Green Day, Kings of Leon and Weezer to Play Inaugural NiFi Fest

Credit: Felisha TolentinoGreen Day has scheduled their first non-secret, non-Rock and Roll Hall of Fame related show of 2015. The band will headline the inaugural NiFi Festival this August. Kings of Leon, Weezer, Spoon and Bleachers also are scheduled to play the Kentucky festival.Last week, Green Day played a surprise show at San Francisco punk club 924 Gilman Street, and they also played the House of Blues in Cleveland, Ohio in April prior to their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.The NiFi Festival will be held August 28-30 in Sparta, Kentucky. Visit for the full lineup and ticket info.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

U2 Playing Intimate Concert at L.A.-Area Club on Thursday

Kevin Mazur/WireImageAlthough U2's longtime road manager, Dennis Sheehan, died suddenly at his hotel this morning, the band appears to be moving ahead with its recently launched iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE trek.  Tonight, the Irish rockers will play the second of five concerts they have scheduled at The Forum in Inglewood, California, and they now have announced a special surprise club gig that will take place Thursday at The Roxy club in West Hollywood, California.No tickets are being sold for the Roxy show, but U2 is directing fans to its Instagram page, where clues on how to win tickets to the intimate performance will be revealed.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Asking Alexandria Debuts First Song with New Singer, "I Won't Give In"

Image Courtesy of Sumerian RecordsAsking Alexandria has unveiled their first song since founding frontman Danny Worsnop left the band earlier this year. The track, called "I Won't Give In," features Asking Alexandria's new lead singer, Denis Shaforostov. You can listen to "I Won't Give In" now on YouTube."He's an incredibly talented vocalist, from the multiple wide range of screams that Asking Alexandria obviously needs and will continue to have, and his singing and range is out of this world," guitarist Ben Bruce tells Kerrang! of Shaforostov. "He's been a fan of the band for a long time, so he's familiar with all our old songs, and he really cares about the band. He's a passionate, cool guy; it's the perfect scenario.""I had this gut feeling, man; I totally felt something big was going to happen right before the guys reached out to me," adds Shaforostov. "Without a doubt, I was extremely stoked and I poured all of my emotions into the writing for the new Asking Alexandria record."Asking Alexandria will be touring all summer as a part of the 2015 Vans Warped Tour. Worsnop, meanwhile, is working full-time with his band, We Are Harlot.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

U2's Longtime Tour Manager Dennis Sheehan Has Died

Interscope RecordsDennis Sheehan, U2's longtime tour manager, died early Wednesday morning at a hotel in West Hollywood, California.  KABC confirms the news of Sheehan's passing, and reports the Los Angeles County Fire Department responded to a cardiac arrest call at the Marquis Hotel at 5:40 a.m. local time.Sheehan had been accompanying U2 on their recently launched iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE tour.  The band had just played the first of five scheduled concerts at the L.A. area venue The Forum.(Story developing…)Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Third Man Records Clarifies Jack White's Recent Online Chat Remarks

Credit: Jo McCaugheyOver the weekend, Jack White participated in a private online chat with members of his Third Man Records Vault subscription service. Several outlets reported that in the chat, Jack said his former White Stripes band mate Meg White "doesn't answer her phone," that he doesn't like playing festivals and plans to only play "seated theaters for acoustic shows," and that he doesn't "belong here."Now, in a Facebook post titled "JACK WHITE CLICK BAIT BINGO EXHAUSTION," Third Man Records is attempting to clarify White's remarks.In regard to Meg, TMR writes "She doesn't have to answer her phone. ...[Jack's] not even complaining about that nor is it depressing.""The White Stripes is over and it's been said a hundred times, and maybe that’s just the quickest way for him to answer that question he gets asked a dozen times a day," the post continues.Addressing the festival remark, the post reads, "[Jack] said he'd like to do acoustic shows in sit down venues and electric shows in standing venues. He said he doesn’t like festivals but hey, he does them anyway and he makes them work."As for whether he feels he doesn't "belong," the post assures that Jack was just joking with the Vault members and that he was referring to the chat room, not the world. "It was not an existential cry to the abyss for attention," the post declares.The post also reveals that Jack will be working with The Dead Weather this week, and that he's "involved in several projects we're not even gonna tell you about right now cause we don't want to ruin the surprise."After a long tour in support of his latest solo album, Lazaretto, Jack is currently taking a break from the road.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Slipknot's KnotFest to Return in October

Credit: M. Shawn CrahanIt's official: Knotfest will be back for another year. Slipknot's music festival will return to San Bernardino, California October 23-25. Full details of Knotfest 2015 will be revealed and tickets will go on sale June 29. Stay tuned to for more information.Knotfest 2015 will be the third U.S. edition of the festival. After debuting as a two-day, two-location festival in 2012, Knotfest returned in 2014 as a three-day event in San Benardino. Additionally, Slipknot held the inaugural Knotfest Japan last November.Last year's American Knotfest featured performances by Slipknot, Volbeat, Five Finger Death Punch, HELLYEAH, Of Mice & Men and Atreyu, among others. You can watch live videos from the 2014 festival on Slipknot's YouTube page.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Faith No More, Slipknot, Deftones & More to Play 2015 Aftershock Festival

