ASSAULT CHARGES DROPPED AGAINST RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS DRUMMER'S WIFE
Nancy Mack, wife of Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, will not be charged for verbally and physically assaulting actor Scott Baio during an event for their children last December, according to TMZ. Baio and Mack were at the event in Thousand Oaks, California when Mack began to berate Baio over his support for Donald Trump. Baio claimed that although he asked Mack to stop, she continued to ask why he supported Trump after the latter's "grab them by the p**sy" comments in a video were exposed.
Mack allegedly continued to repeat the lewd remark over and over despite Baio asking her to not say it in front of children. She reportedly told Baio that everyone should hear it since the then soon-to-be president said it. Baio claimed that Mack then grabbed him beneath his arms and began shaking him. Witnesses insist she was actually attempting to demonstrate how Trump hugs women.
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- Although Mack was investigated on possible charges of battery, the Ventura County District Attorney's Office rejected the case "because the assault just wasn't that bad."
- Baio was a vocal supporter of Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign and made a speech at the Republican National Convention in late July.
- The Chili Peppers supported Bernie Sanders during the campaign, playing benefits for the Senator from Vermont, who failed to wrest the Democratic nomination from Hillary Clinton.
- The Chili Peppers are currently in the midst of a lengthy North American tour in support of their latest album, The Getaway. After a short break, the trek resumes on March 2nd in Denver.
COREY TAYLOR SETS PUBLICATION DATE FOR NEW BOOK
Slipknot and Stone Sour singer Corey Taylor has set August 15th as the release date of his next book, titled America 51: A Probe Into The Realities That Are Hiding Inside The Greatest Country In The World. The book's title is a play on Area 51, the famously secret Air Force base in Nevada that doesn't officially exist and which has been the center of UFO lore for decades.
Taylor told the Guardian that the book is "going to deal with everything from politics to social commentary. It's going to piss off a lot of people in my country, but everyone else will love it."
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- Taylor told us that he tries to make his books sound like he's having a discussion with the reader: "People who know me, they call me and it's like, 'Dude, I can't get your voice out of my head when I'm reading this book. It's like I'm talking to you!' And that, that's the best compliment I could ever get, you know, because that's really what it's supposed to be, is a conversation."
- The official description reads, "Balancing humor, outrage, and disbelief, Taylor examines the rotting core of America, evaluating everything from politics and race relations to family and 'man buns.' By continuing the wave of moral outrage begun in You're Making Me Hate You, Taylor skewers contemporary America in his own signature style."
- Taylor published his third book, You're Making Me Hate You: A Cantankerous Look At The Common Misconception That Humans Have Any Common Sense Left, in July 2015. His previous books include 2011's Seven Deadly Sins: Settling The Argument Between Born Bad And Damaged Good and 2013's A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Heaven, both of which made the New York Times "Hardcover Non-Fiction" best sellers list.
- The singer is currently in the studio with Stone Sour, who are completing their sixth album, Hydrograd, for release later this year.
FRANCES BEAN COBAIN WRITES MESSAGE TO KURT COBAIN ON HIS 50TH BIRTHDAY
Frances Bean Cobain, the daughter of late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, posted an emotional tribute to her father online on Monday (February 20th), on what would have been his 50th birthday. According to Billboard, Frances wrote on Instagram, "Today would have been your 50th birthday. You are loved and you are missed. Thank you for giving me the gift of life. Forever your daughter, Frances Bean."
Kurt Cobain was just 27 years old when he died in 1994 at from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Frances Bean, who is now 21, was only one year old when her father died.
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- Later in the day, Frances also posted a text exchange between herself and her grandmother -- and Kurt's mother -- Wendy Cobain. Frances wrote, "I love you so much, thank you for being my one and only grams . . . I know he is thankful that you raised me to be as strong & compassionate as you are."
- Wendy replied, "You were such a caring loving little girl and have turned into such a beautiful young woman, he would be so ‘smugly’ proud of you . . . Thank God you were here for me to love and care for."
- Wendy Cobain cared for Frances during a period lasting several years in which Frances was estranged from her mother, Courtney Love.
- What would Kurt Cobain be doing now on his 50th birthday if he was still alive? We asked his biographer Charles R. Cross: "Towards the end of his life, Kurt was already talking about moving his musical sound away, he said, from, quote, 'screaming,' and more towards blues-based acoustic music. My guess is that he would be crafting albums that were of a more acoustic nature, that maybe reflected Americana. Whatever he would have done, Kurt was incredibly talented and of course the greatest loss, beyond the personal loss to those that loved him, is the fact that we lost all that future music."
- Kurt Cobain was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, along with the rest of Nirvana, in 2014.
METALLICA DRUMMER STILL PUMPED UP TO WORK WITH LADY GAGA AGAIN
A week and a half after Metallica and Lady Gaga performed together at the Grammy Awards, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich is still talking about the event as if it is just the beginning. In a new interview with The A.V. Club, Ulrich explained, "Obviously, we're not sitting in a recording studio today writing songs for a record or anything. I think that our weekend together was so seamless and so authentic and such a natural fit that the idea of revisiting this at some point down the road . . . As we were walking off one of the soundchecks, she said to me, 'We gotta do something again together. This is just too good to leave.' And I said, 'I agree with you. It's just too real.'"
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- Despite the technical snafus with the actual televised performance that left Metallica frontman James Hetfield without a mic for most of the song, Ulrich said, "I knew ths was going to work."
- He continued, "We did one run-through. The way her and James's voices worked, it jelled so well together we all kind of stood there like, 'Huh?' It was really f**king next-level . . . There was no sort of, 'Oh, my god, what are we doing here?' This was as natural and organic as you could imagine this type of stuff being."
- The drummer reiterated, "If there was ever an opportunity to revisit something like this, this is about as pure as it could get. So we'll see."
- Metallica recently announced the details of the North American leg of the band's "WorldWired" 2017 tour in support of its new album, Hardwired...To Self-Destruct.
- The trek kicks off on May 10th in Baltimore and will hit stadiums in 25 cities before winding down in mid-August. Support will come from Avenged Sevenfold, Volbeat and, in the latter portion of the schedule, Gojira.
SINGER ADAM GONTIER TALKS SECOND SAINT ASONIA ALBUM
Saint Asonia, the act featuring ex-Three Days Grace frontman Adam Gontier and Staind guitarist Mike Mushok, intends to release its sophomore album before the end of the year, according to Blabbermouth. Gontier told Detroit radio station WRIF, "I would say we're about halfway done, meaning the writing process is pretty much done. Right now, we're just in the stages of demoing what we, as a band, believe are four or five of the best tracks that will be on the record, that we feel are the best tracks, that we are most happy with."
Gontier added that the band has not decided whether it will hire a producer for the record, saying, "Between myself, Mike Mushok and (bassist) Corey Lowery, we've all done some producing in our day, and at this point, a producer isn't 100 percent necessary . . . But as for the songwriting, it's pretty much done, and we're having a really good time putting the finishing touches on the music we've got so far."
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- Saint Asonia was unveiled in early 2015, with Mushok and Gontier joined in the band by Lowery and ex-Finger Eleven drummer Rich Beddoe.
- Gontier told us a while back about the moment when they knew Saint Asonia was a band: "When we got into the studio to record a couple of songs, we recorded three songs, and when they were done, I think that was probably the moment where we were like, 'Okay, so we've just recorded three songs, they turned out really good, we have another 10, let's do this.' Obviously Mike being basically on hiatus from Staind for who knows how long, it just seemed to make sense."
- Gontier had exited Three Days Grace two years earlier, while Staind's semi-permanent hiatus left Mushok with a lot of free time on his hands.
- The group's self-titled debut album -- which came out in July of that same year -- contained the Top 10 rock radio hit "Better Place."
- Gontier said in the radio interview that the music for the band's second album was a "big evolution" for Saint Asonia, adding, "I believe it's gonna be the record that will jumpstart -- if we haven't already -- catapult what we've been trying to do so far."