Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Music news and notes 3/28/07

By Art Shimko

-- Velvet Revolver crooner Scott Weiland and his wife Mary has quite the weekend when the two got in a huge blow-up at the Graciela Hotel in Burbank, CA on Saturday. Mary Weiland ripped alarm clocks and phones from their sockets and proceeded to throw them around the room damaging the walls of the hotel room, this after Scott Weiland's assistant took their children away from the scene and Scott left also, there were linens found with blood as well but no report of either spouse injured. The hotel is pressing charges for the damages stemming from this incident... but that's not all...
Hours later on Saturday evening, Mary Weiland was arrested for setting her husband's wardrobe (valued at $10,000) on fire in front of the couple's Toluca Lake, CA home. Early Sunday morning (just after midnight to be exact) Mary posted $50,000 bail.

-- Buena Vista Social Club's Oramas Dies At 95

-- Elton John celebrated his 60th birthday on Sunday night during his 60th performance at Madison Square Garden setting a record for most performances by any artist in the venue's history (The Grateful Dead comes in second with 52 shows at the venue). Among those who appeared to celebrate the singer's birthday were Michael Caine, Rosie O'Donnell, Barbara Walters, k.d. lang, Keifer Sutherland, Kid Rock, Liv Tyler, Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg, former president Bill Clinton and John's long-time lyricist and collaborator Bernie Taupin.

-- With Snoop Dogg being denied a visa into the U.K. (which was reported here over the weekend) he and P. Diddy had to cancel tour dates at London's Wembley Arena as well as Cardiff, Manchester, Glasgow and Nottingham this week and will continue the rest of their European tour. "Despite desperate attempts to have the One Love Peace Tour UK shows go ahead as planned and hoping the government would reconsider Snoop's visa in light of assurances made, the tour has been cancelled," said a tour spokesman. "With late notice of Snoop being denied a visa, time has run out."

-- U2's The Edge is saving the world... one guitar at a time...

-- Veteran rocker Bob Seger may be following Paul McCartney's footsteps by leaving the record label he's been with since 1969, Capitol Records. As one of Seger's reps stated, "We don't know anybody there anymore. All the guys that got us to do ('Face the Promise') are gone." Seger's management released a photo early this week of Seger and his Silver Bullet Band recieving platinum albums for their Face the Promise album on the final night of the tour two weeks ago with the following caption "Will Seger Turn the Page?" also with this little note: "ironically, new label representatives for Capitol Records, which has been Seger's home for more than 40 years, did not attend."

-- Jack White of the White Stripes is reported to being playing the role of Elvis Presley in the upcoming movie Walk Hard.

-- Deep Purple will be playing their classic Machine Head album in its entirety during their UK tour next month (also on the bill are Styx and Thin Lizzy), dates include: Newcastle Metro Radio Arena 4/21, Manchester MEN Arena 4/22, Nottingham Arena 4/24, Cardiff CIA Arena 4/25, Bournemouth BIC 4/27, London Wembley Arena 4/28, Brighton Centre 4/29, Glasgow Clyde Auditorium 5/1, Sheffield Hallam FM Arena 5/2, Birmingham NEC 5/3.

-- Judas Priest guitarist K.K. Downing did an interview with The Classic Metal Show discussing the RIAA's desire to shut down internet radio stations, you can listen to what he has to say by clicking here.

-- Slayer and Marilyn Manson are co-headlining a tour this summer throughout 25 US cities beginning 7/25.

-- Mest Singer Lovato Jailed In L.A. Stabbing

-- Fiddy, G-Unit Deny Beef with Kid

-- Napster, AT&T in wireless music tie-up

-- Bee Gees to receive music industry honor in L.A

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