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Of Mice & Men release video for ‘Fighting Gravity’ and announce new album ‘Echo’

Following their EP’s Timeless and Bloom, Of Mice & Men are combining the two – plus a brand-new one – into their upcoming seventh album, Echo.

The 10-track record is due out on December 3;  the band calls it ​“a snapshot of the last year-and-a-half of our lives. It covers loss and growth, life and impermanence, love, and the infinite – how the most wonderful and most tragic parts of the human experience are deeply intertwined.”

To mark the announcement, OM&M have also dropped a new single and video, ‘Fighting Gravity,’ which Aaron Pauley says is about ​“learning to let go, while also recognizing the impermanence and shortness of life. We think we’re in control of so much, but we’re really not, and that existential dilemma is at the foundation of the human condition.”

Watch the video for ‘Fighting Gravity‘ – here.

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Ozzy Osbourne shares 3 rare ‘Down To Earth’ tracks for 20th annniversary

Ozzy Osbourne has shared three rare tracks from the digital edition of his 2001 album, “Down To Earth,” which was recorded in Los Angeles and produced by Tim Palmer. “Down To Earth” featured a lineup that included Ozzy’s longtime collaborator and guitarist Zakk Wylde along with then-future Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo and Faith No More drummer Mike Bordin.

The tracks — “No Place for Angels,” “Dreamer” (Acoustic Version), and “Gets Me Through” (Single Version) — have been released on digital platforms as part of a 20th anniversary expanded digital edition.  Palmer also co-wrote some of the songs on Down To Earth with Ozzy, which was Ozzy’s eighth solo effort. In the U.S., it went gold in 2001, platinum in 2003. Down to Earth also reached No. 4 on the Billboard Top 200.

The 2021 digital edition of the record follows last month’s 30th anniversary digital release of Osbourne’s “No More Tears” album.  Stream the “Down To Earth” rarities below –

No Place for Angels – here
“Dreamer” (Acoustic Version) – here
“Gets Me Through” (Single Version) – here

You can listen to the full “Ozzy Osbourne, Down to Earth (20th Anniversary Expanded Edition)” on Spotify

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Jack White releases new single “Taking Me Back”

Jack White is back with his first new music in four years, releasing the single “Taking Me Back.” Accompanying Taking Me Back, White also released a stripped-down version of the tune dubbed “Taking Me Back (Gently).” Both versions of the song arrive with visualizers as well (the original Taking Me Back clip features footage from the upcoming video game, ‘Call of Duty: Vanguard’).

Taking Me Back marks White’s first solo release since the arrival of his last album, Boarding House Reach, in 2018. The following year, he reunited with the Raconteurs to release their first album in over a decade, Help Us Stranger.

Check out Taking Me Back which was produced at White’s Third Man Records in Nashville, Tennessee, here. You can take a listen to Taking Me Back (Gently) – here.

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Paul McCartney, Bryan Adams, Taylor Swift and more announced as presenters for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced the performers and presenters for its 2021 induction ceremony. Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, Lionel Richie, Mickey Guyton, H.E.R., Dr. Dre, Bryan Adams, Christina Aguilera, Angela Bassett, Drew Barrymore and other stars will be on hand to celebrate the new inductees.

Barrymore will induct the Go-Go’s, while Bassett will be the presenter for Tina Turner, whom she portrayed in the 1993 film ‘What’s Love Got to Do with It.’  Aguilera, Guyton, H.E.R., and Adams will perform Turner’s songs. McCartney will help induct the Foo Fighters, while Dr. Dre will introduce LL Cool J., and Swift and Hudson will be the presenters for Carole King, as well as performers. Richie will help honor music executive, entrepreneur and film producer Clarence Avant, known as “The Black Godfather.” Avant will receive the Ahmet Ertegun Award.

The 36th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place Oct. 30 at 8 p.m. at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, Ohio.

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ASIA announce the upcoming release of “The Official Live Bootlegs Volume 1” boxset

Supergroup ASIA will release a 10-CD box set, “The Official Live Bootlegs Volume 1”, on November 26. A digital album — also called “The Official Live Bootlegs Volume 1” — will feature a selection of 24 tracks taken from the full box set, out on the same day. “The Official Live Bootlegs Volume 1” celebrates the concert tours following ASIA‘s first two albums in 1982 and 1983. The boxset features concerts from 1982 (Buffalo, NY, USA), 1983 (Worcester, MA, USA), 2007 (São Paulo, Brazil), 2008 (Tokyo, Japan) and 2010 (London, UK).

Keyboard player Geoff Downes says of the boxset: “This historical collection represents some of our finest and most defining live moments from the very first ASIA tour in 1982 and the ‘Alpha’ tour the following year through three of our many ‘Reunion’ shows. It was such a privilege to take ASIA‘s music to these different continents and feel the warmth and support from fans all over the world. We hope this brings back great memories and inspires others to appreciate the music of ASIA.”

Pre-order your copy of “The Official Live Bootlegs Volume 1” – .

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Neil Young and Crazy Horse announce new album ‘Barn’

Neil Young & Crazy Horse have announced a new album called ‘Barn’ set to arrive December 10 via Reprise. Young announced the news on his  Neil Young Archives website, along with the full tracklist.  Barn marks Young and Crazy Horse’s follow-up to 2019’s Colorado. In addition to announcing the new LP, Young released the track “Song of the Seasons” available to stream for Neil Young Archives subscribers.  You can take a listen to the track – here.

Earlier this year, Young and Crazy Horse released Way Down in the Rust Bucket, a live album recorded in 1990 at a small club in Santa Cruz, California.

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Mötley Crüe frontman Vince Neil ‘back home and resting’ after breaking his ribs during a fall off stage while performing

Mötley Crüe singer Vince Neil is “back home and resting” following an accident on Friday, October 15, where Neil fall from the stage during his performance at the Monsters on the Mountain Festival at LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, TN. An update posted to Mötley Crüe’s social media reads: “Vince is back home and resting after breaking a few ribs on Friday night. Our love and best wishes for a speedy recovery and ready to rock in ‘22!! 🖤🤘

Bassist Dana Strum (Slaughter) who was performing with Neil, addressed the crowd after the accident, telling them: “The truth is Vince fell and broke ribs when he fell. He can’t breathe and he’s gonna get dealt with medically. Now, that sucks for us, and him. He was so excited to be here. He lives in Tennessee. But he was willing to stick it out and tough it out when the people back here were telling him ‘Don’t do it.’ Let’s have one good round of applause, please, for this guy.”  Neil’s band closed out the show without the singer, playing a rendition of the Crüe classic “Live Wire” with guitarist Jeff Blando (also from Slaughter) handling lead vocals. Video of the fall and Strum’s address to the crowd were captured on video.

Mötley Crüe will launch a stadium tour with Def Leppard, Poison, and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts in 2022. The tour was originally rescheduled to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Judas Priest’s Rob Halford reveals his battle with prostate cancer

Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford revealed that he battled prostate cancer last year during the pandemic.
The legendary rocker shared details about the health issues he faced in the past year in a newly-added chapter to the just-released updated paperback edition of his 2020 memoir, “Confess.”

Halford had been experiencing symptoms dating back to 2017. “How did I feel?” he writes. “I felt a combination of shock, horror, and oddly, relief – at least now I know!…’Am I going to die?’ It was all I could think of. I know blokes who’ve died of prostate cancer. ‘No, you’re not going to die, Rob,’ said Dr. Ali.”

Halford underwent prostatectomy surgery in July 2020 to remove the cancer, then received radiation therapy this past spring after more cancer was discovered on his prostate bed. He also had an appendectomy after a tumor was discovered on his appendix.  Halford is now in remission after receiving an all-clear in June.

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Paul Simon announces new audiobook “Miracle and Wonder: Conversations with Paul Simon”

Paul Simon marked his 80th birthday last week by announcing the new audiobook Miracle and Wonder: Conversations With Paul Simon. The five-hour audiobook is named after a line in the Graceland track “The Boy In the Bubble,” and features new music titled “Seven Psalms” — his first since 2018’s In the Blue Light. It also includes previously unreleased live studio versions of beloved songs from his catalogue like “The Sound of Silence” and “The Boxer.”

Simon collaborated with author Malcolm Gladwell and Bruce Headlam for Miracle and Wonder, recording over 30 hours of interviews over nine sessions. The biography traces Simon’s upbringing in Queens, New York, his rise to fame as one half of Simon and Garfunkel, his solo career, and more with cameos from Sting, Jeff Tweedy, Herbie Hancock, Rosanne Cash, and more. Miracle and Wonder: Conversations With Paul Simon arrives November 16th.

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Bryan Adams releases new video ‘So Happy It Hurts’ from his forthcoming album

Bryan Adams has released a music video for his brand new single “So Happy It Hurts,” the title track to his forthcoming album which will arrive on March 11, 2022.

Adams directed the video, and has this to say: “The pandemic and lockdown really brought home the truth that spontaneity can be taken away. Suddenly all touring stopped, no one could jump in the car and go. The title song ‘So Happy It Hurts’ is about freedom, autonomy, spontaneity, and the thrill of the open road. The album of the same name, touches on many of the ephemeral things in life that are really the secret to happiness, most importantly, human connection.”

Watch the video for ‘So Happy It Hurts” – here.

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