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ABC/Randy HolmesPhoenix will embark on a North American tour this fall in support of their new album, Ti Amo. The outing begins October 10 in Columbus, Ohio, and will conclude later that month with two dates in Mexico. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, July 28 via WeArePhoenix.com.

Ti Amo, Phoenix's sixth studio album, features the lead single "J-Boy."

Here are Phoenix's North American tour dates:

10/10 -- Columbus, OH, Express Live!
10/11 -- Detroit, MI, The Fillmore Detroit
10/13 -- Montreal, QC, Metropolis
10/15 -- New Haven, CT, College St. Music Hall
10/16 -- Washington, DC, Anthem
10/18 -- Providence, RI, Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel
10/20 -- Guadalajara, MX, Coordenada Festival
10/21 -- Monterrey, MX, Live Out Festival

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ABC/Fred WatkinsThe nominees for the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards have been revealed, and the list includes Foo Fighters, Green Day and Twenty One Pilots.

All three bands received nods in the Best Rock category for their respective "Run," "Bang Bang" and "Heavydirtysoul" videos. They'll compete against Fall Out Boy's "Young and Menace" and Coldplay's "A Head Full of Dreams" for the prize.

Lorde also earned two VMA nominations: she's up for Artist of the Year, and her "Green Light" video is up for Best Editing.

Additionally, Imagine Dragons is a nominee in the Best Cinematography category for their "Thunder" video.

The 2017 MTV Video Music Awards airs live on Sunday, August 27 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. 

For a full list of nominees and to vote for your favorites, visit MTV.com. Here's a selection of the rock nominees:

Best Rock
Coldplay -- "A Head Full of Dreams"
Fall Out Boy -- "Young And Menace"
Twenty One Pilots -- "Heavydirtysoul"
Green Day -- "Bang Bang"
Foo Fighters -- "Run"

Artist of the Year
Bruno Mars
Kendrick Lamar
Ed Sheeran
Ariana Grande
The Weeknd
Lorde

Best Cinematography
Kendrick Lamar -- "HUMBLE."
Imagine Dragons -- "Thunder"
Ed Sheeran -- "Castle On The Hill"
DJ Shadow ft. Run The Jewels -- "Nobody Speak"
Halsey -- "Now or Never"

Best Editing
Future -- "Mask Off"
Young Thug -- "Wyclef Jean"
Lorde -- "Green Light"
The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey -- "Closer"
The Weeknd -- "Reminder"

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ABC/Randy HolmesLimp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst has shared his remembrances of his late friend, Linkin Park's Chester Bennington. In a piece written for Variety, Durst recalls when Linkin Park opened for Limp Bizkit for their first European show.

"I remember seeing them on the side of the stage and as were performing, I was thinking to myself, 'Chester's voice is going to blow these kids the f*** up,'" says Durst. "It was a great moment and I'm happy now to have had it."

Durst also remembers Bennington's "way of making anyone he spoke to feel heard, understood and significant," as well as his "contagious and empowering" spirit.

In the last conversation the pair had together, Durst says Bennington gave him "the most selfless and motivational compliments in regards to Limp Bizkit and myself and thanking me for paving the path for bands like Linkin Park.

"In return, I told him if it weren't for him and his voice and his words, this genre would never have reached the masses and affected so many lives," says Durst. "I thanked him for being so courageous and humble and for always being such a gentleman. We laughed and hugged and told jokes as if there would always be a tomorrow for us to meet again.

"I want to hug him now and let him know that we all experience our own pain and deal with it our own ways," Durst concludes. "I know his torture is unique to him, but I would always be here to listen and help in any way I can. But I won’t get that hug and that moment now, which makes me so sad."

Bennington died by suicide last Thursday, July 20. He was 41.

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ABC/Randy HolmesProducer Don Gilmore worked with Linkin Park on the band's enormous debut album, Hybrid Theory. In an interview with Billboard, Gilmore remembers when he first met the band and their frontman, the late Chester Bennington.

"He was just a nice young kid," Gilmore says of Bennington. "The whole band were nice guys. In my opinion, in that first rehearsal he overshadowed the whole band; he was such a huge force vocally that it got me really excited about the project and it made me want to work with them really bad."

