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The event at Club Nokia in Los Angeles will be shown live on AXS TV starting at 8 p.m. PT. Metallica will receive the Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award, Rob Zombie will receive the Golden God Award and Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi will be honored with the Riff Lord Award.

Check out the Golden Gods website for the nominees for the 11 awards being given out.

BLACK SABBATH: Oz and Ends

Ozzy Osbourne has reportedly been staying clean ever since his big admission a few weeks ago -- and his daughter Kelly's wedding is a big motivator.

A source tells RadarOnline, "He says he’s motivated by the fact that Sharon left him, and now he’s promised Kelly that he would walk her down the aisle only if he’s clean. Kelly even threatened that if he wasn’t coherent by the time of the wedding that she would have her brother Jack give her away."

However, those nuptials to vegan chef Matthew Mosshart have never been confirmed. Kelly told an Aussie radio station this week, "I'm not telling you guys anything. When I have a ring on my finger, then you'll know I'm engaged."

In Sabbath news, the Best Buy version of their new album, 13, will contain a bonus track, "Naïveté in Black." 13 comes out on June 11th. A deluxe version of the album will come with four bonus tracks -- “Methademic," "Peace of Mind," "Pariah" and "Naïveté in Black."

Sabbath is in Perth, Australia on Saturday.

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH: Two Albums Are Better Than One

Following in the footsteps of Stone Sour, Five Finger Death Punch will release their new album in two parts.

The first volume of the as-yet-untitled project will be released on July 23rd, with the second due out in the fall. The band will debut the first single, "Lift Me Up," live at Revolver's Golden Gods Awards in Los Angeles on Thursday. They promise that their performance will feature "a very special surprise guest."

Five Finger Death Punch will co-headline the 2013 Mayhem Festival with Rob Zombie this summer. That tour kicks off on June 29th in San Bernadino, California.

BEASTIE BOYS: Playground to Be Named After Yauch

A Brooklyn playground will be named after late Beastie Boys member Adam Yauch on Friday.

A campaign to re-name a playground in the Brooklyn Heights area of the city where Yauch grew up was launched by a local blog last year. And after months of behind-the-scenes discussions, the New York Post reports that Palmetto Playground will be re-named in a ceremony that will be attended by local dignitaries and Beastie Boys' Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz and Michael "Mike D" Diamond.

Saturday will mark one year since Yauch died from throat cancer.

SUBLIME: Concert Package Due in June

The first-ever complete Sublime concert to be released on DVD and CD will be available on June 18th.

3 Ring Circus: Live at the Palace October 21, 1995 will be available as a DVD, a CD and a deluxe edition with the DVD, CD and a bonus DVD called Live at the Las Palmas Theater, which was shot on February 17th, 1995. All three versions can be pre-ordered now through Sublime's website.

SLASH: Adds More Summer Shows

Slash has added more shows to his U.S. summer run with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators.

The tour starts on July 5th in Naperville, Illinois and now wraps up on July 25th in Las Vegas.

PINK FLOYD: Man Tries Tries to Get Out of Medical Bill Claiming to Be Gilmour

A Minnesota man is being investigated by police after claiming to be Pink Floyd singer-guitarist David Gilmour while racking up a bill as high as $100,000 at St. Cloud Hospital.

Phillip Michael Schaeffer came to St. Cloud Hospital on April 20th for treatment and gave the name David Gilmour when he checked in, according to St. Cloud police. He claimed to not have any health insurance and was treated and released. After he left, hospital employees had suspicions that he wasn’t really Gilmour. So the next day, a security supervisor pulled up the security camera shots of the man to confirm those doubts.

When Schaeffer came back to the hospital on the 24th, he claimed he had health insurance from Lloyd’s of London. He was confronted by a police officer, admitted he wasn’t Gilmour and was taken to jail.

Schaeffer was released on April 25th. Police are still gathering evidence for possible charges.

ROLLING STONES: $85 & Counting

The Rolling Stones will release more cheaper seats at each show on their 50 and Counting tour.

The Stones kick things off on Friday in Los Angeles, and perhaps feeling the heat over high ticket prices, they've announced that fans will have a second opportunity to buy the $85 dollar seats, which sold out immediately when they first went on sale. Tickets will be available at this price once production at each venue is loaded in and availability can be determined. Some will be among the best seats in the house in the Tongue Pit, with others spread around the arena.

The Stones are asking that you register for the offer through their Facebook page, which you can also access through RollingStones.com. If you're among the lucky ones, you'll be notified the day of the show with sales on a first-come, first-served basis.

AEROSMITH: Hamilton Checks In

Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton has posted a note on Twitter explaining why he had to leave the band's Australian tour.

He writes, "Thanks to all my fans, friends and loved ones for all the interest in what's going on with me. Had to leave the tour early due to a lung infection. I'm under the best of care and will provide more information within the next couple of days. Thanks again for all the love and support."

David Hull from The Joe Perry Project has flown to Australia to take Hamilton's place, just as he did when Hamilton missed tours in 2006 and '11 when he underwent treatment for throat cancer.

KEITH RICHARDS: And He's Still Cooler Than You'll Ever Be

Keith Richards doesn't own an iPod, preferring instead to listen to CDs or records, and “sometimes cassettes.”

Keef explains, “It has much better sound, a much better sound than digital.” He says those who own all the latest digital music devices are “being shortchanged.” But he is a fan of their ease of use. “I know what these things can do. I'm not totally anti-them."

Richards and The Rolling Stones are in Los Angeles where they start their 50 and Counting tour Friday at the Staples Center.

Headlines for Wednesday,  May  1,  2013

ALTER BRIDGE: Starting Work on Album Four

Alter Bridge have started recording their fourth album.

They've posted a note on their website saying, "First up to record is Scott "Flip" Phillips on the drums. Stay tuned and we'll update you on the progress as time allows."

Getting all four members in the studio at the same time might take a while, as singer Myles Kennedy has a bunch of shows this summer with Slash and guitarist Mark Tremonti has a few dates coming up with his project Tremonti.

SALIVA: First Album With New Singer Set

Saliva will return this summer with their first album since singer Josey Scott left the band.

In It to Win It features vocalist Bobby Amaru, who joined the group after Scott departed in late 2011. The title track is available now through iTunes. No exact release date has been revealed yet for the full album.

Saliva return to the road May 8th in Lubbock, Texas.

DEF LEPPARD: Tweet With Joe

Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott will take to Twitter on Thursday for his first official Twitter question and answer session.

A post on the Def Leppard website says, "Joe will be answering your questions about Def Leppard, VIVA! Hysteria, Ded Flatbird, Down 'n' Outz or anything else on your mind live!" The chat starts at 5 p.m. ET. Submit your questions on Twitter to @Def_Leppard with the hashtag #AskJoe.

ROLLING STONES: Fans of George Jones

Keith Richards and former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman were saddened to hear about the death of country legend George Jones last Friday at the age of 81.
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Jones was planning a farewell tour that was set to wrap up in Nashville on November 22nd, with Keith making a surprise appearance. In a note to Jones about the show, Richards wrote, "Thank you so much for asking me to your gig. It's a real honor for me. I'll be there by hook or by crook." Keith is featured on two of George's recordings -- the 2005 greatest hits release The Bradley Barn Sessions and the title track of 2008's Burn Your Playhouse Down: The Unreleased Duets.

Bill Wyman says Jones was "the greatest country singer of all time. As a tribute to him, I played a selection of his music to myself all afternoon from my iTunes collection. I have 184 songs by him."

A public funeral will be held for Jones Thursday in Nashville.

PEARL JAM: New Album Sooner Than We Thought

Pearl Jam fans might have some new music sooner than they expected.

After various band members stated in interviews this year that the group was possibly only half done with its next album, guitarist Stone Gossard has now revealed that they're close to finished. Gossard tells Guerilla Candy, "It's almost done and as far as what it sounds like, it sounds like Pearl Jam. You're going to hear some rock songs and you're going to hear some quiet songs and you’ll hear some songs in between. That's all I can really say about it because we aren't talking about it yet so it doesn't make much sense for me to say anything."

Gossard doesn't comment about a possible release date, but with Pearl Jam scheduled to do a tour that will wrap up with their headline appearance at the Voodoo Music Experience in New Orleans in early November, a fall release looks likely.

AXL ROSE: Big Apple-Bound?

Axl Rose is reportedly looking for a new jungle -- New York City.

According to the New York Post, the perpetually late Guns n' Roses frontman is looking for a permanent pad in the city. He's previously rented an apartment in downtown Manhattan, but this time he's looking to buy.

Axl owns a mansion overlooking the Pacific in Malibu, California.

Headlines for Tuesday,  April  30,  2013

STONE SOUR, SLIPKNOT: Corey's Next Book

Corey Taylor has announced the publication date for his second book.

Taylor's Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Heaven (Or, How I Made Peace with the Paranormal and Stigmatized Zealots and Cynics in the Process) is due out on July 16th. This time around the Stone Sour and Slipknot frontman, according to his publisher, "journeys undercover through various ghostbusting groups who do their best to gather information and evidence about the existence of spirits."

Taylor's first book was 2011's Seven Deadly Sins.

ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME: So Tell Your Boss

Rolling Stone, the publication founded by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame co-founder Jann Wenner, has published a list of 10 acts their readers feel deserve to be inducted into the Hall. And like our list two weeks ago, they champion The Moody Blues, Chicago, Cheap Trick, KISS, Yes and their number-one choice, Deep Purple. Rounding out their list are Nirvana (who are eligible next year), Gram Parsons, Warren Zevon and The Smiths.

While Jann Wenner claims to not have a say on who gets in, there has been speculation to the contrary.

QUEENSRYCHE, DISTURBED: Another Fill In?

The members of Geoff Tate's Queensryche are going to need name tags to introduce each other soon.

After shuffling the lineup repeatedly as he recorded Frequency Unknown -- and announcing last week that ex-Whitesnake drummer Brian Tichy will fill in for Simon Wright for the entire month of June -- Tate has now announced that Disturbed bassist John Moyer will be replacing Rudy Sarzo for shows in mid-May and early June. Sarzo will be in Russia playing with his band Rockstar during that time.

ZZ TOP: All Boxed Up

ZZ Top has taken all their studio albums released between 1970 and 1990 and put them into one box set that they are conveniently calling The Complete Studio Albums (1970-1990).

The 10-CD set includes the albums initially released on the London label as well as the ones that followed on Warner Brothers -- from ZZ Tops’ First Album, released in 1971, through 1990’s Recycler. Each one comes in a wallet sleeve that faithfully reproduces the original artwork, including the gatefold designs used for Tres Hombres and Tejas. It also includes, for the first time on CD, the original mixes for ZZ Top's First Album, Rio Grande Mud and Tejas. It will be released on June 10th. ZZ starts their next leg of touring on Thursday in Newkirk, Oklahoma.

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BRIAN MAY: Tie The Voice Down

Queen guitarist Brian May has been a supporter of American Idol, having appeared on the show a few times. But don’t look for him to be on The Voice anytime soon. He says the U.K. version of the NBC show is “absolutely the dullest, dumbest, most depressing program on TV. It's also the ultimate insult to music and to performers.”

Featuring Tom Jones as one of the U.K. judges, who, with the others sits with his back to the contestants as they sing, May goes onto say, “It brings singing down to the level of a stupid obstacle course… This is not – NOT – what music is about. When we sing, or play, for real, we are NOT screaming at the top of our lungs trying to persuade someone to notice us. We have messages, we have subtle emotions, we have beauty, which can only be shared by a performer in front of an audience whose whole attention is already freely given. The performance is all about EVERYTHING the performer gives … in voice, in sound, in body language, in facial expression, in intimate eye contact. This stupid, stupid idea that someone can JUDGE a singer by turning his back on him, and missing out on proper contact, is, to me, a fatuous nonsense and actually poisonous to the growth of young performers. I hate seeing the great Tom Jones shoehorned into this scenario … it seems to deprive everyone who takes part of their dignity. I hope this vile program dies a natural death very soon.”

IRON MAIDEN: This Week's Police Blotter

There's a couple of Iron Maiden items that come straight from the police blotter.

Justin McBrain, the 20-year-old son of drummer Nicko McBrain, was arrested Friday in West Boca, Florida for allegedly burglarizing an occupied dwelling and second degree petty theft. A Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson says that deputies responded to the home after receiving a call that McBrain forced his way inside. The female homeowner reported that McBrain knocked repeatedly and then pushed his way in when the door was opened. McBrain allegedly rifled through the woman’s purse, taking a half-eaten chocolate bunny, half of an orange -- which he ate in the home -- a belly ring, cosmetics and a freezer pack.

An elderly Swedish couple face harassment charges after taking revenge on their neighbors by cranking an Iron Maiden song. A 71-year-old woman and her 81-year-old husband responded to a "whistling sound" coming from their neighbor's property by placing their stereo on the balcony, pointing it at the neighbor's house and blasted "Afraid to Shoot Strangers." The husband told police, "We wanted to give them a taste of their own medicine."

MOTLEY CRUE: Tommy Wants Chuckwagon Races Stopped

Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee has written an open letter in hopes of putting an end to the Calgary Stampede chuckwagon races.

Lee teamed up with PETA for the letter to the premier of Alberta, Alison Redford, asking for her support in shutting down the annual tradition that's held July 5th through the 14th this year. Lee writes, "I’ve heard about some unwilling participants in an annual local event much harsher than a Motley Crue show -- the horses killed year after year in the chuckwagon races at the Calgary Stampede. Every year, people around the world hear about the horses injured and killed. Since there are dozens of other events at the stampede that aren’t so fatal, won’t you pull the plug on the chuckwagon race?"

