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Slash Launches New Web Video Series, "Ask Slash and Myles"


Image Courtesy Robert JohnSlash with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators are on the road this summer with Aerosmith, and that experience is the subject of the first installment in a new video series, Ask Slash & Myles, that premiered Tuesday on the guitarist's website.In the two-minute clip, Slash explains that although he wasn't planning to tour behind his upcoming album, World on Fire, until around the time of its release in September, when the opportunity arose to hit the road with Aerosmith, he jumped."They were a huge influence on me, and the direction I went into musically is very much in tandem with what they do, so the two of us playing together is a sort of unique rock and roll package that you don't see to much of these days," Slash says. "They were one of those band that helped draw up the blueprint for hard rock," says Kennedy. "The goal for me is to just try and keep up.  Steven Tyler is one of the greatest front men in rock and roll...so I'm real excited to sit on the side of the stage when we're done and just take notes."New episodes of Ask Slash and Myles will be posted each Tuesday at 10 a.m. PT.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Foo Fighters Will Close Prince Harry's Invictus Games


Image Courtesy Steve GullickPrince Harry's first-ever Invictus Games are shaping up to be rock-heavy. It was previously reported that Coldplay frontman Chris Martin had agreed to write and perform the opening anthem for the Games, which are a sports competition for wounded military service personnel.  Now Foo Fighters have signed on to be the event's closer.In a statement on the Invictus Games site, the band says, "Invictus games, look out...THE FOO FIGHTERS ARE COMING. What a perfect way to finally return to the UK for the first time in years...been waaaay too long! Thanks for having us, it is truly an honor to come play for these incredible men and women. Can't wait to do our thing for you."The closing concert -- to be held on September 14, at the end of the four-day games -- will take place on the South Lawn of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, in a space that can accommodate 26,000 fans. Also on the bill are Kaiser Chiefs, Ryan Adams, The Vamps, and James Blunt, among others.  Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Robert Plant "Disappointed and Baffled" by Jimmy Page's Critical Remarks


York Tillyer; Ross HalfinLed Zeppelin fans know by now that chances of the surviving band members playing together again have seemed pretty slim lately, so they likely won't be surprised by Robert Plant's latest comments about the matter.  In a new interview with U.K. magazine Uncut, the singer addressed remarks guitarist Jimmy Page made to The New York Times in May expressing frustration that Plant didn't want to take part in a new Zeppelin reunion."I feel for the guy," the famed frontman declared.  "He knows he's got the headlines if he wants them.  But I don't know what he's trying to do.  So I feel slightly disappointed and baffled."Plant also revealed that he actually reached out to Page "a couple of years ago" and offered to collaborate with him, but was rebuffed."I said [to Jimmy], 'If you've got anything acoustic, let me know.  I'll give it a whirl," he recalled.  "It was hands across the water.  But he walked away.  Just walked away."As for a new full-fledged Led Zeppelin project, however, Plant said, "[W]e couldn't do anything proper.  The weight of expectation is too great."In the New York Times article, Page referred to a 2013 comment Plant made that appeared to suggest he was open to another Led Zeppelin reunion.  "I was told last year that Robert Plant said he is doing nothing in 2014, and what do the other two guys think?  Well, he knows what the other guys think.  Everyone would love to play more concerts for the band," said Jimmy, adding, "He's just playing games, and I'm fed up with it."Plant initially responded to Page's comments during a media event prior to a performance with his current band, The Sensational Space Shifters, at Morocco's Mawazine Festival.  "I think he needs to go to sleep and have a good rest, and think again," said Robert.  "We have a great history together and like all brothers we have these moments where we don't speak on the same page but that's life."Plant's new solo album with the Space Shifters, Lullaby and…the Ceaseless Roar, will be released on September 9.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Maynard James Keenan Welcomes Baby Girl


Image Courtesy Universal music Group DistributionMaynard James Keenan is now the father of two. The singer -- who has an 18-year-old son from a previous relationship -- welcomed a baby girl with wife Lei Li. According to the Instagram page of Keenan's band Puscifer, their daughter's name is Lei Li Agostina Maria and she arrived at 7:19pm last Friday, July 25, weighing seven pounds.Lei Li Agostina Maria has an older brother, Devo, who sings and plays the cello. Devo has helped out with his dad's musical projects, including providing backing vocals to a song on A Perfect Circle's Thirteenth Step album.Members of Tool recently told Rolling Stone that their band has been on hiatus due to a legal snarl that began in 2007, but that they hope to release new music by the end of the year.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Damon Albarn Says New Blur Album Wasn't Finished Because of Bad Weather


Image Courtesy Linda BrownleeDamon Albarn has been cagey about whether there will ever be a follow-up to Blur's 2003 album, Think Tank. Now in a new interview with NME, the singer -- who just wrapped a solo tour -- says that he and his off-again, on-again band mates recorded more than a dozen songs in Hong Kong last year, but the session petered out because of bad weather."There was too much commuting between where we were staying and where we were recording and it was a bit too hot. I think that's why we didn't get it finished," Albarn says. Though that sounds pretty lame and may leave some fans skeptical, it is in line with what the singer told Rolling Stone back in February when he said, "There is [new Blur] material, but I can't foresee us in the near future being in a position to finish it. We're just all doing other stuff." Despite this lack of urgency, Albarn at the time called Blur "a big part of my life. I'll never abandon the spirit of it ever. It's kind of in me." Perhaps Albarn will reconsider after he's had a little downtime; a year ago, he told The Wall Street Journal that Blur would hit the studio following the release of his then-upcoming debut solo album, Everyday Robots.Ironically, all that's left to complete on the Blur album is Albarn's part -- the words. He tells NME, "The annoying thing is, if I'd been able to write the lyrics there and then about being there, we'd have finished the record. But sometimes, if you can't do it all at once, it dissipates...I don't know what I'd sing about now with that record. There's some great tunes on there, but it may just be one of those records that never comes out."Stay tuned, Blur fans.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

New Video for Linkin Park's "Final Masquerade" Streaming Now; Singer Chester Ben


Image Courtesy Porsche DesignLinkin Park's latest video is for "Final Masquerade" and it's streaming online now. The clip is currently available on MTV's site, but eventually will appear on the band's official YouTube channel."Final Masquerade" features a graphic landscape more colorful than the majority of the band's videos from their most recent album, The Hunting Party, but the message isn't any lighter: the video shows apocalyptic scenes, death, sorrow and outrage.On a lighter note, Linkin Park's singer, Chester Bennington, is offering t-shirts from his Porsche Design clothing line as prizes on a new Facebook contest. Also up for grabs are signed copies of The Hunting Party, and between now and August 4, the first 200 people to purchase anything from Bennington's clothing line will receive a special edition Linkin Park bonus CD for free. Head over to Porsche Design's Facebook page for details.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Watch Lollapalooza Without Leaving Your Living Room


Lollapalooza celebrates its tenth anniversary this weekend and you don't have to go to Chicago to see it. The festival organizers are streaming dozens of performances -- more than 200 hours worth in all -- and making them available for free online.  Lollapalooza.redbull.tv has the full schedule of performances to be streamed, but here are some highlights; all start times are Central time:8/1  -- 5 p.m. -- Interpol8/1  -- 6 p.m. -- Chvrches8/1  -- 7 p.m. -- Lorde8/1 -- 8:30 p.m. -- Arctic Monkeys8/2  -- 4 p.m. -- Vance Joy8/2  -- 7 p.m. -- Foster the People8/2  -- 8:15 p.m. -- Outkast8/3 -- 3:15 p.m. -- Bleachers8/3  -- 4 p.m. -- Cage the Elephant8/3  -- 8:30 p.m. -- Kings of Leon

Second Installment of Led Zeppelin Reissue Campaign Arriving in October


Atlantic/Swan SongThe Led Zeppelin reissue campaign will continue this fall, when the band releases remastered and expanded versions of their fourth and fifth studio albums, 1971's Led Zeppelin IV and 1973's Houses of the Holy.  The deluxe sets, which will hit stores on October 28, will include bonus discs featuring previously unreleased mixes and studio outtakes.As with the first installment of the reissue series, which came out in June, the new releases will be available in a variety of formats.  These include a single CD version; a deluxe edition, which boasts the "companion" audio disc; vinyl versions of those two packages; and a Super Deluxe Boxed Set, which contains the album and the companion audio, both on CD and vinyl, plus an 80-page book of rare and unseen photos, a digital download of the music, and a high-quality print of the original album cover.  The reissues are available for pre-order now at LedZeppelin.com.Led Zeppelin IV, which also sometimes is referred to as the "Runes" album or "Zoso," topped the Billboard 200 upon its 1971 release and went on to sell 23 million copies in the U.S., making it the third most-successful album ever in the country.  Among the many classic songs featured on the record are "Stairway to Heaven," "Rock and Roll," "Black Dog," "Misty Mountain Hop," and "Going to California."  The companion disc included with the deluxe reissue of the album feature alternate mixes of all eight tracks.Houses of the Holy also reached #1 on the Billboard album tally, and has sold more than 11 million copies since its 1973 release.  Among the well-known Zeppelin tunes on the track list are "Over the Hills and Far Away," "Dancing Days," "The Song Remains the Same," and the reggae-influenced "D'yer Mak'er."  Alternate and/or rough mixes of seven of the record's eight songs are featured on the reissued version's companion disc.Here's a rundown of all the "companion audio" you'll get with the Led Zeppelin IV and Houses of the Holy reissues:Led Zeppelin IV: Companion Audio Disc"Black Dog" -- Basic Track with Guitar Overdubs"Rock and Roll" -- Alternate Mix"The Battle of Evermore" -- Mandolin/Guitar Mix from Headley Grange"Stairway to Heaven" -- Sunset Sound Mix"Misty Mountain Hop" -- Alternate Mix"Four Sticks" -- Alternate Mix"Going to California" -- Mandolin/Guitar Mix"When the Levee Breaks" -- Alternate UK Mix Houses of the Holy: Companion Audio Disc"The Song Remains the Same" -- Guitar Overdub Reference Mix"The Rain Song" -- Mix Minus Piano"Over the Hills and Far Away" -- Guitar Mix Backing Track"The Crunge" -- Rough Mix - Keys Up "Dancing Days" -- Rough Mix with Vocal"No Quarter" -- Rough Mix with John Paul Jones Keyboard Overdubs - No Vocal"The Ocean" -- Working MixFollow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Courtney Love Glad to Be Out of "Actor Jail," Hedges About Hole Reunion


