Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington surprised fans on Saturday (May 18th), taking the stage with the Stone Temple Pilots at the 2013 KROQ Weenie Roast in Irvine, California. This marked the first public appearance for the three non-singing group members since firing Scott Weiland in February.
During the surprise set, the group also debuted a new track called "Out Of Time."
Guitarist Dean DeLeo told KROQ of the collaboration, "Chester has a one-of-a-kind voice that we've admired for a long time. We know Linkin Park will always be his priority, but we thought it would be cool to try something together. We managed to find the time to record a song and we're all really happy with the result."
A student who was failing his English class at Georgia Gwinnett College faked his own kidnapping because he didn't want to tell his parents about bad grade. 19-year-old Aftab Aslam reportedly bought a cellphone and texted his parents that he was kidnapped on April 27th. For a week, Aslam camped out somewhere in Forsyth County but when the weather got rainy he went home. Aslam has been charged with making a false report, false statements, tampering with evidence and terroristic threats. (Digital Spy)
The owner of Bacon Bacon in San Francisco said his restaurant was shut down after complaints about bacon smell led officials to close them down due to lack of proper health permits. According to an attorney for the neighbors, the restaurant doesn't have a filtration system to deal with the bacon smell. The attorney also claims the restaurant is dumping bacon grease directly into the sewer system. The attorney added, "My client offered to pay the restaurant owner money to install an air filter. To date, the owner has not accepted that offer." The restaurant owner said, "Two weeks ago, the health department showed up saying we had no permits. So we had a hearing and one person showed up saying they were opposed. They told us we had long enough to resolve these issues." (MSN News)
Police in Fresno, California were able to arrest two men after they accidentally butt-dialed 9-1-1 and detailed their entire burglary plan. Sergeant Jaime Rios said they were able to listen in as the two 20-year-old men, Nathan Teklemariam and Carson Reinhart, talked about their burglary plan and then carried it out. He explained, "I have never heard of something like this. There have been times where the dispatcher hears something like this, but never has a call come in before a crime being committed and staying on all the way to the end." (Gawker)
A family in North Carolina said "the Lord told them to get naked and walk down the street" on Saturday, May 11th. The family included a 20-something-year-old woman, her baby and toddler-aged child -- in addition to the woman's mom who is in her 40s. When police stopped them and questioned them the women said they were only following their instructions from God. Police told reporters, "It didn't appear that they had any [mental or physical] problems short of that they didn't have any clothes on." (Gawker)
A man in Kentucky was arrested after surveillance footage showed him spending the night at a grocery store where he allegedly cooked steaks and drank beer among other things. Police said the ValuMarket manager opened the store on Monday (May 13th) and checked the security tapes after finding nearly 60 Redi-Whip cans in the trash. The footage showed Trevor Runyon hiding from employees when the store closed, then coming out to drink beer, smoke cigarettes and cook and eat shrimp and steak during his overnight stay. Authorities arrested Runyon after finding him sleeping in the store's rafters. (AP)
A man from Georgia claims to have found the recipe for Coca-Cola and is trying to sell it for a minimum of five million dollars on eBay. The Ringgold, Georgia man, Cliff Kluge, said he came across the recipe in some old boxes he and his wife purchased from an estate sale about four years ago. Kluge said, "Whoever had typed this letter had seen the original recipe. The letter always references Coke and products and stuff. We believe it is definitely related to Coca-Cola." Kluge contacted Coca-Cola, who said they would return his call in seven to 10 days. He said he never heard from them. The chief archivist for Coca-Cola told reporters, "At least once a year, somebody shows up and says, 'I have the original formula for Coca-Cola. How much do you want to pay me for it?'... We know he doesn't have the formula. There is only one copy. He has what one of the many imitator copies floating around out there. So I'm going to go to sleep peacefully knowing that we still have our copy of the formula." The listing on eBay has a "buy it now" price of $15 million and the bidding starts at $5 million. The auction ends next Tuesday, May 21st. (Time)
Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale got a more enthusiastic response than he bargained for when he ventured into the crowd during a gig at the Klipsch Music Center in Indianapolis on Saturday (May 11th). Rossdale hopped off the stage and ran down the aisles, past the seats and onto the lawn -- where the trouble began. Fans on the lawn crowded too eagerly around Rossdale and he was soon admonishing the sea of people to take a step back before the things got out of hand. The band stopped playing so that everyone could hear him on the mic, and eventually the crowd cleared and Rossdale made his way safely out of the potentially frightening situation. (Loudwire)
Linkin Park will headline the 2013 edition of the Sunset Strip Music Festival, according to Loudwire. The Los Angeles-based band follows in the footsteps of previous headliners Motley Crue, the Doors, Slash and Ozzy Osbourne. The festival will take place on August 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the many clubs that dot Hollywood's famous Sunset Strip, including the Roxy, Whisky-A-Go-Go, Viper Room and House of Blues. The festival will turn into a street fair for its final day on Sunday, August 3rd.
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Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington will be honored at the ninth annual MusiCares Map Fund benefit concert, scheduled to take place on May 30th at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles. Bennington will be honored with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his dedication to and support of the MusiCares MAP Fund, and for his commitment to helping other addicts with the addiction recovery process.