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  • AC/DC DRUMMER CALLS NEW ALBUM 'STELLAR'

    AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd reckons that the band's new album is better than its predecessor, 2008's Black Ice, even though founding guitarist Malcolm Young was not present for the sessions. In an interview with Australian radio station Triple M, Rudd called the record "stellar," adding, "I hope it’s as good as I remember when I came away from the studio. It’s pretty damn good."

    • Although some music news sites erroneously quoted Rudd as saying that the album was recorded in 10 days, he actually said that he was done with his drum parts in that time, adding, "I've never played better."
    • Rudd, who releases his debut solo album Head Job on Friday (August 29th), recently confirmed during an appearance on Australia's Today Show that AC/DC will play live again.
    • He explained, "There will be another tour, and I’ll be on it. And when there’s another one, I’ll be on that. And another record, I’ll be on that. It’ll go until it dies. We’ll probably all have to be dead before it stops, you know what I’m saying? You’ll never stop Angus (Young), mate."
    • AC/DC announced earlier this summer that Malcolm Young was stepping down from the group after 40 years due to unspecified health issues.
    • The band recently completed recording on its 16th studio album, with Malcolm and Angus' nephew Stevie Young filling in for Malcolm on guitar. The disc is due out before the end of the year.

  • JACK WHITE TAKES IN MARINERS GAME WITH EDDIE VEDDER AND PAUL SIMON

    Jack White took in a Seattle Mariners game on Wednesday afternoon (August 27th) at Safeco Field with none other than Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder and the legendary Paul Simon. Sadly, the Mariners lost to the Texas Rangers by a score of 12 to 4, but that didn't stop the three rock icons from getting together for an Instagram photo. The game was the latest on a series of baseball-related stops White has been making on his current tour.

    • His other activities have included throwing out the first pitch at a game in his hometown of Detroit, hanging out with Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson in Oakland, chatting with Rockies slugger Justin Morneau during batting practice in Colorado, and visiting the Negro Leagues Museum in Kansas City.
    • White will also play the "Bleacher Theater" at Boston's Fenway Park on September 17th, on a stage set up above the right field bullpen in the home park of the Red Sox.
    • White has been playing through pain for the better part of a week, having severely sprained his ankle during a recent show but refusing to postpone any dates.
    • The singer and guitarist is touring in support of his chart-topping second solo album, Lazaretto.

  • FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH DRUMMER POSTS VIDEO CLIPS TO PROMOTE BOOK

    Video clips of Five Finger Death Punch drummer and co-founder Jeremy Spencer talking about the band's guitarists, Zoltan Bathory and Jason Hook, has been posted online to promote the upcoming publication of Spencer's autobiography, Death Punch'd: Surviving Five Finger Death Punch's Metal Mayhem. Spencer told us how the book came about: "I decided to clean myself up and I went into rehab a few years ago, and the day I got out I basically just started writing my whole life as a therapeutic kind of exercise. I was writing about a thousand to two thousand words a day. I would do it on tour, in the tour bus, wherever we were, and it started to shape up into something kind of interesting. I'm really excited because I think that it's relatable and I think it might be able to help some people and people can relate to the story." .

  • The book is described as Spencer's "personal journey through the wild highs and terrifying lows of the rock 'n' roll lifestyle . . . a wry and rollicking tale of music, addiction and recovery, revealing the path that served as a catalyst to make him the man he is today."
  • Spencer has committed a percentage of his personal income from the book to support NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, which represents more than 75,000 addiction counselors, educators and other addiction-focused health care professionals in the United States, Canada and abroad.
  • Spencer's book has already received advance accolades from rock legends and recovering alcoholics Alice Cooper and Rob Halford.
  • Five Finger Death Punch begins its fall tour with Volbeat on September 16th in Salt Lake City.
AUDIO: FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH'S JEREMY SPENCER ON WRITING A BOOK

  • WEEZER FRONTMAN WORKING ON SITCOM BASED ON HIS LIFE

    Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo is working on a TV series based on his life, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Cuomo has teamed with Steve Franks, creator of the series Psych, on a new sitcom called DeTour. The show is described as following a "30-something rock star who . . . walks away from the spotlight at the height of his fame in an effort to rediscover the parts of his life he missed while he was busy becoming a massive success."

    • If that rings a bell, that's because Cuomo did more or less the same thing: at the height of Weezer's popularity in the mid-'90s, he put the band on hold for a few years to pursue a degree at Harvard University.
    • Fox has expressed interest in making and airing a pilot for the show, although it has not committed to producing a full series just yet.
    • Cuomo told us a while back that he'd be comfortable with putting his life onscreen: "I don't think anyone's ever really had an intimate look inside my daily life, so that might be interesting. I don't have anything to hide, and as long as it's interesting -- I don't want something to come out that's just boring for everyone."
    • Weezer will release its new album, Everything Will Be Alright In The End, on October 7th.
    AUDIO: WEEZER'S RIVERS CUOMO ON FILMING HIS LIFE

  • MASSIVE 10TH ANNIVERSARY ALTER BRIDGE BOX SET ARRIVES

    Alter Bridge has finally made available its new limited edition 27-disc box set, titled X, in celebration of the band's 10th anniversary. Originally scheduled for release earlier this year, the 3,000-copy set includes all four Alter Bridge studio albums, along with DVD, Blu-ray, and vinyl audio copies of Live From Amsterdam and Live At Wembley, including a 3D version of the latter. Also in the box is every webisode to date, hours of unreleased interviews and documentary footage, a coffee table book, a signed poster, and much more.

    Singer Myles Kennedy says it's hard to believe that Alter Bridge has been around for a decade: "It's pretty crazy. We've been so busy for the last 10 years that it makes time fly. But you know, it's a beautiful thing when you think about the fact that we're still in the game after 10 years. You know, that means we get to continue to follow our bliss and make music, so we're lucky."

    • Fans who pre-ordered their copies of the box set will get their copies by the end of this month.
    • Kennedy said in a statement, "X is both a fond look back and a great leap forward after ten years making music together. This collection rewards a precious few of our most ardent fans with almost every thing we’ve ever done -- well, everything we want to share! It’s been a tremendous ten years and we look forward to ten more."
    • Alter Bridge will kick off a fall tour in Louisville, Kentucky on October 4th, wrapping up on October 26th in Los Angeles.
    AUDIO: MYLES KENNEDY ON ALTER BRIDGE BEING AROUND FOR 10 YEARS

    • BRANGELINA IS MARRIED

      Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have made it official! After years of will they or won't they speculation, it has been confirmed by a rep for the couple that they married on Saturday (August 23rd) at their home in France, Chateau Miraval in a small ceremony in front of family and friends.

      The spokesman revealed that Pax and Maddox walked Angelina down the aisle, Zahara and Vivienne threw flower petals, and Shiloh and Knox were the ring bearers.

      What They Wore:

      • Although Angelina's dress designer is not currently known, a source told E! News, "The gown was very traditional, but very Angie, it was comfortable but plain white floor-length antique lace and silk." The insider added, "The boys all wore tiny matching cream linen suits which were just like Brad's tux while the girls had each chosen a dress to match their own individual style and they had them specially made."

      The Ceremony:

      • "Brad and Angie said hand-written vows telling each other how much they love each other and their beautiful family and they both had tears in their eyes as did everyone else. It was short but loaded with meaning and it was a lovely way to start life in their new family home now that the building work is finally finished."

      The Party:

      • "They all went back into the main house into the 'Great Hall' and had a big celebration lunch with local hams, cheeses, freshly caught sea bass, Italian pastas and champagne, as well as Chateau Miraval rosé wine. There were three different types of cakes, all picked by the kids -- one was a strawberry ice cream one, another was a three chocolate gateau and a third had fresh cream and raspberries."

      The Honeymoon:

      • As for the honeymoon, another source said, "The honeymoon was a few days enjoying Miraval and how much space they have now. The kids went quad biking and swimming on the afternoon of the wedding and that night they all had pizza in the garden. The whole thing was very Brad and Angie. They're low key and much more about romantic gestures than they are about having a big, flashy multi-million dollar wedding."
      • Brad was photographed wearing his new wedding ring at a photo call for his new film Fury in the UK earlier this week.
      • Pitt proposed to his new bridge back in 2012 with a ring he designed with Robert Procop.

      HOLLYWOOD REACTS:

      • George Clooney told People, "How great is that? I’m really happy for Brad and Angie and their whole family."
      • Bella Thorne tweeted, "OMG Brad and Angelina got married <3 <3 <3 #MRANDMRSSMITH"
      • Michael Ian Black tweeted, "Now that Brad and Angelina are married, I can FINALLY start worrying about when they're going to get divorced."
      • Mia Farrow tweeted, "Congratulations Angie & Brad!!! Now let's work for the day when everyone can get married."
      • Sandra Bernhard tweeted, "although they both lied to me on separate occasions I congratulate both #angelina and #brad i'll never forget our special time together."

    • HEALTH SCARE FOR JOAN RIVERS

      Joan Rivers is currently in stable but critical condition after experiencing complications during throat surgery on Thursday morning (August 28th.)

      A source told E! News, "They were putting a scope down her throat to check her vocal cords. She stopped breathing. This was not major surgery." Joan was sedated for the procedure but it is not currently known what drug was given to her. The NY Daily News is reporting that she has been placed under a medically induced coma and is expected to remain that way until this weekend when they will reportedly assess the damage that was done while she was deprived of oxygen.

      • She is currently being treated in the ICU of Mt. Sinai hospital in New York City.
      • A rep for the hospital released a statement saying, "This morning, Joan Rivers was taken to The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, where she is being attended to. Her family wants to thank everybody for their outpouring of love and support. We will provide an update on her condition as it becomes available."
      • Melissa Rivers and her son Cooper took an early flight to be by her mother's side.
      • Witnesses say that the 81-year-old appeared to be in good condition during promotional appearances for her book, Diary of a Mad Diva.

    • INDUSTRY NEWS

      EMMA ROBERTS JOINS 'FEBRUARY' WITH KIERNAN SHIPKA: Emma Roberts has signed on to co-star alongside Kiernan Shipka in a new thriller called February. According to The Wrap, the movie tells the story of Joan, Rose and Kat. As Joan makes her way across a frozen landscape to reach the other two, stranded at a prestigious boarding school, Kat becomes increasingly plagued with visions and evil forces. The project is being pitched to buyers at the Toronto Film Festival in September.

      'THE GOOD WIFE' WELCOMES DAVID HYDE PIERCE: David Hyde Pierce has been cast in the upcoming season of CBS' The Good Wife. According to E! News, "Pierce will appear in episode seven of the legal drama and play a highly respected cable news legal commentator who is so disgusted by the corruption and murder rate in Chicago that he decides to run for office in order to affect change." This is his first major TV gig since Frasier ended in 2004.

      NETFLIX NABS RIGHTS TO 'THE BLACKLIST': Netflix has made a deal to cough up big bucks for the rights to NBC's The Blacklist. The company will be paying $2 million per episode for the drama which kicks off its second season in the fall. The first season of the show is expected to be made available for streaming next weekend.

      SHONDA RHIMES IS HEADING TO 'THE MINDY PROJECT': Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes will be stepping in front of the camera to do a guest appearance on The Mindy Project. The only details currently known about the gig is that she will be playing herself in an episode airing this fall. Shonda has professed her love for the show in the past. She tweeted back in March, "Am so happy that The Mindy Project was renewed! I would be so mad if I couldn't watch my show. Congrats, @mindykaling!"

      A&E CANCELS 'LONGMIRE': A&E has decided to pull the plug on Longmire, the network's most-watched original drama series of all time. The decision has been made to bring the show back for a fourth season. The network released a statement saying, "We would like to thank the phenomenal cast, crew and producers of Longmire, along with our partners at Warner Horizon, for their tireless work on three seasons of quality dramatic storytelling. We are incredibly proud of what we have achieved together." The studio who produces the show has revealed they plan to shop it around to other outlets.

    • NBC WOULDN'T AIR SUICIDE PREVENTION PSA AFTER ROBIN WILLIAMS EMMY TRIBUTE

      NBC stands behind their decision not to air a PSA from the National Suicide Prevention Network following the tribute to Robin Williams at the Emmys on Monday (August 25th.)

      The network released a statement to The Hollywood Reporter saying, "Collectively we decided to celebrate the life of Robin Williams, not his death or, more to the point, the way he died. The Emmys telecast is a celebration, and the 'In Memoriam' section of our show is an important one." The statement goes on to say, "We believe we honored Robin in the right away. Suicide is a serious issue, but we decided not to dwell on that -- or its prevention -- in this particular forum."

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