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Foo Fighters Announce Rare One-Off Intimate Concert

Foo Fighters have announced that they will be playing a very special show this week. The band revealed that they will stage a rare intimate concert this Friday (August 4th).

The special show comes ahead of the release of the band's new album and will be taking place at the famed Metro venue in Chicago and tickets for the headline set went on sale yesterday.

The Foo Fighters new studio record "Concrete And Gold" is set to hit stores on September 15th and the band will launch a North American tour in support of the effort beginning with their Cal Jam 17 festival on October 7th in San Bernardino, Ca.

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Jack White Begins Recording Third Solo Album

Jack White's record label Third Man Records revealed via social media that the former White Stripes star has been busy at bi-coastal recording studios working on his next solo album.

Apart from announcing that White is making recordings for his third solo album, few details have been revealed. The label first tweeted on Monday "jack white recording new music for his third solo album in los angeles july 30th."

They also tweeted, "jack white recording songs for his third solo album in new york city july 27th. https://t.co/AXB7lol3hR— Third Man Records (@thirdmanrecords) July 31, 2017"

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Chester Bennington's First Wife Pays Tribute To Late Singer

(Radio.com) The late Chester Bennington's first wife, Samantha Bennington, with whom he shared a son, Draven, wrote an emotional post on social media, saying, 'I pray from my soul that he is at peace and no longer suffering."

She explained where she and her son believe Chester is now: 'We do not believe there is a hell," she said. "We believe that we as souls make 'soul contracts' we agree to come into this world with the knowledge of our destiny & when it's fulfilled we move on to a higher vibration of energy, meaning "the next level."

"He fulfilled his destiny while helping others every step of the way through his music, a hand shake, a conversation, or even a hug," she continued. "No matter if you saw him on stage, had an opportunity to meet him anywhere--he truly touched everyone in a positive way. He absolutely loved singing for each & every one of you & for all of his friends & family at home all the time. I have always missed him singing throughout our home & loved it when he would visit, he would sing for us every time we ask or just spontaneously. He absolutely had a God given talent! We are all created the same & connected so Chester you are never 'gone'. Our souls & energy are forever connected." Read the entire statement here.

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Nirvana's Krist Novoselic Debuts First Song From New Band

(Radio.com) Krist Novoselic, best known as the bass player in Nirvana, has announced his new band Giants in the Trees and is giving fans their first taste of the group's music.

The new group Giants in the Trees features Jillian Raye on vocals, Ray Prestegard on guitar, Erik Friend on drums and of course, Novoselic returns as the bass player. They have shared their first single "Sasquatch."

In the years since Nirvana, Novoselic has played in Sweet 75, Eyes Adrift, Flipper and has contributed bass and accordion to several Foo Fighters songs. Stream the new song here.

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Singled Out: Kobra and the Lotus' You Don't Know

Today Kobra and the Lotus vocalist Kobra Paige shares with us the story behind their single "You Don't Know", which comes from their brand new studio album "Prevail I". Here is the story:

I knew this album had to be another major step up and evolution in composition, creativity, and musicianship. It also had to be a more relatable album to people and what they were experiencing in their lives. I really wanted our music to bring strength and encouragement to everyone that listened to it. A feeling of not being alone.

I had made an unwavering decision to relocate the band to Denmark for a few months to work with producer Jacob Hansen. You have to understand this meant complete isolation from most of the world as Jacob lives in Ribe, the oldest settlement in Denmark. I also wanted us to write most of the album there, in the studio, all together like they did in the 70's. Everyone thought I was crazy but they jumped on board half convinced. After several days of pulling our hair out and sleepless nights of stressing over how to accomplish the initial direction we we're wanting to work toward, we finally wrote the music to 'You Don't Know'. It was the ice breaker for the album. It set the precedent for what was to come from us. I quickly remembered I had jotted a quick note in my phone one day during our tour the previous year through Europe. The note said "You don't know what it's like to be me".

At the time, this was also a direct expression for myself. You can hear the raw agony inside the singing because it was really happening in that moment. There were many stressful things happening inside my personal life within my family, my band, and people inside the industry. I'd been thrown under the bus several times as well, something I've never done to anyone in my life and don't value. It's challenging to be the person also pushing the project and running the show. I think it must be like being a mother when your kids forget you have feelings too and take you for granted. It's not intentional but it's natural and it can really hurt sometimes. Then I thought to myself…..you know what…..this has got to be something that everyone feels sometimes. Completely and utterly misunderstood. "You don't know what it's like to be me"….. yea no one does and we actually don't know why anyone is the way they are. We ALL really could learn to have a little more compassion and empathy. I learned a lot while writing on this album.

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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The Who Announce Career-Spanning 5 Disc Box Set

(hennemusic) Rock legends The Who will release a 5CD box set of singles entitled "Maximum As & Bs", on October 27th. The project compiles all of the band's A-sides, B-sides and EPs - from the Brunswick, Reaction, Track and Polydor labels - in one place, for the very first time.

The 86-track package traces The Who's career from their first single, 1964's "Zoot Suit" - recorded as The High Numbers - to the group's last recorded track to date, 2014's "Be Lucky."

Packaged in a rigid, lift-off-style box, "Maximum As & Bs" includes a 48-page booklet with track-by-track annotation by acclaimed writers plus period photos and memorabilia. A full track list for the box set can be found here.

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Primus Stream First Song From New Album 'The Desaturating Seven'

Primus have released a stream of a new track called "The Seven". The song comes from the group's forthcoming new concept album "The Desaturating Seven," which is set to be released on September 29th.

The song can be streamed here and frontman Les Claypool explains how the new album was inspired by a 1970s children's book called The Rainbow Goblins, that read to his children as they were growing up.

"Many years ago when my children were little kidlets scurrying around the place wreaking havoc and whatnot till it was time for bed and book time, my wife turned them on to a book called The Rainbow Goblins by Ul De Rico. The dark imagery and beauty of the art struck me immediately and I thought, 'this would make good fodder for a piece of music.'" Read more here.

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Eagles' Joe Walsh To Rock The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

(hennemusic) Eagles legend Joe Walsh has announced that he will be performing on CBS-TV's The Late Show with Stephen Colbert during this Wednesday, August 2nd episode.

The guitarist recently wrapped up a North American tour with Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers, and joined The Eagles for performances at a pair of self-produced festival weekends last month: The Classic West at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles and The Classic East at Citi Field in New York.

The Los Angeles event saw The Eagles debut their new lineup following the 2016 passing of co-founder Glenn Frey, whose son, Deacon, and country singer Vince Gill have been added to the live band for a series of 2017 shows. Read more here.

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Mastodon Stream Video Clip For 'Steambreather'

(hennemusic) Mastodon are streaming a new video clip that created by Aaron Hymes for their track "Steambreather". The song is the latest track from their most recent album, "Emperor Of Sand."

The group recorded the project last year with producer Brendan O'Brien at the Quarry in Kennesaw, GA. Their seventh album, "Emperor Of Sand" debuted at No. 7 on the US Billboard 200 with opening week sales of 43,000 copies.

The Atlanta rockers recently completed a series of dates across Europe, and will next be seen performing at the Psycho Vegas Festival on August 20 before kicking off fall dates across North America with Eagles of Death Metal and Russian Circles in September

The trek will include a newly-announced benefit concert at The Metro in Chicago, IL on September 9 in honor of suicide prevention month. 100% of the proceeds from the event will support suicide prevention and mental health education.

"Please join us in breaking the silence around suicide and mental health," says the band, "it would mean the world to us." Watch the video here.

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UFO Announce New Covers Album 'The Salentino Cuts'

Hard rock icons UFO have announced that they will be releasing their very first covers album. The effort will be entitled "The Salentino Cuts" and is scheduled to be released on September 29th.

While the band takes on some covers that are to be expected they also made some Mad Seasons's "River Of Deceit," John Mellencamp's "Paper In Fire," and Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine".

