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The game, called LP Recharge, will be available for fans to play on September 12th at the Linkin Park Facebook page. Once enough fans have played the game next month, the band will release their track "A Light That Never Comes" with electronic dance music artist Steve Aoki. Fans who register at LPRecharge.com can get a free download of 30 seconds of the song.

BLACK SABBATH, SLIPKNOT: Bassists Honor Geezer

Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler will be honored at the Bass Player Live Concert and Awards Show November 9th at the Fonda Theater in Los Angeles.

The concert is the central event of the Bass Player Live series of clinics being held at S.I.R. Studios in Hollywood that weekend. Musicians taking part in tribute to Butler include Slipknot/Stone Sour singer Corey Taylor, Megadeth's David Ellefson, Slayer's Kerry King and Zakk Wylde and JD Deservio of Black Label Society.

GUNS N' ROSES: A Short Leak

A previously unreleased Guns n' Roses track -- not featuring Axl Rose on lead vocals -- had a brief run on YouTube Tuesday.

"Going Down" features bassist Tommy Stinson on lead vocals with Axl on backing vocals. But fans had to be quick if they wanted to hear it -- Universal Music and GNR's publishing company Uzi Suicidal got most copies pulled off of YouTube once the track's existence was publicized.

GENE SIMMONS: The Butler Will Serve You Well

Gene Simmons and his wife Shanon Tweed took in the new Forest Whitaker film, Lee Daniels' The Butler, a true story about a White House butler who served eight presidents. They both called it "inspirational," with Simmons adding, "Forest Whitaker is a tour de force. Go see it." And Shannon says, "Forest Whitaker was amazing. You will love Oprah Winfrey in this if you don't already. Take the teens!"

AEROSMITH: Feed the Less Fortunate

Aerosmith don't normally take song requests, but this time they were made an offer they couldn't refuse. While on tour last week in Japan, a longtime fan named Nobu offered them what Joe Perry says was "a huge amount of money to play his five favorite songs." Perry says they accepted the offer and then donated the fee to the Japanese Red Cross. The band were joined by their number-one fan when they presented the check in Nagoya.

For the record, the songs Nobu requested Aerosmith play were "Let the Music Do the Talking," "Kings and Queens," "Beyond Beautiful," "F.I.N.E." and "Full Circle."

"Full Circle" is a track from 1997's Nine Lives. Judging by a site that keeps track of songs Aerosmith has played on tour, that's one song they probably had to relearn for this show.

Headlines for Tuesday, August 20, 2013

LENNY KRAVITZ: My Way, 20 Years Later

A 20th anniversary edition of Lenny Kravitz's Are You Gonna Go My Way will be out September 24th.

The two-disc package features seven B-sides from the album; acoustic versions of "Believe," "Sister" and "Heaven Help"; six demos and outtakes from the Are You Gonna Go My Way album sessions, as well as three early demos Kravitz recorded for Vanessa Paradis' self-titled 1992 album, which he produced.

Frontman Dave Grohl tells England's XFM that he's finished writing most of the songs for the follow-up to 2011's Wasting Light. And guitarist Chris Shifflet says the band has already started rehearsing for its next album. Shifflet tells Rolling Stone"It was a very short hiatus. We're going to start recording the new Foo Fighters record at the beginning of next year."

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH: Rock Like Us

Five Finger Death Punch have joined Slash and Zakk Wylde in appearing in the new video game Band Fuse: Rock Legends.

The game, which is due out on Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 on November 19th, says it provides an "industry-standard tablature animated for an authentic experience." One to four people can play along to the music as it would be read by musicians as they learned it themselves. The game features songs by Slash, Pearl Jam, Rush, Heart and more.

JOHN MELLENCAMP: Other Son Surrenders

The second of John Mellencamp's sons accused of felony battery turned himself in this morning. 19-year old Hud Mellencamp surrendered in Monroe County, Indiana. Like his 18-year old brother Speck, who surrendered on Friday, he was released on bond.

The brothers and Ty Smith, the son of Indiana University baseball coach Tracy Smithallegedly beat up a man in Bloomington, Indiana in July, leaving him with facial fractures.

Speck claims the attack was in retaliation for an altercation earlier in the evening at a party. Hud is a trained boxer who currently attends Duke University in North Carolina and is a member of the football team there.

Papa John is not commenting on the situation.

Headlines for Monday, August 19, 2013

IN STORES THIS WEEK

The deluxe edition of The Lumineers' self-titled debut adds five bonus tracks and a DVD.

Soil's Whole sees the return of singer Ryan McCombs.

Blue October's Sway contains the single "Bleed Out."

AEROSMITH: Zàijiàn (Goodbye) China

Aerosmith has confirmed what we first got wind of last week -- they have canceled what was going to be their first-ever shows in China and Taiwan. The towel was thrown in on Shanghai on August 21st and Taipei on the 24th after the promoter failed to meet the band’s contractual obligations.

In a statement Steven Tyler says, “We are extremely upset to have disappointed our dedicated fans. They have welcomed us into their country and due to uncontrollable circumstances we will not be able to perform. We were so excited to share our music with them and look forward to one day returning and giving them the show they deserve.” And Joe Perry adds that they had “looked forward to this for a lifetime.”

The shows were to follow the four they just did in Japan and we knew something was up on Friday when drummer Joey Kramer tweeted, “Headed home to Texas tomorrow with Mrs. Kramedog.” It seemed kind of strange that he would go all the way from Japan to Texas only to return to China five days later.

Aerosmith’s next show is scheduled for August 30th in Milwaukee followed by a swing through Central and South America at the end of September into October.

RATT: Round and Down

RATT and Dokken almost called it a day on Saturday when the private jet they were in was forced to make an emergency landing in northwest Illinois after smoke was detected in the cabin. The incident occurred after leaving the airport in Moline, Illinois at 7,000 feet. The jet landed safely and there were no injuries. The two bands then rented a couple of SUVs for the 170 mile drive to their next show in Wauconda, Illinois.

RATT and Dokken weren’t the only acts to run into trouble on Saturday. A garbage truck crash near Beaumont, Texas, caused the power to go out in Beaumont’s Ford Park, which resulted in the cancellation of Vince Neil and Great White show. The promoter is hoping to reschedule it.

KISS: There's No Ballads in Football

With this week's announcement that Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley are now partners in an Arena Football League franchise, the L.A. KISS, the Orlando Sentinel has compiled a list of the Top 10 KISS songs they can envision being played at the games. While some of them are no-brainers, others -- like the ballads "Beth" and "Forever" -- don't seem cut out for football.

1) "Rock and Roll All Nite"

2) "Beth"

3) "Detroit Rock City"

4) "I Was Made for Lovin' You"

5) "Heaven's on Fire"

6) "Shout it Out Loud"

7) "Right Here, Right Now" (theme for the Arena Football League games on CBS)

8) "Calling Dr. Love"

9) "Forever" (a ballad)

10) "Love Gun"

See video HERE!

 

SAMMY HAGAR: Motley's Neil Bugs Him

Sammy Hagar says he has a "stick up his a--" when it comes to Motley Crue singer Vince Neil.

It has nothing to do with music, but rather with tequila, which they both sell. Hagar says, "Vince Neil has a place called the Something Cantina in Vegas and acts like he never even heard of Cabo Wabo. My name is never in his articles [about tequila]. It's OK. But that sort of thing does put a little stick up my a--, I must admit."

Hagar says, "My wife always tells me to shut up when I start bitching about somebody not mentioning me in one of those liquor articles. She goes, 'Shut up. You did it. You were first. You've got more money than you could ever spend. What is your problem?' I don't know. I just want respect." He cites Toby Keith and Jimmy Buffett as artists with liquor companies who do respect him.

Hagar started his Four Decades of Rock tour Thursday night in Washington State.

METALLICA: Through the...China?

Metallica seem to have movies on their mind with the upcoming release of Through the Never. The band is now hoping to pull together a film of their first trip to China.

During a press conference in Shanghai, China on Wednesday to promote their first ever shows in the country, drummer Lars Ulrich revealed that the band was so impressed by the reaction they received that they decided to make a film about it. He said, "The idea came up fairly last minute. We love creative endeavors where we make it up as we go along...The last few weeks, this idea came together of filming here and maybe bringing some local bands into it and bringing some actors in and maybe some way bridging this into the Through the Never movie that we made in the United States."

Ulrich added, "We think that there is something cool that will come out of it. Whatever that is, we're not quite sure yet, but we'll do our best to make it shareable and worth everybody's while."

BLACK CROWES: Add Special Acoustic and Electric Gigs to Tour

The Black Crowes have added more shows to their upcoming fall tour.

The band will do all-acoustic shows October 18th, 19th, 21st and 22nd at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester, New York and electric shows October 24th, 26th, 27th and 29th at New York’s Terminal 5. They've also added a tour-closing date December 14th in San Francisco at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. The Port Chester, New York and San Francisco performances will all feature special guests performers.

The Crowes also announced that after this jaunt they have no future touring plans and will focus on solo releases and projects in 2014. The tour starts September 5th in Cooperstown, New York.

MOTLEY CRUE: So What's Next in Vegas?

Motley Crue singer Vince Neil says the band's upcoming Las Vegas residency will feature new technological tricks.

Neil tells Vegas.com, "There's a lot of cool stuff we're going to use this time. Technology changes so rapidly and new stuff comes out all the time. All of a sudden someone goes, look at this, and we go, 'Holy crap, that's cool.'"

Neil adds, "We have to outdo ourselves every time we put something new together. I don't know how we're going to top this one. There's some crazy stuff going on in this thing, and just a lot of fire and smoke and monsters and all kinds of cool stuff."

An Evening in Hell will run September 18th through October 6th at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

Headlines for Friday, August 16, 2013

KISS: Football Rock City

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KISS is bringing professional football back to Los Angeles. Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, KISS manager Doc McGhee and others have invested in an Arena Football League team dubbed LA KISS. The team will play at the Honda Center in Anaheim.

This marks the return of the AFL to L.A. after a five-year absence. At a press conference today (Thursday) in Orlando, where KISS will perform Friday, ahead of Saturday’s Arena Bowl championship game, Stanley said, “Season tickets are now on sale for what we know will be some of the most action-packed games ever played at the Honda Center.” Simmons added, “There’s been a lot of attention to detail, to nuances, so that people don’t think this is a rock band in football helmets. This is real football, and this is good for the game.”

No word if tickets will be promoted with a discount at the Simmons-and-Stanley-owned Rock n’ Brews restaurant chain.

Simmons and Stanley are not the first bandmates to own an Arena Football League team. Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora had a stake in the Philadelphia Soul in 2004.

ROLLING STONES: Don't Start Them Up

The Rolling Stones have filed suit against a German clothing company for using their mouth and tongue logo on a sale poster. A spokesperson says, “As with any band or major brand, we will be fiercely protective of our commercial properties, be that songs, gigs or logos. If we didn't chase up improper use it would set a dangerous precedent."

This is not sitting well with Fritz Knapp, CEO of New Yorker Fashion, the German company which made the posters. He says, “The tongue is not the Stones' alone. The posters were made by our creative department. I won't let the Stones ban my tongue." They are seeking a settlement of $328-thousand plus a $26-thousand dollar fine.

We can't show you the image, which is being removed from stores and clothing tags.

KORN: Ex-Drummer Talks More About Band

Ex-Korn drummer David Silveria has taken to his Facebook page to talk more about his old bandmates.

Silveria stirred up the band's fans earlier this week by say that Korn has lost its groove without him. After hundreds of comments on his original post, Silveria wrote a lengthy follow-up about the band's roots and how things started getting tense around the recording of Issues. He adds that he felt he had to "dumb down" his playing for that album and that his bandmates felt he was becoming hard to work with.

Silveria ends the screed by saying he wants back in the band. He says, "I would love to get back in the rehearsal studio with the guys and resurrect the original passion and unconventional writing style and make a record that stands up to the first three. Of course, before that could happen, I would love to just sit down with the guys and talk about our humble beginnings and really put things in perspective. I really hope to see you Korn fans again soon from behind my drum kit on stage with the guys."

HEAVEN'S BASEMENT: Extensive Fall Tour Announced

British rockers Heaven's Basement will return to North America for an extensive fall tour.

They'll start with a festival date in Cincinnati on September 1st, then do a few shows opening up for Halestorm, before teaming up with Pretty Reckless for 39 shows starting September 20th in Little Rock, Arkansas. The tour will wrap up November 11th in Boston.

SLIPKNOT, NICKELBACK, RUSH: Box Set Celebrates Label

Roadrunner Records will mark its 30th anniversary with a massive box set.

XXX: Three Decades of Roadrunner Records, due out October 1st, spreads 54 tracks over four CDs and covers the label's history of hard rock and metal. Bands appearing on the set include Slipknot, Stone Sour, Nickelback, Rush, Killswitch Engage, Theory of a Deadman and Korn.

Roadrunner was launched in Holland in 1980 and opened its American operation in 1986. The label's first U.S. success came with Danish rocker King Diamond.

PETE TOWNSHEND: It's All Going in the Same Direction

Pete Townshend, like Rod Stewart and Gene Simmons, is not about to knock the British boy band One Direction. Townshend says he particularly likes their new single, “Best Song Ever,” whose opening resembles The Who’s “Baba O’Riley.”

He says, “The chords I used and the chords they used are the same three chords we’ve all been using in basic pop music since Buddy Holly, Eddie Cochran and Chuck Berry. I’m still writing songs that sound like 'Baba O’Riley' – or I’m trying to! It’s a part of my life and a part of pop’s lineage. One Direction are in my business, with a million fans, and I’m happy to think they may have been influenced a little bit by The Who. I’m just relieved they’re all not wearing boiler suits and Doc Martens, or Union Jack jackets.”

One Direction is only the latest in a long line of bands to take cues from The Who. Townshend says he was in Canada earlier this year and met Randy Bachman, who admitted that he based the Bachman-Turner Overdrive hit “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” on “Baba O’Riley” and named The Guess Who after The Who. “Why would I not be happy about this kind of tribute?,” asks Townshend.

BLACK SABBATH: Is This the End?

Geezer Butler thinks this could be Black Sabbath's last tour.

He says, "It's getting tough, it really is. I can't lie about that. I'm old now. It really is tough going on every night. You wake up next day, all the pains you never had before. I don't want to go onstage for the sake of the money. You have to have a lot pride in yourself, and I honestly think I'm coming to the end of the top of my job."

Both Ozzy Osbourne and Tony Iommi want to record another album, but of course, a lot of it depends on Iommi's health, as he continues to be treated for lymphoma.

Sabbath will be in the Chicago suburb of Tinley Park, Illinois tonight.

Headlines for Thursday, August 15, 2013

BLUE OYSTER CULT: Founding Member Dead at 66

Allen Lanier, the founding keyboardist and guitarist of Blue Oyster Cult, died yesterday from complications due to C.O.P.D. (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). He was 66.

Lanier -- who used to date, live and write songs with Patti Smith -- wrote several B.O.C. songs, including "True Confessions," "Tenderloin," "Searchin' for Celine," "In Thee" and "Lonely Teardrops."

A post on the band's website says, "He is survived by his wife Dory, sister Mary Anne and mother Martha. Although he retired from touring in 2006, Allen returned to the stage for what turned out to be his final appearance, reuniting with B¿C at the 40th Anniversary show in New York this past November. Don't fear the reaper sweet man. We love you and miss you."

B.O.C. singer/guitarist Eric Bloom said in a statement, "My great friend Allen Lanier has passed. I'll miss the guy even though we hadn't spoken in awhile. He was so talented as a musician and a thinker. He read voraciously, all kinds of things, especially comparative religion. We drove for years together, shared rooms in the early days. We partied, laughed, played. All B.O.C. fans and band members will mourn his death. Ultimately smoking finally got to him. He had been hospitalized with C.O.P.D. It was Allen who heard some old college band tapes of mine and suggested I get a shot as the singer in 1968. A lot of great memories, over 40 years worth. Maybe he's playing a tune with [with his friend, poet/rocker] Jim Carroll right now."

B.O.C. played in France Tuesday night and their next show is in Boston on Saturday.

SLASH, MATT SORUM: Find Peace Through Music

Slash and his Velvet Revolver and former Guns N' Roses and bandmate Matt Sorum will perform at a benefit to aid public education in both L.A. and Karachi, Pakistan. The September 15th Peace Through Music Gala takes place at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at the Loews Hollywood Hotel. Sorum will perform with South Asian rock star Shehzad Roy. Macy Gray is also on the bill, which will include appearances by Glee's Jane Lynch and That '70s Show's Danny Masterson and others to be announced.

ROLLING STONES: A Time Frame for Wyman's Scraps

We have some more details about the upcoming book by former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman. 

Bill Wyman's Scrapbook is limited to just 1,962 copies -- he joined the Stones in 1962 -- and each copy is signed and numbered. The publisher says the book reveals "a candid and original insight through the decades, with reflective handwritten commentary by Wyman." It also contains a CD of unreleased material, like demos of "Je Suis un Rock Star," which he wrote for Ian Dury, and "Come Back Suzanne." The book will be available in the U.S. in the winter.

LED ZEPPELIN: Crazy for Horses

Led Zeppelin apparently were fans of The Osmonds. The youngest of the musical brothers, 50-year-old Jimmy Osmond, says Zeppelin liked their song "Crazy Horses."

"We met Led Zeppelin because we used their sound system," says Jimmy. "We followed their tour. They were so nice! They brought us back to their hotel, and it was cool. They were just like family guys to us. It was mostly my brothers who talked to them. I was very young at the time. But I was still there, and it was quite amazing. It is also really cool for us to know that people from top groups like Led Zeppelin have raised their hands and said, 'Isn't that a great riff' or 'They really did have amazing musical talent' about us."

Led Zeppelin are not alone in rock circles in liking "Crazy Horses." Def Leppard's Joe Elliott says you'll find that song on his iPod, but he doesn't look at it as a "guilty pleasure. It doesn't matter what you do, and you shouldn't be embarrassed by it either." And back in the 1970's, Scotland's The Sensational Alex Harvey Band recorded a harder rocking version of the song.

BRET MICHAELS: No $95-Grand for Him

A lawsuit that Bret Michaels filed against a Syracuse, New York promoter over a show that was canceled in 2010 has been tossed out by a federal judge.

Michaels was due to play the Central New York Regional Market, but ticket sales stiffed and the show was scratched. Michaels claimed he did not find out until he showed up to do the date. He originally filed a $5-million suit against Aloha Events for breach of contract. In 2011, U.S. District Judge David Hurd issued a default judgment against Aloha Events and ordered them to pay Michaels $95,000.

Last week, Hurd dismissed the suit, saying that Michaels was well aware days in advance that the show was going to be canceled.

AVENGED SEVENFOLD: Game & Animated Series in the Works

Avenged Sevenfold have more than just a new album on the way.

They've announced that they've developed a game for mobile devices and a new animated online series that "go hand in hand with each other." Frontman M Shadows writes, "Without revealing too much, I will just say that [the game] is an action-adventure game. It has been written and developed by the band and with our friends in Subscience Studios. It's turning out awesome. We can't wait to show you more when it's ready."

The band also posted a trailer for the animated series on YouTube. There's no release date yet for either project. Avenged Sevenfold's new album, Hail to the King, is due out August 27th. 

GENE SIMMONS: God of Narration

Gene Simmons will lend his dulcet tone to a music documentary titled Sample This. The film tells the untold story of producer Michael Viner's Incredible Bongo Band and how one track in particular started a musical revolution back in the '70s.

In the summer of 1973, DJ Herc took the percussion breaks from the album and extended them by playing them back-to-back. His beats became anthems on the streets of The Bronx, New York and ultimately the genre of hip-hop. His tracks have been sampled by such artists as Will Smith, Missy Elliot, Amy Winehouse and Jay-Z.

The film features interviews with Questlove, Jerry Butler, Freda Payne, Melle Mel, Roosevelt Grier, Afrika Bambaataa and others. It will be released in theaters on September 13th.

KORN: Hey, Where's the Groove?

Ex-Korn drummer David Silveria says the band's new music lacks something he brought -- the groove.

Silveria wrote on his Facebook page that he hadn't heard the band's new single, "Never Never," and that "all I can say is I’m sure it’s not funky and groovy like the original Korn. I don’t even need to hear it to know that."

Silveria went on to criticize the band in the comments below the original post, saying, "I am a funky groove drummer and Ray [Luzier] is a heavy metal drummer. That’s why Korn will never sound as unique as we used to."

He added, "I’m not talking crap on Korn. I’m just saying until they have the real 'funky drummer' it’s just not gonna groove the way it could. I’ve made it clear that I would come back and restore the groove."

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE: Morello's Looking to Rock

Rage Against the Machine hasn't recorded anything in more than a decade, and guitarist Tom Morello is ready to rock.

Morello, who's recorded three folk-influenced albums as The Nightwatchman, tells Bloody Disgusting he's working on a heavy rock album for release next year. As Morello explains, "It will be the first time since Rage or Audioslave that I've made a really big rock record. It's just time to rock. I've written a batch of songs with huge riffs and huge grooves. I'm working it out with my band now and we're about five songs deep at this point, but we're taking our time with it. It will definitely be a release-the-hounds effort."

WHITE STRIPES: Elephant for Everyone!

The reissue of White StripesElephant will be available for everyone on August 27th.

The duo's 2003 breakthrough album was first pressed to a very limited edition of vinyl for Record Store Day in April. Now Jack White's Third Man Records is going back for a larger pressing and taking pre-orders for it through their website.

IRON MAIDEN: Beer Hits U.S.

Iron Maiden's beer has finally reached the U.S.

Trooper ale, named after the band's 1983 single, is being sold first in this country at Rock N Roll Ribs, the barbecue restaurant Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain co-owns in Coral Springs, Florida. The brewers of the ale plan to introduce it to other U.S. locations throughout the fall. 

 

Headlines for Wednesday, August 14, 2013

GOV'T MULE: Song With Dave Matthews Streaming, New Tour Dates    

Gov’t Mule premiered two versions of “Forsaken Savior,” from their upcoming double album, Shout!, Tuesday on The Wall Street Journal’s web site WSJ.com. One version features Warren Haynes on lead vocal, the other has Dave Matthews singing the song. Hayes explains how he chose Matthews to do vocals this particular cut.

Every track on Shout! has an alternate version featuring a guest vocalist. Those versions make up the second disc of the set, which comes out September 17th.

Gov't Mule have also announced a second leg of tour dates for their fall tour. These will kick off on October 24th in Seattle and go through November 10th in Dallas. Ticket pre-sales for nearly all the new dates begin at noon on Wednesday.

311: Entering the Studio Next Week

311 are about to begin work on their 11th album. Frontman Nick Hexum gives us a status report on it:

Hexum recently completed My Shadow Pages, the debut album by his side project The Nick Hexum Quintet, which will be released October 1st. He says he plans to do some dates surrounding that release, which will be announced soon. In the meantime, he's very excited about the songs 311 are about the record with producer Scotch Ralston, who he says "has come in as a sixth band member and is writing quite a bit, as we all are."

The band has already announced that they plan to release the as-yet-untitled new album on March 11th, 2014. That's 311 Day, of course, and as usual they'll be playing their annual concert that day at the New Orleans Arena in New Orleans. Tickets for it will go on sale later this month.

EVERLAST: Acoustic Album Coming

Everlast will release The Life Acoustic, featuring acoustic performances of songs from his catalog, on August 27th. Among the tracks are his single "Black Jesus," album cuts like "Stay," "Broken," "Today" and "Weakness," his cover of Slick Rick's "Children's Story," "My Medicine," which he sang with Willie Nelson on a Snoop Dogg album, the Bill Withers' classic "Grandma's Hands" and his House of Pain hit "Jump Around."

Everlast has five West Coast shows booked this month and September before leaving for a European tour in October.

SAMMY HAGAR: Sorry, James

Sammy Hagar's upcoming album, Sammy Hagar and Friends, has a lot of big names on it -- including Mickey Hart, Taj Mahal, Neal Schon, Nancy Wilson -- but he regrets not reeling in his friend James Hetfield of Metallica.

Hagar says, "Kid Rock did the duet on 'Knockdown Dragout,' which he recorded for me instantly. I would've just as soon had James Hetfield do it, but I ran into Kid, because I did that Detroit show with him, and we were communicating about other stuff and about his tour, so I just spontaneously asked him to sing on the track. And, boom, it got done. After he finished it, I thought that I would get James to sing just the 'Knockdown! Dragout' part. I sent it to him and told him Kid Rock was on there and the whole thing, and he got back to me and said, quote-unquote, 'I'm completely flattered that you would want my sailor-assed voice on your record.' And then he said, '...but it isn't my style.' And I said, 'It's okay. I still love you, James.'"

Hagar says he also tried to pull in country singer Kenny Chesney, but they couldn't work out their schedules, and he wanted to work with Grace Potter, but he didn't have a song for her.

Sammy Hagar and Friends will be out next month.

LED ZEPPELIN: First Show Honor

Led Zeppelin will be honored with a plaque on the site of their very first concert.

On September 7th, 1968, at a school in the Gladsaxe neighborhood of Copenhagen, Denmark, they played a show billed as The New Yardbirds. The gig fulfilled concert obligations Jimmy Page had as the only holdover from the now-defunct Yardbirds.

That first show was at the Teen Club - Box 45, which was inside the school. But they followed it up later that night with another show at the Brondby Pop Club in Copenhagen. A plaque will be unveiled at the school on September 7th -- the 45th anniversary of the concert.

GENE SIMMONS: Speaking From Experience

Gene Simmons and KISS have never had any trouble appealing to teenagers -- which may explain why he has no problem with Justin Bieber.

Simmons would be the first to admit that KISS's lyrics are easy, fun and approachable -- just the way teenagers like them. And they've never been shy about getting kids' attention with their merchandising. So it's easy to understand why Simmons doesn't mind today's pre-packaged pop stars. He says, "I have no problem with Justin Bieber or One Direction. 14-year-old girls need their music. And that's valid."


PEARL JAM, GUNS N' ROSES: Duff, Mike Are Readers

Pearl Jam's Mike McCready, ex-Guns n' Roses bassist Duff McKagan, Aimee Mann and Steve Earle are all part of a new audiobook.

The musicians read chapters from In Case We Die, the first novel by Seattle music scene vet Danny Bland. The book is due out September 7th and people who pre-order it will get the audio book chapters for free. A portion of the audiobook sales will benefit MusiCares.

NIRVANA: Inside In Utero

The full track listing for the 20th anniversary edition of Nirvana's In Utero has been revealed -- and it contains some interesting stuff.

The first disc of both the deluxe edition and the super-deluxe box set contains the original album, all the B-sides from that era and producer Steve Albini's unreleased original mixes for "Heart-Shaped Box" and "All Apologies." (R.E.M. producer Scott Litt wound up remixing the songs for the album.) The second disc contains the "2013 album mix" of the entire album. There's no word if this is an entirely new mix or perhaps a mix that Albini did. It also contains "Forgotten Tune," a recently discovered instrumental Nirvana recorded during an In Utero-era rehearsal.

The In Utero reissues are due out on September 24th.

COLLECTIVE SOUL: Ed's Into Sweet Tea

Collective Soul frontman Ed Roland is stepping out on his own this fall.

Roland has been playing with a band he calls The Sweet Tea Project for a few years, and now their debut album, Devils 'n Darlins, will be released on September 3rd. The single "Love Won't Bring Us Down" is available now at digital retailers.

CAGE THE ELEPHANT: They've Got Melophobia

Cage The Elephant have titled their third album Melophobia

It'll be released October 8th, but you can pre-order it now through iTunes. And if you do pre-order the album, you'll receive an immediate download of the first single, "Come a Little Closer."

Cage the Elephant will debut songs from Melophobia while opening for Muse next month.

Headlines for Tuesday, August 13, 2013

BON JOVI: It's Not Fair

Jon Bon Jovi has never been afraid to wade into politics, but this time around, he's being steered away. Bon Jovi's scheduled appearance at the New York State Fair has been cancelled -- reportedly to avoid the appearance of impropriety.

The deal for the band to play the fair -- in Syracuse on August 28th -- was apparently worth $650,000. But a lawyer for the state's Department of Agriculture and Markets mysteriously requested the contract be withdrawn from the state comptroller's review. And it looks like that's because they're booked to play a $1,000-a-head fundraiser for Governor Andrew Cuomo just three days earlier in the Hamptons on Long Island, where Jon spends part of his summer. Two government sources say the State Fair show was axed over worries that people would see the $650,000 as payment for the fundraiser.

A spokesperson for Bon Jovi and the governor say the State Fair show was scrapped because of a scheduling conflict, although they haven't said what the conflict was. The concert was estimated to gross $1.1 million.

SAMMY HAGAR: Hopes Eddie Never Calls

Sammy Hagar hopes Eddie Van Halen never calls him to do another Van Halen reunion.

The Red Rocker says, "I'm so past it. I'm so happy and proud of what we did, I wouldn't want to tarnish it again like that 2004 tour. And now what they're doing, acting like I was never in that band, just playing all that early material... How can they do that? But Dave can't sing it, so what the [heck]. It is what it is, and I'd just as soon let it be... Michael Anthony is one of my dearest friends, and I don't see why Ed and Al shouldn't be that, someday, in our lives... I don't want to go backwards anymore. At my age, I have a hard enough time rehearsing and playing those old songs at a rehearsal. And I certainly can't go back and listen to them."

Hagar is 65 and starts his Four Decades of Rock tour on Thursday in Washington state. 

SIXX A.M.: New Album Is Close

Sixx A.M. are getting close to finishing their third album.

Nikki Sixx posted a note on Facebook that James Michael and DJ Ashba have been in Las Vegas working on guitar overdubs for the project. Sixx added that "we have agreed on the album title and the artwork direction. Photo sessions, videos, going over album cover concepts and mapping out release dates are all hovering above our heads now. The excitement is growing and things looks great for us to play live at some point."

QUEEN: Now Has a Man of Steel

Brian May was released from a U.K. hospital on Saturday after undergoing knee replacement surgery last Tuesday.

He says he's been "skillfully transformed into a Man of Steel," adding that he is "very touched by your messages. I'm home, continuing knee recovery. It takes patience, but I'm so glad I went for the replacement."

May has to get better in a hurry, as he has a date with Queen and Adam Lambert on September 20th in Las Vegas.

NINE INCH NAILS: Get "A" Track for Free

Trent Reznor is giving away a new Nine Inch Nails track tomorrow (Tuesday).

"Copy of A" from the Hesitation Marks will be available as a free download starting Tuesday through Amazon.Nine Inch Nailshave performed the song at the beginning of all of their shows so far this year.

Hesitation Marks is due out September 3rd.

METALLICA, MEGADETH, NEWSTED: Two Ex-Members Team Up

It took the entire Gigantour to get two ex-Metallica members to do a song from their former band.

Megadeth frontman -- and ex-Metallica guitarist -- Dave Mustaine welcomed ex-Metallica bassist Jason Newsted on stage Sunday night at the tour finale in Toronto to jam on "Phantom Lord," one of the Metallica songs Mustaine co-wrote. Check it out in YouTube. (Warning, it contains a few obscenities.) 

The pair were not in Metallica at the same time, but they've played band's songs together before. They both joined their former bandmates in 2010 at their 30th anniversary shows in San Francisco.

ERIC CLAPTON: Quietly Pays Tribute to J.J. Cale

In what was probably the best kept secret in L.A. in quite some time, Eric Clapton quietly paid tribute to J.J. Cale last week when he did a set at McCabe's Guitar Shop in Santa Monica. 

He sat in with drummer Jim Keltner, guitarist Don White and bass player Marty Rifkin to do Cale's "After Midnight" and "Cocaine." Clapton brought both of those songs to the mainstream, along with a few others. They also recorded an album together, 2006's The Road to Escondido.

Cale died on July 26th from a heart attack. He was 76.

RAMONES: John Waters Hosts Annual Tribute

Iconic cult filmmaker John Waters will host the ninth annual Johnny Ramone Tribute at L.A.'s Hollywood Forever Cemetery this Sunday. The event will include:
  • A screening of the director's cut of Waters' 1990 classic Cry-Baby.
  • An autograph session with Waters and Cry-Baby co-star Traci Lords.
  • Vintage Ramones concert footage projected on a 42-foot mausoleum wall.
  • A "Dress Up as Your Favorite Ramone" contest that will be judged by Steve Jones of The Sex Pistols and Johnny's widow, Linda Ramone.

GUNS N' ROSES: Engagement Story Spurs Police Investigation

It's not often a story about someone's engagement will start a police investigation. But that's exactly what happened to Guns n' Roses/Sixx A.M. guitarist DJ Ashba.

He got engaged to Nathalia Henao last week and posted a photo on Instagram of the couple in a helicopter on the way to where the proposal happened. Ashba added, "Special thanks to the Las Vegas Police Department for the most amazing helicopter private tour over Vegas! We landed in a field at police headquarters, where I had a table set up covered in roses and bottle of the bubble stuff." Ashba also gave a shout out to Las Vegas Police Captain David O’Leary for helping to make it all happen.

Now the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that police department officials are upset with the "misuse" of the helicopter and have launched an investigation into O’Leary, along with the pilot who flew Ashba and Henao.

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