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Tuesday
Feb092016

Disturbed and Breaking Benjamin Announce Co-Headlining Tour

Credit: Travis ShinnTwo of last year's biggest comeback acts will unite for a co-headlining tour this summer. Disturbed and Breaking Benjamin will hit the road together on a 24-city trek starting in July. Support will come from Saint Asonia and Alter Bridge. So far, only the cities on the tour have been revealed, with specific dates and venue information to be announced in coming weeks. Tickets will go on sale starting February 26 via LiveNation.com.

Both Disturbed and Breaking Benjamin returned last year with new albums after being on hiatus. Disturbed reunited to release Immortalized, their first album since 2010, while Benjamin Burnley reconstructed his band with four new members and released Dark Before Dawn, Breaking Benjamin's first disc since 2009. Both Immortalized and Dark Before Dawn debuted at number one on the Billboard 200.

Breaking Benjamin and Disturbed frontman David Draiman recently collaborated on a cover of Queen's "Under Pressure," which they performed last week in New York City.

Here are the cities on Disturbed and Breaking Benjamin's summer co-headlining tour:

Albuquerque,  NM
Boston, MA
Bristow, VA
Cincinnati, OH
Cleveland, OH
Concord, CA
Dallas, TX
Darien Center, NY
Denver, CO
Detroit, MI
Gilford, NH
Hartford, CT
Holmdel, NJ
Houston, TX
Indianapolis, IN
Pittsburgh, PA
Saratoga, NY
Scranton, PA
Seattle, WA
St. Louis, MO
Syracuse, NY
Toronto, ON
Virginia Beach, VA
Wantagh, NY

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Tuesday
Feb092016

Luke Bryan to Salute Lionel Richie on Grammy Telecast

Joseph LlanesPop and soul legend Lionel Richie will be honored on this year's Grammy telecast by an all-genre assortment of artists including Luke Bryan, pop stars Meghan Trainor and Demi Lovato, and R&B star John Legend.

Lionel is this year's MusiCares Person of the Year; a couple days before the Grammys, he'll be the guest of honor at an all-star tribute.  The segement on Monday night's Grammys will be a smaller version of that.  The songs Luke, Demi, Meghan and John will sing will span Lionel's career, from his time with the Commodores to his huge solo hits.  Lionel himself will also take the stage for a group version of one of his classics.

Luke's presence in the tribute isn't unusual, considering that Lionel's best-selling 2012 album Tuskegee featured him teaming with a slew of major country stars, including Kenny Chesney, Little Big Town, Blake Shelton, Shania Twain and Jason Aldean.

This will mark the first time Luke, Demi and Meghan will perform on the Grammy stage.  John already has nine Grammys under his belt and is up for four additional ones this year.

The Grammy Awards, hosted by LL Cool J, air Monday night on CBS starting at 8 p.m. ET.

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Tuesday
Feb092016

Meghan Trainor, Demi Lovato, John Legend to Salute Lionel Richie on Grammy Telecast

Courtesy The Recording AcademyLionel Richie will be honored on this year's Grammy telecast by an all-genre assortment of artists:  Meghan Trainor, John Legend, Demi Lovato and country superstar Luke Bryan.

Lionel is this year's MusiCares Person of the Year; a couple days before the Grammys, he'll be the guest of honor at an all-star tribute.  The segement on Monday night's Grammys will be a smaller version of that.  The songs Luke, Demi, Meghan and John will sing will span Lionel's career, from his time with the Commodores to his huge solo hits.  Lionel himself will also take the stage for a group version of one of his classics.

Luke's presence in the tribute isn't unusual, considering that Lionel's best-selling 2012 album Tuskegee featured him teaming with a slew of major country stars.

This will mark the first time Luke, Demi and Meghan will perform on the Grammy stage.  John already has nine Grammys under his belt and is up for four additional ones this year.

The Grammy Awards, hosted by LL Cool J, air Monday night on CBS starting at 8 p.m. ET.

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Tuesday
Feb092016

Elle King & Co-Writer Had "No Idea" They'd Get Grammy Love for "Ex's and Oh's"

Shane McCauley/Courtesy RCA RecordsElle King just got engaged to her boyfriend, but her song that documents her complicated love life -- "Ex's and Oh's" -- has earned her two Grammy nods, including Best Rock Vocal Performance and Best Rock Song.  That song, which is also a platinum top 10 hit, only took about an hour to complete because, as Elle's co-writer explains, "She was just telling her story."

Elle co-wrote "Ex's and Oh's" with Dave Bassett, who's written songs for Daughtry, Josh Groban, Idina Menzel, Shinedown and Rachel Platten.  He tells ABC Radio that they came up with the song the very first day they met. In fact, he already had the title ready to go.

"I started playing a grinding riff, and we started getting some melodies and then we'd stop and start and she'd be telling me about her trip to L.A. and this guy and that guy," Bassett tells ABC Radio. "And I had this title sitting around called 'Ex’s & Oh's' and I never really knew what it would mean, or what it meant. But it really hit us like, that’s really what this is: 'This is about all your exes, and how they keep coming back, and this crazy love life that you have.'"

"Ex's & Oh's" was released September 2014, but it didn't become a top ten hit until late last year.  While Elle and Bassett believed in the song, they had no expectation that it would become a hit, let alone a Grammy nominee.

"She was just telling her story," Bassett explains. "She was just relaying all these different anecdotes of this guy here and that guy there and we just made it rhyme, and it worked, and an hour later we had that song, and it was really fun."  He adds, "We knew we had something great but it wasn't until a year, year and a half afterwards that it's all validated."

When they did hear that "Ex's & Oh's" earned two nominations, Bassett remembers exchanging a few emails with Elle that contained "all kinds of expletives."

"We're like, 'Can you believe that?'" Bassett tells ABC Radio. "You know, we got together for a few hours that day and just had a great time and left and the song we're proud of...but had no idea that we would ever, ever be talking about a Grammy."

In the Best Rock Song category, Elle and Bassett are competing against acts like James Bay and Florence + the Machine.  But Bassett thinks they've got a shot at bringing a trophy home.

"I think our chances are good," Bassett says. "There's amazing competition in all the categories and I'm such a fan of all the other records nominated that I don’t mean to be cliché, but it is -- it's an honor to be in such great company. And, hey, if we win, we win and otherwise, I think we've already won. I mean, just to be nominated and recognized for something that we just have fun doing is such a reward."

Bassett's only regret is that the other massive hit he co-wrote this year -- "Fight Song," by Rachel Platten -- didn't also get nominated for a Grammy.

"The way that song has reached people is something that I’ve never witnessed before in anything I’ve worked on," he tells ABC Radio. "Forget the awards, forget the money, forget the charts. To see all these people responding and taking the message to heart and then finding strength in it was something that was so powerful for me, and I know for Rachel.

"I haven’t cried that much since I was a baby just watching all these videos come in of people [using the song as an anthem]," he adds. "And what a reward that is!" 

Tune in to the Grammys on February 15 on CBS to see if Elle's a winner.

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Tuesday
Feb092016

Salt -N- Pepa Glad Their "Timeless" Music Is Featured in "Deadpool"

Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty ImagesSunday, pioneering hip-hop act Salt -N- Pepa saw their 1993 hit "Whatta Man" featured in a Super Bowl commercial starring Ryan Reynolds. On Monday, they were in New York City with Reynolds, at a fan event for his new movie, Deadpool. The ladies' hit "Shoop" is featured in the movie, which Cheryl "Salt" James calls "a blessing."

At the event, where Salt -N- Pepa appeared in front of dozens of crazed fans, all dressed in Deadpool costumes, they drew a massive cheer.  After rapping a bit of their hit "Push It," they walked the red carpet, where Cheryl told ABC Radio that the Marvel superhero flick had finally made her cool in the eyes of her kid.

"You know, the greatest part for me is that my son is a Marvel Comics fan and he never hangs out with me and he's here with me tonight," she laughed. "So this is a blessing for me."

Meanwhile, Sandy "Pepa" Denton said they're glad their music continues to be popular with many generations.

"We were so happy we, we were able to make timeless music," she told ABC Radio. "I mean, we're doing 'Shoop,' the crowd's singing, 'Push it.' So, to have all these different hits -- 'Whatta Man,' with...Ryan Reynolds in the Super Bowl -- we are just, like, happy about all of that!" 

Deadpool, an R-rated movie about an unstable, uncensored costumed mercenary, opens this Friday.  Marvel is owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.

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Tuesday
Feb092016

Joe Jonas Is Back on the Market

Chris Weeks/Getty Images for LACOSTEIt looks like Joe Jonas is still very single.

The DNCE singer, 26, and America's Top Model season 14 contestant Jessica Serfaty, 24, are apparently no longer an item, according to a source quoted by People magazine. "They're not even talking anymore," the spy explained. "That was made into a bigger deal than it was."

The two were spotted making out last month in Mammoth Lakes, California, although an insider told the magazine at the time that the pair was "dating" though reportedly explained the relationship was "nothing serious yet."

Jessica had also spent the holidays with Nick in Las Vegas after meeting through a mutual friend, added the source.

Jonas previously dated model Gigi Hadid for six months, before breaking up in November. He's also been linked to Taylor Swift and Demi Lovato.

Serfaty, who shares a son with ex-husband Ididia Serfaty, was recently spotted leaving a Hollywood hot spot with Justin Bieber.

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Tuesday
Feb092016

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockWilliam Michael Morgan sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" Monday at this week's gathering of radio professionals known as Country Radio Seminar at Nashville's Omni Hotel. CRS then named Keith Urban this year's Artist Humanitarian for his good work.

The 2016 City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game will be Tuesday, June 7 at Nashville's First Tennessee Park. The typically star-studded take on a traditional baseball game kicks off the events preceding this year's CMA Music Festival- - when it has typically been held.

Country's best contribution to the Super Bowl just may've come from "You Look Like I Need a Drink" hitmaker Justin Moore and his daughters. You can check out his commercial for Simmons Bank on YouTube.

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Tuesday
Feb092016

Why "Girl Crush" Could Mean There's More Edgy Material on the Way from Little Big Town

ABC/Image Group LAThough Little Big Town’s hit “Girl Crush” initially generated some controversy, lately all it’s been doing is bringing home awards. Last year, the song some mistakenly thought centered around a same-sex relationship took home CMA trophies for both Single and Song of the Year, and no doubt helped the band bring home another Vocal Group honor. Next week, it’s up for all-genre Song of the Year at the Grammys, in addition to vying for Best Country Song and Best Country Duo/Group Performance.

LBT is also a contender for Best Country Album for Pain Killer, and they’re beginning to turn their attention to its follow-up.

“We’re still kinda new into that part of the process, but we’re getting some amazing songs already,” Phillip Sweet says. “I think it’s just an incredible pool of amazing writers out there…I think the songs are gonna get better and more focused maybe -- more focused for Little Big Town.”

Karen Fairchild believes “Girl Crush” has also had another unintended consequence for the band -- one that just may show up on the next album. She says the groundbreaking track has made songwriters realize Little Big Town won’t shy away from cutting edgy material.

“They know now that we are not afraid to do things. We were writing this past weekend, and the guys we were writing with were just really inspired by the fact that there weren’t any boundaries really in the room. And that’s the way we’ve been trying to work for the last few years. It’s more satisfying for everyone.”

As Little Big Town works on their next record, they might want to go ahead and clear some shelf space for a few more trophies. “Girl Crush” is also nominated for Single Record and Video of the Year at April’s Academy of Country Music Awards.

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Tuesday
Feb092016

New Guns N' Roses Display to Open at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Later This Month

Courtesy of Guns N' RosesIn honor of this year's Guns N' Roses reunion tour, a new display focusing on the band will debut at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland on Friday, February 26. In advance of the opening of the display, which will be showcased as part of the Legends of Rock exhibit, a special GN'R-themed night will be held at the Rock Hall on Wednesday, February 17.

Among the historic items included in the display are a Guns N' Roses pinball machine and a black top hat belonging to Slash, a plaid shirt with cut-off sleeves that was worn by Axl Rose and a black Colorado Rockies jersey with short sleeves worn by keyboardist Dizzy Reed. The exhibit also will feature a prototype Slash signature guitar, a replica of his 1986 Les Paul, that was handmade by Kris Derrig, and a pair of Converse high-top sneakers that Slash wore.

"We are thrilled to add Guns N' Roses to our Legends of Rock exhibition," says Rock Hall President and CEO Greg Harris. "Their legacy and impact is remarkable and we are excited to share these items with fans during this historic reunion year."

As part of the February 17 event, local residents will be treated to a discounted entry fee to see the exhibits, as well as happy hour drink specials, and they also will be able to win a chance to play the GN'R pinball machine.

Guns N' Roses were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. Other artists featured as part of the Legends of Rock exhibit include The Who, Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, ZZ Top, The Allman Brothers Band, Metallica, The Beach Boys, Michael Jackson and The Supremes.

As previously reported, a Guns N' Roses lineup featuring founding members Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan has so far scheduled five concerts in April, while more dates are expected to be announced soon. Check out GunsNRoses.com to see the band's full confirmed itinerary.

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Tuesday
Feb092016

Billy Gibbons to Appear in Pilot for New Discovery Channel Series, "Rockin' Roadsters"

Courtesy of DiscoveryAny rock fan who remembers ZZ Top's classic 1980s videos like "Legs" and "Sharp Dressed Man" can guess that the band, especially frontman Billy Gibbons, has a love of souped-up cars. Now, Gibbons will delve into his passion for hot rods when he appears in the pilot for a new Discovery series called Rockin' Roadsters, which premieres Monday, February 29, at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

On the show, Gibbons will call on the talents of his old friend and acclaimed hot-rod builder Jimmy Shine to help bring to life his creative vision for an outlandish vehicle.

"They call Billy the Howard Hughes of the blues because he's eccentric," says Shine. "Billy has his vision and I have mine. And sometimes it can be a bumpy ride getting to the finish line."

The pilot episode will feature Gibbons and Shine traveling into the California desert, where Billy comes across a beat-up 1984 El Camino that he asks Jimmy to transform into a roadster that's part car and part truck. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer also gives his pal an old bass-drum pedal and other unusual items he wants Jimmy to incorporate into the design. Making things more challenging for Shine is that Gibbons wants the vehicle to be ready for a Hollywood event taking place in just three weeks.

It's up to the master builder and his team of mechanics to get the job done. Talk about being under pressure!

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Tuesday
Feb092016

Sam Smith, Ricky Martin, Adam Lambert Among "Out's" 100 Most Eligible Bachelors

Image Group LA/ABCWhat do Sam Smith, Ricky Martin and Adam Lambert have in common?  Well, aside from the fact that they're gay singers, they're all currently unattached, which is why they've landed on Out magazine's annual list of the 100 Most Eligible Bachelors.

After the heartbreaking relationship that inspired his Grammy-winning album In the Lonely Hour, Sam Smith has dated some guys, but nobody special.  Ricky Martin broke up with his longtime boyfriend in January of 2014; Adam split with his boyfriend in April of 2013 -- both men haven't had any major relationships -- that we know about -- since then.

Others on Out's list of "the hottest, most likable, talented, and just downright dateable gay men" include Clay Aiken, Apple CEO Tim Cook, skater Johnny Weir, designer Marc Jacobs, football player Michael Sam, Project Runway's Tim Gunn, actor Wilson Cruz and Neon Trees frontman Tyler Glenn.

Readers are invited to vote for their favorite bachelors, and the magazine will reveal the winners later this month.

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Tuesday
Feb092016

Deftones Added to Rock on the Range Lineup 

Matt Roberts/Getty ImagesDeftones had added another big festival appearance to their increasingly busy year. The band will play the 2016 Rock on the Range festival, which will be celebrating its 10th anniversary.

"Rock on the Range has always been a show we enjoy playing," says frontman Chino Moreno. "To be a part of the 10th year is particularly exciting for us, especially with a new album in tow."

That new album is called Gore, and it's Deftones' first since 2012's Koi No YokanGore will be released on April 8.

Along with Rock on the Range, Deftones will play this year's Carolina Rebellion and Shaky Knees festivals. In March, the band will embark on a five-show headlining run in Texas.

Rock on the Range will take place May 20-22 in Columbus, Ohio. The lineup includes Red Hot Chili Peppers, Disturbed, Shinedown, Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch and Bring Me the Horizon, among many more.

