Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Rock News -- August 2nd, 2011

--Kings of Leon have canceled the remainder of their US tour. The announcement came just one day after a disastrous concert in Dallas Texas where lead singer Caleb Followill left the stage announcing “I'm gonna go backstage and I'm gonna vomit, I'm gonna drink a beer and I'm gonna come back out and play three more songs.” Followill never returned, forcing the rest of the band to cut the concert short. Bassist, and Caleb's brother, Jared Followill told the angry audience “Caleb's just a little unfit to play the rest of the show...We love you guys so much, but I know you guys fucking hate us. I'm so sorry. It's really not our fault, it's Caleb. He can't play the rest of the show.” The band's publicist later released a statement saying Caleb was suffering from “vocal issues and exhaustion,“ however in his personal Twitter Jared wrote that “...there are internal sicknesses & problems that have needed to be addressed ...I know you guys aren't stupid. I can't lie. There are problems in our band bigger than not drinking enough Gatorade.” Speculation is that the band canceled their summer concerts to try and persuade Caleb to enter rehab for drinking.

--The Beastie Boys have released a limited number of official action figures on their website. The figures are the same as the ones used in the Spike Jonze directed video for “Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win” from the band's recent album Hot Sauce Committee Vol. 2. The 11.5 inch dolls come in a 16” x 12” metal box and include changes of clothing for all three action figures. The figures run $750 for the set with all profits being donated to Pablove Foundation and Alex's Lemonade Stand, two charities that deal with childhood cancer and research. Check out the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-QIiVS_7Hs

--Jay-Z and Kanye West are reportedly clashing over production for their upcoming “Throne” tour. The tour, which is set to kickoff in Detroit on September 22nd, is in support of the duo’s collaborative new album Watch the Throne set to be released on August 8th. According to rumors the two are hardly on speaking terms due to on-going conflicts about the tour, Jay-Z is reported to want to keep costs down and pay off the debts the album has encored in production, while West is pushing for an elaborate “next level” spectacle. A decision needs to be made by the beginning of next week if the tour is to start on schedule. UPDATE: The tour start date has been pushed back by over a month to October 29th.

--Amy Winehouse's father distributes clothing to fans. Mitch Winehouse, father of the late soul singer, distributed clothing to fans paying their respects outside her London apartment, saying “These are Amy's t-shirts. This is what she would have wanted, for her fans to have her clothes.” Winehouse's boyfriend Reg Traviss also joined in, distributing clothing and sunglasses to mourners. No official cause of death has been determined in Winehouse's death, though preliminary tests favors shock brought on by alcohol withdrawal.

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