"As a producer, you're always looking for special things that kind of stick out and are extraordinary, because sometimes it can take just an ordinary record -- maybe it has good songs and it sounds good and maybe you're fine," Gilmore continues. "But when you can marry all that with something like Chester's singing, then it's just unstoppable.'

Gilmore would go on to produce Linkin Park's sophomore album, Meteora. Before he worked with them, Gilmore did engineering work on Temple of the Dog's first and only album, furthering the eerie connection between Bennington and Chris Cornell.

"I've maybe had four or five times in the studio that I got goose bumps, literally like shivers, and one of them was with Chester, for sure," says Gilmore. "And oddly enough, one of them is Chris Cornell, when I recorded Chris on the Temple of the Dog record."

Bennington died by suicide last Thursday, July 20, which would've been the late Cornell's 53rd birthday.

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ABC/Randy HolmesThe 911 call reporting Chester Bennington's death has been released by police. The call was made by a driver who was scheduled to pick up the Linkin Park frontman in his home in Palos Verdes Estates, California outside of Los Angeles.

"I just got on location, I'm a driver," the caller says. "['Bennington's'] housekeeper came out and said that he unfortunately killed himself, he hung himself. He's in his room."

Throughout the call, you can hear the housekeeper sobbing in the background.

Bennington died by suicide last Thursday, July 20. He was 41.

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ABC/Randy HolmesJimmy Eat World has announced a batch of fall tour dates, running from September 26 in Reno, Nevada to October 4 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Tickets to the shows will go on sale this Friday, July 28 at JimmyEatWorld.com.

Jimmy Eat World will be supporting their new album, Integrity Blues, which features the singles "Get Right" and "Sure and Certain."

Jimmy Eat World is currently on the road touring with Incubus and Judah & the Lion.

Here are Jimmy Eat World's fall headlining dates:

9/26 -- Reno, NV, Cargo Concert Hall
9/27 -- Chico, CA, Senator Theatre
9/29 -- Eugene, OR, McDonald Theatre
9/30 -- Boise, ID, Knitting Factory
10/2 -- Billings, MT, Pub Station
10/4 -- Albuquerque, NM, El Rey Theatre

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ABC/Randy HolmesLinkin Park's Mike Shinoda has shared the first photo the band took with their late frontman, Chester Bennington.

The picture, which is dated 1997 or 1998, shows a very young Bennington and Shinoda standing next to the rest of the group: guitarist Brad Delson, bassist Dave "Phoenix" Farrell, turntablist Joe Hahn, and drummer Rob Bourdon.

"We had just told Chester that we wanted him to join the band," Shinoda writes in the Instagram caption. "He said he was ready to move out from Arizona to L.A. We went to a pizza place near UCLA to hang out and talk about what to do next."

"The band was called Xero at the time, and we probably had less than a half a dozen songs," he continues. "No flame tattoos yet, no red hair yet, most of us were still in college."

Shinoda shared vocal duties with Bennington in Linkin Park, and the pair's give-and-take vocal style became a signature part of the band's sound. When news of Bennington's death first broke, Shinoda wrote that he was "shocked and heartbroken."

Bennington died by suicide last Thursday, July 20. He was 41.

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1997 or 1998...I think this was the first photo we ever took together. We had just told Chester… https://t.co/lRIsw03Ql6

— Mike Shinoda (@mikeshinoda) July 24, 2017

 

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Atlantic RecordsPortugal. the Man has scheduled a fall North American headlining tour in support of their new album, Woodstock. The trek kicks off October 2 in Bloomington, Illinois, and will wrap up October 29 in Live Oak, Florida. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, July 28 at PortugaltheMan.com.

If you can't wait that long to see the Portland rockers in action, Portugal. the Man is currently on a summer tour through the U.S., which continues July 25 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Woodstock, Portugal. the Man's eighth studio album, features the lead single "Feel It Still," which currently sits at number one on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart.

Here are Portugal. the Man's fall tour dates:

10/2 -- Bloomington, IL, The Castle Theatre
10/3 -- Memphis, TN, Minglewood Hall
10/5 -- Tulsa, OK, Cain's Ballroom
10/6 -- Houston, TX, White Oak Music Hall
10/8 -- Austin, TX, Austin City Limits
10/12 -- Phoenix, AZ, The Van Buren
10/13 -- El Paso, TX, Plaza Theatre
10/14 -- Dallas, TX, The Bomb Factory
10/15 -- Austin, TX, Austin City Limits
10/17 -- Birmingham, AL, Iron City
10/18 -- Knoxville, TN, The Mill & Mine
10/20 -- Guadalajara, MX, C3 Stage
10/21 -- Monterrey, MX, Live Out Festival
10/22 -- Mexico City, MX, El Plaza Condesa
10/24 -- Port Chester, NY, Capitol Theatre
10/25 -- Sayreville, NJ, Starland Ballroom
10/26 -- Raleigh, NC, The Ritz
10/27 -- Charlotte, NC, The Fillmore Charlotte
10/29 -- Live Oak, FL, Suwannee Hulaween

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Credit: Claire Marie VogelSilversun Pickups will hit the road this fall on a North American headlining tour. The outing begins October 21 in Santa Cruz, California, and will conclude November 19 in Philadelphia. Tickets go on sale this Friday, July 28 at SilversunPickups.com.

The fall run will consist of Silversun's final shows supporting their latest album, 2015's Better Nature.

"Touring for this record has been amazing, and one of the biggest joys of our lives," says frontman Brian Aubert in a statement. "We're very excited to go out one last time before we shut down for a while. It's gonna be a blast!"

Over the weekend, SSPU wrapped up their tour opening for Third Eye Blind, who were celebrating the 20th anniversary of their 1997 self-titled debut album.

Here are the Silversun Pickups' fall tour dates:

10/21 -- Santa Cruz, CA, The Catalyst
10/22 -- Oakland, CA, Fox Theatre
10/24 -- Garden City, ID, Revolution Concert House
10/25 -- Seattle, WA, Showbox Sodo
10/26 -- Vancouver, BC, Commodore
10/28 -- Calgary, AB, The Palace
10/29 -- Edmonton, AB, Union Hall
10/31 -- Spokane, WA, The Knitting Factory
11/1 -- Portland, OR, Crystal Ballroom
11/8 -- Chicago, IL, Riviera Theatre
11/10 -- Rochester, NY, Anthology
11/11 -- Montreal, QC, Metropolis
11/12 -- Toronto, ON, Rebel
11/14 -- Washington, DC, 9:30 Club
11/15 -- New York, NY, Terminal 5
11/17 -- Brooklyn, NY, Brooklyn Steel
11/18 -- New Haven, CT, College Street Music Hall
11/19 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Fillmore

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Credit: Jeff ForneyAvenged Sevenfold has joined the lineup for the 2017 Houston Open Air festival, held October 14-15 in The Woodlands, Texas.

The lineup also includes the previously announced headlines Prophets of Rage and Five Finger Death Punch, plus Stone Sour, Marilyn Manson, Mastodon, Halestorm, In This Moment, Of Mice & Men, Beartooth, Starset, Suicidal Tendencies, Zakk Sabbath, and Greta Van Fleet, among others.

For the full lineup and ticket info, visit HoustonOpenAir.com.

Avenged Sevenfold is currently on tour opening for Metallica.

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Francesco Castaldo/Archivio Francesco Castaldo/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty ImagesDavid Letterman will be honored with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor this fall, and none other than Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder will be on hand to celebrate the late-night legend.

Vedder and Letterman have a history of honoring each other -- Vedder performed Pearl Jam's "Better Man" during Letterman's final week as host on CBS' The Late Show, and Letterman inducted Pearl Jam into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year.

Jimmy Kimmel, Steve Martin and Bill Murray will also help pay tribute to Letterman during the ceremony, which will be held October 22 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. It'll air on PBS on November 20.

In other Eddie Vedder news, the musician joined Roger Waters during his concert in Chicago Sunday night for a performance of Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb." You can watch fan-recorded footage of the collaboration now on YouTube.

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ABC/Randy HolmesLinkin Park's catalog has seen a surge in sales following the death of frontman Chester Bennington. According to Billboard, the combined sales of the band's albums and songs has increased by 5,332 per cent.

With the sales increase, four of Linkin Park's albums have returned to the Billboard 200. The band's most recent effort, this year's One More Light, re-enters the chart at number 17 after debuted at number one in May. Meanwhile, their 2000 debut, Hybrid Theory, arrives and number 27 on the chart, while 2003's Meteora and 2007's Minutes to Midnight re-enter the list at 41 and 115, respectively.

Additionally, streams of Linkin Park songs have increased by 730 percent in the wake of Bennington's death.

Bennington died by suicide last Thursday, July 20. He was 41. Over the weekend, more tributes from fellow musicians poured in to mourn the singer.

Jared Leto of Thirty Seconds to Mars shared a statement remembering Bennington. "When I think of Chester I remember his smile," Leto wrote. "His laughter, intelligence, kindness and talent. That absolutely unforgettable voice that was at once delicate, ferocious and always full of emotion."

Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger told Billboard, "Chester's passing came to me as a total shock. We were all together just recently in collective mourning of Chris Cornell, and we all watched Chester sing a heartfelt 'Hallelujah' in respect to him...which makes this situation even all the more shocking."

Aaron Lewis dedicated a performance of Staind's "Something to Remind You" to Bennington, and Motionless in White covered Linkin Park's "One Step Closer."

Pop singer Kiiara, who sang with Bennington on Linkin Park's song "Heavy," wrote, "My heart is in a million pieces. I miss you so much. I love you."

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RCA RecordsCage the Elephant has shared a stripped-down, string-laden rendition of their song "Rubber Ball," which will appear on the band's forthcoming live album Unpeeled. You can listen to the performance now on YouTube.

The Unpeeled version of "Rubber Ball" was recording during a show at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville during Cage's Live & Unpeeled tour earlier this year. The original track appears on the band's 2011 sophomore album, Thank You, Happy Birthday.

The 21-track Unpeeled includes 18 reworked songs from Cage's four studio albums, as well as three covers. It will be released July 28.

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ABC/Randy HolmesLinkin Park has shared their first official statement mourning the loss of their frontman Chester Bennington, who hanged himself last Thursday at age 41.

"Our hearts are broken," the statement reads. "The shockwaves of grief and denial are still sweeping through our family as we come to grips with what has happened."

The band continues, "You touched so many lives, maybe even more than you realized. In the past few days, we've seen an outpouring of love and support, both public and private, from around the world. [Bennington's widow] Talinda and the family appreciate it, and want the world to know that you were the best husband, son, and father; the family will never be whole without you."

Linkin Park had been scheduled to kick off a North American tour this Thursday, July 27 in support of the band's new album One More Light, which was released in May. The tour has since been cancelled.

"Talking with you about the years ahead together, your excitement was infectious," Linkin Park writes. "Your absence leaves a void that can never be filled -- a boisterous, funny, ambitious, creative, kind, generous voice in the room is missing." 

Throughout his life, Bennington struggled with addiction and depression, and he was a survivor of childhood sexual abuse.

"We're trying to remind ourselves that the demons who took you away from us were always part of the deal," the band says. "After all, it was the way you sang about those demons that made everyone fall in love with you in the first place. You fearlessly put them on display, and in doing so, brought us together and taught us to be more human. You had the biggest heart, and managed to wear it on your sleeve."

"Our love for making and performing music is inextinguishable," the statement concludes. "While we don't know what path our future may take, we know that each of our lives was made better by you. Thank you for that gift. We love you, and miss you so much."

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Scott Dudelson/Getty ImagesThe music world was stunned by the death of Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington, when the 41-year-old committed suicide, hanging himself from a bedroom door in his home on Thursday.

Filter frontman Richard Patrick was as shocked as anyone when he heard the news. The singer took to social media and wrote that he was trying to make sense of it. The two had known each other for a long time and toured together in the fall of 2013 when Bennington fronted Stone Temple Pilots.

Patrick recalls that the two had just seen each other, “I was absolutely shocked that Chester committed suicide. I was shocked. I mean, the reality is that he seemed to have everything going on. The last time I saw him was at Chris Cornell's funeral. And he saw me and came running over and we hugged.. and we didn't really have much to say to each other than, like 'Are you OK?' 'Yeah, I'm OK. Are you OK?' 'Yeah, I'm OK.'  He sang 'Hallelujah' and it was like, pitch-perfect and totally clear and, you know, he did a really great job. I couldn't have done that. That's one of the things about Chester I liked, he was just like fearless.”

