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Unearthed Rolling Stones 1960s Footage Being Released

(hennemusic) A new book, "The Rolling Stones On Air In The Sixties", will be published by Harper Collins on September 26th. The book will be published in sync with the global release of a DVD containing recently discovered, never-before-released footage of the group filmed for televisions including in front of and behind the cameras.

Written by author Richard Havers and subtitled "TV And Radio History As It Happened", the project delivers a look at the band's rise to fame during their early years - from a January 1963 letter by Brian Jones to the BBC requesting an audition to the story of the group's performance of "Let It Bleed" for BBC's end-of-the-decade celebration television program, "Ten Years Of What."

The book features previously unseen documents from the BBC and commercial archives and includes exclusive interviews with directors and producers who worked with the band during the era.

The Stones themselves also look back at their career-defining broadcasts, sharing individual recollections about the music, the clothes, the fans, the rivals and friends, and the impact they had on the generational divide and the world around them. Read more here.

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Metallica Hit New Milestone With Hardwired

(hennemusic) Metallica's latest studio album "Hardwired…To Self-Destruct" has officially passed the 1 million mark in real album sales in the US (actual sales and not streaming).

According to Billboard, the band's 2016 release moved another 4,000 copies last week to push the total sum to a little more than 1,004,000 actual albums sold to date. The feat marks the group's 12th album to sell at least a million copies Stateside since Nielsen Music began tracking sales in 1991. "Hardwired…" currently sits at No. 123 on the US Billboard 200.

The update follows news that the project had achieved US platinum status from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on April 12 through sales of a million equivalent album units, which blend traditional album sales, tracks sold from an album and on-demand audio and video streams. Read more here.

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Iron Maiden Plan Some Surprises For Next Year

Iron Maiden guitarist Dave Murray has reassured fans that the latest rumors that the legendary metal band is planning to retire are not true and in face they are planning some surprises next year.

Murray addresses the rumors when he spoke with Southern California newspaper The Press Enterprise. He told them, "We're not stopping after this tour; this isn't the last tour by any means. We're going to finish this one out, which we're having a lot of fun [doing], and then we're going to take some time off and next year there's going to be some surprises."

The guitarist said later in the interview, "If it was to finish tomorrow, I think I could say quite honestly that I've been very happy and very lucky and have done everything, enjoyed most of it, because of all the places we've travelled to, you'd never go there." Read more here.

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Linkin Park Change Their Style Too Much Says Rammstein Star

Rammstein guitarist Paul Landers says in a new interview that he believes that Linkin Park has changed their sound too much and gotten too far away from their core style.

Landers was interview by Metal Injection during the New York stop of their North American tour and was asked about the band's previous comments about figuring out new methods or paths when writing new music.

He jokingly responded, "We are still looking. Sometimes, you think, in theory, I want to make this. And then, it ends up [another way]. But you have to try it, and we feel it's time try out things again. Don't worry, it's still with evil guitars and good drummers.

He then brought up Linkin Park, "I'm not sure if it's nice to say, but with Linkin Park, sometimes they change the sound too much, in my eyes. They're also trying out new things, but I wouldn't go so far from my core. You have your style, your way to make music together and you can't change it artificially."

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Dishwalla Singled Out: Give Me A Sign

Dishwalla are releasing "Juniper Road," their first new album in over a decade this Friday (7/14) and to celebrate we asked Jim Wood to tell us about some of the tracks. Today he talks about the first single "Give Me A Sign". Here is the story:

The idea for Give Me A Sign came from a crazy tour adventure. It began in Las Vegas where we played a unique private event. We've played a lot of strange shows in our travels but this one stood apart. They had built an entire forest in the venue and had cast members dressed as various creatures, and there were Cirque du Soleil performers doing acrobatics, spitting fire, that sort of thing, plus lights and lasers everywhere. After the show we hung out with the owners of the Hotel in their private press box in the hotel's Ultra Lounge. There was a famous French DJ performing on the 5-story high stage and the scene was unbelievable. I had never seen or heard anything like it and I was completely blown away. I just sat in that press box mesmerized for 8 hours straight before I was able to drag myself out of there around 9am.

