Rock News of the Day
Lynyrd Skynyrd have put their summer tour on hold after guitarist Gary Rossington underwent heart surgery this week after experiencing some chest pains.
The band originally cancelled a July 19 appearance at Artpark in Lewiston, NY while Gary was checked out now the next two weeks of shows will be postponed while he recovers from surgery to repair blockage in his arteries.
The band hopes to resume touring on August 4 in Woodlands, Texas.
Rossington suffered a heart attack last October that forced the group cancel the final pair of 2015 dates while he recuperated.
Joe Perry Rejoining Hollywood Vampires Tour Following Collapse
Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry will rejoin supergroup The Hollywood Vampires tour for a show tonight after collapsing during a July 10 concert in Coney Island, N.Y.; their summer tour is set to wrap up with four final shows on the west coast starting Friday.
During the second song of The Hollywood Vampires show at the Ford Amphitheater in Coney Island, Perry stumbled offstage and, according to sources, soon lost consciousness and apparently went into cardiac arrest, with police on the scene reviving him.
— KISS remain “conflicted” on the subject of making new music, says guitarist Paul Stanley, saying, “In one sense there’s no reason to put out any new music, because the delivery systems that are available don’t pay, and that fans prefer classic tracks over new ones, anyway.
— Former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted is preparing to announce details on his latest band, titled Would And Steal. He will officially reveal the mostly acoustic project in a webcast at 3pm today.
— Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington says that his band was responsible for bringing metal into the 21st century, saying, “In my opinion we actually kept metal alive. I met a kid a few days ago who said, ‘You were the first rock band I ever listened to’ and I hear that all the time.”
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The Man who beat Pac-Man
When you bring up classic video games, a few big hits come to mind. In almost everyone’s top three is Pac-Man. Who isn’t familiar with the dot eating yellow circular creature.
It might come as a shock, but only one person in the world has ever ‘beaten’ Pac-Man. Billy Mitchell, as recently in 1999.
On This Day in Rock
1965—Mick Jagger, Brian Jones and Bill Wyman from The Rolling Stones were each fined £5 at East Ham Magistrates Court, London, after being found guilty of ‘insulting behaviour’ at a Romford Road service station. The three had all urinated against a wall after the service station attendant had refused them the use of the facilities.
1971—John Lennon and Yoko Ono spent the second day filming the Imagine promotional film at their home in Tittenhurst Park Ascot, England. Today’s footage included the morning walk on the grounds though the mist and John Lennon singing ‘Imagine’ in the white room on his white piano.
1973—David Bowie released the single ‘Life On Mars’. The line “Look at those cavemen go” is a reference to the song “Alley Oop,” a one-off hit in 1960 for American doo-wop band The Hollywood Argyles.
2005—Research by a car insurance company showed that listening to the wrong sort of music when driving can lead to aggression and distraction. Dr Nicola Dibben a music psychologist said ‘singing while driving stimulates the mind’ but the Doctor said songs like The Prodigy’s ‘Firestarter’ should be avoided.
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More Watercooler Chat
Jon Stewart looks back on the Republican National Convention
Jon Stewart took over Stephen Colbert’s Late Show desk last night to rail on Donald Trump after he officially accepted the nomination for President of the United States.