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Adrenaline Mob Member Killed In Traffic Accident On Tour

Adrenaline Mob bass player Dave Z (Zablidowsky) was killed on Friday after the RV that band was traveling in was struck by a tractor-trailer on a Florida highway.

The accident occurred on the side of the I-75 while the band's RV was pulled over fixing a flat tire, according to local media. Six people were reportedly also injured with three in critical condition at the UF Health Shands Hospital and North Florida Regional Medical Center.

The current condition of the other band members had not been revealed at press time. Zablidowsky's brother Zablidowsky's brother Paul confirmed the sad news about Dave's death via Facebook "As you can all imagine, my family and I are devastated by the horrific news of David's passing. A piece of our hearts has been taken from us today and we are figuring out how to deal with this as a family. Please give us time and space to mourn and we will keep you posted when we can. Thank you all for your kind thoughts and prayers." Read more here.

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Guns N' Roses And Angus Young Jam AC/DC Classics

(hennemusic) Angus Young joined Guns N' Roses to perform a pair of AC/DC classics at Goffertpark in Nijmegen, Netherlands on July 12, and video from the event has surfaced online.

The pairing delivered "Whole Lotta Rosie" from 1977's "Let There Be Rock" and "Riff Raff" from 1978's "Powerage" with Young, who appeared in regular street clothes instead of his trademark schoolboy outfit.

"What a night... Thank you Netherlands!," tweeted the group after the show. The Nijmegen date marked one the final stops on the European leg of the band's Not In This Lifetime tour, which wraps up in Tel Aviv, Israel on July 15.

Guns N' Roses will next play a special concert at New York's Apollo Theater on July 20, just ahead of their summer return to North America in St. Louis, MO on July 27 as part of their Not In This Lifetime global trek. Watch videos of the jam here.

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The White Stripes Celebrate 20th Anniversary Of Live Debut

(Radio.com) The White Stripes made their live debut 20 years ago Friday (July 14) at an open mic event at The Gold Dollar in Detroit. It was Bastille Day, 1997 and today Third Man Records is celebrating the occasion by releasing a live recording of the performance on Bastille Day 2017.

Jack White already released The White Stripes' The First Show: Live on Bastille Day as a limited-edition 7-inch vinyl exclusive for subscribers of Third Man's Vault service.

But it was never serviced to digital and streaming services, so this morning he opened up the vaults and unloaded the sliver of history. The release features performances of "St. James Infirmary," "Jimmy The Exploder" and "Love Potion #9." Listen to the three tracks here.

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Alice Cooper Streams Title Song From New Album 'Paranormal'

(hennemusic) Alice Cooper is streaming a lyric video for the title track to his forthcoming album, "Paranormal." Due July 28, the project reunites the rocker with producer Bob Ezrin and includes guest appearances by U2 drummer Larry Mullen Jr., ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons and Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover.

The record also includes a bonus disc consisting of six live tracks recorded last year in Columbus, OH with Cooper's current touring lineup and two brand new songs written and recorded together with original Alice Cooper Band members Dennis Dunaway, drummer Neal Smith and guitarist Michael Bruce.

The title track to "Paranormal" follows the lead single, "Paranoiac Personality", as the second preview of the set. Currently playing shows across Europe, Cooper will team up with Deep Purple for a late summer run across North America for dates starting in Las Vegas, NV on August 12. Check out the new song here.

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Judge Grants Nullification of Universal's Prince Estate Contract

(Radio.com) When Universal Music Group paid $31 million for the rights to Prince's catalog, the company believed it was getting a large swath of his biggest hits. After the deal was done, Universal discovered that some of the material it paid to obtain rights for (Purple Rain and anything released before 1996) was still under contract at Warner Brothers.

It was believed that contract expired next year: WB actually holds the rights until 2021. The multimillion dollar plan to capitalize on Prince's portfolio was not what it seemed for UMG.

After UMG filed a suit against the Prince estate to void the contract, a judge determined that much of the agreement should be nullified. Since then, a "large portion" of the contract has been "rescinded," as described in the court documents. Read more here.

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Kid Rock Addresses Doubts About His Run For Senate

Kid Rock addressed those who doubt his intention to run for Senate to represent his home state of Michigan and also revealed that he is releasing music to coincide with the political move.

Rock confirmed earlier this week that a campaign website was in fact his and promise more details to come but he did not come out and say that he really intends to run for office in next year's election.

On Thursday, he took to his website to address doubts that were raised by some by the news. He wrote, "First of all, I've got 15 days from my announcement to file paperwork with the FEC! Second, I'm not signed to Warner Brothers!!! – which simple fact checking would have revealed. I have recently worked out a unique deal with BMG, Broken Bow, CAA and Live Nation to release music ON MY TERMS. Like politicians write books during their campaigns. I'm planning on putting out music during min and IT ALL STARTS TONIGHT AT MIDNIGHT. It's not a hoax, it's a strategy and marketing 101! Not plans for an album or anything else that has been the usual norm in the music business OR politics…and…

"Senator Stabenow and I do share a love of music, although probably not the same kind. I concede she is better at playing politicians than I am so I'll keep doing what I do best, which is being a voice for tax paying, hardworking AMERICANS and letting politicians like her know that We the People are sick and tire of their bulls***!

"I am captain now. #fakenews # kidrockforsenate #kidrock #podunk #greatestshowonearth "

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Billy Corgan Selling Smashing Pumpkins Gear Online

(Radio.com) Billy Corgan has partnered with online gear marketplace Reverb to sell equipment he used to record and tour for many Smashing Pumpkins records. Corgan will list over 100 guitars, amps and other items on the website.

"Of all the artist-owned gear we've been fortunate to sell on Reverb, this collection of gear from Billy Corgan has arguably the most historic prominence - you can feel it when you pick up any one piece," Reverb's Jim Tuerk said, reports Rolling Stone. "These are the tools that not only defined one of the all-time greats but an entire generation of music."

Non-guitar items include the drum machine he used on his original Pumpkins demos and his 1969 Gibson EB-3 Bass, which he writes has a very "Jack Bruce" sound. "I used this on everything from Mellon Collie to Machina," Corgan added. "It's one of those secret weapon recording basses." Read more here.

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Blink-182 Star Says He Placed A Hex On Ill-Fated Music Festival

(Radio.com) Blink-182's Matt Skiba recently revealed he used witchcraft to hex the disastrous Fyre Festival earlier this summer, according to an interview with NME. The band preemptively pulled out of the lineup due to a variety of concerns, and perhaps, with a little bit of help from Skiba's "pagan powers."

"I had a bad feeling about that event," Skiba said. "I consider myself a pagan and a witch. With every inch of my energy I wanted Fyre not to happen. I put all the electricity and energy in my body against that thing happening."

The band canceled their set due to "technical and logistical issues," but it was all for the best, considering the "luxury" festival fell into chaos within its first day and the co-founder, Billy McFarland, is now facing a wire fraud charge and numerous lawsuits.

"The rest of it crumbled to s— because that's what it was," Skiba continued. "It was bulls—. I used my witchy ways and it seemed to work. I'll take responsibility and everyone can blame me." Read more here.

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Metallica Release Live 'Battery' Video

(hennemusic) Metallica performed their 1986 classic, "Battery", at SunTrust Park in Atlanta, GA on July 9, and the band are sharing professional vidoe footage from the event.

The song was the opening track from the group's third record, "Master Of Puppets." Metallica's major label debut became thrash metal's first platinum album while expanding and solidifying the band's sonic palette. The project has now sold more than 6 million copies in the US alone.

The Atlanta stop on the band's current North American leg of their World Wired tour in support of "Hardwired…To Self-Destruct" was the third show following a two-week break from the trek, which sees them on the road with Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat.

Metallica's tenth album recently passed the 1 million sales mark in the US, becoming the band's 12th project to reach that plateau Stateside since Nielsen Music began tracking sales in 1991.

"We're itching to play them," drummer Lars Ulrich said of the new material last fall when the album was released. "Right now, every day when we get into the Tuning Room we're just playing the new songs. Then we're like, 'Wait, we gotta get out there and play 'Master of Puppets.'

"Some of the songs from the new record are a little more physical. It's gonna be a lot of fun to play this. Also, some of these songs are a little shorter than the ones on Death Magnetic. I think it's gonna be a lot of fun to throw many of these songs in, but we'll change the setlist every night like we always do." Watch the video here.

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Sleeping With Sirens Stream First Song From New Album

(Radio.com) After weeks of teasing fans with social messages that read, 'Don't Believe The Gossip," Sleeping with Sirens have not only announced the new album's September 22nd street date but they've released the first single, 'Legends," an uplifting, motivational track that's already been declared the official song of the U.S. Olympic Team.

'It's all still a shock to me," says Kellin about the Olympic Team's adoption of 'Legend" as their official song heading into the 2018 games in PeyeongChang, Korea. 'I guess when I see it on TV I'll know that it's real." Born and raised in Southern Oregon, Kellin is an avid snowboarder and can't wait to see his song used in conjunction with the sport.

"Legends is one of the first songs that clicked when we started writing this record," says frontman Kellin Quinn. 'We started coming up with the music and it had such an epic sound to it. The hook kinda just came to me. I was thinking about everything we've been through as a band and the road that we're trying to travel - and everything that you want to try to do in your life simply as a human being - the lyric, 'We could be legends after all' is something that makes a lot of sense because nothing's guaranteed in life but if you put forth the work and the effort and you try as hard as you can and you follow your dreams then maybe you can make something really awesome happen with your life. That's basically the idea behind the song."

"It's like you can either give up or you can keep working and trying hard--that's always been the background of our band. I think that's been our message to everybody. The whole point of life is to get out there and do something important. You only have one life to live so you might as well do whatever you can to make the best of it." Read more here.

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Billie Joe And Tim Armstrong Release First Song From Supergroup

(Radio.com) Bay Area punk icons, Billie Joe Amstrong and Tim Armstrong and his nephew Rey Amstrong have teamed to make The Armstrongs and have released their first track titled, "If There Was Ever A Time."

The group has committed all proceeds from the sale of the track to 924 Gilman, a punk venue where both Rancid and Green Day played their earliest shows. 924 Gilman is a DIY, non-profit, all-ages venue for music, art, and community events in Berkeley, California.

According to Hellcat Records, physical copies will be released in addition to streaming. Listen to an online stream of the group's debut track "If There Was Ever A Time" here.

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Gerard Way's 'Umbrella Academy' Coming to Netflix

(Radio.com) The rumors have been confirmed. The Umbrella Academy, a graphic novel collaboration between illustrator Gabriel Ba and My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way is coming to Netflix as a live action series.

"I am thrilled that The Umbrella Academy has found a home at Netflix. I couldn't think of a better place for the vision Gabriel Ba and myself had when creating the comic, and cannot wait for people to experience that world as a live action show," said Gerard Way.

According to an official synopsis the series follows the estranged members of a dysfunctional family of superheroes: The Monocle, Spaceboy, The Kraken, The Rumor, The Seance, Number Five, The Horror, and The White Violin -- as they work together to solve their father's mysterious death. Read more here.

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