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Pearl Jam earns new 'Billboard' chart feat with

Pearl Jam earns new 'Billboard' chart feat with "Dark Matter" single

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Pearl Jam's new single "Dark Matter" has earned the band a career first.

The track has hit #1 on Billboard's Rock & Alternative Airplay chart, a feat that no other PJ song has achieved before. The ranking, which began in 2009, measures combined airplay across rock- and alternative-formatted radio stations.

"Dark Matter" takes the top spot on Rock & Alternative Airplay in just two chart periods since its release on February 13. The last song to reach #1 on the chart that quickly was Linkin Park's unearthed single "Lost," which also took only two weeks following its premiere in 2023.

While they've never led Rock & Alternative Airplay prior to "Dark Matter," Pearl Jam does have multiple number ones on the dedicated Mainstream Rock Airplay and Alternative Airplay charts – they've conquered the former three times and the latter four times.

"Dark Matter" has also reached the top 10 on both Mainstream Rock Airplay and Alternative Airplay. It's the first PJ tune to reach that high on Alternative Airplay since 2013.

"Dark Matter" is the lead single and title track off Pearl Jam's upcoming 12th studio album, due out April 19. Pearl Jam will launch a North American tour in May.

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Gary Clark Jr. drops new 'JPEG RAW' song,

Gary Clark Jr. drops new 'JPEG RAW' song, "Alone Together"

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Gary Clark Jr. has dropped a new song called "Alone Together," a track off his upcoming album, JPEG RAW.

"Alone Together" features jazz trumpeter Keyon Harrold and showcases Clark's falsetto vocals. You can listen to it now via digital outlets and watch its accompanying video streaming on YouTube.

JPEG RAW, the follow-up to 2019's This Land, arrives March 22. Clark previewed the record with a four-song sampler, including the songs "Maktub," "This Is Who We Are," "Hyperwave" and the title track.

Clark will launch a U.S. headlining tour in support of JPEG RAW in May.

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'Late Night' producer has

'Late Night' producer has "tried everything I can to get Dave Grohl" to be guest drummer

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NBC's Late Night with Seth Meyers has become known for recruiting drummers from the rock world to play alongside its house 8G Band, including Pearl Jam's Matt Cameron, The Black Keys' Patrick Carney and Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers. But there are still a few drummers producer Eric Leiderman is hoping to get on the show.

"I have tried everything I can to get Dave Grohl to come in for a week," Leiderman tells Deadline.

Along with the Foo Fighters frontman/Nirvana drummer, Leiderman names Metallica's Lars Ulrich and Mötley Crüe's Tommy Lee as his other "white wales."

"Those are big influences," he says. "It just comes down to scheduling."

The most recent guest drummer on Late Night was Avenged Sevenfold's Brooks Wackerman.

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311 announces livestreams for 311 Day concerts

311 announces livestreams for 311 Day concerts

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You can now rock along to 311 Day from the comfort of your own home.

The "Down" outfit has announced livestreams for the 2024 edition of their annual celebration, which takes place March 9-10 in Las Vegas.

The shows will broadcast via the platform Veeps. For more info, visit Veeps.com/311.

311 Day began in 2000 on March 11, or 3/11. Over the years, the festivities expanded into a multiple-day event and experimented with different formats, including a livestream in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and a concert cruise in 2023.

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Slash, Serj Tankian, Corey Taylor & more guesting on composer Bear McCreary's upcoming album

Slash, Serj Tankian, Corey Taylor & more guesting on composer Bear McCreary's upcoming album

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Artists including Slash, System of a Down's Serj Tankian and Slipknot's Corey Taylor are featured on an upcoming album from film, TV and video game composer Bear McCreary.

The record is called The Singularity and will be released on May 10.

"I began writing The Singularity when I was fifteen," McCreary explains. "I was obsessed, even then, with melding my love of hard rock, symphonic film scores, and dramatic storytelling into a cohesive whole, laying the groundwork for what would become a concept album, graphic novel, and concert experience. I spent the next three decades trying to perfect it."

"My first demo from high school, a thirty-year-old cassette-tape recording, even makes a cameo appearance on the record, moments before the melody is reinvigorated by a new interpretation from Slash, one of the guitarists who originally inspired it," he continues. "I am honored to be joined by dozens more of my favorite artists, each of whom brought their unique personalities to this record."

Other guests include Soundgarden's Kim Thayil, Anthrax's Scott Ian and guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani.

The Singularity will be accompanied by a graphic novel, due out May 8. On May 12, McCreary will perform a concert in Los Angeles.

McCreary's scoring credits including Battlestar Galactica, The Walking Dead, 10 Cloverfield Lane and the Grammy-nominated God of War Ragnarök.

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Feeling (blink-18)22: Mark Hoppus meets Taylor Swift

Feeling (blink-18)22: Mark Hoppus meets Taylor Swift

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Music fans in Sydney, Australia, had a tough choice to make when blink-182 and Taylor Swift both performed in neighboring arenas on Friday, February 23. One person, though, caught at least part of both shows: Mark Hoppus.

In his Instagram Story, the blink bassist shared a video of him in the crowd for the Swift show at Accor Stadium, seemingly before his own concert at the nearby Qudos Bank Arena started.

"I'm about to go onstage, I'm really disappointed in everybody here because this is the Taylor Swift show," Hoppus says in the clip. He then proceeds to tell passing Swifties that they "should've gone to see blink."

"We're right next door," Hoppus says. "You could've seen blink tonight, just saying."

Indeed, it's only a seven-minute walk from Qudos Bank Arena to Accor Stadium, at least according to Google Maps.

Hoppus presumably then went over to the Qudos Bank Arena for blink's set, but at some point during the day met up with Swift. He later posted a photo of himself alongside the pop superstar with the caption, "You need to calm down."

Blink-182 is currently touring the world in support of their comeback album ONE MORE TIME..., featuring the return of founding member Tom DeLonge. The trek will come to the U.S. in June.

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The Struts premiere new single,

The Struts premiere new single, "Heaven's Got Nothing on You"

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The Struts have dropped a new single called "Heaven's Got Nothing on You."

"'Heaven's Got Nothing on You' is quite possibly one of my favorite songs I've been a part of," says frontman Luke Spiller. "The mix of a nostalgic progression met with a sexy contemporary lyric is what really excited me, initially. It sounds like the inside of my brain most days. It has my LA life bursting out of its musical bars."

The track marks the second fresh offering from the "Could Have Been Me" rockers of 2024, following the premiere of "How Can I Love You (Without Breaking Your Heart)" earlier in February. The Struts put out a new album, Pretty Vicious, in November.

The Struts are currently on tour in Australia with Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators. After a spring Canadian run with Queens of the Stone Age, they'll launch their own U.S. headlining tour in April.

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Jimmy Eat World announces 'Clarity: Phoenix Sessions' vinyl release

Jimmy Eat World announces 'Clarity: Phoenix Sessions' vinyl release

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Jimmy Eat World has announced a vinyl release for their Clarity: Phoenix Sessions live album.

The set was originally recorded in 2021 as part of "The Middle" outfit's Phoenix Sessions streaming series and featured a performance of their album Clarity in full. The vinyl, which is due out May 24, is being announced now to mark the 25th anniversary of Clarity, which was first released February 23, 1999.

"This Phoenix Session of Clarity is our best attempt to play the album faithfully as who we are today," says frontman Jim Adkins. "I would like to think we've learned a thing or two since 1999. We're grateful for the opportunity to document where the songs are now. And thanks for coming along with us for the ride."

You can preorder your vinyl copy of Clarity: Phoenix Sessions now exclusively through the Jimmy Eat World web store.

Jimmy Eat World is set to hit the road on a tour with Fall Out Boy kicking off February 28 in Portland. In October, they'll be playing their 2001 album Bleed American in full at the When We Were Young festival.

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Apocalyptica announces 'Plays Metallica Vol. 2' album featuring Robert Trujillo

Apocalyptica announces 'Plays Metallica Vol. 2' album featuring Robert Trujillo

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Apocalyptica will be playing Metallica once more.

The Finnish outfit has announced a new album called Plays Metallica Vol. 2, due out June 7. The record is a sequel to Apocalyptica's 1996 debut Plays Metallica by Four Cellos, which introduced the world to their unique brand of cello metal with instrumental renditions of songs including "Enter Sandman" and "Master of Puppets."

"We've been talking about making another Metallica album for around 20 years," Apocalyptica says. "Now, the time has finally come!!!"

"Plays Metallica Vol. 2 invites you to a journey into the past, present and future of Apocalyptica," the group continues. "What we can promise you: We challenged ourselves and tried to bring a totally new perspective to the original energy and emotions of the chosen Metallica songs."

Those songs include "One," "Ride the Lightning" and "Blackened." Additionally, 'Tallica bassist Robert Trujillo guests on Apocalyptica's version of "The Four Horsemen," which you can listen to via digital outlets.

In other Apocalyptica news, the band has announced that they've "amicably parted ways" with longtime drummer Mikko Sirén, who'd been playing with the group since 2003.

"We wish Mikko happiness and success in everything he aims for in all his future endeavors!!" Apocalyptica says.

Here's the Plays Metallica Vol. 2 track list:

"Ride the Lightning"
"St. Anger"
"The Unforgiven II"
"Blackened"
"The Call of Ktulu"
"The Four Horsemen" feat. Rob Trujillo
"Holier Than Thou"
"To Live Is to Die"
"One"

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Linkin Park shares previously unreleased

Linkin Park shares previously unreleased "Friendly Fire" off upcoming best-of compilation

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After a week of teases, Linkin Park has shared a new song called "Friendly Fire."

The track was originally recorded during the sessions for LP's last album, 2017's One More Light, and features lead vocals by the late Chester Bennington. Bennington passed away in July 2017, just two months after One More Light was released.

You can listen to "Friendly Fire" via digital outlets and watch its accompanying video, which features archival live and in-studio footage, streaming on YouTube.

"Friendly Fire" will also be included on a newly announced Linkin Park best-of compilation, dubbed Papercuts (Singles Collection 2000-2023). The 20-track set, due out April 12, spans LP's career from their 2000 debut album, Hybrid Theory, to One More Light. It also includes the unearthed single "Lost," which was released in 2023 alongside the 20th anniversary Meteora reissue.

"In the making of each Linkin Park album, I want to love and believe in each individual song completely," says LP's Mike Shinoda. "I hope that if any one track is heard on its own in the world, it is something I can feel proud of, and something that takes root inside the listener and becomes part of the energy that connects us."

"Curating the tracks for Papercuts was a joy," he continues. "Each song in this collection is both a singular moment on our timeline and an evolving story that is as much ours as it is yours. From our first release 'One Step Closer' to the brand-new 'Friendly Fire,' this tracklist spans all our chapters so far. Thank you for being a part of our journey. We hope you enjoy Papercuts."

In other Linkin Park news, their song "In the End" has been certified Diamond by the RIAA.

Here's the Papercuts track list:

"Crawling"
"Faint"
"Numb/Encore"
"Papercut"
"Breaking the Habit"
"In the End"
"Bleed It Out"
"Somewhere I Belong"
"Waiting for the End"
"Castle of Glass"
"One More Light"
"Burn It Down"
"What I've Done"
"QWERTY"
"One Step Closer"
"New Divide"
"Leave Out All the Rest"
"Lost"
"Numb"
"Friendly Fire"

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From a million different people to 1 billion views:

From a million different people to 1 billion views: "Bitter Sweet Symphony" hits YouTube milestone

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The Verve's video for "Bitter Sweet Symphony" has hit 1 billion views on YouTube.

The clip, which features frontman Richard Ashcroft walking down a busy London street, is the latest '90s video to join the billion views club, following the likes of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit," Guns N' Roses' "November Rain," AC/DC's "Thunderstruck," R.E.M.'s "Losing My Religion," The Cranberries' "Zombie" and Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Californication."

"Bitter Sweet Symphony" was first released as the lead single off The Verve's 1997 album, Urban Hymns. It peaked at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified Gold by the RIAA on its way to becoming the English band's signature hit. It was also memorably used in the 1999 movie Cruel Intentions.

However, the success of "Bitter Sweet Symphony" was, well, bittersweet. The Verve was sued by Allen Klein, the former manager of The Rolling Stones, over the string sample used in "Bitter Sweet Symphony," which came from an orchestra recording of the Stones song "The Last Time." As a result, The Verve forfeited the song's publishing rights, and Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were retroactively credited as the writers of "Bitter Sweet Symphony."

Over 20 years later, in 2019, Jagger and Richards relinquished their songwriting credits, and the rights to "Bitter Sweet Symphony" were returned to Ashcroft.

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Iron Maiden announces collaboration with 'Dead by Daylight' video game

Iron Maiden announces collaboration with 'Dead by Daylight' video game

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Iron Maiden has announced a collaboration with the video game Dead by Daylight.

In Dead by Daylight, players can either be a Killer or one of four Survivors. As their titles suggest, the Killer is tasked with eliminating the Survivors, who must work together in order to do just that.

As part of the partnership with Maiden, Dead by Daylight players can now choose from a variety of costumes inspired by albums including Powerslave and Senjutsu for the Killer character to wear. Survivors can also suit up in a Maiden tour T-shirt.

You can check out a trailer now via the Dead by Daylight YouTube.

Iron Maiden has long been involved in the video game world with their Legacy of the Beast mobile game. In Legacy of the Beast, you play as Maiden mascot Eddie as you try to defeat different enemies. It's also featured crossovers with bands including Disturbed, Ghost, Motörhead, Avenged Sevenfold and Five Finger Death Punch.

