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  • It appears even some law enforcement officials have an issue with Nickelback. With the band on tour in Australia and performing in Brisbane on Wednesday night (May 20th), the QPS Media Unit account on Twitter -- the social media site for the Queensland police -- issued an alert saying, "Urgent police warning: Men matching this description expected to be committing musical crimes in Boondall tonight," accompanied by a cartoon image of the Canadian rockers.

    • The police force’s Facebook page took the joke even further, warning followers that the band members "are believed to be impersonating musicians" and warning residents near the gig, "Avoid the area. It may be hazardous to your hearing and street cred."
    • Nickelback itself has yet to comment on the story or respond via its own Twitter account.
    • The band has been the target of such jokes before. Last year, a British man named Craig Mandell launched a Kickstarter campaign to have Nickelback permanently banned from playing in London.
    • Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger told us at the time how he felt about the initiative:"I love it. I hope the money goes to charity and not in this guy's pocket. More controversy that surrounds either myself, my personal life, the band, whatever -- I think it's hilarious. All these critics, they're just tireless. They keep ragging on the band. If they had stopped writing all this stuff about us, there would be no controversy left in the band and we probably would have died out years ago. They don't know that they're still responsible for us being (laughs) around today."
    • Nickelback will play a few more shows in Australia and Japan before flying back to begin a lengthy North American trek on June 19th in Ridgefield, Washington.
    • The band is touring behind its eighth studio album, No Fixed Address, The disc entered the Billboard chart at Number Four last November with sales of around 80,000 copies -- a far cry from the nearly 227,000 copies moved by the act's previous release, 2011's Here And Now.

  • Faith No More drummer Mike Bordin admitted in an interview with Radio.com that his involvement in the controversial 2002 re-recordings of drum and bass parts on Ozzy Osbourne's first two classic albums was "f**ked up." Bordin and future Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo, who both played in Ozzy's solo band, were recruited by Sharon Osbourne to re-record the drums and bass on reissues of 1980's Blizzard Of Ozz and 1981's Diary Of A Madman. Sharon ordered the re-recording to remove the original parts by bassist Bob Daisley and drummer Lee Kerslake, who were suing the Osbournes over royalties.

    Now Bordin said, "That was really kind of a f**cked up thing . . . That wasn't what I was going in expecting to do. So, that's all I'll say about it. I'm not ever going to throw anyone under the bus, ever. But when it turned out that that's what the reason was (for re-recording those tracks) -- I never knew that. That doesn't lessen the fact that it happened. But that wasn't the way that it was presented to me at all."

    • The original tracks were restored for the 30th-anniversary editions of both albums.
    • Ozzy himself told us he was opposed to replacing the original tracks when he found out about it: "Believe me, it wasn't my doing. I mean, I didn't know that was being done, 'cause Sharon was fighting all the legal things that were going down at the time. I said, 'What did you do that for?' And she said, 'The only way I could stop everything was if it went to that level.' And I said, 'You know what, whatever the circumstances were, I want the original thing back.' I mean, I wouldn't have done that." .
    • The reunited band is touring Europe through the end of June but will launch a new round of North American dates on July 26th in Austin, Texas.

  • Jack White has posted a "Frequently Asked Questions" section on the website of his Third Man record label in which he addresses his motivation for teaming up with Jay-Z and other musician "co-owners" to launch the controversial streaming service Tidal. To a fan complaining about Tidal charging a premium for its service, White responded. "Don't devalue musicians, man; support them. Making records is expensive, believe us. I don't see people saying we should go to the movies for free, or Netflix should be free. That state of music is in flux. Be on the side of supporting creativity, not taking from it. This gives you that chance."

    It wasn't long ago -- a few years, in fact -- that White thought any Internet resources were destroying music's mystique: "Ease of use, there's no doubt about that, you can't argue the ease of use and the click and instantaneous gratification. But I felt a lot better when I was trying to find, like, I couldn't find a Led Zeppelin T-shirt when I was a kid. I didn't even know where to go get one in Detroit. Now you can get it at Wal-Mart, which is great. I'm glad those kids are getting turned on to it, but also there has to be other things involved that they can search out for and get for themselves and not just have it handed to them. Because as soon as you click on something, what do you do five seconds later? You click off of it."

    • Replying to the suggestion that Tidal was launched simply as a way to make Jay, White and their friends wealthier, White wrote, "It's not about the rich getting richer. It takes artists that can get people's attention to be able to make a scenario possible for those artists that don't have a voice to get in a position where they aren't struggling."
    • A representative for White told Rolling Stone that the questions were submitted by members of Third Man Records' subscription service The Vault.
    • White said he hoped to get the entire Third Man catalog up on Tidal and also mentioned getting full discographies from some artists, like Loretta Lynn, saying, "Loretta Lynn recorded something like 90 albums. How many can you acquire or stream digitally? Four? Six? Where are the other 80-plus?"
    • The singer and guitarist also wrote that he believes Tidal can champion smaller artists, saying, "I'm aiming to get unknown artists paid so that they can make more music."
    • Tidal has gotten off to a rocky start since its launch in March with the company's CEO leaving and the app dropping out of the iTunes store's top 750 downloads. More competition is on the way too from Spotify and Apple.

  • Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler appeared in public with estranged drummer Bill Ward for the first time since late 2011 at the Ivor Novello Awards in London, England on Thursday (May 21st). The members of the legendary metal act were on hand to accept a Lifetime Achievement Award. Iommi accepted on the band's behalf, confirming that Sabbath will embark on a "final tour" next year.

    • Ward commented, ""It's been a good 40 years. At least, I think it has."
    • Singer Ozzy Osbourne was not present at the ceremony, which has celebrated British songwriting and songwriters annually for 60 years.
    • Ward sat out the recording of Sabbath's reunion album, 13, and its subsequent tour over what he claimed was a contract dispute, while the other members of Sabbath hinted that he was not physically capable of touring and performing.
    • The feud flared up again recently with Ward and Ozzy exchanging bitter and sometimes emotional open letters via Facebook.
    • Ward told Rolling Stone in April that he was "quite capable" of playing a full Black Sabbath show and demanded that Ozzy apologize for his remarks.
    • Ward admitted to past health and weight problems but maintained that he was in shape for recording and touring. He added that his terms for a "signable" contract with Sabbath included "better money" for festival shows along with publishing money.
    • Ozzy responded to Ward's letter, saying, "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."
    • Brad Wilk played drums on 13, while Tommy Clufetos was behind the kit for the group's world tour.

  • Muse frontman Matt Bellamy recalled a recent visit to the White House in a new interview with NME, saying that there's a "power structure" at play in Washington D.C. that makes people "sacrifice a part of their inner morality." Bellamy attended the annual White House Correspondents Dinner in 2012 with his then-fiancee, actress Kate Hudson, where he was seated next to George W Bush's former Secretary Of State, Colin Powell.

    Bellamy explained, "I asked him about hollow-point bullets, because Homeland Security had purchased millions of them. They explode when they hit you -- I think they are banned under the Geneva Convention. This was widely reported in the conspiracy press, and the question was why were they buying so many. It looked like they were preparing for massive riots."

    • So how did Powell respond, Bellamy continued, "And so (Colin Powell) said -- it was an amazing deflection, and also a chilling insight into the military mindset -- 'When you’re out in the field and you want to shoot, you want to kill: quickly and cleanly.' And that was it... on to dessert."
    • Bellamy noted that it was "hard to say in one meeting" what Powell was like, but added, "There’s a power structure there that is intoxicating to be a part of, and I think when people get offered the chance to become a part of that, they are willing to sacrifice a part of their inner morality."
    • Muse's new album, Drones, arrives on June 9th and follows up 2012's The 2nd Law.
    • Earlier this week, Muse released a new song called "Mercy," the third track to be revealed from Drones after "Psycho" and "Dead Inside."

  • With Metallica booked as one of the headliners for this summer's Lollapalooza festival, Jane's Addiction singer and festival founder Perry Farrell told RollingStone.com that he was "honored" to have the band aboard. But Farrell added that he didn't feel quite the same way when Metallica headlined the 1996 touring edition of Lollapalooza, saying, "I was very angry the first time they played Lollapalooza. I helped create the genre alternative, and alternative was against hair metal, teased-out hair, spandex, bulls**t rock music. Metallica, in my estimation at that time, wasn't my thing. I was into alternative and punk and underground."

    Farrell added that he was "kind of harsh" on the band back then and that he likes their music now, but said, "(Metallica) was not the first group that I didn't want to play Lollapalooza, because I have an obligation to my patrons. I'm all about genuine, authentic, heartfelt, the real deal. So I was not sure about Metallica back in those days. It's my f**king party and I'll have who I want."

    • Farrell also shared that he had seen the new documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck, saying, "I met him briefly. I must admit, I got high with him in the basement of the Palace when he came to Los Angeles, and I hung out with him at one of the MTV awards shows . . . We had a mutual respect."
    • Farrell also revealed that he is working on a "mystery project" that he wants to be his "shining and greatest achievement in life." He explained that Jane's Addiction will "test-pilot" it within a year, adding, "We will be breaking ground. It's very music-centric, but it is inclusive of technology, film, theater and even the gastronomic arts. It's going to be the greatest thing I've ever done."
    • Lollapalooza is scheduled to take place at Chicago's Grant Park on July 31st, August 1st and August 2nd. Joining Metallica and Paul McCartney will be more than 100 other acts. This summer's show will mark Lollapalooza's 10th year as a destination festival in Chicago.


    Harry Potter actor Matthew Lewis is leaving his days as Neville Longbottom behind him one article of clothing at a time. The 25-year-old strips down in the new issue of UK's Attitude magazine and J.K. Rowling was not ready to see all of that.

    The author tweeted on Thursday (May 21st,) ".@Mattdavelewis Not as bad as watching Dan in Equus, but close. Warn me next time, for God's sake." Matt responded by writing, "Well, this is awkward. Sorry, Jo..." Rowling wrote back, "I will always support you whatever you want to do, Matthew. Now go put some clothes on." Fellow Potter actor Jason Isaacs, who played Lucius Malfoy chimed in to ask, "Surely Neville Pertbottom now?" JK tweeted, "I wouldn't know. I hastily averted my eyes and read an article on Political Correctness to get over the shock."

    • J.K.'s original tweet referred to Daniel Radcliffe's role in the play Equus where he got completely naked on stage.


    A major skeleton has been discovered in the closet of the Duggar family of TLC's 19 Kids and Counting. In Touch Weekly and TMZ broke the news on Thursday (May 21st) that 27-year-old Josh Duggar was investigated for sexually molesting five girls starting back in 2002 -- including a few of his own sisters.

    TMZ has confirmed the story with law enforcement that Josh was 14 when he was accused of fondling the genitals and breasts of the girls. Some of them were supposedly sleeping when the incidents occurred. According to a police report, it happened again nine months after the original claims which prompted patriarch Jim Bob and church elders decided to send him away to a treatment program. Michelle Duggar revealed that no actual treatment was given and that her son just worked with a guy remodeling homes.

    • Josh responded to the news in a statement which read, "Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends. I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation. We spoke with the authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing, and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling. I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life."
    • He has also resigned from his position at the Family Research Council.
    • Jim Bob and Michelle also responded to the story saying, "Back 12 years ago our family went through one of the most difficult times of our lives. When Josh was a young teenager, he made some very bad mistakes, and we were shocked. We had tried to teach him right from wrong. That dark and difficult time caused us to seek God like never before. Even though we would never choose to go through something so terrible, each one of our family members drew closer to God. We pray that as people watch our lives they see that we are not a perfect family. We have challenges and struggles every day. It is one of the reasons we treasure our faith so much because God's kindness and goodness and forgiveness are extended to us -- even though we are so undeserving. We hope somehow the story of our journey -- the good times and the difficult times -- cause you to see the kindness of God and learn that He can bring you through anything."
    • Josh's wife Anna also shared her own statement which read, "I can imagine the shock many of you are going through reading this. I remember feeling that same shock. When my family and I first visited the Duggar home, Josh shared his past teenage mistakes. I was surprised at his openness and humility and at the same time didn't know why he was sharing it. For Josh, he wanted not just me but my parents to know who he really was -- even very difficult past mistakes. He continued to do what he was taught. I know who Josh really is -- someone who had gone down a wrong path and had humbled himself before God and those whom he had offended. Someone who had received the help needed to change the direction of his life and do what is right."
    • The investigation reportedly kept the family from appearing on an episode of Oprah back in 2006 after someone sent an email to the show to warn them about the allegations.


    The reviews are in and former Glee star Dianna Agron fails to impress during her performance in McQueen in London's West End.

    The 29-year-old plays a girl named Dahlia who breaks into the home of late fashion designer Alexander McQueen to steal a dress. Broadway World collected reviews from various publications which all seem to be in agreement that her performance falls flat.

    • Michael Billington of The Guardian wrote, "However you choose to define it, the show certainly doesn't offer much in the way of drama...Stephen Wight is also excellent as Lee: outwardly tough and self-assured, inwardly shy and vulnerable. Dianna Agron falls into monotonous vocal rhythms as Dahlia..."
    • Ben Lawrence of The Telegraph explained, "Another issue is Agron...who never manages to elevate her character beyond a clothes-horse spouting psychobabble. She speaks in a strange, sing-song voice throughout, reciting rather than metabolizing her lines..."
    • Holly Williams wrote in The Independent, "Glee star Dianna Agron is not good, I'm afraid. Her delivery is glib yet slow -- I never believe the quick-fire rapport with McQueen, and when they get onto more profound or personal matters, her probing feels painfully crass rather than deep-and-meaningful."


    37-year-old Maggie Gyllenhaal is apparently too old to be a love interest for a 55-year-old man. The former Oscar nominee chatted with The Wrap about her experience dealing with sexism and ageism in Hollywood.

    She told the website, "There are things that are really disappointing about being an actress in Hollywood that surprise me all the time. I'm 37 and I was told recently I was too old to play the lover of a man who was 55. It was astonishing to me. It made me feel bad, and then it made me feel angry, and then it made me laugh." Maggie did not specify which movie the part was for but she went on to express that she isn't entirely pessimistic about the industry saying, "A lot of actresses are doing incredible work right now, playing real women, complicated women. I don't feel despairing at all. And I'm more looking with hope for something fascinating."

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