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Relive Red Hot Chili Peppers’ 2006 Lollapalooza performance with online stream

Kevin Mazur/WireImageTake a trip back to the year 2006 this week with Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Lollalooza is streaming the Chilis' headlining performance at the festival from '06 as part of its "Lolla from the Vault" series. You can watch it on YouTube beginning this Thursday, May 21 at 8 p.m. ET.

The set list from the show was focused on the then just-released double album Stadium Arcadium, which spawned the hit singles "Dani California," "Snow (Hey Oh)" and "Tell Me Baby."

Stadium Arcadium was also the last Peppers album to feature guitarist John Frusciante, who left the band in 2009. Frusciante just rejoined RHCP at the end of last year and planned to play with the group during their live shows in 2020, but those, of course, have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Listen to Incubus’ Brandon Boyd cover Beach House song

Jeff Hahne/Getty ImagesIncubus frontman Brandon Boyd has shared a cover of the song "Myth," originally by dream pop duo Beach House.

The performance was recorded while in quarantine -- or, as Boyd puts it, "while in captivity" -- and is accompanied by a surreal, '60s film-style video featuring a group of women who find a pterodactyl on a beach. You can watch it now streaming on YouTube.

The "Myth" cover follows Incubus' new EP, Trust Fall (Side B), which was released in April.

Earlier Tuesday, Incubus announced that their summer tour with 311 and Badflower had been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Deftones postpones summer US tour to 2021

ABC/Randy HolmesIt sure has been a day for tour postponement and cancellation news, and Deftones is the latest band to be affected.

Chino Moreno and company have announced that their upcoming U.S. summer tour, featuring support from Gojira and Poppy, will be postponed to 2021. The outing was scheduled to launch July 27 in Portland, Oregon.

"Due to the current regulations, and uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, we must reschedule our North American summer tour dates," Deftones says in a statement.

Previously purchased tickets will be honored at the newly scheduled shows, the exact dates for which have yet to be announced. Refunds will also be available for ticket-holders.

For more info, visit

In addition to the Deftones tour, Green DayWeezer and Fall Out Boy announced Tuesday that their joint Hella Mega stadium tour would be postponed to 2021. Additionally, Breaking Benjamin's run with BushTheory of a DeadmanSaint Asonia and Cory Marks, as well as Incubus' outing with 311 and Badflower, were also canceled today.

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Chris Cornell’s daughter Lily announces mental health interview series in honor of late father

Steve Granitz/WireImageChris Cornell's daughter, Lily, has announced Mind Wide Open, a new interview series to raise awareness for those struggling with mental health issues and to provide the resources to help.

With Mind Wide Open, Lily will interview "mental health professionals, public figures, peers" in an effort to "help normalize the open discussion of mental health."

The launch of Mind Wide Open coincides with Monday's three-year anniversary of Chris' death. That's no accident: Lily says she's starting the series "in honor" of her late father.

"We often talked about our experiences with anxiety and depression, and mental health was something that he struggled with throughout his life," Lily explains. "Through him, I learned how important it is to have someone who understands your darkness, validates your experiences, and gives you comfort."

The first Mind Wide Open guest is Laura van Dernoot Lipsky, founder and director of the Trauma Stewardship Institute. Stay tuned to Lily's Instagram for more info.

Lily is one of Chris' three children, along with Toni and Christopher. Toni recently performed a cover of Temple of the Dog's "Hunger Strike" to help raise money for COVID-19 relief.

Meanwhile, Soundgarden's Matt Cameron teamed up with Taylor Momsen of The Pretty Reckless to perform the grunge band's song "Halfway There" Monday, in honor of Chris.

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Nine Inch Nails reveals canceled plans for fall tour; selling scrapped merch to benefit local food banks

Scott Dudelson/WireImageNine Inch Nails was supposed to go on tour this fall, but the COVID-19 pandemic forced the trek to be canceled before it was even announced.

Frontman Trent Reznor revealed the news in post on the NIN website. "We were excited," he says of the now-scrapped tour. "I'm bumming myself out right now."

In preparing for the run, some tour themed merch was already in production, including a t-shirt listing all the tour dates. According to the shirt, the run was scheduled to kick off September 15 in San Diego, and wrap up the next month with a five-night stand in Toronto.

While the tour isn't happening, Nine Inch Nails will be selling the shirts online and donating the profits to the local food banks in the cities they were scheduled to play. Basically, it's the concert equivalent of getting a t-shirt for the team that lost the Super Bowl.

You can order yours now via

While off the road, Reznor says he and band mate Atticus Ross plan to continue working on film scoring projects, as well as a "deep dive into new NIN material."

"[We'll] hopefully be playing music live for you in 2021," Reznor adds.

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Incubus cancels summer tour with 311 & Badflower

Credit: Julian SchratterIncubus has canceled the band's upcoming U.S. tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The summer run, which also included 311 and Badflower on the bill, was set to begin July 15 in Auburn, Washington, and continue on into September.

