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  • Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Jason Hook revealed that alcohol was to blame for the band's onstage meltdown at the Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis, Tennessee on May 1st. According to multiple reports, the group performed half a dozen songs before the entire band, except vocalist Ivan Moody, walked off stage, leaving the singer seemingly confused and talking to fans in rambling fashion.

    Although Moody later blamed technical problems for the incident, Hook now told the Three Sides Of The Coin webcast, "You know, we have little schisms amongst each other, as all bands do, having to do with lifestyle choices . . . what happened, in my estimation, was that, for whatever reason, Ivan decided to get s**tfaced drunk -- I'm probably not supposed to be talking about this -- but he started to lose his temper onstage towards, basically, the rest of us, being the band. And, you know, there's only so much of that we can handle."

    • Hook added, "He was upset with Jeremy (Spencer), the drummer, for something . . . Jeremy released a book, or I don't know what the problem was . . . But, anyway, Jeremy decided that he had enough and he got up and left. Well, it's hard to play a concert without the drummer."
    • The guitarist continued, "That's the first time that's ever happened, and that will be the last time that ever happens, because we've talked about it quite a bit, and that's just unacceptable, and I think everyone understands that it's never to happen again."
    • Hook said that the band is "getting a lot better" at handling personal issues, but added, "One thing that f**ks everything up is alcohol. I don't drink. I've certainly had my experiences with alcohol, but I just found that it tears everything apart . . . three of us don't drink, and some of the band take it way too far and we're always trying to figure that out, you know."
    • Five Finger Death Punch will release its sixth full-length studio album, Got Your Six, on August 28th. The album's first single, "Jekyll And Hyde," which will be made available at radio in the coming weeks.


  • Godsmack singer Sully Erna told IRockRadio that he hopes to release his second solo album in 2016. Asked about following up his 2010 solo debut, Avalon, Erna explained, "I'm working on stuff now. It's ready when it's ready . . . I take my time with that, because I'm not under the gun with some kind of record label and deadlines and things like that. I think Avalon came out really special, because there was no timelines or restrictions or demands or expectations; it was just write as I write, and when it's done, it's done."

    Erna added, "Even though I have some stuff built and written, I don't really know where that record's gonna go musically yet. So I'm gonna continue to write, and when I collect enough songs that feel like it's gonna be an album, then I'll put that out. I'm really hoping (to) maybe finish something by the end of the year, if not early next year, and release it by next year. But, again, we'll have to see."

    • Erna told us a while back that his solo career and his work with Godsmack are both necessary to him: "As an artist, I need both for balance, because this is intense so it makes me want to mellow out, and then when I'm mellow for too long, I need to have that fire again. And so -- you eat vanilla ice cream all the time, you want chocolate once in a while. You just, you've got to change it up." , was released last August.
    • The release of the band's new single, "What's Next" is part of a campaign to raise awareness for members of the U.S. military suffering from PTSD and other issues since returning home from their tours of duty.
    AUDIO: SULLY ERNA ON WHY HE NEEDS GODSMACK AND A SOLO CAREER


  • Ex-Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante announced in a new interview with Electronic Beats that he will no longer release his music to the public. Frusciante, who has released eleven solo albums and five EPS in addition to the five records he made with the Chili Peppers, explained, "For the last year and a half I made the decision to stop making music for anybody and with no intention of releasing it, which is what I was doing between 2008 and 2012. I felt that if I took the public into consideration at all, I wasn’t going to grow and I wasn’t going to learn."

    Frusciante added, "At this point I have no audience. I make tracks and I don’t finish them or send them to anybody, and consequently I get to live with the music. The music becomes the atmosphere that I’m living in. I either make really beautiful music that comes from classical, or I make music where the tempo is moving the whole time, and there’s no melodic or rhythmic center."

    • Frusciante, who served as the Chili Peppers' guitarist from 1988 to 1992 and again from 1998 to 2009, released his first solo effort, Niandra Lades And Usually Just A T-Shirt, in 1994.
    • He did not intend to release it initially, but was persuaded to do so by friends like Johnny Depp and Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell.
    • His latest album, Trickfinger, arrived last month. Since his departure from the Chili Peppers in 2009, Frusciante has moved further into the realm of electronic music.
    • Frusciante, whose last Chili Peppers album was 2006's Stadium Arcadium, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the rest of the group in 2012 but did not attend the induction ceremony.
    • Drummer Chad Smith spoke fondly to us about Frusciante's contributions to the Chili Peppers: "He really would come in with ideas and they were very definitive parts and like big riffs, and when John would come in with something, he'd be like, 'Here it is,' and bam! And he'd play it like he was playing it in front of 100,000 people -- it was awesome. He's such a fantastic musician. I love the guy to death, just a great guy, and what an amazing musician."
    • The Chili Peppers are currently at work on their 11th studio album, which will follow up 2011's I'm With You. It will be the band's second effort with Frusciante's replacement, Josh Klinghoffer.
    AUDIO: RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS' CHAD SMITH ON JOHN FRUSCIANTE


  • Volbeat is giving fans a little bit of a taste of new music on its current North American tour. The Danish-American act premiered a previously unheard tune during its May 24th set at the River City Rockfest in San Antonio, Texas. Once the current trek is finished, Volbeat will return to Denmark and finish writing the music for its sixth album, which plans to enter the studio in November.

    Volbeat often performs new music during concerts and soundchecks and frontman Michael Poulsen told us that it's important and helpful to do that: "We've always done that, you know. We like the idea of trying certain new stuff out live just to have the full production on it, to hear the sound of it, and also, you know, to see and hear the reaction from the fans. So it is something that we always do, and I really like the idea, you know, trying new stuff out live and in soundchecks. That's where I get an idea if it's gonna work." . The trek wraps up on June 2nd in New York City.
  • The band is still touring behind 2013's Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies, which has sold almost 300,000 copies in the U.S.
  • The album featured the Number One singles "The Hangman's Body Count" and "Lola Montez," as well as the Top 10 tracks "Dead But Rising" and "Doc Holliday."
AUDIO: VOLBEAT'S MICHAEL POULSEN ON TRYING NEW SONGS OUT LIVE


  • Slipknot has announced that the 2015 edition of Knotfest will take place on October 23rd, 24th and 25th at San Manuel Amphitheater in Devore, California. The full lineup for the event will be announced on Monday, June 29th. Slipknot headlined two nights of the festival last year, while the more than 50 other bands included Volbeat, Five Finger Death Punch, In This Moment, Killswitch Engage, Of Mice & Men, Hellyeah and dozens more.

    • The festival also featured the band-curated Slipknot Museum, the Fire Zone, Ring Of Fire carnival ride, Thunderdome, Fitz Army Freestyle Motocross Show, Junk Car Drum Circle, and more.
    • Singer Corey Taylor told us not long ago that Slipknot is focused on making Knotfest is a unique experience: "When we put our name on something, it's gonna be quality. You know, we don't just put our name on anything. We go above and beyond to really make sure that whatever we put our name on, we back it 110 percent. And something like this that, you know, we're basically branding our own festival, we want to make sure that it is as top to bottom different than anything else that you'd see out there."
    • Slipknot's Summer's Last Stand tour kicks off on July 24th in West Palm Beach, Florida, wrapping up six weeks later on September 5th in Dallas. Joining Slipknot on the road trip will be Lamb Of God, Bullet For My Valentine and Motionless In White.
    AUDIO: SLIPKNOT'S COREY TAYLOR ON MAKING SURE KNOTFEST IS UNIQUE


  • Pop Evil will release its fourth studio album, titled Up, on August 21st. The Michigan-based band recorded the disc with producer Adam Kasper, best known for his work with Soundgarden and Foo Fighters. Frontman Leigh Kakaty told us that the title reflects the attitude in the band right now: "It just seemed like the overall theme of the record was positive -- up, looking forward, being appreciative, looking forward to the future, looking forward to the opportunities we have and just trying to head upward, you know. I mean, it just seemed like it was a lot of inspiration in the title for ourselves included and we figured, if we can be inspired on this album and be inspired onstage, hopefully that can translate to our fans as well."

    • A press release described the new CD as "the sound of a rock band cementing a powerful identity that's steadily materialized over the course of three prior full-length slabs."
    • The first single from Up, a track called "Footsteps,' will arrive at radio on June 1st.
    • Up follows up 2013's Onyx, which sold 115,000 copies and produced four Top 10 rock singles, including the chart-toppers "Trenches," "Deal With The Devil" and "Torn To Pieces."
    AUDIO: POP EVIL'S LEIGH KAKATY ON THE TITLE OF THE NEW ALBUM


  • In addition to his many talents -- including fronting Kiss, Paul Stanley is known as a painter, an author and now a "lifestyle designer." Blabbermouth.net reported that Stanley has joined forces with social media marketing company, Epic Rights to the launch the "all-new lifestyle brand" called, Paul Stanley: Royals & Rebel, which will debut next month in Las Vegas at the Licensing Expo. The brand is being prepped for retail starting in the fall of 2016. Paul Stanley: Royals & Rebels will include "men's fashion apparel and accessories, footwear, food, spirits, home decor, cookware and more." Epic Rights CEO Dell Furano said in a statement announcing the team-up, "Paul is the definitive rock renaissance man with a sense of style in arts, fashion, design and food that is unrivaled in the music industry. His creativity, marketing savvy and personal style truly sets him apart."

    Paul Stanley added: Over the years, Dell and I have worked closely on the strategic developments and partnerships on the Kiss brand, as well as more recently with Rock & Brews and my paintings. I am excited to watch Dell and Epic Rights' great team of branding professionals seek out and find opportunities and outlets that will reflect a lifestyle and point of view that I am passionate about and do it imaginatively and creatively in the years to come."

    • The Paul Stanley "brand" has certainly been brought to a much higher profile over the past year with the publication of the "Star Child's" autobiography, titled, Face The Music: A Life Exposed. Stanley explained to us that if his book was going to follow the pattern of some of the other rock memoirs he's read, he would've passed on writing it all together: "I think I took a tact different than a lot of these books. Y'know, rock n' roll autobiographies tend to be a love letter -- to the author. And they tend to be about how smart and creative and how this person was responsible for the creation of the world. And if that were the tact for the book, I never would've written the book." in Munich, Germany. Along the sway, the band will also take in stops in Austria, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Italy, England, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Spain.
    AUDIO: PAUL STANLEY ON MEMOIR INSPIRING FANS
    AUDIO: PAUL STANLEY ON WRITING AN EGOLESS MEMOIR


    • INDUSTRY NEWS

      JESSICA LANGE TO RETEAM WITH RYAN MURPHY: Jessica Lange is reteaming with her American Horror Story boss Ryan Murphy for an upcoming stint on Broadway. She will star alongside Gabriel Byrne and Tony winner John Gallagher Jr. in a production of Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night. Jessica will play the role of morphine addict Mary Tyrone which she previously played in London back in 2000. The show is being produced by the Roundabout Theatre Company in association with Ryan. Previews are set to begin on March 31st, 2016.

      RYAN SEACREST TO HOST NEW REALITY SHOW: Ryan Seacrest will be hosting a new summer series called Knock Knock Live on Fox. The show involves a team that travels country showing up at the front door of lucky winners who stand the chance of winning cash prizes, meet their favorite celebrity, or "turning their dreams into reality." Ryan will also be an executive producer on the show. The show premieres on July 21st.

      'JONNY QUEST' MOVIE TO BE DIRECTED BY ROBERT RODRIGUEZ: Robert Rodriguez has signed on to rewrite and direct a live-action adaptation of Jonny Quest. The movie will be based on the Hanna-Barbera animated series from the 1960s. Zac Efron and Dwayne Johnson were attached to star in the film back when Peter Segal was in the director chair. It is unclear if they are still being considered for the leads.

      ADVERTISERS ABANDON '19 KIDS AND COUNTING': Several companies are distancing themselves from TLC's 19 Kids and Counting after news of Josh Duggar's molestation scandal from over a decade ago. Both Payless Shoes and Choice Hotels announced on Twitter over the weekend that they have removed all advertising from the show. General Mills has also pulled their ads. The news comes a few days after TLC revealed that they will be pulling all episodes of the reality series from the air effective immediately.

      JADEN SMITH RUMORED TO BE STARRING IN 'STATIC SHOCK': Rumors are circulating that Jaden Smith will be playing the superhero Static Shock in a new series. The news was first brought up by actor Tyler James Williams during an interview with Flicks and the City where he said, "It's great to see Static Shock is happening with Jaden." The news has not been addressed by Jaden or by Warner Bros. where the project is in development.

    • MELISSA MCCARTHY SLAMS MALLS FOR SEGREGATING PLUS-SIZE PEOPLE

      Melissa McCarthy is fighting for plus-size girls everywhere. The Spy star discusses her upcoming clothing line, Seven7, in the new issue of More magazine where she explains the difficulty that women who wear larger sizes face.

      Melissa says, "People don't stop at size 12. I feel like there's a big thing missing where you can't dress to your mood above a certain number. Malls segregate plus-size. It's an odd thing that you can't go shopping with your friends because your store is upstairs hidden by the tire section. 'We'll put you gals over there because we don't want to see you and you probably don't want to be seen.'" She continues, "There is just this weird thing about how we perceive women in this country. I would love to be a part of breaking that down. Only wear solids? Don't wear bright colors? That's not real. Somebody made up these rules, and I disagree."

      • The Seven7 line debuts in August at several stores including Nordstrom, Bloomingdale's and Macy's. It will also be sold on MelissaMcCarthy.com.
      • The line will include around 80 pieces from sizes four to 28 with prices from $59 to $159.

    • MARTIN SHEEN OPENS UP ABOUT CHARLIE SHEEN'S 2011 MELTDOWN

      Martin Sheen admits to feeling powerless during his son, Charlie Sheen's, public meltdown back in 2011. The Grace and Frankie actor discussed the tough time during a recent interview with the Radio Times.

      Martin said, "What he was going through at that time, we were powerless to do much. Except to pray for him and lift him up. You try to be as present as possible. But you have to be aware of the circumstances. You have to be aware of many things that the public is not aware of. Only those of us that knew him understood what was going on. I'm talking about steroids, at that time. He was in a very desperate situation. And he was doing what he felt would get him out of it -- going public. And it was very painful. No less painful for him."

      • The 74-year-old also revealed how his own struggle with sobriety factored into how he approached the situation with his son saying, "You can assure them you're there and you love them, but you cannot effect change. That's your ego, for the most part. You pray for a moment of clarity, you trust in a higher power and you never, ever give up hope. Because that is a measure of despair."
      • Martin has been sober for nearly 30 years. He suffered a heart attack due to heavy drinking while working on Apocalypse Now back in 1977.

    • REPORT: KIM RICHARDS RELAPSED AT HER DAUGHTER'S WEDDING

      Kim Richards' break from rehab for her daughter's wedding may have caused her to relapse. Sources tell TMZ that the event in Cabo was disastrous for the reality star which allegedly led her sober coach to quit.

      Kim was reportedly acting out which had many people convinced that she was either high or drunk or both. Nobody saw her take anything but her behavior left little room for questioning. Kim apparently even confronted her daughter Brooke, the bride, immediately following the wedding and acted belligerent in front of the groom's family.

      • Brooke has allegedly vowed not to speak to her mother again.
      • Kim was given until Monday (May 25th) to report back to rehab but she did not check back in and nobody has heard from her.

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