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Headlines for Thursday, September 5, 2013

ROGER WATERS: One Wall He Does Not Want to Tear Down

Roger Waters took his production of Pink Floyd's The Wall to Berlin, Germany last night, and on Tuesday he joined a protest to protect one of the last remaining sections of the Berlin Wall. It is being threatened with demolition to make room for a new building.

Waters says he is "not normally known for recommending the maintenance of walls. I'm more known for demanding they be torn down." He adds that it needs to stand as a memorial to the Cold War and to remember those whose life it impacted.

Waters staged an all-star version of The Wall in front of the Berlin Wall when it was torn down in 1990. Waters now takes his new production of the Wall tour to Dusseldorf, Germany on Friday.

ROGER DALTREY: Man of the Year

Roger Daltrey is one of British GQ magazine’s Men of the Year.

In the article it says, “There are two sides to The Who, both equally valid but often at war with one another. While Pete Townshend freely admits to over thinking every element of his life, Daltrey is one of life’s doers -- and all the better for it. He remains one of the best rock frontman: a man of passion, force and formidable charisma… At 69, he remains the benchmark by which all future frontmen will be measured.”

Jeremy Clarkson, co-host of Top Gear, is a big Who fan, and he is quoted in the issue as saying, “Everybody should be forced to go and see The Who before they’re allowed to pick up a microphone.”

Daltrey is in London Thursday night where he will perform at the Freddie For a Day festivities organized by Queen. The show honors the late Freddie Mercury, who would have turned 67 today (Thursday), and raises money for AIDS research. 

STEVEN TYLER: Honkin’ on Bluebird

Steven Tyler was spotted in Music City Tuesday night as he made his performance debut at Nashville’s Bluebird Café. He was a surprise guest during a writers in the round featuring Aerosmith’s longtime collaborator Marti Frederiksen, along with Mallary Hope, Phil Barton and Lindsey Lee.

Tyler sang “Jaded,” which he wrote with Marti, and he accompanied himself on keyboard for “Dream On.” Afterward he tweeted, “It was a knockout last night. Oh how things are looking up.”

Tyler will be on the tube next Tuesday when he makes an appearance on The Dr. Oz Show.

JACK WHITE: Surprise Guest and Honorary Dean

Jack White recently made a surprise appearance at a Mexico City music school and came away with an award and a title.

The occasion was a 20th anniversary bash for one of Latin America's top music schools, the Fermatta Music Academy. None of the 150 students in attendance was aware White was there until he was introduced by Mexican recording artist Elan. White gave a speech, which touched on both his musical and life experiences, then received a Lifetime Achievement Award and the title of Honorary Dean. It was the first time the school has handed out such recognition.

NEIL YOUNG: Pono Next Year, For Sure

Neil Young has announced that his high-quality digital music service, Pono, will have its official debut in early 2014.

Young writes on the Pono Facebook page that, "The simplest way to describe what we've accomplished is that we've liberated the music of the artist from the digital file and restored it to its original artistic quality -- as it was in the studio. So it has primal power."

Young says Pono will provide listeners with downloads of high-resolution songs made to sound like their initial recordings.

NO DOUBT, BUSH: Gwen Stefani Pregnant Again at 43

No Doubt's Gwen Stefani is reportedly pregnant again at age 43. In Touch Weekly magazine quotes "an insider close to" Stefani as confirming the news and saying that Stefani and husband Gavin Rossdale of Bush "couldn't be happier." The source says Stefani is "just trying to focus on resting right now" and "wants to make sure that all is well with the baby."

Stefani and Rossdale already have two sons, Kingston, 7, and Zuma, 5.

KISS: Rarities Up for Bids

More than 200 pieces of KISS memorabilia will go on the auction block starting this weekend.

Among the items up for bids online from Backstage Auctions is an original 10-song Wicked Lester recording reel from 1972 from the estate of late KISS manager Bill Aucoin. It contains songs they would later record when they changed their name to KISS. You can also bid on a rare Casablanca Records acetate of "Rock and Roll All Nite" that's titled "I Wanna Rock ‘N’ Roll All Day and Party All Night."

The auction starts this Saturday and ends on Sunday, September 15th.

Paul Stanley made a surprise visit to his Rock and Brews Pacific Coast Highway location over Labor Day weekend and spent time visiting with customers and signing autographs. Gene Simmons is also one of the owners.

MOTLEY CRUE: Sixx Tweets About Vegas

Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx will take over the band's Twitter account Thursday.

Sixx will do a Twitter Q-and-A about the Crue's upcoming residency at The Joint in Las Vegas September 18th through October 6th -- dubbed An Evening in Hell -- at twitter.com/MotleyCrue starting at 12:15 p.m. ET. Fans can ask questions ahead of time using the hashtag #MotleyInVegas.

THE KILLERS: So, What's Happening?

The Killers have teased fans with a couple of cryptic messages in the past week.

First on last Friday they posted "Big News Coming Soon…" on their Facebook page. Then Tuesday night they followed it up by tweeting, "September 16th, the 10-year anniversary of our first show in London… #ShotAtTheNight." Both posts were taken down on Wednesday and have fans speculating that the hashtag could be new single from a possible greatest-hits album or the announcement of some special anniversary shows.

The Killers are set to do a show in Canada on Friday and St. Louis on Sunday, followed by three-week-long tour of the Far East.

THE STROKES: Albert Opens Up About Addictions

The Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond, Junior has opened up about his drug addictions in a new interview.

Hammond, who has been clean and sober since he entered rehab in 2009, tells NME, "I used to shoot cocaine, heroin and ketamine. All together. Morning, night, 20 times a day. You know, I was a mess. I look back and I don't even recognize myself. I did my own thing."

Hammond adds, "I mean, you have moments when you're fine. And if someone meets you, you seem fine. But I remember when I was showing someone music and I was wearing a short shirt and (points to wrists)...there were just purple [track marks] all the way down here. And then they would call someone -- 'Did you see Albert, he looks crazy?' That's where I learned to wear long sleeves."

AVENGED SEVENFOLD: Score Second # 1

Avenged Sevenfold have the second number-one album of their career.

Hail to the King will debut atop the Billboard 200 chart with 159,000 copies sold last week, according to the latest SoundScan figures. It's the second-largest sales week for the band, just shy of the 163,000 racked up by 2010's Nightmare when it debuted at number-one.

There are no other rockers in the Top 10 this week. Imagine Dragons are at number-16 with Night Visions.

PEARL JAM: An Animated "Mind"

Pearl Jam made an official music video for "Mind Your Manners," but we think an enterprising fan made an even better clip.

Carlos Vargas animated the artwork from the band's upcoming album Lightning Bolt as well as all five members of the band to create a video that's pretty fun to watch.

U2: Adam Gets Hitched

U2 bassist Adam Clayton has married his girlfriend, Brazilian model Mariana Teixeira.

The couple had been expected to marry in France this weekend, but they decided to get hitched at a Dublin registry office today (Wednesday). The Edge and his wife Morleigh Steinberg attended the brief ceremony. The Claytons will celebrate their vows with a three-day reception in France with more than 150 guests expected to attend.

The 53-year-old Clayton was once engaged to another model, Naomi Campbell.

 

Headlines for Wednesday, September 4, 2013

CHEAP TRICK: Raising Legal Hell

The legal battle over Cheap Trick has gotten a bit messier.

Rick Nielsen, Tom Petersson and Robin Zander filed suit on Friday asking a judge to rule that drummer Bun E. Carlos was rightfully ousted from the board of Cheap Trick Unlimited Inc. and two of the band's other corporations.

The suit follows one filed in July by Carlos -- whose real name is Brad Carlson -- and former manager David Frey, who claim the other three members of the band owe them hundreds of thousands of dollars.

FREDDIE MERCURY: Angry at AIDS

This Thursday, September 5th, would have been Freddie Mercury's 67th birthday. As a tie-in to the annual Freddie For a Day festivities, the makers of the Angry Birds game are having their Freddie Bird appear in a game, but not as a playable character. The Freddie For a Day tournament on Angry Birds Friends will be available to play on Facebook or your mobile device through Sunday. The goal is to raise awareness for The Mercury Phoenix Trust as part of the worldwide fight against AIDS. The tournament has a Freddie Mercury theme, with references to iconic songs shown in the level designs.

On Thursday night, the Freddie For a Day festivities in London will feature performances by Roger Daltrey, Melanie C and others, while Wednesday marks the 40th anniversary of the U.S. release of Queen's self-titled debut album.

SAMMY HAGAR: Still Can't Drive 55

Sammy Hagar has revealed another track off his new album, Sammy Hagar & Friends. On "Bad on Fords and Chevrolets," Hagar sings about his love for cars with country singer Ronnie Dunn.

The first single is "Knockdown Dragout," featuring Kid Rock. Also appearing on the album are Michael Anthony, Neal Schon, Mickey Hart, Nancy Wilson, Taj Mahal, Joe Satriani, Chad Smith and others. It will be out on September 24th.

PIXIES: Release New EP

Pixies released a new EP on Tuesday titled EP1. The four songs, which were recorded at Rockfield Studios in Wales, do not include the group's recent single, "Bagboy," and do not feature either their former bassist Kim Deal or her replacement Kim Shattuck. The songs are "Andro Queen," "Another Toe in the Ocean," "Indie Cindy" and "What Goes Boom." The group has released a video for "Indie Cindy." The title would seem to indicate that this may be the first in a series of EPs from the group.

KORN: Family Values Returns

Korn are bringing back the Family Values festival for one day.

The festival will be held October 5th at the First Bank Center in Denver with Hollywood Undead, Asking Alexandria, Machine Gun Kelly and Beware of Darkness on the bill. Tickets go on sale Friday.

Korn launched the Family Values tour in 1998 and the last edition was held in 2007. Korn's new album, The Paradigm Shift, is due out October 8th.

SEETHER: 11 Years in Two Discs

Seether will release a two-disc compilation on October 29th.

Seether: 2002-2013 will feature all of the band's singles on the first disc, while the second disc includes unreleased demos, soundtrack-only songs and three new recordings. The first single from the collection will be a cover of Veruca Salt's "Seether," the song from which the band got its name.

Seether's last album was 2011's Holding Onto Strings Better Left to Fray.

QUEENSRYCHE: Court Battle Pushed Back

The legal battle between Queensryche and Geoff Tate will continue until 2014.

The two sides were originally set to appear in court over their suits against each other on November 18th, but Tate was granted a continuance until January 27th, 2014. Tate's legal team requested the delay so both sides could continue settlement negotiations and, if those failed, more time to depose witnesses -- including the members of Queensryche -- for the case. Queensryche's side objected to the continuance, but the judge ruled in Tate's favor. 

THE CLASH: No More Reissues!

Clash fans, consider yourselves warned -- after their upcoming compilations come out next week, you'll never be able to re-purchase albums you already own.

Guitarist Mick Jones tells Rolling Stone that there are no plans to release any more concert recordings from the band's vaults. He adds, "I'm not even thinking about any more Clash releases. This is it for me, and I say that with an exclamation mark."

The two new Clash releases -- the 12-CD box set Sound System and two-disc compilation Hits Back -- are due out Tuesday.

PASSION PIT: The Gear is Not Storm Ready

Passion Pit had about 75 percent of their live gear destroyed during a storm in Chicago over the weekend.

The "Take a Walk" band was just about to take the stage at the North Coast Music Festival when the storm came through, trashing a lot of vintage gear. The group ended up doing a DJ set for the fans who were left, and did the same thing at shows on Saturday in Calgary and Sunday in Edmonton.

Passion Pit wrote on their website that they plan on playing make-up shows in all three cities as soon as possible. They added, "As a touring band that is proud to actually perform electro-pop as opposed to just pressing play, using many keyboards, both analog and digital, this is a nightmare we've had for quite some time. It's almost incredible that it hasn't happened already."

MICK JAGGER: He's Stoked

Mick Jagger has tweeted about the movie on the life of James Brown he's producing.

He writes, "So glad the Jagged Films / Imagine bio-pic of James Brown, Get on Up, is going to be shooting this October, starring Chad Boseman as Brown. I'm excited there is going to be so much great music in this film, as well as a dramatic story."

The film, which is being directed by The Help lensman Tate Taylor, has the support of Brown's family. Boseman is best known for playing Jackie Robinson in 42.

NEIL YOUNG: Car Breaks Down Again

Neil Young once again found himself on the side of the road with his electric car.

Young's million-dollar Linc Volt, which has broken down on a couple of trips over the past four years, stopped working in the Sierra Desert on August 23rd. According to the South Lake Tahoe Police Watch, some officers from the Truckee branch of the California Highway Patrol happened by and helped Young get his car off the highway. Young thanked the officers with photos and autographs, repaired the vehicle and continued on to what he said was "a green festival" in Canada.

METALLICA: Through the Never Screening

Metallica have announced the first U.S. screening of Through the Never.

The film will kick off the 36th annual Mill Valley Film Festival at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael, California on September 17th. The band will do a Q-and-A after the movie. The screening is a benefit for the nonprofit California Film Institute. Tickets for the screening are available at MVFF.com.

 

Headlines for Tuesday, September 3, 2013

QUEEN: Mercury Death News to May

Now that actor Sacha Baron Cohen has pulled out of the role of Freddie Mercury in a movie about the late Queen singer’s life, the writer of the film, Peter Morgan, says it is “probably not going to happen.” This is news to Brian May who says, “He reckons?” May and Roger Taylor, along with Queen manager Jim Beach, are behind the film. Cohen reportedly left over creative differences, with word out of the U.K. saying he wanted to create a gritty, R-rated film that depicted Mercury's highs and lows, but the surviving members of Queen are more interested in a positive portrayal. Mercury died of AIDS in 1991 at the age of 45.

GUNS N' ROSES: Sorum Wants Dolphin Kill to Stop

Matt Sorum is calling for an end to dolphin killing in Taiji, Japan. The former Guns n' Roses drummer was there on Monday to protest the annual hunt, which started on Sunday.

He says it’s "Like a bad nightmare, I'm watching it almost like a twilight zone, surreal, looking into my eyes in complete disbelief — what's going on in front of me." He adds that he wants to organize a benefit concert on Tokyo centered on the theme of "celebrating the dolphin. I'm going to bring a bunch of heavyweights, big rock stars. The main thing is to get the Japanese kids."

In other Sorum news, the drummer announced that he plans to marry his longtime girlfriend, Adriane "Ace" Harper, on October 12th in Palm Springs, California.

BON JOVI: Kid Makes Notre Dame

Jon Bon Jovi’s 18-year old son, Jesse Bongiovi, has made the Notre Dame football team as a walk on. Coach Brian Kelly says, “He’s a tough kid. The kids really like him. They respect him. They don’t look at him as a rock star’s son. They look at him as a kid that loves Notre Dame and wants to play football and help this team." Jesse, a freshman, is a cornerback.

John Mellencamp’s 19-year old son, Hud, made the Duke football team also as a walk-on and, like Bon Jovi’s kid, he's also a cornerback.  

JIMMY PAGE: Goes After Bootleggers

With so many recordings readily available online, you seldom hear about artists going after bootleggers like we had in the past. But that’s not the case for Jimmy Page who has ordered his lawyers to have the Robert Plant and Jimmy Page: Live in Japan 1996 DVD pulled from HMV and Best Buy in Canada after he declared it to be pirated from a show they did close to 20 years ago.

The DVD had been supplied by Koch Entertainment, who, at one time, claimed it is legitimate and could legally be sold in Canada. They have not commented on this latest development. Both retail chains have pulled the DVD, which reportedly was filmed by Terry Stephenson, a Led Zeppelin fan who attended Page and Plant concerts around the world in the mid-'90s. He says he had permission to film the show, but that is was never meant to be sold.

Jimmy Page’s lawyer, George Fearon, says Page has "worked very hard over the years to develop a reputation in this business, and he wants to do what he can, when he can, to help enforce and protect the rights of himself and his colleagues. Jimmy is very meticulous about the quality of both audio and audio-visual recordings that represent his work."

GENE SIMMONS: Gives it His Blood, Sweat & Tears

The song Gene Simmons recorded last week in a Los Angeles studio with Englebert Humperdinck for the crooner’s duets album was "Spinning Wheel," the 1969 hit by Blood, Sweat & Tears. Simmons has posted a video on his website of him and Englebert working out the song.

Simmons, who seems to go to at least one movie a week, just saw Jobs, the story of the late Apple computers founder Steve Jobs, and he says it was a “surprisingly solid movie. Ashton Kutcher really did a great job, as Steve Jobs. I was impressed. Best role of his career."

NINE INCH NAILS: Trent Talks to Himself

The bonus disc that comes with the deluxe version of Nine Inch Nails' Hesitation Marks is an interesting look into the mind of Trent Reznor.

The 45-minute track "Trent Reznor in Conversation With..." features Reznor talking to himself about the band. He says, "The intention here was to have a conversation. We were going to choose an interesting person to ask interesting questions and I would respond with interesting answers." But he then states that over time that idea became less interesting, so he just let his digital pocket recorder roll and decided to speak in detail about the band’s new album.

Reznor also plays a demo for a track that didn't make the album during the conversation. Check it out on YouTube. Hesitation Marks is due out Tuesday.

 

Headlines for Friday, August 30, 2013

ROGER WATERS: Wall Continues to Come Under Attack

Roger Waters has once again come under attack for having the Star of David on the inflatable pig that flies around during his performance of Pink Floyd’s The Wall.

Michael Szentei-Heise, the director of the Jewish Community in Duesseldorf, Germany, says Waters is an "intellectual arsonist” whose show is filled with "anti-Semitic and National Socialist" imagery. He's asking that fans boycott Waters's concert in Duesseldorf on September 6th.

Waters, who has not commented on this latest episode, insisted earlier this summer that his show is not anti-Semitic. “Like it or not, the Star of David represents Israel and its policies, and is legitimately subject to any and all forms of non-violent protest. To peacefully protest against Israel’s racist domestic and foreign policies is not anti-Semitic.”

Waters is in Bulgaria today and Serbia on Sunday.

TED NUGENT: Wife Gets Arrested

Shemane Nugent, the wife of gun-toting Ted Nugent, was arrested this afternoon at Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport after she brought a gun into the terminal. Like her husband, she has a passion for guns and hunting. No word if Ted was with her at the time of the arrest.

Shemane and Ted Nugent have been married since 1989.

TOOL: A Wedding and a Baby for Adam

2013 is shaping up as a big year for Tool guitarist Adam Jones.

Jones just revealed on his Facebook page that he got married to Korin Faught last month in San Francisco. The couple famously got engaged during the WWE's Royal Rumble back in January. And Faught has revealed that she's pregnant with the couple's first child.

DEVICE: Tour Dates Scrubbed

Device have canceled all their U.S dates for the next month.

The band made their announcement on their Facebook page, saying, "Due to complications with his wife's pregnancy, David [Draiman] has chosen to stay close to home until the baby is born." The band's schedule called for them to play mostly festivals throughout September.

JACK WHITE: Should We Talk About the Weather?

It looks like Jack White has chosen which of his musical outlets to work with next.

White's Third Man Records tweeted on Thursday, "The Dead Weather working on new songs in the studio yesterday (and searching for bodies)," along with a photo of White with singer Alison Mosshart, guitarist Dean Fertita and bassist Jack Lawrence. White plays drums in the band.

The Dead Weather’s last album, Sea of Cowards,came in 2010. These new sessions are likely to be quick -- Fertita is due back on the road with Queens of the Stone Age starting Sunday in Philadelphia.

OZZY OSBOURNE: More Bacon Than the Pan Can Handle

Ozzy Osbourne's house caught on fire again.

Back in January, Ozzy was injured after Sharon Osbourne left a candle lit overnight, which sparked a fire that engulfed the living room of their Los Angeles home. This time, on late Tuesday night, Ozzy went to his kitchen to make a late-night snack and ended up have to call the fire department to put a fire. Sharon, who is in London working on the U.K. version of X Factor, tweeted on Wednesday, "I'm in London, Ozzy is in L.A. making a bacon sandwich last night and the fire brigade ended up at our house!"

Ozzy -- and maybe his bacon sandwich -- will join Black Sabbath for the next date on their tour Friday in Phoenix.

RICHIE SAMBORA: Livin' on a Sale

Posted: Thursday 11:54AM Aug. 29, 2013 PST

Now that Richie Sambora's off the Bon Jovi tour, he still has to pay the bills, which explains why he was on the Japanese version of the Home Shopping Network this week.

Sambora, along with his business partner, fashion designer Nikki Lund, and a translator, appeared on Shop Channel. They were plugging and selling their clothing line -- Nikki Rich Clothing. 

Other rockers with clothing lines include Steven Tyler, Carlos Santana and Bono.

See video HERE!

NAZARETH: Getting Old Hurts

Nazareth is no more, at least with singer Dan McCafferty fronting the lineup.

After collapsing on stage twice this summer, he's decided to retire from performing. He was diagnosed a few years back with C.O.P.D. [Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease] and says, "It’s been getting worse... You don’t know when it’s going to come on, but suddenly you can’t breathe. I was going on stage at Summerfest in Switzerland thinking, ‘This is great -– our first festival in a few months and it’s a lovely day.’ We couldn’t have asked for better.”

But McCafferty denies reports that he suffered a stroke. “That’s completely untrue –- thank goodness and touch wood. I’m not in hospital in Switzerland at all. I don’t know how these things get started.”

McCafferty hopes Nazareth continues, adding, “The music we’ve made over the years is more important than any member of the band. We always felt like that, and I can’t see that’s changed just because I’ve left. I really hope they get someone else. I’m sure they can.” The only original member left is bassist Pete Agnew.

Nazareth just completed their 24th album and McCafferty doesn’t rule out more. “To go into a studio and sing isn’t like doing a gig. I could always make another record, but getting up to do an hour and three-quarters, and get people to pay money to come and see me –- I can’t do that.”

C.O.P.D.killed former Blue Oyster Cult keyboardist Allen Lanier earlier this month.

Headlines for Thursday, August 29, 2013

LED ZEPPELIN: A New Job for Jones

Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones was in Stockholm, Sweden this week where he attended the Polar Music Prize ceremony. He hosted a question-and-answer session with this year’s honorees, Senegalese artist Youssou N'Dour and Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho. Jones and the other members of Zeppelin received the award in 2006.

The Polar Music Prize was founded in 1991 by the late ABBA manager Stig Anderson. It is awarded to two individuals, groups or institutions -- in different musical fields -- in recognition of exceptional achievements in the creation and advancement of music. Other previous winners include Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Pink Floyd and Joni Mitchell.

See video HERE!

RICHIE SAMBORA: Did He Refuse to Get Help?

The latest report in the ongoing Bon Jovi - Richie Sambora saga is that Sambora refused to seek help for his drinking, which led Jon Bon Jovi to remove him from the tour.

Radar Online quotes a source who says, “Jon has no intention of taking him back without Richie attending a serious rehab program. Six weeks ago, he and Richie had a two-hour call to patch things up, but when Jon made it clear that he would not take him back before he went into rehab, it was a deal-breaker.”

But another source disputes this, saying, “Richie is healthy. He is not drinking. He is sober. Indeed, he is the one who helped Jon’s daughter after she was arrested [for drugs] in November, and Jon clearly wanted his daughter to get the same help that worked for Richie.”

And of course, Jon is not available for comment.

AC/DC: Bon Will Get Erected Next Year

The statue of the late AC/DC singer Bon Scott, planned for his hometown of Kirriemuir, Scotland, finally has an unveiling date.

It's scheduled to be revealed next August during BonFest -- the annual event that celebrates his life. The fest is usually held in May, but it will be moved to August 15th to the 17th in hopes that the statue will be ready by then.

Scott died in 1980 after a drinking binge. He was 33.

CHICKENFOOT: Confusion in the Coop

Chickenfoot released their first two albums in three years, but they don't know when they'll be able to record number-three.

Guitarist Joe Satriani says, "We came to the realization that it would be really hard to find some time in the next nine months to do a record. But we’re committed to figuring it out. I believe there are at least two more albums in us as a unit. But finding the time and the city where we can all get together for five days –- that’s going to be the trick."

Satriani is on the road in support of his latest album, Unstoppable Momentum, and Sammy Hagar, with Michael Anthony, is also out in advance of next month's release of his new album, Sammy Hagar and Friends. Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith rounds out the lineup.

SMASHING PUMPKINS: You're Complimenting Them?

Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan has slagged his former bandmates numerous times in interviews. So when he actually compliments them, it's worth noting.

In an interview with Crestfallen, Corgan gave some backhanded compliments to guitarist James Iha, drummer Jimmy Chamberlin and bassist D’arcy Wretzky.

Corgan talked about Ira's contribution to the songs "Mayonnaise" and "Soma," saying, "To give him credit, in both cases he wrote really beautiful ideas, or structures, that were different than I would write. They inspired me to write great songs on top of them, and maybe in that you could argue that that’s a good collaboration. He gave me something valuable that inspired something different in me."

Corgan added, "If you put Jimmy Chamberlin and me in a room, good things happen. To this day, I miss D'arcy's sense of integrity, but it's not like the integrity of the indie world. She had a certain kind of musical taste, I think is the best way to put it, that I still respect."

NINE INCH NAILS: Can Your Hear This?

Nine Inch Nails are releasing a special mix of Hesitation Marks for those with high-end audio systems. Or, to look at it another way, people whose ears haven't been destroyed by listening to Nine Inch Nails songs at a loud volume.

The band stresses that the standard version is not inferior to the Audiophile Version, which is available only to people who've bought the album at NIN.com. The band says, "We wouldn’t release something inferior as the default. And vinyl purists rest assured, the vinyl edition was mastered to sound the very best for that format. The Audiophile Version is merely an alternate take on the mastering, which some people will appreciate. It’s meant to give a slightly different experience, not denigrate the standard version. Listen to each and come to your own conclusions."

Hesitation Marks -- in all its formats -- is due out Tuesday.

MEGADETH: A Live Extinction

Megadeth's tour marking the 20th anniversary of Countdown to Extinction will hit multiple formats next month.

Countdown to Extinction: Live, due out September 24th, was recorded and filmed at Los Angeles's Fox Theatre this past December and features a full performance of the 1992 album as well as a mix of the band's best-known songs. It will be available as a deluxe Blu-ray/CD, DVD, CD, digital album, mastered-for-iTunes album and longform digital video.

Countdown to Extinction is Megadeth's best-selling album, having gone double platinum.

VINCE NEIL: For the Troops

Vince Neil will entertain the troops this weekend.

He'll play a private show for members of the Air Force on Sunday at his Tatuado Cantina in Las Vegas. This will be followed by a special performance of the Raiding the Rock Vault music experience at the Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. 

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, LINKIN PARK: EP Title, Date Announced

Stone Temple Pilots have announced the title and release date for their first EP with Linkin Park's Chester Bennington.

High Rise will be out on October 8th. And perhaps for legal reasons, the cover of the EP says Stone Temple Pilots With Chester Bennington.

STP is also taking part in a charity auction for Hurricane Sandy victims. The Charity Buzz auction is a meet-and-greet with the band at the grand re-opening of the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey on September 6th.

Headlines for Wednesday, August 28, 2013

KORN: Davis Admits Xanax Addiction

Korn's Jonathan Davis has made a startling admission -- he was addicted to Xanax.

Davis tells Metal Hammer, "I stopped writing and listening to music and a lot of stuff that I love because I was really battling with this detox. It’s a horrible drug."

Davis says he finally decided to get clean before Korn started work on their new album, The Paradigm Shift -- but it wasn't easy. "[I was] having seizures, I was shaking all the time, I couldn’t think. My brain, actually, was wired a certain way from the medicine, so it had to re-wire itself. I had one foot in reality and one foot out. I was freaking out."

The Paradigm Shift is due out October 8th.

ROLLING STONES: Angie Is 40

The Rolling Stones released their song "Angie" as a single 40 years ago today (Wednesday). Taken from their Goats Head Soup album, it went to number-one in the U.S. and number-five in England. It was long believed that the song was written about David Bowie's first wife, Angela, but Mick Jagger said Keith Richards wrote it about his daughter Angela. However, in his autobiography, Life, Keith said the name Angie was a pseudonym for heroin, and that the song was about his attempt to quit using it while detoxing in Switzerland.

KINGS OF LEON: We Knew We'd Be Back

Kings of Leon knew that when they took a hiatus in 2011 it wouldn't last forever.

Drummer Nathan Followill tells Rolling Stone, "Being a family band, we were bound to have that awkward first time hangout at a show or at Christmas or Thanksgiving. There's no avoiding it. If the band even stopped, we're still a family and would see each other. So that wasn't a thought in any of our minds. We all knew we needed a break, but we knew it wasn't over."

Kings of Leon's sixth album, Mechanical Bull, will be out September 24th.

CHEAP TRICK: Museum Bound

Cheap Trick have their own exhibit opening at the Grammy Museum in L.A. next month. Cheap Trick: I Want You to Want Me! features rare artifacts from the band's private collection, including:
  • numerous guitars played by Rick Nielsen, including the 1952 Fender Telecaster he used when performing at Budokan
  • the band's costumes and original photographs from the Dream Police album cover shoot
  • original lyrics to several of their hits
  • clothing, posters, albums, personal correspondence, tour ephemera, photographs and more

The band will be on hand for the September 12th unveiling of the exhibit. That night, they'll do an interview, audience Q & A session and a four-song performance. The display will run through June 2014.

In other Cheap Trick news, the band was joined by former Massachusetts U.S. Senator Scott Brown on stage Sunday in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire. Wearing a polo shirt with an American flag design, Brown played guitar with them on "Surrender."

See video HERE!

A DAY TO REMEMBER: Courtesy Comes in October

A Day to Remember have picked Common Courtesy as the title of their new album.

It'll be released on October 8th, the same day the band's House Party Tour stops in Lowell, Massachusetts. That tour, which also features All Time Low and Pierce the Veil, kicks off September 11th in Broomfield, Colorado. A Day to Remember's last album, What Separates Me From You, came out in 2010.

NEIL YOUNG, DAVID BOWIE: Overlooked

The folks at Gibson Guitars have compiled a list of what they believe are the 10 Great Overlooked Guitar Albums. In no particular order, they are:

Neil Young and Crazy Horse: Zuma - "An underrated album that saw Young locked in glorious tandem with Crazy Horse guitarist Frank Sampedro. The epics 'Danger Bird' and 'Cortez the Killer' boast astral solos that sound wrung from another dimension, while blurring the lines between lead and rhythm playing."

David Bowie: The Man Who Sold the World - "Sporting thunderous bass lines and ferocious riffage from guitar great Mick Ronson, the album wedded doomsday theatrics to an emphatically British brand of heavy metal. Bowie and Ronson never sounded more menacing."

The Guess Who: American Woman - "With this guitar-drenched effort, the group gained credibility among their harder-rocking peers. High points include the psychedelic-tinged 'No Time' and the classic title track -- a muscular rock anthem built on an unforgettable riff worked up by Randy Bachman during a concert jam."

Montrose: Montrose - "With all due respect to such bands as Steppenwolf and Grand Funk Railroad, Ronnie Montrose forged a hard rock style that, in retrospect, anticipated the six-string pyrotechnics that would come to dominate the metal landscape in the late '70s and '80s."

Mott the Hoople: Mott - "Inspired by some of the strongest material frontman Ian Hunter would ever write, guitarist Mick Ralphs delivered a textbook-worthy showcase of memorable riffs and economical solos. His monumental guitar break on 'Hymn for the Dudes' is essential listening for any player seeking to learn how to craft a song-serving solo."

And rounding out the list are:

  • Flash: In the Can
  • Wishbone Ash: Argus 
  • Sonic Youth: Daydream Nation 
  • Television: Marquee Moon  
  • Lou Reed: The Blue Mask 

 

NINE INCH NAILS: Get a Marks Preview

Nine Inch Nails fans can check out their new album a week before its release.

Hesitation Marks, the first album from Trent Reznor and company in five years, is streaming now at iTunes.com/NineInchNails. It comes out next Tuesday, the same day the band will play an intimate show the Troubadour in Los Angeles.

MOTLEY CRUE: Don't Go Away Mad, for Real

It seems like the members of Motley Crue don't know how to say goodbye.

Vince Neil and Nikki Sixx have been talking about the band's plans for a future farewell tour in multiple interviews this year, and apparently Mick Mars isn't too happy that Neil has said the guitarist's health issues have been a consideration in the band wrapping things up.

Mars has ankylosing spondylitis [pr: an-kull-LOW-sing spon-duh-LIGHT-us], which is arthritis of the spine and pelvis, and had a hip replacement eight years ago. Mars took to Twitter to shoot down Neil's claims, saying, "Any rumors regarding a farewell tour due to 'my poor health' are BS. I am doing fine. My AS has never kept me from touring and never will."

And Sixx, who started all this farewell talk months ago, took to Twitter to say, "Don't get ya panties in a wad so fast, we haven't booked our farewell tour. It's like some people can't wait to get rid of us."

Headlines for Tuesday, August 27, 2013

AVENGED SEVENFOLD: Guide You Through Their New Album

Avenged Sevenfold will mark the release of their new album, Hail to the King, with a question-and-answer session that will be streamed live on their website, AvengedSevenfold.com, today (Tuesday) at 6:30 p.m. ET. It will originate from the Warner Brothers Records Patio in Burbank, California.

Hail to the King is the band's first album since 2010's Nightmare.  They will support the release with a tour starting October 3rd in Chicago.

KISS: Stanley Sings the Anthem

Last month Paul Stanley threw out the first pitch out at the Dodgers-Blue Jays game in Toronto, and on Sunday the Dodgers invited him to Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles to sing the "Star-Spangled Banner." You be the judge if he should be added to the list of the those who have done justice to the anthem, such as Whitney Houston, or those who did not, which has included Steven Tyler and Bret Michaels.

See video HERE!

LED ZEPPELIN: Has the Mystery Been Solved?

There's another Led Zeppelin movie to keep an eye out for.

Led Zeppelin Played Here tells the story of whether the band actually performed at the Wheaton Youth Center in Wheaton, Maryland on January 20th, 1969, the same day President Richard Nixon took office. There are those who insist that Zep did perform for 50 people, but others say it's a myth. So documentarian Jeff Krulik put together the film, which features interviews with DJs, promoters, archivists and historians, as well as the band.

The film premiered last week in Baltimore and will be shown again in Silver Spring, Maryland this Friday. No word yet on when it will be screened elsewhere or released.

Headlines for Monday, August 26, 2013

IN STORES THIS WEEK

Avenged Sevenfold's Hail to the King is their first album with drummer Arin Ilejay.

Puscifer's All Re-Mixed Up contains remixes from Maynard James Keenan's side project.

The Rides is the supergroup featuring Stephen Stills and Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Their debut is called Can't Get Enough.

Soundgarden bassist Ben Shepherd, under the name HBS, releases his first solo album, In Deep Owl.

Two of Bad Company's '80s albums without Paul Rodgers, Dangerous Age and Holy Water, are available in a two-disc set with bonus tracks.

Also in stores are Everlast's The Life Acoustic, Franz Ferdinand's Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action and John Frusciante's Outsides EP.

BLACK SABBATH: Is the Truth Coming Out?

When Bill Ward announced that he would not be part of the Black Sabbath reunion he said it had to do with the contract he was offered. At the time, Ozzy, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler would only say that they did not know what the problem was and that they wished he were with them. But lately it seems as though the truth is coming out. Ozzy recently said that Ward is “incredibly overweight” and in no shape to tour. Ward denied that, saying he would “never, ever show up for a commitment that I could not do physically . . . I'm the drummer in Sabbath and quite capable of doing the job.” And now Butler has added fuel to the fire, saying, “If Bill felt up to it, and played like he used to be able to play, we'd have welcomed him with open arms. But you have to maintain a certain standard. You can't go on with someone not up to standard, no matter who they are."

Ward’s role on the new album, 13, was filled by Brad Wilk of Rage Against the Machine, while Ozzy’s drummer, Tommy Clufetos, is filling in on the road. Sabbath is in Mountain View, California Monday night.

RUSH: Clockwork Mileage

Rush drummer Neil Peart has posted on his website his final travel log from the band’s recently completed Clockwork Angels tour. Peart rides his motorcycle to each tour stop and this time out, in North America and Europe, he says he covered 28,000 miles. In North America alone, the band’s equipment trucks covered 23,000 miles. He says, “When I am riding my motorcycle, I am glad to be alive. When I stop riding my motorcycle, I am glad to be alive.”

Peart adds, “What a truly triumphant tour it was! The emotional resonance of the final show, in Kansas City, inside us and around us, could only compare to the first show of our Vapor Trails tour, in Hartford, Connecticut, on June 28th, 2002… 11 years later, that August night in Kansas City was the ultimate tour-ending show in all our 39 years of ‘roadwork.’ It affected us in ways we could never have expected, and most of that emotion was centered on the Clockwork Angels String Ensemble. Usually the guys at work, band and crew, finish a tour believing it’s just a break—that it will all start up again at some point, and we’ll all see each other again. All seven of the ‘stringers’ knew that this time it truly was, like the lovely title of a Hemingway story, The End of Something. The 10 musicians on that stage knew that, no matter what, there would never be another performance like that. We gave it everything, and the audience gave it right back. There were tears, all right, but they were happy tears… The camaraderie among band and crew had never been greater, and morale had never been higher. Such happy spirits were not shared among certain other groups of people we encountered on that same night . . .”

GENE SIMMONS: 2 Thumbs Up

Gene Simmons should really think about doing his own movie review column or TV show. He went to see his third movie in one week over the weekend, and, as he usually does, he tweeted his review.

This time out is was 2 Guns, starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. Simmons says it was “fast, well written and directed. My kind of movie.” The other movies he saw last week were Kick Ass 2, which he says one “one of the worst movies” he has seen in years, and The Butler, which was “inspirational."

Oh, and while Simmons likes to tweet, he does say he hates the words “HASH TAG,” calling them “Stupid."

JANE'S ADDICTION: Perry's Back Into Porno

Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell is bringing back his post-Jane's band, Porno for Pyros.

The group, best known for the 1993 hit "Pets," hasn't played a show since 1998. But Farrell tells the Huffington Post that he recently reconnected with guitarist Peter DiStefano and that they -- along with Pornos/Jane's drummer Stephen Perkins -- recorded a new track called "Agua" that will be out next year.

Farrell adds, "We've already gotten offers to go out and tour and play people's festivals. I'm entertaining the idea. It would be like a five-week run or something like that." Farrell notes that Pornos activity won't start until he wraps up all the commitments Jane's Addiction has this year.

GREEN DAY: Mike's New Basses

Green Day's Mike Dirnt has two new basses to play on the road.

Dirnt teamed up with Fender to create models that are similar to his well-used Precision bass. Fender Mike Dirnt Road Worn Precision Bass is modeled after a 1951 Precision bass. The finish is aged to give it the look of a vintage instrument. The Squier Mike Dirnt Precision Bass is a less expensive model.

Check out Dirnt playing the Road Worn bass in this video.

PEARL JAM: A New Video You Won't Mind

Pearl Jam have done a video for their latest single, "Mind Your Manners."

The group, which refused to make promotional clips for many years, teamed up with director Danny Clinch to create it. Watch it on YouTube or below.

Pearl Jam's new album, Lightning Bolt, is due out October 15th.

See video HERE

JOHN MELLENCAMP: Son Is Free and Playing Ball

John Mellencamp's oldest son, Hud, is still with the University of Duke football team despite the felony battery charges he's facing. Coach David Cutcliffe says he will continue to practice, and they'll "let the legal due process occur."

Hud and his 18-year old brother Speck are charged with punching and kicking a 19-year-old man last month in their hometown of Bloomington, Indiana. They are Mellencamp's sons from his third marriage to model Elaine Irwin.

Headlines for Friday, August 23, 2013 

AVENGED SEVENFOLD: That Drummer's Got Some Good Ideas

Avenged Sevenfold's new album, Hail to the King, is the band's first project with drummer Arin Ilejay.

Ilejay joined the band permanently in 2012 after coming on board as a tour drummer the previous year. Frontman M Shadows says that Ilejay inspired the "twist" in the usual formula the band had while recording and writing. Shadows tells Billboard, "We're all big believers in metal with a foot in the blues. We have a lot of Elton John influences in our music, a little bit of The Beatles, which is sometimes surprising to people. We're not trying to reinvent the wheel, we just want to put a different flavor on the music."

Avenged Sevenfold will celebrate the release of Hail to the King -- which is out Tuesday -- with a free show Monday night at the Hollywood Palladium.

INCUBUS: Ex-Bandmates Reunite for Song

Incubus drummer Jose Pasillas and former bassist Dirk Lance are playing together again -- for at least one song.

Pasillas and Lance have teamed up with ex-Pharcyde rapper Slimkid3 and Jurassic 5's DJ Nu-Mark for an as-yet-untitled song for the upcoming video game Rayman Legends.

Lance, who left Incubus in 2003, is no stranger to the video game world. He's worked for a company that creates original video game music for the past five years.

The song will be released on September 3rd, when the game hits stores.

Check out a trailer for the song HERE.

GREEN DAY: Broadway Doc Due in October

Broadway Idiot, the documentary about bringing Green Day's American Idiot musical to Broadway, will open in theaters in October.

The film will open October 11th with an exclusive New York engagement. Then on October 18th it will expand to theaters across North America, as well as being available on demand.

BLACK SABBATH: Musical Drum Chairs

It seems as though Ginger Baker was not the only legendary drummer considered to replace Bill Ward in Black Sabbath. Carl Palmer says his old friend Tony Iommi reached out, but he was on tour with Asia.

"I’d have loved to," says Palmer, but "it just wasn’t in the cards." As he points out, it would have been his first experience playing with a "true out-and-out guitar band. I was late coming to heavy metal. Asia had a bit, but were a little bit more corporate rock and melodic. Just big riffs, very simple but very dynamic, would be extremely invigorating. The older I get, the more I appreciate that music.”

The drumming on Sabbath's new album, 13, was done by Brad Wilk of Rage Against the Machine, while Ozzy's drummer, Tommy Clufetos, is filling Sabbath's drum throne on the road.

GREEN DAY: That's a Whole Lot of Dookie

Green Day warmed up for their headlining slots at two U.K. festivals by diving back into their past.

Billie Joe Armstrong and company performed their 1994 breakthrough album Dookie -- in its entirety -- mid-show at the Brixton Academy in London Wednesday night.

Green Day will play the Reading Festival's main stage Friday and the Leeds Festival on Saturday.

Source: NME

JUDAS PRIEST: Screaming for Fantasy

Judas Priest is going to camp - the Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp. They will be the third band, after Def Leppard and the Jon Anderson-less version of Yes, to have their own camp, which will take place February 27th through March 2nd in Las Vegas.

Singer Rob Halford, bassist Ian Hill, drummer Scott Travis and guitarist Richie Faulkner, joined by Ozzy guitarist Zakk Wylde and Queensryche singer Geoff Tate, will teach the ways of metal. Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton is unable to attend due to a scheduling conflict. Also participating will be camp counselors Rudy Sarzo, Vinny Appice and Lita Ford.

BLACK KEYS: Dan's Hairy Divorce

Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys is giving up a bunch of cash -- and Bob Dylan's hair -- in his divorce settlement.

TMZ reports that Auerbach and Stephanie Gonis finalized their split this week in Tennessee. Gonis gets more than $5 million, the couple's 2012 Toyota Highlander, one of the family homes -- and an item listed in court documents as "Bob Dylan Hair." It has not been detailed how or when the hair was obtained.

METALLICA: Heading to the Apollo

Metallica are heading to Harlem, New York for a show at the legendary Apollo Theater, global home of soul music since the 1950s.

The band announced yesterday a date there on September 21st. Tickets for the gig, which is promote the release of the band's 3D film Through the Never, will be given away to fan club members.

Through the Never opens in IMAX theaters on September 27th.

Headlines for Thursday, August 22, 2013

CLASH: Strummer Mural Appears to Be Returning Soon

Although it was destroyed on Tuesday, the Joe Strummer mural outside a bar in Manhattan's East Village appears to be set to return soon -- at least according to a tweet by musician Jesse Malin, who currently both performs solo and with his reunited old group D Generation. Malin writes: "Joe Will be back on the niagara (east 7th st. wall) in the EV NYC. In a few weeks, Rastas!"

BOB SEGER: Helps the Kid Tie His Record

Bob Seger joined Kid Rock on stage Tuesday night at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in suburban Detroit. It was the last show of Kid’s eight-night stand there, which tied a record set by Seger at the amphitheater in August 1977.

Seger came out for two encores – a version of his “Old Time Rock and Roll” and Kid Rock’s “All Summer Long.”

PINK FLOYD: A New Look at the Dark Side

BBC Radio 2 will try and re-engage fans of Pink Floyd on Monday when the British network airs a radio play based on The Dark Side of the Moon.

Acclaimed playwright Tom Stoppard says, “I found some time, sat down and listened to the album for the thousandth time, picked up from the beginning and kept going. This is, more or less, the first time anything like this has been done on radio.” Floyd's David Gilmour says, "I can’t wait to hear it come to life with the great cast performing it, and our music woven into it."

The Omega String Quartet and Julie Christensen will do a classical rendition of Dark Side Sunday night at the Levitt Pavilion in L.A.’s MacArthur Park. The concert is free.

See video HERE!

KORN: Announces Club Shows Before Album release

Korn will be doing a brief run of club shows before their new album, The Paradigm Shift, hits stores October 8th.

The only dates announced so far are September 26th in Philadelphia, the 27th in New York, the 28th in Worcester, Massachusetts and October 2nd in Chicago. More cities will be announced soon and the jaunt will wrap up October 12th in Las Vegas.

Korn guitarist Brian "Head" Welch will be pulling double duty on these shows, as his band Love and Death will be opening. Asking Alexandria will be the other opener.

IRON MAIDEN: Is Dickinson a Leader?

Do you think of Iron Maiden singer (and commercial airline pilot) Bruce Dickinson as a leader?

Well, at least some folks in Ireland do. He's been tapped as the keynote speaker at the National Leadership Summit October 22nd in Dublin. The Summit is billed as "one-day intensive forum devoted to exchanging ideas about how senior executives can engage in passionate and creative leadership for innovation, survival and growth -- whether in the private, public or non-profit sectors."

Some Maiden song titles for the attendees to ponder while he's speaking:

  • "Bring Your Daughter to the Slaughter"
  • "Judas Be My Guide"
  • "The Evil That Men Do"
  • "Public Enema Number One"
  • "Die With Your Boots On"

KISS: Grinding to a Halt

The KISS Coffeehouse in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina will serve its last cup of joe at the end of September. General manager Matthew Goldschmidt says, “It's not that we didn't do well, it was just a steady decline." Everything in the store, including the KISS memorabilia, is now for sale.

Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley were on hand for the store's opening in 2006.

PAPA ROACH, POP EVIL: Team Up for Tour

Papa Roach and Pop Evil are teaming up for a fall tour.

The bands will hit the road October 4th just outside Vancouver, Canada and will hit mostly Canadian and Northern cities. It wraps up October 23rd in Sayreville, New Jersey.

NIRVANA: The Worst Record Contract Ever

Nirvana signed their original contact -- in pencil.

Sub Pop has posted a copy of the contract that bound Nirvana to the label before the release of the trio's debut album, Bleach, on its website. The contract calls for the band to get a $600 advance. The label commented on the post, "Six hundred bucks well spent -- not that we had it at the time."

Headlines for Wednesday, August 21, 2013

BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, BLACK VEIL BRIDES: Outbreak Dates Announced

The full itinerary for the Monster Energy Outbreak Tour, with Bullet for My Valentine and Black Veil Brides, has been announced.

It kicks off September 28th in Los Angeles and hits 24 cities before wrapping up November 3rd in Portland, Maine.

LINKIN PARK: New Game to Unlock New Tune

Linkin Park's new Facebook game will unlock a new track from the band.

The game, called LP Recharge, will be available for fans to play on September 12th at the Linkin Park Facebook page. Once enough fans have played the game next month, the band will release their track "A Light That Never Comes" with electronic dance music artist Steve Aoki. Fans who register at LPRecharge.com can get a free download of 30 seconds of the song.

BLACK SABBATH, SLIPKNOT: Bassists Honor Geezer

Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler will be honored at the Bass Player Live Concert and Awards Show November 9th at the Fonda Theater in Los Angeles.

The concert is the central event of the Bass Player Live series of clinics being held at S.I.R. Studios in Hollywood that weekend. Musicians taking part in tribute to Butler include Slipknot/Stone Sour singer Corey Taylor, Megadeth's David Ellefson, Slayer's Kerry King and Zakk Wylde and JD Deservio of Black Label Society.

GUNS N' ROSES: A Short Leak

A previously unreleased Guns n' Roses track -- not featuring Axl Rose on lead vocals -- had a brief run on YouTube Tuesday.

"Going Down" features bassist Tommy Stinson on lead vocals with Axl on backing vocals. But fans had to be quick if they wanted to hear it -- Universal Music and GNR's publishing company Uzi Suicidal got most copies pulled off of YouTube once the track's existence was publicized.

GENE SIMMONS: The Butler Will Serve You Well

Gene Simmons and his wife Shanon Tweed took in the new Forest Whitaker film, Lee Daniels' The Butler, a true story about a White House butler who served eight presidents. They both called it "inspirational," with Simmons adding, "Forest Whitaker is a tour de force. Go see it." And Shannon says, "Forest Whitaker was amazing. You will love Oprah Winfrey in this if you don't already. Take the teens!"

AEROSMITH: Feed the Less Fortunate

Aerosmith don't normally take song requests, but this time they were made an offer they couldn't refuse. While on tour last week in Japan, a longtime fan named Nobu offered them what Joe Perry says was "a huge amount of money to play his five favorite songs." Perry says they accepted the offer and then donated the fee to the Japanese Red Cross. The band were joined by their number-one fan when they presented the check in Nagoya.

For the record, the songs Nobu requested Aerosmith play were "Let the Music Do the Talking," "Kings and Queens," "Beyond Beautiful," "F.I.N.E." and "Full Circle."

"Full Circle" is a track from 1997's Nine Lives. Judging by a site that keeps track of songs Aerosmith has played on tour, that's one song they probably had to relearn for this show.

Headlines for Tuesday, August 20, 2013

LENNY KRAVITZ: My Way, 20 Years Later

A 20th anniversary edition of Lenny Kravitz's Are You Gonna Go My Way will be out September 24th.

The two-disc package features seven B-sides from the album; acoustic versions of "Believe," "Sister" and "Heaven Help"; six demos and outtakes from the Are You Gonna Go My Way album sessions, as well as three early demos Kravitz recorded for Vanessa Paradis' self-titled 1992 album, which he produced.

FOO FIGHTERS: Time to Get Back to Work

Foo Fighters are getting ready to work on their next album.

Frontman Dave Grohl tells England's XFM that he's finished writing most of the songs for the follow-up to 2011's Wasting Light. And guitarist Chris Shifflet says the band has already started rehearsing for its next album. Shifflet tells Rolling Stone"It was a very short hiatus. We're going to start recording the new Foo Fighters record at the beginning of next year."

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH: Rock Like Us

Five Finger Death Punch have joined Slash and Zakk Wylde in appearing in the new video game Band Fuse: Rock Legends.

The game, which is due out on Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 on November 19th, says it provides an "industry-standard tablature animated for an authentic experience." One to four people can play along to the music as it would be read by musicians as they learned it themselves. The game features songs by Slash, Pearl Jam, Rush, Heart and more.

JOHN MELLENCAMP: Other Son Surrenders

The second of John Mellencamp's sons accused of felony battery turned himself in this morning. 19-year old Hud Mellencamp surrendered in Monroe County, Indiana. Like his 18-year old brother Speck, who surrendered on Friday, he was released on bond.

The brothers and Ty Smith, the son of Indiana University baseball coach Tracy Smithallegedly beat up a man in Bloomington, Indiana in July, leaving him with facial fractures.

Speck claims the attack was in retaliation for an altercation earlier in the evening at a party. Hud is a trained boxer who currently attends Duke University in North Carolina and is a member of the football team there.

Papa John is not commenting on the situation.

Headlines for Monday, August 19, 2013

IN STORES THIS WEEK

The deluxe edition of The Lumineers' self-titled debut adds five bonus tracks and a DVD.

Soil's Whole sees the return of singer Ryan McCombs.

Blue October's Sway contains the single "Bleed Out."

AEROSMITH: Zàijiàn (Goodbye) China

Aerosmith has confirmed what we first got wind of last week -- they have canceled what was going to be their first-ever shows in China and Taiwan. The towel was thrown in on Shanghai on August 21st and Taipei on the 24th after the promoter failed to meet the band’s contractual obligations.

In a statement Steven Tyler says, “We are extremely upset to have disappointed our dedicated fans. They have welcomed us into their country and due to uncontrollable circumstances we will not be able to perform. We were so excited to share our music with them and look forward to one day returning and giving them the show they deserve.” And Joe Perry adds that they had “looked forward to this for a lifetime.”

The shows were to follow the four they just did in Japan and we knew something was up on Friday when drummer Joey Kramer tweeted, “Headed home to Texas tomorrow with Mrs. Kramedog.” It seemed kind of strange that he would go all the way from Japan to Texas only to return to China five days later.

Aerosmith’s next show is scheduled for August 30th in Milwaukee followed by a swing through Central and South America at the end of September into October.

RATT: Round and Down

RATT and Dokken almost called it a day on Saturday when the private jet they were in was forced to make an emergency landing in northwest Illinois after smoke was detected in the cabin. The incident occurred after leaving the airport in Moline, Illinois at 7,000 feet. The jet landed safely and there were no injuries. The two bands then rented a couple of SUVs for the 170 mile drive to their next show in Wauconda, Illinois.

RATT and Dokken weren’t the only acts to run into trouble on Saturday. A garbage truck crash near Beaumont, Texas, caused the power to go out in Beaumont’s Ford Park, which resulted in the cancellation of Vince Neil and Great White show. The promoter is hoping to reschedule it.

KISS: There's No Ballads in Football

With this week's announcement that Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley are now partners in an Arena Football League franchise, the L.A. KISS, the Orlando Sentinel has compiled a list of the Top 10 KISS songs they can envision being played at the games. While some of them are no-brainers, others -- like the ballads "Beth" and "Forever" -- don't seem cut out for football.

1) "Rock and Roll All Nite"

2) "Beth"

3) "Detroit Rock City"

4) "I Was Made for Lovin' You"

5) "Heaven's on Fire"

6) "Shout it Out Loud"

7) "Right Here, Right Now" (theme for the Arena Football League games on CBS)

8) "Calling Dr. Love"

9) "Forever" (a ballad)

10) "Love Gun"

See video HERE!

 

SAMMY HAGAR: Motley's Neil Bugs Him

Sammy Hagar says he has a "stick up his a--" when it comes to Motley Crue singer Vince Neil.

It has nothing to do with music, but rather with tequila, which they both sell. Hagar says, "Vince Neil has a place called the Something Cantina in Vegas and acts like he never even heard of Cabo Wabo. My name is never in his articles [about tequila]. It's OK. But that sort of thing does put a little stick up my a--, I must admit."

Hagar says, "My wife always tells me to shut up when I start bitching about somebody not mentioning me in one of those liquor articles. She goes, 'Shut up. You did it. You were first. You've got more money than you could ever spend. What is your problem?' I don't know. I just want respect." He cites Toby Keith and Jimmy Buffett as artists with liquor companies who do respect him.

Hagar started his Four Decades of Rock tour Thursday night in Washington State.

METALLICA: Through the...China?

