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RICHIE SAMBORA: Did He Refuse to Get Help?

The latest report in the ongoing Bon Jovi - Richie Sambora saga is that Sambora refused to seek help for his drinking, which led Jon Bon Jovi to remove him from the tour.

Radar Online quotes a source who says, “Jon has no intention of taking him back without Richie attending a serious rehab program. Six weeks ago, he and Richie had a two-hour call to patch things up, but when Jon made it clear that he would not take him back before he went into rehab, it was a deal-breaker.”

But another source disputes this, saying, “Richie is healthy. He is not drinking. He is sober. Indeed, he is the one who helped Jon’s daughter after she was arrested [for drugs] in November, and Jon clearly wanted his daughter to get the same help that worked for Richie.”

And of course, Jon is not available for comment.

AC/DC: Bon Will Get Erected Next Year

The statue of the late AC/DC singer Bon Scott, planned for his hometown of Kirriemuir, Scotland, finally has an unveiling date.

It's scheduled to be revealed next August during BonFest -- the annual event that celebrates his life. The fest is usually held in May, but it will be moved to August 15th to the 17th in hopes that the statue will be ready by then.

Scott died in 1980 after a drinking binge. He was 33.

CHICKENFOOT: Confusion in the Coop

Chickenfoot released their first two albums in three years, but they don't know when they'll be able to record number-three.

Guitarist Joe Satriani says, "We came to the realization that it would be really hard to find some time in the next nine months to do a record. But we’re committed to figuring it out. I believe there are at least two more albums in us as a unit. But finding the time and the city where we can all get together for five days –- that’s going to be the trick."

Satriani is on the road in support of his latest album, Unstoppable Momentum, and Sammy Hagar, with Michael Anthony, is also out in advance of next month's release of his new album, Sammy Hagar and Friends. Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith rounds out the lineup.

SMASHING PUMPKINS: You're Complimenting Them?

Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan has slagged his former bandmates numerous times in interviews. So when he actually compliments them, it's worth noting.

In an interview with Crestfallen, Corgan gave some backhanded compliments to guitarist James Iha, drummer Jimmy Chamberlin and bassist D’arcy Wretzky.

Corgan talked about Ira's contribution to the songs "Mayonnaise" and "Soma," saying, "To give him credit, in both cases he wrote really beautiful ideas, or structures, that were different than I would write. They inspired me to write great songs on top of them, and maybe in that you could argue that that’s a good collaboration. He gave me something valuable that inspired something different in me."

Corgan added, "If you put Jimmy Chamberlin and me in a room, good things happen. To this day, I miss D'arcy's sense of integrity, but it's not like the integrity of the indie world. She had a certain kind of musical taste, I think is the best way to put it, that I still respect."

NINE INCH NAILS: Can Your Hear This?

Nine Inch Nails are releasing a special mix of Hesitation Marks for those with high-end audio systems. Or, to look at it another way, people whose ears haven't been destroyed by listening to Nine Inch Nails songs at a loud volume.

The band stresses that the standard version is not inferior to the Audiophile Version, which is available only to people who've bought the album at NIN.com. The band says, "We wouldn’t release something inferior as the default. And vinyl purists rest assured, the vinyl edition was mastered to sound the very best for that format. The Audiophile Version is merely an alternate take on the mastering, which some people will appreciate. It’s meant to give a slightly different experience, not denigrate the standard version. Listen to each and come to your own conclusions."

Hesitation Marks -- in all its formats -- is due out Tuesday.

MEGADETH: A Live Extinction

Megadeth's tour marking the 20th anniversary of Countdown to Extinction will hit multiple formats next month.

Countdown to Extinction: Live, due out September 24th, was recorded and filmed at Los Angeles's Fox Theatre this past December and features a full performance of the 1992 album as well as a mix of the band's best-known songs. It will be available as a deluxe Blu-ray/CD, DVD, CD, digital album, mastered-for-iTunes album and longform digital video.

Countdown to Extinction is Megadeth's best-selling album, having gone double platinum.

VINCE NEIL: For the Troops

Vince Neil will entertain the troops this weekend.

He'll play a private show for members of the Air Force on Sunday at his Tatuado Cantina in Las Vegas. This will be followed by a special performance of the Raiding the Rock Vault music experience at the Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. 

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, LINKIN PARK: EP Title, Date Announced

Stone Temple Pilots have announced the title and release date for their first EP with Linkin Park's Chester Bennington.

