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Today’s Music News: Cheap Trick to ‘make nice’ for Hall of Fame reunion, Chicago not so much

Robin Zander performs with Cheap Trick in 2013 (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for John Varvatos)

Original Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos says he doesn’t “get along very good” with frontman Robin Zander, but he expects the band’s founding members will “make nice” and reunite to play together for the band’s forthcoming induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. (Rolling Stone) Fellow inductees Chicago will also play at the 2016 ceremony — but without their best-known vocalist Peter Cetera, who left the band 30 years ago and has “emphatically declined” to return for the occasion. (Billboard)

Nick Alexander, the Eagles of Death Metal tour crew member who was killed during the Paris terrorist attacks, was laid to rest on Monday in his native Weeley, England. “It wasn’t a somber service,” said a parishioner who’d known the late music lover since Alexander’s childhood. (Rolling Stone)

Scott Weiland‘s Stone Temple Pilots bandmates have shared a video tribute to their late colleague, who died of mixed-drug toxicity on Dec. 3 in Bloomington, Minn. In the video, Dean DeLeoRobert DeLeo, and Eric Kretz revisit the band’s 1999 track “Atlanta,” which they say “highlights the true brilliance of Scott.” (Billboard)

The Slants have won a federal appeals court decision in the band’s challenge of a U.S. Patent & Trademark Office refusal to trademark their name. The office had refused to trademark the band’s name on the grounds that “scandalous, immoral, or disparaging marks” cannot be registered. Simon Tam, the band’s frontman, says he chose the band’s name in an attempt to “take ownership” of stereotypes about Asian-Americans like himself, and the court agreed that the Slants should indeed be allowed to trademark their name. (Billboard)

Two ships connected to, respectively, Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger are under repair at the same upstate New York boatyard. One, the Clearwater, was launched by Seeger in the 1960s; the other was built to support that sloop and launched under the name Woody Guthrie in 1978. The ships now promote environmental protection. (Billboard)

Mariah Carey‘s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” is in the Top 20, and now none other than Brenda Lee is back in the top 40. Her song “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” sits at number 38, marking the song’s first Top 40 appearance since 1961. In other Hot 100 news, Adele‘s “Hello” remains at number one for an eighth consecutive week, making it her longest-running number one hit. (“Rolling In the Deep” was at number one for a mere seven weeks in 2011.) (Billboard)

According to Billboard’s charts, the biggest reggae album to be released in 2015 was by none other than British singer/songwriter Joss StoneWater for Your Soul has sold 29,000 copies, making it the top-selling reggae album to be newly released in 2015 — but there’s no question as to who remains the genre’s king. Bob Marley‘s greatest-hits compilation Legend has sold 191,000 copies this year alone.

Congratulations to Billy Corgan, who’s the father of a new son. Augustus Juppiter Corgan was born on Nov. 16 to Corgan’s partner Chloe Mendel. (Billboard)

In what we might generously assume to be a display of holiday-season humility, the beef-prone EDM artist deadmau5 has deleted his Twitter account — losing over three million followers and over 29 million tweets. He’s back on Twitter with a brand new account and a fresh slate for the new year. (Billboard)

Think you know how Coldplay‘s going to be as a Super Bowl halftime act? Think again, says halftime director Hamish Hamilton. “I think Coldplay themselves are gonna surprise a lot of people,” he tells Billboard. “They write great music. They’re great performers. They’re great individuals. They’re a great band, and I think they and their energy and their positivity will surprise a lot of people in a very positive way.”