· Promises, promises. Next month, it seems the dudes in Mötley Crüe are gearing up to make a big announcement — about what, we have no idea. It will happen in Los Angeles on April 15 and is being billed as “one of the biggest music announcements of the year.” Meanwhile, the Crüe are working on their first full-length album by the original lineup in more than a decade, called The Dirt. It could be in stores in July. James Michael, who is producing the LP, said in a MySpace post that the record sounds “truly incredible” and that “the songs are stellar and the band is at the top of their game, rocking harder than ever. I get chills every morning when I step into the studio and hear playback on what we did the night before. I am so proud of this record.”
· By now, we all know Stone Temple Pilots are back together. Now get your first look at the newly reunited band. STP are scheduled to perform six dates, with more to be announced soon. They’ll play May 17 in Columbus, Ohio; May 18 in Camden, New Jersey; May 23 in Indianapolis; May 31 in Holmdel, New Jersey; June 1 in Mansfield, Massachusetts; and July 12 in Toronto.
· The lads from Metallica will be on hand to celebrate “Record Store Day” April 19 at the Rasputin Music Store in Mountain View, California. Only 400 wristbands will be distributed, and the line starts forming around 8 a.m.
· It’s just a drop in the bucket (albeit a big one) to near billionaire Paul McCartney, but that $48.6 million settlement with ex-wife Heather Mills probably still stings. The real winner? The couple’s 4-year-old daughter, Beatrice, who will get $70,000 a year, just ’cuz.
· Canada’s getting into the mega-festival business with a July 25-27 European-style throwdown in Pemberton, British Columbia, that will feature a dance tent and two stages for the more than 50 acts, including Jay-Z, Coldplay, Nine Inch Nails, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Death Cab for Cutie, My Morning Jacket, Vampire Weekend, Interpol, the Flaming Lips and Serj Tankian.
· Police in Galveston, Texas, were overwhelmed Sunday when a spring-break rap concert ended in multiple fights on the beach. It took police almost four hours to clear the streets after the concert, and at least a dozen people were arrested. The concert, which was dubbed the “Spring Break Party Beach Bash,” featured performances by 2 Pistols, Colby O’Donis, Lil Wil & Lil Keke and Webbie.