Patrick also noted that Bennington may have been dealing with depression or mental illness, something he thinks is unfairly stigmatized. Whatever Bennington was struggling with, though, Patrick had great admiration for him.

“I was always very respectful of the kid. He was really, he was one-of-a-kind. You know? And he's going to be missed by millions of people, that's for sure.” 

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Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty ImagesEarlier this year, One Direction's Harry Styles released his debut solo album, which was heavily influenced by '70s rock. Now, Louis Tomlinson, another member of the British boy band, is turning to rock for inspiration, though from a more modern era. He tells the BBC that Arctic Monkeys were a big influence on the lyrics he wrote for his upcoming solo debut.

"I grew up loving the likes of the Arctic Monkeys and Oasis," says Tomlinson. "And the way they tell stories is such an effortless thing. It's real, it's honest and it's to the point."

"Now, any of the Arctic Monkeys would be devastated to hear me talking like this," the pop star admits. "But there is a way of incorporating that conversational honesty into pop."

Tomlinson also admires Arctic Monkeys because he feels that "they don't work on any script or any maths or science" when it comes to lyrics.

"They just say what they feel," says Tomlinson. "If it doesn't rhyme, it doesn't matter. If it sounds awkward, it doesn't matter."

Perhaps an endorsement from a One Direction member is just the catalyst Arctic Monkeys need to release the long-awaited follow-up album to their 2013 effort AM.

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Credit: John CrawfordNine Inch Nails on Wednesday played their first show in three years. If you're one of the many, many people who didn't make the concert, which took place in Bakersfield, California, the band has shared official footage from the show, which you can watch now on YouTube.

The seven-minute clip shows Trent Reznor and company playing "Branches/Bones," a song from their 2016 EP Not the Actual Events, and the Hesitation Marks track "Copy of A."

Also during the Bakersfield show, Nine Inch Nails covered David Bowie's "I Can't Give Everything Away," a track from the late rock icon's final album, Blackstar.

Nine Inch Nails will headline this weekend's FYF Fest in Los Angeles. They'll also be playing this year's Panorama, Riot Fest and Aftershock festivals.

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ABC/Paula LoboX Ambassadors has premiered a new track called "Ahead of Myself." The song starts off as an acoustic ballad before expanding into something bigger thanks to a heavy drum beat and a few electronic elements. You can download "Ahead of Myself" now digitally.

"Ahead of Myself" is the first official single from X Ambassadors' forthcoming sophomore album, the follow-up to 2015's "Renegades"-boasting debut, VHS. The band has also released the new songs "Hoping," "Torches" and "The Devil You Know" this year, though it's unclear if they'll be included on the new album.

In other X Ambassadors news, the band will play a free show July 31 in Chicago in celebration of the MLS All-Star Game.

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Credit: James HartleyA Day to Remember has revealed the lineups for this year's Self Help Fests, held September 10 in Philadelphia, September 30 in Orlando and October 7 in Detroit.

The Detroit festival has the biggest lineup, featuring Rise Against, Pierce the Veil, Of Mice & Men, Falling in Reverse and Underoath. The Philly lineup also features Underoath and Falling in Reverse, while Orlando has Underoath, plus ska bands Less Than Jake and Streetlight Manifesto. A Day to Remember will play all three festivals.

Self Help Fest was founded by A Day to Remember in 2014. The festival will take place in three places this year for the first time, and a fourth one is planned for March 2018 in San Bernardino, California.

For more info, visit SelfHelpFest.com.

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ABC/Randy Holmes Prophets of Rage have announced a batch of tour dates leading up to the release of the rap-rock supergroup's self-titled debut album.

The four-show run kicks off September 7 in Boston, and will hit Asbury Park, New Jersey and Philadelphia before concluding September 12 at the iconic Apollo Theater in New York City. Visit ProphetsofRage.com for ticket info.

The album Prophets of Rage features the previously released singles "Living on the 110" and "Unf*** the World." It'll be released September 15.

Here are the Prophets of Rage tour dates:

9/7 -- Boston, MA, Paradise Rock Club
9/9 -- Asbury Park, NJ, Stone Pony
9/10 -- Philadelphia, PA, Theatre of Living Arts
9/12 -- New York, NY, Apollo Theater

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