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Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea has struck a deal with Grand Central Publishing to publish his memoir. A release date has not yet been set for the as-yet-untitled memoir. In his self-written book, Flea will share stories from his young, rebellious life on the streets of L.A. where he befriends Anthony Kiedis to details about their sometimes complex friendship and collaboration; his myriad experiences with hard drugs; and the tumultuous creative journey of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. "I love literature deeply," says Flea in a press release. "I view books as sacred things, and in writing my story, I'm going to do my best o honor the form that has played such a huge part in shaping who I am."

The first weekend of this year's Coachella festival (April 11-13) will again be streamed live by T-Mobile on YouTube. Programming will include live webcasts of select performances, artist interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and other highlights. As for weekend two (April 18-20), AXS TV will broadcast 20 hours of live coverage including select performance footage and artist interviews. The artist lineup for the broadcasts will be announced shortly.

Original Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan will reunite with the band for a run of South American shows this month while current bassist Tommy Stinson plays his own reunion concerts with The Replacements. McKagan will be playing shows in Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia and Brazil. Stinson is due back in the GN'R lineup for their May 13 gig in Bethlehem, PA.

Courtney Love is apparently reuniting the Celebrity Skin lineup of Hole. In an interview with U.K. publication The Quietus, Love said that she, Melissa Auf der Maur, Eric Erlandson and Patty Schemel have put aside their differences and are currently working on new material. "I started playing with Patty and Melissa and Eric, just to see how that was," Love told The Quietus. "We already played like three or four times in the last week." Meanwhile, she is planning to release a new single called "Wedding Day" in support of her May tour of the U.K.

It looks like The Cure album 4:14 Scream, which was recorded at the same time as 2008's 4:13 Dream, will see the light of day after all. Frontman Robert Smith had expressed reservations about releasing the old material, but now it seems he has had a change of heart. In a blog post on The Cure's official site, Smith wrote that the album will be released as a single CD of 14 previously unreleased songs, as well as a deluxe edition called 4:26 Dream, which will be a double album of 26 songs.


Mayhem Festival Line Up Rocks!

This year's seventh annual Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival will be headlined by Avenged Sevenfold and Korn, with Asking Alexandria and Trivium joining them on the main stage. The trek, which will run from July 5 in San Bernadino, CA until August 10 in Woodlands, TX, also will feature Cannibal Corpse, Miss May I, Body Count, Suicide Silence, Mushroomhead, Emmure and others playing on four stages.


GWAR Tragedy and Three Days Grace Clothing...

Gwar's annual one-day GWAR-B-Q festival, scheduled for August 16 at Hadad's Lake in Richmond, VA, will go on as planned despite the passing of frontman Dave Brockie. The band also has scheduled a public memorial for Brockie the day prior to the GWAR-B-Q, August 15, also at Hadad's Lake. Brockie was found dead in his home on Sunday at the age of 50.

Band manager Jack Flanagan issued an update to fans which reads: "On behalf of Dave Brockie's family, Slave Pit Inc. and GWAR, we would like to thank all the loyal fans worldwide for the outpouring of love and support shown to us over the past few days. Knowing that we have such amazing family, friends and fans is truly helping us all get through this tough time. We are awaiting a toxicology report from the medical examiners office to confirm the cause of death. The medical examiners office has informed us that the results can take one to three months to be processed... We have made funeral arrangements and a private memorial has been scheduled for close friends and family."

Three Days Grace guitarist Barry Stock has launched MEAN Clothing Company. Stock's company offers a line of "Rock Music/Military Inspired" clothing, jewelry and a wide range of accessories. "MEAN is about being aggressive, in a positive way. It is strength and confidence. To stand with purpose," says Stock of his brand. "It is a take charge mentality to go out there and give it your all. MEAN is fired by passion and the drive to succeed, to accomplish whatever it is you set out to achieve."


 
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