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Linkin Park Stream New Song 'Heavy' And Announce Album

(hennemusic) Linkin Park are streaming a lyric video for "Heavy" as the lead single from their newly-announced forthcoming album, "One More Light," which is set to hit stores on May 19th.

The band delivered the live debut of the track - with guest vocals by Kiiara alongside frontman Chester Bennington - from their rehearsal space on Thursday during a Facebook Live session, a social media platform where the band enjoys 62 million followers.
"We're super-excited about the song, and the excitement around it has been kind of crazy," Mike Shinoda tells Billboard. "We've put out a lot of first singles, and I've actually kind of been taken aback by the amount of excitement over the song and everything.

"I got introduced to Kiiara by [DJ} Zane Lowe. He interviewed her and asked her what her favorite music was, and she said Linkin Park right off the bat and he emailed me and said, 'She's really interesting. I think she's so cool, and you guys should really meet.' So we started talking and one thing led to another.

"Originally Chester had sung the whole song," Shinoda adds, "but we felt like it needed this other perspective; if you hear another voice on it, it would make it feel like it's coming from more than one person. We asked her if she'd sing on it, and I thought it really took the song to another dimension." Check out the new song here.

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Ozzy Osbourne To Bark At The Moon During Eclipse

(Gibson) Astronomers have determined that southern Illinois will enjoy the longest duration of the total solar eclipse that's occurring later this year. It's only fitting, therefore, that Ozzy Osbourne will appear in that location to kick off a concert performing the title track from his 1983 solo album, Bark at the Moon.

Details are still being worked out, but Osbourne is set to headline Day Four of Moonstock, a music festival being staged at Walker's Bluff in Carterville, Illinois, to coincide with the ultra-rare phenomenon. At precisely 1:20 pm, on Aug. 21, Osbourne will commemorate the event by performing his classic song.

"The fact Ozzy will be playing as the eclipse occurs is an awesome event in itself, but this will be the culmination of a four-day festival," said Doug Brandon, business development officer at Walker's Bluff, in a press release. "It's been a while since people have had an opportunity just to see an Ozzy concert, let alone an epic event like this, where when everything goes dark, he takes the stage. People are already excited about it." Comment here.

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OneRepublic Headlining 2017 Honda Civic Tour

OneRepublic have been tapped to headline the 2017 Honda Civic Tour across North America which will also feature Fitz and The Tantrums and James Arthur on most of the dates.

The annual tour, which will be marking its 16th anniversary, is scheduled to kick off on July 7th in Kansas City, MO at the Sprint Center and will finish on September 12th in The Woodlands, TX at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.

Along the way, OneRepublic will also be playing a Canadian tour leg that is not part of the tour, which will launch on August 9th in Quebec at the Videotron Centre and will wrap up on August 21st in Vancouver at the Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena. See the dates here.

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Megadeth Plan New Album Next Year Following Two Big Tours

Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine revealed in a new interview that the band is "most definitely" planning to release their next studio album, the follow up to "Dystopia", next year.

Mustaine did a lengthy interview with Radio.com covering a number of topics from their recent Grammy win to the upcoming Megadeth boot camp and towards the end he was asked if he has begun thinking about the next album.

He said, "Yes, we have. Usually, when I finish a record I put the guitar down and don't pay attention to it for a while. It'll start to call to me, and fortunately recently it's been calling to me a little bit. It's just kind of hard because I don't want to get engrossed in something and then realize that it's going to be another year before I get into the studio."

The follow up question was "So, it sounds like the next Megadeth album will be out in 2018?" and he responded, "Most definitely, we're not doing anything [in the studio] this year, we've got two big U.S. tours this year, and then we've got a bunch of European dates that we're doing too, so we're pretty busy." Read more here.

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Metallica Plan Memorabilia Exhibit On Upcoming Tour

(Radio.com) Metallica are gearing up for their first stadium tour across North America in a decade this summer and in addition to the live show the tour will also feature their "Memory Remains" memorabilia exhibit.

"I'm just excited about the fact that it's still possible to go out and play stadiums 36 years into a career and that people give a s---" Lars Ulrich says in an interview. "It's going to be awesome."

Ulrich says the exhibit contains "lots of clothing, old instruments, lyric sheets, all kinds of memorabilia and knick-knacks" from Metallica's nearly four-decade career. When he checked out the mini-museum at a recent concert in Copenhagen, he said, "Being the biggest Metallica fan in the world, [I] loved it, and I didn't even get a chance to penetrate it full-on." Read more here.

