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This week in ridiculous tour riders: Kanye West and M.I.A.

Whatever you thought of M.I.A.’s Super Bowl outing, one thing is for certain: it could’ve gotten weirder.

The web’s premier celebrity-shamer The Smoking Gun has dug up a copy of what it claims is M.I.A.’s tour rider, and it’s a bit of a doozy, even by M.I.A.’s high-doozy standards.

On the list? Let’s see, we’ve got some bottles of Vitamin Water, a few trays of European cheese and “quality chocolates,” a high-speed internet connection.

Hmm, anything else? Oh yeah, we almost forgot about the three women between the ages of 20 and 25 to dance on stage wearing full-body burkas. And the burkas should be provided by the venue, naturally.

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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

Guns N' Roses announce club-tour dates

The lasting images from the peak of Guns N’ Roses’ reign are all epic: The massive stadium crowds, the white leather suits, the entirety of the “November Rain” video.

It’s difficult to consider them as a club band, and yet just like all big bands before them, they had to start somewhere.

In an effort to remind the world that Axl & Co. used to be, uh, smaller, Guns N’ Roses announced that they will play a series of shows at small venues in February. The centerpiece of the run will be a stop at New York’s Webster Hall, which only holds about 1,200 people for rock shows and was the site of a notorious GNR show taped by MTV in 1988.

Back then, the club was called the Ritz, which is what it will be re-christened when Axl and his band of merry men take the stage on Wednesday, Feb. 15.

The rest of the run shakes out like this: Two other New York shows (Roseland Ballroom on Feb. 10 and Terminal 5 on Feb. 12), then shows at the House of Blues in Chicago (Feb. 19), the Fillmore in Silver Spring, Md. (Feb. 23), and the House of Blues in Atlantic City (February 24). Presale tickets go live on Tuesday, Jan. 31, for the New York shows, with the rest of the lot on sale this Wednesday, February 1.

Axl is hardly the first rock giant to book a back-to-the-start run in smaller venues:

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Bruce Springsteen returns with new album, fresh single 'We Take Care of Our Own': Hear it here!

If you feel like your rock & roll has been lacking inspiration lately, there’s a guy in New Jersey who can take care of that. (Sorry, it’s not you, still-alive Jon Bon Jovi.)

On March 6, Bruce Springsteen will release Wrecking Ball, his first album of new material since 2009’s Working On a Dream. It’s the Boss’ 17th studio release and the first since the death of E Street Band stalwart Clarence Clemons. A long tour through both the U.S. and Europe will follow the album’s release.

“Bruce has dug down as deep as he can to come up with this vision of modern life,” Springsteen’s longtime manager Jon Landau said in a statement released to the press this morning. “The lyrics tell a story you can’t hear anywhere else and the music is his most innovative of recent years. The writing is some of the best of his career and both veteran fans and those who are new to Bruce will find much to love on Wrecking Ball.”

Fans can already start falling in love with the new album, as the first single “We Take Care of Our Own” is already online. Featuring a rugged backbeat, just the right amount of chiming, and slightly rawer production than we’re used to hearing from Jersey’s favorite son, it’s a pretty strong amalgam of classic Bruce and 21st-century Bruce. Give it a spin below: READ FULL STORY

Kelly Clarkson pulls off national-anthem hat trick with slated Super Bowl appearance

Last year, she sang it at the NBA Finals. The year before that, she sang it at the World Series.

And this year, Kelly Clarkson will get to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl.

While it hasn’t been officially announced yet — and her publicist told EW that she is unable to confirm it yet — it’s been reported that the inaugural American Idol winner will be on “Star-Spangled Banner” duty at Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis on Feb. 5th. The broadcast will also feature Madonna, Nicki Minaj, and M.I.A. during the halftime show.

This will make Clarkson only the third Idol winner (after Jordin Sparks and Carrie Underwood) to belt the Francis Scott Key tune on Super Sunday, despite the fact that her widely praised vocal talents have always made her a natural candidate for the job.

Then again, Super Bowl organizers might be going the Idol route as a way of playing it safe this year, given Christina Aguilera’s much-criticized blunder last year.

What about you guys? Are you happy with the selection, or are there artists out there who you think deserve it more — or would simply be more interesting — than Clarkson?

Read more on EW.com:
Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Kelly Clarkson, Foo Fighters and more join Grammy performance slate
Madonna enlists Nicki Minaj, M.I.A. for next album
Today in Kelly Clarkson: Yes, she’s ditching ‘Idol’ for the ‘Voice'; no, Ron Paul didn’t actually affect her sales

Van Halen release 'Tattoo,' first new song with David Lee Roth in 16 years: Hear it here

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When Van Halen invaded New York City’s tiny Cafe Wha? last week, they played one “new” song over the course of their one hour set.

The song in question, “She’s the Woman,” was kind of a cheat; it’s been kicking around since around 1976 but was never recorded. (It will finally get a proper release when the band drops A Different Kind of Truth, their first David Lee Roth-led album in 28 years, on February 7.)

But what of actual new music written in this century? [UPDATE: Or possibly not.] This morning, the band let loose the first official single from A Different Kind of Truth: A groovy little ditty called “Tattoo” that contains all the requisite elements for a Van Halen single—huge honking riff, rugged backbeat, blistering guitar solo, and enough room for Roth to do his talking-blues thing with the lyrics, which focus on a woman who goes from “mousewife to momshell in the time it took to get that new tattoo,” a lyric both charmingly inexplicable and almost alienating in its smugness. But then Diamond Dave smiles and winks and everything is all right again.

It’s not going to replace “Jump” or “Dance the Night Away” in the great VH pantheon, but it’s a pretty solid first step for a group of guys who haven’t recorded together since Roth lent his vocals to “Me Wise Magic” and “Can’t Get This Stuff No More” for 1996’s Best of Volume 1. (For the record, this is way better than either of those songs.) Give it a spin below. READ FULL STORY

Ozzy Osbourne, Scott Ian, and 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin to make fun of Zakk Wylde at inaugural 'Rock & Roll Roast'

I’m not saying Zakk Wylde has a stupid name but…

Actually, I’m not saying anything bad about the hairy metal fretmeister at all. Instead, I’m going to leave that to Ozzy Osbourne, Scott Ian from Anthrax, pro wrestler “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, and comedian Jim Norton, all of whom will be taking verbal aim at Wylde in the course of Guitar World magazine’s inaugural “Rock & Roll Roast.”

The event is set to take place at the Grove in Anaheim, Calif., on Jan. 19, with proceeds going to the MusiCares charity. Sharon Osbourne will act as roastmaster. “Zakk has always called me his mom, but I think my boy needs a good kicking,” said Osbourne, in what could loosely be described as “a statement.”

You can check out the (foul-mouthed) trailer for Wylde’s roast below. READ FULL STORY

Who is the greatest guitarist of all time? Prepare to be unsurprised!

For decades, the question of who exactly is the greatest guitarist of all-time has occupied countless music fans — if not drummers, like myself, who are usually too exhausted from doing all the real work to debate such an inconsequential matter.

Regardless, Rolling Stone has just released a new list which ranks history’s top 100 fretmeisters and which was voted on by a veritable army of guitarists including Billy Corgan, Eddie Van Halen, Alex Lifeson, Ritchie Blackmore, Mick Mars, Robbie Robertson, Melissa Etheridge, and Kirk Hammett.

The list is packed with what can only be described as the usual, legendary, suspects. Jimi Hendrix tops the 100 and he is very much not the only featured musician currently jamming at the great gig in the sky.

Indeed, while such young-ish turks as Slash, Jack White, Derek Trucks, and Radiohead‘s Jonny Greeenwood are included, the entire top ten is made up of either the deceased or guitarists who, with the arguable exception of Jeff Beck, haven’t recorded anything of real note in a long time.

Take a look at the list yourself by clicking here and tell us what you think. Does the 100 merely reflect the electorate’s own often very “venerable” nature or is the golden age of the great, innovative, guitar hero now just a distant memory? And who is your pick for the best guitarist of all-time?

Read more:
The best bassline of all time? One (silly) poll gives Muse’s ‘Hysteria’ the top spot
Our take on this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees: Should the Beastie Boys, Guns ‘N Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and others get in?
Slash talks about his tour with Ozzy, the search for Velvet Revolver’s singer, and Axl’s latest accolade
Keith Richards: Music’s most influential character?

Ozzy Osbourne-led Black Sabbath returning in 2012 with first album in over three decades

As noted rock historian Triple H once said, in the world of heavy metal, there are legends, there are icons, and there are gods.

He was putting Motorhead in the latter category, which means that Black Sabbath must qualify as Titans. The most influential metal band ever to sing about the devil announced on Friday that the original lineup — Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward, and Tony Iommi — will be getting back together for a new album and tour in 2012. They’ll play the 2012 Download Festival, with more details forthcoming.

This particular reunion has been a long time coming — it will be the first time that combination has recorded together since the release of 1978’s Never Say Die!, though they have been on stage together a bunch since Osbourne’s initial departure. But ever since a one-off show way back in December 1997, there have been a number of derailments that have kept Black Sabbath from being together full time.

Ward’s health problems kept him in the sidelines for a while, and efforts to record a new album in 2001 dissipated while both Osbourne and Iommi worked on solo projects. Then Ozzy became a television star with The Osbournes, which created a whole new weird secondary career for him. READ FULL STORY

Metallica and Lou Reed's 'Lulu': Listen to the preview here!

Throughout their respective careers, both Lou Reed and Metallica have spent a healthy amount of their creative energy challenging their audiences.

Enthusiasts of both have sometimes had to embrace extreme sounds and ideas that are both deeply noncommercial and passionately counterintuitive. But people keep tuning in because the personalities behind the music are so strong and compelling that they dare you to look away.

So it’s no surprise that a chance collaboration during a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame anniversary concert has now resulted in a full-length album featuring both entities. Lulu hits store shelves on November 1, but there are previews of each one of the songs below.

They’re a strange marriage of Metallica’s turned-to-11 thump, Reed’s catty delivery, and lyrics that tell the story of a dancer who rises through society only to end up a poor prostitute (a tale originally told in a pair of plays written by German playwright Frank Wedekind). Give the tracks a spin below. READ FULL STORY

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