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Music Legend Aretha Franklin Dead At 76

Music legend Aretha Franklin died on Thursday, August 16th, at the age of 76. Fellow music icon Paul McCartney was among the first to pay tribute to Franklin who passed away after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

The former Beatle shared the following tribute via social media: "Let's all take a moment to give thanks for the beautiful life of Aretha Franklin, the Queen of our souls, who inspired us all for many many years. She will be missed but the memory of her greatness as a musician and a fine human being will live with us forever. Love Paul"

Franklin's passing was revealed by her publicist Gwendolyn Quinn, who said in a statement, "It is with deep and profound sadness that we announce the passing of Aretha Louise Franklin, the Queen of Soul. She passed away on Thursday morning at her home in Detroit surrounded by family and loved ones.

"In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds."

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Disturbed Release New Video And Announce 'Adventurous' Album

Disturbed teased fans earlier this week that a big announcement was coming and it has now arrived. The band has announced their new studio album and revealed the first video from the effort.

The new album will be entitled "Evolution" and is set to hit stores on October 19th. The band is giving fans their first taste with the release of a video for the track "Are Your Ready." Watch it here.

The band had the following to say, "It is with tremendous pride, joy, and anticipation that we look forward to sharing the next chapter in the creative life of Disturbed with the world. This record is truly unique, and very special to us, and we can only hope that upon listening to it, that the world will feel the same." here.

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Another AC/DC Sighting At Recording Studio

(hennemusic) AC/DC recording engineer Mike Fraser has been spotted at a Vancouver studio along with band members, who continue to make headlines with their appearance in the western Canadian city.

Ear Of Newt writer Steve Newton - who has been tracking information on the group since he broke news of a fan encounter with band members a week before the first images from the scene surfaced - has posted a new photograph of Fraser with Brian Johnson and Phil Rudd on the outside deck of The Warehouse taken by fans Crystal Lambert and Glenn Slavens.

Fraser has engineered AC/DC's last three studio albums - 2000's "Stiff Upper Lip", 2008's "Black Ice" and 2014's "Rock Or Bust" - at the same Warehouse studio owned by rocker Bryan Adams. Read more here.

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Bad Wolves First Rock Band To Go Platinum With 2018 Release

Bad Wolves have become the first rock band to earn a platinum single this year with their cover of The Cranberries classic "Zombie", which they released as a tribute to late frontwoman Dolores O'Riordan.

The RIAA platinum plaque was presented to the group by their co-manager, Zoltan Bathory of Five Finger Death Punch among others. Bathory had this to say, "Without getting too far into tree-hugger territory, I believe there is a pattern to the universe and a pattern to success. When I put on my 'manager hat' - that's what I'm looking for, and that's what I saw in Bad Wolves. You have to have the right personas, the right songs, the right sound, the right work ethic and endless determination."

Frontman Tommy Vext shared this, "We are deeply humbled and overwhelmed by the continued success of our rendition of 'Zombie.' For many artists reaching platinum status in and of itself is a dream come true. But the greater story here is YOU. All the fans on every single continent--without your passion and enthusiasm none of this would be possible."

He added, "This year the global rock community came together to support our efforts to turn a tragic loss into something hopeful. This resounding effect with music fans around the world for the better part of a year now is a strong testament of Dolores' timeless songwriting and the message of the song being as relevant today as it's ever been. We are truly grateful." Watch the video for the song
here.

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Huntress Frontwoman Jill Janus Takes Her Own Life

Huntress frontman Jill Janus died from suicide on Tuesday (August 14th), it was revealed by her family and bandmates. The band and the Janus family released a statement.

It reads in part, "A long-time sufferer of mental illness, she took her own life outside of Portland, Oregon. Janus spoke publicly about these challenges in hopes of guiding others to address and overcome their mental illness.

"Janus was a truly special creative involved with numerous musical projects including her role as vocalist for female metal/hard rock cover bands TheStarbreakers and Chelsea Girls. In addition, Janus was co-composer and creator of an upcoming rock opera with Trans-Siberian Orchestra's Angus Clark and had a decade-long career as NYC DJ Penelope Tuesdae. Her musical career began in childhood." Read more here.

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Reworked The Clash Classic Streaming To Preview Joe Strummer Compilation

(hennemusic) A lyric video for a reworking of The Clash's 1977 classic, "London's Burning", is serving as the first preview to the forthcoming collection, "Joe Strummer 001."

The 2002 recording - which developed into the track "Burning Streets" from his posthumously-released 2003 album with The Mescaleros, "Streetcore" - was the last song to be discovered for the new package, which marks the first compilation of the rocker's career outside of the legendary UK band.

