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Foo Fighters Hint At Surprise Music Festival Appearance

The Foo Fighters not only announced a one-off show at an intimate venue in Chicago this week, but they have also sparked speculation that they may make a surprise appearance at the Lollapalooza festival.

The band will be playing the Metro on Friday, the famed Chicago venue which has a 1,100 person capacity. When the band posted that the show had sold out they also included a hint at a possible next appearance.

The tweeted a photo about the "super secret show" with a caption that mentioned the music festival that takes place in Chicago this weekend. They wrote, ".@metrochicago SOLD OUT! Thank you Chicago and @lollapalooza! See you Friday!" here.

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Gene Simmons Reacts To Cow That Looks Like Him

(Radio.com) A tourist visiting a farm in Kerville, Texas recently noticed that a calf on the farm that looks remarkably like Gene Simmons in full KISS makeup and the legendary bassist has revealed his reaction.

"Where were you on our about November 25, 2016?", posted the visitor, implying that the cow could be one of Simmons' children. After seeing the image, one social media user remarked, "That's a beautiful little baby! Please use this opp. to educate folks re: the cruelty that exists 4 some farm animals, glad this one's safe!"

Rather than taking offense or initiating a lawsuit, the bassist posted about the coincidence on social media: This is real, folks!!! Calf called Genie is born on Texas ranch and looks EXACTLY like Kiss rocker Gene Simmons," he wrote. Read more and see the photo of the cow here.

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Metallica Release Video Of Classic Song Rose Bowl Performance

(hennemusic) Metallica performed their 1997 classic, "Fuel", at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA on July 29th and the band are sharing professional footage from the event online.

The third single from the group's seventh album, "ReLoad," was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance in 1999, while the project debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 on its way to US sales of more than 4 million copies.

The Rose Bowl concert - which also saw Metallica deliver a tribute to Van Halen in their hometown - marked the band's return to the stage after a two-week break on the summer North American leg of their WorldWired tour in support of 2016's "Hardwired…To Self-Destruct."

Metallica's stadium run will wrap up in Edmonton, AB on August 16 before the group heads to Europe for a fall arena tour. That trek will begin with a September 2 show at the Royal Arena in Copenhagen - rescheduled from February due to illness - before playing Amsterdam on September 4. Watch the video here.

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Black Country Communion Release 'Collide' Video

(hennemusic) Black Country Communion have issued a video for "Collide", the lead single from their forthcoming album, "BCCIV." Due September 22 via Mascot Records, the project sees the return of the supergroup to active duty after they disbanded in early 2013.

Bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes, guitarist Joe Bonamassa, keyboardist Derek Sherinian and drummer Jason Bonham recorded their fourth album at Cave Studios in Los Angeles with producer Kevin Shirley.

"We had around 4 months to write this album, and I think the results speak for themselves," says Hughes. "All four of us wanted to make a record that stood up to the first three albums, however, the new album is more of a progression, as we wanted to be careful not to repeat the previous albums. A lot has happened since we last recorded the Afterglow album in 2013, so, in many ways, the new album shows BCC with a much harder, riffier and bigger and bolder sound. If you're looking for a folk album, this ain't the one.

"I wanted the new album to physically shake your soul," he added, "It's a wake-up call." Black Country Communion will launch "BCCIV" with two exclusive concerts in the UK in January, with shows at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall on January 2 and London's Hammersmith Apollo on January 4. Check out the new video here.

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Jeff Beck Releasing 50th Anniversary Concert Film

(Radio.com) Jeff Beck celebrated 50 years making music with a concert at the iconic Hollywood Bowl during the summer of 2016. That show is now being released as a concert film Jeff Beck: Live At The Hollywood Bowl.

That special night included a legendary list of special guests including Steven Tyler, Billy F. Gibbons, Jan Hammer, Beth Hart, Jimmy Hall and Buddy Guy.

The massive set list includes a slew of hits from the two time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee's illustrious career and closes with a cover of "Purple Rain," a tribute to Prince, who had passed away a few months before the concert.

Jeff Beck: Live At The Hollywood Bowl will be released on October 6. Check out the full tracklist and watch a preview of the film here.

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Singled Out: Between The Rain's Mudroom

New York trio Between the Rain are billed as walking the line between grunge and alternative metal. Today they tell us about their latest single "Mudroom". Here is the story:

When we were all in this hourly practice space working on songs we already had around, Victoria started playing this riff on bass that had us all turn our heads and figure, "We gotta try to see what works with this!" I set out to write some words to it when we had a few different parts and the words themselves didn't happen as fast as I would have liked, but the meaning and the melody kept carrying it along. The thought was to create a meandering, run-on sentence feeling like a rap somehow but keeping intact the idea of our relationship with technology being a double-edged sword.

The first line got the ball rolling. Usually a chorus or some repetitive element is at play in the very beginning, but this time it was a hopeless image with some kind of broken gadget at the onset that inspired what followed. It was, "Meet me in these new thoughts that never breathe. Broke my receiver, the signal lost the feed." Beyond that, the words started to become a tongue-in-cheek "thanks for nothing" to the shades of everyday life that are sometimes more complicated than ever before, coming to a head with the last chorus', "To what do we owe the pleasure?"

Essentially, it started as a metal riff and turned into a bittersweet love song about cell phones and Wifi.

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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Trivium And Arch Enemy Announce North American Tour

Trivium and Arch Enemy have announced that they are teaming up for a North American coheadlining tour this fall that will feature support from While She Sleeps and Fit For An Autopsy.

The trek is scheduled to kick off on October 27th in Orlando, FL at the House of Blues and will run until December 6th where it will conclude in Houston, TX at the Warehouse Live.

Arch Enemy guitarist Michael Amott had this to say, "Very much looking forward to returning to North America with this tour! We are aware that it has been long overdue and we appreciate everyone's patience while we've been creating our new Will To Power album. This run will be like a family reunion with our old friends in Trivium; together we'll be crushing city after city with the power of Heavy Metal! Good times ahead, don't miss the fun!"

Trivium added, "We've been joining forces with Arch Enemy for over a decade now. From Ozzfest 2005, through arenas across the U.K., Europe, and Australia on The Black Crusade. This next chapter is going to be one for the ages: Trivium, Arch Enemy, While She Sleeps, and Fit for an Autopsy!! DO NOT MISS THIS!!" See the dates here.

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Jimi Hendrix 'Are You Experienced' In The Studio Special

The 50th anniversary of The Jimi Hendrix Experience's "Are You Experienced" is celebrated in the latest episode of the syndicated radio show In The Studio with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands. The show sent over the following details:

It's hard to imagine that in three short years James Marshall Hendrix reinvented the sound of the guitar and popular music so much so that it resonates today half a century later. But, what is harder to believe is how close we might have been to never hearing Jimi Hendrix if it wasn't for a chance discovery by Animals bassist Chas Chandler. Hendrix biographer tells In The Studio producer and host Redbeard what he believes Chandler's greatest contribution to Rock was.

John McDermott said, "What I always find so intriguing about the Hendrix phenomena is that (Chas)Chandler, was coming off a string, of I think ten Top 40 records with the Animals, but yet recognized a star greater than he. And he took a struggling guitarist from the Village and introduced him as the greatest guitar player in the world and overwhelmed people like Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton and Keith Richards and people that were Chas' own contemporaries in the United Kingdom. And from there, it just snowballed. When Hendrix came to Monterey, at that point, it was all so obvious. How could we have missed it? But a year before Hendrix was playing for peanuts in Greenwich Village, struggling to get noticed." Stream the episode here.

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Queens Of The Stone Age Rock Live Gorillaz Mash-Up

(Radio.com) Last weekend, Queens of the Stone Age performed at Japan's Fuji Rock Festival and transformed their 2000 hit "Feel Good Hit of the Summer" into a Gorillaz mash-up.

The group peppered the song with snippets of "Clint Eastwood," from Gorillaz' self-titled debut album from 2001. The virtual band created by Damon Albarn also appeared at Fuji Rock.

On August 25, Queens of the Stone Age are set to debut their seventh studio album Villains on August 25 and the corresponding tour kicks off September 6 in Port Chester, New York. The spontaneous Gorillaz mash-up reflects the band's high-energy, irreverent spirit on Villains.

'Queens has always been like an ice-cream parlor or a video arcade, it's safe from the bulls— of the day," frontman Josh Homme told NME. "I'm not interested in being topical in that way, yet at the same time it's completely about now." Watch the Queens cover Gorillaz here.

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The Jam Announce 40th Anniversary Box Set

(Radio.com) It's been 40 years since The Jam made their Top of the Pops TV debut with "In The City," described as "one of the most incendiary debut singles ever." Their debut album of the same name also premiered in 1977, four decades ago.

To commemorate the 40th anniversary, a limited edition five-disc box set will explore The Jam's celebration of British punk and youth culture. Titled 1977, the box set includes remastered versions of In the City and its follow-up This Is The Modern World, as well as unreleased demos and live recordings.

The final disc is a DVD, which contains television appearances and live performances from the band's run. In the late 70s, The Jam netted 18 consecutive Top 40 singles in the U.K., including four number ones. Read more here.

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Pop Star Kiiara Performs Heartfelt Chester Bennington Tribute

(Radio.com) When Linkin Park's Chester Bennington committed suicide at age 41, the band was busy promoting their seventh studio album One More Light. The album contains "Heavy," their collaboration with 22-year-old singer-songwriter Kiiara, who lent vocals to the lead single.

Kiiara joined friends and fans on social media expressing her shock and grief at Bennington's sudden death last month. Earlier this week, she resumed live performances at New York's Panorama Festival and dedicated two songs to Chester.

"It's been… a pretty rough week," she said. "I don't know what to say and there's nothing really to say to make it better, but these next two songs are for Chester."

Then she performed LP's "Battle Symphony" followed by "Heavy." Kiiara represents a generation of young talent who were influenced by Bennington and his Linkin Park bandmates--and one of the few who was lucky enough to work with them. Watch Kiiara's musical tribute to her late collaborator here.

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Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven Announce Campout Festival

Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven have announced the details for their upcoming 13th annual Campout music festival which will be taking place on August 31st, September 1st and 2nd at Pappy & Harriet's Pioneertown Palace. We were sent the following details:

The venue is located in Pioneertown, near Joshua Tree in the high desert of Southern California, where Cracker recorded their signature album Kerosene Hat back in 1993 in the now-closed movie soundstage next to the Palace.

Collectively both bands have released four albums in the last few years as their own personal odes to the north and south regions of California - Cracker's 2014 double album Berkeley to Bakersfield and CVB's last two studio efforts, La Costa Perdida from 2013 and El Camino Real from 2014. Along with performing a wealth of this more recent material, both bands will also be digging into their vast catalogs of radio staples, college favorites and deep cuts. Read more

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