Music

Coldplay Announces Second NYC Show


BB Gun PressThe band sold out its first New York City show in less than a minute, so now Coldplay has taken pity on the thousands of shut-out fans and scheduled a second show in the Big Apple.Show number two will take place on the same night as the first -- Monday, May 5 -- but at 5pm. And there's another catch: you must be a Citi card member to purchase tickets.This ticket sale begins next Wednesday, April 30, at 10 a.m. ET and if the first show's sales are any hint, the early show will sell out in nothing flat as well, so be quick if you want a ticket.Coldplay also recently announced they're headlining Radio 1's Big Weekend in Glasgow, Scotland. That show will be simulcast online; check out details on the BBC website. Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Foo Fighters Drummer Says Side Project Is "Self Indulgent" but Fun


Shanabelle RecordsBirds of Satan is a band that is "100% [self-indulgent] in every way, shape and form!"This was admitted gleefully by Taylor Hawkins, Birds of Satans' leader. Hawkins -- who's moonlight from his day job as Foo Fighters' drummer -- revealed this and a few other fun facts about his side project in an interview with British music website Drowned in Sound. Hawkins said, "It’s really just [us] going bananas, having fun with my friends and seeing how hard and silly it can be. There’s times when Mick [Murphy], the guitar player, would do a guitar solo and I’d be like, 'Well that’s just ridiculous, I would never have asked you to... I would never have let you do that. But it’s kinda awesome too because it’s so ridiculous so, f*** it, let’s just keep it.'”Seems Hawkins and his band mates -- Murphy and Wiley Hodgden, with guest appearances by Dave Grohl, Foo Fighter Pat Smear and touring Foos members Rami Jaffee and Drew Hester -- view the band as pure fun and a way to blow off creative steam, but they plan to continue the effort beyond the first, self-titled album, which was released last week."We're gonna try to put together a little tour," Hodgden said. "We're gonna play a record release party...and then we're gonna play Jimmy Kimmel in May and try to [get a little tour together when Foo Fighters get breaks]. And then hopefully we'll just go into the studio for a week, make another album, and then tour the s*** out if it!"The Birds of Satan's entire first album is streaming online at Soundcloud.com/TheBirdsofSatan.Here is the track listing: "The Ballad of the Birds of Satan""Thanks for the Line""Pieces of the Puzzle""Raspberries""Nothing at All""Wait Til Tomorrow""Too Far Gone to See"Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio 

Joe Satriani Talks New Career-Spanning Box Set, Upcoming Memoir


Legacy RecordingsJoe Satriani fans have a whole lot to be excited about, as the guitar virtuoso -- and sometimes Chickenfoot member -- has just released a massive box set gathering together remastered versions of all of his studio albums, and he also has penned a memoir that will be published in early May.Released this past Tuesday, The Complete Studio Recordings includes Satriani's 14 studio releases, stretching from 1986's Not of This Earth through last year's Unstoppable Momentum, as well as a disc of extra songs titled Additional Creations and Bonus Tracks.Satriani tells ABC News Radio that compiling the box set and remastering the records so that they fit together sonically was quite a challenge."We went back and we mastered [the catalog] like someone was going to listen to all the records in one big session, or they were going to go from record one to seven to two to eleven…and they'd have to work together," he explains.  "So, we restored some of the more crunchy earlier masterings to their more open, generous high-fidelity states that they were before they went to the mastering lab."The 57-year-old guitar whiz says that what made the project particularly difficult was that his albums were recorded in so many diverse formats and types of media over the years.Satriani also notes that the box set came together hand in hand with his autobiography, Strange Beautiful Music, which will hit stores on May 6.  Rather than being an average rock star tell-all, the book focuses more on the technical aspects of the creation of Joe's albums.  Satriani says the process of writing the book helped him when it came time to revamp his catalog."I would say the reexamination of the stories behind each of the albums did sort of inform me to go back and to remaster that particular album, or each of them," he points out, "and just kind of restore them to the original potential that I always felt they had."As work progressed on the compilation and the book, Satriani says he eventually realized it would be cool to release both around the same time.  The release of the box set and memoir also happens to coincide with a break from his ongoing solo tour in support of Unstoppable Momentum."So, we finally wound up with that perfect storm," Joe declares.  "The artist is out there.  He's got a book, he's got a remastered catalog and he still has a new record that's active out there."Besides the standard version of The Complete Studio Recordings, which features the CDs housed in miniature album sleeves and packaged in a clamshell box, a unique collectible digital version of the retrospective also is available.  A "Chrome Dome" USB edition of the collection can be purchased exclusively at Satriani.com that features a chrome-colored plastic replica of Satriani's shaved head, which holds USB drives boasting high-definition digital audio files of his entire catalog."It's really freaky.  I can't really look at it," admits Joe about his replica noggin.  "I mean, I looked at it so I could approve it and make sure that the whole thing worked to hold onto the USB drives, but I put it right back in the box."Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Led Zeppelin Releases Two Previously-Unheard Recordings from Upcoming Reissues


