BY: MICHAEL CONNELLY
AVENGED SEVENFOLD's M. Shadows believes that the remaining members of LINKIN PARK have the right to continue making music. This past July 20 Chester Bennington, the former frontman of LINKIN PARK, committed suicide at 41. LINKIN PARK paid tribute to Bennington on October 27th in a 3 hour show that captivated audiences with numerous guest performers. Shadows was in attendance at the event.
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In an interview with Eddie Trunk, Shadows talks about LINKIN PARK'S future. He said: "I didn't know Chester very well; I knew him kind of fleetingly, I guess. But I'm really good friends with Mike Shinoda and Dave [Farrell]. Me and Mike hang out every summer when Coachella happens, and Desert Trip [last] year, when they had Roger Waters and Paul McCartney and all that. So he usually comes out to the house out there and we'll hang out all weekend. He actually played me this whole record [LINKIN PARK's latest album, 'One More Light'] before it came out, and it was pretty haunting at the time, even hearing Chester's demos on the record. And then for this all to happen is just heartbreaking."
Shadows told Trunk, "It's gonna be hard to lose Chester; he easily was one of the best vocalists of our time. From when I was growing up, just watching them live, he just was flawless for what he did. And it's gonna be tough, but at the same time, Mike is such a hard worker and he's so dedicated to that band and put so much time in that I can't just see him just being done with it."
Shadows knows all about loss from losing his band mate. In 2009 Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan died as a result of prescription drug overdose. Recouping after a loss is the most important thing you can do. Losing anyone at a young age is truly a tragedy. Chester was also in mourning of his good friend Chris Cornell. Cornell also committed suicide this year. Many speculate this caused a reaction from Bennington.
"It would just be a shame if they stopped making music altogether; I don't know if it's under a different name or if they'd keep the LINKIN PARK name. "-Shadows to Eddie Trunk
By David McNally
Today in rock history, November 21, 1991, Aerosmith appeared on the “Flaming Moe’s” of The Simpsons, becoming the first band to ever appear on the show.
In the episode, Homer tells Moe of a secret alcoholic cocktail that he calls "Flaming Homer". Moe steals the recipe from Homer, renames the drink the "Flaming Moe" and begins selling it at his tavern.
In its original airing during the November sweeps period, the episode had a 14.4 Nielsen rating and finished the week ranked 29th.
Check out Aerosmith perform on The Simpsons below!
By Alexis Arnold
Entercom Communications (NYSE: ETM) announced last Friday November 17th the launch of ALT 92.3 FM, New York’s New Alternative, the rocking revival of alternative rock to radio. This marks the first time alternative has been on the largest media market in the country since 2011.
ALT 92.3 is striving to give alt music fans a true, genuine alternative – “an expertly curated playlist with local, informed discovery”. To listeners’ delight ALT 92.3 celebrated their launch by putting music at the forefront with 10,000 back-to-back, commercial-free songs starting at 10:00 am that day.
"In a city where alternative music is a way of life, we are thrilled to finally fill the void in radio in New York City," said Pat Paxton, Entercom's President of Programming. "With the launch of ALT 92.3, we will cater to the passionate audience who have helped define the genre for decades - and we couldn't be more excited to turn up the volume."
Listeners can tune in at 92.3 FM in the New York area and around the world at alt923radio.com.
By Camran Ferrier
Black Label Society has released a music video for “All That Once Shined”, the fourth track off of their heavily anticipated album Grimmest Hits. This latest release is a gothic and doomy piece, something reflected by the music video set in a courtyard with the Grim Reaper surrounded by gargoyles and skeletons. However it is not without twists of humor, as it seems to be paying homage to Bob Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues” and features a TV watching Friar. Check out the video below!
The album will be available next year on the 19th of January via ‘Entertainment One, and this is the second taste of it we have had with the music video for “Room of Nightmares” being released a month ago. Both these tracks are promising signs for any anxious BLS fans, not only because it is the first album they have released in 4 years, but also because both tracks are incredibly catchy and showcase the talent of the infamous Zakk Wylde- winner of the ‘Best Guitarist’ award at the 2017 Loudwire Music Awards.
By David McNally
Malcom Young, guitarist and co-founder of AC/DC, has passed away at the age of 64. The guitarist died in the comfort of his home surrounded by family and loved ones after battling dementia for several years and the disease even forced him to retire from rock and roll.