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Incubus Announce North American Tour

Incubus have announced that they will be releasing their new album, entitled "8", this spring and have revealed the details for The 8 Tour of North America.

The new tour will be hitting 30-cities and is set to kick off on July 6th in West Palm Beach, FL at Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre and will wrap up on October 3rd in Denver, CO at the famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

Jimmy Eat World have been tapped as the main support for the trek which will also feature rotating support from Judah & the Lion and Atlas Genius at various stops. See the dates and support act detail here.

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Styx, REO Speedwagon and Don Felder Announce Summer Tour

Styx and REO Speedwagon have announced that they will be teaming up this summer to launch the United We Rock Tour which also feature former Eagles legend Don Felder as their special guest.

The tour is scheduled to kick off on June 20th in Ridgefield, WA at the Sunlight Supply Amphitheatre and will run until August 22nd where is will conclude in Holmdel, NJ at the PNC Bank Arts Center.

REO Speedwagon Kevin Cronin had this to say, "I called up Tommy Shaw last summer and we were both thinking the same thing: let's get the boys together, make some music, and have some fun. REO Speedwagon and Styx together is a head first plunge into the fountain of youth, an unstoppable force of nature. Add the amazing Don Felder to the mix and it's a thundering slam dunk!" Read more and see the dates here.

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New Found Glory Release 'Happy Being Miserable' Video

New Found Glory have recreated a famous scene from the movie "Stand By Me" in the music video that they just released for their new single "Happy Being Miserable."

The song is the first track revealed from the band's forthcoming album "Makes Me Sick," which is set to be released on April 28th. The band recruited Max Moore to direct the new clip, which was filmed in Nashville.

Chad Gilbert had this to say about the new visual, "NFG has always done a lot of pop culture movie references throughout our career, from cover songs to t-shirt spoofs. So with our album being called 'Makes Me Sick,' it seemed like the perfect opportunity to take that iconic scene and give it our own spin.

"Or maybe we just wanted to show that all bad situations can have a redemptive outcome if you let it. Are you just gonna let life puke all over you? Or are you gonna look beyond yourself, pull people together, and celebrate being alive." Watch the video here.

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Pop Evil Rock Special Set For The Kids At St. Jude

Pop Evil have shared video of their special performance at the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee where they played for the kids as part of the hospital's Music Gives to St. Jude Kids program.

The group played fan favorites like "Footsteps," and "Take It All" and they have released videos and the following comments. Frontman Leigh Kakaty says, "Playing for the children of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital was a career highlight.

"Whenever you can help bring inspiration and positivity to children in need it makes it all worthwhile. Being able to bring smiles to both the kids and their families was humbling and something we hope we can do more of in the future."

Bassist Matt DiRito adds, "It has been such an honor to be able to work hand in hand with the staff and families at St Jude. Those kids have touched our lives in a way that is so incredibly powerful and different from anything we have experienced in our travels across the world." Watch the videos here.

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Felice Brothers Announce U.S. Spring Tour

The Felice Brothers have announced that they are hitting the road for a short U.S. tour next month that will feature support from their special guest Conor Obrest.

The trek will be hitting 14 cities and is set to kick off on March 9th at The Waiting Room Lounge in Omaha and will be concluding on March 26th at the Englert Theatre in Iowa City.

They will also be visiting Kansas City, Memphis, Tulsa, San Antonio, Spicewood, Houston, New Orleans, Macon, Asheville, Chattanooga, Atlanta, and St. Louis. Read more here.

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Lonely Robot Announce New Album 'The Big Dream'

It Bites, Frost*, Arena star John Mitchell has announced that his project Lonely Robot will be releasing its sophomore album 'The Big Dream' on April 28th.

The new album will be available as a special edition digipak CD (including 3 bonus tracks), gatefold 2LP + CD & digital download and the effort will continue the theme of the "Please Come Home' where the main character The Astronaut emerging from a long period in stasis.

Mitchell explains: "The Astronaut wakes up from a cryogenic sleep but finds he's no longer in space, and is instead in a woodland area surrounded by a group of strange people with animal heads! It's a little surreal, a little 'Midsummer Night's Dream' to some extent. This is something of a solipsistic haze, for want of a better description!"