Credit: Dustin Rabin The fourth annual Aftershock Festival now has a lineup. The California rock festival will be headlined by Faith No More, Slipknot, Deftones, Marilyn Manson, Jane's Addiction and Shinedown.The Aftershock 2015 lineup also includes Coheed & Cambria, Stone Temple Pilots, Breaking Benjamin, Seether, Bring Me the Horizon, Black Veil Brides, Death from Above 1979, Pop Evil, Sevendust, Clutch and All That Remains, among many more."We are really looking forward to playing Aftershock in Sacramento!" says Slipknot's Corey Taylor in a statement. "A lot of great bands -- can't wait to see everyone, from Manson to Clutch. Sacramento won't know what hit it when me and my friends are through."Last year's Aftershock featured headlining sets from Weezer, The Offspring, Rob Zombie, Limp Bizkit, Godsmack and Five Finger Death Punch.You can buy discounted pre-sale tickets to Aftershock 2015 starting May 27 at 10 a.m. PT. Regularly priced tickets will go on sale June 1 at 10 a.m. PT.Aftershock 2015 will be held October 24-25 at Gibson Ranch outside of Sacramento, California. Visit for the full lineup and ticket info.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Songs by Pearl Jam, Halestorm, Soundgarden & More Added to "Guitar Hero Live"

Credit: Danny ClinchThe Guitar Hero Live track list keeps expanding. Pearl Jam's "Mind Your Manners," Halestorm's "Love Bites (So Do I)" and Soundgarden's "Been Away Too Long" are among the newest additions to the next installment of the Guitar Hero video game franchise.The new additions to the Guitar Hero Live track list include songs by Rise Against, Tenacious D, Anthrax, Chevelle and A Day to Remember. Those songs will join an already stacked track list that includes work from The Black Keys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Rolling Stones, The Pretty Reckless, Green Day, Royal Blood, Marilyn Manson, System of a Down, Rage Against the Machine and My Chemical Romance, among many others.For all the songs announced for the Guitar Hero Live track list so far, visit More songs from the game will be revealed next Tuesday.Guitar Hero Live will be released for consoles and mobile devices this fall.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Pop Evil Announces New Album, "Up"

Credit: Jamyme ThorntonPop Evil's new album now has a name and a release date. The band's fourth record will be called Up and will be released August 21. Up's first single, "Footsteps," will be available June 1.Up is Pop Evil's follow-up to 2013's Onyx, which produced three number-one Active Rock singles in "Trenches," "Deal with the Devil," and "Torn to Pieces.""People ask me all the time, 'What it's like to hear your song on the radio?' It never gets old!" says frontman Leigh Kakaty in a statement. "It's a reminder of hard work, and of having that dream sitting in your garage, trying to write a song that someone would love one day. That dream happened for our band and it's something that we don't want to take lightly."Pop Evil will play a show in Flint, Michigan May 30 before beginning a European tour. They'll return to North America in June for a few shows in Canada, followed by a group of U.S. dates in July. Later this year, Pop Evil will also play three shows opening for Nickelback.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Ex-Red Hot Chili Peppers Guitarist John Frusciante Will No Longer Release Music

Image Courtesy of Record CollectionFormer Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante has always been on the reclusive side, and now he's gotten even more so. In a new interview with the Electronic Beats website, Frusciante reveals he no longer plans to release his music to the public."For the last year and a half I made the decision to stop making music for anybody and with no intention of releasing it, which is what I was doing between 2008 and 2012," Frusciante says. "I felt that if I took the public into consideration at all, I wasn't going to grow and I wasn't going to learn.""Being an electronic musician meant I had to woodshed for a while, so I have a good few years' worth of material from that period that's never been released," he adds.Just this past month, Frusciante released his debut album as Trickfinger, a new project that explores the acid house genre of electronic music.  "At this point I have no audience," Frusciante says. "I make tracks and I don't finish them or send them to anybody, and consequently I get to live with the music."Frusciante was a member of Red Hot Chili Peppers from 1988 to 1992, and then again from 1998 to 2009. During his tenure with the band, he was the lead guitarist on their seminal 1991 album, Blood Sugar Sex Magik, as well as Californication, By the Way and, most recently, 2006's Stadium Arcadium.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Metallica to Perform National Anthem at the X Games

Image Courtesy of BB Gun PressMetallica will perform the national anthem on June 6 at the 2015 X Games in Austin. Frontman James Hetfield and guitarist Kirk Hammett will perform their instrumental version of "The Star-Spangled Banner" before the Moto X Speed & Style competition.Later that day, Hetfield and Hammett will reconvene with the rest of Metallica for a full set at the X Games. "We're very stoked to have our music take humans to another level," Hetfield told skateboarding icon Tony Hawk of Metallica's set.Hetfield and Hammett previously broke out their heavy, Jimi Hendrix-esque take on the national anthem for the San Francisco Giants' third annual "Metallica Day." You can watch that performance at the San Francisco Giants' Facebook page.The 2015 X Games will be held in Austin, Texas June 4-7. Coverage of the X Games will air on ESPN.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Late Slipknot Bassist Paul Gray to Be Honored with Art Installation and Commemor

Getty Images/Jay West / ContributorThis past Sunday, May 24, marked the five-year anniversary of Paul Gray's death. In honor of the late Slipknot bassist and founding member, the Des Moines Social Club will stage an art installation called Two Minutes Wasn't Long Enough. The installation will include memorabilia from Gray's personal collection, including guitars, masks, costumes and photographs.At the installation, you will also be able to purchase a photo book, also called Two Minutes Wasn't Long Enough, commemorating Gray's life. The title refers to the two minutes of silence Slipknot observed during a show following Gray's passing. Along with photos of Gray's professional and personal life, the book, which will be released on June 19, features messages written by fans.Proceeds from the Two Minutes Wasn't Long Enough book will benefit Gray's daughter, October, who was born after his death. Gray died May 24, 2010 of accidental drug overdose.The Two Minutes Wasn't Long Enough art installation will be open at the Des Moines Social Club in Des Moines, Iowa -- Slipknot's hometown -- from June 19-20. Visit for more information.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

The Edge Recalls Falling Off the Stage at U2's Tour Kickoff: "I Just Completely

Credit: Olaf HeineFor a split second, the members of U2 thought that the first show of their enormous iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE tour might be their last when guitarist The Edge fell off the stage.  In an interview with CBS Sunday Morning, the members of U2 discuss the incident, which luckily did not seriously injure The Edge."It was a moment of reverie where I just completely lost track of where I was on the stage," says The Edge in the interview.  "Out of the corner of my eye I could see the curve of the round and I thought I was already there.  I stepped off on what I thought was the stage and I had basically cut the corner.  It was one of those things you do only once."Bassist Adam Clayton says he was "sick in the pit of my stomach" watching the fall, and drummer Larry Mullen remembers thinking that the tour might "start and end in the same evening" had The Edge's injuries been more significant."It would have been the shortest tour in history," adds The Edge.Last year, U2 frontman Bono suffered a fall of his own when he injured himself in a cycling accident.  The singer has said that he still can't play guitar due to his injuries, but now he's starting to look at his body in a different way."Edge says that I look at my body like it's an inconvenience," Bono says.  "And that I need to be more mindful.  And you know I've been disagreeing with Edge all my life on musical matters, but I'm starting to pay much more attention to him on philosophical ones."You can watch the entire CBS Sunday Morning interview with U2 when the show airs May 24 at 9 a.m. ET.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Perry Farrell Remembers Hanging Out with Kurt Cobain: "I Got High with Him"

Credit: Kyle Dean ReinfordAs Lollapalooza's founder, Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell is known as one of the godfathers of alternative rock. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Farrell remembers hanging out with the biggest legend of the '90s alternative scene: Kurt Cobain."I met him briefly," Farrell says of the late Nirvana frontman.  "I must admit, I got high with him in the basement of the Palace when he came to Los Angeles, and I hung out with him at one of the MTV awards shows.  We had a mutual respect."Farrell also gave his thoughts on Montage of Heck, the first fully authorized documentary about Cobain.  "Look, they're scraping together things," he says.  "[Cobain is] gone now, so you can't very well ask him to do another take, can you?  He's very high.  And if it was me, I would have said, 'I need a change of clothing.'  But I thought he was a very gentle soul and who knows what would have become of him had he lived."Nirvana was scheduled by headline Lollapalooza in 1994, but they pulled out of the tour just days before Cobain committed suicide.As for the 2015 Lollapalooza lineup, Farrell says he used to really dislike Metallica, who are headlining this year's festival.  While he insists that he "like[s] their music now," Farrell used to consider Metallica the opposite of what he wanted for Lolla."I was very angry the first time they played Lollapalooza," Farrell says.  "I helped create the genre alternative, and alternative was against hair metal, teased-out hair, spandex, bulls**t rock music. Metallica, in my estimation at that time, wasn't my thing."Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Chris Cornell Schedules Tour of Australia and New Zealand in Support of New Solo

Credit: Jen CashSoundgarden frontman Chris Cornell has announced plans for a solo acoustic tour through Australia and New Zealand and, in the process, revealed the title of his new solo album: Higher Truth.The acoustic tour will have Cornell "performing songs spanning his entire career, as well as new songs from his forthcoming studio album Higher Truth in an unplugged, up close and personal setting," according to his website.Higher Truth is scheduled for an "Australian spring release," which means an American fall release.The Australia and New Zealand tour dates will kick off November 20 and conclude December 12. Tickets will go on sale June 1. Visit for all ticket info.Cornell's last solo release was his 2011 all-acoustic live album, Songbook. His last studio effort was 2009's electronic-inspired Scream.Here are Chris Cornell's new tour dates:11/20 -- Christchurch, New Zealand, Isaac Theatre11/23 -- Wellington, New Zealand, Michael Fowler Centre11/26 -- Auckland, New Zealand, ASB Theatre11/30 -- Brisbane, Australia, QPAC Concert Hall12/4 -- Melbourne, Australia, Palais Theatre12/7 -- Adelaide, Australia, Festival Theatre12/8 -- Perth, Australia, Perth Concert Hall12/11 -- Sydney, Australia, Opera House12/12 -- Sydney, Australia, Opera HouseCopyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Slayer Reveals New Album, "Repentless"

Credit: Andrew StuartSlayer has returned, this time without repenting. In a cryptic video teaser, the band has announced they'll be releasing a new album called Repentless on September 11.The 30-second clip flashes black-and-white photos of Slayer before revealing the new album's name and release date. You can watch the teaser now on YouTube.Last month, Slayer revealed "When the Stillness Comes," the first single from Repentless. "It's about a dude who wakes up at a crime scene and realizes he's killed everybody," guitarist Kerry King told Rolling Stone of the song. "It's really cool."Repentless will be Slayer's first album since 2009's World Painted Blood. It will also be the band's first record without founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman, who passed away in 2013.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

The Offspring, Silversun Pickups & More Featured on New "Guitar Center Sessions"

Credit: Sam JonesThe tenth season of DIRECTV's Guitar Center Sessions will feature performances by and interviews with The Offspring, Silversun Pickups, The Killers' Brandon Flowers and Lifehouse. Flowers will kick off the season with the premiere episode, which airs on May 29 on DIRECTV's Audience Network channel.Lifehouse's Guitar Center Sessions episode will air the next week on June 5. The Offspring will be featured on the penultimate episode, airing July 31, while Silversun Pickups will close out the program's 10th season on August 7.Over the years, Guitar Center Sessions has hosted artists such as Soundgarden, Linkin Park, Phantogram, Joan Jett, The Smashing Pumpkins, Damon Albarn and Social Distortion.Here is the full season 10 Guitar Center Sessions schedule:5/29 -- Brandon Flowers6/5 -- Lifehouse 6/12 -- Hanni El Khatib6/19 -- Dwight Yoakam6/26 -- Nick Jonas7/17 -- Best Coast7/24 -- Jason Mraz7/31 -- The Offspring8/7 -- Silversun PickupsCopyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

P.O.D. Announces Summer Tour

Credit: Bobby RuizP.O.D. will return to the road this summer with a batch of festival and headlining dates. Their month-long North American trek begins in June and will run through a July 18 show in Lancaster, Ohio. Visit for all ticket info.P.O.D. is currently working on the final mixes of their ninth studio album, which will be released this summer. The band's last album was 2014's SoCal Sessions, which featured all-acoustic versions of 12 P.O.D. songs. Their last electric studio record was 2012's Murdered Love.Here are P.O.D.'s summer tour dates:6/14 -- South Bend, IN, St. Joseph County Fairgrounds 6/16 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Shakas 6/19 -- Winchester, VA, Blue Fox6/20 -- Syracuse, NY, Oswego Events Center 6/21 -- Huntington, NY, Paramount6/22 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Altar Bar6/24 -- Ft Wayne, IN, Pierre’s6/26 -- Alix, Alberta, Tail Creek Mud & Music Festival6/27 -- Detroit, MI, Stars and Stripes6/28 -- Ringle, WI, Q&Z Expo Center 6/30 -- Madison, WI, Barrymore Theatre7/1 -- Cedar Rapids, IA, Reverb7/2 -- Bloomington, IL, Castle Theatre7/3 -- Sault Saint Marie, MI, Kewadin Casino7/4 -- Waconia, MN, Carver County Fairgrounds 7/7 -- Minot, ND, Original Bar and Nightclub7/9 -- Rockford, IL, District7/10 -- Lansing, MI, Common Ground Festival7/11 -- Green Bay, WI, Watering Hole7/12 -- Des Moines, IA, Val Air7/14 -- Nashville, TN, Marathon Music Work7/15 -- Hammond, IN, Wolf Lake Park Pavilion 7/16 -- St. Louis, MO, Pops7/17 -- Cleveland, OH, Odeon7/18 -- Lancaster, OH, Mickeys OutdoorsCopyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Coldplay Parodies "Game of Thrones"; U2 and John Mellencamp Perform on Red Nose

Chris Ross/NBC"Red Nose Day," a three-hour live event designed to raise money for charity organizations that focus on helping children and young people in the U.S. and around the world lift themselves out of poverty, aired Thursday night on NBC.The star-studded event also included performances from U2, John Mellencamp, and a Game of Thrones parody featuring Coldplay.- U2 Performed "Song for Someone," from their latest album, Songs of Innocence.-Mellencamp was introduced by country giant and American Idol judge Keith Urban, who teamed up for "Pink Houses," a song from Mellencamp's 1985 album, Scarecrow.- Coldplay's Game of Thrones parody features the show's cast taking part in a musical production of the show, written by the band's frontman, Chris Martin. Though he has high hopes for the production, according to the sketch, it ends in failure when Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin won't give his consent to turn the books into a play."Red Nose Day," which began in the U.K. 30 years ago, is making its American debut this year. The event will benefit 12 charities, including Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the National Urban League, Save the Children, and United Way.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Halestorm Talks the State of Rock Ahead of Rocklahoma Performance: "Rock Is Not

Credit: Jake Giles NetterHalestorm's tour in support of their new album, Into the Wild Life, makes a stop in Oklahoma this weekend for the Rocklahoma music festival. The lineups for festivals like Rocklahoma challenge the notion that "rock is dead," and Halestorm guitarist Joe Hottinger points to the growth of rock festivals as evidence that the genre is actually alive and well."Rock is not dead," Hottinger tells ABC Radio. "It may not be in the mainstream consciousness right up front with a lot of other things, but that doesn't mean it's dead. There's more festivals now than there were five, six years ago."Halestorm frontwoman Lzzy Hale agrees, adding that modern rock music has become much more about a band's live show."I think it's shifted to more of a live experience and an event and a lifestyle," Hale tells ABC Radio."Rock isn't always the most popular genre, it does go up and down," she continues. "But it never goes away, you know what I mean? It's just always going to be there."Halestorm's optimistic view of today's rock meant they had no qualms about creating exactly the album they wanted to make while recording Into the Wild Life."It's a 13-song record, it's a 15-song record if you get the deluxe CD," Hale says. "And with all of the intros and outros -- especially considering the state of rock n' roll right now and how every one's freaking out about it, and whether we shouldn't even do CDs anymore, it should just be MP3s, or maybe it should just be singles-- we just wanted to make an album, and we wanted to make something that made us feel good." Rocklahoma, which will feature, among others, sets by Godsmack, Slayer, Papa Roach, Linkin Park and Breaking Benjamin, will be held May 22-24 in Pryor, Oklahoma. Halestorm will play on May 23.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Corey Taylor to Perform at "Alternative Press" Music Awards

Credit: Bobby TongsCorey Taylor has been tapped to perform at the 2015 Alternative Press Music Awards, which will be held this July. The Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman joins a lineup of performers that already includes Weezer, Panic! at the Disco, Halestorm, Black Veil Brides and Motionless in White.Along with performing, Taylor's band Slipknot is nominated for the Artist of the Year award. Slipknot's competition in the category includes Weezer, Motionless in White, Black Veil Brides, Against Me!, Crown the Empire, Issues, Of Mice & Men, New Found Glory and Taking Back Sunday.If you can't catch his performance at the awards event, Taylor will also be touring solo in support of his new book, You're Making Me Hate You, which will be released on July 7. The solo trek kicks off July 6 in Ridgewood, New Jersey and runs through July 19 in Los Angeles.The Alternative Press Music Awards will be held July 22 in Cleveland, Ohio. Visit for ticket info.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Former Queens of the Stone Age Drummer Joey Castillo Leaves Scott Weiland's Band

