ABC/Randy HolmesMetallica is here to help your outfit stay metal from head to toe.
The legendary band has teamed up with the company Stance to release a new line of Metallica-branded socks. The offerings include designs based on the albums Kill 'em All, Ride the Lightning and Master of Puppets, as well as general Metallica logos.
Also available are options for kids and even infants, in case you need people to know how cool your baby is.
Meanwhile, Metallica has also announced new additions to the group's watch collaboration with Nixon, including a limited edition "Enter Sandman"-inspired piece. You can pre-order yours now via Metallica's webstore.
GeffenGuns N' Roses' video for "Sweet Child o' Mine" has officially hit one billion views on YouTube.
The iconic visual features footage of a young GN'R rocking out in a rehearsal space, complete with Axl Rose's signature slinky dance moves. It also includes shots of all of the band members' then-girlfriends.
According to a press release, "Sweet Child o' Mine" is the first video from the '80s to hit one billion views on YouTube. The clip was first uploaded to the site in December 2009.
Notably, Guns is also responsible for the only '90s video with one billion views: "November Rain."
"Sweet Child o' Mine" is a track for Guns N' Roses' 1987 debut album, Appetite for Destruction. It was released as a single in 1988 and became the first and only GN'R track to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
Courtesy Elektra RecordsTones and I will be dancing across the U.S. for the first time next year.
The Australian has announced her first-ever North American tour, set to kick off February 11 in Portland, Oregon. Tickets go on sale this Friday, October 18 at 10 a.m. local time via TonesandI.com.
Tones and I will be touring in support of her debut EP, The Kids are Coming, which features her breakout single "Dance Monkey." The track is currently the number-one single in Australia and the U.K., and is currently top 25 on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart.
Here are Tones and I's North American tour dates:
2/11 -- Portland, OR, Holocene 2/12 -- Vancouver, BC, The Imperial 2/13 -- Seattle, WA, Columbia City Theater 2/15 -- San Francisco, CA, Popscene at Rickshaw Stop 2/18 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Roxy 2/21 -- Austin, TX, The Parish 2/22 -- Dallas, TX, Club Dada 4/11 -- Milwaukee, WI, The Back Room at Colectivo 4/12 -- Minneapolis, MN, Fine Line 4/14 -- New York, NY, Bowery Ballroom 4/15 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Foundry 4/18 -- Toronto, ON, Velvet Underground
ABC/Randy HolmesFall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz has launched Ronin, a new, unisex jewelry line.
According to its website, Ronin "focuses on simple, quality unisex pieces that externally project one's inward creativity and individuality."
Among the items currently for sale include pendants, rings and lockets. You can view the Ronin catalog for yourself now via RoninbyPW.com.
Meanwhile, Fall Out Boy will release a new greatest hits compilation, Believes Never Die -- Volume Two, on November 15. Next summer, they'll tour the world with Green Day and Weezer on the Hella Mega tour.
Shanabelle/RCA Records Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins has announced a new album with his band The Coattail Riders. The third studio effort from the group is called Get the Money, and will arrive November 8.
Get the Money features a variety of guests, including Hawkins' Foo Fighters band mate Dave Grohl, who appears on four songs.
Other artists featured on the album include Foo guitarist Pat Smear, Queen drummer Roger Taylor, Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh, Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan, Heart's Nancy Wilson, The Pretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde, Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell, and country singer LeAnn Rimes.
The first single from Get the Money is called "Crossed the Line," and features Grohl and current Yes vocalist Jon Davison. You can download the track, which features a reference to the Foo hit "Best of You," now via digital outlets.
Here's the Get the Money track list:
"Crossed the Line" feat. Dave Grohl, Jon Davison "Don’t Look at Me That Way" feat. Duff McKagan, Nancy Wilson "You’re No Good at Life No More" feat. Dave Grohl "I Really Blew It" feat. Dave Grohl, Perry Farrell "Queen of the Clowns" feat. Mark King "Get the Money" feat. Joe Walsh, Chrissie Hynde, Duff McKagan "C U in Hell" feat. LeAnn Rimes "Middle Child" feat. Dave Grohl "Kiss the Ring "Shapes Of Things" feat. Roger Taylor, Pat Smear
ABC/Randy HolmesBleachers will play a quick West Coast tour this December as frontman Jack Antonoff puts the finishing touches on new music.
The three-show run, which Antonoff jokingly dubs the "I Love Making this Album but I'm Also Losing My Mind in Here & Need to Come Out and Play" tour, will hit Sacramento December 19, Las Vegas December 21 and Anaheim December 22. Visit BleachersMusic.com for ticket info.
"Need to come out and feel the live show before I finish this album," Antonoff writes in an Instagram post.
"Album is very live and I want to record these shows and use some of it here and there," he explains. "I'm close on the music but just need a few shows to clock some things and reconnect to make sure I'm where I want to be."
The new album will be the third Bleachers studio effort, following 2014's Strange Desire and 2017's Gone Now.
Courtesy Rock & Roll Hall of FameSoundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil and Chris Cornell's widow Vicky Cornell have shared their reactions to the grunge band's first-time nomination for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Speaking to Billboard, Thayil says that the nomination is "important, especially for the legacy of Soundgarden, and for Chris' legacy."
He adds that the nomination is "very bittersweet" without Cornell around to see it.
"He would be pleased with [being nominated]," Thayil says, adding that Cornell, who died in May 2017, felt the impact of the Rock Hall after he inducted Heart into the institution in 2013.
"He saw the significance of it and saw how important it was to the fans and to the bands being inducted," Thayil explains. "So he would be very excited."
Vicky Cornell echoed Thayil's sentiments regarding her late husband, tweeting that Chris "would be so honored" by the nomination.
"Thank you @rockhall this means so much & thank you to all the fans who's love & support continues to cement Chris' life and legacy," she writes.
Speaking to ABC Audio, Rock Hall President and CEO Greg Harris said they're "thrilled" that Soundgarden's nominated, adding, "They are the first grunge band to be signed to a major label, and truly their impact is exceptional."
Soundgarden is the third major band from the grunge scene to be nominated, following Nirvana and Pearl Jam, who were inducted in 2014 and 2017, respectively. Both of those groups were nominated and inducted in their first year of eligibility, while Soundgarden has been eligible since 2011.
"In the scheme of things, with all of these inductees across the decades, they're actually going in right around the same time as some of their peers, like Nirvana and Pearl Jam," Harris says.
Courtesy Rock & Roll Hall of FameSoundgarden, Dave Matthews Band, Nine Inch Nails, Motörhead, Judas Priest, Depeche Mode and Thin Lizzy are among the 16 nominees for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2020.
The other nominees include classic rock acts The Doobie Brothers, Pat Benatar, Todd Rundgren and T.Rex, as well as legendary vocalist Whitney Houston, rap icon TheNotorious B.I.G, influential proto-punk band MC5, electronic pioneers Kraftwerk, and funk group Rufus featuring Chaka Khan.
Artists need to have released their first "commercial recording" at least 25 years before the year of their nomination to be eligible.
Soundgarden, who's been eligible since 2011, is being nominated for the first time, as are DMB, Motörhead, Thin Lizzy, T.Rex, Benatar, Notorious B.I.G. and Houston. None of those artists are being nominated in their first year of eligibility, except for Biggie.
Nine Inch Nails has previously been on the ballot twice but hasn't appeared on the list since 2016. Priest has been nominated once, in 2018.
The inductees, which are chosen by a body of 1,000 artists, historians and music industry members, will be revealed in January 2020. As with previous years, one ballot will by comprised of the top five artists chosen by the Rock Hall Fan Vote, which is open now through January 10.
The 2020 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony takes place May 2 in Cleveland, Ohio.
Credit: Travis ShinnOn October 15, 1999 -- 20 years ago today -- Fight Club premiered in U.S. theaters. In addition to inspiring posters on the walls of countless dorm rooms, the cult film also helped bring Pixies back to the public consciousness by using the 1988 song "Where Is My Mind?" to soundtrack its ending scene.
Speaking to ABC Audio, frontman Black Francis remembers seeing Fight Club for the first time, and being so engrossed in the plot that he forgot that the reason he went to see the film in the first place -- his band's song was in it.
"I was really involved in the movie," he says. "So when that scene came on and the song came on, I had completely forgotten that that was [happening]. [I thought,] 'Oh yeah, that's right!' So it had impact."
Since Fight Club hit theaters, "Where Is My Mind?" -- which, despite never being released as a single, has become a signature Pixies song -- has since been used in a number of TV shows and movies, including The Leftovers, Mr. Robot and Veronica Mars. In fact, Francis says he receives licensing requests for that song every "eight or nine days."
As for why "Where Is My Mind?" is so popular in media, Francis doesn't know -- he guesses possibly the "universal sentiment" of the lyrics or the "haunting" guitar -- but he does know that the song wouldn't even exist without some words of encouragement from his then-girlfriend and future wife, Jean.
"I was strumming the guitar in the bedroom, and she stuck her head out and said, 'Finish that song, that's a good one,'" Francis recalls. "So I was, like, 'Oh, OK.' And she had never said anything like that to me before, and hasn't ever since."
The newest Pixies album, Beneath the Eyrie, is out now.
Credit: Kenneth CappelloRob Zombie approves of Billie Eilish's heavy metal attire.
During a recent taping of Austin City Limits, the 17-year-old phenom wore a shirt featuring a collage of a variety of different metal acts, including Mr. Zombie. The iconic shock-rocker posted a photo of Eilish's outfit on his Instagram, along with a shout-out to the young singer.
"@billieeilish rocking another custom Zombie shirt," he wrote in the caption. "Rock on!"
Another artist featured in the collage, Type O Negative, also shared their Eilish enthusiasm.
"Billie Eilish is certainly a unique and bad a** superstar who absolutely walks her own path," the Brooklyn metallers wrote in a Facebook post. "How awesome is it to see the Type O support!!"
Eilish's love for metal also extends to her own merch. On her online store, she's selling a beanie featuring her name stitched in a characteristically indecipherable metal font.
ABC/Randy HolmesMumford & Sons added another son to their lineup during their headlining set at the Austin City Limits festival Sunday: Lars Ulrich.
The Metallica drummer joined the folk rockers for a heavy metal-infused rendition of their song "The Wolf." You can watch fan-recorded footage of the onstage collaboration now on YouTube.
If you were to pick a Mumford song for Ulrich to play, "The Wolf" is a pretty solid choice -- it's a track from the 2015 album Wilder Mind, which saw the U.K. quartet purposefully move away from the banjo and mandolin-driven style of their first two records in favor of more electric sounds. Now we want to hear what it would sound like if you put Ulrich on "Little Lion Man."
Mumford & Sons have been touring the U.S. in support of their latest album, 2018's Delta. They launch a tour of Asia in November.
ABC/Randy HolmesTurns out the U.K. teens love Billie Eilish just as much as the American teens do.
After winning two trophies at the Teen Choice Awards over the summer, Eilish is nominated in two categories for the BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards. She'll compete for the Best International Solo Artist title, while "bad guy" is up for Best Single.
Other nominees include Twenty One Pilots and The 1975 for Best Group. Additionally, Yungblud will perform during the show.
The BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards take place November 24, and will air on BBC Two November 30. Visit BBC.co.uk for the full list of nominees.
Image Group LA/ABCBeck performed at the Los Angeles Hammer Museum's annual Gala in the Garden benefit concert over the weekend, and his set featured a special appearance from Chris Martin.
The Coldplay frontman joined Beck for a rendition of his '90s slacker anthem "Loser," which was backed by five musicians playing traditional Indian instruments. Footage of the collaboration was captured and posted to Twitter.
Beck and Martin also joined forces to sing the former's 1998 song, "Nobody's Fault but My Own."
Earlier this year, Beck dropped a new single called "Saw Lightning" from his upcoming album, Hyperspace, which is due out at some undetermined future date. It's the follow-up to 2017's Colors, which features the single "Up All Night."
Coldplay's latest studio effort is 2015's A Head Full of Dreams.
ABC/Image Group LAPortugal. the Man has been working on new music to follow their 2017 album Woodstock and its mega-hit single, "Feel It Still," which transformed the band from alternative mainstays to chart-topping stars.
Speaking to Billboard, bassist Zach Carothers says he and his band mates do feel "slight pressure" following the massive success of "Feel It Still," but they're not trying to replicate it.
"It was so huge that we literally couldn't do that again if we tried it. Nobody could!” Carothers says. "I think if [you] got the most attractive person with the most talent, the best producers, best songwriters, $10 million, you still couldn't do that."
Even so, Carothers says that Portugal's been "recording a lot," and hopes to drop a new album in 2020.
"This is like future punk show new wave," Carothers says of the upcoming record's sound. He also teases that the collection may include a few guests.
"We've had lots of friends that are randomly popping into the studio," he says. "I'll save some of them as surprises."
Credit: Matty VogelSimple Creatures will hit Southern California next month for a pair of new shows.
The duo, made up of Blink-182's Mark Hoppus and All Time Low's Alex Gaskarth, has announced dates in Los Angeles on November 12, Santa Ana on November 14. Tickets go on sale this Friday, October 18 PT via SimpleCreaturesMusic.com.
Both shows will feature support from "Pretty Waste" rockers Bones UK.
Simple Creatures just dropped their sophomore EP, Everything Opposite, last Friday. The pair's debut EP, Strange Love, was released in March.
ABC/Randy HolmesMetallica drummer Lars Ulrich has offered an update on frontman James Hetfield, who last month re-entered treatment for his ongoing struggle with substance abuse.
"He's doing what he needs to," Ulrich tells USA Today. "He's in the process of healing himself."
Ulrich adds that he's been pleasantly surprised by "how positive the feedback has been from our fans and friends and peers alike" regarding the announcement of Hetfield's rehab.
"It's very heartwarming," Ulrich says. "It's just blown our minds how much love and appreciation and support we've gotten...It's an incredible thing."
As a result of Hetfield's return to rehab, Metallica had to postpone their upcoming tour of Australia and New Zealand. Ulrich says he "feel[s] bad" for the Metallica fans Down Under, but promises that the metal legends will return with "full force and come back stronger and healthier than ever."
"Along the way, there's obviously an occasional bump in the road," Ulrich says. "But it's been an incredible ride, and we're looking forward to getting back down there, hopefully next year."
Meanwhile, Metallica just last week announced that they'll play two headlining sets at five different U.S. festivals in 2020: Epicenter, Welcome to Rockville, Sonic Temple, Louder than Life, and Aftershock.
Credit: Travis ShinnTool's headlining set at Sacramento's Aftershock festival marked the enigmatic rockers' first show since they released their long-awaited new album, Fear Inoculum, in August. As such, the concert featured the live debut of two tracks from the record.
To open the show, Tool played Fear Inoculum's title track and lead single for the first time. They also gave the the 12-minute "Pneuma" its premiere live performance.
You can watch fan-recorded footage of both songs now streaming on YouTube.
Tool has previously played the Fear Inoculum tracks "Descending" and "Invincible" live.
If you missed the Aftershock performance, you can catch Tool on their upcoming headlining tour, which launches Tuesday in Denver. The outing will wrap up November 25 in Washington, D.C.