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    Godsmack frontman Sully Erna has announced that he will play a series of solo gigs this December. According to Blabbermouth, the trek will kick off on December 3rd in Verona, New York and wind down on the 14th in Boston, Massachusetts. Public on-sales for all the dates start this Friday (October 24th). Fans will have the opportunity to buy an additional limited-edition VIP package upgrade through Erna's official web site. The package will include early entry, access to a meet-and-greet with Erna, an exclusive lithograph signed by Erna and a VIP laminate, all for $99 in addition to the actual concert ticket.

    • Erna said in a recent interview that he intends to continue with his solo career when not recording or touring with Godsmack.
    • The singer released his debut solo album, Avalon, in 2010. The disc featured a very different style than what Erna does with Godsmack, incorporating world music, female vocals, keyboards, cello, hand percussion and other diverse sounds.
    • He toured behind the album with a large ensemble that incorporated many of the instruments heard on the record.
    • Godsmack's sixth studio album, 1000hp (One Thousand Horsepower), was released on August 5th. The set landed at Number Three on the Billboard 200 album chart in its first week of release.
    • Confirmed Sully Erna solo dates (subject to change):
      December 3 - Verona, NY - Turning Stone Casino
      December 4 - North Tonawanda, NY - Riviera Theatre
      December 6 - Chester, NY - Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center
      December 10 - Glenside, PA - Keswick Theatre
      December 11 - Westbury, NY - The Space at Westbury
      December 12 - Bangor, ME - Gracie Theatre
      December 14 - Boston, MA - Wilbur Theatre


    Five Finger Death Punch drummer Jeremy Spencer's memoir, Death Punch'd: Surviving Five Finger Death Punch's Metal Mayhem, has hit the Top 10 on the New York Times Celebrities Best Sellers list. Spencer said in a statement, "I’ve received dozens of messages sharing how my story has inspired others to seek help or stay clean. Had it even been just one person who was affected positively, that would have been reason enough to write it. Believe me, the last thing I ever thought was that I would be a best-selling author. I’m humbled and truly grateful."

    Spencer told us that he started writing the book almost immediately after completing rehab, and that working on it helped him stay on track: "I had to shift my whole way of life, basically, you know. It was just someplace to put my energy that was positive. You know, I was pretty raw when I got out of rehab, and I was angry. I mean, you can ask the rest of the guys in the band, they'd never really seen that side of me 'cause I was always just the party guy that was laughing all the time. But then whenever that went away, I turned into this angry monster guy that nobody really knew, so I was glad that I could vent it in this book." in San Bernardino, California.


    Nickelback's "Edge Of A Revolution" has notched its second straight week at Number One on the rock radio chart, giving the band its eighth chart-topper and its first from the new album, No Fixed Address. Frontman Chad Kroeger told us why the tune is a little more politically charged than usual for Nickelback: "It really was about the state of the world and what was going on, you know, with global news. And it's a little bit depressing, but I'll tell you what, it makes for great lyrics when it comes to a pissed-off rock song. But it was fun to take on that challenge, 'cause we've never really stepped into that arena when it came to songwriting before."

    • No Fixed Address is Nickelback's eighth studio album and arrives on November 17th.
    • It marks the band's debut with Republic Records after 13 years with the Roadrunner label.
    • Nickelback has sold more than 50 million copies of their albums worldwide and has landed 23 hit singles.
    • Chad Kroeger joined Sammy Hagar over the weekend to perform a cover version of the Led Zeppelin classic "Whole Lotta Love" during Hagar's huge birthday bash at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center. Also appearing at the event were Hagar's Chickenfoot bandmates Joe Satriani, Michael Anthony and Chad Smith, who came up on stage to play a few Chickenfoot tracks.


    Slipknot guitarist Jim Root has defended the band against accusations that they did not do everything they could to stop bassist Paul Gray from dying as a result of a drug overdose. Gray's widow, Brenna Gray, testified in the involuntary manslaughter trial of the doctor who treated Paul shortly before his May 2010 death that she tried reaching out to some of Paul's bandmates just days prior to the bassist's demise but that none of them wanted to get involved. She revealed, "One was playing golf two minutes away from our house but couldn't come. Nobody else cared, nobody was involved."

    Asked about Brenna's remarks, Root told Sweden Rock​, "I think she's probably gonna say whatever it is she thinks she needs to say for the lawyers to hear. You know, I mean, Paul was our brother; Paul was very close to us. We tried putting Paul into treatment numerous times, we took him off of tours and we had interventions with him . . . At the end of the day, Paul was sick and Paul had a problem and we were there for Paul. Paul wasn't always available."

    • Root added, "Brenna's always got brothers that she can count on, and (Paul and Brenna's daughter) October will always have eight uncles that give a s***."
    • October was born three months after her father's death, and Slipknot singer Corey Taylor told us a while back that she was being well taken care of by the inner Slipknot circle: "She's surrounded by love right now, you know. I mean, she's got me, she's got my wife, she's got her mother, who we've basically taken and made our own, basically, you know. And you know, she's got all of our friends who dote on her. It's gonna be hard when she gets older, but at the same time there'll never be a lack of love around that little girl as long as I'm living." .


    Blink-182 singer/guitarist Tom DeLonge's other band, Angels And Airwaves, premiered a teaser at Indiewire on Wednesday (October 22nd) for the new animated short film, Poet Anderson: The Dream Walker. The short will be released on December 9th and features music from Angels & Airwaves’ upcoming album The Dream Walker.

    Both the short and the album tell the story of Poet, who has the rare ability to be aware of his dreams while they’re happening. As Poet journeys deeper into his dream life, he meets his Dream Walker, a guardian angel of dreams who protects him from the torment of a vicious Night Terror monster.

    • The short film is an official selection of the 2014 Toronto International ShortFilm Festival, taking place from November 12th to the 14th.
    • The album is scheduled for a December release and was written, recorded and produced by DeLonge and multi-instrumentalist Ilan Rubin, known for his work with Nine Inch Nails.
    • Earlier this month, the duo unveiled "Paralyzed," the first single off the new album.
    • In addition to the record and short film, Angels And Airwaves has music videos, comic books, a novel and a feature film all in the works that are connected to the Dream Walker concept.
    • The last Angels & Airwaves album, Love Part 2, was released in 2011. The first part, Love, was issued the year before and was accompanied by a full-length sci-fi film with the same title.


      Neil Patrick Harris may seem like the go-to guy to host award shows these days but he was reportedly not the first choice for the 2015 Oscars. According to The Hollywood Reporter, there were three other people offered the job before him.

      Sources say that producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron supposedly wanted Ellen DeGeneres back for the job but she was not interested in hosting for a third time. Offers were allegedly also made to Chris Rock and Julia Louis-Dreyfus who also passed on the opportunity.

      • Neil has previously hosted the Tony Awards four times and the Primetime Emmy Awards twice.


      Billy Bob Thornton is finally offering up an explanation for Angelina Jolie wearing a vial of his blood around her neck while they were dating. He made the revelation while speaking to the students at Loyola Marymount University's School of Film & Television last week.

      The 59--year-old told the students, "A vial of blood is very simple. Angie came home one day with a kit she bought. You know those lockets you buy that are clear and you put a picture of your grannie in it or something like that and wear it around your neck? That's what it was. She bought two of those. We were apart a lot because she's off making Tomb Raider and I'm making Monster's Ball. We were on opposite ends -- we see each other for two weeks and whatever. She thought it would be interesting and romantic if we took a little razorblade and sliced our fingers, smeared a little blood on these lockets and you wear it around your neck just like you wear your son or daughter's baby hair in one. Same thing. From that we were wearing quart jars of blood around our necks...and we were vampires and we lived in a dungeon." Billy Bob added, "I think it's your duty to kind of tell people the truth about this stuff and the truth is not encouraged anymore."

      • He and Angelina got married in 2000 but broke up in June of 2002.


      RATINGS FOR 'THE VIEW' ARE STILL DOWN: The reshuffling of co-hosts on The View this season has not really succeeded in bringing viewers back. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the ratings for the 18th season have fallen below last year's in the episodes following premiere week. The numbers are not bad but they have continued to fall 30% from where they were five years ago. There are also rumors that producers are having issues with Rosie O'Donnell's treatment of the other women and that they are already allegedly looking to replace Rosie Perez when her contract is up.

      'HOMELAND' ACTRESS JOINS 'GOTHAM': Homeland alum Morena Baccarin has landed a new gig on Fox's freshman series Gotham. She will be playing Dr. Leslie Thompkins -- a former friend of Bruce Wayne's parents who takes a job at Arkham Asylum. The role will be recurring during the first season but is expected to be full-time in season two. In addition to Homeland, Morena has had roles on Joss Whedon's Firefly, Stargate SG-1, and V.

      FOX ORDERS MORE 'RED BAND SOCIETY': Fox has ordered four additional scripts for Red Band Society. The freshman drama has received favorable reviews but lackluster ratings since its debut. Viewership has been increasing slightly from week to week and tends to get a large boost when DVR ratings are factored in.

      STEVE COOGAN IS REPLACING PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN IN 'HAPPYISH': British comedian Steve Coogan will step in for the late Philip Seymour Hoffman as the star of Showtime's Happyish. Steve will play a 44 year-old man whose world is thrown into disarray when he gets a new 25-year-old wunderkind boss. The series will begin filming in New York in December. Hoffman passed away back in February from a drug overdose.

      RACHEL MCADAMS AND RYAN REYNOLDS GET STARS ON CANADIAN WALK OF FAME: Rachel McAdams and Ryan Reynolds were honored with stars on Canada's walk of fame. The 2014 Canada Walk of Fame Awards were held in Toronto on October 18th. Rachel reacted to the news saying, "To be recognized by your own country like this and to be put on this illustrious list of people that have come before is, I mean, is sort of beyond words for me." The ceremony was hosted by Jason Priestley.


      Amy Poehler won't let the superficiality of Hollywood get the better of her. She recently opened up to People about the pressure to look a certain way when you're in the entertainment industry.

      Amy said, "In a shallow business, I just had to come to terms with being really okay with not being...symmetrical. You can either spend your life trying to be perfect, and you can tweak and nip and tuck, and then be afraid to move your face. There's a line between feeling healthy, strong and sexy and feeling good about yourself, and being worried about how you measure up." The Emmy-winner added, "Some days I wake up and I'm just like, 'All right, I'm feelin' really good,' and some days I loathe myself. Just like everyone else. It's so funny because it doesn't matter what you do, whether you have your picture in a magazine or you don't, there are days where you're just feeling it and other days where you look at yourself and say, 'Oh my god, who is that old woman in the store window? Oh my god, it's me!"

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