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Guns N' Roses To Play Rare Intimate One Off Show

Some lucky Guns N' Roses fans will have the opportunity to watch the reunited band give a rare intimate performance at the iconic Apollo Theater on July 20th.

The special show will be by invitation only for subscribers to the SiriusXM radio service and will be broadcasted live on the forthcoming Guns N' Roses Radio as well as on the Howard Stern Channel (101).

The satellite radio service will be launching the limited run GNR channel on July 13th to celebrate the kick off the next Not In This Lifetime Tour leg of North America. The station will run until July 22nd and will feature studio, live and rare tracks from the band, as well cuts artists that had an influence on them.

SiriusXM advises that people who have subscribed to the service since June 7, 2017 can enter for the chance to win a trip to New York City to attend the show (2 tickets) including airfare and hotel stay. Find more details here.

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Blink-182 and Linkin Park Stars Collaborate At Special Event

(Radio.com) Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda and Blink-182's Mark Hoppus wrote a song together, from scratch, while on stage at the 2017 MIDEM Keynote presentation in Cannes, France earlier this month (June 7).

The Linkin Park and Blink-182 stars were introduced by Shirly Halperin, Variety's music editor. Halperin explained to the audience that they would witness a live songwriting session. "You're really gonna see how the magic happens," she said before bringing Shinoda and Hoppus on stage.

MIDEM (Marche International du Disque et de l'Edition Musicale) brings together people in Cannes, France each year for an event where artists, technology, and brands are connected by music.

During the nearly 35-minute presentation, the duo take fans through each part of the song's creation, note for note, in real time. Shinoda starts with the simplest of beats and slowly adds layers of keyboards while Hoppus is responsible for lyrics and layering a guitar riff on top. After some time, Shinoppus (we just coined the name, thank you very much), completes the first verse and chorus leaving the audience wanting to hear the final version. Maybe one day the two will release fully fleshed out song. Watch Shinoda and Hoppus create something from nothing here.

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Chris Cornell Featured On Forthcoming Johnny Cash Album

(Radio.com) Late Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell will be featured on the forthcoming posthumous Johnny Cash album, "Forever Words: The Unknown Poems: The Music."

The project is based on a book of Cash's poems, about which his son, John Carter Cash, said, 'I want people to have a deeper understanding of my father than just the iconic, cool man in black. I think this book will help provide that."

Some of the poems date back to 1944 when the country icon was only 12 years old. They were found after the "man in black" died in 2003. The idea for the album started when Brad Paisley put one of Cash's poems to music, reports NME. The track, "Gold All Over the Ground," is a moving ballad based on a love poem Cash wrote to his wife June.

It is unknown what poem the late Cornell converted into a song. Other artists appearing on the album include Jewel, Paisley T-Bone Burnett and Kacey Musgraves. Read more here.

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Metallica Can Still Fall Apart At Any Moment Says Hetfield

(Radio.com) Metallica have, perhaps, revealed how they're able to write music that sounds so frustrated and angry after all these years; there's still friction between some of the band members. They have been known to travel in separate buses, spend most of their free time away from one another and still argue when they're together.

They have been known to travel in separate buses, spend most of their free time away from one another and sometimes argue when they're together. "The band can still pretty much fall apart at any moment," frontman James Hetfield admitted in a new interview with Rolling Stone. "But we don't want that. We know too much now. It's come with time and growing up together, going through tons of s— together and possibly maturing" .

Hetfield added that over time the members have learned how to instantly infuriate one another, but these days they try to avoid going there. 'We know where all the nuclear buttons are with each other, but we don't push 'em," he said. "We love what we do, and we want to keep it going." Read more here.

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Foo Fighters Jam With Dave Grohl's 8-Year-Old Daughter

(Radio.com) 2017 has been a big family year for Dave Grohl: He spent weeks this spring helping promote his mom's book From Cradle to Stage and started teaching his 8-year-old daughter, Harper, how to play drums.

This weekend, Harper took the stage at a Foo Fighters concert in Iceland, making her professional debut with Queen's "We Will Rock You." During his introduction, Dave announced, "There's another Grohl on the drum set now."

Grohl told the crowd Harper recently expressed an interest in learning to play. 'And I said, 'Do you want me to teach you?' She said, 'Yes.' And then I said, 'Do you want to get up in front of 20,000 people in Iceland and play?' And she said, 'Yes.'"

The moment was a perfect precursor to Father's Day. Watch Grohl's daughter make her debut here.

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Evanescence's Amy Lee Explains The 'Synthesis' Project

Evanescence are currently working on their next album "Synthesis" which will feature the band giving some of their songs an "orchestra and electronica" makeover and frontman Amy Lee explained the project further in a new interview.

Lee and the band were interviewed recently by Kaaos TV and she explained the special project in more depth: "It's mostly music from our catalog, all three albums - different songs from our history of doing stuff plus two totally new ones, recorded completely anew in a new way that is very much about symphony orchestra.

"We just recorded the orchestra, and it sounds so beautiful. It's very much taking it to the next level musically. But it's that and all programming. They're both big elements that have always been a part of our sound, and actually a lot of the origins of Evanescence, in many ways, when we were first making music, it was… we were more of a studio band than a live, playing-rock-shows band. It was just me and a guy making music in our parents' houses and making drum beats.

"We had this idea [about recording with] an orchestra, but, obviously, we couldn't afford it at the time. So [we were] just writing music. But we wouldn't have had the ability to do what we're doing now as kids, so it's really fulfilling a big dream that is very much from the core of the idea of this band. So we'll be in the studio recording some cool, very interesting, different guitar synthesizer and different instruments and vocals after we get off this tour. I'm very excited about it." Read more here.

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Billy Joel's 'We Didn't Start The Fire' Gets Historically Accurate Video

(Radio.com) "Harry Truman, Doris Day, Red China, Johnnie Ray, South Pacific, Walter Winchell, Joe DiMaggio," Billy Joel sings in his 1989 hit "We Didn't Start The Fire."

This iconic classic might be one of the catchy tracks in existence, but it also offers up plenty of historical figures and events for its listeners. With this in mind, a fan recently released a new "Historically Accurate Almanac" video version of Joel's single.

The caption for the video reads, "'We Didn't Start The Fire' music video with historically accurate news coverage accompanying all 100+ events mentioned. Been meaning to get to this for my entire life. I hope you enjoy and thank you for watching." Watch the historical and original video here.

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Styx Discuss The Concept Of Their New Album 'The Mission'

(Radio.com) Styx recently released their 16th studio album "The Mission." The band sat down with Radio.com to discuss the album's ambitious concept which chronicles the trials, tribulations, and ultimate triumphs of the first manned mission to Mars in the year 2033.

The music of The Mission was created to reflect the viewpoint of the six-person crew enlisted for the maiden voyage of Khedive, the first entry in a new fleet of nuclear-powered interplanetary spacecraft underwritten by the Global Space Exploration Program (or GSEP, for short). The Khedive team consists of The Pilot, a fully hands-on, seat-of-the-pants born leader; a First Officer who serves as the team's big-brother figure; an Engineer who is skeptical of every phase of the mission but remains confident in his own abilities to make the best of any technical situation; and a Top-Shelf Trio of science, astrophysics, and survivalist experts.

"There comes a day," Tommy Shaw explains, and on that day these human beings have to climb aboard that rocket and light the candle, and off they go, leaving everything behind, and everyone, and unfinished business. That was the way, to me, to make the record, there's all this technical stuff that goes with it, but to me, the heart of the concept is the experiences of the people, and that we could all relate to." Read more here.

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Robin Trower Announces New Album And One Off Concert

Rock icon Robin Trower has announced that he will be releasing his brand new studio album, which will be entitled "Time and Emotion", on August 4th.

He had this to say about the new effort, "I can honestly say I don't know when I have been happier with an album. I feel 'Time and Emotion' contains some of my very best work."

Trower also announced that he will be supporting the effort with his only UK concert this year with a show on November 29th at the Islington Assembly Hall in London. Read more here.

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Motley Crue In The Studio For 'Girls Girls Girls' Anniversary

The 30th anniversary of Motley Crue's "Girls Girls Girls" album is celebrated on the latest episode of the syndicated radio show
In The Studio with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands. The show sent over the following details:

Show host Redbeard goes one on one with Vince Neil and Nikki Sixx for the sometimes hilarious, sometimes shocking story behind Motley Crue's four million-seller Girls Girls Girls.

A product of the '80s Hollywood Sunset Strip, Motley Crue were the quintessential LA hair metal band. Their string of hit albums and crossover songs on radio and MTV was only matched by their over the top live show, mounting legal bills and alarming drug use. By 1987 the band was dancing on a fine line between real life or death. Nikki Sixx and Vince Neil share their stories with In The Studio producer and host Redbeard.

Nikki Sixx: "We were a mess. I know we didn't go overseas (on Girls Girls Girls tour), because the management said, 'You guys go, and somebody's not coming back. Or if they do, they're coming back in a body bag... We were operating like a punk band! We were completely out of control." -

Vince Neil: "I remember my first gig. It was at my parents' house. First time I ever sang in front of anybody. I was in a band called Rock Candy. I thought my parents were going out of town for the night. So I had a small party of like 500 people (laughs). We're just jamming away, the place is packed, people jumping off the roof into the pool... It was a good time, but then my parents came home." Stream the episode here.

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The Lumineers Release Live 'Angela' Video

The Lumineers have released a new video for a special live version of their current single "Angela," which features performance footage and vignettes from the road.

