Black Label Society Gets First #1 Debut

Entertainment OneCatacombs of the Black Vatican has sold 26,000 in its first week of release, landing Black Label Society at the top of Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart. This is the first time BLS has scored a number one debut -- their last album, Order of the Black, opened at number two.Catacombs' first single is "My Dying Time" and its success has helped to propel the album's sales. The video is very slick and fast-paced, which singer Zakk Wylde says wasn't his idea. "The video [is what director] Justin [Reich] created," he admits in a label press release. "My [idea] was of me waking up in the morning and going to the grocery store and this is the video he made [instead]."Black Label Society is on tour in support of Catacombs of the Black Vatican. Here are the tour dates:4/18 -- Boise, ID, Knitting Factory4/19 -- Missoula, MT, Wilma Theater 4/21 -- Billings, MT, Shrine Auditorium   4/25 -- Milwaukee, WI, The Rave  4/26 -- Nashville, TN, Marathon Music Works  4/27 -- Jacksonville, FL, Jacksonville Metro Park 4/29 -- Ybor City, FL, The Ritz 4/30 -- Lake Buena Vista, FL, House of Blues  5/02 -- Birmingham, AL, Iron City5/03 -- Charlotte, NC, Carolina Rebellion5/04 -- Silver Spring, MD, Filmore  5/05 -- Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park, NY  5/07  -- Philadelphia, PA, Electric Factory5/08 -- Worcester, MA, The Palladium  5/09 -- Sayreville, NJ, Starland Ballroom   5/10 -- New York, NY, Best Buy Theater  5/12 -- Norfolk, VA, Norva  5/13 -- Stroudsburg, PA, Sherman Theater  5/15 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Stage AE 5/16 -- Columbus, OH, Columbus Crew Stadium  5/17 -- Fort Wayne, IN, Piere's 5/19 -- Sioux Falls, SD, The District 5/20 -- Chicago, IL, House Of Blues 5/21 -- St Paul, MN, Myth 5/23 -- Grand Prairie, TX, Verizon Theater  5/24 -- San Antonio, TX, AT&T Center 5/25 -- Pryor, OK, Rocklahoma  5/27 -- New Orleans, LA, House of Blues   5/28  -- Houston, TX, House of Blues5/30 -- Omaha, NE, Rockfest 5/31 -- Kansas City, MO, Liberty Memorial  6/01 -- Denver, CO, Ogden Theater 6/02 -- Salt Lake City, UT, The Complex – Rockwell  6/04 -- Tempe, AZ, Marquee Theater 6/05 -- Las Vegas, NV, Brooklyn Bowl   6/06 -- San Francisco, CA, Regency Ballroom 6/07 -- Los Angeles, CA, Fonda Theater Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Paul Stanley's Autobiography Debuts at #2 on "New York Times" Best Seller List

HarperAudio.comPaul Stanley has called his story "inspirational" -- and the telling of that story has apparently inspired legions to go buy the book in which the story is told. Paul Stanley: Face the Music: A Life Exposed has debuted at #2 on The New York Times Best Seller list in the nonfiction hardcover category. The memoir opens with the KISS singer's childhood, a rough tale of being born with a physical deformity, a learning disability and a dysfunctional family -- and overcoming it all to become the frontman of one of the world's most successful rock bands.Face the Music also debuted at #3 on Publishers Weekly’s Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list, #4 on the Wall Street Journal’s Nonfiction Best Sellers list, and #4 on the Toronto Star’s Original Nonfiction Best Sellers list.In typical KISS fashion, Stanley has been relentlessly plugging the book with coast-to-coast radio, TV, online and in-store appearances. Amid the flurry of publicity, KISS was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame just over a week ago.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Papa Roach Working on New Garage?

Courtesy Papa Roach via TwitterPapa Roach is reverting to their roots as a garage band...sort of.Frontman Jacoby Shaddix has added a post to the band's Facebook page showing the inside of a garage, with the caption, "Writing lyrics in my garage! Taking back to where it all started! Never forget where you came from!"This follows a post two months ago in which Shaddix acknowledged the band's "1st day in the studio in Las Vegas with producer Kevin Churko!  So excited for this next phase of life...feeling inspired."Churko has worked with Five Finger Death Punch, Slash and Ozzy Osbourne, among others.The new album will be Papa Roach's first since their 2011 album The Connection.Following the release of The Connection, Shaddix was sidelined for a time with vocal problems, and last March he told ABC News Radio that he was considering putting the band on hiatus and working on some solo projects, which haven't yet materialized.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 it's 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

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

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

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.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 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 for times and details.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Dave Grohl: Hall of Fame Performance Took "a Little Bit of Musical Preparation a

Courtesy Foo Fighters via InstagramDave Grohl didn't take lightly the decision for Nirvana to perform at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony last week.  In an interview with Rolling Stone, the Nirvana drummer admits that neither he nor original bassist Krist Novoselic had played the band's songs since Kurt Cobain's death and that they hand't "even start[ed] talking about playing until about eight weeks ago.  It just seemed practically impossible.  It was hard to imagine jumping onstage and playing those songs."Grohl says that getting ready for the performance took "a little bit of musical preparation, and a lot of emotional preparation." And the all-female guest singers?  It seems that women were the courageous ones.  Grohl says he approached what Rolling Stone called "a handful of A-list male rock stars," all of whom said no.  "[They] were nervous," says Grohl.Joan Jett was the first to agree.  "She took it on like it was her calling," says Grohl.  "She's everything that Nirvana stood for.  She's a powerful, rebellious, musical force of nature."  Jett learned every song on Nevermind.  The idea for an all-female-fronted tribute followed, with Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon, Annie Clark -- aka St. Vincent -- and Lorde signing on.Grohl, Novoselic and Nirvana touring member Pat Smear met everyone in New York City a few days before the induction to rehearse, and Novoselic admits he had to buy a "Nirvana tab book a week before to re-learn my parts."He wasn't the only rusty one.  Grohl says rehearsals nearly did him in.  "I haven't played those drum parts since I was 25 [and] I'm 45 now," he admits.  "We played for 10 hours each day.  After the first night of rehearsals, I limped home, had two glasses of wine, three Advil, took a hot shower and slept for 10 hours.  That's a coma for me, because I never sleep."The band members -- including all the guest singers except Lorde, who had to fly to California for Coachella, plus two additional singers, J.Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. and John Cauley of Deer Tick -- ended the evening a few miles down the road at a club in Brooklyn, where they pounded out a 19-song Nirvana set.  Novoselic hints that Nirvana fans might be in for a VERY big treat, as the entire after-party was being taped with multiple cameras.  "I think they were bolted to the ceiling," says Novoselic.  "I don't know what Dave is going to do with it.  But he's a film guy.  He'll figure it out and make something good."Nirvana fans, stay tuned.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Coldplay Streams Behind-the-Scenes "Magic" Video

Parlophone RecordsHow did Chris Martin levitate in the new Coldplay video? The director of the clip, Pete Ohs, doesn't want fans of the band to lie awake at night wondering -- so he's put together a little behind-the-scenes look at the magic behind the "Magic" video.In the four-and-a-half minute compilation, Martin fools around with the cast, tries out magic tricks and is pulled upward by wires. The director frets about time, the sun setting and everyone looking the way they're supposed to. Despite whatever separation Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow might have been negotiating at the time of the production, Martin seems relaxed and happy.The behind-the-scenes "Magic" video can be viewed on Coldplay's YouTube channel."Magic" is the first single from Coldplay's new album Ghost Stories. The album features nine tracks and is scheduled to arrive in stores and digital outlets on May 19. An exclusive deluxe edition being offered by Target will include three bonus tracks.  If you pre-order the album now on iTunes, you'll receive an instant download of "Magic."Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

AC/DC Confirms Guitarist Malcolm Young Stepping Away Due to Illness, but Band Wi

Columbia RecordsAC/DC has confirmed that while the band is not retiring, guitarist Malcolm Young is in fact suffering from a health crisis that will force him to step away from the band."After forty years of life dedicated to AC/DC, guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young is taking a break from the band due to ill health. Malcolm would like to thank the group's diehard legions of fans worldwide for their never-ending love and support," reads a statement from the band released Wednesday. "In light of this news, AC/DC asks that Malcolm and his family's privacy be respected during this time.  The band will continue to make music."Frontman Brian Johnson, tells Wednesday's edition of London's Telegraph newspaper, "We are definitely getting together in May in Vancouver.  We're going to pick up some guitars, have a plonk, and see if anybody has got any tunes or ideas. If anything happens, we'll record it."AC/DC's last album, 2008's Black Ice, was a huge success, and the tour that followed was one of the highest-grossing in history, according to Billboard.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Saliva Singer Reveals the Stories Behind New Songs in Web Video Series

Rum Bum RecordsSaliva has launched a web video series in which the band is previewing and discussing each track from it's forthcoming album, Rise Up. The first two episodes are up on CraveOnline now -- one for the album's lead single and title track, another for the album's second track "She Can Sure Hide Crazy.""It was written about one of the members' ex-wives," says frontman Bobby Amaru of "She Can Sure Hide Crazy." "The stories he had, man, just made the lyrics very easy."More webisodes are expected in the near future. Rise Up, which arrives on April 29, will be Saliva’s first album since Under Your Skin in 2011.In the meantime, Saliva continues a lengthy tour Wednesday night with a show at the Whiskey A Go-Go in Hollywood, CA. For a complete list of dates, go to the band’s official website. Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Brian Johnson Denies AC/DC Retirement Rumors, Confirms Band Member Has "Debilita

BMGSo the truth is, AC/DC is not retiring, but one member of the band is indeed ill.  That's according to frontman Brian Johnson, who tells Wednesday's edition of London's Telegraph newspaper, "We are definitely getting together in May in Vancouver.  We're going to pick up some guitars, have a plonk, and see if anybody has got any tunes or ideas. If anything happens, we'll record it."Johnson's statements contradict growing rumors this week that AC/DC is retiring because of the band members, rumored to be guitarist Malcolm Young, is ill, with some reports claiming he's recently suffered a stroke that's left the 61-year-old unable to play, or to play well. Johnson will only confirm that someone in the band is ill.  "One of the boys has a debilitating illness, but I don't want to say too much about it," says the singer.  "He is very proud and private, a wonderful chap. We've been pals for 35 years and I look up to him very much."AC/DC's last album, 2008's Black Ice, was a huge success, and the tour that followed was one of the highest-grossing in history, according to Billboard."AC/DC is such a tight family," Johnson tells the Telegraph.  "We've stuck to our guns through the eighties and nineties when people were saying we should change our clothes and our style. But we didn't and people got it that we are the real deal."Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Josh Homme Breaks Gay Stereotypes in "Portlandia" Appearance

Gary Miller/FilmMagicJosh Homme will appear on this week’s installment of the popular IFC TV series Portlandia, according to the network’s official website.In the episode, the Queens of the Stone Age singer plays Carrie Brownstein’s gay brother who has come to Portland to introduce his boyfriend to Carrie and co-star Fred Armisen.  The gag is that Carrie and Fred are expecting a stereotypical gay couple who they're hoping will help them redecorate their house.  But Josh and his boyfriend are slobs who met by getting into a bar fight at ESPN Zone and drink Jagermeister for breakfast."I totally got ripped off on the gay relative thing," says Carrie in a teaser video clip.Portlandia airs Thursday at 10 p.m. ET on IFC.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radiovar bc_params = {"api":"hybrid","playerId":"88218671001","playerKey":"AQ~~,AAAAAAAn_zM~,B6LaFUvNnt2RhwK5cjOvZ4hHQyd5XXC9"};brightcove.createExperiences(); 

