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Metallica Release 360 Video For Classic Song

(hennemusic) Metallica are streaming a brand new 360-degree video of their May 19th performance of their 1983 classic, "Seek & Destroy", at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA.

The track from their debut album, "Kill 'Em All", has the distinction of being the first song Metallica ever recorded in a studio when they put together their 1982 demo tape, "No Life 'til Leather."

The Foxborough date marked the fifth of six shows in the first two weeks of the legendary band's North American tour in support of 2016's "Hardwired…To Self-Destruct."

Launched in Baltimore, MD on May 10, the trek was previewed with a live stream of the group's final rehearsal before about 300 MetClub fan members via Facebook Live from the city. Watch the video here.

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Jack White and Elton John Release 'Two Fingers of Whiskey' Video

(Radio.com) Elton John and Jack White have released their new blues collaboration "Two Fingers of Whiskey" from White's upcoming film and soundtrack The American Epic Sessions.

The American Epic Sessions features modern artists replicating early recording processes. For this scene, John is asked to improvise a new track from the lyrics Bernie Taupin hands him.

In the video, John plays the piano while White accompanies him on guitar. The film premieres June 6 on PBS, while the soundtrack arrives June 9. White's Third Man Records will release the vinyl copy June 16. Watch the collaboration here.

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Radiohead Stream Previously Unreleased 1996 Track 'I Promise'

(Radio.com) Radiohead are streaming a previously unreleased song called 'I Promise." The track, which dates back to 1996, will be on their latest version of OK Computer, OKNOTOK.

The yearning love song is sparse and melancholy and features strings and a military beat: 'I won't run away no more, I promise," sings Thom Yorke. "Even when I get bored, I promise/ Even when you lock me out, I promise."

On June 23, fans can get 'OKNOTOK' which will include 11 previously unreleased tracks; 8 old B-sides and three that were recently re-recorded. It also includes a book containing artwork -- some of it unreleased -- some of frontman Thom Yorke's notes and an actual cassette mix. Listen to the song here.

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KISS Frontman Paul Stanley Reflects On Unmasked Days

KISS frontman Paul Stanley recently reflected back on the band's unmasked days and admits that he found performing without the band's signature make up satisfying.

Stanley said (via KISS Asylum) "The years that we were without the makeup were fine for me. I found them very satisfying because I got a chance to be out there without makeup, which I craved at that point. I think it was easier for me because my persona wasn't really defined by the makeup - it was embellished.

"To me, the makeup was just reinforcing what you were seeing and who I was. But the day we put the makeup back on before the reunion tour was magical. To look in the mirror and see that face again was empowering." Read more here.

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Chris Cornell's Friends Recall His Last Days

(Radio.com) Soundgarden fans are trying to make sense of Chris Cornell's sudden suicide. In a lengthy new feature on the Soundgarden frontman's last days, some of his friends and peers remember meeting the musician--and their last encounters with him.

System of a Down singer Serj Tankian saw Cornell at Elton John's 70th birthday on March 25. They had a 'long chat" during which Tankian says he asked Cornell if touring was beginning to feel old hat.

"For myself, it's fun but nothing new under the sun," Tankian said. '[Cornell] was just the opposite: 'I'm really excited. I'm doing this tour with Soundgarden. I've got these other ideas.' He had plans, man," Tankian told Rolling Stone.

Producer Brendan O'Brien mixed legendary Soundgarden material, including their 1994 breakthrough Superunknown, and produced Cornell's final solo album Higher Truth in 2015. He saw the frontman on The Tonight Show, where they performed 'The Promise" from the film of the same name.

"He didn't seem any different to me," O'Brien said. "I felt like we had a good time there. He was in good spirits. The next day I sent an e-mail: 'You sang great. Sorry about being so loud.' And he was, 'All great. Love you. No worries.' " Read more here.

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Phoenix Stream New Song 'Goodbye Soleil'

(Radio.com) French rockers Phoenix have released a stream of their new track "Goodbye Soleil." The song comes from their forthcoming album "Ti Amo", which is set to be released on June 9th.

"Goodbye Soleil" is the third song the group has revealed as a preview from the upcoming album, following the previously released"J-Boy" and the title track.

Phoenix headlined Governor's Ball in New York City this past Saturday (June 3). The group will remain in the States through June 15 in Los Angeles then they'll head to Europe to continue their world tour for Ti Amo. Check out the new song here.

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Roy Orbison With Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Album Announced

Legacy Recordings have announced that they will be releasing "A Love So Beautiful: Roy Orbison with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" on November 3rd.

It will be released in various formats including digitally, CD and vinyl. Roy Orbison's son Alex had the following to say, "If ever there were a singer whose body of work benefits from a collaboration with the Royal Philharmonic it would be Roy Orbison.

During the course of his career and after his passing it was constantly noted that his transcendent vocal ability made him something of an anomaly in the world of pop and rock and that, in another life, he would have taken the classical music/opera world by storm.

"Soon, we'll all be able to experience that 'life' with the release of this project. It's more than an album release, it's the fulfillment of a prophecy in a very tangible way." See the tracklisting here.

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Fairport Convention Inducing 55 Unreleased Songs in New Box Set

Fairport Convention will be looking back at their early days with the released a new box set entitled "Come All Ye - The First 10 Years" which is set to hit stores on July 28th. We were sent the following details:

The new set will feature 55 previously unreleased songs among its 121 tracks. Highlights include key tracks from all of their classic albums, single B-sides, BBC Radio Sessions, 5 songs from the French TV programme, 'Pop 2' (December 1970), 5 songs from the Television show, 'The Man They Couldn't Hang' (1971) and the audio for an entire concert at The Fairfield Halls, Croydon (December 16th 1973) plus 2 songs recorded live for the Scottish Television programme, 'Anne Lorne Gillies - The World of Music' (1976).

The set comes complete with liner notes by respected English writer, Patrick Humphries, author of many highly regarded books including, 'Nick Drake - The Biography' ( Bloomsbury 1998 ), 'Richard Thompson - The Biography' ( Music Sales Ltd 1997 ) and 'The Many Lives of Tom Waites' (Omnibus Press 1989).

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Summer of Love 50th Anniversary Vinyl Reissues Coming

(Radio.com) The summer of 1967 was an influential time in the transformation of popular culture, music and artistic expression. To commemorate, Rhino Records will launch its 50th-anniversary celebration of this year's Summer of Love with vinyl reissues and new compilations from key albums from this iconic era.

The celebration begins July 11, when Rhino releases a new collection from the Grateful Dead, Smiling On A Cloudy Day, which features tracks like "Morning Dew," "China Cat Sunflower" and "St. Stephen."

Among other artist releases, the Monkees will release a new compilation, Summer of Love, July 18, which includes 12 tracks from the band's lesser-known psychedelic sound. Read more here.

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Forget My Silence Release 'Rise To Fall' Video

Forget My Silence has released a new music video for their new track "Fall To Rise". The song is the title cut from their forthcoming album (a release date was not revealed in the announcement.)

The frontman for the Russian metalcore group Roma Sadygov had the following to say, "'Fall To Rise' is the main song from the album. The title holds the history of my life and our band. We are all working on ourselves to get better at what we do. Not always was everything perfect, we faced many fails and hard times, but they only made us stronger and actually made us better.

"'Fall To Rise' is story of how people who step over, will fall against those who have already fell before and learned their mistakes, and by their turn they will rise again, only stronger, and they all keep the circle of falling and rising going. This song will be kind of the beginning of new chapters in our story." Watch the video for the Cameron Mizell (Sleeping With Sirens, Memphis May Fire) produced single here.

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