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Earlier this month, legendary Queen guitarist Brian May suffered a “small” heart attack, as he explained in a Instagram post early Monday morning. As he detailed, the heart attack took place a couple of days after he had already experienced a gardening mishap that left him in fear of ripping his glutes to “shreds.” “I had … in the middle of the whole saga of the painful backside … I had a small heart attack,” says May of his ordeal. “It’s not something that did me any harm. It was about 40 minutes of pain in the chest and tightness,…

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#MetallicaMondays, the weekly archival series of concert uploads from Metallica, rolls on tonight, May 25, Memorial Day, when the band unearths a 2014 gig from Lima, Peru. The stream will go live at the official Metallica YouTube page at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET, and features a a show from Estadio Nacional in Lima on March 20, 2014. This was a special show featuring a set list culled from fan requests: This was the third show of the “Metallica By Request” tour, where the audience got to vote on the setlist before the show. Lima was unique; the final vote…

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As has been the case for most weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic, this weekend will bring with it marquee streaming opportunities for Grateful Dead fans looking for something to watch from home. On Friday, May 22, the Dead’s Shakedown Stream series will continue with Beat Club 4/21/72. Before the concert stream, Sam Cutler, the jam band’s tour manager in 1972 will be part of the preshow conversation: We’re making this week’s Shakedown Stream an international affair with 3 continents, 4 cities, and counting (that’s where you come in, folks). By now, you’re well familiar with our favorite Canadian Mr. David…

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Tomorrow, Saturday, May 23, The Rolling Stones will continue their Extra Licks! series of archival YouTube uploads with footage from the band’s spectacular 2013 performance at London’s Hyde Park. Over two nights, 100,000 Rolling Stones fans packed the fields for some epic concerts meant to mark the 50th anniversary of the Stones: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1rQN77ZWBc The video will go live on the Stones’ YouTube page at Sunday, May 24th at 12 p.m. PT/ 3 p.m. ET/ 8 p.m. BST: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFZy8lVsD_o This will be the fourth entry in the six-part series of uploads from the Stones in this Extra Licks! series: As part…

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The last time we heard from Wallows, the three-piece indie/pop band featuring actor Dylan Minnette (Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why), Braeden Lemasters (actor known for roles such as Men of a Certain Age) and Cole Preston, the band was dancing around a vintage drive-thru in Los Angeles with their heavily 1990s-inspired song, “OK.” On Friday, the group premiered a cover of the Beatles classic “With a Little Help from My Friends,” and its video is another heavily ’90s-styled clip, from the Windows startup screen to the whole bit. The song, featuring drummer Preston on lead vocals — matching Ringo Starr’s lead…

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On Sunday, May 24, Bob Dylan turns 79 years of age — so what better opportunity to celebrate the legendary musician/songwriter/cultural icon, who remains as crucial a part of our collective human experience as ever? Rock Cellar contributor Jeff Slate, also an accomplished musician, paid tribute to the man with a livestream birthday concert on Facebook that aired Thursday afternoon: https://www.facebook.com/JeffSlatesHQ/videos/585945138721267/ The man born Robert Allan Zimmerman excited the masses recently with the announcement of a new album, Rough and Rowdy Ways, which is set to be released on June 19. He dropped a new song titled “False Prophet”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QPBpFAKTGo That…

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We all want to get back out there, enjoying live concerts from the artists and bands we admire — there’s truly nothing like it, as Dave Grohl wrote in a passionate column for the Atlantic last week. For Green Day, this hits home — the band just officially postponed its entire Hella Mega Tour with Weezer and Fall Out Boy until 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With that in mind, Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool managed to record a new cover of Blondie’s “Dreaming,” borne out of pandemic quarantine boredom and the ache to return to…

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Dennis DeYoung had a simple goal in mind for his new studio album, 26 East, Vol. 1, which was released on Friday: “I said it was a concept album and the concept is ‘don’t suck.’ That was my goal. I wanted to make this album into a listening experience where the sum is every bit as important as the parts.” Go back to that phrase in the quote above: “The concept is ‘don’t suck.'” That line comes directly from DeYoung to us in our recent feature story (click here) about the singer’s career and time with Styx, and it’s very…

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The 1975 doesn’t make albums of easy-digestible indie pop/rock, opting instead for sprawling, genre-hopping explorations in grandiosity and excess rooted in the most shimmery of ’80s pop — and the band’s new record Notes on a Conditional Form is the most challenging yet. The reward, reached at the end of a sprawling 22-track, one-hour-and-twenty-minute experience that is at times overwhelming and emotionally heavy, is hearing a band fully in charge of its own destiny. There’s a plausible scenario in which Matty Healy and band mates Adam Hann, Ross MacDonald and George Daniel don’t have the freedom with which to craft an…

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The latest video from John Fogerty and the ‘Fogerty Factory’ — his children,  Shane, Kelsy and Tyler —  finds the clan outside, playing a very warm and pleasant version of “City of New Orleans,” the classic song written by Steve Goodman that became a Top 40 hit for Arlo Guthrie in 1972. https://www.instagram.com/p/CAdmcRqhLFO/ But they’re not alone this time. In moving their jam session from inside the home studio to the peaceful, radiantly sunny outdoor air (which Fogerty describes as “coming out of our lockdown, taking a few timid steps out into the world,” they have to make room for…

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