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 be released 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 number one the week it was released in March 1994 and remains Soundgarden's best-selling album.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

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


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."

Coldplay Announces "Intimate" Live Shows


Image credit: Sarah LeeColdplay has announced that they'll play six “intimate” live shows in the U.S., Japan and Europe in support of the band’s new album, Ghost Stories.The run of live shows begins April 25 in Cologne, Germany, and wraps up July 1 at Royal Albert Hall in London.In between, the group will play shows in New York City, Los Angeles, Paris and Tokyo.Tickets for the Cologne show will go on sale April 19 at Eventim.de. Details about the other five shows will be made available to fans who join the band's mailing list at Coldplay.com.The Ghost Stories album features nine tracks and is scheduled to arrive in stores and digital outlets on May 19. The album is available for pre-order on iTunes.  "Magic" is the first single from Ghost Stories.Here are the Coldplay concert dates:4/25 -- Cologne, E-Werk5/5 -- New York, Beacon Theatre5/19 -- Los Angeles, Royce Hall5/28 -- Paris, Casino de Paris6/12 -- Tokyo, Dome City Hall7/1 -- London, Royal Albert HallCopyright 2014 ABC News Radio

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


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 Nirvana 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 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. 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.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Coldplay Streams Behind-the-Scenes "Magic" Video


Parlophone RecordsHow did Chris Martin levitate in the new Coldplay video? The director of the clip, Pete Ohs, doesn't want fans of the band to lie awake at night wondering -- so he's put together a little behind-the-scenes look at the magic behind the "Magic" video.In the four-and-a-half minute compilation, Martin fools around with the cast, tries out magic tricks and is pulled upward by wires. The director frets about time, the sun setting and everyone looking the way they're supposed to. Despite whatever separation Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow might have been negotiating at the time of the production, Martin seems relaxed and happy.The behind-the-scenes "Magic" video can be viewed on Coldplay's YouTube channel."Magic" is the first single from Coldplay's new album Ghost Stories. The album features nine tracks and is scheduled to arrive in stores and digital outlets on May 19. An exclusive deluxe edition being offered by Target will include three bonus tracks.  If you pre-order the album now on iTunes, you'll receive an instant download of "Magic."Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

AC/DC Confirms Guitarist Malcolm Young Stepping Away Due to Illness, but Band Wi


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.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Saliva Singer Reveals the Stories Behind New Songs in Web Video Series


Rum Bum RecordsSaliva has launched a web video series in which the band is previewing and discussing each track from it's forthcoming album, Rise Up. The first two episodes are up on CraveOnline now -- one for the album's lead single and title track, another for the album's second track "She Can Sure Hide Crazy.""It was written about one of the members' ex-wives," says frontman Bobby Amaru of "She Can Sure Hide Crazy." "The stories he had, man, just made the lyrics very easy."More webisodes are expected in the near future. Rise Up, which arrives on April 29, will be Saliva’s first album since Under Your Skin in 2011.In the meantime, Saliva continues a lengthy tour Wednesday night with a show at the Whiskey A Go-Go in Hollywood, CA. For a complete list of dates, go to the band’s official website. Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

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


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."Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Josh Homme Breaks Gay Stereotypes in "Portlandia" Appearance


Gary Miller/FilmMagicJosh Homme will appear on this week’s installment of the popular IFC TV series Portlandia, according to the network’s official website.In the episode, the Queens of the Stone Age singer plays Carrie Brownstein’s gay brother who has come to Portland to introduce his boyfriend to Carrie and co-star Fred Armisen.  The gag is that Carrie and Fred are expecting a stereotypical gay couple who they're hoping will help them redecorate their house.  But Josh and his boyfriend are slobs who met by getting into a bar fight at ESPN Zone and drink Jagermeister for breakfast."I totally got ripped off on the gay relative thing," says Carrie in a teaser video clip.Portlandia airs Thursday at 10 p.m. ET on IFC.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radiovar bc_params = {"api":"hybrid","playerId":"88218671001","playerKey":"AQ~~,AAAAAAAn_zM~,B6LaFUvNnt2RhwK5cjOvZ4hHQyd5XXC9"};brightcove.createExperiences(); 

Veruca Salt Announces First Tour Dates in 19 Years


Gary KordanHot on the heels of their reunion announcement, Veruca Salt has unveiled a series of U.S. tour dates. The tour -- which kicks off June 22 in Portland, Oregon -- marks the first time the four original band members have shared a stage since 1995.As previously reported, Veruca Salt will release a new vinyl single on Saturday in honor of Record Store Day. It will include their biggest hit, 1994’s “Seether,” backed by a pair of new songs, “It’s Holy” and “The Museum of Broken Relationships.”Here is a full list of the band’s tour dates:6/22 -- Portland, OR, Mississippi Studios   6/23 -- Seattle, WA, The Tractor Tavern 6/26 -- San Francisco, CA, The Independent 6/27 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Roxy 7/9 -- Minneapolis, MN, Varsity Theater 7/10 -- Milwaukee, WI, Turner Hall Ballroom 7/11 -- Cincinnati, OH, Bunbury Music Festival 7/12 -- Chicago, IL, Lincoln Hall 7/13 -- St. Louis, MO, Firebird 7/21 -- Washington, D.C., Black Cat 7/22 -- Philadelphia, PA, Theatre of Living Arts 7/24 -- New York, NY, Bowery Ballroom 7/25 -- Brooklyn, NY, Music Hall of Williamsburg 7/26 -- Boston, MA, Brighton Music HallCopyright 2014 ABC News Radio

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.”Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

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. There's no official word yet from AC/DC.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Flea Not a Member of Mars Volta Spin-Off After All; Band Unveils New Video


Nadie SoundAs it turns out, Flea is not an official member of Antemasque -- the new band formed by members of the Mars Volta -- after all.  As previously reported, the new combo was thought to consist of singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala, guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and drummer Dave Elitch – all of Mars Volta – as well as the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ virtuoso bassist. But Rolling Stone now reports that Flea is not in fact a member of Antemasque. A statement from the band’s label, Nadie, says they included him in a teaser video to thank him for allowing them use his studio and for “literally letting us sleep on the floor to make this record.”Flea does appear on some Antemasque tracks but not on the latest one, a song called “Drown All Your Witches,” which the band has posted to YouTube.  The band’s self-titled debut will be available digitally on July 1 and physically on July 15. Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Imagine Dragons' Dan Reynolds to Receive Prestigious Award at Songwriters Hall o


Credit: Alex SermonImagine Dragons have already won an American Music Award and a Grammy, and they're up for 12 Billboard Music Awards.  Now, lead singer Dan Reynolds will have another accolade to add to his rapidly-filling trophy case.Reynolds will receive the prestigious Hal David Starlight Award at this year's Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction Gala, which will be held June 12 in New York City.  The award, named after legendary songwriter Hal David, is given annually to a young musician who is "making a significant impact in the music industry" with his or her original songs.  With hits like "It's Time," "Demons" and "Radioactive," Reynolds is definitely doing that.Past winners of the Hal David Starlight Award include Taylor Swift, John Mayer, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Jason Mraz, Matchbox Twenty's Rob Thomas, and Johnny Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls.In a statement, songwriting legend Jimmy Webb, chairman of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, said, "Dan Reynolds is a dream ticket for the Songwriters Hall of Fame Starlight Award. He has helped create truly contemporary rock n' roll with the band Imagine Dragons: a sound at once musically literate and issue-driven, yet founded on solid composition and songwriting."Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

The Black Keys Release Title Track from Upcoming Album "Turn Blue"


Danny ClinchThe Black Keys continue to trickle out music from their upcoming album.This time, the duo has issued the album's title track, "Turn Blue," a laid-back psychedelic soul groove number.  The song was released in a YouTube video with the same spiraling blue-and-pink animation that accompanied "Fever," the first release from the album.As previously reported, Turn Blue is set for release on May 13.  It's the followup to the band's 2011 album El Camino.  The album is available for pre-order now with purchasers receiving immediate downloads of "Turn Blue" and "Fever."Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

3 Doors Down Announces More Acoustic "Songs from the Basement" Dates for Summer


Douglas Sonders3 Doors Down's acoustic tour earlier this year went so well that the band has announced a summer edition -- with some electric concerts sprinkled in along the way.  In fact, the band's summer tour will begin May 30 at the Table Mountain Casino in Friant, CA with an electric date, and wrap up September 13 at the Kansas State Fair with another electric date.However, most of the performances on the 48-show trek will be acoustic outings as part of the band's 3 Doors Down Acoustic - Songs from the Basement tour, which began in January.  During these unplugged dates, the band is reaching deep into its catalog for more obscure numbers."The acoustic shows are a blast, and we have an amazing connection with our fans during the performances," says frontman Brad Arnold in a statement. "We are excited to get back out on the road and play these songs for the rest of America."3 Doors Down has also begun work in Nashville on a sixth studio album expected to be released in 2015.  Earlier this year Arnold told ABC News Radio, “We want our new record to be fun, but we also want it to have a lot of meaning, and we want it to be heavy.” Here are new dates for the 3 Doors Down summer tour:5/30 -- Friant, CA, Table Mountain Casino *5/31 -- Temecula, CA, Lake Skinner Regional Park* (Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival)6/03 -- Coquitlam, BC, Hard Rock Casino Vancouver6/04 -- Prince George, BC, CN Centre6/06 -- Calgary, AB, Cowboys6/07 -- Bonnyville, AB, C2 Flint Field House6/09 -- Regina, SK, Casino Regina Show Lounge6/10 -- Winnipeg, MB, Club Regent Casino - Event Center6/11 -- Apple Valley, MN, Weesner Amphitheater6/14 -- Las Vegas, NV, "Rock Of Vegas" - Fremont Street Experience*6/28 -- Okinawa, Japan, Kadena Air Base*6/29 -- Okinawa, Japan, Kadena Air Base*7/04 -- Oahu, HI, Joint Base Pearl Harbor - Hickman*7/12 -- Springfield, MO, Gillioz Theater7/13 -- Cedar Rapids, IA, The Paramount Theatre7/15 -- Chicago, IL, House of Blues7/18 -- Oshkosh, WI, Rock USA*7/19 -- Goshen, IN, Elkhart County Fair*7/20 -- Norfolk, NE, MusicFest 2014 - DeVent Center*7/23 -- Lewiston, NY, Artpark - Outdoor Amphitheater*7/24 -- Jim Thorpe, PA, Penn's Peak7/26 -- Readington, NJ, Quick Chek Festival of Ballooning*7/27 -- Hyannis, MA, Cape Cod Melody Tent7/29 -- Westbury, NY, The Space at Westbury7/30 -- Cohasset, MA, South Shore Music Circus8/01 -- Newport, RI, Newport Yachting Center8/02 -- Hampton Beach, NH, Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom8/03 -- Portland, ME, Maine State Pier8/05 -- Hershey, PA, The Hershey Theatre8/07 -- Cincinnati, OH, Taft Theatre8/08 -- Washington, MO, Washington Town & Country Fair*8/17 -- Durham, NC, Durham Performing Arts Center8/19 -- Charlotte, NC, The Fillmore Charlotte8/20 -- Norfolk, VA, The Norva8/23 -- Durant, OK, Choctaw Event Center*8/24 -- Midland, TX, Wagner Noël Performing8/26 -- Corpus Christi, TX, Selena Auditorium8/27 -- Pharr, TX, Pharr Entertainment Center8/29 -- Charenton, LA, Pavilion at Cypress Bayou Casino8/30 -- Beaumont, TX, Jefferson Theater8/31 -- Abilene, TX, Paramount Theatre9/03 -- Lake Buena Vista, FL, House of Blues9/05 -- Tampa, FL, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino9/06 -- Fort Myers, FL, Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall9/07 -- Jacksonville, FL, Florida Theatre9/10 -- Atlanta, GA, Tabernacle9/11 -- Louisville, KY, Palace Theatre9/13 -- Hutchinson, KS, Kansas State Fair** denotes electric performanceCopyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Roger Waters' 1992 Concept Album "Amused to Death" to Be Reissued Later This Yea


Sony/Legacy RecordingsRoger Waters is preparing to reissue his last studio album of original rock songs, Amused to Death.  The updated version of the ex-Pink Floyd singer-bassist's 1992 concept record, which focused on the dehumanizing effects of mass media and modern technology and advertising, will be released later this year in a number of formats.Waters has teamed up with longtime Pink Floyd engineer James Guthrie to create new stereo and 5.1 surround-sound mixes for Amused to Death.  The reissue packages also will include bonus content and new graphics.  Among the many musicians who lent their talents to Amused to Death are Jeff Beck, Don Henley, Rita Coolidge, longtime Pink Floyd backing singer P.P. Arnold, and Toto guitarist Steve Lukather and drummer Jeff Porcaro.Guthrie had been scheduled to premiere some of the new Amused to Death mixes over the weekend as part of a recently reported academic conference held at New Jersey's Princeton University.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

fun.'s Jack Antonoff on New Solo Project, Band's Next Album and Being an "Equali


Daniel Silbert/RCA Recordsfun.'s smash album Some Nights came out in 2012, and there's no word on when we can expect the follow-up.  But that doesn't mean the band's members are just sitting around: guitarist Jack Antonoff, in particular, has been busy co-writing songs with female pop stars like Taylor Swift and Sara Bareilles, and now he's gearing up to release his first solo project.Antonoff's already released the first single from that project -- it's called "I Wanna Get Better."  But he didn't put it out under his own name: it, and the album, were recorded under the name Bleachers.  Why not just use his actual name?  The guitarist tells ABC News Radio, "I thought about it, but calling it my name felt a little bit...too loaded...it felt like it was putting too much spotlight on the fact that it was a 'solo project,' and not...the fact that it was its own body of work.  So I wanted to call it something because I just wanted it to be its own thing."Antonoff worked with a variety of collaborators on the Bleachers project, including Yoko Ono, and Vince Clarke, a former member of three top '80's synth-pop groups: Depeche Mode, Yaz and Erasure.  He chose the name Bleachers because it was the working title of one of the songs on the album, which he's still putting the finishing touches on.  But what about the next fun. album?  What's the status of that?  They're "working on it," is all Antonoff will say about that.While we wait for new music, the members of fun. are working together on their favorite cause: gay rights.  It's something they've been supporting for several years now, but they've just been named "equality champions" by the U.N.'s gay rights campaign, Free & Equal.  Though all three members of fun are straight, Antonoff says fighting for equality for gays is so important to them because it's, as he puts it, "undoubtedly the human rights issue of our time.""To me, it's just a no-brainer," he tells ABC News Radio. "When you look at political issues, there's so much gray area and there's so many ways looking at things, but when it comes to human rights -- when it comes to the rights of innocent people -- to me that's just completely a black and white issue, and there's no other way to look at it, from my perspective: we all deserve the exact same rights."Standing up for the rights of others comes naturally to Jack: in fact, it runs in his family.  "My grandfather was very involved in the civil rights movement, he actually marched with Martin Luther King in Washington," the guitarist tells ABC News Radio. "And I just remember hearing all these stories growing up, and he really impressed upon me that -- during a time when things are shifting and it's very easy to sort of be still, and kind of get stuck in the 'This is how it's always been' type of place -- that's when it's really important to speak up...that's when it's really important to make a difference."As part of their work with the U.N., Jack and the rest of the band are working to raise $250,000 for a homeless shelter in Detroit, which needs more beds for all the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered youth who need a place to stay. "About 40% of all homeless kids are LGBT youth, and that's because they're being kicked out of their homes, so there's all these amazing shelters all over the country that are catering to these kids specifically," Antonoff explains.Overall, Antonoff says he's happy to see that the tide has turned from even a decade ago, and casual homophobia just isn't as widespread as it once was."When I think about being in high school, you know, anything that was different was called 'gay.,' he recalls. "I had blue hair back then, people used to call me gay and, and these were terms that was socially acceptable. And I've noticed an amazing shift where that's just not really okay anymore, which is fantastic."Coipyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Coldplay Performing on "Saturday Night Live" Next Month


Image credit: Anton CorbjinColdplay will return to Saturday Night Live next month. The band will serve as the musical guest on the NBC sketch-comedy show on May 3. The host will be another Brit: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 star Andrew Garfield.Incidentally, the last time Coldplay appeared on SNL, in 2011, the guest host was another star of The Amazing Spider-Man series: Garfield's real-life girlfriend, Emma Stone.The May 3 edition of SNL will mark Coldplay's fifth turn as musical guest.Coldplay's new album, Ghost Stories, debuts May 19.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Linkin Park's "Guilty All the Same" Video Game a Huge Hit


Warner BrothersLinkin Park recently debuted "Guilty All the Same," the first single from the forthcoming album The Hunting Party. Besides streaming the song and a lyric video, the band had a video game built around the song -- and it's already a hit with fans.Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda tells ABC News Radio that the game can be completely customized. "You can remix the song, you can remix the game, you can make your own game from scratch, and do whatever you want," he says. "[You can] tear it completely to pieces and make your own thing."Shinoda says the feedback from fans was immediate. "There are already people who've made a pinball game, an RPG game, a first-person shooter, all kinds of things. And so that's been really exciting."You can play, and customize, the "Guilty All the Same" video game at ProjectSpark.com, There also are instructions on-site on how to share it with the band. Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio