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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

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

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

Jack White Adds Publishing Division to Third Man Records


Image Courtesy Third Man RecordsAs a musician, producer and record-label boss, Jack White already has a full plate of professional responsibilities.  Now comes word that his Third Man Records is launching a publishing division.The first commercial title from White's Third Man Books imprint will be Language Lessons: Volume 1. The 321-page hardbound book will include contemporary poetry and nonfiction from a variety of writers, among them Richard Hell, former bassist for the punk band Television. Each copy of Language Lessons also comes with two vinyl albums of jazz, blues, pop, poetry and psychedelic-punk, as well as five pieces of art.Look for Language Lessons August 5.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

Casting Marilyn Manson, Courtney Love Is "Outside the Box" Says Sons of Anarchy


Courtesy Delaney Bishop/Universal Music Group DistributionEvery season, Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter says he likes to "do stuff that's fun" in terms of casting.  Choosing to hire Marilyn Manson and Courtney Love for roles in the seventh season of the FX series fits that description, and at the same time, it's "a little bit outside the box."During an Anarchy panel Monday at the Television Critics Association Summer Tour in Beverly Hills, Sutter said that casting Manson, a friend of his through mutual music pals, "was him basically just wearing me down," Access Hollywood reports."We found a great role for him [as incarcerated white supremacist Ron Tully], and he's great," Sutter added.As for filling the role of a school teacher, Sutter said he thought, "Who better than Courtney Love?"  He admitted not knowing Love "that well" prior to casting, but she had expressed a desire to be on his show.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

Slash, Billy Corgan Among Honorees at Inaugural "Alternative Press" Music Awards


Image Courtesy Martha's MusicAerosmith's Joe Perry made a surprise appearance at the inaugural Alternative Press Music Awards on Monday at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, where he presented his friend and current tour mate, Slash, with the Guitar Legend Award.Introducing the former Guns N' Roses star, Perry noted, "He came up in a generation after mine, but he always had great respect for the musicians who came on before him.  To his own generation he became a superstar, and deservedly so.  Now, to all generations, he's become a model of great guitar playing and an icon of his own right."For his part, Slash thanked Alternative Press magazine, adding, "It's quite an honor to be included on your list of awards tonight, especially for something like guitar legend, which is very humbling…I loved playing guitar since I was 14 years old and it's nice to get recognized for it, and it officially means I've been doing it a long f**king time."Among the evening's many other honorees were Joan Jett and Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan, who were presented respectively with the Icon Award and the Vanguard Award.  Jett also was one of the rockers who performed at the ceremony, playing her classic "Bad Reputation” with The Vacancies' Billy Crooked, her new tune "Soulmates to Strangers" with Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace, and a cover of The Rolling Stones' "Star Star" with some help from Slash.The event also included performances by The Misfits, Fall Out Boy, rapper Ice-T's thrash metal group Body Count, and Korn's Jonathan Davis, who teamed up with the band Asking Alexandria for a rendition of Duran Duran's "Hungry Like the Wolf."You can check out complete coverage of the inaugural Alternative Press Music Awards at AltPress.com/APTV.Here's the complete list of winners:Best Vocalist -- Brendon Urie, Panic! at the DiscoBest Live Band -- Pierce the VeilBreakthrough Band -- Crown the EmpireBest Bassist -- Jaime Preciado, Pierce the VeilBest International Band -- Bring Me the HorizonArtist Philanthropic Award -- All Time LowBest Guitarist -- Phil Manansala, Of Mice & MenVanguard Award -- Billy CorganBest Drummer -- Mike Fuentes, Pierce the VeilIcon Award -- Joan JettMost Dedicated Fans -- Black Veil BridesGuitar Legend Award -- SlashSong of the Year -- All Time Low with Vic Fuentes of Pierce the VeilAlbum of the Year -- Bring Me the Horizon, SempiternalArtist of the Year -- Fall Out BoyFollow @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

Chris Martin, Billie Joe Armstrong & System of a Down's Serj Tankian to Guest on


Image Courtesy Anton CorbijinChris Martin of Coldplay, System of a Down vocalist Serj Tankian and Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong are among the artists slated to appear on the sophomore set by Swedish DJ Avicii.Rolling Stone reports that Avicii is hunkered down in Hollywood, working on the follow-up to last year's smash album True.  Avicii has written close to 70 tunes for the as-yet-untitled disc, which he promises will be “a lot more song-oriented” than his debut, which may be part of the reason why he's reaching out to rockers.The pop and dance music star also says he's learning from the veteran rockers too. Of working with Martin, Avicii says, “Chris has been like a brother… He needs every part to be perfect. I’m not like that -- which is why I’ve got 70 songs.”  As for Armstrong, he appears on a track called "No Pleasing a Woman." The album is expected to be released before the year is through.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

Krist Novoselic Defends Eddie Vedder, Echoes Anti-War Sentiments


Image Courtesy Jeffrey R. Staab/CBSKrist Novoselic has come to Eddie Vedder’s defense after the Pearl Jam singer’s recent anti-war comments stirred up some controversy.In a post on his official website, the former Nirvana bassist weighed in on the situation, writing, “Eddie has gotten some criticism over comments he made about the conflict between the Palestinians and Israelis. That situation has been messed up for so long, it is no wonder that even mentioning it is toxic.” Later in the post, Novoselic writes, “The people of Palestine and Israel deserve peace and prosperity.... It is the knuckleheads on both sides that should be criticized and not the singer from a rock band. In addition, both sides need to make hard decisions about finding a settlement to the catastrophe that is Israel/ Palestine. Thanks Eddie, for sharing your feelings. I stand with you my friend!!!”Vedder was first criticized for ranting onstage about war in general, because many interpreted his comments as being specifically about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.  He then clarified his comments an anti-war essay, posted on Pearl Jam's website. He wrote, "War hurts. It hurts no matter which sides the bombs are falling on.  With all the global achievements in modern technology....do we really have to resign ourselves to the devastating reality that conflict will be resolved with bombs, murder and acts of barbarism?...We must be capable of resolving conflicts without bloodshed."  He also insisted that he was optimistic about the chance that one day there will be peace.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