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Tuesday
Feb092016

The Killers to Work with Elton John on New Album

ABC/Randy HolmesIt looks like The Killers have recruited an icon to work on their next album. Elton John has revealed that he plans to write new music with Brandon Flowers and company.

"I'm hoping to go to [Las] Vegas and write with Brandon for the new Killers record," says John in a video for Shazam. "So that'll be interesting."

As for when we might get to here a potential Elton-Killers collaboration, Flowers previously said that "in a perfect world," the band will release new music by the end of this year.

The Killers' last album was 2012's Battle Born.

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Tuesday
Feb092016

Rihanna Shares Behind-the-Scenes Video About the Making of "Work"

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Rihanna is offering fans a behind-the-scenes look into her latest single, "Work" featuring Drake.

In the 90-second clip, Rihanna hangs in the studio while unveiling her creative process for the tune. The singer dons her Puma sneakers and a cozy grey sweatsuit while her assistant Jenn Rosales attempts to sing along to the track. At one point, Rih goes inside the recording booth and gives the middle finger to the cameraman.

"Work" currently sits at #1 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs while her latest album, ANTI, occupies the top spot on the Billboard 200 chart.

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Monday
Feb082016

New Official Report Assesses The Beatles' Economic Impact on Liverpool, UK

Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesThe Beatles broke up more than 45 years but the band apparently is a gift that keeps giving to its hometown of Liverpool, England. A new study commissioned by Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson and conducted collaboratively by Liverpool John Moores University and the University of Liverpool has determined that the Fab Four's legacy annually contributes 89.1 million pounds, or about $118 million, to the local economy and supports 2,335 jobs.

According to the Liverpool Echo, the report gives suggestions on how the city can maintain and improve its Beatles-related attractions and encourage more interest in Liverpool as a tourist destination because of its connection to the famous band. The newspaper reveals that researchers spent six months gathering data for the report through interviews with business owners and employees involved in the Beatles industry, as well as representatives of the group's Apple Corps company.

The report's lead author, Professor Simeon Yates, said in a statement that it "clearly indicates the importance of The Beatles as a cultural and economic resource to the city of Liverpool." He added, "In all the interviews we conducted, there was a strong belief that the city would go on attracting visitors through its Beatles connection long into the future," while noting that Liverpool "needs to maintain standards in its efforts to promote this legacy."

Among the report's findings is that the Beatles-related economy is seeing annual growth of between five and 15 percent, and that most visitors to Liverpool showing interest in the band come from U.S. and Europe, although an increase of Chinese and Brazilian tourists has been noted. The report also observes that a citywide strategy focusing on Beatles-themed tourism is lacking, as is cooperation between the most popular Fab Four-related attractions in the city.

You can read the full 40-plus-page report at CultureLiverpool.co.uk.

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Monday
Feb082016

The Shins Tease New Material

Taylor Hill/Getty ImagesIs there a new The Shins album in the works? James Mercer's band has taken to Instagram to share a snippet of what appears to be new music. While the clip is very short, it does sound awfully Shins-y.

The post is hashtagged with #Shinstagram and #AuralApothecary, the latter of which is the name of Mercer's record label. It's also tagged with #LordElizabeth and #TokeEmIfYouGotEm, which might refer to potential song titles.

The Shins' last album was 2012's Port of Morrow. In 2014, they released a new song for the Zach Braff film Wish I Was Here. Mercer has also been working with Broken Bells, his collaboration with Brian Burton, a.k.a. Danger Mouse.

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Monday
Feb082016

The Neighbourhood Plots Summer US Tour

Scott Legato/Getty ImagesThe Neighbourhood has announced a U.S. tour in support of their sophomore album, Wiped Out! The summer headlining jaunt begins May 6 in Seattle and concludes June 17 in New Haven, Connecticut, followed by the band's set at the Firefly festival. Visit TheNBHD.com for all ticket info.

Wiped Out! was released last year and debuted at number one on Billboard's Alternative Albums chart. The album will be released on vinyl February 19.

Here are The Neighbourhood's U.S. headlining tour dates:

5/6 -- Seattle, WA, Showbox SoDo
5/7 -- Portland, OR, Roseland Theater
5/9 -- Oakland, CA, Fox Theater
5/10 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Santa Barbara Bowl
5/11 -- Los Angeles, CA, Microsoft Theater
5/13 -- Salt Lake City, UT, In the Venue
5/14 -- Denver, CO, Ogden Theatre
5/16 -- Dallas, TX, South Side Ballroom
5/17 -- Austin, TX, Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
5/18 -- Houston, TX, Revention Music Center
5/23 -- Charlotte, NC, The Fillmore Charlotte
5/24 -- Atlanta, GA, Buckhead Theater
5/25 -- Nashville, TN, Marathon Music Works
5/31 -- Kansas City, MO, Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
6/1 -- St Louis, MO, The Pageant
6/3 -- Milwaukee, WI, The Pabst Theater
6/7 -- Indianapolis, IN, Egyptian Room – Old National Centre
6/8 -- Columbus, OH, Newport Music Hall
6/11 -- Cleveland, OH, House of Blues
6/13 -- Buffalo, NY, The Town Ballroom
6/14 -- Providence, RI, Lupe’s Heartbreak Hotel
6/15 -- New York, NY, Terminal 5
6/17 -- New Haven, CT, College Street Music Hall

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Monday
Feb082016

Maroon 5 Responds to Taraji P. Henson's Halftime Show Mix-Up

ABC/Craig SjodinAfter Empire actress Taraji P. Henson mistook Coldplay for Maroon 5 during the Super Bowl halftime performance last night, Adam Levine and Co. took to Twitter to respond to the gaffe.

“Thanks for loving our performance from our seats at #SB50,” the band jokingly tweeted at Taraji. “We think we sounded pretty good!”

Taraji wrote back with a series of laughing emojis.

During the halftime show, Taraji initially tweeted, “YAAAAAAASSSSSS!!!! #maroon5 is life to me!!! #superbowl50 #HappyCamper I am.”

When she realized it was Coldplay on stage -- not Maroon 5 -- she deleted the tweet and posted, “Oooooooopppps. Lmao!”

Taraji later blamed her confusion on the drinks in her luxury suite. “I don’t know if you know how it goes down in the suites,” she told Entertainment Tonight. “They put a lot of drinks in there -- Kool-Aid, lemonade, iced tea. I mixed it all and I sat there and I'm sitting with people who drank the Kool-Aid as well."

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Monday
Feb082016

Belly Plans Reunion

Margaret Norton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty ImagesBelly is back. The '90s alt-rockers have announced via their website that they will be playing shows together this summer in the U.S. and the U.K., and that they have new music in the works.

"Dates will be announced as they are confirmed, but right now we can tell you with relative confidence that the U.K. shows will fall in the middle of July, and U.S. shows will be scattered throughout August and possibly into September," the band writes.

As for the new material, Belly says that they have a "handful" of new songs that are "in various stages of writing and recording." Those songs will be released over the next few months.

Belly recorded two albums before breaking up in 1996. Those albums spawned the singles "Gepetto" and "Feed the Tree," which reached number one on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart, then called the Modern Rock Tracks chart.

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Monday
Feb082016

Life-Size Lemmy Statue in the Works that Will Have Permanent Home at L.A.'s Rainbow Bar & Grill

Larry Marano/Getty ImagesLemmy Kilmister is slated to be immortalized with a statue that will reside at the late Motörhead frontman's favorite local drinking spot, the Rainbow Bar & Grill in Los Angeles. On Sunday, the bar announced that L.A.-area artist Travis Moore had been chosen to create a six-foot bronze likeness of the hard-rock legend, who died December 28 at the age of 70 from multiple health issues, including prostate cancer and congestive heart failure.

According to CaliforniaRockNews.com, the statue will be permanently housed in a shrine that currently is under construction at the Rainbow's patio bar area. Photos posted on the website show that Moore design is based on a photo of Lemmy standing straight up with his arms crossed in front of him.

A fundraising campaign to pay for the statue was launched last month at YouCaring.com that as of Monday afternoon has raised more than $16,400 toward the goal of $19,900. The sculpture is expected to take between three months and six months to complete.

Moore posted a message on his official Facebook page that reads, "So happy to be creating the #‎Lemmy statue!!!! This will be an amazing tribute to him and all the Motorhead family out there around the world, who are helping raise the cash."

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