The Dish - 1/20/14
Posted 1/20/2014 3:00:00 PM

For: Monday, January 20, 2014

--U2 Booked For Jimmy Fallon's "Tonight Show" Premiere

U2 will help Jimmy Fallon launch his run as the host of NBC's "The Tonight Show."  The Irish rockers have been tapped to be one of Fallon's first guests.  The premiere episode will also feature an appearance from Will Smith.  Fallon's promotion to "The Tonight Show" follows a five-year run at the helm of NBC's "Late Night."  He'll take over "The Tonight Show" from Jay Leno on February 17th.

For U2, the TV appearance comes as the group works to build excitement around their upcoming album, which is expected in the spring.  The project will reportedly receive its official announcement during next month's Super Bowl.  The album is the band's first full collection of new studio material since 2009's "No Line on the Horizon."  U2 has also been making headlines lately with the song "Ordinary Love," which recently won a Golden Globe award and has been nominated for an Oscar.

--Jared Leto Wins SAG Award For "Dallas Buyers Club"

Another award show, another win for Jared Leto.  The Thirty Seconds to Mars frontman added a Screen Actors Guild trophy to his collection Saturday night after wins at both the Golden Globes and the Critics' Choice Awards for his work in "Dallas Buyers Club."  During his acceptance speech, Leto recognized his fellow nominees, including the late James Gandolfini. Leto was once again joined in the winners' circle by his "Dallas Buyers Club" co-star Matthew McConaughey.  The two actors will have a chance to repeat the dual victory March 2nd at the 86th Academy Awards.  They each nabbed their first Oscar nominations last week.

--Blur's Damon Albarn To Release Solo Album In April

Damon Albarn is finally sharing some concrete details about his long-awaited solo debut.  The Blur frontman's new album will be called "Everyday Robots," and is expected to be released in late April.  He also tweeted out the cover art this weekend, and says the disc's title track will be unveiled on Monday.  Albarn recently told "Rolling Stone" that his new solo music could be described as "sort of folk soul."  And it's not the only new stuff he has in the pipeline.  He's also reportedly working on a new Blur album, which would the band's first since 2003.

--Beck Previews New Album, Confirms February 25th Release Date

Beck's fans now have a little more information about his first album in more than five years.  The singer-songwriter recently shared a preview video for "Morning Phase" that features footage of the record being pressed into vinyl and a new song called "Blue Moon."  The track is expected to be released as a single this week, and will also appear in an upcoming episode of HBO's "Girls."  Meanwhile, Beck has confirmed that "Morning Phase" will be released on February 25th.  It will be his first album since 2008's "Modern Guilt."

--Eagles Of Death Metal Working On New Album

The Eagles of Death Metal have announced their return.  Josh Homme [[ ha-mee ]] recently told Australia's "The Music" that he and Jesse Hughes have spent some time in the studio working on the band's first album since 2008's "Heart On."  They already have half a dozen songs recorded, but fans probably shouldn't expect anything too soon.  Homme says they're "working at a reasonable, sort of casual pace," adding that they've "got wandering and ambling down to a science."  Adding to the potential delay is the fact that Homme has also announced plans to work on a new Queens of the Stone Age album this fall.

--Ministry's Al Jourgensen Announces Plans To Enter Rehab

Ministry leader Al Jourgensen is heading to rehab.  The rocker announced on Facebook this weekend that he'll be checking into a facility on February 3rd, and then joked that the timing means he will be able to get drunk while watching the Super Bowl the day before.  Jourgensen went on to assure fans in another post that his sobriety will not affect his sarcasm.  He also confessed that even though he kicked drug addictions himself, he needs help battling his alcohol addiction.  Jourgensen thanked his family for their support and told fans that all their thoughts and prayers are "more than welcome."

--Today's Birthdays

Judas Priest bassist Ian Hill is 61.
Kiss' Paul Stanley is 60.
L.A. Guns guitarist Tracii Guns is 46.
Linkin Park drummer Rob Bourdon is 33.

--Today in History

In 1982
Ozzy Osbourne was hospitalized with rabies after biting the head off a dead bat that a concertgoer threw on stage at a show in Des Moines, Iowa.

AC/DC's album "For Those About To Rock, We Salute You" was certified Gold and Platinum.

In 1983
Def Leppard released the album "Pyromania."

In 1993
Soundgarden's album "Badmotorfinger" was certified Platinum.

In 2004
Cold frontman Scooter Ward denied stories that the band was breaking up because guitarist Terry Balsamo became a permanent member of Evanescence.

In 2006
U2 topped the new "Billboard" Money Makers chart, a list that ranks artist's income based on sales of concert tickets, albums, and downloads.

In 2008
Velvet Revolver performed at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, but without frontman Scott Weiland.  The singer had chartered a private plane to get him to the show, but bad weather forced his flight to end in Van Nuys, California.  Despite attempts to make other arrangements, Weiland couldn't complete his trip.  Other band members -- as well as folks from the crowd -- stepped up to fill in for him.

In 2010
Weezer performed at Florida State University in Tallahassee, marking their first concert since frontman Rivers Cuomo's bus crash in early December.  The singer suffered several serious injuries in the accident, including five fractured ribs, a punctured lung, and cut spleen.

In 2011
Avenged Sevenfold announced that the band had tapped former Confide drummer Arin Ilejay to join the group on their upcoming tour, but didn't say whether Arin would become the band's new permanent drummer.

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