Rhino RecordsThe BBC is offering a sneak peek at Led Zeppelin's reissues of their first three albums.Two previously-unheard recordings from the band have been previewed by the BBC: an early version of "Whole Lotta Love," which will be featured in the re-release of Led Zeppelin II, and Zeppelin's take on the blues classics "Keys to the Highway/Trouble In Mind," which will be included in the Led Zeppelin III re-release.The early version of "Whole Lotta Love" is different from the one with which fans are familiar. For example, the vocals were re-recorded for the version that was ultimately released.Jimmy Page spearheaded the reissue project because, as he tells the BBC, "I don't want to die and have somebody else do it." After revisiting the band's music, he says, "it's undeniable that we're good."Zeppelin singer Robert Plant does have a regret or two regarding his approach to their music as they recorded it. He laughs, "My enthusiasm sometimes got in the way of finesse. I listen to it and go, wow, why didn't I shut up a bit?"By the way, don't get your hopes up that the reissues will lead to a Zeppelin reunion. Plant says the chances of the group putting on a live show again are "zero."Page says, "I'm sure people would love to hear it. I'm not the one to be asking, I don't sing."Zeppelin, minus the late drummer John Bonham, reunited in 2007 for a concert at London's O2 Arena that served as the basis for their live film/CD Celebration Day.Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II and Led Zeppelin III all will be reissued in various configurations on June 3.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Linkin Park Announces Contest for "Guilty All the Same" Video Game


Warner Brothers RecordsIf you're a fan of Linkin Park, you know the band has developed a video game for their song "Guilty All the Same." Thousands of fans have let Linkin Park know that they love the song and the game, which allows used to remix the video. Now the band has decided to stage a contest, the winners of which will see their versions showcased at the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles in early June, just before Linkin Park's new album The Hunting Party hits digital and retail outlets.You can play, and customize, the "Guilty All the Same" video game at ProjectSpark.com.  There also are instructions on-site on how to share your version with the band.Linkin Park revealed specific instructions for the contest through download.cnet.com.  To enter your remixed version of "Guilty All the Same":- Include [LP] in your level name for inclusion in the special LinkinSpark feed.- Use the hashtag #linkinspark on social media to let the world know what you've created.- Create a video of your remix for inclusion on the Linkin Spark Upload channel and the Project Spark YouTube channel.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Coldplay Sell Out NYC in Thirty Seconds; Announce Glasgow Show


Courtesy Coldplay via InstagramAs expected, Coldplay earlier today sold out their "intimate" New York City show -- but it was fast, even by New-York-minute standards. Within 30 seconds of Ticketmaster opening sales, fans were having their hopes dashed by a large, red "High Demand--No Matches" message on the site, even if all they wanted were single tickets to the band's May 5 show.Of course, tickets appeared on Craigslist almost immediately, with pricetags of up to $4000 a pop for orchestra seats. Several ads were placed for tickets in the $200 range, which were quickly snapped up.There has been no mention from Coldplay's official sources about the possibility of an additional show added to help meet the overwhelming ticket demand.On a happier note, Coldplay has signed on to headline the Saturday night show of Radio 1's Big Weekend in Glasgow on May 24. Tickets for that event were free, and snapped up in under two hours. The good news for Coldplay fans is that the show will be simulcast online -- check out details on the BBC website.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Coldplay Reveal Third New Song from "Ghost Stories;" Announce TV Special


Parlophone RecordsColdplay is a fountain of musical gifts these days. After announcing in March the impending arrival of a new album, titled Ghost Stories, the band released two videos for tracks on the collection.  Then today in the U.K., Coldplay did one better and played an acoustic version of a third song from Ghost Stories, this one called "Oceans." The band also played "Magic."If that weren't enough, Coldplay has just announced that they've put together Coldplay: Ghost Stories, which they call "a groundbreaking primetime special based on the band's forthcoming album."You can watch a trailer for Coldplay: Ghost Stories now on the band's official website.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio 

Three Days Grace Unveils New Tour Dates, Lyric Video


RCA RecordsThree Days Grace has announced some additional tour dates. The band is currently wrapping up a string of dates with three shows in Michigan, but has announced new summer shows with new full-time vocalist Matt Walst.Three Days Grace has also released a lyric video for it's latest single,"Painkiller." It's streaming online now on the band's YouTube channel. Here are the new Three Days Grace tour dates: 5/23 -- Herrin, IL, Herrinfesta Italiana5/24 -- Little Rock, AR, Riverfest7/18 -- Detroit, MI, The Fillmore                                       7/19 -- Ft. Wayne, IN, Piere's                 7/20 -- St. Louis, MO, The Pageant                             7/22 -- Chicago, IL, House of Blues   7/23 -- Minneapolis, MN, Myth Live                                                        7/26 -- Rapid City, SD, Rushmore Plaza Civic Center       7/27 -- Sioux Falls, SD, The District                                         7/29 -- Billings, MT, Shrine Auditorium     Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Courtney Love Releases New Single


Courtney Love via InstagramShe's full of surprises, Courtney Love is. Ten days ago she was hugging Dave Grohl on stage at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, and now she's got a new single.It's called "You Know My Name" and will released officially with another song called "Wedding Day" on May 4, but it's streaming now on Love's YouTube channel.Although Love has recently said she's playing with Hole's classic lineup, "You Know My Name" is a solo release.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Five Finger Death Punch Up for Six Golden Gods Awards


RevolverMag.comThe Revolver Golden Gods Awards take place tonight in Los Angeles. One of the frontrunning bands is Five Finger Death Punch -- nominated in a whopping six categories -- who's competing in the divisions of Album of the Year, Best Vocalist, Best Guitarist, Best Bassist, Song of the Year, and Most Dedicated Fans.Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory doesn't let these nominations, or other similar nods, go to his head. Bathory tells ABC News Radio, "You have great musicians, great bands in the same category. There is no universal scale of who is better and why. Take Jimi Hendrix and Yngwie Malmsteen, you can't compare the two -- both artists are great. One is extremely innovative, the other plays things that no other human can play on the planet. Which one is better? We don't really have a scale."That doesn't mean that Bathory and his FFDP bandmates aren't grateful for the recognition.  He tells ABC News Radio, "The accolades are obviously very appreciated and it always means something of a milestone that you're achieving something." Joan Jett will make history tonight by being the first woman to ever receive Revolver's Golden God award, which is given annually to one honoree who "embodies the spirit of hard rock and metal." Jett joins past Golden God recipients including Gene Simmons, Rob Zombie, and Alice Cooper.  Axl Rose will receive this year's Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award. The Guns n' Roses frontman will join the ranks of past honorees Rush, Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, and Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead.The Golden Gods Awards ceremony will be held at L.A.'s Nokia Theater.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Coldplay Announces New York City Ticket Information


Courtesy Coldplay via InstagramAfter announcing almost a week ago that that they'll play six “intimate” live shows in the U.S., Japan and Europe in support of the band’s new album, Ghost Stories, Coldplay has now announced ticket information for its New York City show. Tickets for the May 5 Beacon Theatre show will go on sale through Ticketmaster at 10 a.m. ET on Wednesday, April 23. There will be a strict two-ticket-per-person limit. Pricing for the concert will be $75 and $150, which includes ticket cost and fees.The Ghost Stories album features nine tracks and is scheduled to arrive in stores and digital outlets on May 19. The album is available for pre-order on iTunes.  "Magic" is the first single from Ghost Stories.Here are the Coldplay concert dates:4/25 -- Cologne, E-Werk5/5 -- New York, Beacon Theatre5/19 -- Los Angeles, Royce Hall5/28 -- Paris, Casino de Paris6/12 -- Tokyo, Dome City Hall7/1 -- London, Royal Albert HallCopyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Steven Tyler Rescued by Danica Patrick in New Can-Am Spyder Spot


Photo: Steve ErleStar auto racer Danica Patrick comes to the aid of Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler in a new ad for the Can-Am Spyder motorcycle.In the minute-and-a-half-long spot, Patrick touts a new campaign centered around the three-wheeled motorcycle that she calls the "Paparazzi Escape Vehicle."  She explains that when celebrities are hounded by photographers, they can call 1-844-SPYDER-LA to have a Can-Am Spyder pick them up and whisk them away.By way of example, we see footage of Tyler being rescued by Patrick from a crowd of shutterbugs.  He makes an obscene gesture toward the photographers as they drive away.Believe it or not, this is a real offer from Can-Am Spyder.  According to USA Today, Los Angeles-area celebs will be able to utilize the rescue service for one week by calling the number.  Incidentally, Tyler was involved in creating and lobbying for an anti-paparazzi law that was passed last year by the Hawaiian legislature.  The law helps protect celebrities from intrusive photographers.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Mastodon Releases First Single from New Album


Courtesy Mastodon via TwitterMastodon has released the first single from its forthcoming album, Once More 'Round the Sun. The new track is called "High Road," but it's apparently not at all about taking the high road. In a statement, Mastodon guitarist Bill Kelliher admits he wrote "High Road" "on a day off while we were on tour in Luxembourg. I was sitting in this rainy city on a Sunday, and nothing was open. I felt like I needed to write something to reflect how I was feeling [so] I started banging on a guitar." The chorus is "You take the high road down/I'll take the road below you."The song has slow, percussive riffs in the beginning and progresses to soaring vocal/guitar blending. It's streaming now on Mastodon's official website, MastodonRocks.com. Once More 'Round the Sun is set to arrive in retail and digital outlets on April 29.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Jack White Reveals Track Listing for "Lazaretto," Releases First Single


