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Foo Fighters Stream Brand New Song The Line

(hennemusic) The Foo Fighters are streaming "The Line", a track from their forthcoming album, "Concrete And Gold." "The Line" follows the lead single, "Run", and follow-up, "The Sky Is A Neighbourhood", as the third tune previewed in advance of the album's reelease on September 15.

Frontman Dave Grohl describes the song as "a search for hope in this day and age where you feel as if you're fighting for your life with every passing moment, and everything is on the line."

The set was co-produced by the band and Greg Kurstin (Adele, Kelly Clarkson, Sia) and mixed by Darrell Thorp (Beck, Radiohead). The Foo Fighters will launch "Concrete And Gold" with a fall US tour that will begin with their own Cal Jam 17 festival at Glen Helen Regional Park in San Bernardino, CA on October 7, which will feature more than a dozen acts, including Queens of the Stone Age, Cage The Elephant, Liam Gallagher, Royal Blood and more.

The groups will follow the Cal Jam 17 event with an October 12 performance at the grand opening of the new Washington, DC venue, Anthem, before bringing their live show to arenas across the US, with dates scheduled into December. Listen to the new song here.

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Ace Frehley To Share Stage With Former Frehley's Comet Members

KISS fans in the Poughkeepsie, New York area are in for a special treat next week when Ace Frehley shares the stage with former Frehley's Comet stars for a special one off show.

The concert will be taking place at The Chance on September 15th and will feature Ace's current solo band and Four By Fate, a group that was formed by key members of Frehley's Comet.

Four By Fate will be supporting their album "Relentless" and the band lineup is led by Tod Howarth (Ted Nugent, Cheap Trick, and Frehley's Comet) and John Regan (Frehley's Comet).

The group also features Patrick James Gasperini (Pound, Flywheel) and former Skid Row drummer Rob Affuso. Check back to the Day in Rock on Monday for a special Singled Out from Tod. Until then, learn more about the band and the upcoming show here.

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Gregg Allman's Album Artwork Features Portrait Painted in His Own Blood

(Radio.com) Select edition of Gregg Allman's upcoming posthumous album, Southern Blood, will come packaged with a very unique feature: cover art painted with Allman's own blood.

According to Ultimate Classic Rock, artist Vincent Castiglia used Allman's blood as well as blood from the singer's children for the portrait, based on a Neil Preston photograph. It will be included in deluxe editions and the initial vinyl run of the new release.

Castiglia explained that Allman approached him in 2015 to create the portrait, with the artist storing vials of the singer's blood for more than a year, beginning the work shortly after Allman's passing.

"This is the single most important work I've ever painted," Castiglia said in a press statement. "When Gregg shipped me the vials of his blood, no one could have foreseen what was to come -- that ultimately the painting wouldn't be created until his after his passing."Read more here.

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Stone Temple Pilots Stream Previously Unreleased Track

(hennemusic) The Stone Temple Pilots are streaming audio of a previously unreleased live version of "Wicked Garden" from their 1993 appearance on MTV's Unplugged, as the latest preview to the September 29 release of multiple 25th anniversary deluxe editions of their debut album, "Core."

"Oh, that was nerve-wracking. I was so nervous," bassist Robert DeLeo tells Billboard. "There's something about volume and turning things up so loud that allows you to hide behind the wall of sound, and there we were doing something we'd only done together when we were alone in a room, just us.

"I remember getting to 'Creep,' and I have a little vocal part in there where I answer [singer] Scott [Weiland], and looking back at the video you see my hands were shaking, I was so nervous. It was part of growing as a musician in front of a large audience. No one prepares you for that."

Audio of band's MTV set is featured on the third disc of the 4CD/1DVD/1LP Super Deluxe Edition of "Core", which is limited to just 15,000 copies worldwide. Read more and stream the song here.

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U2 Working to Replace Instruments For Displaced Houston Musicians

(Radio.com) Speaking with Mix 104.1's Karson and Kennedy this morning, Bono confirmed that his U2 bandmate and longtime friend The Edge is working to deploy his Music Rising initiative in Houston following the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

The Music Rising charity first began in 2005 in New Orleans as a response to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. David "The Edge" Evans organized the initiative in order to get instruments back into the hands of displaced musicians, giving professional and amateur players alike the opportunity to continue making a living with their craft.

