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The Revivalists, Black Stone Cherry join lineup for #iVoted Festival

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The Revivalists and Black Stone Cherry have joined the lineup for the #iVoted Festival.

The virtual event takes place November 8, the same day as the U.S. midterm elections. You can RSVP to watch by sending in a selfie from outside your polling location or with a blank, mail-in ballot.

Those who aren't yet of voting age can also take part in the #iVoted Festival by RSVPing with their first voting-eligible election year and sharing why they're excited to vote.

Rise Against is among the previously announced #iVoted performers. Other new additions to the bill include OK Go, Los Lobos and Jukebox the Ghost.

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Michelle Branch officially files for divorce from Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney

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After a drama-filled week which saw her being arrested for domestic assault, Michelle Branch has now filed for divorce from her husband of three years, Patrick Carney of The Black Keys, Billboard reports.

According to the divorce complaint, which was filed August 12, Michelle cites irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split. She lists the date of separation as August 11, and requested primary residential custody of the couple's two children and that Carney pay child support.

Last Thursday, Michelle posted and then deleted a tweet in which she accused Carney of cheating on her. She then issued an official statement saying she is "totally devastated" and that "the rug has been completely pulled from underneath me." She was subsequently arrested after she slapped Carney; she was released on $1,000 bond.

Michelle and Carney have a 6-month-old daughter and a 4-year-old son; Michelle also has a 17-year-old daughter from her previous marriage. When she wed Carney in 2019, it was her second marriage and his third.

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Reading & Leeds "saddened" following Måneskin VMA performance announcement


Last week, Måneskin announced that they were dropping off the lineup for the U.K.'s 2022 Reading & Leeds festivals due to unspecified "unforeseen scheduling conflicts." Now, it would appear that the mystery has been solved.

On Monday, it was announced that Måneskin will be performing at the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards on August 28, which overlaps with Reading & Leeds dates: August 26-28.

Reading & Leeds organizers have issued a statement regarding Måneskin's cancellation, as well as that of rapper Jack Harlow, who is also performing on the VMAs after being on the original R&L lineup.

"We are saddened to hear that Jack Harlow and Måneskin have decided to perform at an award show the same weekend they were confirmed to play Reading & Leeds," the statement reads.

Organizers add that they're currently "working on some exciting replacements."

Reading & Leeds already needed to replace headliner Rage Against the Machine after the reunited band canceled their U.K. and European tour dates due to frontman Zack de la Rocha suffering from what's reportedly a torn Achilles tendon. The 1975 has since joined the bill.

Other artists on the Reading & Leeds lineup include Arctic Monkeys, Bring Me the Horizon, Wolf Alice, Glass Animals, Halsey, Bastille and All Time Low.

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Losing my mind: Silk Sonic covers Papa Roach's "Last Resort"

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Papa Roach's "Last Resort" has popped up in a couple unexpected places over the years, but getting covered by Silk Sonic may take the cake.

The "Leave the Door Open" duo, made up of Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak, debuted a rendition of the 2000 nu metal staple during a surprise club appearance amid their ongoing Las Vegas residency.

You can check out fan-shot footage of the performance posted by Twitter user @hannahsonic14.

Papa Roach, meanwhile, released a new album, Ego Trip, in April. Last year, they teamed up with TikTok musician Jeris Johnson for a new version of "Last Resort" dubbed "Last Resort (Reloaded)."

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Måneskin to perform at 2022 MTV VMAs

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Måneskin is performing at the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards.

The Italian rockers will make their debut on the VMA stage with a rendition of their current single, "Supermodel."

In addition to performing, Måneskin is a two-time VMA nominee this year. They're up for Best New Artist and Best Alternative for "I Wanna Be Your Slave."

The 2022 MTV VMAs take place August 28. As previously reported, Panic! at the Disco is also among the performers. Other artists on the lineup include Lizzo, Jack Harlow, BLACKPINK, Anitta, Marshmello, Khalid, J Balvin and Kane Brown, as well as Video Vanguard honoree Nicki Minaj.

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Porno for Pyros is "writing and recording new music"

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In addition to reuniting on the stage, Porno for Pyros looks to be reuniting in the studio.

In a Facebook post, guitarist Peter DiStefano reveals that the Perry Farrell-led outfit is "writing and recording new music." The post is accompanied by a photo of DiStefano and Farrell together.

The update follows a post DiStefano made in 2021, in which he wrote that he and Pyros drummer Stephen Perkins, who also plays in Jane's Addiction with Farrell, were "Working on new Porno For Pyros songs."

Porno for Pyros released their most recent album, Good God's Urge, in 1996, two years before breaking up in 1998. The group got back together for their first full, public concert in 26 years during May's Welcome to Rockville festival, and have played several one-off headlining and festival sets since, including at Farrell's Lollapalooza.

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Five Finger Death Punch announces co-headlining US tour with country star Brantley Gilbert

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Five Finger Death Punch is teaming up with country star Brantley Gilbert for a U.S. co-headlining tour this fall.

The joint outing launches November 9 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and will wrap up in FFDP's hometown of Las Vegas on December 17. "Outlaws & Outsiders" artist Cory Marks will also be on the bill.

Tickets go on sale this Friday, August 19, at 10 a.m. local time. Those who've signed up for the Five Finger Death Punch Legions app will have access to a presale beginning Tuesday, August 16, at 10 a.m. local time. For the full list of dates and all ticket info, visit

While perhaps a strange pairing on its face, FFDP and Gilbert have worked together before, collaborating on a cover of the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band song "Blue on Black." The cover, which also featured Shepherd and Queen guitarist Brian May, hit #1 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Airplay chart in 2019.

If you prefer your Five Finger Death Punch shows to be all metal all the time, you can also catch their summer tour with Megadeth, The Hu and Fire from the Gods, which launches August 19 in Ridgefield, Washington. That same day, FFDP will release their new album, AfterLife.

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Machine Gun Kelly Day declared in Cleveland to celebrate homecoming concert


Cleveland celebrated Machine Gun Kelly over the weekend in honor of the "Bloody Valentine" rocker's return to the Ohio city for a homecoming concert.

In a video posted to Kelly's Instagram, you can see Mayor Justin Bibb declare that Saturday, August 13, is Machine Gun Kelly Day in Cleveland.

Addressing the gathered crowd while standing next to Kelly, Bibb said, "Four years ago, I met MGK and I didn't know someone loved the city of Cleveland as much as I did, but he does."

In the post's caption, Kelly writes, "It's officially a holiday in the city of Cleveland! These are happy tears."

Meanwhile, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame also celebrated MGK's return to Cleveland by adding some of his personal items to the Right Here, Right Now exhibit, including a stage-worn outfit and his Schecter PT Model electric guitar.

Machine Gun Kelly closed out the night with a headlining set at FirstEnergy Stadium, the home of the Cleveland Browns football team. The show also marked the final date on MGK's U.S. headlining tour supporting his new album, Mainstream Sellout.

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Report: Metallica's James Hetfield & wife Francesca divorce after 25 years of marriage

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Metallica frontman James Hetfield and his wife, Francesca, have split after 25 years of marriage, TMZ reports.

According to the gossip site, James filed for divorce earlier this year in Colorado, his current state of residence. TMZ notes that "the filing was never reported" and that the now-former couple "kept it out of the spotlight."

James and Francesca married in 1997. They have three children together, including son Castor, who plays in a band called Bastardane.

Metallica played a pair of stadium headlining shows in Buffalo, New York, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, over the last few days. The group's next scheduled show is at New York City's Global Citizen Festival in September.

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The Struts announce new single "Fallin' with Me," due out Friday

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The Struts will be strutting back with new music this week.

The "Could Have Been Me" outfit is set to premiere a single called "Fallin' with Me" Friday, August 19. The track is available to presave now, and you can check out a preview via the band's Instagram.

"Fallin' with Me" follows The Struts' two 2021 singles: the Paris Jackson collaboration "Low Key in Love" and a cover of the Queen classic "We Will Rock You." The English rockers' most recent album is 2020's Strange Days, which includes guest spots from Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello, The Strokes' Albert Hammond Jr., and Def Leppard's Joe Elliott and Phil Collen.

The Struts will be playing a run of U.S. headlining dates in September. You can also catch them at several festivals this fall, including Louder than Life and Aftershock.

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New Years Day returns with new single, "Hurts Like Hell"

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New Years Day has premiered a new single called "Hurts Like Hell."

The track marks the first fresh offering from Ash Costello and company in three years, following the group's 2019 album, Unbreakable.

"'Hurts Like Hell' might seem like a song about a relationship on the surface; in a way, it is, I suppose," Costello says. "As I struggled to navigate how to continue to pursue my passion during the pandemic, I realized that chaos is where I thrive. I will stare down any obstacle, even if I look like a crazy person to subject myself to it."

You can listen to "Hurts Like Hell" now via digital outlets. Its accompanying video is streaming now on YouTube.

New Years Day will hit the road this September opening for Halestorm. They'll launch their own headlining tour in October.

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Live albums capturing Dio's 1983, 1987 Donington performances due in September

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A pair of archival live albums capturing metal legends Dio performing at the Monsters of Rock festivals in Donington, England, in 1983 and 1987, respectively, will be released September 23 on CD and as limited-edition two-LP vinyl sets.

The CD and two-LP versions of both albums -- Dio at Donington '83 and Dio at Donington '87 -- will come packaged with a 3D lenticular print of the cover art, while the LP sets will feature an exclusive etching on Side D. Standard single-LP editions of both albums will also be available.

Dio at Donington '83 features the Ronnie James Dio-led band performing in support of its debut album, Holy Diver. The group's set featured renditions of four songs from Holy Diver, as well as select tunes from Ronnie's stints with Rainbow and Black Sabbath, including Rainbow's "Stargazer" and "Man on the Silver Mountain," and Sabbath's "Heaven and Hell" and "Children of the Sea."

Dio's 1983 lineup featured drummer Vinny Appice, bassist Jimmy Bain, keyboardist Claude Schnell and future Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell.

Dio at Donington '87 captures the band performing shortly after the release of its Dream Evil album. Dio's set included three songs from Dream Evil, the title tracks of their Holy Diver and The Last in Line albums, and select Black Sabbath and Rainbow tunes.

Dio's 1987 lineup featured Appice, Bain, Schnell and guitarist Craig Goldy.

Dio at Donington '83 and Dio at Donington '87 can be preordered now. Recordings of the two concerts were previously released together in a single package in 2010.

Here's the full Dio at Donington '83 track list:

"Stand Up and Shout"
"Straight Through the Heart"
"Children of the Sea"
"Rainbow in the Dark"
"Holy Diver"
Drum Solo
Guitar Solo
"Heaven and Hell"
"Man on the Silver Mountain"
"Man on the Silver Mountain (Reprise)"

And here's the full Dio at Donington '87 track list:

"Dream Evil"
"Neon Knights"
"Naked in the Rain"
"Rock 'n' Roll Children"
"Long Live Rock 'n' Roll"
"The Last in Line"
"Children of the Sea"
"Holy Diver"
"Heaven and Hell"
"Man on the Silver Mountain"
"All the Fools Sailed Away"
"The Last in Line (Reprise)"
"Rainbow in the Dark"

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Turnstile guitarist Brady Ebert leaves band

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Turnstile guitarist Brady Ebert is no longer in the band.

In a statement posted to their Instagram Story, the "Mystery" rockers write, "Turnstile and guitarist Brady Ebert are parting ways."

"We are deeply grateful for our time together," the statement continues. "Our love for him continues and we wish him nothing but the best moving forward."

Ebert has been with Turnstile since the band was founded in 2010. He played on the group's 2021 breakout album Glow On, which spawned the singles "Mystery" and "Blackout," as well as their first two records.

Turnstile is set to open a run of dates on My Chemical Romance's U.S. reunion tour later this month. They launch their own headlining tour in October and will play the Dia de Los Deftones festival in November.

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Sammy Hagar reflects on recording 'Fast Times at Ridgemont High' title song

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Sammy Hagar was among the many well-known artists who contributed original songs to the soundtrack of the classic teen comedy-drama Fast Times at Ridgemont High, which premiered 40 years ago this Saturday.

Hagar wrote and recorded the movie's title song, a riff-heavy rock tune that Sammy notes was one of a series a tunes he recorded specifically for films around that time.

"They just would send me the script of the movie, and I would read…through it," Hagar explains to ABC Audio. "And they didn't ask me to write the title track. I just wrote a song called 'Fast Times at Ridgemont High.' So…lyrically, I just kind of mimicked what was going on in the movie. You know, just a bunch of high school kids messing up…and trying to get laid, basically."

The Red Rocker says having one of his songs as the title track of a popular movie then felt like he'd hit the "big time."

Hagar notes that he always enjoyed writing songs for films, explaining, "I loved having a theme. For a songwriter, the first thing you need to have, after you have the [music]…I needed a title, a subject. 'What am I writing about?' And when they would hand that to you in a script in a movie…I just said, 'Oh, yeah. Boom! I know what to do.'"

Meanwhile, Hagar says one of the cool things about his "Fast Times" song was getting to work with a soundtrack musician who was experimenting with synthesizers, and who added an effect that Sammy described as sounding "like a knife being sharpened."

"It was so advanced [at the time]," Hagar notes. "It was really cool…You know, no one had ever heard anything like that before."

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Nothing More shares new 'Spirits' track, "You Don't Know What Love Means"

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Nothing More has premiered a new song called "You Don't Know What Love Means," which will appear on the band's upcoming album, Spirits.

In a statement, frontman Jonny Hawkins says "You Don't Know What Love Means" reflects the "emotional and intimate side" of Spirits.

"The lyrics and tone of this one feels like it hits in a similar way that 'Go to War' and 'Jenny' did," Hawkins shares. "It's going to feel huge playing this next one on tour."

You can listen to "You Don't Know What Love Means" now via digital outlets and watch its accompanying video streaming now on YouTube.

"You Don't Know What Love Means" is the fourth song to be released from Spirits, following "Tired of Winning," "Turn It Up Like (Stand in the Fire)" and the title track. The album will arrive in full on October 14.

Nothing More will be touring the U.S. ahead of the Spirits release alongside In This Moment. The outing launches August 26 in Evansville, Indiana.

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