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WKHY Rock Report (May 28, 2013)

5) Van Halen - "You Really Got Me" (The Kinks)

6) Peter Frampton - "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" (The Beatles)

7) Guns n' Roses - "Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door" (Bob Dylan)

8) Johnny Cash - "Hurt" (Nine Inch Nails)

9) Metallica - "Am I Evil?" (Diamond Head)

10) Thin Lizzy - "Rosalie" (Bob Seger)

BLACK CROWES, QOTSA: To Play Sturgis Rally

The Black Crowes and Queens of the Stone Age have been named headliners of the first two nights of this summer's four-day Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota.

The Crowes will take the stage at the Broken Spoke Campground on August 4th, with the Queens following on the 5th. Country artist Gary Allan performs on the 6th. The headliner for the 7th will be announced soon, as will the full entertainment schedule for the rally, featuring additional concerts and motorcycle events.

The Black Crowes previously played the Sturgis Rally in 2006. It'll be the first time for the Queens.

AEROSMITH: Promoter Says Security Was Fine

The promoter of Aerosmith's canceled May 11th show in Jakarta, Indonesia has no idea why they pulled out and says he hasn't been told what security concerns they had.

Sarah Deshita of Ismaya Live says, "Our (preparations) were 90 percent ready when we got their cancellation letter one week before the concert. We had got police permits and offered Aerosmith the best security we have, including having a lot of Marines at the venue... We're unsure of the safety concerns they're citing in their statement."

The cancellation came after counter-terrorism police said they'd foiled a planned attack on the Myanmar embassy. Lady Gaga also canceled her show there after it was threatened by a hardline Muslim group who said her performances were immoral.

Aerosmith wrap up their Pacific Rim tour on Wednesday in Manila, The Philippines.

QUEEN: Simply Iconic

There's no denying the popularity of Queen, at least in their native England, as they've topped yet another poll there.

This one was Absolute Radio's Icon poll. James Curran, the station's Head of Music, says, "The poll was all about celebrating the iconic artists that feature on our playlists across our network of decade stations. Queen have yet again proved themselves as one of the U.K.’s most iconic bands by topping this poll of absolute music greats.”

Here's the whole Top 10:

  1. Queen
  2. David Bowie
  3. The Beatles
  4. Pink Floyd
  5. Led Zeppelin
  6. Oasis
  7. Bruce Springsteen
  8. The Rolling Stones
  9. Foo Fighters
  10. Paul Weller

The rest of the Top 100 -- which includes AC/DC, Elvis Presley, John Lennon, Bob Dylan, The Who, Eric Clapton and The Clash -- can be found at Absolute Radio.co.uk.

RATT: Book's Not Just Part of a Trend

Ratt frontman Stephen Pearcy says his new autobiography is something he's wanted to do for years.

Pearcy writes a great deal in Sex, Drugs, Ratt and Roll about going through rehab and therapy, but he says he would have penned his life story eventually even without getting clean. He says wanted to clear up many of the misconceptions about the band, insisting that most important to the group wasn't their image or scoring women -- it was the music.

Pearcy will return to the road with Ratt on Thursday in Phoenix.

METALLICA: We've Got to Write First

After a month of conflicting reports, Metallica frontman James Hetfield has set the record straight about plans for their next album.

Hetfield tells the Abu Dhabi-based That’s Entertainment that the band hasn't even started on the basic thing an album needs -- songs. He says, "We haven't even started writing it. We're going through riffs. We have, like, 800-and-something riffs we're going through -- lots of ideas. We're really excited about it, but doing concerts here and there, trying to get back in the studio and get some stuff done, it's all really exciting."

Hetfield adds, "It gets done on Metallica time, which is not really scheduled. When it's done, it's done and when it's good, then it will be done."

MASTODON: Working Their Fingers Hard

Mastodon fans might get to hear some new songs when the band plays the Mayhem Festival this summer.

A new post on the band's Facebook page says, "For those of you who are interested, yes, we have been very busy writing and putting songs together for the next studio. We are down at our space, hammering out riffs that can be friends and working our fingers to the bone to put out another great album."

Mastodon's last album, The Hunter, was released in the fall of 2011. The Mayhem Festival, which includes Rob Zombie and Five Finger Death Punch, kicks off June 29th in San Bernardino, California.

WEEZER: Cuomo's Big in Japan

Weezer's Rivers Cuomo released a full album of new material this year -- with virtually nobody in the U.S. knowing it.

Cuomo teamed up with Scott Murphy of the band Alisters for an album -- called Scott and Rivers -- that is sung in Japanese. Cuomo has a long held fascination with Japanese culture -- his wife is from there -- and Murphy's band Alisters have had a good deal of success in the country.

The duo's self-titled album is now available through iTunes here in the U.S.

BLUR: Yeah, Maybe We'll Give It Another Shot

Blur might not be done as a recording act.

Frontman Damon Albarn told the crowd at a show in Hong Kong on Monday, "We have a week in Hong Kong, and we thought it would be a good time to try and record another record." Fans had their hopes up for a full album last year when Blur released a single in July, but then producer William Orbit revealed that Albarn had ended the recording sessions.

Blur's last full-length studio album was 2003's Think Tank.

Headlines for Tuesday,  May  7,  2013

HALESTORM: Arejay a Little Embarrassed By Best Drummer Win? 

Winning an award is always nice, but Halestorm drummer Arejay Hale seemed just a little embarrassed when he picked up his Best Drummer trophy at last week's Revolver Golden Gods Awards in L.A.

BLACK VEIL BRIDES: No Overnight Success Story

Black Veil Brides may have finally broken through in a big way this year, but they say success didn't come to them overnight, regardless of what the haters say.

Singer Andy Biersack tells us he "feels good" about their recent achievements, because they're a "hardworking band, who've come from nothing." At last week's Revolver Golden Gods Awards, they picked up a trophy for the third straight year -- this time, Song of the Year, for "In the End." Biersack and guitarist Ashley Purdy explain why they feel they deserve the success they're currently having.

You can check out Black Veil Brides at this month's Rock on the Range and Rocklahoma festivals. They'll be headlining Van's Warped Tour starting July 5th.

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH: Single Coming Next Week

Five Finger Death Punch unveiled "Lift Me Up," the first single off their upcoming album, at last week's Revolver Golden Gods Awards. They were joined by Judas Priest singer Rob Halford for the song, and tell us Halford also guest stars on the recording, which you should be hearing on radio just one week from today (Monday) and able to download on Tuesday. Singer Ivan Moody also says that "Lift Me Up" will be the lead-off track on the first of the two albums they're putting out this year, and that he's feeling really good about what they've come up for both albums.

According to drummer Jeremy Spencer, the band is putting the finishing touches on the second of the two still-untitled albums.

AC/DC: Bon's Away

The plans to erect a statue in honor of the late AC/DC singer Bon Scott in his hometown of Kirriemuir, Scotland are moving forward. A pledge drive to raise just under $80,000 was launched this past weekend at the annual BonFest celebration, which is held there. Scott lived there until 1952 when his family packed up and moved to Australia. He died in 1980 in London following a drinking binge. He was 33.

ROBERT PLANT: Stalked

Robert Plant is pushing 65, but he's still a ladies man -- well at least for one woman who he says is stalking him.

Alysson Billings, who he has never met, believes they're in a relationship and has been harassing him for three years. He says she leaves him hotel keys, flowers, random packages and shows up at his shows all over the world. She has also threatened his partner, Patty Griffin, saying, "Your betrayal with another woman still stabs my mind...  She's got you so p***y whooped and henpecked, it makes me want to puke ... and I'm telling you that rotten crotch is ruining you... This woman is literally evil for you and your life ... you are about to fall for that dirty old crotch. And I'm not joking, I cannot, will not, shall not live this way anymore."

As a result, Plant has filed a restraining order and hired security. 

In regards to the other woman, Patty Griffin, there has been speculation that the two are married, which Plant denies. Patty, who has been quiet on the subject, now says they are not "legally married... We both have similar places that we come from as singers. He inspires me. He goes far and deep" 

Plant is not the only artist to encounter a stalker. Just last week Alice Cooper told us, "I used to have people leave like a cat's heart in a box for me and I'd go, 'Find this person now. Have them incarcerated.'"

AEROSMITH: Rocking for a Rolling Japan

Aerosmith is releasing a DVD of their 2011 show in Japan, having been one of the only performers to play there following the devastating earthquake in March of that year. Rock For the Rising Sun combines concert footage with behind-the-scenes footage not only of the band, but of the devastation caused. It will be out in June.

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HALESTORM: Plenty of Guests on Remix

A all-star version of Halestorm's "Here's to Us" has hit the web.

The track -- streaming now at the Revolver magazine website -- features a final chorus with Slash adding some guitar and then Shinedown's Brent Smith, Alter Bridge's Myles Kennedy, Sixx: A.M.'s James Michael, Theory of a Deadman's Tyler Connolly, Disturbed and Device's David Draiman and In This Moment's Maria Brink all take turns with lines from the song.

