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2017-06-23

Royal Blood nabs number-one UK album with "How Did We Get So Dark?"

Royal Blood has the number-one album in their home country. The British duo's sophomore effort, How Did We Get So Dark?, arrives at the top spot of the U.K.'s Official Albums Chart. "Wow. Just wow," says Royal Blood in response to the news. "Can we just say, thank you so much." Royal Blood's self-titled debut album also arrived at number one in the U.K. when it was released in August 2014. That record was the U.K.'s fastest-selling rock debut in three years. How Did We Get So Dark? features the lead single "Lights Out." Royal Blood will kick off a…

posted 2017/06/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock

Twenty One Pilots' "Stressed Out" video hits one billion views

Twenty One Pilots has one billion reasons to not care what you think. The video for the duo's breakthrough hit, "Stressed Out," has reached one billion views on YouTube. The nostalgic clip finds Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun reliving their childhood by riding trikes, drinking juice boxes at jamming at each other's houses before a demonic presence reminds that they have to "wake up, you need to make money." "Stressed Out" is the 66th video to join the YouTube billion-views club. The most-viewed music video on YouTube remains South Korean rapper Psy's "Gangnam Style," which currently has 2.8 billion views.…

posted 2017/06/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock

Watch now: Alter Bridge rocks in slow-motion in "Cradle to the Grave"

Alter Bridge has premiered the video for their track "Cradle to the Grave," a song from their latest album, The Last Hero. The black-and-white clip, streaming now on YouTube, features dramatic, slow-motion footage of the band rocking out live to an arena full of people. You'll be able to watch more Alter Bridge live footage in the band's upcoming Live at the O2 Arena concert film and documentary, which was filmed at the famed London venue. Live at the O2 Arena will be released September 8. Alter Bridge is currently on tour in Europe. They'll return to the U.S. for…

posted 2017/06/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock

Imagine Dragons' Dan Reynolds thanks fans in emotional letter

The day their new album is released is probably a pretty emotional one for bands, and Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons, whose new record Evolve arrives today, is channeling that emotion in an open letter, thanking those who've supported him. "Music is the only thing that speaks for me," Reynolds writes in a note posted to Twitter. "It always has. I can explains myself finally when making a song." "It may sound corny to some, but I often find myself in tears after making a song that really gets me," he continues. "I'm not crying because I think I've made some…

posted 2017/06/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock

Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones to receive star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

The Sex Pistols don't have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but one of the legendary punk band's members, guitarist Steve Jones, has just been chosen to the receive honor. Interestingly, Jones is being recognized for his work as longtime Los Angeles radio DJ rather than for his musical achievements. The veteran rocker is among a variety of celebrities set to be honored with stars as part of the Walk of Fame's Class of 2018, which was announced by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce on Thursday. Recording artists who have been picked for the honor include Mary J.…

posted 2017/06/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock

Metallica's Lars Ulrich lists his 15 favorite metal and hard rock albums

Metallica's Lars Ulrich lists his 15 favorite metal and hard rock albums in a piece for Rolling Stone. The drummer's picks include Deep Purple's 1972 live album Made in Japan, AC/DC's 1977 record Let There Be Rock and Guns N' Roses' 1987 debut Appetite for Destruction. Of Made in Japan, Ulrich writes, "Deep Purple obviously had a handful of insane songs, from 'Highway Star' to 'Smoke on the Water' to 'Speed King' to all the rest of them. But there's probably no other band in rock where the difference between the album versions and the live versions are more radical."…

posted 2017/06/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock

Imagine Dragons maps a "departure" and "arrival" with new album, "Evolve"

Imagine Dragons' new album Evolve arrives today, two years after the band's dark, conflicted sophomore effort, Smoke + Mirrors. As its title suggests, Evolve finds Dan Reynolds and company making changes to their sound. "Sonically it's a departure, lyrically it's a departure," Reynolds tells ABC Radio. One thing Evolve isn't is a Pokemon concept album. But Reynolds does feel it represents an "evolution of sorts" for Imagine Dragons. And while they are departing from their older sounds, that means the band is also arriving at something new. "It's a departure but arrival and it retains a lot of things," says Reynolds.…

posted 2017/06/23 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock

2017-06-22

Cage the Elephant details "Unpeeled" live album; shares cover of "Whole Wide World"

Cage the Elephant has shared the details of their forthcoming live album Unpeeled, which was recorded during their stripped-down Live & Unpeeled tour earlier this year. The 21-track collection features 18 tracks from Cage's four studio albums and three covers, and will be released July 28. The covers include Daft Punk's "Instant Crush," "Golden Brown" by English punk band The Stranglers, and "Whole Wide World," originally recorded in 1977 by Wreckless Eric. You can watch a live video of Cage performing "Whole Wide World" at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville now on YouTube. "Many times you're adding sonic layers looking…

posted 2017/06/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock

Watch MMA star Nate Diaz slap Maynard James Keenan

Along with being the vocalist of Tool, A Perfect Circle and Puscifer, Maynard James Keenan is also a martial arts enthusiast...and he recently learned a new move from MMA star Nate Diaz. In a video posted to Diaz's Instagram, Keenan begs Diaz to show him something called the Stockton slap, which the fighter used in his matches with Conor McGregor. Diaz obliges, and slaps Keenan across the face, causing him to fall dramatically to the mat. "I didn't wanna do this hahaha," writes Diaz in the caption. "Thanks for the love Maynard." Keenan is currently on tour with Tool. He'll…

posted 2017/06/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock

Foo Fighters premiere new "Concrete and Gold" song "Sunday Rain" during Latvia show

Foo Fighters debuted a new song from their forthcoming album Concrete and Gold during their show in Latvia Wednesday night. The track is called "Sunday Rain," and it features drummer Taylor Hawkins on lead vocals. You can watch fan-recorded footage of the performance now on YouTube. Already during their European tour this summer, the Foos have debuted the Concrete and Gold songs "Run," "The Sky Is a Neighborhood" and "La Dee Da." At this rate, we might hear the whole album live before it's released September 15. Foo Fighters will launch a North American tour in support of Concrete and…

posted 2017/06/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock

Black Sabbath details "The Ten Year War" vinyl box set

Following a cryptic teaser, Black Sabbath has announced The Ten Year War: a limited-edition box set including the band's first eight studio albums, which all featured original frontman Ozzy Osbourne. The package features 1970's Black Sabbath and Paranoid, 1971's Master of Reality, 1972's Vol. 4, 1973's Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, 1975's Sabotage, 1976's Technical Ecstasy and 1978's Never Say Die. Also included in the box set, which was designed by street artist Shepard Fairey, are two seven-inch singles featuring the Japanese version of "Evil Woman (Don't Play Your Games with Me)"/"Black Sabbath" and the Chilean edition of "Paranoid"/"The Wizard." There's also…

posted 2017/06/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock

KISS' Gene Simmons abandons application to trademark "devil's horns" hand gesture

Take heart, heavy-metal fans: you can now feel free to flash the popular "devil's horns" hand gesture without worrying if KISS bassist Gene Simmons will sue you. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer filed an application to officially trademark the hand gesture earlier this month, but he now has abandoned his attempt to register the trademark. According to documents on the United States Patents and Trademarks website, Simmons submitted a request to abandon his application on Tuesday, and the office accepted his request the following day. Simmons filed his trademark application on June 9, while maintaining that the gesture…

posted 2017/06/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock