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Nirvana's Krist Novoselic & R.E.M.'s Peter Buck guest on new song from rising Cuban artist Hector Tellez Jr.

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Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic and R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck guest on a new single from rising Cuban rock artist Hector Tellez Jr.

The track is called "Silver Blue Jellyfish" and is available now via digital outlets.

"'Silver Blue Jellyfish' is a song about hope and how powerful your life can be when you listen to the call of your deepest purpose and how you can inspire others to pursue their desire to lead a life of freedom, love and happiness," Tellez says.

The collaboration came together after Tellez's demo found its way to producer Barrett Martin, who played drums in Screaming Trees and the grunge supergroup Mad Season. Upon inviting Tellez to Seattle to record an album, Martin also recruited a few friends in Novoselic and Buck to take part, too.

Buck joined Tellez to perform "Silver Blue Jellyfish" during this year's Hispanic Heritage Awards, which will air Friday on PBS.

Novoselic, meanwhile, performed at the Taylor Hawkins tribute concert in Los Angeles earlier this week, joining his Nirvana bandmate Dave Grohl, members of Soundgarden and The Pretty Reckless' Taylor Momsen to play two Soundgarden songs.

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Pierce the Veil premieres video for comeback single, "Pass the Nirvana"

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Pierce the Veil has premiered the video for the band's latest single, "Pass the Nirvana."

The clip finds Vic Fuentes and company channeling their inner The Fast and the Furious as they stumble upon an underground street race, among other things.

"'Pass the Nirvana' is about the many horrible traumas that the youth of America have endured over the past few years," Fuentes says. "COVID, no proms, no graduations, an insurrection, school shootings. The list goes on. Their lives have been tossed around like clothes in a dryer, as the tensions within our country have infiltrated our own homes, friends, and families."

He adds, "To me, the song represents a euphoric detachment from all of that anxiety and stress and about finding some form of peace or nirvana."

You can watch the "Pass the Nirvana" video streaming now on YouTube.

The song dropped in September. It's the first new track from the "Circles" rockers since their 2016 album, Misadventures.

Pierce the Veil is currently on tour with I Prevail.

(Video contains uncensored profanity)

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Oasis' Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs says cancer is "gone": "Thank you so much all of you"

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Founding Oasis guitarist Paul "Boneheard" Arthurs has some good news regarding his battle with tonsil cancer.

In a tweet Thursday, Arthurs shares he "had a full scan 10 days ago" and his cancer is "all clear."

"It's gone," Arthurs writes. "Thank you so much all of you for the messages I've had throughout, you've helped more than you know."

Arthurs first revealed his diagnosis in April. At the time, he called the cancer "treatable" and said he was "going to be taking a break from playing for a while."

An original member of Oasis, Arthurs played on the albums Definitely Maybe, (What's the Story) Morning Glory? and Be Here Now before leaving the band in 1999. More recently, he's been playing in Liam Gallagher's solo band.

Following Arthurs' good news, Gallagher responded in his usual way tweeting in all caps, "YES BONEHEAD WE KNEW YOUD KICK ITS A*** SOOOOO F***ING HAPPY."

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Foo Fighters modeled Taylor Hawkins tribute after Freddie Mercury benefit concert, says Queen's Roger Taylor

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Putting on two massive tribute concerts to late drummer Taylor Hawkins this month was undoubtedly quite the undertaking, but Foo Fighters did have a guide to help out.

As Queen drummer Roger Taylor tells Billboard, Foo members Dave Grohl and Pat Smear told him they used the 1992 Freddie Mercury tribute concert as a "model."

"I was very heavily involved in [the '92 show], so that was sort of the model they built these shows on," Taylor says. "Which is nice because we've always been tight with the Foo Fighters. We just love that band, like family."

The Mercury concert was held several months after the iconic vocalist passed away in November 1991 and featured performances from the likes of Metallica, Guns N' Roses, U2, Elton John and David Bowie.

