Bob Dylan to (finally) collect his Nobel Prize in Stockholm

You may remember, it took a few weeks before Dylan even formally acknowledged his Nobel selection last year.  He then skipped December’s formal ceremony, citing prior commitments — U.S. The setting will be small and intimate, and no media will be present; only Bob Dylan and members of the Academy will attend, all according to Dylan’s wishes.”
The good news for us is we may eventually get to see one of Dylan’s performances: “The Academy has reason to believe that a taped version will be sent at a later point,” writes Danius. A blog post today by Sara Danius, permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy — which awards the Nobel Prize — announces that Dylan will visit Stockholm “in a few days” and deliver two promised concerts.   
“The Swedish Academy is very much looking forward to the weekend and will show up at one of the performances,” Danius writes.  “The Academy will then hand over Dylan’s Nobel diploma and the Nobel medal, and congratulate him on the Nobel Prize in Literature. Christopher Polk/Getty Images for VH1He didn’t appear at the formal ceremony last December, but Bob Dylan will soon make the trip to Stockholm, Sweden to finally meet with the Nobel Prize folks, who last October awarded him the Nobel Prize in Literature. Swedish Ambassador Azita Raji stood in for him, and Patti Smith performed Dylan’s “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall.”  However, in order to collect the $870,000 in prize money that comes with the honor, he’s required to deliver a lecture within six months of his win. 
“Please note that no Nobel Lecture will be held,” writes Danius, so apparently Dylan’s concerts will serve that purpose.

Pearl Jam ex-drummer Dave Krusen hints at Rock Hall performance

As previously reported, Pearl Jam ran into some controversy when it was originally announced that only Krusen and current drummer Matt Cameron would be inducted into the Rock Hall. The band eventually said they’d also invite the other three men who’ve kept time for PJ: Matt Chamberlain, Dave Abbruzzese and Jack Irons. Krusen posted a photo on his Twitter account of his drum kit set up in the corner of a room, just waiting for someone to sit down and start bashing away. Credit: Kevin Mazur/Getty ImagesThe Pearl Jam drummer saga has a new twist. Dave Krusen, the man behind the drum kit for Pearl Jam’s legendary debut album, Ten, is hinting via a social media post that he may be performing with his former bandmates at PJ’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, set for an April 7 ceremony at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The photo has fueled speculation that Krusen could be part of a Rock Hall jam session, despite his less-than-chummy relationship with the rest of the group.

Danzig’s new album to be titled “Black Laden Crown”

Danzig will headline the Blackest of the Black festival taking place May26 & 27 in Silverado, California. Glenn Danzig reunited with his previous band, horror-punk icons the Misfits, for performances at the 2016 Riot Fest events in Denver and Chicago. Legendary metal rocker Glenn Danzig has announced his namesake’s band’s upcoming disc will be called Black Laden Crown. The album, due in mid-May, will be the band’s first disc of new material since 2010’s Deth Red Sabaoth. Michael Tran/FilmMagicThe new Danzig album has a title. As previously reported, the band is also planning a handful of summer shows to coincide with the 25th anniversary of their 1992 album, Danzig III: How the Gods Kill.

Thurston Moore preps new solo album

According to Rolling Stone, the former Sonic Youth guitarist will issue his fifth solo album, Rock n Roll Consciousness, on April 28. Moore and band will be touring at various times throughout the year, including a brief North American run in May. Moore is joined by his current backing band: My Bloody Valentine bassist Deb Googe, guitarist James Sedwards and Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley. Frank Hoensch/RedfernsIndie rock legend Thurston Moore is gearing up for a new solo release. The songs’ lyrics were penned by poet Radio Radieux, with the exception of the first single, “Smoke of Dreams.” The song’s video is a moody, impressionistic trip through New York city that builds in intensity along with the music. Moore co-produced the new five-song disc with Paul Epworth, known for his work with pop stars like Adele and Rihanna.

Lacuna Coil unveil “Blood, Tears, Dust” video

Hope you enjoy this video as much as I do!”
Hinting at things to come, Scabbia also says the video is “part of something bigger…This is the core of who we are as a band: the sweat, the dirt, the raw energy. Francesco Prandoni/RedfernsVeteran Italian metal band Lacuna Coil have released a new video for “Blood, Tears, Dust,” a track from their 2016 album, Delirium. Writing on the band’s Facebook page, Lacuna Coil frontwoman Christina Scabbia says she’s a big fan of the new video. She enthuses, “I love how [the director] filmed this. The photography, the colors and the hints in the story are perfectly placed and it is the first time we are really ‘acting.'”
Scabbia also teases, “This video is only a part of a much bigger plan…stay tuned. It’s our insanity and all of us feeling comfortable with it.”
Delirium was produced by Lacuna Coil bassist and main songwriter Marco “Maki” Coti-Zelati, who also created the album artwork, based on a session with Italian photographer Alessandro Olgiati.

Jason Newsted discusses new Metallica album and Robert Trujillo’s playing

Peace, peace, power to you.”
However, Newsted does believe Trujillo should try playing with a pick sometimes and not just his fingers.  He explained, “If you don’t play with a pick — this is where I’m gonna swing heavy, and I’ve always got crazy pushback because of not playing with my fingers as a bass player — look at the scoreboard…When it comes to playing with a pick and the aggression and tone that can come from the attack, you can’t get that with fingers. He’s always been good…That guy has always got my respect. Herring & HerringFormer Metallica bassist Jason Newsted is fan of the band’s latest album and current bassist Robert Trujillo, with maybe one small exception. He got in there and he can hang with those guys and make it sound like it does? He left in 2001, but was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009 along with Trujillo and fellow Metallica members James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich and Kirk Hammett. I’ve known him for 25 years at least. Speaking to Ultimate Guitar, Newsted said of Metallica’s new disc, Hardwired…to Self-Destruct, “I feel they’ve kinda come back into stride and there’s something of substance here,” adding that the album “is a bit different than the other efforts that led up to it.”
As for Trujillo, Newsted said, “Robert’s a great bass player and he’s always been a great bass player. There are a lot of places you can do with fingers that you can’t do with a pick as well and I appreciate that.”
Newsted joined Metallica in 1986 as the band’s third bassist, following Ron McGovney and the late Cliff Burton.

Bleeker, Beware of Darkness and Badflower line up tour dates

Louis, MO, Fubar5/13 – Kansas City, MO, The Riot Room5/16 – Chicago, IL, Subterranean5/17 – Grand Rapids, MI, The Stache at Intersection5/18 – Detroit, MI, Saint Andrew’s Hall
* Beware of Darkness + Bleeker only.** Beware of Darkness only. The band is nominated for Breakthrough Group of the Year at the JUNO Awards, set for Sunday, April 2 in the Canadian capital of Ottawa. Beware of Darkness; Michael Hurcomb/Corbis via Getty ImagesCalifornia meets Canada when alternative rockers Bleeker, Beware of Darkness and Badflower hit the road together this spring. They recently issued the album’s second single, “Summer Daze.”
Los Angeles band Badflower released their debut EP, Temper, in November 2016. Bleeker, Beware of Darkness and Badflower tour dates:4/23 – Dallas, TX, Trees **4/26 – South Burlington, VT, Higher Ground4/27 – Portland, ME, Port City Music Hall4/29 – Lancaster, PA, Chameleon Club *4/30 – Rochester, NY, The Bug Jar *5/1 – Somerville, MA, ONCE Ballroom5/2 – Buffalo, NY, The Studio at Waiting Room5/3 – New York, NY, The Studio at Webster Hall5/6 – Philadelphia, PA, The Foundry at The Fillmore *5/7 – Washington, D.C., Rock & Roll Hotel5/9 – Johnson City, TN, Capone’s5/10 – Nashville, TN, Mercy Lounge5/12 – St. Hailing from Santa Barbara, California, Beware of Darkness released album number two, Are You Real?, last September. The tour begins April 26 in Burlington, Vermont, and winds its way through the East and Midwest before the May 18 finale in Detroit. Toronto-based trio Bleeker, formerly Bleeker Ridge, issued their latest album, Erase You, last October.

Alice In Chains, Pearl Jam, Coheed and Cambria among exclusive Record Store Day releases

Vincent is serving as ambassador for the April 22 edition. Image courtesy Record Store DayRecord Store Day is just around the corner, and this year’s offerings include exclusive discs from Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains, Coheed and Cambria and the legendary Jimi Hendrix. This year marks the tenth anniversary of Record Store Day and art-rocker St. The first includes “What the Hell Have I” and “A Little Bitter,” both from the soundtrack to the 1993 Arnold Schwarzenegger film, Last Action Hero. The Spring edition of the celebration of independent record stores is set for Saturday, April 22. The second single contains “Get Born Again” and “Died,” the band’s final recordings with their original singer, the late Layne Staley. Coheed and Cambria fans can purchase a limited-edition remastered version of the band’s 2005 album, Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness, being issued on vinyl for the first time as a two-disc set with an exclusive splatter design. Alice in Chains’ Record Store Day special is a gatefold sleeve featuring two different seven-inch singles. Pearl Jam fans can grab a seven-inch single featuring the tracks “Breath” and “State of Love and Trust,” both of which appeared on the soundtrack to director Cameron Crowe’s 1992 film, Singles.  That movie also featured cameos from PJ as members of the fictional band Citizen Dick. Another Record Store Day offering is the two-album set Live at George’s Club 20, a document of Jimi Hendrix’s shows from December 1965 and January 1966 when he was a sideman for soul singer Curtis Knight.

Chance the Rapper, Wiz Khalifa, Big Sean headline rap, hip-hop-heavy Lollapalooza festival

Rae Sremmurd, Migos, Lil Yachty, Majid Jordan, Joey Badass, and Machine Gun Kelly are also on the bill. 
As always, this year’s annual fest will take place at Chicago’s Grant Park, Thursday through Sunday August 3-6.  This is the second year the formerly three-day fest adds a day, meaning more acts than ever, but it also means you’ll have to pick your attendance day carefully — with single-day tickets going for $120 a pop.  Four-day passes are already sold out.    
Tickets go on sale this morning at 10:00 local time at  You can see the full lineup there as well, and who’s playing which day. LollapaloozaThe annual Lollapalooza rock and roll festival this year is looking more like a rap and hip-hop fest, with headliners including Chance the Rapper, Wiz Khalifa and Big Sean.

Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready preps photo book

Potato Head toy McCready has been carrying with him that shows up in many of the photos. According to Rolling Stone, the Pearl Jam guitarist will issue a photo book this May, titled Of Potato Heads and Polaroids: My Life Inside and Out of Pearl Jam. The title references the Mr. The book consists of shots taken by McCready of Pearl Jam tours and personal travels through the years, encompassing people, art, architecture and concerts. Among the celebrities that show up in candid shots are fellow musicians Neil Young, Questlove, Paul McCartney, Sting, Dave Grohl, Bono, Jack White and Lady Gaga, as well as actor Dustin Hoffman, tennis legend Venus Williams and others.  The band ran into some controversy when the only two drummers among the originally announced inductees were Dave Krusen, who played on the Pearl Jam’s breakthrough debut, Ten, and current member Matt Cameron. Subsequently, the band said it would also invite Matt Chamberlain, Dave Abbruzzese and Jack Irons, who’ve also manned the PJ drum kit at one time or another. Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready; Kevin Mazur/Getty ImagesMike McCready is the latest rocker to show off his photography skills. In other news, Pearl Jam will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame April 7 during a ceremony at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Radiohead adds Dudu Tassa as tour opening act

The band announced that Jewish-Arabic group Dudu Tassa & the Kuwaitis will be the opening act for the trek beginning March 30 in Miami, Florida. tour spans 11 dates, including dual headlining appearances at this year’s Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. Tassa and his band salute the legacy of early 20th century Iranian songwriters the Al-Kuwaiti Brothers. tour. Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood appeared on Dudu Tassa’s track “Eize Yorn” in 2009. You can learn more about Dudu Tassa & the Kuwaitis can be found at 
Radiohead’s U.S.  
Radiohead’s tour dates: 3/30 — Miami, FL, American Airlines Arena 4/1 — Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena 4/3 — New Orleans, LA, Smoothie King Center 4/5 — Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center 4/8 — Seattle, WA, Key Arena 4/9 — Portland, OR, Moda Center 4/11 — Santa Barbara, CA, Santa Barbara Bowl   4/14 — Indio, CA, Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 4/17 — Berkeley, CA, Greek Theatre 4/18 — Berkeley, CA, Greek Theatre 4/21 — Indio, CA, Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival Tassa and the band will also support Radiohead during the British band’s July 19 show in Tel Aviv in Tassa’s home country of Israel. Jim Bennett/FilmMagicRadiohead has added some international flavor to their upcoming U.S.

Metallica fans get James Hetfield biography preview

Eglinton says Hetfield, his older sister and two half-brothers “grew up in a loving environment that encouraged creativity” and included regular attendance at the Church of Christian Science. In the preview, Eglinton writes of his first meeting with Hetfield in September 1986: “When I met that distinctly guarded guy that year after a show at the Edinburgh Playhouse in Scotland, I never imagined he would become a rock icon alongside Bono and [Bruce] Springsteen.”  He later writes, “James Hetfield is a guitarist of otherworldly ability, a frontman of gargantuan stature and a much-underrated lyricist and songwriter. Courtesy of Lesser GodsMetallica fans can now get an exclusive preview of the upcoming biography of frontman James Hetfield. Hetfield is a more sensitive and thoughtful person than his public persona has suggested.”
In the chapter one preview, Eglinton recounts Hetfield’s birth in working-class Downey, California, to mother Cynthia, a light-opera singer, and father James, a truck driver with a small distribution operation. It traces Hetfield’s entire life, including his overcoming his parents’ divorce, his mother’s death, and his own battle with alcoholism. The Clrvynt website is offering a sneak peek at the introduction and first chapter of author Mark Eglinton’s So Let It Be Written: The Biography of Metallica’s James Hetfield, billed as “the first biography of a living Metallica member.” According to publisher Lesser Gods, the book is an oral history that includes interviews with the other members of Metallica plus fellow metal musicians like Alice in Chains’ Jerry Cantrell, Pantera’s Rex Brown, and Anthrax’s Charlie Benante. So Let It Be Written: The Biography of Metallica’s James Hetfield will be published in book form and online April 11 and is available for pre-order now. But he is more than just a great and influential musician.

Jermaine Dupri announces SoSoSummer 17 tour

“This type of tour promotes the next generation of Young Stars and serves an audience that is often overlooked in the urban and pop music genres, and we are proud to be a part of it.”
Ticket information and full itinery for the SSoSummer 17 tour is available on The tour kicks off May 25 in Louisville, KY and continues through June 25 in Dallas, TX. Dupri’s father, Michael Mauldin, is the tour promoter. Season-one champion Miss Mulatto, and season-two winner Mani, will be featured on the SoSoSummer 17 tour, along with others from the show. Mulatto and Mani are signed to Dupri’s So So Def Recordings. “We are excited to be on the forefront of such a ground breaking youth & family oriented movement,” says Mauldin. Tour stops also include Detroit, Cleveland, Baltimore, Houston, Atlanta, and New York City. Prince Williams/Getty ImagesJermaine Dupri is presenting artists from his Lifetime reality series, The Rap Game, on a summer tour.

Tory Lanez debuts “Anyway” video

The Canadian MC is now touring throughout Europe and will join Migos, and Kodak Black as opening acts on Future’s “Nobody Safe” tour kicking off May 4 in Memphis, TN. Frédéric Ragot/RedfernsToronto rapper Tory Lanez does it the French way in his new “Anyway” video. Lanez parties in Paris in the clip, which debuted Monday. The sexually explicit track, produced by C-Sick, is the latest release from The New Toronto mixtape Lanez dropped on January 1.

‘The Voice’ Recap: Battles begin with Alicia Keys winning a three-way battle to steal one of Blake’s artists

Gwen and Blake also stole artists. Each coach enlisted the help of a guest adviser during rehearsals: John Legend, for Adam Levine’s team; Luke Bryan, for Shelton’s team; Céline Dion, for Gwen Stefani’s team; and DJ Khaled, for Keys’ team. The key, according to Blake, was for each artist to give a performance the other coaches “can’t live without.” If they succeeded, he explained, neither one of them would go home. Gwen argued that she wanted the young singer from the beginning, praising her “spirit” and “talent.” After serenading Brennley — who turned 15 — with “Happy Birthday,” Adam insisted that he had “so many wonderful ideas” for what to do with musically with her. ET on NBC. Adam called the battle “a boxing match posing as a singing competition.” Based on his “gut’” Blake went with Casi, leading to a three-way battle for Ashley between the other coaches. Gwen touted her “newfound love for country,” adding that she could help her learn to “work the stage.” Alicia reminded the singer that Adam was the only coach that didn’t turn his chair for her during the blind auditions. Here are some of Monday’s highlights:
Teen Brennley Brown and Lauren Duski, representing Team Blake, faced off against each other on Little Big Town’s “Better Man.” The choice posed the biggest challenge for Brown, who has never been in a relationship, but Blake also noted that Lauren needed to “pour a little anger” in the song. Adam argued that he was the only one who stated that she had won the competition before Blake made his choice. The challenge for Quizz was reaching the notes he didn’t think he could hit. The evening culminated in Alicia Keys winning a three-way battle to steal one of Blake Shelton’s artists. The battles continue Tuesday night at 8 p.m. Blake, crowned Lauren the winner. That turned out to be the winning argument, as Ashley chose Alicia. Felicia, according to Alicia, sang with feeling, but needed to feel her “joy.” Alicia chose Quizz for his “innocence and vocal prowess.”
It wasn’t the end of the road for Felicia though, as Blake snatched her up, explaining that there is “no reason she can’t win this whole thing.”
Blake’s final pairing of the night was Ashley Levin and Casi Joy, dueling on Reba McEntire’s “How Blue.” Blake loved Ashley’s power, and Casi’s “classic country voice,” which he compared to Tammy Wynette. Brennley chose Team Gwen. However, Gwen and Adam fought to steal Brown. Trae Patton/NBCIt was the first night of the battle rounds on The Voice Monday night, as teammates went head-to-head for the right to advance to the next stage in the competition. Alicia’s second pairing of the night, Quizz Swanigan — the youngest artist ever in the competition at 13 years old — and Felicia Temple. They went head-to-head on “Titanium,” by David Guetta featuring Sia.