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Five Finger Death Punch singer Ivan Moody helped organize a donation of sleeping bags to a non-profit that serves homeless youth, according to Colorado Springs outlet Fox 21 News. An organization called Urban Peak was presented with a total of 50 sleeping bags courtesy of local rock station KILO and Moody.

Moody, who is originally from the Denver area, wanted to help out the local shelters when he was in Colorado Springs with his bandmates last week. He then contacted the radio station, which was able to get the donation organized.

Asked in a 2013 interview what it was about Colorado that made it special for him, Moody responded, "It's just such a beautiful place. I've seen the world three times over, and I'll tell you what, man, Colorado encompasses every element of every other place . . . there's just so many positives to outweigh the negatives. There's a sense of family in Colorado; there's such a pride factor there."

Moody, who has struggled publicly with substance abuse, has been sober since going through rehab earlier this year. His future with the band seemed in jeopardy in 2017 after a series of onstage meltdowns, including one that sent him home early from a European tour.

Five Finger Death Punch is continuing to tour in support of its latest album, And Justice For None, which came out in May.

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Connecticut state police are treating the death of All That Remains guitarist Oliver "Oli" Herbert as suspicious, according to a report in the Hartford Courant. The 44-year-old Herbert drowned in a pond on his property in Stafford Springs, Connecticut last month, but the state medical examiner’s office called the manner of death -- usually listed as homicide, suicide or accident -- "undetermined."

State police sources said they are treating Herbert’s death as suspicious at this point and investigating it. They are compiling a timeline of Herbert’s last 24 hours, reviewing his medical history and searching for people who may have been in contact with him on or before October 16th, when his body was found. He had been reported missing by his wife, Elizabeth Herbert.

Elizabeth wrote online that she had received a toxicology report from the medical examiner, saying, "Oli was apparently self-treating for manic depression that has run in his family for several generations. Anti-depressants were found in his system, as well as a sleep aid."

But All That Remains singer Phil Labonte said in a radio interview that Herbert "wasn't really a big partier," adding, "He didn't do drugs, he didn't really drink a lot."

A number of Herbert's friends and fans have questioned the circumstances of the guitarist's death, with some of them starting a Facebook page called "Justice for Oli Herbert."

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Coldplay will reportedly begin work next year on its eighth studio album, according to the band's longtime friend and video collaborator Mat Whitecross. The latter, who has known the band members since college and recently directed the comprehensive Coldplay documentary A Head Full Of Dreams, told NME, "They’re on a sabbatical at the moment so they’ve been ruthlessly on holiday for a year. They’ve never done that before . . . but they do have plans for next year, however I’ve not been party to them."

Whitecross added that even during the current break, singer Chris Martin is usually "in and out of the studio writing three or four songs a day." Asked if he knew anything about the direction of the group's next LP, Whitecross replied, "I’ve heard a few things and filmed a few bits of them talking about it, but I don’t think I’m allowed to share anything."

Whitecross continued, "Whether you love the band or not, each album is an experimentation and markedly different from the last one. Just like a band like Radiohead . . . In that sense, I’m sure whatever they do next will surprise people."

Martin told us a while back that the group's approach to making a new album always stays the same: "Our mission always is to just write songs that we want to whistle and then present them in as interesting a way as possible. That's the goal, and it has been the goal for a while."


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Ex-Blink-182 singer/guitarist Tom DeLonge is releasing a new children’s book titled Who Here Knows Who Took My Clothes? The book will arrive on November 30th through DeLonge's own To The Stars imprint. According to DeLonge’s website, the book is "a hilarious and irreverent story that will have all ages giggling . . . a hilarious adventure to find out who is quite rude and left our dude in the nude!"

The first 200 copies of the book will come with a free pair of "instant underpants." The first edition will also be signed by DeLonge. The book is a follow-up to Delonge’s first children’s book, 2015's The Lonely Astronaut On Christmas Eve.

DeLonge recently released the latest installment in his ongoing Sekret Machines series, co-written with mystery novelist A.J. Hartley, titled Sekret Machines Vol. 2: A Fire Within. The series combines elements of history, conspiracy theories and alien technology.

DeLonge's To the Stars Academy of Arts & Sciences -- which he founded last year to study the paranormal, strange technology and the possibility of extraterrestrial life -- was recently reported to have a $37 million deficit, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing uncovered by Ars Technica. DeLonge called the report "highly misleading."