Mary Ellen MatthewsJack White had a busy weekend, what with setting the record for the World's Fastest-Released Record on Record Store Day.  That record was "Lazaretto," the live, mono version of the title track of White's forthcoming album.  It was cut direct-to-acetate, pressed and put on sale at his Third Man Records shop in Nashville in less than four hours.The B-side of the single features White's cover of Elvis Presley's "Power of My Love." You can see the record being set, in a time-compressed video, on Third Man Records' official YouTube channel.The former White Stripes singer also found time to release the track listing for his new album.Set to hit outlets both digital and retail on June 10, Lazaretto will contain 11 songs.Here's the track listing for Lazaretto:"Three Women""Lazaretto""Temporary Ground""Would You Fight for My Love?""High Ball Stepper""Just One Drink""Alone in My Home""Entitlement""That Black Bat Licorice" "I Think I Found the Culprit""Want and Able"Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Kings of Leon Announce New Tour Dates


Big Hassle MediaKings of Leon have announced the third leg of their tour, and it's a long one. The leg kicks off on July 31 in St. Louis and stretches through and October 3 show in Los Angeles, stopping in virtually all regions of the U.S.  On select dates of the tour Kings of Leon are being joined by Young the Giant and Kongos. Tickets for the newly announced dates on sale starting Friday, April 25 via LiveNation.com. A Kings of Leon tour trailer can be seen on the band's official YouTube channel.The new Kings of Leon tour dates are:7/31 -- St. Louis, MO, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre8/01 -- Detroit, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre8/03 -- Chicago, IL, Grant Park (Lollapalooza)8/05 -- Toronto, ON, Molson Canadian Amphitheatre8/07 -- Hartford, CT, Xfinity Theatre8/09 -- Mansfield, MA, Xfinity Center8/10 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center8/13 -- Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre8/15 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live8/16 -- Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts8/19 -- Darien Center, NY, Darien Lake Performing Arts Center8/20 -- Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Blossom Music Center8/22 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center8/23 -- Indianapolis, IN, Klipsch Music Center8/26 -- Gilford, NH, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook8/28 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center8/29 -- Pittsburgh, PA, First Niagara Pavilion9/03 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach9/05 -- Tampa, FL, Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheatre9/06 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Cruzan Amphitheatre9/09 -- Atlanta, GA, Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood9/10 -- Birmingham, AL, Oak Mountain Amphitheatre9/12 -- Dallas, TX, Gexa Energy Pavilion9/13 -- Austin, TX, Austin360 Amphitheatre9/16 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion9/17 -- Raleigh, NC, Walnut Creek Amphitheatre9/24 -- Denver, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre9/26 -- Albuquerque, NM, Isleta Amphitheatre9/27 -- Las Vegas, NV, MGM Grand Garden Arena9/30 -- Sacramento, CA, Sleep Train Amphitheatre10/01 -- Concord, CA, Concord Pavilion10/03 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood BowlCopyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Remix of Coldplay's "Midnight" Streaming Now


Courtesy Coldplay via InstagramColdplay keeps trickling out songs, videos and variations to help fans bide their time before the release of the band's new album, Ghost Stories.The latest teaser is a new version of "Midnight," the song that was released from Ghost Stories. The new track features a remix by legendary Italian producer Giorgio Moroder, who is still very active at the age of 73. Moroder is credited for starting electronic music and is known for producing dozens of big-named artists, including Blondie's signature hit "Call Me." He most recently appeared on the song that Daft Punk wrote about him, called "Giorgio by Moroder." The Moroder remix of "Midnight" is streaming exclusively on the band's official website, Coldplay.com. If you need to have your very own digital copy, you can purchase the song on iTunes.Ghost Stories arrives in digital and retail outlets on May 19.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Mars Volta Spin-Off Band Antemasque Reveals Four Songs, Announces Album Release


NadieSoundThe creative flow from the former Mars Volta camp just won't stop. As previously reported, former MV members Dave Elitch, Omar Rodríguez-López and Cedric Bixler-Zavala have formed a new project called Antemasque and released some tunes.  Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea will guest on some of the new band's album, but is not an official member.Their first single, called "4 AM," is streaming on YouTube and it's for sale through iTunes.The band immediately followed up that single with a second, called "People Forget."  It's also streaming on YouTube.The band has a trailer streaming online, and there's a featurette in which you can see them fooling around in the studio.  There are now two additional songs available online -- "Hangin' in the Lurch" and "Drown All Your Witches" -- which brings Antemasque's total to four. In more Antemasque news, the band will release a full-length CD on July 15. Details on how to get it a little early are available on the band's Facebook page or their website, NadieSound.com. The Mars Volta announced a hiatus in September 2012, followed by a tweet from Bixler-Zavala in January 2013 that announced the band's breakup.  The split was rumored to have been the result of a falling-out between him and Rodríguez-López, both of whom quickly announced new projects.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Taylor Momsen of The Pretty Reckless Says She Would Have Turned Down Nirvana Hal


Courtesy Taylor Momsen via TwitterWhen the surviving members of Nirvana played at the recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, they asked a series of female singers -- including Joan Jett, Annie Clark, Kim Gordon and Lorde -- to stand in for the late Kurt Cobain. In a recent Rolling Stone piece, Dave Grohl said that he and Krist Novoselic chose women because "it was about the future."These days, it's hard to imagine the future of women in rock without Taylor Momsen's name popping up. The frontwoman of The Pretty Reckless has a giant voice, an even bigger reputation and a Cobain-like snarling disregard for society's norms.It turns out that Momsen is a big fan of Nirvana -- and knows Grohl and Nirvana touring guitarist Pat Smear -- but she tells ABC News Radio that she wouldn't have taken the gig, if they had offered it to her. "See, I wouldn't have done it, because I'm not Kurt Cobain," she says. "It's not the same without him. I know all those guys, but I don't know if I'd do [a Nirvana song] justice."Momsen probably will soon get the chance to talk about the Hall of Fame performance with one of the participants -- both she and Joan Jett are scheduled to perform at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards this week. Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

30 Seconds to Mars Lawsuit Documentary to Get TV Premiere


ABC/Randy HolmesNext weekend, 30 Seconds to Mars' 2012 documentary Artifact will get its U.S. television premiere. Artifact premieres simultaneously on VH1 and Palladia on Saturday, April 26 at 11 p.m. ET/PT.The film chronicles the band's legal struggle with its record label, Virgin/EMI, which filed suit for breach of contract against the band in 2008. In the lawsuit, the label demanded $30 million in damages from the band, which it said was still under contract with Virgin/EMI despite an ongoing royalties dispute.Singer Jared Leto directed the film and in an interview with Yahoo Canada, says that his reaction to the amount of money in the legal documents was outrage. "Your jaw kinda hits the floor, [and] the kid in you is ready to throw a punch," he says.The documentary won awards at the Toronto International Film Festival and the Gotham Independent Film Awards.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Former Korn Touring Guitarist Dead at 35


Courtesy Jonathan Davis via InstagramShane Gibson, who toured with Korn from 2007 to 2010, has died at the age of 35. According to Planet Mosh, the guitarist suffered from a rare form of blood-clotting disorder and passed away at 5:45 a.m. on April 15 in Birmingham, Alabama.Gibson was a member of the band Stork but was best known to music fans as Korn's fill-in guitarist when Brian "Head" Welch was taking a break from the band. Gibson also toured with Korn singer Jonathan Davis' solo band the SFAs.Korn drummer Ray Luzier issued the following statement on his Instagram: "Death is so strange and the timing of it is never right. I'm still in disbelief that we lost Shane Gibson. You were way too young to leave this planet. You were one of the most talented, funniest and caring people I've ever known. I'm honored to have shared the stage and travel many places with you for so many years. My heart goes out to the family and friends that you've touched in your short life. You will truly be missed and never forgotten. RIP."Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Grammy Charity Auction Offering Meet-and-Greet Package with Ozzy Osbourne


Ozzy Osbourne via TwitterAn exciting VIP package is up for bid that will give rock fans the chance to get up close and personal with Ozzy Osbourne.  The meet-and-greet experiences are part of a charity auction that will raise money for the Recording Academy's Grammy Foundation and MusiCares organization.The Ozzy Osbourne package includes two passes to attend the 2014 MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit Concert paying tribute to Ozzy on May 12 at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, including a pair of front-row balcony seats, access to the event's soundcheck, a light meal and a private meeting and photo op with the Metal Madman himself. Osbourne and his solo band will perform at the sold-out event, as will Metallica, ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash, bluesman Keb' Mo' and other stars.  In addition, The Eagles' Joe Walsh will present Ozzy with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his support of the MusiCares MAP Fund, which aids musicians who are struggling with health and addiction issues.You can bid on the package now through April 25 by visiting eBay.com/Grammy.

Coldplay Guitarist's Apartment Is Famous


Alex Chohlas-WoodNot only does Coldplay get headlines and photo spreads, now the apartment of one of its members does, too.It seems Jonny Buckland has good taste in home furnishings. The Coldplay guitarist's New York pad is featured in Elle Decor, which glowingly describes the West Village loft as "literally and aesthetically clean," "elegantly minimal and flooded with light," "striking" and "radically updated."A photo layout showing the apartment is available on Elle Decor's website and includes eight pictures of the space, including one with Buckland and his wife and two young children. Should you wish to feel closer to Coldplay, there's plenty of information on the furnishings and even the name of the firm that designed the space, Ashe + Leandro.The article notes that Jonny Buckland spends most of his time in the U.K. but brings his family to their New York City home several times a year, sometimes for more than a month at a time.Coldplay has just announced a small string of what they're calling "intimate" live shows in relatively small venues.Here are the Coldplay concert dates:4/25 -- Cologne, E-Werk5/5 -- New York, Beacon Theatre5/19 -- Los Angeles, Royce Hall5/28 -- Paris, Casino de Paris6/12 -- Tokyo, Dome City Hall7/1 -- London, Royal Albert HallCopyright 2014 ABC News Radio

fun.'s Andrew Dost Scoring New MTV Show, Upcoming Film


ABC NewsWhile fun. frontman Nate Ruess is recording duets with Pink, and guitarist Jack Antonoff is promoting his side project, Bleachers, and co-writing songs with the likes of Taylor Swift, the group's multi-instrumentalist Andrew Dost, has also been keeping busy.Billboard reports that Dost is getting into film and TV scoring, starting with composing the music for MTV's new series Faking It.  Dost says that doing this sort of work is "my career goal" and "my biggest ambition."   The show, which premieres April 22, is a romantic comedy set in a high school in Austin, Texas, and focuses on two girls whose popularity goes through the roof when a rumor starts that they're gay.  It isn't true, but the two decide to continue the charade because of their new social status.On top of that show, Dost is also scoring a movie called Me Him Her, which stars Scott Bakula and Haley Joel Osment.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

2014 Record Store Day Offering Hundreds of Exclusive Vinyl Releases


RecordStoreDay.comSpring is in the air, but if you breathe deeply enough you may also pick up the scent of fresh vinyl. This Saturday, April 19, marks the seventh annual installment of Record Store Day, which is celebrated at select music retailers throughout the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and several other countries.  In conjunction with the unofficial holiday, a vast number of artists are issuing limited-edition vinyl singles, EPs and LPs that are sold exclusively at participating independent record shops.This year's Record Store Day is proving to be one of the most expansive yet, with more than 400 special releases headed for U.S. stores alone.  Obviously, there are way too many discs to list, but among some of the noteworthy acts represented are Aerosmith, David Bowie, the Flaming Lips, Green Day, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Jimmy Page & The Black Crowes, Linkin Park & Jay-Z, Mastodon, My Chemical Romance, Nirvana, The Ramones, Regina Spektor, R.E.M., Soundgarden and Tegan and Sara.Here's some specific information about a few of the releases sure to interest audiophiles and fans:- Nirvana's "Pennyroyal Tea" and "I Hate Myself and Want to Die" -- the first release of "Pennyroyal" on seven-inch vinyl. The B-side was originally supposed to be released in 1994 but was shelved when Kurt Cobain committed suicide.- Soundgarden's Superunknown: The Singles -- a set of five 10-inch vinyl discs.- Mastodon -- Live at Brixton -- 180-gram vinyl two-LP set, with DVD, limited to run of 2,000.- R.E.M. -- Unplugged: The Complete 1991 and 2001 Sessions -- a limited edition four-LP vinyl set. Besides the complete aired Unplugged performances, the set will contain 11 songs that didn't make it to the televised show.- Regina Spektor -- "You've Got Time" -- the theme song to Orange Is the New Black, pressed on orange vinyl. Limited edition of 3,000.- David Bowie's "1984" picture disc -- a seven-inch single featuring a photo of Bowie with famed beat author William S. Burroughs, and including the original version of the song and a live rendition from a December 1974 TV appearance.- Jimmy Page and The Black Crowes' Live at the Greek -- a three-LP version of the 2000 album -- on red, clear and blue vinyl discs -- capturing performances from Page and The Crowes' collaborative 1999 shows in Los Angeles.Check out the full list of special releases at RecordStoreDay.com.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio 

Paul Stanley of KISS Wrapping Up Book Tour


HarperAudio.comKISS frontman Paul Stanley has published his autobiography, Paul Stanley: Face the Music: A Life Exposed, and is on a book tour through California this week to sign books and meet fans. Despite the fact that Stanley appears on the cover in full KISS makeup, he tells ABC News Radio "I didn't write a KISS book, I wrote a book about my life."The book opens with Stanley's childhood, which tells the tale of a pretty rough beginning. "I was born without a right ear, deaf on that side, all kinds of learning disabilities because of it and a fairly dysfunctional family," he says.  He admits he pursued fame because he thought it would cure his problems. "And I became famous, luckily, and at that point I realized that it wasn't the answer, so at that point you either start to do drugs and numb yourself or you can roll up your sleeves and get your life together and stop being a victim," he says simply, but readers of Face The Music will learn that Stanley's journey was far from simple -- in fact, it was full of loneliness and self-doubt.Paul Stanley admits to ABC News Radio that he "couldn't have written the book 15 years ago because it wouldn't have had a happy ending. The only reason to write a book like this is not to wallow in pity or cry 'Woe is me,' it's to show people that you can pick yourself up by your bootstraps and wind up with a great life, when at some point it was anything but."In typical KISS fashion, Stanley brags to ABC News Radio that his is "a great story," but then quickly follows that up by saying, "When you're writing about yourself it turns into a love letter. There's been enough of those on the market. The only reason I decided to write a book is when I thought my life might shed some light on other people, about their struggles, and that even the people they hold in high esteem or look up to, struggle. And then it's how you deal with the struggle [that matters]." Paul Stanley will be appearing at the Miramar Marine Base in San Diego on Friday, April 18, and at the Jewish Community Center in San Francisco on Saturday, April 19. Go to PaulStanley.com for times and details.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Slash Takes Credit -- Incorrectly -- for Broadcasting's Seven-Second Delay


ABC News RadioSlash is the first to admit that he didn't care much for school, and it's clear he's not up on his broadcasting history.  In the latest digital issue of FuseTV's Backatcha -- in which rock stars discuss highlights of their band's pasts -- the guitarist tries to take credit for broadcasting's seven-second delay.  That's the feature that lets radio jocks and TV producers "dump" up to seven seconds of audio in the event that some rock star slips with an F-bomb or one of the many other violations of the FCC's stringent rules.In the Backatcha episode, Slash says that he and the rest of his old band Guns N' Roses were "accepting an award for something and we were just really, really drunk.  That was the beginning of the seven-second rule...for swearing.  The seven-second delay?  We started it.  Every other word was 'f**k this' and 'f**king that.'"Not quite.  As much as the GN'R guys might have tried to exercise the seven-second delay as often as they could, it was actually invented way back in 1952, before any of them were born.In other Guns N' Roses news, frontman Axl Rose will receive this year's Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award next week, at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards in Los Angeles, when he'll will join the ranks of past honorees Rush, Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica and Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead. The Revolver Golden Gods Awards will be held at L.A.'s Nokia Theater on Wednesday, April 23.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

For The Pretty Reckless, Success Means Being Dogged By Paparazzi


Razor & TieThe Pretty Reckless are enjoying the success of their second studio album, called Going to Hell. Well, they're enjoying most of the attention, anyway -- except for the paparazzi. Because of the high profile of singer Taylor Momsen -- who was in the smash TV series Gossip Girl before launching her music career -- the band receives a lot more attention than its peers, and this reach extends to the paparazzi as well.On Thursday, The Pretty Reckless made some media stops, including an appearance on VH1's The Morning Buzz and ABC News Radio. In between, a photographer tailed the band and tried to snap photos when Momsen was getting out of her car. The singer tells ABC News Radio that she's used to the attention, even in New York. "In New York it's a little easier to hide, they don't stalk you as much, but if they know you're going to be appearing somewhere, like VH1 Morning Buzz, they're showing up."Overall, though, Momsen says dealing with the photo snappers in New York City is much easier than in Los Angeles, where she's been assaulted by paparazzi. "New York mentality is 'mind your own business,'" she says. "They're not so invasive. Like the guy outside [this studio] was cool, I was like, '"We gotta get up there, but when I come down I'll take a picture,' and he was like, 'Okay, thanks.'"The Pretty Reckless' latest single, "Heaven Knows," is streaming on the band's website, GoingToHell.me, now.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Help Save Pearl Jam's Recording Console


LondonBridgeStudios.comLondon Bridge Studios in Seattle is the site where many a formative album was recorded -- Pearl Jam's Ten; Soundgarden's Louder Than Love; Dirt, Jar of Flies, Facelift and Tripod -- all from Alice in Chains; and the self-titled albums from Candlebox and Blind Melon, among many others.  Those albums were molded and shaped by a vintage recording console called made by Neve, which the studio holds in high esteem -- so high, in fact, that it's asking for funds to help save it from the junkpile.London Bridge says it'll cost $75,000 to rebuild the aging hulk of sonic goodness and they've started a fundraising campaign through IndieGoGo to collect money toward the goal.There's bang available for your buck -- $35 gets you a grunge-tastic t-shirt.  $150 gets you two shirts, plus a private tour for two.  For $250, your name gets inscribed on the recording console for the Eddie Vedders of the world to mouth their thanks to. Here's where it really gets interesting -- wanna be the next Alice in Chains?  For donations between $650-850, you can get time with London Bridge Studios producers and engineers.  The first band to kick in $1,500 gets to be the last band to record on the Neve, and the first band to flip $2,500 toward the cause gets to run the first licks through the reconditioned Neve.The grand poobah of donations is $15,000 -- this gets you a top-shelf secret producer twiddlin' the Neve's knobs on your next album.As of this writing, London Bridge Studios still had a ways to go to reach the goal. Hit IndieGoGo.com to help preserve grunge history.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Soundgarden Streams Unreleased Demo of "Black Hole Sun"


