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Red Hot Chili Peppers to Release New Song on Thursday


Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Parker MediaRed Hot Chili Peppers will share the first preview of their forthcoming 11th studio album this week. The band revealed on Twitter that they will be releasing a new single called "Dark Necessities" on Thursday, May 5.The new album will be the Chili Peppers' first since 2011's I'm with You. The band's co-manager Cliff Burnstein previously said that the record could be released by "early summer."Meanwhile, Red Hot Chili Peppers have a summer full of festival dates ahead of them, including headlining sets at Rock on the Range, Osheaga and Lollapalooza.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. 

Danny Worsnop Goes Acoustic for New Solo Song, "Out Without You"


Chiaki Nozu/Getty ImagesDanny Worsnop goes full-on country in his new solo song, "Out Without You." The acoustic track, which finds the ex-Asking Alexandria frontman singing in a soft-spoken, twangy voice, streaming now on YouTube."Out Without You" appears on Worsnop's debut solo album, The Prozac Sessions. It is the second track Worsnop has shared from the record, following the bluesy, electric rocker "I Got Bones."The Prozac Sessions is due out this year.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Puddle of Mudd's Wes Scantlin Arrested After Leaving Stage


Brigitte Engl/RedfernsWes Scantlin's legal troubles don't appear to be slowing down. The Puddle of Mudd frontman was arrested immediately after the band's show in Hermosa Beach, California on Saturday. TMZ has footage of Scantlin being led backstage in handcuffs.According to TMZ, Scantlin was arrested for skipping a court hearing stemming from a vandalism charge earlier this year. The gossip site reports that a judge set bail at $250,000, and that the musician is still in custody.Scantlin, who has a checkered history with the law, is having a particularly rough year. In addition to the vandalism charge, he was recently arrested twice on DUI charges. The singer's troubles haven't been confined to breaking the law, either -- in March, the other members of Puddle of Mudd left the stage in mid-performance, leaving Scantlin alone on the stage during a show in England, leading to the concert's abrupt end. During the show, Scantlin said his band "quit on me," but then later said that Puddle of Mudd had not broken up.Puddle of Mudd's next scheduled show is May 14 in Rolla, Missouri.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Lenny Kravitz Documentary "Just Let Go" to Premiere on Showtime


Mathieu Bitton/SHOWTIMEThe Lenny Kravitz concert film Just Let Go will make its premiere on Showtime May 13. The documentary, which was filmed in Paris, Prague, Poland, Memphis, New Orleans and New York in 2014 and 2015, explores the relationships between Kravitz and his band."Just Let Go is the story about relationships between Lenny Kravitz and his band and why, despite him being a solo artist, these musicians are so vitally important to him, both personally and professionally," reads a press release.Just Let Go will air at 8 p.m. ET.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

"California" Dreamin': Blink-182 Describes Approach to New Album


BMG Rights ManagementBlink-182's first album without Tom DeLonge will be released this summer. Called California, the record will arrive five years after the punk band's last effort, 2011's Neighborhoods. In comparison to Neighborhoods, Blink drummer Travis Barker is much more excited about California."To be honest, the last couple albums were, in my opinion, phoned in," Barker tells Rolling Stone. Meanwhile, he refers to the California recording sessions as "awesome.""The chemistry was great," the drummer says. "Everyone was in the studio putting in work, being creative. When you get that momentum going, the possibilities are endless."Musically, the members of Blink-182 -- Barker, bassist/vocalist Mark Hoppus and guitarist/vocalist Matt Skiba -- wanted to "keep an old-school ethos" on California while also trying out new sounds. That approach is evident on a song like "Bored to Death," the lead single from California."[Producer] John [Feldmann] would be like, 'Trav, do some of that weird s*** you play with EDM or rap artists.' And I'd be like, 'OK,'" Barker says. "So there's drum 'n' bass in the verses of 'Bored to Death,' but it's in a rock song, so it's kind of masked. There's stuff like that all over the album."On the lyrical side, Hoppus says that while some of the subject matter may have changed and evolved from past Blink-182 songs, some of the themes from the band's older material still resonate."I write less about high-school stuff now than I did 15 or 20 years ago, but the topics are universal," Hoppus tells Rolling Stone. "There is a lot of angst that could be teen angst or it could be angst of everyday life. I still have the same emotions I had 20 years ago -- I get frustrated or I get excited. I still feel like I'm falling in love with my wife."California will be released July 1. Blink-182 will hit the road on a massive arena tour in support of the album this summer.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Radiohead Is MIA -- from the Internet, Anyway


