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Eagles Recruit Big Star To Play With Them At Music Festivals

The Eagles will have even more star power when they hit the stage at the Classic West and East festivals this summer with the announcement that they have recruited country music star Vince Gill to perform with them.

Gill will help filled the void left by the death of Glenn Frey. It was previously announced that the legendary band would also be joined by Frey's son Deacon for the special events.

Gill joked about teaming with the band in an interview with the LA Times. "In my mind, I always thought I'd have made a good Eagle," he said. Don Henley explained the thinking behind adding Vince and Deacon to the shows, "Bringing Deacon in was my idea.

"I think of the guild system, which in both Eastern and Western cultures is a centuries-old tradition of the father passing down the trade to his son, and to me, that makes perfect moral and ethical sense. The primary thing is I think Glenn would be good with it--with both of these guys. I think he'd go, 'That's the perfect way to do this.'" Read more here.

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Foo Fighters Surprise Fans With New Song and Video 'Run'

(hennemusic) The Foo Fighters surprised fans on Thursday by releasing a brand new single and music video for a song called "Run." The humorous clip was directed by frontman Dave Grohl and features the band rocking out as, and with, seniors at a retirement home.

"It's something that we came up with not too long ago, maybe 3 or 4 months ago," Grohl tells The Kevin & Bean Show on 106.7 KROQ Los Angeles (via hennemusic.) "We're about to go out and do a bunch of shows this summer so we kind of felt weird going out on tour without anything new to play, so we thought we'd offer this up before we go out.

"We're doing a bunch of festivals in Europe. We're playing Iceland, Latvia, Scandinavia, then we're doing the Glastonbury Festival in England, we're going to Paris, doing some stuff in Spain, kind of bouncing around a little bit. It's been a while. We haven't been on the road in a couple of years and we miss it, so we're going back out."

The summer run of shows marks the Foo Fighters return from a planned hiatus after the completion of extensive touring in support of 2014's "Sonic Highways."

"The last time we were on the road, I couldn't even walk," Grohl recalls. "I was in the throne. I was sitting down, screaming, and drinking Jaegermeister from my cupholder for months. When we were done with that tour, everybody needed to take a break. We'd been out for over a year and I had to start being able to walk around and run around again.

"We're restless the way we work," he adds. "We're actually friends too, so we keep in touch when we're not on tour. We just like to play, so we'll get together and jam and write. We have our own studio so we'll record stuff every now and then, but we do miss playing. We played the other day at BottleRock Festival - that was the first time we'd been on a big stage in front of a bunch of people in almost 2 years, it was amazing." Read more and watch the video here.

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Chris Cornell's Widow Wants Answers About His Death

(hennemusic) Chris Cornell's widow, Vicky, and family attorney Kirk Pasich released a joint statement on June 1 regarding the investigation into the Soundgarden's singer's death in a Detroit hotel on May 17.

The rocker's passing was immediately ruled a suicide by hanging following an initial autopsy by The Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office, with a full report to follow. Now, Pasich and Vicky Cornell are sharing an update on the status of their search for answers as they await the results of pending toxicology tests, fully aware that Chris had taken some prescribed anti-anxiety medicine, Ativan, shortly before he was found on the floor of the bathroom in his room by his security staff but not convinced that it was enough to result in his demise.

In a joint statement, Pasich confirmed that City of Detroit Law Department has denied a request his firm made under the Freedom of Information Act for reports relating to the singer's death.

"Based on information provided by personnel from the City of Detroit Police Department (DPD) Homicide Section," Pasich states, "it is our understanding that this matter is an open investigation. As such they believe that the release of any information at this time, including the records identified in your request, would compromise and/or interfere with their investigation."

Pasich confirmed the Cornell family has not yet seen any of the police or toxicology reports, noting that the family remains mystified that the medical examiner announced a cause of death when the full autopsy report has not been completed. Read more here.

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Eagles Of Death Metal Stars Pens Letter To Concert Bombing Survivors

The Whigs' Julian Dorio, who was the drummer for Eagles of Death Metal at their Bataclan concert in Paris which was the target of a terrorist attack, has penned a letter to the survivors of the Manchester Arena bombing at an Ariana Grande concert.

89 people were killed in the November 13, 2015 attack during the EODM concert at the Paris concert hall. In the wake of the terror bombing at Grande's concert in the UK last month, Dorio issued the following message via Billboard: "Dear Manchester, I am heartbroken for you. As I watched the news of that terrible night from my home in Nashville, Tenn., 4,000 miles away, my central nervous system responded like a chemical reaction. I thought, 'Not again.' Yet since that awful moment, I'm awed by the testimonies of your courage and intrepid spirit. Reflecting on my own experience in Paris, I know that no words can do justice to what you have endured, or the journey you now traverse to healing and wholeness. I can only offer what has been true for me.

"I'm not going to tell you to look on the bright side, to be grateful, that it could be worse. The loss is devastating. The heart trembles like it could actually break, and that's OK. Feel it all. I have learned to be patient with myself and to acknowledge every feeling, sensation and thought as it ebbs and flows. Sometimes I'm flooded with memories -- the wave of sound, the gunpowder hitting my nose, the helplessness -- but as I worked to resolve the trauma, they've receded. The events have become integrated into my 'story.' My biography is no longer my biology. I increasingly live in the present, free from the tyranny of that horrific day.

"This wasn't true in the days and months following the shootings. Initially, it was as if the needle on a record was fixed in a groove so that the same music played over and over. I couldn't move forward. I was stuck while the world moved on around me. I spoke to others but felt different and unable to experience life's simplest pleasures. When I should have been exhilarated to spend time with my family, I replayed details of that night. Everything else seemed trivial. Some days I felt crazy and permanently damaged, as if this event would forever define my life.

"Slowly, that has begun to change. Feeling thrown into this terrifying new world, I relied on my unwavering wife, friends and therapist. Each day I felt a little more of my old self. Paris is something that happened to me, but it is not me. This acknowledgement has been liberating, and helped me understand what others go through as they heal." Read the rest of the letter here.

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Deep Purple Release 'Johnny's Band' Music Video

(hennemusic) Deep Purple have released a music video for the new single, "Johnny's Band". The song comes from the legendary hard rock group's recently released studio album "inFinite."

The clip - which tells the tale of a band on their way up and down in the music business - was scripted and directed by Craig Hooper and Collin Games, who put together the documentary "From Here To inFinite" included in the limited CD+DVD edition of the project.

A collector's edition single for "Johnny's Band" will include previously unreleased live songs when it's issued next month. Deep Purple recorded "inFinite" last year in Nashville, TN with producer Bob Ezrin, who also worked with them on 2013's "Now What?!" Watch the video here.

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Bob Seger Announces Runaway Train Tour

Bob Seger fans now have answers. The legendary rocker is returning to the road this summer. Segar revealed the initial dates for a new North American tour.

Earlier this week, Seger sparked speculation that he was planning a retirement tour with the released of a cryptic video earlier this week that included the text 'One Last Time."

On Thursday, Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band officially announced the late summer and fall Runaway Train Tour but made no mention of retirement. The trek will be kicking off on August 24th in Toledo, OH. at the Huntington Center. Read more here.

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All Time Low Streaming New Song 'Good Times'

All Time Low have released a stream of a new track entitled "Good Times". The song comes from the group's brand new studio album "Last Young Renegade" which hits stores today (June 2nd).

Frontman Alex Gaskarth had this to say about the new song, "Good Times is the first song we wrote for the album, and the cornerstone of the entire record. Writing this song set us on a path that would lead to this world of night drives, rain slicked streets, and the neon hum of a small town fit for escaping.

"Without 'Good Times', the Last Young Renegade wouldn't exist. I'm thankful to have found this song in the creative ether, and doubly so for the reflections in the lyrics that inspired this big adventure. I won't forget." Watch the lyric video for the song here.

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Alter Bridge Announce Triple Disc Live And Rarities Album

Alter Bridge have announced that they will released a new triple disc album that will feature a collection of rarities and live recording on September 8th.

Dubbed "Live at the O2 Arena + Rarities" the album will feature 19 performances captured during the band's concert at the famed London venue on November 24th of last year.

The third disc will showcase a variety of rare recordings from the group including the previously unreleased tracks "Cruel Sun" and "Solace" from their One Day Remains sessions. See the tracklisitngs here.

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Josh Homme Writes Score For New Film 'In The Fade'

(Gibson) Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age has penned the score for the new film "In the Fade". In a new interview with Variety, director Fatih Akin talks about his experience with Homme and how the collaboration came about.

"When I was writing (In the Fade), I was listening to a lot of music by Queens of the Stone Age," Akin explained. "I had the feeling that this could be the music that the character was listening to. It has a self-destructive attitude and somehow the film is about self-destruction."

In the Fade follows a story about a woman looking to get revenge against a neo-Nazi group after they killed her husband and son. "I sent (Homme) a very early version of the film," Akin said. "He immediately called back saying he loved it and was blown away and that he would like to put his hands on it." Read more here.

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Arcade Fire Release 'Everything Now' Video And Announce Tour

Arcade Fire have released a music video for their new single "Everything Now" and announced that they will be hitting the road for the Infinite Content Tour.

The new song is the title track to the band's forthcoming album, which is set to be released on July 28th in various formats including a CD/cassette/vinyl package. Watch the new video here.

The band will be promoting the new studio effort with a North American tour that is scheduled to kick off on September 5th at the Centre Videotron in Quebec City and conclude on November 3rd in Toronto, ON at the Air Canada Centre. Read more here.

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Ann Wilson Believes Heart Will Return Despite Issues

(Gibson) Heart has been roiled in recent months by a much-publicized falling out between sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson. Nancy has expressed confidence that time will heal, and now Ann is offering a similar assessment.

"What Nancy and I are doing right now is we're working on our friendship and on our sisterhood," the singer recently told Yahoo Music. "The band, that's something else again. That'll come and go and evolve and shape. But we'll be sisters long after everything else is gone. So we're working on our own relationship right now … talking, letting water run under the bridge. Just cool down. Everybody chill."

The veteran musician, who's in the midst of an extensive solo tour, hinted that Heart might well be reinvigorated "when and if" the band regroups. "This is the first time we've decided to actually look away from it for a couple of minutes… I think that when and if Heart comes back together, in whatever form it comes back together in, it'll be fresher." Read more here.

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Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Greatest Album Of All Time Says Little Steven

Bruce Springsteen and E Street Band guitarist "Little Steven" Van Zandt celebrated this week's 50th anniversary of The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" by declaring it the "greatest album of all time, by far."

Van Zandt made the comments during an interview with ABC Radio and went on the say, "We can all talk about other [albums] that have better songs if you separate [them] song by song. There are…certainly more innovations on Revolver…but the truth of the matter is Sgt. Pepper has something that was just completely different and unique at that moment. It…was the ultimate album of that 'Summer of Love.'"

He also reflected on the immediate impact it had when released in the first week of June in 1967. "That first week in June, you could walk down MacDougal Street [in New York City] and you'd hear it coming out of every single restaurant, clothing store, record store...The cars driving by had it…It was just everywhere at once…You know, it was just like this magical sort of crossroads for our generation."

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Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood Set To Open for Radiohead

(Radio.com) Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood assembled Junun as a side project with Shye Ben Tzur and the Rajasthan Express. Now the guitarist's brainchild will take center stage on tour with Radiohead.

Greenwood and his secondary gig will open shows in Oslo, Stockholm, Florence, Dublin, Manchester and Tel Aviv--giving Radiohead fans a taste of Greenwood's other musical inclinations.

Greenwood, Tzur and Rajasthan Express released Junun in 2015 as an experimental foray into world music. The band includes a six-piece brass section. Read more here.

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Pearl Jam Star Declares Chris Cornell The Greatest Seattle Songwriter

(Radio.com) Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament has called the late Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell "the greatest songwriter to ever come out of Seattle." "Jimi Hendrix, included," he added in a short interview with NBA Soundsystem.

"'Hendrix could play the guitar like crazy, but Chris had the songwriting chops that we all sort of hope to get to' He had a way that he could wrap a melody around odd time signatures and weird parts and make them catchy. And he was a beautiful wordsmith."

"If you look at his lyrics, he was obviously processing his pain and his depression and all those things," he said. 'I think that's part of what people, myself included, responded to when he was singing. And then with the songwriting, he had that voice. There's not too many people who had that many options with their voice. He could inhabit a lot of different characters with that voice. I feel so lucky I got to be in a project with him and got to hang out with him and just witness his greatness." Read more here.

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At The Drive-In Lead Additions To Riot Fest

At The Drive-In lead the lineup for the second round of artists that have been announced for this year's Riot Fest in Chicago, which will be taking place on September 15-17 at Douglas Park.

The newly announced acts also include Cap'n Jazz, Best Coast, Black Pistol Fire, The Casualties, Mad Caddies, Cockney Rejects, Radar State, RVIVR, Versus, Seaway, Like Pacific, Grayscale, Warm Brew, Culture Abuse, Potty Mouth, Skating Polly, Upset, Gin Rummy, The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black and Kembra Pfahler

They will join the previously announced Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Jawbreaker, New Order, Paramore, Bad Brains, Ministry, Dinosaur Jr., The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Built to Spill, Fishbone, Bayside, Mayday Parade, Wu-Tang Clan, Beastie Boys' Mike D doing a DJ set and more.

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KillSET Release 'Killers in the Pit' Video

KillSET have released a new music video for their latest single "Killers in the Pit". The song comes from the group's forthcoming album "S.T.F.U", which is set to be released on June 23rd/

The band had the following to say about the new track "'Killers in the Pit,' is simply a song for our fans, the Killers! It's for everyone that supports our music. It's for everyone that takes the time out of their lives to come down to our shows and tear up the place with us!

"It's about finding a positive and fun way to get rid of that extra energy and stress that so many people feel in their lives. We decided to drop this single first because music needs some flavor right now and we're bringing that not only with this track, but the whole 'S.T.F.U.' album! As it says in the song...let's show the world!!!" Watch the video here.

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