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Video: JAKE E. LEE's RED DRAGON CARTEL Performs OZZY OSBOURNE's 'The Ultimate Sin' At Whisky A Go Go
Video footage of RED DRAGON CARTEL, the band led by former OZZY OSBOURNE and BADLANDS guitarist Jake E. Lee, performing the OZZY classic "The Ultimate Sin" on November 22 at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California can be seen below. Bassist Ron Mancuso recently decided to leave RED DRAGON CARTEL in order to return to his production career. He was replaced by none other than Lee's former BADLANDS bandmate Greg Chaisson. Upcoming RED DRAGON CARTEL shows: Dec. 02 - Marlin Room At Webster Hall - New York, NY Dec. 03 - Dobbs - Philadelphia, PA Dec. 05 - Mexicali Live - Teaneck, NJ Dec. 06 - The Chance - Poughkeepsie, NY Dec. 07 - 1150 Oak Bar & Grill - Cranston, RI Dec. 09 - Rockstarz - Cheektowaga, NY Dec. 10 - The Garrison - Toronto, ONT, Canada Dec. 12 - Token Lounge - Westland, MI Dec. 13 - Reggies - Chicago, IL Dec. 16 - Oddbodys - Dayton, OH Dec. 18 - Agora Theatre - Cleveland, OH Dec. 19 - Altar Bar - Pittsburgh, PA Dec. 20 - Fish Head Cantina - Baltimore, MD Support on the trek is coming from guitarist Ethan Brosh, who is widely considered one of the most promising instrumentalists on the scene.Chaisson previouslyfilled in for Mancuso at RED DRAGON CARTEL's March 4 concert in Tempe, Arizona. Chaisson and RED DRAGON CARTEL leader Jake E. Lee (also formerly of OZZY OSBOURNE) were half of the short-lived BADLANDS, which also featured current KISS drummer Eric Singer and the late singer Ray Gillen (who also had a brief stint in BLACK SABBATH). After the first BADLANDS album, Singer was replaced by Jeff Martin. The group lasted from 1988 to 1993 and released two albums, "Badlands" (1989) and "Voodoo Highway" (1991) before Gillen left and was replaced by John West. Ray's death in 1993 effectively ended any hopes of a BADLANDS reunion. The album "Dusk", consisting of BADLANDS demo recordings from 1992-1993, was released in 1998.RED DRAGON CARTEL's self-titled debut album sold around 5,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 69 on The Billboard 200 chart. Released on January 28 via Frontiers Records, the CD was recorded at Las Vegas' The Hideout Recording Studio— owned and operated by Kevin Churko (OZZY OSBOURNE, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, IN THIS MOMENT) — and was produced by R. Bernard Mann (a.k.a. Ronnie Mancuso) and Jake E. Lee, and executive-produced, mixed and mastered by Churko.RED DRAGON CARTEL, which references the axeman's Japanese roots, also features Darren James "D.J." Smith of Canadian metallers WARMACHINE, on vocals and Jonas Fairley (BLACK BETTY) on drums.RED DRAGON CARTEL's setlist includes new material like the singles "Feeder" and "Deceived", as well as major hits from Jake E. Lee's glorious past: "Bark At The Moon", "The Ultimate Sin" and "Rock 'N' Roll Rebel" (all originally recorded by OZZY OSBOURNE), as well as "Shine On" and "High Wire" (BADLANDS).
AC/DC: 'Rock Or Bust' Video Premiere
The official video for the title track of the new AC/DC album, "Rock Or Bust", can be seen below. The clip was shot October 3-4 with director David Mallet at Black Island Studios in Middlesex, England.Mallet has worked with the band for 24 years and says: "They have never come out with any pretense to be anything else than the best rock and roll band in the world.""Rock Or Bust" is scheduled for release on December 2. The CD was recorded in Vancouver, Canada earlier this year. AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd was missing from the band's new publicity photo and was also a no-show at the group's video shoot for "Play Ball" and "Rock Or Bust". Rudd was replaced for the filming by drummer Bob Richards (who had previously played with SHOGUN and IRON MAIDEN guitarist Adrian Smith), with singer Brian Johnson reportedly telling fans at the shoot that Rudd was unable to participate due to an undisclosed "family emergency." On November 6, Rudd was charged with attempting to "procure murder" by New Zealand police but the charge was dropped a day later by the Crown Solicitor Greg Hollister-Jones after a meeting with Rudd's attorney, Paul Mabey, and police. Mabey said that Hollister-Jones reviewed the case and concluded that "there was insufficient evidence to justify that charge. He has now withdrawn the charge."Rudd must return to court on November 27, where he still faces one charge of threatening to kill as well as possession of meth and marijuana, which his lawyer described as "minor."Mabey added that Rudd had "suffered unnecessary and extremely damaging publicity as a result of widespread and sensational reporting of a very serious allegation, which on any basis was never justified." The 60-year-old drummer was alleged to have tried to hire a hitman to kill two men in late September. Rudd's arrest was the second major blow to AC/DC in 2014. Founding guitarist Malcolm Young was forced to leave the band earlier this year because he is afflicted with dementia. His replacement on the album and the band's upcoming world tour will be Stevie Young, nephew of Malcolm and AC/DC guitarist Angus Young. The band officially announced in September that Malcolm would not be returning to the lineup.Stevie Young played with AC/DC once before during a 1988 tour, while Malcolm stepped out to deal with his dependency on alcohol.
acdcrockorbustartnt, he has to decide, 'Is this something I want to keep doing, or have I said my piece?'"
EXODUS' TOM HUNTING: 'We're Happy With All The Music That We Made With ROB DUKES'
Jay Nanda of San Antonio Metal Music Examiner conducted an interview with drummer Tom Hunting of San Francisco Bay Area thrashers EXODUS on November 18 in Austin, Texas during the band's tour with SLAYER and SUICIDAL TENDENCIES. You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud widget below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On sharing the stage with former EXODUS drummer Paul Bostaph, who last year rejoined SLAYER: "I love Paul Bostaph; he's awesome. He's an amazing drummer. The stuff he did on [the 2005 EXODUS album] 'Shovel Headed Kill Machine' was absolutely fantastic. And when we're doing a headlining set, I have to go out and emulate some of the shit he did from that [album]. It's not easy. He's machine. [Laughs]" On why they chose to thank former EXODUS members Rob Dukes (vocals) and Rick Hunolt (guitar) in the credits for the new EXODUS album, "Blood In Blood Out": "We're happy with all the music that we made with Dukes. I think it's kind of screwed up that we were at an impasse when it came to making this album with him. But it was album No. 10 and it needed to be special. But we love those guys. We love all the music that we created with Dukes singing, and obviously, Rick's a big part of the history of this band as well.""Blood In Blood Out" sold around 8,800 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 38 on The Billboard 200 chart. Released in North America on October 14 via Nuclear Blast, the CD art was illustrated by Swedish artist Pär Olofsson, known worldwide for his incredible renderings that have graced the covers of countless heavy metal albums, including EXODUS' "Let There Be Blood"."Blood In Blood Out" is EXODUS' first album since the departure of Dukes, and the return of his predecessor, Steve "Zetro" Souza, who previously fronted EXODUS from 1986 to 1993 and from 2002 to 2004.
JIMMY PAGE Guests On 'Ellen DeGeneres Show', Discusses Possibility Of LED ZEPPELIN Reunion
LED ZEPPELIN guitarist Jimmy Page was a featured guest on this past Friday's (November 21) edition of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show". Page and DeGeneres discussed the rocker's newly released photographic autobiography, "Jimmy Page By Jimmy Page" and the ongoing LED ZEPPELIN reissue campaign. They also addressed the UK tabloid rumor that ZEPPELIN lead singer Robert Plant had turned down an $800 million offer from British mogul Richard Branson for a ZEPPELIN reunion tour. "Well, I don't know anything about it," said Page. "No, I really don't. I've heard all manner of detail on this and I thought, 'Well, I don't know anything about this.' I didn't know anything about it all." Asked if the group would consider reuniting for a tour, Page said, "Well, I don't know. He's becoming very difficult, isn't he?" referring to Plant. "I think you've got the wrong one sitting here," implying the question needs to be answered by the singer. He added: "I love playing LED ZEPPELIN music, let's put it that way." Both Plant and Branson have issued denials that any LED ZEPPELIN reunion offer had been made. Page has remained busy throughout all the rumor mongering and he-said, she-said games pertaining to the tour that never was, and instead has focused on publicizing the new expanded reissues of ZEPPELIN's "Led Zeppelin IV" and "Houses Of The Holy" collections. The Pulse Of Radio asked Page if there's footage of any LED ZEPPELIN recording sessions. "No, no there isn't," he said. "Because it was a very sort of private world, it was ruthlessly efficient in nits delivery of the music and there was no time for waiting to see whether somebody'd put a magazine in his camera and all of that. I mean, it was like pulling teeth just having a photographer in there on a couple of occasions. They were just interfering with the flow of what the music was about."
TERRANA: Debut Album Audio Samples
Audio samples of the debut album from TERRANA, the new three-piece power rock trio led by renowned drummer Mike Terrana (TARJA, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, AXEL RUDI PELL, MASTERPLAN, GAMMA RAY, RAGE), can be streamed below. Due on November 29, the CD was recorded at Nadir Music Studios in Genoa, Italy with producer Tommy Talamanca (SADIST mastermind). Formed last year, TERRANA prides itself on making music using "no computer tricks" and describes its material as "just pure live organic rock and roll with a positive message."TERRANA is: Fabri Kiarelli - Guitar, Lead VocalsAlberto Bollati - Bass, Lead VocalsMike Terrana - DrumsMike Terrana is an American drummer, principally in the hard rock genre. His first professional work was in 1984 with the MCA band HANOVER FIST, after which he recorded and toured with various bands, playing various styles of music in Western New York state. Between 1987 and 1997, he was based in Los Angeles, working with artists like Yngwie Malmsteen, Tony Macalpine, Steve Lukather (TOTO), Jennifer Batten (MICHAEL JACKSON, JEFF BECK), Kuni and BEAU NASTY. In 1997 Terrana moved to Europe, first in Holland for six months and then Germany. He worked with GAMMA RAY, RAGE, AXEL RUDI PELL, Roland Grapow (ex-HELLOWEEN) and SAVAGE CIRCUS.Terrana currently tours with Tarja Turunen. He is engaged in projects in the instrumental fusion genre and performs drum clinics around the world for the companies he endorses.
ANTHRAX's SCOTT IAN Discusses His Mother's Near-Suicide Attempt (Audio)
In a recent appearance on MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx's "Sixx Sense With Nikki Sixx" radio show, ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian recalled one of the more painful passages from his recently released autobiography, "I'm The Man: The Story Of That Guy From Anthrax", involving his parents during a particularly turbulent period in his life. "There is a story in the book about how my dad had to stop my mother from jumping out of a moving car," Ian said (hear audio below). "He knocked her out… he punched her in the face and knocked her out and drove her to the emergency room. I just learned that three months ago or something." According to Ian, he found out about the incident through his co-author, Jon Wiederhorn, who previously worked on the books "Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History Of Metal" and "Ministry: The Lost Gospels According To Al Jourgensen". Ian said: "[Jon] said [to me], 'Hey, man, when I did the Al Jourgensen book, I actually interviewed Al's dad to fill in some holes in [Al's] childhood.' And he goes, 'So what do you think if I interviewed your mom and your dad? And it'll all just come from your point of view in the story.' And I was, like, 'Yeah, that sounds like a cool idea.' So he interviewed my parents, and I found that out. I'm, like, 'Holy crap! I'm 50 years old and I'm just finding this out now.'" Asked what his initial reaction was when he learned about the episode, Ian said: "I've gotta admit, I was a little bit pissed off at my mother. [Laughs] Truthfully… Not even so much that I didn't know. This happened early on… Not that early, but this was in 1975, so I was 11. This was, like, when my parents were… My parents had split up, my mom's mom died — my grandmother had passed away — and my mom was going through a hell of time. Also booze and drugs and all that [were involved]. I knew things were bad — I have all my memories of that time — I just didn't know they had gotten that insanely bad. Like, I had no idea that she had gotten that far. I just think my initial reaction was kind of, like, 'Really? She wanted to do that and not be there for my brother and I?' So, initially, I did get a little bit pissed off, but I got past that pretty quick, because my mom's 77 years old and she's doing fine, so I'm not gonna be mad at her for 1975."Ian said that his family — including his mother and his wife, Pearl Aday (daughter of legendary crooner Meat Loaf) — has been very supportve of his decision to publish his autobiography. He said: "My mom's read it, and we haven't really talked about it all that much. She actually said… I did one of my talking shows in L.A. last week, and [former ANTHRAX singer] John Bush was at the show, and he was talking to my mom after the show, and I guess she made some kind of comment about how she loves the book except for pages 1 through 26. [Laughs] But, you know, this is all… It's all… A lot of it is from her mouth, as well as my dad's and mine. There's nothing false in there; it's just the reality of it. I guess the fact that it's in the book is not that thrilling, but at the same time, she stood in line at my show and bought a copy of my book and had me sign it. I'm, like,'What are you doing?' [She stood there] with a big smile on her face." "I'm The Man: The Story Of That Guy From Anthrax" was released on October 14 via Da Capo Press.
CARCASS, GOATWHORE Music Featured In CBS Crime Drama 'Elementary'
The music of CARCASS and GOATWHORE was featured in this past Thursday's (November 20) episode of the CBS crime drama series "Elementary". The scene in question, which was uploaded to YouTube and can be seen below, also contains an apparent nod to Chuck Schuldiner in the form of a character named after the late DEATH frontman. A full recap of the episode can be found at CelebDirtyLaundry.com."Elementary" stars Jonny Lee Miller as detective Sherlock Holmes and Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson in a modern-day drama about a crime-solving duo that cracks the New York City Police Department's most impossible cases. The series recently began its third season on CBS. Before "Elementary" premiered in late 2012, it was met with some criticism given it followed closely on the heels of the BBC's modern Sherlock Holmes adaptation "Sherlock".
AC/DC's PHIL RUDD Photographed Outside Home Four Days Before Scheduled Court Appearance
Daily Mail has posted new photos of AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd "rocking on" outside his New Zealand home earlier today (Sunday, November 23) — just four days before he is scheduled to appear in court. The 60-year-old musician was seen "larking around with a mate," playing tunes on a guitar and chatting to residents, according to the tabloid. Rudd was arrested on November 6 and charged with attempting to arrange a murder, threatening to kill and possession of meth and marijuana. Although the first charge was dropped, he still faces seven years behind bars for the others.AC/DC guitarist Angus Young addressed Rudd's legal problems in a new interview with Australia's long-running rock station Triple M, saying that the drummer is "in a strange place and a strange situation." Young told Triple M's Lee Simon: "Phil is in a strange place and a strange situation. I know he's living in New Zealand, but it's something we've gotta get resolved. If we're going forward, we've gotta get something resolved." He continued: "We had a few problems [with Phil] ourselves before he got into this situation, because there was a lot of strange behavior going on, which I guess you could put it down to him not showing up for a lot of what we were doing. "When you have to get to a stage when you've gotta convince someone to be there, it wears thin after a while. But it's something we got to resolve. It is a bit of a question mark."Young recently told Rolling Stone magazine about Rudd's current legal troubles: "Phil created his own situation. It's a hard thing to say about the guy. He's a great drummer, and he's done a lot of stuff for us. But he seems to have let himself go. He's not the Phil we've known from the past." The guitarist did not want to delve into whether drugs were involved in Rudd's seeming decline, adding, "I don't know the exact situation… I can only say, from our perspective, that the guy needs to sort himself out." AC/DC issued a statement on Rudd's arrest, saying that this absence will not affect the December 2 release of the band's new album, "Rock Or Bust", and the group's upcoming tour. Drummer Bob Richards sat behind the kit for the filming of the videos for singles "Play Ball" and the title track, but it is not known whether he will join the band on tour if Rudd cannot.Rudd's arrest was the second major blow to AC/DC in 2014. Founding guitarist Malcolm Young was forced to leave the band earlier this year because he is afflicted with dementia.
JUDAS PRIEST's ROB HALFORD Says Appearing On 'The Simpsons' Was 'The Biggest Thrill' Of His Life
JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford says that appearing on the animated TV program "The Simpsons" was "the biggest thrill" of his life and has commended the show's producers for indirectly apologizing to the band after the episode mistakenly referred to PRIEST as "death metal." The cartoon's January 5, 2014 installment, titled "Steal This Episode", saw Homer getting involved in illegal film downloading, prompting the FBI to launch an anti-piracy investigation. When Homer's family sought refuge in a Swedish consulate, an overzealous FBI director in charge of anti-piracy subsequently went after him, and Halford wound up singing a parody of the band's classic "Breaking The Law" in an effort to nab Homer. "There's only one surefire way to get fugitives out of a foreign building," said the FBI agent. "Blasting death metal." "Swedes love death metal," a headbanging consulate member said in the episode. "It reminds us of death!" Speaking to Seattle's KISW radio station, Rob stated about the experience of being on "The Simpsons": "They invited me to a read-through, so I said, 'Yeah, I'll come and hang out.' So we're in a room, and they invite a lot of guests, and the writers are down at the other end with their notepads and watching everybody that's looking at the table. And then the producer goes, 'Welcome, everybody, to the read-through. Blah blah blah blah blah. 'The Simpsons' is the longest-running, most successful animated TV series ever.' He sets up the storyline, and he said, 'We open up with Homer talking about so-and-so.' And then Homer starts speaking, and Homer is about two feet to my left. And then Marge starts speaking, and then Bart starts speaking. It was, like, the most surreal thing ever, but the biggest thrill of my life, because I've been a 'Simpsons' fan since that show first kicked off." He added: "It was very, very sweet. Some of the actors knew PRIEST and we shook hands and we took some pictures and so forth. That's another thing… With PRIEST, we're in that kind of… What's that thing called? The Seven Degrees Of Kevin Bacon? That's where we find ourselves now all of these years later. It seems like there's this great kind of seven degrees going on everywhere where PRIESThas touched somebody…. That sounds bizarre [referring to the 'priest touching somebody' comment]… PRIEST has reached out musically and we brought everybody into the PRIEST family." After the original episode aired, much of the metal community showed its disapproval online, making it clear that JUDAS PRIEST is not, and never has been, a death metal band. Word evidently got back to "The Simpsons" creators, who made amends by having Bart scrawl the words "Judas Priest is not 'death metal'" repeatedly on the chalkboard in the introduction of a follow-up episode. "What was really cool about that was that we didn't even think about the script side of the show," Rob told KISW. "And then, of course, when it was released, instantly, all of the fans were going on the PRIEST Facebook, [going], 'What are they saying? PRIEST aren't a death metal band. What are they talking about?' And then, like two episodes later, we see Bart making up and kind of doing that thing at the blackboard. They didn't need to do that. But that's what I love about 'The Simpsons' people. They're sooo protective of their brand and everything that's associated with it that that was a really, really beautiful gesture on their part to throw that back at PRIEST. Because we treasure everything about PRIEST… so they needn't have done that, but they did, and I though that was a really, really cool thing."
JOE SATRIANI Thinks CHICKENFOOT Has 'A Couple Of More Records' Left To Make
Legendary guitarist Joe Satriani thinks the CHICKENFOOT project has "a couple of more records" left in its career despite singer Sammy Hagar's recent assertion that he didn't "see any reason" to make a new album. The band, which also included ex-VAN HALEN bassist Michael Anthony andRED HOT CHILI PEPPERS drummer Chad Smith, has not made a CD in three years and Hagar told Rolling Stone that there were no plans to work on a new one in the near future. He explained, "I love making music. But doing it on CHICKENFOOT's level means spending a half million on a record. We write and record for six months. It's a lot of work, and then to not sell many records, it's disappointing. I don't like being disappointed. I like winning."During an interview for VH1 Classic "That Metal Show" co-host Eddie Trunk's podcast, "Eddie Trunk Podcast", Satriani was asked if he thinks CHICKENFOOT will ever release another album. He responded: "I'm not sure. I'm always that guy that's bugging them. I think I drive them crazy, because I'm always writing songs, I'm sending them demos and saying, 'C'mon, let's do it. Let's do it. Let's do it.'" He continued: "First of all, Sam, Mike and Chad, they've got other things to do. And Chad, of course, is right in the middle of an album project with the RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, and so that's a difficult thing; that's his main band. And Sam and Mike are now part of Sammy's band [THE CIRCLE, also featuring drummer Jason Bonham], and they have a schedule. And then Sammy, along with all of his businesses, both for profit and for charity, is also extremely busy. So I come back from being around the world and touring and doing this stuff, and I'm, like, 'C'mon, let's go. Let's go.' And they're, like, 'Well, hold on a minute.' And then I'm off again. So I guess I'm partly to blame because of my busy schedule. "[CHICKENFOOT] is the only band I've ever been in, really, since I left New York that made records. I became a solo artist sort of by accident, and then I've been doing that since '86. And all of a sudden I get a chance [to launch a band] from the ground up… "It's different from playing with DEEP PURPLE or Mick Jagger; this is a band of equals writing original material. And so I really want it to fly, you know what I mean?! I really wanna put in as much time as I can get into the band. But it's a little different for the other guys, because they have history and they have current commitments — especially Chad; he's in a world-famous band already. [Laughs] So I think that's where it's always a bit funny. We're trying to get our priorities straight, and we probably never will. But I do think there's a couple of more records in there somehow."Satriani added: "It becomes a little bit stranger as the music industry changes; it's rolling away from focusing on albums. And I think that puts CHICKENFOOT in an even more awkward position, because I think a rock band needs to put out a record and tour; I think that's what you've gotta do. And the putting out a full album and touring is something that, I think, that the four members of CHICKENFOOT are having a hard time fitting into their future schedule. Recording songs, that'd be a piece of cake and we'd love to do it, but I think it's how we proceed after we record songs. Because we're not a singles band, really, we're not a video band, we're not a band that shows up at a TV show with a huge production with clowns and animals and dancers and explosions and stuff; we're a rock and roll band."CHICKENFOOT reissued its gold-selling 2009 self-titled debut as a double-disc set. The new version features bonus live tracks recorded on the group's tour behind its sophomore studio effort, "III"CHICKENFOOT's most recent touring lineup included legendary drummer/musician Kenny Aronoff, who was filling in for Smith while Chad was on the road with RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS."III" sold 42,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 9 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's self-titled debut opened with 49,000 units back in June 2009 to debut at No. 6.Hagar's current band, THE CIRCLE, plays songs from all eras of its members' lives, including tracks from VAN HALEN and LED ZEPPELIN.
'Mad Men' creator to receive honorary Int'l Emmy
NEW YORK (AP) — "Mad Men" creator and executive producer Matthew Weiner is being honored with the 2014 International Emmy Founders Award.
Swiss museum accepts priceless Gurlitt art trove

FILE - This May 7, 2014 file picture shows an exterior view of the Kunstmuseum in Bern, Switzerland. The Swiss museum says Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, that it will accept trove of priceless art bequeathed to it by German collector Cornelius Gurlitt. (AP Photo/Keystone, Gian Ehrenzeller, File)BERLIN (AP) — A Swiss museum agreed Monday to accept a priceless collection of long-hidden art from the late German collector Cornelius Gurlitt, saying it will work closely with Germany to make sure that any pieces looted by the Nazis are returned to their Jewish owners.

Spain's Juan Goytisolo win Cervantes letters prize
MADRID (AP) — Popular Spanish author Juan Goytisolo has won the 2014 Cervantes Prize, the Spanish-speaking world's highest literary honor.
Jerry Lee Lewis: Sustained by brief blaze of glory

This photo provided by courtesy of Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, shows the cover of the book, "Jerry Lee Lewis," by author Rick Bragg. (AP Photo/Harper, HarperCollins Publishers)"Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story" (Harper), by Rick Bragg

'Today' looks to rebound from tough week

In this Monday, Nov. 3, 2014 photo provided by NBC, from left, Tamron Hall, Natalie Morales, Savannah Guthrie, Matt Lauer, and Al Roker appear on the "Today" show, in New York. (AP Photo/NBC, Bryan Bedder)NEW YORK (AP) — It's rarely a good sign when morning television hosts are painfully bantering about whether they are keeping their jobs.

Sting tries to help his ailing Broadway musical

FILE - In a Nov. 17, 2014 file photo, Sting performs at the 2014 ASCAP Centennial Awards, at the Waldorf-Astoria, in New York. It was announced Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, that the singer-songwriter will play the role of a foreman onstage in "The Last Ship" starting Dec. 9 at the Neil Simon Theatre. The musical, for which Sting supplied songs and lyrics, has been struggling at the box office. (Photo by Stephen Chernin/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Sting is hoping his star power can plug up a leaky ship.

Report: Leon Russell band's instruments stolen
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — San Antonio police are investigating the theft of about $4,000 worth of instruments from the tour bus of Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Leon Russell's band.
One Direction, Iggy Azalea shine at 2014 AMAs

Niall Horan, from left, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles, of One Direction, pose in the press room with the awards for artist of the year, favorite pop/rock album for “Midnight Memories” and pop/rock band, duo or group at the 42nd annual American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)One Direction won three honors at the American Music Awards, including artist of the year over powerhouse acts like Beyonce and Luke Bryan, while breakthrough newcomer Iggy Azalea beat out heavyweights Eminem and Drake in the rap categories.

Chris Colfer has multi-book deal

FILE - In this Saturday, May 11, 2013, file photo, actor Chris Colfer arrives at Wango Tango 2013 at The Home Depot Center, in Carson, Calif. Publisher Little, Brown and Company said Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, that Colfer, the actor best known for his role in “Glee,” has a multi-book deal. Colfer has two more “Land of Stories” installments planned, the fourth and fifth of his best-selling middle grade series, coming in July 2015 and July 2016. Both are currently untitled. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Chris Colfer is planning many return trips to the Land of Stories.

Swiss museum says it will accept trove of priceless art bequeathed to it by German collector
BERLIN (AP) — Swiss museum says it will accept trove of priceless art bequeathed to it by German collector.
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