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AC/DC guitarist Angus Young reportedly wants to make a new album with Axl Rose on lead vocals, according to a report from Australia's Noise 11. The report, which comes on the heels of Young joining Guns N' Roses onstage during that band's two recent concerts in Melbourne and Sydney, stated, "The chemistry between Axl Rose and Angus Young has inspired Angus to start planning another AC/DC record,, but Guns N’ Roses’ touring commitments throughout 2017 will make it difficult to finalize the project."

  • The report indicates that the earliest a new AC/DC studio album -- the band's 17th -- would arrive is 2018.
  • A second report from Noise 11 said, "Axl Rose fronting AC/DC was controversial, and if you didn’t like that combination, you will be horrified to learn there is an album on the way."
  • Rose took over as temporary frontman last spring after longtime AC/DC singer Brian Johnson was sidelined by the threat of total hearing loss. Rose played 23 concerts on the troubled Rock Or Bust tour, both in Europe and the U.S., with the shows meeting fan and critical acclaim.
  • Rose said at one point on the tour that the surprise collaboration had sparked some new musical ideas, explaining, "(Angus is) very responsive to me . . . In between songs, he’s playing other stuff (that has inspired potential new song ideas). So that’s kind of a neat thing between musicians."
  • All the shows last year with Rose were recorded, so it's likely that fans will get a live album out of the pairing at the very least.


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Metallica frontman James Hetfield told the South China Morning Post that he was not offended at the band's set list being censored by the Chinese government when it played in that country last month, forcing the group to drop songs like "Master Of Puppets," "One" and "Hardwired" from its live show. Hetfield explained, "Why shouldn't you respect their culture when you're there as a guest and you've been invited to play? We want to be respectful, and just because we do things differently, it doesn't mean it should be forced upon (others)."

Hetfield added, "But hopefully we'll keep coming back and they'll realize we're not a threat politically and we have no agenda except to cross boundaries with music and let people enjoy the songs. We're not trying to bring a secret message to anybody."

  • The shows last month in Beijing and Shanghai were part of Metallica's second visit to China, following their debut in Shanghai in 2013.
  • The members of the band revealed at that time that they were asked to send the lyrics to their entire discography to the Chinese government for approval before they were given permission to play in the country. Guitarist Kirk Hammett said, "They see a lyric like 'Master Of Puppets' being so subversive that they're not allowing us to play it. It's kind of scary."
  • Vetting by the Chinese authorities for foreign artists isn't uncommon and has led to many acts being refused entry to the country to perform. The Chinese ministry of culture monitors music for vulgarity, as well as political content.
  • The Chinese shows were among the first of Metallica's world tour in support of its latest album, Hardwired...To Self-Destruct.


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Foo Fighters played a surprise invitation-only show on Friday night (February 24th) at the tiny Cheese & Grain non-profit event space in Frome, Somerset, England. According to multiple outlets, the band broke its year-plus hiatus to celebrate its confirmation as the latest headliners for this year's Glastonbury Festival. The secret gig was streamed live via the Foo Fighters YouTube channel, although viewers outside the U.K. were not immediately able to see it.

Drummer Taylor Hawkins told us a while back why smaller shows are sometimes better than arena gigs: "There's such a different feeling you get when you play something like that, as opposed to playing the sort of, you know, the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in front of, you know, 15,000 people. I mean, that's a big, giant thing, you know, and that's a big, over-the-top show. But when they're right there in your face, you can't get that in front of 20,000 people."

  • The 24-song set on Friday night featured previews of two new songs, tentatively titled "Run With Me" and "Keep Your Pretty Promise To Yourself."
  • The show was the first official Foo Fighters gig since November 2015, although Grohl has done a few low-key solo appearances and the band played at benefit events last October and earlier this month.
  • A string of European dates in the summer have also been announced, along with one U.S. festival appearance in California, but Grohl and the Foos have yet to announce plans for a new album.
  • Foo Fighters were supposed to headline the 2015 edition of Glastonbury but had to pull out after frontman Dave Grohl broke his leg falling off a stage in Sweden.
  • In a post on Twitter after Friday's show, Grohl thanked the people of Frome and promised "many more surprises" for the year ahead.
AUDIO: FOO FIGHTERS' TAYLOR HAWKINS ON PLAYING INTIMATE GIGS


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Jack White gave Detroit's 7 Action News an early tour of his new Third Man Records vinyl pressing plant before its grand opening to the public on Saturday (February 25th), telling the station, "The dream was to be able to have a plant that people could see records being pressed and you could buy those records immediately, which doesn’t exist anywhere in the world. Trying to make things that have never existed before is sort of our goal at Third Man all the time."

  • White called the pressing plant a "natural continuation" of what his company started when it opened its second Third Man retail store -- following the original location in Nashville -- in White's hometown of Detroit in November 2015.
  • Both the store and the plant are located in the Cass Corridor, once known for drugs and prostitution but now being revived with new stores and restaurants. The neighborhood is also where White's former band, the White Stripes, performed for the first time in 1997.
  • White decided to open the plant as a way to both help the Detroit economy and provide relief to the vinyl pressing industry, which has been backlogged with the increasing popularity of vinyl over the past few years.
  • The facility is the first new vinyl record pressing plant in Detroit since Archer Record Pressing opened back in 1965. The plant's eight new German-made pressing machines are the first newly-built devices of their kind in 35 years.


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Seether frontman Shaun Morgan said in a new interview with iHeartRadio that he wrote "more about societal behavior" than personal relationships for the band's upcoming seventh album, Poison The Parish. Morgan explained, "This was some sort of awakening for me -- the progression of not only commenting on my own life but on the people who make up this really angry society we live in."

He continued, "I started being more and more offended by the vapid and self-absorbed culture that has become mainstream, and essentially, the supposed role models for the next generation. These a****les that are glorified on social media and reality television are poisoning the youth to think it's okay to be talentless and stupid, just as long as you know how to pose for a picture. It's just horrific to me."

  • Morgan told us a while back that he never really knows what he's going to write until he's in the studio: "I tend to write the lyrics right before I'm actually recording them, because there's a vulnerability to them. I think if I don't do it that way, I overthink it, and if I let my subconscious become the driver of that process, then I think it becomes a lot more meaningful, funnily enough. It's an interesting study in what's going on in my mind."
  • Morgan produced Poison The Parish himself, saying, "This album is the closest reproduction of what I heard in my head that we have had and I'm very proud of that."
  • The album is due out on May 12th and the lead single, "Let You Down," premiered last week along with its video. The new disc follows up 2014's Isolate And Medicate.
  • Seether also just announced the fifth annual Rise Above Fest, the largest suicide awareness event in the world, which will be held Saturday, July 22nd and Sunday, July 23rd in Bangor, Maine. This year's performers include Korn, Shinedown, Stone Sour, Halestorm and more.
AUDIO: SEETHER'S SHAUN MORGAN ON HOW HE WRITES LYRICS


  • HOLLYWOOD QUICK HITS

    BLAC CHYNA SPOTTED OUT WITHOUT ENGAGEMENT RING: Reality television star Blac Chyna was spotted running errands to the Chase Bank in Los Angeles and she wasn't wearing her engagement ring. Chyna, who was wearing a black Puma suit, and Rob Kardashian are allegedly on the outs again.

    MR. T AND SIMONE BILES JOIN 'DWTS': Mr. T and Olympian Simone Biles are the latest addition to the upcoming season of Dancing With The Stars. Biles was initially scheduled to compete on the last season of the show.

    RACHEL DOLEZAL ALMOST HOMELESS: Former professor Rachel Dolezal, who was outed for not being African American, has fallen on hard times. Dolezal says she has been surviving through food stamps since the incident and hasn't been able to secure a job despite applying for over a hundred. She told New York's Daily News, "I’m not going to stoop and apologize and grovel and feel bad about it," she said. "I would just be going back to when I was little, and had to be what everybody else told me I should be . . . to make them happy."

