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  • Deftones frontman Chino Moreno spoke candidly in a interview on BBC Radio this past weekend about the misconceptions people have about being a successful rock artist. Moreno explained, "One of the biggest myths about being a rock star would probably, obviously be the word 'rock star' itself -- you know, that everything is given to you. You make a few records, or you win a Grammy, or you have a platinum record and then . . . that everything's sort of easy. I remember when we first got signed in 1995, in my mind, I thought, 'Wow, we made it.' And then I realized that we left our town of Sacramento and went to the Midwest of America and we're playing for two, three people a night sometimes. So it's always constant work."

    Moreno continued, "Even today, it's, like, if we don't tour for a good third of the year, we're not gonna be able to pay our bills. It's not like, I guess, how people perceive it -- like, you're gonna get in a rock band and you're gonna be driving around in a Lamborghini. It's not gonna happen. Unless you're Justin Bieber or Adele or somebody, honestly, I mean, you have to actually work to earn a living."

    • Moreno added, "I'm not complaining about that all; I dig it. I like working, I like playing shows, I like making records."
    • The singer also discussed having two sons who are both musicians, saying, "I've never discouraged them from doing music; I think it's great. And I like the fact that the music they do is something very much that they've chose to do. They do their own thing and I think that's great. But, you know, I'm the parent now that's, like, telling them to, like, to have something to fall back on, obviously."
    • One of Moreno's sons is in a thrash-punk act, while the other is into electronic music and DJing.
    • Deftones will release its eagerly awaited eighth studio album, titled Gore, on April 8th. The first single is called "Prayers/Triangles."


  • Sick Puppies have announced that Houston-based singer and guitarist Bryan Scott has joined the band, replacing founding frontman Shim Moore. The reconfigured trio has also released a teaser for a new song called "Stick To Your Guns." The full track will be available in March, to be followed by a new album in the spring.

    Scott told Loudwire, "As soon as I found out about the lineup change, my gut feeling told me to reach out to Emma (Anzai, bassist) and Mark (Goodwin, drummer), and we clicked right away. I knew this was a shot that could change the course of my life so I flew out to L.A. to audition the next morning."

    • Scott previously played with Glass Intrepid and Dev Electric and briefly toured as vocalist for Emphatic in 2011.
    • Anzai and Goodwin added, "Before we met Bryan in person, we knew he’d be a great fit. His audition of 'Odd One' and 'You're Going Down' was on point and from there the music progressed naturally."
    • Sick Puppies parted ways with Moore in October 2014 after 17 years and four studio albums. Moore and Anzai formed the band while attending high school in their native Australia.
    • Moore has since launched a new act called Screaming At Demons, with plans to issue an EP this year.
    • Sick Puppies has booked several festival dates for this year, including Welcome To Rockville on May 1st, Carolina Rebellion on May 6th and Rock On The Range on the weekend of May 20th.


  • Stone Temple Pilots guitarist Dean DeLeo spoke in a new interview with Rolling Stone about the band's decision to hold open auditions for a new lead singer. DeLeo explained, "We've played with a lot of singers over the last several months, and we felt that we'd be doing ourselves -- meaning Robert (DeLeo, bass), Eric (Kretz, drums) and I -- a disservice if we didn't allow all the talent that is out there to become a part of this. So, good or bad, we opened the floodgates."

    STP dismissed original singer Scott Weiland in early 2013 and recruited Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington to replace him. But after several tours and an EP, Bennington left late last year, saying he needed to devote more time to Linkin Park and his family. Dean DeLeo said, "Mr. Bennington gave it absolutely all that he had. I love him dearly. I love what he brought to the band on every level. He approached the stage each night like it was his last day alive, man. But it was very evident that time was just not allowing us to do what we wanted to do."

    • Prospective singers can now download instrumental versions of "Interstate Love Song," "Trippin' On A Hole In A Paper Heart" and "Vasoline," record their vocals over them, and upload two of them back to STP's website, along with their own songs and videos.
    • The STP songs will be available for the public to hear, while the other songs and videos will be viewable only by the band members.
    • DeLeo revealed that STP has a whole album's worth of material ready to go once the singer is chosen, saying, "There are very heavy elements and there's elements of it being very ethereal, and there's a lot of it. So we just want the right person to come in and be able to carry this new material down the road with us."
    • As for what they're looking for in a frontperson, DeLeo said, "We'll know when it's the right person before they'll even open their mouth, just when they walk into the room. We're looking to be moved by somebody . . . I want to be hit in that place in my soul where music buries itself. That feeling, man. That's what we want."
    • DeLeo also commented on the passing of Scott Weiland, who was found dead on his tour bus in December during a solo trek. The guitarist said, "It sucks. I wasn't in much contact at all with Scott for a few years. But I'm reminded and think about him daily . . . What really, really bums me out is we all have kids. He's not going to see his daughter go to her first dance or his son go to his prom or help him parallel park. That's what really, really brings me down."


  • The Killers will apparently be working with rock and pop legend Elton John on their fifth studio album. Consequence Of Sound reported that in a new video interview with Shazam, Elton mentioned that he plans to fly to the Killers’ hometown of Las Vegas to collaborate with the quartet on the follow-up to 2012’s Battle Born.

    Elton and Killers frontman Brandon Flowers have been friends for a while, with Elton inviting Flowers onto his Beats 1 radio show last November. Flowers said he grew up listening to Elton's music, while Elton replied, "When Brandon makes a record -- whether it’s for the Killers or on his own -- he comes and plays me the album. Usually, I’m very happy and excited to hear it. And I usually play mine to him."

    • Flowers spoke with us a while back about some of the other artists that influence the members of the Killers: "I think we all come together on bands like U2 and the Cure and the Beatles and the Stones. And then Dave (Keuning, guitar) , you know, like, I can tell you everybody's kind of fave -- Dave likes the Smashing Pumpkins, Ronnie likes Tom Waits, I like Morrissey and Mark (Stoermer, bass) likes the Who. So we all have our own little thing and then we come together on these certain bands and we all give our own little flavor."
    • Flowers released his second solo album, The Desired Effect, in May of last year.
    • Although the Killers have occasionally been the subject of breakup rumors, Flowers told NME last year that the band would record again because Battle Born wasn't "good enough."
    • He also told NME last November that he wasn't worried about the band becoming complacent, explaining, "You get a lot of bands that don’t do great things later on, and so hopefully because I’m aware of that we can really do something better and something great this time."
    • The Killers will play at the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on April 6th as part of its opening festivities.
    AUDIO: BRANDON FLOWERS ON THE KILLERS' INFLUENCES


  • Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience has just announced a six-date spring run. Bonham and the band kick off the shows on May 5th in San Antonio, Texas at The Aztec Theater and wrap up the jaunt on May 29th at Cincinnati's Taft Theatre. Bonham is also a part of Sammy Hagar’s supergroup, the Circle, which features Michael Anthony on bass and Vic Johnson on guitar. The Circle spotlights key songs from throughout Hagar’s stints in Montrose, Van Halen, and Chickenfoot -- as well as playing a handful of Zeppelin classics.

    Jason Bonham explained that playing drums is what keeps him tied to his father, the late-great John Bonham, who died when he was only 14: "I have a helluva lot to live up to. A lot of people say, 'What's it like, y'know, you're the son of John Bonham!' And I say, 'Y'know, what? It's kinda cool, 'cause he was such an icon in such an iconic band.' It just gives me enough get up and go to say, 'Y'know what, I just wanna make him happy and prove to him and show him that, Dad, you've handed me down a business.' Y'know, like some fathers they hand them down their work -- even though he wasn't there to hand it down to me himself, to me, I feel -- if anything -- he left me at such an early age, but he gave me a career." :
    May 5 - San Antonio, TX - The Aztec Theater May 8 - Houston, TX - House Of Blues May 9 - Dallas, TX - House Of Blues May 12 - Las Vegas, NV - Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas May 20 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre May 29 - Cincinnati, OH - Taft Theatre
AUDIO: JASON BONHAM ON FOLLOWING IN HIS FATHER'S FOOTSTEPS


  • INDUSTRY NEWS

    LENA DUNHAM CANCELS 'GIRLS' PRESS TOUR OVER ILLNESS: Lena Dunham has been forced to pull out of a press tour for the upcoming season of Girls because she is having an endometriosis flare-up. She wrote on Instagram on Monday (February 8th,) "As many of you know I have endometriosis, a chronic condition that affects approximately 1 in 10 women's reproductive health. I am currently going through a rough patch with the illness and my body (along with my amazing doctors) let me know, in no uncertain terms, that it's time to rest." The post continued, "That's a hard thing to do, but I'm trying, because all I want is to make season 6 of Girls the best one yet. I'm lucky enough to have support and backup from Jenni Konner, Judd Apatow and the whole Girls gang. So many women with this disease literally don't have the option of time off and I won't take it for granted. Wishing you all health & happiness, in whatever form suits you." The new season premieres on February 21st.

    GOLDIE HAWN MAY STAR IN NEW AMY SCHUMER MOVIE: Goldie Hawn may be heading back to the big screen after a 14-year hiatus. According to The Wrap, she is in talks to star with Amy Schumer in a new movie described as a mother-daughter kidnapping comedy. Goldie's last movie was 2002's The Banger Sisters.

    SYFY RENEWS 'THE MAGICIANS': Syfy has ordered a second season of The Magicians. The new batch of episodes will premiere in 2017. The show is based on the best-selling book series of the same name by Lev Grossman.

    'THE GOOD WIFE' SPIN-OFF MAY BE HAPPENING: Now that The Good Wife is officially wrapping up in May, there is a talk of a possible spin-off starring Matt Czuchry's character and Christine Baranski's. Creators Robert and Michelle King said during a press conference, "At this point, nothing’s off the table. Sure, maybe, we're not saying no to anything. What would be fun is to find a way to spin off a cast member that wasn't at the center, who we wish we had more time with. The show always centered around the Alicia character. What's appealing would be pursuing a different ensemble."

    'THE PEOPLE V. OJ SIMPSON' SCORES BIG RATINGS: Last week's premiere of The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story scored 12 million viewers. It was FX's highest-rated drama debut ever. The record was previously held by The Shield back in 2002.

  • JACKIE CHAN MOVIE EFFECT FREAKS OUT LONDONERS

    People in London were freaked out on Sunday (February 7th) when a bus exploded on Lambeth Bridge but the whole thing turned out to be a movie stunt.

    According to People magazine, the explosion was being filmed for a new movie called The Foreigner starring Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan. There were apparently warnings issued about the scene but not everyone got the memo and many people took to social media to express their concern. Parliament member Nigel Huddlestone discussed the confusion with The Guardian saying, "The scale and realism of the explosion would have worried a lot of people who were quite a long way off and not able to see the film crew and cameras. Walking past parliament a few minutes later, some tourists clearly had no idea whether it was real or not. It is great that London is such a desirable location for filming...but the filmmakers and authorities could clearly have done a better job at communicating -- especially in times of heightened security."

    • The movie is about a restaurant owner in London's Chinatown who is dealing with the aftermath of an attack by a group of rogue Irish terrorists. He decides to track down the people responsible with the help of a former IRA member who now works as a government official.

  • KRIS JENNER DENIES SELLING OUT HER FAMILY FOR FAME

    Kris Jenner pays no mind to the people who say that she sold out her family for fame.

    The momager explains in the March issue of Harper's Bazaar, "I made and created a show that my family was all on board with, and we were so excited because we got to work together." Kris goes on to theorize why people take such issue with her family saying, "There's definitely an attitude when a woman accomplishes anything. But I also think people are very jealous. Or are bitter and angry about their own lives. They don't have anything else to do but be nasty and criticize someone else." She continues, "There are so many millions of people who are great to us that I can't worry about some idiot in Oklahoma. You just have to have a thick skin and say, 'That poor person, I feel sorry for you.'"

    • Kris' interview also covers how she is still coping with Caitlyn Jenner's transition. She tells the magazine, "I never really thought about it before. And I'd never known anyone who was transgender. I didn't even know what the word meant. Because there's transgender and transsexual...I just didn't know much about it. So...I definitely got a big education. I think at some point, although it was difficult and, uh, a challenge… I just have to let it go," she said. "And try to be tolerant. With prayer. God. You know, just trying to understand. It takes time. But time is a wonderful healer. And we have two children together. It's important for my kids to see our family strong and united."

  • TERESA GIUDICE CLAIMS SHE DIDN'T KNOW SHE WAS BREAKING THE LAW

    Teresa Giudice appeared on Good Morning America this morning (February 9th) in her first post-prison interview. She sat down with ABC News' Amy Robach to discuss her crime while promoting her new book, Turning the Tables: From Housewife to Inmate and Back Again.

    Amy asked about her assertion in the book that she didn't realize she was breaking the law with her husband Joe despite pleading guilty to fraud charges and being sentenced to 15 months in prison. Teresa explained, "This is what happened in my eyes. I signed some papers. There was no intent to commit a crime. I didn't know I was committing a crime. I got indicted. The government saw it differently. I got sentenced. I served time. I did what I had to do and now I'm moving past it." that Teresa has officially signed on as a cast member on the seventh season of Real Housewives of New Jersey. It is also rumored that she turned down a six figure offer to appear on the next season of Dancing With the Stars.
AUDIO: GMA: TERESA GIUDICE ON BEING OBLIVIOUS TO BREAKING THE LAW

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