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Foo Fighters' Debut Of Three New Songs Goes Online

(hennemusic) The Foo Fighters debuted three new songs during their June 16 performance at Iceland's Secret Solstice Festival, and video from the event has surfaced online.

The group delivered their new single, "Run", as part of a 16-song set at the annual concert, as well as "Lah Di Dah" and the full band debut of "The Sky Is A Neighbourhood" - all tunes expected to appear on the band's next album. "If you want, we can play all the new Foo Fighters music for you first before anybody else," Grohl told the crowd. "We really could."

Grohl directed the video for "Run" - which surfaced without notice on June 1 and sees the band rocking out 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 recently told The Kevin & Bean Show on 106.7 KROQ Los Angeles. "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." Watch the live performance here.

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KISS Star Peter Criss Retires From Touring After Final U.S. Show

(Radio.com) Original KISS drummer Peter Criss announced that he is retiring from touring after he performed his last U.S. concert at The Cutting Room in New York City Saturday night (June 17).

During the show, Criss played a mix of classics, his own solo material and various covers. Speaking about his departure from the road, the 71-year-old drummer said that he wanted to say goodbye on his own terms, according to Billboard.

"I want to leave the stage happy," Criss explained. "I got onto the stage not thinking about making a buck. It was just pure: Play drums, have a good time, meet girls, travel and get out of Brooklyn."

Nothing has been scheduled yet, but Criss might offer similar farewell concerts in other countries. Read more here.

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Metallica Open To Revisiting Garage

Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett says in a new interview that he is open to the idea of the band recording another "Garage" style covers album or even another performance with a symphony orchestra.

Long before it became a trend to record covers albums, Metallica released their first collection of tribute recordings with "The $5.98 E.P.: Garage Days Revisited" thirty years this August.

In 1998 they went even bigger with the release of "Garage, Inc", followed the next year by their "S&M" album, which was a live performance recorded with The San Francisco Symphony.

Hammett was asked about the idea of the band revisited those types of projects during an interview with 105.7 The Point (via Metal Injection).

He responded, "That would be nice. I don't believe we've done something like that since, I guess, around the Load, Reload, Garage Days Re-Revisited, S&M kind of period where there was just like a real concentrated period of output." Read more

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A Perfect Circle Announce North American Fall Tour

A Perfect Circle fans had to wait six long years between tours before the band's recently completed spring outing, but they won't have to wait nearly as long for the next trek.

It appears that Maynard James Keenan can't get enough of the road as it has been announced that A Perfect Circle will be launching a new North American tour this fall.

The tour will be kicking off with an appearance at this year's Aftershock Festival in Sacramento, CA on October 21st and will be wrapping up on December 4th in Eugene, OR at the Matthew Knight Center. Read more here.

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Lynyrd Skynyrd Sue Former Member Over 1977 Plane Crash Biopic

(hennemusic) The surviving members of Lynyrd Skynyrd have filed a lawsuit against former bandmate and drummer Artimus Pyle over his plans to release a biopic depicting the 1977 plane crash that killed six people, including lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines and backup singer Cassie Gaines.

Rolling Stone reports guitarist Gary Rossington, Ronnie Van Zant's brother and lead singer Johnny Van Zant, and the estates of other Skynyrd members killed in the crash were among those who filed the lawsuit against Pyle and co-producer Cleopatra Records in Manhattan on June 16.

In the suit, Lynyrd Skynyrd argues that Pyle "is free to exploit his own personal life story" for the film, but the biopic is in danger of violating "a 1988 consent order" that members - Pyle included - agreed to concerning control of the Lynyrd Skynyrd copyright.

The order states that "No such exploitation of life story rights is authorized which purports to be a history of the 'Lynyrd Skynyrd' band, as opposed to the life story of the applicable individual." Read more here.

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Guns N' Roses, Nirvana, The Clash Inspired Marvel Covers Coming

(Radio.com) Marvel have announced that they will release five Marvel Rock variant covers this September to celebrate the connection between music fans and comic book readers.

