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    AC/DC singer Brian Johnson said in a new interview on BBC Radio 2's The Chris Evans Breakfast Show that the band is always careful not to overload its live set with too much new material. Johnson explained, "When we do a tour, or start a new tour, we never do more than maybe two or three songs off a new album, because people always feel comfortable at gigs with stuff (they already know). I went to see an act a long time ago and all he did was play his new album. And nobody knew it, and it was just boring."

    Guitarist Angus Young told us a while back why the band always plays its biggest hits in concert: "You wanna play what people expect of you, you know? When I was young and you and I would go see someone, you know, I wanted to hear what I knew and what was, you know, my favorite tracks, you know? And I think it's the same for us, you know? If I went to see something like the Stones, you know, I want to hear, you know, (the) 'Jumpin' Jack Flash'-es, and I want to hear their hits. And I would suppose it would be the same for the Beatles in their time, you know? So, I've always viewed it as that."

    • When asked on the BBC program if he looks forward to the band's upcoming world tour, which could last two years, Angus replied, "Yeah, I do. I enjoy it. Probably, for myself, 'cause I was very young when I started. I'm just used to it. It's the life I know."
    • Johnson added, "This tour I'm looking forward to it a bit more than, I think, any other. I don't know if it's 'cause of my age and just enjoying things that I maybe took for granted once, that you just know it's a special time. It's been 40 years, and just to get out there again, and see if you can do it."
    • The veteran band will be touring in support of Rock Or Bust, its 16th studio album and first since 2008.
    • The band is missing founding guitarist Malcolm Young, who stepped down earlier this year due to the onset of dementia and was replaced by nephew Stevie Young.
    • It is uncertain whether longtime drummer Phil Rudd will be part of the touring lineup next year. Rudd faces charges of drug possession and making threats against someone's life in New Zealand, where he currently lives.


    Godsmack vocalist Sully Erna revealed in a new interview with The Rock Revival that he recently finished shooting a role in a pilot for a proposed TV series along with Drea De Matteo of Sons Of Anarchy and The Sopranos fame. Along with some potential film appearances, Erna said he hopes to continue building his acting resume. He explained, "I’m just trying to continue to get some momentum in TV and film, because I really enjoy it as well."

    Erna added, "It’s a really fun thing. I’m just working my way up that ladder at this point and nurturing Godsmack when that needs some attention and doing some solo stuff. The rest of my time I give to my daughter."

    • Erna's other roles include a small part in the Martin Scorsese-produced Bleed For This and a lead role in the recent low-budget horror movie Army Of The Damned.
    • Erna said the latter movie was fun to do even if it wasn't high art: "There's some good action in it, there's some good gore in it, and there's definitely a lot of little comedy bits. It was fun making it. It was a good experience, and it gave me an opportunity to take on a lead role too. So it was good to know that I could take the weight of a lead on, you know, for future projects hopefully that come up."
    • Erna got interesting in acting after working with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Kelly Hu on the video for Godsmack's "I Stand Alone."
    • He recalled, "I surprisingly found myself very comfortable working out these scenes with these people that I thought would be a little bit more intimidating . . . from that point on I started just exploring the acting world and I started doing classes with a lady named Susan Batson, who’s a really top-notch acting coach."
    • The singer just completed some solo dates and will return to the road with Godsmack in 2015.


    Green Day was chosen for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Monday evening (December 15th), with the punk veterans getting the nod in their first year of eligibility. Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong told Rolling Stone that he had to "go for a walk" when he got the news, saying, "I wound up at this cafe and I sat down and my son met up with me. I told him and he was like, 'Oh my God. No way.' It just took some time to sink in. We're in incredible company and I'm still trying to make sense of this. It's just incredible."

    Looking back at the band's 25-year recording history, Armstrong said, "The fact that we kept on hanging on to this thing we believe in for so many years is incredible. It's unique that we started so young. It's almost freakish. We were weird little kids. We got to be weird together and create this thing called Green Day for so many years."

    Armstrong told us a while back that he finds it difficult to reflect on the group's past: "It's hard to look back when you're thinking about the future so much. We've done a lot of things. Like, when we started playing punk rock music, it was already a proven fact that you couldn't be famous or get big or be a millionaire off of being in a punk rock band, and we've definitely broken those rules. But we've tried to take it in and just move on, you know. It's just crazy. It's been a pretty strange journey indeed." and what we've done and I look at our fans and how everything is just still intact and our relationship is still there. Me and Mike live a couple of blocks from each other. We've lived a couple blocks from each other our whole lives . . . We're all in a surreal state right now."
  • Armstrong acknowledged that the band has "a lot of heavy stuff going on right now," referring to Mike Dirnt's wife's battle with breast cancer and guitarist Jason White's recently diagnosed tonsil cancer. But he added, "I think of next year as us kind of regrouping and getting together more. I want to make sure that everyone's head is in the right place and wants to start doing it again."
  • The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place in Cleveland on April 18th.


    Papa Roach has unveiled a brand new song called "Broken As Me" ahead of the January 27th release of the band's eighth full-length studio album, F.E.A.R. The new disc was recorded in Las Vegas, taking the band out of their Sacramento, California home base for the first time since 2006. Papa Roach worked with the father-and-son producing team of Kevin and Kane Churko on the new CD.

    Frontman Jacoby Shaddix told us that he wasn't very happy at first about going to Sin City to record: "I ended up in this city where I've had some of my greatest failures and worst decision making, and some of my biggest debacles of my life happened in Vegas, you know. And I believe I was sent back to that city to go do right this time, and we went there and I just faced that fear of living in this city that I felt was gonna eat me alive. But really and truly I just gave myself to this music 100 percent, and that's what pulled me through."

    • F.E.A.R., from which the band has also released the title track, will follow up 2012's The Connection.
    • Shaddix admitted that the band went into the studio this time with almost no new material prepared, explaining, "Usually when we begin working, we'll have a bunch of demos, and I'll have a bag of lyrics ready to go. We didn't have those things this time."
    • Guitarist Jerry Horton added, "We walked into the studio with nothing. It was frightening since it was so different, but it was also liberating. Once the ball started rolling, it was a snowball effect."
    • Papa Roach and Seether will team up for a co-headlining North American tour that kicks off on January 9th in Orlando, Florida and winds down on February 7th in Las Vegas.


    California band Of Mice And Men will release a double-CD, deluxe reissue of the group's 2014 third album Restoring Force on February 24th, 2015. The new version, called Restoring Force: Full Circle, will come in a foil-stamped digipack that includes three brand new songs and an acoustic version of the band's hit single, "Feels Like Forever."

    • The new songs are titled "Broken Generation," "Something To Hide" and "Never Giving Up."
    • All three, along with the acoustic version of "Feels Like Forever," were recorded this past fall in California.
    • Restoring Force came out at the end of last January and debuted at Number Four on the Billboard 200 album chart with first-week sales of 51,000 copies. Both the chart and sales figures were career highs for the act.
    • Of Mice And Men will hit arenas in early 2015 as special guests of Linkin Park, with the tour kicking off on January 15th in Orlando, Florida.


      COCA-COLA SPLITS FROM 'AMERICAN IDOL': Coca-Cola has ended their partnership with American Idol after 13 seasons. Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Fox is already negotiating deals with potential new sponsors. The 14th season of the show begins on January 7th.

      'THE WALKING DEAD' SPINOFF TO BE SET IN L.A.: E! News is reporting that AMC's new Walking Dead spinoff will be set in L.A. The official title for the series has not yet been released. Cliff Curtis, Frank Dillane, and Alycia Debnam Carey have been cast in the lead roles. The original series takes place in Atlanta and the surrounding area.

      ABC FAMILY ORDERS 'RECOVERY ROAD': ABC Family has picked up the drama pilot, Recovery Road, to series. The show is based on the young adult novel of the same name by Blake Nelson and tells the story of a teenage girl dealing with addiction. The pilot was written by Easy A's Bert V. Royal and Ruby & The Rock's Karen DiConcetto.

      TIM BURTON CONFIRMS 'BEETLEJUICE' SEQUEL: Tim Burton has confirmed to MTV News that Beetlejuice 2 is definitely happening and that some familiar faces will be back -- including Winona Ryder whom he recently worked with on a music video for The Killers. He said, "I worked with Ryder, I hadn't seen her in a while...and she was so great. I was so happy to see her. So those kinds of elements mean something to me. Michael, and her...and that character, I just miss it, there's some freedom about that character that I love." Michael Keaton said back in February that he would return for a sequel if Tim was the director.

      SONY HACKERS MAKE THREATS OVER 'THE INTERVIEW': The Sony hackers have issued a statement threatening 9/11-like attacks on theaters that screen The Interview. The message was sent with a new batch of leaked emails. It reads, "We will clearly show it to you at the very time and places 'The Interview' be shown, including the premiere, how bitter fate those who seek fun in terror should be doomed to. Soon all the world will see what an awful movie Sony Pictures Entertainment has made. The world will be full of fear. Remember the 11th of September 2001. We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time. (If your house is nearby, you'd better leave.) Whatever comes in the coming days is called by the greed of Sony Pictures Entertainment. All the world will denounce the SONY." Sony has not yet responded to the threat.


      Alex Trebek was ready to part ways with Jeopardy over an incident that happened during the recent kid's week. Radar Online is reporting that the drama was the subject of a series of emails that were leaked during the Sony hack.

      According to the website, one of the children became upset when she did not have enough money to participate in final jeopardy which prompted her to run back stage where she had to be calmed down by her mother and a producer for the show. The mother later wrote a letter to the show expressing her disappointment that Trebek did nothing to help console on her daughter. Producers wrote an email to the 74-year-old host asking him to reshoot the segment to appease the girl's mother to which he responded, "If you all think I should retape the opening, I will. But I want to say that for 30 years I've defended our show against attacks inside and out. But it doesn't seem to operate both ways. When I'm vilified, corporate -- and certainly legal -- always seems to say 'don't say anything and it'll blow over,' and I'm not feeling support from the producers, and that disappoints the s**t out of me. If I'm making mistakes and saying things you don't like, maybe it's time for me to move on. It's not a threat, but I want to let you know how I'm feeling."

      • Alex is under contract to host Jeopardy until 2016.
      • The show's executive producer, Harry Friedman, later sent an email saying that Trebek eventually calmed down.


      Oprah recently sat down for a CNN interview where she discussed the leaked email coverage saying, "I would hope that we would not stand in such harsh judgment of a moment in time where somebody was hacked and their private conversations were put before the world. I try and write everything as though it's gonna show up in the New York Times. But there are things you say in your private conversations with your friends and your colleagues that you would not want to be broadcast on CNN."


      One of the newly leaked Sony emails reveals Aaron Sorkin's belief that male actors work harder for their Oscars than females. The original exchange was between Aaron and New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd regarding her column from March about the lack of female representation and diversity in Hollywood. The email was forwarded to Sony's Amy Pascal from Dowd.

      Aaron wrote, "The degree of difficulty in Blanchett's performance in Blue Jasmine was nothing close to the degree of difficulty to any of the nominated male lead performances that year. That's why year in and year out, the guy who wins the Oscar for Best Actor has a much higher bar to clear than the woman who wins Best Actress. Cate gave a terrific performance in Blue Jasmine but nothing close to the degree of difficulty for any of the five Best Actor nominees. Daniel Day-Lewis had to give the performance he gave in Lincoln to win -- Jennifer Lawrence won for Silver Linings Playbook, in which she did what a professional actress is supposed to be able to do. Colin Firth/Natalie Portman. Phil Hoffman had to transform himself into Truman Capote while Julia Roberts won for being brassy in Erin Brockovich. Sandra Bullock won for The Blind Side and Al Pacino lost for both Godfather movies. Helen Mirren and Meryl Streep can play with the boys but there just aren't that many tour-de-force roles out there for women."

      • Sorkin recently wrote a piece for the Times calling out the media for reporting on the leaked emails by saying they hold as much blame as the hackers themselves.


      Kathie Lee Gifford claimed on the Today show on Tuesday morning (December 16th) that Bill Cosby made a move on her the last time she saw him.

      She said, "I will admit, towards the very last times I saw him, he did try to kiss me. I said, 'Bill, no, we're friends' and he said, 'OK, goodnight' and I said, 'Goodnight.' And I went to my room, and he went into his room. A lot of married men come onto single women, but once I said, 'No, absolutely not' he respected it."

      • Kathie Lee also addressed the recent accusations made by model Beverly Johnson saying, "I do know that I got a chill reading Beverly Johnson's story, because every night when we'd come off stage and Bill would be going on-stage, he would have made cappuccinos for all three of us. And I always thought it was such a kindness and it was so sweet, and now you see Beverly Johnson saying that he made her a cappuccino, and I just don't want it to be true, but I'm not saying that the women are liars. I'm just saying I never personally saw it with my own two eyes."
      • Gifford's revelation came out the same time that news broke of a woman who claims Bill drugged her at the Playboy mansion in 2008. She alleges that he led her to a bedroom and she woke up naked to him playing with her feet with his pants around his ankles.
      • Spelman College in Atlanta has suspended their professorship program created in Bill's name back in 1996 in light of the recent allegations.
      • Bob Butler of the National Association of Black Journalist recently spoke with TMZ regarding Cosby's comment that he expects the black media to stay neutral with his story. Butler said, "You don't go easier on a person of color. It's wrong for journalism period. This not a color issue, this is a journalism issue...black people happen to be reporters."
      • Bill's daughter, Evin Cosby, released a statement to Access Hollywood saying, "He is the FATHER you thought you knew. The Cosby Show was my today's tv reality show. Thank you. That's all I would like to say :)."
      • Meanwhile, the L.A. County District Attorney has rejected the case involving Judy Huth, the woman who claimed that Cosby sexually molested her at the Playboy Mansion when she was 15. The D.A. said that the statute of limitations has long run on any possible case.

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