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Foo Fighters Rock 'Never Gonna Give You Up' With Rick Astley

(hennemusic) The Foo Fighters "rickrolled" the audience during their August 20th set at Tokyo's Summer Sonic festival when they were joined by Rick Astley for a grungy version of his 80s hit, "Never Gonna Give You Up", and video of the performance is streaming online.

"We just learned this today," Dave Grohl told the crowd. "This is crazy. I just met [Astley] two minutes ago." According to Rolling Stone, after introducing the pop star singer behind the 1987 hit - which became the punchline in the viral prank "rickrolling" in the internet age - Foo Fighters launched into what sounded like the intro to Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit."

However, it soon became evident that the band were performing the pop smash in the style of the "Nevermind" classic. Astley - who was also appearing at the Summer Sonic event - scored a worldwide number-one hit with the song, which topped the charts in 25 countries and was the best-selling single of 1987.

The Tokyo stop is part of a series of shows in Asia this month for the Foo Fighters, ahead of the September 15 release of their ninth album, "Concrete And Gold." Check out the unusual jam here.

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Robert Plant Streams 'The May Queen' From New Album

(hennemusic) Robert Plant is streaming a lyric video for "The May Queen", the lead track from his newly-announced forthcoming album "Carry Fire," which is set to be released on October 13tj

Produced by Plant, the set sees the rocker once again joined by the Sensational Space Shifters, with appearances by Albanian cellist Redi Hasa, and renowned viola and fiddle player Seth Lakeman.

The Led Zeppelin legend is also joined by Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde for a duet on the Ersel Hickey rockabilly classic, "Bluebirds Over the Mountain."

"It's about intention, I respect and relish my past works but each time I feel the lure and incentive to create new work. I must mix old with new," says Plant. "Consequently the whole impetus of the band has moved on its axis somewhat, the new sound and different space giving way to exciting and dramatic landscapes of mood, melody and instrumentation." Check out the new song and a full track list for "Carry Fire" here.

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Ghost Frontman Papa Emeritus Unmasks True Identity

(hennemusic) Ghost frontman Papa Emeritus has officially unmasked himself as musician Tobias Forge during a radio interview with Swedish radio channel P1. Forge - who founded Ghost in Linkoping, Sweden in 2006 - has long been suspected as the group's singer alongside a rotating band of Nameless Ghouls.

Several former members revealed their identities in a lawsuit filed earlier this year against the singer in a dispute over financial issues, ahead of Forge doing the same on the August 17 edition of "Sommar i P1."

The Swedish branch of Ghost's record label, Polydor, released an unmasked photo of Forge in sync with his radio appearance, where he shared the story of growing up in Linkoping and discovering music while idolizing his older brother Sebastian, who passed away from heart failure in 2009 - the day after Ghost posted its first song on MySpace.

"I opened the screen and visited MySpace - a MySpace that by this time absolutely had exploded with energy, 10 times more than the previous night," explained Forge (via an English translation on Reddit). "Thousands of people had been in and listening to the songs and it was more mail than I could answer. Mail from people from all around the world. Mail from record labels - record labels who wanted to check the possibility of collaboration. Mail from members of famous bands - mail that was absolutely filled with praise."

In that moment, Forge discovered a sense of purpose that would propel his efforts to make Ghost a reality and his late brother proud. "Despite that fact that I don't necessarily feel myself in any kind of belief, it's hard to not see anything religious in the timing," he continued. "It feels like I've been part of some cosmic exchange deal, where I didn't before hand know that I was part of, but now had done a deal… It felt like if I'd received a huge gift as a comfort from the loss." Read more and see the photo here.

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Aerosmith Star Confirms Band Working On New Music

(hennemusic) Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford has confirmed the band are working on new music. Whitford's comments about new music follow similar statements made by Perry in March, when he revealed that the Boston band had postponed plans for a US tour later this year in order to return to the studio to work on a new album.

"We actually did some recording while we were touring Europe, and we started recording a new song. We were in the studio in London," Whitford tells Billboard Argentina. "The song is a musical idea of Joe Perry's. We're doing it very much like we did songs back when we started out. It's a very rock 'n roll."

The guitarist says the Boston rockers have several options when it comes time to release the tune. "Yeah, you know, you don't have to record a whole CD anymore," Whitford explains. "So, hopefully, we can put out this one song or two or three. The music business has changed so much since we started. You have to do things really differently. We could just release one song and make it available for download. It is a different world in the music business." Read more here.

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Radiohead Share Full Lollapalooza 2016 Set

Fans that missed Radiohead's Lollapalooza 2016 appearances can now experience it online after the acclaimed band shared video of their complete set from the music festival appearance.

The epic two hour plus headlining set opens with "Burn the Witch," and features "My Iron Lung," "No Surprises," and "Everything in its Right Place," reports Radio.com.

The double encore features "Bodysnatchers," "Paranoid Android" and of course "Karma Police." Check out video of their full performance and see the entire setlist here.

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Mastodon New Album Release Details Leaked

Mastodon may be releasing a new album called "Cold Dark Place" on September 22nd if what is billed by a "promotional announcement" that briefly appeared on Amazon.

Metal Hammer reports that the album originally began as a solo effort for guitarist Brent Hinds, with some contributions by his bandmates Brann Dailor and Troy Sanders. They also say that it was originally planned as the second volume of a double album alongside their most recent release 'Emperor Of Sand.'

They report that will now released a fully-fledged Mastodon title, with Hinds having revealed its cover via an Instagram post with the message: "New jamz coming soon!" Read more details and see the cover here.

