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Tom Petty Died From Accidental Overdose

(hennemusic) The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner has determined that Tom Petty died last fall as a result of "multisystem organ failure" caused by an accidental drug overdose of several medications.

The Gainesville, FL singer passed away October 2 at the age of 66 in a Santa Monica, CA hospital after being found unconscious and in cardiac arrest at his Malibu home.

The Los Angeles Times reports an autopsy found that Petty had several drugs in his system, including fentanyl, oxycodone, temazepam, alprazolam, citalopram, acetylfentanyl and despropionyl fentanyl.

Petty had been prescribed the drugs to treat emphysema, knee issues, a fractured hip and coronary artery atherosclerosis - a buildup of plaque that restricts blood flow to the arteries that supply the heart with blood.

In a joint statement by Petty's widow, Dana, and daughter, Adria, the pair reveal the details from a meeting with representatives from the Medical Examiner's Office that provide some context and background to the rocker's loss.

"Our family sat together this morning with the Medical Examiner - Coroner's office and we were informed of their final analysis that Tom Petty passed away due to an accidental drug overdose as a result of taking a variety of medications," begin Dana and Adria. "Unfortunately Tom's body suffered from many serious ailments including emphysema, knee problems and, most significantly, a fractured hip.

"Despite this painful injury, he insisted on keeping his commitment to his fans and he toured for 53 dates with a fractured hip and, as he did, it worsened to a more serious injury. On the day he died, he was informed his hip had graduated to a full on break, and it is our feeling that the pain was simply unbearable and was the cause for his over use of medication.

"We knew before the report was shared with us that he was prescribed various pain medications for a multitude of issues, including Fentanyl patches, and we feel confident that this was, as the coroner found, an unfortunate accident."

"As a family," the Petty's continue, "we recognize this report may spark a further discussion on the opioid crisis and we feel that it is a healthy and necessary discussion, and we hope in some way this report can save lives. Many people who overdose begin with a legitimate injury, or simply do not understand the potency and deadly nature of these medications.

"On a positive note, we now know for certain he went painlessly and beautifully exhausted after doing what he loved the most, for one last time, performing live with his unmatchable rock band for his loyal fans on the biggest tour of his 40-plus-year career. He was extremely proud of that achievement in the days before he passed."

"We continue to mourn with you and marvel at Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' incredible positive impact on music and the world. And we thank you all for your love and support over the last months," they add. "Thank you also for respecting the memory of a man who was truly great during his time on this planet both publicly and privately. We would be grateful if you could respect the privacy of the entire Heartbreaker family during this difficult time." Read more here.

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Machine Gun Kelly To Play Tommy Lee In Motley Crue Biopic

(Radio.com) Machine Gun Kelly has been cast to play Motley drummer Tommy Lee in the forthcoming Netflix biopic, The Dirt. The project is a long time in the making; Paramount Pictures picked up the film over a decade ago.

The film is based on the band's 2001 autobiography The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band and will chronicle the Crüe's wild rise to fame, from their formation on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles to their final concert on New Year's Eve 2015 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The movie will depict the band members' hedonistic lifestyle, including rampant alcohol and drug abuse, sexual debauchery, violent brawls, and run-ins with the law. Read more here.

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Def Leppard To Play Full Hysteria Album On Upcoming Tour

(hennemusic) Def Leppard have announced dates for a fall tour of Ireland and the UK. The 11-show run will open in Dublin on December 1 and see the Sheffield rockers perform their 1987 classic, "Hysteria", in its entirety.

"After many requests from fans in the U.K, I'm delighted that we can bring the whole "Hysteria" album to arenas across Britain and Ireland later this year," says bassist Rick Savage. "From 'Women' to 'Love and Affection' plus many other faves thrown in for good measure. Oh, and our old pals Cheap Trick will be there also to help with the celebrations!! We can't wait."

These will be the first Def Leppard UK and Eire tour dates since a sold-out arena run in 2015. A Rock Brigade Concert Club exclusive pre-sale & VIP Packages are available starting Wednesday, January 24, with general public tickets on sale beginning Friday, January 26 at 9AM local time. See the dates here.

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Tedeschi Trucks Band, Drive-By Truckers and Marcus King Summer Tour

(Gibson) Tedeschi Trucks Band have announced a summer tour, adding a couple dozen more shows to an already busy 2018 schedule. And the award-winning duo/band will be taking Drive-By Truckers and the young sensation the Marcus King Band out with them for the entirety of the American trek. "We like to put together bands we'd like to pay to see," Trucks says of their band selection process. "When I put together a list of bands, it can be eclectic, but I try to get people we respect both musically and personally."

The 2018 tour runs from late June to late July and take the band across the East Coast, Midwest and a bit of the South in what they are again calling their Wheels Of Soul tour. It's become a yearly event for the road-loving band.

"We all draw from some of the same roots," Derek Trucks said in a press release regarding the other bands on the bill. "But we also share a different perspective than your typical Southern rock bands do. I have a lot of respect and admiration for the Truckers' songwriting. It's an honest take on the world we live in."

The Tedeschi Trucks Band are already on tour in the south in a run which includes their yearly performance at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. See the dates here.

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Myles Kennedy Streaming New Song 'Haunted By Design'

(hennemusic) Alter Bridge and Slash singer Myles Kennedy is streaming a lyric video for "Haunted By Design", as the latest preview to his forthcoming debut solo album "Year Of The Tiger."

Due March 9, Kennedy recorded the album with producer and longtime Alter Bridge associate Michael "Elvis" Baskette. The rocker reveals the project is a record inspired by the loss of his father when he was a child.

"It's probably the closest thing to a full-on concept record that I've ever written," Kennedy tells Metal Wani. "I mean, the story is congruent throughout the entire... It basically tells a story from start to finish, and it documents when my father passed away when I was a kid and basically what happened after that with my mom, my brother and I - it tells that story. So it's a full-on concept from start to finish."

Previously previewed with a video for the title track, "Year Of The Tiger" will be issued on CD, LP and in digital formats. Read more and watch the video here.

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Singled Out: Falling Through April

Falling Through April just released their brand new album "Zodiac" and for a special Singled Out we asked frontman Mikaela Salazar to tell us about two of the tracks. Here are the stories:

"Desperate Measures": This is a song that I wrote after I was fed up with being brought down by everything life was throwing my way. In the pain I found strength and realized we were meant to live more than an average life and I needed to take back control.

If you're feeling trapped and hopeless then I'd hope this song would come to mind as an inspiration to keep fighting for the life you desire. Don't let anybody dictate your dreams. We are strong and destined for something great. At the end of the day we need each other, whether we are against ourselves or the world. Divided we fall & together we conquer!

"Desperate Measures" is our anthem for leading us all to a better life. "Desperate Measures: video, which was Shot in the same town as "The Walking Dead" TV series here.

"Seven Tries": "You know when you care for someone but don't know how to express selfless love? Then you screw it up with them more than a couple times trying to figure out how to make them happy while also trying to keep a firm grasp of your sanity? "Seven Tries" is about being given the chance or giving them the opportunity to fix what was broken and heal from the pain in order to move on and make the relationship last.

"You told me I would never be enough, so let's find out what we're made of. I'm still drifting all over the place, maybe I can do much better" - that lyric is speaking from a young mindset Still growing up and finding myself. "You're still in that shifty space, baby you can do much better" saying like, you're still unsure of yourself and whether you or not you want to stick around - but I know it's worth the time it takes to invest in a rich and deep connection that we share.

Everybody goes through relationships that friends or family try to talk to us out of when deep down we don't want to walk away because we see that person's potential or vice versa. I have learned so much and have become a better person after dating someone who didn't give up on me and I've been on the other end, where I'm the one fighting to keep us together while helping my significant other open their eyes to any behavior that is tearing us apart.

"I'll find a way to way to make you mine, even if it takes seven tries. Another night of starless skies, far from home" was written when I was feeling like I could pack up and leave everything I've ever known behind to show that I was willing to do whatever it took to keep us happy. Looking back at it now, it was so not healthy and I've learned friends and family are more important since then.

"I think you know what happens next. You know it's probably for the best, if we erase the space in between us" is probably my favorite line because I'm talking about letting go of any grudges we've held onto that pushed us away from each other. I hope "Seven Tries" inspires us all to love each other through the hard times and self-destructive phases. Real love has taught me that nobody is perfect and we need to accept everyone's flaws and differences.

Learn more about the band and album right here!

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Fall Out Boy Announce Tour Including Special Wrigley Field Show

(Radio.com) Fall Out Boy's highly anticipated new album M A N I A hit stores on Friday and the band celebrated the release by revealing the dates for their U.S. tour.

The dates kick off August 29 in Uniondale, NY and conclude October 10 in New Orleans. The tour in support of the new album will feature a special stop for the Chicago band.

"We're playing Wrigley Field which is big deal for those of us that grew up in Chicago," Pete Wentz told Radio.com. "We've also never played a stadium on our own so it's pretty exciting."

"I grew up going with my dad," he continued. "You know what I mean. My Dad will finally think that--"

"You're finally something," chimes in drummer Andy Hurley.

"Finally made it," Wentz concurs. See the dates here.

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Franz Ferdinand Rock 'Always Ascending' on 'Fallon'

(Radio.com) Franz Ferdinand turned up the drama for the band's performance of "Always Ascending" on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon which has now gone online.

The group took the stage for the hit late night TV show last week and rolled out the title track from their upcoming full-length, which is due to debut on Feb. 9.

Singer Alex Kapranos and company hit the stage under dramatic back-lighting for the song's intro before launching into the propulsive main riff. Watch Franz Ferdinand's "Always Ascending" performance here.

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Dashboard Confessional Stream New Song 'Heart Beat Here'

(Radio.com) Dashboard Confessional have unveiled the new track "Heart Beat Here." The cut is the latest advance from the upcoming full-length, Crooked Shadows.

The stirring, emotional ballad is powered on acoustic guitars and a swelling string section underneath the earnest and romantic lyrics. The new album is set to be released on Feb. 9th.

Listen to an online stream of the brand new track from Chris Carrabba and company here.

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Imagine Dragons Preview Believer Documentary

(Radio.com) Imagine Dragons shared the first look at their new documentary Believer, with an online preview ahead of the new project premiere.

According to the official synopsis, the film "follows Mormon Dan Reynolds, frontman for the Grammy Award-winning band Imagine Dragons, as he takes on a new mission to explore how the Mormon Church treats its LGBTQ members."

The documentary premiered this weekend at the Sundance Flim Festival and will be broadcast on HBO this summer. Check out the short teaser clip here.

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