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Monday
Jun252018

Country star trivia

Comstock/Thinkstock LeAnn Rimes scored her most recent top ten hit on the country chart in 2005 with this song. Can you name the third single from her This Woman album? ANSWER: "Something's Gotta Give."

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Monday
Jun252018

Keep On Loving Food: REO Speedwagon to headline A Taste of Colorado festival in September

Credit: Randee St. NicholasREO Speedwagon has joined the lineup of the 2018 A Taste of Colorado Festival, taking place September 1 to September 3 at Denver's Civic Center Park. The veteran heartland rockers will headline the first day of the music and food extravaganza, along with George Thorogood and the Destroyers.

The three-day event is a free-admission festival held annually in downtown Denver during Labor Day weekend. It attracts more than a half-million people, and in addition to music, it also offers local and international cuisine, crafts and children's activities.

VIP packages for the fest are available for purchase at AXS.com. Visit ATasteofColorado.com for more information.

Besides the Colorado festival, REO Speedwagon fans will have plenty of other opportunities to keep on loving the band this year, as the group's 2018 tour itinerary features more than 50 shows.

REO recently launched a co-headlining tour with Chicago that's mapped out through an August 12 performance in Clarkston, Michigan, and the band also has a run of fall U.S. headlining dates scheduled from a September 20 concert in Torrington, Connecticut, through a December 9 gig Deadwood, South Dakota.

Here are all of REO Speedwagon's upcoming concerts, according to the band's official website:

6/22 -- Madison, WI, Breese Stevens Field - American Family Insurance Championship
6/23 -- St. Louis, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre+
6/24 -- Chicago, IL, Allstate Arena+
6/26 -- Rogers, AR, Walmart AMP+
6/27 -- Kansas City, MO, Starlight Theatre+
6/29 -- Dallas, TX, Starplex Pavilion+
6/30 -- The Woodlands, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion+
7/1 -- Austin, TX, Austin360 Amphitheater+
7/13 -- Nashville, TN, Ascend Amphitheater+
7/14 -- Atlanta, GA, Verizon Amphitheatre+
7/15 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Pavilion+
7/17 -- Raleigh, NC, Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek+
7/18 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater+
7/20 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Coral Sky Amphitheatre+
7/21 -- Tampa, FL, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre+
7/22 -- Jacksonville, FL, Daily's Place+
7/25 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live+
7/27 -- Syracuse, NY, Lakeview Amphitheater+
7/28 -- Pittsburgh, PA, KeyBank Pavilion+
7/29 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center+
7/31 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center+
8/1 -- Camden, NJ, BB&T Pavilion+
8/3 -- Wantagh, NY, Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater+
8/4 -- Malone, NY, Franklin County Fair
8/5 -- Boston, MA, Xfinity Center+
8/7 -- Darien Lake, NY, Darien Lake Amphitheater+
8/8 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Budweiser Stage+
8/10 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center+
8/11 -- Noblesville, IN, Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center+
8/12 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre+
9/1 -- Denver, CO, Civic Center Park - A Taste of Colorado
9/20 -- Torrington, CT, Warner Theatre
9/21 -- Jim Thorpe, PA, Penn's Peak
9/23 -- Huber Heights, OH, Rose Music Center at the Heights
9/25 -- Erie, PA, Warner Theatre
9/26 -- Fort Wayne, IN, Foellinger Outdoor Theatre
9/28 -- Harris, MI, Island Resort & Casino
9/29 -- Harris, MI, Island Resort & Casino
9/30 -- Rockford, IL, Coronado Performing Arts Center
10/12 -- Grand Island, NE, Heartland Events Center
10/13 -- Altoona, IA, Prairie Meadows
10/14 -- Mankato, MN, Verizon Wireless Center
11/9 -- New Buffalo, MI, Four Winds Casino Resort - Silver Creek Event Center
11/10 -- Champaign, IL, Virginia Theatre
11/11 -- Detroit, MI, MotorCity Casino Hotel
11/13 -- Milwaukee, WI, Riverside Theatre
11/15 -- Dubuque, IA, Five Flags Center
11/16 -- Elizabeth, IN, Horseshoe Southern Indiana
11/17 -- Richmond, KY, EKU Center for the Arts
12/6 -- Sioux City, IA, Orpheum Theatre
12/7 -- Mahnomen, MN, Shooting Star Casino
12/9 -- Deadwood, SD, Deadwood Mountain Grand Hotel & Casino

+ = with Chicago.

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Monday
Jun252018

Report: Stone Temple Pilots guitarist Dean DeLeo's wife alleges abuse; files for divorce 

Scott Dudelson/Getty ImagesJenn DeLeo, wife of Stone Temple Pilots guitarist Dean DeLeo, has filed for divorce, TMZ reports. According to docs obtained by the gossip site, Jenn alleges Dean physically and verbally assaulted her.

TMZ reports that Jenn filed for divorce a couple of weeks ago after Dean allegedly threatened her with violence after telling her he was cheating on her -- in front of their six-year-old daughter.

In 2012, Jenn claims, a "completely inebriated" Dean carried their then-newborn daughter into the ocean and nearly let her drown.

Jenn also accuses Dean of being repeatedly physically abusive, saying that he attempted to strangle her multiple times. Months after the 2012 incident with their daughter, Jenn alleges she found Dean passed out in the garage with the door closed and the car running. When he woke up, Dean allegedly physically assaulted her. On a separate occasion, Jenn says Dean threatened to kill himself if she left him.

Around Thanksgiving 2017, Jenn claims, Dean assaulted her again after she confronted him about his infidelity.

On June 23, Jenn tweeted, "I want to give a shout out to anyone who's in a domestic violence situation! It's not your fault for staying so long. Please find the strength to leave. Once you do it's beautiful. Sending love #domesticabuse #metoo."

She then replied to her own tweet by writing, "I was in one with #DeanDeLeo for the past 8 years!!!"

ABC Radio has reached out Dean's rep for comment.

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Monday
Jun252018

Demi Lovato gets emotional singing “Sober”; says she’s “a new person with a new life” 

Pedro Gomes/RedfernsDemi Lovato performed her emotional new song, “Sober,” for the first time Sunday night at Rock in Rio Lisbon.

The singer played the piano as she sang the ballad’s honest lyrics about falling off the wagon after six years sober. The song apologizes to family, friends and fans for letting them down.

When she got to the words, “I’m sorry for the fans I lost,” the crowd erupted in cheers to show their support. Demi was noticeably overcome with emotion and her voice cracked as she sang the lyrics, “I wanna be a role model, but I’m only human.”

She posted about the experience on Twitter, writing, “Tonight I took the stage, a new person with a new life. Thank you to everyone who has supported me throughout this journey. It will never be forgotten.”

Demi released “Sober” last week, calling it “my truth.” She has not released any other statement regarding her sobriety or lack thereof.

Meanwhile, Demi also had a fangirl moment on Instagram after finding out that Madonna posted a video of herself singing along to Demi's song with Clean Bandit, "Solo."

"THE QUEEN HERSELF SINGING SOLO!!!!!" Demi wrote. "What is life...?!?!!!! THANK YOU MADGE. and thank you @cleanbandit for letting me sing this song!!!"

"Solo" just hit number one on the U.K. charts.

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Monday
Jun252018

Christina Aguilera scores top 10 album with "Liberation"

RCA RecordsXtina's back.  Christina Aguilera's first album in six years, Liberation, has debuted in the top 10 of the Billboard album chart.  The album enters the chart at #6, with first-week sales of 68,000 units.  It's her seventh top 10 album overall. 

In a positive review, the New York Times wrote of Liberation, "The album reworks ideas that Ms. Aguilera has brandished at least since her 2002 album, Stripped: that women can be combative, sexy, compassionate, imperfect, sometimes self-doubting, sometimes victimized, sometimes even self-destructive, but still strong and worthy."

In an Instagram post rounding up all the great reviews the album has garnered, Christina wrote, "Grateful for all the love."

Christina's last album, 2012's Lotus, debuted and peaked at #7. 

Courtesy of Billboard, here's a rundown of Christina's album chart history:

Christina Aguilera, #1, Sept. 11, 1999
Stripped, #2, Nov. 16, 2002
Back to Basics, #1, Sept. 2, 2006
Keeps Gettin’ Better: A Decade of Hits, #10, Nov. 29, 2008
Bionic, #3, June 26, 2010
Lotus, #7, Dec. 1, 2012
Liberation, #6, June 30, 2018

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Monday
Jun252018

Kelly Clarkson feels "unworthy" of her Radio Disney Music ICON Award 

Vincent PetersAs the first American Idol winner and a chart-topping, Grammy-winning superstar to boot, Kelly Clarkson is an icon to millions of music fans.  But over the weekend, as she received the ICON Award at the Radio Disney Music Awards, she said she didn't feel like she deserved it.

"I mean, honestly when they told me about the ICON Award, I was like...I feel like that's such a big word!" Kelly said on the red carpet.  "Y'know, my icons being, like, Aretha [Franklin], Cher, Reba [McEntire], Annie Lennox, so I don't really fit in that category."

Kelly was presented the award by the newest American Idol winner, Maddie Poppe, and Brynn Cartelli, the Team Kelly member who's the newest winner of The Voice. Backstage, Kelly reiterated, "It feels a little like I'm unworthy of it, but I vow to earn it!" 

She laughed, "I don't know...I have all my icons in my head right now, [and] I'm nowhere near as cool, so maybe one day, I'll be there."

During the show, Kelly performed a medley of her hits, including "Miss Independent," "Since U Been Gone," "Stronger" and more.  Her fellow American Idol alum Carrie Underwood also received a special honor -- the  "Hero" award -- from former American Idol judge Randy Jackson.  Carrie performed her song "Champion" live for the first time with Ludacris

Janet Jackson, meanwhile, received the first-ever Radio Disney Music Impact award, from Raven-Symoné and Normani Kordei.

Other big winners included BTS, Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello and Bebe Rexha.  Performers on the show included Meghan Trainor, Charlie Puth, Echosmith and Maddie Poppe.

Here's the full list of RDMA 2018 winners:

You Know You Love Them – Best Duo/Group
BTS

The One – Best Artist
Shawn Mendes

The Bestest – Song of the Year
"Havana" – Camila Cabello

XOXO – Best Crush Song
"Perfect" – Ed Sheeran

#SQUADGOALS – Fiercest Fans
BTS Army - BTS

The Buzz – Breakout Artist of the Year
Camila Cabello

The Freshest – Best New Artist
Bebe Rexha

So Happy – Best Song that Makes You Smile
"DNA" – BTS

Doubletap – Favorite Social Music Artist
Max & Harvey

Stuck in Our Heads – Best Song To Lip Sync To
"New Rules" – Dua Lipa

When The Beat Drops! – Best Dance Track
"Mic Drop (Steve Aoki Remix)" – BTS

Play It Again! – Radio Disney Country Favorite Song
"Meant To Be" – Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line

The Bestest! – Radio Disney Country Favorite Artist
Kelsea Ballerini

The Freshest! – Radio Disney Country Best New Artist
Carly Pearce

Mashup! – Best Collaboration
"It Ain’t Me" – Kygo & Selena Gomez

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Monday
Jun252018

5 Seconds of Summer scores third 'Billboard' #1 album with 'Youngblood'

Capitol Records5 Seconds of Summer is enjoying a sweet start to the new week.  Their latest album, Youngblood, tops the Billboard 200, selling more than 142,000 equivalent units for the week ending June 21.

That also makes 5SoS the only band -- not a vocal group -- to debut their first three studio albums top the Billboard 200 chart, including their self-titled 2014 debut and their 2015 follow-up, Sounds Good Feels Good.  5 Seconds of Summer is also the first Australian band, period, to land three albums atop the Billboard 200.

Youngblood features the singles "Want You Back" and the title track.

If you want to catch 5 Seconds of Summer live, tickets for the forthcoming, 25-city North American tour, which begins August 27 in Toronto, are on sale now.  Better grab yours fast -- their last tour sold out.  You can check out the latest tour itinerary at the band's official website.

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Monday
Jun252018

Black Excellence Televised: BET Awards feature Jamie Foxx, Anita Baker tribute and the return of Meek Mill

Meek Mill performs at the BET Awards; Leon Bennett/Getty ImagesThe 2018 BET Awards, hosted by Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx, were broadcast live Sunday night from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The annual show offered a star-studded line-up of performances, appearences and presenters.

Some of the night's highlights included Migos performing "Walk It," and "Stir Fry"; Nicki Minaj hitting the stage with her songs "Chun-Li" and "Rich Sex," and then joining YG2 Chainz and Big Sean for "Big Bank,"; H.E.R. performing "Focus" and then bringing Daniel Caeser out for "Best Part"; and Jamie Foxx kicking off a tribute to Anita Baker that featured Marsha Ambrosius, who sang Baker's "Caught Up in the Rapture." Ledisi performed "Sweet Love," and Yolanda Adams ended the serenade with "You Bring Me Joy."

Other notable moments of the three-hour show included performances by Ella MaiJanelle Monae, and Snoop Dogg. However, the crowd seemed the most excited when Kevin Hart and other Philly entertainers introduced Meek Mill, who debuted his new song "Stay Woke," featuring Miguel.

In addition to the performances, Foxx engaged the crowd with a bit of awkward humor, which included telling Michael B. Jordan to recite a line from Black Panther and then later asking Childish Gambino to perform an impromptu version of "This Is America" for the crowd.

Here are Sunday night's winners:

Album of the Year Award
DAMN., Kendrick Lamar

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist Award
Beyoncé

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist Award
Bruno Mars

Best Female Hip Hop Artist Award
Cardi B

Best Male Hip Hop Artist Award
Kendrick Lamar

Best Group Award
Migos

Best Collaboration Award
DJ Khaled feat. Rihanna and Bryson Tiller, "Wild Thoughts"

Video of the Year Award
Drake, "God's Plan"

Video Director of the Year Award
Ava DuVernay

Best New Artist Award
SZA

Best International Act Award
Davido (Nigeria)

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award
Lecrae feat. Tori Kelly, "I'll Find You"

BET Her Award
Mary J. Blige, "Strength of a Woman"

Coca-Cola Viewers' Choice Award
Cardi B, "Bodak Yellow"

Best Actress
Tiffany Haddish

Best Actor
Chadwick Boseman

Young Stars
Yara Shahidi

Best Movie
Black Panther

Sportswoman of the Year
Serena Williams

Sportsman of the Year
LeBron James

Lifetime Achievement Award
Anita Baker

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Monday
Jun252018

"I'm with the Band": Move over Little Big Town, here comes Little Big Kids

Capitol NashvilleLittle Big Town’s new hit is called “Summer Fever,” but the CMA-winning group’s kids seem to have caught showbiz fever.

Little Big Kids is the on-again, off-again band formed by three LBT offspring: Karen Fairchild and Jimi Westbrook’s 8-year-old, ElijahKimberly Schlapman’s 10-year-old, Daisy; and Phillip Sweet’s daughter Penelopi, who’s also ten.

So is Little Big Kids really a thing?

“That is self-proclaimed,” Jimi says, as the foursome breaks into big smiles.

“In their minds, it is!” Kimberly chimes in.

“They have named themselves…” Jimi explains.

“We made 'em a shirt,” Kimberly adds. “They kinda go in and out of having a band. You know how kids are. They have these grandiose ideas.”

Phillip believes Little Big Kids may only be waiting on Kimberly’s toddler Dolly to join the band.

“Dolly's gonna bring 'em all back together when she's able to sing,” he offers.

“Sometimes they get up onstage and floss-dance...” Karen says of the kids’ participation in their parents’ set.

“They made their own tour laminates that said LBK on 'em...” she goes on. “And then they gave the crew tickets to come to their show. And they made the entire crew get on the bus, and they performed. And they had to have their passes and their tickets to get on.”

Kimberly only sees one hangup with the next generation’s success.

“The problem is they don't think they ever have to rehearse,” she says. “So when you get to their shows, they really don't know what they're doing.”

“It's more about the grand idea...” Jimi agrees.

“Baby country, it's a new genre!” Phillip jokes.

Little Big Kids next shot at furthering their career could come next month, as their parents head out on the Bandwagon Tour with Miranda Lambert.

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Monday
Jun252018

Nashville notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Carrie Underwood's new album, Cry Pretty, will be available in a pink vinyl edition. It's set to come out September 14 and will cost you about $25.

Dan + Shay play the Today show concert series Monday morning. Watch for them starting at 7 a.m. on NBC.

Dying Star, the debut album from Ruston Kelly, is set to be released September 7 and includes background vocals from his wife, Kacey Musgraves.

You can check out Kane Brown's new music video for "Lose It" on YouTube now. It's the lead single from his forthcoming sophomore album.

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Monday
Jun252018

That one time MAX got left at the altar...on someone else's wedding day 

Jade EhlersMAX wrote "Lights Down Low" for his now-wife Emily, and used it to propose to her.  Now, many fans are using the song to get engaged themselves, often at MAX's concerts.  While MAX says he has yet to actually have a wedding take place at one of his shows, he did try -- in fact, he was going to actually conduct the wedding himself.

"We had this one hilarious moment when this couple was gonna get married at a show and we coordinated with them, and then they just ghosted, they did not show up, the night of!" MAX tells ABC Radio. "I was so excited to marry them...and then they just didn't show up!  It was crazy!"

Another reason Max was disappointed was because he had actually gotten ordained so he could perform the marriage legally.  But it's not like he had to go out of his way to do it or anything.

"I'll be honest, I was on the toilet, and I got ordained on my phone, very quickly," he laughs. "I was like, 'Ohmigosh, I forgot to get ordained!' and in some states, it's that simple -- not to ruin the sanctity of marriage or anything.  But it's lovely that...I could have. Y'know, I was ready to do it!"

While he waits to actually perform his first wedding, MAX is also working on new music. He has a single coming out Tuesday called "Still New York," and he's putting the finishing touches on a new album, the follow-up to the 2016 release Hell's Kitchen Angel.

"The record is pretty much done, we'll be touring in the fall for it. I know the title and everything," he teases. But he'll only reveal that it's a three-word title, and the initials are "H.O.D."  Start guessing now.

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Monday
Jun252018

CCR's Doug "Cosmo" Clifford recalls the "terrific" experience making his only solo album

Craft RecordingsAs Creedence Clearwater Revival was preparing to break up, drummer Doug Clifford headed into the studio and made what would become his only solo album, Doug "Cosmo" Clifford, which was released in September 1972. The long-out-of-print 11-track collection has just been reissued as a 180-gram vinyl LP and digital download.

Clifford tells ABC Radio that making the album "was a lot of fun," noting that he assembled a band of "dream players" for the project. Among the guest musicians were legendary Booker T. & the MG's bassist Donald "Duck" Dunn, future Doobie Brothers member John McFee on lead guitar, the Tower of Power horns and CCR bassist Stu Cook on rhythm guitar.

Doug recalls about making the album, "We cut it all live, so when we had the horn section in there we were a 10-piece band…I'd never been in a 10-piece band before, and it was just terrific."

While Clifford didn't write much of Creedence's material, he was responsible for penning eight tunes for his solo album, which also included covers "by some of my favorite artists and people." The latter tunes are The Lovin' Spoonful's "Daydream," The Sir Douglas Quintet's "She's About a Mover" and The Spencer Davis Group's "I'm a Man."

Doug says it was a bit challenging for him to come up with original songs for the project, noting with a laugh, "I was sort of a fledgling, and then all of a sudden we had a timetable and had to have material, so I got busy, and wrote eight tunes."

Coinciding with the re-release of Doug "Cosmo" Clifford, late CCR rhythm guitarist Tom Fogerty's long-out-of-print second solo album, Excalibur, also has been reissued on vinyl and digitally.

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Monday
Jun252018

Janelle Monae says some people close to her can’t accept her pansexuality

JUCOJanelle Monae made news in April when she announced she’s pansexual, and she says her revelation makes some people close to her very uncomfortable.

“My parents are very supportive,” she tells The Grio.com, “but I have people who I love who don’t accept it.”

“Talking about this causes a lot of complications in your family,” she adds. “People don’t realize that. It’s not easy for people to just live openly and honestly because you have to go home and deal with people who have these views about homosexuality and have these views about what it means to be a queer black woman and it’s not an easy thing to do.”

The six-time Grammy nominee says she ”came out” for those who are frowned upon by society for their sexual preference.

“It just had to do with me looking at the people that I love who live in a small town where they feel ostracized and feel like who they are is not enough. I want them to know I see you, I hear you,” Monae says. “I’ll go out ahead of you so you can walk out more confidently when you’re ready.”

The 32-year-old singer/actress says one reason why she decided to identify herself as pansexual was seeing relatives being condemned for their sexual choices.

“I was inspired by my cousins and those around me who are constantly being told that they’re going to hell, that they’re less than because of their sexual identity or because of who they love.”

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Monday
Jun252018

Dan Reynolds plans to "keep knocking" for LGBTQ rights with new documentary, "Believer"

Courtesy of HBOImagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds' documentary Believer, which follows his journey to bridge the gap between his Mormon faith and the LGBTQ community, premieres tonight on HBO. As he tells ABC's Good Morning America, Reynolds realized he didn't agree with his religion's treatment of the LGBTQ community at a young age.

"I think it probably started in middle school," he explains. "One of my closest friends was gay and Mormon, and I watched the inner conflict, and how shamed he felt."

In the Mormon church's home state of Utah, suicide is the leading cause of death for youth ages 10 to 24, and Reynolds feels that its opposition of same-sex relationships is a significant contributor to that disturbing trend. While some have left the church due to its policies, Reynolds feels he can inspire change from within.

"I think that when you're on the inside of a community, that's how you make the change," he says.

Believer also details the formation of Reynolds' LOVELOUD festival last year, which he staged in Utah to raise awareness of the state's youth suicide rate. He says that creating the festival was "super challenging."

"I had sponsors who said, 'You know, we'll come on board with this, if you take out of your mission statement 'accept.' 'Love' is OK, but let's not say, 'Love and accept,''" Reynolds recalls.

Despite any push-back he may receive, Reynolds says he'll continue to champion the film's cause. 

"Most people like to slam the door on a missionary's face," he laughs. "I had plenty of that, but I was absolutely determined for that one door. I'm gonna knock a thousand doors, a hundred thousand doors! This is one door shut in face? Pfft! Cool, man. Let's go! You can shut it all day, I'll keep knocking."

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Saturday
Jun232018

The metal world mourns Pantera's Vinnie Paul, dead at 54 

Rob Monk/Metal Hammer Magazine/Team Rock via Getty ImagesVinnie Paul, co-founder of Pantera has died. He was 54.

A message on the Pantera Facebook page reads, "Vincent Paul Abbott aka Vinnie Paul has passed away. Paul is best known for his work as the drummer in the bands Pantera and Hellyeah.  No further details are available at this time. The family requests you please respect their privacy during this time."

Paul and his brother Dimebag Darrell founded Pantera in 1981; the band found fame in the late '80s with its second lead singer, Phil Anselmo. Its career spanned nine albums and four Grammy nominations, including the influential 1992 album Vulgar Display of Power and the #1 1994 release Far Beyond Driven.  Pantera has sold over 60 million records.

After Pantera split, Paul and Darrell formed Damageplan in 2003.  In 2004, Darrell was tragically shot dead onstage during a concert.

Paul has been the drummer for Hellyeah since 2006.  The band also includes Mudvayne singer Chad Gray and Nothingface guitarist Tom Maxwell.

The metal and hard rock world took to social media to mourn Paul's passing.

Alice Cooper tweeted, "Terribly saddened by the news of Vinnie Paul’s passing. Vinnie was a beloved fixture in the rock and metal communities and we will miss seeing him out on the road. His impact on heavy music is immeasurable. Rest In Peace Vinnie, condolences to your family, friends and fans."

Dave Mustaine wrote, "I just woke up in Belgium to the news that my friend Vinnie Paul has passed away. Another metal hero taken too soon. Say hello to Daryl for me. Rest In Peace, my dear friend."

Slash wrote, "Tragic news about Vinnie Paul today. He was one of the warmest people I knew. A truly good & fun friend. We're going to miss you more than you could possibly have known. RIP buddy."

Sebastian Bach tweeted, "Rock in peace Vinnie Paul Say hi to brother Dime from all of us We love you . Wish you were still here. Gone too soon man . Thanks for the music. And more importantly 30 years of non stop friendship. How rare is that In this business? I'm really gonna miss you."

Zakk Wylde wrote, "GOD BLESS VINNIE PAUL - 1964-2O18 - FATHER VINNIE,Your Compassion for others & Your Love for seeing everyone around you Happy I will never forget - Your Heart of Gold Made The World a Better Place - Go be w/Your BELOVED BROTHER - I LOVE YOU - tBLSt SDMF."

Duff McKagan tweeted, "RIP Vinnie Paul. Friend. Humorist. Badass drummer. All-around good man. Condolences to the family. You will be missed bro..."

Disturbed tweeted, "Our deepest condolences go out to the friends, fans, family, and loved ones of our friend, Vinnie Paul. Our hearts are broken."

Shinedown's Brent Smith posted a video in which he recall the first time he met Paul, 18 years ago at a festival in Kansas City.  Smith recalled that his band was in a trailer with two parts, separated by a door, on the other side of which were Paul and Dimebag Darrell.  The brothers kicked down the door, and told Smith, "There's not going to be any doors between us. We've never met you and you've never met us but, but at this moment in time, we're all family."

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Friday
Jun222018

Iggy Pop releasing new EP with electronic duo Underworld

ABC/Randy HolmesIggy Pop is teaming up with electronic duo Underworld to release a new EP. The four-track collection, titled Teatime Dub Encounters, will arrive on July 27.

Teatime Dub Encounters features a new song called "I'll See Big," which features Pop giving a spoken-word performance about friendship over a minimalist beat. You can grab the track now via digital platforms.

Pop and Underworld previously teamed up for the song "Bells & Circles," which was released in May.

Here's the Teatime Dub Encounters track list:

"Bells & Circles"
"Trapped"
"I'll See Big"
"Get Your Shirt"

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Friday
Jun222018

Upcoming Elvis Presley gospel album combines archival vocals and newly recorded musical performances

RCA/Legacy RecordingsA unique, new Elvis Presley album titled Where No One Stands Alone celebrating the late rock 'n' roll legend's love of gospel music will be released August 10. The 14-track collection features archival vocal performances by Presley paired with new instrumental and vocal accompaniment recorded by well-known musicians and backing singers who worked with Elvis in the studio or onstage.

Where No One Stands Alone's title track is a specially created duet between Elvis and his daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, who co-produced the album.

"It was a very powerful and moving experience to sing with my father," Lisa Marie writes in her notes for the record. "The lyrics speak to me and touch my soul. I'm certain that the lyrics spoke to my father in much the same way."

Among the backing vocalists who contributed to the album are Darlene Love, Dr. Cissy Houston and members of Presley's backing-vocal groups The Imperials and The Stamps.

Among the songs featured on Where No One Stands Alone are updated versions of Elvis' 1965 hit "Crying in the Chapel," the Leiber & Stoller-penned gospel rocker "Saved," the classic ballad "You'll Never Walk Alone" and the traditional hymn "Amazing Grace."

Where No One Stands Alone is available for pre-order on CD, digitally and vinyl LP. In addition, a limited-edition blue-vinyl LP and a cassette version of the album can be purchased exclusively at the Graceland online store.

In related news, a special "Where No One Stands Alone" concert event will be held August 11 as part of the Elvis Week 2018 celebration at Graceland. Lisa Marie will be participating in the show. Visit ElvisWeek.com for more details.

Here's the full Where No One Stands Alone track list:

"I've Got Confidence"
"Where No One Stands Alone" -- with Lisa Marie Presley
"Saved"
"Crying in the Chapel"
"So High"
"Stand by Me"
"Bosom of Abraham"
"How Great Thou Art"
"I, John"
"You'll Never Walk Alone"
"He Touched Me"
"In the Garden"
"He Is My Everything"
"Amazing Grace"

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Friday
Jun222018

Metallica's Kirk Hammett feels "weird vindication" over fighting for guitar solos on "St. Anger"

ABC/Randy HolmesThe recording of Metallica's 2003 album St. Anger was fraught with intra-band drama, as documented in the film Some Kind of Monster. One of the many points of contention among the band members was the absence of guitar solos on the album, an idea guitarist Kirk Hammett was against. Speaking now with Metal Hammer, Hammett stands by his argument that St. Anger should have had solos.

"I guess it was appropriate for the time, but looking back, it doesn't seem so appropriate to me now!" Hammett says.

"I will always object to that, but I think the message was driven home after that album, that solos are needed in Metallica!" he continues. "People look forward to hearing them. So for me there was a weird vindication."

Luckily, there are plenty of solos on Metallica's most recent album, Hardwired...to Self-Destruct. The metal legends will kick off a U.S. tour in support of the album in September.

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Friday
Jun222018

Billy Joel to host $5,000-per-ticket fundraiser for his pal, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Credit: Kevin MazurIf you're a famous rock star, and one of your best friends is running for political office, of course you're going to host a fundraiser for the guy, right?

The New York Post's Page Six section reports that Billy Joel is having a few very well-heeled people over to his place on July 12 to raise money for the re-election campaign of his good buddy, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. According to Page Six, the event will take place at Joel's Long Island estate, and tickets range from $5,000 to $7,500 per person.

For that price, you'll get a dinner with "local food and beverages," as well as a private concert by the Piano Man. The more expensive ticket also gets you "priority seating."

Joel and Cuomo are such good pals that the governor officiated at Billy's wedding to his current wife, Alexis, in 2015. Joel also performed at a fundraiser for Cuomo in 2013, and the two have done a number of charity events together. Cuomo is facing a challenge in the Democratic primary from former Sex and the City actress Cynthia Nixon.

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Friday
Jun222018

Third Eye Blind takes on Queens of the Stone Age & more on new covers EP

Harmony Gerber/Getty ImagesThird Eye Blind is releasing a covers EP titled Thanks for Everything on August 24. The seven-track collection includes the "Semi-Charmed Life" rockers' take on the Queens of the Stone Age song "In the Fade."

Thanks for Everything includes covers of songs by Bon Iver, Babyshambles, Santigold, Chastity Belt, Tim Buckley and Happy Diving.

In addition to appearing on a Third Eye Blind covers EP, "In the Fade," which originally appeared on QotSA's 2000 album Rated R, inspired the name of the 2017 German film In the Fade, starring Diane Kruger. Frontman Josh Homme composed the score for the movie.

Here's the Thanks for Everything track list:

"10" (Happy Diving)
"F*** Forever" (Babyshambles)
"This Isn't Our Parade" (Santigold)
"Song of the Siren" (Tim Buckley)
"Joke" (Chastity Belt)
"In the Fade" (Queens of the Stone Age)
"Blood Band" (Bon Iver)

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