I had to drive to Northern California that afternoon and took off in the later part of the day. The memories from the night before were swirling around in my head nonstop as I headed out into the desert. I had been playing around with the intro melody for a few weeks in a totally different ballad-like vibe, and driving along I started riffing it into this EDM-style syncopated beat pattern. Somehow it all worked so I started laying it out into a song in my head. The weird fantasy world from the previous nights show made me think of how you never really know what goes on in someone else's head and that shaped the lyrics for the chorus.

The route takes you past a greatest hits of UFO sighting locations: The Nevada Nuclear Test Site, the town of Mercury and gateway to Area 51, and an Air Force Base where they fly drones in the Middle East that is patrolled by robotic guard vehicles. All good stuff for desert driving and lyric writing. There had been some recent UFO sightings and there were spaceship-shaped clouds in the sky over the valley where Area 51 is supposedly located. At one point I came across a group of people that were clearly on a skywatching vigil with their lawn chairs set on the roofs of their RVs. It struck me how they were really just looking for confirmation for answers that they already believed to be true, which is what we all do in one way or another. Just Give me a Sign.

When I showed the song to the band I had sketched it out using programmed drums, and translated most of the EDM elements into something more Dishwalla-like. Our drummer George got super pissed at me for coming up with something that had so many different beat and feel changes. It didn't make sense to him at the time and he really didn't want to record it but went ahead and gave it a shot, cussing me out along the way. He nailed it on the very first take. That awesome performance tied it all together and is what is on the record. The rest of the parts came together in the next few days and we had ourselves a finished song.

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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Blink-182's Travis Barker Focus Of Last 'Home Is Such A Lonely Place' Video

(Radio.com) Blink-182's fourth and final version of their "Home Is Such A Lonely Place" video was released late last week with drummer Travis Barker opening his home to director Jason Goldwatch.

Goldwatch's camera follows Barker as he gets a tattoo in his kitchen, rides his Special Edition Public Enemy P.K. Ripper with son Landon while daughter Alabama cruises along in her Escalade golf cart.

Barker's also captured applying temporary tattoos on Landon, skating on their backyard halfpipe and driving his classic Cadillac and International Harvester Scout. Like all three previous videos, Barker's edit ends with him playing on stage with his bandmates in Blink.

Goldwatch's previous edits followed Mark Hoppus, Matt Skiba and the entire band. Watch all edits beginning with Barker's here.

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A Perfect Circle, Korn and Stone Sour Lead Knotfest Lineup

Although Slipknot won't be playing Knotfest Mexico this year, the band has announced an impressive lineup that include headline sets from A Perfect Circle and Korn.

As expected, Corey Taylor's other band Stone Sour will be playing the event this year, which is scheduled to take place on October 28th at Foro Pegaso in Toluca, Mexico.

The festival also include performances from Anthrax, Bullet for My Valentine, Hatebreed, Taking Back Sunday, Cannibal Corpse, Children of Bodom, Ill Nino, Attila, Suicide Silence, Periphery, Maximum the Hormone, Tech N9ne, Cerberus and Deadly Apples.

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System Of A Down's New Album In 'Not Happening' Says Shavo

(Gibson) System of a Down fans are in for a let down as bassist Shavo Odadjian revealed via social media that the long-awaited follow up to their 2005 album "Hypnotize" is "not happening".

Odadjian shared the bad news after he was asked about the progress on System of a Down's upcoming, fifth studio album during a recent live Q&A on Instagram, which was posted by a fan on YouTube.

When asked about the new tunes, Odadjian said, "I'm waiting for a new album, too. It's not happening, I don't know… I don't know when it's gonna be. Not right now." Read more here.

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Mastodon's Rescheduled Conan TV Appearance Is Tonight

(hennemusic) Mastodon have announced that they will perform on TBS' late night program, Conan, tonight July 10th. The appearance in support of their latest album, "Emperor Of Sand", was rescheduled from late May when the band were bumped from the broadcast due to time constraints.

The Atlanta outfit just wrapped up an extensive series of festival gigs across Europe that included sets at high-profile events like the Download festivals in the UK, France and Spain, Belgium's Graspop Metal Meeting and Austria's Nova Rock.

Mastodon will next return to action at the Psycho Vegas Festival on August 20 before kicking off fall dates across North America with Eagles of Death Metal and Russian Circles in September.

The trek will include a newly-announced benefit concert at The Metro in Chicago, IL on September 9 in honor of suicide prevention month. 100% of the proceeds from the event will support suicide prevention and mental health education. here.

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All American Rejects Release Two New Song and Short Film

(Radio.com) All American Rejects have paired two new songs "Sweat" and "Close Your Eyes" for an epic 11-minute video starring frontman Tyson Ritter. Both songs are available now as a 2-track EP, titled SWEAT.

The short film is streaming here and finds Ritter battling with his own identity, which takes the form of businessman by day and prostitute by night. "The film is a story about this functioning identity crisis and expectations on how we're supposed to be in a public place," reflects Ritter.

Beginning July 13th the band will embark on a month-long tour with Dashboard Confessional. The tour kicks off at OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, CA on July 13 and will conclude on August 15 in Highland Park, IL See the dates here.

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Ringo Starr Recruits Big Stars As Guests On New Album

(Radio.com) Ringo Starr turned 77 last week and celebrated the occasion by revealing a big announcement: The former Beatle will release Give More Love, a studio album with his All Starr Band, on September 15.

Give More Love features 10 new tracks and an incredible cast of collaborators: First and foremost, Sir Paul McCartney, who appears on 'We're on the Road Again" and 'Show Me the Way."

Other guests include Peter Frampton, Joe Walsh, Dave Stewart and more. Ringo will hit the road this fall with standing engagements in Las Vegas (between Oct. 18 and 28) and more U.S. dates to follow. Read more here.

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Arcade Fire Cover Joy Division Classic In Manchester

(Radio.com) As a treat to the crowd at their Manchester show last Thursday (July 6), Arcade Fire played Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart." They also inserted a snippet of New Order's "Temptation" at the end of "Afterlife."

The concert took place approximately one month after the terrorist bombing attack at Ariana Grande's show at the Manchester Arena. Frontman Win Butler thanked the crowd for "not being scared" to come to their show and called them an "inspiration to the rest of the world."
A gaggle of celebrities were in attendance during two shows at London's York Hall earlier in the week, reports, NME. Jude Law, Woody Harrelson and James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem were there as well as Coldplay drummer Will Champion and the members of Kings Of Leon. Watch the cover performance
here.

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Duane Allman Tops Derek Trucks List Of Favorite Guitarist

(Gibson) Ahead of the Tedeschi Trucks Band playing a "hometown" Atlanta show, Derek Trucks has been talking to The Atlanta Magazine about playing live, influences and his favorite guitarists.

When asked about his favorite guitar players, Trucks - widely considered a modern great himself - says: "For me, Duane Allman was my first influence, so he's always right near the top. Then there's Charlie Christian, who was one of the first electric soloists. He played stuff that people still haven't quite topped.

"I love the old blues guys, too. The way John Lee Hooker approaches the instrument is so singular and unique. It's not always technique and flash for me; it's 'how does it stick with you?'

"But I could give you my Top 20, and it would be 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D... At a certain level, when you make it to that pantheon, you can be tied, but you can't be beat." Read more here.

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Neil Young Releasing Lost 1976 Album 'Hitchhiker'

(hennemusic) Neil Young will be issuing his previously unreleased 1976 album, "Hitchhiker", on August 4th. According to Young news site Thrasher's Wheat, the rocker originally recorded the 10-track, all acoustic album live in one session at Indigo Studios in Malibu, CA on August 11, 1976.

The album's title track appeared on Young's 2010 album, "Le Noise", while the package delivers stripped-down versions of fan favourites "Powderfinger", "Human Highway" and "Pocahontas", and features two previously unreleased tunes: "Hawaii" and "Give Me Strength."

The original session was produced by Young's longtime studio collaborator David Brings, and has been updated with new post production by John Hanlon, who has worked with the rocker since 1990 and produced his most recent works, including his latest effort, 2016's "Peace Trail."

Young recalled the 1976 recording session in his 2014 memoir Special Deluxe, writing "I spent the night there with David and recorded nine solo acoustic songs, completing a tape I called Hitchhiker. It was a complete piece, although I was pretty stony on it, and you can hear it in my performances." Read more here.

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