Quick Hits: Pearl Jam, Nicki Minaj, Bon Jovi, One Direction, The Madden Brothers, Queen + Adam Lambert
May 21, 2014

Pearl Jam
Pearl Jam announced today that they will perform 10 additional concert dates this October around their previously announced headlining slots at the Austin City Limits festival. The tour kicks off in Cincinnati on October 1 and wraps in Denver on October 22. Meanwhile, Pearl Jam will be headlining both weekends of the Austin City Limits fest (October 3-5 and October 10-12). ACL will release further details about the exact performance dates over the coming months.

Nicki Minaj has dropped her new single, the Dr. Luke-produced "Pills N Potions," which will appear on the upcoming album The Pink Print, due later this year. She told Billboard that the single "sounds like urgency. It sounds like betrayal. It sounds like running. It sounds like fainting. It sounds like love." Minaj also tweeted that "It's a true story. The entire album is a true f**king story. It's time."

Bon Jovi will celebrate 30 years together with a massive catalog reissue campaign that kicks off July 1 with a remastered edition of their 1988 classic, New Jersey. The new version will come as a single disc reissue, a two-disc deluxe edition, and a super deluxe edition with a DVD. The two-disc deluxe edition will feature three bonus cuts initially released as B-sides, 13 previously unreleased demos, and a 32-page booklet filled with commentary on the bonus cuts and rare photos from the New Jersey recording sessions and tour. Meanwhile, the super deluxe edition includes a 60-page softcover book and the behind-the-scenes documentary, Access All Areas: A Rock & Roll Odyssey. The footage was initially released in 1990 on VHS, and this marks the first time it will appear on DVD. Bon Jovi plans to release more 30th anniversary material later this year.

One Direction has graduated up to touring stadiums in Australia, and that is exactly what they'll do in 2015. The boy band will play open-air venues in each of the five big cities, starting with a show February 7 in Sydney and then hitting Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. "We can’t wait to come back to Australia and play for all our fans again on the On the Road Again 2015 Tour," Liam Payne says in a statement. "Our Australian fans have been there for us since day one, and we always have such a great time there. We’ll see you all in February next year."

Good Charlotte founders Joel and Benji Madden have formed a new band called The Madden Brothers, and they will release their debut album, Greetings From California…, via Capitol Records on October 7. The first single, "We Are Done," will be released June 2 along with a lyric video. The album will be split into two "sides," the first filled with upbeat, sunny pop/rock produced by their long-time collaborator Eric Valentine, and the second focusing on Folk, Southern rock, and '70s-era FM pop sounds produced by Joe Chiccarelli, known for his work with The White Stripes and The Strokes.

Queen and Adam Lambert will take their tour to Australia in August and September, marking Queen's first tour down under since 1985. The trek will kick off in Perth on August 22, then travel to Sydney on August 26, Melbourne on August 29, and Brisbane on September 1.

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