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Robin Marchant/WireImageMonday night in New York City, U2 bass player Adam Clayton received the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award from MusiCares, the charitable arm of the Recording Academy. 

The award is given to music industry people who help others in the industry recover from addiction, and Clayton, now sober, has done that, through work with MusiCares' Musicians' Assistance Program.  In his speech, he thanked not only U2 for helping him through his addiction, but also two other legendary rockers.

Clayton, who started his speech by joking, "I'm not used to achieving anything on my own...this is very unusual!" revealed that that after a couple of major benders, Eric Clapton, a former addict himself, called the bass player and told him enough was enough. 

"He didn't sugarcoat it.  He told me I had to change my life and that I wouldn't regret it," said Clayton. "He gave me the name of a treatment center and the power to make the call to them."

During his rehab program, Clayton recalled, The Who's Pete Townshend, another former addict, visited him and gave him further encouragement. 

"These two talents were enough to get me started," he said, "And convince me my life wasn't over, but that I was at the start of a long journey to learn to love myself."

Adam also expressed his gratitude to Bono, Larry Mullen Jr. and The Edge, saying, "We have a pact with each other.  In our band, no one will be a casualty...No one will be left behind. Thank you for honoring that promise and letting me be in your band." 

Clayton ended his speech by quoting U2's "I Will Follow," and then joined his band mates for three songs, including that one, as well as "Vertigo" and "Stuck In a Moment You Can't Get Out Of."

On the red carpet, Clayton also talked about U2's current tour celebrating the 30th anniversary of their 1987 album The Joshua Tree.

"It's amazing," he told reporters. "Who would have thought that at this stage, we could come back with a record that we put out 30 years ago, and it could seem as fresh and as relevant as 30 years ago?"

During the 2017 MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit, hosted by Cat Deeley, other artists were personally invited by Adam to play their own songs, and to pay tribute to U2.  Among them:

Michael Franti -- "Television, The Drug of the Nation," a Franti song U2 used to open their Zoo TV tour, as well as U2's "Sunday Bloody Sunday" and his own "11:59."
The Lumineers -- U2's "One" and "Stubborn Love"
Jack Garratt -- "The Love You're Given," "Worry" and U2's "The Sweetest Thing"
Macy Gray -- "My Way," "I Try" and U2's "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"

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Credit: Danny ClinchMuse has announced a headlining show at SummerStage in New York City's Central Park. The concert will raise money for The Coalition for the Homeless.

As the show will be outdoors and on a smaller stage than usual, Muse will take a more stripped-down approach, performing without their usual, over-the-top production.

Members of Muse's fan club will receive access to a pre-sale beginning Wednesday, June 28. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, June 30. Visit Muse.mu for ticket info.

Muse recently wrapped up the first leg of their tour with Thirty Seconds to Mars. The outing will resume July 18 in Toronto.

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LAVA/Republic RecordsLorde's happy  -- to put it mildly -- that her new album, Melodrama, has debuted at #1 on the Billboard album chart.  She took to Twitter to thank fans in a series of tweets, reflecting on her journey from "Royals" to her current success.

"You guys, today we have the number one album in America. from the bottom of my heart, thank you," she writes. "'Royals' was, to quote David Chase, 'a moonshot, a dreadnought.' There were no such guarantees with Melodrama -- that's why this means so much."

David Chase is the creator of The Sopranos, and he described the show in those terms.

Lorde then continues, "When I was a kid I thought big records had to be made a certain way -- to be sterile & calculated in craft; that something had to be sacrificed.  I have had the divine thrill of disproving that firsthand, twice over."

Referring to her collaborator on Melodrama, Jack Antonoff, Lorde explains, "Jack and I made this in rooms alone, telling secrets and uncovering truths, and i just know that 15yo me would have been so f*** proud."


Melodrama is Lorde's first U.S. #1 album; her debut, Pure Heroine, peaked at #3.

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Steven Ferdman/Getty ImagesTool has been typically cryptic regarding the progress of their very long-awaited fifth studio album, but bassist Justin Chancellor has finally offered an encouraging update.

"We're about 90 percent there," Chancellor tells the MetalSucks Podcast. "We've just been really picky over what we want to put on this new album and really want to come up with something completely unique. Plus, we have endless amounts of material to sift through, so it's just been a process."

The new album will be Tool's first since 2006's 10,000 Days. And while they may be "90 percent there," they've already announced that 2017 won't be the year the album arrives.

Tool recently wrapped up a North American tour. Frontman Maynard James Keenan will hit the road with A Perfect Circle in the fall.