Samir Hussein/Referns via Getty ImagesRadiohead has gone missing -- at least as far as the Internet is concerned.All of the postings on English rockers' Facebook and Twitter accounts were inexplicably deleted on Sunday and its website also went blank. Postings on frontman Thom Yorke’s Twitter account have disappeared. Adding to the mystery, some of their U.K. fans received leaflets in the mail from the band that featured oily artwork and an embossed Radiohead logo. "Sing the song of sixpence that goes 'Burn the witch.' We know where you live," reads the leaflet. “Burn the Witch” refers to an unreleased Radiohead song that dates back about 13 years.Radiohead fans have posted the mysterious leaflet on their social media accounts.It’s believed that Radiohead’s vanishing act could have something to do with the group’s upcoming as-yet untitled album, rumored to come out in the first half of this year, according to Billboard magazine.The last album from the group was 2011's The King of Limbs.Meanwhile, Radiohead -- whose members also include Jonny Greenwood, Colin Greenwood, Phil Selway and Ed O'Brien -- will embark on a tour later this month, with appearances set for several major U.S. music festivals, including Lollapalooza and Outside Lands, the industry trade magazine reports.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

KONGOS Plot Two-Week North American Tour


Credit: Pamela LittkyKONGOS will embark on a short North American tour this summer in support of their forthcoming album, Egomaniac. The two-week stint kicks off July 2 in Sioux City, Iowa and wraps up July 16 in Martindale, Texas. Visit KONGOS.com for ticket info.Egomaniac, KONGOS' third album, will be released June 10. It is the follow-up to the South Africa-born band's breakthrough sophomore record, 2012's Lunatic.Here are KONGOS' U.S. tour dates:7/2 -- Sioux, City, IA, Saturday in the Park7/3 -- Indianapolis, IN, INDYpendence Day7/4 -- O’Fallon, MO, Heritage and Freedom Festival7/7 -- Chicago, IL, Taste of Chicago7/9 -- Toronto, ON, Velvet Underground7/14 -- Little Rock, OK, Metroplex7/16 -- Martindale, TX, FloatfestCopyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

My Chemical Romance Members Come Together on New Andy Black Track, "Louder than


LAVA/Republic RecordsBrothers and former My Chemical Romance band mates Gerard and Mikey Way unite on a new song from Andy Black...sort of. The song, called "Louder than Your Love," was co-written by Gerard and features Mikey on bass. You can listen to a preview of "Louder than Your Love" on the Andy Black Instagram page.Andy Black is the solo moniker of Black Veil Brides frontman Andy Biersack. "Louder than Your Love" appears on The Shadow Side, Andy Black's debut album which will be released May 6.Along with a clip of "Louder than Your Love," Biersack has also shared previews of The Shadow Side songs "Beautiful Pain" and "Homecoming King."Biersack will bring Andy Black on tour through the U.S. this summer starting May 23 in Baltimore.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Kaleo Announces Debut US Album, "A/B"


Elektra/Atlantic Icelandic rockers Kaleo will be making their U.S. debut with A/B. The album, which includes the singles "Way Down We Go" and "No Good," will be released June 10."Way Down We Go" currently sits in the top 15 at Alternative radio, while "No Good" has reached the top 25 of Active Rock radio.  The song and the band were helped by "No Good's" inclusion on the soundtrack to the HBO series Vinyl.In other Kaleo news, the band has released the video for the A/B song "Vor í Vaglaskógi," a folky song performed in Icelandic. You can watch the video now on YouTube.Kaleo will be touring North America this summer in support of A/B, including sets at the Hangout, Sasquatch! and Firefly festivals.Here's the track list for A/B:"No Good""Way Down We Go" "Broken Bones""Glass House""Hot Blood""All the Pretty Girls" "Automobile""Vor í Vaglaskógi" "Save Yourself""I Can't Go On Without You"Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Tom DeLonge Responds to Blink-182's Return: "We Do Have a Future Together"


