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Watch now: Foo Fighters drop new single & video, 'The Sky Is a Neighborhood'

Chris Hyde/Getty ImagesWe’ve got new Foo Fighters music to carry you through your Wednesday, and a cool new video to go with it.

The band dropped “The Sky Is a Neighborhood” this morning, the second single release from their forthcoming Concrete and Gold album, due out September 15.  “The Sky Is a Neighborhood” follows up the album’s first single release, “Run,” which topped the Billboard rock chart last month and scored the band an MTV Video Music Award nomination for best rock video.

There’s also a spacey, stargazing-inspired, Dave Grohl-directed video for “The Sky Is a Neighborhood” online now, featuring the Foos rocking out with stars in their eyes -- literally.

“One night I was lying out looking up at stars,” Grohl says in a statement of the inspiration behind “The Sky Is a Neighborhood.”  “Just imagining all of these stars as places that have life on them as well, and I decided that the sky is a neighborhood, that we need to keep our s**t together in order to survive in this universe full of life.”

In keeping with the song and video’s theme, Foo Fighters are also offering a free website that allows you to explore the cosmos in 360 degrees.  Go to Sky.FooFighters.com on your mobile device, share your location, and wherever you point your phone, you’ll see the stars and constellations in that area, shining above an outline photo of the Foos.  If you get tired of the celestial beauty, you can switch between it and watching the new video.

The U.S. leg of the Foo Fighters world tour kicks off Oct. 7 at Cal Jam 17 in San Bernadino, CA.  Check out all of their tour dates on the Foos’ official website.

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Golden Haze! Debut Jimi Hendrix Experience album, "Are You Experienced," got its US release 50 years ago today

Experience Hendrix LLC/Sony Music EntertainmentToday marks the 50th anniversary of the U.S. release of The Jimi Hendrix Experience's debut album, Are You Experienced. One of only three studio efforts that Jimi Hendrix put out during his short lifetime, the album was packed with memorable songs that showcased his innovative, mind-blowing playing and mastery of guitar effects.

Are You Experienced's U.S. track list includes such classic tunes as "Purple Haze," "Manic Depression," "The Wind Cries Mary," "Fire," "Foxy Lady" and the band's enduring cover of "Hey Joe." While the album peaked at #5 on the Billboard 200, no song made it into the top 40 of the singles chart.

The story was different in the U.K., though, where "Purple Haze," "The Wind Cries Mary" and "Hey Joe" all broke into the top 10 -- even though those tunes weren't featured on the British version of the album.

Are You Experienced has sold more than five million copies in the U.S. The record was #15 on Rolling Stone's 2012 list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience formed in 1966 after founding Animals bassist Chas Chandler, who had exited his band to focus on music management, saw Hendrix performing in New York City. He brought Hendrix to London, where bassist Noel Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchell were recruited to round out the Experience lineup. Soon, the power trio was wowing London -- and fellow musicians like The Beatles and Eric Clapton -- thanks to Hendrix's inventive playing and onstage charisma.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience laid the groundwork for the U.S. success of Are You Experienced with their June 1967 performance at California's Monterey Pop Festival, which was highlighted by Hendrix smashing his guitar and setting it on fire.

Here's the U.S. track list of Are You Experienced:

"Purple Haze"
"Manic Depression"
"Hey Joe"
"Love or Confusion"
"May This Be Love"
"I Don't Live Today"
"The Wind Cries Mary"
"Fire"
"Third Stone from the Sun"
"Foxy Lady"
"Are You Experienced?"

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Paul McCartney offering fans the chance to sing with him as part of new charity campaign

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If you've ever dreamed of singing with Paul McCartney, maybe you'll be amazed to learn you actually have the chance to do it…as part of a new charity initiative launched at the Omaze fundraising platform. The former Beatles star is offering a VIP experience giving one winning bidder and a guest the opportunity to sing his classic Fab Four song "Get Back" with him in front of a small audience during soundcheck before his September 21 concert at Barclays Center in New York City.

The winner of the experience also will get two tickets to the show, and will be flown to New York and be treated to a stay at a four-star hotel.

Fans can enter by visiting Omaze.com/Paul and donating as little as $10, although the more money you contribute, the better your chances of winning. Funds raised by the initiative will benefit the David Lynch Foundation, which provides Transcendental Meditation education programs to at-risk young people, domestic-violence victims, veterans suffering from PTSD and others.

In other news, McCartney apparently had fun on Tuesday checking out the solar eclipse that was viewable throughout the U.S. The rock legend's daughter Mary posted a photo of her dad looking at the sun with special eclipse-viewing glasses on her Instagram page.

Sir Paul begins a new series of U.S. tour dates on September 11 in Newark, New Jersey.

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Mysterious ways: U2 sends fans cryptic letter teasing upcoming announcement

ABC/Randy HolmesA number of U2 fans have posted photos on their Twitter feeds of an enigmatic letter they received from the band on Monday that appears to be teasing a forthcoming announcement from the Irish rockers.

As Pitchfork and the AtU2.com fan site are reporting, the letter features the text from a page from poet William Blake's Songs of Innocence and of Experience -- which inspired the titles of U2's latest and upcoming albums -- with certain words blacked out by the silhouetted image of a male and female figure holding hands.

Words that aren't blacked out in the silhouettes create the message: "Blackout…it's clear who you are…will appear U2.com."

In addition, a sentence at the very bottom of the document, which also is partially blacked out, reads: "U2 will announce [blacked-out text] on [blacked-out text]."

U2 has been preparing an album called Songs of Experience that's a follow-up to their 2015 release, Songs of Innocence. The Irish Sun newspaper recently published an unconfirmed report that the band was planning to release Songs of Experience on December 1 to coincide with World AIDS Day, in conjunction with the Project Red campaign Bono co-founded to raise money to support the fight against the disease.

Meanwhile, U2 will launch a second North American leg of their current tour celebrating The Joshua Tree's 30th anniversary on Sunday, September 3, in Detroit.

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Billy Corgan announces sophomore solo album, "Ogilala"; plans fall tour dates

BMGBilly Corgan has finally revealed the details of his long-teased Rick Rubin-produced new album. The sophomore solo effort from the Smashing Pumpkins frontman -- who's going by William Patrick Corgan nowadays -- is titled Ogilala, and it'll be released October 13.

Your first preview of Ogilala comes in the form of the piano ballad "Aeronaut," which you can download now digitally.

"For as long as I can remember the delineation point between songs I wrote for myself and songs I'd pen for whatever band was something I couldn't explain," says Corgan in a statement. "And it remains so, for they all feel quite personal to me, no matter their time or era. The lone difference on songs for Ogilala is that they seemed to want little in the way of adornment."

Corgan will kick off a North American tour in support of Ogilala October 14 in Brooklyn, New York. The trek concludes with a three-night stand in Los Angeles November 9-11. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, August 25 at 10 a.m. local time via Ogilala.com.

Ogilala is Corgan's solo follow-up to 2005's TheFutureEmbrace.

Here's the Ogilala track list:

"Zowie"
"Processional"
"The Spaniards"
"Aeronaut"
"The Long Goodbye"
"Half-Life of an Autodidact"
"Amarinthe"
"Antietam"
"Mandaryne"
"Shiloh"
"Archer"

And here are Corgan's tour dates:

10/14 -- Brooklyn, NY, Murmrr Theatre
10/15 -- Brooklyn, NY, Murmrr Theatre
10/18 -- Wilmington, DE, Grand Opera House
10/20 -- Toronto, ON, Queen Elizabeth Theatre
10/24 -- Chicago, IL, Athenaeum Theatre
10/25 -- Chicago, IL, Athenaeum Theatre
10/27 -- Nashville, TN, CMA Theater
10/29 -- Boulder, CO, Boulder Theater
11/1 -- San Francisco, CA, Herbst Theatre
11/2 -- San Francisco, CA, Herbst Theatre
11/9 -- Los Angeles, CA, Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
11/10 -- Los Angeles, CA, Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
11/11 -- Los Angeles, CA, Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

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Watch new video by Revolution Saints, band featuring Jack Blades & ex-members of Journey & Whitesnake

Credit: Johnny PixelRevolution Saints, the hard-rock group featuring Night Ranger's Jack Blades, ex-Journey drummer Deeno Castronovo and former Whitesnake guitarist Doug Aldrich, are releasing a follow-up to their 2015 self-titled debut album. 

The new record is called Light in the Dark and it's due October 13. The band has now debuted a lyric video for one track from the upcoming album called "Freedom" and you can watch it now at Frontiers Music label's YouTube channel.

The clip mixes live performance footage of the group with dynamic animated graphics that incorporate various photos of the band members, as well as a depiction of the album's cover art on fire. The song is a soaring rock anthem highlighted by Castronovo's powerful vocals and a blazing solo by Aldrich.

"The lyrics for 'Freedom' were taken from notes I had written while I was in recovery in June of 2015," explains Castronovo, who parted ways with Journey in 2015 after being arrested on assault charges while struggling with drug issues.

"They're just a powerful reminder of where my head and heart were at the time."

Light in the Dark will be available as a standard CD and vinyl LP, a deluxe CD/DVD set and a limited-edition box set. The deluxe package includes live bonus tracks; footage of Revolution Saints' first concert, which took place this past April in Milan, Italy; a making-of documentary featurette; and music videos for "Light in the Dark" and another tune, "I Wouldn't Change a Thing."

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Would Nirvana ever play another show together? "I don't know," says Dave Grohl

ABC/Andrea McCallinWhen Nirvana was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2014, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear reunited to play the band's songs for the first time since Kurt Cobain died. For the performance, artists including Lorde and Joan Jett were recruited to handle lead vocals.

Could something like that happen again?  Grohl says it's up in the air.  In a piece for the U.K.'s The Times, he  remembers the Rock Hall performance as one of the "seminal gigs" of his life.

"I got together with my old band mates, Krist and Pat, and guests including Joan Jett and Lorde, and we played those songs again -- it sounded just like it did, but of course with one thing missing," Grohl writes. "We hadn't played a Nirvana set since Kurt died."

"Could we do that again?" Grohl continues. "I don't know." That's not exactly a conclusive statement, but it does leave the door open.

As for what we do know?  The new Foo Fighters album, Concrete and Gold, will be released September 15.

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