Blink-182 Returns to Rehearsals


Estevan Oriol/DGCWhether Tom Delonge likes it or not, Blink-182 appears to be moving on without him. On his Instagram, Blink bassist Mark Hoppus has posted a photo of a performance space, captioned "Blink-182 rehearsals."This past week has been mired in Blink-182 controversy, which began Monday when Hoppus and drummer Travis Barker reportedly released a statement that said founding member and guitarist DeLonge had quit the band. DeLonge responded with his own statement, claiming that he did no such thing. Since then, Hoppus and Barker have taken to Rolling Stone, calling DeLonge "ungrateful" and "disingenuous," while DeLonge posted another letter reiterating that he hasn't quit Blink-182.As for what the remaining members of Blink-182 are rehearsing, that would probably be for the Musink Tattoo & Music Festival in Los Angeles, which takes place March 22. Alkaline Trio frontman Matt Skiba will fill in for the departed DeLonge.Meanwhile, DeLonge's other band, Angels & Airwaves, just released the video for their track "Tunnels," off of their most recent album, The Dream Walker.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Imagine Dragons Playing Pre-Super Bowl Festival Friday


Credit: Eliot Lee HazelThe Super Bowl means a game between two football teams, sure, but it also means a bevy of pre-Super Bowl music events. One of those is the DirecTV Super Fan Festival, which will be headlined by Imagine Dragons on Friday. The festival takes place at the Pendergast Family Farm, which is across from the University of Phoenix Stadium -- the site of Super Bowl 49.Joining Imagine Dragons at the festival will be Young the Giant, American Authors and rapper Snoop Dogg.Imagine Dragons' headlining spot at the DirecTV Super Fan Festival is one of only a handful dates currently scheduled for the band, including an appearance at the BottleRock Festival in Napa, California, plus intimate shows in Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Utah, Las Vegas and Atlanta as part of their Destination Dragons promotion with Southwest Airlines.Fall Out Boy will also be taking part in the Super Bowl festivities, as the band will be playing the Super Bowl Blitz: A Concert for the Troops alongside pop star Charlie XCX. That show will air on VH1 Friday at 9 p.m. ET.Super Bowl 49 will take place February 1. Lenny Kravitz will join pop star Katy Perry during the game's halftime show.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Faith No More, Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Bi


Credit: Dustin Rabin Canadian Music Week 2015, a 10-day music festival spread across over 50 of Toronto's venues, will include performances from more than 1,000 artists. Among those 1,000 artists are Faith No More, Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds and The Jesus and Mary Chain.Faith No More's appearance will coincide with their recently announced North American tour, which will begin April 15 in Vancouver and concludes May 15 in Philadelphia. The tour will be the band's first trek through North America in five years. Faith No More is expected to release their first new album in 18 years this May.CMW will be equally special for The Jesus and Mary Chain, as their performance will be the opening date of their tour celebrating the 30th anniversary of their album Psychocandy.At 10 days long, CMW 2015 will be the double the length of the 2014 festival, which lasted only five days. The festival began in 1981.Canadian Music Week 2015 will be held May 1-10 in Toronto.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Ahead of Pre-Super Bowl Performance, Fall Out Boy Talks "Nerdy Jocks" and Overco


Credit: Pamela LittkyThanks to their hit "Centuries," Fall Out Boy has become the go-to band for sporting events -- a far cry from their days as the nerdy, "emo" band. "Centuries" has been used as the soundtrack for ESPN's coverage of the college football playoffs, and after performing at last week's NHL All-Star Game, the band will be headlining the VH1 + Papa John's Super Bowl Blitz: A Concert for the Troops, taking place on Friday.Having "Centuries" playing on ESPN helped facilitate that shift, but as bassist Pete Wentz tells ABC News Radio, it's not so much that Fall Out Boy has changed, but rather the culture has."There was like a big, bitter divide I feel like when we were in high school, and maybe like 10 or 15 years ago, that there was the jocks and there was the nerds," Wentz says. "But now you meet nerdy jocks all the time, and vice versa."FOB will be bringing "Centuries" with them when they perform at the Super Bowl Blitz, but one thing that will be missing from the band's Super Bowl weekend will be drummer Andy Hurley's beloved Green Bay Packers, who suffered a devastating loss to the Super Bowl-bound Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Championship Game."It was tough," Hurley says of the defeat. "I figured the only thing I can do is be positive about it and learn the lesson that was there to learn."Green Bay was leading Seattle 19-7 with less than 11 minutes left in the game before losing to the Seahawks 28-22 in overtime."You got to keep playing until the end, one thing they didn't do," Hurley says of the Packers. "Next season I hope that it lights a fire under their a** to finish each game." That "play to the end" philosophy applies to Fall Out Boy's career, too -- after taking an extended hiatus, they reunited to give new life to the band and continue what they had started. The result has been two straight number one albums: 2013's Save Rock and Roll and their most recent record, American Beauty/American Psycho. Additionally, "Centuries" gave the band their first top-10 appearance on Billboard's Hot 100 since 2007.The Super Bowl Blitz: A Concert for the Troops will air tonight at 9 p.m. ET on VH1.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Halestorm Releases Video for "Apocalyptic"


Image Courtesy of Atlantic RecordsHalestorm has premiered the video for their new single, "Apocalyptic." The video is a bit tamer than the lyrics suggest -- the song is essentially an ode to break-up sex -- as it showcases frontwoman Lzzy Hale and company just simply rocking out to the track. You can watch the video on YouTube."To all our Freaks, I'm proud to announce our newest video as part of our latest record," writes Hale on her band's Facebook page. "We wanted to keep this one simple and show a bit of our personality on this fun track. You will see some sneak peeks of what's to come, so keep your eyes open!""Apocalyptic" is the lead single from Halestorm's forthcoming album, Into the Wild Life. The new record, Halestorm's third, will be released on April 7.Halestorm will be touring in support of Into the Wild Life alongside The Pretty Reckless starting April 22 in Nashville, Tennessee. The tour will wrap up May 27 in Houston, Texas.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Weezer, HAIM to Take Part in "Mash Up Mondays" on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"


Image Courtesy of ABCThe ironic mustache will meet the majestic beard when Weezer teams up with classic rock band ZZ Top for a new Jimmy Kimmel Live! segment called "Mash Up Mondays." The series will feature unlikely one-off collaborative performances by two popular music acts, and Weezer and ZZ Top will take the stage for its first installment as "Wee-Z Top" -- a name coined by host Jimmy Kimmel. The Wee-Z Top episode will air February 2 on ABC at 11:35 p.m. ET/10:35 p.m. CT.The showcase, which will take place each Monday in February, will also feature HAIM teaming up with funk great Morris Day to form "Morris Day and the HAIM," a play on the name of Day's band, Morris Day & The Time. The sisters Haim will get their funk on during the February 9 episode.The penultimate "Mash Up Mondays" episode will feature soul star Aloe Blacc collaborating with R&B group Blackstreet as "Aloe Blaccstreet" on February 16. The artists who will perform on the February 23 finale edition of "Mash-Up Monday" haven't been revealed.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Jack White Reunites The Raconteurs at Nashville Concert


Image Courtesy of Third Man RecordsJack White performed at the Bridestone Arena in his adopted home of Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday night, and he brought some old friends along with him. According to Rolling Stone, after a brief intermission, White brought out the members of his first post-White Stripes band, The Raconteurs.White and the united Raconteurs -- which featured Brendan Benson and Jack Lawrence, plus White's drummer Daru Jones, who filled in for original drummer Patrick Keeler -- performed their hits "Steady as She Goes" and "Salute Your Solution."The Raconteurs recorded two albums, 2006's Broken Boy Soldiers and 2008's Consolers of the Lonely, before going on hiatus. Despite rumors of a new album, Benson told Billboard last year that new Raconteurs material is "kind of off the table." White has since gone on to form The Dead Weather and, of course, launch his solo career.Also during Thursday's Nashville show, White brought out legendary country singer Loretta Lynn to sing "Portland, Oregon" from Lynn's 2004  album Van Lear Rose, which White produced.White's next show is January 30 at New York City's Madison Square Garden. Rap group Run the Jewels will open the show.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Ex-Red Hot Chili Peppers Guitarist John Frusciante Reveals Electronic Project, T


Image Courtesy of Record CollectionJohn Frusciante's post-Red Hot Chili Peppers projects have taken a decidedly different musical path than his old band, including collaborations with hip-hop duo Black Knights and seminal new wave band Duran Duran. Now, the ex-RHCP guitarist has announced his newest venture: Trickfinger, a  band focusing on the acid house genre of electronic music.Trickfinger's self-titled debut album will be released on April 7, according to Resident Advisor. As a preview, Frusciante has released the opening track from Trickfinger, "After Below." You can listen to the track on SoundCloud.Inside the Trickfinger record packaging, Frusciante is also including a letter that he wrote in 2012 explaining his foray into electronic music. "I had lost interest in traditional songwriting and I was excited about finding new methods for creating music," he writes. "I’d surround myself with machines, program one and then another and enjoy what was a fascinating process from beginning to end."Meanwhile, RHCP drummer Chad Smith told Rolling Stone that Frusciante's old band is working on their new album, calling it "very different and unique." Chances are though that the album won't sound like acid house.Here is the Trickfinger track list:"After Below" "Before Above" "Rainover" "Sain" "Exlam" "85h" "4:30" "Phurip"Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Foo Fighters Announce Second NYC Tour Stop


Brantley GutierrezThe Foo Fighters’ July 16 show at New York City’s Citi Field sold out pretty quickly after the tour was announced last November.  If you didn’t score tickets, you now have another chance -- the Foos have announced a second City Field show for the night before.Tickets for the just-added July 15 show go on sale tomorrow, January 30, at 10 a.m. local time via Mets.com/foos.Here’s the complete Foo Fighters tour lineup, including the new show.  Get more info, including the shows for which tickets are still available, at FooFighters.com.7/4 -- Washington, D.C., RFK Stadium 7/6 -- Camden, NJ, Susquehanna Bank Center * 7/9 -- Toronto, ON, Molson Canadian Amphitheatre *7/15 -- New York, NY, Citi Field 7/16 -- New York, NY, Citi Field * 7/18 -- Boston, MA, Fenway Park ** 7/19 -- Boston, MA, Fenway Park * 8/12 -- Edmonton, AB, Rexall Place * 8/13 -- Calgary, AB, Scotiabank Saddledome * 8/17 -- Denver, CO, Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre * 8/19 -- Maryland Heights, MO, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater * 8/21 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center * 8/22 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center * 8/24 -- Detroit, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre * 8/25 -- Pittsburgh, PA, First Niagara Pavilion * 8/27 -- Indianapolis, IN, Klipsch Music Center 8/29 -- Chicago, IL, Wrigley Field 9/11 -- Vancouver, BC, Rogers Arena 9/12 -- George, WA, Gorge Amphitheatre 9/14 -- Portland, OR, Moda Center 9/16 -- Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre 9/18 -- Anaheim, CA, Honda Center 9/21 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Forum 9/25 -- Phoenix, AZ, AK-Chin Pavilion 9/27 -- Albuquerque, NM, Isleta Amphitheater 9/29 -- Oklahoma City, OK, Chesapeake Energy Arena 9/30 -- Wichita, KS, INTRUST Bank Arena 10/4 -- Atlanta, GA, Centennial Olympic Park 10/5 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena 10/7 -- Memphis, TN, FedExForum* w/special guest Royal Blood ** w/special guest Mission of BurmaFollow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. 

Black Sabbath Bass Player Geezer Butler Arrested in Bar Fight


Grupo13/LatinContent/Getty ImagesBlack Sabbath bass player Geezer Butler spent Tuesday night behind bars in Death Valley, California, after getting into a bar brawl.The Inyo County Sheriff's Department reports the alleged fight took place at the Corkscrew Saloon, located on the Furnace Creek Ranch in Death Valley.  According to witnesses, the altercation began as an argument over an unspecified topic, and escalated into a fight that resulted in someone being struck and a window being broken.  Butler, 65, was arrested for misdemeanor assault, vandalism, and public intoxication.According to the sheriff's department, Butler was booked into the county jail, and then released "after detox and citation."Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. 

Angels & Airwaves Releases Animated "Tunnels" Video


Credit: Johnny BuzzerioTom DeLonge's post-Blink-182 project Angels & Airwaves has premiered the video for their song "Tunnels."The video features DeLonge and his band rocking out to the anthemic track as clips from Poet Anderson: The Dream Walker -- an animated short film based on AVA's latest album, The Dream Walker -- play in the background. You can watch the video on Entertainment Weekly's website.The release of the "Tunnels" video feels like in an exercise in bad timing -- or, perhaps, genius marketing -- as DeLonge is currently involved in a very public disagreement with his Blink-182 band mates, Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker. Earlier this week, Hoppus and Barker reportedly released a statement saying DeLonge is no longer in the band, which DeLonge responded to by saying the exact opposite. Since then, Hoppus and Barker have taken to Rolling Stone, calling DeLonge "ungrateful" and "disingenuous," while DeLonge posted another letter reiterating that he never quit Blink-182.Angels & Airwaves, however, seems to be humming along just fine. Along with the "Tunnels" video, the band has released a preview of the upcoming comic book series also based on The Dream Walker. The first issue will be published on March 25.Along with the album, the animated short film -- which recently won Best Animated Film at the Toronto International Short Film Festival -- and the comic books, DeLonge has also promised novels and a feature-length live action film as part of the entire The Dream Walker project, all of which are due out sometime this year.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Black Sabbath Bass Player Geezer Butler Reportedly Arrested in Bar Fight


Grupo13/LatinContent/Getty ImagesBlack Sabbath bass player Geezer Butler spent Tuesday night behind bars in Death Valley, California, after getting into a bar brawl.The Inyo County Sheriff's Department reports the alleged fight took place at the Corkscrew Saloon, located on the Furnace Creek Ranch in Death Valley.  According to witnesses, the altercation began as an argument over an unspecified topic, and escalated into a fight that resulted in someone being struck and a window being broken.  Butler, 65, was arrested for misdemeanor assault, vandalism, and public intoxication.According to the sheriff's department, Butler was booked into the county jail, and then released "after detox and citation."Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. 

"Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck" Director Brett Morgen Talks "Raw, Intimate" Film


Image Courtesy of The End of Music, LLC/HBOKurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the first fully-authorized documentary about the late Nirvana frontman, made its premiere last weekend at the Sundance Film Festival. In an interview with Rolling Stone, director Brett Morgen says he "felt a lot more pressure" with Montage of Heck than with any other project he's worked on, including The Rolling Stones documentary Crossfire Hurricane."I don't think there has ever been, or will ever be, another movie about an icon that's this raw or intimate," he says.One of the bigger stories that came out of the Montage of Heck premiere was that Foo Fighters frontman -- and Nirvana drummer -- Dave Grohl was absent from the film. Morgen told Billboard that Grohl was interviewed, but that he couldn't cut the interview in time for the Sundance premiere of the film. The director reiterated that explanation to Rolling Stone, adding that he "didn't think I needed two people from Nirvana.""It's not that type of movie," Morgen says. "So I was fine locking picture with [Nirvana bassist] Krist [Novoselic]."Another big story surrounding the film was the use of Cobain's unreleased solo material."The score is all unreleased Cobain music. They don't have titles," Morgen explains. "Before people saw the movie, there were these weird press releases focusing on the unreleased music. And it's like: It's a movie. We're not going to stop it and play a song for four minutes."Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck will air on HBO on May 4.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Fall Out Boy Makes First Top-Ten Appearance on Hot 100 Since 2007


Credit: Pamela LittkyIt didn't take centuries for Fall Out Boy to return to the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, but it did take more than seven years. With their single "Centuries," FOB makes their first appearance in the 90th percentile of the Hot 100 since 2007, when "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race" hit number two -- the band's highest position on the chart to date."Centuries," which jumps from number 12 to number 10 this week, is the lead single from FOB's most recent album, American Beauty/American Psycho. The album is similarly enjoying great success, as it debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. Following number one debuts for 2007's Infinity on High and 2013's Save Rock and Roll, FOB now has three total -- and two straight -- number one albums.In addition to "Centuries" and "This Ain't a Scene," FOB scored two more top-10 Hot 100 hits: "Dance, Dance" and "Sugar, We're Goin' Down" -- both from the band's 2005 breakout album, From Under the Cork Tree.If you'd like to catch "Centuries" live, Fall Out Boy will be launching their Boys of Zummer tour this June.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Nickelback, Arcade Fire, Lorde Among Juno Awards Nominees


Credit: Michael MullerThe 2015 Juno Awards nominations were announced Tuesday, and Nickelback is the rock act with the most nominations. The band, which hails from Alberta, Canada, scored three nominations, including Group of the Year and Album of the Year for No Fixed Address, plus a nod for for the Juno Fan Choice Award.Perennial Juno Award favorites Arcade Fire join Nickelback in the race for the Fan Choice Award. The Montreal band's last album, Reflektor, won Album of the Year at last year's ceremony. Lorde also scored a nomination -- her album Pure Heroine received a nod for International Album of the Year.The Juno Awards, Canada’s equivalent of the Grammys, will be held on March 15 in Hamilton, Ontario. A full list of nominees can be found at JunoAwards.ca.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Grunge Rockers L7 Announce Reunion


Jadranka Krsteska/RedfernsSeminal grunge band L7 has announced their reunion. The band's original lineup will play shows at the Azkena Rock Festival in Spain and the Hellfest Open Air Festival in France, with more tour dates to come."Your support, prayers, pleads, demands, and harassment here on this page have worked!" writes the band on Facebook. "The Original Line-up of L7 ARE REUNITING! (and it feels so good). WOO HOO!"L7's last album was 1999's Slap-Happy. The band stopped touring and announced an indefinite hiatus in 2001.In addition to the reunion announcement, L7 has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for a documentary, L7: Pretend We're Dead. Perks for donors include singed tee shirts, DVDs and vinyl, as well as more personal items like handwritten lyrics or a phone message recorded by the band.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Damon Albarn Among Debrett's 500 Most Influential Brits


Image Courtesy of Linda BrownleeBritish publication Debrett's has unveiled its annual list of the 500 most influential people in the U.K. Among pop stars like One Direction, Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith on the music section of the list is Blur and Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn, saluted as one of the people "who are making the most impact on this fast-changing industry.""Musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and record producer Damon Albarn is arguably the cleverest musician of his generation, on every level imaginable," writes Debrett.Albarn released his debut solo album, Everyday Robots, last year. The album was short-listed for Britain's prestigious Mercury Prize, which gave Albarn a total of three Mercury Prize nominations, including nods for Blur's Parklife and 13. He also received a Mercury Prize nomination for Gorillaz's debut album, but the band requested the album be withdrawn from consideration.Albarn will also be up for Best British Male Solo Artist at the 2015 Brit Awards, which will be held February 25 in London.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Rage Against the Machine Bassist Tim Commerford Takes on Steroids Issue with New


Credit: Dana KleinOver the past couple months, you may have noticed a few new music videos from a new band called Future User. One of the videos, "Clockwork," features a masked man kidnapping and waterboarding none other than tennis legend John McEnroe. Now, that masked man has revealed himself as Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave bassist Tim Commerford.In the new Future User video, "Mountain Lion," the masked man takes off his disguise to reveal Commerford's face and his distinctive tattoos. The song comments on the use of performance-enhancing drugs, and even features a cameo from seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong, who was famously banned from cycling and stripped of his Tour de France titles after admitting to doping."The amount of attention given to PEDs is incredible," Commerford tells Rolling Stone. "Especially when you consider the amount of drugs -- recreational, illegal and pharmaceutical -- that America supports and profits from."The release of the "Mountain Lion" video comes on the heels of Armstrong's admission to the BBC that, if given the opportunity, he "would probably [cheat] again."Previous Future User videos have been similarly concerned with political and health issues, including surveillance and genetically-altered food.Future User's debut album, #SteroidsorHeroin, will be released February 24.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Linkin Park's Chester Bennington Shares Post-Injury Photos


Credit: James MinchinLast week, Linkin Park was forced to cancel the remainder of their North American headlining dates due to a foot injury suffered by frontman Chester Bennington. Though the cause of the injury has not been revealed, Bennington has taken to Twitter to share photos of himself post-injury."Lookin good," Bennington captions one photos of a stitched-up wound on the inside of his swollen right ankle. Another photo, showing and even larger run of stitches up the other side of his ankle and leg, which nears a tattoo is captioned: "Thanks for stopping at the tattoo Doc."The canceled tour was LP's North American stint supporting the band's latest album, The Hunting Party. Rise Against and Of Mice & Men were also on the bill as support.As of now, Linkin Park is still scheduled to headline a variety of summer festivals, including Rock in Rio USA, Rocklahoma and Rock on the Range.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Blink-182's Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker Say Tom DeLonge Is "Disingenuous"


Estevan Oriol/DGCBlink-182's Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker have addressed Tom DeLonge's statement that he didn't quit the band, despite reports to the contrary. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Hoppus and Barker maintain that DeLonge is no longer a part of Blink-182, describing the guitarist as "disrespectful," "ungrateful," and "disingenuous.""We booked January 5th to go into the studio. On December 30th, we get an e-mail from Tom's manager saying that he has no interest in recording and that he wants to do his other, non-musical stuff and that he's out indefinitely," Hoppus recalls. "There's a flurry of e-mails going back and forth for clarification about the recording and the show and his manager sends [an e-mail] back saying, 'Tom. Is. Out.' Direct quote. This is the exact same e-mail we got back in 2004 when Tom went on indefinite hiatus before.""I think he's just bummed because Mark and I were finally honest. We always covered up for him before," adds Barker. "It's hard to cover for someone who's disrespectful and ungrateful."Monday afternoon, DeLonge insisted on his Facebook page that he didn't quit the band. He wrote, "I actually was on a phone call about a blink 182 event for New York City at the time all these weird press releases started coming in... Apparently those releases were 'sanctioned' from the band. Are we dysfunctional- yes. But, Christ....."  Later, a publicist for Blink-182 reportedly put out a statement in which Hoppus and Barker claimed DeLonge "didn't want to participate in any Blink-182 projects indefinitely, but would rather work on his other non-musical endeavors." A rep for DeLonge then issued a statement quoting the guitarist as saying, "The ONLY truth here is that I have commitments that limit my availability this year. I love Blink-182 and I’m not leaving.""It's just funny to me. I think he's just in shock that he's finally been exposed," Barker says of the back-and-forth. "The truth is out."In December, DeLonge released a new album, The Dream Walker, with his side project Angels & Airwaves. In addition to the album, DeLonge is planning to release a novel, comic books and a feature film as a part of The Dream Walker project, which could be the "non-musical endeavors" Hoppus and Barker are referring to.As for Blink-182, the band is focused on playing the Musink Festival in Los Angeles on March 22. Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba will fill in for DeLonge."Finally, people know what the deal is with our band. Beyond that, we'll see what happens," Hoppus tells Rolling Stone. "Travis and I are intent on protecting the legacy of Blink-182 and continue to do what we've been doing for the past two decades: continue playing the songs."Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.