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Nickelback Streams New Song on Vevo Channel

Nickelback is streaming a song from its next album No Fixed Address. The tune’s called “What Are You Waiting For?” and it’s a slow-to-mid-tempo track, heavy on production.

“What Are You Waiting For?” is the second song released from the album; the first was “Edge of a Revolution.” The album, No Fixed Address, is expected to be released before year’s end; it’ll be the band’s first since Here and Now in 2011.

You can listen to an audio-only stream of “What Are You Waiting For?” on Nickelback’s VEVO channel.


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Joan Jett Set To Be Honored at Little Kids Rock Event

Little Kids Rock will honor Joan Jett at its annual gala, to be held next month in New York City.  Little Kids Rock provides musical education in public schools.  The organization has named Ms. Jett its Rocker of the Year, for being “an originator, an innovator and a visionary.”

Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong will present the award to Jett at the ceremony. Other special guests include Alice Cooper, Little Steven Van Zandt and others to be announced.

There will also be a an auction that evening to raise additional funds; one of the prizes is the chance to have dinner with Van Zandt and his wife, fellow Sopranos alum Maureen Van Zandt.

The event will be held at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City on October 23. Ticket info can be had at LittleKidsRock.org.


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Aerosmith to Become Simpsons Dolls

Five members of Aerosmith will become Simpsons action figures. In the past, merchandise primarily focused on Bart, Homer, Marge, and Lisa.  However, the unveiling of the “25 Greatest Guest Stars” marks the first time 20th Century Fox have paid homage to the Simpsons’ one-off cameos.

The figures are a limited run from National Entertainment Collectibles Association and are available only at select retailers, including Toys R Us; additional guest stars in the merchandise line include Elvis Costello, R.E.M., the Who, Kid Rock and skateboarder Tony Hawk.


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U2 Was Paid by Apple for Album Giveaway

U2 is offering its new album, Songs of Innocence, for free on iTunes. But the band didn’t do it for free.

U2 frontman Bono tells Time magazine he and his band mates were paid by Apple for the giveaway, though he wouldn’t say how much. He says, “I don’t believe in free music. Music is a sacrament.”

As for why U2 went the digital route to debut their new songs, Bono declared, “The charts are broken,” meaning there are many ways for listeners to consume music nowadays.

Songs of Innocence was posted on iTunes following Apple’s announcement of the Apple Watch and iPhone 6.  The physical version of the album is due out October 13.


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Green Day’s Bassist Walks for Breast Cancer

Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt broke the news of his wife’s cancer back in May, when he posted a statement on Green Day’s Facebook page that read, in part: “Dear Green Day Family, Recently my wife Brittney was diagnosed with breast cancer. We want you to know that Brittney is strong and with the help of amazing doctors, support from family, and positive thoughts/prayers from our Green Day family, SHE WILL BEAT THIS!”

This past weekend The Green Day bassist was in Washington, D.C., taking part in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.

As has been his way through Brittney’s months of chemotherapy — during which Dirnt posted regular Instagram updates of the progress of “BatmansMom,” Brittney’s Twitter name — he posted a number of photos of his weekend fundraising walk, showing him with either fans or friends. Dirnt also noted he walked 26 miles at the fundraiser.

Dirnt posted updates of Brittney’s treatments regularly, calling his wife a “tough cookie” and a “rock star.” 

Mike and Brittney have two children, ages 3 and 5.  Dirnt also has a 17-year-old daughter, Estelle, from a previous marriage.


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