Courtesy Soundgarden via InstagramAs previously reported, Soundgarden will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the release of Superunknown with two deluxe editions of the album, and also a vinyl version. The deluxe editions will include previously-unreleased rehearsal recordings, demos and b-sides. They are set to be released on June 3.To hold fans over until then, the band has released a demo version of "Black Hole Sun," one of the two Grammy-winning tracks from Superunknown. It's streaming on the band's SoundCloud page now, and sounds pretty much like a rougher version of the original -- rawer somehow, but still very recognizable.Superunknown debuted at number one the week it was released in March 1994 and remains Soundgarden's best-selling album.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Alice Cooper Talks Super Duper New Documentary, Recalls Conquering His Alcohol P


Banger FilmsThe new Alice Cooper documentary Super Duper Alice Cooper will premiere today at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival at the Bow Tie Cinemas Chelsea 7 in New York City.  The film, which is being billed as the first-ever "doc opera," tells the dramatic true story of how Vincent Furnier, a preacher's son who was born in Detroit and raised in Phoenix, grew up to be one of rock music's most outlandish entertainers.The movie also examines Cooper's struggles with alcohol and drug abuse during the 1970s and early '80s, and his reemergence as a clean-and-sober elder rock statesman.  Super Duper Alice Cooper combines archival footage and photos, animated segments and theatrical scenes with new audio interviews with Alice, members of his original band, longtime manager Shep Gordon, Elton John, Bernie Taupin, Iggy Pop, Twisted Sister's Dee Snider, Sex Pistols singer John Lydon and others.One of the interesting devices directors Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen and Reginald Harkema used in the film was the integration of clips from the 1920 version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde to reflect Cooper's struggle for identity with the character he portrayed on stage.Cooper tells ABC News Radio that he loved the use of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in the documentary, and recalls that "the guys came to me and they said, 'We just can't do a normal autobiography because it's Alice Cooper and that's a character that's always theatrical.  We have to do something different…We were thinking about Jekyll and Hyde."  Alice added that he thought the character was perfect as an analogy for his struggle.As the film reveals, as Cooper's popularity and fame skyrocketed, he began drinking to excess while acting as if his crazy concert persona was who he was in real life."I think that when I was drinking there was a big, gray area of where Alice began and where I stopped," he says.  "And, when I got sober I finally realized the fact that, yeah, I don't have to be this character all the time."Although Alice went through extensive treatment for his alcoholism in the late 1970s, he relapsed in the early '80s, adding a serious cocaine problem on top of his drinking issues.  The period is captured in the film in an interview clip taped during his 1981-1982 tour in support of his Special Forces album in which he appears frighteningly gaunt.Cooper says of the segment, "I look at that and I go, 'That was another life.'  I mean, that was 32 years ago, and, to me, it doesn't even seem like that was me…I mean, I know it was me but you don't really realize how deep you get into things until you [see a video like that]."Cooper got sober for good shortly after that, and now he says he has no trouble separating his real life from that of the onstage Alice."I can live my life every day with my wife and my kids and go play golf and go to the mall and go to church on Sunday and do everything that a dad does, and then when it's time to play Alice, well, I look forward to that now," he tells ABC News Radio.  "It's sort of like Anthony Hopkins looking forward to playing Hannibal Lecter.  I mean, how much fun is that?"Cooper will attend tonight's premiere and will take part during a Q&A session during the event."You can ask me anything," he says of the planned interview segment.  "I have got no skeletons in the closet here, so it doesn't matter to me what you want to talk about.  We'll talk about it."

Coldplay Announces "Intimate" Live Shows


Image credit: Sarah LeeColdplay has announced that they'll play six “intimate” live shows in the U.S., Japan and Europe in support of the band’s new album, Ghost Stories.The run of live shows begins April 25 in Cologne, Germany, and wraps up July 1 at Royal Albert Hall in London.In between, the group will play shows in New York City, Los Angeles, Paris and Tokyo.Tickets for the Cologne show will go on sale April 19 at Eventim.de. Details about the other five shows will be made available to fans who join the band's mailing list at Coldplay.com.The Ghost Stories album features nine tracks and is scheduled to arrive in stores and digital outlets on May 19. The album is available for pre-order on iTunes.  "Magic" is the first single from Ghost Stories.Here are the Coldplay concert dates:4/25 -- Cologne, E-Werk5/5 -- New York, Beacon Theatre5/19 -- Los Angeles, Royce Hall5/28 -- Paris, Casino de Paris6/12 -- Tokyo, Dome City Hall7/1 -- London, Royal Albert HallCopyright 2014 ABC News Radio