Tool has earned new platinum certifications for the first time in over 10 years.
According to the RIAA database, the band's 1993 and 2001 albums Undertow and Lateralus are now triple-Platinum for over three million units certified, while 2006's 10,000 Days is now double-Platinum.
Prior to those certifications, Tool hadn't received any new platinum honors since 2008. That may be because Tool's music wasn't available on digital platforms when the RIAA started adding on-demand streaming to their certification process for singles in 2013 and albums in 2016. Tool would eventually add their catalog to streaming services in August 2019.
Tool's digital revolution was announced leading up to the release of the band's long-awaited new album, Fear Inoculum, which also dropped August 2019.
More details have been announced for From Cradle to Stage, the Dave Grohl-directed TV show based on the book written by the Foo Fighters frontman's mother, Virginia Hanlon Grohl.
The six-part series is set to premiere May 6 on the Paramount+ streaming service, and will air new episodes each week. Each installment will find the two Grohls interviewing another famous musician and their mother.
The premiere episode, for example, Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds and his mom, Christene Reynolds. Other artists set to appear on the show with their mothers include Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello, Rush's Geddy Lee, Pharrell Williams, Brandi Carlile and Miranda Lambert.
You can watch the trailer for From Cradle to Stage now via YouTube.
The book From Cradle to Stage was released in 2017. It consists of Virginia Grohl interviewing the moms of musicians including Beastie Boys' Mike D, R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe, the HAIM sisters, Amy Winehouse, Dr. Dre and Maroon 5's Adam Levine.
Before From Cradle to Stage arrives, you'll be able to check out another Dave Grohl-directed project: What Drives Us, a documentary film about van touring culture.
What Drives Us will premiere April 30 as part of The Coda Collection, a new, music-focused subscription streaming channel on Amazon Prime Video. It will include appearances by Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica's Lars Ulrich, AC/DC's Brian Johnson, The Beatles' Ringo Starr, Slash and Duff McKagan of Guns N' Roses, St. Vincent, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, No Doubt's Tony Kanal, and U2's The Edge, among many others.
For over 20 years, Rise Against has used punk and rock music to soundtrack rising against injustice and corruption, and that won't be changing for the band's next record, Nowhere Generation.
As frontman Tim McIlrath tells ABC Audio, the thrill of creating rock music has never gone away for him.
"When we started making music as teenagers, you couldn't make it with headphones on," McIlrath recalls. "You couldn't make it sitting at a coffee shop on a laptop."
"The music you made literally shook walls," he continues. "It made your parents flick the lights on in the basement and tell you to shut up. It made people call the cops 'cause it was so loud."
Growing up, McIlrath fell in love with the "physicality" of rock.
"It was just this ferocious sound," McIlrath says. "I think that I still crave that ferocity of rock music."
"Rock music is that to me," he adds. "When you go see it being played it's loud, when you see it being made it's loud, when you write it it's loud. I like that tangible nature of it all...it always spoke to me."
While McIlrath does see how guitar-driven music has dwindled in the mainstream, that was never a big concern for him.
"It's crazy how much less rock is on the radio or just when you're walking around, that kind of thing," he says. "But it's never bothered me, and it's never shaken my faith in it."
Two Feet has premiered the video for "Flatline," a track off his just-released new album, Max Maco Is Dead Right?
The clip finds the "I Feel Like I'm Drowning" artists strapped to a hospital gurney as he's haunted by visions of Max Maco, the central character of the concept-driven record. You can watch it now streaming on YouTube.
Max Maco Is Dead Right?, the follow-up to 2020's Pink, is out today. It also includes the single "Think I'm Crazy."
You can also hear Two Feet on the new SHAED single "Part Time Psycho" and the Sub Urban song, "Patchwerk."
The beloved band's reunion tour has officially been pushed back to 2022. The international outing had originally been scheduled to kick off in 2020 before being postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It's now set to kick off in March 2022, with the North American leg launching in August.
"We are deeply sad, but those emotions are only a fraction of the depth of feeling we have all experienced watching the suffering and loss of the past year," MCR says. "We just want to be as sure as we can be that everyone is safe."
"We are sorry if this is disappointing, and we REALLY can't wait to see you in 2022," the band adds.
Previously purchased tickets will be honored at the rescheduled dates. Refunds are also available at point of purchase.
Evanescence has premiered the video for "Better Without You," a track off the band's new album, The Bitter Truth.
