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Depeche Mode's Andy Fletcher dead at 60

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Depeche Mode member Andy Fletcher has died at age 60.

The seminal synth-pop band announced the news in a statement Thursday, reading, "We are shocked and filled with overwhelming sadness with the untimely passing of our dear friend, family member, and bandmate Andy 'Fletch' Fletcher.

"Fletch had a true heart of gold and was always there when you need support, a lively conversation, a good laugh, or a cold pint," the statement continues. "Our hearts are with his family, and we ask that you keep them in your thoughts and respect their privacy in this difficult time."

No cause of death was announced, though a source close to the band shared that he passed away from natural causes.

Fletcher was a founding member of Depeche Mode, playing keyboards and bass alongside vocalist Dave Gahan, keyboardist and guitarist Martin Gore, and keyboardist and guitarist Vince Clarke, who was later replaced by Alan Wilder

Depeche Mode began to develop a following in the '80s, thanks to their innovative use of electronic elements in alternative music, before exploding in the early '90s with the album Violator, which spawned singles including "Personal Jesus," "Enjoy the Silence" and "Policy of Truth."

Following Wilder's departure in 1995, Fletcher, Gore and Gahan continued to release Depeche Mode albums as a trio, the last of which was 2017's Spirit.

Fletcher was inducted with Depeche Mode into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2020.

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AWOLNATION announces mental health conversation with collaborator Elohim

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AWOLNATION is holding a conversation about mental health Thursday night in conjunction with May being National Mental Health Awareness Month.

The virtual event will feature frontman Aaron Bruno speaking with Elohim, one of the many guest artists featured on AWOLANTION's new covers album, My Echo, My Shadow, My Covers and Me. Elohim contributes to a rendition of the Harvey Danger track "Flagpole Sitta," aka the "I'm not sick/But I'm not well" song.

"This song directly tackles mental health and it was Elohim's idea originally," Bruno says. "She is very knowledgeable and passionate about mental health awareness and advocacy, and she is one of my best friends."

The mental health organization The Jed Foundation will present the conversation, which you can watch tonight, May 26, at 8 p.m. ET via AWOLNATION and Elohim's YouTube channels and Instagram page.

AWOLNATION released My Echo, My Shadow, My Covers and Me earlier this month. The band will launch a U.S. headlining tour in October with support from Badflower.

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Phoebe Bridgers, Sam Fender opening for The Rolling Stones' London shows

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Phoebe Bridgers and Sam Fender are among the artists opening for The Rolling Stones during the "Gimme Shelter" legends' upcoming two concerts in London's Hyde Park.

The shows take place June 25 and July 3, with the "Kyoto" artist on the bill for the first date and the "Seventeen Going Under" singer playing the second.

Other openers include The War on Drugs, Courtney Barnett, Vista Kicks, JJ Rosa, Kelly McGrath, Christone Kingfish Ingram, The Dinner Party and The Flints.

The Hyde Park shows are part of the Stones' 60th anniversary European tour, which launches June 1 in Spain.

Meanwhile, you can catch Bridgers on her ongoing U.S. headlining tour, which continues Friday in Atlanta. Fender will come to the States for a run of festival and headlining dates in July and August.

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MCR's Frank Iero pays tribute victims of Texas school shooting with onstage shirt

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My Chemical Romance guitarist Frank Iero paid tribute to the victims of Tuesday's mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, during the band's concert in Dublin, Ireland, Wednesday.

As spotted by the fan account MCR Updates, Iero wore a shirt onstage with the words "19 Kids, 2 Adults" written on it, a solemn reference to the tragedy's death toll.

Iero, a parent himself, also posted photos in his Instagram Story of some of the young children who were killed, along with a statement: "My son is 10. This disgusting insanity needs to stop. My heart is shattered for the families."

He added, "How can this continue to happen without any attempt at real change?"

Many other rock artists responded to the shooting with calls for gun control, including Pearl Jam, Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Paramore, Death Cab for Cutie and The Offspring's Noodles.

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Listen to new beabadoobee track "Lovesong"

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beabadoobee has released a new track called "Lovesong," which will appear on her upcoming album, Beatopia.

"'Lovesong' is a song that I had bits written for since my second-ever EP," the "Care" artist shares. "The chorus was actually already written since [the 2019 EP] Loveworm, I just didn't have any chords to sing it with. It's actually written in a really strange tuning that I forget. And, yeah, it's just another sweet love song. It was one of the last songs I recorded for Beatopia."

You can listen to "Lovesong" now via digital outlets.

"Lovesong" follows the previously released Beatopia cuts "Talk" and "See You Soon." The album arrives in full on July 15.

beabadoobee is currently on tour opening for Halsey. She'll play a few headlining and festival dates, including Governors Ball, along with a run of shows supporting Bleachers.

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Oh yeah: New Yeah Yeah Yeahs song "Spitting Off the Edge of the World" premiering next week

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The first new Yeah Yeah Yeahs song in nearly a decade is dropping next week.

The track is titled "Spitting Off the Edge of the World" and features indie pop artist Perfume Genius. It'll premiere Wednesday, June 1, and is available to presave now.

In announcing the news, the "Maps" outfit declares, "We present to you with heads bowed and fists in the air 'Spitting Off the Edge of the World' featuring [Perfume Genius] out June 1."

"Spitting Off the Edge of the World" marks the first fresh material from Karen O and company since their last album, Mosquito, was released all the way back in 2013.

The song will arrive just ahead of Yeah Yeah Yeahs' upcoming U.K. tour, which launches June 5. The group will play Montreal's Osheaga festival in July and Chicago's Riot Fest in September, followed by headlining dates in New York City and Los Angeles in September.

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Sexual abuse lawsuit filed by Marilyn Manson's assistant dismissed

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The lawsuit filed by Marilyn Manson's former assistant Ashley Walters accusing the shock rocker of sexual assault, battery and harassment has been dismissed, Billboard and Rolling Stone report.

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled that the statute of limitations of Walters' claims, which date back to when she was employed by Manson between 2010 and 2011, had expired.

The suit was first filed in May 2021. As Rolling Stone reported, lawyers for Manson, born Brian Warner, had originally called for the suit's dismissal earlier this year, arguing that the statute of limitations had passed. Walters then filed an amended claim in March of this year, maintaining that she had repressed memories of Warner's alleged actions until a series of therapy sessions in 2020.

In a statement to Rolling Stone about her case's dismissal, Walters says, "Nobody gets to choose exactly how they process abuse or threats."

"I am disheartened in the court's decision today not just for my case, but for the message it sends to other survivors out there trying to balance how they process abuse with arbitrary court deadlines," Walters continues. "We will not let this hurdle stop us from shining a light on what happened to me and others."

A rep for Warner declined to comment to Rolling Stone.

Walter was one of several women who came forward with abuse claims against Warner after actor Evan Rachel Wood, the musician's ex-fiancée, accused him in February 2021 of having "horrifically abused [her] for years." Three others, including actor Esmé Bianco, model Ashley Morgan Smithline and an anonymous Jane Doe, have also filed lawsuits against Warner, which are still ongoing. Warner has denied all accusations.

Wood made further allegations against Warner in her documentary Phoenix Rising. Warner has responded with a defamation lawsuit against her.

For anyone affected by abuse and needing support, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233, or if you're unable to speak safely, you can log onto thehotline.org or text LOVEIS to 1-866-331-9474.

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Highly Suspect announces release of new single, due out in June

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Earlier this year, Highly Suspect announced that they'd be releasing new music in time for their run of shows with Papa Roach, which kicked off last weekend. As it turns out, their prediction was just about a month off.

This week, the "Lydia" rockers announced that they'll be dropping a new single called "Natural Born Killer" on June 22.

The track is available to presave now, and you can check out a preview of the song, in which frontman Johnny Stevens sings, "I've been having dreams about falling in love/It feels so real/But nobody's here when I wake up," via Highly Suspect's Facebook.

"Natural Born Killer" will be the first new Highly Suspect song to follow the band's 2019 album MCID, which features the singles "16" and "These Days."

Highly Suspect's outing with Papa Roach wraps up Thursday in San Antonio, Texas. They'll launch a tour of Europe in June and will be back in the U.S. to play Kentucky's Louder than Life festival in September.

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My Chemical Romance performs live debut of 2012 song "Tomorrow's Money" during Ireland show

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Having already given their new song "The Foundations of Decay" its live debut, My Chemical Romance performed another track for the first time during their ongoing reunion tour.

The set list for Tuesday's show in Dublin, Ireland, included the song "Tomorrow's Money," which My Chem had never before played live. "Tomorrow's Money" originally dropped in 2012 as part of the Conventional Weapons series, which consisted of 10 then-unreleased songs that had been recorded in 2009.

You can watch fan-filmed footage of the "Tomorrow's Money" performance streaming now on YouTube.

My Chemical Romance's reunion tour, which had been originally scheduled for 2020 before getting delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, finally kicked off last week in the United Kingdom. Its launch was preceded by the premiere of "The Foundations of Decay," which marked the first new MCR song in eight years.

The U.S. leg of the tour will begin in August.

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Stone Temple Pilots, Bush & more play environmental-themed Atlantis Concert for Earth

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Stone Temple Pilots and Bush are performing at an environmental-themed festival called Atlantis Concert for Earth.

The live show will take place July 22-23 on the rim of a volcano crater on Sete Cidades in Portugal's Azores islands. The lineup also features Mod Sun, Black Eyed Peas, Pitbull and Nicole Scherzinger, while Sting will be calling in for a virtual performance. Scherzinger will host, as well.

Atlantis Concert for Earth is a nonprofit event that will celebrate global conservation. In addition to the music performances, the show will highlight the work of a variety of conservationists and organizations focused on the environment, including Julian Lennon's White Feather Foundation.

On July 23, select sets will be streamed for free at the Veeps platform, and viewers will be encouraged to donate money, 100 percent of which will benefit the organizations showcased by the festival.

For more info, visit AtlantisConcertforEarth.com.

Meanwhile, in less upbeat STP news, the "Vasoline" rockers are dropping off the remaining five shows on their tour with Halestorm and Black Stone Cherry due a member of their touring party testing positive for COVID-19.

The five affected dates were last night's show in Evansville, Indiana; tonight's concert in Tulsa, Oklahoma; and performances on May 27 in Deadwood, South Dakota; May 28 in Moorhead, Minnesota; and May 30 in Missoula, Montana.

"Thank you to everybody who has come out to see a show, and an extra special thank you to Halestorm," STP says. "We'll be back out there as soon as we can."

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Watch The Offspring's Dexter Holland give commencement speech at USC medical school

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The Offspring frontman Dexter Holland gave the commencement address at this month's graduation ceremony for the University of Southern California's Keck School of Medicine.

Holland detailed his circuitous journey to graduating from USC with a Ph.D. in molecular biology in 2017, which, of course, was interrupted by singing in a Platinum-selling punk rock band. He also shared a story about how working in the lab when he was a graduate student led to him coming up with the line "You gotta keep 'em separated" from the Offspring song "Come Out and Play."

"I believe that there's an intersection between art and science," Holland said. "And that even in our scientific field we draw upon our creativity."

You can watch a stream of the USC Keck School of Medicine 2022 commencement ceremony now via YouTube. Holland's remarks begin around the 42:20 mark.

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The Interrupters premiere new 'In the Wild' song "Anything Was Better"

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The Interrupters have premiered a new song called "Anything Was Better," a track off the band's upcoming album, In the Wild.

"This song is the story of my escape from not necessarily a location but from the pain and trauma of my upbringing," says frontwoman Aimee Interrupter. "It's also a story of hope and seeking refuge in the unknown. I said goodbye to everyone and everything I ever knew because in my mind anything was better than where I was from."

You can listen to "Anything Was Better" now via digital outlets. An accompanying lyric video is streaming now on YouTube.

"Anything Was Better" is the second song to be released off In the Wild, following lead single "In the Mirror." The album arrives in full on August 5.

The Interrupters will be supporting In the Wild on a co-headlining tour with Flogging Molly, which launches June 7 in Indianapolis.

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Mark Hoppus, Pete Wentz join team launching "venture capital music startup" Verswire

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Blink-182's Mark Hoppus and Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz are part of a team launching a new "venture capital music startup" called Verswire.

Founded by Sherry Saeedi, who previously co-founded the streaming platform Veeps, Verswire was conceived as a "development incubator" rather than a traditional record label.

"Using the 'Shark Tank' ideology, Verswire acts as a venture capital fund that views artists as entrepreneurs, tailoring each with a custom investment that includes funding, resources, tools, A-list mentoring, support from prominent music executives, and an ecosystem to own and operate their businesses within while allowing them to keep majority ownership of their masters," a press release reads.

Hoppus is Verswire's partner of A&R and is also among the mentors who will be partnered with each Verswire signee. Wentz, meanwhile, is a "strategic advisor."

"I am very excited to help build a new way for bands and artists to create music for communities, while retaining ownership of their work," Hoppus says.

Wentz adds, "I've been a fan of Sherry and the work she's done for years, and look forward to being part of Verswire's journey."

Verswire's first signing is a band called Beauty School Dropout, who just released a new song called "Assassin." Hoppus, who mentored the group, appears in the track's accompanying video, along with Wentz and Paris Jackson.

(Video contains uncensored profanity.) 

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Watch Rockin'1000 perform Foo Fighters' "My Hero" in honor of Taylor Hawkins

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The viral music collective Rockin'1000 has shared a rendition of the Foo Fighters classic "My Hero" in honor of the band's late drummer, Taylor Hawkins.

The performance, which featured 1,000 musicians playing together simultaneously, took place during a Rockin'1000 concert in Paris earlier this month. You can watch it streaming now on YouTube.

Rockin'1000, of course, has a special connection to Foo Fighters. The project made its debut in 2015 by gathering 1,000 musicians to play the Foos song "Learn to Fly" in an effort to convince Dave Grohl and company to perform a concert in founder Fabio Zaffagnini's hometown of Cesena, Italy.

Video of the performance -- which now has over 60 million views on YouTube -- soon went viral and caught the attention of the Foos themselves; they played a show in Cesena later in 2015.

Rockin'1000 has continued over the past seven years performing concerts around the world and has collaborated with musicians including Courtney Love.

Hawkins passed away on March 25. He was 50 years old.

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Death Cab for Cutie postpones video premiere in wake of Texas school shooting

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Death Cab for Cutie is postponing the premiere of the video for the band's single "Roman Candles" in the wake of Tuesday's mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, that killed 19 children and two adults.

The "Soul Meets Body" outfit had announced earlier Tuesday that they planned to debut the Lance Bangs-directed clip Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. ET.

In a statement posted Tuesday night, Death wrote, "This morning we announced our new music video would be coming tomorrow, but given the events of today, we will be delaying it."

The band added, "Gun control. Now." They also shared a link to the gun violence prevention organization Everytown.

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