Stone Temple Pilots paid tribute to their former singer Scott Weiland on Saturday (December 3rd), the first anniversary of his death. The three surviving members of the group wrote in a Facebook post:

"Here we are. A year has passed since you've been gone. We often think of you and are reminded of you daily with many memories. Then there is the music the four of us carved out allowing us to listen and feel how brilliant you are. There was a time when we looked up to one another. Each of us wanting one another's approval.

"The songs we wrote had to have complete impact on us in order for them to shine. When it did... it was unearthly. Perhaps you are in a place now to better describe it. We miss you, Scott."

  • Weiland was found dead on his tour bus on the evening of December 3rd, 2015, while on the road with his solo act The Wildabouts.
  • The 48-year-old singer died from an overdose of drugs and alcohol, leaving behind his wife and two children from a previous marriage.
  • STP dismissed Weiland in 2013, five years after the band reunited in 2008. The band later sued the singer, citing his erratic behavior, poor performances and prioritizing of his solo career as reasons for letting him go. Weiland countersued the group, although the dispute between the band and singer was eventually settled.
  • Guitarist Dean DeLeo said earlier this year in an interview with Celebration Rock, "I spent half my life just full of false hope, with every intention to try to help him, and try to get him together. It led to what we're talking about right now, the guy died. No matter how you look at it or how you slice it, it's just so tragic that that is where he went."
  • Scott's widow, Jamie Weiland, said last May on the Joe Howard Show that Weiland had been doing better before his death: "He had finally gotten to a place where he was trying to be, relatively healthy. He just wanted to create, we were very much in love. Of course there were always issues with Scott, that’s not a secret, and I’m not going to pretend that those things didn’t exist, but for the most part he really was making great strides."
  • Several days after his death, Weiland's second wife and the mother of his children, Mary Forsberg Weiland, wrote in an open letter at, "The outpouring of condolences and prayers offered to our children, Noah and Lucy, has been overwhelming, appreciated and even comforting. But the truth is, like so many other kids, they lost their father years ago. What they truly lost on December 3rd was hope."
  • Stone Temple Pilots joined forces with Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington in 2013 for an EP and several tours, but Bennington exited last year. The band has yet to announce a new vocalist.
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Avenged Sevenfold is reportedly attempting to stop its former label Warner Music from selling a two-CD Avenged Sevenfold collection called The Best Of 2005-2013. According to TMZ, the band sent a letter to Warner's Chief Financial Officer, claiming the company prepared the album without notifying them, letting them select the songs or prepare the artwork -- which the band says constitutes a clear violation of their recording agreement.

Warner Music announced an Avenged greatest-hits package just days before the surprise unveiling of the band's new album, The Stage. The label released the collection on Friday (December 2nd), scheduling it for that date after initial rumors hinted at a December 9th arrival for the group's Capitol Records debut. Now Avenged is asking Warner Music to pull the set from shelves and online outlets.

  • Avenged Sevenfold singer M. Shadows told radio station WJRR last month about the hits package, "From what we understand, they are trying to undercut our new record, so they were trying to put it out the week before . . . this is childish on a whole new level."
  • Warner Music sued Avenged Sevenfold earlier this year for breach of contract after the band left the label.
  • The Stage debuted at Number Four on the Billboard 200 album chart last month. The surprise release of the disc, which was announced the night it went on sale, earned the lowest sales of an Avenged Sevenfold album in 11 years.
  • The group made the album available at midnight on October 27th with almost no promotion beforehand, save for the arrival of a new song one week earlier. The quintet unveiled the album with a live-streamed performance from the rooftop of Capitol Records in Hollywood, California.
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Halestorm has unveiled the details of its third covers EP, ReAniMate 3.0: The CoVeRs eP, which will arrive on January 6th, 2017 via Atlantic Records. The six-song set will feature an eclectic mix of songs from artists like Metallica, Soundgarden, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Sophie B. Hawkins, Twenty One Pilots and Whitesnake. Halestorm's take on the latter band's classic "Still Of The Night" is available for streaming now and as an instant download for fans who pre-order the EP.

  • The Grammy Award-winning band’s take on Joan Jett' "I Hate Myself For Loving You" will follow as a second instant download on December 30th.
  • Singer Lzzy Hale said, "We are so excited to finally unleash our latest cover EP, ReAniMate 3. On this EP we were inspired to push the limits and challenge the ears of our fans. There are some surprises that you may not have expected from us, and there are also things that you've always wanted to hear from us."
  • Hale told us a while ago one reason why bands enjoy playing covers: "It's a reminiscent thing of when you're trying to make it and coming up in the club scene and also maybe it's kind of nostalgic, like when you're first learning how to play guitar, some of the songs that you used to jam to with your bandmates, and it's really cool."
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Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich, who is a liberal politically, was asked in a brand new interview with Vulture if he ever discusses politics with frontman James Hetfield, who has described himself as being somewhat conservative. Ulrich replied, "I swear to you, I talk to James Hetfield about most things on this planet, but I don't think I've ever willfully had a political conversation with him. We've spent 35 years together, and obviously we've been in the same room when the conversation went toward politics, but James and I sitting down in a room and discussing our particular views on something like affordable health care? Never happened."

Asked if it seemed strange to work with someone for 35 years and never once discuss politics, Ulrich said, "The thing you've got to understand is that Metallica is made up of four people from four different places who took four very different paths to where we are now . . . Metallica is a collective, but we've just never been the kind of band to sit down and say, 'Okay, what's our common view of the world?'"

  • Ulrich, who grew up in Denmark, said of his own political views, "I grew up in a functioning social democracy. I grew up on affordable health care in a country where the word 'we' is more popular than the word 'I.' So, trust me, I have my opinions about this stuff, but I don't really need to shout it from the rooftops. Maybe one day I will, and there are times when it's difficult not to."
  • In an October interview with Danish outlet Ekstra Bladet, Ulrich suggested he might move back to his homeland if Donald Trump won the U.S. presidential election, saying, "If Trump becomes president and everything goes to s**t, I might make my way to the airport and ask if I can get back in again."
  • As for Hetfield, he said in an interview with the BBC that Metallica stays away from politics in its music, explaining, "We all have our own beliefs, but at the end of the day, we're trying to connect with people and it seems like political views don't do that as much as music does."
  • Hetfield told us a while back that he thinks the band has endured because they make music for themselves first and foremost: "We're not gonna not tour or write because people don't like it. We would continue to do our best, and that's all we can ask of ourselves and, you know, the creative juices flow, you can't stop them. I can sit here and say, 'We wrote this for ourselves and we always have written for ourselves,' but when other people give you kudos, they enjoy it, they say it relates to them, it makes their life better, of course it's gonna make you feel even more satisfied."
  • Metallica released its 10th studio album, Hardwired...To Self-Destruct, last month. The disc debuted at Number One on the Billboard 200 album chart.
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A representative for Nickelback has contacted the Kensington Police Service on Canada's Prince Edward Island and demanded that they take down the Facebook post that went viral this week, in which the police warned drivers that they would be subjected to listening to the Canadian band in police squad cars if they were arrested for being drunk behind the wheel. The police said that the Nickelback rep was polite, but adamant that the band was not amused.

According to CBC News, it all started when Kensington Police Service shared a photo of Nickelback's Silver Side Up album with a message encouraging people to use a designated driver or cabs when going out during the holiday season, adding that police will be out "looking for those dumb enough to feel they can drink and drive."

The post continued, "On top of a hefty fine, a criminal charge and a year's driving suspension we will also provide you with a bonus gift of playing the office's copy of Nickelback in the cruiser on the way to jail. So please, let's not ruin a perfectly good unopened copy of Nickelback. You don't drink and drive and we won't make you listen to it."
  • The officer who wrote the post, Constable Robb Hartlen, said, "What we were trying to do is put a little humor into a very serious matter of drinking and driving. What it does is it sparks that conversation, it pushes that idea that everybody knows with a little bit of humor."
  • Hartlen added, "Poor Nickelback. They take the brunt of a nation's joke, and I'm sure they're crying all the way to the bank." He also confessed that the police didn't actually own the album and that he had found a photo of it via Google.
  • The band has not issued any official statement on the matter at press time.
  • Nickelback is currently at work on its ninth studio album, tentatively due in early 2017 via Republic Records.
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