WKHY Rock Report

WKHY Rock Report (May 28, 2013)

Appeals Court judge Judd Carhart said today that a jury should probe whether Scholz has "met the burden of demonstrating malice." His attorney days Tom "is pleased the Appeals Court has confirmed the statements attributed to Micki Delp in the Boston Herald are actionable and should be put before a jury."

A separate suit against the Herald was tossed back in March.

KISS: Apparently the Monster Is a Spider

The new KISS stage show in support of their latest album, Monster, will be centered around a giant spider.

Speaking at last weekend's KISS convention in Indianapolis, Gene Simmons said, "This spider is just beyond anything you’ve seen -- it’ll shoot fireballs out of its tentacles. It’ll be able to be flat and come up and walk almost to the front of the stage... And we’re going to levitate and go 30 rows into the audience."

Of course Simmons also had to remind those on hand that this new production "costs a fortune to do, but it is for you [the fans].  It’ll be the best tour yet, you’ll see.” The tour starts June 1st in Stockholm, Sweden.

KISS is not the first act to have a spider featured in their set. David Bowie had one on his 1987 Glass Spider tour.

See video HERE!

GUNS N' ROSES: Film In Works Based on Duff's Book

Duff McKagan's autobiography is being turned into a documentary.

It's So Easy and Other Lies -- which is also the title of the ex-Guns n' Roses bassist's book -- will include rare footage from the original lineup's earliest days, as well as interviews with some of McKagan's Seattle contemporaries. The documentary's producers are at the Cannes [pr: can] Film Festival this week looking for a distribution deal.

JACK WHITE: Reissuing Sun Records Singles

Jack White is once again exploring the roots of rock with his Third Man Records.

The label has signed a deal to reissue vinyl singles from the vaults of Sun Records, the legendary Memphis label where Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins got their starts.

The first three seven-inch 45s are due out on May 21st -- Johnny Cash's "Get Rhythm," Rufus Thomas's "Bear Cat" and The Prisonaires' "Just Walking in the Rain." More reissues are planned through this year.

THE CULT: Feeling Electric This Summer

The Cult will play their 1987 album Electric in its entirety on their U.S. tour this summer.

It will be the second time Ian Astbury and company have done a full album on tour -- they performed 1985's Love during their 2009 trek. The Electric '13 tour starts July 25th in San Diego and hits 32 cities before wrapping up on September 8th in Hollywood.

Electric will be reissued later this year in a two-disc set called Electric Peace. It will add tracks from Peace, the album The Cult abandoned in 1986 to work with producer Rick Rubin.

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JUDAS PRIEST: Screening for Vengeance

Judas Priest singer Rob Halford and guitarist Richie Faulkner are in New York for the Tuesday night premiere of their new concert film, Epitaph. They'ill be on hand when it is screened at the Clearview cinema in the Chelsea section of Manhattan.

Halford tells us this is a first for the band, and "it will be an exciting moment." But he jokes, "I'm not sure what my nose hairs will look like from that level...but hey, it's rock and roll."

The film, which will be shown in theaters around the country starting on Wednesday, was captured last May in London on the last date of their Epitaph world tour. It will be out on DVD and Blu-ray on May 28th.

Priest are working on a new album that they plan to release next year.

VOLBEAT, ALL THAT REMAINS: First Allegiance Dates

The first dates for the Rock Allegiance tour have been announced.

The tour, which includes Volbeat, All That Remains, Airbourne and HIM, will kick off August 24th in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin. Eight other shows have been announced so far, with more coming after Memorial Day weekend.

KINGS OF LEON: Box of Kings

If you've somehow managed to miss out on the entire career of Kings of Leon -- you can have it all in one package on Tuesday. RCA/Legacy is releasing The Collection Box, featuring:
  • all five Kings of Leon studio albums
  • bonus tracks previously only available on international pressings, plus
  • 2009's Live at The O2 London, England DVD
  • each disc in an LP replica mini-jacket, housed in a case with a lift-off top