Fri
Mar

30


THE BLACK KEYS: Make Him Laugh


AEROSMITH: Three Months and Then Some


While Aerosmith promised to release their next album in three months during their press conference in Los Angeles on Wednesday, a source tells us it is looking more like the fall following their summer tour with Cheap Trick. However, bassist Tom Hamilton does say that they plan to release a few singles before the album. As for how the untitled album is sounding, Joe Perry says, "[It] sounds like dinosaurs eating cars -- musical dinosaurs with [a] sick beat. Is that a good thing?" This will be their album of original material since 2001's Just Push Play.

On Wednesday we spoke with Joe Perry after the press conference and asked him if there was any fallout from the 60 Minutes interview earlier this month in which he said the reason he never punched Steven Tyler is because he needs his jaw to sing. Perry says, "There's some truth to some of the things that were said," but he adds that, "Taken out of context can make things look so much more dramatic than they really are." But overall, Perry thought it was a good profile of the band.

THE BLACK KEYS: Make Him Laugh


The Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney is the one member of the duo that likes to say controversial things -- such as insulting Nickelback, and then half-apologizing to and half-insulting Nickelback again. Carney says his comments are by design to entertain his bandmate Dan Auerbach. He tells Spinner, "That's usually why I end up saying retarded [crap] sometimes, is just to get a rise out of him."

Carney says the duo has "booked studio time for two weeks in July. So I know we're going to start working on the next album in a couple of months. We haven't really talked about it. We just want to get in the studio and start."

ROLLING STONES: Need You to Provide Some Satisfaction


The Rolling Stones need your help. A post on their website says, "We're gearing up to celebrate our 50th anniversary with a lot of exciting plans, and we'd appreciate your help with some of them. Have you got any interesting photos, videos or audio of the band or band members? Maybe you filmed us on Super 8, stepping off the Isle of Wight ferry in 1964? Or perhaps you have made a VHS recording of us hanging out backstage at Madison Square Garden in 1981? Do you have a recording from our gig in Streatham in 1963? If you think you may have an amazing memento from our history, we'd love to hear from you. Send an email to: MemoryMotel@StonesArchive.com." The Stones are releasing a 50th anniversary documentary in the fall.

Ronnie Wood was a special guest Wednesday night at the first of Roger Daltrey's annual Teenage Cancer Trust benefits at London's Royal Albert Hall. He sang with Kelly Jones of Stereophonics. Paul McCartney headlined last night's (Thursday) show.

NICKELBACK: Big Juno Nominee

Nickelback are among the leading nominees for Sunday night's Juno Awards, Canada's version of the Grammys. They have four nominations, including Group of the Year, Single of the Year and Album of the Year.

Nickelback will also be among the performers at the Junos, which will take this year in Ottawa. William Shatner will host the show.

WARPED TOUR: Kick-off Event in L.A.


Van's Warped Tour held its annual press conference and kick-off party last night at Club Nokia in L.A. With members of over two dozen of this year's bands in the house, the event included a screening of the new Warped Tour movie No Room for Rock Stars and performances by Falling in Reverse, Matt Toka, Dead Sara (who also used the event as a record release party), The Used and Yellowcard. The show was broadcast live on Stickam.com.

Warped Tour will start June 16th in Salt Lake City and hit 38 other cities before wrapping up August 5th in Portland, Oregon. No Room for Rockstars will be released on DVD on May 15th.

SLASH: Something I've "Gotten" to Do


Slash has re-mixed "Gotten" -- with vocals from The Voice judge Adam Levine -- from his solo debut, and released it to raise funds for the Los Angeles Youth Network. You can download the song by making a donation to the group at SlashOnline.com/gotten.

Slash also filmed a video for the track with a cast that includes Judd Nelson from The Breakfast Club.


GUNS N' ROSES: Rhythm Section Reunion


A couple of ex-Guns n' Roses members will reunite just days before their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Ex-bassist Duff McKagan and ex-drummer Steven Adler are teaming up to present the Riff Lord award at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards on April 11th in Los Angeles.

GNR will be inducted into the Rock Hall on April 14th in Cleveland.

WEEZER, JANE'S, DEATH CAB: Another Summer Fest

Weezer, Death Cab for Cutie and Jane's Addiction have signed on to headline yet another new summer festival. The inaugural Bunbury Music Festival runs July 13th through the 15th at Sawyer Point and Yeatman's Cove in Cincinnati. The lineup also features O.A.R., Manchester Orchestra, The Airborne Toxic Event, Foxy Shazam and many more.

Weezer will also appear at the H2O Music Festival on June 9th in Dallas.

KISS: They Want You

KISS is looking to hire a member of the military to join their crew. They're seeking a roadie for their summer tour to help with the staging and pyrotechnics. Their ad says that applicants do not need to be a trained carpenter, but will work long hours. KISS, a financial supporter of the Wounded Warriors Foundation, made the offer in partnership with the Today Show and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Hiring Our Heroes campaign. To apply send your resume and details to HiringOurHeroes@uschamber.com.

KISS performs tonight (Friday) in New Orleans as part of the NCAA Men's Final Four weekend. The show will be streamed live online at 9 ET at www.uverse.com/KISS or http://uverse.us/UVerseKISS.

SALIVA, 12 STONES: Tour Together


Saliva and 12 Stones are teaming up for a fall tour. It kicks off April 18th in West Springfield, Virginia and runs for three weeks before wrapping up May 11th in Broussard, Louisiana.

12 Stones' new album, Beneath the Scars, is due out May 22nd.


Thu
Mar

29


LINKIN PARK: New Single in Two Weeks


AEROSMITH: Mum's the Word...Literally

Aerosmith held a press conference yesterday at The Grove, an outdoor mall in L.A., to announce their Global Warming tour, the dates for which they announced on Monday. Steven Tyler had promised "quite an entrance," and each of the four members (Brad Whitford is still on the Experience Hendrix tour and couldn't attend) arrived in a different vehicle -- bassist Tom Hamilton pulled in a rickshaw, Steven Tyler driving a green three-wheeler motocycle, Joey Kramer in his white Lamborghini Aventador and Joe Perry in a yellow taxicab. Jimmy Kimmel then introduced them as they hit the stage.

The only real news is that they have two more songs to go to finish their new album and that three of the song titles are "Legendary Child," "Beautiful" and "Out Go the Lights." Tyler says it will take a month-and-a-half to two months to mix, which means we may see it released by July. Hamilton says they'll release two singles before the album.

As for an album title, Joe Perry tells us they have a pact not to divulge that information, but Tyler adds that the album is "gonna be stupid good." This is their first studio album of original material since Just Push Play in 2001.

Aerosmith weren't the only rockers at The Grove yesterday. Paul Stanley of KISS was there with his family to see the Easter Bunny and do some shopping when he stumbled upon preparations for the press conference.

LINKIN PARK: New Single in Two Weeks


Linkin Park aren't wasting any time getting their new album out. The band announced yesterday that "Burn It Down," the first single from the as-yet-untitled album, would be hitting the airwaves on April 16th. The band was in Los Angeles yesterday shooting a video for the track.
There's no release date as of yet for the album, which will be Linkin Park's fifth

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: A Different E Street Band


Steven Van Zandt says the addition of a five-piece horn section in place of the late Clarence Clemons makes it feel as though the E Street Band is a "different" group.

"It's emotional for me to walk onstage without Clarence, and it always will be... So I think the more people onstage, the more that helps... In other words, you're not trying to replace them, you're doing a different thing... It's almost like you're in a different band, in a sense, even though the core of the band is still there."

Springsteen does his second of two nights in Philadelphia tonight.

Springsteen has posted a video of his performance of "American Skin (41 Shots)" from last Friday in Tampa on his website. He sang the song in protest of the shooting death of 17-year old Trayvon Martin last month in Sanford, Florida at the hands of a community watchman who said he was attacked by the hooded unarmed youth. Springsteen wrote the song in 2000 after another shooting death, this one in New York, of unarmed immigrant Amadou Diallo, who was shot 41 times by the NYPD.

And Backstreets, the Springsteen fanzine, has posted perhaps one of the best fan-shot videos on its website. It's of Springsteen performing "Talk to Me," his song that was made famous by Southside Johnny, last Friday in Tampa.

E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg has been in Philadelphia for a few days in advance of last night's and tonight's shows. On Tuesday he spoke at the National Museum of American Jewish History, and he also paid a visit to the National Constitution Center to see the Springsteen exhibit, From Asbury Park to the Promised Land. The exhibit features a wall where visitors can post a note naming their favorite Springsteen song and why. Max wrote, "If you can't dance to 'Ramrod,' check yourself!"

KORN: Ex-Drummer Arrest Won't Sideline New Band


Korn drummer David Silveria's DUI arrest over the weekend in Huntington Beach, California isn't sidelining his new band. The group, Infinika, has issued a statement saying, "The recent incident will not interfere with the release of the Infinika debut single on April 2nd, nor will it interfere with the band's plan to tour this summer."

NINE INCH NAILS: Trent Might Be Embarrassed by This


In the age of YouTube, no one can escape embarrassing performances from the past. Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor knows that now with a recently posted clip from 1989 that features him lip-synching to "Down In It" on a show called Dance Party U.S.A.

Last night Reznor took to his Twitter to issue a bunch of humorous tweets about the video. Reznor wrote:

"Many years ago, a young and naive Nine Inch Nails were asked what TV shows they'd be interested in appearing on. As a joke (and likely drunk), they thought of the most absurd choice they could come up with at the time. They were then informed their bluff had been called and were actually booked on said show. They hopped in their Honda Civic touring vehicle (hatchback) and travelled many miles to (I think) NJ for the big show. They had a laugh making fun of the people, their fashion choices and hairstyles. Life was good. Years later, the internet is discovered...There's a moral in there somewhere. Come to think of it, Skrillex may indeed owe me some publishing on that hairdo..." --

KISS: Live from the Big Easy


The KISS show tomorrow in New Orleans, part of the NCAA Men's Final Four weekend, will be streamed live online. The free show -- in person and online -- can be seen at 9 p.m. ET at www.uverse.com/KISS or http://uverse.us/UVerseKISS.

KISS will tour this summer on a bill with Motley Crue. Yesterday, Paul Stanley and his kids were at the Grove mall in Los Angeles looking for the Easter Bunny when he stumbled upon the Aerosmith tour press conference.

GREAT WHITE: Ex-Singer Sues Old Bandmates


Ex-Great White singer Jack Russell has filed a lawsuit against his former bandmates, claiming that they fired him and stole the group's name while he was recovering from surgery to repair a perforated bowel in 2011. Russell's suit says the release of Great White's new album Elation -- which is due out in May and features new singer Terry Ilous -- "will irretrievably alter the discography of the band, tarnishing and diluting the trademark, reputation and goodwill that plaintiff has developed over 30 years."

Russell is touring with his own band called Jack Russell's Great White.

ROB ZOMBIE: Best. Record. Ever


Rob Zombie sounds pretty confident about the album he'll start recording on June 1st. He says, "I have not felt this much excitement within the band since recording the first Hellbilly Deluxe record almost 15 years ago. We have been working on tons of songs for quite some time and I can safely say this will definitely be our best record yet."

QUEEN: Will It Be as Good as the Real Thing?


Queen has announced the dates for the Queen Extravaganza tribute tour. Drummer Roger Taylor put together the tribute band following a contest to find the best singers and players.

Taylor is the show's producer and music director. It will feature a full-on production headed by stage designer Mark Fisher, who's assembled such memorable concerts as The Wall for Pink Floyd and every Rolling Stones show since 1989. The lighting director is Willie Williams, who has lit every U2 concert.

The Queen Extravaganza touring band features four vocalists and five musicians. There were initially two vocalists, but they've since added two professionals -- Yvan Pedneault from Rock of Ages and Jeff Scott Soto, the onetime Journey singer for a heartbeat and friend of Queen guitarist Brian May.

6/1 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues

JACK WHITE: Slow the Needle on the Record


Jack White's Third Man Records has done a bunch of interesting vinyl releases over the past three years, but this one has to be the oddest -- and the slowest. The label has released a compilation of all their "Blue Series" singles on one piece of vinyl that's designed to play not at 33-and-a-third revolutions per minute, but three revolutions per minute. The label gave it away at its third anniversary party and says, "It's easy to play but impossible to hear."


Wed
Mar

28


JET: Are You Gonna Be My Band?


SOUNDGARDEN: Avengers With New Song


Soundgarden's first new song in 15 years, "Live to Rise," will be featured on Avengers Assemble, a 14-track compilation of music from and inspired by the upcoming film The Avengers. The album, which also features cuts from Shinedown, Five Finger Death Punch, Rise Against, Papa Roach and Theory of a Deadman, will be released on May 1st

Soundgarden has posted a 22-second clip of the song on YouTube -- but it cuts off before Chris Cornell sings one word.


AEROSMITH: What Will Be Revealed?


Steven Tyler made it a point last week to invite Aerosmith fans to their press conference this morning in Los Angeles, presumably to announce their summer tour, except they released the dates yesterday. There are no plans to perform, so, in addition to them hyping their Global Warming tour with Cheap Trick, here's hoping that they'll reveal details about the album they're working on, their first studio effort of all original material since 2001's Just Push Play. The press conference starts at 11:30 PT at The Grove in L.A.

ROGER DALTREY: A Tip of the Hat to Macca


Roger Daltrey kicks off his annual run of Teenage Cancer Trust benefit concerts tonight at London's Royal Albert Hall. Daltrey will perform tonight followed by Paul McCartney tomorrow and Pulp, Florence and the Machine and others later in the week. But, like many, Daltrey is most excited to have booked McCartney, who was supposed to do it last year.

"Paul has been brilliant," says Daltrey. "We almost got him last year but he couldn't make the date work. He said, 'I'll be there for you next year, Rog' --and here he is. He did a few extra shows in Europe to make it work so no one had to foot the bill of getting his show here -- and that means a lot. To see his full arena show in the Albert Hall will be a once-in-a-lifetime thing. He's the most iconic figure in the world."

The Trust raises funds to build special teenage cancer units within the U.K.'s National Health System.


BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: Meet Him in September in Atlantic City?


New Jersey governor Chris Christie is reaching out to fellow Garden State resident Bruce Springsteen to help Atlantic City, New Jersey by asking him to perform at the new Revel casino on Labor Day weekend. Christie is hopeful that the new casino, which wouldn't have been completed without state tax incentives, will help revive the struggling East Coast gambling town -- and that Springsteen, who once wrote a song called "Atlantic City," will be a big draw. A spokeswoman for Springsteen was unavailable for comment. Beyonce will open the casino on Memorial Day weekend.

Springsteen broke out four more tour premieres Monday night in Boston. They were "Thundercrack," "Jackson Cage" into "She's the One," and "Raise Your Hand" with a guest slot from a hometown singer, Peter Wolf from the J. Geils Band.

Springsteen starts a two-night run in Philadelphia tonight.


SLIPKNOT, LIMP BIZKIT: A Match Made in Heaven...or Hell

If you ever stayed awake all night wondering what Limp Bizkit and Slipknot might sound like mashed together, we'd say you can get some sleep as your prayers have been answered. Bizkit frontman Fred Durst and Slipknot DJ Sid Wilson have started collaborating on an EP. Wilson tells NME that they met up on a tour of Australia and that "I don't want to say too much, but it's definitely part of this new, dirtier approach to music making I'm doing right now. It's great to work with Fred -- he understands the harder edge of the world that I'm into."

STAIND: Aaron's Full Solo Album Due


Staind frontman Aaron Lewis will release his debut full-length country album The Road on June 26th. The album doesn't feature any of the songs on his 2011 country EP Town Line.

Staind bassist Johnny April is using some of his good fortune to help others. April donated $150,000 to Highland Ambulance in rural western Massachusetts so they could replace their vehicle from 1998. Highland serves six towns, including Goshen, where April now resides.

FOSTER THE PEOPLE: New Track to Hawk Converse


Foster the People frontman Mark Foster has collaborated on a new track called "Warrior" with singer Kimbra and DJ A-Trak. The song is part of Converse's Three Artists One Song project and will be used to promote the launch of the company's new footwear line available at Journeys locations.

You can download the audio and video for "Warrior" for free starting April 5th at Journeys.com/PlugInto.

KISS & ZEPPELIN: Draft or Bottle?


Gene Simmons is not a fan of alcohol, professing to never have gotten drunk. But that won't stop him from selling it. He will open his Rock & Brews restaurant and bar in the Los Angeles suburb of El Segundo on April 3rd followed by one in the Delta terminal at the Los Angeles International Airport, Tokyo, Nashville, Denver, six in Northern California, and one in Maui. And, of course, the KISS beer has just been unveiled in Sweden.

Jimmy Buffett also has his own line of beer, Land Shark, and so does Logan Plant, son of Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant. Logan owns the Beavertown Brewery in east London, and they have a line of micro-brews.

If you find yourself in any of the aforementioned establishments, ask if you can pay your tab with one of five new KISS Army Visa Platinum Rewards credit cards that the band has just unveiled.


PAUL RODGERS: Feel Like Crusin'


Paul Rodgers will be on board for the second Rock Legends Cruise next January. He'll be joined by Bachman & Turner, Foreigner, 38 Special, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, The Marshall Tucker Band, Blue Oyster Cult, Foghat, Molly Hatchet and many others for the five-day cruise, which sets sail from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on January 10th with a stop in Haiti before returning on the 14th.

All the money raised from the excursion will go to the Native American Heritage Association, which provide basic life necessities, including fuel assistance and medical transportation to 90,000 Native Americans.

The inaugural cruise, this past December, featured ZZ Top, George Thorogood, Steppenwolf and Dickey Betts.


JET: Are You Gonna Be My Band?


Jet have split up. The Australian rockers -- best known for the 2003 hits "Are You Gonna Be My Girl" and "Look What You've Done" -- have posted a note on their website that says, "After many successful years of writing, recording and touring, we wish to announce our discontinuation as a group. From the many pubs, theatres, stadiums and festivals all across the world, it was the fans that made our amazing story possible, and we wish to thank them all. Thank you, and goodnight."


Tue
Mar

27


ALLMAN BROTHERS: An Allman-Less Show


THE USED: THE BIRD IS FLYING
The Used have announced dates for a headling tour in support of their new album, 'Vulnerable'. The trek kicks off on May 12th and runs through July 11th.
May 31st in Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart's


Soul Asylum have signed a new record deal with 429 Records for their new album, 'Delayed Reaction'. The album is due out July 17th.

AEROSMITH: Why Put Off Until Tomorrow What You Could Do Yesterday?


Aerosmith decided not to wait until tomorrow's press conference to announce the dates for their Global Warming tour, revealing them yesterday instead. But bassist Tom Hamilton promises that tomorrow's event will not just be about the tour, but other "Aerotimely stuff." Presumably that means the new album they've been recording in L.A.

The tour starts June 16th in Minneapolis and runs through August 8th in Tacoma, Washington. Steven Tyler says, "The old Aerosmith is back with a new vengeance, and we will kick your ass and make out with your mothers." Cheap Trick, who last toured with Aerosmith in 2006, will open.

ALLMAN BROTHERS: An Allman-Less Show


The Allman Brothers wrapped up their 10-night stand at New York's Beacon Theatre Sunday night without their namesake, Gregg Allman. It was the first time they've ever performed without an Allman brother. Gregg has a bulging disc in his back that flared up, making it too painful for him to get on stage. His spokesman tells us he'll be evaluated and will undergo treatment at home in Savannah, Georgia, adding that "his condition is currently day to day, but he expects to meet all his confirmed obligations"

The band called in a number of special guests, including John Popper from Blues Traveler, Jimmy Hall from Wet Willie, keyboardist Bruce Katz from Allman's solo band and drummer Anton Fig from the David Letterman band.

Next up for the Allman Brothers is their annual Wanee Festival in Live Oak, Florida, April 20th and 21st.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: Brings Sunshine to Five-Year Old

Bruce Springsteen granted a Make-A-Wish last night before his show in Boston when he met with five-year old Carter Bernhard. He sang Carter's favorite song to him, "Waiting on a Sunny Day," signed a guitar and took pictures with him. Springsteen now heads to Philadelphia for shows tomorrow night and Thursday.

NEIL YOUNG: Causing Controversy


Neil Young's version of "God Save the Queen" on his collection of mostly American folks songs, Americana, is upsetting a few people, causing his label, Warner Brothers, to issue a statement, which in part says the song is "very much part of the fabric of our American heritage," and it has served as the "de facto national anthem of sorts before the establishment of The Union as we know it, until we came to adopt 'The Star Spangled Banner'"

"God Save the Queen" was adopted for "My Country, 'Tis of Thee," also known as "America," which served as the U.S. national anthem for more than a century after we achieved our independence from England. Americana will be out on June 5th.

BUCKCHERRY: Gearing Up for the Road


After spending the past few months working on a new album, Buckcherry will be returning to the road next month. Their tour starts on April 21st in San Antonio, Texas and hits 16 cities before wrapping up on June 2nd in Franklin, Ohio.

DISTURBED: More Details From Draiman


Disturbed frontman David Draiman has Tweeted more details about his upcoming side project. Draiman says it's industrial sounding, but definitely not dubstep like Korn's last album. He explains, "Industrial pre-dates dubstep... In other words, it is at all times a guitar-driven sound."

Draiman has also revealed that he's working with ex-Filter guitarist Geno Lenardo on the project.

QUEEN: Crazy Little Thing Called a Dream


Brian May says if he hadn't hooked up with Freddie Mercury, Roger Taylor and John Deacon to form Queen he would have liked to have been a member of AC/DC.

"I'm the wrong sort of size and shape, unfortunately," jokes May, who is much taller than all the members of the Australian band, but adds that his admiration for them stems from the fact that they are "different from Queen. Queen were very eclectic... But AC/DC are in a sense the opposite. They know their style and it's incredibly pure and I have a great respect for that. And every single note they play is AC/DC completely."

May is currently in South Africa where he is spearheading a conservation campaign with the Born Free Foundation, which plans to install 50 life-size lion sculptures at various locations around Cape Town next year as a reminder to change the way we act and react regarding the plight of these endangered cats.

BLACK SABBATH: Iommi Done with Chemo

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi says he has finished treatment for early stages of lymphoma. Writing on his website he says, "I've had the last dose of chemotherapy, so hopefully my body will start to get back to normal soon. The steroids were the [worst]. I've now got three weeks of radiotherapy coming up which I'm told can be very tiring, so we'll see."

He says despite the treatments, he, Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler "managed to work most days and have some great new tracks" for the original Sabbath's first studio album in 33 years.

However, because of the treatments, Sabbath has put their reunion tour on hold with the exception of one U.K. date, June 10th at the Download Festival in Derby, England, and one possible U.S. date in August.

SHINEDOWN: Smell the Amaryllis Today


Shinedown's fourth album, Amaryllis, is out today. It's been four years since The Sound of Madness and its six hit singles gave them their biggest audience yet. Frontman Brent Smith says they responded to the pressure following up that album by making things bigger this time around. He tells us, "We enhanced everything. There's a lot more orchestration, a lot more piano -- the musicality was heightened."

LIT: Re-Lit


Lit will release The View From the Bottom, their first album in eight years, on June 19th. The recording chronicles some of what the Southern California band has been through during that time, including the death of original drummer Allen Schellenberger in 2009.

Lit have taken on two new members since their last album -- Nathan Walker, who took over for Schellenberger, and guitarist Ryan Gillmor. They'll tour the Southeast starting on April 25th in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, then join the Summerland tour with Marcy Playground, Gin Blossoms, Everclear and Sugar Ray from late June through August.

Former Hole guitarist Eric Erlandson's book, Letters to Kurt, hits stores today. It contains his thoughts on Kurt Cobain's death and the role of drugs and rock and roll in 52 chapters of prose, poetry and free association.

April 5th will be the 18th anniversary of Kurt Cobain's death. May 24th will mark a decade since Courtney Love and Erlandson announced the end of Hole (which Love revived in 2009 without him).

IN OTHER NEWS


A live Joe Satriani concert film will be released simultaneously on CD, DVD and 3D Blu-ray on April 24th. Satchurated: Live in Montreal was shot in December 2010 during the Chickenfoot guitarist's solo Wormhole Tour.

Gene Simmons says he'll sport seven-and-a-half-inch high-heel boots when KISS tours this summer with Motley Crue.

The Faces, with Rod Stewart, will perform at their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 14th in Cleveland. They'll play three songs -- two by the Faces and one by The Small Faces, the band that became The Faces. Both line-ups are being inducted.

Paul Rodgers sat in with Canadian band The Sheepdogs Saturday at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto during Canadian Music Week. He sang three Free songs, including "All Right Now."

John Mellencamp will tour Canada from June 14th in Penticton, British Columbia through July 15th in Oshawa, Ontario.

Former R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck will make a guest appearance at Todd Rundgren's Musical Revival Camp at Full Moon Resort in New York's Catskills region on July 24th.


Mon
Mar

26


KISS: Rock Hall Riffing


EVERCLEAR: Five Band Tour

Everclear and Sugar Ray have put together what they hope will be an annual tour called Summerland. Gin Blossoms, Lit and Marcy Playground complete the bill for the inaugural outing, which kicks off June 28th in Saratoga, California. Tickets for many of the 26 announced shows will go on sale March 30th at SummerlandTour.net. Expect additional dates.
7/11 - Cincinnati, OH - PNC Pavilion at Riverbend


KISS: Rock Hall Riffing


KISS bassist Gene Simmons isn't pulling any punches over their exclusion from induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They've been eligible since 1999, but have been nominated only once, in 2009. He tells Rolling Stone, "It's become a joke. We've been thinking about it and the answer is simply, 'We'll just buy it and fire everybody.' In all seriousness for the fans, for something to be called Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is such an insult to Madonna, Blondie and Tone Loc... It's an insult to them because they don't get to be in the 'Dance Hall of Fame,' because that's what they do. They're legitimate dance, disco artists. They don't belong in rock and roll."
Paul Stanley adds, "The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has reached a point where they're really scrounging and scratching to find someone left that they consider viable. With all due respect, when you get to Patti Smith, you're about two steps away from Pete Seeger."

Just to be clear, Pete Seeger was inducted in 1996, and Tone Loc hasn't been -- and surely won't be -- inducted


QUEEN: They Will Rock You


Queen will launch a website for the Queen Extravaganza tribute band this week, complete with tour dates. Last fall, Queen drummer Roger Taylor held a contest to find six musicians for the ultimate officially sanctioned tribute tour, which will hit the U.S. this year. Taylor is the show's producer, and Queen guitarist Brian May will be involved in the production.
The Queen Extravaganza band will be:

Marc Martel (who looks and sounds like Freddie Mercury) and Jennifer Espinoza on vocals
Tristan Avakian and Brian Gresh on guitars
Tyler Warren on drums
Francois-Olivier Doyon on bass
Marc Martel says, "I'm confident we have what it takes to gel as a unit and give our best to do justice to some of the best rock music ever recorded. I am so thankful for the chance to do this. It's gonna be fun!"

KEITH RICHARDS: Has Yet to Get Satisfaction

According to Keith Richards, he has yet to capture his guitar playing perfectly in a song. "Everything I've ever done I thought I could have done better," he says in the "Ask Keith" section of his website. However, he adds, the effort to make a recording better than "just about right" "would have ruined it...you drive it into the ground." Richards is currently working on a new solo album.

EAGLES: Solo Flights


Before the Eagles re-group next month for a handful of dates, three of the four members are busy with solo projects.
Don Henley is still recording his country album, which will be out this summer.
Glenn Frey filmed a video last week for the song "Route 66" off his album of romantic ballads, After Hours, in stores May 8th.
Joe Walsh was in Cleveland last week recording with his pre-Eagles band, The James Gang, and with the band The Getaway.
The Eagles won't be going on a 40th anniversary tour this year, but it might happen in 2013 after they get done working on a two-DVD documentary of the their history. However, they start that handful of dates -- including three U.S. shows -- on April 4th in Cape Town, South Africa.


