Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Today's Breaking Rock News

Because the Breaking Rock News machine is screwed up and not doing anything, I have decided to post today's stories here on my blog. Enjoy...in as much as it's enjoyable.

The Stone Temple Pilots are going back on tour. The trek begins October 2nd in Alabama and is scheduled through November 21st in Kingston. No Ottawa date, but two in Ontario. Here are the dates we know so far:

October 02, 2009 - Mobile, AL @ Bayfest
October 03, 2009 - St. Augustine, FL @ St. Augustine Amphitheatre
October 04, 2009 - Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
October 06, 2009 - Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
October 07, 2009 - Greensboro, NC @ Memorial Auditorium
October 09, 2009 - Portsmouth, VA @ nTelos Wireless Pavilion
October 10, 2009 - Reading, PA @ Reading Eagle Theater
October 11, 2009 - Columbus, OH @ LC Ampitheatre
October 13, 2009 - Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
October 15, 2009 - Fresno, CA @ Fresno Fair
October 18, 2009 - Phoenix, AZ @ Veterans Memorial Coliseum
October 20, 2009 - Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre
October 22, 2009 - San Manuel, CA @ San Manuel Bingo & Casino Hall
October 23, 2009 - Primm, NV @ Star of the Desert
October 25, 2009 - Concho, OK @ Lucky Star Casino
November 07, 2009 - Victoria, BC @ Save on Foods Memorial Centre
November 09, 2009 - Kelowna, BC @ Prospera Place
November 11, 2009 - Edmonton, AB @ Shaw Conference Centre
November 14, 2009 - Regina, SK @ Brandy Centre - Evraz Place
November 15, 2009 - Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre
November 19, 2009 - London, ON @ Labatt Centre
November 21, 2009 - Kingston, ON @ K-Rock Centre

There has been a little acrimony between Ozzy Osbourne and Zakk Wylde since Ozzy told a reporter that Wylde was out of his band before telling Wylde. Now, Ozzy has opened up (a little) about the firing. He says, "I haven't fallen out with Zakk; he's a very good... Our relationship goes way beyond music...I just wanted to... He's got his own thing now, he's got his own band, he's got his own career — he don't need me anymore."

Alice In Chains have a new album coming out at the end of the month (September 29th), which features Elton John on one song. The band recently sat down for an extensive interview with James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich of Metallica, for some reason. To learn more, click here: http://www.fmqb.com/article.asp?id=1510213&spid=783

The concert to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame will be televised. HBO will carry the show and air a four-hour special on November 29th. The concerts will take place October 28th and 29th at New York's Madison Square Garden, and will feature performances by U2, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Metallica and Aretha Franklin.

There is a Ben-Hur Live musical. And the music for it has been composed by Stewart Copeland, the drummer for the Police. Copeland also serves as the narrator for the show, which opened September 17th in London. The show played at the O2 arena until the 20th, and now it's on a tour of Europe.

Leonard Cohen, suffering from food poisoning, collapsed on stage in Valencia, Spain on Friday night. He spent a short time in the hospital over the weekend, but was released and is said to be doing fine. Cohen was scheduled to perform again last night in Barcelona, a concert that would mark his 75th birthday.

Steven Adler is not yet done with rehab. The former Guns N Roses drummer will be appearing as a "special guest" on season three of Celebrity Rehab. Adler recently recorded a track with Slash and Flea for Slash's solo record, which marked their professional reunion. Adler is also finalizing a book deal for his tell-all autobiography, and will be releasing his first instructional drumming DVD in 2010.

Metallica has managed to raise $200,000 for the "Marin Rocks" project in Marin County. The show, held September 11th at the Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium, charged fans up to $350 per ticket. The money will go to the Marin Rocks project, which is an interactive museum detailing Marin's musical history.

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