The Foos shows were no less star-studded, featuring names like Paul McCartney, Lars Ulrich, Miley CyrusBrian Johnson and Travis Barker, plus members of Nirvana, Soundgarden, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rush, Led Zeppelin, Def Leppard and Black Sabbath.

Taylor and Queen's Brian May also performed at both concerts, which were held in London and Los Angeles. The drummer tells Billboard that the shows had "different" energies, partially because the London one was livestreamed.

"The one in London was more of seamless show with a lot of little filmed sequence in-between and so many acts," Taylor says. "[Los Angeles] was more like a real rock parade. It was an emphasis on hard, heavy rock, and just one act after another and a parade of drummers like you’ve never seen, all the best rock n’ roll drummers in the world."

He adds, "It was a fantastic night, just a wonderful night for my great friend Taylor."

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Scott Weiland's holiday album being reissued; STP's Robert De Leo announces debut solo album

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Late Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland's 2011 holiday album The Most Wonderful Time of the Year is getting the reissue treatment.

A deluxe version of the compilation will be released digitally and on limited edition red and green vinyl on November 4.

The reissue features new artwork and four previously unreleased bonus tracks, including a rendition of the John Lennon and Yoko Ono classic "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)," which you can listen to now via digital outlets. The recording is also accompanied by a lyric video, streaming now on YouTube, that features Weiland's family holiday photos.

Notably, the reissue marks the first official posthumous solo release from the Weiland vault since his death in 2015 at age 48.

In related STP news, the band's bassist Robert De Leo has announced his debut solo album. The record, titled Lessons Learned, will arrive October 21.

"The past few years of life have revealed many changes," De Leo says. "This collection of songs represents what has transpired. The journey and gift of songwriting has played such an important role for me. It's been a close companion throughout my life."

You can listen to the first Lessons Learned single, "Love Is Not Made of Gold," now via digital outlets.

Meanwhile, STP's 1992 debut album, Core, celebrated its 30th anniversary this week. The band marked the occasion with a deluxe vinyl reissue.

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LCD Soundsystem premieres new song, "New Body Rhumba"; announces 2022 Brooklyn residency

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LCD Soundsystem has released a new song called "New Body Rhumba."

The seven-minute epic marks the first fresh offering from James Murphy and company following their 2017 reunion album, American Dream. It was written and recorded for the upcoming film White Noise, based on the 1985 Don DeLillo novel of the same name.

You can listen to "New Body Rhumba" now via digital outlets.

Along with the new track, LCD Soundsystem has announced a new run of residency dates at New York City's Brooklyn Steel venue. The run will take place over 20 shows between November 18 and December 17.

Tickets go on sale next Friday, October 7 at 10 a.m. ET with various presales happening throughout the week. For the full list of dates and all ticket info, visit YouAreHere.BoweryPresents.com.

LCD has held residencies at Brooklyn Steel several times before; their 2021 run was cut short due to the surge of the Omicron variant. The upcoming December 4 show will mark LCD's milestone 50th performance at the venue.

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Jane's Addiction's Dave Navarro drops off Smashing Pumpkins tour due to continued long COVID effects

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Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro will not be joining the band on their upcoming tour with The Smashing Pumpkins due to continued effects from a bout of long COVID-19 that he's been dealing with since last December.

"I had hoped for a full recovery by October but I am still very fatigued and will not be able to join this leg," Navarro writes in a social media post.

Navarro adds that he's "personally gutted" to miss the tour, which kicks off this Sunday in Dallas, especially since it will mark the return of original Jane's bassist Eric Avery, who reunited with the band over the summer.

"We wanted to bring you the original lineup but that will have to wait until I'm recovered," Navarro writes. "While the band is touring, I will be working on new new Jane's material in the studio here in [Los Angeles]."

Queens of the Stone Age guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen, who's also played in A Perfect Circle and Failure, will fill in for Navarro on the tour.

"[Van Leeuwen] is a great guy and I am honored to have him help make this tour happen," Navarro says. "Though I am saddened to not make this tour I am focused on making a full recovery and rejoining the guys when I am able."

"I truly wish the band well on this tour and I am confident they will bring everything to make it a fabulous show," he adds. "Go get 'em guys! Maybe I can get to a show one night and watch my own band for the first time."

Navarro's condition previously forced Jane's to cancel their set at the Welcome to Rockville festival earlier this year, which led to the reunion of Perry Farrell's other band, Porno for Pyros.

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Billie Eilish on Friday night's stream of her London concert: "This is the best show that I've ever put on"

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If you couldn't get tickets to see Billie Eilish's Happier Than Ever world tour, you can enjoy it from home Friday night at 10 p.m. ET, when Apple Music streams one of her shows at London's O2 Arena. And in advance of the show, Billie explains why this particular tour really has made her "happier than ever."

Speaking to Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1, Billie says, "This show is my favorite thing I've almost ever done...I think this is my best show that I've ever put on. It's the best live version of myself I've ever been...I can't tell you how much I am proud of this show."

She also says she's "excited" to "give" the show to people who didn't get to see it in person, because she's been there herself.

"The shows that I didn't get to see when I was younger, either couldn't afford them or just didn't get a chance, the idea that I would've been able to go and watch them professionally shot in a theater would've been my absolute dream," the Oscar winner raves.

"Performing is the thing that I have wanted to do more than anything else in my life and that's the thing that I give the most with, I feel," she adds. "It's so important to me and I want people to have that."

Billie's tour officially wraps up on Friday in Perth, Australia, and she's definitely not happy about that.

"It's crazy. It's kind of sad. It's that post-concert depression, but post-tour depression," she tells Zane, explaining, "I've been not thinking about it because I don't want to get in my head about it and freak out. But when I do think of it, it's a little bummy. It bums me out."

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311 embracing "cool nostalgia" with full-album shows on fall tour

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As part of their current fall tour, 311 will playing a number of full-album shows in select cities, during which they'll be performing one of their first six albums in its entirety. For a band that's known for experimenting with their set lists, the full-album shows will give you the opportunity to hear that one song you've been dying for them to play.

"Certain people are, like, 'I love this one song that they don't play very much, but if I go to that album show, they have to play it,'" frontman Nick Hexum tells ABC Audio. "So it's just a way to have a cool nostalgia and really just concentrate on one era for that particular show."

That nostalgia isn't just for the fans, either. Hexum is looking forward to revisiting some of 311's earlier material, especially their 1993 debut, Music, and the "experimentation" of its follow-up, 1994's Grassroots.

"There's always gonna be a special place for Music, for our first album," Hexum says. "It was just so much energy to those songs and to those shows."

311 will play Music and Grassroots at New York City on October 1 and 2, respectively. Fittingly, that era of the band was deeply tied to the City That Never Sleeps -- they loved playing the now-defunct NYC venue Wetlands so much that they named it in a lyric on the Grassroots song "Silver."

"There's a lot of history that we have with the city of New York and those albums in particular and those times," says vocalist/turntablist Doug "SA" Martinez. "Just so much fun over the years that we've had there." 

Here are 311's other full-album shows:

10/22 -- Chicago, 311
10/23 -- Chicago, Transistor
11/11 -- Los Angeles, Soundsystem
11/12 -- Los Angeles, From Chaos

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Machine Gun Kelly launches new charity ring collection created from "diamond manicure"

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As his outfits often do, Machine Gun Kelly's look on the Billboard Music Awards red carpet earlier this year turned some heads. That time in particular it was his "diamond manicure," valued at $30,000, that garnered attention.

Kelly is now turning those diamonds into a new ring collection created by jewelry brand Marrow Fine. All profits from the 18-piece line will be donated to MGK's alma mater, Ohio's Shaker Heights High School.

"Machine Gun Kelly's red carpet moment at the Billboard Awards was such a viral moment for Marrow Fine, and I am so excited to share the final collection with the world," says Marrow Fine founder and creative director Jillian Sassone. "The collaboration with Nails of LA and Machine Gun Kelly was an exciting opportunity and I am thrilled it's supporting those in need here in the United States."

The rings retail between $1,950 and $5,000. For more info, visit MarrowFine.com.

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Watch WILLOW cover Yungblud's "The Funeral" on BBC Live Lounge

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WILLOW has shared a cover of Yungblud's single "The Funeral."

She put an acoustic-driven spin on the track during an appearance on the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge. You can watch the performance streaming now on YouTube.

The original "The Funeral," which was accompanied by an Ozzy Osbourne-starring video, is included on Yungblud's new self-titled album. The record also includes a collaboration with WILLOW called "Memories."

WILLOW, meanwhile, will drop a new album titled  on October 7. The next day, you can catch her performing on Saturday Night Live.

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Alt-J announces stream of 'An Awesome Wave' 10th anniversary concert

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Earlier this year, Alt-J performed a show in London, during which they played their 2012 debut album An Awesome Wave in full to celebrate its 10th anniversary. Now, the band has announced a stream of the concert.

You'll be able to watch the performance via the streaming platform Moment beginning October 19.

"We dusted off some songs we hadn't played live for almost ten years, reunited with [ex-member] Gwil [Sainsbury] for two songs and generally celebrated the anniversary of the album the best way we could think of," Alt-J says. "If you weren't at the gig, we are happy to say the full set was filmed by Moment for your viewing pleasure. We hope you enjoy it."

For more info, visit Moment.co/AltJ.

Meanwhile, Alt-J has launched a podcast detailing the making of An Awesome Wave. The five-part series, titled Things Will Get Better, is out now.

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Arctic Monkeys premiere new 'The Car' track, "Body Paint"

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Arctic Monkeys have premiered a new song called "Body Paint," a track off their upcoming album, The Car.

You can listen to "Body Paint" now via digital outlets and watch its accompanying video streaming now on YouTube.

The Car, which also features the previously released single "There'd Better Be a Mirrorball," will be released October 21. It's the seventh studio Arctic Monkeys effort and the first since 2018's Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino.

Arctic Monkeys will be touring South America, Australia and the U.K. later this year and into 2023 in support of The Car. Alex Turner and company don't currently have any U.S. dates on their schedule, but you can watch them perform "Body Paint" on Thursday's episode of NBC's The Tonight Show.

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The Flaming Lips announce 20th anniversary 'Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots' reissue

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"Do You Realize??" that The Flaming Lips' 2002 album Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots turned 20 this year? Well, Wayne Coyne and company sure do, and they're marking the milestone with a deluxe reissue.

The expanded collection will arrive on digital outlets and as a six-CD, 100-track set on November 25 followed by a five-LP, 56-track vinyl package on April 14, 2023.

Among the many, many bonus tracks included are various live recordings, demos, remixes and other rarities, the majority of which have never been officially released.

The Lips will also be celebrating the 20th anniversary of Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots by performing it full for two concerts in 2023, taking place in London on April 28 and Washington, D.C. on May 25.

Tickets to the D.C. show go on sale this Friday, September 30 at 10 a.m. local time. You can try for tickets to the London date beginning next Wednesday, October 5 at 10 a.m. local time.

For more info, visit FlamingLips.com.

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"Just the one, two": Paramore's Hayley Williams and Taylor York confirm relationship

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Hayley Williams and Taylor York are officially "more than this."

In an interview with The Guardian, the Paramore bandmates "confirm rumors that they are dating." The publication adds that the pair "decline[s] to comment further."

Williams was previously married to New Found Glory guitarist Chad Gilbert. They divorced in 2017.

News of Williams and York's relationship adds to an already exciting time for the ParaFamily. Earlier this week, the "Hard Times" trio premiered their first new song in five years, "This Is Why," and announced a new album of the same name, due out February 10, 2023.

Paramore is also launching a tour for the first time in four years this Sunday, October 2, in Bakersfield, California.

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