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Chris Cornell’s Daughter Pays Tribute to Late Rocker With Duet: Listen

Chris Cornell’s daughter has released a recording of a duet with her late father as part of an emotional tribute to the late rocker on Father’s Day. Toni Cornell released the duet of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” on Sunday (June 17) along with a note thanking her dad for his support of her. “You gave me courage when I didn’t have any. You believed in me when I didn’t. I miss your love everyday,” Toni Cornell, 13, wrote in posts that accompanied the song on Instagram and YouTube. “Recording this song with you was a special and amazing experience I wish I could repeat 100 times over and I know you would too.” Chris Cornell died in May 2017 while on tour and his death was ruled a suicide. He was a leader of the grunge movement with Seattle-based Soundgarden, and enjoyed a successful career ...

‘Viva La Vida’ Turns 10: How Coldplay Made the Last Massive Experimental Rock Album

‘Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends’ was released in the U.S. 10 years ago Coldplay do not trade in mystery. Depending on your vantage point, Chris Martin is either a blank slate onto which we can project our most universal emotions, a remarkable doof constantly in awe over how big and beautiful the world can seem, or some sublime combination of the two. He’s never been anything but transparent about the guiding forces behind his band, who are among our most reliable remixers of the rock canon.  Martin isn’t interested in being cool, or particularly original, deflecting the allure of what makes most of his contemporaries tick. In a sense, it’s kind of a relief that he’s so open with his primary mission to make you feel the most things by way of the most gorgeous sounds h...

Nick Knox, Drummer in the Cramps, Dies at 60

Former Cramps drummer Nick Knox has died, according to friends and musicians he’s played with, including John D Morton, Miriam Linna and Kid Congo Powers. Knox, born Nicholas Stephanoff, was a longtime member of the Cramps from 1977 to 1991 and contributed to the band’s first four studio albums: Songs the Lord Taught Us, Psychedelic Jungle, A Date With Elvis and Stay Sick. Prior to his run in the Cramps, he was a member of the Electric Eels. “My friend Nick Knox shuffled off the mortal coil last night,” Morton, of the Electric Eels, wrote on Twitter Friday (June 15). He went on to explain the photo he chose to post: “I saw a self portrait of the artist Tseng Kwong Chi in front of the Eiffel Tower except his figure had been cut out. It was explained to me as a ...

Blink-182 Postpone Las Vegas Residency Due to Blood Clots in Travis Barker’s Arms

Blink-182 have been forced to postpone the third run of their “Kings of the Weekend” Las Vegas residency shows at the Palms Hotel and Casino this weekend due to a medical emergency. The band announced on Thursday (June 14) that the gigs on Friday (June 15) and Saturday (June 16) were being put on hold because of blood clots in drummer Travis Barker‘s arms. “Friends, Travis Barker is suffering from blood clots in both arms and unfortunately cannot perform until cleared to do so by his medical team,” read a statement posted on the band’s Facebook page. “The situation is currently being closely monitored. Due to this situation it is with great regret that the blink-182 ‘Kings of the Weekend’ Las Vegas residency dates this weekend must be r...

Weezer Soft Rock Viral Hit ‘Africa’ on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’: Watch

They also busted out their classic “Buddy Holly” on Tuesday night (June 12). After a year-long campaign led by the anonymous @weezerafrica begged Weezer to “bless the rains down in Africa” and release a cover of Toto’s classic hit single, the band finally caved last month after mounting pressure and delivered a cover of “Africa” along their take on Toto’s #2 hit single “Rosanna.” Both covers recently entered the Billboard Hot Rock Songs chart, becoming the band’s highest charting song’s since 2009’s “(If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To.” Amidst all this odd success, Weezer delivered their first live performance of “Africa” on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Tuesday night (June 12), and followed it up with an equally quirky performance of their breakthrough 1994 hit...

The Allman Brothers Band Unearths Rarity ‘Desdemona’ From Archive Collection: Premiere

After the passings of Gregg Allman and Butch Trucks last year, looking back at his Allman Brothers Band history can be emotionally tough for guitarist Warren Haynes. But he was happy to do it for the new Peach Picks: Cream of the Crop 2003 archival collection, from which a rare performance of “Desdemona” is premiering below on Billboard today (June 12). The four-disc set, out on June 15, features 36 performances from the Allmans’ July 25-Aug. 10, 2003 run, including shows in Pittsburgh, Charlotte and Raleigh, N.C., Hartford, Conn., and Darien Center. N.Y., all during a tour supporting that year’s Hittin’ The Note, the Allmans’ first new album in 10 years. “It was a really good time period for the band,” Haynes, who served as supervising produ...

Interpol Perform New Single ‘The Rover’ On ‘The Late Show’: Watch

Hot on the heels of announcements for both an album and a slate of international tour dates, Interpol officially christened the first single off their forthcoming Marauder on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Friday (June 8). All of the elements of a typical, deafening Interpol performance were present and accounted for as they played through “The Rover,” right on down to the washes of red lights, the snappy suits and insistent guitar line that’s embedded in your brain after the first few measures. Marauder, Interpol’s sixth album, is set for an Aug. 24 release through Matador Records; they’ll kick off the tour in support of the LP on June 25 at Austria’s Arena Wien Open Air and eventually make their way back to the States to celebrate the release of...

Danny Kirwan, Former Member of Fleetwood Mac, Dies at 68

Former Fleetwood Mac guitarist and singer Danny Kirwan passed away in London on Friday (June 8). The news of his death was confirmed by Mick Fleetwood on the band’s official Facebook page. Kirwan joined Fleetwood Mac in 1968 and contributed to several albums, including Then Play On, Blues Jam at Chess, Kiln House, Future Games and Bare Trees. The first song he recorded with the group was 1968’s instrumental single “Albatross.” “Today was greeted by the sad news of the passing of Danny Kirwan in London, England. Danny was a huge force in our early years. His love for the Blues led him to being asked to join Fleetwood Mac in 1968, where he made his musical home for many years,” Fleetwood wrote. “Danny’s true legacy, in my mind, will forever live on i...

DevilDriver Taps John Carter Cash & Randy Blythe for ‘Ghost Riders In The Sky’ Cover: Video Premiere

When DevilDriver decided to embrace its insurgent country forebears for its upcoming Outlaws ‘Til The End: Vol. 1, Stan Jones’ oft-covered “Ghost Riders In The Sky” — whose video is premiering exclusively below — was a first choice to cover. “It’s not a (Johnny) Cash song, but he did it one of the best,” frontman Dez Fafara tells Billboard about the track, which features guest appearances by Cash’s son John Carter Cash and his wife, Ana Cristina Cash, and Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe. “Lyrically I knew the approach was gonna be heavy; This wasn’t going to be an Active Rock-leaning kind of track.” At the same time, Fafara catered — or, in his parlance, “bent” — his performance to what h...

NOFX Issues Apology For Vegas Remarks: ‘We Made A Tasteless Joke’

The band also made a subtle dig at Roseanne Barr. “I guess you only get shot in Vegas if you’re in a country band,” Fat Mike of NOFX said at the band’s Punk Rock Bowling & Music Festival set in Las Vegas in May. While the band is known for their controversial sense of humor, the quartet was met with a wave of backlash after their disparaging comments about the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting. The lost the band a beer sponsorship and festival slot, and yesterday (June 3) the group issued an official apology. “There’s no place here to backpedal. What NOFX said in Vegas was shameful. We crossed the line of civility,” the statement read. “All members of the band would like to sincerely apologize to anyone who experienced loss from the Vega...

Bluesman Eddy Clearwater Dies of Heart Failure at Age 83

Chicago bluesman Eddy Clearwater, lauded for his guitar playing and flamboyant showmanship, has died of heart failure. Alligator Records announced Clearwater, 83, died Friday (June 1) in Skokie, Illinois. Known as “The Chief,” Clearwater was born Edward Harrington in Macon, Mississippi. A self-taught guitarist, he began his career in Birmingham, performing with gospel music groups, including the Five Blind Boys of Alabama. After moving to Chicago in 1950, Clearwater drifted into the blues, making a name for himself as Guitar Eddy. According to Alligator Records, after Clearwater added a rock and roll element to his guitar playing, his then manager came up with the name Clear Waters as a play on blues legend Muddy Waters. The name eventually evolved into Eddy Clearwater. His 2003 album, Roc...

Five Finger Death Punch Overcome the Odds for ‘Justice’

After years of turmoil, band lands fifth straight No. 1 on Hard Rock Albums chart. How did one of the most successful metal bands of the last 20 years know it might be partying a little too much? For Five Finger Death Punch, it was when former Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx, a man that wrote the book(s) on excess, told the group that it needed to slow down. “That’s when you know it’s time to step on the brakes a bit,” guitarist Zoltan Bathory says of Sixx’s warning that came several years ago at a show. And while getting straight took issuing an ultimatum to frontman Ivan Moody amid a legal battle with its record label, the end result is FFDP’s seventh album, And Justice for None; a revitalized band with a renewed focus; and a return to touring that includes a summer co-headlining amphithe...