Rebecca Sapp/WireImageThe new era of Blink-182 officially commenced this week with the announcement of their new album, California, and the release of their new single, "Bored to Death." Friday, Blink's former guitarist and vocalist Tom DeLonge shared a statement commenting on his current relationship with his ex-band mates."I met with Mark [Hoppus] yesterday, and Travis [Barker] the week before," DeLonge writes on his Facebook. "I actually talk to Travis almost every day, now. In an odd way I'm almost closer to him more now than ever.""We DO have a future together if we want it, but for now we are busy doing separate things," DeLonge continues. He mentions that he's directing a movie this summer, and that he's going to continue his work with his Sekret Machines project, in which the musician explores the existence of extraterrestrial life.DeLonge goes on to say that comparing his music with Angels & Airwaves to the new Blink-182 material is "a failed task.""I think having a song-writer [producer John Feldmann] that came in on the Blink album was something they desired, and that in itself may be an indicator of some of our current artistic differences that are difficult to overcome," he writes. "I've just always liked the song-writing we did together. But, at the end of the day, I support their desires."As for what Blink would sound like if DeLonge was still in the band, he points to the song "New World," which appears on his debut solo album, To the Stars...Demos, Odds and Ends.In conclusion, DeLonge writes, "I look forward to my upcoming film and music adventures, and a hell of a lot more" before adding, "Maybe throw in a bit of Blink-182, if we can build back that 'special something' that was once there."Blink-182's California, which features Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba in place of DeLonge, will be released July 1.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Follow "The Bliss" on Volbeat's New Song


Republic RecordsVolbeat has shared "The Bliss," a new song from their forthcoming album, Seal the Deal & Let's Boogie. The track features big riffs, inspirational lyrics, and even a banjo breakdown. "The Bliss" is now streaming on YouTube."The Bliss" is the second track to be released from Seal the Deal & Let's Boogie, following lead single "The Devil's Bleeding Crown," which currently sits in the top five on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs chart.Volbeat is currently planning tour dates in support of Seal the Deal & Let's Boogie. In the meantime, the Danish rockers will open for Metallica and Avenged Sevenfold on August 20 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.Seal the Deal & Let's Boogie will be released June 3.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Band of Skulls Is "So Good" on New Song


BMGBand of Skulls has shared a new song from their forthcoming album, By Default. The slinky track is called "So Good," and it features bassist Emma Richardson on lead vocals. You can listen to "So Good" now on YouTube."So Good" is the second track to be released from By Default, following the lead single "Killer." The album, Band of Skulls' fourth, will be released May 27.Here is the track list for By Default:"Black Magic""Back of Beyond""Killer""Bodies""Tropical Disease""So Good""This Is My Fix""Little Mamma""Embers""In Love By Default""Erounds""Something"Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Iggy Pop's "Post Pop Depression" Is "Not Supposed to Sound Like the God**** Stoo


ABC/Randy HolmesIggy Pop's new album, Post Pop Depression, gave the Godfather of Punk his highest charting album ever.  Recorded in collaboration with Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age, the album allowed Pop to try some different sounds from the music he made with his band The Stooges."It's not supposed to sound like the god**** Stooges," Homme said at a live interview in Los Angeles Wednesday night, according to Rolling Stone.Instead, the pair took inspiration from Pop's work with David Bowie, particularly the albums Lust for Life and The Idiot."Those records were clearly made at the speed of inspiration," Homme said. "They sound like that, don't they? They're trying to stand on their own. It seems like this joyous, wonderful, effortless thing, and we tried to make a record we would enjoy too. They cared about those records and we cared about ours."As for the lyrical content of Post Pop Depression, some of it came from a series of essays Pop wrote about his sex life and sent to Homme."I was having a dry spell in my life. It happens to everybody," Pop said. "I thought, how much of my life am I going to have to wreck to get my sex life back? Let's write about what it was to make sure it was worth it."Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Deftones' Chino Moreno Forms New Band, Saudade


ABC/Randy HolmesDeftones frontman Chino Moreno has a new band in the works. The group is called Saudade, which is a Portuguese word meaning a feeling of longing.It also features Moreno's Crosses band mate Chuck Doom, Mackie Jayson of Bad Brains and Cro-Mags, jazz keyboardist John Medeski and Dr. Know of Bad Brains.Saudade's first single, also called "Saudade," is available now as a free BitTorrent Bundle.Meanwhile, Moreno will be spending his spring and summer touring with Deftones in support of their latest album, Gore.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

The Monkees Share Rivers Cuomo-Penned Tune, "She Makes Me Laugh"


ABC/Randy HolmesWeezer frontman Rivers Cuomo wrote a song called "She Makes Me Laugh" for Good Times!, the forthcoming album from The Monkees. Now, you can listen to the upbeat, summery track at RollingStone.com.While "She Makes Me Laugh" shares more than a few characteristics with a classic '60s Monkees tune, Cuomo's contribution is definitely felt in lyrics like "We'll have a dinner date tonight and play some scrabble with the guys, and wear our pink party hats.""I'm super stoked to be writing a song for the Monkees," says Cuomo. "I've always identified with their musical aesthetic -- the chord changes and melodies."Good Times! also features songs written by Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard and Noel Gallagher. The album will be released May 27.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Blink-182 Unveils "California" Track List; Announces Massive Summer Tour


BMG Rights ManagementFollowing the release of their new single, "Bored to Death," Blink-182 has unveiled the full track list for their upcoming album California, the band's first record without Tom DeLonge. Along with a variety of Golden State-themed song titles, such as "Los Angeles" and "San Diego," California has a few tracks that reflect Blink's brand of humor, such as album closer "Brohemian Rhapsody."Additionally, Blink-182 has announced a massive summer tour in support of California. The trek, which begins July 22 in San Diego and runs all the way to October, will feature opening sets from A Day to Remember, All Time Low and The All-American Rejects.California will be released July 1. Here's the track list:"Cynical""Bored to Death""She's Out of Her Mind""Los Angeles""Sober""Built This Pool""No Future""Home Is Such a Lonely Place""Kings of the Weekend""Teenage Satellites""Left Alone""Rabbit Hole""San Diego""The Only Thing That Matters""California""Brohemian Rhapsody"Here are Blink-182's summer tour dates:7/22 -- San Diego, CA, Viejas Arena7/23 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Joint7/26 -- El Paso, TX, Don Haskins Center7/28 -- Oklahoma City, OK, Chesapeake Energy Arena7/29 -- Dallas, TX, Gexa Energy Pavilion7/30 -- San Antonio, TX, AT&T Center7/31 -- Houston, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion8/2 -- Atlanta, GA, Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood8/3 -- Greenville, SC, Bon Secours Arena8/5 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre8/6 -- Tampa, FL, Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheatre8/8 -- Nashville, TN, Ascend Amphitheater8/9 -- Cleveland, OH, Blossom Music Center8/10 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center8/12 -- Camden, NJ, BB&T Pavilion8/13 -- Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach8/14 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center8/16 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater8/19 -- Boston, MA, Xfinity Center8/21 -- Toronto, ON, Molson Canadian Amphitheatre8/23 -- Syracuse, NY, Lakeview Amphitheatre8/24 -- Buffalo, NY, Darien Lake Performing Arts Center8/25 -- Scranton, PA, The Pavilion at Montage Mountain8/27 -- Hershey, PA, Hershey Park Pavilion8/28 -- Pittsburgh, PA, First Niagara Pavilion8/30 -- Detroit, MI, DTE Energy Music Theater9/2 -- Hartford, CT, Xfinity Theatre9/3 -- Bangor, ME, Darling's Waterfront Pavilion9/4 -- Saratoga, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center9/8 -- Minneapolis, MN, Xcel Energy Center9/9 -- Chicago, IL, Hollywood Casino Amphitheater9/10 -- Indianapolis, IN, Klipsch Music Center9/11 -- St. Louis, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheater9/13 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center9/15 -- Boise, ID, Taco Bell Arena9/16 -- Spokane, WA, Spokane Arena9/17 -- Seattle, WA, Key Arena9/18 -- Vancouver, BC, Abbotsford Centre9/20 -- Portland, OR, Sunlight Supply Amphitheater9/22 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Usana Amphitheatre9/24 -- Phoenix, AZ, Ak-Chin Pavilion9/25 -- Albuquerque, NM, Isleta Amphitheater9/28 -- San Francisco, CA, Shoreline Amphitheater9/29 -- Irvine, CA, Irvine Meadows Amphitheater10/1 -- Los Angeles, CA, The ForumCopyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Who Cares? Eddie Vedder Does!


Courtesy of MSO PRPearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder will help one of his favorite bands, The Who, continue their tradition of raising money for charity with special concert events by playing an intimate private show on May 31 in Los Angeles. The concert, dubbed "Who Cares About the Next Generation," will raise funds for UCLA Health Autism Treatment Program and Teen Cancer America.In advance of the fundraiser, an online silent auction has been launched that offers a variety of VIP experiences, luxury vacation packages and autographed rock memorabilia. Among the items up for bid are guitars signed by Vedder, The Who, Slash and Joan Jett, who will also perform at the event. The "Who Cares About the Next Generation" event will fall in the middle of Pearl Jam's current North American stadium tour, which continues Thursday, April 28, in Philadelphia.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Blink-182 Releases New Single, "Bored to Death"


BMG Rights ManagementBlink-182 unveiled their new single, "Bored to Death," on Wednesday.It's the California-based rockers' first single with their revamped lineup, which now consists of Travis Barker, Mark Hoppus and Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba, who replaces Tom DeLonge."Bored to Death" features Hoppus on lead vocals.Blink-182's upcoming album California -- the band's first release since 2011's Neighborhoods -- is due out July 1.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Halestorm's Tour with Lita Ford Is a "Celebration of Women in Music," Says Lzzy


Credit: Jake Giles NetterHalestorm is currently on tour with Lita Ford, the former guitarist for The Runaways. When the trek was first announced, Halestorm frontwoman Lzzy Hale said in a statement that it was "not just a package with every band featuring a girl...this tour is a different breed, showcasing loud, powerful female voices." As Hale tells ABC Radio, the package of Halestorm, Ford and openers Dorothy, a female-fronted rock band out of Los Angeles, has been "a long time coming.""It's something that I wanted to do as kind of, I guess in a selfish way, a celebration of women in music, but my kind of women in music," Hale laughs. "No matter what you do, there's always gonna be a stigma attached to it, so it had to be the right fit."She found that fit with Dorothy and Ford, who Hale refers to as a "living legend" who "kicked the door open" for bands like Halestorm."I didn't realize how important it was for all of us to be on tour together until, like, the second show of this tour," Hale says. "We're all talking about similar things, kind of this passing of the torch type tour."By "showcasing loud, powerful female voices," Hale has seen a response from the audience."It's really neat, because then you see so many girls coming to this particular tour, this particular package, and you can see it really resonating with them, like, 'Hey, we're all literally living proof that you can do absolutely anything that you wanna [do] in life,'" she explains. "So it's been very, very empowering, I guess."Halestorm's tour with Ford and Dorothy wraps up April 30 in Indianapolis, but in case you missed out this time around, Hale says they might be bringing it back again."It's funny, we've actually been talking about doing the exact same tour later on in the year anyway, with the same people, maybe even adding one or two," Hale tells ABC Radio. "Been talking to Miss Taylor Momsen [of The Pretty Reckless] about that too, just, 'Hey, wanna join? It'd be cool.'"Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Daily Rocklahoma Lineups Revealed


Credit: Travis ShinnThe daily lineups for this year's edition of Rocklahoma have been revealed, so now you know which bands will be sweepin' down the plain on which day. Disturbed will headline the festival on Friday, May 27, Scorpions will headline Saturday, May 28, and Five Finger Death Punch will close out the festival on Sunday, May 29.Joining Disturbed on Rocklahoma's opening day will be Rob Zombie, Megadeth, Sixx:A.M., Pop Evil, Shaman's Harvest and Red Sun Rising.Along with Scorpions, the Saturday lineup includes 3 Doors Down, Collective Soul, HELLYEAH, Bullet For My Valentine, P.O.D. and Sevendust.The final day of Rocklahoma will feature sets from Chevelle, Saint Asonia, Sebastian Bach and Escape The Fate before Five Finger Death Punch takes the stage.Rocklahoma, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, will be held May 27-29 in Pryor, Oklahoma.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Chris Martin Sings Prince's "Raspberry Beret" with Teenagers at Benefit Concert


