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  • Deftones and Incubus are teaming up for a co-headlining summer tour. The trek begins on July 22nd in Clarkston, Michigan and will wind down on August 30th in San Diego. The opening acts will be Death From Above 1979 and the Bots. Tickets for most dates will go on sale next Friday (April 24th) at LiveNation.com.

    Deftones guitarist Stephen Carpenter told us a while back that playing live is the best part of being in a band: "It's all good, you know. We're just doing what we enjoy. I mean, playing shows is, next to writing our own music -- we actually only write new music to play shows, 'cause we actually enjoy playing the shows the most. I think that's what everyone's true passion is, you know, the fact that we get to play our own music for people that enjoy it." :
    July 22 - Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre July 23 - Tinley Park, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheater July 25 - Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center August 4 - Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center August 5 - Wantagh, NY – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater August 7 - Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center August 8 - Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center August 9 - Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion August 12 - Atlanta, GA – Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood August 13 - Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheater August 14 - West Palm Beach, FL – Coral Sky Amphitheater August 16 - New Orleans, LA – Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square August 17 - Austin, TX – Austin360 Amphitheater August 19 - Woodlands, TX – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman August 20 - Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion August 21 - Maryland Heights, MD – Hollywood Casino Amphitheater August 24 - Denver, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheater August 26 - Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheater August 30 - San Diego, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheater
AUDIO: DEFTONES GUITARIST STEPHEN CARPENTER SAYS PLAYING LIVE IS BEST PART OF JOB



  • Black Sabbath singer Ozzy Osbourne has responded to an open letter posted by founding Sabbath drummer Bill Ward on Facebook earlier this week, in which Ward said he would not consider rejoining the band unless Ozzy publicly apologized for what Ward perceived as a series of insults. Ozzy wrote on Facebook, "I never wanted to discuss this in a public forum but Bill's statements left me no option to but to respond honestly."

    He continued, "Wow, Bill, what the f**k are you on about? I cannot apologize for comments or opinions I may have made about you in the press during Sabbath's 13 album and tour -- physically, you knew you were f**ked. Tony (Iommi, guitar), Geezer (Butler, bass) and myself didn't think you could have done a two-hour set with a drum solo every night, so we made the decision to move on. With Tony's condition, we felt that time was not on our side."

    • Ozzy added, "Bill, stop this smokescreen about an 'unsignable contract' and let's be honest. Deep down inside, you knew you weren't capable of doing the album and a 16-month tour."
    • Ozzy also pointed out that Ward was in the hospital several times in 2013, including one stint for shoulder surgery that "you've only just recovered from."
    • Ozzy concluded, "Stop playing the victim and be honest with yourself and our fans. Bill, we go back a long way, let's stop this now before it gets out of hand."
    • Ozzy told us during the 13 tour that Ward was not in shape to participate: "Bill Ward has got the most physically demanding job of the lot of us, 'cause he's the timekeeper. I don't think personally he had the chops to pull it off, you know. The saddest thing is that he needed to own up to that, and we could have worked around it, whether we had a drummer on the side with him or something."
    • Although Ward was initially going to participate in the Sabbath reunion that came together in late 2011, he bowed out early and has not been on good terms with the band since.
    • Ward wrote in his letter, "I will not participate in any musical undertakings until a righting of the wrongs spoken against me has been achieved . . . I'm looking for an honest accountability of all of Ozzy's statements that I felt were untrue."
    • Ward was reportedly insulted when Sabbath offered him a contract stipulating that he would only play a portion of the show each night, with another drummer along to take over.
    • It is not yet known who will play drums for Sabbath's rumored farewell album and tour due later this year.
    AUDIO: BLACK SABBATH'S OZZY OSBOURNE ON BILL WARD'S PLAYING ABILITIES



  • With Record Store Day happening on Saturday (April 18th), this year's Record Store Day Ambassador, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, sat down with Entertainment Weekly to discuss -- ironically enough -- the continuing decline of record sales. Grohl said that how fans get the music doesn't matter as much to him as long as they keep coming to the shows, explaining, "We’re not selling as many records as we used to, but we’re selling out stadiums, because the people are getting the music somehow and they’re coming to the shows, and they’re singing every word. For me, that live interaction is what made me fall in love with music."

