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Slash Takes Credit -- Incorrectly -- for Broadcasting's Seven-Second Delay


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Slash is the first to admit that he didn't care much for school, and it's clear he's not up on his broadcasting history.  In the latest digital issue of FuseTV's Backatcha -- in which rock stars discuss highlights of their band's pasts -- the guitarist tries to take credit for broadcasting's seven-second delay.  That's the feature that lets radio jocks and TV producers "dump" up to seven seconds of audio in the event that some rock star slips with an F-bomb or one of the many other violations of the FCC's stringent rules.

In the Backatcha episode, Slash says that he and the rest of his old band Guns N' Roses were "accepting an award for something and we were just really, really drunk.  That was the beginning of the seven-second rule...for swearing.  The seven-second delay?  We started it.  Every other word was 'f**k this' and 'f**king that.'"

Not quite.  As much as the GN'R guys might have tried to exercise the seven-second delay as often as they could, it was actually invented way back in 1952, before any of them were born.

In other Guns N' Roses news, frontman Axl Rose will receive this year's Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award next week, at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards in Los Angeles, when he'll will join the ranks of past honorees Rush, Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica and Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead

The Revolver Golden Gods Awards will be held at L.A.'s Nokia Theater on Wednesday, April 23.

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Soundgarden Streams Unreleased Demo of "Black Hole Sun"


Courtesy Soundgarden via InstagramAs previously reported, Soundgarden will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the release of Superunknown with two deluxe editions of the album, and also a vinyl version.  The deluxe editions will include previously unreleased rehearsal recordings, demos and b-sides.  They are set to arrive in stores on June 3.

To hold fans over until then, the band has released a demo version of "Black Hole Sun," one of the two Grammy-winning tracks from Superunknown.  It's streaming on the band's SoundCloud page now, and sounds pretty much like a rougher version of the original -- rawer somehow, but still very recognizable.

Superunknown debuted at #1 the week it was released in March 1994 and remains Soundgarden's best-selling album.

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The Who Releasing Quadrophenia Tour Video & Album in June


Universal Music EnterprisesA new concert video and album capturing The Who playing its classic 1973 concept album Quadrophenia last year in London will be released in multiple configurations on June 10.  Quadrophenia: Live in London documents the band's performance at Wembley Arena on July 8, 2103, which was the final show of its Quadrophenia and More Tour.

The concert featured The Who performing the landmark double-disc record in its entirety, as well as a set of other memorable songs by the British rockers.  For the show, the band played in front of a high-definition video screen that showed a montage of archival footage and rare photos.  The event also included tribute segments to The Who's two late founding members -- bassist John Entwistle and drummer Keith Moon -- in which the band's current lineup performed along with concert footage of the departed rock legends.

Among the versions of Quadrophenia: Live in London that will be available is a deluxe box set that will be packaged in a round metal container designed to look like the headlight of a mod-era scooter.  The collection will feature a high-def Blu-ray and a standard DVD of the concert film, a two-CD soundtrack of the 2013 show, a Blu-ray audio disc boasting the first-ever 5.1 surround-sound mix of the 1973 Quadrophenia album, a booklet with photos and liner notes, and a collectible button and sticker.

In addition, the Blu-ray and DVD of the concert video, the double-CD soundtrack and the 1973 Quadrophenia Blu-ray audio disc all will be sold separately.  Digital versions of the 2013 concert video and album also will be available.

Here is the track list for the Quadrophenia: Live in London DVD, Blu-ray and soundtrack:

"I Am the Sea"
"The Real Me"
"Quadrophenia"
"Cut My Hair"
"The Punk and the Godfather"
"I'm One"
"The Dirty Jobs"
"Helpless Dancer"
"Is It In My Head?"
"I've Had Enough"
"5:15"
"Sea and Sand"
"Drowned"
"Bell Boy"
"Doctor Jimmy"
"The Rock"
"Love Reign O'er Me"

Bonus Performances
"Who Are You"
"You Better You Bet"
"Pinball Wizard"
"Baba O'Riley"
"Won't Get Fooled Again"
"Tea & Theatre"

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Help Save Pearl Jam's Recording Console


LondonBridgeStudios.comLondon Bridge Studios in Seattle is the site where many a formative album was recorded -- Pearl Jam's Ten; Soundgarden's Louder Than Love; Dirt, Jar of FliesFacelift and Tripod -- all from Alice in Chains; and the self-titled albums from Candlebox and Blind Melon, among many others.  Those albums were molded and shaped by a vintage recording console called made by Neve, which the studio holds in high esteem -- so high, in fact, that it's asking for funds to help save it from the junkpile.

London Bridge says it'll cost $75,000 to rebuild the aging hulk of sonic goodness and they've started a fundraising campaign through IndieGoGo to collect money toward the goal.

There's bang available for your buck -- $35 gets you a grunge-tastic t-shirt.  $150 gets you two shirts, plus a private tour for two.  For $250, your name gets inscribed on the recording console for the Eddie Vedders of the world to mouth their thanks to. 

Here's where it really gets interesting -- wanna be the next Alice in Chains?  For donations between $650-850, you can get time with London Bridge Studios producers and engineers.  The first band to kick in $1,500 gets to be the last band to record on the Neve, and the first band to flip $2,500 toward the cause gets to run the first licks through the reconditioned Neve.

The grand poobah of donations is $15,000 -- this gets you a top-shelf secret producer twiddlin' the Neve's knobs on your next album.

As of this writing, London Bridge Studios still had a ways to go to reach the goal. Hit IndieGoGo.com to help preserve grunge history.

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Alice Cooper Talks Super Duper New Documentary, Recalls Conquering His Alcohol Problem


Banger FilmsThe new Alice Cooper documentary Super Duper Alice Cooper will premiere today at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival at the Bow Tie Cinemas Chelsea 7 in New York City.  The film, which is being billed as the first-ever "doc opera," tells the dramatic true story of how Vincent Furnier, a preacher's son who was born in Detroit and raised in Phoenix, grew up to be one of rock music's most outlandish entertainers.

The movie also examines Cooper's struggles with alcohol and drug abuse during the 1970s and early '80s, and his reemergence as a clean-and-sober elder rock statesman.  Super Duper Alice Cooper combines archival footage and photos, animated segments and theatrical scenes with new audio interviews with Alice, members of his original band, longtime manager Shep Gordon, Elton John, Bernie Taupin, Iggy Pop, Twisted Sister's Dee Snider, Sex Pistols singer John Lydon and others.

One of the interesting devices directors Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen and Reginald Harkema used in the film was the integration of clips from the 1920 version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde to reflect Cooper's struggle for identity with the character he portrayed on stage.

Cooper tells ABC News Radio that he loved the use of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in the documentary, and recalls that "the guys came to me and they said, 'We just can't do a normal autobiography because it's Alice Cooper and that's a character that's always theatrical.  We have to do something different…We were thinking about Jekyll and Hyde."  Alice added that he thought the character was perfect as an analogy for his struggle.

As the film reveals, as Cooper's popularity and fame skyrocketed, he began drinking to excess while acting as if his crazy concert persona was who he was in real life.

"I think that when I was drinking there was a big, gray area of where Alice began and where I stopped," he says.  "And, when I got sober I finally realized the fact that, yeah, I don't have to be this character all the time."

Although Alice went through extensive treatment for his alcoholism in the late 1970s, he relapsed in the early '80s, adding a serious cocaine problem on top of his drinking issues.  The period is captured in the film in an interview clip taped during his 1981-1982 tour in support of his Special Forces album in which he appears frighteningly gaunt.

Cooper says of the segment, "I look at that and I go, 'That was another life.'  I mean, that was 32 years ago, and, to me, it doesn't even seem like that was me…I mean, I know it was me but you don't really realize how deep you get into things until you [see a video like that]."

Cooper got sober for good shortly after that, and now he says he has no trouble separating his real life from that of the onstage Alice.

"I can live my life every day with my wife and my kids and go play golf and go to the mall and go to church on Sunday and do everything that a dad does, and then when it's time to play Alice, well, I look forward to that now," he tells ABC News Radio.  "It's sort of like Anthony Hopkins looking forward to playing Hannibal Lecter.  I mean, how much fun is that?"

Cooper will attend tonight's premiere and will take part during a Q&A session during the event.

"You can ask me anything," he says of the planned interview segment.  "I have got no skeletons in the closet here, so it doesn't matter to me what you want to talk about.  We'll talk about it."

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Meat Loaf Schedules Third Series of Dates for Las Vegas Residency


Webster PRAfter wrapping up a second series of performances of his RockTellz & CockTails show in Las Vegas earlier this month, Meat Loaf has now lined up a third residency.  The veteran singer's new engagement will include 21 dates, beginning May 6 and running through June 21.  During the stint, which again will be held at the PH Showroom at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, performances will take place each week on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 7 p.m. PT.

RockTellz & CockTails Presents Meat Loaf combines a rock concert with a multimedia display featuring archival film and photos, as well as a Q&A session.  During each show, Meat Loaf sings many of his classic hits from his Bat out of Hell trilogy, including "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" and "I Would Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)," as well as other memorable songs from throughout his career.  He also shares a variety of exciting stories about his many years in show business.

"I'm having so much fun with this show and am thrilled to be coming back again," says Meat Loaf in a statement.  "It's exciting every night for me to step on that stage with a show that draws together all aspects of my career.  It really is the show I was born to do."

Tickets for the show cost from $69 to $149, not including taxes and fees.  VIP packages -- including a meet-and-greet with Meat Loaf, premium seats, an autographed scarf and a souvenir photo -- can be purchased for $750.  Tickets are available now at the Planet Hollywood Box Office, at Ticketmaster outlets, and at Ticketmaster.com. Visit RockTellz.com to check out a complete list of performances and more details about the show.

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Dave Grohl: Hall of Fame Performance Took "a Little Bit of Musical Preparation and a Lot of Emotional Preparation"


Courtesy Foo Fighters via InstagramDave Grohl didn't take lightly the decision for Nirvana to perform at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony last week.  In an interview with Rolling Stone, the Nirvana drummer admits that neither he nor original bassist Krist Novoselic had played the band's songs since Kurt Cobain's death and that they hand't "even start[ed] talking about playing until about eight weeks ago.  It just seemed practically impossible.  It was hard to imagine jumping onstage and playing those songs."

Grohl says that getting ready for the performance took "a little bit of musical preparation, and a lot of emotional preparation." 

And the all-female guest singers?  It seems that women were the courageous ones.  Grohl says he approached what Rolling Stone called "a handful of A-list male rock stars," all of whom said no.  "[They] were nervous," says Grohl.

Joan Jett was the first to agree.  "She took it on like it was her calling," says Grohl.  "She's everything that Nirvana stood for.  She's a powerful, rebellious, musical force of nature."  Jett learned every song on Nevermind.  The idea for an all-female-fronted tribute followed, with Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon, Annie Clark -- aka St. Vincent -- and Lorde signing on.

Grohl, Novoselic and Nirvana touring member Pat Smear met everyone in New York City a few days before the induction to rehearse, and Novoselic admits he had to buy a "Nirvana tab book a week before to re-learn my parts."

He wasn't the only rusty one.  Grohl says rehearsals nearly did him in.  "I haven't played those drum parts since I was 25 [and] I'm 45 now," he admits.  "We played for 10 hours each day.  After the first night of rehearsals, I limped home, had two glasses of wine, three Advil, took a hot shower and slept for 10 hours.  That's a coma for me, because I never sleep."

The band members -- including all the guest singers except Lorde, who had to fly to California for Coachella, plus two additional singers, J.Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. and John Cauley of Deer Tick -- ended the evening a few miles down the road at a club in Brooklyn, where they pounded out a 19-song Nirvana set.  Novoselic hints that Nirvana fans might be in for a VERY big treat, as the entire after-party was being taped with multiple cameras.  "I think they were bolted to the ceiling," says Novoselic.  "I don't know what Dave is going to do with it.  But he's a film guy.  He'll figure it out and make something good."

Nirvana fans, stay tuned.

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Bob Dylan Off the Hook on Hate-Speech Charges in France


Columbia RecordsBob Dylan is off the hook after charges of hate speech, brought against him in France last year, have been dismissed.  At issue was an alleged racist remark he made about Croatians in a 2012 Rolling Stone interview. 

On Tuesday a court in Paris dismissed a case brought against Dylan last November by the Council of Croats in France, according to Agence France-Presse.

Dylan was sued over an answer he gave Rolling Stone to a question about parallels between the U.S. of the 1860s and present-day America.  "If you got a slave master or Klan in your blood, blacks can sense that. That stuff lingers to this day. Just like Jews can sense Nazi blood and the Serbs can sense Croatian blood," the magazine quoted Dylan as saying, leading the Croatian group to sue under French hate-speech laws.

However, a judge ruled that Dylan was not culpable because he hadn't given consent for his comments to be published in the French-language edition of the magazine.  The judge did order the magazine's French editor to stand trial, though, the AFP reports.

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Paul McCartney Announces Six New US Tour Dates


Photo: MJ KimPaul McCartney has added six more dates to the U.S. leg of his ongoing Out There Tour on top of the four he revealed last week.  Among the newly announced shows will be his first-ever full headlining concerts in Lubbock, Texas, and Jacksonville, Florida, as well as stops in Dallas, Atlanta, Nashville and Salt Lake City.

Sir Paul will kick off the stateside leg on June 14 in Lubbock, which was the hometown of one of his musical idols, the late Buddy Holly.  The ex-Beatles star will rock Jacksonville on June 22, having only previously performed a four-song set in the city in 2005 during the Super Bowl XXXIX halftime show.

McCartney will play Dallas on June 16 and Atlanta on June 21.  He last performed in the Texas metropolis back in 2005, although he did visit nearby Arlington, Texas, during his 2009 summer tour.  His last trip to Atlanta also took place in '09.

Rounding out the new shows, McCartney will perform in Nashville on June 25 and in Salt Lake City on August 7.  Paul only played in those cities once before, during his 2010 Up and Coming Tour.

Tickets for the new U.S. dates will go on sale to the general public on April 25 at 10 a.m. local time.  PaulMcCartney.com members and American Express Card members will get the chance to purchase pre-sale tickets starting, respectively, this Thursday and this Monday at 10 a.m. local time.

By the way, McCartney's previously announced U.S. concerts -- June 19 in New Orleans; June 26 in Louisville, Kentucky; July 5 in Albany, New York; and July 7 in Pittsburgh -- all have sold out.

First up for the rock legend will be a Latin American leg that gets under way this Saturday in Montevideo, Uruguay.  He also has shows lined up in Japan and South Korea in late May.

Here are all of McCartney's confirmed U.S. tour dates:

6/14 -- Lubbock, TX, United Spirit Arena
6/16 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
6/19 -- New Orleans, LA, Smoothie King Center
6/21 -- Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena
6/22 -- Jacksonville, FL, Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
6/25 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
6/26 -- Louisville, KY, Yum! Center
7/5 -- Albany, NY, Times Union Center
7/7 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Consol Energy Center
8/7 -- Salt Lake City, UT, EnergySolutions Arena

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Pete Townshend Says The Who Will Launch 50th Anniversary Tour in Late 2104; New Album a Possibility


Rick Diamond/Getty Images for The WhoThis past October, Who singer Roger Daltey revealed to Rolling Stone that his band was planning to launch a 50th anniversary tour sometime in 2015, but now guitarist/songwriter Pete Townshend is reporting that the trek will get under way a bit earlier.  Townshend tells Billboard that the outing will start around Christmastime in the United Kingdom and then will make its way to North America next year.

"It will be a world tour," explains the 68-year-old rocker.  "I'm not crazy about going on the road, but I'm in good shape and once I start doing it -- and I'm still very good at it -- I'll take some pleasure from it."  The trek is expected to be the band's last major tour.

Meanwhile, Pete reports that he's finally hoping to put together a new Who studio album, which would be a follow-up to 2006's Endless Wire.

"I'm trying to [look] through my 20,000 hours of complete and utter disorganized music [to find possible songs]," he says. "I'll be pulling some songs out of [his long-in-the-works project] 'Floss' to give to Roger to see if we've got enough to make an album."  He adds, "It might be a big waste of time, but I'm hoping there will be an album."

Reflecting on the tour that will mark his band's half-century-long career, Townshend tells Billboard that although he's prepared for it, the trek comes at a transitional period in his life.

"I'll be 69 in May and all my friends are getting ill or dying," he points out.  "I knew it would happen.  I will be happy if I give people something that makes fans happy.  It takes some great planning and I hope it opens up other things that we can avail ourselves of."

As previously reported, outside of his work with The Who, Townshend has co-written and recorded a new song titled "It Must Be Done" that will get its premiere on the April 30 episode of the FX espionage-drama series The Americans, which airs at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

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AC/DC Confirms Guitarist Malcolm Young Stepping Away Due to Illness, but Band Will Go On


Columbia RecordsAC/DC has confirmed that while the band is not retiring, guitarist Malcolm Young is in fact suffering from a health crisis that will force him to step away from the band.

"After forty years of life dedicated to AC/DC, guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young is taking a break from the band due to ill health. Malcolm would like to thank the group's diehard legions of fans worldwide for their never-ending love and support," reads a statement from the band released Wednesday. "In light of this news, AC/DC asks that Malcolm and his family's privacy be respected during this time.  The band will continue to make music."

Frontman Brian Johnson, tells Wednesday's edition of London's Telegraph newspaper, "We are definitely getting together in May in Vancouver.  We're going to pick up some guitars, have a plonk, and see if anybody has got any tunes or ideas. If anything happens, we'll record it."

AC/DC's last album, 2008's Black Ice, was a huge success, and the tour that followed was one of the highest-grossing in history, according to Billboard.

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Chicago to Unveil Innovative New Album This Summer


Chicago Records IIChicago will return this summer with a new album called NOW – also known as Chicago 36.  The project was put together on a mobile recording system called The Rig, which was spearheaded by longtime trumpet player Lee Loughnane, in hotel rooms and other locations across the country while the band was on tour. 

Engineer Hank Linderman acted as coordinating producer for the album, which features 10 tracks.  Chicago already released several of the tunes as digital singles over the last several months.

NOW will arrive, appropriately enough, on the 4th of July and will be available in five different formats.  The biggest one will set you back 98 dollars and will include the CD with a six-panel digipak, a full-color lyric book, a t-shirt, a mug and other goodies.  For more information, or to pre-order the new disc, visit the official Chicago website.

Here is the track listing for Chicago NOW XXXVI:

"NOW"
"More Will Be Revealed"
"America"
"Crazy Happy"
"Free at Last"
"Love Lives On"
"Something’s Coming, I Know"
"Watching All the Colors"
"Nice Girl"
"Naked in the Garden of Allah"
"Another Trippy Day"

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Brian Johnson Denies AC/DC Retirement Rumors, Confirms Band Member Has "Debilitating Illness"


BMGSo the truth is, AC/DC is not retiring, but one member of the band is indeed ill.  That's according to frontman Brian Johnson, who tells Wednesday's edition of London's Telegraph newspaper, "We are definitely getting together in May in Vancouver.  We're going to pick up some guitars, have a plonk, and see if anybody has got any tunes or ideas. If anything happens, we'll record it."

Johnson's statements contradict growing rumors this week that AC/DC is retiring because of the band members, rumored to be guitarist Malcolm Young, is ill, with some reports claiming he's recently suffered a stroke that's left the 61-year-old unable to play, or to play well. 

Johnson will only confirm that someone in the band is ill.  "One of the boys has a debilitating illness, but I don't want to say too much about it," says the singer.  "He is very proud and private, a wonderful chap. We've been pals for 35 years and I look up to him very much."

AC/DC's last album, 2008's Black Ice, was a huge success, and the tour that followed was one of the highest-grossing in history, according to Billboard.

"AC/DC is such a tight family," Johnson tells the Telegraph.  "We've stuck to our guns through the eighties and nineties when people were saying we should change our clothes and our style. But we didn't and people got it that we are the real deal."

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Cream's Jack Bruce Releases Diverse New Solo Album, "Silver Rails"


Cherry Red RecordsSilver Rails, Cream singer/bassist Jack Bruce's first new solo album in more than decade, was released in the U.S. this week.  The album finds the 70-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer exploring an eclectic variety of styles with help from some well-known guest musicians, including such respected guitarists as Robin Trower, Phil Manzanera, Uli Jon Roth and Bernie Marsden.

