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Foo Fighters Full Two and Half Hour Nos Alive Performance Streaming

(Radio.com) The Foo Fighters delivered an epic two and a half hour set Friday night, July 7 at Lisbon's Nos Alive event in Passeio Maritimo de Algés. The set started at midnight and fans can watch the entire performance online.

They opened the show with 'All My Life," 'Times Like These," and 'Learn to Fly." Dave Grohl and drummer Taylor Hawkins shared the love and the mic on 'Cold Day in the Sun," with the percussionist taking lead vocals.

The band covered Queen, The Ramones, and The Cult, who had played earlier in the evening. The Kills' Alison Mosshart, who had performed earlier, joined the band on their new 'La Dee Da." Watch the performance here.

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Ivan Moody Plans Five Finger Death Punch Return Following Treatment

Five Finger Death Punch frontman Ivan Moody shared a social media update with fans on Monday (July 10th) and revealed that he will be returning to the group next month following his current treatment for his "addiction issues".

Moody dropped off the band's recent European tour following his latest on stage meltdown and the group recruited singer Tommy Vext to fill in for him as he sought treatment. He now says that he will be rejoining the band at their August 19th concert in Springfield, Ill.

He posted the following message via Facebook, " To All Five Finger Death Punch Fans: I wanted to write to all of you and express my deep regret for not being able to finish the last few shows on our European summer tour.

"I am in a treatment facility addressing the addiction issues that have interfered with everything in my life. I love you guys and I love my band… It's what I do and I can't imagine my life without it. I am 100% committed to getting healthy so I can get back on stage with Five Finger Death Punch." Read more here.

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Ozzfest Meets Knotfest 2017 Lineup Announced

(hennemusic) Ozzy Osbourne and Rob Zombie will headline the 2017 edition of Ozzfest Meets Knotfest over the November 4/5 weekend at Glen Helen Amphitheater And Festival Grounds in San Bernardino, CA.

The Black Sabbath singer's first solo Los Angeles-area show in more than six years will top the November 4 Ozzfest bill alongside the Deftones, Children Of Bodom and more than a dozen metal acts.

The rocker has resumed his solo career following the completion of Black Sabbath's farewell tour earlier this year. "Last year's show with Black Sabbath was just incredible," says Osbourne, "and I'm thrilled to be coming back this year with Zakk, Tommy, Blasko and Adam to headline the 21st anniversary of Ozzfest."

The November 5 Knotfest will see Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Stone Sour and Eighteen Visions on the main stage, with fourteen bands hitting two other stages.

Noticeably absent this year are Knotfest founders Slipknot, who will curate the event. "Knotfest was never supposed to be exclusively about Slipknot," explains frontman Corey Taylor. "It was always about the things that fueled the spirit of Slipknot: music, art, passion, insanity, and the tribes that give it power. So it would make sense for Knotfest to carry on these ideas, even without Slipknot. Because these things are the gasoline of creativity, and there's plenty to go around, with plenty of great bands, acts and things to see." Read more here.

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Pro-Pain Frontman Details Brutal Ice Pick Assault For First time

Pro-Pain frontman Gary Meskil has spoken publicly for the first time about the brutal assault and robbery in Brussels that landed him in the hospital earlier this month.

Gazet van Antwerpen caught up with Meskil at the Antwerp Metal Fest this past weekend and the singer provided details about how the violent assault went down. He told the publication (as transcribed by Blabbermouth):

"Last Monday, I went out with [guitarist Adam Phillips] in Brussels. Adam returned to the hotel in the Stalingradlaan in the centre of Brussels, and I went for a beer in a bar nearby, around midnight. At the table next to me, there were some young guys and we started talking. It was all very friendly. Just a nice chat.

"After a while, I went to the bartender to pay my bill. When I returned, two of the guys I had talked to bumped into me. Then I realized that they took my wallet. I confronted them and they start hitting me. They got help from four others. They used an ice pick to hit me on the head. They kept on kicking me after I had fallen to the ground." Read more here.

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U2 And Noel Gallagher Dedicate Oasis Song To Manchester

(Radio.com) U2 performed two London shows, July 8 and 9 as part of their 30th Anniversary The Joshua Tree tour. The opening band for both shows was Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds and during their set on Sunday night U2 invited Gallagher onstage to sing Oasis' "Don't Look Back in Anger."

'May you take this somewhere else, somewhere in the UK," Bono implored the crowd before the band launched into the song. Ever since the tragic bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, the song has been a message of hope.

At the end of the song, Bono dedicated the performance to the victims of the Manchester and London Bridge attacks and those in the Grenfell Tower blaze. Watch video of the performance here.

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Singled Out: Shorelines' New Heights

Brisbane rockers Shorelines just release their new EP "New Heights" and to celebrate we asked Harry White to tell us the story behind the title track. Here is the story:

One night I was sitting in my room and decided to write a fun pop/punk song, and a while later I had the basic idea for "New Heights"! I really wanted something that defined our mindset as a band, so I ended up telling the story of one chapter closing and the start of new beginnings. I wrote this song about my old band breaking up and having to start again with Shorelines. It definitely shows off our positivity towards the new band, but also displays some anger towards people that brought us down in the past. There was a lot involved in why things turned out the way they did and I used the lyrics to get some of my feelings out.

The chorus //We'll be just fine, leave it all behind...// was a summary of my attitude at the time. It was hard to let go of some of the amazing times we (Dylan and I) had in the previous band, but we were prepared to work hard to move on and eventually do it all again, our own way. The pre-chorus //Did you know you were a waste of time, a broken act of thoughtless lies...// was directed at someone who made being positive really difficult which led to our past downfall, and getting that out of my system and into a song allowed me to move on much easier, and the bridge //They say there's no happy endings, but we don't ever have to end this, just live for now and wash away the tide…// is one of my favourite lines as it explains how we won't give up, no matter what tries to drag us down.

We released "New Heights" with a music video too, which had a really comforting response as it was our first major release. We were stoked to see that the video had passed 10k views on youtube within the first two weeks! Then we released our four-track debut EP, also called "New Heights", which is having even more of an incredible response! Somehow we worked our way into two official Spotify playlists, "Pop Punk's Not Dead" and "Punk Unplugged" which continues to provide incredible exposure for us, assisting us to achieve over 40k monthly spotify listeners.

A lot of our most recent fans actually discovered us by listening to those playlists. It's so rad! We couldn't be happier right now and we are going to keep pushing our tracks until our next release hopefully later on this year. It's been such an enjoyable journey so far and there's definitely no end in sight. I am so unbelievably thankful for the overwhelming amount of support and to the people giving us a chance and getting to know us as a band. Four months ago we were practically nothing, and now we have made so many great friends and fans, and accomplished so much as a group. I am infinitely excited about our future as Shorelines!

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself
right here!

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Corey Taylor 'Blown Away' By Stone Sour's 'Hydrograd' Success

Corey Taylor says that he and the rest of Stone Sour are 'blown away' by how well their new studio album "Hydrograd" has been received when reacting to the first week album chart numbers.

The album landed at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 chart and claimed the top spot on the publications "Top Current Albums," "Top Rock Albums," and "Top Hard Rock Albums" charts.

Taylor shares his excite over the big debut, "We're blown away by the reception of the album, especially balancing albums sold with our surge in streams. We poured our hearts into this - the proof is in the pudding, so to speak.

"The response tells us two things: people love the songs, and rock is far from dead. Our thanks to all the fans and keep spreading the word! We'll see you all soon!" Read more here.

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Alice In Chains and Soundgarden Fuel Grunge Musical

(Gibson) Since the tragic passing of Soundgarden/Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell, grunge - that fuzzy, brooding meld of hard rock and the blues from the Nineties - has suddenly found itself back in the spotlight. The last few years have also seen anniversaries of the genre's most seminal albums, including Nirvana's Nevermind, Pearl Jam's Ten, Soundgarden's Badmotorfinger, Temple Of The Dog's self-titled album and the OST of Cameron Crowe's Singles.

That's probably why the Seattle Repertory Theatre (remember Seattle was the city that originated the grunge movement) has commissioned a musical that will incorporate the music grunge while exploring the history of the genre.

A report in Variety, describes it as "a new musical set in the grunge scene in 1990s Seattle, featuring an original, fictional story told with pre-existing songs of the era by acts such as Alice In Chains and Soundgarden." Read more here.

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Brian May Says Freddie Mercury Biopic Is Close To Green Light

(Radio.com) Queen guitarist Brian May reveals that a Freddie Mercury movie is closer than ever. 'It's actually happening," May told Rolling Stone about the film. 'We've been 12 years on this trail, but I think we're very close now to an announcement, which will signify that Fox has given the green light to actually supply the money. So yes, I think we're very close."

Mr. Robot star Rami Malek will have the starring role. "He has a great presence, and he's utterly dedicated to the project, which is wonderful," May enthused. "We've spent a little time with him. He's completely living and breathing Freddie already, which is just wonderful to see.

"And we have a fabulous producer in Graham King, who's probably the greatest independent producer in or out of Hollywood. And he's put together a great team. And we have a really, really great script. Finally." Read more here.

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Falling In Reverse Release 'Superhero' Music Video

Falling in Reverse have released a new music video for their track "Superhero". The song is the latest single from album Coming Home, which was released back in April.

We were sent the following details about the new visual: "The story follows a group of precocious and resourceful youths dealing with a variety of tough issues, ranging from bullies to alcoholic parents to the generally demanding adults who inhabit their lives. The kids devise and execute quite a thrilling escape." Watch it here.

Fans can catch the band live this summer and fall at various music festivals including Rock USA, Rise Above Fest, Chicago Open Air, Sonic Boom, Louder Than Life and various stops on this year's Warped Tour. See the dates here.

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Marilyn Manson Pays Tribute To His Late Father

(Radio.com) Marilyn Manson has posted a heartfelt message to his late father Hugh Warner on social media. Over the weekend, Manson revealed that his father had passed away.

"Today I lost my father, Hugh Warner," he wrote. "He taught me how to be a man, a fighter and a survivor. He taught me how to shoot a gun. How to drive. How to lead.

"He will always be the best dad in the world. Somehow and somewhere, I know he is with my mom now. I will keep my promise and never let you down. I miss and love you dad."

For Hugh so loved the world he made me. Happy Father's Day https://t.co/S1mMqWHGj9— Marilyn Manson (@marilynmanson) June 18, 2017 See the full post here.

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Nickelback Release 'Must Be Nice' Lyric Video

(hennemusic) Nickelback have released a lyric video for their new single "Must Be Nice". The song is the latest single that has been released from their new album, "Feed The Machine."

The tunes follows the title track and the follow-up, "Song On Fire", as the third single from the project, which the Canadian rockers co-produced with Chris Baseford (Slash, Shinedown).

"Feed The Machine" recently debuted at No. 5 on the US Billboard 200 with opening week sales of 47,000 units, including 43,000 in traditional album sales. Nickelback's ninth album - and first release with BMG worldwide outside of Canada - delivered the group their seventh US Top 10.

The band are currently playing dates on a North American tour, with shows this week in Darien Lake, NY (Jul 12) and Uncasville, CT (Jul 13). Watch the lyric video here.

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Lukas Nelson & Promise of The Real Announce New Album

(Gibson) Lukas Nelson & Promise of The Real will release a self-titled studio album featuring 12 songs written by Lukas on August 25 via Fantasy Records. Lukas is the son of Willie Nelson, but is emerging as a major talent in his own right.

The LP shows off the band's six-piece lineup of Lukas Nelson (guitar, vocals), Tato Melgar (percussion), Anthony LoGerfo (drums), Corey McCormick (bass, vocals) along with new members Jesse Siebenberg (steel guitars, Farfisa organ, vocals) and Alberto Bof (piano, Wurlitzer, B3).

Jess Wolfe and Holly Lessig of Lucius contribute backing vocals to five tunes, while Lady Gaga sings on two tunes and one song features a guitar solo from proud dad Willie and a piano solo from Lukas's Aunt Bobbi.

The group spent the better part of 2015 and 2016 touring as Neil Young's band and Neil's influence is said to come through on the new tracks. Read more here.

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Metallica Release Live 'Fuel' Video From Recent Show

(hennemusic) Metallica performed their 1997 classic, "Fuel", at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, FL on July 5, and the band are sharing professional footage from the event.

The third single from the group's seventh album, "ReLoad," was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance in 1999, while the project debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 on its way to US sales of more than 4 million copies.

The Orlando stop on the band's current North American leg of their World Wired tour in support of "Hardwired…To Self-Destruct" was the first show following a two-week break from the trek, which sees them on the road with guests Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat.

Drummer Lars Ulrich recently revealed Metallica's touring strategy, which helps the group maintain a work/life balance that keeps things in perspective for all involved.

"We kind of found a way to do it in a way that's tolerable," Ulrich explains. "We do it in two-week increments so we never leave home for more than two weeks and no one goes off the deep end or loses their mind. You minimize the risk of the whole thing derailing into the black abyss. We managed to get a functioning, balancing dynamic. We never feel like we're away from our domestic situations for too long. It's working for us." Watch the video and see the upcoming dates here.

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Eyes Set To Kill Announce Tour With Alesana

Eyes Set To Kill have announced that they will be joining Alesana on the band's upcoming Hero With A Thousand Faces Tour that will be visiting various markets across the U.S. next month.

The tour will feature support from Lakeshore, Alteras, and The Amatory Murder and is scheduled to kick off on August 4th in Lancaster, PA at Chameleon Club and concludes Aug. 19th in Atlanta at The Masquerade.

Eyes Set To Kill singer Alexia Rodriguez had this to say, "We're very excited to finally tour with our friends in Alesana! This will be a great time so be sure to come out & have fun with us if you live near any of these cities!" See the dates here.

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Radiohead Publish Two Official Songbooks

(Gibson) Radiohead has published a pair of new official songbooks, for electric and acoustic guitar respectively, with standard notation sheet music and tablature. Each figures tracks from throughout their 20-plus-years career.

The electric guitar book features "Bodysnatchers," "Reckoner," "Just," "Lucky," and - appropriately - "Anyone Can Play Guitar" among others. The acoustic guitar book shows you how to play "Jigsaw Falling Into Place," "Paranoid Android," "How to Disappear Completely," "Fake Plastic Trees," and more.

Of course, very few Radiohead songs (if any!) were even recorded on solely electric or acoustic guitar, so the band-approved transcriptions are quite interesting, at least. And the books do reveal some "secrets" - such as that "Desert Island Disk" (acoustic book) is in DADGAD tuning with a capo at the fifth fret. Read more here.

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