ABC/Randy HolmesLinkin Park has shared a statement paying tribute to Chester Bennington on the one year anniversary of the musician's death.
"To our brother Chester," the letter begins. "It has been a year since your passing -- a surreal rotation of grief, heartbreak, refusal, and recognition. And yet it still feels like you are close by, surrounding us with your memory and your light. Your one-of-a-kind spirit has authored an indelible imprint on our hearts -- our jokes, our joy, and our tenderness."
"Eternally grateful for the love, life, and creative passion you shared with us and the world," it continues. "We miss you more than words can express."
Bennington died by suicide on July 20, 2017. He was 41.
Last October, the members of Linkin Park united once for a tribute show to Bennington. The band hasn't played a show together since, and the future of the group remains unclear. Meanwhile, LP's Mike Shinoda released his debut solo album Post Traumatic this past June, which diaries his life following Bennington's death.
ABC/Randy HolmesToday marks the one-year anniversary of Chester Bennington's death. The Linkin Park frontman took his own life on July 20, 2017.
Speaking with ABC Radio, LP vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Mike Shinoda remembers how his relationship with Bennington changed and deepened after years of writing songs together.
"Especially the early, early stuff, Chester and I tended to talk in a very universal kind of way," Shinoda says. "It was almost in code, or it was in this wash of generalization in the lyrics."
"We were still learning a little bit about each other's backstories," he continues. "So when we were writing a song, we wanted to make sure that each song was very much true for both of us."
Eventually, Shinoda says, he and Bennington came to learn so much about each other that they'd find "parallels" between their lives, which would lead to them combining specific and personal instances from their past into their lyrics.
By the time it came to writing what would become Linkin Park's final album with Bennington, 2017's One More Light, the pair's songwriting and personal relationship was so strong Shinoda could write songs from Chester's perspective, such as the track "Nobody Can Save Me."
"I just knew how he felt about certain things so well, that I wrote the thing for him to sing, and I played it for him, and he loved it immediately," Shinoda remembers. "He was like, 'Yes, that's exactly it, I love this song!'"
Last October, the remaining Linkin Park members united for a guest-filled tribute to Bennington, but have not played a show together since. The future of the band remains unclear. Meanwhile, Shinoda released his debut solo album, Post Traumatic, this past June, which details his life following Bennington's death.
ABC/Heidi GutmanTo coincide with President Donald Trump's state visit to the U.K. last week, a group of Green Day fans launched a campaign to make the band's 2004 political anthem "American Idiot" Britain's number-one single. While the track didn't manage to top the U.K.'s Official Singles Chart, the campaign did seem to have an impact stateside.
As Billboard reports, downloads of "American Idiot" increased by 322 percent the week ending July 12. The track also debuts on Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart, which began in 2009, at number 23.
"American Idiot," which was written during the George W. Bush administration, was a hit when it was originally released, reaching number one on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart and number five on Mainstream Rock Songs.
ABC/Nicole WilderJack White guests on the latest episode of writer Malcolm Gladwell's Revisionist History podcast. During the episode, which is dedicated to the legendary Elvis Presley, White performed covers of two songs popularized by the King: "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" and "Love Me."
It's no secret that White is a big Elvis fan: back in 2015, he dropped $300,000 to buy Presley's first-ever recording.
Perhaps White will perform his Elvis covers live on the next leg of his U.S. Boarding House Reach tour, which begins August 5 with a headlining set at Lollapalooza.
ABC/Randy HolmesDeath Cab for Cutie has shared another preview of their forthcoming album Thank You for Today with a new track called "I Dreamt We Spoke Again." The song is available now via digital platforms.
Thank You for Today, the follow-up to 2015's Kintsugi, will be released August 17. It also features the lead single "Gold Rush."
Death Cab will hit the road on a fall headlining tour behind the new album beginning September 24 in Eugene, Oregon.
Epitaph Alkaline Trio's next album has a title and a release date. The ninth studio effort from Matt Skiba and company is called Is This Thing Cursed?, and arrives on August 31.
The first single from the album is called "Blackbird," and is available now via digital platforms.
Is This Thing Cursed? is the first Alkaline Trio release since 2013's My Shame Is True. Since then, Skiba joined Blink-182 in place of the departed Tom DeLonge. Skiba-182 released their first album together, California, in 2016.
Alkaline Trio will embark on a headlining tour in support of the album August 3 in Dallas.
Here's the Is This Thing Cursed? track list:
"Is This Thing Cursed?" "Blackbird" "Demon and Division" "Little Help?" "I Can’t Believe" "Sweet Vampires" "Pale Blue Ribbon" "Goodbye Fire Island" "Stay" "Heart Attacks" "Worn So Thin" "Throw Me to the Lions" "Krystalline"
ABC/Randy HolmesSoundgarden and Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron has designed a new t-shirt inspired by his late band mate, Chris Cornell. Created in collaboration with artist Josh Graham, the shirt features an infinity symbol on the front, and a depiction of Cornell with wavy hair in the style of the Starbucks logo on the back.
Proceeds from the shirt will be donated to the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation, a charity organization Cornell co-founded with his wife, Vicky.
Cameron has been wearing a similar shirt on stage during Pearl Jam shows since March. "Wear it with pride," Cameron says. "Thank you and loudest of love to you all."
Credit: Vijat MohindraThe 1975 has premiered a new song called "Love It if We Made It." The track, which will appear on the English band's forthcoming album, A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships, is now available for digital download.
The lyrics on the song make reference to several quotes made by President Donald Trump, and gives a shout-out to late rapper Lil Peep, who died last fall at age 21.
"Love It if We Made It" follows the previously released single "Give Yourself a Try." A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships is due out in October. A second, separate 1975 album is expected to arrive next spring.
Credit: Alex LakeThursday night, Radiohead will play Toronto for the first time since the fatal stage collapse prior to the band's show in the Canadian city in 2012, which killed their drum tech, Scott Johnson. As drummer Philip Selway tells BBC Newsnight, Radiohead still feels frustrated after a judge stayed all charges related to the collapse last fall.
"It's very frustrating," Selway says. "The court case broke down on a technicality."
In staying the charges, the judge ruled that the case was taking too long and violated the rights of those charged -- which included promoter Live Nation, engineer Domenic Cugliari, and contractor Optex Staging -- to a timely hearing. The original proceeding ended in a mistrial earlier in 2017.
"There have been no real answers," Selway says. "Without the answers we can't ensure that an accident like this doesn't happen again."
In response to the judge's decision in September, Radiohead said that they were "appalled" by the ruling, and added that it was an, "insult to the memory of Scott Johnson." In November, the chief coroner in Ontario ordered a new inquest into Johnson's death. Commenting on that development, Radiohead said that the inquest is "welcomed," but "it provides no justice for Scott and his family."
ABC/Fred LeeFall Out Boy lead singer Patrick Stump is composing the score for an upcoming short film titled Wonderland, Entertainment Weeklyreports. Starring and written by American Gods actress Yetide Badaki, the film is a new, Hollywood-set take on the classic tale of Alice in Wonderland.
"That story has been told a lot of different ways before, a lot of different versions," Stump tells EW. "And the thing that really grabbed me was the voice of the writing -- I can see this."
Wonderland, which is set to enter production in August, is Stump's third film scoring project -- he also did the music for the animated film Gnome Alone and the upcoming Seth Green movie Changeland.
"When you're doing a score, it's kind of like acting, really, because you have to get in the head of a character," Stump explains. "Whereas with Fall Out Boy, if I'm writing a song, I'm going to have to get on stage every night and sing that. It's really for me. Writing a song is more -- not selfish, but you're focused on what you would want, whereas in a film you're just focused on telling the story."
In addition to hearing Stump's music on the big screen, you can hear it live during Fall Out Boy's summer tour, which begins August 29 in Uniondale, New York.
Credit: Danny ClinchMuse has premiered a new track titled "Something Human." The summery tune -- probably the first Muse song that could be described as "tropical" -- is available now for digital download.
"Something Human" is also accompanied by a video, which finds frontman Matt Bellamy driving through a futuristic, apocalyptic wasteland, before warping back in time to return a VHS tape to a long-abandoned video store. Then he turns into a werewolf, because of course he does. You can watch it now on YouTube.
"Life on the road can bring out your inner beast, this song and video is about taming that beast, desiring a return to something human," Bellamy says. "Plus, Teen Wolf is cool."
In addition to the new track, Muse has also revealed that the band's next album, the follow-up to 2015's Drones, is due out in November.
Credit: Jeff ForneyAvenged Sevenfold will launch their End of the World tour with Prophets of Rage Sunday, July 22 in Mansfield, Massachusetts. For frontman M. Shadows, the tour gives him the opportunity to spend time with members of Rage Against the Machine, who soundtracked his youth with their iconic blend of political lyrics and a rap-metal sound.
"Man, they're just legends," Shadows tells ABC Radio of Rage. "They're legendary dudes, legendary songs."
"As a kid growing up, it was just mind-boggling how great those songs were," he continues. "I remember going to grandparents' house every day after school and plugging in my little amp and learning Rage Against the Machine guitar riffs."
Prophets of Rage, which features Rage's Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk, continues that political outspokenness. While Avenged Sevenfold isn't known as a "political" band, their latest album, 2016's artificial intelligence-themed The Stage, demonstrates their desire to inform their listeners about what they feel are important topics.
"I believe musicians should speak up with their beliefs, and that's what Prophets does," Shadows explains. "I think the approach we took on The Stage is our own way of dipping our toe in that water and saying, 'Hey, we want people to educate themselves.'"
The summer tour, also featureing Three Days Grace, will be A7X's final run behind The Stage before they begin work on their next album. The tour will build on the production of previous outings to create a "send-off" for the album.
"If you take that last tour we did, look it up, and you add pyro onto that and couple more gags, that's what you're gonna get in terms of the production for the summer tour, which I think is gonna be pretty huge," Shadows says.
ABC/Randy HolmesDave Grohl's favorite opening band is hitting the road on their own. The Struts will rock the U.S. this fall on a headlining tour, which begins September 21 in Detroit and wraps up November 9 in San Francisco.
The British rockers will be touring behind their forthcoming sophomore album, which is due out later this year. The currently untitled effort will feature the new single "Body Talks."
If you don't want to wait for the fall trek, you can catch The Struts live this summer as the openers for Foo Fighters.
Here are The Struts' fall headlining tour dates:
9/21 -- Detroit, MI, St. Andrew’s 9/22 -- Fort Wayne, IN, Piere’s 9/24 -- Richmond, VA, National 9/26 -- Toronto, ON, The Opera House 9/30 -- Albany, NY, Upstate Concert Hall 10/2 -- New York, NY, Bowery Ballroom 10/3 -- New York, NY, Bowery Ballroom 10/5 -- Asbury Park, NJ, Stone Pony 10/6 -- Philadelphia, PA, TLA 10/8 -- Washington, DC, 9:30 Club 10/9 -- Carrboro, NC, Cat’s Cradle 10/10 -- Asheville, NC, Orange Peel 10/12 -- Atlanta, GA, Variety Theater 10/13 -- Orlando, FL, The Beachum Theater 10/14 -- Tampa, FL, The Orpheum 10/16 -- Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Culture Room 10/17 -- Jacksonville, FL, Maverick’s at the Landing 10/19 -- Mobile, AL, Soul Kitchen 10/20 -- Destin, FL, Club LA 10/21 -- Tuscaloosa, AL, Druid City 10/23 -- St. Louis, MO, The Pageant 10/25 -- Fort Smith, AR, Temple Live 10/26 -- Arlington, TX, Texas Live! 10/29 -- Austin, TX, Emo’s 11/2 -- Tempe, AZ, Marquee 11/3 -- Anaheim, CA, HOB 11/6 -- Napa, CA, Jam Cellars Ballroom 11/8 -- Sacramento, CA, Ace of Spades 11/9 -- San Francisco, CA, Fillmore
Republic RecordsTwo Feet has a new song. The latest track from the "I Feel Like I'm Drowning" artist is called "Hurt People," and features singer Madison Love. You can download it now via digital outlets.
In addition to the new track, Two Feet has announced a pair of headlining shows, taking place October 27 in Brooklyn, New York and November 16 in Los Angeles. He'll be opening for Panic! at the Disco early next year.
Meanwhile, "I Feel Like I'm Drowning" currently sits at number two on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart after ruling the tally for two weeks.
ABC/Craig SjodinPearl Jam's show in London Tuesday night featured a large, inflatable guest: the "Baby Trump" balloon.
The helium filled, infantilized representation of the U.S. president, which made its debut in England last week during his state visit, flew outside the O2 Arena while Pearl Jam played inside the venue. Eddie Vedder's wife Jill posted a photo of the balloon on her Instagram.
During the concert, Vedder spoke about the large-scale protests that met Trump during his U.K. trip.
"I know at home, it feels very divisive. It feels like he's...added such divisive energy into how we get along back home," Vedder said of the president. "Then I realized the other day watching all the protests here down in the square...[Trump's] actually bringing people together in a great way. If you get 250,000 protestors of all ages, cultures, different sexual orientations...you know, maybe he's uniting people in a way that is gonna be needed in the near future."
Fan-shot footage of the speech was posted to YouTube.
The London show, which was originally scheduled for June but was postponed after Vedder briefly lost his voice, was the last stop on Pearl Jam's European tour. The grunge icons will kick off a U.S. stadium tour August 8 in Seattle.
ABC/Randy HolmesAs the one-year anniversary of Chester Bennington's death approaches, the question of whether Linkin Park will continue still remains unanswered. Speaking with France's United Rock Nations Radio, LP member Mike Shinoda -- who recently released his debut solo album, Post Traumatic -- says he's "open" to the possibility of the band playing more shows.
"I'm just taking it one step at a time and keeping my mind open to the possibilities," Shinoda explains. "Whether it's doing things under my name or working with other artists or producing tracks for somebody else, or if the guys are at a point where they wanna play Linkin Park shows, I'm sure that any of those things are possibilities and I’m just open to whatever happens."
Bennington died by suicide on July 20, 2017. Since then, the remaining members of Linkin Park have played one show together, a guest-filled tribute concert held last October.
Shinoda's Post Traumatic, released this past June, is about his life and the grief he experienced following Bennington's death.
ABC/Fred WatkinsFoo Fighters have now jammed on stage with Rick Astley multiple times, each time performing the singer's signature hit "Never Gonna Give You Up," aka the "rickroll" song. So would they ever take their live partnership to the studio for a collaboration?
"I would doubt that in the extreme, but you never know," Astley tells NME. "I know Dave Grohl's the kind of person who doesn't stop doing things so who knows whether he -- or the rest of the band -- would want to. In a parallel universe, who knows?"
If that opportunity did arise, though, Astley would "love" to collaborate with the Foos.
"Of course I would," he says. "Who wouldn't want to get in a room with Foo Fighters and say 'Right, what are we doing then?' But I can't exactly see how that would work from their side. I think they've got enough fish to fry. But yeah, it would be a great fun thing to do, that's for sure."
Astley does say that he has Grohl's phone number, but he's not sure about calling up the lead Foo to suggest working together.
"I've got his number, yeah, but I wouldn't be calling him to ask him to do that," he says. "I'm not turning it into something it's not. They're just a really lovely bunch of guys who are very generous with their love of what other people do."
Meanwhile, Foo Fighters' current U.S. tour has featured an appearance by an even more unexpected guest: John Travolta. The actor has taken the stage with the Foos twice this year, each time during the band's performance of the Grease song "You're the One that I Want."
Credit: Justin JacksonBig Data, the brainchild of producer Alan Wilkis, has released a new single called "Evolution Once Again," the first preview of the project's upcoming album, 3.0. The song is available now for digital download.
Speaking with Billboard, Wilkis says that "Evolution Once Again" is about "the moment when artificial intelligence exponentially surpasses human intelligence."
"The character singing the song is the forlorn computer scientist who feels abandoned by the AI he has created, which has now left him (and all of humanity) far behind," he explains.
3.0 is the aptly named follow-up to Big Data's last album, 2015's 2.0, which spawned the Joywave-featuring hit "Dangerous." Along with "Evolution Once Again," 3.0 includes a song called "See Through," which you can also grab now via digital outlets.
Credit: Brantley GutierrezFoo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett is unloading some gear. The musician is selling 20 of his personal guitars through the website Reverb.com.
"I have an excess of guitars that I've gotten over the years -- I have more than I could even really play and more than I do play," Shiflett says. "It would be fun to see these things find a home elsewhere, where somebody's going to actually play them and put scratches on them."
Among the guitars Shiflett is parting with is a 2002 Gibson Firebird V Reissue, which he played in the Foo Fighters video for "All My Life."
Credit: Steve KerosRed Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea has a role in the upcoming film Boy Erased, and you can catch a glimpse of him in the movie's new trailer.
Boy Erased stars Manchester by the Sea's Lucas Hedges as a gay teenager whose Baptist parents, played by Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman, force him to attend a conversion therapy program. Flea plays one of the program's counselors. The movie will hit theaters in November.
Flea most recently showed up in the 2017 film Baby Driver. His other film credits include roles in The Big Lebowski, Inside Out and Back to the Future Part II.