This theme follows Marvel's previously released hip-hop variant covers from the last few years. The covers will each pay tribute to a classic rock album that defined and expanded the musical genre:

Guns N' Roses' "Appetite for Destruction," "Nirvana's "Nevermind," The Clash's London Calling are the first iconic albums to get a Marvel makeover. Check out the first three covers here.

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Slayer, Faith No More Supergroup Dead Cross Release New video

The hardcore supergroup Dead Cross have released a new animated video fro their track "Seizure and Desist", from their forthcoming self-titled debut album.

The group, which features Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer/Suicidal Tendencies), Justin Pearson (Retox/The Locust), Mike Patton (Faith No More/Tomahawk) and Michael Crain (Retox, Festival of Dead Deer), will be releasing the album on August 4th.

Justin Pearson had this say about the new visual, "The artist who created our album art, Eric Livingston, came up with this video. As far as I'm concerned, It sums up the current social and political climate of today. For a lot of humanity, this world is a mean motherf***ing place.

"The video captures the severity of the times we live in, as well as a means to communicate beyond basic language using iconic imagery, campy techniques, historical relevance, as well as a glimpse into the future." Watch the video here.

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Halestorm Announce Halloween Scream Tour

Halestorm have announced that they are returning to the road this fall for their Halloween Scream tour of North American which will feature support from Starset and New Year's Day.

They will be kicking things off on September 23rd in Wichita, KS at the Orpheum Theater and will conclude the trek on October 22nd with appearance at the Aftershock Festival in Sacramento, CA.

Frontwoman Lzzy Hale had the following to say, "We are so excited to announce our fall tour. 'Halestorm's Halloween Scream' will be a night for all the Freaks with our friends Starset and New Year's Day plus special surprises and collaborations for your entertainment! We can't wait to see you all!" See the dates here.

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Queen And Adam Lambert To Rock Late Night TV This Week

(hennemusic) Queen and Adam Lambert have announced that they will celebrating the kick off of their new tour by performing on ABC-TV's Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday, June 22.

The late night television appearance lands on the eve of the band's first North American shows in three years when they kick off a summer trek across the continent starting in Phoenix, AZ on June 23 - see full list of dates below.

The 7-week, 26-date arena run also includes two nights at The Hollywood Bowl this month as Queen debut a brand new state-of-the-art stage production and a set list that they hint will provide some surprises while marking the 40th anniversary of their biggest-selling studio album to date, 1977's "News Of The World."

"The general public knows the hits, so you've got to cater for that," says guitarist Brian May, "but we can chuck in a few things that people really don't expect. We'll do quite a bit more of that this time around. There are so many dimensions to Adam, which of course fits with our music. He can get down and do the rock stuff really dirty, and you have all those dimensions, and we can explore that even more."

"We're planning on doing stuff we either haven't done before or haven't done for a long time," adds drummer Roger Taylor "We started as an albums band, that's what we were. The fact that we had hits was just a byproduct." Read more here.

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Riverdogs Release 'American Dreams' Video

Riverdogs have released a new music video for their song "American Dreams." The track comes from their forthcoming album "California," which is set to hit stores on July 7th.

The new visual can be streamed here. The band members have each shared their comments about the making of the new clip, which was filmed by Jamie Brown in the high desert in Southern California.

Vivian Campbell: "I'm a big, big fan of Jamie Brown's work; he's a real talent and he manages to make great videos under sometimes very challenging circumstances. And speaking of challenging, I've never before gone mountain climbing with a Les Paul! Having said that, I think it was well worth the effort for the footage we got - I just wish I'd thought to bring some sunscreen!" Read more here.

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Linkin Park Are 'Super Grateful' For Latest No. 1 Album

Linkin Park guitarist Brad Delson says that the band is "super grateful" after their latest studio album "One More Light" claimed the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 chart.

The album faced some controversy and backlash over its move to a more pop direction and Delson admits that there was some risk involved but is thankful to everyone who helped make it a success.

He told Billboard (via ABC), "Obviously, there are always risks involved, so for us, the reward is the music itself, for sure.

"To have our sixth [studio] album hit No. 1, it's really, really humbling, and we're just super grateful for everyone who collaborated with us on this project, to our team and to our fans here in the States and really around the world, 'cause the album had a huge debut globally."

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Moonspell Announce Special 1755 Release Shows

Moonspell have announced that they will be performing three special shows in Portugal to celebrate their new concept album "1755," which is set to be released on November 3rd.

The album concept centers on the Great Lisbon Earthquake of 1755 and is sung in Portuguese. The band will herald the record's release with two hometown shows in Lisbon, including their annual Halloween party.

The next night they will head to Porto for the third special date. The shows will feature them performing the new album in full and each ticket holder at the shows will get a free CD or vinyl edition of the record (first 500 tickets, the edition will be signed by the band). here.

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Twenty One Pilots Say They 'Can't Stand' Coachella

(Radio.com) Twenty One Pilots shared their feelings about Coachella during their headlining set at Firefly Music Festival in Dover, DE, this past Friday night (June 16).

Frontman Tyler Joseph told the crowd, "It's not that we don't like Coachella, it's just that we can't stand it." He continued by saying that they would rather perform for the Firefly crowd "any day."

A little innocent crowd riling? Or is Joseph starting beef with the Indo festival and its attendees? Watch video captured of Tyler Joseph's outburst via TMZ here.

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Blondie Stars Were King And Queen Of The Mermaid Parade

(Radio.com) Blondie singer Debbie Harry and guitarist Chris Stein reigned over New York's annual Mermaid Parade this past weekend. The two took part in the colorful Coney Island parade on Saturday (June 17), serving as Queen Mermaid and King Neptune.

Harry and Stein were wheeled along the parade route in a wicker chair and greeted members of the crowd, many of whom lined up in the rain hours before the parade's 1 pm starting time.

The Mermaid Parade, which first launched in 1983, draws hundreds of thousands of people dressed in mermaid attire, and serves as the kickoff to summer. Read more here.

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Genesis Cofounder Anthony Phillips Expands Album For Reissue

(Glass Onyon) Genesis founding member and guitarist Anthony Phillips's classic instrumental album "Slow Dance" has been expanded for a newly remixed deluxe 3-disc edition. We were sent the following details:

This new 3-disc(2 CD / 1 DVD) digipak Deluxe Edition of the album features a newly re-mastered original stereo mix and a 5.1 Surround sound mix by Simon Heyworth (on an NSTC / Region Free DVD), along with a CD of previously unreleased "Slow Dance Vignettes." It includes a lavishly illustrated booklet that fully restores the original album artwork and features a new essay by Jon Dann.

Says Phillips, " Slow Dance' was an important album to me because it represented the first time that was I able to do a full-scale album after all the miniatures of the, for me, thrifty 80s! I had stockpiled a number of ideas during those years and finally, due to the promise of an advance from my then record company, Passport, I was able to realise these on the big canvas, as it were. Alongside those ideas, I wrote a lot of new material, helped by the new gear, most which feature on Side 2. I was kindly advanced the money by my management Hit & Run and then….Passport went bust….?!!! Read more here.

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Singled Out: Restless Streets' A Little More Us

Melodic rock newcomers Restless Streets recently released their new EP "Together" and to celebrate we asked Logan Carpenter to tell us a little bit about the song "A Little More Us". Here is the story:

I remember sitting down on a gorgeous summer day outside our bassist John's cabin deep in the woods to write the lyrics for this song. There was no cell phone reception on the lake, and we had nothing on the schedule but writing, and recording.

I remember feeling a sense of peace in the disconnection from the rest of the world. I had all the time to sit by myself to think, and feel all of the natural, unprovoked things that came to me. This gave me clarity, and inspiration to write the lyrics for "A Little More Us".

I was able to be honest with myself, with my past relationships, and truly find the words to explain how I felt, and what I wanted for myself moving forward. In some way, I think I can contribute the honesty, and the sincerity of this song and it's lyrics to the sun, the quite, and the serenity of Babcock lake.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the EP right here!

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