Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Music News & Notes 3/7/07

By Art Shimko

-- We are back with a long-overdue music news update...

-- James Allen (Al) Hendrix and his company Experience Hendrix are suing Craig Dieffenbach for trademark infringement by using the late Jimi Hendrix in an unauthorized and quite frankly disgusting manner to sell his line of Electric Hendrix vodka. Dieffenbach (perhaps German for cunt face?) told the L.A. Times this about his Electric Hendrix vodka: "It's like drinking with Jimi. The drunker you get, the more you think you're with him." Quite the ignorant and delusional statement if I've ever heard one. Dieffenbach has also used photos of Hendrix and his band The Experience without permission for advertising campaigns, and drummer Mitch Mitchell had this to say, "I find this despicable. I have never been consulted about the use of my image and reputation in association with any advertisement for this product. This is repulsive and something I would never endorse under any circumstance. Jimi must be turning over in his grave over this." Yeah, to say the least.

-- Amongst 25 historic and important recordings chosen by the Library of Congress to be included in the National Recording Registry for 2006 were Paul Simon's Graceland, Bob Marley and the Wailers' Burnin' The Wailers, Velvet Underground and Nico, Rolling Stones' (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction and Franklin D. Roosevelt's address to Congress on Dec. 8, 1941 (day after the Pearl Harbor attack).

-- Trey Anastasio pleaded not guilty to DWI and felony drug possession charges in Washington County Court on Last Tuesday. "If there has to be a plea which there may have to be, Trey has made it very clear to me he's not interested in claiming any police misconduct because there was none. He's interested in getting treatment. He's had treatment. He's been in a 28-day facility. He wants to put this behind him", said [Anastasio's attorney Steve] Coffey. On 3/27 a pre-plea report is due, no word yet on if Anastasio will have to appear in court.

-- Bono's RED campaign isn't doing so hot, the worldwide sales for its products with proceeds going to various charities have been $18 million while $100 million has been spent on advertising. A representative stated that not all companies involved have tallied their 2006 profits yet and that more money should pour into the company over time.

-- On Def Leppard's website it was revealed that the band will be touring with Foreigner and Styx in North America this year, probably in the summer is my guess.

-- Heaven And Hell (Black Sabbath fronted by Ronnie James Dio) start a 20-city U.S. spring tour beginning 4/22 in Phoenix concluding May 19 in Holmdell, N.J.

-- Blender has a video interview with Slayer's Kerry King.

-- A documentary on guitar great Randy Rhoads will begin filming on 3/19 at the Mountain View Cemetery in San Bernardino, CA. For more info visit

-- The Rock on the Range festival on 5/19 at the Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, OH will feature ZZ Top, Evanescence, Velvet Revolver, Hinder, Chevelle, Three Days Grace, Breaking Benjamin, Papa Roach, Buckcherry, Puddle Of Mudd, the Operator and Black Stone Cherry.

-- Tool will back on the road with a set of rescheduled dates:
April 30 - Reno @ Reno Event Center
May 2 - San Diego @ Cox Arena
May 5 - Las Cruces @ Pan American Center
May 6 - Tucson @ Convention Center Arena
May 8 - Albuquerque @ Tingley Coliseum
May 15 - Southaven @ DeSoto Center
May 19 - Oklahoma City @ Ford Center
May 21 - San Antonio @ AT&T Center
May 22 - Corpus Christi @ American Bank Center
May 24 - Baton Rouge @ River Center
People can exchange their original ticket(s) for the new show.

-- Red Hot Chili Peppers Fan Killed Queuing For Tickets

-- Judge tells Foxy Brown next violation is last

-- The Doors get star on Walk of Fame

-- Joel Madden Accused of Battering a Woman

-- Bobby Brown bails on radio interview

-- Payola Settlement Will Not Prevent Radio World From Collapsing Around Our Ears

-- Les Paul gives $50,000 to Wis. hometown
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