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Medical Emergency, Airs Saturday, New Gig, and Super Duper Cooper

Medical emergency


Another health scare for Bret Michaels, this time it was at a show in New Hampshire last night. Guitarist Pete Evick took to Facebook and said that after three songs, Michaels rushed from the stage. Initially a crew member said that the Poison front man had extremely low blood sugar … Michaels has Type 1 diabetes. Anyways … Michaels eventually returned to the stage but not to perform. He instead informed the audience that he was un able to continue. The singer then took to Twitter and Facebook to tank the paramedics who fixed him up. A few years ago Michaels found a blood clot in his brain an had to make a rush trip to the hospital. He also took a nasty hit from a stage piece at an awards show, so he’s had his fair share of medical emergencies.


Airs Saturday


If you’ve got HBO, you’ll be able to get the popcorn and booze ready for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony that’s set to air this Saturday. The ceremony actually took place last month where Nirvana and KISS, among others, were inducted. The broadcast will also feature performances from the Nirvana and others, but not KISS, because they punked out. The Rock Hall special airs on HBO Saturday. Check your local listings.


New gig


If you’re a fan of Marilyn Manson’s appearances on the popular FX show Sons of Anarchy, you’ll be happy to know that he’ll be cast in the show as a recurring character. The shock rock singer will be on the program for their seventh season as the white supremacist named Ron Tully. But, Tully won’t be going anywhere because … well, he’s in prison. Manson says he was determined to make the show a bigger part of his career but now he needs to get a motorcycle. He also says that his dad’s a huge fan. Manson’s got a growing entry on IMDB to include work on shows like Eastbound and Down, and Californication and even movies like Jawbreaker and Party Monster.


Super duper Cooper


Speaking of made-up rockers, Alice Cooper is blasting today’s male singers as not being able to pull of the rock star act. Considered the founder of using glam and theatrics to make rock concerts an experience, Cooper says ladies in pop are doing more with theater on the stage. As Cooper not seen an Avenged Sevenfold show? Anyway, Cooper is the subject of a DVD out next week titled Super Duper Alice Cooper.


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Beastie Suit, Drinking Disease, New Tune, Bought by Apple, and On Sale

Beastie suit


The remaining members of the Beastie Boys were serious when they said they don’t want their music used in promotional material for products. The most recent saga is between the remaining members of the band and Monster Energy Drink, who used a Beastie Boys tune in an online video. Lawyers for Monster even acknowledge they “technically did violate” the group’s copyright but they don’t think they owe the $2 million in damages being sought by the group. Ad-Rock, also known as Adam Horovitz testified on behalf of the Beastie Boys and was eventually asked about the use of one of their songs in a watch companies snowboard video. Ad-Rock quickly shot back “we like sports”. The case is being heard in New York and a verdict could come soon. We’ll keep you posted.


Drinking disease


On the too much partying disease, lead singer of Sum 41 says he will be back to normal in the very near future and that means he'll be back on the stage. However, it has yet to be seen if Deryck Whibley will be able to survive being a clean rock star or if he'll stumble again leading to the unfortunate demise of his liver. Then we get to Motorhead's Lemmy who band mates say is doing much better as well. Lemmy's health has been up and down in the past few years causing intermitent delays in the band's tour.


New tune


Hellyeah is gearing up to release their new album in a few weeks and we’ve already heard a couple of tunes including the increasingly popular song “Sangre por Sangre” available for request on QLZ today! The band is now streaming the song “Demons in the Dirt” online through a YouTube video. It’s definitely gonna be the metal anthem of the summer for metal heads abound. Listen today and plan on picking up the new album Blood for Blood June 10th. You can currently pre-order the album via iTunes. They’re currently finishing up a tour US tour but will back this Fall with Five Finger Death Punch and Volbeat.



Bought by Apple


There’s been a big merger between Beats Electronics and Apple. The overpriced headphones and streaming music service was snatched up by the Macintosh company for $3 billion. That’s billion with a “B”. With that deal comes the companies founders, Dr. Dre and recording industry icon Jimmy Iovine taking leading roles in Apple’s music division. Apple hopes that buying Beats will help it secure the headphone market but also to revamp and revitalize their iTunes service.


On sale


Pearl Jam will be in St. Louis at the Scottrade Center October 3rd. Tickets go on sale today at 10am. Snatch them up before they sell out!


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Rome calls 'em Linkin Narc, and Bandmates Want Nothing to do With Watkins

Rome calls 'em Linkin Narc


In the rock world, bad blood isn't only garnered by rock stars talking smack across media platforms, it’s also an outcome of when bands collide on the road. The latest saga is between Sublime With Rome and Linkin Park. Rome Ramirez took to twitter over the weekend and said “Linkin Park called the cops on us and said … they were allergic to pot. Cops came and tool all our weed while we on stage.” He then called them “Linkin Narc” and included the #bitchmove. The two bands were among others at the KFMA Day Festival in Tucson, Arizona. Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda later Tweeted narcing isn’t the band’s style. But Rome put out a screen capture of a TMZ report where they claim to have grabbed up the police report from the incident and it described a guard who dropped Linkin Park’s name saying they were allergic. That same TMZ report says that LP apologized and promised to replace the confiscated pot, but Rome refused and is still pissed off. More drama?


Bandmates want nothing to do with Watkins


Bad blood can also be found between former bandmates for a variety of things, including shoddy deals with record companies, or ... that your band mate gets arrested for hiring a hit man to murder your estranged wife and eventually pleads guilty, or ... if your bandmate gets arrested, goes on trial for sex with a minor and seems far from remorseful ... that's likely to leave a bitter taste. The former was Tim Lambesis, who's other bandmates are luke warm and actually out with a new group. The latter is the case of Ian Watkins whose bandmates have all but said "eff off" ... They want nothing to do with him. Two members of the band have said they have zero interest of reconnecting with Watkins. Do you blame them? Watkins is serving 29 years in prison for child sex crimes.


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New Slipknot Album Will be "Rad," Nugent to Release Album and Tour, and Smith and Ferrell Drum-Off

New Slipknot album will be rad


So, how’s that new Slipknot album coming along? According to front man Cory Taylor, we’re gonna lose our minds when the damn thing is finally released to the masses. The future release, which hasn’t been given a date yet, comes amid a bit of a rocky road where Taylor has parted ways with Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison. Meanwhile, from Taylor’s other band Stone Sour, Jim Root has stepped down, but he’s devoting time to a new Slipknot album. On the new attempt Taylor says that it sounds like a mesh of their Iowa and Vol. 3 albums. What doesn’t that mean? Taylor tells Pop Culture Madness that the new attempt will have the melodies and artistic direction of Vol. 3 with the brutality of Iowa. He tells Front Row Live Entertainment simply that the new album will be “rad”. There’s no time yet for when the record will be out.


Nugent to release album and tour


Watch out, world. Ted Nugent is back with a new album and a tour. And he’s coming nowhere near central Illinois. The new album, which drops July 8th, is titled SHUTUP&JAM. The album features guests like Sammy Hagar and others. Hagar recently said that Nugent is “ripping the guitar like the days of old.”


Smith and Ferrell drum-off


And, if you haven’t seen it by now, you’ve been living under a rock—A funny thing happened on the “Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” and it had nothing to do with Jimmy Fallon: Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith appeared on the show alongside actor/comedian Will Ferrell. The two wore the same clothes and even performed a drum off where Ferrell joked “more like the Lukewarm Chili Peppers.” At the end of the bit, Ferrell busts out a cowbell and the rest of the Chili Peppers takes to the stage to perform Blue Oyster Cult’s "Don't Fear the Reaper".



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He's Not Retiring, Taylor Roast to Air, and Body Count is Back

He’s not retiring


There were reports of Axl Rose ready to start drawing off his 401K, or does Guns N’ Roses offer up a pension? … either way, reports were circulating that Rose was going to retire. The band has since come out to squash those reports! Loudwire reports that the band says any talk of retirement is “bullsh*t”. The original report surfaced from Radar Online saying that the band would hang up their instruments at the end of the current Las Vegas residency June 7th. To dispel the rumor even more, the official Guns N’ Roses Twitter account posted a pic of Rose with big letters saying “I’M NOT GOING ANYWHERE”.


Taylor roast to air


If you weren’t able to make it to Rock on the Range to see the roast of Cory Taylor, there’ll be video very soon. The Roast on the Range event was the official kickoff for Rock on the Range this past weekend. Taylor got put through the ringer by the likes of bandmate Shawn “Clown” Crahan, Anthrax’s Scott Ian and others including professional comedians. But as is Roast tradition, it’s not just the honorary guest being grilled, it’s also pretty much everyone else on stage. The roast will air in it’s entirety through Howard Stern’s outlets today. Check your local listings.


Body Count is back


If you’re in for a racially insensitive heavy metal song from the likes of Ice-T and others, you need to check out the latest video from the heavy metal hip hop group Body Count. Their new song “Talk S**t, Get Shot” features a couple guys in a neighborhood grocery store talking smack about Ice-T’s Body Count project saying they’re a bunch a bitches, and how everyone on the streets listens to Drake. But that’s quickly stifled as the heavy metal hip hop kicks in. It’s worth of view, but it’s Not Safe For Work! If you get caught watching it, you’ll probably have to go through some sensitivity training. Body Count’s unapologetic album Manslaughter is set to be released June 10th. Body Count has been around in some capacity since 1990.



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New Album Updates, Megadeth Cancels Shows, and Head on Religion and Christ

New album updates


There are a couple stories on the new album front from Metallica, Soundgarden and Black Sabbath. With start with Sabbath where it was reported a few days ago that Tony Iommi declared an upcoming show as being the band’s last. That also hinted at there not being another Black Sabbath album. Now front man Ozzy Osbourne is in the press saying that he’s up for another Sabbath album and tour. Ozzy tells Guitar World magazine that if the upcoming July 4th concert in London is the last show the band is ending on a high note, which is much better than where the band left things back in the late 70s. As for Metallica, James Hetfield is weighing in saying it’s all about quality over quantity. Kirk Hammett recently came out saying the band has enough material for a couple of albums. And what about a new Soundgarden album? Front man Chris Cornell says that they haven’t been in the studio writing, but while out on the road all the members piece together various new riffs and such to where when they do get in the studio they can go zero to 60 “really fast.” Soundgarden is out with Nine Inch Nails this summer.


Megadeth cancels shows


Megadeth has canceled some shows in reaction to a death in the family. Bassist Dave Ellefson’s brother died after battling cancer. In a recent book by Ellefson titled My Life with Deth, the bassist talked about his brother as being a disciplined hard worker focused on being a farmer. After Eliot Ellefson’s passing Megadeth decided to cancel their tour dates for the next month and will return to the road June 20th for a show in Quebec. Most of the canceled shows are over in Europe, so unless you were vacationing in The Netherlands, it won’t impact you.


Head on religion and Christ


He recently did a stint at a Russian hospital because of kidney stones and now Korn guitarist Brian “Head” Welch is getting all preachy … kinda. In a recent interview with Matt Pinfield, Head talked about religion and Jesus Christ. Simply put, Head says he hates religion, but has profound love for and a strong relationship with Jesus Christ. Head left the band years ago, found god and then returned just last year to tour and record with the band again. He says he now gets high on Christ.


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Head's Kidney Gets Stones, Manson's Mom Passes, Secret Foo Show, and Voiceover Work

Head’s kidney gets stones


Korn meet kidney stone—that’s what caused Brian “Head” Welch to drop off a gig in Russia this week. Head got a taste of some good ‘ol socialist medicine in Krasnoyarsk (which amazingly doesn’t pop up as misspelled in Word). In a video, Head apologizes to fans who noticed his absence and also gives a shout out to “JR,” the 19-year-old guitarist from Love & Death, Heads other band. Head says he’ll be back on the stage in no time. Here’s to a speedy recovery ... just stay away from the speed!



Manson’s mom passes


Marilyn Manson is mourning the death of his mother Barbara. She passed away at the age of 68 a few days after Mothers’ Day after battling dementia, according to reports. In a post to social media, Manson, whose birth name is Brian Warner, says his mother was his greatest believer and that he will work to make her proud and “satisfied that you know you made the son you wanted. I love you.”


Secret Foo show


A secret Foo Fighters show in New Orleans over the weekend is evidence that there’s more to come from the band. The 90-minute set in New Orleans shut down the street when fans started flooding the impromptu venue. Apparently the band chose Preservation Hall in New Orleans as one of their recording studios for their forthcoming album and you can expect to see more of that in the forthcoming HBO documentary series about the band’s new album. It’s still unclear when the TV show or the album will come out, but surely it’ll be sometime before the end of the year. We’ll keep you posted.



Voiceover work


Among shredding on the guitar and screaming on stage to tens of millions of fans around the world, Metallica front man James Hetfield is also getting some voiceover work. News has it that the History Channel is coming out with a series titled “The Hunt” and Hetfield will narrate the show. Among his many hobbies, Hetfield has experience hunting bears, so this makes since. You can hear his voice on the show June 8th. Check your local listings!


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Crue Done Country, Enough for Several, and 100 Days Sober

Crue done country


Cow girls, cow girls, cow girls … that’s not really what the song’s turned into, but you could only imagine what it’s like when a bunch of country artists remake Motley Crue songs. A whole lineup of big named country acts are collaborating to put their spin on some classic Crue tunes. Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute to Motley Crue will feature LeAnn Rimes, Eli Young Band, Florida Georgia Line, Justin Moore, Brantley Gilbert, Gretchen Wilson, Rascal Flatts and others. Crue bassist Nikki Sixx says the record isn’t for Crue fans, but for country fans who also dig on some rock tunes. For you bumpkins out there, Nashville Outlaws drops in stores July 8th.


Enough for several


We keep hearing more about a new Metallica album. A couple of weeks ago drummer Lars made a baseball reference in saying the band was close to getting a new album done. Then Kirk Hammett came out to back that up. Now Hammett is saying that the band has enough material for a couple more ‘tallica albums. Well, guys … get it together! Let’s hear it! Meanwhile, video posted online show Metallica rocking out AT&T Park during a Giants game. They played their version of the National Anthem to a bunch of baseball fans.



100 days sober


It’s kind of hard to believe that someone who spent most of his career abusing substances could find the time to get 100 days sober, but that’s what industrial godfather Al Jourgensen has done. Taking to his Facebook page throughout the past few months, Uncle Al has updated fans on how longs he’s been sober. Last week marked the 100th day the Ministry front man has been clean. He says he thinks he gets somekind of medallion or special chip or something. Who knows. Keep it up, Al! And remember kids, everything in moderation!





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Six years in prison, Root out of Stone Sour, AMC to pick up Corgan, and Too much booze

Six years in prison


If you were to plead guilty to hiring a hit mat to kill you estranged wife, what kind of sentence do you think would be handed down? Not sure? Why not ask As I Lay Dying singer Tim Lambesis? The 33-year-old singer was sentenced to six years in prison late last week. The story broke last year when it was reported Lambesis hired what he thought was a hit man to take his wife Megan out … and not to dinner. That hit man just so happened to be an undercover sheriff’s deputy. After a few court hearings here and there Lambesis eventually pleaded guilty and said that he was upset because his wife would get a large share of his income in a divorce settlement. Should have thought about that before you tied the not, idiot. Now you’re in shackles. Work that into a song. Have fun in prison, stupid.


Root out of Stone Sour


It’s confirmed that Jim Root is no more a member of Stone Sour. Word came out over the weekend that Root is leaving the band. Don’t worry, maggots. He’ll still be integral on the next Slipknot album. As far as why Root is no long with Stone Sour, those details haven’t been released yet … We’ll keep you posted.


AMC to pick up Corgan


Move over Dave Grohl, Billy Corgan is gonna get his own reality show and you won’t have to buy a premium cable package to watch it. But, this reality show isn’t about making a new album, it’s about the Smashing Pumpkins front man’s wrestling league. Corgan confirmed that AMC will pick up on Corgan’s Resistance Pro Wrestling. There’s really no other details at this time, but we’ll keep you posted. It was reported last week that Foo Fighters will be followed around by HBO in an upcoming series as the band puts their new album together in various studios across the country. But, that’s something you’ll have to subscribe to a premium cable service to get. AMC airs on basic cable.


Too much booze


Kids, everything in moderation. That’s the moral of the story after Sum 41 singer Deryck Whibley says his doctors warned if he has one more drink he’ll die. Whibley’s been in the hospital for the past month because of the heavy boozing. That kind of lifestyle takes a toll on your liver and kidneys. Take it from Whibley: “drink responsibly. [he] didn’t, and look where it got [him].”


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Foo Fighters on HBO Last Show ... Ever, and Autobiography Out Next Year

Foo Fighters on HBO


We knew something was going to be extra special about the forthcoming Foo Fighters album. Now we know more. Dave Grohl and the guys are going to be followed around by a crew from HBO filming their every move. The band recorded a song at a legendary studio in several different cities: Chicago, Austin, Nashville, Los Angeles, Seattle, New Orleans, Washington and New York. When the band took to the studio, they were also hanging out with rock legends like Paul Stanley or Joe Walsh and even some of the less known types like Ian MacKaye from Fugazi. The untitled project doesn’t have a firm release date but it’s expected out later this year on the eave of Foo Fighters’ 20th anniversary as a band. Holy crap that just made me feel old.


Last show … ever


Black Sabbath had one hell of a year with the release of their album 13. They enjoyed a huge tour and even a Grammy award. But reports indicate that the band is nearing the absolute end of their career. Tony Iommi told Metal Hammer that the band’s last show for the summer could be their last show period. That will take place on the 4th of July in Barclaycard British Summer Time Festival in London. Iommi says he doesn’t want it to be the band’s last show but there’s nothing really planned after that. He also says he doesn’t want to tour too much longer because of his health. Iommi has been battling lymphoma for a couple of years.


Autobiography out next year


Want to jump inside the mind of Pantera front man Phil Anselmo? It’s probably a pretty scary place, but surely it’s worth a jaunt! The singer’s autobiography titled Mouth For War: Pantera and Beyond is expected out January of 2015. The book is taking pre-orders right now.


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Postponing Show Because of Unrest, Butler Offers Reward for Cat Killer, and Riot Fest Announced

Postponing show because of unrest


The unrest in Ukraine isn’t just a major international story, it’s also impacting tour plans for major rock acts like Korn. The band announced they’ve postponed their scheduled show in Kiev Friday because of the growing tensions in that country. Currently they’re on tour in Russia with a stop in Moscow today. Posted to the band’s website, a statement says that the US State Department has issued a travel advisory warning against any non-essential travel to Kiev and that the band and the promoter decided to postpone the show to a later date. When will that be? Not sure. There have been clashes between pro-Russian and pro-Western supporters for months and things don’t seem to be calming down. Korn has concerts through Russia up to May 28th. After that they’ll head to Rockfest 2014 in Kansas City at the end of May and then up to Canada for a festival at the end of June before launching as the headliner of the Mayhem Festival July 5th.


Butler offers reward for cat killer


Black Sabbath Bassist Geezer Butler has a soft spot for felines. He was so disturbed by a story about a cat killer that he’s offering up a $1,000 reward. But then again, anyone who hears this story should cringe … if not, you are either a sociopath or don’t have a soul … or both. In Yonkers, New York, someone has killed more than two dozen cats and hung them in bags in a wooded area. Butler is a longtime animal right’s activist and his $1,000 reward is being added to the $25,000 reward officials have offered up for information leading to the arrest of the sicko. Now, I’m wondering where Geezer was when Ozzy bit that bat’s head off years ago …


Riot Fest announced


Riot Fest has been announced and there’s a lineup for Chicago’s shows September 12 through the 14th. Among the dozens and dozens of acts:Andrew W. K., GWAR, Clutch, Mudhoney, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Of Mice & Men, NOFX, Dropkick Murphys, The Used, international acts Die Antwoord and Russian Punk band Pussy Riot, The Offspring, Slayer, Weezer, Rise Against and Jane’s Addiction … just to name a few. Tickets for that festival, which includes a carnival, are on sale now at


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Pretty Reckless Tour, Honoring Ozzy, and Adrenaline Mob Accident

Pretty Reckless Tour


Wanna see Taylor Momsen’s boobs covered by electrical tape in person? You may get your chance with a new North American tour announced by The Pretty Reckless. Fristly, they’ll be in Peoria Friday at the Peoria Civic Center for their Spring and Summer tour. Can’t line up to be there this Friday? Don’t worry, they’ll come back around for their “Going to Hell” fall tour with back-to-back stops in St. Louis and Chicago October 23rd and 24th, respectively. Meanwhile front woman Momsen slid across a stage during a recent show. Bad new is the stage was wooden and she caught a few splinters. So, what does a rock star do? They bust out the sharpest knife and remove that SOB. And, the evidence of the impromptu surgery was capture via a Twitter post from Pretty Reckless bassist Mark Damon.




Honoring Ozzy


At the most recent MusiCares benefit concert in Los Angeles, Ozzy Osbourne was honored for his efforts to help individuals cope with addiction. Ozzy said that he knows firsthand about the ravages of addiction and MusicCare is a safety net for people in the music industry who need help. “This organization literally saves lives,” Ozzy said. Also on hand at the benefit concert was Metallica who performed a couple of covers, including tunes from the Beatles, Deep Purple and Ozzy Osbourne. Video of the band’s performances are circulating online.


Adrenaline Mob accident


After a nearly fatal car accident, the guys from Adrenaline Mob have dropped off the tour with Avenged Sevenfold and Hellyeah. A press release from the band states that the band was driving down the interstate in New Hampshire on the way to a show in Quebec City. The accident wasn’t fatal for the band and there actually weren’t any injuries reported, but it did destroy their gear and their van. Best wishes to a speedy recovery, guys!


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T Lee on New SP, Set to Buckle Down, and Sweet and Sixx Make Up

T Lee on new SP


More details on the collaboration of Tommy Lee and the Smashing Pumpkins: Billy Corgan took to the web to explain how he hooked up with, who he calls T Lee. The lengthy post talks about how he was in studio working on the tracks for the forthcoming Monuments to an Elegy album and told someone “we really need to get someone like Tommy to play on this song” which was quickly followed up with a meeting where Corgan played some of the demos from the album. T Lee agreed to be part and the rest is history. There’s still no word on when the new album will be out, but there’s news that Corgan is already working on yet another release titled Day and Night. Will T Lee perform on that one? Not sure. What’s also unclear at this time is if there’s a Pumpkins tour, will T Lee perform or will youngster Mike Byrne who’s been on drums for Corgan since 2012?


Set to buckle down


Reaffirming Metallica’s resolve for a new album, guitarist Kirk Hammet says the band will “buckle down” and get a new album out soon. This is after drummer Lars Ulrich said the band is in the “fourth inning” of the process. Lars didn’t provide many other specific details, but Hammet is. In an interview with Guitar World, Hammett says they want to make a new album but they’re strapped with touring commitments but the band has a backlog of riffs and it may be September when the band is ready to make things happen.


Sweet and Sixx make up


It seems the brief fued between two rock stars that have never met is now over. Last week Stryper’s Michael Sweet and Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx exchanged words via the media. Sweet said his book isn’t embellished like Nikki Sixx and even quipped about Sixx’s claim to have nearly died several times. Sixx fired back a jab about non addicts talking sh*t about addicts. Sweet said he meant no disrespect. Sixx accepted the apology and wished Sweet the best of luck with the new book. Now onto patching things up with Godsmack’s Sully Erna, there Sixx!


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Love Confirms Love Note, Happy Birthday Maynard, and Bat Halts Renovations

Love confirms love note


Courtney Love confirms she wrote that bizarre note found in Kurt Cobain’s wallet. The note reported on earlier this month was stuffed into Cobain’s wallet and was part of the evidence held by police from 20 years ago. The note, scrawled on note pad San Francisco’s The Phoenix Urban Resort, mocked the couple’s wedding vows. Kurt’s biographer said he was told by Courtney Love that she wrote the note, but that was second hand. Love has now come out to the Guardian that she “obviously” wrote it. “Don’t you guys understand sarcasm?” She then went on to say that the story “endangers me, and it endangers Frances,” the couple’s daughter.


Happy Birthday Maynard


It must have been one hell of a party for Maynard James Keenan. The 50-year-old rock star celebrated with fans by bringing together members from all three of his bands for a performance over the weekend in Los Angeles. His birthday was actually in April but it’s never too late to party, right? Fan-shot video circulating online shows various tunes performed by the troupe.


Bat halts renovations


Oh, what a twist! Call it revenge years in the making. Ozzy Osbourne is having some renovations done to his property. Those renovations had to be halted because … well, bats … that’s why. When the Dark Prince went to work on an old barn on his Buckinghamshire estate, crews found bats and owls, which are protected by law. Now the Osbournes have to wait for a particular window of time before they can get back to work. At least he didn’t go wild and proceed to biting off their heads this time.


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Tommy Lee with SP, New Album in 2015, Forthcoming Photo Book, and Streaming Now

Tommy Lee with SP


So, with Motley Crue doing a farewell tour this summer, what will the band members be doing afterwards? We know that Vince Neil is investing in arena football teams. Mick Mars is gonna work on a solo album. Nikki Sixx is gonna continue to being a bitch towards anyone critical of him. And, news has it that Tommy Lee will take to the drums for a new Smashing Pumpkins album. On the Smashing Pumpkins website, front man Billy Corgan wrote that Tommy Lee will be behind the set in studio for all nine songs. The expected title of the forthcoming Pumpkins album is Monument to an Elegy. Wondering what an elegy is? It’s a sad poem or song to express sorrow. Now you know! Get tough. Go Joe.


New album in 2015


Five Finger Death Punch have confirmed they will push out a new album in 2015. Guitarist Zoltan Bathory told Billboard magazine that they already have five or six songs kicking around and by next spring they could put something out. The band is currently on the road playing festivals and headlining shows.


Forthcoming photo book


Who needs words when a picture is worth a thousand of ‘em! What about 600 pictures? Surely that’s worth hundreds of thousands of words, right? Well, more than 600 photos are gonna be used in a new autobiography about Jimmy Page. The book simply titled Jimmy Page will feature the collection of photos, like scans of his passports and other mementos from his life to show of the life and times of the Led Zeppelin guitarist. The book is expected out in October.


Streaming now


Also, if you didn’t get a chance to see Metallica’s Through the Never when it made the rounds in the theater, you can watch it now on Netflix. The film can be found in the documentary section of the video streaming service. Any fan of thrash metal will enjoy the chaotic and compelling story line intertwined with a live performance from the band.


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Sixx Acting Like a Bitch, Back in the USA But Not Behind the Set, and Trippy Video

Sixx acting like a bitch


It’s not just a twitter spat between Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx and Godsmack’s Sully Erna over the Godsmack song “Crying Like a Bitch” … Now it’s bleeding into Erna’s livelihood. The headline reads “Nikki Sixx: Motley Crue Threatened to Ditch Headlining Festival if Godsmack Played” (read more here). And that’s not speculation or conjecture … that’s words out of Sixx’s own mouth. During a recent episode of Nikki Sixx’s radio show, Sixx Sense, Sixx shared the story about Godsmack wanting to come on his show to promote their new album—something the Motley Crue bassist immediately denied. He then goes on to say “there’s probably 15 festivals that Motley Crue is headlining and that we said if Godsmack’s on ‘em, we’re not doing them” … It’s a dirty trick that rival bands have been known to do in the past, but it’s never been this open. Sixx says that’s not the last of his revenge. And, honestly … kinda sounds like he’s crying like a bitch … or at least acting like one!


Back in the USA but not behind the set


After being convicted in a Dubai court of being drunk at an airport, flipping the bird and disrespecting the religion of Islam, Scorpions drummer James Kottak is back in the US. The band took to their Facebook page to let fans know that Kottak is back in the US. A statement simply says “He will have to find the time to sort out his problems.” Not sure what the hell that means, but OK. What is clear though, Kottak has been replaced as Scorpions drummer while the band tours in Europe.


Trippy video


Chino fans, the Deftones front man’s side project ††† (Crosses) has a new video out for the tune “Telepathy” and it’s quite the collage. At times it feels as if you’re looking through a kalidescope. There is a UFO, a bizarre dance floor with a bunch of neon lights, a ton of video effects and a woman pulling a crystal out of some dude’s head and then taken into a negative-art world to meet her UFO overlord. In other words … it’s trippy as hell.



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Sixx Lashes Out at Erna, The Deal, The Lawsuit, and Young to Record

Sixx lashes out at Erna


Nikki Sixx can’t take criticism all too well. The most recent rock star bout isn’t between Sixx and Godsmack’s Sully Erna … now Sixx is taking aim at Stryper’s Michael Sweet. Sweet publicly questioned the validity of Sixx’s autobiography in promoting his new book Honestly: My Life and Stryper Revealed. During an interview Sweet said that his book isn’t as controversial as other books, like Sixx’s autobiography, but “half of what we hear about Motley Crue is B.S. anyway, like when you hear stories about Nikki Sixx dying three times and whatnot. It’s like, ‘How stretched is that?’” Sixx fired back in a Facebook poast saying “Non addicts talking s**t about people who have fought for their live’s to beat their addiction … #MichaelSweet #OhHeHasABookForSale? #GodBlessTheChildrenOfTheBeast #SobrietyRocks #Sad.


The deal


It could be the most convoluted band breakup ever … Queensryche and Geoff Tate are making public their deal to part ways. Here’s the gist: Tate’s shares of the band were bought out. He will only be able to refer to himself as the “original singer of Queensryche” or “formerly of Queensryche” for a couple more years and will only be able to perform tunes from the two Mindcrime albums. The rest of the original lineup still intact will be able to perform whatever they want. Meanwhile the rest of the original band is planning a new album for 2015 and Tate is planning a “farewell to Queensryche” tour. Stone Temple Pilots, Scott Weiland … Are you guys taking notes?


The lawsuit


In other rock star legal drama … former Misfits front man Glenn Danzig is suing bassist Jerry Only for merchandising rights with Hot Topic. Danzig also claims that Only registered trademarks for the band’s merch back in 2000 behind his back. This will get interesting as egos flair.


Young to record


News has it that Stevie Young will be filling in for his uncle Malcolm for a new AC/DC album. Stevie did just this same thing back in 1988. A picture from Ultimate Classic Rock shows Stevie with the band in Vancouver where they’re recording their first album since 2008’s Black Ice.


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Death of a Fan, More Touring, Revisiting an Old Song, and Lyric Video Released

Death of a fan


Miss May I are sharing their sadness about the death of a fan at one of their shows over the weekend. A post on the band’s Facebook page includes a photo of Alberto Scott, a 21-year-old man, who died during a Miss May I show at Webster Hall in New York City. The band’s post says they’re waiting a full report from the NYPD about what happened, but they are asking for thoughts and prayers to be with the family. They also shared a fundraising page to help pay for funeral costs. Other reports indicate that Scott suffered a fatal head injury stage diving where no one caught him.





More touring


Chevelle is going to remain on the road for the rest of the summer. The band will make it to Rock the District in Rock Island, Illinois, June 21st. They’ll then travel all around the US to the West coast and the south and back to the Midwest wrapping up in Michigan. The band also is toying with what to release as the next single from their album La Gorgola.


Revisiting an old song


It’s not “Wheels on the Bus” … it’s actually much older and it’s about to get the Kirk Hammett treatment. The tune “Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built for Two)” is a more than century old tune and it’s about to get a facelift, not just from Hammett, but several other artists including Katy Perry and Nick Cave. That’s the word of the somewhat bizarre compilation titield The Gay Nineties Old Tyme Music: Daisy Bell … and by Gay Nineties, surely they’re referring to the 1890s. The “Daisy Bell” actually resurfaced back in 1968 in the epic film 2001: A Space Odyssey. Proceeds from the extremely limited vinyl release will go to the Little Kids Rock organization.


Lyric video released


As we get closer to the release of Linkin Park’s new album a, there’s a new video from the band that mixes the traditional music video with a lyric video. The song “Until It’s Gone” can be found on the forthcoming album The Hunting Party which comes out June 17th.



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Love's Love Note, Love's Dad Says She Was Involved, Gray's Doc Acquitted, and Lost Then Found

Love’s love note


The note found in the Kurt Cobain’s wallet that pokes fun at his wedding vows with Courtney Love was not written by Cobain, but rather … it was written by Love. That’s according to author Charles Cross. The note surfaced in media reports last week and said something to the affect of loving Love even if she’s a “bitch with zits and siphoning all money for doping and whoring …”. Cross says that he was notified by Love herself that she wrote the note and gave it to Kurt before they got married in 1991. The sarcastic note wasn’t uncommon with the couple, according to Cross.


Love’s dad says she was involved


Meanwhile Courtney Love’s dad, Hank Harrison, suggests his daughter was involved in Cobain’s death. In an interview with Harrison says “no doubt she was capable. I can’t prove she pulled the trigger, but I can prove her involvement to a high degree of certainty.” Harrison has a book out called Love Kills: The Assassination of Kurt Cobain where he is also critical of the Seattle Police Department’s handling of the death scene. Even after another investigation, police determined the death to be suicide.


Gray’s doc acquitted


Acquitted of manslaughter—that’s the verdict handed down to Dr. Danile Baldi, the doctor who oversaw Slipknot bassist Paul Gray’s medication. The Des Moines Register reports that the jury found that prosecutors didn’t prove Baldi was reckless in prescribing drugs to various patients, regardless of whatever addictions they may have had. Gray’s wife, Brenna, testified that Baldi prescribed Xanax to the bassist regardless of his history of problems with the drug. Baldi’s attorneys fired back and said none of the patients had high levels of the drugs Baldi prescribed in their system. Baldi wasn’t facing manslaughter charges for just Gray (who died in 2010), he was also facing charges for over prescribing several other people who overdosed.


Lost then found


They found it! No, not your porn stash … but this was something found in a pawn stash … Zakk Wylde’s guitar! A clerk at a pawn shop up in Chicago though something was different about a guitar he bought for $50. He was right. It turned out to be Black Label Society guitarist Zakk Wylde’s guitar that went missing back in March. The pawn shop, Royal Pawn, was featured in truTV’s show “Hardcore Pawn.” After the guitar was authenticated as Wylde’s axe the shop passed the sellers info on to police but no arrests have been made.


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New AC/DC Album Confirmed, RATM Done, and A7X on Suicide

New AC/DC album confirmed


There will be a new AC/DC album and the band apparently has officially confirmed that founding member Malcolm Young will be taking time away from the band. Though no official timeline has been given, the band is expected to release a new album before the end of the year. They’re actually starting up the recording process this week! The band is traveling to Vancouver to work with record producer Brendan O’Brien. There are already pics posted online showing their equipment all loaded into the studio!



O’Brien has had his hands involved in AC/DC’s last album in 2008, Black Ice. He’s also been involved with a ton of kick ass records, including discs from Pearl Jam and Rage Against the Machine.


RATM done


Speaking of Rage Against the Machine, drummer Brad Wilk says the last Rage Against the Machine show has likely already been played. Well that blows! Wilk was asked by The Pulse of Radio about the band and he says he’s already come to terms with the fact that the band is done. Wilk recently recorded and toured with Black Sabbath.


A7X on suicide


Avenged Sevenfold have taken to the web with a statement about teen suicide. As is too often the case, suicide, especially when a young person does it, is blamed on music—with heavy metal and rock taking the most criticism. A7X’s statement comes after news of a 16-year-old in the UK is reported to have taken their own life while listening to A7X’s music and watching their videos. The statement from the band says it’s a tragic situation, but they’ve had experts assure them “that there are always many things that go into a tragedy like this, and while music can play a powerful role in someone’s life, it does not cause something like this to happen, especially not alone. Research shows that 90% of those who take their life have a brain illness, or a mental illness, going on at the time of their death. This is something most people don’t want to talk about and that keeps them from getting the good help and treatments that are out there.” AX7 is scheduled with Seether, Hellyeah, and others for The Rise Above Festival May 10th in Maine.


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Slash is Expecting and Sixx vs Erna

Slash is expecting


The way he talks about it you may think it’s a new child … but it’s not. Slash’s new album with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators is taking just as long as a baby takes to pop out of the womb. Plus, just like an unborn child the new album doesn’t quite have a name yet. Slash does say that it’s “very rock ‘n’ roll, and very diverse”. In an interview with Kerrang Magazine, Slash says he’s super proud of what they’ve collected so far. As for the production, Slash says he’s taking a different approach on the forthcoming album. The shredder says the band will record the tracks live and then go back and overdub more intricate parts. Pervious albums were either recorded directly to tape, recorded live or used Pro Tools. Slash isn’t a fan of the digital recording process. He says he wants more depth. And taking to twitter, Slash says he’s so f**king excited, not just for the new tunage, but also for the tour this summer with Aerosmith. The “Let Rock Rule” tour will be in Tinley Park July 25th.


Sixx vs Erna


Not only is he a rock star diva, he’s also a radio show host diva … and coming from a radio guy … those are the worst! Nikki Sixx is ripping on Godsmack for apparently requesting to appear on the Sixx Sense radio show. In a tweet Sixx says Godsmack begged to be on his radio show to promote their s**t new album. He also pokes fun saying “Good luck touring phonebooths. Whos crying like a bitch now?” “Crying like a bitch” is a reference to a Godsmack tune the band attributed to writing after Godsmack toured with Motley Crue back in 2009 and the song is said to be written about Nikki Sixx. Godsmack front man Sully Erna pleaded the 5th when asked directly if the song is about Sixx. Sixx’s tweet is the latest in a series of tweets over the years directed at Erna for various things from his height to his career. Makes for some good rock star diva drama!


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