He also elaborates on his Lonely Robot concept: "I have always envisaged the storyline of The Astronaut's journey evolving over the course of three albums. And I always knew where I wanted to go with the second album - taking The Astronaut away from space and into a strange and unfamiliar environment. Right now, I have no thoughts of what will happen for the third one but I'd better start thinking about it now!" Read more

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Pink Floyd In The Studio For Animals 40th Anniversary

A new episode of the syndicated radio show In The Studio with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands celebrates the 40th anniversary of Pink Floyd Animals through interviews with David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Roger Waters. The show sent over the following details:

How did Pink Floyd evolve from the sublime cynicism of Dark Side of the Moon to the madness and despair of The Wall six years later? Hear first-hand the vital importance of this transitional Pink Floyd album Animals and the tipping point on the final stadium concert of that tour which sparked the eventual building of The Wall.

Roger Waters, "At the end of this Montreal show there was some kid trying to climb up the chain link fencing. I got so angry with this kid who was screaming all through "Mother" or one of the quieter songs, anyway, I finally got so angry I spat at this child. He was 14 or 15, I suppose. And when I came off stage afterwards I thought, 'What have I been reduced to, here?... What has happened to the relationship between the band and the audience?' So, the wall was something that I had experienced very powerfully through most of that tour, but specifically on that day."

David Gilmour, "We've never had any sacred idea about what we think we ought to be or what we ought to sound like."

Nick Mason, "After this long, I think people are now so used to the fact that bands are so much more dysfunctional than that (mop top "Monkees" image). There is a reality to it. When you get creative people, frequently it is of limited duration." Stream the episode here.

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Emmure Release 'Flag Of The Beast' Video

Emmure have released their brand new music video for their track "Flag of the Beast". The song is featured on their forthcoming album "Look At Yourself," which is set to be released on March 3rd.

Frontman Frankie Palmeri had this to say about the new clip, "I was very happy with the video we did with Aaron Marsh. He came to me with a vision based off his interpretation of the song, and he brought it completely to life. He wanted to give me an audience that becomes ultra violent or possessed by the lyrics of the song.

"Flag of the Beast represents the idea that I am in fact some sort of evil deity in some peoples eyes, but on the same coin I am sort of an anti-hero. It is about myself and how I view people that have exited my life or have looked at me like I'm not on the right path. It is about being the epitomy of all things that are against the grain. You can hate me if it makes you feel better, but I am not going anywhere." Watch the video here.

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For Today Offshoot Nothing Left Release New Video

Nothing Left, the new band featuring former For Today stars Ryan and Brandon Leitru, have released a new video for the title track to their forthcoming EP.

The new EP will be entitled "Destroy and Rebuild" and is set to hit stores on April 21st via the band's newly signed deal with Facedown Records. Check out the video here.

Ryan Leitru had this to say, "In the current state of a lot of heavy music circles, there is a lot of music that is made by bands (or their producers) just to cater to a specific audience.

"It leads to a lot of safe and sometimes not very genuine music. It's easy to get jaded when you're too close to that type of world. One way to fight that and keep your passion for what you do is to go back to what first made you love music." Read more here.

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Beatle Who Vanished Film Rights Secured By Roy Orbison's Son

(Gibson) Alex Orbison, the son of rock and roll pioneer Roy Orbison, has secured the movie rights for a film about Jimmie Nicol, the drummer who filled in briefly for Ringo Starr during the Beatles' 1964 tour.

Based on a 2013 book titled "The Beatle Who Vanished," the film, if made, will examine the life of Nicol before, during and after the 13-day period in which he sat in for Starr, who at the time was in the hospital recovering from tonsillitis and pharyngitis.

As reported by Billboard, Nicol performed as a "substitute" Beatle for 10 concerts at five venues. His tenure also included one TV show and several press conferences appearances.

Orbison told Billboard he was interested in "arc of Jimmie Nicol as a person and the overall ride of his intersection with that historic high point of what seemed to be the beginnings of Beatlemania." The story also explores Nicol's post-Beatles existence, which is shrouded in mystery. Read more here.

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Gojira Announce U.S. Headline Tour Dates

Gojira have a busy touring season ahead with plans for headline dates as well as shows with Opeth, as well as Metallica and Avenged Sevenfold and music festival appearances.

They will be kicking things off with a couple of headline dates in New Orleans on May 2nd and Birmingham, Al the following night that will feature support from Kyng.

The band will play additional headline dates on May 16th in Buffalo, the 17th in Pittsburgh, and Grand Rapids on the 18th. Those shows will also feature Deafheaven and Code Orange.

