Waters has yet to respond on Twitter or his official website.
AC/DC: Some Very Rich Aussies
Before they passed away in the late '80s, Mama and Papa Young must have been very proud of their three sons -- Angus and Malcolm of AC/DC, and George of The Easybeats.
The success the three brothers have had in the music industry has made the Young clan Australia's 48th richest family, according to Business Review Weekly magazine. George's work behind the scenes and in the groups The Easybeats and Flash and the Pan, combined with the success Angus and Malcolm have achieved in AC/DC, has brought a windfall of more than $233 million.
None of the three brothers call Australia home anymore, although Malcolm does have a place there.
LED ZEPPELIN: Jimmy's Lawyer Screwed Up a 2012 Reunion
Led Zeppelin came pretty close to doing another show last December, five years after their 2007 reunion in London.
President Bill Clinton tried to get them to perform at the 12-12-12 Hurricane Sandy benefit in New York, but Jimmy Page's lawyer nixed it. Miramax Films honcho Harvey Weinstein, who produced the show, says, "He's got a lawyer who's Satan or something like that." Ironically, Robert Plant, who's been the holdout since the 2007 show, agreed to do the New York show, as did John Paul Jones.
Still, it wasn't a bad lineup -- Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Eric Clapton, Roger Waters and many others had no problem saying yes. The show raised more than $53 million.
NINE INCH NAILS: Start Making Sense
Nine Inch Nails' stage setup this year may seem familiar to people that have seen Talking Heads' concert film Stop Making Sense.
Frontman Trent Reznor tells the New York Times that their new stage set -- with "smoke, strobe lights, video screens on wheels" -- was directly inspired by the 1983 Talking Heads tour documented on film by director Jonathan Demme. The new show begins with Reznor, alone, before the band slowly takes form around him on stage.
The first Nine Inch Nails show for Reznor and company is Friday at Fuji Rock Festival in Japan. It will be streamed live on YouTube starting at 8:30 a.m. ET.
NIRVANA: Let's Keep the Joke Going
Sub Pop has posted the video staffers recorded for the Virginia Tech student who'd requested that homecoming video from Nirvana.
The video features four of the label's staff -- one of whom is pretending to play a guitar -- saying, "What up, Virginia Tech? This is Nirvana! Just wanted to wish you a Happy Homecoming week and good luck at the game this Saturday. Let's go Hokies!"
The label texted the video to the student, who replied, "You are the best. Thank you, you guys are awesome!"
PEARL JAM: Join the App World
Pearl Jam are the latest -- or perhaps, at this point, the last -- band to release their own app.
Pearl Jam Official will feature music, news, Ten Club membership, specialty merch, activism updates, a detailed career-spanning timeline marking the band’s major historical milestones and access to Ten Club Radio. The app is available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE: Drummer Breaks Collarbone
Killswitch Engage will have a replacement drummer for their upcoming tours of Europe and Asia.
The band posted a note on Facebook that drummer Justin Foley recently had a bicycle accident and broke his collarbone. His replacement will be the band's longtime friend Jordan Mancino from As I Lay Dying. Foley is expected to recover in time for the band's upcoming North American tour with Lamb of God, which starts in late October.
PUDDLE OF MUDD: Update -- Wes Out of Jail
Puddle of Mudd frontman Wes Scantlin is out of jail after being arrested for felony vandalism.
Scantlin was released late Wednesday night from a Los Angeles police station. TMZ filmed Scantlin leaving the police station, where he claimed, "My neighbor vandalized my house, so I had to take action."
Scantlin and the neighbor have been feuding for a while, and it came to a head Wednesday when he allegedly used a buzzsaw saw to chop up the guy's patio and took a sledgehammer to a brick wall.
Headlines for Thursday, July 25, 2013
BLACK SABBATH: Let the Madness Begin
The wait is finally over for Black Sabbath fans as they start the North American leg of their reunion tour in support of their new album, 13, tonight (Thursday) in the Houston suburb of Woodlands, Texas. Bassist Geezer Butler tells us they hope to play more songs off the new album, something they didn't do on the Australian tour in the spring because the album wasn't out yet.
The North American leg runs through September 3rd in Los Angeles followed by South America in October and Europe in November and December.
DOORS: Skaters on the Storm
It was Jan & Dean who had a hit with "Sidewalk Surfin'" in 1964, but nearly 50 years later The Doors are catching the concrete wave.
Lifestyle brand Dusters California has launched an official series of Doors skateboards. Guitarist Robby Krieger was recently photographed checking out one of the boards at a launch party for the line.
Actually, this isn't the first time The Doors have been associated with skateboarding. Last year the band released a new video for "L.A. Woman" featuring a trio of pro skaters taking viewers on a Doors-flavored tour of Los Angeles.
ROLLING STONES: New Book Probes Their Songs
Bill Janovitz says his book Rocks Off -- 50 Tracks That Tell the Story of The Rolling Stones is the first time anyone has focused on their music, as opposed to a history-driven biography.
He says, "There's been plenty written about the music of The Beatles or Bob Dylan, but the Stones pretty much get short shrift about their music. After "reading the scraps that Keith Richards threw in his book about making the songs, I wanted to go deeper into that."
A rock journalist and member of the alt-rock band Buffalo Tom, Janovitz has interviewed many in the Rolling Stones inner-circle including tour band members Chuck Leavell and Darryl Jones.
Part of his mission was to find the real story instead of the oft-repeated "urban legends" about the Stones songs.
Another classic Stones song evolved before the guys brought it into the studio. "Satisfaction" was "kind of a folky song but then they made into a Stax, Otis Redding-type soul song," Janovitz says. "And those are the kind of Memphis horns that they heard in their mind on the track. So they recorded that riff. [Pianist] Ian Stewart had just given Keith one of the first Gibson 'fuzz pedals' and you hear the big distorted riff." Yet Keith though it was just a placeholder until they could add some horns. He thought the single was only a demo -- until they heard it on the radio and realized it was a hit.
U2: Tour in the Works?
U2 has yet to announce a release date for their next album or a tour, but according to a report out of Italy, a tour is in the works.
Loosely translated, the report calls for the band to do multiple nights in every city with a different set list each night. And, this does not mean they will visit fewer cities. The folks at Rolling Stone are a little skeptical about this news, so they came up with three scenarios for the band, should they decide to tour. They are:
Scenario 1 - Complete Album Shows
Night One: War + the new album
Night Two: The Joshua Tree + the new album
Night Three: Achtung Baby + the new album
Scenario 2 - Decades Nights
Night One: The 1980s + selections from the new album
Night Two: The 1990s + selections from the new album
Night Three: The 2000s + selections from the new album
Scenario 3 - Theme Nights
Night One: Hits + selections from the new album
Night Two: Rarities + selections from the new album
Night Three: Band's choice
The band is hoping to have the new album out at the end of the year, which would leave 2014 open for touring.
SOUTHSIDE, POPPER & TALLENT: Helping Hurricane Victims
Some prominent members of the New Jersey music community have come together to record a song to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy. "Restore the Shore" by Lisa Bouchelle & Friends is available through iTunes, and among the friends featured on it are bassist Garry Tallent from the E Street Band, John Popper from Blues Traveler, Southside Johnny, Gary U.S. Bonds, Steve Forbert and many others.
Proceeds from the song will go to the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund, which is chaired by the wife of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
AVENGED SEVENFOLD: Fall Headline Shows Announced
Avenged Sevenfold have announced the dates for their Hail to the King fall headline tour.
They'll be joined on the run by Deftones. It starts October 3rd in Chicago and wraps up October 26th in Las Vegas. Tickets go on sale for all shows on August 2nd.
Avenged Sevenfold's new album, Hail to the King, is due out August 27th.
ALTER BRIDGE: Return on October 8th
Alter Bridge will release their first album in three years on October 8th.
Fortress sees the quartet once again working with producer Michael "Elvis" Baskette. The group hasn't been resting during this three-year gap in between albums -- singer-guitarist Myles Kennedy recorded and toured with Slash; guitarist-vocalist Mark Tremonti did his own solo album called All I Was; and Tremonti, bassist Brian Marshall and drummer Scott Phillips did shows with Creed.
Alter Bridge have one U.S. date set for this year -- October 4th in Orlando. They'll spend the rest of the fall doing shows in Europe. A U.S tour is on tap for early 2014.
