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Alice in Chains' Jerry Cantrell shares new song "Setting Sun" for DC Comics collaboration

Warner Bros. RecordsJerry Cantrell is the latest artist to collaborate with DC's new comic book series Dark Nights: Metal.

The Alice in Chains guitarist/vocalist has released a new solo track called "Setting Sun," which was inspired by the new Batman story. You can download the song now via digital outlets.

Other artists who've worked with DC on the Dark Nights: Metal project include Mastodon's Brann Dailor and Deftones' Chino Moreno.

You can also hear Cantrell on the forthcoming new Alice in Chains album Rainier Fog, due out August 24.

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Former "Game of Thrones" actor Richard Madden in talks to join Elton John biopic

ABC/Randy HolmesFormer Game of Thrones star Richard Madden is in talks to join the Elton John biopic Rocketman, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The actor will reportedly play Elton's former manager, John Reid, who worked with the pop-rock legend for over three decades beginning in the '70s. He'll join Taron Egerton, who is playing Elton.

It was previously reported that Billy Elliot's Jamie Bell was in negotiations to play John's longtime songwriting partner, Bernie Taupin.

Rocketman, directed by Dexter Fletcher, will arrive in theaters May 17, 2019.

Madden previously played Robb Stark on HBO's Game of Thrones, and recently starred on Amazon's Strange New Things.

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Doors members among music stars set to appear at L.A.'s Love Street Festival this Sunday

Courtesy of Love Street FestivalDoors guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore are among a variety of music stars who will be on hand for the sixth annual Love Street Festival, taking place this Sunday, July 22, in the Los Angeles community of Laurel Canyon.

This year's event will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the release of the Doors song "Love Street," which appeared on the B-side of the band's chart-topping single "Hello, I Love You." Late singer Jim Morrison wrote the tune about Laurel Canyon's Rothdell Trail, where he and his girlfriend Pamela Courson used to live.

Among the other celebs confirmed to attend the festival are The Monkees' Micky Dolenz, Michelle Phillips of The Mamas & the Papas, and Jonny Echols, lead guitarist of the influential '60s band Love. Also appearing at the event will be Wilson Phillips, featuring Beach Boy Brian Wilson's daughters Carney and Wendy Wilson and Michelle's daughter with the late John Phillips, Chynna; Stephen Stills' son Chris Stills; and another of John's daughters, Bijou Phillips.

The festival, which runs from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. PT, will feature a special dedication ceremony, musical performances, food and beverages and pet adoption. Famed rock photographer Henry Diltz and album-cover artist Gary Burden will be honored during the festivities.

Proceeds raised by the event will benefit We Are Laurel Canyon, a nonprofit organization that focuses on the preservation of the community's open spaces and wildlife corridor.

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2011 Pink Floyd best-of comp "A Foot in the Door" being reissued on vinyl in September

Legacy RecordingsThe 2011 Pink Floyd compilation A Foot in the Door -- The Best of Pink Floyd will be released on vinyl for the first time on September 28. The album, which originally was only available on CD, features a selection of tunes spanning from 1967 to 1994 chosen by the band's members.

The new version of the retrospective will be issued as a two-LP set pressed on 180-gram vinyl, with the tracks remastered by longtime Pink Floyd collaborator James Guthrie. Among the well-known tunes featured on the album are "See Emily Play," "Money," "Wish You Were Here," "Have a Cigar," "Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)," "Comfortably Numb," "Hey You" and an edited version of "Shine On You Crazy Diamond." The vinyl edition will include a restored version of "Time," with the ringing alarm clocks heard at the start of the track reinstated, after having been omitted from the song on the version that appeared on the CD release.

The album package features updated cover art and a gatefold outer sleeve.

Here's the full original track list of A Foot in the Door -- The Best of Pink Floyd:

"Hey You" (1979)
"See Emily Play" (1967)
"The Happiest Days of Our Lives" (1979)
"Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)" (1979)
"Have a Cigar" (1975)
"Wish You Were Here" (1975)
"Time" (1973)
"The Great Gig in the Sky" (1973)
"Money" (1973)
"Comfortably Numb" (1979)
"High Hopes" (Edited version) (1994)
"Learning to Fly" (1987)
"The Fletcher Memorial Home" (1983)
"Shine On You Crazy Diamond" (Edited version of parts 1-5) (1975)
"Brain Damage" (1973)
"Eclipse" (1973)

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Chris Cornell statue to debut in Seattle next month; Vicky Cornell pays tribute on late husband's birthday

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."

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Tours by The Rolling Stones and Eagles among 2018's top-grossing treks so far

Dave Hogan; Myriam Santos

With the midpoint of the 2018 in the rear-view mirror, Pollstar has compiled a list of the artists who pulled in the most cash on the road worldwide so far. Quite a few rock acts had high-grossing tours during the first half of the year, including The Rolling Stones, The Eagles, Roger Waters and U2, who all landed in the top 10.

The Rolling Stones are at #3, having earned $100.8 million from their No Filter Tour of Europe.

The Eagles landed at #6, after their trek brought in $84 million. Waters is #9 on the list with $60.7 million in earnings from his Us and Them solo tour, while U2 is #10 with $59.9 million from its eXPERIENCE iNNOCENCE tour.

Other rock artists who landed in the tally's top 20 include Foo Fighters at #12 with $53.6 million, Depeche Mode at #15 with $47 million, Bruce Springsteen at #16 with #45.8 million, and Metallica at #19 with $40.6 million. Interestingly, The Boss' earnings come exclusively from his hugely popular Springsteen on Broadway show in New York City.

The top-grossing world tour of 2018 by far, according to Pollstar, is British pop singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran, who raked in an impressive $213.9 million.

As for the top-grossing North American tours of the year, The Eagles are at #2, U2 is at #6, Springsteen is at #7 and Bon Jovi is at #10. Pop star Pink grabs the #1 spot with $95.6 million.

Overall, the top 50 worldwide tours grossed a record total of $2.21 billion, up $240 million from last year's mid-year figure of $1.97 billion.

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ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons releasing new solo album, "The Big Bad Blues," in September

Concord RecordsA few months ago, Billy Gibbons told ABC Radio that he'd be releasing a new solo album this year exploring his "bluesier roots," and now the ZZ Top frontman has unveiled full details about the project. The album, titled The Big Bad Blues, is due out on September 21.

The 11-track collection finds Gibbons celebrating his love of the blues and early rock 'n' roll. It features six original tunes and five covers, including songs by Muddy Waters and Bo Diddley. The album is a follow-up to Billy's 2015 solo debut, the Afro-Cuban-influenced Perfectamundo.

"We successfully made our way through those uncharted waters with the Cubano flavor of Perfectamundo and completed the journey," explains Gibbons. "The shift back to the blues is a natural. It's something which our followers can enjoy with the satisfaction of experiencing the roots tradition and, at the same time, feeling the richness of stretching the art form."

The Big Bad Blues features contributions from ex-Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum, as well as from some Billy's Perfectamundo collaborators, including keyboardist Mike Flanigin, bassist Joe Hardy and drummer Greg Morrow. In addition, James Harman, who has played harmonica on several ZZ Top albums, lends his harp skills to the new record.

Interestingly, the new album kicks off with a song titled "Missin' Yo' Kissin'," which was written by Gibbons' wife, Gilligan Stillwater.

The record's first single, which was made available for radio airplay earlier this week, is a hard-driving cover of Waters' delta blues classic "Rollin' and Tumblin'." You can check out a lyric video for the track now at Concord Records' official YouTube channel.

A tour in support of The Big Bad Blues will be announced soon.

Here's the album's full track list; all songs by Gibbons except where noted:

"Missin' Yo' Kissin'" (Gilly Stillwater)
"My Baby She Rocks"
"Second Line"
"Standing Around Crying" (Muddy Waters)
"Let the Left Hand Know…"
"Bring It to Jerome" (Jerome Green)
"That's What She Said"
"Mo' Slower Blues"
"Hollywood 151"
"Rollin' and Tumblin'" (Muddy Waters)
"Crackin' Up" (Bo Diddley)

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