Homme recently showed up to play the Queens song "No One Knows" with a trio of kids from the school -- including a 13-year-old drummer. One of the kids at the school filmed it, so now you can see Homme enjoy playing with people less than half his age. Check it out on YouTube.
SEVENDUST, POP EVIL: Team Up for May DatesSevendust are teaming up with Pop Evil for shows in May. Their first one together is May 13th in Rapid City, South Dakota. They'll be together through May 26th in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Sevendust will start their tour with Coal Chamber, Lacuna Coil and Candlelight Red Thursday in Tempe, Arizona.
SOUNDGARDEN, ELTON JOHN, FUN.: Sign Stuff for NewtownAn bunch of big-name artists have autographed items for a charity auction benefiting families of victims of the Sandy Hook school shooting.
CDs, DVDs, posters and instruments have been signed by 3 Doors Down, Blink 182, John Mayer, Eddie Vedder, Rush, Eagles, Of Monsters and Men, Mat Kearney, Fun, Gotye, Colbie Caillat, Five for Fighting, Jack Johnson, Soundgarden and Elton John.
The Music for Newtown auction benefits the Sandy Hook School Support Fund. It runs through Thursday.
ROBERT PLANT: Adds Festival DateRobert Plant and his latest band, The Sensational Space Shifters, have signed on as headlining act at Louisville, Kentucky's Forecastle Festival.
The festival is taking place July 12th through the 14th at Waterfront Park. Also on the bill are The Black Keys, The Avett Brothers, Alabama Shakes, Jim James, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Young the Giant, Dawes and Churchill.
Plant and his band are also headlining the Jambase Festival on July 6th in George, Washington. More shows are expected to be announced soon.
DEF LEPPARD: What Happens in Vegas May Not Stay in Vegas
Since Def Leppard play just three shows a week during their 11-date Viva Hysteria residency in Las Vegas, they have plenty of time to work on other stuff. Singer Joe Elliott tells us, "We're gonna write songs for a down the road future release of new material."
Def Lep performed the first two shows last Friday and Saturday, and show number-three is today (Wednesday). The residency runs through April 13th at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.
THE DOORS: Need Your HelpThe Doors can use your help. They are in search of missing elements from a show they played in 1968 at The Roundhouse in London.
On behalf of The Doors, Eagle Rock Entertainment is offering a $10,000 reward for the return of the original 16-millimeter camera negatives filmed on September 6th and 7th, 1968. They were used to create the documentary The Doors Are Open, but they've gone missing. If you have any information, please E-mail assistant@Jamincla.com.
ROCK HALL: More Performers & PresentersThe Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced some more performers and presenters for next month's induction ceremony.
- Jackson Browne and John Fogerty will perform on behalf of Randy Newman, who will be inducted by Don Henley.
- Pearl Jam's Mike McCready and Jerry Cantrell from Alice in Chains will perform with Heart.
- Usher will perform for Quincy Jones.
- Cheech and Chong will induct producer Lou Adler.
- Spike Lee and Harry Belafonte will pay tribute to Public Enemy.
Also being inducted are Rush, the late Albert King and the late Donna Summer.
The induction ceremony takes place on April 18th at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. It will air on HBO on May 18th.
SMASHING PUMPKINS: So, You're Just Starting Now?The Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan says the band started writing for their next album on Monday. Corgan tweeted, "Excited to announce today's our first official day of writing the new SP album. Wish us luck!"
Corgan must take the word official seriously, since in a variety of interviews over the past six months, he said he'd already written songs for the band's next album. He told Billboard that he'd "already started writing for a new album" that "definitely seems like it's going to be more of a rockin' affair." And he followed that up by telling MTV he had a title for the next album but wouldn't share it.
VAN HALEN: Home Sweet Home
Eddie and Alex Van Halen have given a rare radio interview, speaking to Triple M in Australia ahead of Van Halen's appearance at the Stone Music Festival in Sydney on April 20th and 21st.
When asked about the reunion with David Lee Roth in 2007, Eddie said it was "an overwhelming sense of coming home. That's the best way I can describe it." He then joked, "We picked up the fisticuffs right away."
Van Halen is about to start rehearsals for the Australian dates, which will be followed by Japan in June.
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BON JOVI: Sambora Plays for TipsBon Jovi's Richie Sambora recently went back to playing for tips for a day -- for a good cause. The guitarist took part in CBS.com’s music performance series Tip Cup, which features well-known artists playing undercover in unexpected locations to raise money for MusiCares.
Wearing a raincoat, hat, scarf and sunglasses to hide his identity, Sambora set up and began playing at Chelsea Market in New York City. For his last number, "Livin' on a Prayer," Sambora was joined by saxophonist Alvin Flyte, who'd contacted MusiCares after he was unable to work following heart surgery. After sponsor Motorola added the money to bring Sambora's tips up to $10,000, they presented a check for that amount to Flyte.
EVERCLEAR, LIVE, FILTER: Summer of the '90sEverclear frontman Art Alexakis is getting nostalgic again this summer.
The second annual Summerland tour will hit the road with stars of the 1990s -- Everclear, Live, Filter and Sponge. The festival starts on May 29th in Fort Myers, Florida and hits 32 cities before it wraps up on July 28th in Kansas City, Missouri.
PEARL JAM, INCUBUS: No, I'm Not Doing the StringsIncubus guitarist Mike Einziger is not doing string arrangements for the new Pearl Jam album.
Last week, Einziger tweeted a picture with the caption, "In the studio with my girl and Eddie Vedder, recording strings for Pearl Jam’s new album," which led people -- and us -- to assume that he's handling the string arrangements for the session. (Einziger has done string arrangements for 30 Seconds to Mars in the past.) But he's tweeted a follow-up that it was his girlfriend, violinist Ann Marie Simpson, who was actually working on the session.
ZZ TOP: Fill Out Spring TourZZ Top have filled out the dates for their U.S. spring tour.
The trio will kick things off on May 2nd in New Kirk, Oklahoma and hit 15 cities before they wrap up their U.S. dates with an appearance at Bonnaroo the weekend of June 14th. Then they'll head to Europe for a month's worth of shows.
GREEN DAY: She Lego MeGreen Day have given props to a fan who made them into Legos.
The band's website posted the video -- which shows Billie Joe Armstrong and company as animated Lego figures performing "She" from Dookie -- with a note that simply says, "How cool is this?" The clip was created by YouTube user raptor5120, who must be from Poland -- it includes a note that says, "Please come to Poland as many times as you can."
KISS: Fans Sues PromoterA KISS fan has sued the promoter of a St. Louis concert last summer, claiming he was injured by debris from a cannon.
The alleged incident occurred during the final song of KISS's set, "Rock and Roll All Nite." William Mueller Junior claims that the cannon "exploded and with great force launched a metal ratchet tie-down strap" that hit him while he was standing at his seat. "Prior to this incident, plaintiff had been diagnosed with a rare brain cancer and had experienced major surgeries and intense radiation therapy. At the time of his injury, plaintiff's body was in a weakened and vulnerable condition. Defendants owed to plaintiff the duty to exercise the highest degree of care for his safety."
The members of KISS were not named in the suit.
NEWSTED: Tour Dates AnnouncedNewsted, the new band fronted by former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted, has announced a run of April and May tour dates. They'll kick off April 19th in Walnut Creek, California and run through May 23rd in Las Vegas.
As announced last week, Staind guitarist Mike Mushok has joined the group.
BON JOVI: New Song for New ShowBon Jovi are big enough for North America -- the new Discovery Channel mini-series, that is.
Their new single, "Army of One," will be the theme for the seven-part mini-series, which debuts May 19th. The producers describe the show as capturing life colliding "with hostile, untamed wilderness in the most diverse, deadly environment on Earth."
MUMFORD & SONS: Announce Summer TourMumford and Sons have announced a bunch of headlining dates among their many festival appearances this summer.
The run will start May 21st in Calgary, Alberta and will hit 17 cities, with multiple nights in Berkeley, California and Austin, Texas, as well as appearances at the Sasquatch Music Festival on May 26th and Bonnaroo on June 15th. It'll wrap up with a headlining set at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Telluride, Colorado on June 20th.