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Dave Grohl Shares Letter He Wrote to Ian MacKaye at Age 14


Image Courtesy of ABCGrowing up just outside of Washington, D.C., a teenaged Dave Grohl was a big fan of the D.C. punk scene. Apparently, that included writing letters to his hardcore heroes, including Minor Threat and Fugazi's Ian MacKaye. As it turns out, MacKaye recently found a letter that a 14-year-old Grohl wrote to him, which Grohl has now shared on Twitter."Good thrash so I was wondering if you could give me some numbers or people to get in touch with," the letter reads. "It would help. Thanx."The future Foo Fighters frontman then signs his name "David Grohl" and provides a number for MacKaye to call. Grohl also adds that the best time to call him would be between 3 and 10 p.m., which probably isn't true anymore.Aside from the letter, Grohl's fondness for MacKaye has been well documented. Grohl interviewed MacKaye for the Washington, D.C. episode of Foo Fighters' Sonic Highways HBO documentary series.This summer, Foo Fighters will start their North American tour in Washington, D.C. with a Fourth of July blowout. The tour will conclude October 17 in Anaheim, California. Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Fall Out Boy to Perform at MuchMusic Video Awards


Credit: Pamela LittkyFall Out Boy will perform at this year's MuchMusic Video Awards. The performance will mark the second time the band has played the Canadian awards show, following their debut appearance in 2006.In addition to performing, Fall Out Boy is nominated for a MuchMusic Video Award in the Most Buzzworthy International Artist or Group category for their "Centuries" video.Other nominees for this year's MuchMusic Video Awards include Arcade Fire's "We Exist," Nickelback's "Edge of a Revolution" and Death from Above 1979's "Virgins," which will duke it out for the Rock/Alternative Video of the Year award. "We Exist" is also nominated for Video and Director of the Year.The MuchMusic Video Awards will be held on June 21. You'll find the full list of nominees and performers at MMVA.MuchMusic.com. Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Metallica's Robert Trujillo, Bleacher's Jack Antonoff to Play Together in Bonnar


BB Gun Press; Daniel SilbertMetallica bassist Robert Trujillo and Bleachers frontman Jack Antonoff will unite as a part of this year's Bonnaroo SuperJam lineup. The collaborative performance, which will also feature electronic act Pretty Lights, rappers DMC and Chance the Rapper and The Late Late Show band leader Reggie Watts, will be held on the Saturday night of the festival at 1:30 a.m.The SuperJam is a staple of Bonnaroo, over the years having showcased the collaborative jamming chops of members of The Black Keys, Led Zeppelin, Alabama Shakes, My Morning Jacket, Phish and Trujillo's Metallica band mate Kirk Hammett.Bonnaroo 2015 will be held June 11-14 in Manchester, Tennessee. Mumford & Sons, Florence + the Machine, Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters, Hozier, Slayer, Twenty One Pilots, My Morning Jacket and many more will play the festival.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Jane's Addiction, Venom to Headline Fun Fun Fun Fest


Image Courtesy of Kyle Dean ReinfordJane's Addiction and black metal pioneers Venom will headline he 2015 Fun Fun Fun Fest. CHVRCHES, Coheed and Cambria, Future Islands and newly reunited grunge bands L7 and Babes in Toyland will also play the Austin festival.For the past year, Jane's Addiction has been playing their 1988 debut album, Nothing's Shocking, in full on tour, but for their Fun Fun Fun set, they'll play their 1990 breakthrough album, Ritual de lo Habitual, in its entirety. Venom's headlining set will be special, too: their performance will mark the band's lone U.S. show this year.The 2015 Fun Fun Fun Fest -- the 10th edition of the festival -- will be held November 6-8 at Auditorium Shores in Austin, Texas. Visit FunFunFunFest.com for the full lineup and ticket info.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

No Doubt, Modest Mouse, Iggy Pop to Headline Riot Fest 2015


Interscope RecordsPunk festival Riot Fest has unveiled the 2015 lineup for its flagship Chicago event. No Doubt, Modest Mouse, Iggy Pop and Faith No More will headline Riot Fest Chicago, which will also feature sets from Motorhead, Rancid, Tenacious D, Billy Idol, Alkaline Trio, Coheed and Cambria, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Dirty Heads, KONGOS, Andrew W.K., Atreyu and many more.In addition, the lineups for the Riot Fest offshoots in Denver and Toronto have also been announced. Pixies will headline the Denver edition along with Modest Mouse and Iggy Pop, and Alexisonfire will headline the Toronto festival.Riot Fest Chicago will take place September 11-13, while the Denver and Toronto festivals will be held August 28-30 and September 19-20, respectively.For the full lineup and ticket info for all three festivals, visit RiotFest.org.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

The Black Keys, Dave Matthews, My Morning Jacket & More Pick Their Favorite Grat


Credit: Danny ClinchThe Grateful Dead will celebrate their 50th anniversary with a series of Fare Thee Well shows this summer in Santa Clara, California and Chicago. In honor of the legendary band's farewell, Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, Dave Matthews and My Morning Jacket's Jim James have picked their favorite Dead tunes for Rolling Stone.Auerbach choice is "My and My Uncle," from The Grateful Dead's 1971 self-titled album, more commonly known as Skull and Roses. "The Skull and Roses album reminds me of being on the road with my dad," Auerbach writes. "He was an antiques dealer, so he'd ride around different places to do his rounds, and we wore that one out."Matthews grew up in South Africa, so he didn't hear a lot of The Grateful Dead until he was a teenager, but as a kid, he does remember listening to "Casey Jones.""I liked it before I knew what cocaine was, and before I knew what 'high' was," Matthews says." "So that one is sort of the nursery rhyme that sticks in my mind."As for James, he originally resisted The Grateful Dead, but then he listened to American Beauty. He was especially affected by the song "Candyland.""It's so dreamy," says James. "The harmonies and the guitar work so beautifully. It just takes me to this place. It's about a drug dealer, but it doesn't feel cheap."You can read about favorite Dead picks from Bleachers' Jack Antonoff, The Black Crowes' Chris Robinson and more at RollingStone.com.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Black Veil Brides Reveal "Alive and Burning" Track List


Image Courtesy of Eagle Rock EntertainmentBlack Veil Brides have revealed the 17 tracks to be featured on their forthcoming live DVD/Blu-ray, Alive and Burning. The career-spanning set list includes "Knives and Pens," "Fallen Angels," "Faithless" and set closer "In the End." Alive and Burning also will include a bonus "Meet the Fans" feature.Alive and Burning, Black Veil Brides' first concert film, was shot at the band's sold-out show at The Wiltern in Los Angeles during their Black Mass tour. It will be released on DVD/Blu-ray and digitally on July 10.If seeing them on your screen isn't close enough, Black Veil Brides will be touring all summer on the 2015 Vans Warped Tour.Here is the Alive and Burning track list:"Heart of Fire""I Am Bulletproof""Coffin""Faithless""Wretched and Divine""Knives and Pens""Overture""Shadows Die""Last Rites""Rebel Love Song""Drum Solo""The Legacy""Sweet Blasphemy""Perfect Weapon""Fallen Angels""Rebel Yell""In the End"Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Aaron Bruno Says AWOLNATION Is "Great Now Live"


Credit: Kari RoweAWOLNATION's massive tour in support of their sophomore album Run began last night, and it continues tonight with a show in Vancouver. Frontman Aaron Bruno may be the face of AWOLNATION, but in order to bring his songs to the stage, Bruno has put together a four-piece backing band -- a band of which he's a very big fan."We're great now live," Bruno tells ABC Radio. "This is the best band that I've ever been in. When I say 'we're great,' you know, I do my best -- so that's up for other people to decide on what I'm doing on stage -- but the rest of the guys in the band have elevated their playing and ability to translate the intentions of the songs at a high level live."Both of AWOLNATION's records, Run and Megalithic Symphony, are known for their musical complexity and intricacy. With only five people on stage, however, Bruno and his band have opted for a simpler, more brutal live approach."In order to execute these songs live it would take anywhere from 10 to 30 people on stage at any given point in time," Bruno explains. "So what we've done is stripped it down."In the process of stripping down a song for the stage, AWOLNATION has ditched any extra backing tracks for their live show."The last thing we're trying to do is be like Milli Vanilli and have all this fake stuff going on like most bands do," Bruno says, referring to the infamous lip-syncing pop group. "We've been guilty of that in the past, there's been times where we've had to run tracks because we didn't know any better way to do it. But we've made a conscious effort to really make it a dirtier, more raw experience."Overall, Bruno thinks that AWOLNATION's dirtier live show will give you a "totally different" experience from just listening to his albums."The live show is interactive, and it's supposed to be a celebration of music and life," he says. AWOLNATION's tour will conclude August 1 in Los Angeles.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Green Day, Kings of Leon and Weezer to Play Inaugural NiFi Fest


Credit: Felisha TolentinoGreen Day has scheduled their first non-secret, non-Rock and Roll Hall of Fame related show of 2015. The band will headline the inaugural NiFi Festival this August. Kings of Leon, Weezer, Spoon and Bleachers also are scheduled to play the Kentucky festival.Last week, Green Day played a surprise show at San Francisco punk club 924 Gilman Street, and they also played the House of Blues in Cleveland, Ohio in April prior to their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.The NiFi Festival will be held August 28-30 in Sparta, Kentucky. Visit NiFiFest.com for the full lineup and ticket info.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

U2 Playing Intimate Concert at L.A.-Area Club on Thursday


Kevin Mazur/WireImageAlthough U2's longtime road manager, Dennis Sheehan, died suddenly at his hotel this morning, the band appears to be moving ahead with its recently launched iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE trek.  Tonight, the Irish rockers will play the second of five concerts they have scheduled at The Forum in Inglewood, California, and they now have announced a special surprise club gig that will take place Thursday at The Roxy club in West Hollywood, California.No tickets are being sold for the Roxy show, but U2 is directing fans to its Instagram page, where clues on how to win tickets to the intimate performance will be revealed.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Asking Alexandria Debuts First Song with New Singer, "I Won't Give In"


Image Courtesy of Sumerian RecordsAsking Alexandria has unveiled their first song since founding frontman Danny Worsnop left the band earlier this year. The track, called "I Won't Give In," features Asking Alexandria's new lead singer, Denis Shaforostov. You can listen to "I Won't Give In" now on YouTube."He's an incredibly talented vocalist, from the multiple wide range of screams that Asking Alexandria obviously needs and will continue to have, and his singing and range is out of this world," guitarist Ben Bruce tells Kerrang! of Shaforostov. "He's been a fan of the band for a long time, so he's familiar with all our old songs, and he really cares about the band. He's a passionate, cool guy; it's the perfect scenario.""I had this gut feeling, man; I totally felt something big was going to happen right before the guys reached out to me," adds Shaforostov. "Without a doubt, I was extremely stoked and I poured all of my emotions into the writing for the new Asking Alexandria record."Asking Alexandria will be touring all summer as a part of the 2015 Vans Warped Tour. Worsnop, meanwhile, is working full-time with his band, We Are Harlot.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

U2's Longtime Tour Manager Dennis Sheehan Has Died


Interscope RecordsDennis Sheehan, U2's longtime tour manager, died early Wednesday morning at a hotel in West Hollywood, California.  KABC confirms the news of Sheehan's passing, and reports the Los Angeles County Fire Department responded to a cardiac arrest call at the Marquis Hotel at 5:40 a.m. local time.Sheehan had been accompanying U2 on their recently launched iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE tour.  The band had just played the first of five scheduled concerts at the L.A. area venue The Forum.(Story developing…)Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Third Man Records Clarifies Jack White's Recent Online Chat Remarks


Credit: Jo McCaugheyOver the weekend, Jack White participated in a private online chat with members of his Third Man Records Vault subscription service. Several outlets reported that in the chat, Jack said his former White Stripes band mate Meg White "doesn't answer her phone," that he doesn't like playing festivals and plans to only play "seated theaters for acoustic shows," and that he doesn't "belong here."Now, in a Facebook post titled "JACK WHITE CLICK BAIT BINGO EXHAUSTION," Third Man Records is attempting to clarify White's remarks.In regard to Meg, TMR writes "She doesn't have to answer her phone. ...[Jack's] not even complaining about that nor is it depressing.""The White Stripes is over and it's been said a hundred times, and maybe that’s just the quickest way for him to answer that question he gets asked a dozen times a day," the post continues.Addressing the festival remark, the post reads, "[Jack] said he'd like to do acoustic shows in sit down venues and electric shows in standing venues. He said he doesn’t like festivals but hey, he does them anyway and he makes them work."As for whether he feels he doesn't "belong," the post assures that Jack was just joking with the Vault members and that he was referring to the chat room, not the world. "It was not an existential cry to the abyss for attention," the post declares.The post also reveals that Jack will be working with The Dead Weather this week, and that he's "involved in several projects we're not even gonna tell you about right now cause we don't want to ruin the surprise."After a long tour in support of his latest solo album, Lazaretto, Jack is currently taking a break from the road.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Slipknot's KnotFest to Return in October


Credit: M. Shawn CrahanIt's official: Knotfest will be back for another year. Slipknot's music festival will return to San Bernardino, California October 23-25. Full details of Knotfest 2015 will be revealed and tickets will go on sale June 29. Stay tuned to KnotFest.com for more information.Knotfest 2015 will be the third U.S. edition of the festival. After debuting as a two-day, two-location festival in 2012, Knotfest returned in 2014 as a three-day event in San Benardino. Additionally, Slipknot held the inaugural Knotfest Japan last November.Last year's American Knotfest featured performances by Slipknot, Volbeat, Five Finger Death Punch, HELLYEAH, Of Mice & Men and Atreyu, among others. You can watch live videos from the 2014 festival on Slipknot's YouTube page.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Songs by Pearl Jam, Halestorm, Soundgarden & More Added to "Guitar Hero Live"


Credit: Danny ClinchThe Guitar Hero Live track list keeps expanding. Pearl Jam's "Mind Your Manners," Halestorm's "Love Bites (So Do I)" and Soundgarden's "Been Away Too Long" are among the newest additions to the next installment of the Guitar Hero video game franchise.The new additions to the Guitar Hero Live track list include songs by Rise Against, Tenacious D, Anthrax, Chevelle and A Day to Remember. Those songs will join an already stacked track list that includes work from The Black Keys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Rolling Stones, The Pretty Reckless, Green Day, Royal Blood, Marilyn Manson, System of a Down, Rage Against the Machine and My Chemical Romance, among many others.For all the songs announced for the Guitar Hero Live track list so far, visit GuitarHero.com. More songs from the game will be revealed next Tuesday.Guitar Hero Live will be released for consoles and mobile devices this fall.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Pop Evil Announces New Album, "Up"


Credit: Jamyme ThorntonPop Evil's new album now has a name and a release date. The band's fourth record will be called Up and will be released August 21. Up's first single, "Footsteps," will be available June 1.Up is Pop Evil's follow-up to 2013's Onyx, which produced three number-one Active Rock singles in "Trenches," "Deal with the Devil," and "Torn to Pieces.""People ask me all the time, 'What it's like to hear your song on the radio?' It never gets old!" says frontman Leigh Kakaty in a statement. "It's a reminder of hard work, and of having that dream sitting in your garage, trying to write a song that someone would love one day. That dream happened for our band and it's something that we don't want to take lightly."Pop Evil will play a show in Flint, Michigan May 30 before beginning a European tour. They'll return to North America in June for a few shows in Canada, followed by a group of U.S. dates in July. Later this year, Pop Evil will also play three shows opening for Nickelback.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Ex-Red Hot Chili Peppers Guitarist John Frusciante Will No Longer Release Music


Image Courtesy of Record CollectionFormer Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante has always been on the reclusive side, and now he's gotten even more so. In a new interview with the Electronic Beats website, Frusciante reveals he no longer plans to release his music to the public."For the last year and a half I made the decision to stop making music for anybody and with no intention of releasing it, which is what I was doing between 2008 and 2012," Frusciante says. "I felt that if I took the public into consideration at all, I wasn't going to grow and I wasn't going to learn.""Being an electronic musician meant I had to woodshed for a while, so I have a good few years' worth of material from that period that's never been released," he adds.Just this past month, Frusciante released his debut album as Trickfinger, a new project that explores the acid house genre of electronic music.  "At this point I have no audience," Frusciante says. "I make tracks and I don't finish them or send them to anybody, and consequently I get to live with the music."Frusciante was a member of Red Hot Chili Peppers from 1988 to 1992, and then again from 1998 to 2009. During his tenure with the band, he was the lead guitarist on their seminal 1991 album, Blood Sugar Sex Magik, as well as Californication, By the Way and, most recently, 2006's Stadium Arcadium.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Metallica to Perform National Anthem at the X Games


Image Courtesy of BB Gun PressMetallica will perform the national anthem on June 6 at the 2015 X Games in Austin. Frontman James Hetfield and guitarist Kirk Hammett will perform their instrumental version of "The Star-Spangled Banner" before the Moto X Speed & Style competition.Later that day, Hetfield and Hammett will reconvene with the rest of Metallica for a full set at the X Games. "We're very stoked to have our music take humans to another level," Hetfield told skateboarding icon Tony Hawk of Metallica's set.Hetfield and Hammett previously broke out their heavy, Jimi Hendrix-esque take on the national anthem for the San Francisco Giants' third annual "Metallica Day." You can watch that performance at the San Francisco Giants' Facebook page.The 2015 X Games will be held in Austin, Texas June 4-7. Coverage of the X Games will air on ESPN.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Late Slipknot Bassist Paul Gray to Be Honored with Art Installation and Commemor


Getty Images/Jay West / ContributorThis past Sunday, May 24, marked the five-year anniversary of Paul Gray's death. In honor of the late Slipknot bassist and founding member, the Des Moines Social Club will stage an art installation called Two Minutes Wasn't Long Enough. The installation will include memorabilia from Gray's personal collection, including guitars, masks, costumes and photographs.At the installation, you will also be able to purchase a photo book, also called Two Minutes Wasn't Long Enough, commemorating Gray's life. The title refers to the two minutes of silence Slipknot observed during a show following Gray's passing. Along with photos of Gray's professional and personal life, the book, which will be released on June 19, features messages written by fans.Proceeds from the Two Minutes Wasn't Long Enough book will benefit Gray's daughter, October, who was born after his death. Gray died May 24, 2010 of accidental drug overdose.The Two Minutes Wasn't Long Enough art installation will be open at the Des Moines Social Club in Des Moines, Iowa -- Slipknot's hometown -- from June 19-20. Visit ForeverSic.com for more information.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Man Dies After Falling at a Chevelle Concert


Epic RecordsTwenty-four year old Kyle Kirchhoff died after falling from a catwalk during a Chevelle concert at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago Friday night, the Chicago Tribune reports. The concert was cut short after Kirchhoff's body was found. He suffered two wounds to his chest and was pronounced dead at Weiss Memorial Hospital."We are deeply saddened by the passing of Chevelle fan Kyle Kirchhoff and at this time we ask that you all keep Kyle and his family in your thoughts and prayers," writes Chevelle on Facebook.The Chicago show marked Chevelle's final date on their co-headlining tour with The Used. They will hit the road again for a few more headlining and festival dates in July.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Muse's Matt Bellamy Says "It's Difficult for Me to Pinpoint" "Drones" Songs Abou


Credit: Danny ClinchMuse frontman Matt Bellamy has described the band's Drones single "Dead Inside" as a song about "a relationship ending and a person becoming dead inside themselves." Given that Bellamy recently split with his fiancee of three years, actress Kate Hudson, you might assume that "Dead Inside" is describing that relationship. However, Bellamy doesn't think that's necessarily true."We had a great relationship, she's a lovely person, we're better off as friends," Bellamy tells NME of Hudson. "It's difficult for me to pinpoint anything on the album specifically about [the break-up]."However, Bellamy does say that the breakup did affect Drones."When someone suddenly finds themselves outside of a relationship, they ponder things, they think over the points in their lives when they think things didn't go the way they expected them to," he says. "It's the fact that I reconnected with all the points in my life where I felt alone or outside."Bellamy adds that "feeling alone" has been a "dominant theme" in his life, and that long walks have been useful therapy."Definitely in the last few months I've been feeling much better," Bellamy says of his personal life. "Actually, I've been feeling really good."Drones will be released on June 9.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.