Image Courtesy Universal Music Group DistributionCourtney Love is back acting, and couldn't be happier about it. As previously reported, the singer will appear on the FX series Sons of Anarchy in a recurring role as a preschool teacher named Ms. Harrison, a tip of the hat to Love's birth name, Courtney Michelle Harrison. She tells the Philippine Daily Inquirer, "I thank [show creator] Kurt Sutter for taking a chance on me, bailing me out of actor jail, as we call it. It takes a showrunner like Kurt to have the balls to do that. It’s now up to me to make it."Courtney says that although it's been a long time since she's acted, she didn't miss it "until 2012, when I saw a Sean Penn indie movie. I went to his agent and...I was like, 'How do I get back into this business?'" She says that getting back in the saddle is "about being relentless [though] not to the point of rudeness; you have to have the mojo to just get up, dust yourself off."Her first take for Sons of Anarchy after such a long absence wasn't quite the success she'd been hoping for. "My first time to act in 11 years, I choked on the first master take. I just choked. I was trembling. I thank God I was across from someone as good as Katey Sagal. She hugged me and I got into her vibe. Every take got better and better. I don’t choke, man! And I choked! And I am not on anything."Music-wise, Hole fans might be in for a disappointment; while Love doesn't completely rule out a reunion, she says, "I don’t want to get on the oldies circuit. I don’t need to do that for money. I want to put out music that is relevant today."Earlier this year, Love made headlines by publicly revealing that she and former Hole band mates had been playing together; she later told the U.K.s Telegraph that the band members "may have made out but there is no talk of marriage...It’s very frail, nothing might happen, and now the band are all flipping out with me [for speaking publicly]."Sons of Anarchy is scheduled to premiere September 9 on FX at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Courtney Love Recites Poem, Plays Surprise Song at NYC Show


Image Courtesy Universal Music Group DistributionAngela McCluskey fans got a big surprise last night when Courtney Love hopped onstage at the singer/songwriter's show at Rockwood Music Hall in New York City.Love -- who's been spotted at McCluskey shows in the past -- sat in the back of the tiny room for most of the performance, at one point calling out, "Amazing!" at the end of a song. Toward the close of McCluskey's set, Love was summoned to the stage, where she recited a Charles Baudelaire poem and ripped into Hole's "Never Go Hungry," accompanying herself on acoustic guitar and receiving a little support from pianist Paul Cantelon, who plays with McCluskey in Wild Colonials. McCluskey's fans were overwhelmingly enthusiastic in their response to Love's performance.  For her part, Courtney told ABC News Radio after the show that Angela McCluskey has "amazing talent."  "I love her!" Love gushed. "She sings like an angel!" The feeling is mutual; McCluskey was obviously thrilled to have Love crash her show and was beaming as she made the introduction.McCluskey is doing a Monday night residency in the tiny basement room at the Rockwood Music Hall, with three shows scheduled for both August and September.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Jack White Wants to Record in Space


Image Courtesy Third Man RecordsAs previously reported, Jack White recently made the World's Fastest-Released Record back in April by recording and pressing a 7-inch version of new song "Lazaretto" in an old-fashioned recording booth at his studio in Nashville. Now the former White Stripes frontman has his sights set on a loftier goal -- he'd like to record in outer space.In an interview with The Tennessean, White reveals, "One of the big projects we've been working on for a while is the first record in space." The singer admits it's "been a long-going project" but says he's "coming close to it."White doesn't divulge further details -- Would he bring other musicians? Would he take the recording booth with him? -- but calls the idea "a nice long term goal to attach to, because it sort of means everything and means nothing at the same time." He acknowledges, "I've always worked to finding really deep meaning and also at the same time having it covered in sugar, so it can be taken two or three different ways," using as an example his work with White Stripes, in which he and band mate Meg White played serious blues rock while wearing clothes and decorating stages and album covers in only three colors, for no relevant reason.Jack White wraps up the first leg of his tour this weekend in Toronto. The tour picks up again in two weeks, in Kansas City, Missouri.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Evanescence Singer Amy Lee Welcomes Baby Boy


Wind Up RecordsEvanescence singer Amy Lee is now a mom. Lee posted an Instagram photo of her snuggling with her newborn son in the hospital, with the caption, "Our little cub, Jack Lion Hartzler, is here."She added, "I have never known the depths of my heart till now. The world just exploded into technicolor."Lee's manager tells People.com the singer and her husband, therapist Josh Hartzler, welcomed their new baby on Thursday, July 24th.Little Jack was born at 7:51 a.m., weighing in at seven pounds and 13 ounces and measuring 21 inches long.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio 

Man Who Defrauded Investors with Fake Pearl Jam, R.E.M. Concert Sentenced to Pri


Image Courtesy Cass Bird/Warner Bros. RecordsA man who claimed to be organizing a benefit concert featuring Pearl Jam, R.E.M. and Bruce Springsteen has pleaded guilty of defrauding 30 investors out of a half-million dollars, and has been sentenced to just under four years in prison.According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Vancouver musician Kasey Anderson pretended to be organizing a concert and album to benefit the West Memphis Three, a trio of men who were convicted as teenagers in 1994 of the 1993 murders of three boys. Their convictions were the subject of outrage, and prompted public support for the men from many -- including Eddie Vedder -- who believed they had been wrongly convicted.  Prosecutors in the Kasey Anderson case alleged that Anderson capitalized on that sentiment when approaching potential investors posing as various music industry bigwigs, promising to stage a concert and album to benefit the three men, who were freed after more than 18 years in prison when newly uncovered DNA evidence did not match prosecutors' allegations.When trying to score additional funds from prospective investors, Anderson made a variety of bogus assertions -- including that he had firm commitments from Pearl Jam, Johnny Depp and Tom Petty; that Springsteen was working on a collaboration with Lady Gaga for the benefit album; and that Springsteen had also collaborated with Arcade Fire on two additional album tracks.In all, prosecutors say Anderson bilked investors out of more than $525,000.  In a letter to the court following his conviction, Anderson apologized and called himself "a deeply flawed and mentally ill person who made some terrible choices, causing so much emotional and financial damage to others...but I believe I have much to offer my community."  Anderson also said he "want[ed] so badly to make it right."Of the more than $525,000, only $160,000 has been recovered.  The Post-Intelligencer notes that none of Anderson's investors have been repaid in full, and most have received nothing back at all.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Coldplay Donates $17,000 to Medical Research in Honor of Fan


Image Courtesy Parlophone RecordsColdplay has donated about $17,000 to medical research in honor of Jody Duff, a fan who's afflicted with motor neuron disease, also known as MND.According to the U.K.'s Kent Online newspaper, Duff -- who was born with spina bifida, a condition resulting from the spine not developing fully before birth -- was diagnosed with the more severe MND ten years ago. Unlike many other serious medical conditions, research into MND -- which is a progressive, terminal disease affecting cells and nerves in the brain --  receives limited federal funds in the U.K. or U.S. So Duff decided to take matters into his own hands and set about crowdsourcing donations through his JustGiving page.When Coldplay recently played London, Duff's sister helped him spread the word to his favorite band by passing a letter to them through staff at Royal Albert Hall. The band sent their manager out after the show to invite Duff to come backstage where, he said, "Chris [Martin] stopped whatever he was doing and sat next to me and was genuinely interested in finding out about motor neuron disease." The singer then invited Jody, his sister and their friend to the show's after-party and back the following evening for the band's second Royal Albert Hall show, where he dedicated "Fix You" to Duff. Coldplay later donated ten thousand pounds -- or about $17,000 -- to the research fund, and sent a tweet to fans asking for donations.If you'd like to kick in, check out Duff's donation page at JustGiving.com/JodyDuff. Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Avenged Sevenfold's Zacky Vengeance Discusses the Effort Involved with "Waking t


Image Courtesy Clay Patrick McBrideWhen Avenged Sevenfold made its second album, 2003's Waking the Fallen, guitarist Zacky Vengeance remembers the band working really hard in order to play and sing better.  It also took a lot of effort to assemble the bonus material for the deluxe reissue, titled Waking the Fallen: Resurrected and due August 26."We were tracking down footage, and it's a difficult task because we've been on tour nonstop," Vengeance tells Billboard.com, adding that the process included rummaging through his parents' attic and phoning family members.  The band wanted the reissue to come out last year in conjunction with the album's 10th anniversary, "but the quality was more important" than meeting that deadline, Vengeance says.In addition to the original album's 12 songs, Waking the Fallen: Resurrected also includes demos and concert recordings, plus the previously unreleased title track and an alternate take on "Second Heartbeat."  The package is rounded out with a DVD containing a documentary and much more.As for new Avenged Sevenfold music, Vengeance says "ideas are going to be brewing" once the band gets off the road."I know [guitarist Synyster Gates has] been writing a ton purely for fun, trying different styles, recording backstage, keeping himself busy," reports Vengeance.  "I've been thinking of all sorts of ideas, listening to tons of different music to get inspiration -- as have all of us.  And being on tour, I'm so inspired."Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Godsmack Frontman Sully Erna Shares His Thoughts on Three "1000hp" Songs


Image Courtesy Paul Brown/Universal Music GroupGodsmack's sixth studio album, 1000hp, isn't due until August 5, but frontman Sully Erna is giving fans a early guide to some of his favorite tracks from the forthcoming collection.One song "kind of wrote itself";  another already ranks among his all-time favorites; and he tells Revolver a few tunes are "just a little bit different" from the band's prior output.Erna says inspiration for the album's title track came during a break for dinner when, half-joking, Erna announced to everyone in the studio that he'd write a tune before a mutual friend returned from making a food run."And I'm telling you, this song was done, front to back, in maybe an hour and a half," Erna recalls."Something Different," says Erna, is "my favorite song I've ever written in my life so far, maybe with the exception of the one I wrote for my daughter on [my 2010 solo album] Avalon."  He adds that it's the last song Godsmack did for the new album."Nothing Comes Easy" is among the tracks Erna believes "feel like they have some art to them" and might not seem like Godsmack material on first listen, "but it is Godsmack.""There's a cool, kinda artsy feel, but it's done in a way where there's still a lot of power and strength," he says.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Jack White Makes Surprise Appearance at Beck's Rhode Island Concert


Image Courtesy Third Man RecordsJack White pulled double duty this past Saturday when he followed up a headlining gig at Rhode Island's Newport Folk Festival with an appearance at Beck's concert in nearby Providence.Billboard magazine reports Beck introduced White as the "best bartender in the world." The former White Stripes frontman played acoustic guitar and sang background vocals on the Beck songs "Pay No Mind" and "Loser" during the show's encore.They were then joined on stage by opening act Sean Lennon, who took part in a medley of Beck’s "Where It's At" and "One Foot in the Grave."At one point, White ripped into a guitar solo and even participated in a choreographed dance sequence.This is not the first time the two have joined forces. Beck teamed up with White for a song called, "I Just Started Hating Some People Today" back in 2012.White will be featured on Beck's upcoming album, Song Reader.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Billy Corgan Loves Tommy Lee -- and the Feeling Is Mutual


Image Courtesy Paul Elledge/Mitch Snyder OrganizationIf you're a fan of either Smashing Pumpkins or Motley Crue, you would've had to have been hiding under a rock to miss the recent news that Tommy Lee has been the guest drummer on Smashing Pumpkins' new album. Pumpkins mastermind Billy Corgan has posted numerous reports on the recording sessions, and to say his descriptions of Tommy Lee are enthusiastic would be a huge understatement.  Likewise, Lee's a fan of Corgan's.Tommy Lee tells ABC News Radio, "I've met Billy on several occasions, but...kind of out of the blue I got an email from his manager, who was like, 'Hey, Billy would like to talk to you about playing on the new Smashing Pumpkins record,' and I was like, 'That would be amazing, I would love that!'"Lee says that after some emails, Corgan hopped on a plane from Chicago and brought the demos to him. "Wow was I impressed!," says Lee. "He played me nine songs [and I said], 'You have a hit record on your hands, dude, and yes, I want to be a part of this!'"Tommy tells ABC News Radio that he and Billy were on the same wavelength from the beginning. "I remember him jumping up and down in the studio after one of the drum takes [yelling], 'This is exactly what I want! Oh my God! Finally!'"  The drummer says that although he's been jamming with other people for almost 40 years, Corgan's enthusiasm blew him away. "I was like, 'Wow!'," says Tommy. "It was just really cool to be appreciated that much. I just haven't felt something like that. It was really, really cool."As much as Corgan sings Lee's praises, Lee returns the favor, telling ABC News Radio, "That guy is so smart and so talented, I've got nothing but massive respect for him and adoration, and when he goes and writes those wonderful things about me, it's like I get goosebumps.  I sometimes don't receive that sort of love or praise from my own band, you know? It was really wonderful."The new Smashing Pumpkins album is to be called Monument to an Elegy.  A single will be released later this year.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Jack White Will Throw Ceremonial First Pitch Before Next Tuesday's Tigers Game i


Image Courtesy Third Man RecordsJack White has taken a lot of heat recently for his sour expression in a widely circulated photo of him attending last Tuesday's Cubs-Padres game at Chicago's Wrigley Field.He'll be in a different ballpark next Tuesday night, and not just as a spectator.  Via Twitter, White's Third Man Records announced Friday afternoon that the musician has been tapped to throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the July 29 Tigers-White Sox game at Comerica Park in downtown Detroit.The tweet also said that Third Man Records will be present at Comerica from 4 to 7 p.m. that day.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Beastie Boys Mural to Be Painted This Weekend at "Paul's Boutique" Storefront in


Phil AndelmanBeastie Boys fans will forever think of the storefront at the corner of Ludlow and Rivington streets in Manhattan as the place featured on the cover of the group's 1989 classic Paul's Boutique, which celebrated its 25th anniversary on Friday.To mark the album's milestone, New York artist Danielle Mastrion will paint a mural honoring the Beasties outside the Wolfnights sandwich shop currently at that Lower East Side intersection, reports Brokelyn.  She's scheduled to begin her work at 11 a.m. Saturday, and according to Beastie Boys advocate LeRoy McCarthy, Mastrion will paint until she's finished.Recently, McCarthy led a campaign to have the Ludlow-Rivington intersection named Beastie Boys Square, but a community board nixed that proposal in March.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Metallica's Kirk Hammett Contributes Guitar Solo to a Song on Forthcoming Exodus


Image Courtesy Kirk HammettEven though Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett was once a member of Exodus, he's never appeared on a proper recording by the San Francisco Bay Area metal band -- until now.Hammett tells Rolling Stone that he's contributed a guitar solo to a song called "Salt in the Wound," which will be included on a forthcoming Exodus album."It felt really casual, really cool -- just like it did back in 1980 when we were all just hanging out back in the day," Hammett said during an appearance at Comic-Con International in San Diego.  "Other than the Exodus demo that's been heard by a lot of people, it's the only time I ever recorded with Exodus.  It was a huge thing for me."Hammett is making the most of his visit to Comic-Con.  This weekend, he'll sign zombie figures of himself from his Kirk Von Hammett line of toys, and Friday night, he and Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo are scheduled to jam with Exodus.  Hammett expects Ozzy Osbourne's "Diary of a Madman" to be among the 10 to 12 cover songs they'll perform.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Rob Zombie's Halloween-Themed Great American Nightmare Is Headed to the Chicago


Image Courtesy Rob FennRob Zombie is bringing his brand of scary to the Chicago area this fall.  The musician and filmmaker's Halloween-themed Great American Nightmare will take place on select nights from September 26 through November 1 at the Odeum Expo Center in Villa Park, Illinois, with Zombie scheduled to perform on opening night."I am thrilled to be able to expand the Great American Nightmare to two new cities this year,” said Zombie in a statement, referring to a slightly different version of the event that's taking place in Scottsdale, Arizona.  "My only goal is to make it twice as sick as last year."The Illinois edition will include three attractions based on Zombie's horror movies.  Those attractions -- dubbed The Lords of Salem in Total Black Out, The Haunted World of El Superbeasto 3D, and Haunt of 1,000 Corpses -- are enhanced versions of the ones that were part of the 2013 Great American Nightmare that took place in Pomona, California.Tickets for the Illinois run go on sale July 30 through GreatAmericanNightmare.com and start at $45 for opening night and $25 for all other nights.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Dave Grohl Gets Screen Time in New Video for Zac Brown Band's "All Alright"


Image Courtesy Southern ReelServing as producer and drummer, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl played a key role on the aptly named EP by country music's Zac Brown Band called The Grohl Sessions Vol. 1.  So it makes perfect sense for Grohl to get a little screen time in the new music video for "All Alright," the opening song on the 2013 collection.Grohl appears three times in the clip.  Around the one-minute mark, he's seen standing to Brown's left, arms folded across his untucked shirt. Later on, Grohl is twice shown behind a recording console, wearing glasses and nodding his head in time with the music.The video's footage comes from the EP's companion behind-the-scene documentary that was released in May, now pieced together to create a music video.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News RadioZac Brown Band - All Alright - Music - More Music Videos 

Drummer Chris Slade Reflects on His AC/DC Audition and Departure from the Band


Michael Tullberg/Getty ImagesEven with a resume that includes membership in The Firm -- Jimmy Page's post-Led Zeppelin band -- as well as backing Pink Floyd's David Gilmour, drummer Chris Slade still had to try out circa the late 1980s for AC/DC.The 67-year-old Slade tells Music Radar he auditioned for the hard-rock band along "with 100 top players" and thought he'd done "terribly.""I called my wife and told her I'd be home in half an hour [because during the audition] I said the wrong things, I played the wrong things," Slade recalls.  He must have done something right: By the time he got home, his wife said the band had called to tell Slade he had the job.Slade only played on one AC/DC studio album: 1990's The Razors Edge, which included the songs "Thunderstruck" and "Moneytalks."  The impetus for his departure, according to Slade, came when guitarist Malcolm Young said the band wanted to give classic-era drummer Phil Rudd another chance."I said, 'That's me out, then, I'm gone,'" remembers Slade, who resigned the next day, even though Young wanted him to stick around "for months and months" in case Rudd didn't work out.Almost 20 years later, Slade doesn't express any bitterness about the way things went down."We still get on, and it was an honor and a privilege to play with those guys," says Slade.  His latest project is called the Chris Slade Timeline, which recently completed recording an EP.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Scott Stapp Says He Still Has Emotional Connection to Creed Songs


image Courtesy Wind-up RecordsUnlike many artists who tour during the summer, Scott Stapp tends to take it easy and spend most of the warmer months with his kids. This year is no exception, although the singer and former Creed frontman has signed on to perform a select few festival shows, many of them Christian music-based. Though the set lists for his shows contain many solo selections -- including a bunch from his latest album, Slow Suicide -- Scott Stapp tells ABC News Radio that "it's hard to pick" favorites from his catalog. In fact, when asked directly to name a couple that really resonate with him emotionally, Stapp answers, "a lot of them...I can identify still with all of them on some level, even at my current age and place I am in this world."That holds true for Creed hits as well. Though his split from the band wasn't the friendliest of breakups, Stapp feels emotionally close to the music he and his former band mates created together. He tells ABC News Radio, "I think the ones that were our biggest hits, the ones that I'm playing on solo tour, I still really connect with and feel them every time I sing them." Between enjoying summer with his kids and playing a couple of one-offs, Stapp is putting time in working on his next album, tentatively called Dying to Live.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Metallica Posts More Concert Footage from European Tour


Image Courtesy Ross HalfinMetallica fans who couldn't make it to the band's summer shows in the Czech Republic, Austria and Poland can now enjoy some select highlights online.  The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band recently made available new videos from all three shows featuring concert performances as well as behind-the-scenes footage.The video from the July 8 gig in Prague, Czech Republic, is about 24 minutes long and opens with guitarist Kirk Hammett expressing mock anger backstage over fans not requesting certain songs, among them "St. Anger."The shortest video is from the July 9 concert in Vienna, Austria.  It's about 15 minutes in length and includes a performance of "Master of Puppets."The 26-minute clip from the July 11 show in Warsaw, Poland, shows band members backstage signing autographs and receiving gifts from fans, along with a concert take on "For Whom the Bell Tolls."Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Courtney Love Sheds Light on Forthcoming Kurt Cobain Biopic


Image Courtesy Universal Music Group DistributionCourtney Love would rather not be the one to decide who gets to portray her late husband, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, in a forthcoming biopic she says will begin filming "within the next year or so.""Let's leave that to the agents," she recently told the Philippine Daily Inquirer.  "I have great agents now.  But I will have a say in it."Love says others who were close to Cobain also will have a say in how the biopic turns out.  There's his daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, as well as former band mates Kurt Novoselic and Dave Grohl, "if [the film] touches on Nirvana -- and it will," Love adds.According to Love, she's received performance reels from Creative Artists Agency that feature lots of "blond, gorgeous" men in their mid-20s."I won't name names because I don't want to jinx it for anyone," she adds.  "Some are really good actors, not just pretty faces."Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Avenged Sevenfold Pauses During Colorado Performance for Onstage Marriage Propos


Image Courtesy Clay Patrick McBrideLove was certainly in the thin Colorado air earlier this month when Avenged Sevenfold performed at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison.The band briefly paused during its Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival set on July 14 so Beau Barkley -- who has done marketing work for Rockstar, according to his LinkedIn profile -- could propose to girlfriend and big-time Avenged Sevenfold fan Micah Manzanarez.It all started when frontman M. Shadows said to the crowd, "We're not used to this high altitude.  You mind if we take a break?"  Hinting at doing something "very cool, really quick," he escorted Manzanarez, whom he called a "volunteer," to the center of the stage and covered her eyes.  Barkley then raced out holding a ring in his right hand, got down on his right knee and popped the question.The happy couple embraced as M. Shadows urged the audience to give them a round of applause.Several days later, Barkley wrote on his Facebook page, "This took a lot of help from a bunch of people to make this happen.  I have toured with most of these people for years and don't just consider them friends.  They are my family."Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio 

Slipknot's Latest Creepy Album Teaser Posted Online


Image Courtesy Bobby TongsThe first and second teasers for Slipknot's new album contained creepy images, and so does the third teaser, which the band posted this week on YouTube.The fast-moving, slightly NSFW, 15-second clip is very dark, and there doesn't appear to be a severed ear this time around.  Other body parts are prominently featured, however, most notably a woman's bare breasts.Stay tuned for more teasers and, we hope, some new info about the forthcoming Slipknot album.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Robert Trujillo Reforms His Pre-Metallica Band Mass Mental? for Two Summer Shows


Image Courtesy Chris M. JuniorWhen Jason Newsted was still Metallica's bassist, he tried to get his Echobrain side project off the ground, but it was reportedly frowned upon by frontman James Hetfield.There appears to be more freedom these days within the Metallica camp to pursue outside interests, as current bassist Robert Trujillo will be reviving his band Mass Mental? later this summer for two concerts.Tickets for the first Mass Mental? show, taking place August 26 at the Whisky a Go Go in West Hollywood, California, are on sale now through TicketWeb.com.The other concert is set for September 6 in Markneukirchen, Germany, as part of Warwick Open Day 2014.Mass Mental? began as a Trujillo side project in the late 1990s, when he was still a member of Suicidal Tendencies.  He became Metallica's bassist after Newsted departed in 2001.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Shaun Morgan Says Seether's "Words as Weapons" Came a Year Early; Inspired Him D


Image Courtesy Marina Chavez/Concord Record Group"Words as Weapons," the first single from Seether's new release, Isolate and Medicate, is lodged at the top of the Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart.  Not bad for a song that Seether frontman Shaun Morgan says was initially written as a one-off for the band's greatest hits compilation.Morgan tells ABC News Radio that he wrote "Words as Weapons" last year -- "actually, right before we got told we were no longer with our label," he says.  Then, "a friend of mine had mentioned to me, 'Don't you think that song's too good to go on that throwaway compilation?,' and I was like, 'You've got a point.' So I called all the guys and said, 'We've got to keep that song, we'll have to do something else [for the compilation].'"Of course, after the greatest-hits collection, Seether's label sold them to another label, which plunged Morgan into a depression. Luckily, having "Words as Weapons" set aside helped pull him out. "I don't think I didn't write at all during that time," Morgan says. "But I think it was certainly good to know I had that [song] as a foundation, some positive energy driving me to keep writing."Morgan says that the band knew "Words as Weapons" was a great song, and that belief helped them "pretty much set the bar for the rest of the album. It was like, 'Whatever is written has to be better than that song.'" Isolate and Medicate is available at the usual digital and brick-and-mortar outlets now.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Kid Rock Subpoenaed in Sexual-Harassment Case Against Insane Clown Posse


Image Courtesy Clay Patrick McBrideA phallic glass sex toy given to Kid Rock years ago by a former Insane Clown Posse employee is about to become a key piece of evidence in an ongoing sexual-harassment lawsuit against the rap-metal group.On Monday, Michigan's Rasor Law Firm, which is representing plaintiff Andrea Pellegrini, filed a subpoena giving Rock 14 days to produce the item in question, reports the Detroit Free Press.Co-defendant Dan Diamond, who worked for Insane Clown Posse and the group's Psychopathic Records, testified Friday in Las Vegas that he tried giving the glass object to then co-worker Pellegrini.  When she refused it, Diamond subsequently gave the item to Rock.Pellegrini, a publicist and in-house attorney at ICP's label for three years, filed a 17-page lawsuit against ICP in September 2013, alleging wrongful termination and harassment, among other claims.  Her lawsuit makes specific reference to an incident that occurred on or around July 16, 2012, when Diamond, with two other Insane Clown Posse employees present, allegedly attempted to give Pellegrini a gift, which turned out to be a clear dildo he removed from a velvet bag.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Judas Priest's Future May Include More Concert Dates and Another Studio Album


Image Courtesy Epic RecordsJudas Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton says the band may be getting a second wind.Tipton tells tells Powerline that the addition of guitarist Richie Faulkner has "injected a lot of enthusiasm into the band," and as a result, there seems to be a renewed enthusiasm about Priest's future on the concert stage and in the studio.It was assumed that Priest was in the process of winding down when it was announced in late 2010 that the Epitaph tour would be the metal band's final world trek.  But when the tour began, Tipton tells Powerline, "we hadn't found Richie yet. ... Fate hadn't put us together, so things change."Now Tipton says that he expects more dates to be added to Priest's current concert itinerary, which was to be a smaller outing than the Epitaph tour and covers North America this fall; and more music could be on the way following up the recently released Redeemer of Souls.The album is the first Judas Priest studio effort to feature Faulkner, who replaced guitarist KK Downing in 2011 during the Epitaph tour.  Faulkner is optimistic that Redeemer of Souls won't be his last with Priest."Based upon the new album and on how much material we came up with, and how easy it flowed from everyone on this record, I wouldn't rule out another studio record," Faulkner says.  "Based purely on the creative juices of these sessions, I wouldn't rule it out completely."Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Eddie Vedder Tapped to Sing During Seventh-Inning Stretch of Thursday's Chicago


Image Courtesy Jeffrey R. Staab/CBSIt's become a regular event: At least once per baseball season, Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder sings "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" during the seventh-inning stretch of a home game played by his beloved Chicago Cubs.The Chicago Tribune reports that Vedder will continue the tradition in 2014 by performing the song Thursday night, when the Cubs host the San Diego Padres at Wrigley Field.Prior to Thursday's game, Vedder will also throw out the ceremonial first pitch, which he's done before when the Cubs play at Wrigley.Other notables slated to sing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" at future Cubs games this season include Fitz and the Tantrums on July 31.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

One Month In, KISS/Def Leppard Tour Is a Giant Success


Courtesy of KISS and Def LeppardIt's a month into KISS' 40th anniversary tour -- a co-headlining trek with Def Leppard -- and a tour source tells ABC News Radio, "It's been an amazing few weeks." The sheer magnitude of the stage shows is enormous, requiring dozens of trucks, buses and assorted vehicles to cart around the sets and equipment from amphitheater to amphitheater.Because it's a summer tour, the venues are outdoor.  Paul Stanley joked that although KISS tries "to be observant of low-flying planes when we're outdoors, [being outside] doesn't change anything because what we do comes from the heart. What we do comes from who we are."The singer said that "being outside in the summer is a terrific dichotomy, contrast between what we do and being outside in the midst of a great summer night with the stars shining," but he also noted that indoor shows "[have their] pluses [as well]." In the end, said Stanley, "We've been doing this for 40 years. The reason people still buy tickets...is because you know that we will deliver the goods."Here are the rest of the KISS/Def Leppard tour dates:7/23 -- Tampa, FL, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheater7/25 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live7/26 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center8/1 -- Mansfield, MA, Xfinity Center8/2 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Boardwalk Hall8/3 -- Camden, NJ, Susquehanna Bank Center8/5 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center8/6 -- Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre8/8 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach8/9 -- Scranton, PA, Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain8/10 -- Hartford, CT, The Xfinity Theatre8/12 -- Toronto, Canada, Molson Canadian Amphitheatre8/13 -- Darien Center, NY, Darien Lake Performing Arts Center8/15 -- East Troy, WI, Alpine Valley Music Theater8/16 -- Tinley Park, IL, First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre8/17 -- Minneapolis, MN, Target Center8/20 -- Des Moines, IA, Wells Fargo Arena8/22 -- Noblesville, IN, Klipsch Music Center8/23 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre8/24 -- Burgettstown, PA, First Niagara Pavilion8/26 -- Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Blossom Music Center8/28 -- Maryland Heights, MO, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater8/29 -- Tulsa, OK, BOK Center8/31 -- The Woodlands, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell PavilionFollow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Bob Geldof's Daughter Died of Heroin Overdose, Inquest Rules


Alex Huckle/GC ImagesThe surprise death in April of Bob Geldof's daughter, 25-year-old British TV presenter, model and journalist Peaches Geldof, was caused by a heroin overdose, a coroner has ruled.According to the BBC, the inquest into Geldof's death turned up extremely pure heroin in a bag inside her house, as well as syringes, burnt spoons, and a pair of knotted pantyhose -- all evidence of drug use.  A syringe was also found in a box next Geldof's bed.  The level of heroin in her body was in a "fatal range," according to the pathologist, while puncture wounds were found on her elbows, wrists and thumbs.  Codeine, methadone and morphine were also found in her body.The BBC reports that the married mother of two had formerly been a heroin addict and had taken methadone, a heroin substitute, for two-and-a-half years prior to her death.  Her husband, Tom Cohen, said that Peaches had started using heroin again in February, and had lied to him when she told him that she'd passed drug tests every week.Peaches Geldof's mother, TV personality Paula Yates and ex-wife of Bob Geldof, died of a heroin overdose at the age of 41, when Peaches was 11.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio 

Godsmack Offers Two Instant Song Downloads with Digital Album Pre-order


Image Courtesy Paul Brown/Universal Music GroupGodsmack's sixth album, 1000hp, doesn't arrive in stores until August 5, but fans can get an immediate two-song taste by purchasing it in advance through iTunes.By pre-ordering, fans will have access to instant downloads of the title track and "Generation Day."  The band is still offering pre-order packages on Godsmack.com featuring colored vinyl, clothing and signed drumheads.Look for Godsmack on the road later this summer as part of the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival, which begins August 15 in Clarkston, Michigan, at the DTE Energy Music Theatre.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio