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AFI FRONTMAN FORMS NEW GROUP WITH NO DOUBT MEMBERS

AFI frontman Davey Havok has joined forces with the instrumental members of No Doubt to launch a new supergroup of sorts. According to Billboard, the quartet, which has yet to select a name, already has completed an album and is seeking a label deal. It will most likely not be called No Doubt, even though bassist Tony Kanal, guitarist Tom Dumont and drummer Adrian Young have been playing together under that name since the late 1980s.

  • Although No Doubt released an album in 2012 -- its first in 11 years, titled Push And Shove -- and toured as late as last year, singer Gwen Stefani is focusing on her solo career and has a new album called This Is What the Truth Feels Like due out March 18th.
  • Young admitted to Billboard last April, "We're in a little bit of limbo right now, so we'll see where that takes us."
  • As for AFI, that group released its last studio effort, Burials, in 2013 and toured behind it, but has been quiet since then. Havok and AFI guitarist Jade Puget launched a punk act called XTRMST in 2014.
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PAPA ROACH RELEASING DELUXE EDITION OF 'F.E.A.R.'

Papa Roach will give fans another dose of F.E.A.R. on March 11th when the band releases a deluxe edition of its eighth studio album via iTunes. The expanded version will include three bonus live tracks: "F.E.A.R." (Face Everything and Rise)," "Leader Of The Broken Hearts" and "Scars." The original disc came out in January of last year and featured the Top Five rock radio hits "Gravity" and the title cut.

Singer Jacoby Shaddix told us a while back how the title concept came about: "I remember when we went into the studio initially, I had a bunch of butcher paper on the wall and that was the first thing I wrote on the wall, was 'FEAR,' and then underneath it, 'Face everything and rise.' And I thought that that acronym -- just the duality of that acronym and that saying just rang so true to me and I felt it had to be on the record somewhere, somehow."

  • F.E.A.R. was recorded in Las Vegas, taking the band out of their Sacramento, California home base for the first time since 2006. Papa Roach worked with the father-and-son producing team of Kevin and Kane Churko on the CD.
  • Papa Roach began writing new music at its headquarters in Sacramento on February 1st. The band's ninth album is tentatively due out later this year.
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STONE TEMPLE PILOTS GUITARIST SLAMS SINGER WHO TURNED THEM DOWN

When Stone Temple Pilots revealed last November that singer Chester Bennington was leaving the band, Highly Suspect frontman Johnny Stevens tweeted that he had been contacted by STP guitarist Dean DeLeo about the gig and had turned it down. Now in an interview with Detroit radio station WRIF, Dean said that things went down a different way.

He explained, "The way John tells it is not actually what went down. I did reach out to John. We spoke, and I think John is an immense talent. Great, great singer. But I did not offer him a gig. I merely asked if he was interested in possibly getting in a room, and God bless him, he stuck to his guns, and he had the courage and the confidence to stick with his band, and you know, those guys are up for a couple of Grammys."

  • Dean added, "One thing that really saddened me about that is it was very early on. It was all the way back in August, when I spoke to John, man to man. You know, I don’t use that term loosely. Man to man I asked for his confidentiality in this, and well, it shows you what kind of man he is."
  • Highly Suspect's current single, "Bloodfeather," is Number Nine on the rock radio chart. It follows up their first Top Five single, "Lydia." Both songs are taken from the band's 2015 sophomore effort, Mister Asylum.
  • The band is nominated for two prizes at the 58th annual Grammy Awards: Mister Asylum is nominated for Best Rock Album while "Lydia" is up for Best Rock Song.
  • STP is holding open auditions for a new lead vocalist following the departure of Bennington and the death last December of original frontman Scott Weiland.
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PRODUCER RICK RUBIN RECALLS WORKING WITH METALLICA, CHILI PEPPERS, MORE

Super-producer Rick Rubin recalled working with artists like Metallica, System Of A Down, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys and Black Sabbath in a wide-ranging new interview with Rolling Stone. Rubin is being honored this week by the Recording Academy Producers and Engineers Wing as part of Grammy Week and spoke with the magazine about many key recordings from his diverse 32-year career.

On the first song he ever did with the Chili Peppers, "Breaking The Girl," Rubin said, "I was living in California at the time, and it was really fun for me to work with the Chili Peppers, because I was new to Los Angeles, and the Chili Peppers were so ensconced in Los Angeles culture . . . That was like my 'Welcome to Los Angeles.' I loved just going out with them. I got to really experience Los Angeles in a local way being with them, and it was really a beautiful experience."

On working with Metallica on the album Death Magnetic, Rubin explained, "The main goal of our work together was to get them to re-embrace being Metallica, feeling OK to be a heavy metal band. In some ways, they had already done that, but before that, they had tried to reinvent themselves in different ways. I tried to get them to re-engage with everything everybody fell in love with, with Metallica, in the first place. I got them to listen to the music that they were listening to at the time that they made Master Of Puppets, those influences. I asked them to live with those influences and spend more time playing together as a band."

  • Rubin said about System Of A Down, "When I first saw System of a Down, I loved them so much, it just made me laugh. There was no point of reference. It was so unusual. It's hard music, but a lot of hard music sounds very similar. This is hard, but it's playful, and it's really danceable and funky. And the emotion of the performances, it really reaches me. I love it . . . They can take something that seems really awkward and convey it in a way where you can see it as beautiful. It forces you to open your mind."
  • Rubin added that System's hit "Chop Suey!" was originally called "Self-Righteous Suicide," but that the name was nixed by the record label.
  • Rubin said about working with Black Sabbath on their 13 reunion album, "They would always sort of make fun of each other and make each other laugh, and clearly Ozzy is very, very funny all the time and just great to be around. They're really nice people. We laughed a lot. That whole record was so much fun."
  • In the article he also talks about working with Beastie Boys, Tom Petty, Queen, Adele, Johnny Cash, Kanye West, Eminem, Aerosmith and more.
  • One band who has worked with Rubin several times is Linkin Park, and that group's Mike Shinoda told us a while back how he felt about working with the producer: "I love working with Rick. The first time I worked with him, I was like kind of terrified, because all of my favorite records growing up were his records. I mean, you know, my Top 10, I'd probably say like six of them are records he produced. What works so well for us with Rick is that there's no ego with it. When he comes in, he doesn't treat it that way, and he's able to just kind of like let the record be whatever we want it to be in most respects."
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PAUL STANLEY CONTRIBUTES TO ACE FREHLEY COVERS ALBUM

Paul Stanley has joined forces with Ace Frehley for a new track on Frehley's upcoming solo covers set. The new album, Origins Vol.1, will be released on April 26th, and marks the first time the Kiss co-founders have appeared on an original album together since the band's 1998 set, Psycho Circus. Stanley takes the lead on Frehley's cover of Free's classic 1970 track, "Fire And Water." Other high profile artists guesting with Ace on the new album are Slash, Lita Ford, Mike McCready, and John 5. In addition to the Free track, Ace and his guests tackle key classic rock touchstones by Cream, Steppenwolf, Led Zeppelin, Thin Lizzy, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, the Rolling Stones, the Kinks -- and even Kiss.

Ace spoke to Rolling Stone about his teamup with Stanley, who said, "I thought Paul did a fabulous vocal on it. He jumped at the chance to do this because it's something that's outside of Kiss and his character in Kiss, and it gave him a chance to, y'know, sing. With Paul, you usually think of him singing in a slightly higher register and on 'Fire And Water,' he's singing deep from his diaphragm, and it's a real cool vocal. Everyone's who heard it was just thinks it's the s***."

  • We caught up with Ace Frehley backstage during Kiss' recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony and asked him point blank about the decision for Kiss not to perform that night, despite the fact that it was -- without question -- the performance most of Brooklyn's Barclays Center was hoping to witness that night: "It wasn’t my choice. I wanted to do it. Y’know, but, the bottom line is, we’re still brothers in rock n’ roll. And even though we don’t see each other for five, 10, 15 years it’s just like we never -- it was just like yesterday that we saw each other." :
    February 26 - Houston, TX - Scout Bar
    February 27 - San Antonio, TX - Fitzgerald's Bar and Live Music
    February 28 - Dallas, TX - The Bomb Factory
    March 2 - Tempe, AZ - The Marquee
    March 4 - San Miguel, CA - The Ranch
    March 5 - Beverly Hills, CA - Saban Theatre
    March 6 - Las Vegas, NV - Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas
    April 1 - Ponte Vedra Beach, FL - Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
    April 2 - Clearwater, FL - Capitol Theatre
    April 3 - Sunrise, FL - Rockfest 80's at Markham Park
    April 5 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
    April 7 - Danville, VA - Carrington Pavilion
    April 9 - New Hope, PA - Havana New Hope PA
    April 11, 12 - New York, NY - B.B. King Blues Club
    April 13 - Huntington, NY - The Paramount
    April 15 - Wilkes-Barre, PA - F.M. Kirby Center For Performing Arts
    April 16 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance Theatre
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