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The Eagles New Lineup Announce 'Evening With' Shows

(hennemusic) The new lineup of The Eagles have announced a series of fall US dates. Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit - joined by the late Glenn Frey's son, Deacon, and country singer Vince Gill - will follow their appearances at a pair of Classic festivals in Los Angeles and New York this summer with four more live appearances.

Billed as "An Evening with The Eagles", the band will play shows in Greensboro, NC, Atlanta, GA, Louisville, KY and Detroit, MI in October. Following the 2016 death of Eagles co-founder Frey, the group debuted their new additions at The Classic West event at Dodger Stadium on July 15 followed by a second show at The Classic East in New York on July 29.

Walsh says the success of those events were directly responsible for the group's decision to play more shows. "We spent a long time after Glenn passed in discussions, and we needed to put some time in there," Walsh recently told Billboard. "But in the course of talking we started thinking about, 'What if the Eagles were gonna continue?' and what would that be, and gradually some clarity started to come in. Glenn's son Deacon is a pretty good musician and... that chemistry is there. Vince Gill has been a really good friend of the band for a long time, and he grew up listening to the Eagles.

"So we figured we would at least try it and see where it went and we worked on it and thought it through and we tried it out in Los Angeles and it was just magic. It really was. It was received wonderfully and the energy that we all have is very, very healing, so I think Glenn would be proud of this and we decided to do it some more."

"We're not booking a huge tour and saying, 'Hey, we're back and all that," Walsh added. "We're very cautiously trying to get an environment where it will all work and people can come and we can play our music and continue to keep going.

"Based on Los Angeles we got a real nibble here, and so we're just going to take it slow and make sure it's the highest amount of quality and production, and that's where we're at with it at this point." See the dates here.

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Nile Rodgers Hospitalized And Misses First Show Of His Career

(Radio.com) Chic's Nile Rodgers missed the first show of his career on Sunday night (Aug. 13) when an illness forced the iconic music star to seek treatment at a Toronto hospital.

The band was scheduled to play the Air Canada Centre with Earth, Wind and Fire for 2054: The Tour when Rodgers became sick. The news surfaced sound engineer John Ryan tweeted, "Nile Rodgers is in hospital tonight. Lights are out for him."

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer responded, "Thanks Johnny. I've never missed one gig in my life… well, its been that way till now. The Dr. caught me trying to sneak out. #LOVE," and added that doctors are "taking great care" of him.

Rodgers was diagnosed with prostate cancer six years ago and wrote about his struggle on his blog (via Billboard). After undergoing extensive treatment, he was cured in 2014. He discussed his struggle at the Glastonbury Festival in June. Read more here.

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Cliff Burton's 92-Year-Old Dad Hits The Road With Metallica

(Radio.com) It's been 31 years since Metallica bassist Cliff Burton passed away in a tour bus crash. And his 92-year-old father, Ray, remains dedicated to the band. He has followed them around on various dates of their current tour.

His presence is a meaningful tribute to Cliff, whose tragic death had a profound influence on his bandmates and the trajectory of the band we know today. On a Metallica podcast, Ray Burton recently described how he's kept Cliff's legacy alive, with the help of band royalties.

'From the royalties that I get, I give a scholarship to the high school he went to, the Castro Valley High School, for music," he said. 'I think Cliff probably would have done that with his money, because he was not against education by any means. He liked it very much."

At concerts, Ray poses for photos with members of Metallica, friend and fans--including Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo's 12-year-old son Ty, who recently filled in on bass on tour for Korn. See photos here.

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Evanescence Announce 'Synthesis' Album And Tour

(Radio.com) Evanescence's new album Synthesis will contain re-imaginings of the group's iconic catalog as well as two new tracks. The band is currently in the studio finishing the project with producer Will Hunt and orchestra arranger and composer David Campbell.

"I've always wanted to shine a light on some of the gorgeous David Campbell arrangements and programming elements in our songs, and that idea snowballed into completely re-doing them with full orchestra, not just strings, elaborate programming and experimentation," Lee explained. "This will be our first time touring with an orchestra and I'm so excited to perform this way-really focus on the vocals, and the emotion and the story we've built over the years."

"I'm also really excited about the new material on the album," she continued. "Besides the two new songs, there are some really beautiful instrumental in-between moments. The whole thing flows like a big, dynamic soundtrack." Check out the complete tour dates here.

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David Bowie Featured In New Episode of 'Twin Peaks'

(Radio.com) True Twin Peaks fans will remember David bowie's cameo in the Twin Peaks film Fire Walk with Me. Bowie played Phillip Jeffries, a FBI agent involved in the "Blue Rose" task force.

In Sunday night's episode of the Showtime reboot Twin Peaks: The Return, Bowie's character appeared during FBI director Gordon Cole's (played by series creator David Lynch) description of a strange and revelatory dream he had, according to Spin.

Last year, Harry Goaz (who plays the character Andy) mentioned to Dallas News that Bowie was supposed to return for another cameo for the revamped season, but was unable to do so before he passed away. Read more here.

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Singled Out: Voldo Blanka's Go Your Way

Head of the Herd frontman Neu Mannas has returned as Voldo Blanka and recently released a video for his debut single "Go Your Way" starring Gracie Stewart and Judson Emery. To celebrate we asked him to shares some details about the track and visual. Here is the story:

"Go Your Way" represents a really pivotal moment for me musically. Not just for Voldo Blanka but for where I am as a musician and a person.

I spend a lot of time on the keys but I generally use the piano to map out ideas and then play them on something else. The classical piano line from Go Your Way was the first time I really shocked myself with a piano line.

It was powerful, but vulnerable. Reclusive, yet cinematic. Once I had that piano line sorted I had the foundation for this record 'nuns enjoy a madman' and the whole Voldo Blanka project.

I started to make movie moments within the songs, and between the songs. In some ways it straddled theatre and electronica and that gave me license to make it as odd and fantastic as I wanted.

So I went all the way down the rabbit hole creatively. It was scary and confusing but I knew at some point I'd be on the other side of it. And that's where I am now. The record is out and "Go Your Way" is the waving flag.

For the video I knew more who I wanted than what I wanted. Gracie Stewart is an incredible dancer, creative mind, and friend. I was on tour with my last band Head of the Herd and I knew it was the end of the line for that group. It was by coincidence but backstage at our last gig was when I was describing to Gracie what the song was about. I told her how emotionally, the song is about a necessary breakup, but not the biting resentful elements, but the continuing love and difficult support. She put those feelings through her body and into a dance that told the story better than I could have imagined. Nathan Kim directed the video and shot it in LA. They represented the feeling of isolation even within chaos. There's nothing like collaborating in this way. I don't speak their language and they don't speak mine. But we created something together that I truly love.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen and watch for yourself here and learn more about the Voldo Blanka right here!

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Liam Gallagher's Late Show Performances Streaming Online

(hennemusic) Liam Gallagher made his solo US television debut on CBS-TV's The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on August 14, and footage from the program is streaming online.

Gallagher delivered a performance of "For What It's Worth", the new single from his forthcoming album debut, "As You Were", and the track "Wall Of Glass" as an online exclusive.

The Oasis singer pre-taped his appearance on the show ahead of Monday's broadcast as he is playing a series of live dates in Asia this week following a short run of gigs in the US and Canada.

Gallagher played his US solo live debut during a secret show at the McKittrick Hotel in New York on July 18, and made headlines when he shut down his August 3 performance at Lollapalooza in Chicago, IL after just four songs due to vocal issues he experienced during a show at the city's Park West venue the night before.

"Sorry to the people who turned up for the gig in Chicago lollapalooza," Gallagher tweeted. "Had a difficult gig last night which f-d my voice. I'm gutted." Watch the TV performances here.

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Thirty Seconds to Mars Announce Single 'Walk on Water'

(Radio.com) The wait for new music will "soon" be over for 30 Seconds to Mars fans. The band released a humorous teaser video to announce their upcoming single "Walk on Water," which will arrive Aug. 22.

