SLASH, Joan Jett and Billy Corgan were honoured with career achievement prizes at the inaugural Alternative Press Music Awards (APMA) in Cleveland, Ohio on Monday night (21Jul14). The former Guns N' Roses star was presented with the Guitar Legend Award by Aerosmith rocker Joe Perry, Jett accepted the Icon Award, and Smashing Pumpkins rocker Corgan was handed the Vanguard Award during the ceremony at Voinovich Park, behind the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame building.
Corgan said of the awards ceremony, "What's great about Alternative Press is it still kind of stands for the alternative counter culture. Maybe it's not as much of a counter culture as it once... I'm happy to just be part of the alternative culture," while Slash added in a post on Twitter.com, "Receiving the Gtr (Guitar) Legend award from APMA was quite the honour. Receiving it from friend & mentor Joe Perry put it over the top."
Other winners included Panic! At The Disco frontman Brendon Urie, who won the Best Vocalist prize and took to the stage to perform Frank Sinatra classics Luck Be A Lady and Fly Me To The Moon with the Contemporary Youth Orchestra.
The show, hosted by Blink-182 star Mark Hoppus, also included performances from The Misfits, Fall Out Boy and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts.
Panic! At The Disco turned a Westboro Baptist Church picket into a fundraiser for the Human Rights Campaign by pledging $20 (£11.76) for every protester who showed up at their concert on Sunday night (20Jul14). Hours before taking to the stage for their Kansas City, Missouri tour stop, the rockers discovered the religious extremists were planning a protest outside the venue, and they decided to put a positive spin on the demonstration.
The musicians announced on Twitter.com that for every member of Westboro to show up at the protest, the band will donate $20 (£11.76) to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a civil rights organisation which works to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality.
Following the concert, they took to the microblogging site to reveal how much money they raised for the charity, writing, "Thank you (Westboro Baptist Church) for the update on the total amount you donated to @HRC today. $20X13= weak. We're going to make it an even $1,000. We will also be donating 5 per cent of our total merch (merchandise) sales from this show to @HRC."
Broadway star Idina Menzel is set to perform the National Anthem at the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Minneapolis, Minnesota next week (begs14Jul14). Singer Aloe Blacc, Panic! At the Disco, O.A.R. and Imagine Dragons are also slated to perform sets during the All-Star Week. The big game airs in the U.S. on Tuesday (15Jul14).
Fall Out Boy star Pete Wentz has relaunched and renamed his Decaydance Records label. The company that boasts Panic! at the Disco, Cobra Starship, Travie McCoy and Wentz's rock act among its roster will now be known as DCD2 and feature new artists Lolo and Danish rockers New Politics, who will hit the road with Fall Out Boy this summer (14).
Wentz launched Decaydance in 2005, and once featured Cassadee Pope's Florida group Hey Monday among his artists. Pope went on to win U.S. TV talent show The Voice and launch a solo career.
Panic! At The Disco frontman Brendan Urie is suing a former roommate over a series of unauthorised cash withdrawals from his bank account. The singer claims Shane Valdez took advantage of him after he gave him access to his personal bank account to pay shared living expenses between 2008 and 2010.
In the suit, obtained by TMZ.com, Urie states he didn't realise Valdez was allegedly stealing from him until November (13) - when he noticed his former roommate had made 70 withdrawals, totalling over $127,000 (£79,000).
Valdez reportedly confessed to taking the money, but his attorney insists the cash was used to make a documentary about Urie's life. Urie claims he and Valdez had never discussed a film project.
The defendant tells TMZ.com, "We were best friends for a long time and there is nothing about his claims that are true."
Panic! At The Disco's concert in Atlanta, Georgia on Friday night (07Feb14) had to be evacuated after the venue's floor began to crack. Hundreds of fans were ushered out of the city's historic Tabernacle venue just two songs into the show when the building's floor gave way.
Video footage taken at the gig shows the moment the floor cracked under the weight of the crowd, and fire marshals began evacuating the audience from the venue.
Gig-goer John Anderson told Ajc.com, "The situation could have been much worse and a large crack developing in a floor with hundreds of people on it is a major problem. As somebody who was on the floor at the time, I am very appreciative that an expert was there doing their job so well, and that helped keep us safe."
The rest of the concert was cancelled and the band subsequently apologised for the disaster in a post on Twitter.com, writing, "Atlanta you rocked so hard we literally broke the floor and you set the record for the shortest... show ever! Glad no one got hurt."
Singer Brandon Urie added, "We broke the venue with our floor collapsing rock!... But don't worry. We're working on rescheduling the show."
Country rocker Corey Smith was due to play at the venue on Saturday (08Feb14), but his show was also cancelled while structural engineers worked on the flooring problem.
Rockers Panic! At The Disco are the latest artists to have their tracks adapted for the stage as a new musical based on the band's back catalogue is currently in the works. The production, titled PANIC! The Musical, tells the story of a naive teenage girl on the verge of rebellion after meeting a defiant boy and it will feature music from all four of the band's studio albums.
Hits featured include I Write Sins Not Tragedies, Lying is the Most Fun A Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off, Ready to Go, and This Is Gospel.
The show is still in development, but none of the band's members have been involved in the process of the production.
Panic! At The Disco is the most recent band to take over the stage - Green Day's rock opera album American Idiot was made into a musical and had a successful Broadway run, including a Tony Award nomination for Best Musical in 2010.
Panic! At The Disco's Brendon Urie is still mad at singer Fiona Apple after she refused to let the band sample her song Every Single Night. Urie claims they wanted to use Apple's vocals on their summer (13) release Miss Jackson, but she would not grant them permission.
He tells Revolt TV, "We tried to get the publishing cleared and she was not having it. She was so bummed on us. She was like, 'No, I'm not letting that band sample my stuff.'
"I was kind of bummed, I was like, 'Really? I love your stuff, I love you Fiona,' but then afterwards I was like, 'You b**ch.' I was so mad. I mean, I'm still a huge fan of hers, but yeah I was pretty p**sed."
Singer Christina Perri has shot down rumours her breakthrough hit Jar Of Hearts was about former Panic! At The Disco rocker Ryan Ross. The pop star's 2010 debut single sparked fevered speculation about its subject matter but she has never confirmed the identity of the mystery ex-boyfriend featured in the track.
Rumours are swirling online that Perri once dated singer/songwriter Ross and wrote Jar of Hearts about their break-up, but she has now reached out to her fans to clear up the speculation.
In a post on Twitter.com, Perri writes, "This little rumour about Jar of Hearts being written about that Ryan kid from Panic! At The Disco is a big fat FALSE... horses mouth (sic)."
Panic! At The Disco drummer Spencer Smith has pulled out of the rockers' current U.S. tour to allow himself extra time to deal with his drug and alcohol addiction. The percussionist went public with his substance abuse struggles in July (13) in an open letter to fans, revealing he began popping pills and drinking heavily to combat feelings of anxiety and depression.
He checked himself into a rehabilitation programme last year (12) in a bid to address his problems, and a newly-sober Smith recently rejoined his bandmates on the road for their summer (13) trek with Fall Out Boy.
However, after performing a handful of shows with Panic! at the Disco, Smith has chosen to sit out the rest of the group's live dates to continue his recovery away from the pressures of the spotlight.
Frontman Brendan Urie broke the news to fans in a post on the group's official website late on Wednesday (08Aug13), writing, "Spencer and I have been through a lot of hurdles together, but witnessing one of my closest friends immersed in such a battle has been the most difficult...
"It's become evident Spencer still needs more time to take care of himself. I can't expect him to be fighting addiction one minute and be fully immersed in a national tour the next. With all that said, the tour will continue without Spencer while he is away getting the help he needs. Thank you all for your support and kind words."
It is not yet clear who will replace Smith on drums for the band's next show in Jacksonville, Florida on Friday (09Aug13).