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Hollywood Undead releases new song

Hollywood Undead releases new song "Runaway" with electronic producer Imanbek

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Hollywood Undead is adding another genre to the mix thanks to a collaboration with Imanbek.

The rap-rock outfit has released a new song alongside the Kazakh electronic producer called "Runaway." You can download it now via digital outlets.

"Working with Imanbek was a huge honor for the band," says the Undead's Johnny 3 Tears. "He's a visionary in every respect with the talent to match."

Adds Imanbek, "It's been a great pleasure to work on this project with Hollywood Undead! The pandemic taught us to work and collaborate despite distances and inconvenience and I think each take only gets better."

"Runaway" follows Hollywood Undead's two-volume New Empire albums, which were released in 2020.

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Copyright case involving Nirvana t-shirt dismissed by US judge

Copyright case involving Nirvana t-shirt dismissed by US judge

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A copyright case involving a Nirvana t-shirt design has been dismissed by a California federal judge, Billboard reports.

Earlier this year, the grunge icons were sued by Jocelyn Susan Bundy, who claimed that her grandfather, English writer C.W. Scott-Giles, had created the design seen on Nirvana's so-called "Vestibule" shirt, which was inspired by the "circles of Hell" depicted in Dante's Inferno.

Bundy said that her grandfather's artwork was created in 1949 and is protected by British copyright law. In arguing for dismissal, lawyers for Nirvana and fellow defendant Live Nation Merchandise maintained that a suit involving U.K. law should not be decided by a California court. Indeed, the judge dismissed the case Thursday on those grounds.

"Given that one of the core disputes in this case concerns ownership of the copyright in the Illustration, which is governed by U.K. law, the U.K. likely has a stronger interest, on balance, in this case," the ruling reads.

However, as Billboard notes, Nirvana may not be completely done with the case, since it could continue in the U.K. A condition of the judge's dismissal is that Nirvana must agree to allow the case to continue in the U.K. and have it heard by a British court, should Bundy decide to refile the suit.

Since 2018, Nirvana has been involved in a lawsuit against fashion label Marc Jacobs, alleging that the label infringed on the copyright of the band's smiley-face logo.

Meanwhile, Nirvana was sued just this past August by Spencer Elden, who was photographed as a baby for the now-iconic album cover for Nevermind. Elden alleges that the photo constitutes child pornography.

In non-lawsuit Nirvana happenings, a 30th anniversary reissue of Nevermind will be released November 12.

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Listen to new Jerry Cantrell solo track,

Listen to new Jerry Cantrell solo track, "Siren Song"

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Alice in Chains' Jerry Cantrell has shared another preview off his upcoming solo album, Brighten.

The latest cut is titled "Siren Song," and you can download it now via digital outlets. It's the third track to be released from Brighten, following the lead single "Atone" and the title track.

Brighten, which marks Cantrell's first full-length solo offering in nearly 20 years, arrives in full on October 29. The album features Duff McKagan of Guns N' Roses on bass.

Cantrell will launch a U.S. tour in support of Brighten in March 2022.

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Eddie Vedder buys an

Eddie Vedder buys an "E-Ticket" with Elton John on new collaborative song

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Eddie Vedder guests on a new Elton John song called "E-Ticket."

The upbeat, rollicking tune finds the Pearl Jam frontman and the "Rocket Man" icon trading verses and signing about taking a "ride in our e-ticket minds." You can download it now via digital outlets.

"Eddie Vedder is one of the nicest people I know and we got to know each other from times I've spent performing in Hawaii, where he has a place," John says.

"I love his music and Pearl Jam are brilliant, and he's a big fan, so when he left me a note in my dressing room one day saying how much he'd like it if I wrote some music to his lyrics, I jumped at the opportunity," Elton adds. "I actually wrote two! I wrote one for him and one for me and it was such a lovely thing to do for such a good person."

"E-Ticket" is one of many collaborative songs featured on John's new album, The Lockdown Sessions, which is out today. The collection also includes Elton's previously released song "The Pink Phantom" with Gorillaz, as well as the all-star version of Metallica's "Nothing Else Matters" he recorded with Miley Cyrus, Metallica's Robert Trujillo, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, guitarist/producer Andrew Watt, and famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

Vedder, meanwhile, just released a new song called "Long Way" last month. It's the first preview of his upcoming solo album, Earthling, which will be arriving in sometime in the -- hopefully -- not-too-distant future

You can also hear Eddie sing along with Bruce Springsteen and Tom Morello on a cover of AC/DC's "Highway to Hell," which is featured on the Rage Against the Machine guitarist's new solo album, The Atlas Underground Fire.