  • CELEBRITY GOSSIP

    MERYL STREEP SLAMS KARL LAGERFELD IN OSCARS DRESS DISAGREEMENT: The Red Carpet is (almost) as important as the Oscars ceremony itself. The dresses, shoes and jewelry an A-List actor chooses can make or break a fashion designer, and every year there’s at least one big story of a major fashion fight. This year, it seems Chanel-designer Karl Lagerfeld and Meryl Streep are having at it. Lagerfeld told Women’s Wear Daily that the actress canceled their order for a dress from him in favor of something by a designer who opted to pay Streep to wear his or her design. Lagerfeld told WWD: "A genius actress, but cheapness also, no?" Streep lashed out on Saturday, issuing a statement that reads in part: "Karl Lagerfeld, a prominent designer, defamed me, my stylist, and the illustrious designer whose dress I chose to wear, in an important industry publication. That publication printed this defamation, unchecked."

    BEN AFFLECK WINS BIG AT RAZZIES: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice won big at the 2017 Razzies, which "honor" the worst films of the year. The list was announced Saturday, one day before the Oscars, per tradition. Batman v Superman, starring Ben Affleck as Batman and Henry Cavill as Superman "won" four Razzies, including Worst Screen Combo for the two stars. The director, writer and star of Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party, Dinesh D’Souza, took home the biggest prize for Worst Picture. D’Souza said: "Being sort of dissed by you guys, this is absolutely fantastic. My audience loves the fact that you hate me. Thank you."

    MAHERSHALA ALI, AMATUS SAMI-KARIM WELCOME FIRST CHILD: Moonlight actor Mahersala Ali and his wife Amatus Sami-Karim have welcomed their firsts child, he shared on Instagram. Ali, 43, shared a sweet pic of his wife snuggling with their newborn, captioning it: "Bari (Bar-ee) Najma Ali 2/22/17 #pisces." The House of Cards actor married Sami-Karim in 2003.

    DARYL EASTON FOUND DEAD AFTER KILLING HIMSELF IN HOLLYWOOD'S MAGIC CASTLE: Magician Daryl Easton was found dead inside Hollywood's Magic Castle on Friday. He was 61. The entertainer was beloved for his slight of hand card tricks. The Magic Castle released a statement on Saturday about the presumed suicide: "A beloved illusionist, who was performing at the Magic Castle this week, was found dead on the club’s premises. The magic community mourns the loss of one of our most beloved and talented performers."

    SHANNEN DOHERTY COMPLETES LAST DAY OF CHEMO: Two years after her cancer diagnosis, Shannen Doherty has completed her chemotherapy. The Beverly Hills, 90210 star took to Instagram to share the news, writing: "#fbf to this morning… not that long ago. Last day of chemo. Exhausted." In the photo, the 45-year-old is laying in bed and staring straight at the camera, looking solemn.

  • OPRAH WINFREY REVEALS WHY SHE DOESN'T HAVE KIDS

    Not everyone could possibly be cut out to be a parent, and yet it remains a kind of taboo to discuss it. Celebrities without children are often the subject of speculation, but most seem reluctant to talk about it.

    Media maven Oprah Winfrey, famously child-free, is ready to talk. In a long interview that covered a range of subjects, she explained why kids just weren’t in the cards for her.

    • Winfrey tells Good Housekeeping UK: "I don’t have the patience. I have the patience for puppies, but that’s a quick stage!"
    • She adds that she indulges her nurturing side with the girls attending her Leadership Academy: "When people were pressuring me to get married and have children, I knew I was not going to be a person that ever regretted not having them, because I feel like I am a mother to the world’s children. Love knows no boundaries. It doesn’t matter if a child came from your womb or if you found that person at age 2, 10 or 20. If the love is real, the caring is pure and it comes from a good space, it works."
    • Oprah did actually have a child, People points out. When she was 14, she gave birth to a boy prematurely who died in the hospital a few weeks later from complications.

  • 'MOONLIGHT' WINS BEST PICTURE AT OSCARS IN EPIC MIX-UP

    The 89th Academy Awards was a memorable standoff in the Trump-era culture wars between Hollywood and Washington. Even the red carpet was political, with many celebrities wearing blue ribbon pins in solidarity with the American Civil Liberties Union.

    But the serious tone was balanced with carefree Hollywood dazzle. The fun kicked off with Justin Timberlake opening with a performance of "Can’t Stop the Feeling!"

    • Host Jimmy Kimmel wasted no time walking the line between politics and hilarity. His opening specifically targeted President Donald Trump without explicitly naming him, while balancing the serious tone by continuing his decade-long fake feud with Matt Damon and poking fun at Mel Gibson and Damien Chazelle.
    • Arguably the night's most awe-inspiring moment occurred when Mahershala Ali launched the awards portion of the ceremony by becoming the first Muslim actor to win an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
    • After two years of being criticized for a lack of diversity in both the nominees and the winners, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences appears to be set on changing course, with the Academy president, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, even coming onstage to openly discuss the organization's commitment to diversity moving forward.
    • La La Land was nominated for 14 awards, tied with Titanic and All About Eve for the most ever, and ultimately won six awards, including those for Best Actress and Best Picture.
    • The most memorable moment of the evening by far was when La La Land was named as winner of Best Picture, only to have it taken away and given to Moonlight in an epic mix-up that left everyone scrambling.
    • In the middle of the acceptance speech, the La La Land crew was told that presenter Warren Beatty read their name in error. Kimmel came on stage to show everyone the winning envelope, quipping: "I knew I would screw this up. I promise to never come back."
    • The team for Moonlight then came onstage to accept the award for Best Picture.

    SHOW HIGHLIGHTS

    • Kimmel lambasting Meryl Streep throughout the night as "over-rated" and "mediocre."
    • Hidden Figures star Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae bringing real-life Katherine Johnson out on the Oscars stage.
    • Lin-Manuel Miranda and Moana star Auli’i Cravalho hitting the stage to perform their nominated song, "How Far I’ll Go," with Miranda offering up a new prologue rap for the tune.
    • Iranian director Asghar Farhadi’s absence and Oscar boycott is most definitely felt when his film The Salesman wins Best Foreign Film.
    • The busload of tourists that ends up with a surprise visit to the show!
    • Candies, cookies and donuts falling from the rafters.
    • Kimmel tweeting at Trump during the broadcast.

    WINNERS LIST

    • ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE: Mahershala Ali (Moonlight)
    • MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING: Suicide Squad
    • COSTUME DESIGN: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
    • DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: O.J.: Made In America
    • SOUND EDITING: Arrival
    • SOUND MIXING: Hacksaw Ridge
    • ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE: Viola Davis (Fences)
    • FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: The Salesman (Iran)
    • SHORT FILM (ANIMATED): Piper
    • ANIMATED FEATURE FILM: Zootopia
    • PRODUCTION DESIGN: La La Land
    • VISUAL EFFECTS: The Jungle Book
    • FILM EDITING: Hacksaw Ridge
    • DOCUMENTARY SHORT: The White Helmets
    • LIVE ACTION SHORT: Sing
    • CINEMATOGRAPHY: La La Land
    • MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE): La La Land
    • ORIGINAL SONG: "City of Stars" from La La Land
    • WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY): Manchester by the Sea
    • WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY): Moonlight
    • BEST DIRECTOR: Damien Chazelle (La La Land)
    • ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE: Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)
    • ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE: Emma Stone (La La Land)
    • BEST PICTURE: Moonlight

    SOUND FROM THE SHOW

    In clip one, Anousheh Ansari accepting the Oscar for Best Foreign Film on behalf of Asghar Farhadi.
  • "I'm sorry I'm not with you tonight. My absence is out of respect for the people of my country and those of other six nations whom have been disrespected by the inhuman law that bans entry of immigrants to the U.S."

    AUDIO: BEST COSTUME DESIGN
    AUDIO: OSCARS 2017 BACKSTAGE BEST ANIMATED FILM ZOOTOPIA CO-DIRECTOR CLARK SPENCE ON IDENTIFYING WITH THE CHARACTERS AND UNIVERSALITY OF THE FILM
    AUDIO: OSCARS 2017 BACKSTAGE BEST DOCUMENTARY EZRA EDELMAN WHERE WAS HE WHEN RODNEY KING HAPPENED AND EXPERIENCE OF GROWING UP DURING OJ TRIAL
    AUDIO: OSCARS 2017 BACKSTAGE BEST DOCUMENTARY EZRA EDELMAN WHY OJ IS STILL SO CURRENT
    AUDIO: OSCARS 2017 BACKSTAGE BEST FOREIGN FILM THE SALESMAN FIROUZ NADERI ON WHY DIRECTOR ASGHAR FARHADI
    AUDIO: OSCARS 2017 BACKSTAGE MAHERSHALA ALI ON LEARNING MOONLIGHT WON BEST PICTURE
    AUDIO: THE OSCARS 2017 ANOUSHEH ANSARI ACCEPTING THE OSCAR FOR BEST FOREIGN FILM ON BEHALF OF ASGHAR FARHADI
    AUDIO: THE OSCARS 2017 CASEY AFFLECK ACCEPTS THE AWARD FOR BEST ACTOR
    AUDIO: THE OSCARS 2017 CHERYL BOONE ISAACS TOASTS BEAUTY OF DIVERSITY IN THIS YEARS AWARD
    AUDIO: THE OSCARS 2017 DAMIEN CHAZELLE ACCEPTS THE AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTOR
    AUDIO: THE OSCARS 2017 DWAYNE JOHNSON PRESENTS LIN MANUEL MIRANDA
    AUDIO: THE OSCARS 2017 EMMA STONE ACCEPTS THE AWARD FOR BEST ACTRESS
    AUDIO: THE OSCARS 2017 JENNIFER ANISTON INTRODUCES SARA BAREILLES PERFORMING THE IN MEMORIAM TRIBUTE
    AUDIO: THE OSCARS 2017 JIMMY KIMMEL APOLOGIZES FOR AMAZING BEST PICTURE MIX UP
    AUDIO: THE OSCARS 2017 JIMMY KIMMEL EXPLAINS THAT LA LA LAND DID NOT WIN BEST PICTURE
    AUDIO: THE OSCARS 2017 JIMMY KIMMEL FEARS THE CROWD HAS TURNED ON HIM
    AUDIO: THE OSCARS 2017 JIMMY KIMMEL KICKS THINGS OFF
    AUDIO: THE OSCARS 2017 JIMMY KIMMEL PRESENTING THE BUS OF TOURISTS TO HOLLYWOOD STARS
    AUDIO: THE OSCARS 2017 JIMMY KIMMEL TRIES TO BOOT MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA
    AUDIO: THE OSCARS 2017 MAHERSHALA ALI ACCEPTS THE BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
    AUDIO: THE OSCARS 2017 MARK RYLANCE PRESENTS BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
    AUDIO: THE OSCARS 2017 ORLANDO VON EINSIEDEL ACCEPTING BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT FOR WHITE HELMETS
    AUDIO: THE OSCARS 2017 SETH ROGEN WITH MICHAEL J FOX PRESENTING THE AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN FILM EDITING
    AUDIO: THE OSCARS 2017 TARAJI P HENSON PRESENTING BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
    AUDIO: THE OSCARS 2017 VIOLA DAVIS ACCEPTS BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

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