ABC/Randy HolmesThe Struts have premiered the video for their new single "Body Talks." The frenetic clip, streaming now on YouTube, features live and behind-the-scenes footage of the U.K. rockers on the road.
"Body Talks" is the first single from The Struts' forthcoming sophomore album, which is due out later this year.
The Struts are spending their summer opening for Foo Fighters, and they'll launch a headlining tour of their own in September.
Credit: Jeff ForneyAvenged Sevenfold has canceled their summer tour, as frontman M. Shadows is unable to sing due to damaged vocal cords.
In a letter posted to the A7X website, Shadows explains that, while on tour in Europe, he "came down with a terrible viral infection," which he says left him "voiceless." He then learned that he had a "blood blister" on his vocal cords, which prevents them from "vibrating properly."
"In short, I can't sing anything at the moment and the more I attempt to the more damage is being done," Shadows writes. "Luckily, as of now the doctors feel that 3 months of no singing and voice rest should get my chords back on track."
While he is on the mend, Shadows explains that he's currently in no condition to tour.
"Decisions like this weigh on me very heavily," he writes. "It's a tour I was looking forward to very much. I want to apologize to the fans who have spent their time and money booking travel arrangements and accommodations. I also want to apologize to our crew and the other bands who were depending on this tour."
"Just know that I have exhausted every possible solution in trying to get out there and perform for you. It just simply can't happen at the moment," the singer continues. "We have a few things coming down the pipe soon that should be fun so we hope you look out for those."
The tour was set to begin July 22 in Mansfield, Massachusetts. Prophets of Rage and Three Days Grace were also on the bill.
ABC/Randy HolmesThe planned statue of Chris Cornell will make its debut in the late Soundgarden frontman's hometown of Seattle next month. It will be unveiled during a public ceremony on August 29, and will be donated to the city's Museum of Pop Culture.
"Even though Chris' music touched the lives of millions around the world, there is no better place than Seattle to honor and celebrate both his contribution to music history, as well as Seattle's unique place in popular music, with an enduring symbol of a beloved artist, father, and husband," says Chris' widow, Vicky.
She continues, "Our children and I are deeply moved by the continued outpouring of love, compassion, and support, and this is our gift to the Museum of Pop Culture and to Seattle -- our gift back to the tight-knit community that gave him his start."
Created by sculptor Nick Marra, the bronze statue will represent Cornell wearing his signature boots, dog tag and long hair.
Plans for the statue were first announced last August, three months after Cornell's death on May 18, 2017. Speaking with the Seattle Times about the statue, Vicky said, "He is Seattle's son, and we will be bringing him home and honoring him."
The announcement of the statue comes on what would've been Cornell's 54th birthday. To mark the occasion, Vicky shared a video of her late husband performing live while an acoustic recording of him singing the Audioslave song "I Am the Highway" plays in the background.
"Happy Birthday my love," Vicky writes alongside the video. "Your life touched so many, you left your mark forever on millions of hearts everywhere. You were a rare gift to the world that is forever changed without you."
BMG; Time Bomb RecordingsAhead of their upcoming joint summer tour, The Offspring and 311 have released covers of each others songs. The Offspring recorded a new version of 311's "Down," while 311 took a stab at The Offspring's "Self Esteem." Both covers are available now via digital outlets.
"We've always been big fans of the song 'Down,'" says The Offspring guitarist Noodles. "Parts of the song sound really heavy and almost dark, but it also has a very uplifting message. We knew we'd never be able to groove it the way 311 do so we tried to punk it up a little."
"'Self Esteem' is my favorite Offspring song," adds 311 frontman Nick Hexum. "It's a great melody, and the lyrics really tell a story. I like when a singer is vulnerable and doesn't try to act all cool."
Credit: Alex LakeOn Thursday, Radiohead played Toronto for the first time since their drum tech Scott Johnson died in a stage collapse prior to the band's 2012 show in the Canadian city.
During Thursday night's concert, frontman Thom Yorke addressed the tragic incident, and expressed the band's anger over how the case has been handled in court.
"We wanted to do a show in Toronto [in 2012]. The stage collapsed, killing one of our colleagues and friends," Yorke said. "The people who should be held accountable, are still not being held accountable in your city. The silence is f***ing deafening."
Radiohead then held a moment of silence before the band began playing the song "Karma Police." Fan-shot video of Yorke's remarks is streaming now on YouTube.
Last fall, an Ontario judge stayed the 13 charges against promoter Live Nation, engineer Domenic Cugliari, and contractor Optex Staging, ruling that the case was taking too long and violated the rights of the defendants to a timely hearing. In response, Radiohead said they were "appalled" by the judge's decision, and that the ruling was "an insult to the memory" of Johnson.
Radiohead will play Toronto again on Friday night.