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  • Guns N' Roses kicked off its "Not In This Lifetime" North American stadium tour on Thursday night (June 23rd) at Ford Field in Detroit, where 41,000 fans came to see original members Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan plus four side musicians play a two-hour-and-35-minute show that started just before 9:45 p.m. Rose was no longer confined to the chair he had been using onstage ever since breaking his foot during a surprise Guns club show in April 1st in Los Angeles that marked the official launch of the band's semi-reunion.

    • Rose did, however, wear six different T-shirts throughout the course of the evening and was even spotted leaning on the shoulder of former enemy Slash during the group's cover of Bob Dylan's "Knockin' On Heaven's Door."
    • The show was the band's first since an initial spate of seven gigs in April, which included two concerts apiece in Las Vegas, at California's Coachella Festival and in Mexico City in addition to the Los Angeles club show.
    • Rose just finished a stint as lead vocalist for AC/DC on that band's European festival run, and is slated to play at least 10 North American shows with that group right after Guns complete their stadium trek in late August.
    • Guns N' Roses next plays on Wednesday night (June 29th) in Kansas City, Missouri.

  • Coming on August 26th is the new Kiss Rocks Vegas collection. The set, which was captured during the band's residency at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in November 2014, is being sold on DVD and CD, Blu-ray and CD, DVD and double LP, and a Deluxe Edition DVD/Blu-ray/two-CD. As a bonus feature, Kiss Rocks Vegas includes a seven-song acoustic set.

    Gene Simmons told us that unlike many of their peers, for Kiss' 2016 summer tour, they're making secondary markets their priority this time out: "This July through September, we're going to take our 'gigantor' tour to cities that otherwise would not get the headlines in newspapers. So, Sioux City -- y'know, places like that. So, the idea of doing London and Paris and New York, and all the big fancy cities -- yeah, that's fun. But there are hundreds and hundreds of cities throughout North America that just don't get the respect they should." :
    July 7 - Boise, ID - Taco Bell Arena
    July 9 - Eugene, OR - Matthew Knight Arena
    July 10 - Kennewick, WA - Toyota Center
    July 15 - Spokane, WA - Spokane Arena
    July 16 - Bozeman, MT - Breeden Fieldhouse
    July 18 - Colorado Springs, CO - World Arena
    July 20 - Independence, MO - Silverstein Eye Centers Arena
    July 22 - Lincoln, NE - Pinnacle Bank Arena
    July 23 - Springfield, MO - JQH Arena
    July 25 - Wichita, KS - Intrust Bank Arena
    July 27 - Sioux City, IA - Tyson Events Center
    July 29 - Cheyenne, WY - Cheyenne Frontier Days
    July 30 - Minot, ND - North Dakota State Fair
    August 1 - Mankato, MN Verizon Wireless Center
    August 3 - Duluth, MN - Amsoil Arena
    August 5 - Moline, IL - iWireless Arena
    August 6 - La Crosse, WI - La Crosse Center
    August 8 - Milwaukee, WI - BMO Harris Bradley Center
    August 10 - Green Bay, WI - Resch Center
    August 12 - Fort Wayne, IN - Allen County Memorial Coliseum
    August 13 - Grand Rapids, MI - Van Andel Arena
    August 15 - Saginaw, MI - Dow Event Center
    August 17 - Springfield, Ill. - Illinois State Fair
    August 20 - Rockford, IL - BMO Harris Bank Center
    August 22 - Dayton, OH - Nutter Center
    August 24 - Toledo, OH - Huntington Center
    August 26 - Youngstown, OH - Covelli Centre
    August 27 - Erie, PA - Erie Insurance Arena
    August 29 - Rochester, NY - Blue Cross Arena
    August 30 - State College, PA - Bryce Jordan Center
    September 1 - Allentown, PA - Great Allentown Fair
    September 3 - Worcester, MA - DCU Center
    September 4 - Portland, MA - Cross Insurance Arena
    September 7 - Bridgeport, CT - Webster Bank Arena
    September 9 - Richmond, VA - Richmond Coliseum
    September 10 - Huntington, WV - Big Sandy Arena
    November 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 - "Kiss Kruise" - Norwegian Cruise Line - Norwegian Pearl

  • Chevelle has unveiled a new song called "Young Wicked" from the band's upcoming album, The North Corridor. The disc, the Chicago trio's eighth studio effort, will arrive on July 8th. Although Chevelle's contract with Sony Music expired after 2014's La Gargola album, the band ended up signing a new deal with the label. Drummer Sam Loeffler explained why: "When our record contract was up, we put it out there into the music world and said, 'Who's interested?' Of course our label, Epic, came back with the best offer because they had our catalog. They had all that stuff already and they were able to give us not just -- because it wasn't really in the sense of money, 'cause it's not like there was a huge amount of money, there wasn't -- but it was the fact that they were already promoting our catalog and things like that. That was really where the benefit was."

    The first official single, "Joyride," is already Number Four on the rock radio chart. Asked if they are involved in picking singles or if they just leave it to the label to make that decision, frontman Pete Loeffler said, "We actually battle everyone all the time. We have a good feeling when we get close -- 10 or 15 songs that we're gonna do. But, ultimately, it comes down to just hashing it out and picking one, which is tough. It's not easy."

    • Drummer Sam Loeffler stated about the new CD, "We just wanna write a bunch of songs that we like and we wanna play every day on stage . . . We're super excited to play these songs. 'Cause you play songs for so long, you just wanna play new stuff."
    • Chevelle has sold over four million copies of its seven albums in the U.S. and scored 13 Top 10 hits at rock radio, including chart-toppers "Send The Pain Below," "Vitamin R," "Face To The Floor" and "Take Out The Gunman."
    • The trio has a number of festival dates coming up between now and late July, when it will begin a run of shows with Bush on July 23rd in Cincinnati.

  • Rob Zombie has released another new music video, this time for the song "Medication For The Melancholy." The track is taken from his latest album, The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser. Zombie told us that after experimenting musically throughout his solo career, the new album gets back a bit to his original sound: "You can't be inspired by the same thing all the time. I can easily generate a record that the fans would want, but it becomes fake. I could easily rip myself off so easily, but that's like a bore as a, you know, as a musician or artist or whatever you want to call it. So you try to find other avenues, and I feel like in the last couple of years, the last two records kind of got back to the original idea of what I was really excited about."

    • Zombie's latest album debuted at Number Six on the Billboard 200, having sold 41,000 copies in the week ending May 5th. It's the sixth solo Top 10 album for Zombie.
    • He'll begin a co-headlining tour with Korn on July 19th in Englewood, Colorado.
    • Zombie recently released a trailer for his new horror thriller, 31, will be made available on September 16th
    • Written and directed by Zombie, the film follows five carnival workers who are kidnapped and held hostage in an abandoned, Hell-like compound where they are forced to participate in a violent game and survive 12 hours against a gang of sadistic clowns.
    • The film stars Sheri Moon Zombie, Malcolm McDowell, Jeff Daniel Phillips and Meg Foster.

  • Alice In Chains singer/guitarist William DuVall said in an interview last week with Detroit radio station WRIF that it's "too early" to discuss new music from the band, even though it's been more than three years since the release of their last studio album, 2013's The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here. Asked if Alice In Chains has been recording any new material, DuVall said, "I don't know. I know we'll be probably talking about that kind of thing over the next few months. It's still early yet. We've gotta get through this tour first."

    • DuVall added that the group starts "pretty much with a clean slate" every time it sets out to make a new record, saying, "That challenges you, so we'll have to see how it manifests this time. But we're not there yet."
    • Guitarist Jerry Cantrell told us a while back that each new album represents another step in the band's musical evolution: "The cool thing about record is it's a snapshot of time, of that group of individuals. And when you line up all of those records back to back, you can see where the band changes, evolves, you can maybe feel what they're going through, you know, and I think you could probably say that with all of our records. You can get a pretty good snapshot of what's going on there and, you know, we're in a different place now."
    • Alice In Chains has released two studio albums since 2006, when it was officially reactivated with DuVall on vocals following the 2002 death of original singer Layne Staley.
    • The band is in the midst of a five-show run opening for Guns N' Roses before launching its own headlining summer tour on July 6th in Portland, Oregon.

  • Hozier, Bastille, Foals and other U.K. acts have responded to the results of Thursday's (June 23rd) so-called "Brexit" vote, in which the U.K. voted to leave the European Union after 43 years. Hozier told Billboard on Friday (June 24th), "We all run the risk of thinking that people have common sense sometimes . . . I'm not going to add to the doom and gloom of today, because I think there's enough of that going on. And it was doom and gloom that got us into this kind of demagoguery and this result. My heart breaks."

    Proponents of the choice to leave the EU have been accused of xenophobia and racism regarding immigrants coming to the U.K., saying that the vote has grave economic implications for the country, the EU and possibly the international market. Hozier said, "A lot of the 'leave' campaign was centered around a thinly veiled xenophobia, just 'control our own borders.' It's not a good look. I don't think it represents Britain, I don't think it represents the U.K. all too well."

    • A majority of older people voted to leave, while younger citizens voted to remain in the EU.
    • With England's Glastonbury Festival kicking off this weekend as well, Bastille frontman Dan Smith changed the lyrics to the band's hit "Pompeii" during a pre-festival BBC Radio performance, singing, "And the pound kept tumbling down / On the weekend that we love."
    • Smith called the decision to the leave the EU "the worst news you could imagine."
    • Foals frontman Yannis Philippakis responded to the news during his band's set at Glastonbury on Friday by telling the crowd, "I know for a lot of people today was a disappointing day." He also wore a T-shirt that read "Abuse of power comes as no surprise."
    • Also at Glastonbury, Blur and Gorillaz main man Damon Albarn said, "I have a very heavy heart today because to my mind, democracy has failed us. Democracy has failed us because we were ill-informed."
    • Former Oasis members Noel and Liam Gallagher finally found themselves in agreement on the decision, with Noel calling it a "black day" and Liam tweeting, "Stop the world (I’m) getting off."


      The Mexican and Latin American edition of Marie Claire put Ivanka Trump on their July cover with a public plea to help her save everyone from her father, Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee.

      Ivanka, Donald's eldest daughter and a top exec at Trump Organization, did not pose for the cover. The magazine asks: "#DearIvanka. When will you protect us from your father?"

      • The editor, Daniela Von Wobeser writes in the magazine: "It has never been my goal to attack, judge or question other women. … I'd like to ask you, from the bottom of my heart, if supporting your dad’s strategy is the best thing for you, as woman or the best for your country and, consequently, mine."
      • The inside of the magazine contains a series of essays by Latin American journalists and academics who call on Ivanka to exert her influence on her father, who has spoken openly and degradingly about Mexicans, calling them "rapists," "drug dealers" and "disease carriers."
      • Meanwhile, Ivanka is having other problems. She is facing a lawsuit over her shoe designs from Italian shoe manufacturer Aquazurra.


      This romance is heating up quickly! Taylor Swift flew to England with new lover Tom Hiddleston on Friday, June 24th for a whirlwind meet-and-greet with his nearest and dearest in Ipswich, Suffolk.

      First up? Mom. The "Wildest Dreams" singer, 26, was photographed cozily strolling and laughing through quaint streets with Hiddleston's mother, Diana, and Tom. The Avengers star, 35, also took Swift for a walk on the beach before whisking her away to meet his brothers on Saturday.

      • Before heading across the pond, Swift trotted Hiddleston down to Nashville to meet her parents, Andrea and Scott Swift, and hang with her pal Holly Williams (daughter of country legend Hank Williams Jr.)
      • The couple went public with their romance when photos of them canoodling on a beach in Rhode Island surfaced. This was just two weeks after Taylor's split from Calvin Harris.


      Jesse Eisenberg had a run-in with anti-gay activists on Saturday during London's Pride weekend. The Social Networker was wandering the streets when he happened upon a protest being conducted by a self-described Christian organization.

      One of the activists said: "Well, I'll tell you this: You'll really never know that God is love til you understand the justice of God. You've firstly got to understand that God is just. It's all very well saying God is a god of love. We would agree. God is a god of love. But he's also a god of justice. God has his morals."

      • Eisenberg approached the group, which was behind a metal barricade. A protestor asked Eisenberg: "Is your mind closed?"
      • The actor laughed and simply said: "You're so f*cked up." Eisenberg is in London for his starring role in the play The Spoils.


      SHAQUILLE O'NEAL IS IN CUBA: TNT host Shaquille O'Neal, who was a 15 time NBA All Star, has been tapped to serve as a U.S. Department of State Sports Envoy to Cuba from June 25th to 28th. In addition to hosting basketball clinics, O'Neal will visit historically significant cultural sites in Havana.

      AYESHA CURRY RESPONDS TO ALL THE SOCIAL MEDIA TROLLS: Ayesha Curry took to Twitter on Sunday, June 26th, to address all of the memes that have been circulating since her husband Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors lost the NBA Finals. In some photos, LeBron James' face is superimposed over Steph Curry's face in doctored family photos. In some other memes, Ayesha Curry's face is replaced by crying Michael Jordan in the couple's photos.

      • Curry said via Twitter, "It’s the inappropriate photo shopped pictures that are insulting to both me and the other families, husbands, fathers, wives in them 1/2 . . . I could care less about ‘L’s’ keep sending them. At this point you guys are insulting both sides with the inappropriate photos."

      JOHN BOYEGA LANDS ROLE IN NEW FILM: Star Wars actor John Boyega has landed a role in an upcoming film about the 1967 race riots in Detroit. The film will be directed by Kathryn Bigelow.

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