Quick Hits: Florence & The Machine, Slipknot, Rihanna, Blink-182, Richie Sambora, The Wallflowers, Jesse James Dupree, Fleetwood Mac
July 12, 2012
Florence & The Machine
Florence Welch of Florence & The Machine has lost her voice, forcing the group to cancel two upcoming European appearances. In a blog post, Welch wrote, "Hello everyone, thank you so much for all your messages of support, yes its true...it finally happened, I've lost my voice :( I've sustained a vocal injury and been told I cannot sing for a week.. seriously I felt something snap, it was very frightening. Unfortunately this means I will not be able to perform at Benicassim and Optimus Alive festival this weekend...I am so so sorry. I'm so sorry to all the fans, I was desperate to still perform, but was told without question not to, so as not to do permanent damage..x I hope i can make it up to you in the future, have an amazing time...yours croakily florence...x" Florence & The Machine had been on the bill for the Benicassim festival in Spain tonight and at this weekend's Optimus Alive in Portugal.
Slipknot percussionist M. Shawn Crahan, a.k.a. Clown, recently released his first book of photography, The Apocalyptic Nightmare Journey, and he'll be doing afternoon book signings in a tent at every stop on the Mayhem tour this summer, which runs until August 5. Clown also has scheduled appearances at local bookstores in St. Louis on July 19, Allen Park, Michigan on July 23 and Ridgewood, New Jersey on July 26. Apocalyptic Nightmare was drawn from about 5,000 Polaroid instant photographs that Clown has been taking since 1999, and it shows pictures of his kids, Slipknot members behind the scenes, roadies, tattoo artists and more. "This is my subconscious in a tangible form Ė you can taste it, you can smell it," the drummer told Rolling Stone. "I live in my own imagination. This book will prove that to you."
Rihanna will be the star of a new fashion competition show in the U.K. called Styled To Rock. It will air on the U.K.'s Sky Living HD network for ten weeks in August. The show will spotlight the singer as she mentors young British designers alongside her own stylist, Lisa Cooper, as well as fashion designer Henry Holland and Nicola Roberts of the group Girls Aloud. "I have been very fortunate to work with some truly amazing designers and stylists throughout my career, and they have been instrumental in making sure my creative vision reaches the stage," said Rihanna in a press release. "I am excited to follow the journey of our aspiring contestants and see how their individuality influences their efforts during the course of the show."
Blink-182 may have to do some touring without Travis Barker next year due to his fear of flying. The band currently is touring in Europe in support of their comeback album, Neighborhoods, and they are booked to tour Australia in early 2013. However, Barker says the prospect of the 24-hour-long flight to Australia is just too much for him. "It's hard to say what the band could do or what its potential is, because I can't really get everywhere," Barker told Red Bulletin. "I'm contemplating getting knocked out and getting on a plane to Australia. I want to overcome that eventually. My kids are scared to death to fly. I want them to witness me overcome it." Blink-182 have not said who would fill in for Barker if he doesn't make the trip.
Bon Jovi founding member Richie Sambora is set to release his third solo album, Aftermath of the Lowdown, via Dangerbird Records on September 18. It marks his first solo album in 14 years and the first single, "Every Road Leads Home To You," is available now on www.richiesambora.com. Collaborating with longtime friend, producer and songwriter, Luke Ebbin, Sambora composed a very personal collection of songs. "This is my favorite record Iíve ever made," the guitarist says. "It's the most fulfilling and beautiful experience in my life as a musician." Lyrically, he tackles the tribulations of divorce, substance abuse, single parenthood, independence and self-reliance. "A lot has happened in my life over the last ten years, personal stuff thatís cathartic for me to get out," he adds. "Really things that could happen to anybody, but I just happened to be in a band with the biggest concert tour in the world, and in the glare of the public eye."
The Wallflowers have announced that their new studio album Glad All Over will be released on October 2 by Columbia Records. The band's new single, "Reboot The Mission," is a Clash-inspired track featuring Mick Jones on vocals and guitar. The song will be available for free download beginning Tuesday, July 24 at www.thewallflowers.com and the single is set it impact radio on July 23. The band also has a handful of tour dates booked around the release of the news song from July 20 at Dover, DE's Firefly Music Festival to July 27 in Chicago.
Jackyl singer Jesse James Dupree has announced the inaugural "America's Ultimate Biker" competition. The event will be staged at Michael Ballard's Full Throttle Saloon during the 2012 Sturgis bike rally, and filmed for the television series Full Throttle Saloon. Those who qualify for the competition will be doing various riding and agility events. To win, the contestants will need to exemplify that they display the traits of America's Ultimate Biker. Following familiar biker games that progressively become more difficult, the finale will feature a cannonball run contest. The winner will be crowned at the end of the rally on August 10, and handed the keys to Dupree's custom 2012 Harley-Davidson Street Glide motorcycle. Meanwhile, Jackyl will return on July 31 with the release of Best In Show via Dupree's own Mighty Loud label (Fontana). The same day, the company will street the debut from his son, Nigel Dupree, titled Up To No Good.
In an interview with CBS This Morning on Wednesday, Stevie Nicks said Fleetwood Mac will be back together for a tour next year. "It's the plan. Because that's what we do. I do my thing. And Lindsey (Buckingham) is out doing his thing now," Nicks said. "Everybody's on board." The group's last trek together was their Unleashed tour back in 2009. Nicks is currently on the road for a few solo dates before launching her Heart & Soul tour with Rod Stewart.