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img3-090513.jpg Imagine Dragons is among the performers announced for Farm Aid 2015. The benefit concert, celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, goes down at the First Merit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island outside of Chicago. The bill features a host of top talent including Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Kacey Musgraves and Dave Matthews.

band-slipknot.jpg Corey Taylor has confirmed that he wrote about "9 or 10" songs with Velvet Revolver, adding that he'd like have another crack at them. "There was a handful that we wrote, and there was a handful that I kind of rearranged a little bit based on music that they already had," he says during the latest edition of Loudwire's "Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction" series.

Frankzappa-073115.jpg The estate of the late Frank Zappa has made a deal with Universal Music to reissue his 1974 LP One Size Fits All, due August 14. The 1974 LP is just the first in what promises to be a flood of "new product releases, film and theatrical productions and trademark licensing" between the estate and Universal.

Metallica-102709.jpg Metallica's biography has been released in comic book form. Titled Orbit: Metallica, the new 28-page comic was written by Michael L. Frizell and illustrated by Jayfri Hashim and tells the story of the band's formation and career.

BillyCorgan-031411.jpg After a photo of Billy Corgan at Disneyland went viral earlier this month, the Smashing Pumpkins fronter responded in a Q&A with his fan club. The pic sees Corg looking upset on a kids rollercoaster. "I literally had somebody say to me the other day, I think it was at Disneyland: 'Hey, you don't seem that into this,'" he explained.

DaveGrohl-060211.jpg Foo Fighters fans will go to great lengths in order to get the band to play in their hometown, the latest fanbase being in the small town of Cesena, Italy, where 1,000 fans learned to play the Foo's track "Learn To Fly" in a bid to get them to play there.

U2-100209.jpg U2's Bono claimed John Lennon and all the other members of the Beatles as Irish during an event in New York City on Wednesday, July 29. The frontman attended a ceremony on Ellis Island to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Lennon receiving his U.S. green card. While at the event Bono addressed the 1974 iconic portrait of Lennon at Ellis Island holding up a peace sign.

morrisey-113009.jpg Morrissey says that he was sexually assaulted by security at San Francisco International Airport. Posting on the fan site, True To You, Moz detailed the alleged incident. "I went through the usual airport security procedure including the stand-up 'scanner', and all was well - no bleeps and nothing unusual," he began.

liam-040914.jpg Liam Gallagher referenced brother Noel in an unknown song played during an impromptu set at a pub in Charlestown, on the west coast of Ireland. Liam surprised patrons of JJ Finan's pub by joining local musicians in the bar where he played a few songs on his guitar.

DaveGrohl-060211.jpg Dave Grohl has been employing a different sort of physical therapy as he recovers from a broken leg, revealing that he drums along to Led Zeppelin songs three times a day to regain strength in the injured limb. Speaking to Q, Grohl stated that his leg is "doing fine" but that recovery is a "slow process."

TameImpala-082014.jpg  Tame Impala fronter Kevin Parker says there's no psych music scene in Australia, telling the Guardian that the scene consists of "maybe 10 or 15 people." "We've got our friends in Perth, like all the guys from Pond. We've all lived together at some point, a circle of friends of maybe 10 or 15 people," he added.

radiohead-103009.jpg According to oddsmakers William Hill, Radiohead are now the frontrunner for recording the theme song to the latest James Bond film. Hill suspended bets after getting a five figure wager from an anonymous customer. The wager puts Radiohead ahead of Sam Smith, last week's favorite. Hill closed betting on the identity of the theme maker, after money came pouring in on Smith.

soul-072815.jpg Collective Soul have announced plans to release their ninth studio album, See What You Started by Continuing, on October 2. The new record marks the band's first release since 2009's eponymous album. "During that year, we had time to reflect and be proud of what we had accomplished over the years," frontman Ed Roland said in a statement.

Blink-101309.jpg Despite a very public breakup, ex-Blink-182 frontman Tom DeLonge has claimed that it would only take "a few phone calls" for him to consider rejoining the group. Attending San Diego Comic-Con to promote his new graphic novel, DeLonge was asked what it would take for him to record music with Blink-182 again. He replied, "probably just a few phone calls."

Florence-022311.jpg Florence and the Machine have released a new two-part video that features a pair of their tracks, "Queen of Peace" and "Long & Lost." The new ten-minute clip was produced by Vincent Haycock and filmed on the tiny island of Easdale in the Inner Hebrides, which has a population of less than 100 and an area of just 62 acres.

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