AUDIO/VIDEO: Listen To Johnny Cash Talk God, Painkillers, Long Hair In An Animated Interview

PBS animated a 1996 Johnny Cash interview where he spoke candidly about rock musicians, God, drugs, dressing in black and Elvis Presley. It’s part of their Blank on Blank series.

When talking about his addiction to painkillers, Cash said: “It’s like an alcoholic. He can’t drink, and I can’t take painkillers. I’m not very brave. For five years I didn’t try to take them. I fought it. I have a total of 34 surgical procedures on my left jaw. Every doctor I’ve been to knows what to do next and to relieve me of pain. I don’t believe any of them. I’m handling it. It’s my pain. I’m not being brave either. I’m not brave at all. After what I’ve been through, I just know how to handle it.”

VIDEO: Watch Duff McKagan Reunite With Guns N’ Roses In Brazil

Bassist Duff McKagan played his first gig back with Guns N’ Roses and they covered tracks by The Misfits, Led Zeppelin and The Who.

McKagan signed up to cover full-time bassist Tommy Stinson for five gigs in South America. He made his return in Buenos Aires and joined frontman Axl Rose and his band for a set of material filled with old and new music.

Kiss, Members of Nirvana Appearing on “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon This Week

This week, Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show is celebrating the upcoming Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions with appearances from Kiss, Yusuf Islam (formerly known as Cat Stevens), Hall and Oates’ John Oates and Nirvana’s Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony takes place Thursday in New York.

The Tonight Show will kick off tonight with an appearance by John Oates sitting in with the Roots.

Tomorrow will feature a performance by Islam, while Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl will appear on Wednesday. No word on if the two Nirvana members will be performing together, since the night also includes Stevie Nicks as musical guest.

She’ll be performing at the induction ceremony in a tribute to honoree Linda Ronstadt, who is no longer able to sing.

The week will finish up on Friday with Kiss.

NEW UPDATE FROM TOOL ON NEW ALBUM + OTHER WORKS

Tool has put a new message on their website giving us some insight on what’s next now that their short tour is over. Although it’s vague (typical), it seems work is progressing on a new album, and there also seems to be some other project in the works too. Read part of the statement below, and the full thing here.

“With the latest mini-tour now a thing of the past, members of the band will continue working on material for their next record after taking a short break in order to unpack and sort through their mail. I say “continue” because – contrary to those who thought that the tour would only further delay the writing process -with all four band members together during sound checks, catering, etc., I’m fairly certain that they spent a considerable portion of that time experimenting with new tunes. In which case, the tour might have actually sped things up a bit. But then again, this snifter of cognac is half full…

Besides writing and arranging new songs, there is one other Tool project that was in the works prior to the tour that I will update you on should I hear anything (Yep, the so-called “curve ball.”) Likewise with another item of interest to both Tool fans and drummers in general that I will post in the news section once I receive more details.”

James Hetfields’ Black Pearl Car Won Custom of the Year

Metallica frontman James Hetfield’s custom car won Goodguys’ 2014 Mother’s Custom Of The Year award during the Goodguys 32nd annual All American Get-Together in California. The car is a scratch-built vehicle that originally started as a 1948 Jaguar.

The car is called “Black Pearl.” It’s sculpted, handmade aluminum body is inspired by European and American cars of the 1930s.

Under the hood is a 375-horsepower 302 cubic inch Ford V8, but this car isn’t about power, it’s about style.

The Black Pearl also recently won the Sam Barris award as well as the Custom d’Elegance at the Sacramento AutoRama.

DUFF MCKAGAN TO REUNITE WITH GNR FOR UPCOMING GIGS

With Guns N’ Roses’ current bassist Tommy Stinson joining his former band The Replacements for some reunion shows this month, founding bassist Duff McKagan will be reunite with GNR for a run of shows in South America this month.

Stinson told Billboard: “I had those Replacement shows come up the same time the (South American) tour came up, and it got to be a scheduling issue right out of the gate,” Stinson tells Billboard. “I didn’t want to fuck anyone up in Guns by saying, ‘Hey, I can’t do this tour’ or anything like that. Luckily someone was able to reach out to Duff and he was amenable to the idea and was into doing it. It’s Duff being the kind of good sport he is, trying to help Axl (Rose) out.”

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