Metallica seem to have movies on their mind with the upcoming release of Through the Never. The band is now hoping to pull together a film of their first trip to China.

During a press conference in Shanghai, China on Wednesday to promote their first ever shows in the country, drummer Lars Ulrich revealed that the band was so impressed by the reaction they received that they decided to make a film about it. He said, "The idea came up fairly last minute. We love creative endeavors where we make it up as we go along...The last few weeks, this idea came together of filming here and maybe bringing some local bands into it and bringing some actors in and maybe some way bridging this into the Through the Never movie that we made in the United States."

Ulrich added, "We think that there is something cool that will come out of it. Whatever that is, we're not quite sure yet, but we'll do our best to make it shareable and worth everybody's while."

BLACK CROWES: Add Special Acoustic and Electric Gigs to Tour

The Black Crowes have added more shows to their upcoming fall tour.

The band will do all-acoustic shows October 18th, 19th, 21st and 22nd at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester, New York and electric shows October 24th, 26th, 27th and 29th at New York’s Terminal 5. They've also added a tour-closing date December 14th in San Francisco at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. The Port Chester, New York and San Francisco performances will all feature special guests performers.

The Crowes also announced that after this jaunt they have no future touring plans and will focus on solo releases and projects in 2014. The tour starts September 5th in Cooperstown, New York.

MOTLEY CRUE: So What's Next in Vegas?

Motley Crue singer Vince Neil says the band's upcoming Las Vegas residency will feature new technological tricks.

Neil tells Vegas.com, "There's a lot of cool stuff we're going to use this time. Technology changes so rapidly and new stuff comes out all the time. All of a sudden someone goes, look at this, and we go, 'Holy crap, that's cool.'"

Neil adds, "We have to outdo ourselves every time we put something new together. I don't know how we're going to top this one. There's some crazy stuff going on in this thing, and just a lot of fire and smoke and monsters and all kinds of cool stuff."

An Evening in Hell will run September 18th through October 6th at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

Headlines for Friday, August 16, 2013

KISS: Football Rock City

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KISS is bringing professional football back to Los Angeles. Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, KISS manager Doc McGhee and others have invested in an Arena Football League team dubbed LA KISS. The team will play at the Honda Center in Anaheim.

This marks the return of the AFL to L.A. after a five-year absence. At a press conference today (Thursday) in Orlando, where KISS will perform Friday, ahead of Saturday’s Arena Bowl championship game, Stanley said, “Season tickets are now on sale for what we know will be some of the most action-packed games ever played at the Honda Center.” Simmons added, “There’s been a lot of attention to detail, to nuances, so that people don’t think this is a rock band in football helmets. This is real football, and this is good for the game.”

No word if tickets will be promoted with a discount at the Simmons-and-Stanley-owned Rock n’ Brews restaurant chain.

Simmons and Stanley are not the first bandmates to own an Arena Football League team. Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora had a stake in the Philadelphia Soul in 2004.

ROLLING STONES: Don't Start Them Up

The Rolling Stones have filed suit against a German clothing company for using their mouth and tongue logo on a sale poster. A spokesperson says, “As with any band or major brand, we will be fiercely protective of our commercial properties, be that songs, gigs or logos. If we didn't chase up improper use it would set a dangerous precedent."

This is not sitting well with Fritz Knapp, CEO of New Yorker Fashion, the German company which made the posters. He says, “The tongue is not the Stones' alone. The posters were made by our creative department. I won't let the Stones ban my tongue." They are seeking a settlement of $328-thousand plus a $26-thousand dollar fine.

We can't show you the image, which is being removed from stores and clothing tags.

KORN: Ex-Drummer Talks More About Band

Ex-Korn drummer David Silveria has taken to his Facebook page to talk more about his old bandmates.

Silveria stirred up the band's fans earlier this week by say that Korn has lost its groove without him. After hundreds of comments on his original post, Silveria wrote a lengthy follow-up about the band's roots and how things started getting tense around the recording of Issues. He adds that he felt he had to "dumb down" his playing for that album and that his bandmates felt he was becoming hard to work with.

Silveria ends the screed by saying he wants back in the band. He says, "I would love to get back in the rehearsal studio with the guys and resurrect the original passion and unconventional writing style and make a record that stands up to the first three. Of course, before that could happen, I would love to just sit down with the guys and talk about our humble beginnings and really put things in perspective. I really hope to see you Korn fans again soon from behind my drum kit on stage with the guys."

HEAVEN'S BASEMENT: Extensive Fall Tour Announced

British rockers Heaven's Basement will return to North America for an extensive fall tour.

They'll start with a festival date in Cincinnati on September 1st, then do a few shows opening up for Halestorm, before teaming up with Pretty Reckless for 39 shows starting September 20th in Little Rock, Arkansas. The tour will wrap up November 11th in Boston.

SLIPKNOT, NICKELBACK, RUSH: Box Set Celebrates Label

Roadrunner Records will mark its 30th anniversary with a massive box set.

XXX: Three Decades of Roadrunner Records, due out October 1st, spreads 54 tracks over four CDs and covers the label's history of hard rock and metal. Bands appearing on the set include Slipknot, Stone Sour, Nickelback, Rush, Killswitch Engage, Theory of a Deadman and Korn.

Roadrunner was launched in Holland in 1980 and opened its American operation in 1986. The label's first U.S. success came with Danish rocker King Diamond.

PETE TOWNSHEND: It's All Going in the Same Direction

Pete Townshend, like Rod Stewart and Gene Simmons, is not about to knock the British boy band One Direction. Townshend says he particularly likes their new single, “Best Song Ever,” whose opening resembles The Who’s “Baba O’Riley.”

He says, “The chords I used and the chords they used are the same three chords we’ve all been using in basic pop music since Buddy Holly, Eddie Cochran and Chuck Berry. I’m still writing songs that sound like 'Baba O’Riley' – or I’m trying to! It’s a part of my life and a part of pop’s lineage. One Direction are in my business, with a million fans, and I’m happy to think they may have been influenced a little bit by The Who. I’m just relieved they’re all not wearing boiler suits and Doc Martens, or Union Jack jackets.”

One Direction is only the latest in a long line of bands to take cues from The Who. Townshend says he was in Canada earlier this year and met Randy Bachman, who admitted that he based the Bachman-Turner Overdrive hit “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” on “Baba O’Riley” and named The Guess Who after The Who. “Why would I not be happy about this kind of tribute?,” asks Townshend.

BLACK SABBATH: Is This the End?

Geezer Butler thinks this could be Black Sabbath's last tour.

He says, "It's getting tough, it really is. I can't lie about that. I'm old now. It really is tough going on every night. You wake up next day, all the pains you never had before. I don't want to go onstage for the sake of the money. You have to have a lot pride in yourself, and I honestly think I'm coming to the end of the top of my job."

Both Ozzy Osbourne and Tony Iommi want to record another album, but of course, a lot of it depends on Iommi's health, as he continues to be treated for lymphoma.

Sabbath will be in the Chicago suburb of Tinley Park, Illinois tonight.

Headlines for Thursday, August 15, 2013

BLUE OYSTER CULT: Founding Member Dead at 66

Allen Lanier, the founding keyboardist and guitarist of Blue Oyster Cult, died yesterday from complications due to C.O.P.D. (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). He was 66.

Lanier -- who used to date, live and write songs with Patti Smith -- wrote several B.O.C. songs, including "True Confessions," "Tenderloin," "Searchin' for Celine," "In Thee" and "Lonely Teardrops."

A post on the band's website says, "He is survived by his wife Dory, sister Mary Anne and mother Martha. Although he retired from touring in 2006, Allen returned to the stage for what turned out to be his final appearance, reuniting with B¿C at the 40th Anniversary show in New York this past November. Don't fear the reaper sweet man. We love you and miss you."

B.O.C. singer/guitarist Eric Bloom said in a statement, "My great friend Allen Lanier has passed. I'll miss the guy even though we hadn't spoken in awhile. He was so talented as a musician and a thinker. He read voraciously, all kinds of things, especially comparative religion. We drove for years together, shared rooms in the early days. We partied, laughed, played. All B.O.C. fans and band members will mourn his death. Ultimately smoking finally got to him. He had been hospitalized with C.O.P.D. It was Allen who heard some old college band tapes of mine and suggested I get a shot as the singer in 1968. A lot of great memories, over 40 years worth. Maybe he's playing a tune with [with his friend, poet/rocker] Jim Carroll right now."

B.O.C. played in France Tuesday night and their next show is in Boston on Saturday.

SLASH, MATT SORUM: Find Peace Through Music

Slash and his Velvet Revolver and former Guns N' Roses and bandmate Matt Sorum will perform at a benefit to aid public education in both L.A. and Karachi, Pakistan. The September 15th Peace Through Music Gala takes place at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at the Loews Hollywood Hotel. Sorum will perform with South Asian rock star Shehzad Roy. Macy Gray is also on the bill, which will include appearances by Glee's Jane Lynch and That '70s Show's Danny Masterson and others to be announced.

ROLLING STONES: A Time Frame for Wyman's Scraps

We have some more details about the upcoming book by former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman. 

Bill Wyman's Scrapbook is limited to just 1,962 copies -- he joined the Stones in 1962 -- and each copy is signed and numbered. The publisher says the book reveals "a candid and original insight through the decades, with reflective handwritten commentary by Wyman." It also contains a CD of unreleased material, like demos of "Je Suis un Rock Star," which he wrote for Ian Dury, and "Come Back Suzanne." The book will be available in the U.S. in the winter.

LED ZEPPELIN: Crazy for Horses

Led Zeppelin apparently were fans of The Osmonds. The youngest of the musical brothers, 50-year-old Jimmy Osmond, says Zeppelin liked their song "Crazy Horses."

"We met Led Zeppelin because we used their sound system," says Jimmy. "We followed their tour. They were so nice! They brought us back to their hotel, and it was cool. They were just like family guys to us. It was mostly my brothers who talked to them. I was very young at the time. But I was still there, and it was quite amazing. It is also really cool for us to know that people from top groups like Led Zeppelin have raised their hands and said, 'Isn't that a great riff' or 'They really did have amazing musical talent' about us."

Led Zeppelin are not alone in rock circles in liking "Crazy Horses." Def Leppard's Joe Elliott says you'll find that song on his iPod, but he doesn't look at it as a "guilty pleasure. It doesn't matter what you do, and you shouldn't be embarrassed by it either." And back in the 1970's, Scotland's The Sensational Alex Harvey Band recorded a harder rocking version of the song.

BRET MICHAELS: No $95-Grand for Him

A lawsuit that Bret Michaels filed against a Syracuse, New York promoter over a show that was canceled in 2010 has been tossed out by a federal judge.

Michaels was due to play the Central New York Regional Market, but ticket sales stiffed and the show was scratched. Michaels claimed he did not find out until he showed up to do the date. He originally filed a $5-million suit against Aloha Events for breach of contract. In 2011, U.S. District Judge David Hurd issued a default judgment against Aloha Events and ordered them to pay Michaels $95,000.

Last week, Hurd dismissed the suit, saying that Michaels was well aware days in advance that the show was going to be canceled.

AVENGED SEVENFOLD: Game & Animated Series in the Works

Avenged Sevenfold have more than just a new album on the way.

They've announced that they've developed a game for mobile devices and a new animated online series that "go hand in hand with each other." Frontman M Shadows writes, "Without revealing too much, I will just say that [the game] is an action-adventure game. It has been written and developed by the band and with our friends in Subscience Studios. It's turning out awesome. We can't wait to show you more when it's ready."

The band also posted a trailer for the animated series on YouTube. There's no release date yet for either project. Avenged Sevenfold's new album, Hail to the King, is due out August 27th. 

GENE SIMMONS: God of Narration

Gene Simmons will lend his dulcet tone to a music documentary titled Sample This. The film tells the untold story of producer Michael Viner's Incredible Bongo Band and how one track in particular started a musical revolution back in the '70s.

In the summer of 1973, DJ Herc took the percussion breaks from the album and extended them by playing them back-to-back. His beats became anthems on the streets of The Bronx, New York and ultimately the genre of hip-hop. His tracks have been sampled by such artists as Will Smith, Missy Elliot, Amy Winehouse and Jay-Z.

The film features interviews with Questlove, Jerry Butler, Freda Payne, Melle Mel, Roosevelt Grier, Afrika Bambaataa and others. It will be released in theaters on September 13th.

KORN: Hey, Where's the Groove?

Ex-Korn drummer David Silveria says the band's new music lacks something he brought -- the groove.

Silveria wrote on his Facebook page that he hadn't heard the band's new single, "Never Never," and that "all I can say is I’m sure it’s not funky and groovy like the original Korn. I don’t even need to hear it to know that."

Silveria went on to criticize the band in the comments below the original post, saying, "I am a funky groove drummer and Ray [Luzier] is a heavy metal drummer. That’s why Korn will never sound as unique as we used to."

He added, "I’m not talking crap on Korn. I’m just saying until they have the real 'funky drummer' it’s just not gonna groove the way it could. I’ve made it clear that I would come back and restore the groove."

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE: Morello's Looking to Rock

Rage Against the Machine hasn't recorded anything in more than a decade, and guitarist Tom Morello is ready to rock.

Morello, who's recorded three folk-influenced albums as The Nightwatchman, tells Bloody Disgusting he's working on a heavy rock album for release next year. As Morello explains, "It will be the first time since Rage or Audioslave that I've made a really big rock record. It's just time to rock. I've written a batch of songs with huge riffs and huge grooves. I'm working it out with my band now and we're about five songs deep at this point, but we're taking our time with it. It will definitely be a release-the-hounds effort."

WHITE STRIPES: Elephant for Everyone!

The reissue of White StripesElephant will be available for everyone on August 27th.

The duo's 2003 breakthrough album was first pressed to a very limited edition of vinyl for Record Store Day in April. Now Jack White's Third Man Records is going back for a larger pressing and taking pre-orders for it through their website.

IRON MAIDEN: Beer Hits U.S.

Iron Maiden's beer has finally reached the U.S.

Trooper ale, named after the band's 1983 single, is being sold first in this country at Rock N Roll Ribs, the barbecue restaurant Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain co-owns in Coral Springs, Florida. The brewers of the ale plan to introduce it to other U.S. locations throughout the fall. 

 

Headlines for Wednesday, August 14, 2013

GOV'T MULE: Song With Dave Matthews Streaming, New Tour Dates    

Gov’t Mule premiered two versions of “Forsaken Savior,” from their upcoming double album, Shout!, Tuesday on The Wall Street Journal’s web site WSJ.com. One version features Warren Haynes on lead vocal, the other has Dave Matthews singing the song. Hayes explains how he chose Matthews to do vocals this particular cut.

Every track on Shout! has an alternate version featuring a guest vocalist. Those versions make up the second disc of the set, which comes out September 17th.

Gov't Mule have also announced a second leg of tour dates for their fall tour. These will kick off on October 24th in Seattle and go through November 10th in Dallas. Ticket pre-sales for nearly all the new dates begin at noon on Wednesday.

311: Entering the Studio Next Week

311 are about to begin work on their 11th album. Frontman Nick Hexum gives us a status report on it:

Hexum recently completed My Shadow Pages, the debut album by his side project The Nick Hexum Quintet, which will be released October 1st. He says he plans to do some dates surrounding that release, which will be announced soon. In the meantime, he's very excited about the songs 311 are about the record with producer Scotch Ralston, who he says "has come in as a sixth band member and is writing quite a bit, as we all are."

The band has already announced that they plan to release the as-yet-untitled new album on March 11th, 2014. That's 311 Day, of course, and as usual they'll be playing their annual concert that day at the New Orleans Arena in New Orleans. Tickets for it will go on sale later this month.

EVERLAST: Acoustic Album Coming

Everlast will release The Life Acoustic, featuring acoustic performances of songs from his catalog, on August 27th. Among the tracks are his single "Black Jesus," album cuts like "Stay," "Broken," "Today" and "Weakness," his cover of Slick Rick's "Children's Story," "My Medicine," which he sang with Willie Nelson on a Snoop Dogg album, the Bill Withers' classic "Grandma's Hands" and his House of Pain hit "Jump Around."

Everlast has five West Coast shows booked this month and September before leaving for a European tour in October.

SAMMY HAGAR: Sorry, James

Sammy Hagar's upcoming album, Sammy Hagar and Friends, has a lot of big names on it -- including Mickey Hart, Taj Mahal, Neal Schon, Nancy Wilson -- but he regrets not reeling in his friend James Hetfield of Metallica.

Hagar says, "Kid Rock did the duet on 'Knockdown Dragout,' which he recorded for me instantly. I would've just as soon had James Hetfield do it, but I ran into Kid, because I did that Detroit show with him, and we were communicating about other stuff and about his tour, so I just spontaneously asked him to sing on the track. And, boom, it got done. After he finished it, I thought that I would get James to sing just the 'Knockdown! Dragout' part. I sent it to him and told him Kid Rock was on there and the whole thing, and he got back to me and said, quote-unquote, 'I'm completely flattered that you would want my sailor-assed voice on your record.' And then he said, '...but it isn't my style.' And I said, 'It's okay. I still love you, James.'"

Hagar says he also tried to pull in country singer Kenny Chesney, but they couldn't work out their schedules, and he wanted to work with Grace Potter, but he didn't have a song for her.

Sammy Hagar and Friends will be out next month.

LED ZEPPELIN: First Show Honor

Led Zeppelin will be honored with a plaque on the site of their very first concert.

On September 7th, 1968, at a school in the Gladsaxe neighborhood of Copenhagen, Denmark, they played a show billed as The New Yardbirds. The gig fulfilled concert obligations Jimmy Page had as the only holdover from the now-defunct Yardbirds.

That first show was at the Teen Club - Box 45, which was inside the school. But they followed it up later that night with another show at the Brondby Pop Club in Copenhagen. A plaque will be unveiled at the school on September 7th -- the 45th anniversary of the concert.

GENE SIMMONS: Speaking From Experience

Gene Simmons and KISS have never had any trouble appealing to teenagers -- which may explain why he has no problem with Justin Bieber.

Simmons would be the first to admit that KISS's lyrics are easy, fun and approachable -- just the way teenagers like them. And they've never been shy about getting kids' attention with their merchandising. So it's easy to understand why Simmons doesn't mind today's pre-packaged pop stars. He says, "I have no problem with Justin Bieber or One Direction. 14-year-old girls need their music. And that's valid."


PEARL JAM, GUNS N' ROSES: Duff, Mike Are Readers

Pearl Jam's Mike McCready, ex-Guns n' Roses bassist Duff McKagan, Aimee Mann and Steve Earle are all part of a new audiobook.

The musicians read chapters from In Case We Die, the first novel by Seattle music scene vet Danny Bland. The book is due out September 7th and people who pre-order it will get the audio book chapters for free. A portion of the audiobook sales will benefit MusiCares.

NIRVANA: Inside In Utero

The full track listing for the 20th anniversary edition of Nirvana's In Utero has been revealed -- and it contains some interesting stuff.

The first disc of both the deluxe edition and the super-deluxe box set contains the original album, all the B-sides from that era and producer Steve Albini's unreleased original mixes for "Heart-Shaped Box" and "All Apologies." (R.E.M. producer Scott Litt wound up remixing the songs for the album.) The second disc contains the "2013 album mix" of the entire album. There's no word if this is an entirely new mix or perhaps a mix that Albini did. It also contains "Forgotten Tune," a recently discovered instrumental Nirvana recorded during an In Utero-era rehearsal.

The In Utero reissues are due out on September 24th.

COLLECTIVE SOUL: Ed's Into Sweet Tea

Collective Soul frontman Ed Roland is stepping out on his own this fall.

Roland has been playing with a band he calls The Sweet Tea Project for a few years, and now their debut album, Devils 'n Darlins, will be released on September 3rd. The single "Love Won't Bring Us Down" is available now at digital retailers.

CAGE THE ELEPHANT: They've Got Melophobia

Cage The Elephant have titled their third album Melophobia

It'll be released October 8th, but you can pre-order it now through iTunes. And if you do pre-order the album, you'll receive an immediate download of the first single, "Come a Little Closer."

Cage the Elephant will debut songs from Melophobia while opening for Muse next month.

Headlines for Tuesday, August 13, 2013

BON JOVI: It's Not Fair

Jon Bon Jovi has never been afraid to wade into politics, but this time around, he's being steered away. Bon Jovi's scheduled appearance at the New York State Fair has been cancelled -- reportedly to avoid the appearance of impropriety.

The deal for the band to play the fair -- in Syracuse on August 28th -- was apparently worth $650,000. But a lawyer for the state's Department of Agriculture and Markets mysteriously requested the contract be withdrawn from the state comptroller's review. And it looks like that's because they're booked to play a $1,000-a-head fundraiser for Governor Andrew Cuomo just three days earlier in the Hamptons on Long Island, where Jon spends part of his summer. Two government sources say the State Fair show was axed over worries that people would see the $650,000 as payment for the fundraiser.

A spokesperson for Bon Jovi and the governor say the State Fair show was scrapped because of a scheduling conflict, although they haven't said what the conflict was. The concert was estimated to gross $1.1 million.

SAMMY HAGAR: Hopes Eddie Never Calls

Sammy Hagar hopes Eddie Van Halen never calls him to do another Van Halen reunion.

The Red Rocker says, "I'm so past it. I'm so happy and proud of what we did, I wouldn't want to tarnish it again like that 2004 tour. And now what they're doing, acting like I was never in that band, just playing all that early material... How can they do that? But Dave can't sing it, so what the [heck]. It is what it is, and I'd just as soon let it be... Michael Anthony is one of my dearest friends, and I don't see why Ed and Al shouldn't be that, someday, in our lives... I don't want to go backwards anymore. At my age, I have a hard enough time rehearsing and playing those old songs at a rehearsal. And I certainly can't go back and listen to them."

Hagar is 65 and starts his Four Decades of Rock tour on Thursday in Washington state. 

SIXX A.M.: New Album Is Close

Sixx A.M. are getting close to finishing their third album.

Nikki Sixx posted a note on Facebook that James Michael and DJ Ashba have been in Las Vegas working on guitar overdubs for the project. Sixx added that "we have agreed on the album title and the artwork direction. Photo sessions, videos, going over album cover concepts and mapping out release dates are all hovering above our heads now. The excitement is growing and things looks great for us to play live at some point."

QUEEN: Now Has a Man of Steel

Brian May was released from a U.K. hospital on Saturday after undergoing knee replacement surgery last Tuesday.

He says he's been "skillfully transformed into a Man of Steel," adding that he is "very touched by your messages. I'm home, continuing knee recovery. It takes patience, but I'm so glad I went for the replacement."

May has to get better in a hurry, as he has a date with Queen and Adam Lambert on September 20th in Las Vegas.

NINE INCH NAILS: Get "A" Track for Free

Trent Reznor is giving away a new Nine Inch Nails track tomorrow (Tuesday).

"Copy of A" from the Hesitation Marks will be available as a free download starting Tuesday through Amazon.Nine Inch Nailshave performed the song at the beginning of all of their shows so far this year.

Hesitation Marks is due out September 3rd.

METALLICA, MEGADETH, NEWSTED: Two Ex-Members Team Up

It took the entire Gigantour to get two ex-Metallica members to do a song from their former band.

Megadeth frontman -- and ex-Metallica guitarist -- Dave Mustaine welcomed ex-Metallica bassist Jason Newsted on stage Sunday night at the tour finale in Toronto to jam on "Phantom Lord," one of the Metallica songs Mustaine co-wrote. Check it out in YouTube. (Warning, it contains a few obscenities.) 

The pair were not in Metallica at the same time, but they've played band's songs together before. They both joined their former bandmates in 2010 at their 30th anniversary shows in San Francisco.

ERIC CLAPTON: Quietly Pays Tribute to J.J. Cale

In what was probably the best kept secret in L.A. in quite some time, Eric Clapton quietly paid tribute to J.J. Cale last week when he did a set at McCabe's Guitar Shop in Santa Monica. 

He sat in with drummer Jim Keltner, guitarist Don White and bass player Marty Rifkin to do Cale's "After Midnight" and "Cocaine." Clapton brought both of those songs to the mainstream, along with a few others. They also recorded an album together, 2006's The Road to Escondido.

Cale died on July 26th from a heart attack. He was 76.

RAMONES: John Waters Hosts Annual Tribute

Iconic cult filmmaker John Waters will host the ninth annual Johnny Ramone Tribute at L.A.'s Hollywood Forever Cemetery this Sunday. The event will include:
  • A screening of the director's cut of Waters' 1990 classic Cry-Baby.
  • An autograph session with Waters and Cry-Baby co-star Traci Lords.
  • Vintage Ramones concert footage projected on a 42-foot mausoleum wall.
  • A "Dress Up as Your Favorite Ramone" contest that will be judged by Steve Jones of The Sex Pistols and Johnny's widow, Linda Ramone.

GUNS N' ROSES: Engagement Story Spurs Police Investigation

It's not often a story about someone's engagement will start a police investigation. But that's exactly what happened to Guns n' Roses/Sixx A.M. guitarist DJ Ashba.

He got engaged to Nathalia Henao last week and posted a photo on Instagram of the couple in a helicopter on the way to where the proposal happened. Ashba added, "Special thanks to the Las Vegas Police Department for the most amazing helicopter private tour over Vegas! We landed in a field at police headquarters, where I had a table set up covered in roses and bottle of the bubble stuff." Ashba also gave a shout out to Las Vegas Police Captain David O’Leary for helping to make it all happen.

Now the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that police department officials are upset with the "misuse" of the helicopter and have launched an investigation into O’Leary, along with the pilot who flew Ashba and Henao.

Headlines for Monday, August 12, 2013

BLACK SABBATH: Tony Wants to Do More

Provided he can keep his lymphoma in check, Tony Iommi is all for Black Sabbath doing another album following the success of 13. However, because of his treatment schedule, the guitarist says he "can’t commit to doing another two years or anything like that. I have to play it as it comes now.” But Iommi, who is enjoying the success of 13 and the band's tour, adds that "if the rest of the year goes well, then we’ll look at it and see if it’s possible to do another album. It would be very nice to."

Sabbath is in Philadelphia Saturday and the Boston suburb of Mansfield, Massachusetts today.

ROGER DALTREY: Going Solo Again?

Instead of waiting for Pete Townshend to decide The Who's recording plans, Roger Daltrey says he may do one of his own. "I want to keep singing and I don't want to keep going out and doing Who songs, though that's what people want at the shows I do... If I can get the songs, I'll do something. I've got an idea that I'm working with. As for The Who, you never know. Pete's the kind of guy who could suddenly write a load of songs and he'll say, 'Let's go in and record them.' And then there'll be another album. The last one's, what, '82 to 2005 – 23 years. I haven't got 23 years now, but you never know."

Daltrey performs tomorrow, Saturday, in Costa Mesa, California, filling in at a show that was booked for Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek, who died in May. Daltrey has a corporate show in Las Vegas on Monday, so he turned the Costa Mesa gig into a benefit for his charity, Teen Cancer America. He says, "I've been doing solo shows for the last three years. A singer has to sing. The Who don't do enough gigs for me. If I stop singing at the age I am now, my voice will be gone within two years. So I've got to keep it going. It's like a car engine -- you've got to keep running."

Daltrey's last solo studio album was 1992's Rocks in the Head.

BLACK SABBATH: Better Than Dead Legends

England's Classic Rock magazine will hold its Classic Rock Roll of Honour awards on November 14th at the Roundhouse in London.

Black Sabbath will receive the Living Legend award. Ozzy Osbourne says, “It’s good to be a living legend. It’s better than being a dead one.” Previous winners include ZZ Top, Jeff Beck, Alice Cooper and Jimmy Page. Ozzy already won it as a solo artist in 2008.

Nominees in other categories:

Band/Artist of the Year: Black Sabbath, David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, Iron Maiden and Status Quo

Album of the Year: Black Sabbath 13, David Bowie The Next Day, Deep Purple Now What? and others

Reissue of the Year: Blue Oyster Cult The Columbia Albums Collection, Deep Purple Machine Head 40th Anniversary, Fleetwood Mac Rumours, Moody Blues Timeless Flight and others.

Event of the Year: David Bowie releases an album, Mick Taylor joins The Rolling Stones at Hyde Park, Black Sabbath hit number-one on the album chart and others

Film/DVD: Ginger Baker Beware of Mr. Baker, The Rolling Stones Crossfire Hurricane, Dave Grohl Sound City Players, Led Zeppelin Celebration Day, B.B. King The Life of Riley and others.

AVENGED SEVENFOLD: Back to Duty

Avenged Sevenfold are returning to the world of Call of Duty.

The final XBox Live downloadable content pack for Call of Duty: Black Ops Two, titled Apocalypse, will contain a new track called "Shepherd of Fire" from the band. The song will also appear on Avenged Sevenfold's new album, Hail to the King. Both the album and the content pack are due out August 27th.

Avenged Sevenfold appear in the end credits for Call of Duty: Black Ops Two in virtual form, performing the track "Carry On."

AC/DC: Bon Statue Coming Along Slowly

A statue in honor of the late AC/DC singer Bon Scott, planned for his hometown of Kirriemuir, Scotland, is still in the works. A Kickstarter campaign to raise the needed funds did not reach its pledge goal, so organizers will raise money through alternate means. They have collected $26-thousand of the $77-thousand needed and will hold another fundraising event on October 5th.

Scott died on February 19th, 1980 after a drinking binge. He was 33.

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE: The Return of Rising?

Could Rage Against the Machine be making a return to the stage next year?

That might be the case, as the band's L.A. Rising festival is going to return in 2014. The festival's Facebook page says, "Plans for L.A. Rising 2014 are underway. August 2014 may seem distant, but the road to L.A. Rising will not be barren. More info to come.” 

The 2012 edition featured Rage Against the Machine headlining at the Los Angeles Coliseum with Muse, Rise Against and many other acts.

The band's future has been up in the air since late 2012 when guitarist Tom Morello told Rolling Stone, "Whether or not we ever play music again in any capacity is unknown."

KORN: New Single Streaming

Korn have started streaming their new single via their Facebook page.

"Never Never" will be available through digital retailers starting on Tuesday. Pre-orders for the band's new album, The Paradigm Shift, will start on Tuesday as well. The album, the first in a decade to feature guitarist Brian "Head" Welch, will be out on October 8th.

Headlines for Friday, August 9, 2013

ALICE IN CHAINS, JANE'S ADDICTION: Feeling the Uproar

Alice in Chains and Jane's Addiction will hit the road this weekend headlining the Uproar Festival.

Also appearing on the traveling festival are Coheed and Cambria, Circa Survive, Walking Papers (with Duff McKagan) and Middle Class Rut. The fun starts Friday in Scranton, Pennsylvania before moving to Hartford, Connecticut on Saturday and Darien Center, New York on Sunday.

Jane's Addiction fans will also get to hear a new track in the band's set. "Another Soulmate" is available as a digital single through Amazon and iTunes.

OUTSIDE LANDS: McCartney, NIN, Chili Peppers Hit San Fran

Paul McCartney, Nine Inch Nails and Red Hot Chili Peppers are the headline acts at this weekend's Outside Lands Music Festival in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.

A number of sets will be webcast at UStream.tv, including those by Nine Inch Nails, the Chili Peppers, Atlas Genius, Gary Clark Junior, Dawes, The Head and the Heart, The Lone Bellow, Phoenix, Vampire Weekend and Young the Giant.

  • Friday the festival kicks off with Paul McCartney headlining, with The National and Band of Horses on the bill.
  • Saturday has Nine Inch Nails headlining, with Phoenix, The Head and the Heart, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Young the Giant, The Lone Bellow and Gary Clark Junior.
  • Sunday the festival closes with a headline set by the Chili Peppers and sets by Vampire Weekend and Dawes.

NEIL YOUNG: Band Member's Broken Hand Axes Euro Tour

Neil Young and Crazy Horse have canceled the rest of their European tour.

While Neil Young's website simply blames "an accident involving Crazy Horse," Rolling Stone reports that guitarist Frank Sampedro sustained a minor fracture in his hand yesterday. Sampedro is expected to recover in time for the group's brief North American tour, which starts August 31st at the Greenbelt Harvest Picnic in Dundas, Ontario.

SOUNDGARDEN: Cornell Announces Acoustic Tour

Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell is hitting the road this fall on an acoustic tour.

Cornell will start out on October 15th in San Diego and hit 29 cities before wraps things up on November 30th in Atlantic City. $1 from every ticket sold on the tour will go to the new Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation, which gives aid to the most vulnerable children.

TOM PETTY, KINGS OF LEON: Petty Fest Hits Nashville

The people who produce Petty Fest in New York are bringing it to Nashville.

The tribute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will be part of the Music City Eats: Nashville Food, Wine and Spirits Festival September 21st at the War Memorial Auditorium. Kings of Leon will act as hosts for the show and will be joined by Norah Jones, Patrick Carney of The Black Keys, Jakob Dylan of The WallflowersEmmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell.

BECK: Goes Station to Station

Beck has joined the lineup of a new train-based tour.

Station to Station -- run by multimedia artist Doug Aitken -- will make 10 stops in September between New York and San Francisco. Each stop will be billed as a "Happening" and feature a variety of artists working with a diverse set of media. Beck will perform in Los Angeles and Barstow, California.

ROBERT PLANT: A Player in the Land of Twitter

Robert Plant has finally taken to Twitter, agreeing to answer a few questions.

With Plant tweeting, "Are we ready?" his site was besieged with more than 30,000 tweets in a very short time. The first 25,000 received a free download of the Led Zeppelin song "What Is and What Should Never Be," which he recorded live with his Sensational Space Shifters.

His answers to the questions didn't include any great revelations, but he did say that if he hadn't joined Led Zeppelin he would have become a "marriage counselor."

Plant has also relaunched his website, RobertPlant.com, and has taken to Instagram and Google Plus.

PUDDLE OF MUDD: Neighbor Gets Restraining Order

The neighbor of Puddle of Mudd frontman Wes Scantlin has gotten a restraining order against him.

Scantlin was arrested last month after allegedly attacking his neighbor's property with a saw and a sledgehammer, knocking down a wall he believes was illegally built on his side of the property line. Sasha Gradiva has gotten a temporary restraining order, barring Wes from coming within 20 feet of her at any time and prohibiting him from contacting her.

A hearing has been set for later this month to determine whether the restraining order should be made permanent.

Source: TMZ

AEROSMITH: Whitford Is Glad the Way it Worked Out

Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford says they were "seriously talking about" replacing Steven Tyler a few years ago, but he's glad they didn't have to travel down that road.

Whitford says, "Steven was a little bit tired and fed up with the way things were going. But we just felt like we couldn’t just let the band fall apart... We spoke to maybe one or two singers about the idea, but that was about as far as it went. I don’t think anybody in the band was terribly keen about getting in a new lead singer. I think we were all just thinking about survival at that point. We weren’t ready to give up on the band."

Among the singers whose names came up were Sammy Hagar, Paul Rodgers, Billy Idol, Lenny Kravitz and Chris Cornell.

BRIAN MAY: You Can't Tie Him Down

Queen's Brian May hopes to leave the hospital Saturday after undergoing knee replacement surgery on Tuesday.

He says, "I feel a huge lift in spirits -- been in pain for a long time. My surgeon rocks! Thanks so much for the get-well messages. Today was tough, but they keep you busy, and I'm in really good shape, already way better."

Headlines for Thursday, August 8, 2013

AEROSMITH: Time to Rise Up Again

Aerosmith start their second tour of Japan in three years when they hit Tokyo tonight (Thursday). They also have one date in Nagoya and two in Osaka.

The tour comes on the heels of last month's release of Rock for the Rising Sun, a DVD filmed there on their 2011 tour, following the earthquake that devastated parts of the country. Bassist Tom Hamilton says, "It was a very moving tour for us, going over to Japan, fairly soon after they had those horrible disasters with the tsunami... Before we went over there, there was some trepidation because a reactor was leaking radiation, and every day there was a report on the radiation and how strong it was and the certain amount of miles out. But we wanted to go and we had a great time and we felt we got a lot of really good footage and we played really well. So we thought, 'We have this, why not put it together and put it out and use it for something?'"

After Japan, Aerosmith will play their first-ever shows in China and Taiwan.

GREEN DAY: Win Appeal of Art Lawsuit

Green Day won an appeal of a court decision that said they didn't violate the rights of an artist by using one his works as a video backdrop during their 2009 tour.

Dereck Seltzer sued in 2011 after a picture of his piece "Scream Icon," an abstract image of an anguished, contorted face that has been used on posters as street art, was covered by a red spray-painted cross in a video backdrop during the song "East Jesus Nowhere." A federal district judge in Los Angeles in 2011 rejected his claims of copyright infringement.

On Wednesday the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in California upheld that decision, saying that Green Day's use of "Scream Icon" was fair, and was "transformative and not overly commercial" despite making few alterations. The court added that Seltzer's testimony that the value of his work wasn't affected and the absence of the work from Green Day merchandise made it easy to rule in band's favor.

The court did overturn a $201,000 award of attorney's fees to Green Day. Even though Seltzer lost, it said, he had not been "objectively unreasonable" by suing.

Source: Reuters

DAVID LEE ROTH: Bye for Now

David Lee Roth has posted another video on his website.

This is a short one titled "Thanks for a Great Tour," and it shows numerous snapshots of Roth -- but only one with the other members of Van Halen -- taken at their club show at New York's Cafe Wha, which used to be owned by Roth's Uncle Manny. The video's soundtrack consists of "Happy Trails" and "Just a Gigolo."

DEF LEPPARD: What Happened in Vegas Is Not Staying in Vegas

Def Leppard's 11-night Las Vegas residency this past spring is coming to the big screen, and to DVD and CD.

Def Leppard Viva! Hysteria Concert will be shown in theaters on October 2nd and October 8th ahead of its October 22nd release on DVD, Blu-ray and CD. It features their Hysteria album in its entirety and more.

There is talk that Def Leppard may return to Vegas for another residency next year.

See video HERE!

 

KORN: Album Pushed, Single Due Monday

Korn have pushed back the release of their new album, The Paradigm Shift, from October 1st to October 8th. The album is the first with guitarist Brian "Head" Welch since 2003's Take a Look in the Mirror.

"Never Never," the first single from The Paradigm Shift, will be available for streaming on Monday.

PAPA ROACH: Hey, I'm Really Sorry

Papa Roach singer Jacoby Shaddix has taken to the band's Facebook page to calm their South American fans.

The band had to postpone their South American tour set to start this week because Shaddix is having voice issues, and some fans didn't seem to believe it. Shaddix wrote, "I write this with a heavy heart. I have read a lot of posts about how you feel about us canceling our shows in S.A. Some are positive and some are extremely negative. (Some went as far as saying we should die!) Trust me, I would love to not have to deal with these vocal cord issues at all. Don't forget I am a HUMAN, not a MACHINE. When a guitar string breaks you change it but when a vocal cord breaks, time and silence is the ONLY thing that heals it. I pray to GOD I don't have to have surgery again."

ROBERT PLANT: Whole Lotta Tweeting on Thursday

Like Led Zeppelin, the Twitter account belonging to Robert Plant has been dormant. That will change on Thursday as Plant promises to answer 10 questions from his fans. Submit your question with the hashtag #AskRP and he will select his Top 10.

AC/DC: Whole Lotta Vino

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AC/DC's wine will make its U.S. debut next month.

Two years in the making, AC/DC Platinum is a 2010 Barossa Valley Shiraz that has been matured in American oak barrels. It comes in a gift box, and the bottle is made of Saver Glass from France and bound with a pewter neck band. Like AC/DC, the wine comes from Down Under -- it's made from grapes picked in Southeast Australia and Marlborough, New Zealand.

Though not available here yet, the other offerings are the Back in Black Shiraz, Highway to Hell Cabernet Sauvignon and You Shook Me All Night Long Moscato.

GREEN DAY: Documentary Packaged With Album

Green Day are quietly releasing their documentary about their ill-fated trio of 2012 albums.

The band has paired up Cuatro, which follows the making of Uno, Dos and Tre, with a reissue of Tre that's due out August 27th. The film  debuted in January at the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado.

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH: #2 With Volume 1

Five Finger Death Punch have the biggest sales week of their career.

Their new album, The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell: Volume One, will debut at number-two on the Billboard 200 album chart with 112,000 copies sold, according to the latest Soundscan figures. It's their highest-charting album and best sales week, topping 2011's American Capitalist, which debuted with 90,000 copies sold to land at number-three.

ROB ZOMBIE: Skatepark Controversy Grows

Rob and Sheri Moon Zombie have found themselves in a swarm of controversy over their objections to a skatepark next to their home.

The story got its start when Sheri attended a Woodbury, Connecticut budget meeting in June and asked if there might be money available to move the park. She said it had "proved to be a significant noise pollutant" and reduced quality of life for the neighborhood. After word got out about her request, the couple started getting flack from the skating community.

Rob took to his Facebook page last week to write, "Some really crazy articles have popped up making claims about 'hating skaters' and 'hating children.' There is a simple matter going on in which we are trying to find a solution that will make EVERYBODY happy."

Two other neighbors to the park have made similar complaints after the Zombies'. So this week, the town is trying to muffle the noise by enclosing the sides of the metal skate ramps, stuffing the jumps with Styrofoam and putting up soundproofing fabric on a fence. Officials are also looking into moving the park.

Headlines for Wednesday, August 7, 2013

RONNIE JAMES DIO: He's Alive

Apparently Ronnie James Dio is alive and well, despite having died three years ago.

Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell, who used to play in Dio, is leading a new side project called Last in Line, which features founding Dio members Vinny Appice, Jimmy Bain and Claude Schnell, plus Andrew Freeman on vocals. They played their first-ever show Saturday in Fullerton, California, and Andrew's brother, Raymond Freeman, says an apparition of Ronnie James appeared at the show. "I just came across it while looking at photos from the last gig. Call me crazy, but it somewhat appears to be Ronnie James Dio just above Vivian Campbell. Just weird... Ghost? Weird lighting? Not sure, but it's there and pretty creepy."

And on his Facebook page Raymond writes, "Right when Vinny goes too long on the snare fill...look at my brother's face... That's Dio...channeling through my bro who I have now tagged Di'omen... Weird crap like this runs in my family. Call me crazy."

See video HERE!

SAMMY HAGAR: The First Video

Sammy Hagar has released the first video from his forthcoming album of duets, Sammy Hagar and Friends. It's for the album's first single, "Knockdown Dragout," which features Kid Rock and Joe Satriani.

The album, out September 24th, also includes contributions from Toby Keith, Mickey Hart, Taj Mahal, Neal Schon, Michael Anthony, Chad Smith, Nancy Wilson and many others.

See video HERE!

PAPA ROACH: Jacoby's Throat Strikes Again

Papa Roach have postponed their South American tour because singer Jacoby Shaddix is having vocal issues again.

The tour was scheduled to start Wednesday in Brazil. Shaddix has been put on strict vocal rest by his doctor. Shaddix has been battling vocal issues since being diagnosed with a nodule on his left vocal cord in August 2012. The band was forced to drop off last summer's Uproar Festival after just one week due to Shaddix needing surgery to remove the nodule.

KISS: Set to Tell Their Story

KISS have chosen a director for You Wanted the Best…You Got The Best - The Official KISS Movie.

They're going with Alan G. Parker, whose credits include Never Mind The Sex Pistols, Who Killed Nancy; Rebel Truce: The History of The Clash; and Monty Python: Almost the Truth. Paul Stanley says Alan is the right choice to "tell the definitive KISS story, a story of insanity…dedication…and a take-no-prisoners attitude combining to create the most spectacular beast in rock 'n' roll history; KISS."  No word on when filming will begin.

KISS will kick off the Arena Bowl weekend festivities on Friday, August 16th at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. The game is Saturday the 17th.

LOLLAPALOOZA: Planning Ahead

Lollapalooza just ended on Sunday, but the festival's promoters are already looking ahead.

They've announced that the 2014 edition of the festival will take place at Chicago's Grant Park August 1st through the 3rd. No acts have been named yet, so time is ripe to start speculating on next year's lineup.

Headlines for Tuesday, August 6, 2013

BLACK KEYS: Dan's Crazy Divorce Case

Maybe Jack White's problem with The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach isn't a professional feud. Auerbach is in the middle of a crazy divorce and is alleging that his estranged wife has endangered their kids.

As we've reported, White and his estranged wife, Karen Elson, have been trading legal blows over some seemingly bizarre E-mails he sent her, in which he insisted that their kids not go to daycare with Auerbach's kids. But it's starting to look like Jack is truly concerned about the children's welfare and not acting petty over a musical beef.

Auerbach's divorce filings allege that his wife, Stephanie Gonis, tried to commit suicide twice in one day with their kids present. He says the first time, she slashed her legs and ankles in front of them, and then later in the day tried to burn their house down. Stephanie blames Auerbach for the leg slashing, citing what she calls years of abuse. She says the fire was just an accident. She's also voluntarily sought treatment to deal with her issues.

A judge in Tennessee has given Auerbach temporary custody of the kids, and Stephanie will get supervised visitation until he's convinced that she's not a danger to them.

Source: TMZ

BRIAN MAY: A Day at the Hospital

Last week we told you that Brian May was going to have knee replacement surgery, and we can now tell you that surgery is this morning (Tuesday) in England. He posted a one last look at his old knee on his website in a photo that he took the other day while on a trip to the Canary Islands, which he says he needed to "clear" his head.

Queen drummer Roger Taylor turned 64 on July 26th, and his bandmate, Brian May, gave him a drum kit, but not just any drum kit. This one is made completely out of wood.

Photo courtesy of BrianMay.com:

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WARREN HAYNES: Completes Garcia With Symphony Dates

Warren Haynes wrapped up the eight-show Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration tour Sunday at the Hollywood Bowl in L.A. The Gov't Mule, Dead and Allman Brothers Band guitarist tells us "the whole experience was wonderful. I was honored to have been asked to do it."

Haynes says he'd "always wanted to do something with an orchestra, but never even thought about what." A year ago he got a call a year from representatives of Garcia's estate asking if he'd be interested in being the first guest artist to accompany the symphonic celebration of Garcia's music and he jumped at the chance.

While he says all the shows were special, Haynes points to the August 1st show in San Francisco as the one that really stands out.

DEF LEPPARD: The Great Divide

Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell did a Facebook chat in which he recorded his answers on SoundCloud. One of the questions was would the band ever do another "hard rocking album," and Campbell said he and fellow guitarist Phil Collen would want to, but singer Joe Elliott and bassist Rick Savage probably wouldn't be on that same page. Def Leppard's last album was 2008's Songs From the Sparkle Lounge.

BLACK SABBATH: Quite the Attraction

Black Sabbath is now an amusement park attraction. Universal Studios Hollywood will unveil Black Sabbath: 13 3D at this year’s premiere Halloween Horror Nights event, starting September 20th.

The maze is based on the darkest lyrics from Sabbath’s biggest hits and is the only attraction at the horror event to incorporate 3D video. Including scenes inspired by their new album, 13, visitors will traverse through graveyards, madhouses and battlefields. Ozzy Osbourne says he has "seen the drawings of what it will look like when it’s finished and it looks amazing. I can’t wait to walk through it on opening night.”

Among the Sabbath songs that will be played as you make your way through are “Iron Man,” “Paranoid,” “War Pigs,” “Electric Funeral” and “Black Sabbath.”

The last two years have seen Universal create mazes based on Alice Cooper's music.

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SEVENDUST: Fall Dates Announced

Sevendust will stay on the road throughout the fall.

The band just announced a run of shows starting September 6th in Dekalb, Illinois that runs through October 11th in Winston-Salem, California. After a brief break, the band will join forces with All That Remains and Asking Alexandria for a tour that starts October 25th. Those dates have yet to been announced.

TOM PETTY: Lucky 13?

Tom Petty is working on his 13th studio album and says he's "tremendously excited for this one."

Petty tells Rolling Stone it's "not like anything we've ever done. I think people are gonna like it. We're at a place where we're nearly done with it." But if it's not like anything they've ever done, you must be wondering what it sounds like. He says it "kind of like songs that we would've written maybe around [1994's] Wildflowers or [1979's] Damn the Torpedoes. But you know, it comes from a blues place and it's much more distorted [laughs]. But it's really got its own thing, and it's tremendously exciting for me, because I'm just so into it and I'm looking forward to getting back to the studio and finishing it"

The album, which still has no title, will be out early next year. But before touring, Petty wants to record another album with his pre-Heartbreakers band, Mudcrutch.

LED ZEPPELIN: Give Bonzo His Due

A campaign is under way to honor the late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham with a statue in his hometown of Redditch, England.

Three businesses there are trying to raise the money, and their effort has the support of Bonham's sister Deborah, who says, "I’m absolutely thrilled about it. John was unassuming, so he’d probably be a bit shy about it –- but I know he’d be very proud. I wish it had happened when my dad, mum and brother Michael were alive. To see it up there will be very emotional. It’s just wonderful to know he mans that much, and his music brought that much joy to so many people."

There will be a fundraiser this Friday in Redditch, and Michael Bonham's book on his brother, John Bonham: The Powerhouse Behind Led Zeppelin, has been republished to help drum up some cash.

John Bonham died in 1980 after an all-night drinking binge.

JACK WHITE: Responds to Restraining Order

Jack White says he didn't make any threats against his estranged wife.

White responded to Karen Elson's request for a temporary restraining order in a Nashville court, saying she'd gone back on a verbal agreement to settle their divorce without mediation. White asked the court to establish a temporary parenting plan and said he does not oppose the temporary restraining order, except for communications about the children. White’s attorney also said in the filing that he was upset over Elson’s decision to keep their two children longer than she'd agreed to during a recent trip.

White provided the court with E-mails from Elson in which she said she and the children loved him and missed him, and that he was a great father. Elson gave the court what she claimed were E-mails threatening her to obtain the restraining order.

SAMMY HAGAR: Your Travel Consultant

Sammy Hagar once owned a travel agency, so it's not surprising that he is offering up a travel tip on his website.

He writes, "Just wanted to share some family photos from our vacation in Costa Rica. We flew down for around a week and had a blast! If you're planning on heading to Costa Rica, don't miss the volcano area near town of Arenal. Our hotel, the Springs Resort and Spa, was amazing and not too expensive! The hot springs were well worth the trip and there were a million things to do and see all on the property. Not to mention they now have Sammy's Beach Bar Rum! Ha!"

Hagar will be getting back to work with next month's release of his Sammy Hagar and Friends album and tour.

ROGER DALTREY: Go Ask Alice

Roger Daltrey will be lighting up the tube this fall -- as the voice of the hookah-smoking Caterpillar on the new ABC series Once Upon a Time in Wonderland.

The Alice in Wonderland-inspired "psychedelic romance," which is set to run for just one season, will premiere in the fall, and will also feature John Lithgow as the White Rabbit. More guest stars are to be announced in the next few weeks.

Source: Deadline.com

KID ROCK: Don't Mess With Him

Kid Rock’s home in suburban Detroit was the site of an attempted break-in last Wednesday afternoon.

Oakland County Undersheriff Michael McCabe says a man was seen on security cameras ramming his white van into the gate. And then, despite being on crutches, he tried to break into the house.

Kid Rock offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest, and over the weekend cops got their man, a 43-year old from Detroit. He will be arraigned today (Monday). And to anyone else out there who has the same idea, be forewarned. Kid Rock says, “[I am] an avid hunter and marksman and... will not hesitate to shoot anyone. I take the invasion of my personal space very serious regardless of who you are.” He was not home at the time of the incident.

Headlines for Monday, August 5, 2013

KID ROCK: Don't Mess With Him

Kid Rock’s home in suburban Detroit was the site of an attempted break-in last Wednesday afternoon.

Oakland County Undersheriff Michael McCabe says a man was seen on security cameras ramming his white van into the gate. And then, despite being on crutches, he tried to break into the house.

Kid Rock offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest, and over the weekend cops got their man, a 43-year old from Detroit. He will be arraigned today (Monday). And to anyone else out there who has the same idea, be forewarned. Kid Rock says, “[I am] an avid hunter and marksman and... will not hesitate to shoot anyone. I take the invasion of my personal space very serious regardless of who you are.” He was not home at the time of the incident.

MOTORHEAD: Lemmy Back on the DL

Motorhead cut short its set at the Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany Friday when bassist and singer Lemmy, who has had some health issues lately, was unable to continue. They were six songs and 30 minutes into the set when they called it quits.

The festival organizers issued a statement saying, "Lemmy is keeping well, but the temperatures and circumstances led to the point that continuing the show would have led to a loss of quality."

Lemmy had a defibrillator implanted in his chest earlier this year, and in June he had a blood clot that resulted in the band canceling their bulk of their summer shows. Their next show is not scheduled until November 7th in Switzerland.

Refuting a rumor that Lemmy was dead, Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell tweeted "Contrary to some reports, Lem is alive and kicking so take no notice of these rumours from [stupid] tweeters."

SAMMY HAGAR: Calm Before the Storm

Sammy Hagar has posted a video on his website to say how excited he is to be done with his new duets album, Sammy Hagar and Friends.

Sitting on the patio overlooking the ocean at his vacation home in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Hagar says he only intended to do four songs, but it just grew into an album. Among those joining him are country singer Toby Keith, Grateful Dead drummer and his neighbor Mickey Hart, Taj Mahal, Michael Anthony, Neal Schon, Joe Satriani, Chad Smith, Nancy Wilson, Ronnie Dunn and Kid Rock. The first single is "Knockdown Dragout" featuring Kid Rock, Satriani and Denny Carmassi from Montrose.

In addition to the 10-track album, a deluxe version contains one more song and a DVD documentary on the making of the disc. Both edition will be out on September 24th.

BLACK VEIL BRIDES: Design T-Shirt to Help Stop Bullying

Black Veil Brides have designed a t-shirt to help an anti-bullying charity.

The band has teamed up with The Bully Project for the shirt, which features the lyric, "If we stand together we will be unbroken" from their song "Unbroken" on the Avengers Assemble soundtrack. All profits from the shirt's sale over the next three weeks will go to The Bully Project.

The band is also asking fans who purchase the shirt to E-mail a photo of themselves wearing it. Some of the pics will be used in an upcoming video due out on October 1st to mark Anti-Bullying Awareness Month.

STAIND: Be Like Mike

Staind and Newsted guitarist Mike Mushok wants to help fans learn how to play guitar just like he does.

Mushok has teamed up with JamPlay.com to offer online lessons in learning the Staind catalog. The five-lesson series includes instructions on how to play "It's Been Awhile," "For You," "Right Here," "Mudshovel" and "Outside."

EDDIE VAN HALEN: Back to the Past

Eddie Van Halen soundtrack work from 1984 has been unearthed.

Back in '84, Eddie did the score for a movie called The Wild Life. The Van Halen News Desk fan site has found a snippet, which it has named “Out the Window” because it played as the main character had to jump out of his girlfriend’s bedroom window to escape detection by her parents. And if it sounds familiar, that's because it was used a year later in Back to the Future, when Marty McFly, played by Michael J. Fox, traveled back in time and paid a visit to his sleeping father. McFly was wearing a radiation suit and pulled out a cassette tape labeled Edward Van Halen, which he then put in his Sony Walkman.

The Wild Life score was never released, but the Van Halen News Desk will be posting clips of it over the next few weeks.

MOTLEY CRUE: Sixx Launches Sunglasses Line

Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx has gotten into the sunglasses business.

Sixx has teamed up with BluBlocker for the line, which is available now through the company's website. It comes in collector's box with a carrying case and special insert from Nikki. The first 200 fans who buy the glasses online will have the package autographed by Sixx.

JACK WHITE: So Which Black Keys Member Does He Hate?

More has come out about the E-mails Jack White sent his ex-wife Karen Ellison that prompted her to get a restraining order.

In the initial story about the order, White wanted Elson to contact their children's private school to get them moved out of a class that included another entertainer's child, who White says "ripped off" his music. TMZ has gotten a hold of the E-mails and reports that White was upset about -- as rumored -- Black Keys singer-guitarist Dan Auerbach having his kids at the same school.

White wrote, "My concern with Auerbach is because I don't want the kids involved in any of that crap... That's a possible 12 years I'm going to have to be sitting in kids chairs next to that [guy] with other people trying to lump us in together."

Headlines for Friday, August 2, 2013

LOLLAPALOOZA: Catch Highlights on YouTube

Lollapalooza takes over Chicago this weekend -- and you can watch much of it at home.

Eight performances from the festival at Grant Park will be streamed each day on YouTube, including sets from Nine Inch Nails, Mumford and Sons, The Cure, Phoenix, The Killers and more.

  • Friday the lineup includes Nine Inch Nails, The Killers, Queens of the Stone Age, New Order, Imagine Dragons, Atlas Genius and The Neighborhood.
  • Saturday includes sets by Mumford and Sons, The Postal Service, The Lumineers, Ben Howard and Family of the Year.
  • Sunday the festival closes with The Cure, Phoenix, Vampire Weekend and The Mowgli's.

JACK WHITE: Slapped With Restraining Order from Ex-Wife

When Jack White and his model/singer-songwriter wife Karen Elson announced their amicable breakup two years ago, they threw a party to celebrate. Now, however, the bloom is off the rose. Elson has been granted a restraining order against White after she complained about his harassment.

The order says, "Wife fears for her and the children's safety as a result of this harassment" and adds that he contacted his ex-wife's paralegal "in an inappropriate and aggressive manner."

According to the restraining order affidavit, White has a violent temper and has a history of sending out harassing emails and text messages.

The filing adds that White wanted Elson to contact their children's private school to get them moved out of a class that included another entertainer's child, who White says "ripped off" his music.

While the name of the other musician was not included in the filing, White has a known dislike of The Black Keys, who now also live in Nashville.

White also allegedly berated Elson after she attended the wedding of another musician who White said "ripped off" his music, according to the filing. Again, the musician isn't named, but Black Keys' drummer Patrick Carney was married in Nashville in last September.

Source: The City Paper

ROLLING STONES: Wood's Face Removed From Ex's Butt

Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood's ex-wife, Jo, has had a tattoo of his face removed from her butt.

She claims she "stood there one day, looked at it, and thought, ‘It’s time for that to come off. I can’t have my ex-husband on my bum when he’s married.’”

Wood, 66, tied the knot with 35-year-old Sally Humphries in December. Jo described the tat as a little caricature of Ronnie, "his hair, his little mouth, his little nose."

If the tattoo was based on a Wood original, she may have destroyed some expensive artwork. Wood just put one of his paintings -- a portrait of the Stones on stage that's currently on display in the Birmingham (England) City Center -- up for sale for the U.K. equivalent of $45,000.

Sources: Mirror (tattoo) and The Daily Mail (Stones painting)

BLACK SABBATH: 13 Is Not a Classic Yet

The readers of Rolling Stone have picked their Top 10 favorite Black Sabbath albums, and their new one, 13, did not make the list.

Seven of the albums feature Ozzy Osbourne on vocals, two have the late Ronnie James Dio, and one has Deep Purple's Ian Gillan. The albums are:

  1. Paranoid
  2. Black Sabbath
  3. Volume 4
  4. Master of Reality
  5. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
  6. Sabotage
  7. Heaven and Hell (w/Ronnie James Dio)
  8. Born Again (w/Ian Gillan)
  9. Mob Rules (w/Dio)
  10. Never Say Die

Though the guys in Sabbath are proud of their new album, 13, bassist Geezer Butler tells us it is too soon to say it is one of their best. "It's hard to say where this album fits in, but I loved doing it. I'm really proud of it."

Sabbath's 13 tour has them in Bristow, Virginia on Friday night and Holmdel, New Jersey on Sunday.

ROGER WATERS: He's Pissed

Roger Waters has posted an open letter on his website and Facebook page denouncing Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, who called him "anti Semitic," "a Jew hater" and a "Nazi sympathizer." It all started when an Israeli newspaper posted a photo of the pig Waters uses in his Wall show, which has the Star of David on it.

Waters says, "Often I can ignore these attacks, but Rabbi Cooper’s accusations are so wild and bigoted they demand a response... I hold your outburst to be inflammatory and unhelpful, and would suggest it can only impede progress towards peace and understanding between people... I have many very close Jewish friends, one of whom, interestingly enough, is the nephew of the late Simon Wiesenthal... The Wall show, so lamely attacked by you, is many things. It is thoughtful, life affirming, ecumenical, humane, loving, anti-war, anti-colonial, pro-universal access to the law, pro-liberty, pro-collaboration, pro-dialogue, pro-peace, anti-authoritarian, anti-fascist, anti-apartheid, anti-dogma, international in spirit, musical and satirical. It is not anti-Semitic or pro-Nazi.

Like it or not, the Star of David represents Israel and its policies, and is legitimately subject to any and all forms of non-violent protest. To peacefully protest against Israel’s racist domestic and foreign policies is not anti-Semitic. Your contention that because I criticize the policies of the Israeli government I should be lumped in with the Muslim Brotherhood is risible, and again a personal affront... Come to the show! Love, Roger. P.S. For the sake of some perspective. The inflatable pig...has appeared at every Wall show since September 2010, some 193 shows, [and] yours is the first complaint."

Waters' tour of The Wall is in Istanbul, Turkey on Sunday.

CAGE THE ELEPHANT: New Single Debuts Next Week

The first single from Cage the Elephant's third album is called "Come a Little Closer."

The song will start streaming on August 8th and go on sale through digital retailers on the 13th. Cage the Elephant's as-yet-untitled third album is due out in mid-fall. They'll debut songs from it on a tour with Muse that starts on September 3rd in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Check out a preview of the track on YouTube.

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS: Weiland Not Mad With Bennington

Scott Weiland says he's not angry that Linkin Park's Chester Bennington is taking his place in Stone Temple Pilots.

Weiland tells Billboard, "I've known Chester for a long time... I don't think [he] did it in a spiteful way. The brothers DeLeo can be pretty persuasive... I guess nothing is totally shocking, but I don't think it was smart for them to do that."

Weiland, who's in a legal battle with the band over use of the name, adds, "I'm surprised they did what they did without checking the legality of it, how they just decided to go and use the [STP] name and go and hire another singer and start playing shows with a name that I still am an owner of."

SYSTEM OF A DOWN: Serj Still Isn't Ready

Serj Tankian knows how to bring down the spirits of System of a Down fans.

Even though System of a Down drummer John Dolmayan said the band's next hometown show in Los Angeles -- after Monday night's performance -- would be when they have a new record, Tankian dashed fans hopes Wednesday night.

During a chat on Reddit, Tankian told a fan asking about a new album that, "No, that is not true. A quick scan of press online will show that we have not yet agreed on a timetable for another record due to its time commitments." The fan followed up by saying, "Seriously I think everyone wants a new System of a Down album. It's been too long since the last one." Tankian replied, "We really appreciate that, but we have to make a record when we think it's time, not anyone else."

SLASH: Headlines Arizona Benefit

Slash will headline a concert to benefit the families of the firefighters who lost their lives battling fires in Arizona.

Rock N’ 2 Remember will be held August 25th at the Prescott Rodeo Grounds in Prescott, Arizona. The money raised by the show will go to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation, the Prescott Fire Fighters Charities, the 100 Club of Arizona and the displaced residents of Yarnell, Arizona.

On June 30th, the Granite Mountain Hotshots team lost 19 men combating the wildfires that burned over 8,000 acres in Arizona.

RUSH: Back on the Trail in October

As we reported first, Rush will re-release their 2002 album, Vapor Trails, and we now have the date -- the remixed version will be out on October 1st.

They weren't happy with the way the original release turned out, so in 2009 they re-mixed two of the songs -- “One Little Victory” and “Earthshine” -- for the Retrospective Three collection. And that led them to redo the entire album.

Geddy Lee says, "Vapor Trails was an album made under difficult and emotional circumstances -- sort of like Rush learning how to be Rush again -- and as a result, mistakes were made that we have longed to correct. David Bottrill's remixes have finally brought some justice and clarity to this deserving body of our work.” The difficult and emotional circumstances he is referring to were the deaths of drummer Neil Peart's daughter in a car accident and his wife from cancer, which kept them out of the studio for six years. 

The remixed version of Vapor Trails will also be included in the new seven-disc box set The Studio Albums 1989-2007, which features every studio album Rush recorded for Atlantic Records. This also comes out on October 1st.

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RUSH: Relief Like Clockwork

The numbers are in. Rush's July 24th show raised $575,000 for victims of the recent floods in Canada.

Originally scheduled for the Saddledome in Calgary, the concert was moved to the Enmax Centrium in nearby Red Deer, Alberta after flooding in the Canadian city damaged the arena.

Not only did Rush go on with the show, they donated all the proceeds to various relief organizations. The citizens of High River, who were hardest hit by the floods, will receive $125,000, while $400,000 will go to the Canadian Red Cross to support Alberta Flood Relief. The other $50,000 will go to local charities.

In a statement, Geddy Lee said, "It is important to be a good neighbor in situations like these, and we are very grateful that we were able to amass such a huge sum that will undoubtedly help many of our fellow Canadians in need."

Rush wraps their current tour with shows Friday in Denver and Sunday in Kansas City, Missouri.

Source: Rush.com

JOE WALSH: Jagger and the Blues Album

Joe Walsh's upcoming blues album will include two songs he's already recorded with Mick Jagger. Walsh, who initially revealed his plans for the album in April, detailed the Stones frontman's contribution when we caught up with him Tuesday at the Forum in L.A.

The song Jagger brought to the sessions is an old one by Howlin' Wolf, according to Walsh. The players -- who include Dr. John, Robert Randolph, Keb' Mo', drummer Jim Keltner, keyboardist Mike Finnigan and former Jeff Beck bassist Tal Wilkenfeld, in addition to Ringo Starr and Jagger -- are so good, Walsh tells us, that he wasn't going to tell them what to play. I just said, "Somebody count off and I'll see you at the end."

RISE AGAINST: Rarities Compilation Due in September

Rise Against are digging through the vaults for their next album.

Long Forgotten Songs: B-Sides and Covers 2000 - 2013 is due out September 10th. It includes songs released only outside the U.S., tracks that appeared on various compilations, and covers of songs by Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and Nirvana. The band is now taking pre-orders for all the different formats the album will be available in -- including cassette.

Check out Rise Against talking about the album on YouTube.

SYSTEM OF A DOWN: We'll Be Back When We Have a New Album

System of a Down drummer John Dolmayan raised the spirits of the band's fans with just one sentence.

Monday night, at the end of System's only U.S show of the year, at the Hollywood Bowl, Dolmayan went to a mic and told the crowd, "Next time we come back here, we'll have a new album!"

There was some discussion about the group's future back in May, when bassist Shavo Odadjian posted a series of statements on his Facebook page blaming singer Serj Tankian for the lack of new music. The band quickly released a statement saying, "Shavo posted a few statements on his personal Facebook page that do not reflect the sentiments of [us] as a collective band. These were misleading statements that were made during a temporary state of bad judgment on his part alone."

System of Down's last studio album was in 2005.

3 DOORS DOWN: One DUI Trial Set

3 Doors Down bassist Todd Harrell will go on trial for one of his two DUI cases August 22nd in D'Iberville, Mississippi.

This misdemeanor trial involves his July 19th, 2012, arrest where he is accused of driving under the influence of prescription drugs when his Cadillac rear-ended a pickup truck. Harrell was in a Nashville court Tuesday for his other DUI case. Those felony charges allege Harrell was impaired by prescription drugs and hard cider April 26th when his car clipped a pickup truck on Interstate 40 in Nashville. The other driver, Paul Howard Shoulders Junior, 47, died in the crash. A judge found probably cause to send the a grand jury.

Harrell checked into rehab after the April 26th accident.

Source: Gulfport Sun Herald

BLACK SABBATH: Just Show Ward the Money

As far as Bill Ward is concerned, he's still the drummer in Black Sabbath -- provided the money is right.

He says "I was offered a contact and I couldn't sign it. It was one of the toughest decisions that I ever had to make. Because I absolutely and without question wanted to play. I haven't left the band. Everybody thinks I have left the band. I didn't walk out; it wasn't like that at all. I just didn't sign the contact and life took its own course." Ozzy Osbourne tells us he "absolutely" wants to work with Ward again, to which Ward says, "I have a complete open mind to the idea. All the nicety and placations in the world will mean nothing unless I get the right contract."Ward's place on the new Sabbath album, 13, was filled by Brad Wilk from Rage Against the Machine, and Tommy Clufetos from Ozzy's solo band is handling the drums on the road. Sabbath is in West Palm Beach, Florida tonight (Wednesday) followed by Bristow, Virginia on Friday and Holmdel, New Jersey on Sunday.

PEARL JAM: The Bolt Gives Longer

Pearl Jam's longtime producer Brendan O'Brien says the band stretches things out on their new album Lightning Bolt.

O'Brien tells Rolling Stone that "there are a few longer, more devoted songs. On Backspacer I really love that all the songs were fairly short. I love that about it. They were all 'get in, get out fast.' This record has a few songs that have a bit more of a...what's the word I'm looking for here? They're longer. I don't know if the word 'depth' is right, but some of the songs kind of take you down a road for a while."

Lightning Bolt is due out on October 15th.

GENE SIMMONS: A North-of-the-Border Movie Review

Gene Simmons is up in Canada on tour with KISS, but he still manages to keep up with the latest movies.

He just went to see The Wolverine and he says he "loved it." He adds that director Mark Mangold "knocked it out of the park" and that if you go see it, make sure to "sit through the credits," although he doesn't say why.

The Canadian leg of their Monster tour ends on Sunday in New Foundland, followed by seven U.S. dates. They head to Japan in October and then back to Florida for the five-day KISS Kruise.

AEROSMITH: Work This Way 

Joe Perry has been spending time on his farm in Vermont prior to Aerosmith's tour of Japan in August. In addition to a little down time shooting guns with his kids, he's been doing some landscaping with his wife Billie and has posted a few photos on Twitter. Perry's primary home is in the suburbs of Boston, but he also has a place in Florida and has been looking at property in Los Angeles.

Aerosmith will play four shows in Japan, starting August 8th in Tokyo followed by one in Nagoya and two in Osaka. Then it's onto China for a date in Shanghai and then one in Taiwan. 

Aerosmith recently released their new concert DVD, Rock for the Rising Sun, which they filmed on their 2011 tour of Japan.

BRIAN MAY: Sheer Knee Surgery

Last December, Queen guitarist Brian May had surgery to repair torn cartilage in his right knee, but apparently that was not enough.

He writes on his website, "My knee is deteriorating in spite of intensive physical therapy. I'm heading for the knee replacement operation. I have great trust in my knee doctor. I am in good hands."

May has been in the studio this week with Queen drummer Roger Taylor working on the Queen-Michael Jackson songs they plan to release in the fall.

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PINK FLOYD: All They are Is Sand on a Beach

Pink Floyd is the subject of this year's FIESA 2013, the 11th International Sand Sculpture Festival, held in Pêra, Algarve, Portugal. This year's theme is music and one clever artist has done their take on The Wall, complete with a sculpture of David Gilmour. The festival runs through October 25th.
Floyd - Gilmour 0730 SC
Floyd - The Wall 0730 SC

JOURNEY: Schon Has Open Arms for Perry -- And a Big Payday

Could a Journey farewell tour be around the corner?

Last year, Neal Schon said if Journey were to ever reunite with Steve Perry, it would be for a farewell tour. And now he writes on Facebook, "I hope we can reach out to each other and connect once again. We had amazing chemistry together. I love him with all the love and admiration you could have. Steve, let’s talk soon.” Perry and Journey went their separate ways in 1998 after Perry was unable to tour due to a hip injury.

Perry has been working on new material while Journey continue to tour with their second Perry sound-alike, Arnel Pineda. They're in Hershey, Pennsylvania on Thursday with special guest Rascal Flatts.

RUSH: Re-Releasing 2002 Album

It looks like Rush is going to re-release Vapor Trails after all.

In 2011, reports said they were remixing the 2002 album. It was their first studio release in six years, since they'd taken time off following the loss of drummer Neil Peart's daughter and wife, but they were never pleased with the mix. Peart now writes on his website that the band has "recently been overseeing a remixed version" of the album, but he found it too "upsetting," as it took him "back to a mindset and emotional state that hadn’t been good to live through then, or to relive now." The project is still going forward with an announcement expected soon.

In his latest post, Peart writes extensively about his motorcycle journeys between dates on the last leg of Rush's Clockwork Angels tour. The band is down to the last three dates -- Wednesday in Salt Lake City, Friday in Denver and Sunday in Kansas City, Missouri.

BLACK KEYS, COLDPLAY, IMAGINE DRAGONS: LeBron Likes Them

The Black Keys, Coldplay and Imagine Dragons are among the acts LeBron James has picked for the soundtrack to NBA 2K14.

LeBron follows in the footsteps of his friend Jay Z as a music curator for the popular video game series. Also featured on the soundtrack are Phil Collins's "In the Air Tonight" and one of the biggest hits this summer, Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky.”

NBA 2K14 is due out for all game consoles on October 1st.

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH: Add More Shows

Five Finger Death Punch have added more dates to their fall headlining tour. The tour now covers 28 cities, starting September 17th in Medford, Oregon and concluding October 27th in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Five Finger Death Punch continue their stint on the Mayhem Festival with Rob Zombie and Mastodon on Wednesday in Tampa.

ROB ZOMBIE: Picks Texas for First Live DVD

Rob Zombie will shoot his first-ever live DVD this weekend during two Mayhem Festival shows in Texas.

Zombie writes on his website, "Come to the Houston and Dallas shows in your best Zombie gear and we will get you in the movie! Remember, the crazier you are…the more screen time you will get!"

The Mayhem Festival -- which also features Five Finger Death Punch and Mastodon -- hits Houston on Saturday and Dallas on Sunday.

NIRVANA: More Details on In Utero Reissue Announced

The 20th anniversary reissue of Nirvana's In Utero will be released on September 24th.

It will come in multiple versions, from a three-CD-on-one-DVD Super Deluxe Edition to a standard digital/CD remaster of the original album. The reissues will include never-before-heard demos, B-sides, compilation tracks and live material. One of the bonus features, the MTV Live and Loud show from Seattle's Pier 48 on December 13th, 1993, will also be available on September 24th as a stand-alone DVD.

NEWSTED: I'm Back -- To Heck With Pneumonia

Newsted are rejoining the Gigantour Tuesday night in Everett, Washington.

The band dropped off two weeks ago when frontman (and ex-Metallica bassist) Jason Newsted was diagnosed with pneumonia. He's posted on his Facebook page, "I'm feeling a bit better. This pneumonia bug can last a few weeks sometimes. I gotta keep pushing. The show must go on!"

Headlines for Tuesday, July 30, 2013

ERIC CLAPTON: The Most Expensive, But Not the Most Famous   

In 2004, Eric Clapton auctioned off his red Gibson ES-335 guitar for $847,000 with the proceeds going to his Crossroads rehab center on Antigua -- but that didn't help him top this list. According to Gibson, which introduced the guitar in 1958, Clapton comes in at number-nine on a list of the 10 most influential ES-335 players of all time. Late Ten Years After frontman Alvin Lee is number-one. The complete list is:

1) Alvin Lee
2) Roy Orbison
3) B.B. King
4) Eric Johnson
5) Dave Grohl
6) Warren Haynes
7) Otis Rush
8) Chuck Berry
9) Eric Clapton
10) Larry Carlton

Noticeably absent from the list is Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues, who made the Gibson list last year.

QUEEN: Jackson and the Llama

As we first reported last week, three songs recorded by Queen and Michael Jackson in 1983 will be released in the fall. But there are now more details to pass along. Recorded at Jackson's home in Encino, California, the three songs are "There Must Be More to Life Than This," "State of Shock" and "Victory."

They would have done more, but there were scheduling conflicts -- and the case of Jackson bringing a llama into the studio. Queen manager Jim Beach says, "They got on well except for the fact that I suddenly got a call from Freddie, saying, ‘Jim, dear, can you get on over here… You’ve got to get me out of here. I’m recording with a llama… I’ve had enough and I want to get out."

GODSMACK: The Show Will Go On

A group of Jackson, Michigan residents attempted to get the Jackson County Fair to cancel a Godsmack and Pop Evil show set for August 5th.

Approximately 40 residents attended a fair board meeting on July 23rd to try to get the Godsmack show cancelled. According to pamphlets distributed at St. Mary’s Parish, Godsmack lyrics are "evil, strewn with obscenities and violent." Michigan Live reports that Reverend Timothy Nelson isalso offended by the band’s name, saying, "If you look at the name Godsmack, what does that mean? Do you smack God? The name is irreverent, and when you look at the lyrics, it’s less than edifying."

The group's protest didn't work, as the board allowed the show to go on. And since the protest, ticket sales have picked up.

VAN HALEN: Nice Try

Van Halen's "Hot for Teacher" does not make for a good college essay.

A student at Oakland University in Michigan filed a lawsuit against the school after he was suspended for writing an essay about his professor based on the band's song "Hot for Teacher." Joseph Corlett claimed that he and his fellow students were not given any restrictions on the topic and were encouraged to write honestly. But his argument held no weight with U.S. District Judge Patrick Duggan, who threw out the case, saying that "such expressions, while possibly appropriate in some settings, need not be tolerated by university officials."

Corlett was barred from the campus for all of 2012.


BONO: Comments on Jagger Turning 70

Mick Jagger turned 70 last Friday -- which caught the notice of U2 frontman Bono.

In a German interview, he says, "There are a lot of things I admire about Mick Jagger. He looks like Baryshnikov, he is like a ballet dancer from another age. And he has a very beautiful face, and it is made more beautiful by all the lines in his face. Why? Because he wears them so well. I love the lines in his face." Bono adds that he also admires Jagger's business savvy. "The combination of the creative and the management part, which is a rare thing among artists, musicians –- not amongst filmmakers or architects though."

No word on what Mick did on the big day, but he did tweet, "I had a great birthday made even better by all your good wishes. Thank you all so much."

LED ZEPPELIN: The Crime Remains the Same

Yesterday marked the 40th anniversary of Led Zeppelin's being robbed of $203,000 at the Drake Hotel in New York.

On his website, Jimmy Page writes, "This was the final night of our American tour and here at Madison Square Garden recording and filming the concert [The Song Remains the Same]. I was informed as we were on the side stage just before going on to perform that there had been a robbery at the Drake Hotel where the safety deposit box had been relieved of cash the previous night. Somehow all this manifested in even more passion in that night's performance."

Each of the band members were questioned, but Page tells us it was an inside job. "I don't know whether they arrested someone, but they knew what happened. It was the guy who was on the night shift. Probably saw [our road manager] Richard Cole, you know, with this money 'cause some money came out to buy a guitar that night, that's what happened."

No arrests were ever made and the money was never recovered.

See video HERE!

JACK WHITE: Donates Cash to Preserve Music

Jack White has donated $200,000 to the National Recording Preservation Foundation.

The goal of the group, a charity established by Congress, is to support archives, libraries, cultural institutions and others committed to preserving America's radio, music and recorded sound heritage. White’s donation has established the funding the group needs to start its preservation plan and to give out its first grants. White is on the board of directors for the NRPF, where he’s listed as a musician, producer and label owner.

Source: Billboard

METALLICA: Film Comes With Soundtrack

Metallica will release a soundtrack to accompany their upcoming 3-D film, Metallica: Through the Never.

Metallica: Through the Never (Music From the Motion Picture) will be released as a two-CD set on September 24th. The album features 16 tracks performed in August 2012 at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta and Rogers Arena in Vancouver, where the band shot all the performance footage featured in the film.

Metallica: Through the Never will be in IMAX theaters on September 27th and regular theaters starting October 3rd.

Headlines for Monday, July 29, 2013

IN STORES THIS WEEK

Five Finger Death Punch's The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Volume One includes a guest vocal spot by Judas Priest's Rob Halford.

Foo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett steps out with Chris Shiflett and the Dead Peasants on All Hat and No Cattle.

BLACK SABBATH: 1 Down, 19 to Go on 13 Tour   

Black Sabbath have started their North American tour.

They kicked off the 20-date trek --  in support of their new album, 13 -- on Thursday night just outside Houston. They turned in a 17-song set featuring three songs off the new release. Ozzy Osbourne tells us that though they haven't thought about playing the new album, or any of their albums, in its entirety, he could sing any of the new tracks in concert. 

Up next is Tampa, Florida on Monday. The tour runs through September 3rd in Los Angeles. They'll then hit South and Central America in October, and Europe in November and December.

Black Sabbath's opening night set list:

  1. War Pigs
  2. Into the Void
  3. Under the Sun
  4. Snowblind
  5. Age of Reason (new song)
  6. Black Sabbath
  7. Behind the Wall of Sleep
  8. N.I.B.
  9. End of the Beginning (new song)
  10. Fairies Wear Boots
  11. Methademic
  12. Rat Salad/Drum Solo
  13. Iron Man
  14. God Is Dead? (new song)
  15. Dirty Women
  16. Children of the Grave
  17. Paranoid

See video HERE!

JIMI & ALICE: Headed to Toronto

Films about Jimi Hendrix and the manager of Alice Cooper will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.

The long-awaited Jimi Hendrix bio flick, All Is by My Side, stars Andre Benjamin, also known as Andre 3000 of the hip-hop duo OutKast. The film takes a look at Hendrix as his career was taking off in England in 1967 and '68. It was made in the U.K. without the cooperation of the Hendrix estate.

Also set to premiere in Toronto is Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon, a documentary about manager of Alice Cooper, Blondie, the late Luther Vandross and Raquel Welch. It was directed by Mike Myers.

The full lineup for the festival will be announced on August 20th. It opens on September 5th and runs through the 15th.

New York will host the CBGB Music and Film Festival from October 9th to the 13th, and it will include the premiere of CBGB: The Movie, the story of the former New York club that gave rise to such acts as Blondie, Patti Smith and Talking Heads.

PUDDLE OF MUDD: And Now Wes Speaks

Puddle of Mudd frontman Wes Scantlin says his arrest for vandalizing his neighbor's property is a misunderstanding.

Scantlin decided to make more public comments about his arrest after reading an interview with his neighbor Sasha Gradiva in the Hollywood Reporter.

Scantlin says that patio he allegedly attacked is technically his, as it was built, he claims, onto part of his property about two years ago. According to Scantlin, the property's previous owner built a patio while he was away on tour with his band. And he says the construction damaged his patio and a large outdoor staircase on the side of his home. He says he's not vandalizing a neighbor's property -- he's simply "repairing and remodeling my property to the way it used to be."

Scantlin is due back in court on August 14th and says he will provide the judge with the proper paperwork to prove that his own property has been violated.

INCUBUS: Release Date Set for Boyd Project

Sons of the Sea, the new side project of Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd, will release a self-titled debut album on September 24th.

Boyd is expected to take the project out on the road in the fall. He'll also publish his third book of paintings, titled So The Echo, in late September in conjunction with the Sons of the Sea release.

NINE INCH NAILS: Debut New Track at First Show

The first Nine Inch Nails show in more than four years included the debut of two songs from their new album, Hesitation Marks.

The concert at the Fuji Rock Festival on Friday in Japan featured Trent Reznor and company playing "Find My Way" and "Copy of A," as well as the single "Came Back Haunted." The 21-song set also included such hits as "March of the Pigs," "Only," "The Hand That Feeds" and "Hurt."

Check out a video of "Find My Way" on YouTube.

PUDDLE OF MUDD: Wes's Neighbor Speaks

Puddle of Mudd's Wes Scantlin isn't the easiest person to live next to -- at least according to his neighbor.

Electro-pop singer Sasha Gradiva tells the Hollywood Reporter that the incident that got Scantlin arrested on Wednesday wasn't the first run-in she's had with him. She says, "This has been going on for a while, a few months. I didn't really want to talk about it. I just focus on my music, but [Wednesday] was just completely ridiculous."

Gradiva says Scantlin has attacked her home at least 10 times, adding, "I called the police multiple times. Every time, he would run into his house and lock the doors, and he wouldn't open them… Police couldn't exactly get him for my call, but [Wednesday] they got him."

Gradiva thinks Scanlin may be jealous of the view from her patio, which sits in line with his roof -- saying he once placed a tent on his roof to block the view. She says she's pursuing a restraining order after the damage to her property -- which Scantlin allegedly did with a buzzsaw and a sledgehammer.

KINGS OF LEON: Portlandia Star to Direct Show

Kings of Leon are the latest act to have a show streamed as part of the American Express Unstaged series.

Ex-Saturday Night Live cast member and Portandia star Fred Armisen will direct the live stream of the August 9th concert at London's Shepherd's Bush. It willl be available globally on Vevo and YouTube.

Headlines for Friday, July 26, 2013

MICK JAGGER: 70 Years Young

Mick Jagger was born Michael Philip Jagger 70 years ago today, Friday, July 26th, 1943.

The Rolling Stones' frontman is the father of seven children with four women -- two of whom he was married to -- and a grandfather to four.

He, along with the Stones, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989, and he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 2003. No word on how Mick, the second member of the Stones' current line-up to reach the milestone, plans to spend the big day. Drummer Charlie Watts is 72, Keith Richards will turn 70 in December, and Ronnie Wood will get there in 2017. Former bassist Bill Wyman is 76.

DISTURBED, ROGER WATERS: Draiman Disturbed By Waters' Pig

Disturbed and Device singer David Draiman is tweeting mad over Roger Waters use of Pink Floyd's famed inflatable pig emblazoned with a Jewish star at a July 18th concert in Belgium.

After The Algemeiner posted a story in which Jewish human rights group the Simon Wiesenthal Center called Waters an "open hater of Jews" for his use of the pig with the Star of David, Draiman -- who is Jewish and has family in Israel -- took to Twitter posting a link to the story along with a message. In all caps he tweeted, "I urge all my followers colleagues and friends to condemn Roger Waters’ flagrant display of anti-Semitism,” and he urged his followers to re-tweet his message. He also fired off a subsequent tweet, "Roger Waters…Anti Semite"

Waters is a supporter of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel and accused the country of "ethnic cleansing" and "international crimes" in 2012 speech at the United Nations.

When the debate continued on Thursday, and one Twitter user tried to tell Draiman that Waters isn't against Jews, only Israeli government, he went off on another all-caps rant, in a series of tweets, "He can go f*** himself. The Star of David is a Jewish symbol. He didn’t put the Israeli flag on there (which would have been just as offensive) he put a Star of David. Hitler used a Star of David to identify Jewish prisoners. There’s no mistaking his intentions.”  

Waters has yet to respond on Twitter or his official website.

AC/DC: Some Very Rich Aussies

Before they passed away in the late '80s, Mama and Papa Young must have been very proud of their three sons -- Angus and Malcolm of AC/DC, and George of The Easybeats.

The success the three brothers have had in the music industry has made the Young clan Australia's 48th richest family, according to Business Review Weekly magazine. George's work behind the scenes and in the groups The Easybeats and Flash and the Pan, combined with the success Angus and Malcolm have achieved in AC/DC, has brought a windfall of more than $233 million.

None of the three brothers call Australia home anymore, although Malcolm does have a place there.

LED ZEPPELIN: Jimmy's Lawyer Screwed Up a 2012 Reunion

Led Zeppelin came pretty close to doing another show last December, five years after their 2007 reunion in London.

President Bill Clinton tried to get them to perform at the 12-12-12 Hurricane Sandy benefit in New York, but Jimmy Page's lawyer nixed it. Miramax Films honcho Harvey Weinstein, who produced the show, says, "He's got a lawyer who's Satan or something like that." Ironically, Robert Plant, who's been the holdout since the 2007 show, agreed to do the New York show, as did John Paul Jones.

Still, it wasn't a bad lineup -- Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Eric Clapton, Roger Waters and many others had no problem saying yes. The show raised more than $53 million.

NINE INCH NAILS: Start Making Sense

Nine Inch Nails' stage setup this year may seem familiar to people that have seen Talking Heads' concert film Stop Making Sense.

Frontman Trent Reznor tells the New York Times that their new stage set -- with "smoke, strobe lights, video screens on wheels" -- was directly inspired by the 1983 Talking Heads tour documented on film by director Jonathan Demme. The new show begins with Reznor, alone, before the band slowly takes form around him on stage.

The first Nine Inch Nails show for Reznor and company is Friday at Fuji Rock Festival in Japan. It will be streamed live on YouTube starting at 8:30 a.m. ET.

NIRVANA: Let's Keep the Joke Going

Sub Pop has posted the video staffers recorded for the Virginia Tech student who'd requested that homecoming video from Nirvana.

The video features four of the label's staff -- one of whom is pretending to play a guitar -- saying, "What up, Virginia Tech? This is Nirvana! Just wanted to wish you a Happy Homecoming week and good luck at the game this Saturday. Let's go Hokies!"

The label texted the video to the student, who replied, "You are the best. Thank you, you guys are awesome!"

PEARL JAM: Join the App World

Pearl Jam are the latest -- or perhaps, at this point, the last -- band to release their own app.

Pearl Jam Official will feature music, news, Ten Club membership, specialty merch, activism updates, a detailed career-spanning timeline marking the band’s major historical milestones and access to Ten Club Radio. The app is available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE: Drummer Breaks Collarbone

Killswitch Engage will have a replacement drummer for their upcoming tours of Europe and Asia.

The band posted a note on Facebook that drummer Justin Foley recently had a bicycle accident and broke his collarbone. His replacement will be the band's longtime friend Jordan Mancino from As I Lay Dying. Foley is expected to recover in time for the band's upcoming North American tour with Lamb of God, which starts in late October.

PUDDLE OF MUDD: Update -- Wes Out of Jail

Puddle of Mudd frontman Wes Scantlin is out of jail after being arrested for felony vandalism.

Scantlin was released late Wednesday night from a Los Angeles police station. TMZ filmed Scantlin leaving the police station, where he claimed, "My neighbor vandalized my house, so I had to take action."

Scantlin and the neighbor have been feuding for a while, and it came to a head Wednesday when he allegedly used a buzzsaw saw to chop up the guy's patio and took a sledgehammer to a brick wall.

 

Headlines for Thursday, July 25, 2013

BLACK SABBATH: Let the Madness Begin

The wait is finally over for Black Sabbath fans as they start the North American leg of their reunion tour in support of their new album, 13, tonight (Thursday) in the Houston suburb of Woodlands, Texas. Bassist Geezer Butler tells us they hope to play more songs off the new album, something they didn't do on the Australian tour in the spring because the album wasn't out yet. 

The North American leg runs through September 3rd in Los Angeles followed by South America in October and Europe in November and December.

DOORS: Skaters on the Storm

It was Jan & Dean who had a hit with "Sidewalk Surfin'" in 1964, but nearly 50 years later The Doors are catching the concrete wave. 

Lifestyle brand Dusters California has launched an official series of Doors skateboards. Guitarist Robby Krieger was recently photographed checking out one of the boards at a launch party for the line.

Actually, this isn't the first time The Doors have been associated with skateboarding. Last year the band released a new video for "L.A. Woman" featuring a trio of pro skaters taking viewers on a Doors-flavored tour of Los Angeles.

ROLLING STONES: New Book Probes Their Songs

Bill Janovitz says his book Rocks Off -- 50 Tracks That Tell the Story of The Rolling Stones is the first time anyone has focused on their music, as opposed to a history-driven biography.

He says, "There's been plenty written about the music of The Beatles or Bob Dylan, but the Stones pretty much get short shrift about their music. After "reading the scraps that Keith Richards threw in his book about making the songs, I wanted to go deeper into that."

A rock journalist and member of the alt-rock band Buffalo Tom, Janovitz has interviewed many in the Rolling Stones inner-circle including tour band members Chuck Leavell and Darryl Jones.

Part of his mission was to find the real story instead of the oft-repeated "urban legends" about the Stones songs.

Another classic Stones song evolved before the guys brought it into the studio. "Satisfaction" was "kind of a folky song but then they made into a Stax, Otis Redding-type soul song," Janovitz says. "And those are the kind of Memphis horns that they heard in their mind on the track. So they recorded that riff. [Pianist] Ian Stewart had just given Keith one of the first Gibson 'fuzz pedals' and you hear the big distorted riff." Yet Keith though it was just a placeholder until they could add some horns. He thought the single was only a demo -- until they heard it on the radio and realized it was a hit.

U2: Tour in the Works?

U2 has yet to announce a release date for their next album or a tour, but according to a report out of Italy, a tour is in the works.

Loosely translated, the report calls for the band to do multiple nights in every city with a different set list each night. And, this does not mean they will visit fewer cities. The folks at Rolling Stone are a little skeptical about this news, so they came up with three scenarios for the band, should they decide to tour. They are:

Scenario 1 - Complete Album Shows

Night One:  War + the new album

Night Two: The Joshua Tree + the new album

Night Three: Achtung Baby + the new album

Scenario 2 - Decades Nights

Night One: The 1980s + selections from the new album

Night Two: The 1990s + selections from the new album

Night Three: The 2000s + selections from the new album

Scenario 3 - Theme Nights

Night One: Hits + selections from the new album

Night Two: Rarities + selections from the new album

Night Three: Band's choice

The band is hoping to have the new album out at the end of the year, which would leave 2014 open for touring.

SOUTHSIDE, POPPER & TALLENT: Helping Hurricane Victims

Some prominent members of the New Jersey music community have come together to record a song to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy. "Restore the Shore" by Lisa Bouchelle & Friends is available through iTunes, and among the friends featured on it are bassist Garry Tallent from the E Street Band, John Popper from Blues Traveler, Southside Johnny, Gary U.S. Bonds, Steve Forbert and many others.

Proceeds from the song will go to the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund, which is chaired by the wife of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

AVENGED SEVENFOLD: Fall Headline Shows Announced

Avenged Sevenfold have announced the dates for their Hail to the King fall headline tour.

They'll be joined on the run by Deftones. It starts October 3rd in Chicago and wraps up October 26th in Las Vegas. Tickets go on sale for all shows on August 2nd.

Avenged Sevenfold's new album, Hail to the King, is due out August 27th.

ALTER BRIDGE: Return on October 8th

Alter Bridge will release their first album in three years on October 8th.

Fortress sees the quartet once again working with producer Michael "Elvis" Baskette. The group hasn't been resting during this three-year gap in between albums -- singer-guitarist Myles Kennedy recorded and toured with Slash; guitarist-vocalist Mark Tremonti did his own solo album called All I Was; and Tremonti, bassist Brian Marshall and drummer Scott Phillips did shows with Creed.

Alter Bridge have one U.S. date set for this year -- October 4th in Orlando. They'll spend the rest of the fall doing shows in Europe. A U.S tour is on tap for early 2014.

10 YEARS, MONSTER TRUCK: Team Up for August Shows

10 Years and Monster Truck are teaming up for a few shows next month.

The dates, starting August 13th in New York and wrapping up September 5th in Nashville, come in between 10 Years' stint as the opening act for Sick Puppies. That tour starts August 2nd in Richmond, Virginia.

GREAT WHITE: Battle Over Name Settled

The legal issues between Great White and former singer Jack Russell over the band's name are over.

The two parties have issued a joint statement that says, "After three days of closed-door mediation before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carla Woehrle, the parties reached a comprehensive agreement. While many of the terms of the agreement will remain confidential, it can be revealed that, going forward, the current Great White band will continue to use the name 'Great White,' and Russell will perform under the name 'Jack Russell's Great White.'"

The two sides initially filed suits against each other in March 2012.

NIRVANA: Yeah, About Your Homecoming

Perhaps the dumbest Nirvana fan in the world recently asked if the band could record a video for Virginia Tech's homecoming.

The trio's label, Sub Pop, posted the request on its Tumblr page on Wednesday. The letter from the unnamed student, who claimed to be the Hokies mascot, requests that Nirvana "send a quick video" and say, "What up Virginia Tech? This is Nirvana! Just wanted to wish you a Happy Homecoming week and good luck at the game this Saturday. Let's Go Hokies!" The request claims that Nirvana would join rappers Ying Yang Twins and "three famous NFL players" in contributing to the video.

The student might not actually know who Nirvana are -- or more likely, she was just changing a few details in a form letter. At one point, it calls Nirvana "her" instead of "them." Sub Pop added a caption below the letter saying that the label's staff dressed up as Nirvana and recorded the message for the student.

DAVE MATTHEWS BAND: Boyd Gets Bilked

Dave Matthews Band violinist Boyd Tinsley had possibly millions of dollars stolen from him by his former financial manager.

Getty Andrew Rothenberg pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in Charlottesville, Virginia to embezzling at least $400,000 from Tinsley while serving as his financial manager. Rothenberg told the judge he would E-mail Tinsley inflated invoices for bills and pocket the difference to cover his own expenses. U.S. attorney Timothy Heaphy said that Rothenberg also withdrew cash and wrote checks to himself from Tinsley's accounts over the course of a decade. Heaphy estimated that Tinsley's total losses add up to to $7 million, but Rothenberg's lawyer disputes that figure.

Rothenberg, who faces up to 30 years in prison, will be sentenced in September.

BON JOVI: Jon Says Richie Can't Go Home

Jon Bon Jovi reportedly won't allow Richie Sambora to rejoin the Bon Jovi tour this week in their native New Jersey.

RadarOnline is reporting that Richie wants to hook up with the guys for their homecoming shows, tomorrow night (Thursday) and Saturday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. However, Jon Bon Jovi won't allow it. A source says, "Jon won’t even pick up the phone and talk to Sambora, [who] has tried to end this feud but Jon won’t respond. Every attempt he has made at rejoining the band has been blocked by Jon.”

Sambora left the Because We Can tour in April. There are conflicting reports for the reason why, with one being they had a disagreement over money, and another saying Sambora was back in rehab to deal with his drinking.

Spokespeople for Bon Jovi and Sambora were unavailable for comment.

 

Headlines for Wednesday, July 24, 2013

RUSH: Giving the Shirt Off Their Backs

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Rush are donating their take from tonight's show in Red Deer, Alberta tonight (Wednesday) to the Alberta Flood Relief campaign-- and you can help too.

The show was originally scheduled for nearby Calgary, but flooding at the Saddledome forced them to move it. So they've created a special t-shirt for the event that you can purchase through Rush.com. It costs $35, with all the proceeds going to the Canadian Red Cross for Flood Relief.

SICK PUPPIES: Fall Dates Announced

Sick Puppies have announced more shows for this fall.

The trio's fall leg kicks off August 31st in Minneapolis and runs through September 22nd in New Orleans. Sick Puppies will resume their summer tour August 1st in Charleston, South Carolina.

IN OTHER NEWS

Queen has a "no comment" regarding actor Sacha Baron Cohen bailing on his role as Freddie Mercury in the band-sanctioned movie about the late singer.

Van Halen do their last date of the year Wednesday in Paso Robles, California.

Paul Stanley threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Monday night's game between the Dodgers and Blue Jays in Toronto.

A DAY TO REMEMBER: Taking the House Party on the Road

A Day to Remember will headline the biggest venues of their career this fall.

The House Party Tour will kick off September 11th in Broomfield, Colorado and will hit 25 cities before it wraps up October 24th in Orlando, Florida. Joining them on the tour are All Time Low and Pierce the Veil.

NEWSTED: Illness Forces Them Off Gigantour

Newsted have dropped off of the Gigantour for a while.

Frontman Jason Newsted posted a note on his Facebook page saying, "I was diagnosed with walking pneumonia! So under doctor’s orders, I’m taking a week to rebuild… My apologies to our Canadian brothers and sisters in regions where we will not be appearing this week. I’m gonna work on keeping me alive, so together we can keep the metal alive!"

Newsted is expected to rejoin the tour when the Gigantor returns to the U.S. on July 30th in Everett, Washington.

SLASH: Last Show Streamed Online

Slash and Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators will stream their last show of the year online. The Thursday night gig at the House of Blues in Las Vegas will be shown at Evntlive.com starting at midnight ET/9:00 p.m. PT.

After this show, Kennedy will return to Alter Bridge to help put the final touches on their new album, due out in September.

STILLS, SHEPHERD: The Rides Ready to Hit Road

The Rides -- the supergroup led by Stephen Stills and Kenny Wayne Shepherd -- have announced their first tour.

The trek starts with the band filming two concerts for television at New York's Iridium Jazz Club on August 28th and 29th. It wraps up on September 27th in Reno, Nevada. The Rides' debut album, Can't Get Enough, is due out August 27th.

Headlines for Tuesday, July 23, 2013

IN OTHER NEWS

Hinder have been forced to cancel Saturday’s appearance at the Boise(Idaho)Music Festival, after members of the band and crew were injured when their tour bus was cut off by another vehicle Sunday night. Under doctor's orders, the band will take some time off to heal. They plan to resume their tour on August 10th at the Miami County Fair in Troy, Ohio.

The Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival is giving away a one-of-a-kind 2013 custom Harley Davidson Street Bob, which Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro personally helped choose. You can enter between now and September 15th by visiting RockstarUPROAR.com.

Sammy Hagar has announced that this year's Birthday Bash at his Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico will be held on October 7th, 9th, 11th and 13th -- the 13th being Hagar's 66th birthday.

Bruce Springsteen did tour premieres of "Nebraska," last performed in 2005, and "Fade Away" at his Belfast show on Saturday. Next up is Wales on Tuesday. 

Bob Weir will celebrate what would have been Jerry Garcia's 71st birthday (August 1st) with a show at his (Weir's) TRI Studios on July 31st with special guest Allman Brothers and Gov't Mule singer-guitarist Warren Haynes.

Pixies have announced that their first North American date with new bassist Kim Shattuck will be at Riot Fest in Chicago, which takes place September 13th through 15th.

EDDIE VEDDER, OZZY OSBOURNE, TOM MORELLO: Sign Pussy Riot Petition

Over 100 major musicians -- including Eddie Vedder, Ozzy Osbourne, Tom Morello, Radiohead and U2 -- have joined a worldwide call for the release of the two jailed members of the Russian feminist punk group Pussy Riot. The two women will make an appeal for parole this week.

In an open letter coordinated by Amnesty International, the artists pledge their support and state that the impact of Pussy Riot’s “shockingly unjust trial and imprisonment has spread far and wide, especially among your fellow artists, musicians and citizens around the world.” 

The letter continues: “While understanding the sensitivities of protesting in a place of worship, we ask that the Russian authorities review these harsh sentences, so that you may return to your children, your families and your lives."

Others signees include surviving members of The Clash, Rise Against, Phoenix, Aerosmith's Joe Perry, Fun, Coldplay, Sting, Pete Townshend and three former members of R.E.M.

DEF LEPPARD: Behind the Hysteria

Def Leppard will be the subject of a documentary series. Living With Def Leppard is a multi-episode project that will go behind-the-scenes at their VIVA Hysteria residency in Las Vegas this past spring. In addition to footage from on and off stage, the show contains interviews with the band and its fans.

The show is currently being pitched to networks for distribution.

LINKIN PARK: Wanna Play With Us?

Linkin Park are looking for a few good musicians. In a contest which began today (Monday) for Linkin Park Underground (LPU) fan club members, they're giving away a trip to L.A. to record your song with them. Here's the deal...

Each year, LPU releases a CD of rare Linkin Park tracks to club members only. For the upcoming LPU13 album, they want to collaborate with fans on a couple of cuts. So if you're a solo artist, DJ or band of up to six members and have something you think is up their alley, upload the audio of your original song to your YouTube channel between now and August 4th.

LPU Headquarters will announce 10 finalists on August 12th. Those 10 will be showcased on LPUnderground.com, and LPU members will vote for their favorites until August 25th. The two top vote-getters will be Grand Prize Winners and go in the studio with the band.

You've got to be over 18 and and a member Linkin Park Underground to be eligible. For complete info, go to www.LPUnderground.com/LPUSessions.

QUEEN: No Borat

So much for Sacha Baron Cohen playing Freddie Mercury in a bio-pic -- he's dropped out of the project over creative differences.

According to Deadline.com, Cohen wanted to create a gritty, R-rated film that depicted Mercury's highs and lows, but the remaining members of Queen are more interested in a positive portrayal of their late frontman. They've already vetoed a screenwriter and a number of directors that Cohen had brought in.

No word on whether this will kill the project.

METALLICA: Rock Comic-Con

Metallica unveiled the trailer and poster and previewed one scene from Through the Never at their 45-minute Comic-Con panel on Friday -- then played a 13-song concert at Spreckels Theater in San Diego for those lucky enough to win tickets.

The four band members were joined by the film's director, producer and star Dane DeHaan to answer questions about the upcoming film, which weaves a story line around footage of Metallica playing in concert on a special stage that features references to visual milestones from their history.

In their answers, the panelists said that they feel the 3D film will be a unique contribution to rock cinema, though drummer Lars Ulrich added that for it to be considered in the same league as such films as The Who's Tommy and Pink Floyd's The Wall "would be amazing." Both Ulrich and frontman James Hetfield spoke about the two-year odyssey they've been on to complete the movie and how they focused on the film over all else during that time. Hetfield also hinted that they might make further use of the stage after the film's release.

CHEAP TRICK: Will They Surrender to These Accusations?

For the better part of 40 years, Cheap Trick has gotten along with precious little controversy...until now. The band's former drummer and manager recently teamed up to sue the band.

Bun E. Carlos, who co-founded Cheap Trick but stopped touring with the band in 2010, says he is still officially in the band and is thus owed hundreds of thousands of dollars for his share of touring revenue under an agreement that was signed before guitarist Rick Nielsen's son Daxx took over behind the kit.

Former manager David Frey, who they fired last year, says he is owed $71-thousand dollars as the balance of a loan he made the group after the stage collapse in Ottawa, Canada in 2011, which damaged their equipment.

This might explain why the band just filed a million-dollar lawsuit against the Ottawa promoters two years after that show. The band did not reply to a request for comment regarding the lawsuit.

SPINAL TAP: They're Coming Back

Spinal Tap, the fictional heavy metal group created for director Rob Reiner's 1984 film, This Is Spinal Tap, will reunite next year in celebration of the film's 30th anniversary.

Exact details of the reunion have not been announced. The group last came together and toured in 2009.

Spinal Tap consists of Michael McKean ("David St. Hubbins"), Harry Shearer ("Derek Smalls") and Christopher Guest ("Nigel Tufnel").

OZZY: Not a Rolling Stone Fan This Week

Add Ozzy Osbourne to the list of rockers who think Rolling Stone made a mistake by putting Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on its cover. Speaking to a Boston-area radio station, Ozzy says, "I'm sorry, I wouldn't put [Tsarnaev] on a roll of toilet paper, let alone the front cover of Rolling Stone." Ozzy also had praise for the city, saying, "It will take more than two idiots to stop Boston. Boston is a strong town, man. It's my kind of town."

Ozzy and Black Sabbath start their North American tour on Thursday in the Houston suburb of Woodlands, Texas.

KISS: Ace Is Recording Again

Former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley has started work on a new album. He's been in the studio for the past few days, but no other details are available.

His last album was 2009's Anomaly. Frehley is also working on a follow-up to his 2011 autobiography, No Regrets: A Rock 'N' Roll Memoir.

Headlines for Monday, July 22, 2013

PEARL JAM: A Marathon in the Rainy Windy CIty

Pearl Jam wrapped up their run of summer dates with an epic show Friday at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Seven songs in the warning came that there were thunderstorms in the area and the band was forced to leave the stage while the fans were cleared off the field. After close to three hours, the show resumed just before midnight. Singer Eddie Vedder, who is from Chicago, told the 40,000 on hand, “It's kind of like I've been waiting a lifetime for this one. Not only is this the crown jewel of Chicago, but the crown jewel of the whole planet earth."

The show featured three songs off their upcoming album, Lightning Bolt -- “Mind Your Manners,” "Future Days” with producer Brendan O’Brien on piano, and the title track. They also broke out such rarities as "Bugs," "Chloe Dancer/Crown of Thorns," "Leatherman" and guitarist Mike McCready did solo versions of Van Halen's "Eruption" and Pink Floyd's "Mother.”

Sporting his Chicago Cubs jersey, Vedder did his tribute to his favorite team, “All the Way,” and said, “[Cubs legend] Ernie Banks used to say, 'Let's play two,' I say 'let's play until two,'" and they did just that, ending with Neil Young’s "Rockin' in the Free World."

Pearl Jam starts their Lightning Bolt tour on October 11th in Pittsburgh.

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SLASH: No Appetite for Major Labels

Slash will not release the soundtrack to Nothing to Fear, the first film from his Slasher Films production company, through a major label. Instead, he is using PledgeMusic to raise the funds.

The guitarist says he took this route to "gain a more personal interaction with you guys, the fans. I am a huge fan of horror films ever since i was a little kid in England, and now I’m excited to share the process of what goes into creating projects like this. Anyone who pledges will not only have access to behind-the-scenes interviews, early looks at soundtrack art and exclusive signed items, but you will also have access to a live chat where I’ll answer some of your questions about the film, the score and everything that’s been happening along the way. As a bonus, we’re going to give you one song from the soundtrack as soon as you pledge."

The soundtrack will be out on October 4th, the same day the film arrives in select theaters.

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SMASHING PUMPKINS: Saturday Night Live

A 1997 concert in France by The Smashing Pumpkins will be online for free viewing for 24 hours starting tomorrow (Saturday) at 6 pm ET. It will be on the band's Facebook page. Come Tuesday, the concert will be included in the re-release of the band's 1996 box set The Aeroplane Flies High.

The Pumpkins perform at festivals in Switzerland on Saturday and Belgium on Sunday.

BLACK CROWES: Into the Fall

The Black Crowes are taking their Lay Down With Number 13 tour into the fall. The group will follow up a co-headlining tour with the Tedeschi Trucks Band -- which starts tonight (Friday) in Whites Creek, Tennessee -- with dates from September 5th in Cooperstown, New York through December 14th in San Francisco. For the complete list of dates log onto the band's website, BlackCrowes.com.

GENE SIMMONS: Tongue Tweets Away

Since Gene Simmons learned how to tweet from his assistant, he has been sending numerous tweets a day. His latest includes a back-and-forth with disgruntled KISS fan Vincent Junio, who told Simmons he thinks it's time for KISS to call it quits. Junio wrote, "Paul Stanley's voice is terrible. [You're] ruining the legacy." Simmons was quick to reply, saying, "10 million fans around the world disagree with you. You're alone."

Junio then told Simmons that he was a jerk for letting KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer sing "Shock Me," which was written and originally performed by Ace Frehley. "Do you have that much bitterness towards Ace? That's all Ace!" And Simmons said it was "no different than AC/DC and Van Halen. New singers sing the older songs. Relax. You're alone."

KISS will take a day off from touring Canada to put in an appearance at Rock Fest in Cadott, Wisconsin on Saturday.

COURTNEY LOVE: All Kiss, No Tell

Courtney Love is spilling the beans about her upcoming autobiography -- by saying she's not spilling any beans in its pages.

Love, who signed a deal to pen the memoir earlier this year, tells Billboard, "There's some salacious things about myself, but there's certainly no kissy-telly. I don't do kiss-tell. In fact, you'd think I was the Virgin Mary from his book so far -- but that doesn't mean there's not juicy parts in it. It's just juicy parts about ME, not other people."

The book, which will be out in time for holiday gift-giving this year, will reportedly be titled Last Bitch Standing.

RADIOHEAD: Earliest Recordings on the Auction Block

A cassette containing some of Radiohead's earliest demo recordings will be auctioned off in September -- with an expected sale price of around $2,000.

Six of the nine songs, recorded in 1986 when the English band still called itself On a Friday, have never been officially released in any form.

The head of the auction house administering the sale tells Britain's New Musical Express, "It has come directly from an old friend of the band who was at school with them. We have copies of his yearbook from '85/'86 showing him and all four members of the band."

For more information on the auction, go to this site.

Headlines for Friday, July 19, 2013

JOURNEY: Schon Is Glee-fully Still Alive

Journey's Neal Schon has commented on the overdose death of actor Cory Monteith from the FOX show Glee.

He says, "I hope that more younger people will stop and [get clean] before it takes too long for them to understand that they need to for their own health and for everybody else's well-being."Schon has also battled his demons, but says he "managed to take the right road."

Cory sang Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" in an episode of Glee, and he is the second actor associated with that song in a TV show to die in the last month. James Gandolfini, star of The Sopranos, died on June 19th. "Don't Stop Believin'" was played in that show's final episode.

Schon and Journey start their summer tour tonight (Friday) in Wyoming.

VIOLENT FEMMES: Drummer Quits Again

Those who caught Violent Femmes at Summerfest in their hometown Milwaukee in late June didn't know they were seeing the band's original lineup perform together for what may be the last time.

Founding drummer Victor DeLorenzo wrote on Facebook this week that the show was his final one ever with them. Not only has DeLorenzo quit the band, but he's already been replaced by Brian Viglione of Dresden Dolls.

In announcing his departure, DeLorenzo wrote, "It's always hard to write a eulogy for a lost loved one. In this case, I sadly lament the loss of a dream and an ideal that was once Violent Femmes." He then ripped his former bandmates for offering "business as usual, with a greal deal of disrespect, dishonesty and greed" after he'd agreed to play with them again under the condition that they would "move forward to repair our relationships" and would strive for "a fair business agreement that...wouldn't be business as usual."

He summed up by quoting John Lennon that "the dream is over," but added that with regard to his history with the band, 'the dream never quite got there."

Violent Femmes have two shows booked -- in New York and Chicago -- for September.

SLASH: Sountrack Out in October

Slash will have a new album out this fall. Nothing Left to Fear is the soundtrack to the first movie from his production company, Slasher Films. The album includes the film score plus two original songs, “Nothing Left to Fear” with vocalist Myles Kennedy, and the instrumental “Welcome to Stull.” The soundtrack will be released on October 4th, the same day the movie hits theaters, exclusively at PledgeMusic.com/Slash, which gives fans access to interviews, song streams, first looks at film art, clips and more. The movie will then be out on DVD, Blu-ray and On Demand on October 8th.

NEWSTED: Mission: Ampossible

Newsted, the band led by former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted, has premiered a new song titled "Ampossible" that he says was inspired by the theme to the 1960s TV series Mission: Impossible. The track, which is from their upcoming album, Heavy Metal Music, is now streaming on RollingStone.com. Newsted describes the song, which began as a warm-up instrumental composed early this year, as a "hyper-morphed take on the original TV theme song." He says it was "a childhood favorite" of his.

Heavy Metal Music comes out August 6th.

NIKKI SIXX: Rolling Stone Has Done a Motley Thing

Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx feels Rolling Stone magazine owes an apology to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing after putting a picture of bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover of its latest issue.

Writing on his Facebook page Sixx says, "I understand journalism but Rolling Stone has disrespected the families of the Boston bombing victims 100%. Why not put photos of the victims and families on the cover and let that tell the story of courage and heartbreak? You could keep the photo of this terrorist inside, if need be, and report your story. I am sure you are aware of the pain you were about to cause all the families when you went to print... I know journalism isn't pretty when you have the face of evil staring back at you, but why put him on the cover of a supposed music-oriented magazine? You treat him with the same honor as those of us who have made the cover based on our craft? I agree with many of my peers and I hope Rolling Stone can take responsibility and issue an apology to everybody whose lives have been affected..."

Rolling Stone is standing by their decision and this latest edition hits newsstands today (Friday).

ROLLING STONES: Doc Nominated for Emmys

The Rolling Stones' latest documentary, Crossfire Hurricane, produced in conjunction with their 50th anniversary, has been nominated for five Emmy Awards -- including Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special.

The Kennedy Center Honors, which featured a tribute to Led Zeppelin, is up for Outstanding Variety Special, along with last December's 12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief. And also nominated for a few technical awards is Showtime's History of the Eagles documentary. The Emmys will be handed out on September 22nd.

PEARL JAM: McCready Knows the Score

Pearl Jam's Mike McCready is doing the musical score for a documentary film about veteran Seattle radio personality Marco Collins. The guitarist signed on recently, after a Kickstarter campaign raised more than $55,000 to fund the post-production phase of the movie, which is titled The Glamour and the Squalor. He expects to work on it in August.

JASON BONHAM: Hoping for Hologram Experience

Jason Bonham is hoping to add a hologram of his late father, Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, to his Led Zeppelin Experience concerts.

The drummer tells LegendaryRockInterviews.com that his "dream is to do the hologram drum solo with dad next to me." He adds that they're "just trying to figure out everything that we can do with this show." He is concerned about the amount and quality of the footage of his father and wants to "put it together in a way that works and is purposeful."

In creating the Led Zeppelin Experience, Bonham says he "did not [just] want to go onstage and play Led Zeppelin songs, there has to be more than that. I wanted to create a complete experience of what Led Zeppelin means to me, growing up around them and being part of it all my life."

Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience is on the road with Heart through the end of August. They play the DTE Energy Music Theater in Clarkston, Michigan today.

 

ALTER BRIDGE: New Album in September

Alter Bridge are currently in the mixing stage of their fourth album, which they plan to release in September.

The band will make an announcement Monday of a single U.S. date to take place in early October. The band will then tour the UK and Europe from mid-October through mid-November.

Early this month, the band reported on their Facebook page that they'd chosen a title for the album, but have yet to announce it, or an exact release date. Guitarist Mark Tremonti has said he's handling lead vocals on one song, and that singer Myles Kennedy plays acoustic guitar on one track.

Sources: Alter Bridge Facebook page, Music Radar

COURTNEY LOVE: She's Ba-a-a-a-ack!

Forget Sharknado -- watch out for the return of Courtney Love!

The volatile rocker says that she's finally ready to return to the ring with a new album, but has no plans to revive the Hole name for it. Courtney tells Jam magazine that the disc, which she's calling Died Blonde, could be out by the end of the year.

She says "My name symbolizes a lot of things, and I have to sit in these rooms with lawyers and be called a 'brand' often, so I was just like, 'Name it after me!' I don't care."

ALICE COOPER: Welcome to His Comic Book

Alice Cooper is returning to the world of comics -- with a new series of books, as well as a reissue of an Alice classic.

Dynamite Comics has announced plans for a 20th anniversary reissue of The Last Temptation, a three-volume graphic novel that was issued to promote Alice's album of the same name. That project was a collaboration with underground favorite Neil Gaiman, who'll also work with the shock rock legend on a not-yet-titled series of new comics slated for release next year.

Speaking at Comic-Con, Alice said "Artistically, for me there is hardly a better medium. There is so much you can do in the form of a comic that we'd never been able to do on stage. It's just a different way of storytelling, and it really has almost limitless possibilities."

311: Singer Steps Out Solo

311 frontman Nick Hexum will release an album with his "other" band, The Nick Hexum Quintet, this fall.

My Shadow Pages, which is described as "blending elements of funk, pop, jazz and classic rock," is set to drop on October 1st. Nick says of his first recording under his own name, “311 is, and always will be, my main priority, but this Nick Hexum Quintet album is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. It’s a passion project that allows me to spread my wings as a songwriter, vocalist and guitarist. I’m really excited for people to hear it.”

Headlines for Thursday, July 18, 2013

COREY TAYLOR: Ghost Book Hits Shelves

Slipknot and Stone Sour ringleader Corey Taylor sees dead people -- and he's written a book about it!

Taylor just published a book of stories about his passion for ghost hunting, which carries the take-a-deep-breath title A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Heaven (Or, How I Made Peace with the Paranormal and Stigmatized Zealots and Cynics in the Process). Taylor writes about going into odd spaces to seek out spirits, as well as having them appear in his own home -- mostly with non-malicious results.

While he writes about his experiences in great detail, he says he's not trying to convince non-believers to hop on the paranormal bandwagon. He tells us "I have people who have their own experiences and have their own theories about it and people who are like, 'whatever, we're not gonna talk about your ghost thing today.' It was really just getting to the point where I wanted some answers that made sense to me."

NINE INCH NAILS: Reveal Four Album Covers

Nine Inch Nails have posted four album covers for Hesitation Marks -- one for each different edition -- on NIN.com.

Each features a different work of art by Russell Mills, who created the artwork for 1994's The Downward Spiral and several other Nine Inch Nails' releases from that period. Mills says he's "tried to make works that obliquely allude to the essence of the subject matter, to its emotional core," which he hopes will "invite multiple readings." The editions and artwork are:

  • Digital: "Turn and Burn"
  • Standard CD: "Time and Again"
  • Deluxe CD: "Cargo in the Blood"
  • Vinyl: "Other Murmurs"

Hesitation Marks, the first Nine Inch Nails album in five years, is due out September 3rd.

IN OTHER NEWS

Motley Crue will do another Las Vegas residency, 12 shows in all, from September 18th through October 6th at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

Motley Crue singer Vince Neil will sign bottles of his Tatuado Vodka at the San Diego Spirits Festival on August 24th and 25th.

Deep Purple was without bassist Roger Glover earlier this week at a show in Bonn, Germany because he had shoulder pain. Nick Fyffe filled in for him.

According to the BuzzFeed website, KISS's Gene Simmons is one of 10 celebrities who resemble an exotic mammal. He apparently looks like a form of a monkey called a White-Faced Saki. Other celebs to make the list include Taylor SwiftSnookiHulk HoganMike Tyson and Nicki Minaj.

BEASTIE BOYS: Ad-Rock in Talks for Movie Role

With news finally breaking last week on Beastie Boy Mike D.'s current activities -- it didn't take long for an Ad-Rock update.

After the story came out Thursday that Mike D. has been making music for a fashion designer, The Wrap is now reporting that Adam Horovitz (aka Ad-Rock) is in talks for a part in director Noah Baumbach's upcoming indie film While We're Young, which will star Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts. Their source says that Horovitz would play a friend of Stiller and Watts, who are a married couple in the movie.

Horovitz has appeared in a few films and TV shows since 1985, when he made his acting debut in an episode of the drama series The Equalizer.

BAD COMPANY: 40 Years of Homework 

Before going on the road this summer with Bad Company for their 40th anniversary tour, Paul Rodgers listened to all of the band's albums (that he sang on). He tells us, "It's quite surprising because in your head the songs have gone to different places... So it's always a good idea to refresh."

The tour, with special guest Lynyrd Skynyrd, is in Camden, New Jersey tonight (Wednesday), followed by Burgettstown, Pennsylvania on Friday and Noblesville, Indiana on Saturday.


DISTURBED, DEVICE: Draiman Infuriated by Rolling Stone Cover   

David Draiman is definitely disturbed today. The Disturbed and Device singer has taken to Twitter to blast Rolling Stone magazine for putting Boston marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on its cover.

In a lengthy expanded tweet, Draiman writes in all capitals "You...dare ...to...put...the...image...of...the...Boston...bomber...on...the..[effing]...cover...of...your...magazine!!!!????"

He prefaces that by saying that he "used to dream of making the cover of Rolling Stone magazine," which was at one time "the ultimate statement of legitimacy for an aspiring musician." He laments that the magazine has become "more and more about BS pop culture nonsense," but that he and others "were able to live with it...until this."

"Are you out of your ultra-liberal, sympathetic-to-a-fault [expletive] minds?" he asks, before taking editors to task for "insulting and dishonoring the victims" and making it attractive and validating the act "to a whole new generation of wannabe terrorists seeking martyrdom and infamy." He asks if the magazine has done it in an attempt to sell more copies or create controversy.

Finally, sandwiched between suggestions about what the magazine's editors should do to themselves, he writes, "The next terrorist-murdering incident...is on you. May your consciences (if you even have them) weigh immeasurably heavy on you for the rest of your lives.

Rolling Stone's editors have already issued a statement -- not specifically about Draiman's criticism, but in response to threats of boycotts by retailers. It says, in part, that the cover story "falls within the traditions of journalism and Rolling Stone's longstanding commitment to serious and thoughtful coverage."

PEARL JAM: No Need to Mind Their Manners in Canada

Pearl Jam played their new single, "Mind Your Manners," for the first time in concert Tuesday night at the Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario. The song is off their new album, Lightning Bolt, which will be released on October 15th.

Pearl Jam play Wrigley Field in Chicago on Friday night, and then they're off the road until starting the Lightning Bolt tour on October 11th in Pittsburgh.

See video HERE!

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY: New Live DVD and CDs

Black Label Society's Unblackened semi-acoustic show from earlier this year is being released on DVD and as a double-CD on September 24th.

BLS ramped up the acoustics during their concert at L.A.'s Club Nokia in March. But frontman Zakk Wylde only touched an acoustic guitar on a couple of songs and played piano on a few others, so the departure isn't all that great.

The DVD comes with bonus footage, including an interview with Wylde, a photo gallery, the music video for “Losin’ Your Mind” and a feature with Wylde visiting a prison in the U.K. The audio CDs add acoustic versions of "Queen of Sorrow" and "Won't Find It Here" plus covers of two early '70s pop hits -- Leon Russell’s “Song for You” and Bill Withers's “Aint No Sunshine” -- that aren't on the DVD.

TOM PETTY: Back to the Roo

Tom Petty has posted four videos from his appearance last month with The Heartbreakers at the Bonnaroo festival in Tennessee. Go to his website, TomPetty.com, for performances of "A Woman in Love (It's Not Me)," "Rebels," "I Should Have Known It" and "Runnin' Down a Dream."

ROBERT PLANT: He Blows

Robert Plant is known for his voice, but that's not why The North Mississippi Allstars asked him to be on their next album.

Plant joined the band last week at Royal Studios in Memphis to add harmonica to two songs. Studio owner Boo Mitchell says, "It was unexpected. We let him use Al Green's mic. He dug the sound and the fact that we haven't changed anything. He had a fabulous time." But it got off to a rocky start after Plant dropped his harmonica in Indian incense and needed another one. Mitchell adds, "He should play harmonica more than he does. He is a bad-ass harmonica player."

Plant became friends with the Allstars after they opened a few shows for him.

Plant and his Sensational Space Shifters are in New Orleans tonight (Wednesday) and the Atlanta suburb of Alpharetta, Georgia on Friday.

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE: Touring WIth Lamb of God

Killswitch Engage will team up with Lamb of God for a tour this fall.

The bands will kick off a 28-date run in Toronto on October 22nd and wrap it up in Silver Spring, Maryland on November 26th. Testament and Huntress will serve as opening acts.

Headlines for Wednesday, July 17, 2013

GOV'T MULE: Fall Tour Revealed

Gov't Mule will be back out on the road this fall.

Warren Haynes and company will be supporting Shout!, their first studio album in four years, which is due out September 24th. The tour starts September 13th at the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada and wraps up with a two-night stand in Chicago October 4th and 5th.

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH: Play Bassist's Bass

Five Finger Death Punch bassist Chris Kael is the latest musician to get his own signature instrument.

The Chris Kael CK-4 Signature Model Bass Guitar from Spector will be available in matte black or matte white with black hardware. The bass is due out in the fall. You can find more details at SpectorBass.com.

IN OTHER NEWS

Ronnie Wood has a new pooch, a beagle he's named Dolly. He posted a photo of the pup on his Twitter feed.

Former Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord died one year ago this week -- July 16th. A photo book of his career will be published in the fall. It will contain never-before-seen photos; contributions from his colleagues, friends and family; unpublished professional images; new, previously unreleased music and a live DVD.

The owners of the Twisted Sister House of Hunger food truck in Minneapolis have changed the name after being threatened with legal action by the band. The truck is now called the House of Hunger.

Bret Michaels will perform on the FOX & Friends All-American Summer Concert Series‎ in New York on July 26th between 7 and 9 a.m. ET.

BEATLES & NIRVANA: Gone Too Soon

Instrument maker Gibson has compiled a list on its website of the 10 groups they feel "ended too soon." In no particular order they are:

The Beatles -- "No other band has ever come remotely close to producing such an abundance of quality material in as short a period of time (eight years). Still, one can’t help but wonder what twists and turns their music might have taken, had they forged on together into the ‘70s — or even beyond."

Faces -- "There’s a reason why fans continue to pine for a Faces reunion: simply put, the Rod Stewart-led group was one of the most lovable 'bar bands' ever to set foot on stage..."

J. Geils Band -- "America’s answer to the Rolling Stones. Frontman Peter Wolf’s vocal dynamism and charisma, paired with guitarist Seth Justman’s talent for crafting infectious R&B tunes, forged a winning combination on such tracks as “Give It to Me” and “Must of Got Lost.”

Mott the Hoople -- "No band from the '70s British glam era exuded more genuine rock-muscle than Mott the Hoople did."

Velvet Underground -- "Opinions vary about who invented punk rock, but no band brought more musical range and sophistication to the genre than the Velvet Underground did..."

The Doors -- "One can’t help wondering what might have been, had singer Jim Morrison not died in the summer of 1971..."

New York Dolls -- "Invented neither punk nor glam rock, and yet no other band so successfully fused those genres..."

The Clash -- "Joe Strummer and Mick Jones were sometimes called the Lennon & McCartney of punk rock, and rightly so. Gloriously gifted songwriters, the Clash co-leaders expanded the parameters of the genre to include reggae, dub, rockabilly and elements of world music..."

Nirvana -- "Thematically, Kurt Cobain’s bleak songs — rife with alienation -- made him a spokesman for his generation in much the same way John Lennon had been a spokesman for his. The troubled songwriter’s death in 1994 forever consigned the band’s legacy to a small but brilliant body of work."

Alice Cooper (yes, it was a band) -- "Alice Cooper has forged an impressive (and lengthy) career, but nothing in his solo work has ever matched the magic of the original Alice Cooper band. Friends since high school, the original quintet crafted some of the greatest pop-rock anthems of the '70s..."

BON JOVI: Opening Act Rules the Land

Bon Jovi fans in Boston will get to party 45 minutes later with the New Jersey rockers when they play Gillette Stadium in nearby Foxboro, Massachusetts on Saturday.

The opening act is the Boston-based J. Geils Band, who asked to do an extended set for the hometown crowd. So as a result, the show will now end at midnight instead of 11:15. But Bon Jovi has agreed to lower the volume at 11:50. Should they decide to play past 1 a.m. they'll be fined between five cents and $1.74 per attendee. Gillette Stadium holds 68,000, but the show has not sold out.

PLANT & VAN THE MAN: London Blues

Robert Plant and Van Morrison have been tapped to headline Bluesfest at London's Royal Albert Hall from October 29th through November 1st. Morrison will take the stage on October 30th, with Plant and his Sensational Space Shifters on the 31st.

Other performers include Bobby Womack, the Tedeschi-Trucks Band, Mavis Staples, Chris Rea and Georgie Fame. The last night, November 1st, will feature an all-star tribute to the recently departed Bobby "Blue" Bland. The line-up for the tribute has not been announced, but Van Morrison is a huge fan of Bland's. 

BEASTIE BOYS: Ad-Rock Eyeing Acting Again

Beastie Boys' Adam "Ad Rock" Horovitz might take his first acting job in two decades.

Horovitz is in talks to join Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts in director Noah Baumbach's indie movie While We're Young. He would play a married friend of Stiller and Watts's characters who just had a baby and can no longer relate to the childless couple.

Ad Rock made his acting debut in the 1989 drama Lost Angels. His last film role came in 1992's Roadside Prophets.

Source: The Wrap

Headlines for Tuesday, July 16, 2013

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS: Tour and EP in September    

Stone Temple Pilots are back in the studio and have just announced tour dates and an EP release for September. Bassist Robert DeLeo, his guitarist brother Dean and drummer Eric Kretz are laying down tracks at the moment for new singer Chester Bennington to later add vocals to. Here's what Robert had to say about what they're up to in the studio.

The band's September tour will kick off on the 4th in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and run through the 27th in Las Vegas. Filter will open all the shows, except the one in Las Vegas and one in Newkirk, Oklahoma on September 14th. There's also one later STP with Chester Bennington appearance booked -- at Hard Rock Live in Biloxi, Mississippi on November 1st.

SLIPKNOT: Shawn's First Film

Slipknot percussionist Shawn Crahan has signed on to direct his first film.

Officer Downe was adapted from the graphic novel about an L.A. supercop routinely killed in the line of fire who’s resurrected and sent back out to battle crime again and again. Crahan is no stranger to being behind the camera, as he's directed many of Slipknot’s music videos.

Check out a video of Crahan talking about the film below or on YouTube.

BONO: Receiving France's Highest Cultural Honor

Bono is about to receive France's highest cultural honor.

The U2 founder and social activist will be made a Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters in a Tuesday night ceremony in Paris. Long involved with programs aiding the world's neediest, Bono founded the global anti-poverty organization ONE.

Previously, Bono was awarded France's Legion d'Honneur and has received an honorary British knighthood.

Source: Agence-France Press

JASON BONHAM: Man of Chops

Jason Bonham, Jim Keltner, Sheila E and other percussionists are featured on the soundtrack to the new Superman movie, Man of Steel.

Composer Hans Zimmer gathered them all together to form a drum circle in which they all play together. Also hired for the session were Matt Chamberlain, Josh Freese, Pharrell Williams, and Danny Carey from Tool.

See video HERE!

RUSH, TULL: Prog Rock Recognitions

Rush and Jethro Tull are among the artists nominated for Prog magazine's Progressive Music Awards, which will be handed out on September 3rd in London.

Rush is up for Band / Artist of the Year along with former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett and eight other acts.

Jethro Tull's 40th anniversary release of Thick as a Brick is up for Grand Design. Other deluxe releases that have been nominated include Rush's 2112, Peter Gabriel's So and The Moody Blues' Timeless Flight.

And the nominees in the Live Event category include the Yes-led prog rock cruise, Cruise to the Edge, and Ian Anderson doing Thick as a Brick at London's Royal Albert Hall.

You can vote online at ProgRockMag.com.

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH: Announce First Heaven Dates

Five Finger Death Punch have announced the first headline dates in support of their new album.

The Wrong Side of Heaven Tour kicks off September 15th at the Aftershock Festival in Sacramento, California and will run for more than 30 dates. Tickets for most shows go on sale Saturday, with more dates to be announced soon.

Five Finger Death Punch's new album, The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell Volume 1, will be out on July 30th.

DAVE NAVARRO, ROB ZOMBIE: Hit TV Tuesday

Dave Navarro and Rob Zombie will appear on different TV shows Tuesday night.

The third season of Navarro's tattoo reality series Ink Master debuts at 10 p.m. ET on Spike TV.

And Zombie will be a guest on the latest episode of History's Counting Cars, which will air at 9 p.m. ET. Check out a preview of the show on YouTube or below.

AVENGED SEVENFOLD, DEFTONES: Team Up for Fall Tour

Avenged Sevenfold and Deftones are teaming up for a fall tour.

The Hail to the King tour, named after Avenged Sevenfold's new album due out August 27th, will start in Chicago on October 3rd and wrap up in Las Vegas October 26th. Venues and on-sale dates for the shows will be announced soon.

RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS: Another Odd EP From Ex-Guitarist

Ex-Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante is releasing another interesting EP.

Frusciante says that Outsides, due out August 27th, "consists of a 10-minute guitar solo and 2 abstract 'out' pieces of music. Here I use the word 'out' in the same sense as the term was used in free jazz. It's a modern approach to the concepts of harmony found in some late '50s/early '60s free jazz and some 20th century classical."

Frusciante adds, "I don't employ any aspects of rock or pop harmony [on the EP], and that was basically the approach, just to make music that is not reliant on the center that was provided by my songwriting style."

QUEEN: May Weighs in on Mercury Gorilla-Gate

Brian May is siding with the estate of Freddie Mercury in that dispute over a pop-art gorilla statue in England honoring the late Queen frontman.

Mercury’s estate went to court and forced the statue's temporary removal last week. Its outfit -- Mercury’s trademark short yellow jacket, white tank top and white tights -- will be repainted. It's one of more than 50 sculptures in a Norwich, England outdoor display.

May writes on his website, “There were accusations of 'pettiness' in the media and on Twitter, but you have to ask yourself how you'd feel if suddenly people were making effigies of your dearly departed dad or son or brother, and you felt they were disrespectful. You'd want to feel you had some kind of a right to say yes or no, to protect his reputation. That's exactly what the people who run Freddie's estate do... So Freddie's estate were quite within their rights to ask that this 'portrait' be improved -- especially since the company who created it stand to make a lot of money out of exploiting Freddie's likeness.”

DAVE MATTHEWS: Hitchhiker

A Dave Matthews fan on the way to his show in Hershey, Pennsylvania on Saturday picked up an unusual hitchhiker -- Dave Matthews.

Before the show, Matthews went out for his customary bike ride. But his tire popped, and he'd forgotten to bring along a cell phone. Luckily for him, Emily Kraus and her boyfriend had just installed a bike rack on her car and were running a little late to the show. They pulled over and offered Dave a lift.

Kraus says, "So we didn't know how to make conversation with him in fact, so we were talking about his tour and where he had come from. He had just been in Cincinnati and he said ‘I'm taking a short break after this one because I have to drop my daughters off at camp,’ and he was just a very humble guy."

Matthews repaid the gesture with backstage passes and front-row seats.

Source: Fox News

Headlines for Monday, July 15, 2013

HINDER: Singer Checks Into Rehab

Hinder singer Austin Winkler left the band's tour because he checked in rehab again.

The Hollywood Reporter says Winkler's new stint was voluntary because he felt himself slipping a bit. The band's manager Kevin Zaruk revealed that the band looked to drafting a couple of former American Idol contestants to fill Winkler's shoes -- both season seven winner David Cook and season 10  contestant James Durbin passed on the offer before Saving Abel frontman Jared Weeks stepped in.

Hinder's tour continues Tuesday in Turlock, California.

SLIPKNOT, STONE SOUR: Corey Gets Most of His Stuff Back

Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor has gotten most of his stolen musical gear back.

Taylor returned from a month-long Europe tour on July 6th to find that $36,000 in musical equipment had been stolen from his home and storage unit. Included in the stolen gear were two bass guitars that originally belonged to late Slipknot bassist Paul Gray.

Taylor tweeted on Friday, "Proud to say we have 98% of the equipment back! Wouldn't have happened without the [West Des Moines] PD, my wife and the goodness of people! Thank you!"

Taylor didn't reveal any more details about what equipment was still missing or how it was recovered.

ROLLING STONES: 62 & Counting

After 29 shows, including the warm-up dates in Paris (two) and Los Angeles (one), The Rolling Stones put the wraps on their 50 & Counting 50th anniversary tour Saturday at Hyde Park in London.

Unlike the majority of their North American shows, and despite numerous rumors, this last date did not feature any special guests nor any surprises in the set list. At the end of the night Mick Jagger told the 65,000 on hand, “You’ve been a fantastic audience! This is the last show of the tour. We want to thank you for coming to our shows for all these years.” There are rumors that they may do more European dates in the fall.

Over the 29 shows they did a total of 62 songs with “Midnight Rambler,” “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” “Start Me Up,” “Brown Sugar” and “Miss You” being played at each one. “It’s Only Rock N Roll” and “Tumblin’ Dice” were performed at 28 shows and 1980’s “Emotional Rescue” made its live debut on this tour.

The special guests along the way included Gwen Stefani, Keith Urban, John Fogerty, Tom Waits, Bruce Springsteen, John Mayer, Gary Clark Jr., Carrie Underwood, Dave Grohl, Bonnie Raitt, Katy Perry, Mary J. Blige, Eric Clapton, Florence Welch, Black Keys, Taj Mahal, Sheryl Crow, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Brad Paisley, Aaron Neville and Win Butler of Arcade Fire.

Song stats for 50 & Counting tour:

  • Miss You (played 29 times)
  • Midnight Rambler (29)
  • Jumpin’ Jack Flash (29)
  • Start Me Up (29)
  • Brown Sugar (29)
  • Its Only Rock N Roll (28)
  • Tumblin' Dice (28)
  • You Can’t Always Get What You Want (27)
  • Doom and Gloom (27)
  • Honky Tonk Women (27)
  • Sympathy For the Devil (26)
  • Paint it Black (26)
  • Gimme Shelter (26)
  • (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (25)
  • One More Shot (23)
  • Get Off My Cloud (23)
  • Before They Make You Run (18)
  • Happy (18)
  • Emotional Rescue (17)
  • You Got the Silver (16)
  • Wild Horses (10)
  • All Down the Line (9)
  • The Last Time (6)
  • Can’t You Hear Me Knocking (5)
  • You Got Me Rocking (5)
  • Dead Flowers (4)
  • Live With Me (4)
  • Street Fighting Man (4)
  • Goin’ Down (4)
  • Bitch (3)
  • Beast of Burden (3)
  • Rocks Off (3)
  • I Wanna Be Your Man (3)
  • Champagne & Reefer (3)
  • Respectable (3)
  • Factory Girl (2)
  • Shattered (2)
  • Worried About You (2)
  • It’s All Over Now (2)
  • 2000 Light Years From Home (1)
  • Six Days on the Road (1)
  • Ruby Tuesday (1)
  • Lady Jane (1)
  • Far Away Eyes (1)
  • Angie (1)
  • Route 66 (1)
  • Waiting on a Friend (1)
  • Memory Motel (1)
  • No Expectations (1)
  • That’s How Strong Love Is (1)
  • Under the Boardwalk (1)
  • Out of Control (1)
  • Little Queenie (1)
  • Let it Bleed (1)
  • As Tears Go By (1)
  • Just My Imagination (1)
  • Who Do You Love (1)
  • Shine a Light (1)
  • She’s So Cold (1)
  • Little Red Rooster (1)
  • Love In Vain (1)
  • Around and Around (1)

See video HERE!

QUEEN: Lost Mercury-Jackson Songs on the Way

Brian May was in a studio last week working on some unreleased Queen songs featuring Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson. He says, “There are a few items in progress,” and that the process has been “exciting, challenging, emotionally taxing. But cool. We will have something for folks to hear in a couple of months' time, hopefully.”

He's been working on the tracks with U.K. producer William Orbit.

See video HERE!

ERIC CLAPTON: Crossroads at the Cinema

Highlights of Eric Clapton’s latest Crossroads Guitar Festival, this past April at New York’s Madison Square Garden, will be screened in theaters on August 13th. In addition to Clapton, among the performers featured in the two-and-a-half hour film are The Allman Brothers Band, Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy, Keith Richards, Keith Urban, Los Lobos, Robert Cray and many others. For a list of theaters log onto Fathom Events dot com. The show was a benefit for Clapton’s Crossroads rehab center on the Caribbean island of Antigua.

See video HERE!

 

BON JOVI: This Year's Top Touring Act   

Three veteran rock acts top Pollstar's mid-year ranking of the top worldwide tours:
  • Bon Jovi -- pulling in $142.1 million - ranks number-one.
  • Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band -- at $103.9 million - stands second.
  • The Rolling Stones - at $87.7 - finish third.

The Stones might be the most amazing story -- grabbing that bronze with just 18 dates, but averaging a sky-high $346 per ticket. That compares to the Boss, whose tickets averaged $107 and over 31 shows, and Bon Jovi, who pulled an average $95 over 60 shows.

Other familiar names down the list:

9) Fleetwood Mac
16) Paul McCartney
21) Elton John
24) Eric Clapton
32) The Who

ROBERT PLANT: Raising Songs?

Robert Plant will revisit some of the songs he recorded in 2010 with producer Daniel Lanois.

They were meant to be part of the follow-up album to 2007’s Raising Sand, his Grammy-winning collaboration with Alison Krauss. Plant recently went into the studio with Lanois to give another listen to the songs, which do not include Krauss.

Plant is on the road with his Sensational Space Shifters. They have shows this weekend in Chicago on Friday, Memphis on Saturday and Louisville, Kentucky on Sunday.

SAMMY HAGAR: For the King

Sammy Hagar recently did a photo shoot for an Elvis Presley tribute book that is being put together by his ex-wife, Priscilla Presley.

It's called Shades of Elvis, and it features a wide array of celebrities wearing a pair of "The King's" personal sunglasses. Also donning the shades are Robert Plant, Steven Tyler, Elton John, Willie Nelson, Sam Elliot, Johnny Depp, Peter Fonda and many others. No word yet on when it will be published.

Headlines for Friday, July 12, 2013

BEASTIE BOYS: Mike D. Returns in Style

Beastie Boy Mike D. is making music again.

He's created a 10-minute piece called "Humberto Versus the New Reactionaries" for designer Kenzo's spring-summer 2014 fashion show and posted it on his Soundcloud page. He's also given an interview that appears Kenzo's company's website explaining how he got involved with the project.

Although he's asked, he doesn't give any info away about what else he's working on. At any rate, it's the first new music from Mike D. since Adam "MCA" Yauch passed away from cancer in May 2012.

PEARL JAM: And Their 10th Album Is...

Pearl Jam will release a new album, Lightning Bolt, on October 15th. The full track listing has yet to be announced, but a single from it, “Mind Your Manners,” is now available for download on PearlJam.com.

Lightning Bolt, which is the band's 10th studio effort, was produced by Brendan O’Brien. Pearl Jam will support the album with an arena tour from October 11th through December 6th. First, they will play at Chicago’s Wrigley Field July 19th and in London, Ontario on July 16th.

 Mind Your Manners Offical Audio Here!

See video for Lightning Bolt Here!

MONSTERS OF ROCK: Take to the High Seas Again

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The initial line-up for the third Monsters of Rock Cruise has been announced.

Hitting the high seas this time out will be Carl Palmer and his band, Tesla, RATT, Winger, Cinderella, Slaughter, Y&T, Great White and many others. The cruise will set sail from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on March 29th with stops in Nassau and a private island before returning on April 2nd.

KINGS OF LEON: New Single Next Week

Kings of Leon will release "Supersoaker," the first single off their upcoming Mechanical Bull album, on Wednesday. They'll perform the song on NBC's Late Night With Jimmy Fallon the following Monday, the day before they play the Rock for Oklahoma Benefit for tornado victims in Oklahoma City.

Mechanical Bull hits stores on September 24th, four days before Kings of Leon co-headline the 2013 Global Citizen Festival in New York's Central Park.

KINGS OF LEON: New Single Next Week

Kings of Leon will release "Supersoaker," the first single off their upcoming Mechanical Bull album, on Wednesday. They'll perform the song on NBC's Late Night With Jimmy Fallon the following Monday, the day before they play the Rock for Oklahoma Benefit for tornado victims in Oklahoma City.

Mechanical Bull hits stores on September 24th, four days before Kings of Leon co-headline the 2013 Global Citizen Festival in New York's Central Park.

ERIC CLAPTON: Slowhand Is First

Eric Clapton loves cars and racing, so it’s only fitting that race fans voted him the greatest Gibson guitarist of all-time -- even though he primarily plays Fender Stratocasters.

In a poll conducted by the organizers of England’s Silverstone Classic race festival later this month, Clapton bested such classic Gibson players as Jimmy Page, Angus Young and Pete Townshend.

This year’s festival, July 26th to the 28th, will feature a performance by The Hollies, along with tribute acts to Pink Floyd, the Eagles and Guns n’ Roses.

METALLICA: Marriage and Pinball

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich and his girlfriend, model Jessica Miller, have gotten engaged. The two celebrated earlier this week at a dinner with members of their families in Las Vegas. Ulrich has been married twice.

Ulrich and the rest of the band will be heading off to San Diego next week for Comic-Con, where the list of Metallica-related events continues to grow. The latest is the "official" launch of Stern's Metallica Pro pinball machine, which has been available since May. The game will be used in the convention's third annual pinball tournament. The competition runs from July 17th to 20th, with prizes going to the winner. Stern will also run a Kirk Hammett guitar giveaway during the confab.    

Sources: Las Vegas Informer, ConventionScene.com

SAMMY HAGAR: New Disc Is Done


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Sammy Hagar has wrapped up his new duets album, Sammy Hagar and Friends.

The final three friends to lend a hand were country singer Toby Keith, Grateful Dead drummer and Sammy’s neighbor Mickey Hart, and the legendary Taj Mahal. The album also features contributions from Michael Anthony, Neal Schon, Joe Satriani, Chad Smith, Nancy Wilson, Ronnie Dunn and Kid Rock. The first single is "Knockdown Dragout" featuring Kid Rock, Satriani and Denny Carmassi from Montrose.

In addition to the 10-track album, also a deluxe version contains one more song and a DVD documentary on the making of the disc. Both versions will be out on September 24th.

  1. Winding Down (w/Taj Mahal)
  2. Not Going Down (w/Bill Church and Denny Carmassi of Montrose)
  3. Personal Jesus (w/Neal Schon, Michael Anthony and Chad Smith)
  4. Father Sun (w/Denny Carmassi and Aaron Hagar)
  5. Knockdown Dragout (w/Kid Rock, Joe Satriani and Denny Carmassi)
  6. Ramblin' Gamblin' Man (w/The Wabos)
  7. Bad on Fords and Chevrolets (w/Ronnie Dunn and The Wabos)
  8. Margaritaville (w/Toby Keith)
  9. All We Need Is an Island (w/Nancy Wilson and Mickey Hart)
  10. Going Down (w/Neal Schon, Michael Anthony and Chad Smith)
  • And for the deluxe version - Space Station Number-Five (w/Denny Carmassi, Bill Church and Joe Satriani - recorded at the Ronnie Montrose tribute concert last April)

Headlines for Thursday, July 11, 2013

TOOL: Danny Takes Side Project Out

Tool drummer Danny Carey is taking his side project Volto! on its first U.S. tour.

The "jam fusion" trio will be promoting its album Incitare, which is due out on iTunes on July 23rd and at other retailers on August 6th. The trek  starts on July 27th in Los Angeles and wraps up on August 10th in Chicago.

GODSMACK: Shannon Bangs the Drums

Godsmack's Shannon Larkin will go on a West Coast drum-clinic tour next month.

The clinics, which are part of Yamaha's Live Clinic Tour program, kick off August 14th at the Guitar Center in Hollywood and wrap up August 20th at the Guitar Center in Seattle. The clinics are free, but $20 will get you front-row tickets and a bag with some exclusive swag.

NIRVANA: Deluxe In Utero Due

A 20th anniversary edition of Nirvana's In Utero is coming in September.

Few details are known about the reissue of the Nevermind follow-up besides a video posted on YouTube of an ad for the album that originally aired in 1993. But there are plenty of extras from that era that could be used for the package -- all three singles from the album had B-sides, and the band taped a concert for MTV called Live and Loud in December 1993 to air on New Year's Eve that has never been released on DVD.

HINDER, SAVING ABEL: Guest Vocalist on Dates

Hinder singer Austin Winkler has bowed out of the band's upcoming shows due to "personal reasons."

The band has decided to not cancel the dates, which start Thursday in West Fargo, North Dakota. Instead, they've drafted Saving Abel singer Jared Weeks to fill in on most shows through August 26th in Syracuse, New York. Marshal Dutton from Drankmore -- who co-produced Hinder's latest album, Welcome to the Freakshow -- will fill in on two dates in August as well.

LYNYRD SKYNYRD: Fill Coney Island Hole

Lynyrd Skynyrd have stepped in on short notice to fill a gap in a previously announced series of free concerts on Brooklyn, New York's Coney Island.

The announcement came from Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, who called Skynyrd "one of the greatest rock bands of all time." Cheap Trick kicks off the Seaside Concert Series at Coney Island's Asser Levy Park this Friday, with Skynyrd taking the stage on Thursday, July 18th.

Source: New York Daily News

KISS: Gene to Duet With Englebert

KISS's Gene Simmons will be recording a pretty interesting duet this summer.

Engelbert Humperdinck -- the English singer known for 1960s and 1970s pop hits like "Release Me" and "After the Lovin'" -- says he's convinced Simmons to appear on a duets collection he's recording. Humperdink expects to record Simmons for the yet-be-named song later this month.

KISS continue their North American tour Friday in Edmonton, Alberta.

AEROSMITH: Tyler the Wedding Crasher

Aerosmith's Steven Tyler was an unexpected wedding crasher over the Fourth of July weekend.

The New York Post reports that Tyler accidentally walked into the wedding reception for Manhattan commercial real estate broker Jeffrey Roseman at a Washington, D.C. hotel. Tyler posed for photos with Roseman, his bride Shirley Ramos, and their guests. Roseman says, "He could not have been more gracious and accommodating. We were convinced that were it not for his ornery bodyguard, we could have had Steven Tyler party with us all night!"

Headlines for Wednesday, July 10, 2013

SPONGE: Seventh Album in September

Sponge, who are currently on the Summerland tour with Everclear, Filter and Live, will release their seventh album in September. Stop the Bleeding, the band's first full-length release since 2007, will hit stores September 17th. Its 11 cuts include a cover of the Jim Croce hit "Time in a Bottle."

Sponge's debut album, Rotting Pinata, spawned three radio hits -- "Plowed," "Molly" and "Rainin'" -- in 1995. Frontman Vinnie Dombrowski is the only current member who was with them then. The band will be honored with the declaration of "Sponge Day" in their hometown Detroit on September 13th. They'll play a special all-ages show that evening at the Diesel Concert Lounge in Chesterfield Township, Michigan.

ZZ TOP: Fall Shows Announced

After spending much of August and September touring with Kid Rock, ZZ Top will be back to their own headline dates in the fall.

The fall jaunt kicks off October 4th in Fayetteville, Arkansas and hits 16 cities before it wraps up November 18th in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

ZZ Top join up with Kid Rock starting July 28th in Mountain View, California.

SLIPKNOT, STONE SOUR: Corey Got Robbed

The home of Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor was recently robbed by a "friend" while he and his wife were out of town.

The Taylors returned from a monthlong Europe tour on July 6th to find that $36,000 in musical equipment had been stolen from both their home and storage units. Included in the stolen gear were two bass guitars that originally belonged to late Slipknot bassist Paul Gray

The Des Moines Register reports that several friends of the Taylors have made claims against the person believed to have committed the crime. One witness claims to have heard a conversation between the suspect and the local guitar store at which he or she tried to sell the stolen property.

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE: Tap Armisen for New Video

Queens of the Stone Age have enlisted the help of ex-Saturday Night Live cast member Fred Armisen for a new video.

Armisen has signed on to plug the new 8-gig USB flash drive/bottle opener version of …Like Clockwork. He appears in the video as "Ricky Chism," the long-haired spokesman of the band's Do Stuff Corporation.

Check out the clip on YouTube.

SILVERTIDE: The Return

Silvertide -- the Philly band that had hits with songs like "Ain't Comin' Home" and "Devil's Daughter" almost 10 years ago -- is reuniting.

The band's original lineup, including ex-Shinedown guitarist Nick Perri, will perform their first shows in seven years in Flint, Michigan on September 6th and 7th. The group is also working on a new album with Halestorm producer David Ivory.

TOM PETTY: Auction for Animal Charity

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell is helping out a Los Angeles animal charity.

Campbell has gathered up setlists from the band's recent tour, autographed tour laminates and his own tour journal, and put them up for bids on eBay to benefit the Tazzy Animal Rescue Fund. All the auctions end on Friday.

KORN: Shift in October

Korn have titled their new album The Paradigm Shift.

The album, due out October 1st, was produced by Don Gilmore (Linkin Park) and features the return of guitarist Brian "Head" Welch after eight years. Welch tells Rolling Stone, "The [album] is a really good mix of old Korn mixed with some new elements. It's got a fresh new Korn 2013 sound. And the melodies, the lyrics and the choruses on these songs are at a new level. It's my favorite album by Korn."

Headlines for Tuesday, July 9, 2013

THREE DAYS GRACE: More Summer Shows

Three Days Grace have added more shows to the their summer schedule.

The band -- still with My Darkest Days singer Matt Walst on vocals -- will start a U.S. tour on August 2nd in Sturgis, South Dakota. The trek will run through September 28th in Wallingford, Connecticut.

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH: Making History

Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Jason Hook will appear on History Channel's Counting Cars Tuesday.

Hook has been a car and motorcycle fan for many years, and is friends with the show's host, Danny Koker. Hook says, "I'm a great admirer of Danny's custom motorcycle work. We both live in Las Vegas, and I stop by the shop from time to time. It's crazy that he has his own hit show now; it's even crazier that I got to sit in on an episode!"

The episode airs at 9:00 p.m. ET.

RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, BLUR: Flea, Damon Team for Charity Single

Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea and Blur frontman Damon Albarn have teamed up for a charity single.

The two hit the studio with Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos and Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Nick Zinner under the name Fresh Touch. The quartet's "Latest Style" will be on sale as part of the 13th annual Independent Label Market, a London event where Britain’s independent record labels put out exclusive singles from some of their biggest acts. The release will be limited to 50 hand-numbered seven-inch singles, and all proceeds will benefit Oxfam’s Syria Crisis Appeal, which provides shelter, food and water to people affected by the conflict in Syria.

IRON MAIDEN: Beer for Politcians

Iron Maiden's beer has made it to England's Parliament.

Trooper Ale, which features a picture of the band's mascot, Eddie, on the label, will be served at the Strangers' Bar. It was introduced through the House of Commons' guest ale program, which allows ministers to introduce a beer to fellow members of Parliament.

Mike Weatherly, who says he's a big fan of the band, says, "The guest ales program is an excellent way of drawing attention to small and independent beers from around the U.K., and I would encourage any local brewers who would like opportunity to have their product showcased in Parliament to get in touch."

FREDDIE MERCURY: Gorilla Statue in Legal Trouble

A pop-art gorilla statue honoring Freddie Mercury came out at the losing end of a lawsuit.

The estate of the late Queen frontman has prevailed in the British courts -- forcing the statue's temporary removal so its outfit can be repainted. It's one of more than 50 sculptures in a Norwich, England outdoor display. But the hulking "Radio Go Go" piece created by Mik Richardson had a shirt with a logo too closely resembling the band's copyrighted design.

The BBC spoke to Richardson, who was paid $1200 to design and paint the gorilla. He calls the court order "absolutely shocking... It's dreadful. It's petty, really. The night I was told I couldn't sleep." The Mercury estate refused any comment.

The hulking faux gorilla should be back on the street within 10 days.

METALLICA: Secret Show at Comic-con

Metallica won't only be talking at Comic-Con in San Diego next week.

They've announced that after their appearance to promote Metallica: Through the Never on July 19th, they'll be playing a show at a "super-secret spot." The gig will be open only to Comic-Con attendees who attend the Metallica panel and Met Club members.

PEARL JAM: Hitting the Road This Fall

As anticipated, Pearl Jam will be hitting the road this fall.

They've lined up two legs. Leg one runs from October 11th in Pittsburgh through their appearance at the Voodoo Music Experience in New Orleans the weekend of November 1st. The second leg starts November 15th in Dallas and wraps up December 6th in their hometown of Seattle.

Tickets go on sale July 27th.

Headlines for Monday, July 8, 2013

METALLICA: On to Comic-Con

Metallica will be on a panel about their upcoming 3D movie at Comic-Con in San Diego July 19th.

The band will discuss their film. Metallica Through the Never, at a panel billed as At the Drive-in With Metallica. In addition to Kirk Hammett, James Hetfield, Robert Trujillo and Lars Ulrich, writer-director Nimród Antal and producer Charlotte Huggins will also take part.

The Comic-Con website promises the "world premiere of the theatrical trailer, poster, and an exclusive preview of footage, followed by a discussion on the making of this groundbreaking 3D motion picture." The panel is scheduled to take place from 6:30 to 7:00 pm [PT] at Hall H in the San Diego Civic Center.

Metallica Through the Never will open at more than 300 IMAX 3D theaters on September 27th and expand to additional venues on October 4th.

FARM AID 2013: Sells Out

The Farm Aid 2013 benefit concert is officially sold-out! No tickets remain for the day-long festival September 21st in Saratoga Springs, New York. Proceeds will benefit programs that support family farms.

The lineup includes Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews. In addition, Kacey Musgraves, Carlene Carter, Jack Johnson, Amos Lee, Toad the Wet Sprocket and others will also perform. 

BLACK KEYS: Little Black and Orange Uniforms

The Black Keys have sponsored a Little League team in West Akron, Ohio -- the same league drummer Patrick Carney played in as a kid. He and bandmate Dan Auerbach ponied up $300 for team uniforms. In addition to being sponsored by a Grammy-winning band from their home town, the kids will have their black and orange jerseys autographed by Carney and Auerbach at the end of the season.

Source: TMZ

ROLLING STONES: Return to Hyde Park

The Rolling Stones returned to London's Hyde Park Saturday and played their first show there in 44 years.

The circumstances were very different on July 5th, 1969, when the group introduced the late Brian Jones' replacement, guitarist Mick Taylor. This time, Taylor, who is touring with his former bandmates as a special guest, joined them for an extended "Midnight Rambler," as he's been doing since they began touring in May.

Mick Jagger referred to Taylor and the venue from the stage Saturday, asking how many in the crowd had been there in 1969, and saying that it was nice to see them again. Introducing Taylor, Jagger noted that "His very first gig was Hyde Park. We just found him in the pub and put him on stage in front of 200,000 people. But it's alright -- he s done it a few times since then." Saturday's paying audience was only 65,000, while the massive '69 concert was free.

Otherwise, the Stones turned in a typical 50 and Counting Tour set, with one guest other than Taylor: American blues guitarist Gary Clark Junior, who also joined them at shows in Brooklyn and Boston, came on for "Bitch." 

The Stones will play a second Hyde Park show this coming Saturday (July 13th).

Stones Hyde Park setlist:

  • “Start Me up”
  • “It’s Only Rock 'n' Roll (But I Like It)”
  • “Tumbling Dice”
  • “All Down the Line”
  • “Beast of Burden”
  • “Doom and Gloom”
  • “Bitch”
  • “Paint It Black”
  • “Honky Tonk Women”
  • “You Got the Silver”
  • “Before They Make Me Run”
  • “Miss You”
  • “Midnight Rambler”
  • “Gimme Shelter”
  • “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”
  • “Sympathy for the Devil”
  • “Brown Sugar”

Encore:

  • "You Can't Always Get What You Want”
  • “(I Can”t Get No) Satisfaction”

RAINBOW: No Longer Just a Bootleg

Rainbow will release a live CD next month.

Captured in Düsseldorf, Germany on October 9th, 1995, this show has been widely bootlegged. It was the only performance of the last incarnation of Rainbow -- which featured lead singer Doogie White -- to be recorded on video professionally, as it was done for the German TV show Rockpalast. In addition to playing many Rainbow staples, Ritchie Blackmore tossed in a few cuts from his Deep Purple days, including "Smoke on the Water" and "Perfect Strangers."

It will be out on CD and DVD as well as digitally on August 27th.

PAGE, BOWIE, JAGGER: Guitar, Lyrics and Hair Sell at Auction

Instruments, lyrics and hair once belonging to some of rock’s royalty sold at auction Wednesday in London.
  • Jimmy Page’s custom-made Martin guitar sold for just under $40,000. It is inlaid with zodiac symbols and his name, and he played it at Roy Harper’s 70th birthday concert at the Royal Albert Hall in 2007.
  • David Bowie’s 1972 lyrics to “The Jean Genie” sold for $28,000
  • A lock of Mick Jagger’s hair, snipped before he was famous, went for six grand.

Proceeds went to the Action for Brazil’s Children Trust, which was founded by Page’s wife, Jimena. Page and Brian May are among the charity’s patrons.

SAMMY HAGAR: A Hometown Documentary

On June 1st, Sammy Hagar was the Honorary Grand Marshal of the 100th Fontana Days Parade in Fontana, California, where he grew up and where his son Aaron was born. He was part of the parade and then had a street named in his honor. He also went on a tour of the city, going back to his school, church and the spot where he would hang with his friends and ride motorcycles. Fontana has taken the highlights of that day and put together a short documentary.

Hagar plans to go back to Fontana when they dedicate Hagar Way.

See video HERE!

AC/DC: Money Talks

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AC/DC bassist Cliff Williams unloaded his New York City apartment at a tidy profit recently. He purchased the Greenwich Village condo at 63 Downing Street for $1.25 million in 2004 and sold it for $2.3 million. The second-floor apartment has one bedroom, two bathrooms and two private terraces.

Williams’s primary residence is a seven-bedroom estate in Ft. Myers, Florida, but he also owns a home in North Carolina. 

TED NUGENT: His Latest Assignment

Ted Nugent has a new job -- he's a writer for Survival Quarterly Magazine. He'll be sharing with you, should you care to read it, his knowledge of survival and preparedness.

A Smith & Wesson AR-15 rifle signed by Nugent was recently raffled off for $10,000 to go toward the Forest, Virginia fire department's new firehouse.

GENE SIMMONS: Takes a Shot at the Rock Hall

Gene Simmons has taken a shot at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame co-founder Jann Wenner on Twitter. He writes, "Rush learned the effort they'd need to be successful while opening for KISS. Why is KISS not with them in Hall of Fame? Wenner sucks." 
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Simmons says his melodic bass style is inspired by Paul McCartney and Ron Wood, when the Rolling Stones guitarist was the bassist in The Jeff Beck Group. And he says the Fender Bassman amplifier that he owned in the early '70s also has some big names attached to it. It was once owned by Jack Bruce, and Simmons eventually sold it to Stephen Stills. (See the amp on the right.)

Headlines for Wednesday, July 3, 2013

BECK: Another One-Off Single

When Beck issued "Defriended" -- a one-off single that won't be on either of his two upcoming albums -- early last month, we were told to expect a similar stand-alone release later in the summer. We've now got a title and date for that -- "I Won't Be Long" will be available for purchase and streaming through the usual digital outlets on July 8th.

The track is already streaming exclusively on YouTube. A limited-edition 12-inch vinyl version is available for pre-order at BeckIWontBeLong.com. It features an extended mix of the original track that clocks in at 14:49 and it, too, will become available on Monday the 8th.

AVENGED SEVENFOLD: Give the Drummer Some

Avenged Sevenfold's upcoming album, Hail to the King, is the band's first with new drummer Arin Ilejay -- and they seem to be more than happy with him. Ilejoy is stepping in to the large shoes of the late James Sullivan -- better known as "The Rev" -- who was also a key songwriter.

Guitarist Synyster Gates tells Revolver that Ilejay "came in [effin'] hot and tore us a new [one]." Gates says he's always known Ilejay -- who was previously with Confide -- for his "impeccable groove," but never realized how "tasteful" he is. He recalls that Ilejay was overplaying the first day in the studio, but after they spoke to him about it, "He came in the next day and just blew everyone's mind. Everybody had goose bumps and we were just looking at each other like, 'Holy [crap], this kid's a monster.'"

Gates now has a partnership with Guitar Center and Schechter Guitar Research they're calling "Master Class with Synyster Gates." In a nutshell, it's a contest where 10 winners will each receive a private lesson with Gates in L.A.. To enter, fans need to record their own solos over backing tracks of seven Avenged Sevenfold songs. For complete info, go to http://A7X.yoov.io.