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Slash announces new Conspirators album, '4'; listen to

Slash announces new Conspirators album, '4'; listen to "The River Is Rising" single now

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Slash has announced a new album with Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators.

The fourth studio effort from the Guns N' Roses shredder and his solo band is fittingly titled 4, and will arrive February 11, 2022.

Our first preview of 4 is the previously teased single "The River Is Rising," which you can download now via digital outlets.

Slash and company will launch a U.S. tour next year in support of 4 starting February 8 in Portland, Oregon. Tickets go on sale to the general public starting next Friday, October 29, at 10 a.m. local time, with various pre-sales happening throughout the week.

For the full list of dates and all ticket info, visit SlashOnline.com.

Here's the 4 track list:

"The River Is Rising"
"Whatever Gets You By"
"C'est la Vie"
"The Path Less Followed"
"Actions Speak Louder than Words"
"Spirit Love"
"Fill My World"
"April Fool"
"Call Off the Dogs"
"Fall Back to Earth"

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Slipknot livestreaming Knotfest Los Angeles headlining set

Slipknot livestreaming Knotfest Los Angeles headlining set

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You can still watch Slipknot perform at Knotfest Los Angeles even if you're (k)not going.

The masked metallers' headlining set will be streaming live online when they take the stage at the Banc of California stadium on November 5.

Additionally, the livestream will feature selections from several other Knotfest performers, including Killswitch Engage, FEVER 333, Code Orange, Cherry Bombs and Vended, the band featuring the sons of Knot members Corey Taylor and Shawn "Clown" Crahan.

Bring Me the Horizon, who is also on the Knotfest L.A. lineup, will not be appearing on the livestream.

You can buy tickets to the stream now via Knotfest.Veeps.com.

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Green Day announces 'The BBC Sessions' live album

Green Day announces 'The BBC Sessions' live album

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Green Day has announced a new live album, The BBC Sessions.

The 16-track set collects each of the punk trio's four performances at the BBC's Maida Vale Studios, recorded in 1994, 1996, 1998 and 2001, together for the first time on one album. It'll be released December 10.

Leading up to the record's arrival, Green Day will be dropping one song from The BBC Sessions each week. The first selection is the 1994 rendition of the song "2000 Light Years Away," which you can download now via digital outlets.

Last month, Green Day wrapped their Hella Mega stadium tour alongside Weezer and Fall Out Boy. The band's most recent album is 2020's Father of All...

Here's the track list for The BBC Sessions:

"She" (Live at the BBC June 8 1994)
"When I Come Around" (Live at the BBC June 8 1994)
"Basket Case" (Live at the BBC June 8 1994)
"2000 Light Years Away" (Live at the BBC June 8 1994)
"Geek Stink Breath" (Live at the BBC November 3 1996)
"Brain Stew/Jaded" (Live at the BBC November 3 1996)
"Walking Contradiction" (Live at the BBC November 3 1996)
"Stuck with Me" (Live at the BBC November 3 1996)
"Hitchin' a Ride" (Live at the BBC February 12 1998)
"Nice Guys Finish Last" (Live at the BBC February 12 1998)
"Prosthetic Head" (Live at the BBC February 12 1998)
"Redundant" (Live at the BBC February 12 1998)
"Castaway" (Live at the BBC August 28 2001)
"Church on Sunday" (Live at the BBC August 28 2001)
"Minority" (Live at the BBC August 28 2001)
"Waiting" (Live at the BBC August 28 2001)

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System of a Down forced to postpone weekend shows after Serj Tankian tests positive for COVID-19

System of a Down forced to postpone weekend shows after Serj Tankian tests positive for COVID-19

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System of a Down was forced to postpone a pair of upcoming shows in Los Angeles after frontman Serj Tankian tested positive for COVID-19.

Tankian shared the news with fans on his Instagram Thursday, explaining, "After having 3 really fun shows, I got back to LA with flu-like symptoms. I am shocked that it could even be Covid as I am not just vaccinated but also incredibly careful."