Credit: Jamie WeilandDrummer Joey Castillo has temporarily left Scott Weiland's band, Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts. The former Queens of the Stone Age drummer was absent from the band's May 19 show in Lawrence, Kansas, which fueled rumors Castillo has left the Wildabouts for good. However, in a Facebook post, Weiland clarifies that Castillo will return to the tour after a week of recording with his other band, hardcore punk group BL'AST."Just to clear up the confusion - Joey has NOT left the band," writes Weiland. "He is recording for a week with BL'AST and will meet back up with us on the 27th."In the meantime, drummer Mike Avaneim, who manned the kit on the Wildabouts' debut album, Blaster, will step in for Castillo. "I've known about this for months, hence lining up our friend Mike Avaneim to fill in," Weiland adds.Weiland's next show is scheduled for tonight, May 21, in Jefferson, Louisiana, followed by an appearance at the Rocklahoma festival May 23. The band doesn't have a show scheduled for May 27, so Castillo's first concert back appears to be May 30 when the Wildabouts play the BottleRock Festival in Napa, California.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Black Sabbath Accepts Lifetime Achievement Honor at Ivor Novello Awards

Image Courtesy of Vertigo/RepublicBlack Sabbath was honored with the Lifetime Achievement prize at the prestigious Ivor Novello Awards, held Thursday in London. Accepting the award, guitarist Tony Iommi confirmed that Black Sabbath will embark on a "final tour" next year, the BBC reports.While frontman Ozzy Osbourne was absent from the ceremony, Iommi was joined by bassist Geezer Butler, and, surprisingly, drummer Bill Ward. Ward and Ozzy have recently been involved in a public spat that began when Ward asked for an apology from Ozzy over the way he and the rest of Black Sabbath have treated him. Ozzy responded by refusing to apologize and reiterating that he believes that Ward was physically unfit to join Black Sabbath on their recent tours. Other winners of Ivor Novellos include Hozier, who took home the Best Song Musically and Lyrically prize for "Take Me to Church," and Bombay Bicycle Club, whose record So Long, See You Tomorrow won Best Album.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

AWOLNATION, Kid Rock Among Openers for The Rolling Stones' Summer Tour

Credit: Kari RoweThe Rolling Stones have recruited an eclectic group of today's rock bands to open for them on their upcoming Zip Code Tour. AWOLNATION, Kid Rock, The Temperance Movement and WALK THE MOON are among the bands to support the legendary band on tour this summer."To open up for [The Rolling Stones] is an honor beyond all our expectations and to watch them still killing it is just pure black magic," writes The Temperance Movement frontman Phil Campbell on the band's Facebook page.Other openers on the Zip Code Tour include Grace Potter, Gary Clark Jr., St. Paul and the Broken Bones, The Avett Brothers, blues great Buddy Guy, country star Brad Paisley and and pop singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran.The Rolling Stones will warm up for the Zip Code Tour with a surprise club show tonight in Los Angeles. The trek will officially begin on May 24 in San Diego and will conclude July 15 in Quebec City in Canada.Here are all of their tour dates, along with the confirmed guest artists:5/20 -- Los Angeles, CA, TBA5/24 -- San Diego, CA, Petco Park (Gary Clark Jr.)5/30 -- Columbus, OH, Ohio Stadium (Kid Rock)6/3 -- Minneapolis, MN, TCF Bank Stadium (Grace Potter)6/6 -- Arlington, TX, AT&T Stadium (Grace Potter)6/8 -- Atlanta, GA, Bobby Dodd Stadium (St. Paul and The Broken Bones)6/12 -- Orlando, FL, Orlando Citrus Bowl (The Temperance Movement)6/17 -- Nashville, TN, LP Field (Brad Paisley)6/20 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Heinz Field (AWOLNATION)6/23 -- Milwaukee, WI, Summerfest (Buddy Guy)6/27 -- Kansas City, MO, Arrowhead Stadium (Ed Sheeran)7/1 -- Raleigh, NC, Carter-Finley Stadium (The Avett Brothers)7/4 -- Indianapolis, IN, Indianapolis Motor Speedway 7/8 -- Detroit, MI, Comerica Park (WALK THE MOON)7/11 -- Buffalo, NY, Ralph Wilson Stadium 7/15 -- Quebec, QC, Le Festival d'été de QuébecCopyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Arcade Fire, Nickelback, Death from Above 1979 and Fall Out Boy Up for MuchMusic

Credits: JF Lalonde; Michael MullerThe MuchMusic Video Awards -- the Canadian equivalent of MTV's VMAs -- have revealed the 2015 nominees, with Arcade Fire's "We Exist" grabbing three nominations. The "We Exist" video, which stars actor Andrew Garfield, is up for Video of the Year, Director of the Year and Rock/Alternative Video of the Year.Joining Arcade Fire in the fight for Rock/Alternative Video of the Year are Nickelback's "Edge of a Revolution" and Death from Above 1979's "Virgins." Meanwhile, Fall Out Boy scored a nomination in the Most Buzzworthy International Artist or Group category for their "Centuries" video.The MuchMusic Video Awards will be held on June 21. Visit for the full list of nominees.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Muse's "Drones" Is a "Back-to-Basics" Album, Says Band

Credit: Danny ClinchLyrically, Muse's new album Drones might be the band's most ambitious, but from a sonic perspective, they wanted to try something a little simpler than the grandiose sound of their last album, 2012's The 2nd Law."By our standards, [Drones] is back to basics," drummer Dom Howard tells NME. "Yeah, it's layered and bombastic, but the start of that process was very different to how we normally do it.""I think on The 2nd Law, producing it ourselves, we spent so much time in the control room that we lost sight of ourselves as a band," he adds. "We wanted to push the boat out on Drones. For that reason, it's very diverse -- it's the sound of us being very experimental and losing our minds a bit."That experimentation seems to have paid off, as the lead single from Drones, "Dead Inside," has topped Billboard's Alternative Songs and Rock Airplay charts for two straight weeks. The lyrics on "Dead Inside" aren't particularly upbeat, and things get even darker in the title track. Frontman Matt Bellamy describes "Drones," which is the closing song on the album, as a "lament for the victims" of drone warfare."It ends on this ghostly chorus of the forgotten," Bellamy says. "They will never see justice, and they have been killed by a robot. There's something inherently tragic about humanity there."Drones will be released on June 9.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Foo Fighters Close Out Letterman's Final "Late Show" Broadcast with "Everlong"

Jeffrey R. Staab/CBSFoo Fighters had the honor of closing out David Letterman's final Late Show broadcast on Wednesday night.Dave Grohl and company performed "Everlong," as highlights of Letterman's 33 years in late night were shown.Letterman noted that "Everlong" holds great meaning for him. The Foo Fighters played it on Late Show when the host returned following heart surgery in 2000.Letterman recalled that he specifically requested the Foo Fighters appear on his program after that surgery to perform "Everlong," and that they accommodated him by cancelling a South American tour. He added, "Happily, ever since, we've been joined at the hip."In introducing the Foo Fighters to wrap up his finale, Letterman said, "The only thing I have left to do, for the last time on a television program, thank you and good night."Afterward, Sting had a hand in saluting Letterman on The Late Late Show. He and Late Late Show host James Corden were seen in a recorded segment performing "Every Breath You Take" in front of the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City, where Letterman recorded his program.  Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Incubus' "Trust Fall (Side A)" Debuts in Top 10 of "Billboard" 200

Image Courtesy of Island RecordsIncubus' comeback release has landed in the top 10 of the Billboard 200. The band's four-song EP, Trust Fall (Side A), has debuted at number six on the chart, moving 40,000 equivalent album units, which includes sales and streams, in its first week.Mumford & Sons' Wilder Mind, last week's number-one album, slips down one spot to number two this week after being overtaken by the Pitch Perfect 2 soundtrack.Trust Fall (Side A) gives Incubus five straight top-10 albums -- six if you count the band's 2009 greatest hits compilation Monuments and Melodies -- on the Billboard 200. Incubus' last album, 2011's If Not Now, When? debuted at number two on the chart.Incubus will be touring in support of Trust Fall (Side A) this summer on a co-headlining trek with Deftones. The tour, which also features Death from Above 1979, runs from July 22 in Clarkston, Michigan, to August 30 in Chula Vista, California.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Nickelback "Wanted" by Australian Police for "Crimes Against Music"

Credit: Michael MullerSeems there are few places Nickelback can go without getting bashed.  The band's currently touring Australia in support of their album No Fixed Address, and some authorities are none too pleased. The Queensland Police Service posted a fake BOLO -- be on the lookout -- warning for the band on its Facebook page. The poster features drawings of the band members and says they're "wanted for crimes against music.""Police are on the lookout for these men who are believed to be impersonating musicians," the caption reads. "Avoid the area. It may be hazardous to your hearing and street cred."Nickelback is no stranger to this kind of trolling -- last year, a British man started a Tilt charity campaign to stop the band from ever playing London. Some anti-Nickelback campaigns have done good things, however: earlier this year, Jesse Carey of the Relevant magazine podcast promised to listen to nothing but Nickelback for a week straight in order to raise money for Charity: Water.Perhaps the Queensland authorities didn't see the recent SeatSmart study that declared Nickelback has the most sophisticated lyrics of any chart-topping rock band of the last 10 years. Of the songs surveyed, which included any song that spent at least three weeks atop the Billboard rock charts, Nickelback's lyrics required an average reading grade level of 3.3, beating out the likes of Foo Fighters and Linkin Park.Nickelback's tour will return to the U.S. in June.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Governors Ball Reveals 2015 Festival Schedule

Credit: Danny ClinchThe schedule of set times for the 2015 Governors Ball festival has arrived. The New York City festival will feature headlining sets from The Black Keys, Ryan Adams and My Morning Jacket.Things kick off on Friday, June 5 with "Weekend" singers Priory taking the GovBallNYC Stage at 12:15 p.m. Later in the day, Florence + the Machine will play the GovBallNYC Stage at 7 p.m. Just like at Coachella, Florence will be playing right before rapper Drake. My Morning Jacket will headline opposite Drake on the Honda Stage at 9:15 p.m.Saturday features a heartbreaking conflict between Bjork and Bright Eyes frontman Conor Obsert, both of whom play from 6:45-8 p.m. Ryan Adams will headline the Honda Stage on Saturday night opposite electronic musician Deadmau5.The Black Keys will close out Governors Ball 2015 when they headline the GovBallNYC stage at 9:15 p.m. on Sunday. The festival's final day will also feature performances from Royal Blood, The War on Drugs and Tame Impala.Governors Ball 2015 will be held June 5-7 on Randall's Island Park in New York City. Visit for the full schedule.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Foo Fighters to Be Final Musical Guest on "Letterman"

Jeffrey R. Staab/CBSTurns out maybe Bob Dylan wasn't David Letterman's final musical guest after all.  Foo Fighters will be the musical guest on tonight's final episode of the Late Show with David Letterman. The band confirmed the news on their Facebook page."Final time on this stage...#‎ThanksDave," they wrote.Letterman has had a close relationship with Dave Grohl and company over the years. The Foos were the musical guest on Letterman's first show back after undergoing heart surgery in 2000. Before they launched into their 1997 single "Everlong," Letterman introduced the Foos as "my favorite band playing my favorite song."Last year, Foo Fighters staged a week-long residency at Late Show in support of their eight-part documentary series Sonic Highways, which was co-produced by Letterman's production company, Worldwide Pants.The final episode of Late Show with David Letterman airs tonight at 11:35 p.m. ET on CBS.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Imagine Dragons, Weezer, Hozier to Play 2015 Life Is Beautiful Festival

Image Courtesy of PRNewsFoto/Life is BeautifulHometown heroes Imagine Dragons have been tapped to headline the 2015 Life Is Beautiful Festival in Las Vegas. The Sin City-based band will be joined by Weezer and Hozier at the festival, which will be held in September.The Life Is Beautiful 2015 lineup also includes AWOLNATION, Death Cab for Cutie, Brandon Flowers, Duran Duran, Twenty One Pilots, Metric, Royal Blood, WALK THE MOON, Future Islands, Big Data, Against Me!, Meg Myers, Glass Animals, Saint Motel and many more.Life Is Beautiful 2015 will be held September 25-27 in Downtown Las Vegas. For the full lineup and ticket info, visit © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Watch a Preview of Coldplay's "Game of Thrones" Sketch, Featuring Peter Dinklage

Credit: Chris Ross/NBCFor NBC's "Red Nose Day" event, Coldplay has written a sketch called "Game of Thrones: The Musical," based on the hit HBO fantasy drama. For a sneak preview of sketch, a clip has been released featuring actor Peter Dinklage, who plays Tyrion Lannister on Game of Thrones, singing a song which details the many characters who have bittemn the dust on the show. Warning: spoilers ensue."Remember Ned Stark, he was a lot of fun, but he didn't make it past season one," Dinklage sings in the clip. The song also mentions fellow season one casualty Robert Baratheon, as well as weddings both Purple and Red.Other Game of Thrones actors scheduled to appear on the "Red Nose Day" telecast include Kit Harington, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Emilia Clarke."Red Nose Day," which began in the U.K. and is making its American debut this year, is a three-hour live event designed to raise money for charity organizations that focus on helping children and young people in the U.S. and around the world lift themselves out of poverty. It will air on NBC on May 21 at 8 p.m. ET.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Five Finger Death Punch's Zoltan Bathory Says Tour with Papa Roach Was Years in

Image Courtesy of Prospect ParkThis fall, Five Finger Death Punch and Papa Roach will join forces for a co-headlining tour along with openers In This Moment and From Ashes to New. As FFDP guitarist Zoltan Bathory tells ABC Radio, a joint tour between his band and Papa Roach has been in the works for quite a while."We are very good friends, and we've known those guys for years and years," Bathory says of Papa Roach. "Actually we have been talking about touring together for about three, four, maybe five years now, but our touring schedule and our recording schedule simply never allowed it."Bathory says that Five Finger Death Punch has always considered themselves to be a "people's band," so for the Papa Roach tour, they wanted you to vote on which cities should be included in the trek. After 1.5 million votes, both bands unveiled the tour's official itinerary on Tuesday."Rock n' roll and the word 'market research' doesn't really come together," Bathory jokes. "But in some weird way, it's kind of like a market research, because there were some cities that we were surprised, like, 'Oh my God!' We simply didn't know that we had that many fans in particular areas."Earlier this month, Five Finger Death Punch's tour with Papa Roach -- and their overall future as a band -- may have seemed like it was in jeopardy after the band suffered a bizarre meltdown while playing the Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis, Tennessee on May 1. FFDP's set was cut short after the rest of the band left frontman Ivan Moody by himself on stage. The show was so disastrous that rumors saying the band had broken up began to spread.On the contrary, Bathory says that everything is great in the band, adding that they played a "fantastic" show the next night. He explains that the botched performance was such a shock since Five Finger Death Punch built their reputation as an excellent live band."There were some issues, and it became personal and people started arguing," Bathory tells ABC Radio. "I mean this is the first time ever something like that even remotely happened. So I think that's why people reacted -- because everybody was immediately like, 'Oh my God, they're breaking up, oh my God!' -- because we've never had an in-quote 'bad show,' it just doesn't happen."Not only is Five Finger Death Punch continuing to tour, but they are also putting out a new album, entitled Got Your Six, which will be released on August 28."We wanted to do a little bit of a harder record," Bathory says of Got Your Six. "It's not that it's heavier than anything -- it isn't -- but as an overall record it's a little bit more energy, more up-tempo. So basically less slow songs, everything is kind of a mid-tempo and up-tempo."The Five Finger Death Punch and Papa Roach tour will begin September 4 in Lexington, Kentucky and conclude October 9 in Glen Falls, New York.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Bring Me the Horizon Releases New Clip from "Live at Wembley Arena" DVD

Credit: Jakob PrintzlauBring Me the Horizon has shared another clip from their forthcoming live DVD, Live at Wembley Arena. The new video shows the U.K. band roaring through their Sempiternal track "The House of Wolves." You can watch the live "The House of Wolves" clip, featuring, naturally, many shots of wolves, now on YouTube.The Live at Wembley Arena CD/DVD collection will be released on May 29. If you pre-order the package before May 21, you'll get your name printed inside the package's booklet.The "The House of Wolves" clip is the second preview Bring Me the Horizon has shared from Live at Wembley Arena, following a live video of the band's 2014 non-album single "Drown."If you're impressed by the live DVD, you can catch the band in person at the U.K.'s Reading and Leeds festivals this August.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Five Finger Death Punch and Papa Roach Unveil Joint Tour Itinerary

Images Courtesy of Dave Jackson; Prospect ParkFor their joint tour this fall, Five Finger Death Punch and Papa Roach asked you to vote to bring them to your city. After 1.5 million people did, the bands have unveiled the official itinerary for their co-headlining trek. The Five Finger Death Punch and Papa Roach tour will begin September 4 in Lexington, Kentucky and will run through October 9 in Glen Falls, New York."This tour is shaping up to be the perfect storm," says FFDP guitarist Zoltan Bathory in a statement. "We are really good friends with Papa Roach so for years we've been talking about touring together and it's finally coming together in a big way."Artist pre-sales will begin May 20 at 10 a.m. ET. Tickets for most of the dates will go on sale to the general public starting May 22 at 10 a.m. local time, with additional stops going on sale May 23 at 10 a.m. local time. Visit or for all ticket info.In more Five Finger Death Punch news, the Las Vegas band has also revealed the details of their new album, entitled Got Your Six. The band's sixth album will be released August 28 and will feature the lead single, "Jekyll and Hyde."Here's the itinerary for the Five Finger Death Punch and Papa Roach co-headlining tour, also featuring In This Moment and From Ashes to New:9/4 -- Lexington, KY, Rupp Arena9/5 -- Cincinnati, OH, US Bank Arena9/8 -- Manakto, MN, Verizon Wireless Center9/11 -- Missoula, MT, Adams Event Center9/12 -- Everett, WA, Xfinity Center9/13 -- Spokane, WA, Spokane Arena9/15 -- Eugene, OR, Matthew Knight Arena9/16 -- Reno, NV, Lawlor Event Center9/18 -- Ontario, CA, Citizens Business Bank Arena9/19 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Joint9/20 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Maverik Center9/22 -- Colorado Springs, CO, Broadmoor World Arena9/25 -- La Crosse, WI, La Crosse Center9/29 -- St. Charles, MO, Family Arena9/30 -- Indianapolis, IN, Indiana Farmers Coliseum10/2 -- Cedar Rapids, IA, US Cellular Center10/3 -- Toledo, OH, Huntington Center10/4 -- Cleveland, OH, Jacobs Pavilion10/6 -- Lowell, MA, Tsongas Center10/8 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena10/9 -- Glen Falls, NY, Glen Falls Civic CenterCopyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Foo Fighters Release Short Documentary on Record Store Day Show

Credit: Brantley GutierrezFoo Fighters have released another documentary, but it's a lot shorter than their eight-hour Sonic Highways series. Instead, the doc is a three-minute clip about the band's performance at the tiny Record Connection shop in Niles, Ohio, on this year's Record Store Day.The Record Store Day doc features interviews with the Record Connection owner and fans waiting in line to see the Foos in such an intimate space, plus a clip of the band performing "White Limo." The phrase "once in a lifetime" is spoken more than once. You can watch the doc now on YouTube.Along with performing at Record Connection, Foo Fighters also released a four-song EP called Songs from the Laundry Room for Record Store Day. In addition, frontman Dave Grohl served as the official ambassador for RSD 2015.A few hours after the Record Connection show, Grohl traveled to Cleveland to perform with Joan Jett and the Blackhearts in honor of their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony airs on HBO May 30.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Lollapalooza Reveals 2015 Schedule

Fresh and Clean Media/C3 Presents/WMEAre you planning on camping out to see headliners Paul McCartney, Metallica or Florence + the Machine at this year's Lollapalooza? You can see what other bands you'll be watching those days with the festival's 2015 schedule, which was released Tuesday.McCartney will headline the Samsung Stage on the first day of Lollapalooza, July 31. Glass Animals, Cold War Kids and Alabama Shakes will play the same stage before Macca's set begins at 7:45 p.m.On Saturday, August 1, Metallica's headlining set begins at 8 p.m. after Catfish and the Bottlemen, Death From Above 1979 and Tame Impala play the Samsung Stage.Florence + the Machine will close out Lollapalooza August 2 with her headlining set on the Samsung stage, starting at 8:30 p.m. Florence will be preceded by sets from George Ezra, Twenty One Pilots,and Of Monsters and Men.Lollapalooza 2015 will be held July 31 through August 2 in Chicago's Grant Park. To view the full festival schedule, visit Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Coldplay's "Red Nose Day" Sketch will Feature "Game of Thrones" Actors

Credit: Phil HarveyA Coldplay winter is coming.As previously reported, Coldplay will appear on NBC's "Red Nose Day," a three-hour live event designed to raise money for charity organizations that focus on helping children and young people in the U.S. and around the world lift themselves out of poverty. As for what that appearance will entail, Chris Martin and company will put on a sketch that they wrote featuring actors from the hit HBO fantasy drama Game of Thrones.The sketch, which is unfortunately not named "Ghost Stories: Tales of Jon Snow's Direwolf," is called "Game of Thrones: The Musical." Among the Game of Thrones actors to appear on the "Red Nose Day" broadcast who could potentially show up in "Game of Thrones: The Musical" include Kit Harington, Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Emilia Clarke."Red Nose Day," which began in the U.K. 30 years ago, is making its American debut this year. The event will benefit 12 charities, including Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the National Urban League, Save the Children and United Way.The "Red Nose Day" event will air on NBC on May 21 at 8 p.m. ET.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

The Offspring Adds Intimate Show at Aspen Venue

Credit: Sam JonesThe Offspring will bring their live show to the intimate Belly Up Aspen. On July 16, the band will play the tiny Colorado venue, which only holds about 450 people, for the first time. Visit for all ticket info.A few days after the Belly Up show, The Offspring will likely encounter a much bigger crowd when they play the Amnesia RockFest in Quebec. For their headlining set, the band will be performing their 1998 album Americana in full. The Amnesia RockFest, which will also feature performances by System of a Down, Linkin Park and Slayer, will be held June 18-21.Earlier this year, The Offspring released the single "Coming for You," their first new song since 2012. The track reached number one on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs chart and currently sits at number six.The Offspring is working on their 10th album.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.