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Linkin Park Announce Chester Bennington Tribute Concert

(hennemusic) Linkin Park will honor their late bandmate, Chester Bennington, with a tribute concert at the Hollywood Bowl on October 27. Performing together for the first time since Bennington's July 20 suicide at the age of 41, the group's surviving members will be joined by a number of other artists while raising money for Music For Relief's One More Light Fund in his memory.

A Linkin Park Underground pre-sale starts Tuesday, September 19 at 12 pm Los Angeles time, with public tickets available Friday, September 22 at 10 am Los Angeles time via Ticketmaster.

In sync with the tribute concert news, the band also issued a video for the title track to their current album, "One More Light", directed by Joe Hahn and Mark Fiore.

"It has been incredibly emotional to work on this, and especially to watch it," says Hahn of the clip, which features images of Bennington on and off stage. "I feel that by doing it, we not only faced some of our biggest fears, but it enabled us to use our talents to bring some light to people that need it.

"As we move forward to the Hollywood Bowl show and beyond, I think about the people that connect with the band, outside and inside our circle. This video is a gesture of good will to the people that want that connection."

"One More Light was written with the intention of sending love to those who lost someone," adds Mike Shinoda. "We now find ourselves on the receiving end. In memorial events, art, videos, and images, fans all over the world have gravitated towards this song as their declaration of love and support for the band and the memory of our dear friend, Chester. We are so very grateful and can't wait to see you again." Watch the video here.

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Paul McCartney And Bruce Springsteen Jam Beatles Classic

(Radio.com) Paul McCartney fans attending his concert at New York's Madison Square Garden on Friday night (Sept. 15) got more than the paid for when Bruce Springsteen and Steven Van Zandt joined Sir Paul onstage.

After chants of "Bruce!" echoed through the arena, McCartney and Springsteen performed the Beatles' classic "I Saw Her Standing There" not once, but twice.

"Are you guys ready to rock?" McCartney asked the crowd as Springsteen and Van Zandt strapped on their guitars. The Boss was all smiles and he bowed down to McCartney before they started the song. They played the tune twice because, even though first go-through rocked, well, he wanted to do it again. And at his shows, he's the boss.

"Rockin' out with The Boss-Sounded so good we had to do it twice!" McCartney later posted on Instagram with a photo of him and Springsteen jamming together. Watch fan footage of the eight-minute performance of "I Saw Her Standing There" here.

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Foo Fighters' 'Carpool Karaoke' Tease Revealed

(Radio.com) This month, James Corden's Carpool Karaoke earned an Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Special and the latest season of the Late Late Show segment is back with a vengeance.

On Sunday, the show announced via Twitter that this week's edition will feature the Foo Fighters. In the teaser GIF, Dave Grohl pulls a pained expression and screams "Are you ready?!" Corden and his bandmates raise their hands in an enthusiastic "Yeah!"

Corden's announcement promises the segment will drop "this week." The Foos are riding high on the release of their ninth studio album Concrete and Gold. See the GIF-able announcement here.

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Metallica Release Live Video Of Rarity Performance

(hennemusic) Metallica performed the 1991 rarity, "Of Wolf And Man", at Halle Tony Garnier in Lyon, France on September 12, and the band are sharing professional footage from the event.

The band delivered the first appearance of the "Black" album track in four years during the show, part of the group's European tour in support of their latest set, "Hardwired…To Self-Destruct."

The two-disc set was produced by Greg Fidelman, drummer Lars Ulrich and guitarist James Hetfield. A Deluxe Edition of the package adds a bonus disc of rarities and covers, including takes on tracks by Iron Maiden, Deep Purple and Rainbow, and the group's full set at Rasputin's in Berkeley, California on Record Store Day 2016 to celebrate the reissues of "Kill 'Em All" and "Ride The Lightning."

The fall European run will wrap up with two dates in Antwerp, Belgium in early November, after which Metallica will release a series of 30th anniversary reissues of their 1986 album classic, "Master Of Puppets", on November 10. Watch the video here.

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Leonard Cohen Tribute Concert Lineup Revealed

(Radio.com) It's been almost one year since Leonard Cohen passed away last November, and to commemorate the anniversary, Cohen's It's been almost one year since Leonard Cohen passed away last November, and to commemorate the anniversary, Cohen's has announced a star-studded tribute concert. Tower of Song: A Memorial Tribute to Leonard Cohen will feature Elvis Costello, Lana Del Rey, Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites of The Lumineers, Feist, Damien Rice, k.d. Lang, composer Philip Glass and more.

The concert will take place November 6 in Montreal, Quebec where Cohen was born and raised. Proceeds will benefit Canada Council--the government trust that helped fund Cohen's early writing career. The Council of Arts and Letters of Quebec and the Montreal Arts Council will also receive a share of the proceeds. Cohen's son Adam, one of the event's lead organizers, sat down with Billboard to discuss how the concert came together.

"There were so many groups of people expressing beautiful interest in commemorating and memorializing and paying tribute to my old man," he said. "Instead of having it be a whole bunch of candles burning in various places, we wanted to pull a bunch of disparate pieces together and make a big bonfire, a big sight on a hill." Read more here.

