Slash rocks with Road Recovery charity organization on new song, “Crimson Chaos”

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Slash is featured on a new song called "Crimson Chaos," which is being released by the charity organization Road Recovery.

The tune was written and recorded by participants in Road Recovery's Trax Program, which "offers young people the opportunity to build healthy networks during challenging times, helping them avoid self-destructive or risky behavior."

In a statement, Slash says, "I've been hanging out with Road Recovery for a while now and I always find it a really enriching experience hanging and jamming with the kids."

"These guys wrote me a song that I recorded and it's really inspirational to see how young people and adults are inspired by the arts to get it together, get out of that funk, and get out of a bad situation to be able to turn their life around," the Guns N' Roses shredder adds. "That's what these kids at Road Recovery have done and that's pretty awesome."

Footage of Slash playing with the Road Recovery kids is featured in the "Crimson Chaos" video, which is streaming now on YouTube.

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Rush members, Sammy Hagar among stars featured on new Jack Bruce tribute album, ‘Jack Songs’

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Sammy Hagar and Rush's Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson are among the many well-known musicians who have lent their talents to former Bruford bassist Jeff Berlin's new tribute album, Jack Songs, a salute to late Cream singer/bassist Jack Bruce.

The 10-track collection, which focuses mainly on Bruce's post-Cream solo work, is available now on CD and as a digital download and can be ordered at JeffBerlinMusicGroup.com.

Other guests artists featured on Jack Songs include former Santana singer Alex Ligertwood, All Starr Band drummer Gregg Bissonette, Level 42's Mark King, ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal, King Crimson's Tony Levin, Nathan East, guitar whiz Eric Johnson, Mr. Big's Billy Sheehan, Snarky Puppy's Michael League and more.

"Recording the music of Jack Bruce has been the most emotional recording project of my career," says Berlin, who was friends with Bruce. "Jack was the greatest bass influence I ever had. In the center of his music were these strange and wonderful bass lines weaving in and out of the key, reaching for resolutions and finding them, again, and again. Jack's playing was a living evolving improvisation."

He adds, "When he died, I immediately set out to honor him by reviewing his music to choose some of my favorite songs of his and recording them via my own musical vision."

Berlin explains that he used producer Giles Martin's work on the soundtrack to Cirque du Soleil's The Beatles LOVE stage production, a collection of Beatles mashups, as inspiration for Jack Songs.

"I arranged the music so that each song on 'Jack Songs' would end up as an individual work comprised of various parts of other songs in them," Jeff notes.

Bruce died of liver disease in 2014. He was 71.

Here's the album's full track list:

"Creamed"
"Theme from an Imaginery Western"
"A Letter of Thanks"
"L'Angelo Misterioso"
"Rope Ladder to the Moon"
"One Without a Word"
"Smiles Story and Morning Grins"
"Folk Song"
"Traintime Time"
"Fuimas (We Have Been)"

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Watch music video for David Lee Roth’s new Van Halen tribute tune

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On Wednesday, David Lee Roth posted a previously unreleased solo song called "Nothing Could Have Stopped Us Back Then Anyway" on his official website and YouTube channel. The song pays homage to Van Halen, and now Roth's main collaborator on the track, one-time DLR Band guitarist John 5, has debuted a music video for the tune.

The clip, which you can watch now on John 5's YouTube channel, features archival performance footage, home movies and rare photos of Van Halen during the band's early years.

In a message accompanying the video, John 5 writes, "Honored to be a part of this amazing piece of history. When I wrote the song with Dave, I knew it was something very special. I created this video on the tour bus as a tribute with [director] Mike Savage. Very proud to share it with everyone."

As previously reported by the Van Halen News Desk fan site, "Nothing Could Have Stopped Us Back Then Anyway" is one of a number of songs that Roth recorded with guitarist John 5 several years ago. Over the last couple of years, Diamond Dave has released a number of other tunes from those sessions, including "Somewhere over the Rainbow Bar and Grill," "Giddy-Up!," "Low-Rez Sunset" and "Pointing at the Moon."

"Nothing Could Have Stopped Us Back Then Anyway" is available now via select streaming services.

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Sammy Hagar & The Circle announce new studio album, drop advance single

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Sammy Hagar and his band The Circle have unveiled plans to release a new studio album titled Crazy Times this fall and made the title track available as an advance digital single Friday, along with a companion music video for the tune.

The 10-song collection, which can be preordered now, will be released on CD and via digital formats on September 30, while standard black vinyl and limited-edition red vinyl LP versions will follow on October 28.

Hagar & The Circle recorded Crazy Times at Nashville's famed RCA Studio A with Grammy-winning producer Dave Cobb.

Crazy Times, which is a follow-up to the group's 2019 debut, Space Between, features nine songs either written or co-written by Hagar, as well as a cover of Elvis Costello and the Attraction's 1978 classic "Pump It Up."

The title track was one of three tunes the Red Rocker co-wrote with his Circle bandmates -- bassist Michael Anthony, drummer Jason Bonham and guitarist Vic Johnson -- and Cobb.

The video for the hard-driving, riff-heavy song features Hagar and the band performing the tune as a montage of explosions and other ominous images appear behind them.

Hagar says that after the long COVID-19 lockdown, he really appreciated getting to work with his bandmates again in person.

"Going back in the studio, creating and being with the music is just what felt natural," Hagar notes. "There was joy in the hard work, catharsis and the comradery we'd craved. It was like those two years of not being able to do very much fell away and we really all came together and let it out in the music and lyrics."

The digital version of Crazy Times also features a pair of bonus tracks. Here's the album's full track list:

"Intro: The Beginning of the End"
"Slow Drain"
"Feed Your Head"
"Pump It Up"
"Be Still"
"You Get What You Pay For"
"Crazy Times"
"Funky Feng Shui"
"Father Time"
"Childhood's End"

Digital-only bonus tracks:
"2010"
"Father Time" (acoustic demo)

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Metallica brings Eddie Munson to Lollapalooza with ‘Stranger Things’ footage

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After giving the Upside Down the most metal concert its ever seen, Eddie Munson made his debut at Lollapalooza on Thursday.

During Metallica's headlining set on the opening day of the Chicago festival, the metal legends broadcasted the Stranger Things character's famous shredding scene on the stage screens while performing -- what else? -- "Master of Puppets."

Footage of the production was posted to Twitter by @Consequence.

Following its placement in the season four finale of Stranger Things earlier this month, "Master of Puppets" has seen a resurgence, making its first-ever appearance on the Billboard Hot 100. To celebrate the song's newfound popularity, Metallica released a new lyric video for "Master of Puppets" this week.

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Ozzy Osbourne’s “Patient Number 9” hits #1 on ‘Billboard’ Mainstream Rock Airplay chart

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Ozzy Osbourne is once again taking the "Crazy Train" to the top of the charts.

The Prince of Darkness' new solo single, "Patient Number 9," has hit #1 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Airplay ranking. It's his fourth leader on the chart, which first began in 1981.

"Patient Number 9" took just five weeks to reach #1, which ties Shinedown's "Planet Zero" for the fastest run to the top of Mainstream Rock Airplay this year. Additionally, its ascension also gives featured artist Jeff Beck a new Billboard record.

The guitar virtuoso now boasts the longest gap between an artist's first appearance on Mainstream Rock Airplay and their first #1, having hit the summit with "Patient Number 9" 37 years, one month and two weeks after debuting on the chart with the 1985 Rod Stewart collaboration "People Get Ready."

The record was previously held by Queen's Brian May, who waited 26 years, three months and one week between his first appearance in 1993 with the solo song "Driven By You" and hitting #1 in 2019 as a featured artist on Five Finger Death Punch's cover of Kenny Wayne Shepherd's "Blue on Black."

"Patient Number 9" is the title track off Ozzy's upcoming 13th solo album, due out September 9.

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Watch Billy Corgan play new song about Highland Park shooting during benefit concert

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Wednesday night, The Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan and his longtime partner, Chloé Mendel, hosted a virtual benefit concert supporting the victims of the July 4 shooting in Highland Park, Illinois, where the couple has long lived. During the show, Corgan debuted a new song that he wrote about the tragedy.

Speaking to the audience ahead of the performance, Corgan shared that he was initially wary of using what happened as inspiration for music.

"It kind of reminds me of when you get your heart broken when you're young and you write really bad poetry," Corgan said. "I don't want to write really bad poetry about something that was very hurtful."

Later, Corgan found himself working on a new Pumpkins song, which turned into his "reaction ... to what happened."

"I don't know if it's a good song or a bad song, but it certainly expresses the way that I feel," he said.

You can watch Corgan's rendition of the song via the archived YouTube stream of the concert, starting around the 1:37:00 mark. The show, which raised over $250,000 for the Highland Park Community Foundation's shooting response fund, also featured performances by Jane's Addiction's Perry Farrell and Bob Moses, among others.

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David Lee Roth debuts new solo song that pays tribute to Van Halen

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David Lee Roth has posted a previously unreleased solo song at his official website and YouTube channel called "Nothing Could Have Stopped Us Back Then Anyway" that finds the Van Halen frontman reminiscing about his old band.

Accompanying the track is a vintage photo of Roth and his three Van Halen band mates all jumping in the air at the same time. The stripped-down tune features multi-tracked acoustic guitars and sparse keyboards accompanying Roth's vocals.

The song begins with the lines, "We laughed, we cried, we threw that television off the balcony/ That memory means so much to me," and Diamond Dave sings later, "Remember when you safety pinned the tablecloth to my pants/ And I stood up to the sound of dancing, and the sound of our romance beginning."

According to the fan site Van Halen News Desk, Roth recorded "Nothing Could Have Stopped Us Back Then Anyway" several years ago with current Rob Zombie guitarist John 5 during the same sessions that yielded some of the other tracks Dave has released over the past couple years, including "Somewhere over the Rainbow Bar and Grill," "Giddy-Up!," "Low-Rez Sunset" and "Pointing at the Moon."

In a 2021 interview with AL.com, John 5 mentioned "Nothing Could Have Stopped Us Back Then Anyway" while discussing his sessions with Roth.

"Being a Van Halen fan and a Dave Lee Roth fan, it's unbelievable because it's about Dave singing about Van Halen and what it was like," the guitarist noted. "Really something special, so I really hope that comes out."

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Ozzy & Sharon Osbourne’s son, Jack, welcomes new child with fiancée

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The Osbourne family has a new member.

Ozzy and Sharon's son, Jack, announced Wednesday that his fiancée, Aree Gearhart, gave birth to a baby named Maple Artemis Osbourne on July 9.

"Aree and Maple are doing great and are happy and healthy," Jack wrote in a tweet.

Sharon also shared the news on Twitter, writing that she and Ozzy are "over the [moon]."

Jack and Aree announced they were expecting in March following their engagement at the end of 2021. Maple is their first child together; Jack has three kids with ex-wife Lisa Stelly.

Meanwhile, Jack's sister Kelly announced in May that she was expecting her first child with Slipknot's Sid Wilson.

In addition to welcoming a new grandchild, Ozzy's been promoting his upcoming new album, Patient Number 9, which arrives September 9. Last week, he made his debut at San Diego Comic-Con, where he set the record for the largest signing at this year's event, according to a press release.

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Lollapalooza announces inaugural India edition for 2023

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Lollapalooza is expanding once again, this time to Asia.

The inaugural edition of Lollapalooza India will take place January 28-29, 2023 in the city of Mumbai. The festival will feature 40 acts spread across four stages.

The lineup and exact venue details will be announced at a later date. Until then, you can stay tuned to LollaIndia.com.

Lollapalooza was founded in 1991 by Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell as a touring festival. In 2005, Lolla was retooled as a destination festival taking place in Chicago's Grant Park, where it's been held ever since.

Starting in 2011, Lollapalooza expanded internationally to South America with a festival in Chile and then in Brazil and Argentina. The festival has since widened to Europe with events in France, Germany and Sweden.

The U.S. Lollapalooza takes place this year July 28-31. The lineup includes Green Day, Metallica, Machine Gun Kelly, Glass Animals, Porno for Pyros, Måneskin, WILLOW and Royal Blood.

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