BLACK LABEL SOCIETY mainman and ex-OZZY OSBOURNE guitarist Zakk Wylde will join the LES PAUL TRIO on Monday, June 10 at The Iridium in New York City for a very special performance. Call 212-582-2121 for further details (long-distance charges may apply).
Les Paul, who passed away at the age of 94 on in 2009, was "the father of the electric guitar." To honor Les, the legendary LES PAUL TRIO continues to play every Monday night featuring best-of-breed guitarists honoring Les in their own special way. Guest artists create the setlist and they range from Les Paul material to covers to original. It's incredibly eclectic and an opportunity to see the world's best guitarists up close and personal.
The Iridium donates 20 percent of ticket sales every Monday to The Les Paul Foundation, which supports music education, engineering, and innovation as well as medical research.
Alice in Chains Headed for Big Debut on Billboard 200 withThe Devil Put Dinosaurs Here
Alice in Chains is set to make a big splash on the Billboard 200 album chart this week. The band’s fifth studio album, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, is expected to grab the #2 slot, with projected sales of around 60,000 copies. Daft Punk’s Random Access Memoriesis expected to keep the #1 spot on the tally for the second week in a row.
If the predictions are true, this will be the band’s highest-charting album since their 1995 self-titled release, which debuted in the top spot on the Billboard 200 its first week out. The group’s previous album, 2009’s Black Gives Way to Blue, debuted and peaked at #5 on the tally with 126,000 copies sold in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The new Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be released Wednesday.
Scott Weiland Launches Countersuit Against Former Stone Temple Pilots Band Mates
Last week, the members of Stone Temple Pilots filed a lawsuit with the Los Angeles Superior Court claiming that former frontman Scott Weiland used STP’s name and assets to promote his solo career, allegedly in breach of their partnership agreement. Now, TMZ is reporting that Weiland has filed a countersuit against his former band mates, alleging that they conspired to have him expelled from the group.
Weiland is also asking the judge to dissolve the band’s partnership so that his former band mates can’t use the STP name for any future recordings. In addition, the singer is suing the band for $7 million in damages.
STP is currently in the studio working on new music with their new frontman,Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington, while Weiland is out on tour with his new band, The Wildabouts, where they perform tracks from the STP's first two albums: 1992’s Core and 1994’s Purple.
The Killers and Kings of Leon to Headline Life Is Beautiful Festival in Las Vegas
The Killers, Kings of Leon, Imagine Dragons and Beck are just some of the acts that will be in Las Vegas this October for Sin City’s Life Is Beautiful Festival, an outdoor music, art and food event that will be held on the streets of downtown Vegas.
Other acts confirmed to be appear include Passion Pit, Pretty Lights, Childish Gambino,Purity Ring, Living Colour, Capital Cities, Jurassic 5, STS9, Youngblood Hawke,Danny Brown and Allen Stone.
The Life Is Beautiful Festival will be staged at a number of indoor and outdoor venues spread over 15 downtown blocks.
The festival is scheduled for October 26-27. Tickets go on sale this Friday, June 7. Visit LifeIsBeautifulFestival.com for complete details.
Metallica Offers Free Download of “Star-Spangled Banner” Performance
Last month, Metallica took time off from their busy schedule to participate in the first-ever Metallica Night at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California to support their local baseball team, the world champion San Francisco Giants. During the pre-game festivities, guitarists James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett played “The Star-Spangled Banner” to a sold-out crowd of over 41,000 fans. Now, you can experience their patriotic tribute for yourself: the band is offering a free download of their performance, via LiveMetallica.com.
In other Metallica news, the group will kick off their second annual Orion Music + More festival on Saturday at Belle Isle Park in Detroit, Michigan. In addition to headlining sets by Metallica and Red Hot Chili Peppers, the event also includes performances from Rise Against, Deftones, Silversun Pickups, Dropkick Murphys and Foals.
Avenged Sevenfold Posts Trailer for New Album
Avenged Sevenfold whetted everyone's appetite Friday for their new album by posting a trailer online for the upcoming follow-up to 2010’s Nightmare.
The one-minute clip, titled #allhailandronikos, features footage of the band working in a recording studio and includes a snippet of one of the new tracks, which features a horn section.
While a title and release date for the album has yet to be announced, you’ll get a chance to hear some of the new cuts performed live when the band headlines the Rock USA festival. That event takes place July 17-20 at Ford Festival Park in Oshkosh, WI. Among the other acts set to perform at the event are Godsmack, Van Halen and Poisonfrontman Bret Michaels, plus Buckcherry, Chevelle and Sevendust.
To see the complete festival artist roster, head over to RockUSAOshkosh.com.
Black Sabbath's Upcoming Album, 13, Streaming in Its Entirety Now on iTunes
Black Sabbath's long-awaited reunion album, 13, won't hit stores until next Tuesday, June 11, but you now have the chance to preview all of the new songs online. The entire 11-track deluxe version of the album currently is streaming on iTunes. 13 is available for pre-order now at the iTunes store. Fans who place an advance order for either the standard eight-song edition or the deluxe collection can immediately download the album's lead single, "God Is Dead?," for free.
Produced by Rick Rubin, 13 features original Black Sabbath singer Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler, as well as Rage Against the Machinedrummer Brad Wilk.
Black Sabbath will support 13 with a North American summer tour that kicks off July 25 in Houston.
Lostprophets Frontman Ian Watkins Pleads Not Guilty to Sexual Offenses Against Children
Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins has pleaded not guilty to allegations that he committed a total of 24 sexual offenses against children, according to WalesOnline.co.uk.
Watkins appeared via video link before the Recorder of Cardiff Judge Eleri Rees in Cardiff, Wales on Monday at a hearing over charges for allegedly “conspiring to engage in sexual touching with two young children; possessing, making and distributing indecent images; and possessing ‘extreme’ animal pornography.” The singer is also being accused of conspiring with a woman "to rape a one-year-old girl.”
In addition, the singer released a statement to thank all those who have offered their support to him. “I want to thank my family, friends and all the fans for the continued support throughout this whole ordeal,” he said in a statement. “Your support gives my strength. I deny all the allegations made against me and I will continue to fight to clear my name."
Watkins is expected to appear before the Cardiff Crown Court again on Thursday. His case is expected to be tried sometime before the end of the year.
Carnival of Madness Tour, Featuring Shinedown, Announces First Batch of Dates
The Carnival of Madness Tour returns this year, and the event’s producers have just unveiled the first set of tour dates. The traveling festival, which will feature headlining sets by Shinedown, will kick off on August 13 at the Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica in Cleveland, Ohio. Other bands set to rock the main stage at the event include Papa Roach, Skillet, In This Moment and We as Human.
Shinedown frontman Brent Smith recently revealed that fans who attend the upcoming event can expect much more than just a concert. “It’s gonna be a real carnival this year for the first time,” he told ABC News Radio. “We’re actually gonna have circus performers and a whole different team of people that are gonna be involved in making this a massive spectacle. We want people to come in and see not just, you know, a rock show, but this is an experience, this is an event and...we wanna wow people.”
Tickets for the event will be available starting Friday. Visit CarnivalofMadness.com for more information.
Here are the dates:
8/13 -- Cleveland, OH, Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
8/14 -- Philadelphia, PA, Mann Center for the Performing Arts
8/16 -- Canandaigua, NY, Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center
8/17 -- Cincinnati, OH, PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center
8/18 -- Bloomington, IL, US Cellular Coliseum
8/20 -- Burgettstown, PA, First Niagara Pavilion
8/21 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live
8/23 -- Tinley Park, IL, First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
8/25 -- Cedar Rapids, IA, U.S. Cellular Center
8/27 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
8/28 -- Big Flats, NY, Tags
8/30 -- Charlotte, NC, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
8/31 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Farm Bureau Live
9/1 -- Raleigh, NC, The Red Hat Amphitheater
9/6 -- Allegan, MI, Allegan County Fair
9/10 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre
9/14 -- Sacramento, CA, Discovery Park
Puscifer to Release Remix Album, All Re-Mixed Up, in August
Puscifer is about to get remixed. Frontman Maynard James Keenan says he's chosen a number of electronic artists, rappers and producers to create their own interpretations of tracks from the group’s 2011 album, Conditions of My Parole.
Titled All Re-Mixed Up, the album will feature new and unique remixes by producer Alain Johannes, rapper Sir Mix-a-Lot and Telefon Tel Aviv’s Josh Eustis, among others.
“All Re-Mixed Up is the continuation of the Puscifer tradition to release alternate versions, reworks, and remixes of what we consider initial thoughts,” says Keenan in a statement. “It’s extremely liberating in the digital age to approach composing and creating [with] infinite paths to explore, reinterpret, and re-present.” All Re-Mixed Up will arrive at all the usual outlets on August 27. Here's the track list:
“Monsters (Deconstruct)” -- Mat Mitchell
“The Green Valley (Verde River Maestro 507 mix) -- Rani Sharone
“Monsoons (JLE Motorik mix)” -- Josh Eustis
“Telling Ghosts (Giorgia O’Queef mix)” -- Carina Round
“Horizons (Dream of a Lie remix)” -- John Fryer
“Man Overboard (11AD remix)” -- Alain Johannes
“Toma (Burn Out remix)” -- Five Knives
“The Rapture (JLE Needs Service mix)” -- Josh Eustis
“Conditions of My Parole (F.U.B.A.R. remix)” -- Sir Mix-a-Lot
“The Weaver (Virtual Vacuum remix)” -- Aaron Harris
“Oceans (Green Mussel Mix)” -- Zac Rae
“Tumbleweed (Delusions of Grandeur mix)” -- The Beta Machine
Megadeth Previews New Track, "The Blackest Crow"
Megadeth’s upcoming album, Super Collider, won't hit stores until Tuesday, but fans can hear a little preview of the release now. The band has just posted a stream of "The Blackest Crow," a new cut from the album, on RollingStone.com.
Frontman Dave Mustaine tells Rolling Stone that while “The Blackest Crow” was originally inspired by his mother-in-law's battle with Alzheimer's disease, it was “altered to be more about a tragic loss and the depression that follows."
Mustaine notes that he tried to get country stars Willie Nelson and Miranda Lambert to contribute the track, but both stars weren’t able to make it happen. "Although [Lambert] declined, her manager was polite enough to reportedly say she didn't feel she could make the song better,” he reveals. “I was very flattered."