Archive for February, 2012
Wednesday, February 8th, 2012
Van Halen have teamed up with ESPN for a “Tattoo” contest, with a helluva prize: an all-expenses-paid vacation to a Van Halen concert and a meet and greet with David Lee Roth. Basically, the contest is open to people who have a tattoo that relates to sports in any way (teams, towns, favorite type of hockey stick, etc.), including insignias, logos, trademarks, slogans, mottos, faces and places that remember the name and honor the game of sports. For details, go HERE.
Lots more tours coming down the pipeline…
Aerosmith will kick off their US tour in June. Guitarist Joe Perry confirmed the news via Twitter, adding that tickets will go on sale in March. More details will be announced in the coming weeks. The tour will be in support of Aerosmith’s new album which is in the works.
Def Leppard and Poison will be hitting the road together for a joint tour. Leppard guitarist Phil Collen had first mentioned that the band, and either Poison or frontman Bret Michaels on his own, would be hitting the road together, but Poison drummer Rikki Rockett posted that the tour was indeed happening. No dates have been announced.
Metallica have announced their very own summer music festival dubbed Orion Music + More. But fans shouldn’t expect Ozzfest as the diverse lineup features a hand selected eclectic group of performers including Avenged Sevenfold, Arctic Monkeys, Modest Mouse, The Gaslight Anthem, Cage The Elephant, and more.
Gene Simmons has revealed that KISS is in negotiations with the team behind Angry Birds for a spin-off version of the game. Simmons said he’s confident the talks “will become a deal.” He also said KISS is talking with Sony Games about other video game projects.
According to a recent tweet from original GUNS N’ ROSES drummer Steven Adler, his mother, Deanna Adler, has signed a deal for her long-awaited tell-all book, “Sweet Child Of Mine: How I Lost My Son to Guns N’ Roses” (formerly “No Bed Of Roses”). The book is due in April. During the last 25 years, Deanna Adler kept her diaries, journals, and personal letters, as well as a dozen scrapbooks and hundreds of photographs, putting them aside for safekeeping. “Sweet Child Of Mine” is about raising her son, and the travails of keeping him alive and herself sane.
Will there be a reunion of the surviving Beatles at next week’s Grammy Awards??? Ringo Starr has just signed on as a presenter, with Paul McCartney rumored to be performing “several times” throughout the February 12th show. The ceremony is a baby boomers dream this time around with performances by McCartney, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, and the reunited Beach Boys — with Brian Wilson performing with the group for the first time in over 15 years to kick off the band’s 50th anniversary.
Motley Crue guitarist Mick Mars has laughed off Vince Neil’s claims that he’s thinking of retiring from the band when their Las Vegas residency ends later this month. Motley Crue is currently appearing in the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, with two-hour shows scheduled to take place until February 19. But he’s convinced Neil won’t act on his recent comments about leaving the band to pursue other projects he might not otherwise find time for. Mars says: “Okay, here’s my answer: Fat chance. That’s a good neutral answer, I think.” On the contrary, Mars says fans can expect a new album within the next 18 months, along with the much-vaunted movie version of their book The Dirt.
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Wednesday, February 1st, 2012
So the Rolling Stones are no strangers to controversy…but this time, they’re not directly involved. A new Rolling Stones museum opened up in Luchow, Germany, and the most unique thing about the place is the bathrooms…they have installed lip shaped urinals that resemble the famous Rolling Stones lips and tongue logo…minus the tongue. But NOW, German women are getting upset. They apparently wouldn’t have an issue with the urinals if they came installed WITH tongues. That way, the toilet would more accurately resemble the logo…women’s rights activists say the urinals convey a “misogynistic message” and that it’s discrimination against women, because without the tongue it’s just a woman’s mouth a man is relieving himself into. It seems unlikely that this kerfuffle will change the decor of the museum’s mens room. Founder Ulli Schroder says they’re art, not a man’s mouth or a woman’s mouth. His last words? “They were damned expensive and they’re staying where they are.”
Early word is that a Def Leppard/Poison tour is in the works for this summer. Leppard guitarist Viv Campbell said that the tour will be tied in with this June’s big screen adaptation of the Broadway musical, Rock Of Ages. Nothing has been finalized yet, but apparently Poison will be joining them — at least according to Bret Michaels, who has been telling everyone that they’ll be touring with Def Leppard this year. Campbell would love to have more of the other bands featured in the movie touring with them as well. But please…no Tom Cruise.
Given the merchandising savvy of Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, it’s surprising a wall-mountable band collectible in the style of Mount Rushmore wasn’t already on the market. Thanks to Kiss fan and artist Douglas Hildebrandt, that void has been filled in the form of his limited-edition Mount KISSMore sculpture, which begins shipping later this month. Hildebrandt originally made two of the sculptures and sent one to Simmons, who called to offer production tips. That led to Hildebrandt getting in touch with Factory Entertainment, which is authorized to produce Kiss items, and him making a commissioned master pattern for the limited-edition run of 2,000 pieces. To check it out you can go to www.factoryent.com
After revealing that he has plans for not one, but two collaborations with Crazy Horse, Neil Young has posted a 37 MINUTE track, the first sounds of their new work together, which you can check out HERE. The recording is titled “Horse Back”. In the video that accompanies the recording, folks have spotted various lyrics sheets, including ones marked “Gallows Pole,” “Clementine,” “This Land,” “Oh Susanna!,” “She’ll Be Coming Around the Mountain” and “Gotta Travel On (Done Laid Around).” Could Neil Young and Crazy Horse be planning some sort of campfire, folk song, sing-along record – with extreme distortion? Only time will tell.
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