Dirt - Wednesday, May 23

Man, I was sick this week and I missed my boyfriend’s birthday.  That is wrong on so many levels!….I am sorry to hear HellYeah will have to play the remaining dates of their current tour without guitarist Greg Tribbett, who  had to return home due to a family emergency. The band has been on  tour with Clutch since April 13. HellYeah singer Chad Gray commented: “We all stand with our brother Greg while he tends to personal matters. Our thoughts are with him and his family, and while the shows won’t be the same without him, we will soldier on for our fans and close out this tour in the same kick ass fashion we always do.” He continued “There’s a lyric in our new song ‘Band Of Brothers’ that says, ‘I’ve got your back and you’ve got mine,’ and that couldn’t be more true for us right now.”  Tommy Maxwell will take over Greg’s parts, as well as his own, for the remaining dates:  5/24: Indy, 5/25:  Huntington, WV, 5/27:  Rocklahoma,  5/28:  El Paso.  We wish Greg and his family the best…..Slash will appear tonight on CNN‘s “Piers Morgan Tonight” at 9 PM ET.  Check local listings in your area.  Love me some Slash!…..Metallica have announced they will film their Vancouver show set for Aug 24 in 3-D.  This will be their first 3-D event filmed for a theatrical release sometime in the new year…..Jay Z has announced his second Made in America Festival Sep 01 & 02 in Philadelphia.  Pearl Jam will headline.  Skrillex, X, Santigold, D’Angelo and others  Tix on sale today.  See this site for more….Green Day will headline this year’s Voodoo Music Experience.  Dates are Oct 26-28.  More info to come…..Staind frontman Aaron Lewis is spearheading a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to produce a documentary called Shame On America, which will shine a light on what happens to the nation’s veterans after they return home from war. According to Loudwire, Lewis has teamed with Megadeth bassist David Ellefson and director/photographer Fran Strine to raise money to make the film, which would focus on servicemen and women who return with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Lewis said, “I knew I had to be part of this film. To know that our sons and daughters have committed themselves, sacrificed everything for us, followed the orders they are given only to come home to nothing hit me hard. For these men and women to have psychological issues that require medical attention, have to be reviewed by a panel with a year long wait to see if they might qualify for benefits they are owed and many becoming homeless in the process really bothers me. I love my country and cherish the women and men of the armed forces even more. America should be ashamed.”  Hit the film’s Kickstarter page here. … The residents of a Brooklyn neighborhood have started a Facebook petition to have a local park renamed after late Beastie Boys member Adam “MCA” Yauch. According to Billboard.com, residents who live around Squibb Park, located in Brooklyn Heights, would like to use the facility to honor the fallen rapper, who died of cancer earlier this month. The park is currently undergoing renovations to become a skateboarding facility and gateway to the larger Brooklyn Bridge Park….Redlight King has confirmed a tour with Saving Abel. See Road Rage….Linkin Park vocalists Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda, along with turntablist Joe Hahn, will show up on MTV this Thursday (May 24th) to premiere the video for the band’s new single, “Burn It Down.” The clip will premiere globally at 5:53 p.m. ET, followed by a 30-minute interview with the group at MTV.com. Fans can also submit questions via Twitter @MTVNews. “Burn It Down” is taken from Living Things, the new Linkin Park disc due out on June 26th.

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