Guns N' Roses spin-off supergroup Kings Of Chaos are swelling their ranks by recruiting Steven Tyler and Zz Top star Billy Gibbons for upcoming dates in South Africa. The part-time collective, which features Matt Sorum, Duff McKagan and Gilby Clarke, has lined up two shows in Sun City and Cape Town in November and December (14), and the core trio is taking some big names.
The Kings of Chaos evolved out of the Rock 'N' Roll Allstars, an 11-piece outfit that included Gene Simmons and Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott.
The line-up for South Africa will also feature Cheap Trick's Robin Zander and Extreme star Nuno Bettencourt.
Sorum, who was also a member of McKagan and Slash's supergroup Velvet Revolver, recently told Blabbermouth.net that the Kings of Chaos could easily become a priority for him, stating, "I'm at that stage of my career where I haven't really got the energy to go and try and create a band. I mean, how many bands do I have in my back pocket? I'd rather just get a bunch of great guys together that everybody knows and go and play a bunch of shows to 60,000 people.
"Even Velvet Revolver, it took us 18 months to build that up, and we were on the road, like, 20-year-old kids... I don't really want to go on the road for 18 months anymore, which will basically kill you, unless you're doing hard drugs and I don't do hard drugs anymore, and I don't drink anymore, and the rest of it's just kind of boring.
"I'd rather go and do great festivals and do two or three-week tours - go out and just have a blast and then go home and then think about the next thing."
Fired frontman Scott Weiland recently joked about auditioning for the his own vacant spot in Velvet Revolver, leading fans to think the band was active again after six years, but bassist McKagan recently shot down the rumours, insisting there were no immediate plans to restart to hunt for a new singer.
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As much as we love Disney songs, we can't help but hold in even higher esteem Disney song parodies. A variety of cartoons, like The Simpsons, Family Guy, and The Critic, have given us particularly favortable, irreverent send-ups of our favorite just-a-bit-too-earnest classics from Walt's canon. Here are a few of the funniest, most clever, and all around catchiest Disney song parodies.
"See My Vest"
From: The SimpsonsA Parody of: "Be Our Guest" from Beauty and the BeastDegree of Genius: High. Mr. Burns embracing the classic Disney showstopper to celebrate his love of animal furs is terrific macabre comedy.
"I Need a Jew"
From: Family Guy A Parody of: "When You Wish Upon a Star" from PinocchioDegree of Genius: Admittedly pretty clever, considering the fact that it's one long joke about Jewish stereotypes.
"Beauty and King Dork"
From: The CriticA Parody of: The title song from Beauty and the BeastDegree of Genius: It's a quick one, but the inclusion of singing dust busters, a Mork and Mindy reference, and Jay Sherman's attempts to cover up the embarrassing lyrics make for one of the best gags on the list.
"Just the Same Old Heroine"
From: AnimaniacsA Parody of: "Just Across the River Bend" from PocahontasDegree of Genius: Yes, it's a show directed at children, but it is easily the most biting, articulate satires of the Disney formula of the lot.
"Duff Beer for You, Duff Beer for Me"
From: The SimpsonsA Parody of:"It's a Small World"Degree of Genius: Well, it does accurately capture how horrifying and haunting that song is.
"The Surprises in Life"
From: AnimaniacsA Parody of: "Circle of Life" from The Lion KingDegree of Genius: As much a chronicling of man's inevitable existential crises as it is a Disney song parody, this one is just as likely to make you cry as it is to make you laugh. Deep stuff.
"It's a Wonderful Day for Pie"
From: Family GuyA Parody of: Disney schmaltz in generalDegree of Genius: Catchy, but not quite up to par with the likes of its peers.
From: The South Park movieA Parody of: "Part of Your World" from The Little MermaidDegree of Genius: True, this is a far looser parody than the others on the list, but Trey Parker and Matt Stone nail the tone and style of the Disney "I Want" number in general. And it's sung by Satan, so that makes things all the sweeter.
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Rocker Duff Mckagan has dismissed reports sparked by former bandmate Scott Weiland suggesting supergroup Velvet Revolver are on the hunt for a new singer again. The band McKagan formed with Slash and Matt Sorum has been largely inactive since the trio fired Weiland in 2008, but he had fans hoping for a reunion recently when he joked about joining the "cattle call" for a new frontman.
However, bassist McKagan tells VH1 Radio Network there are no plans to revive his old band.
He explains, "That band was so good and really started with all the right intentions and we wrote a lot of material near the end of that band. We kind of got really free musically and so we've got all this material and it's a really talented band.
"When it's the right time to happen again, it'll happen. I'm not aware that we're auditioning right now and I think I would be aware."
But McKagan is sure that Weiland will not be returning to front the group, adding, "That played itself out. That was a chapter in life, you know, not a defining moment, just a chapter, and I wish that guy the best of luck and I hope he's OK."
Velvet Revolver reunited with Weiland briefly for a set at a tribute concert for late songwriter John O'Brien in early 2012.
Singer/actress Hilary Duff insists she is still in good spirits after her new single leaked online before its official unveiling.
The So Yesterday hitmaker is gearing up for her highly-anticipated comeback to the music scene and was slated to premiere her new track, All About You, on U.S. radio programme the Adam Bomb Show on Monday night (11Aug14).
However, eager fans got hold of the song before its official debut, and instead of becoming furious, Duff has taken the leak in stride. She took to Twitter.com to write, "Guess #AllAboutYou leaked... Dammit all! lol I am excited y'all are loving it! Don't forget to get your own tonight @iTunesMusic please."
Duff, who previewed a clip of the song while presenting at the Teen Choice Awards the evening before (10Aug14), is due to release her first studio album in seven years this autumn (14).
Singer Hilary Duff had the state of her marriage on her mind when she sat down to write new material for her latest album and reveals one of the tracks is all about what was going through her head. The So Yesterday hitmaker announced she had split from husband Mike Comrie in January (14), and now she reveals she poured her heart out in emotional songs about her man and their baby son Luca.
During a Billboard.com Pop Shop podcast on Thursday (31Jul14), Duff explained, "I'm separated from my husband right now, which has been a very difficult thing to go through, but we have a lot of love for each other and we have this beautiful baby.
"There's a song about Luca and a song about my separation and my love for this person, that maybe we're not meant to be together, or maybe we are. It's very, very personal... I think I just needed to get that out."
Duff is on the verge of a major comeback after a five-year hiatus, during which she became a wife and mother, and learned how to cook and renovate homes.
She admitted she's glad she took time away from he music business: "I was having the best time, but after about five years, I was like, 'I have no life, I have, like, two friends, I'm never home, I'm never with my family'. I kind of needed to shut it all down. It was time for me to be a person and learn who I wanted to be."
Rockers Coldplay have donated $17,000 (£10,000) to a charity campaign organised by a terminally-ill fan. Brit Jody Duff, who is battling motor neurone disease, has been raising money for a foundation which helps others suffering from the condition, and his efforts have been boosted by a big donation from his favourite band.
Coldplay handed over $17,000 (£10,000) to Duff's campaign in aid of the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
Duff, 37, was previously given a chance to meet the Yellow hitmakers at a recent gig in London, and frontman Chris Martin dedicated a song to him on stage.
Rocker Deryck Whibley is overcoming his booze battle with the help of reformed hellraisers Iggy Pop and Tommy Lee. In May (14), the Sum 41 star revealed he had been hospitalised in an intensive care unit after his kidneys and liver collapsed following years of hard boozing.
He has now quit drinking and is determined to keep on a straight path, and he has revealed several fellow stars who have battled booze demons are helping him adjust to a life of sobriety.
Whibley tells Kerrang! magazine, "Now I'm sober, I don't get calls from certain people that I used to... the drinking friends. Now I'm the bum-out to them. Who wants to invite the sober guy to the party?
"Y'know who has been incredibly supportive? Iggy Pop. He had a lot of great advice; he's been through it all. We've been friends for years. Same for Tommy Lee from Motley Crue. He told me what to expect from people, that not everyone will understand. Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum from Guns N' Roses have been great too. We go out for coffee and talk about s**t."
Rob Zombie, Duff Mckagan and former Sex Pistols star Steve Jones have formed a Ramones covers group for the 10th annual Johnny Ramone tribute. Ramone's wife Linda will host the bash at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, where comedian Fred Armisen will also perform as his alter-ego Ian Rubbish and Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett will display his collection of horror movie memorabilia.
Zombie will also screen his movie The Devil's Rejects.
Celebrities have gathered at Ramone's statue in the cemetery annually since his death in 2004. Past guests at the tribute have included Johnny Depp, Lisa Marie Presley, Chris Cornell, Nicolas Cage and Henry Rollins.
Scottish rocker Dale Barclay will debut two new The Amazing Snakeheads bandmates at a concert in London on Tuesday (17Jun14) after parting ways with his drummer and bassist. The singer broke the news to fans in an emotional post on Facebook.com on Sunday (15Jun14), suggesting the split with original bassist William Coombe and drummer Jordan Hutchinson was far from amicable.
The message read: "In the interest of transparency and fairness I will say this. William quit the band and Jordon (sic) knows why him and I are no longer friends. F**k anyone who thinks otherwise.
"I have no intentions of p**sing over something that meant so much to me so will never go into detail of the where, why and when of what has happened, especially on this barrel of bulls**t."
A follow-up statement released on Monday (16Jun14) reads: "The Amazing Snakeheads have had a line-up change - Dale Barclay is now accompanied by Andrew Pattie and Scott Duff. The band will be performing tomorrow night at Meltdown Festival in London, at Reading and Leeds (U.K. festival) this August and at all other shows as previously announced."
The new-look trio will perform in public together for the first time on Tuesday, when the band will take the stage at the Southbank Centre as part of James Lavelle's Meltdown Festival.
The line-up change comes just two months after the release of The Amazing Snakeheads' debut album, Amphetamine Ballads.