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Dave Grohl is taking part in this year's edition of The New Yorker Festival, an annual week-long event held by the famed magazine.

On October 8, the Foo Fighters frontman will join New Yorker staff writer Kelefa Sanneh for a conversation about his upcoming memoir, The Storyteller. Grohl is also set to perform.

The event will be held live and in-person at an outdoor venue in Brooklyn, and will also stream online. Tickets are available now via Festival.NewYorker.com.

Grohl's New Yorker Festival appearance will fall in the middle of his fall book tour in support of The Storyteller, which will also make stops in London, Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles.

The Storyteller, Grohl's debut book, will be released October 5.

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Incubus has dropped off the lineup for the upcoming Rebel Rock festival, taking place this weekend in Orlando, Florida.

Brandon Boyd and company had joined the bill in place of Limp Bizkit, who had canceled their summer tour due to "safety" reasons. Now, Incubus is pulling out "Due to the continued complications with COVID-19 in our touring camp."

"As much as we'd love to be there, the health and safety of the fans, band and crew is our top priority," the band writes in an Instagram post. "We're looking forward to getting back on the road this fall to finish our tour and we want to thank you for all the love and support as we all navigate through this."

Rebel Rock organizers are currently working on finding a replacement. The lineup also includes Rise Against, Machine Gun Kelly, Papa Roach, Volbeat, Five Finger Death Punch and The Used.

 

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Ten years ago today, it felt like the end of the world for R.E.M. fans, as the college radio favorites-turned-rock icons broke up for good.

On September 21, 2011, the group -- down to a trio of Michael Stipe, Mike Mills and Peter Buck following the 1997 departure of Bill Berry -- posted a message on their website, reading, "To our Fans and Friends: As R.E.M., and as lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band."

"We walk away with a great sense of gratitude, of finality, and of astonishment at all we have accomplished," they added. "To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our deepest thanks for listening.”

Mills wrote, "We’ve made this decision together, amicably and with each other’s best interests at heart. The time just feels right.” 

Stipe added, "A wise man once said, 'The skill in attending a party is knowing when it’s time to leave.’ We built something extraordinary together. We did this thing. And now we’re going to walk away from it."

And Buck wrote, "Being a part of your lives has been an unbelievable gift. Thank you."

To mark the anniversary, R.E.M has posted a playlist of songs called "Ten Years Onward," described as "songs still as resonant today as they were on September 21, 2011."  It's a collection of singles, deep cuts, demos, live tracks and rarities from across R.E.M.'s entire catalog.

On his Facebook page, the band's manager, Bertis Downs, wrote, "Disbandment Day -- a bittersweet day in memory. But a good decision by the guys. And thankfully the music and the people live on."

Over their 31-year career, R.E.M. won three Grammys, sold 85 million albums worldwide and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

 

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Previously unseen footage of the late Chris Cornell is featured in a new video released to celebrate his daughter Toni's 17th birthday.

The video, which was posted to Cornell's Instagram, shows the father-daughter pair playing music together over the years, including a particularly moving clip of Chris strumming "You Are My Sunshine" on an acoustic guitar while an infant Toni hangs on its neck.

Vicky Cornell, Chris' widow and Toni's mother, also posted a video of her own, set to her daughter's version of the Prince-written, Sinead O'Conner-performed classic "Nothing Compares 2 U."

Last year, the Cornell family released No One Sings Like You Anymore, a compilation of covers Chris had recorded before his death in 2017. It marks his final, fully completed studio album.

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If you love Billie Eilish and light sabers, listen up.  The "bad guy" singer is making her Beat Saber debut today.

Beat Saber is a VR rhythm game that tasks players to wield blades that resemble lightsabers to cut through different blocks that are perfectly timed with the music's beats.  The game is available on Oculus Quest 2 and Rift Platforms.

The Billie Eilish music pack includes 10 songs, from the albums Happier Than Ever and WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?

Here is the complete track list, which can be purchased as a set for $12.99.  Songs may be purchased individually for $1.99 each.

"all the good girls go to hell"
"bad guy"
"bellyache"
"bury a friend"
"Happier Than Ever"
"I Didn’t Change My Number"
"NDA"
"Oxytocin "
"Therefore I Am"
"you should see me in a crown"

Beat Saber also includes music from Imagine DragonsLinkin ParkGreen Day and Panic! at the Disco.

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Radiohead is teasing the video for "If You Say the Word," a newly released song from the band's upcoming Kid Amnesiae compilation.

A preview clip shows a group of men in a forest attempting to move an unconscious body. The whole video is set to premiere this Thursday, September 23, at 10 a.m. ET.

"If You Say the Word" is among "half-remembered, half-forgotten sessions and unreleased material" collected on Kid Amnesiae. The recordings date back to the eras of Radiohead's 2000 and 2001 albums, Kid A and Amnesiac.

Kid Amnesiae will be released alongside reissues of Kid A and Amnesiac on November 5.

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It turns out Machine Gun Kelly dissing Slipknot as "old weird dudes with masks" during last weekend's Riot Fest was anything but random.

The "Bloody Valentine" rocker and Knot frontman Corey Taylor apparently have bad blood from when Taylor wrote a verse for Kelly's 2020 hit album, Tickets to My Downfall.

"[The verse] was f***ing terrible, so I didn't use it," Kelly tweeted Monday night.

"[Taylor] got mad about it, and talked s*** to a magazine about the same album he was almost on," he added, seemingly referring to Taylor's comments about a certain artist who "failed in one genre and decided to go rock."

"Y'all's stories are all off," Kelly concluded. "Just admit he's bitter."

Taylor then returned fire with screenshots of an email exchange between him and Tickets producer Travis Barker. The first email shows Barker sharing Kelly's notes on what Taylor had written, in which he writes that he's "honored" to work with the Knot vocalist, but suggests a few changes to the song. In his response to Barker, Taylor wrote that he "listened to the ideas" and felt he wasn't the "right guy for the track."

"Nothing personal, I just think if this is what MGK is looking for, someone else is the guy to do it," Taylor wrote. "It's ALL good, and I'm stoked for him."

To accompany the screenshots, Taylor wrote, "I didn't do the track because I don't like when people try to 'write' for me. I said NO to THEM."

Kelly then responded to Taylor's tweet by writing, "Basically, your verse was really bad."

"Respectfully, I was just telling you to rewrite it because it was really bad," Kelly added, before suggesting that they record a "Britney Spears song cover together."

For some reason, we don't see that happening.

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If you couldn't tell from the title of Badflower's upcoming album This Is How the World Ends, frontman Josh Katz was very much influenced by the COVID-19 pandemic.

"It's really observational," Katz tells ABC Audio of the record. "It's such a pandemic album, [that's] the only way I can describe it."

Faced with limited social options over the past year-and-a-half -- "I already have no social life, and I especially had no social life [during quarantine]," he quips -- Katz turned to the same place many of the rest of us did: the internet.

"I just took to the internet and started observing and trying to understand these characters who I was so, so far away from who display such a different version of themselves on the internet than they do in real life," he explains.

That then led to "researching and obsessing," which Katz says became a "big part" of the album. Then, however, things took an introspective turn.

"[I was] trying to understand who I am in this world," Katz shares. "Am I trying to make the world a better place, or am I just serving myself? What's my role in all that, what should I be doing?...That was my perspective through a lot of this stuff."

This Is How the World Ends, the sophomore follow-up to 2019's OK, I'm Sick, arrives this Friday. It includes the previously released singles "Don't Hate Me" and "Family."

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Shinedown's Brent Smith and Zach Myers have announced a tour with their Smith & Myers side project.

The run will kick off November 30 in Memphis, Tennessee, and will wrap up December 18 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Tickets go on sale this Friday, September 24, at 10 a.m. local time.

For the full list of dates and all ticket info, visit SmithandMyersMusic.com.

Smith & Myers released two albums, Volume 1 and Volume 2, last year. Both records included a mix of covers and original work.

Shinedown, meanwhile, will continue their current tour this Tuesday in Bonner Springs, Kansas. The group's headlining run is scheduled to wrap up in October.

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Last week, Guns N' Roses' albums Use Your Illusion 1 & 2 marked their 30th anniversaries.  While former GNR drummer Matt Sorum told ABC Audio that it was Axl Rose's idea to release two albums simultaneously, he's now explained to Rolling Stone exactly why Rose came up with the idea, which he calls "genius."

As Sorum explains, the band had about 32 songs, and he assumed they would record 20 and then pick the best 12 or 13 for an album.  Then, Axl insisted that they release all the songs, and came up with the concept of two albums with the same name, but different-colored covers.

"I was like, 'Why? Why do we have to make them separate records?'” Sorum recalls.  But, as he explains, it was due to Axl's experience working at Tower Records on Sunset Boulevard in L.A.

"In those days, if you had a double record, you had to put it behind the cash register. It was over 20 bucks," Sorum says. "He wanted the records to be in the bin where you could actually hold them, pick them up."

"When Axl came in and decided it should be a double record, it was a genius moment for him," Sorum adds.

Sorum spoke to Rolling Stone to promote his upcoming autobiography, Double Talkin’ Jive, which Rolling Stone says has been indefinitely delayed. In the book, he describes being on tour with Slash and Duff in 2016 and hearing a rumor that GNR was going to reunite...without him.

While it hurt at the time, Sorum now says he's "come to terms with the fact that they’re doing their own thing, and I’m doing mine," and adds, "I feel really good about my time in the band.”

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Biffy Clyro has released a new song called "A Hunger in Your Haunt."

The track follows "Unknown Male 01" as the second cut to be released from the upcoming Biffy album The Myth of the Happily Ever After, though it's considered to be to record's first official single.

"'A Hunger in Your Haunt' was a riff I'd had kicking around for a while," says frontman Simon Neil. "It's an expression of pure frustration."

"There were moments in the past year when I just wanted to scream my head off," he continues. "I lacked purpose and didn't want to get out of bed for a while, and the song is a wake-up call to myself. You need to get a fire in your belly and get up and do something, because no-one's going to do it for you. It's like a self-motivating mantra."

You can download "A Hunger in Your Haunt" now via digital outlets. The Myth of the Happily Ever After, the follow-up to 2020's A Celebration of Endings, arrives October 22.

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Following last week's surprise San Francisco concert, Metallica has announced another intimate, last-minute show.

Tonight, the metal legends will play the 1,100-capacity Metro club in Chicago. Tickets will cost just $20 and will only be available in-person at the venue. Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination is required.

You can start lining up at the Metro at 6 p.m. local time.

Last week's S.F. show marked Metallica's first full, live and in-person concert in 738 days. Following the Chicago stop, the band will hit this weekend's Louder than Life festival in Louisville, Kentucky, during which they'll perform two distinct headlining sets.

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AJR's OK ORCHESTRA tour is expanding.

The "Bang!" outfit has added eight dates to run's 2022 U.S. leg, set to kick off in April. New stops include Atlanta, Cleveland, San Diego, Las Vegas and even Honolulu.

Tickets go on sale this Friday, September 24, at 10 a.m. local time. For the full list of dates and all ticket info, visit AJRBrothers.com.

Meanwhile, AJR's current 2021 tour continues Thursday in Albany, New York. It'll run through an October 1 date in Jacksonville, Florida.

AJR released OK ORCHESTRA, their fourth studio album, in March. They just premiered a new single called "Record Player" with indie pop group Daisy the Great in August.

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Liam Gallagher apparently had quite the weekend.

On Saturday, the former Oasis vocalist tweeted that he "fell out the helicopter," alongside a photo of his bruised and bandaged face.

Ever the cutup, Gallagher added, "Who said [rock n' roll] is dead Keith Moon eat your drum skin out," referring to the legendary and hard-partying Who drummer.

While he didn't share any other information about the incident -- such as, for example, whether this was really Noel's fault -- Gallagher did re-post his face photo along with the caption, "Got the cover shot for [next] album."

In other Oasis-related happenings, a documentary about the band's iconic 1996 Knebworth concert is set to premiere in theaters this Thursday, September 23. It'll be released as a live album and Blu-ray/DVD on November 19.

While you wait to see the whole thing, you can check out a newly released clip from the film featuring a performance of "Champagne Supernova" streaming now on YouTube.

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Over the weekend, Pearl Jam played their first full live show in three years at the Sea.Hear.Now Festival in New Jersey. Not only did it give the grunge icons their first chance to debut new songs from their 2020 album Gigaton, the set allowed them to introduce the newest member of their touring band: ex-Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer.

"We started working with [Klinghoffer] to...fill out some of the new songs...covering all the basses and filling in some of the words," frontman Eddie Vedder told the crowd. Throughout the show, Klinghoffer played guitar, drums and piano.

You can watch fan-shot footage of Vedder's introduction streaming now on YouTube.

Klinghoffer's addition to the PJ lineup isn't totally unexpected -- he previously joined them for a virtual performance of the Gigaton single "Dance of the Clairvoyants" last year, and played in Vedder's solo band during the VAX LIVE special this past May. He as also set to open for Pearl Jam during their 2020 tour with his solo project, Pluralone, before the outing was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Pearl Jam gig comes after Klinghoffer parted ways with Chili Peppers in 2019 when longtime guitarist John Frusciante rejoined the band. He'd played with them for 10 years.

(Klinghoffer comments begin around 10:24 mark.)

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