The dates with Opeth will launch on May 4th in Nashville and run until the 13th in Indianapolis. They will join the Metallica and Avenged Sevenfold stadium tour on July 29th in Los Angeles through August 16th in Edmonton. See all of the dates here.

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The One Hundred Release 'Dark Matters' Video

The One Hundred have released a new music video for their track 'Dark Matters'. The song is first taste fans are getting from the group's forthcoming album which will be out later this year.

The Jeb Hardwick directed clip can be seen here. Frontman Jacob Field had this to say, ''We know we've kept you guys in suspense for a while, but we are BACK and 'Dark Matters' is just the beginning. We can't wait to hit the road for our debut headline tour as well. 2017, LETS DO THIS!"

That tour is scheduled to kick off with a UK leg beginning in Southampton on May 1st and wrapping up on May 18th in Berlin at Maze. The band will also be appearing at this year's Download festival in June. See the dates here.

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Anthrax To Release DVD From Among The Living Anniversary Tour

Anthrax have announced that they plan to release a new live DVD later this year which was captured during their Among The Kings European tour. We were sent the following details:

Anthrax's show was filmed last night at Glasgow's historic venue Barrowland. Seventeen cameras, including five Go-Pros and a full-size camera crane, captured more than two hours of Anthrax favorites that were voted onto the evening's set list by fans and included "Madhouse," "Be All, End All," "Breathing Lightning," and "A.I.R.," followed by Anthrax's classic 1987 album Among The Living performed start to finish ("Caught In A Mosh," "I Am the Law," "Indians," "N.F.L.").

In addition to the live footage, the DVD will include "fly-on-the-wall" interviews and other B-roll shot on the band's tour bus, backstage, in hotels and elsewhere. here.

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Goatwhore Gearing Up For Metal Blade 35th Anniversary Tour

Goatwhore are preparing to launch two major tours this spring including the Metal Blade Records' 35th Anniversary Tour and a North American trek with Amon Amarth.

The Metal Blade Tour will also feature Whitechapel, Cattle Decapitation, Allegaeon, and Necromancing The Stone and is set to kick off on February 21st in Pittsburgh and conclude on March 15th in Dallas.

The Amon Amarth tour will follow, launching on May 1st at Vinyl in Pensacola, FL and wrapping up on May 20th at the Mercury Ballroom in Louisville, KY.

Goatwhore will also be playing a number of stand-along headline dates while on both tours. See all of the dates here.

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Edge of Paradise Release 'Alive' Video

Edge of Paradise have released their new Val Rassi directed video for the title track to their forthcoming EP "Alive", which is set to hit stores on March 10th.

Frontwoman, Margarita Monet had the following to say about the track, "This song is extremely contagious, with the heavy hitting/ industrial beat, and a chorus that'll get your blood pumping!

"ALIVE is dealing with us humans being so caught up in the digital world, obsessed with convenience and monetary gain, we have begun to sacrifice our humanity. We are becoming corporate led consumer machines! We get lost in the enticing virtual reality that we forget what real human interaction feels like. Sometimes I want to break away from bombardment of advertisements, social standards, never ending race with time and just breathe, and remember what it's like to feel alive! To connect with our fellow humans and the world! here.

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Black Veil Brides' Andy Biersack To Host Alternative Press Music Awards

Organizers have announced that this year's Alternative Press Music Awards will be hosted by Black Veil Brides frontman Andy Biersack (a.k.a. Andy Black.)

Biersack had this to say about hosting the event, "I am so honored to be hosting this year's fourth annual APMAs. I've attended every APMAs, and I've been fortunate to have a favorite moment every year.

"As host, I want to make people feel happy and create favorite moments for them, too. I want them to be stoked, whether they are attending the event or watching it from their homes." Watch the announcement video here.

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Eisley Streaming New Album 'I'm Only Dreaming' Online

Eisley is now streaming their new studio album, I'm Only Dreaming via YouTube. The album was recorded in Tyler, TX with producer Will Yip (Circa Survive, Balance & Composure, Lauryn Hill) and was released today, February 17, via Equal Vision Records.

The band kicked off their full US headline tour last night in Houston, TX and will perform in Dallas today for their album release show. Support bands on the tour include Civilian and Equal Vision Records' newcomers Backwards Dancer. Eisley will also perform at SXSW 2017 on March 15.

Eisley's current tour lineup includes: Sherri DuPree-Bemis (vocals, guitars), Garron DuPree (bass), Remington DuPree (drums), Elle Puckett (lead guitars, vocals) and Jedidiah Lachmann (keys). Stream the album here.

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Shiners Streaming New Song I Feel So Blunt

(Top Button) Shiners have released a stream of their brand new track '(I Feel So) Blunt'. It is the first song that they have released from their forthcoming debut EP.

The song is a tale of a relationship falling apart over late Saturday nights and rainy Sunday mornings. A kick out against the dreary working week and the struggles of fitting a broken relationship into the gaps, 'Blunt' is a song that anyone who has ever done the 9 to 5 can relate to.

The track was produced by Shiners alongside producer Hugh Worskett and mixed by Eduardo De La Paz. This is the first glimpse into Shiners debut EP which will be released in the spring, which promises even more Brit-Wave bangers! Check out the song here.

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Revenge and Blasphemy Lead Black Mourning Light Lineup

(Asher Media) Organizers have revealed the lineup for this year's Black Mourning Light festival which will be taking place at the Starlite Room in Edmonton, AB on October 13th and 14th. We were sent the following details:

This year's infernal ritual features legends from Canada's black metal scene with headliners Revenge (Edmonton, AB), Blasphemy (Vancouver, BC), Rites Of Thy Degringolade (Edmonton, AB) and Antichrist (Vancouver, BC).

Joining the line up from the United States is Montana's blackened death eaters Fortress, Los Angeles black / death legends Gravehill and Ohio's nefarious Funeral Of God. From the surrounding Western Canadian metal scene, the carnage is intensified with Xul, Ares Infernus, Sorguinazia, Scythra, and Goathammer. Read more here.

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Singled Out: Super Snake's Big Seize

Super Snake released their new album "Leap of Love" this week and to celebrate we asked Jerry Jones to tell us the story behind the single "Big Seize". Here is the story:

This was the first song written for the "Leap of Love" album sessions. To be quite honest, I was nervous as hell about it. For several reasons. It was the first track to be written instrumentally without any influence from our original two guitar players. And not that I doubted our new guitar players' (Joe Laga and Pete August) ability to write, but it felt like a new band to me. Everything about "Big Seize" was aesthetically different from previous Super Snake tunes - there was nothing that stood out to me as overtly tongue in cheek (a defining Super Snake quality). It was written as a short little ripper but I knew this song was going to sound massive by the time we were done with it.

I went over to Pete August's apartment in Montclair, NJ to lay some vocals down on the original demo sometime in late 2014. It was cold out and I remember picking up a bunch of beer to stay warm and get me in the mood. It wasn't the first time Pete tracked my vocals, but it was the first time he was tracking me for the new stuff where I had decided I wanted to change things up a bit as far as vocal pentameter and style went. I was not confident in myself. All of Pete's roommates were home and walking in and out of his bedroom, seeing what's up, and here I am trying to experiment vocally but completely unsure if I sound like an a**hole or what (See: end vocals on "Big Seize"). Thank god for beer. After I had loosened up a bit, our good friend Pete Lang made his way over. Lang sang in one of August's earlier hardcore bands, Raw Law. He is great company and was also able to alleviate some of this bullsh*t anxiety I was feeling. Lang ended up adding these awesome Nosferatu backing vocals on the call and repeats during the choruses. Everyone in the band just smiled and silently, but totally, approved.

The lyrics were written in the course of three days as I tried to come up with this very specific "plague bringer" horror character. But I also wanted it to be a unrequited love song. Like a sad demon-type. I wanted to use a lot more reverb and delay on my vocals than I had on the previous EPs to give it this washed out haunted vibe. This ended up staging the vocal direction for the entire album. By the time we finished recording the demo that day, I had no idea what it was going to turn out like. I was still half-scared I blew it. Turns out everyone in the band flipped and loved the new direction. It was really inspiring the new risks paid off and allowed me to push even further with the following tracks we wrote. I refrained from using my usual growly vocals over everything and decided to go more relaxed; ironically, "Big Seize" is the growliest song on the record.

The album cut recording of it is an entirely different story. Down in northern Virginia, up in the mountains, in a haunted old cabin in the middle of nowhere, in a room filled with taxidermy turkeys and massive bear claws, the song just felt so natural and so psychedelic. I could feel colors pouring out of my mouth as I sang along to it. Kevin Antreassian (Super Snake producer and guitarist for The Dillinger Escape Plan) and I were just having so much fun and cracking each other up. It was such a smooth and confident process. Easily one of my favorite recording experiences of all time.

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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