Due September 28, "Joe Strummer 001" features 32 tracks and includes favorites from his recordings with the 101ers, The Mescaleros, his solo albums and soundtrack work alongside 12 previously-unissued songs.

Available in a variety of formats including 2CD, 4LP vinyl, digital and limited 2CD Deluxe and Deluxe Box Set versions, all formats include tracks that have never appeared anywhere before as well as new remasters.

Exclusive to all formats is an album of unreleased material including an early demo of "This Is England" entitled "Czechoslovak Song/Where Is England," a solo demo of "Letsagetabitarockin" recorded in Elgin Avenue in 1975, outtakes from "Sid & Nancy" featuring Clash bandmate Mick Jones, and unreleased songs "Rose Of Erin", the biographical and mythical recording "The Cool Impossible" and "London Is Burning."

The material for "Joe Strummer 001" was sourced from an extensive personal archive kept by the rocker as overseen by Joe's widow Lucinda Tait and compilation producer Robert Gordon McHarg III.
here.

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Coheed And Cambria Streaming New Song 'The Gutter' Video

Coheed And Cambria have released a brand new visualizer video for their latest single "The Gutter." The song comes the group's forthcoming album "The Unheavenly Creatures," which will hit stores on October 5th.

Frontman Claudio Sanchez had the following to say, about the new studio effort, "Concept records in themselves are not weird, but for a band to continue a concept over their discography can be a little intimidating to somebody on the outside.

"It's like a monthly issue comic book, like, 'I don't want to get invested into this 10 issues in. I need to know where to start. If I can't get issue one, I'm just not going to read it.'" Watch the video here.

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DevilDriver's Early Albums Remastered For Reissue

DevilDriver have announced that remastered versions of their first five albums are set to be reissued on CD as well as make their debut on splatter vinyl on September 28th.

The reissues were remastered by Andy Pearce and will include the following albums: DevilDriver (2003), The Fury Of Our Maker's Hand (2005), The Last Kind Words (2007), Pray For Villains (2009) and Beast (2011).

The new campaign will also mark the first time the group's first four albums will be made available on vinyl. Frontman Dez Fafara has released an unboxing video for the vinyl collection. Watch it here.

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New Prog Supergroup In Continuum Reveal Debut Album Details

The new prog rock supergroup In Continuum have released a new teaser video to promote their forthcoming debut album and revealed the concept of the effort in the clip.

The new visual features the first clips revealed from the upcoming album, which will be entitled "Acceleration Theory", as well as revealed the concept behind the effort.

The band features Dave Kerzner and Matt Dorsey of the band Sound of Contact with Gabriel Agudo (Steve Rothery Band, ex-Bad Dreams), Randy McStine (SOC, The Fringe) and Marco Minnemann (Steven Wilson, Aristocrats), who are joined by special guests Nick D'Virgilio (Big Big Train), John Wesley (Porcupine Tree), Fernando Perdomo (Dave Kerzner Band), Jon Davison (Yes). Watch the teaser video here.

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Singled Out: Happy's I Call Shotgun

SC pop-punkers Happy are gearing up to released their debut "Cult Classic" on September 7th and to celebrate we asked them to tell us about the lead single "I Call Shotgun". Here is the story:

I Call Shotgun is definitely a stand out track on the record because of how it came together. We were working on a very fun, upbeat, whimsical song, and wanted to write lyrics that carried that same level of enthusiasm. Tate had written some lyrics when he was 15 and in high school and wanted to revisit them to give a genuine experience in that mindset. We decided to rework the melody of the old song to fit the new song. It just clicked. The counting in the song's chorus "1 day at a time is how I'll take it, 2 songs til you get to my house, 3 cigarettes away from a breakup" etc really resonated with us after adding the gang vocals especially. We just loved the way it sounded as a whole and it just seemed right.

We honestly have no set way or formula that follow to write music. Sometimes a song comes together and is finished in 15 minutes, and sometimes a song grows and changes over the course of several years. Sometimes we write lyrics first, and sometimes we write the music first. It's almost always different but as long as we are excited about something and it feels refreshing, we will go for it.

Tracking this song in the studio was very fun because we ended up doing a dual-harmonized guitar solo during the time signature change. This was new territory for us, and we are glad we decided to step out of the box and risk it, because we are very happy with how it turned out. It makes us excited to experiment when our gut tells us to in the future. The drum intro is also one of our favorite intros on the record. It is a blast to play live.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself right here!

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