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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.


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 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'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 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


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

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