Mike Bell's News A Palooza! 8/30/17

Dave Grohl says a funny coincidence led to Rick Astley's joining Foo Fighters for a performance of "Never Gonna Give You Up" in Japan this month.

Grohl tells Australia's The Mercury that the band was jamming on Astley's 1988 number-one hit the warm-up room before their set when they saw Astley was also on the bill at Summer Sonic festival. Grohl says, "We will never forget that song now. Once we started jamming it backstage, we kept Rickrolling ourselves all day long. We were cracking up when we realized it had the same arrangement as 'Smells Like Teen Spirit.'"

But the actual performance was spur of the moment. "We didn’t know if we were going to do it or not. Halfway through the gig, I see [Rick] standing at the side of the stage, and I walked over to him in the middle of a keyboard solo and say ‘Hi, I’m Dave’ and he says “Hi, I’m Rick.’ I walked back over to the guys and said, ‘We’ve gotta do it.’"

U2 debuted a performance clip of "The Blackout" on Facebook today (Wednesday).

It's the first taste of Songs of Experience, which is reportedly due out on December 1st. The band will unveil the official first single, "You're the Best Thing About Me," on September 6th.


Bruce Springsteen has extended his Broadway run, which officially starts October 12th, through February 3rd.

He has a week off after the show's initial sold-out run wraps up November 26th. On December 5th he will resume doing shows five days a week -- Tuesday through Saturday. He'll take another break the first week of January and start the last run of shows (at least for now) on January 9th.

People who registered for Ticketmaster's Verified Fan service and didn't get codes to buy tickets today (Wednesday) won't need to reapply. Registration for the second batch of shows ends on Sunday, and ticket sale begins September 7th. Head to BruceSpringsteen.net/Broadway for more details.

The 40 extra shows will likely put a damper on the secondary ticket market, where tickets started popping up at three to five times face value (up to $6,000 a pair) once codes were sent out Tuesday night. 

If you're a fan of Metallica's acclaimed third album Master of Puppets, here's some news you've been waiting to hear.

The band has remastered the album for the best possible sound quality and will reissue it in all sorts of expanded and deluxe editions on November 10th. The configurations include:

Standard LP

Standard CD3-CD Expanded Edition, including previously unreleased demos, rough mixes, interviews, live tracks, and a 28-page booklet.

Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set, including a 108-page hardcover book that features never before seen photos, outtakes and previously unreleased interviews, three LPs, 10 CDs, a cassette, two DVDs, a lithograph, a folder with handwritten lyrics, and a set of six buttons. Standard Digital CD (available to stream and download),

3-CD Expanded Digital Edition (available for download only)Digital Deluxe Box Set (available for streaming and download)

These are available for pre-order beginning today (Tuesday) at Metallica.com. If you pre-order the standard album, you'll receive an instant download of "Disposable Heroes (Remastered)". If you pre-order the expanded or deluxe editions, you get an instant download of "Disposable Heroes (Remastered)" and "The Thing That Should Not Be," recorded live at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago in 1986.

A video of James Hetfield "unboxing" the deluxe box set is up on YouTube.


Eddie Money had a scare with his Great Dane. He reports that Brando “had emergency surgery last week and barely survived. It was a scary time for our family as we waited for hours at the pet hospital to know whether or not we would lose him…”

Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer tweets, “Prayers to all who are suffering the devastating storms in Houston. Special prayer to my sister-in-law, who had to evacuate.” Kramer also lives in Texas.

Paul Stanley is sending his “prayers and thoughts” to the people in Texas, adding that they are “not forgotten.” He encourages people to help by texting HARVEY to 90999 to donate $10 or more to the Red Cross. To donate to the Salvation Army, text STORM to 51555.

James Taylor has a message for "our Texas neighbors... Stay safe and please help in whatever way you can."

There's an online petition get The Doobie Brothers into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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