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Liam Gallagher Storms Off Stage Early At Lollapalooza

Former Oasis star Liam Gallagher stormed off the stage after only four songs into what was supposed to be an hour long performance at the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago on Thursday night (August 3rd) during a problem plagued day one that saw headliner Lorde forced to cut her set short due to weather.

antiMusic's Tony Kuzminski was on hand and has provided the following details: Kicking off with hands behind his back Liam Gallagher sang the Oasis classic "Rock 'n' Roll Star" with all the brashness and misery that only someone born in Manchester could muster. I say that as a compliment because hundreds may try but no one can duplicate the swagger of a Gallagher. Mixing Oasis classics with forthcoming solo material Gallagher's all-too-short set was high on intensity as the propulsive drums pummeled the late afternoon audience. After four songs, two solo and two Oasis, and twenty-minutes, Liam Gallagher stormed off stage.

A few minutes later, his crew came on and began dismantling the gear. His fans were livid. He left the stage without any kind of an explanation. More than an hour later, he tweeted "Sorry to the people who turned up for the gig in Chicago lollapalooza had a difficult gig last night which f***ed my voice. I'm gutted LG x." It was a curious statement, because he would have been better off informing the crowd before leaving the stage only to have his fans carry their anger for over an hour.

Tony also had this to say about Lorde's abridged set "Sadly, not one single song from [Lorder's new album 'Melodrama'] was played at Lollapalooza due to an evacuation that forced Lorde to abandon her set after three songs. As she was introducing a song, she said they had never played live before, her production manager came on stage to inform the show was being called off. Without question, this was the right decision to make as the storm came in fast and furious, but it still stings to see an artist at this moment in time so in touch with her music and fans, and not be able to see the beauty of that bond in concert.

Read Tony's full review for day one of the festival for more details and a look at the other performances here.

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Foo Fighters Recruit Paul McCartney For Unusual Album Guest Appearance

(Gibson) We all know Dave Grohl made the move from behind the drum kit (in Nirvana) to front of stage (in Foo Fighters). Which makes the new Paul McCartney-Foo Fighters news all the more interesting.

It's recently been revealed that among the many guests Grohl lined up for the new Foo Fighters album Concrete And Gold, the former Beatles and all-round music legend Paul McCartney will make an appearance as well - as a drummer. Speaking to ET Canada, Grohl said, "Paul McCartney plays drums on one of our songs. He's a pal. We've known him for a long time. He's great. He's the most wonderful person in the world. He's a great guy."

Another band member (possibly drummer Taylor Hawkins) also added, "He hadn't even heard of the song. He comes in and Dave picked up an acoustic and showed him real quick. He sat on his special drum set that his tech set up for him. I sat there with a drumstick conducting. He did two takes." Read more here.

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Pearl Jam Preview 'Let's Play Two' Concert Film

(hennemusic) Pearl Jam are streaming the first video preview of their upcoming concert film, "Let's Play Two." The project captures footage from the final two shows of the band's 2016 North American tour at Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL last August.

"The first time you walk into Wrigley Field," says frontman and lifelong Chicago Cubs fan Eddie Vedder in the trailer for the upcoming feature, "it's like stepping into Oz."

The film's title pays tribute to the late Cubs great Ernie Banks, who shared his love of the game with his legendary catchphrase: "It's a beautiful day for a ballgame…let's play two!"

The Wrigley Field dates delivered lengthy 30-plus song sets to fans, with Vedder making headlines when he dedicated a song on night one to Gord Downie and The Tragically Hip - who were performing a farewell Canadian tour at the time following news that the rocker had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer - before having a raucous male audience member ejected for harassing a female fan during the second show. Watch the trailer

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Motorhead Release Video For Cover Of David Bowie's 'Heroes'

(hennemusic) Motorhead are streaming a video of their take on the 1977 David Bowie classic, "Heroes", as the latest preview to their forthcoming collection, "Under Cover."

Recorded in 2015 during sessions for their 22nd and final studio album, "Bad Magic", the track was one of the last songs the band recorded together before frontman Lemmy Kilmister's passing at his Los Angeles home on December 28, 2015 at the age of 70.

"It's such a great Bowie song, one of his best," says guitarist Phil Campbell, "and I could only see great things coming out of it from us, and so it proved to be, and Lemmy ended up loving our version."

"He was very, very proud of it," adds drummer Mikkey Dee, now a member of the Scorpions, "not only because it turned out so well but because it was fun! Which is what projects like this should be - fun!"

"Heroes" follows Motorhead's version of the Sex Pistols' "God Save The Queen" as the second preview of "Under Cover." Due September 1, the project sees the metal legends deliver versions of tunes originally recorded by The Ramones, Metallica, Judas Priest, Ozzy Osbourne, Ted Nugent, The Rolling Stones, Dio and Twisted Sister. Watch the video here.

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The Who and Pete Townshend Reissues Announced

(Gibson) Fans of The Who will have a lot of new releases to choose from soon. In addition to the recently announced "Maximum As & Bs" box set, some additional reissues from the band and Pete Townshend are also coming.

Pete Townshend's acclaimed demos and outtakes collections are being reissued -titled Scoop, Another Scoop, and Scoop 3, respectively. Each of the sets-slated for release on August 18-has been newly remastered at half-speed at Abbey Road Studios.

And lastly, two early Who albums-the singles collection Meaty Beaty Big & Bouncy and the concert classic Live at Leeds-are set for release on October 27 on 180-gram vinyl. Like the "Scoop" reissues, each was remastered at Abbey Road, using the half-speed mastering process. Read more here.

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Singled Out: Seven Spires' Stay

Seven Spires released their brand new concept album "Solveig" today (August 4th) and to celebrate we asked vocalist Adrienne Cowan to tell us about the song "Stay". Here is the story:

Adrienne here from Seven Spires! We just released a brand new song, "Stay", from our coming record, "Solveig". It is a concept album in two acts, set in a sunless underworld ruled by a Demon. "Stay" is the first song of Act II. In the story of the album, the Demon lures poor, lost souls with a siren song to her decadent hell, the Cabaret of Dreams. The protagonist of "Solveig" is one of these lost souls, and the album follows his journey through the Cabaret.

Up until this point in the story, the Demon has been cunning and tempting - a general force of evil. But the protagonist has begun to realise that not all may be as it seems, and perhaps trading his soul with the Demon for eternal bliss may not have been the best idea. It is here in "Stay" that we first glimpse a more human side of the Demon, who displays the faint ability to care.

Musically, "Stay" is fairly straightforward and shows our power metal roots more than most of the songs on the album. It also is the first distinct appearance of my extreme vocals in a lead part with this band! I really love to play with different vocal styles to help better convey emotions and intensity, and having story-based music like this lends itself well to allowing for this sort of vocal approach.

The entire record runs as a whole, and it is my great hope that anyone who listens to it will experience it at least once from top to bottom. There are tonnes of hidden bits woven throughout all of the songs, and I think the more you listen, the more they appear and change the emotional response from the songs.

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 Yardbirds Crowdfunding First New Album In 14 Years

(Gibson) The Yardbirds are asking fans to pitch in as they prepare to record their first studio LP in 14 years. Partnering with PledgeMusic, the band is seeking funds to begin work on "a totally new recording of original songs with a couple of carefully selected covers done in the tradition of the how the Yardbirds deconstructed, reconstructed and resurrected old blues songs to bring them to a new wider audience."

Of special note is the fact that legendary producer Jack Douglas is already on-board for the sessions, which, according to a press release, will be recorded on analog equipment and tracked in a "state of the art recording facility."

The current Yardbirds lineup is led by founding member Jim McCarty, who spearheaded a retooled version of the group in 2014. Speaking with Ultimate Classic Rock the following year, the drummer offered assurances that the legacy of the beloved group would be upheld. Read more here.

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Rolling Stones Release Sticky Fingers Live Package Preview

(hennemusic) The Rolling Stones are streaming the trailer for the newly-announced release of "Sticky Fingers: Live At The Fonda Theatre 2015" in multiple formats on September 29.

Part of the band's ongoing "From The Vault" series, the package presents the group performing their legendary 1971 album in its entirety - for the first and only time - at The Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles on May 20, 2015.

The rare theater event was a warm-up show just days before the Stones launched their Zip Code tour of North America, and the release of an expanded reissue of the classic 1971 set.

The intimate setting of the 1,200 capacity Fonda Theatre was in contrast to the huge stadiums in which the band would perform for the rest of the tour. "Sticky Fingers: Live At The Fonda Theatre 2015" will be available on DVD, Blu-ray, DVD+CD, DVD+3LP and digital formats.

The DVD & Blu-ray include interviews with band members and Bonus Features that deliver songs cut from the concert film, including "All Down The Line," "When The Whip Comes Down" and "I Can't Turn You Loose", while the CD and 3LP feature the full show as performed on the night. Watch the trailer here.

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Joe Walsh Rocks Classic Song On The Late Show

(hennemusic) Joe Walsh performed his 1978 classic, "Life's Been Good", with house band Jon Batiste & Stay Human on CBS-TV's The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on August 2, and the program is streaming video of the broadcast.

Fresh from a North American tour with Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers, and a pair of shows with The Eagles last month at The Classic West in Los Angeles and The Classic East in New York, the guitarist first joined Colbert to discuss the launch of VetsAid, his new charitable endeavor to help US veterans and their families.

The project is personal to Walsh: his father was a flight instructor for the first US operational jet powered aircraft, the Lockheed F-80 Shooting Star, and died while stationed on active duty on Okinawa when Joe was just 20 months old.

"They didn't have it then, but now it's called a Gold Star Family, or a Gold Star Kid," explained Walsh. "I always grew up wondering what he would have been like, and I spent a lot of time trying to do something that would make him proud of me.

"I had some buddies in the Vietnam War," he continued, "and they either came back shattered or didn't come back. And I have noticed in my travels and touring that, besides the big national organizations, there are some small county, small town vets organizations that are really in the trenches and really doing wonderful work, and so I have started an organization called VetsAid and I want to help and take it up a notch."

Walsh is launching VetsAid with his first annual concert of the same name at the EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, VA on September 20; the rocker will be joined by the Zac Brown Band, Gary Clark Jr., Keith Urban and more. Watch the Late Show appearance here.

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Nirvana's Kurt Cobain Exhibit Contains Unseen Pieces

(Radio.com) Nirvana fans can now see much of Kurt Cobain's art that will be on display this week at the Seattle Art Fair in Seattle, WA. The exhibit includes two never before seen paintings that were placed in storage after Cobain's death and haven't been unveiled until now, reports Rolling Stone.

One of the two items is a painting of a skinny body, two poppies and a baby with a broken head. The piece was originally supposed to be used as the art work of Nirvana's 1992 album of B sides, Incesticide. Also on display is the painting used for the cover of the deluxe version of 2015's Montage of Heck: the Home Recordings.

In addition, sketches and collages from Cobain's notebooks — many of which have previously been available — will decorate the walls. Aside from Cobain's art, works by Raymond Pettibon, Dash Snow, Mike Kelley, Elizabeth Peyton and others will be displayed. Read more here.

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Sublime Recruit Bill Guttentag to Direct Upcoming Documentary

(Radio.com) Sublime recently announced that they have tapped two-time Oscar-winner Bill Guttentag to direct their upcoming documentary. The film will showcase the band's humble beginning, their rise to fame and the devastating loss of their lead singer Bradley Nowell, who died of a heroin overdose May 25, 1996.

Guttentag will both write and direct the film, which will feature unreleased and rare music from the band. The still-untitled documentary is tentatively scheduled to be released in late 2018.

"I can't wait to hand deliver our story to our fans, Sublime drummer Bud Gaugh told Billboard. "It has been a long-time coming and now there are literally two more generations of fans who never had the opportunity to see us perform, or don't know the whole story. I am excited to work with Bill Guttentag, as I am a big fan of his work as well."

Guttentag said that Sublime has an "ineffable quality that managed to transcend time." He added that that this will enable him to make a film that appeals not only appeal to fans, but to impact "a new generation" of music lovers as well. Read more here.

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Incubus Perform 'Aqueous Transmission' Duet With Solange

(Radio.com) Incubus fans in New Orleans got a special surprise during last night's concert: The band brought Solange onstage to duet with Brandon Boyd on the song "Aqueous Transmission."

The move wasn't entirely random. Several months ago, Solange revealed in an interview with Teen Vogue that, as a teenager, she dreamed of marrying the rock band's frontman Boyd.

Guitarist Mike Einziger shared a selfie with Solange after the show, writing "Thank you so much for playing with us tonite." Watch fan-gathered footage from the concert here.

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Chester Bennington Receives Unusual Tribute From Artist

(Radio.com) An artist from the Norfolk, England is paying tribute to Linkin Park's late frontman Chester Bennington in his own unique way following the signer's death last month.

Rick Minns, better known as "Ruddy Muddy," practices the art he calls "graffilthy." He creates art from the mud caked on the back of his white work van. The artist said that his middle child is a Linkin Park fan and they often listen to Bennington's music together.

"I was a bit bored at work one day, with a bit of spare time on my hands and thought it looked like a bit of fun," Minns told BBC News. "I played around with a few things and they sort of developed from there."

To make the drawings, Minns uses his fingertips and nails and an occasional cotton swab and tissue. Read more here.

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Garbage Release 'No Horses' Video

(Radio.com) Garbage has released a politically-charged video for their single, "No Horses." All of the band's profits from sales and streaming of the single will be donated to the International Committee of the Red Cross through the end of 2018.

"It's been my observation that when governments disregard their citizens for their own greed, the ensuing soundtrack usually kick's ass," says director Scott Stuckey of the video's inspiration.

"Like Nina Simone's 'Mississippi Goddam' or the Clash's 'Straight To Hell', 'No Horses' made me realize that I'm not going insane, these really are f***ed up times. The lyrics are powerful so the challenge was to add something visually that wouldn't ruin the individual's interpretation." Watch the video and see the group's current tour dates here.

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