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Marilyn Manson Slams Justin Bieber Over Arrogant Claim

(Radio.com) -In what can only be considered an audacious move, even for Justin Bieber, the pop superstar recently told Marilyn Manson that it was the Beeb that made the experimental metal veteran relevant again.

The wild revelation came when Manson was talking to Consequence of Sound about a recent line of $195 Justin Bieber T-shirts that were just old Marilyn Manson shirts with Bieber's name tacked onto the back.

"He was [already] wearing the shirt that had his name on my shirt, and he said to me, 'I made you relevant again,'" Manson revealed, adding that Bieber was proud to say the shirts were his idea. "Bad mistake to say to me," snarled Manson.

"The next day I told him I'd be at his soundcheck at Staples Center to do 'Beautiful People,'" Manson added, never intending to actually appear or perform with Bieber. But the self-proclaimed Antichrist Superstar said that the pop star believed Manson would show "because he was that stupid."

Manson was much happier to reveal he took all of the profits from the T-shirts, explaining that "They didn't even fight, they were just like, 'yea, we already know, we did wrong, so here's the money.'"

"He was a real piece of só in the way he had the arrogance to say that [he made me relevant again]," Manson seethed. "He was a real touchy-feely guy, too, like, 'Yo yo bro!' And touches you when he's talking. I'm like, you need to stand down, you're dó height on me, ok? Alright? So stand down, son." Read more here.

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Chester Bennington's Son Releases Suicide Prevention Video

(Radio.com) Late Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington's son, Draven, has unveiled a powerful new PSA video that is part of this year's National Suicide Prevention Week.

"I want to make a commitment that I will talk to someone before I hurt myself, when I'm feeling depressed or sad or going through a hard week or month or year," Draven says in the clip. 'And I want to challenge you to do the same, to help yourself, not hurt yourself."

Chester Bennington died by suicide July 27, 2017. National Suicide Prevention Week runs from Sept. 10-16. For more information on suicide prevention and bringing more light to the subject, please find go to the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention, the American Association of Suicidology and Each Mind Matters. Watch the video here.

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Eric Clapton Ponders If The Guitar is 'Over' In The Music Biz

(Radio.com) Given the current climate that heralds rappers and producers as the new rock stars, classic rock legend Eric Clapton wonders if playing the guitar is "over." Clapton made the statement during a Toronto Film Festival press conference for the new movie, Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars.

Clapton was asked about the state of the instrument after being told that guitar sales are down, with young people more excited about EDM, turntables and even symphonic tools like violins and trumpets.

"I'm out of touch. I mean, I don't know what's going on," the legendary guitarist admitted, according to Billboard. "I don't know where it's gonna go either. I think anything that has a natural process will end up where it's supposed to be."

Regardless of the what the future holds for the instrument, Clapton maintains his sense of humor. "I don't know. Maybe the guitar is over," he said with a laugh. "Good question though." Read more here.

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David Gilmour Releases Live Wish You Were Here Video

(hennemusic) David Gilmour is streaming a preview clip of Pink Floyd's 1975 classic, "Wish You Were Here", from his "Live At Pompeii" concert film ahead of its release in various formats on September 29.

The tune was the title track to the UK band's ninth album, which reached No. 1 on the US Billboard 200 on its way to sales of more than 13 million copies worldwide, including 6 million in the States.

"Wish You Were Here" is one of several Pink Floyd classics featured on "Live At Pompeii", which was filmed by director Gavin Elder over a pair of shows at the ancient Roman venue in 2016 as part of Gilmour's tour in support of 2015's "Rattle That Lock."

"I think (the film) is more than any of us could've expected," Elder recently told 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."

Available on 2-CD, Blu-ray, 2-DVD, 4-LP, deluxe Blu-ray box and download, "David Gilmour Live At Pompeii" will be issued on September 29 following its September 13 debut in more than 2,000 cinemas worldwide. Watch the video
here.

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Singled Out: SOiL's Gimme Some Lovin

SOiL are releasing their "SCREAM: The Essentials" on Friday (Sept 15th) and to celebrate Tim King to tell us about the new single "Gimme Some Lovin". Here is the story:

It was about 3:00am and I couldn't sleep so I turned on the tv and the movie "The Blues Brothers" had just started. So of course I had to stay up till 5:30am and watch it. Once the "Bob's country bunker" scene came on and they start to play "Gimme Some Lovin" and had all the bottles thrown at them, I was like "This would be a bad ass song for SOiL to cover".

So I ran it by the rest of the guys and Ryan was on board, but Adam was pretty reluctant. So I said "What will it hurt to at least try it?". So we did and it fell together really quickly. Since the movie song had horns, female backing vocals, and keyboards we needed to figure out a way to pay homage but do it in our own way. So we replicated the horn section with guitar synth tracks. Put a more "metal" sounding keyboard track in the song, and brought in 2 female singers (fellow Pavement artists Lindy from Gabriel and the apocalypse, and Cristina from Oblivious Signal). They definitely brought the song to life and added a whole new dimension to the tune and the band.

The track just tied in perfectly with the fact that we were celebrating 20 years of SOiL, putting out a greatest hits album (SCREAM: The Essentials), the band is from Chicago and The Blues Brothers was filmed in and based around Chicago, and the police car in the movie was an old Mt Prospect police car and for 10 years we rehearsed in Mt Prospect. It was just too great of a tie in not to use.

So that's how the song was decided upon and how it became the first track on the new release and new single.

We were on a "Mission from God"

Check out the song and also see the band's upcoming dates with Saving Able right here!

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Steely Dan's Donald Fagen Cancels Solo Shows Due To Illness

(hennemusic) Steely Dan legend Donald Fagen has been forced to cancel the remaining four dates of his North American solo tour due to illness, it was revealed this week.

Pollstar reports the affected concerts by Fagen & The Nightflyers include stops in Portland, OR (Sep 12), Seattle, WA (Sep 13), Saratoga, CA (Sep 15) and San Francisco, CA (Sep 16).

The announcement about the Portland's show noted that "ticket holders should watch their email for further details." As for the rest of the dates, refunds are available at points of purchase.

No information regarding Fagen's condition were included with the cancellations. Fagen and his band are still scheduled to appear at Blue Note Jazz Festival in Yokohama, Japan, on September 23 and 24. Read more here.

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The Killers Perform New Song 'The Calling' With Woody Harrelson

(Radio.com) Before The Killers debuted their new song "The Calling" Tuesday night (Sept. 12) during a concert at the O2 Academy Brixton in London, Woody Harrelson took the stage and read a passage from The Bible's chapter The Book of Matthew.

"As Jesus sat to eat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples," he began. "And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners? But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick."

While Harrelson spoke, the band played a sombre keyboard line, that led to a shuffling beat, a slinky rhythm and a bluesy guitar passage. Anyone questioning why the band asked Harrelson read from The Bible was soon answered. "Down with the message for my old man/ I got the last two chapters of Matthew in my hand," sang Brandon Flowers.

The frontman was flashily dressed in a jacket decorated with stripes of glittery silver down the lapels and sounded commanding as he hit the chorus, which peaked with the line, "Brother just lead into the light," which he repeated over a background choir near the end of the song. Read more and watch the performance here.

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Depeche Mode Release Moody 'Cover Me' Video

(Radio.com) Depeche Mode are lost in space in the band's moody new video, "Cover Me." The beautifully shot black & white clip was directed by longtime Depeche Mode collaborator, Anton Corbijn.

The video follows the band's frontman, Dave Gahan, as he wanders deserted Los Angeles streets in a spacesuit, eventually ending up on a bench facing the Pacific Ocean. During the clip, Gahan pilots a spaceship through the cosmos to the percolating electronic pulse of the track. "Cover Me" is from Depeche Mode's new album, Spirit, which came out in March.

"A big surprise for me was how 'Cover Me' ended up being," Gahan told NPR. "I always heard this idea of the song being in two halves. The song is here and then you kind of get in the spaceship and go somewhere else." Watch the video here.

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Trent Reznor Says David Bowie Fundamentally Changed His Life

(Radio.com) Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor has opened up about kicking a drug habit and how it affected his music and how the late music legend David Bowie helped him clean up.

"I had romanticized the idea of what drugs and alcohol's role in my life was," Reznor revealed in an interview with Kerrang (via NME). 'I'm not saying it didn't provide great moments of great escape and relief, and easing of pain, but it wound up creating chaos and destroying things - destroying creativity in my case."

"There was an awkward adjustment of learning how to live without that, without those things, those people, those crutches and habits," he continued. "Once I got on stable ground and started to understand how my brain worked without all that, musically at least, I can do more because I can remember what I did. I can think deeper about things."

Reznor recalled time spent with David Bowie, and how the rock legend helped him towards sobriety. "It reminds me, when I was in the throes of that [addiction] was when we toured with Bowie, and this was the Bowie that had come out the other side and was happily married. I was nearing the peak of my addiction, and his role to me was kind of mentor, big brother, friend, and also he'd give me kind of shamanish advice." Read more here.

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Kid Rock Opens Detroit's New Little Caesars

(Radio.com) Kid Rock played the first show in Detroit's new venue Little Caesars Arena on Tuesday night (Sept. 12). He entered the concert to 'Hail to the Chief," complete with dancers carrying American flags.

While the rocker did not reveal any new clues about his possible Senate race, he made a campaign-style speech similar to the one he dropped in Grand Rapids last week.

Rock touched on issues like welfare, health insurance, LGBTQ rights, race relations, deadbeat fathers and more. He also condemned white supremacist groups and anyone else who considers him racist.

"I do believe it to be self-evident we are all created equal," Rock declared to his hometown crowd, reported Billboard. "I said it once, I'll scream it again. I love black people and I love white people too, but neither as much as I love red, white and blue." Read more here.

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Elton John To Be Honored At AIDS Foundation Fall Gala

(Radio.com) This year's AIDS Foundation Fall Gala will honor Sir Elton John for the multiple charitable activities he has been involved in throughout his storied career.

"Elton's philanthropic endeavors and activism for human rights and the arts have inspired millions and made a positive difference in people's lives around the world," explained Elton John AIDS Foundation Chairman David Furnish in a press statement. 'But without a doubt, Elton's greatest contribution as a humanitarian is his 25-year commitment to building one of the most important institutions in the effort to end AIDS - the Elton John AIDS Foundation."

This year marks the 25th Anniverary of the Gala. Aretha Franklin will headline the evening, which takes place on November 7 at the Cathedral of St. John The Divine. Actor Neil Patrick Harris will host the event. Read more here.

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Imagine Dragons Reveal The Superpowers They Wish They Had

(Radio.com) Everybody's thought about it: the ultimate superpower. The ability to fly, to leap over buildings in a single bound, pick up a truck and hurl it through the air.

Just like the rest of us, Dan Reynolds and Daniel Wayne of Imagine Dragons have pondered what it would be like to be a superhero. Unlike most of us, however, their thoughts on the ultimate superpower have been captured on video and shared with the world.

"The two Dans," as they're known, ponder the potential of their preferred super-powers in a pretty funny clip. Singer Reynolds wants his abilities to be mental, while guitarist Wayne leans towards the ultimate control over the world around him.

The pair also discuss the various pitfalls of each other's super-power pick and what it would take to defeat it. Watch the video here.

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