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The Tragically Hip's Farewell Concert To Stream Online

(hennemusic) hennemusic will stream the farewell concert by The Tragically Hip from the Rogers K-Rock Centre in the band's hometown of Kingston, ON on Saturday, August 20 starting at 8:30 PM ET.

The 15th and final stop on the band's summer tour across Canada in support of their latest album, "Man Machine Poem", marks the group's last show following news in May that frontman Gord Downie has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.

"After 30-some years together as The Tragically Hip, thousands of shows, and hundreds of tours…we've decided to do another one," said the band. "This feels like the right thing to do now, for Gord, and for all of us."

One of Canada's most beloved bands, The Tragically Hip formed in 1984 and have issued 13 studio albums to huge success in their homeland, earning 14 Juno Awards and inductions into both the Canadian Music Hall Of Fame and Canada's Walk Of Fame.

Upon hearing news of Downie's status, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted: "Gord Downie is a true original who has been writing Canada's soundtrack for more than 30 years. #Courage" The show can be streamed here.

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Video From Guns N' Roses First Dodgers Stadium Show Goes Online

(hennemusic) Guns N' Roses played the first of two shows at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on August 18 and video footage from the concert has surfaced online.

The reunited trio of Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan performed an extended, 26-song set that saw the summer tour debut of the "Use Your Illusion II" track "Yesterdays."

The tune was last performed in Mexico City during the group's series of spring shows in April. Guns N' Roses will play the second of two shows at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on August 19 (tonight) before playing the summer tour finale at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, CA on August 22.

The group will launch a South American tour in Lima, Peru on October 27 and have just announced dates for tours of Japan and Australia in the New Year. Check out the videos from the L.A. show here.

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Metallica Early Years Documentary Pt 1 Released

(hennemusic) Part one of a new four-part Spotify series, "Landmark - Metallica: The Early Years", is now available to watch online. "Chapter One: Metal Milita" details the formation of Metallica by drummer Lars Ulrich following a move from Europe to California in 1980.

Frustrated that the Los Angeles club scene wasn't as heavy as things overseas, Ulrich heads to England and gets re-inspired after hanging out with Motorhead in London.

The drummer returns Stateside, builds connections within the industry and secures enough interest from Metal Blade Records to form a band to record "Hit The Lights" for inclusion on the label's compilation "Metal Massacre."

Demo tapes followed, as did a move to San Francisco as part of a deal to add bassist Cliff Burton to the lineup. Following "Metal Militia", "Landmark - Metallica: The Early Years" continues with additional chapters including "Metal Up Your Ass", "Sophistication And Brutality" and "Armageddon's Here." Read more and check out the episode here.

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Tom DeLonge Gets Personal In TV Special

(Radio.com) Tom DeLonge has a master plan. In various interviews over the past year, he's done his best to explain to fans exactly what he's up to and why. But it seems that all too often his message is derailed by misleading headlines or simply ignored in favor or salacious articles, generally along the lines of "he left Blink-182 to chase aliens!"

Well, DeLonge has decided to tell his story, instead of letting the media do it for him, which he admits he's done too often. The San Diego musician is now the subject of a one hour and twenty minute documentary by guitar string maker Ernie Ball titled, The Pursuit of Tone.

Presented as an autobiography, DeLonge takes fans on a deep dive into his personal life: who he was, who he wanted to become, and who he is today. The journey is broken up into chapter-like segments beginning with childhood memories, and moving through his discovery and love of punk rock, the formation of Blink-182, the band's success and subsequent turmoil, the creation of Angels & Airwaves and his reasons for creating the multi-media company he currently runs today.

Blink fans will likely see a side to DeLonge that they've rarely been privy to. The musician goes behind some of Blink and AVA's biggest hits, explaining how and why they were written and constructed. Many "aha moments" are explored; musical moments where he realized he'd broken real ground and his sound would never be the same.

One example of these moments was the creation of "The Adventure," AVA's first hit. "That night after I sang it, I remember sitting in this studio at 2am, I was at my house, my family was asleep, and I was listening to this thing and about half way through the song are these tears in my eyes and I felt like there was something magical happening. That happens every once in a while when I'm a part of something artistically where I get kind of overwhelmed emotionally and feel like I'm really onto something that's important. Not that I think it's great or better than anything else, or that I think it's going to be something giant or big, it's because I feel it touches on something important to me and it grabbed a hold of--like a nerve--and is just gripping it and I could feel it and it's like electric waves through your body. It doesn't happen on every single thing but it happens every so often and you kinda go 'Wow, this is what I was meant to do.'" Read more here.

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Bob Weir Premieres New Solo Song 'Only a River'

(Radio.com) Bob Weir has been busy touring with Dead & Co this year, but in September fans will get to hear the musician's first new material in a decade. Weir is set to release Blue Mountain, his first solo album in 10 years and the first project featuring all new material in 30 years.

On Thursday (August 18), Weir shared a preview of what's to come when he premiered the track "Only a River." "Well, I was born up in the mountains/ Raised up in a desert town/ And I never saw the ocean/ 'Til I was close to your age now," he sings in the opening verse, his wistful lyrics coming across in the quiet, acoustic way the song begins with a guitar, keys and slide guitar.

The song builds in emotion and instrumental strength, as more lend their voices to the tune. A ripping electric guitar solo breaks in at the halfway mark.

In the song, Weir shows that he hasn't shed his past. Like many Grateful Dead songs, he references the folk tradition, this time by invoking the name "Shenandoah." The traditional American folk song "Oh Shenandoah" became popular in the 19th century, and here it arises once again in a new form.

Blue October will be available September 30. Listen to "Only a River" here.

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Woman Sexually Assaulted At Bloodstock Festival

(TeamRock) A woman was sexually assaulted in her tent at last weekend's Bloodstock festival. The man entered the 28-year-old woman's tent uninvited and assaulted her before she struck his hand with a torch and he fled. The incident happened between 2:50pm and 3:20pm on Sunday, August 14.

Bloodstock organizers and Derbyshire police are appealing to festival goers for information in a bid to catch the attacker. The man is described as being white with a tanned complexion and in his late 20s. He has mousey hair, which is around three inches long and has grey eyes with blue flecks in.

His teeth are uneven and he has acne scars on his face. He wore tan shorts and a black t-shirt featuring the name of a band, although the victim cannot recall which band.

He may also have complained to friends and family about a pain in his hand due to the knock he received from the victim's torch. Bloodstock say: "Bloodstock is one of the safest and friendliest festivals in the country, and this is primarily because of the sense of community that you help create.

"To say that we were shocked and upset by this crime is an understatement, and our thoughts are with the victim." Read more here.

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Anthrax's Charlie Benante Clarifies Final Album Comments

(Metal Hammer) Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante has said that the band will record again, following previous reports that he'd said For All Kings could be their final album.

Eonmusic published an interview in June, quoting him as saying: "I don't even know if there will be another record, is all I can tell you. This may be our last record - I'd rather go out on a high."

But he says the widely-reported comments have been misconstrued. Benante tells Metal Wani: "I should clarify that. That was taken completely out of context. He asked me - this record, he felt, was probably the greatest record we've ever done. Where do you go from here?

"That led into the conversation, 'I don't know. Maybe this could be the last one, and I would be happy with that.' That's what I said." He adds: "I think we have a lot more music in us." Read more here.

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Van Morrison Releases 'Too Late' Performance Video

(The Blues) Van Morrison has released a video of him performing song Too Late live. It's lifted from the veteran singer, songwriter's upcoming 36th album Keep Me Singing, which is due out on September 30. It can be pre-ordered on his official website.

The album features 13 tracks - 12 original songs along with a cover of Alfred Baggs and Don Robey's blues classic Share Your Love With Me, which has previously been recorded by artists including Aretha Franklin and Kenny Rogers.

Closing track Caledonia Swing takes the form of an instrumental and features Morrison on piano and saxophone. Morrison recently announced a UK tour this November. He'll also appear at London Bluesfest alongside Jeff Beck, Bad Company, Richie Sambora and Bill Wyman from October 28-30. See the dates and watch the video here.

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Purson and Crobot Headlining Brain Freeze Festival

(TeamRock) Purson and Crobot have been announced as joint headline acts for this year's Brain Freeze festival. It's the event's second year and will be held on November 25 and 26 at Ebbw Vale, Wales.

Joining them over the Friday and Saturday will be bands including ex Heaven's Basement frontman Aaron Buchanan new outfit The Cult Classics, The Texas Flood and Among The Dead.

Organizers say: "Following on from last year's inaugural event, this year will once again see some of the front runners of the grass roots rock scene in Wales line up with some bigger emerging names from around the world.

"It promises to be a true celebration of the present and future rock scene, and will feature acoustic sessions, vinyl stalls and locally-brewed ales to make it a true festival experience - minus the camping - in the middle of winter." A full list of confirmed artists can be found here.

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