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Day: June 17, 2014

Courtesy of NickelodeonThere’s something fishy going on with the Prince of Darkness. Rolling Stone reports that Ozzy Osbourne has signed on to voice an animated aquatic character named Sid Fishy that will appear on an episode of the Nick Jr. channel’s popular pre-school cartoon Bubble Guppies.

The Metal Madman’s character is described as a “rock and roll fish who loves being rotten.” As seen in a photo released by Nickelodeon, Sid Fishy sports a red mohawk, piercings in his eyebrow and tail, and a gold tooth. He also …read more

Frontiers RecordsAs the July 8 release date approaches for Chicago‘s latest studio album, Now: Chicago XXXVI, is giving fans a new preview of the record by exclusively premiering the official video for the title track, “Now.”

The clip features a variety of footage from hand-held cameras capturing the veteran band lip-synching the song on a concert stage. The tune is infused with all of the elements that made Chicago popular during its 1970s and ’80s heyday — catchy and upbeat vocal melodies accompanied by soaring and tasteful brass flourishes. Earth, Wind …read more

Brian LoweIt’s no secret that KISS supports the efforts of the U.S. armed forces, so it was only fitting that when Gene Simmons was asked to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” before a Los Angeles Dodgers game, he shared the spotlight with some USO members.

Before Monday night’s game against the Colorado Rockies, Simmons performed an a capella version of the national anthem with five USO singers, harmonizing and throwing heavy-metal devil horns at the end of the song.

KISS and Simmons have long been vocal in their support for the troops. KISS recently announced that their 2014 tour crew — …read more

Eagle Rock EntertainmentZZ Top will be the focus of a new installment of the Live at Montreux concert video series that will hit stores on July 22. The release, Live at Montreux 2013, will offer highlights from a performance the famed Texas blues-rock trio gave last July at Switzerland’s annual Montreux Jazz Festival.

The video, which will be available on DVD and Blu-ray, features the band playing 17 songs, including such well-known tunes as “Gimme All Your Lovin’,” “Sharp Dressed Man,” “Legs,” “La Grange” and “Tush.” Also included in ZZ Top’s Montreux set …read more

Mark Seliger; Rounder RecordsIt looks like the domestic violence case involving Paul Simon and his wife, Edie Brickell, will go slip sliding away. The Connecticut state attorney’s office tells ABC News Radio that prosecutors have decided not to proceed with the case.

Simon and Brickell, who recently were arrested on disorderly conduct charges at their home in New Canaan, Connecticut, originally had been scheduled to return to a court in nearby Norwalk on Tuesday, but because of the latest developments there was no need for them to show up. The singers must …read more

BB Gun PressMetallica‘s official website tour videos often offer behind-the-scenes looks for fans. The latest, from Hamburg, Germany, shows that the guys themselves, like their fans, have their favorite songs, and these days the front-runner seems to be “Through the Never.”

In the Hamburg rehearsal — shot, as most are, in the oddly professional-looking pop-up rehearsal room seemingly made from cloth screens — Metallica runs through a note-for-note “Through the Never.” Right afterward, drummer Lars Ulrich says, “Put that one up for vote of the day,” and Kirk Hammett jokes, “Can’t we just pretend that there’s been …read more

Photo: Charles JischkeBilly Idol has confirmed plans to release a new studio in October. The record will be his first collection of original tunes since 2005’s The Devil’s Playground.

No official title was mentioned in the new announcement from Idol, although the punk pioneer revealed in a Twitter message last month that he planned to call the album Kings & Queens of the Underground. The project was produced by former Buggles and Yes singer Trevor Horn.

Fans can expect to get to hear the first tracks from the album during the late summer. …read more

Photo: Jim McGuireRock meets soul at New York City’s Town Hall this Thursday, when Paul Rodgers will showcase his new covers album, The Royal Sessions, during a special concert at the historic venue. At the show, the Bad Company frontman will be accompanied by many of the same Memphis session musicians who played on the record, which includes his interpretations of a variety of memorable soul and R&B tunes.

Rodgers tells ABC News Radio that he’s excited to bring the music he and his collaborators made at Memphis’ Royal Studios to the …read more

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