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Chris Cornell's Death Spotlights Drug Dangers Says Rock Legend

Chris Cornell's death was a terrible and unnecessary loss says music icon Billy Sheehan, who hopes that the death of the Soundgarden frontman will motivate people to do something about prescription drugs that have dangerous side effects.

Cornell's death was officially ruled a suicide and the singer's widow believes that an anti-anxiety drug, which has a rare side effect of suicidal thoughts, played a part in his death.

Sheehan was asked about his reaction to Cornell's death during an interview with Metal Wani and he responded, "I was quite angry about it, 'cause I do believe, and this is just one man's opinion, based on what I've seen in media… I believe his wife bringing this up that the pharmaceutical situation in the world is so dreadful and so many people are dying because they mistakenly take two, or they forget they took one and they take another one, or they forget to take it and they go into withdrawals." Read more here.

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Slipknot Film Coming To Movie Theaters For One Night Only

Slipknot fans will have the opportunity to see the band on the silver screen for one night only on September 6th when their new documentary receives a special cinematic release.

The new film, entitled "Day Of The Gusano", was directed by Slipknot's Shawn 'Clown' Crahan and chronicles the band's historic 2015 Knotfest Mexico City experience.

Crahan had this to say, "Slipknot still has dreams for itself. Finally playing Mexico was one of them. It's been a surreal life of rock and roll for Slipknot and the fact that the dreams still go on for us is simply incredible. Thank you."

Jim Root added: "We had such a great time at Knotfest Mexico - not only with all the friends and bands that were there, but with the fans and the crowd we had to document it with. Now we get to share it with the world." Watch the trailer here.

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Piece Of Led Zeppelin History Being Sold Online

(Gibson) One lucky fans has the opportunity to purchase a piece of Led Zeppelin history. The Model T Ford formerly owned by the late John Bonham-and featured prominently in the Led Zeppelin move, The Song Remains the Same-is up for sale online.

Auto broker Midwest Performance are handling the sale through eBay's U.K. site. "Being Zeppelin fans ourselves we are very excited to assist in the sale of this iconic Hot Rod," the company writes, in the listing. "Owned by the late John Bonham of Led Zeppelin and featured in the movie 'The Song Remains the Same,' this is a very collectable piece of Rock history.

"A C-Cab Ford Model T-Based Andy's Instant T Hot Rod, built in the early 1970s by Andy Brizio in San Francisco, California and later shipped to the UK by the late John Bonham. The car is currently in the West Midlands UK. Serious enquiries only please." Read more here.

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Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie TV Appearance Goes Online

(hennemusic) Fleetwood Mac stars Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie performed a pair of tunes from their newly-released self-titled debut album on CBS This Morning on June 10 and video from the program is available online.

The duo delivered the project's second single, "Feel About You", and "Love Is Here To Stay" from the set and sat down with host Anthony Mason to discuss the record, which originated from a series of studio sessions in 2014 after McVie reunited with the band for dates on their On With The Show tour.

Buckingham and McVie recorded eight tunes with the drummer Mick Fleetwood and bassist John McVie before resuming the group's world tour, and when word spread they were in the studio - even without Stevie Nicks - fans wondered if the project started out as the foundation for a new album by the veteran band.

"No, it didn't really," Buckingham explains. "There was no idea of saying, 'Oh we're trying to make a Fleetwood Mac album.' It was just, 'Let's get together and have some fun with this.' But as I said, it only took about a week for us to start to get a little territorial about it maybe being a duet album." Watch the performances and interview here.

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Deer Tick Announce Two Different Albums

Deer Tick will be showing different sides of their musical personality with the release of two separate albums, "Deer Tick Vol. 1" and "Vol. 2" on September 15th.

The band recorded the new efforts at the Ardent Studios in Memphis, TN with Vol. 1 exploring their folkish and roots rock side and Vol. 2 delving into their punk-inspired garage side.

The group is offering fans a taste of the upcoming albums with the release of two tracks. The song Vol. 1 track "Sea Of Clouds" can be streamed here and the Vol. 2 song "It's A Whale" is available here.

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Dishwalla Return With First New Album In Over A Decade

Dishwalla have announced that they will be releasing their brand new album "Juniper Road" on June 16th digitally, followed by a CD release on July 14th.

"Juniper Road" is being released via Pavement Entertainment and will be the California band's first new studio album release in over a decade, which is the follow-up to their 2005 self-titled album.

The new effort comes following a successful crowdfunding effort through Pledge Music and after seeing the response, the band decided they wanted to partner with Pavement for the release.

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Raspberries Historic Reunion Being Released As Double Album

A recording of the 2004 reunion concert of the original four members of the Raspberries is set to be released as a new double disc live album entitled "Pop Art Live" on August 18th.

The album recordings were captured during the opening night of the House Of Blues in the band's hometown of Cleveland on November 26, 2004 and was the kicked off to the iconic group's reunion tour the next year. A special Edition 3-LP vinyl set will be released later in the year.

