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Fred Durst did it all for the karaoke: Watch him perform his own song 'Nookie' at a bar

Did you know that Limp Bizkit put out their big comeback album in 2011? It’s true! It was called Gold Cobra and had a single called “Shotgun” that EW wasn’t particularly fond of.

The band hadn’t released an album in six years, and it was supposed to be the triumphant return for a group who, for better or for worse, set the tone for mainstream rock at the turn of the century.

Gold Cobra didn’t return Limp Bizkit to the days of red hats and arson, and if you need an apt metaphor for its failure, you need look no further than frontman Fred Durst’s visit to Rock & Reilly’s in Los Angeles on Monday night, where he got on the microphone and did a beatbox-assisted karaoke version of “Nookie,” his band’s signature hit from 1999’s Significant Other. Take a look below. READ FULL STORY

Motley Crue launch Las Vegas residency, appear in Super Bowl ad

Madonna will most likely be presenting the biggest musical spectacle of Super Bowl weekend. But if there’s any band out there who would be willing to challenge the Material Girl for sheer theatrics, it’s Mötley Crüe.

The glam metal legends kick off a month-long, 12 show residency at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas this weekend. In fact, Sin City is so excited about the boys’ stay that today has been declared Mötley Crüe Day by Las Vegas mayor Carolyn Goodman.

Honestly, it’s a little bit odd that it has taken Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars, and Tommy Lee this long to play an extended run in Vegas, especially considering how many of their songs have become Spearmint Rhino staples.

It’s an uphill battle competing with the likes of Cirque Du Soleil and Criss Angel, but the Crüe have always been as much about riding onstage motorcycles and great pillars of flame as they have been about grinding out “Shout at the Devil.”

According to Sixx, they’re bringing the thunder. READ FULL STORY

Neil Young on music today: 'I don't like it'

Neil Young is not happy.

While at Utah’s Slamdance, where he’s promoting the upcoming concert film Neil Young Journeys, the 66-year-old got to talking about what he believes is the problem with modern music: sound quality.

“I’m finding that I have a little bit of trouble with the quality of the sound of music today,” Young said. “I don’t like it. It just makes me angry. Not the quality of the music, but we’re in the 21st century and we have the worst sound that we’ve ever had. It’s worse than a 78 [rpm record].”

“Where are our geniuses?” he asked. “What happened?”


Van Halen back on the road again in 2012


Next year will represent the 40th anniversary of the founding of Van Halen, and what better way to celebrate four decades of strumming and strutting than with another tour and a new album?

Such is the case for the four men of Van Halen: Guitarist Eddie Van Halen, drummer Alex Van Halen, bassist Wolfgang Van Halen, and singer/dancer/bon vivant David Lee Roth. The band last hit the road in 2007, which was the first time the Van Halen brothers had teamed up with Roth since the ill-fated (and extremely short-lived) reunion in 1996. The return of the band’s original (and best) singer remains tempered by the absence of bassist Michael Anthony, whose backing vocals and wild-eyed personality were sorely missed on the last tour (he was always a remarkably great foil for Roth on stage; Wolfgang, Eddie’s son, always looked like he was in Van Halen against his will).

The band’s 2012 trek, which was announced via their official website this morning, doesn’t have any specific dates yet, though the first batch of tickets will go on sale on Jan. 10. The year promises to be a busy one, as the band is close to completing a new album, its first since 1998’s awful Van Halen III (with Extreme singer Gary Cherone on the microphone), and also the first with Roth since 1984 (though Roth did contribute vocals to two new songs on 1996’s Best Of Volume I).

What better way to celebrate yet another Van Halen return than with a wacky promotional video featuring lots of crazy Roth dancing, some of the band’s biggest hits, and a heaping helping of confetti? Enjoy your late Christmas gift below. READ FULL STORY

On the scene at Yankee Stadium: Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax crank and shred

Over the course of his band’s two-hour set to close out the Big 4 show at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday night, Metallica frontman James Hetfield repeatedly asked the assembled crowd of over 41,000 headbangers, “Can you feel it?”

He didn’t have to worry; the collective had no trouble feeling it. Or hearing it. In perhaps a grandiose feat of overcompensation for the outdoor venue and the noise from the adjacent subway line, everything was cranked up to 11 from the first note to the last bellow.

Of course, this is metal, which means the louder the better, and while everybody brought their best noise, Metallica reigned supreme above them all. The bands populating the under-card all fared well, with Anthrax picking up points for sheer enthusiasm — most of the members are from New York, they were celebrating the release of their new album, and there was a spry joie de vivre that infiltrated even their thrashiest material, especially on the set-closing “I Am the Law.”

Megadeth primed the crowd for the headliner with some early shout-alongs (the one-two punch of “Symphony of Destruction” and “Peace Sells” was surprisingly anthemic), and Slayer bowling over everybody with a solid hour of ritual eardrum destruction (“Mandatory Suicide” was especially savage).

But then Metallica emerged, and everybody was reminded exactly why they remain one of the biggest bands in the world. Aided by some well-orchestrated pyrotechnics, a healthy dose of theatricality, and a bucketload of massive songs, the members of Metallica spryly navigated the huge stage parked in the outfield and held heavy court. READ FULL STORY

Paramore debuts new song 'Renegade' at New York City concert: Watch it here

What does teen spirit smell like? Well, it has many scents—some pleasant, others not so much.

On a rainy Wednesday night in New York City, scores of damp youngsters piled into Terminal 5 to see punk group Paramore as they celebrated the 15th anniversary of their record label Fueled By Ramen.

In a black sleeveless shirt and pants patching her blazing red hair, lead singer Hayley Williams so sweetly raged the night away. Songs like “That’s What You Get,” “Ignorance,” and an encore of “Misery Business“– where Williams brought up a dirty-blond Pennsylvanian fan to scream the “Oh, it was never my intention to brag” hook– drove the crowd wild.

Mix loud live Paramore tunes with adolescent energy and you get an odor that smells something like a herd of steamy, wet German shepherd puppies.

One cut that particularly made them bark and their shaggy heads bop was a new song they performed. Williams cautiously introduced it.

“This next song, we have never, ever, ever played before. And sometimes this happens and it goes wrong,” she began after changing into a leopard tank top. “I just need you guys to have fun anyways. We’ll be putting this song online for you guys to have as soon as we can, as soon as possible. We’re working on it. It’s called ‘Renegade.’”

Watch them perform it after the jump:


Metallica to work with Rick Rubin again: Five things they should keep in mind if they do


It has been three years since Metallica released Death Magnetic, the combo’s ninth studio album and a bit of a callback to their earlier incarnation as a shred first, ask questions later juggernaut. Much of the credit for that album probably belongs to Rick Rubin, who produced Death Magnetic after four straight albums with Bob Rock behind the decks.

In news that will thrill some, Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo confirmed to a radio station that the band was headed back into the studio with Rubin for another album. They’ll have to wait until they’re finished with Big 4 business, which means they’ll have time to consider what they’re doing.

Because no matter what you thought of Death Magnetic (and I’ll put it out there right now that I was not a fan at all, though plenty of people thought it was great), there were some definite problems embedded within. So here are five things the band and Rubin should keep in mind while working on a new project.


The Kings of Leon's rock doc premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival: How high is the 'Talihina Sky'?

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Sometimes I’ll go fishing for deals at strip malls or outlets (basically, any store that has “Basement” or “Rack” in the name) and I spend so long grazing the miles of Lycra and spandex blends that everything starts to look good, and suddenly I find myself walking out with a recycled bag full of ill-fitting lady suits. Then I wander into a full-price store and the sparkly new clothes with their unripped seams make me realize everything I just bought was crap.

That’s how I felt last night at the unveiling of Talihina Sky: The Story of The Kings of Leon. Now, I’m definitely not saying the Tribeca Film Festival is a strip mall stocked with poorly-sewn velour sweatsuits, but I am recognizing my unfortunate tendency to be mesmerized by a lot of sub-par films until a genuinely good one snaps me back to reality. READ FULL STORY

U2 fined for rehearsing too darn much. And can't they keep it down?

U2-ConcertImage Credit: Mark Allan/WireImage.comSeminal Irish rock band U2 — you may have heard of them — were fined by the city of Barcelona, Spain, this week for playing “too long and too loudly” during rehearsals for their 360º Tour last year, according to the AP. The band, which set up camp in a local soccer stadium, apparently went two hours over their scheduled rehearsal time, and offended the ears of the Spaniards living nearby — Spaniards being, of course, a notoriously quiet, restful, and curfew-abiding people — by going above the permitted sound level. For this, they have paid a fine of $22,000, and, I’m sure, have promised never, ever to let the noise generated by their giant space station that is 16 stories tall and takes 120 trucks to transport disrupt the residents of that peaceful hamlet again.

Fun fact I recall from watching the awesome U2 3D a couple years back: When the band staged a mock concert in Buenos Aires to get closeups for that concert film, there were people camping outside the stadium gates who actually wanted to hear the sound coming over the walls. Guess we know where Bono and the boys will be rehearsing in the future.

Even better nugget from the AP story, which I’ll quote directly because I can’t do it justice: Barcelona is apparently “now studying fining Colombian singer Shakira for recording a video in the city without a permit, dancing in a fountain and riding a motorbike without a helmet.”

What do you think, Mixers? Is this ridiculous, or justice being served? Between this and Erykah Badu’s fine/probation for public video nudity, the city officials vs. rock stars war seems to be heating up — whose side are you on? And if Shakira can’t dance in a fountain, who can?

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