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On The Road
  • Slipknot to Launch Own Music Festival, Knotfest

    June 4, 2012 9:00 AM ET
     |  Steve Baltin

    Slipknot will hold their first-ever Knotfest with two day-long events, one August 17th in their home state of Iowa and the other August 18th in Somerset, on the border of Wisconsin and Minnesota. The shows will find Slipknot joined by the Deftones, Lamb of God, Dethklok, Serj Tankian, the Urge, Cannibal Corpse and more.  "It's all about having fun and bringing something to the world of rock & roll, bringing it to the standard it used to be," Slipknot's Shawn "Clown" ...  | More »

  • Nicki Minaj Skips Hot 97 Summer Jam Performance

    June 4, 2012 8:55 AM ET
     |  Rolling Stone

    Nicki Minaj was a no-show for her Hot 97 Summer Jam set in New Jersey yesterday, following a dis from Hot 97 DJ Peter Rosenberg. While introducing upcoming Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar, Rosenberg said, "We're all about that real hip-hop, not 'Starships,'" referring to Minaj's current pop-oriented single. Minaj's YMCMB label leader Lil Wayne quickly took to Twitter to say, "Young Money ain't doing summer jam." Minaj soon followed on her Twitter, saying, "Wow. U n...  | More »

  • Lauryn Hill Returns to New York

    June 3, 2012 10:35 AM ET
     |  Matthew Trammell

    "Once the band is done setting up, we’ll bring Ms. Hill to rock the stage, for real!" the DJ promised Saturday night at New York City’s Highline Ballroom while fading between syrupy reggae cuts. Fans were skeptical – it wasn’t the first time they’d heard that line. "You know what that means," one nearby patron groaned, echoing the sentiments of the crowd. This is the reputation that precedes Lauryn Hill live: after years away from the public eye and a slew of la...  | More »

  • Setting the Soundtrack for the MTV Movie Awards

    June 2, 2012 3:20 PM ET
     |  Steve Baltin

    Like any big cinema production, tomorrow night's MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles will feature a soundtrack. This one comes courtesy of DJ Martin Solveig, fun. with help from Janelle Monae, Wiz Khalifa and the Black Keys, who will serenade MTV Generation Award Winner Johnny Depp with a new rendition of their single "Gold On The Ceiling." (Depp's award will be presented by Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry.) Rolling Stone caught a sneak peek at rehearsals yesterda...  | More »

  • Tour Alert: Mumford & Sons Plot 'Gentlemen of the Road Stopovers'

    June 1, 2012 9:55 AM ET
     |  Rolling Stone

    Mumford & SonsU.K. folk band Mumford & Sons will play four "Gentlemen of the Road Stopovers" in August to promote their upcoming second LP, due out in September. Each performance will have the feel of an outdoor festival, with local vendors and a lineup of supporting acts unique to each date and curated by the band – from St. Vincent and Dawes in Portland, Maine, to Gogol Bordello in Monterey, California. Tickets for all four dates will go on sale for $69, with no hidden fee...  | More »

  • Madonna Kicks Off Tour in Tel Aviv

    June 1, 2012 8:45 AM ET
     |  Rolling Stone

    Madonna kicked off her 'MDNA' tour yesterday in Tel Aviv, bringing some dark, occult imagery and plenty of eye-popping outfits for the first show. But despite the intense look and feel of the stage, Madonna took the opportunity to address the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and make a plea for peace. "I chose to start my world tour in Israel for a very specific and important reason," said Madonna. "As you know, the Middle East and all the conflicts that occur here and that have been o...  | More »

  • Justin Bieber Hits Head, Suffers Concussion in Paris

    June 1, 2012 8:40 AM ET
     |  Rolling Stone

    Justin Bieber suffered a concussion during his May 31st show in Paris, reports TMZ. Bieber told TMZ that in between songs, he inadvertently ran into a wall of glass backstage. Though he was "disoriented" afterwards, he still closed out his set. After the show, Bieber "passed out cold" for about 15 seconds as he walked to his dressing room. Doctors confirm Bieber suffered a concussion but that he faces no serious harm going forward. Bieber is currently on a short European promo tour for his u...  | More »

  • Donald Fagen's Dukes of September Ready Second Tour of R&B Covers

    May 31, 2012 12:15 PM ET
     |  Dan Hyman

    In 2010, while touring with the supergroup the Dukes of September Rhythm Revue alongside Steely Dan's Donald Fagen and iconic blue-eyed soul man Boz Scaggs, singer Michael McDonald performed "Don't Mess Up a Good Thing," a 1965 Fontella Bass and Bobby McClure song the former Doobie Brothers singer hadn't revisited since he was 14. "It's one of those songs you could never foresee a reason to do again," he told reporters on a conference call Wednesday to discuss the Dukes&#...  | More »

  • Fans Can Dance On Screen With Usher in Upcoming Webcast

    May 31, 2012 9:30 AM ET
     |  Rolling Stone

    Usher has announced that fans will be able to virtually dance on stage with him at an upcoming gig in London that will be broadcast live on the internet, the New York Times reports. The show, which will be filmed at the Hammersmith Apollo on June 11th, is part of Vevo's American Express Unstaged series, which pairs top pop stars with well-known directors, such as Coldplay with Anton Corbijn, Duran Duran with David Lynch, Jack White with Gary Oldman and John Legend with Spike Lee. Usher&...  | More »

  • Franz Ferdinand Fans Pepper Sprayed in Brazil

    May 29, 2012 12:35 PM ET
     |  Rolling Stone

    Fans waiting to see Franz Ferdinand at Sao Paulo, Brazil's Independence Park yesterday during the Cultura Inglesa Festival were pepper sprayed and tear-gassed by police, the Brazilian paper Folha reports. While the park had yet to reach its 20,000 person capacity, event organizers said in a statement that the gates were closed in order to reorganize entry. Though some fans left or found a spot on a nearby street where they could see the stage, others attempted to climb the fence to gain...  | More »

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