ABC/Randy HolmesThe Struts have premiered the video for their new single "Body Talks." The frenetic clip, streaming now on YouTube, features live and behind-the-scenes footage of the U.K. rockers on the road.
"Body Talks" is the first single from The Struts' forthcoming sophomore album, which is due out later this year.
The Struts are spending their summer opening for Foo Fighters, and they'll launch a headlining tour of their own in September.
Credit: Jeff ForneyAvenged Sevenfold has canceled their summer tour, as frontman M. Shadows is unable to sing due to damaged vocal cords.
In a letter posted to the A7X website, Shadows explains that, while on tour in Europe, he "came down with a terrible viral infection," which he says left him "voiceless." He then learned that he had a "blood blister" on his vocal cords, which prevents them from "vibrating properly."
"In short, I can't sing anything at the moment and the more I attempt to the more damage is being done," Shadows writes. "Luckily, as of now the doctors feel that 3 months of no singing and voice rest should get my chords back on track."
While he is on the mend, Shadows explains that he's currently in no condition to tour.
"Decisions like this weigh on me very heavily," he writes. "It's a tour I was looking forward to very much. I want to apologize to the fans who have spent their time and money booking travel arrangements and accommodations. I also want to apologize to our crew and the other bands who were depending on this tour."
"Just know that I have exhausted every possible solution in trying to get out there and perform for you. It just simply can't happen at the moment," the singer continues. "We have a few things coming down the pipe soon that should be fun so we hope you look out for those."
The tour was set to begin July 22 in Mansfield, Massachusetts. Prophets of Rage and Three Days Grace were also on the bill.
ABC/Randy HolmesThe planned statue of Chris Cornell will make its debut in the late Soundgarden frontman's hometown of Seattle next month. It will be unveiled during a public ceremony on August 29, and will be donated to the city's Museum of Pop Culture.
"Even though Chris' music touched the lives of millions around the world, there is no better place than Seattle to honor and celebrate both his contribution to music history, as well as Seattle's unique place in popular music, with an enduring symbol of a beloved artist, father, and husband," says Chris' widow, Vicky.
She continues, "Our children and I are deeply moved by the continued outpouring of love, compassion, and support, and this is our gift to the Museum of Pop Culture and to Seattle -- our gift back to the tight-knit community that gave him his start."
Created by sculptor Nick Marra, the bronze statue will represent Cornell wearing his signature boots, dog tag and long hair.
Plans for the statue were first announced last August, three months after Cornell's death on May 18, 2017. Speaking with the Seattle Times about the statue, Vicky said, "He is Seattle's son, and we will be bringing him home and honoring him."
The announcement of the statue comes on what would've been Cornell's 54th birthday. To mark the occasion, Vicky shared a video of her late husband performing live while an acoustic recording of him singing the Audioslave song "I Am the Highway" plays in the background.
"Happy Birthday my love," Vicky writes alongside the video. "Your life touched so many, you left your mark forever on millions of hearts everywhere. You were a rare gift to the world that is forever changed without you."
BMG; Time Bomb RecordingsAhead of their upcoming joint summer tour, The Offspring and 311 have released covers of each others songs. The Offspring recorded a new version of 311's "Down," while 311 took a stab at The Offspring's "Self Esteem." Both covers are available now via digital outlets.
"We've always been big fans of the song 'Down,'" says The Offspring guitarist Noodles. "Parts of the song sound really heavy and almost dark, but it also has a very uplifting message. We knew we'd never be able to groove it the way 311 do so we tried to punk it up a little."
"'Self Esteem' is my favorite Offspring song," adds 311 frontman Nick Hexum. "It's a great melody, and the lyrics really tell a story. I like when a singer is vulnerable and doesn't try to act all cool."
Credit: Alex LakeOn Thursday, Radiohead played Toronto for the first time since their drum tech Scott Johnson died in a stage collapse prior to the band's 2012 show in the Canadian city.
During Thursday night's concert, frontman Thom Yorke addressed the tragic incident, and expressed the band's anger over how the case has been handled in court.
"We wanted to do a show in Toronto [in 2012]. The stage collapsed, killing one of our colleagues and friends," Yorke said. "The people who should be held accountable, are still not being held accountable in your city. The silence is f***ing deafening."
