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ZZ Top has signed a new record deal with Rick Rubin's American Recordings imprint through Columbia. The veteran rock trio is planning to hit the studio with Rubin producing for an album more in keeping with its "La Grange"-era sound than its pop-friendly '80s albums, according to manager Carl Stubner. The band recorded for Warner Bros. for the first 20 years of its career before shifting to RCA in the mid-'90s.

runnin' with the pack

Bad Company will ride again — for one night only. The '70s rock troupe plans to reunite for a one-off show Aug. 8 at the Seminole Hard Rock & Casino in Hollywood, Fla., its first performance since a 1999 reunion tour. Frontman Paul Rodgers, who left the band in 1982, will be joined by original Bad Company guitarist Mick Ralphs and drummer Simon Kirk. Lynn Sorenson from Rodgers' solo band will take the place of bassist Boz Burrell, who died in 2006.


Pearl Jam is doing its part to fight poverty. The band packed New York's Beacon Theater on Monday night for a private show that raised $3 million for the Robin Hood Foundation. Frontman Eddie Vedder told the crowd, some of whom had paid $2,250 for floor-level seats, that he required a steroid shot in his posterior to get him stage-ready for the Seattle band's last show of a mini-U.S. tour.