In Iron Maiden music happenings, the metal legends will launch a U.S. tour in October. Meanwhile, frontman Bruce Dickinson will release a new solo album, The Mandrake Project, on March 1.

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Trivium & Bullet for My Valentine announce co-headlining Poisoned Ascendancy UK tour

Trivium & Bullet for My Valentine announce co-headlining Poisoned Ascendancy UK tour

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Trivium and Bullet for My Valentine are indeed hitting the road together.

The two metal bands have announced the Poisoned Ascendancy tour, which will launch in the U.K. in January 2025. The joint trek will celebrate the upcoming 20th anniversaries of Trivium and Bullet's respective 2005 albums, Ascendancy and The Poison.

Ahead of the announcement, Trivium and Bullet had posted the Ascendancy and The Poison album artwork on social media, leading to speculation that they were teasing a co-headlining anniversary tour.

The Poisoned Ascendancy tour will feature full album performances of Ascendancy and The Poison each night. So far, only U.K. dates have been announced.

The co-headlining anniversary tour seems to be a trend in metal lately. As previously reported, Mastodon and Lamb of God are teaming up for a live run in July in honor of their respective 2004 albums, Leviathan and Ashes of the Wake, turning 20.

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Tim Commerford comments on Rage Against the Machine status:

Tim Commerford comments on Rage Against the Machine status: "I don't get involved in that"

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Rage Against the Machine bassist Tim Commerford has offered his perspective on the status of the band.

"I don't know," Commerford tells Rolling Stone when asked if the "Killing in the Name" outfit is truly done. "I don't get involved in that. I'm the bass player. I just wait for someone to tell me what to do."

Rage had been inactive from 2011 to 2019 before announcing a reunion tour, which finally launched in 2022 after being delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic. During their second performance back, frontman Zack de la Rocha tore his Achilles tendon, and while he finished out the leg while seated during performances, Rage ended up canceling all future dates.

In November 2023, Rage was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, though only guitarist Tom Morello attended the ceremony. Two months later, drummer Brad Wilk posted on Instagram that Rage "will not be touring or playing live again."

"Brad said what he said, but he's one step above me," Commerford now says. "He's in the number three spot. I am the low man on the totem pole. That's all I can tell you. I'm the bass player. The bass players always are the last people to find out about s*** like that."

On the off chance that Rage does end up raging against the machine at some time in the future, Commerford seems down to participate.

"When the Rage light gets shined up in the clouds, like the Bat-Signal that Batman would see and would know that he had to go do some s*** ... that's how I live it," Commerford says. "And that feels the best for me."

In the meantime, Commerford is focused on his band 7D7D.

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Judas Priest debuts latest Invincible Shield track, “The Serpent and the King”

Judas Priest debuts latest Invincible Shield track, “The Serpent and the King”

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Judas Priest has dropped yet another track from their upcoming album Invincible Shield, which drops March 8. The latest is the song “The Serpent and the King,” described as “the most fist pumping track on the album.”

You can listen to "The Serpent and the King" via digital outlets and on YouTube.

This is the fourth single Priest has released from Invincible Shield. They launched the album with “Panic Attack," followed by “Trial By Fire” and “Crown Of Horns.”

Invincible Shield, Priest's first since 2018's Firepower, is available for preorder now.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers are set hit the road in support of Invincible Shield in March. They kick off a U.K. and European tour in Glasgow, Scotland, on March 11 and will bring the tour to the U.S. starting April 18 in Wallingford, Connecticut. A complete list of dates can be found at judaspriest.com.

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Jimmy Page collaboration with Gibson Guitars announced at Gibson Garage London launch

Jimmy Page collaboration with Gibson Guitars announced at Gibson Garage London launch

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Gibson Guitars has announced a new collaborative partnership with legendary Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page.

The news was announced during the launch of Gibson Garage London, which officially opens to the public on Saturday, February 24. It’s the guitar company’s first flagship store outside of the U.S.

“When I met with (Gibson President and CEO) Cesar (Gueikian) and he explained what the future of Gibson looked like, I knew I needed to be involved,” Page shares. “There is a spirit in the place; after seeing the people working at the factories and getting a connection with them, I knew that picking up that Les Paul Custom and the Doubleneck all those years ago was certainly the right decision.” 

Details regarding the partnership have not yet been revealed, but Gibson previewed the collab with a video trailer featuring Page posing with his doubleneck guitar.

And Page wasn't the only superstar guitarist at the Gibson Garage London launch. Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi and Queen’s Brian May were on hand for the celebration, with May sharing a photo with his fellow guitar greats on Instagram.

“The new Gibson Garage London will be just what we all used to dream a guitar shop should be, a place where a young player can feel welcome and mix with the finest instruments, amps, and ancillary gear-and NOT be told to keep their hands to themselves! It's a new era in Rock - and the Twang is still the Thang," May said. 

“It’s really great that Gibson have chosen London to create a new Gibson Garage," Iommi adds. "It’s not your average guitar shop-it’s a place where musicians can go to get inspired."

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Watch full video of Eddie Vedder playing

Watch full video of Eddie Vedder playing "Better Man" with Post Malone

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Eddie Vedder and Post Malone have shared a full video of their collaborative live rendition of Pearl Jam's "Better Man."

As previously reported, the two teamed up onstage during a recent benefit concert supporting the EB Research Partnership, which Vedder co-founded with his wife, Jill. The performance featured Vedder and Post playing acoustic guitar and trading vocals.

Before launching into the song, Vedder said, "I'd like to dedicate to his brother." Post has previously said that "Better Man" reminded him of his brother.

You can watch the Eddie Malone performance of "Better Man" on YouTube. Stay tuned until the end, when Vedder slips in a bit of Post's song "Better Now."

EB Research Partnership raises money toward finding a cure for epidermolysis bullosa, a rare genetic disorder that causes painful skin blisters. The benefit concert, which took place February 17 in Shelbyville, Tennessee, raised over $1 million.

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Twenty One Pilots teases

Twenty One Pilots teases "new chapter" with "I Am Clancy" video

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Twenty One Pilots is at it again.

The "Stressed Out" duo has shared a new video titled "I Am Clancy," which refers to a character introduced in their 2018 album, Trench. The four-minute clip, which is streaming on YouTube, features a Tyler Joseph voice-over explaining the mythology of Trench and its 2021 follow-up, Scaled and Icy.

The video ends with Joseph declaring, "I am a citizen. I am an escapee. I am an exception. I am returning to Trench. I am Clancy."

"Next week, a new chapter begins," Twenty One Pilots teases in the description. "But today, we take a look back on how we got here."

Scaled and Icy is the most recent Twenty One Pilots album and features the singles "Shy Away," "Saturday" and "The Outside."

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Sum 41 drops new 'Heaven :x: Hell' song,

Sum 41 drops new 'Heaven :x: Hell' song, "Waiting on a Twist of Fate"

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Sum 41 has dropped a new song off their upcoming farewell album, Heaven :x: Hell.

The track is called "Waiting on a Twist of Fate" and opens the Heaven side of the record. As previously reported, Heaven :x: Hell is a double album, with the Heaven songs adhering more to a pop-punk style, while the Hell tunes venture into a heavier, metal-influenced direction.

You can listen to "Waiting on a Twist of Fate" via digital outlets.

Heaven :x: Hell will be released on March 29, and includes the previously released singles "Landmines" and "Rise Up."

Sum 41 will launch their final U.S. tour in April. They'll play their last-ever show in January 2025 in Toronto.

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Kings of Leon drop new single

Kings of Leon drop new single "Mustang" off upcoming 'Can We Please Have Fun' album

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Kings of Leon have premiered a new song called "Mustang," the lead single off the band's just-announced upcoming album, Can We Please Have Fun.

The ninth studio effort from the "Use Somebody" outfit will arrive May 10. You can listen to "Mustang" via digital outlets and watch its accompanying video streaming on YouTube.

"It was the most enjoyable record I've ever been a part of," says frontman Caleb Followill.

"It's like we allowed ourselves to be musically vulnerable," adds drummer Nathan Followill. "I love it when a rock band is not embarrassed to admit that every song doesn't have to be on 11."

Can We Please Have Fun is the follow-up to 2021's When You See Yourself, which spawned the single "The Bandit."

In even more news, KoL has announced a U.S. tour in support of Can We Please Have Fun, running from August 14 in Austin, Texas, to October 5 in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

You can sign up for access to a presale now through Tuesday, February 27, at 11 p.m. local time. The general on-sale will begin Friday, March 1, at 10 a.m. local time.

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

Here's the Can We Please Have Fun track list:

"Ballerina Radio" 
"Rainbow Ball" 
"Nowhere to Run" 
"Mustang" 
"Actual Daydream" 
"Split Screen" 
"Don't Stop the Bleeding" 
"Nothing to Do" 
"Television" 
"Hesitation Generation" 
"Ease Me On" 
"Seen"

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