JOHNNY DEPP To Jam With ALICE COOPER At 'Christmas Pudding'
International film star and musician Johnny Depp will jam with Alice Cooper at the legendary rocker's 12th annual Christmas Pudding on December 8 at Comerica Theater in Phoenix, Arizona. Johnny will joinAlice and his band, along with other scheduled performers Don Felder andL.A. GUNS, and special guest host John O'Hurley for a night of music, dance, and mayhem.
Cooper teased the Depp announcement in a video he posted to theSolid Rock Foundation Facebook page.
"You never know who's gonna show up," Cooper explained in the video. "But we'll start giving you some hints coming up pretty soon. I know one major movie star that's coming, but I won't mention any names."
There are still a few more surprises due to be announced this week; tickets go on sale October 29.
Proceeds from Christmas Pudding go to Alice Cooper's Solid Rock — a nonprofit organization founded by Alice Cooper dedicated to enriching the lives of teens through music, dance, and self expression.
The primary goal of Alice Cooper's Solid Rock is to honor Jesus Christ by helping to meet the spiritual, economical, physical, and social needs of teenagers and children within their community.
Pearl Jam Bassist Ament Says Side Project RNDM Inspired by Best Friend’s Death
Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament has revealed that his side project RDMN, which features singer/songwriter Joseph Arthur and Fastbacks/Three Fish drummer Richard Stuverud, was inspired by the tragic death of his best friend in 2009.
"Something happened to me then where I got super motivated," Ament tellsBillboard.com. "I had a shelf of all this unfinished music... So I just went to work and made a conscious decision that I was going to finish a bunch of stuff. Life's short.”
Ament adds that creating music for the band’s upcoming debut album, Acts, helped him overcome the loss of his friend. “I feel good now, I feel I worked through that whole thing and got three records out of it culminating with [RNDM], the easiest one,” notes the bassist. “When you have the right chemistry it's amazing how fast things go." Acts will arrive at all the usual outlets on October 30.
The Black Keys & RZA Fight over Fortune Cookie in “The Baddest Man Alive” Video
The Black Keys and RZA showcase their kung-fu skills in the video for “The Baddest Man Alive,” which is featured in the soundtrack for the rapper’s new film, The Man with the Iron Fists.
In the four-minute clip, The Keys and RZA battle each other after they're delivered only one fortune cookie at the end of their meal at a Chinese food restaurant. In addition to some epic fight scenes, the video includes some snippets from The Man with the Iron Fistson a nearby TV in the restaurant.
The soundtrack for The Man with the Iron Fists will arrive in stores on Tuesday. The film, which stars RZA, Russell Crowe, Lucy Liu, Jamie Chung and Pam Grier, is scheduled to debut in theaters on November 2.
Kirk Hammett Says Boris Karloff Outfit Inspired Him to Create Too Much Horror Business Book
Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett’s love of horror movies may have spawned his gigantic horror memorabilia collection, but it was a certain outfit worn by late actor Boris Karloff78 years ago that inspired him to write his coffee table book, Too Much Horror Business. Karloff is best known for his portrayal of Frankenstein's monster in a series of classic films, and for serving as both the narrator and the voice of The Grinch in The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.
"One of my favorite pieces is the outfit Boris Karloff wore in The Black Cat from 1934," Hammett tells Fuse in a video interview. "When I acquired it, it made me seriously think about making a book. But once it arrived at my house, I put it on. I actually put it on and walked around and pretended I was Boris Karloff's character for about two, three hours."
The guitarist is currently promoting Too Much Horror Business by making appearances in several U.S. cities to sign copies of the book for fans. Visit the book’s Facebook page to see the full itinerary.
Stone Sour Showcases House-Like Packaging for House of Gold and Bones in Online Video
Stone Sour fans who pick up the band’s new concept double album, House of Gold and Bones, will be able to use the releases to create a house of their own. The band has just released a short video that reveals if you connect the packaging for the two releases, it forms a small house with attic windows.
It’ll be a while before you can put your house together, however. While House of Gold & Bones Part 1 arrives in stores on Tuesday, the second installment, House of Gold & Bones Part 2, won’t be released until sometime next year.
In addition, a four-issue comic book mini-series based on the album will be hitting stores. You’ll be able to get your hands on the first issue of the series on April 17, 2013.
Pearl Jam's Mike McCready Asks Voters to Support Candidates Who Endorse Affordable Care Act
Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready wants you to choose candidates who support the Affordable Care Act in the upcoming election. The guitarist is featured in a short video, titled "Life Is a Pre-Existing Condition,” where he discusses his frustrating experiences dealing with Crohn's disease and his battles with health insurance companies.
“I’ve been denied [health insurance] coverage two times in my life and it’s after I’ve been in a big successful rock band,” says McCready in the clip. “I’ve met a lot of people that have been denied coverage that don’t have the resources to fight the insurance companies, and they shouldn’t have to do that.”
In addition, McCready has created a petition where voters can pledge to support only the candidates that are in favor of the initiative, which puts in place comprehensive health insurance reforms, at SignOn.org.
Blur, Muse Win Top Prizes at UK's Q Awards
Blur and Muse were among the big winners at Britain's Q Awards, held in London on Monday, reports NME. Blur won the Best Live Act award, which comes just a few months after their epic performance at the 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony Celebration Concert in London. Meanwhile, Muse took home the award for Best Act in the World Today.
Also during the ceremony, Keane’s "Disconnected" won the Best Video trophy, formerSmiths guitarist Johnny Marr was named Q Hero and The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers won the title of Q Idol.