1. Watch Steel Panther Party Like It's 1987 on 'Kimmel'

    January 15, 2015 1:24 PM EST Steel Panther is basically Spinal Tap meets Andrew W.K. -- hard rock taken to the max, with all the fun from hair metal's most ridiculous days without any of the embarrassment. Last night (Jan. 15), the quartet stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live to play a pair of tracks off its 2014 album,…

  2. Sinead O'Connor's New Managers Have No Plans to Silence the Singer

    December 11, 2014 11:17 AM EST After an affair with her last manager, new rep Simon Napier-Bell assures, "I'm rather old & gay; she's on safe ground." No one uses her blog as a substitute for placing classified ads quite like Sinead O’Connor . Three years ago, she famously blogged in search of a…

  3. Sinéad O'Connor Says U2's iTunes Release Was 'Almost Terrorist'

    November 17, 2014 8:03 PM EST Sinéad O'Connor is the latest to in a growing list of musicians to criticize the release of U2 's latest album, Songs of Innocence , calling the decision to automatically upload it to people's iTunes account without option a "badly judged move."  The Irish singer…

  4. Can Red Bull Break a Band? Sound Select's 30 Days in L.A. Kicks Off

    November 02, 2014 9:42 AM EST Yesterday marked the launch of 30 Days in LA, the biggest initiative yet by Red Bull's two-year old Sound Select program to develop emerging artists. The month-long program features a daily live music event for the month of November most often with a mid-level headliner dripping…

  5. A Look Back at 1984: All of Our Coverage

    October 24, 2014 5:49 PM EDT The political and social disquiet of 1984 was reflected in a widespread sense that everything was up for grabs: gender identity ( Boy George , Annie Lennox ), sexual roles ( Madonna , Prince ), even the definition of rock and roll itself ( Van Halen adding synthesizers on the 1984 album,…

  6. Sinead O'Connor: 'There'd Have Been a Lot More Rock 'n' Roll Suicides' Without 'Spinal Tap'

    October 24, 2014 4:26 PM EDT Ah,  Spinal Tap.  It speaks the universal language of all musicians -- when there's "too much fucking perspective." None of us in the music business are "university material." We don't fit in the "normal" world. Not fitting can be distressing for us.…

  7. 'Spinal Tap' Actor Christopher Guest Recalls Odd Fans, Fun of Making Movie at New York Film Fest

    October 12, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Although 1984's This is Spinal Tap is one of the most-quoted movies of the past few decades, star Christopher Guest hadn't seen the cult comedy in almost 15 years before he appeared at a special 30th anniversary screening on Wednesday (Oct. 8) night at the New York Film Festival.…

  8. Jane's Addiction & Devo to Headline CBGB Festival

    September 04, 2014 12:01 AM EDT Jane's Addiction will perform their 1988 album Nothing's Shocking in its entirety during the third annual CBGB Music & Film Festival , taking place Oct. 8-12 in venues throughout New York City. Devo are going for a bit of double-duty: The band will perform and the film Hardcore…

  9. Here's Every Musical Guest on 'The Simpsons' in Chronological Order

    August 21, 2014 6:30 PM EDT If you're not watching FXX's 'Simpsons' marathon, that's a paddlin' The longest-running TV marathon in history kicks off on Thursday when FXX starts airing every episode of the longest-running scripted primetime TV series ever: The Simpsons. Yep, all 25…

  10. All Good Cretins Go to Heaven: The End of the Ramones

    July 13, 2014 10:48 AM EDT Tommy Ramone was the band’s rock of strength, the pulse at the heart of the "Blitzkrieg Bop." And then there were none. The death of original Ramones drummer and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Tommy Ramone ne Erdeliyi at the age of 65, following treatment for cancer of the bile…

  11. Comedy Issue: A Timeline Of Musical Humor Milestones

    May 16, 2014 12:30 PM EDT Comedians and satirists have made their mark with music on the Billboard charts and at the Grammys since at least the 1950s.  Here’s a timeline of laugh-inducing musical landmarks. 1959 — Folk music duo Bud & Travis, Bud Dashiell and Travis Edmonson, record its first album, interspersing…

  12. Comedy Issue: Tenacious D's Kyle Gass On Guitar Licks & Laughs

    May 16, 2014 12:20 PM EDT There has been an explosion in comedy music lately, but I think it always has been around.  If you went back to the ancient Greek satyr plays, I bet you they were playing some kind of janglies. Court jesters? They were definitely getting jingly and jangly. To me, comedy and music are not even…

  13. Elvis Costello To Make Carnegie Hall Debut June 24, 25

    April 29, 2014 9:05 PM EDT Elvis Costello will make his headlining Carnegie Hall debut June 24 and 25 with two solo shows dubbed "The Last Year of My Youth”.  It’s expected Costello may play more than fifty different songs between the two shows, of his own popular catalogue, deep cuts and covers. During his 19…

  14. Tour Managers of Foo Fighters, Rolling Stones & Fleetwood Mac Swap Wild Tales From the Road

    February 24, 2014 1:03 PM EST Going through customs with Keith Richards, losing Barbra Streisand's flowers, watching Alice Cooper kill a shark in his bathtub: Legendary tour managers Patrick Stansfield, David Libert, Marty Hom, Gus Brandt and Stuart Ross swap war stories about ego soothing, corralling groupies and…

  15. Spinal Tap Making Plans for 2014

    July 22, 2013 12:45 PM EDT Spinal Tap co-founder Christopher Guest has hinted that the semi-ficticious heavy metal outfit may be reuniting in 2014. In an interview with The Observer , Guest said that "We get asked to do shows on a regular basis. But what I will say is that we're in the midst of talking…

  16. Fall Out Boy Brings Spinal Tap Tribute To 'Conan': Watch

    April 18, 2013 1:31 PM EDT Nothing like a tip of the cap to Spinal Tap to liven up late night television: when Fall Out Boy performed on "Conan" on Wednesday night (Apr. 17), the reunited rockers paid homage to the fictional heavy metal band, and then brought out their bassist, Derek Smalls (played by…

  17. Q&A: Queensryche Talks Lawsuit, Plans 'Return to History' Tour

    August 14, 2012 6:00 PM EDT It's been a long, strange summer for rock that's heralded plenty of shocks. The news bulletins for 2012 include the overseas incarceration of Lamb of God's Randy Blythe; the deaths of such talents as Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord and engineer George Marino; Van Halen's…

  18. Harry Shearer Enlists Jane Lynch, Dr. John on New Album

    July 24, 2012 7:00 PM EDT Harry Shearer's politically pointed new album, "Can't Take a Hint," is considerably different than anything he's done before, either on his own or with Spinal Tap and the Folksmen from "A Mighty Wind." The 13-track set -- which comes out Aug. 27 -- is the…

  19. Miranda Lambert to Make Acting Debut on 'Law & Order: SVU'

    January 10, 2012 8:15 AM EST She may be the tough girl who sings about "Gunpowder and Lead," but CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Miranda Lambert will try out a different role when she's the victim on an upcoming episode of the NBC series "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit." "Y'all, I&…

  20. Ask Billboard: Uncovering Potentially Uncoverable Songs

    November 18, 2011 7:15 PM EST Ask Billboard is updated every week. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. UNCOVERING…

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