Light the Torch premieres video for “Become the Martyr”

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Light the Torch has premiered the video for "Become the Martyr," a track off the band's latest album, You Will Be the Death of Me.

The clip finds Howard Jones and company delivering an intense performance while surrounded by burning TV sets.

"Not all relationships end with friends going separate ways," Jones says of the "Become the Martyr" message. "Sometimes, peace can be found in taking all the blame."

You can watch the video streaming now on YouTube.

You Will Be the Death of Me was released in June 2021. It also includes the single "Wilting in the Light."

Light the Torch will hit the road on a North American tour with Avatar beginning July 6 in Toronto.

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ABBA’s Benny Andersson covers Foo Fighters’ “Learn to Fly”; early Taylor Hawkins band releases tribute EP

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After Dave Grohl wore an ABBA shirt for his surprise appearance during Paul McCartney's headlining Glastonbury set over the weekend, the Swedish pop giants' Benny Andersson is repaying the favor with a Foo Fighters cover.

In a video posted to Instagram, Andersson plays a piano rendition of the classic Foos tune "Learn to Fly." At the end of the clip, Andersson turns to the camera and smiles to reveal he's wearing a Foo Fighters shirt.

Grohl is a big ABBA fan and even told the BBC that he "wept like a baby" when he first heard the group's comeback songs last year.

Beyond the ABBA shout-out, Grohl's appearance at Glastonbury was significant for being his first public performance since the unexpected death of Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins in March. Video of Grohl at the festival shows a letter T drawn on his hand, presumably in tribute to Hawkins.

In related news, the band Anyone, which Hawkins played in before he joined Foo Fighters and even before he joined Alanis Morissette's live lineup, has released an EP as a tribute to the late drummer. The five-track collection, dubbed The Sylvia Sessions, was recorded in 1993 and is described in a press release as Hawkins' "earliest recordings."

Anyone, then called Sylvia, also notably featured future Yes vocalist Jon Davison, who was friends with Hawkins since childhood. Vocalist and guitarist Riz Story is the only remaining member still in the band.

You can listen to The Sylvia Sessions now via digital outlets. The EP is also available as an NFT.

For more info, visit AnyoneDen.net.

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Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee plays full set for first time on Stadium Tour

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Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee was finally able to play a full set for the first time on the Stadium Tour.

As previously reported, Lee broke four of his ribs ahead of the tour's launch earlier this month. Against the reported will of his doctors, Lee decided to still play the tour but only for a few songs each night. Whenever Lee would sub out, he'd be replaced by Ozzy Osbourne drummer Tommy Clufetos.

However, during Tuesday's concert in Charlotte, Clufetos' services were not needed. According to Setlist.fm, Lee manned the kit for the entire show.

The Stadium Tour, which marks the Crüe's first live run together since playing their "farewell" show in 2015, also includes Def Leppard, Poison and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts on the bill, plus opening band Classless Act. It continues Thursday in Nashville.

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Report: Travis Barker hospitalized due to pancreatitis

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Travis Barker was reportedly hospitalized due to pancreatitis, according to TMZ.

The gossip site says that the condition was brought on by a recent colonoscopy that the Blink-182 drummer had undergone.

As previously reported, Barker was admitted to a Los Angeles hospital Tuesday for an unknown condition. TMZ published photos of Barker being wheeled out of an ambulance while accompanied by his wife, Kourtney Kardashian.

Earlier Tuesday, Barker tweeted, "God save me," which some saw as a comment on his medical situation. However, the phrase is also the name of a song off the new Machine Gun Kelly album Mainstream Sellout, which Barker produced.

After news broke of Barker's hospitalization, his daughter, Alabama, posted an Instagram Story asking fans to "Please send your prayers."

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Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale feels “angry, disgusted, heartbroken & terrified” over SCOTUS’ Roe v. Wade ruling

Halestorm frontwoman Lzzy Hale has shared a statement in response to the Supreme Court's overturning of Roe v. Wade last Friday, ending the fundamental right to abortion that has been the law for almost 50 years.

In an Instagram post Tuesday accompanied by a photo of Hale giving the middle finger, the "I Miss the Misery" rocker writes, "I would've posted something on Friday, but we were filming a music video and then I ran off to celebrate pride weekend."

"I wanted to feel the unbridled joy of the city around me, and exult the beauty of all the kindness and love I still feel in this world," she adds. "I needed time before I sat down with this weight."

Hale continues that she "wear[s] being a woman as a badge of honor."

"I've had to break down barriers, move immovable mountains, and work twice as hard because of my gender to get where I am today," Hale writes. "I've made it part of my mission statement to empower, inspire, and be a beacon of positive force for the young women that surround me. That's what I have CHOSEN to do with my body."

In all caps, she adds, "NO ONE CAN TELL ME WHAT I CAN AND CANNOT DO WITH MY BODY."

In regards to the SCOTUS decision, Hale says she feels "angry, disgusted, heartbroken and terrified."

"This overturn is going to cause so much pain, division, immense mental anguish, and death," Hale writes. "The majority of America does NOT agree with this decision. It's truly the tyranny of the minority. So I proudly stand with my sisters and allies. We will fight back. We will not be quiet. We will not behave."

Hale ends the post with the lyrics to the Halestorm song "Bombshell."

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Iggy Pop collaborates with Danny Elfman on new version of “Kick Me” song

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Iggy Pop has united with acclaimed composer and former Oingo Boingo frontman Danny Elfman for a new version of the latter's song "Kick Me."

The track, which finds the Godfather of Punk spitting lines, including "Kick me/I'm a celebrity," will appear on Elfman's upcoming album Bigger. Messier., a "remixed and reimagined" version of his 2021 album, Big Mess.

"I couldn't be more excited to announce the record with Iggy's version of 'Kick Me,' which not only serves as a reinvention of the song vocally, but instrumentally as well," Elfman says.

You can listen to the song now via digital outlets.

Bigger. Messier. will be released August 12. It also includes Elfman's previously released collaborations with Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor, "True" and "Native Intelligence," as well as a track with FEVER 333.

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Metallica cancels show due to “member of the Metallica family” testing positive for COVID-19

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Metallica has canceled the band's headlining performance Wednesday at the Frauenfeld Rocks festival in Switzerland due to a "member of the Metallica family" testing positive for COVID-19.

"We are beyond sorry to disappoint those of you planning to attend the show," the metal legends write in a statement posted early Wednesday morning. "It was our intention to reschedule a show in Switzerland as soon as possible, however in overnight discussions with the local promoters, sadly it became apparent that schedules and venues do not line up for the remainder of this year or next."

The festival will still take place as scheduled with sets from Five Finger Death Punch, FEVER 333 and others. With Metallica now out of the lineup, though, organizers are offering ticket holders a partial refund for those who still plan to attend. Ticket holders who decide not to go at all because of the Metallica's cancellation will receive a full refund.

Metallica's next scheduled concert is set to place this Friday, July 1, at Belgium's Rock Werchter festival. Rock Werchter organizers tweeted Wednesday that they're "in contact" with the Metallica camp, adding that the group is "hopeful to play."

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Classless Act feels surrounded by class acts as openers for Def Leppard & Mötley Crüe’s Stadium Tour

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In addition to the stacked bill of Def Leppard, Mötley Crüe, Poison and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, the Stadium Tour also features an opening set from a young up-and-coming band called Classless Act.

Speaking with ABC Audio from the road, Classless Act vocalist Derek Day shares he's been impressed by "how nice everyone's been" and the professionalism of everybody on the tour, from the crew to the Crüe.

"The day we got in ... [Poison's] Bret Michaels and C.C. DeVille, within 40 minutes, they were just already hugging us and welcoming us," Day says. "We got to talk to Nikki Sixx and all sorts of great people."

The big headline from the Stadium Tour so far has been that Mötley drummer Tommy Lee is playing with broken ribs. Ozzy Osbourne drummer Tommy Clufetos has been subbing in for Lee whenever he needs to take a break.

For Day, watching Lee not only battle through the pain, but start to play more songs in the set as the tour goes on, has been "insane."

"Now he's just doing more and more and more, he's getting better, stronger," Day says. "Even in the beginning, he would finish the set, and then he would walk off stage and play cowbell to the rest of the songs he wasn't playing. So he's just got it in his heart, and it's so cool to see."

In addition to getting a firsthand lesson in the "no pain, no gain" of rock 'n' roll, the Classless Act members are learning how to play the biggest stages of their lives.

"We're actually communicating with each other more," Day says. "We're looking at each other, and we're hitting things better with each other."

The Stadium Tour continues Thursday in Nashville.

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Primus cancels European leg of A Tribute to Kings tour

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Primus has canceled the upcoming European leg of the band's A Tribute to Kings tour.

The outing, set to kick off in the fall, was scrapped due to "unavoidable logistical challenges."

"We apologize to our fans who were planning to attend and look forward to performing in Europe again soon," Primus says.

Refunds will be issued to ticket holders at the point of purchase.

The A Tribute to Kings tour, which first launched in 2021, features Primus performing Rush's 1977 album A Farewell to Kings in full, as well as a set of their own songs. The most recent North American leg made a stop in the "Tom Sawyer" outfit's hometown of Toronto in May, which was attended by Rush's Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson.

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Judas Priest, BFMV, Nita Strauss drop off Aftershock lineup; Danzig, In Flames join bill

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The Aftershock lineup is going through some shake-ups.

Organizers for the California festival announced Tuesday that artists including Judas Priest, Bullet for My Valentine, Nita Strauss and Jinjer have dropped off the bill. A tweet announcing the news did not give a specific reason for the change, noting only that those acts are "no longer able to perform at Aftershock 2022."

As replacements, Danzig and In Flames are among the artists now joining the Aftershock lineup.

Aftershock 2022 takes place October 6-9 in Sacramento. The lineup also includes My Chemical Romance, KISS, Slipknot, Muse, Rob Zombie, Papa Roach, Shinedown, Bring Me the Horizon, A Day to Remember, Lamb of God and Evanescence.

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