MUSIC NEWS: NEW Slipknot masks available for Halloween


Just in time for Halloween, Slipknot is selling face masks patterned after the ones worn by the band members themselves. The masks are available through the group’s official webstore. They range in price from $32 for seven members’ face masks to $45 for Clown’s full mask with hair and $60 for DJ Sid Wilson’s mask with removable face plate.

Singer Corey Taylor explained what inspired his current mask: “I based the face off of the really great character actor, Richard Lynch. Basically I stole his face, so Richard, I’m sorry, I probably owe you a few bucks. But I thought it was cool. He’s one of my favorite — ’cause he was in a lot of great horror movies and like sci-fi/fantasy movies and whatnot, and he just had a great, gnarly look.” On sale HERE


MUSIC NEWS: Tool frontman biography coming out

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Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan’s biography will be published in the fall of 2016 via Backbeat Books. The book will be written by Sarah Jensen and is authorized by Keenan, who will collaborate with Jenson on the book. Jensen wrote online, “Lots of work still to be done, but today’s top priority: feeling grateful to everybody who’s been there for us throughout this project. That means you.” Keenan’s other band, Puscifer, will release its third studio album, Money Shot, on October 30th.


MUSIC NEWS: Ozzy spotted filming around England

ozzyOzzy Osbourne was spotted taking part in filming a TV show at Portland Bill on the Island of Portland in Dorset, England on Wednesday (September 30th). According to Bournemouth Echo, the Black Sabbath singer was with his son, Jack, who also participated in the filming. The pair then accompanied the TV crew to a local restaurant. It is not known what Ozzy and Jack were filming, as both they and the crew declined to comment when asked by fans.

Ozzy, Jack and the rest of the Osbourne clan became pop culture icons when their reality series, The Osbournes, became a monster hit for MTV when it premiered in 2002. Ozzy later admitted he was using drugs and alcohol during almost the entire three-year run of the show. A variety show starring the family, Osbournes Reloaded, debuted in March 2009 on Fox and was canceled after one episode. A revival of The Osbournes on MTV in 2015 never made it to the air.


MUSIC NEWS: KoRn kicks off tour playing first album in full

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Korn kicks off its fall North American tour on Thursday night (October 1st) in Chicago, with the trek scheduled to last through October 30th when it closes in Oakland. The band will perform its self-titled 1994 debut album in its entirety at every stop to commemorate the 20th anniversary of its release. Guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer says they’ll have a crew along to film the trek as well: “Yeah, we’re gonna be recording each show, and then we might figure out how to edit that together and put out some sort of documentary about the tour.”

The band actually began celebrating the album’s 20th anniversary with selected shows in 2014, and will wrap up the celebration by playing it at every show this October. Openers for the tour are Suicide Silence and Islander.
Meanwhile, Korn has also started working on material for its 12th studio album, with Shaffer telling us earlier this week that the band was about “a third of the way” through the writing process.

October 14 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
October 15 – Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live


MUSIC NEWS: Pearl Jam joined by Beyonce for Marley cover

During Pearl Jam’s headlining set at the Global Citizens Festival on Saturday night (September 26th), Eddie Vedder and Beyonce covered Bob Marley and the Wailers’ “Redemption Song.” Pearl Jam’s set at the event in New York City’s Central Park also included hits like “Given To Fly,” “Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town,” “Better Man,” “Alive” and additional covers of John Lennon’s “Imagine” and Neil Young’s “Rockin’ In The Free World.” (Alternative Nation)


TV: Petition launched to have Dave Grohl host SNL

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A petition has been launched to get Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl to host Saturday Night Live. According to, the online reads, “This (is) a petition to generate awareness to Lorne Michaels and the executives at NBC and Saturday Night Live so they know that the fans (Grohlies) want Dave Grohl to host SNL with musical guest (Foo Fighters).”

Grohl has said that one of his dreams is to host Saturday Night Live: “I’ve been on that show more than any other musician, and so the last four times that I’ve been to the show, all of the cast members look at me and go, ‘Why aren’t you hosting this show?’ I’m like, ‘It’s up to Lorne. It’s Lorne’s call.’ But it’s, I mean honestly, that is the last thing on my bucket list.”

Grohl has appeared as a musical guest on Saturday Night Live more than a dozen times, as a member of Nirvana and Foo Fighters, as well as with Them Crooked Vultures, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and Paul McCartney‘s backing band. He’s also appeared in a number of skits. Although other musicians have hosted the long-running late-night show, none of them have performed and participated in sketches as much as Grohl. Grohl himself seems to have endorsed the petition, appearing in a photo that accompanies it and holding up a sign that reads, “Lorne, I wanna host Saturday Night Live!”


TV: Nickelodeon to air “The Splat” classic TV shows

Illustration of old television setNickelodeon has officially announced their plan for a block of classic programming being called “The Splat.” Starting on October 5th, the network will air shows on TeenNick from 10 PM to 6 AM ET. The line-up includes: All That, The Angry Beavers, Are You Afraid of the Dark?, CatDog, Clarissa Explains It All, Hey Arnold!, Hey Dude, Kenan & Kel, The Ren & Stimpy Show, Legends of the Hidden Temple, Rocko’s Modern Life, Rugrats, Salute Your Shorts, and The Wild Thornberrys. There are also specials planned like Rugrats Reptar Takeover on October 12th and Hey Arnold! Live from the Stoop on Oct. 19th. (US Magazine)


MUSIC NEWS: Slipknot frontman says he’ll “retire from touring” if GnR reunites


Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor knows what he would do if the original lineup of Guns N’ Roses reunited for a tour: he’d quit. Asked for his thoughts about a possible Guns reunion by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Taylor said, “I would retire from touring, because I wouldn’t want to go up against that. You know what I’m saying? And then I would follow them like I was a Deadhead. Like I would just go to every show.”

But Taylor added about the chances of a reunion happening, “I will believe it when I buy the ticket, let’s put it that way. I mean, because nobody gets more excited about the thought of the Appetite For Destruction lineup coming back together.”

Taylor recalled seeing Guns N’ Roses open for Aerosmith in 1988, calling it “probably one of the greatest concerts I ever saw in my life.” He continued, “They were my Rolling Stones. You know, they were my rock ‘n’ roll band.” (Blabbermouth)


BEER: AC/DC launching “Rock or Bust” beer


AC/DC has teamed up with Aldi stores to release its own line of beer in Australia. AC/DC Premium Beer features a design inspired by AC/DC’s latest album, Rock Or Bust. The beer will be available exclusively in all licensed Aldi stores in the Australian states of New South Wales and Victoria on September 30th, just in time for AC/DC’s upcoming Australian tour, which kicks off in Sydney on November 4th.

The AC/DC beer, a pale lager, is made by German brewery Karlsberg, which has been brewing beer in Germany for more than 130 years. The beer will be available at Aldi stores for a limited time only. A spokesman for the chain said, “The combination of great German beer and Aussie hard rock just seems like a match made in heaven.”