Rush's Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee don't really worry about drummerNeil Peartriding his motorcycle between tour stops.
Rush are down to the last two U.S. shows on this leg of their Clockwork Angels tour before heading over to Europe later in the month, and like he does on all their tours, Peart has been driving his bike to each venue. Last week, while traveling in the Southeast he ran into some fog in Shenandoah National Park in Virginia and posted a photo on Twitter with the caption, "This is how it feels to ride inside a cloud!"
But despite the ever-changing elements, Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson aren't concerned about him missing a show. Alex says, "He's very cautious," and Geddy adds, "He doesn't take unnecessary chances."
Peart is now making his way to Uncasville, Connecticut, where Rush perform on Thursday night.
BLACK KEYS, KINGS OF LEON: Headline New Rock FestThe Black Keys and Kings of Leon are headlining a new entry into the world of festivals this weekend -- the Bottle Rock Festival.
The Napa, California event kicks off Thursday with performances by The Black Crowes, The Avett Brothers, Primus, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Violent Femmes and Delta Spirit.
Friday features The Black Keys, The Shins, Alabama Shakes, Matt Nathanson and Tristan Prettyman.
Saturday's lineup includes Kings of Leon, Jane's Addiction, Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Jackson Browne and Donavon Frankenreiter.
The fest concludes Sunday with Train, Michael Franti and Spearhead, The Wallflowers, Grouplove, Rodrigo y Gabriela and Brandi Carlile.
KID ROCK: Be His BartenderKid Rock is looking for a fan to be his personal bartender at three stops on his summer tour.
Rock has teamed up with Jim Beam for the contest -- only fans 21 and over, sorry -- that will give the winner $10,000, training in being a bartender and transportation to shows in Irvine, California July 26th; Detroit August 10th and Chicago August 30th. For more details on how to enter, head to JimBeam.com/Music/Kid-Rock.
JACK WHITE, GOTYE: Get Platinum and Gold Vinyl GatsbyJack White's Third Man Records is doing a very special vinyl edition of The Great Gatsby soundtrack. The double-vinyl set includes "blindingly reflective metalized discs," one of which is platinum and the other gold. Third Man claims, "These are the first-ever commercially available records made using these precious metals via this process." The handmade set will be available through the Third Man website starting Friday at 10 am ET as well as at the Third Man store in Nashville. A standard vinyl edition of the soundtrack -- which features Jack White, Gotye, Florence and the Machine and more -- is due June 11th.
METALLICA: Signed Bass Gets Politican in TroubleA bass that Metallica's Robert Trujillo signed has gotten the governor of Jakarta, Indonesia into trouble.
The Corruption Eradication Commission asked Joko Widodo to surrender the bass after he was photographed with it. All public officials must report any gifts they've received to the anti-graft commission within 30 days. Widodo, a big metal fan, told reporters last week that he planned to ask Metallica to play in the country and was thrilled to have gotten the bass. The commission will decide within a month if it should be returned to Widodo.
Source: Jakarta Globe
DIO, DEF LEPPARD: Campbell Takes Tribute on RoadDef Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell is taking his Ronnie James Dio tribute on the road this summer.
Last in Line features Campbell, who was a member of Dio from 1982 to 1986, joining up with fellow original Dio members Vinny Appice on drums, Jimmy Bain on bass and Claude Schnell on keyboards, along with ex-Lynch Mob singer Andrew Freeman. The group, which will play material from the first three Dio albums, has announced five European dates so far, starting August 2nd in Wacken, Germany.
AEROSMITH: Headline New Foodie FestAerosmith will headline the first Backyard Festival on Randall’s Island in New York City on July 13th.
The festival, which also includes Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, is billed as "every foodie's dream" and include booths run by New York restaurant mogul Danny Meyer. There will also be a craft beer and wine tasting area with more than 150 selections from the world’s leading brewers and wineries.
PUDDLE OF MUDD: Wes Arrested AgainPuddle of Mudd frontman Wes Scantlin was arrested Tuesday night in Hollywood.
Scantlin was stopped by police for speeding, and TMZ reports that when cops ran his info, they discovered two warrants out for his arrest. He was taken to a nearby police station and released a few hours later on $11,176 bail.
The warrants stemmed from two separate cases -- one for driving on a suspended license and one for his recent cocaine bust. They were likely triggered by his having missed court dates in both cases.
ROLLING STONES: Rock Hall Exhibit DetailsThe Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum has revealed the details of its Rolling Stones: 50 Years of Satisfaction exhibit. Opening on May 24th and spread over more than two floors, it includes:
• Mick Jagger’s Steel Wheels green leather jacket, circa 1989
• Mick’s grammar school class photograph
• Keith Richards’s Rosewood Fender Telecaster
• Charlie Watts’s mariachi shirt, circa 1975
• Ronnie Wood’s Zemaitis guitar circa 1978
• Brian Jones’s custom Vox teardrop guitar
The companion exhibit at the Museum’s Library and Archives will focus on the Stones’ tour production from 1975 to 1981. Highlights include a set list, photographs, stage drawings, fabric samples, lighting cues and more. Also featured are handwritten notes by Rolling Stones Records executive Art Collins, who toured with the band between 1977-1982. The notes were used to help determine which of their 1981 performances would be included in the live concert film Let’s Spend the Night Together.
The Museum will also launch a fan-generated interactive exhibition on Monday, in which you can share your photos of memorabilia, artwork, Stones concerts and more. Upload your original images to Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #rockhallsatisfaction to contribute to the submission feed. Images uploaded will be available to be viewed in the exhibit as well as online through the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's Facebook page throughout the duration of the exhibit.
The exhibit will close in March 2014.
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AS I LAY DYING: Metal Band's Singer Arrested In Plot to Kill WifeThe singer for Christian metal band As I Lay Dying singer was arrested Tuesday -- for allegedly trying to have his estranged wife killed.
Police picked up Tim Lambesis at a store in Oceanside, California, near the band's hometown San Diego, after he tried to hire a hit man who turned out to be an undercover cop. They've charged him with solicitation of another to commit murder.
An investigation began last Thursday when police learned that Lambesis had solicited someone to kill his wife, Meggan. According to court records, Meggan filed for divorce last September.
THE ROLLING STONES: On the Cover of the Rolling StoneThe Rolling Stones are on the cover of Rolling Stone, but not much is uncovered inside.
Author Mikal (prn: Michael) Gilmore pressed Mick Jagger and Keith Richards on their relationship and while they have been described as brothers, Jagger disagrees, saying, “I have a brother [Chris Jagger]... My relationship with my brother is a brotherly relationship, and it's nothing at all like my relationship with Keith, which is more like someone you work with, completely different. With a brother, you have parents in common. You have families in common. We don't have that, Keith and I. We work together. It's nothing to do with it being a brotherly relationship. I suppose if you didn't have a brother you might say that it was like being a brother. But being in a band is another kind of relationship."
And Keith expanded upon the discontent caused by his autobiography, Life, which he first told us about last October. He said that Mick asked that he apologize, to which Keith says, “I said that I regret if I caused you any, you know, inconvenience or pain, or something. I'd say anything to get the band together, you know? I'd lie to my mother… I say what I say and that's it. I wouldn't retract a thing, man."
Keith was also asked about the ticket prices. While it's not something he concerns himself with, he did say, “We actually did push down the prices a little bit. We took the lower offer, in other words. But, um, it's the price of the market. I don't really know. I don't have much to do with it other than I would like people to get in, to be able to afford to get in, without sort of starving their babies and all. And that's about it."
Despite the band’s announcement that they are making available more $85 seats, tickets are selling well and the tour is on target to gross close to $100 million from 18 shows.
The Stones have announced the last U.S. date on their 50 & Counting tour -- June 24th at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. The Stones are in San Jose, California Wednesday night.
VAN HALEN, FRAMPTON & HENDRIX: Top Covers & Instrumentals
Gibson Guitars has put together its list of the 10 Great Rock Guitar Instrumentals. In compiling the list they explain that "virtuosity is less a consideration than pioneering impact." In no particular order the list consists of:
“Beck’s Bolero” — Jeff Beck > "Recorded in May of 1966, this instrumental piece had a profound impact on the development of heavy metal and prog rock... The track also inspired Duane Allman to take up slide guitar." In addition to Beck, this song also features Jimmy Page on rhythm guitar, John Paul Jones on bass, Nicky Hopkins on piano and Keith Moon on drums.
"Black Mountain Side” — Led Zeppelin
“Jessica” — The Allman Brothers Band > "This Dickey Betts-penned classic from the Allman Brothers’ 1973 Brothers and Sisters album has been called 'a true national heirloom' by none other than the Wall Street Journal... A live version of 'Jessica' won a Grammy in 1996 for Best Rock Instrumental Performance, 23 years after its initial release."
“Sparks” — The Who
“Rebel Rouser” — Duane Eddy