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Taylor Hawkins "drums up a storm" on upcoming Iggy Pop album, 'Every Loser'

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Taylor Hawkins is posthumously featured on Iggy Pop's upcoming album Every Loser. Speaking with NME, the Godfather of Punk shares what it was like to work with the late Foo Fighters drummer.

"Taylor came in with incredible style," Pop shares. "I'm very fortunate to have that color on the record."

Hawkins contributes to two Every Loser songs: "Comments" and "The Regency."

"He drums up a storm on those tracks, and you can really hear it," Pop says of Hawkins' contributions to the record. "He has this sort of bubbling quality, it's really percolating."

Pop adds that he was "really sad and shocked" when he heard about Hawkins' unexpected death earlier this year.

"The whole thing was something else," Pop says. "He did have a wonderful career doing what he wanted to do, and by all accounts, a good life."

Every Loser is due out January 6. The album, produced by Andrew Watt, also features Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan, Blink-182's Travis Barker, Jane's Addiction's Dave Navarro and Eric Avery, Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard and ex-RHCP guitarist Josh Klinghoffer.

Elsewhere in the NME interview, Pop shares his love for Måneskin, with whom he collaborated on a joint version of their song "I Wanna Be Your Slave" last year.

"That’s a really strong band," Pop declares of the Italian rockers. "Damiano [David] is an amazing singer and the bass player, Victoria [De Angelis] really handles that position well and doesn’t overplay, but on stage and in their videos, she really stays with the message. Wooo, she's a firecracker."

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The Strokes announce 'The Singles -- Volume 01' box set

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The Strokes are collecting their early singles into a new box set.

The collection, aptly dubbed The Singles -- Volume 01, includes the singles from the first three Strokes albums -- 2001's Is This It, 2003's Room on Fire and 2006's First Impressions of Earth -- spread over 10 seven-inch vinyl discs, accompanied by their respective B-sides.

The Singles -- Volume 01 will be released February 24 and is available to preorder now.

The Strokes' most recent album is 2020's The New Abnormal.

Here's the track list for The Singles -- Volume 01:

"The Modern Age (Rough Trade Version)"
"Last Nite (Rough Trade Version)"
"Hard to Explain"
"New York City Cops"
"Last Nite"
"When It Started"
"Someday"
"Alone, Together (Home Recording)"
"Is This It (Home Recording)"
"12:51"
"The Way It Is (Home Recording)"
"Reptilia"
"Modern Girls & Old Fashion Men"
"The End Has No End"
"Clampdown (Live at Alexandria Palace)"
"Juicebox"
"Hawaii"
"Heart in a Cage"
"I'll Try Anything Once ('You Only Live Once' Demo)"
"You Only Live Once"
"Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)"

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Jack White needles Elon Musk over Kanye West Twitter suspension: "How's that 'free speech' thing working out?"

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Jack White is continuing to criticize Elon Musk amid the new Twitter owner's recent suspension of Kanye West's account.

The rapper, also known as Ye, made antisemitic remarks during an interview Thursday with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, during which he said he "like[s]" Adolf Hitler. He later posted a tweet featuring an image of a swastika. Musk said Ye was suspended for violating Twitter's "incitement to violence" guidelines, which was the same reason former president Donald Trump was removed from the platform following his tweets amid the January 6 Capitol attack.

West's Twitter had previously been restricted for antisemitic posts before it was reinstated in November along with various other controversial accounts, including Trump's, under the guise of "free speech."

White, who previously took his label Third Man Records off of Twitter when Trump's account was reactivated, has now shared an Instagram post asking Musk, "How's that 'free speech' thing working out?" 

"Oh, I see, so you have to CHOOSE who gets free speech and who doesn't then?" a sarcastic White writes. "What kind of crybaby liberal suspends someone's free speech? Hmm...."

White also wonders why Musk is keeping Ye and Jones -- who's been ordered to pay nearly $1 billion in damages after defaming the families of those killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting -- off Twitter while still allowing Trump on the platform.

"Is it that liar Jones, and anti-Semite egomaniac Kanye can't provide tax breaks for billionaires the way the former president could?" White writes. "Or that maybe the controller of this 'free speech" is insulted personally? Or that just maybe, there needs to be, oh I don't know, RULES and REGULATIONS or else you breed chaos?"

He adds, "Do the right thing Elon and don't provide other hate mongers a stage."

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Guns N' Roses fan alleges she was injured by Axl Rose's thrown microphone

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A Guns N' Roses fan who attended the band's concert in Adelaide, Australia, earlier this week claims that she was injured when frontman Axl Rose threw his microphone into the crowd.

Rebecca Howe tells Australian Broadcasting Corporation that the mic hit her in the face after Rose tossed it following a performance of "Paradise City." She also provides a photo showing bruises under her eyes and across the bridge of her nose.

In talking about the alleged incident, Howe wants to spread a "warning" to any other GN'R fans planning to attend a show.

"If Axl sings 'Paradise City' get ready to duck for cover," Howe says, adding that her "intentions were not to gain anything" in speaking up.

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation has reached out to GN'R's rep for comment.

Apparently, microphone-related injuries in Australia are something of a thing for Guns N' Roses. A man was hit in the mouth with Axl's mic during a 2013 show in Perth.

Guns N' Roses will conclude their current tour of Australia and New Zealand on December 10.

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Green Day shares live "Nice Guys Finish Last" recording from upcoming 'Nimrod' reissue

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Green Day has unearthed a live version of the song "Nice Guys Finish Last" for their upcoming 25th anniversary Nimrod reissue.

The performance was recorded at the Electric Factory venue in Philadelphia in November 1997, just a month after Nimrod was first released. The entire Electric Factory set is included on the Nimrod reissue, which arrives January 27.

You can listen to the live "Nice Guys Finish Last" now via digital outlets.

The reissue also includes two previously unreleased songs -- "You Irritate Me" and "Tre Polka" -- and a cover of Elvis Costello's "Alison," as well as a host of demo recordings.

The original Nimrod spawned the singles "Hitchin' a Ride" and "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" and has been certified double-Platinum by the RIAA.

Meanwhile, Green Day recently confirmed they've been working on a new album, the follow-up to 2020's Father of All...

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Jimmy Eat World premieres new "Place Your Debts" remix

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Jimmy Eat World has shared a new remix of "Place Your Debts," recorded in collaboration with musician and producer TW Walsh.

"To me, 'Place Your Debts' sounds like a long-lost late 80's [sic] maximalist anthem," Walsh says. "The original track has a nostalgic and classic feel. It's a killer song!"

Walsh adds, "I tried to re-imagine it as if it came from an alternate dark timeline of minimalism, drum machines, tape loops and analog synths. Like disco night at the arcade...dancing into the apocalypse."

You can listen to the "Place Your Debts" remix now via digital outlets.

The original "Place Your Debts" dropped in October. It's the second new Jimmy Eat World tune of 2022, following "Something Loud."

Jimmy Eat World's most recent album is 2019's Surviving.

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Maynard James Keenan calls Christine McVie's voice "part of my DNA"

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If it hadn't been for Christine McVie, we might not have Tool.

In a tweet paying tribute to the late Fleetwood Mac member, Maynard James Keenan recalls how his school bus driver from kindergarten to eighth grade would always play an 8-track of the "Go Your Own Way" band's iconic 1977 album Rumours.

"That album and her voice is part of my DNA," Keenan shares. "RIP #ChristineMcvie"

McVie passed away Wednesday at age 79. Other artists who have shared tributes include HAIM, Paramore's Hayley Williams and Garbage.

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Blondie recording new album, according to Johnny Marr, who wrote a new song for them

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It sounds like we may be getting some new music from Blondie, if you believe Johnny Marr. During an appearance on The Lineup with Shaun Keaveny podcast, the former The Smiths guitarist revealed he’s written a new song for the band. 

Johnny previously wrote the song “My Monster” for Blondie and he now shares, “I've written another new one for the new, current record that they’re recording,” adding, "I don't know whether it will end up on the album, you never know. But they seemed to really like it."

Johnny says hearing Debbie Harry singing his lyrics is “a new level of wow for me because they are my lyrics, Debbie’s singing my lyrics."

The new song is called “Spectral Eyes,” but Marr says “they took so long recording it” he recorded it himself as a B-side on a 7-inch. He adds, "I wasn't about to put it on an album, just in case.”

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The Smashing Pumpkins' James Iha plays on updated theme song for 'That '90s Show'

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Apparently, The Smashing Pumpkins are to the '90s what Cheap Trick was to the '70s.

According to Variety, Pumpkins guitarist James Iha plays on an updated version of the That '70s Show theme for the upcoming sequel series That '90s Show.

The song, titled "In the Street," was originally released by the band Big Star in 1972. It was adapted for That '70s Show when the sitcom premiered in 1998; Cheap Trick's version was used as the theme starting in the second season.

Variety reports that Iha is also the composer on That '90s Show.

That '90s Show will premiere January 19 on Netflix. Set in 1995, it stars returning actors Kurtwood Smith and Debra Jo Rupp reprising their roles as Red and Kitty Forman, whose house is once again invaded by teenagers when their granddaughter Leia comes to visit.

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Dave Grohl & Greg Kurstin playing 'Hanukkah Sessions' concert in Los Angeles

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Dave Grohl and Greg Kurstin are bringing their The Hanukkah Sessions project to the live stage.

The Foo Fighters frontman and the producer are set to perform on Monday, December 5, at the intimate Largo club in Los Angeles. The night will be hosted by filmmaker Judd Apatow.

Unsuspectingly, given the big names involved and the sub-300 capacity of the venue, the show, which will benefit the ADL, has already sold out.

Grohl and Kurstin first launched The Hanukkah Sessions in 2020 and covered eight different Jewish artists for each night of the holiday. The series also returned in 2021. Among the artists the pair covered included KISS, Beastie Boys, Bob Dylan, Drake, Lisa Loeb, Ramones, Amy Winehouse and Billy Joel.

The Largo concert will mark one of Grohl's few live performances since the death of Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins earlier this year; he previously made appearances at Paul McCartney's Glastonbury set over the summer and Joe Walsh's VetsAid concert last month. Grohl and Foo Fighters also held two giant tribute concerts to Hawkins in London and Los Angeles back in September.

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Guns N' Roses to headline London's Hyde Park next summer

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Guns N' Roses is going London calling next year.

The "Welcome to the Jungle" rockers will headline the English capital's historic Hyde Park on June 30. A full lineup of supporting artists will be announced at a later date.

Tickets go on sale next Wednesday, December 7. Members of GN'R's Nightrain fan club will have access to presale tickets beginning Monday, December 5. For all ticket info, visit GunsNRoses.com.

GN'R just played London last summer and was joined by country star Carrie Underwood for performances of "Sweet Child o' Mine" and "Paradise City."

The Hyde Park date marks the first announced Guns N' Roses show of 2023. The group will close out 2022 with a show in New Zealand on December 10.

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Glass Animals named 'Billboard's' Top Rock Artist of 2022; "Heat Waves" earns #1 Hot 100 song

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Glass Animals is Billboard's Top Rock Artist for the second straight year.

The publication has unveiled its annual year-end charts, which determine the biggest acts in a variety of different genres by using a combination of factors, including airplay, sales and streaming data for songs and albums, touring revenue and social media activity.

Having led the year-end Top Rock Artist chart in 2021, Glass Animals is again #1 in 2022 thanks to the enduring success of the group's 2020 "Heat Waves," which hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 after a record-breaking 59 weeks on the ranking.

"Heat Waves" has also been named 2022's #1 Hot 100 song. In addition to its historic run to the top of the chart, "Heat Waves" broke the record for most weeks spent on the Hot 100.

Following Glass Animals on the 2022 Top Rock Artists ranking are Imagine Dragons, country-rocker Zach Bryan, "Bad Habits" artist Steve Lacy and Kate Bush, whose 1985 single "Running Up That Hill" became a resurgent hit this year due to its placement on Stranger Things.

"Heat Waves" is #1 on the year-end Hot Rock & Alternative Songs chart, followed by GAYLE's "abcdefu," Imagine Dragons and JID's "Enemy," Bush's "Running Up That Hill" and the alt-pop hit "Sunroof" by Nicky Youre and dazy.

Meanwhile, the year-end Top Rock Albums chart was mostly dominated by classic rock, led by Fleetwood Mac's Rumours, Queen's Greatest Hits and Elton John's Diamonds.

In other year-end news, Imagine Dragons and JID's "Enemy" made the top 10 on YouTube's Top U.S. Songs of 2022.

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HAIM pays tribute to "constant inspiration" Christine McVie

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HAIM has shared a post paying tribute to Christine McVie, calling the late Fleetwood Mac member a "constant inspiration."

"We write this with tears in our eyes and all over our faces," the sister trio writes in an Instagram post. "The sisterhood Stevie [Nicks] and Christine had was so vital to us growing up."

"Seeing two strong women support each other in our favorite band has had such a huge impact on us throughout our lives," the post continues. "RIP beautiful songbird."

McVie passed away Wednesday at age 79. In posting about the news, Nicks shared the lyrics to the HAIM song "Hallelujah," which she said had been "swirling around in my head" since learning that McVie was sick last Saturday.

Paramore's Hayley Williams also shared a tribute to McVie, writing in her Instagram Story, "I love you Christine McVie. My favorite writer in one of the best bands of all time."

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Silversun Pickups announce digital release of Record Store Day collaboration with Butch Vig

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Silversun Pickups have announced a digital release of their collaboration with producer and Garbage drummer Butch Vig, which was previously only available as a vinyl single for this year's Record Store Day Black Friday. 

The project, dubbed SSVU, consists of two new songs titled "David Lynch Has a Painting Made of Flies Eyes" and "Suzanne Ciani." Both tracks will be available on streaming services this Friday, December 2, and are available now to presave.

SSVU was born out of Vig producing the last two SSPU albums, 2019's Widow's Weeds and this year's Physical Thrills.

"There was so much kinetic energy during the making of Physical Thrills and sometimes it needs a place to live," the Pickups said of the collab. "While we were listening to BV talk about his adventures with the famous, we would bounce around and start turning them into songs. And just like that, SSVU."

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Jack White headlining inaugural Palm Tree Music Festival in Aspen

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Jack White will be hitting the slopes to headline the inaugural Palm Tree Music Festival Aspen.

The two-day event will be held February 24-25 in the famed ski resort town. Cannons and King Princess will also be on the lineup; DJ Kygo will headline as well.

"We are super proud to launch our first winter edition of Palm Tree Music Festival in Aspen and build something that has never been done during the peak winter season in the middle of downtown Aspen," says Myles Shear, co-founder of festival producers Palm Tree Crew.

Tickets will go on pre-sale this Thursday, December 1, at 2 p.m. MT followed by a general on-sale Friday, December 2, at 2 p.m. MT. For the full lineup and all ticket info, visit PalmTreeMusicFestival.com.

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