*Who in the world is Patrick Carney mad at now? This time it's U2. The Black Keys' drummer told the "Seattle Times" the massive release of U2's "Songs of Innocence" "devalued their music completely."
He added that the deal the band struck with Apple "sends a huge mixed message to bands… that are just struggling to get by. I think that [U2] were thinking it’s super generous of them to do something like that."
*Have you ever wondered why Bono wears his sunglasses everywhere? It’s not because he thinks his future’s so bright. According to Us Weekly, the U2 rocker has glaucoma.
The 54-year-old revealed during a taping of “The Graham Norton Show” that he’s had the eye disease for 20 years. In case you didn’t know, glaucoma can make the eyes more sensitive to light, and blindness and optic nerve damage can occur if it isn’t treated properly. Sunglasses help ease the pressure it from getting worse.
Before you start feeling sorry for Bono, know that he’s fine. He said, “I have good treatments and I am going to be fine.”
*If you had to be at one recent Pearl Jam show, Friday's performance in Moline, Illinois might have been it. Not only did the band perform a fitting tribute to the Quad Cities, but they performed their 1996 album "No Code" in its entirety.
Pearl Jam's official Twitter posted "No Code. Front to back. #PJMoline #PJFall2014," and later posted a picture of the setlist. The new song, called "Moline," is about a troubled woman who moves from Detroit to Moline.
Front-man Eddie Vedder explained before getting into the song that this woman, unlike the one in "Better Man," actually leaves her bad relationship.
*As Velvet Revolver continues their low-priority search for a lead singer to replace Scott Weiland, Slash spoke to Rolling Stone Australia about two of the men who came close to joining: former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach and Corey Taylor who’s made his name with both Slipknot and Stone Sour.
And get this - Slash said that Bach was considered for the role even before Weiland. So what went wrong? “I love Sebastian,” he explained. “But, if you can imagine, it sounded sort of like Skid N’ Roses. It was cool, but you knew that everybody who heard it was gonna be, like, ‘Oh, yeah, that makes sense.’ It was a little bit too predictable.”
For those keeping score, Velvet Revolver even recorded with Taylor in 2010, but eventually decided to go in a different direction.
*It looks like Led Zeppelin's battle over "Stairway to Heaven" is still going to be fought in the Keystone State. "The Hollywood Reporter" says a U.S. District Court judge in eastern Pennsylvania has denied their motion to dismiss or transfer the lawsuit filed in the state by the heirs of Spirit founder Randy California (born Randy Craig Wolfe).
Lawyers for Zeppelin argued that the defendants are British citizens and have no reason to call Pennsylvania home. But the plaintiff claims Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, and their music companies are subject to jurisdiction in Pennsylvania because they "directly target" the district for the "exploitation of 'Stairway to Heaven.'" The judge agreed.
*Aerosmith’s Joey Kramer says he's back and better than ever. The drummer recently explained on "The Eddie Trunk Podcast" that he's ready to rock after undergoing heart surgery in August that forced the band to cancel a concert in California. “It wasn't time for my ticket to be punched,” he said. “And so I got fixed, and I'm back 150 percent. Everything’s as good as it can possibly be.”
The best proof? It took Kramer just a week to recover from the surgery, at which point he returned to the tour to take over for his replacement – his son, Jesse Kramer.
He said he went to the doctor with what he thought was bad acid reflux, but ended up needing an angioplasty with two stents inserted to fix a blockage. Kramer also clarified a TMZ report that said the incident was the latest of many. He said heart issues are a part of his family history, but he's never had a problem until now.
*Deep Purple will release the 40th Anniversary Edition deluxe box set of their 1972 album classic, "Machine Head," on TODAY and a new trailer has gone online to promThe new box set features five discs and will be accompanied with fully illustrated 60 page hardback booklet, housed in a luxury box.