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  • Five Finger Death Punch releases its sixth studio album, titled Got Your Six, on Friday (September 4th). The disc follows up the 2013 double disc release The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell and comes in standard and deluxe versions, including several different merchandise packages.

    Singer Ivan Moody told us why the title, a military term, works so well for the band: "It was just perfect, you know, because it started off with, you know, being the sixth album -- you know, most people didn't expect us to have a second album, so it really went to that point. And then Zo (Zoltan Bathory, guitarist) kind of looked at it like, we've had each other's back for almost 10 years now and, you know, in the military, instead of saying, 'we got your back,' it's 'we got your six.' And since we also are affiliated with so much, you know, involvement in the military, it just seemed like a no-brainer."

  • The first single, called "Jekyll & Hyde," is currently Number Four on the rock radio airplay chart.
  • Five Finger Death Punch begins a fall co-headlining tour with Papa Roach on Friday night in Lexington, Kentucky, ending on October 9 in Glen Falls, New York. Also on the trek are In This Moment and From Ashes To New.
AUDIO: FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH'S IVAN MOODY ON THE NEW ALBUM'S TITLE


  • Ex-Blink-182 singer/guitarist Tom DeLonge releases a new four-song EP on Friday (September 4th) called . . . Of Nightmares, which will be a companion to Poet Anderson . . . Of Nightmares, the first of three planned novels written by DeLonge and best-selling author Suzanne Young. The EP and books are part of a larger science fiction saga that DeLonge launched last year with the latest album from his Angels & Airwaves outfit, titled The Dream Walker, which will be part of a multi-media enterprise including movies and more.

    Putting his Poet Anderson franchise ahead of recording and touring with Blink-182 is what ultimately led to a split between DeLonge and the other two members of the trio, but DeLonge told us that he actually brought the project to them first: "This whole Poet Anderson thing, I offered to them. I sat in a room with them and showed them animations and everything. I go, 'Do you guys want to do this with me?' And there was a tiny bit of interest, a lot of awkward silence and then a lot of emails that were just ignored. And so I just moved on and got it done. So it's not like I'm doing these things and never asked them to come along for the ride."

    • DeLonge said in an interview with Billboard this week that he was "disappointed" in the way things panned out with Blink, but added that he was "totally willing and interested in playing with those guys again."
    • Blink drummer Travis Barker and bassist Mark Hoppus have decided to move forward with Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio in place of DeLonge.
    • DeLonge's novel is due out October 6th. The Poet Anderson story focuses on two brothers who are besieged by dark forces from another world accessible only in dreams.
    AUDIO: TOM DELONGE SAYS HE OFFERED CONCEPT ALBUM TO BLINK-182


  • AC/DC has shown no signs of losing any power as a concert draw on the band's current North American run. The Australian legends made the Number Three position on Billboard's "Hot Tours" chart this week after grossing $4 million from one show alone, an outdoor Canadian gig on August 28th in Quebec City that drew 48,588 fans.

    • The Quebec performance was the first of three outdoor events staged in Canadian markets during AC/DC's current North American trek.
    • The group is hitting mostly stadiums on this swing, which began last month and will end on September 28th at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.
    • Guitarist Angus Young told us a while back that AC/DC has never changed its approach to its live shows even as it's played bigger and bigger venues: "Somebody once had said, 'You know, people know what they like and like what they know.' In the beginning, we were a, you know, just a rock 'n' roll band, and, you know, when you would play in bars and clubs and stuff, you know, this is what the audience was coming to hear you for."
    • The band is touring for the first time in over five years behind its 16th studio album, Rock Or Bust, which debuted at Number Three on the Billboard album chart last December and has sold more than 545,000 copies.
    AUDIO: ANGUS YOUNG SAYS AC/DC HASN'T CHANGED ITS APPROACH TO PLAYING LIVE


  • Last January, the two surviving members of Mad Season, Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready and Screaming Trees drummer Barrett Martin, performed for the first time in nearly 20 years at Benayora Hall in Seattle. The concert featured the Seattle Symphony plus guests such as Soundgarden's Chris Cornell, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron and ex-Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan.

    Cornell told us how he felt about the experience and whether he might sing with Mad Season again in the future: "Once I was onstage and we were doing it, then it kind of hit me that I'm standing up there with these guys, all of which I've known for years and years, and I've been good friends with, but I've never been on a stage with them like that. And it was pretty great, it was pretty moving. Unfortunately, I always have so many things going on that, you know, it doesn't seem like something that would happen anytime in the near future. But it definitely was an amazing moment."

    • Mike McCready said in a recent interview about Cornell standing in for late singer Layne Staley, "When I heard he wanted to do that, I literally jumped for joy, I couldn’t believe it. He brought his take to it, and did it beautifully, and I think Layne would have been proud."
    • In addition to Mad Season songs and new compositions by guitarist Mike McCready, the show also featured a two-song reunion of Temple Of The Dog that brought Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament and guitarist Stone Gossard out to perform with McCready, Cornell and Cameron.
    • The event celebrated the 20th anniversary of the release of Mad Season's sole album, Above. In addition to McCready on guitar and Martin on drums, Mad Season featured Staley on vocals and John Baker Saunders on bass.
    • McCready, Martin and McKagan were reportedly recording new music over the summer under the Mad Season banner, although plans for its release have yet to be revealed.
    AUDIO: SOUNDGARDEN'S CHRIS CORNELL ON PLAYING WITH MAD SEASON


  • Black Sabbath has announced the first details of a world tour that is being billed as "The End." The North American leg will start on January 20th, 2016 in Omaha, Nebraska, ending on February 25th in new York City. Dates in Australia and New Zealand have been confirmed for April, with more shows to be announced next month.

    The band's full statement read, "It's the Beginning of The End. It started nearly five decades ago with a crack of thunder, a distant bell ringing and then that monstrous riff that shook the earth. The heaviest rock sound ever heard. In that moment Heavy Metal was born, created by a young band from Birmingham, England barely out of their teens."

    It continued, "Now it ends, the final tour by the greatest Metal Band of all time, Black Sabbath. Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler close the final chapter in the final volume of the incredible Black Sabbath story."

    • The statement added that the tour "promises to surpass all previous tours with their most mesmerizing production ever . . . When this tour concludes, it will truly be The End."
    • The band is also reportedly working on a final studio album, although that has not been officially confirmed yet.
    • The original lineup of Sabbath reunited in late 2011 for a new album called 13 and a world tour. Although founding drummer Bill Ward was on board at first, he dropped out over what he called contractual issues. Ward will apparently not be part of the farewell tour either.
    • Confirmed Black Sabbath tour dates (subject to change):
      January 20 - Omaha, NE - Centurylink Center
      January 22 - Chicago, IL - United Center
      January 25 - Minneapolis, MN - Target Center January 28 - Saskatoon, SK - Sasktel Centre January 30 - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Centre February 1 - Calgary, AB - Scotiabank Saddledome February 3 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena February 6 - Tacoma, WA - Tacoma Dome February 9 - San Jose, CA - SAP Center February 11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Forum February 13 - Das Vegas, NV - Mandalay Bay Events Center February 15 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center February 17 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center February 18 - Detroit, MI - The Palace of Auburn Hills February 21 - Hamilton, ON - Firstontario Centre February 23 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre February 25 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden


  • Rolling Stones legend Keith Richards slammed Black Sabbath and Metallica in a new interview this week, also taking digs at rap music and partner Mick Jagger. Richards, who snatched headlines a few weeks back for calling the Beatles' beloved Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album "rubbish," told The New York Daily News, "Millions are in love with Metallica and Black Sabbath. I just thought they were great jokes. It sounds like a dull thud to me. For most bands, getting the syncopation is beyond them. It’s endless thudding away, with no bounce, no lift, no syncopation."

    • Ironically, Metallica opened two San Francisco shows for the Rolling Stones in November 2005.
    • Richards also slammed rap music, saying, "So many words, so little said. What rap did that was impressive was to show there are so many tone-deaf people out there." He also managed to take his usual swipe at Mick Jagger, calling his bandmate of more than 50 years a "snob."
    • On September 18th, Keith Richards will release both his first new solo album in 23 years, called Crosseyed Heart, and the new Netflix documentary, Keith Richards: Under The Influence.
    • Metallica and Black Sabbath are reportedly going to carry on despite not getting Richards' blessing.


    • TORI SPELLING IS SUING BENIHANA

      Tori Spelling is going after Benihana over an accident last April that left her with burns.

      According to People, the former Beverly Hills, 90210 star is claiming that she suffered wage loss, hospital and medicine expenses, general damage and loss of earning capacity after slipping and falling onto one of their grills. Tori apparently had deep second and third degree burns which required hospitalization and surgery.

      • It is unclear how much money she is asking for.
      • A source told the magazine back in April, Tori hadn't even started to eat, when she slipped and fell. Not thinking, she grabbed onto the side of the hot grill and burned her arm. At the time, it didn't seem as bad as the doctors told her it was the next day."

    • ANNE HATHAWAY SPEAKS ON COMPETITION AMONG YOUNG ACTRESSES

      Anne Hathaway admits that she lucked out with her film career because she feels there is a lot of competition among young actresses for roles.

      She explains in the new issue of Glamour U.K., "I hate to admit it, but it's true -- there are fewer roles and the competition is just as fierce as ever. I look around at my peers and I'm so blown away by their talent and their beauty and their cool style, as well as their ability to be an actress and be a movie star and be good at it. I mean, they're so good and we're all trying to get the same parts."

      • Anne also discusses the age issue in Hollywood saying, "I can't complain about it because I benefited from it. When I was in my early twenties, parts would be written for women in their fifties and I would get them. And now I'm in my early thirties and I'm like, 'Why did that 24-year-old get that part?' I was that 24-year-old once, I can't be upset about it, it's the way things are. All I can do right now is think that thankfully you have built up perhaps a little bit of cachet and can tell stories that interest you and if people go to see them you'll be allowed to make more."

    • CELEBRITY GOSSIP

      TOM HARDY IS GOING TO BE A DAD AGAIN: Tom Hardy is going to be a dad again. His wife, Charlotte Riley, showed off her baby bump on the red carpet of his latest film, Legend, on Thursday (September 3rd.) This is their first child together but Tom is also a father to seven-year-old son, Louis Thomas, from a previous relationship.

      EMILY RATAJKOWSKI HATES THE VIDEO FOR 'BLURRED LINES': Emily Ratajkowski may have gotten her big break appearing in the music video for "Blurred Lines" but she does not have fond memories about the experience. She explains in the October issue of British InStyle, "I wasn't into the idea at all at first. I think I came off as a bit annoyed in the video. Now, it's the bane of my existence. When anyone comes up to me about "Blurred Lines," I'm like, are we seriously talking about a video from three years ago?" Emily currently appears in the film We Are Your Friends which had one of the worst opening weekends of all time.

      CANDIS CAYNE WALKED OUT OF AN AUDITION FOR 'CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM': Transgender actress Candis Cayne auditioned for a role on HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm but took herself out of the running over the material. She recently told The Hollywood Reporter, "The part was for a trans woman who had to go to the bathroom really bad and decided she was going to go in the men's line because it was quicker. I said, 'Thank you for writing a trans part, but I can't audition because a trans woman wouldn't do this. I have to honor my community,' and I walked out of the audition." She also revealed that Transparent actress Alexandra Billings reacted the same way and the joke never actually made it into the show.

      ALI FEDOTOWSKY IS ENGAGED: Former Bachelorette star Ali Fedotowsky is engaged. She revealed on Instagram on Thursday (August 3rd) that her boyfriend, Kevin Manno, popped the question. She also posted about the engagement on her blog writing, "So excited to share that Kevin asked me to be his wife and I said YES!!! No actually, I screamed yes. Ha! He proposed yesterday and we had the most beautiful, magical day with our closest friends and can't wait to celebrate with family back home. Love, the future Mrs. Manno." Ali has been dating Kevin since April of 2013.

      WES BENTLEY OPENS UP ABOUT HIS DRUG USE: American Horror Story actor Wes Bentley recently sat down with Larry King where he opened up about his struggles with drugs which started back in 2006. He revealed, "The drugs got harder and I got deeper in it, and I started considering things like selling drugs and DJing for a living instead of acting. Some people have one bottom, I had 10 or 12 bottoms: a friend who passed away; I had no money; I lost contact with my family. I finally met somebody who I loved and that kind of turned around. And then I met somebody who was sober and I wanted what he had. And then I worked really hard. I still work really hard." Wes also addressed the death of his best friend, Heath Ledger, back in 2008 saying, "He was like a brother to me. We were close friends. We worked on Four Feathers together in 2000 and since then we had become very, very close. We had good times and bad times...his death is the biggest loss of my life. Yeah."

    • AMY DUGGAR IS READY FOR A NAME CHANGE

      One of the biggest perks to getting married for Amy Duggar is the name change. The cousin of Josh Duggar recently chatted with People magazine about her wedding to Dillon King which will be taking place over Labor Day weekend and the challenges she faces sharing a last name with the famously pious former reality stars.

      Amy explains, "I can't wait to change my name!" she says. "It's going to be a great day when Dillon signs that marriage license and my last name changes. You have no idea! People have always called me the 'Rebel Duggar,' but I definitely have morals and standards." She added, "Despite all the crap going on in my family, a few days from now will be an awesome moment."

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