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Guns N’ Roses push back European tour dates to 2022

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It'll be another year before the "Nightrain" returns to Europe.

Guns N' Roses have announced that their upcoming European tour has been pushed back to 2022. The outing had previously been postponed from 2020 to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The trek now is plotted out from a June 4, 2022, concert in Lisbon, Portugal, through a July 10 gig in Milan, Italy.

Along with rescheduled dates from the original itinerary, the 2022 Europe run also will include a number of newly added shows. Additionally, Gary Clark Jr. has been added to the bill as the support act on select dates.

For all ticket info regarding rescheduled and newly announced shows, visit

GN'R are currently scheduled to kick off a U.S. tour in July. Those dates were also rescheduled from 2020.

By Josh Johnson
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Dave Grohl’s debut book ‘The Storyteller’ to be released in October

Dey Street BooksDave Grohl is now officially adding "author" to his ever-growing résumé. The Foo Fighters frontman will release his debut book, The Storyteller, on October 5.

According to a press release, The Storyteller will touch on everything from "hilarious childhood mishaps, touching family moments, leaving home to see the world at 18, to spectacular stories about Nirvana, Foo Fighters, David Bowie, Joan Jett, Iggy Pop, Paul McCartney, playing drums for Tom Petty on Saturday Night Live, performing at the White House, and even swing dancing with AC/DC."

"There is a common thread that runs throughout everything that I do: storytelling," Grohl says. "Whether in song, documentary film or on the page, I have always felt compelled to share moments from my life. This inclination is a huge part of what excites me creatively but also as a human being."

Grohl adds that he was inspired to finally write a book after the positive response to his @DavesTrueStories Instagram account, which he launched last year at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"I soon found that the reward I felt every time I posted a story was the same as the feeling I get when playing a song to an audience, so I kept on writing," he explains. "The response from readers was a soul-filling as any applause in an arena. So, I took stock of all the experiences I've had in my life -- incredible, difficult, funny and emotional -- and decided it was time to finally put them into words."

The Storyteller will be published by Dey Street Books. You can pre-order it now via

By Josh Johnson
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Vicky Cornell shares response to Soundgarden’s social media password claim

Paul Zimmerman/Getty ImagesVicky Cornell, the widow of the late Chris Cornell, has issued a statement in response to Soundgarden's legal request that she turn over the passwords to the band's social media accounts.

In an Instagram Story on Chris account, Vicky writes, "Sadly, the other three Soundgarden members now object to a celebration of Chris' voice even as they take legal action to demand the use of his vocals."

"In their latest attacks they claim to be against the 'noonesingslikeyouanymore' hashtag -- even though that [hashtag] was taken from Chris' lyrics from 'Black Hole Sun' that was created and used by fans all over the world as a mark of respect and in tribute to him since the day after he died," she continues.

Vicky concludes, "My children and I are so grateful to the fans for the love and respect you have all shown to him and thereby us since that tragic night."

Additionally, Chris' Instagram Story includes a statement from Vicky's lawyer, Marty Singer, who says that Vicky will be filing a motion that will "expose the truth" about the social media accounts.

"Soundgarden solely wants the social media accounts in order to maliciously defame Ms. Cornell, provoke online stalkers...and to instigate third-parties to harass Ms. Cornell and her minor children," the statement reads.

As Billboard reported earlier this week, Soundgarden claimed that Vicky locked them out of the band's social media accounts and their official website. They accuse Vicky of leaving the accounts in a "state of neglect," pointing to how the Soundgarden Twitter page has lost its "verified" status due to lack of posts.

The passwords claim stems from the ongoing legal battle over a batch of recordings Chris had made before his 2017 death. Both Vicky and Soundgarden claim rightful ownership over the recordings.

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Soundgarden makes request to have Vicky Cornell turn over their social media passwords

Tara Ziemba/Getty ImagesThe intense legal battle between Vicky Cornell, the widow of late Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, and the band heated up again on Tuesday when new claims were filed in court. 

According to Billboard, the band claims Cornell's widow locked them out of their social media accounts and are demanding she fork over the passwords.

Soundgarden's surviving members -- Matt Cameron, Ben Shepherd and Kim Thayil  -- alongside business manager Rit Venerus, submitted the complaint to a judge last Thursday and requested the courts to intervene.

The band accused Vicky Cornell of changing the passwords to all their social media accounts -- Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and others -- alongside their official website without their permission.  The Grammy winning band adds that they have essentially been locked out of their accounts and are hoping that a judge can convince Cornell to hand over the keys.

Soundgarden also offered another solution, asking that a disclaimer that reads, "Soundgarden has temporarily suspended its official social media accounts due to pending litigation" be added to their accounts.

The band submitted a December 2019 email stating Cornell gained access to the band's passwords when the band's former management company, Patriot Management, granted her access to the band's login information that October.

