Friday, December 16, 2011

Rock News

  • Courtney Love, singer for the band Hole, and widow of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, is being evicted from her rented townhouse in Manhattan's West Village. The singer is said to be $54,000 in back rent, as well as allegedly setting it one fire and ruining it's designer d├ęcor by painting and wallpapering portions of the townhouse without permission. According to Donna Lyon, the owner of the property, "I learned about this when I wanted to sell the house and had photographs taken. They sent me the brochure and I said, 'This can't be my property.' I came to New York to see it and I was horrified by what she had done. The walls that had been hand-painted and glazed were ruined, covered in damask wallpaper and ice-blue paint.”
  • NBC is now requiring The Roots, house band for Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, to clear all introduction music for guest appearing on the show. The new rules come after the band played Fishbone's song Lyin' Ass Bitch during the entry of republican congresswoman and presidential candidate Michelle Bachman. Fallon called an offered an apology to Bachman, and issued a statement saying “...I don't know. Maybe [drummer and band leader for The Roots] Questlove is a Romney guy.”
  • The Rolling Stones plan to meet later this month to discuss the possibility of touring for their 50th anniversary. The relationship between Stone's guitarist, Keith Richards, and lead-singer Mick Jagger, has been strained since the release of Richard's biography Life in 2010 which was very harsh on Jagger and his contributions to the band. Stone's lead-guitarist Ronnie Woodhas said “I think there's a healing process waiting to take place, I think it's happening now as we speak, but it has to be resolved. Something has to be resolved there. They have to come to terms with going on a working basis, which [drummer] Charlie [Watt] and I will help make happen. Wish me luck." Richards is optimistic about the tour sayingMick is welcome, I'm sure he'll turn up”
  • A Foo Fighters concert in New Zealand this past week caused geological vibrations that registered on par with “volcanic tremors.” Geologists at an Auckland GeoNet monitoring station, located about a mile from the concert site reported, "The ground was shaking three times per second in a nice rhythmic motion.” with notable lulls between songs. The tremors were caused by a combination of the band's playing, and the 50,000+ fans dancing, with the largest tremor coming at 8:20pm when the band took the stage.
  • Dan “Bee” Spears, bass player for Willie Nelson for the past 43 years, died unexpectedly on December 9th after slipping and falling coming out of his RV. Spears has been performing with Nelson since he was 19, when he was hired despite not knowing how to play the bass, once claiming “One of the guys said, 'Hell, let's hire Bee. He doesn't play, but we can teach him..., and he won't come in with any preconceived bullshit!'' According to Dee Pearce, a friend who found Spears, he has been knocked out from the fall and died of exposure.

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