GREEN DAY CALL OFF MORE CONCERTS, MOVE UP "TRE" RELEASE
UNDATED (AP) -- Green Day won't tour anytime soon, but they'll make up for it by releasing the third album of their trilogy sooner. Green Day have called off all concerts for the rest of the year and they will postpone their planned arena tour next year. They have cleared their schedule through February 8. Bassist Mike Dirnt says the well-being of singer Billie Joe Armstrong is their main concern. He says Armstrong is doing well in his attempts to kick substance abuse. Green Day will move up the release of "Tre" to December 11, more than a month ahead of schedule. "Dos" comes out November 13.
"THE VOICE" GOES FOR KNOCKOUTS
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Mackenzie Bourg from Team Cee Lo took a risk on "The Voice" last night during the knockout rounds. He did an indie acoustic version of Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe." Cee Lo Green was impressed enough to keep him. Green also kept Cody Belew, Trevin Hunte, Nicholas David and Diego Val. Adam Levine was sure he was going to choose Nicole Nelson over Loren Allred, but Allred surprised him with a rendition of Amy Winehouse's "You Know I'm No Good." Team Adam also retains Joselyn Rivera, Bryan Keith, Amanda Brown and Melanie Martinez. Tonight Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton pare down their teams in the knockout rounds.
MATCHBOX 20 GET FRIENDLY WITH FIRE
NEW YORK (AP) -- Matchbox 20 drummer Paul Doucette ended up with a base tan he wasn't planning on when making the video for "She's So Mean." He plays a drum kit that's on fire in that video. Doucette says by the time he was finished filming his neck was burned red. Singer Rob Thomas says Doucette looked like an Oompa-Loompa from "Willy Wonka" when they were done. Doucette says he wore protective clothing under the suit, and the fire marshal checked the gloves he wore by putting a blowtorch on them. Thomas says, "That's how they check? That's a horrible idea!"
TAYLOR SWIFT ADDED AS HOST OF GRAMMY NOMINATIONS SPECIAL
NASHVILLE (AP) -- The Recording Academy has added a bit of country flair to the Grammy nominations special, since they'll be announced in Nashville. Taylor Swift will co-host the special with LL Cool J on December 5. Country singer Luke Bryan will perform, along with Maroon 5. More performers will be announced soon. The Grammys will be February 10 in Los Angeles.
LEVON HELM FILM WILL COME OUT NEXT YEAR
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A documentary about Levon Helm of The Band is in the works. "Ain't In It For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm" follows Helm for the two years after he released his critically-acclaimed album "Dirt Farmer" in 2007. Helm died in April. The film will be released to theaters early next year, with a home video release set for the summer.
TESLA'S JEFF KEITH PLANS COUNTRY PROJECT
UNDATED (AP) -- Tesla singer Jeff Keith has gone country. He will release a six-song EP as "Jeff Keith and Country Music Friends" on November 9. The "country music friends" are Kent Goodson and Pat Boone from George Jones' band -- not Pat Boone the singer. Keith will autograph the first 500 CDs purchased. The physical CD also comes with a bonus track of an interview of Keith and his band talking about how the project came to be. Details can be found at www.JeffKeithCountry.com.
SMASH MOUTH RELEASE HOLIDAY MUSIC TODAY
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) -- Smash Mouth are releasing a Christmas album. "The Gift of Rock" will include remakes of The Kinks song "Father Christmas" and The Pretenders' "2000 Miles." Their holiday single will be their spin on "The Christmas Song." "The Gift of Rock" comes out today.
"THE X FACTOR" REJIGGERS SCHEDULE
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Since the World Series wrapped up in four games, "The X Factor" will return a little earlier than planned. A special episode that runs tomorrow will feature the top 16 acts performing live for the first time. That also marks the premiere of the new hosts, Khloe Kardashian Odom and Mario Lopez. Thursday's show will reveal the top finalists. Voting begins next week.
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