Dogbites News - February 14, 2009
Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant and his Raising Sand collaborator Alison Krauss were the big winners at the 51st annual Grammy Awards, held Sunday in Los Angeles. The duo won all five trophies, including Record of the Year and Album of the Year. Other honorees included Metallica, Kings of Leon, Weezer and Radiohead. U2 kicked off the telecast with a performance of their new single, "Get On Your Boots." In addition, Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl played drums while Beatles legend Paul McCartney delivered a rocking rendition of the Fab Four's "I Saw Her Standing There," and Plant and Krauss sang a two-tune Raising Sand medley. Also, presenters Green Day revealed that their forthcoming album will be titled 21st Century Breakdown, which is due in May.
Pearl Jam are heading back to the studio to continue working on their ninth album. The band has scheduled a two-week recording session in Los Angeles with producer Brendan O'Brien. "I saw [guitarist] Mike [McCready] last night and we were both talking about this song and that song," says bassist Jeff Ament. "We're really, really looking forward to making this record." The group plans to self-release the as-yet-untitled album later this year.
Lawrence Taylor used to dance all over opposing QBs. Now he'll try not to dance on his partner's toes as he becomes the latest sports star to join "Dancing With the Stars." The Giants' great follows in the footsteps of fellow NFL stars Emmitt Smith, Jerry Rice, Warren Sapp and Jason Taylor, who each embraced the competition. Smith won it in 2006, while Rice and Taylor both earned runner-up finishes. He joins a group of 13 contestants that includes singer Lil Kim, Steve-O of Jackass fame, actress Denise Richards and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. Also representing the sports world are 17-year-old Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson and rodeo star Ty Murray, who joins his singer wife Jewel on the show.
The brief Brett Favre era in New York is over. Favre has informed the Jets he is retiring after 18 seasons in the NFL, FOXSports.com has confirmed, ending a record-setting career in which he was one of the NFL's premier quarterbacks.
Aerosmith's Joe Perry has revealed that his band is recording its upcoming studio effort with renowned producer Brendan O'Brien. "We're real excited about it," says the guitarist. "We've wanted to work with him for a long time." Perry adds that Aerosmith are hoping to finish the album before kicking off a U.S. tour that they expect to launch on June 1.
Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx says he didn't mind that his group lost out to the Mars Volta for the Best Hard Rock Performance prize at Sunday's Grammy Awards. "I have to say that Mars Volta . . . is one of my [favorite] bands and they do deserve it . . . so congrats from me to them," Sixx wrote in a blog. Meanwhile, the Crüe will announce official details of this summer's Crüe Fest 2 tour on March 16.
The legally blind governor of New York says a second parody of him on the television show "Saturday Night Live" promotes insensitivity against the disabled. Democratic Gov. David Paterson said Thursday that the show's continued parodies hurt disabled people not in a position to fight back.
U2 will serve as musical guest for five consecutive nights on CBS' Late Show With David Letterman to coincide with the March 3 release of the group's No Line on the Horizon album. The Irish rockers' appearances are scheduled for March 2-6 (Monday-Friday). U2's last visit to Letterman took place in October 2001.
Limp Bizkit have announced that they have reunited to tour and record a new album, with all five original members back in the fold. "We decided we were more disgusted and bored with the state of heavy popular music than we were with each other," reads a joint statement from singer Fred Durst and guitarist Wes Borland. The band will return to the road by playing a number of European festivals in the spring.
Rumors are swirling that Trent Reznor is producing a new Jane's Addiction album, thanks to a series of photos posted by the Nine Inch Nails frontman. The pics depict Reznor working separately in a recording studio with Jane's guitarist Dave Navarro, drummer Stephen Perkins and bassist Eric Avery. Navarro reportedly has dodged questions about the collaboration. Meanwhile, Jane's have set up a new official website, at which they've revealed plans for another Los Angeles club show.
A woman who previously called her engagement to a former Illinois police sergeant suspected in his wife's disappearance a publicity "stunt" says their engagement is real and she hopes to marry him this summer. Christina Raines told NBC's "Today" in an interview broadcast Friday that her father has made it clear he won't attend her wedding to Drew Peterson. The 24-year-old woman's family is scared for her safety.
Estelle Bennett, a member of The Ronettes, has died. She was 67. Police found her dead in her Englewood apartment on Wednesday after relatives were unable to contact her. The Ronettes - sisters Ronnie and Estelle Bennett and their cousin Nedra Talley - signed with Phil Spector's Philles Records in 1963. The Ronettes split around 1967 and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.
According to the London Mirror, Mickey Rourke and Courtney Love are dating.
A publicist says two members of jazz musician Chuck Mangione's band were among those killed on the plane that crashed into a Buffalo, New York house.
A full-frontal, nude photo of a 20-year-old Madonna fetched $37,500 at auction Thursday, an apparent record auction price for a photograph of the superstar singer. An unnamed European buyer bought the picture, which had been expected to sell for up to $15,000, according to Christie's auction house. Madonna, then known as Madonna Louise Ciccone, was a dancer trying to make ends meet when she answered a newspaper ad seeking a nude model. She may have earned as little as $25 for the 1979 photo session.
Michael Jackson may have a severe infection that has spread throughout his entire body. The singer is receiving antibiotics through an IV drip, reports The Sun. The paper says the 50-year old singer may have contracted a staph infection following cosmetic surgery on his nose. "The infection has spread throughout his face and body and is being aggressively treated by doctors," a source told The Sun. "There's a chance it could turn into a flesh-eating disorder where it begins to kill off his skin so he's being very carefully monitored."
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