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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

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?'”

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