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

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

Three Days Grace Unveils New Tour Dates, Lyric Video

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

Courtney Love Releases New Single

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

Five Finger Death Punch Up for Six Golden Gods Awards

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

Coldplay Announces New York City Ticket Information

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

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

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

Pearl Jam, Beck, Lorde, Foster the People Appearing at 2014 Austin City Limits M

ACLFestival.comThe Austin City Limits Music Festival is back -- this makes the 13th annual installment of the event, known for nabbing big-name acts. This year's lineup includes Pearl Jam, Beck, Lorde, Foster the People, Eminem, The Replacements, Skrillex, Lana Del Ray, Jimmy Cliff and a ton more. The 2014 festival takes place over two weekends, October 3-5 and October 10-12.Besides these gigantic acts, ACL keeps it real by showcasing dozens of Austin hometown bands as well as Austin restaurants -- including Amy's Ice Creams, a local joint that offers ice cream flavors like Bacon Jalapeno Popper, Big Boy Breakfast and Tequila Sunrise. The event is held at the 46-acre Zilker Park and attracts 75,000 fans each day, or nearly a quarter-million over the three-day festival.   Last year the festival hosted more than 130 acts including Kings of Leon, Phoenix, Atoms for Peace, Vampire Weekend, Wilco, Depeche Mode, Muse and The Cure.Tickets for this year's Austin City Limits Festival -- including multi-day and travel packages -- are on sale now through the ACL website, 2014 ABC News Radio

Ex-Slipknot Drummer Joey Jordison Looking for Singer for New Project

Scar The Martyr via TwitterHey, you wanna be in a band with Joey Jordison? Here's your shot: the ex-Slipknot drummer's new band, Scar the Martyr has fired its singer, so the slot's open and Jordison is entertaining all offers.In a Facebook post, Jordison says, "Before we make a final decision, we have decided to open up submissions to the public. If you are interested, email your tryout video to"Jordison was let go by Slipknot last year, without much explanation and seemingly by surprise. At the time, a a joint statement was issued on Slipknot's website, stating: "It is with great pain but quiet respect that, for personal reasons, Joey Jordison and Slipknot are parting ways. We all wish Joey the best in whatever his future holds. We understand that many of you will want to know how and why this has come to be, and we will do our best to respond to these questions in the near future.”  At the time, Jordison took to Facebook to say he was "shocked and blindsided."No explanation for the parting has been offered, however.Scar the Martyr has been nominated for Best New Talent at this year's Revolver Golden Gods Awards, held tomorrow night in Las Vegas.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Aerosmith's Joe Perry Giving Fans the Chance to Buy the Guitar Off His Back

PFA MediaHow would you like to own a guitar autographed by Aerosmith's Joe Perry and played by him at one of the band's Let Rock Rule tour dates this summer with Slash, while also getting to attend that very show?  Well, now you can, if you can afford the $6,999 price tag.A new promotion called "Joe Perry's Guitar Off My Back" is offering a lucky fan at each stop of the 20-date trek a package that includes two premium tickets and a Gibson Les Paul Studio Model guitar that the legendary rocker will use on stage during the gig and then sign, including a personalized message.  Each package also will include a Perry-signed Certificate of Authenticity, a private meeting with Joe, a photo op with the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, one of his personal guitar picks and a set list from Aerosmith's performance that evening.  In addition, Perry will autograph two other items of your choice, guitars excluded.  For more information, visit North American leg of Aerosmith's Let Rock Rule tour, which includes opening act Slash Featuring Miles Kennedy and the Conspirators, is scheduled from July 10 show in Wantagh, New York, through a September 12 performance in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada.Here are all of the trek's confirmed dates:7/10 -- Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre7/13 -- Kitchener, Canada, McLennan Park7/16 -- Mansfield, MA, Xfinity Center7/19 -- Cadott, WI, Rock Fest7/22 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center7/25 -- Tinley Park, IL, First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre7/30 -- Inglewood, CA, The Forum8/2 -- Las Vegas, NV, MGM Grand Garden Arena8/8 -- Stateline, NV, Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys8/13 -- Concord, CA, Sleep Train Pavilion8/16 -- George, WA, The Gorge Amphitheatre8/19 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center8/22 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center8/25 -- The Woodlands, TX, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion8/28 -- Atlanta, GA, Phillips Arena8/31 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall9/3 -- Newark, NJ, Prudential Center9/6 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live9/9 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre9/12 -- Sydney, Canada, Open Hearth ParkCopyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Scott Stapp Launches European Tour

Scott Stapp via InstagramScott Stapp is off to Europe to begin a short string of live dates. The singer -- and Creed frontman -- is playing these gigs in support of his solo album Proof of Life, which is heavily autobiographical and deals with Stapp's issues with substance abuse and suicide attempts, and eventually finding religion. Not only is the substance of the material heavy, but the material itself is as well -- Proof of Life's songs often feature Stapp full-on screaming. The singer tells ABC News Radio that he's just about reached the point where it doesn't physically hurt to sing those songs. "It doesn't hurt, but this new album is definitely challenging to sing," Stapp admits. "I've learned how to pull it off through the process, and I did some things I didn't even know I could do. But it definitely takes every ounce of energy that I have to do it live."Does it take as much effort to sing Creed tunes? Stapp tells ABC News Radio, "It did, back [when Creed was new], but I guess I've played those songs so much over the years that my voice got conditioned and used to it. Plus I'm more trained now and understand the proper ways to sing. I'm not just screaming from my throat, so that makes the older material relatively easy for me to sing now, especially comparatively speaking to the new stuff." Stapp's next U.S. date is at the Christian music festival Sonshine on July 19 in Wilmar, MN.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Mastodon Releases First Single from New Album

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

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

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

Kings of Leon Announce New Tour Dates

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

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

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

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

For The Pretty Reckless, Success Means Being Dogged By Paparazzi

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

Help Save Pearl Jam's Recording Console

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

Soundgarden Streams Unreleased Demo of "Black Hole Sun"

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

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

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

Coldplay Announces "Intimate" Live Shows

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

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();