"A Very Bonnaroo Thanksgiving," Featuring Metallica, Jack White and Pearl Jam, A


Image Courtesy of BB Gun PressVH1 is bringing The Farm to you on Thursday with A Very Bonnaroo Thanksgiving. The special will feature a bevy of performances from the Tennessee music festival, including Jack White, Metallica, Pearl Jam, Arcade Fire, Mumford & Sons and many more.If watching A Very Bonnaroo Thanksgiving makes you want to visit The Farm for yourself, then you can purchase Bonnaroo pre-sale tickets starting November 28 at noon ET. Bonnaroo 2015 will be held June 11-14 in its usual location of Manchester, Tennessee.A Very Bonnaroo Thanksgiving, which encourages viewers to take to social media with the hashtag #GobbleRoo, will air at 9 p.m. ET/PT.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 2014 ABC News Radio

Venom Announces New Album, "From the Very Depths"


Image Courtesy of Tim TronckoeBlack metal legends Venom have announced their fourteenth studio album. Entitled From the Very Depths, the record will be released January 27."This album is perfect, all three members are totally over-the-top confident with the new songs and the production," says Venom vocalist and bassist Cronos in a statement. "We had a great atmosphere in the studio while we were recording. [Drummer] Dante created pure thunder from his drums, while [guitarist] Rage tears the flesh off your face with his riffs, making everything fall into place so well.""It's a strong release and really shows the band maturing into an unstoppable force of pure black metal," he continues. "We can't wait to play the new songs live for the legions...hell yeah!"From the Very Depths will be Venom's follow-up to their 2011 album, Fallen Angels, the release of which marked the 30th anniversary of the band's influential debut, Welcome to Hell.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 2014 ABC News Radio

Creed's Scott Stapp Says He's Broke and Homeless


Image Courtesy of Wind-up RecordsCreed frontman Scott Stapp has posted a nearly 16-minute long video on his band's Facebook page in which he says that the IRS has frozen his funds due to a "clerical error" and has left him penniless. He also says that he is currently living in a Holiday Inn after spending weeks living out of his truck.Stapp says that everything began to fall apart after he conducted a "personal audit" of his finances."During the course of that audit a lot of things were uncovered," he says. "A lot of money was stolen from me or royalties not paid."Stapp goes on the say that the people who he believes have stolen that money have threatened to reveal "any impropriety I’ve done in the past these individuals can get their hands on to humiliate and embarrass me and try to ruin my credibility."He then says the IRS froze his funds and that his all the funds from his bank were stolen from someone who changed his online banking passwords."I had no money, not even for gas or food," Stapp says. "I went two days without eating because I had no money and ended up in an emergency room."Throughout the video, Stapp insists that he is completely sober, which contradicts the reported claims made by his estranged wife, Jaclyn. According to the Miami Herald, Jaclyn filed for divorce from her husband, claiming he was abusing amphetamines and crystal meth.In the video, posted Wednesday, Stapp asks for a lawyer to help him. He also promises a follow-up video with updates. The currently posted video is entitled "Scott Stapp of Creed: Public Statement #1."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 2014 ABC News Radio 

Coldplay Releases Interactive Video for "Ink"


Image Courtesy of Atlantic RecordsColdplay's new video for "Ink" is less a music video and more of a choose-your-own-adventure style interactive experience. The video gives the viewer choices on how to direct a lonely traveler through a colorful world as he searches for his lost love, all set to the Ghost Stories hit. You can experience the "Ink" video at Coldplay.com/Ink.The "Ink" interactive video was written, animated and directed by Los Angeles agency Blind, in collaboration with digital media company Interlude. A press release promises the video contains more than 300 different outcomes, depending on which options you choose.In addition to appearing on the Ghost Stories studio album, you'll also find "Ink" on Ghost Stories Live 2014, the new Coldplay live CD/DVD that captures the band's intimate March 2014 performance in Los Angeles. Ghost Stories Live 2014 was released earlier this week.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 2014 ABC News Radio

