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Travis Barker gives health update after “life-threatening" medical scare

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Travis Barker took to social media Saturday to explain the medical emergency that landed him in the hospital earlier in the week.

He confirmed that he suffered from a “severe life-threatening” case of pancreatitis.

“I went in for an endoscopy Monday feeling great. But After dinner, I developed excruciating pain and have been hospitalized ever since,” Barker tweeted.

“During the endoscopy, I had a very small polyp removed right in a very sensitive area, usually handled by specialists, which unfortunately damaged a critical pancreatic drainage tube,” he continued. “This resulted in severe life-threatening pancreatitis.”

“I am so very very grateful that with intensive treatment I am currently much better,” Barker wrote.

Barker's wife, Kourtney Kardashian, also broke her silence on the medical scare, writing on her Instagram Story, "Oh what a scary and emotional week it has been. Our health is everything and sometimes we take for granted how quickly it can change."

She continued, "I am so grateful to God for healing my husband, for all of your prayers for him and for us, for the overwhelming outpouring of love and support. I am so touched and appreciative."

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Jack White explains intentions for Prince's 'Camille' album: "I would never mess with Prince's music"

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Earlier this year, it was reported that Jack White and his label, Third Man Records, had obtained the rights to release the lost Prince album Camille. White has now shared a bit more info about the project and, more specifically, what he will not be doing with the record.

In an Instagram post, White sets out to clarify a "misleading" recent headline reporting that he "plans to 're-edit'" Camille.

"I want to make sure the message is clear," White says. "Neither I nor Third Man Records, have any intention of 'editing' or 'remixing' Prince's music."

Prince originally recorded Camille in 1986 under a pseudonym. While all the songs on the album were eventually put out, including on Prince's 1987 record Sign o' the Times, they were never released together as a single package.

"I was referring to simply putting the songs in the original order that the album Camille was in, as those songs have been put out in multiple releases since Camille was first taken off the presses," White explains.

"I would never mess with Prince's music," he adds. "Hopefully that clears up any misunderstanding, and this album can see the light of day in its original form."

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Kate Bush reviews final 'Stranger Things' season 4 episodes: "They're just through the roof"

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As the takes about the second volume of Stranger Things season 4 are pouring in, we finally have the most important review: the one from Kate Bush.

The English artist, whose 1985 song "Running Up That Hill" has been a huge, resurgent hit over the past month due to its placement in the first volume of season 4, has now revealed her thoughts on the final two episodes, which premiered Friday on Netflix.

"They're just through the roof," Bush writes in a spoiler-free post on her website. "I'd only seen the scenes that directly involved the use of ['Running Up That Hill'] and so I didn't know how the story would evolve or build."

Bush adds that she was "so delighted" when Stranger Things creators, the Duffer Brothers, reached out about using "Running Up That Hill" as a "totem" for the character Max. But now that she's finished the season, she feels "deeply honored that the song was chosen to become a part of their roller coaster journey."

"I can't imagine the amount of hard work that's gone into making something on this scale," she writes. "I am in awe. They've made something really spectacular."

Since "Running Up That Hill" was first used in the Stranger Things episodes that premiered in May, the song has run up many, many charts, reaching the top five on the Billboard Hot 100 -- a career first for Bush -- and #1 on the U.K.'s Official Singles chart, where it's stayed for three straight weeks.

The song's resurgence led the normally press-shy Bush to issue several public statements and even give a rare interview.

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Greta Van Fleet cancels Rock Werchter festival set due to COVID-19

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Greta Van Fleet is no longer performing Friday at Belgium's Rock Werchter due to a "member of the band" testing positive for COVID-19.

"We are absolutely gutted to have made it through our entire European tour and be able to play this last show," the "Highway Tune" rockers write in a statement. "We will do our best to make it back to your remarkable country soon."

Health issues previously affected Greta Van Fleet earlier this year when guitarist Jake Kiszka was hospitalized with pneumonia in the middle of the group's spring U.S. tour. The remaining dates on the run were postponed.

Greta Van Fleet has been touring in support of the band's sophomore album, 2021's The Battle at Garden's Gate. They plan to return to the road later this month when their U.S. tour resumes July 23 in Omaha, Nebraska.

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Maynard James Keenan worlds collide: APC's Billy Howerdel & James Iha remix Puscifer songs

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Members of one Maynard James Keenan band are putting a new spin on songs from another.

A Perfect Circle's Billy Howerdel and James Iha have released remixes of the Puscifer tracks "Bullet Train to Iowa" and "The Underwhelming," respectively.

"It's always a pleasure hearing other artists' voices over what we've created," says Puscifer multi-instrumentalist Mat Mitchell. "I love these remixes."

You can listen to the remixes now via digital outlets. They're also being released on a seven-inch vinyl single.

The original versions of "Bullet Train to Iowa" and "The Underwhelming" appear on Puscifer's latest album, 2020's Existential Reckoning. Puscifer's current tour in support of the record runs through a July 10 stop in Seattle.

Howerdel, meanwhile, just released his debut solo album, What Normal Was, in June.

("Bullet Train" video contains uncensored profanity) 

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HAIM explains viral Drake photo: "Like something out of a movie"

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HAIM has shared the story behind that viral photo the band took with Drake.

In May, the "Hotline Bling" star shared an Instagram photo of him with his arms around the sister trio captioned, "Just met the Beatles."

Speaking with NME, Danielle Haim describes the experience as "like something out of a movie."

"We literally landed in Toronto [Drake's hometown], and went to the first restaurant we saw" Danielle shares. "We were at this random restaurant and Drake showed up."

"We were straight-up wearing our clothes from the plane, to see Drake," adds Este Haim.

As for the Beatles caption, that was also a surprise.

"We had no idea he was going to call us The Beatles," says Alana Haim. "We're very thankful. Thank you, Drake."

HAIM visited Toronto as part of their North American tour behind their latest album, 2020's Women in Music Pt. III. They're currently on tour in Europe but will return back to the U.S. later in July to open for Red Hot Chili Peppers.

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Listen to new covers by Bleachers, Phoebe Bridgers, Brittany Howard & Gary Clark Jr. on 'Minions 2' soundtrack

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Bleachers, Phoebe Bridgers, Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard and Gary Clark Jr. all contribute to the newly-released soundtrack to the animated film Minions: The Rise of Gru.

In keeping with the '70s setting of the movie, the soundtrack features a number of covers from the decade. Bleachers put a spin on John Lennon's "Instant Karma!"; Bridgers tackle Carpenters' "Goodbye to Love," and Clark takes on The Ides of March's "Vehicle." Howard, meanwhile, teams up with Verdine White of Earth, Wind & Fire for a new rendition of the legendary funk/soul group's song "Shining Star."

The album, which was produced by Bleachers frontman Jack Antonoff, also includes St. Vincent's previously released cover of Lipps Inc.'s "Funkytown" as well as Tame Impala's collaboration with the iconic Diana Ross, "Turn Up the Sunshine."

Minions: The Rise of Gru is the sequel to 2015's Minions and the fifth entry in the Despicable Me franchise. It's in theaters now.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers battling "illness"; Scotland concert to be rescheduled

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Red Hot Chili Peppers are calling out sick for Friday's scheduled concert in Glasgow, Scotland.

A statement posted by the band early Friday reads, "Due to illness RHCP will not be able to perform in Glasgow tonight July 1." 

"We are working on ways to reschedule," the post continues. "[Please] hold onto your tickets & wait for an update soon. RHCP love Scotland & are deeply disappointed not to be able to perform the show. Thank you for your understanding."

The Scotland show is part of the Chili Peppers' ongoing world tour in support of their new album, Unlimited Love. Their next scheduled performance is set for this Sunday, July 3 at Belgium's Rock Werchter festival.

The U.S. leg of the tour begins July 23 in Denver.

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Billie Eilish, Finneas and others added to NBC's 'Ukraine: Answering the Call'

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Billie Eilish, Finneas, Paul McCartney and Sheryl Crow have been added to the star-packed lineup of NBC’s upcoming special Ukraine: Answering the Call, according to Billboard.

The new additions join previously announced celebrities José Andrés, Jon Batiste, Kristen Bell, Brandi Carlile, Brian Cox, Jeff Daniels, Vera Farmiga, Lena Headey, Alicia Keys, Simu Liu, Julianne Moore, Brad Paisley, Rosie Perez and more.

The hour-long primetime special, per the network, "is aimed at educating, raising funds for those whose lives have been shattered by the crisis, and spreading awareness through the power of entertainment – an answer to the call from President Volodymyr Zelenskyy who has challenged Americans to use their voices to reach those who want peace."

Zelenskyy will address Americans during the special.  NBC News will also share reports on the stories of real people all around the world who are impacted by the crisis in Ukraine.

Ukraine: Answering the Call airs Sunday at 7 p.m. ET on NBC. 

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Shinedown hopes to provide "blueprint of how to move forward" with new album, 'Planet Zero'

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Amid an unprecedented two years, Shinedown is looking to the future with Planet Zero.

The seventh studio album from the "45" rockers reflects the band members' experiences in and view of the world as it grappled with the COVID-19 pandemic. While that wasn't the record they originally set out to make, it became the only one they felt they could make.

"With this pandemic, with everything that has transpired in these last two years, we [started] saying, 'Hey, let's write a fantasy,' like, 'This never happened!'" frontman Brent Smith tells ABC Audio. "It was very, very apparent very quickly ... that was not gonna happen."

"We're not wired not that way," he continues. "We have to tell, at least in our opinion, our truth."

Smith is not coy about the metaphor of Planet Zero, sharing that the album's titular planet is meant to represent "the planet we're on right now." Instead of hiding an "It was Earth all along!" twist, Planet of the Apes style, Smith hopes that Planet Zero can be a "blueprint of how to move forward."

"At least in our opinion," Smith clarifies.

He adds, "Because [the world] went back to zero, I don't wanna say that it's a do-over for society and the human race, but, the future is ours."

With its weighty ambition and subject matter, Smith says that Planet Zero ended up being the "most difficult" album he's recorded.

"But it's also, in my personal opinion, it's the record I'm most proud of," he says.

Planet Zero is out now.

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WALK THE MOON releases new version of "Different Colors" featuring Jake Wesley Rogers

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WALK THE MOON has premiered a new version of the band's song "Different Colors."

The updated recording, dubbed "Different Colors x Pride," features pop singer-songwriter Jake Wesley Rogers and is being released now in honor of the last day of Pride Month.

"'Different Colors' is both a love song and a fight song," says WTM frontman Nicholas Petricca. "This is about being a bridge instead of putting up walls. This is about leading with compassion. This is about how unity and diversity meet in the center of the same dance floor."

He adds, "It's the band's first release of its kind since I came out publicly, and it's so special to me to have such a stellar young artist like Jake Wesley Rogers to reimagine it with me."

You can listen to "Different Colors x Pride" now via digital outlets. Proceeds will be donated to Cyndi Lauper's True Colors United charity, which supports homeless LGBTQ+ youth.

The original "Different Colors" appears on WALK THE MOON's 2014 album, Talking Is Hard, which also features the mega-hit "Shut Up and Dance."

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Beck now feels "sad" he didn't give "Weird Al" permission to parody "Loser"

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Beck has sold millions of albums, won the Album of the Year Grammy and has sold-out countless shows, but his career is missing one thing: a "Weird Al" Yankovic parody of "Loser."

As it turns out, that was a real possibility. In an excerpt from his upcoming episode of Audible's Words + Music series, Beck explains that he was approached by Yankovic to do a "Loser" parody, but he turned the "Dare to Be Stupid" artist down.

"It was going to be called 'Schmoozer,'" Beck shares, adding that he now "regret[s] denying [Yankovic] permission" to record the track.

"I think it would have been an amazing video," he says. "I'm actually really sad that it didn't happen."

Leading up to the "Weird Al" revelation, Beck speaks about the critical response to "Loser" and how felt dismissed as a "joke" act.

"When it came out, and it was popular, it still wasn't taken that serious, at all," Beck says. "I just remember myriad articles and headlines of 'one-hit wonder,' 'joke band'...'novelty act.'"

You can listen to the whole excerpt, which also includes a new performance of "Loser" via Billboard. The whole episode premieres July 1.

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Travis Barker's children share thanks for "love" and "prayers" amid drummer's hospitalization

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Travis Barker's daughter, Alabama Barker, and his stepdaughter, Atiana De La Hoya, have shared statements thanking those who've shared their support for the Blink-182 drummer amid his hospitalization.

In respective Instagram Stories, Alabama wrote, "Thank you guys for all the prayers and love, I appreciate you and love all of you," while Atiana posted, "Thank you for the outpouring of love and prayers sent our way at this time. It is heard, felt and appreciated."

As previously reported by TMZ, Travis was admitted to a Los Angeles hospital on Tuesday for an undisclosed reason. At the time, Alabama shared a Story asking fans to "Please send prayers."

TMZ, which had published photos of Travis being wheeled out of an ambulance while accompanied by his wife, Kourtney Kardashian, then reported Wednesday that Barker was hospitalized due to pancreatitis.

Meanwhile, a source tells People that Travis was "suffering from extreme stomach pain and could barely walk."

Neither Travis nor Kardashian have publicly commented on the situation, aside from a cryptic tweet posted by Barker Tuesday reading, "God save me," which may have simply been a reference to the Machine Gun Kelly song of the same name.

 

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Machine Gun Kelly explains champagne glass-induced injury: "I didn't have a fork"

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Machine Gun Kelly celebrated his sold-out headlining show at New York City's Madison Square Garden Tuesday by giving himself an injury.

Following the concert, MGK posted a series of photos on Instagram showing his face covered in blood. The culprit, as seen in a since-expired Instagram Story, was a champagne glass, which Kelly smashed onto his head during a celebratory after-party.

Kelly and his healing scar then went on NBC's Late Night Wednesday and offered host Seth Meyers an explanation.

"You know when you clink a champagne glass with a fork to get people's attention?" Kelly asked.

"Yeah, I didn't have a fork," he added. "So I just clinked it on my head."

Meyers then quipped, "In medicine, they call that, 'Asking for it.'"

In addition to all the glass smashing, Kelly's trip to NYC included a visit to the iconic Empire State Building, which lit up in pink in honor of the MSG show and the musician's new Life in Pink documentary.

"Thank God I didn't have a champagne glass up there," Kelly laughs.

Machine Gun Kelly's tour continues Friday in Milwaukee.

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Rage Against the Machine trends on Twitter as Vancouver radio station plays "Killing in the Name" nonstop

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Rage Against the Machine has been trending on Twitter in response to a Vancouver radio station playing their "Killing in the Name" song nonstop.

As the Vancouver Sun reports, the station started playing the 1992 rap-metal classic early Wednesday morning and continued to do so throughout the day without changing to any other song. Occasionally, Zack de la Rocha's declaration of "Now you do what they told ya" would be interrupted by the DJs to take a call requesting a different song, only to cue up "Killing in the Name" again.

Speculation began that the never-ending "Killing in the Name" playlist was a form of protest in support of several hosts who'd announced earlier in the week they'd be departing the station. However, it now seems that it was a stunt to signal the station's change to an alternative format.

In a video posted Thursday, new host Angela Valiant offered an explanation, essentially summing up that while the "Killing in the Name" loop was meant to introduce the rebranded station, it also reflected all the "reasons to protest" currently, including the U.S. Supreme Court's overturning of Roe v. Wade and the police brutality about which "Killing in the Name" was originally written.

Valiant also quotes a tweet from a Guardian reporter covering the story that declared, "Even if it is a stunt, you can believe it's a protest."

Rage Against the Machine, meanwhile, is gearing up to finally launch the band's reunion tour, which was postponed from 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The outing kicks off July 9 in East Troy, Wisconsin.

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