Lynyrd Skynyrdwill put out their next album, Last of a Dying Breed, on August 21st. It will be their first release since 2009's God and Guns. Founding member and guitarist Gary Rossington says the sessions reminded him of their early days, when they all played together "as a band, tracking songs and creating licks. We had a lot of fun and the music really flowed for us... We can't wait to let the fans hear these songs and play 'em live."
Skynyrd will be back on the road tomorrow night in Baltimore with dates through early October. Joining them will be a new bass player, Johnny Colt. He's an original member of The Black Crowes and has played with Train and Rockstar Supernova.
Corey Taylorwill have very little rest this year, as he'll be going from a Slipknot summer tour right into the next Stone Sour album. Taylor says, "The new album, which does have a title but I won't give it away yet, is slated to be released October 2012." Taylor and the band have been recording the album at Sound Farm Studios just outside of their hometown of Des Moines, Iowa with producer David Bottrill (Tool, Staind).
Bushhave added nearly a dozen U.S. headlining showson what were previously days off from their current Here & Now tour supporting Nickelback, which goes through the end of July.
Seetherwill join them for the first two shows -- Rochester, Minnesota on May 21st and San Antonio, Texas on June 3rd -- while Slash is on the bill in London, Ontario on July 26th. Other cities where they'll headline include Fresno, Nashville, Providence, Portland (Maine) and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where they'll close out their North American touring on August 1st, before heading to Europe on the 10th of that month.
It seems like Courtney Love's talk (and ramblings and complaints) about her late husband Kurt Cobain's catalog means even less than we thought. The Fixreports that Love agreed to step down as acting manager of End of Music LLC -- which control's Cobain's publicity rights -- once she'd received a $2.75-million loan from Frances Bean Cobain's trust fund in 2010. Love has no say over Cobain dealings until she pays back the loan, so Frances makes all the decisions about her father now.
The Fix also reports that Primary Wave Music holds all the administrative rights to Cobain's catalog, controlling the use of Nirvana songs in films and other media. That means Love lied when she said Disney had no right to use "Smells Like Teen Spirit" in The Muppets.
Scott Weilandhas confirmed the rumors that Stone Temple Pilots will perform their debut album, Core, in its entirety on their upcoming tour Weiland tells Rolling Stone, "I think it'll be really fun, because the one thing that I got tired of was sort of playing the same basic set list every night. It was like, 'the hits.' This way, it's something different, and I think it will be cool."
Weiland adds that he'd be willing to work with Velvet Revolver again after their brief reunion at a charity gig in January. He says, "If Maynard [James Keenan] can do it with A Perfect Circle and Tool, then there's no reason why I shouldn't go and do it with both bands."
STP's tour starts on September 1st in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
The seventh season of Gene SimmonsFamily Jewels will premiere on A&E on May 28th -- Memorial Day -- with a one-hour episode. The show will pick up after Gene and Shannon Tweed's wedding last October, but all is not rosy for the newlyweds. Among the storylines:
Last season's run of Gene SimmonsFamily Jewels was its most-watched, averaging 1.8 million viewers. The engagement and wedding episodes were the Top 2 telecasts ever for the series.
Depeche Modefans can expect to see the band play next year. Singer Dave Gahan tells Spinthat they've already put plans in place for touring all of next year. Gahan says the band has 20 new songs demoed so far, adding, "Some of the songs are in really good shape, some need some work, but we're definitely on track. We have a deadline of the end of November, and there's no reason we why we won't meet that at the rate we're going."
Iron Maidensinger -- and pilot -- Bruce Dickinson has launched an aircraft maintenance business in the U.K. Cardiff Aviation announced on Tuesday it was taking over a hanger in south Wales that was used by the Royal Air Force for 75 years. Dickinson's company plans to maintain airliners and other large aircraft for major and independent airlines.
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