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Manager Denies Claim that Eagles of Death Metal Were Barred from Entering Bataclan

Eagles of Death Metal's management has denied that frontman Jesse Hughes was barred from entering the Bataclan concert hall in Paris during Sting's show there over the weekend. Marc Pollack of The MGMT Company tells Billboard that Hughes "never even tried entering the club for Sting's show." The Sting concert marked the reopening of the Bataclan one year after the tragic events of November 13, 2015, when armed terrorists stormed the venue while Eagles of Death Metal were playing, killing 89 people. "This day is not about Jesse Hughes or Eagles of Death Metal," Pollack says in his statement. "In fact,…

posted 2016/11/14 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock

Cage the Elephant to Play Acoustic Benefit Show in Nashville

Cage the Elephant is going unplugged, for a good cause. The band will play at an acoustic show during a benefit concert at Nashville's Basement East venue. The event will be held December 8, and will raise money for the NIA House Montessori school. Just last month, Cage played another acoustic charity show: Neil Young's annual Bridge School Benefit Concert, which also featured performances by Metallica, Roger Waters and My Morning Jacket. Following the Nashville show, Cage the Elephant will embark on a tour of Europe and the U.K. starting in January. Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

posted 2016/11/14 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock

Avenged Sevenfold Keeps "One Foot Firmly in the Science" of Artificial Intelligence on "The Stage"

Between its daunting length and its heady lyrical themes, Avenged Sevenfold's new album The Stage might be their most ambitious effort yet. Lyrically, the album deals with artificial intelligence, a subject in which frontman M. Shadows has a great interest. Those lyrical ideas also inspired the rest of the band to expand their musical horizons. "When I started talking to the band about it a couple years ago, it started inspiring the music as well," Shadows tells ABC Radio. "It was just a little more different, weird, out-there, it called for a lot of tempo changes and weird chord progressions.…

posted 2016/11/14 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock


R.E.M. Shares "Shiny Happy People" Demo from Upcoming "Out of Time" Reissue

R.E.M.'s 1991 album Out of Time is being reissued in honor of its 25th anniversary with a variety of demos and B-sides. One of those bonus tracks is an instrumental demo of the top-10 hit "Shiny Happy People," which you can listen to now via WSJ.com. The Out of Time reissue will be available as a two-CD, three-LP or deluxe four-CD collection, the last of which also includes live recordings and a Blu-ray featuring all of the Out of Time music videos. It will be released in all of its various formats on November 18. Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All…

posted 2016/11/11 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock

Yoko Ono Screams Message to Donald Trump, Sees Her Music Reissued

Yoko Ono has a message for President-elect Donald Trump, and it goes something like this: "AAAAAHHHHHH--OOOO--AAAAH!"On Friday, Yoko tweeted a 19-second clip of herself screaming and moaning with the caption, "I would like to share this message with you as my response to @realDonaldTrump love, yoko." So far no Twitter response yet from the president-elect. Meanwhile, fans and detractors of Yoko will have a chance to re-consider her music. Secretly Canadian and Chimera Music have "cometogether" to reissue remastered versions of Ono's catalog of work from 1968 to 1985. The eleven studio albums include three she made with her late…

posted 2016/11/11 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock

"Trainspotting" Soundtrack, Featuring Iggy Pop, Reissued Today

The Trainspotting soundtrack has been reissued in honor of the film's 20th anniversary. The album is now available as an orange vinyl double-LP and on CD. Just like the film, the Trainspotting soundtrack opens with Iggy Pop's "Lust for Life." It also includes Pop's song "Nightclubbing," plus New Order's "Temptation," Blur's "Sing" and Lou Reed's "Perfect Day." Directed by Danny Boyle, Trainspotting was released in 1996, and starred a young Ewan McGregor as a heroin addict. The film has since developed a cult following, and both McGregor and Boyle returned to make a sequel to the film, titled T2: Trainspotting,…

posted 2016/11/11 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock

Five Finger Death Punch Leads 10,000 Fans in Mannequin Challenge

Five Finger Death Punch has upped the ante for the Mannequin Challenge. During a recent concert, the band took a crack at the social media craze by having 10,000 fans stand completely still. You can watch the results now on guitarist Zoltan Bathory's Instagram. "We attempted the World's biggest mannequin challenge to date - wow - it's like herding 10,000+ cats," Bathory writes. "But we pulled it off more or less ... Yep - over 10,000 frozen metal heads." Five Finger Death Punch is currently touring the U.S. alongside Shinedown and Sixx:A.M. in support of their latest album, Got Your…

posted 2016/11/11 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock

Coldplay Shares Stripped-Back Version of "Everglow"

Coldplay has released a re-recorded version of their A Head Full of Dreams track "Everglow." The new version takes a much more stripped-back approach, focusing almost entirely on Chris Martin's vocals and piano. The inspiration to record a minimalist version of "Everglow" struck Coldplay after their Glastonbury headlining set in June. During the show, a technical problem forced Martin to perform an unrehearsed solo rendition of the song. The band ended up loving the stripped-back nature of Martin's performance, and decided to record a new version of "Everglow" in a similar style. The new version of "Everglow" is available now…

posted 2016/11/11 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock

Sixx:A.M. Shares Cover of Classic Ballad "Without You"

Sixx:A.M. and Mariah Carey now have something in common: they've both covered the classic pop ballad "Without You." You can listen to Sixx:A.M.'s version now on YouTube. "Without You" was originally recorded by British rock band Badfinger in 1970. The song went to number-one in 1972 thanks to singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson's cover of the the track. Carey released her version of "Without You" in 1994. Sixx:A.M.'s cover of "Without You" will appear on the band's forthcoming album Prayers for the Blessed, which will be released November 18. Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

posted 2016/11/11 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock

Tom Morello Says Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees Jane's Addiction Is "Punk Rock Led Zeppelin"

Jane's Addiction is one of the 19 acts nominated for entry into the 2017 class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In an essay for Billboard, Rage Against the Machine and Prophets of Rage guitarist Tom Morello describes why Perry Ferrell and company deserve to be inducted. "Jane's Addiction are the Sex Pistols of the Alternative Nation," Morello writes. "A small, brilliant catalog of songs and a shocking, groundbreaking ethos that changed music forever." The guitarist goes on to explain that when he first moved to Los Angeles in 1986, "hair metal was king." But when Morello first…

posted 2016/11/11 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock

Halestorm's Lzzy Hale to Perform Live with Dream Theater

Lzzy Hale will perform alongside Dream Theater during the band's show in Anaheim, California on November 16. The Halestorm frontwoman will be joining the prog-metallers for a rendition of their collaborative song "Our New World." "I am so honored to be performing with Dream Theater," says Hale. "Our New World" is a song from Dream Theater's new album The Astonishing, which the band is performing in full on tour. The album version of "Our New World" does not feature Hale, but the band re-recorded a single version of the song with Lzzy on vocals. Halestorm recently wrapped up a tour…

posted 2016/11/11 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock


Kings of Leon to Headline 2017 Okeechobee Festival

Kings of Leon will headline the 2017 edition of the Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival, held March 2-5 in Okeechobee, Florida. The festival bill also includes The Lumineers, Young the Giant, Cold War Kids and Bleachers. For the full lineup and ticket info, visit OkeechobeeFest.com. Kings of Leon will embark on a North American headlining tour in support of their new album WALLS starting in January. Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

posted 2016/11/10 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock