Quick Hits: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Adele, Rock On The Range, Justin Timberlake, Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, NKOTB/Boys II Men/98 Degrees, Green Day, Shakira, Rush
January 23, 2013

Dave Grohl & Taylor Hawkins, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer HudsonDon Henley, Chris Cornell and John Mayer are among the artists who will be involved in this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class. The induction ceremony is set for April 18 in Los Angeles. Grohl and Hawkins of the Foo Fighters will induct Rush, while Mayer will induct Albert King, then join Gary Clark Jr. to perform a tribute to the late Blues guitarist. Aguilera and Hudson will team up to pay tribute to the late Donna Summer. Don Henley will induct Randy Newman and Chris Cornell will induct Heart. More performers and presenters will be announced soon.

Adele will perform her Oscar-nominated song "Skyfall" at the 85th Academy Awards in Los Angeles on February 24. The track is nominated in the Best Original Song category, after already winning that same award at the Golden Globes. It will be the first time Adele performs "Skyfall" live. It will also be her first public performance since the Grammy Awards last year.


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The annual Rock On The Range festival in Columbus, OH, which has expanded to three days this year, has unveiled its hard-hitting lineup. The 2013 event features Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, Smashing Pumpkins, Korn, Bush, Stone Sour, Three Days Grace, Papa Roach, Cheap Trick, Bullet For My Valentine, Volbeat, Lamb Of God, Skillet, A Day To Remember, Buckcherry, Halestorm, Hollywood Undead, All That Remains, Device (with David Draiman), Steel Panther, Sevendust, Sick Puppies, Asking Alexandria, Pop Evil, In Flames, Clutch, In This Moment, Black Veil Brides, The Sword, Ghost, Motionless In White, Red, Deuce, Middle Class Rut, Big Wreck, Oleander, Otherwise, Red Line Chemistry, Young Guns, Thousand Foot Krutch, Mindset Evolution, Tracer, Beware Of Darkness, Heaven's Basement, American Fangs, Love And Death, Gemini Syndrome and more. ROTR will again take place at Columbus Crew Stadium on Friday, May 17, Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19.

Justin Timberlake will perform his first solo concert in several years at a New Orleans charity concert during Super Bowl weekend. Timberlake will rock the "DIRECTV Super Saturday Night" event, being held February 2 at DTV SuperFan stadium. The event benefits Shriners Hospitals for Children and is tied in with the 7th Annual Celebrity Beach Bowl. In other Super Bowl music news, Stevie Wonder and Gary Clark Jr. will team up for a concert at New Orleans' Bud Light Hotel on February 2. Fans not headed to the big game can catch their performances streaming on Myspace. That show is preceded by the "Rolling Stone LIVE" party on February 1, also at the Bud Light Hotel, featuring Pitbull and Flo Rida. As previously reported, Alicia Keys will kick off the Super Bowl on February 3 by singing "The Star-Spangled Banner," and Beyoncé will do the halftime show.

Speaking to MTV News, Dave Grohl gave some vague hints about the Foo Fighters' next plans. The band is on the backburning while Grohl focuses on his new Sound City film and soundtrack, though the entire lineup is performing as part of Grohl's Sound City Players band. He told MTV, "It's funny, we don't really consider this the Foo Fighters ... we're Rick Springfield's backing band, we're John Fogerty's backing band. We're not up there playing 'Everlong' every night, we're just hoping our heroes get up on stage and play. But we have a plan, we know exactly what's coming next, and I have the music for the next record and we're going to start working on it once we finish doing all this stuff. And we have really awesome, big plans for the next album, and I'm really excited about it."

Pearl Jam has announced two summer concerts, with more dates on the way for later in 2013. The band will play Wrigley Field in Chicago, home of Eddie Vedder's beloved Chicago Cubs, on July 19, as well as Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario, Canada on July 16. Both shows are billed as "An Evening With Pearl Jam," meaning there won't be an opening band. Pearl Jam also promised that U.S. tour dates for this fall "will be announced in the coming months."

Boy Band fans can rejoice this summer when New Kids On The Block, Boyz II Men and 98 Degrees team up for a tour. The Package Tour kicks off May 31 in Uncasville, CT and ends July 13 in Minneapolis. NKOTB also announced a new single, "Remix (I Like The)," which will be released January 28, and a new album, 10, which drops on April 2. The music will be a bit more mature than some of the band's previous material, member Joey McIntyre said at a press event. "It is about the decisions that a grown man makes and goes through, as opposed to singing songs like 'Popsicle,'" McIntyre explained, according to Billboard.com.

Green Day's new documentary, ¡Quatro!, will premiere at this year's winter X Games, which begin on January 26 in Aspen, CO. ¡Quatro! tells the tale of Green Day's creative process during the writing and recording of their recent album trilogy, ¡Uno!, ¡Dos! and ¡Tré!, and the film also includes live footage from shows across the U.S. Green Day is set to resume touring on March 28 in Chicago.

Shakira has given birth to a baby boy named Milan Piqué Mebarak. He was born on Tuesday in Barcelona, Spain. The singer and her child are "in excellent health," according to Shakira's rep.

Rush has announced more dates for their Clockwork Angels tour. The next leg is set to run from April 23 in Austin to May 11 in Atlantic City, and following those dates, Rush will head to Europe and then return to North America for another leg starting in June. That tour will continue into August, with details regarding dates and venues coming soon.




 
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