Sunday, May 29, 2011

Slash tops the hennemusic Hot 10

Slash was left wondering what his exact status this week was after he was spoofed on South Park, which left fans checking the story out for themselves as it rode to the top of the hennemusic Hot 10.

In the latest South Park episode, “Crack Baby Athletic Association,” the show built a mythical vision of Slash as a Santa Claus-like figure who is everywhere, but not real.

Check out the story for yourself to see what Slash thought of the whole thing.

The HH10 is a list of the most-viewed rock news stories in the past week by hennemusic readers.

hennemusic Hot 10
week ending May 29, 2011

01 – VIDEO: Slash featured on South Park
02 – Jimmy Page updates plans for 2011
03 – VIDEO: The Cars rock Jimmy Fallon
04 – Van Halen mixing new album, says Slash
05 – UPDATE: Former KISS guitarist arrested on assault charges
06 – VIDEO: Scott Weiland rocks Lemonheads cover on The Tonight Show
07 – Lady Gaga: ‘Iron Maiden changed my life’
08 – VIDEO: Judas Priest rock American Idol finale with James Durbin
09 – VIDEO: Star Wars characters dance to Guns N’ Roses, Metallica
10 – Judas Priest to play American Idol finale tonight with James Durbin?

While Zeppelin fans wait patiently for guitarist Jimmy Page to return to the stage – with someone, somewhere – the legend himself surfaced recently at the Ivor Novello Awards and was asked about his plans for the rest of the year. Seems Mr. Page is looking into the online business as he’s working on constructing a new website for himself, even putting the project ahead of creating new music. Page’s update was the second most-read story this week on the HH10.

At #3, you wouldn’t be laughed at if you saw The Cars on TV and did a double-take at the calendar: it is 2011, right? The Boston band is not only back with a new album, “Move Like This,” but they played a 2-week tour this month to promote their first record in 24 years, stopping by Jimmy Fallon’s show to play “Blue Tip.”

The second Slash story of the past week lands at #4, but it’s really more of a Van Halen deal. Through a connection between VH and his band, Slash learned that VH are now in the mixing stages of their new disc - their first with David Lee Roth since 1984 – and shared the news with Tom Russell’s listeners at U.K.’s Rock Radio.

Strangest story of the last seven days comes in #5, and it goes to ex-KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent, who was arrested and charged with aggravated assault when his wife, Diane, arrived at the local Tennessee Sheriff's Office "covered in blood" and reeking of alcohol. Domestic violence is nasty business on its own, but when police arrived at Vincent’s home, they found Vinnie and "four sealed containers containing deceased dogs."

Other big news on the HH10 includes Scott Weiland performing on TV, Lady Gaga’s life-changing experience at an Iron Maiden show, Disney’s insane theme park show featuring Star Wars characters dancing to Metallica and Guns N’ Roses tunes (whaaa??!!), and two items on James Durbin’s metal takeover of the American Idol finale with legends Judas Priest.

A huge shout out to James for carrying the metal flag on Idol all season despite grief about from the producers and, at times, mentor Jimmy Iovine; Durbin stuck to his guns, kicked ass every week for months, and left all the other contestants in the dust.

See also:

May 22: James Durbin tops the hennemusic Hot 10
May 15: Def Leppard tops the hennemusic Hot 10
May 08: Mick Jagger’s daughter, Elizabeth, tops the hennemusic Hot 10
May 01: James Durbin tops the hennemusic Hot 10 for 2nd week
Apr 24: James Durbin tops the hennemusic Hot 10
Apr 17: Paul McCartney tribute album tops the hennemusic Hot 10
Apr 10: Steven Tyler tops the hennemusic Hot 10
Apr 03: Motley Crue, Poison tour tops the hennemusic Hot 10
Mar 28: Sammy Hagar, Charlie Sheen & Eddie Van Halen top the hennemusic Hot 10