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  • VOLBEAT TAKING SIX MONTHS OFF BEFORE STARTING NEW ALBUM

    Volbeat has been talking in interviews lately about getting to work on its next studio album, but don't expect a new disc to surface that quickly, Speaking with SROMaginc.com, drummer Jon Larsen said that the group will take an extended break before hitting the "record" button. Larsen explained that after the band wraps its current U.S. tour, "We're gonna go to the U.K. for ten days. And after that we have six months off for the first time in two years. So we're gonna start focusing on writing new stuff."

    Larsen added that while no full new songs were written, "Michael (Poulsen, guitar/vocals) is already starting and planning, and having small bits and pieces. And once he's put some flesh on those bones, he and I will go to the rehearsal room and try and get the songs into shape and then the two other guys will come in."

    • Volbeat's latest effort, 2013's Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies, has sold 252,000 copies in the U.S. The set features the Number One singles "The Hangman's Body Count" and "Lola Montez," as well as the Top Five track "Dead But Rising" and new single "Doc Holliday."
    • Volbeat performs this Sunday (October 26th) at Knotfest in San Bernardino, with Slipknot and others.

  • SLIPKNOT SINGER OPENS UP ABOUT DEPRESSION, SUICIDE ATTEMPTS

    Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor has posted a four-minute video in conjunction with the You Rock Foundation in which he discusses his struggles with depression, homelessness and suicidal feelings, and how he overcame them with the help of music. Taylor says in the clip, "When I hit 17, I kind of started wrecking myself, and started lashing out at a lot of people. . . I was homeless, off and on, for about two years. And I didn't know what I was gonna do, I didn't know how I was gonna do anything with my life."

    He continues, "It was a really, really dark time for me. I definitely got to the point where I was ready to end it all. I had the razor in my hand and I started cutting myself. But it was a pressure valve kind of situation, where it wasn't like I was going to end it, I just needed to feel something real to snap me out of it."

    • Taylor admits that he swallowed a "bunch of pills" and ended up in the hospital, adding, "That was probably the lowest moment of my life, because I'd done it to myself. The only thing that really helped was writing. It felt like when I was writing I could work it out and really be able to get my head around it."
    • Taylor also tried to commit suicide in 2003 by attempting to jump off a hotel balcony while struggling with alcoholism. He told us a while back about how he finally got sober: "It was really bad, man. I mean, there was a solid block of about two years that I was basically drinking every night, and I didn't even realize how bad it was until my wife kind of grabbed me and said, 'Look, you've got to figure it out. If you don't figure it out, we're not gonna be together.' And I quit, that day. And I haven't looked back." in San Bernardino, California.
    AUDIO: SLIPKNOT'S COREY TAYLOR ON GETTING SOBER

  • FOO FIGHTERS REVEAL WRIGLEY FIELD CONCERT LINEUP

    Foo Fighters have announced additional details about the concert the band is playing at Chicago's Wrigley Field on August 29th, 2015. The day-long event will celebrate the musical history of the Windy City and feature performances by local legends Cheap Trick, Urge Overkill and Naked Raygun. Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen appears on the song "Something From Nothing," the first single from the upcoming Foos album Sonic Highways.

    • Punk favorites Naked Raygun were the first band Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl ever saw live in Chicago.
    • The new Foo Fighters album, Sonic Highways, arrives on November 10th.
    • An eight-part documentary series about the making of the record, also called Sonic Highways, premiered last Friday night (October 17th) on HBO. It chronicles the recording of the album in eight different cities.
    • Bassist Nate Mendel told us what he found most rewarding about the process of making Sonic HIghways: "I think the cool thing about this was -- and it was sort of a surprise to me -- is going to all these cities and learning about them in a little bit more depth than we had before. It gives us a sense of pride in a way of American music and all the variety of it and depth of it and all these unique cities. After a while, you take it all in and you're like, 'Yeah,' you know -- it just gives you a little bit of more feeling of like being a part of the place." for an interview with Anderson Cooper on CBS-TV's 60 Minutes.
    AUDIO: FOO FIGHTERS' NATE MENDEL ON REWARDS OF RECORDING 'SONIC HIGHWAYS'

  • OZZY HOPES BILL WARD CAN GET IT TOGETHER FOR NEXT BLACK SABBATH TOUR

    There may be hope yet for Black Sabbath fans who hope to see the band reunite with original drummer Bill Ward when they head out on their final tour in 2015. In a new interview with Esquire, singer Ozzy Osbourne said, "What I'm really happy about is, if this is Black Sabbath's last hurrah, then we'll have ended it on an up note rather than when I left in 1979 and everybody was f***ed up on one thing or another . . . The only thing sad about it is I hope drummer Bill Ward can get his stuff together to do this."

    • Ward was announced as part of the band's reunion in late 2011, but dropped out early the following year due to what was assumed to be a dispute over his contract.
    • Since that time, however, the other three original Sabbath members -- Ozzy, guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler -- have hinted that Ward was not physically up to the task of recording a new album and embarking on a lengthy world tour.
    • Ozzy said as much when we asked about Ward's absence a while back: "Bill Ward has got the most physically demanding job of the lot of us, 'cause he's the timekeeper. I don't think personally he had the chops to pull it off, you know. The saddest thing is that he needed to own up to that, and we could have worked around it, whether we had a drummer on the side with him or something. But I suppose it was something to do with finances as well."
    • Ward underwent surgery last year for perforated diverticulitis, a gastrointestinal condition in which the walls of the intestine have become perforated.
    • For the recording of its 2013 reunion album, 13, Sabbath used Rage Against The Machine drummer Brad Wilk, while regular Ozzy drummer Tommy Clufetos handled the drums on tour.
    • Black Sabbath will release one final studio album and tour behind it in 2015, with Ozzy telling Esquire, "The record company wants us to do one more record, and we've decided to do one more tour, and at the end of the tour we just disband and I go back to doing my solo stuff."
    • Ozzy released a solo career retrospective called Memoirs Of A Madman earlier this month.
    AUDIO: BLACK SABBATH'S OZZY OSBOURNE ON BILL WARD'S ABSENCE

  • REPORT: MINKA KELLY AND CHRIS EVANS ARE BACK ON

    Rumors are circulating that Minka Kelly and Chris Evans are dating again after they were spotted picking up lunch together on Tuesday (October 21st.) Sources are telling E! News that the former couple was just enjoying a "friendly lunch" but other news outlets claim that this is just one of a few recent hangouts they have had.

    Chris and Minka were also spotted at a karaoke night together in Massachusetts last month. A witness told People, "It looked like a family night out. They were with a bunch of people, including Chris's family, and Chris and Minka sat in the back while other people in their group got up and did some karaoke." Another source added, "They sat next to each other, they were off in a corner, having drinks and keeping to themselves but still part of the group. They kept a very low profile. They're really cute!"

    • The on-again off-again couple first started dating in 2007 before breaking up and getting back together in 2012. They split up again last year.

  • MELISSA RIVERS WILL PROBABLY SUE OVER HER MOTHER'S DEATH

    Melissa Rivers has allegedly been advised to sue the medical facility who performed the procedure that led to her mother's death last month. Sources tell TMZ that a lawsuit may be Melissa's only way to get to the bottom of what really went down during the surgery.

    Taking legal action will force the doctors and staff at Yorkville Endoscopy to give sworn depositions regarding the events that led up to when Joan's breathing stopped. Melissa is reportedly angry over the situation because she believes the facility and the department of health knows what happened but are not giving any answers.

  • INDUSTRY NEWS

    CHRISTIAN BALE CAST AS STEVE JOBS: Christian Bale will be playing Steve Jobs in a new biopic from Aaron Sorkin. Sorkin confirmed the casting to Bloomberg TV saying, "What we needed was the best actor. It's like the NFL draft. There are some people who make a science out of exactly the guys they need to draft a middle, inside linebacker who can do this...and other teams say, 'Who's the best athlete on the board.' We needed the best actor on the board in a certain age range, and that's Chris Bale." The Apple mogul was recently portrayed by Ashton Kutcher in Jobs which received mixed reviews.

    TV DRAMA BASED ON ARCHIE CHARACTERS IN DEVELOPMENT: Greg Berlanti, known for his work on Dawson's Creek as well as CW's Arrow and The Flash, is working on a live-action drama based on the characters featured in Archie comics. The show will be called Riverdale -- named for the fictional town where the characters live. According to Deadline, "The series will showcase the eternal love triangle of Archie Andrews, girl-next-door Betty Cooper and rich socialite Veronica Lodge and will include the entire cast of characters from the comic books -- including Archie's rival Reggie Mantle and slacker best friend Jughead Jones. Popular gay character Kevin Keller also will play a pivotal role, with other characters from Archie Comics' expansive library also slated to appear, including Josie and the Pussycats." The show is being developed at Fox.

    MARC CHERRY DEVELOPING 'PHANTOM OF THE OPERA' FOR ABC: Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry is working on a television adaptation of Phantom of the Opera for ABC. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the show will be "a drama with musical elements in the same vein of ABC's Nashville. The new Phantom is described as a contemporary reimagining of Gaston Leroux's gothic novel and set in the sexy and cutthroat world of the modern-day music business." Andrew Lloyd Webber's stage musical adaptation of the work is the longest-running show in Broadway history.

    CBS CUTS 'CSI' EPISODE ORDER: CBS has reduced the episode order for the current season of CSI. The 15th season will consist of only 18 episodes rather than the usual 22. It is believed that the decision was actually made back in May as part of a plan to help launch midseason shows including the CSI spin-off, CSI: Cyber.

    COURTNEY LOVE JOINS 'EMPIRE': Courtney Love has landed a role on Fox's upcoming hip hop industry drama, Empire. The recurring role is as rocker Elle Dallas -- an artist signed to the label at the center of the show. Empire will premiere midseason. It comes from Lee Daniels, known for The Butler, and stars Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, and Gabourey Sidibe.

  • 'TEEN WOLF' STAR ENDS ENGAGEMENT

    Tyler Posey, star of MTV's Teen Wolf, has called off his engagement to his childhood sweetheart, Seana Gorlick, after over a decade of dating.

    The 23-year-old confirmed the news to Us Weekly saying, "We have broken up. I get sad talking about it. I'm just gonna get it out there now so that hopefully people start hearing about it." Tyler first proposed during a vacation in Hawaii in 2013. It is unclear what caused the split.

    • He discussed the engagement at Comic Con last year saying, "I couldn't really put it into words when I was that young but I always had this really strong connection to her and it's just been something I can't really explain other than I want to marry you and be with you forever. You just know. You definitely just know and I know."

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