“Today it is with deep heartfelt sadness that AC/DC has to announce the passing of Malcom Young. Malcom, along with Angus, was the founder and creator of AC/DC. With enormous dedication and commitment he was the driving force behind the band. As a guitarist, songwriter and visionary he was a perfectionist and a unique man,” the band said in a statement released Saturday.
They added, “He always stuck to his guns and did and said exactly what he wanted. He took great pride in all that he endeavored. His loyalty to the fans was unsurpassed.”
His brother, Angus Young, also added “as his brother it is hard to express in words what he has meant to me during my life, the bond we had was unique and very special. He leaves behind an enormous legacy that will live on forever.”
With Angus laying down the arena-filling riffs and Malcom providing the rhythm, both established a distinct tone that complimented the others. The bouncing riffs that fed the swing would go on to define and mold the legendary bands sound.
Malcom last performed live with the band in June 2010 in Bilbao, Spain at the conclusion of their 2008 Black Ice Tour.
By David McNally
The Download 2018 lineup has been solidified and fans are in for a real treat.
Guns N Roses have been confirmed as the third and final headliner for 2018 Download festival in the UK. The band will take the stage Saturday, June 9. This will be the groups first UK festival appearance since reuniting featuring the original lineup of Axl Rose, Slash, and Duff McKagan.
The band’s critically acclaimed Not In This Lifetime Tour in 2016 was the first time the trio had been seen on stage together since 1993. And for the most part, its been a new GNR. Infamous for delaying shows for hours and inciting riots due to their legendary tardiness, the band has been pretty good about starting shows on time.
At their show this past Monday in Nashville, the show was advertised to start stage for 7 p.m. and The Tennessean reports that “when the clock struck 7 on Monday night, Guns N' Roses hit the stage at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena, ripping right into "It's So Easy."
Download promoter Andy Copping says: “It’s great to have this iconic line up of Guns N’ Roses headlining at Download. I am sure I am not alone when I say I have been wanting this to happen for years.
Guns N Roses still has some U.S. Tour Dates left for this year. Tickets can be purchased here.
A7X fans! This month, Headrush TV is giving away a signed VINYL copy of The Stage. Enter to win!
By Camran Ferrier
Today Green Day released a new song, “Back In The USA” and accompanying music video to mark the release of their newest album, Greatest Hits: God's Favorite Band. The music video pays homage to John Carpenter’s ‘They Live’, a 1988 sci-fi horror film, where the band is in a black and white, 1960's American town and discovers that by using these sunglasses they can see the subliminal messaging around them. The sounds is evolved, but still undeniably Green Day, Check out the video below!
The album is now available to purchase on every music platform via Reprise Records and encapsulates the bands 31 years together as well as their plethora of musical works. The album contains 20 of their best hits and is dubbed ‘The Ultimate Playlist’ by none other than the trio themselves. Along with the 20 re-released tracks, there are also two new songs- ‘Back In The USA’ and ‘Ordinary World’ featuring Country Music superstar Miranda Lambert. This is the second time Billie Joe Armstrong and Lambert have collaborated, the first being a duet in tribute to Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers at the 56th Grammy Awards.
The Berkley band adopted the title of ‘God’s Favorite Band’ after appearing on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert where they were introduced as such. With 12 studio albums, over 75 million records sold and five Grammys under their belt it may well be the case that God has them on shuffle- and you should to! Check out the track listing for Greatest Hits: God's Favorite Band below and get yourself a copy today!
1. 2000 Light Years Away
3. Welcome To Paradise
4. Basket Case
5. When I Come Around
7. Brain Stew
8. Hitchin' a Ride
9. Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)
12. American Idiot
14. Boulevard of Broken Dreams
15. Wake Me Up When September Ends
16. Know Your Enemy
17. 21 Guns
18. Oh Love
19. Bang Bang
20. Still Breathing
21. Ordinary World (feat Miranda Lambert)
22. Back In The USA
By Camran Ferrier
At this time of year there is a lot to be thankful for, including 4 new adaptations from some of the most influential musicians within the sphere of rock and roll! Here are some re-releases to catch before the end of the year, which ones are you most looking forward to hearing?
Iron Maiden - The Book Of Souls Live Chapter
The English six-piece are back on November 17th with a live DVD compromising of their set list this past year from touring ‘The Book of Souls’. From the UK to Australia, Steve Harris and Tony Newton produced an amalgamation of different songs being played in different countries to countless fans at different shows, and if you caught their YouTube live stream on November 11th then this should exciting news. They showcase performances from usual headlining shows like ‘Waken’ to shows halfway around the world in Tokyo. For more information then visit their website here!
Green Day - Greatest Hits: God's Favorite Band
November 17th is bringing us another one! Green Day will release their modestly titled album: Greatest Hits: God's Favorite Band featuring 22 songs including 2 new tracks encapsulating the bands 31 years together. They describe this, their twelfth album, as ‘the ultimate playlist’ and if you were born anytime around the 90's then this is your trip down memory lane with this iconic threesome. This will be their second ‘Greatest Hits’ album, which is a rare occurrence for any band but Green Day have been one of the most successful of the last 30 years and can boast such an achievement! Check it out here or find it on all music platforms November 17th!
Dimebag Darrell - Dimevision Vol. 2: Roll With It Or Get Rolled
An ode to one of the most influential guitar players in heavy metal, Dimevision Vol 2: Roll With It Or Get Rolled Over is being released on November 24th via Metal Blade Records showing the life of the legend, Dimebag Darrell. The DVD/CD will comprise of unseen footage as well as 5 unreleased demos from the former Pantera and Damage Plan guitarist, and you can check out the trailer here on the PledgeMusic campaign website to help support the release and check out the online store for some exclusive merch! This is the second installment, with 2006′s Dimevision Vol 1: That’s The Fun I Have being the first chance for fans to have a look into the life of Dimebag off and on the stage- so make sure you catch this latest one on November 24th!
Avenged Sevenfold – The Stage (Deluxe Edition)
How is this for an early Christmas present? Avenged Sevenfold will release a deluxe edition of their album The Stage on December 22nd after a year of touring worldwide. The re-release will feature 6 cover songs and an original song entitled Dose in addition to the initial 11 tracks, coupled with four live performances of songs from their show at the O2 arena in London. The heavy metal giants have been on incredible form recently, touring around the country with Metallica and headlining the Loudwire Music Awards so make sure you get yourself a copy of this latest edition on iTunes! If that isn’t enough, then be sure to check out our contest giveaway and give yourself a chance of winning a signed copy of The Stage!
THis week's Battle Royale
In this week's Headrush TV Battle Royale, Avenged Sevenfold's iconic album City of Evil is going head to head with Bullet For My Valentine's The Poison and Breaking Benjamin's Phobia. Cast your vote above!
Also, don't forget to enter our The Stage World Tour Giveaway! To celebrate Avenged Sevenfold's tour with Breaking Benjamin and Bullet For My Valentine, we are giving fans the chance to win an exclusive autographed album from each band!
By Alexis Arnold
After 23 groundbreaking years, Vans Warped Tour has reached its end.
In an exclusive interview with Billboard , Founder Kevin Lyman revealed that Vans Warped Tour’s 2018 tour will be their last.
“I have been a very lucky person to have traveled across the country and sometimes around the world as one of the founders and producers of the Vans Warped Tour. Today, with many mixed feelings, I am here to announce that next year will be the final, full cross-country run of the Vans Warped Tour. I sit here reflecting on the tour’s incredible history, what the final run means for our community, and look forward to what’s to come as we commemorate the tour’s historic 25th anniversary in 2019,” said Lyman in a statement on their official website.
Image, courtesy of Vans Warped Tour.
Dates for the festival’s last hurrah have already been confirmed. Their final line up? Still being filled, but they’re hopeful whichever bands they choose will make the tour’s final year its best.
“You’re gonna see a big mix of bands I felt really embraced the Warped Tour lifestyle,” Lyman noted. “I don’t want to say a ‘mature’ lineup, but bands that I think could use one more big push of Warped Tour to help further their careers."
In his closing remarks of the official statement, Lyman expressed his gratitude to all that made Warped Tour possible.
“I truly look forward to seeing as many of you as possible during this final cross country run, and getting to thank you for your support on this wild adventure. Until then, take care and be safe.”
You can read the rest of Kevin Lyman’s statement here.
Fans can also begin buying limited edition tickets here.