10 YEARS, MONSTER TRUCK: Team Up for August Shows
10 Years and Monster Truck are teaming up for a few shows next month.
The dates, starting August 13th in New York and wrapping up September 5th in Nashville, come in between 10 Years' stint as the opening act for Sick Puppies. That tour starts August 2nd in Richmond, Virginia.
GREAT WHITE: Battle Over Name Settled
The legal issues between Great White and former singer Jack Russell over the band's name are over.
The two parties have issued a joint statement that says, "After three days of closed-door mediation before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carla Woehrle, the parties reached a comprehensive agreement. While many of the terms of the agreement will remain confidential, it can be revealed that, going forward, the current Great White band will continue to use the name 'Great White,' and Russell will perform under the name 'Jack Russell's Great White.'"
The two sides initially filed suits against each other in March 2012.
NIRVANA: Yeah, About Your Homecoming
Perhaps the dumbest Nirvana fan in the world recently asked if the band could record a video for Virginia Tech's homecoming.
The trio's label, Sub Pop, posted the request on its Tumblr page on Wednesday. The letter from the unnamed student, who claimed to be the Hokies mascot, requests that Nirvana "send a quick video" and say, "What up Virginia Tech? This is Nirvana! Just wanted to wish you a Happy Homecoming week and good luck at the game this Saturday. Let's Go Hokies!" The request claims that Nirvana would join rappers Ying Yang Twins and "three famous NFL players" in contributing to the video.
The student might not actually know who Nirvana are -- or more likely, she was just changing a few details in a form letter. At one point, it calls Nirvana "her" instead of "them." Sub Pop added a caption below the letter saying that the label's staff dressed up as Nirvana and recorded the message for the student.
DAVE MATTHEWS BAND: Boyd Gets Bilked
Dave Matthews Band violinist Boyd Tinsley had possibly millions of dollars stolen from him by his former financial manager.
Getty Andrew Rothenberg pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in Charlottesville, Virginia to embezzling at least $400,000 from Tinsley while serving as his financial manager. Rothenberg told the judge he would E-mail Tinsley inflated invoices for bills and pocket the difference to cover his own expenses. U.S. attorney Timothy Heaphy said that Rothenberg also withdrew cash and wrote checks to himself from Tinsley's accounts over the course of a decade. Heaphy estimated that Tinsley's total losses add up to to $7 million, but Rothenberg's lawyer disputes that figure.
Rothenberg, who faces up to 30 years in prison, will be sentenced in September.
BON JOVI: Jon Says Richie Can't Go Home
Jon Bon Jovi reportedly won't allow Richie Sambora to rejoin the Bon Jovi tour this week in their native New Jersey.
RadarOnline is reporting that Richie wants to hook up with the guys for their homecoming shows, tomorrow night (Thursday) and Saturday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. However, Jon Bon Jovi won't allow it. A source says, "Jon won’t even pick up the phone and talk to Sambora, [who] has tried to end this feud but Jon won’t respond. Every attempt he has made at rejoining the band has been blocked by Jon.”
Sambora left the Because We Can tour in April. There are conflicting reports for the reason why, with one being they had a disagreement over money, and another saying Sambora was back in rehab to deal with his drinking.
Spokespeople for Bon Jovi and Sambora were unavailable for comment.
Headlines for Wednesday, July 24, 2013
RUSH: Giving the Shirt Off Their Backs
Rush are donating their take from tonight's show in Red Deer, Alberta tonight (Wednesday) to the Alberta Flood Relief campaign-- and you can help too.
The show was originally scheduled for nearby Calgary, but flooding at the Saddledome forced them to move it. So they've created a special t-shirt for the event that you can purchase through Rush.com. It costs $35, with all the proceeds going to the Canadian Red Cross for Flood Relief.
SICK PUPPIES: Fall Dates AnnouncedSick Puppies have announced more shows for this fall.
The trio's fall leg kicks off August 31st in Minneapolis and runs through September 22nd in New Orleans. Sick Puppies will resume their summer tour August 1st in Charleston, South Carolina.
IN OTHER NEWSQueen has a "no comment" regarding actor Sacha Baron Cohen bailing on his role as Freddie Mercury in the band-sanctioned movie about the late singer.
Van Halen do their last date of the year Wednesday in Paso Robles, California.
Paul Stanley threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Monday night's game between the Dodgers and Blue Jays in Toronto.
