The Dish - 1/17/14
Posted 1/17/2014 3:00:00 PM

For: Friday, January 17, 2014

--Metallica To Start Work On Next Album In A "Couple Weeks"

Metallica will soon be getting down to business.  Guitarist Kirk Hammett tells "Billboard" he and his bandmates plan to start working on the follow-up to 2008's "Death Magnetic" "in a couple of weeks."  The guys have kept busy during the interim with a 3D movie, festivals, and a performance in Antarctica, but Hammett says the new album will be their main priority once work officially begins.  He admits they've been doing their fair share of procrastinating, but says they've run out of excuses and are excited to return to the studio.

--Jared Leto Wins Critics Choice Award, Earns First Oscar Nod

Jared Leto's award tour is still going strong.  The Thirty Seconds to Mars frontman and "Dallas Buyers Club" star picked up a Critics Choice Award Thursday night, and dedicated the win to everyone living with HIV. Leto's turn as an AIDS positive transgender woman in "Dallas Buyers Club" also earned a win at the Golden Globes last weekend.  He took a moment to thank some of the people he forgot last time, including co-star Matthew McConaughey.  Leto couldn't help but use McConaughey's "alright, alright, alright" catchphrase, but he also thanked the film's leading man for bringing him out of retirement and giving him a chance.  "Dallas Buyers Club" marked Leto's first acting role in six years.

Leto will have a few more chances to add some additional hardware to his collection this year.  He earned his first Academy Award nomination Thursday morning, and is also in the running for a Screen Actors Guild Award this weekend.  The SAG Awards ceremony is set to air Saturday at 5:00 p.m. Pacific on TNT and TBS.

--Report: Jack White, Neil Young Record Covers Album Together

It looks like Jack White and Neil Young have been cooking up something special.  Music journalist Michael Goldberg says in his "Days of the Crazy-Wild" blog that the two rockers have reportedly recorded an entire album of cover songs together.  Rumors about the project first started cropping up last month, offering a possible explanation for Young's trip to White's Third Man Records headquarters in Nashville last spring.  But so far there has been no word on when the album may see the light of day, and Young's camp isn't offering any comment on the possible collaboration.  White isn't confirming anything either, although he did say he plans to finish a pair of albums this month and that one of them is his.

--GNR, Avenged Sevenfold, Kid Rock Headlining 3-Day Rock On The Range

Guns N' Roses, Avenged Sevenfold, and Kid Rock are on board to make this year's Rock on the Range bigger than ever.  They're all set to headline the eighth edition of the Columbus, Ohio festival, which has officially expanded to a full three days this time around.  Five Finger Death Punch, Slayer, Staind, and Motorhead are also set to perform, as are Mastodon, Seether, Alter Bridge, Black Label Society, and many more.  The full lineup is available at  The festival takes place May 16th through the 18th, with tickets scheduled to go on sale to the general public on January 24th.  Anyone making plans to head to Ohio for the show can also visit the event's Facebook page to get info about the pre-sale, which starts January 21st.

--Today's Birthdays

The Bangles frontwoman Susanna Hoffs is 55.
Former Smiths bassist Andy Rourke is 50.
Singer-songwriter Richard Hawley is 47.  He previously played guitar in the band Pulp.
Kid Rock is 43.
Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson is 36.
She & Him singer and actress Zooey Deschanel is 34.

--Today In Rock History

In 1981
Singer Vince Neil joined Motley Crue.

In 1996
The Velvet Underground and David Bowie were among the artists inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

In 2001
Bassist Jason Newsted announced he was leaving Metallica.

In 2002
Metallica frontman James Hetfield and his wife celebrated the birth of their third child, Marcella Francesca.

Creed's "Weathered" marked its 8th consecutive week at number one on the Billboard 200 chart.

In 2006
Guitarist Zakk Wylde received a star on the Hollywood RockWalk.

In 2007
Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash, singer Ronnie James Dio, and former Missing Persons drummer Terry Bozzio were inducted into the Hollywood RockWalk.  The three were added together under the Legends of Rock banner.

Posted By: Cooper  

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