Linkin Park announce release of never-heard-before song ‘Lost’

Linkin Park have announced the release of a new song titled ‘Lost’ – listen to a clip below.

The band shared the news on social media earlier today (February 6), writing: ““Lost,” a new, never-before-heard song from the Meteora archives. Out Friday, February 10th.”

The track will arrive ahead of the 20th anniversary of ‘Meteora’, which was the band’s second studio album, featuring hits like ‘Numb’ and ‘Somewhere I Belong’.

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Fans have been speculating Linkin Park could be gearing up to release an expanded version of ‘Meteora’ in honour of the album’s 20th anniversary.

Last month, Linkin Park posted a countdown on their website, which expired on February 1. This was then replaced by an interactive puzzle which fans have been scouring for clues.

Back in 2020, the band reissued debut album ‘Hybrid Theory’ across multiple formats. The anniversary edition of that record featured unreleased tracks.

Last May, they unveiled a new, deluxe edition of their 2007 album ‘Minutes To Midnight’. 

Linkin Park have been on hiatus since the 2017 death of frontman Chester Bennington, but last year said they planned to communicate with their fans “a little more regularly” moving forward.

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It comes after Shinoda told fans that the band’s survivng members were still in regular contact. “The only Linkin Park news I have for you is that… Yeah, we talk every few weeks – I talk to the guys, or some of the guys,” Shinoda said on a Twitch stream last Spring. “And there’s no tours, there’s no music, there’s no albums in the pipeline. Okay, so let me just tell you that. So just keep in your minds that that is not happening.”

“I’m just gonna say that much for now,” he continued. “I say that because anytime the band says anything or does anything, everyone tries to start up the hype train, and we’re, like, ‘No, no, no, no. Don’t start up the hype train.’ You’re gonna disappoint yourself. Don’t do that.”

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Judas Priest share update after cancelled Ozzy Osbourne tour

Judas Priest have shared an update after Ozzy Osbourne’s revealed he could no longer tour due to his ongoing recovery from an accident.

The Prince of Darkness cancelled all his upcoming shows and said it was “probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to share with my loyal fans”.

Judas Priest, who were due to support Osbourne on tour, sent their love to the musician and said that they were “looking at feasible opportunities to see each other again soon”.

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In a statement, the band wrote: “We send all our love and support for Ozzy and thank our fans in the UK and Ireland especially for your loyalty by standing with us…

“Right now we’re looking at feasible opportunities to see each other again and will post update’s [sic] accordingly.”

In a statement earlier this week, Osbourne wrote: “As you may know, four years ago, this month, I had a major accident, where I damaged my spine,” referencing a fall at his Los Angeles home which required neck surgery.

“My one and only purpose during this time has been to get back on stage,” he continued. “My singing voice is fine. However, after three operations, stem cell treatments, endless physical therapy sessions, and most recently groundbreaking Cybernics (HAL) Treatment, my body is still physically weak.

“I am honestly humbled by the way you’ve all patiently held onto your tickets for all this time, but in all good conscience, I have now come to the realization that I’m not physically capable of doing my upcoming European/UK tour dates, as I know I couldn’t deal with the travel required. Believe me when I say that the thought of disappointing my fans really FUCKS ME UP, more than you will ever know.”

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Ozzy Osbourne
Ozzy Osbourne performs during half-time of the 2022 NFL season opening game between the Buffalo Bills and the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium on September 08, 2022 in Inglewood, California (CREDIT: Harry How/Getty Images)

He continued: “Never would I have imagined that my touring days would have ended this way.”

The musician said that his team is “currently coming up with ideas for where I will be able to perform without having to travel from city to city and country to country”.

“I want to thank my family……my band…..my crew…..my longtime friends, Judas Priest, and of course, my fans for their endless dedication, loyalty, and support, and for giving me the life that I never ever dreamed I would have.

“I love you all…”

The ‘No More Tours 2’ UK and European shows were pushed back a number of times due to the musician’s poor health and the pandemic, before being rescheduled for 2023. He was due to perform shows in Nottingham, Newcastle, Glasgow, Manchester, Dublin, London and Birmingham across May and June.

Osbourne has suffered a number of health problems in recent years due to Parkinson’s Disease, which he was diagnosed with in 2003, but didn’t announce publicly until 2020.

Last year, he also underwent major surgery to remove and realign pins in his neck and back. The surgery was a success, with the singer later thanking fans for their “their thoughts, prayers and well-wishes” after he was discharged.

Osbourne’s 13th studio album came out in September last year, earning four-stars from NME in a review that described the record as a “fizzing piece of hard-rock magic”.

