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Cobain death scene photos, Flaming Side of the Moon, Blimp investment, and New singer

Cobain death scene photos


Wanna get your macabre rocks off? Well be sure to check out the never-before-seen pictures developed from Kurt Cobain's death scene. The pics were developed by police from a roll of film that never made it to the dark room. They were taken inside and outside the home where Cobain committed suicide 20 years ago in Seattle. Some of the latest photos revealed include Cobain's open wallet, the box of drug paraphernalia, a green house and even what appears to be a hand written suicide not nailed to the wall with a pen. Seattle police aren't reopening the investigation, they say they're merely refreshing their memory in anticipation of the 20th anniversary of the Nirvana singer's untimely death.


Flaming Side of the Moon


Meanwhile it's not the first time the Flaming Lips have released something that requires several listening devices to be in sync to get the full effect. The band's put out Flaming Side of the Moon which is supposed to sync up with Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon. Back in the 90s, the band put out an album that had 4 CD's and each disc had to be played on a different CD player and synced up so that all the various elements could be heard. Quite bizarre, but pretty awesome.


Blimp investment


It's no secret that the singer of Iron Maiden loves being high ... in the air ... and now Bruce Dickenson is putting his money where his ... well, passion is. Dude's got his pilot's license and it's not for some small single engine Cesna. He can fly those big commercial airlines. He even flies his band around in their own airliner, for crying out loud. Now it's being reported that he's dropped some large coin as an investor in a large blimp. The environmentally friendly airship is the longest flying craft to have been created and can carry 50 tons of cargo and passengers. Dickinson hopes to fly that beast around the world twice and stream the journey on the internet.


New singer


Meanwhile 3 Days Grace will be graced by Matt Walst from here on out. And, there's big news coming soon. The singer of My Darkest Days is also the brother of 3 Days Grace's bassist and he stepped up to fill the void after the sudden exit of Adam Gontier. It's unclear what the next move is for My Darkest Days, but we'll keep you posted.


Catch the Music Minute every weekday with the Free Beer and Hot Wings Show on Springfield’s Real Rock 92.7 QLZ

Taylor's Dio Tribute, Frehley Album, Controvers-ALE, and Mustaine's Cabernet

Taylor’s Dio tribute


It’s a tribute that’s sure to go on the top of metal heads’ lists. Earlier this week, Metallica’s 9 minute long song honoring Ronnie James Dio made the rounds online. Now Corey Taylor’s cover of “Rainbow In The Dark” is streaming online. Taylor leads the bill, but he’s backed by Stone Sour and Steel Panther guitarist Satchel. An apparent album cover for the tribute titled This Is Your Life is also making the rounds features a painting of Taylor, Scott Ian from Anthrax, Lizzy Hale, Lemmy from Motorhead, Rob Halford from Judas Priest and even Jack Black is tucked away in the back of the crowd. Dio fans—expect to pick up the tribute album April 1st. Proceeds from the sale go to help out the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund.



Frehley album


Maybe he’s hoping to ride the coattails of his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame … former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley is set to release his new solo album Space Invader. Diehards can pick that album up June 24th. Frehley also will join Zakk Wylde on stage during the Revolver Golden Gods Awards April 23rd.


OZZY AleControvers-ALE


A Baltimore brewed ale bearing the name Ozzy surely is still delicious, even without being officially allowed to use the moniker. Ozzy Osbourne’s management team has put out a cease-and-desist letter to Brewer’s Art beer for them to stop using the Prince of Darkness’ name on their ale. The can of the ale shows a bat with a clenched fists and the letters OZZY on the fingers, just like Ozzy’s tattoo. The creator of the beer acknowledged he had received the letter but wouldn’t comment further. After all, Ozzy trying to stay clean and sober.


Mustaine’s Cabernet


Speaking of booze—Dave Mustaine has his own Vinyard and is now offering up a Cabernet Sauvignon named “Symphony Interrupted.” Limmited quantities are available to US customers only. The $40 a bottle wine is available to purchase from Fallbrook Winery online.


