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Deftones' Stephen Carpenter drops off band's international shows

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Deftones will be without guitarist Stephen Carpenter for the band's upcoming international shows.

In a video statement posted Friday, Carpenter says, "As much as I would love to be on the road with my brothers right now playing for all of our incredible international fans, I've chosen to remain playing domestically for now."

"With everything going on in the world, I'm just not ready to leave home or the country yet," he adds.

Guitarist Lance Jackman will fill in for Carpenter in his absence.

"Give him some love," Carpenter says. "Have a great time. I wish I could see every one of you. Thanks for your understanding."

Deftones is set to launch a tour of Europe in June. Presumably, Carpenter will miss the band's upcoming two shows in Canada this weekend, as well.

The Deftones' lineup has already been looking different lately due to the departure of longtime bassist Sergio Vega, who left the band last year as the result of a contract dispute. Vega was replaced by former Marylin Manson bassist Fred Sablan.

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Palaye Royale premieres new single, "Broken"

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Palaye Royale has premiered a new song called "Broken."

"In moments of darkness, it is crucial to find the light and grow into something even more beautiful," says vocalist Remington Leith. "Being broken means you have the opportunity to piece yourself back into an even better version."

"Broken" is available now via digital outlets, both as a standalone single and as part of an EP featuring Palaye Royal's 2021 songs "Paranoid," "No Love in LA" and "Punching Bag."

You can also watch the "Broken" video, which was filmed in a 12th century Prague monastery, streaming now on YouTube.

Palaye Royale has also been working on a new album, titled Fever Dream. It'll be the follow-up to their 2020 effort, The Bastards.

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Newly mixed 'Holy Diver' to be reissued in honor of Ronnie James Dio's 80th birthday

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Dio's Holy Diver is being reissued in honor of what would've been the late Ronnie James Dio's 80th birthday.

The set will arrive on July 8, two days before Dio would've hit the big 8-0 on July 10. It will come in two editions: the first features a new mix of the original record by engineer and producer Joe Barresi, who's previously worked with the bands Tool, Queens of the Stone Age and Slipknot; the second, dubbed the "Super Deluxe" edition, consists of the Barresi mix and a remastered version of the original Holy Diver mix, plus various bonus tracks, including live recordings, outtakes and rarities.

For a preview, you can check out the Barresi mix of the Holy Diver title track now via digital outlets.

Holy Diver, Dio's debut album with his namesake band, was released in 1983 after he left Black Sabbath a year earlier. In addition to spawning the classic title track, the double-Platinum Holy Diver features one of the most metal album covers of all time.

Dio passed away in May 2010 from stomach cancer. He was 67.

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Vince Neil guests on new song from Classless Act, Mötley Crüe reunion tour openers

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Vince Neil guests on a new song from Classless Act, an up-and-coming rock band set to open for the Mötley Crüe's reunion tour this summer.

The track, also titled "Classless Act," finds Neil joining the group's vocalist, Derek Day, in declaring, "Sit back, relax, and witness the class of the classless act awry."

"What drew me is that these are young guys playing real rock 'n' roll, playing their own instruments, all that good stuff that you miss from the last 20+ years," Neil says. "These guys remind me of Mötley Crüe growing up and they definitely rock. Can't wait to see what happens in the future."

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

The track will also appear on the debut Classless Act album, Welcome to the Show, which arrives June 24. The record also includes a collaboration with Justin Hawkins of The Darkness.

The Mötley Crüe tour, which was originally scheduled for 2020 but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is finally set to kick off in June. Def Leppard, Poison and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts will also be on the bill.

(Video contains uncensored profanity.) 

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Grey Daze, Chester Bennington's pre-Linkin Park band, releases new song, "Starting to Fly"

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Grey Daze, the late Chester Bennington's pre-Linkin Park band, has released a new song called "Starting to Fly."

"'Starting to Fly' is a new rock anthem that is about finding yourself and your true potential," says drummer Sean Dowdell. "It is realizing that you can make the world yours. It's a song about hope."

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

"Starting to Fly" will appear on the upcoming Grey Daze album, The Phoenix, due out June 17. Like the previous Grey Daze album, 2020's Amends, The Phoenix includes newly recorded instrumentals accompanying Bennington's vocals.

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Person killed in LA studio fire where Ozzy Osbourne's daughter Aimee was recording

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Aimee Osbourne, daughter of Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, is safe after exiting a Los Angeles recording studio that caught fire Thursday.

According to the Los Angeles Fire Department, the blaze occurred at 5:42 p.m. local time at a two-story commercial building with "an abundance of small individual recording studios inside." The statement reports that two people were "found with smoke-related respiratory symptoms," while one person was tragically killed.

In an Instagram post early Friday morning, Sharon confirmed that Aimee and her producer were in the building when the fire began.

"They are the lucky two that made it out alive," Sharon writes. "It is utterly heartbreaking that someone lost their life today in this fire & we are sending our prayers to this person & their family."

Sharon adds that "what happened...was beyond horrific," and that she hopes that the tragedy will put a bigger focus on fire safety for similar buildings.

"This building was a creative hub for music in Hollywood, a space that should have been regulated for fire code," Sharon writes. "Producers, musicians, mixers & artists also lost all of their equipment. Once again, our prayers go out to the family and friends of the person that lost their life to this senseless fire."

Aimee releases music under the band name ARO. The group's debut album, Vacare Adamaré, dropped in 2020.

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The Cure's new album set to arrive by October, says Robert Smith

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Stop us if you've heard this one before: The Cure's next album will be released later this year.

Frontman Robert Smith has been teasing the follow-up to 2008's 4:13 Dream dating back to at least 2019, when he told NME that he was "intent" on releasing a new Cure record by the end of that year.

Well, it's now 2022, and Smith is once again telling the U.K. publication that The Cure will release a new album before the year is over.

"We will be releasing a new album," Smith says. "I get fed up of saying this now! We will be playing from October and the new album will be out before then."

Smith describes the record, which is currently titled Songs of a Lost World, as "pretty relentless," correctly asserting that vibe "will appeal to the hardcore of our audience."

"I don't think we'll be getting any #1 singles off it or anything like that!" he laughs. "It's been quite harrowing, like it has for everyone else."

Meanwhile, Smith and longtime Cure bassist Simon Gallup were honored with the Music Icon Award at the 2022 Ivor Novello Awards, which were held earlier this week. The prestigious U.K. prize recognized the pair as "true cultural icons who have changed the face of popular music across the last four decades as songwriters for The Cure."

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'If everything could ever feel this real forever': Foo Fighters' 'The Colour and the Shape' turns 25

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The Foo Fighters album The Colour and the Shape is now 25.

Released May 20, 1997, The Colour and the Shape arrived two years after Dave Grohl dropped the debut, self-titled Foo Fighters record in 1995. While technically the sophomore Foo Fighters effort, The Colour and the Shape marked their studio debut as a full band.

Grohl, who played drums in Nirvana, initially founded Foo Fighters as a solo project following the death of Kurt Cobain and recorded that first Foos album almost entirely by himself. When it came time for a Foo Fighters tour, Grohl put together a live band featuring bassist Nate Mendel and drummer William Goldsmith of Sunny Day Real Estate, as well as touring Nirvana guitarist Pat Smear.

That lineup then went into the studio to record The Colour and the Shape, though it didn't come out the same way. As the story goes, Grohl was not satisfied with Goldsmith's drum tracks and decided to rerecord them himself. Upon learning this, Goldsmith left the band.

Beyond the personnel issues, recording The Colour and the Shape was a difficult -- and unexpectedly expensive -- process for Grohl and company. Still, the Foos powered through and delivered what's considered to be among their best albums, thanks in part to now-classic songs including "Everlong," "My Hero" and "Monkey Wrench." Additionally, Goldsmith's departure led to drummer Taylor Hawkins joining the band shortly after the album was recorded.

Speaking with ABC Audio earlier this year, Grohl shared that the Foos didn't have any plans to mark The Colour and the Shape's milestone anniversary. Any plans that they may have had, however, are now undoubtedly canceled, given the unexpected death of Hawkins last March. Following the news of Hawkins' passing, Foo Fighters canceled all of their tour dates.

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Linkin Park's 'One More Light' title track certified Platinum on album's five-year anniversary

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Linkin Park's "One More Light" is officially a Platinum record.

According to the RIAA, the song hit the 1 million certified units mark today, May 19, exactly five years after the album One More Light was first released in 2017.

Additionally, the lead One More Light single "Heavy" has now been certified double-Platinum.

With its pop and electronic-driven sound, One More Light was initially divisive among Linkin Park fans. Still, it debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200.

One More Light would soon take on a new meaning after frontman Chester Bennington died by suicide in July 2017, just two months after the album's release. The record's title track in particular became a rallying cry for grieving fans.

If you are in crisis or know someone in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741.

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Watch the trailer for third season of 'The Umbrella Academy'

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The first trailer for the upcoming third season of The Umbrella Academy has arrived.

The clip picks up after the cliffhanger of season 2, which -- spoiler alert -- ends with our beloved family of misfit superheroes jumping into an alternate timeline where the Umbrella Academy doesn't exist. Instead, they find that their eccentric, estranged father figure Reginald Hargreeves has formed a new super family, the Sparrow Academy.

As the trailer's tag line puts it, "Too many siblings, not enough timeline."

The Umbrella Academy, which first debuted in 2019, is based on the comic book series created by My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way.

Season 3 will star returning cast members Elliot Page, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gallagher and Justin H. Min. It premieres June 22 on Netflix.

(Video contains uncensored profanity.) 

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Texas brewery announces new Pantera-themed beer, Becoming Bock

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Pantera has once again teamed up with the Dallas-based Texas Ale Project craft brewery to create a new signature beer.

The latest creation is called Becoming Bock -- presumably named after the Far Beyond Driven cut "Becoming" -- and is described as an "easy-drinking amber lager." It follows Pantera's first Texas Ale Project collaboration, Pantera Golden Ale, which was first announced in 2020.

Becoming Bock will be available this summer and fall. Additionally, a third Pantera beer, Electric Blonde Ale, will be released by the Texas Ale Project later this year.

"Pantera Golden Ale has been a huge success, and we're excited to continue this partnership with Pantera to expand the distribution across Texas and launch new limited edition Pantera beers," says Texas Ale Project founder Kat Thompson. "Thank you to all the Pantera fans out there. Keep rockin’ and keep enjoying our beers!"

For more info, stay tuned to TexasAleProject.com.

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System of a Down's Serj Tankian to be featured in 'Metal: Hellsinger' video game

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System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian will be featured in an upcoming video game called Metal: Hellsinger.

Described as a "rhythm FPS," Metal: Hellsinger finds players shooting enemies to the the beat of original music sung by a variety of big-name metal artists. Tankian, for example, is contributing a song called "No Tomorrow."

"Your ability to shoot on the beat will directly impact both the damage you deal and how awesome the music sounds," the game's description reads. "The more in sync you are with the rhythm, the more intense the music will become and the more destruction you will cause."

Other artists taking part include Trivium's Matt Heafy, Lamb of God's Randy Blythe, Jinjer's Tatiana Shmailyuk, Refused's Dennis Lyxzén and Arch Enemy's Alissa White-Gluz.

You can watch a trailer featuring a clip of Tankian's song streaming now on YouTube.

Metal: Hellsinger is set to be released later this year on PC, PS5 and Xbox Series X/S.

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X Ambassadors' Sam Harris & All Time Low's Alex Gaskarth play KISS members in 'Spinning Gold' clip

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X Ambassadors vocalist Sam Harris and All Time Low's Alex Gaskarth "rock and roll all night" as members of KISS in a new clip from the upcoming film Spinning Gold.

The movie is a biopic about Neil Bogart, who founded the label Casablanca Records and helped launch the careers of artists like KISS, Donna Summer, Parliament and Village People.

The clip shows Bogart, played by Tony-nominated actor Jeremy Jordan, being led backstage at a KISS concert just as they're playing their signature song "Rock and Roll All Nite" for the enthusiastic crowd. We also get brief looks at Harris playing guitarist and vocalist Paul Stanley and Gaskarth playing drummer Peter Criss.

You can watch the clip now via Variety.

Spinning Gold -- which was written and directed by Bogart's son, Timothy Scott Bogart -- will be shown Thursday during an industry-only screening at the ongoing Cannes Film Festival.

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Korn premieres live "Worst Is on Its Way" video recorded during streaming church performance

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Korn has premiered a new live video for "Worst Is on Its Way," the current single off the band's new album, Requiem.

The performance was recorded during Korn's streaming concert earlier this year celebrating the release of Requiem, which was filmed at the Hollywood United Methodist Church in Los Angeles. Three hundred fans got to attend the intimate show in performance, which required attendees to wear "appropriate black funeral attire."

You can watch the live "Worst Is on Its Way" video streaming now on YouTube.

Requiem, Korn's 14th studio album, was released last February. It also includes the lead single "Start the Healing."

Korn will hit the road in support of Requiem on a U.S. tour alongside Evanescence kicking off in August.

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My Chemical Romance's comeback single, "The Foundations of Decay," rolls up 'Billboard' charts

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In returning with a new song, My Chemical Romance is also returning to the Billboard charts.

The track, titled "The Foundations of Decay," has made its debut on several airplay rankings, including bowing at #31 on the Rock & Alternative Airplay tally.

The bow is especially noteworthy since "The Foundations of Decay" didn't get the benefit of a full Billboard airplay tracking week -- its debut on Rock & Alternative Airplay reflects radio impressions from when the track made its surprise premiere at 6 p.m. ET last Thursday to last Sunday.

In terms of downloads, "The Foundations of Decay" starts at #16 on the Rock Digital Song Sales chart and #48 on the all-genre Digital Song Sales tally. The download total is solely made up of sales from its release day, as Billboard's sales tracking week ends Thursday night.

"The Foundations of Decay" is the first MCR song to be released in eight years and the first since they announced their reunion in 2019. The group's much-anticipated reunion tour, which has been delayed two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, finally launched this week in the U.K. The U.S. leg will begin in August.

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