Nickelback, In This Moment Make Top-10 Debuts on "Billboard" 200


Image Courtesy of Republic RecordsHard rockers Nickelback and In This Moment have both made strong debuts in the latest edition of the Billboard 200. Nickelback's No Fixed Address bows at number four on the chart, while In This Moment's Black Widow comes in at number eight.No Fixed Address marks Nickelback's sixth straight top-10 appearance on the Billboard 200, dating back to their 2001 breakthrough album, Silver Side Up. The band's last release, 2011's Here and Now, peaked at number two on the chart.Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger told ABC News Radio that recording No Fixed Address in studios all over the world, including in Zurich and Budapest, was "incredibly beneficial" to the record's sound.In This Moment, meanwhile, makes their first top-10 debut with Black Widow. It's the follow-up to the band's 2012 album, Blood, which marked In This Moment's previous chart peak on the Billboard 200, at number 15.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 2014 ABC News Radio

Foo Fighters Announce Intimate Show in Seattle


Image Courtesy of Ringo StarrBy now, the pattern of the Foo Fighters announcing a last-minute show in the city that will be profiled on that week's Sonic Highways episode has become quite apparent, so it comes as no surprise that the band has announced a show for this Friday, November 28 at Seattle's The Showbox.Tickets will be available at three locations throughout Seattle starting at 3 p.m. PT today. The locations are at The Showbox, Easy Street Records and Sonic Boom Records. Tickets will not be sold online.This week's Seattle-themed episode of Sonic Highways will feature appearances from Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell and Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard. After this week, the series will have only one episode left, which will focus on New York City. The Sonic Highways finale will air on December 5.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 2014 ABC News Radio

Members of Def Leppard, Pixies and Ministry Launch Crowd-Funding Campaign to Mak


Image Courtesy of Press Here PublicityA bevy of rock musicians including Def Leppard's Joe Elliot, Pixies' Joey Santiago and Ministry's Al Jourgensen have teamed up to launch an IndieGoGo campaign to fund their film, The Bridge. The film will star the three aforementioned rockers, along with Eddie Ojeda of Twisted Sister, ex-Misfit Tiny Biuso, Rick Warwick of Black Star Riders/Thin Lizzy and Sin Quirin of Ministry."The Bridge is a rock & roll feature film about the rise of small town music prodigy, Luke Weaver, who faces the decision to choose life or continue down his steadfast path to self-destruction," reads the film's official description. You can watch a video for the campaign on YouTube.Perks for contributors to the project include various signed merchandise and VIP tickets. The most expensive perk is a pasta dinner cooked for you by Santiago -- that will set you back $20,000. A portion of the campaign's proceeds will be donated to the Fender Music Foundation, which provides instruments to music education programs.The Bridge campaign has a goal of $300,000. The campaign will close on January 1.Last month, Iggy Pop launched a similar campaign to fund a horror film called The Sandman starring himself and directed by Italian horror legend Dario Argento. That campaign will close on December 2.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 2014 ABC News Radio

Metallica to Headline Reading & Leeds Festivals


Image Courtesy of BB Gun PressThe U.K.'s Reading & Leeds Festivals have announced that Metallica will headline the 2015 events. The metal legends together with Pierced the Veil, Refused and Manchester Orchestra and are among the first performers to be announced. A full line up for Reading & Leeds has yet to be revealed."We are obviously beyond thrilled to be returning to headline the magnificent and mighty double shot at Reading & Leeds for the fourth time," says Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich in a statement. "We are practically the house band. Bring it!"Metallica just finished up their week-long residency on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. The band powered through five nights of performances including "For Whom the Bell Tolls," "Enter Sandman," "Hit the Lights," "Sad but True" and "Fuel."Reading & Leeds consists of two festivals occurring simultaneously in England -- Reading at Richfield Avenue and Leeds at Braham Park. The 2015 Reading & Leeds festivals will take place August 28-30. Tickets to both festivals are on sale now.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 2014 ABC News Radio

AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd Shows Up Late for Court Appearance


Columbia RecordsAC/DC drummer Phil Rudd, who's charged with threatening to kill and possessing methamphetamine and marijuana, appeared in a New Zealand court Wednesday, but things didn't get off to the best of starts.Rudd, 60, showed up late to court, prompting the judge to order a warrant for his arrest, according to SunLive.co.nz. Rudd arrived soon afterward.  He did not enter a plea and remains free on bail until a December 2 court date.Outside the courthouse, Rudd was seen taking a piggyback ride on one of his security guards.The drummer initially also faced a murder-for-hire charge following his arrest earlier this month, but it was quickly withdrawn due to insufficient evidence.AC/DC releases their new album, Rock or Bust, December 2.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 2014 ABC News Radio

Soundgarden Unveils Video for "Storm"


Image Courtesy of Geffen/Universal MusicToday is a perfect storm for Soundgarden fans.  In addition to releasing their new rarities collection, Echo of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across the Path, the band has unveiled the video for "Storm," one of the tracks from the compilation.  Directed by frequent Soundgarden collaborator Josh Graham, the moody "Storm" video essentially amounts to an incredibly ominous Rorschach Test. You can watch the video via NME.com.Soundgarden originally recorded "Storm" in the mid-'80s as a demo, but was never released.  Earlier this year, the band teamed up with producer Jack Endino to re-record the track specifically for the Echo of Miles collection.Echo of Miles features 50 tracks across three themed discs -- "Originals," "Covers" and "Oddities." "Storm" is the closing song on the "Originals" disc.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 2014 ABC News Radio

AC/DC's Video for "Rock or Bust" Title Track Debuts Online


Image Courtesy of James MinchinAC/DC has premiered an official video for the title track to its upcoming studio, Rock or Bust.  The clip, which can be viewed online now at the group's official website and VEVO YouTube channel, features footage of the band perform the riff-heavy, mid-tempo tune on a circular stage surrounded by a packed crowd of enthusiastic fans.According to RollingStone.com, the video was shot early last month at Black Island Studios in Middlesex, U.K.  The clip was directed by David Mallet, who also was behind the camera for AC/DC's "Play Ball" video.  Absent for both clips is the band's longtime drummer, Phil Rudd, who -- as previously reported -- was recently arrested on several criminal charges in his adopted home of New Zealand.  Filling in behind the kit in the videos is Bob Richards."'Rock or Bust' was greatly, greatly, greatly helped by the wonderful fans," says Mallett in a behind-the-scenes video posted online.  "One chap, complete with an Angus [Young] outfit flew all the way from South America to watch AC/DC make a video for three-and-a-half hours.  And then he flew home to South America."Rock or Bust will be released on Tuesday, December 2.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 2014 ABC News Radio

Fall Out Boy Announces New Album, "American Beauty/American Psycho"


Image Courtesy of Crush ManagementAfter months of secrecy and speculation, Fall Out Boy has announced some details about their forthcoming album. The new record, FOB's sixth studio effort, will be called American Beauty/American Psycho and will be released on January 20.American Beauty/American Psycho will be available for pre-order starting December 15. Those who pre-order the album from iTunes will get an instant download of its hit single, "Centuries," as well as the title track and another song to be named later. The full track list for American Beauty/American Psycho has yet to be announced.Since FOB released "Centuries" in September, the single has occupied a spot in the top 10 on both Billboard's Hot Rock Songs and Alternative Songs chart.American Beauty/American Psycho will be the follow-up to 2013's Save Rock and Roll, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. Dating back to their breakthrough album, 2005's From Under the Cork Tree, Fall Out Boy has notched four straight top-10 appearances on the chart.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 2014 ABC News Radio 

System of a Down Announce Tour to Commemorate 100th Anniversary Of Armenian Geno


Image Courtesy of Frank Maddocks/PRNewsFoto/System Of A DownSystem of a Down's music has always been heavily influenced by the band members' Armenian heritage. In 2015, SoaD will play a concert in Armenia for the first time in their career as part of their Wake Up the Souls tour. The tour will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, during which the Ottoman Empire attempted to systematically exterminate the Armenian people."As a band, it's been one of our dreams to play in Armenia," says frontman Serj Tankian in a statement. "To be able to play in the homeland of our forefathers while respecting the memory of those that perished in the first genocide of the 20th century will be an honor." The Wake Up the Souls tour will begin on April 10 in London and conclude with a free show at Yerevan, Armenia's Republic Square, on April 23. The generally accepted start date of the Armenian Genocide is April 24, 1915.  All ticket info can be found on SystemofaDown.com.As for SoaD's remaining 2014 plans, the band will play Los Angeles on December 13.Here are all of the Wake Up the Souls tour dates:4/10 -- London, UK, Wembley Arena 4/13 -- Cologne, Germany, Lanxess Arena 4/14 -- Lyon, France, La Halle Tony Garnier 4/16 -- Brussels, Belgium, Forest National 4/17 -- Amsterdam, Netherlands, Ziggo Dome 4/20 -- Moscow, Russia, Olympisky 4/23 -- Yerevan, Armenia, Republic SquareFollow --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 2014 ABC News Radio

Smashing Pumpkins Add More North American Dates to Intimate Tour


Image Courtesy of Martha's MusicSmashing Pumpkins have added two more American dates to their upcoming tour. In addition to stops in New York City and San Fransisco, the Pumpkins will hit Thalia Hall in their hometown of Chicago on November 26 and Las Vegas' Brooklyn Bowl on December 13. The Chicago date will go on sale today, November 24, at noon CT via Ticketweb.com, and the Las Vegas show will go on sale November 25 at 10 a.m. PT via TicketFly.com.As previously announced, frontman Billy Corgan will be joined by Rage Against the Machine drummer Brad Wilk and The Killers bassist Mark Stoermer on the short tour. Wilk and Stoermer will also perform with the Pumpkins on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! Wednesday, December 10, in a special outdoor stage performance.This intimate tour will be in support of the Pumpkins' new album, Monuments to an Elegy, out December 9, which features another famous drummer -- Motley Crue's Tommy Lee. If you pre-order Monuments to an Elegy from your local independent record store, you'll receive a three-track sampler, including the new single, "Tiberius." Check out the Smashing Pumpkins website for a list of participating retailers.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 2014 ABC News Radio

Slipknot Releases Knotfest Recap Video


Image Courtesy of Universal Music Group DistributionSlipknot's Knotfest took place last month, but in case you missed it, the band has released a two-minute recap video of the three-day festival. Set to their single "The Negative One," the video features everything you might expect from a music festival hosted by Slipknot -- moshing, fire, motorcycles and lots of headbanging and guitar shredding. You can watch the video on Slipknot's YouTube page.Knotfest was held October 24-26 in San Bernardino, California. Bands that played the festival included Volbeat, Five Finger Death Punch, Danzig, Anthrax and Black Label Society.Slipknot is currently on the North American Prepare for Hell Tour alongside Korn through a December 7 stop in Lowell, Massachusetts.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 2014 ABC News Radio

Kim Thayil Wanted to Gather All Soundgarden's "Loose Ends" for New Rarities Coll


Image Courtesy of Mike LavineSoundgarden's newest release, a rarities collection entitled Echo of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across the Path, has been in the works for quite a while. Guitarist Kim Thayil has been talking about releasing a compilation of hard-to-find Soundgarden songs since the mid-'90's, but the idea of a rarities collection has been something he has been attracted to since childhood.Thayil tells ABC News Radio that as a kid growing up in Chicago, he had always felt frustrated whenever, for example, a band would write a song on a soundtrack and then never give it a proper album release. He felt that it was way too difficult for fans to track down every single piece of music from their favorite bands. Thayil envisions Echo of Miles as an antidote to that annoyance for Soundgarden fans."I didn't want our fans to have to experience that same frustration of wanting to hear a song and having to track it down, or to have a lot of this material in a number of different places in one's record collection," he tells ABC News Radio. "I always wanted to gather all these loose ends that we were producing and releasing into one package."Thayil does name The Beatles as one of the bands of his childhood that did it get right in terms of compiling hard-to-find songs. He remembers Hey Jude -- which he says was the first rock album he ever got for Christmas -- as a great example, even if his high school friends didn't agree."Later on in high school I had friends tell me that, 'Well, [Hey Jude]'s not a real Beatles album. That wasn't released conceptually like Revolver or Sgt. Pepper, rather it's a collection of un-compiled singles,'" Thayil recalls. "And I thought, 'Well, that's kind of what an album is.'"Hey Jude wasn't the only piece of Beatles material that helped form Echo of Miles. The collection contains two Beatles covers -- "Come Together" and "Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey" -- and the track "One Minute of Silence," which was inspired by John Lennon's "Two Minutes Silence.""I thought, 'Well let's do like a heavy version of ["Two Minutes Silence"], sure!' So we just plugged in an amp and put a mic in front of an amp that was on standby, just kind of humming," explains Thayil. "We couldn't make it the whole minute, we have short attention spans. So someone went over and kicked the amp or unplugged the cord and that's it. That's a pretty strange one."Echo of Miles is divided into three discs -- "Originals," "Covers" and "Oddities." Naturally, "One Minute of Silence" falls into the third category, but Thayil names the track "Night Surf" as the oddest of all the "Oddities." He tells ABC News Radio that they song only existed in live concerts in 1994 as the soundtrack to a short film shot by bassist Ben Shepherd's brother, Henry Shepherd."We would show that film and play the song, which was the soundtrack for the film, and at the end of it, the scrim, or curtain would fall and we'd come out and start playing," Thayil says. "I know there's tens of thousands of people from that period of time who might remember that and probably wondered 'What the hell was this track?' Well, here it is, it's 'Night Surf.'"Now that Echo of Miles is released, Soundgarden has set their sights another archival project: a re-issue of the band's debut album, Ultramega OK. Thayil tells ABC News Radio that the remixed and remastered version of the record will come out in the next year.For Soungarden fans craving new material, Thayil also says that the band will return to the studio after their Australian tour in February 2015."When we come back, we'll probably take a little bit of a break, and then get in the studio with [drummer] Matt [Cameron] and Ben and myself and [lead singer] Chris [Cornell] and start sharing demos and jamming and coming up with new ideas, and that will be the work for the next album," he says. Echo of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across the Path is out now.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 2014 ABC News Radio

Imagine Dragons Performing at American Music Awards on Sunday


Image Courtesy of ABC/Richard HarbaughImagine Dragons will be bringing their new single to the big stage. The Las Vegas band will be performing "I Bet My Life" on Sunday's 2014 American Music Awards, which start at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.In addition to performing at the award show, Imagine Dragons will be up for two AMAs: Favorite Artist -- Alternative Rock and Favorite Band, Duo or Group -- Pop/Rock. The band won the Favorite Artist -- Alternative Rock award at the 2013 AMAs, so they could make it two straightLorde and Bastille square off against Imagine Dragons in the Favorite Artist- -- Alternative Rock category. Lorde will also be performing at the AMAs. She also received nominations in two other categories: Favorite Album -- Pop/Rock and Favorite Female Artist -- Pop/Rock. Bastille is a multiple nominee as well -- the British band is up for the New Artist of the Year award.All in all, the AMAs will feature 18 musical performances from hot alternative acts like Imagine Dragons and Lorde to pop stars like Taylor Swift and One Direction."I think what we're doing is just representing what pop culture is in today's world. Period," AMA Executive Producer Larry Klein tells ABC News Radio. "Listen to any radio station -- I don't care what the station is -- the songs you hear on those radio stations, you'll be seeing Sunday night with the artists performing them."The American Music Awards air live this Sunday night on ABC.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 2014 ABC News Radio

Sammy Hagar Says He "Was Honored" to Be Asked to Appear on "The Simpsons"


2014 TCFFC/FoxSammy Hagar will join an illustrious list of fellow rock stars when he appears tonight in cartoon form on The Simpsons.  The Red Rocker's voice and animated likeness will be featured in an episode titled "Covercraft," in which Homer -- suffering from a mid-life crisis after Moe's bar closes -- becomes the bassist in a cover band with some other local dads.Hagar says he jumped at the chance when he was asked to take part in the show, which in the past has featured cameos by such music legends as Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, The Who and Michael Jackson."I liked the list of people that have done it before me, and I was honored," Sammy explained during a press teleconference held Thursday.  He added that he also was excited because it gave him the opportunity to do "something new, something different."He also noted that he enjoyed doing the show because he got the chance to ham it up. "I liked being a little bit of a caricature of myself," he said.  "I get to overdo it, and every time I overdo it around the house, you know, I get criticism from my kids and stuff.  So it's really nice to be able to overdo it and get away with it."One thing Hagar wasn't too pleased with was the way he looked as a cartoon character."I don't think anyone can relate to themselves as a Simpson," he said with a laugh.  "When I saw it I went, 'Whoa!  Hey!  Hold on here.'  You know, it's pretty funny but, like I said, I can't relate too much to the character except…they got my tennis shoes really right and they got my…flower shirt…my kind of semi-Hawaiian lifestyle look…But [I] couldn't relate to the body and face look."Besides that, Hagar said he was so happy with his Simpsons experience that it made him want to become a full-time cast member."It made me want to do voice-overs," he explained.  "I told the guys after I did it…I said, 'Hey man, invent a permanent Simpson character for me and I'll do it.'…I'm telling you, it was really, really fun."Sammy revealed that at this stage in his career, he's very interested in trying things he hasn't done before, so beyond doing voice-overs he'd like to try his hand at acting in a film."I'd love to have a bit part in a movie," he said.  "Not like a star, but I would love to…try some things like that, where I can be some other character.  I'm tired of being Sammy, you know what I mean?"You can check out a video featuring behind-the-scenes footage of Hagar recording his Simpsons cameo on RollingStone.com.  The Simpsons airs Sundays on Fox at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT.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 2014 ABC News Radio

Smashing Pumpkins Release New Song, "Drum + Fife"


Image Courtesy of Martha's MusicThe Smashing Pumpkins have released another song from their forthcoming album, Monuments to an Elegy. The new track, "Drum + Fife," is inspired by Irish folk music while also incorporating electronic beats and loops. You can stream "Drum + Fife" on NME's website."'Drum + Fife' was originally a folk song. We really had a problem getting it off its almost dour Irish balladeer aspect," Billy Corgan tells NME. "I must give a lot of credit to Tommy Lee, because he’s the one who turned the corner."Corgan explains that Lee, who plays drums on Monuments to an Elegy, used his experience in dance music to give "Drum + Fife" its electronic elements."It’s almost like mid 80s new wave or something and it reminded me a little bit of early U2 or Big Country," Corgan continues. "The open strut made the Irish ballad part of the song come alive and have more of a expansive quality and from there on it got a lot easier."Monuments to an Elegy will be released December 9. The Pumpkins also have a second new album in the works, Day and Night, which is due out next 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 2014 ABC News Radio

Hinder Announces New Album, Unveil New Single, "Hit the Ground"


Image Courtesy of Jeremy CharlesHinder has returned, and they've brought a new lead singer with them. Not only has the band announced they'll release a new album -- their fifth -- in 2015, the currently-untitled record will be Hinder's first with new lead singer Nolan Neal, who replaced Austin Winkler after Winkler departed the band last year.In addition to the album announcement, Hinder has also unveiled a new song, "Hit the Ground." The new track starts off with an acoustic guitar that contains the slightest bit of country before the band launches into the hard rock chorus. "Hit the Ground" is streaming now on Billboard."One thing that I've learned since we started this journey over 10 years ago is that nobody is invincible," drummer Cody Hanson tells Billboard. "['Hit the Ground'] is one of my favorite songs on the album because I know how true and real these lyrics are. We've lived and experienced every single line in this song. We can't even begin to tell you how excited we are to share it with our fans and get this new chapter started."The new album will be Hinder's follow-up to 2012's Welcome to the Freak 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 2014 ABC News Radio