LAMB OF GOD: Blythe Writing Memoir

Lamb of God singer Randy Blythe has signed a deal to put out a memoir next spring -- with particular emphasis on the turbulent past year of his life.

Blythe's world was turned upside down in 2012 when he was arrested and held on manslaughter charges in the Czech Republic. Two years earlier, he'd thrown a stage-jumping fan, and the fan suffered injuries that led to his death. Blythe eventually was allowed to leave the country after promising to return for his trial this February. He did, and was acquitted of the charges of criminal liability, but according to the judge, not of the moral responsibility, since it was concluded that he had caused the fan's injuries.

Blythe has written the as-yet-untitled book himself without a ghost writer or co-author. He says he's "dreamed of being a published author almost since I began to read." But he never thought his "first book would center around such a sad topic. Sometimes though, life unexpectedly provides you a story that needs to be told.”

ROBERT PLANT: A Rock and Role Model

Apparently Mick Jagger, Gene Simmons, Jimmy Buffett and Sammy Hagar aren’t the only musicians with a keen business sense. Forbes says leaders and managers can learn a great deal from Robert Plant.

The financial magazine says Plant “embodies the right way to do it” when it comes to knowing when to “let go and when to let others take a turn at the top… Plant is touring, quietly and with little fanfare, at the same time that The Rolling Stones continue to plunder consumers by attempting to charge over $600 for a premium ticket.”

Plant, on the other hand, bucks the trend of just trying to make a quick buck by reuniting with Led Zeppelin. “The once-proudly strutting Plant conducts himself now with a dignity, a self-effacing sense of humor and a humility that is instructive, even enlightening, in our narcissistic, celebrity-driven, winner-takes-all culture… In that way, he is a meaningful model for leaders and public figures everywhere.”

MOTORHEAD: Lemmy Is Still Ailing

Lemmy is still battling health issues, and Motorhead have pulled the plug on the rest of their European summer tour.

The singer and bassist suffered a hematoma last month, and doctors have suggested he remain in bed. Mikkey Dee, the band’s drummer, says, “It all started when he received a nasty blow to the hip. Then in the Royal Kensington Hotel in London, a fire alarm went off and he had to go down eight floors at night. It was hopeless.”

Since then, it has been one thing after another. Dee says, “He needs to drain fluid from the body, and it can’t be done too quickly. While you’re lying down and can’t move, you can easily get pneumonia. He’s so sad –- it has a greater effect on him than it would have on someone else. It’s like chopping the hands off a pianist.”

This all comes after Lemmy was fitted with a cardioverter-defribullator when doctors discovered an irregular heartbeat.

SLASH: First Film in October

Nothing to Fear, the first horror flick from Slash's production company, Slasher Films, will open in select theaters on October 4th.

Production started in May of last year with director Anthony Leonardi the Third, a creature and storyboard artist who worked on Rango and 47 Ronin. This new film is based on an actual town in Kansas, which according to legend, is one of the seven gateways to Hell.

Slash started his company in 2011 and plans to release more horror films, with three in development -- including Wake the Dead, based on the graphic novels by Steven Niles.

SOUNDGARDEN: Cornell Auctioning Items for Charity

Chris Cornell is auctioning many personal and Soundgarden-related items to raise money for neglected kids.

He's doing it in conjunction with the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation, which he and his wife started last year, through the website LuminaryLane.com. Cornell's possessions on the block range from a one-of-a-kind custom Harley Davidson motorcycle with a $35,000 minimum bid to a signed guitar pick that opens at $35. Some of the items in between include:

  • A Gibson guitar signed by all the members of Soundgarden (minimum bid: $3,000)
  • An international tour meet-and-greet (minimum bid: $850)
  • A signed poster from Cornell's last solo tour (minimum bid: $200)
  • A signed set list from the King Animal tour (minimum bid: $125)

If you'd like to show your support for the Cornell Foundation but don't have the bucks to bid, you can buy a personalized fan badge for just a dollar.

METALLICA: Ulrich in Film That Examines Napster Controversy

Metallica's Lars Ulrich is among the musicians in Downloaded, a film that examines the controversy over peer-to-peer file-sharing. The documentary looks at both sides of an issue that divided the music community at the turn of the century and left a stain on Metallica's reputation with some music fans.

Included is film of Ulrich testifying during a 2000 Senate hearing on the file-sharing service Napster, in which he states that the band -- and not "a company which has never invested a penny in our music or anything to do with its creation" -- should decide what happens to its music. Also shown is the testimony of Roger McGuinn, frontman of the classic rock group The Byrds, who sees the issue in a different light. He talks about making more money from MP3 sales then he ever did when his band was making hits. 

Dowloaded became available on video-on-demand outlets, including iTunes, on Monday and will have a limited theatrical run in some areas.

MICK JAGGER: Will There Be a Third Time?

Will Mick Jagger say "I do" for the third time?

According to reports out of the U.K., his girlfriend for the last 10 years, 46-year-old, six-foot-three model L’Wren Scott, is putting the pressure on. A source says, “She’s been on Mick’s case non-stop. What he liked about her at first -- apart from the obvious -- was she absolutely didn’t try to tie him down. She’s a stylist, designer and has a jewelery and perfume range. Mick loved the fact she was totally independent.”

Jagger's first two marriages were to Bianca De Macias in 1971 and Jerry Hall in 1990.

CHAD & AVRIL: Wed on Canada Day -- In France

Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger and Avril Lavigne got married on Monday, the day that is celebrated as Canada Day in their native country. But the wedding took place at Chateau La Napoule in Mandelieu, France, just outside Cannes [pr: can].

The nuptials took place a year to the day since the two became a couple. Us magazine quoted a guest who called it a "wild, all-night party with drinking, dancing, incredible food and lots of laughter and tears of happiness." The festivities reported included a fireworks display over the Mediterranean.

Chad is 38, Avril is 28.

SCORPIONS: Unplugging

The shows -- on September 11th, 12th and 14th -- are billed as MTV Unplugged - Scorpions Live in Athens, and will be the first MTV Unplugged episode taped in Greece and the first taped outdoors. The band says, "MTV Unplugged was already top on our wish list, and therefore we have gladly accepted the offer to stage these concerts as part of our farewell tour. We are [happy to be working] together with MTV on this very special event in Athens."

MTV Unplugged - Scorpions Live in Athens will be released at the end of the year on CD, DVD and Blu-ray.

 

Headlines for Tuesday, July 2, 2013

ROLLING STONES: Post Lyrics to New One-Off Song

The Rolling Stones have posted on their website the lyrics to "Glastonbury Girl" as sung to their 1968 song, "Factory Girl." The band performed the song Saturday night at the Glastonbury festival. 

WAITING FOR A GIRL SHE WAS WEARING CUT-OFF JEANS

WAITING FOR A GIRL AND HER WELLIES WERE BRIGHT GREEN

I MET HER PEE-ING IN THE STREAM

WAITING FOR MY GLASTONBURY GIRL

GAVE HER ALL MY WET WIPES WASHED OFF ALL HER DIRT

LIT HER UP A CIGARETTE I GAVE HER MY CLEAN SHIRT

OFFERED HER MY LUXURY YURT

WAITING FOR A GLASTONBURY GIRL

 

WAITING ON THE HILL SUCKING A BALLOON

WAITING FOR A GIRL GONNA SING A HIGH-PITCHED TUNE

I AINT SLEPT SINCE WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON

WAITING FOR MY GLASTONBURY GIRL

 

WAITING FOR A GIRL HELPED HER PUT UP HER TEE-PEE

WAITING FOR A GIRL SHE TOOK ALL MY ECSTASY

NOW SHE’S OFF WITH PRIMAL SCREAM

WAITING FOR A GLASTONBURY GIRL

STILL WAITING FOR MY GLASTONBURY GIRL

POP EVIL: Celebrate First Radio Number One

Pop Evil are celebrating their first number-one song at Active Rock radio by offering a 69-cent download of "Trenches" on iTunes, starting Tuesday. Singer Leigh Kakaty thanked the band's fans for making it happen and added, "'Trenches' was written about the constant grind to survive in the music business. Earning our first number-one means more than you could imagine."

Pop Evil play the Skyway Theater in Minneapolis Tuesday.

BON JOVI: Fans are Livin' on a Prayer

Richie Sambora says he has no plans to rejoin Bon Jovi when perform at London's Hyde Park on Friday.

"I am not going to be on stage at Hyde Park sadly," he said. "It's just not happening right now. I truly want to be there and I feel very sad for the fans that I won't be performing. I love the fans, I love the band. Jon and I have been tight for like 30 years, so all of this is very sad and it affects so many people around us."

As for the alleged feud between him and Jon, all will say is, "[It's] a family drama ... and it will be resolved... Let's see what happens at the end of summer. September's looking good. So, maybe September."

Sambora left the tour in April.

ROGER WATERS: His Turn to Remember

Roger Waters is remembering Pink Floyd stage designer Mark Fisher, who died last month from cancer.

Waters says, "Mark was a great man and a great friend. I remember Mick Jagger coming to see [the original production of Pink Floyd's] The Wall. He came straight backstage afterwards and said: ‘Who did that? I want it.’ I’m deeply saddened. I am in a better position than most to know just how great a loss this is. He was always questioning everything we ought to do, and usually bettering them. It was like winning the Ashes with no losers -- the sun would burst through the clouds in the discovery of the solution to some artistic technical problem.”

U2 manager Paul McGuinness says, "Mark was really a genius -- that was the key to it. He was an architect with an extraordinary imagination. Some production people are very set in their ways. The band comes to them with an idea: ‘How can you execute it?’ Some say, ‘Oh, you can’t do that; that’s never been done before.’ But Mark was never like that. He turned everyone’s wild ideas into steel and lumber and canvas reality. He built extraordinary things for us.”

In addition to Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones and U2, Fisher also designed stages for Peter Gabriel, Tina Turner and others.

ROB ZOMBIE: To Close Own Four-Week Halloween Event

Rob Zombie has got his own four-week Halloween extravaganza going this year -- and he'll headline the final night.

It's called Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare and it will take place at the Fairplex in Pomona, California, just outside Los Angeles, Thursday through Sunday for each of the four weeks leading up to Halloween. A different performer will headline each night, among them The Used, Andrew W.K., Reel Big Fish, Kottonmouth Kings and 3Oh3. Zombie will top the bill at the November 2nd closing show, with Eagles of Death Metal, Powerman 5000 and 45 Grave also on the bill.

Zombie has teamed up with haunted house producer Steve Kopelman to create three attractions based on his horror films Lords of Salem Total Black Out, The Haunted World of El Superbeasto 3D, and Haunt of 1,000 Corpses. An area called Bloody Boulevard will offer outdoor screenings of classic horror films, a DJ, vendors and more, with freak show characters roaming the grounds each night.

MUMFORD AND SONS: Bassist Returns From Brain Surgery

Mumford and Sons had a triumphant reunion with bass player Ted Dwane on Sunday when he joined them at Britain's massiveGlastonburyFestival -- just weeks after undergoing brain surgery.

The band, which closed the festival before a crowd estimated at 80,000 strong, had suggested it was prepared to cancel the appearance if Dwane had suffered any setback in his recovery. Keyboard player Ben Lovett told the BBC, "Was the show ever in doubt? I think it's fair to say it was. Nothing was more important than Ted's health."

Mumford and Sons first playedGlastonburyin 2008, drawing just 200 people to their stage that time around.

COLDPLAY: A Film Odyssey

Coldplay have donated one of their videos to a film about climate change.

The band is allowing the makers of Spanish-language Odyssey 2050 to incorporate the original video for "Viva La Vida" into the documentary, which is in production in Costa Rica. The film will have its world premiere at Colombia's Ambiental Planet on Film Festival in September. An English language version is expected next year.

PIXIES: Kim Replaces Kim

Pixies have recruited another Kim to replace Kim Deal, who left the band a couple of weeks ago. She's Kim Shattuck, longtime front-woman of the L.A. band The Muffs, and before that the bassist in the all-girl group The Pandoras. She'll play bass and likely sing Deal's vocal parts when the Pixies launch the first leg of what will be a massive global tour on September 29th in Paris, France. Dates and venues for that first leg were announced Monday, but there's still no word as to when the North American leg will take place. 

 

Headlines for Monday, July 1, 2013

CHAD & AVRIL: Almost Married

Avril Lavigne is set to tie the knot for the second time tomorrow (Monday), when she will say “I do” to Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger in Cannes, France.

On Saturday, the couple held a wedding party in Cannes ahead of Monday’s formal ceremony. The Canadian couple announced their engagement in August 2012 and this is Kroeger’s first marriage. Avril was married to Sum 41's Deryck Whibley for three years before pulling the plug in October 2009.

DAVE GROHL: Covers Concert in Costa Mesa

Dave Grohl joined his Foo Fighters bandmates Taylor Hawkins and Chris Shiflett Saturday night as their side project, Chevy Metal, performed at the Costa Mesa Fairgrounds in Southern California.

Grohl sang and played guitar on Van Halen’s “Panama,” The Rolling Stones’ “Miss You,” The Knack's “My Sharona,” Queen and David Bowie’s “Under Pressure” and more. Grohl told the audience that Chevy Metal is the “one band in the world [he] wishes he could be in,” but he doesn’t get invited enough to sit in because their drummer, Hawkins, “is awesome.”

BOSTON: Scholz Is No Doubt Smokin'

Boston founder and guitarist Tom Scholz has been ordered to pay $132,000 in court costs to The Boston Herald after he lost his defamation lawsuit earlier this year against the paper and its Inside Track column writers Gayle Fee and Laura Raposa. Scholz sued the paper, claiming their articles blamed him for the 2007 suicide of Boston singer Brad Delp.

BLACK SABBATH: Ward's Work

Like Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart, Black Sabbath's Bill Ward is also creating art with his drum sticks. His series of Rhythm on Canvas will debut on August 1st following Hart's on Tuesday (July 2nd). The collection utilizes sophisticated technology to translate rhythm to canvas by using an assortment of drumsticks and hand motions that light up in various capacities to build the visuals in the collection.

RUSH: Cupwork Angels

Rush had a very special guest when they performed in the Chicago suburb of Tinley Park, Illinois Friday night -- the Stanley Cup.

Earlier in the week the Chicago Blackhawks won the coveted prize as they knocked off the Boston Bruins in six games. Left winger Daniel Carcillo brought the cup on stage at Rush's show to a standing ovation. He then held the cup over his head and posed for photos with all three members of the band, with drummer Neil Peart doing a little drum roll on it.

Despite being from Canada, the home of hockey, none of the members of Rush are exceptionally big fans of the game.

Rush is in Grand Rapids, Michigan tonight (Sunday), and Cincinnati, Ohio on Tuesday.

ROLLING STONES: Glastonbury Over and Out

The Rolling Stones can now add Glastonbury to their resume as they headlined the U.K. festival’s iconic Pyramid stage Saturday night in front of an estimated crowd of 100,000.

From the stage Mick Jagger said, "It's great to be here doing this festival. After all these years they have finally gotten around to asking us." The band performed on a stripped down stage, not the lips-and-tongue-themed one they designed for their 50 & Counting tour. Besides the giant video screen, the only special effect was a mechanical fire-breathing phoenix during "Sympathy for the Devil," and of course, the fireworks at the end, which kept the audience looking skyward as the band raced to their cars to exit the venue.

They turned in a 20-song set, slightly shorter than what they have been doing on this tour, and moved “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” from the encores to the opening number and added the tour debut of “2000 Light Years From Home.” Jagger also changed the lyrics of “Factory Girl” to “Glastonbury Girl,” after reportedly being inspired by a girl he met Friday night while watching the Arctic Monkeys perform.

Unlike the bulk of their 50 & Counting shows, there was no special guest.

The Stones will remain in the U.K. for their next, and as of now, final two shows -- Saturday, July 6th, and Saturday, July 13th, at London’s Hyde Park.

PIXIES: Post First New Song in Nearly a Decade

Pixies have posted a new single. "Bagboy" is the band's first new material in nearly a decade.

Ironically, it comes just a couple of weeks after the announcement that bassist Kim Deal had left the band. Frontman Black Francis sings lead on the tune, with guitarist Joey Santiago, drummer David Lovering and bassist Jeremy Dubs, who takes over for Deal. The song was recorded in Wales last October with producer Gil Norton, who produced the last three of the band's four albums -- Doolittle, Bossanova and Trompe Le Monde.

Since reuniting in 2004, Pixies have only released two songs, both recorded that year -- "Bam Thwok" and the Warren Zevon cover "Ain't That Pretty at All," which appeared on a tribute album to the late singer-songwriter.

AFI: The Fire Burns Again

AFI will return to action this fall with their first album of new material in more than four years.

The band, which has been in and out of the studio over the course of the past two years, has just wrapped up recording with producer Gil Norton -- best known for his work with The Foo Fighters and The Pixies. The project's progress is documented in a series of black and white videos. The first five have been posted at www.AFireInside,net

NINE INCH NAILS: New Video Comes With Seizure Warning

Nine Inch Nails' new David Lynch-directed video premiered today (Friday) on Vevo -- and, in the tradition of old horror movies -- it comes with a seizure warning. The "Came Back Haunted" clip starts this way: "WARNING, this video has been identified to potentially trigger seizures for people with photosensitive epilepsy. Viewer discretion is advised."

It contains such Lynch hallmarks as a wobbly camera, super-fast cuts and negative images, plus flashing strobe-effect red and white geometric overlays and a growing mass of something that looks to be either billowing smoke from an explosion or the Addams Family's Cousin Itt getting up off the floor.

STONES, QUEEN & U2: Remember Their Stage Designer

The Rolling Stones, Queen and U2 are remembering their stage designer, Mark Fisher, who died this week from cancer.

The Stones issued a statement saying, “We are all extremely saddened to hear of the death of our dear friend Mark Fisher. The remarkable sets he designed for us over the last two decades played a major part in the success of all those tours. His passion, dedication and professionalism was infectious. We all loved his dry sense of humor and unflappable demeanor, a quietly soft spoken genius. Mark will be sorely missed. Our sincere condolences go to his wife and family.”

Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor: “We as Queen salute Mark Fisher for his wonderful creative work with us over many years, and for his personal qualities of lateral thinking and quiet dedication. We will miss him as a colleague and friend, and offer our sincere condolences to his family. Rock on, Mark!”

And from U2, The Edge: “Mark Fisher's vision and genius was his ability to translate dreams into reality. With his talent and passion, he created designs which never failed to push every concept to the absolute limit. He made the impossible possible. And it always looked beautiful. Mark was a dearly beloved member of the U2 family and we shall all miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

MOTORHEAD: Lemmy Is Alive and Well

Motorhead has issued a statement regarding the health of frontman Lemmy Kilmister. The group canceled a few shows this week after he suffered a hematoma  – a pooling blood within the body, but outside the circulatory system.

The band now says, “We are happy to announce that Lemmy is alive, breathing, talking, drinking, eating, reading and will be back to playing shows shortly. As reported, he did undergo a Motor-pit-stop for some medical maintenance this past spring, and the timing of his recent illness was unfortunate in that it came so soon after that. Lemmy and company believe in the ‘keep calm and carry on’ way of thinking. Fans can anticipate more Motorhead live action this summer.”

"Medical maintenance" refers to him being fitted with a defibrillator as a result of heart problems.

Motorhead will release a new album, Aftershock, in September.

BAD COMPANY: So Does It Feel Like 40 Years?

Bad Company is on the road this summer, celebrating the band's 40th anniversary. When asked if it feels like 40 years, singer Paul Rodgers tells us, "Sometimes it does and then sometimes it doesn't." Of course the band has not been together that whole time. Rodgers left in 1982, and Mick Ralphs, Simon Kirke and Boz Burrell (who died in 2006) regrouped without him in 1986 and stuck it out until 1997 with two other singers. Rodgers then came back in 1998 and stayed until 2002, and has been back from time to time since 2005.

Bad Company will wind up June with shows in Hammond, Indiana tonight, Friday, and New Lenox, Illinois on Saturday. In July they have 16 more dates, 11 of which are with Lynyrd Skynyrd, followed by two in August and five in September.

 

BAD COMPANY: So Does It Feel Like 40 Years?

Bad Company is on the road this summer, celebrating the band's 40th anniversary. When asked if it feels like 40 years, singer Paul Rodgers tells us, "Sometimes it does and then sometimes it doesn't." Of course the band has not been together that whole time. Rodgers left in 1982, and Mick Ralphs, Simon Kirke and Boz Burrell (who died in 2006) regrouped without him in 1986 and stuck it out until 1997 with two other singers. Rodgers then came back in 1998 and stayed until 2002, and has been back from time to time since 2005.

Bad Company will wind up June with shows in Hammond, Indiana tonight, Friday, and New Lenox, Illinois on Saturday. In July they have 16 more dates, 11 of which are with Lynyrd Skynyrd, followed by two in August and five in September.

BON JOVI: Ranked the World's Most Powerful Classic Rocker by Forbes

Forbes magazine's latest celebrity list ranks the World's Most Powerful Musicians. While it's no surprise to find contemporary artist Lady Gaga at number-one, there seems to a changing of the guard among classic rockers.

Bon Jovi is now, by Forbes metrics, the leading classic rock act -- and number-five overall. Their latest stadium tour, Because We Can, is grossing more than $3-million per city as they crisscross the globe. All in all, they earned more than Kanye West, Jennifer Lawrence and Rafael Nadal combined and continued to give back. Last fall, front-man Jon Bon Jovi celebrated the one-year anniversary of his Soul Kitchen, a pay-what-you-can restaurant in Red Bank, New Jersey.

That means Bon Jovi has now pulled ahead of such '60s and '70s-rooted icons as Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger and Elton John.

SCOTT WEILAND: Books More Solo Shows

A lawsuit won't stop Scott Weiland from touring.

Even with his former bandmates suing to stop him from using the Stone Temple Pilots name to plug his solo shows, Weiland has added more dates to his Purple to the Core tour. This latest leg starts August 2nd in Hollywood and runs through August 24th in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

KISS: Cameo = Publicity = Marketing = Money

KISS have a cameo appearance in the video for "All American Girl" from singer (and Katy Perry collaborator) Bonnie McKee. And they're not the only ones. Also lip-synching to the song are Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, Joan Rivers, Katy Perry, Kathy Griffin, Star Trek's George Takei, Adam Lambert, Jenny McCarthy and Jewel.

See video HERE!

EVERCLEAR: Wants Dads to Man Up

Everclear frontman Art Alexakis has joined forces with TV news journalist Veronica De La Cruz’s non-profit organization And Then There Were Two in an effort to stem the tide of fatherless homes. Alexakis wrote Everclear's hit "Father of Mine" about his own absent father, while the father of De La Cruz's child left her the day she announced that she was pregnant.

The two are currently behind a Change.org petition called Stand Up, Man Up!, which calls for fathers to step up to the plate and be present in their children’s lives. Posted on Father’s Day, it calls not only for responsible parenting, but also for tougher enforcement of child support laws and financial accountability during a woman’s pregnancy. Current legislation in most states leaves expectant mothers shouldering the financial responsibility on their own until after their baby is born.

One out of every three children now grow up without a father in the home. 29 million American children are growing up fatherless.

SIXX A.M., GUNS N' ROSES: The Perils of E-Cigarettes

Sixx A.M. and Guns n' Roses guitarist DJ Ashba says he almost died trying to quit smoking.

Ashba, who says he's been trying to kick the habit for at least a couple of years now, posted a photo on Instagram on Wednesday of himself smoking a cigarette. A fan replied to the picture saying, "I thought you quit the cigs?" Ashba replied: "I did quit [cigarettes] for nine months. However, I was smoking fake cigarettes that I bought in a mall in Poland which contained high doses of nicotine and antifreeze, which kills people."

Ashba added, "Nobody knows this, but I was rushed to the hospital, put on heart monitors and I had eight of the best doctors trying to save my life. Poison control confirmed that the nicotine intake that was going into my body from the fake cigarettes was equivalent to smoking 33 packs of cigarettes a day. After doing a full-body CAT scan, the doctors were amazed that every organ in my body was in perfect condition. They advised me to start smoking real cigarettes because my body would go into shock if I just stop smoking, so now I can wean myself off of real cigarettes and hopefully quit for good this time."

RUSH: Blah Is the Word

If you haven't caught Rush's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April, you've missed one of the event's most offbeat and entertaining speeches. For three minutes, all guitarist Alex Lifeson said was "blah."

Geddy Lee and Neil Peart say they were surprised by the speech. Geddy says, "I wish he would have warned us. We could have thought it was planned, as opposed to feeling like maybe he was losing his marbles.” But, he adds, "Our ideas are usually pretty goofy. It seems a shame to not share that goofiness with our fans, who have obviously come to love it.” 

Rush is on the final leg of the Clockwork Angels tour, which stops in the Chicago suburb of Tinley Park, Illinois Friday night.

Alex Lifeson's speech starts at 4:45:

See video HERE!

DUFF MCKAGAN: Family Gets Stalked

Duff McKagan and his family are dealing with a stalker.

Susan Holmes-McKagan, the wife of the ex-Guns n' Roses bassist, has obtained a temporary restraining order against 21-year-old Story Walker Bannister, claiming the Phoenix man showed up at her L.A. home last week while she and Duff were out of town. TMZ reports that Susan's mother was home at the time watching their two teenage girls when Bannister appeared and demanded to see her "daughter," which could have meant Susan or one of her daughters. Bannister said he would not leave until he saw who he came to see. Susan's mom called police who hauled the man off for a psychological evaluation.

Bannister has since been ordered to stay at least 100 yards away from the McKagans at all times. A hearing is set for next month to decide whether the order will be permanent.

AVENGED SEVENFOLD: Hail Hail!

Avenged Sevenfold's sixth album will be released on August 27th.

Hail to the King was produced by Mike Elizondo, who also did the band's 2010 number-one album Nightmare.

On August 26th, the day before the release of Hail to the King, Avenged Sevenfold will play a free show for fans at the Hollywood Palladium. Details about tickets for the show will be announced next month.

Headlines for Thursday, June 27, 2013 

KISS: Simmons Bloody Simmons

Apparently Brian May is not the only rock act who wants to work with his friend, Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi. On his Twitter page, Gene Simmons writes, "Tony and I were going to form The Monsters, a side band, a few years back. It would have been fun." 

This past February, May revealed that he and Iommi had discussed working on unreleased material in Iommi’s archive. May says, "I thought it would be great to make a compilation out of them. The idea was to put all these riffs out in some form so that people could build their own songs from them. You could make your own music with Tony Iommi on guitar!" 

THE CULT: Electric Reissue Set

The expanded reissue of The Cult's 1986 album Electric is due out on CD, digital and vinyl on July 16th.

Called Electric Peace, the package contains the original album produced by Rick Rubin as well as Peace, an album the band abandoned before hooking up with Rubin. "Love Removal Machine," "Wild Flower" and "Peace Dog" appear on both albums in the package.

ROB ZOMBIE: Wants You in His "Band"

Rob Zombie wants his fans to help him make his next video.

Zombie is looking for "singers, bands, cheerleaders, athletes, hard working, hard drinking, hard rocking people" rocking out to his cover of "We're an American Band." Fans can upload videos of themselves to YouTube with the heading "Rob Zombie American Band Fan Video" and then submit their entry at ShareTheVenom.com. Zombie will be editing all the best clips together to make the video.

SAMMY HAGAR: Album Details

Sammy Hagar has announced a release date and more details about his next album. Sammy Hagar and Friends features collaborations with Nancy Wilson of Heart, Neal Schon of Journey, country singer Ronnie Dunn, Kid Rock, his Chickenfoot bandmates (Michael Anthony, Joe Satriani and Chad Smith) and Bill Church and Denny Carmassi from Montrose.

Songs include "Knockdown Dragout" with Kid Rock, "Bad on Fords and Chevrolets" with Ronnie Dunn, "All We Need Is an Island" with Nancy Wilson, Don Nix's "Going Down" with Neal Schon, Michael Anthony and Chad Smith, and "Father Sun," a duet with his son Aaron Hagar. The set also includes covers of Bob Seger's "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man" and Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus."

Sammy Hagar and Friends will be out September 24th.

SOUNDGARDEN: Ben's Side Project

Soundgarden bassist Ben Shepherd will release his first solo album on August 27th.

Shepherd is billed as HBS on In Deep Owl, which features guest appearances by his Soundgarden bandmate Matt Cameron and ex-Pearl Jam drummer Matt Chamberlain. Fans can pre-order the vinyl edition of the album now through Shepherd's website.

ACE FREHLEY: Making Mortgage Money

Former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley was due in a Westchester County Courthouse recently because of a foreclosure action on his suburban New York home. He owes more than $700,000 on the three-bedroom home he bought in 2000 for $650,000. He stopped paying the mortgage in March 2011.

The status of that case has not been announced, but in the meantime, Ace will go out and earn some money signing autographs and taking pictures with fans at a trio of horror, sci-fi and pop-culture conventions: Contamination Defcon 4 in St. Louis from August 2nd to the 4th; Scare-a-Con in Verona, New York from September 13th to the 15th; and Days of the Dead in Schaumburg, Illinois from November 15th to the 17th. 

U2, STONES, FLOYD: Stage Designer Dies

Mark Fisher, who designed concert stages for U2, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd and many others, has died at 66.

Trained as an architect, Fisher got an early break by designing stage sets for Floyd's 1980 The Wall tour. Since then, he and his company, Stufish, have handled stage design for such mega-tours as The Stones' Steel Wheels, Voodoo Lounge, Bridges to Babylon and A Bigger Bang; Floyd's Division Bell and U2's Zoo TV, Pop Mart and 360 Degrees tours. He was also designer for the opening and closing ceremonies at the Turin and Beijing Olympics and did stage sets for the London Queen musical We Will Rock You and Cirque du Soleil's Viva Elvis show in Las Vegas.

Fisher, who was honored in Britain with an OBE, passed away Tuesday in a London hospice.

Queen's Brian May had this to say about Fisher: "We were all hoping that Mark's long battle with illness would resolve with him coming back to his full powers, but in the end it was not to be. Our world will certainly be the poorer without his great drive and talent, and we all send our heartfelt sympathies to his family."

Source: Music Week

Headlines for Wednesday, June 26, 2013

FREDDIE MERCURY: All-Star Tribute on DVD

The 1992 Freddie Mercury tribute concert, staged in London just five months after his death from AIDS, will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on September 3rd. Completely restored, the show featured the members of Queen backing a who's who of rock royalty including David Bowie, Elton John, Roger Daltrey, Robert Plant, Joe Elliott and many others. 

The show was also a benefit, raising money for the Mercury Phoenix Trust, the AIDS charity formed by Roger Taylor, Brian May and Queen’s longtime manager Jim Beach. Profits from this release will be donated by the Mercury Phoenix Trust to AIDS charities around the globe.

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OZZY: Bieber's Bubble Will Burst

While most people wish Justin Bieber would just go away now, Ozzy Osbourne says it will happen, but not just yet.

"He's a nice enough kid...but I'll be very surprised if he's around in a few more years. Whatever goes up comes down."

Ozzy and Bieber starred in a Best Buy commercial that aired during Super Bowl 45 in 2011.

See video HERE!

ALICE IN CHAINS: Goin' to a Sausage Party

What are Alice in Chains doing in Jimmy Kimmel's new viral video "Sausage Party? The group can be seen holding their sausages at 1:30 and 2:54 of the clip, which hit YouTube late last week.

We contacted the group's publicist to find out how the group came to be in the video, and to our disappointment, he says, "They invited the band to participate, the band thought it was a funny idea and they agreed to do it."

See video HERE!

DEFTONES: Maybe Eros Should Come Out

Deftones frontman Chino Moreno has changed his mind about releasing Eros, the shelved album that contains their final recordings with their late bassist, Chi Cheng. Moreno says that while in the past he adamantly opposed putting the album out, he listened to it again recently and now feels "it should be released." That said, there are currently no "definite plans" to do so. He says that at a time when Deftones are "moving forward" it's "hard for us to stop and reflect on something five years ago," but that "it will see the light of day, I just don't know when."

Source: MTV Hive

METALLICA: Singapore Bound

Metallica have added a Singapore show to their Asian tour -- the first time they've played the city-state with a population of 5-million in over 20 years.

On September 24th, the band will play the Changi Exhibition Center, a venue that's never been used for a concert before. They chose it because no other facility there is large enough to accommodate the expected crowd. "There wasn’t a venue big enough for Metallica in Singapore so we had to make a new one,” said one of the tour's promoters.

Closer to home, Atlantic City, New Jersey mayor Lorenzo Langford has sided with James Hetfield's criticism of its hotels. Hetfield recently told Rolling Stone that the band moved their Orion Festival to Michigan from Atlantic City because hotels there had gouged fans last year. Langford called for more local cooperation with events like Orion to hold prices down -- although other local officials, citing supply and demand, disagreed with the mayor.

Sources: Malay Mail and The Press of Atlantic City

GENE SIMMONS: Reviews Man of Steel

While on tour in Zürich, Switzerland recently, KISS bassist Gene Simmons, his wife and son caught the new Superman movie, Man of Steel. Now there's a review on his website which says, "Usually, my only comments are that I just saw a film, and it was either good or bad. But this movie deserves more. It is non-stop action from beginning to end... a real tour de force."

He says, "Russell Crowe is excellent as Jor-El. Henry Cavill, though initially seemed suspect to me, is good as Kal El. I found the role of Lois Lane miscast. She did not have gravitas. This oversight is more than made up for by Michael Shannon as General Zod. A terrific role he was born to play. Even his bad minions had great personalities."

Simmons concludes that the "cinematography and special-effects are breathtaking. Starting with about a half-hour at the beginning of the film on the home planet Krypton."

Simmons is a huge fan of superheroes. One inspiration for KISS was to create comic book-like characters.

MEGADETH: Show and Softball to Aid Tornado Victims

Megadeth and other groups on the Gigantour are pitching in (literally) for Oklahoma tornado relief.

Dave Mustaine and company, along with members of Device, Black Label Society, Hellyeah and Newsted, will play a softball game on July 15th at the ASA Hall of Fame Complex in Oklahoma City. All of the proceeds will benefit the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. The following day, special $25 lawn seats and VIP tickets at the Gigantour stop at the Zoo Amphitheater will also benefit the Food Bank.

KISS: Hurry, Before They're Gone

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As KISS tours Canada coast to coast next month, the band will open KISS Army Depot Pop-Up Stores in four cities. A portion of the proceeds from the merchandise sales will go to local charities.

KISS will hold a press conference in full costume on July 4th in Vancouver to launch the stores and their tour, which starts on July 5th in nearby Victoria.

The participating local charity in Vancouver is Sophie’s Place, a child protection center named after Sophie Simmons, the daughter of KISS bassist Gene Simmons. The Vancouver KISS Army Depot will open inside Tom Lee Music Friday and remain open until July 7th.

The other stores will be in Calgary from July 6th to the 14th; Edmonton from July 13th to the 21st; and Toronto from July 19th to the 28th.

ROGER WATERS: Hanging It Up?

Roger Waters could be gearing up for his last tour. Getting ready for his second go-round of Pink Floyd's The Wall in Europe, he says, "I'm not a great singer or entertainer, so the concept is very important. I've no trick that I can perform until my 90th [birthday]. On the other hand, the ambition to make new music is growing."

The last leg of The Wall tour begins July 18th in The Netherlands.

RUSH: Helping Fellow Musicians

Rush has pledged a dollar from every ticket sold on the band's upcoming run of Canadian dates to the Unison Benevolent Fund, which aids music industry professionals who run into hardship.

The organization says, "Whether it’s a favorite song or an album by a treasured artist, music impacts our lives. Every recording and show requires an invisible network of professionals working collectively to create all the music that is important to you. The majority of this team are self-employed or freelance contractors. They usually live without the support of a safety net and when a crisis occurs its impact can be devastating. Thanks to Rush, Unison will change that.”

The Canadian dates on Rush's Clockwork Angels tour are Hamilton on July 6th; Halifax on July 12th and 14th; Calgary on July 24th; and Vancouver on July 26th.

MOTORHEAD: Cancel Shows Because Lemmy Is Ill

Motorhead had to cancel two European dates this week because singer-bassist Lemmy has a hematoma.

A hematoma is a mass of clotted blood caused by a broken blood vessel that forms in a tissue, organ or body space. The Italian promoter who revealed the news in a Facebook post didn't reveals any details about the cause or severity of the condition.
 
This isn't the first health issue for the 67-year-old of late. After being diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat, Lemmy was fitted with an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator.

Headlines for Tuesday, June 25, 2013

MACHINE HEAD: Welcome New Bassist

Machine Head announced on Monday that their new bassist is Jared MacEachern, formerly the singer and guitarist of the North Carolina band Sanctify.

MacEachern is no stranger to Machine Head, he substituted when former bassist Adam Duce had to miss their 2007 Black Tyranny Tour due to injury. Although they did an extensive search this time around, MacEachern had already impressed them with both his attitude and abilities as a bassist and harmony vocalist and the band says he nailed his audition. He's already begun rehearsals with Machine Head for this summer's Rockstar Energy Mayhem Tour and plans to relocate from North Carolina to Northern California to begin pre-production for the Oakland-based band's upcoming eighth studio album.

PINK FLOYD: Pissed at Pandora

Earlier this month Pink Floyd announced their catalog is streaming on Spotify. Now they have come out against another online music service, Pandora in regards to royalties.

Writing an op-ed piece in USA Today, Roger Waters, David Gilmour and Nick Mason say, "Great music can inspire deep emotions, and businesses have long sought to harness this power in order to make money. Nothing wrong with that -- everyone deserves to make a living -- but too often it leads to less than scrupulous behavior. The latest example is how Pandora is pushing for a special law in Congress to slash musicians' royalties -- and the tactics they are using to trick artists into supporting this unfair cut in pay... Nearly 90-percent of the artists who get a check for digital play receive less than $5,000 a year. They cannot afford the 85-percent pay cut Pandora asked Congress to impose on the music community... Artists would gladly work with Pandora to end AM/FM's radio exemption from paying any musician royalties -- a loophole that hurts artists and digital radio alike."

KORN: New Album in September

Korn's new album will be released on September 24th.

Drummer Ray Luzier let the release date slip in a photo he posted on Instagram of the band's press conference in France over the weekend. The album is the first to feature guitarist Brian "Head" Welch since 2003's Take a Look in the Mirror. No title has been announced yet for the album. 

FOO FIGHTERS: Getting Started Again

Foo Fighters are ready to start on their next album.

Drummer Taylor Hawkins tells Billboard, "We're getting started. We're getting our ideas together. Dave (Grohl) has his brain working overtime, like usual, and he's got a lot of great ideas, both musically and conceptually -- none that I can speak of at this moment, but it's gonna be great. It's gonna be cool."

NIRVANA: Rapper Jay-Z Uses "Teen Spirit" Chorus

The chorus to Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" has ended up in a new song by rapper Jay-Z.

The track, "Holy Grail," appears on his new album Magna Carta Holy Grail that's due out July 7th. The chorus of the song paraphrases Nirvana's anthem with the lyric, “And we all just / Entertainers / And we’re stupid / And contagious.”

Courtney Love tells the Huffington Post that she gave the rapper permission to use the lyrics after hearing the song. Love says, "Francis [Bean Cobain] would freak [if she knew this.] Jay-Z's huge and we're friends. I mean we're not besties or anything." Love adds, "They [used it] without asking, which is kind of nervy but the business side has been taken care of so it's fine."

SAMMY HAGAR: His Friends Can't Drive 55 Either

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Sammy Hagar spent part of the weekend at the Sonoma Raceway near his Mill Valley, California home. He shot a video there for a song from his new album, Sammy Hagar & Friends, which is due for release in September.

He was joined by NASCAR racer Jimmie Johnson, who says, "I've known Sammy for a long time. He's just a good dude and he loves cars and loves music. That is right up my alley.”

Hagar, who also visited with racers Michael Waltrip and Carl Edwards, adds, “These are all my buddies. They're all rock and roll guys, and I'm a car guy, so we kind of find a middle ground. I love it – the smell of the gas, the burning tires. The sounds to me – that's like ecstasy. I'm going, 'Woooo!' I just close my eyes and pretend."

Among those joining Hagar on the new album are Michael Anthony, Kid Rock, Ronnie Dunn, Neal Schon, Joe Satriani and Chad Smith

GEDDY LEE: Tops Top Bassist List

The folks behind the website for instrument maker Gibson have posted their list of the Top 10 Metal and Hard Rock Bass Players and at number-one is Geddy Lee of Rush. Other members of the old-school class to make the list include Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones at six and the late Who bassist John Entwistle at seven. Metallica had two of its members make the list with the late Cliff Burton at two and their current thumper Robert Trujillo at 10.

1) Geddy Lee
2) Cliff Burton - Metallica
3) John Myung - Dream Theater
4) Blasko - Ozzy Osbourne
5) Steve Harris - Iron Maiden
6) John Paul Jones
7) John Entwistle
8) Lemmy - Motorhead
9) David Ellefson - Megadeth
10) Robert Trujillo - Metallica

NINE INCH NAILS: Go Your Own Way (To Get a Guest)

Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor has grabbed a couple of interesting guests for Hesitation Marks.

The album -- due out September 3rd -- not only features guitarist Adrian Belew (who recently bowed out of the band's touring lineup) but The Who touring bassist Pino Palladino and, perhaps most surprisingly, Fleetwood Mac singer-guitarist Lindsey Buckingham. There's no word yet how many songs Buckingham appears on.

Headlines for Monday, June 24, 2013

IN STORES THIS WEEK

Jane's Addiction's Live in NYC is available in a multitude of audio and visual formats.

Smashing Pumpkins' Oceania: 3D in NYC is a DVD and Blu-Ray shot during the band's December 2012 show in Brooklyn.

Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard releases his second solo album -- and first in 12 years -- called Moonlander.

The Dio catalog gets another upgrade with Magica: Deluxe Edition.

CHILI PEPPERS, STONES: Kiedis Roughed Up at Hotel

Red Hot Chili Peppers singer Anthony Kiedis got a rude introduction to the perils of staying at the same hotel as The Rolling Stones on Friday.

Kiedis and a female friend approached an entrance at the Four Seasons in Philadelphia just as the Stones were leaving. A security guard, who apparently mistook the star for a fan, tried to stop him from entering -- which quickly escalated into a fight. TMZ's video of the incident shows people yelling at the security detail, "He's the singer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers!"

The Four Seasons denied that the guard was on its staff. TMZ cites a source inside the Stones camp saying the man was possibly a local bodyguard hired to supplement the band's regular security.

Kiedis and the Chili Peppers were staying at the hotel because they were performing at the Firefly Music Festival in nearby Dover, Delaware that night.

SCOTT WEILAND: Hitched

Scott Weiland finally has something to celebrate.

The ex-Stone Temple Pilots singer got married on Saturday evening to photographer Jamie Wachtel at their home in Los Angeles. The couple met in 2011 when Wachtel worked on the sets of the videos for his Christmas album. People magazine reports that it was an intimate ceremony attended by family and close friends.

Weiland was kicked out of STP earlier this year and is locked in various lawsuits with his former bandmates over the band's name.

 

LED ZEPPELIN: Two Tributes in One

The Heartbreaker Tour with Heart and Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience started last week in Florida and it does feature both bands performing together. The tour came together after Bonham joined Ann and Nancy Wilson last December in Washington, D.C. in tribute to Led Zeppelin at the Kennedy Center Honors.

After opening the show, Bonham and his guitarist come back out at the end to join Heart on “Battle of Evermore,” “The Song Remains the Same,” “Rain Song,” “The Ocean,” “Kashmir” and, along with a choir, “Stairway to Heaven.”

Seeing the Wilson sisters and Bonham do “Stairway to Heaven” at the Kennedy Center Honors was quite a moment for Robert Plant, who recently said, “I just couldn’t believe that song had anything to do with this 64-year-old man that was sitting next to John Paul Jones [and Jimmy Page]. I thought to myself, ‘This is me…how did this happen?’”

The Heartbreaker Tour is in Virginia Beach Monday night. It runs through August 31st in Heart’s hometown of Seattle.

Jimmy Page took in the June 14th London show by Lez Zeppelin, an all-girl Led Zeppelin tribute band. Afterwards he went backstage to say hello.

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BRET MICHAELS: Gets His RV Rocked

Bret Michaels, who stars in a new reality show called Rock My RV, got rocked himself Friday night when his tour bus struck a deer en route from Abilene, Texas to Biloxi, Mississippi.

Michaels says, "Except for some bumps and bruises I am thankful there were no serious injuries. It is unfortunate for the deer, but -- thankfully, due to modern RV technology and a steel firewall -- we are all okay."

ALICE IN CHAINS: The Devil Put Pinball Here

Alice in Chains have a new virtual pinball game. It's called Alice in Chains Pinball Rocks and it comes via an app that works on your Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. In addition to music from the band's catalog, the game features original voice-overs from the four band members and a bonus game that unlocks their latest single, "Hollow."

Here's the trailer for the app, which sells for $2.99 at the iTunes store.

METALLICA: Lars "Not Stressing" Over Next Album

Lars Ulrich says he's "not stressing" over when the next Metallica album gets done. The latest update on the long-awaited project appears in the Rolling Stone issue that hit newsstands Friday. In it, the drummer says he understands that people are waiting for new music from them, and that they'd like to put some out. They won't rush to finish an album in order to play gigs, though, because, he says, "We're already doing gigs. We'll get there."

Ulrich estimates they already have about 600 partial song ideas -- from rehearsals in January and March and jams while they were on tour.

SLIPKNOT: Jordison Launches New Side Project

Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison has a new project called Scar the Martyr. The group have been recording their debut album, which is expected this fall. Jordison plays drums, bass and rhythm guitar on it. Other members include singer Henry Derek, ex-Nine inch Nails and Marilyn Manson keyboardist Chris Vrenna and lead guitarists Jed Simon and Kris Norris. Jordison characterizes the band as being "all about writing a good solid song."

Jordison's last side band, Murderdolls, broke up in 2011 after releasing two albums.

KISS: Ringing in 40 Years

KISS will celebrate their 40th anniversary on New Year’s Eve, according to Gene Simmons. However, it is unclear if he means they will perform that night or have a private affair.

The first KISS show was on January 30th, 1973 in front of three people at the Popcorn Club (later renamed Coventry) in Queens, New York.

KISS winds up their European tour on Saturday in Clisson, France. The North American leg starts on July 5th in Victoria, Canada.

GENE SIMMONS: He Approves

Gene Simmons approves of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West naming their daughter North. He says it’s “a fine name -- North West. In either case, it's their baby. North is better than some I've heard: Lashonda and Facishia.”

Simmons and KISS wind up their European tour on Saturday in France. The North American leg starts on July 5th in Canada.

DEF LEPPARD: Tour Gets Underway

The only performances Def Leppard was scheduled to give this year was their residency in Las Vegas a few months back. That quickly changed with the band signing on to do 12 shows this summer, starting tonight (Friday) in Clisson, France at Hellfest. The shows will be the first for guitarist Vivian Campbell since announcing he is being treated for cancer. The band has released a new photo showing Campbell without his trademark curly locks, a side effect of the chemotherapy.

After the first show, Def Leppard will do seven more throughout Europe before doing two in Canada and two more in the Northeast U.S. in July. 

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AEROSMITH: Planning and Celebrating

The New York City Parks Department recently pulled the plug on the July 13th Living Social Backyard Festival featuring Aerosmith and Joan Jett due to flooding on Randall’s Island. So, Steven Tyler and company have signed on for the Greenbrier Classic Concert Series on July 4th in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. This will be the first of two U.S. shows in July, which will be followed by Japan in August and Central America in October with South American dates to be announced soon.

As reported earlier, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry are in Los Angeles where they will be inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame on Saturday night.

Today (Friday) is drummer Joey Kramer’s 63rd birthday and he says his wife made him a birthday dinner Thursday night consisting of “roasted turkey breast with homemade cranberry sauce, green beans, cornbread and baking from scratch, a coconut cake.”

Bassist Tom Hamilton is in the process of moving from his Newton, Massachusetts home, but no word on where his new digs will be.

BLACK KEYS: You Can Go Home Again

They say that artists are never appreciated in their home towns, but that's not true of The Black Keys -- who just took home a prestigious award in Ohio.

The duo just notched the 2013 Cleveland Arts Prize for music. OK, so Cleveland is 30 miles away from the Keys' Akron hometown -- it's still close enough to impress drummer Patrick Carney, who tells Cleveland's Plain Dealer, "It's pretty flattering. So many bands were formed in Northeast Ohio. It's cool to be included in this group and singled out."

They'll donate the $10,000 prize money to Akron Community Support Services in honor of the late Alfred McMoore, a mentally troubled artist who gave the band its name.

Headlines for Friday, June 21, 2013

AEROSMITH: Solo Projects

It may be a while until we get another album from Aerosmith as Steven Tyler says he is working on his first solo album.

"Joe [Perry] has done, like, four solo albums. I never have, though with lyrics and arrangements and so forth a lot of Aerosmith albums are just fine for me. It's cathartic. But I had a lot of fun doing [my 2011 single] '(It) Feels So Good.' I've got this itch in me to do a solo record, and that's what I'm gonna do next. I've got some great people that want to get involved in it. It's early on right now... I got that itch to do something that's a lot different than Aerosmith... I'm into electronica – there's just a lot of stuff – good, weird music that I want to get off my chest... I'm gonna start in January and see where we get by March... Aerosmith will always be around, but I got this itch and I know how to scratch it."

And Joe Perry is working away on his autobiography, which he hopes to publish next year. "It's a lot of work," says Perry. "It's 42 years of keeping Aerosmith together, and then the other 20 that got me there. It's a lot to sort through. I really want this to be as close to the truth, and what I can remember, as it can be. It isn't like I'm sitting down and giving a couple of interviews and then letting my ghostwriter go off and figure it out. We're working with him almost daily. So it's cruising along. We're probably three-quarters through the first draft, I'd say... It's like digging up an old grave -- you don't want to have to go back there. But in order to make the book as good as it can be, I have to. So that was a surprise."

Tyler and Perry are in Los Angeles where on Saturday they will inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame.

AEROSMITH: Another Hall of Fame

This Saturday, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry will be inducted into their second hall of fame this month when the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles does the honors. Earlier this month, they were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame on June 13th.

Speaking of the honor, Tyler says, "Look at who played there -- Billie Holiday, Judy Garland, the Stones, the Beatles, Frank Sinatra -- and every time we hit that stage, don't you think I stand there and think about the people that looked out at the same thing I'm looking out at? It's just astounding. What an honor. Plus, the L.A. Philharmonic has a music program and it gives money to the schools, because they cut all these programs for kids to try to maybe play something or learn how to play..."

Joe Perry adds, "We've played it four times. The history of the place is not lost on us. I would rather play the Hollywood Bowl than any one of the other arenas around. It's a tough place to play for a rock band, but it sounds great, and the history of who played there, just great to be able to stand on that stage. [And] it's for a good cause..."

They will do a short set that will include "Walk This Way," "I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing" and "Cryin'." 

SYSTEM OF A DOWN: Serj Does Song for Mandela

System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian has collaborated on a song honoring Nelson Mandela.

"We Are" will be released on Mandela Day, July 18th, with proceeds going to Buskaid, a charity that provides free music lessons and instruments to children in the Soweto township.

Tankian is joined on the song by Devin Townsend.

See video HERE!

METALLICA: Video Em' All

An enterprising Metallica fan has assembled a full-length video of the band doing its debut Kill 'Em All at the Orion fest.

The band played on a side stage under the name Dehaan on June 8th and YouTube user Milanicachannel assembled footage from five different fans as well as from Metallica.com and Rolling Stone into a 52-minute video from multiple angles with board quality sound.
Check out the video on YouTube

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH: Getting Shiprocked

Five Finger Death Punch have signed on to headline the latest edition of the Shiprocked cruise.

The Norwegian Pearl ship will depart from Miami on January 26th and will visit a private island in the Bahamas before returning on the 30th. Also on board are Papa Roach, Three Days Grace, Device, Sevendust, Candlebox and Young Guns. Tickets go on sale July 1st.

Headlines for Thursday, June 20, 2013

BAD COMPANY: In Good Company

After doing a warm-up show last weekend in California, Bad Company officially starts their 40th anniversary tour Thursday night in Auburn, Washington on a bill with Lynyrd Skynyrd.

It's appropriate that the tour should start in the Pacific Northwest as that is where Rodgers lives, north of the border in British Columbia, Canada. And it's because of Skynyrd that he does. It was the good ol' boys from the South, who, while on a tour with Rodgers 12 or so years ago, introduced him to model and Miss Canada Cynthia Kereluk, who Rodgers married in 2007. In 2011, Rodgers became a Canadian citizen.

Bad Company and Skynyrd will in Ridgefield, Washington on Friday and Mountain View, California on Sunday. They will then go their separate ways before teaming up for 10 more dates starting July 11th in suburban Houston.

STEVEN VAN ZANDT, JOURNEY: Remember James Gandolfini

Like seemingly everyone else, those in the music world with ties to the landmark HBO series The Sopranos were shocked to hear about the death of James Gandolfini, who died Wednesday of an apparent heart attack at age 51 while vacationing in Italy.

Steven Van Zandt, who acted with Gandolfini in The Sopranos, issued a statement that read: "I have lost a brother and a best friend. The world has lost one of the greatest actors of all time. Maureen and I send our deepest sympathy and love to Deborah, Michael, Lily, and all of Jimmy's family."

Journey, whose 1981 hit "Don't Stop Believin'" enjoyed a second life after it was featured in the final scene of The Sopranos, also issued a statement. It read: "It’s truly an honor to have been able to share one of the greatest moments ever in TV history with James Gandolfini. He was an amazing actor -- taken way too young -- and he’ll be missed. Our condolences go out to his family."

DOORS: Densmore Reconciled With Manzarek Before His Death

Despite years of legal battles, Doors drummer John Densmore says he achieved closure with Ray Manzarek before his band-mate's death last month. He tells Rolling Stone, "The inner circle knew Ray had cancer for a while. Then I heard he was really sick and called him. He said thank you for the prayers and told me chemo was [expletive]. So there was a closing, thank God."

Densmore is also back in touch with Robby Krieger via email. "I said few weeks ago, 'Let's have our musical reunion for Ray. Let's play some Doors songs at the Whisky or Wiltern -- there's a lot of great musicians in L.A. that we know and love and admire the band. I'd like to break the ice that way. It should happen pretty soon.'"

We're awaiting specifics -- as are the millions of Doors fans still stunned by Ray's death on May 20th.

ROLLING STONES: Roll Onto iTunes

In celebration of their 50th anniversary, The Rolling Stones now have a store on iTunes. Their catalog has been mastered exclusively for the digital download service and has been broken into two Complete Collections -- 1963-1971 and 1971-2013. However, it is not exactly complete as their 1970 live album, Get Yer Ya Ya's Out, is not included and no reason was given for its absence. 

Also included are No Stone Unturned Volume 1, containing 22 singles, B-sides and more, and No Stone Unturned Volume 2 with 20 singles, B sides and more.

Also available are the films Crossfire Hurricane, Charlie Is My Darling – Ireland 1965, Ladies and Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones and Rock and Roll Circus, as well as The Rolling Stones 50 eBook, music folios and The Rolling Stones Official App.

The Stones' 50 & Counting tour is down to its two last U.S. shows -- Friday in Philadelphia and Monday in Washington, D.C.

BLACK SABBATH: 13 Is 1

Black Sabbath have finally topped the Billboard album chart. 13, their first studio effort with Ozzy Osbourne in 35 years, will debut at number-one after selling 155,000 copies its first week in stores. It's also the most albums they've sold in a debut week -- their previous best was the 1998 live album Reunion, which sold 98,000 copies.  

The band has commented on the achievement, with guitarist Tony Iommi saying, "The news is absolutely amazing. We couldn't have imagined this would happen. We have the greatest fans.”

Ozzy adds, "There have been so many amazing highlights in our long career. To finally have our first number-one album in the U.S. is another incredible milestone for Black Sabbath. Thank you to all of our fans for their support and loyalty.”

And Geezer Butler says he's "absolutely stunned. Thank you all world wide for being the best, and most patient, fans ever.”

13 is only Sabbath's second Top 10 album in the U.S. after 1971's Master of Reality, which hit number-eight. They first hit the Billboard 200 the week of August 29th, 1970 with their self-titled debut.

FLYLEAF: EP Marks New Singer's Debut

Is there...leaf after Lacey? The members of Flyleaf hope so -- as they release the first single with new singer Kristen May this week, followed by an EP next month.

The single, "Something Better," which features a guest shot by P.O.D. frontman Sonny Sandoval, will be the only studio track on the five-song Who We Are EP, which comes out July 9th. The other four are recent live performances of May singing "Call You Out," “Fire Fire,” “Broken Wings” and “Sorrow,” all songs that the band's original singer, Lacey Sturm, initially sang in the studio. The single is currently available for streaming via Soundcloud.

Flyleaf and P.O.D. will kick off a co-headlining tour July 13th in Kenosha, Wisconsin that will continue through August 10th in San Diego.

AEROSMITH: NYC Show Canned

The New York City Parks Department has pulled the plug on the July 13th Living Social Backyard Festival, featuring Aerosmith.

Scheduled for Randall's Island Park, which sits in the East River, it was scrapped due to all the rainfall New York has received this month, which made the venue unsuitable for events. The repairs needed will not be completed in time. 

Of course, this could just be the way of saying tickets were selling poorly as prices had been slashed over the past few weeks. Joan Jett was also scheduled to perform.

REDLIGHT KING: Lots of Irons in the Fire

Redlight King will return this fall with their second album.

Irons in the Fire will be released on September 10th, with the first single, "Born to Rise," available at iTunes on July 9th.

Redlight King will debut songs from the album on the Ones to Watch tour, which kicks off August 1st in San Diego.

NINE INCH NAILS: Reznor Teams With Lynch Again

Trent Reznor is once again collaborating with director David Lynch.

Lynch is directing the video for the new Nine Inch Nails single, "Come Back Haunted." Reznor tweeted a picture of himself with Lynch on Wednesday. The pair collaborated in 1997 on the soundtrack for Lynch's film Lost Highway, which included the Nine Inch Nails track "The Perfect Drug."

"Come Back Haunted" is on the new Nine Inch Nails album, Hesitation Marks, which is due out on September 3rd.

BEASTIE BOYS: Raising Funds for Yauch Park

Beastie Boys are raising some money for the Brooklyn, New York park named for the late Adam Yauch.

The group's website is selling four different limited edition watches for $75 apiece, with all proceeds going to Adam Yauch Park. The site is also promoting a link where fans can donate to help the park's upkeep in Yauch's memory, at NYCGovParks.org.

The park was named in Yauch's honor last month, one year after his passing.

PINK FLOYD, RAGE AGANIST THE MACHINE: They Are Manning

Roger Waters and Tom Morello are among the musicians and actors who appear in a new video titled "I Am Bradley Manning."

The clip has the ex-Pink Floyd singer-bassist and Rage Against the Machine guitarist supporting Private Bradley Manning, who's on trial facing treason charges for supplying classified documents to Wikileaks.

Check out the video on YouTube.

Headlines for Wednesday, June 19, 2013

RAY MANZAREK: Last Recordings Out Today

Less than a month after his death comes a new album from Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek. Twisted Tales is Manzarek's third album with slide guitar player Roy Rogers came out yesterday

These were Manzarek's last recordings and Rogers says, "Before Ray left for Germany [where he passed away], we had both signed off on the artwork and agreed to release it sooner than later. Obviously we thought that Ray was coming back from his travels, and so I’m proceeding with the release. That is what we wanted to do, and that’s what both Ray and I agreed to do... I dedicated it to Ray’s memory. We were both really proud of this recording. It’s going to be very interesting to see how people react to this. Now that Ray is gone, it’s a little weird for me to release something. But I figured that this was the best way to honor Ray. I hope people enjoy it."

Manzarek died of cancer on May 20th. He was 74.

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BLACK SABBATH: Special Honor

Black Sabbath was honored Monday night in London at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards. They took home the trophies for Best Album for their new release, 13, and Best U.K. Band. Motorhead received the Golden God award; Thin Lizzy guitarist Scott Gorham won the Riff Lord award; Alice in Chains were named Icons of the Year; and Stone Sour nailed down the award for Best International Band.

VAN HALEN: Have Risen in the Land of the Rising Sun

Van Halen have started their Japanese tour.

They kicked off a run of four shows on Tuesday in Nagoya. They added five songs to their set list for a total of 25, which likely made the show their longest ever at two hours and 20 minutes. The additions were “Atomic Punk," “Jamie’s Cryin'," “Mean Street,” “Hear About It Later” and “The Trouble With Never.” They also added David Lee Roth's recent short Japanese film, Tokyo Story, which was the lead-in to “Ice Cream Man."

Roth has an apartment in Tokyo, which is where they'll play on Friday, followed by Osaka on June 24th and 26th. Van Halen then have two U.S. dates next month -- Oshkosh, Wisconsin on July 20th and Paso Robles, California on the 24th.

DAVE MATTHEWS BAND: Strong Weekend in Boston

While they prepare for their first trip to South Africa later this year -- Dave Matthews Band have been having a grand old time on tour in the U.S., including some standout shows outside Boston last weekend. Among the highlights of their concerts at the Comcast Center in Mansfield, Massachusetts Friday and Saturday were:
  • Fiddle-player Boyd Tinsley wearing a Boston Strong T-shirt and singing lead on his song "True Reflections" for the first time with the band since the summer of 2003.
  • DMB covering the country classic "Long Black Veil" for the first time in three years and performing Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers' "Running Down a Dream" on the night that band was headlining the Bonnaroo festival.
  • A guest shot from bassist Victor Wooten -- DMB saxophonist Jeff Coffin's old bandmate in Bela Fleck & the Flecktones -- on the song "Number 41" on Saturday.

DMB return to the road on Friday at Klipsch Music Center in Noblesville, Indiana.

Source: Jambands.com

CHILI PEPPERS, PHOENIX: Heading to Midtown

Red Hot Chili Peppers and Phoenix are headlining this year's edition of Music Midtown in Atlanta's Piedmont Park.

It takes place September 20th and 21st, and this year's festival adds a third stage for the first time. The rest of the lineup includes Cake, Jane’s Addiction, Journey, The Mowgli’s, Capital Cities, Imagine Dragons, Queens of  the Stone Age, The Neighbourhood and Weezer. Tickets go on sale Saturday.

MUMFORD & SONS, SOUNDGARDEN: Den Dates Set

The full schedule for Live From the Artist's Den has been announced. The PBS concert series will start its new season on July 4th with Mumford and Sons filmed at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles.

The rest of the schedule is:

  • Soundgarden July 11th
  • The Killers July 18th
  • Ed Sheeran on July 25th
  • Imagine Dragons on August 8th

THE OFFSPRING: Headline Epicenter

The Offspring will headline the fifth annual Epicenter Festival.

This year's fest will take place September 21st in Irvine, California. Other acts on the bill include A Day to Remember, Bad Religion and Falling in Reverse. Tickets go on sale Friday.

Headlines for Tuesday, June 18, 2013

SLIPKNOT, STONE SOUR: Corey Sets Book Dates

Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor has announced a few in store appearances for his second book.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Heaven (Or, How I Made Peace With the Paranormal and Stigmatized Zealots and Cynics in the Process) will be published on July 16th, and Taylor will do a signing that night at Bookends in Ridgewood, New Jersey. Taylor will appear at Book Revue in Huntington, New York on the 17th and then fly west for appearances at Book Soup in Hollywood July 19th and Camp Pendleton in San Diego on the 20th, where he'll also sign copies of the House of Gold and Bones comic book series as well.

ICK JAGGER: 50-Year-Old Hair For Sale

A clump of Mick Jagger's hair from the early '60s is going on the auction block.

The locks belong to the grandmother of Chrissie Shrimpton, a girlfriend of Jagger's before he hit fame with The Rolling Stones. Grandma apparently gathered the hair out of the drain after Jagger took a shower at her home. The auction house, Bonhams, says, "Apparently, on her grandmother's death, the hair passed to Chrissie's aunt, and when she died, the hair was returned to Chrissie by a cousin taking care of personal effects."

The hair will go on the block on July 3rd in London, with proceeds going to the charity Changing Faces. It is estimated to sell for between $2000 and $4000.

A couple of clips of Keith Richards' hair recently sold at auction for $1400.

Source: Fox News

METALLICA, MEGADETH: Two Ex-Members to Jam

The Gigantour might see a couple of ex-Metallica members play one of the group's classics.

Newsted, led by ex-Metallica bassist Jason Newsted, will be on the tour with headliners Megadeth, led by ex-Metallica guitarist Dave Mustaine. Mustaine tweeted a question to fans over the weekend -- "If I play a song I wrote in Metallica with Jason, which should it be?" Mustaine then offered up five songs -- "Ride the Lightning," "The Call of Ktulu," "Metal Militia," "Phantom Lord," "Jump in the Fire" and "The Four Horsemen."

Doing the songs won't be a problem for Newsted -- his band already features a couple of Metallica songs in its set.

The Gigantour starts July 3rd in Gilford, New Hampshire.

ROB ZOMBIE: The Nightmare Begins in the Fall

Rob Zombie is launching a new haunted house and music experience this fall.

The Great American Nightmare will be open every Thursday through Sunday from October 10th through November 2nd at the Fairplex in Pomona, California. It will feature three attractions based Zombie's own films -- Lords of Salem Total Black Out, The Haunted World of El Superbeasto 3D, and Haunt of 1,000 Corpses.

The haunted house will also feature music each night -- including performances by Andrew WK, Goldfinger, Kottonmouth Kings, Reel Big Fish, The Used and many more.

BON JOVI: Sorry Cleveland

Bon Jovi have canceled their NFL-related concert in Cleveland.

The band was set to perform on July 14th at First Energy Stadium after a Cleveland Browns fan fest. The team announced the cancellation of the concert Monday morning without any explanation.

Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer

IRON MAIDEN: Gov't Invests in Bruce's Company

Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson has scored a big infusion of cash to expand his aircraft company.

Close to $8 million is being invested into Dickinson's aircraft maintenance business, Cardiff Aviation Limited. About one third of the money is being contributed by Finance Wales, an investment company owned by the Welsh government. Dickinson hopes to expand the business and eventually launch his own airline.

Source: Wales Online

BLACK SABBATH: Set U.K. Chart Record

Black Sabbath have set a U.K. chart record for the longest gap between number-one albums.

13 bowed at number-one, 42 years and eight months after their second album Paranoid hit the top. That breaks Bob Dylan's record of 38 years between New Morning in 1970 and Together Through Life in 2009. Sabbath's last Top 10 U.K. album was 1983's Born Again.

Sabbath are expected to score their first number-one album in the U.S. when the sales figures from last week are released on Wednesday.

Source: Billboard

Headlines for Monday, June 17, 2013

ROBERT PLANT: Will He Accept the Olive Branch?

David Coverdale wants to apologize to Robert Plant for negative things he said 20 years ago.

In 1993, Jimmy Page teamed up with the Whitesnake frontman for an album and tour as Coverdale-Page. That led to a war of words between Coverdale and Robert Plant, with the Led Zeppelin singer calling him “David Cover-version." And Coverdale did not bite his tongue, saying, “There's certainly no love lost between myself and Robert… I wouldn't send him cat food if he was starving."

Two decades later, Coverdale regrets those remarks. He says he recently saw Page and said, “When you speak to Robert, offer my sincere regrets for any negative things I've ever said, which were mostly defensive. I hold him in the highest esteem as a human being, and as an artist, and I really would like to, you know, sit down, buy him a drink, shake hands and say, 'I'm really sorry,’ you know, ‘Can we be friends again?'”

JIMMY PAGE: Helping the Kids

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Jimmy Page is auctioning off a guitar to help the children of Brazil.

Page is putting up for bids a Martin guitar he acquired in 2006, with the proceeds going to the Action for Brazilian Children Trust. The charity, for Brazil's poor and abandoned children, was founded in 1998 by his wife, Jimena Gomez-Paratcha. Page played the acoustic guitar at Roy Harper’s 70th birthday concert in London’s Royal Albert Hall on November 5th, 2011. The fingerboard is inlaid with Led Zeppelin and Zodiac symbols and Page’s name. It will come with a signed letter from Page and a color photo of him playing it.

Experts believe the guitar will sell for between $16,000 and $23,000 at the July 3rd auction in London.

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH: Singer Really Looking Ahead

Five Finger Death Punch singer Ivan Moody really likes planning ahead.

The first volume of the band's The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell won't be out for another month -- and they haven't even announced a release date for the second volume -- but Moody is already looking beyond the touring cycle for both. He tells the Swedish metal site MetalShrine, "I'm actually going to do a side project after this next album cycle. I've already got a few guys on the line that I'm really proud to say I'm gonna work alongside with. I talked to the guys [in FFDP], and after doing five records like this, it's time to take a little bit of space from each other, and that way, when we come back to do the next album, it'll be fresh to us again."

The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell Volume One is due out July 30th.

FILTER: Help Us Tour Everwhere

Some bands have used Kickstarter and similar site to fund their albums -- but Filter want fans to help them tour.

The group -- which is on the road this summer as part of the '90s-themed Summerland tour -- has launched an Indie Go Go campaign to help finance shows outside the U.S. Their goal is $40,000, and they've raised $4800 so far.

The band says on the site, "We want to bring you the very best of Filter. Therefore, every dollar that is raised through this campaign will be going directly towards the tour, allowing us to rock farther and harder than ever before. Also know that we are set up for "Flex Funding," which means even if we don't reach our goal, we still get the money that is raised through the campaign."

The band is offering up such perks as signed albums, signed lyric sheets and coffee with frontman Richard Patrick.

TOM PETTY: Residencies Could Change Arena Shows

Tom Petty says the reception The Heartbreakers have gotten for deeper cuts at their residencies in New York and Los Angeles could open up their set lists in the future.

Petty tells Rolling Stone, "I think that this could influence things quite a lot. It's just kind of a verification that the audience not only goes along with it, they like it... When I go to see people, I always kind of hope they are going to play some kind of songs I know... You're obligated to play some of that stuff that people know, but I don't think that's all you have to do. I think there's a way to fill everyone's needs. So who knows? This may have a tremendous effect on us from here out."

Headlines for Friday, June 14, 2013

SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME: Class of 2013 Inducted Thursday Night

The Songwriters Hall of Fame inducted their class of 2013 Thursday night at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. Leading the way was Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, along with Foreigner’s Lou Gramm and Mick Jones, as well as J.D Souther, Tony Hatch and Holly Knight.

The four-hour ceremony featured some stellar performances as well as some memorable speeches, including Tyler's. He asked the audience, “How many of you got laid last night? See, that’s why we’re songwriters. It all came from that.” Nickleback’s Chad Kroeger and Ryan Peake inducted Tyler and Perry after doing a so-so version of “Sweet Emotion.” After their speech, Tyler and Perry did “Walk This Way.”

Billy Joel was on hand to induct Mick Jones and Lou Gramm, and had fun singing snippets of some of their songs. Just before accepting the award, Jones told us, “It's like we're kind of legit now. If my parents were alive, I'd love them to have experience this with me. It's wonderful...a wonderful gift. It just makes me feel like a lot of my life was worthwhile." And Gramm added, “To me, it’s as equally as important as a Grammy… Mick and I have always prided ourselves on our songwriting and I think our songs, album for album, stand the test of time.” They then took the stage together for the first time in 10 years to do “Juke Box Hero” and “I Want to Know What Love Is,” backed by a choir, which brought the house down.

Sting opened the show with Elton John’s “Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting" and then presented the Johnny Mercer Award to Elton and Bernie Taupin. Taupin explained how without Elton he would just be a story writer, and Elton said Bernie was the second real relationship in his life, after his grandmother. Elton also joked that songs are like a child “until some moron changes them.”

British songwriter Tony Hatch did a medley of his hits, including “My Love," "Call Me," "Forget Him," "I Couldn't Live Without Your Love," "Don't Sleep in the Subway” and "I Know a Place" before Petula Clark came out to sing her and his biggest song, “Downtown.” In speaking about “Downtown,” Hatch said he wrote it while walking through Times Square and that the word is “quintessentially American.”

Holly Knight, who wrote hit songs for Pat Benatar, Scandal, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi and so many others, was inducted by Scandal’s Patty Smythe, who also sang “Warrior.” Holly then sat at the piano to do “Love Is a Battlefield,” which was a hit for Benatar.

The ceremony also included tributes to the late producer Phil Ramone and songwriter Hal David, big supporters of the Hall; the induction of J.D. Souther by Peter Asher; and the Towering Song award for Sam Cooke's groundbreaking "A Change is Gonna Come." The Pioneer Award went to Motown founder Berry Gordy, but not before Smokey Robinson brought the night to a grounding halt with a rambling 15-plus minute speech honoring Gordy.

Unlike the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, there is no physical Songwriters Hall of Fame, although there are talks about one opening up in the Brill Building on Broadway in Manhattan, which home to many famous songwriters from the '30s through the '60s.

MUMFORD & SONS: Pull Out of Bonnaroo

Mumford and Sons have canceled the final three dates on the U.S. tour to allow bassist Ted Dwayne to recover from surgery for a blood clot on his brain.

The band posted a note of their Facebook page saying Dwane had been discharged from the hospital and was expected to make a full recovery, but performing at this time wasn't possible. The band axed their headline performance at Bonnaroo Saturday, a show in Bonner Springs, Kansas Monday at a headline set at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival next Thursday. That brings the total of six shows postponed due to Dwane's illness.

The band added in their note, "If we could've [played] we would've, you know that about us. We trust that you can respect our collective desire to encourage Ted to make a full recovery, and that this is based purely on the medical advice we have received."

Mumford and Sons next scheduled date is a headline appearance at the Glastonbury Festival in England on June 30th. Bonnaroo promoters announced that Jack Johnson will be filling the Saturday night headline slot.

INCUBUS: Brandon Turns Solo Album into the Sea

Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd will unveil his new side project this month.

It's called Sons of the Sea and their debut EP Compass will be released digitally on June 25th. When it was first revealed that Boyd was working on new music outside of the band with producer Brendan O'Brien in the spring, it was thought to be a solo album under his name.  A full-length Sons of the Sea album is on tap for the fall.

BAD COMPANY: 40 and Counting

Bad Company will play a warm-up show Saturday in Rancho Mirage, California as they get set for their 40th anniversary tour.

Singer Paul Rodgers tells us, "It's 40 years since guitarist Mick Ralphs and I got together and talked about putting a band together and started to write some songs... I'm really looking forward to it. We all are."

The tour officially gets under way next Thursday in suburban Seattle with the first of three shows this month with Lynyrd Skynyrd, followed by another 11 with Skynyrd next month. The trek runs through late September.

BLACK SABBATH: Ozzy Was Straight for the Sessions

Although Ozzy Osbourne recently admitted that he'd fallen off the wagon, he insists he was sober whenever he was working on the new Black Sabbath album, 13.

Ozzy was drinking heavily for 18 months starting in 2011, and the recording sessions spanned most of 2012. But he says, "I was straight every day I was in the studio." He adds that he would drink at home after the sessions. He has now been clean and sober for "about three or four months."

Sabbath released 13 this past Tuesday.

DEF LEPPARD: Viv Is Fighting the Good Fight

Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell has commented further on being diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma. He writes on his Facebook page, "Thank you to all who have offered support; I'm very, very touched by that... I have no intention of letting cancer slow me down. I look forward to seeing you all then."

Campbell will be with Def Lep when they start a run of European dates on June 21st in France.

AC/DC: Take Back This Highway (to Hell)

Some people in Utah are using AC/DC as protest music.

A group opposing a new highway at a public hearing Tuesday in Farmington, Utah played "Highway to Hell" over and over outside the meeting as supporters and opponents testified. And there are two more public hearings on the project, so there's a chance for the song to get played a lot more.

Source: Salt Lake Tribune

PINK FLOYD: Man Jailed for Cranking Them

An English man will be spending a month in jail for playing Pink Floyd too loud.

Paul Foster of Chesterton was locked up for 28 days after breaching an injunction preventing him from playing loud music -- for the fifth time. Neighbors said Foster would often crank songs from albums such as The Dark Side of the Moon, The Wall and Wish You Were Here.

Foster has already spent time behind bars for violating the injunction, which was put into place last year. He played music in the middle of the night so much that one family even moved out of the area because they couldn’t put up with it.

Source: Daily Mail

NELSON, YOUNG, MATTHEWS: Farm Aid Heads to Upstate New York

The 2013 edition of Farm Aid will head to an area of New York with many family farmers.

The annual concert will take place September 21st at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs in upstate New York. Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews are are set to perform, with the rest of the lineup to be announced soon. Tickets go on sale June 28th.

TOM PETTY: Residencies Could Change Arena Shows

Tom Petty says the reception The Heartbreakers have gotten for deeper cuts at their residencies in New York and Los Angeles could open up their set lists in the future.

Petty tells Rolling Stone, "I think that this could influence things quite a lot. It's just kind of a verification that the audience not only goes along with it, they like it... When I go to see people, I always kind of hope they are going to play some kind of songs I know... You're obligated to play some of that stuff that people know, but I don't think that's all you have to do. I think there's a way to fill everyone's needs. So who knows? This may have a tremendous effect on us from here out."

Headlines for Thursday, June 13, 2013

AEROSMITH & FOREIGNER: Big Honor in New York Thursday Night

Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry and Foreigner's Mick Jones and Lou Gramm will be honored tonight (Thursday) in New York City when they are inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

They will all be on hand to accept their awards as well as performing. For Jones and Gramm, this will be their first performance together in 10 years. Gramm tells us, "I think that night is gonna be very special and I don't see any need to mend any fences. I think our relationship is a careful friendly."

Also being honored are Elton John and Bernie Taupin with the Johnny Mercer Award. Both are expected to attend.

Presenters include Billy Joel and Sting

The ceremony takes place at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Times Square. However, there is no physical hall of fame. It currently only exists online.

GUNS N' ROSES, THE REPLACEMENTS: 'Mats Reuniting for Festival Dates

The Replacements -- the band Tommy Stinson grew up in, long before joining Guns N' Roses -- are reuniting for a series of festival dates.

The seminal punk band, fronted by singer/guitarist Paul Westerberg, will play the Riot Fest in Chicago (September 13th through 15th), Toronto (August 24th and 25th) and Denver (September 21st and 22nd).

The only date Guns N' Roses has on the books is July 12th at the Festival D'ete De Quebec in Quebec City, Canada.

The Chicago date is particularly noteworthy to 'Mats fans, since that was the site of the band's last gig on July 4th, 1991, although Westerberg and Stinson did play a special show together in L.A. to promote the soundtrack to the animated film Open Season back in 2006.

Westerberg and Stinson reunited earlier this year to record tracks for the Songs for Slim EP, to benefit former guitarist Slim Dunlap, who suffered a stroke last year. Drummer Chris Mars also contributed a solo track and did the cover art for the EP, but didn't record with his former bandmates.

It's yet to be announced who'll be backing Westerberg and Stinson at the live dates. Guitarist Kevin Bowe and drummer Peter Anderson backed them on the Songs for Slim tracks. Original guitarist and Tommy's older brother Bob Stinson died in 1995.

BONNAROO: Welcomes Macca, Petty, Mumford to Tennessee

Paul McCartney, Mumford and Sons and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will headline this weekend's Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee.

Fans that can't make it to the sold-out fest will be able to watch various sets at Bonnaroo.com, including headline performances by McCartney and Mumford and Sons

The fest kicks off Thursday night with small shows in the on-site tents by Alt-J, Walk the Moon, Twenty-One Pilots and Capital Cities.

On Friday all the stages are open for business with a headline set by Paul McCartney and performances by ZZ Top, Wilco, Jim James, Passion Pit and Of Monsters and Men.

Saturday sees Mumford and Sons headline with sets by The Lumineers, Billy Idol, Gov't Mule and Portugal. The Man.

Sunday Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers close out the festival with Divine Fits, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and The Mowgli's.

BLACK SABBATH: Catch Underwhelming Town Hall Again

If you missed that Black Sabbath "town hall" Tuesday night, you didn't miss much.

But if you're really intrigued by what went on during the 90 minute event in New York, you can watch a replay of it on YouTube now through the end of the week.

In other Sabbath news, music industry insiders project that the band's new album, 13, will sell between 120- and 130-thousand this week. That would likely give the group their first ever number-one album.

See video HERE!

DIO: Limited Edition Guitar Marks Band Debut

A new limited-edition guitar will mark the 30th anniversary of Dio's debut album, Holy Diver. Only 30 copies of the Dio ASG will be issued, with pre-orders July 10th at ArtistSeriesGuitar.com/Dio.

Check out a video of Ronnie James Dio's widow, Wendy Dio, talking about the guitar on YouTube.

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE: Score First #1

Queens of the Stone Age have the first number-one album of their career.

...Like Clockwork will debut on top of the Billboard 200 album chart with 91,000 copies sold last week, according to the latest SoundScan figures. The band's only other Top 10 album came in 2005 with Lullabies to Paralyze, which debuted at number-five with 97,000 copies sold.

ZZ TOP: Catalog on ITunes, Videos on YouTube

ZZ Top have upgraded their digital profile this week.

To go along with the release of their first 10 albums in a box set -- The Complete Studio Albums (1970-1990) -- the band's catalog has been remasted for iTunes. It's the first time the original mixes for ZZ Top's First Album, Rio Grande Mud and Tejas are available for digital download.

And even though fans have been posting the clips for years, ZZ have uploaded official versions of all of their videos from the 1980s and 1990s on YouTube.

MOTLEY CRUE: Sixx Says Thanks

Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx has thanked fans for their support after the death of his mother last weekend.

Sixx also gave his fans some advice in a note on his Facebook page. It says, "Her and my grandfather Tom's recent passing is a gentle reminder of how fragile time is and a not-so-gentle sledgehammer to the heart that none of us get out of this life alive. If you're wasting time procrastinating on anything, trust me when I say, 'You'll be sorry.' I waited too long after a rocky road with my mother to try and rebuild the broken fences. You can never get time back. We all make mistakes, and that was mine."

TOM PETTY: Offers Refunds for Show Cut Short

Tom Petty has offered a full refund to fans who attended a gig that was cut short at the Fonda Theater in Los Angeles on Saturday.

The fire marshal shut the show down after 90 minutes, saying there were too many people crowding the main floor of the venue. So at Sunday night's show, Petty said, "We had to quit a little early last night. I don't like to assign blame, but it wasn't me. I'm absolutely sure we're going to work this out. If I have to pay it myself, everyone will be reimbursed." Petty made good on the promise, with refunds available at point of purchase for all tickets, along with a refunding of Ticketmaster fees.

The band's statement about the refund said, "The satisfaction of fans is of paramount importance to Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, and the band shares the frustration of the fans in attendance that evening who deserved to experience the entire performance."

Headlines for Wednesday, June 12, 2013

BAD COMPANY: Tape Grammy Museum Show for TV

Bad Company's interview, audience question-and-answer session and performance at L.A.'s Grammy Museum on Tuesday was taped for future airing by AXS TV. The three living original members -- singer Paul Rodgers, guitarist Mick Ralphs and drummer Simon Kirke-- spoke fondly of their very early days, before they even planned to have a band together.

The trio also went into detail about the loose way their classic debut album was recorded. Rodgers recalled how he'd sung the album's title track outdoors when recording it. In addition to discussing that and a lot more, they performed:

  • "Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy"
  • "Feel Like Makin' Love"
  • "Bad Company"
  • "Shooting Star"
  • "Can't Get Enough"
  • "Movin' On"

Bad Company starts its 40th Anniversary co-headlining tour with Lynyrd Skynyrd on Saturday in Rancho Mirage, California.

BLACK SABBATH: Host Yawn Hall Event

Black Sabbath hosted a town hall-style event last night in celebration of yesterday’s release of 13, their first studio album with Ozzy Osbourne in 35 years.

Held in lower Manhattan at the Angel Orensanz Foundation for Contemporary Art, which was once a Neo-Gothic Jewish Synagogue built in 1849, it was hosted by comedian Jim Norton and streamed online. Ozzy and Geezer Butler were there and Tony Iommi was beamed in from his home in Birmingham, England, and Brad Wilk, the album’s drummer, from his home in Los Angeles.

The 90-minute event opened with a documentary on the making of the album that was put together by Ozzy’s son, Jack. This was then followed by videos for two of the songs -- “God Is Dead?” and “End of the Beginning” -- and the night should have ended there. Some of the contest winners asked questions that were answered in the documentary, Norton tried his best to deliver the funny and failed, and there were no major revelations. Nothing was said about their upcoming tour, drummer Bill Ward not being on the album or tour, Iommi’s battle with cancer or Ozzy’s revelation that he had fallen off the wagon during the recordings. But, Norton did make a point of repeatedly saying how much he loved Sabbath, how honored he was to be there, how 13 was number-one in 50 countries since its release internationally on Monday, as well as poking fun at two of the fans who were give the opportunity to ask questions via Skype.

MUMFORD, SPRINGSTEEN, KID ROCK, U2: Protest Songs Before G8

Mumford and Sons, Bruce Springsteen, U2 and Kid Rock are among the acts that have performed songs for the Agit-8 campaign.

Started by Bono's One organization, the campaign features the artists tackling various protest songs to raise awareness about world poverty before this year's G8 meeting in Northern Ireland on Monday and Tuesday.

Songs that have posted on One's YouTube channel so far have included Kid Rock doing "For What It's Worth" by Buffalo Springfield and Mumford and Sons with Elvis Costello tackling Springsteen's "The Ghost of Tom Joad."

Videos from Springsteen and U2 will be posted later this week. The U2 clip was shot last month on the roof of Electric Lady Studios ion new York.

PEARL JAM: Argo Play for Yourself!

Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder played for one his smallest audiences in years last week.

Vedder did a four-song acoustic set for former president Bill Clinton, Ben Affleck and 50 guests at a private event at the Los Angeles home of agent Patrick Whitesell and his wife Lauren. The night featured a Q-and-A moderated by Argo director Affleck that benefited the Eastern Congo Initiative.

Source: New York Post

ERIC CLAPTON: Down, But Not Entirely Out

Eric Clapton has pulled the plug on his shows Tuesday night in Vienna, Austria and Wednesday in Stuttgart, Germany due to severe back pain.

His spokeswoman tells us, “He is currently with specialists who will be able to better determine the course of treatment... He’s had physiotherapy in the past for his back, given that being on stage for hours each night on tour can be physically demanding.  But he has never had to cancel a show before, so this is clearly a new, more severe incident. We’ll know more once the specialists spend a little time with him.”

Clapton's shows this Friday and Saturday in Oberhausen, Germany and Cologne, Germany will go on as scheduled. The tour runs through June 19th in Prague in the Czech Republic.

BON JOVI: Sambora on Edge

Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora is feeling a little bit on edge -- after Jon Bon Jovi made a snide comment about the differences between him and U2 guitarist The Edge.

Jon appeared on Ellen and spoke about Sambora's sitting out the band's current tour for personal reasons, saying, “Life goes on, so if someone chooses not to be here…unlike if this were, God forbid, The Edge, and he for some reason couldn’t make a U2 show, [then] it would be very difficult to just step in.”

A source tells Radar Online that Sambora was livid and fired off a three-word E-mail reading, "Hire The Edge."

The insider says, “Richie was so pissed off and insulted with the Edge comment that he couldn’t bite his tongue any longer. He sent Jon an E-mail, but Jon did not respond. Jon hasn’t called Richie once since this all began."

Headlines for Tuesday, June 11, 2013

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE: North American Dates Announced

Queens of the Stone Age have announced their first North American tour in support of ...Like Clockwork.

Josh Homme and company will kick things off August 2nd at Lollapalooza in Chicago and visit 24 cities before it wraps up October 11th with their second set at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin, Texas.

SAMMY HAGAR: Serving Up a New Rum

Sammy Hagar is expanding his line of Sammy's Beach Bar Rum. He is calling this new batch Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum Red Head after his fans, the Red Heads. It has the flavor of Macadamia nuts soaked in white rum and it's colored red. He debuted the drink at his Las Vegas Tiki Party on Saturday with a special concoction, the Mai Tai Red Head. He says to look for it in the near future.

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METALLICA: Another Orion Fest Seems Likely

At the close of their second Orion Music and More festival on Sunday, Metallica indicated that they'd like to bring it back next year. 

Even though they've expressed some concern that the gathering isn't turning a profit, they seemed upbeat as they left the stage after their two-hour closing set. Frontman James Hetfield asked the audience if they thought the festival should return to the Belle Isle, Michigan venue next year. After an affirmative cheer rose, he said, 'As long as you promise you'll be back, too...and bring some friends." Earlier, bassist Robert Trujillo, playing a set with his Trujillo Trio, had said from the stage that they'd "definitely" be back. 

On Saturday, Metallica gave the crowd an early surprise when they turned out to be the group billed as Dehaan. They proceeded to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their 1983 debut album, Kill 'Em All, by playing it from start to finish.

Source: Billboard

KISS: Tweet This

So if you think all the rock acts on Twitter are actually the ones doing the tweeting, guess again.

Gene Simmons has a Twitter account, but he confesses that he's not the one posting to it. Earlier today (Monday), he tweeted, “OK it's Gene. I've decided to tweet on my own. I have a little hotel time on my own. So, here's my first tweet. Wassup. (Hate that word.)” And a little while later, a second tweet: “OK. I may have bitten off more than I can chew. Really -- who has time to do all this? C'mon. You could spend your whole life tweeting.”

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KISS are on tour in Europe, and the other day they ran into Rush, who used to open for them in the ’70s. Paul Stanley says, “When we were on the tarmac getting ready to take off from headlining our night at Sweden Rock Festival, another private jet landed and I had to get off to greet and spend a few minutes catching up with the next night's headliners, my long-lost friends Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee. Time flies, and thankfully we're all still having fun!"

BAD COMPANY: A Longer Tour and an L.A. Warmup

Bad Company have extended their 40th anniversary tour into late September. It starts this Saturday in Rancho Mirage, California, and the end date is now September 29th in Pomona, California.

Bad company are rehearsing in Los Angeles this week, and tonight (Monday), they'll make their first-ever late night network TV appearance when they perform on Leno on NBC. Then on Tuesday, they'll take part in a question-and-answer session at the Grammy Museum in downtown Los Angeles.

ROGER DALTREY: Cancer Charity Concert

Roger Daltrey will play a solo show in August to benefit his Teen Cancer America charity. The August 10th show at the Pacific Amphitheatre in Costa Mesa, California will be part of the Orange County Fair.

Daltrey launched Teen Cancer America last year. It's an off-shoot of his Teenage Cancer Trust charity in England. Teen Cancer America's mission is to improve the quality of life for teens and young adults with cancer by partnering with hospitals to create facilities, develop and support programs, and raise awareness.¿¿

GOV'T MULE: First Album in Four Years

Gov't Mule are back with their first album in four years.

Shout!, due on September 24th, contains 11 new originals. The album will be packaged with a bonus CD that includes those 11 songs sung by guest artists. The lineup for the bonus disc will be announced soon.

RADIOHEAD: Charges Filed for Toronto Stage Collapse

Charges have been filed against the promoter of Radiohead's 2012 Toronto show, in which drum tech Scott Johnson was killed when the stage fell.

The Ontario Ministry of Labour has filed charges against Live Nation, a Toronto staging company and an individual engineer, alleging failure to "ensure the structure was designed and constructed to support or resist all likely loads and forces, it was adequately braced, there were no excessive loads and every employer complied with the act."

A hearing is scheduled for June 27th. If convicted, the corporations could be subject to millions of dollars in fines, and individuals involved face $25,000 in fines per charge or up to a year in prison.

Live Nation says in a statement, "We absolutely maintain that Live Nation and our employees did everything possible to ensure the safety of anyone who was on or near the stage involved in the tragic incident that led to the unfortunate death of Mr. Scott Johnson… We will vigorously defend ourselves, and we are confident that through this process, the facts will come to light and we will be exonerated."

On June 16th, 2012 Johnson was killed and three others were injured when a portion of the stage at Toronto’s Downsview Park caved in before the band’s concert that evening. Radiohead postponed that show and the remainder of their U.S. tour due to the accident.

Source: Toronto Star

MOTLEY CRUE: Sixx's Mother Dies

Our condolences go out to Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx, whose mother Deana Richards passed away over the weekend.

Sixx revealed the passing in a tweet on Sunday that said, "RIP Mom -- 5-5-1939 to 6-8-2013." Sixx didn't reveal the cause of death. Nikki later tweeted on Monday morning, "Been one hell of a week. My 12-year-old daughter wrote 'Live in the Moment' and stuck it on our refrigerator. Out of the mouth of babes."

DEF LEPPARD: Campbell has Cancer

Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell has announced that he has cancer.

Campbell issued a statement saying he was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma at the beginning of the band's residency in Las Vegas in March. He's two months into chemotherapy and is "feeling rather spiffy, all things considered. Hodgkin's has an over 80 percent cure rate, so by my reckoning, if you’re going to have a cancer, Hodgie's is the one to have!"

Campbell adds, "The reason I'm sharing this with you is because, despite cancer and chemo, me and my new aerodynamic hairstyle (read: no hair) are going on tour this summer with the band, and I don't want anyone to be so shocked by my new look that they ask for a refund. Simple economics, really."

Def Leppard starts a European tour on June 21st, with a brief North American run beginning July 10th. Campbell still plans to tour with the Dio tribute The Last in Line in August.

Headlines for Monday, June 10, 2013

IN STORES THIS WEEK

Ozzy Osbourne reunites with Black Sabbath for 13, their first studio album together since 1978.

Black Veil Brides add a bonus CD to Wretched & Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones: Ultimate Edition.

Jimmy Eat World returns with their first album in three years, Damage.

Z.Z. Top's The Complete Studio Albums 1970-1990 is a 10-CD box set with the best known work of the trio's career.

ROGER WATERS: One With the People of Turkey

Roger Waters has written a letter to the people of Turkey in support of their uprising against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who they feel is forcing conservative Islamic values on them and is pushing grandiose urban development projects at the expense of local residents.

Waters writes, “I am with you! We are with you! You are so right to resist the forces of autocracy and repression. It doesn't matter who they are. If I read the Internet right, in your case, you are resisting autocratic religious zealots… Every time a man or woman or child takes to the streets, and stands up for human rights, for self determination, for democracy, for Mistress Liberty, the rest of the world is in debt… Your great country stands at the gateway between east and west. ISTANBUL is legend in the history of civilization. Your resistance today may well be a turning point between all of us and a return to the dark ages…”

BLACK SABBATH: A New York Town Hall Event

Black Sabbath will mark Tuesday’s release of 13, their first studio album with Ozzy Osbourne in 35 years, by holding a Town Hall event that night in New York at the Angel Orensanz Foundation For Contemporary Art. Ozzy and Geezer Butler will be there and Tony Iommi will be beamed in from his hometown of Birmingham, England. The event will be hosted by comedian Jim Norton and will be streamed on YouTube and Google starting at 7 p.m. ET. 

Also taking part via satellite are Rage Against the Machine drummer Brad Wilk, who played on 13, and Ozzy’s son, Jack Osbourne, who filmed the album’s recording sessions. 

RUSH: In the Fall

The next Rush concert film, The Clockwork Angels Tour, will be out in the fall and a two-minute trailer is now online. The band captured their shows last November 25th in Phoenix and the 28th in Dallas for this film.

Rush does the final show on the European leg of their Clockwork Angels tour Monday night in Helsinki, Finland. They then start the last leg of the tour on June 21st in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

See video HERE!

TOM PETTY: Fire Marshals Cut Theater Show Short

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers had their show at the Fonda Theater in Los Angeles cut short Saturday night by fire marshals.

The band had six more songs left in their set when the marshals pulled the plug, saying the venue's 1,200 person capacity had been exceeded by more than 100 people.

Petty and the Heartbreakers issued a statement Sunday afternoon saying that, "The number of tickets sold was NOT above the legal capacity of the building. The venue and Ticketmaster documentation confirms this. The Fire Marshal decided that the number of people on the floor (as opposed to on the upstairs balcony or terrace) was unsafe. [We] and our representatives rely on the concert promoter and venue representatives to give us an accurate breakdown of the legal capacity for every part of the building and to provide security and other staff to enforce this. We are still investigating all details of last night's situation and will keep you informed."

Many fans are skeptical about the venue telling the truth about the amount of tickets sold. There were multiple reports that the Fonda box office sold floor tickets to the entire line waiting for Ticketmaster cancellations Saturday, as well as employees letting other walk ups into the venue for $80.

TWISTED SISTER: They're Not Gonna Take It

Dee Snider has mixed feelings over the lawsuit his Twisted Sister bandmate Jay Jay French has filed against the Twisted Sisters coffee shop in Mission, Missouri.

Dee says, “He is very crazy about protecting the trademark, and he sues everybody. People are going crazy because it seems like this Goliath is attacking this David, this poor little David, for the Twisted Sister trademark... I said, 'You know, man, you've got to call into some of these TV shows and some of these radio shows, and defend yourself.' Because he apparently tried to work something out with the people at that shop, and their first response was, 'Who's Twisted Sister?'... Everybody's heard of Twisted Sister… For better or for worse, it's a household word."

The owners of the shop, Sandi Russell and Nancy Hansen, say the name is a reference to a family label given to them by their late brother. He used to call Nancy the "blond tornado," which morphed into the name of the shop. However, due to Jay Jay’s actions, they are considering changing the name.

METALLICA: Want to be in the Black

Metallica were looking forward to the second edition of their Orion Music and More festival this weekend on Detroit's Belle Isle, but they've been crossing their fingers that it’s financially worthwhile.

Drummer Lars Ulrich says, “I wish we broke even last year [with the first festival in Atlantic City, New Jersey]. I'd obviously like to get into a situation where it's not costing us, but that will probably be another couple of years away. You've got to be in it for the long haul."

Joining them this year were Red Hot Chili Peppers on Saturday, along with Rise Against, Silversun Pickups and a reunion of Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo's band Infectious Grooves.

Metallica headlined Sunday’s show, which also includes Deftones and another Trujillo side band, The Trujillo Trio.

MARILYN MANSON: Dedicates Song to Paris Jackson Then Wields Meat Cleaver

Marilyn Manson dedicated his song "Disposable Teens" to Paris Jackson at L.A.'s Gibson Amphitheater Thursday, then proceeded to simulate her suicide attempt using a meat cleaver. Observers say the shock-rocker dragged the cleaver up and down his forearm.

The 15-year-old daughter of Michael Jackson allegedly attempted suicide on Wednesday by slashing her wrists with a cleaver and ingesting 20 Motrin. Some reports have speculated that she was upset at not being allowed to attend the Manson concert. In the wake of that report, Manson had told TMZ earlier on Thursday that he hoped Jackson felt better and that she could be on his guest list anytime she wanted.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

AEROSMITH: BBQ Sauce & Coffee Anyone?

While we wait for Aerosmith to hit the road this summer, here’s an update on some of their culinary offerings.

Joe Perry says the newest batch of his Bone Yard Brew Hot Sauce should be hitting store shelves the week of June 10th. He says to look for it at Shaw’s Supermarkets.

And Perry is a big supporter of drummer Joey Kramer’s Rockin’ and Roastin’ coffee, saying he likes the decaf, into which he mixes “a chunk of 80 percent pure chocolate and four drops of liquid cayenne pepper.”

NINE INCH NAILS: Belew's Out

Trent Reznor has yet another hole to plug in Nine Inch Nails. Guitarist Adrian Belew has quit just months after joining forces with the revived band.

Belew made the announcement in a long Facebook post that he deleted and replaced with the simple statement, “Concerning me being part of the 2013 Nine Inch Nails band: It didn’t work.”

The guitarist initially went on at length, saying, "Before this goes too far, let me say this: I greatly respect Trent and the music he makes. No one is at fault. We both agreed it just was not working. NIN will do an amazing show and I am back where I belong."

Reznor had previously said that working with Belew was the catalyst behind his decision to bring NIN back to life.

BLACK SABBATH: Video Unveiled, Questions Answered

Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler were on hand Thursday for the world premiere of Black Sabbath's "God Is Dead?" video at what was billed as "A Town Hall Event" at L.A.'s Harmony Gold Preview Center.

Following the showing of the nine-minute clip, which won't be officially released until June 17th, the two took the stage to answer questions from the invited guests, who were mainly journalists. Former Ozzy guitarist Zakk Wylde attended with his kids. 

With Ozzy's son Jack as moderator, the two spoke about:

  • What it was like to be making new music together again 35 years after their last studio album
  • Producer Rick Rubin's role in the making of their new album, 13, which comes out Tuesday
  • How guitarist Tony Iommi's battle with lymphoma made Ozzy feel their own problems were small in comparison
  • How long it took for Rage Against the Machine drummer Brad Wilk to click with the band after original member Bill Wardopted out of the project over money
  • How Ozzy came up with the title "God Is Dead"
  • How, when they listened to the material a few weeks in, it was as good as anything they'd previously done and gave them enough inspiration to go on and finish it. That wasn't the case during their first attempt at reuniting for an album in 2001.
Headlines for Friday,  June  7,  2013

BLACK SABBATH: Video Unveiled, Questions Answered

Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler were on hand Thursday for the world premiere of Black Sabbath's "God Is Dead?" video at what was billed as "A Town Hall Event" at L.A.'s Harmony Gold Preview Center.

Following the showing of the nine-minute clip, which won't be officially released until June 17th, the two took the stage to answer questions from the invited guests, who were mainly journalists. Former Ozzy guitarist Zakk Wylde attended with his kids. 

With Ozzy's son Jack as moderator, the two spoke about:

  • What it was like to be making new music together again 35 years after their last studio album
  • Producer Rick Rubin's role in the making of their new album, 13, which comes out Tuesday
  • How guitarist Tony Iommi's battle with lymphoma made Ozzy feel their own problems were small in comparison
  • How long it took for Rage Against the Machine drummer Brad Wilk to click with the band after original member Bill Wardopted out of the project over money
  • How Ozzy came up with the title "God Is Dead"
  • How, when they listened to the material a few weeks in, it was as good as anything they'd previously done and gave them enough inspiration to go on and finish it. That wasn't the case during their first attempt at reuniting for an album in 2001

BONO: Sings For Buffett...Warren Buffett

Bono is still in New York after being spotted last week at Electric Lady Studios where U2 is working on their new album. On Wednesday, the singer stepped up to the mic to serenade Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett at the Forbes 400 Philanthropy Summit. Bono paid tribute to his friend by changing the words to "Home on the Range.” Buffett was honored with the Forbes 400 Lifetime Achievement Award for Philanthropy.

AXL ROSE: Rock's Biggest Offender

Rolling Stone has compiled a list of the 10 most annoying things that bands do at rock concerts, and without naming names, Guns N’ RosesAxl Rose would top the list as the number-one most annoying habit is “show up ridiculously late.”

2) Exclude key band members. “When Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac and Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones decided to scale back their lives and get off the road, we would have all preferred to see them with their bands still. The shows suffered from their absence, but people have a right to quit. A band isn't the mafia.”

3) Play too much from the new album. Culprits include Neil Young and Radiohead.

4) Only perform the hits. Culprits include Elton John and Billy Joel.

5) Play anything resembling a medley.

6) Ignore the music of your beloved former band.  

7) Play perverse arrangements of your songs. Bob Dylan is the biggest offender of this one.

8) Never vary the set list. Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam can never be accused of this.

9) Solo. “This will have some dissenters. But if you aren't Neil Peart, Ginger Baker, Eric Clapton or a musician on that level of genius, nobody wants to hear you solo.”

10) Squeeze every possible penny out of fans. “We know the concert industry is a business, and with record sales sinking to new lows every year, it's just about the only place where artists can make real money. That said: tickets shouldn't be $300 unless those seats are actually on the stage. Meet-and-greets should be nice perks for your most devoted fans, not ways to squeeze more money out of people -- some acts actually charge upwards of $1,000 for a quick handshake and a photo.”

BRIAN MAY: Down But Not Out

Animal activist Brian May did not do so well when he took his fight to stop the hunt of badgers to Parliament on Wednesday. He lost the debate by 49 votes.

On his website he writes, “Yes, I’m sad, but not for myself. I am okay with dealing with failure. And there are always good things that come out of bad things. I’m just mortally sad for the thousands of badger families, innocently unaware of the political games being played by callous humans, but soon to be destroyed in a brutal massacre, the like of which has never been seen in the U.K… But it’s worth noting…even if we had won this vote, the Government would probably still have gone ahead with the badger slaughter: they have shown no signs of listening to either the public or Parliament in the past, and show no sign of changing that attitude. This is what democracy in the U.K. means at this point in time… I never realized what a grubby game our political system had become until recently. Surely it’s time for change on a grand scale.”

And of course we know May will not change his stance and will continue to fight the fight.

GUNS N' ROSES, KINGS OF LEON: Top Governors Ball Music Festival

Guns N' Roses and Kings of Leon will headline the third annual Governors Ball Music Festival at New York's Randall's Island this weekend.

Kings of Leon headline the Friday lineup and are joined on the bill by Feist, Of Monsters and Men and Young the Giant.

Guns n' Roses top the bill on Saturday, which includes sets by Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros and Divine Fits.

The festival concludes on Sunday with performances by The Avett BrothersThe Lumineers, Gary Clark Junior and Portugal the Man.

METALLICA: Bring Orion to Detroit This Weekend

Metallica will bring the second edition of their Orion Music and More to Detroit's Belle Isle this weekend.

This time out Red Hot Chili Peppers have joined as a co-headliner. They'll top Saturday's bill, which also features Rise Against, Silversun Pickups and a reunion of Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo's band Infectious Grooves.

Sunday Metallica will headline on a bill that has Deftones and another Trujillo side band, the Trujillo Trio.

SYSTEM OF A DOWN: We Won't Force It

Serj Tankian says making a new System of a Down album is too much of a time commitment for him now.

In an interview with ArtistDirect, Tankian says, "Things take time, though. Everyone has a life and has to have the right frame of mind to make a record at the same time. I can't write a forced record. It's like romancing someone at a time you don't want to be romantic... A new record requires three years. It's not something I can do right now. When I can commit to a three-year album cycle, I'll be down to do it. You can't take orders. We're not making pizza. You can't do it on anyone else's time frame."

DIO: Cancer Fund Starts New Skin Cancer Campaign

The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund will launch a new cancer awareness campaign this weekend in Detroit at the Orion Music and More Festival.

The Check Yourself campaign will try to educate festival-goers about the dangers of skin cancer this summer. Wendy Dio and the fund's medical director Dr. Sandeep Kapoor will pass out sunscreen from the Dio Cancer Fund booth in an effort to increase awareness of skin cancer and prevention.

Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for adults 25 to 29 years old and the second-most common form of cancer for adolescents and young adults 15 to 29 years old.

JOURNEY: They're Back

Journey will be back on the road in North America this summer. 

They’ll play mostly secondary markets with a few majors thrown in, and Rascal Flatts will open on two dates in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The tour starts June 28th in Hollywood, Florida and runs through September 1st in Colorado. 

Journey just wrapped up a European tour last Sunday in Germany.

LOST PROPHETS: Trial Set for November

Lost Prophets singer Ian Watkins will go on trial on November 25th to face 23 offenses against children -- including two charges of raping a baby.

Watkins has pleaded not guilty to all the charges, as did the two women charged along with him. A motion to move the trial out of Watkins's hometown of Cardiff, Wales in the U.K. was rejected Thursday. The trial is expected to last a month.

SOIL: New Album See Them Whole

Soil's first album since the return of original singer Ryan McCombs will be released on August 20th.

The first single from Whole, "Shine On," will be available at digital retailers June 25th. The album features drums from Will Hunt (Black Label Society, Evanescence, Device) as well as Staind guitarist Mike Mushok on the song "Wake Up."

Soil hits the road June 19th in Bowling Green, Kentucky to debut songs from the album.

OASIS: Liam Says He'd Be Up for One-Off Reunion Show

Liam Gallagher says he'd be up for a one-off Oasis reunion show to celebrate next year's 20th anniversary of the band's debut album, Definitely Maybe.

Liam is now fronting Beady Eye while his older brother leads Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, and he still isn't speaking with his sibling. But he feels Oasis has some "unfinished business" and he'd be willing to "bury the hatchet for a quick lap of honor.' He'd even do it for free. Of course, he expects that's not likely to be the case, noting, "If someone's going to drop a load of [effing] money, I'd do it for that, too."

Beady Eye's second album, BE, comes out Monday in the U.K., but no date has been set for a U.S. release.

 

Headlines for Thursday,  June  6,  2013

NINE INCH NAILS: Announce Hesitation Marks Album & Tension Tour

Nine Inch Nails have announced the details for Hesitation Marks, their first new album in five years, and the Tension 2013 tour that'll support it.

The album, which Trent Reznor secretly recorded over the last year with producers Atticus Ross and Alan Moulder, is due on September 3rd.

The first single, "Came Back Haunted," will be available via iTunes on Thursday. Fans who pre-order the album there will receive the track instantly. The track is also streaming on nin.com, where the album can also be pre-ordered.

The band's Tension 2013 tour will kick off on September 28th at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota and will include stops at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on October 14th and Staples Center in Los Angeles on November 8th. Tickets go on sale June 14th through livenation.com. Fans who register on the band's site will be invited to a pre-sale before the general public.

Check nin.com for the full list of dates.

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH: Album Pushed Back

Five Finger Death Punch have pushed back the release of their new album by a week. The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell Volume 1 now will be available on July 30th. 

The band has also announced what's packaged with the expanded versions of the release. The deluxe edition adds a bonus 15-track live CD called Purgatory (Tales From the Pit). And starting on June 18th a limited-edition box set featuring a lunch box, the deluxe version of the album with the bonus live CD, an early free download of a new track and assorted collectible items will be available for pre-sale exclusively through the band's web store.

BOSTON: An Honor

Boston founder and guitarist Tom Scholz says he is honored his band was asked to open last month's Boston Strong benefit concert in Boston for victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.

Writing on the band's website he says, "Four weeks ago I was immersed in the final stages of production for a new Boston album when I got word [about] a benefit concert... Since the Marathon bombings my wife and I had been trying to think of something special we could do to help the victims and here was the perfect opportunity... Boston has played the TD Garden many times, but this night had an incredible level of excitement and a deep emotional undercurrent that I hadn't felt before... The pride of being a part of this unity, of this collective brotherhood, of being American, was overwhelming as the band launched into the 'Star Spangled Banner.'"

Boston hopes to have their new album out this year, but then again, this is Boston, who have only released five studio albums in 37 years with their last one, Corporate America, coming out in 2002.

MICK JAGGER: Working With Marty Again

A few more details have been made public regarding the project that Mick Jagger and director Martin Scorsese are working on. They are developing a rock themed dramatic series for HBO that will focus on a cocaine-fueled record executive in 1977. There is still no title for it, but filming is due to begin next year with Scorsese directing the pilot. Jagger and Scorsese last worked together on The Rolling Stones' 2008 concert film, Shine a Light.

ROBERT PLANT: Writing, But for Who?

Robert Plant says he has been writing lots of songs over the past year, but he is not saying if it is for a solo project or -- wishful thinking -- a Led Zeppelin reunion.

"I like the way my voice sounds now. It's not the same as it was years ago. I'm not a castrato anymore, but I've learned to get down into that pocket and have it sound good. So here I go again... Over the years, I've seen all of these artists that I respect that are able to create all of these amalgamations with other artists. I've watched the way John Paul Jones has worked throughout his life as a musician. I have great respect for him. He's right in the middle of writing an opera right now and people are taking him seriously as a writer in the classical mode. But he can also play in Them Crooked Vultures and play mandolin with Seasick Steve. I've learned that it's good to keep moving and keep smiling!"

And Robert, remember, Jones can also play in Led Zeppelin. 

Plant starts a North American tour on June 20th in Dallas.

NEWSTED: Sets Album Release Date

Former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted has set an August 6th release for his new group Newsted's debut album, Heavy Metal Music. The band has posted a song from the disc titled "Heroic Dose" at NewstedHeavyMetal.com.

The newest member of Newsted, Staind guitarist Mike Mushok, plays on the album. He says his new role in Newsted is kind of different from what he does in Staind.

PEARL JAM: Let the Drummer Have Some!

Pearl Jam and Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron has a new side project on the way this summer.

Cameron has teamed up with fellow drummer Janet Weiss (from indie rockers Slater-Kinney) and Zach Hill (Death Grips) for an album called Drumgasm! The project will be released on vinyl (with an MP3 download) through Jackpot Records on August 27th. The label is currently taking pre-orders for the album.

IRON MAIDEN: Bruce the Stand-up?

Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson is following in the footsteps of many comedians by doing a one-man show.

Dickinson's as yet-to-be-titled spoken-word show will get its debut in Oslo, Norway on November 2nd. The singer tells the Norwegian newspaper VG, "We haven’t really planned anything yet, but I was talking to my promoter and we discussed the John Cleese one-man show and he wondered if that was something I would consider. I liked the idea -- maybe because it was kind of crazy -- but we'll see how it goes and what the audience thinks of it. Maybe we'll set up some more shows in other cities."

The show will be based around the Iron Maiden: Flight 666 movie, which follows the band on tour as Dickinson pilots their plane around the world.

JANE'S ADDICTION: Navarro's Reign of Tattoos and Blood

Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro will be back on TV July 16th with the third season premiere of Ink Master.

The Spike TV website has posted a sneak peek of the season.

In other Navarro news, he recently donated his blood for a portrait of his late mother Constance Navarro. Artists Samppa and Aneta Von Cyborg bled Navarro through a cut on his forehead and placed it into a wine glasses. The blood was then mixed into the paint used for the portrait. Check out the Von Cyborg website for some, um, interesting shots of the experience.

SMASHING PUMPKINS: Aeroplane Box Flies Again

The Smashing Pumpkins' reissue program will continue on July 23rd.

The band's 1996 box set The Aeroplane Flies High -- which originally contained five CDs with all the singles from Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness and other unreleased tracks -- will be released in a six-CD, one-DVD set; a five-LP vinyl set; and Deluxe Digital and Standard Digital editions.

The box set will include the original 33 tracks but add 67 songs and 14 videos, including an entire disc of live recordings from the 1996 Mellon Collie tour. The set also has a 46-page book with track-by-track notes for the original album by Billy Corgan.

ALICE IN CHAINS: Biggest Debut in 18 Years

Alice in Chains have scored their biggest debut on the Billboard 200 album chart in 18 years.

The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here bows at number-two with 61,000 copies sold last week, according to the latest SoundScan figures. Their last album to chart so high was their 1995 self-titled album, which debuted at number-one. Alice in Chains' previous album, Black Gives Way to Blue, debuted at number-five but had first-week sales of 126,000 copies. Devil is the fifth Top 10 album for the band.

SCORPIONS: Retirement Is for Old People

The Scorpions are continuing to work on an album made up of leftover and unfinished songs from the mid '80s.

Singer Klaus Meine, who just turned 65, says, "We are in the studio right now, but it won't be long before we hit the road again. I'm looking forward to seeing all of you somewhere out there."

So that farewell tour is history, and Meine adds that they're also working on a documentary about the band's history.

 

Headlines for Wednesday,  June  5,  2013

JACK WHITE: Saves Detroit Landmark

Jack White has been revealed as the anonymous donor that saved the Detroit Masonic Temple from foreclosure last month.

White, who's performed at the Temple many times and whose mother worked as an usher at the venue, paid the entire $142,000 balance in taxes. In announcing White’s identity as the anonymous donor, Detroit Masonic Temple Association said that they would be changing the name of the theater inside the building from the Cathedral Theater to the Jack White Theater.

Source: Detroit Free Press

POP EVIL, VINCE NEIL: Getting Throttled

Pop Evil and Motley Crue's Vince Neil are among the acts playing ThrottleFest June 20th through the 23rd at Chicago's Toyota Park.

The bike event is organized by Jackyl frontman Jesse James Dupree and will see that band headline on the 22nd. The entire cast of the Tru TV reality series Full Throttle Saloon will be on hand for the festival.

PINK FLOYD: Coming to Glastonbury

Pink Floyd will be at this year's Glastonbury festival. No, they are not reuniting, but a 12-minute animated film on a day in their history will premiere.

On June 23rd, 1973, Floyd performed at Detroit's Olympia Stadium and Arthur Max, their lighting director, had a tough time working with the venue's staff, who were only used to providing lighting for hockey games. The film, Bad Day at the Office, shows Max having to whip his ad hoc team into shape on a moment's notice. It is based on the actual recordings of Max's conversations with the crew that night and will be shown at Glastonbury on June 28th.

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BON JOVI: Cute But Not Funny

Officials at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena in Spokane, Washington thought it would be cute to rename the venue Bon Jovi Veterans Arena when Bon Jovi performs there on October 6th. But the idea did not go over well with local military veterans and other supporters who said that was disrespectful and the publicity stunt has been dropped.

Matt Gibson, general manager of the arena, says, "What started out as a fun promotional idea to try and celebrate the fact that we got this great concert has been distracted by a vocal minority. For Spokane, this is a big, big deal.” He adds that their goal was to let tour promoters know that a small town like Spokane takes hosting acts like Bon Jovi seriously.

Bon Jovi starts their European tour Thursday in Copenhagen, Denmark.

BLACK SABBATH: Video & TV

Black Sabbath will premiere online the video for "God Is Dead," the first single off their new album, 13, on June 17th.

Ozzy Osbourne says the song was inspired by a visit to office where he saw a magazine and on it it said, "'God Is Dead,' and I suddenly thought about September 11th, 2001 and all these terrorist things and religion and how many people have died in the name of religion. When you think about the tragedy that's happened throughout time, it just came in my head. You'd think by now that their God would have stopped people dying in the name of, so I just starting thinking that people must be thinking, 'Where is God? God is dead' and it just hit me."

13, the band's first studio album with Ozzy in 35 years, will be out next Tuesday, June 11th.

Sabbath will celebrate the release with a performance on NBC's Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on Monday/Tuesday, June 10th, at 12:35 a.m. ET.

SAMMY HAGAR: More From His Grand Day

In case you missed it, Sammy Hagar was the Honorary Grand Marshal at last Saturday's 100th annual Fontana Days Parade, and the town also named a street in his honor.

He had a great time as he writes on his website, "Nothing is as gratifying as being honored in your hometown. For me it's right up there with Van Halen being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Having a street named after you (Hagar Way) -- come on! Fontana has changed so much since 1970 when I left. If you would have blindfolded me, brought me there and showed me around I would not have known where I was. For real. 14,000 was the population then and 200,000 today -- damn! When I was just a six-year-old kid I would watch the parade on Sierra Avenue in front of Crawford Drug Store where my sister Bobbi worked and famous L.A. newscaster George Putnam was the Grand Marshal on a Palomino horse! I certainly never thought that would be me someday but hey, look what can happen! All in all it made my family members very proud, and I must say me too."

Hagar's brother Bob still lives in the area.

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IN OTHER NEWS

Guns n' Roses will play a club show Thursday night at the 800-person capacity Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn, New York. It's a warmup for their headline appearance at the Governor's Ball on New York's Randall's Island on Saturday.

Nine Inch Nails' new single "Came Back Haunted" will be released to radio stations Thursday at 2:30 p.m. ET.

Aerosmith's Joe Perry just filmed a cameo for a movie called Glory Days. He says, "It will be out soon. I played myself this time."

METALLICA: Free National Anthem

Metallica are giving away their two-guitar arrangement of "The Star Spangled Banner" as a free download.

James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett performed the instrumental version of the national anthem on May 3rd at AT&T Park in San Francisco, just before the Giants took on the Los Angeles Dodgers. Head to LiveMetallica.com to get the download.

Check out a video of the performance on YouTube.

SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME: Performers and Presenters Announced

Billy Joel, Sting and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry head up the list of presenters and performers at next week's Songwriters Hall of Fame inductions.

Also taking the stage will be Peter Asher, Petula Clark, Foreigner co-founders Lou Gramm and Mick Jones, Nickelback's Chad Kroeger, Smokey RobinsonRob Thomas, Paul Williams and select cast members of Motown: The Musical. The gala is set for June 13th at the Marriott Marquis in New York.

Clark will be on hand to salute Tony Hatch, who wrote and produced almost all of her great run of 1960s hits. The other members of the Class of 2013 are Jones and Gramm, Holly Knight, JD Souther and Tyler and Perry. Additionally,

  • The Pioneer Award will go to Berry Gordy.
  • The Johnny Mercer Award to Elton John and Bernie Taupin.
  • Benny Blanco will receive the Hal David Starlight Award.
  • Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come” will be honored with the Towering Song Award.

Headlines for Tuesday,  June  4,  2013

SAMMY HAGAR: His Turn

Sammy Hagar is following in the footsteps of a few other California artists and residents -- Santana and John Fogerty -- by doing an album of duets. Sammy Hagar & Friends, due for release in September, features appearances by Michael Anthony, Kid Rock, Ronnie Dunn, Neal Schon, Joe Satriani, Chad Smith and others.  

On Saturday, Hagar was the Honorary Grand Marshal of the 100th Fontana Days Parade in Hagar's hometown of Fontana, California. He was also surprised when the town announced that they are naming a street for him called Hagar Way. "It's an honor," said Hagar. "Something about your hometown never leaves you."

See video HERE!

BLACK SABBATH: 8 Days to Sample and Record 13

Apparently some artists trust their fans enough not to record their albums when they make them available for free streaming ahead of their release. That is exactly what Black Sabbath is doing as 13, their first studio album with Ozzy Osbourne in 35 years, is streaming this week on iTunes ahead of its release next Tuesday, June 11th.

Other artists who have recently streamed their albums for free the week before release include Eric Clapton, John Fogerty and Rod Stewart.

KISS: Really Gene? You Think So?

Here's a news blast - 64-year old Gene Simmons says KISS maybe has another five to 10 years to go. Let's hope it's only five because it might not be too pleasant to see a 74-year old Simmons spitting fire or blood and stomping around in eight-inch heels.

KISS started their European tour on Saturday in Sweden, complete with their new stage that features a giant spider. Next up is the Sweden Rock Festival in Solvesborg on Thursday.

Simmons' wife, Shannon Tweed, upon hearing his comments regarding retirement, tweeted, "Aaahhhh!!!!"

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See video HERE!

FOO FIGHTERS: Shiflett Readies Second Side Project Release

Foo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett will release the second album by his rootsy side project, Chris Shiflett and the Dead Peasants, this summer.

The exact release date for the album, which is titled All Hat and No Cattle, has yet to be announced. It will include a cover of Waylon Jennings' "Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way?" Shiflett is currently offering free downloads of two of the album's tracks at his website, ChrisShiflettMusic.com.

Shiflett and the Dead Peasants just played three shows in California over the weekend and have three more coming up:

  • 6/13 - Bakersfield, CA - Crystal Palace
  • 6/15 - Ventura, CA - Roadshow Revival
  • 7/4 - Pacific Palisades, CA - Palisades Charter High School

LED ZEPPELIN: So Will It Be Page & Plant Again?

Earlier this year Robert Plant, when asked for the five-millionth time if Led Zeppelin will reunite, said he was free next year. Bassist John Paul Jones, attending an opera on Saturday in London, was asked about Plant's comment and he said, "2014 is full of opera for me at the moment." He is referring to the opera that he is writing.

Of course Jimmy Page and Robert Plant have worked together without Jones, having gotten together in the early '90s as Page & Plant, which resulted in an album and tour and Jones taking a swipe at them when Zeppelin was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995. During his acceptance speech he said, "Thank you my friends, for finally remembering my phone number."

See video HERE!

TOOL: Two Side Project Albums This Summer

There are a couple of Tool side project albums on the way this summer.

Volto! is a jazz fusion-influenced group led by drummer Danny Carey and their debut album, Incitare, is due out July 23rd.

Puscifer, one of singer Maynard James Keenan's side bands, will release a re-mix collection called All Re-Mixed Up on August 27th. 

BLACK KEYS, MUMFORD & SONS: Rock Grammy Auctions

The Black Keys and Mumford and Sons are among the acts who've donated autographed items to the latest Grammy MusiCares charity auction.

The Get Ready to Rock auction is taking place at eBay.com/Grammy now through June 10th. Other artists who've autographed items up for bids include Fun, Billy Idol, Elton John, Tom Petty, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sting, Neil Young, Slash and Linkin Park's Chester Bennington. You can also bid on meet-and-greets with 311 and Fall Out Boy.

ROB ZOMBIE: A Corpses Musical

Rob Zombie says his debut film, House of 1000 Corpses, would make a good musical.

Zombie explains why he thinks it could work. "It has those elements of ridiculousness that could translate to the stage of somewhere between Hairspray and Rocky Horror Picture Show on stage, because it's just the characters are that ridiculous, the scenarios are that ridiculous, it just feels like that."

Zombie adds that with the way Broadway shows have changed over the past decade that "maybe in 10 years or 20 years there will be a group of people that now are bringing their kids to Broadway like 'Oh, House of 1000 Corpses musical. Let’s go see that.' It sounds ridiculous, but I feel that it could happen."

SHINEDOWN, PAPA ROACH: First Carnival Dates Announced

The first round of dates for the Carnival of Madness tour have been announced.

The traveling festival, which includes Shinedown, Papa Roach, Skillet, In This Moment and We Are Human, starts August 13th in Cleveland and runs through September 14th in Sacramento, California. More dates will be announced in the next few weeks.

IRON MAIDEN: Bruce Ready to Fly Again

Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson is looking to re-launch the airline he worked for as a pilot.

Dickinson was a captain for Astraeus Airlines until the company shut down in 2011. He has since started an aircraft maintenance business, Cardiff Aviation Limited, and now says he wants to use that company to re-start Astraeus.

Dickinson tells the U.K.'s Telegraph, "Subject to approvals, we'll be in the air within the next 50 days. Clearly that fits with the maintenance -- both operations need each other."

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS: Weiland Countersues

Not surprisingly, Scott Weiland has counter-sued his former Stone Temple Pilots bandmates.

Weiland's suit claims the three other members of the band with secretly plotting to oust him. TMZ reports that Weiland now wants to stop the efforts of the remaining members to grab the STP name, asking that a judge formally dissolve the band partnership. Weiland also wants a minimum of $7 million in damages.

The other members of STP sued Weiland last month, asking a judge to stop him from using the group's name when promoting his solo shows.

Headlines for Monday,  June  3,  2013

BLACK KEYS: Auerbach Shows Guitar Moves

This one's for the guitarists out there -- and we know there are lots of you.

The Black Keys' guitarist, Dan Auerbach, is the featured artist on the fourth edition of internet-only show Guitar Moves, which premieres today (Monday) on Noisey (spelled n-o-i-s-E-y)-dot-Vice-dot-com. The 15 minute guitar-talk show is hosted by Matt Sweeney, who may be best known as the other guitarist in the Billy Corgan-led group, Zwan. He's also been one of super-producer Rick Rubin's go-to pickers on albums he's done with Johnny Cash, Neil Diamond and The Dixie Chicks.

The previous three editions of the show, which you can still access on the site, have featured Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme, Blake Mills, a one-time member of the band that evolved into Dawes; and James Williamson of Iggy and the Stooges.

IN STORES THIS WEEK

Queens of the Stone Age's ...Like Clockwork has guest shots from Dave Grohl and Elton John.

Capital Cities' In a Tidal Wave of Mystery features their single "Safe and Sound."

Megadeth's Super Collider includes a guest appearance by David Draiman.

Ghost Brothers of Darkland County is the musical collaboration between John Mellencamp and Stephen King.

Also in stores is Filter's The Sun Comes Out Tonight.

CREED: Stapp Alters His Plans

Tuesday marks the ninth anniversary of the announcement that Creed had split up...and now they've split up again -- but only temporarily.

While Mark Tremonti, Brian Marshall and Scott Phillips have been in the studio working on a new Alter Bridge album, singer Scott Stapp has turned his attention to finishing his second solo album -- a project he said two years ago was nearly done. Back then, its working title was Between Lust and Love, and he said it would be a double album, with each disc devoted to the topics in the title.

We spoke to Stapp at Thursday's MusiCare MAP Fund Benefit in L.A. and he wouldn't say if the album still has a title or when he plans to release it. He would tell us that "there are lots of amazing people involved other than the band I'm working with," and that he'll be able to talk about it "soon." Stapp did speak about why MusiCares and their Musicians Assistance Program have been so important to him in his battle with alcoholism.

PEARL JAM: Get Well Mookie

Pearl Jam has sent out a get-well message on their Instagram account to former NBA great Mooke Blaylock, who was involved in a serious car accident on Friday.

Before the band was called Pearl Jam, they were known as Mookie Blaylock. Although they changed their name before the release of their first album, they named it Ten, after the number Blaylock wore on his jersey.

Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament told The New York Times, "I was a huge Mookie fan…He was really unselfish; great shooter; great fundamentals." Ament also likes the basketball great's "super-unique name."

Ament once got to met Blaylock and played a game of "horse" with the NBA great when he visited Seattle. Ament says, "He said: 'You do have game! You have a good shot; you have a nice rotation.' I was like, 'Awesome.' That was all I was looking for."

Unfortunately, things aren't looking good for Blaylock. He's been ugraded to serious condition, but he could face vehicular homicide charges, since the SUV was was driving killed a passenger in another car.

Sources: The New York Times, USA Today

ROLLING STONES: 11 & Counting

Sheryl Crow became the 11th special guest on The Rolling Stones50 and Counting tour when she joined them Friday night in Chicago to sing on “All Down the Line.”

Crow is no stranger to the Stones, having performed with them numerous times. The show also featured the tour premiere of “Shine a Light.” The Stones' their third (and final) Chicago show is on Monday. They have a show in Toronto Thursday.

The previous 10 guests on the Stones' tour, in order:

  • Gwen Stefani and Keith Urban in Los Angeles
  • Tom Waits in Oakland
  • John Fogerty and Bonnie Raitt in San Jose
  • Katy Perry in Las Vegas
  • John Mayer in Anaheim (first show)
  • Dave Grohl in Anaheim (second show)
  • Carrie Underwood in Toronto
  • Taj Mahal in Chicago (first show)

Only the band’s second show in Los Angeles went off without a special guest.

Saturday was the 38th anniversary of Ronnie Wood’s concert debut with the Stones, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He replaced Mick Taylor, who is the special guest on all the 50 & Counting dates, coming out for anywhere from one to three songs per show. 

LOU REED: Walking on the Wild Side With a New Liver

Lou Reed is the latest member of rock’s liver-transplant club. He underwent the operation a few weeks ago in Cleveland, Ohio. His wife, performance artist Laurie Anderson, says, “He was dying. You don't get it for fun." Despite the many top-rated hospitals in New York City, where the couple lives, Anderson says they felt they were “dysfunctional."

Reed is doing well. He wrote on Facebook, "I am a triumph of modern medicine, physics and chemistry. I am bigger and stronger than ever. My Chen Taiji and health regimen has served me well all of these years, thanks to Master Ren Guang-yi."

Anderson says, "I don't think he'll ever totally recover from this, but he'll certainly be back to doing (things) in a few months. I'm very happy. It's a new life for him."

Rock's list of liver recipients includes David Crosby, Phil Lesh, Gregg Allman and Jack Bruce.

U2: Working at Jimi's Place


 
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Details are sketchy, but U2 have been in New York this past week working on their upcoming album at Electric Lady Studios, which was built opened in Greenwich Village by Jimi Hendrix in 1968. Band members have been spotted there with producer Danger Mouse, reportedly mixing the disc. On Friday afternoon, all four members were on the roof of the studio doing an acoustic version of “Sunday Bloody Sunday” for a camera crew. Also spotted at the studio was Coldplay frontman Chris Martin.

On Friday night, Bono and The Edge played a private show at a party in New York’s SoHo neighborhood.

Chris Blackwell, the founder of Island Records and the man who signed U2, has heard the new album and calls it “better than ever.”

On Monday, Bernie Taupin and T-Bone Burnett will host a listening party for the new Elton John album, The Diving Board, at Electric Lady. That album is due out in September.

ROGER WATERS: Begs Alicia Keys to Reconsider

Roger Waters has written a letter to R&B singer Alicia Keys, but it's not a fan letter. He's asking her to reconsider performing in Tel Aviv, Israel on July 4th.

In "Just Another Open Letter in The Wall," Waters writes, "I had reason last December to write a letter to Stevie Wonder to encourage him to withdraw from an engagement in L.A. It was a gala to raise funds for the Israeli Defense Force... To Stevie's great credit, he withdrew. We are all part of the same old story -- nothing has changed since the bad old days of apartheid South Africa and segregated America. We must stand united with all our brothers and sisters against racism, colonialism, segregation and apartheid. Please, Alicia, do not lend your name to give legitimacy to the Israeli government policies of illegal apartheid occupation of the homelands of the indigenous people of Palestine"

The letter is posted on the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel website. Keys has yet to issue a public response.

Alicia and Waters were both on the bill at last December's 12/12/12 Hurricane Sandy relief concert at New York's Madison Square Garden.

BRIAN MAY: More on Single with Slash

Brian May has provided more details on the charity single he's recording with Slash.

It's called "The Badger Swagger" and it is being released in support of Team Badger and the "Stop the Cull" petition that May is behind. The song will be out in the U.K. next week, but no word yet on how it will be available to fans in the U.S.

On Wednesday, May will be at the House of Commons in London to debate the killing of badgers. 

AEROSMITH: Until Their Next Date

Aerosmith doesn't hit the road again until July, so two members are headed west.

Joe Perry says, "I'm getting ready to pack and head back to L.A. to work on my book with David Ritz." He hopes to have the book out next year. Steven Tyler is also L.A.-bound, as he's scheduled to be on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson on CBS on Monday.

On June 13th, Tyler and Perry will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame at a ceremony in New York. Then on June 22nd, it's back to L.A., where they'll be inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame.

Aerosmith was part of Thursday night's Boston Strong concert, which raised money for the victims of April's Boston Marathon bombings. Afterward, bassist Tom Hamilton tweeted, "Wow, that was intense! It was so great to see all the old friends from Boston as well as the brave ones in the front row. Awesome night!" And Joe Perry wrote about the night's opening act, Boston, saying, "Yes, [their late singer] Brad Delp was sorely missed at the concert. His passing was a sad time for friends, Boston and fans."

Joe Perry with Boston at Thursday's Boston Strong concert:

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AS I LAY DYING: Singer Out on Bail

As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis is out of a Vista, California jail after posting $2 million bail.

Lambesis was arrested on May 7th on suspicion of solicitation to commit murder for allegedly hiring someone to kill his estranged wife. He has pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors initially requested that the judge set Lambesis's bail at $20 million, saying he remains "substantially motivated to kill his wife." Lambesis had his bail lowered from $3 million to $2 million during a May 17th bail review hearing. His lawyer blamed the singer's steroid use for the alleged murder-for-hire plot. He also revealed that Lambesis was going through steroid withdrawal while in custody.

Source: 10 News

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS: We're Not Looking to Hurt Weiland

The members of Stone Temple Pilots have taken to their website to explain their lawsuit against ex-singer Scott Weiland.

The band filed suit against Weiland last week in an attempt to get him not to use the band's name for touring purposes. STP's statement says, "Our purpose in taking this action is not to hurt Scott. We want to move forward productively, and Scott’s choices and actions have prevented us from doing that. We were in the process of putting our 20th anniversary tour together to celebrate the release of our first album, Core. The plan was for a big tour where we’d perform the album in its entirety, along with some other favorite STP songs. So, you might imagine our shock and disappointment when, without any notice, we learned that Scott had seized this tour for himself as his solo tour, and decided to do exactly what we as a group had planned."

The statement continues, "Without getting into legal details, the band has a binding agreement that clearly states what each of us can and cannot do outside of STP. Unfortunately many of the decisions Scott made violate this agreement, have been harmful to the band and prevented us from moving forward. When our requests to Scott and his representatives that they abide by the agreement were ignored, we finally had enough. So now, we’ve made our choice. It was beyond time we made some new music, which was impossible in the dysfunctional environment we were in. We’ve lived in it long enough and have decided to move forward with STP. We wish Scott well."

In other STP news, guitarist Dean DeLeo will perform with Peter Frampton for four dates, August 23th in Las Vegas through August 28th in Saratoga, California.

RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS: Working in the Fall

Red Hot Chili Peppers are looking to the fall to start their next album.

Drummer Chad Smith tells Billboard, "We're probably looking at getting together in September and getting on a roll and starting to write songs for the next record. We always have little ideas percolating in jams and rehearsal warm-ups and sound checks and gigs. Sometimes we bust into stuff... We just kind of play whatever, so we always have those little tidbits. But we don't have any fully formed songs until the four of us get in a room together."

The Chili Peppers have five festival appearances this summer, including Metallica's Orion Music and More Festival on June 8th in Detroit.

Headlines for Friday,  May  31,  2013

LINKIN PARK, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS: Chester Honored, Then Fronts STP at MusiCares Benefit

Linkin Park's Chester Bennington was honored with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award at Thursday's MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit at L.A.'s Club Nokia, then performed a mini-set with his new band, Stone Temple Pilots.

The band's second official performance featured five STP songs, including their new single with Bennington, "Out of Time," plus a cover of Mott the Hoople's "All the Young Dudes" with special guests Slash and Duff McKagan joining them. The full set list was:

  • "Wicked Garden"
  • "Big Bang Baby"
  • "Vasoline"
  • "Out of Time"
  • "Trippin' on a Hole in a Paper Heart"
  • "All the Young Dudes"

The MusiCares MAP Fund provides members of the music community access to addiction recovery treatment, regardless of their financial situation. Bennington was introduced by his Linkin Park co-frontman Mike Shinoda, who spoke about Chester's own recovery and what it has meant to the band.

Accepting the award, Bennington spoke about the joy he and the band get from the charitable work they do, whether it be on behalf of their own Music for Relief organization, MusiCares or simply visiting a sick child at a hospital.

Skateboarding legend and musician Tony Alva was also honored with the Spirit of Giving Award at the event. Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis, who's known Alva since they were kids, was on hand to introduce him and give him his plaque.

Other performers for the evening included Alva's band, Chicken Noodle Project; Norwegian singer Ida Maria, whose band included original Pearl Jam drummer Dave Krusen; rock group Early Morning Rebel, and Beastie Boys DJ Mixmaster Mike. Andy Dick spoke and Mad TV comedian Bobby Lee emceed.

THE WHO: Daltrey Does Pawn

Thursday night’s season premiere of Pawn Stars on The History Channel not only featured Lynyrd Skynyrd performing the show’s new theme song, “Winning Isn’t Everything,” but also an appearance by Roger Daltrey.

The star of the show, Rick Harrison, owner of the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop in Vegas, is a huge Who fan and he jammed with Daltrey at the Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp, which is held in Vegas. David Fishof, the Fantasy Camp founder, tells us, “The rock stars couldn’t wait to meet Rick. He’s a rock star himself.”

BOSTON STRONG: All-Star Benefit for Marathon Bombing Victims

Boston musicians and a few special guests came together Thursday night in the city’s TD Garden arena for Boston Strong, a benefit concert for One Fund Boston, the fund established to benefit the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.

Boston’s own Boston kicked off the night with “Rock & Roll Band” followed by “Smokin',” “More Than a Feeling” and “Foreplay / Long Time.” Singer Tommy DeCarlo told the sold-out crowd, “Tonight, we are all Boston.”

Among those who followed them were The J. Geils Band, Dropkick Murphys, New Kids on the Block with special guest Boys II Men; country singer Jason Aldean; and comedians Steven Wright and Dane Cook.

Also performing was James Taylor with Carole King, who did an eight-song set that included “You’ve Got a Friend,” which was followed by Jimmy Buffett joining Taylor on “Mexico” before he did a set of his own.

Aerosmith closed out the five-hour-plus show with a seven-song set that included “Train Kept A-Rollin',” “Sweet Emotion,” The Beatles’ “Come Together” and Boston’s unofficial anthem, a cover of The Standells' “Dirty Water.”  Tyler said, "Boston got its heart broken a couple months ago, something real bad, but if they think they can keep us down, they can dream on"

IN OTHER NEWS

Bad Company and Heart will take part in Doobie Brothers manager Bruce Cohn's 27th annual charity weekend -- September 21st and 22nd. Proceeds from this year’s festival will be spread among several charities, including the Sonoma Valley Education Foundation, the Redwood Empire Food Bank, The Guardsmen and Wounded Warriors.

Jack Bruce has signed a deal with Esoteric Antenna for his first studio album in nine years. It will be released next March.

Led Zeppelin's "Black Dog" has been remixed by Teris Zega for the new Jamie Foxx movie, White House Down, which opens on June 28th.

SYSTEM OF A DOWN: Serj's Disarming Time

System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian has added painting to his resume.

Tankian uploaded a clip to YouTube explaining his new "artistic adventure." He calls it Disarming Time Musical Paintings, and says, "I'm writing a piece of music first, as I usually do, and then I am making a painting from it and embedding the music -- with speakers and MP3 players -- within the actual frame of the painting. So this is really exciting for me, 'cause I've never painted in my life before."

Why painting? "The urge came to me in the discovery that music has become so temporal and devalued in the world today -- even though we love music, anyone watching this and myself inclusive. So I wanted to create an exclusive experience. I wanted to create something unique for someone to hold, that they're the only person to get to experience that."

Tankian will reveal more details about the project next month.

COURTNEY LOVE: Bassist Wanted

Courtney Love went a non-traditional route to find a bassist for her upcoming tour.

She tells Bust Magazine, "I put an ad on Craigslist that said, 'Band in the style of Hole looking for bassist in the style of Melissa Auf der Maur.' I got exactly one response. There's just not a lot of chick bass players." Courtney adds that she'll be releasing a new solo album called Died Blonde later this year.

Love's tour starts June 20th in Philadelphia.

PEARL JAM: Get a McCready Bobblehead

The Seattle Mariners are giving away a bobblehead of Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready.

Fans who purchase special tickets to the June 28th game against the Chicago Cubs at Safeco Field will get the bobblehead. A portion of the ticket sales will go to McCready's pet charity, the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America.

McCready will also perform "The Star-Spangled Banner" before the game.

TOM PETTY: Mike Likes Avoiding the HIts

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell is enjoying going deep into the band's catalog this summer.

Campbell says the amphitheater and festival shows they booked for this year are basically there to finance the runs at New York's Beacon Theater and L.A.'s Fonda Theater. Campbell tells Rolling Stone, "We're doing a couple of other shows to help pay for the party, but these two runs are the main reason we're out here." 

Campbell admits that doing the same hits tour after tour can be difficult. He explains, "There is a part of me after the show -- not during the show, but afterwards -- where I think, 'Well, I kind of wish we didn't have to play the same songs tomorrow night. It would be nice to change it up.' And here we are."

AEROSMITH: Release Date Set

Aerosmith have set July 22nd as the release date for Rock for the Rising Sun, a DVD of their 2011 show in Japan.

Aero were one of the few performers to play there following the catastrophic earthquake that March, and the film combines concert footage with a behind-the-scenes look at not only of the band, but of the devastation. Director Casey Patrick Tebo says, "I have never seen any band I've ever worked for be revered like this band was by the Japanese people. They're bigger than The Rolling Stones, bigger than The Beatles. They're very special over there."

Aerosmith had no idea Tebo was making the film. "I rented a theater in L.A. and showed it to them. When the movie was done, Joe Perry stood up and gave me a hug and started crying. It was a pretty cathartic thing."

Among the 16 songs featured in the film are "Draw the Line," "Love in an Elevator," "Livin' on the Edge," "Hangman Jury," "Mama Kin" and "Toys in the Attic."

See video HERE!

KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD: Announces Oklahoma Benefit

Kenny Wayne Shepherd is turning his upcoming show in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma into a benefit concert for tornado victims.

The June 7th show at the Diamond Ballroom is now dubbed We Can Help Moore, and all proceeds will go to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. There are also VIP packages that will include admission to the soundcheck party, a meet-and-greet with Kenny Wayne Shepherd and early admission to the venue.

BRIAN MAY: Brings in Slash to Help

Brian May was in London's Abbey Road Studios on Tuesday, recording a song that will feature Slash. The track will be used in his campaign to stop the killing of badgers in the U.K.

May says, "Great day in Abbey Road Studios. The new badger track is heavy. For a while, I could forget the tragedy beneath. Great talent here... I played most of the guitar, bass and piano, and prepared a 'bed' for Slash to rock out."

Kerry Ellis, who May has been working with recently, will sing.

Headlines for Thurssday,  May  30,  2013

BON JOVI: Fall Tour Leg Added

Bon Jovi have announced a fall leg for their Because We Can Tour. They've also added shows to their summer leg in Cleveland; Saratoga Springs, New York; and Darien Center, New York.

The fall run kicks off on October 2nd in Vancouver and winds down on November 8th in Montreal. Tickets for these shows go on sale on June 8th.

Bon Jovi's summer run begins on July 12th at Chicago's Soldier Field.

AEROSMITH, GEILS, JT & BUFFETT: Coming Together for Boston

Aerosmith, Boston, James Taylor, The J. Geils Band, Carole King, Jimmy Buffett, Godsmack and others will come together tonight, Thursday, for Boston Strong: An Evening of Support and Celebration at the TD Garden in Boston.

Net ticket proceeds will benefit The One Fund Boston, set up by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino to help the people most affected by the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15th. Also on the bill are country star Jason Aldean, comics Dane Cook and Steven Wright, Extreme and New Kids on the Block.

Performing at this benefit "means everything" to Aerosmith as Steven Tyler says, "When you’re listening to songs, it builds hope and strength. We want to warm the cockles of people’s hearts.”

Bassist Tom Hamilton, who had to sit out the band's Australian tour due to a lung infection, adds, "We will be feeling the gravity of the moment, but our job is to get up on stage and make people feel good."

Aerosmith has a short set, but Tyler says they'll most likely play "Livin’ on the Edge” and “Sweet Emotion.” 

LYNYRD SKYNYRD: Ooh That Pawn

Lynyrd Skynyrdwill be on TV Thursday night as they star on the season premiere of Pawn Stars on The History Channel.

The top-rated show, set in the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas, has moved to Thursday nights and its new theme song is Skynyrd's "Winning Isn’t Everything.” They wrote the song specifically for the show, and to celebrate, they recently performed in the Gold and Silver parking, which is what you will see tonight. The song is also available for download on iTunes. Pawn Stars airs at 9 p.m. ET.

See video HERE!

LINKIN PARK, STP: Chester Gets Honored

Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington will be honored at the Musicares MAP Fund benefit on Thursday night at Club Nokia in Los Angeles.

Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda will present the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award to Bennington, and Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis will present the From the Heart Award to skateboard legend Tony Alva. Bennington will perform with his new "side project," Stone Temple Pilots. They'll be joined on a couple of songs by Slash and Duff McKagan.

FLYLEAF, P.O.D.: Teaming Up for Tour

Flyleaf and P.O.D. are hitting the road together this summer.

Their co-headline jaunt starts July 13th in Kenosha, Wisconsin and visits 19 cities before it wraps up August 10th in San Diego. Tickets for most shows go on sale Friday.

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE: Helping Oklahoma

Killswitch Engage are helping the families devastated by the recent Oklahoma tornadoes.

The group's summer tour starts Thursday night at the Diamond Ballroom in Oklahoma City, and they've announced that part of the ticket proceeds from the show will go to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. The band is also selling a special Killswitch Engage T-shirt just for that show, with 100 percent of the proceeds donated to the RFBO.

3 DOORS DOWN: Court Dates Pushed Because of Rehab

3 Doors Down bassist Todd Harrell had his two court dates this week pushed back because of his stint in rehab.

Harrell was supposed to appear in a D'Ilberville, Mississippi court Tuesday to face DUI charges stemming from a July 2012 arrest. The judge presiding over the case recused himself after ethics complaints were filed because of how the court records were handled. The new judge plans on setting a trial date for sometime in July, after Harrell completes his rehab stay.

Harrell's original date in a Nashville court for vehicular homicide and other charges was Wednesday, but will be moved to a future date once Harrell's rehab stint is over. Harrell was arrested last month after he allegedly clipped a truck and caused a crash that killed the truck's driver. He checked himself into rehab after he was released on bail.

Source: SunHerald.com

METALLICA: We'll Keep That Bass, Thanks

The bass that Metallica's Robert Trujillo signed for the governor of Jakarta, Indonesia will remain government property.

The Corruption Eradication Commission asked Joko Widodo to surrender the bass earlier this month because all public officials must report any gifts they've received to the anti-graft commission within 30 days. The commission decided to take possession of the bass because it exceeded the monetary limit for gifts -- and there was a mysterious note on it, separate from Trujillo's message, that said, "To Jokowi, keep playing that cool, funky bass." The commission decided that the other signature meant that the bass could be construed as a bribe.

Source: Jakarta Globe

GUNS N' ROSES: Check Out a Young Axl

A demo recording of Axl Rose in a pre-Guns n' Roses band has hit YouTube.

The track is called "Ready to Rumble" and was done by the band by Rapidfire. That band's guitarist, Kevin Lawrence, uploaded the clip recently and says it was recorded on May 25th 1983 -- three days before Rose met future bandmate Slash at a Rapidfire concert.

Headlines for Tuesday,  May  29,  2013

SHINEDOWN: Back at the Carnival

Shinedown will return to the festival they launched, the Carnival of Madness, this summer.

The band will be joined on the tour by Papa Roach, Skillet, In This Moment and We Are Human on the jaunt. It will start August 11th and wrap up September 21st. The full list of 28 dates will be announced on Monday at CarnivalofMadness.com.

IRON MAIDEN: Beer Makes It Into Sweden

Iron Maiden fans in Sweden can finally drink the band's brew.

The Trooper beer was rejected earlier this month because of the design of the logo on the bottle's label. The label featured the band's mascot Eddie as well as a similar logo to their the original 1983 single for "The Trooper." Robinson Brewery says now that the beer has now been accepted with a redesigned label. The brewery's statement says, "We changed the label by solely focusing on the face of Eddie the mascot."

Sweden's alcohol laws don't allow elements of war, weapons, or aggressiveness on alcoholic products.

Source: UPI

MOTLEY CRUE: Tommy Retires His Kit

Motley Crue's Tommy Lee has retired the rollercoaster drum set he's used for the past three years.

The 360, also known as the Loop, had a passenger seat for a fan to ride shotgun with Lee at each show. Lee usually performed one or two complete rotations on the roller coaster himself as well as taking an audience member for a couple of spins. The drum rig saw its last show May 25th in Atlantic City. Lee promises an entirely different drum experience when the band's Las Vegas residency kicks off September 18th.

NINE INCH NAILS: New Album This Year

Trent Reznor isn't only taking Nine Inch Nails back on the road, he's got a full new album too.

Reznor made the announcement in a press release saying the band had signed to Columbia Records, adding that "I've been less than honest about what I've really been up to lately. For the last year I've been secretly working non-stop with Atticus Ross and Alan Moulder on a new, full-length Nine Inch Nails record, which I am happy to say is finished and frankly great. This is the real impetus and motivation behind the decision to assemble a new band and tour again."

Nine Inch Nails will return to the road July 26th in Japan, with U.S. dates to follow.

JUDAS PRIEST: A Ballsy Move

Judas Priest are back in stores today, Tuesday, with Epitaph, a DVD/Blu-ray of their last show on 2012's Epitaph tour. Filmed last May in London, the show features at least one song from each of their albums for a total of 23.

We asked Rob Halford if they'd filmed a few shows leading up to the finale as a back-up. He tells us, "It was pretty ballsy on our part [not to]. You know, I never even thought about that. To think if there had been an unfortunate incident, what would we have done? That's just kind of freaking me out to think about that right now."

Priest are working on a new studio album, which they hope to have done by the end of the year.

BLACK SABBATH: Iommi Is Not Alone

Like many people with lymphoma, Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi will likely have to undergo treatment for the rest of his life.

He says, "When I'd finished the chemo and the radiotherapy, I went to see the doctor again for my regular blood tests. I said, 'So it's gone now?' And he said, 'No, it's not going to go. You're not going to get rid of it. But we can treat it and work with it'... He said there was a 30 percent chance of it going away, but I was probably going to have this for life. Now I get treatments to keep it from spreading... It takes a few hours, and it makes you feel a bit crap inside and a bit sick. But a couple weeks after, I start perking up again. So that's how we are working it with the shows. I go out, then come back and go into the hospital for more treatment, more blood tests and all the rest of the rubbish. And then we do it all over again."

Sabbath release 13, their reunion album with Ozzy Osbourne, on June 11th. Their North American tour starts on June 25th in suburban Houston.

BLUR: Damon Preps First Solo Album

Blur frontman Damon Albarn finally has plans for a solo album.

Albarn has released plenty of music outside of Blur -- Gorillaz, The Good, The Bad and The Queen and his opera Monkey: Journey to the West -- but none of them have had just his name on them. Albarn tells Rolling Stone he plans on touring behind the as-yet-unnamed album and will play songs from all of his various projects.

Albarn adds that a new Blur album is in the cards, saying, "We've got a couple of occasions when we're stuck in the middle of nowhere. So we might make the record in a week. If we can, it would be nice."

AVENGED SEVENFOLD, KORN: Heading to Aftershock

Avenged Sevenfold and Korn are headlining a brand-new festival in Sacramento, California.

The Aftershock Festival will take place September 14th and 15th. The lineup includes Shinedown, Megadeth, Papa Roach, Volbeat, A Day to Remember, HIM, Skillet, Buckcherry, Halestorm, In This Moment, All That Remains, Falling in Reverse, Device, P.O.D., Pop Evil, Otherwise and Airbourne. Tickets go on sale June 7th.

JIMI HENDRIX: His Last Bandmate's Tribute

The last surviving bandmate of Jimi Hendrix, bassist Billy Cox from Band of Gypsys, will tour with his Band of Gypsys in the fall. The tour gets under way on June 19th in Northampton, Massachusetts with dates through June 26th in Sellersville, Pennsylvania.

Cox says, "Our show could be described as triangular in context. We perform not only Hendrix, but some originals and some old school.” Some of the old school material he's referring to will be from the sessions he did with Slim Harpo, Little Milton, Gatemouth Brown and Freddie King.

VOLBEAT, ALL THAT REMAINS: More Allegiance Dates Announced

More shows have been added to the Rock Allegiance tour.

The festival -- which features Volbeat, All That Remains, HIM and Airbourne -- will now start on August 23rd in Minneapolis and hit 20 cities before wrapping up on September 28th in Brooklyn, New York.

Headlines for Monday,  May  28,  2013

IN STORES THIS WEEK

Alice in Chains release the second album of the William DuVall era, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here.

John Fogerty's Wrote a Song for Everyone sees him re-recording CCR classics with such artists as Foo Fighters, Kid Rock and Bob Seger.

Judas Priest's Epitaph DVD and Blu-ray documents the band's last tour.

Rise Against's Revolutions per Minute: 10th anniversary Deluxe Edition contains the original album plus 10 bonus demos.

Also out this week are Dio's Finding The Sacred Heart: Live in Philly 1986 on CD, DVD and Blu-ray, and Garbage's One Mile High…Live DVD and Blu-ray.

BLACK SABBATH: Taking 13 Bites Out of the Apple

Black Sabbath will celebrate the release of 13, their first studio album with Ozzy Osbourne in 35 years, with a private concert in New York sometime around the album's June 11th release. Drummer Bill Ward is sitting out the reunion because of a dispute over money.

The band's last album with Oz was 1978's Never Say Die.

RUSH: No Love for Jann Wenner

With the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony having taken place a little over a month ago, Geddy Lee and Neil Peart of Rush have had a little time to reflect on that special night.

Geddy says, “It was quite an emotional evening to feel the amount of love from so many different and unexpected places. When you have guys from Public Enemy turning around and patting you on the back — jeez, even Spike Lee was so nice and giving us respect — you kind of pinch yourself and wonder: where the hell am I?”

And, it turned out to be a nice birthday present for Geddy’s wife. "I was feeling bad that she had spent it playing second fiddle to the band once again. But so many iconic acts — such as Jackson Browne and Carole King — appeared that brought back moments of our life. My wife turned to me in the middle of the show and said there was probably no more suitable place to spend her birthday because we'd been living our lives through all these songs. It was a perfect moment for her to reflect and that's what it felt like for all of us."

Neil Peart writes about the induction on his website and in particular talks about the rehearsals when Jann Wenner, the Hall’s co-founder and vice-chairman, suggested he slow the tempo of “Crossroads,” which was the last song of the ceremony’s annual jam session. Peart writes that he did not know it was Wenner, who he writes is “The world’s most powerful Rush-hater, rumored to have personally kept us out of the Hall of Fame all these years! Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins told me later that at that moment he had to walk away so he wouldn’t hit him — and when I wrote about it to another mutual friend and fellow drummer, Stewart Copeland of The Police, he wrote back that he wished he had been there so he could head-butt the guy! Nice to have the support of my drum-brothers, but I didn’t see it as an insult, but a challenge. I am Canadian, and ‘We aim to please.’”

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OZZY: One Day at a Time

Sharon Osbourne says Ozzy has now been sober for more than 80 days and is doing “incredibly well" after his latest relapse, which lasted 18 months.

Sharon says, “He's working his program rigidly. It's amazing to see how somebody in just over 80 days can change their life around. You know, miracles happen all the time and he has (gone from) hating himself, from a place of despair, to being a responsible husband and father again and it's amazing to see. I'm very proud of him. He's a great example, too, for people. He's not the only person that suffers from addiction. Tomorrow's a new day and you start all over again. You just don't give up, it doesn't matter what you have, or your position in life, you still have those demons in you. This problem affects so many people. It doesn't matter what you have. It's the same battle for everyone."

ROLLING STONES: Joined By an Idol

Country singer and American Idol winner Carrie Underwood was the ninth special guest on The Rolling Stones' 50 & Counting tour, joining them Saturday night in Toronto. But instead of singing with Mick Jagger on the country-flavored "Dead Flowers" or "Wild Horses," she did "It's Only Rock n' Roll," which included the rarely played second verse.

Saturday's show also featured this tour's debut of "Angie" and the first performance of "Street Fighting Man" since their club show in Los Angeles. Up next is Chicago Tuesday night. 

If you're keeping score, the other special guests on the Stones tour have been, in order, Gwen Stefani and Keith Urban in Los Angeles, Tom Waits in Oakland, John Fogerty and Bonnie Raitt in San Jose, Katy Perry, in Las Vegas, her ex-boyfriend John Mayer in Anaheim and Dave Grohl, also in Anaheim.

See video HERE!

GENE SIMMONS: Goes Where So Many Have Gone Before...The Movies

Gene Simmons went to see the new Star Trek movie, Into Darkness, and he posted a short review on his Twitter page. He says, “J.J. Abrams is a legitimate film storyteller – director. Well directed. Well written. A solid movie. [However] I would have cut 20 minutes from it, but still solid.”

Simmons is not the only musician to have a recent Star Trek moment. Joe Perry met actor George Takei, "Sulu" from the original Star Trek, while Aerosmith was in Singapore.

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SLASH: Song Changes Film Title

Slash has the power to change the title of films.

The ex-Guns n' Roses guitarist has a film company -- Slasher Films -- and he did the score for its first film, which is called Nothing Left to Fear. The film was originally titled Nothing to Fear, but when Slash and Myles Kennedy wrote the title theme, they ended up adding "left" to the song title. Slash says everybody working on the movie was so happy with the song they were fine changing the film's name to match the song.

Nothing Left to Fear is due out later this year.

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS: Weiland Speaks, Band Sues

Things between Scott Weiland and his former bandmates in Stone Temple Pilots turned ugly on Friday.

First Weiland posted an open letter on his website saying that their performances last weekend with Linkin Park's Chester Bennington took him by surprise "and it hurt." Weiland went on to claim they had no legal right to call themselves STP because because, "I'm still a member of the band. And more importantly, they don't have the ethical right to call themselves Stone Temple Pilots because it's misleading and dishonest to the millions of fans that have followed us for so many years."

 

But in the same statement, he contradicted himself by saying, "So if my former bandmates want to tour with a new singer, that's their prerogative. I don't give a [crap] what they call themselves, but it's not Stone Temple Pilots."

 
Around the time Weiland statement's was posted, the three remaining members of STP filed suit against him in a Los Angeles court. The action claims the band owns the rights to the band's name, songs, copyrights and trademarks. They want a judge to block Weiland from performing STP songs -- or even billing himself as a former member.

 
The lawsuit accuses Weiland of interacting with the band only through lawyers or managers and showing up late to the group's 2012 shows, causing a drag on their ability to earn income. The lawsuit also claims that Weiland's lawyer called the head of programming at a Los Angeles modern rock station and said if the station played "Out of Time," the new single with Bennington on vocals, it would be infringing on Weiland's rights.

 
The lawsuit also says, "Enough is enough. Without relief from the court, Weiland will continue violating STP's rights, misappropriating STP assets and interfering with the band's livelihood." It refers to agreements reached in 1996 and 2010 that bar former members from using the Stone Temple Pilots name.

LINKIN PARK: Meet Them, Help Oklahoma

Linkin Park and their Music for Relief charity are looking to raise money to help Oklahoma tornado victims.

You can donate $10 to enter a contest to win a trip to Los Angeles to hang with Chester and company in the studio as they work on their next album. The prize package includes a Secret Show for Japan poster signed by the band and a Projekt Revolution: Revolution Unseen art book signed by the contributing artists.

You have until June 14th to enter at Omaze.com.

Headlines for Friday,  May  24,  2013

SLAYER: Metallica, System Members Speak at Hanneman Memorial

Metallica's Robert Trujillo and System of a Down's Shavo Odadjian joined Slayer's Kerry King as speakers at Thursday's memorial service for Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman, who died of liver failure on May 2nd. The late afternoon service at L.A.'s Hollywood Palladium was open to the public and fans filled at least two-thirds of the 3,700-capacity hall. There were also plenty of other musician friends who came to pay their last respects, including:

  • Slayer drummers Dave Lombardo and Paul Bostaph
  • Exodus guitarist Gary Holt, who filled in for Hanneman in Slayer when he was unable to perform in 2011 due to the effects of a crippling spider bite
  • Rob Zombie guitarist John 5 and Ozzy Osbourne bassist Blasko

Nick Bowcott of Marshall Amplification served as MC for the service. After emotional speeches by Metal Blade Records head Brian Slagle and American Recordings rep Dino Paredes, King took the stage and delivered a series of anecdotes about his bandmate that included such information as the irony that he and Hanneman had actually been banned from the Hollywood Palladium for about the last 20 years, how the two met and that Hanneman didn't drive. Like all the speakers, he spoke about Hanneman's shyness and sense of humor.

Next came Trujillo, who began by reading a speech from producer and label head Rick Rubin, who couldn't attend. Rubin praised Hanneman's "colossal riffs" that were "the perfect balance of mayhem and intensity" and reminded the crowd that "he left us with recordings we can listen to any time to feel his presence."

Odadjian said that "if there was no Jeff Hanneman, there would have been no System of a Down. Slayer took us on our first tour and Jeff mentored us." He concluded by observing that Slayer "made punk and metal OK." The speeches closed with Slayer's longtime manager Rick Sales and his staff. One of them read a thank you message from Hanneman's wife, Kathryn.

Finally there was a video tribute to Hanneman. During it, the crowd formed five separate mosh circles as "Raining Blood" played through the P.A. It was a fitting sendoff.

MUMFORD & SONS, VAMPIRE WEEKEND: Heading to Sasquatch

Mumford and Sons, The Postal Service and Vampire Weekend are among the acts headlining this weekend's Sasquatch Music Festival. It takes place Friday through Monday at The Gorge in Quincy, Washington.

Also on the bill are The Lumineers, Arctic Monkeys, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Cake, Primus, Imagine Dragons, Bloc Party, Andrew Bird, Divine Fits and ZZ Ward.

GUNS N' ROSES, ALICE IN CHAINS: Ready to Rocklahoma

Guns n' Roses, Korn and Alice in Chains are headlining the Rocklahoma festival this weekend. It takes place Friday through Sunday at the Catch the Fever Festival Grounds in Pryor, Oklahoma.

The lineup also includes Bush, Cheap Trick, Bullet for My Valentine, Papa Roach, Skillet, Hollywood Undead, Ratt, Halestorm, Device, All That Remains, Escape the Fate, Dokken and Young Guns.

Rocklahoma's promoters have announced that they'll be be donating a portion of every ticket sold this weekend to local relief efforts, as well as auctioning autographed memorabilia, artist meet-and-greets and more. There will also be cash donation stations located throughout the venue. But promoters ask that fans not bring clothes, food, toiletries and other similar items to the festival for donation.

BLACK SABBATH: Iommi Was Shocked

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Tony Iommi was "shocked" that Bill Ward opted out of the Black Sabbath reunion album and tour.

He says, "We were hearing stuff from lawyers, like, 'I'm not happy with this. I'm not happy with that.' We waited a long time for Bill and we wanted to sort it out. But at the end of the day, especially after I was diagnosed [with lymphoma], I thought, 'Bloody hell, that's it. We've got to get a move on. I might pop off next year!' So I E-mailed him and said, 'Bill, we can't wait any longer. We've got to get on with it.' And that was it."

Brad Wilk from Rage Against the Machine took Ward's place on the album, 13, which comes out on June 11th. Ozzy Osbourne's drummer, Tommy Clufetos, is playing on the tour.

ROLLING STONES: No Tweets Please

Mick Jagger isn't willing to let Twitter have too much sway of The Rolling Stones' set lists.

The Stones have been giving fans the chance to vote on a list of songs before each show on their 50 and Counting tour, and the one with the most votes gets played at that show. But that's as much input as Jagger is willing to take. He says, "With Twitter, you get so much more feedback. But the kind of people who tweet about songs are not your general fan. Not everyone wants obscure songs. Otherwise, you’ll get everyone else saying, 'I brought my girlfriend along, and she wants 'Honky Tonk Women,' not the whole of Their Satanic Majesties Request, thanks.'"

Up next for the Stones is Toronto on Saturday night.