SOAD was set to play at Los Angeles' Banc of California Stadium on Friday, October 22, and Saturday, October 23, alongside KornHelmet and Russian Circles.  The band has since pushed the shows into next year, setting the new dates on February 4 and February 5.

Tickets purchased for the October shows will be honored for the new dates.  Those unable to make the rescheduled performances will be given a refund.

"I am so sorry to have to push these dates yet again especially to those who made sacrifices to be here from out of town," Tankian continued. "Touring is not something I intend to continue doing down the line so these handful of shows have meant the world to me."

The "Empty Walls" singer closed by thanking his followers for "your love and understanding."

SOAD is not the only band grappling with breakthrough COVID-19 cases.  Last week, Korn drummer Ray Luzier became the third member of the band to test positive for COVID-19. Previously, frontman Jonathan Davis tested positive back in August, while guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer contracted the virus in September.

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Blame it on the ADD: AWOLNATION planning to release two albums in 2022

Blame it on the ADD: AWOLNATION planning to release two albums in 2022

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Get ready for a double dose of AWOLNATION in 2022.

In an Instagram post, frontman Aaron Bruno reveals he's "gonna try to release two albums next year."

"Or at the very least, one and a half," he adds.

AWOLNATION's most recent album is 2020's Angel Miners & the Lighting Riders. It spawned the single "The Best," and features a collaboration with Weezer's Rivers Cuomo.

However many AWOLNATION albums arrive in 2022, they'll be the band's first as a Diamond-certified artist. Over the summer, AWOL's breakout hit "Sail" earned the hallowed RIAA honor after passing the 10 million units mark.

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Tom Morello & grandson premiere video for collaborative song

Tom Morello & grandson premiere video for collaborative song "Hold the Line"

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Tom Morello and grandson have premiered the video for their collaborative song "Hold the Line."

The black-and-white clip finds the Rage Against the Machine guitarist rocking out with the "Blood//Water" artist in the corner of a small room. The claustrophobic, punk-rock vibe reflects the political message of the song, which, as grandson explains, takes its title from the "union rally cry for anyone experiencing backlash for standing their ground."

You can watch the "Hold the Line" video streaming now on YouTube.

"Hold the Line" appears on Morello's new solo album The Atlas Underground Fire, which dropped last week. The record also includes guest spots from artists including Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Bruce Springsteen, Bring Me the Horizon and Phantogram.

Grandson, meanwhile, can also be heard in the new The Suicide Squad movie, which features his single "Rain" with Jessie Reyez.

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Writer & producer revealed for upcoming Ozzy & Sharon Osbourne biopic

Writer & producer revealed for upcoming Ozzy & Sharon Osbourne biopic

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More details have been announced about the upcoming Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne biopic.

According to Variety, the film will be produced Polygram Entertainment in partnership with Osbourne Media, the company of Ozzy and Sharon's children Jack and Aimee. Sony Pictures is also handling development.

Meanwhile, the film's script will be written by Oscar-nominee Lee Hall, who previously penned the 2019 Elton John biopic, Rocketman.

As previously reported, the movie is set to focus on the lives of the heavy metal couple through the lens of their relationship. Variety reports that it will include music from Black Sabbath and Ozzy's solo career.

"Our relationship at times was often wild, insane and dangerous but it was our undying love that kept us together," says Sharon in a statement to Variety. "We're thrilled to partner with Sony Pictures and Polygram to bring our story to the screen."

In a Rolling Stone article published last summer, Sharon said she wanted the film to feel different from the 2018 Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, which she called a "Hallmark rock movie."

"Our film will be a lot more real," Sharon said. "We don't want it to be squeaky, shiny clean and all of that. We're not making it for kids. It's an adult movie for adults."

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Wolfgang Van Halen is

Wolfgang Van Halen is "Dave Grohl-ing it" after spraining his ankle

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Hey, Dave Grohl, another rocker needs to use your throne.

On Wednesday, Wolfgang Van Halen revealed that he'd sprained his ankle after he "ate s*** walking off the bus" while on tour with his Mammoth WVH solo band. He also shared a photo of the boot he was to wear for the next month or so, adding that he was going to be "Dave Grohl-ing" it for Mammoth's show Hunstville, Alabama, last night.

Grohl, of course, broke his leg after falling off the stage during a 2015 concert. For the Foo Fighters tour later that year, he sat on a giant, guitar-adorned throne while his leg healed.

Following the Huntsville concert, Wolf posted photos of him playing the show while sitting on a much more humble stool.

"Welp…Never done that before, but we pulled it off!" Wolf wrote in the caption. "Thanks to Huntsville for making it such a special show!"

Mammoth's tour continues Thursday in Knoxville, Tennessee. They'll also be playing this weekend's Shaky Knees festival in Atlanta along with Foo Fighters, so maybe Grohl can bring the throne then.

Grohl previously lent the throne to Axl Rose to use after he broke his foot in 2016. Just last month, Grohl sent it to Darin Wall, the bassist for the Seattle-based metal band Greyhawk, who was recovering from being shot in the leg while defending others from a gunman outside an Idaho music venue.

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Watch Coheed and Cambria's acoustic performance of

Watch Coheed and Cambria's acoustic performance of "Shoulders"

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Coheed and Cambria has shared an acoustic version of the band's new single, "Shoulders."

Even without the electricity, the song's main riff still brings the heavy, now with a twangy, more Western feel. The unplugged version also puts a greater spotlight on guitarist Travis Stever and bassist Zach Cooper's harmonizing backing vocals.

You can watch Coheed's acoustic performance streaming now on YouTube.

The original "Shoulders" dropped in July. It currently sits in the top 20 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Airplay chart.

Meanwhile, Coheed has been working on a new album to follow 2018's Vaxis – Act I: The Unheavenly Creatures.

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Machine Gun Kelly's new album features WILLOW on a song called

Machine Gun Kelly's new album features WILLOW on a song called "Emo Prom"

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Machine Gun Kelly's upcoming album Born with Horns will feature a guest spot from WILLOW.

That news comes courtesy of Travis Barker in a conversation with WILLOW as part of Rolling Stone's ongoing "Musicians on Musicians" series. In the piece, the Blink-182 drummer reveals that WILLOW is featured on a song apparently called "Emo Prom."

"On 'Emo Prom,' you shine," Barker tells WILLOW. "Obviously you remember, but when we first sent it to you we were like, 'Yeah, we even have a verse written.' And your verse was insane compared to ours."

"Honestly, to be a Black woman and be able to come on that song and write my verse with my outlook on life -- just being able to be authentically me on that song -- those are the kinds of things that are going to make more people feel seen," WILLOW says. "That's the most beautiful part of music."

The collab with MGK will follow WILLOW's new pop-punk album, lately I feel EVERYTHING, which includes the Barker-featuring single "Transparent Soul," as well a song with Avril Lavigne.

Born with Horns is the follow-up to Machine Gun Kelly's 2020 album, Tickets to My Downfall, which Barker also produced. The new record will feature the lead single, "Papercuts."

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Rise Against announces 'Nowhere Sessions' EP

Rise Against announces 'Nowhere Sessions' EP

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Rise Against has announced a new EP titled Nowhere Sessions.

The six-track collection, due out November 12, is described as a "live expansion" of the Chicago punk outfit's latest album, Nowhere Generation. It includes renditions of the Nowhere Generation cuts "Talking to Ourselves," "Broken Dreams, Inc." and the title track, as well as the 2008 song "Savior."

Additionally, you'll also find covers of the Creedence Clearwater Revival classic "Fortunate Son" and the Misfits ripper "Hybrid Moments."

You can download the Nowhere Sessions version of "Talking to Ourselves" now via digital outlets.

Nowhere Generation, the ninth Rise Against album, was released in June. Its title track is the first Rise Against single to hit number one on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Airplay chart.

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Black Sabbath launches apparel collaboration with DC Shoes

Black Sabbath launches apparel collaboration with DC Shoes

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Black Sabbath is launching a new apparel collaboration with DC Shoes.

The collection, which includes various footwear, t-shirts and long-sleeve shirts, is inspired by Sabbath's 1971 metal opus Master of Reality in honor of its 50th anniversary.

Along with the clothes and shoes, DC is also releasing an exclusive Master of Reality tribute album titled Shadow of Reality, which includes contributions from Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament, The Melvins, and J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr.

Fittingly, the DC X Black Sabbath collaboration will be available starting on Halloween, October 31. For more info, stay tuned to DCShoes.com.

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Måneskin announces debut US concerts in NYC & LA

Måneskin announces debut US concerts in NYC & LA

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Måneskin is coming to America.

The viral Italian rock outfit will play their first-ever U.S. concerts on October 27 at New York City's Bowery Ballroom, and November 1 at the Roxy in Los Angeles.

