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Foo Fighters Release 'The Sky Is A Neighborhood' Video

(hennemusic) The Foo Fighters have released a video for the track "The Sky Is A Neighborhood", from their forthcoming album, "Concrete And Gold." The Dave Grohl-directed clip sees the band performing the song and features the rocker's two daughters, 11-year-old Violet and 8-year-old Harper.

"One night I was lying out looking up at stars," recalls Grohl. "Just imagining all of these stars as places that have life on them as well, and I decided that the sky is a neighborhood, that we need to keep our s**t together in order to survive in this universe full of life. But I had no music yet. I just had the title. So every day I would walk around, kind of humming this thing in my head."

In sync with the video's release, the Foo Fighters are launching a constellation viewer, enabling users to transform to their phone into a tool for exploring the sky in their neighborhood.

Using your phone, go to sky.foofighters.com to configure a realistic constellation map in the viewer's 3D sphere, then let it identify the constellations in your night sky accompanied by a Foo Fighters soundtrack. Watch the video here.

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Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Forced To Postpone Concert

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers were forced to postpone their concert in Berkeley, Ca on Wednesday night (Aug. 24) after frontman Petty lost his voice to a bout with laryngitis.

The band broke the news to fans with the following social media post yesterday, "Unfortunately, due to Tom having laryngitis, tonight's show at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, CA has been postponed.

"The show will now take place on Monday, August 28th. Hold on to your tickets, all tickets for tonight's show will be honored at the door on Monday night. The shows at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento on Friday and at the Greek Theatre on Sunday are scheduled to go on as planned."

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Robert Plant Reveals New Album Details

(Gibson) Robert Plant and his band the Sensational Space Shifters are back with a new album, Carry Fire, set to arrive on Oct. 13. Pre-orders for the set are being taken now via RobertPlant.com, Nonesuch Records and various digital outlets, and those who order from Nonesuch or Plant's website will pick up an instant download of Carry Fire's first single, "The May Queen," and a limited edition print with an image from the album art.

"The May Queen" is also out as a download right now, and the song's lyric video is streaming via YouTube here. What's extra cool is that Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters will tour to promote Carry Fire. So far, Plant and company haven't announced tour dates, but they have stated the trek will set off in November.

Carry Fire will pack 11 songs, one of which features guest vocalist Chrissie Hynde. The album will follow Plant's previous release with The Sensational Space Shifters, 2014's Lullaby and…The Ceaseless Roar. See the tracklist here.

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Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson Release New Box Set

(hennemusic) Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson has announced that he will release "Soloworks: The Vinyl Collection", a box set covering his solo catalogue, on October 27th.

Also available individually on heavyweight black 180g vinyl, the package includes the rocker's six album solo output from 1990 to 2005 and includes his 1990 debut, "Tattooed Millionaire", as well as "Balls To Picasso" (1994), "Skunkworks" (1996), "Accident Of Birth" (1997), "The Chemical Wedding" (1998). and 2005's "Tyranny Of Souls."

Two of the titles - "The Chemical Wedding" and "Tyranny Of Souls", are being made available for the first time ever on vinyl, while the four others have been long out of print, with "Skunkworks" and "Accident Of Birth" now expanded to double LPs for optimum sound.

All of Dickinson's solo records charted in his native UK, with some earning Top 10 status in Finland and Sweden. "Soloworks" arrives in sync with the October 19 release of Dickinson's memoir, "What Does This Button Do?", via HarperCollins.

The project sees the rocker share, for the first time, his most fascinating recollections, including his years with Iron Maiden, the early days, his childhood within the eccentric British school system, going solo, realizing his dream of flying jumbo jets and his recent battle with tongue cancer.

Dickinson worked on the project extensively while on the road for the band's world tour in support of 2015's "The Book Of Souls", which has covered 39 countries and 117 shows since February 2016. The rocker filled seven A4 notebooks by writing his story in longhand, in addition to his duties as a performer and as the pilot of Iron Maiden's new 747 jumbo jet Ed Force One as he flew band, crew and 22 tons of equipment around the globe. Read more here.

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Singled Out: Roulette's Forlorn

New Jersey hard rockers Roulette recently released their brand new "Fire" EP and to celebrate we asked the band to tell us the story behind the single "Forlorn". Here is the story:

"Forlorn" is intentionally the last song on our most recent EP, FIRE. Overall the song is lyrically dark. It conveys a sense of exhaustion, an internal battle with one's self of whether or not to take the next step. It talks about struggling to meet your goals without always seeing that "light at the end of tunnel" so to speak.

As a band, we find it really important to express this. Darkness is always kicking around, but it's been particularly prevalent in the hard rock world of late, with the suicide of Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington casting shadows over the scene. Depression only deepens the more alone we feel. Music has the power to make us feel less alone, and that's why it's so important to acknowledge it in our music. When a band shares their experience and view on something, it can help us feel less isolated. It also can physically bring people together, keeping us from literally being alone.

The opening line of the song is "I can't take one more second of looking in from the outside. Once an optimist reborn a skeptic, I can't help but to criticize". This is a very loaded sentence. We wanted this to speak to every person who has tried and tried to succeed at something. It's easy to become cynical when you're giving all you have to meet your goals, and just can't seem to move forward. It's frustrating, and it's a frustration that we definitely understand as a band. That is why within the song there lies a message of hope.

The darkness of "Forlorn" is reflected arrangement wise as well, particularly with heavy syncopated triplets and angry guitar lines.

The choruses are meant to directly contrast the verses by providing an uplifting feeling. It's important to acknowledge the darkness, but we also find it more impactful to do something with it. Everyday brings a new beginning with new opportunities.

One of the lines in the chorus is …"New sunrise. Hope fuels it's fire. Lose myself again". When you break that down what we are saying is you can always start over. Don't lose your passion. Never let anyone take that away from you. Your hope fuels the fire within your heart. Do what you love. Find your happiness.

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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David Gilmour Streams Another Preview From Concert Film

(hennemusic) David Gilmour is streaming a preview clip of the "Rattle That Lock" single, "Today", from his "Live At Pompeii" concert film ahead of its release in various formats on September 29.

"Today" was the second single issued from the Pink Floyd guitarist's 2015 album, which debuted at No. 5 on the US Billboard 200 and at No. 1 in his native UK, among other places.

The guitarist's 2016 concerts at the venue - the first-ever rock performances played to an audience in the ancient Roman amphitheatre built in 90 BC - marked his return to the site 45 years after he first played there for Adrian Maben's classic film, "Pink Floyd Live At Pompeii."

Due September 29 and directed by Gavin Elder, "Live At Pompeii" sees Gilmour mix solo tracks and Pink Floyd classics during the shows. "I think (the film) is more than any of us could've expected," Elder tells Billboard. "Pompeii wasn't the last concert on the tour, but it was the highlight, that's for sure. We all traveled there on the train together and there was a real sense of excitement that something special was going to happen in Pompeii.

"There is a sense of history in the air there; You can feel that you're standing in the middle of one of the oldest amphitheaters in the world." Check out the preview clip here.

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The Killers Release Haunting 'Run For Cover' Video

(Radio.com) The Killers have released a brand new video for their track "Run For Cover." The song is the second single from their upcoming LP "Wonderful Wonderful" which arrives on September 22nd.

In the new video, a woman literally runs for cover as her boyfriend chases her down the road in his car. She's holding a mysterious cassette tape and he wants it back. The dark, cinematic visuals tell a story of murder, suspicion and revenge told in flashback.

In addition to their upcoming album, the Killers recently announced a tour beginning October 8 at the Austin City Limits Festival. Watch the video for "Run For Cover" here.

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Queens of the Stone Age Let Past Albums Review 'Villains'

(Radio.com) Queens of the Stone Age are among the best rock bands roaming the Earth today. Thanks in large part to leader Josh Homme, they're also one of the funniest, constantly finding new and inventive ways to make fans laugh while melting their faces off with molten riffs and bombastic beats.

In promotion of the group's dance-tastic new Mark Ronson-produced album, Villains, Queens of the Stone Age have released a new video that finds Liam Lynch interviewing each of the band's previous albums for their reviews of the upcoming full-length.

Homme provides the voices for the albums, each of which brings their own issues to the table in the hilarious promo clip. Since we don't want to spoil the funny, let's just strongly encourage you to watch the video below for some much-needed laughs from the band's salty discography.

Villains is set for release this Friday, August 25. Watch the explicit clip here.

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ZZ Top Launching Tonnage Tour And Shows With Guns N' Roses

Rock legends ZZ Top are returning to the road tonight to embark on their 2017 Tonnage Tour which will be the Texas band play to audiences in various cities across North America.

They will be kicking things off with tonight's show (Aug 24) in Vancouver, BC - PNE Amphitheater and will be wrapping the trek up on November 12tj in New Orleans, LA at the Saenger Theatre.

This week they will also be playing a string of west coast shows with The Dobbie Brothers including stops in Woodinville, Goldendale, Eugene and Saratoga.

Two Texas shows will Guns N' Roses are also scheduled on September 6th in El Paso and the 8th in San Antonio. Billy had this to say. "We're looking forward to playing for so many good folks in some of our favorite locales, and serving as cultural ambassadors to our pals in Guns N' Roses when they visit the great state of Tejas," he commented. "After four decades, we believe we're beginning to get the hang of this whole rock and roll thing, so a mighty good time will be enjoyed by all." See the dates here.

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Grohl On If Nirvana Could Ever Play Together Again

(Gibson) Will the Nirvana gang ever get together to do another show? The last time the surviving members of Nirvana took the stage together was when the band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.

That night, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear reunited to perform the group's grungy songs for the first time since frontman Kurt Cobain passed away. Lorde and Joan Jett were tapped to sing vocals and pay tribute to Cobain.

When asked if something like that could ever happen again, Grohl didn't rule out the possibility but also didn't make any promises. In a story for the U.K.'s The Times, Grohl recalled the Rock Hall performance as one of the "seminal gigs" of his career.

"I got together with my old band mates, Krist and Pat, and guests including Joan Jett and Lorde, and we played those songs again -- it sounded just like it did, but of course with one thing missing," Grohl wrote. "We hadn't played a Nirvana set since Kurt died."

"Could we do that again?" Grohl added. "I don't know." Read more here.

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Billy Corgan Shares Solo Piano Ballad 'Aeronaut'

(Radio.com) Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan (currently going by his full birth name William Patrick Corgan) has released an online stream of a new solo song called "Aeronaut".

The song is taken from the upcoming full-length, Ogilala and is a heartfelt piano ballad that is thick with orchestral swells beneath Corgan's distinctive vocals.

Ogilala, which will be produced by Rick Rubin, is set for release on October 14. The album will be supported by a 13-date tour. Stream Billy's... or rather William's new track here.

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Prince's 1987 Concert Movie 'Sign o' the Times' Headed to TV

(Radio.com) Prince's rare 1987 concert film, Sign o' the Times, is slated to debut on cable network Showtime in September. The movie has been out of print since 1991.

Filmed as a companion piece to Prince's legendary double-album of the same name, the movie Sign o' the Times combined footage filmed at his Paisley Park Studios and from shows in Belgium and the Netherlands.

According to Rolling Stone, songs performed in the movie include "I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man," "Hot Thing," "If I Was Your Girlfriend," "U Got the Look," "Little Red Corvette" and a cover of Charlie Parker's "Now's the Time." Read more here.

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The Digital Masquerade Release 'Straight Jacket' Video

California metal band The Digital Masquerade have released a brand new video for their track "Straight Jacket." The song comes from their latest album "Digital Train Time Machine."

The band recruited Society 1 frontman and artist Matt Zane of Lord Zane Productions to direct and edit the new visual, which is also the band very first music video.

It was filmed in Glendale, CA at the old abandoned police facility. The band says that"The song is a story about getting institutionalize in a criminal insane asylum and tortured. Then the inmates overtake the asylum and escape, which story is visually captured by directer Matt Zane." Watch it here.

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