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Fall Out Boy Explains Hip-Hop Influence


Credit: Pamela LittkyFall Out Boy draws on a wide range of musical influences, including from the world of hip-hop. The band names A Tribe Called Quest and J. Dilla as some of its favorite rap artists, and frontman Patrick Stump says their music's production and use of sampling has been especially important to his band's own music."Initially, when people thought of being aware of hip-hop in rock music, the first thing they thought of was the MC part," Stump tells MTV News. "That's the last thing you should do."With their latest album, American Beauty/American Psycho, FOB experimented with sampling on songs like "Centuries" and "Uma Thurman.""It's still this thing that's so taboo in rock music," Stump says of sampling. "It's an art form. You can do such amazing things with it. Those things are very obviously influenced by hip-hop."To bassist Pete Wentz, the fact that a rock group might use hip-hop as an influence isn't that strange."Everyone thinks that you listen to the music that you perform," Wentz says. "Everyone listens to all kinds of different music. I know rappers that listen to rock music. I think everyone's all over the place and has their own tastes."Fall Out Boy will also be bringing their love of hip-hop with them on tour in the form of rapper Wiz Khalifa, who will join the band on their Boys of Zummer trek, which kicks off in June.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 © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Director Brett Morgen Describes His Approach to "Montage of Heck": "Kurt's Found


Wendy O'Connor/Courtesy of HBOTonight, Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck will make its television debut on HBO. When director Brett Morgen first met with Frances Bean Cobain to talk about her vision for the film that would become the first fully authorized documentary about the late Nirvana frontman, the daughter of Kurt Cobain had just one request for the filmmaker."She said, 'Whatever you do, keep it honest, keep it real,'" Morgen tells ABC Radio of his talk with Frances, who is an executive producer on the film. "'The world doesn't need another 'Saint Kurt' story. And the best way we can pay tribute to Kurt is by making an honest movie.'"Morgen admits that he was "cynical" at the beginning of the project, given how many movies were made and books were written about Cobain. But when he saw and heard the wealth material he was given access to from Cobain's personal archives, and  when he was able to interview Cobain's immediate family, he knew how he could approach making Montage of Heck."Kurt's foundation myth is rooted in his childhood, and nobody had ever interviewed the mother, the father and the sister, nor had anyone seen the home movies that the family took that document Kurt from six months to eight years," Morgen explains. "This is the absolute core of the foundation myth."Morgen's interview with Cobain's father, Don Cobain, was particularly enlightening, as he had been cast in villain's role in the common mythology of Kurt Cobain."We sat down to do our interview, and Don, before I could ask him a single question, went on a nine-minute monologue in which he walked us through his time with Kurt," Morgen remembers. "I found him to be incredibly honest, haunted and forthcoming. He's not someone who's ever sat down for an on-camera interview before, so it was very tense."Cobain's archives also contained a wealth of home movies that he made with his wife, Courtney Love. When Morgen watched the footage of the young couple interacting, he saw a much different relationship than the one that was commonly portrayed in the media."I saw two pretty compatible 25-year-olds who were, like, totally in love with each other in a type of fiery, toxic, junkie love that exists when you're in your twenties and seems very distant when you're in your forties," Morgen tells ABC Radio. "I think it was important to experience that relationship through Kurt's eyes for a change."Naturally, Montage of Heck is rich with Nirvana songs, including Cobain's personal recordings and demos. One song that is prevalent throughout the film is "All Apologies," the last track on Nirvana's final studio album, In Utero."We decided to make 'All Apologies' this sort of family-origins theme," Morgen explains. "So you hear it early in the film when Kurt is a child, and then when Frances is born we bring it back, and then we kind of bring it all full circle in the end. And I think that by the time you hear it at the end, it's gained all the resonance that it's collected from its various other interpretations throughout the film."Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck will air on HBO tonight, May 4, at 9 p.m. ET.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 © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Ozzy Osbourne, Anthony Kiedis & Duff McKagan Join Campaign Against Bear Bile Far