Veruca Salt Announces First Tour Dates in 19 Years

Gary KordanHot on the heels of their reunion announcement, Veruca Salt has unveiled a series of U.S. tour dates. The tour -- which kicks off June 22 in Portland, Oregon -- marks the first time the four original band members have shared a stage since 1995.As previously reported, Veruca Salt will release a new vinyl single on Saturday in honor of Record Store Day. It will include their biggest hit, 1994’s “Seether,” backed by a pair of new songs, “It’s Holy” and “The Museum of Broken Relationships.”Here is a full list of the band’s tour dates:6/22 -- Portland, OR, Mississippi Studios   6/23 -- Seattle, WA, The Tractor Tavern 6/26 -- San Francisco, CA, The Independent 6/27 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Roxy 7/9 -- Minneapolis, MN, Varsity Theater 7/10 -- Milwaukee, WI, Turner Hall Ballroom 7/11 -- Cincinnati, OH, Bunbury Music Festival 7/12 -- Chicago, IL, Lincoln Hall 7/13 -- St. Louis, MO, Firebird 7/21 -- Washington, D.C., Black Cat 7/22 -- Philadelphia, PA, Theatre of Living Arts 7/24 -- New York, NY, Bowery Ballroom 7/25 -- Brooklyn, NY, Music Hall of Williamsburg 7/26 -- Boston, MA, Brighton Music HallCopyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Dave Grohl and Wife Expecting Third Child

Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesThe good news just keeps coming for Dave Grohl. Less than a week after Nirvana was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, People magazine reports that Grohl and wife Jordyn Blum are expecting their third child. The new arrival will join big sisters Violet Maye and Harper Willow in the growing Grohl household.The 45-year-old Foo Fighters leader and former Nirvana drummer is also an unabashed family man. In 2010, he told Time magazine, “When you have kids, you see life through different eyes. You feel love more deeply and are... a little more compassionate.”Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Report: AC/DC Not on Verge of Retirement

Columbia RecordsAC/DC is not on the verge of retiring, a source told Billboard magazine on Tuesday afternoon, despite recent rumors to the contrary that emerged out of the band's native Australia.Rumors circulated early Monday that the band was about to reveal that it was retiring because of a supposed health crisis for guitarist Malcolm Young.  But Billboard cites "insiders" as saying that there's no truth to the rumor.According to Australia's, the rumor started with an email to a radio station in Perth saying the band was getting ready to announce its retirement, which the station reported. There's no official word yet from AC/DC.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Flea Not a Member of Mars Volta Spin-Off After All; Band Unveils New Video

Nadie SoundAs it turns out, Flea is not an official member of Antemasque -- the new band formed by members of the Mars Volta -- after all.  As previously reported, the new combo was thought to consist of singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala, guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and drummer Dave Elitch – all of Mars Volta – as well as the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ virtuoso bassist. But Rolling Stone now reports that Flea is not in fact a member of Antemasque. A statement from the band’s label, Nadie, says they included him in a teaser video to thank him for allowing them use his studio and for “literally letting us sleep on the floor to make this record.”Flea does appear on some Antemasque tracks but not on the latest one, a song called “Drown All Your Witches,” which the band has posted to YouTube.  The band’s self-titled debut will be available digitally on July 1 and physically on July 15. Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Imagine Dragons' Dan Reynolds to Receive Prestigious Award at Songwriters Hall o

Credit: Alex SermonImagine Dragons have already won an American Music Award and a Grammy, and they're up for 12 Billboard Music Awards.  Now, lead singer Dan Reynolds will have another accolade to add to his rapidly-filling trophy case.Reynolds will receive the prestigious Hal David Starlight Award at this year's Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction Gala, which will be held June 12 in New York City.  The award, named after legendary songwriter Hal David, is given annually to a young musician who is "making a significant impact in the music industry" with his or her original songs.  With hits like "It's Time," "Demons" and "Radioactive," Reynolds is definitely doing that.Past winners of the Hal David Starlight Award include Taylor Swift, John Mayer, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Jason Mraz, Matchbox Twenty's Rob Thomas, and Johnny Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls.In a statement, songwriting legend Jimmy Webb, chairman of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, said, "Dan Reynolds is a dream ticket for the Songwriters Hall of Fame Starlight Award. He has helped create truly contemporary rock n' roll with the band Imagine Dragons: a sound at once musically literate and issue-driven, yet founded on solid composition and songwriting."Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Sevendust Debuts Song, "Bonfire," from "Time Travelers & Bonfires"

