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  • Disturbed frontman David Draiman says that as much as 95 percent of the music he's written for the band has been created while he was high. Speaking with Revolver, Draiman revealed that the new song "Fire It Up," which opens with the sound of a bong hit, was inspired by the singer's routine. He explained, "There was a big fat bowl before that one. 95 percent of the songs I’ve written in my life, I’ve written them while high. That’s the god’s honest truth."

    Draiman continued "I’ll have a very skeletal musical idea in my head, and then I’ll light one up, go in the shower and let the steam kind of build up. It helps me relax, and I can see the gaps. I can see the holes in the rhythm and the melody and I’ll know where I can go, and what the possibilities are. It helps me be able to perceive everything a little bit more clearly."

    • Draiman told us that "Fire It Up" was inspired by a recording session where he sang Disturbed's new cover of Simon And Garfunkel's "The Sound Of Silence" while high: "I was done with the day and I wanted to relax, so I went ahead and I smoked a bowl (laughs). Came back and was high out of my mind and no, no, by no means ready to track vocals by any stretch of the imagination. And they all encouraged me to go into the vocal booth, and I was pretty blown away. I hadn't heard my voice that vulnerable in a very, very long time."
    • Draiman added that "Fire It Up" is more lighthearted than usual for Disturbed, remarking, "Yeah, that’s me saying it: There’s a song on this Disturbed record that’s fun . . . And God knows there’s certainly enough people out there that appreciate the enlightening aspects of smoking marijuana."
    • "Fire It Up" can be found on Disturbed's sixth studio album, Immortalized, which arrives on August 21st. The band released a lyric video for the title track last week.
    • The album ends a four-year hiatus for the band and features the current Top 10 rock single, "The Vengeful One."
    • Disturbed will play its first show in four years on August 21st at the House of Blues in the band's hometown of Chicago.
    AUDIO: DISTURBED'S DAVID DRAIMAN ON RECORDING WHILE HIGH


  • Following the release of its new single on Monday morning (July 27th), Sevendust has now unveiled details of the band's 11th studio album. Titled Kill The Flaw, the disc will be released on October 2nd through the band's own 7Bros. Records. The disc follows up last year's Time Travelers And Bonfires, which was a collection of new acoustic tunes along with unplugged re-recordings of some of the band's classic tracks.

    Sevendust singer Lajon Witherspoon said, "We took some time off from the heavy side of Sevendust, and when it came time to record some new music, Clint (Lowery, guitar), John (Connolly, guitar), Vinnie (Hornsby, bass), Morgan (Rose, drums) and I put everything we had in to what became Kill The Flaw."

    • Sevendust has been making records since 1997 and Morgan Rose told us not long ago that he could see the band going on for a while: "We're like those old vets, you know, that play sports. It's like, I'm still gonna play up until I don't think I can play to the level where I feel comfortable. I foresee us definitely doing more records. We love each other, we're real close right now, and I don't see us rolling out of here any time soon. I think some of the people that don't like us are going to be stuck having to deal with us for a little while longer."
    • The new disc is available for digital pre-order at iTunes. Fans who order the album will receive an instant download of the first single, "Thank You", which is now also at rock radio and streaming online.
    • Some of the other tunes on the set include "Death Dance," "Forget," "Cease And Desist," "Not Today" and "Torched."
    • Sevendust will be the direct support on Godsmack's upcoming tour. The trek kicks off on September 23rd on Detroit, Michigan and wraps on October 19th in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
    AUDIO: SEVENDUST'S MORGAN ROSE ON THE BAND'S STAYING POWER


  • Slipknot has only just started its Summer's Last Stand tour and the band is already confirming new shows for October, which will lead up to the band's big three-day Knotfest blowout. The newly announced dates will kick off on October 13th in Bismarck, North Dakota and run through the end of the month, culminating with the band's closing night set at Knotfest, which will take place from October 23rd to October 25th in San Bernardino, California.

    Slipknot has been touring now for the better part of a year with new bassist Alessandro Venturella and new drummer Jay Weinberg, and singer Corey Taylor told us the current lineup has really clicked live: "Jay and Alex, they're doing great. It's such a great kind of chemistry. It's completely different than the original nine, but in a lot of ways as we've done all these shows now, there's a certain vibe that's just different, you know, and it feels good." :
    October 3 - Louisville, KY - Louder Than Life October 4 - Chattanooga, TN - Track 29 October 6 - Omaha, NE - Sokol Auditorium October 7 - Kansas City, MO - The Midland October 9 - Milwaukee, WI - Eagles Ballroom October 10 - Detroit, MI - The Fillmore October 12 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE October 13 - Birmingham, AL - Iron City October 14 - Memphis, TN - New Daisy October 16 - Austin, TX - Stubb's October 17 - San Antonio, TX - Aztec Theatre October 20 - Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues October 21 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues October 23 - Riverside, CA - Riverside Municipal Auditorium October 24 - Sacramento, CA - Aftershock Festival October 25 - Reno, NV - Knitting Factory October 27 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater October 28 - Seattle, WA - Showbox SoDo October 29 - Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory
AUDIO: SLIPKNOT'S COREY TAYLOR ON THE CHEMISTRY WITH THE NEW MEMBERS


  • Guns N' Roses has lost the services of longtime guitarist DJ Ashba, who issued a statement on Monday (July 27th) saying that he was leaving the band. His statement read in part, "It is with a very heavy heart and yet great pride that I announce that I've decided to close this chapter of my life and encapsulate the wonderful times that I've shared with Guns N' Roses into fond memories. I have reached a point in my life where I feel its time to dedicate myself to my band Sixx: A.M., my adoring wife and family, and to the many new adventures that the future holds for me."

    Ashba added, "I want to take a moment to thank Axl (Rose, Guns singer) from the bottom of my heart for not only the most incredible experience of my life, but for truly believing in me. You are a true friend and a champion of mine and I am forever grateful. And even as I move on to pursue other endeavors, I will always remain one of your biggest fans. I also would like to thank each and every one of you fans for your love and support throughout the years."

    • Ashba said earlier in his statement that working with Guns N' Roses was "the most incredible journey I could have possibly imagined."
    • Ashba joined Guns N' Roses in March 2009 following the departure of Robin Finck.
    • Ashba was accused by fans of the original lineup of "trying to be Slash," to which he replied in a May 2014 interview with Unskinny Pop, "Well, that's not true in any way . . . I have a lot of respect for what he's done for the band as far as his guitar work and stuff. I grew up loving the band and that whole thing is kind of weird to me."
    • Ashba hinted last year that Guns N' Roses had recording and touring plans on tap for 2015, none of which have materialized.
    • Another Guns guitarist, Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal, recently revealed that he was focusing on his solo career after spending eight years playing in the band. His status with the group remains unclear.
    • Rose is the only original member of Guns N' Roses still in the current lineup, which has toured intermittently since 2006 and played its second Las Vegas residency last year.


  • Another day, another arrest for Wes Scantlin. This time the Puddle Of Mudd frontman was busted in Minnesota on Sunday (July 26th) for driving while intoxicated and leading police officers on a 100 miles-per-hour chase, according to TMZ.com. The Renville County Sheriff’s Department reported that Scantlin was initially spotted speeding and led police on a chase when they attempted to pursue him. Scantlin was eventually pulled over and given a breathalyzer test, which showed his alcohol level to be four times the legal limit.

    • Scantlin was charged with DWI and for fleeing a police officer, along with refusing further testing.
    • The musicians's whereabouts were not clear at press time. Although he was listed as an inmate at the Renville County Jail on Monday morning (July 27th), his name was removed from the roster by the afternoon.
    • Puddle Of Mudd has been in the news over the past few years more for Scantlin's misbehavior than anything on the musical front.
    • Most recently, he forced the band to cancel a show in Flint, Michigan last month when he missed his flight.
    • He was arrested in mid-April on charges of disorderly conduct after an incident at Milwaukee's Mitchell International Airport.
    • Scantlin was also arrested last January after taking what was described as a "joyride" into a restricted area on an airport baggage carousel at Denver International Airport.
    • He previously made news in April 2014 when he melted down onstage, threw a beer and microphone into the audience, and threatened several attendees with violence at a show in Scottsdale Arizona.
    • His arrests in 2013 included one for vandalism against a neighbor's property, as well as one stemming from his 2012 cocaine possession case and another on charges of domestic violence.
    • The band recently announced that it had begun work on a new album. Its last set of all-new material was 2009′s Volume 4: Songs in the Key of Love & Hate.


  • Smashing Pumpkins frontman William Corgan quickly shut down a fan at a pre-show question-and-answer session last month who asked if Corgan thought Courtney Love killed her husband, Nirvana's Kurt Cobain. Corgan responded by questioning if the man was really asking him that and then said he would not answer it, asking the fan in return, "What does that have to do with me?"

    In the fan's rambling question, he said, "I recently saw (Cobain murder conspiracy film) Soaked In Bleach, and the other one, the HBO one (Montage Of Heck) . . . Do you think Courtney killed Kurt?" Corgan replied, "Are you legitimately asking me this question here?" The fan said, "If you care to answer it," to which Corgan responded, "No, I don’t care to answer it."

    • Meanwhile, Corgan also told Entertainment Weekly that rock music has been stuck in a rut for two decades, saying, "If you look at most alternative rock music in 2015, it hasn’t really evolved for 20 years."
    • He continued, "If all you hear is pop and all you see are perfect performances and everybody smiling, to actually see a band invoke a darker spirit on stage and conjure it right in front of you in a mass of power you can’t explain, that is quite rare to that audience. No band in the past 15 years has come along and figured out how to do that."
    • Corgan and the Smashing Pumpkins are currently on tour with Marilyn Manson. The trek pulls into Boston on Tuesday (July 28th).


    • INDUSTRY NEWS

      ED SHEERAN WILL APPEAR ON 'THE BASTARD EXECUTIONER': Ed Sheeran has landed an acting role on the upcoming FX drama, The Bastard Executioner. He will have a recurring gig playing an ambitious and deadly protégé of a high-ranking church elder. The show premieres in October.

      SHERRI SHEPHERD INKS DEAL TO RETURN TO 'THE VIEW': Deadline is reporting that the rumors of Sherri Shepherd's return to The View are true. She has apparently inked a deal to appear on the 19th season of the show as a lead contributor. Sherri is expected to appear in about 50 episodes.

      CONAN O'BRIEN ACCUSED OF STEALING JOKES FOR HIS SHOW: A man from San Diego is suing Conan O'Brien, TBS, and members of Conan's team for violating copyright and stealing his jokes from Twitter. He is claiming that he wrote jokes on his personal blog and on his social media page before they were used on Conan's show for his monologue. The jokes covered topics such as airlines, the Washington Monument, Tom Brady, and Caitlyn Jenner. Conan's production company responded to the lawsuit saying, "We at Conaco firmly believe there is no merit to this lawsuit."

      MELISSA MCCARTY AND HER HUSBAND ARE WORKING ON A NEW SHOW: Melissa McCarthy and her husband, Ben Falcone, are working together on a new comedy for TVLand which explores her rise in the comedy world. The show is called Friends With Melissa and is inspired by the lives of writers Hugh Davidson, Larry Dorf and Rachel Ramras who she remained close with as she became a star and they continued writing for children's TV. The former Oscar nominee is expected to appear in the pilot episode.

      RICHARD LINKLATER'S NEW FILM GETS A RELEASE DATE: Paramount has announced that Boyhood director, Richard Linklater, will have a new film hitting theaters on April 15th, 2016. The untitled project is a baseball movie starring Tyler Hoechlin, Blake Jenner, Wyatt Russell and Zoey Deutch. It tells the story of freshmen who are adjusting to their first year in college while trying to make the baseball team.

    • KHLOE KARDASHIAN ADMITS SHE WASN'T READY FOR A RELATIONSHIP WITH FRENCH MONTANA

      Khloe Kardashian admits that she wasn't quite ready to give her all in her relationship with French Montana. The reality star appears in the new issue of Complex where she speaks on the end of her marriage and staying friends with exes.

      Khloe tells the magazine, "I needed time on my own to digest everything that's happened. I went from Lamar to just distracting myself. Not to discredit French at all. I was very honest with French about that -- I feel bad. I don't think it's fair for me to lead somebody on, or for me to act like I'm in this perfect headspace if I'm not. With love you don't mislead or play around, so if you're not perfectly clear, just be honest about it."

      • She also discusses why she thinks it's ok to keep in contact with exes saying, "When you f**k someone, why would you not. Like, if someone has seen my vagina, I think it's OK that I say hi and give him a hug hello."
      • Khloe and husband Lamar Odom filed the paperwork last week to finalize their divorce.
      • She is currently rumored to be dating James Harden.

    • VIDEO LEAKS OF SHIA LABEOUF FIGHTING WITH GIRLFRIEND MIA GOTH

      Entertainment Tonight posted a video online on Monday (July 27th) of Shia LaBeouf having an argument with girlfriend Mia Goth and then fleeing from her before the fight got physical. The footage was reportedly taken last Friday (July 24th) in Germany.

      At the start of the video, Shia tells the people recording it, "I don't wanna touch a woman. I don't wanna hit a woman. But I'm getting pushed." with a black eye but that has not been confirmed.
    • Shia was in out-patient rehab last summer following his arrest in New York City at a performance of Cabaret.
    • He has not addressed the incident.
    AUDIO: SHIA LABEOUF ADMITS HE WOULD'VE KILLED MIA
    AUDIO: SHIA LABEOUF DOESN'T WANT TO HIT A WOMAN
    AUDIO: SHIA LABEOUF GETTING AGGRESSIVE

  • REPORT: BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN'S AUTOPSY SHOWS NO SIGNS OF FOUL PLAY

    Reports say that Bobbi Kristina Brown's preliminary autopsy results show no obvious signs of foul play. According to TMZ, the Fulton County Medical Examiner said that the autopsy shows "no obvious underlying cause of death" and "no significant injuries were noted."

    There was also no previously unknown medical condition that could have rendered Bobbi Kristina unconscious in the bathtub, where she was found submerged in water on January 31st. The medical examiner has subpoenaed medical records to determine if drug testing after the accident was relevant. Nick Gordon has claimed that both he and Bobbi Kristina had been doing drugs and she took too much. The Medical Examiner says he will not determine a cause of death until he reviews the records.

    • Bobbi Kristina's dad Bobby Brown released a statement to E! News yesterday (July 27th) on Bobbi's death, saying, "Krissy was and is an angel. I am completely numb at this time. My family must find a way to live with her in spirit and honor her memory. Our loss is unimaginable. We thank everyone for the prayers for Krissy and our family as we mourn my baby girl."
    • His lawyer added, "Yesterday Bobbi Kristina Brown took her place in heaven. Krissy fought to get well for months. However, she has succumbed to her injuries."

    BOBBI KRISTINA'S DEATH OFFICIALLY RULED A HOMICIDE

    Meanwhile, although the autopsy doesn't show any obvious signs of foul play, Bobbi Kristina's death has officially been ruled a homicide. According to TMZ, law enforcement sources say that the D.A. and the cops are treating her death as foul play and Gordon continues to be a person of interest. Gordon is also still being sued for being abusive toward Bobbi and taking money from her bank account while she was in a coma.

    NICK GORDON ON SUICIDE WATCH

    In related news, reports say that Gordon is on suicide watch after the death of Bobbi Kristina. According to The New York Daily News, sources say that Gordon is "out of control" and his friends are fearing that he may take his own life. Gordon's mom Michele told NBC News in a statement that her son is devastated and "has suffered greatly" these past several months.

    • She said, "The passing of Bobbi Kristina is devastating to Nick and our family. Nick loved and cared for Krissi deeply, and he has suffered greatly each and every day they've been apart. Nick and our family are in mourning, and we ask that you respect our privacy. Our thoughts and prayers are with both the Houstons and the Browns during this difficult time."

    BOBBI KRISTINA WILL BE BURIED NEXT TO HER MOTHER IN NEW JERSEY

    Entertainment Tonight has reported that Bobbi Kristina's funeral will be on Thursday (July 30th) in Atlanta and the family said that they will make it a celebration of her life and "the Sweet 16 she never had." Tyler Perry is assisting with the arrangements. She will be buried next to her mother Whitney in New Jersey.

    Meanwhile, Pat and Gary Houston revealed what Bobbi's last moments were like. She was surrounded by her family, who quoted Bible verses, including Psalms 23's "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want." Bobbi Kristina passed at 8:17 pm EST, while the group was chanting "Hallelujah."

    • Bobbi Kristina was found unresponsive in her bathtub on January 31st. She was placed in a medically induced coma soon after and was transferred to hospice care in June. Whitney Houston was found dead in a bathtub just three years earlier.

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