SAMMY HAGAR: Appeal Is Filed

A legal headache that Sammy Hagar thought was behind him has popped back up.

The former Playboy bunny who claims that he fathered her now-deceased child has appealed a judge's ruling tossing out her lawsuit against him. Identified as Jane Doe, she filed the appeal on Wednesday in Iowa. She's suing over Hagar's autobiography, Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock

In the book, Hagar wrote that the woman had tried to extort money from him in the '80s, and that he settled rather than face a prolonged paternity battle. Earlier this month, a federal judge dismissed the original suit, ruling that Hagar did not mention the woman by name and that she'd failed to prove that the book injured her.

AARON LEWIS: Staind Frontman Goes to Country Landmark

Staind frontman Aaron Lewis will visit one of the landmarks of country music on Tuesday.

Lewis, who's carved out a decent solo career as a country singer, will make his first-ever appearance at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. He says, "Getting to play the Grand Ole Opry is such an incredible honor. It's a dream come true to think that I'll get to stand in that same iconic circle where music royalty has stood."

DISTURBED: Really, We Will Return

David Draiman really wants Disturbed fans to know that the band will get back together after their hiatus.

Draiman took to the band's Facebook page on Thursday once again to confirm that they will reunite. He writes, "This hiatus has nothing to do with the projects each member of Disturbed is currently involved with. It has to do with stopping the assembly-line type of machine the Disturbed leviathan had become, giving ourselves and the fans time away from it so that we can eventually reunite, with new inspiration for both the band side and the fan side... Bitterness at our individual projects is really quite misplaced. So please support Device, Fight or Flight and Adrenaline Mob, as they are fruit born of this hiatus. We're counting on all of you."

 

Headlines for Thursday,  May  23,  2013

GODSMACK: Sully Gets Own Guitar

Godsmack frontman Sully Erna is the latest musician to get his own signature guitar.

Gibson's Sully Erna Les Paul Studio model is ebony black with a Godsmack sun emblem on the body along with a Sully Erna moon-and-star logo on the headstock. The list price for the guitar is $2,300. Get more details about it at the Gibson website.

VAN HALEN: So Simple a 14-Year Old Can Do It

Tina, a 14-year old girl has posted a video of her doing Van Halen's "Eruption," which is Eddie Van Halen's signature solo from the band's self-titled debut album.


QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE: Lots on Letterman

Queens of the Stone Age will be setting up shop at The Late Show With David Letterman in early June.

The band will be the musical guest on June 5th -- the day after Like Clockwork is released -- and will do a Live on Letterman webcast that will be streamed through the Letterman website and Vevo starting at 9 p.m. ET. The band will return the next night to be the musical guest once again.

JOE WALSH, HEART, PRETENDERS: Guest on Rich Guy's Album

Joe Walsh, Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson and The Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde make guest appearances on the new album from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.

Allen -- who started the Experience Music Project in Seattle -- and his band The Underthinkers are also joined by The Allman Brothers Band's Derek Trucks and Los Lobos' David Hidalgo on Everywhere at Once, which is due out on August 6th. All proceeds from the album will go to fund educational programs through the EMP.

SAMMY HAGAR: Going Home

Sammy Hagar will be back in his hometown of Fontana, California on June 1st. He will be the honorary Grand Marshal of the 100th Fontana Days Parade. Hagar says, "How cool is that? If you're nearby, stop on by!" Fontana is 50 miles east of Los Angeles.

Hagar has posted a notice on his website about the tornado that ripped through Moore, Oklahoma this week. He says, "I'm sending my prayers and support to everyone affected by the devastating break of tornadoes this week. Pray for Oklahoma and help me in supporting my friends at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma if you can. We've been in contact with them and the best are monetary donations, which can be made online at RegionalFoodBank.org or mailed to: Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, P.O. Box 270968, Oklahoma City, OK 73137."

BON JOVI: Loose Lips Sink Ships

Bon Jovi continues to tour without guitarist Richie Sambora, and Jon Bon Jovi continues to do interviews in support of it. But Jon says he finds it difficult not to discuss Sambora's absence. “It’s getting more and more difficult every day to not just say something. Because all I can say is this: it’s for personal reasons. He’s been through it before," which could mean that he indeed is back in rehab for drinking.

And, like the last time he checked in, guitarist Phil X has checked in to take Richie's place. Bon Jovi start a U.K. tour on June 8th in Manchester, England.

METALLICA: Gotta Pay for Film Before New LP

Metallica fans waiting for a new album might have another project to blame for the delay -- the band's 3D movie.

Singer-guitarist James Hetfield says he really wants to work on the new album, but the upcoming Orion Music and More Festival in Detroit and the film Metallica Through the Never have been rather time consuming. Hetfield tellsBillboard, "I want it done yesterday, and [Orion] and this movie is keeping us pretty busy at this point, and it's taking a lot of our time and effort. We've been touring some obscure places; I guess basically what we're trying to do is pay for this movie, so the touring is keeping us from getting in there and finishing the record. Right now, the focus is on the movie."

Metallica Through the Never is slated to hit the big screen on August 9th.

TOM PETTY: Going Deep at Beacon Run

Tom Petty wasn't lying when he said The Heartbreakers would be skipping hits in favor of deep cuts during their Beacon Theatre residency in New York.

The first two shows of the run featured "When the Time Comes" from You're Gonna Get It, and Petty said it was the first time they'd played the song since 1978. They also brought back songs from 2002's The Last DJ and 1999's Echo they hadn't been played since the tours behind those albums. Covers in the sets included The Monkees' "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone," Booker T. and the MG's' "Green Onions," Little Feat's "Willin'" and The Grateful Dead's "Friend of the Devil."

Petty's Beacon Theatre residency continues Thursday.

Headlines for Wednesday,  May  22,  2013

SAVING ABEL: Get New Single for Free

Saving Abel are giving away a download of their new single.

Fans can get the track "Mystify" at SavingAbel.com now. It will appear on the band's as-yet-to-be titled new EP, due out on August 6th.

Saving Abel's tour continues Wednesday in Charlotte, North Carolina.

RAY MANZAREK: More Tributes For the Flea

The tributes keep pouring in for Ray Manzarek, the keyboardist in The Doors, who died Monday from cancer at the age of 74.

Former Doors manager Bill Siddons: "While everybody focused on Jim Morrison -- and let's face it, how could you not? -- it was Ray who discovered him as well as putting Robby Krieger and John Densmore in the band. In a very real way, Ray made The Doors happen, both in musical terms and by quietly being the force that kept those disparate forces together, against all odds. He was a brilliant innovator."

Billy Idol: "I was lucky to get a chance to rock out with him and the other two Doors. Cheers mate, say hi to Jim."

Alice Cooper: "Okay, it is official. Ray Manzarek is dead. Mind blown. R.I.P. Ray."

Slash: "R.I.P. Ray Manzarek. Words cannot express…"

Joe Satriani: "I had the pleasure of playing with Ray Manzarek impromptu on a radio show many years ago. He was an original, a true artist and musical innovator. The sound he produced is part of the soundtrack of my youth, and my musical foundation. Thank you, Ray."

Ian Astbury of The Cult who was part of The Doors of the 21st Century with Manzarek and Krieger: "I am deeply saddened by this news he was a beautiful man who had a profound effect on my life. I shall treasure the time I spent with him. My heart go's out to all in The Doors family... I can't say much more. We lost a giant today."

Al Kooper: "Ray was an innovator and a true friend. In his organ solo in 'L.A. Woman' he quoted two musical lines from one of MY songs. That's classy. I'll never forget that kindness."

Bill Cunningham of The Box Tops: "Ray Manzrek was the key to The Doors. For me Ray’s arrangements distinctively marked their performances and recordings in a way that branded each song as belonging to The Doors, as much as Jim Morrison’s voice. Millions of us will miss him dearly. There will never be another like him. R.I.P. Ray."

Howard Kaylan of The Turtles: "Everybody loved Ray. The nicest, gentlest soul on the planet. Morrison's death left Ray sad and confused as evidenced by their Other Voices tour, which we opened. They searched for a Jim everywhere, as Queen looked for their new Freddie, but he never came. Manzarek was a jazz poet who rhymed on his keyboards. We (Flo and Eddie) sang on Ray's solo albums too. I thoroughly enjoyed working with the man whose haunting chords shaped my adulthood. He was a singular performer who never compromised his place in the Rock Pantheon for a quick buck. Integrity. Hard to find these days. A bright star has sputtered out today. I feel the gravitational loss already."

As a tribute to Manzarek, the Whisky a Go Go on the Sunset Strip where The Doors got their start, are honoring him on their marquee and at every show at the club through Saturday. The club will also be going briefly dark each night at 8.

A few years back, Manzarek said he was not a rock star. "You can't think of yourself as a star. You're a human being... You're just an entity on this planet. You're a little flea..."

Funeral arrangements have yet to be announced.

WHITE ZOMBIE: Ex-Drummer Dies

Ex-White Zombie drummer Phil Buerstatte died over the weekend in Madison, Wisconsin. No cause of death has been revealed.

Phil joined the band after the release of their 1992 breakthrough album La Sexorcisto and played on the multiple tours in support of it. He also played on three compilation tracks the band recorded in 1993 and 1994.

Rob Zombie said in a statement that "Phil was a very troubled guy during his time with us and I never really knew what happened to him after he left the band. The few stories I heard were not good."

Source: Blabbermouth

ROLLING STONES: Finally Utilizing Mick

The Rolling Stones featured Mick Taylor on more than one song Monday in Los Angeles.

By now you know that the Stones have brought along their former guitarist on their 50 and Counting tour, but have used him on just two songs -- "Midnight Rambler" and, occasionally, "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction." That number increased slightly Monday at their second and final L.A. show when -- perhaps because they had no other special guests -- they brought Taylor out for a whopping three songs: "Sway," which was voted in by the fans, "Can’t You Hear Me Knocking" and "Midnight Rambler." Also making its first appearance on this tour was "Faraway Eyes."

Mick Jagger says they try and change around the set list, especially when they do multiple nights in the same city.

It's now time to head north as the Stones play the first of two shows in Toronto on Saturday. They then have three in Chicago before heading back to Toronto on June 6th.

SAMMY HAGAR: This Is His Life Tour

Sammy Hagar is taking his Four Decades of Rock tour on the road in August.

He'll play songs from throughout his career -- from Montrose to Van Halen, and from his solo days to Chickenfoot. Joining him will be Denny Carmassi and Bill Church from Montrose, and Michael Anthony from VH and Chickenfoot. He also has a few dates with his band, The Wabos.

The tour starts August 18th in Jackpot, Nevada.

GREEN DAY: A Skateboard for Charity

Green Day have designed a series of skateboard decks for charity.

The line of decks -- based on the covers of band's Uno, Dos and Tre albums -- will benefit the Children's Hospital and Research Center in Oakland, California. You can order your own deck now at ActionsRealized.com.

THE CLASH: Massive Box Set on the Way

Yet another Clash box set is due out this fall.

The 12-disc Sound System set -- due out September 10th -- contains the band’s first five studio albums (across eight CDs); three discs featuring demos, non-album singles, rarities and B-sides; and a DVD with previously unseen footage shot by both Julien Temple and Don Letts, original promo videos and live footage.

Also out on September 10th will be a two-disc best-of called The Clash Hits Back.

The first Clash box set, Clash on Broadway, was released in 1991. The group has also done four previous best-of compilations.

JON BON JOVI: Calls Bieber an "A-Hole"

The Justin Bieber fan club just lost one member -- Jon Bon Jovi, who says the Bieb looks like an "a-hole" for treating his fans so badly.

Jon tells London's Evening Standard that Justin has been showing disrespect for his fans by showing up late for shows and blowing off meet and greets. Bon Jovi says, "[He] runs the risk of disrespecting audience members who have worked hard to pay for their ticket, to give you the permission to take two or three hours of their lives -- or in that kid’s case, 80 minutes of their lives. Do it once, you can be forgiven. Do it enough times and shame on you... It’s really not cool -- you’re an a-hole. Go to [bleepin'] work!”

Headlines for Tuesday,  May  21,  2013

RAY MANZAREK: Doors Co-Founder Dead at 74

Ray Manzarek, a founding Member of The Doors, has died at age 74.

The keyboardist, born Raymond Daniel Manczarek, Jr., succumbed this afternoon (Monday) at the RoMed Clinic in Rosenheim, Germany, where he was being treated for bile duct cancer. He was surrounded by his wife of 46 years, Dorothy Manzarek, and his brothers Rick and James Manczarek (the original spelling of the family name).

Just last week, Doors guitarist Robby Krieger told us Ray was sick, but was hoping to play a show they had scheduled in Los Angeles in August. He has issued a statement saying, "I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of my friend and bandmate Ray Manzarek today. I'm just glad to have been able to have played Doors songs with him for the last decade. Ray was a huge part of my life, and I will always miss him."

In addition to his wife and brothers, he is survived by his son Pablo, his daughter-in-law Sharmin and their three children. Funeral arrangements are pending. The family asks that its privacy be respected at this time. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Ray's name to Stand Up 2 Cancer at StandUp2Cancer.org.

The Chicago-born Manzarek moved to Los Angeles to study film in 1962. He formed the The Doors in 1965 with singer-poet Jim Morrison, drummer John Densmore and Krieger shortly after finishing UCLA film school, and dropped the "c" from his last name to make it "Manzarek." A chance encounter on Venice Beach with Morrison, who was also studying film at UCLA and had written some lyrics, led them to put the band together.

Although their first record deal, with Columbia, fell apart, they soon signed to Elektra Records and recorded their self-titled album. While their first single, "Break on Through," wasn't a hit, their second, an edit of "Light My Fire," that omitted Manzarek's lengthy John Coltrane-inspired organ solo, was -- topping the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks. "Break on Through" eventually went on to become one of the group's signature songs, too, though Manzarek said people who thought it was about death had misunderstood it.

The Doors were to become one of the most successful and controversial rock acts of the '60s, with the six albums by the original lineup -- The Doors, Strange Days, Waiting for the Sun, The Soft Parade, Morrison Hotel and L.A. Woman-- going on to sell more than 100-million albums worldwide, and receiving 19 Gold, 14 Platinum and five multi-Platinum albums in the U.S. alone.

Morrison, of course, died suddenly and somewhat mysteriously in France in 1971.

After Morrison's death, The Doors recorded two more albums with Manzarek as their main singer and, without Manzarek and with other members, two albums as The Butts Band. After leaving, Manzarek started a solo career, recording the albums The Golden Scarab in 1973 and The Whole Thing Started With Rock and Roll Now It's Out of Control in '74. In 1977 and '78 he formed a new band, Nite City, and recorded a pair of albums with them.

In 1980 and 1981, he turned to record production, overseeing the first four albums by the punk band X. Later in that decade, he would produce U.K. rockers Echo & the Bunnyman, play with Iggy Pop and start a long-lasting partnership with San Francisco beat poet Michael McClure.

In 1998, he released an autobiography, My Life With the Doors, which he followed with two novels, The Poet in Exile, a fantasy about what might have happened if Jim Morrison actually had faked his own death, and Snake Moon.

In 2002, he revitalized his touring career with Doors' guitarist and long-time collaborator, Robby Krieger, first using the name The Doors of the 21st Century, then after legal action by Densmore and Morrison's estate, Riders on the Storm. Singers in those groups included The Cult's Ian Astbury and Fuel's Bret Scallions. Of late, the group had, for legal reasons been called Manzarek-Krieger or Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger of The Doors.

The Doors were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993 and received a star of the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2007. At that ceremony, Manzarek explained what making music meant to him. "It's ultimately all about the acceptance of those people, all the fans, enjoying the music -- getting behind it and understanding what the music is about. That's why we did it."

NINE INCH NAILS: Welcome Back Robin

Trent Reznor has gone back to the past to fill out the Nine Inch Nails lineup.

Reznor has announced that Robin Finck has joined the latest lineup, tweeting that "It just didn't feel like Nine Inch Nails without Robin Finck. Now it does." Finck rejoins the band just days after ex-Jane's Addiction bassist Eric Avery announced he was bowing out of the band's upcoming tour.

Finck has played guitar and bass in previous versions of Nine Inch Nails, and multi-instrumentalists Josh Eustis and Alessandro Cortini both can play bass as well.

SYSTEM OF A DOWN: Update-Band Comments on Shavo's Statements

The rest of System of a Down have issued a statement about Shavo Odadjian's Facebook posts slamming Serj Tankian.

The band posted on their Facebook page a note saying, "Shavo posted a few statements on his personal Facebook page that do not reflect the sentiments of System Of A Down as a collective band. These were misleading statements that were made during a temporary state of bad judgment on his part alone. To be clear, the full band lineup of Serj, Daron [Malakian], Shavo and John [Dolmayan] will be performing all scheduled tour dates. With respect to new music, although we have not agreed on a timetable for a new album, we all believe that having the four of us do it together is the way to be true to the band and our fans."

System of a Down will warm up for their European tour with a show at the Hollywood Bowl on July 29th.

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE: A Clockwork Film

Queens of the Stone Age have unveiled an animated short film that debuts many songs from their new album.

The 15-minute animated film strings together clips from several songs on Like Clockwork and combines them with images by artist Boneface and animator Liam Brazier.

Like Clockwork is due out June 4th.

VAN HALEN: Sammy's Replacement Was Supposed to Be...???

According to Mitch Malloy, he was Eddie Van Halen's first choice to replace Sammy Hagar in Van Halen in 1996.

The North Dakota singer says the band's manager, Ray Danniels (who also manages Rush), called him and said, “I think you’re the next singer in Van Halen – I can’t imagine anyone better for the job. But if you don’t get the job then I want to manage you and when people become tired of artists wearing their pajamas and looking at the floor then you’re going to be a huge star.”

However, it was not to be. Malloy goes on to say, "I only know that Eddie told me I was in the band. Then the whole MTV presentation with David Lee Roth happened, which I didn’t know about. I got upset and called them and it all kind of imploded. My manager sent them a letter saying that I’d 'respectfully passed' on the gig, which they couldn’t believe."

Extreme's Gary Cherone, who was also managed by Danniels, got the job until he was shown the door in 1999. In 2000, Eddie helped Malloy with his Shine album.

ZZ TOP: One Guitar, One Album Cover, One List

The folks behind Gibson instruments have compiled a list of the Top 10 albums to feature a Gibson guitar on the cover. Among them are ZZ Top's First Album, Bob Marley's Live at the Roxy, Bob Dylan's Nashville Skyline and AC/DC's High Voltage.

Among the ones that did not make the list are Peter Frampton's Frampton Comes Alive, KISS Alive, Eric Clapton's The History of Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck's Blow By Blow.

The rest of Gibson's Top 10, in no particular order:

Chuck Berry - Is on Top

Earl Slick - Zig Zag

Larry Carlton - Plays the Sound of Philadelphia

Sheryl Crow - C’mon C’mon

Frank Zappa - Shut Up ‘n’ Play Your Guitar

Warren Haynes - Man in Motion

MAYHEM FESTIVAL: VIP Treatment for Charity

Fans going to the Mayhem Festival this summer can get the VIP treatment and help charity.

There are VIP ticket packages up for bids for all 26 shows on eBay now through Sunday. Proceeds from the auctions will go to Metal of Honor, a program started in 2011 that raises financial support and awareness for military non-profit organizations.

The tour, which starts June 29th in San Bernardino, California, features Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch and Mastodon.

COACHELLA: Next Year Already Set

This year's Coachella Festival was only a month ago, but promoters have already set next year's date.

The 2014 edition of the festival will again be held over two consecutive weekends, April 11th through the 13th and April 18th through the 20th, at Empire Polo Grounds in Indio, California. Advance passes go on sale on Friday at Coachella.com.

SOUNDGARDEN: Hey, I Work Out

Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell says his decision to start working out again has prolonged his ability to tour.

Cornell tells ESPN Playbook that when he exercises "I prefer not to use any machines. I focus a lot on cardio, which is what I do when I'm on stage. I also am into isometric workouts. When I'm mentally distraught, I work out." Cornell adds that he doesn't need to set aside time to exercise while he's on the road. He says, "At this point, I'm performing three shows in a row for more than two hours at a time and then I'd get a day off. That is my workout. I don't do anything on the off days so I can prepare for the next show. I need that day off to rest to be able to sing that long."

Headlines for Monday,  May  20,  2013

IN STORES THIS WEEK

Jared Leto and 30 Seconds to Mars are back with their fourth album, Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams.

Aussie rockers Airbourne return with their second album, Black Dog Barking.

The Rolling Stones' documentary Crossfire Hurricane is finally released on DVD and Blu-ray.

Bret Michaels' Good Songs and Great Friends features guest appearances by ex-Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony, ex-KISS guitarist Ace Frehley, Def Leppard's Phil Collen, Aerosmith's Joe Perry and more.

DAVE MATTHEWS BAND: Kick Off Tour With Two Distinct Shows

Dave Matthews Band kicked off their Summer 2013 tour this weekend with a pair of vastly different shows in Texas that saw only three songs carried over from Friday's setlist to Saturday's. Those songs were "What Would You Say," "Rooftop" and "Shake Me Like a Monkey."

The opener took place at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, outside Houston and was slightly heavier on songs from DMB's four most recent albums, including four from their latest, Away from the World. The trek moved to the Gexa Energy Pavilion in Dallas Saturday, where 1998's Before These Crowded Streets supplied the most songs, also four.

The tour resumes in Austin, Texas on Tuesday.

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, LINKIN PARK: Bennington Joins STP

Stone Temple Pilots made a surprise appearance at KROQ's 21st Annual Weenie Roast Saturday night at in Irvine, California, with a new lead singer, Linkin Park's Chester Bennington.

Neither the band, nor Bennington, was introduced. Instead, they tore into "Vasoline" to begin an eight-song set that also included "Big Bang Baby," "Sex Type Thing," and "Interstate Love Song."

Mid-set, STP debuted "Out of Time," their first single with Bennington on vocals. They've posted a video teaser of the song, along with a link to download the full track, on their Facebook page and official website.

In the announcement noting Bennington's arrival, STP guitarist Dean DeLeo said: "Chester has a one-of-a-kind voice that we've admired for a long time. We know Linkin Park will always be his priority, but we thought it would be cool to try something together. We managed to find the time to record a song and we're all really happy with the result."

Bennington added, "I've loved STP since I was 13 years old and they've had a huge influence on me. When the opportunity came up to do something creative with them, I jumped at the chance. The guys in Linkin Park have been incredibly supportive of me undertaking this project while I've continued to work on new music with LP."

The news may come to a shock to Scott Weiland, the now-former STP frontman who was "terminated" from the band in February, but claimed it couldn't go on without him.

The reconstituted STP was also set to play another radio show Sunday night in San Francisco and May 30th in Los Angeles at the MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit Concert honoring Bennington and skateboard legend Tony Alva.

Source: Yahoo! Music

ERIC CLAPTON: "Layla" Co-Writer Jim Gordon Denied Parole

Jim Gordon, once one of rock's most acclaimed drummers, will remain jailed for at least the next five years. The legendary session man -- and Eric Clapton's co-writer on "Layla" -- stabbed his mother to death 30 years ago, claiming her voice had tormented him for years.

Rolling Stone reports that Gordon, now 67, was denied parole in a hearing held in April. It noted that a state of California panel considered the musician, a diagnosed schizophrenic, "a danger to society if released from prison" -- in part, because he resisted court-ordered medication and counseling. Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Alexis de la Garza told the three-member panel, "This is one of the saddest cases that we have in prison."

Gordon also recorded with The Beach Boys, Carly Simon, The Carpenters and John Lennon. Besides helping write "Layla," he also played the piano part that helps close the landmark song.

ROLLING STONES: Foo Fighting Bitch

Dave Grohl was the eighth special guest on The Rolling Stones50 & Counting tour as he strapped on his guitar and sat in on “Bitch” Saturday night for their second and final show in Anaheim, California.

John Mayer was the surprise guest at the first Anaheim show on Wednesday, following the tour’s first six guests of, in order, Gwen Stefani and Keith Urban in Los Angeles, Tom Waits in Oakland, John Fogerty and Bonnie Raitt in San Jose, and Mayer’s ex-girlfriend, Katy Perry, in Las Vegas. The Stones head back to the Staples Center in Los Angeles Monday night where they started the tour at the beginning of the month.

See video HERE!

U2: Do We Need Another Album?

U2 are working on a new album, but Bono says he's not sure the world needs another album from the Irish band. On PBS's Charlie Rose Thursday night, he said, "For sure they don't need it unless it's great."

er the hour-long broadcast, Bono also talked about his humanitarian work, his bandmates, songwriting and the songwriters who influenced him, including Bob Dylan, Bob Marley and John Lennon. And despite his love for Lennon, he's not a fan of John's most famous solo song, "Imagine." Bono explained, "I love so many things about John Lennon, but imagining wasn't one of them. I'm more of a doing. More of an actions. More of a building."

Bono is in New York for his daughter Eve's graduation from NYU on Saturday.

See video HERE!

THE WHO: Townshend Hangs With Tommy Again

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Pete Townshend made a surprise appearance in Canada this week, taking in a preview of a stage revival of Tommy at the Stratford Festival in Stratford, Ontario. He also joined the cast on stage at the end of the night.

Director Des MacAnuff, who brought Tommy to Broadway 20 years ago, is also behind this production.

Townshend says Tommy still means the same to him now as it did then. "Not a lot has changed. There’s still a sense that the family is in trouble, that the way religion operates is still in trouble, that the celebrity system is still in trouble and that all of these things...well, they’re all the same. There’s a poignancy to that. I think about my generation and think that it’s sad that things were as they were.”

Tommy premieres at the Stratford Festival on May 30th.

BILLY IDOL: With a Google Yell He Gets Ready to Hit the Road

It's a nice day for a...Web developers conference? To help launch Google's new Music Play All Access subscription music service on Wednesday, Billy Idol rocked a roomful of techies at San Francisco's Moscone Center.

Idol's hour-long set included such hits as "Cradle of Love," "Dancing With Myself" and "White Wedding. At one point, he remarked, "It's great to be able to do what you love and get paid for it," an apparent reference to the stellar payday he was about to have. Hopefully, it covered the six costumes he wore during the hour. He also covered The Doors' "L.A. Woman," throwing a bit of The Beatles' "Norwegian Wood" into it for good measure, and altering the title to "San Fran Woman" in honor of his benefactors.

Idol and his band, which includes guitar mainstay Steve Stevens, kick off a month-long tour Friday at Pechanga Casino in Temecula, California.

Source: Rolling Stone

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE: Homme's 40th Ends Epic Week for Band

Frontman Josh Homme's 40th birthday today (Friday) put an exclamation mark on what has been an epic week for Queens of the Stone Age.

Since Monday, they've been rolling out an animated video each day for a different song on their upcoming Like Clockwork album. Consequence of Sound calls the clips -- which have all been created by the British artist Boneface and animator Liam Brazier -- "creepy, nightmarish visuals." They are:

  • “I Appear Missing,”
  • “Keep Your Eyes Peeled,”
  • “Kalopsia,”  
  • “If I Had a Tail”
  • “My God Is the Sun” (the album's first single)

Like Clockwork drops on June 4th.

ACE FREHLEY: Not Homeless Yet

Ace Frehley will be in the Westchester County Courthouse in White Plains, New York on June 11th as he faces foreclosure on his suburban New York home.

The former KISS guitarist owes more than $700,000 on the three-bedroom home, which sits on three acres. He stopped paying the mortgage in March 2011. He bought it in 2000 for $650,000.

TOM PETTY: Digs Deep for Tour Opener

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers dusted off some surprises for their tour opener in Indiana Thursday -- including some tunes they hadn't played in more than two decades.

The show at Evansville's Ford Theater included the Heartbreakers' first-ever performance of The Traveling Wilburys' "Tweeter and the Monkey Man," as well as a rarely played cover of Muddy Waters' "I Just Want to Make Love to You." Other obscurities on the set list included "Louisiana Rain," which they hadn't performed in 24 years, and Petty's version of "So You Want to Be a Rock and Roll Star," which last made it into a set back in 1997.

NEIL YOUNG, BLACK CROWES: Another Day, Another Festival

Neil Young, The Black Crowes and Furthur will headline the inaugural Interlocken Festival -- a four-day event to be held in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia in September.

The festival, scheduled for September 5th through 8th, will be a bit different than most gatherings. It will feature multiple performances from most of the performers -- with no breaks between two-hour sets. The promoters also promise numerous collaborative sets -- such as a teaming of the Zac Brown Band and String Cheese Incident, billed, naturally, as The Zac Brown Incident.

For more information, go to InterlockenFestival.com

Headlines for Friday,  May  17,  2013

ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME: 2013 Induction Ceremony Airs Saturday

The 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony premieres on HBO Saturday at 9pm ET. The show will be repeated several times in coming weeks. This year's inductees were:

  • Rush (inducted by Foo Fighters Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins)
  • Public Enemy (inducted by Spike Lee and Harry Belafonte)
  • the late Donna Summer (inducted by Kelly Rowland) and Albert King (inducted by John Mayer)
  • Quincy Jones (inducted by Oprah Winfrey) and Lou Adler (inducted by Cheech and Chong) entered as non-performers.

Among the performances that took place April 18th at the Nokia Theater in L.A. were:

  • Newman's show-opener, “I Love L.A.,” on which he was joined by Jackson Browne, John Fogerty and Tom Petty, plus “I Think It’s Going to Rain Today” and “I’m Dead but I Don’t Know It,” accompanied by Henley.
  • Heart’s original lineup joined by Alice in ChainsJerry Cantrell on “Crazy on You,” then playing "Dreamboat Annie," and finally doing "Barracuda" with Cornell and Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready.
  • A special tribute to Rush, featuring Grohl and Hawkins plus producer Nick Raskulinecz on bass, performing “2112/Overture, followed by Rush themselves playing “Tom Sawyer” and “The Spirit of Radio.”
  • Gary Clark Junior playing Albert King's "Oh, Pretty Woman," then being joined by Mayer and organist Booker T. Jones on King's "Born Under a Bad Sign." 
  • Carole King playing “So Far Away,” from Tapestry, in honor of Adler, who produced that album.
  • The evening’s finale of the Robert Johnson song “Crossroads,” which included Clark Junior, Cornell, Fogerty, Grohl, Hawkins, Heart, McCready, Tom Morello, Public Enemy and all three members of Rush.

 

TOM PETTY, KINGS OF LEON: Let's Hangout

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Kings of Leon will headline the Hangout Music Festival this weekend in Gulf Shores, Alabama.
  • Friday will have Kings of Leon, The Shins, Passion Pit, Jim James, The Breeders and Twenty One Pilots.
  • Saturday will feature performances by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, The Black Crowes, Gov't Mule and The Mowglis.
  • Sunday, the festival will close with sets by Imagine Dragons, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Trey Anastasio Band and Grouplove.

Many of the festival's performances will be streamed online at MTV.com.

KORN, PUMPKINS, SOUNDGARDEN: Ready for The Range

Korn, Smashing Pumpkins and Soundgarden will headline the Rock on the Range festival this weekend in Columbus, Ohio.
  • Friday's lineup will feature Korn -- newly reunited with guitarist Brian "Head" Welch -- Cheap Trick, Buckcherry, Hollywood Undead, Oleander and Welch's other band, Love and Death.
  • Saturday will have performances by Smashing Pumpkins, Stone Sour, Three Days Grace, Papa Roach, Bullet for My Valentine, Halestorm, All That Remains, Pop Evil, Black Veil Brides, Otherwise and Young Guns.
  • Sunday, the festival includes Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Bush, Device, Volbeat, Skillet, Sevendust, Sick Puppies, Deuce and Middle Class Rut.

JUDAS PRIEST: Update on Next Album

Rob Halford is on his way back to England to resume to work on the next Judas Priest album. In New York this week for the premiere of the new Priest concert film, Epitaph, Halford tells us, "The writing is pretty much complete and we're tracking now. It's coming along great."

As for when it will be out, he says, "We should have the bulk of it wrapped up by the end of this year." Epitaph will be out on DVD and Blu-ray on May 28th.

See video HERE!

ERIC CLAPTON: In the Blue and Red Too

Teddy M, a U.K. pop artist, has created two large-scale portraits of Eric Clapton -- and when he sells them, he'll donate a significant portion of the proceeds to Clapton's Crossroads rehab center. The portraits -- "Ferrari," which features Clapton's face in red, and "Blue," in which he's blue -- measure a little more than three feet by three feet.

Teddy is a huge Clapton fan, calling Eric his "Obi-Wan Kenobi... I had turned into a teenager and was still coming to terms with the sudden death of my father. While most teenagers were 'bopping' to the latest electronic pop, I was captivated by the guitar-driven sound of Eric Clapton and his album August... It was like being given a light saber -- the force was strong and I had to have a guitar. But not just any guitar, it had to be a black Strat with a red strap."

If you're interested in the portraits, drop an E-mail to Teddy-Art@TeddyM.com. But he's not entertaining offers of less than $7600 each.

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SAMMY HAGAR: Interchangeable SAS

Sammy Hagar has been in the studio working on a new album, and he's had a few old friends stop by to help.

On April 28th he laid down tracks with Journey guitarist Neal Schon and two of his Chickenfoot bandmates -- bassist Michael Anthony and drummer Chad Smith. This led Hagar to point out the following -- pay close attention:

  • In the mid-'80s, Hagar and Schon were in a band with bassist Kenny Aaronson and drummer Michael Shrieve called HSAS. With Michael Anthony and Chad Smith in the studio, it was a new version of HSAS. Or, it could also be a new version of Chickenfoot with Neal Schon in place of another S, Joe Satriani.
  • In 2003, Hagar, Schon and Anthony put together the short lived Planet Us, which eventually morphed into Soul Sirkus, minus Hagar and Anthony.

No word on when Hagar plans to release the album.

See video HERE!

BECK: Will Finally Perform Song Reader

After months of saying he wasn't going to perform anything from his Song Reader project, Beck has changed his mind.

A special one-off concert is set for July 4th at The Barbican in London. The show's lineup includes Beck, Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker, Franz Ferdinand, Beth Orton and more.

Song Reader is a book of sheet music that was released in December 2012. It includes 20 songs and more than 100 pages of art.

Source: NME

THE WHO: With a Little Help From a Friend

The Who will have to do without drummer Zak Starkey on its European tour, which gets underway June 8th in Dublin, Ireland.

The son of Ringo Starr is nursing a tendon injury he suffered on the band's North American tour last winter. Scott Devours from Roger Daltrey's Tommy touring band of two years ago will fill in.

THE WHO: With a Little Help From a Friend

The Who will have to do without drummer Zak Starkey on its European tour, which gets underway June 8th in Dublin, Ireland.

The son of Ringo Starr is nursing a tendon injury he suffered on the band's North American tour last winter. Scott Devours from Roger Daltrey's Tommy touring band of two years ago will fill in.

BECK, NEIL YOUNG, NINE INCH NAILS: Oh, They're Up for O Awards

Beck, Neil Young and Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor are among the nominees for the online-inspired O Music Awards.

Beck is up for two awards -- Analog Genius Award along with Neil Young and Jack White and Best Interactive Music Video for "Sound and Vision." Reznor is up for Digital Genius Award and Linkin Park is up for Best Interactive Music Video for "Lost in the Echo."

Fans can vote online now through Tuesday. The O Music Awards take place June 19th and will be streamed live.

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, AS I LAY DYING: Juggle Tour Lineup

As expected, As I Lay Dying have dropped off an upcoming tour with Killswitch Engage.

The decision had been expected since singer Tim Lambesis was arrested last week for allegedly hiring someone to kill his wife. The band issued a statement saying, "Given the circumstances, we feel that it is best for the band to be off the road while the current situation gets sorted."

As a result, Killswitch Engage have juggled the lineup for the tour, which starts May 30th in Oklahoma City. Miss May I, Darkest Hour, The Word Alive and Affiance will now be the opening acts.

Headlines for Thursday,  May  16,  2013

ROLLING STONES: Serve Up "Champagne and Reefer" With John Mayer

The Rolling Stones latest special guest on their 50 & Counting tour was John Mayer, who joined the band on a cover of Muddy Waters' "Champagne and Reefer" Wednesday night in Anaheim, California.

This was actually the third time that Mayer has joined the Stones on stage in recent months. He played with them in December in Newark, New Jersey twice, doing "Respectable" and "Goin' Down." His latest appearance comes less than a week after his ex-girlfriend Katy Perry joined the Stones on "Beast of Burden" Saturday night in Las Vegas.

Mayer was the Stones’ seventh guest on this leg of the tour following Gwen Stefani and Keith Urban in Los Angeles, Tom Waits in Oakland, and John Fogerty and Bonnie Raitt in San Jose.

SLAYER: Henneman Memorial Set

A memorial for late Slayer guitarist Jeff Henneman has been announced.

It will be held on May 23rd at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles from 3:30 until 7:30 p.m.  The memorial is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-in basis subject to the venue's capacity.

Hanneman passed away on May 2nd at the age of 49 due to alcohol related cirrhosis.

KEITH RICHARDS, STEVE MILLER, ZZ: Helping the Kids

A Gibson Epiphone Les Paul guitar signed by Keith Richards, Steve Miller, Billy Gibbons and many others is being auctioned off on eBay with the proceeds going to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. All the artists were part of Thank You Les, the Les Paul tribute album. Other signatures on the guitar include Jose Feliciano and Eddie Brigati from The Rascals. The auction ends on Sunday at 9 p.m. ET.

ERIC CLAPTON: Shovel of Your Love

Eric Clapton may sometimes appear to be a stoic Brit, but he does have a sense of humor. That was evident Tuesday night in Manchester, England when he was joined by British comedian Peter Kay, who is known for playing air guitar.

Clapton brought out Kay's double shovel and had him join in "Sunshine of Your Love," even allowing him to sing. Clapton starts a seven-night stand at London's Royal Albert Hall on Friday.

See video HERE!

NINE INCH NAILS: Avery's Out

Ex-Jane's Addiction bassist Eric Avery has bowed out of the upcoming Nine Inch Nails tour.

Avery posted a note Wednesday on his Facebook page about leaving, saying that "Its been a tough call and I don’t know if it's the right one. But I really want to focus on my musical life here in L.A., on film work in particular. As the tour dates kept growing, I just got overwhelmed."

Avery added, "Fortunately my friend Trent [Reznor] understands all this and appreciated my pulling the plug now instead of deep into 2013 and 14. Go get 'em gentlemen."

Avery is giving Reznor plenty of notice -- this newest Nine Inch Nails lineup doesn't have it's first gig until July 26th at Japan's Fuji Rock Festival.

SMASHING PUMPKINS: Corgan Says Treat Calves Better

Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan is urging the California Pizza Kitchen chain to stop using cheese suppliers that dehorn their calves.

Corgan teamed up with PETA for the open letter to the company, saying he'd watched the animal rights organization's video about the procedure. Corgan writes, "I was appalled to see young calves who struggled and writhed in pain as searing hot irons burned their heads. The industry has noted that the burns are so severe that they may damage the underlying bone...I strongly urge you to take immediate action to stop this unspeakable barbarism by requiring your suppliers to phase out dehorning."

PETA claims that farmers could get around these methods by simply breeding naturally hornless cattle. They also claim that many other companies have already taken steps to eliminate dehorning.

RUSH: Permanent Files

Rush audiophiles can now purchase the band's entire catalog as part of the Mastered For iTunes (MFiT) series. Specially remastered for iTunes, these albums now feature increased audio fidelity and are available as individual full albums or single tracks. 

Rush start the European leg of their Clockwork Angels tour on May 22nd.

METALLICA: Film to Debut at Cannes

Metallica's 3D film will have its first screening at the Cannes [pr: can] Film Festival this week.

The producers of Metallica Through the Never are looking to strike deals for international markets for the film, which is based around two shows they played in Vancouver last August.

Metallica Through the Never will debut at iMax theaters on September 27th, and expand into regular theaters on October 4th.

Source: Variety

LINKIN PARK: Heading to the Sunset Strip

Linkin Park have signed on to headline the Sunset Strip Music Festival.

The annual festival on the famous Hollywood street will be held August 3rd. A part of the ticket sales will go to Linkin Park's Music for Relief charity for disaster relief efforts.

It's the only U.S. date for the rest of the year for Linkin Park, who are in the studio working on a new album.

PUDDLE OF MUDD: Wes Arrested Again

Puddle of Mudd's Wes Scantlin just can't stay away from the cops.

TMZ reports that on Monday, police were called to a business in Hollywood after someone reported Scantlin had shaken his ex-wife and then tried to drag her by the arm or the shirt. After cops spoke with witnesses and the victim, they decided to arrest Scantlin for domestic violence. His bail was set at $20,000.

It's been a bad month for Scantlin, who was arrested on May 7th on warrants stemming from his cocaine possession case.

Headlines for Wednesday,  May  15,  2013

BLACK SABBATH: Go Prime Time Wednesday Night

Black Sabbath goes prime time Wednesday night when they appear on the season finale of the CBS drama, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. The band is shown in a club performing “End of the Beginning” from their new album, 13, in stores June 11th. Ozzy Osbourne also has a brief cameo with one of the episode's characters. Bassist Geezer Butler, who, like Ozzy, lives in Los Angeles, says he's a big fan of the show, having never missed an episode. CSI airs at 10 ET/PT.

See video HERE!

ROLLING STONES: Like Riding a Bike

The Rolling Stones pull into Anaheim, California for the fifth and sixth shows of their 50 & Counting tour -- Wednesday and Saturday. Despite the long layoff in between tours, Mick Jagger says performing is like riding a bike. "It's very easy to restart. You don't have to learn very much. It comes back to you very naturally."

After Anaheim the Stones will head back to Los Angeles on Monday for one more show at Staples Center, where they started the tour, before heading east and north with the first of three shows in Canada -- May 25th in Toronto.

DROWNING POOL: More Shows Added to Summer Jaunt

More dates have been added to Drowning Pool's summer tour.

It starts May 25th in Niceville, Florida and now runs through June 30th in Steger, Illinois. A second leg, starting with their appearance at Rock on the River in Prairie Du Chien, Wisconsin on July 13th, will be announced soon.

BOSTON: Tom Scholz Lawsuit Against Brad Delp's Widow Reinstated

The legal firestorm between Boston founder Tom Scholz and the widow of lead singer Brad Delp got even bigger yesterday.

The Massachusetts Appeals Court has reinstated Scholz's defamation suit against Micki Delp. It all stems from comments she made to the Boston Herald that could be interpreted as blaming Tom for her husband's 2007 suicide. The article described Brad Delp as despondent over Scholz's firing of another long-time member of the band and quoted Micki as saying Brad remained upset over various firings and break-ups.

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.

Headlines for Tuesday,  May  14,  2013

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

On Saturday in Napa, California, the band played their first U.S. show since last October's Treasure Island Festival appearance. They have two more festival appearances here before embarking on a European tour in mid-June:

  • This Friday at The Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama and
  • June 7th at The Governor's Ball Music Festival on Randall's Island in New York City

DAVID LEE ROTH: Wrestles Out Another Roth Show

David Lee Roth has posted on his website the latest episode of The Roth Show, his one-man talk series. This time out he talks about reading wrestling magazines in the early '60s and such legends as Bruno Sammartino, The Iron Sheik, Sergeant Slaughter and others.

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH: Albums Go to Heaven and Hell

Five Finger Death Punch have picked a mouthful of words for the title to their new album.

The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell Volume 1 on July 23rd, while Volume 2 is scheduled for later this fall. The first single, "Lift Me Up" featuring Judas Priest singer Rob Halford, will go on sale through all digital retailers on Tuesday.

METALLICA: A Gold Record for Rivera

A Metallica gold record for "Enter Sandman" left the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Monday.

The hall donated its copy to the Cleveland Indians for a ceremony they had to honor New York Yankee closer Mariano Rivera. Rivera, who's retiring at the end of the season, got the gold record because his entrance song has been "Enter Sandman" since the late 1990s.

CREED: Worst Band of the 90s?

A new Rolling Stone online poll asked people to name The 10 Worst Bands of the 1990s.

The number-one pick was Creed -- which is not shocking considering the amount of insults they've gotten over the years. And the mag's editors say "it wasn't even close."

Number-two is a band that's gotten much more flack now than they did in the late '90s -- Nickelback. Number-three is another frequent punching bag, Limp Bizkit.

Number-five surprised the editors -- Nirvana. They write, "Nirvana were a great band. Their three albums are nearly perfect, and they are guaranteed to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year. We’re sorry, but everyone who voted for them in this poll is wrong."

BRIAN MAY: A Unique View of New York

Queen guitarist Brian May was in New York last week to cast the U.S. touring version of the Queen musical, We Will Rock You. He writes on his website, "They really are great musicians. Matched with an amazing new young cast, the show will be all class." The production gets under way in Baltimore on October 15th.

And while in New York he took some snaps of the skyline and posted a few of the new World Trade Center on his site.

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Courtesy of Brian May - "Here's a close-up of the tower -- sequential, and not perfect -- but gives an impression of this dazzling piece of architecture. I was fascinated. The topmost piece was placed while were there - making the total height of the tower 1776 feet. Does that ring any bells to British people? It sure does to an American!"

ALICE IN CHAINS: Staley's Mom Sues Over Royalities

The mother of late Alice in Chains singer Layne Staley is suing the band over royalties.

Nancy McCallum is asking for a court order establishing her right to 16-percent of the group's revenue -- half of the money due Staley -- as well as any of her son's assets currently controlled by the band. According to the suit, an attorney for Alice in Chains members Jerry Cantrell and Sean Kinney told McCallum last September that the revenue-sharing agreement that had seen her paid in the decade after the singer's death would be terminated. Attorneys for the band told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer that McCallum illegally attempted to trademark the Alice in Chains name and no longer has a role in the band’s business decisions. They add that Staley’s heirs will still be able to collect royalties on songs he wrote or co-wrote.

IRON MAIDEN: Beer Can't Be Sold in Sweden

Iron Maiden's new beer won't be trooping across Sweden any time soon.

Sales of The Trooper beer have been halted in the country because of concerns about the design of the logo on the bottle's label. The label features the band's mascot Eddie as well as a similar logo to their the original 1983 single for "The Trooper." The country's government-owned chain of liquor stores believes the design violates Sweden's alcohol laws and discussions about changing it are under way.

Source: NME

RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS: Chad Starts a Podcast

Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith is the latest person to start a podcast.

In Conversation With Chad Smith, hosted by MusicRadar.com, will see Smith talk with fellow musicians and friends that he has through the music industry. In the first podcast, Smith sits down with Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson just as the Canadian trio was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last month in Los Angeles. Check it out at MusicRadar.com/ChadSmith.

Headlines for Monday,  May  13,  2013

IN STORES THIS WEEK

Pop Evil's Onyx is the first album to feature drummer Chachi Riot and guitarist Nick Fuelling.

Vampire Weekend's third album, Modern Vampires of the City, includes the single "Diane Young."

The Breeders' LSXX  -- a.k.a Last Splash: 20th Anniversary Edition -- is a three-CD set with a concert and many rarities. A seven-vinyl-record set won't ship until June or July.

Also in stores are Deep Purple's Now What and Gotye's 2006 album Like Drawing Blood, which gets its first U.S. release.

ROLLING STONES: And the Latest Special Guest Was...???

The Rolling Stones were joined by Katy Perry Saturday night when their 50 & Counting tour pulled into Las Vegas. She joined Mick Jagger on “Beast of Burden,” which was the song chosen online by fans. Also, Mick Taylor -- who is on the tour and has only been playing on “Midnight Rambler -- sat in on “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.” Next up is Anaheim, California on Wednesday and Saturday.

Katy Perry was the Stones’ sixth guest on the tour following Gwen Stefani and Keith Urban in Los Angeles; Tom Waits in Oakland; and John Fogerty and Bonnie Raitt in San Jose.

See video HERE!

SICK PUPPIES: Looking to Connect This Summer

Sick Puppies have titled their new album Connect.

The album is due out on July 16th, with the first single, "There's No Going Back," out on May 20th. The trio shot a video for the song on April 24th, and it will debut by the end of this month.

Sick Puppies are playing a run of spring festival shows and will perform in Minneapolis on Monday night.

AVENGED SEVENFOLD: A Little of What's to Come

Avenged Sevenfold have given their fans a little teaser of what's to come from their new album.

At AvengedSevenfold.com/radio, you'll see a picture of an old-fashioned TV and radio hybrid, and if you fiddle with the dials correctly, you'll get to hear a 50-second clip of a song followed by frontman M. Shadows briefly talking about their recording process. The new album is expected out in the late summer or early fall.

AIBOURNE: "Live It Up" for WWE

Airbourne's new single, "Live It Up," will be the theme for the next WWE pay-per-view event.

Extreme Rules will take place on May 19th at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. "Live It Up" comes off Airbourne's third album, Black Dog Barking, which is due out May 21st.

ADELITAS WAY: Guiatrist Leaves

Adelitas Way guitarist Keith Wallen has left the band.

Wallen posted a note on his Facebook page that says, "I’ve been truly blessed to have had the opportunity to tour the country multiple times, playing music with some of my dearest friends. I would like to thank [the band] for allowing me to create music with them for a little while, and I wish them all the best in their music careers and in life. It has been an honor every single day that I’ve had the privilege of performing with them."

Adelitas Way are continuing work on their third album in Las Vegas.

GUNS N' ROSES: Who Knew it Could Be So Sweet

Add Guns n' Roses to the list of artists who have licensed their music for a commercial.

A soft version of "Sweet Child O' Mine" provides the soundtrack to Johnson and Johnson's "For All You Love" campaign, which "celebrates the importance of putting the needs of others first and all the ways people care for the ones they love. Love is the most powerful thing on the planet. Love is family. Love is life. Love is in a baby's first smile, in a grandmother's comforting touch and in all the wonderful moments in between."

The song is by Capital Children’s Choir, a London-based organization, and was released in 2008.

See video HERE!

HALESTORM: More Summer Shows Announced

Halestorm have added more headlining shows to their summer schedule.

They start out on June 22nd in North Platte, Nebraska and will hit 25 cities before wrapping up on August 25th in Honolulu. They'll also open up nine shows for for 3 Doors Down and Daughtry, starting July 3rd in Raleigh, North Carolina.

MOTLEY CRUE: The Pics of Sixx

Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx has teamed up with Leica Camera for a two-part photography series.

The first part, titled One Step Up From the Abyss, is on the Leica Camera blog and features photos taken by Sixx during the Crue’s Canadian tour. Sixx took portraits of people on streets of different cities, and the blog shares stories about the people he photographed.

Sixx admits that most people won't take his photography talents seriously. He says, "I have an idea, and it doesn’t matter to me how it resonates with people. A lot of people say things about my photography that they said about music. There is a little smirk that happens. But I go, 'Well you were wrong once and you’ll probably be wrong again.'"

AS I LAY DYING: Singer Pleads Not Guilty to Wife-Killing Plot

As I Lay Dying singer Tim Lambesis pleaded not guilty to solicitation of murder Thursday in a San Diego courtroom.

Prosecutors say Lambesis gave an envelope containing $1000 in cash to an undercover agent and provided instructions on how to kill his estranged wife -- including her photograph, address, security gate code and dates he would be with their children to give him an alibi. The judge set bail at $3 million and said if Lambesis is released, he must wear a GPS monitoring device and face strict travel restrictions. If convicted, he faces up to nine years in prison.

Lambesis's lawyer Anthony Salerno told reporters that the singer did not intend to harm anybody and was apparently set up by a man he'd met at the gym, where the initial plot was allegedly formed. Saleno added, "Law enforcement was being fed something by someone that I strongly believe was a snitch, was out to save his own skin and was trumping things up, exaggerating things."

Headlines for Friday,  May  10,  2013

SLAYER: Cause of Death Revealed, Plans for Henneman Memorial

The official cause of death of Slayer guitarist Jeff Henneman was alcohol related cirrhosis.

The band made the revelation on their website, adding that "Jeff and those close to him were not aware of the true extent of his liver condition until the last days of his life. Contrary to some reports, Jeff was not on a transplant list at the time of his passing, or at any time prior to that. In fact, by all accounts, it appeared that he had been improving -- he was excited and looking forward to working on a new record."

Henneman died May 2nd at the age of 49.

Slayer also announced that a celebration of Hanneman's life will be held "sometime later this month, [and] along with Jeff's family and friends, the public will be invited to attend."

 

KISS: It Really Is Bull

The marketing arm of KISS knows no bounds. Their latest venture is a partnership with the Professional Bull Riders association.

On Friday, at the Last Cowboy Standing event at the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas, the KISS Kam will debut. This expands upon the kiss cams found at many sports venues in which if you are caught by the camera, you have to kiss the person next to you and your image is shown on the big screen.

With the KISS Kam, you are timed and have to kiss for eight seconds -- the length of time required for the rider to stay on the bull. Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer cheer fans on and provide constructive criticism via video during the promotion. Videos from the eight-second kissing couples will be recorded and posted online at PBR.com/KISS where visitors can vote for the best (or worst) kiss and register to win prizes. KISS will not be in attendance at Friday's event.

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Following Wednesday's grand opening of the latest Rock & Brews restaurant, this one in Torrance, California, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, partners in the restaurant chain, performed along with KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer. They did “Rock and Roll All Nite,” “Lick it Up” and “Hotter Than Hell.”
See video HERE!

COURTNEY LOVE: Look Out East Coast

Courtney Love is getting back to what first brought her fame -- music.

The always interesting Love has announced a seven-date East Coast tour. It starts June 20th in Philadelphia and wraps up June 29th in Huntington, New York. Love is expected to play a mix of tracks from the Hole catalog and her long-in-the-works second solo album.

CHICKENFOOT: Heading Back to the Coop Next Year?

Chickenfoot -- the group made up of Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony, Joe Satriani and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith -- are hoping to get back to work next year.

A post on Chickenfoot.com reads, "Although they haven't played together, the guys have been seeing each other here and there over recent months. Sammy stopped in at Skywalker Studios during Joe's recording of his new album... Chad and Mike also recently joined Sammy in the studio to play on some tracks for him on his upcoming solo album. And, of course, Mike was recently on stage with Sammy at his annual Cinco De Mayo show in Lake Tahoe. So, the guys are busy, but with Chad's time freeing up, odds are good that they'll be returning to playing music together in 2014 after Joe and Sammy's solo tours later this year."

The band toured together last year behind the release of their second album, 2011's Chickenfoot Three.

VAN HALEN: Jumps Back Onto the Charts

Van Halen's biggest selling album, 1984, is on the charts for the first time since July 13th, 1985. It's sitting at number-147 on Billboard thanks in large part to being on sale in the iTunes Store. It sold 3,000 copies last week, which is the most it has sold since December 2009.

And in other VH news, they have added another U.S. date this summer -- July 24th in Paso Robles, California at the California Mid-State Fair. This is their second U.S. date this year. The first is the Rock U.S.A. festival in Oshkosh, Wisconsin on July 20th. Next month the band does a three-city, four-show tour of Japan.

SEVENDUST: July Shows Announced

Sevendust have announced a U.S. tour for July.

It kicks off July 9th in Lansing, Michigan and wraps up July 25th in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Sevendust continue their current tour Saturday in Kansas City, Missouri.

JANE'S ADDICTION: Concert Film on CD Too

The Jane's Addiction concert coming out on DVD and Blu-ray next month will also be available digitally and on CD.

Live in NYC, recorded in July 2011 at Terminal 5 in New York, will be released June 25th as a DVD/CD package, Blu-ray, DVD, CD and double-LP vinyl. The show was originally streamed online in 3-D and it can still be seen