Linkin Park took their legions of fans on a trip down memory lane during their headlining set at the Sunset Strip Music Festival in Los Angeles on Saturday night (03Aug13) when they recalled playing their first shows at venues dotted along the fabled street. The rockers performed an 80-minute set of hits and singer/rapper Mike Shinoda even revamped a rap from an early song, titled Read My Eyes, that never made its way onto any of the band's albums.
Clearly emotional onstage at the full circle concert, he told fans, "Our first shows were at the Whisky (A Go Go) and Roxy. We played the majority of our first 15 shows there and it was our, like, dream... the Key Club used to be called Billboard Live and it was our be dream to be like, 'Dude, one day we're gonna be big enough to play Billboard Live!. And we would never have f**king thought that the dream wasn't to play Billboard Live; it was to play in front of f**king Billboard Live."
Bandmate Chester Bennington added, "Back when we were recording (album) Hybrid Theory and writing music for Hybrid Theory we'd have these crazy dreams, like, 'Wouldn't it be f**king cool if we shut down Sunset...?'"
Shinoda later recalled performing with Jay-Z at The Roxy, which was among the venues taking part in the SSMF, after spotting the club from the stage.
He added, "This is the most nostalgic show we've ever played," prompting Bennington to add, "I teared up, like, twice already."
The festival also gave Stone Temple Pilots fans a bonus - as both the band's current frontman Bennington and former lead singer Scott Weiland hit the stage on the same night, hundreds of yards apart - the Linkin Park star took over as STP's semi-permanent singer when Weiland was fired from the band earlier this year (13).
Weiland and his new band The Wildabouts added a second night to their Friday night (02Aug13) Viper Room gig and were performing there as Bennington left the main stage with Linkin Park.
Bennington made no mention of his other band during his set and Weiland made sure there was no bad blood between the two rockers by telling Rolling Stone magazine last week (ends02Aug13), "I've known Chester for a long time... I don't think Chester did it (replaced me) in a spiteful way."
Weiland and the remaining members of STP are currently locked in a legal dispute over the rights to the band name.
Rocker Scott Weiland insists there are no hard feelings between him and his Stone Temple Pilots replacement Chester Bennington, because he's convinced the Linkin Park star did not act spitefully when he stepped up to front the band. Bennington stunned fans when he hit the stage with STP for a radio concert in California in May (13) and now he has become a semi-permanent member of the group and plans to tour with the DeLeo brothers later this year (13), while honouring his Linkin Park commitments at the same time.
Weiland, whose firing left a vacancy for his rock peer, is at war with his former bandmates, but, as he prepares to hit the stage with his new group at the Hollywood music festival Bennington and Linkin Park are headlining this weekend (02-04Aug13), he wants to make it clear that he's not upset with his replacement.
He tells Billboard.com, "I've known Chester for a long time. I got to be pretty close with him on the (2001) Family Values Tour...
"I don't think Chester did it in a spiteful way. The brothers DeLeo can be pretty persuasive... I guess nothing is totally shocking, but... I don't think it was smart for them to do that. I'm surprised they did what they did without checking the legality of it, how they just decided to go and use the name and go and hire another singer and start playing shows with a name that I still am an owner of."
The DeLeo brothers and Weiland, who is now touring with his band the Wildabouts, have filed lawsuits against each other.
Sir Mick Jagger's famous friends and fans took to the Internet on Friday (26Jul13) to send messages of congratulations as the Rolling Stones star turned 70. The music legend's milestone created a buzz on Twitter.com and the singer was flooded with birthday greetings from devotees from around the world.
Jagger's partner L'Wren Scott gave fans a glimpse into the star's private birthday celebrations by posting a picture of a big pile of gift-wrapped presents on her Instagram.com page with the message, "Happy Birthday Mick Jagger... The most kind and adoring man... Love to you."
The singer's Rolling Stones bandmate Ronnie Wood also sent a public birthday message to his friend - in a post on Twitter.com, he wrote, "Hey - Happy birthday Mick Jagger! Enjoy & have fun," while Jagger's ex-wife Bianca added, "Happy birthday Mick Jagger - May the Good Lord shine a light on you warm like the evening sun, xx Bianca."
One Direction star Harry Styles also sent a birthday message to the veteran musician, writing, "Happy birthday Mick Jagger legend," and former U.S. President Bill Clinton also took time to honour the star: "Everyone wants the moves like Jagger... but Mick Jagger, you're one of a kind. Happy Birthday, friend!"
Rocker Lenny Kravitz offered, "Happy Birthday Mick!!!!... Have a good one Bro," while tributes also came in from Pamela Anderson, William Shatner, Martin Kemp and Mia Farrow.
Rocker Duff Mckagan was saddened by Scott Weiland's firing from Stone Temple Pilots, but insists he could "see it coming". Former Guns N' Roses star McKagan performed with the singer in Velvet Revolver before Weiland was sacked and made a return to his ex-band Stone Temple Pilots.
Weiland was kicked out of that group earlier this year (13) and replaced by Linkin Park's Chester Bennington, and McKagan admits he was sorry to hear of his former colleague's new problems.
He tells Billboard.com, "You could kind of see it coming, I suppose. It's a sad situation any way you look at it. That guy... You hope (Weiland) pulls it together; I shared enough good times with that guy that I wish him nothing but the best."
Weiland is currently locked in a legal battle with his former Stone Temple Pilots bandmates - they sued him for allegedly sabotaging their recent 20th anniversary tour with his bad behaviour, while he has filed a countersuit in a bid to stop them using the group's name without him in the line-up.
Rocker Scott Weiland and his Stone Temple Pilots replacement Chester Bennington are set to headline the same festival with their other bands next month (Aug13). Weiland and his new act The Wildabouts will close out the Viper Room festivities on the Friday night of the sixth annual Sunset Strip Music Festival on 2 August (13), while Bennington's Linkin Park will headline the main outdoor stage 24 hours later.
Bennington became the surprise frontman for STP earlier this year (13), following Weiland's departure from the band, and they have just made the What I've Done singer a semi-permanent member for an upcoming tour.
This year's (13) Sunset Strip Music Festival will honour Joan Jett and also feature performances from Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Wale, Awolnation, Semi Precious Weapons and Hoobastank.
The three-day festival, which begins on 1 August (13), will include sets at iconic Hollywood venues The Roxy, Viper Room and Whisky A Go-Go.
Country stars Carrie Underwood and Kix Brooks have offered well wishes to Lady Antebellum star Hillary Scott, who became a first-time mum on Monday (22Jul13). Just hours before news of the royal baby's birth made headlines around the world, the Need You Now singer welcomed little Eisele Kaye Tyrrell to the world in Nashville, Tennessee.
And several stars have taken to Twitter.com to congratulate Scott and her husband, Lady Antebellum drummer Chris Tyrrell.
Her bandmates Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood posted a message on the group's Twitter.com account, writing, "Congratulations to @HillaryScottLA and Chris, parents of the beautiful Eisele Kaye! Happy birthday and we love you!!"
And pal Underwood added, "@HillaryScottLA Congratulations, sweet Hillary! So many blessings to your family and its new gift from God! May she be just like you!"
Former Brooks & Dunn star Kix Brooks was also thrilled by the 'other baby news', tweeting, "Congrats to @HillaryScottLA of @ladyantebellum - sweet lil thing finally showed up! This is where the party starts!"
Scott took to her own Twitter page on Tuesday (23Jul13) to declare, "Thanks to EVERYONE for the congratulations, prayers, support, and love for our precious Eisele Kaye! She has completely stolen our hearts!"
Stone Temple Pilots have announced their first tour with Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington as frontman. Bennington replaced Scott Weiland in the band earlier this year (13) and made his debut as frontman in May (13) at KROQ's Weenie Roast festival - and now it looks as if his position will be permanent.
Just days after STP and Bennington confirmed a headlining spot at the first annual Rockwave Festival in Fort Myers, Florida on 21 September (13), the group has released details of a new tour, which kicks off in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on 4 September (13).
Brothers Dean and Robert DeLeo and Eric Kretz have also teamed up with their new singer in the studio and the band plans to release a new EP later this year (13). A new single, titled Out of Time, has blasted its way on to the U.S. rock charts.
U.S. comedian Jimmy Fallon has challenged Prince to a table tennis match after the pop superstar changed his mind about a paddle-off with the late night show host earlier this year (13). The funnyman was thrilled when his one-time musical guest's handlers told him that the Purple Rain singer was to take him on at ping-pong because Fallon was convinced he could beat the star.
Recalling his near-clash with Prince on his Late Night show on Friday (12Jul13), when the singer's Under the Cherry Moon co-star Kristin Scott Thomas was his guest, Fallon said, "(His people) called and go, 'Prince wants to play ping-pong with you...' I go, 'Look, we'll have ping-pong ready, if Prince wants to play, and we'll play... and I'll beat his a** too.'
"They call back and they go, 'Prince wants to play ping-pong with you but not on camera... He just wants to do it for fun, he thinks you'll be fun to play ping-pong with.'
"He came on the show and we never played ping-pong, never brought it up... but Prince, if you're out there, I'm ready to play. I've got my paddles ready buddy."
The new-look Stone Temple Pilots, featuring Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington, have scheduled another festival slot in Florida. The group will co-headline the first annual Rockwave Festival in Fort Myers on 21 September (13) alongside Jane's Addiction.
Bennington was the surprise replacement for Scott Weiland when he was kicked out of the band earlier this year (13), and he has already played a couple of shows with the rock act.
In May (13), he told Rolling Stone magazine his side project looks set to become a semi-permanent thing.
The singer, who surprised fans when he stepped up to perform with Stone Temple Pilots at Los Angeles radio station KROQ's annual Weenie Roast in May (13), told the magazine that he's more than happy to front two major rock bands at the same time.
He explained, "When you get together and put a new piece in, there's a whole different energy. For us, the creative juices have just been flowing. We've been writing, we have tons of great ideas... It is a good position to be in, and for us, all we care about is going out, making the legacy as great as it needs to be, as great as people expect it to be, and coming out with new music that lives up to that standard."