Odds & Ends: Aerosmith, Puff Daddy, Rock In Rio USA, Twin Towers Alive

Aerosmith and Slash are reportedly planning a tour together … Sean Combs is once again going by Puff Daddy … Twin Towers Alive cancels this weekend’s event out of respect for victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 … Rock in Rio USA unveils a virtual tour of its festival.

With details of the Aerosmith + Slash tour still to be announced, for now we can just tell you that the U.S. outing will take place sometime this summer.

“It’s official- we just talked, AEROSMITH/SLASH USA tour confirmed!! Tickets on sale next few wks Soon as dates confirmed. LET ROCK RULE !” tweeted March 21.

On Monday the guitarist encouraged fans to put aside some cash for the tour, tweeting, “Save your money for the tickets we ARE touring the US this summer.”

Slash chimed in earlier today, tweeting, “Very stoked about the summer US tour with @Aerosmith Dates are starting 2 get out. But there will b an official announcement soon.”

Stay tuned!

The rapper formerly known as Puff Daddy, P. Diddy, Diddy and Sean Combs, appears to once again be embracing the name Puff Daddy.     

USA Today points out that a trailer for his new single, “Big Homie,” credits Combs as Puff Daddy, the name he used for his debut studio album in 1997.

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Caesars Entertainment "Escape to Total Rewards," Gotham Hall, New York City

The rapper initially switched his stage name to P. Diddy in 2001 for a fresh start after being acquitted on charges of gun possession and bribery, according to BBC News.

He is reportedly working on a new album called MMM as the follow-up to 2010’s Last Train To Paris.

Twin Towers Alive, which was scheduled to coincide with Malaysia’s Formula One Grand Prix, has called off its March 28-29 concert at Kuala Lumpur City Centre featuring Christina Aguilera, Rain and Craig David.

The announcement was made following Tuesday’s statement from Malaysia Airlines saying that based on new evidence about the search for flight MH370, “we must accept the painful reality that the aircraft is now lost and that none of the passengers or crew on board survived.”

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People's Choice Aawards, Nokia Theatre L.A. Theatre, Los Angeles, Calif.

Concert sponsor Petronas posted its own statement on Facebook earlier today.

“It is truly a tragedy and we are deeply saddened about the crew and passengers of flight #MH370. As the sponsor of Twin Towers Alive 2014, we have concluded with event organizer Live At Work Sdn Bhd and other fellow sponsors to cancel TTA 2014 as a sign of respect to the families & next-of-kin of the crew and passengers of flight MH370. Our deepest condolences to them. We will honor our obligation to ensure all related parties impacted by this cancellation be treated fairly.

“We will soon provide an email address for all those with FanZone enquiries. We appreciate your patience very much.”     

Rock In Rio hopes you’ll save a spot in your 2015 calendar for its inaugural event in Las Vegas.

The festival will debut in Sin City sometime in May. Although exact dates, a venue or a lineup have not been revealed, fans can reserve tickets now to make sure they get access to the presale before others.

Rock In Rio’s website notes that “tickets for the last edition in Rio de Janeiro were sold out in just four hours. So don’t delay in reserving yours now.” Plus, fans who reserve a spot at the festival will be entered to win tickets and airfare to Rock in Rio Brazil and Portugal.

While we wait for more information to be disclosed, check out this virtual tour of the festival grounds.

And visit RockInRio.com for more information.