Net ticket proceeds will benefit The One Fund Boston, set up by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino to help the people most affected by the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15th. Also on the bill are country star Jason Aldean, comics Dane Cook and Steven Wright, Extreme and New Kids on the Block.
Performing at this benefit "means everything" to Aerosmith as Steven Tyler says, "When you’re listening to songs, it builds hope and strength. We want to warm the cockles of people’s hearts.”
Bassist Tom Hamilton, who had to sit out the band's Australian tour due to a lung infection, adds, "We will be feeling the gravity of the moment, but our job is to get up on stage and make people feel good."
Aerosmith has a short set, but Tyler says they'll most likely play "Livin’ on the Edge” and “Sweet Emotion.”
LYNYRD SKYNYRD: Ooh That PawnLynyrd Skynyrdwill be on TV Thursday night as they star on the season premiere of Pawn Stars on The History Channel.
The top-rated show, set in the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas, has moved to Thursday nights and its new theme song is Skynyrd's "Winning Isn’t Everything.” They wrote the song specifically for the show, and to celebrate, they recently performed in the Gold and Silver parking, which is what you will see tonight. The song is also available for download on iTunes. Pawn Stars airs at 9 p.m. ET.
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LINKIN PARK, STP: Chester Gets HonoredLinkin Park frontman Chester Bennington will be honored at the Musicares MAP Fund benefit on Thursday night at Club Nokia in Los Angeles.
Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda will present the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award to Bennington, and Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis will present the From the Heart Award to skateboard legend Tony Alva. Bennington will perform with his new "side project," Stone Temple Pilots. They'll be joined on a couple of songs by Slash and Duff McKagan.
FLYLEAF, P.O.D.: Teaming Up for TourFlyleaf and P.O.D. are hitting the road together this summer.
Their co-headline jaunt starts July 13th in Kenosha, Wisconsin and visits 19 cities before it wraps up August 10th in San Diego. Tickets for most shows go on sale Friday.
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE: Helping OklahomaKillswitch Engage are helping the families devastated by the recent Oklahoma tornadoes.
The group's summer tour starts Thursday night at the Diamond Ballroom in Oklahoma City, and they've announced that part of the ticket proceeds from the show will go to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. The band is also selling a special Killswitch Engage T-shirt just for that show, with 100 percent of the proceeds donated to the RFBO.
3 DOORS DOWN: Court Dates Pushed Because of Rehab3 Doors Down bassist Todd Harrell had his two court dates this week pushed back because of his stint in rehab.
Harrell was supposed to appear in a D'Ilberville, Mississippi court Tuesday to face DUI charges stemming from a July 2012 arrest. The judge presiding over the case recused himself after ethics complaints were filed because of how the court records were handled. The new judge plans on setting a trial date for sometime in July, after Harrell completes his rehab stay.
Harrell's original date in a Nashville court for vehicular homicide and other charges was Wednesday, but will be moved to a future date once Harrell's rehab stint is over. Harrell was arrested last month after he allegedly clipped a truck and caused a crash that killed the truck's driver. He checked himself into rehab after he was released on bail.
METALLICA: We'll Keep That Bass, ThanksThe bass that Metallica's Robert Trujillo signed for the governor of Jakarta, Indonesia will remain government property.
The Corruption Eradication Commission asked Joko Widodo to surrender the bass earlier this month because all public officials must report any gifts they've received to the anti-graft commission within 30 days. The commission decided to take possession of the bass because it exceeded the monetary limit for gifts -- and there was a mysterious note on it, separate from Trujillo's message, that said, "To Jokowi, keep playing that cool, funky bass." The commission decided that the other signature meant that the bass could be construed as a bribe.
Source: Jakarta Globe
GUNS N' ROSES: Check Out a Young AxlA demo recording of Axl Rose in a pre-Guns n' Roses band has hit YouTube.
The track is called "Ready to Rumble" and was done by the band by Rapidfire. That band's guitarist, Kevin Lawrence, uploaded the clip recently and says it was recorded on May 25th 1983 -- three days before Rose met future bandmate Slash at a Rapidfire concert.
Headlines for Tuesday, May 29, 2013
SHINEDOWN: Back at the Carnival
Shinedown will return to the festival they launched, the Carnival of Madness, this summer.
The band will be joined on the tour by Papa Roach, Skillet, In This Moment and We Are Human on the jaunt. It will start August 11th and wrap up September 21st. The full list of 28 dates will be announced on Monday at CarnivalofMadness.com.
IRON MAIDEN: Beer Makes It Into SwedenIron Maiden fans in Sweden can finally drink the band's brew.
The Trooper beer was rejected earlier this month because of the design of the logo on the bottle's label. The label featured the band's mascot Eddie as well as a similar logo to their the original 1983 single for "The Trooper." Robinson Brewery says now that the beer has now been accepted with a redesigned label. The brewery's statement says, "We changed the label by solely focusing on the face of Eddie the mascot."
Sweden's alcohol laws don't allow elements of war, weapons, or aggressiveness on alcoholic products.
MOTLEY CRUE: Tommy Retires His Kit
Motley Crue's Tommy Lee has retired the rollercoaster drum set he's used for the past three years.
The 360, also known as the Loop, had a passenger seat for a fan to ride shotgun with Lee at each show. Lee usually performed one or two complete rotations on the roller coaster himself as well as taking an audience member for a couple of spins. The drum rig saw its last show May 25th in Atlantic City. Lee promises an entirely different drum experience when the band's Las Vegas residency kicks off September 18th.
NINE INCH NAILS: New Album This YearTrent Reznor isn't only taking Nine Inch Nails back on the road, he's got a full new album too.
Reznor made the announcement in a press release saying the band had signed to Columbia Records, adding that "I've been less than honest about what I've really been up to lately. For the last year I've been secretly working non-stop with Atticus Ross and Alan Moulder on a new, full-length Nine Inch Nails record, which I am happy to say is finished and frankly great. This is the real impetus and motivation behind the decision to assemble a new band and tour again."
Nine Inch Nails will return to the road July 26th in Japan, with U.S. dates to follow.
JUDAS PRIEST: A Ballsy Move
Judas Priest are back in stores today, Tuesday, with Epitaph, a DVD/Blu-ray of their last show on 2012's Epitaph tour. Filmed last May in London, the show features at least one song from each of their albums for a total of 23.
We asked Rob Halford if they'd filmed a few shows leading up to the finale as a back-up. He tells us, "It was pretty ballsy on our part [not to]. You know, I never even thought about that. To think if there had been an unfortunate incident, what would we have done? That's just kind of freaking me out to think about that right now."