Joe Satriani Talks New Career-Spanning Box Set, Upcoming Memoir

Legacy RecordingsJoe Satriani fans have a whole lot to be excited about, as the guitar virtuoso -- and sometimes Chickenfoot member -- has just released a massive box set gathering together remastered versions of all of his studio albums, and he also has penned a memoir that will be published in early May.Released this past Tuesday, The Complete Studio Recordings includes Satriani's 14 studio releases, stretching from 1986's Not of This Earth through last year's Unstoppable Momentum, as well as a disc of extra songs titled Additional Creations and Bonus Tracks.Satriani tells ABC News Radio that compiling the box set and remastering the records so that they fit together sonically was quite a challenge."We went back and we mastered [the catalog] like someone was going to listen to all the records in one big session, or they were going to go from record one to seven to two to eleven…and they'd have to work together," he explains.  "So, we restored some of the more crunchy earlier masterings to their more open, generous high-fidelity states that they were before they went to the mastering lab."The 57-year-old guitar whiz says that what made the project particularly difficult was that his albums were recorded in so many diverse formats and types of media over the years.Satriani also notes that the box set came together hand in hand with his autobiography, Strange Beautiful Music, which will hit stores on May 6.  Rather than being an average rock star tell-all, the book focuses more on the technical aspects of the creation of Joe's albums.  Satriani says the process of writing the book helped him when it came time to revamp his catalog."I would say the reexamination of the stories behind each of the albums did sort of inform me to go back and to remaster that particular album, or each of them," he points out, "and just kind of restore them to the original potential that I always felt they had."As work progressed on the compilation and the book, Satriani says he eventually realized it would be cool to release both around the same time.  The release of the box set and memoir also happens to coincide with a break from his ongoing solo tour in support of Unstoppable Momentum."So, we finally wound up with that perfect storm," Joe declares.  "The artist is out there.  He's got a book, he's got a remastered catalog and he still has a new record that's active out there."Besides the standard version of The Complete Studio Recordings, which features the CDs housed in miniature album sleeves and packaged in a clamshell box, a unique collectible digital version of the retrospective also is available.  A "Chrome Dome" USB edition of the collection can be purchased exclusively at that features a chrome-colored plastic replica of Satriani's shaved head, which holds USB drives boasting high-definition digital audio files of his entire catalog."It's really freaky.  I can't really look at it," admits Joe about his replica noggin.  "I mean, I looked at it so I could approve it and make sure that the whole thing worked to hold onto the USB drives, but I put it right back in the box."Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Led Zeppelin Releases Two Previously-Unheard Recordings from Upcoming Reissues

Rhino RecordsThe BBC is offering a sneak peek at Led Zeppelin's reissues of their first three albums.Two previously-unheard recordings from the band have been previewed by the BBC: an early version of "Whole Lotta Love," which will be featured in the re-release of Led Zeppelin II, and Zeppelin's take on the blues classics "Keys to the Highway/Trouble In Mind," which will be included in the Led Zeppelin III re-release.The early version of "Whole Lotta Love" is different from the one with which fans are familiar. For example, the vocals were re-recorded for the version that was ultimately released.Jimmy Page spearheaded the reissue project because, as he tells the BBC, "I don't want to die and have somebody else do it." After revisiting the band's music, he says, "it's undeniable that we're good."Zeppelin singer Robert Plant does have a regret or two regarding his approach to their music as they recorded it. He laughs, "My enthusiasm sometimes got in the way of finesse. I listen to it and go, wow, why didn't I shut up a bit?"By the way, don't get your hopes up that the reissues will lead to a Zeppelin reunion. Plant says the chances of the group putting on a live show again are "zero."Page says, "I'm sure people would love to hear it. I'm not the one to be asking, I don't sing."Zeppelin, minus the late drummer John Bonham, reunited in 2007 for a concert at London's O2 Arena that served as the basis for their live film/CD Celebration Day.Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II and Led Zeppelin III all will be reissued in various configurations on June 3.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Linkin Park Announces Contest for "Guilty All the Same" Video Game

Warner Brothers RecordsIf you're a fan of Linkin Park, you know the band has developed a video game for their song "Guilty All the Same." Thousands of fans have let Linkin Park know that they love the song and the game, which allows used to remix the video. Now the band has decided to stage a contest, the winners of which will see their versions showcased at the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles in early June, just before Linkin Park's new album The Hunting Party hits digital and retail outlets.You can play, and customize, the "Guilty All the Same" video game at  There also are instructions on-site on how to share your version with the band.Linkin Park revealed specific instructions for the contest through  To enter your remixed version of "Guilty All the Same":- Include [LP] in your level name for inclusion in the special LinkinSpark feed.- Use the hashtag #linkinspark on social media to let the world know what you've created.- Create a video of your remix for inclusion on the Linkin Spark Upload channel and the Project Spark YouTube channel.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Coldplay Sell Out NYC in Thirty Seconds; Announce Glasgow Show

Courtesy Coldplay via InstagramAs expected, Coldplay earlier today sold out their "intimate" New York City show -- but it was fast, even by New-York-minute standards. Within 30 seconds of Ticketmaster opening sales, fans were having their hopes dashed by a large, red "High Demand--No Matches" message on the site, even if all they wanted were single tickets to the band's May 5 show.Of course, tickets appeared on Craigslist almost immediately, with pricetags of up to $4000 a pop for orchestra seats. Several ads were placed for tickets in the $200 range, which were quickly snapped up.There has been no mention from Coldplay's official sources about the possibility of an additional show added to help meet the overwhelming ticket demand.On a happier note, Coldplay has signed on to headline the Saturday night show of Radio 1's Big Weekend in Glasgow on May 24. Tickets for that event were free, and snapped up in under two hours. The good news for Coldplay fans is that the show will be simulcast online -- check out details on the BBC website.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Coldplay Reveal Third New Song from "Ghost Stories;" Announce TV Special

Parlophone RecordsColdplay is a fountain of musical gifts these days. After announcing in March the impending arrival of a new album, titled Ghost Stories, the band released two videos for tracks on the collection.  Then today in the U.K., Coldplay did one better and played an acoustic version of a third song from Ghost Stories, this one called "Oceans." The band also played "Magic."If that weren't enough, Coldplay has just announced that they've put together Coldplay: Ghost Stories, which they call "a groundbreaking primetime special based on the band's forthcoming album."You can watch a trailer for Coldplay: Ghost Stories now on the band's official website.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio 

Three Days Grace Unveils New Tour Dates, Lyric Video

RCA RecordsThree Days Grace has announced some additional tour dates. The band is currently wrapping up a string of dates with three shows in Michigan, but has announced new summer shows with new full-time vocalist Matt Walst.Three Days Grace has also released a lyric video for it's latest single,"Painkiller." It's streaming online now on the band's YouTube channel. Here are the new Three Days Grace tour dates: 5/23 -- Herrin, IL, Herrinfesta Italiana5/24 -- Little Rock, AR, Riverfest7/18 -- Detroit, MI, The Fillmore                                       7/19 -- Ft. Wayne, IN, Piere's                 7/20 -- St. Louis, MO, The Pageant                             7/22 -- Chicago, IL, House of Blues   7/23 -- Minneapolis, MN, Myth Live                                                        7/26 -- Rapid City, SD, Rushmore Plaza Civic Center       7/27 -- Sioux Falls, SD, The District                                         7/29 -- Billings, MT, Shrine Auditorium     Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Courtney Love Releases New Single

Courtney Love via InstagramShe's full of surprises, Courtney Love is. Ten days ago she was hugging Dave Grohl on stage at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, and now she's got a new single.It's called "You Know My Name" and will released officially with another song called "Wedding Day" on May 4, but it's streaming now on Love's YouTube channel.Although Love has recently said she's playing with Hole's classic lineup, "You Know My Name" is a solo release.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Five Finger Death Punch Up for Six Golden Gods Awards

RevolverMag.comThe Revolver Golden Gods Awards take place tonight in Los Angeles. One of the frontrunning bands is Five Finger Death Punch -- nominated in a whopping six categories -- who's competing in the divisions of Album of the Year, Best Vocalist, Best Guitarist, Best Bassist, Song of the Year, and Most Dedicated Fans.Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory doesn't let these nominations, or other similar nods, go to his head. Bathory tells ABC News Radio, "You have great musicians, great bands in the same category. There is no universal scale of who is better and why. Take Jimi Hendrix and Yngwie Malmsteen, you can't compare the two -- both artists are great. One is extremely innovative, the other plays things that no other human can play on the planet. Which one is better? We don't really have a scale."That doesn't mean that Bathory and his FFDP bandmates aren't grateful for the recognition.  He tells ABC News Radio, "The accolades are obviously very appreciated and it always means something of a milestone that you're achieving something." Joan Jett will make history tonight by being the first woman to ever receive Revolver's Golden God award, which is given annually to one honoree who "embodies the spirit of hard rock and metal." Jett joins past Golden God recipients including Gene Simmons, Rob Zombie, and Alice Cooper.  Axl Rose will receive this year's Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award. The Guns n' Roses frontman will join the ranks of past honorees Rush, Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, and Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead.The Golden Gods Awards ceremony will be held at L.A.'s Nokia Theater.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Coldplay Announces New York City Ticket Information

Courtesy Coldplay via InstagramAfter announcing almost a week ago that 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, Coldplay has now announced ticket information for its New York City show. Tickets for the May 5 Beacon Theatre show will go on sale through Ticketmaster at 10 a.m. ET on Wednesday, April 23. There will be a strict two-ticket-per-person limit. Pricing for the concert will be $75 and $150, which includes ticket cost and fees.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

Steven Tyler Rescued by Danica Patrick in New Can-Am Spyder Spot

Photo: Steve ErleStar auto racer Danica Patrick comes to the aid of Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler in a new ad for the Can-Am Spyder motorcycle.In the minute-and-a-half-long spot, Patrick touts a new campaign centered around the three-wheeled motorcycle that she calls the "Paparazzi Escape Vehicle."  She explains that when celebrities are hounded by photographers, they can call 1-844-SPYDER-LA to have a Can-Am Spyder pick them up and whisk them away.By way of example, we see footage of Tyler being rescued by Patrick from a crowd of shutterbugs.  He makes an obscene gesture toward the photographers as they drive away.Believe it or not, this is a real offer from Can-Am Spyder.  According to USA Today, Los Angeles-area celebs will be able to utilize the rescue service for one week by calling the number.  Incidentally, Tyler was involved in creating and lobbying for an anti-paparazzi law that was passed last year by the Hawaiian legislature.  The law helps protect celebrities from intrusive photographers.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Pearl Jam, Beck, Lorde, Foster the People Appearing at 2014 Austin City Limits M

ACLFestival.comThe Austin City Limits Music Festival is back -- this makes the 13th annual installment of the event, known for nabbing big-name acts. This year's lineup includes Pearl Jam, Beck, Lorde, Foster the People, Eminem, The Replacements, Skrillex, Lana Del Ray, Jimmy Cliff and a ton more. The 2014 festival takes place over two weekends, October 3-5 and October 10-12.Besides these gigantic acts, ACL keeps it real by showcasing dozens of Austin hometown bands as well as Austin restaurants -- including Amy's Ice Creams, a local joint that offers ice cream flavors like Bacon Jalapeno Popper, Big Boy Breakfast and Tequila Sunrise. The event is held at the 46-acre Zilker Park and attracts 75,000 fans each day, or nearly a quarter-million over the three-day festival.   Last year the festival hosted more than 130 acts including Kings of Leon, Phoenix, Atoms for Peace, Vampire Weekend, Wilco, Depeche Mode, Muse and The Cure.Tickets for this year's Austin City Limits Festival -- including multi-day and travel packages -- are on sale now through the ACL website, 2014 ABC News Radio

Ex-Slipknot Drummer Joey Jordison Looking for Singer for New Project

Scar The Martyr via TwitterHey, you wanna be in a band with Joey Jordison? Here's your shot: the ex-Slipknot drummer's new band, Scar the Martyr has fired its singer, so the slot's open and Jordison is entertaining all offers.In a Facebook post, Jordison says, "Before we make a final decision, we have decided to open up submissions to the public. If you are interested, email your tryout video to"Jordison was let go by Slipknot last year, without much explanation and seemingly by surprise. At the time, a a joint statement was issued on Slipknot's website, stating: "It is with great pain but quiet respect that, for personal reasons, Joey Jordison and Slipknot are parting ways. We all wish Joey the best in whatever his future holds. We understand that many of you will want to know how and why this has come to be, and we will do our best to respond to these questions in the near future.”  At the time, Jordison took to Facebook to say he was "shocked and blindsided."No explanation for the parting has been offered, however.Scar the Martyr has been nominated for Best New Talent at this year's Revolver Golden Gods Awards, held tomorrow night in Las Vegas.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Aerosmith's Joe Perry Giving Fans the Chance to Buy the Guitar Off His Back

PFA MediaHow would you like to own a guitar autographed by Aerosmith's Joe Perry and played by him at one of the band's Let Rock Rule tour dates this summer with Slash, while also getting to attend that very show?  Well, now you can, if you can afford the $6,999 price tag.A new promotion called "Joe Perry's Guitar Off My Back" is offering a lucky fan at each stop of the 20-date trek a package that includes two premium tickets and a Gibson Les Paul Studio Model guitar that the legendary rocker will use on stage during the gig and then sign, including a personalized message.  Each package also will include a Perry-signed Certificate of Authenticity, a private meeting with Joe, a photo op with the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, one of his personal guitar picks and a set list from Aerosmith's performance that evening.  In addition, Perry will autograph two other items of your choice, guitars excluded.  For more information, visit North American leg of Aerosmith's Let Rock Rule tour, which includes opening act Slash Featuring Miles Kennedy and the Conspirators, is scheduled from July 10 show in Wantagh, New York, through a September 12 performance in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada.Here are all of the trek's confirmed dates:7/10 -- Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre7/13 -- Kitchener, Canada, McLennan Park7/16 -- Mansfield, MA, Xfinity Center7/19 -- Cadott, WI, Rock Fest7/22 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center7/25 -- Tinley Park, IL, First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre7/30 -- Inglewood, CA, The Forum8/2 -- Las Vegas, NV, MGM Grand Garden Arena8/8 -- Stateline, NV, Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys8/13 -- Concord, CA, Sleep Train Pavilion8/16 -- George, WA, The Gorge Amphitheatre8/19 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center8/22 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center8/25 -- The Woodlands, TX, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion8/28 -- Atlanta, GA, Phillips Arena8/31 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall9/3 -- Newark, NJ, Prudential Center9/6 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live9/9 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre9/12 -- Sydney, Canada, Open Hearth ParkCopyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Mastodon Releases First Single from New Album

Courtesy Mastodon via TwitterMastodon has released the first single from its forthcoming album, Once More 'Round the Sun. The new track is called "High Road," but it's apparently not at all about taking the high road. In a statement, Mastodon guitarist Bill Kelliher admits he wrote "High Road" "on a day off while we were on tour in Luxembourg. I was sitting in this rainy city on a Sunday, and nothing was open. I felt like I needed to write something to reflect how I was feeling [so] I started banging on a guitar." The chorus is "You take the high road down/I'll take the road below you."The song has slow, percussive riffs in the beginning and progresses to soaring vocal/guitar blending. It's streaming now on Mastodon's official website, Once More 'Round the Sun is set to arrive in retail and digital outlets on April 29.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Jack White Reveals Track Listing for "Lazaretto," Releases First Single

Mary Ellen MatthewsJack White had a busy weekend, what with setting the record for the World's Fastest-Released Record on Record Store Day.  That record was "Lazaretto," the live, mono version of the title track of White's forthcoming album.  It was cut direct-to-acetate, pressed and put on sale at his Third Man Records shop in Nashville in less than four hours.The B-side of the single features White's cover of Elvis Presley's "Power of My Love." You can see the record being set, in a time-compressed video, on Third Man Records' official YouTube channel.The former White Stripes singer also found time to release the track listing for his new album.Set to hit outlets both digital and retail on June 10, Lazaretto will contain 11 songs.Here's the track listing for Lazaretto:"Three Women""Lazaretto""Temporary Ground""Would You Fight for My Love?""High Ball Stepper""Just One Drink""Alone in My Home""Entitlement""That Black Bat Licorice" "I Think I Found the Culprit""Want and Able"Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Kings of Leon Announce New Tour Dates

Big Hassle MediaKings of Leon have announced the third leg of their tour, and it's a long one. The leg kicks off on July 31 in St. Louis and stretches through and October 3 show in Los Angeles, stopping in virtually all regions of the U.S.  On select dates of the tour Kings of Leon are being joined by Young the Giant and Kongos. Tickets for the newly announced dates on sale starting Friday, April 25 via A Kings of Leon tour trailer can be seen on the band's official YouTube channel.The new Kings of Leon tour dates are:7/31 -- St. Louis, MO, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre8/01 -- Detroit, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre8/03 -- Chicago, IL, Grant Park (Lollapalooza)8/05 -- Toronto, ON, Molson Canadian Amphitheatre8/07 -- Hartford, CT, Xfinity Theatre8/09 -- Mansfield, MA, Xfinity Center8/10 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center8/13 -- Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre8/15 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live8/16 -- Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts8/19 -- Darien Center, NY, Darien Lake Performing Arts Center8/20 -- Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Blossom Music Center8/22 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center8/23 -- Indianapolis, IN, Klipsch Music Center8/26 -- Gilford, NH, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook8/28 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center8/29 -- Pittsburgh, PA, First Niagara Pavilion9/03 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach9/05 -- Tampa, FL, Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheatre9/06 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Cruzan Amphitheatre9/09 -- Atlanta, GA, Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood9/10 -- Birmingham, AL, Oak Mountain Amphitheatre9/12 -- Dallas, TX, Gexa Energy Pavilion9/13 -- Austin, TX, Austin360 Amphitheatre9/16 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion9/17 -- Raleigh, NC, Walnut Creek Amphitheatre9/24 -- Denver, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre9/26 -- Albuquerque, NM, Isleta Amphitheatre9/27 -- Las Vegas, NV, MGM Grand Garden Arena9/30 -- Sacramento, CA, Sleep Train Amphitheatre10/01 -- Concord, CA, Concord Pavilion10/03 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood BowlCopyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Remix of Coldplay's "Midnight" Streaming Now

Courtesy Coldplay via InstagramColdplay keeps trickling out songs, videos and variations to help fans bide their time before the release of the band's new album, Ghost Stories.The latest teaser is a new version of "Midnight," the song that was released from Ghost Stories. The new track features a remix by legendary Italian producer Giorgio Moroder, who is still very active at the age of 73. Moroder is credited for starting electronic music and is known for producing dozens of big-named artists, including Blondie's signature hit "Call Me." He most recently appeared on the song that Daft Punk wrote about him, called "Giorgio by Moroder." The Moroder remix of "Midnight" is streaming exclusively on the band's official website, If you need to have your very own digital copy, you can purchase the song on iTunes.Ghost Stories arrives in digital and retail outlets on May 19.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Mars Volta Spin-Off Band Antemasque Reveals Four Songs, Announces Album Release

NadieSoundThe creative flow from the former Mars Volta camp just won't stop. As previously reported, former MV members Dave Elitch, Omar Rodríguez-López and Cedric Bixler-Zavala have formed a new project called Antemasque and released some tunes.  Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea will guest on some of the new band's album, but is not an official member.Their first single, called "4 AM," is streaming on YouTube and it's for sale through iTunes.The band immediately followed up that single with a second, called "People Forget."  It's also streaming on YouTube.The band has a trailer streaming online, and there's a featurette in which you can see them fooling around in the studio.  There are now two additional songs available online -- "Hangin' in the Lurch" and "Drown All Your Witches" -- which brings Antemasque's total to four. In more Antemasque news, the band will release a full-length CD on July 15. Details on how to get it a little early are available on the band's Facebook page or their website, The Mars Volta announced a hiatus in September 2012, followed by a tweet from Bixler-Zavala in January 2013 that announced the band's breakup.  The split was rumored to have been the result of a falling-out between him and Rodríguez-López, both of whom quickly announced new projects.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Taylor Momsen of The Pretty Reckless Says She Would Have Turned Down Nirvana Hal

Courtesy Taylor Momsen via TwitterWhen the surviving members of Nirvana played at the recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, they asked a series of female singers -- including Joan Jett, Annie Clark, Kim Gordon and Lorde -- to stand in for the late Kurt Cobain. In a recent Rolling Stone piece, Dave Grohl said that he and Krist Novoselic chose women because "it was about the future."These days, it's hard to imagine the future of women in rock without Taylor Momsen's name popping up. The frontwoman of The Pretty Reckless has a giant voice, an even bigger reputation and a Cobain-like snarling disregard for society's norms.It turns out that Momsen is a big fan of Nirvana -- and knows Grohl and Nirvana touring guitarist Pat Smear -- but she tells ABC News Radio that she wouldn't have taken the gig, if they had offered it to her. "See, I wouldn't have done it, because I'm not Kurt Cobain," she says. "It's not the same without him. I know all those guys, but I don't know if I'd do [a Nirvana song] justice."Momsen probably will soon get the chance to talk about the Hall of Fame performance with one of the participants -- both she and Joan Jett are scheduled to perform at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards this week. Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

30 Seconds to Mars Lawsuit Documentary to Get TV Premiere

ABC/Randy HolmesNext weekend, 30 Seconds to Mars' 2012 documentary Artifact will get its U.S. television premiere. Artifact premieres simultaneously on VH1 and Palladia on Saturday, April 26 at 11 p.m. ET/PT.The film chronicles the band's legal struggle with its record label, Virgin/EMI, which filed suit for breach of contract against the band in 2008. In the lawsuit, the label demanded $30 million in damages from the band, which it said was still under contract with Virgin/EMI despite an ongoing royalties dispute.Singer Jared Leto directed the film and in an interview with Yahoo Canada, says that his reaction to the amount of money in the legal documents was outrage. "Your jaw kinda hits the floor, [and] the kid in you is ready to throw a punch," he says.The documentary won awards at the Toronto International Film Festival and the Gotham Independent Film Awards.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio