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Neilson Barnard/Getty ImagesThe Offspring has offered an update on the progress of their long-awaited 10th studio album. The band posted a Twitter photo of their December calendar, with the rest of the week marked "studio."

"Who's ready for new music in 2018?" they write in the caption.

The Offspring's last album, Days Gone By, was released in 2012. In 2015, they released a standalone single called "Coming for You," which reached number one on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs chart.

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Credit: Tim CadienteA Perfect Circle will go sweepin' down the plain next year when they headline the 2018 Rocklahoma festival, held May 25-27 in Pryor, Oklahoma.

The lineup also includes Godsmack, Poison, Ghost, Halestorm, Cheap Trick, Stone Temple Pilots, Vince Neil, Pop Evil, I Prevail, Sevendust, Trivium, 10 Years, Adelitas Way, and Like a Storm, among others.

For the full lineup and ticket info, visit Rocklahoma.com.

In addition to Rocklahoma, A Perfect Circle will also be playing the 2018 Rock on the Range, Las Rageous and Northern Invasion festivals.

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Credit: Andreas NeumannQueens of the Stone Age, along with Beck and Incubus, will headline the 2018 In Bloom festival, held March 24-25 in Houston, Texas.

The lineup also includes Highly Suspect, Wolf Alice, Moon Taxi, Sylvan Esso, Broken Social Scene and Explosions in the Sky. Visit InBloomFestival.com for the full lineup and ticket info.

Seeing Queens of the Stone Age on the lineup might come as a bit of a surprise in light of frontman Josh Homme kicking photographer Chelsea Lauren during a show in Los Angeles over the weekend. The fallout from the incident continues, with the BBC children's channel CBeebies scrapping two upcoming episodes of the program Bedtime Stories featuring Homme, according to the U.K.'s The Telegraph.

Homme had recorded three Bedtime Stories segments, the first of which premiered in October. A spokesperson for CBeebies tells The Telegraph that the other two episodes will not air "until the matter is resolved."

"We won't broadcast any new material or re-broadcast [Homme's] previous story," the spokesperson said.

Lauren suffered neck and head injuries after Homme kicked her camera during Saturday's L.A. show. Homme has since offered a written and video apology.

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ABC/Randy HolmesA whole lot of people Googled Chester Bennington and Tom Petty this year. According to the search engine's year-end wrap-up, both late musicians were among the top 10 global searches of 2017.

Petty made number seven on the list, while Bennington came in at number nine. Naturally, the searches peaked for both artists around their deaths on October 2 and July 20, respectively.

Petty and Bennington also top the most-searched "losses" of 2017, followed by Chris Cornell. Searches for the late Soundgarden frontman peaked around his May 18 death, and spiked again around Bennington's death, as the Linkin Park vocalist died on what would've been Cornell's 53rd birthday.

Linkin Park also ranks as number two on Google's most-searched musicians and bands ranking.

Here are the top 10 global Google searches of 2017:

1. Hurricane Irma
2. iPhone 8
3. iPhone X
4. Matt Lauer
5. Meghan Markle
6. 13 Reasons Why
7. Tom Petty
8. Fidget Spinner
9. Chester Bennington
10. India National Cricket Team

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Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for FireflyAfter Morrissey claimed that he was not fairly represented in an interview with German publication Der Spiegel, the site has released the audio from the interview, confirming the musician's controversial comments about disgraced actor Kevin Spacey.

The audio confirms that Morrissey said that he feels Spacey -- whom actor Anthony Rapp alleged made sexual advances toward him at a party in 1986, when Spacey was 26 and Rapp was 14 years old -- was being "unnecessarily attacked."

"You have to wonder where the boy's parents were," Morrissey said of Rapp.

Speaking generally about the news of sexual misconduct in Hollywood, Morrissey also said in the Der Spiegel story that he "hate[s] rape" and "hate[s] sexual situations that's forced on a person," before adding that "in many, many situations, you look at the circumstances, and you think that the person who is called a victim is merely disappointed." The audio confirms that statement as well.

