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Dave Grohl Reveals His Possible Next Career Move

(Gibson) Fresh off his experience directing his daughters in the latest Foo Fighters video, "The Sky is a Neighborhood," Dave Grohl says he has grander cinematic goals in mind for the future.

"Last year, I was approached to make a feature film and I was a little hesitant at first, and then I got into it," he said recently, speaking with Rolling Stone. "I started working on production and getting into casting with these big names. And at first, I wasn't sure if I would be able to do it. And once my heart clicked, I just dive head first into whatever it is. And I really got into the script and visualizing this story, but I didn't have time to do it. "

Grohl declined to reveal the identity of those "big names." He did, however, say it's just a matter of time before filmmaking becomes a full-throttle endeavor. "Someday, I'm going to wind up doing it," he said. "But the Foo Fighters always get in the way. [Laughs] I can see myself doing more and more of it as the years come. That film's still in rewrites and once we get the rewrite happening, I'm sure that the casting will kick in and pull our teams together. But I like my day job. I really enjoy my day job." Read more here.

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Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant Announces First Tour Dates For 'Carry Fire'

(hennemusic) Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant has announced dates for fall UK tour in support of his forthcoming album, "Carry Fire." The 4-week, 14-date run will open in Plymouth on November 16, with shows wrapping up in Birmingham on December 12.

Ahead of the tour, Plant will release his eleventh album, "Carry Fire", on October 13. The rocker produced and recorded the follow-up to 2014's "lullaby and...The Ceaseless Roar" with the Sensational Space Shifters; the project features appearances by Albanian cellist Redi Hasa, renowned viola and fiddle player Seth Lakeman, and Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde.

"It's about intention, I respect and relish my past works but each time I feel the lure and incentive to create new work. I must mix old with new," explains Plant. "Consequently the whole impetus of the band has moved on its axis somewhat, the new sound and different space giving way to exciting and dramatic landscapes of mood, melody and instrumentation."

Plant is previewing the fall release with a lyric video for the lead single, "The May Queen." Check that out and see the tour dates here.

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Metallica Plan To Revisit 'Master Of Puppets' Next

Metallica drummer and cofounder Lars Ulrich has revealed that the band is making plans to reissue their acclaimed "Master Of Puppets" album and hope to have it out by the end of this year.

The band's breakthrough 1986 effort will be the next record in the band's catalog to receive the deluxe box set treatment, following last year's reissue of 1983's "Kill 'Em All" and 1984's "Ride The Lightning."

Lars revealed the plans in an interview with Voir (via Classic Rock): "It's next. We'll try to get it out by the end of the year - it's coming. We are working on it. "There are so many things associated with Master Of Puppets - it is an immense project.

We spent a lot of time working on Hardwired... To Self-Destruct and Master Of Puppets is the next project. We hope to have it out by the end of the year, if not, a little later."

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Chester Bennington's Ex-Wife Unhappy With His Funeral

(Radio.com) Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington's first wife, Samantha Bennington, took to social media and blasted the way that his funeral was handled in a post on Facebook.

"My son [Draven] & I have not had an opportunity to speak not even at his funeral (that only represented his life that he was married to his new wife)," she wrote. "It was a disgusting delusional display on all people who spoke at the funeral & their characters."

She goes on to make a host of accusations around the funeral, and how family members were treated, her son in particular. "I hope you like capitalizing on his death .. karma is real," she wrote towards the end of the post. I send you back all your energy to you a thousand time folds! Look in the mirror, I hope you like what you see. Business is business but I see Zero Love…We know who are friends & family are so if your [sic] offended, good then you read this & it applies!" Read Samantha Bennington's full statement here.

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Gregg Allman Cover Of Willie Dixon Classic Streaming Online

(hennemusic) Gregg Allman's camp are streaming a cover of the Willie Dixon classic, "I Love The Life I Live", as the latest preview to the September 8 release of his final album, "Southern Blood."

The tune follows the lead single, "My Only True Friend", from the project, which delivers a collection of songs written by Allman's friends and favourite artists, including Jackson Browne, Jerry Garcia & Robert Hunter, Lowell George and Spooner Oldham & Dan Penn.

Allman, who passed away on May 27 from complications of liver cancer at the age of 69, was well aware that his time was short as he worked on the record with his touring group of musicians.

"Gregg was very excited to be in the studio," says friend and collaborator Michael Lehman. "He was especially thrilled to be recording this studio album with his solo band - he was so proud of them and loved the sound that they produced together. Gregg felt close to every single one of them.

"The Gregg Allman Band was like a family or a well-oiled machine, always knowing what the other band members were thinking and doing." Read more and stream the song here.

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Singled Out: The Persian Leaps' Picture My Reaction

Indie rock/power pop band The Persian Leaps are gearing up to release their new "Bicycle Face" EP on September 22nd and we asked vocalist/guitarist Drew Forsberg about the song "Picture My Reaction". Here is the story:

I wrote "Picture My Reaction" several years ago. I don't recall the details, but it probably came to me the way most of my songs do--strumming an unplugged 1973 Gibson SG Special while sitting on my bed. I'm sure I came up with the opening riff first and then started singing random phrases until something stuck. "Picture my reaction" was the one that stuck. That was the easy part. The hard part was figuring out how to build a song around that phrase.

Ultimately, "Picture My Reaction" became a song about that intoxicating, electric rush you feel when you're around someone special, early on in a relationship. I almost never write love songs, so it's an unusual topic for The Persian Leaps. But the song is more about the chemical reaction rather than the sentimental, emotional aspects of love.

The song is unusual (although not so unusual for us) because it doesn't have a chorus--just verses separated by a riff. I have an unwritten rule about not using instruments other than guitar, bass, and drums, but I was very tempted to add a wall of horns during the riff section. It would have been perfect... for some other band.

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

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Ghost Release New Music Video For 'He Is'

(hennemusic) Ghost have released a video for "He Is", the fourth single from their 2015 album, "Meliora." Directed by Zev Deans, the clip marks the final track to be issued from the Swedish band's third studio effort.

"Now we bid adieu to our third psalm," says the group, "the party is over." "Meliora" delivered Ghost their first-ever US Top 10 when the project debuted on the Billboard 200 at No. 8.

The band won their first Grammy Award in the Best Metal performance category for the set's lead single, "Cirice", and a Swedish Grammis Award in the "Best Hard Rock/Metal Album" of the year category.

The record was followed last fall by the 2016 EP, "Popestar", which made US history by becoming the first EP to land at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Rock Albums in the chart's 10-year history. Watch the video here.

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The Killers Stream New Song 'Wonderful Wonderful'

(Radio.com) The Killers' run up to the band's fifth studio album, Wonderful Wonderful, continues to heat up with the Las Vegas group's reveal of the album's title track.

"Our last record, we were happy about it, but it just didn't feel as complete and as focused as this record feels," Singer Brandon Flowers said in an interview with Zane Lowe.

"I'm really excited for the day for it to come out," Flowers told Lowe. "I feel like I forced (the Killers' most recent album) Battle Born to emerge, and this record, it was more natural and it just feels right."

The album is set for release on September 22. Listen to the title track from Wonderful Wonderful here.

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Motorhead Stream Their Version Of Metallica's Whiplash

(hennemusic) Motorhead are streaming audio of their take on the 1983 Metallica classic, "Whiplash", as the latest preview to the September 1 release of "Under Cover."

The Motorhead version of the track from Metallica's debut album, "Kill 'Em All", originally appeared on the 2004 compilation, "Metallic Attack: The Ultimate Tribute," which featured a variety of acts paying tribute to the thrash metal pioneers.

"We love Metallica and they love us," says drummer Mikkey Dee, "and this is one of the songs we liked a lot and covered it back then. The snare, the riffs - all that fit in with Motorhead."

The group's cover won Motorhead a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 2005, which Dee describes as "total irony. It's okay, but it would have meant more if was one of our own songs."

"Under Cover" sees Motorhead deliver versions of tunes originally recorded by The Ramones, Judas Priest, Ozzy Osbourne, David Bowie, The Sex Pistols, Ted Nugent, The Rolling Stones, Dio and Twisted Sister.

Tracks for the collection were recorded during various studio sessions between 1992 and 2015. Stream the cover here.

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Chris Cornell Fans Invited To Share Tributes On His Website

(Radio.com) Chris Cornell's widow Vicky has announced that she has made it possible for fans to post their very own tributes to the late Soundgarden frontman on his official website.

"Since my husband's tragic passing, fans from all over the world have come together to share their feelings about what Chris and his music meant to them, leaving thousands of messages of love while visiting him at Hollywood Forever and online," she wrote on Twitter.

"You have opened your hearts to me and our children and we are grateful to you for your sympathy, love, and support in bringing us solace and helping us heal. You have given us the hope and strength to endure the pain of these very dark days. I want to thank all of you and I hope you will leave your tributes, personal stories, and messages for our family, to be shared on Chris's site for everyone to read." See Vicky's post, which includes a link to share your message here.

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John Lee Hooker Career-Spanning Box Set Announced

(Gibson) A new career-spanning boxed set chronicling the work of blues great John Lee Hooker will hit stores in late September. Titled King of the Boogie, the five-disc set was first announced on Tuesday (Aug. 22), which would have been Hooker's 100th birthday.

Included in the collection, alongside hits and well-known material, are live performances, rarities, and previously unreleased tracks. Disc Five gathers together a slew of Hooker's collaborations with other artists, among them Eric Clapton, B.B. King, and George Thorogood.

Boxed set producer Mason Williams curated the selection of material. "Even at 100 songs, this set is just a snapshot of John Lee Hooker's incredible and influential career," said Williams, "but one that takes you on the long journey he took". Read more here.

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Beck Streams New Song 'Dear Life'

(Radio.com) Beck is giving fans a taste of his new album with the release of a new single titled "Dear Life." It's the latest from his forthcoming album Colors, which is now set for release on October 13.

Colors is also available for pre-order at Beck.com in a limited edition deluxe vinyl format featuring two 180g 45rpm red vinyl LPs in a special die-cut gatefold package, with a customizable color transparency cover and 24-page booklet.

Colors tracklisting: Colors, 7th Heaven, I'm So Free, Dear Life, No Distraction, Dreams, Wow, Up All Night, Square One, Fix Me. Listen to "Dear Life" here.

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Bob Weir Leads LOCKN' Festival Lineup In Charlottesville

(Radio.com) Organizers of the fifth annual LOCKN' festival and scheduled performers hope the event will help heal Charlottesville, which has been scarred by the violence of the August 12 protest march that left one dead and many injured. LOCKN' will take place from August 24 to 27 in Arrington, Virginia, 40 miles from the location of the riot and Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, John Fogerty, the Avett Brothers, Jim James, Gov't Mule and Margo Price are scheduled to perform at event.

"The times lend itself for LOCKN' to be coming this weekend," said event founder Peter Shapiro. "A lot of people are like, 'Oh man, you're the next big event in Charlottesville, aren't you nervous, scared?' No, this is why we do what we do." He added that the concert will bring positivity "to a place that needs to lift the energy."

"The times really demand that we embrace each other, Weir, said. "The feeling I think we will have is that we will regard everyone with equal love, even the people who caused all that trouble. In that particular instance, our regard for them will be tinged with a bit of pity for their unfortunate views and the circumstances that they bring on themselves." Read more

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