PAPA ROACH DROP OUT OF UPROAR FESTIVAL
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Uproar Festival just kicked off last week and already Papa Roach have to drop out. Singer Jacoby Shaddix needs surgery to remove a nodule on his left vocal cord. Shaddix says he was hoping he could do the tour if he rested and did vocal exercises, but his voice has just gone out on him. He's expected to make a full recovery and Papa Roach still plan to hold their own tour later this year. The Uproar Festival will adjust for Papa Roach's absence by extending the sets of headliners Shinedown, Godsmack, Staind and Adelitas Way.
PENN STATE DROPS "SWEET CAROLINE" FROM GAME DAYS
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- Penn State won't play Neil Diamond's song "Sweet Caroline" during football games any more. The Altoona Mirror reports there was some concern about the lyrics "touching me, touching you" in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child-sex scandal. However, that's not the only reason. Associate Athletic Director Greg Myford says the lyrics were discussed but it's not like the song has been banned from Penn State games. He says "Sweet Caroline" has no connection to Penn State and they want to rotate new songs in.
DURAN DURAN'S NICK RHODES IS SICK
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Duran Duran keyboard player Nick Rhodes is sick with what's believed to be a viral infection. Duran Duran called off Saturday's show in Atlantic City and Sunday's show in Pittsburgh because of Rhodes' illness. Rhodes says in a statement doctors have told him to rest and he's disappointed that he's letting fans down. The next Duran Duran show is set for tonight outside Dayton.
WILL.I.AM SONG WILL DEBUT ON MARS
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Mars will get its first listen of will.i.am. NASA will broadcast will.i.am's new song, "Reach For The Stars," on the surface of Mars by way of the Curiosity rover this afternoon. NASA and will.i.am will hold an educational event with kids in Pasadena, California, so they can see the broadcast premiere.
TRAIN PRODUCES CHOCOLATE BARS
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Train are becoming chocolate salesmen. They have partnered with Ghiradelli Chocolate Company in their hometown of San Francisco to make Train chocolate bars. One is a 72 percent cacao dark chocolate, another is sea salt almond, and the third is a chocolate flavored with cabernet grapes. All the proceeds will go to a charity that provides housing for families of seriously ill children. The chocolate is available through Ghiradelli stores, its website or Train's wine website at www.SaveMeSanFrancisco.com.
SMASH MOUTH RECORD ALBUM, WRITE COOKBOOK
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) -- Smash Mouth are preparing a new album and a cookbook. The band will release an album called "Magic" on September 4. They will also release a cookbook called "Recipes from the Road," but they did not say when. It's a collection of recipes from their favorite restaurants that they've visited while on tour.
LIT GUITARIST WRITES COUNTRY MUSIC
NASHVILLE (AP) -- Lit guitarist Jeremy Popoff has picked up a second job: he writes songs for country artists. Popoff has written songs for Jamey Johnson, Colt Ford and John Michael Montgomery. He says he has no desire to be a country singer but he likes writing different kinds of music that another musician can use. Popoff says it helps him stretch his creative muscles, but he admits it's not that much of a stretch. He says he still writes about girls and drinking, just like he does with Lit.
ONEREPUBLIC USE HEARTBEATS FOR CHARITY SONG
WESTPORT, Conn. (AP) -- OneRepublic have recorded the heartbeats of children in Malawi and in Guatemala for their new song. It's called "Feel Again" and it will be sold as a fundraiser for the charity Save The Children, to help children around the world get basic health care. The song is now available for download for $1.29 at www.EveryBeatMatters.org .
LYNYRD SKYNYRD SHOW AT REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CALLED OFF
NEW YORK (AP) -- Lynyrd Skynyrd's show at the Republican National Convention got rained out. Rolling Stone reports Skynyrd was supposed to play Sunday in Tampa, but Tropical Storm Isaac forced a cancellation. Kid Rock, Journey, 3 Doors Down, Dave Navarro, Matt Sorum and Taylor Hicks are scheduled to play events around the convention.
LEVON HELM TRIBUTE CONCERT PLANNED FOR OCTOBER
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The friends of Levon Helm of The Band will gather to remember his music. John Mayer, My Morning Jacket, Ray LaMontagne, Gregg Allman, Marc Cohn, John Hiatt, Bruce Hornsby, Mavis Staples and Joe Walsh are among the musicians will perform at a tribute concert outside New York on October 3. Proceeds will help Helm's estate keep ownership of his home in Woodstock, New York, where he held Midnight Ramble jam sessions with guest musicians. His family intends to keep the sessions going.
RIHANNA, FRANK OCEAN ADDED TO MTV VMAS
NEW YORK (AP) -- Rihanna and Frank Ocean have been added to the list of performers for the MTV Video Music Awards. They join previously announced performers Taylor Swift, Green Day, Pink, Alicia Keys and One Direction. The MTV VMAs will be September 6 in Los Angeles and shown live on MTV.
MILEY CYRUS TAKES ROLE ON "TWO AND A HALF MEN"
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Miley Cyrus will make a guest appearance on "Two and a Half Men" this fall. She will appear on two episodes as an old family friend of Walden's who takes a shine to Jake.
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