In his statement refuting the original Der Spiegel article, Morrissey wrote, "Would I support Kevin Spacey's private proclivities? No, never. Would I ever support abuse of children? No, never. Would I support sexual harassment? No, never. Would I support rape? No, never."

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ABCImagine Dragons will help the Central Time Zone ring in 2018 with a performance from New Orleans on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest.

For the second year, the Big Easy will be a part of the annual New Year's Eve special. Along with Imagine Dragons, WALK THE MOON will also perform.

Actress Lucy Hale will return to host the festivities, bringing viewers celebrity and fan interviews before the annual fleur-de-lis drop near Jackson Square. That will take place at 1 a.m. ET, since New Orleans is on Central Time and Ryan Seacrest will have already counted down to midnight from New York's Times Square.

Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest airs December 31 on ABC starting at 8 p.m. ET.

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Courtesy Rock & Roll Hall of FameNeither Rage Against the Machine nor Radiohead will enter the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame next year.  Despite appearing on the ballot as nominees, both bands were left off the final list of 2018 inductees, which were announced Wednesday morning.

As for who did make the cut, the inductees include Bon Jovi, The Cars, Dire Straits, The Moody Blues, Nina Simone and, as an "Early Influence," Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

Both Rage and Radiohead were nominated for induction in their first year of eligibility, so they'll likely pop up again in future years. Besides, Radiohead probably isn't too upset about not getting in -- the band has previously expressed ambivalence about the Rock Hall, and they even scheduled a show in Argentina the same day the induction ceremony takes place in Cleveland.

As for Rage, at least they don't have to worry about being bombarded with reunion questions over the next few months.  The 2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony takes place April 14, and will air on HBO at a later date.

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Ben Hider/Getty ImagesPat DiNizio, founder and front man of The Smithereens, has died at 62, the band announced on Facebook Tuesday night.

"It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Pat DiNizio, lead singer and songwriter of the influential New Jersey rock band, The Smithereens - America's Band," the post read. "Pat was looking forward to getting back on the road and seeing his many fans and friends. Please keep Pat in your thoughts and prayers."

The Smithereens had a string of rock hits in the late 1980s and early 1990s including "Only a Memory" and "A Girl Like You."

Fellow Smithereens Jim Babjak, Dennis Diken and founding bass player Mike Mesaros paid tribute to DiNizio on the band's website writing, "Today we mourn the loss of our friend, brother and bandmate Pat DiNizio. Pat had the magic touch. He channeled the essence of joy and heartbreak into hook-laden three minute pop songs infused with a lifelong passion for rock & roll. Our journey with Pat was long, storied and a hell of a lot of fun. We grew up together. Little did we know that we wouldn’t grow old together. Goodbye Pat. Seems like yesterday."

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ABC/Randy HolmesAFI frontman Davey Havok is heading back into the world of literature. After publishing his first novel, Pop Kids, in 2013, he'll be releasing a new book, titled Love Fast Los Angeles, on February 6.

According to a press release, Love Fast Lost Angeles is a "millennial love story filled with fast cars, pop stars, outrageous poseurs, lavish parties, golden guns, designer drugs and drag queens." You can watch a trailer for the book now via YouTube.

"Love Fast Los Angeles was written and edited all over the world, and in the skies above it, but the majority of it was tapped out in a West Hollywood coffee shop," says Havok. "The owners and managers were kind enough to let me squat while sapping their wireless."

"I began writing it immediately after Pop Kids was finished," he adds. "I was easily inspired to keep that world alive out of love for the writing process, for the pop kids themselves, and by the impact of the very real culture they represent."

You can pre-order Love Fast Los Angeles now via LoveFastLosAngeles.com.

On the music side of his career, Havok has had a busy year: he toured with AFI and released the debut album with his new band Dreamcar, which also features No Doubt's Tom Dumont, Tony Kanal and Adrian Young.

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ABC/Randy HolmesImagine Dragons rules Billboard's year-end rock charts. The publication names Dan Reynolds and company the Top Rock Artist of 2017.

The band earns the honor thanks to the success of their new album Evolve and its singles "Believer" and "Thunder," the former of which ruled the Hot Rock Songs chart for 29 weeks. Meanwhile, "Thunder" is nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the 2018 Grammys, while Evolve is up for Best Pop Vocal Album.

Following Imagine Dragons on the year-end Top Rock Artist chart is Twenty One Pilots, followed by Linkin Park, Metallica and Portugal. the Man. Metallica also has the Top Rock Album of 2017 with Hardwired...to Self-Destruct, which was released November 2016.

Here are Billboard's top 10 rock artists of 2017:

1. Imagine Dragons
2. Twenty One Pilots
3. Linkin Park
4. Metallica
5. Portugal. the Man
6. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
7. The Lumineers
8. Coldplay
9. John Mayer
10. Guns N' Roses

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Mike Windle/WireImageThe Cure will be celebrating their 40th anniversary with a special show at London's Hyde Park on July 7. Visit TheCure.com for ticket info.

Also performing at the concert will be a variety of bands influenced by The Cure, including Interpol, Editors, Goldfrapp, Ride, Slowdive and The Twilight Sad. Even more artists are yet to be announced.

The Cure formed in 1976, and released their first single in 1978. The band was a seminal act in the post-punk and new wave scenes of the '80s.

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Credit: Brad EltermanMGMT has debuted "When You Die," a new song from the band's forthcoming album, Little Dark Age. The track is streaming alongside a psychedelic video starring Girls actor Alex Karpovsky, now on YouTube.

"When You Die" is the second song to be released from Little Dark Age, following the title track. According to The New Yorker, which premiered the "When You Die" video, the album will arrive in February.

Little Dark Age is the follow-up to MGMT's 2013 self-titled album.

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ABC/Eric McCandlessFitz and the Tantrums will be rocking the stage in Hollywood as we usher in 2018 later this month.

The band will perform during the Hollywood Party segment of Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest, airing December 31 on ABC starting at 8 p.m. ET. The bill also includes Kelly Clarkson, pop singer Shawn Mendes and R&B artist Khalid.

While all that's happening, Ryan Seacrest will be hosting the show live from New York City's Times Square.

More artists will be announced soon.

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ABC/Randy HolmesHere's another encouraging sign that the new Tool album may actually be releasing their new album.  After drummer Danny Carey declared that the long-awaited follow-up 2006's 10,000 Days would finally arrive in 2018, Tom Morello reports that he's listened to what the band's been working on, and he likes what he's heard.

On his Instagram, Morello has posted a photo of him alongside Carey, bassist Justin Chancellor and guitarist Adam Jones. "Had the honor of being the first outsider to hear new #TOOL music today!!" Morello writes in the caption.

Notably absent from the photo is frontman Maynard James Keenan -- only the instrumentals have been recorded so far.

"Still just instrumentals but sounded epic, majestic, symphonic, brutal, beautiful, tribal, mysterious, deep, sexy and VERY Tool," Morello writes. "Really great. So excited to hear the record when it's finished."

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Terence Patrick/CBS ©2017 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights ReservedOn Monday's Late Late Show, James Corden presented his second annual all-star Christmas episode of Carpool Karaoke, featuring all his carpool guests from the past year, including Foo Fighters.

The sequence started with Corden driving with his bandleader Reggie Watts, both wearing ugly Christmas sweaters and Santa hats.

"Should we listen to some Christmas music to get us in the mood?" asks Corden.

"Do we have any?" Watts asks in turn.

Corden answers, "Let's find out."

They break into the holiday classic "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town" together, then the camera cuts to all of James' guests singing bits of the song, including Dave Grohl and company, plus Sam Smith, Fifth Harmony, Bruno Mars, Pink, Kelly Clarkson, Foo Fighters, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Usher, Ed Sheeran, and Harry Styles.

The Foos Carpool Karaoke episode aired this past September. Grohl later said that the experience was "a little uncomfortable."

Last year's Christmas edition of Carpool Karaoke featured Red Hot Chili PeppersColdplay's Chris Martin, Adele, Lady Gaga, Gwen Stefani, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas, Elton John, and Mariah Carey singing Mariah's "All I Want for Christmas Is You."

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ABC/Nicole WilderJack White previously teased that his new album will be a "bizarre one," and it certainly seems he wasn't lying. The ex-White Stripes frontman has released something called "Servings and Portions from My Boarding House Reach," and boy, is it weird.

Filled with a mixture of heavy guitar riffs, soft piano, hip-hop style vocals and samples, "Servings and Portions" sounds like a dozen separate songs combined into one. In fact, it's not clear if the track is meant to be its own song, or perhaps a collage of sounds from White's new album. To experience it for yourself, you can listen to "Servings and Portions" streaming now on YouTube.

White's new album, the follow-up to 2014's Lazaretto, is due out in 2018.

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ABC/Randy HolmesBleachers and Lorde will play the fourth annual Ally Coalition Talent Show, a benefit concert in support of homeless and at-risk LGBTQ youth. The event takes place January 24 at New York City's Town Hall.

The lineup, which was curated by Bleachers frontman Jack Antonoff, also features members of Spoon and The National. Fashion designer Rachel Antonoff, who's Jack's sister, will host the evening.

For ticket info, visit TheAllyCoalition.org.

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ABC/Randy HolmesShinedown has announced a batch of Canadian headlining dates for next year, beginning March 27 in British Columbia. Visit Shinedown.com for ticket info.

Joining Shinedown on the Canadian run will be In This Moment and 10 Years.

Currently, Shinedown frontman Brent Smith and guitarist Zach Myers are touring the U.S. as the acoustic duo Smith & Myers. That outing continues tonight in Nashville.

Along with the Canada dates, Shinedown will be playing a number of U.S. festivals next spring, including Fort Rock and Carolina Rebellion. Additionally, the band is working on their next album, the follow-up to 2015's Threat to Survival.

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Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagicMorrissey has issued a statement regarding the controversial comments he made about disgraced Hollywood figures Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weinstein in an interview with German publication Der Spiegel published last month.

"Would I support Kevin Spacey's private proclivities? No, never," Morrissey writes in a Facebook post. "Would I ever support abuse of children? No, never. Would I support sexual harassment? No, never. Would I support rape? No, never."

In the Der Spiegel piece, Morrissey is quoted as saying that he felt Spacey -- who actor Anthony Rapp alleged made sexual advances toward him at a party in 1986, when Spacey was 26 and Rapp was 14 years old -- was being "attacked unnecessarily."

He was also quoted as saying that in many cases of accused sexual misconduct, "the person who is being labeled a victim is merely disappointed."

In his statement, Morrissey accuses Der Spiegel of having no intention to "convey my views fairly," and adds that the publication has refused requests for the full unedited audio of the interview.

"You must forget the print media who are infatuated with their own reflection and do not want yours," Morrissey says.

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Katja Ogrin/RedfernsThis Monday, December 18, Corey Taylor is releasing Live in London, a recording of his acoustic show at the U.K. capital in May 2016.  The recording is being made available for free via his website, TheCoreyTaylor.com.

The performance features unplugged renditions of Slipknot and Stone Sour songs, as well as covers of songs by Johnny Cash, KISS, R.E.M., The Cure and Creedence Clearwater Revival. You can watch a trailer for the film now on YouTube.

Starting in January, you'll be able to catch a fully electric Taylor on tour with Stone Sour on a North American run alongside Halestorm.

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