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Rush's Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson May Form New Group

(Gibson) Two years after Rush performed what most believed was their final concert, bassist Geddy Lee and guitarist Alex Lifeson are reportedly considering teaming up under a new name.

The source is U.S. radio host Eddie Trunk, who has given a surprisingly expansive answer to a fan question about the three Rush members' future. Trunk was answering questions in a broadcast from Houston's House of Blues.

Trunk immediately eliminated any chance of drummer Neil Peart participating in a future project - "I've heard that he doesn't even have drums in his house anymore" - but Trunk did add: "Geddy told me he is actually reinvigorated. He told me at the time he made some changes to his diet which helped his voice and [that] he had a ton of energy, and he wanted to make music and continue in some way."

Trunk went on to describe Lifeson, who has revealed that he's been dealing with tendinitis and arthritis in recent years, as "somewhere in the middle" about the idea of teaming up with Lee. Crucially, he added "there has been talk about a band called Lee Lifeson, which would be the two of them going out and doing stuff together." Read more here.

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Mick Fleetwood Addresses Fleetwood Mac 'Farewell' Tour

(Radio.com) Even after 50 years together as a band, drummer Mick Fleetwood says a "farewell" tour is just not in the cards for Fleetwood Mac. The issue came up during a recent Rolling Stone interview, where Fleetwood was reminded of singer Christine McVie's hints that the band's upcoming tour would be of the farewell variety.

"I don't know where that is coming from," Fleetwood replied. "In my mind, it's not, and everyone in the band has decided that it's not. But we thought we were finished 30 years ago. And so it's a Rolling Stones model. I don't know if morbid is the correct word here, but when everyone is in their seventies and you think about five years from now…

"You know, at some point I wish I'd seen Frank Sinatra. And I didn't. And lo and behold, one day Frank's dead," he added. "Phil Collins is calling his tour 'Not Dead Yet.' Well, we're not dead yet, but god forbid, we might be, so you could be like, 'I better go and see them!' But you will not see a poster saying this is our farewell tour that I could dream of.'" Read more here.

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Eddie Vedder Rocks 'Out Of Sand' On Twin Peaks

(hennemusic) Video of Eddie Vedder performing the track, "Out Of Sand", during the August 27 episode of the Showtime reboot of Twin Peaks has surfaced online.

The Pearl Jam frontman was introduced to patrons at the series' Bang Bang Bar by his birth name. "Ladies and gentleman, The Roadhouse is proud to welcome Edward Louis Severson," said an announcer before Vedder began the tune on acoustic guitar.

Written for the series, the rocker has only performed "Out Of Sand" live a handful of times. While a formal studio version has yet to be released, Third Man Records did issue a Record Booth recording of the tune at its Nashville, TN facility to its Vault subscription members in 2016.

Vedder joins a growing list of artists who have performed at The Roadhouse on the Showtime series this season, which has also delivered music from Nine Inch Nails, Chromatics and The Cactus Blossoms, among others. Watch the video here.

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Metallica Stream Lady Gaga Grammy Awards Rehearsals Video

(hennemusic) Metallica are streaming footage from rehearsals with Lady Gaga prior to their appearance on the 59th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on February 12.

The pair can be seen mapping out plans for their performance of the "Hardwired…To Self Destruct" single, "Moth Into Flame." During the Grammys broadcast, the band suffered through a technical glitch by producers when James Hetfield's microphone failed to work during the first verse, forcing him to share Gaga's with her as they ploughed through the blazing track from their US No. 1 album.

At the end of the performance, a visibly frustrated Hetfield kicked over his mic stand and threw his guitar offstage. "In the heat of the battle," drummer Lars Ulrich later told Grammys host James Corden on CBS-TV's The Late Late Show, "you're out there and you're playing, when it's a technical issue, you don't really know - 'Is it going to the house?' 'Is his vocals going to the truck? 'Maybe it's just the monitors.' - so you've just gotta keep playing.

"We get off stage, we get back there, and I haven't seen him [James] like that in twenty years. I mean, he was livid. He's aged really well and he's a pretty chill guy, but the first five or ten minutes in that dressing room was not a lot of fun.

"But, like they say, the show must go on, and we fought through it," Ulrich added. "And with the fire and Gaga in my lap for about a minute at one point, it was just, 'Keep going, keep going, keep going.' So we fought through it, and a lot of people said that at least it made for great television, which is really the point of doing the Grammys to begin with." Watch the video and the Grammy performance video here.

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Glen Campbell's Wife Shares Loving Eulogy Online

(Radio.com) A memorial service was held for late country legend Glen Campbell last Thursday (August 24th), where his wife Kim Campbell gave a loving eulogy which has now been shared online.

"There were no secrets with Glen," she said during the ceremony. "He was the real deal all the time. Glen was open and honest about his struggles and humbly gave God all the glory for turning his life around…In the weeks since, I've been searching for that new light to emerge from the other side."

For those unable to attend, Kim Campbell shared the eulogy on CareLiving.org. "I stand here today to say a final goodbye to my husband - the father of my three children, my best friend and the love of my life.

"I'd like to be able to share the 'real Glen' with you - the one you've never seen or heard before - and tell you secrets about his personality and his quirks, but I can't. There were no secrets with Glen. He was the real deal all the time. Glen was open and honest about his struggles and humbly gave God all the glory for turning his life around. You'll notice in any video you see of Glen singing 'Rhinestone Cowboy,' that he never failed to point towards heaven when he sang the line, 'I want to be where the light is shining on me.' Read more here.

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Mastodon Announce New EP 'Cold Dark Place'

(hennemusic) Atlanta rockers Mastodon will release a new 4-song EP, "Cold Dark Place", on September 22. Available via CD and digital formats, the project will also be issued as a limited-edition 10-inch vinyl picture disc on October 27.

Three of the tunes - "North Side Star", "Blue Walsh" and the title track - were recorded during sessions for the band's 2014 album, "Once More 'Round The Sun", and were produced by Nick Raskulinecz; a fourth track, "Toe To Toes", was produced by Brendan O'Brien last year while the pairing worked on their current "Emperor Of Sand" record.

The EP will be previewed with a special series of Mastodon covers by the newly-relaunched Revolver magazine. The issue, which hits newsstands on September 12, will be available with four different covers, each featuring a member of the band; when all four covers are placed together side by side, a single image of the group is created. Read more here.

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Singled Out: Space4Lease's Lately

Psychedelic indie-rockers Space4Lease have been releasing a series of singles and to celebrate the release of their latest one "Lately" we asked vocalist Grayson Hamm to tell us about the track. Here is the story:

Lately is one of the most personable songs I've written recently. It is also easily my favorite song to play live - I never get tired of playing it. With that being said, this record is the hardest to explain to people but I feel like if people listen, the song very much explains itself because of the personal connection people can find with the track and the way it was written.

The song was written lyrically within the day. I was actually jamming with our sound guy and road manager Caleb at my house sometime last summer. We had no intention to jam but somehow we ended up playing - me on piano and vocals, Caleb playing drums. I didn't write any lyrics during this jam, instead, the lyrical content came from listening to a voice memo of us just playing this same chord progression for a solid 45 minutes - slowly but surely clanking our way into something that seemed reasonable. I never wrote anything down in this process. Instead, I reached this point where this roller coaster of emotions, uncertainties, and vulnerabilities in myself sort of just met together and poured out. I was speaking from a real place, which is why it felt so satisfying. My bandmates agreed.

Now the instrumentation did change a little when I went to the band with the track; as it well should. It was definitely for the better. We turned a song of run-on sentences into an organized track that precisely articulated the mood I was wanting to set, really bringing this track full circle. This song hit me so hard and quickly that it just stuck like glue from day one. I still don't have these lyrics physically written down anywhere.

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

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Liam Gallagher Releases Live 'Wall Of Glass' Video

(hennemusic) Liam Gallagher performed "Wall Of Glass" from his forthcoming solo album debut, "As You Were", at the UK's Reading Festival on August 27 and professional footage from the event is streaming online.

The Oasis frontman appeared on the festival's main stage on Sunday ahead of the closing night's headliner, Muse, who were joined by surprise guest Brian Johnson of AC/DC.

"Wall Of Glass" was released as the lead single from Gallagher's project - due October 6 - and was followed by the tracks "Chinatown" and "For What It's Worth."

"As You Were" was produced by Greg Kurstin (Adele, Beck) and Dan Grech-Marguerat (Radiohead, Mumford And Sons). The set will be available in standard and deluxe editions on digital, CD, vinyl and limited edition colored vinyl, with a special boxed set also offered via Gallagher's website.

Following a recent series of North American shows, the rocker will return to the continent to officially launch the album with a three-week run of dates in November. Watch the live video here.

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Billy Sheehan's The Fell Announce Breakout Tour

Fans in select cities will soon have the opportunity to experience Billy Sheehan's new alternative rock group The Fell when the group launching a North American tour next month.

The band recently gave fans a taste of their style with the release of their debut single "Footprints". Billy had this to say Footprints' is all about the pocket, the groove, and singing!! What a blast it was to record this! I can't wait to play it live!." Watch the video here.

Fans will hear the song on the Breakout Tour which will be kicking off on September 6th at The Basement in Nashville, TN and will wrap up on September 14th at The Music Hall Night Club & Concert Theatre in Oshawa, ON. See the dates here.

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Thirty Seconds To Mars Share Unique VMA Performance With Travis Scott

(Radio.com) Thirty Seconds to Mars tapped rapper Travis Scott for an innovative performance during Sunday (Aug 27th) night's MTV Video Music Awards, a.k.a. VMAs, and group has shared video of the performance.

The bombastic anthem was turned up with a colorful visual presentation that revealed what appeared to be infrared images of the band and their supporting dancers.

Frontman Jared Leto sported a ski mask during the beginning of the performance, with a shirtless Travis Scott hitting the stage to deliver an auto-tuned verse from his song, "Butterfly Effect," towards the end of the song. Check out the unique visual here.

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The Killers Address Lineup Change Speculations

(Radio.com) The Killers took to social media on Monday afternoon to address lineup changes to the group's touring band. It was recently reported that guitarist Dave Keuning would not be joining the band on its upcoming tour.

This is now in addition to original bass player Mark Stoermer no longer being a consistent touring member of the band. (via Stereogum). A handwritten note on the band's official Twitter account reads:

Despite conjecture, The Killers are the same four weirdos we've always been. And worry not, we will not be performing as a two piece. As our fans have seen, the live line-up has grown over the years. Both Ted and Jake have been in the mix for a very long time (since Sam's Town and Battle Born). Hell, we even have 3 background singers now!

As Dave announced to Q Magazine, he will be taking a break from touring to spend time with his family," the statement continues. "We respect his decision, just as we respected Mark's decision to go back to college.

More importantly, 'Wonderful Wonderful' will be released on September 22, and we can't wait for you to hear it – on record and it at the shows. We will not disappoint. See the full post here.

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LaRissa Vienna And The Strange Release 'Haunted' Video

Alt rockers LaRissa Vienna and the Strange have released a new music video for their single, "Haunted." The song comes from their forthcoming debut album "Neptune VII", which is set to be released on September 1st.

Frontwoman LaRissa Vienna had this to say, "I wrote Haunted" about the guilt of missing someone from your past. It is a song about the shame of desiring things you can't have. For the music video, each band member has a storyline of what "haunts" them, whether it be relationships, alcohol abuse, or mental illness. Everyone has that one thing that haunts them, and in the music video, we wear it on our sleeves."

Vienna draws her influence from David Bowie, Marilyn Manson and Shirley Temple (with a tattoo on her shoulder to match). Watch the Daniel Rachlitz and Demi Dehererra directed video here.

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Judas Priest's Rob Halford Looks Back On Coming Out

(Radio.com) Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford came out as gay in 1998, and recalls the "warmth" and "love" he felt from the heavy metal community. In a new interview Halford lamented the state of equality in 2017 and said tolerance and open-mindedness are being rolled back in America and the UK.

"I just get so frustrated and angry that here we are in 2017," Halford told Fox Sports. 'Because of that society I grew up in, and to a still great extent today, we have this tremendous push back in equality. I always kind of felt as I was going through my teen years, my twenties and my thirties, things would be better - but they're not. There's still a long way to go in America and in my home country. And in some parts of the world, people like me get thrown off buildings. People like me get hung, just because of who we are."

Halford added that practicing tolerance and acceptance is actually very simple, and he's baffled by cultural resistance to LGBT rights and visibility. 'It's a crazy world," he said. "You'd think that by now we'd have just figured things out - live and let live, love each other and just accept each other for who we are. Life is short." Read more here.

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