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BMGLars Ulrich writes the foreword to For the Sake of Heaviness: The History of Metal Blade Records, a book about the label that helped launch Metallica's career.

Written by Metal Blade founder Brian Slagel and author Mark EglintonFor the Sake of Heaviness explores the label's 35-year history, which started in 1982 with a compilation featuring fledgling bands from the local Los Angeles music scene, including the first-ever released recording from Metallica.

"I have been asked many times about doing a book about the history of Metal Blade and it just seemed like a cool thing to do to document the 35th anniversary," says Slagel in a statement. "You never really stop to think about a lot of this stuff, so doing the book is a great way of looking back at how many awesome things have happened to me and Metal Blade."

For the Sake of Heaviness will arrive on August 29.

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ABC/Randy HolmesImagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds is planning a benefit show in support of LGBTQ youth who feel they have to hide or suppress their identity because of religious teachings. The event is called Love Loud, and will be held August 26 in Provo, Utah.

"This Love Loud festival is going to get out people of all types -- the LGBTQ community as well as the orthodox religion community and people with no faiths," Reynolds tells Billboard. "And have them all come together to listen to music and to speakers who will talk about how important it is for families to not just accept it, but let their children know they’re beautiful the way they are, and if there is a God, then God is all for it."

Reynolds himself is Mormon, a religion that teaches, as he puts it, "if you are gay and acting upon it, that is sinful."

"That is a very dangerous and hurtful and hateful thing to preach and to teach our children," says Reynolds. "To be gay is beautiful and right and perfect; to tell someone they need to change their inner-most being is setting up someone for an unhealthy life and unhealthy foundation."

"I believe in Mormons and I believe in people in orthodox religion and I believe they have good hearts," he continues. "But I believe we all can be educated on the matter to create positive change. This is about awareness more than anything."

Imagine Dragons will perform at the Love Loud festival, as will Neon Trees frontman Tyler Glenn, who split with the Mormon church due to its stance on homosexuality.

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Columbia RecordsHaim will bring their sophomore album Something to Tell You to the road this fall on a headlining tour. The newly announced dates will run from September 4 in Vancouver to September 15 in Chicago. Visit HaimtheBand.com for ticket info.

Along with the headlining dates, Haim will also be hitting a number of fall festivals, including Bumbershoot and Life Is Beautiful.

Something to Tell You, which features the lead single "Want You Back," will be released July 7. Haim will perform on NBC's The Tonight Show this Thursday, June 29.

Here are Haim's fall tour dates:

9/3 -- Seattle, WA, Bumbershoot Festival
9/4 -- Vancouver, BC, Malkin Bowl
9/5 -- Portland, OR, Roseland Theater
9/7 -- Oakland, CA, Fox Theater
9/9 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Arlington Theatre
9/10 -- Dana Point, CA, Ohana Music and Arts Festival
9/12 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre
9/13 -- Denver, CO, Ogden Theatre
9/15 -- Chicago, IL, Riviera Theater
9/16-17 -- Atlanta, GA, Music Midtown
9/24 -- Las Vegas, NV, Life Is Beautiful Festival
10/20-22 -- Phoenix, AZ, Lost Lake Music Festival

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LAVA/Republic Records; BMGLorde reigns supreme atop the Billboard 200 for the first time in her career. The New Zealand-born musician's sophomore album, Melodrama, debuts atop the chart with a total of 109,000 equivalent album units, 82,000 of which were pure album sales.

Melodrama, which features the lead single "Green Light," arrives four years after Lorde's debut album, Pure Heroine, was released in 2013. Pure Heroine debuted at number three on the Billboard 200, though it had a better sales week with 129,000 copies sold. At the time, Billboard didn't count certain numbers of individual track sales and streams as equivalent to album sales, as the magazine does now.

Lorde will kick off a North American arena tour in support of Melodrama next spring, beginning March 1 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Meanwhile, Nickelback's new album, Feed the Machine, makes a top-five debut on the Billboard 200. The ninth studio effort from the Canadian rockers arrives at number five on the chart with 47,000 units, 43,000 of which were pure album sales.  Nickelback is currently on tour in support of Feed the Machine.

Finally, the new album from Fleet Foxes, Crack-Up, debuts at number nine on the Billboard 200 with 34,000 units, 32,000 of which were album sales.

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Suzanne Tenner/SHOWTIMENine Inch Nails added an extra level of weirdness to the already very weird Twin Peaks with an appearance on Sunday night's episode of the Showtime series. Trent Reznor's band performed their song "She's Gone Away," a track from last year's Not the Actual Events EP.

Along with Nine Inch Nails, Eddie Vedder will be making an appearance on Twin Peaks. The Pearl Jam frontman also recorded a song for the show, called "Out of the Sand."

In other Nine Inch Nails happenings, the band is planning to release a follow-up EP to Not the Actual Events this summer. The two EPs will make up two-thirds of a planned trilogy of releases. NIN also have a number of festival performances lined up including FYF Fest in Los Angels, Panorama in New York City, Chicago's Riot Fest and Aftershock in Sacramento.

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ABC/Randy HolmesMondo Cozmo's debut album is called Plastic Soul, and it will arrive on August 4.

"I hope this album speaks to anyone who is scared to start over," the musician says in a statement. "Or overwhelmed by what they could be. This album comes from a real place. I needed to find truth and I found it in the songs."

Plastic Soul features Mondo Cozmo's breakthrough track, "Shine," and his new single, "Automatic," along with eight other songs.

The same weekend Plastic Soul is announced, Mondo Cozmo will play Lollapalooza. He'll embark on a headlining tour in support of the album this fall.

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ABC/Randy HolmesOn Kings of Leon's current single "Reverend," frontman Caleb Followill sings about someone who sounds like a "reverend on the radio." The band came up with that line before the rest of the song came together, and it eventually turned into more than just a hook for Caleb and the rest of the Followills.

"It was kind of an idea that we had a few months before we started the album, and all we really had was the hook of the chorus, and I hadn't really figured out what the lyric was gonna be about," Caleb tells ABC Radio. "But the more I kind of thought about it, I knew I wanted it to be about something that was close to me, and it's actually about a country singer named Blaze Foley."

While he was a talented musician, Blaze Foley led a troubled life, and was shot to death at age 39.

"The lyric is all about him and kind of what his life was about, but he was the 'reverend on the radio' to me," Followill explains. "When I hear his music, it speaks to me and kind of tugs at me a little bit."

Despite its tragic backstory, "Reverend" has a celebratory vibe musically, which Kings of Leon have found really comes across live.

"No matter where we play it, the crowd sings every word," says Followill. "They all have the same weird dance move that they do. It's pretty special."

You can trot out your weird dance moves when Kings of Leon kick off their summer North American tour July 26 in Saratoga Springs, New York. The band is also hosting their annual Music City Food Wine Festival in their hometown of Nashville September 15-17.

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ABC/Randy HolmesRoyal Blood has the number-one album in their home country. The British duo's sophomore effort, How Did We Get So Dark?, arrives at the top spot of the U.K.'s Official Albums Chart.

"Wow. Just wow," says Royal Blood in response to the news. "Can we just say, thank you so much."

Royal Blood's self-titled debut album also arrived at number one in the U.K. when it was released in August 2014. That record was the U.K.'s fastest-selling rock debut in three years.

How Did We Get So Dark? features the lead single "Lights Out." Royal Blood will kick off a U.S. headlining tour in support of the album the end of July.

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ElektraFitz and the Tantrums have premiered a new single called "Fool." The bright, summery track is available for download on digital outlets, and you can watch its goofy video now on YouTube.

"My mama always said wear fresh underwear for the summer," says frontman Michael "Fitz" Fitzpatrick of "Fool." "Here's our fresh summer jam just for you!"

"Fool" will appear on the deluxe version of Fitz and the Tantrums' self-titled album, which boasts the hit single "HandClap." The new edition of Fitz and the Tantrums arrives July 28, and will feature bonus tracks, live recordings and a remix of "Fool."

Fitz and the Tantrums will kick off a tour with OneRepublic in July.

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Image Group LA/ABCColdplay will release a new EP called Kaleidoscope on July 14, so it's only fitting that a kaleidoscope would play a big part in a new video for the group's collaboration with The Chainsmokers, "Something Just Like This."

In the clip, a small boy wearing a superhero outfit -- the same one who appears on the single artwork for the track -- finds a kaleidoscope under his bed.  As he looks through it, we see concert footage from both Coldplay and The Chainsmokers performing the song live, refracted as through though a kaleidoscope. At the end of the clip, the kid falls back onto his bed and starts laughing as confetti pours down on him.

The version of the song used for the video is the "Tokyo Remix," and some of the performance footage was indeed filmed in Tokyo. The "Tokyo Remix" is included on the Kaleidoscope EP.

The original version of "Something Just Like This" is included on the Chainsmokers' album Memories...Do Not Open.

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ABC/Randy HolmesThe day their new album is released is probably a pretty emotional one for bands, and Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons, whose new record Evolve arrives today, is channeling that emotion in an open letter, thanking those who've supported him.

"Music is the only thing that speaks for me," Reynolds writes in a note posted to Twitter. "It always has. I can explains myself finally when making a song."

"It may sound corny to some, but I often find myself in tears after making a song that really gets me," he continues. "I'm not crying because I think I've made some masterpiece. I'm crying because I feel expressed."

Reynolds says that he knows not everyone will love Evolve. "I want to create a response," he writes. "I want people to hear Evolve and love and hate it."

Either way, Reynolds promises to "bring my full heart out on stage every night as we perform this record."

"What a true blessing to be able to do that," he says. "To sing along with you. Thank you."

Imagine Dragons will kick off a North American tour in support of Evolve September 26 in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Young TurksThe xx has released a deluxe version of their album I See You. The new edition includes three bonus tracks that were previously only available in the I See You box set: "Naive," which samples Drake, "Seasons Run," and a demo of "Brave For You."

Along with the bonus tracks, The xx has shared a video for the "Brave For You" demo, which was filmed in Marfa, Texas while they were recording I See You.

I See You was originally released in January 2017, and features the lead single "On Hold."

The xx performs at Glastonbury tonight. They'll embark on a North American headlining tour in support of I See You in the fall.

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Image Group LA/ABCTwenty One Pilots has one billion reasons to not care what you think. The video for the duo's breakthrough hit, "Stressed Out," has reached one billion views on YouTube.

The nostalgic clip finds Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun reliving their childhood by riding trikes, drinking juice boxes at jamming at each other's houses before a demonic presence reminds that they have to "wake up, you need to make money."

"Stressed Out" is the 66th video to join the YouTube billion-views club. The most-viewed music video on YouTube remains South Korean rapper Psy's "Gangnam Style," which currently has 2.8 billion views.

Twenty One Pilots is currently in the middle of their Tour de Columbus, a five-show residency in their hometown of Columbus, Ohio. The run will conclude June 25 at the city's Schottenstein Center.

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Warner Bros/Parlophone RecordsLiam Gallagher has announced that his debut solo album, As You Were, will arrive October 6.

"I didn't want to be reinventing anything or going off on a space jazz odyssey," the ex-Oasis vocalist says of the album. "It's the [John] Lennon 'Cold Turkey' vibe, The [Rolling] Stones, the classics. But done my way, now."

Last month, Gallagher premiered the lead As You Were single, "Wall of Glass." A second track, "China Town," will arrive on June 30.

Additionally, Gallagher has detailed his first-ever solo North American tour. The fall outing begins November 13 in San Francisco, and will wrap up November 30 in Philadelphia. Visit LiamGallagher.com for ticket info.

Gallagher's upcoming schedule also includes a stop at Chicago's Lollapalooza in August.

Here are Gallagher's headlining North American tour dates:

11/13 -- San Francisco, CA, Warfield
11/18 -- Denver, CO, Gothic
11/20 -- Minneapolis, MN, First Avenue
11/21 -- Chicago, IL, The Riviera
11/23 -- Toronto, ON, Rebel
11/25 -- Boston, MA, House of Blues
11/27 -- New York, NY, Terminal 5
11/29 -- Washington, DC, Lincoln Theatre
11/30 -- Philadelphia, PA, Union Transfer

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ABC RadioThe Sex Pistols don't have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but one of the legendary punk band's members, guitarist Steve Jones, has just been chosen to the receive honor. Interestingly, Jones is being recognized for his work as longtime Los Angeles radio DJ rather than for his musical achievements.

The veteran rocker is among a variety of celebrities set to be honored with stars as part of the Walk of Fame's Class of 2018, which was announced by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce on Thursday. Recording artists who have been picked for the honor include Mary J. Blige, Harry Connick Jr., Ice T, Snoop Dogg, Carrie Underwood, Petula Clark, and "Weird Al" Yankovic.

No dates have been set yet for any of the ceremonies for the new honorees, but they must be scheduled within two years.

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Columbia RecordsYou can enjoy Depeche Mode from all angles in the band's new video for their song "Going Backwards."  The interactive clip, streaming now on YouTube, lets you watch the band perform the track in 360-degrees.

"Going Backwards" appears on Depeche Mode's new album Spirit, which also features the lead single "Where's the Revolution."

Depeche Mode will kick off a North American headlining tour on August 23 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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