan Jett plays a murder victim on the “Reunion” episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Her character hosts a show called Rock ‘n Talk before she meets her demise.
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More Watercooler Chat
Last night the Canadian quartet The tenors performed O Canada before the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in San Diego, and one of the members went rogue and changed the lyrics to include a reference to the recent shootings in the United States, singing “we’re all brothers and sisters, all lives matter to the brave” and adding “we stand on guard for peace” as the last line while holding up an “all lives matter” sign.
The rest of the group claim that they had no advance warning of the change. Watch the performance here: