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Headlines for Tuesday,  June  4,  2013

SAMMY HAGAR: His Turn

Sammy Hagar is following in the footsteps of a few other California artists and residents -- Santana and John Fogerty -- by doing an album of duets. Sammy Hagar & Friends, due for release in September, features appearances by Michael Anthony, Kid Rock, Ronnie Dunn, Neal Schon, Joe Satriani, Chad Smith and others.  

On Saturday, Hagar was the Honorary Grand Marshal of the 100th Fontana Days Parade in Hagar's hometown of Fontana, California. He was also surprised when the town announced that they are naming a street for him called Hagar Way. "It's an honor," said Hagar. "Something about your hometown never leaves you."

See video HERE!

BLACK SABBATH: 8 Days to Sample and Record 13

Apparently some artists trust their fans enough not to record their albums when they make them available for free streaming ahead of their release. That is exactly what Black Sabbath is doing as 13, their first studio album with Ozzy Osbourne in 35 years, is streaming this week on iTunes ahead of its release next Tuesday, June 11th.

Other artists who have recently streamed their albums for free the week before release include Eric Clapton, John Fogerty and Rod Stewart.

KISS: Really Gene? You Think So?

Here's a news blast - 64-year old Gene Simmons says KISS maybe has another five to 10 years to go. Let's hope it's only five because it might not be too pleasant to see a 74-year old Simmons spitting fire or blood and stomping around in eight-inch heels.

KISS started their European tour on Saturday in Sweden, complete with their new stage that features a giant spider. Next up is the Sweden Rock Festival in Solvesborg on Thursday.

Simmons' wife, Shannon Tweed, upon hearing his comments regarding retirement, tweeted, "Aaahhhh!!!!"

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See video HERE!

FOO FIGHTERS: Shiflett Readies Second Side Project Release

Foo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett will release the second album by his rootsy side project, Chris Shiflett and the Dead Peasants, this summer.

The exact release date for the album, which is titled All Hat and No Cattle, has yet to be announced. It will include a cover of Waylon Jennings' "Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way?" Shiflett is currently offering free downloads of two of the album's tracks at his website, ChrisShiflettMusic.com.

Shiflett and the Dead Peasants just played three shows in California over the weekend and have three more coming up:

  • 6/13 - Bakersfield, CA - Crystal Palace
  • 6/15 - Ventura, CA - Roadshow Revival
  • 7/4 - Pacific Palisades, CA - Palisades Charter High School

LED ZEPPELIN: So Will It Be Page & Plant Again?

Earlier this year Robert Plant, when asked for the five-millionth time if Led Zeppelin will reunite, said he was free next year. Bassist John Paul Jones, attending an opera on Saturday in London, was asked about Plant's comment and he said, "2014 is full of opera for me at the moment." He is referring to the opera that he is writing.

Of course Jimmy Page and Robert Plant have worked together without Jones, having gotten together in the early '90s as Page & Plant, which resulted in an album and tour and Jones taking a swipe at them when Zeppelin was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995. During his acceptance speech he said, "Thank you my friends, for finally remembering my phone number."

See video HERE!

TOOL: Two Side Project Albums This Summer

There are a couple of Tool side project albums on the way this summer.

Volto! is a jazz fusion-influenced group led by drummer Danny Carey and their debut album, Incitare, is due out July 23rd.

Puscifer, one of singer Maynard James Keenan's side bands, will release a re-mix collection called All Re-Mixed Up on August 27th. 

BLACK KEYS, MUMFORD & SONS: Rock Grammy Auctions

The Black Keys and Mumford and Sons are among the acts who've donated autographed items to the latest Grammy MusiCares charity auction.

The Get Ready to Rock auction is taking place at eBay.com/Grammy now through June 10th. Other artists who've autographed items up for bids include Fun, Billy Idol, Elton John, Tom Petty, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sting, Neil Young, Slash and Linkin Park's Chester Bennington. You can also bid on meet-and-greets with 311 and Fall Out Boy.

ROB ZOMBIE: A Corpses Musical

Rob Zombie says his debut film, House of 1000 Corpses, would make a good musical.

Zombie explains why he thinks it could work. "It has those elements of ridiculousness that could translate to the stage of somewhere between Hairspray and Rocky Horror Picture Show on stage, because it's just the characters are that ridiculous, the scenarios are that ridiculous, it just feels like that."

Zombie adds that with the way Broadway shows have changed over the past decade that "maybe in 10 years or 20 years there will be a group of people that now are bringing their kids to Broadway like 'Oh, House of 1000 Corpses musical. Let’s go see that.' It sounds ridiculous, but I feel that it could happen."

SHINEDOWN, PAPA ROACH: First Carnival Dates Announced

The first round of dates for the Carnival of Madness tour have been announced.

The traveling festival, which includes Shinedown, Papa Roach, Skillet, In This Moment and We Are Human, starts August 13th in Cleveland and runs through September 14th in Sacramento, California. More dates will be announced in the next few weeks.

IRON MAIDEN: Bruce Ready to Fly Again

Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson is looking to re-launch the airline he worked for as a pilot.

Dickinson was a captain for Astraeus Airlines until the company shut down in 2011. He has since started an aircraft maintenance business, Cardiff Aviation Limited, and now says he wants to use that company to re-start Astraeus.

Dickinson tells the U.K.'s Telegraph, "Subject to approvals, we'll be in the air within the next 50 days. Clearly that fits with the maintenance -- both operations need each other."

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS: Weiland Countersues

Not surprisingly, Scott Weiland has counter-sued his former Stone Temple Pilots bandmates.

Weiland's suit claims the three other members of the band with secretly plotting to oust him. TMZ reports that Weiland now wants to stop the efforts of the remaining members to grab the STP name, asking that a judge formally dissolve the band partnership. Weiland also wants a minimum of $7 million in damages.

The other members of STP sued Weiland last month, asking a judge to stop him from using the group's name when promoting his solo shows.

Headlines for Monday,  June  3,  2013

BLACK KEYS: Auerbach Shows Guitar Moves

This one's for the guitarists out there -- and we know there are lots of you.

The Black Keys' guitarist, Dan Auerbach, is the featured artist on the fourth edition of internet-only show Guitar Moves, which premieres today (Monday) on Noisey (spelled n-o-i-s-E-y)-dot-Vice-dot-com. The 15 minute guitar-talk show is hosted by Matt Sweeney, who may be best known as the other guitarist in the Billy Corgan-led group, Zwan. He's also been one of super-producer Rick Rubin's go-to pickers on albums he's done with Johnny Cash, Neil Diamond and The Dixie Chicks.

The previous three editions of the show, which you can still access on the site, have featured Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme, Blake Mills, a one-time member of the band that evolved into Dawes; and James Williamson of Iggy and the Stooges.

IN STORES THIS WEEK

Queens of the Stone Age's ...Like Clockwork has guest shots from Dave Grohl and Elton John.

Capital Cities' In a Tidal Wave of Mystery features their single "Safe and Sound."

Megadeth's Super Collider includes a guest appearance by David Draiman.

Ghost Brothers of Darkland County is the musical collaboration between John Mellencamp and Stephen King.

Also in stores is Filter's The Sun Comes Out Tonight.

CREED: Stapp Alters His Plans

Tuesday marks the ninth anniversary of the announcement that Creed had split up...and now they've split up again -- but only temporarily.

While Mark Tremonti, Brian Marshall and Scott Phillips have been in the studio working on a new Alter Bridge album, singer Scott Stapp has turned his attention to finishing his second solo album -- a project he said two years ago was nearly done. Back then, its working title was Between Lust and Love, and he said it would be a double album, with each disc devoted to the topics in the title.

We spoke to Stapp at Thursday's MusiCare MAP Fund Benefit in L.A. and he wouldn't say if the album still has a title or when he plans to release it. He would tell us that "there are lots of amazing people involved other than the band I'm working with," and that he'll be able to talk about it "soon." Stapp did speak about why MusiCares and their Musicians Assistance Program have been so important to him in his battle with alcoholism.

PEARL JAM: Get Well Mookie

Pearl Jam has sent out a get-well message on their Instagram account to former NBA great Mooke Blaylock, who was involved in a serious car accident on Friday.

Before the band was called Pearl Jam, they were known as Mookie Blaylock. Although they changed their name before the release of their first album, they named it Ten, after the number Blaylock wore on his jersey.

Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament told The New York Times, "I was a huge Mookie fan…He was really unselfish; great shooter; great fundamentals." Ament also likes the basketball great's "super-unique name."

Ament once got to met Blaylock and played a game of "horse" with the NBA great when he visited Seattle. Ament says, "He said: 'You do have game! You have a good shot; you have a nice rotation.' I was like, 'Awesome.' That was all I was looking for."

Unfortunately, things aren't looking good for Blaylock. He's been ugraded to serious condition, but he could face vehicular homicide charges, since the SUV was was driving killed a passenger in another car.

Sources: The New York Times, USA Today

ROLLING STONES: 11 & Counting

Sheryl Crow became the 11th special guest on The Rolling Stones50 and Counting tour when she joined them Friday night in Chicago to sing on “All Down the Line.”

Crow is no stranger to the Stones, having performed with them numerous times. The show also featured the tour premiere of “Shine a Light.” The Stones' their third (and final) Chicago show is on Monday. They have a show in Toronto Thursday.

The previous 10 guests on the Stones' tour, in order:

  • Gwen Stefani and Keith Urban in Los Angeles
  • Tom Waits in Oakland
  • John Fogerty and Bonnie Raitt in San Jose
  • Katy Perry in Las Vegas
  • John Mayer in Anaheim (first show)
  • Dave Grohl in Anaheim (second show)
  • Carrie Underwood in Toronto
  • Taj Mahal in Chicago (first show)

Only the band’s second show in Los Angeles went off without a special guest.

Saturday was the 38th anniversary of Ronnie Wood’s concert debut with the Stones, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He replaced Mick Taylor, who is the special guest on all the 50 & Counting dates, coming out for anywhere from one to three songs per show. 

LOU REED: Walking on the Wild Side With a New Liver

Lou Reed is the latest member of rock’s liver-transplant club. He underwent the operation a few weeks ago in Cleveland, Ohio. His wife, performance artist Laurie Anderson, says, “He was dying. You don't get it for fun." Despite the many top-rated hospitals in New York City, where the couple lives, Anderson says they felt they were “dysfunctional."

Reed is doing well. He wrote on Facebook, "I am a triumph of modern medicine, physics and chemistry. I am bigger and stronger than ever. My Chen Taiji and health regimen has served me well all of these years, thanks to Master Ren Guang-yi."

Anderson says, "I don't think he'll ever totally recover from this, but he'll certainly be back to doing (things) in a few months. I'm very happy. It's a new life for him."

Rock's list of liver recipients includes David Crosby, Phil Lesh, Gregg Allman and Jack Bruce.

U2: Working at Jimi's Place


 
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Details are sketchy, but U2 have been in New York this past week working on their upcoming album at Electric Lady Studios, which was built opened in Greenwich Village by Jimi Hendrix in 1968. Band members have been spotted there with producer Danger Mouse, reportedly mixing the disc. On Friday afternoon, all four members were on the roof of the studio doing an acoustic version of “Sunday Bloody Sunday” for a camera crew. Also spotted at the studio was Coldplay frontman Chris Martin.

On Friday night, Bono and The Edge played a private show at a party in New York’s SoHo neighborhood.

Chris Blackwell, the founder of Island Records and the man who signed U2, has heard the new album and calls it “better than ever.”

On Monday, Bernie Taupin and T-Bone Burnett will host a listening party for the new Elton John album, The Diving Board, at Electric Lady. That album is due out in September.

ROGER WATERS: Begs Alicia Keys to Reconsider

Roger Waters has written a letter to R&B singer Alicia Keys, but it's not a fan letter. He's asking her to reconsider performing in Tel Aviv, Israel on July 4th.

In "Just Another Open Letter in The Wall," Waters writes, "I had reason last December to write a letter to Stevie Wonder to encourage him to withdraw from an engagement in L.A. It was a gala to raise funds for the Israeli Defense Force... To Stevie's great credit, he withdrew. We are all part of the same old story -- nothing has changed since the bad old days of apartheid South Africa and segregated America. We must stand united with all our brothers and sisters against racism, colonialism, segregation and apartheid. Please, Alicia, do not lend your name to give legitimacy to the Israeli government policies of illegal apartheid occupation of the homelands of the indigenous people of Palestine"

The letter is posted on the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel website. Keys has yet to issue a public response.

Alicia and Waters were both on the bill at last December's 12/12/12 Hurricane Sandy relief concert at New York's Madison Square Garden.

BRIAN MAY: More on Single with Slash

Brian May has provided more details on the charity single he's recording with Slash.

