ROCK NEWS REPORT 20 FEB 18

posted by Aaron Zytle -

ART OF ANARCHY SUES SCOTT STAPP

Art of Anarchy has sued singer Scott Stapp for allegedly refusing to tour with the band and participate in promotional events.

Stapp only performed at 18 concerts with Art of Anarchy last year and did not appear at a scheduled video shoot last fall. The $1.2 million lawsuit claims Stapp failed to live up to his contract which led to the cancelation of the group's recording contact.

The complaint alleges that "If Stapp had dedicated himself to Art of Anarchy with the same fervor that he dedicated to his solo career, Art of Anarchy would have had a successful concert tour and its record contract would not have been terminated."

The lawsuit was filed in New York State Supreme Court by Vice Inc. whose chief executive officer and principal executive officer are Art of Anarchy guitarist Jonathan Votta and drummer Vincent Votta.

Source: blabbermouth

SIDE NOTES

  • Vice Inc. also claims to have paid the Creed singer $200,000 for services to be rendered, which he asked to be treated as a loan, for tax purposes.
  • In July 2015, the band also sued ex-Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland, alleging that he refused to help promote their album and take part in music videos after agreeing to write and perform the lyrics for 10 songs for the disc. According to The Blast, Vice Inc. said that it paid Weiland $230,000 upfront for his work. Weiland never performed live with the group and distanced himself from the project before his death from an overdose of drugs and alcohol in December 2015.

IS KISS PLOTTING A 'FAREWELL' TOUR???

Kiss fans are bracing themselves for a farewell tour following the news that the band is attempting to trademark the phrase, "The End Of The Road." Ultimate Classic Rock posted the application from Kiss on February 8th to the United States Patent and Trademark Office, which should it be accepted, means that the band could use it in connection with "live performances by a musical band." As it stands now, no official farewell tour has been announced.

As most fans remember, back in 2000 and 2001, Kiss already performed a "Farewell Tour." The trek, which was the last to feature Peter Criss, played 142 shows over five legs, covering North America, Japan, and Australia.

  • The Gene Simmons Band will next perform on May 3rd in Saint Charles, Illinois at the Arcada Theatre.
  • Kiss will next perform on July 8th in Madrid, Spain.

READ: Full Kiss Story: http://bit.ly/2C8oPp4

CHECK IT OUT: Kiss' application to trademark the phrase "The End Of The Road":

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE COVER ELTON JOHN'S 'GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD'

Queens of the Sone Age surprised fans on Saturday night by covering Elton John's "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road." The song came 3rd in their encore at the Los Angeles Forum.

Though it was their first live performance of the classic hit, fans know - it's not their only connection to the legend. Their friendship began when Elton called frontman Josh Homme out of the blue. Homme said, "He called me on the phone and it took me a minute to work out if I was being punked or not."

Afterwards they recorded together and Elton told the band they needed an "actual queen." In 2013, Elton contributed vocals and played piano on "Fairweather Friends" which appears on the Queens of the Stone Age album, Like Clockwork.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock

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