Pink Floyd to release its new song “Hey Hey Rise Up” on CD and vinyl in the coming weeks

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Pink Floyd has announced plans to release a physical version of their new song "Hey Hey Rise Up," which the band recorded with singer Andriy Khlyvnyuk of the Ukrainian band Boombox and first made available as a digital single in April.

"Hey Hey Rise Up" now will be released on CD and as a seven-inch vinyl single on July 15 in the U.K. and most other countries, while it won't be available in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Australia in those formats until October 21, and in Japan until August 3.

The CD and vinyl single will also include a second track, a newly reworked version of the 1994 Pink Floyd song "A Great Day for Freedom," which originally appeared on the band's 1994 album, The Division Bell.

As previously reported, "Hey Hey Rise Up" was recorded in late March and uses vocals taken from an Instagram post showing Andriy singing the Ukrainian protest song "The Red Viburnum in the Meadow" while standing in Kyiv's Sofiyskaya Square. The song, which was written during World War I, has become an anthem in Ukraine protesting Russia's invasion of the country.

The track also features Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour and drummer Nick Mason, along with keyboardist Nitin Sawhney and longtime Floyd touring bassist Guy Pratt. A music video for the song accompanied its release in April.

For the updated version of "A Great Day for Freedom," Gilmour reworked the track using the original tapes, which also feature Mason and late Pink Floyd keyboardist Richard Wright, along with backing vocalists Sam Brown, Claudia Fontaine and Durga McBroom.

You can preorder the CD and vinyl single now. Proceeds raised by the discs and the digital version of "Hey Hey Rise Up" will benefit Ukraine humanitarian relief efforts.

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Robert Plant & Alison Krauss add shows to second US tour leg supporting ‘Raise the Roof’

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Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant and acclaimed country-bluegrass artist Alison Krauss have added four new dates to the end of their forthcoming second U.S. tour leg in support of their 2021 album, Raise the Roof.

The trek, which kicks off with an August 15 concert in San Diego, California was originally plotted out through a September 4 performance in Austin, Texas. The new shows are scheduled for September 7 in Franklin, Tennessee; September 9 in Boston, Massachusetts; September 10 in Mashantucket, Connecticut; and September 12 at New York City's famed Beacon Theatre.

In addition, an Atlanta concert that was to have taken place on June 16 but was postponed because of bad weather has been rescheduled for September 6.

Tickets for the Beacon Theatre show go on sale to the general public this Friday, June 24 at 9 a.m. ET, while tickets for the other three concerts will be available to the public that day at 10 a.m. local time. Pre-sale tickets for all four performances will go on sale starting tomorrow.

For more information, visit PlantKrauss.com/#tour.

The first leg of Plant and Krauss' 2022 U.S. tour wrapped up on Friday, June 17 with a performance at the Bonnaroo festival in Manchester, Tennessee. The duo will launch a series of European shows with an appearance this Friday, June 24 at U.K.'s Glastonbury Festival. The trek will run through a July 20 gig in Berlin.

Released in November 2021, Raise the Roof peaked at #7 on the Billboard 200 chart. The album is a follow-up to Plant and Krauss' Grammy-winning 2007 collaborative record, Raising Sand.

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Rolling Stones postpone tonight’s concert in Amsterdam after Mick Jagger tests positive for COVID-19

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The Rolling Stones famously sang "you can't always get what you want," but sometimes you get what you don't want. The British rock legends have announced that they've had to postpone their concert Monday night in Amsterdam because frontman Mick Jagger has tested positive for COVID-19.

A message posted on the band's social media pages reports that the show, which was scheduled to take place at Amsterdam's Johan Cruijff [crowf] Arena, was called off when Jagger tested positive for the virus "after experiencing symptoms of COVID upon arrival at the stadium."

The note adds, "The Rolling Stones are deeply sorry for tonight's postponement, but the safety of the audience, fellow musicians and the touring crew has to take priority. The show will be rescheduled for a later date. Tickets for tonight's show will be honored for the reschedule date. [Stand by] for details."

The 78-year-old Stones singer, meanwhile, posted a note of his own on his social media sites that reads, "I'm so sorry that we've had to postpone the Amsterdam show with such short notice tonight. I have unfortunately just tested positive for COVID. We aim to reschedule the date ASAP and get back as soon as we can. Thank you all for your patience and understanding."

Guitarist Keith Richards also assured the band's fans in Amsterdam in a Facebook post, "We'll be back. Stay tuned."

The next date on The Stones' current SIXTY tour is scheduled for this Friday, June 17, in Bern, Switzerland. It's not clear if Jagger's illness will affect that concert.

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Two-week KISS Kruise XI to feature performances by Sebastian Bach, Lita Ford, Buckcherry & more

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The lineup has been announced for the 11th annual installment of The KISS Kruise, a two-part event scheduled for October 24-29 and October 29-November 3.

Both cruises, which will feature what's billed as KISS' "final onboard performances," set sail from Los Angeles and will stop at Cabo San Lucas and Ensenada, Mexico, before returning to port.

Week one of the 2022 KISS Kruise will also include performances by Dokken, featuring a reunion with founding guitarist George Lynch; Warrant; L.A. Guns; former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick; Heart by Heart, a group featuring Heart's original rhythm section; and an "All Hands on Deck Super Jam" featuring Lita Ford and other guests.

The bill for the cruise's second week includes Black Label Society, Buckcherry, Kulick, Stryper, Vixen, and an "All Hands on Deck Super Jam" featuring ex-Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach and other musicians.

During both weeks, KISS will play multiple concerts, including an unmasked pool-deck set for all KISS Navy members and a masked electric indoor concert.

Those who purchase tickets for The KISS Kruise XI will receive engraved commemorative gifts, and will get to take part in two on-board activities with KISS and two on-board activities with each of the band's members.

Other activities and attractions include a KISS memorabilia exhibit, autograph sessions with some of the performers and themed costume parties.

KISS fans who purchases tickets for both weeks will be rewarded with "an exclusive laminate, a poster signed by KISS, happy hour … with KISS, and an exclusive KISS Kruise XI two-timer t-shirt."

Week two of this year's KISS Kruise, which was announced first, is sold out. As for the October 24-29 cruise, presale tickets will be available starting June 16, one day before the public on-sale date.

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Rob Halford says Judas Priest currently is tracking its next album, and “it sounds great”

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Judas Priest is having an eventful year that will see the band mount a lengthy, new European leg of its ongoing 50 Heavy Metal Years tour and will culminate with the veteran British rockers getting inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this November.

Beyond that, frontman Rob Halford reports that the band is continuing to work on a new album that will be a follow-up to their 2018 studio effort, Firepower.

"We've stopped kicking the tires and now we're in tracking," Halford tells ABC Audio about the status of the record.

He also reveals that he's planning to add some new material to the project that, judging by his comments, will be based around unfinished archival recordings.

"You can never have enough songs when you're making an album," he notes. "Songs that you didn't even know you had bits and pieces and fragments of, suddenly they become an incredibly important part of your record."

Regarding the sound of the album, Rob notes, "The music that we're making now is representative of where Priest is at this probably sixth decade of our existence when it comes out…It sounds great. I'm really pleased."

He adds, "I'm really, really happy that…we're not dropping the ball. Not that we ever have. But it's good, because there are some elements in there that we've never…kind of discovered before."

Asked if he thinks the album may be ready for release sometime next year, Halford responds cagily, "He raises his hands, he shrugs his shoulders and he goes, 'Meh.'"

Judas Priest launches its 2022 European trek on May 31 in Berlin.

As previously reported, the band will be inducted into the Rock Hall in conjunction with receiving the Musical Excellence Award. The ceremony takes place November 5 in Los Angeles.

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Guitar played by Kurt Cobain in “Smells Like Teen Spirit” video fetches $4.55 million at memorabilia auction

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The guitar that Kurt Cobain played in Nirvana's iconic "Smells Like Teen Spirit" video, a 1969 left-handed Fender Mustang with a Lake Placid Blue finish, sold for $4.55 million during Julien's Auctions' latest "Music Icons" memorabilia sale, held over the weekend.

The instrument was purchased by Indianapolis Colts owner and renowned music-memorabilia collector Jim Irsay's The Jim Irsay Collection after a bidding war with other participants live at New York City's Hard Rock Café, online at JuliensAuctions.com and via the phone.

In commemoration of Mental Health Awareness Month, the Cobain family is donating some proceeds from the guitar's sale and other Kurt-related items that were auctioned to Kicking the Stigma, an initiative launched by the Irsay family to raise awareness about mental health disorders.

"I am thrilled to preserve and protect another piece of American culture that changed the way we looked at world," says Irsay. "The fact that a portion of the proceeds will go toward our effort to kick the stigma surrounding mental health makes this acquisition even more special to me."

Meanwhile, a 1965 Dodge Dart that Cobain owned and drove was auctioned for $375,000.

Other historic instruments that sold during the auction, which was held May 20, 21 and 22, included Rush member Alex Lifeson's custom-built 1976 Gibson ES-355TD guitar, known as "Whitey," and a 1964 Fender Jazzmaster guitar once owned by Jimi Hendrix. Both guitars sold for $384,000.

A variety of guitars owned by Lifeson were sold at the auction, including five others that fetched at least $112,000, among them a 1970 Gibson Les Paul electric model that Alex played on most of the band's albums during the mid-to-late 1970s that sold for $224,000.

Visit JuliensLive.com for full details about the auction.

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Museum celebrating late Metallica bassist Cliff Burton has opened in Sweden

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A museum dedicated to late Metallica bassist Cliff Burton opened on Saturday, May 14, in Ljungby, Sweden, near the site where the musician was killed in 1986 at age 24 in a bus accident while the band was on tour there.

The attraction, called The Cliff Burton Museum & Memorial Stone, also includes a commemorative marker that was erected a decade ago at the site of the crash by Metallica's Swedish fan club.

According to a Guitar World report published in April, the museum, which was partially funded by the Swedish government, features photos, albums, posters, tickets and other memorabilia. Among the pics are photos taken at the crash site by the first photographer on the scene: Lennart Wennberg of Sweden's Expressen newspaper.

The museum also features interviews with Wennberg and recollections from first responders to the accident, as well as a stage that replicates the one Metallica on during its last concert with Burton -- which took place in Stockholm, Sweden -- including copies of the bass and drum kit that he and Lars Ulrich, respectively, used at the show.

The museum's organizers told Guitar World, "We primarily want to honor Cliff Burton, who died so tragically in the middle of his career, and talk about who he was as a person and a musician."

An official fan Facebook page dedicated to the museum has posted a video of the opening ceremony for the attraction, as well as photos from the event.

Burton joined Metallica in 1982, and played on the band's first three studio albums -- 1983's Kill 'Em All, 1984's Ride the Lightning and 1986's Master of Puppets.

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Judas Priest’s Ian Hill reveals that ex-guitarist KK Downing “will definitely” be at the 2022 Rock Hall ceremony

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After last week's announcement that Judas Priest will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hal of Fame in conjunction with receiving the Musical Excellence Award this year, fans immediately began wondering whether former guitarist KK Downing will take part in the ceremony.

Now, in a new interview with Metal Hammer magazine, founding Priest bassist Ian Hill has confirmed that Downing will be in attendance at the event, which is scheduled for November 5 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

"He's spoken to management and said he will definitely be there," Hill said. "It should be good."

Ian also noted that he was disappointed that guitarist Richie Faulkner, who replaced Downing in the legendary metal group, isn't being inducted into the Rock Hall with the band.

"The rule as I understand it, is whoever has been with the band for 20 years," Ian noted. "Richie is sadly not being inducted, but really deserves to be as he's been the driving force in the band for nearly 12 years now."

It's not clear whether Downing, who played with Priest from 1970 to 2011, will perform with his old band mates at the ceremony. Meanwhile, Metal Hammer asked Hill if he thought Judas Priest might end up rocking out with fellow 2022 inductee and country icon Dolly Parton during the traditional event-closing jam.

"That'd be a trip wouldn't it?" Ian mused. "The lady who didn't want to be inducted and the band who've been overlooked for 20 years!"

Hill also gave a little update on the status of Judas Priest's next studio album.

"It's sounding great!" he declared. "We've got a lot of the parts recorded now, the plan was to get it finished in the seven weeks we've got off [before the next tour leg,] but time vanishes so fast."

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The sting and the bite! The Scorpions launching 2022 North American tour with Whitesnake in August

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After wrapping up their "Sin City Nights" Las Vegas residency last month, German rockers The Scorpions have now unveiled dates for a full 2022 North American tour in support of their latest studio album, Rock Believer.

The trek, which kicks off August 21 in Toronto, will feature Whitesnake serving as special guests at most of the shows. Whitesnake's performances also will be part of their own Farewell Tour. Swedish rock band Thundermother also will perform as an open act on The Scorpions' trek.

So far, 24 shows have been confirmed, and the outing is mapped out through an October 21 concert in Las Vegas.

Tickets for the Rock Believer tour go on sale to the general public this Friday, May 13, at 10 a.m. local time via Ticketmaster. Members of The Scorpions' Rock Zone club will be able to purchase pre-sale tickets starting Tuesday, May 10, at 10 a.m. local time; visit The-Scorpions.com/RockZone for more information. Whitesnake is also offering fans a chance to buy pre-sale tickets. Visit Whitesnake.com for more details.

"After the amazing start we've had with our residency in Las Vegas, it's about time to come back for a real tour to rock the U.S. like a hurricane again," says Scorpions frontman Klaus Meine. "We can't wait to see all you Rock Believers out there!"

Adds Whitesnake's David Coverdale, "Once again it's time to feel the sting of The Scorpions & the bite of the Whitesnake!!! Can't wait!!!"

First up for The Scorpions in a European tour that gets underway tonight in Lisbon, Portugal. Check out the band's full schedule at The-Scorpions.com.

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Ex-Judas Priest guitarist K.K. Downing unsure if he’ll reunite with old band mates at Rock Hall induction

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Following today's news that Judas Priest will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this year as recipients of the Musical Excellence Award, ex-Priest guitarist K.K. Downing shared his feelings about the legendary metal group finally achieving the honor.

Referencing the fact that Judas Priest was passed over for induction twice, after receiving nominations in 2018 and 2020, Downing explained to eonmusic, "[W]hen you get nominated that amount of times and don't win, when you actually do win, it takes the edge off it a bit, because you've failed a lot of times. But it's better to score the goal at the end of the game!"

Downing, who was a member of Judas Priest from 1970 to 2011, has had a strained relationship with his ex-band mates since exiting the group. That being said, Priest frontman Rob Halford told Billboard Wednesday that all of the band's former members who will be inducted "have every right to be a part of the event," adding, "I'm very pleased for everybody. There's no bitterness. There's no angst."

For his part, Downing says he's "not sure" if he'll reunite with the band at the ceremony, which is scheduled for November 5 in Los Angeles.

"I think it's just a question of seeing how everything lies when it comes to them, really, because a lot of things can happen between now and then, the 70-year-old rocker noted. "[A] lot of things could get better, but they could get worse, or stay the same."

Downing said he's particularly happy that two of Priest's former drummers, Les Binks and the late Dave Holland, also will be inducted.

"They were an integral part [of the band] for a long time," K.K. said.

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