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  • Staind frontman Aaron Lewis will debut a new song called "Folded Flag" on Hallmark's Home & Family show on Tuesday (April 25th), according to Blabbermouth. The track, described as "powerful and heartfelt," pays tribute to the men and women who serve the United States. Lewis said, "It all started with the haunting melody, and the picture of two young lovers. Bringing to mind the realities, and sacrifices that our veterans live every day. Many of us have The Folded Flag in common, and I hope that we can all honor our veterans and their families, forever."

    • Lewis described himself in a recent interview as a fiscally conservative, socially libertarian, constitutionally driven patriot, saying, "Freedom means freedom. Get out of my business."
    • Lewis released his second full-length album as a country artist, Sinner, last September, and has been on the road promoting the disc since then. His tour continues on Thursday (April 27th) in Westbury, New York, with dates booked throughout the spring, summer and early fall.
    • The singer made his debut as a country artist with the 2010 EP Town Line, followed in 2012 by his first solo album, The Road.

  • Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell performed three songs on Saturday's (April 22nd) edition of CBS This Morning, including Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun," his solo track "Higher Truth" and his recently released theme to the new movie The Promise. Cornell was also interviewed by host Anthony Mason, discussing his and Soundgarden's many contributions to movies like Casino Royale, The Avengers, 12 Years A Slave and Great Expectations.

    Cornell told us why writing the theme to The Promise was more challenging than usual: "It had to be out of time a little bit, 'cause this was 1915. And so most of my musical influences didn't exist. In just constructing the melodies and the arrangements, I needed to kind of use instruments that would've existed. I needed the melody to sort of be overarching and not be nailed down or be able to nail it down to any specific pop period, you know. So that was a little tough."

    • The Promise opened over the weekend and stars Oscar Isaac, Christian Bale and Charlotte Le Bon in a love triangle drama set against the Armenian genocide.
    • Cornell will donate his proceeds from the song to the International Rescue Committee, which responds to the world's worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic well-being, and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster.
    • Soundgarden last month announced a North American tour that will kick off on May 3rd in Atlanta, winding down on May 27th at the Rocklahoma festival in Pryor, Oklahoma.
    • The band has been working on material for its seventh studio album, which will follow up 2012's King Animal.

  • Godsmack is planning to commemorate the band's 20th anniversary in 2018 with a massive world tour that could feature the group playing its self-titled 1998 debut disc live from start to finish. Lead singer Sully Erna told Houston radio station 94.5 FM about the trek, "We're gonna do a massive production. We're gonna kind of base it around the theme of the first record. We're even talking about coming out and doing the first record front to back to open the show -- set up the staging a little bit more old school and stuff like that, and then kind of morph it into the back half of the set, which would be all the hits and the solo and some of the new stuff."

    Erna told us a while back that he was ambivalent for some time about playing albums from front to back in concert: "It seems like a lot of bands would come out and do that when they're celebrating like their 25th anniversary on the record and stuff (laughs) -- I'm old, but we're not that old yet. We're getting there though. It's not gonna be but another minute before we go like, 'Wow, really, 20 years? Okay. . . '"

    • Erna also said in the radio interview that Godsmack originally planned to put out a new album in 2017, but explained why that changed, saying, "We wanted to do something this year, but we were just, like, 'You know, let's just wait another second,' because if we release this at the top of 2018, it will be our 20th-year anniversary of the first record, and we wanna do something special."
    • The band's seventh studio album will follow up 2014's 1000 Horsepower. Erna said, "I have to write a really great record for us, and that's the tough part."

  • Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl and his mother Virginia Hanlon Grohl sat for an interview at the Los Angeles Festival of Books over the weekend, where Grohl recalled his mother forcing him to play onstage in front of people for the first time. According to Alternative Press, the incident took place at a jazz club in Washington D.C. that Grohl and his mom visited often. Guests were always encouraged to jump up and join the house band onstage, so on Virginia's birthday she decided she wanted her son to do just that.

    Dave recalled his mother saying, "You know what I want for my birthday? I want you to get up there and play the drums." But Dave had only been playing drums for a year, and only had been practicing by hitting his bed and pillows along to punk rock records. Nevertheless, he entered his name and was called up to the stage despite having no idea how to drum with a professional jazz combo.

    • Dave recalled going up onstage but just hitting a cymbal for two minutes or so before his short stint as a jazz drummer was over.
    • Dave's mother is the author of a new book titled From Cradle To Stage: Stories From The Mothers Who Rocked And Raised Rock Stars, which features interviews with moms of musicians like Rush's Geddy Lee, Rage Against The Machine's Tom Morello, Mike D of Beastie Boys, Adam Levine, Michael Stipe and others.
    • Dave has penned the foreword for his mom's book, which arrived on April 18th.
    • Foo Fighters have announced a string of summer European dates, along with one U.S. festival gig in California, but have yet to announce a new album.

  • A rock documentary called Hired Gun: Out Of The Shadows, Into The Spotlight will receive a one-night showing on June 29th at several hundred North American locations through Fathom Events. The film chronicles the story of world-renowned musicians who are not household names, but are instead the session and backup musicians who have performed at concerts and on countless recordings with huge stars yet remain largely unknown to the public.

    The film goes behind the scenes and explores the personalities and creativity of the best session players and backup musicians in the world. Among the artists interviewed are Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Jason Hook, John Mellencamp drummer Kenny Aronoff, former Ozzy Osbourne bassist Rudy Sarzo, ex-Metallica bassist Jason Newsted, Kiss drummer Eric Singer, guitarist John 5 from Rob Zombie's band, Toto axeman Steve Lukather and many more.

    • Hook himself came out of that world before joining Five Finger Death Punch, doing stints with Mandy Moore, Hilary Duff, Motley Crue singer Vince Neil and Alice Cooper.
    • He told us a while back that he understands what it takes to catch a break with a big act: "I went through years of trying to get gigs myself, and so I really understand what it's like to be the guy reaching out. And I always admired people that gave me a shot, recognizing that it's an unknown, you don't know if it's -- the referrals are easy, when somebody says, 'I've got the perfect guy,' that door has been opened. But for you to open your own doors is very difficult."
    • Hook teamed with filmmaker Fran Strine and music manager Jamie Talbot to raise funds for the film through launching an IndieGogo campaign back in 2014.
    • Tickets for the screenings go on sale via Fathom Events on May 24th.


SALMA HAYEK WANTS TO HEAR MORE FROM MELANIA TRUMP: Salma Hayek has long been a vocal critic of President Donald Trump, but the actress is holding out hope for his wife, Melania. Hayek tells the Daily News: "I wish she was a bigger influence on her husband. I'd love to know how she feels about things, and who she is, and what she's planning to do. The only thing we've heard her say is that she was gonna work on a campaign against bullying on social media. I hope she starts with her husband." Hayek stars a single mother in How to Be a Latin Lover, out April 28th. ORLANDO BLOOM STRIPS FOR EARTH DAY: Orlando Bloom stripped down to his swimsuit and took an ice bath in a round wooden tub in honor of Earth Day on Saturday, April 22nd. The Pirates of the Caribbean star shared a video on his Instagram story, writing: "To get green on Earth Day, I’m going blue." SARAH JESSICA PARKER, MATTHEW BRODERICK BRING KIDS TO BROADWAY PREMIERE: Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick enjoyed a night on the town with their kids, James, 14, and 7-year-old twin daughters Tabitha and Marion. The family of five hit the red carpet for the premiere of Broadway’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in New York City on Sunday, April 23. The publicity-averse clan has never officially appeared in public together and it was a red-carpet debut for the stylish twins. Predictably, they were all picture-perfect. SJP shared a few shots of the fun on Instagram. CLINT HOWARD AND WIFE MELANIE SPLIT AFTER 22 YEARS OF MARRIAGE: Clint Howard and his wife, Melanie, are parting ways after 22 years of marriage, TMZ reports. Howard, 58, reportedly filed the petition to separate. He is the younger brother of director/actor Ron Howard. The couple have no children. KASH BIERMANN IS HEALING FROM DOG BITE: The 4-year-old son of reality star Kim Zolciak-Biermann is on the mend after getting bit by a dog over the weekend and rushed to the hospital for surgery. The mom-of-six shared the terrifying news via Instagram Sunday night, and Kash’s big sister Brielle updated concerned fans with a late-night tweet saying his health was improving. On Monday, Kim shared via Snapchat that Kash was keeping entertained and upbeat: "Ninja turtles always make everything better!" The family has not shared details regarding how the bite occurred.


America’s favorite vivacious fitness guru-turned-introvert Richard Simmons took to Facebook to thank his healthcare workers and LAPD -- and assure concerned fans that nothing is amiss in his life. Simmons, 68, was treated at the Cedars Sinai hospital for severe indigestion, and has been out of public sight for a few years, prompting dramatic rumors that he is being held hostage by his maid Teresa Reveles or in the process of transitioning from male to female. In his Facebook post, he wrote: "Hope you’re having a beautiful Sunday. I wanted to take a moment to send a big thank you to the wonderful doctors, nurses and staff at Cedars Sinai Medical Center during my short stay there this week. They make you feel good even though you’re in the hospital for feeling bad. "Another shout out goes to the wonderful men and women of the Los Angeles Police Dept. They were so helpful and kind as I returned home. "Let’s take a minute and all be thankful for medical professionals, police, firefighters and our brave military forces here and around the world. They risk so much every day to make us well and keep us protected. God Bless all of them."


It’s ON! Actress Amber Heard and billionaire Elon Musk have been linked since last summer, and it seems they are finally ready to go public with their romance. On Sunday, the 31-year-old was spotted zip-lining in Australia with the 45-year-old Tesla founder. And then on Monday, Heard and Musk shared the same photo on social media featuring them dining together. Heard is wearing deep red lipstick and Musk has a kiss mark on his cheek in the same crimson shade. Heard captioned the shot, "Cheeky." The duo was first spotted together in London and Miami shortly after her dramatic split from ex Johnny Depp. Musk split from his second wife Talulah Ridley last November. Musk has reportedly been interested in Heard since they appeared in the 2013 film Machete Kills together. Heard is currently filming Aquaman in the Gold Coast.


Erin Moran, the former Happy Days child star, likely died of cancer, according to the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office and the county coroner. A statement released on Monday confirmed that an autopsy found she "likely succumbed to complications of stage 4 cancer." A toxicology report is pending but no illegal narcotics were found at her home, according to the statement. Moran, beloved for her role on Happy Days as Joanie Cunningham, was found dead by police at her home in New Salisbury, Indiana, on Saturday. She was 56. Moran’s former costars took to social media to memorialize her. Scott Baio wrote on Facebook: "May people remember Erin for her contagious smile, warm heart, and animal loving soul. I always hoped she could find peace in her life. God has you now, Erin." Henry Winkler told People: "I will always remember Erin with her sweet smile that greeted me on the very first day I walked onto the set of Happy Days in 1974. She was only nine years old. For the next ten years that smile never faded. Unfortunately yesterday it did. My condolences go out to her family. She will always be locked in my heart." In recent years, Moran appeared to be struggling, with reports of her living in a trailer park and drinking heavily surfacing in the tabloids. Other former child stars reportedly tried to get her the help she needed, to no avail. Former child star turned advocate Paul Peterson addressed the situation on Facebook writing: "I am proud of our efforts over the years to help Erin Moran whose troubles were many and complex. Don’t doubt for a moment that we tried…sincerely tried through time and treasure…to give comfort to one of our own. The former Donna Reed Show star continued: "At least a half-dozen former child stars were actively reaching out to Erin in the last week of her life... From Paris to London, from New York to LA, our members were in there pitching, doing what they could to help. Do not doubt that for a minute."

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