A DAY TO REMEMBER: Taking the House Party on the RoadA Day to Remember will headline the biggest venues of their career this fall.
The House Party Tour will kick off September 11th in Broomfield, Colorado and will hit 25 cities before it wraps up October 24th in Orlando, Florida. Joining them on the tour are All Time Low and Pierce the Veil.
NEWSTED: Illness Forces Them Off GigantourNewsted have dropped off of the Gigantour for a while.
Frontman Jason Newsted posted a note on his Facebook page saying, "I was diagnosed with walking pneumonia! So under doctor’s orders, I’m taking a week to rebuild… My apologies to our Canadian brothers and sisters in regions where we will not be appearing this week. I’m gonna work on keeping me alive, so together we can keep the metal alive!"
Newsted is expected to rejoin the tour when the Gigantor returns to the U.S. on July 30th in Everett, Washington.
SLASH: Last Show Streamed OnlineSlash and Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators will stream their last show of the year online. The Thursday night gig at the House of Blues in Las Vegas will be shown at Evntlive.com starting at midnight ET/9:00 p.m. PT.
After this show, Kennedy will return to Alter Bridge to help put the final touches on their new album, due out in September.
STILLS, SHEPHERD: The Rides Ready to Hit RoadThe Rides -- the supergroup led by Stephen Stills and Kenny Wayne Shepherd -- have announced their first tour.
The trek starts with the band filming two concerts for television at New York's Iridium Jazz Club on August 28th and 29th. It wraps up on September 27th in Reno, Nevada. The Rides' debut album, Can't Get Enough, is due out August 27th.
Headlines for Tuesday, July 23, 2013
IN OTHER NEWSHinder have been forced to cancel Saturday’s appearance at the Boise(Idaho)Music Festival, after members of the band and crew were injured when their tour bus was cut off by another vehicle Sunday night. Under doctor's orders, the band will take some time off to heal. They plan to resume their tour on August 10th at the Miami County Fair in Troy, Ohio.
The Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival is giving away a one-of-a-kind 2013 custom Harley Davidson Street Bob, which Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro personally helped choose. You can enter between now and September 15th by visiting RockstarUPROAR.com.
Sammy Hagar has announced that this year's Birthday Bash at his Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico will be held on October 7th, 9th, 11th and 13th -- the 13th being Hagar's 66th birthday.
Bruce Springsteen did tour premieres of "Nebraska," last performed in 2005, and "Fade Away" at his Belfast show on Saturday. Next up is Wales on Tuesday.
Bob Weir will celebrate what would have been Jerry Garcia's 71st birthday (August 1st) with a show at his (Weir's) TRI Studios on July 31st with special guest Allman Brothers and Gov't Mule singer-guitarist Warren Haynes.
Pixies have announced that their first North American date with new bassist Kim Shattuck will be at Riot Fest in Chicago, which takes place September 13th through 15th.
EDDIE VEDDER, OZZY OSBOURNE, TOM MORELLO: Sign Pussy Riot PetitionOver 100 major musicians -- including Eddie Vedder, Ozzy Osbourne, Tom Morello, Radiohead and U2 -- have joined a worldwide call for the release of the two jailed members of the Russian feminist punk group Pussy Riot. The two women will make an appeal for parole this week.
In an open letter coordinated by Amnesty International, the artists pledge their support and state that the impact of Pussy Riot’s “shockingly unjust trial and imprisonment has spread far and wide, especially among your fellow artists, musicians and citizens around the world.”
The letter continues: “While understanding the sensitivities of protesting in a place of worship, we ask that the Russian authorities review these harsh sentences, so that you may return to your children, your families and your lives."
Others signees include surviving members of The Clash, Rise Against, Phoenix, Aerosmith's Joe Perry, Fun, Coldplay, Sting, Pete Townshend and three former members of R.E.M.
DEF LEPPARD: Behind the HysteriaDef Leppard will be the subject of a documentary series. Living With Def Leppard is a multi-episode project that will go behind-the-scenes at their VIVA Hysteria residency in Las Vegas this past spring. In addition to footage from on and off stage, the show contains interviews with the band and its fans.
The show is currently being pitched to networks for distribution.
LINKIN PARK: Wanna Play With Us?Linkin Park are looking for a few good musicians. In a contest which began today (Monday) for Linkin Park Underground (LPU) fan club members, they're giving away a trip to L.A. to record your song with them. Here's the deal...