There's been no response from the premier's office, but an official with Alberta Agriculture tells the Canadian Press that the province would never ignore any signs of abuse.

BECK: Announces Acoustic Dates

Beck will be playing a few acoustic shows this summer. The brief run starts July 27th in Wantagh, New York with a set at the Americanarama festival, which also features Bob Dylan and Wilco.

Beck is reportedly working on a new album, which he originally started back in 2008.

BEASTIE BOYS: Sign a Book Deal

The surviving members of the Beastie Boys have signed a book deal.

Michael "Mike D" Diamond and Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz have signed a deal with Spiegel and Grau, the company that published rapper Jay-Z's 2010 book Decoded. The as-yet-untitled book is due out in fall 2015, according to the New York Times. The group had been in discussion about the memoir before Adam "MCA" Yauch became ill and then died in 2012.

Spiegel and Grau publisher Julie Grau tells the Times that Diamond and Horovitz are "interested in challenging the form and making the book a multi-dimensional experience. There is a kaleidoscopic frame of reference, and it asks a reader to keep up."

AEROSMITH: Hamilton Off Aussie Tour

Bassist Tom Hamilton has left Aerosmith's Australian tour due to a chest infection. He has flown back home to Boston, and David Hull from The Joe Perry Project has headed Down Under to take his place for the last two shows -- May 1st in Brisbane and the 4th in Melbourne.

Hamilton has had health issues since 2006 when he was diagnosed with throat cancer. Hull sat in for him on that year's tour and again in 2011 when the cancer returned.

Headlines for Monday,  April  29,  2013

ZAKK WYLDE: Hitting the Convention Circuit

Zakk Wylde will be heading to a horror convention next month.

Wylde will be one of the main attractions at Spooky Empire’s May-Hem, May 24th through the 26th at the Rosen Center in Orlando, Florida. He'll sign copies of his book Bringing Metal to the Children as well as Black Label Society memorabilia.

The convention also features appearances by cast members of The Walking Dead and American Horror Story.

SOCIAL DISTORTION: The Story of My Life (Really)

Social Distortion frontman Mike Ness has signed a deal to write his autobiography.

Story of My Life -- named after one of their biggest hits, off their 1990 self-titled album -- is due out in February 2014. The book is expected to cover Ness's descent into heroin addiction in the mid-'80s, how it almost broke up the band and how he's stayed clean and sober since 1985.

Social Distortion will kick off a month-long summer tour on June 1st in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

IN STORES THIS WEEK

The Airborne Toxic Event's Such Hot Blood is their third album.

Iron Man Three -- Heroes Fall: Music Inspired by the Motion Picture includes tracks by Imagine Dragons, Awolnation, Passion Pit, Neon Trees, Redlight King and others.

Tears on Tape is the eighth studio album from HIM.

Also in stores are the solo debut of Tom Keifer -- the frontman of Cinderella -- called Way Life Goes, and Midnight Oil's two-disc compilation Essential Oils.

CHEAP TRICK: Bowery-kan

Cheap Trick celebrated the 35th anniversary of their first night at the Budokan in Tokyo -- April 28th, 1978 -- by performing their Live at Budokan album in its entirety Sunday in designer John Varvatos's Bowery boutique in New York City, the former home of the legendary club CBGB.

They did the entire 19-song set that was released as part of the Complete Concert and 30th Anniversary packages. The original album, released in February 1979, only contained 10 songs. Sunday night's show was streamed on LiveStream.com. The Tricksters are good friends with Varvatos, having appeared in his 2008 ad campaign.

On Tuesday, Cheap Trick will do the same thing in Los Angeles at the El Rey, and that night they'll play the set they did on April 30th, 1978 at the Budokan. This show will air live on AXS-TV.

Sunday night’s set list:

"Hello There"

"Come On, Come On"

"ELO Kiddies"

"Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace"

"Big Eyes"

"Look Out"

"Downed"

"Can't Hold On"

"Oh Caroline"

"Surrender"

"Auf Wiedersehen"

"Need Your Love"

"High Roller"

"Southern Girls"

"I Want You to Want Me"

"California Man"

"Goodnight"

"Ain't That a Shame"

"Clock Strikes Ten"

GENE SIMMONS: Wants to Rock n' Roll All Nite and...Everyday

With Gene Simmons only married less than two years, he and Shannon Tweed are still in their honeymoon phase, despite being together 30 years. They want their privacy at their Beverly Hills mansion, which is why they have been shopping for a house for their two kids --24-year-old Nick and 20-year-old Sophie. They recently checked out a 38-hundred square foot home in Sherman Oaks, California, which had an asking price of $2-million. But, apparently the yard wasn’t big enough for their dogs.