It's called "The Badger Swagger" and it is being released in support of Team Badger and the "Stop the Cull" petition that May is behind. The song will be out in the U.K. next week, but no word yet on how it will be available to fans in the U.S.

On Wednesday, May will be at the House of Commons in London to debate the killing of badgers. 

AEROSMITH: Until Their Next Date

Aerosmith doesn't hit the road again until July, so two members are headed west.

Joe Perry says, "I'm getting ready to pack and head back to L.A. to work on my book with David Ritz." He hopes to have the book out next year. Steven Tyler is also L.A.-bound, as he's scheduled to be on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson on CBS on Monday.

On June 13th, Tyler and Perry will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame at a ceremony in New York. Then on June 22nd, it's back to L.A., where they'll be inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame.

Aerosmith was part of Thursday night's Boston Strong concert, which raised money for the victims of April's Boston Marathon bombings. Afterward, bassist Tom Hamilton tweeted, "Wow, that was intense! It was so great to see all the old friends from Boston as well as the brave ones in the front row. Awesome night!" And Joe Perry wrote about the night's opening act, Boston, saying, "Yes, [their late singer] Brad Delp was sorely missed at the concert. His passing was a sad time for friends, Boston and fans."

Joe Perry with Boston at Thursday's Boston Strong concert:

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AS I LAY DYING: Singer Out on Bail

As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis is out of a Vista, California jail after posting $2 million bail.

Lambesis was arrested on May 7th on suspicion of solicitation to commit murder for allegedly hiring someone to kill his estranged wife. He has pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors initially requested that the judge set Lambesis's bail at $20 million, saying he remains "substantially motivated to kill his wife." Lambesis had his bail lowered from $3 million to $2 million during a May 17th bail review hearing. His lawyer blamed the singer's steroid use for the alleged murder-for-hire plot. He also revealed that Lambesis was going through steroid withdrawal while in custody.

Source: 10 News

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS: We're Not Looking to Hurt Weiland

The members of Stone Temple Pilots have taken to their website to explain their lawsuit against ex-singer Scott Weiland.

The band filed suit against Weiland last week in an attempt to get him not to use the band's name for touring purposes. STP's statement says, "Our purpose in taking this action is not to hurt Scott. We want to move forward productively, and Scott’s choices and actions have prevented us from doing that. We were in the process of putting our 20th anniversary tour together to celebrate the release of our first album, Core. The plan was for a big tour where we’d perform the album in its entirety, along with some other favorite STP songs. So, you might imagine our shock and disappointment when, without any notice, we learned that Scott had seized this tour for himself as his solo tour, and decided to do exactly what we as a group had planned."

The statement continues, "Without getting into legal details, the band has a binding agreement that clearly states what each of us can and cannot do outside of STP. Unfortunately many of the decisions Scott made violate this agreement, have been harmful to the band and prevented us from moving forward. When our requests to Scott and his representatives that they abide by the agreement were ignored, we finally had enough. So now, we’ve made our choice. It was beyond time we made some new music, which was impossible in the dysfunctional environment we were in. We’ve lived in it long enough and have decided to move forward with STP. We wish Scott well."

In other STP news, guitarist Dean DeLeo will perform with Peter Frampton for four dates, August 23th in Las Vegas through August 28th in Saratoga, California.

RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS: Working in the Fall

Red Hot Chili Peppers are looking to the fall to start their next album.

Drummer Chad Smith tells Billboard, "We're probably looking at getting together in September and getting on a roll and starting to write songs for the next record. We always have little ideas percolating in jams and rehearsal warm-ups and sound checks and gigs. Sometimes we bust into stuff... We just kind of play whatever, so we always have those little tidbits. But we don't have any fully formed songs until the four of us get in a room together."

The Chili Peppers have five festival appearances this summer, including Metallica's Orion Music and More Festival on June 8th in Detroit.

Headlines for Friday,  May  31,  2013

LINKIN PARK, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS: Chester Honored, Then Fronts STP at MusiCares Benefit

Linkin Park's Chester Bennington was honored with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award at Thursday's MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit at L.A.'s Club Nokia, then performed a mini-set with his new band, Stone Temple Pilots.

The band's second official performance featured five STP songs, including their new single with Bennington, "Out of Time," plus a cover of Mott the Hoople's "All the Young Dudes" with special guests Slash and Duff McKagan joining them. The full set list was:

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