Image Group LA/ABCChris Martin raised money for pediatric cancer research and paid tribute to Prince at the Chords 2 Cure benefit concert on Sunday. The Coldplay frontman performed the Purple One's song "Raspberry Beret" alongside teenage band A-Side. The first verse of the song was sung by A-Side member Jaxon Blumenthal, who was diagnosed with a rare form of liver cancer at age 11.Before they played the song, Martin told the audience that the teenage members of A-Side hadn't previously heard of Prince. "I said, ask your grandfather, he's probably my age," Martin joked. He added that the band learned "Raspberry Beret" in only three hours.Prince passed away last week at age 57.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Periphery to "Select Difficulty" on New Album; Schedules Tour Dates


Credit: Josefa TorresPeriphery has announced the details of their new album. The latest effort from the Washington, D.C. prog-metallers is called Periphery III: Select Difficulty, and it'll be released July 22."For the past couple of years we've been refining our collaborative process as a band and we feel that it's only getting better with the completion of this album," says guitarist Jake Bowen. "We spent two months writing songs that are not only representative of the Periphery sound but also reflect where all of us are as musicians, working together has helped us tread new ground musically and creatively."Periphery will embark on a headlining tour this summer in support of Select Difficulty, starting August 4 in Raleigh, North Carolina. The trek, officially dubbed the Sonic Unrest tour, will conclude September 1 in Baltimore.Here are the Sonic Unrest tour dates:8/4 -- Raleigh, NC, Lincoln Theatre8/5 -- Atlanta, GA, Masquerade8/6 -- Memphis, TN, New Daisy Theater8/7 -- Dallas, TX, House of Blues8/8 -- San Antonio, TX, Alamo City Music Hall8/9 -- Houston, TX, House of Blues8/11 -- Phoenix, AZ, The Press Room8/12 -- San Diego, CA, House of Blues8/13 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Regent8/14 -- San Francisco, CA, The Fillmore8/16 -- Portland, OR, Hawthorne Theater8/17 -- Seattle, WA, The Showbox8/19 -- Salt Lake City, UT, The Complex8/20 -- Denver, CO, Summit Music Hall8/22 -- Minneapolis, MN, Varsity Theater8/24 -- Milwaukee, WI, Turner Hall Ballroom8/25 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Intersection8/26 -- Detroit, MI, St. Andrew’s Hall8/27 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Mr. Small's Theatre8/28 -- Philadelphia, PA, Theatre of the Living Arts8/30 -- Boston, MA, Paradise8/31 -- New York, NY, Irving Plaza9/1 -- Baltimore, MD, Baltimore Sound StageCopyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Shinedown, Five Finger Death Punch Plot Co-Headlining Tour


ABC/Randy HolmesShinedown and Five Finger Death Punch will unite this fall for a co-headlining tour. The trek, which also features special guests Sixx:A.M., will kick off October 18 in Little Rock, Arkansas and conclude November 18 in Louisville, Kentucky. Pre-sales begin Wednesday, while general on-sale starts April 29 at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster.com."Shinedown has always been about sharing the undeniable power of rock music," says Shinedown frontman Brent Smith. "And performing live is where we make that connection most directly, where we can truly experience that power together with our fans in its purest form because we are literally sharing the same physical space, living in that moment as one.""Five Finger Death Punch shares that passion and commitment, and, like us, leaves it all out on the stage every single night," Smith continues. "Come experience the power of rock music with us."Here are Shinedown and Five Finger Death Punch's co-headlining dates:10/18 -- Little Rock, AR, Verizon Arena10/22 -- Wichita, KS, Intrust Bank Arena10/23 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center10/25 -- West Valley City, UT, Maverik Center10/27 -- Phoenix, AZ, Talking Stick Resort Arena10/28 -- Las Vegas, NV, T-Mobile Arena10/29 -- Anaheim, CA, Honda Center10/31 -- San Jose, CA, SAP Center11/2 -- Portland, OR, Moda Center11/3 -- Spokane, WA, Spokane Arena11/5 -- Tacoma, WA, Tacoma Dome11/7 -- Boise, ID, Taco Bell Arena11/9 -- Billings, MT, MetraPark Fairgrounds11/11 -- Bismarck, ND, Bismarck Civic Center11/17 -- Cincinnati, OH, U.S. Bank Arena11/18 -- Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! CenterCopyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Report: Five Finger Death Punch Sued by Record Label


Michael Tran/FilmMagicFive Finger Death Punch has reportedly been sued by their record label, Prospect Park. According to Blabbermouth, which obtained a copy of the lawsuit, the label is accusing the metal band of "shamelessly attempting to cash in before the anticipated downfall of their addicted bandmate," referring to lead singer Ivan Moody.The suit alleges that Five Finger Death Punch is moving forward with recording the fourth album of a four-album contract with Prospect Park in violation of the terms of the contract, which requires the band to wait nine months in between recording albums. Five Finger Death Punch's last album was Got Your Six, which was released in September 2015, so the band shouldn't be allowed to start recording their next album until June of this year.The contract also requires Five Finger Death Punch to record a greatest-hits collection, which Prospect Park says the band is doing without consultation from the label."In rushing to record a new Fourth Album, FFDP is damaging itself and Prospect Park by cutting off the marketing and promotion and success of the Third Album [Got Your Six], which is currently in its album cycle," the suit reportedly reads. "Additionally, Prospect Park alleges on information and belief that FFDP is threatening to record the Fourth Album and Greatest Hits Masters, in violation of the clear provisions of the Recording Agreement, because it is concerned about the health and well-being of Moody, and in particular his ability to continue to fulfill his obligations as a member of FFDP and under the Recording Agreement."In regard to Moody, who has struggled with addiction in the past, the suit allegedly provides text messages from his band mates expressing concern that the singer is, for example, a "ticking time bomb.""On information and belief, Prospect Park alleges that the other members of FFDP seek to capitalize monetarily as soon as possible, at the expense of Moody's health and welfare, and the clear mandates contained in the Recording Agreement," the suit reads.Got Your Six debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 when it was released last September.ABC Radio has reached out to Five Finger Death Punch's publicist for comment.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

AWOLNATION to Headline National Concert Day in New York City


ABC/Randy HolmesAWOLNATION will be celebrating National Concert Day with a concert of their own. The band will headline New York City's Irving Plaza on May 3 in honor of the occasion.National Concert Day, started by event promoter Live Nation, celebrates fans who buy concert tickets, as well as the artists, managers and venue staff who make those shows possible. Tickets to the AWOLNATION show will go on sale starting April 29 via LiveNation.com.Following the National Concert Day performance, AWOLNATION will embark on a summer headlining tour, which kicks off June 17 in Louisville, Kentucky.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. 

Ted Nugent Takes Aim at Michigan, Democrats; Sympathetic to Caitlin Jenner


John Shearer/Getty Images for Webster Public RelationsTed Nugent shared his thoughts on everything from Caitlin Jenner to the current political climate with the Michigan website MLive.com this week. The outspoken rocker says he now splits his time between his native Michigan and Texas.Explaining his move to the South, Nugent says, "Texas is not perfect but it's so much better than Michigan… I don't need a government official to authorize me to have a gun in my truck. That's just one of a huge list of abuses that Michigan citizens have to put up with -- and I won't put up with it." Nugent still loves spending the fall months in Michigan, though. "October and November is a sacred tradition," he declares. "The family gets together and we hunt non-stop."On the subject of the 2016 presidential race, Nugent says, "I support [Donald] Trump and [Ted] Cruz, and I will support whomever the GOP nominee is. I can't support a communist or a felon, which would be Bernie [Sanders] and Hillary [Clinton]." As you may recall, the Gonzo Guitarist was investigated by the Secret Service four years ago after saying that he would be "dead or in jail by this time next year" if Obama was re-elected.Finally, Nugent also weighed in on current LGBT issues. "Do I believe everybody should have equal rights? Of course I do. That includes gays, lesbians, transgenders and everybody else." That said, he adds, "I pray for the Bruce Jenners of the world. It must be a difficult and challenging decision in life to have X plumbing and claim Y gender." Bruce Jenner of course recently transitioned to a woman and now goes by Caitlin.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Disturbed's David Draiman Says Response to Paul Simon-Approved "The Sound of Sil


Credit: Travis ShinnDisturbed's cover of Simon & Garfunkel's "The Sound of Silence" has been met with a lot of praise: the song reached number-one on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs chart, and even received approval from Paul Simon himself."We only hoped that it would have half of the effect that it's having currently," frontman David Draiman tells ABC Radio. "It's really been overwhelming, the amount of positive response that we've gotten to it, from everyone and anyone and all sorts of parts of demographics we never hoped to touch."In an email sent to Draiman, Simon called Disturbed's cover of "The Sound of Silence" "powerful.""To have Paul [Simon's] blessing was really, really surreal and very humbling and incredibly gratifying," Draiman says.For their version of "The Sound of Silence," Disturbed took an acoustic, orchestral approach to the folk classic, which is a sound that the metal band has never really explored. Still, Draiman feels that the cover stays true to Disturbed's hard rock roots."Don't get me wrong, we're all fans of the guitar, obviously, and we like rock driven by guitar and strong rhythm," he says. "But it can be attitude, it can be a tonality, it can be a vibe, it can be just a feeling, and I think that we still hold true to that even in this orchestral acoustic version of the song.""It amps up towards the end, it gets more dark, it gets more aggressive, it gets more in-your-face towards the crescendo of it," Draiman tells ABC Radio. "So it still falls into the rock category, but it definitely is open enough that it can be something that's accessible to everyone."Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Kid Rock's Assistant Killed in ATV Crash


Scott Legato/Getty ImagesKid Rock's assistant has died in an ATV accident in Whites Creek, Tennessee.According to a news release from police obtained by Nashville's The Tennessean, Michael Sacha, 30, crashed early Monday while driving the ATV after dropping off two people toward the end of a driveway on property owned by Kid Rock. The musician, whose birth name is Robert Ritchie, and a friend found Sacha on an embankment late Monday morning and called for help.Sacha was dead by the time the fire department arrived, according to Brian Haas, public information officer with the Nashville Fire Department, the newspaper reports.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Sixx:A.M. Tells YouTube, "Don't Be Evil"


Eleven Seven Music Sixx:A.M. has a word of advice for YouTube: "don't be evil." In a Facebook post, Nikki Sixx's band criticizes YouTube, which is owned by Google, for paying about 1/6 of what its competitors in the streaming field pay artists."This is an important issue to us. We are the lucky ones, like so many veteran artists, who came up in an era where there was much more income from record sales," writes Sixx:A.M. "Today, streaming is a fraction of income from that time. This is not about us. We are speaking up for the current and future generation of musicians who must be compensated fairly for their hard work."The band, which also includes vocalist James Michael and ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist DJ Ashba, also calls for reform to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act's safe harbor laws, which critics argue allows sites like YouTube to profit from and get away with copyright infringement."We support technology and its ability to bring music to more people around the globe," Sixx:A.M. concludes. "All we ask, is for ALL artists to receive fair pay. When Google first started, its corporate motto was 'Don't Be Evil.' That motto has since changed to 'Do the Right Thing.' It's time to live up to your corporate mottos, Google and YouTube, and invest in the future of music."Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Diane, Take a Memo: Trent Reznor, Eddie Vedder Part of "Twin Peaks" Revival


ShowtimeDiane, take a memo: the full cast of the Twin Peaks revival series coming to Showtime has been revealed. The list, which is 217 people strong, includes Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor and Pearl Jam vocalist Eddie Vedder.Other new additions to the cast include Tim Roth, Ashley Judd, Skyfall Bond girl Berenice Marlohe, Spectre Bond girl Monica Bellucci, Jim Belushi, Laura Dern, Tom Sizemore and Naomi Watts.As for the returning stars, Kyle MacLachlan is back as Agent Dale Cooper, along with original cast members Sheryl Lee, Sherilyn Fenn, Mädchen Amick and others. Overall, the Twin Peaks revival boasts 37 returning actors.Twin Peaks co-creator and director David Lynch will direct the new series, which is expected to debut on Showtime early next year.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.