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  • Michael Clarke Duncan Dead at 54

    Posted by Jennifer Taylor
    Michael Clark Duncan
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    Michael Clarke Duncan, star of such movies as "The Green Mile" and "The Whole Nine Yards," passed away this morning. He was 54.

    According to our sources, his passing came very suddenly. We're told his fiancee, Omarosa Manigault, was with him in his hospital room in Los Angeles and left for a short period of time. When she returned ... he had died.

    Our sources say Omarosa's mother was with him when he passed.

    Duncan's rep tells TMZ the actor never fully recovered from the myocardial infarction he suffered on July 13. As TMZ first reported, Omarosa found Duncan in cardiac arrest and performed CPR and was able to resuscitate him before calling 911.

    The rep tells us, "[Omarosa] Manigault is grateful for all of your prayers and asks for privacy at this time. Celebrations of his life, both private and public, will be announced at a later date."

    Duncan was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of John Coffey in "The Green Mile." He worked as a bodyguard for celebrities like Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Jamie Foxx, LL Cool J, and Notorious B.I.G. before he got his break.


    Read more: http://www.tmz.com#ixzz25Rne2Kyo

  • Whiteshake Singer David Coverdale Gets Interviewed By His Granddauhter

    Posted by Jennifer Taylor

    David Coverdale
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    It’s not often fans get to see the softer side of David Coverdale. The high-octane vocalist and front man of Whitesnake spends a lot more time belting out metal classics like ‘Still of the Night’ than he does talking about kittens and rainbows. But in an interesting new video clip, the rock legend is interviewed by his granddaughter, revealing that his famous shaggy blonde mane hides a gentle family man.

    The video clip is the first episode of Whitesnake TV, and Coverdale explains that his granddaughter, Georgina, is fulfilling a school assignment by interviewing him. Georgina then proceeds to deliver a surprisingly organized and professional interview, getting the rocker to open up about his parents’ influence, his early musical experiences, and more. Coverdale reveals that his personal listening tastes are very wide and run to classical, blues, soul, jazz and even Albanian folk music (?!), while his favorite movie is ‘The Godfather.’

    That leads into perhaps the cutest moment of the clip, in which the iconic rock singer asks Georgina in all seriousness, “Did you ever get into Harry Potter?”

    The interview ends with a duet between grandfather and granddaughter, with Coverdale accompanying them on the ukelele. Could this be a preview track from an upcoming Whitesnake album? Only time will tell.

    by: Sterling Whitaker

  • 10 Most Anticipated 2013 Rock Albums

    Posted by Jennifer Taylor

    Osborne, Reznor, Cantrell
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    As good this year has been, we're really looking forward to next year and have compiled our list of the 10 Most Anticipated Rock Albums of 2013. There's a lot of big names expecting to drop some fresh sounds in the new year, and we can't wait to see what comes out. While we anticipate these acts providing new music, we can't guarantee every one of these albums will hit store shelves in 2013. For instance, Metallica would have obviously been on this list had Lars Ulrich not claimed in a recent interview that he thought 2014 was more likely. There's also the potential for Foo Fighters, Avenged Sevenfold, and Slipknot to be part of this list should they decide to return to the studio, but since nothing's confirmed as of yet, we'll hold them out. So let's take a peek ahead and see what acts have the 10 Most Anticipated Albums of 2013:

     
    Motley Crue
    Mary Oullette, SheWillShootYou.com

    #10-Motley Crue
     
    Since when is 'Sex' the foreplay? The answer is when you're Motley Crue. The band teased audiences this summer with a new track while they toured with Kiss, but the idea is that more music will follow in 2013. There's been plenty of speculation over the last few years how long the band will stick with the album format, and they might be higher on this list had band members not recently hinted that we may get an EP instead of a full disc. Time will tell, but we anxiously await the results.
     
    Device
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    #9-Device
     
    The name might not be as familiar as the other acts on this list, but with Disturbed frontman David Draiman fronting the group and Filter's Geno Lenardo on guitar, the pedigree is there. With Disturbed on hiatus, Device started recording in June. Draiman, in his trademark all-caps Twitter posts, has described Device as a more industrial-sounding outfit in the vein of early Nine Inch Nails and Ministry. Should be interesting.
     
    Rob Zombie
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    #8-Rob Zombie
     
    Rob Zombie has discussed how much he loves his current lineup, so that makes his next release one of the most highly anticipated discs of 2013. Zombie continues to try to balance his film and music careers, and with 'Lords of Salem' in the can, he can now focus on his next studio record. Zombie stated in an interview that he has three objectives – “dark, heavy and weird” – and would like to stick with that idea, with songs that don't fit the description being tossed aside. So get ready for some more rock mayhem from Zombie and his band.
     
    Pearl Jam
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    #7-Pearl Jam
     
    Last year was one of reflection for Pearl Jam, as 20th anniversary release for the 'Ten' album, a book, a film, and even their own festival filled the docket. But by years end, the group had amassed quite a bit of material behind the scenes. Drummer Matt Cameron recently stated that he was recording his drum parts prior to leaving for a Soundgarden tour in November, leading to speculation the disc was almost done. With 2009's 'Backspacer,' the band saw a creative rebound, so their next disc comes with a lot of anticipation.
     
    Josh Homme
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    #6-Queens of the Stone Age
     
    Where have you been Josh Homme? It's been six long years since Queens of the Stone Age's 'Era Vulgaris,' with the band Them Crooked Vultures, family time and a near-death experience taking up the time since then. That's a lot of life lived, which could make the next Queens of the Stone Age album one of the most intriguing yet. After scrapping some early attempts, the band began recording in earnest in August and a disc should surface next year.
     
    Judas Priest
    Mary Oullette, SheWillShootYou.com

    #5-Judas Priest
     
    Judas Priest's next effort definitely has to fall among the 10 Most Anticipated Albums of 2013. It's been a time of transition for the band, who said farewell to K.K. Downing and hello to Richie Faulkner. The new guitarist has reportedly rejuvenated the band and the members have discussed their enthusiasm for recording their next effort with Faulkner as part of the writing process for the first time. Singer Rob Halford said early demos harken back to Priest's classic sound.
     
    Jerry Cantrell
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    #4-Alice in Chains
     
    After the successful 2009 return of Alice in Chains, there's no doubt that their follow-up will be one of the most anticipated albums of 2013. While it may seem like some time has passed between albums, guitarist Jerry Cantrell revealed that bone spurs and cartilage issues initially kept him from proceeding early on, but by late 2011 the group had finally started in on their next disc.
     
    Tool
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    #3-Tool
     
    It's Maynard James Keenan's world, and whichever of his three bands strikes his fancy at the time is typically what we get. Having focused on getting Puscifer off the ground in recent years and doing a tour with A Perfect Circle, it appears that Tool is back on the schedule. In 2010, the band members had started writing for their next record, both with and without Keenan. By May of this year, drummer Danny Carey discussed having the framework for five songs with more studio time expected in the summer and an eye toward a late 2012 finish. Whenever it arrives, fans won't treat the disc merely as a new album, but as an event.
     
    Ozzy
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    #2-Black Sabbath
     
    2011 brought the announcement that the original Black Sabbath lineup had reunited and were planning a new record. 2012 had its share of setbacks (Tony Iommi's cancer treatment, Bill Ward's contract dispute), but the legendary band has soldiered on. Iommi continued to write with the members through his chemotherapy treatments and Ozzy Osbourne stated in June that they had 15 songs already penned. Not long after their Lollapalooza set, the group returned to the studio, so everything appears to be on track for Black Sabbath releasing one of the most anticipated albums of 2013.
     
    Trent Reznor
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    #1-Nine Inch Nails
     
    He's been dominating the movie soundtrack scene for the past few years, but rock fans have missed Trent Reznor. Apparently, the Nine Inch Nails mastermind has missed his band, too, as he's ready to fly with new NIN material. Reznor stated in an interview earlier this year that he would devote much of 2012 to writing new tunes for Nine Inch Nails. Meanwhile, his other project How to Destroy Angels, also set to release their first full-length album, but it's a new NIN album that fans are truly salivating over.
     
    What Is Your Most Anticipated 2013 Album Release?


    There you have it, our list of the acts with the 10 Most Anticipated Albums of 2013.

    Is there something we've missed?

    What act should be higher on the list?

    What are you most looking forward to next year? Let us know your thoughts?

    ~Jen

    by: Chad Childers

  • 10 Best Alice In Chains Songs...do you agree?

    Posted by Jennifer Taylor

    Alice In Chains
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    It's not an easy task choosing the 10 best Alice in Chains songs, especially with their stellar history, but we're giving it a shot. Pearl Jam and Nirvana may have gotten a little more glory in the early '90s but it's hard to pick a band that was more influential on hard rock music for the next two decades than Alice in Chains. The group cranked out one of the most impressive catalogs of any band during the '90s, with several memorable hits. Sadly, the drug addiction and ultimate death of singer Layne Staley put Alice in Chains' standout career on hold for much of the next decade, but an impressive return with William DuVall joining the band in 2009 offers hope of more greatness to come. So, without further adieu, let's count down the 10 Best Alice in Chains Songs.

     
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    'Get Born Again'
    From: 'Nothing Safe: Best of the Box' (1999)
     
     
    The swampy nugget 'Get Born Again' was initially headed for a Jerry Cantrell solo album until singer Layne Staley heard it and wanted it for Alice in Chains. The somewhat sinister sound fits well with the lyrical ideology of religious hypocrisy. The song was plucked for the band's box set, and also turned up on their 'Music Bank' demos record, both of which arrived in 1999.
    Listen to 'Get Born Again'
     
     
    Alice In Chains
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    'No Excuses'
    From: 'Jar of Flies' (1994)
     
     
    'No Excuses' may be the most radio-friendly track in the band's catalog, but it's no less of a stellar tune and deserves to be counted among Alice in Chains' best songs. This track, from the 'Jar of Flies' EP, was penned about the changing relationships in the band, especially that between guitarist Jerry Cantrell and singer Layne Staley. It also showcases drummer Sean Kinney, with the syncopated drumming that kicks off the song.
    Listen to 'No Excuses'
     
     
    Alice In Chains
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    'Down in a Hole'
    From: 'Dirt' (1993)
     
     
    'Down in a Hole' may not have been an obvious Alice in Chains song, in fact Jerry Cantrell almost didn't present it to the band, but it is definitely one of their best. The dreamy opening strains, the mid-tempo melancholy, and the perfect blending of harmonies between Cantrell and singer Layne Staley make this love song a crucial part of the Alice in Chains catalog. It's also one of the most covered tracks the band has ever done.
    Listen to 'Down in a Hole'
     
     
    Alice In Chains
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    'Check My Brain'
    From: 'Black Gives Way to Blue' (2009)
     
     
    Following Staley's death in 2002, Alice in Chains checked back in with new singer William DuVall. The single 'Check My Brain' is a trudging rocker of a track with a little bit of Cantrell's sarcasm thrown in for good measure. The sober Cantrell penned the song about his move to California after years in Seattle where he began his drug habit and finding the irony of loving his new home despite its obvious temptations.
    Listen to 'Check My Brain'
     
     
    Alice In Chains
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    'Them Bones'
    From: 'Dirt' (1992)
     
     
    Layne Staley's primal scream, Jerry Cantrell's forging guitars, and that chorus which seemingly does and doesn't fit with the rest of the track are part of what make 'Them Bones' one of the best songs in Alice in Chains' arsenal. The song itself was borne out of Cantrell's thoughts on the afterlife, realizing that the beautiful experiences of life leave with death and all that's left is “them bones.”
    Listen to 'Them Bones'
     
     
    Alice In Chains
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    'Nutshell'
    From: 'Jar of Flies' (1994)
     
     
    Who knew how true the lyric “And yet I fight this battle all alone / No one to cry to, no place to call home” from 'Nutshell' was at the time when the song appeared on the 'Jar of Flies' EP. The downtrodden track was penned upon returning home from the road to find themselves evicted from their residence after failing to pay rent. So they moved into a studio and picked up acoustic guitars to pass the time and completed an unscheduled disc as a result.
    Listen to 'Nutshell'
     
     
    Alice In Chains
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    'Rooster'
    From: 'Dirt' (1993)
     
     
    'Rooster' has to be one of the 10 best Alice in Chains songs due in part to the powerful story told. Layne Staley's mix of cool and melancholy with his later aggression in the track tells the story of Jerry Cantrell's father, a Vietnam vet, reliving some of the horrors of war. The video for the song is also significant as it would feature Cantrell Sr., whose nickname was “The Rooster.” The clip would also be the last featuring original bassist Mike Starr.
    Listen to 'Rooster'
     
     
    Alice In Chains
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    'I Stay Away'
    From: 'Jar of Flies' (1994)
     
     
    Alice in Chains with strings? It seemed odd at the time, but it only enhanced the power of 'I Stay Away,' a 'Jar of Flies' favorite. The song is a significant one for Alice in Chains as it marked the first time they had written with bassist Mike Inez. Cantrell stated, “He plays the nastiest, darkest s—, but he's got the sweetest heart in the world.”
    Listen to 'I Stay Away'
     
     
    Alice In Chains
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    'Would?'
    From: 'Dirt' (1992)
     
     
    'Would?' is the track that broke Alice in Chains to a larger audience, due to its inclusion on the 'Singles' soundtrack prior to the release of 'Dirt.' The dark music tone and stinging commentary of the track came from Jerry Cantrell, who posed the titular question at those who make judgments about the lives of others without knowing them. In this case, Cantrell was mourning the loss of friend Andrew Wood of Mother Love Bone to a heroin overdose.
    Listen to 'Would?'
     
     
    Man In The Box Album
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    'Man in the Box'
    From: 'Facelift' (1990)
     
     
    It's hard to argue against 'Man in the Box' as the best Alice in Chains song. It was the track that put the band on the map, and guitarist Jerry Cantrell, who used a talkbox as part of the distinct sound, stated that the “whole beat and grind of that is when we started to find ourselves. I helped Alice become what it was.” Layne Staley chalked up the lyrical content to his take on censorship in mass media.
    Listen to 'Man in the Box'
     
     
    What's Your Favorite Alice In Chains Song?
    Now that you've read our list, what songs would you pick as the best from Alice in Chains? There's definitely a lot of great material that we didn't get to and we want to know what you think we missed. Was it an album cut that was always your favorite or a radio single that somehow missed out? And which songs should be ranked higher or lower? Let us know your thoughts on the list.

    by: Chad Childers

  • Dave Grohl Calls Foo Fighters' Reading Set "Last Show For A Long Time" Despite More 2012 Gigs

    Posted by Jennifer Taylor

    Dave Grohl
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    Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl announced from the stage at the UK’s Reading festival on Sunday night (Aug. 26) that the gig would be their last show for a long time, as it marked the end of their summer tour. However, the band does have a couple of more high-profile gigs at the various festivals throughout September.

    Near the beginning of the set, according to NME, Grohl addressed the audience, saying, “Well, well, well. The f—ing Reading festival. You guys realize we’ve got a lot of songs to play. It’s the last show of the tour and it’s the last show for a long time.”

    Grohl may have been referring specifically to the band’s European fans during the set, as the remaining 2012 gigs are all in the United States. The Foos will play a Rock the Vote event in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 5; the Music Midtown festival in Atlanta on Sept. 21; the Deluna Festival in Pensacola, Fla., on Sept. 22; and the Global Festival in New York’s Central Park on Sept. 29. After those shows, it seems the band will be taking a long break from the road.

    Another noteworthy moment of the Foos’ set at the Reading Festival came when Grohl dedicated the song ‘These Days’ to his Nirvana bandmates — Krist Novoselic and the late Kurt Cobain. “I’d like to dedicate this song to a couple of people who couldn’t be here tonight. This one’s for Krist and this one’s for Kurt,” announced Grohl before the band launched into the song.

    The set on Sunday also marked 20 years since Nirvana played their memorable headlining gig at Reading in 1992. Check out Foo Fighters’ set list from their Reading festival gig below.

    Foo Fighters, Reading Festival Set List:
    White Limo’
    ‘All My Life’
    ‘Rope’
    ‘The Pretender’
    ‘My Hero’
    ‘Learn To Fly’
    ‘Arlandria’
    ‘Breakout’
    ‘Cold Day In The Sun’
    ‘I’ll Stick Around’
    ‘Walk’
    ‘Generator’
    ‘These Days’
    ‘Monkey Wrench’
    ‘Hey Johnny Park!’
    ‘Alone + Easy Target’
    ‘Bridge Burning’
    ‘This Is A Call’
    ‘In The Flesh’
    ‘Best Of You’
    ‘Times Like These’
    ‘Winnebago’
    ‘Wattershed’
    ‘For All The Cows’
    ‘Exhausted’
    ‘Everlong’


    by: Spencer Kaufman

  • Vince Neil BLOWS UP on Valet

    Posted by Jennifer Taylor

    Sorry to post something again so quickly, check this out...someone needs a nap!

    According to TMZ (I Love them)

     

    Vince Neil

    Vince Neil exploded on a group of parking attendants at the Planet Hollywood in Vegas last week -- banging on windows and screaming "GIVE ME MY F**KING CAR" ... and the outburst was all caught on tape.

    It's unclear why the Mötley Crüe singer was so pissed -- and he was REALLY pissed -- but according to sources on scene, Vince flew off the handle when the valet refused to return his Rolls-Royce.

    In the video, you can see Vince walk over to the valet booth, yelling, "Give me my f**king car! Give me my f**king car! Give me my car!" -- and then bang on the window.

    Vince continues, "Call the police! This is my car. What the f**k is wrong with you?"

    We're told the parking attendants wouldn't hand over the vehicle because Vince couldn't produce a parking ticket. You can hear Vince respond in the video, saying, "They didn't give me a f**king ticket!"

    According to sources, police were called to the scene -- but by the time they arrived, Vince had already taken off ... and the valet company decided against filing a report. So that's that.

    Calls to Vince Neil's camp were not returned.

  • Five-Year Old-Drummer Nails Led Zeppelins "Rock And Roll"

    Posted by Jennifer Taylor

    5 year old drummer
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    It’s not every day you meet a talented five-year-old drummer. It’s even rarer to meet a talented five-year-old drummer who can nail a live performance of Led Zeppelin‘s “Rock and Roll.”For Jester drummer Ethan, however, playing that iconic tune barely makes him break a sweat. A student at the Cleveland, Ohio branch of the national young-rocker training ground School Of Rock, the aspiring musician was captured playing the rock classic last weekend at the local club Brothers Lounge.

    Despite nerves on the part of Jester’s vocalist, the pint-sized time-keeper never wavered from his steady beat–and even replicated the more intricate flourishes of the tune’s rhythms with aplomb.

    Judging by this professional performance, we fully expect to see Ethan kicking ass and taking names in the coming years. Way to go!


    by: Annie Zaleski

    Watch Jester Perform Led Zeppelin’s ‘Rock and Roll’



  • Marilyn Manson Writes Obscenity On Face To Deter Paparazzi At Airport

    Posted by Jennifer Taylor

    Marilyn Manson
    Mary Ouellette, SheWillShootYou.com

    When it comes to Marilyn Manson, fans know to expect the unexpected, now the paparazzi can join that club too. During a recent trip to California’s Los Angeles International Airport on Aug. 10 Manson decided to write a few choice words across his own face in an effort to outwit the paparazzi.

    According to reports, Manson entered the airport sporting a black hat, a black raincoat, mirrored sunglasses, and his face and neck adorned with the words ‘F— YOU’ scribbled on them in large black letters. He held girlfriend Lindsay Usich’s hand and walked through the airport.

    A witness who landed in the same security line as Manson, shared the experience on Reddit, saying, “I just went through the LAX security line with Marilyn Manson. He had “F— YOU” scrawled in large letters across the bottom half of his face, with what appeared to be a grease pencil.”

    However, the witness said that Manson was very polite, explaining, “As we each removed our boots in the security line, he kindly explained that it was not directed at me or anyone else in the airport, but rather at the paparazzi, so that they couldn’t sell any photos of him that they took.” He continued, “He was really apologetic about it, and covered his mouth around young children while apologizing to their parents for exposing their child to profanity.”

    Unfortunately if Manson’s sole goal was to thwart the paparazzi, he was not successful. Photos from the airport are already available online for purchase. Manson also posted a self-portrait of his own fancy face work on Twitter with the caption “Re-LAX. If you are close enough to read this…” The NSFW photo can be seen here. and additional NSFW photos from the airport can be seen here.

    Marilyn Manson’s latest single ‘Slo-Mo-Tion’ is set to be released next week.

    by: Mary Ouellette

  • Slash Wonders How He Can Get To "Sesame Street"

    Posted by Jennifer Taylor

    Slash

    Liz Ramanand, Loudwire / Sesame Street Official Site

    Katy Perry and the Goo Goo Dolls have done it, so why can’t Slash? That’s the question the top-hatted guitar legend is asking the producers of ‘Sesame Street.’

    Slash revealed his secret, long-held desire to visit the land of sunny days sweepin’ the clouds away during a recent interview with Rip It Up, saying that even after receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and being inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he won’t be truly satisfied until he can hang out with Big Bird and Grover.

    “‘Sesame Street’ have never approached me, though I would do it and I love kids,” he admitted. “There’s no way I’d ever turn ‘Sesame Street’ down. But I don’t know if parents would think I’m the best public influence on little kids?”

    Of course, as the article points out, ‘Sesame Street’ has played host to a wide variety of stars whose private habits are brought to you by the letter I (for inappropriate and/or illegal), including Johnny Cash and Richard Pryor — and Aerosmith‘s Steven Tyler recorded a new version of Oscar the Grouch’s anthem ‘I Love Trash’ for the ‘Elmopalooza’ soundtrack album.

    If you’d like to see Slash join the distinguished list of ‘Sesame Street’ guests, you can sign Rip It Up’s Facebook petition here. Maybe he can join Big Jeffy (pictured above) for a jam session?

    by: Jeff Giles