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  • Stone Temple Pilots have begun the search for a new singer following the departure late last year of Chester Bennington, who joined the band in early 2013 following their dismissal of original frontman Scott Weiland, who died this past December. Bennington ended his time with STP in order to concentrate on his main act, Linkin Park, as well as spend more time with his family.

    A new message posted at STP's website stated, "2016 marks a new year for Stone Temple Pilots . . . A year of hope, optimism, and most importantly, new music! We are immensely proud of all that we have been able to share with you over the years. Music, music, music. We very much want to continue doing that, but that’s going to take a little help from all of you."

    The message continued, "We are officially announcing that we are seeking a new vocalist to front Stone Temple Pilots. We’ve already heard from many talented people, but want to make this an opportunity for many more so we’ve set up a way for you to do just that. If you think you have what it takes to front this band, record with this band, and tour with this band, we would dig hearing from you."

    • The message alluded to Weiland's death, saying, "No one will ever 'replace' Scott; that was never the intent. The intent is for Stone Temple Pilots to continue on, to evolve, and to do what we do… make music!"
    • More information can be found at the band's website.
    • Highly Suspect singer Johnny Stevens tweeted last summer that he was approached by STP guitarist Dean DeLeo about becoming the group's frontman, but declined.
    • Bennington recorded one EP with the band, High Rise, and did a handful of tours during his tenure.
    • Weiland died in December at the age of 48 on his tour bus while promoting his last solo effort, Blaster. The cause of death was a mix of cocaine, alcohol and other drugs.


  • Slipknot is featured in the latest episode of the British art magazine series Artsnight, which premiered Friday night (February 5th) on BBC2. The program, which explores why artists wear masks, includes new interviews with Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor and percussionist Shawn "Clown" Crahan, who discuss the origins of their masks and why they wear them as part of their art.

    Taylor recalls how seeing Slipknot perform two years before he joined the band made such a lasting impression on him, saying, "It was visual, it was visceral, it was antagonistic, it was dangerous, it was powerful. I'd never seen a band like that before. It was taking everything that had been done creatively, artistically, visually and, to me, taking it to such a different realm. And I loved the fact that every mask was different, because it represented a different person."

    • Taylor adds,"The mask, for me, has always been that physical representation of the person inside me who just never had a voice. It allows me to be me. I mean, that's what it's all about . . . Everyone who wears a mask, embrace it, because you're not being somebody else; you're being yourself."
    • Crahan says that his clown mask started the whole idea to have Slipknot wear them, explaining, "I had gotten a version of this mask when I was 14. And I was just drawn to it, and it was awesome. And I just never knew why it was in my world, but it was always around me. And then one day, it just so happened, it was that moment of clarity (that helped me) decide what I wanted to project."
    • Crahan also told us a while back that the band's masks and images will always evolve: "We're not a Kiss thing. I love Kiss, they're the reason I play music, so no, you know, there's no disrespect here, but I'm not gonna be left to have, you know, demon eyes for my whole career. I can't do it. I'm too over here, there, and everywhere to ever have to be that one thing forever. I'm not. We're an ongoing experiment that we play, and we change."
    • Slipknot is currently on tour in Europe. The band is nominated in both the "Best Rock Album" and "Best Metal Performance" categories at the 58th annual Grammy Awards, which will be held on February 15th in Los Angeles and broadcast on CBS at 8:00 p.m. ET.
    AUDIO: SLIPKNOT'S CLOWN ON THE BAND'S LOOK EVOLVING


  • Drowning Pool released its sixth studio album on Friday (February 5th), titled Hellelujah. The album was recorded during a period when the band was between record labels, which drummer Mike Luce told us was a liberating experience: "As strange as it was to be between labels while making this record, it was awesome and completely free in the sense that we didn't feel like we had to write to appease anyone. It was liberating in the sense that all we had to do was look around the room and approve with each other what we were doing." kind of just brought me back to that mind frame we were in 16 years ago when we wrote that record and that kind of that core sound that we had."

    • The first single from Hellelujah is called "By The Blood."
    • The new disc follows up 2013's Resilience, which introduced the band's fourth and current singer, Jasen Moreno.
    • Pierce explained why Moreno was finally the "right guy" for Drowning Pool, saying, "He came up in the music scene in Dallas with us so he’s always been around . . . I think you’ve got to be friends and get along and be on the same page before you can start writing music together."
    • Drowning Pool is heading out on tour with Mudvayne offshoot act Audiotopsy and will kick off their five-week run on February 11th in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
    AUDIO: DRUMMER MIKE LUCE ON MAKING THE NEW DROWNING POOL ALBUM


  • Weezer main man Rivers Cuomo and Death Cab For Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard are among the modern rock artists contributing songs to Good Times!, a collection of new music from '60s pop TV sensations The Monkees. The album will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the band's debut and will be their first set of new material in 19 years. Also penning songs for the set are Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher, Adam Schlesinger of Fountains Of Wayne and more, with Schlesinger also producing the disc.

    • Aside from the contributions from modern artists, Good Times! will include songs written for the Monkees in the '60s by artists like Neil Diamond, Carole King and Harry Nilsson.
    • Founding Monkees members Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork will appear on the record, although fellow founder Michael Nesmith is not expected to participate.
    • The band's fourth member, Davy Jones, died in 2012, although a vocal recorded by him will be included. The disc is slated for a June 10th release and will be followed by a world tour.
    • Dolenz spoke with Rolling Stone about the new songs, saying, "We all agree that the lyrics in the Rivers Cuomo song needed to be aged up a little bit. It sounds like it's about a little girl and I'm 70 years old, so Rivers is re-writing the lyrics."
    • He added that Noel Gallagher is still writing lyrics for his contribution, while Ben Gibbard's song "Me & Magdalena" is ready to go.


  • Korn guitarist Brian "Head" Welch will release his fourth book, titled With My Eyes Wide Open: Miracles And Mistakes On My Way Back To Korn, on May 17th through the publisher Thomas Nelson. According to the official synopsis, the book will chronicle Welch's experiences in the eight years that he was not a member of the band, which he left in 2005 after becoming a born again Christian and struggling to kick addictions to drugs and alcohol.

    Welch told us a while back how he liked to think of this period of his life: "I call 'em like 'the wilderness years,' when I was gone in a way, raising my daughter and doing all that stuff for all those years. And then, you know, getting together with the Korn guys again and -- you know like my first book, like I told about my whole childhood and all the details and everything? I'm gonna do the same with this during like the mysterious 'wilderness years,' I like to call 'em." around some wacky people too. And I went through some crazy stuff with, like, court cases, lawsuits… all this crazy stuff, man."
  • Welch's previous books include 2008's Save Me From Myself: How I Found God, Quit Korn, Kicked Drugs, And Lived To Tell My Story, a young adult variation on that called Washed By Blood: Lessons From My Time With Korn And My Journey To Christ and 2010's Stronger: Forty Days Of Metal And Spirituality.
  • Welch pursued a solo career for several years before rejoining Korn onstage in 2012 at a festival. He reunited with the group permanently in 2013 and recorded his first album with them in 10 years, The Paradigm Shift. The band is now at work on its 12th studio effort.
AUDIO: KORN'S BRIAN 'HEAD' WELCH ON WRITING A NEW BOOK


  • After over a year off the net, David Lee Roth's web series, The Roth Show, is back online on the newly revamped DavidLeeRoth.net website. According to Ultimate Classic Rock, the first installment of 2016 focused on "the history of Los Angeles car culture, including the size of tires found on monster trucks, custom car builder Big Daddy Roth (no relation) and the importance of low riders among Southern California’s Latino population."

    Roth also played a an acoustic recording of him tackling Simon & Garfunkel's Bridge Over Troubled Water classic, "Baby Driver," and sang along with the official version of the Police's Outlandos d'Amour opener "Next To You," among other tracks. Roth began airing The Roth Show back in 2012, but pulled all episodes over a year ago when he left social media and took his website offline. There's been no word as to whether past episodes of The Roth Show will be re-upped on the new site.

    • Greg Renoff, the author of the recent Van Halen biography, Van Halen Rising: How A Southern California Backyard Party Band Saved Heavy Metal, ultimately feels that David Lee Roth's solo career dried up due to a drastic dip in material: "The musicians were great, I don't think the songs were good enough. They weren't Eddie Van Halen (laughs)-quality songs. You listen to that record -- y'know, 'Yankee Rose' might be catchy and stuff but, I can listen to the second side of (Van Halen's) Fair Warning and be completely swept away in the music, whereas with the second side of Eat 'Em And Smile, you're like 'well. . . ' The songs aren't great, right? You still got Roth, and Roth's personality comes through, but yeah, I don't think the songs were good enough. The other thing, too, was that magic combination of the songwriting team. You can't just split that up."
    AUDIO: GREG RENOFF ON EARLY VAN HALEN SONGWRITING


    • INDUSTRY NEWS

      CHANNING TATUM AND JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT JOINING FORCES FOR NEW MUSICAL: Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt have signed on to co-star in a new untitled musical comedy. The actors will produce the project along with Wicked's Marc Platt and Adam Siegel. Channing and Joseph previously worked together in 2005's Havoc and the 2008 drama Stop-Loss.

      'MACGYVER' MOVIE IN THE WORKS: Lionsgate is developing a movie reboot of MacGyver. The project is in partnership with CBS who will also be bringing the show back to TV. The original show ran for seven seasons on ABC and two TV movies in 1994.

      LIZA WEIL SIGNS ON FOR 'GILMORE GIRLS' REBOOT: Paris will be back in the Gilmore Girls reboot. How to Get Away With Murder's Liza Weil has signed on to reprise her role from the original series as Rory's best friend. Shooting begins in L.A. this week.

      'INSIDE OUT' EARNS BEST ANIMATED FEATURE AT ANNIE AWARDS: The 43rd Annual Annie Awards were held over the weekend and Pixar's Inside Out was the night's big winner. The movie took the prize for best animated feature as well nine other categories. The only category it lost was best animated effects which went to The Good Dinosaur.

      'FIFTY SHADES DARKER' ADDS BELLA HEATHCOTE: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies actress Bella Heathcote has been added to the cast of Fifty Shades Darker. She will be playing a former lover of Christian Grey's named Leila. The movie will hit theaters on February 10, 2017.

    • ROSE MCGOWAN IS DIVORCED AFTER TWO YEARS OF MARRIAGE

      Rose McGowan has split from her husband, Davey Detail, after two years of marriage. According to Gossip Cop, they actually split up last May but they reached the two-year mark back in October.

      The former Charmed star told the website, "I'm very happy. We are good friends. I had the experience of being married and decided it wasn't for me. I'm super happy! I only wanted to be married for a year and so I did exactly that!" Rose also explained her decision on Twitter writing, "Here's the deal, I only wanted to be married for a short period of time. If I don't conform to other societal norms, why would I have a traditional marriage?"

      • She and Davey got engaged in 2013 and married a few months later in a small ceremony in L.A.

    • MATT LEBLANC OPENS UP ABOUT DARK TIMES AFTER 'JOEY'

      Matt LeBlanc admits that his life got very dark during his break from Hollywood after the end of his Friends spin-off, Joey.

      He recently told UK's Mirror that he spent years barely leaving the house after the show ended in 2006 and explained, "I was burnt out. I wanted to not have a schedule, not be somewhere. I was in a position to do that. My agent was bummed. Most actors call their agents and say, 'What's going on?'. I'd call mine and say, 'Please lose my number for a few years.' It was a very dark time. I almost had a nervous breakdown."

      • Matt also revealed that he cut his hair into a Mohawk to try and curb the unwanted attention.

    • WOODY HARRELSON IS TRYING TO OPEN A POT DISPENSARY

      Woody Harrelson wants to get into the weed business. The Associated Press is reporting that he has filed an application to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Hawaii.

      The application was filed under Woody's company name, Simple Organic Living. It was one of around 60 applications filed to open up shop in Honolulu County since the state passed a bill last year allowing dispensaries to open. The applications will be reviewed in April and eight will be chosen. Woody will be allowed to open two production centers and two dispensaries if his application is selected.

      • Tetris developer Henk Rogers and Hawaii Stars producer Dirk Fukushima have also filed applications.
      • Hawaii legalized medical marijuana 16 years ago.

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