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*Numerous news outlets reported U2 had decided to delay the release of their next record until 2015 in order to schedule more studio time, however a band spokesperson says that isn't true. A representative for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band told UK’s The Guardian, “U2’s album is planned for this year, it is still on track and touring plans haven’t been confirmed yet.” U2’s rep reiterated the group’s new record should be ready by this summer.
*Controversial conservative rocker Ted Nugent recently had surgery to replace both his knees, but in a new Facebook post he assures fans he will not stop rockin’. He recently wrote: “Sorry I haven’t been on much lately but the double knee replacement surgery knocked me on my ass royal! I should be up and dancing like a full bluntal Nugity Motown guitar animal real soon. For now it’s all about pain management and retraining my new knees to ROCK!!”
*The actor who portrays Jimi Hendrix in the upcoming biopic Jimi: All Is by My Side reportedly spent several hours a day practicing and learning to play guitar as a lefty for the role. The film’s producer Danny Bramson told Billboard he found Outkast member Andre 3000 “a really patient teacher and put together a regimen for Andre when he came out to Los Angeles. He sat in a small studio, six hours a day, putting in dedication [to play left-handed]. He kept working in a rehearsal room throughout the production.”
*A turf war between rival political parties has put the brakes on plans to hold the Hell & Heaven Metal Festival just outside Mexico City this weekend, but organizers assure the event will go on. Kiss, Guns N’ Roses, and Twisted Sister are among those on the bill, but the government says the lack of safety plans has the event in doubt. But organizers feel the holdup is politically motivated, because the town where the stadium is located is run by the Citizen’s Movement party, while the state is governed by the opposing Institutional Revolutionary Party. Late yesterday, organizers of the festival said on Facebook they will announce a new location for the event very soon.
*New albums out today: Bob Dylan – 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration (Deluxe Edition); Chicago – Live in Japan.
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