(hennemusic) Queen are premiering the new Freddie Mercury duet with Michael Jackson, "There Must Be More to Life Than This," which is the lead single from the band's forthcoming compilation, "Queen Forever", due November 10 (Nov. 11 in North America).
"Michael used to come see us a lot," guitarist Brian May told Rolling Stone late last year. "He was a big big fan, especially of Freddie, and Freddie and Michael got on real real well. Michael was very impressed with our lighting rig, I remember. I can't remember which tour it was. We had pods of lights that moved above the stage that had pilots in them.
"He said, 'I'm stealing that,' and sure enough on the 'Victory' tour they had something very similar. But Michael really was very fond of Freddie and sort've idolized him. Michael really felt he wanted to be a rock star."
As for the song, "He and Freddie worked mainly at Michael's studio," added May. Read more and listen to the song here.
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(hennemusic) TBS late-night host Conan O'Brien has unveiled Apple's new U2 removal service following customer complaints about receiving the band's latest album, "Songs Of Innocence", for free via iTunes.
While Apple issued a tool to help users remove the free record from their systems, the new eRase U2 service goes a step further as you'll see in the video.
Apple recently released "Songs Of Innocence" free to more than a half a billion iTunes customers as part of their launch of the iPhone 6, but Apple and U2 have both faced a backlash from users who weren't pleased with the publicity stunt.
Anyone who had the "Automatic Downloads" feature turned on in their iTunes software, iPhone or iPad got it pushed to their device whether they wanted it or not, sparking complaints when people discovered it was not as easily removed. "If you would like U2's Songs of Innocence removed from your iTunes music library and iTunes purchases, you can choose to have it removed," explains the web page. "Once the album has been removed from your account, it will no longer be available for you to redownload as a previous purchase."
Read more and watch the video here.
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(hennemusic) The Foo Fighters played their first crowdfunded concert at The National Theater in Richmond, Virginia on Wednesday, and video from the show has surfaced.
The band's first appearance in the city after 16 years was kickstarted by a Crowdhoster campaign launched in March by Andrew Goldin. Goldin and his fellow organizers, Brig White, John McAdorey and Lucas Krost, set a goal of selling 1,400 tickets at $50 each to the hypothetical concert in order to convince the band to return.
Donors' credit cards would only be charged if the show sold out, and the contributions would be returned if the band didn't agree to play. The campaign surpassed its goal of raising $70,000 to make the event a reality.
Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones declared September 17 "Foo Fighters Day" in the city as part of welcoming the band back to Dave Grohl's former hometown.
Watch the video here.
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(hennemusic) Lenny Kravitz was among the guests featured on the finale of reality competition series, America's Got Talent, on Wednesday, and video of his performance is available online.
Kravitz played his new single, "The Chamber", before joining finalist Miguel Dakota for the rocker's cover of The Guess Who's "American Woman."
"The Chamber" appears on Kravitz' forthcoming album, "Strut", which is due September 23. The project is Lenny's tenth studio album and first since 2011's "Black And White America."
Kravitz will launch a world tour in support of "Strut" in Moscow on October 22. Watch video from the TV show appearance here.
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(hennemusic) Motley Crue performed at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas on Friday, and proshot video of their appearance is available for fans to view online.
Playing a bill that included Coldplay, Usher, Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande, the group played a 3-song set that included "Home Sweet Home", "Girsl, Girls, Girls" and "Kickstart My Heart."
The Las Vegas show was the first for Motley Crue since bassist Nikki Sixx underwent a double hernia operation on September 3. "Still in a bit of pain after the operation but I feel confident I'll be able to bring the juice tomorrow at the IHeartRadio Music Festival with Motley Crue," Sixx posted on Thursday "Being onstage for over 35 years you learn, like an athlete, to push yourself in situations like this. Adrenaline is a great drug."
Motley Crue recently wrapped up the first leg of their farewell tour; they return to action October 10 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Watch the video here.
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(hennemusic) The Rolling Stones have issued a video preview of their upcoming 14 On Fire tour of Australia and New Zealand. "We know what we're gonna do when we get out there," says Keith Richards, "but we have no idea what the crowd are gonna do."
The fall dates are shows that were rescheduled from this spast spring following the sudden passing of Mick Jagger's longtime girlfriend, L'Wren Scott.
The first concert of the 9-show run will see the Stones open the Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, Australia on October 25. You can watch the preview video here.
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(Prog) Meshuggah have launched a trailer for the remastered edition of classic one-track EP I. It marks the 10th anniversary of the original release, and forms part of the band's multiple milestone celebrations as they also play up their 25th year of existence.
The updated version will include two cuts from their upcoming live album plus a rare studio number recorded in 2003. Drummer Tomas Haake says of the reissue:
"The 21-minute madness that is the song I is something we've always been extremely proud of. It wasn't written in the normal sense, but recorded without anything more than guidelines as to what style we wanted each part to have."
Watch the trailer here.
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(TeamRock Radio) The Haunted have launched a live video for their track Eye Of The Storm, from eight album Exit Wounds. It was released last month, accompanied with a video for lead track Cutting Teeth.
Exit Wounds is the follow-up to 2011's Unseen and it features the return of vocalist Marco Aro and drummer Adrian Erlandsson, alongside new guitarist Ole Englund.
Aro last year discussed his decision to rejoin after a 10-year absence, saying: "With my drug addiction and everything back in the day, it didn't really sit right with my family. I had to know they were on board. The guys laid out the format for The Haunted for 2013 and onwards, and it sounded appealing, so I went for it. I really, really missed the boys."
Watch the video here.
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(TeamRock Radio) Florida death metal outfit Obituary have released Violence, a track lifted from upcoming album Inked In Blood. It's their ninth studio recording and launches on October 28 via Relapse Records.
The album was produced via a successful Kickstarter drive, which saw them raise $60,669 - far in excess of the $10,000 they were originally looking for. And the band were quick to praise those who pledged cash, calling it an "amazing display of true fan support."
They said: "We always knew our fans were some of the most devoted fans on the planet and they proved it by stepping up, being a part of something new and supporting us.
"This was an amazing display of true fan support and we could not be more proud of everyone who helped raise the money to record this album."
Check out the song here.
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(TeamRock Radio) Buzzcocks have premiered "It's Not You" - a song taken from upcoming album The Way. It was delivered to fans earlier this year following a successful PledgeMusic campaign and the band have now made the track available to stream.
The Way will be released on September 29 and marks the Buzzcocks' first album since 2006's Flat-Pack Philosophy, and is the first record featuring new bassist Chris Remmington and drummer Danny Farrant, who join veterans Pete Shelley and Steve Diggle.
Buzzcocks will also be kicking off a UK tour in support of The Way on October 1st in Cambridge. Check out the tour dates and listen to the new song here.
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(Classic Rock) Halestorm frontwoman Lzzy Hale says while the band have evolved as they've grown, they still feel like 14-year-olds inside. They are currently in the studio working on their as-yet-untitled third album, the follow-up to 2012's A Strange Case Of
which is pencilled in for a late 2014/early 2015 release.
Hale tells Gearphoria: "We've definitely evolved. The one thing that has remained the same is that we're all perpetually 14 year old inside, so we're all very immature.
"That hasn't changed much. But the animal or monster of Halestorm has gotten bigger, and obviously there's more responsibility and a little more on the line. But for the most part we've continued to do what we've always done, which is chase after whatever gets us excited."
Read more here.
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(Prog) North Atlantic Oscillation have released a video for their track August, from upcoming release The Third Day. The Scots trio launch their fourth album on October 6 via Kscope.
It follows 2012's Fog Electric, which Prog described as "the Nexus of pop, prog, post-rock and shoegaze." Frontman Sam Healy had the following to say about the promo clip:
"We became fascinated with the Codex Seraphinianus, an illustrated encyclopaedia of an imaginary world created by Italian architect Luigi Serafini. The video is a sort of homage to Serafini's astounding work - we imagine what his creatures, plants and gizmos might do if they could leap off the page."
Watch it here.
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(TeamRock Radio) Tin Spirits have streamed their track Binary Man, taken from second album Scorch. It's on sale now via Esoteric Antenna and follows the band's 2011 debut Wired To Earth, which won a Prog Award nomination.
Mainman Dave Gregory, formerly of XTC, says: "It was important to us all that we made the best album we possibly could - and without a doubt, that's what we've achieved."
Prog last month premiered the band's video for Summer Now and described Scorch as "an album brimming with painstakingly detailed miniatures located within a bigger picture."
Check out the song here.
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(TeamRock Radio) Belgian black metal outfit Saille have released a teaser for Eldritch, their horror-inspired third album. They say the follow-up to 2013's Ritu features more guitars and more edge, plus increased input from the drumstool via new member Kevin De Leener.
The digibook edition contains quotes from books with permission from their authors, including horror master Stephen King. Keyboardist Dries Gaerdelen says:
"The lyrics are based on both classic and modern literature. They explore the pure nature of horror as perceived in different times and media. They complete the songs by adding the untouchable and the uncomfortable in an organic and unforced way."
Check out the teaser here.
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(Radio.com) Radio.com's latest Minimation is taken from a 1987 WNEW-FM interview with George Harrison, where he discusses how his unusual friendship with Eric Clapton.
Say your best friend was in love with your spouse. So in love, in fact, that he or she wrote a passionate ode to your spouse that became one of the biggest hits in rock radio history. Awkward, right? It would pretty tough to stay friends under those conditions, would it not?
But, as well all know, rock stars are a different breed. And so, after a bit of weirdness between George Harrison, who was married to Patti Boyd, and Eric Clapton, who would soon marry her, it was all good. So good, that Harrison was the best man at the Clapton/Boyd wedding, as George explains in this interview.
And not only that: they still played music together. At the time of this interview, Harrison was plugging his comeback album, 1987's Cloud Nine which Clapton played lead guitar on (the album also featured Harrison's fellow Traveling Wilbury Jeff Lynne, Elton John and Ringo Starr, among others). A few years later, Harrison contributed "Run So Far" (and played guitar on the track) to Clapton's 1989 Journeyman album.
Alas, the Boyd/Clapton marriage didn't last either; they divorced in 1989. She tells her side of the story in her 2007 memoirs, Wonderful Tonight (named after the song that Clapton wrote about her).
Watch it here.
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Today Toronto-based musician Christian Hansen tells us the story behind the title track from the new "Small Fry" EP, which was engineered and produced by Doug Organ. Here is the story:
One Saturday night, I was walking home through Trinity Bellwoods Park in Toronto. It was around 1am and I was drunk. The park was vacant. I was listening to a demo I'd made for a song I was working on. It had a slow, gangster, southern-style hip hop beat. I had the melody for the verse and the chorus but no lyrics and I was kind of humming to myself as I stumbled down the dark path towards home. The night was clear, and the moon was out and just a hair short of being totally full. It looked absolutely huge; more gigantic and powerful than the moon had ever looked to me.
All of a sudden I felt very small. I became acutely aware that I would die someday; that I was existing down here on earth, doing this and doing that, but ultimately I would cease to live and another soul would take my place. I'd paused on the path, my mouth open, my body slightly swaying with drunken limberness, the moon's stark, white face glaring back at me. In a weird act of drunken bravado, I blurted this out into the darkness: "you don't care about us do you!?" The moon didn't respond. I thought to myself "this moon's seen so many of us come and go over thousands of years and look up to him for answers how could he care about us? We must seem like ants to him."
This was the basic idea that would become the lyrics to Small Fry. As I thought about it more, the bleakness of this concept really hit home. I started to think of the Moon as this all powerful, cosmic gangster and the stars as his henchmen. Together they dominate the eternal, black emptiness of the galaxy, of which earth is just a small part.
I've always believed that the universe is looking out for me, and that my existence might even be special but, because of that moment in the park, it occurred to me that perhaps I'm not special. Maybe I'm more alone than I realise.
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself here and learn more about the EP right here!
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