The new 2-CD package will include notes from filmmaker and former rock critic Cameron Crowe, pop music author James Rosen, and longtime Raspberries aficionados Bernie Hogya and Ken Sharp. Read more here.

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The Magpie Salute Add Fall Leg To American Tour

The Black Crowes offshoot The Magpie Salute have announced that they have added 20 addition dates to their upcoming North American tour that will be taking place this fall.

The new leg of the trek, in support of their just release self-titled album, will be kicking off on October 12th in Madison, Wi at the Barrymore Theatre and will conclude on November 17th in Atlantic City at the Borgata Casino

The band, which features The Black Crowes' stars Rich Robinson, Marc Ford and Sven Pipien, will launch the summer leg of the tour on July 26th in Indianapolis at Vogue. See the dates here.

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Dope and (hed) p.e. Teaming For Fall Tour Of U.S.

Dope and (hed)p.e. have announced that they are teaming up for a coheadlining tour this fall which will also feature Ill Nino appearing at some of the shows.

The Monster High Tour will be kicking off on October 3rd in Sacramento, CA at the Ace of Spades and will wrap up on November 9th in San Diego, Ca at Brick By Brick.

Ill Nino will be joining the bill as special guest for five shows beginning on October 19th in Lawrence, MA through the October 23rd stop in Reading, PA at The Reverb. Read more here.

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Radiohead Guitarist Makes Interesting Admission

(Gibson) Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood says in a new interview that he has "always hated guitar solos." The acclaimed group like to think outside the box. Sometimes they like to blow up the box completely.

The band has been doing interviews to promote the forthcoming album OKNOTOK - an expanded version of 1997's OK Computer - and lead guitarist Jonny Greenwood has told Rolling Stone magazine: "When we were at school, we hated and distrusted anything that was successful on a large scale. We just associated it with bands that did guitar solos with big hair. It's already such a preening, self-regarding profession."

Greenwood doesn't name names, but adds: "I've always hated guitar solos. There's nothing worse than hearing someone cautiously going up and down the scales of their guitar.

"You can hear them thinking about what the next note should be, and then out it comes. It's more interesting to write something that doesn't outstay its welcome."

Interesting. We're sure Greenwood is referring to particular styles of music only, as he's recorded his fair share of acclaimed solos himself: on OK Computer, "Paranoid Android" and "The Tourist" stand out. Read more here.

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Dropkick Murphys Release 'Until The Next Time' Video

Dropkick Murphys have released a new music video for their track "Until The Next Time." The song comes from the band's latest album "11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory."

Ken Casey shared the following details about the clip, "The music video for 'Until The Next Time' was directed by our longtime friend and amazing photographer Gregory Nolan during our 11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory Tour in both Europe and the U.S.

"This song is about our relationship with YOU, the best fans on the planet. It's about the memories and the great friends we've made along the way…about the pleasure of coming to so many cities that we feel we can almost call home, and the bittersweet moments of having to say goodbye and move on to the next town every night."

Nolan added, "There are two kinds of shots I love with the Dropkicks: hijinks between band members and moments of connection between the band and fans. The awesome thing about putting together this music video is that I got to shape the story that puts these relationships at the center, with music as the method of connection. It's the perfect song to celebrate the good times, and to get the sense that the friendships we share will always come back around again." Watch the video here.

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Royal Blood Release 'I Only Lie When I Love You' Video

(hennemusic) Royal Blood have released a new a video for their track "I Only Lie When I Love You", from their forthcoming second album, "How Did We Get So Dark?", which is set to hit stores on June 16th.

Directed by Pascal Teixeira, the tune follows "Lights Out" and "Hook, Line & Sinker" as the third preview of the project, which was recorded in Brussels, Belgium with producer Joylon Thomas and London, UK with co-producer Tom Dalgety.

Ahead of the set's release, bassist/singer Mike Kerr reveals that he and drummer Ben Thatcher experimented with new sounds and techniques for the follow-up to their smash 2014 self-titled debut. "One thing we learned," Kerr tells the BBC, "is we have quite a delicate sound and once you add things - the wrong things - our whole sound sort of shrivels. Or it capsizes and it doesn't sound like us anymore. We've realized a lot of the identity of our music is when me and Ben play together.

"Even the backing vocals - we did try having girls come in and sing, but it just didn't work. It had to be my voice. It had to be just about me and Ben." Watch the new video here.

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Joe Bonamassa's New Live Unplugged Package Coming This Month

(Gibson) Joe Bonamassa will be releasing his new unplugged performance album and home video packages "Live at Carnegie Hall - An Acoustic Evening" on June 23 via Mascot label Group.

"Live at Carnegie Hall" will be Bonamassa's second live acoustic release and comes in a number of formats/packages including CD, triple vinyl, Blu-ray and DVD.

Bonamassa played two shows at the iconic New York venue in January 2016 where he was joined onstage by Tina Guo, Hossam Ramzy, Reese Wynans, Anton Fig, Eric Bazilian, Mahalia Barnes, Juanita Tippins and Gary Pinto.
Bonamassa says: "Despite being among the most ambitious things I've done, it came out great. It was a typical Joe freak show." Check out the tracklisting
here.

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Jane's Addiction Release Concert Film Trailer

(hennemusic) Jane's Addiction are sharing a video preview of their forthcoming live release, "Ritual De Lo Habitual - Alive At Twenty-Five." Due August 4, the project captures the Los Angeles band performing their breakthrough 1990 album in its entirety alongside their biggest hits on the 2016 Silver Spoon Anniversary Tour at the now-demolished Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre in Irvine, CA - the birthplace of Lollapolooza twenty-five years earlier. Preorders are available here.

The follow-up to their 1988 studio debut, "Nothing's Shocking", "Ritual de lo Habitual" saw Jane's Addiction embrace their psychedelic and progressive sides with tracks like "Three Days" and "Then She Did…" while singles like "Stop!" and "Been Caught Stealing" helped propel to the album to triple-platinum status in the US.

"25 years - what a beautiful milestone for both Ritual De Lo Habitual and Lollapalooza," says event cofounder and vocalist Perry Farrell. "As both were great achievements in our lives that also helped change the course of music history, we really sought to come up with a special show for this tour so that the fans could celebrate it with us."

Directed by Mark Ritchie (Kanye West, Madonna) and filmed in 4K resolution using twenty cameras, "Ritual De Lo Habitual - Alive At Twenty-Five" will be available on Blu-ray, DVD, CD and vinyl. Watch the trailer here.

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Steely Dan Collaborator Larry Carlton Recovers Iconic Guitar

(Gibson) Larry Carlton, the legendary guitarist known for his work with Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell, The Crusaders and many others, posted on Facebook last Wednesday that his iconic Gibson ES-335 has finally been recovered and returned by Air Berlin airlines.

His fabled cherry sunburst Gibson went missing in mid-May when Carlton flew to Germany for a set of shows. According to posts on his Facebook, the Airline misplaced both his guitar and pedalboard, though the board was recovered by the time Carlton left Europe for New York.

In the weeks between losing the guitar and its recovery, Carlton borrowed instruments for various gigs. On May 27, he posted on Facebook that for a Steely Dan show in Connecticut: "I'm going to go for it on this borrowed 1962 cherry red 335 that's a really good instrument." Throughout it all, the four-times Grammy winner remained typically upbeat. On May 19, he posted: "Today's a good day even without my 335. Thanks everybody for your support and joining my Air Berlin adventure." here.

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Singled Out: RadioBlack's Sunny Daze

RadioBlack recently released their self-titled debut (mostly recorded at the Foo Fighters' Studio 606). To celebrate we asked frontman TJ Courtney to tell us about the song "Sunny Daze". Here is the story:

Sunny Daze is the one strictly feel-good song on the album. It ultimately came about because I was dating someone new who was very cool, mellow, and was helping me enjoy myself for once. Coming off the heels of a really toxic relationship with an ex-girlfriend, I was in awe of how easy going and feel-good this new thing was. A few of us were laying out playing music on the flat-roofed section of a house in my hometown, Wilbraham, Massachusetts, on the first nice day of the year. We were having drinks and essentially pretending we were on the beach. I think we had a Sublime Pandora station on (or something similar) and a bunch of throwback alt-rock summer songs were playing. After a while the designated DJ's phone died, so we were stuck in silence for a bit. As the lyrics mention, the distant sounds of the street nearby became calming, almost like the sound of the ocean. After a spending a few minutes listening to that, the chorus melody started rattling around in my head and I thought damn, that's pretty cool. I volunteered myself to go inside and get my phone so we could keep playing music, my true motive being to open my voice memo app and get the idea down. At that point I had written the chorus melody and some of the lyrics. I took a voice memo in the bathroom, then went back up on the roof to hang out for a bit longer. After another hour or so I made an excuse to leave and told everyone I would meet back up later that night, and went home and demo'd the whole song.

The original demo was much slower.. more of a laid-back acoustic song. This was right around the time I was talking to the guys at Studio 606 about recording there, so I sent it to their in-house producer Lou the next day. At that point I was still pretty nervous sending demos off to the crew over there, and I still remember getting the email back from Lou saying "this is awesome!"

A few months later, when we went in to record it, we started jamming it in the live room and Taylor (Hawkins) and the guitarist on the song Mick (Murphy) started playing it with the tempo way faster than I intended - it felt too fast to me at the time. Eventually I got used to that sped-up, more arena-rock version and we went with it. The "street sounds" chant in the chorus took a long time to get right - we ended up layering close to 40 takes of my voice to get the sound we wanted.

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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