Radiohead then held a moment of silence before the band began playing the song "Karma Police." Fan-shot video of Yorke's remarks is streaming now on YouTube.
Last fall, an Ontario judge stayed the 13 charges against promoter Live Nation, engineer Domenic Cugliari, and contractor Optex Staging, ruling that the case was taking too long and violated the rights of the defendants to a timely hearing. In response, Radiohead said they were "appalled" by the judge's decision, and that the ruling was "an insult to the memory" of Johnson.
Radiohead will play Toronto again on Friday night.
ABC/Randy HolmesLinkin Park has shared a statement paying tribute to Chester Bennington on the one year anniversary of the musician's death.
"To our brother Chester," the letter begins. "It has been a year since your passing -- a surreal rotation of grief, heartbreak, refusal, and recognition. And yet it still feels like you are close by, surrounding us with your memory and your light. Your one-of-a-kind spirit has authored an indelible imprint on our hearts -- our jokes, our joy, and our tenderness."
"Eternally grateful for the love, life, and creative passion you shared with us and the world," it continues. "We miss you more than words can express."
Bennington died by suicide on July 20, 2017. He was 41.
Last October, the members of Linkin Park united once for a tribute show to Bennington. The band hasn't played a show together since, and the future of the group remains unclear. Meanwhile, LP's Mike Shinoda released his debut solo album Post Traumatic this past June, which diaries his life following Bennington's death.
ABC/Randy HolmesToday marks the one-year anniversary of Chester Bennington's death. The Linkin Park frontman took his own life on July 20, 2017.
Speaking with ABC Radio, LP vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Mike Shinoda remembers how his relationship with Bennington changed and deepened after years of writing songs together.
"Especially the early, early stuff, Chester and I tended to talk in a very universal kind of way," Shinoda says. "It was almost in code, or it was in this wash of generalization in the lyrics."
"We were still learning a little bit about each other's backstories," he continues. "So when we were writing a song, we wanted to make sure that each song was very much true for both of us."
Eventually, Shinoda says, he and Bennington came to learn so much about each other that they'd find "parallels" between their lives, which would lead to them combining specific and personal instances from their past into their lyrics.
By the time it came to writing what would become Linkin Park's final album with Bennington, 2017's One More Light, the pair's songwriting and personal relationship was so strong Shinoda could write songs from Chester's perspective, such as the track "Nobody Can Save Me."
"I just knew how he felt about certain things so well, that I wrote the thing for him to sing, and I played it for him, and he loved it immediately," Shinoda remembers. "He was like, 'Yes, that's exactly it, I love this song!'"
Last October, the remaining Linkin Park members united for a guest-filled tribute to Bennington, but have not played a show together since. The future of the band remains unclear. Meanwhile, Shinoda released his debut solo album, Post Traumatic, this past June, which details his life following Bennington's death.
ABC/Heidi GutmanTo coincide with President Donald Trump's state visit to the U.K. last week, a group of Green Day fans launched a campaign to make the band's 2004 political anthem "American Idiot" Britain's number-one single. While the track didn't manage to top the U.K.'s Official Singles Chart, the campaign did seem to have an impact stateside.
As Billboard reports, downloads of "American Idiot" increased by 322 percent the week ending July 12. The track also debuts on Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart, which began in 2009, at number 23.
"American Idiot," which was written during the George W. Bush administration, was a hit when it was originally released, reaching number one on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart and number five on Mainstream Rock Songs.
ABC/Nicole WilderJack White guests on the latest episode of writer Malcolm Gladwell's Revisionist History podcast. During the episode, which is dedicated to the legendary Elvis Presley, White performed covers of two songs popularized by the King: "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" and "Love Me."
It's no secret that White is a big Elvis fan: back in 2015, he dropped $300,000 to buy Presley's first-ever recording.
Perhaps White will perform his Elvis covers live on the next leg of his U.S. Boarding House Reach tour, which begins August 5 with a headlining set at Lollapalooza.
ABC/Randy HolmesDeath Cab for Cutie has shared another preview of their forthcoming album Thank You for Today with a new track called "I Dreamt We Spoke Again." The song is available now via digital platforms.
Thank You for Today, the follow-up to 2015's Kintsugi, will be released August 17. It also features the lead single "Gold Rush."
Death Cab will hit the road on a fall headlining tour behind the new album beginning September 24 in Eugene, Oregon.
Epitaph Alkaline Trio's next album has a title and a release date. The ninth studio effort from Matt Skiba and company is called Is This Thing Cursed?, and arrives on August 31.
The first single from the album is called "Blackbird," and is available now via digital platforms.
Is This Thing Cursed? is the first Alkaline Trio release since 2013's My Shame Is True. Since then, Skiba joined Blink-182 in place of the departed Tom DeLonge. Skiba-182 released their first album together, California, in 2016.
Alkaline Trio will embark on a headlining tour in support of the album August 3 in Dallas.
Here's the Is This Thing Cursed? track list:
"Is This Thing Cursed?" "Blackbird" "Demon and Division" "Little Help?" "I Can’t Believe" "Sweet Vampires" "Pale Blue Ribbon" "Goodbye Fire Island" "Stay" "Heart Attacks" "Worn So Thin" "Throw Me to the Lions" "Krystalline"
ABC/Randy HolmesSoundgarden and Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron has designed a new t-shirt inspired by his late band mate, Chris Cornell. Created in collaboration with artist Josh Graham, the shirt features an infinity symbol on the front, and a depiction of Cornell with wavy hair in the style of the Starbucks logo on the back.
Proceeds from the shirt will be donated to the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation, a charity organization Cornell co-founded with his wife, Vicky.
Cameron has been wearing a similar shirt on stage during Pearl Jam shows since March. "Wear it with pride," Cameron says. "Thank you and loudest of love to you all."
Credit: Vijat MohindraThe 1975 has premiered a new song called "Love It if We Made It." The track, which will appear on the English band's forthcoming album, A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships, is now available for digital download.
The lyrics on the song make reference to several quotes made by President Donald Trump, and gives a shout-out to late rapper Lil Peep, who died last fall at age 21.
"Love It if We Made It" follows the previously released single "Give Yourself a Try." A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships is due out in October. A second, separate 1975 album is expected to arrive next spring.
Credit: Alex LakeThursday night, Radiohead will play Toronto for the first time since the fatal stage collapse prior to the band's show in the Canadian city in 2012, which killed their drum tech, Scott Johnson. As drummer Philip Selway tells BBC Newsnight, Radiohead still feels frustrated after a judge stayed all charges related to the collapse last fall.
"It's very frustrating," Selway says. "The court case broke down on a technicality."
In staying the charges, the judge ruled that the case was taking too long and violated the rights of those charged -- which included promoter Live Nation, engineer Domenic Cugliari, and contractor Optex Staging -- to a timely hearing. The original proceeding ended in a mistrial earlier in 2017.
"There have been no real answers," Selway says. "Without the answers we can't ensure that an accident like this doesn't happen again."
In response to the judge's decision in September, Radiohead said that they were "appalled" by the ruling, and added that it was an, "insult to the memory of Scott Johnson." In November, the chief coroner in Ontario ordered a new inquest into Johnson's death. Commenting on that development, Radiohead said that the inquest is "welcomed," but "it provides no justice for Scott and his family."
ABC/Fred LeeFall Out Boy lead singer Patrick Stump is composing the score for an upcoming short film titled Wonderland, Entertainment Weeklyreports. Starring and written by American Gods actress Yetide Badaki, the film is a new, Hollywood-set take on the classic tale of Alice in Wonderland.
"That story has been told a lot of different ways before, a lot of different versions," Stump tells EW. "And the thing that really grabbed me was the voice of the writing -- I can see this."
Wonderland, which is set to enter production in August, is Stump's third film scoring project -- he also did the music for the animated film Gnome Alone and the upcoming Seth Green movie Changeland.
"When you're doing a score, it's kind of like acting, really, because you have to get in the head of a character," Stump explains. "Whereas with Fall Out Boy, if I'm writing a song, I'm going to have to get on stage every night and sing that. It's really for me. Writing a song is more -- not selfish, but you're focused on what you would want, whereas in a film you're just focused on telling the story."
In addition to hearing Stump's music on the big screen, you can hear it live during Fall Out Boy's summer tour, which begins August 29 in Uniondale, New York.
Credit: Danny ClinchMuse has premiered a new track titled "Something Human." The summery tune -- probably the first Muse song that could be described as "tropical" -- is available now for digital download.
"Something Human" is also accompanied by a video, which finds frontman Matt Bellamy driving through a futuristic, apocalyptic wasteland, before warping back in time to return a VHS tape to a long-abandoned video store. Then he turns into a werewolf, because of course he does. You can watch it now on YouTube.
"Life on the road can bring out your inner beast, this song and video is about taming that beast, desiring a return to something human," Bellamy says. "Plus, Teen Wolf is cool."
In addition to the new track, Muse has also revealed that the band's next album, the follow-up to 2015's Drones, is due out in November.
Credit: Jeff ForneyAvenged Sevenfold will launch their End of the World tour with Prophets of Rage Sunday, July 22 in Mansfield, Massachusetts. For frontman M. Shadows, the tour gives him the opportunity to spend time with members of Rage Against the Machine, who soundtracked his youth with their iconic blend of political lyrics and a rap-metal sound.
"Man, they're just legends," Shadows tells ABC Radio of Rage. "They're legendary dudes, legendary songs."
"As a kid growing up, it was just mind-boggling how great those songs were," he continues. "I remember going to grandparents' house every day after school and plugging in my little amp and learning Rage Against the Machine guitar riffs."
Prophets of Rage, which features Rage's Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk, continues that political outspokenness. While Avenged Sevenfold isn't known as a "political" band, their latest album, 2016's artificial intelligence-themed The Stage, demonstrates their desire to inform their listeners about what they feel are important topics.
"I believe musicians should speak up with their beliefs, and that's what Prophets does," Shadows explains. "I think the approach we took on The Stage is our own way of dipping our toe in that water and saying, 'Hey, we want people to educate themselves.'"
The summer tour, also featureing Three Days Grace, will be A7X's final run behind The Stage before they begin work on their next album. The tour will build on the production of previous outings to create a "send-off" for the album.
"If you take that last tour we did, look it up, and you add pyro onto that and couple more gags, that's what you're gonna get in terms of the production for the summer tour, which I think is gonna be pretty huge," Shadows says.
ABC/Randy HolmesDave Grohl's favorite opening band is hitting the road on their own. The Struts will rock the U.S. this fall on a headlining tour, which begins September 21 in Detroit and wraps up November 9 in San Francisco.
The British rockers will be touring behind their forthcoming sophomore album, which is due out later this year. The currently untitled effort will feature the new single "Body Talks."
If you don't want to wait for the fall trek, you can catch The Struts live this summer as the openers for Foo Fighters.
Here are The Struts' fall headlining tour dates:
9/21 -- Detroit, MI, St. Andrew’s 9/22 -- Fort Wayne, IN, Piere’s 9/24 -- Richmond, VA, National 9/26 -- Toronto, ON, The Opera House 9/30 -- Albany, NY, Upstate Concert Hall 10/2 -- New York, NY, Bowery Ballroom 10/3 -- New York, NY, Bowery Ballroom 10/5 -- Asbury Park, NJ, Stone Pony 10/6 -- Philadelphia, PA, TLA 10/8 -- Washington, DC, 9:30 Club 10/9 -- Carrboro, NC, Cat’s Cradle 10/10 -- Asheville, NC, Orange Peel 10/12 -- Atlanta, GA, Variety Theater 10/13 -- Orlando, FL, The Beachum Theater 10/14 -- Tampa, FL, The Orpheum 10/16 -- Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Culture Room 10/17 -- Jacksonville, FL, Maverick’s at the Landing 10/19 -- Mobile, AL, Soul Kitchen 10/20 -- Destin, FL, Club LA 10/21 -- Tuscaloosa, AL, Druid City 10/23 -- St. Louis, MO, The Pageant 10/25 -- Fort Smith, AR, Temple Live 10/26 -- Arlington, TX, Texas Live! 10/29 -- Austin, TX, Emo’s 11/2 -- Tempe, AZ, Marquee 11/3 -- Anaheim, CA, HOB 11/6 -- Napa, CA, Jam Cellars Ballroom 11/8 -- Sacramento, CA, Ace of Spades 11/9 -- San Francisco, CA, Fillmore