The clip finds Amy Lee and company rocking out amid flashing lights of different colors. Towards the end of the video, Lee takes up a mallet and starts smashing the pillars and mirrors around her, reflecting the song's lyric, "As empires fall to pieces."
You can watch the "Better Without You" video streaming now on YouTube.
Along with the video premiere, Evanescence has announced an upcoming streaming concert, Driven to Perform, during which the band will debut the live versions of several The Bitter Truth songs. The free virtual event, which will be hosted by Alice Cooper, premieres May 13.
The Black Keys have premiered the video for their cover of the blues classic, "Crawling Kingsnake."
The clip finds Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney performing their six-minute rendition of the song at America's oldest active juke joint, Mississippi's Blue Front Café. You can watch it now streaming on YouTube.
"Crawling Kingsnake" will appear on the upcoming Black Keys album Delta Kream, a covers collection of Mississippi hill country blues songs. The record will be released May 14.
Delta Kream follows The Black Keys' 2019 effort, "Let's Rock".
Here are a few of today's releases from the hard rock world to get you pumped for the weekend.
Starset has released a cover of the Led Zeppelin classic "Kashmir" as an exclusive track for Amazon Music. The sci-fi rockers wanted to make the Physical Graffiti epic "even heavier and bigger."
"Hopefully people enjoy it -- a version never intended to 'beat' or 'improve' the original, but give it a Starset spin while paying homage to one of the greatest -- if not the greatest -- rock bands of all time," says frontman Dustin Bates.
Papa Roach guests on a new track called "Domination" from DJ/producer Kayzo and electronic rock artist Sullivan King. It's available now via digital outlets.
Escape the Fate dropped their new album Chemical Warfare today, and they've also shared the video for the record's opening track, "Lightning Strike." The clip, which is streaming now on YouTube, finds the band imbued with Emperor Palpatine-like lighting powers.
Lacuna Coil has announced Live from the Apocalypse, a live album recorded during the band's streaming concert last fall. The record is due out June 25, and you can listen to the live version of the song "Bad Things" now via digital outlets.
("Domination" video contains uncensored profanity.)
The Struts have released a new song in collaboration with Paris Jackson.
The track is called "Low Key in Love," and was inspired by a night Struts frontman Luke Spiller spent at Good Times at Davey Wayne's, a '70s-themed bar in Los Angeles.
"I walked into the studio explaining that we needed the song to have the essence you feel when entering the bar and absorb the vibe," Spiller explains. "When we decided to explore the idea of a duet, I thought back to that night and remembered that Paris played a brilliant acoustic set."
"Something inside was telling me that everything happened for a reason, so I decided to message her," he continues. "I'm convinced some things are just written in the stars. Bringing in Paris just gave the song a whole new dimension and really brings the story to life. She is beautiful and brilliant. A star."
Jackson is also a big fan of The Struts, having seen them open for Mötley Crüe's farewell show in 2015.
"When Luke asked to work with me, it was an immediate yes," she says. "It's been a privilege and an honor to sing on a song that I know means so much to Luke, and I'm grateful for the friendship that has sprung from such a lovely project."
You can listen to "Low Key in Love" now via digital outlets.
The Struts released their latest album, Strange Days, last fall. It includes collaborations with Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello, Albert Hammond Jr. of The Strokes, Def Leppard's Joe Elliott and Phil Collen, and U.K. pop star Robbie Williams.
Paul McCartney has released his McCartney III Imagined album, featuring collaborations with artists including Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme, Beck and St. Vincent.
The compilation includes remixes and reinterpretations of tracks off the Beatles legend's latest solo effort, last December's McCartney III. For example, McCartney and Homme worked together on a new version of the song "Lavatory Lil."
Other artists featured on McCartney III Imagined include Blur's Damon Albarn, Radiohead's Ed O'Brien, Phoebe Bridgers, Dominic Fike, Anderson .Paak, Blood Orange, Khraungbin, and Massive Attack's 3D RDN.
Each of the updated tracks is accompanied by a visualizer, which you can watch now via McCartney's YouTube channel.
McCartney is celebrating the release of McCartney III Imagined by talking with a selection of his collaborators via his Instagram Live. On Friday, he'll speak with Bridgers at 5:30 p.m. ET and Homme at 6 p.m. ET.
A physical version of McCartney III Imagined, featuring a bonus remix by actor and DJ Idris Elba, will be released July 23.
Here's the McCartney III Imagined track list:
"Find My Way" (featuring Beck)
"The Kiss of Venus" (Dominic Fike)
"Pretty Boys" (featuring Khruangbin)
"Women and Wives" (St. Vincent Remix)
"Deep Down" (Blood Orange Remix)
"Seize the Day" (featuring Phoebe Bridgers)
"Slidin'" (EOB Remix)
"Long Tailed Winter Bird" (Damon Albarn Remix)
"Lavatory Lil" (Josh Homme)
"When Winter Comes" (Anderson .Paak Remix)
"Deep Deep Feeling" (3D RDN Remix)
"Long Tailed Winter Bird" (Idris Elba Remix)*
Let the Bad Times Roll, the 10th studio effort from the SoCal punks, arrives today, nearly a decade after the group's last effort, 2012's Days Go By. As guitarist Noodles tells ABC Audio, the band had been working on the new record for much of those nine years, and were even ready to release it after hitting a "real creative time."
"Then, boom, pandemic, no touring," Noodles says. "We're, like, 'Well, we don't want to put a record out when we can't tour,' so then we took a look at the record and did more work on it."
"Ultimately I think we ended up coming out with an even better record after that," he adds.
As the album tweaking overlapped with sillier projects, including covering "Here Kitty Kitty" from Tiger King, The Offspring eventually realized they "had to get the record out there to the fans.""
While the track record for long-gestating albums from bands multiple decades into their careers is perhaps less-than stellar, Let the Bad Times Roll is a spirited, lively listen that, as Noodles says, proves The Offspring "didn't go anywhere."
The energy of the music is matched in the lyrics, which tackle topics including mental health and drug use, as well as "the fact that people aren't having sex as much as they once were," as heard in the song, "We Never Have Sex Anymore." While those have always been been things The Offspring's written about, Noodles feels the lyrics have been "brought into sharper focus" amid the pandemic.
"We've been forced to kinda go into our own corners and stay away from other people," he says. "All those things...you just feel them a little bit more deeply and intensely, I guess."
Twenty One Pilots are refusing to "Shy Away" from Billboard records with their new single.
"Shy Away," the lead single from the duo's upcoming album Scaledand Icy, debuted on this week's edition of the publication's Alternative Airplay chart at number 11. The last artist to debut that high on that particular ranking is -- you guessed it -- Twenty One Pilots, who bowed at number eight with "Jumpsuit," the lead single from their last album, 2018's Trench.
"Jumpsuit" would eventually hit number one on Alternative Airplay -- a feat Twenty One Pilots have achieved seven times.
Scaled and Icy will be released May 21. Twenty One Pilots will celebrate the album's arrival with a streaming concert that same day.
Blink-182's Mark Hoppus is unloading a bunch of his own personal gear that can be yours, if you've got the cash.
Through the website Reverb, Hoppus is selling a number of pieces of different studio equipment including amps, keyboards and drum machines that he himself used to make music with Blink and his band +44, with Travis Barker.
"Check 'em all out, enjoy them, make some awesome music," Hoppus says.
The items will go on sale beginning April 21. For more info, visit Reverb.com.
By the way, Hoppus' ex-Blink band mate Tom DeLonge also recently opened his own Reverb shop. Perhaps you can grab something from each and stage your own, imaginary Blink-182 reunion.
In another installment of "This will make you feel old," today Gwen Stefani is marking the 25th anniversary of one of her biggest hits ever: "Don't Speak," by her band No Doubt.
Tweeting a snippet of the video, Gwen wrote, "25 years and 815 million views on youtube later...thank u for listening and re-listening to my music all these years! happy anniversary #dontspeak!" She added the hashtags #skaforever, #nodoubt and #myhomies.
"Don't Speak" was written by Gwen Stefani and her brother Eric. It started out as a love song, but after Gwen's boyfriend, No Doubt bass player Tony Kanal, ended their seven-year relationship, she turned it into a breakup song.
Gwen also shared a vintage video of the group discussing how they turned the song's iconic video into a story about the band breaking up. As drummer Adrian Young explains that Gwen wrote the song about her "relationship," Tony tries to look casual and uninterested.
When "Don't Speak" was released, it was a huge success on radio, but because it wasn't commercially available as a single, it wasn't allowed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 -- that was the rule back then. However, it did reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay chart, racking up a then-record 16 weeks in the top spot.
Interestingly, "Don't Speak" was kept out of the number-one spot on Billboard's Alternative Airplay by the song "Swallowed," by the band Bush. Of course, in 2002, Gwen married Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale. They divorced in 2016.
"Don't Speak" ultimately became the most-played song on American radio in 1996, earned two Grammy nominations, and won the Best Group Video award at the 1997 MTV VMAs.