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Thin Lizzy Star To Perform Live And Dangerous 40th Anniversary Concert

(hennemusic) Original Thin Lizzy drummer Brian Downey will mark the upcoming 40th anniversary of the Irish band's 1978 release, "Live And Dangerous", with a rare concert performance at Nells Jazz & Blues in London, England on November 24.

Compiled from a 1976 show at London's Hammersmith Apollo and 1977 appearances in Philadelphia, PA and Toronto, ON, the double live album was the last to feature guitarist Brian Robertson, who left the band shortly after its release.

"Live And Dangerous" peaked at No. 2 on the UK album charts and enjoyed a 62-week run on its way to UK sales of more than 600,000 copies. The single, "Rosalie / Cowgirl's Song", reached No. 20 on the UK single charts.

Brian Downey's Alive And Dangerous, the drummer's new band, will deliver the live album in its entirety at the fall gig, alongside guitarist Brian Grace, and former Low Rider members Matt Wilson (lead vocals, bass) and Phil Edgar (lead guitar).

"After the Thin Lizzy reunion shows finished in 2013 I was asked to join, what turned out to be Black Star Riders, but it just didn't feel right for me," says Downey. "In January 2016, following an appearance at the Vibe For Philo in Dublin, I approached Brian Grace and that's when we discussed getting a band together. After a few rehearsals, Brian suggested that we rehearse with Matt Wilson and Phil Edgar, both of whom had been in a band called The Low Riders (their name was taken from a lyric from the Thin Lizzy song Johnny The Fox).

"In January 2017, we jammed together at the Vibe For Philo, and it went so well, that we decided to form Brian Downey's Alive And Dangerous and make it a full time proposition." Read more and listen to track from 1976 London show here.

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Metallica Release Live 'Master Of Puppets' Video

(hennemusic) Metallica performed the their 1986 classic, "Master Of Puppets", at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, WA on August 9 and the band are sharing professional footage from the show.

The epic song was the title track from the group's third record, which proved to be a major turning point in Metallica's career: their major label debut became thrash metal's first platinum album while going on to sell more than 6 million copies in the US alone.

The Seattle stop marked one of the final dates on Metallica's summer stadium tour of North America in support of 2016's "Hardwired…To Self-Destruct." Read more and watch the video here.

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Chris Cornell Tribute Released By The Voice's Ryan Quinn

The Voice Season 10 contestant Ryan Quinn has released a video of his stirring rendition of the Temple of the Dog hit single "Say Hello to Heaven" in homage to the late Chris Cornell.

The video was shot, recorded and edited by Frank Briggs in North Hollywood, CA, and each layer of Quinn's tribute was a complete take, including vocals, with no pitch correction or fixing.

Quinn had this to say, "Chris Cornell was the reason I started singing. I was absolutely devastated by his death. Since Chris had such a profound influence on my life, I wanted to figure out how I could honor his life and genius. This was my attempt at a 'thank you." Watch the video here.

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Billy Idol Rocks Classic Hit On Late Night TV

(hennemusic) Billy Idol performed his 1982 classic, "White Wedding (Part 1)", on CBS-TV's The Late Late Show with James Corden on August 17 and video from the program is streaming online.

Idol's late night television appearance was to promote the final shows of his two-year residency at the House Of Blues Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino this October.

"Billy Idol: Forever!" sees the rocker deliver tunes from throughout his career, including tracks from seminal British punk band Generation X and his solo hits.

Ahead of the final Las Vegas run, Idol will join The Who's Pete Townshend for a short US run of his Classic Quadrophenia stage show next month. Alongside Alfie Boe and a full symphony and chorus, the shows present the new orchestral version of the band's 1973 concept album based around lead character Jimmy's search for an identity amongst the mods and rockers in mid-60s Brighton. Watch the TV performance here.

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Alter Bridge Stream Preview Track From New Collection

(hennemusic) Alter Bridge are streaming live audio of the track, "Metalingus", as a preview to the September 8 release of a new collection, "Live At The O2 Arena + Rarities", via Napalm Records.

The track from the band's 2004 debut, "One Day Remains", was formerly featured by WWE superstar Edge as his ring entrance music from the time it was released until his retirement in 2011.

The forthcoming 3-CD package captures Alter Bridge in concert at the London O2 venue on November 24, 2016 alongside a disc of 13 rarities from their career.

While the first two discs feature the live performance, the third disc delivers 13 rarities from their career, including never-before released tracks "Cruel Sun" and "Solace" that were recorded during the sessions for their 2004 debut, "One Day Remains", as well as the song "Breathe" from the same time which has only ever been available as a US retail exclusive via Best Buy.

These tracks join seven other songs that have only been released in Japan until this collection. "Live At The O2 Arena + Rarities" will be available as a 3CD set, and limited deluxe editions - including a 4-LP set and a CD/DVD Earbook - which also include an exclusive Alter Bridge documentary featuring extensive interviews with the band, their crew, and family, giving a glimpse behind the scenes of the group's biggest UK show to date. Stream the song here.

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Lonely Robot Release 'In Floral Green' Video

Lonely Robot have released a new music video for their track "In Floral Green". The song comes from their most recent studio album "The Big Dream" which arrived earlier this year.

The new visual and song features a duet between guest star Kim Seviour and Lonely Robot mastermind John Mitchell. Mitchell says: "In Floral Green is a song very dear to my heart.

"In addition to losing sight of the warmth of human connection we feel in the cold remoteness and social disconnection of the modern world, we as a species probably need to be around a lot less drab grey and a lot more rustic green.

"Many thanks to the little dark-haired kid in the chorus for his tireless commitment to big 70s hair and throwing a ball around for our amusement." Watch the video at Prog.

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