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Radiohead Has "Changed Our Method" in Recording New Album


Credit: Sebastian EdgeRadiohead is in the midst of recording their new album, and, as guitarist Jonny Greenwood explains it, the recording process has been typically unconventional."We've certainly changed our method again," Greeenwood tells The Sunday Guardian. "It's too involved [to explain how]. We're kind of limiting ourselves; working in limits. So we'll see what happens. It's like we're trying to use very old and very new technology together to see what happens."Although the method of making the music may have changed, Greenwood is pleased with the album's progress so far."We've done a couple of months of recording, and it has gone really well," he says. "We haven't listened to anything back yet, so at the moment we're all very happy. Now, I guess we're going to go and listen to what we've done and see if we were right to be so happy. But we left it at a good place when we last stopped."Greenwood also revealed that he is working on a new solo album in India.Radiohead's last album was 2011's Grammy-nominated The King of Limbs.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Maynard James Keenan Says New Tool Album Is "Progressing Nicely"


Credit: Tim CadienteEarlier this month, Tool guitarist Adam Jones revealed that the band was in the studio "working on some tunes." Now, frontman Maynard James Keenan has given an update on said tunes."I've been making regular trips to LA to check on the writing progress of my Tool brethren," Keenan writes on Tool's Facebook page. "Things are progressing nicely. Slowly, but definitely progressing. Nothing is recorded yet, but the guys are confident that the pieces are coming together swimmingly and will be ready for me to begin writing melodies and content 'soon.'""I'm as anxious to get this album completed as everyone else," Keenan continues. "But as history will show, you can't rush these gents." Tool's last album, 10,000 Days, was released nine years ago. The record contained two Grammy-nominated singles -- "The Pot" and "Vicarious."Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Aerosmith Announces New Tour Kickoff Date, Band Plans to Shake Up Set List on th


Credit: Ross Halfin Aerosmith has added a new U.S. concert to its North American summer tour itinerary, a June 24 show at the Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana, which apparently will serve as the trek's kickoff date.  The performance is the eighth confirmed date of the outing, dubbed the Blue Army Tour 2015, which currently is mapped out through a July 22 show in Cheyenne, Wyoming.Tickets for the Evansville concert go on sale to the general public on Friday, March 6, at 10 a.m. CT.  VIP packages and pre-sale tickets for Aero Force One members will be available starting Tuesday, March 3, also at 10 a.m.Joe Perry and Steven Tyler tell Rolling Stone that they're hoping to mix up the set list a bit on this tour, and add a few songs they rarely play."We've gotten too comfortable playing the same stuff," offers Perry.  "I'm looking at the set list for some of the last couple tours and they're all the same songs just in different order.  So we're going to put some time into rehearsal and change it up."Adds Tyler, "We're gonna do deep.  People want to hear 'Sweet Emotion,' 'Dream On' and 'I Don't Want to Miss a Thing' -- all that over and over, and there are other songs of the cloth we were cut from.  Being in a band for 40 years, what is the passion, the impetus?  For me, it comes from rehearsing a few songs we used to play great and didn't give a s**t if other people cared about them."Among the tunes Perry would like to work up are some gems from Aerosmith's first two albums, as well as 1989's "Monkey on My Back," 1993's "Fever" and 2001's "Beyond Beautiful."  Tyler, meanwhile, singles out 1976's "Sick as a Dog."In other news, Rolling Stone reports that Tyler recently recorded what he describes as a "dark, smoky backroom rendition" of Aerosmith's "Janie's Got a Gun" for the similarly named film Jane Got a Gun.  The movie, which stars Natalie Portman and Ewan McGregor, is expected to hit theaters in September.  Steven also has begun work on his first-ever solo album.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Kid Rock "Flabbergasted" by Beyoncé's Popularity


Credit: Clay Patrick McBrideKid Rock has a lot of opinions -- no surprise there to anyone who's been paying atttention. He's given his thoughts on gay marriage and social media, and now he's taken aim at R&B mega-star Beyoncé. Rock tells Rolling Stone that he's "flabbergasted" by the singer's popularity."Beyoncé, to me, doesn't have a f**king 'Purple Rain,' but she's the biggest thing on Earth," Rock says, referring to the classic Prince track. "How can you be that big without at least one 'Sweet Home Alabama' or 'Old Time Rock & Roll'?""People are like, 'Beyoncé's hot. Got a nice f**king a**,'" he continues. "I'm like, 'Cool, I like skinny white chicks with big t**s.' Doesn't really f**king do much for me."Rock's latest album, First Kiss, is out now. He'll be touring in support of the album, with tickets starting at $20, from June 24 to September 5.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Brandon Flowers Announces Solo New York City Show


Credit: Williams + HirakawaThe Killers frontman Brandon Flowers has scheduled his first club show in support of his forthcoming solo album, The Desired Effect. The show will take place March 24 at Webster Hall in New York City.On March 23, the day before the show, Flowers will release The Desired Effect's first single, called "Can't Deny My Love."Flowers announced The Desired Effect earlier this week through a handwritten note posted on his website. The album will be produced by Ariel Rechtshaid, who has previously worked with Vampire Weekend and HAIM. Those who pre-order The Desired Effect through Flowers' web store will receive early ticket access to the New York show.More tour dates preceding the release of The Desired Effect will be announced. Flowers is also scheduled to play the Squamish Valley Music Festival, taking place August 7-9 in Squamish, British Columbia.The Desired Effect will be released on May 19.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Report: Former Korn Drummer Sues Band


Image Courtesy of Prospect ParkFormer Korn drummer David Silveria is suing the band, TMZ reports. Silveria, who left Korn in 2006, is reportedly suing for his share of the profits they made while he was on "hiatus."TMZ reports that Silveria tried to rejoin Korn in 2013, but his former band mates didn't welcome him back. Silveria was reportedly angry that Korn allowed original guitarist Brian "Head" Welch to return to the band after an eight year absence, but did not extend to him the same offer.Silveria was a founding member of Korn, along with Welch, frontman Jonathan Davis, guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer, and bassist Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu. He played on Korn's first seven albums.  Korn's current drummer is Ray Luzier.ABC News Radio is reaching out to the band's reps for comment.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Weezer, Mastodon, Band of Horses & More to Play Free Press Summer Festival


Credit: Emily ShurWeezer will headline the Free Press Summer Festival, which takes place in Houston, Texas. The festival also will include sets from Mastodon, Band of Horses, Future Islands, Glass Animals, Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals, The Decemberists, St. Vincent, Gary Clark, Jr. and Portugal. the Man.Earlier this week, Weezer also announced that they would be headlining the Grateful Dead-celebrating festival Gathering of the Vibes, which takes place in Bridgeport, Connecticut from July 30 to August 2.The Free Press Summer Festival will be held June 6-7 at the Eleanor Tinsley Park in Houston, Texas. For the full lineup and ticket information, visit FPSF.com.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Bono Admits "It'll Be a Battle" to Be Fit for Start of Upcoming Tour


Paolo PellegrinBono continues to recover from his serious bike accident a few months ago, but he admits to Rolling Stone that "it'll be a battle to be match fit" when U2's upcoming tour kicks off May 14 in Vancouver, British Columbia.In an email to the magazine, the 54-year-old U2 frontman notes, "My southpaw is a bit tricky, but my right hook is ready to rumble for sure."Bono was cycling in New York's Central Park November 16 when he collided with another cyclist.  He suffered multiple injuries, including a broken left arm, a fractured shoulder blade and a fractured left eye socket.As for the tour, Bono promises, "We've got something beyond incredible planned. And I'm ready to fight for it."So far, 19 dates in Europe and North America are confirmed for U2's iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE tour, which, according to Rolling Stone, will feature alternating set lists each night.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. 

"Clueless" Soundtrack, Featuring Radiohead and Beastie Boys, to be Released on V


Image Courtesy of Capitol RecordsIn celebration of the film's 20th anniversary, the Clueless soundtrack is being reissued on vinyl, Entertainment Weekly reports. Besides a standard vinyl edition, the soundtrack, which features Radiohead, Beastie Boys and Counting Crows, also will be released on black-and-yellow plaid-colored vinyl -- a nod to the wardrobe of Alicia Silverstone's character in the film -- exclusively through Urban Outfitters.Radiohead's contribution to the Clueless soundtrack was an acoustic rendition of their The Bends single "Fake Plastic Trees." Beastie Boys added their song "Mullet Head" to the soundtrack, and Counting Crows recorded a cover of "The Ghost in You," originally by English rock band The Psychedelic Furs.Clueless, which also starred Brittany Murphy, Stacey Dash and Paul Rudd, told the story of a group of privileged Beverly Hills teenagers and helped spawn the phrase "As if!" Since its release in 1995, the film has become a cult classic.The 20th anniversary vinyl edition of the Clueless soundtrack will be released on April 7. Here is the track list:"Kids in America" -- The Muffs "Shake Some Action" -- Cracker"The Ghost in You" -- Counting Crows"Here" (Squirmel Mix) -- Luscious Jackson"All the Young Dudes" -- World Party"Fake Plastic Trees" (acoustic version) -- Radiohead"Change" -- Lightning Seeds"Need You Around" -- Smoking Popes, "Mullet Head" -- Beastie Boys"Where'd You Go?" -- The Mighty Mighty Bosstones"Rollin' with My Homies" -- Coolio"Alright" -- Supergrass "My Forgotten Favorite" -- Velocity Girl"Supermodel" -- Jill SobuleFollow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Miss May I Is Giving Fans an "Experience" on Current Tour


Credit: Travis ShinnMiss May I's latest album, Rise of the Lion, earned the band their highest chart positions ever on the Billboard Rock Albums and Billboard 200 charts. Rise of the Lion also brought something else that Miss May I wasn't expecting: parents at their shows."[Rise of the Lion] is our first record that's diverse," frontman Levi Benton tells ABC News Radio. "It's the first record we've ever released where, an older fan could come -- most of our older fans are younger -- and then their parents can also like the record. This is the first time we've ever released a record where there's like families coming and liking the show. The record has a song for everybody."Miss May I is currently on tour in support of Rise of the Lion alongside August Burns Red. Bassist Ryan Neff says that the band has always prided itself on its live shows."The cool thing for us is we've been able to do lots of different sized things over the last few years, from trying to make a cool, old-school bar show work to doing something like main stage at [the U.K.'s] Download Festival, where you have to make your tiny body look exciting on a stage that's bigger than anything you've ever imagined," Neff says.Even if you've seen an Miss May I show before, Benton promises that this tour will be offering something different."This time we're sort of theme-ing this tour, just for those fans to really take home something different and give them a show and an experience instead of just seeing Miss May I again," Benton says. "I think that's one thing we did learn this year, touring with just big, big bands like Avenged Sevenfold and Korn. They have their theme and they're not going to do it again, so years down the road, I can be like, 'Aw, I remember when they did that tour.'"Another big, big band that Miss May I toured with was Five Finger Death Punch, whose song "Wrong Side of Heaven" and its video helped inspire them to write and make a video for the Rise of the Lion track "Hero with No Name." Both videos pay tribute to America's armed forces."I don't know if we would've went out on a limb and made a video and song specific to [paying tribute to the troops] and chose it as a single had we not seen how much the fans that were coming to those Five Finger Death Punch shows appreciated it," Neff tells ABC News Radio. "That really was a great way to motivate us to want to make it happen even more." Miss May I is on tour with August Burns Red through March 8 in Philadelphia.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Black Veil Brides Singer Jumps into Crowd to Confront Heckler


Credit: Jonathan Weiner At the Black Veil Brides show in Vancouver Wednesday night, frontman Andy Biersack jumped into the crowd to confront a heckling concertgoer. In a video posted by RockandMetalNewz, Biersack is seen stopping a song to criticizing a heckler, who reportedly had been yelling for opener Memphis May Fire to perform again."Are you gonna be real embarrassed when a motherf**ker wearing mascara knocks your f**king fake a** out right now?" Biersack says in the video. "I'm so sick of people like you, man. You think you're so f**king good, come up here. We have stopped our whole show so that you can play the guitar right now. And yet every single f**king time when we do this, you never have the f**king balls to come up and do anything. Come on, split the crowd, come play the f**king guitar."Biersack then can be seen jumping off the stage and into the crowd to fight the heckler.Black Veil Brides are currently on a North American tour in support of their 2014 self-titled album. Following this current trek, which runs through March 1 in San Diego, California, the band will embark on a European tour.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Imagine Dragons Reaches Number Two on "Billboard's" Artist 100


Credit: Eliot Lee HazelIt's probably safe to call Imagine Dragons' recently released sophomore album, Smoke + Mirrors, a success. Following the news that Smoke + Mirrors debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, Imagine Dragons has grabbed the number two spot on the publication's Artist 100 chart.Billboard's Artist 100 chart "blends data measuring album and track sales, radio airplay, streaming and social media fan interaction to provide a weekly multi-dimensional ranking of artist popularity." Imagine Dragons leaped from number 22 last week to grab the number two spot on this week's Artist 100 ranking. The band's previous peak on the chart was at number 14.Smoke + Mirrors did 172,000 in traditional album sales, which certainly helped Imagine Dragons' Artist 100 ranking. The band also got a boost from the 10,000 units that their first album, 2012's Night Visions, sold in the past week.Imagine Dragons will embark on a 39-city tour in support of Smoke + Mirrors beginning in June.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

The Black Keys, Walk the Moon, Royal Blood & More to Play Bunbury Music Festival


Credit: Danny ClinchThe Bunbury Music Festival in Cincinnati, Ohio has revealed the lineup for its 2015 edition. Ohio natives The Black Keys will headline the festival, which will also feature sets from Walk the Moon, Royal Blood, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Bleachers, Matt and Kim, Tame Impala, Manchester Orchestra, Brand New, The Decemberists and Twenty One Pilots.In addition to spots at Mountain Jam in Hunter, New York and Governors Ball in New York City, The Black Keys' appearance at Bunbury marks just the third North American date for the Akron duo in 2015. The band will spend most of the year hitting festivals in Australia, Asia and Europe.The Bunbury Music Festival will be held June 5-7 at Sawyer Point and Yeatman’s Cove in Cincinnati, Ohio. The full lineup and ticket information can be found at BunburyFestival.com.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Billy Corgan Says Rock Music Needs to "Be More Aggressive in Taking on Pop Music


Image Courtesy of Martha's MusicBilly Corgan has never kept his feelings about pop music hidden. In an interview with Australia's The Morning Show, The Smashing Pumpkins frontman elaborated on his opinion of the "scourge" that is pop music, saying that rock musicians need to "be more aggressive in taking on pop music.""Particularly in America there's a very cozy relationship between rock stars and pop stars, and I don't think that's a good relationship," Corgan says. "I think everybody sort of belongs on their own side of the street for a good reason. By definition a rock star is supposed to be an independent individual who pursues a vision to an end -- an Axl Rose, an Elton John. And a pop star is basically supposed to do whatever they can do to pray at some horrible idol of fame which is ubiquitous and fleeting."Corgan believes that the late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain would've been able to help break up that "cozy relationship.""I think Kurt had an incredible level of integrity and I often have said that he would know what to do with the pop miasma we're dealing with right now," he says. "Rock needs to be free and independent, it doesn't need to imitate pop to survive."Corgan has previously said that he and Cobain were "the top two scribes" of the '90's alternative scene.The Smashing Pumpkins released their latest album, Monuments to an Elegy, late last year.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

The U2 Joshua Tree Has Been Vandalized


Image Courtesy of Island RecordsThe famous Joshua tree in California's Mojave Desert that was immortalized on the cover of U2's 1987 album The Joshua Tree has been vandalized.  On the U2 fan forum atU2.com, user Hwy 190 writes that someone had hacked off one of the tree's limbs."This past Sunday, I made my proverbial yearly hike out to the Tree with my dog to reminisce only to find that some hack and I do mean hack, decided it was a bright idea to take a hacksaw to one of the Tree’s limbs -- evidently to remove an inch thick cross section as a souvenir," writes Hwy 190.Consequence of Sound has posted a photo of the vandalized tree.The Joshua Tree, which featured the singles "With or Without You" and "Where the Streets Have No Name," was U2's first #1 album on the Billboard 200.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

2015 Gathering of the Vibes Lineup Features Weezer, Wilco & More


Credit: Emily ShurWeezer and Wilco will play the 20th annual edition of the Gathering of the Vibes music festival. The lineup also includes The Gaslight Anthem, The String Cheese Incident and Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals."There's an unmatched heart and soul to the Vibes community -- coming together each summer, catching up with friends on stage and off," says festival founder Ken Hays.  "Our 20th year together will be a truly inspirational and meaningful experience!"Gathering of the Vibes began as a gathering for Grateful Dead fans who wanted to pay tribute to the late Jerry Garcia. This year's festival is planning to commemorate the Dead, as 2015 marks the legendary band's 50th anniversary. The Dead will be celebrating the anniversary themselves this year with three final shows at Chicago's Soldier Field. Phish frontman Trey Anastasio will join the band for their farewell concerts.The 20th Gathering of the Vibes will take place July 30 through August 2 at Seaside Park in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Tickets and VIP passes for the festival can be purchased at GatheringoftheVibes.com. Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Former Pearl Jam Drummer Dave Abbruzzese Wanted on Controlled Substance Charges


Ralph Notaro/Getty ImagesFormer Pearl Jam drummer Dave Abbruzzese is wanted in Texas on controlled substances charges. According to the Denton County Crime Stoppers website, Abbruzzese is facing two charges: one misdemeanor charge for possession of a controlled substance under 28 grams, and a felony charge for the manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance, which carries a sentence of five to 99 years in prison.Denton Country Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1000 reward for information leading to Abbruzzese's arrest.Abbruzzese joined Pearl Jam shortly before the band's seminal debut album, Ten, was released in 1991. He played drums on PJ's next two albums, Vs. and Vitalogy, before he was fired in 1994.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Brandon Flowers Wants to "Be on the Radio" with New Solo Album


Credit: Lucy HamblinEarlier this week, The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers announced his new solo album, The Desired Effect. So what is exactly is the desired effect of The Desired Effect? According to Flowers, the answer is simple."I want to be on the radio," Flowers tells NME. "I've never been ashamed to say that. I can't believe where radio has gone. It seems to be such a weird world now. Where once I seemed to fit in, now I'm seen as a little different. I used to be considered mainstream, but now I'm almost avant-garde or art rock compared to what's on the radio." As for the actual music on The Desired Effect, Flowers says he was influenced by classic rockers like Genesis' Peter Gabriel, The Police's Sting and The Eagles' Don Henley."I think if you look at those people, they weren't just catering to little kids. I think adults like pop music too, and we shouldn't be -- I'm speaking for all of us -- we shouldn't be listening to a lot of music that we're listening to!"The Desired Effect will be released on May 18.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Hear Limp Bizkit's "Break Stuff" Mashed Up with the "Seinfeld" Theme


Image Courtesy of Interscope RecordsEver wonder what Limp Bizkit's hit "Break Stuff" would song like if were perhaps a bit happier? Enter one YouTube user who has released a mashup of "Break Stuff" with the slapping bass line featured on the theme song from the classic sitcom Seinfeld. You can listen to the Limp Bizkit/Seinfeld mashup on YouTube."Break Stuff," of course, features the chorus of "It's all about the he said she said bulls**t," which is essentially the main conflict in almost every Seinfeld episode.Limp Bizkit will play the Epicenter festival in Inglewood, California before they embark on an international tour that will make stops in Mexico, Germany, Italy, France, the U.K., Russia and Kazakhstan.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Foo Fighters, Royal Blood Win Brit Awards


Brantley GutierrezFoo Fighters and Royal Blood both took home prizes at Wednesday's Brit Awards. Foo Fighters won International Band of the Year, beating out the likes of The Black Keys, The War on Drugs and First Aid Kit, while Royal Blood won British Group of the Year, edging out Coldplay and Alt-J.Royal Blood was also up for British Album of the Year and British Breakthrough Act, but they lost out to pop singers Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith, respectively.Visit Brits.co.uk for a full list of winners.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Imagine Dragons' "Smoke + Mirrors" Hits Number One


KIDinaKORNER/Interscope RecordsImagine Dragons need worry no longer about the dreaded sophomore slump. Smoke + Mirrors, the band's follow-up to their hugely successful debut album, Night Visions, has debuted at number one on the Billboard 200.Smoke + Mirrors is Imagine Dragons' first number-one album -- Night Visions bowed at number two. Even more impressively, Smoke + Mirrors tallied 172,000 pure album sales in its first week. That figure more than doubles the 83,000 sales that Night Visions registered in its first week.If the success of Night Visions is any reflection on what's to come for Smoke + Mirrors, then Imagine Dragons' new album will be a fixture on the Billboard 200 for quite some time. Night Visions has sold 2.5 million copies to date, and has never left the Billboard 200 in the 129 weeks since its release.Imagine Dragons will embark on a 39-city tour in support of Smoke + Mirrors beginning in June.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Metallica to Headline Rock in Rio


Image Courtesy of BB Gun PressMetallica is double-dipping in the Rock in Rio pool this year. In addition to headlining the inaugural Rock in Rio USA in Las Vegas this May, the legendary metal band has also been added to the original Rock in Rio's lineup."One Rock In Rio in a year is just not enough!" writes Metallica on their website. "We’re very excited that we have been invited to be a part of the original Rock In Rio 30-year celebration by headlining one night during the festivities."Metallica will join a stacked Rock in Rio lineup that also includes Slipknot, Faith No More, Queens of the Stone Age, System of a Down and Hollywood Vampires, a new band featuring Alice Cooper, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry and actor Johnny Depp. Meanwhile, the Rock in Rio USA lineup features Linkin Park, No Doubt, Coheed and Cambria, Deftones and Rise Against.Rock in Rio will be held September 18-20 and 24-27 in Rio de Janerio, Brazil. Visit RockinRio.com/Rio for all ticket information.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Royal Blood, Foo Fighters, The Black Keys & More Are Up for Brit Awards Today


Image Courtesy of WBR PressAfter bringing home two NME Awards, Royal Blood will look to conquer another U.K. awards show. The duo are up for three Brit Awards, which will stream live today at 3 p.m. ET on Brits.co.uk. Royal Blood is nominated for Best British Group and British Breakthrough Act, and their self-titled debut album is up for British Album of the Year.Royal Blood will compete with CHVRCHES and George Ezra for British Breakthrough Act. Ezra is also up for British Album of the Year, as is Alt-J's sophomore effort, This Is All Yours. Along with Coldplay, Alt-J is also up for Best British Group. Damon Albarn fills out the rock representation in the British-only categories, scoring a nomination for Best British Male Solo Artist.As for the international categories, Foo Fighters, The Black Keys, The War on Drugs and First Aid Kit received nominations for Best International Group. Jack White, Beck and Hozier are up for Best International Male Solo Artist, while Lana Del Rey and St. Vincent scored nods for Best International Female Solo Artist.Royal Blood and George Ezra will also perform during the ceremony.The Brit Awards will stream live from London today, February 25, at 3 p.m. ET. Here are the 2015 Brit Awards nominees:British Solo MaleDamon AlbarnEd SheeranGeorge EzraPaulo NutiniSam SmithBritish Solo FemaleElla HendersonFKA TwigsJessie WareLily AllenPaloma Faith British GroupAlt-JClean BanditColdplayOne DirectionRoyal BloodBritish Breakthrough ActChvrchesFKA TwigsGeorge EzraRoyal BloodSam SmithCritics’ Choice winnerJames BayBritish SingleCalvin Harris, "Summer"Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne, "Rather Be"Duke Dumont feat. Jax Jones, "I Got U"Ed Sheeran, "Thinking Out Loud"Ella Henderson, "Ghost"George Ezra, "Budapest"Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, "Uptown Funk"Route 94 feat. Jess Glynne, "My Love"Sam Smith, "Stay with Me"Sigma, "Nobody to Love"Mastercard British Album of the Year Alt-J, This Is All YoursEd Sheeran, XGeorge Ezra, Wanted on VoyageRoyal Blood, Royal BloodSam Smith, In the Lonely HourBritish Artist Video of the YearCalvin Harris, "Summer"Charlie XCX, "Boom Clap"Duke Dumont feat. Jax Jones, "I Got U"Ed Sheeran, "Thinking Out Loud"Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, "Uptown Funk"One Direction, "You & I"Rita Ora, "I Will Never Let You Down"Route 94 feat. Jess Glynne, "My Love"Sam Smith, "Stay with Me"Sigma, "Nobody to Love"International Male SoloBeckHozierJack WhiteJohn LegendPharrell WilliamsInternational Female SoloBeyonceLana Del ReySiaSt VincentTaylor SwiftInternational Group:5 Seconds of SummerThe Black KeysFirst Aid KitFoo FightersThe War on DrugsFollow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Bring Me the Horizon, The Libertines, New Found Glory & More Added to Reading an


Jakob PrintzlauBring Me the Horizon and The Libertines lead the newest group of additions to the U.K.'s Reading and Leeds festivals 2015 lineup. Other bands added to the bills include New Found Glory, All Time Low, Mastodon, Limp Bizkit, Simple Plan and Panic! At the Disco.The Libertines are the third and final Reading and Leeds headliner to be revealed. The newly reunited band joins Metallica and Mumford & Sons at the top of the festival bill.Other artists scheduled to play Reading and Leeds 2015 include Royal Blood, Bastille, Catfish & the Bottlemen, Pierced the Veil, Refused and Manchester Orchestra.Reading & Leeds consists of two festivals occurring simultaneously in England -- one at Reading's Richfield Avenue and the other at Leeds' Braham Park. The 2015 Reading & Leeds festivals will take place August 28-30. Tickets to both festivals are on sale now.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Rush Releasing Special Vinyl "Hologram Edition" of Classic 1977 Album "2112"


Mercury/UMeRush has announced that it's adding a very cool release to its year-long "12 Months of Rush" reissue campaign.  A special Hologram Edition vinyl version of the Canadian power trio's lauded 1977 album 2112 will be available for purchase on March 17.The disc will be pressed on high-quality, 200-gram vinyl, and will feature a hand-drawn holographic image of the "Red Star of the Federation" design near the center of the LP's second side.  The spinning hologram is viewable by shining a focused source of light -- for example, a smartphone's LED flashlight -- above the turntable while the record is playing.  You can watch a video demonstrating how the hologram looks at Rush's official YouTube channel.Fans buying this special vinyl edition of 2112 also will receive a download card allowing access to a high-resolution digital version of the album.As previously reported, throughout 2015 Rush is releasing high-quality vinyl and high-resolution digital versions of the albums it originally issued on the Mercury label, with at least one title arriving each month.  Select albums also will be sold in the Blu-ray Audio format.  The latest release in the series, 1975's Caress of Steel, was reissued on vinyl and as a high-res download today, February 24.Here is the full upcoming release schedule for the "12 Months of Rush" campaign:3/17 -- 2112 Hologram Edition3/17 -- All the World's a Stage*4/21 -- A Farewell to Kings5/19 -- Hemispheres6/16 -- Permanent Waves7/21 -- Moving Pictures7/21 -- Exit…Stage Left*8/18 -- Signals9/15 -- Grace Under Pressure10/20 -- Power Windows11/17 -- Hold Your Fire12/1 -- A Show of Hands* = also available on Blu-ray Audio.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Three Days Grace Launches "Human" Pre-Order, Reveals Track List


Image Courtesy of RCA RecordsThree Days Grace's new album, Human, is now available to pre-order on at iTunes. That'll also net you instant downloads of the hit singles "I Am Machine" and "Painkiller."Additionally, you can pre-order a deluxe edition of Human, which features live versions of "Painkiller," "Let Me Down" and "Every Other Weekend," plus an alternate recording of album track "Human Race." The deluxe edition of Human, which is available via the Three Days Grace website, will also include a custom-woven beanie, plus photos and a note from each of the band members.Here's the track list for Human, which will be released March 31:"Human Race""Painkiller""Fallen Angel""Landmine""Tell Me Why""I Am Machine""So What""Car Crash""Nothing’s Fair in Love and War""One Too Many""The End Is Not the Answer""The Real You""Every Other Weekend"*"Painkiller" (Live)*"Let Me Down" (Live)*"Human Race" (Atmosphere Version)**Available only on deluxe version.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Brandon Flowers Announces New Solo Album, "The Desired Effect"


Credit: Lucy HamblinThe Killers frontman Brandon Flowers has revealed the details of his second solo album. Entitled The Desired Effect, it'll be released May 18."On May 18th, 2015, we will finally achieve The Desired Effect," writes Flowers on his website. "[Producer] Ariel [Rechtshaid] and I have been collaborating in the studio, working twogether [sic] in the spirit of conversation, contention, and at long last, sweet contrition. No one has yet seen or heard the change. But soon, we all will."Rechtshaid has previously worked with Vampire Weekend and HAIM.Flowers released his debut solo album, Flamingo, in 2010. He previously told NME that his Flamingo followup is "definitely going to be different."Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

On "Physical Grafitti's" 40th Anniversary, Soundgarden Guitarist Kim Thayil Refl


Image Courtesy of Universal/Republic RecordsOn the 40th anniversary of Led Zeppelin's landmark album Physical Graffiti, Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil has written an essay for Rolling Stone explaining how that album, and Led Zeppelin in general, has affected his life, and his band."When we first got together, we were listening to a lot of post-punk and progressive hardcore, stuff like Bauhaus and Black Flag, after practice," Thayil remembers. "Yet our friends are pointing out how our music has elements that remind them of [Black] Sabbath, Zeppelin and the Doors, and we started getting that a lot: 'Zeppelin, Zeppelin, Zeppelin,' and we were like, OK, let's check some of this out.'"More so than any of their grunge contemporaries, Soundgarden has always drawn those comparisons to Led Zeppelin. Their riffs were heavier and bluesier than those of Nirvana or Pearl Jam, and frontman Chris Cornell's voice sounded like it came from the same mystical, snowy mountain that Robert Plant's did."We were all very acquainted with it individually, but collectively we weren't sitting around the table listening them," Thayil continues. "So initially we would deny that influence."However, Thayil says that as Soundgarden began to dig deeper into Led Zeppelin's music, he discovered an appreciation for the band that had eluded him during his childhood. One example was Zeppelin's eight-minute epic, "Kashmir.""I think the reason why it took so long [to appreciate 'Kashmir'] was there's this amazing heaviness about it and this cool guitar riff, but then there's these other elements that, when I was a young punk-rock guy, I saw as superfluous or unnecessary ornateness, sort of an art-nouveau thrills-and-stuff that perhaps I didn't understand because I just wanted to get down to the power chords and play it really fast," Thayil writes.Led Zeppelin's deluxe remastered reissue of Physical Graffiti is out now.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Flyleaf to Headline "Revolver" Tour


Image Courtesy MSO Public RelationsRevolver magazine's annual Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock tour will be headlined by Flyleaf. The Agonist, Fit for Rivals, Diamante and Falling for Scarlet will also join the tour."I'm honored to be headlining the Revolver tour!" says Flyleaf frontwoman Kristen May. "Revolver has been a big supporter of rock music and I'm stoked to be a part of a tour celebrating female musicians."Flyleaf is currently headlining the 2015 SnoCore Tour, which also features Fit for Rivals. SnoCore will wrap up March 11 in Sacramento, California.The Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock tour will begin April 8 in Sauget, Illinois and will conclude May 3 in San Antonio, Texas. Tickets will go on sale on February 27 at HottestChicksTour.com.Here are all the Revolver tour dates:4/8 -- Sauget, IL, Pop's 4/9 -- Des Moines, IA, Val Air Ballroom 4/10 -- Tulsa, OK, Vanguard 4/11 -- Dallas, TX, Gas Monkey 4/14 -- Nashville, TN, Exit/In 4/15 -- Columbia, SC, New Brookland Tavern 4/17 -- Jacksonville, FL, Freebird Live 4/19 -- Atlanta, GA, Masquerade 4/21 -- Charlotte, NC, Tremont Music Hall 4/22 -- Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Revolution 4/23 -- St. Petersburg, FL, State Theater 4/26 -- Pensacola, FL, Vinyl Music Hall 4/28 -- Little Rock, AR, Revolution Room 4/29 -- Monroe, LA, Live Oaks 5/1 -- Shreveport, LA, Riverside Warehouse 5/3 -- San Antonio, TX, Kapone'sFollow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Led Zeppelin's "Physical Graffiti" Reissue Hits Stores Today


Atlantic/ Swan SongThe latest installment of Led Zeppelin's reissue campaign, the remastered and expanded versions of the band's sixth studio album, 1975's Physical Graffiti, hits stores today.  Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, who's been overseeing the reissue project, says that by the time his group began working on the epic double album, the band members all were at their technical and creative peak as musicians."The way that we sort of combined musically -- 'cause we were all incredible musicians, no doubt about that -- the way that we could play together as a band was unlike anybody else, and that's all there was to it," Page declared at a recent listening event at London's Olympic Studios celebrating the impending arrival of the reissue.Page explained that the band that made Physical Graffiti had become adept at recording songs together live in the studio so that the performances were vibrant and the musicians were playing off each other in interesting ways.One of the highlights of Physical Graffiti is "Kashmir," the epic song driven by Page's memorable and ominous Middle Eastern-influenced riff.  The track was recorded at Headley Grange, the 18th century English residence where the band had made its classic 1971 album, Led Zeppelin IV, and a facility that had become famous for having a great drum sound.Page recalled that after coming up with the main riff for the song, he couldn't wait "to get in that hall with [drummer] John Bonham and play it."  Jimmy remembered that Bonham "just enthused the minute he heard it, 'cause…he was so keen to get back to Headley Grange 'cause the drum sound was just so good…and he was really excited."An unreleased rough mix of "Kashmir" titled "Driving Through Kashmir" is one of seven previously unheard tracks featured on the companion audio disc included in the deluxe and super deluxe editions of Physical Graffiti.  Among the other bonus tunes are an early mix of "Trampled Under Foot" called "Brandy & Coke" and an early version of "In the Light" titled "Everybody Makes It Through."You can check out complete details about the various formats and configurations that the Physical Graffiti reissue will come in at LedZeppelin.com.Meanwhile, Page noted at the playback event that three more Led Zeppelin reissues are still to come -- for 1976's Presence, 1979's In Through the Out Door and the 1982 post-breakup collection Coda.  Unfortunately, the 71-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer refused to divulge much information about what can be expected from the forthcoming albums."I sort of know what's coming [but] I can't sort of tell you, 'cause it's all a surprise," teased Page.  "But I can assure you you're in for some real treats that are coming, just in so much as we are with [the Physical Graffiti reissue]."You can watch an archived version of the listening event, which included a playback of the Physical Graffiti companion disc and a Q&A session with Page, at Yahoo! Live.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Foo Fighters, Muse to Headline Japan's Fuji Rock Festival


Brantley GutierrezMount Fuji is the tallest mountain in Japan, so it makes sense that the Fuji Rock Festival would draw some of the world's biggest rock bands. Foo Fighters and Muse will headline the 19th edition of the festival, which will also feature performances by Catfish and the Bottlemen, Johnny Marr, Motorhead, Of Monsters and Men, Todd Rundgren and Twenty One Pilots.The initially announced lineup only represents a fraction of the acts at the Fuji Rock Festival, as more 200 bands are expected to perform.The Fuji Rock Festival hasn't actually been held at Mount Fuji since its inaugural edition in 1997. Since 1999, it has been staged at Naeba Ski Resort in Niigata prefecture.Fuji Rock Fest 2015 will take place July 24-26. Tickets are available at FujiRock-Eng.com.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

New VH1 Classic Documentary Series "Rock Icons" to Profile Geddy Lee, Slash & Mo


Courtesy of VH1 Classic/Banger FilmsRush's Geddy Lee is the subject of the first episode of a new VH1 Classic documentary series titled Rock Icons that premieres this Saturday at 10 p.m. ET/PT.  Each half-hour show will offer an in-depth portrait of a different well-known rocker.  Other artists who will be profiled include Slash, Judas Priest's Rob Halford, Ted Nugent, Heart's Ann Wilson, Megadeth's Dave Mustaine, Mötley Crüe's Nikki Sixx, Def Leppard's Joe Elliott and The Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan.The shows will feature exclusive interviews with the stars themselves and their musical associates, as well as previously unseen footage.  Lee's episode will include brand-new conversations with the singer/bassist and his Rush band mates, guitarist Alex Lifeson and drummer Neil Peart.  It also will look at Geddy's early life and his determination to succeed in the music business following the death of his father at a young age, as well as his interest in baseball, fine wine and collecting rare musical instruments.Rock Icons is produced by Banger Films, the company behind such popular rock-themed documentaries as Metal: A Headbanger's Journey, Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage and Super Duper Alice Cooper.In related news, just prior to the debut of Rock Icons, Lee will be a guest on the premiere episode of the 14th season of That Metal Show, which airs Saturday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on VH1 Classic.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.