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KISS KONFIRMS KASINO KONCERT ONE WEEK AHEAD OF HALL INDUCTION The current members of Kiss will step away from all the controversy surrounding their decision not to perform with any lineup at their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 10 by staging an acoustic concert at the San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino in Highland, CA on April 3. Cameras will capture the action at the gig dubbed “An Acoustic Evening and Stories with Kiss” for the upcoming reality show focused on the new indoor football team L.A. Kiss, which is partially owned by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley.

ALLMAN BIOPIC CREW MAY HAVE BEEN DENIED PERMISSION TO SHOOT

The scene being filmed for the Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider when one crewmember was killed and several others were injured by a passing train apparently should not have been shot on the train tracks at all. An incident report filed by Wayne County, GA Sheriff’s Office and obtained by local television station WSAV Savannah indicates that an email from train operator CSX states that “the production company had previously been denied permission to film on the trestle. And there was electronic correspondence to verify that.” When executive producer Jay Sedrish was asked if he was given permission to shoot on the tracks, he replied, “That’s complicated.”

YOUNG TO PEN BOOK BASED ON LIFELONG LOVE OF AUTOMOBILES

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Neil Young has announced plans to release a new book based on his second love: cars. In a statement, his publisher said of the as-yet untitled text (due this fall): “Young returns with more unforgettable stories about his six decades in the music business as told through the prism of one of his life’s passions: cars. He will also discuss his dedication to clean energy and his recent awareness of the environmental impact the emissions of his past cars had on the environment.”

FALLON’S FAUX FAB FOUR MEET SOCIAL MEDIA

The incredible Jimmy Fallon began his second week as host of The Tonight Show on Monday by playing John Lennon fronting a fake version of the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show. Fallon’s version of the mock-topped Fab Four finished their set on the show by asking their fans to check them out on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Vine and other social media platforms. No truth to the rumor that the pretend Beatles later reworked one of their classic cuts to say “I Want to Hold Your Handle.”

BEACH BOY LOVE OFFERS UNHEARD SONG ON LATE BEATLE’S BIRTHDAY

In honor of what would have been his friend George Harrison’s 71st birthday yesterday, Beach Boys singer Mike Love released a previously unheard song titled “Pisces Brothers.” The track, penned in 2004, was inspired by Love and the late Beatles’ 1968 trip to India to spend time with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Love said in a statement: “The song is really sentimental for me, and meant to honor George Harrison’s remarkable contribution to music. And how, in this one moment in time, we got together, as the song says, not [for] fortune or for fame, but for enlightenment.”

DAVIES, HYNDE DAUGHTER GUILTY IN ANTI-FRACKING PROTEST CASE

The daughter of Ray Davies of the Kinks and Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders has been found guilty of a charge tied to her arrest last summer during an anti-fracking protest at a drilling site in West Sussex, England. Natalie Hynde, 31, was found guilty of “besetting” the drilling site by gluing herself to a friend in an attempt to block entrance to the facility. She was given a 12-month conditional discharge, which means she must stay out of trouble for one year, and ordered to pay $640 and a victim surcharge. Her friend was ordered to pay a $320 fine and a victim surcharge.

GREEN DAY PREPS 18-SONG DEMOLICIOUS FOR RECORD STORE DAY

Fans of Green Day and vinyl are counting down the days until this year’s Record Store Day on April 19 when they’ll have an opportunity to get their hands on a very special release. The band has announced it will offer up an 18-song demo collection cleverly titled Demolicious in conjunction with the annual vinyl album junkies’ unofficial holiday that includes demos recorded during sessions for the band ¡Uno!, ¡Dos! and ¡Tre! trilogy, plus the previously unreleased track “State of Shock” and an acoustic version of “Stay the Night” off ¡Uno!

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