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Listen to White Reaper cover The Sound's "I Can't Escape Myself"

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White Reaper has released a cover of "I Can't Escape Myself," originally recorded in 1980 by the English post-punk outfit The Sound.

"We wanted to put something out and we didn't have an album yet so we covered a song that we love," says frontman Tony Esposito. "We've done this before and we'll probably do it again. The Sound is a really great band and you should check them out if you're unfamiliar."

You can listen to White Reaper's version of "I Can't Escape Myself" via digital outlets.

White Reaper's most recent album is 2023's Asking for a Ride, which features the singles "Pages" and "Fog Machine."

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Deep Purple drops new animated video for “Smoke On The Water”

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Deep Purple has shared a new video for their classic track “Smoke On The Water.” 

The animated clip recounts recounts the story of the song’s origin. It was inspired by the events that surrounded the recording of Deep Purple's 1972 album, Machine Head. In 1971 the band planned to record at Montreux Casino, but the venue caught fire during a concert by Frank Zappa when someone in the audience fired a flare gun.

The title of the song is a reference to smoke from the fire spreading over Lake Geneva.

“It’s been an honor to put visuals to this song, undeniably one of the greatest rock tracks of all time. The fact that the song is itself a story meant we had no shortage of inspiration for the scenes that accompany the music,” co-directors Dan Gibling and Luke McDonnell share. “The writing of the album was an adventure summed up in the lyrics, and we hope we have created an accompanying adventure that existing and new fans will enjoy.”

The new clip is for a 2024 remix of the track that will be featured on the new Machine Head: Super Deluxe Edition, which will be released as a three-CD/LP/Blu-ray set on March 29. It features new stereo and Dolby Atmos mixes of the 1972 original album, courtesy of Dweezil Zappa. There’s also the 1974 quadrophonic mix, and a new 2024 remaster of the original album and two live concerts.

It is available for preorder now.

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AC/DC’s 'Back in Black' inspires new book of mystery short stories

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A new book of mystery stories inspired by the music of AC/DC is set for release this summer.

Black in Black, named after the band’s seventh studio album, is an anthology featuring 10 mysteries each named after a song on the album, one of which is a new Jack Reacher tale by Andrew Child.

Other authors contributing short stories to the anthology include Reed Farrel Coleman, Heather Graham, Tori Eldridge and Ward Larsen.

The book is the third installment in Blackstone Publishing’s Music and Murder Mystery Series. Previous books were inspired by the EaglesHotel California and Michael Jackson’s Thriller.

Back in Black: An Anthology of New Mystery Short Stories will be released July 16 and is available for preorder now.

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Mammoth WVH postpones trio of upcoming shows

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Mammoth WVH has postponed a trio of upcoming concerts.

The shows were set to take place March 8 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, March 9 in Charles Town, West Virginia, and March 10 in Albany, New York. They've now been moved to July, and all previously purchased tickets will be honored for the rescheduled dates.

No reason for the postponement was given other than "unforeseen circumstances." However, it is perhaps notable that the Oscars take place on March 10, and it was recently announced that Ryan Gosling will be singing his Barbie song "I'm Just Ken" during the ceremony. You may recall that Mammoth frontman Wolfgang Van Halen plays guitar on "I'm Just Ken," as does Slash.

Of course, whether or not Mammoth moved around their schedule so that Wolf could perform on the Oscars is currently just speculation. Slash, meanwhile, is about to launch a tour of Asia with Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators, but he does have a gap in his schedule between a March 9 show in South Korea and a March 12 performance in the Philippines.

Mammoth has been on tour supporting their latest album, 2023's Mammoth II.

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This is "Tribute": Watch Tenacious D sing Britney Spears' "...Baby One More Time"

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While Tenacious D couldn't remember the greatest song in the world, they can do a spirited rendition of Britney Spears' "...Baby One More Time."

In a Facebook post, Jack Black and Kyle Gass have shared a video of them singing and dancing along to the '90s pop classic. In the caption, they write, "STILL BELIEVE."

It's unclear whether Tenacious D is putting their spin on "...Baby One More Time" for an upcoming project or if they're just having fun. Though the clip is just 24 seconds long and only contains the chorus, it sounds quite produced to be just a goof. The post's caption also includes a panda emoji, perhaps a reference to Black's upcoming movie, Kung Fu Panda 4.

Tenacious D's previous covers include Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game" and "Time Warp" from The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

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Foo Fighters' Chris Shiflett shares cover of Thin Lizzy's "Cowboy Song"

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Foo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett has shared a solo cover of the Thin Lizzy tune "Cowboy Song."

"I've always loved Thin Lizzy and thought Phil Lynott's storytelling lyrics could easily translate to country music, none more so than 'Cowboy Song,'" Shiflett says, adding that he wanted his version to have "a late '70s Waylon [Jennings] type of vibe, like when outlaw was crossing over into disco."

"Lizzy is one of the all-time great guitar bands so it was fun trying to put my own spin on the guitar solos," he adds. "I twanged some of it up, and straight copped bits and pieces too, kind of an homage."

You can listen to Shiflett's "Cowboy Song" cover now via digital outlets. It'll also appear on an upcoming EP titled Starry Nights & Campfire Lights, due out March 15.

Shiflett put out a new solo album, Lost at Sea, in October. He has a number of U.S. solo shows coming up, including a set at the BottleRock Napa Valley festival in May.

Foo Fighters, meanwhile, will return to the road in May. They'll be touring in continued support of their latest album, 2023's But Here We Are.

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30 years ago, Nirvana played their final show

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Nirvana played what would turn out to be their final show on March 1, 1994 -- 30 years ago Friday.

The performance took place in Munich, Germany, and opened with a cover of The Cars' "My Best Friend's Girl." The rest of the set was heavy on Nirvana's 1991 album, Nevermind, and its 1993 follow-up, In Utero, though their smash hit "Smells Like Teen Spirit" wasn't played.

Attendees also saw Nirvana battle through some technical problems when the power cut out during "Come as You Are." The night ended with a performance of "Heart-Shaped Box."

Days after the Munich concert, frontman Kurt Cobain was hospitalized in Rome, and Nirvana's remaining tour dates were canceled. On April 8, Cobain was found dead in his Seattle home. His date of death was determined to be April 5 and cause of death was ruled a suicide.

In 2012, drummer Dave Grohl, bassist Krist Novoselic and touring guitarist Pat Smear reunited to play with Paul McCartney on a new song called "Cut Me Some Slack." They performed again in 2014 during Nirvana's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction with guest vocalists Lorde, St. Vincent, Kim Gordon and Joan Jett. Later that night, Grohl, Novoselic and Smear played a full set at an intimate Brooklyn club with singers including St. Vincent, Gordon, Jett and Dinosaur Jr.'s J Mascis.

Grohl, who plays with Smear in Foo Fighters, has reunited with Novoselic several times since, including during a 2018 Foos concert.

You can check out the set list for Nirvana's final show on Setlist.fm. Several videos from the performance, including performances of "Radio Friendly Unit Shifter," "Drain You" and the "My Best Friend's Girl" cover, are streaming via Nirvana's YouTube channel.

If you are in crisis or know someone in crisis, contact the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline by dialing 988, by calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or by visiting 988lifeline.org. You can also contact the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741.

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The Black Crowes announce 'Happiness Bastards' listening parties

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The Black Crowes are gearing up for the release of their new album, Happiness Bastards, and they're giving fans a chance to preview it early.

Brothers Chris and Rich Robinson just announced a string of listening parties, happening March 14 at indie record stores across the country. The parties will feature giveaways and give fans a chance to purchase the album early.

The Black Crowes gave fans their first taste of Happiness Bastards, their first album of new material in 15 years, with the release of “Wanting and Waiting” and then followed that up with the track “Cross Your Fingers.” The album is available for preorder now.

They’ll hit the road on the Happiness Bastards tour starting April 2 at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tennessee. A complete list of dates can be found at theblackcrowes.com.

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Collective Soul announces new double album, 'Here to Eternity'

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Collective Soul is collecting a lot of music for their next record.

The "Shine" rockers have announced a new double album called Here to Eternity. The 20-track effort will arrive on May 17 and will help celebrate Collective Soul's 30th anniversary.

"As a kid determined that rock n' roll was my life, I dreamed of making a double album, well here you go!" says vocalist Ed Roland. "Here to Eternity recorded at Elvis' estate in Palm Springs, [California]. Wow, Wow, and Wow. 20 songs that truly show the personality of this band and our musical journey!"

"This recording is not the pinnacle of the band, but it's the best one yet!" Roland adds. "Shouldn't we all feel the next day as our best? Well enjoy our best till the next one."

Here to Eternity is the follow-up to 2022's Vibrating. Collective Soul will launch a U.S. tour with Hootie & the Blowfish and Edwin McCain in May.

Here's the Here to Eternity track list:

"Mother's Love"
"Bluer Than So Blue"
"Let It Flow"
"Not the Same"
"Bob Dylan (Where Are You Today)"
"Hey Man"
"Kick It"
"Matter of Fact"
"Sister and Mary"
"Be the One"
"Keep It on Track"
"Who Loves"
"La Dee Da"
"Bring on the Day"
"Words Away"
"No Man's Land"
"Letter from E"
"I Know You, You Know Me"
"Therapy"
"Over and Out"

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Godsmack premieres video for 'Lighting Up the Sky' track "Truth"

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Godsmack has premiered the video for "Truth," a track off the band's latest album, Lighting Up the Sky.

The clip finds Sully Erna in a seemingly happy relationship that's then ruined by infidelity. You can watch it streaming on YouTube.

Lighting Up the Sky was released in February 2023. It also includes the singles "Surrender" and "Soul on Fire."

Godsmack is currently on their U.S. Vibez tour, which is described as an "intimate evening of music and untold stories." The trek will conclude in May.

(Video contains uncensored profanity.) 

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Jared Leto teases 'Tron: Ares' character

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On his Instagram, Oscar winner Jared Leto teased his character in the upcoming sci-fi flick Tron: Ares.

Leto posted a photo of a character wearing a skin-tight black suit and matching helmet, with the outfit's red lighting — as opposed to the franchise's blue-lit heroes — hinting he may be playing a baddie.

"ARE YOU READY?" the actor and Thirty Seconds to Mars frontman wrote, adding the movie's title and its year of release, 2025.

He closed with "see you on the grid," a reference to the world inside the world of computers.

The third film in the Tron franchise follows 2010's Tron: Legacy and the groundbreaking 1982 original, both of which starred Jeff Bridges.

According to Disney, Tron: Ares "follows a highly sophisticated Program, Ares, who is sent from the digital world into the real world on a dangerous mission, marking humankind's first encounter with A.I. beings."

The movie will also star Greta Lee, Evan Peters, Hasan Minhaj, Jodie Turner-Smith, Arturo Castro and Cameron Monaghan, and features Gillian Anderson.

In a release, director Joachim Rønning enthused, "I'm excited to be part of the Tron franchise and bring this new film to fans around the world."

He adds, "Tron: Ares builds upon the legacy of cutting-edge design, technology and storytelling. Now more than ever, it feels like the right time to return to the Grid."

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Greta Van Fleet-headlined Flavortown Fest canceled

Greta Van Fleet is no longer headed to Flavortown.

The "Highway Tune" rockers had been set to headline celebrity chef Guy Fieri's inaugural Flavortown Fest, which was scheduled to take place June 1-2 in Columbus, Ohio. However, the festival has now been canceled, with organizers citing "unforeseen circumstances."

Refunds will be issued to all ticket buyers. The festival's three charity partners will also each receive a $10,000 donation.

Other artists on the lineup included country star Kane Brown and Poison's Bret Michaels.

While Greta Van Fleet won't be making the trip to Flavortown, you can catch them on their upcoming U.S. headlining tour, kicking off in April.

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Ronnie James Dio Rock for Ronnie tribute concert returning for 2024

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The Ronnie James Dio tribute concert Rock for Ronnie is returning in 2024.

The show will take place May 19 in Woodland Hills, California, and will feature performances by Quiet Riot, Lita Ford and others. It'll raise money for the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, which was founded in Dio's memory after he passed away from stomach cancer in 2010 at age 67.

"This is the 'Year of the Dragon,' which only comes around every 12 years, and anyone who knew Ronnie knows how much he loved dragons," says Dio Cancer Fund founder and Dio's widow, Wendy Dio. "It is our hope that this 'Year of the Dragon' special event will be supported by donations that will further our charity's initiatives in cancer education and research for a cure for this terrible disease that has taken so many of our loved ones."

For ticket info, visit DioCancerFund.org.

The Rock for Ronnie concert launched in 2023 and raised $50,000. Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund also hosts the annual Bowl for Ronnie charity celebrity bowling tournament.

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Judas Priest announces 'Invincible Shield' global listening parties

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Judas Priest’s new album, Invincible Shield, comes out March 8, but they’re giving fans a chance to listen to it early.

The heavy metal rockers will debut the record on March 7 at global listening parties being held in metal bars in 30 cities around the world. Many of the parties will include Priest-themed cocktails, as well as special giveaways.

Judas Priest is also taking over Daytona Beach with a pop-up shop that will open during Daytona Beach Bike Week.

The shop will be located at Atlantic Sounds on International Speedway Boulevard and be open on Saturday, March 9, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The event's over 500,000 attendees will also get a chance to listen to the album as it is broadcast out of a custom Judas Priest military combat truck, described as “an invincible shield on wheels."

In other Judas Priest news, the band has just shared the video for “The Serpent and the King,” the fourth single Priest has released from Invincible Shield, following “Panic Attack," “Trial By Fire” and “Crown Of Horns.”

Invincible Shield is available for preorder now.

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Twenty One Pilots premiere "Overcompensate" single

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Twenty One Pilots have premiered "Overcompensate," the lead single off their upcoming album, Clancy.

The track begins with a voice declaring, "Welcome back to Trench," a reference to the setting and title of Twenty One Pilots' 2018 album. The "Stressed Out" duo previously teased the arrival of new music with a video titled "I Am Clancy," which recapped the mythology of Trench and its follow-up, 2021's Scaled and Icy.

You can listen to "Overcompensate" now via digital outlets and watch its accompanying video streaming on YouTube.

Clancy drops May 17, on the ninth anniversary of Twenty One Pilots' 2015 breakout album, Blurryface. Here's the track list:

"Overcompensate" 
"Next Semester" 
"Midwest Indigo"
"Routines in the Night"
"Backslide" 
"Vignette"
"The Craving (Jenna's Version)"
"Lavish"
"Navigating" 
"Snap Back" 
"Oldies Station"
"At the Risk of Feeling Dumb"
"Paladin Strait"

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