AEROSMITH: Big Announcement Wednesday


Aerosmith will hold a press conference Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. at The Grove, an outdoor mall in Los Angeles. It will most likely be about their U.S. summer tour and their next album, which they hope to release later this spring.

Steven Tyler teased the big announcement on Friday by tweeting that "something big [is] going down."

In case you missed it on Thursday, Aerosmith's Joe Perry made a surprise appearance on American Idol, which features Tyler as a judge. Perry played guitar while the Top 10 finalists sang "Happy Birthday" to Tyler, who turns 64 today.

JANUS: Hitting the Road, Watching the Gas Tank


With their second album, Nox Aeris, hitting stores tomorrow, Janus will return to the road following Wednesday's hometown release party show at the Cubby Bear in Chicago. They'll play a few nearby gigs this month, then hook up with Cavo on April 7th in Battle Creek, Michigan for a jaunt that will run almost all the way up to a May 25th appearance at the Rocklahoma festival.

Janus guitarist Mike Tyranski tells us that this year's ridiculous rise in gas prices has led him to calculate how the cost of filling up the van will affect the band's bottom line -- "so there shouldn't be any surprises."

PETE TOWNSHEND: He's a Buddy


Pete Townshend is now a member of the Buddy Holly Guitar Foundation. James Burton, guitarist for Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and so many others, recently welcomed Townshend into the fold and gave him a very special guitar, which has one original fret from Holly's 1943 Gibson J-45.
Artists are asked to name their favorite Holly song and a guitar is built in that name. Townshend's choice was "It's So Easy." The foundation, which also counts Graham Nash and Jackson Browne among its members, raises money for school music programs.

GUNS N' ROSES: Family Helped Duff Deal With Celebrity

Duff McKagan has been talking about the early days of Guns N' Roses as he promotes the paperback edition of his book It's So Easy (and Other Lies) in the days leading up to the band's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. On the Jim Rome Show last week, McKagan recalled visiting the supermarket and realizing that the band's first Rolling Stone cover had made them celebrities overnight -- and how being the youngest of eight kids helped him deal with it. "My older brothers and sisters never really bought into the whole thing," he says. "They kept me pretty grounded."


PARAMORE: Plagiarism Suit Dropped

A Florida band that accused Paramore of ripping off one of its tunes for the hit "The Only Exception" has decided not to pursue a lawsuit after all. Tenspoke Ladies had been demanding a payoff over copyright infringement, saying the song copies "introductions, arrangements, chord progression, key, melody, lyrical theme, rhythm and tempo" from its "Starfighter," but the suit has been dropped.
Paramore posted a note on its website saying, "There was never a doubt in our minds that the case would go any further, as this song, which Paramore wrote every note of, is very personal to them and one they are extremely proud of."

IN OTHER NEWS

"Biggest Fan", the first single from Sevendust spin-off group Call Me No One, is streaming now at Loudwire.com. A debut album, Last Parade, will be out June 5th.
Shinedown perform on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight.

To mark what would have been the 43rd anniversary of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's wedding, the Imagine Peace Tower in Reykjavik [pr: RAY-ke-a-vick], Iceland will be lit from 8 p.m. until midnight tonight and tomorrow. John and Yoko were married on March 20th, 1969 in Gibraltar after being refused permission to do so in Paris because of residency requirements.

Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover will appear at the Hard Rock Cafe's Street 2 Sanctuary event in Venice, Italy on April 27th. It's part of a campaign to help girls in Mumbai (the Indian capital formerly known as Bombay) who were forced into prostitution and their children, and place them under the care of the Bombay Teen Challenge.

Dave Davies of The Kinks will release a new album and announce a special event next month.


Fri
Mar

23


VAN HALEN: A Different Kind of Voice


GUNS N' ROSES: would you make up your mind

You can forget about the original Guns n' Roses performing together next month at their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Both Slash and Matt Sorum say it isn't happening.

Slash tells Canada's QMI Agency, "We're not playing. I would imagine that they asked us to play, but I know that we're not playing."
Sorum tells Billboard that there are no plans to play, even though they are all sitting together. But he does add, "After we get a little bit of food in us, hopefully someone will get up and want to play, but I don't know. I'm not the guy to ask. I just hope it works out."

U2: Bono Impersonator Confounds Gotcha Journalist


Conservative "gotcha" journalist Jason Mattera thought he'd scored a coup when he confronted U2's Bono at a Washington party and started firing questions at him about the band's tax practices. But after his video clip was posted, tweets came in with bad news for Mattera -- the guy he was talking to wasn't the U2 singer. Mattera has since taken his interview down, saying "I got punked. I thought I got Bono. I didn't. I got his impersonator apparently. Hats off to him. He got me -- and how."
The impersonator -- whose name is Pavel Sfera -- says he was waiting for Mattera to catch on that he wasn't the real Bono, but when that didn't happen, he answered Mattera's questions -- in his own voice. "I think in the end he was trying to find dirt, and I wasn't there to give it to him. I didn't speak as Bono or for Bono with an Irish accent."

U2: Bono Birthday Fundraiser Celebrates a Decade


The African Well Fund has launched their 10th annual "Build a Well for Bono's Birthday" fundraiser. Starting yesterday -- which was World Water Day -- and up through Bono's 52nd birthday on May 10th, the charity will raise money to fund a water, sanitation and hygiene project for schoolchildren in Burkina Faso, Africa.
The organization will also raise funds by selling limited-edition prints and t-shirts and by hosting a special eBay auction in May. Donors can also add their names and birthday wishes to a card that will be sent to Bono.

The group has raised over $200,000 for African water projects with the previous nine Bono's Birthday fundraisers.

VAN HALEN: A Different Kind of Voice


It's no secret that Van Halen is really guitarist Eddie Van Halen's band, but he's really never gone on the record about that -- until now. In the latest band video interview at Van-Halen.com, with David Lee Roth asking the questions, Eddie says the tone of his guitar is "the voice" of the group and that he can't sound like anyone else. Roth chimes in, "I consciously sound like other people, and I laugh when nobody gets it."
Eddie will bring his tone and Roth his impersonation when Van Halen's tour pulls into Atlantic City, New Jersey tomorrow (Saturday).

KISS: Because Every Album Needs a Companion Book

The new album from KISS, Monster, will have a companion book. Although they haven't released any details yet, they've posted a photo of guitarist Tommy Thayer going over proofs for the book at KISSOnline.com. Paul Stanley tells us that this is the year of the Monster and "everything we're doing is big and bombastic."

The book will publish in the summer, and the album comes out in either the late summer or the fall.

LINKIN PARK: No More Going Bonkers

Linkin Park fans can expect the band's next album to sound a bit more like the first two albums. Singer Chester Bennington tells Kerrang magazine, "With this album, we've incorporated a lot of guitar work with big choruses and the heavier electronic stuff to give it that really big wall of sound feeling without getting too metal. This will be more familiar to people than A Thousand Suns was, where we were like, 'We're just going to go bonkers.'"

NICKELBACK: Two New Videos at Once

Nickelback started their campaign for Here and Now with two singles released at the same time -- and now they're doing the same with two new videos. The first, "Lullaby," is on VH1.com now, while the second, "this Means War," will debut on XBOX Live on Tuesday

POISON: Brett's All-Star Guests

Poison frontman Brett Michaels has stacked his upcoming solo album, Get Your Rock On, with a roster of big-name guests.

Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen and My Darkest Day's Sal Costa play on "Get Your Ride On."
Michaels re-cut Poison's "Nothin' but a Good Time" with ex-KISS guitarist Ace Frehley and ex-Van Halen/Chickenfoot bassist Michael Anthony.
He also re-did "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" with Aerosmith's Joe Perry and country legend Loretta Lynn.
A cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama" features Skynyrd guitarists Gary Rossington and Rickey Medlocke.
Michaels and Jimmy Buffett sing together on a remake of Buffet's hit "Margaritaville."

WHITE STRIPES: Please, Stop Asking About a Reunion

White Stripes fans can be sure that Jack and Meg White will never get back together -- unless one of them runs out of money. Jack White tells NME there's no chance of a reunion, but "if we were forced to change our mind about that, I can only imagine the reason being if we went bankrupt or really needed the cash, which would be a really sad thing. I would probably be issuing an apology along with the announcement of the show dates."

BLACK KEYS: Sorry About That Nickelback

The Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney ticked off some Nickelback fans earlier this year when he said in an interview with Rolling Stone that "rock and roll is dying because people became okay with Nickelback being the biggest band in the world... So they became okay with the idea that the biggest rock band in the world is always going to be [crap]." Well, Carney has apologized -- sort of. In an interview with MTV Canada, Carney says, "I didn't mean to single them out, actually. It just came out. There's much worse bands than Nickelback. Maybe."

The Black Keys have signed on to headline the inaugural Catalpa Festival on Randall's Island in New York on July 28th and 29th.

ALICE IN CHAINS: Cantrell Honored

Alice in Chains singer-guitarist Jerry Cantrell will receive the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award at the eighth annual MusicCares MAP Fund benefit concert on May 31st in Los Angeles. Cantrell, who's a certified interventionist, will be honored "for his commitment to helping other addicts with the addiction and recovery process." Alice in Chains will perform at the event, with more performers to be announced.


Thu
Mar

22


STONE SOUR: The Construction Has Begun


GUNS N' ROSES: Price War Launches Hits


How much would you pay for a download of Guns n' Roses' Greatest Hits? Apparently the bargain price of 25 cents was enough to get 85,000 people to buy the album last week. First, the new Google Play download service marked GNR's Greatest Hits down to that figure, and then Amazon matched it. The sales increase of more than 600 percent pushed it to number-three, according to the latest SoundScan figures.

The 2004 collection has sold more than five million copies overall.

ROLLING STONES: Life Celebrates Their 50th


Life magazine will release the photo book The Rolling Stones: 50 Years of Rock 'n' Roll to celebrate Jagger, Richards and company's golden anniversary. The book, which is due May 15th, features shots from the publication and other sources, including stills from the legendary Altamont Festival documentary, Gimme Shelter.

Other books celebrating the Stones' 50th include the similarly named and already-published Rolling Stones: 50 Years of Rock, by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame curator Howard Kramer; the band's official anniversary publication, Rolling Stones: 50, which is due in July; and another photo book, Rolling Stones: 50 x 20 by Chris Murray, which hits stores August 14th.

STONE SOUR: The Construction Has Begun

Stone Sour have started work on their fourth album. Singer Corey Taylor Tweeted yesterday, "Construction on the new Stone Sour album began... It's gonna be a MONSTER." They're recording with producer David Bottrill, who's worked with Tool and Muse.

On an unrelated-to-Stone Sour note, Taylor ended his Tweet by writing, "Plus, maple syrup is yummy. That is all."

311: Unity Tour Announced


311's annual Unity Tour will see them team up with Slightly Stoopid this summer. The trek starts July 8th in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and visits 38 cities before it wraps up September 5th just outside Seattle.


KORN: Jonathan Visits the Troops


Korn frontman Jonathan Davis recently visited U.S. troops at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany. Davis spent time with wounded soldiers, did a signing appearance for fans -- and underwent bomb-disposal training. Davis's training included putting on a bomb suit, learning how to operate a bomb-disposal robot and taking a test that required him to pick up an egg with the robot's claw and drop it into a bowl without breaking it, which he did.


KISS: Media Monsters

KISS are definitely ramping up the public appearances to promote their upcoming album, Monster, and their tour with Motley Crue. Besides their previously announced March 30th performance as part of the college basketball Final Four in New Orleans, they'll be presenting the Best Vocal Group award at the 2012 Academy of Country Music Awards on CBS on April 1st. And they'll be performing two songs on ABC's Dancing With the Stars on April 9th.

VAN HALEN, PEARL JAM: One Heavy Auction

The annual Rock Gods and Metal Monsters Auction will return next month, with nearly a thousand items of heavy rock memorabilia up for grabs. The auction, which kicks off online on April 21st, includes guitars, amps, signed items, gold and platinum awards and other items from acts like KISS, Van Halen, Pearl Jam, Pantera and Dio. A preview of the catalog will be available starting April 14th at BackstageAuctions.com.

DIRTY HEADS: Second Album Coming in June


The Dirty Heads' second album will be titled Cabin by the Sea and will hit stores June 19th. They recorded it in Texas with Beastie Boys associate Mario C., and among the guests is Rome, who also appeared on their 2008 breakthrough hit "Lay Me Down." Other collaborators include Matisyahu, Del the Funky Homosapien and Ky-Mani Marley.

The first single off The Dirty Heads' Cabin by the Sea, "Spread Too Thin," is already hitting the airwaves.


VAN HALEN: More of the Good Old Days

Van Halen have posted yet another video of David Lee Roth talking to Alex and Eddie Van Halen about the band's roots and their early days. Check it out below. Van Halen's tour continues Saturday in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

KINGS X: Drummer Out of Hospital

King's X drummer Jerry Gaskill is finally out of the hospital three weeks after his heart attack and battle with pneumonia. Singer-bassist Doug Pinnick posted a picture on his Facebook page yesterday afternoon of Gaskill raising his fist as he walked out of the hospital.


Wed
Mar

21


DISTURBED: Draiman's New Project


KISS, MOTLEY CRUE: Summer Tour Announced
KISS and Motley Crue announced their summer co-headlining tour -- which will simply be called The Tour -- at a press conference in L.A. yesterday. The bands were introduced by comedian George Lopez. KISS and the Crue haven't toured together since 1982. Each act will do a 90-minute full-stage show at every stop.
As to exactly how it will work, we can tell you KISS will close the show and that the bands won't be playing together. KISS singer-guitarist Paul Stanley revealed to us that there will be two distinct stages for each band on one bigger stage and that the specifics are still being designed. Pressed for more details about the kind of spectacle fans can expect, Stanley and Gene Simmons both good-naturedly poked fun at Crue drummer Tommy Lee -- Stanley saying that he'd be playing only one drum and would raise it over his head as a finale, and Simmons "revealing" that they're working with scientists on a 3D version of Tommy's notorious sex tape, which can be used as a show opener.