Among the genres Jack tackles on the record are Caribbean-flavored pop, blues, introspective ballads, melodic mid-tempo rock and heavy rock.  "I've always liked so many different kinds of music and that's always shown up, especially in my solo albums," Bruce explained in a recent interview with ABC News Radio.

He pointed out that he used his first solo album, 1969's Songs to a Tailor, as a template for Silver Rails, noting that he was interested in putting together a similarly diverse collection of tunes.  "I thought this is now like the same thing, but it's more of a sideways look, if you like," Jack said.

Bruce also told ABC News Radio that the timing of the recording sessions luckily fit in well with the schedules of his guest musicians.

"All of the solo guitar players -- the songs were really written with them in mind," he noted, and pretty much all the people I approached were free and willing to do it."

Bruce collaborated on most of the tracks with his longtime lyricist Pete Brown, with whom he's been writing songs since 1966 during his early days in Cream.

"I think he's done a tremendous job on this album.  I think he's written about seven of the lyrics," said Bruce.  "And I think we're probably about the longest still-running songwriting partnership, certainly in [the U.K.]"

He singled out the song "Reach for the Night" as a particularly insightful set of lyrics penned by Brown.  "I think he's succeeded in coming up with a little kind of potted biography of the darker side of my life," said Bruce.  "He's very unique in the sense that he seems to know me so well.  He's able to write [things that,] although they're very personal, it's not upsetting when he writes them."

Jack also is happy with Silver Rails' lead track, "Candlelight," which he co-wrote with his wife, Margrit Seyffer.  "That was her first lyric that she's written," he pointed out.  "I just love those words."

Several versions of Silver Rails is available, including a standard CD, a two-disc deluxe edition containing a Making of Silver Rails documentary on DVD, and a vinyl LP.

Bruce currently has no shows scheduled, but he told ABC News Radio that he does plan to line up some dates in support of the new album, and hopes eventually to make his way back to North America sometime this year.

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Jethro's Tull's Ian Anderson Releases New Concept Album, "Homo Erraticus"


Calliandra RecordsIn 2012, Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson released Thick as a Brick II, a sequel to his band's 1972 concept album that was based on a poem written by a fictional eight-year-old boy named Gerald Bostock.  Now, the singer has recorded a new chapter to Bostock's saga, an album titled Homo Erraticus, which hit stores on Tuesday.

According to the scenario created by Anderson, Bostock went on to have a 40-year political career before becoming Ian's tour manager.  Homo Erraticus is a collection of songs that the fictional Gerald supposedly co-wrote with Anderson inspired by an unpublished manuscript penned by a fictional amateur historian named Ernest T. Parritt -- who was born in 1865 and died 1928.  Parritt's work takes a look at major events in British history while prophesying what would come to pass in the present day and the future.  Perhaps to help fans understand the convoluted concept behind the album, Anderson has launched a new website dedicated to the project, HomoErraticus.com.

Describing Homo Erraticus in a recent Billboard interview, Anderson says, "I slightly jokingly say it's a folk-prog-metal album with classical music and folk music influences.  We have a rich arrangement of essentially rock music, but with lots of elements which are part and parcel of my style, I suppose."

Ian also revealed to Billboard that he pretty much has decided to retire the Jethro Tull name.  "It's a body of work I rather think is now kind of historical, since the weight of it lies back in the '70s and '80s in terms of volume," he explained.  "And I rather think it's nice to kind of leave that as legacy."

Anderson has lined up a 30-plus-date fall U.S. tour with his solo band in support of Homo Erraticus that will kick off September 12 in Seattle and is mapped out through a November 10 concert in Montclair, New Jersey. Each show will feature a full performance of the new album, as well as a set of classic Jethro Tull material.

Here is the full list of Anderson's confirmed solo U.S. dates:

9/12 -- Seattle, WA, McCaw Hall
9/13 -- Goldendale, WA, Maryhill Winery Amphitheater
9/15 -- Redding, CA, Cascade Theater
9/17 -- Oakland, CA, Fox Theater
9/18 -- Costa Mesa, CA, Segerstrom Hall
9/19 -- Las Vegas, NV, Pearl Concert Theater
9/20 -- Mesa, AZ, Mesa Arts Center
9/21 -- Albuquerque, NM, Kiva Auditorium
9/23 -- Dallas, TX, Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House
9/24 -- Midland, TX, Wagner Noel PAC
9/26 -- Austin, TX, Austin City Limits
9/28 -- Stafford, TX, Stafford PAC
9/30 -- Atlanta, GA, Symphony Hall
10/1 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
10/3 -- Charlotte, NC, Blumenthal PAC
10/4 -- Durham, NC, Durham PAC
10/16 -- Naperville, IL, Pfeiffer Hall
10/17 -- Springfield, IL, Sangamon Auditorium
10/18 -- Milwaukee, WI, Pabst Theater
10/23 -- Elizabeth, IN, Horseshoe Casino
10/25 -- Greensburg, PA, The Palace Theatre
10/26 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Event Center
10/28 -- Burlington, VT, Flynn Center
10/29 -- Providence, RI, Providence PAC
10/30 -- Ridgefield, CT, The Ridgefield Playhouse
11/1 -- Lynn, MA, Lynn Auditorium
11/2 -- Albany, NY, Palace Theatre
11/4 -- Buffalo, NY, Center for the Arts
11/6 -- Washington, D.C., Lincoln Theater
11/7 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Caesars - Circus Maximus
11/8 -- Huntington, NY, The Paramount
11/9 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theater
11/10 -- Montclair, NJ, Wellmont Theatre

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Dave Grohl and Wife Expecting Third Child


Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesThe good news just keeps coming for Dave Grohl. Less than a week after Nirvana was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, People magazine reports that Grohl and wife Jordyn Blum are expecting their third child. The new arrival will join big sisters Violet Maye and Harper Willow in the growing Grohl household.

The 45-year-old Foo Fighters leader and former Nirvana drummer is also an unabashed family man. In 2010, he told Time magazine, “When you have kids, you see life through different eyes. You feel love more deeply and are... a little more compassionate.”

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Report: AC/DC Not on Verge of Retirement


Columbia RecordsAC/DC is not on the verge of retiring, a source told Billboard magazine on Tuesday afternoon, despite recent rumors to the contrary that emerged out of the band's native Australia.

Rumors circulated early Monday that the band was about to reveal that it was retiring because of a supposed health crisis for guitarist Malcolm Young.  But Billboard cites "insiders" as saying that there's no truth to the rumor.

According to Australia's Noise11.com, the rumor started with an email to a radio station in Perth saying the band was getting ready to announce its retirement, which the station reported.

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New Compilation to Feature Performances from Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble Concert Series


Vanguard RecordsThe third installment in a series of compilations featuring performances from the Midnight Ramble concerts late Band singer/drummer Levon Helm hosted at his home studio and barn in Woodstock, New York, is scheduled to be released on July 1.  The album, titled The Levon Helm Band -- The Midnight Ramble Sessions Volume 3, includes 13 songs from various shows recorded between October 2005 and August 2010.

The Midnight Ramble events have been held regularly at Helm's studio since 2005, and often feature appearances by well-known guest artists.  The Midnight Ramble Sessions Volume 3 includes guest performances by Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson, Elvis Costello and legendary New Orleans musician Allen Toussaint.  The album also features Helm contributing lead vocals to four tracks, while members of his longtime backing group -- including daughter Amy, guitarist Jimmy Vivino and musical director Larry Campbell -- also sing various tunes on the record.

Helm, who died in April 2012 at age 71 after a battle with cancer, handpicked the songs included on the compilation and also designed its cover art.  The Levon Helm Band has continued to host Midnight Rambles fairly regularly at the barn.

Here's the full track list of The Midnight Ramble Sessions Volume 3 compilation:

"The Same Thing" -- Levon Helm (2/14/09)
"Ain't That Good News" -- Amy Helm (8/28/10)
"God Don't Never Change" -- Jimmy Vivino (1/10/09)
"Drivin' Wheel" -- Levon Helm (5/16/09)
"I'm a Jealous Man" -- Larry Campbell (1/31/09)
"Stagger Lee" -- Little Sammy Davis (10/18/05)
"Simple Twist of Fate" -- Brian Mitchell (3/14/09)
"One More Shot" -- Levon Helm (12/9/06)
"Turn Around" -- Teresa Williams (5/9/09)
"The Beautiful Lie" -- Amy Helm, Teresa Williams, Fiona McBain (1/3/09)
"A Certain Girl" -- Allen Toussaint (1/1/07)
"Shake Your Money Maker" -- Chris Robinson (8/23/08)
"Take Me to the River -- Levon Helm (2/10/07)

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Nirvana Bass Player Calls All-Female-Fronted Rock Hall of Fame Performance "Good Tribute to Kurt"


Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagicIn a blog post on Monday, entitled "Punk Rock Gender Parity," Nirvana bass player Krist Novoselic called the band's set last Thursday at its Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction -- in which a succession of female rockers stood in for late frontman Kurt Cobain -- a "good tribute to Kurt and what Nirvana was about."

"I am so happy about the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame event and how it went so well," Novoselic writes.  "This, for me, is a bittersweet notion as we all miss Kurt so much. But considering we were inducted, the show had to go on.  Joan Jett was first on my list to be out front.  I spoke to Dave [Grohl] about it and he ran with the idea of having all women lead. We felt that would be a good tribute to Kurt and what Nirvana was about."

He continues, "It was a good balance of females as Joan Jett and Kim Gordon are matriarchs of Punk Rock, while St. Vincent and Lorde represent the powerful up-and-coming women in Rock.  Every one of these performances nailed a Nirvana tune in their own way."

As previously reported, fronting a band comprised of Nirvana's surviving members, Jett performed "Smells Like Teen Spirit," St. Vincent performed "Lithium," Sonic Youth's Gordon performed "Aneurysm" and Lorde sang "All Apologies."

The final song was a particular stand-out for Novoselic.  "I had fun on the last song because I got to play accordion and all of our guests were on stage for a gala closing," he noted.

HBO will air an edited version of the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony May 31.

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Johnny & Edgar Winter, Vanilla Fudge to Perform on Third Annual Rock'n'Blues Fest Tour


Rock Star PRInitial dates have been announced for the third annual Rock'n'Blues Fest tour, which features an impressive lineup of veteran artists, including The Johnny Winter Band, The Edgar Winter Band and Vanilla Fudge.  Fifteen shows have been confirmed for the trek so far, which is scheduled to get under way August 1 in Westbury, New York, and currently is mapped out through an August 24 performance in Snoqualmie, Washington.

Among the other acts on the tour's bill are founding Rare Earth singer/drummer Peter Rivera and Savoy Brown frontman Kim Simmonds.  Edgar Winter and his group have been part of the Rock'n'Blues Fest trek for all three years of its existence, while his brother Johnny's band and Simmonds both previously took part in the inaugural outing.

"I love getting together with the great players on this fantastic concert series," says Johnny Winter in a statement.

Adds Edgar, "My brother, the legendary Johnny Winter, is closing the show again this year.  We really missed him last time and it's always a special occasion getting to jam with Johnny."

Vanilla Fudge singer/keyboardist Mark Stein, meanwhile, points out, "The last time Vanilla Fudge played with Johnny Winter was when he jumped up on stage with Janis Joplin and jammed with us at [1969's] West Palm Beach Pop Festival in Florida.  I'm looking forward to playing with him and brother, Edgar...two rockin' bands!"

Here are the confirmed dates for the 2014 Rock'n'Blues Fest tour; additional concerts will be announced soon:

8/1 -- Westbury, NY, Theatre at Westbury
8/2 -- Rockland, ME, Rockland's Harbor Park
8/3 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre
8/5 -- Glenside, PA, Keswick Theatre
8/6 -- Cohasset, MA, South Shore Music Circus
8/7 -- New Brunswick, NJ, State Theatre
8/8 -- Englewood, NJ, Bergen Performing Arts Center
8/13 -- Melbourne, FL, King Center for the Performing Arts
8/14 -- Jacksonville, FL, Florida Theatre
8/15 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL, Broward Center for the Performing Arts
8/16 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
8/21 -- San Jose, CA, City National Civic
8/22 -- Anaheim, CA, City National Grove of Anaheim
8/23 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Cannery
8/24 -- Snoqualmie, WA, Snoqualmie Casino

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