Lead guitarist Vinnie Moore had the following to say, "Making this covers record was a blast for me. I thoroughly enjoyed putting a little of my own spin on these tunes that I grew up with. I played ZZ Top and Robin Trower songs about a gazzilion times onstage over the years. it was great to actually get to record some of my old faves." Read more here.

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Nine Inch Nails Debuts 'She's Gone Away' at Intimate Club Show

(Radio.com) You may have watched Nine Inch Nails play "She's Gone Away" on David Lynch's trippy reboot of Twin Peaks, but the track (from last year's Not The Actual Events EP) has been absent from set lists.

On the heels of their headline set at Panorama Festival, NIN played a smaller New York venue, Webster Hall, last night. And the band played "She's Gone Away" live for the first time.

The show was announced at the last minute and fans who scrambled to get tickets got their money's worth. In addition to a full explosive set of standards, the band played "She's Gone Away" live for the first time.

In September, NIN are set to play Chicago's Riot Fest and they'll hit Aftershock Fest in Sacramento in October--but keep your eyes peeled for more pop-up concerts. Watch footage from the Webster Hall set here.

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Supergroup White Noise Owl Release 'Something' Video

Lo-Pro, Snot, Evanescence and Black Label Society supergroup White Noise Owl have released a music video for their track "Something", which comes from their forthcoming album "Condition Critical".

Frontman Pete Murray had this to say "Although we wrote 'Something' a while ago, sadly, the lyrics seem to be timeless. We've lost a lot of heroes lately. Mental illness does not discriminate. The truth is that we're living in dark times, we're all fighting our own battles and dragging around our own baggage. I think the message of the song is that you're not alone - there are lots of us out here doing our best with what we have and we need each other! Therefore, we have to hang on.

"The bigger issue that I think the video brings to life is the loss of human contact we've suffered as a species. If we're there for each other and support each other human to human we fuel a greater power in the universe and we keep the light alive."

Drummer Will Hunt added: "In the unfortunate and sad wake of tragedies we've seen happen lately to some of our friends and heroes, 'Something' should be a battle cry for the belief that there's hope for us all, that things can and will get better, and that all of us have at least someone who can help pick us up when we've fallen. And to add to that, most definitively and very pointedly, that suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem... you matter, you are loved, and the world needs you." Watch the video

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Extreme Announce European Fall Tour

(hennemusic) Extreme have announced dates for a fall tour of Europe. The 3-week, 12-show run will open in Tilburg, Holland on December 3, with six dates on the continent before the Boston rockers play six more concerts in the UK before month's end.

Pre-sale tickets for a pair of shows in Germany are available now, with a pre-sale for the December 10 show in Paris, France starting August 3 at 10 am local time, while general public tickets for the continent will begin August 4 at 10am local time.

Pre-sale tickets for the UK dates - with guests the Dan Reed Network - will start August 3 at 9 am local time, with general tickets available August 4 at 9 am local time.

Extreme recently wrapped up a series of European shows last month with a July 29 headline appearance at the UK's Ramblin' Man Fair, and will launch a handful of US shows later this month. See the dates here.

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Fall Out Boy's New Record A Fresh Start Says Pete Wentz

(Radio.com) Fall Out Boy's new album M A N I A will be released on September 15, and bassist Pete Wentz sees the band's seventh studio album as a fresh start.

"It feels like every once in awhile, you've gotta do a hard restart that clears the cache and erases the hard drive. I think that's what "Young and Menace" [the album's lead single] was--a big palette cleanse. I think it gave us the space to create something brand new," Wentz told Rolling Stone.

"The world can be a big lonely place, especially for kids who are trying to figure themselves out," he continued. "I think sometimes we can forget that… that's who Mania is meant to speak to. That's who I want to reach. I don't think that kids should feel like they need to adjust their empathy or selves to the world - I'd rather give them the belief that they can adjust the world to fit their empathy." Read more here.

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