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  • Red Hot Chili Peppers will release a new song called "Dark Necessities" on Thursday (May 5th), according to a tweet the band posted on Monday morning (May 2nd). The track is likely to be the first single from the Los Angeles quartet's upcoming 11th studio album. More details on that, including the set's title and arrival date, are expected to be revealed after the single premieres.

    "Dark Necessities" will be the first new Chili Peppers tune in five years. Bassist Flea told us a while back that he's not a fan himself of listening to a new album one song at a time: "I think that people who really love music are always going to listen to a whole body of work together. It's not just like, you don't wanna hear just one little thing, you wanna hear the whole storm and the calm after the storm and the whole thing. You wanna live all the things that life has and not just one little piece. But at the same time, there's a lot of great singles that live on their own and I'm proud of any of the songs by themselves."

    • The new Chili Peppers set will follow up 2011's I'm With You.
    • The disc was produced by regular Black Keys collaborator Danger Mouse and is the first Peppers LP not produced by Rick Rubin since 1989’s Mother Milk.
    • The Chili Peppers have been visible lately, playing a fundraiser for Bernie Sanders and just last week appearing at a benefit staged by drummer Chad Smith and actor Will Ferrell.
    • The band has a number of festival appearances coming up, including a radio festival in Irvine, California on May 14th, Ohio's Rock On The Range on May 22nd and BottleRock in Napa, California on May 29th. The group will then head to Europe for a while before returning to headline Lollapalooza in Chicago on July 30th.
    AUDIO: RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS BASSIST FLEA ON LISTENING TO SONGS INDIVIDUALLY


  • Stone Temple Pilots have quickly shot down rumors that Creed frontman Scott Stapp has become their new vocalist, according to Blabbermouth. The rumor was apparently semi-started by Stapp himself, who hinted in a radio interview that he had been recruited by STP as the third lead singer in the band's history. But STP tweeted a brief statement on Monday (May 2nd) saying, "Despite recent comments, Scott Stapp is not, nor has he ever been considered as the singer for STP."

    During his interview with WNNX in Atlanta on Monday morning, Stapp said that he had been "working on a new album with a new group of guys -- guys from some pretty well-known rock bands that you guys will know." When pressed, Stapp said the project couldn't be announced until June and added, "This other band that I'm jamming with is its own band with its own band name."

    • Asked point blank if he was the new singer of STP, Stapp said: "I can't say, man, I can't say. I can't confirm or deny. (But) I will tell you this: there is a six-degree-separation connection between this new project and the band you mentioned."
    • Although the radio host surmised that Stapp meant STP, the "six degrees separation" comment has led some fans to speculate that Stapp could be the new singer for Art Of Anarchy, the band which released a self-titled debut album last year that featured former STP frontman Scott Weiland alongside Disturbed bassist John Moyer and ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal.
    • STP recently held open submissions for a new vocalist after singer Chester Bennington exited the lineup in 2015 to focus on his other band, Linkin Park. The band has recently held private auditions with several finalists.
    • Weiland, whom STP parted ways with in 2002 and again in 2013, died last December.
    • Stapp went through a highly publicized, drug-enhanced meltdown in 2014, after which he entered into an intensive rehab program and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Stapp is now sober and in intensive therapy, although he recently began touring as a solo artist again.


  • Puddle Of Mudd singer Wes Scantlin was handcuffed and arrested immediately after he walked offstage at the end of a show in Hermosa Beach, California on Saturday night (April 30th). According to Loudwire, Scantlin was picked up and taken to jail for reportedly skipping a court date related to his trespassing and vandalism charges from earlier in the year.

    In early January, Scantlin was arrested on suspicion of breaking into his former home and vandalizing some of the property. According to TMZ, Scantlin has skipped two court dates related to the charges, which led to Saturday's arrest. Scantlin’s bail was reportedly $250,000, and it was not clear at press time if he had gotten out yet.

    • Scantlin lost the house to foreclosure in 2015 and was arrested while attempting to trash parts of the property with a hatchet.
    • Prior to that, Scantlin was arrested in December 2015 for possession of a controlled substance and had several previous busts that same year for driving under the influence.
    • More recently, Scantlin has been ending Puddle Of Mudd shows early with various meltdowns, including one in which he accused a fan of stealing his house. At one show in England not long ago, the entire band left him alone onstage during one of his rants.
    • Scantlin was also involved in a standoff with 30 police officers several weeks ago outside his current residence, although it turned out that he and two friends were trying to jumpstart a car and not break in as a neighbor reported.


  • A Nameless Ghoul from the Swedish occult rock band Ghost told England's Planet Rock that the six-piece group will never perform as Ghost without their elaborate trademark masks. He explained, "We don't feel very anonymous, because usually, after a show, there's always people outside our bus and we always sign things and we always hang out and all that. We don't take pictures, but we don't cut people off or shy away from meeting people face to face. But we will never do Ghost officially without masks. For the same reason I don't wanna see The Phantom Of The Opera with their normal street clothes; that wouldn't make sense."

    • The Ghoul indicated that the members of the band could eventually do side projects using their real names and faces.
    • On how they managed to keep their identities a secret in the early days, the Ghoul said, "We became very, very obnoxious prima donnas and demanded our own dressing rooms. We've blown it so many times. It's so hard, especially in the early days when we came to festivals. There was always someone who just accidentally opened up our door and (went), 'Oh, s**t. I'm not supposed to see this, right?'"
    • Ghost won the Grammy for Best Metal Performance this past February at the 58th annual Grammy Awards. Ghost was nominated for the song "Cirice" from its 2015 album Meliora.
    • "Cirice" reached the Top 10 at rock radio, the first song from the band to get significant airplay in the U.S. Its latest single, "From The Pinnacle To The Pit," is currently Number 11 on the chart.
    • Ghost is in the midst of a headlining U.S. tour that stops in Knoxville, Tennessee on Wednesday (May 4th), wrapping up on May 22nd in Albany, New York.


  • Curious and/or anxious to hear what AC/DC sounds like with Axl Rose on the mic? Some enterprising fans in Lisbon, Portugal -- where the band is rehearsing with Rose for its upcoming European dates -- have camped outside the studio where AC/DC is working and managed to record audio of the band and the Guns N' Roses singer doing "Thunderstruck," "Shoot To Thrill," "Hells Bells," "Back In Black," and "Hell Ain’t A Bad Place To Be."

    AC/DC will kick off its European tour in Lisbon on May 7th, with Rose scheduled to perform a dozen shows with the group as a replacement for the ailing Brian Johnson. The latter was told by doctors to come off the road or risk total hearing loss. Rose is also slated to perform 10 North American AC/DC shows which have not been scheduled yet.

    • The North American shows will likely take place later this year, after Rose completes his summer tour with the reunited lineup of Guns N' Roses.
    • Rose met with AC/DC twice in March, in Miami and Atlanta, about doing the shows. Singers from AC/DC tribute acts were also auditioned, and at one point there was talk of having other vocalists alternate with Rose.
    • Despite a large negative reaction from fans to the collaboration, England's Metal Hammer magazine has listed several reasons why Rose fronting AC/DC is a "brilliant idea," saying, "Anybody who's watched Guns N' Roses' version of 'Whole Lotta Rosie' on YouTube must grudgingly admit that he riotously delivers the punch and snarl of the original. There is no debate that Axl has the style and the range to handle the band's current set list."
    • The magazine added that the eccentric Guns frontman is "possessed of high intelligence and his own keen survival instinct . . . No way will Axl blow this."


  • Breaking Benjamin and Papa Roach are among the acts setting sail on the eighth edition of the ShipRocked cruise, which will take place from January 16th through the 20th aboard the Carnival Victory ocean liner. Also heading out to sea are Alter Bridge, Sevendust, Pop Evil, Crobot, From Ashes To New, Lacey Sturm, Shaman's Harvest, 12 Stones and more. The ship will journey from Miami, Florida to Grand Turk in the Turks & Caicos Islands.

    ShipRocked veteran Maria Brink has been on the cruise three times with her band In This Moment and told us what it's like: "It's a vacation, filled with like music in the middle of the ocean. We were playing and it was like, just the crowd was filled and it was outside on like the deck area, and the crowd's roaring and like the sun was going down and it was so epic. And you just look out and you're in the middle of the ocean! Like this big energy ball of music just floating through the ocean. And then you got the pina coladas and the pool and the Bahamas -- I mean, it's definitely a good time." . The remaining rooms will go on sale to the general public on May 10th at noon ET at ShipRocked.com.
AUDIO: IN THIS MOMENT'S MARIA BRINK ON SHIPROCKED


  • It was 40 years ago this week (May 1st to May 7th) that Led Zeppelin's seventh album, Presence, hit Number One for the first of two weeks. The album, which featured the instant radio classic, "Nobody's Fault But Mine," featured one single released for the U.S. market, "Candy Store Rock," which did not chart on the Billboard Hot 100. Presence, like all of Zeppelin's works, was produced by Jimmy Page, and featured 10 tracks -- nine of which were written by Page and Robert Plant, with the rocker "Royal Orleans," being a group effort with the addition of John Paul Jones and John Bonham.

    On December 10th, 2007, at their reunion concert at London's O2 Arena, the band chose the Presence fan favorite, "For Your Life" to make it's world live premiere -- marking the only song played that evening that John Bonham had never tackled in front of an audience.

    The tracklisting to Presence is: "Achilles Last Stand," "For Your Life," "Royal Orleans," "Nobody's Fault But Mine," "Candy Store Rock," "Hots On For Nowhere," and "Tea For One."

    Jimmy Page shed some light as to why Presence has such a timeless and powerful sound even four decades later: "It's a really intense album, I know that much. But the process, yet again, it was a success, and the process was to have a different engineer, and to have -- well actually, Keith Harwood had worked with us on mixing during the process of Physical Graffiti, but he hadn't recorded too many of the tracks. But this was a concentrated effort, again -- like going into Headley Grange was a concentrated effort -- going into the Musicland (Studios) in Munich was a concentrated effort of basically three weeks, so it was intense. I was definitely living, sleeping, breathing, eating the music all the way through."

    AUDIO: AUBREY POWELL ON LED ZEPPELINS 'PRESENCE' LP COVER
    AUDIO: JIMMY PAGE ON THE SOUND OF 'PRESENCE'
    AUDIO: JIMMY PAGE ON GUITARS ON 'PRESENCE'
    AUDIO: JIMMY PAGE ON 'PRESENCE' OVERDUBS
    AUDIO: JIMMY PAGE ON INTENSITY OF 'PRESENCE' SESSIONS


    • INDUSTRY NEWS

      OPRAH TO STAR IN HBO MOVIE: Oprah has signed on to star in an HBO adaptation of the bestselling nonfiction book by Rebecca Skloot called The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. She will be playing Deborah Lacks -- daughter of the title character. The movie will be directed by George C. Wolfe. Production will begin this summer.

      THE ROCK RELEASES NEW APP: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has released a new motivational app called The Rock Clock. The free app is an alarm clock created to help people fulfill their goals. Users enter their personal goal along with a completion date and then set a morning alarm selected from 25 alerts all picked by The Rock himself. He also appears in motivational videos and messages to help inspire you.

      'FROZEN' FANS WANT ELSE TO GET A GIRLFRIEND: Social media users started using "#GiveElsaAGirlfriend" on Monday (May 2nd) to urge Disney to give the Frozen character a girlfriend. Some people championed the idea arguing that the LGBT community should be represented in the Disney universe but others fought against in believing that it has no place in a children's movie. One user tweeted, "#giveelsaagirlfriend if it's 'okay' for a girl to date a beast&sexualize a fish, then ofc its okay to date the same gender. #loveislove"

      'SCANDAL' MAY BE PUSHED TO MIDSEASON: The sixth season of Scandal may be pushed to midseason on ABC in light of Kerry Washington's pregnancy. The network has yet to make an announcement either way but they will be unveiling their fall lineup in the next few weeks. They previously cut the show's episode order and gave Kerry less screen time when she was pregnant during the show's third season.

      'SPACE JAM 2' IS OFFICIALLY HAPPENING: Space Jam 2 is officially in the works with LeBron James attached to star. Variety is reporting that Justin Lin is in talks to direct. He and Andrew Dodge are working on the script. LeBron previously acted in Judd Apatow's Trainwreck.

      MISTY COPELAND GETS HER OWN BARBIE DOLL: A Barbie Doll inspired by Misty Copeland was unveiled on Good Morning America on Monday (May 2nd.) The doll is wearing the "Firebird" costume that Misty says pays tribute to the role that got her to wear she is today. Misty also said, "She has muscles, and calves, and thighs, and a bust. That was important to me. We're celebrating that. It's beauty. You can be a ballerina and look like this."

      HULU MAY SOON OFFER LIVE-STREAMING: Hulu may start offering live channels as part of a new virtual TV subscription bundle. The company has apparently been working with Disney, 21st Century Fox and NBC Universal to start offering the service. The service is being compared to Dish's Sling TV and Playstation's Vue.

      FREEFORM TO AIR OLD DISNEY CHANNEL SHOWS: Freeform has announced plans for a late-night block of programming that will feature old Disney Channel shows. That's So Throwback will air Monday through Thursday from midnight to 2 AM. Friday nights will feature Disney Channel Original Movies. The block kicked off last night (May 2nd) with That's So Raven, Lizzie McGuire, Hannah Montana and Kim Possible.

    • PEOPLE ARE PISSED THAT ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY SPOILED 'GAME OF THRONES'

      This week's issue of Entertainment Weekly features Kit Harington on the cover and many people are pissed that it reveals the fate of Jon Snow which was addressed on Sunday's (May 1st) episode of Game of Thrones.

      The magazine typically unveils its covers the day before they hit newsstands on Fridays but Kit's cover was posted to their website on Monday (May 2nd) along with the headline "He's Alive!" written in large font. It didn't take long for the cover to make its way to social media and the backlash to begin.

      • Kit says in the accompanying interview, "It's a massive season for Jon. It's his biggest season for him so far." He also apologizes for the months of speculations and lies about the characters fate saying, "Sorry. I'm glad that people were upset that he died. I think my biggest fear was that people were not going to care. Or it would just be, 'Fine, Jon Snow's dead.' But it seems like people had a, similar to the Red Wedding episode, kind of grief about it."

    • HULK HOGAN IS SUING GAWKER MEDIA AGAIN

      The fight between Hulk Hogan and Gawker Media may be starting all over again. He has filed a new lawsuit accusing the company of leaking a transcript of his racist rant that were part of sealed court documents from their sex tape case.

      The recording was made in 2007 while Hogan was discussing his daughter's relationship with his sex tape partner, Heather Clem. National Enquirer quoted the former WWE star as saying, "I mean, I'd rather if she was going to f*** some n****r, I'd rather have her marry an 8-foot-tall n****r worth a hundred million dollars! Like a basketball player! I guess we're all a little racist. F***ing n****r."

      • The new lawsuit claims that the leak resulted in his income being cut off and his global brand being tarnished forever.
      • Gawker has denied being responsible for the leak but the suit also alleges that they had threatened to release the transcripts for months before they were finally published. Gawker CEO Nick Denton even posted a blog entry about how Hogan's "real secret" would be coming to light shortly and editor A.J. Daulerio tweeted a link to the Enquirer story to him along with "XOXOXO."
      • Hulk is also targeting Florida residents whom he believes sent at least one of the sex tapes to Gawker.
      • It is unclear how much he is seeking in the new case.
      • He was awarded $140 million against the company back in March for posting the sex tape.

    • KERRY WASHINGTON TALKS MET GALA BUT STAYS MUM ABOUT PREGNANCY RUMORS

      Kerry Washington appeared on Good Morning America on Monday (May 2nd) in anticipation of the 2016 Met Gala which was held in New York City last night. The Scandal star spoke about preparing for the big event but did not address the pregnancy rumors that started after she sported what appeared to be a baby bump at the White House Correspondents Dinner over the weekend.

      Kerry said, "I think for me this night is really strictly about fashion. A lot of other events...the Oscars are about film-making, the Emmys are about excellence in television...but this night is really about fashion as art and celebrating the Met and celebrating the history of great fashion and how it fits into our context of American art/international art."

      • She also went on to offer some tips on picking an outfit saying, "You have to be able to touch your own lipstick and wear a dress you can eat in."
      • This year's Gala theme was Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology.

      MET GALA HIGHLIGHTS:

      • Co-chair Taylor Swift walked the red carpet wearing Louis Vuitton. Her look has drawn comparisons to The Pretty Reckless singer and former Gossip Girl actress Taylor Momsen.
      • Sarah Jessica Parker was one of the first celebrities mocked on social media with comparing her look to Lin-Manuel Miranda as Alexander Hamilton in Hamilton.
      • Kate Upton confirmed her engagement to Justin Verlander on the red carpet where she showed off her engagement ring.
      • Karolina Kurkova wore a Marchesa gown that had lights which changed colors as people reacted to it on social media.
      AUDIO: GMA: KERRY WASHINGTON ON THE 2016 MET GALA

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