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  • Foo Fighters have released a new track titled "Soldier" as part of a series of digital tracks issued to benefit Planned Parenthood. An eventual vinyl version of the series, dubbed 7-Inches For Planned Parenthood, is in the works as well. The song itself is an outtake from the sessions for the band's new LP, Concrete And Gold.

    • Concrete And Gold debuted at Number One on the Billboard 200 album chart last month, selling 127,000 equivalent album units in its first week of release.
    • The band's fall North American tour kicked off earlier this month in San Bernardino, California with Cal Jam 17, a daylong festival featuring the Foos headlining a bill that included Queens Of The Stone Age, Royal Blood, Cage The Elephant and more.
    • The Foos next play on Friday night (October 20th) in Cincinnati.

  • Evanescence has released the official music video for the song "Imperfection." The track is one of two new songs on the band's next album, Synthesis, which is due out on November 10th. In addition to the new songs, the LP features fan favorites re-recorded with a live orchestra and electronica, with help from arranger and composer David Campbell.

    Singer Amy Lee said about "Imperfection" in a statement, "It's for all the people we've lost, all the people who we could lose, to suicide and depression. I'm singing from the perspective of the person left behind, the person in the waiting room. It's a plea to fight for your life, to stay. Don't give in to the fear -- I have to tell myself that every day. Nobody is perfect."

    • She added, "We are all imperfect, and it's precisely those imperfections that make us who we are, and we have to embrace them because there's so much beauty in those differences. Life is worth fighting for. You are worth fighting for."
    • The "Synthesis Live" tour launched last weekend on the West Coast. Like the album, the tour features a full orchestra and electronics. The trek stops on Friday night (October 20th) in Houston.

  • Linkin Park fans have assembled a new video in support of the group one week before the band will perform for the first time without late lead singer Chester Bennington. The clip was compiled by Linkin Park superfan Jane Kalinina, who utilized images of fellow fans from around the world holding signs of support. Kalinina wrote at YouTube, "50 soldiers coming together to send Linkin Park a supportive and loving message before their show on October 27th. Please share this video so hopefully the guys can see it and help them feel better."

    • Bennington's widow Talinda retweeted the clip, writing, "This video is amazing! They will do great!"
    • Linkin Park vocalist Mike Shinoda also retweeted the video, posting, "I am so grateful for the LP fan base. Love you guys."
    • Members of Korn, System Of A Down, Blink-182, Bring Me The Horizon, Avenged Sevenfold and more have been confirmed to appear at the upcoming Chester Bennington tribute concert, set to take place at the Hollywood Bowl next Friday, October 27th.
    • The show will mark the first live performance by Linkin Park since Bennington's death, with the group's future plans yet to be revealed.
    • Proceeds from the concert, which is being billed as Linkin Park And Friends Celebrate Life In Honor Of Chester Bennington, will go to Music For Relief's One More Light Fund in memory of Bennington.
    • Bennington was found dead on July 20th after committing suicide at his home in Palo Verdes Estates, California.

  • A supergroup featuring Tool drummer Danny Carey and Mastodon guitarist/vocalist Brent Hinds has begun teasing the release of its debut album. Called Legend Of The Seagullmen, the band shared a post on Instagram hinting that the LP "sounds amazing." No other info, such as a title or release date, has been given. The group's only other release so far came in 2015 in the shape of the song "Ships Wreck."

    • Legend Of The Seagullmen have also announced a New Years Eve (December 31st) show with Primus, set to take place at the Fox Theater in Oakland.
    • Legend of the Seagullmen also features OFF!’s Dimitri Coats and director Jimmy Hayward.
    • Meanwhile, another Mastodon spin-off, called Gone Is Gone, will release a red vinyl seven-inch single on Black Friday (November 24th) at independent record stores. It will include a brand new track called "Phantom Limb."
    • Gone Is Gone consists of Mastodon bassist Troy Sanders, Queens Of The Stone Age guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen, At The Drive-In drummer Tony Hajjar and guitarist-keyboardist Mike Zarin.
    • Guitarist Bill Kelliher told us that collaborations with other artists is nothing new for Mastodon: "We've done a few with Leslie Feist, and, you know, Scott Kelly is always a part of it, and Cedric from Mars Volta and Josh Homme and Neil Fallon -- you know, a lot of our personal, like, idols that we've become friends with, and you know, we love their styles and everything."
    • Gone Is Gone's debut album is titled Echolocation and the band filmed a video for the title track.
    • Mastodon recently released an EP titled Cold Dark Place and is on a North American tour with Eagles Of Death Metal.

  • 10 Years has released a brand new song called "Ghosts," the title track from the band's upcoming album (How To Live) As Ghosts. The song follows on the heels of 10 Years' current radio hit, "Novacaine," which has steadily climbed the chart and has now reached Number 19 on the Active Rock survey. The full album arrives on October 27th.

    Singer Jesse Hasek explained that the album title was inspired by some challenges the band encountered as well as the return of two key members: "It's just part of the process. Every one of us are gonna end up passing through this existence and onto the next existence, and it's like it's okay to pass to the next one. It's almost like a rebirth and a beginning and a new start. It was kind of embracing this new birth through kind of death of other things." . AUDIO: 10 YEARS' JESSE HASEK ON THE NEW ALBUM TITLE

  • The organizers of Ozzy Osbourne's long-running Ozzfest have filed a lawsuit against the interactive outdoor festival OZY Fest, claiming that the New York City event and its logo were confusing music fans. OZY Fest, billed last year as OZY Fusion Fest, took place in Central Park this past July, featuring performances by Jason Derulo, Issa Rae, RuPaul, Zara Larsson and Talib Kweli, as well as panels featuring Malcolm Gladwell, Katie Couric, Ta-Nehisi Coates and many others not exactly associated with the heavy metal genre.

    • The inaugural OZY Fusion Fest in 2016 attracted nearly 5,000 guests who interacted with art, engaged with speakers, tasted food and partied to live music, all in one place.
    • OZY Fest claimed after receiving a cease-and-desist letter from Ozzfest's legal team that it was a "media-focused event" and not a concert. The New York Times described OZY Fest as "part music festival, part TED talk, part food fair."
    • Ozzfest's attorneys countered in the cease-and-desist that the OZY Fest marks are "nearly identical in sight, sound, connotation and commercial impression to MLC's well-known Ozzfest mark."
    • Ozzfest itself is teaming again with Slipknot's Knotfest for a two-day spectacular on the first weekend of November in San Bernardino, California. Ozzy will headline Ozzfest the first day, while Rob Zombie will top the Knotfest bill.


REPORT: PRINCE HARRY INTRODUCES MEGHAN MARKLE TO THE QUEEN: Prince Harry took Meghan Markle to Buckingham Palace to meet Queen Elizabeth II last Thursday, according to a report in the Daily Mail. He reportedly staged a "deliberately informal" tea to put Markle at ease and make sure their meeting wasn’t "widely publicized." This report comes amid significant engagement buzz around the couple, and less than a month after the pair made their first joint official appearance together at the 2017 Invictus Games. MODEL INES RAU FIRST TRANSGENDER MODEL TO BE PLAYBOY PLAYMATE: For Playboy’s November 2017 issue, model Ines Rau will make her second appearance in the pages of the magazine, but this time she will grace the centerfold as its Playmate, the first transgender model to do so. Rau first graced Playboy’s pages in May 2014. She has also modeled for Vogue Italia and Balmain, among other brands. The magazine is also pushing forward with another first: to celebrate its founder, the late Hugh Hefner, the magazine will feature a man by himself for the first time on the cover of collector’s edition for November/December. BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER NICHOLAS BRENDON ARRESTED FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: Nicholas Brendon, best known for his role as Xander Harris on the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, was arrested on felony domestic charges earlier this month. According to reports, he and his girlfriend got into a physical altercation at a bar in Palm Springs on October 11th. This is not Brendon’s first run-in with police. In 2015, he was arrested for choking a girlfriend during an argument and pled guilty to criminal mischief. He was arrested for vandalism in 2010 and property damage in 2014. MAYIM BIALIK APOLOGIZES FOR THIRD TIME FOR CONTROVERSIAL SEXUAL HARASSMENT OP-ED: Mayim Bialik is "truly sorry" for her op-ed in The New York Times. The Big Bang Theory star penned a piece titled "Mayim Bialik: Being a Feminist in Harvey Weinstein’s World" in which she wrote that she makes "choices every day" that are "wise," such as dressing "modestly" and not acting "flirtatiously." The response was immediate, and after issuing lukewarm apologies, she took to Instagram Wednesday to share a statement which reads in part: "Let me say clearly and explicitly that I am very sorry. What you wear and how you behave does not provide any protection from assault, nor does the way you dress or act in any way make you responsible for being assaulted; you are never responsible for being assaulted." DANIELLE DARRIEUX DIES AT AGE 100: One of the grande dames of French cinema has died at age 100. Danielle Darrieux made more than 100 films over eight decades. She died at her home in Bois-le-Roi, France. She appeared in classic films such as La Ronde in 1950 and Le Rouge Et Le Noir in 1954. She also appeared in Hollywood and Broadway hits, including The Rage Of Paris with Douglas Fairbanks Jr in 1938; 1951’s Rich Young And Pretty for MGM; 5 Fingers with James Mason in 1952, and United Artists’ Alexander The Great with Richard Burton in 1956.


Proving once again that truth is stranger than fiction, Emilio Estevez is the most profitable star in Hollywood. Analysts from PartyCasino, a unit of the GVC gaming group, studied box office data between 1980 and 2017 and determined that the Young Guns star delivered the most return for any male actor who has been featured in at least 10 movies. The report found that for every $1 spent on Estevez’s films, he generated $6.70 at the box office. Next up: Brad Pitt? The Rock? Nope! Jean-Claude Van Damme came in second, bringing in $4.20 for every $1 spent. Next up were Mel Gibson with $3.50 and Tyler Perry and Dudley Moore tying at $3 for every $1 spent. Pitt, meanwhile, brought in only 10 cents for every $1 spent, making him the least profitable actor, while Johnny Depp at 20 cents, Robert De Niro at 24 cents and Hugh Jackman at 25 cents also appear to be notably bad investments.


Lindsay Lohan has jumped on the trending #MeToo bandwagon, but in a most unusual way. On Wednesday night, Lohan shared an Instagram photo from the set of The Parent Trap, along with a long caption about the abuse she endured with ex-fiance Egor Tarabasov. She claimed that when she was "abused" no one cared. "Whatever anyone says, I am FOR #womenempowerment as if most women in America cared how I was abused by my exfiancé… when not one person stood up for me while he was abusing me. You could only imagine what it feels like to come out as a #strongwoman BUT, acknowledge this, we all make our own choices and wake up in our own beds in the morning. I prefer to go to my home and wake up alone. #BESTRONG let us not blame anyone as #karma will always takes its toll." That was the original caption, as captured by The Daily Mail. But then she changed it, softening the tone: "Whatever anyone says, I am FOR #womenempowerment #strongwoman #BESTRONG #karma will always takes its toll. #womensrights" Last week, Lohan got blowback for defending accused rapist Harvey Weinstein in an Instagram story. In August of 2016, the Daily Mail published photos of an altercation between Lohan and Tarabasov. The Mail interviewed her as well. During the interview, Lohan made a series of disturbing comments: "There have been so many lies printed about me recently. I’ve kept quiet for so long but now I’m scared of what Egor might do to me and to himself. I realize now you can’t stay in a relationship just for love. No woman can be hit and stay with that person if that person isn’t prepared to say sorry."


A group of Weinstein Company employees have issued a statement strongly condemning their former boss, the accused serial rapist and harasser Harvey Weinstein. In a statement to The New Yorker, staff members write that they were unaware of the assaults, but admit that they were in fact part of the problem. The statement reads in part: "We came to work at this company because we love movies. We grew up watching Miramax films, and came to associate that name, and later the name Weinstein, with great storytelling. "Some of us have been here for years, others for just for a few months. Some have been here since their first college internship, others joined the team after a rigorous application process. All of us were excited to get the job, proud to be working for a company with such an illustrious history." The statement acknowledges Weinstein’s significant personality issues: "We all knew that we were working for a man with an infamous temper. We did not know we were working for a serial sexual predator. We knew that our boss could be manipulative. We did not know that he used his power to systematically assault and silence women. We had an idea that he was a womanizer who had extra-marital affairs. We did not know he was a violent aggressor and alleged rapist. "But to say that we are shocked and surprised only makes us part of the problem." The statement goes on to request being freed from their NDAs so that they can be free to create a safe place to work: "We know that in writing this we are in open breach of the non-disclosure agreements in our contracts. But our former boss is in open violation of his contract with us – the employees – to create a safe place for us to work. "We have nothing to hide, and are as angry and baffled as you are at how Harvey’s behavior could continue for so long. We ask that the company let us out of our NDAs immediately – and do the same for all former Weinstein Company employees – so we may speak openly, and get to the origins of what happened here, and how. "We unequivocally support all the women who have come forward, many of whom we count among our own friends and colleagues. Thank you for speaking out. When The New York Times and The New Yorker articles broke, we wept. We see you, we admire you, and we are in this fight alongside you." Since The New York Times issued a bombshell October 5th report detailing Weinstein’s alleged harassment, assault and rape of women over several decades, more than 40 women have come forward with their personal stories of being verbally or physically attacked by him. Weinstein has been fired from his company and ousted from the Academy and Producers Guild of America. His brother Bob Weinstein has also been accused of harassment. Members of Hollywood’s A-List, including most recently Channing Tatum, are pulling out of projects with the company.

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