PAUL RODGERS: Feels Like Making Soul

In addition to getting ready for Bad Company’s 40th anniversary tour this summer, singer Paul Rodgers has been recording in Memphis. “We recorded some soul tracks,” says Rodgers. “We’re gonna try and get those out before the end of this year.”

The last solo release from Rodgers was the 2011 song “With Our Love,” with all the proceeds going to horse charities. The Bad Company tour, with Lynyrd Skynyrd sharing the bill, starts June 20th in Auburn, Washington.

ROLLING STONES: Rock Small L.A. Club

The Rolling Stones warmed up for their 50 and Counting tour with a club show Saturday night at The Echoplex in Los Angeles. The 14 song, 90 minute set for 700 fans -- including actor Bruce Willis and No Doubt singer Gwen Stefani -- mixed classics like "Street Fighting Man," "Start Me Up" and "Brown Sugar" with covers of songs from Otis Redding ("That's How Strong My Love Is"), Chuck Berry ("Little Queenie") and The Temptations ("Just My Imagination"). Former Stones guitarist Mick Taylor joined the band for two songs from Let It Bleed -- "Love in Vain" and "Midnight Rambler."

 
Tickets to the Echoplex concert were sold earlier in the day for $20 in an unconventional lottery system that left some people who waited in line for hours empty-handed while later arrivals got in. Cameras and smartphones weren't allowed inside the Echoplex during the show.

The Stones' actual tour begins Friday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Rolling Stones Echoplex Setlist:

1) You Got Me Rocking

2) Respectable

3) She’s So Cold

4) Live With Me

5) Street Fighting Man

6) That’s How Strong My Love Is

7) Little Queenie

8) Just My Imagination

9) Miss You

10) Love In Vain (with Mick Taylor)

11) Midnight Rambler (with Mick Taylor)

12) Start Me Up

Encore:

13) Brown Sugar

14) Jumpin' Jack Flash

See video HERE!

DISTURBED: Really, We're Not Done

Apparently some Disturbed fans think the band's hiatus will last forever.

Even though singer David Draiman has said in multiple interviews for his side project Device that Disturbed will return, many fans aren't convinced. So guitarist Dan Donegan felt compelled to chime in after his side project Fight or Flight was revealed and say that Disturbed will continue.

Donegan posted a note on the Disturbed Facebook page that said, "We love [that] the fans that have given us this life and the outlet to express ourselves for many years now. This has just become another extension of us. I get it, I understand why some of you may be mad that we are all doing other things right now, but let me assure you that all of us are looking forward to the day we return as Disturbed to show you how much you mean to us."

Fight or Flight's debut album, A Life by Design?, is due out July 23rd.

IRON MAIDEN: Fans Know How to Drink

The makers of the new Iron Maiden beer didn't seem to know how popular the band is around the world.

London's Sun reports that the brewer Robinsons has had to go to a six-day work week to keep up with the demand for the Maiden brew, called Trooper. More than 100 countries have applied to stock the special cask ale, and in the U.K. alone, more than 250,000 pints have been pre-sold ahead of the May 9th release.

SLASH: Help Save the Sharks

Most people are afraid of sharks, but Slash isn't one of them.

The ex-Guns n' Roses/Velvet Revolver guitarist has filmed a PSA for Shark Friendly Marinas in which he discusses the slaughter of sharks and urges fans to help out. He says in the clip, "Recent data shows that over 100 million sharks are being killed a year. That’s three sharks every second. That’s unsustainable and it’s not cool. We need sharks to have a healthy ocean. Please get involved by ending the harvest. Don’t buy shark products, don’t fish for sharks and, if you happen to catch one, catch and release. Let it go.”

Watch Slash's PSA on YouTube.

TWISTED SISTER: How Hot Are You Gonna Take It?

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Add another rock act with his own hot sauce.

Twisted Sister guitarist Eddie Ojeda [prn: oh-HAY-duh] launched his Cherry Habanero hot sauce at last weekend's inaugural New York City Hot Sauce Expo in Brooklyn. He joins a list of hot sauce entrepreneurs that includes ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Aerosmith's Joe Perry, former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony, The Grateful Dead's Bob Weir, Guns n' Roses guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal and Black Label Society and onetime Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde.

For info on Eddie's hot sauce log onto OjedaSauces.com.


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