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Singled Out: Spiral Crush's One Shot

Spiral Crush frontman Shaun Smail tells us about their song "One Shot" which is a track that comes from the band's latest studio album "Electric Life". Here is the story:

I wrote the first verse and chorus to One Shot while we were recording our second album Nothing To Lose. We had already recorded most of our second album so I put One Shot in "the vault". After a long hiatus we finally started working on a third album. One Shot was one of the first songs we demoed. At that point the song was just verse chorus repeat. Once we got into the studio and started recording, the solo and bridge section of the song just happened. Our engineer/ co-producer Andy Patalan suggested the melodic notes over the chords during the bridge and all of the sudden we had this great song.

I wrote the words to this song about how you have to recognize the opportunities in your life that present themselves and how you have have to choose to take them. No one is going to force you to become successful. I also believe it is never too late to achieve a goal or even change your mind and pursue a different dream. You have to believe in it and pursue it with passion. It's not going to be easy. That's why the the first verse has the line "Its all who you know or its all who you f***". Every business, whether its the music business or the local construction business, will be full of people who know and help each other. It takes time and effort to break into the inner circle. The lyrics are also about how you get what you put into it. In otherwords, if you want to be the best and reach the top, make it to the major leagues, you can't treat it like a weekend softball team.

Once the CD was complete and we started playing it for friends and family "One Shot" became an album favorite right away. This also included my daughter who was in 2nd grade. Now because of the use of the F word I would always turn the radio down at that point or talk real loud over it. Then of course she came to me and asked for a copy of "One Shot" to play for her teacher and her class at school. Uh-OH. I had to return to the studio and rerecord an alternate line for a child friendly version. Thank God she didn't just take a copy to school without asking.

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

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George Michael's 'Freedom' Documentary Preview Released

(Radio.com) A new George Michael documentary, entitled "George Michael: Freedom", is set to premiere on Showtime next month and on Monday fans got the first teaser trailer.

According to The Wrap, the documentary is set to be quite the star-studded affair, with appearances from Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Ricky Gervais, Nile Rogers, Mark Ronson and more.

The supermodel stars of Michael's legendary 'Freedom! '90" video -- Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford, Tatjana Patitz and Linda Evangelista -- reunite for the first time to discuss the project in the movie.

The doc is directed by Michael himself (he started the process before his death in December 2016) along with David Austin, chronicling the making of the 1990 album, Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1, and the subsequent legal fallout with his label. Michael will also narrate the film. Check out the new teaser here.

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Styx and Don Felder Announce New Run Of Residency Dates

Styx and Don Felder had so much fun with their original Renegades In The Fast Lane residency show that they will be returning to Las Vegas early next year for another run of five dates.

The new run of "Styx & Don Felder: Renegades In The Fast Lane" shows will be taking place at The Venetian Theatre inside The Venetian Las Vegas on January 26, 27, 31 and February 2, 3, 2018.

Styx's Tommy Shaw had this to say, "After our 'Renegades In The Fast Lane' residency earlier this year, we kept hearing the question, 'Will there be more dates?' Well the answer is, YES! We had such a great time trading stage time with Don Felder. First being his band playing a set from his former band, Eagles, and then having Don join us to play some Styx songs. Now we are returning for another round of shows!!!" Read more here.

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Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder Busks Outside Wrigley Field

(Radio.com) When the mood to play music strikes, some people can't help but indulge it. Case in point: Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder who's undying love for the Chicago Cubs found him busking on the streets outside of Wrigley Field over the weekend.

Vedder was seen on Friday night (Sept. 15) joining a pair of musicians outside the legendary baseball field in a spontaneous jam session, including a take on Pearl Jam's "Courduroy."

Once was apparently not enough for the Pearl Jam frontman, as Vedder was spotted again just two days later (Sept. 17) again making music on the streets of Chicago, this time on drums. Watch a video below.

Pearl Jam will release a new documentary film and accompanying soundtrack, Let's Play Two, in celebration of the band's two sold-out shows at Wrigley Field during the Chicago Cubs' historic 2016 season which culminated in a World Series championship. Both the doc and soundtrack arrive November 17th. Check out both videos here.

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The Killers Cover David Bowie Classic 'Fame'

(Radio.com) The Killers performed a cover of David Bowie's 1975 classic, "Fame" for a studio session that they did last week (Sept. 13) for the BBC and the performance can be streamed online.

The session was originally scheduled for earlier in the week but had to be rescheduled due to Hurricane Irma. Harry Styles graciously took The Killers' place, reports NME.

The band also performed the new song, "The Man" and their debut breakthrough single "Mr. Brightside." Check out clips from The Killers BBC performances here.

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Sleeping With Sirens Release 'Legends' Video Featuring Fan Footage

(Radio.com) Sleeping With Sirens have released a brand new music video for their song "Legends," but unlike traditional promotional videos, this one is comprised of clips submitted by the band's fans.

"This video is a thank u to our fans!," the band wrote on Twitter. "We wanted to make this as we were so moved by your #wecanbelegends submissions."

In the clip, the band is seen performing the song in a warehouse space adorned with SWS memorabilia, with various photos coming alive with the fan-submitted photos and videos throughout.

"Legends" is taken from the upcoming new Sleeping With Sirens full-length, Gossip, which is set to debut this Friday, Sept. 22. Watch the video here.

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