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Bad Company starts its 40th Anniversary co-headlining tour with Lynyrd Skynyrd on Saturday in Rancho Mirage, California.

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.

 

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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.

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