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Avenged Sevenfold planning "something special" to celebrate Grammy nomination

Avenged Sevenfold's "The Stage" is up for Best Rock Song at the 2018 Grammys. It's the band's first-ever  Grammy nomination, and they plan to celebrate as such. "We are honored to be recognized for the first time by the Grammy committee for 'The Stage,'" A7X tweets. "As a celebration of sorts, we will be working up something special for all of the fans very soon." Other nominees in the Best Rock Song category include Metallica's "Atlas, Rise!", K.Flay's "Blood in the Cut," Nothing More's "Go to War" and Foo Fighters' "Run." The Grammys will be held January 28 in New…

posted 2017/11/29 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock


You play, too: Pearl Jam unveils "Let's Play Two" 8-bit computer game

This year, Pearl Jam released a documentary titled Let's Play Two, a concert film about the band's two August 2016 shows at Wrigley Field, the home of Eddie Vedder's beloved Chicago Cubs. Now, you can play too, thanks to a new 8-bit computer game inspired by the movie. In the game, you can pick one of Pearl Jam's six members and make them try to hit home runs out of Wrigley. You can play it now via 8bitBaseball.PearlJam.com. Let's Play Two is available on Blu-ray and DVD now. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

posted 2017/11/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock

Imagine Dragons call Grammy nominations "an unbelievable surprise"

Imagine Dragons have shared their reaction to receiving two nominations for the 2018 Grammys. The band's new album Evolve is up for Best Pop Vocal Album, and their single "Thunder" will compete for the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance award. "Grammy nominations are one of those things you can never really predict, so we try not to think about them too much in advance," Imagine Dragons tells Billboard. "But waking up this morning to see our nominations was an unbelievable surprise, especially in the company of such great artists." "We started into this album cycle for Evolve feeling more centered and…

posted 2017/11/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock

Red Hot Chili Peppers to headline second Band Together California wildfire benefit concert

Red Hot Chili Peppers will headline the second Band Together Bay Area benefit concert in support of those affected by the recent Northern California wildfires. The show takes place December 14 at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. The first Band Together concert was held November 9 in SF's AT&T Park, and was headlined by Metallica. Other artists who performed included Dead & Company, Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds, Rancid, G-Eazy and Raphael Saadiq. As with the first show, proceeds from the second Band Together concert will be donated to the Tipping Point Emergency Relief Fund, which supports…

posted 2017/11/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock

AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young's funeral attended by many of his former band mates

Founding AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young was laid to rest today following a funeral service held at St. Mary's Cathedral in Sydney, Australia, News.com.au reports. The memorial was attended by various current and former AC/DC members, including Malcolm's brother Angus Young, his nephew Stevie Young, singer Brian Johnson, drummer Phil Rudd and, according to RollingStone.com, bassists Cliff Williams and Mark Evans. Representing the Young family at the service, Malcom's nephew Bradley Horsburgh talked about the late rocker's love for soccer and dumb comedy films, and joked about his questionable boating abilities. "He was famous for rhythm but infamous for boating skills,"…

posted 2017/11/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock

A Day to Remember announces 15th anniversary headlining tour

A Day to Remember will embark on a headlining tour next year in celebration of their 15th anniversary as a band. The outing begins February 20 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and will conclude March 20 with a home state show in St. Augustine, Florida. Visit ADTR.com for ticket info. A Day to Remember plans to play songs from throughout their career during the tour, from their 2005 debut And Their Name Was Treason to their latest effort, 2016's Bad Vibrations. A Day to Remember won't be celebrating alone on the tour -- Papa Roach, Falling in Reverse and The Devil…

posted 2017/11/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock

Rob Zombie narrating documentary about Charles Manson

Rob Zombie is narrating a new documentary about notorious cult leader and convicted murderer Charles Manson. You can watch a trailer for the film, titled Charles Manson: The Final Words, now on YouTube. Manson, who died on earlier this month at age 83, was imprisoned in 1971 for orchestrating the deaths of seven people in 1969, including pregnant actress Sharon Tate Polanski. He also had a disturbing connection to the music world, having claimed that the murders were motivated by The Beatles' White Album, which he interpreted as a warning of an apocalyptic race war. Manson also at one time…

posted 2017/11/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock

Danish prime minister gifts Metallica's "Master of Puppets" reissue to Indonesia's heavy metal-loving president

Metallica: masters of diplomacy? According to The Jakarta Post, Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen gifted Indonesia President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo with a copy of Metallica's recent Master of Puppets reissue box set during a bilateral meeting held Tuesday in the Southeast Asia nation. So why did the prime minster of Denmark give the president of Indonesia a Metallica box set? Well, two reasons: one, drummer Lars Ulrich, who signed the package, is from Denmark; and two, Jokowi is actually a huge metalhead, and counts himself a fan of Metallica, Megadeth and Lamb of God. "Prime Minister Rasmussen understands my…

posted 2017/11/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock

Shinedown, Milky Chance & more participating in Bedstock 2017

Shinedown and Milky Chance are among the artists getting under the covers for this year's Bedstock, a virtual music festival where musicians perform while lying in bed. Bedstock is presented by MyMusicRX, an organization that helps bring music to hospitalized children and teens. Shinedown's Brent Smith and Eric Bass performed an acoustic version of their song "Second Chance" for their Bedstock set, while Milky Chance offered a rendition of their track "Bad Things." Other artists participating in Bedstock 2017 include Beatles legend Ringo Starr, Vance Joy, Andrew McMahon, Cheap Trick and Live. You can watch all of the Bedstock 2017 performances…

posted 2017/11/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock

Watch Billy Corgan's new short film, "Pillbox"

Billy Corgan's new short film Pillbox is available now for all to see. The 40-minute visual is streaming in its entirety now on YouTube. Written and co-directed by Corgan, Pillbox is a silent film soundtracked by the Smashing Pumpkins frontman's new solo album, Ogilala. The movie was screened in theaters last month. "I thought it was a different approach to listening to an album, to watch it in essence with a related, albeit non-linear, silent movie," Corgan says of Pillbox. "Art is art. And together the two pieces create a work unto itself." Corgan wrapped up an acoustic tour in…

posted 2017/11/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock

JAY-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars lead 60th Annual Grammy nominations

JAY-Z, Kendrick Lamar and Bruno Mars have reason to celebrate today.  They're all among the leading nominees for the 60th annual Grammy Awards, announced this morning on CBS This Morning with help from singer Andra Day. JAY-Z leads with eight nominations, including Album of the Year for 4:44 and Record of the Year for "The Story of O.J."  Kendrick Lamar is next with seven: his album DAMN. is also up for Album of the Year, and his song "HUMBLE." got a nod for Record of the year.  Bruno Mars received six nods, including "24K Magic" for Record of the Year…

posted 2017/11/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock

Dave Grohl will make it a lucky 13 total appearances on "Saturday Night Live" next month

Foo Fighters have been booked as the musical guest on the December 16 installment of Saturday Night Live, but the band and Dave Grohl have been on so many times that they might as well be regular cast members. According to NBC, this will be Foo Fighters' seventh time on SNL as a musical guest.  The only other rock band that's been on the show more often as a musical guest has been Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. But the December 16th episode will mark Grohl's 13th appearance overall, according to NBC.  That counts his appearances with Foo Fighters, with…

posted 2017/11/28 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock