Tuesday, July 22nd
ON THIS DAY IN MUSIC
On July 22nd, 1967, Jimi Hendrix called it quits as the support act for The Monkees. It seems that The Monkees can party though.
Then, in 2005, The Doors drummer John Densmore won a ruling that kept the other two surviving members, Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger, from using the band’s name as part of their act The Doors of the 21st Century.
And in 2006, Johnny Cash had the number one album in the country with the posthumous record American V: A Hundred Highways, which used vocals recorded before the singer’s death.
REALITY SHOW ABOUT KISS’ L-A KISS TEAM PREMIERES SOON
The reality show about Kiss’ arena football team, the L-A Kiss, will premiere on August 12th on AMC. It’s called 4th and Loud and features appearances from Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. The pair said of the team they co-own, “What we’ve brought to rock n’ roll, we want to bring to sport. We want to envelop you and pummel you.”
THANK GENE SIMMONS FOR BEING RICH
If you ever run into Gene Simmons, be sure you thank him for being rich. In an interview with the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Kiss bassist explained, “I have been part of the one percent for the past 30 years, it’s fantastic! The one percent pays 80 percent of all taxes. Fifty percent of the population of the U-S pays no taxes. The one percent provides all the jobs for everybody else. If the one percent didn’t exist, there would be chaos and the American economy would drop dead. Try being nice to rich people. I don’t remember the last poor person who gave me a job.”
RICHIE SAMBORA TO PLAY LES PAUL TRIBUTE SHOWS
On Tuesday and Wednesday, Richie Sambora will pay tribute to his late friend, Les Paul, with three shows at New York’s Iridium, the famed club where Les performed weekly for 12 years until he passed away in 2009. At the gigs, the Bon Jovi guitarist will celebrate the electric guitar sounds and versatility made possible by Paul. Tickets are still available for the shows and you can learn more at RichieSambora.com.
HEAVY METAL AND PUNK FOSSILS ON DISPLAY IN NORWAY
If you find yourself in Norway in the coming months, be sure to head to the Natural History Museum in Oslo because there is an exhibit you might like there. It’s called Heavy Metal and Punk Fossils and features items named after members of AC/DC, The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, Dire Straits and more. You can check out a super old and ferocious worm called Kalloprion Kilmisteri after Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister and see a skeleton cast of the dinosaur Masiakasaurus Knofpfleri, named after Mark Knopfler of the Dire Straits. The exhibition opens on July 27th.
YES AFTER 45 YEARS
On Tuesday, Yes will release their latest album, Heaven & Earth. The set features eight songs including “Believe Again,” “The Game,” “Step Beyond” and “To Ascend.” The band has been making music for 45 years and Heaven & Earth is their 21st album. Pick up Heaven & Earth on Tuesday and catch the band live this summer. They’re on the road and you can get their dates at YesWorld.com.
HOW DON HENLEY BEGAN MAKING MUSIC
On Tuesday (7/22), Don Henley turns 67 years old. The Eagles member has been making music for over four decades and told us how he got his start.
“When I started beating on my schoolbooks, we used to put those paper covers on them, you know that you got, the brown, paper sack kind of covers and this kid who was a friend of mine and I used to beat out cadences on our schoolbooks all the time so somebody one day said, ‘Why don’t you play the drums.’ And that’s basically how I started playing the drums.”Don has some time off for his birthday before the band hits the road again next month. Get all their dates at EaglesBand.com.
ON THIS DAY IN MUSIC
On July 21st, 1973, Jim Croce started a two-week run at number one on the singles chart with “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown.”
Then, in 1980, AC/DC released Back in Black, their first album since the death of singer Bon Scott. It went to number four.
And in 1990, former Pink Floyd member Roger Waters staged a production of his rock opera, The Wall, in Berlin.
KISS ORIGINAL LINE-UP REUNION NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN
If you’re one of the few Kiss fans still holding on to the hope of an original line-up reunion, bassist Gene Simmons has a message for you. When asked if he and Paul Stanley would ever reunite with Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, the rocker told the Tampa Tribune, “We’ve already danced that dance three different times. No way will we reunite. It wouldn’t be fair to Tommy [Thayer] and Eric [Singer]. It wouldn’t be right.” For now, the band is touring with Def Leppard and you can get all their dates at KissOnline.com.
ROBERT PLANT TALKS ABOUT INSPIRATION FOR NEW ALBUM
Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant is gearing up to release his latest solo album, Lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar, and in a new short film, the rocker talks about the effort. The flick is titled Returning to the Borders and explores the themes in the record. In it, Robert walks through the English countryside and describes his travels to the Mississippi and Texas and how returning to Wales inspired him. He explained, “These songs are an ode to life and love and the fragile adventure you set out upon unknowingly and unwittingly.” Check it out at RobertPlant.com and pick up the new album on September 9th.
HENDRIX SIDEMAN MUSIC COMING OUT
Before Jimi Hendrix hit it big, he was a sideman, playing with Curtis Knight and the Squires, and now, Jimi’s family’s Experience Hendrix LLC has acquired the rights to 88 studio recordings he made during that time from 1965 to 1967, and they’ll be released soon. Among the music is a 1965 live performance from Hackensack, New Jersey and songs Jimi did with Curtis and the Squires in 1967 after the release of the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s debut, Are You Experienced. No word yet on when they will come out but they’ll be mixed, mastered and annotated over the next three years under the direction of longtime Hendrix engineer Eddie Kramer.
WEILAND WANTS VELVER REVOLVER GIGS FOR QUICK CASH
Scott Weiland is up for reuniting with Velvet Revolver, but only for a few gigs and just to make a fast buck. The singer, who was fired from the band in 2008, told Canadian newspaper La Presse that he has no issues with the members of Velvet Revolver, adding, “I even called the guys to propose the idea of doing some shows together in a few months. We are on good terms, but I do not want to be a member of Velvet Revolver full-time. If possible, I would like to only play at festivals. You know, to make easy money.” Scott knows it’s wishful thinking though since he said his former bandmates are busy and seemingly not as strapped for cash as he is.
NEW FUNNY OR DIE VIDEO SHOWS THE RAMONES IN HEAVEN
With the recent passing of Tommy Ramone, all of the original Ramones have died, and Funny or Die has posted a new video imagining what heaven is like for the group. In the video, two angels, played by Kids in the Hall actor Dave Foley and former porn star Traci Lords, explain to the guys that they’ve gotten complaints about the band’s behavior. Among the issues is that Dee Dee keeps taking Thomas Edison’s glue to sniff, but the inventor needs it for his work, though the angels note that there is no reason for Edison to keep creating things in heaven. The angels also warn the band that they can’t blow up the high school, calling that a “deal breaker.” Check out the clip at FunnyOrDie.com.
ZZ TOP HAVE TWO RELEASES ON TUESDAY
Tuesday (7/22) will be a great day for fans of ZZ Top because the band has two releases hitting shelves. One is a greatest hits package called The Very Baddest of ZZ Top, which will be available as a single disc that features 20 tracks, or a double-disc set, with 40 hits. The other release is a DVD and Blu-ray of the band’s performance at Switzerland’s famed Montreux Festival from last year. Pick them both up on Tuesday.