Sully Erna, Mick Mars guesting on upcoming Cory Marks song

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Godsmack frontman Sully Erna and former Mötley Crüe guitarist Mick Mars will guest on an upcoming song from country rocker Cory Marks

The track is called “Make My Country Rock” and features country vet Travis Tritt, as well. It premieres July 26. 

Mars and Tritt previously teamed up with Marks on his breakout single “Outlaws & Outsiders,” which also featured Five Finger Death Punch‘s Ivan Moody.

“Make My Country Rock” will follow Marks’ June single “Guilty,” a collaboration with Bad Wolves Daniel “DL” Laskiewicz.

Marks will join Theory of Deadman‘s unplugged tour in October.

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Blue Öyster Cult shares new track from upcoming live album, ‘Anniversary Live – Second Night’

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Blue Öyster Cult is giving fans another preview of their upcoming live album, 50th Anniversary Live – Second Night.

The band just released a live performance video of “Hot Rails to Hell (Live),” the second track they’ve released from the album following “7 Screaming Diz-Busters.”

50th Anniversary Live – Second Night, dropping Aug. 9, features a concert recorded during the band’s 2022 three-night stand at Sony Hall in New York. It has the band performing their sophomore album, Tyranny and Mutation, in its entirety, along with such classic tracks as “Burnin’ For You” and “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper.”

The residency had the band playing their first three albums in their entirety, one each night; Frontiers Music is releasing each night separately. The first release, 50th Anniversary Live – First Night, featuring the band performing their self-titled debut album, was released in October.

50th Anniversary Live – Second Night is available for preorder now.

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Marvel Studios announces surprise ‘Deadpool & Wolverine’ “Celebration of Life” at San Diego Comic Con

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Marvel Studios just dropped a surprise announcement, noting it will be staging what it calls the Deadpool & Wolverine Celebration of Life, which Deadline says will take place at San Diego Comic Con later in July.

While the Hollywood strikes curbed the usual promotion blitz that comes with San Diego Comic Con in 2023, 2024 has the studios pulling out all the stops. 

Marvel Studios will return to the centerpiece of the con, the massive Hall H, on July 27, but studio president Kevin Feige tells the trade, “[W]hat I don’t think people know is that we’re also going to be in Hall H on Thursday [July 25] for the first time ever.”

He added, “Marvel Studios is going to be in Hall H twice during Comic-Con. Thursday, of course, is the opening of Deadpool & Wolverine, so we’re going to be doing a fun Deadpool panel in Hall H to commemorate the opening,” adding he will be joined there by director Shawn Levy, and stars Hugh Jackman and Ryan Reynolds.

It’s not yet known what other surprises are in store for the Celebration of Life. 

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Trump picks JD Vance as 2024 running mate

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(MILWAUKEE) — Former President Donald Trump has picked Ohio Sen. J.D. Vance as his running mate, placing a young, ideological ally alongside him on the Republican 2024 ticket.

Trump announced Vance would be his running mate on Monday, writing on Truth Social that the Ohio Republican is “the person best suited to assume the position of Vice President of the United States.”

The decision caps off months of speculation and sees Trump elevate a 39-year-old first-term senator whose roughly year and a half tenure in the Senate has seen him emerge as a staunch ideological ally of the former president.

“As Vice President, J.D. will continue to fight for our Constitution, stand with our Troops, and will do everything he can to help me MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN,” Trump posted on Truth Social.

The Trump campaign wasted no time promoting the former president’s pick, posting an ad on social media featuring a montage of Vance praising Trump.

“I am proud that I have been an ally of Donald Trump’s in Washington, D.C.,” Vance says in one of the clips in the ad.

The campaign is also fundraising off of the announcement, saying in a campaign email Monday afternoon that Trump “always knew” he “needed” Vance on his side.

President Joe Biden’s campaign released a statement on Vance being named Trump’s vice presidential pick, slamming Vance as someone who will further Trump’s “extreme MAGA agenda.”

“Donald Trump picked J.D. Vance as his running mate because Vance will do what Mike Pence wouldn’t on January 6: bend over backwards to enable Trump and his extreme MAGA agenda, even if it means breaking the law and no matter the harm to the American people,” Biden Campaign Chair Jen O’Malley Dillon wrote in a statement.

Vice presidential hopefuls Sen. Marco Rubio and North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum both issued their support for the Republican ticket.

Following the announcement, Rubio posted to social media “#TrumpVance2024!!!”

In a social media post, Burgum said he looks forward to being on the campaign trail for the new Trump-Vance ticket. He also complimented Vance for his small-town roots and service to the county.

Who is J.D. Vance?
Vance rose to fame through his 2016 book, “Hillbilly Elegy.” He evolved from a “never-Trump guy” to one of Trump’s strongest surrogates in an eight-year span.

Vance was born in Middleton, Ohio, and served in the Marine Corps. He later attended Ohio State University and eventually graduated from Yale Law School.

He was a corporate lawyer and then worked in the tech industry as a venture capitalist.

In 2016, Vance released his memoir, “Hillbilly Elegy,” which shared his story of growing up in poverty in America’s Rust Belt and being surrounded by violence and addiction.

Vance eventually became an emissary between the media and those in the Rust Belt during the 2016 election, discussing the issues important to those who had a similar background to him.

During this time, Vance made his disdain for Trump clear, saying he was a “never-Trump guy” in an interview with Charlie Rose in 2016.

In August 2016, he told ABC News that he didn’t see Trump “offering many solutions.”

But Vance would eventually align with the former president, praising his time in office and apologizing for his attacks on him during an interview with Fox News in July 2021.

“I’ve been very open about the fact that I did say those critical things, and I regret them, and I regret being wrong about the guy,” Vance said on Fox News in 2021.

His apology came around the same time Vance entered the race for the open Ohio Senate seat, which became one of the most competitive GOP primaries of the 2022 election cycle. Trump endorsed Vance for the job, which helped him win both the primary election and general election against Ohio Democrat Tim Scott.

In his role as senator, some of his most notable work has been responding to the East Palestine train derailment in his home state. He has also stayed true to his tough conservative brand, including opposing aid to Ukraine.

In 2024, Vance has been a reliable surrogate for Trump — appearing at campaign events, defending him in television appearances and helping the former president raise money for his campaign.

ABC News’ Soorin Kim, Lalee Ibssa, Kelsey Walsh and Sarah Beth Hensley contributed to this report.

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The Killers had “scenarios planned” if England didn’t win Euros match during London show

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The Killers brought the worlds of music and sports together when they paused their concert in London on July 10 so that the audience could watch the final minutes of England’s 2-1 victory over the Netherlands in the semi-final of the 2024 Euros soccer tournament. As frontman Brandon Flowers tells NME, he and his bandmates had to prepare ahead of time for the variety of different ways the game could’ve ended.

“We had scenarios planned for if they won, if they lost, if it went an extra 30 minutes, if it went to penalties,” Flowers says. “We had everything covered and it just happened when it happened.”

After the final whistle blew, The Killers immediately went into the opening chords of “Mr. Brightside,” which made history in May when it became the biggest single in the history of the U.K. to not hit #1.

“It ended up being something that timed out really well,” Flowers says. “You can’t really make anything happen like that. It was a lot of luck.”

Unfortunately, The Killers’ viral moment wasn’t enough to propel England to a Euros championship win — they lost 2-1 to Spain during Sunday’s final.

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Metallica’s ’Black Album’ joins 750-week club on ‘Billboard’ 200

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Metallica has entered a new pantheon of Billboard history.

The metal legends’ 1991 self-titled record aka the Black Album has notched its 750th week on the Billboard 200, according to a tweet from the @BillboardCharts account.

Only three other albums in history have spent at least 750 weeks on the Billboard 200. Pink Floyd‘s The Dark Side of the Moon has the most weeks on the chart, with 990, followed by Bob Marley & The Wailers‘ Legend and Journey‘s Greatest Hits, with 843 and 813, respectively.

Metallica celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Black Album in 2021 with The Metallica Blacklist, a massive tribute compilation featuring 53 covers of the original record’s songs.

Metallica is currently prepping for the upcoming U.S. leg of their M72 world tour, which kicks off in August.

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Watch Pink check off a “bucket list” item at Wimbledon

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Pink attended Wimbledon this past weekend, and now she’s posted a Reel highlighting all the celebs she met while she was there.

Pink, a tennis fan who’s played in charity matches, seems thrilled to meet tennis stars Novak Djokovic and Men’s Singles champion Carlos Alcaraz, and is also shown chatting with legend Martina Navratilova and Italian women’s finalist Jasmine Paolini. But she was the most stoked to meet another tennis icon: Billie Jean King.

In the Reel, the two are introduced, and when King gushes, “My bucket list!” Pink replies, “MY bucket list!” The two embrace, and King says, “This is so great! Finally we meet!”

In addition to being a former world #1-ranked tennis player, King is the founder of the Women’s Tennis Association, and has also been an activist for social justice and equality.

Pink is also seen posing with actors Pierce Brosnan and Joe Alwyn, smooching her husband, Carey Hart, and embracing Barbora Krejcikova, the Women’s Singles champion. The two “Raise a Glass” together, and Pink jokes, “This is my tennis coach. I’ll be oldest, slowest pro in history.”

Pink’s next show is Wednesday in Leipzig, Germany.

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RNC 2024 Day 1 live updates: Trump makes VP pick, passes on Rubio and Burgum

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(MILWAUKEE) — The Republican National Convention is set to kick off in Milwaukee on Monday — just two days after Donald Trump was wounded in an assassination attempt at a Pennsylvania rally on Saturday evening.

Despite the shooting, the gathering of more than 50,000 attendees, including an expected 2,400 Republican delegates, is slated to maintain its original programming as a time to bring the party together — but now newly energized by Trump’s amazing survival and raised-fist show of defiance.

Here’s how the news is developing:

RNC officially underway
The Republican National Convention is underway. A live rendition of Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA” filled the convention center in Milwaukee. Groups of delegate were seen before and during these opening ceremonies pumping their fists and chanting “fight, fight, fight,” taking up former President Trump’s gesture after the shooting at his rally as a symbol for the party’s nominating convention.

Crowds continued the chant during “God Bless the USA” ahead of a vote on the party’s platform.

RNC co-chair Michael Whatley gaveled the convention to order and asked for a moment of silence to honor the shooting.

As Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was announced as an honorary co-chair, audible boos were heard from the crowd. The Senate leader, who will step down from his perch atop the GOP conference, has had a frosty relationship with the former president since Jan. 6, 2021.
-ABC News’ Jay O’Brien

Burgum told he is not Trump’s running mate
North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum has been told he is not Trump’s running mate pick, three sources familiar with the matter tell ABC News.

Trump’s pick is expected to be announced at some point Monday.

-ABC News’ Rachel Scott, Rick Klein, Katherine Faulders

Rubio told he is not Trump’s running mate
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has been told he is not former President Donald Trump’s running mate pick, five sources familiar with the matter tell ABC News.

Trump’s pick is expected to be announced at some point Monday.

-ABC News’ John Santucci, Katherine Faulders, Rachel Scott, Rick Klein

Trump has made his VP selection
Trump has selected his running mate, a senior campaign official told ABC News.

-ABC News’ John Santucci

Trump has made his VP selection
Trump has selected his running mate, a senior campaign official told ABC News.

-ABC News’ John Santucci

Vivek Ramaswamy recounts ‘anger’ after Trump shooting, calls for unity
Vivek Ramaswamy, speaking with reporters after his speech at the Heritage Policy Fest, joined Trump in stressing unity after the shooting at the former president’s Pennsylvania rally.

ABC News asked Ramaswamy for his response to Republicans like J.D. Vance going after Democrats and President Joe Biden in the wake of the attempted assassination attempt.

“Look, I think that there is a lot of understandable anger. I was … my first reaction was anger,” Ramaswamy said. “And the reason my first reaction was anger was that the only thing more tragic than what happened on Saturday is that if we’re being really honest with ourselves, all of us, it wasn’t totally a shock, actually. And that, that is maddening. And that … makes me angry as a citizen of the United States of America. But the question is, how do we channel that anger?”

Ramaswamy said Republicans have a “second chance that Lincoln didn’t have: to unite a country that this time didn’t have to fight a civil war, but avoids one.”

“If that bullet hit Donald Trump, we’d be in a very different place now,” he said. “And the fact that we’ve been given that chance, I think it’s our responsibility to step up and seize it not by compromising on our principles, but by actually reviving the principles that unite all of us. And by seeing the enemy as the ideology that we’re up against, rather than our fellow neighbors as our enemy combatants, and that’s what I call on not only the Republican Party but every American to do in the wake of what happened on Saturday.”

-ABC News’ Alexandra Hutzler

Pre-planned group of 1,700 National Guardsmen and other troops supporting RNC security
As part of a plan that predates the assassination attempt on former President Donald Trump, roughly 1,700 National Guardsmen and several active-duty troops will assist other agencies with security at the Republican National Convention, according to Deputy Pentagon press secretary Sabrina Singh.

“In regards to the Republican National Convention, approximately 1,700 National Guard and a small number of active-duty personnel will be providing support to civil authorities from July 13 through 19. These personnel are supporting the FBI, U.S. Secret Service and Milwaukee Metro Police Department for 24/7 operations,” Singh said.

Singh emphasized that this support was pre-planned, and not related to the shooting at Trump’s rally over the weekend, nor was the force augmented as a result.

-Matt Seyler

Trump says he will announce VP pick today
Former President Donald Trump told Fox News’ Bret Baier on Monday morning that he will announce his pick for vice president on Monday.

The decision will come after months of speculation about who his running mate will be.

There will be a roll call vote on the presidential ticket, which includes the vice president, on Monday at the RNC.

Trump in Milwaukee as RNC set to begin
The attempted assassination of former President Donald Trump has thoroughly altered the stakes and tone of the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee, which kicks off Monday, just two days after a shooter opened fire at the former president’s Pennsylvania rally on Saturday, grazing Trump’s ear and leading to a spectator’s death.

Trump arrived in Milwaukee Sunday afternoon, ahead of the RNC’s start on Monday.

In a social media post Sunday, Trump indicated that he was going to delay his trip, but decided he wouldn’t allow a “shooter” to change his scheduled plans to head to the RNC.

U.S. Secret Service and other officials said Sunday there are no plans to expand the security perimeter and that there are no known threats. Ahead of the shooting at his rally, the GOP convention was gearing up to be an extravagant event centered around symbolic, Trump-era Republican ideas and party unity, sealed on Thursday with the third nomination of the former president.

-ABC’s Brittany Shepherd, Kelsey Walsh and Isabella Murray

Trump says he’s scratching planned speech to stress unity instead
As the Republican National Convention begins, the atmosphere will feel entirely different following former President Donald Trump’s attempted assassination.

A day after being grazed by a bullet, Trump indicated he plans to take advantage of the moment and deliver a message of unity.

The former president said he is scratching his original convention speech from rallying his base against President Joe Biden to now attempting to draw the country together, according to an interview he did with the Washington Examiner conducted as he boarded his flight to Milwaukee Sunday evening.

During the first official session, delegates — nearly 2,400 from across the nation — must approve the committee platform and formally designate a presidential ticket. The ticket will include Trump’s vice president who he has yet to name.
The evening session’s theme is “Make America Wealthy Again.” Speeches will include issues focused on beating inflation, rising costs and creating more jobs.

-ABC’s Kelsey Walsh

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Bob Dylan announces European & U.K. Rough and Rowdy Ways tour dates

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Bob Dylan is not finished with his Rough and Rowdy Ways tour.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer just announced a new European and U.K. leg of the trek, kicking off with a three-night stand in Prague, Oct. 4-6.

The tour will hit cities in Germany, France, Belgium, the U.K. and more before wrapping with a three-night stand at London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall Nov. 12-14.

Tickets for all shows go on sale July 19.

Dylan launched his Rough & Rowdy Ways tour in November 2021. He’s currently on Willie Nelson’s Outlaw Music Festival, which hits Chula Vista, California, on July 29. A complete list of dates can be found at bobdylan.com.

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Kevin Hart taps Ludacris and Lil Wayne as headliners for Hartbeat Weekend

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Kevin Hart‘s Hartbeat Weekend is coming back. The event, a mash-up of music and comedy, will take place Labor Day weekend with Ludacris and Lil Wayne taking on headlining duties.

The rappers will cover the music side at the Zouk Nightclub after-parties, while Kevin and other comics will bring the humor. Kev will specifically take the Resorts World Theatre stage, where he’ll perform as part of his Acting My Age Tour.

Also featured are exclusive events and poker tournaments taking place Aug. 30 and Aug. 31.

“Hartbeat Weekend is all about celebrating the very best in comedy, culture, and music, and this year we’re taking it to a whole new level,” Hart said in a statement, per Billboard. “I can’t wait for everyone to join us for a weekend packed with laughter, entertainment and unforgettable moments.”

Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. PT, with VIP packages available.

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