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  • COREY TAYLOR: FIRING DRUMMER WAS HARDEST DECISION SLIPKNOT EVER MADE

    Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor said in a new interview with Metal Hammer that firing founding drummer Joey Jordison in 2013 after 18 years was "one of the hardest decisions" the group ever made, adding that Jordison is "in a place in his life" which is "not where we are."

    Taylor said he could not get into specifics for legal reasons, but admitted, "It's when a relationship hits that T-section and one person's going one way and you're going the other. And try as you might to either get them to go your way or try and go their way, at some point you've got to go in the direction that works for you. This is me speaking in the broadest terms, with respect to Joey. I guess to sum it up, it was one of the hardest decisions we ever made."

    • Taylor said that the band is "happy right now and we hope that he is . . . he's just in a place in his life, right now, that's not where we are."
    • The singer would not answer whether drug use played a role in Jordison's dismissal, and confessed that he had not been in touch with his former bandmate. Taylor said, "I haven't talked to Joey in a while, to be honest. That's how different we are. It's not because I don't love him and I don't miss him. And it is painful; we talk about him all the time, but at the same time, do we miss him or do we miss the old him? That's what it really comes down to."
    • Slipknot releases its fifth studio album, .5: The Gray Chapter, on October 21st. It's the band's first without Jordison and late bassist Paul Gray.
    • The identities of the band's new bassist and drummer have not yet been revealed, but both appeared -- disguised in the same newly designed mask -- in the video for "The Devil In I", the first single from the new album.
    • Nonetheless, it is widely believed that the new bassist is Alessandro "Vman" Venturella, who sports the exact same tattoo on his hand that was spotted on the hand of the new bassist in the video.
    • Slipknot's new drummer is thought to be Jay Weinberg, son of longtime Bruce Springsteen drummer Max Weinberg.

  • BUCKCHERRY GUITARIST SLAMS U2 FOR FREE ALBUM GIVEAWAY

    Buckcherry guitarist Keith Nelson slammed U2 in a new interview for the Irish supergroup's free giveaway of its new album, saying that the gesture sent a message that "their music isn't worth anything." U2 stunned the music world last week when it made the new album available for free on the account of every single iTunes user in the world, in conjunction with the unveiling of Apple's iPhone 6.

    Speaking to Northwest Music Scene, Nelson said, "I think music has been devalued in the eyes of the consumer, to the point now where a band like U2 decides to just give its music away and basically tell people that their music isn't worth anything, it should be treated like something free, and that's a bummer because I know what it takes to make a record, I know what it takes to write a meaningful record full of songs, and get it into the consumers' hands, and to me music still has a value, so it's definitely something that I still struggle with."

    • Nelson called U2's giveaway "crazy," adding, "I'm sure the band got paid, so they made their money, but they've sent a message to everyone that music is free, and that's disturbing. It's easy to do that when you're a multi-millionaire-billionaire and money isn't really something that you worry about, but when you're a working rock and roll band and you count on every dollar, it's disappointing to see someone do that."
    • Nelson admitted to us a while back that album sales were no longer a barometer of success: "I believe in the album as an artform. I don't think that putting two songs that are gonna be played on the radio and then a bunch of filler stuff -- that's not why we do this. But I have lost faith in the number of records sold as an indicator of success, because our audience is growing, our business is growing. Nothing has receded, except the actual number of physical records that are sold. So I don't think that's a true indication of our success." .
    AUDIO: BUCKCHERRY'S KEITH NELSON NOT DISMAYED BY CD SALES

  • BLACK KEYS DRUMMER DOESN'T REGRET DISSING MICHAEL JACKSON, JUSTIN BIEBER

    Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney told QMI Agency that he doesn't regret the sharp comments he made in the recent past about either Justin Bieber or the music business executives that released a posthumous Michael Jackson album, Xscape, on the same day that the Keys issued their latest effort, Turn Blue. Carney called the Jackson album at the time "so bad that it took them three years after he died to make it listenable."

    Asked about it now, he stood his ground, saying, "Why do you think Michael Jackson left those songs untouched for 30 years in the vault? Why are they coming out now? If someone pillaged the songs Dan (Auerbach, Black Keys guitarist/singer) and I chose not to release, if someone started putting those out, I would hope that my family and Dan’s family would stop that."

    • Turn Blue eventually edged out the Jackson album to debut at Number One on the Billboard chart, but Carney told us that he had mixed feelings about it: "Having a Number One record, like, it's a cool thing to like have on the Wikipedia page, but it is also like a bittersweet thing because so many of our favorite bands deserve that more than we do and never got it. So it's like, you know, you've just got to take it for what it is. It's just a sales number and it has no reflection of like the quality, obviously, of the music or any other significant importance." in Ottawa, Canada.
    AUDIO: THE BLACK KEYS' PATRICK CARNEY ON HAVING A NUMBER ONE ALBUM

  • JACK WHITE WISHES HE MADE MUSIC IN A DIFFERENT DECADE

    Jack White told veteran newsman Dan Rather in a new interview on AXS TV that he would prefer to make music in any decade except this one. According to Rolling Stone, White said on The Big Interview that he once discussed the difference between making music now and in the Sixties with Bob Dylan, explaining, "I said, 'In a way, you guys had it so lucky in the Sixties.' All these recording techniques that had never been tried before, the Civil Rights movement was coming to a head, the Vietnam War. The whole world was changing . . . There was so much to sing about. It was like shooting fish in a barrel."

    White added that he doesn't see the same inspiration in today's youth, saying, "I don't see beauty in teenagers sitting next to each other texting and not talking face to face. I don't see that beauty in the way that pop music is all recorded on computers and Auto-Tune and presented in that really plastic way."

    • He continued, "I am a little bit jealous of the artists from the other decades because it seemed like you could just do your job and not worry about this periphery of stuff . . . I just have to be a hustler now just to be a musician, you sort of have to sell yourself all the time now."
    • White told us a while back that he thought rock music was losing its mystique: "It's changed definitions over the years, you know. Now it's sort of an energy drink, isn't it? It's become an iconic sort of T-shirt at Target or something like that. In more of the '60s and '70s, it was such a mystery and untouchable-ness to it. And now like in the age of sort of reality television, so many things are accessible that it's changing." in Boston.
    AUDIO: JACK WHITE ON ROCK MUSIC LOSING ITS MYSTIQUE

  • BUSH TO REISSUE FOUR OLDER ALBUMS

    Bush will reissue four of its previous albums on October 14th in remastered editions, including 1994's Sixteen Stone, 1996's Razorblade Suitcase, 1999's The Science of Things and the 1997 remix LP, Deconstructed. Frontman Gavin Rossdale told us that putting the reissues together has been a bittersweet experience: "We've done some remastering of the stuff and we've got some nice things planned, some alternate versions of things. It's been quite nostalgic for me, going back into the past, I mean looking through oceans of old photographs and being maybe quite nostalgic when I try not to be nostalgic. It's fun and enlightening and heartwarming and sad all at once."

      All of the tracks -- including hits like "Glycerine," "Machinehead," and "Comedown" -- have been remastered in high resolution from their original audio recordings. A stream of the remastered version of "Glycerine" has been posted online. Bush's sixth studio album, Man On The Run, will arrive on October 21st through Bush's own imprint, Zuma Rock Records. It features the single "The Only Way Out."
    • The new disc follows up the band's 2011 comeback effort, The Sea Of Memories, which was the first all-new Bush album in a decade.
    AUDIO: BUSH'S GAVIN ROSSDALE ON LOOKING BACK AT THE PAST

  • ROBERT PLANT SAYS THERE'S 'NOTHING RELEVANT' ON LED ZEPPELIN REISSUE BONUS TRACKS

    Robert Plant continues to lob digs at both Jimmy Page and his Led Zeppelin past. Plant, who's busy promoting his new album, Lullaby And The Ceaseless Roar, which Hits Daily Double predicts will sell a paltry 27,000 copies in its first week, was asked by Billboard if he heard anything revelatory in Page’s archival snapshots in the reissues of Led Zeppelin IV and Houses Of The Holy. Plant dismissed the unreleased tracks, saying, "No, not really. Because it’s so long ago. What you’re hearing there is mostly work-in-progress stuff. Things on their way to completion, and maybe there’s some little quirk or something that led to an either/or moment. But it’s nothing relevant, really. Not to me, at least."

    Coming on October 28th will be the Jimmy Page-remastered editions of 1971’s Led Zeppelin IV and 1973’s Houses Of The Holy, which will both be released with previously unreleased audio content in a variety of packages -- including a limited edition "Super Deluxe" box set.

    • Plant spoke about his use of Zeppelin material in his current live act, but hinted that it was the modern approach to the material that delivers the point across: "I think it’s a way to enjoy the music. We do ‘Black Dog’ and ‘Whole Lotta Love’ and these other ones, and our approach is driven mostly by trance and psychedelia and the musicians’ relationships to African music. In each case, one of the guys in the band will take dominance, and that kind of determines where it goes."
    • Out now is the new Robert Plant biography, titled, Robert Plant: A Life, by former Q magazine and Kerrang! editor, Paul Rees. Rees chronicles Plant's life both on and off the stage during his time fronting Led Zeppelin and beyond.
    • Rees told us what exactly sets Robert Plant apart from his peers in terms of having that rare "third act" in rock: "You don't have to like every bit of music he's made since Led Zeppelin, but he continues to make interesting music. I think Raising Sand -- the record he did, obviously, with Alison Krauss -- is as good as anything he's done. And I think that makes him a great rarity. There's an awful lot of biographies, autobiographies of people of his generation where it sort of stops around the mid-'70s in terms of what they did musically. They stopped making great music. And it becomes this round of going on tour and doing the hits and there's really not a lot to talk about -- and he doesn't do that." AUDIO: PAUL REES ON ROBERT PLANT

  • INDUSTRY NEWS

    JOAN RIVERS WAS SET TO APPEAR ON JERRY SEINFELD'S WEB SERIES BEFORE DEATH: Jerry Seinfeld revealed on the Facebook page for his web series Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee that Joan Rivers was scheduled to appear on the show before her death. He shared a photo of a text exchange confirming her appearance and wrote, "I just came across this heartbreaking text on my phone from August 19th. I had asked Joan Rivers to be our lead guest on the new season of Comedians in Cars, and she was thrilled. Then we got a call saying she was going in for a medical procedure and needed to postpone." He added, "I would have loved to have shown another side of her, I wanted to tell her how much I admire all she had accomplished, especially in the latter stages of her career. She was one of the greats. I'll miss her."

    MATT DAMON MAY RETURN TO 'BOURNE' SERIES: Rumors are circulating that Matt Damon is very close to reaching a deal to return to Bourne series. Damon played the role of Jason Bourne in the first three installments before Jeremy Renner took over in The Bourne Legacy. Universal Pictures are reportedly trying to woo Matt back along with director Paul Greengrass for a new project that they want to schedule for a July 2016 release.

    NETFLIX ORDERS TWO SEASONS OF JUDD APATOW SERIES: Netflix has given a two-season order for a new comedy from Judd Apatow called Love. The show stars Community's Gillian Jacobs and Paul Rust and is described as "an unflinching, hilarious and excruciatingly honest take on modern relationships." The first season is expected to debut in 2016 with 10 episodes.

    CARA DELEVINGNE LANDS LEAD IN 'PAPER TOWNS': Cara Delevingne has nabbed yet another acting role. The model has been cast as the female lead in Paper Towns -- based on the novel by John Green about a man following clues to find a woman who showed up at his house in the middle of the night dressed as a ninja before disappearing. Fault in Our Stars actor Nat Wolff has landed the male lead. Cara also has a role in the upcoming movie Pan starring Hugh Jackman.

    NBC DEVELOPING 'PROBLEM CHILD' INTO A SERIES: NBC is developing the 1990 family comedy Problem Child into a new single-camera comedy. The project is being developed by Scot Armstrong -- a writer known for his work on Old School and The Hangover Part II. The first Problem Child film was made for $10 million and earned $72 million at the box office. The story involves a couple who are conned into adopting a troubled seven-year boy who wreaks havoc in their lives and leaves a path of destruction anywhere he goes.

  • CELEBRITY GOSSIP

    BRADLEY COOPER AND SUKI WATERHOUSE HAVE DOUBLE DATE IN LONDON: Bradley Cooper and his girlfriend Suki Waterhouse enjoyed a double date on Tuesday night (September 16th) in London. The couple met up with Brad's Adam Jones co-star Sienna Miller and her man, Tom Sturridge. The foursome enjoyed a meal at J Sheeky Restaurant.

    LEONARDO DICAPRIO IS A MESSENGER OF PEACE FOR THE U.N.: The U.N. has appointed Leonardo DiCaprio as a Messenger of Peace -- helping to promote global action on climate change. The Wolf of Wall Street star will speak at the climate summit next week where around 120 world leaders are expected to be in attendance. Previous celebrity messengers of peace include Stevie Wonder, Michael Douglas, and George Clooney.

    LUCY HALE MAY HAVE A NEW ROCKER BOYFRIEND: Pretty Little Liars actress Lucy Hale may have new romance going with musician Adam Pitts. They were spotted holding hands while shopping in L.A. over the weekend. Rumors of their relationship have been circulating since they have been popping up in photos on each other's Instagram pages. Pitts is a drummer for the band Lawson.

    JIMMY FALLON CELEBRATES 40TH WITH PIE: Jimmy Fallon celebrated his 40th birthday over the weekend in East Hampton with his older sister, Gloria, for a small family dinner. The siblings were joined by their parents and Jimmy's wife at 1770 House. The group enjoyed a pie by chef Michael Rozzi and some fresh fruit instead of a traditional cake. Page Six is reporting that Martha Stewart was also dining at the restaurant at the same time.

    HEIDI MONTAG CONGRATULATES LAUREN CONRAD ON HER WEDDING: Heidi Montag appears to be ready to make amends with former Hills co-star Lauren Conrad. The former reality star took to Twitter on Monday (September 15th) to offer warm wishes to Lauren on her wedding to William Tell which took place over the weekend. Heidi wrote, "Congratulation @LaurenConrad on finding true love and your soul mate! Sending you love and blessings! The best is yet to come! Love you." Heidi's older sister Holly, who also appeared on The Hills, also got married over the weekend in Colorado to fiancé Richie Wilson.

  • BEN AFFLECK COMPARES HIS ANGER TO BATMAN'S

    Ben Affleck admits he handles his anger similarly to how his on-screen alter ego Batman does. The Gone Girl star recently sat down with London's Sunday Times where he touched on anger and how it plays into the mythology of the caped crusader.

    Ben explained, "I think it's a necessity, historically, in the tradition of these films. For me, anger is so deeply buried and contained that when it does kind of come out, it comes out in stronger bursts. I tend to be respectful, polite, get along, put up with, put up with, put up with... then, when it finally emerges, it's not something I have a ton of control over. I'm not gonna go into a Wolverine berserker rage, but I do have a, I do..." He continued, "That's my personality. By the way, that's a character flaw, I think. I should sit down when I'm angry and say 'Listen, I just wanted to let you know what happened there wasn't OK', instead of going, let it go, let it go, let it go...'Ah, that's not a big deal', until finally you just pop!"

  • EVA MENDES AND RYAN GOSLING WELCOME DAUGHTER

    Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling are officially parents for the first time. E! Online is reporting that Eva gave birth to a baby girl on Friday (September 12th) in L.A.

    The couple have yet to share any additional information about their bundle of joy. One source told E!, "Everyone is saying the baby looks like Eva and has her features. It was very emotional for Eva and Ryan. They were both in tears when they saw their daughter for the first time!"

    • The source added, "Eva is so happy she's a mom, their baby girl is perfect! They are at home now with the baby and Eva is feeling great she says. She's so good with kids and has been wanting this a really long time. When she found out she was having a girl, she was freaking out. She kind of wanted a girl deep down but of course just wants a happy and healthy baby! Ryan is saying he is going to be overpowered with girls in the house and is gonna have to be extra manly around the house!"
    • Eva has been keeping a low profile since news of her pregnancy first broke. A source previously told People, "Their lives completely changed as soon as Eva got pregnant. They used to travel all over the place together and go on hikes with their dogs. But in the past few months she barely left the house. Ryan has been taking care of her, picking up food and running errands. He has been very supportive of keeping things a secret."

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