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Credit: Paul BrownIf Mötley Crüe fans want to witness bassist Nikki Sixx perform his band's classic songs live, they should make it a point to go see the glam-metal greats in concert before they wind down their Final Tour this New Year's Eve in Los Angeles.

In a new interview with RiffYou.com, Sixx declares, "The day Mötley Crüe plays its last show, I will never play another Mötley Crüe song again…even if it's one I wrote."

The 56-year-old rocker adds, "To be respectful to Mötley Crüe is the biggest gift I can give to fans."

Sixx says that while he won't be playing Mötley Crüe tunes after this year, he has no plans to retire: He's very excited to direct his full focus to his other group, Sixx: A.M.  That band, which also features singer James Michael and current Guns N' Roses guitarist DJ Ashba, recently completed its first headlining tour during a break in the Crüe's farewell trek.

Nikki says he wants Sixx: A.M.'s music to be a complete departure from that of his old band.

"Sixx: A.M. is completely different musically, spiritually, emotionally, visually…and that gives me pride," explains to RiffYou.com.  "The people who are coming to see us, are coming to see Sixx: A.M.  We don't play Mötley Crüe music and we never will play Mötley Crüe music."

Sixx tells the website that after The Final Tour is over, he will take about a month off and then will devote the rest of 2016 to touring in support of Sixx A.M.'s latest studio effort, 2014's Modern Vintage, as well as working on the group's next album.  He hopes to have a follow-up done by 2017, with a world tour to follow.

Nikki's enthusiasm for Sixx: A.M. doesn't mean he's not enjoying playing with the Crüe as it bids its fans farewell.

"I'm loving finishing off the Mötley Crüe stuff," he insists, "but my expectations are high for Sixx: A.M.," adding that he's hoping the group will eventually become popular enough to headline arenas.

Mötley Crüe's Final Tour begins a series of dates Down Under with a concert this Saturday in Auckland, New Zealand.  Check out the band's full itinerary at Motley.com.

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Columbia RecordsAC/DC drummer Phil Rudd says the incident that resulted in him pleading guilty to threatening to kill a person “was a mistake.”

In an interview with the Australian TV show A Current Affair, the 60-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer admitted, “It was a mistake. We all make mistakes.”

“I’ve seen the error in my ways. It’s onward and upward from here," Rudd added.

The drummer pleaded guilty last month to three criminal charges -- including threatening to kill, and possession of marijuana and methamphetamine -- in a district court in his home of Tauranga, New Zealand.

The charges stem from an arrest last November after it was alleged he had threatened to kill a man who had worked for him for several years.

Rudd faces a maximum of seven years in prison for the threatening to kill charge, while the drug charges could result in a several-month sentence or a monetary fine.  The case has been adjourned until June 26.  His attorney announced last month that he intended to apply for the case to be discharged without conviction, which, if granted, could mean no jail time for drummer.

As for his bandmates, Rudd tells the TV show he reached out to them, but hasn’t heard back. “I wrote them a letter and tried to get in touch with Angus [Young]. I’ve had no contact from anybody.”

The band announced earlier this year that Chris Slade, who previously was a member of the band from 1989 to 1994, would be behind the drum kit for the group's 2015 Rock or Bust tour, which kicked its European leg Tuesday night in The Netherlands.

The North American leg of the tour begins August 22 in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

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Olaf HeineU2 on Monday night played a surprise gig in an unusual location: a New York City subway station.

The band, led by Bono in sunglasses and a blue cowboy hat, performed their Rattle and Hum song "Angel of Harlem" to a crowd gathered at the Grand Central subway station, including Jimmy Fallon.

Spectators posted photos and video of the performance on Instagram.

U2 is scheduled to appear on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon this Friday night on NBC. Bono and Fallon reportedly were seen earlier this week rehearsing a sketch involving bicycles, presumably making light of the singer's bike accident in New York's Central Park last November.

 

Unbelievable! U2/Jimmy Fallon performing at Grand Central #onlyinnewyork #grateful #jimmyfallon #u2

A video posted by Regine (@regineem) on May 4, 2015 at 6:57pm PDT

 

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James O'MaraA longtime friend of Joni Mitchell has been appointed the musician's temporary conservator.

Leslie Morris was appointed Mitchell's conservator at a Los Angeles hearing on Monday, People magazine reports. The ruling allows Morris to provide temporary care and support for the 71-year-old musician, who was hospitalized in late March after being found unconscious at her Los Angeles home.

Morris may not take possession of Mitchell's money or property without a court order.

The conservatorship will remain in effect until July 8.

The most recent health update posted on Mitchell's website, published last week, denied reports that she was in a coma. It stated, "Joni is still in the hospital - but she comprehends, she’s alert, and she has her full senses. A full recovery is expected."

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Capitol Records/Universal MusicBob Seger turns 70 on Wednesday, and just in time for the Michigan rocker's milestone birthday comes word that his breakthrough album, 1976's Night Moves, will be reissued on 180-gram vinyl June 16.

Night Moves was Seger's first studio effort to feature his longtime backing group, The Silver Bullet Band, and was his first album to reach the top 10 of the Billboard 200 chart, peaking at #8.  Bob recorded much of the album in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, with the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section.

Night Moves yielded two top-40 singles -- the title track, which reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100, and the #24 hit, "Mainstreet."  It also includes the enduring tunes "Rock and Roll Never Forgets," "Fire Down Below," and "Mary Lou."  The album has gone on to sell more than six million copies in the U.S., according to the Recording Industry Association of America.

Seger recently wrapped up a North American tour in support of his latest album, Ride Out.

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Douglas Gorenstein/NBCJack Black guested on The Tonight Show on Monday night, and in addition to promoting to his upcoming movie The D Train, the Tenacious D frontman teamed up with host Jimmy Fallon to create a shot-for-shot remake of the video for Extreme's 1990 acoustic hit "More than Words."  You can watch the results on YouTube.

In the clip, Black plays frontman Gary Cherone, while Fallon takes on the role of guitarist Nuno Bettencourt.  In case you were wondering, yes, the shot of the man petting a dog while holding up a lighter is faithfully recreated.

"More than Words," a single from Extreme's sophomore album, Extreme II: Pornograffitti, was the band's biggest hit, reaching #1 on Billboard's Hot 100.

The D Train, starring Black and James Marsden, opens in limited release on Friday, May 8.

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Universal Music EnterprisesThe Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger and Ronnie Wood have teamed up with Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason to record a charity single to aid the survivors of the devastating earthquake in Nepal.  The song, titled "Save the Children (Look into Your Heart)," was released Tuesday and can be purchased now as a digital download at iTunes.

Jagger contributes backing vocals and Wood plays guitar on the track, which was produced by Mason and recorded at London's famous Abbey Road Studios.  The song features lead vocals by U.K. soul singer Beverly Knight, as well as accompaniment from a 100-voice choir made up of supporters of the Save the Children humanitarian organization.

Proceeds raised by the song will benefit Save the Children's Nepal Earthquake initiative.

"I am delighted that this recording made by us for Save the Children will help with the Nepal Appeal," Wood says in a statement.

According to BBC News, the death toll from the earthquake, which took place April 25, has exceeded 7,500, while more than 14,500 people also have been injured.

To donate to the campaign or find out more information, visit SavetheChildren.org.uk.

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Credit: Douglas Gorenstein/NBCJack Black guested on The Tonight Show Monday night, and in addition to promoting to his upcoming movie The D Train, the Tenacious D frontman teamed up with host Jimmy Fallon to create a shot-for-shot remake of the video for Extreme's 1990 acoustic hit "More than Words." You can watch the results on YouTube.

In the clip, Black plays frontman Gary Cherone, while Fallon takes on the role of guitarist Nuno Bettencourt. In case you were wondering, yes, the shot of the man petting a dog while holding up a lighter is faithfully recreated.

"More than Words," a single from Extreme's sophomore album, Extreme II: Pornograffitti, was the band's biggest hit, reaching number one on Billboard's Hot 100.

The D Train, starring Black and James Marsden, opens in limited release on May 8. The film's score was written by fun.'s Andrew Dost.

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Credit: David BergmanJon Bon Jovi is among the newly announced full list of artists featured on the compilation of songs from the new Broadway musical Finding Neverland.  The New Jersey rocker sings a tune called "Beautiful Day" on the album, which will be released on June 9.

Other stars who contributed to Finding Neverland: The Album include the Goo Goo Dolls, Christina Aguilera, John Legend, Jennifer Lopez, Nick Jonas and Glee's Matthew Morrison, who co-stars in the Broadway production with Kelsey Grammer.  The show's original songs were written by Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy for the Harvey Weinstein-produced musical.

The show, which opened April 15 on Broadway, is based on the 2004 Johnny Depp movie about Peter Pan author J.M. Barrie.

Here is the full track listing:

"Neverland" -- Zendaya
"Stronger" -- Kiesza
"Believe" -- Nick Jonas
"When Your Feet Don't Touch the Ground" -- Ellie Goulding
"Circus of Your Mind" -- Paloma Faith
"What You Mean to Me" -- Jennifer Lopez & Trey Songz
"Are We Gonna Play?" -- Rita Ora & Sage the Gemini
"Anywhere but Here" -- Christina Aguilera
"Beautiful Day" -- Jon Bon Jovi
"Stars" -- Pentatonix
"My Imagination" -- John Legend
"Something About This Night" -- Gary Barlow
"We Own the Night with Lucy" -- Matthew Morrison
"All that Matters" -- Christina Perri
"If the World Turned Upside" -- Goo Goo Dolls

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Image Courtesy of The YardbirdsAfter postponing a series of spring U.S. tour dates "due to health concerns and extenuating circumstances," The Yardbirds now are slated to return to the States for a series fall shows.  The British blues-rock legends' upcoming itinerary will get underway with an October 30 concert in Norfolk, Connecticut, and is currently plotted out through a November 10 performance in Laughlin, Nevada.

The Yardbirds also have revealed a new change to their recently revamped lineup: longtime David Bowie guitarist Earl Slick has signed on to take the place of founding member Anthony "Top" Topham, who briefly played in the band in 1963 and rejoined the group in 2013.  As previously reported, The Yardbirds -- who continue to be led by original drummer Jim McCarty -- also now feature singer/guitarist John Idan, bassist Kenny Aaronson, and singer/harmonica player Myke Scavone.  Idan previously played with the band from 1992 to 2009, while Aaronson an Scavone are new additions to the group.

The Yardbirds currently have only seven tour dates on their schedule, but more shows are expected to be announced soon.  Here are all of The Yardbirds' confirmed fall U.S. dates:

10/30 -- Norfolk, CT, Infinity Hall
10/31 -- Bethlehem, PA, Musikfest Cafe
11/1 -- Newton, NJ, The Newton Theatre
11/2 -- New York, NY, B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
11/6 -- Phoenix, AZ, Harrah's Casino
11/7 -- Lake Tahoe, NV, Harrah's Casino
11/10 -- Laughlin, NV, Harrah's Casino

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Esoteric Antenna10,000 Light Years Ago, Moody Blues singer/bassist John Lodge's first solo album since 1977's Natural Avenue, gets its release today on CD and vinyl.  Lodge says the new record pays homage to the musical styles that have influenced his work throughout his life while showing who he is today.

He tells ABC Radio that the album's title came from a concept he had running through his "mind for a long time that the future's always in reach but the past is gone forever.  So, it doesn't matter if the past was one second ago, you can't ever get there.  But, the important thing about the past is that it's brought us to where we are today."

Lodge says that in conjunction with the concept, he decided that the album should showcase "the diversity of styles that have influenced me over the years."

The album is bookended by "In My Mind" and the title track, which both are reminiscent of the cosmic, spacey Moody Blues tunes of the late 1960s and early '70s.  The record also includes a tribute to 1950s rock 'n' roll, a couple of mid-tempo rockers boasting '80s-style production, an orchestrated ballad and an homage to jazz legends Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli.

Among the most interesting recordings on 10,000 Light Years Ago is "Simply Magic," a melodic folk-rock song that reunites Lodge with his former Moody Blues band mates Ray Thomas and Mike Pinder, both of whom he's known since he was a teenager.  Lodge points that including Thomas and Pinder in the project fit nicely into his concept of the record.

To record 10,000 Light Years Ago, Lodge said his goal was to work in the same collaborative way that The Moody Blues did when they made their classic early albums.  To accomplish this, he assembled a band featuring veteran rock guitarist Chris Spedding and two members of The Moody Blues' touring group -- keyboardist Alan Hewitt and drummer Gordon Marshall.  Although the musicians generally worked remotely in separate studios, John says he insisted that they share ideas and feedback about the tracks as the sessions progressed.

The Moody Blues currently are winding down a U.S. tour leg that wraps up with a May 10 concert in Morrison, Colorado.  The band then will launch a European trek that's scheduled through a June 27 appearance at the U.K.'s famed Glastonbury Festival.  As for the possibility of him mounting a solo tour behind 10,000 Light Years Ago, he tells ABC Radio that it could happen depending on how the album is accepted.

He adds, "If it happens, it'll be later this year."  Lodge also says that Spedding, Hewitt and Marshall have all expressed interest in joining him on the road.

"What I'm really pleased about is they're all incredibly proud of the album," John notes.  "And that's really turned me on, that's really made me feel happy, that they're happy about it…that they're proud."

10,000 Light Years Ago also is available as a deluxe CD/DVD set containing an exclusive interview with Lodge, behind-the-scenes footage from the album's tracking session and a promo trailer.

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MSO PRThe Who has been forced to postpone three upcoming concerts because Roger Daltrey is suffering from swollen vocal cords.

Daltrey has been advised by doctors to remain on vocal rest, according to a statement. As a result, The Who has postponed Tuesday night's scheduled concert in Kansas City, Thursday's show in St. Louis, and Saturday's performance in Louisville.

New dates are expected to be announced in the near future.

The band is slated to resume The Who Hits 50! North American tour next Monday in Nashville.

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ABCOn Monday night's Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the host continued his "Mash Up Mondays" performance series with REO Speedwagon and Imagine Dragons performing as REO Imagine Speedragons

Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds, had previously commented that "REO Imagine Speedragons was destined to happen since the day Zeus thrust his mighty bolt to the earth."

The super-group ended Monday night's show with a rendition of REO Speedwagon's "Roll With The Changes." 

Previous "Mash Up Monday" bands have included Wee-Z Top -- that's ZZ Top and Weezer -- Morris Day and the HAIM, which paired up funk great Morris Day plus the band HAIM.  Smooth-jazz sax player Kenny G and rapper Warren G also joined forces for a Kimmel performance.

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Credit: Paolo PellegrinAt long last, U2 will return to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon after Bono's cycling accident forced the band to cancel a scheduled week-long residency on the talk show late last year.  While the Irish rockers won't be playing for a week straight, U2 will appear on The Tonight Show this Friday, May 8.

Lest you think any mention of Bono's accident would be pushed under the rug, the Daily Mail has published photos of the singer and host Jimmy Fallon rehearsing a sketch on the streets of New York City that prominently features bicycles.  In the photos, Bono and Fallon are riding on bikes, and a few shots show a Bono-dressed dummy being thrown into the hood of a car.

Last November, Bono was riding a bike through New York's Central Park when he collided with another rider.  He suffered multiple injuries, including a broken left arm, a fractured shoulder blade and a fractured left eye socket.  The accident happened just one day before U2 was scheduled to undertake a week-long residency on The Tonight Show.  Bono recently told The New York Times that he is still unable to play guitar because of his injuries.

Nevertheless, Bono and U2 will launch their North American iNNOCENCE eXPERIENCE tour on May 14 in Vancouver, Canada.  The Tonight Show airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET/10:35 p.m. CT on NBC.

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Image Courtesy of The End of Music, LLC/HBOKurt Cobain: Montage of Heck premieres tonight on HBO, but if you miss it, don't worry -- the film will be released on Blu-ray and DVD in North America this fall.  The physical release of Montage of Heck will include bonus content in addition to the heap of previously unreleased recordings, artwork and home movies featured in the film.

In addition to the Blu-ray/DVD release, an album made up of Kurt Cobain's personal demos will be released in the summer.  Director Brett Morgen told Bedford Bowery that the album "will feel like you're kind of hanging out with Kurt Cobain on a hot summer day in Olympia, Washington, as he fiddles about. It's going to really surprise people."

Tomorrow, a companion Montage of Heck book will be released, featuring rare photos and extended transcripts from the interviews Morgen conducted for the film.

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck airs tonight at 9 p.m. ET.

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Sean Evans; ABC NewsJust in case Pink Floyd fans haven't gotten the message yet, founding band members Roger Waters and Nick Mason again have revealed that there is little chance, if any, of the group reuniting.  In a new interview with The Times of London marking the 50th anniversary of the band's formation, the two rockers, who both are 71, express differing attitudes about a reunion, while agreeing on the slim likelihood of a tour or new recording project.

"A reunion is out of the question," Roger tells the newspaper.  "Life, after all, gets shorter and shorter the closer you get to the end of it and time becomes more and more precious and, in my view, should be entirely devoted to doing the things you want to do."

The singer/bassist adds, "One can't look backwards.  Well one can -- and I do, actually, and with some fondness -- but to try and walk backwards would be absurd."

As for Mason, he says, "We have no plans," pointing that although he loves touring, longtime Pink singer/guitarist David Gilmour is "not at all keen."  He also notes that Waters is "difficult," and jokes that if there were to be a reunion, "it'll probably just be me."

Nick adds that he lives in hope, and says he could see Waters, Gilmour and him doing something if another charitable event like 2005's Live 8 concert was organized.

During the same Times interview, Waters also lashes out at the powers-that-be in the music business who he feels are responsible for making it so difficult for artists to make money from their music in the digital age.  He declares that he feels "enormously privileged…to have been around when…you could still make a living writing and recording songs and playing them to people."

Today, Waters says, technology companies, who he calls a "gallery of rogues and thieves" have "interjected themselves between the people who aspire to be creative and their potential audience and steal every f***ing cent anybody ever made."

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Wendy O'Connor/Courtesy of HBOTonight, Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck will make its television debut on HBO.  When director Brett Morgen first met with Frances Bean Cobain to talk about her vision for the film that would become the first fully authorized documentary about the late Nirvana frontman, the daughter of Kurt Cobain had just one request for the filmmaker.

"She said, 'Whatever you do, keep it honest, keep it real,'" Morgen tells ABC Radio of his talk with Frances, who is an executive producer on the film.  "'The world doesn't need another 'Saint Kurt' story.  And the best way we can pay tribute to Kurt is by making an honest movie.'"

Morgen admits that he was "cynical" at the beginning of the project, given how many movies were made and books were written about Cobain.  But when he saw and heard the wealth material he was given access to from Cobain's personal archives, and when he was able to interview Cobain's immediate family, he knew how he could approach making Montage of Heck.

"Kurt's foundation myth is rooted in his childhood, and nobody had ever interviewed the mother, the father and the sister, nor had anyone seen the home movies that the family took that document Kurt from six months to eight years," Morgen explains.  "This is the absolute core of the foundation myth."

Morgen's interview with Cobain's father, Don Cobain, was particularly enlightening, as he had been cast in the villain's role in the common mythology of Kurt Cobain.

"We sat down to do our interview, and Don, before I could ask him a single question, went on a nine-minute monologue in which he walked us through his time with Kurt," Morgen remembers.  "I found him to be incredibly honest, haunted and forthcoming.  He's not someone who's ever sat down for an on-camera interview before, so it was very tense."

Cobain's archives also contained a wealth of home movies that he made with his wife, Courtney Love. When Morgen watched the footage of the young couple interacting, he saw a much different relationship than the one that was commonly portrayed in the media.

"I saw two pretty compatible 25-year-olds who were, like, totally in love with each other in a type of fiery, toxic, junkie love that exists when you're in your twenties and seems very distant when you're in your forties," Morgen tells ABC Radio.  "I think it was important to experience that relationship through Kurt's eyes for a change."

Naturally, Montage of Heck is rich with Nirvana songs, including Cobain's personal recordings and demos. One song that is prevalent throughout the film is "All Apologies," the last track on Nirvana's final studio album, In Utero.

"We decided to make 'All Apologies' this sort of family-origins theme," Morgen explains.  "So you hear it early in the film when Kurt is a child, and then when Frances is born we bring it back, and then we kind of bring it all full circle in the end.  And I think that by the time you hear it at the end, it's gained all the resonance that it's collected from its various other interpretations throughout the film."

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck premieres tonight on HBO at 9 p.m. ET.

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AEG LiveThe Who recently launched the North American edition of its 50th anniversary tour, and now the band is offering audio downloads of every show on the first leg of the trek via its online store.  Each concert costs $9.99 for MP3 or $14.99 for the higher-quality FLAC format.

Downloads will be available within two weeks after a particular show takes place.  The Who kicked off its current outing on April 15, and the tour leg is scheduled to wind down on May 30 in Forest Hills, New York.  After a series of European dates in the summer, the band also is slated to return for a second North American leg that's mapped out from a September 17 concert in San Diego through a November 4 performance in Philadelphia.  You can check out the band's full itinerary at TheWho.com.

Here is the full list of shows for which downloads are or will be available:

4/15 -- Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena
4/17 -- Miami, FL, AmericanAirlines Arena
4/19 -- Jacksonville, FL, Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
4/21 -- Raleigh, NC, PNC Arena
4/23 -- Duluth, GA, The Arena at Gwinnett Center
4/25 -- New Orleans, LA, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival*
4/27 -- Austin, TX, Frank Erwin Center
4/29 -- Houston, TX, Toyota Center
5/2 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
5/5 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
5/7 -- St. Louis, MO, Scottrade Center
5/9 -- Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Arena
5/11 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
5/13 -- Rosemont, IL, Allstate Arena
5/15 -- Columbus, OH, Nationwide Arena
5/17 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center
5/20 -- Uniondale, NY, Nassau Coliseum
5/22 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Boardwalk Hall
5/24 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
5/26 -- Brooklyn, NY, Barclays Center
5/30 -- Forest Hills, NY, Forest Hills Stadium

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Courtesy of Black Sabbath; Clara BalzaryOzzy Osbourne, Red Hot Chili Peppers singer Anthony Kiedis and ex-Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan have joined a campaign run by Animals Asia to end bear bile farming.  All three rockers will be featured in a short "Spinal Tap-inspired" film that condemns the practice.  You can watch a teaser for the film, featuring Kiedis sporting a pair of bear ears, on YouTube.

Bear bile farming, prevalent in China and Vietnam, is the practice of extracting the animal's bile for use in traditional medicine. The practice is often painful and invasive for bears and can result in infection.

The film for the campaign, titled Let a Bear S**t in the Woods, will be released on May 13.

Other celebrities to have supported Animals Asia include Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and actor Ricky Gervais.

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ABCREO Speedwagon will take part in the latest installment of the "Mash Up Mondays" performance series on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!, teaming up with modern rockers Imagine Dragons as a one-off supergroup called REO Imagine Speedragons.  The two bands will perform together on tonight's episode.

"I talked to [guitarist] Wayne [Sermon] from Imagine Dragons yesterday, and both our bands are totally psyched about doing the 'Mash Up Monday,'" says REO Speedwagon frontman Kevin Cronin.  "We all love Jimmy and we're gonna play one of our favorites like it's never been played before.  Imagine REO Speedragons is gonna f**kin' rock!"

Adds Imagine Dragons singer Dan Reynolds, "REO Imagine Speedragons was destined to happen since the day Zeus thrust his mighty bolt to the earth."

Previous "Mash Up Monday" bands have included Wee-Z Top -- that's ZZ Top and Weezer -- Morris Day and the HAIM, which paired up funk great Morris Day plus the band HAIM.  Smooth-jazz sax player Kenny G and rapper Warren G also joined forces for a Kimmel performance.

Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs weeknights on ABC at 11:35 p.m. ET/10:35 p.m. CT.

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