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Dave Grohl: Hall of Fame Performance Took "a Little Bit of Musical Preparation a


Courtesy Foo Fighters via InstagramDave Grohl didn't take lightly the decision for Nirvana to perform at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony last week. In an interview with Rolling Stone, the Nirvana drummer admits that neither he nor original bassist Krist Novoselic had played Nirvana songs since Kurt Cobain's death and that they hand't "even start[ed] talking about playing until about eight weeks ago. It just seemed practically impossible. It was hard to imagine jumping onstage and playing those songs."Grohl says that getting ready for the performance took "a little bit of musical preparation, and a lot of emotional preparation." And the all-female guest singers? It seems that women were the courageous ones. Grohl says he approached what Rolling Stone called "a handful of A-list male rock stars," all of whom said no. "[They] were nervous," says Grohl.Joan Jett was the first to agree. "She took it on like it was her calling," says Grohl. "She's everything that Nirvana stood for. She's a powerful, rebellious, musical force of nature." Jett learned every song on Nevermind. The idea for an all-female-fronted tribute followed, with Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon,Annie Clark and Lorde signing on.Grohl, Novoselic and Nirvana touring member Pat Smear met everyone in New York City a few days before the induction to rehearse, and Novoselic admits he had to buy a "Nirvana tab book a week before to re-learn my parts."He wasn't the only rusty one. Grohl says rehearsals nearly did him in. "I haven't played those drum parts since I was 25 [and] I'm 45 now. We played for 10 hours each day. After the first night of rehearsals, I limped home, had two glasses of wine, three Advil, took a hot shower and slept for 10 hours. That's a coma for me, because I never sleep."The band members -- including all the guest singers except Lorde, who had to fly to California for Coachella, plus two additional singers, J.Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. and John Cauley of Deer Tick -- ended the evening a few miles down the road at a club in Brooklyn, where they pounded out a 19-song Nirvana set. Novoselic hints that Nirvana fans might be in for a VERY big treat, as the entire after-party was being taped with multiple cameras. "I think they were bolted to the ceiling," says Novoselic. "I don't know what Dave is going to do with it. But he's a film guy. He'll figure it out and make something good."Nirvana fans, stay tuned.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Coldplay Streams Behind-the-Scenes "Magic" Video


Parlophone RecordsHow did Chris Martin levitate in the new Coldplay video? The director of the clip, Pete Ohs, doesn't want fans of the band to lie awake at night wondering -- so he's put together a little behind-the-scenes look at the magic behind the "Magic" video.In the four-and-a-half minute compilation, Martin fools around with the cast, tries out magic tricks and is pulled upward by wires. The director frets about time, the sun setting and everyone looking the way they're supposed to. Despite whatever separation Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow might have been negotiating at the time of the production, Martin seems relaxed and happy.The behind-the-scenes "Magic" video can be viewed on Coldplay's YouTube channel."Magic" is the first single from Coldplay's new album Ghost Stories. The album features nine tracks and is scheduled to arrive in stores and digital outlets on May 19. An exclusive deluxe edition being offered by Target will include three bonus tracks.  If you pre-order the album now on iTunes, you'll receive an instant download of "Magic."Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

AC/DC Confirms Guitarist Malcolm Young Stepping Away Due to Illness, but Band Wi


Columbia RecordsAC/DC has confirmed that while the band is not retiring, guitarist Malcolm Young is in fact suffering from a health crisis that will force him to step away from the band."After forty years of life dedicated to AC/DC, guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young is taking a break from the band due to ill health. Malcolm would like to thank the group's diehard legions of fans worldwide for their never-ending love and support," reads a statement from the band released Wednesday. "In light of this news, AC/DC asks that Malcolm and his family's privacy be respected during this time.  The band will continue to make music."Frontman Brian Johnson, tells Wednesday's edition of London's Telegraph newspaper, "We are definitely getting together in May in Vancouver.  We're going to pick up some guitars, have a plonk, and see if anybody has got any tunes or ideas. If anything happens, we'll record it."AC/DC's last album, 2008's Black Ice, was a huge success, and the tour that followed was one of the highest-grossing in history, according to Billboard.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Saliva Singer Reveals the Stories Behind New Songs in Web Video Series


Rum Bum RecordsSaliva has launched a web video series in which the band is previewing and discussing each track from it's forthcoming album, Rise Up. The first two episodes are up on CraveOnline now -- one for the album's lead single and title track, another for the album's second track "She Can Sure Hide Crazy.""It was written about one of the members' ex-wives," says frontman Bobby Amaru of "She Can Sure Hide Crazy." "The stories he had, man, just made the lyrics very easy."More webisodes are expected in the near future. Rise Up, which arrives on April 29, will be Saliva’s first album since Under Your Skin in 2011.In the meantime, Saliva continues a lengthy tour Wednesday night with a show at the Whiskey A Go-Go in Hollywood, CA. For a complete list of dates, go to the band’s official website. Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Brian Johnson Denies AC/DC Retirement Rumors, Confirms Band Member Has "Debilita


BMGSo the truth is, AC/DC is not retiring, but one member of the band is indeed ill.  That's according to frontman Brian Johnson, who tells Wednesday's edition of London's Telegraph newspaper, ""We are definitely getting together in May in Vancouver.  We're going to pick up some guitars, have a plonk, and see if anybody has got any tunes or ideas. If anything happens, we'll record it."Johnson's statements contradict growing rumors this week that AC/DC is retiring because of the band members, rumored to be guitarist Malcolm Young, is ill, with some reports claiming he's recently suffered a stroke that's left the 61-year-old unable to play, or to play well. Johnson will only confirm that someone in the band is ill.  "One of the boys has a debilitating illness, but I don't want to say too much about it," says the singer.  "He is very proud and private, a wonderful chap. We've been pals for 35 years and I look up to him very much."AC/DC's last album, 2008's Black Ice, was a huge success, and the tour that followed was one of the highest-grossing in history, according to Billboard."AC/DC is such a tight family," Johnson tells the Telegraph.  "We've stuck to our guns through the eighties and nineties when people were saying we should change our clothes and our style. But we didn't and people got it that we are the real deal."Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Josh Homme Breaks Gay Stereotypes in "Portlandia" Appearance


Gary Miller/FilmMagicJosh Homme will appear on this week’s installment of the popular IFC TV series Portlandia, according to the network’s official website.In the episode, the Queens of the Stone Age singer plays Carrie Brownstein’s gay brother who has come to Portland to introduce his boyfriend to Carrie and co-star Fred Armisen.  The gag is that Carrie and Fred are expecting a stereotypical gay couple who they're hoping will help them redecorate their house.  But Josh and his boyfriend are slobs who met by getting into a bar fight at ESPN Zone and drink Jagermeister for breakfast."I totally got ripped off on the gay relative thing," says Carrie in a teaser video clip.Portlandia airs Thursday at 10 p.m. ET on IFC.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radiovar bc_params = {"api":"hybrid","playerId":"88218671001","playerKey":"AQ~~,AAAAAAAn_zM~,B6LaFUvNnt2RhwK5cjOvZ4hHQyd5XXC9"};brightcove.createExperiences(); 

Veruca Salt Announces First Tour Dates in 19 Years


Gary KordanHot on the heels of their reunion announcement, Veruca Salt has unveiled a series of U.S. tour dates. The tour -- which kicks off June 22 in Portland, Oregon -- marks the first time the four original band members have shared a stage since 1995.As previously reported, Veruca Salt will release a new vinyl single on Saturday in honor of Record Store Day. It will include their biggest hit, 1994’s “Seether,” backed by a pair of new songs, “It’s Holy” and “The Museum of Broken Relationships.”Here is a full list of the band’s tour dates:6/22 -- Portland, OR, Mississippi Studios   6/23 -- Seattle, WA, The Tractor Tavern 6/26 -- San Francisco, CA, The Independent 6/27 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Roxy 7/9 -- Minneapolis, MN, Varsity Theater 7/10 -- Milwaukee, WI, Turner Hall Ballroom 7/11 -- Cincinnati, OH, Bunbury Music Festival 7/12 -- Chicago, IL, Lincoln Hall 7/13 -- St. Louis, MO, Firebird 7/21 -- Washington, D.C., Black Cat 7/22 -- Philadelphia, PA, Theatre of Living Arts 7/24 -- New York, NY, Bowery Ballroom 7/25 -- Brooklyn, NY, Music Hall of Williamsburg 7/26 -- Boston, MA, Brighton Music HallCopyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Dave Grohl and Wife Expecting Third Child


Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesThe good news just keeps coming for Dave Grohl. Less than a week after Nirvana was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, People magazine reports that Grohl and wife Jordyn Blum are expecting their third child. The new arrival will join big sisters Violet Maye and Harper Willow in the growing Grohl household.The 45-year-old Foo Fighters leader and former Nirvana drummer is also an unabashed family man. In 2010, he told Time magazine, “When you have kids, you see life through different eyes. You feel love more deeply and are... a little more compassionate.”Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Report: AC/DC Not on Verge of Retirement


Columbia RecordsAC/DC is not on the verge of retiring, a source told Billboard magazine on Tuesday afternoon, despite recent rumors to the contrary that emerged out of the band's native Australia.Rumors circulated early Monday that the band was about to reveal that it was retiring because of a supposed health crisis for guitarist Malcolm Young.  But Billboard cites "insiders" as saying that there's no truth to the rumor.According to Australia's Noise11.com, the rumor started with an email to a radio station in Perth saying the band was getting ready to announce its retirement, which the station reported. There's no official word yet from AC/DC.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Flea Not a Member of Mars Volta Spin-Off After All; Band Unveils New Video


Nadie SoundAs it turns out, Flea is not an official member of Antemasque -- the new band formed by members of the Mars Volta -- after all.  As previously reported, the new combo was thought to consist of singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala, guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and drummer Dave Elitch – all of Mars Volta – as well as the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ virtuoso bassist. But Rolling Stone now reports that Flea is not in fact a member of Antemasque. A statement from the band’s label, Nadie, says they included him in a teaser video to thank him for allowing them use his studio and for “literally letting us sleep on the floor to make this record.”Flea does appear on some Antemasque tracks but not on the latest one, a song called “Drown All Your Witches,” which the band has posted to YouTube.  The band’s self-titled debut will be available digitally on July 1 and physically on July 15. Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Imagine Dragons' Dan Reynolds to Receive Prestigious Award at Songwriters Hall o


Credit: Alex SermonImagine Dragons have already won an American Music Award and a Grammy, and they're up for 12 Billboard Music Awards.  Now, lead singer Dan Reynolds will have another accolade to add to his rapidly-filling trophy case.Reynolds will receive the prestigious Hal David Starlight Award at this year's Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction Gala, which will be held June 12 in New York City.  The award, named after legendary songwriter Hal David, is given annually to a young musician who is "making a significant impact in the music industry" with his or her original songs.  With hits like "It's Time," "Demons" and "Radioactive," Reynolds is definitely doing that.Past winners of the Hal David Starlight Award include Taylor Swift, John Mayer, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Jason Mraz, Matchbox Twenty's Rob Thomas, and Johnny Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls.In a statement, songwriting legend Jimmy Webb, chairman of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, said, "Dan Reynolds is a dream ticket for the Songwriters Hall of Fame Starlight Award. He has helped create truly contemporary rock n' roll with the band Imagine Dragons: a sound at once musically literate and issue-driven, yet founded on solid composition and songwriting."Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Sevendust Debuts Song, "Bonfire," from "Time Travelers & Bonfires"


Chris BairdSevendust has debuted a new song from its fan-funded acoustic album, Time Travelers & Bonfires, out today.The song, "Bonfire," is currently streaming exclusively on Billboard.com.  Although the album is mostly acoustic and a sort of followup to the band's 2004 acoustic live album Southside Double-Wide, Billboard reports that electric guitars appear on the album as well."We went in full guns blazin', man," frontman Lajon Witherspoon tells Billboard. "We wanted to come different and bring the different sound and still have that acoustic element there, but give it some salt, too, and keep it in that Sevendust vein that we're still gonna be able to have a good time and stand up and jump around, and not do it in the same vein people are normally used to."As previously reported, Time Travelers & Bonfires mixes new version of half-a dozen older Sevendust tunes chosen by fans with six new songs written in the studio during the recording sessions. "We didn't go in with any material. We wrote songs while we were there, and that's what's the magic was about this," Witherspoon tells the publication.The album's production was funded by fans through the PledgeMusic website, and Witherspoon says it won't be the last time the band goes that route in financing an album."We'd seen so many bands using this Pledge thing, I just said, 'Y'know, what, guys, it'd be awesome to see if we could do this and take it out of the machine...and see what would happen,'" he tells Billboard. "It amazes us. We felt like it was our family and friends out there helping us to do this; it's their album as much as it is ours, and that's what's cool about it. I can't wait to do this again."Sevendust is on road performing acoustic shows in support of the new record. Two new dates have been added to the end of the previously-reported trek: a July 23 show at the House of Blues in Cleveland, and an August 2 show at Citizen Tribune-Jefferson Federal in Morristown, TN.  For the full list of dates, visit Sevendust.com.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Trouble in AC/DC Land? Rumors of Retirement Swirl


BMGIs AC/DC ready to stop shaking their fans all night long?  Rumors out of Australia are suggesting that the band may call it quits due to the illness of a band member, allegedly guitarist Malcolm Young.Sources close to the group tell Billboard that they're "unaware of any break-up or change" in the band's status.  However, The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the band could announce its retirement as soon as today because Young, who turned 59 March 31, is "unable to continue playing," and the group made a pact that if one of them was unable to continue, they would disband. Then again, The Australian quotes a music industry source saying AC/DC is scheduled to begin recording a new album in May in Vancouver.So what's really going on?  There's no word yet from any official band source regarding any of the speculation, but an unconfirmed blog post claims that three weeks ago, Young suffered a stroke that left a blood clot on his brain, rendering him unable to play as he used to. AC/DC's last album, 2008's Black Ice, was a huge success, and the tour that followed was one of the highest-grossing in history, according to Billboard.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Nirvana Bass Player Calls All-Female-Fronted Rock Hall of Fame Performance "Good


Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagicIn a blog post on Monday, entitled "Punk Rock Gender Parity," Nirvana bass player Krist Novoselic called the band's set last Thursday at its Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction -- in which a succession of female rockers stood in for late frontman Kurt Cobain -- a "good tribute to Kurt and what Nirvana was about.""I am so happy about the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame event and how it went so well," Novoselic writes. "This, for me, is a bittersweet notion as we all miss Kurt so much. But considering we were inducted, the show had to go on. Joan Jett was first on my list to be out front. I spoke to Dave [Grohl] about it and he ran with the idea of having all women lead. We felt that would be a good tribute to Kurt and what Nirvana was about.""It was a good balance of females as Joan Jett and Kim Gordon are matriarchs of Punk Rock, while St. Vincent and Lorde represent the powerful up-and-coming women in Rock," he continues. "Every one of these performances nailed a Nirvana tune in their own way." As previously reported, fronting a band comprised of Nirvana's surviving members, Jett performed "Smells Like Teen Spirit," St. Vincent performed “Lithium,” Sonic Youth's Gordon performed "Aneurysm" and Lorde performed "All Apologies."The final song was a particular stand-out for Novoselic. "I had fun on the last song because I got to play accordion and all of our guests were on stage for a gala closing."HBO will air an edited version of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony May 31.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Ace Frehley Says He Was "Really Honored" to Be Inducted into Rock Hall; Knocks P


Larry Busacca/Getty ImagesAfter all the drama leading up to the induction of KISS' four original members into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this past Thursday, the feuding band mates behaved civil and friendly to each other while accepting the honor.  Founding lead guitarist Ace Frehley tells ABC News Radio that he was "really honored" to be part of the ceremony, although he did direct some mild criticism toward frontman Paul Stanley, who took some shots at the Rock Hall and the way it goes about choosing inductees."I really didn't like some of the things Paul Stanley said in his speech, because obviously he's a little aggravated with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame," explains Frehley.  "I know he wanted to get other members in the group inducted."Ace adds that "there was some political stuff going on," which led to disagreements about whether KISS would perform at the event.  "Unfortunately we did not perform, even though I was up for it," he notes, adding, "I try to stay away from politics.  I don't think politics and music work.  I never did."One of the big highlights of KISS' induction was the passionate introduction speech Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello gave for the band."Best introduction KISS has ever gotten from anyone, bar none, over the 40-year career," declared Ace.  "I know Tom, and we spoke a few times before, but I didn't expect something that elaborate and that insane…It was wonderful and I thanked him wholeheartedly after, back behind the stage."Frehley also praised Morello for lobbying hard to have KISS inducted into the Rock Hall in 2014.  "Tom almost single-handedly is responsible for getting us in this year," he notes.Meanwhile, Ace had announced shortly before the ceremony that he planned to participate in the traditional all-star jam that usually takes place at the end of the annual event, but that performance was canceled because the bash ran long.  Frehley revealed to ABC News Radio that the song he would have played was AC/DC's "Highway to Hell."  He explained that the tune was chosen because Bruce Springsteen -- who was on hand to induct his E Street Band -- had been playing it at some of his recent tour dates."It was nice because Tom Morello called me up and…gave me the link to YouTube and he goes, 'This is the arrangement.  This is the key,'" he recalls.  "So I learned it.  It took me about 10 minutes, and I said, 'OK, I'm ready to go.'  And then, right before Nirvana came on, I get the word that [the song was cut]."Ace also reports that he didn't even get the chance to tell his old band mates goodbye at the end of the ceremony, because was he "was whisked away by my press people and did a ton of interviews."Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Muse's Matt Bellamy Contributes to Kimbra's New Album


Warner Bros. RecordsIf you hear a Muse-y vibe on the new Kimbra song, "Good Intent," there's a good reason.  According to the Australian music website FasterLouder, Muse frontman Matt Bellamy helped out with the tune, contributing a guitar part.Bellamy joins a long list of collaborators on Kimbra's new album, including Queens of the Stone Age, The Mars Volta, John Legend and Daniel Johns, formerly of Silverchair.Kimbra is best known as being the female voice on Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know."In other Muse news, Bellamy recently told Australian music site Triple J that new music is on the way.  "I've written some good tracks, [but] we haven't had a chance to rehearse them out yet," he revealed, adding, "We'll take a break [this] year for a little few months, and then we'll get in the studio.  If it all goes very well, the new album could well be early 2015 or late 2015.  Christmas 2014 might be [when we release] our next single."Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Another New Single From Mars Volta/Flea Spin-Off Project Antemasque


Nadie SoundAs reported earlier this week, former members of The Mars Volta and Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers have a new musical project.  It's called Antemasque, and it features Dave Elitch, Omar Rodríguez-López and Cedric Bixler-Zavala -- all formerly of The Mars Volta -- plus Flea from the Chili Peppers.They debuted their first single, called "4 AM," on YouTube, and it's for sale through iTunes.The band has immediately followed up that single with a second, called "People Forget."  It's also streaming on YouTube.The band has a trailer streaming online, and there's a featurette in which you can see them fooling around in the studio.  The Mars Volta announced a hiatus in September 2012, followed by a tweet from Bixler-Zavala in January 2013 that announced the band's breakup.  The split was rumored to have been the result of a falling-out between him and Rodríguez-López, both of whom quickly announced new projects.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

New Led Zeppelin Documentary Explores Legend of January 1969 Maryland Gig


JeffKrulick.comIt was a memorable moment in American history: On January 20, 1969, in Washington, D.C., Richard M. Nixon was sworn in as president of the United States.  That same day, about 12 miles north, a memorable moment in music history reportedly took place -- and a new documentary delves into an intriguing legend of a mysterious concert that Led Zeppelin supposedly played in front of about 50 teenagers at a youth center in Wheaton, Maryland.It's a fact that Led Zeppelin's self-titled debut album had been released in the United States shortly before the concert in question.  However, whether the show actually happened is up for debate: The band's official site says no evidence exists, and former road manager Richard Cole has no memory of the gig, either.Believers and naysayers are featured in the 90-minute documentary Led Zeppelin Played Here, directed by Jeff Krulik, whose credits include the cult flick Heavy Metal Parking Lot.  The next couple of scheduled screenings of Krulik's Zeppelin film will take place tonight at the Florida Film Festival in Winter Park, Florida, and on April 20 at the Cindelphia Film Festival in Philadelphia.  To check out a complete list of upcoming screenings, visit LedZeppelinPlayedHere.com.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Courtney Love Whacked with Tax Bill, Court Judgment


Courtney Love via InstagramIt's been an up-and-down week for Courtney Love. The singer and widow of Kurt Cobain saw her late husband's band Nirvana inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Thursday night, but earlier in the week a Los Angeles court ordered her to pay $96,000 to a fashion designer she'd defamed, The New York Post reports.  That amount is actually the balance of the $450,000 Love was initially ordered to pay in 2011 in her out-of-court settlement with designer Dawn Simorangkir, but Love fell short of the total payment, leaving the nearly $100k balance. Additionally, the paper notes that Love has been hit with a tax bill of more than a quarter million dollars. The accounting behind it is complicated but amounts to this: Love allegedly owed a small amount in 2009 and a large amount in 2012, and combined they make a really large amount.Over the years, Courtney Love has alleged that she's repeatedly been taken advantage of financially.  A 2001 Vanity Fair article says Love has blamed her money woes on "nearly every lawyer, CPA., and record-label executive she has ever known; forged documents; identity theft; fraudulent Social Security numbers...two of which, she said, belonged to “the [same] deceased Mexican hairdresser.'"Need some good news?  Courtney Love recently told the website The Quietus that she's reunited with HOLE's original lineup -- Patty Schemel, Eric Erlandson and Melissa Auf der Maur -- and that they've begun rehearsing new material. Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio