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2015-03-27

Modest Mouse Grabs Top Spot on Top Rock Albums; Foo Fighters Top Mainstream Rock Songs

Modest Mouse's comeback record, Strangers to Ourselves, has debuted at number one on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart. The album, Modest Mouse's first in eight years, also reached the number-three spot on the Billboard 200. "Lampshades on Fire," the lead single from Strangers to Ourselves, retains its position as the number-one track on Alternative Songs. Meanwhile, Foo Fighters notch their sixth number-one single on the Mainstream Rock Songs chart with "Congregation." Dave Grohl and Co. recently ruled Mainstream Rock Songs for 13 weeks straight with "Something from Nothing," the first single from their album Sonic Highways. "Congregation" isn't the only religion-tinged…

posted 2015/03/27 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock

Rock in Rio USA to Auction Signed Linkin Park Guitar for Music for Relief

The inaugural Rock in Rio USA festival has partnered with Music for Relief to plant trees in the U.S., including restoring areas burned in California wildfires. In order raise money for their efforts, Rock in Rio USA will be auctioning a guitar signed by festival headliners Linkin Park. At a press conference held Thursday, Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda and the band Echosmith were on hand to sign the first line of guitars to be auctioned. Bidding will take place on-site at the festival and online. Other items in the auction that have been announced so far include a signed guitar…

posted 2015/03/27 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock

Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst Assures Fans He's Not Robert Durst

Fred Durst is a lot of things: he's a Grammy-nominated musician, he's a film director, and he sings in a band that comes in at number three on Rolling Stone's "Worst Bands of the Nineties" readers poll. He is not, however, alleged murderer Robert Durst. In response to a national news organization that recently confused the Limp Bizkit frontman for the subject of the HBO series The Jinx, Fred Durst posted a photo on Instagram of himself wearing a sweatshirt that declares in big capital letters, "NOT ROBERT." The sleeves feature Limp Bizkit's name and logo. To further the point,…

posted 2015/03/27 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock

Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts to Perform at Swamp Fox Biker Bash

Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts have been added to the Swamp Fox Biker Bash in Marion, South Carolina, taking place May 8-17. The former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman's new band will play May 13 to raise awareness of motorcycle safety and the dangers of drunk driving. Other bands playing the Swamp Fox Biker Bash include Buckcherry and Bret Michaels. Tickets are available via Pledge Music. Weiland also teamed up with Pledge Music to release his debut album with the Wildabouts, Blaster. Blaster will be released on March 31. In other Scott Weiland news, the singer took to Facebook…

posted 2015/03/27 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock

The Beastie Boys' Ad-Rock Reflects on "License to Ill": "It Just Blew Up"

Beastie Boys' seminal 1986 debut album, License to Ill, was certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America earlier this month, meaning that almost 30 years after its release, the album has now sold 10 million copies. While the Beasties were recording what would become one of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, the band had no idea what was ahead of them. "I mean I was a teenager, and we were just having fun in New York," Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz tells ABC Radio. "[We were] riding skateboards to the studio, and just having a lot of fun." License to…

posted 2015/03/27 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock

2015-03-26

AWOLNATION "Runs" to New Chart Highs

AWOLNATION's sophomore album Run has propelled the band to new highs on Billboard's Alternative Albums and Top Rock Albums charts. Run bows at number three on Alternative Albums and number four on Top Rock Albums, easily clearing the peaks of AWOLNATION's debut album, Megalithic Symphony, which reached number 16 and number 21, respectively. Run also climbed to new heights for the band on the Billboard 200, coming in at number 17. Despite the enormous success of the single "Sail," Megalithic Symphony only cracked number 84 on the Billboard 200. AWOLNATION will be running across North America in support of their…

posted 2015/03/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock

KISS' Gene Simmons Accuses The Rolling Stones and U2 of Using Backing Tracks at Their Shows

Everyone knows that KISS offers up a lot of bells and whistles during its concerts, from pyrotechnics to lasers to fake blood, but Gene Simmons insists that there's one thing the band's shows won't feature -- backing tracks to augment the music.  In a new interview with Australia's news.com.au, Simmons maintains that his group is among the only rock acts who don't use pre-taped recordings to help fill out their live sound. "There's nobody with a synthesizer on our stage, there's no samples on the drums, there's nothing," he declares.  "There's very few bands who do that now -- AC/DC,…

posted 2015/03/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock

Imagine Dragons, Weezer & More Added to March Madness Music Festival

As the pool of Final Four contenders continues to shrink in the men's NCAA college basketball tournament, the 2015 NCAA March Madness Music Festival lineup continues to expand. Imagine Dragons, Weezer, Cold War Kids and Passion Pit have been added to the event, joining the previously announced Bleachers. The three-day festival will take place April 3-5 in Indianapolis' White River State Park. Imagine Dragons, Weezer and CWK will play on April 3, while Passion Pit and Bleachers will perform April 4. The March Madness Music Festival is being staged in conjunction with the 2015 NCAA Men's Final Four. Footage from…

posted 2015/03/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock

HELLYEAH Releases "Hush" Lyric Video

HELLYEAH has premiered the lyric video for their Blood for Blood single, "Hush." The intense clip reflects the equally intense lyrics, which detail frontman Chad Gray's own experience growing up in a home with domestic violence. You can watch the "Hush" lyric video now on YouTube. HELLYEAH released "Hush" as a single earlier this month as part of NO MORE Week, an advocacy campaign to raise awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault. Next month, HELLYEAH will begin another tour in support of Blood for Blood, including a few dates with Godsmack. After their North American tour wraps up May…

posted 2015/03/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock

Fall Out Boy to Perform at Wrigley Field for MLB Opening Night

Fall Out Boy has added another sporting event to their schedule. On April 5, the Chicago band will perform at Wrigley Field for MLB's opening night game between the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals, according to E!. "When our band all lived in an apartment together in Roscoe Village, we used to pass out fliers for shows at the Metro after games," says Pete Wentz. "It has been a lifetime dream to get the chance to play at Wrigley Field. We are grateful to MLB for the opportunity and so excited to perform for our hometown crowd." Fall Out…

posted 2015/03/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock

Ozzy Osbourne to Have Surgery; Ozzfiesta Canceled

Ozzy Osbourne's Ozzfiesta has been canceled, due to scheduled surgery for the Prince of Darkness this May. "Like you, we were very excited about the event. However, Ozzy is having surgery, scheduled for May, following his South American tour," say organizers Cool Breeze Concerts in a statement. "He requires at least four weeks of recovery time. We are very disappointed that we need to cancel." Ozzfiesta was scheduled to be held May 27-31 at the Hard Rock Hotel in Riviera Maya, Mexico. The festival was to feature an Ozzy headlining set, plus a performance by Black Label Society and an…

posted 2015/03/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock

Members of Bring Me the Horizon, Grouplove and Wolf Alice Share Their Current Book Choices

Bands have a lot of downtime when they're on tour, and often they will turn to the majesty of the written word to entertain themselves on the road. NME.com asked a bevy of musicians what they have been reading while on tour. Bring Me the Horizon frontman Oli Sykes is deep into George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series, which of course spawned the hit HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones. "I'm on about book five," Skykes says. "I didn't think it'd be something I'd be into -- I hate Lord of the Rings and all of…

posted 2015/03/26 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock