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Steven Tyler's pal Tommy Lee says the Aerosmith singer would 'Kill it' as an 'American Idol' judge (as long as he didn't fall off the stage)

jones-tylerImage Credit: Albert L. Ortega/PR Photos; PRN/PR PhotosTommy Lee dropped in to EW Towers this morning to talk about his new Methods of Mayhem CD, A Public Disservice Announcement (of which, more in due course). But we couldn’t let the Mötley Crüe skinsman leave without asking whether he had an opinion about the possibility of his fellow rocker Steven Tyler becoming a judge on American Idol. Turns out, he did.

“I know him really well, and he’ll f—ing kill it,” said Lee, who was himself a judge on the 2006 reality show Rock Star: Supernova. “Look, you’re judging karaoke—you don’t need to be a really super experienced judge for that. But it’s nice to have an actual musician in there. He’s fun, and he’ll keep the show exciting too. He’s a good guy for that, I think.”

One possible problem? Tyler would find it hard to criticize anyone who fell off the Idol stage, given his own recent habit of doing exactly that.

“He just fell off the stage,” laughed Lee. “I was watching  the news. I was like, is that from the other time, or is this a new one?”

Do you think Steven Tyler—or, for that matter, Tommy Lee—would be a good American Idol judge?

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American Carnage: Slayer, Megadeth, and Testament thrash New Jersey

slayer-megadethImage Credit: Scott Legato/FilmMagic.com; Steve Thorne/Redferns/Getty ImagesLast night in New Jersey, a few folks in black t-shirts got together and pretended like grunge never happened. The American Carnage tour, which brings together Slayer, Megadeth, and Testament to relive the glory of old-school speed metal, came through the New York area last night. Slayer played their 1990 classic Seasons of the Abyss and Megadeth ran through 1990’s Rust in Peace, both in their entirety.

Sort of a second coming of each band’s last hurrah before alt-rock swept in and changed the hard-rock landscape. Metallica, who actually joined Megadeth, Slayer, and Anthrax for a show in Bulgaria earlier this year, would have fit right in on American Carnage if 1988’s …And Justice For All were only recorded two years later. The difference between Metallica and Slayer (and to a lesser extent Megadeth), of course, is that while Metallica cut off their hair, slapped on eyeliner, and recorded Bob Seger covers in response to alt-rock, Slayer is, and always has been effing SLAYER. No apologies, no compromise, no mercy.

That’s certainly what the freakishly dedicated fans at the Izod Center came to see. Is there such a thing as an ex-Slayer fan? You may have never liked Slayer. But anyone who ever did very likely did a lot, and almost certainly still does today. It’s a (Reign in) blood-in, (World Painted) blood-out fandom that last night attracted everyone from the teenage outcast who wasn’t even born when Seasons was released to the 50-year-old bald dude who threw on cargo shorts and a tattered Hell Awaits t-shirt and ran out of the office so quick he didn’t even have time to change out of his black dress socks. READ FULL STORY

Slayer...sorry, SLAAAAYEERRRRGHHH! rocks 'Fallon'

Last night had to be the first time Jimmy Fallon ever heard an entire Slayer song. That is, if he didn’t run backstage and hide behind ?uestlove after the introduction. (Okay, testosterone posturing aside, much love to Jimmy for having, as he says, “one of the most legendary metal bands of all time” on his show). In New York for two Tri-State-area stops on the American Carnage Tour, which also features Testament and Megadeth (tonight in upstate Glen Falls, N.Y. and tomorrow at New Jersey’s Izod Center), Slayer performed “Hate Worldwide,” one of the scorchers from their latest record, World Painted Blood.
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Soundgarden wraps up Lollapalooza

Lollapalooza-chris-cornellImage Credit: Tim Mosenfelder/Getty ImagesWhen attending Lollapalooza, you have to make some agonizing decisions about what to see.  Green Day or Phoenix? The New Pornographers or Devo? Arcade Fire or Soundgarden? With five or more bands playing simultaneously at any given time, you can’t have it all, I’m afraid. As Chicago’s biggest music fest came to a close on Sunday, there was no other way to cut it—Day 3 was a letdown. By which I mean Soundgarden was a letdown, since the historic reunion of Chris Cornell’s Seattle grunge band was one of the highlights of Sunday’s schedule. This was just their third concert since their reunion in April, and, for that matter, since their breakup 13 years ago. (Arcade Fire, who played at the same time, were a mile away at the opposite end of Grant Park, so there was no possibility of taking in a bit of both acts.)

I had a few reservations leading into their set. First, it was obvious this was going to be little more than just a greatest hits concert. I mean, Soundgarden hasn’t released any new material since 1997. Also, Chris Cornell has since left his grunge roots far behind, embracing pop-rock instead, and even contributing the lackluster song “You Know My Name” to Casino Royale.

Few shared my reservations. One woman named Jackie who was attending the concert with her husband told me that Soundgarden was her favorite band. “I’ve been waiting 15 years to see them live,” she said. “I’ve seen Audioslave in concert and Chris Cornell’s solo act, but never Soundgarden.” Gauging from the audience reaction to their first glimpse of Cornell & Co., the rest of the crowd was every bit as excited, more so than they had been for Lady Gaga or Green Day the nights before. From the start, dozens of lighters (not cell phones, thankfully, with all due respect to the Surgeon General) popped up, pointed at the sky.

To be fair, Soundgarden’s concert opened well, with classic hit after classic hit—including “Spoonman” and their enduring masterpiece “Black Hole Sun.” But unlike the effervescent Billie Joe Armstrong the night before, Chris Cornell didn’t interact with the crowd at all. He played song after song with a dour reserve. Sure, I know grunge is all about melancholy. But Cornell’s vocals and guitar lacked passion, feeling dutiful more than inspired. It was a competent set, but little more than that. Unlike Green Day, who played for an additional 15 minutes beyond their allocated time, Soundgarden ended 10 minutes early. Everybody stood motionless for a few moments, thinking that more was to come. But no, a Macy Gray song started blaring from the speakers to signal that Soundgarden, and by extension Lollapalooza, was done. By all rights, this concert should have been historic. The crowd couldn’t have been more excited if Kurt Cobain had gone all Lazarus on us and Nirvana reunited. Instead, I was left feeling that I should have seen Arcade Fire instead.

And with that, Lollapalooza comes to a close. For those of you who were there, what were your favorite acts? What do you wish you could have seen? And, like me, were you disappointed with Soundgarden?

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Lollapalooza Day 2 brings Green Day, AFI, and Social Distortion: 'Wait, what year is this?'

green-dayImage Credit: Gary Miller/Getty ImagesIn its second day, Lollapalooza, Chicago’s giant music fest, finally revved into high gear, with concerts by Spoon, Phoenix, and Slightly Stoopid. But it was three aging punk-rock acts that ended up stealing the spotlight—AFI, Social Distortion and, of course, Green Day. These big three called to mind Lollapalooza’s early days, starting as a relatively small alt-rock festival in the early ’90s, before ballooning into the massive multi-day, multi-stage event that has now completely taken over Chicago’s sprawling Grant Park. These were yesterday’s three defining acts, and oddly enough, their sets shared a number of similar traits—shameless pandering to the crowd, some self-indulgent nostalgia, overt political content, showy production values, and some transcendentally amazing moments. READ FULL STORY

Ozzfest wedding packages: Would you enter into matrimony at a metal festival?

ozzfest-weddingImage Credit: Tommaso Boddi/PR Photos; Stockbyte/Getty ImagesOzzfest organizers announced today that fans can now buy “Unholy Matrimony” wedding packages which will allow couples to tie the knot at the heavy metal festival, whose lineup this year includes Ozzy Osbourne, Mötley Crüe, Rob Halford, Drowning Pool, and Goatwhore.

“As with other wedding packages, the one-stop Unholy Matrimony Packages provides just about everything the happy couple will need…except a marriage license,” explains the press release.  “Each special package includes a variety of items to mark the special day and 10 general admission pit tickets for the bride & groom and 8 guests; an official Ozzfest wedding ceremony by ordained minister, Ozzfest’s MC Big Dave; an Ozzfest cake and champagne toast.”

Frankly, it seems a bit of a rip that couples won’t be married by Ozzy himself—though I guess his legendary issues with diction might present a problem were he to officiate.

Anyone out there want to get married at Ozzfest? Would it seem like a better or a worse idea if Goatwhore agreed to play the reception?

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Bret Michaels: Police find marijuana on rocker's tour bus

brett-michaelsImage Credit: Jordan Strauss/WireImage.comOn Wednesday night, police in Dekalb County, Ind., found marijuana on a tour bus carrying the Poison rocker and Celebrity Apprentice star Bret Michaels, according to the Fort-Wayne News-Sentinel. A DeKalb Clounty Sheriff’s deputy pulled over Michaels’ two tour buses just after 11.30pm because of a lighting violation. Officers searched both buses and found marijuana on both as well as other unidentified controlled substances. No arrests were made, but according to Chief Deputy Jay Oberholtzer, charges have been forwarded to the DeKalb County Prosecutor’s Office.

“Two of Bret’s tour buses were pulled over Wednesday night,” Bret Michael’s spokesperson tells EW via email. “Officers on the scene claimed there were no trailer tag lights. No arrests were made. Mr. Michaels allowed an open search of the buses and everything was handled in a professional manner.”

The spokesperson had no comment on the allegation that drugs were found on the buses.

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Black Sabbath lawsuit: Peace breaks out between Ozzy Osbourne and Tony Iommi

black-sabbathImage Credit: Chris Walter/WireImage.comHeavy metal legends Ozzy Osbourne and Tony Iommi have settled their dispute over who owns the name “Black Sabbath.” In May 2009, Osbourne filed suit against Iommi accusing the Sabs guitarist of falsely saying he was the sole owner of the moniker.

Today, a spokesperson for Osbourne issued a statement saying that the pair had, “amicably resolved their problems over the ownership of the Black Sabbath name and court proceedings in New York have been discontinued. Both parties are glad to put this behind them and… would like it to be known that the issue was never personal, it was always business.”

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Vince Neil arrested on DUI charge

Vince-NeilImage Credit: Chris Gordon/WireImage.comVince Neil was arrested early Monday in Las Vegas on a drunken driving charge. The AP reported the Mötley Crüe singer was being held at the Clark County jail pending a court appearance.

There are no further details at present. But if Neil was driving while inebriated, it would reveal the front man has learned little from his personal history. In 1984, Neil was drunken driving when he had an accident that killed his passenger, Hanoi Rocks drummer Nicholas “Razzle” Dingley. Neil was subsequently sentenced to a mere 30 days in jail.

The timing of the incident is unfortunate for Neil given that both his new CD, and his forthcoming memoir, are titled Tattoos and Tequila (both of which he spoke about to EW in a Music Mix Q&A last week). Neil also has his own tequila line, Tres Rios, and earlier this month opened the Vince Neil Tres Rios Cantina at the Las Vegas Hilton.

Vince Neil’s spokesperson was unavailable for comment.

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Slipknot bassist Paul Gray died of accidental overdose

Paul-GrayImage Credit: Kevin Estrada/Retna ltdPolice have announced that Slipknot bassist Paul Gray died as the result of an accidental overdose of morphine and the synthetic morphine substitute fentanyl, according to Reuters. An autopsy also concluded that the musician, 38, was suffering from “significant heart disease.” Gray’s body was found May 25 at a hotel near Des Moines, Iowa, the band’s hometown.

Are you a fan of Slipknot? What do you think of this news?

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