The video was made from footage from the band's Cleopatra world tour, which has seen the band sell over 400,000 tickets for their headlining shows. Watch the video here

The clip comes as the group continues their current road work, opening for U2 on their stadium tour and which will be followed by dates with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. The summer ends with three headlining shows at Fiddlers Green near the band's home in Denver, CO. See the dates
here.

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The Dead Daisies Release 'With You And I' Video

The Dead Daisies have released a new music video for their track "With You And I", which during the band's inaugural performance at the Woodstock Festival last summer.

The clip comes as the band announced that they would be playing with The Gorzow Philharmonic Orchestra during their headline performance at Woodstock Poland this year on August 3rd.

Frontman John Corabi had the following to say about the song, "I think the lyrics to 'With You And I' are especially relevant at the moment, you can't turn the TV on and NOT see some sort of human decay anymore.

"We're battling each other in so many ways, it's disturbing. Be it political party differences, the struggle of black vs. white, religious differences, terrorism, famine, disease, pollution, climate change, etc. -- nobody is working TOGETHER in any way to find answers to these issues, and communicate as adults!" Watch the video here.

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Papa Roach Expand Albums For Vinyl Reissues

(Gibson) Vinyl is a hot craze that doesn't seem to be going away, and Papa Roach is the latest band to get in on the nostalgic action. The modern rock band will release their 2000 album Infest and their 2002 record Lovehatetragedy on vinyl for the very first time on Sept. 8.

Infest is Papa Roach's signature record and features the band's chart-topping single, "Last Resort." Papa Roach unleashed Lovehatetragedy two years later, and the hard-rocking collection just passed the 15-year mark. The latter album boasts the rock hits "She Loves Me Not" and "Time and Time Again."

The vinyl edition of Infest will feature the hidden song, "Tightrope," as well as the tune "Legacy," which was only released on the international edition of the original record. Read more here.

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Paramore Perform Cover Drake's 'Passionfruit'

Paramore continue to surprise fans with unexpected performances of cover songs while they tour across the pond in support of their latest album "After Laughter", which was released last month.

According to Radio.com, the band had delivered an excellent rendition of Fleetwood Mac's classic "Everywhere" last week at a Dublin show. And on Monday they changed genres with a performance of a Drake track.

The group decided to cover Drake's More Life highlight "Passionfruit" during a live in-studio session for BBC 1. Singer Hayley Williams even threaded in a bit of Drizzy's 2013 hit "Hold On, We're Going Home" at the end. Watch Paramore's "Passionfruit" cover here.

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King King Launching Fall Tour In Support Of New Album

Prog rockers King King have announced the details of a UK tour this fall that they are launching in support of their forthcoming album "Exile & Grace", which hit stores on October 6th.

The outing is billed as the band's biggest UK tour to date and is scheduled to kick off on October 14th in Bath at the Forum and will conclude on October 20th in Edinburgh at the Queen's Hall.

Frontman and guitarist Alan Nimmo had the following to say about the new album, "Exile & Grace definitely has a rockier feel and sound to it. We are following our influences from the Classic Rock genre, Bad Company, Whitesnake and Thunder.

"We really set out to challenge ourselves with this album. We've stepped up the quality of songwriting and pushed ourselves physically in both performance and delivery!" See the dates here.

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Singled Out: Moscow's Black Widow

Heavy electro rocker Moscow (real name Elizaveta Tursunova) recently released her debut EP "Queen Of Sin" and to celebrate we asked her to tell us about the song "Black Widow." Here is the story:

After being introduced through a mutual friend to Shaun and Mark (producers and co-writers' of "Black Widow," and now close friends as well), we scheduled to meet and hit the studio to begin writing. No one knew what would come from the collaboration; it could become a demo, a single, or nothing. Initially, none of us were feeling very well but--not a half hour in, and with a bottle of Jägermeister delivered straight to the table-we all knew we were on the same page. Personally, I love working with men and it's always been much more comfortable for me; they say I have a man's mentality in a woman's body. So when I was telling them about yet another of my sexual adventures, we all agreed that "Black Widow" would be what the track would be about: the Femme Fatale who uses men for her physical needs and get rid of whatever's left behind. Autobiography, if you please.

"The hunter is a the lonely one" is one of my favorite lines of the song. Always going through this mental dilemma: on the one hand, 'hunting' is a part of my lifestyle, always on the run for some 'fresh meat'; new faces, new bodies, new connections. Too many men, too little time. On the other hand, you do become lonely at some point. There are days when you can't fill this 'void' instead, when you realize that there's something missing. But the idea of going to an ice cream parlor and only being able to eat let's say vanilla, for the rest of your life is terrifying.

Bringing sensuality, sex, and hard rock together is always fun. Rock and Sex have always walked hand in hand, and we want it back, with the flavors of 2017.

By the way, during the breakdown we actually recorded my orgasm to include in the mix. Listen closely. XXX

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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