Now, the charity is turning toward another southern city ravaged by storms. "You might recall that Edge - when Hurricane Katrina did its damage to New Orleans and destroyed the lives of so many musicians there - he put together Music Rising," Bono said. "And it was a really clever way of getting the musicians of the area some instruments so they could continue to live." Read more here.

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David Gilmour Releases Live Video For Pink Floyd Classic

(hennemusic) David Gilmour is streaming a preview clip of Pink Floyd's 1973 classic, "Us And Them", from his "Live At Pompeii" concert film ahead of its release in various formats on September 29.

The second single from Pink Floyd's "The Dark Side Of The Moon" peaked at No. 72 on the US Cash Box Top 100 Singles chart in March of 1974, while the project went on to become one of the biggest-selling albums in music history at more than 50 million copies worldwide.

The "Us And Them" footage - one of the extras in the upcoming set - was captured during the South American leg of Gilmour's tour in support of 2015's "Rattle That Lock."

"This is the first time I've ever been to South America, and I was quite excited," explains Gilmour. "The venues were vast; we're playing to 50,000 people a night. The audiences are so fantastically enthusiastic but so polite, at the same time."

Directed by Gavin Elder, "Live At Pompeii" features Gilmour's 2016 concerts at the ancient Roman amphitheatre built in 90 BC. Available on 2-CD, Blu-ray, 2-DVD, 4-LP, deluxe Blu-ray box and download, "David Gilmour Live At Pompeii" will debut in more than 2,000 cinemas worldwide on September 13. Watch the video here.

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Pearl Jam's Matt Cameron Streams Single From Solo Album

(hennemusic) Pearl Jam/Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron is streaming "Time Can't Wait" as the lead single from his forthcoming debut solo album, "Cavedweller."

"It's a hard rock stomper, but got a little psychedelic tinge at the end," says Cameron. "One of my main influences has always been (Pink Floyd co-founder) Syd Barrett and this song has a weird sort of psychedelia in there like his music."

Due September 22, the set sees Cameron taking center stage as vocalist and songwriter while surrounding himself with experienced musicians for the project - including the rhythm section of drummer Mark Guiliana and bassist Tim Lefebvre from David Bowie's 2016 album, "Blackstar."

"Mark's performance on the title track was kind of mind-blowing," Cameron tells Rolling Stone. "That was kind of what I was hearing for a drum performance, so I just reached out through Instagram or Facebook and he got right back to me. Once he was on board I had a little more confidence to complete the project."

The rocker gained additional confidence in "Cavedweller" after previewing the record for the singers in both of his bands: Chris Cornell and Eddie Vedder. "The vocal aspect was the toughest part for me," Cameron explains. "I'm pretty limited in terms of what I can do, but it's better for me to do it all as opposed to bringing in a real singer and doing it that way even though my vocal prowess is very limited in comparison to Chris and Eddie." Read more and stream the song here.

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Chester Bennington's Widow Shares Photo Taken Days Before Suicide

(Radio.com) In an effort to raise awareness about suicide prevention, Chester Bennington's widow Talinda tweeted a photo taken days before her husband took his own life.

In the picture, Chester is seen leaning against a rail surrounded by family, beaming and glancing toward the ocean. "This was days b4 my husband took his own life," Talinda wrote. "Suicidal thoughts were there, but you'd [never know]."

She closed the tweet with the hashtag "#F—Depression." Chester died on July 20 at age 41 and is survived by six children. Many of Bennington's peers have described his warm disposition, and despite a history of substance abuse and depression, family members described their shock at his sudden death. Bennington's suicide (as well as Chris Cornell's shortly before) has started a conversation in the music world about addiction, mental illness and the imperative to seek treatment before it's too late. See Talinda's tweet here.

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Dead & Company Announce Fall Tour Dates

(Radio.com) Grateful Dead offshoot Dead & Company have announced that they have added a new leg of fall dates to their 2017 tour, with shows in New York, Detroit, Philadelphia and more.

The celebrated group features original Grateful Dead members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann and Bob Weir alongside singer/guitarist John Mayer, Allman Brothers' bassist Oteil Burbridge and Fare Thee Well and RatDog keyboardist Jeff Chimenti.

