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The Used announces 'MEDZ' B-sides compilation

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The Used has announced a new B-sides compilation called MEDZ.

The set includes songs written during the sessions for The Used's latest album, 2023's Toxic Positivity, that didn't end up making the record. You can listen to the MEDZ title track now via digital outlets.

MEDZ also includes the previously released non-album tracks "People Are Vomit" and "F*** You."

The Used will launch a U.S. tour in June.

Here's the MEDZ track list:

"MEDZ"
"F*** You"
"People Are Vomit"
"Sisyphus"
"Depression Personified"
"Terrified"
"Before I Leave"
"Take Yourself Out"
"Tell Me"
"Pain Is My Therapy"

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Soundgarden marks anniversary of Chris Cornell's death: "He was more than just an iconic musician"

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Soundgarden has shared a Facebook post marking the anniversary of frontman Chris Cornell's death.

"We remember and honor the life and legacy of Chris Cornell, a voice that defined a generation and a soul that has resonated with millions," the "Black Hole Sun" rockers write. "He was more than just an iconic musician; he was a poet, a trailblazer, and an advocate for those who struggled in silence."

"We celebrate Chris Cornell's life, his art, and his undeniable impact on the world," the post continues. "Chris, your voice and spirit continue to echo in our hearts. Thank you for the music, the memories, and the inspiration. Rest in peace."

Cornell died the early morning of May 18, 2017, following a Soundgarden concert in Detroit on May 17. His death was ruled a suicide.

A posthumous covers album, No One Sings Like You Anymore, Vol. 1, was released in 2020 and was nominated for the Best Rock Album Grammy.

If you're struggling with thoughts of suicide or worried about a friend or loved one, call or text the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988 for free, confidential emotional support 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

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Halestorm releases 'Live at Wembley' live album & concert film

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Halestorm is revisiting a recent trip across the pond in a new live album and concert film.

Live at Wembley captures the "I Miss the Misery" outfit's December 2023 show at the famed London arena. The 18-track set captures performances of songs from throughout Halestorm's discography, including tracks from their latest album, 2022's Back from the Dead.

You can listen to Live at Wembley now via digital outlets and watch it in its entirety on YouTube.

Halestorm will launch a U.S. tour alongside I Prevail in July. 

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Metallica's James Hetfield delivers spoken word rendition of "One" for Apocalyptica collaboration

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James Hetfield puts a different spin on Metallica's "One" in a new version of the song recorded with Apocalyptica.

The track finds Hetfield delivering the anti-war song's lyrics in spoken word rather than singing them, bringing a haunting atmosphere to Apocalyptica's cello-led rendition. It also features 'Tallica bassist Robert Trujillo.

"For us, it is absolutely incredible that James and also Rob joined forces with us," Apocalyptica says. "We used everything at our disposal to make it as bombastic as possible with James Hetfield narrating the story with those poetic lyrics! We wanted it to be powerful, touching and breathtaking."

You can listen to Apocalyptica's "One" featuring Hetfield now via digital outlets and watch its accompanying video streaming now on YouTube. It'll also appear on Apocalyptica's upcoming album, Plays Metallica Vol. 2, due out June 7.

Plays Metallica Vol. 2 is the sequel to Apocalyptica's 1996 debut album, Plays Metallica by Four Cellos, which introduced their unique brand of cello metal.

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Watch video for new Kerry King solo song, "Toxic"

Kerry King's debut solo album, From Hell I Rise, is out now, and the Slayer guitarist is celebrating with a video for the song "Toxic."

The clip, streaming now on YouTube, reflects the political nature of the track's lyrics, which go, "Toxic rhetoric/ Toxic government/ Toxic politics /T oxic hypocrites."

"We're at a point where political fatigue has set in and become an issue for most people who live in our country no matter what side of the coin they land on," says co-director Jim Louvau. "The lyrics and energy of the song showcase that sentiment, so I wanted to create something visually that almost feels like a trailer for what we are about to experience. I also wanted to address PTSD for people who have serviced in the military and how the increased political landscape affects their mental health which often goes unnoticed."

King will embark on a European tour in June, followed by a U.S. run opening for Mastodon and Lamb of God's joint trek, beginning in August.

Slayer, meanwhile, will be playing the upcoming Riot Fest, Louder than Life and Aftershock festivals in the fall, marking their first live performances since playing what they called their final show in 2019.

That Slayer reunited surprised many people, including Scott Ian of Anthrax, who opened up for dates on the "Raining Blood" metallers' final tour. Ian told Classic Rock magazine that he was convinced that Slayer was actually done after that tour and that he texted King, "Thanks for making me look like a liar" after the reunion news broke.

In case you thought Ian was actually mad about Slayer getting back together, he later posted on Instagram, "I wrote a lighthearted text to Kerry and said, 'Thanks for making me look like a liar' as a joke."

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Nothing More shares new 'CARNAL' track, "ANGEL SONG," featuring Disturbed's David Draiman

Better Noise Music

Noting More has shared a new track called "ANGEL SONG," a cut off their upcoming album, CARNAL.

"ANGEL" song features guest vocals by Disturbed frontman David Draiman. You can listen to it now via digital outlets and watch its accompanying video streaming now on YouTube.

"'ANGEL SONG' is the haunting sound of our past selves melting into a future that is as bright as it is dark," says Nothing More's Jonny Hawkins. "Our animal nature is getting more and more chewed up by society and our souls swallowed by technology, but there's something in us that wants to fight back."

"As the song was coming together in the studio, it became immediately clear to us that David Draiman's voice would take it to another level," Hawkins adds. "We're so happy with the result."

CARNAL, the follow-up to 2022's Spirits, drops June 28. It also includes the previously released tracks "IF IT DOESN'T HURT" and "HOUSE ON SAND."

Nothing More's current tour with Wage War wraps Saturday, May 18, in Bloomington, Indiana. They will be touring with Godsmack starting in July.

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Slash premieres video for "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" cover featuring Demi Lovato

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Slash has premiered the video for his cover of "Papa Was a Rolling Stone," featuring vocals by Demi Lovato.

The clip features footage of the Guns N' Roses guitarist and the pop star recording in the studio, cut with clips of disco-era Detroit. You can watch it streaming now on YouTube.

Slash's version of "Papa Was a Rolling Stone," which was originally made famous by The Temptations, was recorded for his new blues covers album, Orgy of the Damned. The set also includes collaborations with AC/DC's Brian Johnson, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, ZZ Top's Billy F Gibbons and Iggy Pop.

Orgy of the Damned is out now, and Slash will launch a U.S. tour behind it in July. You can also catch him perform on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! May 20-22.

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System of a Down's Serj Tankian drops new solo single, "A.F. Day"

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System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian has dropped a new solo single called "A.F. Day."

"This previously unreleased song was written over 20 years ago at a very early time in my musical career," Tankian shares.

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

"A.F. Day" will appear on Tankian's upcoming solo EP, Foundations, due out in the fall.

Tankian also just released a memoir, Down with the System, on May 14. In the book, he reveals that he suggested to his System of a Down bandmates that they move on with a new singer.

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Blue Suede Shine: Collective Soul recorded new album 'Here to Eternity' at Elvis' estate

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To record their new album Here to Eternity, Collective Soul headed to the late Elvis Presley's estate in Palm Springs, California. Once there, the "Shine" rockers found the house largely untouched since The King passed away.

"[It had] the same stove, same refrigerator," frontman Ed Roland tells ABC Audio. "I mean, I showered in his shower."

While recording, Roland and his bandmates would often invite Elvis fans and tourists who visited the house inside.

"It was kinda fun to watch people be excited about their experience," Roland says. "I would talk to some of 'em [about] how much Elvis meant to 'em, how much music meant to 'em. It was kinda inspiring, it kinda helped, I think, our whole gig and our vibe while we were there."

Collective Soul certainly felt inspired and ended up turning Here to Eternity into a 20-track double album, which had long been a dream of Roland's since growing up with records such as Elton John's Goodbye Yellow Brick and The Rolling Stones' Exile on Main St.

While the creative juices were flowing in Elvis' estate, Collective Soul's stay wasn't without an eerie moment or two. Roland remembers they were at the house the day Elvis' daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, died in January 2023.

"The day she passed, the ceiling fell in her bedroom on all our gear and everything," Roland says. "So, yeah, there was a lot of vibe going on." 

Here to Eternity is out now.

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Kings of Leon share video for 'Can We Please Have' Fun song "Seen"

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Kings of Leon have shared a video for their song "Seen," a track off their new album, Can We Please Have Fun.

The clip follows a spotlight hopping between different members while the rest of the band is bathed in glowing white light. You can watch it now on YouTube.

"We've found that the more control we take, over all aspects of the creative process, the more authentic the experience is for us and the fans," says bassist Jared Followill. "We love seeing people's reactions and personal interpretations of the songs. But at the end of the day, nobody knows what these songs mean, and how they should come to life, better than we do."

He continues, "This album is our baby, and we want it presented in the way we envisioned when we wrote and recorded it."

Can We Please Have Fun, which also includes the single "Mustang," is out now. Kings of Leon will launch a U.S. tour in August.

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White Reaper debuts new song "Shimmy" featuring Spiritual Cramp

Blue Grape Music

White Reaper has debuted a new song called "Shimmy," featuring the punk band Spiritual Cramp.

"'Shimmy' is a song we all wrote together during the very early days of the pandemic, and for whatever reason at that time we just couldn't crack the code on the lyrics or the arrangement," the "Might Be Right" outfit says. "Years later, having revisited the song, it seemed clear what to add and/or subtract to get it to where we wanted it to be."

"There's this sort of fast-talking/singing part in the verses that felt like something that would really lend itself to [Spiritual Cramp singer Michael Bingham's] voice," the group continues. "He totally crushed it."

"Shimmy" is included on a new White Reaper/Spiritual Cramp split single, alongside the previously released joint track "Whatever You Say Man." The release is available now via digital outlets and on vinyl.

White Reaper will play a run of shows with Spiritual Cramp in June.

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Ozzy Osbourne feels Black Sabbath's story is "unfinished"

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Black Sabbath played their final concert in 2017, but Ozzy Osbourne feels the band's story didn't come to a satisfying conclusion.

During the latest episode of his Madhouse Chronicles show, Ozzy's co-host, Billy Morrison, asks him if he's "happy with the arc of the legend of Black Sabbath."

"No," Ozzy replies. "Because it wasn't Black Sabbath that finished it. It's unfinished."

Ozzy is referring to the fact that Sabbath's final gig did not feature founding drummer Bill Ward. While he was originally set to be part of Sabbath's reunion when it was announced in 2011, Ward ended up not taking part amid a falling out between him and the rest of the band. Tommy Clufetos, who plays drums in Ozzy's solo band, manned the kit for the final Sabbath tour, while Rage Against the Machine's Brad Wilk played on their final album, 2013's 13.

"It wasn't really Black Sabbath," Ozzy says of the Ward-less album and tour. "If you had [late Cream drummer] Ginger Baker playing with The Beatles, it wouldn't be The Beatles."

Ozzy adds that he would "jump at the chance" to play "one more gig" with Ward.

"Do you know what would be cool?" he says. "If we went to a club unannounced and we just got up and [played] ... 'cause we started up in a club."

In other Black Sabbath related news, bassist Geezer Butler's memoir, Into the Void, will be available on paperback June 18. The book was first released in 2023.

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The Black Crowes bring out Steven Tyler for his first performance since injuring his vocal cords

L-R: Steven Tyler, Chris Robinson, Jimmy Page and Rich Robinson backstage at London’s Eventim Apollo, 15th May 2024/ Photo Credit: Ross Halfin

The Black Crowes brought their Happiness Bastards tour to London’s Eventim Apollo on Wednesday, May 15, where they were joined by a very special guest: Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler.

Tyler came out for the final song of the night, joining The Crowes for a cover of the Aerosmith classic “Mama Kin.” It was Tyler's first public performance since fracturing his larynx in September, which forced the postponement of Aerosmith's Peace Out final tour.

“If it is alright with y'all, we wanna play one more song. We wanna dedicate it to somebody who is a dear friend, and a hero, and a legend, Mr. Steven Tyler,” Chris Robinson shared. “We will be touring with Aerosmith soon, so we wanna play one of his songs." 

The Crowes were special guests on the Peace Out tour and will join Aerosmith again when the tour resumes September 20 in Pittsburgh.

Meanwhile, Tyler wasn’t the only rock superstar to take in The Crowes' London show. The band shared a picture on Instagram revealing that Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page was also backstage. They captioned the clip, “Rock Royalty Reigned last night at the #HappinessBastardsTour at the @eventimapollo in London.”

Next up, The Black Crowes bring their Happiness Bastards tour to Newcastle on May 17. A complete list of date can be found at theblackcrowes.com.

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Brain brew: Green Day launches new coffee brand, Punk Bunny Coffee

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Green Day is expanding their coffee game.

The "American Idiot" has announced the launch of Punk Bunny Coffee, a new brand built off of Green Day's Oakland Coffee company. Investors include Pitch Perfect actor Adam DeVine and celebrity chef/TV personality Rachael Ray.

In launching Punk Bunny Coffee, Green Day has also announced a partnership with Keurig to provide Punk Bunny K-Cup pods.

"For years, our band has been immersed in making damn good organic coffees with a strong focus on sustainability," says bassist Mike Dirnt. "Now in our 10th year, we are launching our new brand, Punk Bunny Coffee, and are proud to announce that we have been working closely in partnership with Keurig and support their sustainability innovations. Get ready to get 'Hopped up on Punk Bunny Coffee.'"

"I'm stoked to be an owner of a very cool specialty coffee roasting company here in the U.S.," adds frontman Billie Joe Armstrong. "And grateful for our co-owners and the amazing people who help us blend bada** coffee, just how we like it. It's going to be a big year for Green Day. We'll be playing shows across the globe and Punk Bunny coffee will be fueling the way, backstage and on our busses."

Green Day will kick off a U.S. stadium tour in July. They'll be supporting their latest album, Saviors, and playing their records Dookie and American Idiot in full to celebrate their respective 30th and 20th anniversaries.

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Since U Been Undone: Watch Weezer perform "Say It Ain't So" with Kelly Clarkson

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Weezer got in on the Kellyoke fun alongside Kelly Clarkson.

Frontman Rivers Cuomo and drummer Patrick Wilson appeared on the inaugural American Idol winner's daytime talk show, The Kelly Clarkson Show, on Wednesday and joined her for a rendition of the Blue Album single "Say It Ain't So."

"I've literally never been cool in my life until now," Clarkson exclaimed following the performance, which you can watch on YouTube.

The Kelly Clarkson Show also shared behind-the-scenes rehearsal footage on Facebook, in which Clarkson shares, "My junior high/high school self is freaking out," and tells Cuomo and Wilson about seeing Weezer live with Foo Fighters.

Along with the performance, Cuomo and Wilson sat down for an interview with Clarkson. The Weezer pair gave mostly mellow and even-keeled answers, much to the delight of the energetic Clarkson and fellow guest Brooke Shields.

The Blue Album celebrated its 30th anniversary on May 10. Weezer will be playing the Blue Album in full on an upcoming U.S. tour, launching in September.

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