In the video, a label executive chastises the band for not putting out a new album in four years and that they keep telling their fans they will put out new music sometime "soon."

"People are sick and tired of soon," the executive says. "Soon doesn't mean s—. F— soon. We need to go now." Watch the new track's video teaser here.

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At The Drive-In Release 'Call Broken Arrow' Video

At The Drive-In have released a new video for their track "Call Broken Arrow" and the band one again teamed up with director Rob Shaw for the clip which is a prequel to their "Hostage Stamps" visual.

Shaw had the following to say about the new video "In Hostage Stamps we have a prisoner being tortured and monitored by some sort of authoritarian organisation. The guys wanted to show why he was imprisoned, as well as cast doubt over his innocence.

"It's funny how in stories, especially film stories, you tend to sympathise with whoever you spend time with. When you watch someone being mistreated, the assumption is that person is the victim.

"Call Broken Arrow is in part about illustrating the prisoner's culpability, but even that is in doubt as we see the Watcher character who follows him around slipping something in his drink at the end." Watch the video at TeamRock here.

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Prince Gets Purple Pantone Color 'Love Symbol No. 2'

(Radio.com) Prince, also known as "The Purple One" is finally getting his very own Pantone color. Pantone and Prince's Estate announced Monday (August 14) that the late singer has his own purple hue, "Love Symbol #2," which is named after the iconic symbol the singer used as an emblem for his name.

"The color purple was synonymous with who Prince was and will always be. This is an incredible way for his legacy to live on forever," Troy Carter, entertainment adviser to Prince's Estate, said.

"We are honored to have worked on the development of Love Symbol #2, a distinctive new purple shade created in memory of Prince, 'the purple one,'" added Laurie Pressman, vice president of the Pantone Color Institute. "A musical icon known for his artistic brilliance, Love Symbol #2 is emblematic of Prince's distinctive style. Long associated with the purple family, Love Symbol #2 enables Prince's unique purple shade to be consistently replicated and maintain the same iconic status as the man himself." Check it out here.

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Seether Release 'Betray and Degrade' Music Video

Seether have released a new music video for their track "Betray and Degrade." The song comes off of the group's seventh full-length studio album "Poison the Parish" which was released in May.

The video can be seen here and we were the following details about the album and the band's current tour plans: Poison the Parish, recorded at Blackbird Studio in Nashville, Tennessee, marks the first album produced entirely by frontman Shaun Morgan. Perhaps the heaviest and most expressive collection they've ever released, the album is earning their best notices in years.

Seether is currently on the last leg of their North American tour, and come September 10th, they will embark on their European tour. The European tour includes stops in countries such as Russia, Germany, France, and the United Kingdom, among others. See the dates here.

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Truckfighters Announce North American Tour

Truckfighters have announced that they will be venturing from their native Sweden this fall to land in North American to launch a new round of headline tour dates.

The group is embarking on the new tour in support of their "V" album and will kick things off on October 6th in Montreal, QC at Foufounes Electriques and will wrap the trek up on October 16th in Washington, D.C. at the Black Cat. They plan to announce additional dates along the west coast.

Guitarist Niklas 'Dango' Kδllgren had the following to say, "It was so freakin' fuzzy awesome last time around so we decided to go back to North America as soon as it was humanly possible - NOW! You demand we obey!" See the dates here.

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Green Day Release 'Troubled Times' Video

(hennemusic) Green Day are premiering a video for "Troubled Times", the latest track from "Revolution Radio." The project debuted at No. 1 on the US Billboard 200 upon its release last fall.

Green Day are currently playing dates on a six-week summer tour of North America, which will include the band's first-ever performances at Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL on August 24 and the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA, where the trek will wrap up on September 16.

The tour sees the group screening their new documentary, "Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk", in cities where they are playing. Directed by Corbett Redford, narrated by Iggy Pop and executive produced by Green Day, the film spans more than 30 years of the California Bay Area's punk music history at the music collective 924 Gilman Street in Berkeley, CA, where they got their start in the 1980s.at a club that helped launch the careers of The Offspring, Rancid, and Operation Ivy, among others. Watch the video here.

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