Quick Hits On Nine Inch Nails, AFI, Rage Against The Machine And The Smashing Pumpkins

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz has responded to Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor‘s recent assertion that he denied Cruz a spot on the guest list at the band’s November 27th show in Irving, Texas, and that Cruz drank all the band's beer at a show years earlier. Cruz remarked, "To all the gullible reporters who are 'reporting' that I asked to be on the guest list at a Nine Inch Nails concert: uh, no, NIN is not my music taste. He was clearly joking. And for the record, I also didn’t 'drink all his beer' the last time...but I would have!" (The PRP) AFI has shared a second song, called "Trash Bat," from its upcoming EP The Missing Man. Guitarist Jade Puget said, "I brought the song in and was playing it for Davey (Havok, singer) and he threw out the line, 'my Trash Bat' and I thought, how can you lose with a title like that? What is a Trash Bat anyway? Who cares!" It follows the surprise release of "Get Dark," the first song shared from The Missing Man, which arrives Friday (December 7th). Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave and Prophets Of Rage bassist Tim Commerford has confirmed his split with his wife of nearly two decades. Commerford said in a statement: "After 17 years of marriage to Aleece Dimas, I am saddened to announce our divorce. This decision was made after much careful thought and consideration. I want to send my deepest appreciation to my family and friends who have supported us through these changes. We remain committed and loving parents to our two boys. Our family asks in advance for your kindness and sensitivity at this difficult time." The Commerfords were married in 2001 and have two sons together, Xavier and Quentin. The Smashing Pumpkins came home to Chicago on Friday night (November 30th) as part of their 30th anniversary tour, surprising the crowd with a new cover and another hometown hero. Towards the end of their set, frontman William Corgan brought out Rise Against’s Tim McIlrath to sing lead on a cover of The Cars’ "Dangerous Type." Corgan was content to play guitar and sing backing vocals for the song. (Consequence Of Sound)