Chris BairdSevendust has debuted a new song from its fan-funded acoustic album, Time Travelers & Bonfires, out today.The song, "Bonfire," is currently streaming exclusively on  Although the album is mostly acoustic and a sort of followup to the band's 2004 acoustic live album Southside Double-Wide, Billboard reports that electric guitars appear on the album as well."We went in full guns blazin', man," frontman Lajon Witherspoon tells Billboard. "We wanted to come different and bring the different sound and still have that acoustic element there, but give it some salt, too, and keep it in that Sevendust vein that we're still gonna be able to have a good time and stand up and jump around, and not do it in the same vein people are normally used to."As previously reported, Time Travelers & Bonfires mixes new version of half-a dozen older Sevendust tunes chosen by fans with six new songs written in the studio during the recording sessions. "We didn't go in with any material. We wrote songs while we were there, and that's what's the magic was about this," Witherspoon tells the publication.The album's production was funded by fans through the PledgeMusic website, and Witherspoon says it won't be the last time the band goes that route in financing an album."We'd seen so many bands using this Pledge thing, I just said, 'Y'know, what, guys, it'd be awesome to see if we could do this and take it out of the machine...and see what would happen,'" he tells Billboard. "It amazes us. We felt like it was our family and friends out there helping us to do this; it's their album as much as it is ours, and that's what's cool about it. I can't wait to do this again."Sevendust is on road performing acoustic shows in support of the new record. Two new dates have been added to the end of the previously-reported trek: a July 23 show at the House of Blues in Cleveland, and an August 2 show at Citizen Tribune-Jefferson Federal in Morristown, TN.  For the full list of dates, visit 2014 ABC News Radio

Trouble in AC/DC Land? Rumors of Retirement Swirl

BMGIs AC/DC ready to stop shaking their fans all night long?  Rumors out of Australia are suggesting that the band may call it quits due to the illness of a band member, allegedly guitarist Malcolm Young.Sources close to the group tell Billboard that they're "unaware of any break-up or change" in the band's status.  However, The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the band could announce its retirement as soon as today because Young, who turned 59 March 31, is "unable to continue playing," and the group made a pact that if one of them was unable to continue, they would disband. Then again, The Australian quotes a music industry source saying AC/DC is scheduled to begin recording a new album in May in Vancouver.So what's really going on?  There's no word yet from any official band source regarding any of the speculation, but an unconfirmed blog post claims that three weeks ago, Young suffered a stroke that left a blood clot on his brain, rendering him unable to play as he used to. AC/DC's last album, 2008's Black Ice, was a huge success, and the tour that followed was one of the highest-grossing in history, according to Billboard.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Nirvana Bass Player Calls All-Female-Fronted Rock Hall of Fame Performance "Good

Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagicIn a blog post on Monday, entitled "Punk Rock Gender Parity," Nirvana bass player Krist Novoselic called the band's set last Thursday at its Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction -- in which a succession of female rockers stood in for late frontman Kurt Cobain -- a "good tribute to Kurt and what Nirvana was about.""I am so happy about the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame event and how it went so well," Novoselic writes. "This, for me, is a bittersweet notion as we all miss Kurt so much. But considering we were inducted, the show had to go on. Joan Jett was first on my list to be out front. I spoke to Dave [Grohl] about it and he ran with the idea of having all women lead. We felt that would be a good tribute to Kurt and what Nirvana was about.""It was a good balance of females as Joan Jett and Kim Gordon are matriarchs of Punk Rock, while St. Vincent and Lorde represent the powerful up-and-coming women in Rock," he continues. "Every one of these performances nailed a Nirvana tune in their own way." As previously reported, fronting a band comprised of Nirvana's surviving members, Jett performed "Smells Like Teen Spirit," St. Vincent performed “Lithium,” Sonic Youth's Gordon performed "Aneurysm" and Lorde performed "All Apologies."The final song was a particular stand-out for Novoselic. "I had fun on the last song because I got to play accordion and all of our guests were on stage for a gala closing."HBO will air an edited version of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony May 31.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Ace Frehley Says He Was "Really Honored" to Be Inducted into Rock Hall; Knocks P

Larry Busacca/Getty ImagesAfter all the drama leading up to the induction of KISS' four original members into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this past Thursday, the feuding band mates behaved civil and friendly to each other while accepting the honor.  Founding lead guitarist Ace Frehley tells ABC News Radio that he was "really honored" to be part of the ceremony, although he did direct some mild criticism toward frontman Paul Stanley, who took some shots at the Rock Hall and the way it goes about choosing inductees."I really didn't like some of the things Paul Stanley said in his speech, because obviously he's a little aggravated with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame," explains Frehley.  "I know he wanted to get other members in the group inducted."Ace adds that "there was some political stuff going on," which led to disagreements about whether KISS would perform at the event.  "Unfortunately we did not perform, even though I was up for it," he notes, adding, "I try to stay away from politics.  I don't think politics and music work.  I never did."One of the big highlights of KISS' induction was the passionate introduction speech Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello gave for the band."Best introduction KISS has ever gotten from anyone, bar none, over the 40-year career," declared Ace.  "I know Tom, and we spoke a few times before, but I didn't expect something that elaborate and that insane…It was wonderful and I thanked him wholeheartedly after, back behind the stage."Frehley also praised Morello for lobbying hard to have KISS inducted into the Rock Hall in 2014.  "Tom almost single-handedly is responsible for getting us in this year," he notes.Meanwhile, Ace had announced shortly before the ceremony that he planned to participate in the traditional all-star jam that usually takes place at the end of the annual event, but that performance was canceled because the bash ran long.  Frehley revealed to ABC News Radio that the song he would have played was AC/DC's "Highway to Hell."  He explained that the tune was chosen because Bruce Springsteen -- who was on hand to induct his E Street Band -- had been playing it at some of his recent tour dates."It was nice because Tom Morello called me up and…gave me the link to YouTube and he goes, 'This is the arrangement.  This is the key,'" he recalls.  "So I learned it.  It took me about 10 minutes, and I said, 'OK, I'm ready to go.'  And then, right before Nirvana came on, I get the word that [the song was cut]."Ace also reports that he didn't even get the chance to tell his old band mates goodbye at the end of the ceremony, because was he "was whisked away by my press people and did a ton of interviews."Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Another New Single From Mars Volta/Flea Spin-Off Project Antemasque

Nadie SoundAs reported earlier this week, former members of The Mars Volta and Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers have a new musical project.  It's called Antemasque, and it features Dave Elitch, Omar Rodríguez-López and Cedric Bixler-Zavala -- all formerly of The Mars Volta -- plus Flea from the Chili Peppers.They debuted their first single, called "4 AM," on YouTube, and it's for sale through iTunes.The band has 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.  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

New Led Zeppelin Documentary Explores Legend of January 1969 Maryland Gig

JeffKrulick.comIt was a memorable moment in American history: On January 20, 1969, in Washington, D.C., Richard M. Nixon was sworn in as president of the United States.  That same day, about 12 miles north, a memorable moment in music history reportedly took place -- and a new documentary delves into an intriguing legend of a mysterious concert that Led Zeppelin supposedly played in front of about 50 teenagers at a youth center in Wheaton, Maryland.It's a fact that Led Zeppelin's self-titled debut album had been released in the United States shortly before the concert in question.  However, whether the show actually happened is up for debate: The band's official site says no evidence exists, and former road manager Richard Cole has no memory of the gig, either.Believers and naysayers are featured in the 90-minute documentary Led Zeppelin Played Here, directed by Jeff Krulik, whose credits include the cult flick Heavy Metal Parking Lot.  The next couple of scheduled screenings of Krulik's Zeppelin film will take place tonight at the Florida Film Festival in Winter Park, Florida, and on April 20 at the Cindelphia Film Festival in Philadelphia.  To check out a complete list of upcoming screenings, visit 2014 ABC News Radio