The Red Hot Chili Peppers, the reunited Black Sabbath, the newly solo Jack White and the Black Keys were announced early this morning as the headliners of this summer's Lollapalooza, set for August 3rd through 5th in Chicago's Grant Park. Check out the complete lineup on

The Red Hot Chili Peppers are lending their support to President Obama by playing a free concert on Sunday afternoon at Cleveland's House of Blues for those willing to work for the president's re-election campaign.

To get into the gig, you must be willing to work for the Obama campaign at any Northeast Ohio phone bank.

The Peppers will be in Cleveland for their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Saturday night.

Jack White's record label has announced the contents of the 12th installment of its Third Man's Vault subscription series, and it's some pretty cool stuff. Included is:

  • A Raconteurs single featuring two Brendan Benson songs intended for Consolers of the Lonely that were later re-recorded and used on Benson solo albums. White says the A-side "Open My Eyes" "sounds like a hit" and that he can't recall why it wasn't used.
  • A live album by White's then-wife, Karen Elson, recorded at the label's headquarters in 2010.
  • A "bonus" White Stripes DVD titled Under New Zealand Lights, culled from one 2000 and one 2003 performance in the island nation.

The subscription series has four installments per year and costs $60 per quarter to join.

Reports surfaced yesterday that Ronnie Montrose died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound and had a blood-alcohol level of 0.31-percent -- nearly four times the legal limit for driving in some states -- at the time of his death, according to the San Mateo County coroner.

The 64-year-old guitarist and namesake of the band Montrose was found dead on March 3rd in the living room of his Brisbane home holding an unregistered .38-caliber revolver, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. In 2007, Montrose revealed he had prostate cancer, but he announced he was in remission two years later. After his death, some speculated that he had succumbed to the disease.

A statement was posted on Montrose's official website, reading, "By now, the devastating truth of Ronnie's death is public knowledge. We hope you can understand why we wanted to keep this news a private family matter for as long as possible."


Godsmack have set May 15th for the release of their concert album, Live and Inspired. The package includes 13 songs from a show last year in Detroit and a second disc containing four covers they recorded earlier this year.

The booklet and packaging for Live and Inspired will feature fan photos. If you'd like to submit yours, head to the band's Facebook page.

Rob Zombie has offered up more details on the album he's currently recording. He tells, "We just want to make a dark, heavy, weird record and stick to that idea. If something comes up that isn't, we won't finish it. We'll stick to the plan." Zombie also says he's more than happy with his new drummer Ginger Fish, formerly of Marilyn Manson. He calls him "phenomenal" and says he "didn't know how good" Ginger was.

Zombie also goes into depth about his upcoming movie The Lords of Salem in the piece.

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