High Rise will be out on October 8th. And perhaps for legal reasons, the cover of the EP says Stone Temple Pilots With Chester Bennington.

STP is also taking part in a charity auction for Hurricane Sandy victims. The Charity Buzz auction is a meet-and-greet with the band at the grand re-opening of the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey on September 6th.

Headlines for Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Davis tells Metal Hammer, "I stopped writing and listening to music and a lot of stuff that I love because I was really battling with this detox. It’s a horrible drug."

Davis says he finally decided to get clean before Korn started work on their new album, The Paradigm Shift -- but it wasn't easy. "[I was] having seizures, I was shaking all the time, I couldn’t think. My brain, actually, was wired a certain way from the medicine, so it had to re-wire itself. I had one foot in reality and one foot out. I was freaking out."

The Paradigm Shift is due out October 8th.

ROLLING STONES: Angie Is 40

The Rolling Stones released their song "Angie" as a single 40 years ago today (Wednesday). Taken from their Goats Head Soup album, it went to number-one in the U.S. and number-five in England. It was long believed that the song was written about David Bowie's first wife, Angela, but Mick Jagger said Keith Richards wrote it about his daughter Angela. However, in his autobiography, Life, Keith said the name Angie was a pseudonym for heroin, and that the song was about his attempt to quit using it while detoxing in Switzerland.

KINGS OF LEON: We Knew We'd Be Back

Kings of Leon knew that when they took a hiatus in 2011 it wouldn't last forever.

Drummer Nathan Followill tells Rolling Stone, "Being a family band, we were bound to have that awkward first time hangout at a show or at Christmas or Thanksgiving. There's no avoiding it. If the band even stopped, we're still a family and would see each other. So that wasn't a thought in any of our minds. We all knew we needed a break, but we knew it wasn't over."

Kings of Leon's sixth album, Mechanical Bull, will be out September 24th.

CHEAP TRICK: Museum Bound

Cheap Trick have their own exhibit opening at the Grammy Museum in L.A. next month. Cheap Trick: I Want You to Want Me! features rare artifacts from the band's private collection, including:
  • numerous guitars played by Rick Nielsen, including the 1952 Fender Telecaster he used when performing at Budokan
  • the band's costumes and original photographs from the Dream Police album cover shoot
  • original lyrics to several of their hits
  • clothing, posters, albums, personal correspondence, tour ephemera, photographs and more

The band will be on hand for the September 12th unveiling of the exhibit. That night, they'll do an interview, audience Q & A session and a four-song performance. The display will run through June 2014.

In other Cheap Trick news, the band was joined by former Massachusetts U.S. Senator Scott Brown on stage Sunday in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire. Wearing a polo shirt with an American flag design, Brown played guitar with them on "Surrender."

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A DAY TO REMEMBER: Courtesy Comes in October

A Day to Remember have picked Common Courtesy as the title of their new album.

It'll be released on October 8th, the same day the band's House Party Tour stops in Lowell, Massachusetts. That tour, which also features All Time Low and Pierce the Veil, kicks off September 11th in Broomfield, Colorado. A Day to Remember's last album, What Separates Me From You, came out in 2010.

NEIL YOUNG, DAVID BOWIE: Overlooked

The folks at Gibson Guitars have compiled a list of what they believe are the 10 Great Overlooked Guitar Albums. In no particular order, they are:

Neil Young and Crazy Horse: Zuma - "An underrated album that saw Young locked in glorious tandem with Crazy Horse guitarist Frank Sampedro. The epics 'Danger Bird' and 'Cortez the Killer' boast astral solos that sound wrung from another dimension, while blurring the lines between lead and rhythm playing."

David Bowie: The Man Who Sold the World - "Sporting thunderous bass lines and ferocious riffage from guitar great Mick Ronson, the album wedded doomsday theatrics to an emphatically British brand of heavy metal. Bowie and Ronson never sounded more menacing."

The Guess Who: American Woman - "With this guitar-drenched effort, the group gained credibility among their harder-rocking peers. High points include the psychedelic-tinged 'No Time' and the classic title track -- a muscular rock anthem built on an unforgettable riff worked up by Randy Bachman during a concert jam."

Montrose: Montrose - "With all due respect to such bands as Steppenwolf and Grand Funk Railroad, Ronnie Montrose forged a hard rock style that, in retrospect, anticipated the six-string pyrotechnics that would come to dominate the metal landscape in the late '70s and '80s."

Mott the Hoople: Mott - "Inspired by some of the strongest material frontman Ian Hunter would ever write, guitarist Mick Ralphs delivered a textbook-worthy showcase of memorable riffs and economical solos. His monumental guitar break on 'Hymn for the Dudes' is essential listening for any player seeking to learn how to craft a song-serving solo."

And rounding out the list are:

  • Flash: In the Can
  • Wishbone Ash: Argus 
  • Sonic Youth: Daydream Nation 
  • Television: Marquee Moon  
  • Lou Reed: The Blue Mask 

 

NINE INCH NAILS: Get a Marks Preview

Nine Inch Nails fans can check out their new album a week before its release.

Hesitation Marks, the first album from Trent Reznor and company in five years, is streaming now at iTunes.com/NineInchNails. It comes out next Tuesday, the same day the band will play an intimate show the Troubadour in Los Angeles.

MOTLEY CRUE: Don't Go Away Mad, for Real

It seems like the members of Motley Crue don't know how to say goodbye.

Vince Neil and Nikki Sixx have been talking about the band's plans for a future farewell tour in multiple interviews this year, and apparently Mick Mars isn't too happy that Neil has said the guitarist's health issues have been a consideration in the band wrapping things up.

Mars has ankylosing spondylitis [pr: an-kull-LOW-sing spon-duh-LIGHT-us], which is arthritis of the spine and pelvis, and had a hip replacement eight years ago. Mars took to Twitter to shoot down Neil's claims, saying, "Any rumors regarding a farewell tour due to 'my poor health' are BS. I am doing fine. My AS has never kept me from touring and never will."

And Sixx, who started all this farewell talk months ago, took to Twitter to say, "Don't get ya panties in a wad so fast, we haven't booked our farewell tour. It's like some people can't wait to get rid of us."

Headlines for Tuesday, August 27, 2013

AVENGED SEVENFOLD: Guide You Through Their New Album

Avenged Sevenfold will mark the release of their new album, Hail to the King, with a question-and-answer session that will be streamed live on their website, AvengedSevenfold.com, today (Tuesday) at 6:30 p.m. ET. It will originate from the Warner Brothers Records Patio in Burbank, California.

Hail to the King is the band's first album since 2010's Nightmare.  They will support the release with a tour starting October 3rd in Chicago.

KISS: Stanley Sings the Anthem

Last month Paul Stanley threw out the first pitch out at the Dodgers-Blue Jays game in Toronto, and on Sunday the Dodgers invited him to Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles to sing the "Star-Spangled Banner." You be the judge if he should be added to the list of the those who have done justice to the anthem, such as Whitney Houston, or those who did not, which has included Steven Tyler and Bret Michaels.

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LED ZEPPELIN: Has the Mystery Been Solved?

There's another Led Zeppelin movie to keep an eye out for.

Led Zeppelin Played Here tells the story of whether the band actually performed at the Wheaton Youth Center in Wheaton, Maryland on January 20th, 1969, the same day President Richard Nixon took office. There are those who insist that Zep did perform for 50 people, but others say it's a myth. So documentarian Jeff Krulik put together the film, which features interviews with DJs, promoters, archivists and historians, as well as the band.

The film premiered last week in Baltimore and will be shown again in Silver Spring, Maryland this Friday. No word yet on when it will be screened elsewhere or released.

Headlines for Monday, August 26, 2013

IN STORES THIS WEEK

Avenged Sevenfold's Hail to the King is their first album with drummer Arin Ilejay.

Puscifer's All Re-Mixed Up contains remixes from Maynard James Keenan's side project.

The Rides is the supergroup featuring Stephen Stills and Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Their debut is called Can't Get Enough.

Soundgarden bassist Ben Shepherd, under the name HBS, releases his first solo album, In Deep Owl.

Two of Bad Company's '80s albums without Paul Rodgers, Dangerous Age and Holy Water, are available in a two-disc set with bonus tracks.

Also in stores are Everlast's The Life Acoustic, Franz Ferdinand's Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action and John Frusciante's Outsides EP.

BLACK SABBATH: Is the Truth Coming Out?

When Bill Ward announced that he would not be part of the Black Sabbath reunion he said it had to do with the contract he was offered. At the time, Ozzy, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler would only say that they did not know what the problem was and that they wished he were with them. But lately it seems as though the truth is coming out. Ozzy recently said that Ward is “incredibly overweight” and in no shape to tour. Ward denied that, saying he would “never, ever show up for a commitment that I could not do physically . . . I'm the drummer in Sabbath and quite capable of doing the job.” And now Butler has added fuel to the fire, saying, “If Bill felt up to it, and played like he used to be able to play, we'd have welcomed him with open arms. But you have to maintain a certain standard. You can't go on with someone not up to standard, no matter who they are."

Ward’s role on the new album, 13, was filled by Brad Wilk of Rage Against the Machine, while Ozzy’s drummer, Tommy Clufetos, is filling in on the road. Sabbath is in Mountain View, California Monday night.

RUSH: Clockwork Mileage

Rush drummer Neil Peart has posted on his website his final travel log from the band’s recently completed Clockwork Angels tour. Peart rides his motorcycle to each tour stop and this time out, in North America and Europe, he says he covered 28,000 miles. In North America alone, the band’s equipment trucks covered 23,000 miles. He says, “When I am riding my motorcycle, I am glad to be alive. When I stop riding my motorcycle, I am glad to be alive.”

Peart adds, “What a truly triumphant tour it was! The emotional resonance of the final show, in Kansas City, inside us and around us, could only compare to the first show of our Vapor Trails tour, in Hartford, Connecticut, on June 28th, 2002… 11 years later, that August night in Kansas City was the ultimate tour-ending show in all our 39 years of ‘roadwork.’ It affected us in ways we could never have expected, and most of that emotion was centered on the Clockwork Angels String Ensemble. Usually the guys at work, band and crew, finish a tour believing it’s just a break—that it will all start up again at some point, and we’ll all see each other again. All seven of the ‘stringers’ knew that this time it truly was, like the lovely title of a Hemingway story, The End of Something. The 10 musicians on that stage knew that, no matter what, there would never be another performance like that. We gave it everything, and the audience gave it right back. There were tears, all right, but they were happy tears… The camaraderie among band and crew had never been greater, and morale had never been higher. Such happy spirits were not shared among certain other groups of people we encountered on that same night . . .”

GENE SIMMONS: 2 Thumbs Up

Gene Simmons should really think about doing his own movie review column or TV show. He went to see his third movie in one week over the weekend, and, as he usually does, he tweeted his review.

This time out is was 2 Guns, starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. Simmons says it was “fast, well written and directed. My kind of movie.” The other movies he saw last week were Kick Ass 2, which he says one “one of the worst movies” he has seen in years, and The Butler, which was “inspirational."

Oh, and while Simmons likes to tweet, he does say he hates the words “HASH TAG,” calling them “Stupid."

JANE'S ADDICTION: Perry's Back Into Porno

Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell is bringing back his post-Jane's band, Porno for Pyros.

The group, best known for the 1993 hit "Pets," hasn't played a show since 1998. But Farrell tells the Huffington Post that he recently reconnected with guitarist Peter DiStefano and that they -- along with Pornos/Jane's drummer Stephen Perkins -- recorded a new track called "Agua" that will be out next year.

Farrell adds, "We've already gotten offers to go out and tour and play people's festivals. I'm entertaining the idea. It would be like a five-week run or something like that." Farrell notes that Pornos activity won't start until he wraps up all the commitments Jane's Addiction has this year.

GREEN DAY: Mike's New Basses

Green Day's Mike Dirnt has two new basses to play on the road.

Dirnt teamed up with Fender to create models that are similar to his well-used Precision bass. Fender Mike Dirnt Road Worn Precision Bass is modeled after a 1951 Precision bass. The finish is aged to give it the look of a vintage instrument. The Squier Mike Dirnt Precision Bass is a less expensive model.

Check out Dirnt playing the Road Worn bass in this video.

PEARL JAM: A New Video You Won't Mind

Pearl Jam have done a video for their latest single, "Mind Your Manners."

The group, which refused to make promotional clips for many years, teamed up with director Danny Clinch to create it. Watch it on YouTube or below.

Pearl Jam's new album, Lightning Bolt, is due out October 15th.

See video HERE

JOHN MELLENCAMP: Son Is Free and Playing Ball

John Mellencamp's oldest son, Hud, is still with the University of Duke football team despite the felony battery charges he's facing. Coach David Cutcliffe says he will continue to practice, and they'll "let the legal due process occur."

Hud and his 18-year old brother Speck are charged with punching and kicking a 19-year-old man last month in their hometown of Bloomington, Indiana. They are Mellencamp's sons from his third marriage to model Elaine Irwin.

Headlines for Friday, August 23, 2013 

AVENGED SEVENFOLD: That Drummer's Got Some Good Ideas

Avenged Sevenfold's new album, Hail to the King, is the band's first project with drummer Arin Ilejay.

Ilejay joined the band permanently in 2012 after coming on board as a tour drummer the previous year. Frontman M Shadows says that Ilejay inspired the "twist" in the usual formula the band had while recording and writing. Shadows tells Billboard, "We're all big believers in metal with a foot in the blues. We have a lot of Elton John influences in our music, a little bit of The Beatles, which is sometimes surprising to people. We're not trying to reinvent the wheel, we just want to put a different flavor on the music."

Avenged Sevenfold will celebrate the release of Hail to the King -- which is out Tuesday -- with a free show Monday night at the Hollywood Palladium.

INCUBUS: Ex-Bandmates Reunite for Song

Incubus drummer Jose Pasillas and former bassist Dirk Lance are playing together again -- for at least one song.

Pasillas and Lance have teamed up with ex-Pharcyde rapper Slimkid3 and Jurassic 5's DJ Nu-Mark for an as-yet-untitled song for the upcoming video game Rayman Legends.

Lance, who left Incubus in 2003, is no stranger to the video game world. He's worked for a company that creates original video game music for the past five years.

The song will be released on September 3rd, when the game hits stores.

Check out a trailer for the song HERE.

GREEN DAY: Broadway Doc Due in October

Broadway Idiot, the documentary about bringing Green Day's American Idiot musical to Broadway, will open in theaters in October.

The film will open October 11th with an exclusive New York engagement. Then on October 18th it will expand to theaters across North America, as well as being available on demand.

BLACK SABBATH: Musical Drum Chairs

It seems as though Ginger Baker was not the only legendary drummer considered to replace Bill Ward in Black Sabbath. Carl Palmer says his old friend Tony Iommi reached out, but he was on tour with Asia.

"I’d have loved to," says Palmer, but "it just wasn’t in the cards." As he points out, it would have been his first experience playing with a "true out-and-out guitar band. I was late coming to heavy metal. Asia had a bit, but were a little bit more corporate rock and melodic. Just big riffs, very simple but very dynamic, would be extremely invigorating. The older I get, the more I appreciate that music.”

The drumming on Sabbath's new album, 13, was done by Brad Wilk of Rage Against the Machine, while Ozzy's drummer, Tommy Clufetos, is filling Sabbath's drum throne on the road.

GREEN DAY: That's a Whole Lot of Dookie

Green Day warmed up for their headlining slots at two U.K. festivals by diving back into their past.

Billie Joe Armstrong and company performed their 1994 breakthrough album Dookie -- in its entirety -- mid-show at the Brixton Academy in London Wednesday night.

Green Day will play the Reading Festival's main stage Friday and the Leeds Festival on Saturday.

Source: NME

JUDAS PRIEST: Screaming for Fantasy

Judas Priest is going to camp - the Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp. They will be the third band, after Def Leppard and the Jon Anderson-less version of Yes, to have their own camp, which will take place February 27th through March 2nd in Las Vegas.

Singer Rob Halford, bassist Ian Hill, drummer Scott Travis and guitarist Richie Faulkner, joined by Ozzy guitarist Zakk Wylde and Queensryche singer Geoff Tate, will teach the ways of metal. Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton is unable to attend due to a scheduling conflict. Also participating will be camp counselors Rudy Sarzo, Vinny Appice and Lita Ford.

BLACK KEYS: Dan's Hairy Divorce

Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys is giving up a bunch of cash -- and Bob Dylan's hair -- in his divorce settlement.

TMZ reports that Auerbach and Stephanie Gonis finalized their split this week in Tennessee. Gonis gets more than $5 million, the couple's 2012 Toyota Highlander, one of the family homes -- and an item listed in court documents as "Bob Dylan Hair." It has not been detailed how or when the hair was obtained.

METALLICA: Heading to the Apollo

Metallica are heading to Harlem, New York for a show at the legendary Apollo Theater, global home of soul music since the 1950s.

The band announced yesterday a date there on September 21st. Tickets for the gig, which is promote the release of the band's 3D film Through the Never, will be given away to fan club members.

Through the Never opens in IMAX theaters on September 27th.

Headlines for Thursday, August 22, 2013

CLASH: Strummer Mural Appears to Be Returning Soon

Although it was destroyed on Tuesday, the Joe Strummer mural outside a bar in Manhattan's East Village appears to be set to return soon -- at least according to a tweet by musician Jesse Malin, who currently both performs solo and with his reunited old group D Generation. Malin writes: "Joe Will be back on the niagara (east 7th st. wall) in the EV NYC. In a few weeks, Rastas!"

BOB SEGER: Helps the Kid Tie His Record

Bob Seger joined Kid Rock on stage Tuesday night at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in suburban Detroit. It was the last show of Kid’s eight-night stand there, which tied a record set by Seger at the amphitheater in August 1977.

Seger came out for two encores – a version of his “Old Time Rock and Roll” and Kid Rock’s “All Summer Long.”

PINK FLOYD: A New Look at the Dark Side

BBC Radio 2 will try and re-engage fans of Pink Floyd on Monday when the British network airs a radio play based on The Dark Side of the Moon.

Acclaimed playwright Tom Stoppard says, “I found some time, sat down and listened to the album for the thousandth time, picked up from the beginning and kept going. This is, more or less, the first time anything like this has been done on radio.” Floyd's David Gilmour says, "I can’t wait to hear it come to life with the great cast performing it, and our music woven into it."

The Omega String Quartet and Julie Christensen will do a classical rendition of Dark Side Sunday night at the Levitt Pavilion in L.A.’s MacArthur Park. The concert is free.

See video HERE!

KORN: Announces Club Shows Before Album release

Korn will be doing a brief run of club shows before their new album, The Paradigm Shift, hits stores October 8th.

The only dates announced so far are September 26th in Philadelphia, the 27th in New York, the 28th in Worcester, Massachusetts and October 2nd in Chicago. More cities will be announced soon and the jaunt will wrap up October 12th in Las Vegas.

Korn guitarist Brian "Head" Welch will be pulling double duty on these shows, as his band Love and Death will be opening. Asking Alexandria will be the other opener.

IRON MAIDEN: Is Dickinson a Leader?

Do you think of Iron Maiden singer (and commercial airline pilot) Bruce Dickinson as a leader?

Well, at least some folks in Ireland do. He's been tapped as the keynote speaker at the National Leadership Summit October 22nd in Dublin. The Summit is billed as "one-day intensive forum devoted to exchanging ideas about how senior executives can engage in passionate and creative leadership for innovation, survival and growth -- whether in the private, public or non-profit sectors."

Some Maiden song titles for the attendees to ponder while he's speaking:

  • "Bring Your Daughter to the Slaughter"
  • "Judas Be My Guide"
  • "The Evil That Men Do"
  • "Public Enema Number One"
  • "Die With Your Boots On"

KISS: Grinding to a Halt

The KISS Coffeehouse in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina will serve its last cup of joe at the end of September. General manager Matthew Goldschmidt says, “It's not that we didn't do well, it was just a steady decline." Everything in the store, including the KISS memorabilia, is now for sale.

Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley were on hand for the store's opening in 2006.

PAPA ROACH, POP EVIL: Team Up for Tour

Papa Roach and Pop Evil are teaming up for a fall tour.

The bands will hit the road October 4th just outside Vancouver, Canada and will hit mostly Canadian and Northern cities. It wraps up October 23rd in Sayreville, New Jersey.

NIRVANA: The Worst Record Contract Ever

Nirvana signed their original contact -- in pencil.

Sub Pop has posted a copy of the contract that bound Nirvana to the label before the release of the trio's debut album, Bleach, on its website. The contract calls for the band to get a $600 advance. The label commented on the post, "Six hundred bucks well spent -- not that we had it at the time."

Headlines for Wednesday, August 21, 2013

BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, BLACK VEIL BRIDES: Outbreak Dates Announced

The full itinerary for the Monster Energy Outbreak Tour, with Bullet for My Valentine and Black Veil Brides, has been announced.

It kicks off September 28th in Los Angeles and hits 24 cities before wrapping up November 3rd in Portland, Maine.

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