Each year, LPU releases a CD of rare Linkin Park tracks to club members only. For the upcoming LPU13 album, they want to collaborate with fans on a couple of cuts. So if you're a solo artist, DJ or band of up to six members and have something you think is up their alley, upload the audio of your original song to your YouTube channel between now and August 4th.
LPU Headquarters will announce 10 finalists on August 12th. Those 10 will be showcased on LPUnderground.com, and LPU members will vote for their favorites until August 25th. The two top vote-getters will be Grand Prize Winners and go in the studio with the band.
You've got to be over 18 and and a member Linkin Park Underground to be eligible. For complete info, go to www.LPUnderground.com/LPUSessions.
QUEEN: No BoratSo much for Sacha Baron Cohen playing Freddie Mercury in a bio-pic -- he's dropped out of the project over creative differences.
According to Deadline.com, Cohen wanted to create a gritty, R-rated film that depicted Mercury's highs and lows, but the remaining members of Queen are more interested in a positive portrayal of their late frontman. They've already vetoed a screenwriter and a number of directors that Cohen had brought in.
No word on whether this will kill the project.
METALLICA: Rock Comic-Con
Metallica unveiled the trailer and poster and previewed one scene from Through the Never at their 45-minute Comic-Con panel on Friday -- then played a 13-song concert at Spreckels Theater in San Diego for those lucky enough to win tickets.
The four band members were joined by the film's director, producer and star Dane DeHaan to answer questions about the upcoming film, which weaves a story line around footage of Metallica playing in concert on a special stage that features references to visual milestones from their history.
In their answers, the panelists said that they feel the 3D film will be a unique contribution to rock cinema, though drummer Lars Ulrich added that for it to be considered in the same league as such films as The Who's Tommy and Pink Floyd's The Wall "would be amazing." Both Ulrich and frontman James Hetfield spoke about the two-year odyssey they've been on to complete the movie and how they focused on the film over all else during that time. Hetfield also hinted that they might make further use of the stage after the film's release.
CHEAP TRICK: Will They Surrender to These Accusations?For the better part of 40 years, Cheap Trick has gotten along with precious little controversy...until now. The band's former drummer and manager recently teamed up to sue the band.
Bun E. Carlos, who co-founded Cheap Trick but stopped touring with the band in 2010, says he is still officially in the band and is thus owed hundreds of thousands of dollars for his share of touring revenue under an agreement that was signed before guitarist Rick Nielsen's son Daxx took over behind the kit.
Former manager David Frey, who they fired last year, says he is owed $71-thousand dollars as the balance of a loan he made the group after the stage collapse in Ottawa, Canada in 2011, which damaged their equipment.
This might explain why the band just filed a million-dollar lawsuit against the Ottawa promoters two years after that show. The band did not reply to a request for comment regarding the lawsuit.
SPINAL TAP: They're Coming BackSpinal Tap, the fictional heavy metal group created for director Rob Reiner's 1984 film, This Is Spinal Tap, will reunite next year in celebration of the film's 30th anniversary.
Exact details of the reunion have not been announced. The group last came together and toured in 2009.
Spinal Tap consists of Michael McKean ("David St. Hubbins"), Harry Shearer ("Derek Smalls") and Christopher Guest ("Nigel Tufnel").
OZZY: Not a Rolling Stone Fan This WeekAdd Ozzy Osbourne to the list of rockers who think Rolling Stone made a mistake by putting Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on its cover. Speaking to a Boston-area radio station, Ozzy says, "I'm sorry, I wouldn't put [Tsarnaev] on a roll of toilet paper, let alone the front cover of Rolling Stone." Ozzy also had praise for the city, saying, "It will take more than two idiots to stop Boston. Boston is a strong town, man. It's my kind of town."
Ozzy and Black Sabbath start their North American tour on Thursday in the Houston suburb of Woodlands, Texas.
KISS: Ace Is Recording AgainFormer KISS guitarist Ace Frehley has started work on a new album. He's been in the studio for the past few days, but no other details are available.
His last album was 2009's Anomaly. Frehley is also working on a follow-up to his 2011 autobiography, No Regrets: A Rock 'N' Roll Memoir.
Headlines for Monday, July 22, 2013