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Day: June 3, 2014

BB Gun PressThere’s a new video posted on Metallica‘s official website, featuring a bit of very cool behind-the-scenes footage. The half-hour clip begins with the band’s soundcheck from its recent date in Helsinki, Finland. Next up is some work in the band’s backstage tuning room, and here’s where things get tense and scary, and a little funny.

The band rehearses a song and there’s a moment where James Hetfield makes a maybe-joking, maybe-serious dig at Lars Ulrich about doing drum fills that are too long. Lars looks irritated, but calmly suggests to James that if he …read more

AEG LiveJon Bon Jovi is among the latest stars who’ve joined the lineup for this year’s Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Dinner, which will take place June 12 in New York City.

The New Jersey rocker, along with Chubby Checker, country stars Vince Gill and Martina McBride, American Idol season 12 champ Candice Glover, R&B singer Miguel, indie-pop duo A Great Big World and R&B singer Aloe Blacc, will either perform or present awards at the event, which recognizes current and legendary artists for their achievements in songwriting.

Those being honored this year include Ray …read more

Teresa Aguilar/AEG LiveThe Who‘s Roger Daltrey will head to the U.S. next month to perform at a benefit concert for the Teen Cancer America organization, which he co-founded with band mate Pete Townshend. Daltrey and his backing group will be joined by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts at the show, which will take place July 28 at Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia.

The event will specifically raise money for The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, which in conjunction with Teen Cancer America is developing a unit geared toward the needs of teenagers and …read more

Universal/Republic RecordsJust before his band’s New York City show to play Superunknown in its entirety, Chris Cornell guested on Marc Maron‘s podcast, WTF. The comedian got surprisingly intimate with the Soundgarden frontman when the subject turned to the 1994 album. Cornell told Maron that he and the band “really killed ourselves to make that album and to get to a new place as a band, that could live on.”

Cornell then revealed the huge downside that followed the album’s release. “Touring for that album…brought us into a point of crisis that I saw Nirvana …read more

Photo: Mark BeaumontFounding Small Faces and Faces drummer Kenney Jones recently revealed that he’s been battling prostate cancer, and now the 65-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is speaking out about his experience with the disease. Jones, who was diagnosed last September, admitted to the Get Surrey website that he’d unwisely ignored symptoms he’d been having for about 17 years.

“I am kicking myself in the foot now that if I had caught it earlier I could have had noninvasive treatment,” he explained. “It is unfortunate that I did not …read more

Rhino RecordsIt’s a day of celebration for Led Zeppelin fans across the U.S., as the expanded and remastered versions of the band’s first three albums are being released in the country today. As previously reported, deluxe and super deluxe editions of Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II and Led Zeppelin III will be available, each one offering a bonus disc of previously unreleased companion audio.

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page is overseeing the campaign, which will see revamped versions all nine of the band’s official studio releases be reissued over the course of the next couple …read more

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