Images Courtesy of MSO PR; Clara BalzaryOzzy Osbourne, Red Hot Chili Peppers' Anthony Kiedes and Guns N' Roses' Duff McKagan have joined a campaign run by Animals Asia to end bear bile farming. All three will be featured in a short "Spinal Tap-inspired" film that condemns the practice. You can watch a teaser for the film, featuring Kiedes sporting a pair of bear ears, on YouTube.Bear bile farming, prevalent in China and Vietnam, is the practice of extracting the animal's bile for use in traditional medicine. The practice is often painful and invasive for bears and can result in infection.The film for the campaign, titled Let a Bear S**t in the Woods, will be released on May 13.Other celebrities to have supported Animals Asia include Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and actor Ricky Gervais.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 © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

New Kurt Cobain Album Will be Released this Summer


Image Courtesy of The End of Music, LLC/HBOIn order to make Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, director Brett Morgen was granted access to Kurt Cobain's personal archives. When asked in an interview with Bedford + Bowery whether any of that material would be released as an album, Morgen revealed that a record is indeed in the works."We're going to be putting out an amazing album this summer that I think will answer that question," Morgen says.He adds that the album "will feel like you're kind of hanging out with Kurt Cobain on a hot summer day in Olympia, Washington, as he fiddles about.  It's going to really surprise people."Morgen does mention that people should not be expecting a Nirvana album."Just to be clear, it's not a Nirvana album," he says.  "It's just Kurt and you're going to hear him do things you never expected to come out of him."In the meantime, Montage of Heck will premiere on HBO on Monday, May 4, at 9 p.m. ET.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 © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Watch Green Day Rehearse with Ringo Starr Before Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Indu


Credit: Felisha TolentinoDuring April's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Green Day jammed with fellow inductee Ringo Starr on 60's R&B group The Shirelles' "Boys," which The Beatles covered on their debut album, Please Please Me. On his Facebook page, Starr has uploaded backstage footage of himself and Green Day rehearsing the tune."When do we go on tour?" jokes Starr in the clip. "Green Ringo Day!""We could be Gringo Day," suggests drummer Tre Cool.Starr's fellow Beatle Paul McCartney also makes an appearance in the clip, as does Joan Jett, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year, along with her band The Blackhearts.The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, which also featured performances from Beck, Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Dave Grohl, will air on HBO May 30. 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 © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Imagine Dragons and REO Speedwagon to Perform as REO Imagine Speedragons on Kimm


Image Courtesy of ABCImagine Dragons and REO Speedwagon will unite as REO Imagine Speedragons for the "Mash Up Mondays" series on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! The two bands will perform together for one time only on the show's May 4 episode."REO Imagine Speedragons was destined to happen since the day Zeus thrust his mighty bolt to the earth," says Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds in a statement."I talked to [guitarist] Wayne [Sermon] from Imagine Dragons yesterday, and both our bands are totally psyched about doing the 'Mash Up Monday,'" adds REO Speedwagon's  Kevin Cronin. "We all love Jimmy and we're gonna play one of our favorites like it’s never been played before. Imagine REO Speedragons is gonna f**kin' rock!"Previous "Mash Up Monday" bands have included Wee-Z Top -- that's Weezer and ZZ Top -- and Morris Day and the HAIM, made up of funk great Morris Day plus the band HAIM.REO Imagine Speedragons will take the stage on Kimmel on May 4 at 11:35 p.m. ET on ABC.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 © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Boxing Fan Dan Auerbach Explains Why He Isn't Attending Mayweather vs. Pacquiao


Credit: Danny ClinchEven rock stars think the tickets for the much-anticipated May 2 bout between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are too pricey. The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, who is a big boxing fan, was originally planning on attending the fight, but then he heard how much the tickets cost."I start hearing rumors about how much the tickets are going to be -- and sure enough, it's like $15,000 a ticket, and on top of that you won't know where your seats are until you get there," Auerbach tells Rolling Stone. "So I was just like, 'No. This fight means too much to me, I don't want to get caught up in the bulls**t, I want to watch it on TV and really enjoy it.'"As for a winner, Auerbach, who regularly spars in his garage, isn't take a side."I don't think it matters who wins. I think because they fought, it's a real gift that they gave to boxing. It's like, they didn't have to," he says. "Floyd Mayweather didn't have to do this fight, but he did. And I commend him for it -- I really think that was a brave move, because he's never fought anyone like Manny and Manny's never fought anyone like Floyd, so it's really exciting. It's exciting for the sport."Even at home, "Mayweather-Pacquiao Day" will be an eventful one for Auerbach. In connection with the fight, he will be releasing his debut single with his new solo project, The Arcs, on May 2. The single, featuring the boxing-themed songs "Stay in My Corner" and "Tomato Can," will only be available at independent records stores.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 © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Van Halen to Perform on 2015 "Billboard" Music Awards


ABC/Randy HolmesAnd Las Vegas will rock!  Van Halen has been added to the lineup of artists who will perform on the 2015 Billboard Music Awards, which ABC will broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Vegas on May 17 at 8 p.m. ET.This will mark the first-ever awards-show performance by the legendary rock group's current lineup -- singer David Lee Roth, guitarist Eddie Van Halen, drummer Alex Van Halen and bassist Wolfgang Van Halen.  The event's entertainment bill also includes Fall Out Boy, Hozier, Kelly Clarkson, Britney Spears, Iggy Azalea, John Legend, Meghan Trainor, Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, Nick Jonas and Wiz Khalifa, among others.Rock acts in the running for awards at the ceremony include The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Santana, Coldplay, The Black Keys and Hozier.  The show will be hosted by rapper/actor Ludacris and Legend's wife, model Chrissy Teigen.  For more details, visit Billboard.com.Van Halen recently released a new live album titled Tokyo Dome: Live in Concert, which was recorded in the Japanese capital in June 2013.  The rockers will launch a North American summer tour with support act the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band on July 5 in the Seattle suburb of Auburn, Washington.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 © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Kurt Cobain Discusses "The Dreamer" Machine in Unearthed MTV Clip


Chris Cuffaro/Universal Music GroupKurt Cobain was never known for being particularly outgoing with the media, but in a newly unearthed clip from MTV, the late Nirvana frontman is downright gregarious in a 1993 interview while discussing "The Dreamer," a machine that supposedly helps with dreaming and reducing stress."I've tried it," Cobain says of The Dreamer in the clip. "I dreamed about German shepherds and having sex with my stepfather and eating flowers and smoking potpourri.”"It's really amazing, it really works," he adds.At the beginning of the interview, which took place at Hollywood Rock Brazil in 1993, Cobain is playing with a Taser and pretends to shock the interviewer with it.MTV also released a 38-minute uncut interview with Cobain, parts of which would be used for the network's 1994 documentary Nirvana: Past Present and Future. In that clip, Cobain talks about everything from his chronic stomach issues to his daughter, Frances Bean Cobain.Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the first fully authorized documentary about Cobain, will air on HBO May 4.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 © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Kid Rock to Headline 2015 Summer Spotlight Concert; Members of The Smashing Pump


Images Courtesy of Clay Patrick McBride; Martha's MusicKid Rock will perform at Live Nation's 2015 Summer Spotlight concert, taking place on May 5 at New York City's Irving Plaza. The event will also feature appearances by Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins, Brandon Boyd and Mike Einziger of Incubus, Metric, Jason Wade and Bryce Soderberg of Lifehouse, and Mick Jones of Foreigner.May 5 will mark the first-ever National Concert Day, which will celebrate fans who buy concert tickets, as well as the artists, managers and venue staff who make those shows possible.All the artists appearing at the Summer Spotlight event will be launching their own tours this summer: Kid Rock is touring with Foreigner, The Smashing Pumpkins with Marilyn Manson, Incubus with Deftones, Metric with Imagine Dragons, and Lifehouse with Nickelback.In other Live Nation news, the company has acquired a controlling interest in the Tennessee music festival Bonnaroo. This year's Bonnaroo, featuring Billy Joel, Mumford & Sons, Florence + the Machine, Robert Plant, and Alabama Shakes, takes place June 11-14.For more details on the Summer Spotlight event, visit LiveNation.com.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 © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Billie Joe Armstrong Reflects on Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction; Discusses


Credit: Felisha TolentinoNearly two weeks after Green Day was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, frontman Billie Joe Armstrong is still feeling the effects of that night."It's sort of like a natural LSD," Armstrong tells Rolling Stone. "The whole thing was just surreal, but instead of LSD it was reality. We had a great time.""It was really freaky," he adds. "It was kind of like being at your own wedding and your own funeral."Before they were inducted, Green Day played an intimate show at the House of Blues in Cleveland. At the beginning of the show, Green Day took the stage with founding drummer John Kiffmeyer, who left the band in 1990, as Sweet Children, their original name."Not only did we play a Sweet Children set with John there, there were certain songs that we haven't touched in a long time that we added to our set, like 'Private Ale' and 'Stuart and the Ave,'" Armstrong says.In addition to resurrecting old songs, Armstrong has been writing new ones. He says that he's written four or five, but we shouldn't expect a new Green Day album right away."We're going to take our time," Armstrong says. "We're not going to try and pull off some, like, victory lap over this because I definitely want the music to come from a real place and be inspired, not just because we got honored or anything like that, but because we're honoring music. We want to work on them, and we want to make a great album."The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will air on HBO May 30.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 © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Dave Grohl Honors KISS at the ASCAP Pop Music Awards


Credit: Cliff Lipson/CBSFoo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl presented KISS' Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley with the prestigious Founders Award at Wednesday night's ASCAP Pop Music Awards. Grohl began his tribute to the band by recounting the first time he ever heard KISS' 1976 album, Destroyer."With nuclear anticipation, I let the needle drop on that legendary intro to 'Detroit Rock City,' perhaps the greatest introduction to any rock 'n' roll album ever recorded," Grohl said. "It filled my speakers and my imagination. Thirty-four minutes later and 27 seconds later, KISS had filled my soul. I was now a member of the infamous KISS army."After that moment, Grohl turned his room into a "shrine" to KISS, filling it with posters and action figures of the band."Every morning, I would wake up in my tiny bedroom and take a good look at my superheroes before walking to school," he said. "They got me through those years and ultimately inspired me to follow this unreasonable dream of becoming a professional rock 'n' roll musician."Grohl is a fan of KISS to this day, and his connection to the band has become stronger in recent years, since his and Stanley's kids attend the same elementary school."These days I still spend every morning before school with Paul Stanley...in the parking lot of our kids' f**kin' elementary school, chatting about [Led] Zeppelin and Electric Lady [Studios] and touring and school fundraisers," Grohl said. "So I'd say that my unreasonable dream definitely came true."You can read Grohl's entire speech on Billboard.com.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 © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Bono Still Unable to Play Guitar as U2 Prepares to Launch Tour


Paolo PellegrinU2’s Bono says he’s still unable to play the guitar, more than five months after he suffered multiple injuries, including a broken left arm, a fractured left hand, a fractured shoulder blade and a fractured left eye socket in a bicycle accident in New York’s Central Park.In an interview with The New York Times at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, British Columbia, where the band has been rehearsing in anticipation of the May 14 launch of its iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE tour, the singer declared, “It feels like I have somebody else’s hand.”Bono held up his left hand for the Times reporter and admitted, “But this is the hard bit because I can’t play guitar.”  He then looked at the other members of the band and remarked with a half-smile, “They don’t seem to mind.”Pointing out the curled fourth finger and pinky of his left hand, Bono tells the Times, “I can’t bend these...”The singer says another part of his left hand “is like rigor mortis,” adding, “but they say that nerves heal about a millimeter a week, so in about 13 months I should know if it’s coming back.”The U2 frontman admitted his shoulder is better and “the face is better,” but his forearm and elbow are still numb in areas.The tour kicks off May 14 at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia.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 © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. 

Brandon Flowers Says The Killers Need a "Kick in the Pants"


Image Courtesy of Island RecordsThe Killers haven't released an album since 2012's Battle Born, and frontman Brandon Flowers thinks he knows what the band needs to start recording again."I think we need a little bit of a kick in the pants," Flowers tells Rolling Stone. "And hopefully it's coming.""We really need to find a way to get a little bit of that drive and that hunger back that we had earlier on, and not just look at it as an opportunity to make more money and make a record and go tour," he continues. "And it's great to make money, but I want to walk on that stage and feel like I belong there, and feel like I have something to offer. And that's the most important thing."Flowers adds that guitarist Dave Keuning "hasn't sounded this excited about making music in a long time.""I feel like when he's at his best, and when we're all collaborating, is when the Killers are at their best," Flowers says of Keuning. "That's what we really need."The Killers have a few festival dates lined up this year, including Firefly in Dover, Delaware. Meanwhile, Flowers will be touring in support of his sophomore solo album, The Desired Effect, which will be released on May 19.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 © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Black Sabbath Drummer Bill Ward Quietly Releases New Solo Album Via iTunes


Image Courtesy of Bill WardFounding Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward has unexpectedly released a new solo studio album titled Accountable Beasts as a digital download via iTunes.  Ward revealed over the weekend that he quietly made the nine-song collection available for purchase on Friday night.Accountable Beasts, Ward's first solo effort since 1997's When the Bough Breaks, was recorded with the members of his current group the Bill Ward Band -- guitarist/keyboardist Keith Lynch, bassist Paul Ill and drummer Ronnie Ciago.  It also features contributions from drummer Walter Earl and a variety of guest vocalists, including Bill's daughter, Emily.In a new interview with music writer Joel Gausten, Ward explains that in comparison to his previous solo albums, Accountable Beasts is "much tougher; it kicks harder." He also points out that the record is "very current lyrically," noting that a lot of songs deal with war, religion and "the stuff that makes the world turn 'round every day." He adds, "It's about people's souls being ripped to pieces.  I guess it could be called morbid, but at the same time I'm also hoping it can be called energizing and respectful lyrically."Ward tells Gausten that he began working on Accountable Beasts in 2008, but the project got sidetracked by various health issues, as well as his preparations for Black Sabbath's recent reunion album and tour, in which, of course, he ended up not taking part.Bill also has been working on an as-yet-unannounced project with guitarist Joe Amodea, and he also has plans to put out another solo album called Beyond Aston that he shelved to focus on Accountable Beasts.Ward, recently took part in a very public war of words with his Black Sabbath band mate Ozzy Osbourne that began when he posted a lengthy message on his website explaining how hurt he was by comments Ozzy made regarding the reasons why he didn't participate in the group's reunion activities over the last couple of years.  You can check out Ward's and Osbourne's comments at BillWard.com and Ozzy.com, respectively.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 © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Corey Taylor Announces Solo Tour in Support of New Book, "You're Making Me Hate


Credit: Bobby TongsCorey Taylor will embark on a solo tour in support of his new book, You're Making Me Hate You, this July. Each show on the trek, which begins July 7 in New York City, will include readings, acoustic performances and audience discussion. Visit TheCoreyTaylor.com for ticket info."Whether it's people’s rude behavior in restaurants and malls, the many indignities of air travel, eye-searingly terrible fashion choices, dangerously clueless drivers and -- most of all -- the sorry state of much modern music, Taylor's humor and insight cover civil society’s seeming decline -- sparing no one along the way, least of all himself," reads the official description of You're Making Me Hate You.You're Making Me Hate You, which will be released on July 7, is the third book from the Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman. Taylor's previous books, 2011's Seven Deadly Sins and 2013's A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Heaven, were both New York Times bestsellers.Taylor is currently on tour with Slipknot. After his solo tour, he'll reconvene with the Knot for the Summer's Last Stand tour with Lamb of God, Bullet for My Valentine and Motionless in White. Summer's Last Stand begins July 24 in West Palm Beach, Florida.Here are Corey Taylor's solo tour dates:7/7 -- New York, NY, Gramercy Theatre7/8 -- Ashbury Park, NJ, Stone Pony7/10 -- Detroit, MI, St. Andrews Hall7/11 -- Chicago, IL, Bottom Lounge7/12 -- St. Paul, MN, Turf Club7/14 -- Rock Island, IL, Rock Island Brew Co7/15 -- Lawrence, KS, Granada Theater7/16 -- Denver, CO, Summit Music Hall7/19 -- Los Angeles, CA, House of BluesFollow @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 © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Evanescence Added to Ozzfest Japan


Image Courtesy of Wind Up RecordsEvanescence has returned. Amy Lee and company will play Ozzfest Japan this November for the band's first performance since they went on hiatus in 2012.While Evanescence has been on a break, Lee has kept quite busy. Last year, she released Aftermath, the soundtrack for the indie film, War Story. She also gave birth to her first child, son Jack.Evanescence will join previously announced bands Korn and Ozzy Osbourne at Ozzfest Japan. Originally, Black Sabbath was revealed as the festival's headliner in what was being billed as the band's "farewell." However, Sabbath announced earlier this month they wouldn't perform at Ozzfest Japan, and that Ozzy & Friends would play instead.Ozzfest Japan will be held November 21-22 in Makuhari Messe, outside of Tokyo.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 © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Chris Cornell, AWOLNATION Earn Number-One Singles


Dana Edelson/NBCChris Cornell's collaboration with Zac Brown Band has officially become a crossover hit. The country group's "Heavy Is the Head," featuring the Soundgarden frontman's vocals, has hit number one on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs.With "Heavy Is the Head," Zac Brown Band becomes just the second act to earn number-one singles on Mainstream Rock Songs and Billboard's Country Airplay chart. The only other band to accomplish that feat is Bon Jovi, who scored number ones with "Livin' On a Prayer" and "Keep the Faith" on Mainstream Rock Songs, and "Who Says You Can't Go Home" on Country Airplay.Meanwhile, AWOLNATION notched their first number-one hit on Billboard's Alternative Songs with "Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf)." The lead single from the band's sophomore album, Run, dethroned Mumford & Sons' "Believe."AWOLNATION previously scored top-five hits on Alternative Songs with "Not Your Fault" and "Sail."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 © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Blur Announces Free Show in Brooklyn


Credit: Linda BrownleeTime for a road trip -- Blur will play a free show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York May 1 as a part of the Converse Rubber Tracks Live concert series. Though the show's free, you will have to register for a ticket. Registration opens April 29 at noon ET via Converse-Music.com/Blur.The Brooklyn show will mark Blur's first show in New York as a four-piece since 2000. Just this week, the band released The Magic Whip, their first album since 2003's Think Tank. The Magic Whip is also Blur's first album to be fully recorded with founding guitarist Graham Coxon since 1999's 13.While they're in NYC, Blur will also make a stop at the Tonight Show April 30.So far, the Brooklyn show is Blur's sole North American tour date. The band does have concerts scheduled for this year in Europe, Hong Kong and Australia.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 © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Muse Unveils "Dead Inside" Video


Credit: Danny ClinchIf you wondered exactly what Matt Bellamy meant when he sang "Now I'm dead inside" on the new Muse single, "Dead Inside," take a gander at the track's new video. The clip features a man and a woman performing an intricate dance routine -- the woman's eyes are blacked out at the beginning of the video, but by the end, the man's eyes are blacked out as well. You can watch the "Dead Inside" video now on YouTube.Bellamy previously told Q magazine that "Dead Inside" is about "a relationship ending and a person becoming dead inside themselves." Last year, Bellamy and actress Kate Hudson ended their three-year engagement."Dead Inside" is the lead single from Muse's forthcoming album, Drones, which will be released on June 9. Before Drones arrives, Muse will play shows in New York City and Los Angeles, followed by a trek through the European festival circuit.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 © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Kid Rock Adds Two More Record-Breaking Michigan Shows


Credit: Clay Patrick McBrideKid Rock is breaking records in his home state. The Detroit rocker has added two more shows at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkson, Michigan on August 21 and 22, which, according to a press release, will earn Rock the record for most ticket sales in the state of Michigan.Over the 10 scheduled shows at DTE Energy, Rock is expected to sell more than 145,000 tickets, easily beating the previous record of approximately 107,000 tickets, which was set by country star Garth Brooks.  With the newly added dates at the amphitheater this summer Rock also breaks the record for the most shows played at the venue. That record was previously held by classic rocker Bob Seger.The record-breaking Michigan shows will be held in the middle of Rock's massive summer tour in support of his latest album, First Kiss. The tour begins June 24 in Hartford, Connecticut and runs all the way through September 5 in Auburn, Washington. Tickets start at just $20.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 © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Stone Temple Pilots Adds Fall Tour Dates


Credit: Chapman BaehlerStone Temple Pilots are winding down a month-long headlining tour, and now they've added new dates for the fall. The band's fall tour will begin on September 15 in Cleveland, Ohio and will wrap up September 25 in St. Paul, Minnesota. Tickets will go on sale May 1. Visit StoneTemplePilots.com for all ticket info.As with the spring tour, $1 per ticket sold from the fall dates will be donated to Music for Relief.STP's current tour concludes April 30 in Philadelphia. Meanwhile, STP's original frontman, Scott Weiland, is currently on tour with his new band, The Wildabouts, in support of their debut album, Blaster. Weiland's headlining trek lasts into June.With the current tour and the fall tour coming up, current STP frontman Chester Bennington is having quite the busy year, especially for someone who recently broke his ankle. Bennington injured himself earlier this year touring with Linkin Park, which forced the band to cancel the majority of its dates. Linkin Park does have some dates scheduled for 2015, including headlining sets at Rock in Rio USA, Rock on the Range, Rocklahoma and Summerfest.Here are Stone Temple Pilots' fall tour dates:9/15 -- Cleveland, OH, House of Blues9/16 -- Detroit, MI, Filmore9/22 -- Cincinnati, OH, Bogarts9/23 -- Louisville, KY, Palace Theatre9/25 -- St Paul, MN, The MythFollow @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 © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Atreyu to Release New Album in September


Image Courtesy of Atom Splitter PRAtreyu will release their comeback album this September. The band confirmed the news in a Facebook post, along with the words "Long Live," which could be the new record's title.Last fall, Atreyu returned with "So Others May Live," their first new song in five years. The band released "So Others May Live," along with another new track titled "When the Day is Done," as a seven-inch single for this year's Record Store Day. Atreyu's last album was 2009's  Congregation of the Damned.Before the new album comes out, Atreyu will be hitting up a few summer festivals, including the U.K.'s Reading and Leeds and the Amnesia Rockfest in Quebec.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 © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Billie Joe Armstrong Thanks Fall Out Boy for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductio


Pamela Littky; BBGunPRFall Out Boy got the opportunity to honor their heroes by inducting Green Day into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this month, and now Billie Joe Armstrong has expressed his appreciation for the Chicago band and their induction speech."I just want to thank Fall Out Boy for an amazing induction speech at the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame," Armstrong writes on Instagram. "Heartfelt and eloquent. Stay weird fellas!"In his speech, FOB bassist Pete Wentz spoke of Green Day's most punk rock moments, including their 2004 album American Idiot."When in an era of basically no socially-conscious discourse in pop music, you put out a scathingly political rock opera and somehow managed to make that your career-redefining, Grammy-winning, smash-hit second act," Wentz said. "That was insanely f***ing punk rock!"Last week, Armstrong took to social media to express his gratitude to the Green Day fanbase."I can't express enough how much love is in my heart for all of you in our Green Day community," he wrote. "For me to try to put it into words almost feels awkward. Sometimes I don't always like to use the word 'fan'. I think I can speak on behalf of me [bassist] Mike [Dirnt] and Tre [Cool] when I call you family or community. Because you all truly grew up together with us and shared this journey together."The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, which included performances by Dave Grohl, Beck and Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O, will air on HBO May 30.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 © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. ps . I just want to thank fall out boy for an amazing induction speech at the rock n roll hall of fame. heartfelt and eloquent. stay weird fellas! Billie JoeA photo posted by Billie Joe Armstrong (@billiejoearmstrong) on Apr 25, 2015 at 10:21pm PDT 

Billy Corgan Joins TNA Wrestling


Image Courtesy of Martha's MusicWrestling aficionado Billy Corgan has joined forces with TNA Wrestling. The Smashing Pumpkins frontman joins the company as a senior producer for  creative and talent development and will help develop characters and story lines for TNA's Impact Wrestling show."Saying I'm humbled and honored by this opportunity to be part of TNA, a world-class wrestling organization, is an understatement and a dream come true," says Corgan in a statement. He also added on Twitter that his involvement with TNA will be a "full-time endeavor."Corgan is well known as a wrestling fan, having founded Resistance Pro Wrestling in his hometown of Chicago. He also appeared in an ad for a previous TNA pay-per-view match.In the meantime, Corgan will be taking The Pumpkins' material on an acoustic tour for the first time beginning June 15 in Buffalo, New York. Following that, he'll join up with Marilyn Manson to bring The End Times tour, which starts July 7 in Concord, California.Impact Wrestling airs Friday nights at 9 p.m. ET on Destination America.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 © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.