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Credit: Marina ChavezSeether kicks off a North American tour this Saturday, November 25 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The band will be touring in support of their new album Poison the Parish, which returned them to the heavier, darker sound of their earlier work -- and frontman Shaun Morgan feels the direction has been well-received by fans.

"In fact, this is the first album where people are asking us to play more off the new album rather than playing the older stuff, which is great," Morgan tells ABC Radio.

Morgan felt that Seether strayed too far away from their identity with their last few albums, and with Poison the Parish, which he produced himself, he wanted to reclaim that sound.

"Really, it just came down to, I wanted it to be a rock album," Morgan says. "I wanted it to be loud guitars, and representative of us."

"The whole idea here is we're a rock band, and that's what we're gonna be," he adds. "We're gonna represent ourselves as such, rather than try to be Imagine Dragons or whatever the label was hoping we would become for them. And there's nothing wrong with those bands at all -- I love those bands -- it's just not who I am."

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Credit: Claire Marie VogelSilversun Pickups are in the middle of a North American tour, their last run in support of their latest album, 2015's Better Nature. The band isn't just focused on Better Nature, though -- frontman Brian Aubert says their set list reflects the band's whole career.

"The [set list] we're doing right now, I just really, really like it a lot," Aubert says. "It feels like it goes everywhere -- everything that we've done is there, all the eras."

The tour also includes a benefit show for Puerto Rico, which takes place this Saturday, November 25 in Los Angeles. The members of Silversun felt they "had to something" to help the recovery effort in Puerto Rico following the devastation left by Hurricane Maria.

"We're gonna play our hearts out," Aubert says of the show.

Aubert's been through the wringer on this tour.  He's been battling a broken arm and a bout with the flu, and he plans "bury myself in the ground for a little while" after the final show, held December 4 in Seattle. When he reemerges, he and the rest of the Pickups hope to start thinking about new music.

"The holidays is a good time to shut down, and then the beginning of the year...all the stuff that's going in your head you kinda start to iron them out, and then you just gotta start," says Aubert.

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Third Man BooksJack White has made his debut as a children's author with We're Going to Be Friends, a book based the White Stripes song of the same name. The book was illustrated by Elinor Blake, who's worked on The Ren and Stimpy Show and Pee Wee's Playhouse.

"Jack [gave me] very, very little direction," Blake tells Billboard of the genesis of the book. "Just black, white and red and not necessarily human characters."

Blake and White have actually been long connected: they were both signed to the garage-punk record label Sympathy for the Record Industry. "We came from the same scene," Blake says. 

Years later, Blake sent a drawing of hers to White, which led to their current collaboration. However, they didn't meet face-to-face until they participated in a book signing for We're Going to Be Friends in Los Angeles earlier this month.

"It was really great to spend time with him and see how much of an overlap [creatively] there was, which I already felt," Blake says. "He didn't really need to explain much to me, and I didn’t really need to explain much to him. It’s hard to get something so pure."

We're Going to Be Friends is out now. Meanwhile, White is currently working on his next solo album, due out next year.

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Credit: Jeff ForneyWith the deaths of Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington this year, the subject of mental health has been more prevalent in the rock world. In an interview with NME, Avenged Sevenfold's M. Shadows opens up about his struggle with depression in the years following the death of his band mate James "The Rev" Sullivan in 2009.

"All I can say is, I never knew what depression was and you could say the word over and over again to me and I'd never know what the depths of it felt like until I lost Jimmy," Shadows explains. "I went through about three years when I couldn't do anything, so I went to go talk to someone and it was the hardest three years of my life."

"I would shake at night and have anxiety of anything I was doing, I couldn't sleep, y’know off the wall, random," he continues. "But once I'd been through those three years, I would never ever question someone’s mental state, because I went through it."

Shadows adds that the "stigma" of mental health is "disheartening," because, as he says, "everyone on this planet goes through things at one point or another, so we just have to be there for each other."

"I know how desperate it is and how dark and terrible it is and how you feel like you can't do anything," Shadows says. "Unfortunately, people have to go through that to understand what people are going through."

"All I can say to people who don't think depression is a real thing, or say 'just suck it up and get over it' -- they just really have no idea," he adds. "You have to give people the benefit of the doubt that they're doing the best they can to get through it."

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ABC/Fred LeePanic! at the Disco has announced a new live album titled All My Friends We're Glorious. The 21-track collection will be released December 15.

All My Friends We're Glorious was recorded during Panic! at the Disco's North American headlining tour earlier this year in support of their latest album, Death of a Bachelor. The album includes songs from throughout the Panic! discography, as well as covers of Billy Joel's "Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)" and Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody."

Following the conclusion of the tour, frontman Brendon Urie made his Broadway debut with a starring role in the musical Kinky Boots.

Here is the All My Friends We're Glorious track list:

"Don't Threaten Me with a Good Time"
"LA Devotee"
"Ready to Go (Get Me Out of My Mind)"
"Golden Days"
"Vegas Lights"
"A Fever You Can't Sweat Out Medley"
"Hallelujah"
"Nine in the Afternoon"
"Miss Jackson"
"This Is Gospel"
"Death of a Bachelor"
"The Ballad of Mona Lisa"
"Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)"
"Emperor's New Clothes"
"Nicotine"
"Crazy = Genius"
"Let's Kill Tonight"
"Girls/Girls/Boys"
"Bohemian Rhapsody"
"I Write Sins Not Tragedies"
"Victorious"

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ABC/Randy HolmesNext year will include new music from Death Cab for Cutie. The band has revealed that their ninth studio album will arrive in 2018.

The new album doesn't have a name or exact release date yet, but Death Cab did share a black-and-white photo from the studio.

Death Cab's most recent album is 2015's Kintsugi, which features the singles "Black Sun" and "The Ghosts of Beverly Drive."

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Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for FireflyMorrissey appears to defend, in part, Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weinstein in an interview with German publication Der Spiegel. Speaking about Spacey, the musician says he thinks that the disgraced actor has been "attacked unnecessarily," according to a translation courtesy of Google Translate.

Last month, actor Anthony Rapp alleged that Spacey made sexual advances toward him at a party in 1986, when Spacey was 26 and Rapp was 14 years old.  Both were appearing on Broadway in separate plays.  Regarding those allegations, Morrissey says "one wonders where the boy's parents were" and "one wonders if the boy did not know what would happen."

"When you are in somebody's bedroom, you have to be aware of where that can lead to," the musician says. "That's why it does not sound very credible to me."

As for Weinstein, Morrissey says that he "hate[s] sexual situations that are forced on someone" before adding that "in many cases one looks at the circumstances and thinks that the person who is being labeled a victim is merely disappointed."

Morrissey's comments have already caused controversy, with Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson slamming him by saying that he's "lost the f****** plot." "Weinstein Spacey unfairly attacked? For rape, sexual abuse coercion etc. F*** U Morrissey! F*** YOU," she tweeted.

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Credit: Brantley GutierrezDave Grohl posted a tribute over the weekend to the late AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young, who died Saturday at age 64. In the piece, posted to Twitter, the Foo Fighters frontman remembers seeing the 1980 AC/DC concert film Let There Be Rock when he was 11 years old.

"It was the first time I lost control to music," Grohl wrote. "The first time I wanted to be in a band. I didn't want to play my guitar anymore, I wanted to smash it."

"Thank you, Malcolm for the songs, and the feel, and the cool, and the years of losing control to your rock and roll," Grohl added.

Saturday night, during their show in Mexico City, Foo Fighters further honored Young with a cover of the song "Let There Be Rock." You can watch footage of the performance now on YouTube.

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Dick Clark ProductionsImagine Dragons, Linkin Park and Coldplay were winners at the 2017 American Music Awards, which aired live from L.A. on ABC Sunday night.

Imagine Dragons were named Favorite Pop/Rock Duo or Group.  During their acceptance speech, lead singer Dan Reynolds commented on the fact that Pink, Kelly Clarkson and Demi Lovato had just performed.  He said, "This is the country that I know, which is one of powerful women. I’m talking about our women; talking about empowering our LGBTQ youth."

"May we continue to progress as a nation towards one of love, of equality, no divide," he continued. "There’s been way too much of that this last year so to start the night like this just feels right.”

He ended by calling for "Peace, love, equality for all!”

ID and R&B singer Khalid later performed a dynamic, exciting mash-up of ID's hit "Thunder" and Khalid's song "Young, Dumb and Broke." Surprisingly, the two songs sound similar enough that the duet worked perfectly.

Linkin Park was named Favorite Alternative Rock Artist, but the producers evidently weren't aware that the band was in the house. They eventually made their way to the stage, where LP's Mike Shinoda dedicated the win to the late Chester Bennington -- specifically, his "memory," "talent," "sense of humor" and "joy." He added, "Take a moment to appreciate what you've got and make Chester proud."

Coldplay, who were not present, won the award for Favorite Tour of the Year, beating out Garth Brooks and U2.

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Christopher Polk/Getty ImagesGavin Rossdale was one of the many artists who performed at Linkin Park's Chester Bennington memorial show last month. Speaking to ABC Radio, the Bush frontman says that the show, during which he played the Minutes to Midnight track "Leave Out All the Rest," was a "very heavy experience."

"It was a great privilege to be asked to do that," Rossdale says. "It was incredible to work with the band, and just so sad [in] the context [of the show], and so sad to be -- for one song -- inside a huge machine that is Linkin Park and realize that they don't have their singer. They don't have their guy."

Rossdale adds that he felt a mixture of emotions during the show: sadness, fear, nervousness, and, eventually, joy.

"It is quite joyful to play music on stage and to sing things, even when things are sad," says Rossdale. "Mike [Shinoda] and the guys, they took on a huge challenge, I was just a tiny part of that challenge."

"It was pretty phenomenal. What they pulled off was pretty insane," he continues. "It turned into...feeling like a celebration of Chester."

Other artist who performed at the concert included Blink-182, Korn's Jonathan Davis, Bring Me the Horizon's Oli Sykes, and Alanis Morissette, plus members of No Doubt and Avenged Sevenfold. Throughout all of the performances, Rossdale was left with one thought.

"You did learn that there's no one that could take [Chester's] place," Rossdale says. "It wasn't like somebody came along and was, like, 'Whoa, this is how [the song should be sung].'"

"Everyone did really well," he adds. "But no one came close to Chester."

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ABC/Randy HolmesThirty Seconds to Mars has released an acoustic version of their new single "Walk on Water." The unplugged performance is available now for digital download.

In stripping out the electric elements of the song, Jared Leto's voice takes center stage, but the track maintains the bombastic, anthemic sound of the original thanks to a chorus of back-up singers.

"Walk on Water" is the lead single from Thirty Seconds to Mars' forthcoming fifth studio album, which will be accompanied by the Leto-directed documentary A Day in the Life of America.

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RCA RecordsMoon Taxi has revealed the details of their next album. The fifth studio effort from the Nashville band is called Let the Record Play, and will arrive on January 19.

"If there's one thing we want when people hear this record or see our shows," says frontman Trevor Terndrup, "it's to leave elated."

Let the Record Play will feature the lead single "Two High." Here's the track list:

"Let the Record Play"
"Not Too Late"
"Good as Gold"
"Two High"
"No More Worry"
"Moving to the City"
"Nothing Can Keep Us Apart"
"Keep Me Coming"
"Trouble"
"The Way"

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Credit: Anton CorbijnU2 has debuted another new track from Songs of Experience in advance the upcoming studio album's December 1 release.

"American Soul," which has been posted on the band's YouTube channel, kicks off with a spoken-word segment by rapper Kendrick Lamar before launching into a pounding mid-tempo rock anthem that appears both celebrate and critique the U.S.

The sung portion of the track begins with a segment of lyrics and melody that previously appeared on the Lamar-U2 collaboration "XXX," a song from Kendrick's recent album, DAMN. "It's not a place, this country is to me a sound of drum and bass, you close your eyes to look around," sings Bono.

"American Soul" is highlighted by The Edge's snaking fuzz-guitar riff and Larry Mullen Jr.'s heavy, tribal drumming. The song also features the catchy, sing-along refrain "You are rock 'n' roll/You and I are rock 'n' roll/Came here looking for American soul."

In addition, "American Soul" includes a bridge that seems to be directed at the current U.S. immigration policy.  "Let it be unity/Let it be community/For refugees like you and me," sings Bono. "A country to receive us/Will you be our sanctuary?/Refu-Jesus."

"American Soul" is the fourth track from Songs of Experience that's been made available prior to the album's release, along with "The Blackout," "You're the Best Thing About Me," and "Get Out of Your Own Way," the latter of which also features a cameo by Lamar.

If you pre-order Songs of Experience now, you'll receive instant downloads of all four songs.

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Credit: Andreas NeumannQueens of the Stone Age will bring their dancing shoes to daytime television next month when they perform on the December 14 episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

For a preview of Josh Homme and company's dancing skills, you can check out the video for their track "The Way You Used to Do," which is finally streaming now on YouTube after premiering on Apple Music over the summer.

"The Way You Used to Do" is the lead single from Queens of the Stone Age's new album, Villains. The band kicks off a North American tour in support of Villains in January.

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ABC/Randy HolmesParamore has premiered the video for their single "Fake Happy," a track from their new album, After Laughter. The clip finds Hayley Williams walking through New York City while surrounded by upside-down smiley faces. You can watch it now on YouTube.

Drummer Zac Farro directed the video, which he says is "very special...for me."

"I'm super stoked for people to see this music video," Farro says. "I feel it's subtle and charming and suits the song perfectly."

After Laughter also features the single "Hard Times."

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ABC/Randy HolmesA new video has been released for Chris Cornell's song "The Promise," the final track he released before his death this past May. The visual, dubbed the "theatrical version," mixes footage of the late Soundgarden frontman recording the song with scenes from the film The Promise, for which Cornell originally wrote the track.

"The Promise" reflects the themes of its namesake movie, which takes place during the Armenian genocide. Proceeds from the song were donated to the International Rescue Committee humanitarian charity.

Cornell was posthumously honored with the inaugural Promise Award during a ceremony held this past Tuesday in Los Angeles. Named after the song, the newly created award "recognizes an outstanding song, television show, or film that advances the values of equity and justice in an original and powerful way." Cornell's widow, Vicky, and his Soundgarden band mates, Kim Thayil and Matt Cameron, attended the ceremony.

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ABC/Heidi GutmanGreen Day has premiered the video for their new single, "Back in the USA," now streaming on YouTube.

The video finds the punk trio living in an idyllic '50s neighborhood, only to find a pair of sunglasses that reveals the evil, consumerist message behind their TV and newspapers. Basically, it's a mix of the classic 1950s TV sitcom Leave It to Beaver and the 1988 sci-fi movie They Live.

"Back in the USA" is included on Green Day's new greatest hits collection, God's Favorite Band, which is out now. Along with the new track, the compilation includes 20 of Green Day's biggest singles, as well as a new version of the song "Ordinary World" featuring country star Miranda Lambert.

Green Day is currently touring Latin America in support of their latest album, Revolution Radio.

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Credit: Erik RojasAs promised, Sleeping with Sirens has shared a new holiday song called "Christmas on the Road." The earnest, acoustic track is available now via digital outlets.

Sleeping with Sirens will keep the holiday spirit going with a series of U.S. shows in December in support of their new album, Gossip, which features the single "Legends."

In other wintry Sleeping with Sirens happenings, "Legends" is the official song of Team USA for the 2018 Winter Olympics, held in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

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ABC/Randy HolmesLinkin Park has shared a trailer for their upcoming live album One More Light Live, recorded during the band's last tour before Chester Bennington's July 20 death. You can watch the preview now on YouTube.

The tour included stops in Europe and South America. Bennington died just a week before the band was set to begin a North American tour July 27.

One More Light Live, named after Linkin Park's new album, One More Light, is dedicating to Linkin Park's late frontman. It'll be released on December 15.

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Dick Clark ProductionsThe 2017 American Music Awards take place weekend, and Imagine Dragons and Portugal. the Man will be performing during the show.

Imagine Dragons will debut an onstage collaboration with R&B singer Khalid, while Portugal. the Man will be playing their mega-hit "Feel It Still."

As for the awards themselves, Imagine Dragons is nominated for two AMAs: Favorite Duo or Group -- Pop/Rock, and Favorite Artist -- Alternative Rock. They'll be competing with Coldplay and The Chainsmokers for the former award, and with Linkin Park and Twenty One Pilots for the latter.

The 2017 American Music Awards airs live from Los Angeles this Sunday, November 19 at 8 p.m. ET.

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