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PAUL McCARTNEY IN LINE FOR SECOND HIT HIP HOP SINGLE OF THE YEAR

Paul McCartney has scored a definite hit on his new team-up with Rihanna and Kanye West. Billboard cited industry sources which claim that the song "FourFiveSeconds" sold between 50,000 and 60,000 downloads over the weekend. The song -- which marks "Macca’s" second collaboration with West, following their "Only One" single earlier this month -- debuted at Number 37 on the Pop Songs chart and has a good chance of debuting high this week on the Billboard Hot 100.

"Only One" debuted on the Hot 100 at Number 35 and has sold 195,000 downloads in its first two weeks on sale.

  • Paul McCartney was asked if after all these years he still sees himself as the sunny optimist he's often been portrayed as: "Yeah, I'd like to think so. What I don't wanna feel is the best is all behind and it's all gone and we should go home and shoot ourselves. Y'know, so I wake up each morning and think there's always something exciting. And I, yeah, having got into orchestral writing now -- as well as my rock n' roll, which I still love."
AUDIO: PAUL MCCARTNEY ON BELIEVING THE BEST IS YET TO COME
CHRIS ROBINSON CALLS BLACK CROWES SPLIT 'SAD, DISAPPOINTING, AND UNFORTUNATE'

Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson spoke candidly about the end of the band following his brother Rich Robinson’s statement that he's left the group. Earlier this month, Rich Robinson released a statement which said in part: "I love my brother and respect his talent but his present demand that I must give up my equal share of the band and that our drummer for 28 years and original partner, Steve Gorman, relinquish 100 percent of his share, reducing him to a salaried employee, is not something I could agree to."

Chris Robinson explained that he's upset about the split, but content to keep it a private matter for now: "The Black Crowes is so much time and it’s so complicated and then you mix family and whatever that is into it. And, y'know, I mean, to me, it’s just sad and it’s disappointing, really. It’s unfortunate that on the 25th anniversary -- whether the band was working or not -- that it really isn’t just about the songs and the good times these people had at these concerts and I’m gonna keep my personal, private family business personal and private."

AUDIO: CHRIS ROBINSON ON 2015 BLACK CROWES SPLIT
BILLY IDOL STILL REBEL YELLING ON TOUR

Billy Idol’s current shows are mixing a healthy dose of tunes from his 1980's heyday along with tracks from his new album, Kings & Queens Of The Underground. Highlights in the set include such MTV-era favorites as "Dancing With Myself," "Cradle Of Love," "Sweet Sixteen," "Eyes Without A Face," "L.A. Woman," "Rebel Yell," "White Wedding," and "Mony Mony," among others.

Although Billy Idol came perilously close to ending his life a quarter century ago due to alcohol and substance abuse, he admits that although not exactly clean and sober, he’s left his self-destructive habits far in the past: "I’m not sober, I mean, I don’t. . . I have to sort of say to myself, ‘Yeah, you can do everything, man, but I’m not doing it.’ If I say to myself, ‘I’m never doing anything ever again’ -- I’ll immediately go and do it. That’s what I’m like. So, I have to sort of say, ‘No, man, you can do (laughs) whatever you want’ -- but there’s a side of me saying, ‘. . . but we’re not going to.’ I like smoking pot. I still smoke tons of pot, and so. . . I don’t do coke or heroin or anything like that. I like to drink with a meal at a restaurant, y’know? But nothing else."

  • Billy Idol North American tour dates (subject to change):
    January 28 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre
    January 29 - Montclair, NJ - The Wellmont Theater
    January 31 - Boston, MA - Orpheum Theatre
    February 3 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis
    February 4 - Toronto, ON - Massey Hall
    February 6 - Detroit, MI - The Fillmore Detroit
    February 7 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre
    February 9 - Denver, CO - Paramount Theatre
    February 12 - Vancouver, BC - Queen Elizabeth Theatre
    February 13 - Seattle, WA- Paramount Theatre
    February 15 - Oakland, CA - The Fox Theatre
    February 18, 19 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern
    February 21 - Las Vegas, NV - The Chelsea At The Cosmopolitan
    February 22 - Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory
AUDIO: BILLY IDOL ON NON-SOBRIETY
DEF LEPPARD SET FOR SPRING CANADIAN RUN

Def Leppard has a 13-date Canadian tour booked for this spring. The band is currently hard at work on its first new studio album since 2008's Songs From The Sparkle Lounge. They'll kick off the run on April 15th in Penticton, BC at South Okanagan Events Centre and wrap things up on May 5th in London, ON at Budweiser Gardens.

Frontman Joe Elliott explained that it was the pop elements of early-'70s glam rock that influenced him the most: "I was 11-years-old when (T.Rex's) 'Get It On' -- or 'Bang A Gong' as it was re-christened in America -- became the biggest hit of that decade, so far. It was massive for my generation. It was Wizard, it was Slade, it was Sweet, it was T. Rex, it was (David) Bowie, it was Roxy Music, it was Mott The Hoople after 'All The Young Dudes.' It was essentially three-minute rock n' roll songs. Very short solos, very cleverly arranged, it was the opposite to Black Sabbath, it was the opposite to Led Zeppelin." :
April 15 - Penticton, BC - South Okanagan Events Centre
April 17 - Victoria, BC - Save On Foods Memorial Centre
April 18 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena
April 20 - Dawson Creek, BC - Encana Events Centre
April 22 - Calgary, AB - Scotiabank Saddledome
April 23 - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place
April 25 - Lethbridge, AB - ENMAX Centre
April 26 - Regina, SK - Brandt Centre
April 28 - Saskatoon, SK - SaskTel Centre
April 29 - Winnipeg, MB - MTS Centre
May 2 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
May 4 - Ottawa, ON - TD Place - Arena
May 5 - London, ON - Budweiser Gardens AUDIO: JOE ELLIOTT ON GLAM ROCK INFLUENCES
JASON BONHAM'S LED ZEPPELIN EXPERIENCE SET FOR SPRING TOUR

Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience has announced its full 23-date spring itinerary. Bonham and the band will kick things off on March 3rd and 5th at Solana Beach, California’s Belly Up Tavern, with the run ending on May 24 and 25th in Saint Charles, Illinois at the Arcada Theatre.

Bonham admitted after the plans for a long-term Zeppelin reunion were dashed, the new stage show captured both his imagination and the spirit of Zeppelin: "It was, y'know, magical. And then when the project working with them afterwards, and that kind of stopped; I was kind of in the doldrums, so I really didn't accept it straight away to go and do this. They said to go and see the Rain project, which they were doing -- which is the Beatles tribute. And when I saw how they'd that doing timelines, video footage and things, I suddenly in my mind started to race along and went, 'Well, y'know what? We could do this, y'know, I love the music, but we can do it so much more interesting to me, and what I want to do is a personal story.'" :
March 3, 5 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up Tavern
March 6, 7, 8 - Las Vegas, NV - House Of Blues
March 11 - Napa, CA - Uptown Theatre Napa
March 12 - Reno, NV - Knitting Factory Concert House
March 14 - Rancho Mirage, CA - The Show At Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa
March 16 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot
March 17, 18 - Aspen, CO - Belly Up Aspen
March 22, 23 - Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works
March 25 - Birmingham, AL - Iron City
March 26 - Mobile, AL - Soul Kitchen
May 5 - Knoxville, TN - Bijou Theatre
May 8 - Atlantic City, NJ - Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa / Music Box
May 9, 10 - Montclair, NJ - The Wellmont Theater
May 13, 14 - Westbury, NY - NYCB Theatre At Westbury
May 24, 25 - Saint Charles, IL - Arcada Theatre
AUDIO: JASON BONHAM ON GENESIS OF LED ZEPPELIN EXPERIENCE
BLINK-182 SPLIT GETS WORSE AS ACCUSATIONS FLY

The Blink-182 split has already gotten uglier. As previously reported, bassist Mark Hoppus and drummer Travis Barker revealed on Monday (January 26th) that they intended to perform live without singer/guitarist Tom DeLonge, telling Rolling Stone that DeLonge had "indefinitely" removed himself from all Blink activities for the foreseeable future. DeLonge countered via social media that he had not "quit" the trio, although his former bandmates claimed otherwise, calling DeLonge "disrespectful" and "ungrateful."

DeLonge fired back on Tuesday (January 27th), claiming in a since-deleted blog post, "A year ago Mark and I spent a week on the phone with managers debating parting with Travis . . . Don’t pretend there isn’t more to this story."

DeLonge later posted a lengthy "letter to the fans" in which he went into detail about his side of the story, saying that he tried to get the band members on the same page at a "summit" in Utah, but that "we still somehow managed to self-sabotage," adding, "We’re all accountable. At the end of the day, we’ve always been dysfunctional, which is why we haven’t talked in months. But we never did. In the 8 years we have been together it has always been that way."

DeLonge also wrote that due to his various other commitments, "I told my manager that I will do Blink-182 as long as it was fun and worked with the other commitments in my life, including my family. But Mark and Travis know all of this."

  • DeLonge concluded by saying that he was "sad" that the fans were "witnessing this immaturity," adding that his bandmates' "current actions are defensive and divisive." He finished by saying that their "relationship got poisoned yesterday . . . never planned on quitting, just find it hard as hell to commit."
  • Neither Hoppus nor Barker have commented on DeLonge's remarks.
  • We asked DeLonge a while back if it was difficult to switch between projects all the time: "Yeah, and it's really frustrating 'cause as soon as I get really into doing one thing, I've got to switch to the other, you know. But I think I've always worked well that way. I remember when I was a kid, I used to move all my furniture around in my bedroom every single week 'cause I couldn't stand, you know, normalcy (laughs). So I think that it's good for me to keep switching gears. I seem to operate okay that way."
  • His other band, Angels & Airwaves, released a new record in December called The Dream Walker, a concept album that's the first part of a multi-media presentation that also includes a short animated film, comic books, novels and eventually a feature film.
  • Hoppus and Barker have recruited Alkaline Trio‘s Matt Skiba to fill in for DeLonge at the MusInk Festival next month and say they plan to continue performing and recording Blink-182 music.
AUDIO: TOM DELONGE ON SWITCHING BETWEEN BLINK-182 AND ANGELS AND AIRWAVES
SCOTT WEILAND: 'I WAS NEVER IN ART OF ANARCHY'

Singer Scott Weiland has clarified his relationship with the new "supergroup" Art Of Anarchy to Billboard.com, saying, "I was never in the band. It was something I did when I wasn't doing anything. I was asked to write some lyrics and sing some melodies on this project, but it's not a band I'm in. (The Wildabouts) is my band.".

The former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman did record lead vocals for the debut Art Of Anarchy album, which is due out this spring. The group features Disturbed bassist John Moyer and Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal, in addition to brothers Jon and Vince Votta on guitar and drums.

  • Weiland said in a Facebook post that he "had a lot of fun" working with the outfit, adding, "When they find their front man to hit the road and play some dates, check them out."
  • Thal confirmed that Art Of Anarchy will likely employ a new vocalist when and if the band hits the road later in the year.
  • Weiland and the Wildabouts will put out a new album called Blaster on March 31st.
SLASH HAS NEW HORROR FILM PLANNED, MOVES IN WITH NEW GIRLFRIEND

Even though he's still on the road behind last fall's World On Fire album, Slash has not given up his second career as a horror film producer. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist told Billboard that his company Slasher Films' next project should be out by the end of 2015. He explained, "I’m into bringing back the psychological, the super scary. Especially the things you can’t see going on -- character-driven, plot-driven kinda things."

Slash's next movie will follow up 2013's Nothing Left To Fear, which marked his debut as a producer. He told us at the time how it compared to making records: "Producing a film is definitely more complex. It's a slow process, raising money is very difficult, but I mean, I really enjoyed it, a) because I have such a passion for what it is that I want to do in film, and I love being involved in the process of development, and finding the right people, getting all the right components together to hopefully make a great movie, you know."

  • Slash also helped oversee a new horror-themed maze at Universal Studios and will appear at Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett‘s second annual Fear FestEvil horror gathering in April.
  • Meanwhile, TMZ reports that Slash and his reported new girlfriend Meegan Hodges just moved into a new five-bedroom house in the San Fernando area in Los Angeles.
  • The couple, who previously dated some 25 years ago, also appear to have gotten a matching set of tattoos of GPS coordinates. The numbers correspond to addresses in Woodland Hills, California and Chicago, Illinois, although the locations' significance is unclear.
  • Slash filed for divorce from his wife of 13 years, Perla Hudson, last month, citing "irreconcilable differences." Slash is asking for joint custody of their two sons: 12-year-old London and 10-year-old Cash.
  • Slash will tour Japan, Australia, New Zealand and South America for the next two months before returning to the U.S. for a handful of festivals.
AUDIO: SLASH ON WHETHER HE ENJOYED BEING A FILM PRODUCER
 
 
 
 

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