Ghost has announced that it will play a series of headlining U.S. dates this summer during the group's North American tour as special guests of Iron Maiden. According to Blabbermouth, the headlining shows begin on June 6th in Albany, New York, with the last one scheduled for July 20th in Philadelphia. Ghost's shows with Iron Maiden begin on June 3rd in Bristow, Virginia, ending on July 22nd in New York City.

  • Pre-sale tickets for the 13 headlining dates are available for purchase now, with general public sales beginning this Friday (March 31st) at 10:00 a.m. local time.
  • The new lineup of Ghost gave its first live performance last Friday night (March 24th) as the Sweden-based band kicked off its 2017 "Popestar" European tour in Norwich, England.
  • As previously reported, rumors have circulated for several months that lead singer and founder Tobias Forge -- who performs as Papa Emeritus -- fired the entire previous lineup at the end of Ghost's fall 2016 North American tour.
  • One of the new members -- who wear masks and are only known as Nameless Ghouls -- may be former Korn touring keyboardist Zac Baird, who hinted last week on Twitter that he had joined Ghost.
  • Newly confirmed Ghost headlining dates (subject to change):
    June 6 - Albany, NY - The Palace Theatre
    June 8 - Norfolk, VA - The NorVa
    June 10 - Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle
    June 14 - Louisville, KY - The Palace Theater
    June 17 - Fargo, ND - Fargo Civic Center
    June 22 - Corpus Christi, TX - The Pavilion at Concrete Street
    June 26 - Midland, TX - La Hacienda
    June 30 - Fresno, CA - Rainbow Ballroom
    July 8 - Denver, CO - The Fillmore
    July 13 - Indianapolis, IN - Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
    July 14 - Fort Wayne, IN - Embassy Theater
    July 18 - New Haven, CT - College Street Music Hall
    July 20 - Philadelphia, PA - The Fillmore
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Papa Roach appeared in a video interview for the website First We Feast in which the band members were invited to eat actual insects on camera. Among the delicacies served were crickets, june bugs, scorpions and more, although despite the band's name cockroaches were not part of the menu offered by host Sean Evans. Frontman Jacoby Shaddix and the boys dug in nonetheless.

  • The video refers to eating bugs as "the latest revolutionary food trend," while Bugible's Aly Moore explained that insects have all the essential proteins, but less fat and calories, and may become an important food source as resources become more scarce in the future.
  • Papa Roach is out doing the promotional rounds for its new single, "Help," currently Number Four on the rock radio chart.
  • The song is taken from the band's upcoming album, Crooked Teeth, which bassist Tobin Esperance called a fusion of two of its best earlier albums: "It's like old school and new school. It's like if Infest and Getting Away With Murder had a baby, it would be Crooked Teeth. We're just really genuinely excited and proud of this record, and it's been hard to like just wait, you know, for it to be heard."
  • Crooked Teeth is Papa Roach's ninth studio album and will be out on May 19th.
  • Papa Roach is set to play at several major rock festivals in late April and May, including Fort Rock and Welcome To Rockville in Florida, Carolina Rebellion in North Carolina and Northern Invasion in Wisconsin.
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    The Pretty Reckless singer Taylor Momsen said in a new radio interview that she has no plans to act again, saying that her previous career as an actress is "so a part of my past." Momsen began acting as a toddler and was best known for her role on the TV series Gossip Girl, but has not pursued any further acting jobs while recording three albums with the band and touring behind them.

    Asked on KLAQ if there were any acting roles that she wouldn't turn down, Momsen replied, "I don't think so, no. Acting is so a part of my past at this point, it really legitimately was my childhood . . . When I got to an age that I realized I could make my own decisions, that's when I quit acting and solely committed to the band."

    • Momsen told us not long ago that her family always knew this was what she really wanted to do: "They knew that music was always where I was headed, and what my -- that was my passion and my goal. I mean, acting was a day job, essentially, while I worked on writing a record's worth of material that I wanted people to hear, and finding the right people to work with and the right band and all that. So they weren't surprised when I jumped ship."
    • The singer told Music Radar a few years ago that acting was "something that paid bills," adding, "I never considered myself an actor -- I was a musician who just happened to be on a TV show."
    • The Pretty Reckless' third album, Who You Selling For, arrived last October. The current single, "Oh My God," is Number Five on the rock radio chart.
    • The Pretty Reckless will launch a new North American tour on April 26th in Washington D.C., including a number of dates opening for Soundgarden.
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    Frances Bean Cobain, daughter of late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love, defaced a billboard in Los Angeles that featured her own image. According to NME, the billboard was part of a new Marc Jacobs fashion campaign. Over the weekend, Frances posted a series of videos and photos on Instagram of herself drawing graffiti on one of the campaign’s billboards, writing, "Witch, witch, she’s a witch."

    • Frances was recently unveiled as the face of Marc Jacobs’ spring collection.
    • Kurt Cobain's only child has been fighting a legal battle for the past year to get back a 1959 Martin D-18E acoustic guitar that once belonged to her father and ended up in the possession of her ex-husband, singer Isaiah Silva.
    • Silva has claimed that Frances gave the guitar to him as a wedding present when the couple married in June 2014, but Frances denied that, calling the instrument a "priceless family heirloom."
    • Kurt played the guitar during Nirvana‘s famous MTV Unplugged appearance. It is believed that the guitar, which was modified so that the left-handed Kurt could use it, is the last one he ever played.
    • The fight between Frances and Silva over the guitar began last year, when the couple divorced after 21 months of marriage.
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    Mastodon's new album Emperor Of Sand comes out this Friday (March 31st) and you can buy a special vinyl version that comes with a dustjacket that doubles as a coloring book. The special edition comes with a black-and-white album cover and a set of colored pencils that you can use to color in the jacket artwork. A full color version that doesn't require you to do the work is also available.

    • Emperor Of Sand follows up 2014's Once More 'Round The Sun and features the single "Show Yourself."
    • Mastodon kicks off a spring U.S. headline tour in support of Emperor Of Sand on April 14th in Missoula, Montana, with support from Eagles Of Death Metal. The tour also includes stops at several festivals, including Carolina Rebellion on May 5th.
    • Each pair of tickets purchased online for Mastodon -- excluding festival dates and a May 6th gig in Philadelphia -- includes a choice of a physical or digital copy of Emperor Of Sand that can be redeemed on the set's release date.
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    Joe Perry says that Aerosmith has pushed back a proposed North American tour for later this fall so that they can record a new album. The band performs on Sunday (April 2nd) in Phoenix, Arizona at March Madness Music Festival at Margaret T. Hance Park, and after that, heads out on a prolonged string of dates dubbed their "Aero-Vederci Baby" tour." Perry spoke about the band putting future shows on ice to hit the studio before the end of the year, telling, "We postponed the American tour we were supposed to do this fall. And we’re gonna go out and tour until, you know, we’re done. And we’re gonna try and hit every place we’ve ever played and never played. There’s always new places to go. New countries. I’d like to play China and the Far East. There’s a lot of places that are off the beaten path. Is this the last tour? Well, I don’t know. I don’t think so."

    Perry explained the band's mindset before coming back to the States: "We want to get in and give ourselves some time to get something done. We definitely have another record in us, if not two. But we’ll see how that goes. . . The next one will be a little more cohesive (than Music From Another Dimension). At least in talking to Steven (Tyler) about it, that’s been kind of our vibe on how it’s gonna go. The main thing is just getting in a room and starting to lay stuff down."

    • Regarding whether or not Aerosmith is calling it quits, Perry said, "When we were talking at the end of last year, taking a break and thinking about the next go-round, you know, it’s closer to the end than the beginning. So we talked about ‘Let’s call it a farewell tour.’ And it sounded like a good idea when we were just sitting around, but when we started doing interviews, actually having to verbalize it, if you’re saying farewell tour, that means you have to have a last gig -- at least theoretically. And we couldn’t wrap our minds around actually saying this is gonna be our last gig. We’ve been doing it for too long and none of us could picture that. I mean, I play every show like it’s the last one, because I don’t know what’s gonna happen the next day. But we tried and couldn’t do it. We can obviously sling some bull at an interview but that was one piece we couldn’t get over and honestly say, 'Yeah, this is the final show of our farewell tour.'"
    • Aerosmith's most recent album, Music From Another Dimension, was released in November 2012 and peaked at Number Five on the Billboard 200 charts. Joe Perry maintains that the strength of any album begins and ends with the quality of the songwriting: "We've made records that have taken two years and cost millions of dollars. We made records in the early days that cost next to nothing. And the correlation between the two is never, 'A great record costs a lot of money, or a s****y record doesn't cost much.' One doesn't have anything to do with the other."
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