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Linkin Park Plan Busy Summer
Linkin Park has a busy summer ahead. The rap-rock group announced they will release their fifth studio album on June 26. Called “Living Things," the album is being produced by Rick Rubin and Mike Shinoda, the group's rapper and multi-instrumentalist. The first single off the album, "Burn It Down," which is available now on iTunes.
The California six-piece will also co-headline the 2012 Honda Civic Tour with Incubus. The tour runs from August 11 to September 10. Mutemath will serve as the opening act.
Absent Inductees at Hall of Fame
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony went down last weekend and it do so without many of the inductees. Axl Rose publicly declined his invite via an angry Facebook note. Rod Stewart cancelled his reunion with Faces due to sickness and Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys was unable to attend. While Yauch's reasons are unknown, it's widely documented that he has been battling cancer since 2009. To watch who did show up, tune into the telecast on HBO on May 5.
Blur to Drop Box Set
A week after Damon Albarn said that Blur will disband following their performance at the closing ceremonies of the 2012 London Summer Olympics, the group announced plans to release a mega-stacked box set.
“Blur 21,” scheduled to drop on July 30, is a staggering 21-disc collection, featuring re-mastered and expanded two-disc versions of all seven of their studio LPs, four discs of unreleased material and three DVDs. It will also include a book, detailing Blur's 21-year career. Clearly, the group is going out in style.
Outside Lands Festival Lineup
Another day, another day of festival news. This time, it's the Outside Lands Festival's lineup release. The three-day event -- at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco on August 10-12 -- will feature Metallica, Stevie Wonder, Jack White, Foo Fighters, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Beck, Norah Jones, Skrillex, Justice, Sigur Ros, The Kills, Bloc Party, Franz Ferdinand, Fitz & The Tantrums, fun., The Walkmen, Big Boi, Passion Pit, Alabama Shakes and many more.
Foxy Shazam’s Uses for Red Bull
We recently caught up with Foxy Shazam's trumpet player, Alex Nauth, at the Rainbow Bar and Grill in Hollywood. The band members are promoting their fourth studio album, “The Church of Rock and Roll,” and in the video to their leadoff single, “I Like It,” lead vocalist Eric Nally is shown surrounded by a flock of women, drinking Red Bull.
“I love it when there's whiskey in it," said Nauth, referring to the band's fascination with Red Bull. "We were just talking about it today. We think Red Bull should come out with a Red Bull whisky mix.”
He added, “But seriously, in the past, we use it a lot more for driving and things like that. We'd have to wake up and do two-shifts, and that's something we use to wake up and drink immediately for our survival. So we have definitely been drinking and using Red Bull for years now.”
No wonder why Foxy Shazam's career is soaring.
Lastly, in some unfortunate news, three members of the rock culture passed away this week. Dick Clark, radio icon and host of "American Bandstand," died April 18 after suffering a massive heart attack. On April 19, Greg Ham, who played several instruments for Men at Work, was found dead inside his Melbourne, Australia, residence. Levon Helm, the vocalist and drummer for The Band, succumbed to throat cancer, also on April 19.