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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Tony Visconti responds to claim that “Harry Styles is the new David Bowie”

Tony Visconti has responded to the suggestion that Harry Styles is the new David Bowie, shutting down the claim that the former One Direction star is worthy of the comparison.

The American producer, known for being a lifelong collaborator with Bowie, took to Facebook in the early hours of this morning (February 6) to share his views on the 65th Annual Grammy Awards which took place in Los Angeles yesterday (February 5).

“What’s the difference between the Grammys and Las Vegas? Nothing!” he wrote as a status.

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He then followed up to share his view on Styles, who won Album Of The Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for third solo album ‘Harry’s House’ and also performed his hit single ‘As It Was’ live.

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Harry Styles performs onstage during the 65th GRAMMY Awards at Crypto.com Arena on February 05, 2023 in Los Angeles, California (CREDIT: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for The Recording Academy )

“Someone just told me that Harry Styles is the new Bowie?” Visconti added in his own comments. “From what I saw tonight he’s not worthy of shining in his shoes.”

Visconti’s partnership with Bowie spanned nearly 50 years, first collaborating on 1969’s ‘Space Oddity’ and working intermittently on 10 albums in total until final album ‘Blackstar’, released two days before the legendary musician’s death in January 2016.

Followers agreed with Visconti in the comments, with one writing: “There will NEVER be anyone that’s the new David Bowie he is in a class of his own always will be unique.”

Another added: “Thank you , thank you, thank you Tony for saying what so many of us are thinking.”

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One person also shared that they’d heard the same comparison upon the release of Styles’ debut self-titled solo album in 2017 and “immediately said ‘nope’. Bowie was one of a kind and irreplaceable”.

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David Bowie posing for a photo in 1971 to promote ‘Hunky Dory’. Credit: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

They continued: “That said, as the parent of a teen, I appreciate Harry. He inspired my daughter to learn to play music.”

Earlier this year, Visconti recalled a previously untold story about a “goosebumps” moment he experienced while recording Bowie‘s song ‘Weeping Wall’.

Last year, he also embarked on a UK tour called ‘Tony Visconti: The Best of Bowie’ where his band performed hits from Bowie’s back catalogue.

Meanwhile, the big four awards at the Grammys went to Styles (Album Of The Year), Lizzo (Record Of The Year), Bonnie Raitt (Song Of The Year) and Samara Joy (Best New Artist).

You can find the full list of winners here, and also check out the best moments from the 2023 awards here.

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Inverness venue Ironworks shuts doors for the final time

Inverness venue Ironworks shut its doors for the final time yesterday (February 4).

The 1,000 capacity venue was the only purpose-built entertainment venue of its kind in the Scottish city and is set to be demolished after 15 years of operation to make way for a £30million hotel.

Its final weekend was marked with two shows by Scottish bands, with Glasgow’s Twin Atlantic playing on Friday (February 4) and Elephant Sessions headlining the venue’s last-ever show last night (February 5).

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Twin Atlantic played the venue 13 times throughout their career, starting with a last minute support slot opening for Biffy Clyro back in 2008. I remember the lights going down the first time we played the Ironworks. No-one had ever heard of us, no-one had any right to be excited that we walking on stage, but we got a reception as if we were the headline band,” frontman Sam McTrusty told the BBC.

“As much as I am sure they were buzzing for Biffy, that little moment basically sparked a career in music for us.”

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Twin Atlantic CREDIT: Roberto Ricciuti/Redferns

Photographer Paul Campbell, who had worked at the venue since its beginnings, said its demise would be felt widely. “The end of the Ironworks is not just about the loss of the building, it’s the loss of jobs that go with it.

“For many of the crew and staff it was regular work. With the loss of the venue it means there will be less live music gigs for crew to work on in the area.”

He added: “Over the years the Ironworks has seen some big names on its stage as well as giving a platform to young and upcoming local bands.

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“The creative industries and the arts are being hit hard just now, not just from the pandemic but from funding cuts in general. With these cuts comes further job losses for a much wider community.”

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STONE share raucous party anthem ‘I Let Go’

STONE have released their raucous new single ‘I Let Go’ ahead of a UK tour – check it out below.

READ MORE: STONE – ‘Punkadonk’ EP review: Mersey moshers lash out on their confident debut

‘I Let Go’ is the first new material STONE have released this year. Talking about the track, the band said: “’I Let Go’ is a song about one of those nights where you promise yourself ‘I’m not going to drink’ then end up going straight out when your mates call you up.”

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“The song is about how out of control you can become when going out, and even though you know getting drunk and partying isn’t good for you, it’s so fun in the moment,” they added.

Check out the track below:

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STONE released their debut EP last November after signing with Polydor Records and featuring in the NME 100.

In a four-star review, NME wrote: “Though ‘Punkadonk’ is just five tracks long, it never stays in one place long enough for the listener to get a complete handle on it. Rather than follow safely in the footsteps of the northern stars they’ve been on the road with, STONE have used their first EP as an opportunity to build upon their own punchy identity.”

Speaking to NME back in 2021, STONE’s frontman Finlay Power said “I just need to get in front of those crowds – it’s all about the live performance for us. Put me in a room with anyone and I will convert them all to fall in love with the band.”

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The band are currently on tour in Europe supporting indie legends The Kooks, ahead of a UK headline run of their own and appearances at the likes of The Great Escape, Kendal Calling and Barn On The Farm. See the full list of dates below and grab tickets here.

STONE will play:

APRIL
10 – Omeara, London
11 – Omeara, London
13 – Cluny, Newcastle
14 – SWG3 Warehouse, Glasgow
15 – Junction 2, Cambridge
18 – The Castle & The Falcon, Birmingham
19 – Wardrobe, Leeds
21 – Metronome,Nottingham
22 – O2 Academy, Liverpool
23 – Thekla, Bristol

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Watch Unwound’s first reunion show in Seattle

Unwound performed their first reunion show in Seattle last night (February 4) – check out the full set below.

The band are now back after a 20-year hiatus and took to the stage for their first official show at the Showbox in Seattle, Washington. The post-hardcore band formed in 1991 and released seven albums over their ten years together, the last being 2001’s ‘Leaves Turn Inside You’. They disbanded a year later.

Last night’s setlist was 18 songs long in total and included material from their albums ‘Leaves Turn Inside You’, ‘Fake Train’, ‘New Plastic Ideas’ and ‘Repetition’.

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Check out the full concert here:

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Last week, the band announced a surprise “warm-up” show at AAMC Ballroom in Astoria, Oregon ahead of the. The event was limited to 200 people and videos were not allowed according to Paste.

You can see the full list of the band’s upcoming dates below and get any remaining tickets here.

FEBRUARY
06 – Portland, OR – Revolution Hall
10 – San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
14 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern

MARCH
07 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
10 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
15 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer

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In the linear notes of some of the band’s collections released over the last decade, they had dismissed the idea of a reunion altogether. “When we put Unwound on the shelf in 2002, we never thought we’d return to the project,” drummer Sara Lund said in a statement about their reunion last year. “Starting over again is a rebellious act against our failure,” guitarist Justin Trosper added.

The band held its first reunion practice, secretly, in April 2022, according to a press statement.

The band’s bassist, Vern Rumsey, died in 2020 aged 47. Rumsey formed Unwound with guitarist/vocalist Justin Trosper and drummer Brandt Sandeno in 1991, with Sara Lund replacing Sandeno the following year. Rumsey performed on every Unwound record, from their self-titled 1991 debut until their eighth and final album, 2001’s critically-acclaimed ‘Leaves Turn Inside You’. Unwound broke up a year later in 2002.

Jared Warren who has worked with the likes of Karp, Melvins, and Big Business will be playing bass for the band’s upcoming concerts.

Scott Seckington of Nocturnal Habits has also joined the band on guitar and keyboards.

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