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GWAR's Message, Clothing Line, Lollapalooza Snorefest, and Funny Parody

GWAR’s message


The news of GWAR front man Dave Brockie passing is still pretty fresh and quite frankly blows chunks. The band has put out an official statement saying that they appreciate the support from the fans and that they’re awaiting a toxicology report from the medical examiners office to confirm the cause of death. The results could take one to three months, the statement says. Private funeral arrangements have been made. But what’s really cool is there will be a public memorial during the planned GWAR-B-Q scheduled for August 16th at Hadad’s Lake in Richmond, VA. That just so happens to be the town that GWAR landed when they left their home planet of Scum Dog. Rest in Peace, Oderus!


Clothing line


Three Days Grace’s guitarist has been bitten by the fashion bug. Rocker Barry Stock created Mean Clothing Company. He says “mean” means being aggressive … in a positive way, with a take-charge mentality. If you’re looking for a new waredrobe, Mean Clothing will feature t-shirts, hoodies, tank tops, gloves and his or her jewelry. There is also a tacticle line for that military look.


Lollapalooza snorefest


And, if you’re looking for any kind of hard rock or heavy metal at this year’s Lollapalooza festival … forget about it. The Chicago festival August 1st through the 3rd is quite tame. It may be worth the time to check out AFI or maybe The Glitch Mob … or how about Interpol, or Zedd … but will it be worth the single day pass of $100? What about a three day pass for $225? Oh, wait … the early bird tickets are already sold out? Forget about it. Founder and organizer Perry Farrell says this year will “do wonders for” the heart. Yeah, if you’re a tweener pop-tart.


Funny parody


While we’re making fun of music, why not talk about parody? You may have missed Freddy Scott’s parody of a Nine Inch Nails song titled “This Is A Trent Reznor Song” styled after the NIN tune “Copy of A.” The song was posted to the interwebs ealier this year and now the video has surfaced and it’s a parody of NIN’s video for “Closer” from back in 1994. Seek it out and enjoy!



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Firsts for KISS, Streaming Online, and Listener Criticism

Firsts for KISS


There have been some notable firsts this year for a band that’s been around for decades! KISS finally made it onto the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. The band is the featured artists for the music and culture mag and the picture getting the front cover is from 1975, which features the classic lineup being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. That induction is another first for the band, as having met the criteria for the Rock Hall for over a decade, the band just couldn’t get past the initial nomination process. Sad for KISS fans though, because the band has made it clear that they will not perform during the ceremony. Actually, the reason they’re using a photo from 1975’s lineup is because of the bad blood there seems to still be amongst the original members of the band. Gene Simmons actually came out and said that former members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss “no longer deserve to wear the paint.” The Rock Hall says the original lineup, not the current incarnation, is the group being inducted. That induction ceremony is next month.


Streaming online


Several new albums are streaming online, including the latest Chevelle attempt. Head to iTunes to search out and stream the album which is due out next Tuesday. Titled La Gargola, the band has been giving fans a ton of behind the scenes extras, lifting the curtain a bit into the recording process. Meanwhile Wolfmother are streaming their new album … funny thing is, no one really knew they were working on a new album. The band parted ways with singer Andrew Stockdale last year, but he decided to get back with the band and now their new album New Crown is streaming online. Go figure. A video for the tune “Heavy Weight” is also available for fans online.



Listener criticism


And there are mixed reactions from QLZ listners about the latest Five Finger Death Punch tune and video for the cover of “House of the Rising Sun.” Kenneth says it’s a sh*tty cover by a sh*tty band. Stephanie says it’s an awful remake while Larry just straight up says he loves the band, and loves QLZ. Thanks Larry. We love you too!





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Love for Brockie, Metallica Honors Dio, Aerosmith and Slash to Tour, More Sevendust Dates and Rock USA Billed

Love for Brockie


Reactions are pouring in over the death of Dave Brockie, the lead singer of GWAR. Every rocker from here to the planet GWAR hails from is remembering the artist formerly known as Oderus Urangus as a humble yet extremely creative person with a wit and candor that can’t be matched anywhere else. Twitter feeds and Facebook posts from all kinds of rock stars and music critics are full of memories and sadness at the news of Brockie’s passing. It’s still unclear how Brockie died, but police do not suspect foul play. He was far too young at the age of 50. Brockie started GWAR back in 1984.


