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Tom DeLonge elaborated on his statement to Rolling Stone that he’s still in Blink-182, the guitarist said in a lengthy Facebook message. The update arrives after the band announced their new album California, which will feature original members Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker as well as Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba in DeLonge’s place.
“I understand all the craziness out there in Internet-land,” DeLonge wrote. “It is an odd time for fans of the Blink-182 legacy, I know — it’s odd for me, too.” DeLonge goes on to let fans know that he met with Hoppus and Barker after they had not spoken to one another in a year. “I actually talk to Travis almost every day now,” he wrote. “In an odd way I’m almost closer to him more now than ever.”
“We DO have a future together if we want it, but for now we are busy doing separate things,” he wrote before detailing his movie, music and book projects, including Sekret Machines, which he is collaborating with the U.S. Department of Defense.
According to the Angels and Airwaves frontman, the core issue with his involvement on the next Blink album had to do with writing approaches, stating that he disagreed with the band’s decision to partner with songwriter John Feldmann, known for his work with 5 Seconds of Summer and Good Charlotte. “I guess I’ve always just liked the songwriting we did together,” he wrote. “But, at the end of the day, I support their desires. And if they are happy, then that’s what matters.”
“I obviously want them to make the music they wish,” said Delonge. As for the future of him working on new music with the band, he notes that it could happen “if we can build back that ‘special something’ that was once there.”
With Skiba on board, Blink-182 announced that their seventh album will arrive on July 1st, the 182nd day of the year. They released their first single without DeLonge, “Bored to Death,” and announced an expansive tour across North America with A Day to Remember, All-American Rejects and All Time Low opening for them on various dates.
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Jerrod Niemann and Lee Brice have teamed up on a new single called “A Little More Love,” and the track was released to iTunes on April 29th.
Written by Shane McAnally, Ross Copperman, Natalie Hemby and Kristi Neumann, the laid back tune is built for grooving and good times, with a theme that extols the virtues of working less and enjoying life more.
“Make a little more love / Make a little less money / Catch a little more buzz / Off a little less honey,” goes the chorus.
This is the first time Niemann and Brice — long-time friends who recently wrapped Brice’s Life Off My Years tour — have recorded a song together, and the track will serve as the lead single from Niemann’s forthcoming first album under the Curb Records banner. SiriusXM’s The Highway originally premiered the song in February and it has since become a part of their live performances.
“Lee and I have always talked about recording some music together,” Niemann says on his website. “We hope this tune will have our fans smiling and singing along with their windows down and the radio up all summer long!”
Check out a two-minute teaser of the sunny, easy living anthem below.
This summer, Dweezil Zappa and his backing band will once again perform the music of his father Frank Zappa on a nationwide tour, but unlike the past decade, the guitarist will be playing under a different moniker. Instead of Zappa Plays Zappa, the touring unit will now be dubbed Dweezil Zappa Plays Frank Zappa, stemming in part from a bitter feud between Frank Zappa’s children over their father’s copyright, the New York Times reports.
In the wake of matriarch and longtime estate executrix Gail Zappa’s death in October, son Ahmet Zappa was tasked with handling the day-to-day operations of his father’s estate with help from youngest daughter Diva Zappa. Dweezil and Moon Unit Zappa are not trustees, but remain equal beneficiaries of their father’s estate with their other two siblings.
Earlier in April, Dweezil Zappa received legal notice from the Zappa Family Trust that continued use of the name Zappa Plays Zappa could result in copyright infringement damages of $150,000 per song performed. Gail Zappa had previously allowed Dweezil to use the Zappa Plays Zappa in exchange for an “exorbitant fee.”
“My last name is Zappa; my father was Frank Zappa,” Dweezil said. “But I am not allowed to use the name on its own. I’m not allowed to use a picture of him. I’m not allowed to use my own connection with him without some sort of deal to be struck.”
Dweezil added, “I just hope people will understand that the only thing I’m changing is the name.”
The Zappa Family Trust issues have created a rift between brothers: Dweezil and Ahmet released a pair of albums together in the Nineties; now, they only communicate through lawyers. The siblings have also split over the upcoming authorized Frank Zappa documentary.
Speaking to the New York Times, Ahmet Zappa said the trust’s stance against Zappa Plays Zappa isn’t personal and that they’re only preserving the integrity of their father’s legacy. “I am not standing in the way of Dweezil playing the music,” he said. “He would just have to be in accordance with the family trust.”
N.W.A‘s MC Ren is still angry at Gene Simmons‘ negative statements about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducting rap artists. “That dude is real arrogant,” the rapper tells Rolling Stone. “It’s like, how he’s looking at us, how he know that people before him in rock & roll don’t look at him like that? How he know the Beatles or Muddy Waters, if he was still around, don’t look at him as a gimmick? Who is he to say anything if he’s wearing makeup and heels and sticking out his tongue every 10 seconds of his show? Come on, man, that’s a gimmick.”
When the gangsta-rap scene leaders were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this month, MC Ren used his turn at the mic to target the Kiss singer-songwriter. “I want to say, to Mr. Gene Simmons, hip-hop is here forever,” he said. “Get used to it. … We supposed to be here.”
The Kiss singer had told Rolling Stone last month that he was “looking forward to the death of rap” and had previously stated that he felt rap did not belong in the institution. In the week after the induction, he and another N.W.A MC, Ice Cube, sparred on Twitter about the meaning of rock & roll. Eventually, Cube told Howard Stern, “Everybody’s got their own opinions and Gene, he’s an OG in the game, but he’s just wrong on this.”
“What if Paul McCartney said, ‘You shouldn’t be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?'” Ren says. “What if the Rolling Stones said, ‘Y’all shouldn’t be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,’ how would he feel then? He would look stupid. If you asked around, and you asked enough rock & roll greats, them dudes is a joke.
“He’s probably so salty because hip-hop groups got in before he did, like Run-DMC, Beastie Boys, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five and Public Enemy,” he continues. “I think he was mad they got in before he did, but that’s what it is. And, Im’ma tell you this right now, you can quote this: ‘Fuck tha Police’ is way more rock & roll than ‘I want to rock & roll all night and party every day.’ Come on, man.”
Ren also reiterated what he said at the Barclays Center podium. “Hip-hop is here to stay, man,” he says. “For real. You need to just get used to that. He don’t have a choice man. And they ain’t gonna kick us out of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame because he says so. You don’t own the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”
Kiss vocalist Gene Simmons said he’s looking forward to the death of rap music. Watch here.
The 31st Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony featuring N.W.A, Cheap Trick, Steve Miller, Chicago and Deep Purple will air April 30th at 8 p.m. ET on HBO.
The ceremony began with The Roots, David Byrne and Kimbra performing Bowie’s “Fame” followed by Metallica’s Lars Ulrich giving a reverent speech about heavy metal pioneer Deep Purple. The group’s current lineup — Ian Gillan, Ian Paice and Roger Glover — appeared alongside Seventies-era singer/bassist Glenn Hughes and vocalist David Coverdale.
Steve Miller played his vintage hits like “The Joker” after being inducted by the Black Keys. The “Fly Like An Eagle” rocker gained attention for blasting the music industry, his label representative and the Hall of Fame itself in his post-induction interview. During his Hall of Fame performance, the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney left the Barclays Center midway through Miller’s performance and did not return.
Other highlights of the evening included a tribute to the late Eagles singer Glenn Frey by Sheryl Crow and Grace Potter performing the Eagles’ “New Kid in Town” and Cheap Trick uniting for a joyous run through beloved hits “I Want You To Want Me,” “Dream Police” and “Surrender.”
But the climax of the ceremony came when rapper Kendrick Lamar inducted N.W.A, whose members delivered some of the most memorable speeches. MC Ren called out KISS rocker Gene Simmons — who’d recently told Rolling Stone that he was looking forward to the death of rap — with the proclamation, “Hip-hop is here forever. Get used to it!”