As to whether the bands will be competitive with each other, Stanley calls it a matter of pride. "I think you go out there and want to be the best. Motley's going to go out there and kick ass, and that's what we're there for, too. If it's competition, it's healthy competition."

KISS has just finished recording their new album, Monster, but Stanley tells us he doesn't think it will be out before the tour, although its first single should be. Motley Crue have been working on material for a new album, which should be out next year. Bassist Nikki Sixx says they'll be performing a song they've already completed called "Sex" on the tour.
8/31 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend MusicCenter
9/1 - Noblesville, IN - Klipsch Music Center

COLDPLAY, MY MORNING JACKET: Guest on Lips Album

Coldplay's Chris Martin, My Morning Jacket's Jim James, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and Yoko Ono will guest on a vinyl-only album from The Flaming Lips. The Flaming Lips and Heavy Fwends -- yes, that's with a W -- will be released in a limited-edition double-disc vinyl set on Record Store Day, April 21st, only at independent record stores.

NEIL YOUNG: New LP in June, Book in Fall


Neil Young and Crazy Horse will release their album Americana on June 5th. On it, they electrify traditional folk songs such as "Oh Susannah," and "She'll Be Comin 'Round the Mountain," and they cover the doo-wop classic "Get a Job." The album also includes a cover of Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land" with guest vocals from Stephen Stills and Young's wife Pegi.

The day after Americana is released, Young will appear at Book Expo America in New York. He'll be interviewed about his upcoming memoir, Waging Heavy Peace, which is due out in the fall.

The tour starts July 20th in Bristow, Virginia and hits more than 40 cities before wrapping up September 23rd in Hartford, Connecticut. Most shows go on sale Friday

PINK FLOYD: Moon Is Eclipsed

Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon is no longer the seventh best-selling album of all-time in the U.K. -- it's been passed by Adele's 21. Dark Side has sold 4.12 million copies there since its release in 1973, but 21 has sold 4.14 million since it came out last year. 21 is just 12,000 copies away from number-six, Dire Straits' Brothers in Arms. The U.K.'s best-selling album of all-time is Queen's Greatest Hits, with 5.9 million sold.

Here in the U.S., The Dark Side of the Moon still holds the record for the longest tenure on Billboard's 200 chart -- 800 weeks, nearly double what any other record has achieved.

The top 10 biggest-selling albums in the U.K.:
1) Greatest Hits - Queen - 5,864,000
2) Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles - 5,045,000
3) Gold: Greatest Hits - ABBA - 4,992,000
4) (What's The Story) Morning Glory? - Oasis - 4,520,000
5) Thriller - Michael Jackson - 4,272,000
6) Brothers in Arms - Dire Straits - 4,154,000
7) 21 - Adele - 4,142,000
8) The Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd - 4,116,000
9) Bad - Michael Jackson - 3,960,000
10) Greatest Hits Two - Queen - 3,888,000

SAMMY HAGAR: The Next Food Network Star?


Sammy Hagar, TV chef? Hagar appreciates a good meal, which is no surprise considering that he owns a number of restaurants. And of course, a shot of his tequila or rum are never far away. So in May, you'll get to see him cook with his line of Beach Bar Rum when he joins Guy Fieri on the Food Network show Guy's Big Bite. Hagar says he had a "crazy time" with Fieri, who he calls his "brother-from-another-mother." He's posted some of the photos from the show on his website.

The Guy's Big Bite episode with Hagar will air on the Food Network on May 20th.

JACK WHITE: Adds More Shows

Jack White has added more shows around his various festival appearances in May. He starts with two nights in his new hometown of Nashville May 15th and 16th, plays the Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama May 18th, does two nights in New York May 21st and 22nd, plays the Sasquatch Music Festival in Quincy, Washington May 26th and wraps things up with two nights in Los Angeles May 30th and 31st.

DISTURBED: Draiman's New Project


Disturbed singer David Draiman has given fans a few hints about the project he'll be working on during the band's hiatus. He tweeted to various fans that the as-yet-unnamed project will feature a more "industrial" sound in the vein of Nine Inch Nails and Ministry. Draiman added that more about it will be revealed during his appearance on VH1 Classic's That Metal Show that will air on May 26th.

MARILYN MANSON: Depp Is "Vain"

Marilyn Manson and Johnny Depp have teamed up for a cover of Carly Simon's 1973 number-one hit "You're So Vain." It will be available as a bonus track on Manson's Born Villain album, which is due out May 1st.

Manson tells MTV UK he and Depp decided to do "a cover of a song which we thought was ironic for each other. He played drums and lead guitar, and I played guitar and sang... The video will probably be us looking at each other in a mirror.


Tue
Mar

20


SYSTEM OF A DOWN: Summer Shows Announced


KISS: Simmons Stepping Out on His Own


Gene Simmons will do a rare solo performance when he takes the stage at the Roxy in Los Angeles on April 12th for the Rock For Vets benefit concert. His band will be made up with members of the military and cameras will be rolling with highlights no doubt being show on his reality show, Family Jewels.

Simmons, a big supporter of the military, paid a visit to the Veterans Hospital in Long Beach, California the other day, saying it was "an honor." Last year KISS donated $500,000 to the Wounded Warriors fund.

KISS will perform tonight on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live shortly after making an announcement regarding their summer tour. And on March 30th KISS will do a free show in Woldenberg Park along the Mississippi River in New Orleans as part of the NCAA Men's Final Four weekend.

SYSTEM OF A DOWN: Summer Shows Announced


System of a Down will keep their reunion going this summer. They've just announced that they'll be headlining two hard rock festivals in Canada this August -- Heavy MTL in Montreal on the 11th and Heavy TO in Toronto on the 12th. There's no word yet if System is looking to play any U.S. shows around that time.

ROLLING STONES: Wyman's Words and Taylor's Turn


Former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman is writing his eighth book and second memoir on his time in the band. "I'm writing from the start," says Wyman. "My first, Stone Alone, covered 1962 to 1969 but was criticized for being too long and detailed. This is more reflective. I'm now up to 1973." Wyman was the first member of the Stones to write his autobiography followed by Ronnie Wood and Keith Richards.

And former Stones guitarist Mick Taylor will do a six-night residency at The Iridium jazz club in New York from May 9th to the 14th. On the 14th he will sit in with The Les Paul Trio. Les used to play The Iridium every Monday night until his passing in 2009.

AWOLNATION, NEON TREES: Co-Headlining Tour


Awolnation and Neon Trees are teaming up for a co-headlining tour. It kicks off on May 1st in Tulsa, Oklahoma and hits eight cities -- including Boston on May 7th and Charlotte, North Carolina on May 16th -- before wrapping up May on 18th in Columbia, South Carolina.

THE DOORS: A Brand New Woman


The Doors have put together a new video for their 1971 song, "L.A. Woman." It features professional skateboarders Kenny Anderson, Alex Olson and Braydon Szafranski giving a tour of Los Angeles with stops at Doors-related landmarks in Venice Beach and Hollywood.

METALLICA: See Preview of Lars's Acting Debut


A preview of Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich's acting debut -- playing someone other than himself -- has hit YouTube. The five-minute clip from the HBO film Hemingway and Gellhorn shows Ulrich briefly in his role as Dutch documentary filmmaker Joris Ivens. The movie, which stars Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman, debuts on HBO on May 28th

AEROSMITH: A Few Minutes Tyler Wishes He Could Get Back


Steven Tyler wishes last week's Aerosmith profile on 60 Minutes, which concentrated on their disagreements over the last few years, could have been more positive. He says, "We all realize we might have said a little too much. Being Italian, you know, there're some things you don't say. There was stuff we were going through." Among the things said -- Tyler on how the band rides his coattails and Joe Perry saying he never hit Tyler because Steven needs his jaw to sing.

Tyler is not the only member of the band to realize they said too much. Bassist Tom Hamilton tweets that he's "still recovering from 60 Minutes."


Mon
Mar

19


OZZY: 30 Years Since Randy


Korn: Indy!!!
According to twitter a New US show announced: 5/2 Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room at Old National Centre. Tix & VIP experiences available

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band welcomed a number of guests during their show Thursday at the Moody Theater in Austin, Texas as part of the South By Southwest music conference.


Tom Morello -- who joined the band earlier this month on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon -- played on the Wrecking Ball tracks "Death of My Hometown" and "Jack of All Trades," as well as "The Ghost of Tom Joad."

Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff did three of his own songs with the band, including "The Harder They Come" and "Many Rivers to Cross."

Animals' frontman Eric Burdon happened to be performing at South By Southwest and after Tweeting thanks to Springsteen for referencing his work during the keynote address, Burdon got an invite to perform "We Got to Get Out of This Place."

The show closed with "This Land is Your Land," with Joe Ely, Alejandro Escovedo and Arcade Fire's Win Butler, Will Butler and Regine Chassagne joining in.

ROLLING STONES: Mick and Keith Make Up


Rolling Stones mainstays Mick Jagger and Keith Richards seem to have patched up their differences. Jagger was upset at some things Richards wrote in his autobiography, Life.
In an interview for their upcoming 50th anniversary documentary, Jagger says, "In the 1980s...I got very involved with the business side of the Stones, mainly because I felt no one else was interested, but it's plain now from the book that Keith felt excluded, which is a pity. Time I reckon to move on."

Richards responds, "Mick's right. He and I have had conversations over the last year of a kind we have not had for an extremely long time, and that has been incredibly important to me. As far as the book goes, it was my story and it was very raw, as I meant it to be, but I know that some parts of it and some of the publicity really offended Mick, and I regret that."

JIMMY PAGE: Soundtrack Album Rising


Jimmy Page announced Friday that he's releasing an album of "avant-garde compositions and experiments" he recorded in the early 1970s. He's titled it Lucifer Rising and Other Sound Tracks because he wrote one of the songs for Kenneth Anger's film Lucifer Rising, though it wasn't used. The album will be available exclusively through JimmyPage.com starting tomorrow.
The album is pressed on heavyweight vinyl, sells for about $30 and has liner notes and commentary on each track. There's also a more expensive special run of 418 numbered copies, the first 93 of which Page has signed. He hasn't said if there's any significance to those numbers. A lottery today at 2:00 p.m. ET will determine who gets to buy the special editions.

PEARL JAM: Actual Band Time


With all of the members of Pearl Jam playing side-project shows this spring, it's surprising they'd actually have time to work together -- but that's what they've been doing the past two weeks. Guitarist Mike McCready tells the OC Weekly, "We're in the process of everyone bringing their demos and getting their songs out there." Pearl Jam are working once again with producer Brendan O'Brien. McCready adds that they haven't set a deadline to finish the album.
And here's Pearl Jam another side project to keep track of this spring -- McCready and his original Seattle band, Shadow, will play a couple of shows with Duff McKagan's Loaded in Costa Rica at the end of this month

RUSH: Neil Talks Drumming


Rush's Neil Peart will be a panelist at the Los Angeles Music Academy's third annual Drummer's Reality Camp June 27th through the 30th. On June 29th, Peart will join a roundtable discussion with other drummers to discuss their craft with camp attendees

OZZY: 30 Years Since Randy


On this day in 1982, Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Randy Rhoads was killed after the pilot of a small airplane attempted to "buzz" the tour bus where the other band members were sleeping. They succeeded twice, but the third attempt was botched. The left wing clipped the back side of the tour bus, tore the fiberglass roof then sent the plane spiraling. The plane severed the top of a pine tree and crashed into the garage of a nearby mansion, bursting into flames. He was 25.

Rhoads's fast-tapping style of playing on Ozzy's first two solo albums, Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman, has inspired countless guitar players over the past three decades.

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE: Old Bandmates Respond

The ex-bandmates of Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme have responded to his suit claiming they were trying to steal the name of their previous group together, Kyuss. John Garcia and Brant Bjork -- who've been touring under the Kyuss Lives name -- issued a statement that says, "We are both shocked and saddened that our friend and onetime bandmate has chosen to file a lawsuit against us, especially after having positive discussions since our reformation. We look forward to resolving this private matter behind closed doors and moving forward with work on our new album and connecting with our amazing, loyal fans."

GUNS N ROSES: Adler's New Band

The session that Slash did last week for his old Guns n' Roses bandmate Steven Adler was for a brand-new band the drummer has put together. The group Adler features singer Jacob Bunton and ex-Adler's Appetite guitarist Lonny Paul. Dokken and Foreigner bassist Jeff Pilson is co-producing their debut album.


Fri
Mar

16


AEROSMITH: New Film Song Revealed


ROLLING STONES: New Doc, Richards Solo LP Too


The Rolling Stones won't be touring this year, but they do have quite a few projects due this year.

Director Brett Morgen, who made the Robert Evans documentary The Kid Stays in the Picture, has a Stones film in the works covering their five-decade history. He tells Rolling Stone, "We've been looking under every rock going through their archives. It will be music never heard before, and I've conducted 50-plus hours of interviews so far. By the time we're done, they will be the most extensive group interviews they've ever done."

Keith Richards is working on a new solo album with producer and drummer Steve Jordan. Richards says, "We're not rushing it, 'cause there's no need to. But I'm quite surprised how much stuff is coming out of it."

AEROSMITH: New Film Song Revealed


Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford said last week that the band was going to have a song "in a major motion picture this summer" -- and now we know that the movie is GI Joe: Retaliation. The song is called "Legendary Child," which Aerosmith originally wrote during the Get a Grip sessions in 1992. Joe Perry revealed that the band has been mixing the song this week, and it's expected to be on their new studio album due out this year.

GI Joe: Retaliation will be in theaters on June 29th.

SHINEDOWN: Getting Into E-Books


Shinedown are not only releasing a new album, Amaryllis, on March 27th -- there's also publishing an e-book. For Your Sake: Inside the Making of Shinedown's Amaryllis is 75 pages long and will be available through the iTunes store for iPads. The e-book is broken down into four chapters and combines text and photos as well as videos with detailed commentary on making the album.

Singer Brent Smith says that, "As far as the music industry is concerned, it's the first of its kind." He adds that the band wanted to try this new medium since people are losing "the album experience" when they buy their music digitally.

GUNS N' ROSES: Slash and Adler Get Together

Even with all the drama surrounding Guns n' Roses the past two decades, Slash and Steven Adler have been able to stay friends. So it's no surprise that Slash Tweeted late last night, "Looking forward to laying down some guitars on a song for Steven Adler's new record tomorrow night."

Slash had Adler guest on his first solo album, and Adler played with Slash at a benefit concert in 2009.

TWISTED SISTER: Dee's Still In It


Celebrity Apprentice heads into its fifth week on Sunday, and Twisted Sister singer Dee Snider is still in it, despite a broken finger that required surgery. Snider says his goal isn't to be named the next Celebrity Apprentice, but to raise as much money as he can for his charity -- the March of Dimes -- and those of his fellow contestants. He says, "I'm the first one to get in line and do what I have to do to help a good cause." Celebrity Apprentice airs on NBC at 9 p.m. ET on Sunday.

Snider just turned 57 on Thursday.

GOTYE: Feels the Down Side of Success


Gotye is thrilled to have a worldwide hit with "Somebody That I Used to Know," but he admits that its success could keep him from putting out more music anytime soon. He tells BBC News that with all the touring he's committed to, he no longer has "time to play with stuff, which can be disappointing... Knowing myself and what it's taken to make records in the past, I kind of doubt I'll have another [album] in the next two or three years."

SEVENDUST: Side Project Title and Date


Call Me No One, the new side project from Sevendust guitarist Clint Lowery and drummer Morgan Rose, will release its debut album Last Parade on June 5th. The first single, "Biggest Fan," is due out in the middle of next month. There's still no word yet if the duo will tour behind the album.


Thu
Mar

15


MOTLEY CRUE: Tommy's Mother Dies


ROLLING STONES: No Tour This Year


It looks like Rolling Stones fans will have to wait until 2013 to see the band perform. Rolling Stone magazine quotes guitarist Keith Richards as saying, "Basically, we're just not ready. I have a feeling that [2013 is] more realistic." The magazine adds that "Stones insiders say that one reason for the delay is Richards' health, which has raised questions about his ability to make it through a worldwide tour." The report says the band is focusing on multi-night runs in various cities.

The article also reveals that when the Stones got together in London in December to play, former bassist Bill Wyman joined them for first time since he'd left in 1992. Mick Jagger says, "We played a lot of blues and outtakes of Some Girls and things like that. It went very well." Richards adds, "We're back in touch, which is great, because I hadn't really spoken to him for years." As for Wyman rejoining the band on the road, Richards added, "I think he's up for it. We talked about it. I'll let you know when I can."

COLDPLAY: On President's Playlist

Coldplay's Chris Martin still can't believe that our president listens to his band's music. He tells Britain's Express that he met Barack Obama, who told him, "I have your songs on my iPod." Martin says he thought, "I bet he says that to every pop star he meets," and still can't get his "head around the notion that the President would have any of my songs on his playlist. It's just too surreal.

VAN HALEN: Roth Stops Show to Yell at Fans


Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth halted the band's concert Tuesday night in Manchester, New Hampshire to yell at fans who were fighting in the crowd. The band was playing "(Oh) Pretty Woman" when Roth stopped the show and screamed, "Knock off the [bleeping] fighting! [Bleep] you! What do you think this is, a mosh pit? You've got all the best-looking women on the East Coast here, and all you can think of is [bleeping] fighting?" Roth ended his rant by telling Alex Van Halen to "start it back at the top. Let's do the whole thing over again."

Check out a clip of Roth's expletive-filled rant on YouTube.

MOTLEY CRUE: Tommy's Mother Dies

Our condolences go out to Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, whose mother passed away last Friday. No details have been revealed about the death of Vassiliki Papadimitriou [pr: voss-ILL-ee-kee pa-pa-dim-EE-tree-yoo]. Lee took to Twitter to call her "one of the loves of my life" and to thank fans for "all the kind words about my mom. Love you guys!

DUFF McKAGAN: Paperback Writer


The paperback edition of Duff McKagan's autobiography It's So Easy (And Other Lies) hits stores Tuesday. And with Guns N' Roses' Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction coming up on April 14th, Duff plans to celebrate its release with a combination reading and punk revue at Cleveland's House of Blues the night before the ceremony. McKagan describes the event as a "3D version of the book" that "incorporates pictures and video." He'll also have pedal steel and mandolin players behind him while he reads, "to set a mood and bring the book to life."

Prior to that, McKagan plans a similar signing event at Book Soup in L.A. on March 24th.


Wed
Mar

14


VAN HALEN: So Why Are They Kool Every Night?


SLASH, OZZY: Talk About the Strip in New Doc


Slash, Ozzy Osbourne, Motley Crue's Tommy Lee and members of Ratt are all interviewed in a new documentary called Sunset Strip that premieres Friday at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas. The film's producers say, "With its unconventional mix of storytelling, original concerts, live performances, animation and rare archival films, we dive into the mystique and hidden history of this curvy mile-and-a-half stretch of road that has steered world culture for nearly a century."

Velvet Revolver drummer Matt Sorum is one of the film's executive producers.

VAN HALEN: So Why Are They Kool Every Night?


Van Halen fans are getting a very different opening act on the band's latest tour -- 70s and 80s funk-hit makers Kool and the Gang. The band's co-founder Robert "Kool" Bell says the connection was made after David Lee Roth was impressed by their set at the Glastonbury Festival in England. -- Roth later told Bell, "You guys wrote 'Ladies Night,' and you 'Celebrate' and we 'Jump!' [So], why not?"

Van Halen's tour stops in Montreal, Canada tomorrow night.

LYNYRD SKYNYRD: More Dates Announced


Lynyrd Skynyrd have added more shows to their 2012 schedule. Their tour now starts April 21st in Choctaw, Mississippi and hits 14 North American cities, with a mid-summer stint in Europe in the middle. Their last date is September 1st in Atlanta.

SMASHING PUMPKINS: Corgan Hates "Poseurs"


Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan is one not to keep his opinions to himself, and on Monday during a panel at the South by Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas, he compared today's breakthrough artists to prostitutes. He said, "[Once you make that deal], you're just the fresh stripper." Corgan admitted that when he was coming up, "I knew I was being exploited, but there was a Faustian bargain to be made... I was part of a generation that changed the world -- and it was taken over by poseurs."

COLLECTIVE SOUL: Down With Dosage

Collective Soul are hitting the road this spring -- and they're joining the roster of acts performing a full album in its entirety. The band will do 1999's Dosage at each show as well as other hits and songs from their new album due out later this year. The tour -- which starts May 11th in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and runs through July 7th in their hometown of Atlanta -- will feature no opening act.

DISTURBED: Learn From Our Bassist


Disturbed bassist John Moyer has taught kids how to play bass at his Natural Ear Music School in Austin, Texas. Now he's teaching people everywhere with a new instructional video. Modern Metal Bass is a two-DVD instructional set in which Moyer shares the techniques he's used over the past 15 years he's been in bands. It's available now through RockHouseMethod.com.

KING'S X: Raise Money for Drummer


King's X are looking to fans to help drummer Jerry Gaskill as he recovers from the heart attack he suffered last month. They're selling a digital live album called Burning Down Boston, recorded in 1991, to help pay Gaskill's medical bills. The band is asking for a $20 donation for the download. More info is available at KingsXRocks.com.


Tue
Mar

13


Rocklahoma


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Here is the complete unadulterated uncensored (and i am sure more words come to mind but alas they cannot be said on here) lineup

Rob Zombie, Chickenfoot, Creed, Megadeth, Slash, Queensr├┐che, Chevelle, Jackyl, Theory of a Deadman, Hellyeah, Puddle of Mudd, P.O.D., Volbeat, The Darkness, 10 Years, Cavo, Adelitas Way, Black Stone Cherry, Pop Evil, Trivium, Red, Redlight King, Art of Dying, Aranda, Janus, New Medicine, James Durbin, Eve to Adam, Falling In Reverse, Rival Sons, Anti Mortem, Gypsy Pistoleros, Lillian Axe, Wildstreet, Firstryke, Black Tora, Sunset Riot, The Glitter Boys, Fist of Rage, Switchblade, Scarlett, S.E.X. Department, Ragdoll, Down & Dirty, Hessler, Lynam, Diemonds, Ruff Justice, Soulicit, Rocker Lips, Mine Enemies Fall, Echo Vendetta, A Good Fight, Sweatin' Bullets, Through the Thorns, Absence of Ink, For the Broken, EchoFuzz, Shotgun Rebels, Stun, Dagger, Unwritten Rulz, Desi & Cody, David Castro Band, McCuin, We the Ghost, Tiranico, Baron Von Swagger, TwoFold, Aformatic, Delay the Day, and Jamco Industries.


Tue
Mar

13


KORN: The Devil in Davis


SLIPKNOT: Lars Endorses Clown's New Photo Book


Slipknot's Shawn "Clown" Crahan has recruited his percussive peer Lars Ulrich to write the forward for his photo book Apocalyptic Nightmare Journey, which is set to publish in June. The book consists of experimental Polaroid shots, which Ulrich describes as "one [heck] of a ride that I can guarantee you will be unique, spellbinding and potentially life-altering. This book is everything that art should be."

KORN: The Devil in Davis


Korn frontman Jonathan Davis is exploring more of the electronic music the band incorporated into its sound with The Path to Totality. Davis is working on an EP of electronic music under the name J Devil that will be released later this year. He tells Rolling Stone that working in different genres "keeps me motivated. It keeps me being creative and not getting bored with music."

PINK FLOYD: Gilmour Makes Surprise Appearance


Pink Floyd singer-guitarist David Gilmour made a surprise appearance at a 60th birthday gathering for late Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy author Douglas Adams Sunday in London. Gilmour joined the house band for the event to do "Wish You Were Here," then stayed on stage to play guitar for the final two songs -- a cover of Chuck Berry's "Too Much Monkey Business" and Procol Harem's "A White Shade of Pale" sung by Gary Brooker.


DEF LEPPARD: Rick Art Change


Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen's is adding artist to his resume. Electric Hand: Rhythm + Change will be released on April 18th through RickAllenArt.com. The website says Allen is "translating rhythm into a visual art medium through an extensive process involving drumbeat, light, photography, and graphic design."

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE: Homme Sues Old Bandmates


Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme and his former Kyuss bandmate Scott Reeder have filed a trademark infringement and consumer fraud suit against their former bandmates John Garcia and Brant Bjork, who toured last year using the name Kyuss Lives! A statement from Homme and Reeder says, "We made every attempt to help them continue Kyuss Lives! respectfully. Only to discover...Kyuss Lives! management and band had filed federal documents in 2011 in an attempt to steal the name Kyuss... This is desperately what we were trying to avoid. It's a sad day for us and for [them], but most of all for the fans. What a needless mess."

RUSH: To Get Dio Lifetime Achievement Award

Rush will receive this year's Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards on April 11th event at L.A.'s Club Nokia,, it was announced yesterday. Tenacious D's Jack Black and Kyle Gass will present the trophy to the Canadian trio.

In addition, Korn, Yngvie Malmsteen, Trivium and Dee Snider have been added to the lineup of performers. Snider will sing Twisted Sister's "I Wanna Rock" with the previously announced Black Veil Brides.

It was also announced yesterday that a newly created video for "Piss," an unreleased song from Pantera's Vulgar Display of Power album, will be premiered at the show, and that the entire ceremony will be webcast live on X-Box Live and on X-Box and Revolver's Facebook pages.

LACUNA COIL: Headline Tour Announced


Lacuna Coil have announced plans for a headline tour that kicks off next month. The Dark Legacy jaunt starts April 7th and will see the band doing two hours of material each night. Dates through April 22nd in Albuquerque, New Mexico have been announced so far, with more coming in a couple of weeks.

HIVES: First Album in Five Years


The Hives are back with their first al bum in five years. Lex Hives is due out on the band's own label Disques Hives on June 5th. The Swedish band will debut songs from the album on their brief U.S tour next month based around their appearance at Coachella in Indio, California April 15th and 22nd.


Mon
Mar

12


DEF LEPPARD: Summer Tour Announced


AEROSMITH: 12 Out of 60 Minutes


Aerosmith appeared on 60 Minutes last night, and frontman Steven Tyler showed why he can get his bandmates angry. He told interviewer Lara Logan that the rest of the band "rides my coattails" and that his "perfectionism and my busting everyone's chops" is what "brings us the hits."

Guitarist Joe Perry said that he loves "certain sides" of Tyler and that he'll "put up with what I have to to have this guy in my band." As for his conflicts with Tyler, Perry says it never got physical because "he needs his jaw to sing." Tyler responded by wondering if that means they'll have a fight in the future and that "I sleep with one eye open when it comes to him"

Tyler and Perry weren't the only members to show their bickering side. During a segment with Brad Whitford, he called Tyler a great musician and the camera caught Joey Kramer and Tom Hamilton looking at each other in disbelief.

DEF LEPPARD: Summer Tour Announced


Def Leppard, Poison and Lita Ford will kick off their summer tour on June 20th in Salt Lake City, Utah. The first leg hits 18 cities -- including Las Vegas on June 23rd, Denver on June 25th, Atlanta on June 29th, Cleveland on July 6th and Chicago on July 19th -- before wrapping up at Rock Fest in Cadott, Wisconsin on July 22nd. More dates will be announced soon.
Def Leppard and Poison first toured together in the summer of 2009.

U2, VEDDER, COLDPLAY: Helping Mothers on New Comp


U2's Bono and The Edge, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Paul Simon and Edie Brickell, Dave Matthews Band, Beck and Coldplay have all contributed previously unreleased tracks to Every Mother Counts 2012. It's the second benefit album for the organization started by model Christy Turlington Burns, and it will be available at Starbucks locations throughout May.
Every Mother Counts' goal is to reduce the maternal mortality rate around the world.

RACONTEURS: First Live Video Due


The Raconteurs haven't been that active the past few years as Jack White and Brendan Benson have been working on solo albums. But you'll be able to relive the band's last tour with a new DVD and Blu-ray called Live at Montreux 2008. Due out June 19th, the disc was filmed at the long-running Switzerland festival. --Steve Reynolds
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GUNS N' ROSES: Don't Ask Duff About Induction


Duff McKagan still isn't sure how the original Guns N' Roses members plan to deal with their April 14th Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. "I can't really talk about it, because I don't know," the band's original bassist tells us. He also states that while awards like the Grammys and the Rock Hall Induction "have never been on my radar...it's an honor because the fans have made it so" via social media since it was announced in November.

McKagan won't discuss whether he's spoken about the induction with Guns frontman Axl Rose. In Duff's recent book, It's So Easy (and Other Lies), he writes about rekindling his friendship with Rose, but says he's realized that friendships are "really important" to him and "should remain private."

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE: Ex-Bassist Back in Court


Ex-Queens of the Stone Age bassist Nick Oliveri pleaded not guilty on Thursday to all five charges from his arrest last July after a police standoff in Hollywood. A pre-trial hearing has been set for April 13th. If convicted, Oliveri faces 15 years in jail.
Cops were called to Oliveri's home in July by a neighbor who reported a "disturbance" between him and his girlfriend. A five-hour standoff with a SWAT team ensued before Oliveri let his girlfriend leave. He was booked for domestic assault, two counts of possession of a controlled substance with a firearm, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, and one misdemeanor count of resisting, obstructing or delaying a peace officer.


Fri
Mar

09


VAN HALEN: Singers Two and Three Chime In


RUSH: Not Quite Official


A spokeswoman for Rush tells us that Amazon's listing of May 29th as the release date for their album Clockwork Angels is "not confirmed." This will be their first studio album since 2007's Snakes and Arrows.


VAN HALEN: Singers Two and Three Chime In


Former Van Halen singers Sammy Hagar and Gary Cherone have differing opinions on the new Van Halen album, A Different Kind of Truth, but they both hate the single "Tattoo You."

Hagar, who replaced David Lee Roth in 1985 and then came back for a 2004 reunion tour, says, "When I heard 'Tattoo,' that single...it wasn't a song that made me run out and buy their record... I heard another one that was kind of goofy too, and then I heard, on the radio, 'She's the Woman,' and I thought that was kind of cool."
Cherone, who replaced Hagar in 1996, says, "This record, for me, it's the best thing since Fair Warning. 'Tattoo' is the only misstep. You wait 28 years to hear Van Halen, and in the context of the record, it's not the best song by far."
Van Halen will be in Buffalo, New York tomorrow night and Cherone's hometown of Boston on Sunday.

Hagar has announced the dates for his annual Birthday Bash, October 7th, 9th, 11th and 13th at his Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Hagar turns 65 on the 13th.

SILVERSUN PICKUPS: Head to The Woods


Silversun Pickups will release their third album on May 8th. Neck of the Woods will be produced by Jacknife Lee (R.E.M., Snow Patrol). The first single, "Bloody Mary," is due out in two weeks.

Silversun Pickups only announced tour stop so far is the Sasquatch Music Festival on May 25th in George, Washington, but a full tour will be announced soon.

U2: Happy 25th


U2 released their fifth album, The Joshua Tree, 25 years ago today (Friday). This was the album that elevated them to superstar status thanks to such tracks as "Where the Streets Have No Name," "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," "With or Without You," "Bullet the Blue Sky" and "In God's Country." Two of those songs -- "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" and "With or Without You" -- went to number-one, with "Where the Streets Have No Name" parking itself at 13.

The album topped the charts in more than 20 countries and has sold more than 10 million copies in the U.S., including being the first album to sell more than a million copies on CD. But despite all the success, The Edge feels a little disappointed that they weren't able to "push up some of the other tunes, the ones on side two. I left feeling that we could've made an even better record." Among the songs on side two are "Red Hill Mining Town," "Trip Through Your Wires," "One Tree Hill," "Exit" and "Mothers of the Disappeared."

SLASH: I Thought I Was Stealing an Album


A man in England has been ordered to stay away from his eight-year-old daughter after the Slash album he thought he was downloading turned out to be child porn. Nigel Robinson reported himself to authorities, saying he had inadvertently downloaded pictures of "young girls" when he was trying to illegally download the ex-Guns n' Roses guitarist's first solo album. Officers contacted social services, which put the ban in place. Robinson's laptop was seized, and because of the long wait for analysis of computers in non-urgent cases, it could be a year before he's allowed to be alone with his daughter.

GARBAGE: Announce Single, Shows


The first single from Garbage's new album, Not Your Kind of People, is called "Blood for Poppies" and will be out late this month. Not Your Kind of People is due out on May 15th in a standard edition and a deluxe edition with four bonus tracks.

Garbage have announced a brief tour before People hits stores. It starts April 9th in Los Angeles and hits nine cities before wrapping up April 29th in Salt Lake City, Utah.

IN OTHER NEWS


Marilyn Manson's new album Born Villain will be out May 1st.

311's annual 311 Festival takes place this weekend in Las Vegas.

The Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan will take part in a panel called "No More (Music) Business as Usual" at the South by Southwest Interactive Festival Monday in Austin, Texas.

Aerosmith will be profiled Sunday night on 60 Minutes on CBS.


Thu
Mar

08


NICKELBACK: Tour Extended


RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS: Injured Foot = New Tunes


Red Hot Chili Peppers have taken advantage of their unexpected tour break, because of Anthony Kiedis's foot surgery, to come up with new material. Drummer Chad Smith, bassist Flea and guitarist Josh Klinghoffer got together in Los Angeles recently to jam. Smith tells Billboard, "We just rehearsed and came up with some ideas and new song ideas and stuff, and played together for two weeks, and it was really fun... Normally in [the] Chili Peppers world, we never really had this much of a kind of break in a tour. Before, if we had a month off, we would never get together and write song ideas -- we always wrote songs when it was time for an album cycle. But everyone just wanted to play."


RUSH: Done With Rush


Rush's music will no longer be heard on conservative talker Rush Limbaugh's radio show. Limbaugh, who is a classic rock fan, has played "The Spirit of Radio" going in and out of segments in the past but has acceded to the group's request. Earlier this week, Peter Gabriel asked that his song "Sledgehammer" not be used on the show. Last night, Fabulous Thunderbirds singer Kim Wilson issued a statement demanding that Limbaugh stop playing "Tuff Enuff." He said, "I don't want people to think that I'm affiliated with him."


Axl Rose clearly doesn't like to be woken up after an all-night party. After he and Guns N' Roses raged following an Orlando gig Saturday night, they arrived at Shore Club in Miami Beach on a tour bus Sunday afternoon. While the bleary-eyed band trooped inside the hotel, Rose "refused to get out of the bus for two hours because he was sleeping. When he was escorted upstairs, he asked that the floor-to-ceiling windows in his penthouse be completely blacked out, so he could sleep better." Or perhaps it was for privacy. Another source tells us that after their Monday night concert in Miami, the band "had a group of people escorted to the penthouse at 3 a.m., and they partied right through to 3 p.m. the next day."

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NICKELBACK: Tour Extended


Nickelback have added more shows to their upcoming North American tour. The last leg starts July 14th in Hershey, Pennsylvania and hits nine cities --including Cleveland on July 18th, Cincinnati on July 20th, Indianapolis on July 24th and Charlotte, North Carolina on July 27th -- before wrapping up on July 30th in Raleigh, North Carolina. Bush, who'd already been slated to open for Nickelback, have signed on for these additional dates as well. The tour starts April 10th in Moline, Illinois.

AEROSMITH: Performing on American Idol?

Aerosmith may be in line for a performance on American Idol, which features Steven Tyler as one of its judges. Guitarist Brad Whitford says, "We've got a new song that's gonna be used in a major motion picture this summer... We may even debut it on American Idol in May."

Whitford says their new album is coming along well, too. "The music is done -- we're just waiting to get some of the vocals added in. Hopefully, we'll have that done sooner rather than later. It's been a decade since we last had new music out, and I know I'm ready for it."

Whitford is now in Jimi Hendrix mode as he is on the Experience Hendrix tour, which is in Knoxville, Tennessee tonight.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: Racist Rock?


A University of Minnesota study claims that the music of Bruce Springsteen and other rock acts encourages racist tendencies. 138 students listened to a selection of different genres for seven minutes. They were then told to decide how to distribute funds among a wide range of ethnic groups. After listening to Springsteen and The White Stripes, they favored white-American groups. When they listened to Top 40, they distributed the funds equally. The students didn't know the music was part of the experiment.

Associate professor Silvia Knobloch-Westerwick says, "It shows that it is not just the lyrics that matter. Good old-fashioned rock and roll -- with no incendiary or hateful lyrics at all -- was enough of a cue."

Springsteen, who released Wrecking Ball, his 17th studio album, on Tuesday, will be featured on the cover of the March 16th issue of Rolling Stone. Interviewed by Jon Stewart, Springsteen discusses topics including the new album, politics, Wall Street and life without Clarence Clemons. He says, "Losing Clarence was like losing the rain. You're losing something that has been so elemental in your life for such a long time."

BLUR: Damon's Musical Album


Blur frontman Damon Albarn is finally releasing his first solo album. Dr. Dee is based upon the musical Albarn and Rufus Norris produced last year at the Manchester International Festival. The stage version will be done again this summer at the English National Opera. Albarn will also perform the album at OneFest in the U.K. on April 14th.

NEIL YOUNG: Third Concert Film Release Set


The third film in the concert trilogy from Neil Young and director Jonathan Demme will be in theaters June 29th. Neil Young Journeys features footage of Young's two shows at Toronto's Massey Hall in May 2011 interspersed with shots of him driving from his hometown to the gigs in a 1956 Ford Crown Victoria.

KISS, DEF LEP, GNR: And the All-Star Songs Will Be..

The Rock 'n' Roll All-Stars have released a preliminary set list of what they'll play when they tour South and Central America in April and May. With the show featuring Gene Simmons, Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott and three former members of Guns n' Roses, it will naturally be heavy with songs from those bands. There will also be material by Queen, Billy Idol, Deep Purple, Collective Soul and Mott the Hoople.

Duff McKagan:

It's So Easy

Sebastian Bach:
Welcome to the Jungle
I Remember You
Youth Gone Wild
Whole Lotta Love
Crazy Train

Glenn Hughes:
Highway Star
Burn
Smoke on the Water
Firewoman
Wildflower

Ed Roland:
Shine
Rebel Yell
Man in a Box (with Glenn Hughes)

Gilby Clarke:
Knockin' on Heavens Door

Joe Elliott:
Animal
All the Young Dudes
Sugar
Tie Your Mother Down

Gene Simmons:
Deuce
Doctor Love
I Love It Loud
Cold Gin
Rock and Roll all Nite


Thu
Mar

08



RUSH: Done With Rush(Posted 3:00 AM, 3/8/2012)


Rush's music will no longer be heard on conservative talker Rush Limbaugh's radio show. Limbaugh, who is a classic rock fan, has played "The Spirit of Radio" going in and out of segments in the past but has acceded to the group's request. Earlier this week, Peter Gabriel asked that his song "Sledgehammer" not be used on the show. Last night, Fabulous Thunderbirds singer Kim Wilson issued a statement demanding that Limbaugh stop playing "Tuff Enuff." He said, "I don't want people to think that I'm affiliated with him."

NICKELBACK: Tour Extended(Posted 3:00 AM, 3/8/2012)


Nickelback have added more shows to their upcoming North American tour. The last leg starts July 14th in Hershey, Pennsylvania and hits nine cities --including Cleveland on July 18th, Cincinnati on July 20th, Indianapolis on July 24th and Charlotte, North Carolina on July 27th -- before wrapping up on July 30th in Raleigh, North Carolina. Bush, who'd already been slated to open for Nickelback, have signed on for these additional dates as well. The tour starts April 10th in Moline, Illinois.

AEROSMITH: Performing on American Idol?(Posted 3:00 AM, 3/8/2012)


Aerosmith may be in line for a performance on American Idol, which features Steven Tyler as one of its judges. Guitarist Brad Whitford says, "We've got a new song that's gonna be used in a major motion picture this summer... We may even debut it on American Idol in May."

Whitford says their new album is coming along well, too. "The music is done -- we're just waiting to get some of the vocals added in. Hopefully, we'll have that done sooner rather than later. It's been a decade since we last had new music out, and I know I'm ready for it."

Whitford is now in Jimi Hendrix mode as he is on the Experience Hendrix tour, which is in Knoxville, Tennessee tonight.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: Racist Rock? (audio)(Posted 3:00 AM, 3/8/2012)

A University of Minnesota study claims that the music of Bruce Springsteen and other rock acts encourages racist tendencies. 138 students listened to a selection of different genres for seven minutes. They were then told to decide how to distribute funds among a wide range of ethnic groups. After listening to Springsteen and The White Stripes, they favored white-American groups. When they listened to Top 40, they distributed the funds equally. The students didn't know the music was part of the experiment.

Associate professor Silvia Knobloch-Westerwick says, "It shows that it is not just the lyrics that matter. Good old-fashioned rock and roll -- with no incendiary or hateful lyrics at all -- was enough of a cue."

Springsteen, who released Wrecking Ball, his 17th studio album, on Tuesday, will be featured on the cover of the March 16th issue of Rolling Stone. Interviewed by Jon Stewart, Springsteen discusses topics including the new album, politics, Wall Street and life without Clarence Clemons. He says, "Losing Clarence was like losing the rain. You're losing something that has been so elemental in your life for such a long time."

BLUR: Damon's Musical Album(Posted 3:00 AM, 3/8/2012)


Blur frontman Damon Albarn is finally releasing his first solo album. Dr. Dee is based upon the musical Albarn and Rufus Norris produced last year at the Manchester International Festival. The stage version will be done again this summer at the English National Opera. Albarn will also perform the album at OneFest in the U.K. on April 14th.

NEIL YOUNG: Third Concert Film Release Set(Posted 3:00 AM, 3/8/2012)


The third film in the concert trilogy from Neil Young and director Jonathan Demme will be in theaters June 29th. Neil Young Journeys features footage of Young's two shows at Toronto's Massey Hall in May 2011 interspersed with shots of him driving from his hometown to the gigs in a 1956 Ford Crown Victoria.

KISS, DEF LEP, GNR: And the All-Star Songs Will Be...(Posted 3:00 AM, 3/8/2012)

The Rock 'n' Roll All-Stars have released a preliminary set list of what they'll play when they tour South and Central America in April and May. With the show featuring Gene Simmons, Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott and three former members of Guns n' Roses, it will naturally be heavy with songs from those bands. There will also be material by Queen, Billy Idol, Deep Purple, Collective Soul and Mott the Hoople.

Duff McKagan:

It's So Easy

Sebastian Bach:
Welcome to the Jungle
I Remember You
Youth Gone Wild
Whole Lotta Love
Crazy Train

Glenn Hughes:
Highway Star
Burn
Smoke on the Water
Firewoman
Wildflower

Ed Roland:
Shine
Rebel Yell
Man in a Box (with Glenn Hughes)

Gilby Clarke:
Knockin' on Heavens Door

Joe Elliott:
Animal
All the Young Dudes
Sugar
Tie Your Mother Down

Gene Simmons:
Deuce
Doctor Love
I Love It Loud
Cold Gin
Rock and Roll all Nite


Wed
Mar

07


RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS: Frusciante Won't Attend Rock Hall Induction


BLACK KEYS: In a Hall of Fame


The Black Keys still have to wait 15 years before they're eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame -- but they've already made another hall of fame in Ohio. Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney were inducted into the Firestone High School Hall of Fame on Sunday in their hometown of Akron. The duo hung a picture of themselves on the school's wall and spent an hour touring classrooms and looking at their old yearbooks.

The visit was filmed for an upcoming piece on CBS Sunday Morning.

MOTLEY CRUE: What Took So Long?


Motley Crue singer Vince Neil is expanding his business empire by opening a topless nightclub in his hometown of Las Vegas. Vince Neil's Girls, Girls, Girls opens later this month. He says, "It's something I always wanted to do... But this will be...the first rock and roll strip joint... First, the girls will be edgier. Tattoos won't be banned. They will look like they stepped out of a music video. Hot, provocative and edgy... Second, the music isn't going to be boring. None of that house, generic strip club music. This will be full-on rock and roll."

Neil also owns two restaurants in Vegas.

RADIOHEAD: More New Songs and Rarities


It seems like Radiohead's goal on their new tour is to reward hardcore fans, as they unveiled another new song and a previously unplayed rarity Monday night in Dallas.

The new track is called "Skirting on the Surface," which frontman Thom Yorke played on tour with his side band, Atoms for Peace, in 2009.
The B-side they debuted was "The Amazing Sounds of Orgy," which was released in 2001 on the "Pyramid Song" single.

SAMMY HAGAR: More on Ronnie Montrose


Sammy Hagar has commented further on his friend and former bandmate Ronnie Montrose, who died on Saturday. He says they spoke "a couple of weeks ago... We were planning a Montrose reunion for my birthday in Cabo this year... On my 65th, on October 13th, I was planning on coming out with Montrose, doing the whole first album, then going in with my other band, and then bringing Chickenfoot out. I was going to try to [cover] my whole four decades for the fans that night ... I even played back on my message box, February 10th -- 'Hagar, Ronzo... call me back!'... It's [screwed] up that those songs will never be played by those four members again."

Montrose was 64 and had been fighting prostate cancer for five years.

DAVID GILMOUR: Chitty Chitty Bye Bye


David Gilmour is remembering composer Robert B. Sherman, best known for writing the Disney songs "It's a Small World After All" and "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious," and for co-writing "You're 16," which was covered by Ringo Starr. Sherman, who died on Monday in London, also co-wrote "Hushabye Mountain" from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, which Gilmour performed during his shows in 2001 and 2002. He's posted one of those performances of on his website.

RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS: Frusciante Won't Attend Rock Hall Induction


Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith says their former guitarist John Frusciante has declined their offer to attend the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony with them on April 14th. Smith tells Billboard that the group "totally respect" his decision, and calls Frusciante "the kind of guy, I think, that once he's finished with something he's just on to the next phase of his life. The Chili Peppers are not really on his radar right now."

Two of the group's three former drummers, Jack Irons and Cliff Martinez, will attend and join them for their performance at the ceremony.

AWOLNATION: Add Spring Shows


Awolnation have added more shows to their upcoming spring tour. It starts April 1st in Winnipeg, Canada and now visits 12 cities -- including Coachella in Indio, California April 14th and 21st. The jaunt wraps up April 29th in Tucson, Arizona.


Tue
Mar

06


DAVID GILMOUR: Six and Counting


OZZY: In an Animated State

On yesterday's 10th anniversary of the premiere of MTV's The Osbournes came news that Ozzy and his clan will be returning to television in an animated state, thanks to Cuppa Coffee Studios in Canada. They're creating 20 episodes of The F'n Osbournes, with Sharon and Jack Osbourne as executive producers. Sharon and Jack will also be helping to develop the show's scripts.

RADIOHEAD: New North American Dates(Posted 3:00 AM, 3/6/2012)


Radiohead have added another leg to their North American tour. The 12-date run starts May 29th in Mansfield, Massachusetts and includes two nights in Newark, New Jersey -- May 31st and June 1st -- as well as their June 8th headlining appearance at Bonnaroo in Manchester, Tennessee. It wraps up on June 16th in Toronto.

DAVID GILMOUR: Six and Counting


Six years ago today, David Gilmour released his first album in 22 years, On an Island -- and he's marking the anniversary by offering a free download and stream of the track "A Pocketful of Stones," which he co-wrote with his wife, Polly Samson. Just head to DavidGilmour.com.

We asked Gilmour six years ago if we would have to wait another 22 years for his next album. He told us, "I rather doubt it will be that long. I've got so much material left over from these sessions." Nothing yet -- let's see what happens over the next 16 years.

EAGLES: Them Sound Like Fighting Words


Rapper Frank Ocean couldn't care less if the Warner Music Group sues him over using the Eagles' "Hotel California" as the musical bed for his song "American Wedding." He says, "They threatened to sue if I perform it again. I think that's [bleeping] awesome. I guess if I play it at [the] Coachella [festival], it'll cost me a couple hundred racks. If I don't show up to court, it'll be a judgment against me and will probably show up on my credit report. Oh well. I try to buy my [crap with] cash anyway... Ain't [Don Henley] rich as [bleep]? Why sue the new guy? I didn't make a dime off that song. I released it for free. If anything, I'm paying homage."

A spokesman for the Eagles was unavailable for comment, but last week he said, "Frank Ocean did not merely 'sample' a portion of the Eagles' 'Hotel California' -- he took the whole master track, plus the song's existing melody, and replaced the lyrics with his own. This is not creative, let alone 'intimidating.' It's illegal."

TAKING BACK SUNDAY: Singer Crushed by Tree

Taking Back Sunday singer Adam Lazzara is lucky to be alive after a tree fell on him over the weekend. Lazzara and the band were at a studio in Michigan when he stepped outside for a smoke. The wind picked up and knocked a tree down onto his left leg. The rest of the band couldn't get the tree off Lazzara and had to call 911. Lazzara's leg will be in a cast for four to six weeks.
Lazzara tweeted pictures of his cast and the tree after it had been cut up by the fire department.

LINKIN PARK: Shinoda Movie Opens Wide


The Indonesian-made action movie scored by Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda in collaboration with Joe Trapanese has been re-titled The Raid: Redemption and is set to open nationwide on March 23rd. Before that happens, the two will take part in a couple of special programs:

Following a March 11th Austin, Texas screening as part of the South by Southwest conference, on March 13th they'll be on a panel there called Artists Scoring Film: New Trends in Composing.
On March 20th, they'll be at L.A.'s GrammyMuseum for an interview and Q&A session and will play clips from the film's score.

GODSMACK, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH: Rocking a Ship!

Godsmack, Five Finger Death Punch, P.O.D., Sevendust, Filter, Fuel, Black Stone Cherry and Queensryche's Geoff Tate will be on board the fourth annual ShipRocked cruise. It sets sail from Fort Lauderdale, Florida on November 27th and hits Key West, Florida and The Bahamas before returning to Fort Lauderdale on December 1st. More bands will be added soon.

JANE'S ADDICTION: More Escapist Dates


Jane's Addiction have added a second leg to their Theatre of the Escapists tour. This new leg starts May 7th in San Antonio on May 7th and visits 14 cities before wrapping up May 31st in Tucson, Arizona.

The band's current tour leg continues tonight in Montclair, New Jersey.

ROGER WATERS: Ashamed


Roger Waters says he's ashamed of England's colonial past and feels his homeland should return the Falkland Islands to Argentina. He says, "Clearly there needs to be a solution to the problem of the various varying claims. But my view is certainly [the 1982 Falklands conflict] saved Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's political career at the time at the cost of a great many Argentine and British lives, which disgusted me then and it still does now." Waters sang about the conflict on Pink Floyd's 1983 album The Final Cut.

Waters is touring Floyd's The Wall in South America and starts a nine-show run in Buenos Aires, Argentina tomorrow.

MAIDEN, SLIPKNOT, WHITESNAKE: Crank Up That Marshall!


The 50th anniversary of the Marshall amplifier will be celebrated at an all-star show at Wembley Arena in London on September 22nd. The show will be hosted by Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain and the lineup so far includes Chickenfoot guitarist Joe Satriani, Black Label Society guitarist Zakk Wylde, Whitesnake's Doug Aldrich and Brian Tichy, The Cult guitarist Billy Duffy and Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor.

WHITESNAKE: Taking a Year Off the Road


Whitesnake will take this year off from touring after being out all of 2011. A post on Whitesnake.com says they "plan to spend 2012 in the studio, mixing live recordings made during the 2011 tour. There are also plans to edit and mix a live concert DVD from the tour."

David Coverdale and company are working on a few other projects, including new material, though there are "no definite plans to record a full studio album at this time."

CHEAP TRICK, REO: Let Them Bat First

The New York Mets, who many believe will wind up in the cellar of baseball's National League Eastern Division this season, have added a couple of post-game concerts to their schedule to try to lure fans into Citi Field. You'll have to buy tickets for their game on June 15th against the Cincinnati Reds if you want to see REO Speedwagon, and for the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 20th to catch Cheap Trick.

IN OTHER NEWS

Metallica's Beyond Magnetic will be released on gray vinyl on Record Store Day, April 21st.

Arcade Fire will release a single of remixes of "Sprawl Two" and "Ready to Start" for Record Store Day on April 21st.

Tesla has joined the lineup of the Monsters of Rock Cruise March 16th through the 20th, 2013.

Aerosmith's Tom Hamilton is remembering their first publicist, Laura Kaufman, who recently passed away at her home in Los Angeles. He says, "She loved music and made it her life's work. Taken too soon."

Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer is sending his "thoughts and prayers" to families affected by tornadoes in the Midwest, saying it "makes you realize we need to put petty issues aside and be grateful for our blessings."

The recent In Performance at the White House featuring Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck, B.B. King, Buddy Guy and many others can be seen on the PBS website.


Mon
Mar

05


TED NUGENT: Mitt Scratch Fever


COLDPLAY, MUMFORD & SONS: Had a Ball


Coldplay and Mumford and Sons had New York's Radio City Music Hall rocking Sunday night at the Secret Policeman's Ball. The Amnesty International benefit featured three song sets from both acts as well as stand-up and sketches from an all-star roster of comedians.

Coldplay frontman Chris Martin thanked the crowd for staying for the whole three-hour show, joking that "you did so well for being here for nine hours." Martin provided unintentional comedy when he twice messed up the intro to "Paradise." He joked that the screw-ups were "all completely scripted." During their final song, "Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall," Martin ran up to the lower balcony of the hall while cannons shot out confetti.
Mumford and Sons did their hits "Little Lion Man" and "Roll Away Your Stone" as well as the as-yet-to-be released track "Ghost That We Know." Frontman Marcus Mumford said the band was honored to play "such a big place."
The comedians that performed included Russell Brand, Ben Stiller, Jon Stewart, Sarah Silverman, David Cross and Bob Odenkirk and most of the Saturday Night Live cast: Kristen Wiig, Seth Meyers, Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, Bobby Moynihan, Jay Pharoah and Jason Sudeikis.


RONNIE MONTROSE: Dead at 64


Ronnie Montrose, the guitarist that helped launch Sammy Hagar's career, died Saturday. He was 64. No official cause of death was announced, but he had been battling prostate cancer for the past five years.

A statement on his website says, "A few months ago, we held a surprise party for Ronnie's 64th birthday. He gave an impromptu speech, and told us that after a long life, filled with joy and hardship, he didn't take any of our love for granted... And true to form, he chose his own exit the way he chose his own life..."

Montrose got his start playing for Van Morrison on 1971's Tupelo Honey and 1972's St. Dominic's Preview. He joined the Edgar Winter Group to perform on "Frankenstein" and "Free Ride" before starting his own group, Montrose, in 1973, tapping Sammy Hagar as his singer.

Hagar issued a statement saying, "Ronnie Montrose gave me my first break as a songwriter, as a front man, as a recording artist, as a touring artist, and for that I will always be grateful. I was looking forward to a reunion for my birthday bash [in October] in Cabo with Denny [Carmassi], Bill [Church] and Ronnie - one of the few bands from that era where all four original members were still able to do it. It's a shame to lose Ronnie and I'm so sorry for his loved ones. Rest in peace."

Montrose continued on without Hagar, and released three more albums. Ronnie did nine albums as a solo artist.

Various musicians reacted to Montrose's death over the weekend:

KEITH RICHARDS: Crows at Rehearsal


Keith Richards has posted a video showing him rehearsing "Little Red Rooster" for last month's tribute to the late Hubert Sumlin in New York. Playing bottle neck acoustic guitar, Richards is joined by James Cotton on harmonica and Steve Jordan on drums. The show also featured appearances by Eric Clapton, Billy Gibbons and many others.

Richards and Mick Jagger paid for Sumlin's funeral in December.

STEVE VAN ZANDT: A Gangster, But Still a Rocker


Steve Van Zandt says he wasn't expecting to play a gangster again so soon after The Sopranos. But the longtime E Street Band guitarist has donned another toupee and is back in the Netflix original series Lilyhammer. Friday, on CBS This Morning, he said playing a mobster exiled to Norway in the Witness Protection Program was "just too much fun."

Music still comes first in his life -- especially as the new Bruce Springsteen album Wrecking Ball goes on sale tomorrow. Van Zandt said that unlike peers such as The Who or The Rolling Stones, they're not a nostalgia act. "What's inspiring is Bruce as a writer, continuing to write vital, important stuff." The band's tour kicks off March 18th in Atlanta.


U2: Hey Julie, Your Version Sucked


Ousted Spider-Man director Julie Taymor argues in court papers that the producers of the most expensive musical in Broadway history conspired to get rid of her. Her lawyers say, "While secretly conspiring to oust Taymor and use and change her work without pay, the producers also fraudulently induced Taymor to continue working and to diligently make improvements." She also claims the current version is no different than the one she put together.

Taymor was fired last March after the show underwent years of delays, accidents and a critical bashing. Since she was shown the door, the script was reworked and it has been packing in crowds since.

Taymor filed suit against the producers last November, claiming copyright infringement and violation of her creative rights. The producers filed a counterclaim in January against her copyright claims, which has led her to these latest allegations.

Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark features music and lyrics by Bono and The Edge.

ROB ZOMBIE: Time to Make Another Album


After spending much of the past six months working on his film The Lords of Salem, Rob Zombie is getting ready to return to music. After he and his band complete their tour with Megadeth this May, they'll start work on a new album. Zombie writes on Facebook, "We will be packing up the band and moving to remote location to record. No distractions, just music."
Zombie's last studio album was 2010's Hellbilly Deluxe Two.


METALLICA: Wear Your Metal

Metallica fans, you can now own bracelets made out of Kirk Hammett's guitar strings. WearYourMusic.org is selling the bracelets, which are custom made for your wrist size. Profits will go to the MusiCares charity.

CREAM: Ginger's Not So Sweet


The documentary on Cream drummer Ginger Baker, which we first reported on in 2009, is done and will be screened multiple times at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas starting Saturday. Beware of Mr. Baker features not only the mad antics of its subject, who's seen hitting the film's director, Jay Bulger, but also has interviews with Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Charlie Watts, Graeme Edge, Stewart Copeland, Bill Ward, Chad Smith, Mickey Hart, Simon Kirke, Carlos Santana, Nick Mason, Carmine Appice, Lars Ulrich, Neil Peart, Denny Laine, Johnny Lydon, Marky Ramone and many others.
The 73-year-old Baker lives on a ranch in South Africa where he raises polo ponies.

KISS: A Monster of an Announcement Coming in a Month

Gene Simmons says KISS will make a big announcement in about a month that will "be enough news for two years." He's no doubt referring to the release of their next album, Monster, as well as a tour.

On March 15th Simmons and Paul Stanley will help open the KISS miniature golf course in Las Vegas. Then in April and May, Simmons will be part of the Rock 'N' Roll All-Stars tour of South America along with Def Leppard's Joe Elliott, Matt Sorum and Duff McKagan of Velvet Revolver, former Deep Purple singer and bassist Glenn Hughes, Sebastian Bach and many others.

ARCADE FIRE: Lecture About Haiti

Arcade Fire will be guest lecturers at the University of Texas in Austin on March 19th. Band members Win Butler, Regine Chassagne, Will Butler and Marika Anthony-Shaw will talk about the economic and humanitarian crisis in Haiti, and their volunteer efforts in the region.
Arcade Fire have been outspoken in their support of Haiti, where singer and multi-instrumentalist Chassagne was born. They've raised well over $1 million for relief efforts over the past two years.

SAMMY HAGAR: His Empire Keeps Growing


Sammy Hagar is getting set to open another restaurant. Sammy's Rockin' Island Bar and Grill will open its doors in September in the Sacramento, California suburb of Roseville. Housed inside a former JC Penney, it's part of a re-building of the city's downtown area. Unlike Sammy's Beach Bar and Grill, which has five locations at airports and casinos around the country, this restaurant is larger and is in a stand-alone building.

OZZY: His Brood Came Into Your House 10 Years Ago Today

The Osbournes, one of the first celebrity-based reality shows, debuted on MTV on this day in 2002. Following the hi-jinks of Ozzy, Sharon and two of their three kids, Jack and Kelly, the show elevated the family to international stardom, while many felt it cast Ozzy in a bad light as a stuttering, stammering, drug and alcohol ingesting individual who could do nothing without the help of Sharon. While all the profanity was censored by MTV, it was loud and clear in Canada, the U.K. and Australia.

The show ran for three years and at the end Ozzy admitted that he was "stoned during the entire filming of The Osbournes." He later said, "It was like an experiment that went wildly out of control..." The show launched Sharon's TV career. She is currently seen on two shows -- The Talk and America's Got Talent.

TED NUGENT: Mitt Scratch Fever


Ted Nugent has officially thrown his support behind Mitt Romney for the Republican nomination for president. The announcement, made on his Twitter feed, says, "After a long heart and soul conversation with Mitt Romney, I concluded this good man will properly represent we the people and I endorsed him."

It will be interesting this spring and summer on the Midwest Rock 'N Roll Express tour with Nugent, REO Speedwagon and Styx as REO's Kevin Cronin has given permission to President Obama to use "Roll With the Changes" on his campaign.


Fri
Mar

02


VELVET REVOLVER: Sorum Launches New Arts Charity


COLDPLAY, MUMFORD: Have a Ball Sunday

Coldplay and Mumford and Sons will headline the Amnesty International benefit the Secret Policeman's Ball Sunday night at New York's Radio City Music Hall. Comedians Jon Stewart, Russell Brand, Stephen Colbert and Reggie Watts will also be taking part. The concert will be shown live on the EPIX channel.

Monty Python's John Cleese launched the Secret Policeman's Ball concerts in 1976 in England.

U2: The Edge's Homeless Doc Airs Tonight (audio) (Posted 3:00 AM, 3/2/2012)


The Break, the documentary about three homeless teens executive-produced by U2 guitarist The Edge, airs on MTV tonight (Friday) at 8:00 [ET/PT].

The Edge says, "One of the aims of the shows is to get an intelligent audience to think differently about homelessness and homeless people."

The Edge also wrote the theme song ("No Home Like Place") and the score for the film.

ROCK 'N' ROLL ALLSTARS: Talk Latin American Tour Details


About half the musicians participating in the upcoming Rock 'N' Roll Allstars tour of South and Central America took part in a press conference yesterday (Thursday) at the Roxy Theater in West Hollywood. Gene Simmons, Matt Sorum, Duff McKagan, Gilby Clarke, Sebastian Bach and Glen Hughes discussed about how it came about, where it will go, what's in store for fans who attend and possible plans for the future.

Although McKagan recalls Sorum first floating the idea for a tour that would combine members of many bands into a supergroup playing songs by all the bands almost 15 years ago, the current tour originated with Sorum earlier this winter. He brought it to promoter Gabe Reed, and the two of them began to make it happen.

Sorum envisions a two hour show with between 22 and 24 hit songs, including KISS's "Rock and Roll All Night," Def Leppard's "Pour Some Sugar on Me," Guns N' Roses' "Paradise City" and "Sweet Child O' Mine," Billy Idol's "Rebel Yell" and Deep Purple's "Burn."

Reed says the show could eventually go to Europe and then North America, but Sorum cautions that they want to wait to see how South America goes before proceeding in other places. Simmons says he will have his wife, Shannon Tweed, and son, Nick, with him, along with the Simmons Family Jewels camera crew. Reed says they have not yet addressed other filming or recording of the tour.

Def Leppard's Joe Elliott, Mike Inez of Alice in Chains, Billy Idol guitarist Steve Stevens, The Cult's Billy Duffy and Collective Soul's Ed Roland were unable to attend the event, but will also be on hand for the tour.

EAGLES: Never Mess With Them


Hip-hop artist Frank Ocean could be facing a lawsuit after sampling the Eagles' "Hotel California" for his 2011 song "American Wedding" without permission. Don Henley says he's considering his legal options, and according to Spin, Warner Music Group, which owns the master recording, has already threatened to sue. A spokesman for the Eagles says, "Frank Ocean did not merely 'sample' a portion of the Eagles' 'Hotel California' -- he took the whole master track, plus the song's existing melody, and replaced the lyrics with his own."

Ocean's song and video have been pulled from numerous websites.

CAGE THE ELEPHANT: Really, No Rest for Them


Cage the Elephant will be back on the road next month. The jaunt starts April 13th in Charlotte and includes appearances at the Hangout Music Fest in Gulf Shores, Alabama on May 20th, the Orion Music and More Festival in Atlantic City, New Jersey June 23rd and the Governors Ball Music Festival in New York June 24th.

LIMP BIZKIT: Well, That Didn't Take Long

Limp Bizkit aren't wasting any time on their new deal with rap label Cash Money Records. Frontman Fred Durst has teamed up with his new labelmate (and wannabe rocker) Lil' Wayne for a new single called "Ready to Go." The track is due out digitally next week.

Limp Bizkit will start work on their debut album for the label later this month when they return from an Australian tour.

PEARL JAM: McCready Takes Flight


Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready is going on the road with his side project Flight to Mars. The band -- a tribute to U.F.O. -- will start their West Coast run May 14th in Santa Ana, California and wrap up in their hometown of Seattle May 23rd. Proceeds from the tour will go to Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America's Camp Oasis.

AC/DC: Johnson and Williams Moonlighting

AC/DC's website has just posted a video of the band's Brian Johnson and Cliff Williams sitting in last month with The Greg Billings Band at Marina Jacks in Sarasota, Florida. Among the songs they played were "You Shook Me All Night Long" and The Beatles' "Hey Jude." Both Johnson and Williams live in the area -- they're the only two members of AC/DC who live in the U.S.

VELVET REVOLVER: Sorum Launches New Arts Charity


Velvet Revolver drummer Matt Sorum will launch his Adopt the Arts charity with an all-star event on March 18th in Hollywood. Hosted by Glee star Jane Lynch, the show will feature a performance from Sorum's cover band The Magnificent Seven, which includes Billy Idol guitarist Steve Stevens and Sugar Ray singer Mark McGrath. The night will also include a silent auction of guitars autographed by Slash and The Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan.


Thu
Mar

01


GODSMACK: Sully's Next Solo Jaunt


AEROSMITH: A Title Is Revealed


Joe Perry has revealed the title of one of the songs Aerosmith is recording. He says he plays acoustic guitar on "Oasis in the Night." He adds that another song, the title of which he won't reveal, features the "nastiest funk rock ever" and is reminiscent of "'Last Child' on steroids."

Aerosmith are recording in L.A. and hope to have their album out in the late spring.

GODSMACK: Sully's Next Solo Jaunt


Godsmack singer Sully Erna will kick off a solo tour in March. Only four dates have been announced so far -- March 30th in Sayreville, New Jersey; April 1st in Huntington, New York; April 6th in North Tonawanda, New York; and April 7th in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania -- but more shows will be announced soon.

Erna will be supporting Avalon Live, a live box set due out in late spring. It includes three DVDs, two CDs, a book and more. A single-disc DVD and Blu-ray will be out in the fall.

U2: Edge Talks Doc

The Break is a documentary about three homeless youths airing on MTV tomorrow night that was conceived and executive produced by U2 guitarist The Edge. He says the documentary was inspired by his own reactions to homeless people he saw on the street. He says he wanted to challenge his "lazy mind" with questions like, "Why am I assuming they're probably an alcoholic or a drug addict? Why am I assuming that they have mental problems? Why am I assuming that they don't want to work?"
The Break features a score from The Edge as well as a theme song called "No Home Like Place."

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: Clarence's Swan Song


The song Bruce Springsteen is streaming today off his new album, Wrecking Ball, features the last saxophone solo Clarence Clemons recorded for his Boss. Springsteen says when he hears the solo in "Land of Hope and Dreams" "it's a lovely moment." Clemons died last June at 69 following a massive stroke. To hear the song, log onto BruceSpringsteen.net.

Tomorrow's final stream is "We Are Alive." Wrecking Ball will be out Tuesday.

Elvis Costello will be tonight's guest paying tribute to Springsteen on NBC's Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. He'll play "Brilliant Disguise" from Tunnel of Love. Springsteen will wrap up the tribute week tomorrow night as the only guest for the entire hour.


SEETHER: iTunes Box Set Due

Seether will be combining all their releases into one digital box set on iTunes. The Seether Collection will include all four of their studio albums, their live album One Cold Night, as well as other assorted tracks. The set comes with special digital artwork and liner notes for each release. The Seether Collection can be downloaded starting Tuesday.

KING'S X: Drummer Update


King's X drummer Jerry Gaskill is still in intensive care after suffering a heart attack last weekend. The band's Facebook page says, "Jerry is still on a ventilator while also dealing with pneumonia in both lungs but is recovering. Doctors say it's a slow process but things are headed in the right direction. Good news!

DEEP PURPLE: Lord Is Fighting


Former Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord has headed to Israel to undergo special treatment for pancreatic cancer. Purple drummer Ian Paice says it's in the "really early, early stages. And we know it's not a good one -- whether there is a good one -- but so far all the news from Jon is great. There are no more cancer cells being produced, and those that are lying dormant are being, hopefully, wiped out as we speak by a brand-new treatment... So we're already thinking that he may be back working in April or May."

The 70-year-old Lord retired from Purple in 2002.

FOO FIGHTERS: Dave's Voice Needs a Rest

Foo Fighters have had to cancel their Japanese tour, which was due to kick off next week, because Dave Grohl has been ordered to go on vocal rest. The Japanese promoters issued a statement from the band that says, "It wasn't an easy decision by any stretch, but after carefully considering medical advice, we felt we had no choice. We hate to disappoint our fans in Japan and hope you'll all understand and that we'll see you all in the not too distant future."

Foo Fighters are scheduled to return to the road on April 1st at Lollapalooza Chile.


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