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With the song "Show Yourself" entrenched in the Top Five at rock radio, Mastodon has unveiled the details of a new North American tour that will kick off this fall and feature support from Eagles Of Death Metal and Russian Circles. Mastodon and the Eagles will spend most of the summer in Europe, coming home for a festival in Las Vegas in late August before starting up the new trek a month later.

  • The two bands just recently completed a leg of North American dates together.
  • Mastodon is touring behind its seventh studio album, Emperor Of Sand, which debuted at Number Seven on the Billboard 200 album chart in April.
  • "Show Yourself" is the biggest single of the group's career.
  • Newly confirmed Mastodon tour dates (subject to change):
    August 20 - Las Vegas, NV - Psycho Las Vegas Festival
    September 23 - Denver, CO - High Elevation Fest
    September 26 - Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Live
    September 27 - Charleston, SC - North Charleston Performance Arts Center
    September 29 - Knoxville, TN - Civic Auditorium
    September 30 - Louisville, KY - Louder Than Life Festival
    October 3 - Raleigh, NC - The Ritz
    October 4 - Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore
    October 6 - Atlanta, GA - The Fox Theater
    October 7 - Camden, NJ - Rock Allegiance Festival
    October 9 - Montreal, Quebec - Metropolis
    October 10 - Rochester, NY - The Armory
    October 11 - Grand Rapids, MI - 20 Monroe Live
    October 13 - Oklahoma City, OK - Diamond Ballroom
    October 14 - San Antonio, TX - Aztec Theater
    October 15 - Houston, TX - Houston Open Air
    October 17 - Albuquerque, NM - Historic El Rey Theater
    October 19 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
    October 21 - Sacramento, CA - Aftershock Festival
    October 24 - Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory
    October 25 - Vancouver, BC - Orpheum Theatre


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Foo Fighters main man Dave Grohl revealed in an interview with BBC One that the band's just-announced new album, Concrete And Gold, will feature a "bunch of guests," including some "that will really surprise you." Pressed further, Grohl added, "There’s one who is probably the biggest pop star in the world and -- I’m not kidding -- sings backup on one of the heaviest songs on the record and we’re not telling anybody who it is."

Fans have been speculating online who the "biggest pop star" could be, with most agreeing on Adele. The British superstar has close ties with producer Greg Kurstin, who has not only produced her music but was behind the board for Concrete And Gold.

  • Grohl also spoke about the recording sessions in the interview, saying, "Without telling anybody, we’ve been in the studio for the last six months and we made the biggest sounding Foo Fighters record we’ve ever made."
  • The Foos frontman continued, "Honestly, I think it’s going to take a lot of people by surprise. Every band says it’s the best record they’ve ever made, but wait til you hear it. It’s definitely the hugest thing we’ve ever done."
  • Grohl told us in the past that his approach to songwriting is basic: "It's pretty simple with this band. If there's a melody and there's a good lyric, then we've got ourselves a song in a couple of minutes. If we could throw it together, and get an arrangement together, and put it down on tape, that's kind of what we do best, you know: that simple, melodic rock that gets stuck in your head."
  • Concrete And Gold will arrive on September 15th. The first single and video, called "Run," is out now.
  • Foo Fighters will celebrate the release of the album with a fall North American tour. They kick it off on October 7th with Cal Jam 17, a full day's worth of music headlined by the Foos and also including Queens Of The Stone Age, Cage The Elephant, Liam Gallagher, Royal Blood, The Struts, The Kills and a dozen more acts.
  • The rest of the tour begins on October 12th in Washington D.C. and will last through December. Tickets will go on sale at 10:00 a.m. local time on June 26th.
AUDIO: FOO FIGHTERS' DAVE GROHL ON SONGWRITING


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Late Soundgarden vocalist Chris Cornell will appear on a new album that features poems written by Johnny Cash set to music. According to Rolling Stone, the project is titled Johnny Cash Forever Words: The Music and is the creation of Cash’s son John Carter Cash, who is also producing the set. The younger Cash published a book of his father's previously unavailable poems last year, titled Forever Words: The Unknown Poems.

News that Cornell had contributed to the project surfaced last week via country artist Jamey Johnson, who told the Kentucky Country Music blog last week, "John Carter has a good number of poems that Johnny wrote. I say poems because they don’t have music to them. He’s working on an album where he’s pairing up these songs with songwriters from our day to finish up these Johnny Cash songs. One of them that I know he’s most proud of and you can’t get it anymore -- he’s got Chris Cornell having finished one of these songs and then recorded it. I’m excited for it to come out. I got to do a couple of them."

  • Along with Cornell and Johnson, other artists set to appear include Brad Paisley, Jewel, T-Bone Burnett, Dailey & Vincent, Kacey Musgraves and more.
  • Cash himself covered Soundgarden's "Rusty Cage" on his 1996 album Unchained, and Cornell began performing Cash's arrangement of it on his 2015 solo tour.
  • A release date for Johnny Cash Forever Words: The Music has yet to be announced.


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Bono appeared on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday (June 21st). While there, he signed a "get well" card for wounded House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who was shot in Virginia last week during a practice for the annual Congressional Baseball Game. Billboard reported, "Bono also met members of Scalise's staff in the Louisiana Republican's office, along with House GOP leaders including Speaker Paul Ryan and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy."

Patch.com posted a statement from Ian Koski of The ONE Campaign detailing the reason for Bono's visit: "Bono is highlighting the lives saved by America's investments in foreign assistance and underscoring testimony given by 16 retired generals and admirals last week about the critical importance of development to America's national Security. Bono also met briefly with staff to U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise."

  • Bono has worked tirelessly to reduce poverty, hunger, and AIDS in Africa and other parts of the globe, and was even nominated for a Nobel Prize in 2005 for his efforts. U2 guitarist The Edge told us at the time that the band has never worried about Bono's activist efforts alienating its audience: "There are, I'm sure, people who'd rather that there were less direct references to politics in the show, or that Bono wouldn't end up on TV talking about his work for Africa, but we're fine with that, y'know? We think that it's really important, and the small downside that comes with it is far outweighed in every respect by the positives." at Toronto's Rogers Centre.
AUDIO: BONO SAYS NO ONE IS IMMUNE TO THE WORLD'S PROBLEMS
AUDIO: U2'S THE EDGE ON BONO'S POLITICAL ACTIVITIES


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ANGELINA JOLIE PUSHES FOR BETTER TREATMENT OF REFUGEES: Actress and activist Angelina Jolie is bringing attention to the plight of women and children in conflict zones around the world. Speaking in Kenya to mark World Refugee Day, she visited a training center and discussed preventing sexual violence. "The reality is that women and girls as well as boys and men can still be raped with near-total impunity in conflict zones around the world, and there are still appalling cases of rape and mistreatment of vulnerable women, children and men by peacekeepers sent to protect them," she said. She went on to say that the way refugees are treated – and ensuring that treatment is as just as possible – is a measure of our humanity. COURTNEY COX REGRETS NIPS AND TUCKS: Courtney Cox, 53, admitted that Hollywood’s obsession with staying young led her to make some bad choices. "I grew up thinking that appearance was the most important thing. That’s kind of sad because it got me in trouble. I was trying so hard to keep up, and I actually made things worse," she told NewBeauty in a wide-ranging interview. "And it’s worse in pictures than in real life," Cox said. "I have one friend who was like, ‘Whoa, no more!’ I thought, I haven’t done anything in six months. I didn’t realize." She adds that she has embraced her "smile lines" and has decided that "filters are not my friend." Do you prefer the natural look? IS GAL GADOT EARNING LESS THAN HER MALE COUNTERPARTS? The Internet was abuzz earlier this week with people bemoaning what they say is a gaping gender wage-gap in Hollywood. News broke that Gal Gadot earned $300,000 in Wonder Woman while the movie itself cleared more than $500 million at the box office. Man of Steel’s Henry Cavill, meanwhile, earned $14 million for a less-lucrative and well-received film, outlets report. But did Gadot really make 46 times less than Cavill? As Vanity Fair points out, Gadot’s base salary was $300,000, but she will likely be earning bonuses once the box office receipts are tallied. Furthermore, most actors launch a franchise with a low base and then work their way up, as Chris Evans has done. Evans also reportedly pulled in $300,000 for the first Captain America film. Do you think this is a case of gender gap or has this story been taken out of context? LUCY HALE APOLOGIZES FOR SAYING SHE USED TO LOOK ‘FAT’: Lucy Hale posted a throwback pic of herself on Instagram to celebrate Father’s Day, but it didn’t go exactly as planned. Hale has been under fire over a comment in which she referred to herself as "fat" with critics claiming fat-shaming is wrong … even if you’re just talking about yourself. She later disabled comments on her Instagram photo and took to Twitter to apologize, writing in part: "Sometimes I forget that people are watching everything I do and I say things I don't mean. I'm extremely sorry if my comment about my weight offended anyone." PRINCE PHILIP HOSPITALIZED IN LONDON: Prince Philip was hospitalized to treat an infection "arising from a pre-existing condition," Buckingham Palace reported Wednesday. "Prince Philip is in good spirits and is disappointed to be missing the State Opening of Parliament and Royal Ascot," Buckingham Palace said, adding, "Her Majesty is being kept informed and will attend Royal Ascot as planned this afternoon." Philip, 96, recently said he was retiring from public events, but plans to complete pre-scheduled engagements through August.

TREVOR NOAH SPEAKS OUT ABOUT RACIST ENCOUNTERS WITH POLICE

Trevor Noah is opening up about the encounters he has had with police officers in America, and points out that they are symptoms of a larger problem. Noah used the recent Philando Castile verdict as a jumping off point. Castile had been pulled over 49 times before police shot and killed him in 2016. The officer who shot him was acquitted of all charges. The South African-born comedian and host of The Daily Show said that in the six years he has been in the U.S., police have stopped him "8 to 10 times." Discussing the places he has been stopped, he mentioned his car, rental cars, a car with rims, a car with no rims and even a Tesla. "I don’t know what silent crime I’m on my way to commit, but I’ve been stopped in a Tesla," he said. He adds that his strategy is to throw his arms out of the window. "I look so stupid when you see me," he said. "I would rather have the cops go, ‘You are weird.’ Every cop that comes to my window like, ‘What the hell are you doing?’ And then we go from there, then I’m like, ‘Alright, cool, but you saw where my hands are.'" Noah said the problem is pervasive and larger than what many people see as cut-and-dry racism. "It’s not racism like n—," he said. "It’s a very different thing."

KAT GRAHAM RESPONDS TO JADA PINKETT SMITH'S DISAPPOINTMENT IN 'ALL EYEZ ON ME'

Actress Kat Graham was caught off guard by Jada Pinkett-Smith’s criticism of her portrayal in the Tupac biopic All Eyez On Me. Pinkett-Smith made headlines when she all but called the biopic a bold-faced lie. She claimed that her life and relationship with Tupac was "reimagined." She commended Graham on her portrayal of her and said it wasn’t her fault. But overall, she called the film "hurtful" to watch. Many have assumed that the scenes were filmed with no counsel from Pinkett-Smith which led to the discrepancies. However, in an interview with E! News, Graham says she spoke with Pinkett-Smith on a couple of occasions and thought all was well. "When I first got the role, I reached out to Jada a year and a half ago… the point of reaching out to her, as well as the other producers on the film, was to insure the integrity of the story and the character," she says. "I even spoke to her last week and she had nothing but support." Despite all of the controversy and mixed reviews, All Eyez On Me had a solid showing at the box office on its opening weekend.

'GHOSTBUSTERS II' CHILD STAR HANK DEUTSCHENDORF DIES OF APPARENT SUICIDE

‘Ghostbusters II’ Child Star Hank Deutschendorf Dies Of Apparent Suicide Henry "Hank" Deutschendorf, the child actor who played baby Oscar in Ghostbusters II, died on June 14th of an apparent suicide at the age of 29. According to the San Diego Coroner’s report, it was a suicide by hanging. The former actor was discovered by his twin brother, William, who also starred as baby Oscar in the Ghostbusters sequel, in the apartment he shared with his girlfriend. William confirmed the news in a powerful blog post, "It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of my twin brother, Hank. On Wednesday, June 14th, 2017, Henry John Deutschendorf II lost his battle with schizoaffective disorder." Hank – whose uncle was singer John Denver – was also in the 2017 documentary, Cleanin' Up the Town: Remembering Ghostbusters.

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