FOO FIGHTERS: Hear Grohl as a Country Producer

Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl has gotten a new country EP named after himself.

The Zac Brown Band's The Grohl Sessions Vol. 1 will be released through iTunes on December 10th and it features four songs Grohl produced for the country act. Grohl guests on drums on two songs, and the group is also joined on the EP by Allman Brothers Band bassist Oteil Burbridge.

Check out Grohl talking about the EP on YouTube now.

GODSMACK: Sully Movie Release Set

The film debut of Godsmack frontman Sully Erna will be released on demand Tuesday.

Army of the Damned follows the crew of a hit reality TV series who follow a team of local cops in a small town. Things go very wrong after the cops are summoned to a house on a "domestic disturbance" call. The film is set for a DVD release on January 14th.

SOUNDGARDEN: New Rarities Album Next?

With Soundgarden's first two EPs, Screaming Life and Fopp, reissued Tuesday, guitarist Kim Thayil says their next release could be a compilation of rare past recordings that have never been on an album.

Thayil, who long ago was designated the keeper of the group's catalog, says he first spoke about doing this type of collection as far back as 1995. He calls his lack of attention to the project "almost 20 years of backburner neglect," but says he returned to it about four years ago and finally has "taken some action toward getting the ball rolling." He also plans an eventual remixed re-release of the band's first studio album, Ultramega OK.

As for any new Soundgarden material, don't expect anything soon. Thayil calls a follow-up to 2012's King Animal album "something that we'll look at in the next two years."

U2: Really, Nothing to Worry About With Spidey

U2 frontman Bono is either delusional or doesn't know all the financial failures of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark

The musical, which features songs from Bono and The Edge, was the most expensive in Broadway history, and it's estimated to have lost its producers more than $60 million. Somehow, the singer looks at it a positive experience, saying, "When you think of the difficult birth that we had with Turn Off the Dark, it's worked out so well... Three hugely successful years, and then it's off to Germany, it's off to Las Vegas."

Speaking like a person who didn't invest any of his own money, Bono adds, "It was a lot more expensive than it should have been, but in the long term it very, very well."

Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark wraps up its Broadway run on January 4th.

SYSTEM OF A DOWN: Calendar Empty

System of a Down played just one U.S. show this year, at the Hollywood Bowl in their native L.A., and frontman Serj Tankian tells us that as of now, the band has nothing on its schedule -- for the next couple of years.

"We don't have any plans for 2014 at this point, or 2015. We just finished 14 dates in Europe, with a lot of festivals and a few headliner dates, so we're going to take some time and decide what we want to do."

Tankian does say that he'd like to hit the road with his interactive art exhibit, Disarming Time, which ran for a week in Hollywood earlier this month.

"There will be other exhibitions, I don't know where, I don't know when. And we want to do them with other artists, as well, because I think that will open up a whole new world."

METALLICA: A Request Fest in Europe

Metallica are letting fans pick the band's set lists in Europe next summer.

The group says the brief trek in Europe will give them a break from working on a new album. Fans who buy tickets to the European dates will be sent an email with a link to vote. The band explains, "We normally play around 18 songs a night, and since we didn't want to be left out of the fun, the band also gets to vote -- and we vote for a new song! That leaves the other 17 slots for you to choose, so vote for all your favorites from the close to 140 songs we've recorded in our career."

Only three shows in Germany in June 2014 have been announced so far.

LOST PROPHETS: Singer Pleads Guilty to Pedophile Charges

Ex-Lost Prophets singer Ian Watkins has pleaded guilty to 13 sexual offenses against children.

Watkins, who had previously denied all 23 charges facing him, took a deal with prosecutors in Wales where he pleaded to two charges of attempting to rape a baby; three counts of sexual assault involving children; six involving taking, making or possessing indecent images of children; and one of possessing an extreme pornographic image involving a sex act on an animal.

The two women who'd been charged with Watkins also pleaded guilty to attempted rape of a baby, charges of sexual assault, and taking and distributing an indecent photograph of a child.

The BBC reports that the plea came after the opening arguments of the case, where the prosecution said Watkins filmed and kept the episodes of abuse that were recovered by police and that "some of the evidence was too extreme and distressing to report." After the deal was struck, the judge called the jury into court and told them: "There will not be a trial in this case. The defendants have all pleaded guilty to nearly all the charges against them. The prosecution does not seek a trial in these circumstances. You have been saved from having to watch extremely graphic and distressing material."

The BBC report also suggests that Watkins and the children's mothers may have forced the children to take drugs.

Watkins will be sentenced on December 18th.



HINDER: Winkler Says He's Sober

Ex-Hinder singer Austin Winkler has issued a statement about his departure from the band.

Winkler, who split from the band last week, says, "I wish the guys nothing but the best in the future. I want to thank each and every one of you all for your love and support over the years, and especially over the last four months on my road to recovery. All the messages you sent me on Twitter and Instagram really helped me get through this difficult time in my life. I'm happy to say I've been sober for 150 days. I'm really passionate about the new project I'm working on. I have been in the studio nonstop and can't wait to share this new music with you."

SEVENDUST: Fans Fund New Acoustic Album

Sevendust are having their fans help finance the band's next album.

They have opened a Pledge Music drive for a new acoustic album they'll be recording in January. The album reached over 90-percent of funding in just three days. The album, due out in the spring, will be a collection of brand-new songs along with re-recorded songs from their catalog.

30 SECONDS TO MARS: Doc to Get Digital Release

Jared Leto's documentary about 30 Seconds to Mars's battle with their label will finally be released.

The film, Artifact, will be sold through iTunes starting on December 3rd. Leto directed the film under the name Bartholomew Cubbins and has screened it at many festivals since completing it in 2010.

Check out a trailer for the film on YouTube.

SASQUATCH: Two Holiday Weekends in 2014

The Sasquatch Music Festival is expanding in 2014.

The promoters of the fest, which takes place Memorial Day weekend (May 23 through the 25th) at the Gorge Amphitheater in Quincy, Washington, are adding a second event on Fourth of July weekend (July 4th through the 6th). Unlike Coachella and the Austin City Limits Festival, which have also expanded to two weekends, the lineups for both Sasquatch events will be completely different.

Discounted pass for both weekends go on sale Friday through


Tributes to Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham and Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Randy Rhoads will be held in January.

The shows are being organized by ex-Whitesnake/Billy Idol drummer Brian Tichy around the NAMM convention in Anaheim, California.

The Bonzo Bash Namm Jamm will take place January 23rd at The Observatory in Santa Ana, California. The list of drummers taking part include Vanilla Fudge's Carmine Appice, Lynyrd Skynyrd's Michael Cartellone, Korn's Ray Luzier, Buckcherry's Xavier Muriel and Jane's Addiction's Stephen Perkins.

Randy Rhoads Remembered: A Celebration of a Legend will be held January 23rd at The Observatory, with a lineup of guitarists to be announced.

BEASTIE BOYS: Why Are You Suing Us?

Beastie Boys are being sued -- for essentially asking why a company used their song in an ad.

The toy company GoldieBlox, which used "Girls" in an online viral ad, filed a suit against the band and others on Thursday to establish that their parody was fair use of the song. The suit states the company "created its parody video specifically to comment on the Beastie Boys song, and to further the company's goal to break down gender stereotypes." The suit adds that the video "has been recognized by the press and the public as a parody and criticism of the original song."

On Monday Beastie members Ad Rock and Mike D issued an open letter to GoldieBlox that says, "Like many of the millions of people who have seen your toy commercial 'GoldieBlox, Rube Goldberg and the Beastie Boys,' we were very impressed by the creativity and the message behind your ad. We strongly support empowering young girls, breaking down gender stereotypes and igniting a passion for technology and engineering.

"As creative as it is, make no mistake, your video is an advertisement that is designed to sell a product, and long ago, we made a conscious decision not to permit our music and/or name to be used in product ads. When we tried to simply ask how and why our song 'Girls' had been used in your ad without our permission, YOU sued US."

Another part of the story that neither side has mentioned so far -- Adam Yauch's will specifically states that none of his work can be used in commercials, which likely means more legal issues for GoldieBlox.

BLUR: Pull Out of Australian Fest

Blur have surprised fans -- and Australian promoters -- by pulling out of the Big Day Out festival.

The band issued a statement on their Facebook page that said, "[With] only 8 weeks to go, the band feels that with the constantly shifting goalposts and challenging conditions of the organizers, they can't let it drag on any longer and want to make this announcement, to be clear to Blur fans that they won't be there. We've done our very best to work with the organizers and considered every option to make it happen, but they've let us down and let everyone else down too."

The festival's organizers issued their own statement on Facebook, saying, "We were disappointed to learn of Blur's cancellation via their Facebook page yesterday morning. We are working on replacements and will bring you new additions to the Big Day Out lineup shortly."

Rumors have circulated that Blur were disappointed they weren't allowed to headline over Arcade Fire and in the lack of non-Big Day Out shows for them to perform, but no official reason has been given by either side.

KISS: Now This Is Money Well Spent

KISS is auctioning off three very cool fan experiences with all the proceeds going to the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Sioux Empire.

The winning bidder of the first package gets to be part of the KISS entourage on two back-to-back shows during their upcoming 40th anniversary tour, which includes flying with them on their private jet, autographs and photos with the band in full makeup, access to sound checks and more.

Then there are auctions for individual prizes with Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons. If Stanley is your speed, then the Ultimate Sports Experience package he is offering includes sitting with him courtside at the Lakers-Denver Nuggets game in Los Angeles on January 5th. Then on the 6th you will get tickets to the BCS Championship Game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. And on the 7th you will get two tickets to the Anaheim Ducks-Boston Bruins hockey game at the Honda Center in Anaheim. Also included is breakfast with Stanley and an autographed Washburn Signature Model Guitar that he will play in concert.

The Gene Simmons package includes a visit to his Beverly Hills home, although you will be blindfolded on the way there; a tour through the KISS museum he has there; dinner at a restaurant of his choosing; and an autographed bass that he will play in concert.

The bidding for all three packages at Charity end on December 5th.




A Day to Remember return after two years of legal battles with Common Courtesy.

Black Sabbath's Live...Gathered in Their Masses CD and DVD or Blu-Ray documents one of the band's reunion dates in Australia.

Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong sings some rather pretty duets with Norah Jones on the covers album Foreverly.

Alt-J's Summer EP includes remixes by Jim James and Ben Lovett of Mumford and Sons.

Soundgarden's Screaming Life EP + Fopp EP gets reissued on CD and vinyl.

A Perfect Circle's Live: Featuring Stone and Echo is available as a digital bundle or as a limited-edition four-CD and one-DVD box set.

BLACK SABBATH: Now That Could Have Been Awkward

Black Sabbath's album almost included a song about Tony Iommi's cancer diagnosis.

Bassist Geezer Butler, who writes most of the lyrics, says after Iommi was informed he had lymphoma he started working on a lyric called "Hanging by a Thread." Geezer says, "It was very much about dying, about giving your last breath and passing your spirit on... We didn't know if [Tony] was going to recover from it, especially after seeing [our former singer] Ronnie [James Dio] go so fast. Ronnie went right in six months from being diagnosed to dying." The song was never finished and Iommi is doing well as he continues to go for treatments every few months.

Sabbath started their European tour Wednesday in Finland, and they are in Sweden tonight (Friday) and Norway on Sunday.


Bullet for My Valentine have a new single coming out digitally on December 10th.

"Raising Hell," which you can stream on Bullet's Soundcloud page, was recorded right after they wrapped up their U.S. tour earlier this month. They'll be debuting the song on a weekend-long U.K. tour that starts December 1st. But they haven't said if the song will also appear on their next album, which they've started recording with help from producer Terry Date.

Bullet for My Valentine released their last album, Temper Temper, only nine months ago. This would be a much quicker turnaround than the three-year gap between Temper Temper and 2010's Fever.

PAPA ROACH: Preview Make-a-Wish Doc

Papa Roach have released a preview of the documentary about them helping a Make-a-Wish participant.

Last month, the band met up with a teenage cancer patient named Mark Guerra in New York and helped him record an EP with his band Breaking Boundaryz. Fuse had a camera crew follow Guerra around during his visit, and a mini-documentary about the trip will air on Fuse News on Tuesday. But you can watch a preview of the doc on YouTube now.

METALLICA: Through the Home Release

Metallica's Through the Never will be out in multiple formats on January 28th.

The 3-D concert film will be available on DVD, Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray, digitally and video on demand on that day. The DVD, Blu-ray and 3D Blu-ray will include extensive behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the film, including an 80-minute Making of Metallica Through the Never documentary.

You'll also be able to purchase a limited-edition deluxe package containing a piece of the actual stage used in the film, a lithograph print autographed by all four band members and more.



BLACK SABBATH: Iommi Feeling Better

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi says he is continuing to receive treatments for lymphoma and is doing much better.

He had his last treatment a few weeks ago and has been feeling good. The previous one, combined with the jet lag from touring outside of Europe, made him feel extremely tired. But this time he went from having the treatment at home in England to touring in Europe where the time change was not as drastic as it was when he was touring the U.S.

Sabbath started the European leg of their 13 tour Wednesday night in Finland.

METALLICA: Heading Going Back to the Ballpark

Metallica will heading back to San Francisco's AT&T Park next baseball season.

The second annual Metallica Night will take place on May 16th when the Giants take the field against the Miami Marlins. The band will be on hand to do "The Star-Spangled Banner" as well as throw out the first pitch. Special event tickets for this game go on sale November 29th at 11 a.m. ET with a portion of the proceeds from every special event ticket benefiting the Little Kids Rock Bay Area Chapter.

MASTODON: Producer Picked, Songs Ready

Mastodon have a bunch of songs and a producer ready for their next album.

The band has tapped Nick Raskulinecz, best known for his work with Foo Fighters and Rush, to helm the project. Drummer Brann Dailor tells Rolling Stone they picked Raskulinecz because "He's a rock guy. He's a rocker. He likes to rock. [And] he's done a bunch of our friends' records that sound great."

Dailor adds that group has close to 20 songs to choose from and says, "It's gonna be massive and insane, lots of epic greatness. There will be lots of huge riffs and new directions. It's real weird, real math-y, real straightforward. It's up, down and all around. It's a culmination of everything for the band. The snowball keeps rolling and collecting snow."

BON JOVI: Short-Term Internet Memory

Since people can't remember a viral video from four years ago, Bon Jovi has a re-hit.

"Living on a Prayer," which spent four weeks at number-one in 1987, returns to the Billboard Hot 100 at number-25 because millions of people had to watch a 2009 video of Boston Celtics basketball fan Jeremy Fry dancing to "Prayer" during a stoppage in play at Boston's TD Garden. The clip was circulated among multiple sites four years ago, but in the Internet age we've obviously lost our ability to remember anything.

The video was uploaded to on October 17th and somehow got a second viral life, with it getting 11 million views and being shared on Facebook more than 1.6 million times. Billboard reports that the song was streamed 5.1 million times last week. The song has also seen its download totals slowly increase each week, with 4,000 sold last week.

ROCK FESTIVALS: Clear Your Calendar

The folks behind most of the spring hard rock festivals have announced their dates for 2014.

The run of fests has been dubbed the World's Loudest Month. The dates are:

  • Welcome to Rockville: April 26th and 27th in North Florida.
  • Fort Rock: April 26th in Fort Myers, Florida.
  • Carolina Rebellion: May 3th and 4th in Charlotte, North Carolina.
  • Rock on the Range: May 16th through the 18th in Columbus, Ohio.
  • Rocklahoma: May 23rd through the 25th in Pryor, Oklahoma.
  • RockFest: May 31st in Kansas City, Missouri.

Lineups for the festivals will start rolling out in January.



HINDER: Part Ways With Singer

Hinder have announced that singer Austin Winkler is no longer a member of the band.

Winkler has been "absent" from the band for several months due to "personal reasons" and has been replaced by a guest vocalists, including Saving Abel's Jared Weeks.

Hinder drummer Cody Hanson, who also writes songs and produces, says they "hold no animosity towards Austin and wish him the best. Although it was a difficult decision, it was the best thing for everyone involved and time for us to move on."

Hanson admits that "this summer/fall tour was a tough one" and thanks fans for supporting them. He says they're "very excited" about the band's future and "can't wait to share the next chapter with all of you."

STONE SOUR: Comics Become a Book

The comic series based up Stone Sour's House of Gold and Bones is being turned into a full graphic novel.

The book, which combines all four editions of the comic, will be published on December 10th by Dark Horse comics. Frontman Corey Taylor worked on the script for the series based on the band's two concept albums of the same name.

BLINK 182: Tom and the Lonely Astronaut

Blink 182/Angels and Airwaves singer-guitarist Tom DeLonge has written a Christmas children's book.

The Lonely Astronaut on Christmas Eve is "a tale of a rocketeer alone on the moon on a cold Christmas night, and the gift he receives from a few unexpected (and extraterrestrial) friends." The book will be sold exclusively through and will be available in a deluxe package that includes hardcover and digital editions of the book, a Lonely Astronaut clear acrylic etched ornament and a limited-edition T-shirt.

On Monday a auction to benefit San Diego's Rady Children's Hospital will kick off, with all 22 pages of signed original art from the book, a DeLonge signed guitar and a meet-and-greet with DeLonge in his San Diego studio going up for bids.

AS I LAY DYING: Wife Sues Singer Over Murder Plot

As I Lay Dying singer Tim Lambesis has some more legal issues on his plate.

Lambesis, who's currently awaiting trial (or a plea bargain settlement) in the plot to allegedly kill his estranged wife, is also facing a civil lawsuit from her. uncovered details of the suit, which was filed back in August. In it, Meggan Lambesis has asked for $1 million for emotional distress and $25,000 in medical expenses, as well $75,000 for future medical expenses and an additional $1 million in punitive damages. The suit is also seeking attorney's fees.

The couple's divorce proceedings started in September 2012, and in May 2013 Tim Lambesis was arrested attempting to hire a hit man to kill his wife.


Pearl Jam were joined by E Street Band guitarist Nils Lofgren in Phoenix last (Tuesday) night.

Lofgren, who is an Arizona resident, came out for the band's next-to-last song, a cover of Neil Young's "Rockin' in the Free World." Lofgren shared the mic with Eddie Vedder on the choruses and took multiple solos. Check out a clip of the performance on YouTube.

OZZY OSBOURNE: Guitarist Returns With New Band

Onetime Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Jake E. Lee's new band, Red Dragon Cartel, will release a self-titled debut album on January 28th. It's the latest in a series of bands Lee has had since leaving Ozzy's employ in 1987. He joined Osbourne in '82, following Randy Rhoads' death in a plane crash.

The new quartet's lineup also includes singer D.J. Smith, bassist Ronnie Mancuso and drummer Jonas Fairley. They're helped out on the album by such special guests as original Iron Maiden vocalist Paul Di'Anno, Robin Zander of Cheap Trick, Maria Brink of In This Moment, Sass Jordan, bassist Rex Brown of Pantera and Todd Kearns and Brent Fitz from Slash's band, The Conspirators.

Red Dragon Cartel plan to tour extensively after the album release, and currently have four western dates booked for December -- the Whisky a Go Go in L.A. on the 12th; supporting Queensryche at the Marquee Theater in Tempe, Arizona on the 14th; Brick by Brick in San Diego on the 15th and Count's Vamp'd in Las Vegas on the 20th.



BON JOVI, COLDPLAY, MUSE: Top-Earning Rock Bands

Bon Jovi (number 3, $79-million), Coldplay (number 5, $64-million) and Muse (tied for number 16, $43-million) were the top-earning rock bands between June 2012 and June 2013. This according to Forbes magazine's list of the World's Top 25 Highest Paid Musicians, which was released on Tuesday.

Two other bands and three solo artists who could be called rock acts made the Top 25 -- The Rolling Stones (tied for number 20, $40-million), Red Hot Chili Peppers (tied for number 22, $39-million), plus Elton John (number 8, $54-million), Paul McCartney (number 12, $47-million) and Roger Waters (number 15, $44-million). Perennial big earners U2 were off the road and released no records during the period, which kept them off the list.

Madonna and Lady Gaga hold the top two spots overall at $125-million and $80-million, respectively. They, along with Bon Jovi, Coldplay and country star Toby Keith, thankfully managed to keep Justin Bieber out of the Top 5.

CREED: Stapp Ready to Hit the Road

Creed frontman Scott Stapp announced the first dates for his upcoming solo tour.

He'll hit the road in support his new solo album, Proof of Life, March 19th in Dallas. The first leg wraps up April 9th in Atlanta, with another leg to be announced soon. Tickets go on sale Wednesday through Stapp's site.

ZAKK WYLDE, JIMI HENDRIX: He Gets the Experience

Black Label Society's Zakk Wylde will be heading out on the 2014 Experience Hendrix tour.

Joining the Jimi Hendrix tribute isn't that surprising for Wylde, since he named one of his children Hendrix. The tour starts March 11th in Dallas and runs through April 3rd in Detroit. Also appearing on the tour are Hendrix's Band of Gypsys bassist Buddy Cox, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Jonny Lang.

U2: So Long, Spidey

Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, the musical with songs by U2's Bono and The Edge, is done with Broadway.

The production, which had more twists and turns than a soap opera the past four years, will be shut down in early January. The show's producers are looking to stage it in Las Vegas in hopes of finally making back the more than $75 million initially invested in it. The musical needed to make an insane figure of $1.2-million a week just to break even, and it had been more than four months since it even made a million in a week.

Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark was the biggest flop Bono and The Edge had been involved with since U2's 1997 album Pop. The show had six delayed opening nights; multiple cast member injuries; and lawsuits between the shows producers, Bono and The Edge, and its first director, Julie Taymor.

We're rooting for a musical about the musical to take its place on Broadway.



GUNS 'N ROSES: Auctioning Axl's Past

All sorts of items from Axl Rose's not-all-that-happy relationship with ex-wife Erin Everly are being auctioned next month.

Among the mementos from Everly's personal collection listed in the catalog for Julien's 2013 Icons and Idols rock memorabilia auction on December 6th and 7th in Beverly Hills are:

  • their marriage certificate
  • their wedding video
  • love letters and notes from Axl to Erin
  • shirts, pants, chaps and a pair of ID bracelets
  • early G 'N R gig posters and tour itineraries
  • candid snapshots of Axl or Axl and Erin, some of which had been crumbled
  • personal items such as a Mickey Mouse watch and a toy gun
  • an insurance card for their Jeep Wrangler, issued under both their names
  • a copy of Richard Bach's book A Bridge Across Forever, inscribed from Axl to Erin: "Goodbye, I guess. I hope you enjoy the book 1/2 as much as I did. Can't stay."
  • a legal document regarding Axl's name change
  • an LAPD domestic abuse report

AEROSMITH: Tyler Meets With Rick Rubin for Solo Album

Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler is talking to Rick Rubin about producing his first solo album.

Rolling Stone reports that the two had dinner Friday to discuss the possibility. Tyler points out that Rubin was the one who suggested many years ago that Run DMC cover Aerosmith's "Walk This Way" and brought him and Joe Perry in to guest on it. That worked out pretty well for all concerned.

Tyler says he recently returned home from Russia, where Aerosmith's tour just ended, and has been busy setting up his home studio in anticipation of getting to work on the solo project.

3 DOORS DOWN: Stripping Down Next Year

3 Doors Down are hitting the road for an acoustic tour.

The band says the Songs From the Basement tour will see them dip into their catalog to "perform fan favorites rarely heard live." There are also VIP tickets available where you can sit on the stage while the band plays. It starts January 10th in Reno, Nevada and will run through mid-February.

  • 1/10 - Reno, NV - Silver Legacy Resort Casino
  • 1/11 - Henderson, NV - Green Valley Ranch Resort
  • 1/14 - Hollywood, CA - House of Blues
  • 1/15 - Visalia, CA - Visalia Fox Theater
  • 1/17-18 - Lincoln City, OR - Chinook Winds Casino
  • 1/20 - Anaheim, CA - House of Blues
  • 1/21 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
  • 1/23 - Phoenix, AZ - Celebrity Theatre
  • 1/24 - Albuquerque, NM - Isleta Resort and Casino Showroom
  • 1/26 - Denver, CO - Paramount Theatre
  • 1/27 - Park City, UT - Park City Live
  • 1/30 - Catoosa, OK - The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
  • 1/31 - Newkirk, OK - First Council Casino Event Center
  • 2/1 - Concho, OK - Lucky Star Casino


We've got the winner for 2014's booziest tour!

Motley Crue's Vince Neil, who has his own brand of tequila, says that a tour with Sammy Hagar, who also has his own line of tequila, is in the works. Neil let the news slip in an interview with Vegas Rocks magazine.

There's no word yet on any corporate sponsors for the joint, but we hope it's a lime farmers group and a salt company.

BLACK SABBATH: So, Will There Be 14?

We recently caught up with Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi and Ozzy Osbourne, and asked if they've discussed following up their latest album, 13.

Iommi told us, "We haven't talked about that yet. We'll see." With Ozzy trying to expand on Iommi's comment, we asked, "Why not talk about it right now?" This caught Ozzy off guard, and he jokingly fired off an expletive and raised his fist in the air as if to say, 'Why I ought to punch you.'

Iommi will receive an honorary Doctorate of Arts degree today from Coventry University in England. The honor is in recognition of his contribution to the world of popular music. Sabbath start the European leg of their 13 tour on Wednesday in Helsinki, Finland.




Five Finger Death Punch return with the second half of their latest project, The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell Volume 2.

Rush's Clockwork Angels Tour documents their tour with a string section and is available on CD, DVD and Blu-ray.

Awolnation's Megalith Symphony is expanded with a second disc with rarities, B-sides, live versions and remixes.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack includes Coldplay's "Atlas," Lorde's cover of Tears for Fears' "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" and new songs by The Lumineers and Of Monsters and Men.

It must be Christmas soon with this batch of hits packages -- Nickelback's Best of...Volume One, A Perfect Circle's Three Sixty and David Lee Roth's Greatest Hits: The Deluxe Edition.

Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013 hits DVD and Blu-ray with performances by Clapton, John Mayer, Allman Brothers Band, Jeff Beck, Los Lobos, Gary Clark Junior, Keith Richards and others.

Also in stores is Daughtry's Baptized.

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE: Morello Working on "Rock Album"

Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello is working on a solo project he describes as "a rock album."

Morello attended the opening of System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian's interactive art and music exhibition, Disarming Time, in Hollywood last night. He told us he has just two things on his plate at the moment -- "working on this rock album and raising children" -- though he added that he'll be going to South Africa and Australia with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band in the new year.

MASTODON: A Tongue for This Beer

Mastodon are the latest band to get their own beer. They've teamed up with the London-based Signature Brew to create Black Tongue, a Double Black IPA named after opening track on The Hunter.

Here's the beer's description from Signature Brew: "Rumbling smoky notes are offset by the elixir of misbehaving punchy hops. Mosaic and Magnum hops to the front, with Carafa Special 3 Malt and Pale on the baseline, this is our biggest and most powerful creation to date. The band wanted to create a 'pallet crusher' and that's certainly what has been delivered. A beer for enjoying slowly, letting the bombardment of flavor and intensity hit your tongue and explode with every sip."

Yum. Get more info on the beer through Signature Brew's website.

MARILYN MANSON: Co-Founder has Colon Cancer

Marilyn Manson co-founder and original guitarist Scott Putesky has stage four colon cancer.

Putesky, a.k.a. Daisy Berkowitz, is two months into his six-month chemo treatment. He was diagnosed after a colonoscopy in August. Putesky suffered mysterious abdomen pains for almost six years. Putesky is in Philadelphia receiving treatment, so he missed a 12-band benefit concert this weekend to help with his medical expenses.

Putesky left Marilyn Manson in 1996 just as the band was recording Antichrist Superstar.

AEROSMITH: Back Out Next Year

Aerosmith will be back on the road next year with dates in Europe from the end of May through June. They're hoping to follow that up with U.S. shows in July and August.

Assistant road manager John B. says that bassist Tom Hamilton, who had to sit out part of their recent Latin America tour due to illness, is "doing great and will be gearing up for the European tour in May. This guy bleeds the road and loves being out there with all of you." The first date announced is the Download Festival in Derby, England on June 15th.

Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer, on behalf of his Rockin' and Roastin' line of coffee, recently donated $10,000 to the Music Drives Us campaign in Norwood, Massachusetts. Music Drives Us gives grants for music programs for people in need.

SOUNDGARDEN: Matt Takes a Break

When Soundgarden tours in 2014, Matt Cameron won't be behind the drum kit.

Cameron posted a note on the band's website that reads, "I will be taking 2014 off due to prior commitments promoting Lightning Bolt with my brothers in Pearl Jam and the desire to have more time at home with my family. I am trying to balance the many twists and turns of my awesome music career. This is temporary. I am still an active member of Soundgarden. Chris [Cornell], Ben [Shepherd], Kim [Thayil] and I are in the process of finding the perfect substitute for the upcoming Soundgarden dates in 2014."

Cameron has been pulling double duty on the road since Soundgarden re-formed in 2010. Pearl Jam are on the first leg of their Lightning Bolt tour and have dates booked in Australia in January, with a run in Europe also in the works.



JOURNEY: Don't Stop Summer Tourin'

Journey believes you're ready to think about next summer right now.

The band has wasted no time in announcing a 2014 North American tour that starts May 15th in Chula Vista, California. It'll hit more than 35 cities before it wraps up in early August. The Steve Miller Band are co-headliners, with Tower of Power on board as the opening act on the bill of San Francisco-based veteran bands.

Tickets for many shows go on sale November 22nd at That's just in time for you to make these tickets a Christmas present for some fan -- a fan who hopefully won't lose tickets within the six months before the show takes place.

BLACK SABBATH: Their Kind of Awards Show

With so many awards shows, one of them was bound to honor Black Sabbath eventually.

The ninth annual Classic Rock Roll of Honour awards in London today (Thursday) was already scheduled to give Sabbath the Living Legend Award. So they also decided to throw in Album of the Year for 13 and Event of the Year for the band getting their first number-one album in the U.S.

Obviously an awards show sponsored by Classic Rock magazine stuck with veterans for many of the awards -- Led Zeppelin's Celebration Day was named Film of the Year, while The Rolling Stones were named Band of the Year. Surprisingly, a couple of younger acts picked up awards too -- Zakk Wylde was named Shep Gordon Metal Guru and The Virgin Marys were given Breakthrough of the Year.

TOOL: Yeah, Maynard's Frustrated Too

Tool fans, you're not the only ones tired of waiting for a new album from the band.

Frontman Maynard James Keenan admits to Rolling Stone that waiting for his other three bandmates to come up with finished music can be annoying. He says, "I wait for them to bring music to me. They tend to go back over and over stuff. It's a long process. For a person like me, it can be a very tedious process."

Keenan adds that he has high standards, but "in some ways, they are bigger perfectionists. But you can only help support their talent so long. They don't have to go through it 700 times. They can trust that first thought. But that's their process, so you gotta let them do it."

Tool's last album was 2006's 10,000 Days.

METALLICA, JANE'S ADDICTION: Supergroup Grooves Again

Infectious Grooves, the early '90s supergroup featuring Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo, will groove again.

The band first reunited last summer to perform at Metallica's Orion Music and More Festival in Detroit. The group, which also includes Jane's Addiction drummer Stephen Perkins, ex-Faith No More guitarist Jim Martin and two members of Trujillo's old band Suicidal Tendencies, will play on January 31st at the Whisky a Go Go in Hollywood, as part of the venue's 50th-anniversary celebration.

BLACK SABBATH: Coming Back to North America

Black Sabbath will be returning to North America next year.

This tour leg will focus mostly on Canada, but it will start in Brooklyn, New York on March 31st and wrap up in Los Angeles on April 26th. Tickets go on sale on November 22nd through

This leg of dates will be the final shows on Sabbath's tour in support of 13.



AS I LAY DYING: Lambesis in Court, New Trial Date Set

As I Lay Dying's Tim Lambesis appeared in a San Diego court Wednesday for a hearing on his murder charge.

Lambesis pleaded not guilty to one felony charge of solicitation of murder during the brief arraignment. A January 15th date was set for a readiness conference, where the two sides will discuss a possible plea bargain. If that doesn't happen, a tentative trial date of March 11th has been set.

Lambesis was arrested on May 7th for attempting to hire a hit man to murder his wife. He's out on $2 million bond and has been under house arrest.


Slipknot and Stone Sour guitarist Jim Root has an instructional DVD coming out.

Root joins his fellow Stone Sour guitarist Josh Rand in shooting an entry in The Sound and the Story series done by The two-DVD set contains three hours of guitar lessons from Root covering both bands as well as how to play 11 complete songs. The package also includes a documentary about Rand's life and an interview with Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor.

Jim Root - The Sound and the Story is due out December 3rd.

SEVENDUST: Ditch Tour With Asking Alexandria

Sevendust are leaving their tour with Asking Alexandria.

The band posted a note on its Facebook page saying, "Due to a personal family matter [we'll] be leaving the current tour with Asking Alexandria several dates earlier than anticipated. The band is heading home after the performance in Memphis, on [Friday]." No further details about the departure were given.

Asking Alexandria will stay out through November 23rd in Santa Cruz, California.

LOU REED: Public Memorial Set

A public memorial for Lou Reed will take place Thursday afternoon.

The event will be held at the Paul Milstein Pool and Terrace at Lincoln Center in New York from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. And unlike many public memorials, this one will feature no speakers. Reed's Facebook page states that it will be open to fans and include "no speeches, no live performances, just Lou's voice, guitar music and songs -- playing the recordings selected by his family and friends."

Reed died on October 27th from complications from his liver transplant. He was 71.

SAMMY HAGAR: Restaurant Co-Owner Missing

The co-owner of Sammy Hagar's Rockin' Island Restaurant in Roseville, California has gone missing.

Stephen Pease hasn't been seen for more than a week, and now the restaurant has been closed due to "unforeseen circumstances." Pease's family reportedly filed a missing-persons report with Roseville police on Halloween, with a second report filed in Fort Bragg last week. He was last seen at Surf and Sand Lodge in Fort Bragg on November 2nd, which was five days after he'd last spoken to friends and family by cellphone. He was due to return his rental car on November 5th, but never showed. Authorities say they have no suspicion of foul play.

Hagar last appeared at the restaurant in September to donate money to two local charities.



AC/DC: A "Highway" to #1?

Could AC/DC have a number-one single in the U.K.?

That's the hope of some creative fans who've started a Facebook campaign to make "Highway to Hell" the best-selling single by Christmas. For some reason, having the number-one song on the holiday chart is a big thing to the Brits -- so much so that they'll gamble on it. The betting company Paddy Power has listed the odds of it happening as three to one, just behind the winner of the U.K. winner of X Factor.

This AC/DC campaign is a total ripoff of the 2009 online movement to get Rage Against the Machine's "Killing in the Name Of" to the top spot.

PEARL JAM: Selling Boots Again

To the surprise of none of their fans, Pearl Jam are selling live bootlegs again.

The group -- which has been peddling copies of live shows since 2000 -- will start selling downloads from the Lightning Bolt tour on November 20th at and release a new show each week. Up first is the band's show at Chicago's Wrigley Field from July 19th.

The second leg of Pearl Jam's tour starts Friday in Dallas.

BLACK SABBATH: That's Doctor Tony to You

Tony Iommi is going from seeing doctors to being one.

The Black Sabbath guitarist will receive an honorary degree from Coventry University in England on Tuesday. The Honorary Doctorate of Arts is in recognition of his "contribution to the world of popular music."

Iommi, who's been undergoing treatment for lymphoma for almost two years, said in a statement, "It's a great honor to receive the doctorate, which comes towards the end of a challenging but amazingly successful year for me."

Iommi, who never attended college, went to work in a sheet metal factory after finishing the English equivalent of high school.

U2, MADONNA: Live Nation Close to Deal to Buy Their Management

U2 and Madonna aren't two acts that are usually associated together, but that could soon change. The New York Times is reporting that Live Nation Entertainment is close to signing a deal to buy both artists' management companies for more than $30 million.

Under the plan, Live Nation would buy Principle Management, the company run by U2's longtime manager Paul McGuinness, as well as Maverick, Madonna's management firm run by Guy Oseary.

The shocking part of the deal has the 41-year-old Oseary taking over the day-to-day management of U2 from the 62-year-old McGuinness, who has guided Bono and company since nearly the beginning of their career. Under the plan, McGuinness would stay on in a chairman role of Principle.

Although the deal isn't done, McGuinness seemed to confirm it was imminent in a statement that said, "As I approach the musically relevant age of 64, I have resolved to take a less hands-on role as the band embark on the next cycle of their extraordinary career," adding, " I have long regarded Guy Oseary as the best manager of his generation, and there is no one else I would have considered to take over the day-to-day running of our business."



IN THIS MOMENT: Let's Go to Hell Again

In This Moment have announced a second leg to their Hellpop Tour.

It kicks off Jaunary 2nd in Portland, Oregon and hits 18 cities before wrapping up at a to-be-announced city in Florida on January 25th. The band will head onto the Shiprocked cruise starting January 26th. Devour the Day and Butcher Babies will open up this leg of the tour.

The first leg of Hellpop continues Wednesday in Niagara Falls, New York.

DEVOUR THE DAY: Let's Clean That Album Up

If you bought Devour the Day's debut album, you've got a collector's item on your hands.

The band has pulled Time and Pressure from stores and digital outlets because they've signed a new distribution deal. With the deal, the band has decided to tweak the album by drafting mixer Brian Malouf to remix and remaster the project. The new version of the album will be released early next year. To fill the gap, the band is releasing the Good Man digital EP that includes a previously unreleased track and an acoustic version of "Good Man."

Devour the Day will be out on the Hellpop tour opening for In This Moment starting January 2nd in Portland, Oregon.

METALLICA: James Jams With Kids

Watch out, Lars Ulrich -- James Hetfield might have found a younger drummer to play with.

The Metallica singer-guitarist was honored by Little Kids Rock -- which provides music instruction and instruments to public schools -- at the Rockin' the Bay Benefit Saturday at Facebook's Menlo Park, California headquarters. Hetfield, who was given the Livin' the Dream Award, ended up jamming on "Enter Sandman" with kids who have learned their instruments through the Little Kids Rock program. Watch them rock out on YouTube now.

BLACK SABBATH: 13 Is Not Ward's Lucky Number

Drummer Bill Ward says he cannot listen to Black Sabbath's latest album, 13, which he did not play on.

"The only thing I've heard from 13 is...maybe 40 seconds of the first song, 'God Is Dead,' and then I turned it off. I haven't heard anything off that album at all. And to be quite honest, I don't care to, either. It's too painful. If I want to rip my guts out, I'll put it on."

Ward could not come to financial terms with the other three members, and as a result, he's not on the album or tour.

RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS: Smith Apologizes to Soccer Fans

Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith has apologized to Brazilian soccer fans -- the same ones who threatened his life.

Smith got death threats online after a video hit YouTube of him at a drum clinic sticking a club jersey down the back of his pant . Smith took his Facebook page to calm down fans that really need to lighten up. Smith wrote, "I want to apologize for my inappropriate antics at the drum clinic. My joke about team rivalries went too far. Clube de Regatas do Flamengo fans...I'm sorry."

BAD COMPANY: Rodgers Goes to Memphis

Bad Company frontman Paul Rodgers has finally set a release date for his soul covers album.

The Royal Sessions, due out February 4th, sees Rodgers dipping into a catalog of tracks recorded in Memphis we've all heard many times before, like "Thank You," "Born Under a Bad Sign" and "Walk on By." Rodgers isn't looking to strike financial gold with the set (like most artists tossing out a covers collection) -- all proceeds will go to local Memphis music education programs.



SUM 41: So It's Not Mr. Derek Lavigne?

It seems like Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley is finally moving on from his ex-wife, pop singer Avril Lavigne.

Apparently when the couple got married in 2006, Whibley legally took her last name, becoming Deryck Jason Lavigne Whibley. Now TMZ reports that he just this week filed papers in an L.A. court to change his name back. What makes the story so bizarre is that no one knew that he had taken her name, and that it took him more than three years since their divorce in 2010 to change it back.

There's no word if Nickelback's Chad Kroeger was required to take Avril's last name when they got married earlier this year.

BON JOVI: Sambora's Blood Family Comes First

Richie Sambora has supposedly finally come clean on the real reason he's not touring with Bon Jovi. He says it's so he can spend time with his 16-year-old daughter Ava, from his marriage to actress Heather Locklear. If that were the case, why not just come out and say so earlier?

Richie says, "I just started spending time with my kid between [tour] legs, and my spirit wouldn't pull myself out of the door. I just needed to be home." But he's "pretty sure" that he'll re-join Bon Jovi, adding, "I don't think it's going to be the end of the band or anything like that." But, he does admit that there was a difference of opinion when it came time to how quickly the band should have taken off between legs of the tour.

Bon Jovi, minus Sambora, wrapped up their North American tour on Friday in Montreal. Next up is Japan and Australia, starting on December 3rd in Osaka.

GENE SIMMONS: Honored Twice in L.A. Last Week

Gene Simmons was honored twice in two days last week in Los Angeles. On Thursday he was awarded the Charles Durning Patriotism Award for his work with troops and veterans. He was very emotional during his speech as he talked about how his mother was liberated from a concentration camp by American troops. He also talked about coming to America from Israel, saying that he is "The American Dream."

On Friday, Mending Kids International gave him its MEND Humanitarian Award for his support of the organization and its other philanthropic efforts. Mel Gibson, who's been accused of making anti-Semitic remarks in the past, presented the award to Simmons, who is Jewish.

RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS: Death Theats? Over a Soccer Jersey?

Could Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith really be getting death threats over his grabbing of a soccer jersey?

That's what TMZ says after watching a video of Smith at a drum clinic in Brazil on Sunday. The clip showed Smith being presented a Flamengo club jersey. Smith waved the jersey around, then stuck it down the back of his pants (making a wiping motion) and tossed it behind him. The crowd immediately booed -- with one fan throwing something at the drummer's head -- as he was thanking them for the jersey.

The Chilis have played shows in South America since Sunday without incident. But once the video got posted online, people started leaving threatening comments for Smith before their Saturday night show in Rio de Janeiro. Brazilians take soccer very seriously, so they might want to take those anonymous threats seriously.



FOO FIGHTERS: Grohl Plays and Produces Country?

Apparently Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl drumming with country act the Zac Brown Band at the CMA Awards wasn't their first collaboration.

On the awards Wednesday night, Grohl and the band performed a new song called "Day of the Dead," which will go on sale through iTunes on Tuesday. And is reporting that Grohl is producing songs for the group's next album. There's been no official word from either artists' camp yet on how big of a role Grohl is playing in the Zac Brown Band sessions.

GODSMACK: Back to Work

Godsmack's studio hiatus is over.

The band posted a picture on their Facebook page with a caption that says, "That's right -- we are in Florida writing for the next album!" The band's last studio recordings were the four covers they did for 2012's Live and Inspired. Their last album of original material was 2010's The Oracle.

POP EVIL: December Dates Announced

Pop Evil will wrap up their year of touring with one more run between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The leg starts December 5th in Miami, Oklahoma and wraps up December 21st in Covington, Kentucky. Pop Evil's current tour hits Traverse City, Michigan on Friday night.

BOSTON: Music Died in 1974 -- Boston Born in 1976

We can't blame the delay in Boston albums over the years on Tom Scholz wanting to sound different from anything else being played on the radio, because, believe it or not, he says he has not listened to "any other music since about 1974."

He was recently asked what he thought about The Edge or Andy Summers, guitar players who, like Scholz, "also utilize guitar effects in a very unique way." He says, "I have to confess: I don't know who they are. I don't mean to be disrespectful, but..the only times when I'll hear other music will be at the ice skating rink or the gym -- you know, if I go out and somebody's playing something. I don't listen to the radio in the car, and I do that because I don't want to be influenced. I do hear a little bit here and there -- I know what modern rock and current pop sounds like because I'm exposed to it a little bit. The closest I can come to answering that question is, I can probably tell you when it's an old Jeff Beck song or early Led Zeppelin -- I can recognize Jimmy Page."

He also confesses to knowing who Nirvana was. They used to do the opening of "More Than a Feeling" before launching into "Smells Like Teen Spirit." Scholz says, "It's been debated whether it was homage or thumbing their nose. [Laughs] Regardless, Nirvana was, from what I've heard, a great band. I was really impressed by the couple of things I heard. Regardless of what the context was, it's an honor to be heard in the same airspace as Nirvana."

Boston will release their sixth studio album, Life, Love & Hope, on December 3rd.

THE WHO: Really are Selling Out

The Beatles did it and so did Jimi Hendrix and AC/DC, and now it's The Who's turn.

In celebration of this coming Monday's release of the latest deluxe edition of Tommy, a Who pop-up store has popped up in London. It opened Thursday and will remain open until November 15th. Located at 19 Foubert's Place in London, just off the world famous Carnaby Street, it not only sells Who merchandise, but there are also a number of vintage pinball machines for you to do your best Tommy impression on. And whoever gets the highest score on the vintage Tommy pinball machine will win a Fender Stratocaster signed by Pete Townshend.

GENE SIMMONS: Headed to Broadway?

Gene Simmons says producer Michael Cohl offered him the role of the Green Goblin in the Broadway production of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, but he had to turn it down.

He says, "It would have been one of my favorite bucket-list moments, I have to tell you. Ever since I first encountered Goblin, I've had a fondness for him. My dance card is full, fortunately. But that also means I can't go to New York and do this the right way. So I'm hopeful I get a rain check. And when we both come up for air, you'll give me a chance to play the Goblin in the future."

Earlier reports said that the role had been offered to Alice Cooper for January, February and March, when Broadway ticket sales traditionally slow down.



BLACK SABBATH: Ozzy and Geezer Hold Court at Grammy Museum

Black Sabbath's Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler were at the Grammy Museum in L.A. last (Wednesday) night for an interview program that also included a visual preview of four songs from their upcoming live CD and DVD release, Gathered in Their Masses. Asked about the success of the band's current album, 13, which went number-one in about 50 countries around the world, including the U.S., Ozzy had this to say.

"One of the reasons I'm really happy with this album being so successful is because when I departed from Black Sabbath in '79, it wasn't finished properly for me. Now, if we never do another album together again, which I don't think it's going to be - I think we might do an album, I don't know. If this is the last album we ever do together, so be it. I won't feel happy, but what a way to end the story like that."

Asked whether 13 could really be the end of the road for the band, Ozzy replied, "Talk to my wife." Another highlight of the 40-minute chat came when an audience member asked Ozzy why he always seems so emotional whenever he's seen on camera during Dancing With the Stars -- where his son, Jack, is currently a contestant.

"My son's been diagnosed with M-S and he's never had a dance lesson in his life and he's going great on the show. I mean, I'm a proud father. I love him."

Black Sabbath's Live...Gathered in their Masses will be released in a variety of formats on November 28th.

DEF LEPPARD: Campbell's Cancer Is at Bay

Good news for Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell -- his Hodgkin's lymphoma is in remission. He says, "For anyone who gives a toss, after doing another PET scan and all the other follow-up tests, then getting a second opinion, etc., I'm officially in remission from Hodgies. That's the good news. The bad news is: I no longer have an excuse to not go to the gym."

He had been undergoing chemotherapy since April and had very few side effects -- the worse was the loss of his curly locks. Hodgkin's lymphoma is a cancer of the immune system characterized by the painless enlargement of lymph nodes, spleen or immune tissue. Campbell is 51.

DEFTONES: Chino's Crosses Set LP Date

Crosses, the side band of Deftones singer Chino Moreno, has set a release date for their debut album.

The band's self-titled album will be released on February 11th. The first single, "The Epilogue," will hit iTunes on Tuesday. The album includes tracks from the band's first two EPs as well five new songs. There's no word yet if Moreno with tour with this project.


Halestorm and Redlight King are teaming up for North American tour around the holidays.

It kicks off just before Thanksgiving -- on November 26th -- in Memphis, Tennessee and hits 14 cities before wrapping up on December 15th in Chicago.

Redlight King are supporting their latest album, Irons in the Fire. Halestorm are promoting their new covers EP, ReAniMate 2.0.

The closest tour dates include 11/27 - Louisville, KY - Headliner's, 12/7 - Ft. Wayne, IN - Piere's and 12/8 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall

RECORD STORE DAY: Let's Sell It All on eBay

We've heard of a person selling an entire record collection on eBay -- but not a complete store!

The owner of a London's On the Beat Records has listed his store on the auction site for a "Buy It Now" price of just over $480,000. Tim Derbyshire writes in the listing, "Live your dream and enter a rock and roll lifestyle -- your chance to run a record shop! If you're at the stage in your life when you don't have to worry about making money but can live the bohemian life, meet interesting people every day and the occasional pop or rock star, here's your chance to take over the oldest record shop in the center of swinging London."

If the store isn't sold, it will be shut down at the end of the year.

SCORPIONS: Unplugged in Greece

The Scorpions have set a U.S. release date for their MTV Unplugged album.

Recorded this past September in Athens, Greece, it will be out on January 21st. It contains acoustic versions of some of their biggest hits, as well as five brand-new songs. It will be available as a standard CD and in a deluxe package with a DVD.

The album was recorded in an open-air theater -- the first time that an MTV Unplugged show had ever been filmed and recorded outdoors.

THE WHO: Pepper Helped Tommy

Roger Daltrey says The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band helped pave the way for The Who to record their two rock operas, Tommy and Quadrophenia.

Daltrey says, "Sgt. Pepper gave us confidence that the public would be willing to accept new ideas. There's no doubt about that. [Producer] George Martin's work with The Beatles and the songs they were writing really gave us confidence that the public would accept anything if it was good."

The Who will release a deluxe version of Tommy on Monday.

KISS: Show Ace and Peter the Money

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out why original KISS members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss aren't participating in the band's new documentary, You Wanted the Best, You Got the Best.

Frehley tells That Metal Show host Eddie Trunk, "I found it very weird that, instead of getting a call from Gene Simmons or [KISS manager] Doc McGhee or Paul Stanley...I get a call from my bodyguard, and he got a call from one of the KISS bodyguards about me doing an interview for this documentary. They tried to go through the back door... It left a bad taste in my mouth, and I just passed on it. You want me to do a documentary? Give me my fair share and I'll sit down and talk... If KISS is behind the documentary, Paul and Gene are making the lion's share of the funds." However, he and Criss will be featured, as the band is using footage from an earlier attempt at a documentary.

Frehley says his home in Westchester County, New York is not in foreclosure. "I left the house over two and a half years ago. My attorney is taking care of it. It's not in foreclosure. Things got blown out of proportion. Somebody didn't take care of what they were supposed to do... I'm out in California now and I have people living on that property, taking care of it, and they've been showing it to people who are interested in possibly purchasing it. And the whole thing was kind of a misunderstanding."

VAN HALEN: Eddie Auctioning Vintage Guitar to Benefit Stricken Guitarist

One of Eddie Van Halen's vintage Kramer Frankenstrat guitars is up for auction, with part of the proceeds going to a special-needs trust for guitarist Jason Becker, who suffers from Lou Gehrig's Disease.

The instrument was one of eight Kramer made and hand-painted for Eddie in 1982 and was used by him on Van Halen's Diver Down tour that year and in recording their 1984 album. The guitar was reportedly found recently after spending nearly 30 years hidden away in its case.

Profiles in History is including it in their December 18th auction in Calabasas Hills, California. They estimate it will sell for between 100- and 150- thousand dollars. For more information, go to



DEVICE: David's Staying at Home

Device have pulled out of their European tour with Avenged Sevenfold and Five Finger Death Punch.

Device was set to join the other two bands in Munich, Germany on November 14th, but frontman David Draiman posted a note on the band's Facebook page stating, "After careful consideration, I've decided to stay at home where I am needed most right now, with my family and newborn son, and not support Avenged Sevenfold on their current November-December run. I want to thank my brothers in Avenged Sevenfold for the opportunity, for their friendship, and their understanding, and I look forward to seeing all of you again sometime in the future."

Earlier this fall before Draiman's wife, Lena Yada, gave birth to Samuel Bear Isamu Draiman, potential complications with the pregnancy caused Device to cancel a number of tour dates.

SAMMY HAGAR: No Plans to Crash the Party

Sammy Hagar may be friends with country singers Toby Keith, Ronnie Dunn and Kenny Chesney, but he says he has no plans to crash tonight's CMA Awards in Nashville.

Sammy says, "I love all those guys and they're my friends...but to actually go to a country awards show, I would feel like a fish out of water because I don't really belong there." Both Toby Keith and Ronnie Dunn sing on Hagar's new album, Sammy Hagar and Friends.

He's not in Nashville, but Hagar is in the South -- he has a show in Hollywood, Florida on Thursday night.

Hagar has cut a TV commercial for his Beach Bar Rum. It shows him on the beach and performing, with his "One Way to Rock" providing the soundtrack.

MOTLEY CRUE: Vince Expands Vegas Holdings

Motley Crue singer Vince Neil is expanding his business empire in his home base of Las Vegas.

Neil has revealed he's opening two new party spaces inside the Rock n' Ritas bar at the Circus Circus casino. The main space has been branded as Vince Neil's Tatuado Eat-Drink-Party, named after Neil's vodka brand. The bus that doubles as a bar inside the restaurant has been renamed (surprisingly) Vince Neil's Party Bus Bar. The grand opening for both spaces is this Saturday.

OZZY: Heading Back to London Next Week

Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath top the list of stars who'll be picking up awards next week at the Classic Rock Roll of Honour in London.

Also among the artists expected to attend next Thursday's event are Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson, Ray Davies, Mott the Hoople and former Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman. It will be hosted by former Marillion singer Fish. The awards are handed out by the U.K.'s Classic Rock magazine.

Black Sabbath will receive the Living Legend award, and Ozzy Osbourne says, "It's good to be a living legend. It's better than being a dead one." Previous winners include ZZ Top, Jeff Beck, Alice Cooper and Jimmy Page. Ozzy already won it as a solo artist in 2008.

Nominees in other categories:

Band/Artist of the Year: Black Sabbath, David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, Iron Maiden and Status Quo

Album of the Year: Black Sabbath 13, David Bowie The Next Day, Deep Purple Now What? and others

Reissue of the Year: Blue Oyster Cult The Columbia Albums Collection, Deep Purple Machine Head 40th Anniversary, Fleetwood Mac Rumours, Moody Blues Timeless Flight and others

Event of the Year: David Bowie releases an album, Mick Taylor joins The Rolling Stones at Hyde Park, Black Sabbath hit number-one on the album chart and others

Film/DVD: Ginger Baker Beware of Mr. Baker, The Rolling Stones Crossfire Hurricane, Dave Grohl Sound City Players, Led Zeppelin Celebration Day, B.B. King The Life of Riley and others

GENE SIMMONS: It's Not Exactly McCartney's Hofner

Two KISS fans have donated a Gene Simmons signature Axe bass to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.

During last week's KISS Kruise, John and Jamie Downs gave Simmons a plaque commemorating the museum's acceptance of the bass into its collection. In part, a statement read, "The bass will now be cared for in our permanent collections... We are happy to include the Axe bass, as it relates to the impact Mr. Simmons and his band KISS have had on American culture, especially in the creation of a unique and iconic brand that has been embraced by fans worldwide. The story of Mr. Simmons' American experience deserves to be preserved. An immigrant and son of a holocaust survivor, he used creative vision and entrepreneurial acumen to make a significant impact for our nation's popular culture, becoming an iconic figure in American music and entertainment."

Simmons became emotional during the presentation.

VAN HALEN: Dancing the Movies Away

No wonder Van Halen don't record or tour more often -- they've had a serious run of songs used in movies. The latest is "Dance the Night Away," which is featured in the new trailer for Anchorman Two: The Legend Continues, in theaters on Christmas.

This is the fourth time that the song from Van Halen Two has been featured in a movie in the past three years. Last year it was heard in Ben Affleck's Argo and Adam Sandler's That's My Boy -- which contained two other VH songs -- and in 2010 it was in Grown Ups, which also starred Sandler.



SMASHING PUMPKINS: Corgan Looks for Some TNA

It looks like Billy Corgan is expanding his wrestling empire.

The Smashing Pumpkins frontman has been one of the owners of the Chicago-based Resistance Pro Wrestling since 2011, running shows out of old barns and warehouses. Now Corgan is reportedly close to buying part of TNA Wrestling. Alternative Nation reports that Corgan is "far along in his talks to purchase the company" and that Corgan apparently "made a connection to somebody very wealthy" who would help back the venture. TNA Wrestling's weekly show, Impact Wrestling, airs Thursday nights on Spike TV.

DISTURBED: Dan's Family Dilemma

Disturbed guitarist Dan Donegan wants fans to realize how much touring can impact a musician's life.

Donegan posted a lengthy note along with a photo on his Facebook page of his kids getting on their school bus. He writes, "Something people don't realize about musicians/crew is most of us are fathers/husbands too and it never gets easy to leave our families! Not easy seeing my kids off to school yesterday and seeing them cry 'cause I have to tour [with Fight or Flight]. It is a great life to travel and play music, but it can also be very lonely. I'm not in anyway complaining about the life I have 'cause I'm very fortunate and blessed."

The post struck a chord with many people, with both Donegan's bandmates David Draiman and Mike Wengren chiming in with comments.

KISS: Does Ace Have a Source?

Founding KISS guitarist Ace Frehley believes they'll be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year.

He says, "I'm happy that I'm gonna be inducted -- most likely -- next year, in April, in New York City, and it should be a great event. There's no way Gene Simmons can put a lid on it. I mean, what's he gonna do?" The Class of 2014 will be announced by early December.

But it may not be a happy reunion if they do get the nod for the Rock Hall. Ace is firing back at Simmons over the latest round of comments about him and founding drummer Peter Criss. "He used to say to me in the '70s, every time I did something stupid, he'd go, 'Ace, you're shooting yourself in the foot again.' Well, he's been shooting himself in the foot for years. Gene's living in the past. He's become a caricature of himself. I mean, from the very beginning, his only motivation was money. The guy has no friends, he's not respected by his peers, he's pissed off thousands of fans, he's never had a hit single, like I've had... He took the safe route: He never got loaded, he never partied. I took the same route Elvis Presley took and Jimi Hendrix and Keith Richards and Jim Morrison... I have all this life experience, and thank God I can live to talk about it. What's he gonna talk about? All he can do is badmouth other people."

Frehley, like Simmons, now lives in California, so maybe they can get together to settle their differences.

MORRISSEY: Audiobook Name Game

The audiobook of Morrissey's autobiography will seem familiar to fans of The Walking Dead.

The aptly named David Morrissey -- who plays "The Governor" on the hit zombie show and is no relation to the singer -- will be the narrator for the audio version, which will be released December 5th, two days after the book is published in the U.S.

In other Morrissey news, his official fansite True to You reports that the singer was recently discharged from Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, where he was treated for a concussion, whiplash and an arm injury. No details were given about how he received these injuries.

THE BLACK KEYS, MASTODON: Help Another Black Band

The Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney is helping out a band that has a very similar name to his.

Carney served as producer
for more than half the tracks on the next album from the Atlanta band The Black Lips. The as-yet-untitled album is due out early next year. The group also got another Atlanta-area musician to help out on the album -- Mastodon's Brent Hinds. He added guitar and pedal steel to several songs, and played a solo on one of the tracks.

MOTLEY CRUE: Dirt Director Picked

The long-in-the-works film version of Motley Crue's The Dirt finally has a director.

Long-time Jackass director Jeff Tremaine -- who also did the current Jackass spinoff film Bad Grandpa -- has signed on to bring the book to the big screen. A script is almost done, and according to Deadline, it's set to start shooting early next year.




The outdoor festival season comes to close this weekend with the Voodoo Music Experience at City Park in New Orleans.

  • The festival gets under way Friday with Pearl Jam headlining and The Virginmarys and ZZ Ward also on the bill.
  • Saturday sees former New Orleans resident Trent Reznor return with a headlining Nine Inch Nails set. Also appearing are Paramore, New Found Glory, Billy Squier, The Olms (Pete Yorn's new band) and Delta Rae.
  • Sunday, it all wraps up with a headlining appearance by The Cure and a set by Kid Rock.

CHILI PEPPERS, NEIL YOUNG: Play Flea's Silverlake Benefit

Red Hot Chili Peppers and Neil Young each did sets at the annual fundraiser for Flea's Silverlake Conservatory at the Paramour Mansion in L.A. on Wednesday.

The Chili Peppers saluted their special guest by closing their seven-song opening set with a quiet cover of Young's "Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere." Young then performed an acoustic set similar to the one he closed his own Bridge School benefit with on Sunday. It included Bob Dylan's "Blowin' in the Wind" and "Changes," by the late singer-songwriter Phil Ochs, another icon of the 1960 folk movement. Young introduced the song by saying, "There were a lot of great songwriters back then. People liked to listen to words."

The annual benefit also included silent auctions of fine art, music and sports memorabilia and other items. Among those seen bidding were Jack Black, System of a Down's Serj Tankian and Rancid's Tim Armstrong.

LIMP BIZKIT: Durst Developing TV Show

Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst, who's directed music videos and films, is turning his eye to television.

Durst is developing one-hour drama project on his life for The CW. TV Guide reports that the show, called The Noise, focuses on the rise of a young artist in the 1990s who "escapes a tumultuous home life and forms a wildly popular band with a unique sound."

This marks the second time Durst has attempted to do a TV series about his life. Two years ago, CBS and Durst developed a sitcom about a rock star balancing his wild ways and his young family.

GREEN DAY: Looking for Help With Their Past

Green Day are looking to make another documentary.

The band was the subject of two documentaries this year -- Cuatro, about the making of their trio of albums, and Broadway Idiot, about turning American Idiot into a musical. Now they want to document their pre-Dookie era.

A post on their website reads, "If you can help or know someone who has original footage, flyers, photos or audio from the Green Day era 1987 - 1993 only, please direct any E-mails to the film's director Corbett Redford at"

METALLICA: Yeah, They're Heading Back to Detroit

Metallica can stop playing coy about taking their Orion Music and More Festival back to Detroit next year.

The band members in various interviews have said that they'd like to go back, but no decision had been made yet. But Detroit City Council member James Tate has revealed that the band and their promoter C3 Presents have two more years left on a contract to hold the festival at Belle Isle. Tate tells, "It's contracted. And I think since it was a event so well-suited for the venue -- for the type of event it was -- it was perfect."

The first Orion fest was held in Atlantic City, New Jersey, before it moved to Detroit in 2013.

A PERFECT CIRCLE: Live Stuff Coming, Studio Tracks Distant

A Perfect Circle has a live box set coming, but guitarist Billy Howerdel says it will be quite a while before any new studio recordings appear..

While the current single, "By and Now," is the group's first new track in nine years, singer Maynard James Keenan's main group, Tool, has started work on a new album and Howerdel is working on the second album by his solo project, Ashes Divide. So it could be another couple of years until APC can record again.

Howerdel tells us, "I think we're a little bit at the mercy of another band's recording schedule. For now, the other projects will take a front seat." He gives a status report on Ashes Divide.

"The whole album's gotten ripped apart and not thrown away, but reassigned. And I found a couple of keystone songs that were going in a good direction, I thought. And I'm basically rewriting the whole thing."

Howerdel explains why he scrapped his original attempt at an Ashes Divide album and how it ties in with A Perfect Circle.

"I felt like I was writing A Perfect Circle record, really. And I was singing on it and it just wasn't coming out the way I hoped the second Ashes record would. And not that it's better or worse, just that I felt like the direction of "By and Down, that's where I could see APC headed in the future."

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