To ensure fans get tickets in their hands directly, Fan Registration will be available for the fall tour dates beginning today, September 7, at Noon ET, through Ticketmaster's Verified Fan program; supplies are limited, further information here. Presale opportunities will be available beginning Tuesday, September 12, at 10 AM. See the dates here.

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Mastodon Release Studio Footage Of New Single Toe To Toes

(hennemusic) Mastodon are sharing behind-the-scenes video from the recording studio as they lay down the single "Toe To Toes" from their forthcoming EP, "Cold Dark Place."

The tune was produced by Brendan O'Brien last year while the Atlanta outfit worked on their current album, "Emperor Of Sand." Due September 22, the 4-song EP also features "North Side Star", "Blue Walsh" and the title track, which were produced by Nick Raskulinecz and recorded during sessions for the band's 2014 album, "Once More 'Round The Sun."

Available via CD and digital formats, the project will also be issued as a limited-edition 10-inch vinyl picture disc on October 27. Mastodon will perform a benefit concert at The Metro in Chicago, IL on September 9 in honor of suicide prevention month, with 100% of the proceeds from the event going to support suicide prevention and mental health education. Read more and watch the video here.

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Alter Bridge Preview Unreleased Track Cruel Sun

(hennemusic) Alter Bridge are streaming an audio clip of the unreleased track, "Cruel Sun" as a preview to the September 8 release of a new collection, "Live At The O2 Arena + Rarities", via Napalm Records.

The tune is one of two songs - along with "Solace" - originally recorded during the sessions for the band's 2004 debut, "One Day Remains", that are making their first appearance on record with the new package.

The 3-CD set captures Alter Bridge in concert at the London O2 venue on November 24, 2016 alongside a disc of 13 rarities from their career. "Live At The O2 Arena + Rarities" will be available as a 3CD set, and limited deluxe editions - including a 4-LP set and a CD/DVD Earbook - which also include an exclusive Alter Bridge documentary featuring extensive interviews with the band, their crew, and family, giving a glimpse behind the scenes of the group's biggest UK show to date.

Alter Bridge will begin a series of South American dates in Buenos Aires, Argentina on September 15 before launching a fall tour of Europe with a pair of shows at London's Royal Albert Hall in early October. Listen tot he song clip here.

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Thirty Seconds to Mars Pay Tribute to Fallen Heroes

(Radio.com) Thirty Seconds To Mars paid tribute to some of music's recently departed icons with an emotional medley performance.

The band combined David Bowie's "Heroes," Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun," Linkin Park's "Crawling," Prince's "Purple Rain" and George Michael's "Freedom" for the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge. John Lennon's iconic "Imagine" is also woven throughout.

Check out the powerful performance here.

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Singled Out: LaRissa Vienna And The Strange

LaRissa Vienna and the Strange just released their new album "Neptune VII" and to celebrate we asked LaRissa to tell us about the single "Haunted". Here is the story:

When I wrote Haunted, it came naturally - almost too naturally that it scared me. The song really fell out quickly like it was ready to be born. I started with the instrumental, I heard it in my head, and recorded a demo of it called "Haunted". Usually my instrumental titles don't end up being the title of the actual song, but I knew I had a special concept with that name. I could hear the vocal melody in my head, but I wanted to meditate on the lyrics for a while. I took a trip to Nashville, heard entirely too much commercial country music, and I wrote "Haunted" the night I was out and about exploring downtown Nashville on Broadway. I wrote it very quickly. So, naturally, I went back and tweaked it a dozen times until I decided to go with the original lyrics I wrote. I went home back to Denver and recorded the vocals, and I had been overthinking it so much that I wasn't excited about the finished product at first. I showed my drummer the demo, and his response led me to believe I was onto something special. When my band finally learned the song and we got to record it in the studio professionally, the way my producer immediately started jamming, the way my bandmates moved with their whole bodies when they played it, I knew this track was "the one" for us. The first time we played it live, the audience came to life and started jumping and screaming. This is a song about feeling tormented about your past, not being able to let go of someone or something, whether it's right or wrong. It's about wanting what you can't have. I think we can all relate to the meaning in some extent - it's a song about temptation, yearning, and regret. It's hard-hitting, soft and pop when it needs to be, and then it kicks back up in your face and draws you in. The music video portrays each band member in their own storyline about what haunts them in their life. Everyone has that "one thing" that follows them forever, and we're reminded that we're all alike in a lot of ways.

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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