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Linkin Park Release Open Letter To Chester Bennington

(hennemusic) Linkin Park have published an open letter to their late singer, Chester Bennington, following his July 20 passing at the age of 41. Bennington died of suicide by hanging at his Los Angeles home after an employee discovered the rocker hanging from a belt on a bedroom door.

The following is the band's statement in full: "Dear Chester, Our hearts are broken. The shockwaves of grief and denial are still sweeping through our family as we come to grips with what has happened.

"You touched so many lives, maybe even more than you realized. In the past few days, we've seen an outpouring of love and support, both public and private, from around the world. Talinda and the family appreciate it, and want the world to know that you were the best husband, son, and father; the family will never be whole without you.

"Talking with you about the years ahead together, your excitement was infectious. Your absence leaves a void that can never be filled-a boisterous, funny, ambitious, creative, kind, generous voice in the room is missing. We're trying to remind ourselves that the demons who took you away from us were always part of the deal. After all, it was the way you sang about those demons that made everyone fall in love with you in the first place. You fearlessly put them on display, and in doing so, brought us together and taught us to be more human. You had the biggest heart, and managed to wear it on your sleeve.

"Our love for making and performing music is inextinguishable. While we don't know what path our future may take, we know that each of our lives was made better by you. Thank you for that gift. We love you, and miss you so much. Until we see you again, LP" Read more here.

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The Eagles Lead New Third Classic Music Festival Lineup

(hennemusic) The Eagles have announced that they will be headlining The Classic Northwest concert in Seattle, WA on September 30. The third event in The Classic series follows a pair of weekend festivals in Los Angeles and New York this month.

The California band will be joined at this new date by The Doobie Brothers for the show at Safeco Field, home of MLB's Seattle Mariners. Tickets for The Classic Northwest go on sale August 5 at 10AM PDT.

The July 15 date at Dodger Stadium saw the debut of The Eagles new lineup, with the late Glenn Frey's son, Deacon, and country singer Vince Gill on board for the opening night of the 2017 series alongside sets by Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers, with Fleetwood Mac, Journey and Earth, Wind & Fire performing on July 16. Read more here.

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Black Sabbath Reveal Preview For The End Concert Film

(hennemusic) Black Sabbath are streaming a video trailer for their farewell concert film, "The End Of The End", ahead of its debut in cinemas worldwide on September 28th.

Directed by Dick Carruthers (Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Oasis), the project combines the last concert by Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler - original drummer Bill Ward sat out the reunion tours due to contractual issues - with studio footage of unique and exclusive performances of some of their favourite songs not played on the tour.

"To bring it all back home after all these years was pretty special," says the group. "It was so hard to say goodbye to the fans, who've been incredibly loyal to us through the years. We never dreamed in the early days that we'd be here 49 years later doing our last show on our home turf."

The global cinema event will present a specially-edited version of the concert film ahead of its official release later this year. here.

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Rolling Stones 'Cutting New Stuff' Says Keith Richards

(Radio.com) Rolling Stone's guitarist Keith Richards has revealed that the legendary rock band is preparing to record its next album. This will be its first album of original material in 12 years.

Last year, the band released the blues covers record Blue & Lonesome. The reaction to that album played a role in motivating the Stones to return to the studio.

'[We're] cutting some new stuff and considering where to take it next. Blue & Lonesome caught us a little bit by surprise in that we figured it was something we had to do, but we didn't expect the response."

So, are they working on something? 'Yes, yes, we are -- very, very shortly," he told NME. Read more here.

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Motorhead Release Video Of Sex Pistols Cover

(hennemusic) Motorhead are streaming a video performance of the Sex Pistols classic, "God Save The Queen", as a preview to their forthcoming covers collection, "Under Cover."

Due September 1, the 11-track set delivers amped-up covers of tunes originally recorded by The Ramones, Metallica, Judas Priest, Ozzy Osbourne, Ted Nugent, The Rolling Stones, Dio and Twisted Sister.

The package also features an unreleased take on David Bowie's 1977 classic "Heroes." Recorded in 2015 during sessions for their 22nd and final studio album, "Bad Magic", the track was one of the last songs the band recorded together before frontman Lemmy Kilmister's passing at his Los Angeles home on December 28, 2015 at the age of 70.

"It's such a great Bowie song, one of his best," says guitarist Phil Campbell, "and I could only see great things coming out of it from us, and so it proved to be, and Lemmy ended up loving our version."

"He was very, very proud of it," adds drummer Mikkey Dee, now a member of the Scorpions, "not only because it turned out so well but because it was fun! Which is what projects like this should be - fun!" Watch the video here.

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Cavalera Conspiracy Announce New Album 'Psychosis'

Sepultura offshoot Cavalera Conspiracy have announced that they will be releasing their brand new studio album, which will be entitled "Psychosis", on November 17th.

The band, which is led by former Sepultura members and brothers Max and Iggor Cavalera, recorded the new effort in Phoenix, AZ with producer and their longtime friend Arthur Rizk.

Max recently discussed the album in an interview with Metal Wani and provided the following details, "The album right now is finished. It was produced by Arthur Rizk, our friend and a great producer - an upcoming, underground producer. And he did a great job. here.

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Hollywood Undead Release 'California Dreaming' Video

Hollywood Undead have released a brand new video for their track "California Dreaming". The song is the lead single from their forthcoming album "Five", which they are releasing just in time for Halloween on October 27th.

J-Dog had this to say about the track, "It dissects both sides of California. You've got the glitz, glamour, sun, and surf. Then, you've got the super f***ed side of people not being able to afford rent, celebrities being a**holes, and that fake façade. We wanted to do a heavy song with a Red Hot Chili Peppers-esque chorus. It's an old school vibe explored in a new way."

Johnny 3 Tears added this about their forthcoming album, "We're five brothers, and this is our fifth record. Nothing gets to the essence of the music like this number does. Numerology has a lot of power. When we said Five, it just made sense. The fact that we could all agree on one word codifies who we are. It also nods back to 'No. 5' from our first album, because it was our fifth song. Moreover, it hints at this secret society of fans supporting us for the past decade. The number is significant, and this is a significant moment for us." Watch the video here.

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Motionless In White, The Amity Affliction and Miss May I Tour

Motionless In White have announced that they will hitting the road this fall for their The Graveyard Shift Tour which will feature support from The Amity Affliction and Miss May I.

The tour is scheduled to begin on September 28th at the Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas, NV and will wrap up the trek on October 31st in Philadelphia, PA at the Electric Factory.

They are launching the trek in support of their latest album "Graveyard Shift" which earned them a No. 5 debut on the Billboard 'Top Rock Albums' chart. See the dates here.

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The Darkness Stream New Song 'All The Pretty Girls'

(hennemusic) The Darkness are streaming "All The Pretty Girls" as the lead single and preview to their forthcoming album, "Pinewood Smile." Due October 6, the band's fifth set was recorded in Cornwall, UK with producer Adrian Bushby (Foo Fighters, Muse).

The project delivers the group's first record with drummer Rufus Taylor - son of Queen legend Roger Taylor - who joined the lineup in two years ago after the departure of Emily Dolan Davies when she replaced original sticksman Ed Graham for sessions on 2015's "Last Of Our Kind."

"Why should anybody care? Because if you don't, we're f-d!!," says frontman Justin Hawkins of the forthcoming album. "History will remember us as the apathetic generation who negligently ushered in a dreadful dystopian age that may or may not come to be known as 'The Rise of the Arseclowns'. We cannot allow this to continue!

"You may not give a s**t about Brexit or Trump, but PLEASE... give a s**t about The Darkness otherwise the last bastion of cultural sensibility will fall and our airwaves will be polluted by meaningless pop purveyed by a***holes and morons... Oh wait!" here.

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Suicide Silence Plan New Music And Special Tour

Suicide Silence have revealed they will be working on new music and also plan to launch a special tour later this year that will celebrate the 10th anniversary of their debut album "The Cleansing."

ArmyOfOneTV caught up with drummer Alex Lopez during the Chicago Open Air festival (watch the full interview here) and he laid out the band's immediate plans to work on new music and their busy live schedule.

He said, "Right now, our plans for the future are to write. We're definitely eager to get in the studio. We've got some festivals coming up. We're playing the Warped Tour, and we're playing Knotfest Mexico, we're going to Ecuador… We're just doing a bunch of small shows, and then we're gonna do a tour later this year. It's gonna be a ten-year 'Cleansing' tour, so it's a ten-year run for our album 'The Cleansing'." Read more here.

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Kid Rock Leading In New Michigan Senate Poll

(Radio.com) If Kid Rock running for a senate seat in Michigan is not surprising enough, a new study from Delphi Analytica shows the musician with a slight edge over incumbent Democrat Debbie Stabenow.

Of those surveyed, thirty percent said they would vote for Rock, while twenty-six percent said they would vote for Stabenow. Forty-four percent of respondents were still undecided this early on.

Of those respondents who stated a preference between Stabenow and Rock, fifty-four percent stated they would vote for the rocker while forty-six percent said they would vote for the current Senator. Read more here.

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Cannibal Corpse Announce U.S. Fall Tour

Cannibal Corpse are gearing up to release their first new album since 2014's "A Skeletal Domain" and already looking ahead with the announcement of a U.S. tour to support the effort.

The tour will feature support from Power Trip and Gatecreeper and is scheduled to kick off on November 3rd in Jacksonville, FL at Mavericks and will conclude on December 8th at The Orpheum in Tampa, FL.

Little has been revealed about the as-yet-tilted new album by the band has revealed that they recorded it at Mana Recording Studios with producer/engineer Erik Rutan (Cannibal Corpse, Soilent Green, Belphegor, Hate Eternal). See the tour dates here.

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Eddie Vedder Jams Pink Floyd Classic With Roger Waters

(Radio.com) Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder joined Roger Waters on stage Sunday (July 23) night in Chicago. The two rockers took turns traded lines from the Pink Floyd classic 'Comfortably Numb."

The appearance wasn't announced to the audience, Vedder just snuck out on stage to hit the first chorus, after which the two artists hugged, and proceeded to complete the song as a joint effort.

Pearl Jam has been playing a cover of the iconic tune in the years following a 12:12:12 Hurricane Sandy benefit at Madison Square Garden, where Vedder and the Pink Floyd bassist teamed up on the tune. Watch the jam here.

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Arcade Fire Address Album Release Show Dress Code Rumor

(Radio.com) The rumors are not true. Arcade Fire have NOT issued a strict dress code for their upcoming Brooklyn record release show at the Grand Prospect Hall this Thursday (July 27th).

Initial reports cited the band as encouraging those attending to dress "hip and trendy," and "reserve the right to deny entry to anyone dressed inappropriately." They include, "shorts, large logos, flip flops, tank tops, crop tops, baseball hats, solid white or red clothing" on the list of "what not to wear."

Through their Twitter account , the bands was quick to contradict these rules for attire: "If dress code is 'hip and trendy', band members will not be allowed through the door...hip and trendy people will have to play the music 😬— Arcade Fire (@arcadefire) July 24, 2017" Read more here.

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Classic U2 Hit Covered By Country Star Miranda Lambert

(Radio.com) Miranda Lambert closed out her set at the Faster Horses Festival this weekend with an epic U2 cover. The singer, who had tweeted last month that The Joshua Tree concert was life changing, delivered a country version of 'I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," during the final encore.

After playing her own emotional ballad, 'Tin Man," she said, "We're all just searching for something — love, peace, happiness. So I'm gonna leave you with one that I think will heal ya."

She tweeted "This changed my life. And my way of thinking. About music & art. About drive & heart. Thank you @U2. I'll never be… twitter.com/i/web/status/8'— Miranda Lambert (@mirandalambert) June 18, 2017" See video here.

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