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Rock on the Range 2018 lineup includes Tool, Avenged Sevenfold, Alice In Chains & More

Tool, Avenged Sevenfold, and Alice In Chains will headline the 12th annual Rock on the Range lineup. The festival, scheduled for May 18, 19 and 20 at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, OH, will feature close to 60 bands on three stages.  In a statement, Alice In Chains' Jerry Cantrell said, "We are looking forward to returning to Rock On The Range as a headliner this year and rocking out with all of you. Bring It!”  M. Shadows of AX7 added, "Rock On The Range is the undisputed champion of American rock festivals...It’s an honor to play at the top of…

posted 2017/11/27 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock

Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz is really excited for "The Last Jedi"

Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz is a big Star Wars fan -- like, a really big Star Wars fan -- and he's very much looking forward to the next movie in the series, The Last Jedi. After watching the trailers many, many times, the bassist has some thoughts and theories about the film. First, like most of the internet, Wentz is a big fan of the adorable penguin-like porgs. "I'm glad that we're giving this generation their Ewoks with the porg," he tells ABC Radio. But continuing with the creature theme, Wentz wishes he had more footage of the mysterious…

posted 2017/11/27 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock


Record Store Day Black Friday vinyl releases include Chris Cornell, Rush, Gorillaz & more

Thanksgiving is approaching and so is the 2017 edition of Record Store Day's Black Friday event, held this year on November 24. As usual, a wide variety of cool limited-edition vinyl discs will be available exclusively in independent record stores, including releases by Chris Cornell, Rush, Gorillaz and The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach. The late Cornell's offering is a 12-inch EP titled Poncier, named after Matt Dillon's character in the 1992 grunge rom-com, Singles. The five-song collection, which includes the track "Seasons," will be available on vinyl and cassette with artwork by Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament. Gorillaz has a two-LP…

posted 2017/11/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock

Weezer's Rivers Cuomo explains why the "Happy Hour" lyrics aren't "complete nonsense"

Weezer's current single, "Happy Hour," has some pretty strange lyrics, to be sure -- the song references Stevie Ray Vaughan, Monty Python, MIDI keyboards and more.  According to Rivers Cuomo, that's because the lyrics literally came to him off the top of his head. Cuomo tells Billboard that when it came time to write lyrics for "Happy Hour," he tried what he says is one of his favorite methods of songwriting: stream of consciousness. "It's like you're lying back on a couch in psychotherapy and you just have to say the next thing that comes into your mind," he explains. "Sometimes…

posted 2017/11/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock

QOTSA headlining one-day London festival with Iggy Pop, Run the Jewels and more

Queens of the Stone Age are throwing a party in London next year, and they're bringing their pal Iggy Pop along for the fun. The band is organizing a one-day festival June 30 at London’s Finsbury Park.  In addition to Iggy, the lineup will include Run the Jewels and The Hives. Tickets for the event go on sale Friday, December 1. Josh Homme joined Iggy on the Godfather of Punk's 2016 solo album Post Pop Depression. QOTSA's 2018 North American tour in support of their current album, Villains, will see the band playing with opening acts including Royal Blood, Wolf…

posted 2017/11/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock

R.E.M. touring member's GoFundMe account raises over $94K for medical expenses

Scott McCaughey, who was part of R.E.M.'s touring band for nearly 20 years, recently suffered a stroke, but fans, family and friends have come through for him -- he's raised over $94,000 via a GoFundMe account to help pay his medical bills. The account was only set up Monday by the multi-instrumentalist's wife, Mary, with a goal of raising $75,000, but as of late Wednesday morning, nearly $95,000 had been donated.  "As many of you know, Scott McCaughey has suffered a major stroke and is receiving treatment in San Francisco," reads a message on the GoFundMe page. "To all of…

posted 2017/11/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock

We Salute You: Private funeral for AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young to be held Tuesday in Sydney

Family and friends will bid a final farewell to AC/DC's Malcolm Young this Tuesday. The late guitarist and AC/DC co-founder's funeral will be November 28 at St. Mary's Cathedral in Sydney, according to Australia's News.com.au.  The website reveals that the funeral will be private and that the Young family has requested that the event not be broadcast. The service will be held the same day as the ARIA Awards, Australia's equivalent to the Grammys. The ceremony likely will feature a salute to Malcolm, as well as to his brother George Young, who died last month at age 70 and was…

posted 2017/11/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock

Avenged Sevenfold drummer to sit in on "Late Night with Seth Meyers"

Avenged Sevenfold drummer Brooks Wackerman is taking his talents to NBC's Late Night with Seth Meyers. The band tweeted that Wackerman will sit in with the show's house band, The 8G Band, December 4-7. As Blabbermouth.net notes, the show has also welcomed other top rock drummers for appearances with The 8G Band, including Tool's Danny Carey, Tim Alexander of Primus, Iron Maiden's Nicko McBrain, Abe Cunningham of Deftones, and Charlie Benante of Anthrax. Avenged Sevenfold will release a deluxe edition of their new album The Stage December 22. They'll embark on a North American headlining tour in January. Copyright ©…

posted 2017/11/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock

Nothing More scores first #1 with "Go to War"; Stone Temple Pilots return to chart

Nothing More has won the "War" for the top of the chart. The band has scored their first-ever #1 hit on any Billboard chart with "Go to War," the lead single from their album The Stories We Tell Ourselves -- it's topped the publication's Mainstream Rock Songs chart.  That makes the Texas band the third act of 2017 to score its first #1 on that chart: the others are Greta Van Fleet and Ghost. Meanwhile, the Mainstream Rock Songs chart sees the return of Stone Temple Pilots, with their new lead singer, Jeff Gutt.  The new lineup's single, "Meadow," has debuted…

posted 2017/11/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock

Imagine Dragons drummer looking forward to Navy pilot-cooked deep-fried turkey this Thanksgiving

Following their performance on the American Music Awards over the weekend, the members of Imagine Dragons are returning home for Thanksgiving, and drummer Daniel Platzman is very much looking forward to his family's holiday tradition. "We've been deep-frying turkeys lately in my family," Platzman tells ABC Radio. "It's a wonderful tradition." Deep-frying turkeys is a notoriously difficult -- and dangerous -- exercise, but Platzman feels that he's in good hands. "I trust my cousin who's doing it, who is a former Navy pilot, and who does it a good 20 feet away from the house in the yard," he says.…

posted 2017/11/22 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock


Paul Stanley calls Marilyn Manson "pathetic" for tweeting a Charles Manson song clip

KISS' Paul Stanley isn't happy with Marilyn Manson right now. Following the death of notorious murderer and cult leader Charles Manson on Sunday, Manson the shock rocker tweeted a link to a YouTube clip of "Sick City," a song Manson the cult leader, once an aspiring musician, recorded in 1970. Stanley was offended by this and took to his own Twitter account to reply. "Pathetic when somebody who's [sic] career never really took off is desperate enough to try for publicity by connecting himself to the news of a murdering sc**bag's death," wrote the KISS singer. In fact, there was…

posted 2017/11/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock

Five Finger Death Punch invites metal-loving grandma onstage in Norway

More proof that you’re never too old to rock and roll. Five Finger Death Punch were joined onstage by a 70-year-old woman at their Saturday night show in Oslo, Norway. Fan-shot video shows FFDP singer Ivan Moody apparently spotting the unnamed granny standing near the stage, and inviting her to join them onstage -- which she did. After sharing a hug with Moody, the metal-loving grandma got her rock and roll on, dancing and even playing air guitar to the song “Jekyll and Hyde.” Five Finger Death Punch will release A Decade of Destruction -- a greatest hits collection with…

posted 2017/11/21 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock