Mike Bell's News A Palooza! 8/24/17

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Metallica have shared another behind-the-scenes look at the making of Hardwired...to Self Destruct. Check out their work on "N.W.O.B.H.M. A.T.M.," the song that later became "Atlas, Rise!," on YouTube.

If you haven't got a ticket for this weekend's Lockn' Festival in Arrington, Virginia, you can watch it from wherever you are.

Relix.com will live-stream pretty much all of the three-day event, starting tomorrow (Friday) at 7 p.m. [ET] and then from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. [ET] on Saturday and Sunday. Among the expected highlights are Phil Lesh and the Terrapin Family Band's celebration of The Grateful Dead's Terrapin Station album, with special guest Bob Weir, a second guest shot by Weir with The Avett Brothers, and sets by Jim James, Brandi Carlile, John Fogerty and Widespread Panic.

Arrington is about 45 minutes from Charlottesville, the city where violence erupted at a white supremacist rally this month. Relix.com is asking viewers to donate to the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation, to support local reconciliation and healing efforts. You can get more info on it on the site.


Green Day will mark the 20th anniversary of Nimrod with its first release on vinyl.

It's due out on October 13th and will be a limited-edition two-record set on yellow wax that matches the color of the album cover. The album's 18 tracks are on three sides of vinyl, with the fourth side a special etching.

Nimrod was released on October 14th, 1997. It debuted at number-10, which was Green Day's lowest-charting major label album until Tre! bowed at number-13 in 2012. It did go on to sell more than two-million copies powered by the hit ballad "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)."


Former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd and his band will head out on another European tour in September, October and November.

The Palace of Auburn Hills will close its doors forever following local hero Bob Seger’s show there on September 23rd. Seger starts his Runaway Train tour tonight (Thursday) in Toledo, Ohio. Sting opened the suburban Detroit arena in 1988.

Don Henley will host the 2017 Global Environmental Leadership Award Dinner on September 15th at Boston Symphony Hall. It benefits his Walden Woods Project. Paul Simon will perform a 30-minute set.

Former Grand Funk Railroad singer-guitarist Mark Farner, Cars guitarist Elliot Easton, former Boston guitarist Barry Goudreau, Rick Derringer and others performed at the Hope Music Festival last night (Wednesday) at the Cape Cod Melody Tent in Hyannis, Massachusetts. It raised money for Cape Cod Healthcare to help battle drug addiction.


Show Biz Buzzz...

Kevin Spacey has signed on to play the title role in Gore, a Netflix bio-pic of legendarily nasty writer Gore Vidal, who was famed for his bitter battles with the late Norman Mailer.

Defending champ Emma Slater, longtime fave Maks Chmerovskiy and long-absent competitor Mark Ballas head up the cast of pros who'll return for the new season of Dancing With the Stars, which premieres on September 18th. The stars will be announced on Good Morning America on September 6th.

Chris Hemsworth and Jeff Bridges will co-star in Bad Times at the El Royale, a thriller set inside a seedy Reno casino.

Comedy Central host Trevor Noah's memoir Born a Crime is among three finalists for publishing's prestigious James Thurber Humor Prize.

The New York Post's Page Six gossip column is headed to the tube as a syndicated half-hour show that will premiere on September 18th.

Dakota Johnson can add her name to the ever-growing list of stars who've had their phones hacked -- and had nude photos shared all over the Internet.

According to Gossip Cop, the Fifty Shades of Grey star was victimized on Tuesday -- just 24 hours after Kristen Stewart, Tiger Woods, Lindsay Vonn and Katharine McPhee were hit by a similarly minded creep. The pictures in question show Johnson naked and alone, topless with several friends by a pool, and in a shower with actress Addison Timlin.

Her lawyer tells the site that she intends to take legal action against the hacker once he or she is found.

Actor Jay Thomas has died at age 69.

Thomas, who got his showbiz start as a radio DJ, played Jerry Gold on Murphy Brown and had a recurring role as hockey star Eddie LeBec on Cheers. He'll also be remembered for an annual Letterman show holiday tradition in which he would try to knock a meatball off a Christmas tree by throwing a meatball. In recent years, he hosted a show on satellite radio.

Media reports say that Thomas had suffered from cancer, but there are few details about his ailment. (New York Daily News)

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