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Coldplay's "A Head Full of Dreams" Reaches Top of UK Album Chart


Parlophone UK/AtlanticColdplay once again has a number-one album in their native country. The band's latest album, A Head Full of Dreams, has at last climbed to the top of the U.K. album chart, according to the Official Charts Company. All seven of Coldplay's albums have now reached the number-one spot on the U.K. album chart.A Head Full of Dreams was released last December, when it debuted at number two in the U.K behind Adele's chart-smashing album, 25. The album also debuted in second on the Billboard 200 in the U.S.  It's expected to vault back into the top five of the Billboard 200 on next week's chart, which will be revealed Sunday, February 14. The increase in sales is in part attributed Coldplay's performance at the Super Bowl 50 halftime show last Sunday.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Dream Theater's "The Astonishing" Debuts at Number One on "Billboard's" Top Rock


Roadrunner RecordsDream Theater has earned their first number-one album on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart with their latest effort, The Astonishing. The prog-metallers' 13th studio album sold 30,000 copies in its first week, which was also good enough for the number 11 spot on the Billboard 200.The Astonishing also debuted at number one on the Hard Rock Albums chart, which is the band's third leader on that tally, following 2009's Black Clouds & Silver Linings and their 2013 self-titled album.This spring, Dream Theater will be performing The Astonishing in full on a North American tour, which kicks off April 14 in Quebec City.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Atreyu Debuts "A Bitter Broken Memory" Video


Daniel Boczarski/RedfernsAteryu has premiered the video for their song "A Bitter Broke Memory." While the song itself doesn't have the most upbeat lyrics, the video, which includes footage from Atreyu's tour this part year in support of their album Long Live, is very celebratory."This video, essentially shows a bit of the journey that Long Live has had so far. From being in the studio, to playing club shows to playing in stadiums," clean vocalist and drummer Brandon Saller tells Billboard. "We wanted to give our fans a little view of what we've been doing for the last year and what this record has done for us."Atreyu released Long Live last year. It was the band's first album since they went on hiatus following the release of 2009's Congregation of the Damned.This spring, Atreyu will embark on a headlining tour in continued support of Long Live, starting March 4 in Bakersfield, California.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Pearl Jam's Mike McCready, Slash & More Appear on Ace Frehley's Upcoming Covers


Entertainment One MusicPearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready and Slash are two of the many contributors on Origins Vol. 1, a covers album from founding KISS guitarist Ace Frehley. The 12-track collection will be released on April 15.Origins Vol. 1 features covers of songs by a variety of classic rock artists, including The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Cream and Thin Lizzy, among others. Slash appears on a rendition of Thin Lizzy's "Emerald," and McCready adds his guitar skills to a new take on the Frehley-penned KISS tune, "Cold Gin."Other contributors to Origins Vol. 1 include Lita Ford, Rob Zombie guitarist John 5, and Frehley's old KISS bandmate Paul Stanley.Here is the complete track list of Origins Vol. 1:"White Room" (Cream)"Street Fighting Man" (The Rolling Stones)"Spanish Castle Magic" (Jimi Hendrix) -- with John 5"Fire and Water" (Free) -- with Paul Stanley"Emerald" (Thin Lizzy) -- with Slash"Bring It On Home" (Led Zeppelin)"Wild Thing" (The Troggs) -- with Lita Ford"Parasite" (KISS) -- with John 5"Magic Carpet Ride" (Steppenwolf)"Cold Gin" (KISS) -- with Mike McCready"Till the End of the Day" (Kinks)"Rock and Roll Hell" (KISS)Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

No Doubt Members Form New Band with AFI's Davey Havok


ABC/Ida Mae AstuteWhile Gwen Stefani is off doing her solo thing, it looks like the other three members of No Doubt are forming their own group. According to Billboard, guitarist Tom Dumont, bassist Tony Kanal and drummer Adrian Young have joined up with AFI frontman Davey Havok to create a new, currently-unnamed band.Billboard likens the No Doubt/AFI union to Audioslave, which of course was fronted by Soundgarden's Chris Cornell and featured Rage Against the Machine members Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk. The publication also reports that the new band has already finished an album and is looking for a label deal.Both No Doubt and AFI have been fairly quiet the past few years: No Doubt's last album was 2012's Push and Shove, while AFI hasn't released a new album since 2013's Burials.Meanwhile, Stefani will release her new solo album, called This Is What the Truth Feels Like, on March 18.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Papa Roach to Release Deluxe Version of "F.E.A.R."


Eleven Seven MusicPapa Roach will release a digital deluxe version of their latest album, F.E.A.R., on March 11. The expanded edition will feature the 12 tracks included on the original album, plus live versions of the songs "Face Everything and Rise," "Leader of the Broken Hearts" and "Scars."F.E.A.R. was released in January 2015. The album included the singles "Face Everything and Rise" and "Gravity," both of which reached the top five on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs chart.Papa Roach is currently working on their follow-up to F.E.A.R.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Chris Cornell, Eddie Vedder & More Cover Beatles Songs for New Animated Netflix


Courtesy of NetflixYou know The Beatles -- now meet Beat Bugs. It's a new animated children's series that will incorporate various new cover versions of classic Fab Four songs into its storylines.Among the many artists confirmed to contribute renditions of Beatles tunes to Beat Bugs are Soundgarden's Chris Cornell, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, The Shins, Of Monsters and Men, Regina Spektor, and James Bay. The series focuses on the adventures of a group of tiny friends whose whole universe revolves around the backyard of a suburban home.The producers of Beat Bugs were able to secure a deal to use compositions from John Lennon and Paul McCartney's Northern Songs catalog. The tunes will be tied into the plot of each episode of the program, which will include "uplifting and life-affirming" themes. Cornell is confirmed to sing "Drive My Car," while Vedder will put his spin on "Magical Mystery Tour."Other Beatles songs featured in Beat Bugs include "All You Need Is Love," "Come Together," "Help!," "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," "Penny Lane," "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," and "Yellow Submarine."In a press statement, Vedder calls Beat Bugs "a tremendous show for kids that combines beautiful animation with great stories and obviously some of the best songs ever written."Beat Bugs will premiere on Netflix this August. You can check out the show's teaser trailer, featuring Vedder's version of "Magical Mystery Tour," now on YouTube.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Corey Taylor Discusses Racism in Metal


Victor Chavez/WireImageIn the wake of the Phil Anselmo controversy, prompted when the vocalist ended a concert last month by giving the Nazi salute and yelling "white power," many members of the metal and hard rock community condemned the former Pantera frontman's actions. Now, Slipknot's Corey Taylor has given his thoughts on what happened.Speaking with The Guardian, Taylor says that he hasn't seen the video of Anselmo's actions, and that he's "kept mum for the most part, because I wasn't there." Instead Taylor chooses to address the issue of racism in the metal scene as a whole."This is a bigger problem than what happened that night," he says. "Slipknot has dedicated itself to bringing people together, to fighting racism, to fighting hate in general since the day we were started. I don't have time for people who judge other people by the color of their skin. If that in itself offends some of my fans, then I'm sorry, you're wrong. I don't ever want our fans to feel like we're judging them because of color, religion, culture, upbringing, etc. We welcome everyone, we always have and we always will."Taylor acknowledges that "there is a problem in metal," but that the issue of racism is "across the board in music, though -- it's not a specifically metal thing.""But it has come up in the metal community," Taylor continues. "It's risen its ugly head because of the incident we're talking about."Taylor adds that the metal shows he's played, and the show he's attended, are "quite diverse and they always have been.""We welcome the tribe of misfits -- we're the island of misfit toys, and we always have been," he says. "It will take very little to eradicate racism from metal because the majority of it isn't racist." Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Watch Courtney Love, Perry Farrell & More Perform Fleetwood Mac Songs at Tribute


Scott Dudelson/WireImageThe first night of Fleetwood Mac Fest was held Tuesday in Los Angeles. Among the artists who paid tribute to the legendary classic rock band were Courtney Love and Perry Farrell. Love performed a rendition of the Fleetwood Mac b-side "Silver Springs," while Farrell and his wife, Etty, sang a cover of "Gold Dust Woman."Other artists who performed at Fleetwood Mac fest included Cold War Kids, Weezer's Brian Bell, The Dead Weather's Alison Mosshart, PHASES, and Dhani Harrison, the son of the late Beatles guitarist George Harrison. At the end of the concert, all the participants joined in for a group cover of "The Chain."The second night of Fleetwood Mac Fest will be held tonight, February 10 at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Wolfmother Releases New Song, "Pretty Peggy"


Credit: Piper FergusonWolfmother has shared "Pretty Peggy," a track from the band's forthcoming album, Victorious. Unlike the band's more traditionally hard-rocking songs, "Pretty Peggy" is a low-key, folksy song in the vein of Mumford & Sons or The Lumineers. You can listen to "Pretty Peggy," and watch the accompanying, rainy lyric video, now on YouTube."Pretty Peggy" is the fourth song to be released from Victorious, following "City Lights," "Gypsy Caravan" and the title track.Victorious will be released on February 19. Wolfmother will embark on a North American tour in support of the album starting February 24 in Minneapolis.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Apocalyptica Plots US Tour


Jason Squires/WireImageApocalyptica has announced a U.S. headlining tour for this spring. The Finnish cello-rockers will hit the road starting April 23 in Sayreville, New Jersey, and will wrap things up May 22 in Philadelphia. Visit Apocalyptica.com for ticket info.The band will be touring in support of their latest album, Shadowmaker, which was released last year."It's really exciting for us to return to the U.S. for another headline tour and we can't wait to present a lot of new material from...Shadowmaker," says Apocalyptica in a statement. "Our singer Franky Perez, who is a real entertainer, will definitely bring an interesting new edge to our show for those familiar with our live set. We are looking forward to seeing old friends and making new ones all across the U.S."Here are Apocalyptica's tour dates:4/23 -- Sayreville, NJ, Starland Ballroom 4/25 -- Pontiac, MI, The Crofoot 4/26 -- Chicago, IL, House of Blues4/27 -- Minneapolis, MN, Mill City Nights4/29 -- Denver, CO, Ogden Theater4/30 -- Salt Lake City, UT, In the Venue 5/1 -- Sacramento, CA, Ace of Spades5/2 -- San Francisco, CA, Fillmore5/3 -- Los Angeles, CA, Henry Fonda Theater5/5 -- San Diego, CA, House of Blues5/6 -- Anaheim, CA, House of Blues5/7 -- Tucson, AZ, Rialto Theater 5/9 -- Houston, TX, House of Blues5/10 -- San Antonio, TX, Aztec Theater5/11 -- Dallas, TX, Gas Monkey5/13 -- New Orleans, LA, House of Blues5/14 -- Tampa, FL, The Ritz Yabor5/15 -- Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Culture Room5/16 -- Atlanta, GA, Masquerade5/17 -- Charlotte, NC, Amos' 5/19 -- Baltimore, MD, Rams Head Live 5/20 -- New York, NY, Irving Plaza 5/21 -- Worcester, MA, The Palladium5/22 -- Philadelphia, PA, TrocaderoCopyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Disturbed's David Draiman and Breaking Benjamin's Benjamin Burnley Talk Post-Hia


Credit: Travis ShinnTuesday, Disturbed and Breaking Benjamin revealed plans for a co-headlining tour this summer. The two bands make a fitting pair, as both of them returned from hiatuses in the past year with new albums: Disturbed with Immortalized, and Breaking Benjamin with Dark Before Dawn. Even prior to any tour plans, the members of Disturbed and Breaking Benjamin were simply very happy to welcome each other back."We're fans of each other, and we've followed each others' careers over the course of them," Disturbed's David Draiman tells ABC Radio. "And [Breaking Benjamin] had an amazing record this year -- they've had many amazing records, but this year they definitely made a very, very huge, demonstrative return, and we did our best to try and follow the bar set by these guys."Breaking Benjamin announced the end of their hiatus before Disturbed did, and frontman Benjamin Burnley felt the same way about Disturbed being back that fans of his band did about their return."Not only is it a dream come true to tour with [Disturbed], but as a fan of the band, I want to have new Disturbed albums," Burnley tells ABC Radio. "I want to just have them exist, because what they do is so needed in this world. So I was as pleasantly pleased to hear Disturbed was coming back just like anybody else that's a fan of the band would be."Along with Disturbed and Breaking Benjamin, the tour's bill includes Saint Asonia and Alter Bridge. Both Draiman and Burnley agree that they'd like to bust out a few onstage collaborations during the outing, what with so many acclaimed lead singers on the bill."It's very intimidating as a vocalist to be on this tour," says Burnley."Because everybody is just so good at what they do, that, like, I'm scared to have one off note," he laughs. However, he and Draiman believe that the presence of singers like Adam Gontier and Myles Kennedy, as well as each other, will only make them each give a better effort."When everybody else is bringing their A-game, and they're a certain level of proficiency, it makes you have to step up," says Draiman. "And that makes you a better artist and a better performer, and just better at what you do." The Disturbed/Breaking Benjamin co-headlining tour will kick off in July. The exact dates and venue information will be announced in the coming weeks.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Lamb of God Announces North American Headlining Tour


ABC/Randy HolmesLamb of God will embark on a North American headlining tour this spring and summer in continued support of their new album, VII: Sturm und Drang. The U.S. portion of the outing begins May 3 in New Orleans and concludes May 31 in Seattle, followed by a six-date run in Canada. Visit Lamb-of-God.com for all ticket info.Along with the headlining dates, Lamb of God has a bunch of festival appearances lined up for this year, including Carolina Rebellion, Rock on the Range and Bonnaroo.VII: Sturm und Drang, Lamb of God's seventh studio album, includes the single "512," which is nominated for Best Metal Performance at this year's Grammys, to be held February 15.Lamb of God is currently in the home stretch of a tour with Anthrax, which will wrap up February 12 in Los Angeles.Here are Lamb of God's newly announced North American headlining tour dates:5/3 -- New Orleans, LA, The Orpheum       5/4 -- Memphis, TN, Minglewood Hall      5/8 -- Reading, PA, Reading Eagle Theatre  5/9 -- Portland, ME, State Theatre  5/10 -- Boston, MA, House of Blues Boston 5/12 -- St Louis, MO, The Pageant    5/16 -- Binghamton, NY, Magic City Music Hall     5/17 -- Huntington, NY, The Paramount       5/19 -- Toronto, ON, TD Echo Beach           5/23 -- Wichita, KS, The Cotillion    5/24 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre       5/25 -- Salt Lake City, UT, The Complex     5/27 -- Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theatre          5/28 -- Pomona, CA, Fox Theater Pomona     5/29 -- Oakland, CA, Fox Theater     5/31 -- Seattle, WA, WaMu Theater at CenturyLink Field Events Center      6/1 -- Vancouver, BC, Queen Elizabeth Theatre      6/2 -- Penticton, BC, South Okanagan Events Centre           6/4 -- Calgary, AB, Calgary Stampede Corral 6/5 -- Edmonton, AB, Shaw Conference Centre        6/6 -- Saskatoon, SK, Saskatoon Prairieland Exhibition Park Hall A           6/7 -- Winnipeg, MB, Burton Cummings Theatre    Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

The Arcs, Garbage to Star in "Live at 9:30" Music Variety Show


Gus Stewart/RedfernsThe Arcs and Garbage are two of the many bands to star in the upcoming music variety show Live at 9:30. The show will include live performances, interviews, short films and comedy bits, and will be hosted by the legendary 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C."We've been approached countless times to do a TV show here, and we've always passed," says 9:30 Club co-owner Seth Hurwitz. "But Live at 9:30 is a great opportunity to work with people we trust to bring music variety to life in a way no one has even attempted. When I said we had no interest in just another concert program, they totally got it. They have come up with a truly entertaining bunch of new ideas on how to change the way people watch live concert shows."Other artists featured on Live at 9:30 are Cold War Kids, The Jesus and Mary Chain, El Vy, MisterWives, Frank Turner and MS MR. Contributing hosts of the show include Henry Rollins, author and actress Jill Kargman, and comedians Hannibal Buress and Ralphie May.Live at 9:30 will premiere this April on public television. For a preview of the show, visit Liveat930.com.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Seether Reveals Lineup for Annual Rise Above Fest


Scott Dudelson/Getty ImagesSeether has announced the details of their annual Rise Above Fest. The lineup for this year's festival, which was revealed on Billboard.com, includes Disturbed, Killswitch Engage, Volbeat, Alter Bridge, Beartooth and We Came As Romans.This year's Rise Above Fest marks the fourth edition of the event. Seether first launched the first Rise Above Fest in 2012 in order to raise money for and awareness of suicide prevention and mental illness. The festival takes its name from the Seether song "Rise Above This," which frontman Shaun Morgan wrote as a message to his brother, who committed suicide eight years ago."We're honored to participate in such an event, especially one that helps raise awareness and support for suicide prevention and mental illness," Disturbed frontman David Draiman tells Billboard.The 2016 Rise Above Fest will be held August 6 in Bangor, Maine. Visit RiseAboveFest.com for ticket info.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

The Struts Share New "Kiss This" Video


Credit: Brian ZiffThe Struts have released a new video for their current single, "Kiss This." The clip features live and backstage footage from the English band's tour of the U.S. last year, including from their opening gigs on Motley Crue's Final Tour."Kiss This" will be included on The Struts' forthcoming full-length debut, Everybody Wants. The album also features the band's breakthrough single "Could Have Been Me."Everybody Wants will be released March 4.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Disturbed and Breaking Benjamin Announce Co-Headlining Tour


Credit: Travis ShinnTwo of last year's biggest comeback acts will unite for a co-headlining tour this summer. Disturbed and Breaking Benjamin will hit the road together on a 24-city trek starting in July. Support will come from Saint Asonia and Alter Bridge. So far, only the cities on the tour have been revealed, with specific dates and venue information to be announced in coming weeks. Tickets will go on sale starting February 26 via LiveNation.com.Both Disturbed and Breaking Benjamin returned last year with new albums after being on hiatus. Disturbed reunited to release Immortalized, their first album since 2010, while Benjamin Burnley reconstructed his band with four new members and released Dark Before Dawn, Breaking Benjamin's first disc since 2009. Both Immortalized and Dark Before Dawn debuted at number one on the Billboard 200.Breaking Benjamin and Disturbed frontman David Draiman recently collaborated on a cover of Queen's "Under Pressure," which they performed last week in New York City.Here are the cities on Disturbed and Breaking Benjamin's summer co-headlining tour:Albuquerque,  NMBoston, MABristow, VACincinnati, OHCleveland, OH Concord, CADallas, TXDarien Center, NYDenver, CODetroit, MIGilford, NHHartford, CT Holmdel, NJ Houston, TXIndianapolis, INPittsburgh, PASaratoga, NYScranton, PASeattle, WASt. Louis, MOSyracuse, NYToronto, ONVirginia Beach, VAWantagh, NYCopyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

The Killers to Work with Elton John on New Album


ABC/Randy HolmesIt looks like The Killers have recruited an icon to work on their next album. Elton John has revealed that he plans to write new music with Brandon Flowers and company."I'm hoping to go to [Las] Vegas and write with Brandon for the new Killers record," says John in a video for Shazam. "So that'll be interesting."As for when we might get to here a potential Elton-Killers collaboration, Flowers previously said that "in a perfect world," the band will release new music by the end of this year.The Killers' last album was 2012's Battle Born.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Deftones Added to Rock on the Range Lineup


Matt Roberts/Getty ImagesDeftones had added another big festival appearance to their increasingly busy year. The band will play the 2016 Rock on the Range festival, which will be celebrating its 10th anniversary."Rock on the Range has always been a show we enjoy playing," says frontman Chino Moreno. "To be a part of the 10th year is particularly exciting for us, especially with a new album in tow."That new album is called Gore, and it's Deftones' first since 2012's Koi No Yokan. Gore will be released on April 8.Along with Rock on the Range, Deftones will play this year's Carolina Rebellion and Shaky Knees festivals. In March, the band will embark on a five-show headlining run in Texas.Rock on the Range will take place May 20-22 in Columbus, Ohio. The lineup includes Red Hot Chili Peppers, Disturbed, Shinedown, Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch and Bring Me the Horizon, among many more.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Shaman's Harvest Announces US Headlining Tour


Credit: Lou BrutusShaman's Harvest will hit the road this spring on a headlining tour in support of their latest album, Smokin' Hearts & Broken Guns. The trek kicks off March 17 in Omaha, Nebraska and will wrap up the end of April. Visit ShamansHarvest.com for ticket info.Smokin' Hearts & Broken Guns, the fifth album from Shaman's Harvest, was released in 2014. It features the single "In Chains," plus a cover of Michael Jackson's "Dirty Diana." "In Chains" currently sits in the top 20 of Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs chart.Here are Shaman's Harvest's tour dates:3/17 -- Omaha, NE, Waiting Room3/18 -- Madison, WI, Majestic Theatre3/20 -- Chipewwa Falls, WI, Every Buddy's Bar3/23 -- Flint, MI, Machine Shop3/24 -- Columbus, OH, A&R 3/25 -- Lancaster, PA, Chameleon Club3/28 -- Syracuse, NY, Lost Horizon3/29 -- Northampton, MA, Pearl Street3/31 -- Salisbury, MD, Headquarters4/1 -- Huntington, WV, V Club4/2 -- Winchester, VA, Blue Fox4/3 -- Wilmington, NC, Ziggy's4/7 -- Racine, WI, Route 224/8 -- Dubuque, IA, Mystique Casino 4/9 -- Springfield, MO, Outland Ballroom4/11 -- Colorado Springs, CO, Black Sheep4/12 -- Lubbock, TX, Jake's Backroom4/15 -- Dallas, TX, Trees4/16 -- Houston, TX, Scout Bar4/19 -- Johnson City, TN, Capone'sCopyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Halestorm's Songs Turned into Lullabies


Lorne Thomson/RedfernsYou won't miss the misery of your children refusing to go to sleep when you play them Lullaby Versions of Halestorm, the latest edition of baby-proofed rock songs from Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star.Lullaby Versions of Halestorm features soothing, tinkly instrumentals of eight Halestorm songs, including "Apocalyptic," "Love Bites (So Do I)" and "I Miss the Misery," the latter of which you can listen to now on YouTube.Halestorm will be playing the original, much louder versions of their songs on a North American headlining tour this spring, which begins April 1 in Reading, Pennsylvania.Lullaby Versions of Halestorm is available now on iTunes. Here is the track list:"Amen""I Get Off""I Miss the Misery""Apocalyptic""Here’s to Us""Mz. Hyde""Love Bites (So Do I)""Freak Like Me"Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.