The email alleges "Vicky [Cornell] has since changed all the social media passwords for the band accounts and will not share them with [Patriot] as she wants the band, and I quote, 'to sue her for them'."

The band furthers their website and social media handles have been "in a state of neglect," resulting in broken links, confusion among fans and the accounts being stripped of the "verified blue badge."

A hearing is set for April 16.

By Megan Stone
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Stone Temple Pilots announce 25th anniversary ‘Tiny Music…’ reissue

Credit: John EderStone Temple Pilots are reissuing their 1996 album Tiny Music...Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop in honor of its 25th anniversary.

The release will be available in a variety of different formats on July 23, including a super-deluxe edition that consists of the original album remastered, various alternate and instrumental versions, and a full live recording from a 1997 STP show in Panama City Beach, Florida.

You can listen to the alternate version of the song "Big Bang Baby" now via

Tiny Music..., STP's third album, was originally released March 26, 1996. While not quite as commercially successful as the band's first two albums, 1992's Core and 1994's Purple, Tiny Music... did spawn the hit singles "Big Bang Baby," "Lady Picture Show" and "Trippin' on a Hole in a Paper Heart," and was eventually certified two-times platinum.

STP's most recent album is 2020's Perdida, the band's second release with new lead vocalist Jeff Gutt.

By Josh Johnson
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Jane’s Addiction releases new documentary, ‘Replay 2020,’ featuring virtual Lollapalooza performance

The Coda Collection Jane's Addiction has released a new documentary called Replay 2020.

The film includes footage from the "Been Caught Stealing" band's performance during last summer's virtual Lollapalooza festival, which marked the first Jane's Addiction concert in three years. It also features interviews with band members Perry Farrell, Dave Navarro, Stephen Perkins and Chris Chaney.

"After 35 years of fighting I’m super glad we’re all alive and sounding so good," says Farrell. "This session just sparked my imagination on what we can accomplish during the next 10 years."

Replay 2020 is streaming now via The Coda Collection, a new, music-focused subscription streaming channel on Amazon Prime Video.

Perhaps Jane's Addiction will be performing in-person when Lollapalooza returns -- Farrell recently teased that the festival he founded would be coming back "soon" while announcing he'd received his COVID-19 vaccine.

By Josh Johnson
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Two claims in Vicky Cornell & Soundgarden lawsuit should be dismissed, judge says

Jason Merritt/Getty ImagesWe have a new turn in the ongoing legal battle between Soundgarden and the late Chris Cornell's widow, Vicky Cornell.

According to Billboard, U.S. District Judge Michelle Peterson of Washington state has recommended that two of the six claims that Vicky has made against the band be dismissed from the case.

Specifically, Peterson takes issue with the allegation that Soundgarden has purposefully withheld "hundreds of thousands of dollars" owed to Vicky and her two children, as well as the claim that the band's business manager, Rit Venerus, had breached his fiduciary duty to Vicky.

As Billboard reports, Peterson found that there "wasn't evidence" to support either of those claims. Vicky's lawyer, Marty Singer, says that she plans to "vehemently object" the judge's recommendation.

"The magistrate's recommendation has zero impact on the significant claims against Soundgarden and its band members, who have sought to trample on Chris Cornell's rights by unlawfully asserting ownership over his vocal recordings and by depriving his wife and children of millions of dollars that the band members want to keep for themselves," Singer says.

Soundgarden declined Billboard's request for comment.

The claims stem from a lawsuit filed by Vicky in December of 2019 over a series of recordings made by Chris before his death in 2017. Both Vicky and Soundgarden have claimed rightful ownership of the recordings.

Vicky filed a separate lawsuit in February of this year over a buyout offer that Soundgarden allegedly made to her, which she described as "villainously low."

By Josh Johnson
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Grammys 2021: The complete winners list

The Recording AcademyThe 63rd Annual Grammy Awards aired Sunday night on CBS, hosted by Trevor Noah.

Here is the complete list of winners in the major categories:

Record of the Year
"Everything I Wanted" by Billie Eilish

Album of the Year
Folklore by Taylor Swift

Song of the Year
"I Can't Breathe" by Dernst Emile II, H.E.R. & Tiara Thomas, songwriters (H.E.R.)

Best New Artist
Megan Thee Stallion


Best Pop Solo Performance
"Watermelon Sugar" by Harry Styles

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
"Rain On Me" by Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
American Standard by James Taylor

Best Pop Vocal Album
Future Nostalgia by Dua Lipa


Best Rock Performance
"Shameika" by Fiona Apple

Best Metal Performance
"Bum-Rush" by Body Count

Best Rock Song
"Stay High" by Brittany Howard

Best Rock Performance
"Shameika" by Fiona Apple

Best Rock Song
"Stay High" by Brittany Howard

Best Rock Album
The New Abnormal by The Strokes Alternative

Best Alternative Music Album
Fetch the Bolt Cutters by Fiona Apple


"Black Parade" by Beyoncé

Best Traditional R&B Performance
"Anything For You" by Ledisi

Best R&B Song
"Better Than I Imagined" by Robert Glasper, Meshell Ndegeocello & Gabriella Wilson, songwriters (Robert Glasper feat. H.E.R. & Meshell Ndegeocello)

Best Progressive R&B Album
It Is What It Is by Thundercat

Best R&B Album
Bigger Love by John Legend

Best Rap Performance
"Savage" by Megan Thee Stallion feat. Beyoncé

Best Melodic Rap Performance
"Lockdown" by Anderson .Paak

Best Rap Song
"Savage" by Beyoncé, Shawn Carter, Brittany Hazzard, Derrick Milano, Terius Nash, Megan Pete, Bobby Session Jr., Jordan Kyle Lanier Thorpe & Anthony White, songwriters (Megan Thee Stallion Featuring Beyoncé)

Best Rap Album
King's Disease by Nas


Best Country Solo Performance
"When My Amy Prays" by Vince Gill

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
"10,000 Hours" by Dan + Shay & Justin Bieber

Best Country Song
"Crowded Table" by Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby & Lori McKenna, songwriters (The Highwomen)

Best Country Album
Wildcard by Miranda Lambert


Best Dance Recording
"10%" by Kaytranada feat. Kali Uchis

Best Dance/Electronic Album
BUBBA by Kaytranada


Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song
"There Was Jesus" by Zach Williams & Dolly Parton; Casey Beathard, Jonathan Smith & Zach Williams, songwriters

Best Gospel Album
Gospel According to PJ by PJ Morton

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album
Jesus Is King by Kanye West

Best Roots Gospel Album
Celebrating Fisk! (The 150th Anniversary Album) by Fisk Jubilee Singers


Best Latin Pop or Urban Album
YHLQMDLG by Bad Bunny

Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album
La Conquista del Espacio by Fito Paez

Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)
Un Canto Por Mexico, Vol. 1 by Natalia Lafourcade

Best Tropical Latin Album
40 by Grupo Niche


Best Comedy Album
Black Mitzvah by Tiffany Haddish


Best Musical Theater Album
Jagged Little Pill (Glen Ballard, composer; Alanis Morissette, composer & lyricist) (Original Broadway Cast)


Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media
Jojo Rabbit (Various Artists) Taika Waititi, compilation producer

Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media
Joker by Hildur Guðnadóttir, composer

Best Song Written For Visual Media
"No Time to Die" by Billie Eilish O'Connell & Finneas Baird O'Connell, songwriters (Billie Eilish) Track from: No Time to Die


Best Music Video
"Brown Skin Girl" Beyoncé, Blue Ivy & WizKid
Beyoncé Knowles-Carter & Jenn Nkiru, video directors; Astrid Edwards, Aya Kaida, Jean Mougin, Nathan Scherrer & Erinn Williams, video producers

Best Music Film
Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice
Linda Ronstadt Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman, video directors; Michele Farinola & James Keach, video producers

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Foo Fighters accidentally hired a different producer for “Times Like These”

ABCFoo Fighters' classic single "Times Like These" might've sounded a bit different if Dave Grohl had called the right Nick.

As Grohl explains on a recent episode of Essentials Radio on Apple Music, he'd meant to call ex-Queens of the Stone Age bassist Nick Oliveri to produce the song. However, he accidentally called an up-and-coming producer named Nick Raskulinecz.

Not only did Raskulinecz end up producing "Times Like These" because of Grohl's phone confusion, he stuck around to co-produce Foos' 2002 album One by One.

Marveling at the producer mix-up, host Zane Lowe asks Grohl, "Rather than admit I'm looking for a different Nick, did you just say, 'S*** I've called the wrong Nick, do you want to come make a record with us?' Was that your way out?"

"Exactly, yes," Grohl replies. "That's exactly what happened."

As for Raskulinecz, One by One put him on the map as a producer, and he's since gone on to work with artists including Alice in Chains, Evanescence, Korn and Deftones.

Foo Fighters released their new album, Medicine at Midnight, last month.

By Josh Johnson
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New solo album from Alice in Chains’ Jerry Cantrell now “finished”

Miikka Skaffari/FilmMagicNew Jerry Cantrell solo music is on the way.

In an Instagram post Friday, the Alice in Chains vocalist/guitarist revealed that his long-awaited third solo album is now "finished."

"Finished my record tonight one year to the day from when we started recording it," Cantrell wrote in the caption. "What a crazy journey...always is."

The grunge rocker didn't share when the upcoming record will be released, but did add that he "look[s] forward to setting it free upon your ear holes sometime soon."

Cantrell hasn't released a solo album since 2002's Degradation Trip.

Alice in Chains, meanwhile, released their latest record, Rainier Fog, in 2018.

By Josh Johnson
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