TV: Vikings renewed for season 4


The History Channel wants more Vikings. The network has renewed the drama series for a fourth season. Production is expected to begin in Ireland in the spring. The third season finale will be airing on April 23rd. The network said in a statement, “Vikings has raided the hearts of both audiences and critics, establishing itself as one of the most compelling, visually stunning dramas on television. We are so proud of our immensely talented cast and crew led by Michael Hirst, whose intriguing storylines and pivotal arcs have the perfect balance of scope, smarts and bloodshed to keep our loyal fans watching and wanting more.”


MUSIC NEWS: “Citizen Dick” releasing vinyl for Record Store Day


Citizen Dick, the fake band created for the 1992 movie Singles that featured real members of Pearl Jam, will release a seven-inch single on April 18th, Record Store Day. The band in the film featured Matt Dillon as singer “Cliff Poncier,” with Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament, Eddie Vedder and Stone Gossard as his bandmates. The single will feature the band’s “classic” song “Touch Me I’m Dick” on the A-side and quotes from “Cliff” about the record on the flip side. (Loudwire)


MONEY: Get Well Card wins man $7mil


A 46-year-old Pennsylvania man is $7 million richer after getting a get-well card from his father with a lottery ticket enclosed that turned out to be a big winner. Joseph Amorese’s father sent the New York Lottery scratch-off ticket to his son — who never plays the lottery — as he recovered from surgery. Amorese said, “I scratched the ticket and it was a good thing I was already sitting down because I was shocked. I was and still am in complete disbelief.” (ABC)


MUSIC NEWS: System of a Down has written new songs

System Of A Down bassist Shavo Odadjian said in a new interview with Madcap Music Review that the band has already worked on its first new music in a decade, with plans to enter the studio in the coming months to record a full-length album. Asked about the chances of the group recording for the first time since 2005, Odadjian said, “Yeah, there’s a very good chance. I don’t have a date. We’ve already gone. We’ve written some songs. We’re keeping it to ourselves. We’re getting back to the bulls**t of being together.” The band members have reiterated throughout the hiatus that they have remained friends, although drummer John Dolmayan hinted last year at some personal issues in the group, saying, “We probably would have been in the studio making an album already, but for personal reasons, one of our members cant be in the studio right now. It’s a positive thing, but that’s all I can say on that right now.”


BEER: Hangover-helper


A way to make beer-drinkers’ day after less painful may be on the horizon, with Australian scientists developing a brew that lets you drink more while reducing your hangover, according to The scientists found that adding electrolytes in the form of sodium to beer helped drinkers retain fluid, which compensates for alcohol’s dehydrating effect. The bad news is that research found it only worked with low-alcohol beer, not full-strength ones. Still, they’re going ahead with their work, trying to develop the right balance “between function and taste,” according to the report, while warning anything they create won’t be a “miracle-product.”


TV: Mr. T returns to TV with “I pitty the Tool”

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Mr. T is returning to TV as the host of a new show on DIY Network. I Pity the Tool will follow the former A Team actor as he leads a team to remodel a home for a different family in each episode. The 62-year-old said in statement, “I’m tired of all this jibber jabber — we’re out here getting things done, working hard, demolishing the old and rebuilding the new.” The show will premiere later this year.


MUSIC NEWS: Fall Out Boy will induct Green Day into RRHoF

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Fall Out Boy will induct Green Day into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next month, it was announced on Wednesday (March 18th). It was also revealed that Paul McCartney will induct Ringo Starr, Patti Smith will do the honors for Lou Reed, Stevie Wonder will induct Bill Withers, Peter Wolf will induct the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and John Mayer will pay tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan. Not yet confirmed is who will induct Joan Jett & The Blackhearts.

An initial list of performers for the ceremony has been unveiled as well, led by Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello, Beck, Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh, Jimmie Vaughan and John Legend. The performers have not been attached to specific artists.

Grohl and Morello are becoming regulars at the annual Hall of Fame event. Grohl inducted Queen in 2001, Rush two years ago and was inducted himself as member of Nirvana last year, while Morello was also on hand last year to induct Kiss.

The 30th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony returns to Cleveland’s Public Hall this year, taking place on April 18th. The show will be simulcast online and an edited version of the event will air on HBO on Saturday, May 30th at 8:00 p.m.


WTF: Man fills lighter, set table and himself on fire

A man who filmed himself refilling his lighter, accidentally set fire to his table. In his attempt to refill his lighter, he spilled the lighting fluid on his hands, as well as the table. Without cleaning the area, he ignited his lighter, and the fluid quickly went up in flames. (Metro)