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Billy Corgan has made friends with Paris Jackson. The Smashing Pumpkins singer was impressed with the 14 year-old's hand painted version of his cover from the band's 2007 album Zeitgeist, and offered her free tickets to see them play.
After she tweeted the picture - which shows the statue of Liberty half submerged in water, painted in shades of red - he jokingly replied, "@ParisJackson I'm glad you liked that cover! Not everyone likes that album haha (sic)" He then tweeted, "@ParisJackson I like you more and more! You'll have to come see us when we play. Not sure where you are but we'll hook you up for passes."
Muse sings about relationships on The 2nd Law. The group are known for basing their records on grand concepts - including capitalism and megalomania - but have largely kept their relationships out of their work until now.
Singer Matt Bellamy - who became a father for the first time during the recording of the album - said, "We're singing about things like relationships for the first time. Actually, I did that for a bit on the first album, Showbiz, but then I started doing interviews and thought, 'Oh my God, I can't answer these questions, they're getting too personal.' So that's when we started getting all conceptual and pretending the album was about the end of the world, or whatever,"
The singer - who is dating Hollywood star Kate Hudson, with whom he has 14 month old son Bingham - explained how the band's new single, "Madness," is about a couple arguing: "Madness is about friction in a relationship, resolving conflict with a loved one and the madness of being caught up in fighting with someone you love."
My Chemical Romance are to release previously scrapped album Conventional Weapons. The "Sing" group recorded tracks for the record in 2009 as a follow up to breakthrough The Black Parade, but decided against releasing them and worked on a new project, Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys instead, which came out in 2010.
Now, guitarist Frank Iero has announced plans to release tracks from the Conventional Weapons sessions. "To kill the misconception, I don't think the songs we wrote before Danger Days... are bad songs by any means. In fact, I kinda think some of them are among my favorites we have ever written. A lot of them are kinda f***ing rad... They just so happened to have been created in the wrong place, at the wrong time, and we as their parents were not ready to raise them just yet... and so they sat and waited (sic)," he wrote on the group's site.
Green Day think their new album is "epic." The American Idiot hitmakers are proud of their new album trilogy ¡Uno!, ¡Dos! and ¡Tre! and feel the triple format has allowed them to achieve something that rocks "really hard."
"It was time for a change and a new era. You just start with one simple song at a time, where less is more, but we made three albums and it ended up becoming epic. We wanted to make something that rocked really hard, and partied really hard, with a lot of meaning behind it. And a lot of soul. Hopefully we achieved that," singer Billie Joe Armstrong told Classic Rock magazine.
No Doubt say their music is a series of "accidents and mistakes." The "Just a Girl" hitmakers have never had a specific plan when it comes to recording music and admit their new album Push and Shove was created by trial and error.
"We don't know what we're doing. Everything's basically a series of accidents and mistakes," singer Gwen Stefani jokingly told MTV News. Tony Kanal, the band's bassist, added, "Honestly ... we just make music that we love and we want to play. We get inspired by something, and we kind of go with it."
Billie Joe Armstrong has branded Bon Jovi the "worst" ever band to play with.
The Green Day frontman is unimpressed with the rock icons' talent and says the "Livin' On A Prayer" hitmakers are the worst group he has ever performed alongside. Speaking about his all-time favorite band to have shared the stage with, Billie Joe told Kerrang! magazine, "The best is probably The Hives ... They're a great live band." But when asked about his least favorite, the 40-year-old rocker revealed, "Oh boy, I have to go with Bon Jovi."
Brandon Flowers admits that fame changed him. The Killers frontman says he began wearing eccentric stage outfits and acting cocky in the band's early days in order to feel more confident because he couldn't cope with the change around him.
"I grew up in Utah, and all of a sudden we're getting popular in London - the coolest city in the world - and we were like, 'This is not what we're cut from.' So I puffed up my chest and spread the feathers - that was my reaction to that. I do have a belief in myself and in the band, but it wasn't like that," he said.
The "Mr. Brightside" singer says that the days of his infamous pink leather jacket and feathered epaulettes are behind him with the band's fourth studio album Battle Born, but he doesn't regret any of his statement looks: "Getting more comfortable in my own skin and feeling more confident is somehow tasking the place of feathers and pink leather. I wouldn't take back the feathers. I felt empowered when I put that jacket on, it was a ceremony, I loved it. But I can't wear them forever. I gave them to the London Hard Rock."
Mumford and Sons were once accused of people trafficking.
The British folk band nearly missed a show on an American tour after deciding to travel on a vintage train, which was mistaken by police in Texas as a vehicle used to smuggle people over the Mexican border. "In Marfa, Texas, we were pulled over by police waiting for us with cars across the track. They accused us of stowing people away on the train. It was edgy, but the gig eventually went ahead. We swelled the town about fivefold and ended up playing soccer with the police," said bassist Ted Dwane.
Coldplay closed the Paralympic Games last night. The "Paradise" group performed a 15 song set at the closing ceremony of the games at the Olympic Stadium in London.
The group took to the stage with "Us Against the World" before launching into one of their most recognizable anthems, "Yellow." Later in the set the band - Chris Martin, Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland and Will Champion - were joined by Rihanna for their single "Princess of China." After her first guest spot they performed "Strawberry Swing" with The British Paraorchestra, before Rihanna returned for a rendition of her single "We Found Love."
Brandon Flowers is always worried The Killers will be "obsolete."
The 31-year-old singer admits he has found writing the band's fourth album Battle Born to be his toughest yet because he is nervous fans of the group's music will have moved on: "The expectation seems to increase with every album. It doesn't get any easier - you want to earn your keep. It's the hardest thing I've done. I'm always worried that people are going to have moved on, that something will have happened to make us obsolete, but I think we'll be OK. This who thing has happened so fast that's it's always real hard for us to understand."
However, Brandon does admit he has begun taking singing lessons so he can put more strength in his vocals. "Yeah I want to be stronger. I heard that the male voice isn't mature until you're about 33, and I'm almost there, so I thought, 'You might as well exercise this sucker,'" He added to Britain's ELLE.
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