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Mastodon, Nickelback and Others Appear on Album Celebrating ZZ Top, ‘A Tribute From Friends’

The hats, the videos and let’s not forget those long beards: Visually, ZZ Top certainly has left a lasting impression on popular culture over the last four decades.

But many of the Texas trio’s songs are just as memorable. That is confirmed by the wide range of contemporary rock acts — including Mastodon, Coheed & Cambria, Nickelback and Wolfmother — that have recorded 11 of ZZ Top’s tunes for ‘A Tribute From Friends,’ due Oct. 11.

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Ex-Guns ‘N’ Roses Bassist Duff McKagan Launches Wealth Management Firm

As the bassist for Guns N’ Roses, Duff McKagan was paid quite handsomely. But at the time, he didn’t really have a firm grasp on the ins and outs of his earnings.

He does now. And once Meridian Rock Capital Management launches in October, McKagan and his fellow co-founders will do their best to see that other musicians stay in tune with their money and don’t ever end up singing the financial blues.

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Pearl Jam’s ‘Twenty’ Soundtrack Will Include Second Disc of Rarities

Pearl Jam opened its extensive video vaults for ‘Pearl Jam Twenty,’ and the band has done the same with its audio collection for the documentary’s soundtrack.

Not only will it contain 14 concert, TV and radio performances that are connected with the forthcoming film, the ‘Pearl Jam Twenty’ soundtrack also comes with a second disc of demos and other live recordings that covers PJ’s two decade history.

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Beastie Boys’ Action Figure Sales to Benefit Charities

Move over, Snoop Dogg, Eminem and Nelly: the Beastie Boys have also been immortalized as commercially available action figures. And, in a rather superhero-like gesture, Mike “Mike D” Diamond, Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz and Adam “MCA” Yauch are donating the proceeds from sales of their limited-edition figures to charity.

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Al Jourgensen and Ministry Plan New Album After Three-Year Breakup

Regular exercise, a vegetarian diet, no more smoking or drinking — the Al Jourgensen of today is not the same as the one from three years ago, which is when he pulled the plug on Ministry.

Saying he feels “the healthiest I’ve been in over 20 years,” Jourgensen has revived his old industrial rock band, which will release a new album by the end of the year and hit the road in 2012.

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Jani Lane Tribute to Feature Quiet Riot, Great White and More

They were among the bands that ruled the Los Angeles hair-metal scene in the 1980s. And on Aug. 29, they’ll join forces on the legendary Sunset Strip to honor one of their own.

Quiet Riot, Great White, LA Guns, Enuff Z’Nuff and Slammin’ Gladys are the featured acts for the free, all-ages tribute concert in memory of late Warrant singer Jani Lane at the Key Club in West Hollywood.

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Pukkelpop Festival, with 30STM, Foo Fighters and Good Charlotte, Canceled Following Deadly Storm

It has been an exceptionally bad summer for violent storms and stage-related mishaps at outdoor music festivals.

The latest such incident took place Thursday in Belgium during Pukkelpop, where at least five people died and an estimated 140 were injured after an intense thunderstorm hit the festival site and knocked down staging areas as well as tents and trees.

Scheduled performers during the three-day festival — an annual event since 1985 — included Good Charlotte, 30 Seconds to Mars and Foo Fighters.

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Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic to Play Seattle Show Celebrating 20th Anniversary of ‘Nevermind’

Since Kurt Cobain’s death in 1994 and Nirvana‘s inevitable breakup, Dave Grohl has stayed in the limelight and has flourished as the leader and front-man of Foo Fighters.

Krist Novoselic, meanwhile, has put music on the back burner for the better part of the last 17 years. But Novoselic has picked a good time to strap on his bass again for the public: a Sept. 20 celebration and fundraiser in Seattle to mark the upcoming 2oth anniversary of Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ album.

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Will Slipknot’s Corey Taylor and Velvet Revolver’s Duff McKagan Form a New Supergroup? [VIDEO]

Singer Corey Taylor is best known for his role in two big-selling bands (Slipknot and Stone Sour), and the same can be said of bassist Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver).

There’s a pretty good chance the next high-profile group for each of them will be a joint project, according to Taylor.

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Pearl Jam Streams ‘Crown of Thorns’ From Its ‘PJ20′ Documentary Soundtrack [AUDIO]

Pearl Jam has never forgotten Mother Love Bone, the short-lived Seattle band that produced two of PJ’s founding members, guitarist Stone Gossard and bassist Jeff Ament.

On the soundtrack to its upcoming documentary, ‘PJ20,’ Pearl Jam includes a cover of the Mother Love Bone song ‘Crown of Thorns,’ and it’s now being streamed on the official PJ site.

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Anthrax, Megadeth and Slayer, to Appear at ‘Metal Masters Clinic2 ‘ Next Month

It should be good and loud, just like the first time.

On Sept. 12, a second ‘Metal Masters Clinic’ is set to commence, this time at the Best Buy Theater in Manhattan’s Times Square. Members from Anthrax, Megadeth and Slayer — three of the legendary “Big 4″ thrash-metal bands that will rock Yankee Stadium two days after the clinic — will be on hand to share anecdotes and rattle the rafters.

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