Roundup: Surprise Van Halen Show, Snoop Comes on Down

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As part of Celebrity Charity Week on the Price Is Right, Snoop Dogg presided over the Showcase Showdown. Included in the grand prize: a trip to New Orleans to see…Snoop Dogg.

In other cameo news, Jack White will appear on American Pickers on Jan. 9. The hosts come to White’s Third Man Records, where they supposedly will haggle over the phone booth from the Dead Weather’s “Hang You From the Heavens” video.

In advance of its upcoming world tour and album with David Lee Roth (the first since 2008 and 1984, respectively), Van Halen is playing a surprise show at New York’s legendary (and tiny) Cafe Wha? on Thursday. And speaking of reforming bands, it seems the surviving members of Pink Floyd will get together to open the Olympics, along with Paul McCartney.

Don Cheadle tells the Wall Street Journal that his upcoming film about Miles Davis is more of a “gangster” picture than a stright biopic.

Listen: Pearl Jam just released a 20-year-old demo, while the Smashing Pumpkins put out an unreleased Christmas tune. Listen to both here. Watch The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn perform “Jackson” from his new disc, in an interview with the A.V. Club.

Two fans located and returned Peter Frampton‘s 1954 Les Paul to him. The guitar, used in his Humble Pie days as well as on Frampton Comes Alive!, was presumed lost in a 1980 plane crash.

Programming Note: Listen to Fugazi’s Ian MacKaye chat with DC radio host Kojo Nnamdi today at 12:30 about the band’s recently released online archive. Click here to listen.

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