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  • Eight previously unreleased songs from late Alice In Chains lead singer Layne Staley are currently being restored and properly mixed by Seattle-based audio designer Jesse Holt, according to Alternative Nation. The tunes all have vocal tracks from Staley on them and Holt has asked Staley's Mad Season bandmate, Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready, for help in completing them.

    • Reportedly among the songs is "Things You Do," which has surfaced online in various forms in the years since Staley died of a drug overdose in April 2002.
    • Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell told us a while back that there was more to his friend than the way in which he died: "It's unfortunate that that seems to be the only headline that gets equated with him, because there was so much more to him than that. Not taking away the fact of the reality of what that is, and how it ended, everybody knows that too. But there's a whole lot more to the story."
    • Before his death, Staley had planned to work on a solo album and also intended to record vocals for a song by metal outfit Taproot. The demo of the song was in Staley’s CD player when he was found dead.
    • There are also rumors that Staley was going to audition for the band that eventually became Audioslave. He had reportedly gotten a call from the instrumental members of Rage Against The Machine about singing with them, but never made it. Soundgarden's Chris Cornell took the job instead, recording three studio albums with that act.
    • The source for the eight songs was not made immediately clear by Holt, and it is also not clear if there is any chance of them being released.
    • Alice In Chains was inactive for several years before and after Staley's death, but regrouped in 2006 with William DuVall on guitars and vocals. The band has since cut two studio albums and is working on a new one.
    AUDIO: ALICE IN CHAINS' JERRY CANTRELL SAYS THERE WAS MORE TO LAYNE STALEY THAN DRUGS


  • Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor revealed to Loudwire that he will play a Shark World hotel security guard in the fourth installment in Syfy's cult Sharknado franchise, which will premiere on Sunday, July 31st at 8:00 p.m. on the cable network. Titled Sharknado: The 4th Awakens, the film features returning franchise stars Ian Ziering, Tara Reid and David Hasselhoff, along with a mix of actors, broadcast personalities and reality stars that includes Alexandra Paul, Dr. Drew Pinsky, Real Housewives Of Atlanta star Cynthia Johnson, Fox News regular Stacey Dash, Motley Crue's Vince Neil and MMA fighter Frank Mir.

    • Sharknado: The 4th Awakens will take place five years after the East Coast was ravaged in Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!
    • Taylor made his acting debut in the 2014 horror film Fear Clinic opposite legendary A Nightmare On Elm Street star Robert Englund. Taylor told us what that first experience in front of the cameras was like: "I really kind of lucked out because the scenes that I had with Robert, we'd be talking eye lines and 'you should react like this' and 'you should, you know, kind of do this and that.' And Rob Hall, the director, I mean he was very, very specific about what he wanted to see and what he wanted to capture, but at the same time very loose. He was like, 'Make it feel normal.' And the cast was great, so it was very cool."
    • Taylor is also slated to appear in Officer Downe, the directorial debut of Slipknot percussionist Shawn "Clown" Crahan, and has said he is interested in pursuing other acting opportunities.
    • Slipknot will tour this summer with Marilyn Manson, after which Taylor will regroup with Stone Sour to work on their next studio effort.
    AUDIO: SLIPKNOT'S COREY TAYLOR ON HIS FIRST FILM ACTING EXPERIENCE


  • Sales figures have been projected for this week's two big new rock releases, according to Hits Daily Double. Rob Zombie's new solo venture, The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser, is likely to sell between 30,000 and 35,000 physical copies in the U.S. in its first week of release, with that total inflated to 34,000 and 39,000 including streaming and digital track sales.

    Meanwhile, Sixx A.M.'s latest studio effort, Prayers For The Damned, is likely to sell between 16,000 and 20,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release. A second volume of songs is due out from the group in September. Final sales figures for both the Rob Zombie and Sixx A.M. albums will be published on Sunday evening (May 8th).

    • Sixx A.M. bassist Nikki Sixx told us that Sixx A.M. is having a great 2016 so far: "Well it feels pretty good, you know. I'm really proud of our music and we've got a lot of great opportunities like being offered to us and we feel very fortunate about that. We just poured our heart and soul into the record. I mean, you had three guys sitting in a circle writing songs and just trying to, you know, make the best music that we could make and making two albums worth of it." . He'll also join Korn on a co-headlining trek this July. Sixx A.M. is currently mixing headlining and festival shows, and has been tapped as openers for a fall co-headlining tour starring Five Finger Death Punch and Shinedown.
    AUDIO: SIXX A.M.'S NIKKI SIXX ON THE BAND'S SUCCESS IN 2016


  • AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson's close friend, comedian Jim Breuer, slammed the band's co-founding guitarist, Angus Young, over his treatment of Johnson's revelation that the singer would have to stop touring or face total hearing loss. Speaking on the Talk Toomey podcast, Breuer said, "As a fan, I will say I don't think he was treated well at all. At the end of the day, Brian is a huge, huge entity, and he is just (as much of) a part of AC/DC as the (Young) brothers, whether they wanna realize it or not."

    He continued, "Here's a man that's been with you for 36 years . . . after that long, you hear Brian's hearing is going and he can't really tour, me as a fan -- and I think most fans -- would think you'd see the band together in a press conference . . . to not see that and just read a headline that says 'We're replacing -- looking for new singers,' and you don't hear anything from Brian until Axl (Rose) is official, me personally, it's a little weird."

    • Breuer added, "It seemed like, at the end, when it was all said and done, Brian came off very classy, and Angus came off cold, like Walmart just replacing a cashier."
    • The comedian added that Young "needs to know his audience, and he needs to know how much love, time, investment and money we put into Brian Johnson."
    • The legendary Australian band postponed the last 10 dates of its recent North American tour after doctors told Johnson he faced "total hearing loss." AC/DC later announced that it would use Axl Rose as a "guest vocalist" on 12 European dates and the 10 North American ones, with Johnson apparently not returning to the band at all.
    • Johnson issued a statement on April 19th in which he detailed the hearing problems that forced him to stop touring. While he promised to continue recording, he couldn't say whether he would ever perform onstage with AC/DC again.
    • Breuer made headlines in March when he said on his podcast that Johnson felt "kicked to the curb" when the band announced it would reschedule shows without him.
    • Johnson has been AC/DC's singer since 1980, when he replaced the late Bon Scott. He made his recording debut with the group on the classic Back In Black.
    • Axl Rose will make his live debut with the band this Saturday (May 7th) in Lisbon, Portugal.


  • Metallica's original manager has revealed to Metal Hammer magazine that the band briefly considered making drummer Lars Ulrich its frontman. Jon Zazula, who was the band's first manager and released their debut album, 1983's Kill 'Em All, through his independent label Megaforce Records, explained that because James Hetfield lacked confidence in his lead vocals early in the group's career, the idea of having the much more extroverted Ulrich step out from behind the drums and up to the mic was raised.

    Zazula recalled, "Lars and I planned a lot of stuff. But James wasn't the most confident of singers. I don't think he felt comfortable. At one point there was even talk of Lars becoming the frontman. For about five seconds."

    • Other singers who were considered for the frontman position in Metallica included Jess Cox of British act Tygers Of Pan Tang and John Bush of Armored Saint and, later, Anthrax, who turned the offer down.
    • Ulrich spoke in a 1989 interview with Metal Forces about what the band might have sounded like had John Bush taken the job, saying, "It's impossible to know how different it would have been, but I can't imagine Metallica without James Hetfield up there growling into the microphone."
    • Ulrich told us recently that he remembers the band's early days fondly even if they're a little hazy: "It was an exciting time and kind of all a little bit surreal. And yes, most of the memories are sort of living in an alcohol-fueled daze, but between the four of us -- if the four of us were sitting here we could probably put about 25 percent together each for that puzzle (laughs) and give a somewhat complete picture of what went on."
    • Metallica has been working on its 10th studio album, which could possibly surface before the end of the year.
    • The band has one live date on its schedule at the moment, at the new U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on August 20th.
    AUDIO: METALLICA'S LARS ULRICH SAYS EARLY DAYS ARE A LITTLE HAZY


  • WOODY ALLEN SPEAKS ON CONTROVERSIAL MARRIAGE

    Woody Allen pays no mind to the criticism of his marriage to Soon-Yi Previn. He is profiled in the new issue of The Hollywood Reporter where he opens up about the controversial relationship.

    The 80-year-old director admits that he ignored all of the backlash surrounding the marriage saying, "I was immune, yes I was. You can see I worked right through that, undiminished. Made films all through those years and at the same rate I was making them. I'm good that way. I am very disciplined and very monomaniacal and compartmentalized." He goes on to say, "One of the great experiences of my life has been my wife. She had a very, very difficult upbringing in Korea: She was an orphan on the streets, living out of trash cans and starving as a 6-year-old. And she was picked up and put in an orphanage. And so I've been able to really make her life better. I provided her with enormous opportunities, and she has sparked to them. She's educated herself and has tons of friends and children and got a college degree and went to graduate school, and she has traveled all over with me now. She's very sophisticated and has been to all the great capitals of Europe. She has just become a different person. So the contributions I've made to her life have given me more pleasure than all my films."

    • When asked how she has changed him, he responds, "Well, she's given me a lot of pleasure. I adore her, and she's given me a wonderful life. We've been married 20 years. And we were together for a few years before that. And she has given me the great years of my life, personally. She's a great companion and a great wife. She has given me a stable and wonderful home life and great companionship. I guess whenever you meet somebody and they're the right person for you, there is a great emotional contribution they make to your life. I don't know if you could say she changed me. I don't know if I've changed. I might be the same person I was when I was 20. I'm not sure. I mean, I seem to have the same habits, the same work habits, the same phobias, the same enjoyments. I don't think I have changed much over the years at all. When you mention it, I try and think about the ways I've changed. I don't know if I've changed much."
    • Woody and Soon-Yi married in 1997. She is the adopted daughter of his ex-wife, Mia Farrow, and her previous husband, André Previn.

  • SEAN PENN DROPS LAWSUIT AGAINST LEE DANIELS AFTER APOLOGY

    Sean Penn has dropped his lawsuit against Lee Daniels following a public apology. The I Am Sam star has agreed to call off his $10 million defamation lawsuit in exchange for the mea culpa and a charitable donation which was brought on by Lee calling him a "wife beater" during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

    Lee said in a joint statement, "I am sorry that I have hurt you Sean, and I apologize and retract my reckless statements about you. I, too, have been the subject of false attacks by others. My most important role is as a father, and it is important to me that my children learn that it is wrong to reference gossip as fact, as I did here. That can be very damaging and hurtful." He also said, "Domestic violence is a very serious issue. My comments were cavalier; it was not my intention to diminish the severity of the issue, but rather to express a view regarding the disparate treatment of men of color in our national conversation."

    • Sean responded, "I accept Lee's heartfelt apology and appreciate the sincerity with which it was delivered."
    • The Empire creator has also made a donation to Sean's Haitian Relief Organization.
    • Lee initially made the statement while defending Empire star Terrence Howard saying, "He ain't done nothing different than Marlon Brando or Sean Penn, and all of a sudden he's some f***in' demon."
    • Sean has frequently defended himself against the abuse rumors admitting that he has had his own issues with the law in the past but he has never been arrested or convicted of domestic violence. It has been rumored that he hit Madonna with a baseball bat when they were married back in 1987 but she submitted a document last December denying that the event ever took place.

  • CHLOE GRACE MORETZ REVEALS AWKWARDNESS OF CELEBRITY DATING

    Dating as a teenager is tough. Dating as a teen celebrity is tougher. Chloe Grace Moretz appears in the new issue of InStyle UK where she discusses the awkwardness of dating as celebrity.

    The 19-year-old tells the magazine, "You already know what I look like in a bathing suit. You know what I look like in a sex scene. You know what I look like when I say 'I love you' to someone. You've already seen it all." She adds, "It creates a mass frenzy and they follow you in separate cars so you can't just run around and share little silly and cute moments."

    • Chloe is believed to be dating 17-year-old Brooklyn Beckham.

  • REPORT: CAITLYN JENNER TO STRIP DOWN FOR 'SPORTS ILLUSTRATED'

    Caitlyn Jenner will be the next member of the Kardashian/Jenner clan to strip down for the cameras.

    Us Weekly is reporting that she will appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated's summer issue sans clothing. Sources say she will be covered up by an American flag and her Olympic medal.
    This summer marks the 40th anniversary of when Caitlyn, formerly known as Bruce, took home the gold medal after setting a world decathlon record at the Montreal Summer Games in 1976.

    • Caitlyn wrote in a blog post last year that she keeps her medal stored away because she doesn't want her kids to think they need trophies to be considered successful. She also said in an accompanying video, "That was a great time in my life. But to be honest with you, it's even a greater time in my life right now with what I’m trying to accomplish."

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