(Winnipeg Sun) Giving Gene Simmons the key to the city was a big mistake for our city, the speaker of Winnipegs city council said Thursday. One day after the 61-year-old KISS frontman and reality TV star was handed the key to the city, Coun. Grant Nordman spoke out against the move, revealing that he advised the mayors office against it because of Simmons unabashed claims of having slept with thousands of women over the years. more
(Billboard) The Incubus members are taking stalking to a new level by offering up their lives to the world for eight hours a day in a new "Incubus HQ Live" experience, starting July 12 in L.A. and on computers everywhere. more
Alt Press has a video of Sharks performing "Lude Boy" with Social Distortion's Mike Ness at the National in Richmond, VA... this is the first time Mike Ness has performed with someone else on stage in 12 years... the last person was Bruce Springsteen... Check it out here
(Billboard) While rocker Rob Zombie may be known for his horror flicks "The Devil's Rejects" and the remake of "Halloween," Zombie takes a detour by directing a Woolite commercial. more
(Billboard) The original recording lineup of Taking Back Sunday has been back together for barely a year and a half, and its first new album isn't even out yet. But the group's Adam Lazzara says a follow-up is already in the quintet's sight. more
(Jam!) A plan by U2's lead guitarist, the Edge, and his associates to build several mansions overlooking the Pacific Ocean was denied Thursday by California officials, who said the project would be a visual blight on a pristine ridgeline. more
Soilwork guitarist Peter Wichers has posted the following statement online; "Thanks for all the great feedback and kind words of encouragement regarding my back injury! Im feeling much better after several months of resting, but Im not 100% yet, so Ive decided to sit out some of the summer festivals" more
(Billboard) Arcade Fire, Neil Young, the Weeknd, Colin Stetson, Ron Sexsmith and Black Mountain are among the 40 artists that made the 2011 Polaris Music Prize long list more
(BW&BK) Nashville Pussy's Blaine Cartwright and Ruyter Suys have started a new band called Buzzard which also features Earl Crim guitarist of Nine Pound Hammer and The Yellow Belts on guitar. Brian Malone of The 45's on bass and Rob L Hulsman of The Scissorman and Nine Pound Hammer in on drums. And Andy Brasher on vocals and guitar and all around Southern Charm.. more
(Lambgoat) Misery Index has officially joined the Season Of Mist roster. "Needless to say, we are very excited to start working with Season of Mist and to join an exceptional roster that includes many of our favorite bands," bassist/vocalist Jason Netherton states. more
(PNO) Seminal 1990s metalcore outfit Harvest has returned to action after twelve years. The band, originally together from 1994-1999, will be releasing a new 7-inch entitled Years of Defiance. Years of Disgust. on August 2, 2011 more
(PNO) Greg Attonito of Bouncing Souls has announced his solo debut, Natural Disaster. It's set for release on July 12, 2011 more
On this day in 1965, The Kinks and the Moody Blues made their U.S. concert debut at the Academy of Music in New York City.
On this day in 1971, Carole King went to #1 on the U.S. album chart with Tapestry for the first of 15 consecutive weeks. The album contained It's Too Late, I Feel the Earth Move, Will You Love Me Tomorrow? and You've Got a Friend.
On this day in 1972, Don McLean had his first U.K. #1 single with Vincent. The song was written about the 19th century artist Vincent Van Gogh. The song is played daily at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. Find out what else happened on this date in music history here