Tickets to on sale Thursday, October 21, at 10 a.m. local time.

If you miss out on tickets, you can still catch Måneskin perform on NBC's The Tonight Show on October 26.

Måneskin broke through this year with their hit singles "Beggin'" and "I Wanna Be Your Slave." "Beggin'" is currently the number-one song on Billboard's Alternative Airplay chart.

The group's latest single, "MAMMAMIA," dropped earlier this month.

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MCR's Gerard Way is

MCR's Gerard Way is "open" to a 'Black Parade' musical

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Today marks the 15th anniversary of My Chemical Romance's 2006 landmark album, The Black Parade. In honor of the milestone, frontman Gerard Way spoke with Travis Mills on Apple Music 1 about the record's  legacy.

Way was asked about the possibility of The Black Parade being adapted into a musical, à la Green Day's American Idiot. As Way explained, that idea has been floating around for some time, though he's only recently come around to it.

"There was talks very early about some kind of animated musical," Way shared. "Then there was talks a decade or so later about a musical. But the person who approached me about this musical there said, 'Are you ever interested in doing Black Parade as a musical?' I was like, 'To be honest with you, I think it's too soon,' at the time. I was like, 'I don't think the record has lived long enough.'"

Way remembered thinking that he wanted "to see if the record really stands the test of time."

"Then I think something like a musical could be very exciting," he said. "But it felt a little too young at the time to do something like a musical."

Now, however, Way said he's "open" to the idea.

"The Black Parade itself, just from all the art and the videos and the inside photographs, it really is this kind of massive world," Way said. "I think within that you could do a number of things. There's all kinds of different characters to explore. I mean, you could even end up with a totally different protagonist."

Whether or not a Black Parade musical becomes a reality, MCR will be bringing songs from the album to the live stage on their much-anticipated reunion tour, set to finally kick off in 2022 after being postponed from 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Listen to new Mastodon song,

Listen to new Mastodon song, "Sickle and Peace"

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Mastodon has released a new song called "Sickle and Peace," a track from the band's upcoming album, Hushed and Grim.

The six-minute tune is a slow burner, starting with a ghostly children's chorus as it builds to an epic guitar solo at the end. You can listen to it now via digital outlets.

"Sickle and Peace" is the third song to be released from Hushed and Grim, following the singles "Pushing the Tides" and "Teardrinker." The whole album will arrive October 29.

Mastodon will embark on a U.S. tour in support of Hushed and Grim November 16 in Asheville, North Carolina.

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Lars Ulrich & Miley Cyrus interview each other about

Lars Ulrich & Miley Cyrus interview each other about "Nothing Else Matters," rock music & more

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(NOTE LANGUAGE) Metallica and Miley Cyrus are taking their collaboration from the studio to the page.

Drummer Lars Ulrich and the "Wrecking Ball" star have interviewed each other for a piece in Interview magazine. In the conversation, Cyrus shares what originally inspired her to cover Metallica's "Nothing Else Matters," which she performed at Glastonbury in 2019 ahead of recording it for this year's Metallica Blacklist tribute album.

"When I think about the sentiment behind 'Nothing Else Matters,' it aligns completely with my morals and my values," Cyrus explains. "When I listened to 'Nothing Else Matters,' and I knew that I was confirmed for Glastonbury -- I actually have chills talking about this -- it was the only song that I could imagine playing."

Cyrus' experience of recording "Nothing Else Matters" for the Blacklist album, though, felt like the "polar opposite" of playing it at Glastonbury.

"I recorded it at home, in the middle of a f***ing global pandemic, because I couldn't leave my house," she says. "It was no less poignant than playing it at Glastonbury -- if anything, it was more powerful. The lyrics truly f***ing resonated."

Elsewhere in the interview, Cyrus speaks on her sound becoming more rock-driven. In addition to covering songs including Temple of the Dog's "Say Hello 2 Heaven" and The Cranberries' "Zombie," her new album Paper Hearts features Stevie Nicks, Billy Idol and Joan Jett. Her live band also includes Jane's Addiction bassist Chris Chaney.

"I love having these authentic, real rock dudes in my band," Cyrus says. "We even revisit songs that I wrote before I was able to make this huge sonic pivot in my career, before I discovered rock and roll. Now, we cover my own songs. We take my original songs, and turn them on their head, and make them kick a**."

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