Halestorm is also running a contest for people to appear on "fan edit" of the track. Fans are encouraged to say their first name, where they are from, offer their shout-out and then upload their video for the band to check out. Submissions are being taken through Wednesday via the band's website.

SLAYER: Westboro Church Plans to Attend Henneman's Funeral

The funeral of Slayer guitarist Jeff Henneman could get ugly -- the Westboro Baptist Church plans to show up.

The religious group -- famous for protesting at funerals of well-known people with signs that say "God Hates Fags" -- announced that they would show up at Henneman's funeral to sing their parody version of Ozzy Osbourne's "Crazy Train." Even though Henneman's arrangements haven't been made public yet -- and he could have already been buried by his family in a private ceremony over the weekend -- Slayer fans are already vowing to make life hell for the WBC protesters. Counter protests are being organized online, with some people suggesting that they throw red-paint-filled balloons at the group if the show up.

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS: Book First Appearance Post-Weiland

The members of Stone Temple Pilots will make their first public appearance since booting Scott Weiland at the end of the month.

Robert and Dean DeLeo and Eric Kretz have been added to the lineup for the MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit May 30th at Club Nokia in Los Angeles. The evening will see Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington given Stevie Ray Vaughan Award by his bandmate Mike Shinoda. Ex-Guns n' Roses bandmates Slash and Duff McKagan will also perform at the show, but there's no word yet on who might sing with STP.

SAMMY HAGAR: Red Is Right

Sammy Hagar has dodged a legal headache after a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed against him by an Iowa woman.

The woman, identified as Jane Doe in court documents, claimed that Hagar defamed her in his 2011 memoir, Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock. Hagar accused her of extortion, arguing that she held him up for money after saying she'd given birth to his child, who died shortly after birth. In the book, he denied fathering the child, insisting that he'd paid the woman $7000 on the advice of his manager.

Judge Linda Reade ruled that what Hagar wrote was not libelous because he did not use Doe's real name and that she'd failed to prove she suffered any injury.

MOTLEY CRUE: Mick's OK, Band Gets Honored

Motley Crue guitarist Mick Mars is doing fine after being knocked over by a fan who rushed the stage over the weekend.

A fan jumped on the stage during the band's show in Estevan, Saskatchewan, Canada Saturday night as the Crue were performing "Primal Scream." The fan not only bumped into Mars -- he also grabbed singer Vince Neil before being tackled and hauled off. The band left the stage for a few minutes before returning to complete the set. Mars tweeted to fans, "Thank all of you for your concerns about me being knocked down. I'm alright, nothing broken. My bodyguard Rhyno got two busted ribs." The Crue's Canadian tour continues Tuesday in Winnipeg.

In good Crue news, the band will be inducted into the Mohegan Sun Walk of Fame May 18th before they play the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.

LED ZEPPELIN: Not Even the President Could Bring Them Together

Even President Clinton could not get Led Zeppelin to reunite.

The organizers of last December's 12/12/12 Hurricane Sandy relief concert at New York's Madison Square Garden turned to Clinton to try and book Led Zep. With Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Robert Plant in Washington, D.C. to receive the Kennedy Center Honors just before the benefit, Clinton was asked to approach them -- but like every other promoter, he was turned down.

Headlines for Monday,  May  6,  2013

IN STORES THIS WEEK

The Great Gatsby soundtrack includes new tracks by Gotye and Jack White.

Also in stores are the solo album from King's X singer-bassist Doug Pinnick, called Naked, and Joe Satriani's Unstoppable Momentum.

AEROSMITH: Not Walking, or Flying, That Way

Aerosmith has canceled their May 11th show in Jakarta, Indonesia over security concerns following an alleged bomb plot at the Myanmar Embassy. The band wrapped up their Australian tour Saturday night in Melbourne and now it’s off to the Philippines for a show in Manila on Wednesday. Their next scheduled show after that is not until July 10th in Connecticut.

ROLLING STONES: Double Satisfaction at Tour Opener

The Rolling Stones kicked off their 50 and Counting tour Friday at L.A.'s Staples Center, and the show was book-ended by two very different versions of "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction." The song was first performed by the UCLA Marching Band in the aisles at the back of the hall just before the Stones hit the stage. Then it served as the final number of the Stones' two-hour-and-20-minute, 23-song set.

The concert actually began with a short film about the band, featuring such fans as Johnny Depp, Cate Blanchett, Iggy Pop, Pete Townshend and Patrick Carney of The Black Keys explaining why they love The Rolling Stones. Stars like Jack Nicholson, Eddie Murphy, Nicole Kidman, Vanessa Hudgens, Paul Stanley and members of Foo Fighters and No Doubt watched the film, and the show, from their seats.

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