The Dish - 03/07/14
Posted 3/7/2014 3:00:00 PM

--Tool Guitarist Says New Album Is "100 Percent" Done

Tool's long-awaited new album is supposedly finished.  According to Crave Online, guitarist Adam Jones says the follow-up to 2006's "10,000 Days" is "100-percent done" and should be out later this year.  The band reportedly started work on the record this past summer, but few details have been released along the way.  Tool is currently on the road for their first North American trek since 2012.  They started earlier this week in Spokane, Washington, and are set to play shows in Eugene, Oregon and Reno, Nevada this weekend.

--Pussy Riot Members Attacked In Russian McDonald's

Pussy Riot members Maria Alyokhina [[ al-YOO-khi-nah ]] and Nadya Tolokonnikova [[ to-la-KO-nee-ka-va ]] have uploaded a video that shows them being attacked by a group of men in a Russian McDonald's.  The clip shows the assailants squirting green antiseptic in the women's faces and throwing trash at them.  Euronews says the men also used pepper spray as they shouted insults and told the women to "Go to America."  Alyokhina says she suffered head injuries during the incident, while Tolokonnikova had chemical burns.  They have accused the local police in the city of Nizhny Novgorod for being involved in the attack.  The police refused to comment, saying only that they're investigating the case.

Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova were in Nizhny Novgorod -- which is some 260 miles east of Moscow -- to visit a local jail with members of their prisoners' rights group.

--Linkin Park New Song Shows "DNA" Of New Album

Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda says the band's new song "Guilty All the Same" is a "good look into the DNA" of their next album.  He tells their follow-up to 2012's "Living Things" is probably louder and more visceral than anything they've done recently.  As for hip-hop icon Rakim's cameo on "Guilty All the Same," Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington calls it a highlight of the song.  Shinoda adds that what the emcee does on the track is "bananas," and says Rakim is one of his idols.  Linkin Park's sixth album still doesn't have a title or a release date, although it's expected out sometime this year.

--Jared Leto Snags MTV Movie Award Nominations

Jared Leto still has a chance to pick up a few more awards.  The Oscar-winner earned a pair of MTV Movie Award nominations Thursday for his turn as an HIV-positive transgender woman in "Dallas Buyers Club."  He's up for Best On-Screen Duo with co-star and fellow Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey.  But the two men will have to face off against each other in the Best On-Screen Transformation category.  Voting is under way now at, where movie-lovers can also check out the full list of nominees.  "American Hustle" and "The Wolf of Wall Street" lead the way with eight nods each, and will face off in the Movie of the Year category with "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," and the Academy's favorite, "12 Years a Slave."  Conan O'Brien is set to host the 2014 MTV Movie Awards, which will take place April 13th and air live on MTV starting at 9:00 p.m. Eastern.

--Dave Grohl, Billy Corgan Appear In Smart Studios Doc Trailer

Dave Grohl and Billy Corgan are doing their part to help raise funds for a documentary about Madison, Wisconsin's Smart Studios.  The two rockers and a number of others appear in a new trailer for the proposed film from Wendy Schneider, who is using a Kickstarter campaign to help get it made.  The feature length doc will also include interviews with producers and Garbage bandmates Butch Vig and Steve Marker, who founded Smart Studios in the early '80s.  After making a name for themselves by producing Midwest acts like Killdozer, they started attracting bands from all over the country.  The studio was the birthplace of Nirvana's "Nevermind" and the Smashing Pumpkins' "Gish," and was also home to more recent hits from Fall Out Boy and Death Cab for Cutie before it was closed for good in 2010.

"The Smart Studios Story" Kickstarter campaign currently has more than 26-thousand dollars on its way to a goal of 120-thousand.  If all goes as planned, Schneider hopes to have the documentary available by October 2015.

--Paramore's "Parahoy!" Festival Cruise Sets Sail

Paramore's Parahoy! cruise ship is ready to hit the high seas.  The ocean-bound festival sets sail from Miami today, making its way to a private island in the Bahamas.  Special guests Tegan and Sara, New Found Glory, Shiny Toy Guns, and others will be on the luxury cruise ship as well.  But the rockers will be doing more than just playing music.  They're also set to host various activities throughout the four-day trip, including a Q&A session with Paramore on the ship's pool deck.  More information about Paramore's maiden festival cruise is available at

--Today's Birthdays

Toad The Wet Sprocket drummer Randy Guss is 47.
Tantric frontman Hugo Ferreira is 40.

--Today In Rock History

In 1986
The Violent Femmes were the first new wave band to perform at New York's Carnegie Hall.

In 1987
The Beastie Boys' "(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!)" peaked at number seven on the pop singles chart, while the album "Licensed To Ill" hit number one on the album chart.

In 1993
The Black Crowes cut short a concert in Louisville, Kentucky, after a member of the rock group's team was beaten and another arrested by narcotics detectives backstage.  The police later admitted they found no drugs.

In 2003
The Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis signed a deal with a publisher to write his autobiography.

In 2007
Blues Traveler frontman John Popper was arrested in Washington state during a traffic stop.  The musician was a passenger, although he was the vehicle's registered owner.  Troopers detected the smell of marijuana, and arrested Popper for drug possession.  But in searching the SUV, police found 14 weapons stashed in various hidden compartments, along with a pair of nightvision goggles and a Taser.

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