"As much as we want to see everyone this summer, we need to put the safety of our fans, crew and venue staff first," Incubus says in a statement.

Ticket-holders will be contacted regarding refunds. For more info, visit

Incubus released a new EP, Trust Fall (Side B), in April.

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Watch Billie Joe Armstrong perform during virtual Joey Ramone birthday tribute concert

ABC/Rick RowellBillie Joe Armstrong is performing during a virtual tribute concert to Joey Ramone Tuesday night to celebrate what would've been the late Ramones frontman's 69th birthday.

The Green Day frontman will play a song called "Now I Wanna Drink Some Bleach," presumably a reworked version of the Ramones song "Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue." We assume that the new title refers to Donald Trump's suggestion that injecting disinfectants could help treat COVID-19, a suggestion the president later claimed was "sarcastic."

In addition to Armstrong, the lineup for the tribute concert includes former Ramones members C.J. andRichie Ramone, Sex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock, David Bowie guitarist Earl SlickBlondie's Clem Burke, Bun E. Carlos of Cheap Trick, Talking Heads members Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth, and Patti Smith's guitarist Lenny Kaye.

Additionally, the late Alan Merrill, who co-wrote "I Love Rock 'n' Roll," is also on the bill. Merrill died late March of COVID-19 complications, so maybe he recorded whatever he was planning to perform prior to his death.

You can watch the show starting tonight at 8 p.m. ET via the Joey Ramone Facebook page. The online event will also raise money for Joey Ramone Foundation for Lymphoma Research.

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Believe “The Hype”: Twenty One Pilots’ ‘Trench’ certified platinum

Fueled by RamenDespite Tyler Joseph's warnings, you can believe "The Hype" about Twenty One Pilots' Trench.

The latest album from the "Stressed Out" duo -- made up of frontman Joseph and drummer Josh Dun -- has officially been certified Platinum by the RIAA.

Released October 2018, Trench carried the weight of following Twenty One Pilots' massive 2015 album Blurryface. While Trench hasn't quite matched the sales of Blurryface, which became the first album ever to have every one of its songs RIAA-certified, it still debuted at number two on the Billboard 200, and spawned the singles "Jumpsuit," "Chlorine," "My Blood" and "The Hype."

Meanwhile, Twenty One Pilots just dropped the new single "Level of Concern," their first track to be released since Trench, in April. It currently sits at number one on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart.

More new music is apparently in the pipeline: Joseph recently told Apple Music that he's started to write the next Twenty One Pilots album.

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Green Day, Fall Out Boy & Weezer postpone North American Hella Mega dates to 2021

Live Nation/Harley-DavidsonGreen DayFall Out Boy and Weezer have announced that the North American leg of their massive Hella Mega stadium tour has officially been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The summer outing, which also included The Interrupters on the bill, was set to kick off July 17 in Seattle. All shows on the run have now been pushed back to the summer of 2021.

"Hopefully this doesn't come as a surprise, but as much as we were all looking forward to seeing you all this summer, everyone's safety is our highest priority," the bands write in a statement. "So we've officially made the call to reschedule all North American dates of the Hella Mega tour until next year."

The rescheduled shows, the exact dates for which have yet to be announced, will take place in the same venues, and previously purchased tickets will be honored. Ticket-holders will also have the option to receive refunds.

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Hella Mega was poised to be one of the biggest rock tours of 2020, along with the Rage Against the MachineMy Chemical Romance and Mötley Crüe reunion tours. The Rage run has also been postponed to 2021.

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“Wasted on You”: Evanescence throws back to the ’90s and tries to “head into the unknown” with new single

Credit: P.R. BrownIn April, Evanescence released the new song "Wasted on You," the first single from The Bitter Truth, the band's first all-original album in nine years. Musically, the track is reminiscent of the Radiohead hit "Creep," and frontwoman Amy Lee tells ABC Audio you can expect more '90s alternative references to pop up in future music.

"That's some of my truest inspiration from my youth...[that made] me want to be in a band," Lee says of the '90s alt scene. "There are other parts of things we've recorded so far that remind me of that time, too. The fact that that's kind of showing itself a little bit more on this album's really cool to me."

On the lyrical side, "Wasted on You" may remind you of the 2006 Evanescence hit "Call Me When You're Sober." While the language in "Sober" is much more literal than the more metaphorical "Wasted on You," Lee acknowledges that certain themes run through both. After all, as she puts it, they are "both break-up songs."

"Both of them are about, like, 'That's it, I gotta get outta here,'" Lee says.

On a broader scale, Lee feels that "Wasted on You" reflects a long-running theme in Evanescence's music: a need to change a bad situation, even when it's much easier to not to anything.

"[It's about] making a decision to go down that harder path and change your outcome," Lee explains. "It's a hopeful thing, but it's also a struggle, just to break out of that place and head into the unknown, which has potential to be something better than what you're apathetically choosing to stay in." 

The Bitter Truth will be released incrementally throughout 2020.

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