    Grohl held up the arrival of cassettes decades ago as another example of a format that was supposed to kill the music business, saying, "When cassettes became popular there were these bumper stickers everywhere that said ‘Home taping is killing the record industry.' When digital downloading became the industry’s next biggest threat, it just totally echoed what happened when cassettes became popular. Like, ‘Wait a minute, the listener is in control? No!’ And to me, I was like, ‘F**k yeah, man!’"

    • Grohl added that when he was growing up around Washington D.C., he and his friends would swap tapes of punk acts all the time, adding, "We might not have bought the record, but we went to every one of those shows."
    • Foo Fighters will give a special performance at the Record Connection in Niles, Ohio on Saturday to commemorate Record Store Day.
    • The band is releasing a new EP called Songs From The Laundry Room as a Record Store Day exclusive. It features early Foo Fighters demos that Grohl recorded before the band's first album, including the previously unreleased "Empty Handed."
    • Foo Fighters will kick off a major North American tour on July 4th in Washington D.C.



  • Courtney Love said in an interview with V magazine that watching the new documentary about her late husband, Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck, with her daughter Frances was a "very healing" experience. Love said, "To see (the film) in that room with my daughter was very cathartic and I was very happy to spend a little time with him and to find out, to see things and hear audio, and see into his heart."

    Love added, "It was an important moment of bonding between Frances and me, and I think it’s very healing for our family and for our relationship. Many people who've suffered the after-effects of suicide, and in Frances’s case, like any child of suicide, she wondered what part she played in it and why wasn't she important enough? I think the film points out that absolutely, without a doubt, from whatever age it is that he starts talking about it, that that was where he was headed."

    • Love also discussed her relationship with the late Nirvana frontman, saying, "It f**ked me up. I remembered the sexual relationship, which, as you know, is the core of any good marriage. It almost rendered other intimacies meaningless."
    • The Hole singer and occasional actress continued, "I don’t have a boyfriend right now, so I’m single. (The film) made me really evaluate what, at the age of 50, I want out of a relationship. He’s a hard act to follow. I love him and I always will."
    • Frances, who is an executive producer on the film, told Rolling Stone that she and her mother watched it in a private screening room, with Frances sitting in Love's lap the entire time.
    • Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck has been screening in limited theatrical release and will premiere on HBO on May 4th.
    • The film relies less on straight documentary reporting and is constructed more like a collage of previously unseen home movies, interviews, animation, photographs and other artifacts, all accompanied by Cobain's music.



  • With their new album called Drones, British rock trio Muse hopes to actually fly drones over the heads of their audience during the band's live shows in support of the record. Frontman Matt Bellamy told a Los Angeles radio station, "We always like to use the modern technology in our shows, the latest video screens or light shows, lasers, whatever is out there. Drones are obviously an interesting thing to try to bring into the live show so we're going to try and do that."

    • But Bellamy warned, "There's going to be some difficulty with red tape of health and safety about flying things over, but the general thing idea is that as the tour starts that we'll be using flying objects."
    • Previous Muse live shows have incorporated giant video towers as well as a massive inverted pyramid.
    • Bassist Chris Wolstenholme told us not long ago that the band likes to top each previous stage show without getting out of hand: "Obviously, you know, we want to come out with something that's different, but we want to come out with something that's equally impressive and, you know, that's kind of the difficult part. 'Cause, you know, if you keep pushing the boundaries, at some point you can't push 'em any further, you know. But we'll try (laughs)."
    • Muse issued "Dead Inside" last month as the official first single from Drones, due out June 8th. The song is currently Number Five on the Modern Rock chart.
    • Drones will follow up 2012's The 2nd Law, which featured the chart-topping "Madness" and the Number Two single "Panic Station."
    AUDIO: MUSE'S CHRIS WOLSTENHOLME ON TOPPING THE LAST LIVE SHOW



  • The 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will take place on Saturday (April 18th) at Cleveland's Public Hall. This year’s inductees are Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Ringo Starr, Lou Reed, Green Day, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, Bill Withers, the "5" Royales, and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Ringo Starr and the "5" Royales were chosen by special committees with Ringo receiving the Award For Musical Excellence and the "5" Royales earning an Early Influence Award. HBO will broadcast an edited version of the event on May 30th at 8 p.m.

    As did 21 years ago for John Lennon, Paul McCartney will indict Ringo Starr, Stevie Wonder will do the honors for Bill Withers, Patti Smith for Lou Reed, Peter Wolf and Zac Brown Band will induct the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Fall Out Boy will pay tribute to Green Day, Stax legend Steve Cropper is set to salute the "5" Royals, and pop star Miley Cyrus will induct Joan Jett & The Blackhearts.

    Among the guest performers set to play either with or for the inductees are Ringo's brother-in-law Joe Walsh, Dave Grohl, Tom Morello, John Legend, and Jimmy Vaughan. Paul McCartney will perform with Ringo as well during the ceremony, marking the first time in over 50 years since they played Public Hall during the Beatles' first Cleveland concert back on September 14th, 1964.

    • Ringo told us that although he wasn’t heartbroken at not being inducted apart from the Beatles, getting the nod this time around definitely feels special: "I was surprised. I wasn’t thinking about it. I mean, it was just a fact that I wasn’t in, but it didn’t keep me awake. And suddenly the phone rings and it’s Paul McCartney saying, ‘They want to induct you into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame -- will you accept? And I’m going to give the speech.’ And I said, ‘Well, sure man, yeah.’ So, it’s a thrill, y’know, and a pleasure to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame -- because it just is. Y’know? Thank you. It’s, like, from my peers, really, who think, ‘Well, let’s put him in there.’"
    AUDIO: CHRIS LAYTON SAYS HE ALWAYS LOVED IT WHEN STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN PLAYED SUBTLY
    AUDIO: PETE TOWNSHEND ON PERFORMING WITH LOU REED
    AUDIO: GREEN DAY'S BILLIE JOE ARMSTRONG LOOKS BACK
    AUDIO: GREEN DAY'S MIKE DIRNT SAYS HE DOESN'T THINK MUCH ABOUT AWARDS
    AUDIO: CHERRIE CURRIE ON ROCK HALL NOD
    AUDIO: JOAN JETT ON WHAT THE ROCK HALL MEANS
    AUDIO: RINGO STARR ON ROCK HALL NOD

    • JOSH HARTNETT COULDN'T TAKE THE PRESSURES OF FAME

      Josh Hartnett has found success in Hollywood once again with Showtime's Penny Dreadful but he admits that his sudden fame in the early 00's almost broke him.

      The 36-year-old reveals in the new issue of Playboy, "The intensity of my sudden fame was overwhelming for me, and in the middle of that, I felt I couldn't trust any new person I met or their motives. I spent a lot of time back home in Minnesota with my friends and family. I did smaller movies, and I stopped working for a while. If I could go back and take with me my wisdom of today, I wish I'd been more resilient. I hope I wouldn't be as panicked as I was. Maybe I'd have known that no matter what people try to take from you, you don't have to give it to them. I've definitely grown a bit." Josh adds, "Fame can be a dangerous thing. It can destroy you. I used to put myself in positions where I spoke up when I probably should have been listening. When you're young and have convictions, and fame suddenly gives you a microphone, you think, I'm going to tell everybody how it is."

      • Josh also addresses his history of dating co-stars saying, "I've met very important people in my life doing films. Sometimes that had consequences that were just awful for everybody involved. Some were fantastic all the way through. Everybody makes mistakes dating people they work with. They're whom I'm attracted to because I share experiences with them and understand a bit about what they are and what they do. If I were able to go back in time, I don't know if I could have done anything any different."
      • He is currently linked to Tamsin Egerton and has previously dated Scarlett Johansson and Amanda Seyfried.

    • GWYNETH PALTROW ADMITS TO CHEATING ON HER FOOD STAMP CHALLENGE

      Gwyneth Paltrow couldn't make it through her seven-day food stamp challenge. The actress was seen enjoying meals that were not part of her $29 haul of food that she shared on social media last Thursday (April 9th) and copped to the cheating on her GOOP website.

      She wrote, "Last week, chef Mario Batali challenged me to raise awareness and money for the NYC Food Bank by trying to live on $29 dollars for the week (what low income families on SNAP are trying to survive on.) Dubious that I could complete the week, I donated to the Food Bank at the outset, and all of us at the goop office began the challenge. As I suspected, we only made it through about four days, when I personally broke and had some chicken and fresh vegetables (and in full transparency, half a bag of black licorice.) My perspective has been forever altered by how difficult it was to eat wholesome, nutritious food on that budget, even for just a few days -- a challenge that 47 million Americans face every day, week, and year."

      • Gwyneth's post continued, "A few takeaways from the week were that vegetarian staples liked dried beans and rice go a long way, and we were able to come up with a few recipes on a super tight budget. After trying to complete this challenge (I would give myself a C-), I am even more outraged that there is still not equal pay in the workplace. Sorry to go on a tangent, but many hardworking mothers are being asked to do the impossible: Feed their families on a budget which can only support food businesses that provide low-quality food. The food system in our beautiful country needs to be subjected to a heavy revision -- it is a cyclical problem, with repercussions that we all feel. I'm not suggesting everyone eat organic food from some high horse in the sky. I'm saying everyone should be able to afford fresh, real food. And if women were paid an equal wage, families might have more of a choice in the grocery aisles, not to mention in the rest of their lives. I know hunger doesn't always touch us all directly -- but it does touch us all indirectly. After this week, I am even more grateful that I am able to provide high-quality food for my kids. Let's all do what we can to make this a basic human right and not a privilege."
      • The Iron Man star was first called out for cheating on the challenge after she was seen at an $85 per plate barbecue dinner on Tuesday night (April 14th) as well as another charity dinner hosted by David and Victoria Beckham.

    • INDUSTRY NEWS

      JERRY SEINFELD IS DONE WITH TV: Jerry Seinfeld may have one of the most successful sitcoms in history but he is not interested in returning to TV. He recently attended the first upfront event for Crackle -- the digital network that carries his show Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. Jerry told reporters, "TV is over. I did a TV show. I loved that experience. I really had the full experience that you could have on TV. And I thought if I wanted to do something else, I wanted to be a part of inventing a new experience for viewers." He added, "There's nothing different about what we're doing than what anyone else is doing on any media anywhere. TV networks are worried that you'll figure out TV is over and there's nothing special about it."

      ANOTHER 'FRIDAY' MOVIE MAY BE ON THE WAY: Ice Cube revealed in a recent interview with The Wrap that he is totally down to do another Friday movie. He explained, "It's really up to the movie companies to step up. That's my dream. I think all the parties involved, all the people that have been in the franchise, people from the first one to the third one, want to do another one." This month marks the 20th anniversary of the release of the first Friday film. Theaters around the country are holding special screenings of the comedy on April 20th.

      NEW DIRECTOR FOR 'WONDER WOMAN': Warner Bros. has tapped Patty Jenkins to step into the director's chair for Wonder Woman. Michelle MacLaren dropped out of the project earlier this week. Patty was once in talks to direct Thor 2 for Marvel Studios. She previously directed Charlize Theron's Oscar-winning performance in Monster.

      NBC IS BRINGING BACK 'WIZARD OF OZ' SERIES: NBC has decided to continue developing Emerald City -- a 10-episode drama set in the world of Wizard of Oz. The story follows 20-year-old Dorothy Gale and her K9 police dog as they are transported to a much darker version of Oz than what appeared in the 1939 film version. The show was originally picked up to series in 2014 but the network ultimately passed on the project.

      'STAR WARS' TRAILER HITS THE WEB: Star Wars fans were given a new peek at the upcoming Episode VII with a two-minute trailer that hit the web on Thursday (April 16th.) It features Luke Skywalker doing voiceover talking about how the Force runs strong in his family. The footage also shows Han Solo saying, "Chewie, we're home. to his wookie pal. Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18th.

    • COPS PHYSICALLY REMOVED KIM RICHARDS FROM POLO LOUNGE

      Kim Richards' sobriety was a major topic on this season's Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and things have taken a turn. According to TMZ, the reality star was arrested early on Thursday morning after being physically removed from the Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel for allegedly being too drunk and causing a scene.

      Sources say Kim reeked of alcohol and was slurring her words while acting belligerent. A police source told Us Weekly, "Hotel security requested to make a Private Persons Arrest and BHPD officers entered the restroom and took her into custody. She was passively resisting and she was taken into custody on Private Person Arrest."

      • Kim reportedly kicked one of the officers after she was taken to the station.
      • She was charged with trespassing, resisting arrest, battery on a police officer and being drunk in public. The officers gave her a citation at the station and she was released.
      • Kim's sister, Kyle Richards, discussed their strained relationship with Us Weekly earlier this week in New York saying, "Unfortunately nothing was resolved at the reunion. I'm sad that it has come to this. I hope that with time Kim and I will be able to resolve things. Regardless of what we have gone through, I love my sister and her children. They are incredibly important to me."

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