Metallica honors Dio


Another new Metallica tune, and this time it’s a medley of several Ronnie James Dio songs. Titled Ronnie Rising (A Tribute to Ronnie James Dio) the 9 minute long song pieced together Dio’s “A Light in the Black,” “Tarot Woman,” “Stargazer,” and “Kill the King.” The tribute album featuring other artists like Anthrax, Killswitch Engage, Corey Tayor and others drops April 1st.





Aerosmith and Slash to tour


Get your tight leather pants and maybe some kind of funky hat and scarf because Aerosmith and Slash are set to tour. Both artists put out tweets late last week saying that the tour was legit and they were waiting on dates to be confirmed. Meanwhile Slash is gearing up for the release of a new disc this September.


More Sevendust dates


Sevendust are adding some dates to their acoustic tour. Dubbed “An Evening With Sevendust,” which typically signifies that it’s just Sevendust and no openers, the tour will be up in Joliet at Mojoes April 25th. They’ll then be at Pops in Sauget May 27th. Sevendust releases their acoustic album Time Travelers & Bonfires April 1st.


Rock USA billed


It may be a bit of a travel but it would definitely be worth it. Rock USA in Wisconsin this summer is set to feature Korn, Slayer, Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch and more than a dozen others. The four day festival is July 16th through the 19th and go on sale April 3rd.


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Oderus Urungus Found Dead, and Pro-Shot Video Released

Oderus Urungus found dead


Say it ain’t so! It’s being reported this morning that the lead singer of GWAR is dead. Dave Brokie, better known as Oderus Urungus, was reportedly found dead at his home Sunday. Details about his death are not clear at this time. Is this a hoax? Former bassist Chris Bopst said he wishes it was a joke but apparently it’s not. GWAR’s management is expected to issue a statement regarding the reports of Brockie passing. This isn’t the first death of the band in recent years. Just a few years ago, Fattus Maximum—also known as Cory Smoot—died on the band’s tour bus back in 2011. He was just 34-years-old. Back then Brockie told Full Metal Jackie that it wasn’t a drug overdose and that Smoot died of a heart attack at an early age. He also encouraged everyone, especially those in bands who have intense touring schedules, to take better care of themselves. Brockie was 50-year-old.


Pro-shot video released


If you didn’t know … Metallica have a new song out and now the professional shot video of the band performing the tune in Columbia has been released … by the band. The nearly 10 minute video of the over 8 minute song can be found on the band’s YouTube channel … with a message stating “by request.” Cell phone video of the performance was released last week. Then someone put together a video edit of 10 different cell phones. Then the band released the demo of the song. Now the band has released the high quality pro-shot video of the performance and with it comes news that the song may not even be on a new Metallica album, when it’s finally released. In the pro-shot video of the tune “Lords of Summer,” front man James Hetfield says that the song may or may not be on the new album. Well, then it’s a good thing they released it as they did!



Catch the Music Minute every weekday with the Free Beer and Hot Wings Show on Springfield’s Real Rock 92.7 QLZ

Cobain Case Reopened?, Free Agent, and Chevelle's New Tune

Cobain Case Reopened?


“Despite an erroneous news report,” the Seattle Police Department “have not ‘reopened’ the investigation into the suicide of Kurt Cobain.” That’s the message posted to Twitter from Seattle 5-0. A “detective reviewed the case file anticipating questions surrounding the closed Cobain case as the 20 yr anniversary approaches,” is another message posted to Twitter by Seattle’s men in blue. With this news comes a new photo from the crimes scene that’s never been made public before until this week. Seattle news media are reporting that police developed some police-shot film from the crime scene, and though they won’t release all the pictures, one that did get released shows Cobain’s heroin kit on the ground opened up, a pair of sunglasses and a burnt-to-the-butt cigarette. There also appears to be a towel of some sort.




The macabre details are enclosed in an interview with a cold case detective from Seattle police who says he wanted to clear up any uncertainty or conspiracy theories about the case. Cobain killed himself April 5th of 1994.



Free Agent


After dealing with an alleged $1.5 million in unpaid royalties, alongside other allegations, Evanescense singer Amy Lee says she’s done with her former label Wind-up Records. In a message to fans, the singer said “For the first time in 13 years, I am a free and independent artist.” The whole saga was unveiled earlier this year when the singer and the band claimed Wind-up not only owed a million and a half dollars to the band, but attempted to sabotage the group by hooking them up with under-qualified promoters. Now, with the message posted this week, it seems the light at the end of the tunnel is Lee et al. are free agents, but Lee will be held up later this year because she’s more prego than she was back in January. Best of luck to the family!


Chevelle’s new tune


Chevelle have released a new tune titled “Hunter Eats Hunter.” The track is from the upcoming La Gargola album which is due out April 1st.



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Studio Demo of New Song Posted Online and Roasting Taylor

Studio Demo of New Song Posted Online


The Internet is being inundated with news of Metallica’s latest tune “Lords of Summer.” The latest news is the band has dropped a studio demo version of the tune on fans through YouTube. It started over the weekend when the band played a show in South America. They hooked fans up with the new song and fans in turn quickly uploaded their fan shot footage of the tune. Those videos had pretty crappy audio, so Metallica decided to post the studio demo of the song so that fans could listen to a quasi-studio version of the song until their hearts content. The demo was recorded at Metallica’s HQ in California, but it’s still good enough to give fans what they’ve been craving—New music! What the real news is, with the studio demo, it’s now evident the band is working in double earnest to get a new album out.



Roasting Taylor


Move over Comedy Central, let the metal heads do some roasting! News has it that this year’s Rock on the Range festival will features a good ‘ol fashioned roast of Slipknot/Stone Sour front man Corey Taylor. Not familiar with what a roast is? Well, essentially it’s when a person of fame, the likes of Taylor (or an actor/comedian/etc.) gets royally ripped on by their friends. All they can do is just sit back, drink a ton and take it. For Taylor’s roasting there will be some brilliant comedians lineup up, but there will also be some bandmates taking to the stage, including Shawn “Clown” Crahan. If you want to see the roast, it will take place at the LC Pavilion in Columbus, Ohio, May 15th. It’s gonna be the kick off to this year’s Rock on the Range. Other big names include Roast Master Sebastian Bach, Scot Ian and more.


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Case Settled, and Rock Hall on KISS

Case Settled


Remember that commercial for some girls toys that featured a parody of the Beastie Boy’s tune “Girls”. Remember when that commercial had tens of millions of views before it was taken offline. Remember all the free publicity the company got because of the controversy? Well the company, GoldieBlox is back in the news after they came to terms with the Beastie Boys. It’s reported the agreement to dismiss the claim was filed this week in district court over in California, but no details about the agreement were released. The company posted the video, got sued by the Beastie Boys, then turned around and sued the Beastie Boys, then took down their video and now months later all seems to be resolved, but we’re still in the dark as to how, exactly.


Rock Hall on KISS


The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is doubling down on not letting newer members of KISS get inducted this April. The CEO of the Rock Hall, Joel Peresman tells Billbaord that choosing who to induct isn’t an exact science and it’s a decision made by the nominating committee, music scholars and music historians. KISS is unique because they portray characters on stage and other musicians portray characters created by original members Peter Criss and Ace Frehley. KISS front man Paul Stanley says there are six other musicians that have since been with the band that helped direct their future, but they’re not being inducted. There were also questions about whether a former drummer from Nirvana would be inducted, and that is also not going to happen. The induction ceremony is April 10th in New York.


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Another Big Tour, New Metallica Tune, and Channing Not to be Inducted

Another big tour


KISS and Def Leppard are set to tour this year and there’s no question this is going to be a high-profile trek. Beginning June 23rd outside Salt Lake City, the two bands will take to the road. Paul Stanley says everyone wants more for their money and that putting the two long-standing bands together for this tour will make for a great night of music. As for if you’ll see the two bands join together on stage for some collaboration? Don’t count on it … Def Leppard front man Joe Elliot says they’re not a couple of jam bands. The tour spans over three months and will be at Tinley Park, Illinois, at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre August 18th and down at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre August 28th. Proceeds from the shows will benefit charities helping out military families.


New Metallica tune


Metallica have a new song they performed in Columbia Sunday night. The 8-minute long tune titled “Lords of Summer” is the first new tune hinting at a new album being well on the way. It’s unclear when the band will put out a new disc, but every indication is that it could be before the year it out. We’ll keep you posted.



Channing not to be inducted


Former Nirvana Drummer Chadd Channing will be hanging out with the band during their induction in to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next month, but he won’t be inducted. Manning manned the kit on the Bleach album and even recorded a few tracks on Nevermind. The Rock Hall sent out a message to the band’s management saying it will only be Dave, Krist and Kurt being inducted into the Rock Hall. Channing had to break the news to his daughter that he would not be inducted in to the Rock Hall of Fame. Sad.


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NIN/Soundgarden to Tour, Tied the Knot, KISS Members Excluded, and Wylde's Guitar Stolen

NIN/Soundgarden to Tour


Presale for this summer’s Nine Inch Nails/Soundgarden shows begins today! This is the first time in 20 years the bands have been on the same ticket. Rolling Stone says that NIN front man Trent Reznor described their last show together back in 1994 as a “professional showdown” because both bands released their epic albums—for Nine Inch Nails it was The Downward Spiral and for Soundgarden it was Superunknown. The bands announced the tour over the weekend. They’ll be up in Tinley Park at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheater August 24th. Death Grips also joins the tour as a supporting act.


Tied the knot


It’s not a union the likes of touring together … It’s a union much stronger and permanent. Nikki Sixx tied the knot with his love Courtney Bingham over the weekend. She’s 28. He’s old enough to be her father at the age of 55. Hell, Motley Crue’s first album came out before she was even born! Good luck, you two.


KISS members excluded


It’s no surprise that there’s some shakiness when it comes to KISS and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Apparently the band wants to include some of their other performers above and beyond the original lineup as is typically the case when a band gets inducted. Paul Stanley says the Rock Hall has bent the rules in the past for groups like Grateful Dead and that the organization is being unfair. KISS want members Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer inducted along with the original lineup, but that doesn’t appear likely at this point. KISS have already indicated they will not be performing during the ceremony April 10th in New York.


Wylde’s guitar stolen


Have you seen Zakk Wylde’s guitar? It was stolen in Chicago after Wylde took part in the Experience Hendrix tour Friday. He put the iconic black-and-white bull’s eye guitar on the bus. He left briefly to watch the rest of the show and then came back and the guitar and his leather vest were gone. Surveillance video showed three guys get on the bus after the tour manager forgot to lock the door. The guitar is valued at $10,000.


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To the Ball Game, Teasing Studio Work, Maynard's Home, and Saliva Album and Tour Update

To the ball game


If you’re a San Francisco Giants fan and a Metallica fan, news of a second Metallica theme night at ball park will sure get your ‘gazims goin’. Metallica lined up a number of shows for this summer and they also plan on working towards new material for a new album, but they’ll take some time away from that May 16th for another round at the ball park. As is typical with theme nights at baseball games, fans in attendance will get some special gifts like guitar pics with cartoon caricatures of the band and of some Giants players. Be sure to collect them all! San Francisco just so happens to be Metallica’s home base.


Teasing studio work


Godsmack posted to Facebook a pic of Sully Erna screaming into a microphone with the band’s producer close by. This is teasing fans to a new album, the first since 2010. There are several photos of the band in studio hashing out some tracks posted to their Facebook page. Check it. It’s unclear what the due date for the new album is, but we’ll keep you posted.


Maynard's home


Have a couple million dollars to drop on a house owned by Maynard James Keenan? Well, you can bid on that home underneath the Hollywood sign just outside Las Angeles. The Tool front man’s house has more bathrooms than bedrooms and is going for $2.5 million. Maynard actually dropped the price down by a quarter million dollars, but when you get up to those kinds of figures, does it really matter? The sale of the property also includes a guest house, a pool and a couple of water falls!


Saliva album and tour update


The reconstituted Saliva have laid out plans for the new album Rise Up. That will hit shelves April 29th. Plus there are plans for an extensive tour to promote the new attempt. The band took on new front man Bobby Amaru a couple of years ago. Their planned three month tour has them all over the US with a couple of dates in Illinois at Another Hole in the Wall in Steger March 28th and Rockford at Murphy’s March 30th.


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Lawsuit is Phony, Lyric Video Posted, Pop Evil at Pop's, and Static X to Tour

Suit is phony


It was reported this week that the family of late KISS drummer Eric Carr was suing the band for money they believe his estate was owed. Well, that lawsuit apparently didn’t come from the Carr family, according to an attorney for the family. The Carr family lawyer says that the suit claiming money owed for royalties on several songs was filed by a non-related third party without any knowledge, authorization or consent of anyone in the car family. In a Tweet from Paul Stanley, the KISS front man says that Carr’s family is “shocked by a lawsuit filed without their knowledge or support.” Stanley then goes on to say “We will deal with this attempted scam appropriately.”


Lyric video posted


Linkin Park have released a lyric video for their new tune “Guilty All The Same.” In typical lyric video fashion, the tune plays with storm clouds overlaid the background. Then, as the song really picks up, lyrics are splashed on the screen. It’s still unclear when the new album will be out.



Pop Evil at Pop's


Pop Evil are back to touring, after being wrapping up a two year stint on the road late last year when the band was in Central Illinois. They’ve had a successful run and with a few months off the road, the band is ready to join up with Escape the Fate with a show April 30th at Pop’s in Sauget, just outside of St. Louis. The tour will then head over to the New England area, then the upper north east and eventually to Chicago at the Concord Music Hall May 16th. Pop Evil are also featured in a promo for college basketball tournament action. Not a bad deal for a band that still pretty fresh on the scene.


Static X to tour


It’s been 15 years since Static X released Wisconsin Death Trip, and that brings back memories of sipping on Dr. Mcgillicuddy's Vanilla Schnapps … long story, don’t ask. Anyways, to celebrate the 15 year release, Wayne Static is taking to the road for a tour. You’ll be able to hook up with them down at Pop’s in Sauget June 16th.


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On Top of the Charts, Suit Filed Against KISS, and Simmons on TV

On top of the charts


Not really shocked by this one at all: The Pretty Reckless have secured a top spot on the rock charts with their single “Heaven Knows.” The chick-fronted rock band began its climb up the charts in recent months after having released the title track of their album Going to Hell. Surely the song’s popularity was assisted by the steamy video that features front woman Taylor Momsen playing the role of liberator for kids captivated by TV. The band will be in the US this April after they wrap up their current tour in Europe. They’ve got some festival appearances scheduled along with a performance at the 2014 Revolver Golden Gods Awards. The album Going to Hell is currently available via pre-order.



Suit filed against KISS


It’s never good when you get sued by a former band mate, especially when it’s alleged you withheld money that was due. It’s made even worse when it’s not even the former band mate suing … it’s those the band mate is survived by. That’s what’s being alleged by former KISS drummer and now deceased Eric Carr’s heirs. Though it was over 20 years since Carr died, the drummer’s heirs filed suit against the band for “untold payments” claiming Paul Simon and Gene Simmons withheld the money Carr’s estate is due. Carr passed away from heart cancer several decades ago. The lawsuit comes as KISS prepares to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame April 10th.


Simmons on TV


If you’re a fan of KISS’s Gene Simmons and the cop drama show CSI, then be sure to tune in to whatever network airs the show because Simmons will be on it … tonight. Check your local listings.


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Itching for Tool, Steel Panther Tour, LA KISS, and New video

Itching for Tool


What’s the latest on the Tool front? Well, if you read into a Twitter message posted by guitarist Adam Jones then you’d think the album is already done and came out late last week … but then you would have realized that Tweet was a joke because a later tweet from Jones reiterated that he was “just kidding.”




It’s been almost 8 years since the band dropped 10,000 Days and fans are getting a bit testy. Some reports indicate that the band is 100 percent done with the record while others have stated fans shouldn’t expect to get their hands on the new attempt until next year. Either way, this drought of new Tool music is hard to bear. The band is currently on the road with a couple of US dates, all on the western part of the country.


Steel Panther Tour


Steele Panther are taking to the road for their “All You Can Eat” tour. The modern update to the 80s big hair and spandex rock scene will be touring all throughout the US, but the closest they’ll be to central Illinois is … either Cleveland, Ohio, May 29th or Kansas City, Missouri, May 31st. Have fun traveling!




Are you ready for some football? How about some Arena Football? Well, KISS sure as hell is! The band already has everything from records to dolls to lunch boxes and even wines … why not a football team? Paul Stanley posted an update of what their Arena Football Team’s helmet and jersey will look like. The helmet is absolutely covered by flames on a shiny silver base with the top part of the jersey, just around the shoulder pad area, also covered in flames. LA KISS will play their first Arena Football game March 15th against the San Antonio Talons.




New video


Loudwire has the exclusive on the latest Buckcherry video. The tune “Dreamin’ of You” is a light-hearted acoustic song and the video features a group of different people on a beach absorbing the sand and sun. Eventually someone throws a bottle out into the ocean, presumably with a message. Then the sun goes down and everyone happily around a fire. It’s not your typical Buckcherry tune with all kinds of debauchery and partying. It’s actually very mellow.



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Feeling Old, Trailer Features Taylor, Metal Concert Canceled, and Single Posted Online

Feeling old


It was an album that burst onto the scene with the single “Closer” and quickly created die hard fans that delved deep into Nine Inch Nails’ back catalog … and it turns 20-years-old this month. The epic album The Downward Spiral by Nine Inch Nails featured the poppy beats of “Closer,” the gritty in-you-face rage of “March of the Pigs,” “Mr. Self Destruct,” and even “Heresy,” while being able to break new ground with “Reptile,” “The Becoming” and “A Warm Place.” And we can’t forget to mention the classic tune “Hurt” that seemingly every Nine Inch Nails concert closes with. If it’s been a while since you spun the record, make it happen! Its definitely stood the test of time. You won’t be let down.


Trailer features Taylor


The trailer for Fear Clinic is circulating the Internet, and it features Stone Sour and Slipknot front man Corey Taylor … for a brief moment. The story’s about a destitute asylum with a doctor claiming to cure phobias. There are a bunch of no-named actors featured in the film, but the main bill is A Nightmare on Elm Street’s Robert Englund (he played Freddy Kruger). Anyways, the movie doesn’t have a release date quite yet.



Metal concert canceled


When you hear of a metal concert being canceled somewhere else in the world, you typically think it’s like some death or black metal bands whose stage shows feature fake blood and mock sacrifices, right? Well, down in Mexico a concert featuring very sanitized bands like Kiss, Guns ‘N Roses, Twisted Sister and others was canceled. Fans suspect the two-day concert was canceled because of corruption, discrimination or politics … it is Mexico after all. The “Hell and Heaven Metal Fest” was planned for this weekend but officials with the government said there wasn’t enough or adequate safety plans.


Single posted online


Their bizarre trailer was released last week teasing the forthcoming release and now the first song from The Birds of Satan is streaming online. Foo Fighters’ drummer Taylor Hawkins’s side project’s new song “Thanks For The Line” is the first release from the band. The self-titled album will drop April 15th and will feature appearances from Dave Grohl, Pat Smear and others.



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Icon For Hire to Tour, Gathering Lands in Ohio, Guitarist Vacancy, and New LP Tune

Icon For Hire to tour


Icon For Hire are taking to the road with a show in Springfield March 15th at Donnies Homespun. The local favorites were in studio with Lars Thursday to talk about their latest successes and other intimate details of why they do what they do. Front woman Ariel says that the fans give them the fuel to continue doing what they do. The 14 date tour kicks off in Grand Rapids, bounces to Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Alabama, and then Florida, Tennessess and ends in Kentucky. That’s a lot a road time. Safe travel, guys … and gal!


Gathering lands in Ohio


If you want to get to The Gathering, you’re gonna have to travel to Thomville, Ohio, this summer. It seems, after months of uncertainty as to where they’d have their epic Gathering of the Juggalos, Insane Clown Posse and crew have decided to set up their annual festival at the Legend Valley Concert Venue. They had attempted to set up in Southern Missouri, but that fell through after local law enforcement realized what was headed their way. They wore their welcome out here in Illinois. The Gathering’s “four days of inhibited enjoyment” will be July 23rd to the 26th.


Guitarist vacancy


They’re still a band of brothers … they just had to shake things up a bit. More details are coming out about the lineup of Hellyeah. The band announced they’d parted ways with original guitarist Greg Tribbett and bassist Bob Kakaha just as they announced details of a new album. In a new interview with, drummer Vinnie Paul says there’s a new bassist in town, and a new guitarist is still in the works. He says that the remaining band members have to make sure whoever joins the band is a quote “bro,” or someone everyone can feel comfortable around. As of right now, Kyle Sanders from Bloodsimple is on bass, but there’s a guitar vacancy. The new album Blood for Blood is due out June 10th.


New LP tune


Linkin Park have dropped their new tune on the interwebs. You can listen to “Guilty All The Same,” featuring rapper Rakim, on Soundcloud. Find the link at the band’s Facebook page.





The tune is expected to come from their upcoming as-yet-to-be-titled album. The band also announced a co-headlining tour with Thirty Seconds to Mars with a date in Chicago August 29th.


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Spinal Tap Turning 30, Make it an experience, Horror Project, and Side Project

Spinal Tap turning 30


It’s crazy to think about, but the film that help catapult the genre of mockumentary, especially when it comes to heavy metal music, turned 30 this week. The iconic motion picture This Is Spinal Tap featured the likes of Chistopher Guest, Harry Shearer and others acting as a blokes from Britain who is in the band Spinal Tap. A ton of hijinks occur, and the music they produce is not just hilarious, but for 30 years ago, it was revolutionary … well, kinda. If you’ve never seen the film … you’re either too young, your parents are too young, or you’re just not worth anyone’s time. Find a copy today and be sure to turn it up to eleven!



Make it an experience


You’ve been waiting for the next Limp Bizkit album, haven’t you? Well, if you couldn’t get enough of the genius that is Gold Cobra, Stampede of the Disco Elephants should fit the bill. But when does it come out? The band has been teasing the new album for a while but there may be a different approach. Front man Fred Durst and guitarist Wes Borland told the BBC they want the album to be an experience, not just a collection of radio singles. Expect a summer time release.


Horror project


Erlier this week we told you that Rob Zombie’s plans to make a movie about Hockey are on hold. Sorry to break your hearts, Lars and Klutch. But what Zombie is about to embark on now may be … well, let’s just say career defining. The horror rocker has had his share of horror flicks, but it’s now being reported that Zombie is going to make a TV mini series about the Manson Family alongside the author of the deeply graphic and disturbing book American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis. You may be familiar with the film adaptation of American Psycho with Christian Bale, but the book is a thousand times more disturbing. Initial details about the project weren’t immediately available.


Side project


Foo Fighters’ drummer Taylor Hawkins has a new side project. He’s formed the band Birds of Satan with a couple of other chaps and their self-titled debut is set to be released April 15th. There’s actually a trailer for the new album which features some letch in his boxers mulling over a full ashtray a folder that says divorce and some illegal drugs. He then goes to the window and looks outside to unexpectedly see Hawkins and crew.



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No Performance, Horror Addict, Superunknown Reissue, Demolicious, and Ozzy's Friends

The Music Minute is back! Was out for a bit, but no worries, we’ll get you up-to-date with the latest in the rock world.


No performance


KISS says they won’t be performing at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. The question came up as the April 10th ceremony nears and former member Peter Criss says he doesn’t think a reunion performance of original members is gonna happen. Then founding members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley took to the internet and said that memory of the performances from 13 years ago would not be enhanced, so they are not going to perform with Peter and Ace. And to get away from any other controversy, the founding members said they simply won’t play at all. The induction ceremony where KISS will join others like Nirvana in being inducted into the Rock Hall is April 10th.


Horror addict


In movie news, Rob Zombie is holding off on making a movie about hockey so he can work on his next horror film. Broad Street Bullie was supposed to be the horror rocker’s next film project, but apparently he brainstormed with someone else about a new horror movie, and dammit … that takes precedence! Not sure of anymore details, but we’ll keep you posted.


Superunkown reissue


If you’re a fan of Soundgarden’s Superunknown album then you’re gonna need to get your hands on the 20th anniversary reissue. That’s due out June 3rd. The disc featuring tunes like “Spoonman,” “Black Hole Sun,” and “Fell on Black Days,” among others, actually turns 20 March 8th. The reissue will feature a ton of extra content.




Green Day is gearing up for a release that fans will surely covet. It’s called Demolicious and will be available for Record Store Day. The compilation will be a ton of demos from their recent trilogy iUno!, iDos!, and iTre!. Tha’ll be released April 19th on a special two-disc vinyl.


Ozzy’s friends


Mad man rocker Ozzy Osbourne is getting a little help from his friends … well kinda. The Black Sabbath front man has been battling addiction for years, even recently having been honest about a relapse. But now a benefit concert to honor Osbourne is being put together by MusiCares. The money will be raised for the MAP fund which helps people in the music industry battle the demons of drug abuse. Ozzy is actually going to perform at the event, along with Slash. That show is set for May 12th in LA.


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