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News Roundup: My Chemical Romance, Billie Joe Armstrong, Stone Temple Pilots, Lil Wayne

It appears My Chemical Romance will reel in the theatrics of their last record, 2006’s The Black Parade, and get back to basic on their forthcoming set, which the band plans to record this year. Speaking to NME.comabout one of their new tunes, frontman Gerard Way said, “It’s nicebecause it’s a return to punk rock music. It feels like a rock song.”He continued: “I think (the next album) will definitely be strippeddown. I think the band misses being a rock band.”

On the heels of all that Foxboro Hot Tubs business, Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrongwill reignite this former side project Pinhead Gunpowder — formed in1991 with other East Bay punk stalwarts and Green Day associates andcollaborators — for two gigs next month. The shows, slated for Feb. 3at the Chain Reaction in Anaheim, CA, and Feb. 4 at Los Angeles’Troubadour, will be the first from the band since 2001. [Via]

Tired of those Guns N’ Roses loose ends? Yearning for Scott Weiland and the DeLeo brothers once again? Well, attention Stone Temple Pilots fans! Your day in the sun may have come, for Weiland, speaking to the Miami Herald,said “we should be on the lookout for an STP reunion in the comingmonths.” Amazing! But lets just hope his words weren’t, you know, under the influence. [Via]

Shocker! Lil Wayne, no stranger to the long arm of the law,was busted again this morning in Yuma, AZ for possession of 29 grams ofcocaine and 41 grams of ecstasy and various drug paraphernalia, allfound in the rapper’s bag during a traffic stop. But what’s a partywithout the herb? Charges for the 105 grams of marijuana also found onhis bus are being brought on two unknown Wayne associates. And,naturally, the gun: a .40-caliber pistol, registered to Wayne, wasfound on the bus; Wayne is licensed to carry a concealed weapon inFlorida. Charges for the weapon are still pending. [Via]

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