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Trent Reznor Recieves Award, New Metallica Book In The Works — Angel’s Rock Report

Dick Clark, “America’s oldest teenager,” died yesterday morning at age 82 from a heart attack.

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Trent Reznor received the ASCAP Golden Note Award at the performance rights organization’s annual Pop Music Awards ceremony in L.A. last night. Calling him “a groundbreaking songwriter, innovative composer and musical visionary,” ASCAP President Paul Williams presented the trophy — which has previously gone to such artists as Elton John, Lindsey Buckingham, Jeff Lynne and Tom Petty — following a video tribute to the Nine Inch Nails mastermind. In his brief acceptance speech, Reznor joked that after watching the presentation, “it’s pretty clear that bad haircuts have played an important role” in his career overview.

Velvet Revolver guitarist Dave Kushner is following in the footsteps of Gorillaz by starting an animated rock band called Pusher Jones. The Simpsons‘ creative director Dave Warren is handling the animated side of things. The group also includes Scars on Broadway‘s Frankie Perez on vocals, Weezer bassist Scott Shriner and Queens of the Stone Age drummer Joey Castillo. Pusher Jones’s first single, “Count Me Out,” is on the Avengers Assemble album, which is due out May 1st.

Kushner and Warren are shopping a pilot about the fictional band to various networks, and plan to release an EP later this year.

Volbeat and Hellyeah are teaming up for a month-long summer tour. It starts on June 18th in Toronto and works its way through the Northeast, various Canadian cities and the West Coast before wrapping up on July 15th in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Hellyeah’s new album, Band of Brothers, is due out on July 17th.

Serj Tankian will release his third solo album, Harakiri, on July 10th. The first single, “Figure It Out,” will start streaming on next week. Tankian will do some shows to promote the album in between System of a Down festival appearances this summer.

A two-volume biography of Metallica will be released in 2013 and 2014. Da Capo Press will publish Birth School Metallica Death: Volume 1 by Paul Brannigan and Ian Winwood in the fall of 2013, with Volume 2 to follow in the fall of 2014. Brannigan published This Is a Call: The Life and Times of Dave Grohl last year.

Volume 1 will cover the band’s career through The Black Album, with the second volume to cover their career from the mid-’90s to the present.

Slipknot‘s 2010 video release (sic)nesses will be out on Blu-ray July 31st.

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