In November, the album then secured four Grammy nods – Best Rock Performance, Best Metal Performance, Best Rock Song and Best Rock Album – which Osbourne said at the time left him feeling “overwhelmed”.

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90 new names added to The Great Escape 2023 line-up

This year’s The Great Escape festival has unveiled 90 new acts for its summer line-up today (February 2).

Added to this year’s festival, which takes place in Brighton between 10-13 May this year, are artists including The Big MoonSad Night DynamiteWillie J Healey and Stone plus many more.

The festival has a long history of supporting new up-and-coming bands and will host 450 new acts in over 30 venues across the city in May.

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The new names added today will join the previously announced acts, Maisie Peters and Arlo Parks.
Any remaining tickets for the festival can be found here.

The festival was forced to cancel both its 2020 and 2021 editions due to the coronavirus pandemic, though it did hold a virtual event in 2021.

Last year, the festival returned fully with the likes of EnnyPriya RaguFinn AskewDeema and Sipho on the bill.

You can check out the full list of acts appearing at this year’s festival edition here:

Aggrasoppar
AIME SIMONE
ÁINE DEANE
Alice Low
ALIENBLAZE
Amy Root
Anna Erhard
Antony Szmierek
ARLO PARKS
ARTEMAS
ARXX
Astronne
AVANTDALE BOWLING CLUB
Aziya
BAMBIE THUG
BEEN STELLAR
BELLAH
Ber
Bibi Club
BIG WETT
Billie Marten
BLONDSHELL
Bluem
Braden Lam
BRIMHEIM
Caity Baser
Calum Bowie
Cam Kahin
Cathy Jain
Ceeow
CHALK
CIEL
CUCAMARAS
cumgirl8
Daudi Matsiko
David Kitt
Deadletter
Deki Alem
Dives
Eliza Hull
Ellen Froese
Ellur
English Teacher
Enumclaw
ETHAN BORTNICK
ETHAN P. FLYNN
Eugenia Post Meridiem
Farce
F
EET
Germein
Ghost Woman
Girl and Girl
GIRLS OF THE INTERNET
GROVE
Hannah Grae
Humour
JACOTÉNE
James Ellis Ford
Jericho Noguera
JESSICA WINTER
Jim E. Brown
JOEY VALENCE & BRAE
JULIE PAVON
KAI
BOSCH
Katie Gregson

MacLeod
Katie Tupper
King Stingray
Komparrison
LAMBRINI GIRLS
Lana Lubany
LEMONADE SHOELACE
Lila Drew
Lime Garden
LOZEAK
LUCI
MAISIE PETERS
Marianna Winter
Marysia Osu
MELIN MELYN
Mestizo Collective
MEYY
MIA WRAY
MICKEY CALLISTO
Milanosport
NELL MESCAL
Ney Liqa
Nowsm
Oscar Browne
PHOEBE GO
Pillow Fite
POZI
PPJ
REDOLENT
Rianne Downey
Rosellas
rum.gold
Ruth Lyon
Sad Night Dynamite
Saiming
Sam Akpro
Sammy Copley
SANS SOUCIS
Seb
Seb Lowe
Seigfried Komidashi
SERAPHINA SIMONE
SHANGHAI BABY
SHE’S IN PARTIES
SHELF LIVES
SKAAR
Skinner
Slant
SOMADINA
Songø
Sorcha Richardson
Spangled
STACEY RYAN
STONE
Storry
Strawberry Guy
SuperJazzClub
Sylvie
TASMAN KEITH
Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers
TERRA KIN
Thala
The Big Moon
The Chase
THE DI
NNER PARTY
THE DREAM MACHINE
The Facades
The Florentinas
THE HEAVY HEAVY
THE JOY HOTEL
The Lilacs
Ū
la
Vacations
VENBEE
Victor Ray
WILD HORSE
Willie J Healey
WITCH FEVER
Yot Club
Yunè Pinku

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Ozzy Osbourne announces retirement from touring and cancels all remaining shows

Ozzy Osbourne has announced his retirement from touring and cancelled all upcoming European and UK show dates.

The metal icon shared the news on Twitter today (February 1), writing that it was “probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to share with my loyal fans”.

“As you may know, four years ago, this month, I had a major accident, where I damaged my spine,” the former Black Sabbath frontman wrote, referencing a fall at his Los Angeles home which required neck surgery.

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“My one and only purpose during this time has been to get back on stage,” he continued. “My singing voice is fine. However, after three operations, stem cell treatments, endless physical therapy sessions, and most recently groundbreaking Cybernics (HAL) Treatment, my body is still physically weak.

“I am honestly humbled by the way you’ve all patiently held onto your tickets for all this time, but in all good conscience, I have now come to the realization that I’m not physically capable of doing my upcoming European/UK tour dates, as I know I couldn’t deal with the travel required. Believe me when I say that the thought of disappointing my fans really FUCKS ME UP, more than you will ever know.”

He continued: “Never would I have imagined that my touring days would have ended this way.

The musician said that his team is “currently coming up with ideas for where I will be able to perform without having to travel from city to city and country to country”.

“I want to thank my family……my band…..my crew…..my longtime friends, Judas Priest, and of course, my fans for their endless dedication, loyalty, and support, and for giving me the life that I never ever dreamed I would have.

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“I love you all…”

Ozzy Osbourne
Ozzy Osbourne performs during half-time of the NFL game between the Los Angeles Rams and the Buffalo Bills at SoFi Stadium on September 08, 2022 in Inglewood, California. Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images.

The message concluded that refunds are available at point of purchase.

The ‘No More Tours 2’ UK and European shows were pushed back a number of times due to the musician’s poor health and the pandemic, before being rescheduled for 2023. He was due to perform shows in Nottingham, Newcastle, Glasgow, Manchester, Dublin, London and Birmingham across May and June.

Osbourne has suffered a number of health problems in recent years due to Parkinson’s Disease, which he was diagnosed with in 2003, but didn’t announce publicly until 2020.

The singer’s wife Sharon recently opened up about her husband’s diagnosis, sharing: “Suddenly, your life just stops – life as you knew it.”

Last year, he also underwent major surgery to remove and realign pins in his neck and back. The surgery was a success, with the singer later thanking fans for their “their thoughts, prayers and well-wishes” after he was discharged.

The Prince of Darkness’ 13th studio album came out in September last year, earning four-stars from NME in a review that described the record as a “fizzing piece of hard-rock magic”.

In November, the album then secured four Grammy nods – Best Rock Performance, Best Metal Performance, Best Rock Song and Best Rock Album – which Osbourne said at the time left him feeling “overwhelmed”.

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Linkin Park launch mysterious ‘Numb’-referencing countdown

Linkin Park have launched a mysterious countdown on their website, alongside some old-school throwbacks.

Linkin Park’s official website now invites fans to “download a free copy of LiNkiNgPaRk-nUmB.exe” by way of an online pop-up inspired by the Internet aesthetic of the early 2000s. If you decline, more pop-ups appear.

Once you agree to download the file, you’ll be taken to a screen showing a countdown, which is due to hit zero at 8pm GMT on Wednesday February 1.

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The website also displays a message that says “DETECTED_MEMORY_CORRUPTION_LiNkiNgPaRk-nUmB.exe,” once again referencing Linkin Park’s 2003 hit ‘Numb’, which was lifted from second album ‘Meteora’. It also nods to a Simpsons meme that went viral in the late 2010s, poking fun at the now-defunct torrenting platform Limewire (which in the early 2000s, was notorious for being riddled with viruses disguised as MP3 downloads).

Both the official Linkin Park Twitter account and vocalist Mike Shinoda have directed fans towards the website.

Some fans are speculating Linkin Park could be gearing up to release an expanded version of ‘Meteora’ in honour of the album’s 20th anniversary. Back in 2020, the band reissued debut album ‘Hybrid Theory’ across multiple formats. The anniversary edition of that record featured unreleased tracks.

Last May, Linkin Park unveiled a new, deluxe edition of their 2007 album ‘Minutes To Midnight’. 

The band have been on hiatus since the 2017 death of frontman Chester Bennington, but last year said they planned to communicate with their fans “a little more regularly” moving forward.

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Chester Bennington performing in 2014 CREDIT: Chiaki Nozu/WireImage

It comes after Shinoda told fans that the band’s surving members were still in regular contact. “The only Linkin Park news I have for you is that… Yeah, we talk every few weeks – I talk to the guys, or some of the guys,” Shinoda said on a Twitch stream last Spring. “And there’s no tours, there’s no music, there’s no albums in the pipeline. Okay, so let me just tell you that. So just keep in your minds that that is not happening.”

“I’m just gonna say that much for now,” he continued. “I say that because anytime the band says anything or does anything, everyone tries to start up the hype train, and we’re, like, ‘No, no, no, no. Don’t start up the hype train.’ You’re gonna disappoint yourself. Don’t do that.”

Back in 2019, Shinoda shot down reports that Linkin Park were actively looking for a new frontman.

Last year, Machine Gun Kelly paid tribute to late Linkin Park frontman and “great human being” Chester Bennington during his concert at OVO Arena Wembley in London. “The last time I saw him was here in Europe, so I encourage you, because life is short, to go live this life,” he said. “I know it’s hard, man. I know this shit is fucking hard. But nights like tonight make life worth it.”

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